Unhittable Pitching Will Always Win Out
Last Thursday in Chicago, White Sox pitchers walked 15 Red Sox hitters—including six with the bases loaded—and Chicago still won 7-6. Chicago knuckleballer Charlie Hough walked five straight in the first inning before he was lifted. "After a while I asked if I could pitch from closer in," says Hough.
Who Was That Masked Man?
A fight between the Class A Augusta (Ga.) Pirates and the Charleston ( S.C.) Rainbows in Charleston on May 5 ended abruptly when a policeman on horseback rode onto the field to break up the fight. "That was the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen," says Augusta manager Scott Little. "There was no reason for him to be out there. We have no idea where he came from or what he was doing. This was not a major brawl. I've seen police come on the field in Venezuela carrying guns, but I've never seen a policeman come out like he was the Lone Ranger."
Starters Just Can't Go the Distance Anymore
In his seventh major league at bat, Astro pitcher Butch Henry got his first base hit last Friday night in Pittsburgh—a three-run, inside-the-park homer. Said Henry, who was huffing and puffing and barely slid in ahead of the relay throw from shortstop Jay Bell, "I started out slow and ended up slower. I was cussing [third base coach] Tommy Spencer when he waved me home. I would have settled for a triple and two RBIs."
A Sky-High Hi-Fi Fly
A fly ball hit by Montreal outfielder Larry Walker on May 5 hit a speaker hanging from the roof of Olympic Stadium. As dictated by stadium ground rules, he was credited with a home run. Expo media-relations director Richard Griffin entered the homer on his list of the most memorable shots in Olympic Stadium history. The top four home runs, along with Griffin's commentary, belong to: Willie Stargell ("long fly"), Darryl Strawberry ("high fly"), Walker ("hi-fi") and diminutive Casey Candaele ("sci-fi").
By the Numbers
?At week's end the Astros had gotten more RBIs from their pitchers (10) than they had from any other position except first base (17) and rightfield (13).