Died in Ohio, old ballplayers Nick Cullop, 78 and Paul O'Dea, 58. Cullop was a premier slugger at the Class AAA level but never could solve big-league pitching in 173 games worth of it with five teams 1926-31. The gent they called "Tomato Face" batted.217 in 15 games for the 1927 Washington Senators, and in his one real crack at it, 334 at-bats for the 1931 Cincy Reds, led the NL in striking out (86). Most everyone knows about Pete Gray, the one-armed St. Louis Brown outfielder of the World World II times year of 1945, but O'Dea played 163 games with Cleveland 1944-45 -- after losing an eye in a freak 1940 spring training accident -- and hit.318 and.235...

Johnny Bench, the Cincinnati catcher, has been named a defendant in a $500,000 suit in federal court, Philadelphia, filed by a New Jersey woman alleging that the "Johnny Bench Batter-Up" gadget malfunctioned and blinded her in one eys. It's a mechanical device that tosses a plastic ball for batting practice... A three-year starter- on the Batesville (Ind.) High School basketball team -- averaging 10 points, 13 rebounds, nine blocked shots a game -- is Bill Wanstrath; 6 feet 6, 200 pounds, and born with one arm.

The third former U.S. college basketball star in 13 months to die of an evident overdose while in Italy playing pro there: Steve Mitchell, 27, out of Kansas State. Unlike Fessor Leonard and Bob Elmore, in whose deaths drugs were implicated, authorities after finding the body of Mitchell in the apartment of compatriot player Jim Thomas blame a drinking binge.

Appears San Francisco is getting ready to rename Candlestick Park for the slain mayor, George E. Moscone Memorial Stadium.