Harry Caray, the voice of the Chicago Cubs, who had been sidelined since suffering a stroke on Feb. 17, returned to the WGN-TV microphones on May 19. Former play-by-play man Ronald Reagan found time in the midst of the Persian Gulf turmoil to give Caray a call, and for an entire half inning before Caray's traditional seventh-inning rendition of Take Me Out to the Ball Game, the Wrigley Field crowd chanted "Har-ry! Har-ry!"
Not everything went well, however. Governor James Thompson, who proclaimed May 19 Harry Caray Day in Illinois, may regret having suggested that the Wrigley crowd of 28,890 "drink all the Budweiser Harry can't drink," especially when fans began throwing giveaway beer tankards at Reds centerfielder Tracy Jones, causing the umpires to stop the game for six minutes.
A MARKED MAN
After the Pirates lost two straight games to the Braves on May 16 and 17, manager Jim Leyland spent nearly an entire night in the clubhouse "talking ball" with some of his coaches. Leyland fell asleep on his office couch, but at about 4:30 he awoke suddenly. "I thought I had kidney stones," he said. He was sleeping on a Magic Marker that was jabbing him in the stomach.
DEFENSIVE PLAY OF THE WEEK
On May 20, Texas base runners JeffKunkel and Steve Buechele were caught stealing on the same play. If you're scoring, it went 1-3-6-3-3-5-2-4-3-6.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
?Pirates coach Rich Donnelly on his friend Buddy Bell of the Reds: "Buddy says the two biggest career shorteners are hustle and sweat. Oh, Buddy hustles, but he hustles at his own pace. He's a slow hustler. The biggest thing Buddy does all winter is renew his subscription to TV Guide."
INCOMPETENCE IS CATCHING
The American League All-Star ballot lists the following candidates for catcher: Terry Kennedy, Marc Sullivan, Ron Karkovice, David Valle, Mike Heath, Mickey Tettle-ton, Don Slaught, Joel Skinner, Butch Wynegar, Bill Schroeder, Rick Dempsey, Ernie Whitt, Ed Hearn and Tim Laudner. As of Sunday, their cumulative batting average was .228.
INJURY OF THE WEEK
While accommodating an autograph hound, Tiger ace Jack Morris stepped on a drainage grate near the stands at Texas Stadium. The grate gave way, and Morris dropped thigh-high into the drain. His fall was broken by a pipe that struck Morris in the ribs. The X-rays were negative, and two nights later Morris ran his career record in his home state of Minnesota to 11-0 with a 3-2 win over the Twins.
?Giants catcher Bob Melvin has thrown out 18 of 36 base runners, including Vince Coleman and Tim Raines. He also has seven homers, two more than he hit all last season.