Originally created 12/03/99

Overtime: '36 Heisman attracts $110,000 bid



The auction of the second Heisman Trophy ever offered to the public drew a bid of $110,000 on Thursday after its first several hours on the block.

Larry Kelley, the former Yale star who won the trophy in 1936, placed the cherished award up for auction after suffering a stroke. O.J. Simpson's Heisman is the other such trophy ever put up for sale.

As of Thursday evening, the high bid on Kelley's trophy was $110,000, officials at Leland's auction house in New York said. With commission, the total price would be $126,500. The auction was expected to continue for some time, with bidders calling in by phone.

Kelley, of Hightstown, N.J., suffered a stroke in May and wanted to raise money for his heirs, who include 21 nieces and nephews. His wife, Mary Ruth, also is in failing health.

BASEBALL:

Pete Rose has signed a six-figure, multiyear contract as a spokesman for Maaco Enterprises, an auto paint and body shop chain.

Rose, who this week stepped up efforts to end his lifetime ban from baseball, will be the guest of honor at a Feb. 9 banquet in Las Vegas at the annual convention for Maaco's 550 franchise holders, company spokesman Al Hornstein said.

Baseball's career hits leader, who agreed to a lifetime ban in August 1989 following a gambling investigation, will be taping television commercials that will begin showing in the spring and will take part in other promotions, Hornstein said. He declined to divulge terms except to say it was for a six-figure amount.

Winning the World Series wasn't quite as rewarding for the New York Yankees this year as it was in 1998 -- at least when it came to cashing the check.

A full share for the Yankees was worth $307,809, down 1.4 percent from the record $312,042 a full share was worth last year. Just as in 1998, the Yankees voted 32 full shares, but players voted 16 partial shares, up from six last year.

Dodgers shortstop Mark Grudzielanek faces an assault charge for allegedly punching a bar bouncer earlier this week.

The 29-year-old Grudzielanek, a former All-Star, was in Moose McGillycuddy's on Front Street in Lahaina, Hawaii, late Tuesday night when a bouncer asked him to leave. For some reason, Grudzielanek allegedly then punched the bouncer several times in the face, opening a 2-inch cut over his left eye.

A day after losing Mike Jackson, the Cleveland Indians restocked their bullpen a bit by agreeing to a two-year contract with Scott Kamieniecki, a deal worth about $3.8 million.

Cleveland has an option for 2002 that, if exercised, would make the deal worth about $5.5 million.

Former major league infielder Gene Baker, who along with Ernie Banks broke the color barrier on the Chicago Cubs, died of a heart attack. He was 74.

BASKETBALL:

William "Pop" Gates, a former player-coach with the Harlem Globetrotters who was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his play in the pre-NBA days, died of heart failure. He was 82.

Gates, who was inducted in Springfield, Mass., in 1989, suffered from arthritis in recent years. He fell in his apartment and died as he was preparing to go the hospital for treatment.

BOXING:

Laila Ali, the daughter of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, will face Nicolyn Armstrong on Dec. 10 at Cobo Hall's Riverfront Ballroom.

The four-round fight will be the third as a professional for Ali, who won her second bout -- a fourth-round knockout of Shadina Pennybaker on Nov. 10 in Chester, W.Va. Armstrong enters at 1-3.

TENNIS:

John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors continued their winning ways in the ATP Tour's Senior Honda Challenge at the Royal Albert Hall and will bump heads today.

It will be the first meeting between the two Americans in Britain since McEnroe swept Connors in three sets to win the 1984 Wimbledon title.

On Thursday, McEnroe beat John Lloyd 6-3, 6-2 after Connors outlasted Bjorn Borg 6-3, 4-6 with a deciding 10-8 tiebreaker, which is used in seniors instead of a third set.