In December, Maine forfeited three early-season wins because Walsh allowed Jeff Tory, who was ineligible under Prop 48, to play. Two months before that, the NCAA had forced the Bears to forfeit both regular-season and postseason 1992 Hockey East titles, as well as 13 victories from the '91-92 season, because Cal Ingraham, the nation's leading goal scorer last season, played for the Black Bears while enrolled at the University of Maine's University College branch (SI, Nov. 8, 1994). School officials believed that University College qualified as part of their university system, but the NCAA viewed it as a junior college, thus making Ingraham ineligible for that year.
University president Dr. Frederick Hutchinson has taken steps in response to all the snafus. He suspended both Ploszek (for one week) and Walsh (five games) without pay and will probably reassign Carville, who is in line to retire after this year. But, winter or not, it's time for the Black Bear athletic department to come out of hibernation.
Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken ended last season with 289 home runs as a shortstop, a number that apparently put him four shy of Ernie Banks's record for that position. However, unbeknownst to the Orioles, the Elias Sports Bureau six years ago had determined that 16 home runs that Banks had hit as a first baseman had been mistakenly credited to his shortstop total. Better late than never, the O's honored Ripken at Camden Yards on Feb. 9 and Hew in Mr. Cub for the celebration.
Might another player be overlooked this season? Following are the home run leaders at each position along with the career total of the active player with the best chance of catching him.
•First base: Lou Gehrig, 493; Eddie Murray, 441. Murray's number is not accurate since Elias has not yet determined how many dingers he has hit as a DH or a pinch hitter. It is not inconceivable that he could pass Gehrig, but staying healthy at age 38 is not a sure thing.
•Second base: Joe Morgan, 266; Ryne Sandberg, 235. Ryno is four years removed from his best power year (40), but when the wind blows out in Wrigley....
•Third base: Mike Schmidt, 509; Gary Gaetti, 245. Gaetti's total, like Murray's, was not amassed at one position. He has no shot at Schmidt's stat in any case.
•Shortstop: Ripken, 289. Thirty-six-year-old Alan Trammell, with 174 homers, would need at least five good seasons to catch Ripken, and he probably won't get them.
•Catcher: Carlton Fisk, 351; Lance Parrish, 305. Surprise—the leader isn't Johnny Bench, who had 327. Parrish, who is going to spring training on a minor league contract with the Tigers, isn't likely to catch Fisk.