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MY SON, THE COVER
STUNT MAN UPSTAGED
On opening day, for instance, the first ball was delivered by Parachute Man, who dived out of a Cessna at 3,500 feet (degree of difficulty—plenty), free-fell 1,500 feet and then chuted to second base. On College Night, Giles had a dozen area schools challenge the unofficial world record for stacking bodies on a mattress (44). Lehigh improved it to 71.
Still to come are Bat Day, Team Jersey Day, Teen Night, Fireworks Night, Backpack Day and Crazy Night. The latter promotion will feature Nerveless Nocks, a sway-pole artist; Dave Merrifield, who will perform on a trapeze suspended from a helicopter; and Benny (The Human Bomb) Koske, who does his act in an exploding coffin.
Giles also wants to use the stadium someday as the setting for Aida. "I've never seen the opera," he says, "but I've heard segments of it and I'd like to put it on here with all of the elephants and other animals."
Philadelphia attendance has increased by 25,652 over the same number of home dates a year ago, but one act probably has prevented Giles from attracting still more fans. The Phillies, last year's division winners, are in fifth place.
EL TORO TANGLEFOOT
The matador strikes his classic pose: erect, defiant, master of 1,000 pounds of angry toro bravo. The bull paws the earth, lowers its lethal horns and thunders toward its tormentor—only to slip horns over hoof on an invisible banana peel. Back on its feet, the dazed beast is even money to take several more headers before the tragicomedy finally ends.