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Horse racing 4 Sports in brief 5 Classified 6 Television 21 Comics 22 fnlatolpftra Inquirer section sports 4 Saturday, July 12, 1980 By BILL LYON earns Bake bum rap Each morning, Bake McBride wakes to the sound of something grating and rasping. A rusty gate, maybe? Or a metal shutter rubbing against aluminum siding? No, just Bake McBride's knee. The bones, or what's left of them, grind against each other. The leg is stiffer than overstarched laundry. "I feel like I need to squirt some 3-in-1 Oil on the hinges," he said. "Once I get it popped, I can stand up all right." And once he's upright, then he can walk, hobbling gingerly, with the lopsided, rolling gait of a sailor on a heaving deck in high seas. Unfortunately, people see him run with that loping stride and they decide that he is dogging it. They do not know or they do not want to believe that he is locked into one gear by a kneecap that has been eroded. They don't know that Bake McBride is, essentially, a one-legged player, which makes his .298 lifetime batting average all the more remarkable. Hasn't said anything They don't know because Bake McBride has not exactly gone out of his way to tell anyone. And if he did, there would still be those who wouldn't want to believe it, because that would spoil the comfortable stereotype they have picked out for him. On another team, he would be the darling of the media. On an Atlanta, say, or with the Mets, the writers would cluster around him. But on the Phillies, Bake McBride is the player they take for granted. By nature, he is a loner. Throw in a bushy Afro, a brooding look, a gimpy set of wheels that people mistake for loafing, and the image is complete a gifted athlete who doesn't care. "People say I dog it because I don't slide headfirst, because of the way I carry myself. But this is me, this is the way I've been all my life. Because I don't throw my bat or my helmet, because I don't get all upset on the outside, they don't think I care. "If I change now, I'd be a hypocrite. I'd be selling out. It would make me a phony, if I tried to do things that weren't natural. Why-change just to please other people? It's me I got to please." And no one asks So he keeps mostly to himself, and the only time the inquisitors come around is to quiz him about the ball that got past him into the right-field corner for a triple, or the potential winning run he gunned out at home. When a man discourages anyone peeking inside him, then they start inventing things about him. Often what is invented is cruel. "I haven't helped myself by not talking much to the press," he conceded. "It's just that I'm quiet by nature. It's not my style to talk nonstop." In the wake of the amphetamine witch hunt the Phillies have been subjected to, very few of the players are talking, nonstop or otherwise. Ironically, those who have been irresponsibly branded as greenie addicts now know what Bake McBride has been going through most of his career trial by innuendo, a reputation built on whispers. "There have been a few times when I've given in," he confessed, "played when I shouldn't have, and I ended up hurting myself and the team. But I went out and played even though my knee was hurting because I got sick and tired of hearing all those whispers." Whispers go on Those are the whispers that say he's too brittle, that suggest the pain is imagined, more in his head than in a knee that was surgically scraped in 1976. In 1974, Arnold Ray McBride played 150 games, hit .309, stole 30 bases and was the National League Rookie of the Year. He hasn't had a completely healthy season since, but no one wants to hear any excuses. A Mickey Mantle, a Joe Namath, a Bobby Orr, they have a faulty set of wheels and everyone rhapsodizes about their courage and says just think what they might have done if they'd been whole. A Bake McBride has to pop his knee into place each morning, has to bite down against the pain just to stand up, and him. they ask: Is it just hurt or real injury is he just too lazy to put out? Players with batting averages 40 points below his were far ahead of him in the All-Star balloting. Two seasons ago he had the highest fielding percentage of all the National League outfielders, made 10 or 12 fewer errors than the Dave Parkers and the Ellis Valentines, yet he was not selected for a Gold Glove. He said nothing, waged no campaign of protest. But he is entitled. Bake McBride most definitely is entitled " '"" -i"nn-Tir . waw , Lmraramrro" rmi ym-t WJI Itm mum "H wm j ill yiinillti i, ipii.i, I - I mill Ir :ilfiiiIt Phillies' starter Bob Walk ossman Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Former light-heavyweight champion Mike Rossman the "Jewish Bomber" to his fans will put his boxing career on the line when he fights Don Addison this afternoon on a program of four 10-round bouts at Resorts International. Rossman, 24, of Turnersville, N.J., will meet Addison, 24, of Waterbury, Conn., in a nontelevised fight that should determine the immediate future for the once-promising New Jersey fighter. United Press International THE KREMLIN LOOMS above a lonely runner Summer Olympic Games, most controversial crossing Red Square yesterday. The 1980 since 1936, open at Moscow next Saturday. Moses leads 1-2-3-4 hurdles sweep, as U.S. wins 9 events at Stuttgart Associated Prat STUTTGART, West Germany -The, U.S. Olympic track and field team, led by Edwin Moses, Mac Wil-kins and Larry Myricks, won nine of IS events, including all four relays, last night at the Stuttgart international meet. It was the first outing for the American squad, which has been denied the opportunity to compete in the Summer Olympic Games at Moscow July 19-Aug. 3. The United States is boycotting the Games because of the acknowledges cheers after being needs a "If I lose, that would be three in a row," Rossman said this week. "I don't know if there'd be much of a market for me. If I lose, I'll mope around for a week or two, think things over, then probably try something else." He won the WBA light-heavyweight crown Sept. 15, 1978, when he knocked out Victor Galindez in the 13th round. But boxing has not been 'good to Rossman lately. Rossman, 36-6-3 with 23 -knockouts as a.professional, has not boxed since -f 2au Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. It was an impressive outing, despite miserable weather conditions in Neckar Stadium. An estimated crowd of only 5,000-6,000 turned out in the 80,000-seat arena to watch the Americans make their debut on their seven-meet summer tour that will take them to London tomorrow, Oslo on Tuesday and Philadelphia July 16-17 before taking a break because of the Games. Then, the American contingent will complete its European section of W m Philadelphia Inquirer RICHARD M. TITLEY lifted in the seventh inning victory last Sept. 18, when he was stopped by Ramon Ronquillo in six rounds at Giants Stadium. Five months before that, he failed to answer the bell for the 10th round in his rematch with Galindez. Rossman had a broken bone in his hand. That all was supposed to be turned around last Feb. 17 in a televised rematch with Ronquillo. But Rossman pulled out of that fight at the last minute, saying that he was drained by a long bout with the flu. A New Jersey Athletic Commission P fill the trip with meets at Rome 'Aug. 5, Berlin ,Aug. 8 and Zurich, Switzerland, Aug. 13. Last night, against some 25-30 nations, the Americans dominated. Moses, the world record holder in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, eased to victory in 48.62 seconds, leading a 1-2-34 American sweep. Although the time was well behind Moses' record clocking of 47.13 July 3 at Milan, Italy, he was pleased with the performance. The triumph was his 41st in a row, breaking the all-(See TRACK on 5-C) Tlfrilii.l U 0 :"V'.:' rliils romp past Cubs, tie for first By Jayson Stark Inquirer Stall Writer They used to win with daily cannon shots into the lower deck. Now they win with a mysterious phenomenon Dallas Green calls team baseball. They have hit homers in three of their last 11 games, none by Mike Schmidt or Greg Luzinski. And they have still won eight of those 11. They have barreled into first place for the first time since May 28, tied with the Expos. And even if there are a healthy 84 ball games to go, Dallas Green seemed to like his new address (INLEast). "I've felt all along we'd get here," Green said after the Phillies' 7-2 pounding of the Cubs last night. "Now it's up to us to stay there." It will be up to them because they won't have the unique privilege of hitting routine fly balls in the direction of the esteemed Jesus Figueroa every night. Around all the team baseball and some more nice pitching from Bob Walk (5-0), last night's runaway would not have been possible without poor Figueroa. His helpless King-manesque meanderings in left field merely led to five Phillies runs. He handed them the first run of the game in the third inning, when he narrowly escaped being plunked on the head by a Pete Rose fly-ball-turned-RBI-double. Then he picked up his second, third and fourth RFIs (runs fielded in) in the seventh. It was only a 3-2 game at the time. But the omnipresent Lonnie Smith (2-for4, his 10th stolen base, now hitting .389) was on third (single, steal, error). And there was nobody out. Rose looped one to short left. Figueroa darted in. Then he jumped (See PHILLIES on 3-C) to revive physician said he could find nothing wrong with Rossman, but added that the fighter could have been just getting over the illness. The commission was suspicious and . suspended his state license for several weeks. Addison has a 104-2 pro record with two knockouts. In his last fight June 28, he won a 10-round decision overReinaldoOliveira. A pro for two years, Addison also has defeated Rocky Tassone, William (Caveman) Lee and finally Matty Ross for the New England light-heavyweight championship. Third and long: Choice easy as pushing button By Bob Rubin Knighl Kidder News Service "Why'd they call that dumb play???" How many make-believe Bradshaws and pseudo-Shulas have asked that question while watching a football game? With the aid of a sophisticated cable TV company named QUBE, a minor league football team in Columbus, Ohio, is about to make the dream of Monday morning quarterbacks everywhere come true. Tonight, the fans will call the plays for the Columbus Metros when they meet the Racine Gladiators in an exhibition. QUBE (pronounced "cube") is either a fascinating gimmick or the wave of the future. Its motif is viewer participation. It provides 30,000 subscribers' with buttons on their sets to re- spond to what they are seeing. A computer quickly tallies their responses and flashes them back on the screen. Cubists have voted for the MVP, answered trivia questions and guessed the score after each quarter of a number of Ohio State football games. Last month, they scored the Roberto Duran-Sugar Ray Leonard fight. But tonight's exercise represents a quantum leap in viewer involvement. "We have no assumption we're going to change the game of football," said company public relations representative Allie Sherman, former Eagles quarterback and one-time head coach of the New York Giants. "We're just going to have some fun. We all have our little Walter Mitty dreams. Everyone wants to be the coach or the quarterback. Here's a chance for fans to do it." Here's how it will work: Metros coach Hal Dyer drew up and diagrammed a game plan based on down and distance and field position. The closer to their own goal line, the more conservative will be the choice of five plays offered to the armchair quarterbacks. At midfield and beyond, the choices get more daring. The plays, with explanations of each and when each might work best, have been published in QUBE's program guide for subscribers. On every down but fourth, five options will be flashed on the screen. Armchair coaches will push button one for, say, an end run, button two for a run up the middle, and so on. In all, tlere are 20 sets of five-play options, again based on down and (See CUBE on 5-C) Agents quiz Phillies in drug probe Several Phillies players and their wives were contacted by state drug law enforcement agents yesterday in an investigation of alleged illegal prescriptions for amphetamines issued by an unnamed Reading physician. , "Each individual contacted," team president Ruly Carpenter said in a written statement, "cooperated fully and was" assured that he or she was not suspected of any criminal involvement." Word of the investigation was leaked to a Trenton newspaper early this week. The newspaper's sources said an unidentified pharmacist had told drug law agents that a "runner" had made some seven deliveries of the drug, which is often used for weight control but can induce a state of hyperactivity and can damage the circulatory system. . . The source said the deliveries were made during a two-year period to Phillies players and players for the team's Reading farm club. Carpenter, in his statement after yesterday's interviews, said, "The officials from the commonwealth requested that none of the details of the interview, including the identity of the individuals interviewed, be disclosed at this time." career "I never saw Rossman fight, but his reputation doesn't worry me," the soft-spoken Addison said.' "He's not going to come out and just take it from me. He's got the height and reach advantage. I'll fight him like a tiger. This is a great opportunity for me." The other 10-rounders pair U.S. bantamweight champion Jeff Chandler of South Philadelphia against Gilberto Villacana of Houston; Richie Bennett of Darby against Skipper Jones of Vineland, N.J., and Upper Darby's Mike Picciotti against Michael Herron of Vineland.

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