A STRONG DEFENSE
The Corpus Christi ( Texas) Catholic Colts performed admirably on and off the field this season. During a September practice the team, whose final record was 5-2, heard a cry for help and took off after a mugger who had stolen a woman's purse. The thief escaped on a bike, but the Colts recovered the handbag and the $300 it contained. Recently the team, its coaches, the victim and a passerby who aided in the chase were feted by the school at a special gumbo dinner.
THE PITCH BEHIND THE PITCH
The World Series' most elevated moment occurred before Game 2 when the winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, Holocaust witness Elie Wiesel, threw out the first ball. He explains how this came to pass:
"I got a telephone call from the commissioner of baseball, and he said, 'You know, we have a great honor to bestow upon you.' And I was wondering what could be the honor, between baseball and I? The only possibility in my mind was my son, maybe they would invite him to some World Series, which apparently is an important event, I don't know.
" 'It wasn't that,' he said. 'We would like you to come and throw out the first ball.'
"You must forgive me—I didn't even know what it meant. I had a feeling he was talking mysticism to me or something. But, you know, being a Jew who studies Talmud, I had an answer. I said I appreciate very much the honor but tomorrow was Shabbat and I cannot come Saturday and do that. So he was very sad. He called back. He said, 'How about Sunday?' Still being a good Talmudist, I said Sunday we celebrate the holiday of Sukkoth, which is also a holy day. And then he was very, very sad. But then he went—I must say this to his credit—he went and he checked with rabbis and found that after sunset, after the sundown, it is permitted to throw a ball.
"So when he came back for the third time, I took counsel with my son. I have a 14-year-old son, and he is a very, very great fan of some...I don't know for whom, for baseball anyway. And when he heard that, he was more impressed of that than of my getting the Nobel Prize. So, of course, I accepted doing it. And I was trembling all the time because I wouldn't know what to do. I thought, not only will I embarrass my son, I may embarrass Boston University, where I teach. So I prayed and my prayers were heard and apparently I did the right thing."