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St. Louis, Missouri
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Tuesday, July 19, 1983
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Big Red Get Bubba Baker By John Sonderegger Of the Pott-Olapatch Staff CHARLESTON, III. - The Big Red today completed the Monday deal that sent defensive tackle Mike Dawson to the Detroit Lions, returning to the Lions the 1984 National Football League draft pick they had received for the seven-year veteran and a draft choice of their own in exchange for former All-;Pro defensive end Al "Bubba" Baker. ' Baker, 26, was to fly to St. Louis this afternoon fur "a physical examination and Is scheduled to report to training camp here with the veterans oh Friday. 1 The 6-foot-6 and 260-pound Baker was NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1978, when he started in all 16 of the Lions' games and had 23 quarterback sacks. He started 67 games (he was on injured reserve part of the 1981 season) in his five seasons with Detroit, and had 75V4 sacks. The native of Jacksonville, Fla., who attended ! See BIG RED, Page 2 By Rick Hummel Of the Post-Oltpatch Staff Lonnle Smith received so many cards and letters while he was hospitalized for drug rehabilitation that he and his roommate at the Hyland Center once stayed up until 2:30 a.m. reading them. Without exception, Smith said, they contained a note of encouragement. Now It is Smith's turn. Tonight he will make his first home appearance since his release from the hospital when the Cardinals open a home stand against the San Diego Padres. v "I hope I can go back and play the way they're accustomed to seeing me play Instead of going back to play nervous," said Smith. "I don't think I'll play nervous. "What I did is nothing to be proud of. But I appreciate the way people gave me support. I can even deal with those who are going to criticize me. The only problem Is that people don't know the whole story, but I'm not really worried. The only thing I'm worried about is my health and my family." Smith has returned to the lineup in the same manner as he had left It. A .311 hitter when he went Into the hospital June 12, the Cardinals outfielder batted .323 on the Cardinals' West Coast trip. "I Just feel better I don't know if I'm playing better," said Smith. But teammate Dane lorg thinks that Smith Is better than ever. "Especially," said lorg, chuckling, "when you consider his defense." Although Smith misplayed a couple of balls on the trip, he seemed more sure of himself in left field. When he was abusing himself with drugs, Smith said the ball often appeared blurry to him when he tried to sight it. Combined with the glare from the Busch Stadium lights, this forced him to pull his hat down well over his eyes. Now, Smith says he can see everything clearly. "I'm more aware of things. I'm still remembering things," he said. "I Just feel a lot better about things." For one thing, Smith says his sense of humor has improved. "It's nice to laugh at things that I think are funny," he said, "Instead of laughing at things that really arenV On bus rides during the recent trip, Smith amused his teammates by playing a cassette of the whistling song, "Whistler and His Dog," which he klddingly said was his reveille at the Hyland Center. He has everyone else on the club whistling it now. Then, when the Cardinals were in Los Angeles, Smith discussed a possible matchup between himself and Dodgers pitcher Bob Welch, who was treated for alcohol abuse. "This Is great," said Smith. "A recovered alky against a druggie. Or maybe a recovered alky against a chemical dependent." Smiths planned to see old friends and counselors at the Hyland Center, besides checking in with his doctor. In four weeks of treatment, he said, he made so many friends that when it was time to leave, "it was very tough. Not only was I scared to go out there (society) but I was afraid of losing my friends. "My last day there, they threw me a party. It was hard for me to say the things I had to say. A lot of people all looked up to me, but I respected them for trying to get rid of their problems." . . Smith said he teamed much about himself during his treatment, including the theory that his drug problems were hereditary. "I grew up with my aunt and uncle and they said be was a drinker. Then, when I finally went to see my father I was about 13 then they said he was a heavy drinker, too. "This steered me away from alcohol, but I was wide open for drugs. I didn't believe In drugs, but sooner or later, one day, in order to be part of a group, you indulged. From that day on, you were hooked." To date, Smith has not discussed the full extent of his drug use or the varieties thereof. "My doctor told me never to disclose that. But all drugs are basically related the same way. They're either uppers or downers and that Includes alcohol, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, even antihistamines." , Smith said, though, that he probably could See CARDS, Page 4 SECTION C Tum., July 19, 1983 SI LOUIS POST-DISPATCH n - ipv B in I il f f -,; V l-,- r I . 'l.'".'3aW If 1 i" I 1 v J Ur N 1 v J ' ' .'V 1 - I .1 I ' ' ' . ' ' : ' ' i A t , ' I - x " i v t v $ X tmmKJ 'LjuZ' ' '1"ew,5' XX,',W Th Art Of SpiklnCJ WayneCrosslinPost-Dispatch Rita Crockett of the U.S. women's volleyball team spikes the and Norka Latamblet during Monday night's exhibition at the ball past the outstretched arms of Cuba's Josef ina Capote (9) University of Mlssouri-St. Louis. Story on Page 3. National League rates null Din) S hake-imp Jystifice Wtte Sidles lnMfo E9CAA Compiled From News Services The National Collegiate Athletic Association scored a temporary victory in the Supreme Court in its battle to retain the rights for televising college football. But that triumph could be short-lived. Justice Byron R. White, a one-time All-America running back at the University of Colorado, issued a temporary order made public Monday that keeps in place the NCAA's $281 million contract with ABC, CBS and the Turner Broadcasting System. The NCAA is seeking a permanent stay of lower-court rulings. Those rulings invalidated the network contracts and allowed individual schools to negotiate with television outlets on their own. The universities of Georgia and Oklahoma challenged the NCAA's hold on those rights. The schools have won several lower-court decisions. Last year's ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Juan C. Burciaga threw out the NCAA's television plan as a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. The ruling held that colleges and universities should be free to make their own television deals, as Georgia and Oklahoma contended. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling last month, putting in jeopardy the three networks' college football schedules for this fall. The schedules were drawn up under the contract with the NCAA. When White issued the order Saturday, he gave the universities until this evening to respond to his decision, indicating that a further decision is forthcoming. He also asked the federal government for its opinion. If White makes his temporary order permanent, this year's schedules would remain Intact. But if he declines to issue a stay of the lower-court order, it would leave several possibilities, none of them very different from the current NCAA contract. They would include: A contingency plan put forth by the College Football Association, a consortium of 60 major football powers that includes both Georgia and Oklahoma. Schools In the Big 10 and Pac-10, however, are not members of the CFA. It is similar to the NCAA plan but allows more exposures and allows Individual teams to make their own deals to show games after 7 p.m. on Saturdays. A coalition between the Pac-10 and Big 10 and Individual CFA members. There have been discussions between those conferences and several CFA schools, including Notre Dame, which is a prime television attraction. A situation similar to the one for college basketball, under which schools or conferences can negotiate separately with networks or individual stations, or with cable networks such as ESPN or USA. The Atlantic Coast Conference, for example, already has drawn up a contingency plan with Raycom-Jefferson, which syndicates ACC basketball games. It would be used in conjunction with the CFA plan and package games for sales to ACC-area stations for showing after 7 p.m. "What it (White's action) does is put us on hold again," said Mike Treps, See NCAA, Page 4 Compiled From Newt Service PHILADELPHIA The fact that Pat Corrales was fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies was a shock, even though the team . has been struggling all season. But the fact that General Manager Paul Owens decided to leave his office and don a uniform for the first time in 11 years was even more of a surprise. The Phillies have what is considered to be fine managerial timber in coaches Dave Bristol and Bobby Wine. Team president Bill Giles said it was a matter of snapping the Phillies out of their lethargy. That is why he dismissed Corrales and moved Owens to the field Monday just hours before a game against the Houston Astros. The Phillies were in first place by percentage points over the Cardinals in the National League Eastern Division when Corrales was fired. "I said this morning (Monday) that we have to fire Corrales and make a change," Giles said after a news conference. "And Paul said, 'I want to do it. I've been in this organization for 28 years and I feel I can win with this team.' I thought it was a good idea." Some of his players disagreed. "I can't ever remember a guy in first place being fired," said Pete Rose. "He did some good things and some bad things. So do all managers. He had some communication problems with some of his players, and some of them had communication problems with him." Only time will tell how good the idea was. But by Monday night, the Phillies had fallen into second place, a half-game behind the Cardinals, after losing to Houston, 8-2. "It was a bad managing job," Owens said jokingly. ' The Phils' showing has been a keen disappointment to Giles and Owens, who traded for outfielder Von Hayes and second baseman Joe Morgan in the offseason to beef up an already imposing offensive lineup. The Cardinals lead the NL East with a 45-44 record. The Phils are 43-43, tied with Pittsburgh. Montreal is 43-44, one game from the top. The Phils have been a puzzle all season. Morgan was hitting .198 and regulars Mike Schmidt, Gary Matthews and Bo Diaz were batting less than .250 at the time of the firing. "When you see ballplayers hitting 40 points below where they've been hitting, something is wrong," Giles said. "It's the job of the manager to motivate and get the players to play up to their capabilities. Whether it's the players' fault, Pat's fault or my fault, we have to find out." Added Owens: "I feel we've got the talent out there, but we've just been spinning our wheels. We're too good a club to be doing what we're doing. We have to find out who is playing and who isn't." Many of the problems that have haunted the Phils throughout the season were evident again Monday night. They were held to seven hits by Houston's How They Stand W L Pet. GBST CARDINALS 45 44 .506 LI Philadelphia .43 43 .500 L2 Pittsburgh 43 43 .500 W W7 Montreal 43 44 .494 W1 Chicago 41 49 .456 4V4 W1 New York 33 57 .367 1214 L1 W L Pet. GBST Atlanta 57 35 .620 W1 Los Angeles 52 36 .591 3 LI Houston 48 42 .533 8 W1 San Diego 45 44 .506 10)4 L4 San Francisco 44 46 .489 12 W1 Cincinnati 40 51 .440 16)4 W1 ST: WinLoss streak See NATIONAL, Page 5 Court To decide Umi2s i ' 'SporU Cable Houston 8, Philadelphia 2 Atlanta 7, New York 4 (St. Louis Times) San Diego (Lollar 4-6) at St. Louis (Allen 5-8), 7:35 p.m. ' San Francisco (M. Davis 0-3) at Chicago (Rainey 9-8), 1 :20 p.m. Los Angeles (Reuss 6-7 and Zachry 2-0) at Pittsburgh (Candelaria 8-6 and McWilllams 9-5), 2, 5:05 p.m. Houston (Knepper 3-9) at Philadelphia (Bystrom 3-4), 6:35 p.m. Cincinnati (Price 8-5) at Montreal (Rogers 1 2-4), 6:35 p.m. New York (Seaver 6-9) at Atlanta (Perez 10-2). 6:40 p.m. San Diego at St. Louis, 7:35 p.m. San Francisco at Chicago, 1 :20 p.m. New York at Atlanta, 4:40 p.m. Cincinnati at Montreal, 6:05 p.m. ' Houston at Philadelphia, 6:35 p.m. ' ' Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, 6:35 p.m. . W L Pet. GBST Toronto 52 35 .598 W1 Baltimore 50 37 .575 2 W2 Detroit 49 38 .563 3 W2 New York 48 39 .558 4 W4 Milwaukee 48 39 .558 4 W8 Boston 44 44 .500 8)4 W1 Cleveland 37 52 .416 16 L2 W L Pet. QBST Chicago 46 42 .523 W2 Texas 46 44 .511 1 L5 California 45 44 .506 1)4 L2 Kansas City 41 43 .488 3 L1 Oakland 40 51 .440 7V4 L1 Minnesota 37 65 .402 11 L5 Seattle 36 56 .391 12 L2 ST: WinLoss streak ""v : 'Bob . .T4Bro0fl Sports Editor '. ' If you're looking for something for ; nothing or for as little as possible, you ' got good news and bad Monday. The good news is that once again, 40 road games of the baseball Cardinals again will be presented on commercial television next season. In addition, Anheuser-Busch and two other companies announced that that an additional number of games, including some home games, will be televised next season through a new cable package introduced Monday. A-B and two communication giants, Multimedia Inc. of Greenville, S.C., and Tele-Communications Inc. of Denver, have formed a sports cable channel called Sports Time. The channel will be available to pay cable subscribers for about $10 to $12 a month and will offer a package that includes Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals games and many other sports events andor teams. The 11-state regional program will provide sports continually from 6 p.m. to midnight on week nights and from noon to midnight Saturdays and Sundays. Hopefully the program would include the indoor soccer Steamers, the unsinkable hockey Blues and possibly St. Louis University and Mizzou basketball. Also among the events could be college football. Note the word could. That brings up the potential bad news, depending on which side of the aisle you expect to sit when the Supreme Court decides to entertain or invalidate the National Collegiate Athletic Association's network package. Justice Byron R. "Whizzer" White, the former Colorado football All-America, provided a non-commercial timeout Monday. By blocking a ruling that would invalidate the NCAA's multimillion- dollar TV package for all of major college football, White in effect gave the collegiate association a chance to stall for time through another season. A federal appeals court agreed with the universities of Oklahoma and Georgia that the NCAA blanket plan was anticompetitive. Still, there's a strong suggestion that free-wheeling ultimately will win. If so, the broadest smile of satisfaction will not come from Oklahoma,. Georgia, or even Missouri. It will cover the faces of the faculty fathers at Notre Dame. The minute the "go" sign Is given for the athletic gold rush, more than one network will make a beeline to South Bend, Ind., hopeful of tying up the Fighting Irish for the entire schedule. It was the threat of having Notre Dame lined up exclusively 30 years ago, when Irish football was even more dominant, that led to the NCAA policy of restricting performances on TV by individual schools. If Notre Dame is available, you can be sure Sports Time will make a pitch because both Michael J. Roarty, brewery marketing vice president, and his imaginative sports-marketing general manager, Larry Albus, made it apparent that the new group would go all-out not only for events in the 11-state area but national events as well. Even so, Roarty said Sports Time did not regard itself as a full-fledged competitor of ESPN, a national cable sports network. But, as President Walter Bartlett of Multimedia said when appearing here, "People traditionally follow their local teams when given the chance." With him at a head table, talking to media people here and by conference call with Cincinnati, Kansas City, Wichita and Chicago, were general managers Joe McDonald of the Cardinals and John Schuerhblz of the Royals and the Reds' director of broadcasting, Jim Winters. Sports Time plans to offer baseball doubleheaders most days or night, depending on whether any of the three clubs is playing on the West Coast. In addition, the organizers hope to add Big Eight and Big Ten basketball and perhaps football. The amount of money to be paid to each team was left in the air, meaning there will be a minimum amount plus a "few" cents prorated from each subscriber. In questioning, the management trio acknowledged that it might take three years for the enterprise to break even. But McDonald said, smiling, that the Cardinals "welcome added income." That certainly is understandable, in view of current baseball salaries. But will televised home games hurt the gate here? Years ago, Cardinals owner Fred Saigh, and Bill Veeck, the hairshirt who ran the old Browns, hated each other, but they agreed on one thing: The visiting team was invited to a share of the television take because TV reduced crowds then. Now, visiting clubs get a piece of the commercial TV take and cable action, about 25 per cent, and, McDonald said, "The big TV markets still hate to share it with you." Sic semper tyrannis-, Oklahoma and Georgia) Milwaukee 4-5, Texas 3-4 New York 4, Minnesota 2 Toronto 8, Kansas City 2 Chicago 5, Cleveland 3 Boston 7, California 2 Detroit 4, Oakland 2 Baltimore 9, Seattle 4 (St. Louis Times) Kansas City (Black 3-3) at Toronto (Leal 10-6), 6:30 p.m. Chicago (Koosman 7-2) at Cleveland (Sutcllffe 11-4), 6:35 p.m. Minnesota (Castillo 5-7) at New York (Rawley 8-7), 7 p.m. Texas (Honeycutt 11-6) at Milwaukee (Sutton 7-6), 7:30 p.m. Boston (Tudor 7-5) at California (Forsch 8-6), 9:30 p.m. Detroit (Morris 9-8) at Oakland (Codiroll 5-6), 9:35 p.m. Baltimore (McGregor 10-4) at Seattle (Abbott 3-1). 9:35 p.m. Minnesota at New York, 1 p.m. Texas at Milwaukee, 1 :30 p.m. Detroit at Oakland, 2:15 p.m. Baltimore at Seattle, 2:35 p.m. Kansas City at Toronto, 6:30 p.m. Chicago at Cleveland, 8:35 p.m. Boston at California, 9:30 p.m. ) 4- - r i ii r1

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