GOOD MORNING: The Dodgers’ chairman-CEO Bob Daly and Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig were talking Wednesday ayem about Tuesday night’s 11th-inning tied finale of the All-Star Game in Milwaukee. Selig revealed to Daly that the National League’s pitcher, Vicente Padilla, was ailing. The umpires had noticed it in the previous inning. There was no one left on the roster to take the mound and if Padilla had to come out to pitch (the top of the) 12th inning, Daly said Selig reasoned, “It could hurt the young pitcher’s career.” Fans watching at home joined in the “boos” and “let ’em play!” with the fans in the stands — we were all ignorant of the goings-on between the umps, managers and Selig — even after the game was called and was off the air … Daly’s suggestion to avoid future disappointment of an All-Star game: Enlarge the list of player-participants with “reserve players.” They could be considered part of the team with the understanding they might or might not get to play … Meanwhile, Daly’s happy with his Dodgers as the second half of the season starts with the team 2½ games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks. And attendance is up by 130,000 while the rest of the teams (except Arizona) are down. Daly says he’s done the same with his management at the Dodgers (Jim Tracy and Dan Evans) “as I did at CBS and WB.” … Added baseball note: Tommy Lasorda and wife Jo are off to her hometown of Greenville, S.C., today with a video Ted Williams made a year ago urging the inclusion of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson in baseball’s Hall of Fame. A statue is to be dedicated in Jackson’s honor Saturday.
ANOTHER VICTORY CROSSING the color line: “Miss America” producer Bob Bain has talked to Wayne Brady about hosting the “Miss America” pageant, to air Sept. 21 on ABC. The multitalented Brady bows his hourlong syndie show from Buena Vista on Labor Day (Sept. 2). He’ll also do the 1-3 p.m. seg of Jerry Lewis’ telethon the same day. And Brady just wound a soldout stand at the Mandalay Bay House of Blues … Don Rickles, who has topped marquees in Vegas for almost four decades, inked a contract extension at the Stardust through 2003. His next gig there starts Aug. 29. This weekend he plays Atlantic City’s Tropicana, where he is also in the midst of a multiyear deal … Rosie Perez hosts tonight’s “One World Jam: A Concert for Global Harmony” for Radio City Entertainment — live at Radio City Music Hall. Just added to the all-star cast is the chart-topping rap artist Nelly and R&B singers Boyz II Men. Musical producer is Phil Ramone. The concert benefits Education Is Freedom, sponsored by 7-Eleven … Tony winner Des McAnuff is set by Radio City Entertainment and Frank Sinatra Enterprises to direct the “first officially licensed and sanctioned live theatrical multimedia stage production celebrating Frank Sinatra.” Tina Sinatra is exec producer … Peter Levinson’s Harry James bio, “Trumpet Blues,” is being repped by Joel Gotler of AMG/Renaissance. Meanwhile, James Gavin’s “Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker,” in its second printing (Knopf) after only six weeks in release, has been optioned by Harry Gittes … Last week, Diana Krall filmed a scene singing and playing piano with her group at the Village Vanguard for a scene in Woody Allen’s next film tentatively titled — “WASP 2002” … Next month, Blue Note releases Duke Ellington’s April 29, 1969, birthday gig at the all-star jazz concert at the Nixon White House, where even the usually stiff-lipped Nixon saluted Ellington, saying, “Nobody swings like the Duke.”
“TWO EXCEPTIONALLY KIND and generous honorary Jews” is how Tom Rothman saluted Harry Connick Jr. and Ray Romano. The duo entertained at the 90th anniversary of the Jewish Home for the Aging Tuesday night at the Ballroom of Hollywood & Highland. Connick left his 2-week-old baby to fly out for the event. Among numbers he sang was “Our Love Is Here to Stay,” Tom and Jessica’s wedding song. Romano had ’em laughing about growing up in a N.Y. Jewish neighborhood. Jim Gianopulos intro’d Tom, who paid tribute to his parents, Donald and Elizabeth Rothman. And Joanna Gleason, Richard Hall and Sharon Hall Kessler presented the Jewish Home’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to their parents, Marilyn and Monty Hall … Meyer Gottlieb, chairman of the Jewish Home, announced the evening raised $1.2 million … Jerry Orbach will host the Actors’ Fund of America’s first CelebriTee Golf Tourney at the Knickerbocker Country Club in Tenafly, N.J. The tourney benefits the Actors Fund Homes in Englewood, N.J. For more info, call (212) 221-7300, ext. 133 … Robert H. Lieberman, filmmaker, author and physics teacher at Cornell, is in town for the Saturday preem of his film (he directed-scripted) “Green Lights,” at Laemmle’s Monica 4-Plex. He shot it in Ithaca — near his college h.q. — and principals in the pic are townspeople playing their own professions, as well as professional actors. And one thesp, Sam Harris, is the son of press agent Rob Harris. Lieberman’s latest book, “The Last Boy,” is in development with Nick Wechsler and Mike Gruskoff … Carl Reiner is writing “My Anecdotal Life” for St. Martin’s Press with a Father’s Day release planned … Aug. 5 marks the 40th anni of Marilyn Monroe’s death, and Jack Allen, along with the “Marilyn Remembered” organization, has authored “Marilyn by Moonlight,” the first “digital” book on M.M., with 140 previously unpublished photos of her. The group continues to meet once a month in remembrance.