Love still conquers all but sometimes the arrangements are difficult, as San Francisco's John Vick discovered last month in planning the marriage of his daughter, Lisa Jon-Marie, to Wayne Luty. Vick, who re-creates the horse racing results from Bay Meadows Race Track for KXRX Radio, planned to have the wedding reception at the track's clubhouse. The racing schedule precluded a date from Tuesday through Saturday, but that was only the beginning of the troubles.
Lisa's godfather is Charlie Silvera, the former Yankee catcher who is now a coach with the Texas Rangers, so the wedding had to occur on a day the Rangers would be in town against the A's. Soloist for the wedding was Jeff Carter, who sings the national anthem at all the Giant home games at Candlestick Park, and Papa Vick also announces Raider games at Oakland Coliseum. Their schedules had to be taken into account.
On Sunday, Sept. 8, all the signs were right. The track was closed, the A's were hosting the Rangers in the afternoon, the Raiders had played the Jets on Saturday and the Giants were on the road. The wedding came off just 30 minutes after the Rangers got through beating the A's.
RULE OF THE ROAD
Baseball and, specifically, the Pittsburgh Pirates needlessly find themselves in an untenable position. For taking his wife on three road trips this summer against club rules, Pitcher Jerry Reuss was fined a reported $600. Reuss filed a grievance, demanding an apology and a refund. He probably will get at least the refund. It is hard to imagine any deliberative body these days deciding for employers who would regulate employees' private lives, in particular the lives of their spouses.
The Pittsburgh management, like most others in organized ball, considers accompanying wives disruptive influences, but rather than dictate to Reuss, the Pirates might better have pointed out to him what happened when his wife was along on the trips. He was knocked out early in two games and lost a third. The one game he won was hard to lose. The Pirates jumped off to a 14-1 lead. In baseball, players talking contract always discover, statistics speak louder than words.
PLAY NOW, FLY LATER
Pinehurst, The Dunes, Firestone, Pebble Beach, Thunderbird.... Last week 21 pro-am teams played all these courses in one tournament—and never left home. It was the Inaugural Pepsi-Cola Indoor Golf Classic at Norm Schaut's Golf-O-Rama in Bedford Hills, N.Y.
Golf-O-Rama uses a teaching device that has appeared in several parts of the country and likely will become the game's next fad. The golfer plays the entire course by hitting his ball at photographs projected onto a screen. A computer measures his yardage, flashes the figure onto the screen and shows with a little golf-ball scanner where his ball landed before the slide changes for the next shot. Many of those who played in last week's tournament played all winter in once-a-week leagues and have found their handicaps dropping, sometimes dramatically. They believe that indoor golf takes away the variables of weather and forces the golfer to concentrate on the ball.
Spirits and competition were high at the Golf-O-Rama last week. One frustrated contestant tossed his wedge, but on the whole some very good golf was played. As one pro said, " Pebble Beach's par-3 17th was just as tough indoors as out. I bogeyed it at Pebble Beach and I bogeyed it here." But this time without having to wade through a foot of water.