FORTUNE, FAME AND SHAME
The Pirates wanted to honor Willie Stargell on the occasion of his election to the Hall of Fame. So for the event the club chose May 21—a day on which the Atlanta Braves, for whom Stargell now coaches, are scheduled to visit Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium. But Stargell, figuring that the Pirates would sell a lot of extra tickets, demanded a five-figure fee in addition to whatever gifts he might receive from the team he helped to win two World Series. The Pirates thought about it and then called the whole thing off.
STARS OF THE GAME
It had to happen. Just as baseball people were getting tired of jokes about the Orioles, along came those revelations about the First Lady's consultations with an astrologer. After the Padres scored a total of eight runs in the first five games of a road trip, manager Larry Bowa said, "Maybe we should get Nancy Reagan here.... Maybe she can give me a clue who to play."
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Yankee shortstop Rafael Santana on the difference between his current team and his former one, the Mets: "This place, it's really crazy. With the Mets, the people just talk a lot. Here, things really happen."
When 38-year-old Jerry Reuss of the White Sox was celebrating his 200th major league victory, by a score of 3-0 over the Orioles, teammate Rick Horton walked by and said, "This is something you can tell your grandchildren about—tomorrow."
SAFE AT ANY SPEED
The Massachusetts legislature last month passed a bill that names a stretch of a busy highway that runs west out of Boston the Ted Williams Highway. The road is still known by its number—Route 9, of course.
The lawmakers so far have no plans to rename part of Route 1 the Don Buddin Highway.
WHAT DID HE DO WRONG?
From the time he signed with the Angels last July until his release on May 6, Bill Buckner was 11 for 19 with 12 RBIs as a pinch hitter. Kansas City signed him Thursday and he went 0 for 4 in his first game as a Royal.
?In a 21-hour period beginning at 7:39 p.m. CDT May 11 and ending at 4:27 p.m. May 12, the Giants and Cardinals played two games for a total of 8 hours and 37 minutes of baseball. San Francisco won the first game, 5-4, in 16 innings. In the second game, Giants relievers Terry Mulholland, Don Robinson, Craig Lefferts, and Scott Garrelts all blew save opportunities in a nine-inning 13-12 loss.