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GIBSON-McLAIN SHOWDOWN IN FIRST GAME Mt v. Register •o- -o- Pitchers For World Series Opener Denny McLain, Detroit Tigers' star hurler, and Bob Gibson, ace righthander, of the St. Louis Cards who'll face each other in the World Series opener in St. Louis, Mo. (AP Wireplioto) Redbirds' Robert Cm Tie All-Time Series Record By MUIRY CHASS Associated IVess Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Denny McLain, with 31 victories, is the American League's biggest winner in 37 years. Bob Gibson, with an earned run average of 1.12 is the National League's stingiest pitcher ever. They'll face each other Wednesday when Detroit takes on St. Louis in the first game of the World Series, but Mayo Smith isn't impressed. "You put two good pitchers against each other, and everybody builds them up as the .Biggest thing since gangbuster," said Smith, who managed the Tigers to 103 victories this year. "Then the whole thing ends up disappointing,.All pitching duels do. Often one of the pitchers gets bombed out." In two series, however, Gibson has yet to be bombed out. In fact he hasn't even been out of a series game he's started since Oct. 8. 1964 the first time he pitched. Since losing that encounter with the New York Yankees, the right-hander has posted five straight victories—two over the Yankees and three over the Boston Red Sox last year. And in those five games, the 31-year-old fireballer allowed an average of only six hits and less than two runs a game. A victory over the Tigers Wednesday would vault Gibson into a tie for the most consecutive games won in a series, a mark shared by Lefty Gomez and Red Ruffing, both of the New York Yankees. McLain, on the other hand, has no series history. The last time the Tigers were in it in 1945, Denny was only one year old. He did slice off a piece of history this season by winning 31 games—which made him the first pitcher to win that many since Lefty Grove in 1931. Despite what his manager says, the match-up is one of the most glamorous in series play. Both pitchers should be well rested. Gibson pitched Friday night when he shut out Houston and McLain just missed his 32nd victory against Washington Saturday. McLain will be lacing the same Cardinal line-up that won the National League pennant by nine games. The three outfielders—Lou Brock, Curt Flood and Roger Maris—will come first, followed by first baseman Orlando Cepeda, catcher Tim McCarver, third baseman Mike Shannon, second baseman Julian Javier and shortstop Dal Maxvill. For Gibson, the Tigers will have a slightly revised line-up. The revision revolves around the insertion of Mickey Stanley at shortstop. Smith wanted to get Al Kaline into the line-up, and the only way he could do it was by bringing Stanley in from center field. Kaline, long the leading slugger of the Tigers, broke right arm early in the season, and by the time he was ready to return, the Tigers were going so well Smith didn't want to disturb the combination. Now Smith wants the veteran's bat to help spice up the offense. Smith said. "We're out to win this thing and by putting an extra bat in we think we can do it." Smith will have second baseman Dick McAuliffe leading off, followed by Stanley and right fielder Kaline, then first baseman Norm Cash, left fielder Willie Horton, center fielder Jim Northrup, catcher Bill Freehan and third baseman Don Wert. Many of the Cardinals will be playing in their third Series. If We had a large number of used cars traded in on our '69 models. Here is just a sample: 67 Pontiac Wagon With Air.... $2995 67 Pontiac Bonneville, Air $3195 68 Pontiac oBnneville ... Big Discount 1 Dr. H.T. With Air 67 Buick 4 Dr. With Air $2695 63 Valiant, Low Mileage $695 We're selling all cars at a big discount Dont delay come in today to the Big Store. Detroit Draws 2,031,847 Fans In '68 Season NEW YORK (API — The Detroit Tigers edged the St. Louis Cardinals jn their firsl confrontation today—in home attendance figures for the 1968 baseball season. The Tigers led the majors in attendance .attracting 2,031,847 fans a s they won their first American League pennant in 23 years. -That was 20,670 more than St. Louis, the National League pace setters with 2,011,177. The Cardinals, winning their second consecutive National League pannant, dropped 89,661 from their 1967 total attendance. The Tigers were up 586,663 over their 1967 figures. Over-all, attendance was up in the American League and down in tiie National. The Nation compared to 12,927,185 last year. The Americans were up to 11,172,942 in 1968 after drawing 10,883,915 a year ago. Billy Martin Expected To Succeed Ermer MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota Twins' President Calvin Griffith, in announcing he fired Manager Cal Ermer, borrowed a phrase ! coined by Chicago Cubs' Manager Leo Durocher and modified it. "I'd like to use the quote Leo Durocher uses," Griffith said Monday at a news conference in which he said Ermer, 44, will not be back for the 19 9 baseball season. "Nice guys end last." he said, "but you can still be a nice guy but be firm." The Twins slumped to as ev- enth-place finish this season after losing the American League pennant by one game in 1967. The 1968 Twins were 24 games behind the champion Detroit Tigers with a 79-83 won-lost record. "It's become quite apparent to me that, Ermer has lacked a firm control over the ballclub," said Griffith, "therefore, I've decided that a change of leadership would be beneficial to the club." Griffith had no announcement about Ermer's successor, saying he wanted to talk to two or three persons, including former Twins' coach Billy Martin—the most prominently mentioned. "Baseball is known as a hard game," said Martin, the former New York Yankee infielder who played in the World Series five times. "Managers get fired and hired. I have no comment about the Ermer firing. He is a personal friend." Martin, 40, who is considered a hard-nosed baseball man, managed the Twins' Denver team in the Pacific Coast League in 1968. When he took the job, Denver was in last place and he managed them to a fourth-place finish in a six team division. Griffith said he will make up his mind about a new manager before the Oct. 15 baseball expansion meeting. Tigers -v -U- -u- -U- -O World Series Analysis—2 Ah KALINE Throws, bats right. One of game's superstars. Lifetime BA over .300. At S3, still covers lot of ground, but has slowed a step. Arm strong and accurate. Hobbled by injuries last few seasons. Can hit for distance, especially on pitches out in front and down. Pitchers try to keep fast ball up and in. Has tendency to chase bad balls. Will see outside curve balls with two strikes. Cardinals WILLIE HORTON Throws, bats right. Power hitter. Must move ball around consistently on him; throw to same spot twice In row ami he will put It in seats. Pitchers often try to throw high and away to him. Breaking ball with two strikes fools him. Mediocre fielder. Arm is always a surprise—sometimes makes great throw, sometimes a miserable one. Except for him, Tigers have one of best defensive outfields hi baseball. -x- -x- -x- .11M NORTHRITP T h r o w s right, bats left. Plays any outfield position well. When Kiiline is out, he goes to right. .lust shade below those two as all-around fielder, which Is good company. Hits where pitch is. Likes outside pitches, goes to left with them. In '68, power hitting best in five-year big league career. Power is on high pitches. Pitchers try to get him low, inside. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 196S l-li Virginia Kid Carries 415 Pounds Tiny Tim" Is One Side Of Line For His Prep Team BOWLING NITE OWL LEAGUE High Series: Harriet Kelley 559; Pat Jones 528; Clara Rum- soy 515; Ada Prrnino 499: Janet Graham 486: Dorothy Gaunt 479. Standings: Remnant House . Fulford Construction Musgrove Shoe Store Greyhound Cafeteria Harper's Gas for Less Laird Jewelers Velma's Airport Cafe Mug Drive In Broyles Senators Wayne's Marathon Edward'c Beauty Salon Precision Engineering Co w 1:1 12 10 ;i 9 S TOWN AND COUNTRY IJSAGUE High Games: Flo Moore 167; Carrol Morgan 161; Dorothy Wisniewski 160; Diane Wilson 161; Evelyn Drennan Benoist 157. 15S; Shirley FELLOWSHIP LEAGUE LOU BROCK Throws, bats left. Speed on bases hurts the eyes, as Bed Sox will attest. Set series record in '67 for most stolen bases in seven-game series (7). Slumped at plate early this year, but rose steadily as season wore on. Few weaknesses at plate. Especially dangerous at plate late in game. Outstanding defensive outfielder. Has best arm of Card outfielders. ROGER MARIS Throws right, bats left. Not the power hitter he was when he lilt 61 homers in '61. homer production lowest major-league career. But still is long-ball threat. Still is clutch-hitter. Doesn't handle inside hard stuff too well. Tries to go to left more now In field, still covers lot ground. What he doesn't get to his right, Flood pulls in. Arm fairly strong, very accurate. Important stabilizing force on club. 68 of of Broad Jumper's Mother To Go To Mexico City Umps Unite; Rule Series Strike Out LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — The widowed mother of Olympic broad jump champion Ralph Boston will be with him when he competes in the Olympics in Mexico City, thanks to a group of merchants. Mrs. Eualie L. Boston, 71, will fly from Laurel to Mexico City to be on hand for the opening ceremonies Oct. 12. "I had been hoping there would be a way for me to go," she said, "and when I was notified the fund with which to send me had been raised, I was so thrilled I was like a little child. I was too happy to sleep much that night." The fund was the result of efforts by a group of Laurel businessmen headed by Harold Matron. The group is paying all expenses. they have any advantage, Smith feels that's it—but not for long. "The biggest edge will be in the first two or three innings," he said. "There is where they will have the edge on us. Our guys will go in there with stars in their eyes." CHICAGO (AP) - Major league umpires, angered at the firing of two compatriots, Monday decided to join forces after ruling out a World Series strike. Al Salerno and Bill Valentine were fired by American League President Joe Cronin for incompetence two weeks ago. However, Salerno and Valentine claim they were fired for trying to organize American League umpires. Umpires of both leagues met in Chicago Monday and voted to form a joint association. If Salerno and Valentine are not reinstated, the new group is expected to strike next spring. Cronin, reached in Boston, said he had no comment until he received a formal statement. Word was that the umpires wanted to strike the World Series but Jack Reynolds, a Chicago attorney who helped organize the National League umpires, talked them out of it. In addition, both Salerno and Valentine issued a joint statement saying, "we do not wish to deprive the American people and baseball fans of their annual classic due to the wrongful conduct of one man." ABC Field Man Will Visit Here CURT FLOOD Throws, bats right. Possibly best center fielder in game. On N.L. Gold Glove All-Star fielding team last five years, plays deep and amazing speed turns otherwise doubles and triples into mere singles. Arm not of typically strong center field variety. Has hit .300 or better five times. Having another good season at plate. Takes a good pitch to get him out. Few batting weaknesses. Not much of a power hitter. ''im at Nu Bowl Lanes al 7:00 |..;n. President Joe Buinly urges col officers, directors, ami members 1o attend. Standings: Endicott Furn. Woody's 66 Jeff. Motors . Rad. 1 ... Harry's Mrkt. Rad. 2 Nu-Bowl Jansens Sandusky's .. West. Auto Inland Steel . Precision . Bi-State Rr. Chov. . Razorback Harpers Gas .. Petro Drill. . .. Tri-Co. Elec. ... W 16 1-1 11 10 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 S S 8 7 7 6 15 CIIARLO T T !•: COURT lk)L'SE. V:i. IAI'I There's a KM of football talk these clays about the monster ilefei.se. and coach Howard Williams of Cen- lral High School here isn't one be left behind. His defense i> built around its n,*-n private monster. Carlton "Tins Tim" Wiughan. 17. who. at (i -feet -2' •_> and 11.) pounds, .oighl be the biggest hoy in the nation on a high school rifle! ami possibb any other field. With an occasional linebacker • •I company Vaughan plays guard and tackle at the same 9 tune, making up the entire let! 11 silo of the defensive line. 12 "Carlton doesn't gel much ac- 13 t : on." Williams said. "No team j runs anything much to his s'.de." That's all right with Williams who can turn his attention to the lest of the line, but Tiny Tim himself gets kind of lonely. "They don't come lo me too oiten." he says, "so I try to .iiove around on the plays, and I gel around pretty good." 'I he sight of Vaughan getting ii 'iimd has been enough to unnerve more than one l .~)0 -poum! '.|;:art<rbac'k on (he fields of this South Virginia hamlet. W'il- 9 !i nns keeps him out of the 9 1. S 12 j 12 1 or the time CITY MePIIEARSON MEMORIAL LEAGUE High Series: Carl Roach 607; Stan Partridge 593; Bill Allen 587; G. Wood 557; Lou Castaldi 545; Don Burke 540. Standings: W L Eddies Tavern 11 Hilton Shirts 11 Scarbrough S Beans Standard 8 7 Stans Barber 8 7 Becks Texaco 8 7 Silverstrcak 6 9 Stan The Tire Man 6 9 Am. Welding . . . 5 10 Greyhound . -I 11 Carlisle Smith, field representative of the American Bowling Congress, will be in Mt. Vernon this Friday, October 4th. A meeting will be held with crimniages mosi of ,;,r fear of injuries. "Whenever coaeh leis me >• >•! immage, I just pick them up >i tag them." said V a u g h a n ; "atlier saril\. "He won't let me M.-tekle." The logistical problems of 1 Tiny Tim tax the ingenuity ol a rural school like Central. | There was some shopping around for size 16 shoes and a liclmel and shoulder pads capable of encompassing his 20-inch neck. His 51-inch waist was more of a problem. Finally, Williams called <>n trie girls in Central's homo economics d e p a r t m e n I, who , stitched together three pairs of b.h't/gc size football pants to ef- 'I feet a proper garment for Tiny ' I'im. He managed to get by with "> two spliced-togother jerseys. So far this season Central Ls undefeated, but Williams is still IT. a king improvements with Tiny Tim. "We use him strictly on defense," the coach muses, "but I've been thinking about putting 1 ;m in on offensive pass situations. He could hold them off." SAN ANTONIO. Tex. Oscar Alvardo, 147, Uvalde, Tex., knocked out Lonnio Harris, 147, Lcs Angeles, 1. 148, SECAUCUS, N. J. - Pat Mur phy, 144, West New Yrok, N.J outpointed Juan Ramos, Puerto Rico, 8. QUEBEC — Eddie Perkins, Chicago, outpointed Fernard Si- murd, Quebec City, 10, welterweights. JEFFERSON MOTORS 820 Jordan "Southern Illinois Largest Automobile Dealer" Pontiac—Cadillac-—Buick—Rambler—-GMC Trucks Mt. Vernon i NEW YORK (AP) Bob Ma- larra, executive secretary of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association, j PRp;TORIA, South Africa announced Monday the selection j ' AP) - - John Newcombe of Aus- jf San Juan. Puerto Rico, asjiralia defeated countryman site of the International Davis j Tony Roche 11-9, 4 6, 6-2 Mon- Ciip matches between the Unit-j day to capture the Transvaal ed States and the winner of the i Province Professional Tennis West Germany-India series. •'Championship. SEEKING NEW HEIGHTS—Los Angeles Lakers Tom Hawkins (left) and Jerry West (right) reach up to ball held high by new teammate Wilt Chamberlain. Chamberlain came to the Lakers in a winter trade with Philadelphia. With the addition of the 7 -foot superstar, big things are expected from the Lakers this NBA seasou. Storm Windows you never need to put up or take down., or store...or paint... or repair... arid you clean the outside from the inside. They belong on your house! Precision-engineered, tilt-action, self- storing aluminum storm windows. Expertly installed. Free estimates. 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