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2B Reno Gazette-Journal Thursday, May 2, 1985 Sports digest Hall of Shame features baseball losers, flakes Who can forgot the sensational pitching career of Harry Heitman? The fielding exploits of Sine ad Jol-le.v? The remarkable record of the Cleveland Spiders? To record such baseball lore for posterity, Hruce Nash and Allan Zullo have written a book, "The Baseball Hall of Shame." "We figured winners, nice guys, are boring," said Zullo. "We thought we would write about some losers, some flakes, some things that were interesting and entertaining." Included in the "Welcome to the Bigs" chapter (the most inauspicious debuts) is the short saga of Heitman, whose major league career spanned an entire afternoon. The Brooklyn Dodgers' hurler made his debut against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 27, 1918. Five batters one out, two singles and two triples later, Heitman departed for the showers with an earned run average of 108.00. Later that afternoon, he enlisted in the Navy. Outfielder Smead Jolley was around longer. During his career with the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox in 1930-33, he became reknowned for his inability to catch, throw or otherwise manipulate a baseball. Perhaps his most memorable play came during a game against the Philadelphia Athletics, when Bing Miller hit a routine single his way. First, Jolley let the ball roll between his legs. Then, as he attempted to play the carom off the wall, the ball made a return trip through his legs. When Jolley finally retrieved the ball, he heaved it to third too high, of course. Miller meanwhile circled the bases. But history was kind to Jolley on that day. The official scorer charged him with just two errors on the play. As for team performances, none can match the sustained awfulness of the 1899 Cleveland Spiders. They wound up with a 20-134 record, including 40 losses in their last 41 games, to finish 84 games out of first in the 12-team National League. In their season finale, the Spiders recruited a cigar clerk to pitch for them and lost 19-3. Padres president defends player San Diego Padres President Ballard Smith has branded as false a newspaper report alleging that second baseman Alan Wiggins placed a half-dozen phone calls to a drug dealer during recent recent club trips to Los Angeles and Atlanta. "That information is ridiculous," Smith said of Tuesday's report in The San Diego Union. "The information just isn't true." The Union, citing unidentified sources, reported that Wiggins, who currently is enrolled in a drug treatment program, had placed six calls from his hotel room to a "known" Los Angeles drug dealer. Pac-10 opposes betting lines Pacific-10 Conference basketball coaches voted unanimously at their spring meeting to oppose the promotion of the college basketball betting lines by prmt and electronic media, the league announced Wednesday. In addition, the coaches applauded a recently amended NCAA rule that allows them to meet with team members to counsel them on the dangers of drujis and gambling before the start of practice. "The Pac-10 basketball coaches are concerned about heading off potential problems," said Arizona couch Lute Olson, chairman of the conference basketball coaches. "The print and electronic media need to cease promotion of the college basketball betting lines and coaches need to counsel their student-athletes on the evils of drugs and gambling as soon as they arrive on campus." Czechoslovakia defeats U.S. Jiri Lala and Vladimir Ruzicka scored three goals each as Czechoslovakia defeated the United States 11-2 to enhance its gold-medal prospects at the World Hockey Championships Wednesday in Prague, Czechoslovakia. The host country upset the four-time defending champion Soviet Union 2-1 in its opening medal-round game and Canada, Czechoslovakia's opponent Friday in the tournament's final game, represents the only roadblock to the Czechoslovak's first world title since 1977. Combined with a 3-2 loss to Canada on Monday, the defeat eliminated the Americans from gold medal contention. Quotebook "This could have been the worst heavyweight waltz I have seen since Turkey Thompson fought Elmer Ray in the old Garden, and that one wasn't even for the championship of 49th Street." New York Post columnist Dick Young, writing about the Tony Tublis-(reg Paage NBA heavyweight championship flight Cubs steal game from Giants in the ninth CHICAGO - Friday night, the Giants begin a three-game series against that noted track team, the St. Louis Cardinals. "It makes my arm hurt lust thinking about it," said Giant catcher Bob Brenly, After the way the Cubs ran on the Giants Wednesday, the Cards will be disappointed the Giants only are staying for three days. "We haven't thrown anyone out in weeks," said Giant manager Jimmy Davenport. "People have stolen everything we have." Wednesday, the Cubs stole a game from the Giants in the ninth inning, 4-3, before 14,490 fans at Wrigley Field. The Cubs even stole it in broad daylight. The two teams had entered it tied at three. Scott Garrelts, the third Giant pitcher of the game, opened it with a four-pitch walk to Cubs shortstop Shawon Dunston. Dunston stole second and stayed there as Larry Bowa struck out trying to bunt him over. Bob Dernier was intentionally walked. With Ryne Sandberg at the plate, the stage was set. "Everyone knew what was going to happen next," Brenly said. On an 0-1 pitch, Dunston had such a big walking lead that he was halfway to third base as Garrelts pitched the baseball. Brenly caught, came up and threw. The ball took a short hop five feet in front of third baseman Chris Brown. It skipped past the third baseman's ear and into left field. Dunston trotted home with the winning run, driving the Giants into the clubhouse and Davenport into near madness. "It ain't no secret what they were trying to do," Davenport said. "If it is, we have our head up our butt. Why would it be a surprise? We ain't thrown nobody out in weeks." Dennis Eckersley, 4-1, become the first Cub pitcher since Ferguson Jenkins in July 1972 to hurl four consecutive complete games. Eckersley gave up only five hits and retired 14 batters in a row in one stretch. He struck out 10 and walked one. DODGERS 2, CARDINALS 1 at St. Louis Ken Landreaux doubled to start the 12th inning and scored two outs later on a balk by St. Louis reliever Neil JUL' ' - i Associated Press GOTCHA: Montreal first baseman Razor Shines, who had been pulled off the bag by a wide throw, reaches out and tags the Phillies' Ozzie Virgil. National League Allen to give Los Angeles a victory over St. Louis. Landreaux, batting .167 entering the game, stroked Allen's first pitch of the 12th inning into the right-field corner while pinch hitting for winning pitcher Ken Howell, 1-1. Allen, 0-2, struck out R.J. Reynolds and Bill Russell's grounder moved Landreaux to third. The balk, which was called by third base umpire John McSherry with Greg Brock at bat, was hotly disputed by Allen, who was immediately removed from the game by manager Whitey Herzog in favor of Andy Hassler, who allowed a single by Brock before getting the final out. PADRES (I, PI HATES i nt Pittsburgh - Tim Flan-nery's two-run double capped a three-run San Diego fourth inning. Eric Show, 3-1, withstood a three-run Pirate fourth inning to earn the victory, allowing three hits until being replaced by Tim Stoddard with two on and two out in the sixth. Stoddard got out of the jam by getting Tony Pena to pop out. Rich Gossage, who put down an eighth-inning uprising, worked the final Ha innings for his sixth save. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth by forcing George Hendrick to pop up for the final out. The Padres scored in the second on Garry Temple-ton's single, Show's sacrifice and Al Bumbry's run-scoring single before making it 4-0 in the fourth against loser Jose DeLeon, 0-4. ASTROS to, MKTS 3 at New York Jose Cruz homered, singled twice, drove in three runs and scored three times Wednesday night to back Bob Knepper and Houston. Knepper, 2-0, worked five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. Frank DiPino, the third Houston pitcher, worked the final two innings for his third save. Ron Darling, 1-1, who pitched a shutout in his last start, gave up five runs, two of them unearned, on nine hits in 623 innings. The Astros' first run, in the second inning, was unearned, scoring on an error by Mets right-fielder John Chmtensen. Cruz led off the inning with a single, and Jerry Mumphrey followed with a single to right. When Christensten let the ball get past him, Cruz scored. EXPOS 3, PHILLIES 2 at Philadelphia Hubie Brooks' two-out homer in the top of the seventh inning snapped a 2-2 tie and Philadelphia's four-game winning streak. David Palmer allowed five hits in six innings, struck out four and walked only one to even his record at 2-2. Jeff Reardon pitched the final 2l3 innings for his sixth save. Shane Rawley, 3-1, was the loser. Wire service reports California League Bakersfield tunes up bats, beats Pad rest c By Phil HowardGazetle-Journai The Bakersfield Dodgers, sporting an unimpressive .215 team batting average and an equally unimpressive 4-15 record, figured they needed a little extra hitting practice before Wednesday evening's California League game with the Reno Padres. An extra-long morning session did the trick. Aided by a grand slam by third baseman Jay Hornacek, Bakersfield built a 7-0 lead against Reno Wednesday and coasted to a 9-3 victory in the second game of a three-game series. The two teams will meet again tonight at 7 o'clock at Moana Municipal Stadium. Reno, 11-12, won the first game of the series Tuesday, 5-1. Hornacek said, "We're starting to hit the ball better. Once we start scoring some runs we'll get our confidence back." The extra practice certainly paid off for Hornacek. Going into Wednesday's game, Hornacek was hitting just .180. He ended the evening with five runs batted in with the grand slam in the fifth and a run-scoring single in the fourth. Hornacek broke open a 3-0 game with the home run, his first of the season. The Dodgers took a 3-0 lead in the fifth on singles by Mike Garner, Brian Williams and Chris Chapman. And after a walk to Mitch Moran the bases were loaded with two out. Reno starter. Jeff Childers was .replaced by reliever Mick Gilde-haus. Hornacek drove the first pitch Gijdehaus threw over the left-cen-.terfield fence for a 7-0 Dodger "advantage. "I was watching him (Gildehaus) in the bullpen," Hornacek said. "I got a good look at him when he was warming up. He threw the first pitch right down the pipe so I jumped on it." Gildehaus got the next hitter, Jim Ward, to pop out to first baseman Eric Hardgrave to end the inning. The Padres, who left runners on base in every inning but the eighth, were unable to score a run off Bakersfield starter Tim Scott until the seventh. Reno got all three of its runs in that inning. Pinch hitter Henry Hubbard led off the inning with a triple to deep center field. Mike DeButch then grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring Hubbard. Bill Wrona singled, moved to second on a walk to Eric Varoz, and scored on a single by Terry Austin. Varoz scored from third on a wild pitch. Reliever Todd Cobbs came on for the Dodgers with two out in the inning and got Bob Grandstaff to ground out to end the inning. Scott, 2-1, left the game after giving up eight hits and three earned runs. He walked five and struck out five. Cobbs went the rest of the way for Bakersfield, allowing one hit and one walk, while striking out one. Twins beat world champions to extend victory streak to 1 0 Rose returns to All-Star Game ballot NEW YORK (AP) Pete Hose, player-manager of the Cincinnati Reds, and California Angel teammates Reggie Jackson and Rod Carew extended their appearance streak on All-Star Game oallots Wednesday when they made the 1985 list. Each has been on the ballot every year since fans resumed voting for the starting teams in 1970, and Carew has been voted to the American League team each year. The voting, to run from May 17 through July 0, will determine all starters but the pitchers for the 5fith All-Star Game to be played July 16 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. If Rose, who missed election the last two years, makes it this time, he would join such former player-managers as Joe Cronin. Lou Boudreau and Mel Ott who playea in All-Star Games. .'The Boston Red Sox led all major league teams by putting nine players on the ballot, including designated-hit-ter Mike Easier, who is listed among outfielders along with Jim Rice, Dwight Evans and Tony Armas. Other Red Sox on the ballot announced by the commissioner's office are first baseman Bill Buckner, second baseman Marty Barrett, shortstop Jackie Gutierrez, third baseman Wade Boggs and catcher Rich Gedman. DETROIT Winning is fun, and the Minnesota Twins are having a lot of it. "We're just having all the fun in the world," Roy Smalley said after the streaking Twins beat the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, 7-3. "We've won 10 straight games. That's a pretty good feeling. "The feeling we have now is the feeling a lot of good teams have. We know we're going to get good pitching, so we know we have a chance to win every game." Smalley and Kent Hrbek each homered in a six-run fifth inning to back the combined pitching of Frank Viola and Rick Lysander. Viola, who walked five and struck out four, gave up seven hits and three runs in the 5'3 innings he worked as he improved his record to 4-2. Lysander pitched 3 one-hit innings in picking up his second save. YANKEES 5, RANGERS 1 at Arlington, Texas Ron Hassey went 4 for 4, drove in his first four runs of the season and scored the other as New York gave Billy Martin his first victory in three games since returning as manager of the Yankees. The RBI were the first of the season for Hassey, who replaced Don Baylor as the designated hitter against knuck-leballer Charlie Hough and had a double and three singles. Over the last two seasons Hassey is batting .750 12 for 16 with seven RBI against the Rangers. BREWERS 7, A'S 4 at Oakland, Calif. Charlie Moore singled home two runs in the eighth inning and Robin Yount hit a two-run homer in the ninth as Milwaukee Brewers snapped a five-game losing streak. The A's, who lost their seventh in a row, took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on consecutive two-out singles by Carney Lansford, Mike Heath and Donnie Hill. Milwaukee starter Danny Darwin, 3-1, didn't allow another run until the ninth. BLUE JAYS 6, ANGELS 3 at Anaheim, Calif. Jimmy Key became the first left-handed starter to win a game for Toronto in more than four years when he held California to two hits in 7 innings and helped Toronto collect its seventh straight victory. Key, 1-2, allowed a leadoff home run in the fifth inning by Reggie Jackson, his fourth, and a two-out single to American League Brian Downing in the seventh in the first winning start by a Toronto lefthander since Paul Mirabella beat Boston on the final day of the 1980 season. INDIANS 6, ROYALS 5 at Kansas City, Mo. Brett Butler drove in two runs in a wild, mistake-filled game that snapped the Royals' four-game winning streak. The Indians scored two runs in the second inning after the Royals, in effect, gave them five outs. Brook Jacoby singled leading off the Cleveland second and Chris Bando walked. Tony Bernazard hit a potential double play grounder to Buddy Bianca-lana and fne bases were loaded when the shortstop muffed the ball. Brett Butler forced Bernazard at second as Jacoby scored and Bando went to third. A wild pitch sent Butler to second, with Bando holding at third, and Julio Franco struck out but was safe when catcher Jim Sundberg was guilty of a passed ball. 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