Pete Rose left Riverfront Stadium Sept. 2 saying, "Tomorrow night it could be five games." The streaking Reds were within 6� games of the Astros, who had to play a make-up double-header the following afternoon in Wrigley Field.
Rose sat down to watch them, but his satellite dish went on the blink. The first game went off the air, and onto his screen came Mr. Ed. Rose rushed to a local restaurant to watch the game, which the Astros won in 18 innings as both teams scored three times in the 17th inning and used a record 53 players. Astros manager Hal Lanier made two double switches in one inning. Harry Caray sang Take Me Out to the Ball Game after the 7th and 14th.
The Astros won both ends of the doubleheader, and the Reds lost that night, so when Rose left Riverfront on Sept. 3, the lead was eight games.
A JIM KAAT AUTOGRAPH-MODEL GLOVE
To Giants pitcher Terry Mulholland. Unable to get the ball out of his glove after fielding a sharp one-hopper to the mound in Shea Stadium on Sept. 3, he flipped his glove—with the ball—to first baseman Bob Brenly to retire Keith Hernandez. "Brenly should have thrown the glove around the infield," mused San Francisco pitcher Mike Krukow.
On Aug. 30 the Red Sox beat Cleveland 7-3. Roger Clemens got the win, Calvin Schiraldi finished up, and Spike Owen had the game-winning RBI. All three were at the University of Texas in 1982.
THE JOHN R. TUNIS NAMES TO REMEMBER
?Minor league pitching phenoms Blaise Ilsley, who has won 21 games for the Astros' Asheville and Osceola farm clubs, and Steve Gasser, who has 225 strikeouts in 188? innings in the Minnesota organization.
? Asheville's 6'5" outfielder, Cameron Drew, who, as the University of New Haven center in 1985, won the opening tap from Manute Bol of the University of Bridgeport.
THE SAN DIEGO CHICKEN
The Padres had to alter their battered rotation to accommodate Ed Whitson's request not to pitch in New York.