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It’s the pecking order, so go stand in the Hall

When former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster was inducted into pro football’s Hall of Fame, he turned to fellow inductee Don Shula and called him “the second-best coach in NFL history.”

Shula was not pleased to be given second billing to Chuck Noll, but Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wonders “how many more Super Bowls Noll would have won with Dan Marino as his quarterback.”

Shula, of course, won none with Marino.

King misses his calling

Alan King says he will take special pleasure being in the new Arthur Ashe Stadium to see the U.S. Open.

King, an actor and producer, was a friend and big admirer of Ashe as a player and a gentleman. He said the late tennis star also had a delightful sense of humor.

“He sent a picture to me and on it he wrote, ‘If you had a backhand as big as your mouth, you’d be at Wimbledon,”’ King said.

Box score line of the week

The Yankees’ David Wells last Tuesday vs. Anaheim: three innings pitched, 10 hits, 11 runs, 11 earned runs, three walks, three strikeouts, two homers, one hit batter and one pitching debut of Wade Boggs five innings later.

Angels pack their wounds

Abandoned by their peers and mocked by their adversaries, the Anaheim Angels are the latest club sent limping home after daring to tangle with the Major League Baseball Players Association over their attempted suspension of Tony Phillips.

In what other line of work could an employee with a drug problem refuse his employer’s recommended course of treatment, be suspended with a seven-figure salary still being paid, then overturn the suspension and regain a prominent active role? Can your union do this?

“It’s amazing,” comedian Jay Leno noted on the “Tonight Show.” “You’re caught putting an illegal substance in your bat, you’re suspended. In your nose, no problem.”

And that’s all for now

San Diego Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman keeps coming up with malapropisms.

During a Padres-Cincinnati Reds game, with the score tied in the bottom of the ninth, Coleman said: “There’s a soft liner which is caught by the second baseman. And the ballgame is over - for this inning.”

There’s the windup, and the handoff

Anna Saabye brings a new meaning to the term veteran pitcher. The 103-year-old from rural Deerwood in central Minnesota threw out the first pitch at the Minnesota Twins’ game Monday at the Metrodome.

Her son, George Saabye, admits that her arm strength posed a problem. Sixty feet and 6 inches was a long throw for someone born in the Grover Cleveland administration. Would the throw make it to home plate? “No,” he said before the game. “They’re going to shorten that up a bit.”

If only the Mariners’ front office had thought of that before restocking the bullpen.

The last word …

“The cream always rises to the top. I’m a good example of that … not exactly whipped cream. I’m kind of an ugly foam.”

-The Phillies’ Rex Hudler, while delivering an inspirational message to the team’s minor leaguers

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