Star Tribune from Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 2, 1971 · Page 23
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Friday, July 2, 1971
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Minneapolis crp nn Rigney takes it easy, but Williams has it easier '1 . Rod Carew By Jon Roe Staff Writer Milwaukee, Wis. About 2,000 miles apart, two baseball managers were taking it easy on a day off. In California, Oakland's Dick Williams was enjoying a cold beer and a' 12'2-game lead over the Twins. In Milwaukee, Bill Rigney was enjoying two straight victories over Williams's A's. "Sure they took two straight," said Williams about noon yesterday. "But we took two of three with a rainout last time and two of three the time before that and two straight before that. "1 don't see why they should think they've got momentum. They're still 12'2 Dac'k and I Me that. I like our club, too. I've felt we had a better team than they did right from the start of the year. "I still feel that way. In fact, I think we have a much better team." Williams took a sip of the beer and leaned back in his chair. "Maybe that will give them some incentive," he said with a smile. Rigney was smiling, too, in Milwaukee yesterday afternoon. What had been 14'2 games was now 1 2 ' . "Yeah, I think we've got some momentum, said the Twins manager. "You bet. Now I think everybody on this club is thinking, 'All right, now let's get going.' this club who has really busting his butt lately. And that's our second baseman." Rod Carew, after getting three hits and driving in three runs in Wednesday night's victory, was already looking forward to the start of a four-game series this weekend with the Milwaukee Brewers. "I'll tell you this," said Carew, "If we have a good series in Milwaukee they (the A's) better watch out. They can go ahead and relax with their lead. But we'll catch them." Not only did Carew do well with the bat, he atoned for a near-costly error Tuesday night by playing flawlessly Wednesday night. Included was an over-the-shoulder catch in shallow right field of Joe Rudi's pop fly in the third inning. -.Jt r'-"-' .7 J "And I'll tell you something else. There was one guy on Twins continued on page 2C Vada Pinson tan Smith gains at Wimbledon Reuter Wimbledon, England. John Newcombe of Australia and Stan Smith of Pasadena, Calif., had little trouble Thursday in disposing of their opponents to reach the finals of the Wimbledon Open tennis championships. Newcombe, the defending champion and second seed, crushed Ken Rosewall of Australia, seeded third, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 in 80 minute. Thus the 36-year-old veteran missed again his opportunity to capture the only major title he has never won. Smith, 24, took 82 minutes to defeat Tom Gorman, of -Seattle, Wash., the unseeded conqueror of Rod Laver. That victory Monday was a costly one for Gorman. He has had a sore back ever since and succumbed yesterday 6-3, 8-6, 6-2. Smith's service was in good form and his stroke play, particularly his returns of service, were fine. But his job was made easier by the condition of Gorman's back. Gorman said it was a muscle spasm that stiffened after hard matches. After beating Laver, Gorman was unable to practice for two days. Heat treatment and massage made it possible for him to practice yesterday morning, but five minutes before the start of the match he was still sore. "But I didn't come this far to pull out now," he said. "I don't think I'd call it a pain, but it was a lot of restriction. I had trouble moving from side to side. Because of that I was about half a step behind a lot of volleys and service returns, especially going wide on my forehand. It took me the whole first set to get loosened up, especially on my serves." Smith had the only service break of the opening set, in the sixth game. Gorman wasn't serving normally, but was substituting a flatter delivery sometimes with a twist rather than his normal heavy top-spinner. Smith got another break in the fifth game of the second set and it appeared that it would be enough to give him a two-set lead. But after surviving two set points in the ninth game Gorman sprang to life in the 10th. With Smith serving for the match, Gorman got to love-40 on two great strokes and terrific top spin lob, then squared the set when Smith missed a volley. The final set went with 'service for four games. Then Smith broke through, and two games later he did it again. He won on his own service. Gorman said he wasn't hampered by his back much after the first set and had great praise for Smith. "I think he was hitting a lot of great returns," he said, adding that he also found Smith's service very tough to handle. Smith beat Newcombe 8-6, 6-3, in the final of the London Tournament two weeks ago. But that wasn't the same Newcombe who beat Rosewall yesterday. Newcombe, 27, may never have been better. Rosewall won his first service game to open the match. Then Newcombe swept nine games in a row. He was Wimbledon continued on page 2C '64 Pontiac is Pinson Trans-Am darling homer shades Associated Press Photos The lunkers are landed Minnesotans reeled in a couple of, whoppers this week. Above Thomas Muhvic, Duluth, shows his 31 -pound northern, caught in Brule Lake, in the northeastern part of the state. It was 51 inches long and had an 1812-inch girth. Below Leonard Huff held the 42-pound, 4-ounce muskie caught at Leech Lake, near Walker, by C. L. Noreen (right), Edina. It was 55 inches long and 24 inches in girth. Noreen used a large chub for bait, and said he needed 25 minutes to land the monster. By John Gilbert Staff Writer The favorite to win Sunday's GBX Trans-Am auto race at Donnybrooke Speedway will be Mark Donohue or Peter Revson ... or someone driving a sleek Javelin, Mustang or Camaro. But the favorite of the crowd -will be a chubby, grey 1964 Pontiac Tempest. Against all the 1970 and 1971 race-prepared pony cars, a 1964 Tempest looks awkwardly out of place. It is the classic underdog. But as. Donohue said, "It's embarrassing to have that thing go so fast." Deming's 67 ties for Canadian lead Associated Press Montreal, Canada Long-shot Rolf Deming fired a 5-under-par 67 Thursday to move into a four-way tie for the, first-round lead in the $150,000 Canadian Open golf tournament. The 31-year-old Deming, a one-time mathematics instructor at the University of Minnesota, was deadlocked for the top spot with tour regulars Rod Funseth, Phil Rodgers and Lou Graham. One strike back at 68 were Canadian George Knudson and little Rod Curl, a Wintu Indian from California. Rolf Demina 33-3467 Rod funssth 33-34 67 Lou Graham 34-33 67 Phil Rodaen 33-3467 Georae Knudson 35-33 68 Rod Curl 34-3468 Don Bes 35-3469 Poloh Johnston 33 36 6 Hal Underwood 32-37 6 Lionel Hebert .... 36-33 6 Ren Kern' 35-346 DeWitt Weaver 34-35 6' Herb Hooner 34-3569 labron Harm 35-35 70 Fred Mart 35-35 70 Art Wall 36-347(7 Kermit Zorlev 34-3670 Arnold Palmer 34-36 70 Ros Rndoll 33-3770 Rik Massenqale 33-3770 Jim Giant 38-3570 Gene Littler 34-3670 Howell Frnser 36-34 70 OTHtHS let Pe'erson 35-3772 Rill Broa 36-40 76 Bobbv Rousseau 39-407 Bob T u 1 1 i u s, of Falls Church, Va., drives the car, but the story of its background and conversion to racing has had Trans-Am crowds cheering it on everywhere. Herb Adams, a project engineer at Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors, purchased the car new in 1963 when it was first made. After driving it for a couple of years he sold it to his father, who drove it for several years in Chicago. It found its way back to Adams's family two years ago; his wife drove it. While the Tempest was reaching the 78,000 mile mark on the streets, Pon-tiac's last connection with racing seemed ended with the crash of Jerry Titus's Firebird at Elkhart Lake, Wis., last summer. So Adams, and several other Pontiac project engineers who had an interest in racing, decided to convert the old Tempest to a race car in their free time. Adams drove it in a couple of amateur races late last summer, then this year the engineers, calling themselves Trans - Action, went Trans-Am racing. Tom Nell, another Pontiac engineer, explained the set-up of the crew. "We all took our vacation time to go racing. We've made some suspension improvements and we now have a 389 cubic-inch engine reduced to 303 cubic inches to meet the Trans-Am dis- Tempest Continued on page 3C Orioles Associated Press Cleveland, Ohio Vada Pinson hit a home run with two out in the ninth inning, climaxing an uphill struggle that gave Cleveland a 3-2 victory over slumping Orioles Thursday night. Pinson's homer, his fifth of the season, shattered a 2-2 deadlock and came off reliever Eddie Watt, 1-1, working his first inning. It saddled the Orioles with their sixth defeat in their last eight games. The Indians tied the game in the eighth against Jim Palmer when Frank Baker bounced a ground rule double over the left cen-terfield fence with t h e bases loaded and two out. Two walks and Ray Fosse's single had loaded the bases. BALTIMORE CLEVELAND ab r h bi ob r h bi Bufordlf 4 0 2 1 Pinsond 5 111 Bioircf 4 0 0 0 Nettles3b 3 110 FRobinsnlb 3 111 Fojsec 4 110 JOowelllb 0 0 0 0 Chmblisslb 2 0 10 ftettenmdrf 4 0 0 0 Bakerrf 4 0 12 RRobinin3b 4 0 0 0 Uhlaendrlf 3 0 10 Etchebrnc 4 0 10 Leon2b 2 0 10 Belonaerss 4 0 0 0 RFosteroh 0 0 0 0 DaVonon2b 4 110 FStonlev3b 0 0 0 0 Palmero 3 0 10 Hodaeoh 10 0 0 CrowlevDh I 0 0 Formero 0 0 0 0 Wotto 0 0 0 0 Heidemnsi 4 0)0 MDowellD 2 0 0 0 Forbph 10 0 0 BevacQua2b 10 0 0 Total 35 2 7 2 Total 32 3 t 3 Two out when winning run scored. Baltimore 00 001 1 0 0 t Cleveland 000 000 01 1 1 E Crtarnbliss, DeVanon. LOB Balti. more 8, Cleveland 8. 2B Heidemann, Baker. HR F. Robtnjon (11), Pinion 5. SB-Buford. IP H R ER BB SO Palmer 7 2 2 5 13 Wrjtt(L.l-l) 2-3 1 I 10 0 McDowell 8 6 2 2 2 10 FormerlW.1-01... 1 1 0 0 0 1 T-2.44.A- 7,862. Grand round for hamburger-eating Rolf Deming By Dwayne Netland Staff Writer Rolf Deming has a degree in mathematics from the University of Minnesota, but he would rather compute the distance to the green on the hundreds of golf courses he has played as a marginal member of the professional tour. For three years he has been eating hamburgers, staying in cheap hotel room and still barely making his expenses. There have been times when he really had to wonder whether it was worth all the grief. But Thursday, Rolf Deming shot a 5-under-par 67 over the 6,900-yard, par 72 Richelieu Valley course at Montreal to tie three tour veterans for the first-round lead of the $150,000 Canadian Open. Deming had just devoured another hamburger when he was reached on the telephone yesterday as he was leaving for the practice tee. "I'd like to work on my game a little," he explained, "so I can go out tomorrow and shoot another 67." It was typical of Rolf. He always has loved to practice, since he was a student at Minneapolis Roosevelt High School. He even would paint his golf balls red and hit them in the snow all winter at Hiawatha. Deming was probably the best amateur golfer ever to come out of Minneapolis. He made his first headline 20 years ago, as a boy of 1 1, when he became the first play er in the history of the now-defunct Star Junior tournament to score a hole-in-one. He did it with a 4-wood on the 161-yard eighth hole at Columbia. He won the Star Junior in 1957, the Minnesota state high school championship in 1956 and 1957 and the State Amateur in 1963. From 1960 through 1962 he was a regular on Les Bolstad's University of Minnesota team, graduating in 1962 and teaching mathematics at Deming continued on page 2C at 11 Deming, ace i I )rWirWKtHl f wlwyWrlmjt'MUl'JIW1' 3l1f V """"t fX In A miHiiti in -vwit-i mmm tnimtim i m r ml I WE CONTROL THE WEATHER VACATION WITH US! iiBcfjal Kid conic ' Yr. 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