But the crew of Bender, Jackson and Morgan was hopeless. Bender doesn't cover baseball on a regular basis, and it showed here. He and Reggie cranked out a season's worth of platitudes and self-serving clich�s, such as how Red Sox manager Joe Morgan didn't want to go down three games to none (oh, really!), and how the great ones have the postseason ability to "turn it up another notch" (way to go, Reg!). Only Morgan seemed to have his mind on the game.
UPON OTHER FIELDS, ON OTHER DAYS...
On Oct. 1, a football Saturday, friends, relatives and former teammates of Don Holleder gathered at West Point for the dedication of the U.S. Military Academy's Holleder Center.
Thirty-three years ago, on the eve of the Army-Navy game, Holleder was on the cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (right). He had been an All-America end for the Cadets the year before and had seemed certain to be selected again at that position in his final season. But Army's backfield ranks had been thinned by graduation, and coach Red Blaik asked Holleder to be his quarterback, a position Holleder had never played.
Blaik's decision came under fire from critics when the Cadets split their first four games, with Holleder completing only three passes. However, Blaik stuck with his inexperienced quarterback, and his judgment was vindicated. Holleder led West Point to four wins in its last five games, including an upset of powerful Navy.
In October 1967, in dense jungle 40 miles northwest of Saigon, Major Donald Holleder, 33, operations officer for a brigade of the First Infantry Division, rushed to the aid of troops who had been ambushed by the Viet Cong. He was hacking a clearing for medical helicopters when enemy machine-gun fire cut him down. An Army medic, Pfc. Thomas Hinger, who was a witness, said, "What an officer. He went on ahead of us—literally running in the point position."
Across a plaza from the Holleder Center is another monument. On it are carved these words of General Douglas Mac Arthur:
Upon the fields of friendly strife,
Are sown the seeds that,
Upon other fields, on other days,
Will bear the fruits of victory.