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CEPEDA TRIES TO BREAK SERIES JINX Orlando Hitting Modest .125 In 2 Past Classics ML V. Register-News By MURRAY CHASS Associated Press Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) - While Bob Gibson and Denny McLain squirmed in the World Series spotlight today, another Cardinal and another Tiger fidgeted with their own problems. Orlando Cepeda's stem from his hitting and Mickey Stanley's from his fielding. Cepeda is the St. Louis first baseman who's built a reputation as a lusty hitter during the season but a failure as a hitter during the Series. Stanley is the Detroit center fielder who's become known for his defensive ability in center field but who suddenly must do the same thing at shortstop. In today's first game of the World Series, Cepeda's job was to try and help power 13-shutout Gibson past 31-game winner McLain. Stanley, on the other hand, was responsible "for not letting any Cardinal hits get past him. Cepeda the National League's Most Valuable Player last year after batting .325, managed only three hits in 29 at-bats against Boston, giving him a two-series total of 6-for-48, or .125, and three runs batted in. This year has been a lot different for him because he plummeted to .248. "It's just one of those things," said Cepeda. "I wanted to do better, but I couldn't. I knew what I was doing. I got some bad habits. I just keep frying to get rid of them and hoping, but nothing helped." Stanley, meanwhile, must concentrate on the defensive part of his game. After all, today was only the ninth time in his career he's been a shortstop. He's there because Tiger Manager Mayo Smith wanted to get Al Kaline's bat into the lineup. With Kaline going to right, Jim Northrup switched to center and Stanley to the infield. The 26-year-old Tiger first played short in late August, then worked there the last six games of the season. "I'm really happy Mayo had enough confidence to try me there," Stanley said. "If he wasn't afraid, I shouldn't be." Smith also indicated that if anything goes wrong, he'll pull Stanley, move him back to center and put Ray Oyler at short. "Remember, this is for Wednesday," the manager said about what still can be classed as an experiment. "It won't necessarily be the same on Thursday." For Thursday's second game, the last before the teams move to Detroit, Smith plans to use Mickey Lolich, 17-9, as his pitcher while Cardinal Manager Red Schoendienst is ready with Nelson Briles, 19-11, winner of last year's third game. This year's third game pitchers on Saturday will be Earl Wilson, 13-12, for Detroit and Ray Washburn, 14-8, for St. Louis. By that time, it should be established if Cepeda is a World Series hitter and Stanley a World Series fielder. Both Watching Brock Will Run; Freehan Can Thrwl^T"'- " rT, " ! ' :u * ,m 1-B MAYO'S MOODS—Detroit manager Mayo Smith demonstrates! the thought pi and subsequent elation that he experienced throughout the season, as he led the to an American League pennant. It was Detroit's first pennant since l!)i">. I TS WORLD SERIES NOTES Slugging At .287 Pace Kaline Stuck In Tiger Lineup For Firepower By DICK COUCH Associated Press Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Al Kaline was on the inside looking out today. It beat the view from his living room armchair .. or the Detroit Tigers' bench. Kaline, the gifted outfielder whose 15-year vigil ended when Detroit nailed its first American League pennant since 1945, started in right field for the Tigers in today's World Series opener against St. Louis and fireballer Bob Gibson. A few days ago, the 33-year- old. Kaline virtually was resigned to watching his first Series from the dugout. Plagued by injuries, including a broken right forearm, this year, he had lost his starting outfield spot. Mayo Smith thought otherwise. After the Tigers' season fi- rale last Sunday, manager Mayo Smith announced he would shift center fielder Mickey Stanley to shortstop, move Jim Northrup from right to center and return Kaline to his old post. "I think it's worth the gamble to get Kaline into the line-up," Smith said. "We'll need as much firepower as we can get against a guy like Gibson. "This move was not made out of sentimentality toward Ka line." Kaline, a Detroit fixture since he won the AL batting title at the age of 21 in 1955—his second major league season—convinced Smith he was ready to produce in the Series during the Tigers' final set with Washington last weekend. He drilled eight hits in the three-game series to finish <*ith a .287 average, tops among Detroit regulars. "I didn't go to Mayo and tell him I wanted to play in the Se vies," Kaline said. "But I thought I might have a chance because he told me some time ago not to worry and to keep working out in right field." By JACK HAND Associated Press Sports Writer KING TO PILOT GIANTS? ST. LOUIS (AP) — The World Series rumor league has Clyde King ready to move in as new manager of the San Francisco Giants and Joe Schultz to take over as boss of the expansion team in Seattle. The resignation of the Giants' coaching staff and Herman Franks' mid-season decision to quit if he didn't win the pennant, open the door for King to move up from the Phoenix farm club. Franks' mobile home business may be sold for $2.5 million. Schultz, a coach under Red Schoendienst with the St. Louis Cardinals, is reported to have the inside track at the Seattle job. Schultz, a former catcher with Pittsburgh and the old St. Louis Browns, managed in the minors for 13 years before he came to the majors as a coach in 1963. ping Tuesd'ay with a big scowl across his face. WHAT SHE'D REALLY LIKE IS A NEW SET OF KEYS CEPEDA STUDIES CLIPPING The Cards have a clipping from a newspaper story posted on the bulletin board in their clubhouse in which Denny McLain is quoted as saying, "I don't want to beat them. I want to humiliate them." Orlando Cepeda, who flopped last fall and hit only .103 against Boston, was reading the clip- SWITCHING NOT NEW If Mayo Smith is defying precedent by starting Mickey Stanley at shortstop after only eight games at the position, how about the 1913 New York Giants? In the Series with the old Philadelphia A's, John McGraw had to play pitcher George Wiltse at first base and infielder Art Shafer in center field due to injuries to Fred Merkle and Fred Snodgrass. He had to play a second 1 string catcher, Larry McLean because Chief Meyers had a broken finger. He used only 12 players in the Series and lost it 4-1. Incidentally, Jackie Robinson was a versatile Series performer, playing first base in 1947, second base in 1949 and 1952, left field in 1953 and third base in 1955 and 1956. The Lineups ST. LOUIS (AP)—Batting orders for Wednesday's first World Series game at Busch Stadium. DETROIT A.L. McAuliffe 2b .249 Stanley ss .259 Kaline rf .287 Cash lb .263 I-Iorton If .285 Northrup cf .263 Freehan C .263 Wert 3b .200 McLain p 31-6 GOMEZ WAS FDJST Lefty Gomez was talking about Bob Gibson's chance of breaking his record of six straight World Series victories before Tuesday's workout at Busch Stadium. "They're knocking me out of the record book," quipped Lefty, who had a perfect 6-0 Series record. "But there's one they can't tie—starting the first AU- Star Game." SPURS SLUMPING BRONCOS—Marlin Briscoe, » ,, "»"» made an impressive I I i against Boston for the D n ver, Colo., American F< League club, and maj have the regular signal-* job. (AP Wir^ In AFtJS? Tonjjanik Week's Best On Defense By HAL BOCK Associated Press Sports Writer Tom Jartik's personal statistics were depressing zeroes orr| miiercep^pns, yardage returned and touchdowns'- for v Buffalo's first three games this ~Anierlcan Football-League season But the strong safety ^as^ji named the AFL's Defi Player of the Week tod. The Associated Press fo: part m Buffalo's 37-35-upse y over Browns' Ne/s Replaces Ry At QB Saturday Wouldn't You Really Rather Have A BUICK? SEE THEM TODAY AT CLEVELAND (AP) — Bench ing quarterback Frank Ryan wasn't something Blanton Collier slept on. He couldn't. After the National Football League loss to Los Angeles Sunday, the Cleveland Brownsr coach went home but couldn't go to sleep. "I got up and kept thinking about it," he said. "At three o'clock I finally decided we had to make a change." Collier announced it Tuesday. Bill Nelsen will go against the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday tiight at Municipal Stadium instead of Ryan, the Browns* regular quarterback since 1962. Also, Charley Leigh will replace Charley Harraway at fullback. Nelsen came to the Browns last season from Pittsburgh and this will be his first start in a Cleveland uniform. Collier said he was not blam- falo's only ^McDole, ST. LOUIS N.L. Block If .279 Flood cf .301 Maris rf .255 Cepeda lb .248 McCarver C .253 Shannon 3b .266 Javier 2b .260 Maxville ss .253 Gibson p 22-9 Umpires — Gorman (National League), plate; Honochick (American League), first base; Landes (National) second base; (American League), first base; ndes (National) second base; aJ League), plate; Honochick nr'es (National) second base; (American League), first base; Landes (National) Kinnamon (Ame; base; Harvey field line; Ha right field line. Game tim^ p^m* p.m. EDT. Houston Gai l f m Yard ST. LOUIS (AP) — Arms. That's all the talk has been about prior to today's opening of the World Series. Arms. The ones that belong to Denny McLain and Bob Gibson. But how about legs; specifically Lou Brock's? Brock probably is the one player who could change the Series around, just as he did last year against Boston when the focus also was on pitchers, Gibson and Boston's Jim Lonborg. All Brock did was steal a World Scries record seven bases while hitting .414. But while the focus remains on McLain and Gibson, the eyes of Detroit catcher Bill Freehan W 'll be squarely on Brock. "We can't let him run wild Fieehan says pointedly lirst time he goes is important everyone wants the first one. The best thing is if he doesn't got on base, but if he docs the pitcher's got to give me a shot at getting him if he goes." And there's little doubt that Brock's going to go. "Our club is the kind of club 'nat scores one run any way we nnn," Brock says. "We're a running ball club. We don't play safety-first baseball." Brock proved that during the regular National League season by stealing 62 bases. That compares with the entire Detroit •.cam total of 26. The game of stealing, as Brock sees it, "is quite a psy- ecological game—cat and mouse. The whole thing depends on who gets the jump on who." Harry Grayson, A Memorable Man A World Series game will be played today and, for the first time in about 50 years. Harry Gruyson won't be there . . . Long-time readers of the Register-News have seen stories and features on our sports pages —"By Harry Grayson" -- many hundreds of times. H ( > was i sports editor of the Newspaper Enterprise Assn. lie died Monday of cancer. I le was 7-1 .. . -x- -x- -x- G ray son's sportswritini: spanned the period from the Golden Twenties of Jack Dempsey, Bobby Jones and Babe Ruth to the Enlightened Sixties of Willie Mays, Cassius Oa\ and Arnold Palmer . . . He knew all of them, and he know- all of the prominent athletes in between . . . Famed sportsman 'Grantlaml Rice once wrote: "Harry Grayson knows more people, and more people know him, than anybody I ever met in sports.'' -X- -X- -X- Had His 'Scoops' Grayson never lost his enthusiasm, either for the games or the people who played them, i A colleague reported: "When Harry was over 70 he still hustled a story like a kid. 1 le cared. And he was authentic.'' Grayson's instinct for nous [ led to several coups in his career. ear slosln d up alongside. "Hey. hint." thi> driver asked, "would | you tell me how to get out of this town"" "Listen,'' you silly SOB." sputtered Harry, "you think if I knew how to gel out of this place. I'd be standing here?" -\- -x- -\At Ihe Rocky Marciano-Jersey Joe Waleott title fight in 1952. Iu> was obviously partial to the young white challenger. As the fight unfolded, and the aging . . Negro "champ put together one ( glorious right after another. da\s Grayson leaped to his h I screamm "I-Iev." "T h o u Rocky?" "Chrissakes. "ean't you sei tool for Walcott. 'i guy nudged him. you were fo. said Harry. The old guy' putting up a magnificent fight!" So in his own way did Harr\ Grayson, a memorable man . . Mf. Vernon Trips Mf. Carmel In Baseball Play World Series Facts-Figures St. Louis (AP)—World Series facts and figures: Teams—Detroit Tigers, American League champions, vs. St. j deluxe,"" would break up il« Louis Cardinals, National 1 chain svstem of the St T.oub Wgue champions. - Cardinals and free 125 hall Length of series--Bcst-of-sev- players *M He first gained national at vorite—St. Louis, 8-5 lention by writing that Genr arting time—1 p.m. CDT (2 Tunney would heat Jack Demp- .Mi. Ye •SHIII iini'-r high edged All. l'arnii-1. -I-:! Tuesday in n'< gior.al baseball competition at Kairlie'id. Alike P„ vis pitchec. a Miree- hiller for eo.u\; John McNeil'^ club, '"anning six M't. Carmei, He broke the story that hatters and walking nvo. Bevii Judge Kencsaw Mountain Landis, commissioner of baseball ii'T '"el, punchin-.- .-ins'le. ^NfivT^ORK (Af ) - Houston won*^5$ie AmerK&n, Fqotball League's* Eastern iragfasf^ear m Ihe en To x d; passing offense' game out "Qf the EaUternt * ^vWfpWfc Nil* "si: TitfS firtutt ed am »'4M ^pui longest singles Jamk wasn't defensive §tar. renealedly burst\£ line to harass Ni rerbacks But er Edgerson — terceptions for TD\ 53 yards and EdgersJ Janik's work mov' second place in AFl|f : lion statistics for the seisa hind Oakland's Daye Graysn ^^^raepted two . nel P 1 ^^^^^^S ( ^ erc; defeat gave flje, spee|^^«kla|id k defer** the^seasbrijl last yards rith ley'v^l Ifqar • jgames ' u?f$6, just mi. :a$d ^H6ws tHe^ topsrush- Eehse'V«C676 |ayds aria is nd to Houston In total of- e with 1,258 yards gained. " '%ly. Boston, whichjj me Eastern lead withjj •RfHleading with a to- of 692 yards. \ € : Kansas City's numbers are a study in contrastsfpthe Chiefs lead the league i^pushing defense with iyst *4u3 ^Vai'ds ial- ^aw ^|®tli^oi%.'ve surrendered 1-^^^>v^h-H\e air, almost 200 ^ore -jtifeffl ^a^oth^r team, and EDT) of first two games BbSch Stadium, St.-Louis, Frobablea^Kfidance—54.57 Raditf^^andj television co\ age / — National Broadcas Cprjiany . ^manager: tfbit; Red Sc McLain Gibson Allj^M^^es^iXi d i n g s weather out clSudy, tempera lisc <\\UPL' a .i double and O'lie- lo>s retting hhs b.r Ail. Verr. HI were Mike Set/'- korn. Horace Fmninns. Kd Sanders and Tcir\ \yiii. t'.hiklrers was the losing pibii- er lor Mi. fennel. Me struck out se\en and waiKcd two. .Alt-. Vein n wil' toed J'-lm- soiv. ill" ai -1 p m. Tkurjd'.iy for sey for the heavyweight championship in 1926 . . . Grayson was an intimate of Dempsoy , , . . „ . , , and know the champ was in no ' 'f , ^uripionsmp. Both of tlu •r-v; shape for a tough contender \ clu 5S w '" advanc<> 1,1P sub " like the Fighting Marine wlwi ,ial1 ' llt,( ' L spouted Shakespeare . . ..Harry The Ml. Vernon sc.uc .d is .V- 1 imself was in '.the Marine | .wMh *\vo wins t .v» r Isenton ami dni 'ip ^\Oct. 2 at St. Louis; ~ xV> 'g&rae, Thursday, Oct. 3 Friday Oct. 4, travel; Third ay, ; Oct. 5 at, De- lllime,! onday, Oct. 7 at Tuesday, Oct. 8, open for-' travel; Sixth game, if necessary, Wednesday, Oct. 9 at JSj^Louisj Seventh game if necessary, Thursday, Oct. 10 at St. tools. \ jfCorps during WorldYWar I . . . ! -x- -x- nyjA Rowdy Character Like many of us, Grayson wasn't all industry, sweetness and light. He could be hard to take. Murray Oldcrman says: "I worked with Harry for 11: years, and between the hours of 9 and 5 he was all business. Between the hours of 5 (p.m.) ; and 9 (a.m.) he was all Grav- ! on." ' ; Harry threw huge flower pots': Tuesday's \ i-tor> ( vcr Ml. Carmel. College Football Teams Scoring At Record Pace NEW YORK (AP) College football teams are scoring at he highest rate in the game's lislory. it was disclosed today sive j'<c combined, 1,317 j&ajar yield- M'l^a^sT^fej^j.^ total de- ST. LQlfe ^ApT — A veteran World SMies trinket vendor says buttajas' boosting third party ,candij|ate George Wallaces ace outselling baseball SOUVJ* Andy Day of Chicago says ihe Wallace badges also are ouilol]- 'n? rJ|con and Humphn jr buttons.^I can't even givf away uie Humphrey buttons'," says oyer the hotel balcony into the Irfiain lobby on the eve of an p 11 a Slin ' e y by National Collegi- l ^rmy-Navy game . . . He loved j"'- 1 " Sporls Services, to abuse cops, especially those I Games invoking major-col- who rode horseback in 1he big | lege teams have averaged 38.6 x city. j points compared to the all-time \That was Grayson the character, and he worked hai'd at it jln San Francisco one night, ho cajoled an undertaker-friend in- td lending him the body of a dead Japansese diplomat, in full dress, and together Ihe three of them went out on the town, the embalmed slit! [''propped up between them. "So that," Harry later explained. , r ef pleasantly stiff. "we could too." -X- -X- -X- They say Grayson hatei things -- fixed fights and cold weather . . . He put in one winter in Cleve- twi: Da»ho claims to have been to land — and Cleveland was Arti i r >i • Jl TT i . 4f> World Series no I especially in the tec 1 Yec m )eries|proughr J Hsphhs ^n Motor pty Harry's pace winter. He was wailing for a bus one slushy day, the snow driving off the lake into his face, when : season high of ?>6.S set in 1967. At this stage of the season a 1 \ear ago. the average was only •:n.s. Eight teams are au. raging more than -10 points a game, topped by Boston College's 49.0. In total offense. Stanford and Indiana share die lead with an average of ."531.0 yards a game. Oiegon Slale heads the rushing iisi with a 'KiS.O average and Southern Methodist is No. 1 in forward passing with a 360.0 yard average. Alabama is tops in total defense with an average yield ol .itih 137.."> \ aids. Rams and Cowboys the Browns simply moving the football." During the last two with Pittsburgh, Nelsejj eight complete Steelers a#$ggeio club averaged 16 points games he played part time. TYLER'S JEFFERSON M< 820 Jordan 'Sourhern' Illinois Largest Automobile Dpalcr" Pontiac—-Cadillpc—^-Buick— GMC Trucks Mr. x Vernon By LABg& FAl^AMNj,, Asstteiatttf^ress Sports ST. LOUIS (AP) — DetroT ger and St. Louis Cardinal both speak the same bas i^uage, but after 23 y S |<f up emotions Tiger sm is coming out in while the Cardinals' seems to at ( & chirp. lf ' ! w1iS' bSclt in^gl that troit last wasg^jljjf'" scene World Series^, hand, St, la's: *4 roa 'ni-Chi- Mgo'WB^ee'ks ago to sell Cardinal souvenirs on a downtown streetcorner. He has been doing $50 worth of business a day, he said. But "they had a good $100-$150 a day last year arid we were hoping to get it this year," he said. "They (customers) have their pennants from last year so they don't buy new ones," he said. ^street the.< a Sl| ?ain." A oarr^aroul "Bravo! St. Louis Q ^subdued ent found ii iper stickers car displj ^ Tiser J§IW / out," x 'Sock ' and "Tiger^ 19B9 VOLKSWAGEN ?00 Down. $59.99 Per Mo. 1EGENCY MOTORS Salem Rd. North Ph. 342-B200 SHOOTING MATCH BLUFORD GUN AND ROD CLUB SUNDAY, OCT. 6th Starts At 1 :t )t) P.M. For Turkeys Ami Bncoii ;ch the ^Ti- a^ ? a.,,built-in gers, nals." " BjJ.t^| f#i Lo 'drsMvantage in such slogans. No matter how fierce a Cardinal is made to appear the red bird looks weak next to a tiger. People have heard of dgers in their tank, but how would a cardinal under the hood sound? maybe if a tiger swallowed a cardinal it would have a chirp in its burp, but the whole thing eventually gets further off the track of two talented opponents squaring off in a World Series. nm YOU * AND PARKING TOO.. Jefferson Loan Co. 801 MAIN—242-4300

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