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

    Augie's happy holiday

    Augustus Conway lost little time in getting over to England to connect, after their long separation, with his son, Winston. As he promised his father, Dan, still the President of the vast Conway Corporation of which Augie, himself was the C.E.O., all the corporate ducks and charities were lined up, tidily in a row, mainly by a few telephone calls to various competent and diligent heads of departments throughout the organization. Using the same gift of prescience that brought Dan Conway basball glory, that mogul had chosen well, before he retired, those who would best serve his Conway Corporation.

    His responsibilities discharged, Augie flew to Charborough, in Gloucestershire, to confront the headmaster of his son's boarding school, Mr Reynold Hawkins.

    "As the boy's father, I have every right to see him..." Insisted Augie, in his best hectoring manner, learned from his father "... Never mind what some half-baked court in Canada decreed, we're all in England, now, where the law states that what is best for a child, should be the criterion of who should have custody of him...hardly a mother who abandoned Winston and his sister, right?... Nor should it be a tyrannical Nanny, uh-huh? ....Or an impersonable boarding school which isolates a boy from his natural family, a school where he is subject to bullying, homesickness, and various other deprivations, okay?"

    Mr Hawkins, ever aware of his school's shaky finances, blanched and swallowed at the prospect of going to court and hiring lawyers to plead his shaky case for retaining the boy, Winston Conway, at the behest of his grandmother, Lynn Howard, who could'nt pay him enough to go against the might of Dan Conway's financial empire.

    The headmaster lost no time in signing over custody of the boy to his natural father, who then whisked an overjoyed Winston to the Sacred Heart orphanage in London, one of the Conway's numerous charities, where young Conway would be well looked after by the kindly nuns, while Augie set about preparing a permanent domicile in England (Where, he, himself was born, after all), for himself, his son, and that son's twin sister, Winifred, whom Dan Conway had assured him by cablegram, was well on her way over the Atlantic to complete the family of Augustus Conway in the New Year.
    (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)

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    Dan's Yuletide Caper

    Early December 1980

    Her charge, Winifred Conway, being at school, and her employers Lynn and Tom Howard being away at a board meeting, and Red River Rovers gig, respectively, Violet Squirrel was alone at a late breakfast when Anne Harris, who acted as Lynn's secretary while she was away, came in with the bad news.

    "Dan Conway sent us his usual Christmas card..." she began, in a doleful tone that made Violet look up.

    "And...?" queried she.

    "He only wants to come celebrate Christmas and the New Year with us, this year"

    "I thought he didn't like Canada..." remarked Miss Squirrel as she buttered a muffin.

    "No, mainly the winters that we get...he's fine with the people"

    "If he doesn't like our weather ..." observed Violet through a mouthful of muffin, a habit she had discontinued in young Winnie "...he's picked a fine time to experience it...Winnipeg in midwinter"

    "That's what's so worrying..." Anne pointed out "...he must be up to something; he's never before expressed a wish to stay with us whatever the weather"

    "Well, what could he do to alarm us, Anne...?" Violet raised an eyebrow "...I'm told that he still loves his ex-wife, and is great friends with her hubby"

    "I know, but we're vulnerable on this separation thing with Augie, Dan's boy..." explained Anne "...We're trying to deny access to anyone sympathetic to Augie's cause, lest they try to do something about it"

    "Well it's difficult to see what Dan could do, for all his money..." said Violet, reaching for another bran muffin "... Winnie is safe, here with us, Winston, securely out of the way in England. If Dan tried to do anything to bring the three back together, the law would be on him, like a ton of bricks. I see no problem...I shall recommend that Lynn go ahead, and invite him up...personally, I'm dying to meet this Dan Conway...I watch his "Company Town" every day...the man's s genius"
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    The "genius" was duly invited up by Lynn, on Miss Squirrel's recommendation, and all went well, at first, Dan renewing genial acquaintance with his ex-wife Lynn, and new best friend, Tom, as well as the gifted son, Valentine, of Joe Mercier whom he still hadn't revealed to Valentine, that his father yet lived, the former Viet-nam prisoner, rehabilitating in one of Dan's nursing homes.

    Dan was also greatly taken with his grandchild, Winifred, whom he hadn't seen since she was a baby in the arms of her natural mother, Lee, the divorced wife of his son, Augie. Conway was mightily impressed with the twelve-year-old's maturity and intelligence, and they had many a quiet chat, together, over the Holiday, whilst the others were watching television, playing Canasta, or were talking among themselves.

    Winnie, now far from Miss Squirrel's intrusive ear, poured out to her grandfather, Dan, her longing to see both her twin,and her father again, but was resigned to the probability that this wouldn't happen until she, herself, came of age. Having confirmed his own conviction that Winifred hated the situation that she was currently in, Dan Conway finally made his move.

    On January 7th, the day that Dan was due to return to America, Tom knocked urgently on his guest-room door to ask if he knew aught of Winifred's sudden disappearance, to find that Dan, himself, had packed up and left during the night...probably with the missing girl.
    (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)

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    Texas Rangers at Montreal Expos
    October 27, 1980

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Lynn McGlothen takes the mound for the Expos.
    Alan Bannister singled to left. <--1>
    The Rangers put on the hit and run.
    Glenn Burke grounded to third. <-2->
    Al Cowens grounded to first. <3-->
    Mike Cubbage grounded to second. <3-->
    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
    Don Kainer takes the mound for the Rangers.
    Joe Strain singled through the hole. <--1>
    The Expos put on the hit and run.
    Larry Fritz doubled in the left field gap, scoring a run. <-2->
    Larry Fritz went for an extra base and reached third. <3-->
    Chet Lemon grounded back to the pitcher, scoring a run. <--->
    Andre Dawson flied out to left. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros grounded to short. <--->
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the first, Montreal leads 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Jim Sundberg singled back through the middle. <--1>
    Ben Oglivie grounded to second for a double play (4-6-1). <--->
    Don Castle grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, Texas trails 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Chris Speier popped up to the third baseman. <--->
    Curt Blefary flied out to center field. <--->
    Barry Foote walked. <--1>
    Lynn McGlothen grounded to second. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the second, Montreal leads 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Jim Mason struck out. <--->
    Don Kainer walked. <--1>
    Alan Bannister walked. <-21>
    Glenn Burke reached first on a fielding error by the shortstop. <321>
    Al Cowens walked, scoring a run. <321>
    Mike Cubbage singled through the right side for two RBIs. <3-1>
    Jim Sundberg grounded to the shortstop for a double play (6-4-3). <3-->
    3 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, Texas leads 3 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Joe Strain tripled down the left field line. <3-->
    Larry Fritz popped up to second. <3-->
    Chet Lemon singled to center field, scoring a run. <--1>
    Chet Lemon went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Andre Dawson doubled down the right field line, scoring a run. <-2->
    Steve Ontiveros flied out to right. <-2->
    Andre Dawson tagged up and reached third. <3-->
    Chris Speier struck out. <3-->
    2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the third, Montreal leads 4 to 3.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Ben Oglivie grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Don Castle singled through the left side. <--1>
    Don Castle went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Jim Mason grounded to first base. <3-->
    Don Kainer struck out. <3-->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, Texas trails 4 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Curt Blefary tripled to center field. <3-->
    Curt Blefary went for an extra base and reached home, scoring a run. <--->
    Barry Foote singled to center field. <--1>
    Barry Foote went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Gary Lavelle now pitching for the Rangers. <-2->
    Lynn McGlothen struck out. <-2->
    Joe Strain singled to right. <3-1>
    Larry Fritz grounded to short, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
    Chet Lemon singled back through the middle, scoring a run. <-21>
    Andre Dawson singled up the middle, scoring a run. <-21>
    Chet Lemon went for an extra base and reached third. <3-1>
    Dickie Noles now pitching for the Rangers. <3-1>
    Steve Ontiveros grounded to third. <3-->
    3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, Montreal leads 7 to 3.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Alan Bannister walked. <--1>
    Glenn Burke reached first on a fielding error by the second baseman. <-21>
    Al Cowens struck out. <-21>
    Mike Cubbage singled to left, scoring a run. <-21>
    Jim Sundberg lined out to the third baseman. <-21>
    Ben Oglivie struck out. <-21>
    1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, Texas trails 7 to 4.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Chris Speier struck out. <--->
    Curt Blefary popped up to the second baseman. <--->
    Barry Foote grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, Montreal leads 7 to 4.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Don Castle singled to right. <--1>
    Jim Mason singled back through the middle. <-21>
    Bill Atkinson now pitching for the Expos. <-21>
    Dickie Noles laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <32->
    Alan Bannister grounded to the second baseman. <32->
    Glenn Burke singled to center field for two RBIs. <--1>
    Glenn Burke went for an extra base and was thrown out at second. <--->
    2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, Texas trails 7 to 6.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Bill Atkinson singled down the left field line. <--1>
    Joe Strain struck out. <--1>
    Bill Atkinson was caught stealing second. <--->
    Larry Fritz struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, Montreal leads 7 to 6.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Al Cowens flied out to center. <--->
    Mike Cubbage struck out. <--->
    Jim Sundberg struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, Texas trails 7 to 6.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Chet Lemon struck out. <--->
    Andre Dawson flied out to center. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros homered over the left field fence. <--->
    Chris Speier reached first on a fielding error by the pitcher. <--1>
    Chris Speier was caught stealing second. <--->
    1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, Montreal leads 8 to 6.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Steve Senteney now pitching for the Expos. <--->
    Ben Oglivie singled through the left side. <--1>
    Don Castle reached first on a throwing error by the catcher. <3-1>
    Jim Mason walked. <321>
    Greg Pryor pinch hit for Dickie Noles. <321>
    Greg Pryor singled up the middle, scoring a run. <321>
    Alan Bannister popped up to the third baseman in foul ground. <321>
    Steve Senteney threw a wild pitch - a run scored. <32->
    Glenn Burke singled to left for two RBIs. <--1>
    Al Cowens grounded to second, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
    Al Cowens stole second. <-2->
    Mike Cubbage walked. <-21>
    Jim Sundberg flied out to left. <-21>
    4 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, Texas leads 10 to 8.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Dave Smith now pitching for the Rangers. <--->
    Curt Blefary struck out. <--->
    Barry Foote flied out to right. <--->
    Gary Roenicke pinch hit for Steve Senteney. <--->
    Gary Roenicke grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, Montreal trails 10 to 8.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Balor Moore now pitching for the Expos. <--->
    Ben Oglivie grounded to short. <--->
    Don Castle grounded to short. <--->
    Jim Mason struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, Texas leads 10 to 8.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Joe Strain singled up the middle. <--1>
    Joe Strain went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Larry Fritz struck out. <-2->
    Chet Lemon grounded back to the pitcher. <3-->
    Andre Dawson was intentionally walked. <3-1>
    Steve Ontiveros walked. <321>
    Chris Speier grounded to second. <321>

    RANGERS WIN: 10-8
    "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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    1980 World Series - Game 5
    
    Texas Rangers at Montreal Expos
    October 27, 1980
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
           Rangers (TEX) 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 4 0   10 11  1
             Expos (MON) 2 0 2 3 0 0 1 0 0    8 13  3
    
    TEXAS                        ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Alan Bannister (2B)           3  1  2  2  0  0  0  0    .286
    Glenn Burke (CF)              5  2  0  1  0  4  0  0    .353
    Al Cowens (RF)                4  0  1  0  0  1  1  1    .327
    Mike Cubbage (3B)             4  2  1  0  0  3  1  0    .271
    Jim Sundberg (C)              5  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .227
    Ben Oglivie (LF)              5  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .279
    Don Castle (1B)               5  2  0  2  0  0  0  0    .340
    Jim Mason (SS)                4  1  1  2  0  0  2  0    .238
    Don Kainer (P)                1  0  1  1  0  0  1  0    .000
     Gary Lavelle (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Dickie Noles (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Greg Pryor (P)               1  1  0  1  0  1  0  0   1.000
     Dave Smith (P)               0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       37 11  6 10  0  9  7  1
    
       2B:  Don Castle
       GDP:  Jim Sundberg, Ben Oglivie
    
       DP:  Jim Sundberg
    
                       TEXAS   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                  Don Kainer  3.0  7  1  1  6  6  1  67   4.15
                Gary Lavelle  0.2  3  0  0  1  1  1  16   7.71
                Dickie Noles  3.1  2  0  1  1  1  4  40   5.87
                  Dave Smith  2.0  1  2  0  0  0  2  32   0.00
                      TOTALS  9.0 13  3  2  8  8  8 155
    
    MONTREAL                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Joe Strain (2B)               5  4  0  2  0  0  1  0    .283
    Larry Fritz (1B)              5  1  0  2  0  1  2  0    .244
    Chet Lemon (CF)               5  2  0  1  0  3  1  0    .239
    Andre Dawson (RF)             4  2  1  0  0  2  0  0    .390
    Steve Ontiveros (3B)          4  1  1  1  1  1  0  0    .286
    Chris Speier (SS)             5  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .234
    Curt Blefary (LF)             4  1  0  1  1  1  1  0    .190
    Barry Foote (C)               3  1  1  1  0  0  0  0    .098
    Lynn McGlothen (P)            2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .000
     Bill Atkinson (P)            1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0   1.000
     Steve Senteney (P)           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Gary Roenicke (P)            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .200
     Balor Moore (P)              0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       39 13  3  8  2  8  8  0
    
       2B:  Barry Foote, Joe Strain, Andre Dawson, Chet Lemon
       3B:  Larry Fritz, Joe Strain
       HR:  Steve Ontiveros, Curt Blefary
       CS:  Chris Speier, Bill Atkinson
    
       DP:  Larry Fritz, Joe Strain 2, Chris Speier 2
       E:  Barry Foote, Joe Strain, Chris Speier
    
                    MONTREAL   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
              Lynn McGlothen  5.0  7  4  0  6  5  4 110  11.00
               Bill Atkinson  2.0  1  0  0  0  0  2  25   0.00
              Steve Senteney  1.0  3  2  0  4  3  0  32   5.63
                 Balor Moore  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  1  11   0.00
                      TOTALS  9.0 11  6  0 10  8  7 178
    
         WP: Dickie Noles (1-0)
         LP: Steve Senteney (2-1)
         SV: Dave Smith (4)
    
         Temperature: 62F
         Wind: None (Domed Stadium)
         Attendance: 50,000
         Time: 3:33
    
    
    Texas Rangers win the 1980 World Series 4 games to 1
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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

    The London "Daily Mirror"

    January 31st 1981

    Milestones of the month

    by Chatty Cathy

    The New Year began with great news for Americans (with cheers from the sidelines by us allied Brits). The fifty-two Iranian hostages are now free.
    US Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher on behalf of the Carter administration, negotiated a settlement in which Iran released the American hostages held during the past 14 months, while, in return, the US is to end trade sanctions and its freeze on Iranian assets.In other words, the Iranians gained exactly nothing from their inhumanity, save the scorn of the free world.

    Ronald Reagan as a former movie actor, must have been used to having his scenes stolen from him by a more spectacular performance by other members of the cast, but he could not expect his big scene of inauguration as President to be overshadowed by the blowing up of yet another scandal involving the dysfunctional Conway family of America (and Canada, and Britain, those Conways are everywhere, it seems). Dan Conway, the patriarch of the clan, and his son, Augustus, are declared, by the Mounties, to be "Persons of interest" in the case of another missing Conway, twelve-year-old Winifred, who is a ward of ex-Mrs Conway, the renowned t.v. producer and journalist, Lynn Howard. Still with me, People?

    This sounds like a reprise of the scandal of 1949, when Dan was accused of kidnapping his own daughter "Gussie" Conway from a school in Britain. It all blew over, as this hoop-la will, you bet, for today's billionaire who was a mere multi-millionaire at the time. Money talks, People.

    President Reagan did get in a few shots at his predecessor, as well as his present adversary, Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev, promising Americans better times than they had under the Carter administration, and accusing the Soviets of reserving " ...unto themselves the right to commit any crime, to lie, to cheat ..."(Sounds rather like those Conways, don't it?)

    The prospect of a new President, apart from the Iranian charade, it is believed, also prompted the rebel force called the FMLN, in El Salvador, to begin a military offensive which, in fact, didn't cause the downfall of the American -backed government that the Marxist FMLN had hoped.

    That new presidency might also have influenced the South Koreans to commute the death penalty against against pro-democracy leader Kim Dae Jung to life imprisonment, and China, likewise against Mao's widow, Jiang Qing, and nine others. They are sentenced to indefinitely long prison terms... Some justice!

    On the other hand, Poland seems to be coming round to Democracy. Lech Walesa, leader of the Solidarity movement in Poland, won Saturdays off for Poland's workers. The country had better be careful what they ask for though. Long, long ago, we Brits wished for trade unions too...now we've got 'em...and they've taken over our Britain, now.
    -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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    The Associated Press

    January 21st 1981

    Carter's triumph and tragedy

    by our political staff

    By 7 a.m. yesterday morning, when Jimmy Carter phoned the President -elect Ronald Reagan, the outgoing incumbent in the Oval Office had not slept for forty-eight hours of overseeing the attempts to free the Iran hostages, personally supervising intricate negotiations with diplomats and bankers of the two bargaining sovereigntys , the United States and Iran.

    By the time that Carter phoned, it seemed a done deal, with all trade sanctions against Iran lifted, and $12 billion of Iranian assets seized by America, released to their owners, in return for the hostages now being ready to fly from Tehran airport out of Iran; but the President had to call again, a couple of hours later,the Iranians playing hardball to the last, obviously hoping to delay the actual release until the new American President was inaugurated at noon, denying Jimmy Carter the nominal credit for such release.

    To his credit, Ronald Reagan, himself, wanted his erstwhile opponent to be recognized as the hostages' saviour, although the former actor had done his bit by trumpeting, during his election campaign, how tough he was going to be as President, if the Iranians persisted on holding onto their 52 Americans, so the new President invited Carter to go meet the rescuing planes when they landed at the U.S. Base in West Germany to greet the freed Americans when they finally arrived.

    Carter, although very tired, immediately agreed , then the two men, separately, prepared for both the noon Presidential inauguration ceremony and the news from Tehran, the former President, Carter, receiving a metaphorical slap in the face when phoning an aide who knew the score, to ask if the hostages were out of Iran, yet, and was told "I'm sorry,sir,but you are no longer authorized to receive that information", but it was not until the Algerian airliner took off half an hour into his official presidency, that Ronald Reagan was able to toast "With thanks to Almighty God..." our compatriots are now free.

    Then as President Reagan proceeded to the White House, the man who had engineered the safe return of the hostages, Jimmy Carter, was heading back to his native Georgia, a forgotten man.
    A.P.
    "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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    Rongar writes: As the library is closed over the Easter Holiday, I'm posting three items today, and three more on both Tuesday and Wednesday
    *************************************************************************
    Dan's Yuletide caper (Continued)


    Council of war January 6th 1981

    The Howards gathered together with Valentine's fiancee, Evelyn Hanby, Anne Harris, and Violet Squirrel at the house in Winnipeg to discuss the apparent abduction of Winifred Conway by her Grandfather, Dan.

    VI: (Excited) Let's see...barely nine -thirty, now...they'll still be in flight to England...that's where they're bound, for sure...we can get the authorities to force the 'plane back.

    Val: Nonsense!

    Lynn: (Sharply) That'll do, Val...let's all be calm and mannerly here...as a matter of fact, Vi, Dan landed in England about half-an -hour ago; as soon as he got to a phone he assured me that Winifred was safe.

    Anne: That all...? No other details?

    Tom: (Chuckling) I say, he could hardly confess that he'd kidnapped the lass, could he?

    Vi: Well, that's what he's done ...and that's what he'll be extradited and arrested for!

    Lynn: Now let's not get too dramatic about this, Vi. Whatever we may think of the situation here, we have two good people who believe that they are doing the right thing.

    VI: (Vehement) Stuff and nonsense! It's a criminal act and the man should go to prison.

    Tom: Hey, hey, woman. simmer down there!...that's my wife, and your employer, you're talking to.

    Vi: You won't shut me up...I know you're all against me, wanting to shield the mighty Dan Conway and all his money.

    ValContemptuous) Don't judge us by your standards, Missus

    Lynn: Val! ....Remember your manners, please...and have a little forbearance...Vi is understandably upset that the little girl that she's cared for so long has gone.

    Eve: What do we know for sure? They must have left after two a.m this morning...Val and I were...talking down here until then...and please don't glare, Miss Squirrel, we do sleep in separate rooms, here, y' know.

    Val: Our love-life's none of her business anyway.

    Lynn: So they must have planned this, all the time that Dan was here...and I thought that they were merely bonding, after he hadn't seen her since she was a baby.

    Anne: How long will they imprison Mr Conway for kidnapping?

    Vi: Years and years, I hope...and that father of Winnie's, too...I'll warrant that he's mixed up in this.

    Tom: That's foolish talk from both of you...this is a natural father trying to retrieve his own child who was abandoned by his mother

    Val: Say, Dad, Uncle Augie has appealed the judgement that gave custody to that Lee woman...what happened to that?

    Tom: The case is in limbo...Lee has gone into hiding apparently, and can't be sworn as a witness, but as a lawyer, myself, I'll lay odds that
    Augie will win custody, ultimately. His case is overwhelming.

    Vi: Not if he's in prison, it's not...and I'm going to put him there...and don't you realize?...I don't want this, but you lot will all be in trouble as accessories.

    Anne: Hey, don't include me, Vi...I'm on your side...I'll be your witness if you want.

    LynnIncensed) You miserable women! Both of you ...there's an excuse for Vi - she's a chronic neurotic...you, Anne, are an ingrate...after all that Dan's done for you through the years...if you weren't such an invalid, I'd tell you to pack your bags, along with Vi here.(Turns to Miss Squirrel) I'll write you a cheque for the past week, and the next time that I see you will be in court. This family sticks together!
    "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,
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    St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres
    Februry 24, 1981

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Clive Revill takes the mound for the Padres.
    Frank Taveras singled to left. <--1>
    The Cardinals put on the hit and run.
    Frank Taveras was caught stealing second. <--->
    Dave Machemer grounded to short. <--->
    Champ Summers grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Jim Hughes takes the mound for the Cardinals.
    Willie Randolph grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Larry Whisenton struck out. <--->
    Pat Spratt doubled down the left field line. <-2->
    Tom Chism walked. <-21>
    Ray Knight singled to center, scoring a run. <3-1>
    Paddy Moira grounded to short. <3-1>
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the first, San Diego leads 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Ted Simmons struck out. <--->
    Mike Ivie grounded to short. <--->
    Terry Crowley struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, St. Louis trails 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Steve Yeager was hit by a pitch. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Steve Yeager was caught stealing second. <--->
    Bucky Dent walked. <--1>
    Clive Revill laid down a sacrifice bunt to first. <-2->
    Willie Randolph doubled down the left field line, scoring a run. <-2->
    Larry Whisenton doubled into the left field corner, scoring a run. <-2->
    Larry Whisenton went for an extra base and was thrown out at third. <--->
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the second, San Diego leads 3 to 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Toby Harrah grounded to first. <--->
    Amos Otis singled to left. <--1>
    Jim Hughes laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <-2->
    Frank Taveras flied out to left. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, St. Louis trails 3 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Pat Spratt struck out. <--->
    Tom Chism singled through the left side. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Ray Knight grounded to first. <-2->
    Paddy Moira doubled down the right field line, scoring a run. <-2->
    Paddy Moira went for an extra base and reached third. <3-->
    Steve Yeager singled to right, scoring a run. <--1>
    Dave Righetti now pitching for the Cardinals. <--1>
    Bucky Dent singled into the right field corner, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Clive Revill struck out. <3-1>
    2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the third, San Diego leads 5 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Dave Machemer grounded to first base. <--->
    Champ Summers singled to left. <--1>
    Ted Simmons grounded to third for a double play (5-4-3). <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, St. Louis trails 5 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Willie Randolph lined out to the second baseman. <--->
    Larry Whisenton grounded to first base. <--->
    Pat Spratt popped up to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, San Diego leads 5 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Mike Ivie struck out. <--->
    Terry Crowley popped up to second. <--->
    Toby Harrah grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, St. Louis trails 5 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Tom Chism struck out. <--->
    Ray Knight popped up to second. <--->
    Paddy Moira walked. <--1>
    Dave Righetti threw a wild pitch. <-2->
    Steve Yeager grounded to short. <-2->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, San Diego leads 5 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Amos Otis walked. <--1>
    Steve Yeager allowed a passed ball. <-2->
    Dave Righetti walked. <-21>
    Frank Taveras grounded to the second baseman, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
    Dave Machemer grounded to second, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
    Champ Summers grounded to short. <3-1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, St. Louis trails 5 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Bucky Dent singled to left field. <--1>
    Clive Revill struck out. <--1>
    Willie Randolph flied out to left field. <--1>
    Larry Whisenton flied out to left field. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, San Diego leads 5 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Ted Simmons grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Mike Ivie grounded to first. <--->
    Terry Crowley struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, St. Louis trails 5 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Pat Spratt walked. <--1>
    Tom Chism singled to short left-center. <-21>
    Ray Knight flied out to right. <-21>
    Paddy Moira singled to center, scoring a run. <3-1>
    Bill Atkinson now pitching for the Cardinals. <3-1>
    Steve Yeager singled through the hole, scoring a run. <-21>
    Bucky Dent singled into right field. <321>
    Clive Revill grounded to second for a double play (4-6-3). <32->
    2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, San Diego leads 7 to 0.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Toby Harrah grounded to short. <--->
    Amos Otis lined out to left field. <--->
    Cleon Jones pinch hit for Bill Atkinson. <--->
    Cleon Jones singled to left. <--1>
    Frank Taveras singled up the middle. <-21>
    Dave Machemer grounded to third. <-2->
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, St. Louis trails 7 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Tony Fossas now pitching for the Cardinals. <--->
    Willie Randolph walked. <--1>
    Larry Whisenton flied out to left field. <--1>
    Pat Spratt reached first on a fielding error by the shortstop. <-21>
    Tom Chism popped up to first. <-21>
    Ray Knight grounded to short. <-21>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, San Diego leads 7 to 0.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Champ Summers homered over the left field fence. <--->
    Ted Simmons lined out to first. <--->
    Mike Ivie doubled to deep right field. <-2->
    Mike Ivie advanced on the error by Pat Spratt. <3-->
    Terry Crowley grounded to third. <3-->
    Toby Harrah singled through the left side, scoring a run. <--1>
    Amos Otis singled to right. <-21>
    Craig Skok now pitching for the Padres. <-21>
    Stan Papi pinch hit for Tony Fossas. <-21>
    Stan Papi grounded to second. <-21>

    PADRES WIN: 7-2
    "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"

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    Code:
    Spring Training game
    
    St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres
    February 24, 1981
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
         Cardinals (STL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2    2  9  1
            Padres (SDP) 1 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 x    7 13  1
    
    ST. LOUIS                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Frank Taveras (SS)            4  2  0  0  0  0  0  0    .500
    Dave Machemer (2B)            4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    Champ Summers (LF)            4  2  0  1  1  1  0  0    .500
    Ted Simmons (C)               4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .000
    Mike Ivie (1B)                4  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .250
    Terry Crowley (RF)            4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .000
    Toby Harrah (3B)              4  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .250
    Amos Otis (CF)                3  2  1  0  0  0  0  0    .667
    Jim Hughes (P)                0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Dave Righetti (P)            0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Bill Atkinson (P)            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Cleon Jones (P)              1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0   1.000
     Tony Fossas (P)              0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Stan Papi (P)                1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       33  9  2  2  1  2  4  0
    
       2B:  Mike Ivie (1)
       HR:  Champ Summers (1)
       GDP:  Ted Simmons
       CS:  Frank Taveras
    
       DP:  Mike Ivie, Dave Machemer, Frank Taveras
       E:  Frank Taveras
    
                   ST. LOUIS   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                  Jim Hughes  2.2  7  2  0  5  5  2  63  16.88
               Dave Righetti  3.2  4  2  0  2  2  3  79   4.91
               Bill Atkinson  0.2  2  0  0  0  0  0   7   0.00
                 Tony Fossas  1.0  0  1  0  0  0  0  25   0.00
                      TOTALS  8.0 13  5  0  7  7  5 174
    
    SAN DIEGO                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Willie Randolph (2B)          4  1  1  1  0  1  0  0    .250
    Larry Whisenton (LF)          5  1  0  0  0  1  1  0    .200
    Pat Spratt (RF)               4  1  1  2  0  0  1  0    .250
    Tom Chism (1B)                4  2  1  2  0  0  1  0    .500
    Ray Knight (3B)               5  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .200
    Paddy Moira (CF)              3  2  1  1  0  2  0  0    .667
    Steve Yeager (C)              3  2  0  0  0  2  0  0    .667
    Bucky Dent (SS)               3  3  1  1  0  0  0  0   1.000
    Clive Revill (P)              3  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .000
     Craig Skok (P)               0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       34 13  5  7  0  7  5  0
    
       2B:  Pat Spratt (1), Willie Randolph (1), Larry Whisenton (1)
       3B:  Paddy Moira (1)
       HBP:  Steve Yeager
       GDP:  Clive Revill
       CS:  Steve Yeager
    
       DP:  Willie Randolph, Ray Knight, Tom Chism
       E:  Pat Spratt
    
                   SAN DIEGO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                Clive Revill  8.2  9  2  1  2  2  4 139   2.08
                  Craig Skok  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  0   2   0.00
                      TOTALS  9.0  9  2  1  2  2  4 141
    
         WP: Clive Revill (1-0)
         LP: Jim Hughes (0-1)
    
         Temperature: 69F
         Wind: 9 MPH (in from left)
         Attendance: 5,000
         Time: 3:34
    "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 London "Daily Mirror"

    February 28th 1981

    Milestones of the month

    by Chatty Cathy

    It has been quite a hectic month for the the new President, Ronald Reagan, and the famous Conway family, alike.

    The drama involving the latter clan heightened from an alleged kidnapping to a decidedly convenient - for the Conways - death. For when polce went to interview a Miss Harris, described by Violet Squirrel, the whistle-blower on the Conways, as a key witness to their alleged conspiracy, was found dead of an apparent overdose of her medication.

    No suicide note was found, but police turned up no evidence of foul play, and on the only evidence available, surmised that torn between gratitude to the family which had employed her for so long, and cared for her in her present terminal illness (Miss Harris was a cancer victim), and loyalty to her friend, Violet Squirrel, Miss Harris took her own life.

    This was all very convenient for Dan Conway who, contacted by phone by the police, confirmed his family's combined assertion that his trip to England with his grand-daughter,Winifred, was a long-planned secret agreement among the Conway family to whisk the child from under the oppressive regime of the Nanny, Squirrel, to re-unite with her twin brother, Winston, and her father, Augustus, in England. All very complicated, all highly suspicious.

    Dan Conway, that life-long winner, seems to have scored again.

    Another winner, President Reagan, is also facing complications in his first month, preoccupied as he is with his inaugural vows to reduce taxes and deficits, thus downsizing big government; rebuilding the American military; destroying Communism at home and abroad; restoring America's pride and self respect, was distracted from these mighty endeavours by the situation in El Salvador where, Mr Reagan charged, the Soviets and Cuba both were intervening on the side of the FMLN guerreillas, who weren't getting anywhere, anyway.
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=the+S...Ncvf8gfAm5D4BQ

    He did manage to address a Joint Session of Congress. when he called for cuts in spending, a 30 percent cut in taxes over a period of three years, an increase in defense expenditures, and he promised not to cut Social Security, which is a puzzler, since that, and Medicaid are almost as big a drain on the country's resources as America's defence spending. The top economists are highly dubious of Reagan's planned financial juggling.

    As they are ,indeed, in this country when Margaret Thatcher embarked on her campaign for tight money supply, and reduced government spending, 364 financial experts sent a letter to the London "Times" predicting that her policies would "Deepen the depression,erode the industrial base of our economy,and threaten its social and political stability" They mean that this country ain't already in that sad state?
    -30-
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    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

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

    The "Canadian Chronicle"

    January 7th !981

    Lynn Howard's deposition

    by Al Kirby

    At around noon, yesterday, a group of people affiliated with the family of Mr and Mrs Tom Howard, headed by Lynn Howard, the journalist and television producer, herself, together with lawyer, Mr George Nancollas, called at the Central Winnipeg police station reportedly to refute allegations previously made at the station by a previous visitor, Miss Violet Squirrel, up until yesterday, housekeeper to the Howard domicile, and Nanny to Mrs Howard's ward, twelve-year old Winifred Conway, Mrs Howard's grandchild.

    Miss Squirrel told reporters that she had accused the Howards, and others, of conspiring with Dan Conway, the baseball mogul, and Mrs Howard's former husband, to spirit away the child, probably to England, where Winifred's twin brother, Winston, currently resides.

    Mrs Howard's version of events at a news conference which she called after her visit to the police station, was that the family, had long conferred, in secret, to arrange a visit from little Winnie who was pining for her brother, but the adults had kept the plan from a Nanny who they perceived was growing increasingly unstable, and inordinately possessive of the child. The family feared that if Miss Squirrel learned of the plan, she might harm the child, to forestall such a visit.

    When I asked Mrs Howard, why she did not fire her housekeeper to solve the problem, she replied that, first, she wanted to be sure that Winnie was out of reach of a vengeful Miss Squirrel; she added that once she received a phone call from Mr Conway - she would not disclose from where - she dismissed her housekeeper, who then went to the police, presumably, Mrs Howard theorized, in retaliation for being so dismissed.

    So right now, it looks as if it's the word of one distraught ex-employee - and it must be admitted that Miss Squirrel does not impress, personally, being rather wild of eye, and somewhat incoherent - against a phalanx of solid citizens, besides the celebrity of Mrs Howard, herself, her husband, Tom a lawyer, and manager of the pop group the Red River Rockers, not to mention, presumably, the well known billionaire Presidential aspirant, and philanthropist Dan Conway, himself, but Miss Squirrel, a Bridge enthusiast, it seems, claims that she has a trump card to play, in the form of a witness, Miss Anne Harris, a friend of the Howard family, currently an elderly invalid at the Howard home.

    Miss Squirrel avers that Mis Harris will substantiate her accusation against the Howards; it therefor looks as if there'll be more to report about this case - stay tuned
    -30-
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    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

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    Rongar writes: I'm posting three items today, and three more on both Wednesday and Thursday .
    *************************************************************************
    The "San Diego Clarion"

    January 1st 1981

    Expos expire

    by Al Terego

    Well, as expected, the Montreal Expos went down rather easily against a heavily scoring team which also possessed a better rotation, but at least, the Canadians gave notice that they were on the upswing, and we can expect their young team will mature and strengthen until they may be a match for any team, including our own San Diego Padres, who also can be expected to flourish as long as Dan Conway remains at the helm, and not languishing in the cells as an accused kidnapper (right now, the investigation into his case goes on).

    In the first game , the 'Spoes were overwhelmed by the firepower of designated hitter Glen Burke and right-fielder Al Cowens, whilst starter Glen Cook kept the Montrealers down to seven hits, and left- fielder Ben Ogilvie along with Cowens, again, in game two at Arlington, the main cause of the visitors' second defeat.

    Back in Canada, for game three, the underdog team perked up a bit when "With his foot upon his native heath (mound)" Expos' starter Larry Christenson stifled the Rangers' roar somewhat with his mingy 7- hit performance, but roar the Texans did, to the tune of a 3-1 victory, and a stranglehold upon those World Series rings.

    The Americans' cheers were silenced when, in the fourth game of the Series at the Olympic stadium, when the outstanding Expos outfielder Chet Lemon, combined with third baseman Steve Ontiveros and pitcher Bob Welch, graced the new stadium with their first World Series victory - a 2-1 squeaker.

    But still in Montreal for game five, the 'Spoes, despite outhitting the visitors 13-11, were done in by their own errors, and the quality of the opposition...overall, the Texans were just too good for them...that was this year.

    But just wait till next year, Folks - it might be Montreal Expos versus San Diego Padres...we can dream, can't we?
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    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

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    March 1, 1981

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Chuck Dobson takes the mound for the Cardinals.
    Willie Randolph singled to right. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Willie Randolph stole second. <-2->
    Chuck Dobson threw a wild pitch. <3-->
    Mark Brouhard flied out to right. <3-->
    Willie Randolph tagged up and scored. <--->
    Pat Spratt grounded to second. <--->
    Tom Chism struck out. <--->
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, San Diego leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Craig Mitchell takes the mound for the Padres.
    Frank Taveras hit an infield single to the shortstop. <--1>
    The Cardinals put on the hit and run.
    Frank Taveras stole second. <-2->
    Frank Taveras was caught stealing third. <--->
    Dave Machemer hit an infield single to short. <--1>
    The Cardinals put on the hit and run.
    Champ Summers popped up to second. <--1>
    Ted Simmons grounded to short. <--1>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the first, St. Louis trails 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Ray Knight singled to left. <--1>
    Paddy Moira struck out. <--1>
    Ray Knight stole second. <-2->
    Steve Yeager struck out. <-2->
    Bucky Dent doubled to left, scoring a run. <-2->
    Craig Mitchell flied out to center. <-2->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, San Diego leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Mike Ivie flied out to center. <--->
    Terry Crowley doubled down the right field line. <-2->
    Toby Harrah grounded to first. <3-->
    Amos Otis walked. <3-1>
    Chuck Dobson popped up to the third baseman. <3-1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the second, St. Louis trails 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Willie Randolph lined out to center field. <--->
    Mark Brouhard singled to short right-center. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Pat Spratt singled down the right field line, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Tom Chism singled through the right side, scoring a run. <-21>
    Ray Knight walked. <321>
    Paddy Moira reached second on a throwing error by the shortstop - two runs scored. <32->
    Dave Righetti now pitching for the Cardinals. <32->
    Steve Yeager grounded to first base. <32->
    Bucky Dent flied out to right field. <32->
    3 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, San Diego leads 5 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Frank Taveras struck out. <--->
    Dave Machemer popped up to second. <--->
    Champ Summers singled up the middle. <--1>
    Ted Simmons flied out to center. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the third, St. Louis trails 5 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Craig Mitchell struck out. <--->
    Willie Randolph walked. <--1>
    Mark Brouhard doubled in the left field gap. <32->
    Pat Spratt grounded to the pitcher. <32->
    Tom Chism grounded to third. <32->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, San Diego leads 5 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Mike Ivie grounded to short. <--->
    Terry Crowley struck out. <--->
    Toby Harrah lined out to center. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, St. Louis trails 5 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Ray Knight singled to center. <--1>
    Paddy Moira popped up to second. <--1>
    Steve Yeager grounded to the second baseman for a double play (4-6-3). <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, San Diego leads 5 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Amos Otis grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Dave Righetti grounded to second. <--->
    Frank Taveras singled through the right side. <--1>
    Dave Machemer grounded to the second baseman. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, St. Louis trails 5 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Bucky Dent singled up the middle. <--1>
    Craig Mitchell struck out. <--1>
    Willie Randolph popped up to second. <--1>
    Mark Brouhard singled down the right field line, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Pat Spratt grounded to second. <3-1>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, San Diego leads 5 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Champ Summers tripled to deep center field. <3-->
    Ted Simmons walked. <3-1>
    Mike Ivie singled through the right side, scoring a run. <-21>
    Terry Crowley singled to right. <321>
    Toby Harrah grounded to second, forcing the runner at home. <321>
    Amos Otis flied out to center field. <321>
    Mike Ivie tagged up but was thrown out at home. <-21>
    1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, St. Louis trails 5 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Steve Lawson now pitching for the Cardinals. <--->
    Tom Chism flied out to center. <--->
    Ray Knight grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Paddy Moira flied out to center. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, San Diego leads 5 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Steve Lawson struck out. <--->
    Frank Taveras struck out. <--->
    Dave Machemer struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, St. Louis trails 5 to 1.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Steve Yeager singled to left field. <--1>
    Steve Yeager advanced on the error by Champ Summers. <-2->
    Bucky Dent grounded to second. <3-->
    The Cardinals brought the infield in.
    Garry Templeton pinch hit for Craig Mitchell. <3-->
    Garry Templeton grounded to the third baseman, scoring a run. <--->
    Willie Randolph grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
    1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, San Diego leads 6 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Jay Aldrich now pitching for the Padres. <--->
    Champ Summers flied out to left. <--->
    Ted Simmons popped up foul down the first base line. <--->
    Mike Ivie hit an infield single to short. <--1>
    Terry Crowley grounded to short. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, St. Louis trails 6 to 1.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Mark Brouhard singled to right. <--1>
    Pat Spratt singled to left. <-21>
    Tom Chism popped up to second. <-21>
    Ray Knight tripled to deep center field for two RBIs. <3-->
    Steve Bedrosian now pitching for the Cardinals. <3-->
    Paddy Moira lined out to first. <3-->
    Steve Yeager grounded to the second baseman. <3-->
    2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, San Diego leads 8 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Toby Harrah grounded to short. <--->
    Amos Otis grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Ken Boswell pinch hit for Steve Bedrosian. <--->
    Ken Boswell grounded to third. <--->

    PADRES WIN: 8-1
    "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...

    Code:
    Spring Training game
    
    San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals
    March 1, 1981
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
            Padres (SDP) 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 2    8 14  0
         Cardinals (STL) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0    1  9  2
    
    SAN DIEGO                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Willie Randolph (2B)          4  1  1  1  0  0  0  1    .344
    Mark Brouhard (LF)            4  4  0  2  0  1  0  0    .833
    Pat Spratt (RF)               5  2  0  2  0  0  0  0    .265
    Tom Chism (1B)                5  1  0  1  0  1  1  0    .300
    Ray Knight (3B)               4  3  1  1  0  2  0  1    .375
    Paddy Moira (CF)              5  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .313
    Steve Yeager (C)              5  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .310
    Bucky Dent (SS)               4  2  0  0  0  1  0  0    .407
    Craig Mitchell (P)            3  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .000
     Garry Templeton (P)          1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0    .000
     Jay Aldrich (P)              0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       40 14  2  8  0  6  5  2
    
       2B:  Bucky Dent (1), Mark Brouhard (1)
       3B:  Ray Knight (1)
       GDP:  Steve Yeager
    
       DP:  Steve Yeager, Paddy Moira
    
                   SAN DIEGO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
              Craig Mitchell  7.0  8  2  0  1  1  5 100   1.23
                 Jay Aldrich  2.0  1  0  0  0  0  0  30   9.00
                      TOTALS  9.0  9  2  0  1  1  5 130
    
    ST. LOUIS                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Frank Taveras (SS)            4  2  0  0  0  0  2  1    .235
    Dave Machemer (2B)            4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .242
    Champ Summers (LF)            4  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .323
    Ted Simmons (C)               3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .120
    Mike Ivie (1B)                4  2  0  0  0  1  0  0    .129
    Terry Crowley (RF)            4  2  0  0  0  0  1  0    .300
    Toby Harrah (3B)              4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .222
    Amos Otis (CF)                3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .259
    Chuck Dobson (P)              1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Dave Righetti (P)            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Steve Lawson (P)             1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .000
     Steve Bedrosian (P)          0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Ken Boswell (P)              1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .200
    TOTALS                       34  9  2  1  0  1  5  1
    
       2B:  Terry Crowley (1)
       3B:  Champ Summers (1)
       CS:  Frank Taveras
    
       DP:  Mike Ivie, Dave Machemer, Frank Taveras
       E:  Frank Taveras, Champ Summers
    
                   ST. LOUIS   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                Chuck Dobson  2.1  6  1  0  5  3  3  56   3.86
               Dave Righetti  3.2  4  1  0  0  0  2  64   1.74
                Steve Lawson  2.1  4  0  0  3  3  0  37   6.75
             Steve Bedrosian  0.2  0  0  0  0  0  0   6   0.00
                      TOTALS  9.0 14  2  0  8  6  5 163
    
         WP: Craig Mitchell (2-0)
         LP: Chuck Dobson (0-2)
    
         Temperature: 75F
         Wind: 3 MPH (in from left)
         Attendance: 5,550
         Time: 3:21
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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

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

    The "San Diego Clarion"

    March 1st 1981

    Franchise bloodbath

    by Al Terego

    Dan Conway, apart from his other legal problems, obviously is concerned over a possible reprise of the situation arising from his storied career whith the Philadelphia Phils, where the franchise won everything in sight, and Dan wound up losing a reported (unofficially) forty million bucks, in inflated salaries for his star players.

    Of course, that sum, even if even more humungous than the media's best guesses - Mr Conway, characteristically, never let on - was just a drop in a billionaire's bucket, but the baseball mogul prides himself on his money management, and although he must be content at being crowned baseball manager of the century, his pride in his own financial acumen must have been hurt.

    Now that his expansion team, the San Diego Padres has grown from a ragtag bunch of low-income players, to a galaxy of high-priced stars, their owner is beginning to feel the financial pinch. The team made a profit of a mere measly $10,000 last year, even though it boasted of drawing an average of over 43,000 spectators per home game - the best in the league.

    And that was before few contracts came up for renewal, this year, even the younger stars of the franchise (or rather their agents, aware of the Conway deep pockets) are demanding exorbitant 1 year salaries in arbitration. Those whom Conway didn't summarily release like catcher Charlie Moore, who won a Gold Glove last year, Dan cut them down as much as he could, the arbitrator agreeing with most of his offers, but it can't help the morale of the team to be stiffed by a guy whom they suspect has more money than God.

    And he was short with more than one free agent who left in a huff, including promising reliever, Kent Tekulve, and the brilliant, but light-hitting shortstop, U.L.Washington, who is now with the Detroit Tigers.

    The owner of the Padres did fork out a reputed 2 million dollars cash per each of seven years to keep with the team, Starters Clive Revill, and Jeff Stember, but the general feeling in baseball circles is that unless the Padres pick up another World Series ring pretty soon, Dan Conway, who, in his late Sixties, is supposed to be retired anyway, and has much distraction these days, may pack up and leave, ending a unique career of winning team management.
    -30-
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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

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