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BASEBALL AT THE BREAK III: BASEBALL'S RISING SON
Published July 11, 1995
No one player, manager or owner got the same amount of attention as Hideo Nomo on All-Star Monday. In Milwaukee, Dale Hofmann writes, "You get an idea of the health of the national pastime when its most promising cure must be imported." Tom Haudricourt writes, "'Nomomania!' has engulfed major-league baseball's 66th annual All-Star Game" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 7/11). In Chicago, Jerome Holtzman notes that comparisons were made between Nomo in '95 and Ruth after the 1919 Black Sox scandal and whether Nomo is "capable of a similar rescue" of the game (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/11). In Houston, Alex Truex writes, "His whirling delivery has caused him to be nicknamed Tornado, but he is a fresh breeze for baseball" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 7/11). In Tampa, Martin Fennelly writes, "The man to save America's game does not speak English. That is where we are at" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 7/11). In L.A., Mike DiGiovanna writes, "Fernando Valenzuela, Hideo Nomo -- these international rookie phenomena come along only about once every 15 years, so you have to take advantage of them" (L.A. TIMES, 7/11). In K.C., Jeffrey Flanagan writes, "If there is a responsibility for Hideo Nomo ... to single-handedly restore interest in baseball, he's not aware of it" (K.C. STAR, 7/11). N.Y. DAILY NEWS' John Harper, on the Nomo-Randy Johnson match-up: "For once, it seems, baseball has done something right" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/11). In Dallas, Gerry Fraley calls tonight's game an "evening of historic proportions" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 7/11). In Baltimore, John Eisenberg writes, "Tonight's start will only add to his growing legend" (Baltimore SUN, 7/11). In Philadelphia, Jayson Stark writes, "This is [Nomo's] night. All he has to do is save baseball" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 7/11). In New York, Dave Anderson calls Nomo baseball's "rising sun" amid the post-strike clouds (N.Y. TIMES, 7/11). N.Y. POST header: "Baseball's Rising Sun-sation" (N.Y. POST, 7/11). USA TODAY's Beaton & Horovitz: "Nomomania has swept Major League Baseball" (USA TODAY, 7/11). In S.F., Joan Ryan writes, "The irony, of course, is that this All-American game of baseball is counting on this hard-throwing Japanese import to save it from itself" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/11). BEYOND THE SPORTS PAGES: ABC News profiled Nomo last night. ABC's Jim Lory "While some Japanese felt betrayed by Nomo's departure, he has now become an object of national pride. Everyone loves him" ("World News Tonight," 7/10). Nomo is also featured in this week's PEOPLE (PEOPLE, 7/10). SIGN OF FUTURE TIMES? ESPN's "Cover Story" last night examined the diversity of MLB players. Peter Gammons: "The people who mismanage baseball just don't understand they're never going to get the kids in Greenwich, or the valley girls, or the Beavis heads." Gammons compared players such as Nomo and Cuban Ariel Prieto to "the refugees who came over on the Mayflower. ... So when Hideo Nomo takes the mound in Arlington Tuesday, he is a reminder -- that while baseball may no longer be the national pastime, it will always be the game of the American heritage" (ESPN, 7/10).