Lendl on tee

Popping up in the oddest places: tennis's Ivan Lendl at the Westchester Golf Classic in New York and former baseball impressario Bill Veeck in the Wrigley Field bleachers.

Though many top players are at Wimbledon this week, Lendl was entered in Wednesday's Westchester pro-am. He doesn't consider himself a good grass court player, so skipped Wimbledon to prepare for Czechoslovakia's upcoming Davis Cup match against France. Playing golf is a relaxing diversion for Ivan, who began playing last December in Florida, his US base of operation.

As for Veeck, well, he's taken to soaking up the rays and baseball action on Chicago's north side. He was a southsider until two years ago, when he sold the White Sox. He also once owned the St. Louis Browns and Cleveland Indians.

Veeck always championed himself as a man of the people, a blue-collar owner who catered to the fans. He's never minded rubbing shoulders with them, and considers his centerfield perch a good place to gather material for a book entitled ''A View from the Bleachers.''

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