In Boston's 24-5 rout of the Indians on Aug. 21, the Red Sox scored 22 runs with two out, shortstop Spike Owen tied a record by scoring six runs and Wade Boggs had none of the team's 24 hits, going 0 for 5 to briefly lose the batting lead to Kirby Puckett. The Red Sox had 23 RBIs—yet there was no game-winning RBI because the winning run scored on a balk by rookie Greg Swindell. It was quite a week for Owen. George Steinbrenner, the owner of the team that purchased Babe Ruth from Boston, called the acquisition of Owen from Seattle "the steal of the century." Come to think of it, Owen did do something Ruth never did by scoring six runs. Owen's real name is Spike Dee Owen, so named because his mother's maiden name was Spikes.
In a computerized game played over the Veterans Stadium megaboard between the 1977 and 1983 Phillies, Garry Maddox hit a ball for the '77 club that was dropped for an error by the '83 Garry Maddox. It was the only error in the game, committed by a man who had won more Gold Gloves (eight) than all but two National League outfielders, Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
?"They want me to play third like Brooks Robinson, but I think I'll play it more like Mel Brooks."—Padres in-fielder Tim Flannery, who was moved from second to third base.
?"I look at the Dodgers and see guys like Reggie Williams, Jose Gonzalez, Jeff Hamilton.... It looks like a Triple A team. Those guys never would have played for the Dodgers a few years ago."—Mets third baseman Ray Knight.
On Aug. 9, when he was 3-10, Blue Jay pitcher Dave Stieb wrote, with Kevin Boland, the following column in the Toronto Star:
"Maybe it is true, after so much media fuss has been made of my tantrums on and off the mound, that I am much nicer to be near. Maybe too nice. Reggie Jackson of the Angels, for one, and a host of my concerned teammates have suggested this is so.
"They wonder what became of the ogre they knew and loved to hate—the evil eye ever in search of errant fielders, the scourge of blinking umpires, the only guy on the team who could strut sitting down.
"By popular demand, they want him back. Anything to oblige, I always say. Mothers be warned, henceforth, to keep the little ones far from the TV set when the camera zooms in on my pantomime after yet another seeing-eye, blooper, broken-bat, 'tweener falls in. Mr. Mean, as you might have noticed recently, is back at his old stand, and if that doesn't sit well with the Ladies League For Language Purity, tell them to go to George Bell."