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THE DAILY GLOBE, Iroowood. Ml — pinion Thursday, Sept. 10, 1998 Page 14 7O in '98? McGwire says, 'Why not?' ByJIMLJTKE AP Sports Writer St. LOUIS (AP) — No matter hew this season ends, Mark McG- wire knows the kid who will hit one more than he did is probably out there already. He oven has a kid in mind. "I hope my son grows up, becomes a baseball player and someday breaks the record," McGwire said. In truth, baseball will need luck and all the Matt McGwires it can find to see another night like this. Mark McGwire wasn't around the last time a baseball player sent a home run this historic streaking across a late-summer sky. But he was practically born for the occasion. The moment war 37 years in the making. It was over in less than three seconds. McGwire didn't sneak up on the record so much as demolish it. That was the truly amazing thing — how normal he made the spectacular seem. Tuesday night's 341-foot drive was the shortest home run McG- wire hit all season. But for all the fearsome power generated by his swing, for all the openmouthed awe his moonshots inspired, for all the controversy over how he got so big and muscled, it counted the same as every one of the 61 that preceded it. If all of those home runs were stretched end to end, like lengths of rope, the distance would be impressive. Even more impressive is that McGwire understood the real trick was binding them together. That's what the fuss, finally, is all about. That's why Ruth and Maris and McGwire mounted their streaks a generation apart, why opponents gathered on the top step of the visiting dugout at Bosch Stadium every night of this homestand and applauded when a shot that could cost them the game left the park. That's because all of them know the kind of power it takes hit a home run. And some of them know the consistency needed to hit 10, 20 or even 30 in a single season. But until McGwire came along, their only reference for a package with this kind of power AND consistency resided in the Making history A monttvby-mcnth account of the home runs hit by Roger Marts in 1961 and Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa this season: HR ._ Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct AP/td De Gas«TO dusty books of baseball history. Now they know what it looks like firsthand. McGwire worked his way back from the kind of injuries that have driven some players out of the game. He outlasted slumps that "made others walk away. He didn't get into the game with a number in mind. So even that when the bottom cor- Ironwood student council planning to honor stellar athletes from past The Ironwood High School student council is planning to honor some of Ironwood's finest athletes from years past. This award ceremony will take place tit the 1998 Homecoming on Oct. ifth at the pre-game pep rally on the IHS football field. We are in need of addresses, names and the exact awards these individuals received at that time. We are looking for male/female All-State, All-Conference(s), or All-Upper Peninsula award winners. Due to the large volume of award winners from the high school, we do not wish to offend any family by omitting their male or female athlete. We will be acknowledging tennis, football, basketball, cross country, baseball, volleyball, wrestling, golf, track and field, skiing and hockey. If we receive numerous responses, we will do this activity annually. This will permit us to recognize athletes on a regular basis. Again, we need some assistance. If people with information about these athletes can help us, they can call: (906) 932-6058 or 5350 and leave a message with a name, return phone number and the honoree's name and awards and address. We would also like to know if they will be available to attend this event on Oct. 9. We need to have this information no later than Sept. 17. They can also e-mail to: npatritto@goisd.kl2.mi.us. Ironwood Student Council IS AN AMONG KIP defense plan gets its second wind ByTOMRAUM AP Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Political instability in Russia and North Korea's missile tests are adding impetus to a congressional move to speed work on a national missile defense system. It's an election-year effort by Republicans to vent their frustrations with Clinton administration national-security policies. Washington Today Almanac and Datebook Sept. 10, 1998 Today is the 253rd day of 1998 and the H2nd day of summer, TODAY'S HISTORY: On this day in 1846, Elias Howe of Spencer, Mass., patented his design for a sewing machine. On this day in 1881, Roger Connor of the Troy Trojans hit the first grand- slam home run in major-league history. On this day in 1955, "Gunsmolce" premiered on CBS. TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Robert Wise U9U-), director-producer, is 84; Arnold Palmer U929-), golfing great, is 69- Roger Maris (1234-1985), baseball star; Charles Kuralt (1934-1997), journalist; Jose Fcliciano (1945-), Doonesbury singer-guitarist, is 53; Bob Lanier (1948-), basketball great, is 50; Amy Irving (1953-), actress, is 45. TODAY'S SPORTS: On this day in 1960, New York Yankee Mickey Mantle hit a 643-foot home run in Detroit. The ball landed in a nearby lumberyard, TODAY'S QUOTE: "Force has no place where there is need of skill." — Herodotus TODAY'S WEATHER; On this day in 1960, Hurricane Donna hit Florida's Middle Keys with gusts to 180 mph and a 13-foot storm surge. SOURCE: 19M Weilher Guide CtiencUr. Accord Publishing, Ltd TODAVS MOON: Between full moon (Sept. 6) and last quarter (Sept. 12). CI9M NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASS\. The Senate failed by one vote in May to end Democratic delaying tactics against the legislation, which Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., has put near the top of his 1998 agenda. He was making another go at it today — and both sides said in advance that the outcome was too close to call. Lott needs 60 votes to outmaneuver the Democrats and bring the legislation to the floor. With all 55 Republicans voting for the plan, Lott needs five Democrats, one more than he had last time. GOP leadership aides in both the Senate and House — where support for such legislation is wide — suggested it's only a matter of time until passage ia obtained, given the current political climate. Still, Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, one of the four Democrats to support the legislation in May, said in an interview that he doesn't sec any additional Democratic votes anytime soon. The legislation would order the implementation of a national missile defense system — one that could protect the nation from incoming ballistic missiles — as soon as it is technologically feasible. The existing program provides for three years of lead time once a potential threat has been identified. The Pentagon has been outspoken in its opposition to the speedier approach. Gen. Henry H. Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, renewed his opposition in a meeting with Lott on Tuesday and has sent letters to senators urging a "no" vote. Shelton's opposition has been "very powerful," said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.; manager of the opposition to the bill on the Senate floor. "Whenever you have the chair-, man of the Joint Chiefs speaking in opposition to deploying such a system, it should carry some weight around here," Levin said in an interview. Levin said he did not sense any erosion of the administration's effectiveness in lobbying against the measure that might be a result of a deterioration in support for the president over the Monica Lewinsky matter. "I don't see any reduction at all in their effort or their effectiveness," Levin said. Administration allies contend the legislation, is premature and could violate arms-reduction agreements with Russia. Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota has belittled it as "the son of Star Wars," the name critics used to disparage President Reagan's 15-year-old proposal for a space-based missile-defense shield. But recent events could alter the dynamics. BY GARRY TRUDEAU *HAT$ MY NEXT MOVE po i UJCAR A pt&ujtze r GIVE . KX OifTT BWA CONPQM* ner of the Scoreboard that has been reserved during this home- stand to keep a running total of McGwire's homers turned over Tuesday night with the No. 62, he never looked up. And why should he? Somebody • threw the number 70 out for discussion the other day, and McG- wire's answer was revealing: Why not? He got to 62, after all, quicker than either Ruth or Maris got to 60, with a steely-eyed discipline both would have admired and without many of the advantages each of them enjoyed. Lou Gehrig hit behind Ruth, Mickey Mantle behind Maris. That was why Ruth was walked 138 times in" 1927 and Maris a mere 94 times in 1961. Most of this season, McGwire had Brian Jordan watching his back. Tuesday marked the Cardinals' 145th game of the season; the big redhead has already walked 149 times. As if to drive home the point, Cubs pitchers gave him an intentional pass in the sixth and McGwire could barely do anything when they walked him again in the eighth. He said all along that getting the record depended on lots of things, but the only one he ever mentioned was getting pitches to hit. McGwire could have added complaints about being hounded by the media, about playing half his games in a ballpark where the summertime air is sometimes as thick as soup, about expectations that grew ever higher the more he succeeded. Instead, he pretty much hugged everybody he could find on that sweet, sweet trip that took him around the bases, into his own dugout, back onto the field and into the box seats where the Maris clan gathered to see the record fall. McGwire hugged the Cub infielders, his 10-year-old son. Matt, a gantlet of teammates, the Marises and finally, the entire city of St. Louis. "I just hope I didn't act foolish," he said, "This is history." McGwire made sure of that by hitting a grand slam on opening day, home runs .in his first four games and barely pausing for a deep breath after that. It is one thing to arrive at an achievement like this one by coincidence, to find yourself in a big moment and deliver a big h't. It is another thing to do it the way McGwire did, paving the road as you walk it. DAILY ASSOCIATED ewess . WISCONSIN NEWSPAPER ASSN. MQ4OAM Pfl€SS ASSOCUTKW Gary Lamberg Andy Hill Editor/General Manager Managing Editor Ralph Ansami News Editor In Their Opinion New Michigan law carries some teeth Finally there's a law that has some teeth to it when sentencing felons to serve prison time. Under the state's new truth-in-sentencing code, felony offenders cannot receive parole or community placement until their full minimum sentence is served. For Gov. John Engler, signing the bill into law was extra special — and in keeping with a pledge he made to Flint resident Linda Clark. Clark has been campaigning for the truth-in-sentencing bill sincVi993, the year her husband was gunned down in a convenience store robbery in Flint. At the new law's signing ceremony, Engler reminded us that he made a "promise to Linda that this day would come and that justice would be done." Well, that pledge is now the law of the state, and it is long overdue. Under the new law, when a judge sends a felon to prison for 12 to 20 years, that individual will serve the full minimum — with no exceptions. The new guidelines took three years to reach a successful conclusion. It, was worth the wait. Now, bad time also counts along with good time served. We also agree with the law's sponsor when he said the new laws signed by Engler will cut down on the habitual criminal types. "The people of Michigan expect that when crimes of violence are committed, a just sentence will put the criminal behind bars for a very long time," said state Sen. William Van Regenmorter, a Georgetown Township Republican. As for expressing a unified effort, Saginaw County Prosecutor Mike Thomas, a Democrat, said the law passed because of bipartisan support. While some in the trial attorney commun 1 y might object to the new penal code reform lawp, citing our already overcrowded prison facilities, we suggest they devote greater direction to building the prisons needed to accommodate our state's growing felon population. We also need to report that the new sentencing reform bills could increase the state's prison population by 6,540 inmates over the next 10 years. On the financial side, the Department of Corrections will see a hike in its operations by $162 million over the next 10 years — within an overall budget now at $1.3 billion. Increased costs in prison facilities should not hold the people of Michigan as "cost hostages." When an individual commits a crime of violence and is convicted of that crime, then that person must know well in advance they'll have to serve a set prison sentence. Will the get-tough,'truth-in-sentencing reform law deter new crimes by early parolees? We think it will. If you commit a crime of violence in Michigan, then you will serve at least the minimum time. No exceptions. -THEMACOMB DAILY (Mount Clemens)

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