Leo Durocher, 86, the pugnacious shortstop whose 48-year baseball career included managing three pennant winners and a world championship team, the 1954 New York Giants, died on Oct. 7 of natural causes in Palm Springs, Calif. Known as Leo the Lip, he coined the credo “Nice guys finish last.”…
Leonard C. Odell, 83, who, along with brother Allan, penned more than 7,000 Burma Shave “poems” that lined American highways from 1925 to 1964, died of cancer on Oct. 4, in Edina, Minn. The Odell brothers promoted their father’s shaving cream with such sequential billboard couplets as IN THIS WORLD/ THROUGH THICK AND THIN/ MAN GROWS BALD/BUT NOT HIS CHIN. BURMA SHAVE.
Country legend Tennessee Ernie Ford, 72, was in critical but stable condition in a Reston, Va., hospital due to advanced liver disease. Ford became ill two weeks ago in Washington, D.C., after attending a White House dinner.
Troubled teen Adam Rich, once of ABC’s Eight Is Enough, was arrested in L.A. on Oct. 7 on charges of taking a hypodermic believed to conlain Demerol from a hospital where he was being treated for a dislocated shoulder. Rich is awaiting trial on charges of burglarizing a pharmacy in June in an attempt to get drugs….
Glove Recovered: Michael Jackson’s white crystal-beaded number, stolen Oct. 1 from the Motown Museum in Detroit, was rescued after the thief turned himself in on Oct. 3. Rapper Hammer, 28 (he no longer uses the initials M.C.), had offered a $50,000 reward….
Gloria Hudson, 61, a chanteuse who worked with Nelson Riddle, was charged with murder on Oct. 2 after shooting drummer Jacob Portnoy, 61, in her Philadelphia home. Armed with a pistol, she held police at bay for nine hours before surrendering.
Gregory Peck’s a grandpa! Son Anthony, 34, and megamodel Cheryl Tiegs, 43, had their first child, a hearty 8 lb., 9 oz. boy named Zachary Anthony, on Oct. 1 in L.A.
Fall Baby Roundup: L.A. Law Lothario Corbin Bernsen, 36, and wife Amanda Pays, 31, are expecting twins next spring. Their first child, Oliver, is 2….
Randy rocker Rod Stewart, 46, and bride Rachel Hunter, 21, are expecting in June. Stewart already has three kids, ages 4 to 11, by ex-wife Alana Hamilton and model Kelly Emberg….
Susan Sarandon, 45, and actor Tim Robbins, 32, are looking forward to a sibling for Jack, 2, in May….
A first child for former Go-Go Belinda Carlisle, 33, and producer hubby Morgan Mason, 36, is due in June.