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Baseball Briefs

October 28, 2001

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Ex-batting champ Fain dead at age of 80

Georgetown, Calif. Ferris Fain, the American League batting champion in 1951 and '52, has died of leukemia. He was 80.

Fain, who played for the Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians during a nine-year major league career, died at his home in Georgetown on Oct. 18, the Los Angeles Times reported in its Saturday editions.

Fain was selected to the AL All-Star team from 1950-54 while with the A's and White Sox, but the player known for his fiery disposition was plagued by a knee injury and spent his final season in 1955 with Detroit and Cleveland.

He finished his major league career with a .290 batting average, 48 home runs and 570 RBIs.

Callers for Series tickets knock out 911 service

Phoenix Last-minute telephone sales of an additional 1,500 tickets for each of World Series games 1 and 2 overloaded some cell phone systems and briefly knocked down the city's emergency 911 system.

During the two-hour sale, many callers heard a busy signal or a recording that "all circuits are busy."

To reduce the impact of scalpers who have pushed previously sold tickets to as high as $2,500 each, the sale was limited to telephone callers with each limited to four.

The system returned to normal shortly after the tickets had sold out, said Mark Genrich, a spokesman for the Denver-based Qwest telephone company.

Rhodes selected MVP in Japan's Pacific League

Tokyo Tuffy Rhodes, who tied Sadaharu Oh's single-season record with 55 homers, was named the Pacific League's MVP on Saturday.

In addition to his 55 homers for the Kintetsu Buffaloes, Rhodes led the league in runs (137), slugging percentage (.662) and total bases (364). He drove in 131 runs during the regular season, one less than teammate Norihiro Nakamura, who led the league.

"It feels great," Rhodes said of the award. "Of course, it would have been better if we had won the championship but it's still nice to be recognized for having a good season."

In the Japan Series, which the Buffaloes lost in five games to the Central League champion Yakult Swallows, Rhodes had a pair of homers and batted .333.

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