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Friday, January 14, 2000

R A I N B O W _ B A S E B A L L


Bass, Crim to be honored
at UH alumni game

By Al Chase


The Hawaii Rainbows begin the 2000 season tomorrow with the traditional doubleheader against the alumni.

The first game at Rainbow Stadium starts at 3 p.m. with the varsity taking on the more recent alumni at 6 p.m.

Between games, former standouts and members of the 1980 College World Series team, Rick Bass (21) and Chuck Crim (12), will have their numbers added to the Wall of Honor.

Bass played center field and hit in the leadoff spot most of his career, finishing with a .319 average.

He holds UH career records for at-bats (990), runs (278), hits (319) and stolen bases (132). He played from 1977 to 1980.

One of his great moments as a Rainbow came in the first game of the 1980 College World Series. Bass, shaded toward right, made a sliding catch in left-center field of a sinking line drive for the final out in the ninth inning to preserve UH's 7-6 victory over Florida State.

Bass was drafted by Milwaukee and played three seasons in the Brewers' organization before being released.

Crim started 52 games and completed 27 with a 34-9 record in his three seasons (1980-82) at UH. The right-hander struck out 290, walked 156 and posted a career 3.58 earned run average in 366-2/3 innings.

Drafted by Milwaukee after his junior year, Crim played professional ball for 13 seasons, the last eight in the major leagues, before retiring after the 1994 season.

The alumni teams tomorrow will be a mixture of active amateurs and pros along with those yearning for one more chance to hit a ball at Rainbow Stadium.

Two recent Rainbows back from the mainland to prepare for spring training are Darren Blakely (Anaheim Angels) and Corey Miller (Oakland Athletics).

Blakely had off-season surgery on his right thumb to repair a torn ligament, but is ready to play.

Miller, a shortstop at UH turned closer for Oakland, led the Arizona League in saves (10) and had a 0.82 ERA.

Hawaii is starting its 30th season of collegiate baseball and 70 years of fielding a team.

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