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NOTEBOOK : FORMER YANKEES STAR GRIM DIES OF HEART ATTACK.

Bob Grim, the last American League rookie to win 20 games, had a fatal heart attack after throwing snowballs with neighborhood children in Shawnee, Kan., his family said. He was 66.

Grim was 20-6 in 199 innings for the 1954 New York Yankees, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award. The right-hander spent five seasons with New York, playing on the Yankees' 1956 World Series champions.

He finished the 1958 season with Kansas City and played three more seasons with the Athletics, Cleveland, Cincinnati and St. Louis, finishing his eight-year career with a 61-41 record and 3.61 ERA.

Tonight's top three: It was Joe Torre's turn to appear with Larry ``Bud'' Melman of ``Late Show with David Letterman'' fame.

The New York manager answered three questions for Calvert DeForest, who plays Melman on the show. Melman interviewed Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones before Game 3.

Melman: ``When the Yankees win, who do you think Steinbrenner will fire?''

Torre: ``You probably.''

Melman: ``Have you had a groin pull?''

Torre: ``Not here.''

Melman's follow up: ``Would you like one now?''

And finally, Melman: ``Does the Yankees workout regime include the butt-master?''

Torre interrupted, saying ``that's regimen, not regime.''

Melman later interviewed John Popper of the rock band Blues Traveler. Popper played the national anthem before the game on harmonica.

Wild isle: In Willamsted, Curacao, Magda Rafael thought the local sports bar might be a little small to watch the island's newest hero play in the World Series. So the sports commissioner invited the entire country to the stadium.

More than 3,500 people showed up to watch the Atlanta Braves - and Curacao native Andruw Jones - play in Game 4 against the New York Yankees, radio station Z-86 reported.

A giant screen was erected on the field to carry the game live.

``I've never seen the island react this way about anyone,'' said Rafael, calling the 19-year-old Jones ``a true hero for this island's youth.''

The island of 150,000 went wild Sunday night when Jones hit two homers to lead the Braves to a 12-1 victory in Game 1. People set off fireworks after each home run.

According to Rafael, the fireworks ``will just keep on coming.''

Million dollar miss: Carlton Gamble of Brighton, Ala., will have to be content with $50,000. The 23-year-old attempted to win $1 million by throwing a baseball from the pitcher's mound into a 30-inch-by-18-inch target at home plate before Game 4. He barely missed, his toss falling low and inside. Gamble was selected from among 3 million entries in the Gillette Strike Zone Challenge. The $50,000 was the consolation prize for his miss.

First pitch: Only one of them threw underhand, but four members of the U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning softball squad got to throw out first pitches at Game 4. Pitcher Lisa Fernandez out of UCLA, who won the gold medal game against China, threw the ceremonial pitch underhanded. The others did so with baseball's traditional overhand motion.

The most popular member of the team, shortstop Dot Richardson, has an autobiography coming out next year, as well as a made-for-TV movie. She also makes motivational speeches and does commercials. Even more remarkable, she maintains a full-time practice as an orthopedic surgeon at the USC Medical Center.

``I still get recognized by kids in malls. It's wonderful. I hope the message that we got out there is still going strong: If you want something bad enough and you work at it, in time you can achieve it,'' she said.

D.C. leans to Dixie: Ted Turner likes to call the Atlanta Braves ``America's team,'' and he's getting no argument from the U.S. State Department.

``If you walk around the halls here, you ask people about the Yankees and the Braves, everyone's for the Braves,'' State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns told Washington, D.C., reporters earlier this week. ``I haven't found a single person who's rooting for the Yankees.''

Certainly Burns isn't. The Boston native is a dyed-in-the-wool Red Sox fan.

In addition: Atlanta shortstop Jeff Blauser's RBI in the second inning was his first in 40 World Series at-bats. . . . Marquis Grissom extended his World Series hitting streak to 10 games with a second-inning, two-run double.

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