Former Oakland Athletics' owner Charles O. Finley has sent 1,000 glow-in-the-dark footballs to troops participating in Operation Desert Shield in the Persian Gulf.

"They will be easier for the troops to see at night to play football when it's cooler," Finley said. "They should be there by the middle of next week."Finley, the colorful owner who presided over the Athletic's dynasty in the 1970s, was known for his innovative ideas, including a failed attempt to introduce Day-Glow orange baseballs to the big leagues.

Finley owns the patent to the Rawlings footballs, which are marked with bold, fluorescent yellow stripes.

In a letter to Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney seeking permission to send the balls, Finley called on the sports world to "let our troops know we love them and appreciate the sacrifices they are making for our country.