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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Monday was GEORGE VAN HALTREN Day here on the upper reaches of Page 2. Some - not many, I'm guessing - may remember Van Haltren as an accomplished outfielder in the bigs from 1887-1904. He batted .317 in 17 major-league seasons.

But frustrated ball coaches who chew water bottles and swallow jawbreakers watching their youngsters search for home plate might not know about Van Haltren.

Before switching to the outfield, Van Haltren came up to the Cubs in 1887 as a pitcher. On June 27 he set a major-league record by walking 16 men in one game - thus pioneering the way for every 10-year-old pitcher who ever toes the rubber.

EYE DROPS:

As soon as global scientists have thoroughly explained the 16 moons of Jupiter, they will attempt to figure out exactly what in the heck WALT GLATTHAAR is talking about.

Wimbledon Update:

"Tut, tut, Jasper, looks like rain."

"I say, Winnifred, old girl. Indeed."

Who do you contact to schedule Greece?

That's all right. Turns out we won't need to talk to JOHN STARKS or ANTHONY MASON after all.

Working a European soccer game probably is GENE GIESELMANN's worst nightmare.

I'm going on record right now as saying I will plead insanity in case I'm ever charged with anything.

I must have missed it. Where did St. Louis finish in the NBA standings?

Will that about do it now, or are there more U.S. Open rounds?

Next time Romania's DAN PETRESCU comes out for Wednesday night soccer at Concord, he's going down.

Blues Update: Sacred sweater betrayed; Shannie locked up; Toner locked out; Betsie next Gretzky; Ronnie, Richie, Bass, Brownie, Hedie, Dopey, Sleepy, Sneezie . . . gone. Scottie, please come home?

How about some grand slam trivia? This week in 1977, WILLIE McCOVEY hit two bases-loaded home runs against the Cincinnati Reds. The double slam performance repeats the same feat McCovey accomplished in a game four years earlier, making him the only player in major-league history to have two games in which he hit two grand slams. …

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