In a sometimes grandstanding 64-page decision, Curry accused the Cubs and baseball of greedy tinkering and ignoring communities around the ball park "so that television royalties might more easily flow into the coffers of 25 distant sports moguls." He also singled out Ueberroth, who had threatened the Cubs with "drastic consequences," such as fines and the loss of postseason home games, if Wrigley were not lit. At stake is several million dollars in TV revenue if the Cubs make the playoffs and World Series, a meager reward for trashing a tradition that goes back to baseball's roots.
RUN, YIANNIS, RUN
A couple of dozen centuries after Pheidippides, another Greek has burst upon the ultrarunning scene. He's 28-year-old Yiannis Kouros, a stadium caretaker and folk singer from the Athenian suburb of Tripoli.
At the International Association of Ultra Runners' 48-hour world championship last month, Kouros ran 281 miles, 70 yards on a 400-meter track in Montauban, France. He edged his nearest competitor by 18 miles. Indeed, Kouros's winning distance was 15 miles better than his old, unofficial 48-hour record, set last July in the first two days of a six-day race on New York's Randalls Island. He took the six-day by 50 miles, piling up 635� miles and thus establishing another world mark, while lugging a portable radio and a small Greek flag.
"I suppose his next logical step would be a world record in the 1,000-mile," says Malcolm Campbell, a Briton who finished 13th in this year's championship. "Kouros is quite a phenomenon." Campbell could hardly resist adding, "Of course, he's never run a particularly fast marathon."
But that's understandable. It takes some people 26 miles just to warm up.
THE END OF THE AFFAIR
The curious case of Hayden (Sidd) Finch, as revealed by George Plimpton in last week's issue, came to a resolution Monday in St. Petersburg. The eccentric flamethrower, whose pitches reportedly had been clocked at 168 mph, kept his promise to tell the baseball world on April 1 whether he'd join the New York Mets or concentrate on the French horn.
The Mets called a 12:30 p.m. press conference at Al Lang Stadium and formally unveiled Finch to the media. Reading from a statement written in a stilted, anachronistic style (he referred to the Mets as the Metropolitans and to Mel Stottlemyre and Davey Johnson as Melvin and David, respectively), Finch explained that the pinpoint accuracy required to harness his astonishing fastball had deserted him. "The Perfect Pitch," said the Mystic Met, "once a thing of harmony, is now an instrument of Chaos and Cruelty."
Finch thanked the team for allowing him to try out, in particular "Melvin" for showing him the slider (a phenomenon, he said, unknown in the Himalayas), and apologized to catcher Ronn Reynolds for brutalizing his glove hand.