All eyes were on Hector Lopez, but hapless Hector's eyes were on the sun. Having fought a losing battle with the glare for possession of a long fly ball at Yankee Stadium, the New York left fielder could only cower in misery as the ball fell like a mortar shell beside him, then bounced over the fence for a double.
Rhubarb with Ham
Before the baseball season was a week old the ebullient Dodger wielding the knife at right proved that a five-year sabbatical in television and the unemployment bureau had not dulled the instincts that once made him baseball's feistiest competitor. Though now only a humble coach, a far from humble Leo Durocher initiated the grandest rhubarb of the young 1961 season during the Dodgers' sixth game. When Umpire Jocko Conlan threw him out for making a too vigorous protest of a decision on a foul ball, the Lip tried to kick dirt on Jocko's pants. He kicked the Conlan shin instead. With dignity and flesh simultaneously outraged, Conlan kicked back and a brief base-path two-step followed (left). Warmed by the cheers of the fans as he left the field, Leo graciously promised not to complain if he were suspended three days. Last week, when Leo reported back a California rhubarb grower named Joel Cleugh was waiting to welcome him with a rhubarb pie four feet wide. Leo provided another slice of Durocher ham to go with it.