Bowie knows baseball?Well, at least the Internet side of Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles, that is. UltraStar, the online technology company co-founded by the Thin White Duke (and which oversees his BowieNet site and network), has just signed on to create MLB's first branded online service for the Orioles. Modeled after the highly successful BowieNet, the largest music based ISP and online fan club, the Orioles' new online network will feature dial-up access, e-mail, and exclusive content featuring chats with players and coaches. The site will also include behind-the-scenes photos, merchandise, and special ticket offers and contests. "We feel that we can add the same excitement and sense of community to Orioles which has brought so many music fans together at BowieNet," Bowie said in an announcement of the joint venture. "We couldn't be more pleased to be associated with this first class franchise." For more information, interested fans should check
out www.theorioles.com.As for Bowie, the musician is preparing to release a new album, "hours …," on October 9, and has contributed one of the record's tracks, "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell," to the soundtrack for "Stigmata," which also features new music from the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan and Natalie Imbruglia, and which is due out on August 24.