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?No. 1 on Nixon's Enemies List
?Can Anybody Here Play This Game?
?He Rises to the Occasion—and Kills ItTiger pitcher Frank Tanana, 37, is a real killjoy. He threw a shutout to beat the Mariners in the first game ever played at the Kingdome, in 1977. He did the same thing against the White Sox to spoil the opening of the new Comiskey Park this year. He retired Minnie Minoso in Minoso's two comebacks with the White Sox, in '76 and '80. Then, last Friday, Tanana pitched another shutout to spoil Fernando Valenzuela's debut with the Angels. "What it all means is he's old," said Detroit manager Sparky Anderson, smiling.
?But How Much Pepto-Bismol Was Sold?
The longest game of the season—six hours, 28 minutes long—was played last Thursday, when the hometown Royals beat the Rangers 4-3 in 18 innings. Kansas City set an American League record for runners left on base (25) in a game, and the two teams tied the major league mark for most runners left on base (45). But the 38,523 fans in attendance may have set a record too. Jim Cundiff, general manager of concessions at Royals Stadium, reported these sales figures: 8,970 regular hot dogs, 2,818 colossal hot dogs, 3,077 Polish sausages, 448 bratwursts, 982 hamburgers and cheeseburgers, 587 barbecue sandwiches, 1,496 slices of pepperoni pizza, 478 slices of deluxe pizza, 4,424 orders of nachos, 4,169 malts, 1,101 sundaes, 1,922 Snickers bars, 56 Italian sausages, 75 chicken sandwiches and 63,610 beverages. As always, beer was not sold after the eighth inning.
?By the Numbers
*On June 4, A's reliever Dennis Eckersley walked his first batter of the year—on a 3-2 pitch to Milwaukee's Greg Brock. Since September of last season, Eckersley had faced 123 batters without giving up a base on balls.