The rule now is that "should any driver use the mouth spray as an excuse for having a positive reading, we would have him wait 10 minutes after the first reading before giving him a second test." Booze, it would seem, has more staying power.
ONE FOR THE BOOKS
Phil Jackman of the Baltimore Evening Sun, official scorer at an Orioles-Twins game, had a problem. Should he credit Gary Eisenberg, right-field ball boy for the Orioles, with an assist?
The Orioles were leading 3-1 in the fifth inning with a runner, Dave McNally, on first base when Don Buford lined a shot just inside the foul line. Umpire John Stevens signaled foul—but yelled fair.
Rich Reese, playing first for the Twins, chased the ball, but Eisenberg, noting the umpire's gesture, assumed the ball was foul and picked it up.
"Put it down," Reese screamed to the ball boy. "It's in play!" The boy dropped the ball; Reese picked it up and threw to the plate, where McNally was tagged out.
"The Orioles complained that the boy picked up the ball," Umpire Stevens said, "but I was so busy signaling fair that actually I didn't see him."
So the ball was fair, the runner was out—and Jackman scored the play 10-3-2.
KISS OF DEATH
The mosquito-plagued outdoorsman has something to look forward to, though his wife may not appreciate it. The National Geographic Society reports that garlic is death to mosquitoes and that entomologists are trying to find out just how it kills, with a view toward developing a better insecticide than types that are judged to be ecologically harmful.