Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Belle Spurns Schott, Stiffs Reds with Hr

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Belle Spurns Schott, Stiffs Reds with Hr

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An interleague throwback to the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal wound up as just another typical night for Albert Belle.

The Chicago White Sox outfielder sneered at Reds owner Marge Schott when she tried to introduce herself during batting practice Friday, then hit a two-run homer for a 3-1 Chicago victory. The Reds sold 31,682 tickets for the game, their biggest crowd since opening day.

It was the first game between the teams since the 1919 World Series, won by Cincinnati. Allegations that the White Sox threw the series led to eight players being banned for life, most notably Shoeless Joe Jackson. The rematch was played in the stadium where Pete Rose accepted his lifetime ban for gambling eight years ago. (begin FIVE STAR TEXT) Schott, the Reds owner, tried to introduce herself and her dog before the game, hoping to exchange pleasantries and have their picture taken on the historic occasion. Instead, Belle sneered, shook his head, waved her off and walked away. (end 5* text) * Brewers 4, Cubs 2: With an AL opponent at Wrigley Field in a real game for the first time since 1945, Jose Valentin drove in three runs to lead Milwaukee over Chicago. Milwaukee is only a 1 1/2-hour drive away, and the crowd of 36,107 was a fairly even mix of Cubs' and Brewers' fans. (begin FIVE STAR TEXT) The rooftops beyond the bleachers were packed, too. (end 5* text) * Orioles 4, Braves 3: Jimmy Key outdueled Greg Maddux once again and Baltimore scored four runs in the sixth inning for the victory over Atlanta in a matchup of baseball's two best teams. Key (11-1) allowed only five hits in 6 2/3 innings and the Orioles, who have the majors' best record at 43-19, broke a scoreless tie with a National League-type rally in the sixth against the Braves (42-23). Baltimore put together five singles, including Cal Ripken's run-scoring blooper to right on a perfect hit-and-run play. Key, who had never batted in a regular-season game, contributed a sacrifice bunt during the rally. (begin FIVE STAR TEXT) Key joined Toronto's Roger Clemens and Bobby Jones of the New York Mets as the only 11-game winners in the majors and continued to excel when pitted against Maddux, the four-time NL Cy Young Award winner. …

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