- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 14, 2002

Baseball and the WNBA might have their All-Star breaks, but the Sunday Column never sleeps.

It just goes on vacation every now and then.

Memo to Bud Selig: Not only is there no crying in baseball, there's no tying in baseball, either.

Bud, by the way, might want to think twice about letting a team go bankrupt. The last club that happened to was the Orioles, and they wound up getting bought by Peter Angelos.

Idle thought: Did Joe Torre ever consider sending Rudy Giuliani out to pitch the 12th inning of the All-Star Game?

At the very least, Joe should have had Rudy warming up in the bullpen.

Had Giuliani gotten the win, they could have made a movie out of it "Rudy II."

If baseball's solution to Tuesday night's screw-up is to expand All-Star rosters, I'm gonna scream. The last thing the game needs is to further devalue the meaning of the term "All-Star."

Ted Williams' kid, John Henry, has found the fountain of youth. It's an Amana Easy Reach 21-Cubic-Feet Refrigerator.

Of course, they always said Teddy Ballgame was Amana among men.

John Henry has all kinds of acting jobs lined up for his old man, I understand. Ted's slated to play Mr. Freeze in a future Batman movie and also has a cameo in an upcoming episode of "Six Feet Under." On top of that, negotiations are under way for him become the national spokesperson for Icees.

I wonder a little bit about Ted's daughter, Bobby-Joe Williams Ferrell, too. I mean, the Splendid Splinter never struck me as the kind of guy who named his children after "Petticoat Junction" characters.

Speaking of Ted, let's not get too nostalgic about his managerial stint with the Senators. In 1971, his last year in Washington, "a group of [his] players, led by Bernie Allen, formed what they called the Underminer's Club, dedicated to bringing about the firing of Williams," Bill James reminds us in his "Guide to Baseball Managers."

In his column in Thursday's Washington Post, Tom Boswell wrote that all the players being shuffled in and out of the All-Star Game makes it look "like the Rockville Little League by the fourth inning."
Well! As a Rockville Baseball Association parent, I can assure you our games are much less chaotic than these Midsummer "Classics." And as far as I know, no RBBA contest has ever been declared a draw because the teams ran out of pitchers.

When the Cleveland Indians promoted Joel Skinner to replace Charlie Manuel, it marked just the second time in major-league history a father and son have been managers. Joel's dad, Bob, was the skipper of the Phillies in '68 and '69 and of the Padres (for one game) in '77.
Which got me thinking: What other father-son duos have managed or coached in professional sports? My findings (in alphabetical order):
Emile and Bob Francis, NHL Emile coached the Rangers and Blues for 13 seasons in the '60s and '70s, compiling a 388-273-117 record and reaching the Stanley Cup Finals once (in '72, when his New York team lost to the Bruins). Son Bob got the Phoenix Coyotes' head job in '99 and has taken them to the playoffs in each of his three years, finishing comfortably over .500 each time.
Lester Patrick and Lynn Patrick, NHL Under Lester, the Rangers won the Stanley Cup in '28 and '33 and made the finals three other years. Lynn wasn't nearly as successful as his dad, but he did get two teams to the finals the Rangers in '50 and the Bruins in '53. (Both Patricks are in the Hockey Hall of Fame.)
Lester Patrick and Muzz Patrick, NHL Muzz, another of Lester's offspring, served four uneventful seasons at the helm of the Rangers in the '50s and '60s.
Lynn Patrick and Craig Patrick, NHL Better known as the general manager of the Penguins, Craig coached the Rangers and Pens for parts of four seasons.
Bum and Wade Phillips, NFL Two pretty fair football coaches, despite their bumpkin personas. Both have a winning record (Bum was 86-80, Wade is 46-41), and both had three playoff teams. But Bum went farther with the Oilers than Wade did with the Broncos and Bills, coming within a game of the Super Bowl in '78 and '79.
Don and David Shula, NFL How would you like to follow Don's act 347 victories, six Super Bowls, two championship, the league's only perfect season (Miami, 1972). You almost feel sorry for David, who went 19-52 in 4 seasons (1992-96) with the sorry Bengals.
George and Dick Sisler, baseball George is in Cooperstown for his ball playing, not for his creativity with a lineup card (as his 218-241 mark with the St. Louis Browns in the mid-'20s attests). As for Dick, he was comfortably above .500 with the Reds in '64 and '65, his only two seasons as big-league manager, but it wasn't enough to keep his job.
Larry and Ron Wilson, NHL Larry had a short, unhappy life as the coach of the Red Wings, winning just three of his 36 games in '76-77. Ron has done a tad better with the Mighty Ducks and Capitals, actually going to the finals in '98. (And he ain't done yet.)

Interesting, isn't it, how many Washington connections besides Wilson there are on the list? The Patricks are all related to Caps president and minority owner Dick Patrick (Muzz is his father), and Don Shula, let's not forget, was a defensive back for the Redskins in '57. Also, while neither of the Sislers spent any time with the Senators, another of George's sons, Dave, pitched for them in '61 (recording a team-high 11 saves on a staff that included Bennie Daniels, Dick Donovan and Marty Kutyna).

Noting the presence of the Williams sisters and Amelie Mauresmo in the Wimbledon semis, a friend of mine cracked, "Who's sponsoring this event, Amazon.com?"

I'm not sure what this means, but : In the same week the Class A Charleston Riverdogs held "Nobody Night" and tried to set a record by having zero attendance, a struggling soccer team in Harstad, Norway, offered to pay fans $1.39 each to show up for a match.

And finally,
News item
: Allen Iverson is accused of forcing his way into an apartment with a gun and threatening two men while looking for his wife.
Comment
: Fortunately, Allen's only a 39.8 percent shooter.


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