A court hearing is scheduled today in the dispute over who is the rightful owner of the ball Giants LF Barry Bonds hit for his 700th home run.
The hearing will be in San Francisco County Superior Court, according to Daniel Horowitz, the attorney representing Steve Williams. Williams is the Giants fan who ended up with the prized ball during a melee in the left-center field bleachers at SBC Park on Sept. 17.
Williams was notified he was being sued by attorneys for Timothy Murphy, who said he pinned the ball underneath his leg during a scrum for it after the baseball struck Murphy's chin. Murphy claims he is the ball's owner because Williams stole it from him while he was in a pile of fans.
Doug Allen, president of MastroNet, a Chicago-based auction company, estimated the ball's worth at "over six figures."
In October 2001, Bonds's record-setting 73rd homer of the season sparked litigation that ended when a judge ordered both men to split the $450,000 the ball fetched.
* INJURY REPORT: Braves RHP Jaret Wright left in the third inning of the nightcap of last night's doubleheader against the Mets when he was struck above the right foot by a line drive. X-rays were negative and the Braves listed the pitcher as day-to-day with a bruise. . . . Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez left last night's game against the White Sox in the fourth inning with a tight right hamstring. His status also is day-to-day.
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