THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
Robert E. (Bob) Hope is an Atlanta public relations executive who joined the Braves board of directors during the winter. Hope, whose r�sum� includes a stint as the club's public relations director and an attempt at an all-women baseball league, was on a committee which selected a timeless slogan for the Braves this year: "Play Ball, Y'all." But Hope outdid even himself when he sent owner Ted Turner a memo suggesting that general manager Bobby Cox take acting lessons. It seems that Hope doesn't like Cox's honest and candid assessments of his second-division team and wants him to sugarcoat the shortcomings. Turner ignored the memo, simply forwarding it to Cox, who exploded. Bob Hope's idea was immediately on the road to oblivion.
THE MOTHERS' HALL OF FAME
John Paciorek played in one game in 1963 (box score line: 3 4 3 3), and Jim Paciorek broke in with Milwaukee the first week of this season. The record, though, for most years between debuts by brothers is held by Jesse (1924) and Art (1954) Fowler.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
?" Pawtucket was a lot bigger city on the way up than on the way down."—Red Sox infielder Glenn Hoffman, upon his recall from the Rhode Island city.
?"Every statue in New York is smiling."—Braves TV announcer Ernie Johnson, after a fly ball by Atlanta's Dion James smote what Johnson thought was a pigeon but turned out to be a dove.
ONLY ONE HOMER OFF RUTH'S PACE
On the day the Yankees honored the 60th anniversary of their 1927 team, Don Mattingly struck out three times for the first time in his career. Six decades earlier, Babe Ruth fanned three times in his home debut, then went on to hit 60 homers.
THE BASEBALLS ARE A BARGAIN
In the Red Sox yearbook, Oil Can Boyd lists his favorite vacation spot as Haiti.
?When Boston played Texas on April 14, one of the fans was 110-year-old Sam Corwin of Winthrop, the senior citizen of Massachusetts. Corwin was old enough to vote when the Red Sox won the first World Series in 1903, 41 when they won their last Series, 69 when Johnny Pesky held the ball, 90 for the Impossible Dream, 98 when Carlton Fisk hit the foul pole, 101 when Bucky Dent took Mike Torrez over The Wall, and 109 when Mookie Wilson's ground ball went through Bill Buckner's legs.
?The Cubs, who have stolen 100 bases six times in 62 years, were on a 275 pace after 10 games, going 17 for 17. They also succeeded in their last 13 attempts of 1986, giving them 30 straight.