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    The "Canadian Chronicle"

    February 27th 1981

    Trudeau out of synch?

    by Lynn Howard

    While Mr Trudeau's present Cabinet colleagues in defence and commerce, are definitely of a conservative hue, our own Prime Minister seems to be turning a little Bolshie pink. He strongly contradicts Ronald Reagan's dictum that "Big government is the problem", the Canadian arguing that Government is needed to correct the excesses of the Right and Left opposing each other, in the country.

    Moreover, in his new Cabinet, he had surrounded himself with comparatively younger radicals, who won most of the arguments with the few conservative types who remained, and above all, Trudeau was greatly influenced by his campaign manager, Senator Keith Davey, who maintained that Liberals did best when they leaned left.

    So our resurrected leader, Pierre, seems out of sorts with the new American President's policy of cutting taxes, building up the military, reducing welfare, and ramping up the Cold War against the Soviet Union, while the English Margaret Thatcher was intent on bringing Britain back to its former glory, and breaking the power of its trades unions.

    All this whilst the Trudeau administration of today seems content to throw money at our social problems, not shrink from raising taxes if necessary, maintaining peace with our own labour force, and detente with the Russians.

    And when it comes to personalities, an intellectual like Trudeau, who could not even get along with an agreeably bland leader like the deposed Jimmy Carter, whom he dismayed (along with a lot of us Canadians) by refusing to join the wheat embargo in protest against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, is hardly likely, in the future politics of this country, to embrace the likes of a middle-class grocer's daughter, or an empty suit of a former B- movie actor.
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    February 14th, A romantic solution

    Qeeenie Conway, no doubt due to her Grandparents' splendid genes was as precocious as any in that family, and, at age eleven, it took the form of a hunger to solve crosswords, anagrams, and other puzzles; in fact, her doting father Jacy, half- ruefully, half- boastfully remarked that a goodly portion of the newspapers and magazines that he ordered from the publishing warehouse, were earmarked for his bright daughter "...To scribble her solutions in"

    But it wasn't until she began attending the after-school club run by Miss Vines, a teacher dedicated to the intellectual development of her pupils, that Queenie encountered the complexities of jigsaw puzzles, which, at first, left her completely cold; she was quite content to jog along, wrestling with the daily " London Times" crossword puzzle, reputed to be almost as tough as that of its New York counterpart, relying on the school library, passing fellow-pupils, or Miss Vines, herself, for answers to general knowledge questions that even the brightest pre-pubescent could not yet know.

    But during one of these after-school sessions, the buzz started going around about this fabulous kid who could complete the 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle, "The Battle of Waterloo" in less than three hours (Not all of it in one after -school session, of course, such programmes consisting of 90 minutes, in order to allow the children to go home early in the evening ).

    Tales of that young pupil's prowess awakened Queenie's natural curiosity, and she resolved to watch this phenomenom in action...she had been too immersed in her own puzzles, hitherto, to observe the work or play of the other kids.

    Joey Chamberlain proved to be a tousle-headed youngster with freckles and a frown, as first he, methodically, formed the frame of an even larger jigsaw. a Biblical "Feeding the Five Thousand", then compiled groups of pieces evidently representing various parts of the puzzle.

    Julie liked the look of him, right away, and suddenly, she became apparently interested in jigsaw puzzles, herself. "Need any help?" she asked as she hovered

    "No thanks..." he started to growl as he shot her a brief distracted glance, which turned into a long searching examination of her obvious feminine charms. Apparently Joey Chamberlain liked the look of her, too, for he forthwith invited her to join him.

    By the end of their hour, together, neither one was at all interested in puzzles, word or jig, but only in the other person.
    "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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    March 3, 1981

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Lynn McGlothen takes the mound for the Expos.
    Willie Randolph doubled into the right field corner. <-2->
    Willie Randolph went for an extra base and reached third. <3-->
    Al Greene struck out. <3-->
    Pat Spratt doubled down the third base line, scoring a run. <-2->
    Tom Chism struck out. <-2->
    Ray Knight singled to right, scoring a run. <--1>
    Paddy Moira walked. <-21>
    Steve Yeager singled to right-center, scoring a run. <3-1>
    Bucky Dent struck out. <3-1>
    3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, San Diego leads 3 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Fred Kuhaulua takes the mound for the Padres.
    Joe Strain struck out. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros singled through the right side. <--1>
    The Expos put on the hit and run.
    Jay Schlueter flied out to right. <--1>
    Chet Lemon singled down the first base line, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Henry Cruz grounded to second. <3-1>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the first, Montreal trails 3 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Fred Kuhaulua grounded to third. <--->
    Willie Randolph grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Al Greene singled to right field. <--1>
    Pat Spratt struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, San Diego leads 3 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Larry Fritz grounded to short. <--->
    Chris Speier struck out. <--->
    Bob Boone grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the second, Montreal trails 3 to 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Tom Chism struck out. <--->
    Ray Knight grounded to short. <--->
    Paddy Moira singled to center. <--1>
    Steve Yeager popped up to the second baseman. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, San Diego leads 3 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Lynn McGlothen struck out. <--->
    Joe Strain was hit by a pitch. <--1>
    The Expos put on the hit and run.
    Steve Ontiveros homered down the right-field line for two RBIs. <--->
    Jay Schlueter singled up the middle. <--1>
    The Expos put on the hit and run.
    Chet Lemon struck out. <--1>
    Henry Cruz walked. <-21>
    Larry Fritz grounded to short. <-21>
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the third, Montreal trails 3 to 2.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Bucky Dent grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Fred Kuhaulua struck out. <--->
    Willie Randolph singled back through the middle. <--1>
    Al Greene struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, San Diego leads 3 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Chris Speier flied out to center field. <--->
    Bob Boone tripled down the right field line. <3-->
    Bob Boone went for an extra base and was thrown out at home. <--->
    Lynn McGlothen grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, Montreal trails 3 to 2.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Pat Spratt walked. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Tom Chism homered over the center field fence for two RBIs. <--->
    Randy St. Claire now pitching for the Expos. <--->
    Ray Knight singled up the middle. <--1>
    Paddy Moira flied out to right. <--1>
    Steve Yeager grounded to the shortstop for a double play (6-4-3). <--->
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, San Diego leads 5 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Joe Strain singled back through the middle. <--1>
    Steve Ontiveros flied out to right. <--1>
    The Expos put on the hit and run.
    Jay Schlueter grounded to short. <-2->
    Chet Lemon was intentionally walked. <-21>
    Henry Cruz doubled down the right field line, scoring a run. <32->
    Larry Fritz was intentionally walked. <321>
    Chris Speier walked, scoring a run. <321>
    Bob Boone walked, scoring a run. <321>
    Craig Skok now pitching for the Padres. <321>
    Pete Mackanin pinch hit for Randy St. Claire. <321>
    Pete Mackanin grounded to short. <321>
    3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, the game is tied at 5.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Bill Campbell now pitching for the Expos. <--->
    Bucky Dent grounded to third. <--->
    The Expos guarded the lines.
    Craig Skok struck out. <--->
    Willie Randolph walked. <--1>
    Al Greene grounded to first base. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, the game is tied at 5.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Joe Strain grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Jay Schlueter singled to right. <--1>
    Chet Lemon grounded to the pitcher. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, the game is tied at 5.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Pat Spratt grounded to short. <--->
    Tom Chism doubled down the third base line. <-2->
    Ray Knight doubled in the left field gap, scoring a run. <-2->
    Paddy Moira struck out. <-2->
    Bill Campbell balked. <3-->
    Steve Yeager grounded to third. <3-->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, San Diego leads 6 to 5.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Dai Boyd came in to play Second Base. <--->
    Mark Brouhard came in to play Left Field. <--->
    Henry Cruz grounded to short. <--->
    Larry Fritz grounded to first. <--->
    Chris Speier grounded to first. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, Montreal trails 6 to 5.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Dan Quisenberry now pitching for the Expos. <--->
    Bucky Dent popped up to the shortstop. <--->
    The Expos guarded the lines.
    Garry Templeton pinch hit for Craig Skok. <--->
    Garry Templeton flied out to center field. <--->
    Dai Boyd singled up the middle. <--1>
    Mark Brouhard singled to center, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Pat Spratt singled through the left side, scoring a run. <-21>
    Paul Gibson now pitching for the Expos. <-21>
    Tom Chism singled down the first base line, scoring a run. <3-1>
    Ray Knight popped up to second. <3-1>
    2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, San Diego leads 8 to 5.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Rusty Gerhardt now pitching for the Padres. <--->
    Bob Boone singled into right field. <--1>
    Jim Cox pinch hit for Paul Gibson. <--1>
    Rusty Gerhardt threw a wild pitch. <-2->
    Jim Cox singled through the right side. <3-1>
    Joe Strain grounded to the second baseman, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
    Steve Ontiveros struck out. <3-1>
    Jay Schlueter singled to short right-center, scoring a run. <3-1>
    Chet Lemon was intentionally walked. <321>
    Gary Roenicke pinch hit for Henry Cruz. <321>
    Gary Roenicke walked, scoring a run. <321>
    Larry Fritz walked, scoring a run. <321>
    Chris Speier grounded to the pitcher. <321>
    3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, the game is tied at 8.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    David Palmer now pitching for the Expos. <--->
    Paddy Moira doubled down the third base line. <-2->
    Paddy Moira went for an extra base and reached third. <3-->
    The Expos brought the infield in.
    Steve Yeager grounded to first. The lead runner was tagged out at home. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Bucky Dent laid down a sacrifice bunt to the third baseman. <-2->
    Mike Scioscia pinch hit for Rusty Gerhardt. <-2->
    Mike Scioscia singled through the right side, scoring a run. <--1>
    Dai Boyd struck out. <--1>
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, San Diego leads 9 to 8.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Jay Aldrich now pitching for the Padres. <--->
    Bob Boone struck out. <--->
    Curt Blefary pinch hit for David Palmer. <--->
    Curt Blefary walked. <--1>
    The Expos put on the hit and run.
    Joe Strain popped up to short. <--1>
    Steve Ontiveros popped up foul down the third base line. <--1>

    PADRES WIN: 9-8
    "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)

    Generation 35.

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    Code:
    Spring training game
    
    San Diego Padres at Montreal Expos
    March 3, 1981
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
            Padres (SDP) 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 1    9 17  0
             Expos (MON) 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 3 0    8 11  0
    
    SAN DIEGO                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Willie Randolph (2B)          3  2  1  1  0  0  0  0    .400
     Dai Boyd (P)                 2  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .200
    Al Greene (LF)                4  1  0  0  0  0  2  0    .333
     Mark Brouhard (P)            1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .769
    Pat Spratt (RF)               4  2  1  2  0  2  1  0    .318
    Tom Chism (1B)                5  3  0  2  1  3  2  0    .343
    Ray Knight (3B)               5  3  0  1  0  2  0  0    .442
    Paddy Moira (CF)              4  2  1  0  0  0  1  0    .400
    Steve Yeager (C)              5  1  0  1  0  1  0  0    .294
    Bucky Dent (SS)               4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .306
    Fred Kuhaulua (P)             2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .250
     Craig Skok (P)               1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .000
     Garry Templeton (P)          1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Rusty Gerhardt (P)           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Mike Scioscia (P)            1  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .500
     Jay Aldrich (P)              0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       42 17  3  9  1  9 10  0
    
       2B:  Pat Spratt (3), Ray Knight (2), Tom Chism (3)
       3B:  Willie Randolph (2), Paddy Moira (2)
       HR:  Tom Chism (1)
       GDP:  Steve Yeager
    
                   SAN DIEGO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
               Fred Kuhaulua  4.2  7  5  1  5  5  4  92   5.56
                  Craig Skok  2.1  1  0  0  0  0  0  29   0.00
              Rusty Gerhardt  1.0  3  3  0  3  3  1  37   4.05
                 Jay Aldrich  1.0  0  1  0  0  0  1  15   7.71
                      TOTALS  9.0 11  9  1  8  8  6 173
    
    MONTREAL                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Joe Strain (2B)               5  1  0  3  0  0  1  0    .250
    Steve Ontiveros (3B)          6  2  0  1  1  2  1  0    .233
    Jay Schlueter (RF)            5  3  0  1  0  1  0  0    .395
    Chet Lemon (CF)               3  1  2  1  0  0  1  0    .342
    Henry Cruz (LF)               3  1  1  1  0  1  0  0    .257
     Gary Roenicke (P)            0  0  1  0  0  1  0  0    .375
    Larry Fritz (1B)              3  0  2  0  0  1  0  0    .229
    Chris Speier (SS)             4  0  1  0  0  1  1  0    .179
    Bob Boone (C)                 4  2  1  1  0  1  1  0    .324
    Lynn McGlothen (P)            2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .000
     Randy St. Claire (P)         0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Pete Mackanin (P)            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Bill Campbell (P)            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Dan Quisenberry (P)          0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Paul Gibson (P)              0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Jim Cox (P)                  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0   1.000
     David Palmer (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Curt Blefary (P)             0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       37 11  9  8  1  8  6  0
    
       2B:  Henry Cruz (4)
       3B:  Bob Boone (1)
       HR:  Steve Ontiveros (2)
       HBP:  Joe Strain
    
       DP:  Larry Fritz, Joe Strain, Chris Speier
    
                    MONTREAL   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
              Lynn McGlothen  4.0  8  2  1  5  5  7  78   4.76
            Randy St. Claire  1.0  1  0  0  0  0  0  14   0.00
               Bill Campbell  2.0  2  1  0  1  1  2  32   9.00
             Dan Quisenberry  0.2  3  0  0  2  2  0  14   3.12
                 Paul Gibson  0.1  1  0  0  0  0  0   7   2.45
                David Palmer  1.0  2  0  0  1  1  1  17   9.00
                      TOTALS  9.0 17  3  1  9  9 10 162
    
         WP: Rusty Gerhardt (2-0)
         LP: David Palmer (0-1)
         SV: Jay Aldrich (1)
    
         Temperature: 82F
         Wind: None (Domed Stadium)
         Attendance: 8,472
         Time: 3:33
    "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
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    The London "Daily Mirror"

    March 31st !981

    Milestones of the month

    by Chatty Cathy

    The most outstanding event in March , of course, was the shocking attempt on President Reagan's life, just yesterday by a deranged student, John Hinkley, who shot the President with a dum-dum bullet, which, fortunately did not explode inside the chest of the President, as such awful ammunition is meant to, but nevertheless, it was touch and go for Ronald Reagan for awhile, only massive transfusions of blood, saving his life.

    I, myself, have always believed in regular donations of blood, and yesterday's saving of the free world's leader was a prime example of that splendid Red Cross service to mankind

    Before that attempted assassination, the President complained of weapons the El Salvador FLM is receiving from the Russians. Reagan wants to prevent a Communist takeover in that country, he opposing a "negotiated settlement" there. Whilst sending 20 more "advisors" and $25 million more in military aid to El Salvador. He said El Salvador is not going to become another Vietnam.

    President Reaqan, in his present push to reduce the size of government, also announced plans to cut 37,000 federal jobs.

    In this country, Margaret Thatcher is trying to reduce the size of everything amiss with us, these days; runaway inflation, high interest rates, excessive government spending, lack of productivity due to strikes, etc. Her Chancellor, Geoffrey Howe, during March, introduced a tough budget, cutting several benefits, and imposing all kinds of new taxes. Most of the media and 364 economists denounced the budget, roundly, and the "Iron Lady" will , no doubt soon be cast upon the scrap heap of history, by an irate electorate.

    Back in American Alabama, members of the wretched Ku Klux Klan, whose day, we thought, was over, struck once more. abducting, torturing and killing a black teen-ager, Michael Donald, while in European Serbia, it is the teenagers of Albanian descent, who are the aggressors, rioting in favour of Kosovo becoming independent of Serbia. Albanians are a majority in Kosovo, but the police – Serb dominated – are suppressing the demonstrations.

    Another Conway scandal seems to have blown over; what with the suspicious death of a key witness against him, the hysterics of his sole accuser, Violet Squirrel, and the lack of any evidence that he abducted his grandchild, Winifred, against her will, and without the family's consent, the police decided that there was no case against the man.

    Dan Conway, of Irish descent, must surely have been born under a four-leaf clover.
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    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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

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    The London "Daily Telegraph"

    March 11th 1981

    A controversial budget

    by John Hoskyns

    We always expected a gloomy budget, this year. For a long time, the national economy has been simply unmanageable, because of trade union excesses. runaway public spending, the hemorrhage of social entitlements (OAPs, National Health, and Employment benefits),and the monopoly of the Nationalized industries.

    We, in the Government's inner circle, decided that these problems must be addressed if the nation is to get back to prosperity. Chancellor Geoffrey Howe's solution was to, yesterday, present the most drastic budget ever in peacetime.

    The biggest apprehension of the general British public was how severe would the income tax now be? In the event, Mr Howe neatly avoided any actual cut, but saved two billion, by not raising the level of non taxable basic income. He caned the "sin" industries - alcohol and tobacco, unmercifully, and imposed extra duties on cars and petrol, as well as a one-time levy on non-interest bearing accounts in banks. Interest rates were to be reduced by two percent to 12%

    The Chancellor, as well, announced, that in future, public spending would be controlled by handing each department so much cash, then told to get on with it as best they can, as an example, whereas in the past, the Army, say, would demand an estimate of cash enough to buy a dozen helicopters, the government would, instead, hand them as much as its budget could stand, and direct the Pongos to buy as many choppers as they could.

    So, in effect, the government has handed over the fiscal choices to the citizen. Inland Revenue won't take any more of one's wage packet, but how far that wage packet goes, now, will depend on the consumer. Is he/she ready to cut down on smoking , drinking, driving, etc? Will people rely less on reduced government handouts, and start fending for themselves more? If these things come to pass, our economy, in time, will become manageable again.

    The patient, today is very sick, and only the strongest medicine will revive him. This Thatcherite budget is very strong medicine.
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    "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...

    Three articles today
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    Ken Dahl's next fight

    During the Fall of 1980 Jacy Conway remonstrates with his fighter, Kenny Dahl.

    Jacy: It's no good you gettin' a cob on 'cos I won't let you go for the Lightweight Championship of Europe, Kenny. They insist that we stage it over there, and this bloke Heine, is almost as fast as you, and a lot more experienced, so it would be a close one, and they don't give the close ones to Brits, over there.

    Ken: I can take him out, I'll bet...do him with my bolo, maybe.

    Jacy: Perhaps, Lad...but this German welter is just your handwriting ...he stole one from Piper, our champ, in Dusseldorf, the usual caper, our bloke clearly won, but the home crowd scared the Judges into awarding it to Heidenmuller, anyway. He's strong and good but slow... over in Antwerp, you'll dance rings around him, Kenny, and the Belgian's 'll love you humiliatin' a Jerry and cheer for you, no question. With his scalp under your belt, Piper will then want to take you on, to justify his loss agaist Heidenmuller, puttin' up his title to get you in the ring with him. He's real good, but gettin' on a bit, and as long as you're careful, you can go fifteen rounds with him, and get the nod
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    The night of the fight. in Dahl's dressing room in late March.

    Jacy:We're up next, Boy. Now remember, hit and run, don't stick around to get biffed, Heidenmuller's got quite a wallop...you're in the best shape of your career, so you should be able to stay away for the ten rounds.
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    At ringside just before the bout commences, in Antwerp, the Local "Colour man" is commentating

    (Translated from the Flemish) "The Englishman is fast and looks very fit, but I think that a good big one beats a good little one. The Boche has a five kilogram weight advantage and I expect him to use it to land his so-called 'blitzkreig', as Heidenmuller so tastefully calls it. on Dahl, before the fight goes very far, and Kenneth Dahl goes bye-bye".
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    After Round One: "Well, Dahl certainly took that one...he is very quick and made Heidenmuller look lumbering; but remember, the Boche was always a slow starter; once he warms up, and the Englishman tires a little, well we shall see what we shall see"
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    After round five: "Hmm, Dahl is well ahead on points, but he's not so quick on his feet now, while Heidenmuller appears to be in top gear, now, landing the odd blow to the body that made Dahl - and his manager, I am sure - wince. The Englishman should keep away from that left hook"
    ******************************************************************************** *****************************************
    After round seven: "Well Dahl is still ahead, but obviously weakening while Heidenmuller looks as strong as ever...I doubt if Dahl can keep away from that left hook with three rounds to go...the Hun has ended many a fight in the late stages with it"
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    During round nine: "Dahl is down !... the crafty Heidenmuller showed him the left hook, and in attempting to block it, the Englishman forgot to duck the right uppercut, that sent him skittering...he's trying to get up...it has been a suspiciously long count...a sympathetic referee has ushered Heidenmuller to a neutral corner, etcetera, Dahl is up on his feet at 'eight', the referee is checking him out...the Boche corner is howling protests at the delay...now the referee waves them on"

    The fight commentator now resumes (Also in Flemish) "Heidenmuller comes in for the kill...but it is Dahl who flings himself on him...the Cockney looks wicked rather than woozy... they mill away in the ring, both landing heavy blows...I don't know how the Englander is still standing ...ah. saved by the bell"

    After round nine, the colour man resumes " I must say, it looks all over for the gallant Englishman...he should not have got up from that blitzkreig , no doubt, the Hun has another ---- what is this? ... the German he is ...weeping?...in his corner?...he is yelling at the referee, now (Translating from the German) "I fight that madman no more..I only want to knock him out...but he will kill me if I go again...he is mad...he uses everything... head, low punches, bad language...where is the referee?...I quit"
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    Cincinnati Reds at Montreal Expos
    April 23, 1981

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Bob Welch takes the mound for the Expos.
    Jose Cruz lined out to third. <--->
    Bruce Miller singled through the right side. <--1>
    The Reds put on the hit and run.
    Mike Hargrove flied out to right. <--1>
    Billy Conigliaro doubled in the right field gap. <32->
    Mike Heath struck out. <32->
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Steve Dunning takes the mound for the Reds.
    Joe Strain hit an infield single to first. <--1>
    The Expos put on the hit and run.
    Steve Ontiveros popped up behind home plate. <--1>
    The Expos put on the hit and run.
    Chet Lemon struck out. <--1>
    Andre Dawson lined out to second. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Merv Rettenmund lined out to left. <--->
    Jerry Manuel grounded to first. <--->
    Tom Runnells lined out to center. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Henry Cruz flied out to center. <--->
    Larry Fritz walked. <--1>
    The Expos put on the hit and run.
    Chris Speier grounded to the second baseman. <-2->
    Mike O'Berry singled to center field, scoring a run. <--1>
    Bob Welch struck out. <--1>
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the second, Montreal leads 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Steve Dunning struck out. <--->
    Jose Cruz grounded to second. <--->
    Bruce Miller struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, Cincinnati trails 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Joe Strain grounded to first base. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros was hit by a pitch. <--1>
    Chet Lemon doubled to deep center field. <32->
    Andre Dawson homered down the left-field line for three RBIs. <--->
    Henry Cruz flied out to center field. <--->
    Larry Fritz grounded to second. <--->
    3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the third, Montreal leads 4 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Mike Hargrove flied out to right. <--->
    Billy Conigliaro struck out. <--->
    Mike Heath grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, Cincinnati trails 4 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Chris Speier grounded to second. <--->
    Mike O'Berry grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
    Bob Welch flied out to right. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, Montreal leads 4 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Merv Rettenmund lined out to center. <--->
    Jerry Manuel grounded to first. <--->
    Tom Runnells singled to right field. <--1>
    Steve Dunning flied out to right. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, Cincinnati trails 4 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Joe Strain singled to right field. <--1>
    Steve Ontiveros doubled in the right field gap. <32->
    Chet Lemon lined out to center field. <32->
    Joe Strain tagged up and scored. <-2->
    Andre Dawson singled to left, scoring a run. <--1>
    Jack Lazorko now pitching for the Reds. <--1>
    Henry Cruz struck out. <--1>
    Larry Fritz singled through the left side. <-21>
    Chris Speier struck out. <-21>
    2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, Montreal leads 6 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Jose Cruz walked. <--1>
    Bruce Miller flied out to right. <--1>
    Mike Hargrove grounded to the pitcher, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
    Billy Conigliaro flied out to left. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, Cincinnati trails 6 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Mike O'Berry doubled into the left field corner. <-2->
    Bob Welch struck out. <-2->
    Joe Strain flied out to left field. <-2->
    Steve Ontiveros grounded to second. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, Montreal leads 6 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Mike Heath struck out. <--->
    Merv Rettenmund struck out. <--->
    Jerry Manuel popped up to the shortstop. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, Cincinnati trails 6 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Chet Lemon flied out to center. <--->
    Andre Dawson singled down the first base line. <--1>
    Henry Cruz doubled to center. <32->
    Larry Fritz walked. <321>
    Chris Speier walked, scoring a run. <321>
    Mike O'Berry grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <32->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, Montreal leads 7 to 0.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Tom Runnells singled through the left side. <--1>
    Sal Bando pinch hit for Jack Lazorko. <--1>
    Sal Bando flied out to left. <--1>
    Jose Cruz singled through the left side. <-21>
    Bruce Miller flied out to left. <-21>
    Mike Hargrove struck out. <-21>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, Cincinnati trails 7 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Gary Lucas now pitching for the Reds. <--->
    Bob Welch grounded to second. <--->
    Joe Strain grounded to second. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros singled through the left side. <--1>
    Chet Lemon popped up behind home plate. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, Montreal leads 7 to 0.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Billy Conigliaro struck out. <--->
    Mike Heath flied out to right field. <--->
    Merv Rettenmund walked. <--1>
    Jerry Manuel grounded to third. <--->

    EXPOS WIN: 7-0
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
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    Regular season: Expos best game in April
    
    Cincinnati Reds at Montreal Expos
    April 23, 1981
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
              Reds (CIN) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    0  5  0
             Expos (MON) 0 1 3 0 2 0 1 0 x    7 12  0
    
    CINCINNATI                   ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Jose Cruz (LF)                3  1  1  0  0  0  0  0    .286
    Bruce Miller (3B)             4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .274
    Mike Hargrove (1B)            4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .317
    Billy Conigliaro (CF)         4  1  0  0  0  0  2  0    .238
    Mike Heath (C)                4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .278
    Merv Rettenmund (RF)          3  0  1  0  0  0  1  0    .190
    Jerry Manuel (2B)             4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .222
    Tom Runnells (SS)             3  2  0  0  0  0  0  0    .417
    Steve Dunning (P)             2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .143
     Jack Lazorko (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Sal Bando (P)                1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .143
     Gary Lucas (P)               0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       32  5  2  0  0  0  8  0
    
       2B:  Billy Conigliaro (4)
    
       DP:  Mike Hargrove, Jerry Manuel, Tom Runnells
    
                  CINCINNATI   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
               Steve Dunning  4.1  7  1  1  6  6  2  84   5.19
                Jack Lazorko  2.2  4  2  0  1  1  3  53   1.29
                  Gary Lucas  1.0  1  0  0  0  0  0  15   0.00
                      TOTALS  8.0 12  3  1  7  7  5 152
    
    MONTREAL                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Joe Strain (2B)               5  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .346
    Steve Ontiveros (3B)          4  2  0  2  0  0  0  0    .267
    Chet Lemon (CF)               4  1  0  1  0  1  1  0    .275
    Andre Dawson (RF)             4  3  0  2  1  4  0  0    .536
    Henry Cruz (LF)               4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .259
    Larry Fritz (1B)              2  1  2  1  0  0  0  0    .212
    Chris Speier (SS)             3  0  1  0  0  1  1  0    .149
    Mike O'Berry (C)              4  2  0  0  0  1  0  0    .571
    Bob Welch (P)                 4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .000
    TOTALS                       34 12  3  7  1  7  5  0
    
       2B:  Steve Ontiveros (3), Chet Lemon (6), Mike O'Berry (3), Henry Cruz (5)
       HR:  Andre Dawson (5)
       HBP:  Steve Ontiveros
       GDP:  Mike O'Berry
    
                    MONTREAL   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                   Bob Welch  9.0  5  2  0  0  0  8 130   2.75
                      TOTALS  9.0  5  2  0  0  0  8 130
    
         WP: Bob Welch (4-1)
         LP: Steve Dunning (2-3)
    
         Temperature: 74F
         Wind: None (Domed Stadium)
         Attendance: 29,522
         Time: 3:12
    
    Expos (13-11) are 4th  in the N.L. East 6 GB of the Mets (19-7)
    "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
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    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
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    Philadelphia Phillies at San Diego Padres
    April 9, 1981

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Clive Revill takes the mound for the Padres.
    Rudy Hernandez singled to center. <--1>
    The Phillies put on the hit and run.
    Dane Iorg grounded to third. <-2->
    Gary Hargis struck out. <-2->
    Mike Schmidt was intentionally walked. <-21>
    Jerry Martin struck out. <-21>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Matt Keough takes the mound for the Phillies.
    Willie Randolph grounded to first. <--->
    Larry Whisenton homered into the left field bleachers. <--->
    Pat Spratt grounded to short. <--->
    Tom Chism lined out to left. <--->
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the first, San Diego leads 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Keith Moreland doubled in the left field gap. <-2->
    Dave Rosello grounded to the second baseman. <3-->
    The Padres brought the infield in.
    Jerry Grote struck out. <3-->
    Matt Keough flied out to left. <3-->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, Philadelphia trails 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Ray Knight singled to left. <--1>
    Paddy Moira flied out to right. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Steve Yeager struck out. <--1>
    Bucky Dent grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the second, San Diego leads 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Rudy Hernandez grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Dane Iorg singled to left. <--1>
    The Phillies put on the hit and run.
    Gary Hargis reached second on a throwing error by the shortstop. <32->
    The Padres brought the infield in.
    Clive Revill threw a wild pitch - a run scored. <3-->
    The Padres brought the infield in.
    Mike Schmidt was intentionally walked. <3-1>
    Jerry Martin singled back through the middle, scoring a run. <-21>
    Keith Moreland grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <-2->
    2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, Philadelphia leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Clive Revill struck out. <--->
    Willie Randolph walked. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Matt Keough threw a wild pitch. <-2->
    Larry Whisenton grounded to the second baseman. <3-->
    Pat Spratt flied out to left. <3-->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the third, San Diego trails 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Dave Rosello grounded to second. <--->
    Jerry Grote grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Matt Keough grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, Philadelphia leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Tom Chism struck out. <--->
    Ray Knight dribbled weakly to the catcher. <--->
    Paddy Moira grounded to second. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, San Diego trails 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Rudy Hernandez grounded to first base. <--->
    Dane Iorg flied out to right. <--->
    Gary Hargis struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, Philadelphia leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Steve Yeager struck out. <--->
    Bucky Dent grounded to first base. <--->
    Clive Revill singled to center. <--1>
    Willie Randolph grounded to the shortstop. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, San Diego trails 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Mike Schmidt grounded to first. <--->
    Jerry Martin struck out. <--->
    Keith Moreland singled up the middle. <--1>
    Dave Rosello walked. <-21>
    Jerry Grote singled up the middle. <321>
    Matt Keough struck out. <321>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, Philadelphia leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Larry Whisenton struck out. <--->
    Pat Spratt flied out to right. <--->
    Tom Chism lined out to right. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, San Diego trails 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Rudy Hernandez grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Dane Iorg singled up the middle. <--1>
    The Phillies put on the hit and run.
    Gary Hargis struck out. <--1>
    Mike Schmidt grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, Philadelphia leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    John Hale came in to play Center Field. <--->
    Ray Knight doubled in the left field gap. <-2->
    Paddy Moira struck out. <-2->
    Steve Yeager struck out. <-2->
    Al Greene pinch hit for Bucky Dent. <-2->
    Al Greene was intentionally walked. <-21>
    Garry Templeton pinch hit for Clive Revill. <-21>
    Garry Templeton struck out. <-21>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, San Diego trails 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Howie Krasc now pitching for the Padres. <--->
    Dai Boyd came in to play Shortstop. <--->
    Jerry Martin grounded to short. <--->
    Keith Moreland walked. <--1>
    Dave Rosello laid down a sacrifice bunt to first base. <-2->
    Jerry Grote was intentionally walked. <-21>
    Vance Law pinch hit for Matt Keough. <-21>
    Vance Law grounded to short. <-21>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, Philadelphia leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Porfi Altamirano now pitching for the Phillies. <--->
    Willie Randolph grounded to short. <--->
    Larry Whisenton grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Pat Spratt grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, San Diego trails 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Rudy Hernandez hit an infield single to the shortstop. <--1>
    John Hale laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher. <-2->
    Gary Hargis grounded to short. <-2->
    Mike Schmidt was intentionally walked. <-21>
    Jay Aldrich now pitching for the Padres. <-21>
    Jerry Martin struck out. <-21>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, Philadelphia leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Tim Flannery came in to play Second Base. <--->
    Tom Chism walked. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Ray Knight bunts for a base hit to the pitcher. <-21>
    Paddy Moira laid down a sacrifice bunt to third. <32->
    Steve Yeager singled to right-center for two RBIs. <--1>

    PADRES WIN: 3-2
    "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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    This regular season game is selected as "Best of April" because it completed a 3-game sweep of Dan Conway' former team, the mighty Philadelphia Phils
    
    Philadelphia Phillies at San Diego Padres
    April 9, 1981
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
          Phillies (PHI) 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0    2  8  0
            Padres (SDP) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2    3  6  1
    
    PHILADELPHIA                 ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Rudy Hernandez (SS)           5  2  0  0  0  0  0  0    .364
    Dane Iorg (CF)                4  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .263
     John Hale (P)                0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .250
    Gary Hargis (1B)              5  0  0  1  0  0  3  0    .308
    Mike Schmidt (3B)             2  0  3  0  0  0  0  0    .273
    Jerry Martin (LF)             5  1  0  0  0  1  3  0    .222
    Keith Moreland (RF)           3  2  1  0  0  0  0  0    .267
    Dave Rosello (2B)             2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .276
     Tim Flannery (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    Jerry Grote (C)               3  1  1  0  0  0  1  0    .267
    Matt Keough (P)               3  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .000
     Vance Law (P)                1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .250
     Porfi Altamirano (P)         0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       33  8  6  2  0  1  8  0
    
       2B:  Keith Moreland (1)
       GDP:  Keith Moreland
    
                PHILADELPHIA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                 Matt Keough  7.0  4  2  1  1  1  8 112   1.80
            Porfi Altamirano  1.1  2  1  0  2  2  0  33   3.38
                      TOTALS  8.1  6  3  1  3  3  8 145
    
    SAN DIEGO                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Willie Randolph (2B)          3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .360
    Larry Whisenton (LF)          4  1  0  1  1  1  1  0    .154
    Pat Spratt (RF)               4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .240
    Tom Chism (1B)                3  0  1  1  0  0  1  0    .273
    Ray Knight (3B)               4  3  0  1  0  0  0  0    .333
    Paddy Moira (CF)              3  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .364
    Steve Yeager (C)              4  1  0  0  0  2  3  0    .350
    Bucky Dent (SS)               2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .368
     Al Greene (P)                0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Dai Boyd (P)                 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    Clive Revill (P)              2  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .200
     Garry Templeton (P)          1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .000
     Howie Krasc (P)              0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Jay Aldrich (P)              0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       30  6  3  3  1  3  8  0
    
       2B:  Ray Knight (1)
       HR:  Larry Whisenton (1)
    
       DP:  Willie Randolph, Bucky Dent, Tom Chism
       E:  Bucky Dent
    
                   SAN DIEGO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                Clive Revill  7.0  7  3  0  2  1  7 109   1.72
                 Howie Krasc  1.2  1  3  0  0  0  0  41   0.00
                 Jay Aldrich  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  1   5  13.50
                      TOTALS  9.0  8  6  0  2  1  8 155
    
         WP: Jay Aldrich (1-1)
         LP: Porfi Altamirano (0-1)
    
         Temperature: 79F
         Wind: 2 MPH (out to left)
         Attendance: 33,918
         Time: 3:19
    
    The Padres (18-5) lead the N.L. West by 9.0 games over the Cincinnati  Reds (9-14)
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

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    Dan's decision

    In early April, Dan Conway uncharacteristically missed the start of his San Diego Padres' basball season,he being impelled back to England by the news that Valentine Mercier -whom Dan regarded as a sort of stepson - was to marry in June.

    Up until then, Conway had kept the fact from the boy, that Valentine's father was still alive, because Mercier, Senior, late of the French army, had been physically and mentally ravaged by the experience of having fought and captured in the first battle for Dien-ben phu, a vast disappointment and embarrassment to any son.

    Dan had discovered his old French comrade, and onetime best friend, Joe Mercier, in London, eking out a living as a pavement artist. Dan re-introduced himself, but forbore to tell the Frenchman that the internationally famous woman that the down-and -out Joe may have heard of as Mrs Tom Howard, was, in fact, the former Lynn Conway, once wed to Dan, himself, but after their divorce, in turn, married Joe, and bore him a son, Valentine.

    Lynn, upon finally assuming her second husband to have died as a prisoner of the Viets, eventually married, once more, to Tom Howard, with whom she now resided in her native Canada, along with her son, young Mercier, Junior.

    The questions for Dan arising from all these complications of which, currently, he and his lawyer, alone, were aware:

    Was Lynn, still his very dear friend, an inadvertent bigamist? Should he tell any of those concerned, and who first, to what consequence?

    His lawyer, the invaluable Sid Cohen, was to assure him that the long-ago union of Lynn and Joe had lapsed under the Statute of Limitations law, and now the announcement by the happy couple Valentine, and his winsome Evelyn that they planned on a June wedding, stirred Dan to a decision.

    He would fly back to England, right away, look up Joe, and let him decide what to do from there. Besides, Dan told himself, he'd get another kick out of seeing his son Augustus re-united with his own twins, Winston and Winston...not to mention his other son, Jacy and the fabulous Toni
    Conway, his own alluring daughter-in-law.
    (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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    Re: "SPIKES" ...The Conway chronicles...

    2 articles today.
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    The "Canadian Chronicle"


    April 1st 1981

    The wisest proverb...?

    by Valentine Mercier

    ....Or maxim or axiom, aphorism, adage, advice, whatever...which, let us consider, upon this All Fool's Day, is the soundest practical method to live by?

    To answer that question, we must first ask how we must live. Basically, without food, we would certainly not survive, without shelter, probably not for long; so we must be certain to receive food and shelter for our three score years and ten existence.

    Whom can we depend on for this? Certainly not governments, no matter what their philosophy or their promises; the kindness of strangers? that would make for a spotty kind of existence, not knowing when they're going to drop a coin in your hat, or turn you off of their couch; the Church? Possibly, since they are committed to forbear for eternity, but then,the Church, itself,,is likely to run out of resources, everyone and his grandmother - especially, his grandmother - needing to feed, at the charitable trough, and fill the habitable chapel to the rafters.

    So, ultimately, we realize that a steady income is the answer to the question of survival; how best are we to attain this?

    Having wealthy parents,is nice work if you can somehow arrange it, but we are looking here for a universal answer - one assertion that fits everyone is what we are looking for here. Winning the Lotto, perhaps? A bit -um - dicey, don't you think?...it doesn't seem to happen very often, does it, and to so few people, especially people like us? One has only to compare the careers of the average gambler with the average saver to see who is the most comfortably off, in the long run, in terms of food and shelter.

    Ah, investment...now we're talking. What if we invest in ourselves, we, the only ones who we can depend on to get up in the morning and go to work to earn our daily bread, to pay our monthly rent? To put it in proverbial terms, the prospect of Ma and Pa being rich, the Lotto winnings supporting us for life, other people sustaining us, are all attractive birds in the bush, ready to fly as soon as you approach and open your hand to grab them, thus releasing the one bird that you were certain of.

    Having gone all around the houses to arrive at my own favourite common-sense guide to life, "A bird in the hand, is worth two in the bush" I challenge you, Thoughtful Reader, to come up with a sounder working method than that.
    -30-
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

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    Montreal Expos at San Diego Padres
    May 20, 1981

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Clive Revill takes the mound for the Padres.
    Joe Strain lined out to right. <--->
    Jay Schlueter grounded to first. <--->
    Chet Lemon walked. <--1>
    Andre Dawson homered over the left field fence for two RBIs. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros singled through the left side. <--1>
    Larry Fritz grounded to short. <--1>
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, Montreal leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Ed Hodge takes the mound for the Expos.
    Willie Randolph grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Larry Whisenton struck out. <--->
    Ray Knight grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the first, San Diego trails 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Chris Speier grounded to second. <--->
    Bob Boone grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Ed Hodge singled through the left side. <--1>
    Joe Strain grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, Montreal leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Pat Spratt flied out to left. <--->
    Paddy Moira singled through the right side. <--1>
    Steve Yeager struck out. <--1>
    Mark Brouhard singled to center field, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Bucky Dent struck out. <3-1>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the second, San Diego trails 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Jay Schlueter flied out to center. <--->
    Chet Lemon struck out. <--->
    Andre Dawson doubled in the left field gap. <-2->
    Steve Ontiveros was intentionally walked. <-21>
    Larry Fritz struck out. <-21>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, Montreal leads 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Clive Revill struck out. <--->
    Willie Randolph singled through the right side. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Larry Whisenton popped up to second. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Ray Knight grounded to second. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the third, San Diego trails 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Chris Speier singled through the right side. <--1>
    Chris Speier stole second. <-2->
    Bob Boone doubled to right-center, scoring a run. <-2->
    Ed Hodge laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher. <3-->
    Joe Strain walked. <3-1>
    Jay Schlueter grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <3-->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, Montreal leads 3 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Pat Spratt grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Paddy Moira flied out to left. <--->
    Steve Yeager grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, San Diego trails 3 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Chet Lemon homered around the foul pole in right. <--->
    Andre Dawson homered over the right field fence. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros popped up foul down the first base line. <--->
    Larry Fritz struck out. <--->
    Chris Speier grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, Montreal leads 5 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Mark Brouhard struck out. <--->
    Bucky Dent doubled to the wall in left. <-2->
    Clive Revill struck out. <-2->
    Willie Randolph singled up the middle, scoring a run. <--1>
    Larry Whisenton reached first on a fielding error by the second baseman. <-21>
    Ray Knight grounded to second. <-21>
    1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, San Diego trails 5 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Bob Boone singled to left. <--1>
    Ed Hodge laid down a sacrifice bunt to third. <-2->
    Joe Strain singled to left field, scoring a run. <--1>
    Jay Schlueter singled to short right-center. <-21>
    Jay Aldrich now pitching for the Padres. <-21>
    Chet Lemon walked. <321>
    Andre Dawson flied out to right. <321>
    Joe Strain tagged up and scored. <-21>
    Steve Ontiveros was hit by a pitch. <321>
    Larry Fritz singled up the middle for two RBIs. <-21>
    Chris Speier grounded to first base. <-21>
    4 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, Montreal leads 9 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Pat Spratt grounded to third. <--->
    Paddy Moira singled to right. <--1>
    Steve Yeager grounded to the shortstop, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
    Mark Brouhard doubled down the right field line. <32->
    Bucky Dent homered to deep left-center for three RBIs. <--->
    Jay Aldrich struck out. <--->
    3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, San Diego trails 9 to 4.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Bob Boone doubled to left-center. <-2->
    Gary Roenicke pinch hit for Ed Hodge. <-2->
    Gary Roenicke homered down the left-field line for two RBIs. <--->
    Joe Strain singled up the middle. <--1>
    Jay Schlueter singled to right, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Chet Lemon was hit by a pitch. <321>
    Andre Dawson struck out. <321>
    Tim Lollar now pitching for the Padres. <321>
    Steve Ontiveros lined out to center. <321>
    Joe Strain tagged up and scored. <-21>
    Larry Fritz flied out to left. <-21>
    3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, Montreal leads 12 to 4.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Paul Gibson now pitching for the Expos. <--->
    Willie Randolph homered over the left field fence. <--->
    Larry Whisenton reached first on a fielding error by the first baseman. <--1>
    Ray Knight flied out to center. <--1>
    Pat Spratt singled up the middle. <-21>
    Paddy Moira flied out to right. <-21>
    Steve Yeager doubled into the right field corner, scoring a run. <32->
    Pat Spratt advanced on the error by Andre Dawson, scoring a run. <-2->
    Mark Brouhard struck out. <-2->
    3 runs, 3 hits, 2 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, San Diego trails 12 to 7.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Chris Speier lined out to the second baseman. <--->
    Bob Boone singled to right. <--1>
    Pete Mackanin pinch hit for Paul Gibson. <--1>
    Pete Mackanin lined out to left. <--1>
    Joe Strain lined out to center. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, Montreal leads 12 to 7.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Al Jones now pitching for the Expos. <--->
    Bucky Dent struck out. <--->
    Mike Scioscia pinch hit for Tim Lollar. <--->
    Mike Scioscia flied out to right. <--->
    Willie Randolph walked. <--1>
    Larry Whisenton grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, San Diego trails 12 to 7.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Dennis DeBarr now pitching for the Padres. <--->
    Jay Schlueter struck out. <--->
    Chet Lemon popped up to first. <--->
    Andre Dawson dribbled weakly to the catcher. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, Montreal leads 12 to 7.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Ray Knight grounded to first. <--->
    Pat Spratt singled to center. <--1>
    Pat Spratt took second on defensive indifference. <-2->
    Paddy Moira lined out to left. <-2->
    Tom Chism pinch hit for Steve Yeager. <-2->
    Tom Chism walked. <-21>
    Mark Brouhard popped up to the shortstop. <-21>

    EXPOS WIN: 12-7
    "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...

    Code:
    Expos best game in May
    
    Montreal Expos at San Diego Padres
    May 20, 1981
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
             Expos (MON) 2 0 0 1 2 4 3 0 0   12 17  3
            Padres (SDP) 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 0 0    7 12  0
    
    MONTREAL                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Joe Strain (2B)               5  2  1  2  0  1  0  0    .324
    Jay Schlueter (LF)            6  2  0  1  0  0  1  0    .395
    Chet Lemon (CF)               3  1  2  3  1  1  1  0    .284
    Andre Dawson (RF)             5  3  0  2  2  4  1  0    .319
    Steve Ontiveros (3B)          2  1  1  0  0  1  0  0    .277
    Larry Fritz (1B)              5  1  0  0  0  2  2  0    .203
    Chris Speier (SS)             5  1  0  1  0  0  0  1    .197
    Bob Boone (C)                 5  4  0  2  0  1  0  0    .288
    Ed Hodge (P)                  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .143
     Gary Roenicke (P)            1  1  0  1  1  2  0  0    .421
     Paul Gibson (P)              0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Pete Mackanin (P)            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .091
     Al Jones (P)                 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       39 17  4 12  4 12  5  1
    
       2B:  Bob Boone 2 (5), Andre Dawson (8)
       HR:  Chet Lemon (4), Andre Dawson 2 (8), Gary Roenicke (3)
       HBP:  Steve Ontiveros, Chet Lemon
       GDP:  Jay Schlueter
       E:  Larry Fritz, Joe Strain, Andre Dawson
    
                    MONTREAL   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                    Ed Hodge  6.0  8  0  1  4  4  7 102   3.69
                 Paul Gibson  1.0  3  0  1  3  1  1  22   3.77
                    Al Jones  2.0  1  2  0  0  0  1  46   0.00
                      TOTALS  9.0 12  2  2  7  5  9 170
    
    SAN DIEGO                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Willie Randolph (2B)          4  3  1  1  1  2  0  0    .259
    Larry Whisenton (LF)          5  0  0  1  0  0  1  0    .194
    Ray Knight (3B)               5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .327
    Pat Spratt (1B)               5  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .317
    Paddy Moira (CF)              5  2  0  0  0  0  0  0    .342
    Steve Yeager (C)              4  1  0  1  0  1  1  0    .277
     Tom Chism (P)                0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .266
    Mark Brouhard (RF)            5  2  0  1  0  0  2  0    .426
    Bucky Dent (SS)               4  2  0  2  1  3  2  0    .294
    Clive Revill (P)              2  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .150
     Jay Aldrich (P)              1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .000
     Tim Lollar (P)               0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Mike Scioscia (P)            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .167
     Dennis DeBarr (P)            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       41 12  2  7  2  6  9  0
    
       2B:  Steve Yeager (5), Bucky Dent (10), Mark Brouhard (5)
       HR:  Willie Randolph (1), Bucky Dent (3)
    
       DP:  Pat Spratt, Willie Randolph, Bucky Dent
    
                   SAN DIEGO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                Clive Revill  5.1 11  3  3  8  8  3 112   4.57
                 Jay Aldrich  1.0  5  1  1  4  4  1  48   6.92
                  Tim Lollar  1.2  1  0  0  0  0  0  28   0.00
               Dennis DeBarr  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  1  12   2.25
                      TOTALS  9.0 17  4  4 12 12  5 200
    
         WP: Ed Hodge (6-3)
         LP: Clive Revill (5-2)
    
         Temperature: 84F
         Wind: Calm
         Attendance: 37,374
         Time: 3:31
    
    Expos (28-26) are 4th  in the N.L. East 10 GB of the Mets (40-18)
    "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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