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MAJOR LEAGUE
BASEBALL
American League
Yankees 3,
RED SOX 2
WHITE SOX 12,
Tigers 6
RANGERS 7,
Royals 6
Twins 5,

ANGELS 0
Orioles 5,
A'S 2
National League
PIRATES 8,
Brewers 7
Braves 6,
EXPOS 3
PHILLIES 16,
Mets 4

ASTROS 13,
Reds 7
CARDINALS 6,
Cubs 3
ROCKIES 11,
Marlins 10
Dodgers 6,
DIAMONDBACKS 5
Giants 5,
PADRES 1

SPORTSm t~

The 18th annual football pep rally is schedul
to be held in front of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity
(556 South State St.) on Friday from 6:30-7:30.
Famous guests and free gifts will be plentiful.
Read more about it in Friday's Daily.

Wednesday
September 9, 1998

22

McGwire makes
history in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) -When homer No.
62 finally came, the whole affair proved
far easier than anybody thought.
The talk had flowed everywhere for
weeks. Who'd catch it? Should they keep
it? Would the IRS come calling?
And the most pressing question: Give
it back gratis or take Mark McGwire and
the Cardinals for as much cash and cool
stuff as possible?
Unlike so many of McGwire's home
runs, this one didn't make it into the left-
field stands. Instead, the line drive shot'
over the left field fence, where Tim
Forneris ran it down and picked it up -
Tim Forneris, part of the Busch Stadium
ground crew.
He promptly set about returning the
specially and secretly marked, individu-
ally numbered ball to The Man Of The
Hour.
"It's not mine to begin with," the 22-
year-old Forneris said, though technical-
ly it was once he got his hands on it.
"McGwire just lost it, and I brought it
home. I'm just a regular Joe"
At a postgame ceremony, Forneris
presented McGwire with the ball.
"Mr. McGwire, I think I have some-
thing that belongs to you" he said.
McGwire took the ball, looked at it
and held it up triumphantly. The Hall of
Fame then took possession of the ball, as
well as McGwire's bat and uniform.
When the ball flew off McGwire's bat,
Forneris and his brother, Tino, were
working behind the outfield fence under,
appropriately enough, a sign for
"Target" department stores. Both joined
other members of the ground crew in a
mad dash to where they thought it would
land, under a "Konica Copiers &
Printers" sign.
"I figure, if it's not gone, it's going to
hit the wall. If it is gone, it's mine,"
Forneris said.
He beat them all.
"He was always the better player,"
Tino Forneris said.
In the left-field stands, fans suddenly
certain they wouldn't get to the ball

rushed out to the smoking areas and
restrooms, lining the concourse.
Forneris stuffed the ball into his shirt
and ran onto the field with dozens of
other employees as McGwire rounded
the bases. He gave the prize to Cardinals
equipment manager Buddy Bates.
"It makes everybody happy,"
Cardinals spokesman Brian Bartow said.
"Our employees love the game just like
the fans do. I am not surprised that a
employee felt so strongly about it that
rushed to give it to Mark."
There was some initial confusion
when an unidentified man handed a ball
to McGwire shortly after the home run.
But the slugger said he looked at the ball
and said he knew it wasn't the one.
"It said 'Official League,' not
'National League,"' McGwire said at a
postgame news conference. "So I gave it
back."
McGwire has said the ball belongs in
Cooperstown - at the Baseball Hall of
Fame, home of 5,000 other significant
baseballs.
"It's refreshing," said Don Marr, the
hall's president, carrying a case contain-
ing the bat Roger Maris used to hit No.
61. "People short-change America.
These baseball fans are showing their
true colors."
McGwire's last six home-run b
have been returned to him.
Fans who saw No. 62 but didn't get
the ball had to think about it for a while,
but most arrived at the same verdict.
"I would definitely give it back," said
Rich Keim of St. Louis.
"I think it's great Mark got the ball. I
would have done the same thing," said
Bridget Dawson, also of St. Louis.
"We didn't come here to try to catch
the ball. I wasn't going to get kil
going for that baseball," said Rick MiPT
of Alton, Ill. "I just wanted to see him hit
the home run."
There was a brief flurry over the
weekend when there were reports that
whoever caught the ball might be taxed
heavily even if they gave it away.

AP PHOTO
Mark McGwlre pumps his fist after the swing that made history: Home run No. 62 was a low line drive that just cleared the fence In left field. The game was delayed for
about 10 minutes as the St. Louis crowd roared and McGwire's teammates mobbed him at home plate.
One of the all-time greats ... but the greatest?

McGwire's 62nd home run
will certainly go down as
one of the all-time greats -
but was it the best ever? At
right are some of the best-
known homers in Major
League Baseball history.

. Baltimore's
Cal Ripken
homers on Sept.
6, 1995 -the
same day he
breaks Lou
Gehrig's con-
secutive games
played record.

Toronto's Joe
Carter wins the
1996 World
Series with a
blast to left off
of Philadelphia's
Mitch Williams.

Los Angeles'
Kirk Gibson,
with a pulled
hamstring,
swats a pinch-
hit, game -win-
ning home run
in Game 1 of
the '88 Series.

O After Goose
Gossage refuses
to walk him,
Gibson, then
with the Tigers,
hits a three-run
homer to right
in the '84
series.

0 Carlton Fisk
just barely
keeps his drive
to left inside the
foul pole, win-
ning Game 6 of
the '75 series
for the Red Sox.

N Hammerin'
Hank Aaron hits
No. 715 in 1974
to pass Babe
Ruth as the
most prolific
home run hitter
of all time.

Dreaming ofHawaii: Paterno and Fry remindsce,

Joe Patemo is
one victory from
No. 300, and his
Big Ten coaching
peers have noth-
ing but good
things to say
about him. JoPa's
Nittany Lions
host mighty
Bowling Green
this weekend,
after thrashing
Southem Miss
last weekend.
FILE PHOTO

n the glorious land of Hawaii - or so I've heard
- exists the charm and ambiance of everything
special. The air is a little sweeter, the pineapple's a
bit fresher and the girls - oh, those hula girls -
are said to be a whole lot more revealing.
So, as one might expect, when Iowa coach Hayden
Fry ponders the distant islands, his thoughts turn to
... diminutive football coach Joe Paterno.
What?
OK, here's the story:
It was a number of years ago - when you're as
old as these two, it's "give or take a decade" - when
the pair coached on opposite sidelines of the Hula
Bowl in the nation's 50th state. With their families in
tow, a bond was about to be formed.
Fry's daughter babysat for Paterno's children and
the connection was sealed.
As the Big Ten's leaders in coaching seniority, the

MARK
SNYDER
Mark My
Words

glasses link the men in the pub-
lic's eye. But Fry has Paterno
on another pedestal altogether.
"I don't think the good Lord
put a better person on the face
of the earth," Fry said of
Paterno, who goes for his 300th
victory Saturday against
Bowling Green.
The reverence Fry, the dean
of Big Ten coaches, holds for
Paterno demonstrates the
national respect the Penn State
coach receives.

duo has more in common than most coaches.
Age and experience notwithstanding, the dark sun-

greatest."
And the record books agree. With the victory,
Paterno will reach the hallowed plateau faster than
any of the five coaches he will join in the exclusive
club.
As all the Big Ten coaches weigh in on Paterno's
legacy at Penn State, his smoothest move may be
debatable. Bringing his university into the future -
first through the decision to join the Big Ten and sO
ond by his $3.5 million donation to the school -
will be Paterno's legacy.
"It was a great move for us (to join the Big Ten.)"
Paterno said. "It's been great for Penn State. Our aca-
demic part benefited as much as our athletics. It's
been a very significant move for Penn State."
The horde of personal attention contrasts directly
with Paterno's low-key approach to coaching. But
See SNYDER, Page 23

"I don't know that college football has a better
representative than Joe Paterno," Fry said. "He's the

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