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iScoreboard 2 ! Horse racing 4 Obituaries 6 Classified 7 C ComicsFeatures 18 sports ' jtura tret section ' "MondajJune 27, 1977 I By FRANK DOLSON WiT Sports .-asgy - Editor Kaat toros Cards, 2 -0. for Series' TV Kerfs' destiny? CINCINNATI They are an extraordinary group of baseball players, these world champion Reds. Johnny Bench's right knee hasn't 'been healthy since spring training, ' but already he's matched last year's 'home-run total of 16 and the season 1 isn't half over. "I may get comeback of the year," he says kiddingly. Pete Rose, at 36, is still a young "man at heart, still a tough, tough out at the plate, still closing in on the 3,000-hit total, now only 153 hits away. Surely, no other superstar in the game would have done even thought of doing what Rose did late Saturday afternoon following the Reds' 7-6 win over the Dodgers. With a hot sun beating down and a "doubleheader less . than 24 hours away, he found somebody willing to throw batting practice and some kids willing to chase baseballs and he stood in the cage for 40 minutes, until he felt sharp again. "As long as the coaches didn't mind, why not?" he i asked. You watch the Benches, the Roses, the Joe Morgans, the George Fosters and you understand how the Reds l.- have risen above so-so pitching to win -two straight World Series. But even with the big guns booming , louder than ever, even with the top ;; five hitters in the order sailing along j; at .300 or better, this remarkable ball s club seems destined to watch the 1977 ; World Series on television. j Had to win it j That's a shame, really, because ;.,this is a fun team to watch, a team so i; good that it shrugged off Tom Seav-er's loss Friday night to pull out two straight one-run decisions against a ; Dodger team that kept hitting line ; drives. Yesterday, in the first game, ! it was Ken Griffey who made the big ; play, grabbing Reggie Smith's ninth-: inning smash down the right field line and cutting down the potential tying 'run with a perfect peg to second. .' Suddenly t they had a shot to win the :,three out of four they needed when this series began, a shot to cut wha't i once had been a WA-game Dodger 'lead to 6V2. ' One game of the double header down, one to go one the Reds simply had to have. "In all honesty," .' Sparky Anderson said, sipping a glass of milk, "if we were to lose this one we're not in good shape. But if we win, I think this is going to be a tremendous race ... We GOT to win this game. I think if we do, we have ; a tremendous, legitimate shot at 'em. ,If we win this one they definitely ' know they're in for a race . . ." Rookie a disaster '. OK, it was THAT big, THAT important. But with the chips down, with another SRO crowd at Riverfront Sta-i dium licking its chops, the Reds were 'caught with their pitching down. Sparky used five pitchers in this, the ' biggest game of the year, and three ! of them including starter Paul Mos- kau had only recently been called up .'from the minors. ;i For Moskau, a legitimate prospect ' making his second big league start, it was a disaster. He faced seven "Dodgers, six reached base, . six scored. The biggest game of the year was virtually over before the Reds came to bat. "Even four in the first wouldn't have been so bad." Anderson would say later, staring down at f-j- desk and up at the Dodgers, once again 8V4 games away. "But six, DAMN." .. "Maybe he was nervous," a writer suggested. "Either nervous or shellshocked, one of the two," the manager replied. "I don't know which . . ." Series was academic Sparky was so short of pitching L ior this pivotal game that the Dodgers had four runs in and a runner on first before the Reds' bullpen even heated up. Check the roster ana you understand why. only tnree ot me pitchers eligible for . last year's World Series -r Jack Billingham, Fred Norman and Pedro Borbon are back. Four of the 10 pitchers eligible for yesterday's doubleheader started the season in the minors. Sure, Tom Seaver will help. But one Tom Seaver may not be enough to save this team. "We've wasted four games for nothing," Anderson said after the ubleheader and series split. "We've either got to get with it now or the party's over. You can use only so much psychological warfare. I've used up all of mine. I haven't much left. . "I don't ever kid myself. I kid other people, but I don't kid myself. It'll be tough '(catching the Dodgers). Our job in this series was to win three out of four. . ." But even a team with Rose and Bench and Morgan and Griffey, even a team that has the best defense in the National League and a team batting average of .289, can't do it when minor leaguers have to pitch the big game. r "" 1 - r ZZJJmj tV4' L- - Associated Pres Mike Mosley crashes into the wall of the second turn at Pocono yesterday; he was hospitalized in guarded condition Tom Sneva eomes full circle, wins by 1.75 seconds at Pocono By Bill Simmons Inquirer Auto Editor LONG POND, Pa. - Eight months ago, Tom Sneva was just about as far down as he could be. Today, he's on top of the racing world as champion of the Schaefer 500. The 29-year-old former junior high school principal from Spokane, Wash., drove the best race of his rel atively brief career yesterday to fin ish 1.75 seconds ahead of teammate Mario Andretti before 85,000 at Pocono International Raceway. Sneva, who has two victories and two second-place finishes in 'his last five United States Auto Club Championship Trail races, now finds himself leading the chase for the Citicorp national championship point standings. But last October, Sneva's future hardly, looked bright. There were problems with the Roger Penske Racing Team. Despite the best available equipment and a talented, experienced crew, the job wasn't being done. "I knew in my heart it wasn't me," Sneva said after yesterday's $85,000 victory, by far the richest of his career. "But they felt they had to do something so they did." Sneva, of course, was not happv with the situation. Penske, who built a West Philadelphia Chevrolet dealership into a far-flung business empire, called Sneva to his New York apartment. "I told Tom that I wanted him around for next year that we -would have good equipment and be very competitive," Penske said at the close of the most successful day of his long and successful racing career, first as a driver, then as an owner and team manager. . "But I told him that, since Mario had more experience; I was going to put him in the (Sneva's) car for the last two races of the year," Penske continued. "I told him that if he wanted to, he was free to try and hook up with another team but that I'd prefer he stayed." Upset as he was at the prospect of having someone anyone drive his car, Sneva's ' good sense prevailed. He watched as Andretti finished fourth at Texas and third at Phoenix not significantly better than he had done most of the rest of the season. "Yes, I guess I felt vindicated," Sneva said. If Mario had won, maybe I would have questioned my own abilities." There was no sense of vindication yesterday because it wasn't needed. Penske admitted as much when he paid Sneva a supreme compliment. "I think Tom has fallen into Mark's (Donohue) shoes," Penske said. "He really knows how to set up a car. A lot of people said our team has been going downhill( since Mark died.. We proved otherwise today." The fact that the Penske McLaren-(See POCONO on 5-C) llliillglllliiiilllll Associated Press Tom Sneva wears winner's wreath beside cup Schmidt, Maddox hit HRs By Bruce Keidan ; Inquirer staff Writer ST. LOUIS To the wisdom of the ages, we now add the advice of Jim Kaat to young pitchers who would like to win 250 games in the major leagues: "Play with good ballclubs," the Bionic Middle-Aged Man counseled yesterday after himself crossing that plateau with a 2-0 victory over the Cardinals. "And have a good bullpen." The 38-year-old Kaat has pitched for good ballclubs and bad, for teams with good bullpens and teams where the only relief was when the season ended. And he seldom pitched better than he did in leading the slump-stricken Phillies out of the wolder-ness here yesterday. Backed by home runs by Mike Schmidt and Garry Maddox off Cardinal righthander Larry Dierker (1-4), Kaat clicked off eight shutout innings before Gene Garber came on to finish the shutout, Like a father handing out allowances to well-trained children, he doled out a hit an inning to the Cardinals in the first seven innings, gave up two more in the eighth yet never allowed a Red-bird beyond second base. "That's my kind of game," Kaat laughed after registering the 250th win of his big-league career. "A hit an inning, and lots of double plays." , The. Phillies pulled off three double plays behind Kaat, and Kitty appeared solidly in control from the time Schmidt connected for his 20th home run of the season (and 13th this month) with two out in the fourth inning. "It was muggy, heavy out there," Kaat said. "Every once in a while, there was a little breeze, but not often. It kind of caught up to me in the sixth inning, so I didn't mind coming out after the eighth." His departure cost him a chance at his 30th career shutout, but his 250th win was uppermost in his mind. "I try not to think about numbers," he said, "but I guess it's okay to think about that one. 'I remember when Minnesota let me go (in 1973). They felt I was washed up. I think I had 187 wins at the time, and my buddy (catcher) Phil. Roof was saying, 'Gee, I'd really like to see you get 200.' I said, 'What do you mean 200? I want 250.' But I was only kidding. Really, 250 seemed as far away as Mars back then. "I was only kidding about 250, but now I'm going to get serious when (See PHILLIES on JC) Garvey hits 2 HR's as Dodgers, Reds split Associated Press CINCINNATI Steve Garvey hit two home runs, one in a six-run first inning, as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds, 9-3, in the second game of their doubleheader yesterday. The Reds won the opener, 5-4, as Dan Driessen continued his hot hitting with three hits, including a , home run, and two RBIs. The Dodgers and Reds split the four-game weekend series and Los Angeles remained 8Vi games ahead of the Reds in the National League West. Doug Rau (7-1) scattered seven hits and pitched his first complete game of the season in winning the nightcap. Garvey's first homer and doubles by Bill Russell, Reggie Smith and John Oates keyed the Dodgers' first inning outburst against rookie Paul Moskau (0-1). Moskau, making his second major league start, retired only one batter. Three singles, including a run-producing hit by John Hale, gave the Dodgers a fourth- inning run against rookie reliever Joe Henderson. Garvey slammed his 18th home run in the eighth inning, giving the Dodgers 91 home runs this year and equaling their 1976 output. In the first game, the Reds jumped on starter Rick Rhoden (10-4) for three first-inning runs , and added runs on solo homers by Driessen and Dave Concepcion.. . Fred Norman (8-3) won his seventh game in his last eight decisions, get ting relief help from Pedro Borbon, who picked up his fifth save. ; Steve Yeager slammed a bases-empty home run, his eighth, in the third inning of the first game. Back-to-back doubles by Ron Cey and Smith- sent home another and Dusty Baker and Smith singled in the final , . two Dodger runs. In the second game, Ed Armbrister pinch-hit and remained in the game , and got three hits and a walk for the Reds. The Reds' runs were driven in by Concepcion, with a double, Cesar Geronimo, with a single, and Joe Morgan, who hit a sacrifice fly. Concepcion committed only his third error of the season in the fifth inning of the nightcap when he mis- . handled Russell's grounder. Watson overcomes shaky putter to win Western Open by a shot Atfociatei Prett OAK BROOK, 111. - The two key shots, said Tom Watson, came on the 14th and 17th holes. ' "Yep, they did it," said the Western Open winner who had a closing 69 yesterday for a five-under-par 283, one stroke better than Johnny Miller and Wally Armstrong. Watson took the lead for keeps on the 14th when he planted a nine-iron three feet from the pin and dropped the putt for birdie three. "T tflmnrli if T nlmJ u -- - t tr coming in after 13, I could win," he added. "And that nine-iron on 14 really set me up." It put him under par for a one-stroke lead at the time over several challengers. On the 175-yard 13th, Watson Lutz takes Phila. title By Mayer Brandschain . Special to The Inquirer Chip Lutz of Reading CC is the new Philadelphia Amateur Golf champion after coming back to the game following three years of disillusionment. The 22-year-old University of Florida graduate, who gave up the game there after two years, outmatched Jack' Hubbert, 20, a member of the Temple University team, by 2 and 1 in a 35-hoIe match yesterday at the Manufacturers' Golf and Country Club. Lutz never trailed, shot a uVee-under-par 32 in the morning as against a 35 for a 3-up lead and three times led by 4-up. "I thought I'd be able to close him out early," Lutz remarked after getting to 4-up in the afternoon on the 30th hole. "Then he made a charge and it got scary." Lutz referred to a comeback by Hubbert starting with the 32d. Hubbert scored a birdie (despite a drive to the right rough), birdie again (a drive to left rough and a second shot into a trap notwithstanding) and par to win three straight holes. The 4-up edge for Lutz was cut to (See AMATEUR on 4-C missed the green. But his chip lipped the hole and he dropped a four-foot putt for par. "My yuiling wasn't great, even somewhat shaky, but I hit a lot of good irons," he said. "The putt I made at 17 was fortunate, maybe the luckiest of the year. The putt put Watson in command with a two-stroke edge. He three-putted the 18th for a bogey, missing from 12 feet. Watson boosted his money winnings for the year to $269,115 with the $40,-000 first prize. His first tour victory was in the Western Open in 1974. PLYMOUTH, Ind. Debbie Austin fired a five under par 67 to win the $50,000 Hoosier Classic on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour with a tournament record 207 total. Austin, who won for the first time in her career last month at Birmingham, Ala., won by two strokes Over Judy Rankin and Australian Jan Stephenson at the 6,225-yard, par-72 Plymouth Country Club here. Austin, who said she seriously considered quitting the tour before winning at Birmingham, pocketed $7,500 in first place money. t. ml. J I pi try . j J&, mm .mm'ih.m jmm,, 'mm 9 J Associated Pm BOSTON PITCHER Tom Murphy gives a spanking to second baseman Denny Doyle before the "loose" Red Sox met the Yankees in New York. Things got tighter,- however, as the Yanks won, S-4? and pulled within two games. Story, Page 2-C

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