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N.Y. high school gets DiMaggio memorabilia

Xaverian High School in Brooklyn soon will resemble a Joe DiMaggio museum.

A vast collection of DiMaggio memorabilia was donated by Morris Engelberg, the late Hall of Fame outfielder's lawyer.

"It's astounding," school president Sal Ferrera said Wednesday of the collection, which includes autographed bats and uniform jerseys, photos and an oil portrait of DiMaggio.

"The painting is one of the prizes, in my opinion," Ferrera said. "That, and a DiMaggio uniform shirt which Joe signed on the back, on his No. 5."

Ferrera is getting advice from a museum curator on how the memorabilia should displayed.

Some of the items will be auctioned at the Catholic school's annual fund-raising dinner in January. Most will be on display for at least two years, then auctioned.

The proceeds will go into an Engelberg Family Scholarship fund at the school.

"That's Brooklyn," said Engelberg, who went to an Orthodox Jewish high school not too far from Xaverian. "An Engelberg scholarship in a Catholic school."

Engelberg said he chose Xaverian because many of its students have Italian backgrounds.

"That's what Joe would have wanted," Engelberg said. "He was very proud of his Italian heritage, and he would have liked the idea of reminding the students of an Italian-American who made good."

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BRAVES: Leftfielder B.J. Surhoff (right thigh) missed his fifth straight game and is not expected back before the weekend.

BREWERS: Marquis Grissom became the 65th player to reach 400 stolen bases.

EXPOS: Left-hander Trey Moore (stiff left shoulder), scratched Wednesday, is scheduled to be examined by the team doctor today and have an MRI exam Friday.

MARLINS: Though Ramon Castro is hitting under .220, Florida isn't giving up on its young catcher. But it would like to see some improvement offensively out of Castro and intends to give him the bulk of the playing time the remainder of the season to show what he can do.

METS: Mike Hampton is 1-2 with a 1.41 ERA in his past four starts. New York has 15 wins when trailing after six innings, most in the majors. Mike Piazza, in a 5-for-34 slide, struck out all four times he batted for the second four-strikeout game of his career. "Hopefully I hit rock bottom today and will bounce back."

PIRATES: Kevin Young (groin strain) pronounced himself ready to play after missing 15 games. He may play this weekend.

REDS: The team physician will watch Scott Williamson (two broken toes) throw on the side Friday to see if he can return to the rotation next week. Owners of the club have bought the limited partnership shares held by Chicago bookstore magnate Carl A. Kroch, who died in March 1999.

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ATHLETICS: Manager Art Howe announced he was going to flip Tim Hudson and Barry Zito in the rotation so Hudson will pitch against the Mariners next weekend.

INDIANS: Right-hander Charles Nagy makes his first start since May tonight. He had bone chips removed from his elbow. "I'm nervous, excited, the whole nine yards," he said. Nagy's return was delayed by a rehab setback. "It turned into a four-month bear," said Nagy, who still has pain in his elbow. "You know when it rains and when it's going to be cold."

ORIOLES: Outfielder Albert Belle (right hip inflammation) missed his ninth straight game and was allowed to return to Baltimore.

RANGERS: Catcher Bill Haselman (partially torn rotator cuff) will play through the weekend but have arthroscopic surgery Monday. Randy Knorr and B.J. Waszgis will take over.

RED SOX: Right-hander Rich Garces (strained right groin) reported significant improvement after throwing on the side Tuesday.

TIGERS: Detroit will host the Red Sox for a day-night doubleheader Saturday to make up a game rained out April 20.

WHITE SOX: Baseball America named right-hander Jon Rauch its Minor League Player of the Year.

YANKEES: Centerfielder Bernie Williams, who has missed seven of eight games after straining his right rib cage, could be back in the lineup today or Friday. He's bothered now by a slight calf strain.

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