Pensacola News Journal from Pensacola, Florida on October 3, 1982 · 19
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efts The Pensacola News-Journal Sunday, October 3, 1 982 Baseball averages, 3B Colin Moore, 8B , d)(o) Dick Young Syndicated Columnist it?L Jr Reggie looks at management LOS ANGELES Says Reggie Jackson: "When I'm through playing, I'd like to be a minority club owner. No pun intended. Maybe 15 percent of the club and help put it together as assistant GM or personnel director." Earl Weaver will be the first $1 million manager when he comes out of retirement a year from now. That will be revolutionary, considering that about $200,000 is the ceiling for top men right now Billy Martin, Sparky Anderson and Weaver. ? "You wait and see," said a baseball man. "It seems incredible that a manager should command that much money, but it you have a failing organization, with a big payroll, why' not shell out a million to a proven winfler who can contribute as much as some overpaid players?" The Orioles have retired Weaver's No. 4 uniform. I couldn't figure out what a manager was doing with No. 4 in first place, a number reserved for sluggers. Turns out that Weaver, as a kid, idolized Marty Marion, who was No. 4 for the Cardinals. Mark Belanger is not a member of the Earl Weaver fan club. Now a Dodger reserve shortstop after many brilliant years in Baltimore, he was asked if he had sent a wire to Weaver on his big day. "No, just like he didn't say thanks when I left," Mark said. "When I walked off the field in Baltimore for the last time, there were 40,000 people standing and clapping and one sitting." Time for George's apology The last time the Yankees played Baltimore, Rex Barney asked Yogi Berra to do a tape on his Orioles radio show. "OK," said Yogi, "but remember, if you ask me something I don't know, I ain't answering." ; It's sad to see a great arm die.- They run on Milwaukee catcher Ted Simmons as through he is holding a starter's gun. Don Sutton says Eric Gregg is a fine umpire who enjoys his work. "His easy attitude helps defuse tense situations," he said. Isn't it about time for George Steinbrenner to issue a public apology for this Yankees team? Now that Mets have taken Step 1 by keeping George Bamberger as manager, let's have Step 2 by not keeping Dave Kingman. Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tom Lasorda on Kingman: "I wouldn't have him on my club. I took him to Japan and he started all kinds of trouble. Always complaining and threatening not to play." Weaver: The first million-dollar manager? "You wait and see," said a baseball man. o - A press room chat at Busch Stadium got around to Roger Maris. Said ex-Cardinal Mike Shannon: "Most people don't remember what a good outfielder he was. In two years with us, he didn't make one mistake out there." Frank White, the pigeon Reggie Jax maimed with a takeout at second base, has this to say: "I've taken harder hits. The thing I didn't like was he picked up my cap, tucked it in his belt and then tossed it in the stands like a trophy. That told me he thinks I'm crap. As far as I'rtv concerned, I deserve a lot better than that. I play sec-,, ond base as well as he hits the baseball!" i vi Rojas swears: Watch the Twins Rod Carew is furious over Kansas City fans' treatment of Jackson, which included throwing bottles and other debris from behind the dugout. "Why don't they boo and let'ft go at that before somebody gets hit in the eye and ruined for life?" he asked. Dan Quisenberry came up- with that devastating submarine knuckleball while touring Japan with the Royals. "It broke even better over there because they use a little smaller ball with higher stitching," manager Dick Howser said. I remember Dusty Baker's warning in the spring: "The Giants are going to be tough with Reggie Smith. That man can still hit." From the Book of Gene Mauch, leader of the Angels: "A manager is supposed to give his players confidence, but the opposite is true. A player has to give the manager confidence in him. Then the manager can return it." Somebody asked Dale . Berra what the similarities are between him and his dad. "The similarities are different," said the chip off the old block. r Jason Thompson is only third man in Pirates' history to draw 100 walks and knock in 100 runs in a season. No, not Willie Stargell. The other two were Elbie Fletcher and Ralph Kiner, who did it four times. Those little sports cars that ride pitchers in from bullpen; Marvin Miller wants the clubs to provide four-door sedans instead because it's difficult for long-legged pitchers to get in and out. Cookie Rojas, Angel scout, says: "I'll tell you a ballclub that's going to cause some trouble in this league before long Minnesota. Don't laugh. They got kids who can hit, homers in any park." He reeled off Gary Ward, Kent' Hrbek, Garry Gaetti and Tim Laundner. "And Johnny Podres has done a great job with that pitching staff." , , The Braves cheered reliever Gene Garber as he got on team bus following the biggest win of the year over the Dodgers. I can't believe LA will let Steve Garvey walk away, not after the mistake the Yankees made on Reggie Jackson. ' l'"' " t25n : if Braves clinch at least tie in wild West! Standings, box scores, 2B From wire reports The Atlanta Braves earned at least a tie for first place in the National League's Western Division Saturday night with a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres. The victory, Atlanta's 89th against 72 losses, gives the Braves a 1-game lead over the defending world champion Los Angeles Dodgers, who eliminated the San Francisco Giants 15-2 Saturday. The Braves can win the title outright with a victory over San Diego in today's season finale. Los Angeles must beat San Francisco in its final game to have a chance at tying for the title. If the Braves lose and the Dodgers win, the two teams will have a one-game playoff Monday. The Dodgers turned on their hitting power against the Giants Saturday. "It's been a year of streaks in this division, and now we've just got to see who can streak at the end," said Mike Scioscia, who had one of the National League Dodgers' three homers Saturday in a 15-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on the next to last day of the regular season. ,'. The Dodgers have totaled 29 runs in a three-game winning streak which came directly after an eight-game losing streak. Ken Landreaux and Ron Cey also homered in Saturday's runaway as the Giants were eliminated from contention. The Braves, who began the season with a 13-game winning streak, took the half-game division lead into a Saturday night game at San Diego, where the Padres were scheduled to pitch former Giant John Mon-tefusco. "I just hope the Count wants to beat Atlanta as much as he wants to beat the Dodgers," said Los Angeles Manager Tom Lasorda. "The Braves let him go, so maybe he has it in for them." Angels claim ctown; East: One-game race Assoc mted Press photo Angel Luis Sanchez (left) is thrilled and Rod Carew is all a-goggle after California nailed down its second West crown in four years; .l C , . Standings, box scores, 2B . From The Associated Press The California Angels captured the American League West cham-. pionship Saturday by beating the Texas Rangers 6-4 behind homers , by Fred Lynn, Reggie Jackson and Bobby Grich. California will now face the winner of today's Milwaukee-Baltimore game for the AL championship that starts here Tuesday. ' The victory brought California its second division title in its 22-year history and was the first flag of any kind for Manager Gene Mauch in 23 years as a major-league skipper. No big league manager had ever gone so long without a title. California had begun the day needing either a victory or a loss by American League ,: Kansas City to wrap up the division. Kansas City beat Oakland 5-4 earlier in the day. . In Baltimore, the relentless Orioles, on a 33-10 charge since Aug. 20, whipped the sliding Brewers 1 1-3 and forged a tie in the East with . one game remaining on the schedule. With the championship on the line today, two veteran right-handers will go to the mound in a classic , , matchup. "' Don Sutton, 3-1 since being acquired by Milwaukee, will face Jim Palmer, who has reclaimed his role as the Baltimore ace this season 1 with a 15-4 record. Huskers send Auburn to woodshed By JIM LINETTE News-Journal Sports Writer AUBURN, Ala. The Auburn Tigers were on the receiving end of an old-fashioned woodshed beating here Saturday at the hands of No. 8 Nebraska 41-7 as 73,900 fans third-largest crowd , in Auburn history jammed into Jordan-Hare Stadium. Junior quarterback Turner Gill and junior I-back Mike Rozier walked the tallest and carried the biggest whipping sticks for Nebraska. Rozier , ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns while Gill connected on 10 of 19 passes for 162 yards and one "touchdown, effectively complementing the bruising Comhusker ground game .that rolled up i 342 yards. " ' , "There's no need for me to do a lot of talking," Auburn Coach Pat Dye said dejectedly. "You saw what was taking place on the field out, there. It was one of those old-fashioned ones you don't forget for a long time." The play that broke the back of the Tigers came with the score tied at 7-7 and less than four minutes left in the first half. On third-and-22, Todd .: Brown hauled down a Gill offering behind Auburn comerback ; David King, a sophomore from , Fairhope, Ala., for a 58-yard scoring strike and a , 14-7 lead at halftime. "We had so far to go," explained Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne. "We just figured to throw itf' deep and see if we could catch it. If they intercepted, it was as good as a punt." Three fumbles and an interception proved to be Auburn's undoing. A typical error came with Auburn trailing 21-7 midway through the third quarter. True to his name. Auburn sophomore See AUBURN, Page 4B . -ilLJ '!L.....ftJ -a Associated Press photo The good news was here as Auburn's Bo Jackson sails over the top for an early score; the bad news came later. '. FSU finds a home in Columbus By KIM PENDERY News-Journal Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio Call it guts, gall or an extreme case of naivete, but the Florida State Seminoles repeated a feat many would like to pull off once by beating Ohio State on its home turf for the second year in a row. While last year's 36-27 aerial barn-burner wasn't decided until the waning moments, this year, the Seminoles controlled the game from start to finish in recording a 34-17 victory here Saturday. Ironically, the field and crowd may have been to the Buckeyes advantage but the sunny, 80-de-gree weather made the Seminoles feel right at home. "Today, we got the weather," a radiant FSU Coach Bobby Bowden said following the game. "It was all in our favor. In fact, it hasn't been this hot in Florida for two weeks. And, it worked very badly against Ohio State. "Putting us in that heat was like throwing a rabbit in a briar patch. We could see that they were tiring midway through the third period." Seminole defensive tackle Alphonso Carreker supported Bowden's contention. "In the third quarter, they came to the line and had no enthusiasm," he said. "They were just playing ball. It looked like we could just walk up and push them." Nursing a 21-17 lead late in the third quarter, . true to their words, the Seminoles took it to the Buckeyes and broke the game open on back-to-back touchdowns. The first march covered 80 yards in 10 plays', with Blair Williams at the helm after leg cramps had sidelined starter Kelly Lowrey. Williams See SEMINOLES, Page 5B Back to earth LSU flips Gators By NICK MOSCHELLA Gannett News Service GAINESVILLE It couldn't last forever. And the Florida Gators knew it. But that awareness didn't make Saturday's 24-13 Southeastern Conference loss to Louisiana State any less painful. The wave of emotion the Gators rode to three straight victories and a No. 4 ranking was bound to end sometime, but Florida would rather it not have been such an abrupt halt. The final score was not indicative of Florida's afternoon of futility. The Gators managed to make it look close when quarterback Wayne Peace hit tight end Mike Mularkey for a 5-yard touchdown pass and 2-point con version with less than two 'minutes' remaining in the game'. ': , t ' X' "' :- By then, Louisiana State's pesky freshman tailback, Dalton Hilliard, had squirmed end. spinned his way to three touchdowns, and the Tigers' ferocious defense had shut down the Gators long enough to nail down a third victory in three outings. In the end, Florida Coach Charley Pell refused to hide behind excuses, opting instead to bit me the Gators' disappointing performance on physical, rather than mental breakdowns. "Football is a simple game," Pell said. "Once you boil out all the Xs and Os, it all comes down to ba,sic blocking and tackling. ;: LSU did both better, than s today, and they , ' deserved to win." , . '.''"! ' '1'',-5v Perhaps Florida's worst display of blocking . and tackling tame early in the second quar- ' ter, and resulted in i 17-3 Tiger lead. LSU led 10-3 after one quarter when Hilliard's 11-: yard scoring run and a 21-yard field goal by Juan Betanzos had obliterated a 3-0 lead Florida had taken on Jim Gainey's 28-yarder with less than five minutes gone. The Gators drove 25 yards to their own 45 and faced a third-and-one situation. Fullback James Jones got the call, but he was immediately swallowed for no gain. Pell elected to gamble and go for the first down instead of punting. . . . See LSU, Page 4B Inside . PITT AND Notre Dame struggle (Pitt escapes with its highly ranked life), while . Northwestern, alas, does ' not, Pages 4B-7B. THE NFLPA says if the ' owners will show up in person, they'll consider a mediator in the NFL strike, , while the owners' negotiator says the union isn't taking this thing seriously, Page 9B. i

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