Philadelphia Inquirer - November 16, 1980

At the Union League, a big boost for the U.S. ski team (excerpt)


By Ruth Seltzer, Society


Tug McGraw, auctioneer


At the Bayberry Gala, a dinner-dance which was held last weekend to aid the Crozer-Chester Medical Center, World Series star Tug McGraw served as the voluntary auctioneer. During the cocktail hour, we were introduced to Tug and his wife, Phyllis.


Tug, the relief pitcher, proved to be a first-rate auctioneer. He's a good pitchman.


The highest bid, close to $3,000, was for "A Day with Tug McGraw and the Phillies" – starting with batting practice in the morning and lunch in the clubhouse. The grandson of the purchaser, who asked to remain anonymous, will tag along with Tug for several hours.


Referring last Saturday to his free-agent status, Tug said: "No matter where I am, I'll see that the child gets to spend a day with me."


Tug and Phyllis McGraw live in Rose Valley, Delaware County.


"We hope they stay in Philadelphia," remarked Peggy (Mrs. Lynn) Kippax, a member of the Bayberry Gala committee.


For the first time, the Bayberry Gala was held in Longwood Gardens. Guests dined in a fantastic setting – in Longwood's conservatory and ballroom. The seated dinner (for 400) was catered by Georges Perrier and the staff of Le Bec-Fin restaurant.


It was an all-star occasion with Perrier, McGraw, pianist Linda Child and the unbeatable Longwood Gardens.


Maestro Billy Wilson led the Harold Ruben dance orchestra.


The general chairmen of the Bayberry Gala were Sandy (Mrs. Nicholas J.) Christos and Sue (Mrs. George S.) Thorbahn. The co-chairmen of the auction were Judy (Mrs. Peter W.) Kaiser and DeeDee (Mrs. Paul T.) Cass.



There were many eyecatchers at the party – including Longwood's senorita and spider mums, golden ball cacti, masterpiece white tea roses, orchids beyond belief, and plants of the African tropics.

The Skeptic: Champions II


By Desmond Ryan


Plans for the 1981 World Series, which will open here next October, have now been finalized.


The experience of last month's games and the subsequent celebration has been incorporated in the blueprint for the way things will be handled next year. The Phillies' opposition in the fall classic will be the New York Yankees. The inevitability of their presence was confirmed when George Steinbrenner announced the purchase of the entire Kansas City infield and said he would use it to resod Yankee Stadium. However, the task force that drew up the recommendations had already been working on the assumption that Steinbrenner's Hessians would contest the Series, and their full recommendations can now be made public. Here are the more salient:


1. Ninth-inning security procedures. The element of heart-stopping uncertainty that attended so many ninth innings in the 1980 series will not be tolerated next year. Instead, when the Yankees come up in the ninth the contingent of riot police that was used at Veterans Stadium in the final game this year to keep blameless fans off the field will be deployed around home plate. A Yankee batter drawing a walk in the ninth will have to reach base by running a gauntlet of 50 German shepherds. Few, it is expected, will make it. Those trying to run to - first will, of course, just excite the dogs that much more. When the Phillies come to bat in the ninth, should that for some reason become necessary, each Yankee outfielder will be surrounded by police horses. Any attempt to perpetrate the apprehension of a fly ball will be dealt with severely by the officers.


2. Proctology. This newest aspect of baseball strategy will not be tolerated in the 1981 Series. After considering the matter, the commissioner's office has taken advantage of the fact that Reggie Jackson's father has a tailoring shop in Center City. Any visiting player complaining of hemorrhoids will be taken care of discreetly at Mr. Jackson's shop, usually by the preparation of specially padded attire. The commissioner believes that only such stern measures will stamp out awful jokes from snickering sportswriters.


3. Media. To avoid confusing the remaining three viewers of Channel 3's news broadcasts, sports director Bob Domine will officially join the Phillies next season. He will substitute for the Phillie Phanatic during double-headers. The FCC has also issued an order to this week's management of the station to stop trying to kill reporters it wants to fire by making them file bulletins from the midst of drunken victory celebrations at Broad and Snyder. The commission says a simple pink slip is more humane.


4. Tug McGraw. McGraw will not be pitching during the regular season next year so that his arm will be restored for the playoffs. He has been given a dictating machine and told to sit in the bullpen all summer keeping his arm limber by compiling a list of all the other things New York can stick. The list will be broadcast in lieu of an introduction of the Yankee players at the start of each game. The first entry is said to involve Reggie Jackson candy bars.



5. Security. The good spirits of the 1980 World Series parade on Broad Street were disrupted by an outbreak of muggings in which packs of youths ripped gold chains from the necks of spectators. This will not be tolerated in 1981. Anyone coming to the parade wearing a gold chain will be stopped by police and forced to swallow the medallion and hold the chain between his or her teeth.

They stand at the head of a quality class


By Allen Lewis, On Baseball


It used to be called Class. Now it's called Quiet Quality. In baseball, Quiet Quality is:


•  The way Houston manager Bill Virdon accepted the loss of a pennant his team appeared to have won two days in a row.


•  The way National League umpire Doug Harvey handles a game – every game.


•  Signing a long-term contract and never asking to have it renegotiated.


•  Mike Schmidt hitting a home run and circling the bases briskly.


•  Royals reliever Dan Quisenberry refusing to alibi and retaining his sense of humor after two World Series defeats.


•  Larry Bowa making one outstanding play after another at shortstop, even when locked in a long batting slump.


•  Lonnie Smith breaking up a double play with a hard slide, spikes down.


•  A manager telling an umpire that the umpire blew the play, without taking his hands out of his back pockets.


•  The way Bob Boone caught and called pitches in the Phillies' 11 postseason games.


•  Pete Rose being hit by a pitch and running to first without saying a word to the pitcher.


•  A Tug McGraw interview after a game win or lose.


•  Signing autographs for a reasonable period of time for polite youngsters.


•  The way Del Unser conducts himself after getting one big hit after another.


•  Dallas Green's sincere dedication to the organization that employs him, putting it ahead of his own wishes.


•  A player answering a dumb question from a young reporter without unduly embarrassing the questioner.


•  Wearing your uniform correctly.


•  Winning World Series back-to-back.


•  Not having to ask what Quiet Dignity is.


NOTES: Even if Edward DeBartolo Sr. finally wins approval for his purchase of the White Sox, commissioner Bowie Kuhn will cancel the sale. That he has the authority already has been tested in the courts.... In that regard, why is it that grown men buy sports franchises, agreeing to abide by the league's rules, then threaten to sue if they want to do something their fellow owners vote against?... Many members of the Boston media are not overjoyed with the selection of Ralph Houk as Red Sox manager. Wrote one: "As a former third-string catcher, he (Houk) will be comfortable with... another old third-string catcher, (co-owner) Haywood Sullivan."... The quality pitcher in the free-agent draft, Don Sutton, wants $4 million over five years. That's a heap for a pitcher who will he 36 before next season begins.



The answer to last week's Trivia Question: Mike Schmidt of the Phillies and Eddie Mathews, who played for the Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, the Houston Astros and the Detroit Tigers, are the only third basemen in major league history to hit more than 35 home runs in as many as six seasons. Joe Hayes Jr. of Norristown was first with the correct answer.



This week's question: Name the only team in major league history to have three players hit 40 or more home runs in the same season.