Unfortunately, the 40-game match will not be carried on national television. So please watch this space for the results.
Ron Hunt, the infielder who played with the Mets, Dodgers, Giants, Expos and Cardinals from 1963 to '74, was an aggressive ballplayer who is proving just as pugnacious in retirement in Wentzville, Mo. Hunt was back in the news recently as Don Baylor of the Red Sox approached—and on June 28 surpassed—Hunt's career record of being hit by pitches 243 painful times.
In an interview with Marty York of the Toronto Globe and Mail, Hunt was asked if he felt sad for former teammate Tom Seaver, who had just announced his retirement. "Hell, no. I don't feel sorry for Seaver at all. He's an ass. Always was. I personally would have liked to put his career on the shelves earlier. He used to throw at my head deliberately. My reaction to him retiring is, tough spit." Hunt maintained that the only pitcher who had been as vicious to him was Don Sutton, who still pitches for the Angels. " Sutton's a jerk, too," said Hunt. "And please make sure you put that in the paper."
No wonder Hunt was hit so many times.
Sports journalism sometimes has its scary moments. Dave Raffo, the boxing writer for United Press International, was recently introduced to heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. "One of your trucks ran over my dog," snapped Tyson as he glared at Raffo, Fortunately for Raffo, one of Tyson's people stepped in and pointed out to the champ that it was a UPS, not a UPI, truck.
Most outmoded 12-meter yachts become expensive playthings when their racing days are over, but Courageous, defender of the America's Cup in 1974 and 1977, last week began a second career as the sailing center for a group of children in the Boston area. The yacht is a gift from aeronautical engineer Leonard Greene to Harry McDonough, the founder of the Courageous Sailing Center, a summer program for 8-to 20-year-olds. Courageous was welcomed to Boston Harbor on June 17 with cannon salutes, fireboat spray and John Philip Sousa music.
In her America's Cup defenses, Courageous acquired as much personality as any yacht ever has. It seems only fitting that she's now serving as a vessel for a new generation of sailors.
ST. LOUIS SINGS THE BLUES FOR THE BROWNS
In their 52-year history they gave major league baseball its only midget, a one-armed outfielder and two pitchers named Bobo (Newsom and Holloman). They had eight seasons with 100 or more defeats and won just one pennant. They were the St. Louis Browns, and though the team played its last game on Sept. 27, 1953—losing to the White Sox 2-1 in 10 innings for the 100th defeat of that season—the Brownies are still very much alive, thanks to the 600-strong St. Louis Browns Fan Club.