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sporTs 6 THE XENIA DAILY GAZETTE Thursday, August 18,1977 MELV1N DVRSLAG: sports whirl TV. Reds use errors to snap streak! Almon leads Padres SPARKY ANDERSON wasn't advocating that managers be fired, especially Sparky, but in a moment of self-reoroachment he said candidly that if he c o u l d n ' t stabilize the Cincinnati Reds by 1978, ownership probably should replace him. "I. hope to find the solution by then," he remarked quietly, reflecting on a world champion now struggling to play .500. "But if I. don't, they should take it away from me." Since Anderson's debarkation in Cincinnati in 1970, scientists have been hard-pressed to find fault with his work. It was only last October, in fact, that the Reds promenaded through town in what used to be called a ticket tape parade. But Sparky explains: "When you manage a team that has players like the Reds, the Dodgers, the Phils, the Yankees and Kansas City, you are expected to win 95 games. If you do, and still lose, you owe no apologies. But when a club drops from .630 to .500, something is wrong and you can't blame others." Conducting an autopsy of sorts, Anderson says he isn't yet ready with his conclusion on what has happened to the Reds this year. "We are totally ashamed of 1977," he says. "We also are upset, which L guess is normal. But I have been working hard to understand what happened, and L think I'm close to finding the answers. * * * AMONG THE MANY factors under consideration, Anderson has concluded, naturally, that pitching has been remiss. "I also have found," he continues, "that Cincinnati makes mental mistakes. It occurred to me we also made them in the last two seasons, but we were so good and won so often that we overlooked them." Nor did a complacent, if not confused, spring training help the Reds. "This has been a valuable lesson," says Sparky. "We have learned that we can be had. Unless you start grinding right from the beginning in spring camp, you are asking for trouble." "But isn't Cincy hitting well?" he was reminded. "My research shows that our hitting has been deceptive," he answered. "Our stats are great, but they don't show how many times, with two out, we have, we have come up with a base hit, another base hit and then a pop-up. "They don't show, either, how, with a 4-1 lead, we have slugged a three-run homer but haven't slugged one when we were trailing 4-1. And the stats don't show where we have given up a lot of two-out base hits to the other side -enough to beat us in the late innings." *** PROBING HIS SKULL for still other explanations, Sparky is convinced that Cincy players, perhaps like others, have suffered a concentration dilution due to money. "I hate to knock money," says Anderson. "It's something we all like. But the history of money is that it causes people to be unhappy. It always has. You give money to 100 happy people and ask them to come back in five years, and you'll find that 75 of them are unhappy. It will have messed up their thinking, messed up their lives and messed up the lives of their families." Anderson confesses he is so squeamish over the subject of money that he never even has told his parents how much he earns. "Why should I put on the dog," says Sparky. "My poor father (a retired house painter) probably never earned more than $7,000 a year. I'm embarrassed when my neighbors read that I signed a new contract for $100,000. True or not, I don't like a big shot image.." Of course, in view of what is happening in sports today, $100,000 soon will be asked by guys who go for coffee. A final consideration in the Anderson analysis of the Reds' decline is subtle, if not subconscious, loss of respect that any group develops for a leader who has been around eight years. * * * "IT'S THE OLD story of familiarity breeding contempt," says Sparky. "They start to take you for granted and won't do it for you as they did before. That's why I say that if I can't get this thing going better next year, they probably should try someone else." "Which way would you go?" he was asked. CINCINNATI ( A P ) -Rollic Fingers eaa't say enough about the potential of the San Diego Padres. And Manager Sparky Anderson had nothing to say about the Cincinnati Reds' defense. Fingers sees resemblances between the youthful Padres and the Oakland A's prior to their three-year reign as world champions. "There's a lot of comparisons that can be made between this team and the Oakland teams of about '69 and '70," Fingers said after firing two and two-thirds innings of one-hit relief for his 27th save in an 'error- marred 7-4 victory over the Reds Wednesday night. "Back then we had a lot of young players like they do here. We made a lot' of fundamental mistakes, but as we all kept playing together, we started winning," he said. "It's going to happen here, There's no doubt about it," predicted the mustachioed righthander. Two of the Padres' more promising newcomers. Bill Almon and Bob Shirley, he pondered. "Usually, five RBI in one week is good for me.". Shirley, a rookie who improved his record to 7-15, tired after six strong innings and yielded to Fingers after George Foster clubbed his 39th homer, a three-run blast giving him 112 RBI this season. "I think the kid is tired," explained Padres Manager Alvin Dark. "He pitched last season, then he pitched in the winter instructional league, and he's pitched a lot of ball this season. "He's only 23 years old," Dark noted. Anderson was tight-lipped after watching his usually surehanded team commit five errors, most in any game this season. "I'm not even going to comment on the defense. If I did-what I would say would be unprintable," said Anderson, before holding a closed-door session with rightfielder Ken Griffey, who misplayed two fly balls. Anderson was also displeased with rookie starter Mario Soto, 2-3, whom he had called "a young Juan Marichal" prior to the game. The loss snapped a three- game Reds winning streak and ended a brief homestand. The Ileds begin a three-game series in New York Friday night before returning home next Monday. Summaries: SAN DIEGO AB R H Bl GRhrds I f 4 1 2 0 Tenace c 2 0 1 2 Almon, a rookie infielder who entered the game with only 28 RBI in 120 games, drove in five runs in his "best-ever" game. "I'm not used to all this," he grinned as reporters thronged around him. "I can never remember having five RBI in a single game. That's strange for me." "Five RBI in one game," Phillips Ready Mix closed out Monday night slow pitch Softball at Spring Hill Park last night with a 13-1 record as league champions. The champs took a forfeit win from 3-11 Carboline. Thomas-Grushon Insurance was idle and finished second fortne season at 10-4. Rinehart's was third at 9-5 Broadnax Vernon Broadnax, Xenia High's 6-5, 365-pound heavyweight wrestling champion', continued his journey toward (lie '1980 Olympics at Moscow Inst week by winning (he National AAU Junior Olympics wrestling title in Lincoln, Neb. NL MEETS Jr Unir ' ·%* i* IjpSv , **wv Jf "·"*!,(, ""? *, IK ^T^ t " ^~'''*^^ ^ XT" l^a^^^^^^^ v ' \ ; Meal i i iMi I f US! *,*, psi ff. , «l i. f ' t ^' Jt ^ f ^iHslyl a ^ SenftgDliK ». · X3£HK£i mm HKV nni US? SilS ini BOB SHIRLEY of San Diego wipes sweat away in bases-loaded situation resulting in one run from Reds in the fifth inning. Shirley has pitched well against the Reds in Cincinnati-(AP Laserphoto) s is 13-1 after beating 6-8 Foresters 9-7. Rick Purkey was w i n n i n g pitcher and teammate Larry Moore homered. Losing pitcher was Bob Gunckel and Don Sanders homered for the losers. Elks Lodge hung on for fourth place at 8-6 but lost to 7-7 Lofino's 6-4. Keith AALJ champ Broadnax returned to Xenia Wednesday in time for football practice. He reported lie won three matches by pins. There were six heavyweights in the competition. He has a 234 record this year but is unbeaten in summer AAU competition. champs Ivic i b W i n f l d rl Hendrk cl Turner If Ashfrd 3b Scnln 2b Almon ss Shirley p Fingers p Total 3 C I N C I N N A T I " A Rose 3b Morgan 2b G r i f f e y rf GFostr If Bench c Cncpcn ss Drssen Ib Murray P K n i g h t ph Sarlnlo p S u m e r s ph Borbon p ~ A r b t r If Grnlmo cf Sold p Bailey I b Total - 3 San Diego 000 4 C i n c i n n a t i MO o 0 \ 0 0 0 0 1 I 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 t 0 1 3 5 0 0 0 . 0 0 0 7 ? 7 R H Bl 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 7 3 0 000--7 0 300-4 . . . . . . . . E-- Concepcion, Drresen. Merkle was winning pitcher Bench. orni«y, Armbr jier, AI- over Bob Loiter. Elano also was idle at 0-14 moo. OP-- Cincinnati 2. LOB -San Dlogo 11, Cincinnati 9. 20 -- HentJrlck, Almon. H R -- Almo'n Thursday and I'riday ^ ,° FM " l3 "' SD - Rkh ' night slow pitch leagues are Jh . : IP H RER not finished but other loops Fingers a 7.3 1 o o have concluded. Solo 4 6 7 6 i Murray t v u u liopyKat w o n t h e Tuesday sarrnienio 2 1 0 0 night championship at 13- , Boroon ) o t 0 1 W-- S h f r l e y (7-15). L-- Solo [2- with Bailey's Union 76 and 3 ' Farmers and Traders Bank a,?^TM!"). "rL, : ,Tv?I deadlocked for second at 10- M ' 7 "4. U.S.I. beat Refrigeration in a for the Wednesday Xenia SLOW GAMES playoff No. 1 Kniehts of Columbus beat League to finish 13-2 and the Bradds Amoco 19-8 Thurs- Coolers were 12-3. Maiden's dav at Sorina Hill Park in Insulation was third at 9-5. slow pitcft. softbal! and the Main Home Improve- Beavercreek-Xenia Mer- ments won the Wednesday chants stopped Bradds !5-0 No. 2 League at 12-2 with on a one-hitter by Bob Bridge's Construction 11-3 Kender. The Merchants also and Campbell's Fasteners 9- downed Tremac 14-11. 5. More power given Kuhn; "DH" nixed KANSAS CITY (AP) -The major league's baseball meetings have ended early with Commissioner Bowie Kuhn gaining renewed powers and major league franchises deciding to keep all their minor league teams. A proposal to allow major league teams to drop support of .their AA minor league club was defeated Wednesday "in a divided vote," Kuhn announced at a news conference following the day-long meetings. The defeat of the amendment was something of a surprise. As a cost-cutting .measure, it would have left major league franchises obligated to support · only one AAA and one A minor league team. "Bach team will continue support of AAA, AA and A clubs," Kuhn said. By unanimous vote, the owners changed wording in the Professional Baseball Rules to grant the commissioner's office the power to take away a team's draft choices and levy a fine up to $250,000 for tampering with another team's player. The move was prompted by a recent court decision involving Atlanta owner Ted Turner, wherein a federal judge ruled that Kuhn could not take Atlanta's draft choices because such powers were not spelled out in major league by-laws. In other action, the owners voted to: Switch the interleague trading period from Feb. 15- March 15 to March 1-April 1, retain the ban on player incentive bonuses and prohibit players from adding contract language that would obligate their club to pay their agent. The interleague trading period and the prohibition on clubs paying agent major league baseball-- BY THE ASSOCIATED P R E S S East W L Pet. GB Phi la ' 72 45 .415 -- PitlS 49 51 .575 4Vi Chicago « 51 .564 A S Louis M 54 -550 7V? Montreal 53 AS .449 19V? N York 49 69 .415 23Vj West Los Ang 7 2 - 4 ; .605 -t- Ctnct 61 59 ,508 HVi Houston 57 W -4?t 14 S Fran 55 66 ,-*55 16 S Diego 54 70 .435 20'/i AManta 42 76 .356 3?'/i Wednesday's Resulls Chkago 4, Pittsburgh 2 Atlanta 9, Houston 6 Montreal 13, Philadelphia 0 San Diego 7, Cincinnati 4 St. Louis 2, New York 0 San Francisco at Los Aoge- tes, ppd,, rain Thursday's Gamei Pittsburgh {Reuss 8-12) al Chicago (Burrfs 11-11] Philadelphia [Lonborg 6-3) al Montreal (Tv/ilchell 3.3), (n) San Francisco (Uarr 11-9) at Los Angeles (Sulfon, 107), (n) Only games scheduled Friday'! Games Los Angeles at Chfcago Atlanta at Montreal, 2, (t-n) Cincinnati al New York, [n Houston at Philadelphia, (n) (n) San Diego at St. Louis/ (n) American League ; East W L Pet. OB Aa|f° n 63 49 .SB1 . 3 N York W ·"* 3Va Detroil 54 63 .462 17 . deve 53 65 .449 18 '/a Mllwkee 53 70 .431 3U . Toronto 40 76 .345 M'/i West Texas tJ 50 .573 -- * Chicago* 66 50 .369 to Minn 68 51 .567 to K C 63 51 .MO )W cait'f sa M .500 ,6Vi SealllB 50 72 -.410 19Vi Oakland 44 73 .376 33 Kansas CilY 5, Cleveland, 3 New Y o r k 7, Detroit 5 Milwaukee S, Doslon 3 . : ;. Seattle 3, Minnesota 2 /-,? Texas 6, Toronto 5, 10 innings; Only games scheduled Thursday's Gamei Boston Uenkfns 9-7) at Milwaukee (Caldwell 3 4 ) SeaMIe (Galasso 0-2) at Minnesota (Thormodsgard 9-9) Kansas City (Leonard 12-10) at Cleveland [Garland 10 13), Hew York (Hunter 7-7) at De- Iroit [Crawford 4 4, (n) Toronto {Clancy 1-3) at Texas (Ellis 6-9), [n) Friday's Garnet Chicago at Milwaukee, (n) Baltimore at Minnesota, In) Boston al 'Kansas City, [n) , New York al Texas, (n) Cleveland al Oakland, (n) Delroil a) Seattle, n) salaries will have to be approved by the Players Association. In league meetings earlier in the day, -the National League, on a 10-2 vote, decided again not to adopt the designated hitter rule. The National League also adopted a resolution honoring the late P-.K, Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, and instituted an annual "Lou Brock Award." Named in honor of the St. Louis Cardinal outfielder, the award will be given each year to the National League's leading base- stealer. PloyBetrer Golf-with JACK NICKLAUS WHHT SHOULD YOU THINK flBOUT WHILE SWINGING? I VORV DEPENDING ON THE STRTE OF MY GOME. fc'JT I'VE HflD TWO assic; ' THOUGHTS THROUGHOUT MY CRREER. THEY HRE -STILL- "SWING SUOWI.Y.- MOVE VOUR VIEIF1D ,-' HMD VOU DISRUPT ! CM THE RRC Or ( THE SWING, MRKING V IT VERY DIFFICULT v - TO DELIVER THE CLU6FHCE SQUARELY .^'^ TO THe BOLL. ^ SWING TOO THST ft FIND VOU GIVE w YOURSELF INSUFFICIENT time TO COORDINATE: RL.L THE PROPER MOTIONS IN THE CORRECT SEQUENCE. TRY MY TWO SIMPLE' THOUGHTS flNO YOU mlG ~ 6E SURPRISED HOW ' ^ARNY OTHER FRULTS CJUICKL.Y DISRPPEflR.. USTA's ruling limited NEW YORK (AP) -- The acceptance of 43-year-old Dr. Renee Richards into the U.S. Open Tennis Championships shouldn't be taken as an omen for other transsexuals, says U.S. Tennis Association president W.E. Hester. The USTA agreed. Wednesday to accept the controversial Dr. Richards as an entry in the U.S. Open at Forest Hills, beginning Aug. 31, and Hester, president of the USTA, said, "I'm happy the matter is over." The USTA made its decision one day after New York State Supreme Court Justice Alfred Ascione had issued a preliminary injunction barring the USTA, the U.S. Open Tennis Championship Committee and the Women's Tennis Association from excluding Dr. Richards from the major national tournament because of her inability to pass a sex-chromosome test. "The judge's decision was directed only to Dr. Renee Richards and not as a landmark lo apply to all transsexuals," Hester said. In a separate statement the USTA emphasized it had not changed its overall policy toward transsexuals. Hester said he had been called by a number of transsexuals about wanting to play, but none of them were as good as Dr. Richards. "For instance," Hester said, "a 240-pound, 6-foot-S transsexual called to ask permission to play in a county tournament in one of our Southern states." Dr. Richards, the former Richard Raskind, has played in several tournaments since her sex- change operation in 1975. But she also has been denied entrance to several major events, including last year's U.S. Open and the French and Italian Opens earlier this year. She did riot try to enter the world's other big tourney, Wimbledon. She has signed with the Cleveland Nets of World Team Tennis, but has yet to play a match. Nets owner Joe Zingalc said he has received approval from WTT Commissioner Butch Buchholz to let Dr. Richards , play. This, however, will not be the first appearance for Dr. Richards at Forest Hills. Two years ago, then a male, she lost a close, three-set match to Gene Scott in the quarter-finals of the national 35-and-over championships at the revered West Side Tennis Club. Bul shc wU , become , firs[ transsexua i to r . u ( t ( j ^ , s cor j pe[i i ion . ^ ' . . After Ascione ruled in her favor Tuesday, the e-foot-2, Impound ophthalmalogist from Newport Beach, Calif. wa ? l uoted as savin g : "I fee j f csta | c - l ca " ' be l'eve it. Hsreally a vindication of everything I ve tried to P rove m lhe last year." ASPHALT-ALUMINUM Ftbercd or non-lihered rool coaling SPECIAL: ALUMINUM PAINT Beg. $10. 75 gal. SPECIAL Hcgularly$2'!69gj!. SPECtM: Open 8 - 5:30 Daily 8-12 Noon Sat. 415Be!lbrookAve 372-3541