?God Save the Queen
Oriole pitcher Mike Flanagan, who has met Presidents Nixon, Reagan and Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney at ballparks during his career, shook hands with the Queen of England on May 15 at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. But Flanagan didn't get a chance to talk to Her Majesty. "The game wasn't exactly flying along, and she left in the third inning," said Flanagan of a game that featured seven walks, one wild pitch and three errors. "Everyone else left in the fifth. Maybe she's more accustomed to baseball than we knew."
?Earth to Gary
Tiger manager Sparky Anderson had never seen it happen in his 38-year baseball career. Neither had anyone else on either team. On May 13 the Rangers' Gary Pettis was picked off third base while a batter was being intentionally walked. Texas skipper Bobby Valentine had called for the squeeze play with Jack Daugherty at the plate, but when Detroit catcher Mickey Tettleton called for Daugherty to be passed intentionally, the squeeze became unworkable. Somehow, though, Pettis didn't realize what was happening. On the first pitch to Daugherty, Pettis broke for home and was tagged out by third baseman Travis Fryman while trying to scramble back to third. "Someone had a vapor lock," said Tettleton. One Ranger, however, seemed unsurprised by what Pettis did, saying, "Oh, Gary does stuff like that all the time."
?Dances with Fungoes
Actor Kevin Costner, who is a friend of Rangers first baseman Rafael Palmeiro's, took batting practice and fielded some flies and grounders last Saturday night at Arlington Stadium. Wearing Daugherty's uniform, number 8, Costner was impressive hitting from both sides of the plate against the deliveries of Rangers batting coach Tom Robson. "Ah, he was only throwing 65 miles an hour," said Costner.
After watching Costner's series of line drives, Daugherty, who was batting only .176 at week's end, said, "Ask him how I can get some knocks."
?Gods Do Answer Letters
May 12 was Ted Williams Day at Fenway Park, and Red Sox reliever Jeff Reardon lent his hat to Williams for the occasion. "He put it in his back pocket and then he sat on it," said Reardon. "I thought, Hey, that's my hat." At the end of his pregame speech, Williams tipped his hat to the crowd, something he almost never did during his playing career. Reardon got the hat back afterward and, he says, "Some New England sports collectors wanted it for their display. I said no. I'll put it on display in my house."
By the Numbers
? Baltimore shortstop Cal Ripken had nine home runs through Sunday's games. The American League's other starting shortstops had a total of 10.
?Last Thursday the Triple A Calgary Cannons hit three grand slams in one game. It is believed to be the first time a pro team at any level has done that. The three slams came in a 22-7 win over the Tacoma Tigers. Dave Cochrane and Chuck Jackson each hit one in the Cannons' 12-run second inning, and Alonzo Powell belted one in the seventh. The next afternoon, the Cannons had 24 hits in a 24-5 win. Here are the two worst pitching lines in the two games, from Tacoma's Clay Parker on May 16 and Apolinar Garcia on May 17:
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