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Names In The Game

May 7, 1992

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Barry Bonds was one of the first major leagues to wear basketball-like high-top baseball shoes. You can now add Pittsburgh Pirates teammate Andy Van Slyke to the list of high-top converts.

Van Slyke had always worn the traditional low-cut shoe until taking Bonds’ advice to wear high tops, and he’s glad he did.

″He came up to me and said his feet never felt so good,″ Bonds said. ″He said he can’t believe he waited this long to change.″

On Tuesday night against Cincinnati, Van Slyke wore the high-tops for the first time in a game and hit his first homer of the season.

″It’s the shoes, I told him,″ Bonds said. ″It’s the shoes.″


CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) - Jason Trumpy, the son of NBC-TV sportscaster Bob Trumpy, has signed a national letter-of-intent to play basketball at Robert Morris College.

Trumpy, a 6-foot-8 center-forward, averaged 11.7 points and 6.2 rebounds last season for Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.

Before attending Brewster, Trumpy played at the Blue Ridge School in Charlottesville, Va., where he was all-Virginia Prep League in basketball and baseball.

″Jason’s size, combined with his shooting ability, will help draw our opponents’ big men away from the basket. They’ll have to go out there and play him,″ Robert Morris coach Jarrett Durham said.


DALLAS (AP) - As Ross Perot left a luncheon speech at a Dallas hotel Wednesday, he greeted many people but stopped only for a tall man in a sweatsuit.

It was boxing promoter Don King.

″Just keep up the good work. You’re doing a fantastic job,″ King told Perot, who is considering an independent run for the White House.

King, in Dallas for the National Cable Television Association convention, told reporters he would be glad to promote a debate between Perot, President Bush and Bill Clinton.

″That I think I would be very much interested in doing that because the American people would be the beneficiary,″ King said.


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Hollywood Park plans to donate $2 from each admission ticket Sunday to help rebuild areas of Los Angeles ravaged by riot.

Track chairman and chief R.D. Hubbard announced the plan Wednesday.

″We are open for business and can take immediate action to help the situation,″ Hubbard said in a statement. Racing was canceled at Hollywood Park last week due to the violence.

″We feel so strongly about supporting the effort to rebuild that we throw out the challenge to other corporations to meet or beat our pledge,″ Hubbard added. ″This will be the first of many efforts Hollywood Park will undertake to support the community.″

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