Dunlap and Caray were asked last week about this edifying exchange, which concluded with Caray's admonition to "Buzz off, old lady!" Dunlap said she was amused by Caray's annotated response to her letter, although she also felt he presented a "glimpse of himself" that was rather unfavorable. Caray found Dunlap's letter "vitriolic" but said, "I get a lot of fun out of answering letters, writing between the lines and making funny comments. That's the best way to answer, point by point. I never get mad at anything anybody writes. When they write negative things, I try to reply tongue-in-cheek." He added, "I always reply in longhand because it's more personalized."
By happy coincidence, last week's big surge on the New York Stock Exchange, during which the Dow Jones industrial average shot up 79.11 points in some of the heaviest trading in history, coincided with the first annual Wall Street Run, a five-km. race on Wednesday through lower Manhattan's financial district. All of which seemed to justify the nickname that the sponsors came up with for that event: The Running of the Bulls.
HAIL THE ISLANDERS
The Commonwealth Games, which ended last week in Brisbane, Australia, attracted athletes from 50 nations, including a two-member national team representing the battle-scarred Falkland Islands. Perhaps fittingly, Tony Pettersson and Gerald Cheek were in Brisbane as shooters, although it was paradoxical that because of the war earlier this year in their remote archipelago, they hadn't been able to prepare properly for their events. After invading the Falklands in April, Argentine forces had confiscated their weapons. When the British liberated the islands 11 weeks later, Pettersson and Cheek hoped to resume their accustomed Sunday-morning shoots with their mates at the Falkland Islands Gun Club in Port Stanley, but that proved impossible because plastic mines, a legacy of the occupation, were still embedded in the firing range.
Pettersson and Cheek eventually traveled to England, where they practiced for the Games for six weeks. Considerably less than world-class in ability, they placed 33rd in Brisbane in a field of 34 in small-bore-rifle team competition and also finished far back in the individual small-bore event. But the two Falklanders received a stirring ovation during the opening ceremonies and were mobbed by well-wishers and TV and newspaper interviewers. Though he found all the commotion "a bit embarrassing," Pettersson was comforted that, as he put it, "This was not of our doing."
There was quite a fuss over the way Kansas City Outfielder Willie Wilson sewed up the 1982 American League batting title. First, Royal Manager Dick Howser kept Wilson on the bench for the season-ending game against Oakland in hopes of preserving his lead over Milwaukee Brewer Shortstop Robin Yount. Then, in order to determine whether Wilson needed to pinch-hit in the ninth inning in an attempt to win the title, Howser and A's Manager Billy Martin resorted to various stalling tactics for seven minutes while waiting for word on how Yount was doing in his game in Baltimore. As things turned out, it wasn't necessary for Wilson to pinch-hit, and he edged out Yount, .3316 to .3307. Some critics argued that Wilson should have played instead of "backing" into the batting title. Others said that by stalling, Howser and Martin had somehow sought to rig the batting title. The concern in either case was that Wilson's batting championship had been tainted.
These objections missed the point. Statistical integrity is important in baseball, but there are more important things. The 24,488 fans in Royals Stadium had every right to expect managers and players to try their hardest to win, and by leaving a healthy Wilson on the bench, Howser was trying just a little less hard than he should have. By contriving to allow a rival hitter of Wilson's abilities to get into the lineup, Martin wasn't quite doing his best to win, either. In other words, it was the game—which, incidentally, the Royals lost 6-3—and not Wilson's batting title that was tainted by the Howser-Martin machinations.
CAN YOU DIAGRAM THAT, COACH?
Clemson Quarterback Homer Jordan had been held out of a 24-6 win over Kentucky a week earlier by order of University President Bill Atchley because of an investigation into possible booster involvement in Jordan's purchase of a 1982 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, but he was back in the starting lineup for Saturday's 48-0 win over Virginia. Asked why Jordan had been sidelined and then reinstated, Tiger Coach Danny Ford replied, "I don't know if I could answer that one. They just didn't have all the facts that they needed to have at this time last week, and I think they got all the facts they need now. There was a technicality, the way you read something. I don't know, I really don't. And I don't want you to say I don't know 'cause that sounds like I don't know. And I'm supposed to know."