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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»April 17, 1977: In Atlanta, the umpiring crew walks off the field to protest a controversial play being shown on the large instant replay screen. The 4th inning play involved the Astros Bob Watson scoring on a close play at the plate. Braves' executive Bill Lucas persuaded the umps to return, assuring them that no more close plays would be shown. The Braves won 5–4.
»May 1, 1979: Phil Niekro earns his 200th career win as the Braves beat the Pirates 5–2. The event is saddened by the collapse of Atlanta's popular GM, Bill Lucas, who will pass away tomorrow.