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    The London "Daily Mirror"

    May 31st 1970

    Milestones of the month

    bt Chatty Cathy

    President Nixon has escalated the war in Indo - China by invading Cambodia, which he alleges the Viet Cong are using as a hidey-hole.

    The war is also being escalated against American demonstrators who are against the war in Viet Nam it seems; besides the National guard shooting six students dead, during riots at Kent and Jackson State universities, about 1,000 demonstrators protesting those shootings, were set about by a gang of construction workers in New York City

    Some Irishmen too, may be looking for a fight; Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney were chucked out of the Irish Government, for allegedly plotting to import arms for the Provisional IRA in Northern Ireland.

    In this country, Harold Wilson called for a June 17th General Election; it can't be too soon to also chuck the Socialists out of government before they bankrupt the country. They've just handed the fat cats of Rolls Royce a £20 million loan to "Save the financially troubled luxury car and aircraft engine manufacturer " So where have all the humungous profits that R.R. have piled up over the years been stashed? - in secret individual Swiss bank accounts?.

    It is to be hoped that all this cringing of ours before world public opinion goes out the door out with this effete, ineffective Labour government. No more pandering to those Africans and Asians threatening to boycott the Commonwealth Games if we allow the South African cricket team tour this summer.
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=boyco...Io76jwO1qKTwDw

    We caved in to this blackmail, of course. The South Africans ain't coming. Not that the those Games are worth saving , anyway, they're just another boondoggle like the eternal athletic, artistic, and festive events dreamed up by developers, businessmen, and politicians to line their pockets with tax-payer money.

    To cap this miserable month, arguably the best ever musical group, the Beatles, announce that their current album "Let it Be" is their last

    John, Paul, George, Ringo "Say It Isn't So".
    -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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    From the desk of Augusta Conway late May.

    "Good morning, Mrs Laws, I have some letters for you..... First, to the White House....Dear Mr President I was honoured and flattered to receive your personal letter, inviting me to act as consultant to your Department of Agriculture.I had no idea that my work with the Californian Farmers' Association had reached your attention, but, there, you are a native Californian, after all.

    I shall be pleased to consult with the Soil Fertility section of the Department. I have long disagreed with my fellow -environmentalist's current crusade against the use of additives in the soil; after all, I would point out, we've been fertilizing with these so-called "health hazards" for decades, now, even though the world's arable land is shrinking at an alarming rate, yet mankind is living longer and growing fatter. I will concede that being obese and unhealthy is a Bad Thing, but would suggest that being malnutritioned and dead, is Worse.

    As well, Mr President, I am suspicious of the term 'Organic' being bandied about by so many produce retailers each day - it's an easy label to be stuck on normal vegetables and fruit by unscrupulous vendors to gull unwitting victims.

    Even if that label was genuine, how come that produce which was grown 'naturally' or 'free range' retails at a higher price than the food produced with the aid of expensive additives?

    Can you guess, Mr President, how I voted in 1968, and how I will vote , again, in 1970?

    Your humble servant and number-one fan

    Etcetera

    Next, Mrs Laws, would you type a letter to that Ag Department, laying out the views on additives and organics which I expressed to the President, and attach a copy of that letter from the Prez, to prove that I'm now one of his anointed?

    Let's see...ah, yes, a memo to the Conway Studios. Direct them to quit shelling out thousands of dollars every year against flood, fire, earthquake or whatever...if our Culver City film and t.v.lot is ever wiped out, an entire regiment of insurance companies couldn't recompense us...they'd all have to run and hide and declare bankruptcy. Sure, carry on with the minor policies, insuring various stars and films and whatnot, all one-time risks, but long -term comprehensive for the entire shebang? ...money down the drain.

    That's about it, Mrs Laws, thank you...oh yes, a card to young Val...he's back in the 'Peg after doing his baseball thing with Dad in Dunedin,

    Something on the lines of "Good luck in your new careers...whatever they finally turn out to be, you Jack-of -all -trades, you. But, first - go back to school " Okay Mrs Laws?
    Thank you.
    "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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    New York Mets at Montreal Expos
    September 11, 1970

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Steve Rogers takes the mound for the Expos.
    Bud Harrelson singled to right. <--1>
    Bud Harrelson went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Ken Boswell singled back through the middle, scoring a run. <--1>
    The Mets put on the hit and run.
    Amos Otis grounded to short. <-2->
    Ken Singleton struck out. <-2->
    Ed Kranepool grounded to third. <-2->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, New York leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Bert Blyleven takes the mound for the Mets.
    Larry Lintz struck out. <--->
    Mack Jones homered over the right field fence. <--->
    Danny Godby struck out. <--->
    Ernie Banks homered down the left-field line. <--->
    Brooks Robinson singled to left. <--1>
    Ed Kirkpatrick grounded to short. <--1>
    2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the first, Montreal leads 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Art Shamsky singled to right. <--1>
    John Bateman singled up the middle. <-21>
    Bobby Pfeil singled up the middle, scoring a run. <-21>
    John Bateman went for an extra base and reached third. <3-1>
    Bert Blyleven singled through the left side, scoring a run. <-21>
    Bobby Pfeil went for an extra base and reached third. <3-1>
    Bud Harrelson struck out. <3-1>
    Ken Boswell singled through the right side, scoring a run. <-21>
    Amos Otis grounded to second for a double play (4-6-3). <-2->
    3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, New York leads 4 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Eddie Leon flied out to left field. <--->
    John Stearns lined out to third. <--->
    Steve Rogers singled down the right field line. <--1>
    Larry Lintz walked. <-21>
    Mack Jones grounded back to the pitcher. <-21>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the second, Montreal trails 4 to 2.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Ken Singleton flied out to left. <--->
    Ed Kranepool singled through the right side. <--1>
    Art Shamsky grounded to second for a double play (4-6-1). <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, New York leads 4 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Danny Godby struck out. <--->
    Ernie Banks struck out. <--->
    Brooks Robinson lined out to second. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the third, Montreal trails 4 to 2.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    John Bateman singled to left. <--1>
    Bobby Pfeil grounded to short, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
    Bert Blyleven laid down a sacrifice bunt to third. <-2->
    Bud Harrelson walked. <-21>
    Ken Boswell lined out to left. <-21>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, New York leads 4 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Ed Kirkpatrick grounded to first. <--->
    Eddie Leon grounded to third. <--->
    John Stearns popped up to the second baseman. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, Montreal trails 4 to 2.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Amos Otis struck out. <--->
    Ken Singleton singled up the middle. <--1>
    Ed Kranepool grounded to the pitcher, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
    Art Shamsky popped up to third. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, New York leads 4 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Steve Rogers struck out. <--->
    Larry Lintz singled to left. <--1>
    Mack Jones popped up to the shortstop. <--1>
    Larry Lintz stole second. <-2->
    Danny Godby grounded to second. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, Montreal trails 4 to 2.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    John Bateman grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Bobby Pfeil grounded to short. <--->
    Bert Blyleven grounded to second. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, New York leads 4 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Ernie Banks lined out to left. <--->
    Brooks Robinson doubled down the right field line. <-2->
    Ed Kirkpatrick flied out to center. <-2->
    Eddie Leon popped up to the second baseman. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, Montreal trails 4 to 2.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Jose Pena now pitching for the Expos. <--->
    Bud Harrelson grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Ken Boswell flied out to right. <--->
    Amos Otis singled back through the middle. <--1>
    Ken Singleton lined out to third. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, New York leads 4 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    John Stearns grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Jose Pena struck out. <--->
    Larry Lintz struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, Montreal trails 4 to 2.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Ed Kranepool grounded to short. <--->
    Art Shamsky grounded to third. <--->
    John Bateman singled to left field. <--1>
    Bobby Pfeil popped up to short. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, New York leads 4 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Mack Jones struck out. <--->
    Danny Godby lined out to right. <--->
    Ernie Banks struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, Montreal trails 4 to 2.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Bert Blyleven struck out. <--->
    Bud Harrelson popped up to the second baseman. <--->
    Ken Boswell walked. <--1>
    Amos Otis struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, New York leads 4 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Brooks Robinson singled through the left side. <--1>
    Brooks Robinson took second on defensive indifference. <-2->
    Ed Kirkpatrick walked. <-21>
    Eddie Leon struck out. <-21>
    John Stearns doubled into the left field corner, scoring a run. <32->
    The Mets brought the infield in.
    Fred Rico pinch hit for Jose Pena. <32->
    The Mets brought the infield in.
    Fred Rico singled to right for two RBIs. <--1>

    EXPOS WIN: 5-4

    The World Series follows, tomorrow.
    "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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    New York Mets at Montreal Expos
    September 11, 1970
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
              Mets (NYM) 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    4 12  0
             Expos (MON) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3    5  9  0
    
    NEW YORK                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Bud Harrelson (SS)            4  1  1  1  0  0  1  0    .296
    Ken Boswell (2B)              4  2  1  0  0  2  0  0    .271
    Amos Otis (CF)                5  1  0  0  0  0  2  0    .270
    Ken Singleton (RF)            4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .350
    Ed Kranepool (1B)             4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .295
    Art Shamsky (LF)              4  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .294
    John Bateman (C)              4  3  0  1  0  0  0  0    .238
    Bobby Pfeil (3B)              4  1  0  1  0  1  0  0    .252
    Bert Blyleven (P)             3  1  0  0  0  1  1  0    .113
    TOTALS                       36 12  2  4  0  4  5  0
    
       2B:  Bud Harrelson (24)
       GDP:  Art Shamsky, Amos Otis
    
                    NEW YORK   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
               Bert Blyleven  8.1  9  2  2  5  5 10 128   3.48
                      TOTALS  8.1  9  2  2  5  5 10 128
    
    MONTREAL                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Larry Lintz (2B)              3  1  1  0  0  0  2  1    .191
    Mack Jones (CF)               4  1  0  1  1  1  1  0    .246
    Danny Godby (LF)              4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .301
    Ernie Banks (1B)              4  1  0  1  1  1  2  0    .261
    Brooks Robinson (3B)          4  3  0  1  0  0  0  0    .258
    Ed Kirkpatrick (RF)           3  0  1  1  0  0  0  0    .234
    Eddie Leon (SS)               4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .222
    John Stearns (C)              4  1  0  1  0  1  0  0    .204
    Steve Rogers (P)              2  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .136
     Jose Pena (P)                1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .250
     Fred Rico (P)                1  1  0  0  0  2  0  0    .250
    TOTALS                       34  9  2  5  2  5 10  1
    
       2B:  Brooks Robinson (21), John Stearns (4)
       HR:  Ernie Banks (23), Mack Jones (22)
    
       DP:  Ernie Banks, Larry Lintz 2, Eddie Leon 2
    
                    MONTREAL   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                Steve Rogers  6.0 10  1  0  4  4  3 100   3.86
                   Jose Pena  3.0  2  1  0  0  0  2  47   4.48
                      TOTALS  9.0 12  2  0  4  4  5 147
    
         WP: Jose Pena (2-1)
         LP: Bert Blyleven (14-6)
    
         Temperature: 77F
         Wind: 5 MPH (out to right)
         Attendance: 26,080
         Time: 2:48
    
    
    Expos (55-107) finish the 1970 season last in the NL East 51 GB of the Mets (106-56)
    
    The World Series follows tomorrow
    "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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    San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants
    September 8, 1970

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Gaylord Perry takes the mound for the Giants.
    John Donaldson singled through the hole. <--1>
    John Donaldson went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Cristofer Ezane singled to center, scoring a run. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Larry Biittner singled down the first base line, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Willie Crawford struck out. <3-1>
    Mike Lum struck out. <3-1>
    Ken Harrelson grounded to short. <3-1>
    1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, San Diego leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Clay Kirby takes the mound for the Padres.
    Ron Hunt singled to right field. <--1>
    The Giants put on the hit and run.
    Cleon Jones singled up the middle. <-21>
    Jim Northrup grounded to the shortstop, forcing the runner at third. <-21>
    Willie McCovey grounded to first, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
    Gates Brown popped up to second. <3-1>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the first, San Francisco trails 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Joe Azcue singled to center field. <--1>
    Roy Smalley laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher. <-2->
    Clay Kirby struck out. <-2->
    John Donaldson singled to right, scoring a run. <--1>
    John Donaldson went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Cristofer Ezane struck out. <-2->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, San Diego leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Chris Speier struck out. <--->
    Paul Schaal struck out. <--->
    Bob Barton flied out to left. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the second, San Francisco trails 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Larry Biittner singled to center. <--1>
    Willie Crawford grounded to first. <-2->
    Mike Lum struck out. <-2->
    Ken Harrelson flied out to right. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, San Diego leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Gaylord Perry struck out. <--->
    Ron Hunt flied out to center field. <--->
    Cleon Jones popped up to first. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the third, San Francisco trails 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Joe Azcue grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Roy Smalley struck out. <--->
    Clay Kirby grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, San Diego leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Jim Northrup grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Willie McCovey was hit by a pitch. <--1>
    Gates Brown grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, San Francisco trails 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    John Donaldson grounded to first base. <--->
    Cristofer Ezane singled to center. <--1>
    Cristofer Ezane went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Larry Biittner grounded to first. <3-->
    Willie Crawford struck out. <3-->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, San Diego leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Chris Speier struck out. <--->
    Paul Schaal flied out to right. <--->
    Bob Barton flied out to right. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, San Francisco trails 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Mike Lum popped up to the second baseman. <--->
    Ken Harrelson struck out. <--->
    Joe Azcue grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, San Diego leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Gaylord Perry grounded to third. <--->
    Ron Hunt popped up to second. <--->
    Cleon Jones struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, San Francisco trails 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Roy Smalley grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Clay Kirby grounded to second. <--->
    John Donaldson singled to center. <--1>
    Cristofer Ezane grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, San Diego leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Jim Northrup grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Willie McCovey grounded to short. <--->
    Gates Brown walked. <--1>
    Chris Speier grounded to second. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, San Francisco trails 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Larry Biittner singled to center. <--1>
    Willie Crawford singled to left. <-21>
    Mike Lum singled to center field, scoring a run. <3-1>
    Ken Harrelson singled down the right field line, scoring a run. <3-1>
    Gary Lavelle now pitching for the Giants. <3-1>
    Joe Azcue walked. <321>
    Roy Smalley grounded to the pitcher, forcing the runner at home. <321>
    Clay Kirby struck out. <321>
    John Donaldson singled through the left side for two RBIs. <-21>
    Cristofer Ezane reached first on a fielding error by the shortstop. <321>
    Larry Biittner lined out to first. <321>
    4 runs, 5 hits, 1 error, and 3 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, San Diego leads 6 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Paul Schaal flied out to center. <--->
    Bob Barton popped up to third. <--->
    Ollie Brown pinch hit for Gary Lavelle. <--->
    Ollie Brown grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, San Francisco trails 6 to 0.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Rich Gossage now pitching for the Giants. <--->
    Willie Crawford doubled down the left field line. <-2->
    Mike Lum grounded to third. <-2->
    Ken Harrelson singled to left. <3-1>
    Joe Azcue walked. <321>
    Roy Smalley struck out. <321>
    Clay Kirby struck out. <321>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, San Diego leads 6 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Ron Hunt grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Cleon Jones grounded to first base. <--->
    Jim Northrup struck out. <--->

    PADRES WIN: 6-0
    "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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    Padres best game of September
    
    San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants
    September 8, 1970
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
            Padres (SDP) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0    6 15  0
            Giants (SFG) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    0  2  1
    
    SAN DIEGO                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    John Donaldson (2B)           5  4  0  1  0  3  0  0    .216
    Cristofer Ezane (3B)          5  2  0  0  0  1  1  0    .253
    Larry Biittner (1B)           5  3  0  1  0  0  0  0    .312
    Willie Crawford (LF)          5  2  0  1  0  0  2  0    .287
    Mike Lum (CF)                 5  1  0  0  0  1  2  0    .268
    Ken Harrelson (RF)            5  2  0  1  0  1  1  0    .229
    Joe Azcue (C)                 3  1  2  2  0  0  0  0    .274
    Roy Smalley (SS)              4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .188
    Clay Kirby (P)                5  0  0  0  0  0  3  0    .175
    TOTALS                       42 15  2  6  0  6 11  0
    
       2B:  John Donaldson 2 (27), Cristofer Ezane (31), Willie Crawford (16)
    
       DP:  Larry Biittner, John Donaldson, Roy Smalley
    
                   SAN DIEGO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                  Clay Kirby  9.0  2  1  0  0  0  6 113   5.19
                      TOTALS  9.0  2  1  0  0  0  6 113
    
    SAN FRANCISCO                ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Ron Hunt (2B)                 4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .317
    Cleon Jones (CF)              4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .267
    Jim Northrup (RF)             4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .266
    Willie McCovey (1B)           2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .268
    Gates Brown (LF)              2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .278
    Chris Speier (SS)             3  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .269
    Paul Schaal (3B)              3  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .254
    Bob Barton (C)                3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .143
    Gaylord Perry (P)             2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .160
     Gary Lavelle (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Ollie Brown (P)              1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .273
     Rich Gossage (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       28  2  1  0  0  0  6  0
    
       HBP:  Willie McCovey
       GDP:  Gates Brown
       E:  Chris Speier
    
               SAN FRANCISCO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
               Gaylord Perry  7.0 12  0  0  6  6  8 111   2.95
                Gary Lavelle  1.0  1  1  0  0  0  1  23   2.26
                Rich Gossage  1.0  2  1  0  0  0  2  20   1.99
                      TOTALS  9.0 15  2  0  6  6 11 154
    
         WP: Clay Kirby (9-12)
         LP: Gaylord Perry (22-12)
    
         Temperature: 81F
         Wind: Calm
         Attendance: 32,753
         Time: 3:00
    
    Padres (59-103) finish season last in the NL West 40 GB of the Giants (99-63)
    "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: From now on, in order to complete the year of 1970, I'm going to post three articles, daily. Enjoy.


    The London "Daily Mirror

    June 30th 1970

    Milestones of the month

    by Chatty Cathy

    I suppose that the most significant news of the month was that Edward Heath's Conservative Party won the U.K. General Election with a majority of 30 seats, a shocker, as all the opinion polls had shown that the Labour party was more likely to be re-elected

    For the Socialists, new members of parliament are Neil Kinnock and John Smith (How ordinary can a name get, especially one as prominent as an M.P.?) and Geoffrey Howe for the Tories. Jeremy Thorpe's Liberals came nowhere with only six seats...a further tragedy for the Liberal leader was the death of his wife and infant child, in a car crash, a few days later.

    This month's departure from the Brit Empire was Tonga, a kingdom consisting of about 150 islands far to the East of Australia...no need to scarper out of the Commonwealth,, Mates - you are as far away from Britain as you could get, anyhow!

    President Nixon withdrew his American troops from Cambodia, but warned North Viet Nam who have infiltrated that country that, if necessary, he will resume bombing North Vietnamese troops and supply lines. He extends an olive branch to Hanoi, at this time, suggesting serious negotiations.

    He had now accomplished forming his cherished "Silent Majority" of the American people, which will probably ensure his election in 1972 (It is the growing practice Over There, as soon as one election is over, to start preparing for the next). This is is spite of the fact that Nixon - a Quaker, by religion -is considered a racist because he holds that East Asians might be the most intelligent species, Africans the lesser. Now how can he be a racist if he considers Caucasians like himself to be second-raters in the smarts department?
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=Nixon...K-KR0wLK9Ky4BA

    Fair play, he believes in equal rights for all human species, and it is he who has made the first serious start to desegregating the schools of the white supremacist South, by forming the President's Cabinet Committee on Education under the chairmanship of George Schultz, a highly respected Republican Labour Secretary .

    Riots broke out in Derry during the month over the arrest of Mid-Ulster MP Bernadette Devlin. She is accused of inciting a riaot at the "Battle of the Bogside"
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=Battl...GtK4jAOn5KrYCQ

    British Leyland is in the news again - the motor-car company has upped the ante in the four-wheel drive competition with its luxury Range Rover, as a posher alternative to the common or garden Land Rover - the Brit version of the fabled American Jeep

    And Sir Laurence Olivier has played many a noble man in his time from Kings (Richard the Third) to Emperors (Othello). It's a bit of a comedown, but now he's a real live Lord, the real live Queen, herself, decreed this with a wave of her sword, She has long created a whole cavalry charge of actor -knights, but Sir Larry is the first one to make it to a Lordship. Still that's our Larry Olivier - ever innovative.
    -30-
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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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    Dan Conway on scouting.

    Young Valentine Mercier had meticulously copied down the short lecture that Dan Conway had delivered on scouting during the brief Spring Training season to which they had both been spectators, his mentor quizzing the youth, the while, on the various "tools" or attributes which the various players brought to the game.

    "The conventional wisdom is that former catchers make the best scouts. During their career, they get to study every aspect of the game. Besides having to be up to a certain standard of backstopping and hitting, themselves, to even have a career in pro baseball, they must study the pitcher and his technique; moreover,they must know how to impart advice to a pitcher who's likely to be a prima donna, or a catcher who's as thick as two planks, I mean why else would he be a backstop where there's the greatest chance of getting hurt ?. Then there's the batter who can't hit, and you've got to break it to him that his career lies in flipping burgers.

    All this experience makes for a good manager, sure, I can attest to that, but not necessarily a scout, nor if you've been a good hitter or pitcher in your time...not even if you happen to be a professional scout having watched thousands of games in your career.

    No, Kiddo, in my book, all the scout needs to know about a player is what everybody else is looking for - his numbers.

    It doesn't matter if he can swoop like Mays in the outfield, wallop like the Babe, fire 'em like Ryan, if he don't do all this stuff often enough, the coach don't pencil him in, the fan don't want to know, your fantasy -playing baseball fan never picks his icon for his dream team. All of us in baseball go by the numbers, literally, its the law of averages.

    All that a successful scout needs to do, all that I did in my years with Philly, how everyone marveled at how I could pick 'em, was sit in the office, or even at home, and pore through the various box scores and lists of averages, looking, in particular for batters, on base, plus slugging. a guy can't score if he can't get on, neither if he can't knock the runners around the bases, or into home...even so, if he's a lousy fielder to the extent of losing games for you, he's either a DH or a discharge. Pitchers, its simple...their ERA. A crummy pitcher can win if his teammates can all hit like heroes. Usually, they all can't so your guy with the high ERA is out.

    Above all, Son, scout his age, if he's anywhere from 18 to 23, and everything else adds up, he's a good prospect, some guys get going even then, but play it safe, just say they're "promising" like the other teenagers, and it won't hurt your rep anyway if they go gangbusters as rookies.

    Guys from early Twenties to around Thirty are ready for prime time, but as they're probably already well-established - on account of their numbers, remember - you'll mostly scout them for trade purposes.. Always , there are exceptions to the rule, but if you want to make a living out of scouting, you'll settle for consistently providing steady clutch guys, rather than being renowned for discovering the next Babe or Ryan

    That's all you need to know to become a scout, Son...the guy's numbers."
    "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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    The "San Diego Clarion"

    June 5th, 1970

    Consolation for Conway

    by Al Terego

    Dan Conway finding himself in the unusual command of a team of losers must take some comfort at having the luxury of being able to pick the fruit of the Amateur Draft from the comparative top of the tree, for a change, after all those years when the perennial success of his Phils condemned him usually to have to pick from the runt of the litter, but then, somehow he came from diving the depths to coming up with pearls.

    The difference is that then, Dan had to plumb the depths of the Draft to find talent, this year, he was able to scoop much of the cream from the top. His early chance at first picks coincided with an Amateur Draft that was the best for many years.

    It was full of talented youngsters who could be found even in the last round, which, in 1970, for the first time in many years, went the full six rounds.

    I have thought that ever since Dan Conway took over the management of the expansion San Diego Padres, his emphasis was on a strong infield. This didn’t become available to him in the Expansion draft itself, nor in last year's Amateur Draft, but in 1970 the man must have thought he’d died and gone to baseball Heaven, for all six of his picks were of the highest order, anyway and three of them, shortstop Roy Smalley, second baseman Jerry Remy, and third baseman Ray Knight were excellent young prospects, who, I predict, will find themselves in the first team, sooner or later, the present Padre infield of Schofield, Donaldson, and Charles being inadequate.

    Mr Conway’s friendly baseball rival (and even friendlier ex-spouse and current business partner) Lynn Carroll Mercier, cannot be nearly as happy with the picks made on behalf of her team, the expansion Montreal Expos, with which selections she had nothing to do, by the way, the conference rooms of that Canadian franchise being citadels of male chauvinism.

    Considering that the Montreal selectors, Jim Fanning and Gene Mauch, had priority over even the Padres for selecting, their choices, like the curate’s egg were good, only in parts.

    The first pick of the 'Spoes two top guys was a relief pitcher Chip Lang, not even out of High School yet whose 1970 ERA of 2.97 over 66 innings is impressive if one overlooks that it was against other schoolboy hitters

    Their next pick was catcher Barry Foote who has a rifle arm, nailing 42% of runners challenging it, but is an ultra-light hitter(.189 BA) in Rookie ball this year

    The third selection was of Don Demola, yet another relief pitcher, who might even be as effective as young Lang, but the point is, with all those sterling hitters and starters available, why throw away one’s top three picks on one -inning wonders and a catcher who can\t hit?

    Messrs Fanning and Mauch redeemed themselves ,somewhat, by later picking Pepe Mangual whose rookie output resulted in a .709 OB+S rating, and who seems a nifty outfielder, also they picked a starter, Dan Warthen who sports a solid ERA of 3.95 over 39 innings in his rookie year, but the pair of Montreal selectors could have done much better in view of their privileged position.

    Perhaps next year they should turn over the job of selecting the Amateur talent to Mrs Mercier? No doubt, some of Dan Conway’s magic of picking winners - in both baseball, and business - has rubbed off on her.
    -30-
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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 Minnesota Twins
    October 13, 1970

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Dave Boswell takes the mound for the Twins.
    Bud Harrelson struck out. <--->
    Ken Boswell walked. <--1>
    The Mets put on the hit and run.
    Amos Otis flied out to left field. <--1>
    Ken Singleton doubled to deep left field, scoring a run. <-2->
    Ken McMullen reached first on a fielding error by the third baseman. <3-1>
    Ed Kranepool doubled in the left field gap for two RBIs. <-2->
    Art Shamsky singled to right, scoring a run. <--1>
    John Bateman grounded to second. <--1>
    4 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, New York leads 4 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Nolan Ryan takes the mound for the Mets.
    Cesar Tovar singled to center. <--1>
    Pat Kelly flied out to right. <--1>
    The Twins put on the hit and run.
    Rod Carew flied out to left field. <--1>
    John Bateman allowed a passed ball. <-2->
    Harmon Killebrew singled down the left field line, scoring a run. <--1>
    Tony Oliva struck out. <--1>
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the first, Minnesota trails 4 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Nolan Ryan struck out. <--->
    Bud Harrelson walked. <--1>
    The Mets put on the hit and run.
    Ken Boswell singled to short right-center, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Amos Otis flied out to center field. <3-1>
    Bud Harrelson tagged up and scored. <--1>
    Ken Singleton grounded to short. <--1>
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, New York leads 5 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Duke Sims struck out. <--->
    Leo Cardenas flied out to center field. <--->
    Ted Uhlaender walked. <--1>
    Dave Boswell struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the second, Minnesota trails 5 to 1.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Ken McMullen walked. <--1>
    Ed Kranepool grounded to first for a double play (3-6-3). <--->
    Art Shamsky popped up to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, New York leads 5 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Cesar Tovar grounded to third. <--->
    Pat Kelly singled to left. <--1>
    The Twins put on the hit and run.
    Pat Kelly stole second. <-2->
    Rod Carew flied out to left. <-2->
    Harmon Killebrew struck out. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the third, Minnesota trails 5 to 1.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    John Bateman singled down the left field line. <--1>
    Nolan Ryan walked. <-21>
    Bill Campbell now pitching for the Twins. <-21>
    Bud Harrelson walked. <321>
    Ken Boswell grounded to the shortstop, scoring a run. <-21>
    Amos Otis singled through the hole. <321>
    Ken Singleton struck out. <321>
    Ken McMullen grounded to first. <321>
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, New York leads 6 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Tony Oliva lined out to right. <--->
    Duke Sims singled down the third base line. <--1>
    Leo Cardenas struck out. <--1>
    Ted Uhlaender tripled down the right field line, scoring a run. <3-->
    Graig Nettles pinch hit for Bill Campbell. <3-->
    Graig Nettles doubled down the right field line, scoring a run. <-2->
    Cesar Tovar flied out to center. <-2->
    2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, Minnesota trails 6 to 3.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Bob Miller now pitching for the Twins. <--->
    Ed Kranepool doubled in the left field gap. <-2->
    Art Shamsky popped up to second. <-2->
    John Bateman singled to right field, scoring a run. <--1>
    John Bateman went for an extra base and was thrown out at second. <--->
    Nolan Ryan struck out. <--->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, New York leads 7 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Pat Kelly grounded to second. <--->
    Rod Carew struck out. <--->
    Harmon Killebrew struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, Minnesota trails 7 to 3.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Bud Harrelson grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Ken Boswell homered over the left field fence. <--->
    Amos Otis grounded to third. <--->
    Ken Singleton grounded to first. <--->
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, New York leads 8 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Tony Oliva singled to left. <--1>
    Duke Sims flied out to right field. <--1>
    Leo Cardenas flied out to left field. <--1>
    Ted Uhlaender grounded back to the pitcher. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, Minnesota trails 8 to 3.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Ken McMullen walked. <--1>
    Ed Kranepool grounded to third for a double play (5-4-3). <--->
    Art Shamsky flied out to left. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, New York leads 8 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Frank Quilici pinch hit for Bob Miller. <--->
    Frank Quilici lined out to center. <--->
    Cesar Tovar singled down the left field line. <--1>
    Pat Kelly grounded to the shortstop, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
    Rod Carew struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, Minnesota trails 8 to 3.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Jim Bouton now pitching for the Twins. <--->
    John Bateman grounded to third. <--->
    Nolan Ryan grounded to short. <--->
    Bud Harrelson singled to center field. <--1>
    Ken Boswell struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, New York leads 8 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Harmon Killebrew struck out. <--->
    Tony Oliva grounded to second. <--->
    Duke Sims walked. <--1>
    Leo Cardenas struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, Minnesota trails 8 to 3.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Amos Otis singled back through the middle. <--1>
    Ken Singleton homered over the left field fence for two RBIs. <--->
    Ken McMullen grounded to third. <--->
    Ed Kranepool grounded to third. <--->
    Art Shamsky grounded to third. <--->
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, New York leads 10 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Ted Uhlaender grounded to second. <--->
    Jackie Hernandez pinch hit for Jim Bouton. <--->
    Jackie Hernandez popped up to short. <--->
    Cesar Tovar walked. <--1>
    Cesar Tovar took second on defensive indifference. <-2->
    Pat Kelly lined out to left field. <-2->

    METS WIN: 10-3
    "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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    1970 World Series - Game 1.
    
    New York Mets at Minnesota Twins
    October 13, 1970
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
              Mets (NYM) 4 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 2   10 12  0
             Twins (MIN) 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0    3  8  1
    
    NEW YORK                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Bud Harrelson (SS)            3  1  2  1  0  0  1  0    .143
    Ken Boswell (2B)              4  2  1  2  1  2  1  0    .393
    Amos Otis (CF)                4  2  0  1  0  1  0  0    .296
    Ken Singleton (RF)            5  2  0  2  1  3  1  0    .480
    Ken McMullen (3B)             3  0  2  1  0  0  0  0    .261
    Ed Kranepool (1B)             5  2  0  2  0  2  0  0    .280
    Art Shamsky (LF)              5  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .115
    John Bateman (C)              4  2  0  1  0  1  0  0    .200
    Nolan Ryan (P)                3  0  1  0  0  0  2  0    .125
    TOTALS                       36 12  6 10  2 10  5  0
    
       2B:  Ed Kranepool 2, Ken Singleton
       HR:  Ken Boswell, Ken Singleton
       GDP:  Ed Kranepool 2
    
                    NEW YORK   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                  Nolan Ryan  9.0  8  3  0  3  3 10 145   2.19
                      TOTALS  9.0  8  3  0  3  3 10 145
    
    MINNESOTA                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Cesar Tovar (3B)              4  2  1  1  0  0  0  0    .370
    Pat Kelly (CF)                5  1  0  0  0  0  0  1    .400
    Rod Carew (2B)                4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .400
    Harmon Killebrew (1B)         4  1  0  0  0  1  3  0    .143
    Tony Oliva (RF)               4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .261
    Duke Sims (C)                 3  1  1  1  0  0  1  0    .333
    Leo Cardenas (SS)             4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .174
    Ted Uhlaender (LF)            3  1  1  1  0  1  0  0    .381
    Dave Boswell (P)              1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .000
     Bill Campbell (P)            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Graig Nettles (P)            1  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .500
     Bob Miller (P)               0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Frank Quilici (P)            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .333
     Jim Bouton (P)               0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Jackie Hernandez (P)         1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       35  8  3  3  0  3 10  1
    
       2B:  Graig Nettles
       3B:  Ted Uhlaender
    
       DP:  Harmon Killebrew 3, Rod Carew, Cesar Tovar, Leo Cardenas
       E:  Cesar Tovar
    
                   MINNESOTA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                Dave Boswell  3.0  5  4  0  6  3  2  73   3.75
               Bill Campbell  1.0  1  1  0  0  0  1  18   0.00
                  Bob Miller  3.0  3  1  1  2  2  1  39   9.00
                  Jim Bouton  2.0  3  0  1  2  2  1  30   9.00
                      TOTALS  9.0 12  6  2 10  7  5 160
    
         WP: Nolan Ryan (2-1)
         LP: Dave Boswell (1-1)
    
         Temperature: 70F
         Wind: Calm
         Attendance: 50,000
         Time: 2:59
    
    
    Mets lead the 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”

    August 1st 1970

    Poison pill?

    by Al Terego

    San Diego Padres’ general manager, Dan Conway is not known for putting one over on his fellow managers; he seldom trades with them, never tries to steal their young talent, he just steers his own serene course, picking out the choicest parts of the available drafts, every now and then, jettisoning the excess has-beens and never -wasers, either by not renewing their contracts, or offering them in job lots for peanuts, especially in his last days as owner of the Philadelphia Phils when his team of high-priced supermen were draining his massive fortune, and he needed to dispense with their astronomical salaries by selling the franchise to the Carpenter family (Who, in their turn, promptly broke up the team by selling or trading, most of its millionaire stars) .

    But, unwittingly, or not, Conway seems to have handed off a doubtful blessing to his instant natural rivals, the Montreal Expos, who started life with his team last year, as an expansion club.

    Since then, the two teams have struggled evenly with each other to be the worst in the National League (It’s no contest in the American League where the pathetic Milwaukee Brewers- nee the Seattle Pilots- are winning that title, hands down).

    Now it’s accepted wisdom among all professional sports teams, that you don’t do any possible favours for competing teams in your bailiwick any more than Gimbels does for Macys. You don’t hand over your unwanted players to them in trades, sales, or happenstance in case the baggage you’ve unloaded, suddenly blossoms into a world beater and subsequently turns round and bites you in the appropriate proverb.

    Dan Conway appears to have done that by allowing two prominent members of his team go to the rival Canadians. Shortstop Dick Schofield, and starting pitcher Ray Washburn long-time but aging fixtures of the St Louis Cardinals, the new Padres manager when scanning the Expansion draft list must have been impressed with Schofields fielding, and hopeful that Washburn could continue his winning ways for a season or two.

    With his combination of canny Yankee trading, and pure Irish luck, Conway achieved , more or less his objectives, Schofield, in his first season with the Club, was workmanlike in the field, turning 52 double plays for his new team, with an acceptable FA of .964 for a shortstop, and not altogether hopeless when in the batter’s box, enabling 29 walks to boost his personal ob+ s rating to .589

    Washburn also proved a most gratifying asset in 1969 being the new team’s ace with a 12-12 record, the only hurler in the Padres pen not to sport a losing record, but this year, at the ripe old baseball age of 32, Ray’s string seems to have run out; he has been , in fact the worst of a much improved bunch of starters with a 4-16 win-loss count, and a horrendous 6.94 ERA before Conway consigned him to the trading block with a couple of no-hope outfielders, Fred Rice, and Jim Williams.

    G.M. Conway specified that he wanted a second-baseman in return for the four, and while a few teams expressed interest, it was Fred Gagliano that they took from the offering by the Expos

    Now Fred is no world beater; he’s good in the field, 57 DPs and a .974 FA. but he’s your typical light-hitting second-bagger, and he's gettin on in years, too (29). So why this discrepancy in trading talent by a man reput3ed to be master of the training game?

    One can only speculate that he wanted to trade these guys with the bright pasts, but the lack- lustre present, to saddle a rival with players who might do the naive Montreal management “More harm than good” as the saying goes.
    -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" ...on their combat boots...

    Early in July of 1970, Augustus Conway brings a letter into the kitchen where his wife, Lee is cooking breakfast.

    "This is too much, Lee..." he complained.

    Lee looked up from the skillet where she was frying scalloped potatoes, her husband's favourite breakfast dish. Sha thought, again, how Augie had changed since he took up teaching; before, he was a calm. laid-back taciturn, but amiable man; now, he was putting so much of himself into trying to impart some knowledge into minds ranging from inquiring into indifferent, and the strain was telling on him, in over work, over- achieving, and general querulessness as now.

    "What's that, Dear?" she asked sympathetically.

    "The bloody School Board wants me to run this idiot programme of Pat Nixon's 'Just say no' to drugs during the summer break" He snarled

    "That's no biggie, surely..." Mrs Conway reasoned as she divided the scallops onto two plates "...You've held an after-school session all through the semester, and it's only once a week after all"

    "That's once a week too much..." grumbled her husband as he sat down to his eggs and scallops with toast on the side "...You know I was planning to do a tour of all the gigs that Gussie handed me this summer...earn all that dough she's paying me"

    "Yes, that was a Godsend, wasn't it, Dear...?" said Lee, sitting down to her own breakfast "...enabled us to hire a Nanny for the twins, helped out with the mortgage, and we can live like this...you hardly need your teacher's pay, now, but anyway..." she continued as she buttered some toast "...you can still tour, can't you? A few days down at the Conway Women's College down in Philly there, nip back here for a couple of hours with the "Just say no" deal, then pop down to Culver to see how the new hospital is coming along...you know expense is no object, as far as Gussie's concerned"

    "That's just it, Lee..." Augie said through a mouthful of toast "...she's bunging all this money at me in salary and expenses,like it's going out of style, I feel I have to earn it, full time, not keep cavorting back up here once a week to tell kids something I don't believe myself"

    "I hope you don't tell your kids that..." Lee intoned, quietly shocked "..the board would probably fire you"

    "Maybe that's the answer to all my problems.." said Augie, thoughtfully stirring his coffee "...Then I could do a fair job of work for Gussie in a far more useful activity than by waging this wretched so-called war on drugs..." He broke off "Now that's a lesson I should teach the kids, Lee"

    "What's that, Dear?"

    "Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it?"

    At her raised eyebrows in question, Augie went into his teaching mode. "Just after the war of 11914-18 ..." he began "The American Government decided it was naughty to drink strong waters, so they forbade honest men and women to stop drinking and selling the stuff. This made crooks of these honest men and women, because they liked strong waters so much that they would brew, sell, and drink them anyway, even if it was against the law.

    Soon we had cops arresting once -honest people, once -honest people killing and swindling each other over the stuff. The only positive thing about this stupid Prohibition programme was that, only dishonest people got hurt. generally, the ordinary level-headed citizen who didn't drink strong waters, anyway, didn't get ripped -off or hurt...now, in this equally dumb war on drugs, everyone, sane or spaced-out can get ripped-off or hurt."

    "Never mind, Dear..." soothed his wife "...They'll all come to their senses in time...one day, the government will be making as much money through taxing the legitimate sale of drugs, just as they do liquor, nowadays"

    "I hope you're right, Ducks..." Augie seemed calmer now after a hearty breakfast "...But I'm not holding my breath..." He got up from the table, his whole attitude now decisive "...also what I am not going to hold are any more of these dam' stupid 'Just say no' sessions!"

    As Lee raised her eyebrows again in surprise, he went on, calmly "I am going on tour, doing a worthwhile job for my sister and the Conway charities, and if the School Board wants to fire me for not being their unpaid slave during the summer, then that's their loss, and our gain"

    He now looked at his wife with tenderness "For of course, Dear, I will pop home every now and then to spend time with you and the twins"

    "That's just as well, Dear..." Lee now saw an opening for her news "...I'm pregnant, again ...I think our little Nicholas is on his way!"
    "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" ...on their combat boots...

    Jacy & Toni go rural (continued)

    The young Conways had just about given up their dream of spending most weekends in the country, but at least they spent their new -found freedom o' Saturdays and Sundays, by doing the rounds of the many retailers of caravans in London and environs.

    The designs and styles were many and varied, and as many renters indulge their fantasies of owning their own home by visiting every "Open House" that the Real Estate agencies offered, so Jacy, Toni, and little Queenie spent many a weekend oohing and ah-ing over various models from compact little "Bluebirds" to palatial "Golden Mansions", whilst their various employees kept the wheels of commerce going in the three stores which Jacy now owned or leased.

    This continued throughout the Spring which evolved into a glorious Summer when the time and place and weather converged to change the Conway mindset about caravan sites - it was a hot stuffy Sunday in London Town whose denizens wished they could all spend in the English countryside. when the Conways came across a "must-have" caravan.

    It was a dinky 21-feet "Bluebird" just right for two adults and a baby, with its neatly designed kitchen in the end of the structure, leading into a spacious "sitting-room" area, with a cheery pither stove for those cold evenings, and comfortable and convenient furniture built in, or cleverly folded into the walls, then the end of the 'van was taken up with the sleeping quarters with its king-sized bed, also neatly folded into the wall, and when let down at night, provided just enough space for two adults and a child to sleep comfortably, while the very end of the caravan contain a vast closet, and the back door.

    After an hour of examining these delights, and ascertaining from the charming sales-lady that, yes, the caravan's rather hefty price could be paid for by the hire-purchase method so prevalent then in Britain, a Building Society would handle the details, including maintenance and insurance of the structure.

    All that remained now was the problem of where to site their home away from home. Now that they knew that they wnted this 'van, they needed to assure themselves of a site ere thy bought it; time was of the essence for such a dream home, such as was this "Bluebird", would not be long unsold

    They needed to contact Tommy Cooper, as soon as possible to ascertain whether his caravan site on the lovely Sussex coast was still available to them.

    The most likely place to find Tommy on a Sunday evening was the "Better 'Ole" pub, and so it proved. Over a glass of Best bitter that they bought him he assured the pair "Yep, Mates, I reserved a place, special..." taking another huge swallow of his treat, in expectation of more to follow "...I sussed that you might come round to gettin' a van arter all, an' though it's costin' me all kinds o' rent I could be makin' off that empty spot, fought, the Conways are me mates, lets do 'em a favour...mind you..." he warned draining the last of his beer "I can't afford to 'ang about f'r ever, if yer gonna do it, Mates do it peachi all right? And I could go another like this'un " indicating his empty glass. Such was their dependency on him that they ordered another Best bitter and promised that they would complete the sale soonest.

    "Tomorrow, Monday..." Toni Conway declared "...I will drive down to see Tommy's place... Donny will run the Thrift store" Cooper looked startled "Din't I tell you, Mates...?" he asked them "...Musta slipped m' mind...Donny's probation is up, 'e's free t' go..." he sipped his fresh beer "Starts workin' wi' me, termorrer... " He shook his head sadly at the shocked girl "Sorry, Luv, but business is business...you'll 'ave to wait till next weekend 'fore you can leave the shops an' go down there"

    "But the 'van will be gone by then..." expostulated Jacy " ...I'm nervous about it now, expecting it to be gone when the caravan court opens first thing tomorrow"

    "Then you'd best be their first customer tomorrow mornin' then, 'adn't you...?" suggested a helpful Tommy "...tell you what I'll do , Mates...I'll let Donny Twinn run the thrift shop while your missus 'ere ..." indicating Toni "...Runs round an seals the deal on th' van...be back by noon, though mind, Gel!"
    (To be continued)
    "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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