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Saturday, November 4, 2000

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

improving at

Venerable UH baseball coach
is still in critical condition
after stroke

By Al Chase

University of Hawaii head baseball coach Les Murakami showed a slight improvement yesterday and is resting comfortably, according to a spokesman for the Queen's Medical Center.

His condition remains critical, but he has stabilized. His breathing is better and he is in no pain nor imminent danger at this point, the spokesman said.

Murakami, the Rainbows' head coach the past 30 years, suffered what the spokesman termed a "significant stroke" Thursday afternoon in his office at Rainbow Stadium.

Yesterday afternoon, the 64-year-old graduate of St. Louis School and Santa Clara University underwent a cranial CT scan. The results and findings were improved, the spokesman said.

Further tests are scheduled for today. Murakami remains in the intensive care unit.

Earlier this year Murakami announced plans to retire after the 2001 season. During his 30-year reign, the Rainbows have compiled a 1,079-570-4 record.

The Murakami family has requested privacy at this time.

UH Athletics
Ka Leo O Hawaii

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