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Chicago (Tribune Thursday, September 9, 1971 SECTION SPORTS business 2 For Sports Results 8:30 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT Scoreboard on Page 6 Phone 222-1234 Pirate Coolbs Off Fort 10-11 Yale . . assl No, it's not the turn of the century, but only Northwestern's way to beat the heat during yesterday s workout for Michigan game Saturday. With Coach Rick Vcnturi rear aje mustachioed left to right Jerry Brown, Eric Hutchinson, Mike Coughlin, and Jack Dustin. Glenn Doughty Rocky Road Irish Follow BY ROY DAMER It's a fortunate thing Northwestern has a good football loam because some big guns are zeroing in on the Wildcats in the early part of this season. Michigan, ranked fourth in the Associated Press poll, invades Dyche Stadium Saturday and this game is so important the two teams have concentrated on each other since spring practice. The next Saturday the Wildcats duel Notre Dame, ranked No. 1, and the Fighting Irish want a good start to an undefeated season. After Syracuse a pretty tough team, Northwestern draws Wisconsin and Coach John Jardine proclaims: "Northwestern is the key game in our first four. It's our first in the conference so it's our most important and the one we want to win most." So there you have it, another terrific test for the Wildcats. They can expect to meet an inspired team in Michigan, ' because Coach Bo Schembechler is a master at getting his players "up" for a particular contest. A good example is the 24-12 upset of Ohio State in 1969, one that rocked the college football world. "We've got three really big games this year," asserted star Tailback Billy Taylor. "Northwestern is one of them and Michigan State and Ohio State are the others. "We've got a lot of goals. Our No. 1 is being the Big Ten champion, then we want to go undefeated and be the Rose Bowl champion. My personal goal is to get 700 yards to better Ron Johnson's school career rushing record." There is an o "inion that Northwestern has an advantage in meeting Michigan first because it has an experienced quarterback in Maurie Daigneau while the Wolverines will go with a sophomore, Kevin Casey. "The quarterback is important, but our offense is not dependent on one man," retorted Glenn Doughty, veteran wingback. "Like Schembechler says, if we can't pass, we'll go right up the gut. But the key thing is we have a group of seniors who will take the load off the younger players. "I'd rather play Northwestern now than later. I feel it s imnortant to get a big game out of the way and chalk up a victory to start our momentum." Then there's the thought of revenge for Doughty, harkening back to last year's Ohio State game and the Rose Bowl of two seasons ago. "Yes, Ohio State is in the back of my mind, admitted Doughty, "but we've got a big game Sept. 11 and that's first." Then there's the matter of the Rose Bowl. "When we were out there I injured my knee on Christmas Eve," related Doughty. "Then Schembechler suffered the heart attack before the game. "He's our leader, the man our players turn to when they come off the field. It was a big shock to us. I can remember when the players got the news. I was sitting in a car and as they came out they were crying-and they had to play a game that day." . That is part of the reason the Wolverines dropped a 10-3 decision to Southern California. "I'm gonna go back out there," vowed Doughty, revenge in his tone. . ... , Of course, Northwestern has something to say about that. The rival quarterbacks-Daigneau and Casey-have one thing in common: they're both fine athletes. In addition to football they were baseball and basketball stars in high school. But Daigneau has the experience and that's got to be a big plus in a game like this. Maurie admitted that the first game he started as a sophomore, the butterflies were jumping around pretty good. As good as Casey might be, he's got to be nervous when he lines up behind center for the first time, or he isn't human. ' for N. U.; Michigan TRIBUNE Staff Pholos: by Phil Mesclone Quarterback Maurie Daigneau of Wildcats fading back to pass in latest body shirt which is not only cool but sIiukb padding. BY RICHARD DOZER Chleego Tribune Press service! PITTSBURGH, Sept. 8 Don't let anybody tell you the Chicago Cubs won't be'jdst as happy as the Pittsburgh Pirates to see the month of September come to a close. The Pirates, hungry and confident, feel they are on the way to the World Series. And who can blame them? They're selling playoff tickets already and their message board blares: "California, here we come." The Cubs, flat and disinterested, just want to get it over. Tonight, while 15,937 fans delighted at the performance of their slugging Pirates they probably felt a certain amount of compassion for the once-nroud contenders from Chicago. Pittsburgh routed the Cubs 10-1. Milt Pappas fook the defeat but was not on the mound for the major portion of the game. His only real problem was Al Oliver, who hit a two-run homer in the second inning and knocked across two more runs with a double in the fourth. Pappas, in fact, yielded only four hits, but the Cubs didn't get a man to second base while he was around, and therein tells the tale of why he was led away early. The Pirates, who 'completed their embarrassing treatment of the Cubs with six runs against four pitchers in the Box Score in Scoreboard on Page 6 seventh, widened their Eastern Division lead over the idle Cardinals to six and a half games with this, their13th victory in their last 16. And the Cubs? Well, they dropped five of six on this road trip, which opened with Owner Phil Wrigley's unique send-off the controversial display ad in four Chicago newspapers in which he spelled out the anatomy of the ball club's leadership. The tailspin didn't start there, of course. It merely mushroomed. The Cubs, 13 games beyond the view of first place, have dropped 12 of the 17 games since the celebrated clubhouse meeting of Aug. 23, the first of the leadership stimuli which failed to produce a stretch run. The Cubs never have been farther out of first. Tonight was saved from being a total bust when Carmen Fanzone, a Red Sox reject, hit his first major league home run in the eighth inning. Picked up in a minor league deal early this season, Fanzone showed power at Tacoma with 28 homers and a batting average of .327. Maybe it was a step in the right direction because certainly there will be a swing to youth next year now that the Cubs' veterans finally have proved vulnerable to the speed, depth, and power which the Pirates and others possess. Tomorrow is a day off, and there is hope that the Cubs will recapture a semblance of their early-season zest for the game when the St. Louis Cardinals drop in for a weekend series starting Friday. Ferguson Jenkins will pitch for the Cubs. Oliver, who is platooned at times, stands as a prime example of the versatility and depth of Danny Murtaugh's Pirates. His four runs batted in off Pappas weren't enough for him. He also knocked in a fifth one while the Pirates tagged Larry Gura, Jim Colborn, Ray Newman, and Ron Tompkins for seven singles in the six-run seventh. While the Cub offense never hinted at a chance to win, a general lack of lateral movement on the part of the defense piled up the toll as well. Joe Pepitone, fresh from a two-day furlough to his native New York City, was unable to flag down two hits which went past his feet, and late in the game he dropped a foul then tipped his cap to the crowd, which gave him a hand for catching one. Additionally, Don Kessinger fumbled a ball behind second base on which Rennie Stennett generously was given a hit to keep his hitting streak alive at 17 games. And in the fourth inning, Oliver's opposite-field double to left found Billy Williams barely a stride short of making the catch. The Cubs collected only six hits. No one got more than one, and aside from Fanzone's blast to left the only extra base hit was Brock Davis' two-out double in the seventn. George Trafton, Former Bear Great, Dead at 74 They'll Be There The Big Ten football race gats off to one of its earliest starts in history this week and what a beginning! Michigan, favorite to win the title, collides with one of its biggest challengers, Northwestern, In a game that will go a long way toward determining the midwest's Rose Bowl representative. Cooper Rollow and Roy Damer will be in Dyche Staudlum to report the Important game for Tiiibune leaders. . Continuing the best football coverage in the nation, 1 lit Tkuiunk will have writers at all five games involving Big Ten teams Saturday. The assignments: Michigan at Northwestern Cooper Rollow and Roy Damer. Photographer, Ray Gora. Northern Illinois at Wisconsin James Fitzgerald. Photogr raplier, Ed Fecney. Illinois at Michigan Slate David Condon. Indiana at Minnesota Robert Markus. , Iowa at Ohio State-Don Pierson. LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8 Special Funeral services will be held Monday for controversial George Trafton, 74, former Notre Dame and Chicago Bear player who was a member of Professional Football's Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Trafton, who also was an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams, died Sunday in a Los Angeles hospital. His services are being delayed because a daughter, Bliss Ellen Trafton, is out ot the country. He is survived by his widow, Jacqueline, and two children, Bliss Ellen and George Jr., both 25. Trafton, who was graduated from Oak Park High School in 1918, joined the Army that year and then played for Notre Dame as a center under Knute Rockne in 1920. He joined George Halas and the Decatur Staleys as a center the next season and stayed with the team when it became the Chicago Bears. In his playing days, Trafton was 6-foot-2 and weighed 235 pounds. He played 13 years for the Bears and was a perennial all-pro. His last full season was 1932, altho he suited up for one game in 1933 when the Bears were shorthanded because of injuries. Trafton, who with Clyde Bulldog) 'Turner was j'ated George Trafton among the great Bear centers, made as many headlines off the field as on it. In addition to domestic battles with his first wife, Trafton had a brief fling in the ring as a boxer and also was a professional wrestler. On Dec. 16, 1929, in the White City Amusement Park, 5,000 Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bear fans gathered to see the "Match Of The Century" in which Art The Great Shires of the White Sox tangled with the Bears' Trafton. Wilfrid Smith, former sports editor of The Tribune, wrote on that occasion, "Art, the Great Shires, got licked last night by George Trafton, 219-pound center on the Chicago Bears' football team. "Arthur, the bad boy of the White Sox, conqueror of Mysterious Dan Daly one week ago in his professional ring debut, dashed into Trafton with great enthusiasm as the battle began, with rights and lefts, pumping the same blows that sent Mysterious Dan to the floor in 21 seconds. He was trying for a like result. "But his furious attack failed. Simultaneously Arthur ran into trouble. Trafton's 40-pound weight advantage helped him weather that first storm. Then Shires bumped into a lashing left hook and a ponderous overhand right drive which slapped him to the floor and Into the ropes. "That first round was the fight. For four more rounds, the gladiators came forth from their corners to loiter and pant around the ring. It was a sad story, that of the last long min-u t e s , panting .for breath, smothered by cheers and jeers of the nosiest 5,000 ever jammed into the wooden bleachers of the White City Roller Skating Rink." A few months later, on a card promoted by Jack Demp-sey in the Coliseum, Trafton continued his bid for fistic fame with a knockout over Battling Criss of Detroit in the third round. But then, Trafton's ring career came to a 54-second end before 8,000 in Kansas City, Mo. Primo Camera had Trafton on the floor twice in the first few seconds and finally knocked him out at 54 seconds of the first round when Trafton took a right and left, hit the canvas, and then rolled over on his back to take the count. The Associated Press reported the big Italian pushed rather than jabbed the Bear center to the canvas. The Chicagoan was still on his back when the future heavyweight champion left the ring. TRIBUNE Stelf Photo bl Ra Goral Wilbur Wood No. 20 eludes flutterballer Twins Foil Wood's Quest for 20, 3-1 BY GEORGE LANGFORD There was champagne and cake and the White Sox went ahead and indulged themselves anyway last night even tho Jim Kaat, a stubborn Dutchman from the northland, had spoiled the party. All the goodies were on hand in case Wilbur Wood won his 20th game. Wilbur pitched well enough but his teammates could do virtually nothing on offense against Kaat, who limited them to four hits. Thus the Minnesota Twins, with three frustratlngly soft singles in the third inning, postponed the real celebration, beating Wood and the White Sox 3-1. "You couldn't say they really hit those balls in the third innins. Cesar Tovar was jammed by a knuckleball but he Box Score in Scoreboard on rage o hit it just enough to bloop it in there," Wood said. "They count. It's part of the game and I'll try again Sunday." Wood said he tried not to think of the game in terms of his 20th victory and added that he felt no unusual pressure or tension. "It didn't affect my pitching at all. I thought I threw pretty good. The balls just fell in," the lefty knuckleball hurler concluded. "Wilbur pitched well. Kaat just pitched great, the best he has against us all year. That was it," said Manager Chuck Tanner, who had received a large sheet cake congratulating him on signing his new three year contract. That cake, along with some champagne Catcher Ed Herrmann had stashed away, were supposed to be parj; of the 20th victory party. But Kaat never really gave the Sox an opening. He retired the first 14 batters in order before yielding a single to Steve Huntz with two out in the fifth. There was a bloop hit by Walt Williams in the sixth and those were Chicago's only two base runners until the ninth. Rich McKinney, pinch hitting for Wood in the ninth singled then Walt Williams sliced a line drive down the right field line. Manager Bill Rigney had just made a defensive move prior to the start of the ninth, shifting Tovar from left to right replacing Tony Oliva and it probably saved the victory. Tovar made a running, over-the-shoulder catch. "Tovar saved the game for me," Kaat observed. "That was the big play. If he doesn't catch that, there are runners on second and third and none out." Mike Hershberger then hit a grounder to Rich Reese, an- I Continued on page 7, col. I I Expos Rip Mets 10-2 MONTREAL, Sept. 8 flJPB Rusty Staub drove in four runs and hit his 16th homer of the season tonight as the Montreal Expos defeated the New York Mets 10-2. The Expos were leading 1-0 as a result of John Boccabel-la's sacrifice in the second inning which scored Bob Bailey. Carl Morton, who won his 10th game of the season against 14 defeats and registered his first victory since Aug. 18, led off the third with i single and Ron Woods singled before Staub rocked a three-run homer to give the Expos a 4-0 lead. Staub drove in another run in the fifth Inning, his eighth RBI in the last two games, as Morton singled, Ron Hunt doubled and Woods walked to load the bases. Staub's fielder's choice allowed Morton to score and an error on the same play by Shortstop Bud Harrelson allowed Hunt to score with the sixth Expo run. Morton, who injured Ms knee while sliding into second base in the third inning, was forced to leave the game after pitching seven Innings, but Montreal fireman Mike Marshall came on to pick up his 22d save of the campaign. Tug McGraw, who relieved loser Ray Sadecki, now 6-6, hit his first major league homer with none on and New York added another run in the seventh inning when Ken Singleton's sacrifice fly scored Ed Kranepool from third base.

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