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"I don't think it's going to rain," Comiskey said. He went out of the office and opened a door to an outside landing. Lopez, in stockings and shirt, followed him. Comiskey squinted at the sky. Lopez peered over his shoulder.
"We can get it in," Comiskey said.
He went back into the office and picked up a phone.
"Gene? They're going to hit. No, just roll the tarp back a little bit but don't take it off in case it starts to rain again. There won't be any infield practice."
He sat down and chatted with Lopez as the manager continued to dress.
Hugh Trader, a Baltimore sportswriter, stopped in to ask Lopez about the now-famous "curfew" home run that Dick Williams of the Orioles had hit in May against the White Sox at the last instant before the game was to be called, thus tying the score and snatching victory away from Chicago. Trader asked Lopez why Pitcher Paul LaPalme had not deliberately thrown wide pitches. Lopez, who had been asked the question many times since the incident, patiently replied that LaPalme was supposed to do that, just as Williams had orders from Paul Richards, the Baltimore manager, to swing at any pitch he could reach.
"It was one of those things, Hugh. How can you figure Williams would hit a home run? It's the only homer he's had all year."
"But LaPalme shouldn't have given him a good pitch," Trader insisted.
"What do you want me to do, Hugh?" Lopez asked quietly. "Take him out and shoot him? He feels pretty bad about it, too."