DURHAM (AP) _ The Durham Bulls might have retired the wrong jersey number last week in a tribute to Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan.
″There are very few definable sources,″ Bulls general manager Al Mangum told The Herald-Sun of Durham last week. ″We went to the ones that were most obvious. It’s a natural mistake. It happened 30 years ago.″
A fan produced evidence the day after No. 18 was retired Thursday suggesting that Morgan actually wore No. 8 during his three months with the Class A Carolina League team.
Hubert Deans, 42, of Durham said he saved a typed roster from 1963 listing infielder Tommy Murray with No. 18 and Morgan with No. 8. A scorecard from the final game of that season lists both Morgan and pitcher Tom Willwerth as No. 8.
″I didn’t miss a game that year in 1963,″ Deans told The News & Observer of Raleigh. ″From that time on, that was my favorite number - No. 8.″
Morgan was recalled to Durham’s parent club, the Houston Colt 45s, to finish the 1963 season.
JASPER, Texas (AP) - Seattle Seahawks guard Bryan Millard can call himself the NFL’s top fisherman.
He earned that honor by catching five bass in the final round of the Skeeter-Mariner Pro Bass Challenge.
Millard, 32, entered the final round of the two-day event facing a four- pound deficit to former Kansas City punter Jerryl Wilson.
But Millard’s strong finish Saturday gave him a two-day total of 22.79 pounds for the title.
New York Jets tight end Pete Lammons was third in the fourth-annual tournament, followed by former Cincinnati defensive end Ron Carpenter and New Orleans tight end Hobie Brenner.
The pro competition was won by Mike Bono of Lake Charles, La.
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) - Who was the best pro athlete competing Sunday? Michael Jordan? Charles Barkley? Nate Llerandi?
Yes, Nate Llerandi.
The 24-year-old from Boulder, Colo., swam 0.9 miles, biked 24.6 miles, and ran 6.2 miles in 1 hour, 47 minutes, 48 seconds to win the Lake George Bud Light Triathlon.
″Aerobically, I don’t think there is anyone in better shape than triathletes,″ said Llerandi, who earned $1,000.
″I think in our own given field we’re up there with the Michael Jordans - it’s just that we don’t have as many corporate sponsors and our sport is so young. If our sport was 100 years old, we’d have triathletes making $10 million a year.″
TORONTO (AP) - Time spent in the gym paid off in a big way for Ben Green on Saturday when the Toronto bodybuilder lifted a car off a motorcyclist pinned beneath a wheel.
″It wasn’t a big deal,″ the 33-year-old Green said.
Green was driving south on one of the city’s major roads when he saw the motorcycle in the northbound lane.
″He veered over, hit the streetcar track and skidded,″ Green said. ″The bike flew about 200 feet, there were skid marks everywhere and I had to swerve because it was flying toward me.
″He was going so fast that when he hit a parked car it lifted and he got jammed underneath. One of his arms was caught under a wheel and the rest of his body was caught under the car.″
Green pulled over and asked a bystander to call 911.
While the ambulance was making its way to the scene, Green noticed the man’s mouth was filling with blood.
The contractor lifted the side of the car and two other people freed the motorcyclist. They propped him on his side to drain the blood filling his mouth and one of the people ″gave him CPR.″