Nonetheless, such is the power of the press that Ferrara recently received an invitation to give a recital with the Philadelphia Orchestra. "They said to name my dates and my fees," he says. "I suppose I could play something simple, but it would take me a couple of weeks to memorize it."
BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD
Dave Hart, the Pitt football coach who weighed his players underwater to determine their fat content because he wanted a "lean and mean team" (SI, Aug. 22), came up with another breakthrough last week. Since Pitt was going to play UCLA in Los Angeles Saturday night (11 p.m. Pittsburgh time), the team practiced at 10 p.m. Thursday, went to bed at 1 a.m. and ate breakfast at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Said Hart: "I've spoken to several doctors about this, and it just makes good common sense. If we wait until Friday evening to go on Coast time, the boys' bodies will not have had time to adjust."
Final score: UCLA 57; lean, mean, well-adjusted Pitt 14.
SAFETY IN NUMBERS
Beginning on page 42, Jack Mann takes a long, mournful look at the decline and fall of hitting. One of his findings: since a pitcher is no longer expected to hurl a complete game, at the first sign that he is losing his stuff in comes a relief pitcher, and as soon as he falters, in comes another warm body, ad infinitum and/or nauseum, until the poor, beleaguered batter doesn't have a chance.
Well, the other day Kansas City beat Cleveland 1-0 in 11 innings. A real old-fashioned, dingdong pitchers' battle, like in the days of Dean and Hubbell, and Mann can go soak his hypothesis? It was a pitchers' battle, all right—all eight of them. Sonny Siebert, who took the loss, worked a complete game, but seven (count 'em, seven) different men pitched the shutout for the A's, and not one of them had so much as an official time at bat. Bill Edgerton went the first five innings. Edgerton gave way to Catfish Hunter, who pitched two. Hunter was relieved by Ken Sanders, who lasted two and a third innings. Sanders was replaced by Joe Grzenda, who threw one-third of an inning. Grzenda went to the showers, and in came Wes Stock, who worked for another two-thirds of an inning (and, incidentally, got the win). Stock was taken out in favor of Gil Blanco, who faced one batter. And, finally, Blanco left, and in came Vern Handrahan, who hung in there to get the last out and preserve the shutout.
Way to pitch, gang.