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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Went to the Billikens game the other night and a classic pitching duel broke out.

In light of the America Online decision, Patriots receivers will compensate DREW BLEDSOE $39.95 for each time he looked and they were not open last Sunday.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed that it is, indeed, open season on NORM STEWART. Backchecking: During his senior season at Lomita High School in California, 18-year old PAUL "Pea-Shooter" PETTIT tossed six no-hitters. This caught the eye of several major-league baseball organizations, who were lined up in the on-deck circle to scout the strong-armed pitcher. The Pittsburgh Pirates - of all people - had first crack at Pettit and on this day in 1950, the Buccos lived up to their nickname by throwing mucho buckos at Pettit, inking him to the first six-figure signing bonus in baseball history. And that's not all. Movie producer FRANK "Incense" STEPHANIE got caught up in the frenzy, speculating that pretty boy Paul would become a matinee idol in his can't-miss career. So Stephanie also slapped down $100,000 and signed Pettit to an acting contract. Turns out Pettit fell a little short of expectations, not to mention a little wide of the strike zone. Over the next two years, he bounced back and forth between the Pirates and the minor leagues, posting a 1-2 record and a 7.34 earned-run average. In 30 2/3 innings, Pettit walked 21 batters. That was the extent of his big-league career. Unfortunately for Stephanie, Pettit's under-achievement in baseball all but killed his potential in Hollywood. There just was no place for a no-name celebrity who couldn't act a lick. You have to remember, after all, this was years before television's "Love American Style" was developed. Mascot Mania: Organizers of the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia have come up with some mascots for the event and, golly, are they fresh and fun-filled. Forget those cuddly koalas; never mind the cute kangaroos. Expand your minds and get ready for: "Olly," a laughing kookaburra, "Syd," the duck-billed platypus, and "Millie," the spiny, ant-eating echidna. …

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