Tim Robbins, who played a rookie pitcher with a wicked fastball in the movie "Bull Durham," has donated the uniform he wore in the film to the baseball Hall of Fame.
The uniform from the 1988 movie many consider a classic baseball film was donated by Robbins on a recent visit with his son, Miles, the museum announced Monday.
The movie, about a minor league team, also starred Kevin Costner. Robbins played rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh, whose wild talents were tamed by a veteran catcher, played by Costner, and by team confidant and Nuke's girlfriend, played by Susan Sarandon.
"I felt that donating my 'Bull Durham' uniform to the museum would allow visitors to have a firsthand remembrance of that great baseball movie," Robbins said.
The shirt, pants, cap and stirrups will join the permanent exhibit of baseball in films. Other items include Geena Davis's uniform from "A League of Their Own," Ray Liotta's jersey from "Field of Dreams," and Robert Redford's uniform and jacket from "The Natural."
NFL management and the players' union were on the same side yesterday, opposing legislation that would force the league to set aside 10 percent of its TV revenue for building and renovating stadiums. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said the bill would "establish a rigid and misguided federal approach to a particularly local issue." He said it would have serious and negative consequences for local communities, sports fans and sports teams.
Under the measure proposed by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), continuing major league baseball's antitrust exemption and football's limited antitrust exemption would depend on both placing 10 percent of TV money into a construction trust fund.
Specter's bill would also expand the antitrust exemptions to allow baseball and the NFL to bar a club from moving to a different city.
Two horses were killed and a third was badly burned last night in a fire in a barn at Belmont Park, a New York Racing Association official said. Three civilians suffered minor injuries, according to a Nassau County fire official. The fire was reported at Barn No. 8 at 6:27 p.m., according to a dispatcher, and was ruled under control about 8:30 p.m.
The horses killed were a 2-year-old filly and a 3-year-old gelding trained by James Toner, according to someone close to the investigation who asked not to be identified.
Boone Bows Out
Chuck Boone, the University of Richmond's athletic director for the last 22 years, announced that he will retire after the upcoming school year.
Approximately 100 past, present and future U.S. Olympians will gather on the west steps of the Capitol in a public ceremony today celebrating worldwide Olympic Day. The event begins at 11 a.m., and will include short speeches by Rep. Jim Ryun (R-Kan.), a three-time Olympian who was a silver medalist in the 1,500 meters at the 1968 Games in Mexico City, and Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.), the captain of the 1964 U.S. Olympic judo team.
Participating athletes will be available for photos and autographs after the ceremony. Among those scheduled to participate are four-time gold medal sprinter Evelyn Ashford, long-jump legend Bob Beamon, D.C. native and two-time Olympian Robin Campbell, swimming champions Donna De Varona and John Naber, International Olympic Committee vice president Anita DeFrantz, local paralympic athlete Bill Demby, decathlete Bruce Jenner, 1964 track gold medalist Billy Mills, skier Donna Weinbrecht and Fairfax figure skater Michael Weiss.
CAPTION: Tisha Venturini, left, and members of U.S. Women's World Cup team visit SOS Children's Village near Chicago, a home for abused and neglected children.