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Sept. 7, 2007 at 6:00 AM   |   Comments

Man lied about ball-playing past

LAKELAND, Fla., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A Lakeland, Fla., man who shared a name with former major league pitcher Bill Henry spent decades telling friends and family that he was the former player.

Henry, a retired salesman, died of a heart attack last week and national news media reported that the Bill Henry who played for teams including the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox had died, The Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger reported Thursday.

But then the real retired pitcher caught wind of the story and exposed a lie the dead man had spent decades living under.

"Let everybody know that I'm still kicking," said the retired ballplayer, who is nearly 80.

"I don't know what to think," he said of the identity theft. "I'm baffled."

No less confused is Elizabeth Henry, the deceased man's wife of 19 years.

"I just took his word that that's who he was," she said. "It's an awful shock. It's hard."


Owner flips Wagner card for $2.8 million

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The famed 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card broke another record recently when it was sold by a California collector for $2.8 million.

The seller was apparently the same unidentified collector who bought the coveted item in February for what was then a record $2.35 million.

SCP Auctions in Mission Viejo said in a news release that the so-called T206 Honus Wagner is considered the “holy grail” or “Mona Lisa” of baseball cards, and was once owned by hockey great Wayne Gretzky.

The auction house identified the purchaser only as an anonymous buyer.


Clinton suggests 'first laddie' title

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Bill Clinton suggested during a TV appearance that, should his wife be elected president of the United States, he be referred to as “first laddie.”

Clinton jokingly suggested the moniker during an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” The Chicago Tribune reported.

"My Scottish friends say I should be called 'first laddie' because it's the closest thing to 'first lady'," he said.

Speaking more seriously, the former president said he feels the title isn't important.

"I'm not so worried about what I'm called as what I'm called upon to do," Clinton said.

However, he said his role in the campaign of his wife -- Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton, N.Y. -- is a small one.

"If she's writing an important article or giving an important speech, she'll ask me to read it," Clinton said. "And once in a while she'll ask me for some advice on something strategic. But she knows so much more about a lot of this stuff than I do because I'm far removed from it."


Sex-deprived wife leaves her family

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A Kenyan woman is demanding a new home and conjugal rights before she will go back to her husband, her seven children, and four co-wives.

Mose Katana told Central Location chief Wilfred Nyiro she either wanted the demands met or she would compensate her husband, Katana Kanyowe Mabati, for the wedding dowry, Nairobi’s Daily Nation reported.

Mose abandoned the home and the children three years ago to live alone in Malindi Town.

She told police her husband didn't allow her conjugal rights for more than 18 months, focusing on his other wives.

“My husband, who is married to four other wives, stopped coming to my bed and concentrated on my co-wives,” she told officers at the Gender Desk.

She told the chief: “I’m unwilling to go back to this man because I suffered a lot under his and my co-wives’ hands. I’m ready to compensate him and start living freely.”

But Nyiro said he wouldn't grant her payout request because he didn't want see a divorce that would expose the children to suffering, the Daily Nation said.

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