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    The London "Daily Mirror"

    September 30th 1979

    Summer Summary

    by Chatty Cathy

    Much too much political mayhem this summer, People. The incident closest to home was the blowing up, in August, by the Irish Republican Army of the "Shadow V" in which died Lord Mountbatten of Burma and 4 others, an assassination on the same day as the Warrenpoint ambush, killing 18 British soldiers
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    Lord Louis was a British admiral, statesman and an uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
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    Before that, in July, a car bomb destroyed a Renault model owned by Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claims responsibility

    Also, this murderous summer, Carmine Galante, boss of the Bonanno crime family, was knocked off, in Brooklyn, as was Raymond Washington, co-founder of the Crips, one of the largest, most notorious gangs in the United States. Washington was killed during a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles

    But the bloke to beat the band in murder was one, Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, who arranged the arrest and later execution of nearly seventy members of his own ruling Ba'ath Party. with a friend like this, who needs enemies?

    A bit less violent was the usual quota of deposed rulers, this summer

    Dictator Francisco Macías Nguema of Equatorial Guinea was overthrown in a coup d'état led by Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo

    Nicaraguan dictator General Anastasio Somoza Debayle resigned and fled to Miami, in July the Sandinista National Liberation Front concluding a successful revolutionary campaign against the U.S.-backed Somoza dictatorship, now assuming power in Nicaragua.

    The way to go independent was democratically demonstrated when the Gilbert Islands became fully independent of the United Kingdom, while girlie power was evinced by Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo]] becoming prime minister of Portugal, and in Sri Lanka, an Army Women's Corps is formed. You go, girls.

    On the lighter side of life, during a "Disco Demolition Night'' publicity stunt, things went awry at Comiskey Park, forcing the Chicago White Sox to Forfeit a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers. Seems that after the first game of a "Double-header" was played, a disc jockey blew up a barrel load of old disco records, setting off a surge of almost 50,000 baseball(?), soccer (?) fans onto the field which they proceeded then to tear up, making it impossible for the teams to play the second game.

    And - so my Chap reckons - the best for last; this summer,a nudist beach was established in Brighton, That'll quicken the pace of the annual London-to-Brighton race, I'll bet.
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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"

    (Author unknown)

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    San Diego Padres at Kansas City Royals
    October 25, 1979

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Bruce Hurst takes the mound for the Royals.
    Willie Randolph homered to right-center. <--->
    Dai Boyd popped up to short. <--->
    Ray Knight lined out to left. <--->
    Pat Spratt grounded to first. <--->
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, San Diego leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Brian Allard takes the mound for the Padres.
    Chico Ruiz popped up to first. <--->
    Steve Braun popped up to short. <--->
    Bill McNulty singled to left. <--1>
    George Brett tripled in the right field gap, scoring a run. <3-->
    John Harris was intentionally walked. <3-1>
    George Mitterwald popped up to the first baseman in foul ground. <3-1>
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the first, the game is tied at 1.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Paddy Moira doubled in the left field gap. <-2->
    Bruce Hurst threw a wild pitch. <3-->
    Mike Lum struck out. <3-->
    Bruce Hurst threw a wild pitch - a run scored. <--->
    Willie Crawford singled through the left side. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Willie Crawford was caught stealing second. <--->
    Steve Yeager struck out. <--->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, San Diego leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Fred Lynn popped up to the second baseman. <--->
    Greg Gross grounded to third. <--->
    Bruce Christensen lined out to left. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the second, Kansas City trails 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    U L Washington struck out. <--->
    Willie Randolph grounded to third. <--->
    Dai Boyd flied out to center. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, San Diego leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Chico Ruiz hit an infield single to second. <--1>
    The Royals put on the hit and run.
    Steve Braun grounded to short. <-2->
    Bill McNulty grounded to third. <-2->
    George Brett was intentionally walked. <-21>
    John Harris grounded to third. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the third, Kansas City trails 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Ray Knight flied out to center. <--->
    Pat Spratt grounded to third. <--->
    Paddy Moira grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, San Diego leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    George Mitterwald grounded to short. <--->
    Fred Lynn popped up to first. <--->
    Greg Gross popped up to second. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, Kansas City trails 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Mike Lum lined out to center field. <--->
    Willie Crawford flied out to right. <--->
    Steve Yeager grounded to second. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, San Diego leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Bruce Christensen popped up to second. <--->
    Chico Ruiz singled to left. <--1>
    The Royals put on the hit and run.
    Steve Braun struck out. <--1>
    Bill McNulty flied out to left. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, Kansas City trails 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    U L Washington grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
    Willie Randolph doubled in the left field gap. <-2->
    Bruce Hurst threw a wild pitch. <3-->
    Dai Boyd singled to right field, scoring a run. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Ray Knight singled through the left side. <-21>
    Pat Spratt popped up to second. <-21>
    Paddy Moira popped up foul down the third base line. <-21>
    1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, San Diego leads 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    George Brett lined out to right. <--->
    John Harris flied out to left. <--->
    George Mitterwald struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, Kansas City trails 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Mike Lum singled to center. <--1>
    Willie Crawford struck out. <--1>
    Steve Yeager grounded to the second baseman for a double play (4-6-3). <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, San Diego leads 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Fred Lynn grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Greg Gross grounded to second. <--->
    Bruce Christensen singled through the hole. <--1>
    Chico Ruiz walked. <-21>
    Steve Braun grounded to first. <-21>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, Kansas City trails 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    U L Washington popped up to the second baseman. <--->
    Willie Randolph singled to left. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Dai Boyd flied out to left field. <--1>
    Ray Knight singled to right, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Jay Franklin now pitching for the Royals. <3-1>
    Pat Spratt homered over the left field fence for three RBIs. <--->
    Paddy Moira popped up foul down the third base line. <--->
    3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, San Diego leads 6 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Bill McNulty singled down the left field line. <--1>
    George Brett singled to short left-center, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    John Osbourne now pitching for the Padres. <3-1>
    John Harris grounded to second for a double play (4-6-3). <--->
    George Mitterwald reached first on a fielding error by the pitcher. <--1>
    Fred Lynn popped up to second. <--1>
    1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, Kansas City trails 6 to 2.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Mike Lum struck out. <--->
    Willie Crawford struck out. <--->
    Steve Yeager grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, San Diego leads 6 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Greg Gross grounded to second. <--->
    Bruce Christensen hit an infield single to short. <--1>
    Bruce Christensen took second on defensive indifference. <-2->
    Chico Ruiz walked. <-21>
    Steve Braun reached first on a throwing error by the second baseman - a run scored. <-21>
    Bill McNulty lined out to left. <-21>
    George Brett grounded to short. <-21>

    PADRES WIN: 6-3
    "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.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    1979 World Series - Game 3
    
    San Diego Padres at Kansas City Royals
    October 25, 1979
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
            Padres (SDP) 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0    6 10  2
            Royals (KCR) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1    3  8  0
    
    SAN DIEGO                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Willie Randolph (2B)          4  3  0  3  1  1  0  0    .556
    Dai Boyd (P)                  4  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .185
    Ray Knight (3B)               4  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .256
    Pat Spratt (1B)               4  1  0  1  1  3  0  0    .278
    Paddy Moira (RF)              4  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .314
    Mike Lum (CF)                 4  1  0  0  0  0  2  0    .324
    Willie Crawford (LF)          4  1  0  0  0  0  2  0    .290
    Steve Yeager (C)              4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .188
    U L Washington (SS)           3  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .156
    TOTALS                       35 10  0  6  2  5  6  0
    
       2B:  Paddy Moira, Willie Randolph
       HR:  Pat Spratt, Willie Randolph
       GDP:  Steve Yeager
       CS:  Willie Crawford
    
       DP:  Pat Spratt, U L Washington, Willie Randolph
       E:  Willie Randolph
    
                   SAN DIEGO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                Brian Allard  7.0  7  3  0  2  2  2 121   3.48
               John Osbourne  2.0  1  1  0  1  0  0  42   3.00
                      TOTALS  9.0  8  4  0  3  2  2 163
    
    KANSAS CITY                  ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Chico Ruiz (2B)               3  2  2  0  0  0  0  0    .200
    Steve Braun (DH)              5  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .290
    Bill McNulty (LF)             5  2  0  2  0  0  0  0    .364
    George Brett (3B)             4  2  1  0  0  1  0  0    .297
    John Harris (1B)              3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .278
    George Mitterwald (C)         4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .125
    Fred Lynn (CF)                4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .219
    Greg Gross (RF)               4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .281
    Bruce Christensen (SS)        4  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .250
    TOTALS                       36  8  4  3  0  1  2  0
    
       3B:  George Brett
       GDP:  John Harris
    
       DP:  John Harris, Chico Ruiz, Bruce Christensen
    
                 KANSAS CITY   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                 Bruce Hurst  7.2  9  0  1  5  5  4 121   5.21
                Jay Franklin  1.1  1  0  1  1  1  2  21   1.17
                      TOTALS  9.0 10  0  2  6  6  6 142
    
         WP: Brian Allard (1-1)
         LP: Bruce Hurst (1-1)
    
         Temperature: 67F
         Wind: 6 MPH (right to left)
         Attendance: 50,000
         Time: 3:26
    
    Padres lead the World 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"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    The London "Daily Mirror"

    November 30th 1979

    Milestones of the month

    by Chatty Cathy

    The glum month of November was rendered even gloomier by the affront yo thre United States of the recentlly installed Ayatollah-in-charge
    Khomeini who urged his Iranian populace to demonstrate against United States and Israeli interests.

    It is not clear that he meant such demonstrations to go as far as they did, but the Ayatollah, no dummy, himself, should have realized that his broadcast rhetoric to an illiterate and ignorant populace, was like applying a lighted match to petrol.

    One particular demonstration flared into a wholesale takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran 500 Iranian radicals, mostly students, invaded the Embassy taking 90 hostages, 53 of whom are American. The radicals demand that the United States send the former Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Shah of Iran back to stand trial.

    In response, President Jimmy Carter ordered a halt to all Petroleum oil imports into the United States from Iran, plus a freezing of all Iranian assetsin the U.S. banks.

    He is expected to further retaliate and acquire bargaining chips for the hostages' release by pleading with the United Nations to apply maximum sanctions against the Iranians, an uphill task, since most countries would be unwilling to cut themselves off from the flow of Irnian oil, an inevitable consequence of such sanctions.

    Invasion of the country is also out of the question for the Yanks, as the outrage was not "officially" sponsored by the Iraniaqn government.

    However, it is obviously the responsibility of that government to return the Embassy and the hostages safely back to the United States.

    As if he didn't have enough on his plate, President Carter learned that Senator Edward Kennedy was going to challenge him for the Presidency, next year - Jimmy shouldn't lose much sleep...an upright bloke such as he against the sleazebag of Chappaquiddick? No contest.

    The second most deadly incident of the month happened in usually peaceful old Canada, when a 106-car Canadian Pacific freight train carrying explosive and poisonous chemicals from Windsor, Ontario, derailed in Mississauga, Ontario, just west of Toronto, causing a massive explosion and the largest peacetime evacuation in Canadian history and one of the largest in North American history.

    Another alarming incident was when NORAD computers and the Alternate National Military Command Center in Fort Ritchie, Maryland, detected an apparent massive Soviet Union nuclear strike. After reviewing the raw data from satellites and checking the early-warning radars, the alert was cancelled.

    In this country, uproar ensued when Margaret Thatcher, in Parliament, revealed that British art historian and former Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures Anthony Blunt was a double agent for the Soviet Union during World War II.

    I am not sure that this is bad news to end with, but it was reported from Greensboro, North Carolina, that five members of the Communist Workers' Party were shot to death and seven were wounded by a group of Ku Klux Klan Klansmen, and neo-Nazis, during a "Death to the Klan" rally.

    It's always poetic justice when bullies see each other off, and let the rest of us live in peace. As some have suggested, maybe we should have let the Ruskies and Nazis hammer each other into oblivion , during World War Two. But then, there's always an Ayatollah Khomeini.
    -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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    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    The "Canadian Chronicle"

    November 21st 1979

    Trudeau steps down

    by Lynn Howard

    During the Fall, Pierre Trudeau, as Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian Parliament, seemed to be enjoying himself as the Federal and Provincial Tory governments fought each other over the same oil problems that Trudeau, himself, during his time as Canadian P.M. had had with Peter Lougheed, the Alberta premier. Trudeau's constant needling of his successor o the office, Joe Clark, helped swell Liberal support as evidenced by the polls to a nineteen point lead, which, if another election were held today, would mean a strong Liberal government back in the saddle.

    Pierre lashed out at the Government, calling on the nation to throw out the" incompetent" Conservatives.

    He did not follow up on his challenge, however, and suddenly seemed to lose interest in politics, making all sorts of excuses to dodge various political functions, including a bad cold, and root canal surgery; he was caught out in one lie when he was photographed squiring an attractive woman, after he had pleaded illness for absenting himself from a Liberal seminar.

    He was also listless, and seemed disinterested in the House of Commons, and his colleagues began to question his desire to remain as leader.

    Sure enough, earlier, this month, after a lively give and take session with feisty young Liberal students, at which Trudeau was at his very best, seemingly to revive. However, yesterday, Trudeau unexpectedly called senior staff to his office, one by one, and one by one they left, downcast, some visibly weeping.

    For Pierre Elliot Trudeau, referring to his leadership of the federal Liberal Party had declared "It's all over".
    -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.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    Rongar writes: Since the local council has gone barmy and started digging roads up for bike lanes, bus stops, pipelines, etc, transport to the library where I do this stuff, has become very bad , during the week, and non-existent o' Sundays, so I'll have to revert to the old three-articles on Saturday and Monday mode for a while, Guys. Here goes.
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    The London "Daily Mirror"

    October 31st 1979

    Milestones of the month

    by Chatty Cathy

    A comparatively placid month, although the inhabitants of Nice (France), Windsor Locks (Connecticut), and New York City might not agree , as they were, respectively, visited by a tsunami, a tornado in Japan, which started a fire , killing 15 U.S. Marines, and the Pope who addressed the U.N. General Assembly against all forms of concentration camps and torture. Sounds like preaching to the converted to me...why wouldn''t he go behind the Iron Curtain with such a sermon?

    Politically, this month, tens of thousands of "Gay Rights' (Lesbians,Gays,Bisexual,Transgender= LGBT) people marched on Washington D.C. , demanding civil rights and "inclusion" for LGBT communities anywhere in the world.

    In Malta, "Black Monday" brought a riot, in which members of a political group sacked a newspaper office.

    As well, Nigeria terminated military rule, and the Second Nigerian Republic was established this month

    In an attempt to counter rampant inflation in the United States, the Federal Reserve System changed from an interest rate target policy to a money supply target policy
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    -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.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    San Diego Padres at Kansas City Royals
    October 26, 1979

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    George Stone takes the mound for the Royals.
    Willie Randolph struck out. <--->
    Dai Boyd singled through the right side. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Ray Knight singled to right, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Pat Spratt doubled down the third base line, scoring a run. <32->
    Paddy Moira doubled in the left field gap for two RBIs. <-2->
    Mike Lum grounded to the second baseman. <3-->
    Willie Crawford walked. <3-1>
    Steve Yeager struck out. <3-1>
    3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, San Diego leads 3 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Fred Kuhaulua takes the mound for the Padres.
    Chico Ruiz singled to center field. <--1>
    Chico Ruiz went for an extra base and was thrown out at second. <--->
    Steve Braun grounded to short. <--->
    Bill McNulty singled to left. <--1>
    George Brett singled through the left side. <-21>
    John Harris lined out to first. <-21>
    0 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the first, Kansas City trails 3 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    U L Washington grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Willie Randolph grounded to second. <--->
    Dai Boyd reached first on a fielding error by the third baseman. <--1>
    Ray Knight popped up to second. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, San Diego leads 3 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    George Mitterwald struck out. <--->
    Fred Lynn struck out. <--->
    Greg Gross walked. <--1>
    Bruce Christensen grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the second, Kansas City trails 3 to 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Pat Spratt grounded to short. <--->
    Paddy Moira walked. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Mike Lum singled to center, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Willie Crawford struck out. <3-1>
    Steve Yeager singled to right-center, scoring a run. <3-1>
    U L Washington grounded to short. <3-1>
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, San Diego leads 4 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Chico Ruiz singled to right. <--1>
    Steve Braun popped up foul down the third base line. <--1>
    The Royals put on the hit and run.
    Bill McNulty grounded to third. <-2->
    George Brett was intentionally walked. <-21>
    John Harris grounded to the pitcher. <-21>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the third, Kansas City trails 4 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Willie Randolph walked. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Duane Theiss now pitching for the Royals. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Dai Boyd lined out to the shortstop. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Ray Knight singled down the third base line, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Pat Spratt homered over the left field fence for three RBIs. <--->
    Paddy Moira grounded to second. <--->
    Mike Lum homered over the left field fence. <--->
    Willie Crawford walked. <--1>
    Matt Williams now pitching for the Royals. <--1>
    Steve Yeager grounded to the second baseman. <--1>
    4 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, San Diego leads 8 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    George Mitterwald grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Fred Lynn flied out to center. <--->
    Greg Gross walked. <--1>
    Bruce Christensen grounded to first. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, Kansas City trails 8 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    U L Washington lined out to right. <--->
    Willie Randolph doubled down the left field line. <-2->
    Dai Boyd struck out. <-2->
    Ray Knight struck out. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, San Diego leads 8 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Chico Ruiz grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Steve Braun singled up the middle. <--1>
    Bill McNulty grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, Kansas City trails 8 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Pat Spratt walked. <--1>
    Paddy Moira lined out to center. <--1>
    Mike Lum flied out to right field. <--1>
    Willie Crawford popped up to short. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, San Diego leads 8 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    George Brett flied out to center. <--->
    John Harris struck out. <--->
    George Mitterwald grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, Kansas City trails 8 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Steve Yeager flied out to right. <--->
    U L Washington grounded to second. <--->
    Willie Randolph singled to left. <--1>
    Dai Boyd lined out to left field. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, San Diego leads 8 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Fred Lynn flied out to right field. <--->
    Greg Gross singled up the middle. <--1>
    Bruce Christensen grounded to first base for a double play (3-6-3). <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, Kansas City trails 8 to 0.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Ray Knight popped up to second. <--->
    Pat Spratt grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Paddy Moira struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, San Diego leads 8 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Chico Ruiz reached first on a fielding error by the second baseman. <--1>
    Steve Braun singled down the third base line. <-21>
    Bill McNulty grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <3-->
    George Brett singled up the middle, scoring a run. <--1>
    John Harris struck out. <--1>
    1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, Kansas City trails 8 to 1.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Mike Lum struck out. <--->
    Willie Crawford walked. <--1>
    Steve Yeager walked. <-21>
    U L Washington grounded to the second baseman for a double play (4-6-1). <-2->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, San Diego leads 8 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Dennis DeBarr now pitching for the Padres. <--->
    George Mitterwald singled into right field. <--1>
    George Mitterwald took second on defensive indifference. <-2->
    Fred Lynn struck out. <-2->
    Greg Gross walked. <-21>
    Bruce Christensen walked. <321>
    Chico Ruiz singled up the middle, scoring a run. <321>
    Steve Braun walked, scoring a run. <321>
    Bill McNulty grounded to second for a double play (4-6-3). <32->

    PADRES 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"

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    1979 World Series - Game 4
    
    San Diego Padres at Kansas City Royals
    October 26, 1979
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
            Padres (SDP) 3 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0    8 11  1
            Royals (KCR) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2    3 10  1
    
    SAN DIEGO                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Willie Randolph (2B)          4  2  1  1  0  0  1  0    .538
    Dai Boyd (P)                  5  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .188
    Ray Knight (3B)               5  2  0  2  0  0  1  0    .273
    Pat Spratt (1B)               4  2  1  2  1  4  0  0    .300
    Paddy Moira (RF)              4  1  1  1  0  2  1  0    .308
    Mike Lum (CF)                 5  2  0  1  1  1  1  0    .333
    Willie Crawford (LF)          2  0  3  0  0  0  1  0    .273
    Steve Yeager (C)              4  1  1  0  0  1  1  0    .194
    U L Washington (SS)           5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .135
    TOTALS                       38 11  7  8  2  8  7  0
    
       2B:  Pat Spratt, Paddy Moira, Willie Randolph
       HR:  Pat Spratt, Mike Lum
       GDP:  U L Washington
    
       DP:  Pat Spratt 5, U L Washington 4, Willie Randolph 3
       E:  Willie Randolph
    
                   SAN DIEGO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
               Fred Kuhaulua  8.0  8  3  0  1  0  4 120   0.00
               Dennis DeBarr  1.0  2  3  0  2  2  1  28   6.00
                      TOTALS  9.0 10  6  0  3  2  5 148
    
    KANSAS CITY                  ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Chico Ruiz (2B)               5  3  0  1  0  1  0  0    .250
    Steve Braun (DH)              4  2  1  0  0  1  0  0    .314
    Bill McNulty (LF)             5  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .333
    George Brett (3B)             3  2  1  0  0  1  0  0    .325
    John Harris (1B)              4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .227
    George Mitterwald (C)         4  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .139
    Fred Lynn (CF)                4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .194
    Greg Gross (RF)               1  1  3  1  0  0  0  0    .303
    Bruce Christensen (SS)        3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .226
    TOTALS                       33 10  6  3  0  3  5  0
    
       GDP:  Bruce Christensen, Bill McNulty 3
    
       DP:  Chico Ruiz, Bruce Christensen
       E:  George Brett
    
                 KANSAS CITY   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                George Stone  3.0  6  3  0  5  5  3  77   6.11
                Duane Theiss  0.2  3  1  2  3  3  0  23  10.13
               Matt Williams  5.1  2  3  0  0  0  4  93   1.69
                      TOTALS  9.0 11  7  2  8  8  7 193
    
         WP: Fred Kuhaulua (3-0)
         LP: George Stone (1-2)
    
         Temperature: 75F
         Wind: 4 MPH (in from left)
         Attendance: 50,000
         Time: 3:53
    
    The San Diego Padres win the 1979 World Series 4 games to none.
    "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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    Augie Conway's 1979 Christmas

    Although Gussie and Patricia Appel would rather spend Christmas alone, together, the former could not let her identical twin, Augie, bereft of wife and children, alike, roam North America all alone over Yuletide, so it had become routine to invite him down to Culver City each year at this Holiday time.

    In previous years as her Holiday guest, whilst making an heroic effort to seem cheerful for his beloved sister's sake, twin-like, she could sense the melancholy within her soul-mate of a brother.

    This year, however, Augie appeared not to be merely putting on a positive face to put the two women at ease, he seemed more like his old eager upbeat self. The reason soon became apparent...Augustus Conway was back in his creative mode, and creative people are never downcast for long.

    Almost as soon as the usual warm greetings were over, and Patricia was driving her V.W. from the airport (Gussie, the official hostess, did not drive on principle, she being a lifelong advocate against the automobile), her brother was asking "What are the chances of my making a film down here, one day, Girls?" The two women looked at each other. Then Gussie, who, until she had been elected to Congress, had run the Culver City film and t.v. studios, spoke up.

    "I guess if you've got the million per month that Conway Studios charges for the use of its talent, crews, equipment, and facilities, Frank Norman is the man to see...he's running the Studios for Dad these days"

    "Well, I don't have anywhere near that much, personally..." admitted Augie ruefully "...As you know, Dad believes on keeping his C.E.Os on a shoestring, but I thought as head of the Conway's own Venture Capital Bank, I could lend myself the money to make the documentary"

    "That's like Peter borrowing from Paul..." a smiling Patricia observed from behind the wheel "...and how do you get to pay it back, Aug? ...my understanding is that documentaries don't make any money"

    "Oh, I'm good for it... I'm living the bachelor life on a married man's income, after all..." a touch of the old bitterness over his marital status - a divorcee with no access to his children - manifesting itself, after all "...Besides what the Corp pays me, I can always knock out the odd musical score for a movie, I'm still in great demand there, and the producers pay big bucks "

    "What's the documentary about, Aug?" Gussie wanted to know.

    So, over the Christmas holiday, Augie unfolded his plan to recreate the circumstances of his own failed marriage on film, recalling the first happy years with Lee, the birth of their twins, and his wife's growing homesickness for her native Canada, not alleviated at all, by her husband's frequent absences on Conway business; the film would culminate in a flawed Court decision that placed custody of the couples' children with a mother who could neither handle nor cherish them; that Court irrevocably handed the kids over to the wrong parent who later abandoned them, whilst the desperate father, had to watch as they were taken over by a joyless Nanny, he, now, a deposed parent who had little recourse under the law.

    That was Augie's story, and he meant to present it to the world, in celluloid form; he found a sympathetic audience in Gussie and Patricia, and the three of them settled down to a unique and enjoyable Christmas working out the details of the making of the documentary.
    "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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    Dan Conway's 1979 Christmas

    Dan Conway, and his Computer Division supervisor, Joe Carr, arrived in London, bearing a prototype of the latest model of the Stopfords computer, which they've named the "Luggable", they deeming it to be the first portable computer, a magical machine that once filled entire rooms, and now, has evolved into a compact armful of hardware to adorn any desk top. They visited, first, their perennial Christmas host, Jacy Conway and his family.

    All were impressed by this state-of -art, computer, the first portable on the market, but only Jacy's wife Toni, and his adopted ten-year-old son, Edu, seem to want to probe further into its mysteries. As Carr explained to them "You see, it's portable because with its rechargeable battery, you don't have to plug it in anywhere. This American model, if it were the desktop size, I wouldn't be able to operate it in England, because your electrical -power system is different from ours, but the Luggable's battery makes it independent of juice"

    "I see that...." Toni nodded "...but then, how do you get the charger to work when the battery needs re- energizing?"

    "Good question..." said Carr, approving of the woman's intelligence as well as being smitten by her allure "...Well the charger, which is a much smaller and simpler component of the Luggable, we were able to make that universal ...you can plug that charger in, anywhere in the world, and it will replenish the Luggable for you"

    "What does the Uglyal do, Mister?" Lisped little Edu . Joe chuckled at the mispronunciation as he replied "Well, we've installed the usual word processor, and we've come up with a baseball- game that you can play on it"

    "That's not a bad game, Lad..." Dan put in his two bits worth, now "... The American fans loved it during this past Winter when there was no ball on the telly, nor in the pros...almost like watching a real game"

    "No soccer?" sniffed Edu, disdainfully

    "Well, that's not too big, Stateside..." admitted Dan "...But that's a good idea, Son...mebbe we could work up an app for the English version of the Luggable" He looked enquiringly at Carr.

    If if there's an English version, Dan...." reminded his computer guru "..Remember, we have to sell old Targret and Golde on this baby, yet."

    "That's our next port of call, Joe..." said Dan "...May I use your phone, Jace?...I'll call 'em right now, see when they want us over to show off the Lug"
    ******************************************************************************** *******************************
    Messrs Targret and Golde did not seem nearly as impressed as the Conway family with the "Luggable", and they clearly were not baseball fans of the stick figures that cavorted on the virtual diamond of the "Dan Conway Baseball" game, which was demonstrated on the machine, but being English, they were polite about it.

    "You're on the right lines by integrating the monitor with the CPU, old Boy..." quoth Stanley Targret who was a bit precious ".. but I say, to call it a portable is a stretch...I can barely heft the thing"

    Dan was nettled "Well, what, you're pushing fiftieish, Stan, and, anyway, computing is a young man's game...they'll be ready and able and willing to tote it around"

    "But you know the biggest user group of all, Dan...?" interceded Norm Golde, a down-to -earth Londoner "...The schoolkids...it'll be too much for them to lug about"

    Dan scowled "We are working to reduce the size and weight..." he admitted "...we're tryin' out some of those space age components, lightweight alloys, plastics and the like...meanwhile..." He went on, always ready to make a deal "...Hows about we send you over about 500, fly 'em up the flagpole, see who salutes? I'll swallow any loss, but we make a profit, we split 50-50"

    "Sounds good, Dan..." said Stanley, now producing a pair of floppy disks "...But I would like to see how our cricket game plays on it"

    "You're writing software too...?" Joe Carr was surprised "...We did not know that "

    "Trade secret.... " Stanley winked as he proffered the disks to Carr "...would you do the honours old Boy? ...you know your way around the Luggable better than I"

    "I dunno if your programs are going to work on the Lug..." Dan Conway cautioned " ...Our" D.C. Baseball" that you saw a bit of, only works on Stopfords machines"

    "Hmmm, that's a bit of a bugger..." remarked Norm Golde, no respecter of persons, he "...not going to make it any easier to sell the Luggable over here, is it? ...As for us, we took care to make sure our cricket game is universal..." He sounded quietly proud "...it'll play on the Stopfords, Lug, Atari, any computer, you name it "

    The American visitors were hardly cricket fans, but they had to gasp at the graphics of "Ruskin Cricket" The "cricketers" though, obviously tiny in size, were most lifelike and moved athletically and easily, whether batting, bowling, or fielding.

    Dan and Joe could hardly believe how far ahead in graphics the Ruskin crowd were ahead of their Conway partners.

    "How d'ya get them lookin' so human?" demanded an incredulous Carr

    "Because they are human, Mate ..." boasted Norm "...My missus is a pro photographer, and Stanley's boy Mike can bowl and bat an' field a
    bit, right Stan...?" he joshed his employer, who smiled at the understatement "... so she took action pictures on her Super Eight Camera, turned the video over to me and the boys in the Ruskin lab, and the rest is history"

    "By the way, I hear that Micheal is doing well over there, Dan..." the proud father remarked, referring to the fact that Conway had the cricketing Targret son, working out at winter baseball in California.

    "Yeah, he's coming right behind us to spend Christmas and the New Year with your family, Stan..." Conway informed the proud father "... then he's comin' back with me to play some more Spring Training...he reckons to be back for the start of your cricket season..." having gotten the domestic news out of the way, Dan came back to business "...That cricket app is something, else, Norm...you got a winner there, Buddy "

    "Yep, we were thinking of concentrating on software for which we have the creative personnel..." mused Stanley Targret "..... and letting you Americans develop the Stopfords line, itself,, in view of the fact that you have access to unlimited hardware resources."

    "Sounds like a plan..." said Dan, nodding towards Golde "...What do you have in mind for your next software program, Norm? "

    "A soccer game..." Golde was obviously enthused by the prospect "...There's this young bruiser, Len Boyer, that your son Jacy introduced us to, he's really into it, coaches a boys team, he's so knowledgeable, I'm goin' to get my Connie to shoot him doin' his soccer thing from all angles in all positions, then we render the footage to the floppy...piece o' duff!"

    "Wow, that'll please that little Edu kiddie" Chuckled Joe Carr as the four men drifted into Targret's study to talk further business over a pre-Christmas drink.
    "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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    Rongar writes: Remember, we're dishing up three episodes today (Monday), Lads
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    The Howards' 1979 Christmas

    Mr and Mrs Howard, and their son Valentine, were all looking forward happily to the upcoming Christmas concert at Ottawa City. Lynn Howard because she was able to showcase the talents of the male-voiced choir which she'd organized and personally believed that she'd tuned to perfection during her sojourn in the Canadian capital, Tom Howard because of the promotion of the Skiffle Group, the Red River Rockers which he managed, a Folk-and- Country group which was gradually becoming known and esteemed in the world of popular music, Valentine Mercier because of the entirely revisionist Christmas song that he intended to spring upon the staid Canadian audience, accustomed, as it was, to all the usual lip service about the Sacred Holiday which as Val suggested in his lyrics "Just like the weather, people slated it forever, but none did owt about it, until Ollie Cromwell routed it, one day".

    In mid-December now, this committee meeting of three was supposed to be the wrap -up session of the project; all were agreed on the role of the others, Tom a little uneasy about the harsh note that his adopted son's song, lambasting Christmas, would introduce a sour note into a festive occasion, but Lynn, the ad hoc Chairwoman of the committee, was as liberal in her sixties as she ever was, and decreed that the Rockers, would perform the song, letting it all hang out.

    "This extended family of ours..." she declared "...has never tip-toed around an issue...Val's group should do it, and never mind the torpedoes"

    "Yes, this is kind of an all-family thingy, this concert, isn't it Mom?...." remarked Valentine, " .....all we need now is Augie's two kids to take part in a Nativity watchamacallit"

    His remark was quite casual, but Lynn was immediately stricken "How could I ever have forgotten those twins...?" she wailed "...under my own roof as they are?"

    "Well, you must admit, Dear..." remarked her husband who was no fan of the Howards' austere Housekeeper/Nanny "...We scarcely ever see them anyway, that Squirrel woman keeps them so close"

    "And they're eleven years old, Mom, going on twenty-one..." offered a Valentine even more radical than his mother "...And they yet need a nanny?...come on, Ma !"

    Lynn was still mortified. "I have been so remiss...gotten so tied up with this and that, I simply forgot about them... what sort of person am I, supposed to be responsible for their well-being? " She quickly forgave herself, being no drama-queen "...We must make it up to them..." She now declared "...I 'll ring for Violet and consult with her on what part they can play in our concert" Suiting the action to the words, she lifted the house telephone and spoke "Sorry to bother you, Vi, but could you come down to the den for a few minutes?"

    "What's the betting that Vi nixes it?" whispered Valentine to Tom "No takers there, Son..." grinned his stepfather "... I never met a more negative woman!" (continued next post)
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    The Howards' Christmas (continued)

    Miss Violet Squirrel strode into the room, and although looking a little askance at the assembled company, gave the impression of having an agenda of her own, no matter the import of the summons by her employer.

    "What d'you think, Vi...? " began Lynn amiably "...How about we include the children in a Nativity episode during our Christmas concert ?"

    "Pshaw, they're far too old for that, Lynn...." scoffed the woman "...and getting too big for their boots, beside " At Lynn's puzzled look she continued on a subject which was obvious to the assembled three, had been agitating her for a while. "...The fact is, Lynn, never mind pageants, that pair should be separated!"

    "But they're identical twins, Vi...!" Valentine, as his mother's only child within her ken, and his stepfather, Tom, uncertain of his parental authority, had never been subject to much domestic discipline, burst out now "...They're almost like one being"

    "You got that right, young man..." she favoured him with a glare, always omitting his name when she addressed him, her method of "Keeping him in his place" "...The two of them are ganging up on me these days, presenting a united front...I don't know how much longer I can manage them, and I suggest, Lynn, that you send Winston, anyway, to a boarding school. "

    "And what of his sister...?" demanded a livid Valentine, all of his dislike for this martinet of a woman , coming to the fore "...Farm her off to a convent?"

    "Such nonsense..." sniffed Vi, dismissively "...I shall keep her under my care, of course"

    "Even more restrictive..." muttered Val, with a wink at his stepfather who tried to suppress a smile

    "That's enough, Val...!" rebuked his mother, sharply, then turned to reason with her employee "...We've tried this before, Vi....years ago, when I was married to Dan, I tried to separate our twins Gussie and Augie....it cost me my marriage and my present alienation with my daughter...I don't want to be making that mistake, again"

    "It's a bigger mistake to leave those two together" boomed Vi "...they carry on like adults already, in time, they'll be ruling the whole roost here"

    "Would that be such a bad thing Vi...? Tom made his attempt to pour oil on the swirling waters "....they're smart little blighters, and good -hearted enough, in my opinion"

    "Well, in my opinion, Mr Howard..." countered Miss Violet Squirrel "... I am not about to stay in a household where the children rule the roost!"

    Lynn paled. As a woman with so many business and private interests, she felt that she could not afford to lose so valuable, if demanding, a bufferbetween her and the care of two difficult pre-teens.

    "Now let's not be hasty, here Vi...." she said, a note of panic, obvious to all, in her tone. "...I'm sure that we can come to some arrangement"

    Miss Squirrel seemed not at all placated "....I'm not one to issue ultimations, Lynn..." she declared. just before delivering one "...but either young master Winston leaves for boarding school, or I leave your employ!"
    "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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    California Polar Bears at Manhattan Troopers
    November 1, 1979

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Rich Harper takes the mound for the Troopers.
    James Madeley singled up the middle. <--1>
    Roy Moody popped up to the shortstop. <--1>
    The Polar Bears put on the hit and run.
    James Madeley stole second. <-2->
    Jerry Gerstein singled down the right field line, scoring a run. <--1>
    The Polar Bears put on the hit and run.
    Willie Fay grounded to short. <-2->
    Rick Whiteaker struck out. <-2->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, California leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Micheal Targret takes the mound for the Polar Bears.
    Jason Tolle doubled in the left field gap. <-2->
    Scott Finessy singled through the right side, scoring a run. <--1>
    Leif Worth singled to short left-center, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Reagan Calcutt struck out. <3-1>
    Andy Voigt popped up to short. <3-1>
    Chris Jacobs struck out. <3-1>
    1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the first, the game is tied at 1.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Drew Outlaw struck out. <--->
    Ken Payne struck out. <--->
    Joe Walstonehome struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Nathan Wentworth grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Joe Desjardins singled into the left field corner. <--1>
    The Troopers put on the hit and run.
    Greg Parrish struck out. <--1>
    Jason Tolle grounded to second. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the second, the game is tied at 1.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Ernie Patmore grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    James Madeley grounded to short. <--->
    Roy Moody tripled down the right field line. <3-->
    Jerry Gerstein singled to center, scoring a run. <--1>
    Willie Fay struck out. <--1>
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, California leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Scott Finessy grounded to short. <--->
    Leif Worth grounded to second. <--->
    Reagan Calcutt lined out to left. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the third, Manhattan trails 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Rick Whiteaker grounded to third. <--->
    Drew Outlaw singled to right. <--1>
    Drew Outlaw advanced on the error by Reagan Calcutt. <-2->
    Ken Payne doubled down the right field line, scoring a run. <-2->
    Joe Walstonehome lined out to short. <-2->
    Ernie Patmore grounded to third. <-2->
    1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, California leads 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Andy Voigt struck out. <--->
    Chris Jacobs walked. <--1>
    Nathan Wentworth popped up back to the pitcher. <--1>
    Joe Desjardins flied out to center field. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, Manhattan trails 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    James Madeley grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Roy Moody grounded to first. <--->
    Jerry Gerstein singled to center. <--1>
    Willie Fay homered over the right field fence for two RBIs. <--->
    Rick Whiteaker flied out to center. <--->
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, California leads 5 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Greg Parrish walked. <--1>
    Jason Tolle popped up to the pitcher. <--1>
    Scott Finessy doubled in the right field gap. <32->
    Leif Worth doubled down the first base line for two RBIs. <-2->
    Reagan Calcutt struck out. <-2->
    Andy Voigt grounded to second. <-2->
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, Manhattan trails 5 to 3.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Rod Scurry now pitching for the Troopers. <--->
    Drew Outlaw singled through the right side. <--1>
    Ken Payne struck out. <--1>
    Joe Walstonehome walked. <-21>
    Ernie Patmore grounded to the third baseman for a double play (5-4-3). <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, California leads 5 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Chris Jacobs struck out. <--->
    Nathan Wentworth popped up to the second baseman. <--->
    Joe Desjardins grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, Manhattan trails 5 to 3.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Howie Fuchs now pitching for the Troopers. <--->
    James Madeley flied out to left. <--->
    Roy Moody flied out to right. <--->
    Jerry Gerstein walked. <--1>
    Jerry Gerstein was caught stealing second. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, California leads 5 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Greg Parrish struck out. <--->
    Jason Tolle grounded to second. <--->
    Scott Finessy grounded to first. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, Manhattan trails 5 to 3.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Willie Fay popped up to short. <--->
    Rick Whiteaker singled down the first base line. <--1>
    Drew Outlaw grounded to second for a double play (4-3). <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, California leads 5 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Leif Worth struck out. <--->
    Reagan Calcutt doubled down the third base line. <-2->
    Andy Voigt singled to left, scoring a run. <--1>
    Andy Voigt went for an extra base and was thrown out at second. <--->
    Chris Jacobs grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, Manhattan trails 5 to 4.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Keith McAdoo now pitching for the Troopers. <--->
    Ken Payne grounded to second. <--->
    Joe Walstonehome flied out to left. <--->
    Ernie Patmore hit an infield single to first base. <--1>
    James Madeley struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, California leads 5 to 4.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Christian Wilson now pitching for the Polar Bears. <--->
    Nathan Wentworth grounded to third. <--->
    Joe Desjardins flied out to right field. <--->
    Greg Parrish walked. <--1>
    Jason Tolle singled through the right side, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Jason Tolle was picked off first. <3-->

    POLAR BEARS 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.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    Code:
    California Winter League game
    
    California Polar Bears at Manhattan Troopers
    November 1, 1979
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
       Polar Bears (CPB) 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0    5 11  0
          Troopers (MAT) 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0    4  9  1
    
    CALIFORNIA                   ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    James Madeley (LF)            5  1  0  1  0  0  1  1    .200
    Roy Moody (2B)                4  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .250
    Jerry Gerstein (SS)           3  3  1  1  0  2  0  0   1.000
    Willie Fay (DH)               4  1  0  1  1  2  1  0    .250
    Rick Whiteaker (1B)           4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .250
    Drew Outlaw (RF)              4  2  0  1  0  0  1  0    .500
    Ken Payne (CF)                4  1  0  0  0  1  2  0    .250
    Joe Walstonehome (3B)         3  0  1  0  0  0  1  0    .000
    Ernie Patmore (C)             4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .250
    TOTALS                       35 11  2  5  1  5  7  1
    
       2B:  Ken Payne (1)
       3B:  Roy Moody (1)
       HR:  Willie Fay (1)
       GDP:  Ernie Patmore, Drew Outlaw
       CS:  Jerry Gerstein
    
                  CALIFORNIA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
             Micheal Targret  8.0  8  2  0  4  4  8 114   4.50
            Christian Wilson  1.0  1  1  0  0  0  0  13   0.00
                      TOTALS  9.0  9  3  0  4  4  8 127
    
    MANHATTAN                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Jason Tolle (DH)              5  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .400
    Scott Finessy (1B)            4  2  0  1  0  1  0  0    .500
    Leif Worth (3B)               4  2  0  0  0  2  1  0    .500
    Reagan Calcutt (RF)           4  1  0  1  0  0  2  0    .250
    Andy Voigt (LF)               4  1  0  0  0  1  1  0    .250
    Chris Jacobs (2B)             3  0  1  0  0  0  2  0    .000
    Nathan Wentworth (CF)         4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    Joe Desjardins (SS)           4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .250
    Greg Parrish (C)              2  0  2  1  0  0  2  0    .000
    TOTALS                       34  9  3  4  0  4  8  0
    
       2B:  Scott Finessy (1), Leif Worth (1), Reagan Calcutt (1), Jason Tolle (1)
       CS:  Jason Tolle
    
       DP:  Scott Finessy 2, Chris Jacobs 3, Leif Worth
       E:  Reagan Calcutt
    
                   MANHATTAN   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                 Rich Harper  5.0  8  0  1  5  5  5  95   9.00
                  Rod Scurry  1.0  1  1  0  0  0  1  16   0.00
                 Howie Fuchs  2.0  1  1  0  0  0  0  22   0.00
                Keith McAdoo  1.0  1  0  0  0  0  1  17   0.00
                      TOTALS  9.0 11  2  1  5  5  7 150
    
         WP: Micheal Targret (1-0)
         LP: Rich Harper (0-1)
         SV: Christian Wilson (1)
    
         Temperature: 68F
         Wind: 2 MPH (in from left)
         Attendance: 13,360
         Time: 3:05
    "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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    The London "Daily Mirror"

    December 31st 1979

    Milestones of the month

    by Chatty Cathy

    Well, obviously, the biggest incident of the month, probably this year, was the invasion of Afghanistan by Soviet forces after the country's President, Hafizullah Amin, was overthrown and executed by Communist puppet, Babrak Karmal, the Ruskies swarming into the country to help his regime foist its Marxist philosophy on this Islamic nation which will not take kindly to foreign incursions, as its history has shown by its wresting control from the British, in 1919.
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=the+i...A_Le8Ae2y7rgAQ

    As if in exchange for the loss, this month, the state of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, which no other country has recognized, anyway, returned to British control and has resumed its name Southern Rhodesia. Such a change from reporting the diminishment of the British Empire, in these columns

    Regrettably, however, we have to continue chronicling the monthly tragedies in the world, December's most extensive being the humungous 8.2 Tumaco earthquake affecting the South American states of Colombia and Ecuador, with a maximum Mercalli intensity scale of IX (''Violent''), killing as many as 300 to 600 souls, and generating a massive tsunami.

    People are not even safe at a Rock concert, eleven fans being crushed to death during a rush for unreserved seats before "The Who" rock concert began at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati.

    Rendered unsafe, also, is the once- almighty American dollar, the exchange rate with the Deutsche Mark, in December, falling to 1.7079 DM, the all-time low so far, in history. Ain't history grand, People? It shows us how topsy-turvy our world is...to think that not so long ago, the situation of these two nations, the United States, and Germany was the exact reverse.

    Some cheery news to end 1979 with. The eradication of the smallpox virus was officially certified, during December, making the disease the only human disease that has, so far, been driven to extinction.
    -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.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    Re: "SPIKES" ...The Conway chronicles...

    The "San Diego Clarion"

    October 27th 1979

    Padres' glory

    by Al Terego

    Well, Folks, the San Diego Padres have done it again; proving that 1977 was no fluke, and last year's disappointing season, a mere aberration, they up and cleaned the Kansas City Royals' clock, in most convincing fashion. We pundits expected a match of Titans, the Padres produced a whitewash of a club that seemed almost as powerful as they, on paper.

    In this Series, the San Diego team drew a little nearer to Dan Conway's concept that hitting wins the big ones with 35 hits in the scant four games that it took them to demolish the Royals, which averages out to almost every man in the line-up hitting, but in truth, it was the usual suspects, Paddy Moira (7 hits in the Series); Ray Knight (6), Willie Randolph; Pat Spratt; Mike Lum, all with 5 each, but, as they have been all season, it was the team's pitching and fielding that was front and centre.

    Craig Mitchell; Brian Allard; Clive Revill, and Fred Kuhaulua, all winning their allocated matches, with Fred having the unique distinction of pitching the games that decided, respectively, the N.L. Western Division Championship, the National League Championship; the 1979 World Series. And "Trusty" Rusty Gerhardt, saved the only World Series game on which he was called.

    Some sparkling fielding in which Pat Spratt was prominent, turned nine double-plays during the Series, against a mere three errors. All in all, the "Boys Own Paper" could not have imagined a more perfect team on paper, than the real -life San Diego Padres.

    And the architect of this splendid team, owner and general manager, Dan Conway, methinks, can , once again, look forward to running another of his dynasties which will win many many more World Series in the future.
    -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.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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