POWER, RICHES AND FAME
The Expos had a pool to predict when Casey Candaele would hit his first major league homer. But when he finally did it, hitting the screen that's attached to the rightfield foul pole in Montreal on July 19, it turned out that none of the entries had picked the winning date. So the pool will continue until Candaele hits his second home run. The club has commemorated Candaele's maiden homer by installing a yellow seat in the row of blue seats in right, roughly where the ball would have landed.
There is one other yellow seat in Olympic Stadium—in the upper deck of rightfield—and it marks a home run by Willie Stargell in 1978, the longest dinger ever hit in the park. That 535-foot shot went approximately 200 feet farther than Candaele's blast.
When Juan Beniquez was recently traded from Kansas City to Toronto, he became the first man ever to play for eight American League teams. The trade moved Beniquez past Woody Held, Eddie Robinson, Ken Brett and Ken Sanders, who played for seven AL clubs. The National League record of seven teams is held by Joe Schultz and Frank Thomas. The record for most major league teams, both leagues, is shared by Brett and Tommy Davis, each of whom toiled for 10.
Last Saturday, Kansas City's Willie Wilson became the fifth player to steal 30 or more bases for 10 consecutive seasons. The other four are Lou Brock (14 straight years), Ty Cobb (12), Honus Wagner (11) and Bert Campaneris (10).
With 23 homers, 19 stolen bases and 18 errors so far, Mets third baseman Howard Johnson could be the first 30/30/30 man ever.
DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB, RICK
When Yankees catcher Rick Cerone pitched the eighth inning of a 20-3 loss to Texas on July 19, he balked in a run, and his fastball was clocked at 81 mph. He was also fined $15 by his fellow pitchers for failing to cover first on one play and back up home on another.
THE MOUSSY WARS (CONT.)
After White Sox general manager Larry Himes banned alcohol from the clubhouse, Carlton Fisk made a tongue-in-cheek threat to bring a cooler loaded with beer and put it in his locker. Himes took him seriously and asked Comiskey Park security guards to check Fisk at the entrance gate.
?In extra innings this season, Jack Clark is 6 for 9, with three home runs and six RBIs.