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

    San Diego Padres at New York Mets
    May 9, 1981

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Silvio Martinez takes the mound for the Mets.
    Willie Randolph flied out to center. <--->
    Larry Whisenton grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Pat Spratt grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Clive Revill takes the mound for the Padres.
    Phil Garner walked. <--1>
    The Mets put on the hit and run.
    Roy Staiger singled down the right field line, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Steve Garvey struck out. <3-1>
    Ken Griffey grounded to short, scoring a run. <--1>
    Ken Griffey was picked off first. <--->
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the first, New York leads 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Tom Chism grounded to second. <--->
    Ray Knight singled to center. <--1>
    Ray Knight went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Paddy Moira singled to left, scoring a run. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Steve Yeager singled to right, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Bucky Dent flied out to center. <3-1>
    Paddy Moira tagged up and scored. <--1>
    Clive Revill struck out. <--1>
    2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, San Diego leads 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Willie Crawford walked. <--1>
    Brian Asselstine flied out to center. <--1>
    The Mets put on the hit and run.
    Frank Estrada singled to center, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Tim Foli grounded to first base, scoring a run. <--1>
    Silvio Martinez doubled down the left field line, scoring a run. <-2->
    Silvio Martinez went for an extra base and reached third. <3-->
    Phil Garner singled to left, scoring a run. <--1>
    Phil Garner went for an extra base and was thrown out at second. <--->
    3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the second, New York leads 4 to 2.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Willie Randolph walked. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Larry Whisenton grounded to short. <-2->
    Pat Spratt singled through the left side. <3-1>
    Tom Chism singled through the left side, scoring a run. <-21>
    Ray Knight grounded to second for a double play (4-6-3). <-2->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, San Diego trails 4 to 3.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Roy Staiger grounded to third. <--->
    Steve Garvey struck out. <--->
    Ken Griffey singled to right. <--1>
    Willie Crawford grounded to second. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the third, New York leads 4 to 3.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Paddy Moira homered over the left field fence. <--->
    Steve Yeager singled to right-center. <--1>
    Steve Yeager went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Jim Strickland now pitching for the Mets. <-2->
    Bucky Dent grounded to the second baseman. <3-->
    The Mets brought the infield in.
    Clive Revill laid down a sacrifice bunt to third - a run scored. <--->
    Willie Randolph grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, San Diego leads 5 to 4.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Brian Asselstine grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Frank Estrada singled to right. <--1>
    Frank Estrada went for an extra base and was thrown out at second. <--->
    Tim Foli grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, New York trails 5 to 4.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Larry Whisenton walked. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Pat Spratt flied out to right. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Larry Whisenton was caught stealing second. <--->
    Tom Chism struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, San Diego leads 5 to 4.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Jerry Royster pinch hit for Jim Strickland. <--->
    Jerry Royster grounded to third. <--->
    Phil Garner lined out to left field. <--->
    Roy Staiger singled down the left field line. <--1>
    Steve Garvey singled to left, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Ken Griffey grounded to the pitcher. <3-1>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, New York trails 5 to 4.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Manny Muniz now pitching for the Mets. <--->
    Ray Knight grounded to third. <--->
    Paddy Moira flied out to center. <--->
    Steve Yeager grounded to second. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, San Diego leads 5 to 4.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Willie Crawford struck out. <--->
    Brian Asselstine grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Frank Estrada grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, New York trails 5 to 4.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Bucky Dent singled up the middle. <--1>
    Bucky Dent went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Al Greene pinch hit for Clive Revill. <-2->
    Al Greene grounded to the pitcher. <3-->
    Willie Randolph grounded to the shortstop, scoring a run. <--->
    Larry Whisenton struck out. <--->
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, San Diego leads 6 to 4.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Jay Aldrich now pitching for the Padres. <--->
    Dai Boyd came in to play Second Base. <--->
    Mark Brouhard came in to play Left Field. <--->
    Tim Foli flied out to center. <--->
    Luis Melendez pinch hit for Manny Muniz. <--->
    Luis Melendez flied out to left. <--->
    Phil Garner struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, New York trails 6 to 4.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Rick Anderson now pitching for the Mets. <--->
    Pat Spratt singled to left. <--1>
    Pat Spratt went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Tom Chism grounded to second. <3-->
    Ray Knight grounded to short, scoring a run. <--->
    Paddy Moira struck out. <--->
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, San Diego leads 7 to 4.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Roy Staiger grounded to third. <--->
    Steve Garvey flied out to center. <--->
    Ken Griffey grounded to second. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, New York trails 7 to 4.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Steve Yeager struck out. <--->
    Bucky Dent walked. <--1>
    Garry Templeton pinch hit for Jay Aldrich. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Garry Templeton hit an infield single back to the pitcher. <-21>
    Leon Hooten now pitching for the Mets. <-21>
    Dai Boyd grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, San Diego leads 7 to 4.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Rusty Gerhardt now pitching for the Padres. <--->
    Willie Crawford lined out to short. <--->
    Brian Asselstine doubled to left-center. <-2->
    Frank Estrada grounded to the shortstop. <-2->
    Tim Foli was intentionally walked. <-21>
    Ike Blessitt pinch hit for Leon Hooten. <-21>
    Ike Blessitt grounded to first. <-21>

    PADRES WIN: 7-4
    "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...

    Code:
    Padres best game in May
    
    San Diego Padres at New York Mets
    May 9, 1981
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
            Padres (SDP) 0 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 0    7 10  0
              Mets (NYM) 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    4  9  0
    
    SAN DIEGO                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Willie Randolph (2B)          3  0  1  1  0  1  0  0    .269
     Dai Boyd (P)                 1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .294
    Larry Whisenton (LF)          3  0  1  0  0  0  1  0    .210
     Mark Brouhard (P)            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .485
    Pat Spratt (RF)               4  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .315
    Tom Chism (1B)                4  1  0  0  0  1  1  0    .255
    Ray Knight (3B)               4  1  0  1  0  1  0  0    .352
    Paddy Moira (CF)              4  2  0  2  1  2  1  0    .304
    Steve Yeager (C)              4  2  0  1  0  0  1  0    .268
    Bucky Dent (SS)               2  1  1  1  0  1  0  0    .302
    Clive Revill (P)              1  0  0  0  0  1  1  0    .133
     Al Greene (P)                1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .346
     Jay Aldrich (P)              0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Garry Templeton (P)          1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .091
     Rusty Gerhardt (P)           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       32 10  3  7  1  7  5  0
    
       2B:  Steve Yeager (2), Pat Spratt (9), Ray Knight (6), Bucky Dent (7)
       HR:  Paddy Moira (4)
       GDP:  Ray Knight, Dai Boyd
       CS:  Larry Whisenton
    
                   SAN DIEGO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                Clive Revill  6.0  8  2  0  4  4  3  92   4.15
                 Jay Aldrich  2.0  0  0  0  0  0  1  22   6.55
              Rusty Gerhardt  1.0  1  1  0  0  0  0  14   2.08
                      TOTALS  9.0  9  3  0  4  4  4 128
    
    NEW YORK                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Phil Garner (2B)              3  1  1  1  0  1  1  0    .266
    Roy Staiger (3B)              4  2  0  0  0  0  0  0    .373
    Steve Garvey (1B)             4  1  0  0  0  0  2  0    .327
    Ken Griffey (RF)              4  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .352
    Willie Crawford (LF)          3  0  1  1  0  0  1  0    .235
    Brian Asselstine (CF)         4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .246
    Frank Estrada (C)             4  2  0  0  0  0  0  0    .344
    Tim Foli (SS)                 3  0  1  1  0  1  0  0    .308
    Silvio Martinez (P)           1  1  0  1  0  1  0  0    .188
     Jim Strickland (P)           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Jerry Royster (P)            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .167
     Manny Muniz (P)              0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .500
     Luis Melendez (P)            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Rick Anderson (P)            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Leon Hooten (P)              0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Ike Blessitt (P)             1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .500
    TOTALS                       33  9  3  4  0  4  4  0
    
       2B:  Brian Asselstine (9)
       3B:  Silvio Martinez (1)
       CS:  Ken Griffey
    
       DP:  Steve Garvey 2, Phil Garner 2, Tim Foli 2
    
                    NEW YORK   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
             Silvio Martinez  3.0  7  1  1  5  5  1  64   4.75
              Jim Strickland  2.0  0  1  0  0  0  1  25   4.63
                 Manny Muniz  2.0  1  0  0  1  1  1  26   4.15
               Rick Anderson  1.1  2  1  0  1  1  2  29   2.65
                 Leon Hooten  0.2  0  0  0  0  0  0   2   1.40
                      TOTALS  9.0 10  3  1  7  7  5 146
    
         WP: Clive Revill (4-1)
         LP: Silvio Martinez (5-2)
         SV: Rusty Gerhardt (7)
    
         Temperature: 96F
         Wind: Calm
         Attendance: 39,152
         Time: 2:48
    
    Padres (34 -20) are 1st in the N.L. West leading by 3 games the Reds (31-23)
    "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...

    Early in May, 1981, Al Kirby the editor of the "Canadian Chronicle" calls his chief editorial writer, Lynn Howard, to his Winnipeg office.


    Al: Lynn, how'd'ya like to be the news editor of our Ottawa edition? John Haman is finally retiring.

    Lynn: I'd love if it were so, Al, but you have promised it me before, and it fell through.

    Al: Yeah, sorry about that, John hung on to beef up his RRSP; this time is for real, though...John's wife has spoken!(Both laugh)https://www.google.ca/search?q=RRSP+...LZDM8AeOx5fABw

    Lynn: Well, that makes it a dead cert, eh? ...' course I'll have to check with Tom and Val... my hubby'll be no problem...he'll love the better weather for golf...Val might be tough, though...he has lots of friends in the 'Peg...especially his fiancee, Evelyn...lovely girl, Al...I look forward to her joining the family.

    Al: (Awkward) Um...Lynn, ah, it's not an option, no maybes attached

    Lynn: I don't understand.

    Al: This Dan and your granddaughter thing...it just won't go away in this town.... the "Free Press" harps on it, as do the local t.v and radio stations. Your journalistic credibility is impaired with the local public.

    Lynn: You believe that I, and my friends and family, committed mass perjury, Al? ...you know how to hurt a girl.

    Al: What I think, doesn't matter...what all this will effect on the circulation of our local edition, does...and it hasn't been good since January. Meanwhile, the Ottawa edition, doesn't seem to be affected.

    Lynn: They have more famous villains than the Conways to badmouth, with Pierre and his crew. So you're kicking me upstairs, Al?...I thank you for using a baby's bootie, and I'm glad to go where I can write about the real crooks in this country, and the weather is better...Val will have to lump it...I'll buy him off with the house as a wedding present, or something.
    "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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    Re: "SPIKES" ...The Conway chronicles...

    The London "Daily Mirror"

    April 30th 1981

    Milestones of the month

    by Chatty Cathy

    It was reassuring to the free world that the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, was able to leave hospital this month , and, despite having been shot in the chest thirteen days earlier, being just an inch and a few moments away from death, was now ready to go back to the White House to govern.

    He won't, of course, take the reins of running the country, immediately, which should make little difference since he, himself, quipped from his hospital bed how smoothly things were going despite his absence from the helm "And that's supposed to be good news to me?"

    Things have gone rather better to ease his convalescence. Russia halted its troop movements at the Polish border, Leonid Brezhnev declaring that the country must solve its own problems, the Soviet leader, no doubt, preoccupied, as we are, with the vagaries of daylight saving time which has now been instituted within the Soviet Union

    And Brezhnev must ponder the future implications of the American "Columbia", the first reusable spaceship about to embark upon its maiden voyage and back, returning to Earth on April 14. It is the first time a manned reusable spacecraft has returned from orbit.thus ending such a wasteful procession of vessels that were burnt up, or damaged too badly upon landing on Earth to fly again.

    The Syrians must still be giving the President, fits. They believe they have a right to Lebanon. Their military was long ago invited there by the then Christian government during Lebanon's civil war, as peacekeepers and to protect Christians, but the Syrian army is still there, now supporting the PLO, and, ironically, in Eastern Lebanon they are having an artillery exchange with those same Christian militiamen!

    Back home, here, it was personally saddening to this writer to see the decline of the Brixton area in London, where she lived as a young newspaper reporter. The once -jolly market has been replaced by rioters hurling petrol bombs, attacking police, and looting shops. In my day, Blacks were at least tolerated, if not made to feel welcome to the district; today, few whites care to enter the area, day or night.

    And the longest sporting event in history took place in Pawtucket, Rhode Island when a Minor League Baseball game between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox, it becoming the longest professional baseball game ever - and it ain't even over till it's over! After more than 8 hours and 32 innings, the game's ending has been suspended until June of this year.
    -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
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    Re: "SPIKES" ...The Conway chronicles...

    Rongar writes: Taking the day off tomorrow, doctor's orders, so 3 items today, 3 on Monday
    ******************************************************************************** **********


    Dan's decision (Continued)

    Dan found that his old friend and comrade, Joe Mercier, had settled down nicely in his new habitat at the National Liberal Club (N.L.C.) - Conway's own address during his days as an American war correspondent throughout the 1941 London blitz- A room at the N.L.C. was pricey, and far above the poverty situation in which Dan had found Joe, chalking beauty on the sidewalks of the Thames Embankment, but it was chump change for a man who thought forty million dollars was value for money if it bought one a team like the old-time Philadelphia Phils, and who happened also to be an ex-soldier, who respected the courage and integrity of a former friend and comrade, who had shared with Dan Conway, the biggest adventure of their lives - the escape from Dunkirk in 1940.

    When Dan first found a beggarly Mercier, scrawling his wonders on London pavements, he discerned that the elegant ex- Colonel, who, in his prime, spoke English fluently enough to woo and wed Conway's former wife, Lynn, had forgotten much of the language during his long incarceration with the other French troops, captured after the fall of Dien-bien phu in 1954, but now, after Dan Conway had fitted Mercier out with a decent wardrobe, and set him up with an allowance sufficient to enable the man to cultivate his former Gallic charisma enough to hob-nob with the upper crust to be found at a London Gentleman's club.

    In the fifteen months that had elapsed since Dan had rescued him from the working poor of London, Joe Merier's natural elegance in French manners, and hard-learned re-learning of the English language, had rubbed him easily along with the elite of a toney establishment of the "Enelsee" as it was known in London, and his ability to doodle artistic masterpieces on the Club's dinner napkins, endeared him mightily to those many influential Club Members upon whom he freely bestowed them, so Joe was well in, there.

    He no longer worked in chalk, but freelanced as an artist connected to a local art gallery, knocking out "Impressionist" canvases by the dozens for goodly sums, as well as doing a roaring trade in private personal portraits, so Joe could well afford to invite his old pal, Dan, over to the "Enelsee" to dinner, and learn what his former comrade in arms had to tell him.

    Joe was, naturally stunned when Conway broke the news to him of his wife and son's history.

    "Mon Dieu, Dan I knew of this famous lady, Lynn Howard in Canada but never dreamed..and as for my son...every opportune I, how you say?..looked up every young Canadian of that name but you know..." with a Gallic shrug "..I had not the - ah resources, to go there and ...um initiate?"

    "Well, old chum..." remarked Dan as he polished off the last forkful of his excellent prime cut of steak "...You have the resources now, even if your investigation is over. I want you to settle your affairs in London, and fly back with me to meet your son, Valentine, and attend his wedding in June - what say?"

    The Frenchman aquiesced with amazing alacrity. " C'est bon! " he said.
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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    Montreal Expos at Cincinnati Reds
    June 11, 1981

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Eric Wilkins takes the mound for the Reds.
    Joe Strain popped up to short. <--->
    Henry Cruz lined out to center field. <--->
    Chet Lemon grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Lynn McGlothen takes the mound for the Expos.
    Jose Cruz singled up the middle. <--1>
    The Reds put on the hit and run.
    Bruce Miller grounded to third. <-2->
    Mike Hargrove grounded to short. <-2->
    Jose Cruz was caught stealing third. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Andre Dawson struck out. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros lined out to left. <--->
    Larry Fritz grounded to short. <--->
    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
    Billy Conigliaro grounded to first base. <--->
    Mike Heath was hit by a pitch. <--1>
    The Reds put on the hit and run.
    Sam Mejias grounded to second. <-2->
    Jerry Manuel grounded to the third baseman. <-2->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the second, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Chris Speier reached first on a throwing error by the third baseman. <--1>
    Bob Boone singled back through the middle. <-21>
    Chris Speier went for an extra base and reached third. <3-1>
    Lynn McGlothen singled to left, scoring a run. <-21>
    Joe Strain popped up to second. <-21>
    Henry Cruz struck out. <-21>
    Chet Lemon homered over the right field fence for three RBIs. <--->
    Andre Dawson walked. <--1>
    Steve Ontiveros walked. <-21>
    Larry Fritz flied out to right. <-21>
    4 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, Montreal leads 4 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Tom Runnells popped up to the shortstop. <--->
    Eric Wilkins struck out. <--->
    Jose Cruz grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the third, Cincinnati trails 4 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Chris Speier grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Bob Boone grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Lynn McGlothen flied out to left. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, Montreal leads 4 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Bruce Miller grounded to short. <--->
    Mike Hargrove flied out to left. <--->
    Billy Conigliaro grounded to second. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, Cincinnati trails 4 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Joe Strain popped up to second. <--->
    Henry Cruz popped up to second. <--->
    Chet Lemon struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, Montreal leads 4 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Mike Heath grounded to short. <--->
    Sam Mejias grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Jerry Manuel singled into right field. <--1>
    Jerry Manuel was caught stealing second. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, Cincinnati trails 4 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Andre Dawson grounded to first. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros popped up to first. <--->
    Larry Fritz flied out to center. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, Montreal leads 4 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Tom Runnells popped up to first. <--->
    Eric Wilkins flied out to left field. <--->
    Jose Cruz popped up foul down the third base line. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, Cincinnati trails 4 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Chris Speier grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Bob Boone grounded to short. <--->
    Lynn McGlothen struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, Montreal leads 4 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Bruce Miller flied out to left. <--->
    Mike Hargrove grounded to short. <--->
    Billy Conigliaro grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, Cincinnati trails 4 to 0.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Joe Strain singled through the hole. <--1>
    Henry Cruz doubled into the right field corner. <32->
    Chet Lemon grounded to the second baseman, scoring a run. <3-->
    Bill Landrum now pitching for the Reds. <3-->
    Andre Dawson grounded to second. <3-->
    Steve Ontiveros walked. <3-1>
    Larry Fritz grounded to short. <3-1>
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, Montreal leads 5 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Mike Heath homered over the left field fence. <--->
    Sam Mejias grounded to second. <--->
    Jerry Manuel doubled down the third base line. <-2->
    Tom Runnells walked. <-21>
    Dan Driessen pinch hit for Bill Landrum. <-21>
    Dan Driessen grounded to second, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
    Jose Cruz walked. <321>
    Bruce Miller walked, scoring a run. <321>
    Mike Hargrove grounded to second. <321>
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, Cincinnati trails 5 to 2.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Bill Scherrer now pitching for the Reds. <--->
    Chris Speier singled to left. <--1>
    Bob Boone walked. <-21>
    Gary Roenicke pinch hit for Lynn McGlothen. <-21>
    Gary Roenicke walked. <321>
    Joe Strain singled into right field for two RBIs. <-21>
    Henry Cruz grounded to the shortstop, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
    Chet Lemon was hit by a pitch. <321>
    Andre Dawson grounded to third for a double play (5-4-3). <32->
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, Montreal leads 7 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Bill Campbell now pitching for the Expos. <--->
    Billy Conigliaro popped up to second. <--->
    Mike Heath grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Sam Mejias grounded to second. <--->

    EXPOS 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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    Expos best game in June
    
    Montreal Expos at Cincinnati Reds
    June 11, 1981
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
             Expos (MON) 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 2    7  7  0
              Reds (CIN) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0    2  4  1
    
    MONTREAL                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Joe Strain (2B)               5  2  0  1  0  2  0  0    .314
    Henry Cruz (LF)               5  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .326
    Chet Lemon (CF)               4  1  0  1  1  4  1  0    .292
    Andre Dawson (RF)             4  0  1  0  0  0  1  0    .309
    Steve Ontiveros (3B)          2  0  2  0  0  0  0  0    .268
    Larry Fritz (1B)              4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .223
    Chris Speier (SS)             4  1  0  2  0  0  0  0    .212
    Bob Boone (C)                 3  1  1  2  0  0  0  0    .258
    Lynn McGlothen (P)            3  1  0  1  0  1  1  0    .147
     Gary Roenicke (P)            0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .385
     Bill Campbell (P)            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       34  7  5  7  1  7  4  0
    
       2B:  Henry Cruz (11)
       HR:  Chet Lemon (8)
       HBP:  Chet Lemon
       GDP:  Andre Dawson
    
                    MONTREAL   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
              Lynn McGlothen  8.0  4  3  1  2  2  1 119   2.65
               Bill Campbell  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  0  11   3.24
                      TOTALS  9.0  4  3  1  2  2  1 130
    
    CINCINNATI                   ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Jose Cruz (LF)                3  1  1  0  0  0  0  0    .267
    Bruce Miller (3B)             3  0  1  0  0  1  0  0    .289
    Mike Hargrove (1B)            4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .246
    Billy Conigliaro (CF)         4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .261
    Mike Heath (C)                3  1  0  1  1  1  0  0    .291
    Sam Mejias (RF)               4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .389
    Jerry Manuel (2B)             3  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .280
    Tom Runnells (SS)             2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .351
    Eric Wilkins (P)              2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .129
     Bill Landrum (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Dan Driessen (P)             1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .200
     Bill Scherrer (P)            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       29  4  3  2  1  2  1  0
    
       2B:  Jerry Manuel (14)
       HR:  Mike Heath (11)
       HBP:  Mike Heath
       CS:  Jerry Manuel, Jose Cruz
    
       DP:  Mike Hargrove, Jerry Manuel, Bruce Miller
       E:  Bruce Miller
    
                  CINCINNATI   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                Eric Wilkins  7.1  5  2  1  5  1  4 116   3.86
                Bill Landrum  0.2  0  1  0  0  0  0  13   6.62
               Bill Scherrer  1.0  2  2  0  2  2  0  32   4.03
                      TOTALS  9.0  7  5  1  7  3  4 161
    
         WP: Lynn McGlothen (6-3)
         LP: Eric Wilkins (6-3)
    
         Temperature: 73F
         Wind: 7 MPH (left to right)
         Attendance: 36,733
         Time: 2:53
    
    Expos (47-36) are 3rd in the N.L.East 9 GB of the Mets (56-37)
    "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,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

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    Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres
    June 7, 1981
    
    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Craig Mitchell takes the mound for the Padres.
    Jose Cruz popped up to second. <--->
    Bruce Miller flied out to left. <--->
    Mike Hargrove grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 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.
    Rudy Law hit an infield single to the shortstop. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Rudy Law stole second. <-2->
    Rudy Law stole third. <3-->
    Ron Oester struck out. <3-->
    Paddy Moira walked. <3-1>
    Pat Spratt singled down the right field line, scoring a run. <3-1>
    Al Greene grounded to second, scoring a run. <-2->
    Steve Dunning threw a wild pitch. <3-->
    Ray Knight grounded to third. <3-->
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the first, San Diego leads 2 to 0.
    
    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Billy Conigliaro struck out. <--->
    Mike Heath grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    Sam Mejias grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, Cincinnati trails 2 to 0.
    
    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Steve Yeager grounded to third. <--->
    Bucky Dent doubled into the left field corner. <-2->
    Craig Mitchell struck out. <-2->
    Steve Dunning threw a wild pitch. <3-->
    Rudy Law walked. <3-1>
    Rudy Law was caught stealing second. <3-->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the second, San Diego leads 2 to 0.
    
    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Jerry Manuel walked. <--1>
    Tom Runnells flied out to center field. <--1>
    Steve Dunning struck out. <--1>
    Jose Cruz grounded to short. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, Cincinnati trails 2 to 0.
    
    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Ron Oester singled up the middle. <--1>
    Ron Oester went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Steve Dunning threw a wild pitch. <3-->
    Paddy Moira singled down the third base line, scoring a run. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Pat Spratt grounded to first. <-2->
    Al Greene grounded to first. <3-->
    Ray Knight homered over the left field fence for two RBIs. <--->
    Steve Yeager flied out to right field. <--->
    3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the third, San Diego leads 5 to 0.
    
    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Bruce Miller grounded to short. <--->
    Mike Hargrove grounded to third. <--->
    Billy Conigliaro struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, Cincinnati trails 5 to 0.
    
    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Bucky Dent singled to right-center. <--1>
    Craig Mitchell grounded to second for a double play (4-6-3). <--->
    Rudy Law grounded to first. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, San Diego leads 5 to 0.
    
    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Mike Heath struck out. <--->
    Sam Mejias singled to left. <--1>
    Jerry Manuel struck out. <--1>
    Tom Runnells struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, Cincinnati trails 5 to 0.
    
    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Ron Oester grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Paddy Moira grounded to second. <--->
    Pat Spratt walked. <--1>
    Al Greene doubled to left field. <32->
    Gary Lucas now pitching for the Reds. <32->
    Ray Knight singled to center for two RBIs. <--1>
    Steve Yeager singled to right, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Bucky Dent struck out. <3-1>
    2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, San Diego leads 7 to 0.
    
    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Gary Lucas struck out. <--->
    Jose Cruz reached first on a fielding error by the third baseman. <--1>
    Bruce Miller grounded to second, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
    Mike Hargrove struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, Cincinnati trails 7 to 0.
    
    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Craig Mitchell grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Rudy Law grounded to third. <--->
    Ron Oester walked. <--1>
    Paddy Moira grounded to first. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, San Diego leads 7 to 0.
    
    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Billy Conigliaro flied out to right field. <--->
    Mike Heath tripled into the left field corner. <3-->
    Sam Mejias doubled in the left field gap, scoring a run. <-2->
    Jerry Manuel lined out to the third baseman. <-2->
    Tom Runnells struck out. <-2->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, Cincinnati trails 7 to 1.
    
    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Pat Spratt grounded to second. <--->
    Al Greene walked. <--1>
    Ray Knight popped up to second. <--1>
    Gary Lucas threw a wild pitch. <-2->
    Steve Yeager popped up to second. <-2->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, San Diego leads 7 to 1.
    
    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Dan Driessen pinch hit for Gary Lucas. <--->
    Dan Driessen singled to left. <--1>
    Jose Cruz grounded to second, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
    Bruce Miller walked. <-21>
    Mike Hargrove singled to right, scoring a run. <3-1>
    Billy Conigliaro flied out to right field. <3-1>
    Bruce Miller tagged up and scored. <--1>
    Mike Heath flied out to right field. <--1>
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, Cincinnati trails 7 to 3.
    
    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Bill Scherrer now pitching for the Reds. <--->
    Bucky Dent grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Garry Templeton pinch hit for Craig Mitchell. <--->
    Garry Templeton struck out. <--->
    Rudy Law singled to center field. <--1>
    Rudy Law went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Ron Oester hit an infield single to the pitcher. <3-1>
    Paddy Moira singled to center, scoring a run. <3-1>
    Pat Spratt singled up the middle, scoring a run. <-21>
    Al Greene homered down the left-field line for three RBIs. <--->
    Ray Knight struck out. <--->
    5 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, San Diego leads 12 to 3.
    
    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Dennis DeBarr now pitching for the Padres. <--->
    Sam Mejias grounded to second. <--->
    Jerry Manuel struck out. <--->
    Tom Runnells singled down the third base line. <--1>
    Sal Bando pinch hit for Bill Scherrer. <--1>
    Sal Bando singled to left field. <-21>
    Jose Cruz flied out to left. <-21>
    
    PADRES WIN: 12-3
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

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    Code:
    Padres best game in June
    
    Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres
    June 7, 1981
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
              Reds (CIN) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0    3  7  0
            Padres (SDP) 2 0 3 0 2 0 0 5 x   12 15  1
    
    CINCINNATI                   ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Jose Cruz (LF)                5  0  0  1  0  0  0  0    .272
    Bruce Miller (3B)             3  0  1  1  0  0  0  0    .285
    Mike Hargrove (1B)            4  1  0  0  0  1  1  0    .241
    Billy Conigliaro (CF)         3  0  0  0  0  1  2  0    .278
    Mike Heath (C)                4  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .289
    Sam Mejias (RF)               4  2  0  0  0  1  0  0    .386
    Jerry Manuel (2B)             3  0  1  0  0  0  2  0    .274
    Tom Runnells (SS)             4  1  0  0  0  0  2  0    .357
    Steve Dunning (P)             1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .125
     Gary Lucas (P)               1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .000
     Dan Driessen (P)             1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .154
     Bill Scherrer (P)            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
     Sal Bando (P)                1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .333
    TOTALS                       34  7  2  3  0  3 10  0
    
       2B:  Sam Mejias (10)
       3B:  Mike Heath (1)
    
       DP:  Mike Hargrove, Jerry Manuel, Tom Runnells
    
                  CINCINNATI   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
               Steve Dunning  4.2  8  3  1  7  7  2  78   5.42
                  Gary Lucas  2.1  2  2  0  0  0  1  42   0.73
               Bill Scherrer  1.0  5  0  1  5  5  2  27   3.63
                      TOTALS  8.0 15  5  2 12 12  5 147
    
    SAN DIEGO                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Rudy Law (CF)                 4  2  1  2  0  0  0  2    .341
    Ron Oester (2B)               4  2  1  2  0  0  1  0    .294
    Paddy Moira (RF)              4  2  1  3  0  2  0  0    .299
    Pat Spratt (1B)               4  2  1  2  0  2  0  0    .342
    Al Greene (LF)                4  2  1  2  1  4  0  0    .313
    Ray Knight (3B)               5  2  0  1  1  4  1  0    .308
    Steve Yeager (C)              4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .281
    Bucky Dent (SS)               4  2  0  0  0  0  1  0    .269
    Craig Mitchell (P)            3  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .000
     Garry Templeton (P)          1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .250
     Dennis DeBarr (P)            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       37 15  5 12  2 12  5  2
    
       2B:  Ron Oester (2), Bucky Dent (12), Rudy Law (12), Al Greene (5)
       HR:  Ray Knight (4), Al Greene (2)
       GDP:  Craig Mitchell
       CS:  Rudy Law
       E:  Ray Knight
    
                   SAN DIEGO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
              Craig Mitchell  8.0  5  2  0  3  3  9 119   3.04
               Dennis DeBarr  1.0  2  0  0  0  0  1  18   4.43
                      TOTALS  9.0  7  2  0  3  3 10 137
    
         WP: Craig Mitchell (7-3)
         LP: Steve Dunning (6-7)
    
         Temperature: 83F
         Wind: Calm
         Attendance: 34,734
         Time: 2:51
    
    Padres (53-28) are 1st in the N.L. West with a lead of 6 games over the Reds (47-36)
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

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    The London "Daily Mirror"

    May 31st 1981

    Milestones of the month

    by Chatty Cathy

    Death and near death seems to have been the dominant theme of May, People

    Again, like the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, a highly prominent personage was attacked , no less than Pope John Paul II, who was shot and nearly killed by someone called Mehemet Ali Agca, a Turk, who was allegedly under orders from the Soviet KGB.

    The celebrated singer Bab Marley died of cancer at the tragically early age of 36, whilst in the U.S.A. the first woman guard, Donna Payment, to be murdered by an inmate, was the victim of convicted serial killer Lemuel Smith, who, now that horse has bolted will surely be put away where he can kill no more - six feet under.

    In stark contrast to that , our own serial killer, Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper" was found guilty of 13 counts of murder, but was sentenced to life imprisonment. The main argument against the death penalty is that a wrongly -convicted person could go to the gallows, but after thirteen of such obscenities, there can be little doubt that Sutcliffe should also now be a "Good inmate" - a dead one.

    In ironic juxtaposition to that, an inmate who did die, for a far nobler cause - Irish freedom - Bobby Sands, a Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer and abstentionist Member of Parliament of the British House of Commons died, aged 27, while on hunger strike in prison. It was a sacrifice apparently orchestrated by the Irish rebels, demonstrating that theirs was a cause, indeed, worth dying for.

    Also a noble idea was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial selected fromm 1,421 other entries by a jury of architects and sculptors.

    That was a salute for the past; an interesting idea for the future was the new Chile pension system, based on private pension funds, began this month.
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=+Chil...B8Xf8gf4y474DQ
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    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

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    The "San Diego Clarion" SYNDICATED

    M
    ay 20th 1981

    Getting off the tiger

    by Dan Conway

    After three weeks of twisting the arms of Democrat and Republican politicians, alike, President Ronald Reagan finally got his way, and saw that his first attempt to reduce the size and waste of government succeed in the passage of the bipartisan Gramm-Latta bill which proposed to reduce this year's deficit in government spending to a "mere" $31 billion.

    We can be sure that the 192 Democrats and "moderate" Republicans who voted against the bill, will use their power in the House of Representatives to beaver away at this bill in order to restore as many of the pork-barrel benefits as they can, but it was a great moral victory for a President who actually delivered his campaign promise, of getting along with Congress, maintaining the country's defenses, providing strong leadership in a government of which he would also reduce the waste, therein, and making Americans feel good again.

    Enthused, perhaps, by all the approval from the polls and the politicians alike, Reagan got carried away, and allowed himself to ride one of his - and this writer's own - pet hobby-horses, that he's driven over the years - Social Security reform.

    Ever since 1975 he has been urging privatization of the scheme, which was basically flawed by making the Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) a government agency in the first place, where the administration of the day was allowed to cheerfully pilfer it, to pay for its other excesses, like going to war, handouts to corrupt Third -world governments under the guise of foreign aid, more handouts to the non-productive and undeserving elements of our own society, the contribution to inflation by giving in to outrageous wage demands like that of the present air-traffic controllers' union.

    Insurance and other financial institutions are far more business- like and simply would not tolerate the abuses to the system that the Civil Servants, who are going to get their pay, no matter how much FICA loses (which will be $160 billion this year) turn a blind eye upon. That FICA would be better administered by long -term professionals who know what they're doing rather than politicians whose main pre-occupation is getting themselves re- elected, is evidenced by the private pro's bottom line, and their millions of satisfied clients.

    Social Security is a tiger that we mounted when it was a cub, a time of a huge, hard-working majority paying a relatively low payroll tax to succor that relatively tiny community -as it was, then, who hadn't provided for themselves when times were good, the retirees. the invalids, and the various panhandlers in our society, the drunks, the druggies, the drifters.

    This non -productive element of our society has grown hugely over the years, while the work -force that subsidizes it, has dwindled. Given how jobs are now rapidly disappearing to massive immigration, widespread automation. and foreign competition, in time, logically, a tiny workforce will be handing over a substantial whack of its pay-packet in taxes and other deductions to sustain an unwieldy mass of the non-prodcutive. Our Society will, at last, have to dismount the tiger, which is by now, big enough to eat us all.

    President Reagan is the first politician to demonstrate that he is also a statesman, by proclaiming that we do something about this by proposing a 31% reduction in benefits to workers who retired before the age of sixty-five. He proved to be the only G.O.P. politician to appear statesmanlike in this regard as, in a panic, yesterday, the Republican controlled Senate voted 96-0 for a resolution stating "The Congress shall not precipitously and unfairly punish early retirees"

    The public at large may approve of the present Congress ignoring FICAs present deficits; but with the proportion of the non-productive segment of society growing steadily by the year, and the work-force which sustains it, rapidly shrinking, we all ain't seen nothing, yet. I forecast that people in the future who depend on Social Security, getting absolutely nothing, the trough being emptied at last.
    -30-
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    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

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

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    Augie hires

    Also by May 1981, in another part of the world, London, England. Augustus Conway, with the good -natured help of his brother Jacy's gang, has renovated the extensive long -empty apartments above the Thrift Store into a fit abode for himself, and the children with whom he has been so recently united.

    There is even an extra couple of rooms to house the Nanny/housekeeper that he so urgently needs to tend to those children, while he is away, supervising the various Conway enterprises and charities.

    Augie began interviewing applicants for the post while the last lick of paint was being applied by the boxer, Kenny Dahl, yet bearing the marks of the battering he received when quelling the German welterweight with the unpronouncable name, and the last strip of wallpaper was being pasted by the Boyer brothers, only Donny Twinn of the Jacy coterie, being absent in Japan, playing baseball.

    Augie, thought a couple of the many ladies applying for the post that he had advertised as being "Congenial and well-paid", youngish to middle-aged would do, and he told them that he "Would let them know" but it was the last interview of a long day that made up his mind for him.

    She was young, she was Swedish, bore a glowing resume' and a splendid body, but it was her name that sold the show-business-oriented Augie on hiring her. She called herself Lillian Bayliss.
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=Lilli...GeOM8QeAqLGYBg





    Augie hires
    "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...

    National League at American League
    July 10, 1981

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Frank Tanana takes the mound for the American League.
    Ken Griffey popped up to the third baseman. <--->
    Mike Tyson walked. <--1>
    Pat Spratt grounded to third for a double play (5-4-3). <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Bob Welch takes the mound for the National League.
    U L Washington popped up to the shortstop. <--->
    Mike Cubbage doubled down the right field line. <-2->
    Cecil Cooper singled to left. <3-1>
    Carlton Fisk grounded to first for a double play (3-6-1). <3-->
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Dave Kingman grounded to first. <--->
    Ted Simmons struck out. <--->
    Greg Luzinski homered over the left field fence. <--->
    Sixto Lezcano grounded to second. <--->
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, National League leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Tony Armas popped up to second. <--->
    Aurelio Rodriguez singled up the middle. <--1>
    Tom Paciorek doubled down the third base line. <32->
    Richie Zisk singled to left for two RBIs. <--1>
    Rod Carew singled down the first base line. <-21>
    U L Washington popped up to the catcher in foul ground. <-21>
    Mike Cubbage grounded to third. <-2->
    2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the second, American League leads 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Ray Knight flied out to right. <--->
    Rick Auerbach grounded to first base. <--->
    Ken Griffey flied out to center field. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, National League trails 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Gary Wheelock now pitching for the National League. <--->
    Cecil Cooper flied out to center. <--->
    Carlton Fisk grounded to second. <--->
    Tony Armas grounded to first. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the third, American League leads 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Mike Tyson flied out to left field. <--->
    Pat Spratt flied out to left. <--->
    Dave Kingman popped up to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, National League trails 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Aurelio Rodriguez grounded to first base. <--->
    Tom Paciorek grounded to second. <--->
    Richie Zisk grounded to the pitcher. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, American League leads 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Ted Simmons grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Greg Luzinski grounded to third. <--->
    Sixto Lezcano walked. <--1>
    Ray Knight flied out to center. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, National League trails 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Rod Carew grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
    U L Washington walked. <--1>
    Mike Cubbage walked. <-21>
    Cecil Cooper walked. <321>
    Carlton Fisk grounded to the second baseman, scoring a run. <3-1>
    Tony Armas grounded to second. <3-1>
    1 run, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, American League leads 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Mike Torrez now pitching for the American League. <--->
    Rick Auerbach doubled to the wall in center. <-2->
    Ken Griffey grounded to second. <-2->
    Gary Rajsich pinch hit for Mike Tyson. <-2->
    Rick Auerbach stole third. <3-->
    Gary Rajsich doubled in the left field gap, scoring a run. <-2->
    Pat Spratt grounded to second. <3-->
    Dave Kingman grounded to second. <3-->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, National League trails 3 to 2.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Alfredo Martinez now pitching for the National League. <--->
    Felix Millan came in to play Second Base. <--->
    Aurelio Rodriguez singled down the third base line. <--1>
    Tom Paciorek walked. <-21>
    Richie Zisk walked. <321>
    George Brett pinch hit for Rod Carew. <321>
    George Brett singled to center for two RBIs. <-21>
    U L Washington grounded to third, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
    Mike Cubbage walked. <321>
    Cecil Cooper grounded to first for a double play (3-6-1). <32->
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, American League leads 5 to 2.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Johnny Grubb came in to play Center Field. <--->
    Ted Simmons grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Greg Luzinski struck out. <--->
    Sixto Lezcano walked. <--1>
    Ray Knight homered over the left field fence for two RBIs. <--->
    Rick Auerbach singled through the hole. <--1>
    Rick Austin now pitching for the American League. <--1>
    Ken Griffey grounded to the pitcher. <--1>
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, National League trails 5 to 4.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Porfi Altamirano now pitching for the National League. <--->
    Carlton Fisk walked. <--1>
    Tony Armas was hit by a pitch. <-21>
    Aurelio Rodriguez struck out. <-21>
    Tom Paciorek struck out. <-21>
    Porfi Altamirano threw a wild pitch. <32->
    Johnny Grubb singled to left for two RBIs. <--1>
    Bill Scherrer now pitching for the National League. <--1>
    George Brett singled through the right side, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    U L Washington walked. <321>
    Mike Cubbage grounded to third. <32->
    2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, American League leads 7 to 4.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Felix Millan grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
    Pat Spratt homered into the right field bleachers. <--->
    Dave Kingman struck out. <--->
    Ted Simmons grounded to first. <--->
    1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, National League trails 7 to 5.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Willie Hernandez now pitching for the National League. <--->
    Cecil Cooper lined out to first. <--->
    Carlton Fisk grounded to first base. <--->
    Tony Armas grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, American League leads 7 to 5.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Bob Apodaca now pitching for the American League. <--->
    Greg Luzinski struck out. <--->
    Sixto Lezcano popped up to short. <--->
    Ray Knight singled down the first base line. <--1>
    Rick Auerbach lined out to left field. <--1>

    AMERICAN LEAGUE WIN: 7-5
    "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...

    1981 All-Star game

    National League at American League
    July 10, 1981

    Code:
    1981 All-Star game
    
    National League at American League 
    July 10, 1981
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
    National League (NL) 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 0    5  7  0
    American League (AL) 0 2 0 0 1 2 2 0 x    7 10  0
    
    NATIONAL LEAGUE              ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Ken Griffey (CF)              4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .358
    Mike Tyson (2B)               1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .309
     Gary Rajsich (P)             1  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .318
     Felix Millan (P)             1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .319
    Pat Spratt (DH)               4  1  0  1  1  1  0  0    .349
    Dave Kingman (1B)             4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .281
    Ted Simmons (C)               4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .323
    Greg Luzinski (LF)            4  1  0  1  1  1  2  0    .314
    Sixto Lezcano (RF)            2  0  2  1  0  0  0  0    .287
    Ray Knight (3B)               4  2  0  1  1  2  0  0    .344
    Rick Auerbach (SS)            4  2  0  1  0  0  0  1    .305
    TOTALS                       33  7  3  5  3  5  4  1
    
       2B:  Rick Auerbach, Gary Rajsich
       HR:  Ray Knight, Greg Luzinski, Pat Spratt
       GDP:  Pat Spratt
    
       DP:  Dave Kingman 2, Rick Auerbach 2
    
                               ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                   Bob Welch  2.0  6  0  0  2  2  0  37   2.29
               Gary Wheelock  3.0  0  3  0  1  1  0  48   3.71
            Alfredo Martinez  1.0  2  3  0  2  2  0  31   3.33
            Porfi Altamirano  0.2  1  1  0  2  2  2  23   1.75
               Bill Scherrer  0.1  1  1  0  0  0  0  12   3.25
            Willie Hernandez  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  0  12   2.00
                      TOTALS  8.0 10  8  0  7  7  2 163
    
    AMERICAN LEAGUE              ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    U L Washington (SS)           3  0  2  1  0  0  0  0    .353
    Mike Cubbage (3B)             3  1  2  0  0  0  0  0    .382
    Cecil Cooper (1B)             4  1  1  0  0  0  0  0    .330
    Carlton Fisk (C)              4  0  1  1  0  1  0  0    .408
    Tony Armas (RF)               4  0  0  1  0  0  0  0    .283
    Aurelio Rodriguez (DH)        4  2  0  2  0  0  1  0    .337
    Tom Paciorek (LF)             3  1  1  2  0  0  1  0    .355
    Richie Zisk (CF)              2  1  1  0  0  2  0  0    .372
     Johnny Grubb (P)             1  1  0  0  0  2  0  0    .278
    Rod Carew (2B)                2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .349
     George Brett (P)             2  2  0  0  0  2  0  0    .336
    TOTALS                       32 10  8  7  0  7  2  0
    
       2B:  Mike Cubbage, Tom Paciorek
       HBP:  Tony Armas
       GDP:  Carlton Fisk, Cecil Cooper
    
       DP:  Cecil Cooper, Rod Carew, Mike Cubbage
    
                               ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                Frank Tanana  5.0  1  2  1  1  1  1  74   3.41
                 Mike Torrez  1.2  4  1  1  3  3  1  40   2.89
                 Rick Austin  1.1  1  0  1  1  1  1  22   2.72
                 Bob Apodaca  1.0  1  0  0  0  0  1  15   2.45
                      TOTALS  9.0  7  3  3  5  5  4 151
    
         WP: Frank Tanana
         LP: Bob Welch
         SV: Bob Apodaca
    
         Temperature: 87F
         Wind: Calm
         Attendance: 50,000
         Time: 3:16
    "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...

    The "Bronx Cheer"

    June 10th 1981

    Royal event

    by Sandy Gobbi

    No, I wasn't invited to the Mercier - Hanby nuptials on Saturday last, the Conway clan must believe that I'm not a fan of the nearest dynasty that these United States have to Royalty.

    Like any Royal family, it is highly cosmopolitan with elements of American (Dan), Asian (Evelyn Hanby), British (Three of Dan's four children), Canadian(Lynn Howard), and French (The groom's father, Joe, an ex- army colonel who was long-thought to be dead).

    I'm wondering why the wedding followed the engagement announcement so swiftly; was it because the San Padres were not playing that day, at home or away, and their owner and general manager Dan Conway was bored so he ordered up the wedding? Because, as the patriarch of the Conway family, he is used to fixing their problems, good , bad, or illegal. Or was it because young Evelyn, Valentine Conway's longtime inamorata, discovered that her Valentine had deposited an unexpected gift on her - she has all the signs, I learning from sources close to the bride, that she's been throwing up o' mornings, has changed her diet, and a slight bulge can be discerned in that otherwise svelte tummy.

    Another clue is that probably the most notable wedding of the year, was not a white one but conducted briefly, with a few strokes of the pen in a Commissioner of Oaths' office, with two official witnesses; or is it because the Conways, almost to a man or woman happen to be a Godless lot, not actually denying His existence, but proclaiming that they "Don't know any more about the Unknowable than anyone else", and that those who claim otherwise are spooky people who dabble in the supernatural, and are best avoided by pragmatic folks like the Conways.

    Nor did the wedding party whoop it up, afterward; Although Dan is an acknowledged alcoholic, and his ex-wife, Lynn Howard, mother of the groom, is known to like a Martini or three, they brought up their children to be abstainers, apart from Dan's favourite son, Julius Ceasar Conway, who's a bit of a big wheel back in London, England, and couldn't make it to the wedding, as for the bride's Mom and Papa, they're originally the Han Bee immigrants from China, long ago, and don't even drink rice wine.

    What we we call frugal presents, the family calls "Practical" (The family motto is "Look after the cents, and the dollars will take care of themselves") . By arrangement, each guest presented a photo- album to the happy pair in order to accommodate the hundreds of pictures that the Wedding Members took of the proceedings, especially by "San Diego Clarion" photographer, Patricia Appel, who is also Congresswoman Augusta "Gussie" Conway's lover, a relationship that probably sits uneasily with the more staid family members like Dan and Lynn.

    The latter lady, by the way, departed fron the photo-album-as-a -wedding- gift protocol, big time; she's giving her son, Valentine, an entire house!

    Seems she's in the doghouse with her boss, Al Kirby, publisher of the "Canadian Chronicle", for her part in the "Non-abduction" of the child, Winifred Conway, and Al's exiling her from Winnipeg where the folk, as chilly as the town's weather have chosen to be scandalized over the "Abduction of Winifred" affair (Which I thought, was very romantic, more so than this darned business-like wedding, anyway), and the house is up for grabs, Lynn's husband , Tom, being equally glad to escape Manitoba's icy grip this winter.

    So, the Royal family of the Conways is further extended, and it must be said of them, at no extra cost to the taxpayer, for they've always paid their way, with knobs on, because Dan, Gussie, and Augie are revered in the community for their philanthropy. But I still wonder why I wasn't invited to the wedding.
    _-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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