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By DAVID POOLE
N April 2. 1977. the New York
jj Yankees came to Chapel Hill for
an exhibition baseball game with
the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Yankees
On Aprrt 3, 1979 another New York
Yankee team came to Chapel Hill and
ayain faced the UNC team in an exhibition
game. The Yankees won again, 9-4, in a
game shortened to seven innings because
of miserable weather.
This afternoon, beginning at 3 p.m.,
there will be yet a third Yankees team in
Chapel Hill and again the Bronx Bombers
will line up and face the North Carolina
Tar Heels. The game will be the capper for
an afternoon of batting practice and
infield practice that should be enough to
satisfy even the most avid (and the most
indifferent) of fans.
If the past two games are any
indication, this year's meeting should
offer its share of highlights that the
baseball fan can long remember.
In the 1977 game, the Yankees
displayed an awesome array of offensive
power and discovered a pitcher who
would go on to be one of the best around.
Craig Nettles smashed a home run in
the game's early innings and Reggie
Jackson planted another onto the
Ehringhaus intramural field. But the
longest ball hit all day was probably a foul
ball hit by Jim VVynn which landed over
everything down the left field line.
The pitcher the Yankees found was a
guy named Ron Cuidry. Guidry came on in
relief for Gil Patterson, and soon had
everybody asking "Who is this guy?" By
the end of the next season, the Cy Young
Winner was a household name.
Things were a little different two years
ago when the visitors from New York
came up from spring training in Florida.
First off. the weather was horrible. Cold,
wet, cloudy and just cold conditions met
the Yankees, but the game went on.
The Tar Heels fell behind 3-0 but got
even when Jim Rouse hit an Ed Figueroa
curveball off the scoreboard in left for a
two-run homer and then Scott Bradley
scored on an error by Chris Chambliss.
No one will know who will be here this
year until the Yankees get off the bus.
Maybe Jackson and even Dave Winfield
will show. Maybe former Yankee great Jim
"Catfish" Hunter will ride up from
Hertford to see his old mates. Maybe
Mickey mantle and Whitey Ford, great TV
beer commercial stars, will come and hit
and field fungoes like they did in 1977.
This year, who knows what will happen.
But, if you're, lucky enough to have a
ticket, it will certainly be worth going to
David Pooe's a staff writer for The Daily
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