Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on September 3, 1976 · Page 7
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Major League Leaders National League Pot Starting to Perk By The Associated Press American League BATTING (325 at bats)— McRae, KC, ,352; G.Brett, KC, .330; Garew., Min, .327; Bostock, Min, .326; LeFlore, Del, .316. RUNS-R.White, NY, 85; LeFlore, Det, 84; Rivers, NY, 84; Otis, KC, 84; Grich, Bal, 80; Carew, Miri, 80; North, Oak, 80. RUNS BATTED IN- L.May, Bal, 90; Chambliss, NY, 86; Munson, NY, 84; Mayberry, KC, 84; ReJackson, Bal, 82; Ystr- zemski, Bsn, 82. HITS-G.Brett, KC, 175; Carew, Mini 166; Rivers, NY, 164; LeFlore, Det, 160; Chambliss, NY, 158. DOUBLES-rOtis, KC, 38; McRae, KC, 30; Lynn, Bsn, 29; Rivers, NY, 29; Carty, Cle, 27; G.Brett, KC, 27; Rudi, Oak, 27. TRIPLES—G.Brett, KC, 12; Garner, Oak, 12; Carew, Min, 10; LeFlore, Det, 8; 5 Tied With 7. HOME RUNS-L.May, Bal, 24; Bando, Oak, 24; G.Netties, NY, 23; ReJackson, Bal, 22; Hendrick, Cle, 21. STOLEN BASES—North, Oak, LeF-lore, Det, 51; Campaneris/Oak, 49; Baylor, Oak, 45; Patek, KC, 44. PITCHING (12 Decisions)- W.Campbell, Min, 14-4, .778, 3.10 Garland, Bal, 15-5, .750, 2.72 Fidrych, Det, 15-6, .714, 2.08 E.Figueroa, NY, 16-7, .696, 2.9/1 D.Ellis, NY, 13-6, .684, &35 Leonard, KC, 15-7, .682,3.48 Bibby, Cle, 10-5, .667, 3.26 Palmer, Bal, 19jll, .633, 2.60. RUNS—Rose, Cin, 115; Morgan, Cin, 101; Griffey, Cin, 98; Schmidt, Phi, 96; Monday, Chi, 95. RUNS BATTED IN— G.Foster, Cin, 112; Morgan, Cin, 97; Schmidt, Phi, 87; Luzinski, Phi, 83; Watson, Htn, 81. HITS—Rose, Cin, 179; Montanez, Atl, 164; Buckner, LA, 161; Garvey, LA, 159; Griffey, Cin, 153. DOUBLES—Madlock, Chi, 33; Johnstone, Phi, 33; G.Maddox; Phi, 31; Simmons, StL, 30; Rose, Cin, 30. TRIPLES—D.Cash, Phi, 11; Geronimo, Cin, 10; Tyson, StL, 9; W.Davis, SD, 9; D.Parker, Pgh, 8; Stennett, Pgh, 8; Chaney, Atl, 8. HOME RUNS-Kingman, NY, 32; Schmidt, Phi, 32; G.Foster, Cin, 28; Morgan, Cin, 26; Monday, Chi, 25. STOLEN BASES—Morgan, Cin, 50; Taveras, Pgh, 48; Brock, StL, 47; Cedeno, Htn, 44; Lopes, LA, 43. PITCHING (12 Decisions)— Carlton, Phi, 16-4, .800, 3.14 Alcala, Cin, 11-3, .786, 4.34 Rhoden, LA, 11-3, .786, 2.98 Norman, Cin, 12-4, .750, 2.42 Candelaria, Pgh, 13-5, .722, 3.07 Underwood, Phi, 9-4, .692, 3.27 Demery, Pgh, 9-4, .692, 3.01 Zachry, Cin, 11-5, .688, 2.81. By The Associated Press Is the National League writing the early chapters of a book called, "The Miracle of 1976?" Through the years the NL has come up with exciting first-place races that have kept interest high in the sport right through to the World Series. A month ago it appeared there would be no hot September pennant fight in either league. But, now the defending Eastern champion Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers in the West have turned things around. Thursday, the Pirates pulled to within nine games of Eastern leader Philadelphia withi a 5-0 victory over San Diego. Larry Demery, 9-4, pitched a five-hitter as the Bucs' seventh consecutive victory drew them closer to first place than they've been since July 18. Pittsburgh has cut! 6M> games from Philadelphia's lead since Aug. 24, helped by a six-game losing streak by the leaders. The two clubs meet for three gardes next week. On Aug. 14, the Dodgers trailed Cincinnati by 13 games. Since then Manager Walt Alston's club has won 14 of 16 games to cut the deficit to seven. The latest triumphs, their third and fourth in a row, came Thursday night in a 2-1, 5-3 sweep of the Montreal Expos. Bobby Murcer drove in five runs as the San Francisco Giants ended a five-game losing streak by outscoring the New York Mets, 10-7. Minnesota downed Milwaukee, 8-4, in the only American League game. "We're not thinking about the Phillies one bit," claimed Manager Danny Murtaugh. "We have to go out there and do our job," he added. "We realize if we keep winning, somebody else has to help us by beating the Phillies, so that's out of our hands." "Our attitude is the old line about playing them one at a time," said Pittsburgh's Richie Zisk, who drove in two runs with a double nd stole home in the team's latest victory. Demery's first major league Padres' Mike Ivie Player of Week SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Diego Padres' Mike Ivie was named the National League's Player of the Week today after hitting at a .474 clip over six games and raising his season average to .312. The 24-year-old first baseman had nine hits and drove in six runs from Aug. 2329, and over a 10-game period hit .500. Ivie was chosen for the weekly award over Chicago Cubs pitcher Ray Burr is, Cincinnati Reds second baseman Joe Morgan, Atlanta Braves outfielder Ken Henderson and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tommy John. R-T Links Team Captures Inter-Divisional Playoff shutout was the sixth complete game in seven starts by Pirate pitchers. Dodgers 2-5, Expos 1-3 Don Sutton, 17-9, went 8 2-3. innings, scattering six hits in the opener. He left after bruising his right index finger while fielding a hard grounder by Earl Williams. Charlie Hough picked up a save in the first game and recorded his 13th of the season in the nightcap. Elias Sosa, 67, won the second game with a three-hit, four-inning relief performance after starter Rick Rhoden exited with elbow troubles. Bill Buckner had three hits and a sacrifice fly to pace a 12-hit attack. Giants 10, Mets 7 Page? Garden City Telegram Friday, Sept. 3,1976 Murcer's five RBI were a club high for the Giants this season. San Francisco jumped on Jon Matlack, 14-8, for six hits and six runs in 31-3 innings. Mike Caldwell, making his 42nd appearance of the year, picked up his first victory after seven setbacks. Twins 8, Brewers 4 Rookie Butch Wynegar had four singles, Rod Carew and Lyman Bostock had three hits each to pace a 17-hit Minnesota attack. Tom Johnson, 2-1, earned the victory with 8 1-3 innings of relief after starter Eddie Bane was raked for three runs on four hits. R&T Sporting Goods has won the special inter- divisional playoff for the Merchant Golf League championship. This was the first season for the league at Buffalo Dunes course. The R&T-team won the Red Division championship, while Western Motors took the White Division crown. Eight squads competed in each of the two divisions. A playoff was then arranged between the two divisional winners. R&T won two individual matches, tied one, and lost one for a 2%-lVfe lead in match play. The teams tied on medal play, with handicap scores of 152 strokes each. That gave each team an additional half-point. Thus the championship playoff went to R&T by a 3-2 margin. Mick Gibson and John Bealmear of the R&T team won their matches from Kent Nanninga and John Nanninga. Rodgers Back in Winner's Circle National League BATTING (325 at bats)— Johnstone, Phi, .339; Madlock, Chi, .338; Morgan, Cin, .335; Griffey, Cin, .330; G.Maddox, Phi, .327. LIVE EVERY NITE GRAIN BIN "GREG KING SHOW" Denver, Colorado 9:30 to 12:30 LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) It's a long way from the 1966 Buick Open, but Phil Rodgers is back in the winner's circle. "You better believe I'm excited about it," smiled the 36- year-old Rodgers after he sank a par putt on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Kansas Open Golf Tournament Thursday at Alvamar Hills. "I'm encouraged about it. Just to get back into the hunt. It's been 10 years since I won anything." The last time was the Buick Open, which is usually not mentioned in the same breath with the Kansas tournament, which boasts a modest $2,000 first prize. Since then, tension had caused more problems than any water hazard or sand trap, resulting in a tightening of muscles that almost forced the Lawrence resident to give up the professional tour. "In the old days, I used to be the favorite a few times," he said. "I guess this week I was the favorite. I thought about that a couple of times and said to myself 'if I don't win that's really going to make me feel bad. 1 " Rodgers finished the final round with a 2-under-par 70 for a 54-hole total of 213, good enough to tie Jim White of Oakland, Neb., who carded a 69 for the last round. Then he knocked off White on the second hole of the playoff when the Nebraskan failed to hit a seven-foot putt to match Rodgers' par. Ron Streck, 22, of Tulsa, Okla., led the pack — and Rodgers — by four strokes heading into the final round and was up by six shots at one point. But his 77 pushed him back to fourth place with a 216 total. Rodgers started his move by parring the 14th in four shots, while Streck double-bogeyed and Bob Stone of Independence, Mo., who once shared the lead, bogeyed. GARDEN CITY MEATS ippKiNS? OR YAtuer YOU'VE ost m " the bed of both ox*Id* i i . \ i In the Eastgate Shopping Center 1315 East Kansas Avenue He caught White with a 10- foot birdie on 15 then took the lead with anlB-foot birdie on 16. But he was forced into the playoff with a three-putt- bogeyfive on the final hole. Both Rodgers and White made par on the first hole of the playoff, No. 10. But a bad second shot by White on the llth left him unable to catch the Kansan. Ken Roper of Eugene, Ore., finished third with a 69 and three-round 214, while Stone was fifth with a 72 and total 217. Dakin Cramer of Western Motors tied Bill Clement in their individual match. Terry Jones of Western Motors defeated Ross Thornbrugh in their match. Top three players in the league who were in five or more of the regular-season matches all ended with 39- stroke averages for each nine- hole round. Terry Jones took 272 strokes during his seven seasonal rounds. Dakin Cramer carded 273 and Doug Weber 274. Most-improved player was Dan Guy of the Farmland Foods II team. He dropped his average by 12 strokes: from 63 down to 51 strokes. Sherman Baird and Joe Roth (both of the Garden City Co-op squad) each shaved six strokes off their average. THE END IS HERE Wide-Side 1976 TRUCK CLOSEOUT WE'D BUY A BIGGER AD AND LIST THE PRICES-BUT WITH OUR BIG DISCOUNTS, WE CAN'T AFFORD IT! SEE US NOW THEY WON'T LAST LONG! THE TRUCK SPECIALISTS AT WESTERN MOTOR COMPANY. INC. WHERE OUR CUSTOMERS SEND THEIR FRIENDS YOUR BRUICK-PONTIAC-OPEL AND CMC TRUCK DEALER 5TH & FULTON 275-4291 GARDEN CITY, KS. 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