Wally Pipp, meet Bobby Thomson.

“Sixty years ago, Milwaukee Braves outfielder Bobby Thomson — yes, that Bobby Thomson — broke his ankle sliding into second base,” noted Len Berman of ThatsSports.com, referring to March 13, 1954.

“The next day a rookie named Hank Aaron started for the first time in his place and hit a homer.”

NFL headlines

• At TheOnion.com: “Report: Most NFL teams just 1 or 2 overpriced free agents away from Super Bowl victory.”

• At SportsPickle.com: “Aaron Hernandez asks Bristol County Jail to be released or traded.”

Muscle Beach

Barbie, the world’s most famous doll, turned 55 on Sunday.

She celebrated her big day at the beach, strutting her stuff alongside PED Ken.

Win some, lose some

The Mount St. Mary’s basketball team, despite its 16-16 record, just punched its ticket to:

a) the Big Dance

b) the .500 Ball

He’s on the bubble

President Obama’s sinking approval rating, depending on the poll, sits at 41 to 44 percent.

Or, as his personal bracketologist tried to spin it, he’s a ninth or 10th seed.

Talk to their agent

Dallas Seavey won this year’s Iditarod in dramatic fashion, but analysts don’t like his chances of repeating.

Nine of his 16 starting dogs are threatening to test free agency.

He went nuts

And you thought soccer headers were impressive?

Martial-arts expert Mohammad Rashid broke the world record by cracking 155 walnuts with his noggin — in one minute — at the Punjab Youth Festival in Lahore, Pakistan.

Political basketball

Hard-playing Dennis Rodman apparently rubbed off on the North Korean electorate.

Kim Jong Un just got re-elected — with 110 percent of the vote.

Bambi, beware

Three deer ran through a middle school outside Washington, D.C.

If the rifle club was having its morning shoot-around, the bucks stopped here.

Talking the talk

• CBS’s David Letterman, on Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” being made into a Broadway musical: “It’s getting such great early notice that they’re already working on another one — ‘Rambo, Get Your Gun.’ ”

• Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, after NASA announced the discovery of 715 new planets: “Commissioner Jim Delany is inviting 712 to join the Big Ten.”

• Panthers receiver Steve Smith, via Twitter, on Carolina dumping him: “God has a plan … sometimes it just hurts (to) find out what it is.”

• Comedian Argus Hamilton, on the NFL mulling a new rule that invokes only a 15-yard penalty for a racial epithet: “Somewhere in this land, Paula Deen is learning how to pass-block.”

Bonds market

Barry Bonds is a guest hitting instructor for the San Francisco Giants this spring.

Hasn’t done a lick yet for anyone’s batting average, but flaxseed-oil futures certainly skyrocketed.

Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or dperry@seattletimes.com