Incidentally, a new dam is across the Rogue now, 30 miles upstream from us. High water may never endanger our cabin again. But lately I've noticed sand in the riffle, where sand never is. Paradise being lost?
My sons Stephen and David and I, Pirate fans all, were scanning the final National League batting statistics recently and were struck by the efficiency of Willie Stargell's run production. Stargell finished with 97 RBIs in just 390 at bats, a ratio of one RBI for every four at bats. By comparison, the other top National League RBI men were much less efficient: Dave Parker 117-581, Steve Garvey 113-639, Dave Winfield 97-587, Jack Clark 98-592, Greg Luzinski 101-540, George Foster 120-604. Only Reggie Smith, 93-447, was close to Stargell, but he took 57 more at bats to accumulate four fewer RBIs.