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    1980 World Series - Game 1
    
    Montreal Expos at Texas Rangers
    October 22, 1980
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
             Expos (MON) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0    3  7  0
           Rangers (TEX) 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 x    6 10  0
    
    MONTREAL                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Joe Strain (2B)               3  0  2  1  0  0  2  0    .172
    Steve Ontiveros (3B)          5  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .154
    Chet Lemon (CF)               3  1  1  2  0  0  0  0    .233
    Andre Dawson (RF)             3  2  1  0  0  0  0  0    .393
    Gary Roenicke (LF)            2  1  0  0  0  3  1  0    .333
    Larry Fritz (1B)              3  0  1  0  0  0  1  0    .300
    Chris Speier (SS)             4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .300
    Curt Blefary (DH)             4  2  0  0  0  0  0  0    .185
    Barry Foote (C)               3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .111
    TOTALS                       30  7  6  3  0  3  4  0
    
       2B:  Chet Lemon, Curt Blefary 2, Gary Roenicke
       GDP:  Chet Lemon
       CS:  Andre Dawson
    
       DP:  Joe Strain, Chris Speier
    
                    MONTREAL   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                   Bob Welch  6.0  9  3  0  5  5  3 116   3.13
                Steve Ratzer  0.2  0  2  0  1  1  1  18   1.93
                 Paul Gibson  1.1  1  0  0  0  0  0  19   0.00
                      TOTALS  8.0 10  5  0  6  6  4 153
    
    TEXAS                        ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Alan Bannister (2B)           5  1  0  1  0  0  0  1    .294
    Glenn Burke (DH)              5  3  0  1  0  2  0  0    .394
    Al Cowens (RF)                3  1  1  1  0  2  0  0    .375
    Mike Cubbage (3B)             3  1  1  0  0  0  1  0    .281
    Jim Sundberg (C)              4  0  0  1  0  0  0  0    .267
    Jerry Morales (CF)            3  1  1  0  0  0  0  1    .258
    Ben Oglivie (LF)              3  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .250
    Don Castle (1B)               3  1  1  1  0  2  2  0    .290
    Jim Mason (SS)                3  1  1  0  0  0  0  0    .172
    TOTALS                       32 10  5  6  0  6  4  2
    
       2B:  Ben Oglivie, Glenn Burke
       3B:  Glenn Burke
       HBP:  Ben Oglivie
       GDP:  Alan Bannister
    
       DP:  Jim Sundberg, Don Castle, Alan Bannister, Jim Mason
    
                       TEXAS   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                   Glen Cook  7.0  6  3  0  3  3  4 118   3.48
                  Dave Smith  2.0  1  3  0  0  0  0  38   0.00
                      TOTALS  9.0  7  6  0  3  3  4 156
    
         WP: Glen Cook (2-1)
         LP: Bob Welch (1-2)
         SV: Dave Smith (2)
    
         Temperature: 65F
         Wind: 7 MPH (right to left)
         Attendance: 50,000
         Time: 3:10
    
    Rangers 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 London "Daily Mirror"

    September 30th 1980

    Summary of the summer

    by Chatty Cathy

    The summer of 1980 was quite eventful, People, with various political situations heating up, the usual quota of death and destruction, the arousal of hopes, and fears in this world of ours.

    Ronald Reagan was nominated for President, at the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit. The Christian Religious Right, fed up with "Affirmative action", put in its two pennyworth by dropping its support for the Equal Rights Amendment. On the other hand, Edward Kennedy was bounced out of the Democratic primary, by the incumbent President, Jimmy Carter.

    The 1980 Summer Olympics, held in Moscow, were marked by the free world's hostility to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, 82 countries boycotted the Games, although athletes from 16 of them, participated under a neutral flag.(The Jolly Roger's Skull & Crossbones would have been appropriate in this case)

    Notable demises , this summer were those of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi the deposed Shah of Iran, who died in Cairo of cancer aged 61, while Dorothy Stratten, who just this year was featured as the 1980 Playboy Playmate of the Year, was murdered by her estranged husband Paul Leslie Snider, who later, offed himself. Presumed dead, also, was poor little baby Azaria Chamberlain disappeared from a campsite at Ayers Rock, in Oz, either done in by a dingo, or, possibly, its parents
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=Dorot...Isze8Ael3Z-QDg

    Mass killings were reported from a terrorist bombing at the Bologna Centrale railway station in Italy which slew 85 people and injured 200 more, as well as accidental mayhem in the form of one of aviation's worst disasters, 301 people being killed when a Saudia passenger jet caught fire in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Many more deaths will ensue, of course in that same Middle East 'cos now Iraq has declared war on Iran. Which brings to mind that old adage "When thieves fall out..."

    As if to make up for all this loss of life, China announced that it now had a population of a billion people. That's heady stuff.

    Our hopes for the Terry Fox marathon were dashed when he was forced to end his Marathon of Hope run outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario, after finding out that the cancer has spread to his lungs. The fears are now for the very life of this brave young man...we'll be praying for you, Son.

    We should also pray for newborn hope of eventual political freedom in Poland, where another brave man, Lech Walesa, led the first of many strikes at the Gdansk Shipyard in the Polish People's Republic.After weeks of these strikes the nationwide independent trade union Solidarity was established. Can this be the beginning of the end for Communism in that country?
    -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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    Gussie's farm plea to the President.

    "Mansion 62

    Gated Community # 6.

    Eastern Avenue

    Culver City

    CA 75219

    September 8th 1980

    Dear Mr President,

    I realize that it would be more appropriate to make this plea during our own American Thanksgiving, rather than this Canadian Holiday, but I appreciate that you will have even weightier concerns to deal with in November, so I make my pitch, now.

    It is a request for funding of a force of prospectors to go, buy up potential farmland in these United States, pre-empting further loss of vital agricultural land to the developers of millionaires' condominiums; shopping malls; extensive parkades; and sports stadia.

    As a former farmer, yourself, you must recognize that feeding people has a higher priority, than any of the above, and as an informed individual, you will know that we are losing this battle, world-wide to the developers. My project, as one of your faithful Democratic Congresswomen, Sir, would, hopefully, stem the tide of urban development to line the pockets of the rich getting even richer, rather than filling the stomachs of all Americans.

    I realize that buying up land - as well as employing a force of highly-educated men and women to survey and purchase Real Estate in these inflationary days, will be a most expensive venture, and I believe in the project enough to pledge a substantial amount of my personal fortune to its commission, but I hope to add to its funding by persuading my fellow Congress Representatives to pass the Bill which I have provisionally called the Farmlands Appropriation Act, as a working title.

    If I could have your assurance, Mr President, that you would sign this Bill, should our fortunes decide that it will cross your desk, that would be of great help in getting it passed by both Houses of Congress.

    I look forward to your reply, Sir, and may I take this opportunity to congratulate you on a splendid re-election campaign, and wish you all success in November.

    Yours truly,

    Augusta Conway

    Representative, 37th District "

    President Jimmy Carter's reply

    "The Oval Office

    The White House

    Washington D.C.

    October 13th 1980

    My Dear Miss Conway,

    I agree with, and am fully supportive of, your proposed Bill, in every way. Unfortunately, behind your brave words lauding my election campaign, you must realize that it is not going well; my Republican opponent is using every trick in the book to unseat me, and I fear that he would use this issue, to point out to the electorate the cost of the project in these times of super-inflation, and how it would add to the National Debt, which went well beyond "Paying Down", decades ago.

    Most governments in the world. today are run on so-called "Deficit Financing" i.e. Creative Accounting. I feel so sorry for the young people of today who will have to reckon with our folly of paying for the politician's promises with money that isn't there, and never will be.

    My opponent, simplistic and insubstantial that he is, will demonstrate cynicism as "Knowing the price of everything, and the value of nothing", for even he must realize the value of adequate farmland to feed America, but you can be sure that he would deride the proposal in his over-riding desire to attain the Oval Office.

    If I should prove to have been overly pessimistic about my chances, next November, I shall be delighted to take up the issue with you in 1981.

    Until then, Miss Conway, do carry on your own splendid work in the House and the country, you do our Democratic Party and our America much credit through your activism and your personal generosity, along with that of your great family.

    Yours truly,

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

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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

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

    3 Articles today


    From the desk of Dan Conway

    A letter from his grandson, Winston, bearing the address "Charborough Public School, Charborough, Gloucestershire, England" and addressed to "Mr Dan Conway, Culver City Studios, California. U.S.A. September 1st 1980"

    "Dear Grandad, I'm not supposed to contact you or any of my family, but they can't censor the letters here, so I'll ask you to tell my Dad where I am so he can come and see me. please don't tell my Mum, or anyone except my dad and my sister.

    Your truly

    Winston"

    Dan wrote back right away
    "Dear Winston,

    "Good to hear from you at last. I've never agreed to all this nonsense about keeping you from your father, but that was a Canadian court's decision, now that you're in England, maybe we can do something about it, I've written your Dad, already, you should hear from him pretty soon.

    Good luck my boy, and I admire your chops for contacting me who's best placed to help you and my poor old son, Augustus

    Best wishes

    Grandad"

    A letter to his son, Augustus
    "Dear Augie,
    This is best not discussed over the phone, but I've heard from your son Winston, and he wants to see you at the address I enclose below. Apparently, your Mom has consigned him to a school in England, history repeating itself, we look like having another go-round similar to when she sent your sister, as a kid, there to keep her from me in America.

    Well, it didn't work then, and if we play our cards right, it's not going to work now...let me know your plans, and I'll help in any way I can.

    Good luck, Son,

    Dad"

    Augie writes back to his father immedaitely

    "Wow, Dad, I'm over the moon...Thanks a million. I'll be over there as soon as I've tied up a few Corporate ends over here...this could be the start of a new life for all of us. Again, Dad, Thanks a ton...you've come though for us once again.

    Your loving son

    Augie"
    (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.

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    Montreal Expos at Texas Rangers
    October 23, 1980

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Don Kainer takes the mound for the Rangers.
    Joe Strain singled through the hole. <--1>
    Joe Strain went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Steve Ontiveros struck out. <-2->
    Chet Lemon grounded back to the pitcher. The runner was tagged out at third. <--1>
    Andre Dawson lined out to short. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Lynn McGlothen takes the mound for the Expos.
    Alan Bannister singled back through the middle. <--1>
    The Rangers put on the hit and run.
    Glenn Burke homered to left-center for two RBIs. <--->
    Al Cowens singled up the middle. <--1>
    Al Cowens advanced on the error by Chet Lemon. <-2->
    Mike Cubbage grounded to third. <-2->
    Jim Sundberg walked. <-21>
    Jerry Morales grounded to the shortstop for a double play (6-4-3). <-2->
    2 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the first, Texas leads 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Gary Roenicke struck out. <--->
    Larry Fritz singled to center. <--1>
    The Expos put on the hit and run.
    Chris Speier struck out. <--1>
    Curt Blefary struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, Montreal trails 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Ben Oglivie doubled to deep left field. <-2->
    Don Castle singled through the left side, scoring a run. <--1>
    Don Castle went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Jim Mason struck out. <-2->
    Alan Bannister singled to left, scoring a run. <--1>
    The Rangers put on the hit and run.
    Glenn Burke grounded to short. <-2->
    Al Cowens singled to center, scoring a run. <--1>
    Mike Cubbage grounded to the pitcher. <--1>
    3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the second, Texas leads 5 to 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Barry Foote struck out. <--->
    Joe Strain grounded to short. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros singled to center. <--1>
    Chet Lemon grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, Montreal trails 5 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Jim Sundberg walked. <--1>
    Jerry Morales struck out. <--1>
    Lynn McGlothen threw a wild pitch. <-2->
    Ben Oglivie doubled down the third base line, scoring a run. <-2->
    Paul Gibson now pitching for the Expos. <-2->
    Don Castle singled to left, scoring a run. <--1>
    Jim Mason singled to left-center, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Alan Bannister walked. <321>
    Glenn Burke grounded back to the pitcher, scoring a run. <3-1>
    Al Cowens singled to left, scoring a run. <-21>
    Mike Cubbage grounded to third. <-2->
    4 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the third, Texas leads 9 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Andre Dawson grounded to third. <--->
    Gary Roenicke doubled in the right field gap. <-2->
    Larry Fritz struck out. <-2->
    Chris Speier doubled down the right field line, scoring a run. <-2->
    Curt Blefary singled to left field. <3-1>
    Barry Foote grounded to second. <3-1>
    1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, Montreal trails 9 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Balor Moore now pitching for the Expos. <--->
    Jim Sundberg grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Jerry Morales grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Ben Oglivie singled through the right side. <--1>
    Don Castle popped up behind home plate. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, Texas leads 9 to 1.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Joe Strain singled to center field. <--1>
    Steve Ontiveros singled through the left side. <-21>
    Don Kainer threw a wild pitch. <32->
    Chet Lemon lined out to the third baseman. <32->
    Andre Dawson flied out to left. <32->
    Joe Strain tagged up but was thrown out at home. <-2->
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, Montreal trails 9 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Jim Mason singled through the left side. <--1>
    Alan Bannister struck out. <--1>
    Glenn Burke struck out. <--1>
    Al Cowens struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, Texas leads 9 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Gary Roenicke flied out to center. <--->
    Larry Fritz walked. <--1>
    Chris Speier popped up to the third baseman. <--1>
    Curt Blefary grounded to short. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, Montreal trails 9 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Mike Cubbage grounded to second. <--->
    Jim Sundberg grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Jerry Morales grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, Texas leads 9 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Barry Foote popped up to the third baseman in foul ground. <--->
    Joe Strain singled to center. <--1>
    Steve Ontiveros singled up the middle. <-21>
    Chet Lemon reached first on a throwing error by the shortstop. <321>
    Andre Dawson flied out to left. <321>
    Joe Strain tagged up and scored. <-21>
    Gary Roenicke struck out. <-21>
    1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, Montreal trails 9 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Ben Oglivie grounded to second. <--->
    Don Castle singled to left. <--1>
    Jim Mason singled to left field. <-21>
    Alan Bannister grounded to the second baseman, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
    Glenn Burke lined out to center. <3-1>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, Texas leads 9 to 2.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Dickie Noles now pitching for the Rangers. <--->
    Larry Fritz grounded to third. <--->
    Chris Speier popped up to short. <--->
    Curt Blefary lined out to first base. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, Montreal trails 9 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Al Cowens popped up to first. <--->
    Mike Cubbage grounded to second. <--->
    Jim Sundberg flied out to center. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, Texas leads 9 to 2.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Barry Foote grounded to short. <--->
    Joe Strain lined out to third. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros grounded to second. <--->

    RANGERS WIN: 9-2
    "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:
    1980 World Series - Game 2
    
    Montreal Expos at Texas Rangers
    October 23, 1980
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
             Expos (MON) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0    2 10  1
           Rangers (TEX) 2 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 x    9 15  1
    
    MONTREAL                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Joe Strain (2B)               5  3  0  1  0  0  0  0    .235
    Steve Ontiveros (3B)          5  3  0  0  0  0  1  0    .226
    Chet Lemon (CF)               4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .206
    Andre Dawson (RF)             3  0  0  0  0  1  0  0    .355
    Gary Roenicke (LF)            4  1  0  1  0  0  2  0    .286
    Larry Fritz (1B)              3  1  1  0  0  0  1  0    .303
    Chris Speier (SS)             4  1  0  0  0  1  1  0    .294
    Curt Blefary (DH)             4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .194
    Barry Foote (C)               4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .097
    TOTALS                       36 10  1  2  0  2  7  0
    
       2B:  Joe Strain, Chris Speier, Gary Roenicke
    
       DP:  Larry Fritz, Joe Strain, Chris Speier
       E:  Chet Lemon
    
                    MONTREAL   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
              Lynn McGlothen  2.1  8  2  1  7  7  2  59  11.77
                 Paul Gibson  0.2  3  1  0  2  2  0  16   9.00
                 Balor Moore  5.0  4  0  0  0  0  3  73   0.00
                      TOTALS  8.0 15  3  1  9  9  5 148
    
    TEXAS                        ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Alan Bannister (2B)           4  2  1  2  0  1  1  0    .316
    Glenn Burke (DH)              5  1  0  1  1  3  1  0    .368
    Al Cowens (RF)                5  3  0  0  0  2  1  0    .405
    Mike Cubbage (3B)             5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .243
    Jim Sundberg (C)              3  0  2  1  0  0  0  0    .242
    Jerry Morales (CF)            4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .229
    Ben Oglivie (LF)              4  3  0  2  0  1  0  0    .313
    Don Castle (1B)               4  3  0  2  0  2  0  0    .343
    Jim Mason (SS)                4  3  0  1  0  0  1  0    .242
    TOTALS                       38 15  3  9  1  9  5  0
    
       2B:  Don Castle, Ben Oglivie 2
       HR:  Glenn Burke
       GDP:  Jerry Morales
    
       DP:  Jim Sundberg, Ben Oglivie
       E:  Jim Mason
    
                       TEXAS   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                  Don Kainer  7.0 10  1  0  2  1  7 125   1.93
                Dickie Noles  2.0  0  0  0  0  0  0  21   8.31
                      TOTALS  9.0 10  1  0  2  1  7 146
    
         WP: Don Kainer (2-1)
         LP: Lynn McGlothen (0-2)
    
         Temperature: 76F
         Wind: Calm
         Attendance: 50,000
         Time: 3:18
    
    The Rangers lead the Series 2-0
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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    The London "Daily Mirror"

    October 31st 1980

    Milestones of the month


    by Chatty Cathy

    Now that the Christmas season approaches (As it seems to in this country, once the cricket's all done), there appear to be fewer horrible happenings in the world...nevertheless, there were some.

    A 7.1 M|w earthquake shook El Asnam in northern Algeria with a maximum Mercalli intensity scale of X (''Extreme''), killing between 2,633 and 5,000 inhabitants, and injuring nearly 9,000 others

    In direct contrast to the above, but one life was lost, his own, when James Hoskins forced his way into WCPO's television studio in Cincinnati, holding 9 employees hostage for several hours before releasing them and committing suicide.

    Mind you, People, there was lots of not-so-good news this month, including some that strikes a sympathetic chord in us at this newspaper, for the great "Evening News" paper of Our Town, is no more, and the venerable "Times" of London may go that way, also. The "Evening News'' will close and merge with the rival London "Evening Standard''. When I started in this business, just after the war there were three evening papers that served London and a dozen daiies; now there are one, and seven, respectively, and even that last number may be diminished if no buyer can be found for the '' Times'' as the Thomson Corporation announced that, and all associated supplements will close in March 1981.

    That is saddening for sentimental reasons, but the demise of the steel industry, and part of the car production in this country is downright alarming.

    A blast furnace demolished at Bilston Steelworks in October, marked the end of iron and steel production in the so-called "Black Country" of England, while it was announced that the last MGB roadster rolled off the assembly line at the Abingdon-on-Thames factory, ending production for the famous MG Cars marque. Where is all our British industry going?

    In political news Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher delivered her now-famous "The lady's not for turning" speech, while in contrast, her late political opponent, James Callaghan bowed out of the leadership of the Labour Party, but the best news of the month was that the Polish People's Republic (Communist) government actually gave official recognition to the newly-formed, democratic Polish trade union, Solidarity.
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    The times they are a-changing; for good, the not -so-good, and the who knows whether good or bad?
    -30-
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    The "San Diego Clarion"

    October 1st 1980

    Padres close, but no cigar

    by Al Terego

    As they did in 1997 and last year, after a poor first half of the season, the San Digo Padres put on an amazing second half spurt, clearly being the best team in either league, and in those previous seasons, going on to win the World Series with ease. Not so this year, sadly - third time, unlucky.

    It wasn't so much a matter of luck than it was that they were beaten out by a more consistent team in their division, the Atlanta Braves, who played steadily from the first pitch of the season to the last, and, ultimately, their Royal Flush of 104 wins during 1980, proved too much for the Four Aces of Padres' 93 wins during the season, which would have gained the team entry if they had happened to be in the National League Eastern Division, when their fellow expansion team rivals, the Montreal Expos, made it to their first World Series with 91 wins, the best in a weak division where only one other team, the Pittsburgh Pirates could boast of a, barely, winning record (83-79).

    The Padres held their own with the eventual champion Atlanta team of their league, winning half of their 14 games throughout the season when the two competitors clashed, San Diego actually sweeping the Braves in a four-game set, during August when the Padres registered an amazing 24-5 won-lost record

    There were many highlights during the Padres' wondrous second half of the 1980 season, not least a streak of 14 wins in August, a second 20 -win season for Cam Mitchell, Brian Allards 5-0 shutout of the Mets, U.L. Washington getting five hits in one game against St Louis, Clive Revill striking out 11 batters in another game against the unfortunate Cards (Who finished at the bottom of their division)

    Ironically, Revill was the only regular Padre starter to have a losing record (10-15) for the season, whilst the inconsistent Washington had a relatively poor summer, batting only .241 average, .629 OBAS, and booting the ball 30 times at shortstop.

    However Barry Knight and Patsy Spratt more than made up for these shortcomings by stellar work at third and first base respectively, with both bat and glove, Spratt, in particular, being injured for 15 critical days during the Padres' last heroic spurt, which, who knows> might have made the difference to the final standings.

    Be that as it may, it is another former expansion team, the Montreal Expos, with their standouts of sluggers Andre Dawson, Chet Lemon, starters Larry Christensen, and Lynn McGlothen, who are going to vie for that World Series ring with, first the Braves, then, if successful, with the A.L. champions. We wish the 'Spoes "Good luck", and may their next play-off confrontation soon be with the Padres.
    -30-
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    Texas Rangers at Montreal Expos
    October 25, 1980

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Larry Christenson takes the mound for the Expos.
    Alan Bannister flied out to right field. <--->
    Glenn Burke doubled down the left field line. <-2->
    Al Cowens doubled in the left field gap, scoring a run. <-2->
    Mike Cubbage singled to right, scoring a run. <--1>
    The Rangers put on the hit and run.
    Mike Cubbage was picked off first. <--->
    Jim Sundberg flied out to center. <--->
    2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, Texas leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Steve Comer takes the mound for the Rangers.
    Joe Strain grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Larry Fritz flied out to right. <--->
    Chet Lemon walked. <--1>
    Andre Dawson grounded to second. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the first, Montreal trails 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Ben Oglivie hit an infield single to first. <--1>
    Ben Oglivie was caught stealing second. <--->
    Don Castle grounded to first. <--->
    Jim Mason grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, Texas leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Steve Ontiveros grounded to second. <--->
    Chris Speier grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
    Curt Blefary flied out to left. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the second, Montreal trails 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Steve Comer grounded to short. <--->
    Alan Bannister grounded to first base. <--->
    Glenn Burke popped up behind home plate. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, Texas leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Barry Foote lined out to center. <--->
    Larry Christenson struck out. <--->
    Joe Strain grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the third, Montreal trails 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Al Cowens flied out to right. <--->
    Mike Cubbage grounded to short. <--->
    Jim Sundberg grounded to second. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, Texas leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Larry Fritz grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Chet Lemon grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Andre Dawson singled to left. <--1>
    Steve Ontiveros doubled to deep center field, scoring a run. <-2->
    Chris Speier grounded to third. <-2->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, Montreal trails 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Ben Oglivie flied out to right. <--->
    Don Castle doubled in the left field gap. <-2->
    Jim Mason struck out. <-2->
    Steve Comer grounded to the pitcher. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, Texas leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Curt Blefary reached first on a throwing error by the shortstop. <--1>
    Barry Foote grounded to the shortstop for a double play (6-3). <--->
    Larry Christenson flied out to left. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, Montreal trails 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Alan Bannister struck out. <--->
    Glenn Burke grounded to second. <--->
    Al Cowens grounded to first. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, Texas leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Joe Strain walked. <--1>
    Larry Fritz was hit by a pitch. <-21>
    Chet Lemon grounded to first for a double play (3-6-3). <3-->
    Andre Dawson was intentionally walked. <3-1>
    Steve Ontiveros walked. <321>
    Chris Speier flied out to left. <321>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, Montreal trails 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Mike Cubbage walked. <--1>
    Jim Sundberg walked. <-21>
    Ben Oglivie grounded to third for a double play (5-4-3). <3-->
    Don Castle popped up to second. <3-->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, Texas leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Curt Blefary singled to right field. <--1>
    Barry Foote grounded to third, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
    Larry Christenson laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <-2->
    Joe Strain grounded back to the pitcher. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, Montreal trails 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Jim Mason singled back through the middle. <--1>
    Steve Comer laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <-2->
    Alan Bannister grounded to first. <3-->
    Glenn Burke singled down the left field line, scoring a run. <--1>
    Glenn Burke stole second. <-2->
    Al Cowens popped up to short. <-2->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, Texas leads 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Larry Fritz lined out to left. <--->
    Chet Lemon singled to right. <--1>
    Chet Lemon went for an extra base and was thrown out at second. <--->
    Andre Dawson singled to left. <--1>
    Steve Ontiveros singled to right, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Dave Smith now pitching for the Rangers. <3-1>
    Chris Speier grounded to short. <3-1>
    0 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, Montreal trails 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Steve Senteney now pitching for the Expos. <--->
    Mike Cubbage lined out to center. <--->
    Jim Sundberg grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Ben Oglivie walked. <--1>
    Don Castle struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, Texas leads 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Curt Blefary grounded to third. <--->
    Barry Foote grounded to third. <--->
    Gary Roenicke pinch hit for Steve Senteney. <--->
    Gary Roenicke grounded to the pitcher. <--->

    RANGERS WIN: 3-1
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
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    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
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    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

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    1980 World Series- Game 3
    
    Texas Rangers at Montreal Expos
    October 25, 1980
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
           Rangers (TEX) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0    3  7  1
             Expos (MON) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0    1  6  0
    
    TEXAS                        ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Alan Bannister (2B)           4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .286
    Glenn Burke (CF)              4  2  0  1  0  1  0  1    .381
    Al Cowens (RF)                4  1  0  1  0  1  0  0    .390
    Mike Cubbage (3B)             3  1  1  0  0  1  0  0    .250
    Jim Sundberg (C)              3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .222
    Ben Oglivie (LF)              3  1  1  0  0  0  0  0    .314
    Don Castle (1B)               4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .333
    Jim Mason (SS)                3  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .250
    Steve Comer (P)               2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Dave Smith (P)               0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       30  7  3  3  0  3  3  1
    
       2B:  Don Castle, Glenn Burke, Al Cowens
       GDP:  Ben Oglivie
       CS:  Mike Cubbage, Ben Oglivie
    
       DP:  Don Castle 3, Jim Mason 3
       E:  Jim Mason
    
                       TEXAS   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                 Steve Comer  7.2  6  4  0  1  1  1 121   2.23
                  Dave Smith  1.1  0  0  0  0  0  0  11   0.00
                      TOTALS  9.0  6  4  0  1  1  1 132
    
    MONTREAL                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Joe Strain (2B)               3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .216
    Larry Fritz (1B)              3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .278
    Chet Lemon (CF)               3  1  1  0  0  0  0  0    .216
    Andre Dawson (RF)             3  2  1  1  0  0  0  0    .382
    Steve Ontiveros (3B)          3  2  1  0  0  1  0  0    .265
    Chris Speier (SS)             4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .263
    Curt Blefary (LF)             4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .200
    Barry Foote (C)               4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .086
    Larry Christenson (P)         2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .222
     Steve Senteney (P)           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Gary Roenicke (P)            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .250
    TOTALS                       30  6  4  1  0  1  1  0
    
       2B:  Steve Ontiveros
       HBP:  Larry Fritz
       GDP:  Barry Foote, Chet Lemon
    
       DP:  Larry Fritz, Joe Strain, Steve Ontiveros
    
                    MONTREAL   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
           Larry Christenson  8.0  7  2  0  3  3  2 121   3.04
              Steve Senteney  1.0  0  1  0  0  0  1  15   3.00
                      TOTALS  9.0  7  3  0  3  3  3 136
    
         WP: Steve Comer (3-1)
         LP: Larry Christenson (1-1)
         SV: Dave Smith (3)
    
         Temperature: 65F
         Wind: None (Domed Stadium)
         Attendance: 50,000
         Time: 3:00
    
    The Texas Rangers lead the Series 3-0
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    The London "Daily Mirror"

    November 30th Last Wednesday

    Milestones of the month

    by Chatty Cathy

    The main event, this month, of course, was in the United States 1980 presidential election, when the Republican Party challenger and former Governor of California, Ronald Reagan, defeated incumbent Democratic Party President Jimmy Carter, enabling former movie-actor Reagan to become the 40th President-Elect of the United States, one year after the beginning of the Iran hostage crisis.

    Significantly, Iran released the hostages right after the election (although it was Carter who negotiated that release, beforehand), a unique demonstration of how one country, hostile to another, can interfere in the affairs of its enemy, by influencing its elections. In my book, the replacement of an honest man Carter by a charming glib opportunist, Reagan, is bad news for America.

    Echoes of another regime change sounded from China now that The "Gang of Four" trial began in that country.
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    At a meeting in Karachi it was agreed between India and Sri Lanka that the Colombo Plan should be extended indefinitely, then, will continue as "The Colombo Plan for Cooperative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific" (CESDAP),

    It was too much to hope, that as Christmas draws near, that our world was getting any safer, for besides a Texaco Oil rig breaking through to a mine under Lake Peigneur in Louisiana, a horrific fire at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip claimed the lives of 85 people, and yet another unbelievable earthquake shook southern Italy with a maximum Mercalli intensity scale Mercalli intensity of X (''Extreme''), killing almost another 3,000 earthquake victims and injuring an estimated 7,700 to 9,000 more.
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    Yet after all these momentous world-changing events occurring in November, guess what our world was most interested in, People? ...why the "Who shot J.R.?" event on t.v. became an international obsession, A record number of viewers (for an entertainment program) tuned into the American soap opera ''Dallas '' to learn who shot lead character J. R. Ewing.

    This show's t.v. audience was equalled only by one other soap opera episode, back in the early 'Fifties when another soap "Company Town" disappeared a character " Dr Drummond" played by a one-time baseball pitcher, Ross Tarreg, who, later, disappeared in real life, it was rumoured, to escape deportation from America.

    People's priorities today, People? As the Americans say "Go figure"
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    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
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    The Associated Press

    November 5th 1980

    Reagan wins- barely

    by our Political staff.

    The chips all were stacked in the new President's favour; he was personable, articulate, seemed presidential, and delivered a message that with him in the Oval Office, the "Permissive Society's" days were over; no more truckling to those who aver that it was moral to use tax payers' hard-earned money for abortion, sex education in schools, the victimization of whites by affirmative action, the quaint notion that a drug addict, drunk, or deviate has more rights than a straight family man

    Reagan promised that his Presidency would see a new morning in America, where the citizen, rather than a "Nanny" government, would call the shots, no more bureaucrats strangling businesses with red tape, ordering working Americans how to live with various regulations, media promoting "Political correctness" taxing them like there's no tomorrow, using various taxes to benefit the drones over the do-ers, welfare over national defence, the arts for the elite over relief for the working poor, and single parents. Above all, Reagan offered the usual politician's bribe of the voter's own money - tax cuts.


    His opponent, incumbent Jimmy Carter, was beset by problems galore; runaway inflation, gasoline in short supply and highly-priced, the hostages in Iran, and the failed effort to rescue them, his own farmer-like performance in the one television debate against ex-actor Reagan's smooth performance, all seemed to doom his presidency.

    But in the event, Ronald Reagan only just made the Oval office with 50.75% of the vote. This indicates that half of those who bothered to vote at all, are, themselves, bothered by his own extreme conservatism, his desire to see the governmental referee step out of the ring in the eternal fight between those seeking to hold onto their money, the consumer, the client, the patient, against those who would take it from them - big Business. big Unions, big Government, as well as Reagan's desire to root out Communism not only out of the Kremlin, but from under our beds, his arithmetic that equates the cutting of taxes, and extra spending on defence, with a balanced budget...half of the electorate is suspicious of President Ronald Reagan.

    The next four years should determine if those suspicions are justified, or did we elect the right man?
    A.P.
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    Texas Rangers at Montreal Expos
    October 26, 1980

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Bob Welch takes the mound for the Expos.
    Alan Bannister singled to left field. <--1>
    The Rangers put on the hit and run.
    Glenn Burke struck out. <--1>
    Alan Bannister stole second. <-2->
    Al Cowens struck out. <-2->
    Mike Cubbage singled down the left field line, scoring a run. <--1>
    Jim Sundberg grounded to the pitcher. <--1>
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, Texas leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Glen Cook takes the mound for the Rangers.
    Joe Strain singled through the left side. <--1>
    The Expos put on the hit and run.
    Larry Fritz grounded to second. <-2->
    Chet Lemon struck out. <-2->
    Andre Dawson lined out to left. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the first, Montreal trails 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Ben Oglivie grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Don Castle flied out to right. <--->
    Jim Mason grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, Texas leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Steve Ontiveros singled up the middle. <--1>
    Steve Ontiveros went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Chris Speier grounded to the third baseman. <-2->
    Curt Blefary grounded to the pitcher. <3-->
    Barry Foote struck out. <3-->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the second, Montreal trails 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Glen Cook popped up to second. <--->
    Alan Bannister lined out to first. <--->
    Glenn Burke grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, Texas leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Bob Welch lined out to short. <--->
    Joe Strain struck out. <--->
    Larry Fritz grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the third, Montreal trails 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Al Cowens struck out. <--->
    Mike Cubbage popped up to first. <--->
    Jim Sundberg flied out to center field. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, Texas leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Chet Lemon flied out to right. <--->
    Andre Dawson singled through the left side. <--1>
    The Expos put on the hit and run.
    Steve Ontiveros grounded to third. <-2->
    Chris Speier struck out. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, Montreal trails 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Ben Oglivie flied out to right. <--->
    Don Castle grounded to short. <--->
    Jim Mason grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, Texas leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Curt Blefary popped up foul down the first base line. <--->
    Barry Foote popped up to the shortstop. <--->
    Bob Welch struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, Montreal trails 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Glen Cook struck out. <--->
    Alan Bannister grounded to third. <--->
    Glenn Burke grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, Texas leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Joe Strain struck out. <--->
    Larry Fritz struck out. <--->
    Chet Lemon struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, Montreal trails 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Al Cowens struck out. <--->
    Mike Cubbage popped up to short. <--->
    Jim Sundberg singled through the left side. <--1>
    Ben Oglivie lined out to center. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, Texas leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Andre Dawson struck out. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros grounded to second. <--->
    Chris Speier struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, Montreal trails 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Don Castle singled to center. <--1>
    Jim Mason laid down a sacrifice bunt to the third baseman. <-2->
    Glen Cook struck out. <-2->
    Alan Bannister grounded to second. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, Texas leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Ron Roenicke came in to play Left Field. <--->
    Curt Blefary grounded to first base. <--->
    Barry Foote flied out to right. <--->
    The Rangers guarded the lines.
    Gary Roenicke pinch hit for Bob Welch. <--->
    Gary Roenicke grounded to second. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, Montreal trails 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Steve Senteney now pitching for the Expos. <--->
    Glenn Burke grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
    Al Cowens struck out. <--->
    Mike Cubbage grounded to first. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, Texas leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Joe Strain flied out to right field. <--->
    Larry Fritz struck out. <--->
    Chet Lemon doubled down the third base line. <-2->
    Andre Dawson was intentionally walked. <-21>
    Steve Ontiveros singled to center, scoring a run. <3-1>
    Chris Speier singled to center field, scoring a run. <-21>

    EXPOS WIN: 2-1
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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

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

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    1980 World Series - Game 4
    
    Texas Rangers at Montreal Expos
    October 26, 1980
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
           Rangers (TEX) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    1  4  0
             Expos (MON) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2    2  6  0
    
    TEXAS                        ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Alan Bannister (2B)           4  1  0  1  0  0  0  1    .283
    Glenn Burke (CF)              4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .348
    Al Cowens (RF)                4  0  0  0  0  0  4  0    .356
    Mike Cubbage (3B)             4  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .250
    Jim Sundberg (C)              3  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .231
    Ben Oglivie (LF)              3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .289
     Ron Roenicke (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    Don Castle (1B)               3  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .333
    Jim Mason (SS)                2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .237
    Glen Cook (P)                 3  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .000
    TOTALS                       30  4  0  1  0  1  7  1
    
    
                       TEXAS   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                   Glen Cook  8.2  6  1  0  2  2 11 127   3.07
                      TOTALS  8.2  6  1  0  2  2 11 127
    
    MONTREAL                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Joe Strain (2B)               4  1  0  0  0  0  2  0    .220
    Larry Fritz (1B)              4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .250
    Chet Lemon (CF)               4  1  0  1  0  0  2  0    .220
    Andre Dawson (RF)             3  1  1  1  0  0  1  0    .378
    Steve Ontiveros (3B)          4  2  0  0  0  1  0  0    .289
    Chris Speier (SS)             4  1  0  0  0  1  2  0    .262
    Curt Blefary (LF)             3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .184
    Barry Foote (C)               3  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .079
    Bob Welch (P)                 2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .000
     Gary Roenicke (P)            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .222
     Steve Senteney (P)           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       32  6  1  2  0  2 11  0
    
       2B:  Steve Ontiveros, Chet Lemon
    
                    MONTREAL   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                   Bob Welch  8.0  4  0  0  1  1  6 106   2.61
              Steve Senteney  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  1  13   2.57
                      TOTALS  9.0  4  0  0  1  1  7 119
    
         WP: Steve Senteney (2-0)
         LP: Glen Cook (2-2)
    
         Temperature: 71F
         Wind: None (Domed Stadium)
         Attendance: 50,000
         Time: 2:35
    
    Texas Rangers lead the World Series 3-1.
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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

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

    Valentine's New Year's Eve

    During 1980, Tom Howard made a point of bringing his skiffle group back to Winnipeg every Monday from wherever they had been entertaining at the weekend, this being possible because the Red River Rockers ranged no further away than Western Quebec, nor beyond the Western border of
    their own Manitoban province.

    Because of Tom's insistence on this routine, to ensure that the group didn't get tired or stale, by being away from home, indefinitely, Valentine and Evelyn who both aspired to ballroom dancing, found that they were able to avail themselves of learning the art at Vincent Marsden's School of Dancing at Main and Portage, regularly, of a Monday evening.

    This year-long tutelage under the group direction of the middle-aged but ever elegant Vincent, and his lovely partner, Rose, the young couple found, was paying off handsomely - despite their heavy investment, for Marsden did not charge mere peanuts for his expert tuition - both in their "Getting around the floor", and in their personal relationship.

    Valentine, with his innate sense of rhythm, proved to be a smooth exponent of every dance from the Arabesque to the Zulu Jungle Trot, whilst Evelyn found herself drawn to the masculinity displayed in his dancing by this young man, whom heretofore, she had rather regarded as a bit of a dweeb.

    During the passionate beat of the Tango, especially, she felt that her partner was so dominant that he was about to leap on her bones, she, in her turn, not certain whether she would try to repel or welcome such a boarding.

    Thus, throughout the year, the two found themselves drawing closer together, Val seemingly less distracted by his music, his politics, his yearning to be a baseball scout, and focusing more on her. She, who had always admired his looks, his brain and his energy, now began to like him more, because he so obviously liked her. Her goal was always to marry, and have children with a superior male, and although she was still in her early twenties, she was beginning to wonder if she would find a Mr Right. Val was the closest man so far, but how much did he want a wife at all, let alone her, with whom he sparred so constantly, she no sufferer of the occasional nonsense that intellectuals such as he spouted?

    She was to learn the answer at the New Year's Eve Ball that Marsden staged at the school every year; after a wonderful evening, in which they had clung together, dance after dance, he talking incessantly, but interestingly, as he led, dynamically, she content to drift in his arms, as they glided around to the strains of the last dance of the evening just before midnight, the "Betrothal Waltz". he popped the question

    "Will you marry me?", he whispered , during a neat pirouette.

    She looked into his eyes, believing that she discerned a lustful gleam.

    "You know darn well I will" was her reply.
    "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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