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?According to the baseball commissioner's office, a pitcher is credited with a no-hitter when he "pitches a complete game and does not allow any hits." Hawkins may have pitched only eight innings, because the Yankees were the visiting team and Chicago scored in the bottom of the eighth, but he was credited with a complete game and, thus, a no-hitter.—ED.
As frustrating as it must have been for Andy Hawkins to pitch and lose a no-hitter, he has a ways to go to match Harvey Haddix of the Pirates, who lost everything (perfecto, no-hitter, shutout and game) when the Milwaukee Braves got a hit and a run in the 13th inning in a game on May 26, 1959.
Following the spring training lockout, all I heard was how badly the pitchers would be affected. Suddenly the record pace of no-hitters thrown through the All-Star break has everyone at a loss for words. Well, how about these words: Good pitching will beat good hitting every time.
Congratulations to Stan Javier for wisely accepting the $100 bet from his Dodger teammate Kal Daniels that, with two outs in the ninth, Dave Stewart would not get a no-hitter. I have no problem with placing a friendly wager on a sporting event, including a baseball game. However, I would think that "in the best interests of the game," commissioner Fay Vincent would have some second thoughts about Javier and Daniels' action. I do not propose that either Javier or Daniels be banned from baseball, but the lack of disciplinary action on Vincent's part is puzzling. After all, a bet is a bet.
Since I am also from the Philadelphia area, I have known of Fralic since his senior year in high school. And because I graduated from high school one year behind Fralic, I met him while being recruited by Pitt. Then I played against him when I chose the U.S. Naval Academy.
As an offensive lineman who knew the health dangers of steroids as well as the consequences if I got caught using them at the academy (immediate expulsion), I was never tempted to take steroids. I realize that I played for a school from which I would not be drafted into the NFL, but the service academies are producing good Division I-A football teams, and they do this without drugs.
Unfortunately, the use of steroids occurs much earlier in an athlete's career than when he reaches the NFL. Until the NCAA and the NFL work together toward a drug policy that includes unannounced testing and stiffer penalties for drug use, steroid abuse will not be curtailed.