Philip Rabinowitz is a man of his word. Perhaps you recall an item in this space July 7 about his attempt at history's fastest 100-meter dash by anyone over 100 - only to have his record (a hand-timed 28.7 seconds) wiped out because of a power failure that halted the electronic timer in a Cape Town, South Africa, stadium. Undaunted, he vowed to try again. He did, Saturday, crossing the finish line for the second week in a row ahead of the recognized mark: 36.1 seconds. The clock didn't fail, and his new time, 30.8, will be submitted for a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records.
It wasn't long ago that the names of Major League Baseball stadiums were as familiar to fans as the names of the game's top players, who square off Tuesday night in Houston in the annual All-Star Game. Oh, there still are a few - Dodger, Yankee, Fenway, and Wrigley, for example - with instant name recognition. But increasingly, stadiums assume corporate identities that don't register with longtime baseball watchers and may change from year to year. The guessing here is that few readers would bat 1.000 in naming the following ballparks, by team:
PNC Park Pittsburgh
Network Associates Coliseum Oakland, Calif.
Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia
Edison Field Anaheim, Calif.
Coors Field Denver
Comerica Park Detroit
Minute Maid Park Houston
US Cellular Field Chicago (White Sox)
Miller Park Milwaukee
Great American Ball Park Cincinnati
Bank One Ballpark Phoenix
Pro Player Stadium Miami
PETCO Park San Diego
Safeco Field Seattle
SBC Park San Francisco
Tropicana Field St. Petersburg, Fla. (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
- Major League Baseball