BUT CHECK THE FINE PRINT
The 1961 Philadelphia Phillies' 23-game losing streak still stands. But that team did something positive during its streak that the '88 Baltimore Orioles did not: The Phils beat the Minnesota Twins in an exhibition game.
FIRST THE MOVIE, NOW THE TEAM
The Atlanta Braves' advertising slogan for the 1988 season is One Crazy Summer. That's also the title of a 1986 movie starring Demi Moore and Bobcat Goldthwait, so Gerry Fraley of the Atlanta Constitution looked up the plot in the Video Movie Guide. It read: "A weird, slightly sick and sometimes stupidly funny comedy."
That sums up the 4-16 Braves, although they would be a lot more interesting if they had Demi Moore on their roster instead of Damo Garcia.
POISON-PEN HEADLINE OF THE WEEK
The back page of the New York Post screamed RAGS GAGS after the Yankees' Dave Righetti blew a save opportunity with two out in the ninth for the third time in eight days.
During his April 19 appearance at Minnesota, the Twins' radar gun clocked Righetti's fastball at a top speed of 85 mph. That was 8 mph slower than his best against Minnesota in 1986.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
? Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda, on his 43-year-old pitcher: "We've timed Don Sutton's fastball at 92 miles an hour—45 going in to [catcher] Rick Dempsey, 47 coming back."
? New York Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez, after hitting two homers and driving in seven runs the night after his divorce became final: "Maybe I should get divorced every day. I'd be broke, but I'd also be in the Hall of Fame."