"Yes, it was
foul," said Sadaharu Oh, who speaks some English and is fluent in class.
Whereupon Pelekoudas, waving both hands vehemently overhead, signaled foul
ball. The scoreboard reverted to 9-8, and the action resumed.
Oh was to hit one
more homer in his remaining tries, bringing up Aaron with the score 9-9 and
five shots at getting one home run to win.
Hank," screeched the Mets' female auxiliary. "I never thought I'd hear
my wife pulling for Henry," said Jerry Koosman. Aaron drove one deep to
left, just short of the fence. The next was a ground-out to short. Then came a
beauty, a mighty drive, far enough, obviously, but close to the line.
fair," said a Met. It did, and Aaron turned, smiling, satisfied, and walked
away. The fans applauded respectfully. Reluctantly. Damyankees. Don't they ever
In the clubhouse
Henry Aaron looked ahead. "It should be settled soon," he said. "My
attorney is talking with the Brewers today, I think. I hear that the Braves
have asked for Dave May for me and are getting him.
"Like I told
you, I made my statement about retiring because I was thinking I'd be with the
Braves for the rest of my life."
"I found out what I guess I should have known all along," he said.
"There's no sentiment. It's all business. You better believe it."
Within hours the
Brewer deal was closed—Aaron for May and a minor-leaguer to be named later.
Obviously the Braves had made Aaron a front-office proposition far short of his
expectations. Now, it is believed, he will become general manager of the
Brewers, or the equivalent, after he plays for them one year. He is purchasing
the job from Owner Bud Selig with one more season of sweat and aching
Aaron went back
to the Hotel Okura and rested. He looked at his newest trophy, and something
caught his eye. His name was misspelled. Arron, it said.