The earliest known reference to baseball. While trolling through old newspapers, NYU librarian George Thompson Jr. came across references in the April 25, 1823, editions of both The National Advocate and The New-York Gazette and General Advertiser to "base ball" being played in what is now Greenwich Village in Manhattan. The first game played under Alexander Cartwright's rules took place in Hoboken, N.J., in 1846.
Liberian national hero George Weah (SI, April 16), from his country's soccer squad, after crowds threw bottles at him, screamed insults about his mother and forced his family to flee its house following Liberia's 2-1 upset loss to Ghana, which put Liberia in danger of failing to qualify for the World Cup. Said one angry fan, "I did not expect George to bring us this far and frustrate us." Supporters have beseeched Weah to reconsider.
Invesco Funds Group's plan to sue Denver Post columnist Woody Paige. In a July 1 article, Paige quoted an unnamed Invesco executive as saying that company employees refer to Invesco Field at Mile High as "the Diaphragm," because of its purported resemblance to the female contraceptive device. After questioning the story's authenticity, Invesco admitted that one of its execs had had "a social conversation with Mr. Paige that subsequently formed the basis for the column."
Thong bikinis, by the Women's International Squash Players Association. Britain's Vicky Botwright, the world's 19th ranked player, has been pressing to wear a sports bra and thong during competition. "We are a minority sport," said Botwright. "Any interest is good interest."