A REAL THROWBACK
Last season former Giants pitcher Mike Krukow affectionately nicknamed San Francisco pitcher Don Robinson "Caveman" because of his hulking build, hairy features and scarred body. So Dully Jennings, San Francisco's vice-president for public relations, asked Robinson to dress in caveman garb for the cover of Giants Magazine.
Robinson carried a papier-m�ch� club that was stained to look like a baseball bat, and he wore a saber-toothed-tiger necklace. "I felt kind of stupid in that outfit, but I'm the Caveman, so I had to do it," says Robinson, who admits that he likes the nickname because "it shows I'm a gamer, that I've overcome a lot of injuries." That issue of the magazine sold out (30,000 copies) in 11 days and a poster was made of the cover. Robinson will donate all his royalties from the poster to Cody Bedrosian, Giants pitcher Steve Bedrosian's son, who has leukemia.
COMEBACK OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Phillies haven't come from behind in the ninth inning to win a home game since June 28, 1987, but they made one of the greatest ninth-inning comebacks in history on Aug. 21 in Los Angeles. They scored nine runs in the ninth to edge the Dodgers 12-11. When winning pitcher Roger McDowell was asked if he had ever seen such a rally, he said, "The only time was in Strat-O-Matic, against my brother."
The win was the Phillies' second wild victory in Los Angeles this year. On May 19, they defeated the Dodgers 15-12 in 11 innings. In that game, Philadelphia reserve infielder Rod Booker entered the game in the eighth and went 3 for 3 with three RBIs. It was the first major league game Booker's father, Selma, had ever seen him play in person. The Aug. 21 game was the second. Booker went into that game in the seventh, and in the ninth he walked, singled, scored two runs (including the game winner) and stole a base. "I've got to get my father to more games," says Booker. "I might have to fly him to Philly for some."
IT'S WORSE WHEN THEY LOSE
In this year of the brawl (SI, Aug. 27), players from the same team are now fighting. Juan Bell (brother of Toronto's George) and Donell Nixon of Triple A Rochester got into a fistfight in the dugout on Aug. 21 during the Red Wings' 7-5 victory over Syracuse. The win clinched the International League's Eastern Division title for Rochester. Before they could be separated, Bell and Dixon spilled out onto the field and into the photographers' section next to the dugout. Red Wing officials declined to comment on the cause of the brawl but said both players apologized after the game.
The 1990 Pirates have used 41 players, some of whom have come and gone in a matter of days. Shortstop Armando Moreno arrived Aug. 3 and left Aug. 5, without seeing any action. On Aug. 23, Pittsburgh coach Rich Donnelly said, "I guarantee half these players don't even know his name." He polled 15 Pirates; only one coach and six players knew Moreno's first and last name. Pitcher Neal Heaton got ony his last name—"and that's because his locker was next to mine," he says.
Said coach Tommy Sandt: "I hope Moreno does better at [World Series] share time."