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Comiskey fan planned attack on coach, prosecutor says

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published September 22, 2002

CHICAGO -- A Cook County judge ordered that a man who ran onto the field at Comiskey Park and attacked a Royals coach be held on $200,000 bail Saturday.

During a hearing, a prosecutor described how William Ligue Jr. telephoned his sister before Thursday night's attack and told her to watch the White Sox game because he was going to be on.

When she couldn't find the game on TV, he told her to watch the news because he'd be on it, Assistant State's Attorney Colleen Daly said.

A short time after the call, Daly said, Ligue and his 15-year-old son ran and attacked Tom Gamboa from behind.

Ligue was charged with a felony count of aggravated battery in a public place of amusement. Daly said Ligue told police after his arrest that he charged the field because he was angry the White Sox were losing, but Daly said the attack was premeditated. She said shortly before he ran onto the field, Ligue handed his keys, cellular telephone and jewelry to another son. She said Ligue was wearing a pocketknife on his waistband when he ran onto the field.

METS OWNER "EMBARRASSED': Fred Wilpon admitted he is concerned about the team's image following reports of widespread marijuana use by players.

"I am personally embarrassed with what has happened in the last few days," Wilpon said. "I'm embarrassed not only for myself and my family, I'm embarrassed more so for the organization."

ASTROS: Catcher Brad Ausmus tied an NL record when he grounded into his 30th double play. Reds catcher Ernie Lombardi set the mark in 1938.

BRAVES: Leftfielder Chipper Jones is five RBIs shy of reaching 100 for the seventh straight season, one short of the NL record shared by former Giants Mel Ott and Willie Mays.

CARDINALS: Right-hander Woody Williams won't pitch again this season but might in the postseason. An examination a day after he left a start showed no serious damage to Williams' side.

D'BACKS: Left-hander Brian Anderson broke a bone in his left foot after being struck by Ben Petrick's liner in the third.

DODGERS: Centerfielder Dave Roberts left with a strained muscle in his right ribcage after hitting a leadoff homer.

TIGERS: Pitchers Mark Fidrych and Mickey Lolich were among former players who played in the Legends Game. Hall of Famer Al Kaline's team edged Willie Horton's 1-0. ... Catcher Brandon Inge dislocated his left shoulder in the fifth.

YANKEES: Manager Joe Torre said right-hander Roger Clemens reported no problems a day after being hit on the left shin by a batted ball.

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