? Reggie Jackson joined Joe DiMaggio and Johnny Mize as the only players to have three-homer games in three decades when he hit three against the Royals on Sept. 18. He had one in the 1977 World Series and one on July 2, 1969, against the then Seattle Pilots. After that game the Pilots' No. 1 draft pick immediately signed, saying, "I saw Reggie Jackson hit three homers, then I saw all the beer in the clubhouse and I knew this was my game." The draftee was Gorman Thomas.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
?"Last year they cheered us when we won. Now they cheer us when we hit foul balls. I'm lucky, I've managed in two eras. I managed in the lively ball era last year and the dead ball era this year."—Cardinal manager Whitey Herzog, after Mike Laga got a standing O for a foul homer that went out of Busch Stadium.
?" Santiago flies to Chili."—Giants broadcaster Hank Greenwald when Padre catcher Benito Santiago filed out to Chili Davis.
HOMERS ARE OVERRATED
?The Boston Red Sox have been outhomered 77-53 in Fenway Park, where they are 47-24.
?The Cardinals had been outhomered 117-50 through Sunday, yet had scored 7 more runs (561) than their opponents.
?American League teams have started nine righthanded hitters against Boston lefthander Bruce Hurst six times. He is 5-0, with a 2.41 ERA in those games, striking out 45 in 41 innings. So much for that idea.
? Don Baylor became the first player in major league history to join a different 30-30 club: 30 homers and 30 times hit by a pitch.