Looking to complete that fall wardrobe? Babe Ruth's underwear might be the perfect fit.
Then again, maybe Jackie Robinson's tie rack does the trick.
Collector Barry Halper is making it all possible.
Halper, a minority owner of the New York Yankees and renowned collector of baseball memorabilia, already has his own wing in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Now, he's sharing his enormous trove with the public, beginning Thursday with an auction at Sotheby's.
The collection, which Halper started in the late 1940s with Ruth's autograph the year before he died, grew in the '50s and '60s before it became a trend. Among the 80,000 items expected to bring the highest bids are the bat from Ruth's final appearance at Yankee Stadium, which he used as a cane; a rare Honus Wagner baseball card with no back; and Joe DiMaggio's rookie uniform from the Pacific Coast League.
Following the on-site auction, which runs through Sept. 29, buyers will be able to purchase items on the Internet in mid-October.
U.S. Women Go for Gold
A suffocating press and the scoring of Natalie Williams and Lisa Leslie pushed the United States past Poland, 86-67, Thursday in Stanford, Calif., sending the Americans into today's gold medal game of the USA Basketball International Invitational.
The championship game will be the third meeting between the United States (6-0) and Australia (3-3) in the tournament. The Americans won the previous two games.
Leslie and Williams each had 18 points and Nikki McCray of the Washington Mystics added 11 against Poland (2-4). . . .
Detroit Shock Coach Nancy Lieberman-Cline was selected to coach the WNBA Select Team in the Hall of Fame Enshrinement game Oct. 2.
The WNBA players will play USA Basketball's women's national team at Hartford (Conn.) Civic Center in an event tied to the Hall of Fame induction in Springfield, Mass. Among the players added to the select team yesterday were Wendy Palmer of Detroit, Jennifer Gillom of Phoenix, Shannon Johnson of Orlando, Merlakia Jones of Cleveland, Rita Williams of Washington and Sophia Witherspoon of New York.
Jordan Misses Cut
Michael Jordan shot a 10-over-par 81 Thursday in the second round of the Chicago Open, and missed the cut at the 54-hole event by 15 shots.
Jordan, who shot an opening-round 84, and playing partners Michael O'Connell and Dave Ryan teed off in front of a gallery of about 100 spectators, nearly half of them children.
It didn't take long for Jordan's trademark smile to fade once his round began. He started his second round on No. 10 and recorded pars on his first four holes. But he hooked his drive into trees on the par-4 14th, and eventually two-putted for a bogey. Jordan made par on the 15th, but sliced his drive into the woods on the par-4 16th, drawing a chuckle from one fan.
"Oh, was that funny?" Jordan said jokingly to the fan.
Jordan, who made the turn at 5 over, said he will play competitive golf again, despite his disappointing showing this week.
"It was a learning experience," he said. "I look forward to hopefully getting the chance to do it again. I'll know what to expect, which is part of the battle, too."
Track and Field
Cuba Clears Sotomayor
Cuba, brushing aside exhortations from the International Amateur Athletics Federation, said it considered high jumper Javier Sotomayor innocent of doping charges and will not ban him.
"The Cuban Federation will not suspend him. . . . The IAAF can take whatever decisions it likes," said Alberto Juantorena, head of the Cuban Athletics Federation, in comments quoted by Granma, the official Communist Party newspaper.
Juantorena was responding to a public reminder from the IAAF Thursday that Cuba should apply IAAF rules and ban Sotomayor, one of the communist-ruled island's best-known sports stars, for failing a recent doping test.
Cuba President Fidel Castro has launched a campaign to try to clear Sotomayor, who tested positive for cocaine after winning the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, this summer.
WTTG-5 is expanding its coverage of the Washington Redskins with two new shows airing on Sundays: "Redskins All-Access," which will air from 10:30 to 11 a.m., and "Redskins Extra," which will air from 11 to 11:30 p.m. Brett Haber will host both shows. "Redskins All-Access" debuts Sunday; "Redskins Extra" debuts Sept. 26.