Although the other three boys naturally taunted Mike with "you blew the relay," the anticlimactic ending, in truth, scarcely mattered. Despite the disqualification, Iowa State easily won the meet 81-30, and Jimmy says, "It was kind of funny. It was all built up, and then we get disqualified. But just the fact that we got to swim together in a meet was great."
HE'S HONEST, HONEST
Nine-year-old Josh Oliver of Raytown, Mo. was awarded $500 last week as one of the winners in a contest in Kansas City underwritten by an anonymous donor to reward instances of "honesty for honesty's sake." Playing baseball last summer for a team sponsored by the Raytown YMCA, Josh had been called safe in a close play at second but honorably informed the umpire, "He tagged me—I'm out," and then trotted to the bench. After being honored for this commendable act, Josh was asked by a TV interviewer, "How hard was it for you to have yourself called out?" The young award winner replied, "It was easy. We were ahead 18 to nothing at the time."
WHY THEY CALL IT VETERANS STADIUM
With the off-season acquisition of 39-year-old Joe Morgan and 40-year-old Tony Perez to go with graybeards Pete Rose (41), Ron Reed (40), Bill Robinson (39) and Tug McGraw and Steve Carlton (both 38), the 1983 Philadelphia Phillies figure to be the oldest team in major league history. Of course, not all of those oldsters will be on the field at the same time. Still, Phils owner Bill Giles notes that as of April 14, when Rose turns 42, the combined age of a Phillie lineup that could very well take the field together would be the same as that of the historic city in which the team plays. The lineup Giles has in mind and their mid-April ages: Rose, 1B, 42; Morgan 2B, 39; Mike Schmidt, 3B, 33; Ivan DeJesus, SS, 30; Von Hayes, LF, 24; Garry Mad-dox, CF, 33; Gary Matthews, RF, 32; Bo Diaz, C, 30; and Steve Carlton, P, 38.
That's a total of 301 years. Philadelphia will be 301 on Nov. 8. It was founded on that date in 1682 by William Penn, who was then a Phillie-ish 38.
THE INATTENTION FACTOR
We have a young lady that is director now of the Environmental Protection Agency, and she is introducing as fast as she can common sense in an area that I think has been yielding to environmental extremists.
—President Reagan, at a G.O.P. fund-raising event in Santa Barbara, Calif. on Aug. 27, 1981.
No, not at all. And, George, let me remind you of something. I fancy myself an environmentalist.
—Reagan, when asked by the Los Angeles Times's George Skelton on Jan. 21, 1982 if he had any "second thoughts" about his handling of environmental issues.