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    The London "Daily Mirror"

    June 30th, 1976

    Milestones of the month

    by Chatty Cathy

    Well, the "cod war" between Great Britain, and little Iceland is over for now. The two sides met this month to negotiate on where International waters begin and Iceland's fishing area ends
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=+the+...NfHe8AfsnrrQCw

    A car bomb blew up during June, killing ''Arizona Republic'' reporter Don Bolles. It is suspected that the deadly assault had to do with that newspaper's reporting on the Mafia


    That's extreme, thankfully, in this country, all that investigative journalists havwe to fear is someone letting air out of the tyres - unless they offend a striking union picket, of course in which event, tyres are likely to be slashed

    The punk rock group, The Sex Pistols, performed the first of two concerts, this month - and nobody came! Well, about forty people did, but they were would-be punk musicians, themselves, come to learn at the feet of the master- masturbators, themselves, then that sparse audience dispersed to form their own equally outlandish groups, they proclaiming the concert the "Gig that changed the world", and the beginning of the "Punk era" of Rock-and roll.

    Thankfully, the Sex Pistols were the worst thing to happen to us Brits, this month, but out in the world, the usual mayhem was ongoing.

    In Soweta, South Africa, the Blacks fed up with the Afrikaans system of Apetheid, rebelled against the Whites with lots of bloodshed on both sides, while, in Lebanon, hundreds of Western tourists were moved from the capital, Beirut after the murder of the U.S. ambassador they being borne to safety in Syria, by the United States military. Syria is a safe place for whites these days?

    Palestinian militants were at it, again, this month, hijacking an Air France plane containing mainly Israeli civilians among the 246 passengers and 12 crew. These hostages were all transported to Idi Ahmis' lair, Entebbe, in Uganda.

    Natural disasters also took their toll in June.The Teton Dam in Idaho collapsing with a reported 11 people dead. I'm sure there must be a misprint, somewhere ...Just eleven people?...when a dam collapses? That's tragedy enough, but we were braced for far more fatalities.
    http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/s...e81898907.html

    Also several tornadoes tore through the state of Utah,in June, including the grandaddy Force Five tornado that totally destroyed the town of Jordan

    Kind of reminds me of our own soccer hooligans.

    To end on a positive note, Nature disposes, but man just keeps on a -building . Up in Canada they've erected, in Toronto, the tallest free-standing land structure ever opened to the public, a tower. On a clear day, you can see the Sex Pistols shoot themselves in the foot.
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    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

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    New York Mets at California Angels
    October 13, 1976

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Mike Torrez takes the mound for the Angels.
    Johnny Briggs grounded to first. <--->
    Roy Staiger grounded to short. <--->
    Ken Griffey grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Tom Seaver takes the mound for the Mets.
    Mickey Rivers grounded to first base. <--->
    Gil Flores grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Bruce Bochte singled through the left side. <--1>
    Tom Seaver threw a wild pitch. <-2->
    Aurelio Rodriguez struck out. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Amos Otis grounded to first. <--->
    Ken McMullen singled through the left side. <--1>
    Johnny Bench grounded to the third baseman for a double play (5-4-3). <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Willie Horton grounded to first. <--->
    Jim Dwyer struck out. <--->
    Pedro Garcia grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the second, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Dave Concepcion struck out. <--->
    Ken Boswell grounded to short. <--->
    George Theodore walked. <--1>
    George Theodore stole second. <-2->
    Johnny Briggs singled to right, scoring a run. <--1>
    Johnny Briggs stole second. <-2->
    Roy Staiger grounded to third. <-2->
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, New York leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Bert Campaneris grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
    Manny Sanguillen singled through the hole. <--1>
    The Angels put on the hit and run.
    Mickey Rivers lined out to first base. <--1>
    Gil Flores singled down the left field line. <-21>
    Bruce Bochte grounded to second. <-21>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the third, California trails 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Ken Griffey grounded to third. <--->
    Amos Otis grounded to second. <--->
    Ken McMullen grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, New York leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Aurelio Rodriguez struck out. <--->
    Willie Horton singled to left. <--1>
    Jim Dwyer struck out. <--1>
    Pedro Garcia grounded to first base. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, California trails 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Johnny Bench grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Dave Concepcion struck out. <--->
    Ken Boswell grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, New York leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Bert Campaneris grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Manny Sanguillen struck out. <--->
    Mickey Rivers singled to left field. <--1>
    Mickey Rivers stole second. <-2->
    Gil Flores struck out. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, California trails 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    George Theodore grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Johnny Briggs grounded to second. <--->
    Roy Staiger singled to center. <--1>
    Ken Griffey grounded to first. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, New York leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Bruce Bochte grounded to second. <--->
    Aurelio Rodriguez singled through the left side. <--1>
    Willie Horton was hit by a pitch. <-21>
    Jim Dwyer singled to center, scoring a run. <3-1>
    Pedro Garcia doubled to right-center, scoring a run. <32->
    Bert Campaneris grounded to the third baseman. <32->
    Manny Sanguillen flied out to right. <32->
    2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, California leads 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Amos Otis grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Ken McMullen grounded to second. <--->
    Johnny Bench singled to center field. <--1>
    Dave Concepcion walked. <-21>
    Mike Torrez threw a wild pitch. <32->
    Ken Boswell was intentionally walked. <321>
    George Theodore singled to right-center for two RBIs. <3-1>
    Bill Castro now pitching for the Angels. <3-1>
    Johnny Briggs reached first on a fielding error by the second baseman - a run scored. <-21>
    Roy Staiger grounded to second. <-21>
    3 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, New York leads 4 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Mickey Rivers hit an infield single to the second baseman. <--1>
    Gil Flores flied out to left. <--1>
    The Angels put on the hit and run.
    Bruce Bochte grounded to second. <-2->
    Aurelio Rodriguez struck out. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, California trails 4 to 2.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Ken Griffey walked. <--1>
    Amos Otis grounded to the second baseman, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
    Ken McMullen grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, New York leads 4 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Willie Horton grounded to short. <--->
    Jim Dwyer homered to left-center. <--->
    Pedro Garcia struck out. <--->
    Bert Campaneris grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, California trails 4 to 3.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Johnny Bench grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Dave Concepcion flied out to right. <--->
    Ken Boswell grounded to first base. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, New York leads 4 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Manny Sanguillen popped up to the second baseman. <--->
    Mickey Rivers walked. <--1>
    The Angels put on the hit and run.
    Mickey Rivers stole second. <-2->
    Gil Flores grounded to the pitcher. <3-->
    Bruce Bochte struck out. <3-->

    METS WIN: 4-3
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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    1976 World Series - Game 1.
    
    New York Mets at California Angels
    October 13, 1976
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
              Mets (NYM) 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0    4  5  0
            Angels (CAL) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0    3 10  1
    
    NEW YORK                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Johnny Briggs (1B)            4  1  0  0  0  1  0  1    .192
    Roy Staiger (3B)              4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .200
    Ken Griffey (RF)              3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .167
    Amos Otis (CF)                4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .313
    Ken McMullen (DH)             4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .037
    Johnny Bench (C)              4  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .276
    Dave Concepcion (SS)          3  0  1  1  0  0  2  0    .182
    Ken Boswell (2B)              3  0  1  1  0  0  0  0    .192
    George Theodore (LF)          2  1  1  1  0  2  0  1    .185
    TOTALS                       31  5  4  4  0  3  2  2
    
       GDP:  Johnny Bench, Ken McMullen
    
                    NEW YORK   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                  Tom Seaver  9.0 10  1  1  3  3  9 133   2.42
                      TOTALS  9.0 10  1  1  3  3  9 133
    
    CALIFORNIA                   ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Mickey Rivers (CF)            4  2  1  0  0  0  0  2    .346
    Gil Flores (DH)               5  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .346
    Bruce Bochte (1B)             5  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .320
    Aurelio Rodriguez (3B)        4  1  0  1  0  0  3  0    .375
    Willie Horton (LF)            3  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .238
    Jim Dwyer (RF)                4  2  0  1  1  2  2  0    .364
    Pedro Garcia (2B)             4  1  0  0  0  1  1  0    .200
    Bert Campaneris (SS)          4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .190
    Manny Sanguillen (C)          4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .143
    TOTALS                       37 10  1  3  1  3  9  2
    
       2B:  Pedro Garcia
       HR:  Jim Dwyer
       HBP:  Willie Horton
    
       DP:  Bruce Bochte 2, Pedro Garcia 2, Aurelio Rodriguez, Bert Campaneris
       E:  Pedro Garcia
    
                  CALIFORNIA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                 Mike Torrez  6.2  5  3  0  4  3  2  97   1.72
                 Bill Castro  2.1  0  1  0  0  0  0  28   1.93
                      TOTALS  9.0  5  4  0  4  3  2 125
    
         WP: Tom Seaver (2-0)
         LP: Mike Torrez (1-1)
    
         Temperature: 74F
         Wind: 6 MPH (in from center)
         Attendance: 50,000
         Time: 2:26
    
    Mets lead Series 1-0.
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

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    The "San Diego Clarion"

    July 30th 1976

    Baseball gossip

    by Al Terego

    In this time of last-minute trading of baseball teams, Dan Conway (who became a father again this month, of a little girl, Julie Scarlett Conway), at last swept out some of the deadwood in his San Diego franchise that it has once valued, or tried and found wanting, or has never used, and never will it be.

    Gone now, are once glittering prospects,centre-fielder Barry Bonnell, catcher Ozzie Virgil,and relievers Leon Everitt and Paul Lindblad. All of these players, except veteran Lindblad , are young yet, and some may come back to haunt the Padres, because all four, along with some lesser players, went in a job lot to the San Francisco Giants, another National League rival of the Padres, who, in return for what must be some eventual flowering of major talent in Bonnell, Everitt, and Virgil (It will be interesting to keep tabs on thee players to see what might have been), gave up only effective but aged reliever, Ramon Hernandez.

    One might cite Padres' general manager Dan Conway as being taken for a ride by canny 'Frisco management, but the fact is, that there was very little trading before the deadline tomorrow; certainly, the Montreal Expos, the Padres' traditional rivals, could use some new blood, given their poor showing so far this season, but they made no moves.

    Those Canadian rivals, by the way, were able to score some Brownie points over the Padres in the awards department, by placing two players in the National's All-Star team, ageless hurler Luis Tiant, who was actually the designated "winner" by opening for the Nats with two scoreless innings, and Al Hrbosky who also took part and notched a no-run stanza, while the Padres sole contribution, short-stop Bucky Dent, didn't get to play.

    Bucky and Mr Conway can console themselves with the fact that Dent is going great guns for the Padres, who are doing much better, currently, than the Expos -see the featured matches below -if not as well,as they had, at one time hoped and expected.

    However, there are still two months of the season to go, time enough for Montreal to turn it round, and for the Padres to do even better, the two former expansion teams now demonstrating that they've come of age, and can compete in this tough National League Conference, graced by the Mets, Dodgers, Giants and Phillies, all teams to beat.
    -30-
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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    Milking the deer

    In Culver City, California Augusta "Gussie" Conway and her campaign manager are discussing the latest draft of her next speech.

    CM: This farming of the local caribou is a cockamamie idea, Gussie, gal...you'll have the bleeding hearts screaming blue murder, an' the hunters gunnin' for you, pardon the pun

    Gus: That's the whole point of my running for Congress, Al....to see if the electorate deserve the kind of governance that I'm prepared to give them. I see my proposal as doing what my Dad always advocated - use one problem to solve another. Here in Culver City the citizens are growing alarmed at the expanding deer herd rambling all over the place, eating the garden flowers and vegetables, and causing all sorts of property damage, at the same time, they're fearful of the abundance of all sorts of guns in the area.

    My proposal to legislate for the removal of protection of the deer would enable the local farmers to round them up in herds, enclose them, and as we do for cattle, fatten them for slaughter...far more humane and civilized then letting the hunters loose on the animals in the Fall, as well, as my speech advocates, abolition of all hunting with guns....that should reduce the incentive and the need for citizens to have guns in their homes.

    Al: Crazier and crazier, Kid ...you'll have our Dems wishing that Pearce had won the primary, instead of you...we lose the bleeders and the gun lobby

    Gus: Come on, Al, you know the Rifle Club's never going to vote Dem, anyway, and yes, a few of the more sentimental animal -lovers may abstain, but there's no way there'll be a swarm to the Republicans in these parts

    AL: I think that more than a few will abstain, Girl...could be you get enough people mad at you that they'd vote against you.

    Gus: Well, in that case they'd get the government that they'd richly deserve (sneering)- Republican - poetic justice! Anyway, I'm banking on them having sense enough to look at the big picture...that I'm standing to save our farmland, period; local, American, world-wide...like my Dad used to say during the war (patting her stomach), 'This will win in the long run'. Hey, and talking of that, venison is good eating...what I advocate is that everybody gets to the table, instead of a few rednecks with rifles. The deer don't eat our flowers, and eating deer becomes legal...a win-win situation.
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
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    New York Mets at California Angels
    October 14, 1976

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    John Caneira takes the mound for the Angels.
    Johnny Briggs struck out. <--->
    Roy Staiger struck out. <--->
    Ken Griffey doubled in the left field gap. <-2->
    Amos Otis lined out to right field. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Jerry Koosman takes the mound for the Mets.
    Mickey Rivers lined out to left. <--->
    Gil Flores singled to right field. <--1>
    The Angels put on the hit and run.
    Bruce Bochte grounded to short. <-2->
    Aurelio Rodriguez flied out to left. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Ken McMullen homered over the left field fence. <--->
    Johnny Bench popped up foul down the third base line. <--->
    Dave Concepcion struck out. <--->
    Ken Boswell popped up to the shortstop. <--->
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, New York leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Willie Horton grounded to second. <--->
    Jim Dwyer homered over the left field fence. <--->
    Pedro Garcia grounded to third. <--->
    Bert Campaneris struck out. <--->
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the second, the game is tied at 1.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    George Theodore lined out to third. <--->
    Johnny Briggs walked. <--1>
    The Mets put on the hit and run.
    Roy Staiger grounded to first. <-2->
    Ken Griffey grounded to short. <-2->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, the game is tied at 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Manny Sanguillen grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Mickey Rivers grounded to second. <--->
    Gil Flores singled to center field. <--1>
    Bruce Bochte grounded to the pitcher. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the third, the game is tied at 1.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Amos Otis walked. <--1>
    Amos Otis stole second. <-2->
    Ken McMullen homered over the left field fence for two RBIs. <--->
    Johnny Bench doubled to deep center field. <-2->
    Dave Concepcion grounded to the pitcher. <-2->
    Ken Boswell walked. <-21>
    George Theodore singled to center, scoring a run. <-21>
    Jim Brewer now pitching for the Angels. <-21>
    Johnny Briggs grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <-2->
    3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, New York leads 4 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Aurelio Rodriguez popped up to first. <--->
    Willie Horton walked. <--1>
    Jim Dwyer doubled down the right field line. <32->
    Pedro Garcia grounded to the shortstop, scoring a run. <--1>
    Bert Campaneris grounded to first. <--1>
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, California trails 4 to 2.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Roy Staiger grounded to third. <--->
    Ken Griffey grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Amos Otis walked. <--1>
    Ken McMullen singled through the left side. <-21>
    Johnny Bench doubled into the right field corner for two RBIs. <-2->
    Johnny Bench went for an extra base and reached third. <3-->
    Jim Brewer threw a wild pitch - a run scored. <--->
    Dave Concepcion singled into right field. <--1>
    Ken Boswell grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, New York leads 7 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Manny Sanguillen grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Mickey Rivers grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Gil Flores hit an infield single to short. <--1>
    Bruce Bochte singled to left. <-21>
    Aurelio Rodriguez flied out to left. <-21>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, California trails 7 to 2.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Denny McLain now pitching for the Angels. <--->
    George Theodore grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Johnny Briggs singled to right. <--1>
    Johnny Briggs advanced on the error by Jim Dwyer. <-2->
    Roy Staiger grounded to second. <3-->
    Ken Griffey struck out. <3-->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, New York leads 7 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Willie Horton grounded to short. <--->
    Jim Dwyer singled through the right side. <--1>
    Pedro Garcia flied out to right field. <--1>
    Bert Campaneris singled through the hole. <-21>
    Manny Sanguillen popped up to second. <-21>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, California trails 7 to 2.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Amos Otis struck out. <--->
    Ken McMullen walked. <--1>
    Johnny Bench grounded to third for a double play (5-4-3). <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, New York leads 7 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Mickey Rivers grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Gil Flores struck out. <--->
    Bruce Bochte grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, California trails 7 to 2.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Dave Concepcion flied out to left. <--->
    Ken Boswell walked. <--1>
    George Theodore struck out. <--1>
    Johnny Briggs walked. <-21>
    Roy Staiger singled up the middle, scoring a run. <-21>
    Ken Griffey popped up to second. <-21>
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, New York leads 8 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Aurelio Rodriguez grounded to short. <--->
    Willie Horton grounded to third. <--->
    Jim Dwyer singled to left. <--1>
    Pedro Garcia doubled to right-center, scoring a run. <-2->
    Bert Campaneris grounded to the second baseman. <-2->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, California trails 8 to 3.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Amos Otis popped up to short. <--->
    Ken McMullen struck out. <--->
    Johnny Bench grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, New York leads 8 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Manny Sanguillen grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
    Mickey Rivers grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Gil Flores grounded to short. <--->

    METS WIN: 8-3
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

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    Code:
    1976 World series - Game 2
    
    New York Mets at California Angels
    October 14, 1976
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
              Mets (NYM) 0 1 0 3 3 0 0 1 0    8 10  0
            Angels (CAL) 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0    3 10  1
    
    NEW YORK                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Johnny Briggs (1B)            3  1  2  0  0  0  1  0    .207
    Roy Staiger (3B)              5  1  0  0  0  1  1  0    .200
    Ken Griffey (RF)              5  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .171
    Amos Otis (CF)                3  0  2  2  0  0  1  1    .286
    Ken McMullen (DH)             4  3  1  3  2  3  1  0    .129
    Johnny Bench (C)              5  2  0  2  0  2  0  0    .294
    Dave Concepcion (SS)          4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .189
    Ken Boswell (2B)              2  0  2  1  0  0  0  0    .179
    George Theodore (LF)          4  1  0  0  0  1  1  0    .194
    TOTALS                       35 10  7  8  2  7  7  1
    
       2B:  Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey
       3B:  Johnny Bench
       HR:  Ken McMullen 2
       GDP:  Johnny Bench, Johnny Briggs
    
                    NEW YORK   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
               Jerry Koosman  9.0 10  1  1  3  3  2 128   5.79
                      TOTALS  9.0 10  1  1  3  3  2 128
    
    CALIFORNIA                   ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Mickey Rivers (CF)            5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .290
    Gil Flores (DH)               5  3  0  0  0  0  1  0    .387
    Bruce Bochte (1B)             4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .310
    Aurelio Rodriguez (3B)        4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .321
    Willie Horton (LF)            3  0  1  1  0  0  0  0    .208
    Jim Dwyer (RF)                4  4  0  2  1  1  0  0    .462
    Pedro Garcia (2B)             4  1  0  0  0  2  0  0    .208
    Bert Campaneris (SS)          4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .200
    Manny Sanguillen (C)          4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .120
    TOTALS                       37 10  1  3  1  3  2  0
    
       2B:  Pedro Garcia, Jim Dwyer
       HR:  Jim Dwyer
    
       DP:  Bruce Bochte 2, Pedro Garcia 2, Aurelio Rodriguez, Bert Campaneris
       E:  Jim Dwyer
    
                  CALIFORNIA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                John Caneira  3.1  5  3  2  4  4  3  71   4.50
                  Jim Brewer  1.2  3  1  0  3  3  0  35  16.20
                Denny McLain  4.0  2  3  0  1  1  4  65   2.25
                      TOTALS  9.0 10  7  2  8  8  7 171
    
         WP: Jerry Koosman (1-1)
         LP: John Caneira (0-1)
    
         Temperature: 76F
         Wind: Calm
         Attendance: 50,000
         Time: 3:21
    
    Mets lead the Series 2-0
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

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    From the desk of Dan Conway, Mid-August

    A phone call from his son, Augie, up in Toronto

    Aug: You heard the news, Dad?

    Dan: Yeah...too bad, Son...told you how it would be...the Mom usually gets custody.

    Aug: Yes, but the usual criterion is what's best for the children...in this case I can't see that two kids who drive their mother up the wall are going to benefit by staying with her.

    Dan: It'll all come out in the wash, Boy, mark me...the same thing happened with me and your Mom...I wanted you and Gussie more, but she was awarded them, and look how that turned out...you and your sister are down in the States with me, your Mom's still friends with us up in her Canada, and everybody's happy...give it time, Aug, and the kids will gravitate to you...like everything else in life, them as wants it most, gits. (The conversation continued on other matters, including belated congratulations from Augie on the birth of Dan's second daughter, Julie).

    ******************************************************************************** *********
    Mid -August. A letter to his son, Jacy, in England

    Dear Jacy,
    I know we fixed all the details up by phone, but I thought I'd better write this short note to confirm that, indeed, I, Dan Conway, am financing your boxing promotion at Manor Place Baths on October 25th, for 25% of the gross, in case you have to show it to some bureaucrat or lawyer, or other.

    I'm glad that you took my advice on booking those two heavyweights I mentioned as your headliners. They're both over the hill, that's why you got 'em so cheap, but the great boxing public loves to see two big boys pound each other, even as it professes to admire the skill of the lighter weights.

    Those two sluggers will put asses in your seats come late October...among them, will be mine, both the baseball and my push for President being over. Maybe I'll stay at the Strand Palace Hotel until Christmas, attend to a few bizzez and charities that I have over there, Augie can't do it, he's been tied up with this custody thing, I guess you heard he lost.

    My regards to your lovely wife,

    Dad.
    ******************************************************************************** *********
    Another short note to his daughter, Gussie

    I think you should give up suffering, Girl, I think you take these snits against me too far; first you were unhappy with me for picking up your cast-off Red, and now because I'm a conservative, and you haven't yet recognized that you are too, in essence - could any left-winger you know, emulate your success in life as an engineer, performer, and, now, politician? - you're mad at me for wanting to be President.

    Just to let you know it ain't gonna happen, Nixon's majority is yet silent, and they've got to take some more punishment before they heed the call to put their own country first. I'm handing in my chips, as of today.

    To show that there's no ill feeling in my part, congratulations on beating that farmer in the Dem primary, but if I may pun, cultivate him, and cull his brains after you walk over that local Republican ninny, into the halls of Congress, next November.

    Love you, in spite of everything

    Dad.
    ******************************************************************************** *********
    First draft of Dan's press release conceding the Republican primaries to his competitors Ford and Reagan

    "Having fought the good fight for the good of my country, and finding but few to fight it with me, I'll cut my losses in time and energy, withdraw for now, and wait patiently on the sidelines, until the vast majority of Americans realize how they have been hoodwinked for generations by politicians who for their own reasons, prestige, vanity, gain, or merely out of habit, have dabbled in the world's problems to America's present detriment.

    The flower of our young manhood has been swallowed up in foreign wars, our bankruptcy (The National Debt being now in the trillions) caused by all the foreign aid that we've seen either wasted, had confiscated by foreign higher-ups, or used to stake former deadly enemies into deadlier competitors for trade (as witness the effect of foreign cars on our auto industry)

    I will now stand patiently on the sidelines, waiting for that majority of Americans who think and feel as I do about their America, to realize that they are the majority, and finally rise up, ignoring the lies of our politicians, the flattery of our "friends", and the hostility of our enemies, and take back the United States from the greedy clutches of the rest of the world"
    ******************************************************************************** ********
    Dan also sent birthday cards to his twin children, Augustus and Augusta Conway.
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

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    The London "Daily Mirror"

    September 30th 1976

    Summer Summary

    by Chatty Cathy

    It's been a most eventful summer, People, not much of it good, sad to relate.

    Scandal and neglect in high places, and extreme heat in every place was the theme for our U.K., with Jeremy Thorpe obliged to give up leadership of his Liberals because of the Scott scandal and our former UK Postmaster General John Stonehouse being sentenced to seven years in the pokey for fraud,theft and forgery.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorpe_affair
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=+UK+P...D83e8AfUjJ2ABA

    The Grunwich situation seems to be getting out of hand, with too few police unable to stop the violence, and not enough being done in Parliament to restore law and order, in fact, politicians, themselves, are getting into the brawl with Labour Cabinet Ministers plus M.Ps with Communist affiliations joining in the mass picketing, while the right wing National Association for Freedom (NAFF) is helping to ferry workers through the hostile pickets.

    Tempers are not helped by the dreadful heat, which is causing unheard -of drought, in several spots in Britain, and might be responsible for the stoppage of the most famous clock in the World. Big Ben won't be wound up again for about a year, due to internal damage.

    Things are lively, too, over in America, where the campaign for the Presidency is heating up, now that the finalists have been established. Gerald Ford, the incumbent, narrowly beat Ronald Reagan, and easily squashed Dan Conway, who didn't win a single primary - although his daughter. Augusta "Gussie" Conway, at 35, got herself elected as one of the youngest Congress Representatives for her Dad's opposing Democrats - while the Democratic nominee for President, Jimmy Carter, won just about all of his primaries.

    Adding to the excitement this year is the fact that it is the 200th anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence from Olde England, the Americans celebrating from coast to coast.

    Apart from the election and the Bicentenary turmoil, gun violence continues to flourish in the States with seven students and passers-by were shot dead, and two others wounded on campus at California State University, Fullerton, this summer, while in New York City, the so-called "Son of Sam" produced a handgun from a paper bag, killing one bystander and wounding another.

    Mother Nature also took a most serious toll, causing an earthquake in crowded China to wipe out a quarter of a million people,in one shake of the Earth, and injure fiteen hundred more, as well as, she, inexplicably loosing the dreaded Ebola disease upon the world in darkest Africa; neither can an enlightened America escape the random rash of diseases with delegates at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia, US, become ill with pneumonia: this has been identified as the first outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, which in the Philadelphia case, killed 29 attendees.

    With relief, now, we turn to more inspiring stuff. The Israelis again show how to deal with the bad guys for their airborne commandos freed 103 hostages being held by Palestinian hijackers of an Air France plane at Uganda's Entebbe Airport; several Ugandan soldiers are killed in the raid, and, belatedly, the United Kingdom breaks diplomatic relations with our former colony Uganda as a result of the hijacking.

    The Americans. too, might be getting serious about bad guys; Their Supreme Court ruled in July, that the death penalty is not inherently cruel or unusual and is a constitutionally acceptable form of punishment. This overturns the Furman v. Georgia case of 1972.

    The state of emergency, in force since 1939, is finally lifted in the Republic of Ireland. Can this be the end of all those deaths and "Kneecappings"?

    Frank Sinatra brings Jerry Lewis's former partne,r Dean Martin onstage, unannounced - and inebriated? - at the 1976 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, reuniting the comedy team for the first time in over 20 years. Ah, how touching...and who cares?

    Far more noteworthy was the saga of Shavarsh Karapetyan who saved twenty people from a trolleybus that had fallen into a Yerevan reservoir...how'd he do that?
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=Shava...BsPe8Aepvp3YAg

    And finally, we can celebrate the feat of little Nadia Comaneci of Roumania who achieved seven -count 'em - perfect scores of 10 in gymnastics at the 1976 Summer Olympics, instantly becoming the world's sweetheart, much as little Shirley Temple did in the "Thirties.
    -30-
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

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    California Angels at New York Mets
    October 16, 1976

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Nolan Ryan takes the mound for the Mets.
    Mickey Rivers popped up to the shortstop. <--->
    Bert Campaneris flied out to left. <--->
    Bruce Bochte singled through the left side. <--1>
    Aurelio Rodriguez singled to center, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Willie Horton homered over the left field fence for three RBIs. <--->
    Jim Dwyer struck out. <--->
    3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, California leads 3 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Andy Messersmith takes the mound for the Angels.
    Johnny Briggs singled to left. <--1>
    The Mets put on the hit and run.
    Dave Concepcion singled to center, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Ken Griffey grounded to short, scoring a run. <--1>
    The Mets put on the hit and run.
    Amos Otis grounded to the third baseman. <-2->
    Ken McMullen struck out. <-2->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the first, New York trails 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Pedro Garcia lined out to left field. <--->
    Manny Sanguillen walked. <--1>
    Andy Messersmith laid down a sacrifice bunt to first base. <-2->
    Mickey Rivers popped up to the third baseman. <-2->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, California leads 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Johnny Bench singled to short right-center. <--1>
    Ken Boswell singled through the left side. <-21>
    George Theodore grounded to the second baseman. <32->
    Nolan Ryan grounded to the third baseman. <32->
    Johnny Briggs grounded to second. <32->
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the second, New York trails 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Bert Campaneris flied out to center field. <--->
    Bruce Bochte doubled down the left field line. <-2->
    Aurelio Rodriguez struck out. <-2->
    Nolan Ryan threw a wild pitch. <3-->
    Willie Horton struck out. <3-->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, California leads 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Dave Concepcion grounded to third. <--->
    Ken Griffey struck out. <--->
    Amos Otis grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the third, New York trails 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Jim Dwyer grounded to short. <--->
    Pedro Garcia struck out. <--->
    Manny Sanguillen singled to center field. <--1>
    Manny Sanguillen stole second. <-2->
    Nolan Ryan threw a wild pitch. <3-->
    Andy Messersmith flied out to left field. <3-->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, California leads 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Ken McMullen grounded to third. <--->
    Johnny Bench grounded to short. <--->
    Ken Boswell doubled into the left field corner. <-2->
    George Theodore grounded to third. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, New York trails 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Mickey Rivers walked. <--1>
    Bert Campaneris grounded to second. <-2->
    Bruce Bochte struck out. <-2->
    Aurelio Rodriguez lined out to left. <-2->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, California leads 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Nolan Ryan struck out. <--->
    Johnny Briggs grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Dave Concepcion struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, New York trails 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Willie Horton struck out. <--->
    Jim Dwyer reached first on a fielding error by the third baseman. <--1>
    Pedro Garcia struck out. <--1>
    Manny Sanguillen struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, California leads 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Ken Griffey grounded to first. <--->
    Amos Otis grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Ken McMullen grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, New York trails 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Andy Messersmith grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Mickey Rivers walked. <--1>
    Bert Campaneris lined out to center. <--1>
    Bruce Bochte struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, California leads 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Johnny Bench walked. <--1>
    Ken Boswell singled back through the middle. <-21>
    Andy Messersmith threw a wild pitch. <32->
    George Theodore struck out. <32->
    Tim Foli pinch hit for Nolan Ryan. <32->
    Tim Foli grounded to short. <32->
    Johnny Briggs was intentionally walked. <321>
    Dave Concepcion doubled down the left field line for two RBIs. <32->
    Ken Griffey grounded to second. <32->
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, the game is tied at 3.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Kevin Hickey now pitching for the Mets. <--->
    Aurelio Rodriguez hit an infield single to short. <--1>
    Willie Horton lined out to center. <--1>
    Jim Dwyer laid down a sacrifice bunt to third. <-2->
    Pedro Garcia grounded to the shortstop. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, the game is tied at 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Amos Otis grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Ken McMullen grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Johnny Bench struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, the game is tied at 3.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Manny Sanguillen popped up to second. <--->
    Doug Griffin pinch hit for Andy Messersmith. <--->
    Doug Griffin grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
    Mickey Rivers flied out to center. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, the game is tied at 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Bill Castro now pitching for the Angels. <--->
    Ken Boswell flied out to center. <--->
    George Theodore grounded to short. <--->
    Roy Staiger pinch hit for Kevin Hickey. <--->
    Roy Staiger grounded to second. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the ninth, the game is tied at 3.

    TOP OF THE TENTH
    Jim Geddes now pitching for the Mets. <--->
    Bert Campaneris grounded to third. <--->
    Bruce Bochte grounded to third. <--->
    Aurelio Rodriguez walked. <--1>
    Willie Horton doubled in the left field gap, scoring a run. <-2->
    Jim Dwyer struck out. <-2->
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the tenth, California leads 4 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE TENTH
    Dave Collins came in to play Left Field. <--->
    Johnny Briggs homered down the left-field line. <--->
    Dave Concepcion reached first on a fielding error by the third baseman. <--1>
    Dave Concepcion stole second. <-2->
    Ken Griffey grounded to short. <-2->
    Amos Otis grounded to second. <3-->
    Ken McMullen grounded to short. <3-->
    1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the tenth, the game is tied at 4.

    TOP OF THE ELEVENTH
    Pedro Garcia grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
    Manny Sanguillen grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    The Mets guarded the lines.
    Jay Johnstone pinch hit for Bill Castro. <--->
    Jay Johnstone walked. <--1>
    Mickey Rivers walked. <-21>
    Bert Campaneris grounded to the shortstop. <-21>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the eleventh, the game is tied at 4.

    BOTTOM OF THE ELEVENTH
    Cecil Upshaw now pitching for the Angels. <--->
    Johnny Bench grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Ken Boswell singled to center. <--1>
    Ken Boswell went for an extra base and was thrown out at second. <--->
    George Theodore struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the eleventh, the game is tied at 4.

    TOP OF THE TWELFTH
    Lafayette Currence now pitching for the Mets. <--->
    Bruce Bochte lined out to center. <--->
    Aurelio Rodriguez grounded to first. <--->
    Dave Collins popped up to second. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the twelfth, the game is tied at 4.

    BOTTOM OF THE TWELFTH
    Bud Harrelson pinch hit for Lafayette Currence. <--->
    Bud Harrelson grounded to third. <--->
    Johnny Briggs homered to left-center. <--->

    METS WIN: 5-4
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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    Code:
    1976 World  Series - Game 3
    
    California Angels at New York Mets
    October 16, 1976
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
            Angels (CAL) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1  4  7  1
              Mets (NYM) 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2  5 10  1
    
    CALIFORNIA                   ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Mickey Rivers (CF)            3  0  3  0  0  0  0  0    .265
    Bert Campaneris (SS)          6  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .161
    Bruce Bochte (1B)             6  2  0  1  0  0  2  0    .314
    Aurelio Rodriguez (3B)        5  2  1  2  0  0  1  0    .333
    Willie Horton (LF)            5  2  0  1  1  4  2  0    .241
     Dave Collins (P)             1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    Jim Dwyer (RF)                4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .400
    Pedro Garcia (2B)             5  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .172
    Manny Sanguillen (C)          4  1  1  0  0  0  1  1    .138
    Andy Messersmith (P)          2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Doug Griffin (P)             1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Bill Castro (P)              0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Jay Johnstone (P)            0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Cecil Upshaw (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       42  7  6  4  1  4 10  1
    
       2B:  Bruce Bochte, Willie Horton
       HR:  Willie Horton
       E:  Aurelio Rodriguez
    
                  CALIFORNIA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
            Andy Messersmith  8.0  7  2  0  3  3  6 119   1.73
                 Bill Castro  2.0  1  0  1  1  1  0  20   2.70
                Cecil Upshaw  1.1  2  0  1  1  1  1  20   9.00
                      TOTALS 11.1 10  2  2  5  5  7 159
    
    NEW YORK                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Johnny Briggs (1B)            5  3  1  3  2  2  0  0    .265
    Dave Concepcion (SS)          5  2  0  0  0  2  1  1    .214
    Ken Griffey (RF)              5  0  0  0  0  1  1  0    .150
    Amos Otis (CF)                5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .250
    Ken McMullen (3B)             5  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .111
    Johnny Bench (C)              4  1  1  1  0  0  1  0    .289
    Ken Boswell (2B)              5  4  0  1  0  0  0  0    .273
    George Theodore (LF)          5  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .167
    Nolan Ryan (P)                2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .091
     Tim Foli (P)                 1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Kevin Hickey (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Roy Staiger (P)              1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .182
     Jim Geddes (P)               0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Lafayette Currence (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Bud Harrelson (P)            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .500
    TOTALS                       44 10  2  5  2  5  7  1
    
       2B:  Ken Boswell, Dave Concepcion
       HR:  Johnny Briggs 2
       E:  Ken McMullen
    
                    NEW YORK   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                  Nolan Ryan  7.0  5  3  1  3  3  9 115   2.81
                Kevin Hickey  2.0  1  0  0  0  0  0  20   3.18
                  Jim Geddes  2.0  1  3  0  1  1  1  40   5.79
          Lafayette Currence  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  0  11   0.00
                      TOTALS 12.0  7  6  1  4  4 10 186
    
         WP: Lafayette Currence (1-0)
         LP: Cecil Upshaw (0-2)
    
         Temperature: 64F
         Wind: 2 MPH (left to right)
         Attendance: 50,000
         Time: 3:38
    
    Mets lead th Series 3-0
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

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    Jacy's Autumn boxing show

    Taking his father's advice, Jacy Conway did, indeed, contract for two heavyweight boxers to go ten rounds in the final and climactic "Fight of the night" which also featured the four fighters from his own stable at Manor Place Baths. On his own intiative, Jacy also made a search for opponents hungry for a match they thought they could win, that way, they wouldn't demand too big a share of the purse resulting from the packed-out baths.

    Ironically, the main attraction was not the fighters, but the presence of Dan Conway, himself, at ringside; those Londoners present, who didn't remember him from his sojourn in England before and during the war, certainly had heard of him, loud and often since. On the whole they regarded him kindly, impressed by all the awards he had won in that conflict, and by his recent attempt to become President of the United States.

    Dan gave them a good show by wearing a tuxedo, a giant cigar, and giving a big grin and a thumbs up when some cheered his entrance.

    Len Boyer was to take part in the opening bout a six-rounder with a miiddleweight who scaled almost a stone (14 lbs) more than he; Leonard was the least
    promising of Jacy's stable, but he gamely agreed to go in with a heavier slugger keen to maintain his record of knockouts, hence his fighting for peanuts, against an opponent, Boyer, whom he knew had little power, for the longest distance - six rounds of his career - and won a moral victory by although clearly outpointed, thwarting the slugger by dint of his own defensive skill and natural speed and guts by going the distance without sustaining too much damage.

    Ken Dahl, who was beginning to get noticed by the boxing fraternity, was up next for his third, and deciding fight with Ben Duffy. Feeling that he had been conned out of victory in his previous two bouts with the wily veteran, Ken was determined to tip, and run and avoid controversial bolo punches with Duffy, who also gladly took on this fight for a minimum fee, since no other fighter thought him worth contesting.

    Jacy had urged Ken to pace himself through his own six-round baptism, being content to score points, and beware of his veteran opponent's tricks.

    Kenny did so well in the first round, Duffy barely able to lay a glove on him or avoid Dahl's stiff left jab to the face, primarily because Ben was so intent on guarding his midriff against the bolo punch that had creased him during their last encounter. Kenny himself, just before the end of the round, was so exuberant at his own increased skill and stamina, for he had trained diligently all summer, that he almost forgot his resolution not to essay his wicked bolo against this man; in mid-swing, Kwen realized his error, and turned the blow into an uppercut which happened to land flush on the opponent's jaw, and knocked him cold. Jacy's lightest fighter had surprised himself, and everyone else by his power, his reputation and value in the boxing market going up several points through his unexpected kayo.

    Jacy had set an even tougher task for his other welterweight, the quiet but competent Peter Whittey, the manager of whose opponent had actually paid money to Jacy to take on a real comer like Jack Floods, a tough aggressive unbeaten welterweight whom few other boxers wanted to face.

    One boxer who had arranged to, had been injured in training, so here was Jack all primed up with nowhere to go, but in a shorter distanced bout (For Floods, on the rare occasions that he didn't knock out his opponents, beat them up for an habitual ten rounds) with an inexperienced opponent.

    Jacy was fast forgetting his concern for his boxers' health, for although he showed token reluctance in asking Whitty to take this bout, he cunningly stroked the fighter's ego by assuring Whitty that he was good enough to go the increased distance with a vastly more experienced and dangerous opponent.

    In the event, Peter rose to the challenge, magnificently, defending well against the several undisciplined onslaughts of the over-confident Floods, and counter punching well enough to cool the slugger's ardour in the later rounds.

    Jack Floods clearly won on points, but the hithero unstoppable and fearsome "Scourge of the welters" knew that he'd been in a fight, and the audience realized that they had seen a fine contest for they showered the ring with coins at bout's end, Floods corner acknowledging Whitty's feat by allowing his seconds to collect all the coins, amounting to a hefty bonus to Jacy's already burgeoning booty from this promotion.

    The other eight-rounder, the semi-final, as it were, to the main bout, was a more even bout between the heavy hitting Nichol Boyer, elder brother to Leonard and a much more promising fighter with a knockout punch, and a classy defensive specialist named Gavin Gracey one of the many West Indian fighters in the British boxing scene in those days.

    Nichol, in his training, was determined to be more than a heavy puncher, and all year had assiduously worked at his defence and counter -punching, so much so, that he now fancied himself as a boxer, who really enjoyed the thrust and parry of the noble Art of Self Defence.

    So, for a few rounds, he tried to vie with the smooth Gracy with straight lefts, and slipped punches, in the middle of the fifth, Nichol suddenly realizing that he was outmatched in the boxing department, promptly changed his style, and came rushing in swinging furiously, the abrupt change of pace totally catching the West Indian by surprise, and down went he - poleaxed.

    The main bout, which to Jacy was rather irrelevant, because none of his fighters were involved was a match between Ernie Woodman a battle-scarred heavyweight, up against a former well-regarded amateur who despite being hyped - as so many British fighters were in that long era of disappointing pugilists from the United Kingdom- by the media, was really, never going to be a contender, let alone a champ.

    The finale proved to be an interesting bout between more or less equally mediocre heavyweights, who made up with spirit what they lacked in skill and speed. they set about each other for ten action-packed rounds , pleasing the huge crowd, no end, setting the scene for a return bout under Mr Julius Ceasar Conawy's aegis as promoter, and another profitable evening at the fights.
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

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    The "San Diego Clarion"

    October 1st 1976

    Baseball gossip

    by Al Terego

    I guess that we are all a little spoiled by having a Dan Conway owning and operating our local baseball team; we know that he he has the Midas touch in business, and the winning habit in baseball, so when he comes to our town with the avowed intention of forming a baseball team out of the Major League's castoffs, and turning it into a dynasty like his fabled Philadelphia Phils, we rather expect him to do it overnight, as he virtually did with that long-ago team.

    But professional baseball doesn't work like that; the Phils were an established team with a long varied history of highs and lows, who just happened to be in a slump when Dan came along, took them over and transformed them into a team which won twelve World Series during his tenure.

    The San Diego Padres, by contrast, are an infant team just learning with baby steps over the eight years of their existence to climb up, by the end of this season to a respectable third place in the tough Western Division of the National League.

    The team reached that eminence by relying on a ragtag of veterans from other teams, plus a few sprinklings of Dan's prescient signings of Lum, Remy, Dent, Beare, Umagas and Cort, and now is well placed to go much farther, in seasons to come, with a lineup whose current average age is in the early twenties, and a bullpen which is even younger, at an average of 22 years old.

    Hitters of around 25 years of age are regarded, traditionally, to be entering their prime, younger pitchers, less so, but there are always the phenoms like Beare and Cort. In the case of the Padres, we can expect the maturing line-up to carry the green bullpen, for a few seasons until the whole develops into one fine championship team.

    Like the Good Lord, Dan Conway may grind slowly, but he grinds exceeding fine; besides, isn't it also as much fun to be a fan of a team that is surely progressing, season by season, as supporting a perennial champion as were the Phils?
    -30-
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

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    California Angels at New York Mets
    October 17, 1976

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Tom Seaver takes the mound for the Mets.
    Mickey Rivers grounded to short. <--->
    Bert Campaneris grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Bruce Bochte hit an infield single to second. <--1>
    Aurelio Rodriguez grounded to short. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Mike Torrez takes the mound for the Angels.
    Johnny Briggs grounded to second. <--->
    Dave Concepcion grounded to first base. <--->
    Ken Griffey dribbled weakly to the catcher. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Willie Horton homered down the right-field line. <--->
    Jim Dwyer singled to right. <--1>
    Pedro Garcia singled through the right side. <-21>
    Jim Dwyer went for an extra base and reached third. <3-1>
    Manny Sanguillen grounded back to the pitcher for a double play (1-6-3). <--->
    Mike Torrez struck out. <--->
    2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, California leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Amos Otis homered down the left-field line. <--->
    Ken McMullen grounded to second. <--->
    Johnny Bench walked. <--1>
    The Mets put on the hit and run.
    Ken Boswell grounded back to the pitcher. <-2->
    George Theodore grounded to the third baseman. <-2->
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the second, New York trails 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Mickey Rivers singled through the hole. <--1>
    Mickey Rivers went for an extra base and was thrown out at second. <--->
    Bert Campaneris singled to center field. <--1>
    The Angels put on the hit and run.
    Bruce Bochte grounded to first. <-2->
    Aurelio Rodriguez struck out. <-2->
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, California leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Tom Seaver walked. <--1>
    Johnny Briggs grounded to the pitcher, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
    The Mets put on the hit and run.
    Dave Concepcion grounded back to the pitcher. <-2->
    Ken Griffey singled to left, scoring a run. <--1>
    Amos Otis singled to short left-center, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Ken McMullen grounded to second. <3-1>
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the third, the game is tied at 2.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Willie Horton singled to right. <--1>
    Jim Dwyer struck out. <--1>
    Pedro Garcia homered over the right field fence for two RBIs. <--->
    Manny Sanguillen singled up the middle. <--1>
    Mike Torrez popped up to the pitcher. <--1>
    Mickey Rivers struck out. <--1>
    2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, California leads 4 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Johnny Bench singled down the left field line. <--1>
    Ken Boswell doubled in the right field gap. <32->
    George Theodore grounded to the pitcher. <32->
    Tom Seaver grounded to short, scoring a run. <-2->
    Johnny Briggs struck out. <-2->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, New York trails 4 to 3.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Bert Campaneris singled to center field. <--1>
    The Angels put on the hit and run.
    Bert Campaneris stole second. <-2->
    Bruce Bochte struck out. <-2->
    Aurelio Rodriguez lined out to right. <-2->
    Bert Campaneris tagged up and reached third. <3-->
    Willie Horton grounded to third. <3-->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, California leads 4 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Dave Concepcion grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Ken Griffey grounded to third. <--->
    Amos Otis doubled to the wall in left. <-2->
    Ken McMullen flied out to center. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, New York trails 4 to 3.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Jim Dwyer grounded to first. <--->
    Pedro Garcia grounded to first. <--->
    Manny Sanguillen flied out to center field. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, California leads 4 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Johnny Bench grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Ken Boswell grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    George Theodore grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, New York trails 4 to 3.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Mike Torrez struck out. <--->
    Mickey Rivers flied out to left field. <--->
    Bert Campaneris grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, California leads 4 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Tom Seaver struck out. <--->
    Johnny Briggs grounded to short. <--->
    Dave Concepcion struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, New York trails 4 to 3.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Bruce Bochte struck out. <--->
    Aurelio Rodriguez grounded to third. <--->
    Willie Horton struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, California leads 4 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Dave Collins came in to play Left Field. <--->
    Ken Griffey singled to short right-center. <--1>
    Ken Griffey went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Amos Otis grounded to the third baseman. <-2->
    Ken McMullen grounded to second. <3-->
    Johnny Bench grounded to first base. <3-->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, New York trails 4 to 3.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Jim Dwyer grounded to first. <--->
    Pedro Garcia grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Manny Sanguillen struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, California leads 4 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Ken Boswell grounded to short. <--->
    George Theodore struck out. <--->
    Roy Staiger pinch hit for Tom Seaver. <--->
    Roy Staiger struck out. <--->

    ANGELS WIN: 4-3
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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    1976 World Series -Game 4
    
    California Angels at New York Mets
    October 17, 1976
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
            Angels (CAL) 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0    4 10  0
              Mets (NYM) 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0    3  7  0
    
    CALIFORNIA                   ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Mickey Rivers (CF)            4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .263
    Bert Campaneris (SS)          4  2  0  0  0  0  0  1    .200
    Bruce Bochte (1B)             4  1  0  0  0  0  2  0    .308
    Aurelio Rodriguez (3B)        4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .297
    Willie Horton (LF)            4  2  0  2  1  1  1  0    .273
     Dave Collins (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    Jim Dwyer (RF)                4  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .382
    Pedro Garcia (2B)             4  2  0  1  1  2  0  0    .212
    Manny Sanguillen (C)          4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .152
    Mike Torrez (P)               3  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .000
    TOTALS                       35 10  0  4  2  3  9  1
    
       HR:  Pedro Garcia, Willie Horton
       GDP:  Manny Sanguillen
    
                  CALIFORNIA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                 Mike Torrez  9.0  7  2  1  3  3  5 151   2.19
                      TOTALS  9.0  7  2  1  3  3  5 151
    
    NEW YORK                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Johnny Briggs (1B)            4  0  0  1  0  0  1  0    .237
    Dave Concepcion (SS)          4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .196
    Ken Griffey (RF)              4  2  0  0  0  1  0  0    .182
    Amos Otis (CF)                4  3  0  1  1  1  0  0    .295
    Ken McMullen (3B)             4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .100
    Johnny Bench (C)              3  1  1  1  0  0  0  0    .293
    Ken Boswell (2B)              4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .270
    George Theodore (LF)          4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .150
    Tom Seaver (P)                2  0  1  0  0  1  1  0    .375
     Roy Staiger (P)              1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .167
    TOTALS                       34  7  2  3  1  3  5  0
    
       2B:  Ken Boswell, Ken Griffey, Amos Otis
       HR:  Amos Otis
    
       DP:  Johnny Briggs, Dave Concepcion
    
                    NEW YORK   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                  Tom Seaver  9.0 10  0  2  4  4  9 117   2.83
                      TOTALS  9.0 10  0  2  4  4  9 117
    
         WP: Mike Torrez (2-1)
         LP: Tom Seaver (2-1)
    
         Temperature: 75F
         Wind: 3 MPH (in from center)
         Attendance: 50,000
         Time: 2:55
    
    Mets lead the Series 3-1
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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