Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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Many people remember the St. Louis Browns as perennial losers, but they were innovators as well. On March 4, 1950, the Brownies became one of the first sports teams to hire a psychologist.

The local nine hadn't fared so well in 1949, winning 53 and losing 101. Why, the same club had reeled off 59 wins in two seasons prior - 1947 and 1948.

Management was perplexed by the dropoff.

Looking for answers, it hired shrinkologist DAVE TRACY.

Tracy immediately hypnotized team members to implant the thought in their heads they were winners.

But Tracy soon lost his enthusiasm. He stated publicly the Browns suffered from "loser's syndrome" and he suggested players traded to St. Louis considered it baseball's version of Jonestown.

The doc was dismissed, but his input paid off handsomely. The Browns rallied for 58 victories that season.


Eye Drop:

Blues general manager RON CARON is wondering what it will take to "cross the finish line" and acquire PETR NEDVED. Here are some possibilities.

Act of God.

Compromising photos of Vancouver general manager PAT QUINN.

Everything and everyone.

HONUS WAGNER card in mint condition.

Serious scratch.

Navy Seals.

Some NHL-caliber hockey players.

A creative rent-to-own plan from Schweig Engel.


Former Detroit Piston BILL LAIMBEER isn't sure if he's a viable candidate for the Hall of Fame.

He is one of only 19 players to score more than 10,000 points and collect more than 10,000 rebounds. But he also holds the unofficial National Basketball Association record for takedowns and stray elbows.

The Motown Mauler is philosophical about his chances: "I always tell everybody that my chances are probably slim because of my personality. But I also understand that a lot of people in the league absolutely respect the way I competed. . . . They're going to look back at that and say, `He was a winner and he competed his butt off.' "


If MICHAEL JORDAN can do it, BOBBY BONILLA doesn't see why he can't pursue a two-sport career. Outrageous as it may sound, the Mets outfielder told the New York Daily News on Wednesday he wants to play basketball . …

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