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    Re: "SPIKES" ...the Conway dynasty

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    Culver City Chameleons at West Beach Breakers
    
    A Christmas Day (1970) game in which Augusta Conway was invited to participate
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
        Chameleons (WAS) 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3    7 11  0
          Breakers (BOS) 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 0 0    6  9  0
    
    CULVER CITY                  ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Dave Calton (RF)              3  1  2  0  0  1  0  0    .333
    Toby Feist (1B)               5  3  0  2  1  3  0  0    .600
    Matt Burwell (LF)             4  1  1  1  0  1  1  0    .250
    Shawn Kingman (CF)            4  0  1  0  0  0  3  0    .000
    Keil Sommers (SS)             5  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .200
    Alan Fabian (3B)              4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .000
    Daniel Clapsaddle (C)         3  2  1  1  0  0  0  0    .667
    Gussie Conway (2B)            4  2  0  2  0  0  1  0    .500
    Ben Hunter (P)                1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Sylvester Honour (P)         1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .000
     Warner King (P)              0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Eric Roberts (P)             1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Rob Rugg (P)                 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Chris Powell (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Eric Wolfe (P)               1  1  0  1  0  1  0  0   1.000
     Bruce Thompson (P)           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       36 11  5  7  1  7  7  0
    
       2B:  Matt Burwell (1)
       3B:  Gussie Conway (1)
       HR:  Toby Feist (1)
       GDP:  Matt Burwell, Eric Roberts
    
                 CULVER CITY   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                  Ben Hunter  4.0  3  1  0  1  1  2  58   2.25
                 Warner King  1.0  3  1  0  2  2  1  32  18.00
                    Rob Rugg  2.0  3  2  0  3  3  1  36  13.50
                Chris Powell  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  0   8   0.00
              Bruce Thompson  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  1  17   0.00
                      TOTALS  9.0  9  4  0  6  6  5 151
    
    WEST BEACH                   ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Dusty Flaherty (LF)           5  1  0  1  0  2  0  0    .200
    Lewis Shutt (2B)              5  2  0  2  0  0  1  0    .400
    Dan Wheelan (CF)              5  3  0  0  0  3  0  0    .600
    Brad Berger (C)               3  0  2  0  0  0  1  0    .000
    Josh Banks (1B)               3  0  0  0  0  1  1  0    .000
    Cliff Shiel (3B)              3  0  1  1  0  0  1  0    .000
    Zack Logie (RF)               4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .250
    Dan Svedloff (SS)             4  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .250
    Chris Anderson (P)            1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0   1.000
     Bill Fortescue (P)           0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0    .000
     Matt Crothers (P)            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Eli Osegueda (P)             1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Ryan James (P)               0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       34  9  4  6  0  6  5  0
    
       2B:  Dan Wheelan (1)
    
       DP:  Josh Banks 2, Lewis Shutt 2, Cliff Shiel
    
                 WEST BEACH   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
              Chris Anderson  6.0  6  4  1  4  4  4 105   6.00
               Matt Crothers  2.0  0  1  0  0  0  2  22   0.00
                  Ryan James  1.0  5  0  0  3  3  1  34  27.00
                      TOTALS  9.0 11  5  1  7  7  7 161
    
         WP: Chris Powell (1-0)
         LP: Ryan James (0-1)
         SV: Bruce Thompson (1)
    
         Temperature: 78F
         Wind: 4 MPH (out to right)
         Attendance: 11,154
         Time: 2:56
    "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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    Re: "SPIKES" ...the Conway dynasty

    The "Canadian Chronicle"

    December 31st 1970

    Year end review

    by Lynn Carroll Mercier
    (Dispatched from the United Kingdom)

    There can be little doubt that the Viet Nam war dominated the world news headlines this year as it has for too many of the past years, but with a difference in 1970 that it can be ended.

    The American public, it seems have been weaned from the notion that their country would always prevail against the "bad guys", indeed, many of them are now wondering who the bad guys really are in the light of Me Lie and other American excesses during this long -drawn out conflict. No wonder so many Americans turn out to have Communist sympathies.

    President Nixon, the man on whom the world now hangs its hopes for peace, no matter how ignominious the United States will seem in the eyes of that world, as the first war the U.S.A. lost, has also lessened the tensions between his country and the Soviet Union, as well as the Red Chinese Republic, the President deservedly being nominated "Man of the Year" by Time Magazine (Ultimately wom by West German Chancellor, Willi Brandt)

    His popularity may not last long; his country is currently rent by pro and anti war factions, some killings and brutality from the former to quell the rioting and destruction of the latter.

    Similarly, in my own country, Canada, there is much unrest expressed in rioting, sabotage, even kidnapping and murder by Separatist extremists, compelling the new Premier, Pierre Trudeau, to call out the army to put down the disturbances, leaving in place a new flourishing political party the Parti Quebecois, dedicated to the formation of the Province as a sovereign State.

    Here in the United Kingdom, a new Conservative government was elected this year,replacing the troubled Labour administration of Harold Wilson.

    Edward Heath, the new Prime Minister faces many problems of finance, industrial peace, and whether he can lead his country, at last, into the European Common Market, while he carries on the current British trend of divesting itself of Empire, despite many of those cast- off elements such as India and Pakistan, plus various new African republics having disputes of their own, as has the rest of the world, particularly in the Middle East, where the Arab countries are still at loggerheads with Israel, although, now that Colonel Nasser has died, the Soviets have departed Egypt, having first built that country's Aswan dam, so vital to the Egyptian future .

    In the other countries of most interest, the Cold War adversaries of the West, the Soviet Union, seems to be running down its campaign with new leadership that appears willing to "peacefully co- exist" with us, thanks largely to the diplomatic efforts of President Nixon and his outstanding Foreign Secretary, Henry Kissinger, whilst Red China, as brutal and repressive as ever towards its own people, seem no longer interested in supporting its fellow Communists in North Viet Nam, thanks again to the diplomacy of the aforementioned Nixon- Kissinger team. .

    The major theme of the world of 1970, then, seems to be turmoil and unrest, everywhere, with the politicians again promising that next year will be better.

    So what else is new?
    -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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    Re: "SPIKES" ...the Conway dynasty

    The London "Daily Mirror"

    December 31st 1970

    Milestones of the month

    by Chatty Cathy

    The Canadian "He-man" Pierre Trudeau who seemed so adamant that he would have no truck with terrorists, has caved in after all to allow five FLQ members safe passage to Cuba,in return for the release of kidnapped British Trade Commissioner James Cross. The cops arrested three other blokes for the death of Pierre Laporte, a friend of the paper Premier...is teeter-totter Trudeau going to let them off, too?

    General Franco in Spain has shown a bit more bottle than perfidious Pierre by sentencing three Basques to death, twelve others to imprisonment from 12 to 62 years, for "Offences against the State." He also imposed a 3-month martial law in the Basque county of Guipuzco, banning strikes and demonstrations.

    That Spanish court should have been the one to try Franz Stangl, the ex-commander of the horrific Treblinka concentration camp, we soft democrats sentenced this beast to mere life imprisonment. What's the betting that he'll be out in a few years?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Stangl

    Spain's neighbour Portugal was accused by th United Nations of the recent unsuccessful invasion of Guinea...seems the Portugese can't forget their old imperialist ways...why can't they take a leaf out of our book, and give up on the idea of Empire?

    More rioting in Poland against the Communist regime because of its decree of food price increases. Riots and looting culminate in a one-sided battle between the rioters and soldiers, who later , even fired on blokes returning to work

    That same busybody U.N. has demanded that the whole world "isolate" South Africa for its Apartheid policy. Why doesn't it demand the same treatment of the U.S.S.R. for its policy of actual oppression of entire countries, including Poland?

    Just in time for Christmas shopping, the Libyan Revolutionary Council declared nationalization of all foreign banks, including our own Barclays in the country. Good job I keep my money under the mattress...but wait...I just remembered ...it all went to pay for last Christmas !

    On the positive side of life, President Nixon established the United States Environmental Protection Agency, that's a start, Prez, but what about all that pollution that you're kicking up in Viet Nam? That war looks no better...there's not even the prospect of a truce for Christmas. The Yanks are threatening to send North Viet Nam carpet bombing as a present.

    Meanwhile, at home,the Americans built the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City which at 1,368 feet high is now the tallest building in the world.
    -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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    Re: "SPIKES" ...the Conway dynasty

    A bleedin' Yuletide

    Lynn Mercier was in England at the invitation of her son Julius Ceasar ("Jacy") Conway. She accepted more out of duty then desire; after all, he was her son, and though she had doubts about his honesty, and could never figure out why he chose to stay in this land of high prices, self-delusion, and bloody-mindedness, instead of accompanying the rest of the family to friendly, generous, dynamic Canada, at least she would get to meet up with her best friend Anne Harris, get a peek at the infant, Queenie, who was a little cutie, judging by the photos that proud papa Jacy had sent his mother. Also, Lynn could satisfy her curiosity about this Japanese girl, Toni, whom her son had married out of the blue.

    Things did not go well at first, she spent the first few days in the Mayfair, London house which she'd turned over to Jacy, working for her paper the "Canadian Chronicle", checking out her various Canadian and British interests, also arranging with ex-husband Dan Conway, by telephone, for the broadcasting on his own t.v channel in America, past episodes of the hit Canadian talk show "Woman's Hour" (She had,in fact pre-recorded a couple of version of the show for Christmas airing in Canada), so she had been rather preoccupied, much to her son's disgust, and the women's disappointment, for Lynn was possessed of a scintillating personality, and was generally good company

    She had cleared the decks of work by Christmas Day, and felt able to help Anne and Toni prepare the traditional dinner, whilst Jacy tended the newsagents shop. Whilst the women were mollified by Lynn's joining them, her son was anything but. Anne Harris was tied up with helping Toni with both baby and dinner, Emily Walker was looking after her ailing sister, whilst Mrs Baker, another shop assistant, had elected for a quiet Christmas Day with her husband and family, so it was left to the young man to tend the newsagents on Christmas morning, opening as it had done in all the years that the Walker sisters had owned the shop before his mother had bought it for him.

    Jacy had always loved serving behind the counter, watching the money pile up, but on this particular morning, he would have liked the company of his wife, his mother, and his former Nanny, all his favourite women.

    His mood was not lightened after he'd closed the shop at the also traditional Christmas noontide, and sat down to the delicious turkey, roast potatoes, cauliflower and peas, to feel neglected, anew, as the lone male whilst his mother and Anne Harris reminisced about old times together, and Toni was preoccupied with Queenie who was teething, and difficult.

    Mrs Baker having had enough of husband and family, deigned to come back and serve in the shop on Boxing Day, so Jacy thought it would be a good idea to take his family and guests out of drab old London for a change of air at the seaside. He was particularly keen to show his mother his caravan, which Toni and he, industrious souls, both, had already decorated in sunshine yellow paint with sea-blue trimming, making for a most cheery interior, the young Conways thought.

    Conway was particularly proud of the little outhouse he and Toni had erected also in the Autumn evenings and weekends available to them.

    To his dismay, neither his mother or his ex-nanny seemed impressed with his "Bluebird', dissing it politely with faint praise,and the two older women were frankly taken aback by something so medieval as a one holer (With an aluminium bucket containimg chemicals underneath), civilization and age, apparently, driving all the pioneering spirit that he and his young wife shared, out of his mother and former nanny.

    The group returned to London much earlier than Jacy had planned, and the rest of the holiday, for him, was an anti - climax. His Mum was going to see the New Year in with them, then depart for Canada on the 2nd of January.

    Emily's sister Izzy was still ill,so the longtime owner of the shop and present employee felt bound to hand in her notice and Toni was still coping with a temperamental Queenie, whilst Mrs Harris, who normally would also serve in the shop was sequestered for the rest of December with her old friend Lynn so it was left to Jacy, and Mrs Baker to serve in the shop, spelling each other for meal-breaks.

    Jacy was already under a cloud of depression as he drove his mother to the airport, accompanied only by Mrs Harris. Toni, at last freed by a return of Queenie's normal good temper, to return to run the newsagents. All this time the Thrift shop and the beauty salon had run serenely on under the cheerful proprietorship of Donny Twin, and the calm competence of Dora, respectively.

    Jacy felt estranged from his mother who seemed more like an indifferent foreigner(which she, as a Canadian, was, in fact), rather than his closest relative, he was short an employee already with the departing Emily Walker, and now here was Mrs Harris, as she watched her long time buddy, Lynn, disappear into the passenger's waiting room waxing nostalgic about her own time in Canada.

    "I must go back soon, Jacy..." she whispered, huskily through her tears "...I really miss your mother...I really miss Canada, too"

    "What a bleedin' Yuletide this was..." ran Conawy's thoughts "Me Mum and nanny don't like my 'van , nor me much and now all my bleedin' shop staff are leavin' in droves..my whole bloody world's fallin apart!"
    "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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    Culver City Chameleons at West Beach Breakers
    December 26, 1970

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Chris Baucom takes the mound for the Breakers.
    Dave Calton grounded to short. <--->
    Toby Feist popped up to second. <--->
    Matt Burwell homered over the center field fence. <--->
    Shawn Kingman homered over the right field fence. <--->
    Keil Sommers popped up to short. <--->
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, Culver City leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Ian Kingwell takes the mound for the Chameleons.
    Dusty Flaherty struck out. <--->
    Lewis Shutt grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Dan Wheelan walked. <--1>
    Brad Berger walked. <-21>
    Josh Banks lined out to center. <-21>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the first, Culver City trails 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Alan Fabian homered to right-center. <--->
    Daniel Clapsaddle struck out. <--->
    Gussie Conway singled to center. <--1>
    Ian Kingwell struck out. <--1>
    Dave Calton singled up the middle. <-21>
    Toby Feist popped up to short. <-21>
    1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, Culver City leads 3 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Cliff Shiel singled up the middle. <--1>
    Zack Logie grounded to short. <-2->
    Dan Svedloff popped up to short. <-2->
    Chris Baucom struck out. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the second, Culver City trails 3 to 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Matt Burwell flied out to center. <--->
    Shawn Kingman singled up the middle. <--1>
    The Chameleons put on the hit and run.
    Keil Sommers grounded to short. <-2->
    Alan Fabian grounded to the pitcher. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, Culver City leads 3 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Dusty Flaherty singled to center. <--1>
    Lewis Shutt grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <--->
    Dan Wheelan grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the third, Culver City trails 3 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Daniel Clapsaddle lined out to center field. <--->
    Gussie Conway grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Ian Kingwell struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, Culver City leads 3 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Brad Berger singled through the hole. <--1>
    Josh Banks flied out to left. <--1>
    Cliff Shiel doubled to right, scoring a run. <-2->
    Zack Logie grounded to third. <-2->
    Dan Svedloff lined out to the second baseman. <-2->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, Culver City trails 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Dave Calton popped up behind home plate. <--->
    Toby Feist grounded to second. <--->
    Matt Burwell popped up to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, Culver City leads 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Chris Baucom flied out to center. <--->
    Dusty Flaherty flied out to center. <--->
    Lewis Shutt walked. <--1>
    Dan Wheelan singled to right field, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Dan Wheelan stole second. <32->
    Brad Berger was intentionally walked. <321>
    Josh Banks grounded to first. <321>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, Culver City trails 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Shawn Kingman flied out to center. <--->
    Keil Sommers singled to right. <--1>
    Alan Fabian popped up to the second baseman. <--1>
    Daniel Clapsaddle grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, Culver City leads 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Cliff Shiel popped up to second. <--->
    Zack Logie grounded to second. <--->
    Dan Svedloff grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, Culver City trails 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Gussie Conway popped up to second. <--->
    Ian Kingwell flied out to left. <--->
    Dave Calton flied out to right. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, Culver City leads 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Chris Baucom grounded to second. <--->
    Dusty Flaherty singled to right. <--1>
    Dusty Flaherty advanced on the error by Dave Calton. <-2->
    Lewis Shutt popped up to third. <-2->
    Dan Wheelan singled through the hole, scoring a run. <--1>
    Brad Berger flied out to right field. <--1>
    1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, Culver City trails 3 to 2.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Toby Feist grounded to third. <--->
    Matt Burwell singled through the left side. <--1>
    Shawn Kingman popped up to second. <--1>
    Keil Sommers popped up foul down the third base line. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, Culver City leads 3 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Josh Banks singled up the middle. <--1>
    Cliff Shiel popped up to the pitcher. <--1>
    Zack Logie laid down a sacrifice bunt to third. <-2->
    Dan Svedloff was intentionally walked. <-21>
    Bill Fortescue pinch hit for Chris Baucom. <-21>
    Bill Fortescue grounded to short. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, Culver City trails 3 to 2.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Matt Crothers now pitching for the Breakers. <--->
    Alan Fabian struck out. <--->
    Daniel Clapsaddle struck out. <--->
    Gussie Conway flied out to right. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, Culver City leads 3 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Dusty Flaherty walked. <--1>
    Lewis Shutt laid down a sacrifice bunt to first base. <-2->
    Dan Wheelan grounded to the second baseman. <3-->
    Brad Berger was intentionally walked. <3-1>
    Josh Banks singled through the left side, scoring a run. <-21>
    Chris Powell now pitching for the Chameleons. <-21>
    Cliff Shiel homered over the center field fence for three RBIs. <--->

    BREAKERS 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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    Code:
    Boxing Day (1970) Exhibition Game
    
    Culver City Chameleons at  West Beach Breakers
    December 26, 1970
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
        Chameleons       2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    3  8  1
          Breakers       0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4    6 10  0
    
    CULVER CITY                  ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Dave Calton (RF)              4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .500
    Toby Feist (1B)               4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .222
    Matt Burwell (LF)             4  2  0  1  1  1  0  0    .375
    Shawn Kingman (CF)            4  2  0  1  1  1  0  0    .222
    Keil Sommers (SS)             4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .333
    Alan Fabian (3B)              4  1  0  1  1  1  1  0    .333
    Daniel Clapsaddle (C)         4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .250
    Gussie Conway (2B)            4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .250
    Ian Kingwell (P)              3  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .000
     Chris Powell (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       35  8  0  3  3  3  5  0
    
       HR:  Alan Fabian (1), Matt Burwell (2), Shawn Kingman (1)
    
       DP:  Toby Feist, Gussie Conway, Keil Sommers
       E:  Dave Calton
    
                 CULVER CITY   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                Ian Kingwell  8.2  9  7  0  5  5  2 150   5.19
                Chris Powell  0.0  1  0  1  1  1  0   4  18.00
                      TOTALS  8.2 10  7  1  6  6  2 154
    
    WEST BEACH                   ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Dusty Flaherty (LF)           4  2  1  2  0  0  1  0    .571
    Lewis Shutt (2B)              3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .125
    Dan Wheelan (CF)              4  2  1  0  0  1  0  1    .250
    Brad Berger (C)               2  1  3  2  0  0  0  0    .200
    Josh Banks (1B)               5  2  0  1  0  1  0  0    .375
    Cliff Shiel (3B)              5  3  0  1  1  4  0  0    .444
    Zack Logie (RF)               3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    Dan Svedloff (SS)             3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .167
    Chris Baucom (P)              3  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .000
     Bill Fortescue (P)           1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .500
     Matt Crothers (P)            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       33 10  7  6  1  6  2  1
    
       2B:  Cliff Shiel (1)
       HR:  Cliff Shiel (1)
       GDP:  Lewis Shutt
    
                 CULVER CITY   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                Chris Baucom  8.0  8  0  3  3  3  3 113   3.38
               Matt Crothers  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  2   9   0.00
                      TOTALS  9.0  8  0  3  3  3  5 122
    
         WP: Matt Crothers (1-0)
         LP: Ian Kingwell (0-1)
    
         Temperature: 76F
         Wind: Calm
         Attendance: 10,172
         Time: 2:36
    "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"

    January 7th 1971

    Baseball gossip

    by Al Terego

    On the face of it, statistically speaking, neither the San Diego Padres, nor the Montreal Expos showed any improvement, in 1970, over their respective first Expansion seasons, the previous year. They each had the identical number of wins, as in the previous season, 59 for the Padres, 55 for the "Spoes giving the San Diego club bragging rights, so far over their National League rivals.

    But one sensed that somehow, each did better last season than in their first, Certainly Dan Conway the General Manager of the Padres was trying. He had already gotten rid of his unwanted players, earlier in the season, so he happily re-signed all ten of those players whose contracts had ended, or who were eligible for arbitration in 1970,

    John Donaldson the light -hitting second baseman being the doubtful retainer of that position on account that Conway made a rare visit to the Free Agent list to sign the Red Sox' shortstop , Jerry Adair, a most useful infielder, and not a bad bat, but a G.M. is always mindful of injuries that can come out of the blue, and bite the unprepared manager, right in his assets, but Donaldson's days in the line-up are surely numbered with the acquisition of Adair, and the existence of promising infielder, Chico Salmon, in the Minors

    Conway stood pat with his excellent rotation, not even casting off the unsuccessful veteran Johhny Podres, who did so well for the club in '69, but the G.M. claimed Clete Boyer out of free agency, right after that player had picked up this season's Gold Glove for his fielding at third base.

    It is ironic that Dan, who has spent most of his managerial career looking for a third baseman who can both hit, and field that hot corner, effectively, and now he finds himself with two, the young Graberwitz, already in place, and now the 33 year old Boyer who must yet have some good seasons left to him, so consistent has he been with bat and glove over the years.

    Montreal was nowhere near as ambitious as Conway. They let go the aging (39) Ernie Banks who will probably retire after a storied career, as well as,inexplicably, declining to re-sign Mack Jones who hit 24 homers for them and whilst still in his early Thirties , surely had more shots in his locker, nor did the Club sign anyone else since they'd earlier in the season, locked up Kirkpatrick, Gagliano (whom they promptly traded for Schofield and Washburn to their rivals, the Padres) and Gotay whom they've just let go.

    Once again, the Milwaukee Brewers -who once were the equally unsuccessful Seattle Pilots - were the runt of the expansion litter, scoring a derisory 32 victories, while Kansas City again proved to be the pick of the four, improving to a tidy 70 wins this past season, and fast approaching respectability.

    Much as is enjoyable the rivalry between so well-matched mediocrities like the Padres and the 'Spoes, it would be edifying to see how they would fare more against the Royals (Although San Diego did manage to lose an embarrassing three -set series to the pathetic Brewers, two games to one during 1970, while the Royals, predictably, swept the Expos in July.) Perhaps this coming season will see a few more match-ups between NL and AL teams. Such rivalries are always worth the price of admission.
    -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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    Dan Conway's Christmas.

    In his semi-retirement (which to ordinary mortals would seem like a work and bed existence), Dan Conway enjoyed being the head honcho of a Californian baseball franchise all summer, then, of a Fall and Winter hustling over to Culver City and the wonderous world of show -business.

    He was fascinated with all the arty-crafty Hollywood types who were so different from his own blunt what-you-see- is- what- you- get, and damn the torpedoes persona. He was still the acknowledged boss of Conway Studios and the associated t.v. chennel bearing his name, whilst his daughter, Gussie, who now ran the rest of his business empire, was, herself, one of his brightest show business stars with her cabaret act in male drag.

    As a denizen of Culver City, she was already in residence with her paramour, Hedy "Red" Rolfe, and had, this Yuletide, invited her father, along with her twin Augie, down from Vancouver, Canada, with his whole family into the spanking new house, once owned by Shirley Temple, which Gussie had recently bought, upon her accession to the Chief Executive's Office of the Conway Corporation.

    On Christmas Day, Dan Conway did his share of cooing over his son's charming toddlers, Winston and Winifred, twins as were their father and Aunt Augusta, as well as discussing with his charming new idaughter-in-law, Lee, the possibility of her expected newborn to be named Dan or Danielle.

    "Sorry, Dad..." she said firmly "...not this one...I'm determined that it'll be a boy, and that his name will be Nicholas...don't worry though, Dad... " she assured him "...There'll be plenty more where he came from..." she grinned mischievously, now "...I'm fertile, your son's virile, and we both love kids, and, thanks to working for Conway Corporation, we're well off so...there you are!"

    Those last three words set Dan to thinking; here he was, indeed, soon to be 57 years old (in January), he could look back over a life of accomplishment. He had done his bit in two of Americas wars, after having done his best to keep America out of those wars. He had raised at least, two fine children in Augie and Gussie - he wasn't so sure about Jacy, in far -off England - established many lucrative businesses, and done much good with the money thus raised with his orphanages, Single -Parents Organization, and the Conway College for Women, he was renowned for his baseball acumen (although he would have exchanged all that fame to have been a first-string Cubs catcher), and he was enchanted with the new starlet Patricia Appleton who liked him for his personality or his purse, he didn't care which.

    Dan Conway should have been a contented man; but the itch that had propelled him into this life of so much accomplishment remained; his beloved America was yet being beguiled and betrayed by the rest of the world. His country, he felt, was like a man who stood out from his fellows for his strength, success, and generosity, and like these United
    States, had in his lifetime been beset by lesser breeds being dragged into their arguments, and once settling them, feeling bound to pay for the damage they had caused.

    After decades of such abuse of his country, Dan Conway, reflected, the world was no better off, and his America was infinitely worse off, having spent so much blood and treasure in trying to save the world from itself...a world that he reminded himself bitterly which was as ungrateful and antagonistic to his great country, as ever.

    Dan Conway still had one mission to accomplish ...to free America of all foreign entanglements. He would enter politics.
    "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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    Valentine's Yuletide

    While his mother was spending Christmas and New Year's Day in England. Valentine, who had returned to his schooling after the end of the Padres' season in September, used the Yuletide break at the school to intern at the "Timberline" hotel which his mother owned on the edge of a lake near Winnipeg.

    It was his own idea, for as a serious writer, he felt that he needed experience as a working man to give his prose authenticity, and he suspected that there were many interesting stories to be conjured out of real life. The manager of the hotel a genial middle -aged Briton named John Buttress readily acquiesed to the son of his employer, doing odd jobs in the vast kitchen, scouring the many large cooking vessels, loading the kitchen dishwasher, and sometimes even taking a turn in the pantry, assessing daily what provisions the chef should be ordering; the tasks abound in a busy hotel kitchen, from placating a bullying chef, to charming hostile waiters, all of the culinary chores varied and interesting.

    Christmas Day was especially busy, for besides the slap-up mid-day Dinner, a convention of Realtors had blown in for a few days' conference, whilst their offices were closed over the Holiday, so that meant that 20 more mouths had to be fed on each of these days. Valentine had shown such initiative in the few days that he had been working in the kitchen that Mr Buttress charged him with the feeding of the score of hungry realtors in between their sessions of consulting in the hotel's board room and carousing at the "Timberline"'s bar, with the manager's stricture of "Keep it economical, Son...They've not paid enough up front to be served sirloin steaks, or the like"

    So Valentine devised breakfasts of porridge and flapjacks varied with cereal and ham and scrambled eggs, lunches of French onion soup with entrees of baked potatotes in their Jackets and Corned beef, or Clam Chowder with a seafood or Fruit salad, dinner being a matter for the Chef, the unpaid intern knocked off as soon as he'd sent the hotel waiters on their way with the conventioneers luncheons. he wasn't dedicated enough to stay for all the post preandal washing up, which all that food consumption entailed.

    The youth, himself, fared well in the feeding department, the morning cook, a Quebecois, one, Jean Hamel showing him how to cook his own corned beef hash and sunny eggs for breakfast,the two practicing their French -Canadian patois the while, Valentine treating himself to a bowl of soup and a hunk of crusty French bread before going off duty with a packet of tomato and cheese sandwiches that he had also prepared for the supper that he shared with Moggs the cat, the only inhabitant of the cottage his mother had rented she, along with his erstwhile Nanny, Anne Harris, now being in London.

    Altogether, the youth found it to be a delightful working holiday, and resolved that once he graduated from High School in the Spring, and before he started University in the Fall of 1971, he would labour at any casual job which he could lay his hand to.

    "If I'm going to be a writer..." he reasoned "...I must go into the workaday world to find something to write about"
    "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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