BUBBLE BURST: Former pitcher Jim Bouton's hopes of winning a big-stakes contract battle over a baseball bubblegum product that resembled chewing tobacco were burst by the Supreme Court.
The justices refused to revive a $1 million award Bouton won, and then lost, against a subsidiary of the Wrigley chewing gum company.
Bouton, formerly with the Yankees, was with a minor league team in Portland, Ore., in 1977 when he and coach Rob Nelson came up with the idea that led to Big League Chew, shredded bubble gum in a pouch. The novelty was a bonanza that launched Bouton's business career. Sales were $18 million in 1981 after Bouton and Nelson teamed with Amurol Products Co. in Naperville, Ill., a Wrigley subsidiary, to market the gum.
Bouton got into a royalties dispute with Amurol in 1984 over an advertising campaign for the gum.
OUTTA HERE: NL President Bill White suspended Padres 1B Jack Clark for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for his base-throwing tantrum Sept. 26 in San Francisco. He will sit out today.
The tantrum began as a growl toward plate umpire Bill Hohn after Clark was called out on strikes. After being ejected for continuing to argue in the field, Clark threw his chewing gum at the umpire and kicked dirt on the plate.
NEW GM FOR PADRES: Joe McIlvaine is expected to succeed Jack McKeon as Padres general manager.
McIlvaine resigned Friday from his position as the Mets' vice president of baseball operations and is expected to sign a five-year, $1.6 million contract with the Padres, the Los Angeles Times reported.
REDS IN THE BLACK: The Reds' home games in the NL playoffs could have an economic impact of $4.2 million per game in the Cincinnati area, the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce estimates.
The chamber projected that the World Series could mean $6.3 million per game.
MOVES: Tigers traded P Mike Wilkins to Dodgers for P Mike Munoz. . . . Reds 2B Bill Doran remains hospitalized for severe back pain and spasms, endangering his chances for the playoffs.