Lansing State Journal from Lansing, Michigan on April 8, 1971 · Page 47
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Lansing State Journal from Lansing, Michigan · Page 47

Lansing, Michigan
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Thursday, April 8, 1971
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Night Prep Tourney Lights Dimming By LARRY PALADINO Associated Press Sports Writer There is a distinct possibility the finals of the state high basketball tournament in the near future may be held over two days with all games being played in the daytime, hints Don Lund. Lund, associate athletic director at the University of Michigan, was in charge of this year's championships played for the first time at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. A brief period of violence at about 10:30 p.m. after the Class A title game March 27 between Flint Northern and Detroit Kettering marred what, until then, had been a smooth and safe tournament day. FUTURE FORESIGHT "Sure there was trouble. But there wasn't much and police had things quickly under control," Lund said, adding later: "It's possible, though, that all games in the future would be played in the daytime. It used to be games were played at night to draw crowds. But the finals wouldn't have trouble drawing capacity crowds in the daytime." "There are no more night high school games in Detroit, and other cities have stopped playing at night," he added. Since there are championship games in four classes, a possible Friday-Saturday setup would seem necessary otherwise the games would have to begin early Saturday morn ing to get all completed by sunset. "I don't know what kind of set-up there might be," said Lund, former Detroit Tiger farm director. "But next year it'll be the same as it has been." Class B finals began at 11:30 a.m.. Class D followed at 3 p.m., Class C at 4:30 p.m., and Class A at 8:30 p.m. CRIME DETERRENT The obvious purpose of all day games is that daylight is a clear deterrent to crime. The tires that were slashed on the buses that brought some Shelby High School fans to Crisler, for instance, almost certainly would not have happened if the vandals did not have the cover of darkness. Lund said he met Wednesday with Allen Bush, state director, to discuss next year's tourney. The finals will return to Michigan State's Jenison Field House next March with the semifinals being held at Cris ler. In 1973 they will switch back. "We want tournament games back here, absolutely," Lund insisted. "It is a great event. It gives some fine high school athletes something they'll always remember." HELPS RECRUITING ) "Yes, it probably helps us in recruiting too. Players like Al Boswell (of River Rouge), Lindsay Hair-ston (Kettering) and Tom McGill (Northern) see what it's like to play in an arena like ours before a full house." Helmeted police were in the wings of the arena long before the end of the final game. Fourth-ranked Northern upset second-ranked Kettering 79-78 in a nip-and-tuck game and the tension exploded into a five-minute flurry at the buzzer. Some angry, fist-swinging persons from the Kettering side bf the arena hurled chairs onto the spectator-jammed floor and began punching a number of innocent bystand ers. Some radio broadcasting equipment on the sidelines was damaged and several persons were treated for cuts and bruises. No arrests were made. Lund said one chair was broken but that there was no other damage to the plush, 13,600-seat arena. "I think the people involved probably weren't students," he said. "They probably had been drinking and were out to make trouble regardless of the game." Pursues Fourth Masters Crown n ick. aus Man to Beat Jack Nicklaus Practices at Masters THE STATE JOURNAL Lo.ising East Lansing Michigan SECTION Thurs., April 8,1971 once api braruM MSU Little By JOHN G. GRIFFIN AUGUSTA, Gsr. (UPI) Jack Nicklaus set off today on the s e c o n d leg of the "grand slam." Nicklaus, who picked up his 11th major title six weeks ago when he won the PGA championship, was the favorite here as the 35th Masters golf tournament began its four-day journey over the famed Augusta National course. Victory here this week would place the 31-year-old ace of the fairways halfway in his determined bid to become the first golfer ever to win all four of the world's major professional tournaments in the same year. THREE-TIME WINNER He would still have to win the U.S. Open in June and then successfully defend his British Open crown the following month but that's the sort of challenge Nicklaus seems to thrive on. He was the youngest Masters champion when he won here in 1963 at age 23, set the Masters scoring record with his 17-under-par 271 in 1965 and became the only man to win two Masters in a row when he repeated in 1966. If Nicklaus should win here this week, he would tie Arnold Hiller Makes Self Palmer as a four-time champion. Nicklaus, lean and fit and declaring that his game is in the same shape it was when .he went into the PGA championship, had a 1:03 p.m. EST tee-off time today. Palmer, finding life begins at 41 his rejuvenated golf game has earned him almost $100,000 already this year was paired with big Steve Melnyk, who is regarded as having a chance to become the first amateur ever to win the Masters. omise Big Man By BOB GROSS State Journal Sports Writer Gary Boyce is sort of special. Not that he's a superstar by any means, but Boyce is Michigan State's leadoff hitter and in Danny Litwhiler's book it takes a player with a keen eye to be the first batter in his starting lineup. A power hitting senior from St. Johns, Boyce is a valuable asset in many ways with his bat, speed, arm, glove and his determination to do the best he can every day. BANGS HOMERS On Stage's spring training Miami trip, Boyce slammed two home runs in one game, one to left field and one to right and raised a few eyebrows around camp. After all, at 5-7, 170-pounds he wasn't exactly the Frank Howard of Michigan State. But, his power didn't shock many teammates. It did, however, surprise Cornell, the team Boyce leveled off against. Gary came away from the two-week spring trip with a fancy .408 average with two homers, a triple, double, scored 17 runs and had 20 hits. . "I guess it would have to be a real good spring for me," Boyce said the other day during State's intrasquad game in preparation for Saturday's doubleheader at Ball State. "I don't try for home runs, but I do try to get on base. That's my job and with the strong hitters behind me it's important." Litwhiler agreed: "Gary has really improved," the Spartan skipper said. "He's tough to pitch to and usually when he gets aboard we'll get him jn. I've always liked the little guy who has to hustle to make the grade and Gary has done that." Boyce, beginning his third varsity season, came out of St. Johns High with impressive credentials. He played basketball and had a 19.2 average his senior year. He was also a star football player, helping spark Bill Smiley's Redwings to two straight West Central League titles. See SPARTANS, E-3, Col. 1 5 . r IS 4 4 ,7l ... , ? x As for the other serious contenders: Defending champion Billy Casper, second here in 1969 and a playoff winner last year, was set to go off with U.S. amateur champ Lanny Wadkins. South African Gary Player, only foreigner ever to win the Masters (1961) and winner of two tournaments and more than $76,000 in the six weeks he's been back in the states, starts with Gene Littler, the man who lost in that playoff to See NICKLAUS, E-2, Col. 6 f " " a.' -Vf5"4 ' k r 4 i ' ;- '. . ' : J ; . . ,. ! . . ) ; - ; 4 - n ..j - t ' .9 & v If f 7 1 ' . t I i ". ( J BILLY MARTIN Tigers' Manager Happy DAVE BOSWELL to Get Former Pitcher Pitcher Reunited With Martin SCORED 33 RUNS Gary Boyce led Michigan State with 33 runs scored last season, finishing the year with a. 375 average. Above, the senior from St. Johns crosses home plate after hitting a home run against the University of Detroit. (State Journal Photo) DETROIT (UPI) John Hiller has m a d e himself a birthday promise. He'll pitch again. The Detroit Tigers' lefthander celebrates his 28th birthday in an unusual fashion today he won't be with his teammates. Hiller suffered a mild heart attack last January and is flying to his Duluth, Minn., home to get ready for another checkup which may tell him what the future is going to be like. "I'll go in the hospital for another checkup sometime next week," the oddly gaunt looking Hiller, who has dropped 40 pounds since the heart attack, said in the Tigers' clubhouse the other day. "Then, if everything goes right and it hasn't so far I'll take off for Lakeland (Fla., where the Tigers train) and start working out. "I wouldn't do any pitching for awhile, but eventually I could start pitching batting 'practice for them and then, maybe, if they'd want me to, pitch in a few games." Hiller hopes to be able to rejoin the parent Tigers sometime around midseason. He talks optimistically but when you have a lot of time to think, you don't always look at things like it was spring time in Florida. "Look," says the man who sometimes weighed as much as 205 pounds when he pitched last season, "I know I may never pitch again. "The doctors have never even hinted that I'd be able to pitch again. They don't talk about midseason or anything. The closest they've come is saying I might be able to pitch again some day." Hiller, who has tried many times to quit smoking, said it was easy as thinking baseball, "when they told me I had to quit or it might kill me." The 6-6 pitcher in 1970, with a slim 23-19 career log to show for more than three full major league seasons, has been doing mild exercising at home for the past few weeks. He didn't even know he had the heart attack at first, until one day the medical staff at the hospital he was staying at came in and told him which is the first the Tiger organization heard of it. "One of the funniest things of it all is that it's cost me a small fortune in new clothes. I had to throw everything else out because I'd lost four inches on my waistline," he, managed with a chuckle. There are still a lot of questions to be answered. Like, will the doctors let him pitch again, even with heart damage, and whether or not a man conditioned all his adult life to throw a baseball at 200 pounds can do it successfully at 175 or less. But John Hiller still can laugh at himself and perhaps he'll never have to do anything tougher than that. Bosweii: Eager Tiger DETROIT (AP) Two years ago in an alley outside a Detroit bar, Billy Martin's fist unceremoniously greeted Dave Boswell's lip. Today Martin is ready to greet Boswell again in Detroit with a handshake, a smile, and a lot of hope that Boswell's arm is the same one that won 20 games for Martin at Minnesota in 1969. '' . . . I knew they needed pitching and I wanted to play for Billy again," said 26-year- old righthander Boswell, who Wednesday became one of Manager Martin's Detroit Tigers. CAN HELP "I really think I can help this club," he said in Orlando, Fla. where he hastily packed to head for Baltimore. The pitching-troubled Tigers open a four-game series there beginning Friday. "He's going to have to do some pitching and ' K - 9 ''7 y jl , i Ay iiikZ bas&i, ' W" V ; PUCK STOLEN St. Louis Blues' Jim Lorentz, left, and Frank Huck, right, team up to ram Minnesota North Stars' Barry Gibbs (2) into boards and steal the puck In NHL playoff game Wednesday. The North Stars upset the Blues, 3-2. (UPI Telephoto) strengthen his arm," Martin said at a workout in Tiger Stadium. "We'll have him throw some batting practice and I'll try to get him into a game as soon as I can." "As soon as I can" may mean Sunday. After Detroit's 8-2 opening day victory over Cleveland Tuesday Martin said he hoped it would rain for the doubleheader against the Orioles Sunday but that "we'll battle them on even terms if we have to." Joe Niekro is scheduled to pitch Friday, Mickey Lolich Saturday, and Martin wasn't sure who could pitch Sunday since starters are depleted with the hospitalization of Joe Coleman and the sore arm of Les Cain, now with Detroit's Toledo Mud Hens farm. FRIENDS AGAIN Despite the fight former Twins' Manager Martin had with Boswell that Aug. 6 night two years ago, they were friends by the season's end. When Martin was fired soon after American League West Division champ Minnesota lost in the playoffs, Boswell gave him one of his favorite shotguns. Actually, Martin had tried to break up a fight between outfielder Bob Allison and Boswell when Boswell, according to witnesses, swung at Martin. The Twins' pitcher ended up at the hospital where he received two stitches on his lip and three over one eye. Martin had seven stitches taken on his right hand. Twins' owner Calvin Griffin fined Boswell an undisclosed sum and made him apologize to Martin and Allison. Boswell finished 20-12 that season, but ankle, arm and back troubles crippled him last year. The $35,000 hurler compiled a 3-7 record up to Aug. 3 when he was placed on the disabled list because of his back. He was released last week. WORTH RISK "If his arm comes around . . . well, he's only 26 years old," Martin said. "It definitely is worth the risk." Detroit now has three ex-Twins' hurlers picked up in less than two weeks. Dean Chance, who.won 20 for Minnesota in 1967, was picked up from the New York Mets last week the day after the Tigers acquired Bill Zepp from the . Twins. Zepp is working himself into condition at Toledo. Ironically, before Boswell was set adrift, Minnesota Baseball Writers Association members named him as the "Forgotten Man" with the best chance for a comeback. He received the award Monday before a luncheon crowd of 1,000. Gene Lamont, a rookie catcher, was sent to the Mud Hens to make room for Boswell, the 10th pitcher on the Tigers staff. Hawks, Rangers, 'Stars Also Win Orr Sparks 3-1 Boston Victory By The Associated Press . Bobby Orr made certain he wouldn't be missed when he left the game, but the Philadel-p h i a Flyers made no such provision when they lost a player against the Chicago Black Hawks. Three times a Philadelphia player was whistled off the ice for a penalty and three times the Black Hawks converted the power play, twice by Bobby Hull, for a 5-2 victory in their National Hockey League playoff opener. Orr goHhe Boston Bruins off to a good start in defense of their Stanley Cup title by scoring one goal and assisting on another, enough for a 3-1 vic-t o r y over Montreal, despite Orr's absence the final 11 minutes. RANGER TIP TORONTO The New York Rangers had a rougher time as they had to come from two goals back in the final 20 minutes, 3 seconds for a 5-4 victory over Toronto. In the only surprise result, fourth place Minnesota upended second place St. Louis 3-2 in St. Louis in a West match. All four games were the openers of best-of-7 game division semifinals, with the second games scheduled for Thursday night at the same sites. Hull got the West champion Black Hawks started with a 20-foot slap shot past goalie Doug Favell in the first period with Larry Hale in the penalty box. After Pat Stapleton made it 2-0 and Philadelphia's Bill Lesuk hit on a power play, Hull came on again with the clincher at 6:24 of the second period with Ed Van Impe off the ice. Doug Jarrett added' still another power play goal in the period as the Flyers streak of losing in Chicago since joining the NHL in 1967 remained intact. ORR PUTS BRUINS AHEAD Orr, the highest scoring de- fenseman in NHL history, put the host Bruins ahead with a long slap shot in the first period while Montreal was two men short. After Montreal pulled even on John Ferguson's power play goal that trickled past goalie Gerry Cheevers, Orr assisted on Wayne Cashman's tip in midway through the second period. However, Orr wasn't around for the finish when he was called for holding with 10:55 Flood Takes Second Called Strike NEW YORK (UPI) Curt Flood took a called second strike Wednesday in his battle a g a i n 8 1 baseball's reserve clause. The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a decision made three months ago by Federal Judge Irving Ben Cooper to dismiss Flood's suit against the clause, which ties a player to his team for the duration of his contract. Flood claimed the law violated federal and state antitrust laws ' and made him, a "peon." His only remaining alternative now is to take his case to the Supreme Court. Flood filed the suit last year after the St. Louis Cardinals traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies. He refused to report to Philadelphia and instituted legal action. Philadelphia eventually traded rights to the speedy outfielder to Washing ton, after he sat out last season. The Court of Appeals, in its review, said it upheld Cooper's decision because there was no clear-cut answer as to "what extent, if at all, the states are precluded from antitrust regu-1 a t i o n of interstate com-"mere e." The lower court's opinion, based on an old Su-p r e m e Court decision, that baseball was exempt from federal antitrust regulation also was affirmed. left in the game and made an uncomplimentary- remark to referee John Ashley. He wound up with a misconduct and had to be restrained from going after Ashley. NEW YORK RALLIES The Rangers, down 4-2, pulled up on Bob Nevin's goal that glanced off Toronto de-fenseman Bob Baun's skate with only three seconds left in the second period. Vic Hadfield then opened the third period with his second goal of the game and Walt Tkaczuk supplied the clincher on a brilliant breakaway 6:44 into the period. Dave Keon and Paul Henderson each scored twice to give visiting Toronto its early lead. Danny Grant set up one third period goal by J. Parise and then scored the winner himself at 7:12 in Minnesota's victory over St. Louis. The Blues cut the deficit with six seconds left on a goal by Gary Unger. Jude Drouin had given the North Stars an early 1-0 lead before Fran Huck of St. Louis tied it midway in the opening period.

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