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rf1 1 f 4 h 6 . 4F Sun, October 23, 1977 STLOUIS POST-DISPATCH 3 d'RT 231977 Cal Hubbard: 'Big Umpire Was A Man For All Sports lit li lit i job (." f Hf Or Error Shifts Jackpof Reggie Jackson had hit all those home runs, the World Series was over, so why would anybody care about Bucky Dent in the fourth inning of the third game? Z Because of a mistake in wire service transmis- H sion of the play-by-play of the third game, the fnaay night in Los Angeles, payoffs on World Series jackpots in the St. Louis area were hanging - in the balance. m The play-by-play said that Dent, the New York Yankees shortstop, reached base on an error by Bill Russell, shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The summary for the inning showed one hit and one error. Yet, in the box score for game three, Dent - was listed as getting a hit and Russell was not 1 charged with an error. A check of the scorebook kept by Dick Kaegel, who covered the Series for the Post-Dispatch, revealed that Dent had a hit all the way. Thanks, - Dick. What did it matter? Well, if Dent had not been credited with a hit, he would have been part of a combination for the "low" payoff. With the hit, his combination only tied for low. You know about these jackpots. You buy a ticket with four numbers, and each of those numbers represents a player position. Then, you win according to how your players batted in the World Series. A single (one-base hit) is worth one point, a two-base hit is two points, a three-base hit is three points and a home run is worth four points. Walks count, too. They're worth a half point. If your number combination was 1-5-8-17, then you had the National League first baseman, the NL catcher, the NL right fielder and the American League right fielder. If a pinch hitter replaced your man, then that at-bat counted in your points. Paul Blair went in for Jackson in the first game and his twelfth-inning single that won the game for the Yankees counted as one point for AL right fielder. The 1-5-8-17 combination totaled 77 points and won. Dent was No. 13 in an 18-number pool and the 7-9-13-18 combination tied for low, with 13 points. If he hadn't got that hit in LA, however, his combination would have been low with 12 points. Eugene Mindrup, who did the jackpot accounting for the St. Sebastian parish in Dellwood, said that Dent's hit didn't matter that much. "We sold 3060 tickets, so we don't mind paying off three lows. As it is, we'll pay out about $800 and still have $2200 to split between our athletic association and our Holy Name Society." Credit Elaine Pace, who runs the jackpot for the athletic association at St. Mary Magdalen parish in Brentwood, with discovering the discrepancy on Dent. Her pool had only 16 players (pitchers aren't counted), and the winning combination was 1-5-8-16, for 77 points. ' World Series lackpot numbers, on a game-bv-oame basis with o walk counting a half point, a single one point, a double two points, a triple three " points and a home run tour points: Ga l Gal Co 4 No. Position . 1. First base 2 Second base J. Third base t Shortstop 5. Cotcher Left field 7. Center tield I. Right tield 9. Pitcher No. Position 10. First base II. Second base 1J. .Third base 11, Shortstop I. Catcher 15. Lett tield to i Center field 17r Right field . Pitcher Got IVi Vi Vl 3 Vl 1 1 IVi Got Vi 2' 5 Vi 0 I Vi Vi 0 3 S 0 1V 0 AMERICAN LEAGUE Ga l Go 3 Go 4 0 IVi a o o 2 2 S IVi 0 Gas Vi Go 5 0 Go. 4 4 I IVi Vl 1 1 1 4 0 Got t 0 0 Vi I 0 2 12'i 0 Ptl. m u Vi Vi 14Vi 10 3Vi 20 3Vi Ph. 12 10 6 6 14 6 I 27Vi 0 '.'Winning combinations: I-54-17 tor 77Vi points (NL first base, NL catcher, NL right field, AL right field), 1-1-14-17 tar 77 points, M-14-17 tor 74 points, 14-10-17 tor 75 points. Low score: Upoints, combination of 7-4-15, II. or 7-4-1MI, or 7-H3-1I. innina combination tor 14-number lackpot, with pitchers not counted: 1-5- .,, t-17 (NL first base, NL catcher, NL right tield, AL right field), 77V - points. NFL Standings National Conference EASTERN DIVISION W L T Pet PF PA Dallas J 0 0 1.000 144 71 Washington 3 2 0 .600 77 74 CARDINALS I 3 0 .400 75 91 NY Giants 2 3 0 .400 74 120 Philadelphia 2 3 0 .400 71 71 CENTRAL DIVISION W L T Pet PF PA Minnesota 4 I 0 .M0 74 49 Detroit 3 2 0 .600 77 02 Chicago 2 3 0 .400 107 123 Green Bay 1 4 0 .200 54 02 Tampa Bay 0 5 0 .000 16 IS WESTERN DIVISION W L T PCI PF PA Atlanta 3 2 0 .600 47 22 Los Angeles 3 1 0 .600 97 72 New Orleans 1 4 0 .200 It 99 San Francisco 0 5 0 .000 46 107 American Conference EASTERN DIVISION W L T Pet PF PA Baltimore 5 0 0 1.000 121 74 Miami 4 1 0 .100 1M 14 New England 3 2 0 .600 130 97 NY Jets 2 3 0 .400 13 107 Buffalo 1 4 0 .200 42 M CENTRAL DIVISION W I T Pet PF PA Houston 3 2 0 .600 93 71 Pittsburgh 3 2 0 .600 92 71 Cleveland 3 2 0 .600 91 107 Cincinnati 2 3 0 .400 79 14 WESTERN DIVISION W L T Pet PF PA Denver 5 0 0 1.000 110 33 Oakland 4 1 0 .100 110 75 San Diego 1 2 0 .600 II 51 Seattle 1 4 0 .200 77 149 Kansas City 0 5 0 .000 65 121 SUNDAY'S GAMES New Orleans at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Buffalo Dallas at Philadelphia Denver ot Cincinnati Green Bay at Tampa Bay Houston at Pittsburgh New York Giants at Washington Oakland ot New York Jets Seattle at Miami Atlonto at Chicago Baltimore at New Englond Detroit at San Francisco Kansas City at San Diego MONDAY'S GAME Minnesota at Los Angeles, Night Weaver Joins Sting As PR Director Steve Weaver, director of public relations for the soccer Stars in the 1976 and '77 seasons, has been named head of public relations for the Chicago Sting of the North American Soccer League. The 28-year-old Weaver, a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, was named to the Chicago post by Clive Toye, former New York Cosmos general manager who recently became president of the Sting. Weaver will succeed Howard Balsom, who has moved to a marketing job with the Sting. Cage Tourney In Lincoln, III. A men's independent basketball tournament will be held at the Lincoln College gymnasium in Lincoln. 111., on Nov. M. The entry fee is 150 per team. For details contact Ted Campbell, 600 South 10th 8, Lincoln, 111. 62656 or call 217-732-4574. The "big umpire," as George Halas called him with admiration and respect for the giant who turned in his shoulder pads for a blue serge suit and a ball-and-strike indicator, wont be at Columbia for the annual Missouri Sports Hall of Fame iwhiction, this time a Nov. 12 iluncheon at the Hearnes Center prior to (the Missouri-Oklahoma State football game. Until emphysema turned him fnto a rasping, wheezing whale, Robert Calvin Hubbard, a legend in both football and baseball, never failed to make the trip 'from Milan, Mo., for the annual induction ceremonies of the hall to which, in 1954, he was the sixth person elected. His home-state sports writers and sportscasters were just a ballot ahead of their national colleagues in bestowing unusual honors on the unusual man who, cancer stricken, died the other day at age 76 in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he wintered close by a doctor son. Funeral services were Saturday at Milan for the farmer's son for whom playing fields were named there and at his birthplace, Keytesville. No man other than Hubbard has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, the Professional Football Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame. The best football player ever to miss 01' Mizzou and the Tigers lost only six games in four years in the mid-1920s without him the 6-foot-2 and 270-pound tackle who played only one year of high school football (at Glasgow, Mo.) was mesmerized by his boyhood idol, colorful Alvin (Bo) McMillin, whom he followed from Centenary College to Geneva. From the little college in Beaver Falls, Pa, Hubbard went on to become virtually a Paul Bunyan myth in pro football with the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers. With a minute to go in his final pro football game in 1936, Hubbard stood up and shouted across the line, "All right, you so-and-so's, if you've got any griev- bobbroeg sports editor TV 5 ances, you've got a minute left to get even because I'm retiring." Silence, respectful silence. After all, ever bear of a tenpin talking back to a bowling ball that sends pins crashing the. way Hubbard did the foe in football? Ump With Last Word The only time Hubbard didn't have the last word in a football game was when the Chicago Bears came up with a powerful Ukranian fullback named Bronko NagursU. And as the Bears prepared to punt, Hubbard saw Red Grange, close up in a blocking position, and said: "I promise not to try to block the kick, Red, but get out of the way so I can get a shot at that Polack." Grange, glad not to try to block Hubbard for once, obliged. Cal tore through the line, slammed into Nagurski and ' bounced off. Rising slowly, he turned to Grange and said: "Hey, Red, dont do me any more favors." As a baseball umpire, which he became in the minor leagues in 192t) and full-time in the majors in '36, Hubbard suffered few slings and arrows even though the pay was better than the hours. He reached the American League making only $3600 a season, out of which he had to pay all his expenses except actual transportation. "Now," he said a year ago after becoming only the fifth umpire tapped for the baseball Camelot at Coopers-town, N.Y., "umpires are getting up to $40,000 a year and more than $50 per diem, plus transportation." Hubbard, forced by a 1951 hunting accident that affected his vision to become supervisor of American League umpires for 14 years, had authority and judgment, heft and humor as a most impressive man in blue. One day at New York when the Yankees' Yogi Berra kept trying to jerk wild lefthander Tommy Byrne's pitches into the strike zone, grousing constantly, Hubbard told the pride of St. Louis's Hill: "It's too much responsibility for you to umpire and catch, Yog. One more word out of you and you're gone." "Well, bear down," beefed Berra. "That's it," growled Hubbard. "You've said it and you're gone." Never to bother the umpiring behemoth again. "I think," said Hubbard in likely understatement, "that Yogi was a little scared of me." Cal's Achilles Heel Hubbard had high regard for Berra as a catcher and as a hitter. He had other opinions, too, such as the view that little shortstop Phil Rizzuto was the key man of the Yankees' championship teams of the Joe DiMaggio era. He thought Rizzuto definitely deserved Hall of Fame selection. Hie "big umpire," as Chicago Bears owner-coach Halas respectfully called the football great, picked Bern's predecessor, Bill Dickey, and Joe Cronin, player-manager of the Boston Red Sox who became American League president, as the best clutch hitters he ever saw. Smiling, Hubbard remembered best the time Cronin came up to pinch-hit against Roger Wolff, the Chester, 111., butcher with the mystifying knuckler. For some reason neither the umpire nor Cronin could remember, Cronin asked Hubbard: "What'llldo?" Equally inexplicably, Hubbard found himself answering, "Look for that dinky little curve he throws first to get ahead on the count before he goes to the knuckler." Cronin drilled Wolffs first-pitch curve off the left-field fence at Fenway Park for a double, and Hubbard went to his grave unable to figure why, as an umpire, he suddenly had become a batting coach. Hubbard's pet peeve was Jimmy Dykes, pear-shaped, cigar-puffing manager of the Chicago White Sox and a championship third baseman for Connie Mack with the old Philadelphia Athletics. "Dykes was the only guy I couldn't stand," recalled Hubbard. "He was profane, foul-mouthed and that fog-horn voice irritated me. But I'll say this: Jimmy got more out of humpty-dumpty ballplayers than any other manager I ever saw." Probably best known as an umpire for having thrown the Browns' Nelson Potter out of a game for use of the illegal spitter, Hubbard remembered more vividly the worst call he ever made. "Yep, it involved Dykes," he said, sighing. "Jim was past 40, horribly slow, and he put himself into the lineup against his old club (the A's). He grounded to Dario Lodigiani, who fumbled the ball, and I committed the cardinal sin: I prejudged the play. "I called Dykes safe, but, by then, Jim was so slow that he was out from here to next week. The call was so bad that Mr. Mack and the A's didn't even argue. They must have realized that, in retrospect and self-censure, I'd suffer enough." Do-Or-De Patriots Tackle Colts The sneaker was Philariplnhin rnarh York Giants. The Is this the end of the nightmare? Or the end of the dream? Do they become contenders? Or pretenders? Will happiness ever return to Foxbo-ro, Mass.? The questions go on and on for the New England Patriots, last year's darlings and this year's disappointments. With a record of 2-3, they have already fallen three games off the pace of the Baltimore Colts in the American Football Conference's Eastern Division race. With another loss, they likely would fall three games off the pace of the wildcard team. And as each week slips by, so, too, do the playoff hopes of last season's 11-3 surprises. Fittingly, in this do-or-die week, the staggering Pats run headlong into the team they are chasing, the Colts. While coach Chuck Fairbanks says the New England defense "is not up to expectations but getting closer," he knows only too well that time is running out. Sunday's 3 p.m. (St. Louis time) contest in Foxboro could make or break the season. Yet, it is Ted Marchibroda, coach of the 5-0 Colts, who is talking about critical situations and pressure games. "It's a big game for us," he said. "It's a must game ... a crucial game." DENVER AT CINCINNATI - When you've won five games in a row, upset the Super Bowl champions and held opponents to less than seven points per game, what do you do for an encore? , The Broncos will try to answer that question against the Cincinnati Bengals, a desperate team rapidly falling out of the race in the AFC Central. "Let me tell you this," said Denver coach Red Miller, "I'm not in awe of anybody. I respect the Raiders. They're a very good team. But I'm not in awe of anybody." There has been little about the Bengals to awe anyone. A team that appeared to have a real shot at the Super Bowl has stumbled and fumbled to a 2-3 record, good only for last place in a four-team division. OAKLAND AT NEW YORK - Pity the poor Jets. The Super Bowl Raiders have just seen their 17-game winning streak halted. They've just been clobbered before a home crowd. They've just surrendered first place in the AFC West. And now they're coming to New York. "It wasn't fun looking at last week's films," said Raiders coach John Madden. "We just have to get ourselves going again, do the things we've been doing all along when we were winning. We 1 have to start against the Jets." ATLANTA AT CHICAGO "Our philosophy is to stop the run," said Falcons coach Leeman Bennett. "Last year, this team gave up 4.5 yards every rushing play. We've taken off about one yard per play." The philosophy of the first-year coach will get a severe test against the Chicago Bears. None other than the NFL rushing leader Walter Payton will be bringing the ball across the line of scrimmage. "He can do everything O.J. Simpson can," said Bennett, "but he's younger." DALLAS AT PHILADELPHIA -"It's going to take a major effort. We're going to have to play like hell. They're a physical team, a fine team, a mature team." The speaker was Philadelphia coach Dick Vermeil, and he seemed to be gasping for air between highblown adjectives describing the Dallas Cowboys. His goal is to beat a playoff team somewhere during the 14-game schedule, but not even Vermeil seems to believe this is the playoff team to beat. "They have a super defense," Vermeil said. HOUSTON AT PITTSBURGH Two weeks ago, as the Pittsburgh Steelers are apt to remember, Houston was the site for this collision, and the Oilers were the ones smiling at day's end, 27-10. Six Steeler passes were intercepted, and the second Pittsburgh loss was administered. "I don't expect them to throw the football to us six times this week, that's for sure," said Oiler coach Bum Phillips. "In fact, I think they'll play it pretty close to the vest." And to the cast. Steeler quarterback Terry Bradshaw is still wearing one on his fractured left wrist. "It's not going to heal until after the season's over and I can rest it," said Bradshaw, "but I'll worry about it later." KANSAS CITY AT SAN DIEGO -There are only three teams in the National Football League still fumbling around after their first victory. The Chiefs are among them. ' Having been outscored nearly two-to-one, having given up on starting quarterback Mike Livingston and having fallen ' behind an expansion team, Seattle, in i the standings, the Chiefs travel to San Diego for a run-in with the Chargers. NEW YORK AT WASHINGTON - The Redskins have double motivation for this week's meeting with the New York Giants. The Giants, after all, up- . ended Washington in the first week of the season. And the Redskins stand only one thin game ahead of the Cardinals in the NFC race for the wild card. CLEVELAND AT BUFFALO - After ending a dismal 14-game losing streak ; last week against the Atlanta Falcons, the Buffalo Bills now can set their sights .on beginning another one. The Browns, 3-2 and alive in the AFC Central, will have running back. Greg Pruitt at 100 per cent for the first time in a couple weeks. DETROIT AT SAN FRANCISCO - "When our team steps on the field, we've got to believe we're better than who we're facing," said San Francisco quarterback Jim Plunkett. So far, the 49ers haven't believed it once, and they've been right. Dexter Bussey leads 'the Lions in the next assault on the Bay, bringing along 312 yards rushing. SEATTLE AT MIAMI - "It's gonna be a battle royale," said Norm Evans. "I want to beat those guys more than anybody I can think of." The Seattle lineman was talking of his former Miami Dolphin teammates, but they were words without substance. The game is important to Miami, 4-1 and still in the AFC East race. The Dolphins will gain a game on either New England or Baltimore with a victory. GREEN BAY AT TAMPA BAY - 'This could be the week all of Tampa has been waiting for. After too many losses and so much humiliation, the Bucca neers have a chance to end a 19-game 'losing streak. The Packers have won only one game this year against the New Orleans Saints. Ten Women's Football Teams Battle For Title The second annual women's national touch football tournament will get under way Friday night with three games at the Harrawood Sports Complex in Valley Park. Ten teams, including defending champion Friday's Steelers of St. Louis, will compete for the title. The host team, Budweiser, will face K. B. Construction of Bloomington, 111., at 7 p'clock Friday. Buff's Drifters of Boston will play Friday's Steelers at 8:15 and the Bod Squad from Southwest Missouri State University will meet Bogart's Of St. Louis at 9:30. The tourney's first round will be concluded Saturday morning, with Terri's Angels of Ferguson playing Colorado Feed of Ames, la., at 10:30 and All Sports of Saginaw, Mich., facing Crown Ready-Mix of Des Moines at 11:45. Games at 2 p.m., 3:15, 4:30, 7, 8:15 and 9:30 Saturday will complete the second round and semifinals. The championship game will be at 1:15 p.m. next Sunday, following a consolation title game at noon. There will be no admission charge for any of the sessions. Seven-member offensive and defensive All-America squads will be picked at the conclusion of the tourney. Most valuable players will be chosen on offense and defense and a team sportsmanship trophy will be awarded. 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