"Now they are 20 to 22 years old and they are up here throwing bullets. Maybe baseball players express the way the world is. The players who come up from the minor leagues today don't worry about anything. They just want to make good, and they want to do it in a hurry.
"When I was breaking in, a rookie was scared. He wouldn't get much attention from his teammates, and usually there weren't more than a couple of rookies on each team. Now there are a lot of rookies on all the teams, and this might be taking off some of the pressure."
FOR SOBER CONSIDERATION
The pink elephant is a myth in most of the world but not in Kenya's Tsavo area, where there are something like 25,000 of them, all clearly observable by the utterly sober. Not only that, one of them has three tusks.
The pink comes from the crimson dust or mud of the country. Elephants enjoy mud baths. The extra tusk is an anomaly, and its proud owner recently wandered out of the sanctuary of Tsavo National Park, where hunting is forbidden, into an "open" district of central Kenya. There he was suddenly in danger of being shot by trophy hunters of the bizarre or by African ivory poachers armed with bows and poisoned arrows. Kenya's game department has decreed therefore that, as a "special specimen," he must not be molested.
A three-tusked pink elephant might ordinarily be considered a sufficient curio, but in northern Kenya, officials say solemnly, there is a four-tusk monster.
DUROCHER EXPOSED AT LAST
It never has been a burning issue, but the question of Leo Durocher's age has come up from time to time and Leo has been of no help in fixing it. Now he admits officially that he will turn 65 on July 27.
He has not admitted this in so many words, of course. What he has done is to apply for his baseball pension—$1,945 a month, the largest amount ever handed out in baseball.
Until now Durocher has kept his exact age clouded. He has had at least three different dates of birth in the "official" baseball publications. But the baseball pension system puts a deadline of sorts on certifying a particular date of birth.