NICKNAME OF THE WEEK
" Sony," for the Walkman, given to Red Sox outfielder Mike Stenhouse after he walked six times in nine plate appearances as a pinch hitter.
THE JIM BOUTON JOURNALIST OF THE WEEK
Mark Knudson, the Astros' fifth starter, made his first appearance this season against the San Francisco Giants. What's so unusual about that? Knudson was a sportswriter for the Rocky Mountain News last winter. His assignment? The impending franchise move of the Giants from San Francisco to Denver. He called Giants publicist Duffy Jennings "countless" times while trying to keep up with the situation over the winter and, in anticipation of the shift, put together a Denver Giants team guide.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
?"We won it three times and lost it three times, but we won it more than we lost it."—Giants Manager Roger Craig after a wild 9-6 victory over Atlanta.
?"The only chance you've got around here is to be dead, retired or Reggie."—Dave Winfield, chafing under the constant criticism of Yankee owner George Steinbrenner.
?The Blue Jays spoiled Roger Clemens's perfect record of 14-0 last Wednesday, beating him 4-2. If history is any indication, Clemens may be in for a rough time from here on. The four pitchers who have won more consecutive games at the start of a season were Rube Marquard (19), Elroy Face (17), Johnny Allen (15) and Dave McNally (15). From the time their streaks were stopped to the end of their seasons, they were 7-11, 1-1, 0-1 and 5-7, respectively, a combined record of 13-20.
GENE MAUCH HE'S NOT
Before their July 3 game against the Twins, Oriole outfielder Lee Lacy asked teammate Fred Lynn, "What's this guy throw?" This guy was Twins starter Bert Blyleven. Blyleven has been pitching in the majors since 1970 and had been Lacy's Pittsburgh teammate in 1979-80. Lacy went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against the stranger.
?At the 1965 National Baseball Congress tourney in Wichita, a semipro team from Wichita beat the Alaska Goldpanners 5-2. The winning pitcher? Toronto G.M. Pat Gillick, whose minor league career had been cut short by a sore arm. The loser? Fellow USC alumnus Tom Seaver. Gillick's infield was made up entirely of former major leaguers: Bob (Ropes) Boyd at first, Charlie Neal at second, Rod Kanehl at third and Buddy Bloom field at short.
? Sid Fernandez made 22 starts before allowing more than six hits in a game.