SI Vault
Edited by Franz Lidz
July 29, 1985
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July 29, 1985


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"You can't either," he said cattily.

That rubbed Kitty the wrong way. When Cincinnati's Babe Herman led off the bottom of the inning, she hollered, "Hey, Babe, lend me your bat." He did.

Kitty scratched around the box. "Hey, you hick," she screamed at the pitcher. Daffy Dean. "Why don't you go home and milk the cows?" Daffy stood on the mound looking grumpy. "Play ball," barked the ump.

Daffy lobbed one over. Kitty tapped it toward Ducky. When she looked to the bag, Daffy was there with the ball. So she quit running and scampered back to the crowd. The historic moment over, Kitty purred, "If he wanted to tag me, he'd have to chase me."


Betsy Nelson went to Irving's Sport Shop to check out the rowing machines. But just as she left the Seven Corners, Va. store, she was stopped by employees and accused of shoplifting a basketball. "I'm nine months pregnant," said the 33-year-old Arlington housewife. The employees didn't believe her.

That, Nelson's lawyer says, happened last February. According to the lawyer, Stephen McCarron, Nelson was asked to take off a jacket and sweater, and shake her maternity top to prove no basketball was concealed underneath. No basketball fell out. McCarron says store employees told police who were called to the scene, "When she entered the store she didn't appear to be pregnant, and when she left she appeared to be very pregnant." In fact, he says, Nelson was pregnant and gave birth to a son, Darius, the next day. Last week she filed suit against Irving's, alleging false arrest and negligence and asking $600,000 in damages. Irving's declined to comment.


The quick red foxes stealing balls at the Longview public course in Timonium, Md. were getting so bold that they practically winked at golfers. Bob Spicer was about to make a chip shot when he saw a fox on the 14th fairway last month. "He didn't hesitate a minute," says the four-handicapper. "He came out, got my ball, made a little double move to put the ball deeper in his throat and grabbed another one. He stopped to look at me and then took off for the woods."

A few days later Spicer and two partners were playing the 11th hole when a fox again snatched his ball. At first Spicer thought the larceny was the work of only one fox. "He reminds me of the coyote in the Road Runner comedies," he said. "He's working hard, and he's as much a regular as any golfer on the course." Longview starter Henry DeFries also held to the Lone Fox Theory and said, "I used to get one complaint about the fox every couple of weeks. Now it's every day."

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