Vive la Diff�rence
Kelly Saunders, a news reporter at Channel 13 in Baltimore, called it a "dream come true" when she served as the public-address announcer at the Oriole-Yankee game in Oriole Park at Camden Yards last Saturday. She was filling in for longtime P.A. man Rex Barney, who is convalescing after having his right foot amputated because of complications from diabetes. Saunders is only the second woman in history to handle the P.A. chores at a major league game. (The first was Joy Hawkins McCabe, who worked a Senators' game at D.C. Stadium in 1966.) Saunders's reviews were so good she might be asked back again before Barney returns to the mike on July 1. "What a wonderful way to be part of a baseball game, and I didn't have to pay any money to do it," she said. "I thought I was grand. No one said to me, 'You stink.' The New York media guys told me, 'Hey, not bad for a girl." "
He Was Not a Crook
Expo media-relations director Richard Griffin recently devised the Watergate 20th anniversary all-star team: manager Russ (Richard) Nixon, catcher Bill ( White House) Plummer, first baseman Dan (Gerald) Ford, second baseman Ron (E. Howard) Hunt, third baseman Bill (Archibald) Cox, shortstop Woody (Bob) Woodward and outfielders Wally ( Washington) Post, Ron (Rose Mary) Woods and Ty Cobb, the Georgia (Im)peach. The starting pitcher was Dizzy (John) Dean and the reliever John Mitchell. Our question is, Why was Russ Nixon named manager instead of Otis or Donnell Nixon? Russ holds the major league record for most games (906) without a steal, while the Nixon brothers have been caught stealing more than 100 times.
Indians pitcher Scott Scudder is a basketball referee in Paris, Texas, in the off-season. He works mostly junior college games. "By halftime someone finds out who I am, and then the fans really let me have it," says Scudder. "They'll scream, 'Get a real job' or 'Stick to baseball.' I get yelled at all summer, so I figure I might as well get yelled at all winter, too."
By the Numbers
?Braves pitcher Tom Glavine was batting .289 with 10 wins through Sunday. Fourteen pitchers in National League history have hit .300 and won 20 games in the same season, the last being the Cardinals' Bob Gibson, who hit .303 and won 23 games in 1970.
?Through Sunday, Detroit's Rob Deer had four multihomer games and one multisingle game. For the year, he had hit 21 homers and only 16 singles.
?Who could have imagined that on June 20 Nolan Ryan wouldn't have a win, but Steve Fireovid, Rod Nichols, Kurt Knudsen and Hipolito Pichardo would?