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Peter Gammons
April 27, 1987
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April 27, 1987

Baseball

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Schmidt did become the 14th player to hit 500 homers when he hit a game-winning shot with two outs in the ninth inning on Saturday in Pittsburgh. He downplayed the milestone: "I don't think it's unbelievable, maybe because I'm the one who hit it. My dad has probably made 37,854 milkshakes in his life at our family restaurant. That's enough ice cream to fill Lake Erie. I think that's unbelievable, but it's not a big achievement to him." Schmidt could conceivably overtake Mel Ott (511), Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews (512), Ted Williams and Willie McCovey (521), Jimmie Foxx (534) and Mickey Mantle (536) this year....

SI's two preseason picks in the AL, the Indians and the Rangers, had won only a total of four games as of Sunday. Texas (1-10) could blame its pitchers (6.17 ERA), its fielders (an abysmal 12 errors) and its hitters (a .214 average with runners in scoring position). The manager, Bobby Valentine, blames himself. "My attitude going into the year was that I wasn't going to be as fiery with the umpires, I wasn't going to get on other teams' nerves. I was going to try to be more 'professional,' as some people put it. It sure hasn't worked."...

The Cardinals were concerned about John Tudor's shoulder and elbow troubles. But then on Sunday, Met catcher Barry Lyons fell on Tudor going after a pop-up in the Cardinal dugout, breaking a bone in the pitcher's knee and putting him out of action for at least two months....

Kirby Puckett and Reggie Jackson ran into each other after a Twins-Athletics game, and Reggie asked Puckett his weight. Puckett, 5'8", admitted to 215. Jackson, who is 6 feet, said he also weighs 215. Puckett didn't miss a beat, saying, "Yeah, but you're a legend. I'm trying to get there."

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