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I've built up your impression of rookies for a reason. I want you to think highly of them because last winter I was one. NE TH ING MICHAEL JORDAN For 4 days I was a baseball rookproved with his attempt to ie at a fantasy baseball camp. Believe me, we were not your play pro baseball is that there's no shame in being Michael Jordan-type rookies. a rookie. Among my fellow babes in But MJ is not alone in the world of fabaseball, there mous, older rookies. were no huge For instance, all of contracts or the golfers who hit 50 incredible vertiand then join the cal leap. We Senior Tour are sudwere just writers denly rookies again. and auditors and And what about contractors and those former athletes pastors and who end up in the engineers and broadcast booth? They various other regular guys can be 40-year-old JONATHNi DANIELIALLSPOA f rookies. Sometimes who love to play A Oh, to be young again. they sound li ke it. baseball. And could have used those Rookies may have MJ we were attendyears when he was messing a reputation for being around with hoops to perfect ing the First Annual Athletes wet behind the ears, his swing. but in some situations in Action they do just fine. The NBA Fantasy Baseball Camp and thought enough of its rookies to Enrichment Conference, which is feature them in a nationally telea terribly long name for playing vised game during All-Star weekbaseball and growing spiritually. end. And did you notice who won And believe me again, in the 4 the Slam-Dunk title this year? A days that we stretched, ran, hit, fielded, slid, and threw, we disrookie: Isaiah Rider. And speaking of doing fine, covered the real tnlJh about rooksome of those 20-to-22-year-old ies: It hurts. We were sore in places where we didn 't even NBA first-timers were signed for tens of millions of dollars. Not know we had muscles. Now that I've been a fullbad for a rook. Put all this together, and you fledged rookie with at least some start to get a new appreciation for professionally coached baseball under my belt, I'd like to deli ver rookies. After all, if rookies can be respected people like Michael a message to our most famous Jordan, Masters golf winners, netfellow rookie baseball player. work TV analysts, and multi-milThe one with the three rings. lionaires, where's the stigma? "Hey, Michael, balance is the key

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"This Is Wondrous Strange I" In Suzanne Strudwick's first tour of the LPGA, she played like a veteran by Beverly Flynn

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By sheer hard work, Chad Curtis has brought stability to centerfield for the California Angels by Rob Bentz

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS: COVER: Tom DiPace; p. 2 (Jordan) Jonathan DanieVAIIsport, (Strudwick) Gary Newkirk/AIIsport, (Curtis) Allen Kee/Rosato Photography; p. 3 (left) Brian Spurlock, (center) Steve Daniels, (right) Terry Bidgood; p. 6 Steve Dunn/AIIsport; p. 7 Courtesy: LPGA; pp. 8,9 Gary Newkirk/AIIsport; p. 10,11 Allen K eel Bob Rosato Photography; p. 12 (left ) Courtesy: Chad Curtis, (right) Otto Gruele Jr/AIIsport; p. 13 Allen Kee/Rosato Photography; p. 15 Brian Spurlock; pp. 16-17, Tim Defriscol Allsport ; p. 18 Focus on Sports; p. 19 (left ) Focus on Sports, (right) Brian Spurlock; p. 20 Sam Greenwooci/PGA; p. 21 Courtesy: Boise State University; p. 22 (left) J erry Wachter/Focus on Sports, (right) Brian Spurlock ; p. 23 Steve Babineau; p. 24 Steve Daniels, pp. 25-28 Pat Mingarelli; p. 29 Jerry Wachte r/Focus on Sports; p. 30 Chris Spencer; p. 31 (left) Dan Spoelstra, (right) Terry Bidgood. 2

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A Navy man through and through, David Robinson keeps things sailing smoothly Sports Spectrum Interview

Ace returns from Sports Spectrum readers SS Fan Poll

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Airing It Out

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The great lockerroom controversy by Beverly Flynn

Leaderboard Dick Mast by Allen Palmeri lidiya Varbanova by Rob Bentz

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An Inside Look at Orioles Manager Johnny Oates; What Pat Williams and Nonn SonJu Have Added to the NBA All-Star Weekend Watson "Waddy" Spoelstra,

WHY JOHNNY CAN' T LOSE

a writer for The Detroit News for 30 years and founder of Baseball Chapel, lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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tler all his life. This can be an asset when you're a pro baseball man, which Johnny has been for 28 years. Look around this summer and you won't find a tougher assignment. Oates, 48, is in his third full season of managing the Baltimore Orioles. In May 1991, he moved from the first base coaching box to replace Frank Robinson. Johnny's current objective is to dislodge the champion Blue Jays, who are working on a three-peat. High expectations reach the sky over Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Last winter, owner Peter Angelos dumped a fortune into free-agency player investments. Now it's a win-babywin situation. Oates is ready. "He has a gleam in his eye," says a friend. Playing Days

Johnny was a left-handed hitting catcher for ll major league seasons, mostly in a backup role. He broke in with the Orioles in 1970 and finished with the Yankees. In between, he had National League stops in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and LA. He says, "I got caught up in the usual thing. First, it was a bigger house. That wasn't the answer. Then, a bigger car or two cars. But I was still miserable." Along the way his wife Gloria became a Christian. "I fought it," says Johnny. "She would leave Christian reading

materials around the house. It was always loving. Never force-feeding. Finally the light came on for me, and I started listening." The abrupt turn to God came at a minor league chapel service with the Yankees in Ft. Lauderdale. The speaker was golf architect Bill Watts, who was trying to make the PGA Tour. Week after week he missed the cut. His golf world came apart. He told Johnny and the others, "Suddenly I realized that what I needed most was a walk with the Lord." When the speaker finished, Johnny rushed to him almost in tears. He said, "Bill, I don't know what you've got, but I want it." The speaker responded, "Let's kneel." Johnny says, "There on the wet, sweaty equipment in the stadium weight room, I turned my life over to the Lord Jesus." High School Sweethearts

Johnny and Gloria had met in high school at Prince George,

Virginia, and they dated all the way through Virginia Tech. "In high school I was allowed to date once a week," says Johnny. "Gloria went to church, and I joined her. That WB{f we had two dates a week." They married right out of college. Step by step the Lord has led Johnny and Gloria with their three kids (Lori, Andy, and Jenny) into high levels of spiritual maturity. The Lord is No. 1 in their home. Yes, even ahead of baseball. Dave Krueger, Baltimore chapel coordinator and Bible teacher, says Johnny is a "deeply committed Christian, delightful to be around." Krueger adds, "He's candid about his faith in a winsome way." Johnny's response: "That's the way I accepted the Lord. If Gloria had been pushy, I would have rebelled and run the other way." Nobody's Perfect

Johnny concedes that there are occupational hazards in baseball for a believer. He approached his pastor this way: "Sometimes I find myself yelling and screaming in the clubhouse." The pastor suggested, "It's easy to be yelling and screaming at your kids at home. The kids may wonder why you're mad. That's the time to sit down and tell them why you're upset. " Johnny has adapted this to the clubhouse. He says, "I don't treat

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them like kids. I treat them like men. I don't treat them all the same. I treat them fairly. If we have a problem, we sit and discuss it." Nobody's perfect in this role. Johnny says, "I lose my poise once in awhile. Most of the time I manage to hold it. This is the Lord's power, not mine. I don't think I could handle this job without Jesus." 0

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showed remarkable persistence in turning the NBA All-Star Chapel service into a high-profile event. Both are general managers with sound spiritual backgrounds, Williams at Orlando and So~u at Dallas. The fourteenth in the chapel series took place February 13 in Minneapolis. More than 200 heard the message by Jeff Siemon, Stanford alumnus who was a ferocious NFL linebacker for 11 years with the Vikings. The early morning service was out of the time range of most players. But Mark Price, Kevin Johnson, Mark Eaton, and David Robinson were there.

Robinson accepted the role of reading Scripture. He presented not one but five New Testament segments on the theme of eternal hope. Siemon expressed it: "The Lord has given us Christ for our eternal hope. " Phoenix president Jerry Colangelo opened the service with prayer. "The best part," says Williams, "is that the NBA offers the service as part of the official weekend program." 5


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England's Suzanne Strudwick has found that life in America and on the LPGA tour can be a bit different from what she's used to • By Beverly Flynn

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at the same time? Horat io, a char ac ter in Wil l i am Shakespeare's Hamlet must thin k so. When Horatio uuers that unusual combinati on of word s, he is referrin g to some odd experiences with a ghost and a sword. And somehow the words seem appropri ate. "This is wondrous strange" could also be used by Suzanne Strudwick, who lives in Shakespeare's old stomping grounds of Stratford, Engl and, to descri be her recent i ntroduction to the United States and th e Ladies Professi onal Gol fers Association. In October 1992, Strudwick ventured into strange and unfamiliar territory when she started her rookie year on the LPGA tour. But overcoming the challenges of her first year was not the only ' di fficulty the nati ve British golfer faced. She also had to .deal with a culture that was in many way s forei gn to her own. As an Englishwoman , Strudwick had to adjust to the American way of life. And it didn't even seem to help that she was bom on the Fourth of July. Having traveled to the US periodically since 1985 to practi ce during the wi nter, Suzanne Strudwi ck noti ced some huge differences between life in these United States and what she was accustomed to in England. .,.. Family: " l think in England the family unit stays together a lot more. I noticed the families I stayed with rarely ate the evening meal at home. We would go out "sTRANGE"

all the time. Usually both parents are working, and that is fairly unusual at home. I grew up in a family where it wasn't that my mother wasn't allowed to work, she j ust didn 'l. A lot of older kids with whom I grew up were exactly the same. No mother worked. And over here, it is totally differenl." .,.. Standard of Living: " I th ink Americar)s are more used to having two cars, maybe a holiday home. And fo r those sorts of th ings you need two incomes. At home, that's not the case. I would say only about 2 percent of the population have 2 homes, not even th at probabl y. I would say only about 20 percent have 2 cars." .,.. Transportation: "(In England) public transportati on is excellent. You can almost get by without even having a car, especially i f you live in and around a town. In fact, it 's probabl y more of an inconvenience to have a car and drive into town. I COURTESY: lPGA noticed that straightaway; over here, as soon as they hit 17, the kids have .A Catching on fast. Suzanne Strudwick to have a car. Both parents have a won the Gatorade Rookie of the Year car, and you've got 4 or 5 cars sit- Award for her successful first year ting out in the driveway. That just on the Ladies Professional Golf amazes me." Association tour. .,.. Dinn er: " You know, for a European, dinner is very much an event in somebody's day-more of an occasio n and a cel ebrati on

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Training Tip PI~J!ing AW~und with ~elf Suzanne Strudwick was in her early teens when she decided she wanted to be a pro golfer. Whether you are in that age bracket or somewhere else, perhaps you can improve your game with these Strudwick Standards. "Have fun. That's the No. 1 thing. Experiment with different clubs. Don't be afraid to hit a 3 iron out of the bunker, or get your 7 iron and use it for chipping. Just go out and have fun with the clubs. Don't think just because it's a sandwedge you have to use it in the bunker. I think the great shot-making intuition comes out at an early age. Try different things with your friends. Say, 'Hey, can you do this? Can you hit this and keep it low? Try to get it as high as you can, and let's see if we can get this over this tree. Or, let's see if we can bend it around this fence.' Really have fun with the game."

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almost. And over here, it's just, 'I'm hungry; let's go wins in the 1989 French Open and the 199 1 AGF Paris and find the nearest thing we can drive to.' That was Open before turning her attention to the other side of definitely something to get used to. At home, we' re not the world. In 1992, she made the decision to head for used to going out until about 8:30. And th at's your the US and the LPGA tour, which she joined in entertainment. Here I'd be calling friends about 7:30October of that year at age 27 . 8:00, and everybody had eaten already. So I had to get Another aspect of Suzanne Strudwick's life that she has tried to keep consistent is her faith. It was through used to that." As she became acclimated to American culture, golf that she first became a follower of Jesus Christ Suzanne Strudwick successfull y fini shed the LPGA when another golfer, an American, told her about Him. tour season and was named As Suzan ne sees it, fellowship Gatorade Rookie of the Year. with other believers in Christ Her highest LPGA finish was a is one of the reasons she is on tie for fifth place in the Jamie the LPGA tour, "A couple of Farr Toledo Class ic, with a years ago, I was startin g to waver a little bit in my faith. career-low score of 67 in the opening round of that tournaI wasn't getting the support in ment. But even on tour Europe. And I thin k th at was Strudw ick continued to notice one of the reasons I was led differences betwee n Europe over here to play, so I would and the US. have th e sup port of o ther Parti cularl y the fans and believers." th e media. And it was this support that helped Strud wick keep on "There are a lot of people who don ' t really know much course th roug h her rooki e about golf, but they just love year. "I attac hed myse lf very what we do and the idea of qu ickly to the girls in the pro what we do. And that's fun to go lfers ' fe ll owshi p and let have th ose sort of fans, them know, if they didn ' t already, that I was new and because you just have to be on th e LPGA tour, and you 're that I probably would make a imm edi ately a star in th eir lot of mistakes. So if they saw eyes," Strudwick states. "I'm me makin g th em, please tell used to hav ing people a little bit me." She explains, "I thin k, more rese1ved, and they will ask because I had fellow believers you for your autograp h if surrounding me in th at way, you've done something reall y I felt ve ry muc h at home special. Over here, it's like eve•y- A A chip off the old block. At age 5, Suzanne immediately. You know, I felt Strudwick's stance was undoubtedly not this one wants your autograph." at ease. I did have a few mis"(In the US) there's a lot nice when her father allowed her to take a club takes, but that's to be expectto their back garden In England. That early ed in a totall y different envimore attention given to the start paid off, evidenced by her career low of players as opposed to Europe. 67 at the 1993 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic. ronment and trave ling away from home." But I think that's just because it's the best tour in the world; the best players in the While Strudwick is on tour, she has not only her world play here. So you've got the world's attention." friends for support, but also a divine resource, which Having the world 's attention can be intimidating, she enjoys reading about in Psalm 139. "Even though I especially when you're a tour rookie in a fo reign counmight have strayed a little bit, th at Psalm shows me try. But Suzanne Strudwick took it all in stride. Yes, it that God never does. And He is always there. He was strange. Yes, she had some adjustments to make. knows me. He knows every intimate detail about me." But there were other things in her life that needed conWhat about those bad days, though? Those days when the ball can't seem to find the hole? "I still have sistency, not change. Like her golf game. the old feelings that if I play badly, I'm not worth anyAt the age of 5, her father gave her a golf club and thing. But that's not the truth. I know th at's not the allowed her to, as she puts it, "bash it around in the truth." Suzanne Strud wick comments, " It is tough back garden." At the age of II , she was old enough to when you're hav ing a bad day or a bad week to pull join the golf club; her family lived near the second fairyourself back up. But I think as a Christian, you know way. By the time she was 13, becomi ng a professional you have someth ing else to look forward to, you've got golfer was all she wanted to do. After spending a year Someone else pulling for you." in college at age 17, Strudwick turned pro. Suzanne Strud wick's fo rm er neighbor Will Shakespeare had it ri ght. Things can be "wondrous She calls the next 3 years her "apprenticeship" because she spent part of her time learning a trade by strange." As a rookie in a foreign country, Strudw ick working in a pro shop and the other part playing golf. has learned to cope with the strange, and she knows When she was about 20 years old, Strudwick decided that when she does things God 's way, the wondrous is to tee it up fulltime on Europe's fairways. She recorded on the way. D SPOR T S SPECTRUM · M AY 1994


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Uprooted from their caution. He evaluated moves! Suzanne Stmdwick each new area before homeland and planted in he began preaching, fwd to change continents worldly Babylon, they were determined to to get her pro golf career then he adjusted his obey God. That resolve off the ground. Like a approach. growing nwnber of ! IJII- Go with a positive was tested by an improper diet (Daniel 1), a European athletes! attitude. Suppose you fiery furnace (Daniel 3), people like Tony Kukoc, : had been playing lineSergei Fedorov, and Dino Radja backer for the Cowboys, and a den of lions (Daniel 6). But God honored -Strudwick ventured west in her but your contract got their faith fulness. effort to make a living at her clwsnapped up by the IJII- Have the courage to Redskins. Bad. Could sen sport. be yourself. You'll What can the pro athlete--or be real bad. You'd been probably meet resisanyone ,for that matter--do to beating on these guys make a move as smooth and for years. But if you're tance in your new surroundings. Some will painless as possible? Here are about to walk into their four principles to follow when lockerroom with a chip oppose you; others may you're the one who's the new kid taunt or tempt you. on your shoulder, you'd Don't be too surprised. be making a huge mison the block. take. Always start a If you maintai n your IJII- Take time to check things out. composure, especially new relationship with a As you enter your new environpositive, upbeat attitude. the first time it happens, ment, take some time to evaluate. When you expect the your adjustment will be Listen and observe. Pay attention best, you're a lot more more successful. SelfGARY NEY.'KIRKIAU.SPOAT to the special needs, interests, control is vital. likely to get the same in "" A long drive. Suzanne Strudwick transferred her game from the heaths of England to the shores of Victor Hugo wrote, likes, and dislikes of people in return. If you look your new area. As a shortstop favorably on the things America, where she learned to adapt to new way s of "Wind, hail, the hurriliving while staying with her successful old ways of cane, the whirl windchecks infield conditions before ! others say and do, hitting golf balls. these are wild combatthe game, be alert to the "lay of : they'll sense your good the land." ! spirit and respond positively. ants that may be overcome ... your effort to fit in, you'll make but nothing is to be done against Examine and appraise. Chris ! And remember, a spirit of conadjustments. But some things • ciliation goes a long way in Sabo probably learned quickly should not be adjustable. One of a calm; it offers nothing to the that they don't do things in establishing new relationships. grasp of which you can lay hold." these is your life purpose. If your It helps to let people know right Baltimore the way they did them You 're entering someone else's goal is having high values and away that you are going to be in Cincinnati. Be open to change. world. Compromise where standards, don't back off from Get the facts before jumping to you can. that because you've ended up true to yourself and what you believe. I remember reading that negative conclusions. Adjusting Look at Ruth, the Qld Testawith a bunch of playboys. Paul Molitor advised Christian ment widow who moved from If your goal is to be a loyal to new people is vitally important. Try to look at things through Moab to Israel with her Jewish husband and good father, don't athletes who change teams to find the believers on their new their eyes before you make judgmother-in-law Naomi. It was a set that aside because some of team as soon as possible and ments. Don't reject things just tough, necessary move, but your new friends have a different because they're different. Ruth was willing to tell Naomi, identify with them. outlook. When Moses responded to And if your commitment is to Read about the evangelistic "Your people will be my peothe call of God and went back to journeys of the apostle Paul, as walk with God and follow His ple" (Ruth I: 16). She was also moral code, stay true to it. God is detailed in the New Testament of willing to accept the customs of Egypt after being away 40 years (Exodus 3-4), he didn 't waste the Bible. You can't help being her new homeland. That won unchangeable. Living in a way any time letting the leaders of impressed with his tactics. He that pleases Him-with its corolher a good husband, and she approached his mission in each was honored with a place in the laries of marital fidelity, integriIsrael know why he had come (4:29). His first confrontation lineage of Christ. ty, and respectability-is not a city differently. He challenged IJII- Don't touch the unchangewith Pharaoh came shortly the people of Athens philosophinegotiable item. thereafter (5: I). Anyone entercally. Yet he was straightforward able. If you move from Seattle to The Old Testament character ing new surroundings should do with the Galatians. And he treatDaniel and his young friends Atlanta, don't leave your convicthe same. D ed the people of Corinth with tions in the Pacific Northwest. In didn 't hide their convictions. SPORTS SPECT R UM · M AY 1 994

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He's not the fastest guy in the majors, nor the most powerful, but nobody works harder than the Angels' starting centerfielder Chad Curtis

told his mother that if everybody else worked as hard as he did, he probably wouldn't have a job. One thing is certain. It would be hard to find another player who works as hard as Chad David Curtis. Just three seasons into his big league career, Curtis is establishing himself as one of the game's up-and-coming stars. Not on a wealth of God-given ability, but on hard work and determination. He's not going to dazzle you with his power.,He's not going to thrill you with his speed. But his work ethic- that will impress you. Curtis is the consummate "working man's player." He just 路 digs in, gets his hands dirty, and goes to work. Moving the runner over with a bunt. Hitting to the opposite fi eld. Whatever needs to be done, Curtis does it. The 5' I0", 175-pound outfielder surprised many with the success he enjoyed in his rookie season of 1992. His rather impressive first year statistics included a .259 batting aver-

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_. Looking ahead. In only his third major league season, Chad Curtis has become one of the solid young players- along with Tim Salmon, Eduardo Perez, and Damion Easley- who are keys to the Angels ' future. As he began his third year, Curtis had already stolen 91 bases and collected 280 base hits.

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A Nice tux. Chad and Candace were less than formal for their pregame nuptials.

What's it like to marry an Angel? Perhaps nothing like you would expect. On May 7, 1990, Chad Curtis exchanged wedding vows with Candace Reynolds. In his baseball uniform. A half-hour before gametime. "Candace and I were talking about getting married at the end of the season in A-Ball," Chad explains. "But we decided that wedidn't want to spend an entiresummer apart, so I said, 'Why don't you fly out to Iowa, and we'll get married at the courthouse?' "She flew out with her mom, andwe went to the Justice of thePeace at about 10 a.m. Hesaid, 'You canstart the paperwork today, and 3 days later youcan get married.' Her momwasn't going to be there that long, so we talked him into getting us married at 1:30. I had to be on thebase路 ball field at 2, so I figured I'll just put my uniform on, come over, get married, and be back on thefield ontime. It turned out pretty good. It was probably the best-looking suit I had."

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age, 10 home runs, 46 RBI, and 43 stolen bases in 139 "He was really better known for his football in high games. Not bad for a guy who was a long shot to make school," ex plains Carol Curtis. "He just evaluated things and figured that he had a better shot in baseball the club when spring training started. But then again, maybe the Angels knew they had because of his lack of size." But his size, or lack thereof, didn't seem to have a found something special after his first big league at bat. On April 8, 1992, Curtis stepped to the plate against negative effect on his hitting stroke. Curtis finished his Chicago White Sox lefthander Greg Hi bbard and senior year of high school with a .500 batting average, drilled a single through the box on the first big league but was overlooked by college recruiters and profespitch he ever faced. Curtis calls that the highlight of his sional scouts. He made it as a walk-on at Yavapai young career. "I think the highlight would be my first Community College in Prescott, Arizona. Not exactly game, my first hit, and my dad was there to witness it. the pipeline to the majors. That meant a lot to me because he worked awfully hard But one thing happened at Yavapai that might have with me from a very young age, anytime I asked him." been the turning point in his baseball career. And Chad asked a lot. "I wasn't expected to make that team," states Curtis. "It seemed like hours that they'd be playing in the "But I just came to a point where I said, 'Look, if I'm backyard," explains his mother, Carol. "Ted says now not going to achieve my goals, it's going to be because that he can never, ever remember Chad saying, 'I'm tired, I'm not good enough, not because I didn 't put everything that I had into it.' " can we quit?' It was always, ' Can we do more?' " That promise of dedicaAnd more they did. tion to hard work paid off. Chad' s fat her was a After one year at Yavapai, physical education major in Cw1is transferred to Cochise college and felt that he Community College in could help his son individuDouglas, Arizona. Still not a all y more than any youth direct route to the bigs, but a huge step in the learnin g league could. So Chad didn't play organized baseprocess. ball until age 10. Not to "Cochise was my fi rst worry, he still got plenty of real taste of baseball sucpractice. Dad was always cess. I was an honorab le there with glove in hand, mention junior college AllAmerican. And more imporready to play with his son. He didn't push him; he just tant, we ended up playing in the junior college World coached him. The time spent with dad Series," Curtis ex pl ains. proved to be beneficial in "Gett ing the taste of winning baseball and overcommore ways than one. "I had an exceptional role model ing obstacles as a team was in my father," says Curtis. a big thri ll." After hi s communit y "He showed me that the college success , Curti s most important thing is your faith." moved on once more. The faith that Chad witGrand Canyon Universit y nessed in his father's life onOGRUElE.IIl ALlSf'OAT in Phoeni x became home became his own faith at the A Improving the glove work. After leading the for the soft-spoken, hardworkin g out fielder. The age of 9. That 's when he league with 16 errors at center during his rookie Curtis cut that total nearly In half with just 9 attended a church revival' in year, National Association small miscues In 1993. Middleville, Michigan, and of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAJ A) school provided Curtis with more than just accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. "I was pretty active in church as a young child," baseball; it provided a strong Christian innuence. Curtis explains. "But as we moved, I became less active "I moved away from my faith a little bit through high school and my first couple years of college. I in the churches that we were attending." The moves that Chad speaks of were numerous. The thin k God placed the opportunity to go to Grand Curtis family moved from Middlevi lle to Canton, Canyon, which is a Christian school, in front of me to Michigan; from Canton to Centerville, Indi ana; and get me back to Him and to show me that I was putting from Centerville to Benson, Arizona. The caravan that baseball and other thi ngs before Him," says Curtis. moved west included Mom, Dad, older brother Joe, "God showed me that I needed to put Him as my top priority and let the other things work themselves out. older sister Becky, Chad, and younger brother Bill. When the moving stopped, Curtis found himself in Once I did that, it really eased my mind with baseball. high school and sti ll very much interested in a career in No longer was I placing all my marbles in something baseball. Although he had a lot of success on the foot- that could be here today and gone tomorrow. 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Not only did Curtis have a spiritual reawakening at Grand Canyon, but he also woke up some important people to his baseball skills. Grand Canyon was a popular spot for big league scouts. Grand Canyon? The school whose head basketball coach was at one time Paul Westphal of the Phoenix Suns? NA1A ? The association of small colleges? Big league bloodhounds? Scouting Antelopes? Exactly! The Antelopes had a rightfielder with a big league body and a big league bat. Curtis' teammate Tim Salmon had established himself as a legitimate major league prospect, and Grand Canyon was now a hot spot on the map of major league scouts. It was an opportunity Curtis was not about to miss. "[ remember Chad saying, 'The big league scouts will come to watch Tim play, but they' re going to see me too,"' says Carol Curtis. They saw him all right. They saw him roll up statistics that outshined even Salmon's. Curtis hit .369 with 19 home runs, 83 RBI, and 36 steals in just 65 games. He was named NAIA All-American first team. With numbers like that and with scouts watching, a big league call couldn't be far off, could it? Well, it did come, but long after Salmon was hooked. With his 6' 3", 220-pound frame, Salmon was selected in the third round of the 1989 major league draft. Curtis had to wait until the 45th round. With those two selections, the Antelopes became Angels. Disappointed but not bitter about his unimpressive draft number, Curtis understands why things happened as they did. "I think they looked more at the raw product with Tim . They looked at me as though I had already reached my full potential. I was 5' 10" and 175 pounds. They didn' t really think I could improve." So what did Chad Curtis do about that perception? He went to work to dispel it. Curtis progressed quickly through the Angels' minor league system. He spent his first season between singleA affi liates Mesa and Quad City. He had a breakthrou gh year of sorts in 1990, marrying Candace Reynolds just a half-hour prior to gametime on May 7 (see sidebar), and establishing himself as an All-Star second baseman for the Quad City Angels. Curtis then made a big jump, going from A ball to AAA ball in his third year. After yet another successful campaign, this time with the Edmonton Trappers, Curtis got his shot to make the big league club in the spring of 1992. His hard work and determination were rewarded when Angels manager Buck Rodgers made Curti s part of the club's opening day roster. Curtis' upward spiral of success continued at the major league level. He stayed in the Angels' lineup, playing in 139 games, finishing just 5 stolen bases shy of the club's all-time rookie record of 48, and leading American League outfielders in assists. The Angels' young centerfielder was one of the few bright spots in a rather long season in Anaheim. Curtis reached new heights in his sophomore season. With media attention engulfing rookie sensations J. T. Snow and former college teammate Tim Salmon, Curtis quietly placed himself among the league leaders in hitting by mid-June. Although his average dropped from

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above .320 to .285 at season' s end, Curtis still had a fine year by anyone's standards. He led Angel regulars in batting average, hits (166), and runs (94), while posting a personal best 48 stolen bases. Curtis looks to continue his ascent in his third big league season, but knows that consistency is crucial to his improvement. "I think I showed at the beginning of last season that I have the potential to be a really good player," he explains. "What I'm really looking forward to do this year is to maintain the numbers that I started off with and maintain the consistency." ' While working for consistency on the field, Curtis also seeks consistency in his spiritual growth. "I try to read the Bible and have prayer time every day to keep my mind focused on what's important to me," emphasizes Curtis. "I need to make sure my priorities are straight- with God first, my fami ly second, and then baseball." Those family responsibilities will get a bit more serious soon, for they are expecting their first child in May. As hard as Chad Curtis works for major league success, he is equally dedicated to staying on top of things spiritually. Just as he does when he's between the lines, he digs in and goes to work. He knows the importance of a right relationship with God, and he's willing to put in the effort it requ ires. Chad Curtis has earned his wings as the blue collar Angel.

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lm~mv~ l~nr ~at~~~~~ Because of his relatively small stature, Chad Curtis has had to compensate with hard work for what some baseball players have naturally. Here are some tips from Chad about gaining the strength it takes to improve bat speed. "I would suggest forearm extensions with a lower weight and high reps, then work them to exhaustion. "I do a pretty wide variety of exercises, most of them are just generally body strengthening. I also do a lot of forearm exercises for bat speed and hand strength. Tricep work is also really important for baseball." 13


Whether he,s scoring the fourth quadruple-double in NBA history, addressing the media in his eloquent way, or doing what he likes best-hanging out with his wife and son, David Robinson shows true leadership. As he reveals in this Sports Spectrum interview, the former Navy man leads so well because he has an anchor that keeps his life steady

SPORTS SPECTRUM: Let's talk

about this year's Spurs. The add ition of Dennis Rodman to the team has certainly attracted a lot of media attention. And that's just in keeping track of his hair color. How have you meshed with Dennis during his first year as a Spur? ROBINSON: Dennis and I get along

really well. He's a different type. He likes to be rebellious. But we have a tremendous amount of respect for each other's work ethic and ability on the court. So that's the basis of our relationship. And I think our

personal relationship is really beginning to bloom because of that. I think Dennis respects the way I walk and that's the beginning-the foundation. Hopefully, I can be a witness to him without pushing hin1 away by trying to preach to him too much. But I li ke Dennis. I think he is an honest person. He may not always do things that are acceptable and pleasing

With Rob B e ntz

to the Lord, but he's honest and straightforward. At least you know what you' re getting with a guy like Dennis. SS: Even though he's been through some diffi-

cult times in the past, Dennis seems to be a soft person at heart. ROBINSON: Yeah, he reall y is. He says he

doesn't want any attention, but by the things he does, he has to want auention. I think he really just wants

.... The big 5-0. The linescore for a game on February 21 read like Big Dave's jersey: Robinson 50, as he reached the half-century mark against the T-Wolves. It was another small victory in the battle for the NBA scoring title as he and Shaquille O'Neal jockeyed for the lead.

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• Born: August6, 1965 • Birthplace: Key West, FL • Height: 7'1" • Weight: 235 pounds • Career Highs: 52 points, 24 rebounds, 12 blocked shots, 11 assists. • Awards: 5-time NBA All-Star, NBA Rookie of the Year in 1990, NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1992, member of the 1992 US Olympic team that won the gold medal, member of the 1988 US Olympic team that took the bronze. • Family: Wife, Valerie; son, David Maurice Robinson Jr. • Personal: Holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the Naval Academy. Enjoys playing music (piano/keyboard and saxophone). Wears a size 16 Nike. David and Valerie created The David Robinson Foundation, whose mission is to support programs that address the spiritual and physical needs of the family. 18

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ROBINSON: I understand my respons ibility to somebody to care abou t hi m and help him find some direction in his life. I've grown really close to him in just keep her in the Word, to help her grow. But I get so this little time that we've been together, and you can't much from her. We're just reall y different. I think a lot help but like him when you spend time close to him. You of times in relationships, the men are all spiritual and the women are more realists. Wives can point out difstill don't feel like you know him, but you like him. SS: Could you compare this season to last season? ferent things, and that's how she is. One thi ng the Lord You've lost a couple of close friends and kindred spir- has really placed on my heart is th is: As much as I its in Avery Johnson and David Wood from last year's Jearn from the Word, don 't ever take what she says club. How has that affected you? lightly. She teaches me how to incorporate the Word ROBINSON: I think the Lord does different things into real life. A lot of times th ings are different in real for different reasons. This season He's put me in this life than they are in the Word. You have to be able to position, which is a lot tougher than last season. He's take what you learn and apply it, and that's one area where she helps me. I see put me by myself. Last her grow in g, and I see year I felt th at the team was coming together spirimy se lf grow ing. What really keeps me strong is tually, whereas this year I knowing that the Lord is feel that we're go ing in walking with us, and that eliffe rent elirections. And He's pickin g us up. So so the Lord' s reall y chalwhen I go out in the lengin g me thi s year to step up and be more of a world, I feel more encouraged that I' m not standi ng leader than I' ve ever had still , th at I' m not losing to be before. So it's a great ground, that I'm always challenge fo r me. I look gaining. forward to it. I'm listening SS: Could you describe for everythi ng the Lord the difference that Christ tells me to do, and I'm just trusting Him this year for has made in your life since you asked Him to be your these guys' hearts. SS: With yo ur Na vy Savior in I 99 I? ROBINSON: The re requirement, a rotatin g are many obvious differdoor of head coaches with the Spurs, and now the ences. Before I got saved in Ju ne of 1991 , I was add it ion of a somewhat single, and most people et.:t.:entrh; persuu in Dennis probably wouldn't be able Rodman, yo u've had to to tell the difference very work through some rather different situations. How much. I guess most people thought I was a pretty do you keep some sense of nice guy. But now I' m normalcy? ROBINSON: Well , my very convicted, very committed to what I believe. I life is pretty normal. I get would die for what I in the Bible every day; that keeps me fai rl y believe. I know abo ut Jes us Christ. I kn ow stra ight. My fa mily, my about the motivation for wife and my li ttl e baby • Reaching out. Jimmy Jackson of the Mavs boy, are my j oy . I've takes his chances as he tries to score over the my life. If I'm not willing to give up my life for the learned so much from my outstretched hand of the third best shot-blocker Lord, then there's nothi ng little boy abo ut how our in the NBA this season. relationshi p is with God else in my life worth standing for. And I have and how He gets His joy from us. That reall y helps me keep everything in per- that kind of conviction in the way I live. spective. And it helps keep me from getting down. Obviously I'm married; that's a big difference. But I'm not just married, I'm happily married. I love my Because I've got basketball things to worry about and I've got the witness I'm trying to put forth , it gets tir- wife; I love my little baby. Those are the outward difing sometimes. I'm always trying to give, give, give, ferences that people can see. But my heart is much and then I get home and I just receive so much from more solid. My me ntal stab il ity is much more at my famil y. It reall y strengthens me. My wife and I peace. I have much more joy in my life now. Those study together, and I th ink that's what keeps me with are the real differences. SS: You're quite vocal about your commitment to my feet level. SS: You mentioned that you have a Bible study with the Lord and your desire to share your faith, even more your wife. Tell us about the strength you get from her than some other Christi an athletes. Why is that so important to you? and how you encourage each other spiritually. SPOR T S-SPECTR UM - MAY 1 994


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that we ' ve learn ed to deal ROBINSON: It's just a joy th at 's in my heart. I don ' t with. We almost enjoy it , because it's a great chance to judge other people by the way witness. And I think my wife they witness. The Lord has different parts of the body, and sees it as that more so now. Before, I thin k she kind of He calls different people to do thought of it as a hass le. I different things. I just happen to have a big mouth, so I li ke don't go to the mall or to the to talk about it. I don 't like to amusement park very often. Big crowds generally tend to have secrets." If something is great, I feel I can share it with keep me home. We get acclimated to certain restaurants people. I really have a burden to see people's eyes opened, to where people get to know us, see them grow in the Lord and and it's not such a zoo. So not just stand still. Not just it's not too bad. SS: Was it difficult for you give their lives to Christ, but really mature in the Lord. to play on a team like the SS: What are some things Dream Team , where you weren' t the star, but a star that you, as an NBA player, struggle with? What are some among stars? Or was it somethings that reall y chall enge thing that you enjoyed? ROBINSON: It wasn' t you spiritually? diffic ult at all. I really ROBINSON: Probably the most challenging thing is the enjoyed it. As a matter of fact, it 's nice being on a money aspect of my life. In the world today, finances become team where all the pressure such a big challenge because isn't there. You have a lot of help, and you' re playing a it's such a big part of your life. For me, the key is leaming to role. It was a tremendous opportunity. I enj oyed it draw the line between possessthrou gh and through. I put ing things and things possessing myself in a position where I me. The more you're exposed to, the more that you want. It 's was tryi ng to learn from all those guys. There was so a challenge to draw the line between spoiling yourself and much winning there , so recognizing that the Lord is much of a competitive drive. I wanted to try to absorb as blessing you. l11at is one of the most difficult things, because I much of it as I could. I relwant to keep my heart pure for ished every minute of it. the Lord. Also, I know that SS: When you were growthere are a lot of things around FocusoNsPO•rs ing Up, did you ever dream Of me that can distract me. I try to A. Net results. Nobody but his friends Dennis this fo r yourself? Did you keep myself alert and self-con- Rodman and J.R. Reid were in the neighborever dream you'd be an NBA trolled in those areas. But the hood to watch Mr. Robinson throw down All-Star or on a thing called of his power jams. The Admiral usuthe Dream Team? money is by far the biggest another ally attracts a crowd, which explains why he ROBINSON: No, there is challenge for me personally. goes to the free throw line more than anyone As far as my marriage goes, else in the NBA. no way I could have predict' ed it. Even in my wi ldest I' m di viding my time and making sure that my wife and my child get the signifi- dreams I C!)Uidn 't have predicted all of this. I wouldn' t cant portion of my quality time and that I don'tneglect even consider my dreams lofty. I wanted to be a scienthem. You're busy all season, you're playing, and then tist or something. You know, make decent money. I during the off-season you want to be ministering to never thought about making even $ 100,000 a year. I people. You have to draw the line somewhere. You figured, "Well, I want to have a good solid job and be a have to tell people, "No." You have to make sure that lot li ke my dad and have a nice little family." I would you don't neglect your family at home. It doesn't do have been entirely happy with that. any good if you're out there preaching about famil y SS: What's been the highlight of your hoops career? and then you come home and your wife tells you she ROBINSON: Without a doubt, receiving the gold has n' t had enough time wit h you and that you' re medal on the platform for the Olympics in '92 with the neglecting her. Dream Team. Particularl y because I had my wife there, SS: Let's talk about your popularity. Is it difficult for and we hadn 't been married very long. It was a chance you to take your wife out for dinner? to share a joy with her. We had our little baby on the ROBINSON: Well , it isn't reall y that difficult. way, so I'd say that's by far the top-of-the-line in basObviously, people come up to us, but it's something ketball. S PORTS S P ECTRUM • MAY i 994

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David Robinson didn't score a 1320 on his SAT test by just playing hoops. He also spent a lot of time reading. Calling him a "bookworm" might be stretching it a bit, but David has always loved to read. Today, his favorite reading material is the Bible, but he also finds time for others. "I just read constantly; I enjoy different things. I try not to get myself too busy where I get away from the Word very much. But I do enjoy other people's perspectives. There's a book I'm currently reading that ! think is awesome. It's called Living by the Book by Howard Hendricks. It's really a Bible study help book. It teaches you how to read and how to draw the meaning out of the text. It's an excellent book. "And I just finished reading two other books: Joshua, which is a parable, and The Prophet by Frank Peretti. I like to read different things, but I usually get into teaching-type books or commentaries. I read just about every1hing you can imagine."

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IF YOU'RE ATOP PROFESSIONAL golfer, you're going to make money. Lots of money. More money than you know what to do wi th. And if you have any touch

sons, Richard, Joshua, Caleb, : on the Tour. "I've worked as Jonathan, and Jacob are met, : hard as I can," he says. Mast opens up his wallet for His struggles have made Mast other people. He winds up giving more sensitive to the plight of away at least 10 percent of what lesser-known golfers. Instead of he earns. On top of that, his givtalking about Fred Couples, Raying is often a labor of love. Mast monel Floyd, Tom Kite, or Tom descri bes it as a gift, a natural Watson, Mast is more likely to

whatever on re the ~r•••r••,.;d;e:si~re~th:a~ta:l:so~i~n:cl:u:de:s~~t:al:k~a:bo:t~'t: Rik Massengale. He greens, you' going to be swimming in green. mercy and serving. Such is the story of Dick Mast, "I abused that gift earlier in my professional golfer. At age 42, he Christian walk," Mast says. "If a street person came up and wanted is not one of your more well-

"I was obsessed with gold. I had tried everything the world offered. I lived, ate, and breathed gold. But that 's what broke me. When I didn 't reach the goal I had

"I had a peace of mind, and a trem.endous weight was lifted off my shoulders." set, I was pretty much devastated by it. That's when the Lord was able to reach me." When "The King of the MiniTou r" had a personal encounter with "The King of Kings," the golfer was able to grow in the understanding that he could help a lot of people. For him, that means giving. From the street person in need of a dollar to the golfer in need of a few ti ps, people from all walks of life can count on Mast to be helpful. "I' ve been able to comfort a lot of golfers," says the pro who swings for the green so he can give to others. - Allen Palmeri

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known players. But Mast cashes checks. By virtue of his status on the Professional Gold Association's Pro Tour,·Mast brings big bucks back to his home in Orlando. He's keen on the greens, ranking seventh overall in putting in 1993. So the dough flows. Mast had his best year on the tour in 1993, checki ng in at No. 82 on the money list. He pocketed $2 10,125. But then again, he didn 't really pocket it. You see, Mast has a purpose for earning this money-a purpose that doesn't entirely revolve around his bank account. When the needs of his wife, Roberta, and 20

remembered how Massengale, a a dollar, I gave him a 20. You learn to meet the'need and not the fellow Christian, injured his back want. Our main purpose for workand received only a few invitations to speak in churches. "But ing is to meet others' needs." he saw hundreds of lives affected Mast knows all about working to meet needs. His golfing career because they could relate to a guy with problems. He shared is marked by years of hard work. honestly how the Lord's grace Billed as "The King of the MiniTour," Mast knows what it's like • was sufficient. That really ministered to people." to skid off the PGA Tour. He lost Through one of his many his playing card four times from 1975 through 1980, and he had to problems-losing his PGA card for the first time- Mast trusted fight his way off the Ben Hogan Jesus Christ as his Savior, in Tour with three victories in 1990. Before losing his card again in 1975. "I became born again. I had a peace of mind, and a 1989, he earned $128,568 on the tremendous weight was lifted off 1988 PGA Tour. Going into 1994, my shoulders," he recalls. he had earned a total of $736,303 S P O R T S S P E C TRUM • M AY 1 99 4

Real F ..eedo.n LIDIYA VARBANOVA DECIDED that at the ripe old age of 19, it was time to move. So she packed her bags and moved- across the world! More than 8,000 miles separate Varna, Bulgaria, from Seattle, Washington. Not exactly a crosstown stroll. That's 8,000 miles from her homeland, 8,000 miles from her friends, and 8,000 miles from her family. But it was a move that Lidiya had wanted to make for quite some time. "For 19 years I lived an unhappy life," reflects Yarbanova. "I never smiled; I never really enjoyed my life." The iron fist of communist ru le in Bulgaria left Lidiya with few choices throughout her first 19 years and little, if any, freedom.


•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• "Communism is something that a lot of people talk about, but I don't think Americans understand it," Yarbanova explains. "Unless you go there and experience it yourself, you don't really know what it is to actually be free." So at 19, she defected. As a member of the Bulgarian National Basketball Team that participated in the Goodwill Games in Seattle during the summer of 1990, Yarbanova had the opportunity to leave the life of oppression and start anew in the United States. With the help of two former Bulgarians who had defected 6 years earlier, Lidiya, along with teammate Tory ToiTolova, chose to stay in the US while their teammates returned home. Despite her inabi lity to speak English, Lidiya was ready for freedom. And while in Seattle she found some. Yarbanova met Lisa Oriard, an assistant coach from Boise State University. Oriard offered something that once seemed impossible; an opp011unity to play basketball in America. After a llip to Idaho and a meeting with Bronco head coach June Daugherty, the 6' 4" Varbanova and fellow Bulgarian ToiTolova were on their way to BSU. Within months of enrolling, Lidiya was on the hardcourt and making a name for herself in the Big Sky Conference. She was named to the All-Big S~y team, Big Sky Newcomer of the Year for the 1990-9 1 season, and posted the second-best field goal mark in the country by hitting 68. 1 percent of her shots. The basketball success that Yarbanova had worked so hard for in Bulgaria had come to fruition. "I started playing basketball when I was 13, and for years I would practice 6 hours every day," explains Lidiya. "And when I started going to college

and playing basketball here at Boise State, it seemed that everything I wanted to do in my life was accomplished. Yet there were days when I felt empty just the way that I felt in Bulgaria." Political freedom wasn' t enough. The summer after her freshman year, Lidiya met Tommy Sugt, an assistant track coach at BSU. She was impressed. "I was so amazed by his lifestyle," she says. "He was so happy all of the time. He was full of joy; it was incredible! I'd never met anyone like him before." As the two became friends, Lidiya began to watch him. She

wanted to know what was so different about him. What gave him so much joy and peace? As she worked one night, Tommy visited her and brought

"I felt that I was holding something v ery precious." her a gift that revealed his joy and peace. He brought her a Bible. In her own language. The first Bible that she had ever seen. "I didn't know what it was, yet I felt that I was holding something very precious." After 2 weeks of digging into the Bible and asking questions of Tommy, Lidiya found the freedom that she had longed for. She ac-

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cepted Jesus Christ as her Savior. "At first I really wanted to be a good Christian, and at the time it looked hard to give up so many things. But really, I don 't give up-f just gain everything," explains Yarbanova. Since she accepted Christ, she has grown on two fronts. As a basketball player, Yarbanova has established herself as one of the top players in all of college basketball. She holds career school records in total points, scoring average, field goal percentage, and free throw percentage. Add to that an impressive list of records and accomplishments. • NCAA Career Field Goal Percentage record 67.4% • Only player ever to be named to four Big Sky Allconference first teams • 1993-94 Co-Big Sky MVP • 1993 Kodak All-American honorable mention • 1992-93 and 199 1-92 AllAcademic Big Sky Team As a growing Christian, Lidiya wants to share her faith with everyone, but she has a special place in her heart for her homeland now that the walls of communism have crumbled. "The most significant thing in my life is my salvation, and I know that the Lord has called me to share this. So many people have no hope. I want to go back and tell them that it doesn't matter where you live or what your circumstances are. If they have the Lord, they can have joy." Years of oppression aren't going to stop Lidiya Yarbanova from sharing real freedom in Bulgaria. -Rob Bentz 21


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TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT • ll Long R i de On T h e Exp..e ss For the first time since 1966, the summer game will be without a right-handed fireballer named Nolan Ryan. Perhaps one fact, more than any other, reveals the longevity of The Ryan Express. Since Ryan first took the mound

• ast Is East llnd Wes t I s West The I st time Major League Baseball divided itself (going from ne di ision in each league to two) was 1969. Now that baseball has divided again, let's take a look at what franchises were the most s cc ssful from the 1969 season through the 1993 season in each of the .Jd divisions. Statistics are taken from the regular season and include a 1y one-game playoff to determine the divisional winner. lnclilded a1 ream, record, winning percenwge, and World Series victories. anerican. League East 2,170-1,BOD .547 2,128-1,850 .535 2,128-1,854 .534 2,041 -1,944 .512 1,351 -1,344 .501 1,924-2,081 .483

BallliJ!Dre Orioles New York Yankees Boston Red Sox OetroltTigers T~or.onto Blue Jays Ml \{aakee Brewers 1111111 Pilots) IVIIIIdladlans

1,795-2,178 .452 anerican. League West laklanU's 2,088-1,899 .524 IIIII City Reyals 2,059-1,921 .517 IIIISitl Twins 1,972-2,010 .495 c lcaao While Sox 1,939-2,038 .488 ca llorala Angels 1,939-2,049 .488 Texas Rill!PI 1,884-2,092 .474

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(WashingtOn Senators) Seattle Mariners 1,188-1,532

A One last look. A whole generation was born, grew up, and moved out on its own while Nolan Ryan pitched.

for the New York Mets in 1966 as a 19-year-old rookie, Major League Baseball has added eight new franchises: Marlins '93, Rockies '93, Blue Jays '77, Mariners '77, Astros '69, Brewers (originally the Pilots) '69, Expos '69, and Padres '69.

.432 N tio n.al League East PIIIIIUPI~ Pirates 2,100-1,878 .528 St. lauls Cardinals 2,038-1,948 .511 New York Mats 1,978-2,003 .497 Philadelphia Phlllles 1,980-2,008 .497 Mentreal Expos 1,948-2,034 .489 C.lcaga Cubs 1,927-2,048 .485 lerlda Marlins 84·98 .395 ation.al League West Cl cl 1111 Reds 2,151 -1,833 .540 Los Angeles Dodgers 2,143-1,844 .538 Houston Astros , 1,999·1,990 .501 San Francisco Giants 1,992-1,998 .499 Atlanta Braves 1,891 -2,084 .478 San Diego Padres 1,783-2,203 .447 Colorado Rockies 87-95 .414

• Soane R ookie ! When reigning Formula One champion Nigel Mansell switched to Indy Car for the 1993 season, nobody in racing circles could have predicted his immediate success. Mansell wasted no time going from the top of Formula One to the top of Indy Car. He captured the fi rst race of the season in Australia, becoming only the second driver in 82 years of Indy-style car racing history to win in his first start. But Mansell hadn't even begun to rev his engine. He went on to capture seven pole positions and five first-place finishes on the way to the 1993 PPG Cup championship. He was the first rookie ever to win the Indy Car title. What do you say, Nigel- let's go for the trifecta. NASCAR is waiting.

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at Indy Car, Mansel is third all-time on the Formula One win list.

• Spe cia l Nuanbe ..s When the Boston Celtics retired Kevin McHale's number 32 in a ceremony on January 31, they added a record 17th number to the rafters of the Boston Garden. The Celtics have retired more numbers than any other franchise in professional sports. So who are these famed hoopsters who leave their numbers hanging around? Let's take a look: 1- Waller A. Brown 3 - Dennis Johnson 15- Tom Heinsohn 19-Don Nelson 24- Sam Jones 6 - Bill Russell 16- Tom (Saleh) Sanders 21 - Bill Sharman 25- K. C. Jones (honorary numtler) 2 - Red Auerbach 10 - Jo Jo While 17- John Havlicek 22- Ed Macauley 32- Kevin McHale (honorary numtJer) 14- Bob Cousy 18- Dave Cowens 23-Frank Ramsey 33- Larry Bird The Celrics also planro refire jersey number 35 somerime during rhe 1994-95 season in honor of rhe fare Reggie Lewis. 22

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7rivia from the World of Sports • Oh, By the Way When Cal Ripken homered off Twins pitcher Scott Erickson on July 15, 1993, it appeared to be just another game-winning homer. But this wasn't your ordi-

.A Still going. Almost lost in the fanfare over Cal Ripken's consecutive games played streak (1,897 going into the 1994 season) is the fact that he's In line to break several other shortstop records before he's done.

nary game-winning long ball. This home run put Cal Ripken in the record books, and he didn't even know it. Ripken's home run was his 278th as a shortstop, apparently 15 homers behind all-time leading home run hitting shortstop Ernie Banks' 293. The key word is "apparently." Elias Sports Bureau, the official keeper of major league statistics, had found an error 4 years earlier. It revealed that Banks was credited with 16 home runs at shortstop, even though he actually hit them while playing first base. Elias neglected to tell the Orioles of their findings, and thus the confusion. The Orioles found out about the change earlier this year and honored the new shortstop home nm king with a signed bat from Ernie Banks himself and an orange seat marking the spot where the nowfamous home run landed. D

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• Has there ever been a 3-time Player of the Year in college basketball? Chuck: Yes, Ralph Sampson of the University of Virginia was presented the Rupp Trophy as the Player of the Year three times. Sampson won the award in 1981, 1982, and 1983. The Rupp Trophy is voted on by sportswriters and broadcasters from the Associated Press. The United Press International basketball writers elected Oscar Robertson (1958-60), Bill Walton (197274), and Sampson (1981-83), as Player of the Year for 3 consecutive years. And the Naismith Award, voted on by coaches, sportswriters, and broadcasters, has a pair of three-time winners. Walton won the award from 197274, while Sampson won it from 1981-1983. e

e Could you tell me who were the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame? Chuck: The Four Horsemen consisted of Don Miller, halfback; Jim Crowley, halfback; Elmer Layden, fullback; and Harry StuhldreheP, quarterback. They were members of the 1924 Fighting Irish National Championship teani. e

• How many NHL teams has Jacques Demers coa~hed? Chuck: Demers has been behind the bench of four NHL teams. He began his NHL head coaching career with the Quebec Nordiques in 1979-80, their first year in the league. After 2 seasons out of the NHL, he returned as head coach of the St. Louis Blues. Demers coached the Blues from the 1983-84 sea-

son through the 1985-86 season before moving on to Detroit. His stay in the Motor City lasted from the 1986-87 season through the 1989-90 campaign. Demers then resurfaced as coach of Montreal for the 1992-93 season and led the Habs to the Stanley Cup. Demers is the only man in NHL history to win Coach of the Year honors in back-toback seasons (1985-86 and 1986-87 with the Red Wings).

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How do you figure the plus/minus rating of a hockey player? Chuck: It's really pretty easy to figure. When a player is on the ice and his team scores, that's a plus. When a player is on the ice and the opposing team scores, that's a minus.

•• How many points did Sheryl Swoopes score in the 1993 NCAA Finals game? Chuck: The Texas Tech AllAmerican scored a NCAA Finals record 47 points to lead Texas Tech to an 84-82 victory over Ohio State in the Finals. Swoopes was also named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

•• Who has the longest streak of consecutive NCAA Division I baseball College World Series titles? Chuck: In 1970, the University of Southern California defeated Florida State 2-1 to win the first of five consecutive College World Series titles. The Trojans' run continued with a 7-2 victory over Southern Illinois in 1972, a 1-0 shutout of Arizona State in 1973, a 4-3 win over Arizona State again in 1974, and a 7-3 victory

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CHUCK SWIRSKY, ) Host of ~ Spectrum radio against the University of Miami CFL) in 1975. The Trojans were led by coach Ron Dedeaux during their College World Series dynasty. •• What was Johnny MaJors' head coaching record during his first stint at the University of Pittsburgh? Chuck: Johnny MaJors was Panther head coach from 1973 through 1976. He compiled a 33-13-1 record before moving on to coach at Tennessee, his alma mater. The highlight of MaJors' Pitt career came in 1976 as his Panthers, behind Reisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett, won the National Championship. Got A Question? If you have a question about

sports, send it to The Swirsky Report, Box 3566, Grand Rapids, MI 49501. Listen To Chuck Sports Spectrum radio with Chuck Swirsky is on the air live each Saturday at noon Eastern time nationwide. Call 1-800-283-8333 to find out where you can hear this lively sports program. 23

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By Dave Branon HE LAST TIME I can recall standing at the plate and facing live pitching, Richard Nixon was President, Jose Alvarez was in junior high school, and Don Gullett was pitching. All four of us have retired from active participation in the game now. Nixon long ago resigned his chance to throw out the first pitch. Alvarez hung up his spikes ...__ __. for the last time in May 1993. Gullett last pitched in the majors in 1978. I gave up after high school: But now it was time to be 18 again. It was my first at bat in a fantasy baseball camp conducted by Athletes in Action. We were in Osceola, Florida, where I discovered to my delight that the sun does indeed shine in the winter. Supporting me on the bench for this initial contest of our 4-day return to life as Major League wannabes was our manager Gary Carter. The 11-time All-Star, who owns two World Series rings and two All-Star Game MVP trophies, shouted encouragement.

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• Team Carter. The sky was always blue and the advice from pros and former pros like Yankee Brian Doyle was always good at fantasy camp. No wonder Team Carter, under the direction of Gary Carter (Expos), Tim Cash (Astros), Greg McMichael (Braves), Blake Doyle (O's), and Bernie Carbo (AlA shirt), was smiling.


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anything remotely to do with hitting a fastball thrown by a 37-year-old former Atlanta Brave named Jose. But it was time to hit, so I tugged on my batting gloves and stepped into the box. (Actually, they were Gary Carter's gloves, and I was hoping he would forget I had them. He didn 't. ) Putting my baseball shoes to good use (actually, I had borrowed them from a friend, and they were a bit too big), I dug in. It was

something I think I did as a part of my hitting ritual as a kid. (Act uall y, I don 't remember exactly what I did back then , but I thought it looked good.) I stood in against Alvarez, impressive as he was in his major league uniform. He leaned forward for the sign. (I was praying for a fastball, but not too fast). He checked the runners at second and third and fired. Strike one. Suddenly I flashed back to the

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last time I was in this kind of situation, back when I faced Don Gullett in high school. After dispatching our team with a perfect game, Gullett went on to be a first-round draft choice and win I 09 games for the Reds and Yankees. I recalled vividly th at when I batted against him and his 90-plus mph fastball, I had no prayer at all. When I saw what Alvarez was throwing, hope welled up in my heart. He was not throw-

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ing big league heat. He was The Judge and The Kid. throwing BP pitches. Life Justice wasn 't blind In was good. Jose Alvarez' court, It just The second pitch was a bit wore sunglasses. One case that was not brought up In outside, so I coolly ignored it. court-but should have A l varez went into hi s been-was the nonprofesstretch, looked the lead run sional demeanor of Gary ner back to third, and deliv" The Kid" Carter. ered the ball toward the plate. It was a beau ti fu l pitch. ball. We were truly the boys About 75 miles an hour, of winter. tops. Right down the middle. Th e joy of baseball was Straight. especially ev ident in some guys who seemed to have Swinging through the rust of too many non-playi ng been created for thi s kind of baseball years, I connec ted activity: Fellow Ro ok i es with the ball and sent it on a Felix Martinez, Bob Uhl, and PAT MlNGAREllVwoRI..OWIOE CHAU.EtiGE line over th e out stretched Paul Schwarz. glove of second baseman Johnny Green. As soon as I saw Felix Martinez' name, I bestowed on him the unofficial Best Name In You can't imagine how good it feels to get a base hit off a major league pitcher. Even if he Camp Award. As names go, this guy was The wasn't trying very hard. Natural. If I was a major league scout and I saw After all those years of waiting to get anoththe name Felix Martinez, I'd sign him. No queser crack at a big league arm, I was standing at tions asked. It's got baseball written all over it. first base with a 2-run single. No less than 20 major leaguers have carried This kind of success story repeated itself the hallowed name of Martinez, and the names over and over for the Rookies at the Athl etes seem to sing- if you say them right, making in Action Fantasy Baseball Camp. From all sure to emphasize the second syllable and giving across the country, men from 28 to 49 had the " i" a long "e" sound. come to the Orlando area to strap it on and Ramon Martinez, Dennis Martinez, Domingo recall the glory of sunshine, dusty infields, Martinez, Carmelo Martinez. And one of the wooden bats, and the pure j oy that i s basemost successful of the Martinez boys: Tippy.

Who, Me Retire? Andy McGa ffigan played in the major leagues for 11 years. Included in his career was a 12-save, 2.39 ERA season with the Expos in 1987 and a 6-0 record in Montreal the following year. In 1991 , McGaffigan was with the Kansas City Royals. The Royals were playing in Detroit, and it was time for another player to come off the disabled list. McGaffigan was certain that manager Hal McRae was going to call him into the office and send him back to the minors, so he was ready with his response. Since the Royals were in Detroit and McGaffigan knew Detroit needed pitching, he was going to ask for, his release rather than being sent back to the minor leagues. He assumed the Tigers would pick him up. Sure enough, McRae called him in and told him he was being sent down. And just as planned, McGaffigan refused the assignment. He collected his things and became a former Royal. Problem was, no one called. Surprisingly, not even the Tigers expressed an interest in Andy McGaffigan. Just like that, his baseball career was over. Looking back, McGaffigan knows where he went wrong. He made the decisions all alone. Instead of consulting his wife, his agent, or God, he let his pride dictate what he was .A. Going deep. Andy McGafflgan spent his career on the mound going to do. At the AlA Fantasy Baseball Camp and wherev- and had only 6 major league er he speaks to groups, McGaffigan reminds his listeners hits, so he shocked everyone at that it is always wise to pray and talk to the people closest to camp by belting a long drive off the top of the left field wall for a them before making a decision. double. 26

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He won 55 games for the Yankees and Orioles, and he appeared in two World Series. And his given first name was Felix. Just like our Felix Martinez. I don 't know what kind of guy Tippy Martinez was, but our Felix was the star of the camp. Not because he was the bes t player, which he wasn' t, bu t because he was so unembarrassedly glad to be playing baseball. Left-handed hitting first baseman/outfielder Felix cou ld not contain hi s enthusiasm. A lieutenant in the Navy, Felix was at camp compliments of his wife, who, knowing how much her husband loved baseball , made arrangements for him to be there. Roh l lhl , on the other hand, was Mr. Quiet Man. He said little, showed nothing of Felix' outgoing enthusiasm, yet was impressive just th e same. At age 49, Bob was th e oldest Rookie in camp. It took a while for the rest of us Rookies to figure out one of the most important things abou t Bob. We didn 't notice it when he first asked to play centerfield. We didn't notice it when we walked into the lockerroom on day one and saw AlA uniform number 7 hanging in his locker. We began to get the picture, though, when Bob hit and fielded his way into our consciousness. He lined solid shots all over the park and made a couple of sparkling catches in center, including one over-the-shoulder grab that would have made a great Play of the Day on CNN. Where's Fred Hickman when you need him? So, we all wondered: What about Bob? Centerfield. Number 7. Hitting ropes. Making great catches. What about it, Bob? " Yeah," he acknowledged in an outburst of conversation. " Mickey Mantle was my favorite player. " And then th ere was my roomm ate, Paul Schwarz. Like me, Paul is a writer. And like me, Paul could be cast as The Thin Man without a second call-back. That 's why Paul and th e rest of us fell on th e l ockerroom fl oor


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number 23 in memory of basketball great Pistol laughing when one of the Pros- probably Pete Maravich). Standing nearby are the clubAndy McGaffigan- looked over at my shirthouse workers, ready to supply your needs and less roomie and yelled, " Hey, Schwarz! You wash your uniform when the day ends. In the on steroids?" training room is John Young, trainer for the That was funn y, but th e best story about Indi anapoli s Indians, th e Paul and the camp is serious. Reds' Triple A team. And it has to do with Gary Carter. Just as Bob picked John wasn't very busy on uniform number 7 in honor day one. But as the practices of M i ckey Mantl e, Paul and games went on, the trainchose number 8 because of ing room started taking on Kid Carter. It was a touching the appearance of a crowded scene when Paul told Gary a plane termin al as Rookies story th at any Chri sti an waited to have things taped, ballpl ayer wou ld love to massaged, and whirlpooled. hear. "Gary," Paul told the The Rookies also found Marlins' TV anal yst, " You out that the lockerroom was witnessed to me in 1981 after not just a pl ac e to get dressed and treated by the the All-Star game." Carter, who had been named MVP, trainer. It was a courtroom. Kangaroo courtroom. had told th e national TV audience: " I'd like to thank Each da y, former Blue Jesus Christ. " To a searching Jay Don Gordon or some ot her pro wou l d get th e Pau l Schwarz, those words Rookies' atten tion and cry from his favorite player drew him closer to a deci sion to out, "The Kangaroo Court of the AlA Fantasy Baseball put his faith in Jesus. The Al A camp, then, was Camp is now in session. The a chance for Paul to thank honorable ' Hoser the Closer Alvarez' presiding." Jose Gary and show him the fruit of his testimony. Alvarez would appear out of For Felix, Bob, Paul, and the equipment room with a all the rest of us Rookies, the towel over his head and a camp was indeed like living a sawed off Louisville Slugger in his hand for a gavel. fantasy. From the time AlA staff members Ron Hobar, In Alvarez' court, no one Mike Alford, and Jason Lester was safe. Not even the Pros. Judge met us at the ai rport unt il Alvarez levied the stiffest camp ended, we were treated to a major league experience. fines on his fellow members of the baseball fraternit y. Imagine walking into your resort-style hotel in Florida .&. The old man and the seaman. Carter got nabbed for being and di scovering th at wh en Despite being the oldest late. Gordon was nailed for wearing his hat during court you see Gary Carter, Jerry camper, Bob Uhl reminded his Kindall , Greg McMichae l, teammates of his hero Mi ck~y proceedings. Things like that. Bernie Carbo, Randy Velarde, Mantle, while lefthanded Navy I got rung up in court for lieutenant Felix Martinez just and Andy Stankiewicz, you reminded us how great it was to wearing a girl s' glove. It belongs to my daughter , don't have to stand behind a be playing baseball again. potted plant, whisper, "Look Julie, and she let me borrow it- if I would get the Pros who's over there" to your to autograph it. Each time I family , and stare. You can just introduce yourself and start talking. At a asked for a signature, I told the players that it was Julie's glove. In my own defense of the fantasy baseball camp, you and the major leaguers are on the same team. charges, I accused the court of being out of The real feeling of camaraderie begins, touch and told them that they were what was wrong with baseball. Then I pleaded nolo though, in the lockerroom. You stroll into the clubhou se at th e spring training site of the contendere. Houston Astros, and suddenly you are a proAlvarez fined me anyway and then doubled fessional baseball player. Over your locker is a the penalty for using a foreign language. Once the Rookies ventured out of the locksi gn with your name and your number. Hanging in your locker is your uniform--{;omerroom and onto the practice fields, court was plete with the number you requested. (I wore out and school was in session. Having coached SPORTS S P E.C TRUM • MAY

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The Yes-Yes Theory FORMER MAJOR LEAGUER Brian Doyle has many thoughts about hitting. Perhaps if you are playing baseball or softball, his "yes-yes theory of hitting" will help you. According to Doyle, every ball that is pitched is one you should try to hit. As each pitch is delivered, you should shift your weight back and prepare to hit it. Then, as you pick up the flight of the ball, let it say "no." Unless the ball is unhittable (that means it says "no"), you should swing at it. In this way, every pitch should result in either a swing or a checked swing. The strike zone, Doyle says, is for the pitcher to worry about, not the hitter. baseball at the high school level, I thought I was pretty well-versed in the fundamentals. Until Blake Doyle, Jerry Kindall , and Randy Velarde started talking. Either baseball has changed a lot, I have a bad memory, or I didn't learn much as a kid. The Pros had a lot to teach the Rookies. Take batting, for instance. I was no Ken Griffey Jr. as a hitter, but I did win a batting championship in Little League. After the Doyle brothers got done breaking the game up into tiny parts, though, I discovered that my parts were all broken. My stride was wrong, my hitch was wrong, and my swing was wrong. And we didn't even talk about my stance. What I thought I could do pretty well , though, was field. I was a card-carrying member of th e good-field , no-hit club in hi gh school. But then Jerry Kindall started telling me how things are done today. Suddenly I felt like a no-field, no-hit player. As th e instru ction cont inued, a cynical thought came to mind: " It's a good thing I know all this stuff- now that I'll probably never pick up a baseball bat again." But then I remembered that the Pros were not getting us ready for some faraway day when we might play baseball. They were getting us ready for Satu rday. Saturday was going to be The Big Game. After completely wearing the Rookies out at practice and during intrasquad games, the Pros were go ing to tak e us on at Osceol a County Stadium. Our preseason sched ule included four games, one each on Wednesday and Thursday, and two on Friday. Each game was preceded by a morning workout on the Astros' practice fields. Keep in mind that Blake Doyle and his minions were not about to allow any loafing, loitering, or laziness. And keep in mind that Blake Doyle likes to yell. Loud. 27


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" When you're between the lines, you run! " Christian joy displayed by the players, through Hadley, Paul Schwarz, Jim Gleason, John he commanded at the beginning. the example of men like Jose, and through the Green, T erry Howard , Steve Lawson , and Rookies that we were, we did as we were told. players' own stories of when they put their faith Doug Mangum were all designated hitters in in Jesus Christ. Each evening, when the Pros Please note that our average age was 36. To our long lineup. put that in some kind of sport s context, the and Rookies got together for a Bible-teaching For the guys in the other dugout, the names average age of a player in the NBA is 27. All lesson by Dr. Steve Lawson, an author, pastor, were a bit more imposing. Pitching was Andy and outfielder from Little Rock, a different pro that means is that by about Friday afternoon, McGaffi gan with Jose A l va rez and Don we felt like we were 63. would tell about his life and about his faith. Gordon ready to come in . At fi rst was Jerry I play basketball to keep in shape, but it didAnd almost every night, Rookies would tell Kindall. Blake Doyle held down second. The n' t help. When Saturday came, my left side of the infiel d included legs were so sore that putting one leg A ndy Stanki ew i cz and Randy Velarde. Behind the plate was Pat in front of anoth er in a way th at resembled running was an adventure. Willi ams, GM of the Orl ando Before Saturday, however, there Magic. Carbo, A lvarez, and Tim was something else the Pros taught us. Cash were in the outfield. And it had nothing to do with baseball. As you might guess, it was no On Thursday, we were into Game contest. 2 of our seri es of f our intrasquad By the tim e the Rookies had a games. On the mound for one team baserunner, the Pros had 6 runs. was Terry Holland, a tall under-30 Not that they ripped the ball, but mortgage broker from nearby they hit it past us. Most of the time. Orlando. He had earned the nickname After four innings, the Pros were " Goose" for his relief appearance in ahead 7-0 on 12 hits. We had one. We did have a couple of bright Game I. At the plate for our team was Greg McMichael of the Braves. spots in the field, including infield The attention of the players on our double plays that ended the second bench, however, was elsewhere. It was and third innings before the Pros not on the action at the plate, but on the could do too much more damage. ~ Old infielders never die. They just become coaches and action in the stands. Jose Alvarez was sportswriters. Blake Doyle, who played 2 years In the Orioles When th e game had merci fully in the seats behind home plate, praying organization as an All-Star second baseman, spent the week come to a close, the Pros had soundwith a trio of guys who had wandered teaching the Rookies the right way to play. Dave Branon, who ly beaten the Rookies 10-6. It would into the stadium to watch. He had j ust played pro baseball only in his dreams, spent the week working have been closer-about 20 years on his Alan Trammell impersonations at shortstop. ago. Our greatest accomplishment explained to them the plan of salvation, was that no one on th e Pros, not and two of them were praying to accept Jesus Christ as Savior. even 1975 World Series hero Bernie The Pros were teaching the Rookies that how their lives had been changed at the campCarbo, took us deep in the game. there is not a bad time or a bad place to tell how they were more dedicated than ever to livFor 4 days, 30 or so former boys of summer ing for Jesus Christ because of the stories of the people about Jesus Christ. became boys of winter. Men who had never We later learned that the men had come to Pros or because of Dr. Lawson's messages. met got together to form friendships that centhe park at Gary Carter's invitati on. Earlier, When it came time to think about baseball, tered around two elements: baseball and faith. th ey had seen Carter pull into th e stadium though, Saturday was what we all had on our The baseball part was a thrill as we found out parking lot. Noticing his license plates, which minds. Our lineup consisted of Mark "Boog" again how much we enjoyed the game and as read, " Kid 8," and recogni zing th e former Bruggeman at first, Bob "The Mick" Uhl in we discovered to our surprise how fast the old catcher, they talked to him. He invited them to center, gimpy-kneed Steve Royer at third (he skill s come back. But the faith part ended up was d~e for ACL surgery), Rick Sundblad at come watch us play. being the highlight. And Jose Alvarez invited them into heaven. second, Felix Martinez in right, and Joe Heslet We learned from people who have made It was all part of the total package of the in left. Eric Pruemer and Chuck Salberg shared baseball their livelihood th at it can never be baseball camp, which was not just a time of the duti es behind th e pl ate, a writer from their life. We watched as they demonstrated playing ball. It was also a time of spiritual that although they loved the sport, they loved Grand Rapids was at short, and CBN reporter grow th . Thi s came through the genu ine Paul Petitte took the mound. The others: Rick the Lord Jesus Christ so much more. It had been a l ong, long time since I had played baseball, and it was pure j oy to be back on the diamond scooping up grounders and turnin g the double play. For th at al one, I IN ADDITION TO THE FANTASY BASEBALL CAMP, Athletes In Action also conducts summer would have treasured the experi ence of the baseball schools for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 15. At the schools, the campers Athletes in Acti on Fantasy Baseball Camp. are taught both baseball instruction and biblical character traits. Yet the more lasting impression was a truth AlA Baseball Schools For Kids will be held in the following cities: Birmingham, Cincinnati, that I 'm never far away from but always need Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, Orlando, Phoenix, and Tampa. to be reminded about: No matter what else we For information about either the 1994 Athletes In Action Fantasy Baseball Camp (December do in life, our greatest challenge and our rich6- 11) or the AlA Baseball School For Kids, contact Ron Hobar, Athletes In Action Baseball, 1035 est source of contentment is to dedicate our S.Semoran Boulevard, Suite 104 7, Winter Park, FL 32792. Or call407路671-4800. lives to Jesus Christ each day.

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performance-enhancing drugs in major guarantee happiness, health, and league lockerrooms, contentment. What Carbo endured he became an addict. through his 12 years as a player, Having felt mistreatand then after his career ended, ed as a player, he told demonstrates clearly that trouble his wife he wanted to kill general manager simply intensifies when a troubled person reaches the big time. Haywood Sullivan in From the fan's perspective, 1976 after Sullivan Bernie Carbo had it made. suggested that Carbo Drafted by Cincinnati out of high take a pay cut. school, the lefthanded outfielder Big league baseball and everything that went on to be a major part of the came with it only early version of the Big Red Machine. Along with teammates made Bernie Carbo miserable. And when Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, and Pete Rose, Carbo played in the he retired in 1980, 1970 World Series at age 23. The things got no better. Still he had to deal future looked promising. with a father who Later, in 1975 as a member of the Red Sox, Carbo pounded out Bernie felt had never two pinch-hit home runs in the wanted him and a Series against his former club. mother who made One was a three-run shot that him feel caught in the brought the Red Sox back from middle between them. the brink of elimination in As Carbo worked to deal with his resentGame 6 and set up Carlton Fisk's ment, tragedy struck. famous body-English home run that sent the Series to a deciding Both of his parents died with in a short time of each other, leaving seventh him with a lifetime of bad feelStats Glance game. ings and no way to resolve them. • The Sporting Nmu Rookie or the Year (NL, 1970) And Carbo still had to deal with his • Hlt .310 with 21 home runs and 83 RBI add iction. drug In his rookie season What's worse, he • TiedWorld Series record with 2 couldn't read or pinch-hit home runs In 1975 concentrate on a conversation. He • Hit .429 with a 1.429 slugging had attention deficit percentage In the 1976 Series disorder (ADD). And his marriage had failed. But at each step along the way Stories like this usually end in of his baseball career, instead of basking in the glow of big league tragedy. Bemie's almost did. It was the day after Christmas glory, Bernie Carbo struggled. Having grown up in the home in 1992. Carbo, who resided in of atheistic parents, Carbo felt the Boston area, felt that there estranged from them. Having suf- was no need to go on living. fered from a sexual attack as an But instead of ending it all, he elementary kid, he had trouble got on the phone with his buddy establishing relationships. HavBill Lee, a former teammate with ing been introduced to so-called the Red Sox. Spaceman asked

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I more treatment than he or his baseball buddies counted on. First, while Carbo was in the psychiatric uni t, his roommate, a reti red preacher, tal ked to him about his need for Jesus Christ. Next, after Carbo was transferred to a different treatment center, a nurse came bounding into his room saying, "God has sent me to be with you." She read the Bible and prayed with Carbo. And he got the message. As Bernie now describes it: "I was reborn." Bemie Carbo is a new man. He's off dntgs, and he's involved in a new ministry: The Diamond Club, which he describes as "telling the greatest story ever told through the greatest game ever played." With the Club, Bemie reaches out to kids through baseball clinics and camps. "I love Jesus because He has given me a new life," says the man who signs his autograph with this motto: "God is life." He ought to know. "Satan had his hands around my neck," Carbo says of that dark December day. "He wanted to kill me. He won't ever do that again."

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What Happens When The Owner Goes Dry? By Ken Walker ERBY DAY. That Kentucky His 7-days-a-week-on-theIt wasn' t always like this. greens lifestyle put strain on his Derby-inspired phrase has Despite Sugarwood's location tumed into a marketer's marriage too. Twice his wife in a rural county, the public dream. Pat1ies, mint Trish divorced him, then twice course was the place to go to find juleps, and multiple spot1s a good card game. Gambling remarried him. Her patience was tournaments surround the wearing thin again when she generated plenty of business. run for the roses. In southwestern West Virginia, golf course owner Ed Allen will stage his annual spring tournament on May 7. But instead of Derby Day, players will tee off in the Sugarwood Invitational. The name reflects a major change in the life of Sugarwood Golf Club, 5 miles south of Huntington. The old name would be misleading, because now no booze will be served. No bets will roll across the clubhouse tables. Foul language won't permeate the air. In an age when alcohol and su~;i a li L. ing mix like peanut butter and jelly, you can't even buy a beer at this 18-hole, 6, 122-yard circuit. When his beer license expired in mid-1992, Allen decided not to renew it. With that .& Nothing stronger. When Ed Allen decided that he wanted nothing move, he turned his back on stronger than Snapple and its soft drink cousins, the response was $25,000 in annual profits. surprising and .. . well, sobering. "It's the toughest decision l ever made," says the West Virginia native. "All my friends said it would hurt us. But it hasn't." After 18 holes, golfers would found a new church home about Opened in the mid-60s, this hang around for a few rounds of 5 years ago. country course won't be mistakbeer and poker. Trish finally talked him into en for the U.S. Open's Baltru" It was something to encourgoing to a family life seminar sol- two less in par despite 905 age the gang to come out and there. Three nights into the 4more yards. It can't match the keep the excitement going," night teaching, he broke down breathtaking views of Pebble recalls Allen. "If they needed one and pledged agai n to live for God. Beach. Nor do its fairways imimore to play, I would fill in. That decision took practical tate the wide greenery at the Whatever it took." forms at work. Over the next 3 Masters' home in Augusta. He credits a revived spiritual years, Allen eliminated tobacco, What it does offer, though, focus with the courage to make gambling, and beer. Interestingly, is a more pleasant atmosphere the break. when it came to stirring contronow that drinking is in the past. Despite being baptized and versy, dropping alcohol didn't Behind the evergreens and spruce turning over a new leaf in the match the outcry from his earlier trees lining the course, inebriated early '70s, he drifted from church. poker ban. golfers won't be using nature for Between golf on Sundays and The vocal reaction to that a bathroom. And tipsy drivers clients offering free drinks, his change weighed on his mind won 't wreck Allen 's carts. resolve melted like a spring thaw. when he considered cutting off 30

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the beer flow. For a while, he reasoned that it was okay as long as he wasn't selling enough to get people drunk. Then he realized they were getting drunk anyway and decided that no alcohol beat a little. Instead of facing outbursts, he discovered that 9 of 10 people approved. Pastors encouraged their churchgoers to play the alcohol-free course. Many took the advice. In July of 1993 Sugarwood enjoyed its best month ever. Business rose 19 percent over the previous July. "I thi nk the at mosphere is different," says Jeff Jones, Sugarwood's former accountant and now a partner in a separate 9hole course that has never served booze. "At our course we have a lot of junior high golfers, and it 's beller for them. "It's more conducive to bringing a fam ily," adds Jones, a Marshall University golfer in the '70s. "I have a boy 8 years old, and I wouldn't want to take him in a place where they're drinking." Another man who drives 30 miles to Sugarwood says the business increase doesn't surprise him. Bob Anderson saw the same results when he was a forest ranger in another part of the state. "I told the guy running a bait and tackle shop the biggest problem we had was the beer drinkers causing trouble for me and everyone else at the lake," Anderson recalls. "He qu it selling it, and his business skyrocketed." "I don't have any fear now of people leaving the golf club drunk and causing a wreck," Allen adds. "That can weigh on you. It happens all over the country. I encourage any Christian who owns a golf course and is selling beer to take a step of faith and stop."


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things were pretty clear-cuta woman 's place was in the home. While there's nothing wrong with the time-honored occupation of homemaker (my mother has been one as long as I can remember), many women have since boldly gone where no woman has ever gone before. Women as police officers. Women in outer space. Women on the Globetrotters. Women in the men's lockerroom. Hey, wait a minute- WHERE? Women in a men's lockerroom? What are they doing in there? I know, I know. They are female spor1s repor1ers competing with their male counterpar1s for the inside scoop. Yes, I understand that they are professionals, and they exercise decorum in getting the stories the fans really want to hear. But ... should women go into the men's lockerroom? No way! A men's lockerroom should be exactly that-a men's lockerroom. You know, "no woman's land." They already have a place for us; if I'm not mistaken, it's called the women's lockerroom. But why shouldn't female reporters be in a lockerroom with a group of male athletes who are trying to get dressed? Get ready. I'm going to use what some would term "old-fashiqned" words. You probably haven't heard them in a long ti me. Here they are: Modesty and Decency. Believe it or not, there was a time when it was considered improper for ladies and gentlemen who were not married to each other to see one another unless both were clothed. And it still is. You've heard people say that a woman should watch what she wear . True. But, guys, l' ll let you in on a little secret: So should you.

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female sports reporters while maintaining modesty ancl decency involve one common element: The media, male or female, must be kept out of the lockerroom for a time. Here are a couple of options: ..... the media are allowed to wait outside the lockerroom and interview athletes when they choose to exit, ..... the media are allowed to meet all the players in the media room after they are dressed. A bit inconvenient? Yes, maybe. But then pro athletes wouldn't stay at that level long if all they did was what was convenient. The same is true for reporters. So what's a litt le inconvenience when modesty and decency are maintained. But before we start pointing fi ngers at all the women who are getting a better view than they want from inside the men's lockerroom, let 's take a look at our own lives. What are we looking at that is causing us to think about things we shouldn't? Movies? Books? Pornography? Philippians 4:8 gives us God's view on the contents of our thoughts. "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things." When we view anything that makes us think differently, we need to be careful. It may not be easy or convenient, but it sure will be worth it. God rewards people who are obedient to Him. And ladies, for us, this may mean keepi ng ourselves outside the men's lockerroom. 31


Eighty-four million dollars. That's how much money ot least one NBA player is reportedly getting over the life of his contract. That's on ostronomicot incomprehensible amount of money, and it will surely help that player buy anything he wonts.·Anything but this: True happiness. Happiness and contentment don't come with price togs. They cannot be purchased, even by the owners of the richest contracts in sports. Happiness and contentment hove nothing to do with money or athleticskills or what team you ploy for. They depend on something that the people we feature in Sports Spectrum ore not afraid to talk about: faith. From the amateur high school tennis player all the way up to the NFL superstar, these athletes and coaches know that what they hove is priceless. People like Barry Sanders, Reggie White, Kevin Johnson, Mark Price, Joe Carter, and Paul Molitor- guys with big contracts, sure, but guys who don't depend on money for happiness. Probably none of us will ever have $84,000,000. But all of us con hove the true joy that top sports personalities talk about in Sports Spectrum. Contentment in this life and hope for the next.

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