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84 MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 30, 1996 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL V BASEBALL Trammell retires after 20 seasons Tigers' 6-time All-Star, MVP of 1984 World Series calls it quits By The Associated Press DETROIT — Alan Trammell's major league career ended the same way it began, with a base hit up the middle. Trammell, 38, announced after Detroit's 7-5 loss Sunday that he is retiring after 20 seasons, all with the Tigers. The six-time All-Star and MVP of the 1984 World Series championship was no longer the team's regular shortstop. He said the task of role-playing finally wore him down. "The time has come for me to move on," Trammell said into a microphone set up near second base, where he and Lou Whitaker turned so many double plays during their 19 years together. Whitaker retired at the end of the 1995 season. "Today was my last day," Trammell continued. "As much as it hurts to say it, it's somewhat of a relief. Every one of us here had a dream, and I feel very fortunate to have been able to do it longer than most. And I'm very proud that I have been able to do it all with one ballclub." A .285 lifetime hitter, Trammell played in 2,293 games for the Tigers, a team that made him their second-round draft pick in 1976. "It started with a line drive up the middle off Reggie Cleveland (in Boston's Fenway Park)," Trammell said. "And I ended up with a single up the middle today. That is something that will always be special to me." Froemmlng criticizes Budlg LOS ANGELES — Bruce Froemming criticized AL president Gene Budig for imposing only a five-day suspension on Baltimore's Roberto Alomar, who spit at umpire John Hirschbeck. "The lack of intestinal fortitude to back the people that work for Gene Budig — which is the umpires — in this situation is just horrible," Froemming said. "That he would allow anybody to spit on the people who do his work is an incredible story in itself. "The message it sends is this: That major league umpires are on the field — and in this case, the American League umpires — without any support whatsoever. That's not support. That doesn't come close to support. He should have been put down for 60 days, maybe 30 days, maybe a whole year. This is abnormal conduct, and it's been dealt with like the guy was smoking a cigarette in the dugout. This is terrible." Mark Hirschbeck, the brother of John, is an NL umpire on Froemming's crew. Mark Hirschbeck declined comment. Cardinals Lankford Injured ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals are trying to be optimistic about Ray Lankford's torn rotator cuff. It's not an easy task, considering that on Sunday morning he couldn't raise his left arm. "I can't do anything with it," Lankford said before the Cardinals played the Cincinnati Reds in their regular-season finale. "Talking with the team doctor, I was telling him it couldn't have come at a worse time." Manager Tony La Russa said he'd wait until Tuesday before making a decision on whether to include Lankford, whose injury is to the throwing shoulder, on his postseason roster. Lankford leads the Cardinals with 35 steals. Astros retire Ryan's number HOUSTON — Nolan Ryan is still setting records. On Sunday, he became the only major leaguer to have his number retired by three teams. Ryan, whose number previously was retired by the California Angels and Texas Rangers, had his No. 34 retired Sunday by the Houston Astros. "It's really special because I've had a unique career from the standpoint that I was able to play as long as I did for those three teams and had a lot of unique things happen with each of them," said Ryan, who pitched his fifth no-hitter while playing with the Astros in 1981. Ryan pitched a record seven no-hitters and struck out a record 5,714 batters. He holds 53 records in all. Firings Pitching coach Fergie Jenkins was fired by the Chicago Cubs, making him the first member of the organization's current management team to be let go. Chicago finished 76-86; its 4.36 ERA ranked ninth of 14 teams in the NL. ... The New York Mets, who fired manager Dallas Green last month, dismissed four coaches — Tom McCraw, Steve Swisher, Rafael Landestoy and Mike Cubbage — on Sunday. McCraw had been the hitting coach, Swisher the bullpen coach, Landestoy the bench coach and Cubbage the third base coach. The Associated Press Cleveland Indians catcher Tony Pena tags out Kansas City Royal Craig Paquette during the fourth inning of Sunday's game. Royals finish year by beating Indians AL Indians 1 Royals 4 Kansas City collects 75th victory, yet winds up in AL Central cellar By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Cleveland Indians failed in their quest to become the first team with consecutive 100-win seasons since the 1979-80 Baltimore Orioles, losing to the Kansas City Royals 4-1 Sunday. Cleveland, which opens the playoffs Tuesday at Baltimore, finished at 99-62 with a game against Seattle wiped out by rain. Last year, the Indians went 100-44 en route to their first AL pennant since 1954. Kansas City finished last in the AL Central at 75-86, its most losses in four season. The Royals had never finished last in their 28-year history. Joe Randa was 3-for-4 with a homer, double and two RBIs, finishing the season with a .303 average. Tim Belcher (15-11) scattered six hits over 8 1-3 innings, matching his career high for wins, set in 1989 and matched in 1992. Hipolito Pichardo finished for his third save. Chad Ogea (10-6) allowed one runs and six hits in five innings. He found out from reporters that Jack McDowell was picked over him to start Game 3 of the play- offs against Baltimore on Friday night. "It's their decision, but I would have preferred they came to me and told me," he said. "I kind of expected it because he has the experience in postseason play and they have more invested in him." "We are a better team than last year," Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. "We have a lot more ways to score runs and we are better defensively than last year." Cleveland won seven of 12 games from the Orioles this season. "You have a team like Baltimore that can score a lot of runs and get their fans all fired up," Jim Thome said. "That's the way they set things up, so we just have to take care of business." Randa homered in the first, and Kansas City made it 3-0 in the fifth. A run scored on Rod Myers' bunt single that rolled under the glove of second baseman Jose Vizcaino, who charged. Mike Sweeney added an RBI single. Randa hit an RBI double in the seventh. Cleveland avoided what would have been its second shutout of the season when Brian Giles hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth. • Game Notes — Cleveland right fielder Manny Ramirez got his 19th outfield assist of the season in the fourth when the Indians cut down Craig Paquette at the plate trying to score on Mike Sweeney's double. The total put him into first place in the AL. Record season of homers ends with blasts The 4,962 home runs hit this season mark the most in 128 years of professional baseball By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baseball's Year of the Homer went out with a blast — several of them. Brady Anderson, Andres Galarraga and Vinny Castilla hit historic homers Sunday, and major-league hitters finished with 4,962, the most in 128 years of professional baseball. This season, the first since 1993 not cut short by a strike, set a record with three weeks to go, when Florida's Gary Sheffield hit No. 4,459, one more than was hit in 1987, which averaged 2.12 per game. This year's record average was 2.19. Seventeen players hit 40 or more homers, smashing the previous record of eight in 1961. Forty-three players hit 30 or more, 15 more than the old record set in 1987 and 83 hit 20, four more than the previous record, also set in '87. Mark McGwire's major league-leading 52 homers in 130 games for Oakland were the most since George Foster hit 52 for Cincinnati in 1977. Anderson hit No. 50 leading off Baltimore's game at Toronto on Sunday, marking the first time since 1961 and the fourth time ever that two players reached the mark in the same season. BASEBALL'S Batting AL: ALEX RODRIGUEZ, SEATTLE, .358 NL; TONY GWYNN, SAN DIEGO. .353 Home runs AL: MARK MCGWIRE, OAKLAND, 52 NL; ANDRES GALARRAGA. COLORADO. 47 Runs batted In AL: ALBERT BELLE, CLEVELAND, 148 NL; ANDRES GALARRAGA, COLORADO. 150 Strikeouts AL: ROGER CLEMENS, BOSTON, 257 NL; JOHN SMOLTZ. ATLANTA. 276 Saves AL: JOHN WETTELAND, NEW YORK, 43 NL: JEFF BRANTLEY, CINCINNATI, 44 Baltimore set a record for most homers by a team in one season with 257. Seattle (245) and Oakland (243) also topped the previous record of 240 by the 1961 Yankees. The Orioles had a record seven players hit 20 or more homers: Anderson, Rafael Palmiero (39), Bobby Bonilla (28), Cal Ripken (26), Chris Hoiles (25), Roberto Alomar (22) and B.J. Surhoff (21). On Sept. 26, using some players acquired in midseason, the Orioles presented the first starting lineup with nine 20-home run hitters. Anderson, whose previous career high was 21, hit 12 leading off games, topping the previous major league record of 11 set by Bobby Bonds in 1973. Colorado became only the second team with three 40-homers players. Galarraga hit his NL-leading 47th Sunday and Castilla hit his 40th to tie teammate Ellis Burks. The Rockies matched the mark set by Davey Johnson (43), Darrell Evans (41) and Hank Aaron (40) for the 1973 Atlanta Braves. The Rockies tied the NL record for homers in a season with 221, matching the 1947 New York Giants and 1956 Reds. The 127 homers by three players was an NL record, topping the '73 Braves. Burks became only the second player with 40 homers, 30 steals and 200 hits, joining Aaron, who accomplished the feat in 1963. Burks' 392 total bases were the most in the NL since Aaron's 400 in 1959. Todd Hundley of the Mets hit 41 homers, breaking Roy Campanella's old record of 40 by a catcher. Oakland's Terry Steinbach hit 34 homers as a catcher for an AL record. Carlton Fisk had 34 as a catcher for the White Sox in 1985. Cincinnati's Barry Larkin became the first shortstop ever with 30 homers and 30 steals, hitting 33 and swiping 36. V AUTO RACING T JUNIOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL Defense, running game lead unbeaten Coffeyville ; Fourth-ranked | Red Ravens : overwhelm Independence to move to 4-0 By The Associated Press Coffeyville, the highest-ranked Kansas team in the National Junior College Athletic Association's poll, is running away with its No. 4 national ranking. "We've got our running game going and our defense knows that if they play well, good things will happen," Coffeyville Coach Skip Foster said after a 41-12 victory over Independence Saturday kept the Red Ravens in first place in the JCCC at 4-0. Tyson Wilson of Garden City scored six touchdowns in a 72-14 ^ctory over Dodge City and Butler County defeated Fort Scott 34-7. In non-conference games, Highland beat Haskell 6-0 and Hutchinson downed Air Force Prep 35-7. No. 12 Garden City, No. 14 Hutchinson and unranked Butler County are tied for second place behind Coffeyville with 3-1 conference records. Mike Jenkins gained 119 yards on 10 carries and scored on an 80-yard touchdown run for Coffeyville. Coffeyville showed big-play ability by scoring five of its six touchdowns from at least 29 yards against Independence. Derrick Foster scored on a 29-yard run, finishing with 96 yards on 13 carries, and Gerald Neasman scored on a 40-yard pass reception and a 90-yard kickoff return. Garden City had 608 yards total offensive and had 15 sacks, seven tackles for losses and nine knockdowns while limiting Dodge City to minus 90 rushing yards. Wilson, who scored on runs of 1, 7, 10,13,42 and 96 yards, had 295 yards on 22 carries while teammate Chris Crawford scored once and gained 161 yards on 20 carries. Both are freshmen. Quarterback Craig Strickland, an Oklahoma State transfer, completed 13- passes for 288 yards for Butler. Gordon nabs third consecutive victory Points leader wins final Winston Cup race at North Wilkesboro track By The Associated Press NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. — One reason Jeff Gordon is so good is that he pays attention to the lessons taught by his elders. No matter that North Wilkesboro Speedway will no longer be a Winston Cup venue, Gordon watched Dale Earnhardt carefully in Sunday's Tyson Holly Farms 400 on the historic short oval and used the lesson he learned to beat the seven-time series champion and everybody else. "I learned a lot today from Dale Earnhardt about the line out there in turns three and four," Gordon said. "It's too bad we'll never be back here to use it again." Winning for the third straight week and the 10th time this season, Gordon beat Earnhardt for his first victory on the track that held its first NASCAR race in 1949, the sanctioning body's inaugural season. North Wilkesboro's two Winston Cup race dates will go to newer and bigger tracks in Texas and New Hampshire next year, leaving the facility's future in limbo. The last of 73 Winston Cup races at this GORDON track was run be- uvmuuu fore a se n out crowd of more than 40,000. "I'm really glad we won, not just because this is the last one at North Wilkesboro, but because it's so slick and tough to win on," Gordon said. "No matter where you race, though, you've got to pay attention out there. There's a lot to be learned from those guys like Earnhardt and (Rusty) Wallace." The winner started on the outside of the front row and stayed at or near the front throughout the 400-lap race on the .625-mile oval. He led seven times for a total of 207 laps, including the final 79. The victory by Gordon, who has won four of the last five and finished no worse than second in his last seven races, also gave the defending series champion a boost in the championship standings, moving him 111 points ahead of Terry Labonte with four races remaining. Labonte, who finished fifth, came into the race trailing by 81 points. "We were terrible," Labonte said. "The car was loose all day. We just missed it today. "We're still in the points race, though. We've still got four races to go and we've run good at those TGOLF Force wins for record 12th time By The Associated Press TOPEKA— John Force set an NHRA record with his 12th Funny Car title of the year Sunday, beating Tony Pedregon with a quarter- mile run of 4.970 seconds at. 304.67 mph in the Sears Craftsman Nationals. Force, driving a P o n t i a c Firebird, is the second man in NHRA his- FORCE tory with 60 career victories. Pedregon, whose Firebird broke down at the start, finished in 11.927 seconds at 69.88 mph. , Jim Head won his first Top Fuel title, beating Kenny Bernstein with a run of 4.713 seconds at 302.82 mph. Bernstein, closing in on his first season title, was forced to shut off 660 feet into the run when the front wheels of his car lifted nearly 6 feet off the ground. Jim Yates won the Pro Stock division and John Myers took the Pro Stock Motorcycle competition. four tracks in the past." Jeff Burton, who faded at the end to finish fourth, challenged Gordon following the last of four- caution flags with 86 laps remaining. Burton passed Earnhardt for second place on lap 329 and moved right behind Gordon on lap 348. But the leader was able to use heavy traffic to keep Burton's , Ford at bay until the latter's tires began to go away. ," ; Salina Raceway Salina Raceway concluded its > 1996 season Sunday. Division points winners were: , • IMCA Modified — Dave Hardesty, Minneapolis. • Strictly Stock — Scott Phillips, Salina. • Pro Stock — Jamie Bogart, Salina. • Mini Stock — Jerry Hedberg, Lindsborg. Top five finishers in their re-;, spective divisions and results of Sunday's races appear in today's Scoreboard, Page B2. Bradley claims first PGA title in playoff Three key shots boost Bradley to victory at rainy Buick Challenge By The Associated Press PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — After three miserable days, Michael Bradley won his first PGA Tour event Sunday with three beautiful shots. Bradley, who has been on the tour since 1993, won a five-way playoff on the first hole, making a 12-foot birdie putt to win the rain- soaked Buick Challenge. The tournament was reduced to 36 holes when showers washed out Saturday's third round and struck again Sunday after an hour of play. The rain lasted for about two hours, leaving the Callaway Gardens course unplayable. Since less than half the field had completed the round, PGA officials reverted to the scores after the second round and held a one-hole playoff to determine the winner. Bradley, defending campion Fred Funk, Len Mattiace, John Maginnes and Davis Love III were at 10-under 134 after Friday's second round, which was played, in an omen of things to come, in off- and-on showers. Under still-threatening skies, workers used pumps and mops to sop up the water on the 18th hole and ready it for the playoff. The tee box was moved up 35 yards to provide a better landing zone, and Bradley caught a break when his drive hooked slightly off the fairway but wasn't gobbled up by the treacherous rough. "The ball was sitting up perfectly, almost too perfectly," Bradley said. "I decided to hit a wedge and I was able to hit it just like I was in the middle of the fairway." Bradley's 130-yard approach shot plopped down about 12 feet behind the cup, and he rolled in, the putt after everyone else had missed their birdie attempts. He raised his arms in triumph before the ball even dropped out of sight. Seniors: Colbert wins Vantage CLEMMONS, N.C. — Jim CoJ- bert never saw it coming, but he sure blindsided the rest of the Senior Tour field Sunday, stringing together some clutch putts over the final five holes to win his third Vantage Championship in six years. Colbert, who won $225,000 to close the gap on money leader Hale Irwin, carded five straight 3s on the back nine for a 2-under-par final-round 69. That was good enough for a 54- hole total of 9-under 204 and a one; shot victory over Irwin, Kermit Zarley and Gary Player in the $1.5 million event — second richest on tour. ; LPGA: Johnson snares win CORNELIUS, N.C. — One week . later, Trish Johnson turned the tai - bles on Dottie Pepper, and thi§, .'• time it wasn't about international pride. It was about $75,000. Four strokes behind Pepper at ;' the start of Sunday's final round of the Fieldcrest Cannon Classic, Johnson shot a career-low 8-under-par 64 and won the $500,000": event by three shots. "I don't know where it came from, really — the best round of golf in my life," said Johnson, who one week earlier was part of the losing European team that couldn't hold off the U.S. squad on the final day of the Solheim Cup competition. Johnson birdied two of her first three holes on the way to a bogey- free final round. » -

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