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THE CORBW Times-TRIBUNE Page Two Wednesday, October 2, 1974 SPORTS JACK THURSTON, Sports Editor Basketball Baseball Football Golf Dodgers Clinch Western Division By KEN RAPPOPORT AP Sports Writer The l/os Angeles Dodgers are walking on air and the St. Louis Cardinals are walking on thin ice. Their conditions reflect their positions in the two National League pennant races. The Dodgers won the West Division Tuesday night with help from the Atlanta Braves. The Braves eliminated the Reds 7-1 and the Dodgers followed with an appropriate 8-5 victory over the Houston Astros. "I feel fantastic, I love that money," said Bill Buckner, re- flecting the cheerful attitude of the champagne-drenched Dodg- er clubhouse. In Montreal, there was no joy for the Cardinals, though, after they were beaten 3-2 by the Expos. The loss dropped the Cardinals a game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Na- tional league East. The Pirates clinched at least a tie for the division crown by beating the Chicago Cubs 6-5. "This makes the ice a little thin for us," noted Red Schoendienst, the frustrated St. I/ouis manager. In the other National League games, the Philadelphia Phillies trimmed the New York Mets 2-1 and the San Francisco Giants ripped the San Diego Padres 7-2. Steve Garvey keyed two ral- lies, one with his 200th hit of the season, to lead Los Angeles over Houston. The Dodgers started celebrating at the end of the fourth inning, when it was announced that Atlanta had eliminated Cincinnati. The game was delayed about five minutes while the Dodgers ex- changed congratulations. Garvey doubled home one run and Crawford singled in another as the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Garvey's 200th hit of the year, a single, moved a runner to third base in the third inning and Crawford knocked him in with a grounder. Pinch-hitters Rick Auerbach and Lee Lacy drove in two more runs with singles in the sixth. Mike Marshall relieved winner Don Sutton after the fifth and allowed four runs on two hits and four walks. Doug Rader's single and John Edwards' grounder scored two runs and Marshall walked home two more runs with the bases loaded. The Dodgers powered home two more runs in the seventh on John Male's single. In the previous inning, Hale got his first major league hit, a double. The night's results triggered a wild celebration in the Dodg- ers' clubhouse. "I don't care who we play, Pittsburgh or St. Louis," said Jimmy Wynn. "Whichever one it is, they're going to have to contend with the best team in baseball--that's us. I predicted this spring we would win it and I never doubted for a minute, not even when the Reds got within 1 1-2 games of us, that we'd win it." "I knew all along we were capable of winning this divi- sion," said Dave Lopes, the lithe second baseman. "Win- ning this first one is a lot more difficult. It's never easy but I feel as though this team is going to stay together and win a lot more. We'll never get com- placent, not this team. "We had a great year last season but didn't win. Then we made those two super trades (for Wynn and Marshall) and that was all we needed. We proved that we are the best by beating everybody in our divi- sion. The biggest thing we did was beat Cincinnati head-and- head." Expos 3, Cardinals 1 Mike Jorgensen's two-run homer in the eighth inning gave Montreal its victory over St. I/mis. Willie Davis singled with two out off Bob Gibson, 11-13, in the Montreal eighth and stole sec- ond before Jorgensen belted his llth homer of the baseball sea- son over the right field fence. Daring base running by Bake McBride and a single by Mike Tyson helped SI. Ixniis break a 1-1 tie in the seventh. McBride reached base when he forced Joe Torre at second after Torre had walked off Mike Torrez. With Ken Reitz at the plate, McBride easily stole second but was stunned mo- mentarily when catcher Barry Foote's throw appeared to hit him on his helmet. But the speedy Cardinal cen- ter fielder picked himself up and with Reitz still up, he dove head-first into third. Reitz fanned but Tyson, who entered the game with a .222 baiting average, lined a single past third baseman Bob Bailey to score McBride with the goahead run. The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the top of fourth inning on Reggie Smith's leadoff homer. Gibson had a two-hitter going into the sixth but Bob Bailey led off with a double to rightcenter. Bailey went to third when Ron Fairly grounded to second and scored as Davis bounced to short. Pirates 6, Cubs 5 Bob Robertson's two-run homer in the eighth inning gave Pittsburgh a dramatic victory over Chicago. Manny Sanguil- len singled with one out and Robertson, baiting for Ed Kirk- patrick, drilled a homer-- his IGth homer of the year-over the left field wall. Pirate starter Jerry Reuss held a 3-2 lead into the seventh when Steve Swishcr singled and took second on a walk by Billy Grabarkcwilz. Billy Williams, batting for Cub starter Tom Dettore, then clouted a two-run double to left-center to give the Cubs a 4-3 lead. Brewers Edge Yankees Baseball Results Orioles Win Eastern Division By A L E X SACHARE AP Sports Writer Baltimore Manager Earl Weaver was in no hurry to find out the result of Tuesday night's Yankees-Brewers game...all he did was keep a phone line open between his hotel suite in Detroit and Milwaukee's County Stadium throughout the game. Baltimore had gained a share of the American League East title in the afternoon by beating Detroit 7-6, and a loss by the Yankees in their night game at Milwaukee would mean the Ori- oles would win the AL East out- right. Andy Etchebarren, who drove in the winning run against De- trpit with a looping double in the r^nth inning, was the bearer of good tidings on the phone in Weaver's suite. The Yankees ] and Brewers were tied 2-2, but | Milwaukee had the bases loaded with one out in the 10th inning, and slugger George Scott was about to step to the plate. "Scotty's going to get this hit right here for us," Etchebarren predicted. He was right. Scott hit the first pitch from the Yankees' Doc Medich for a run-scoring single up the middle, giving the Brewers a 3-2 victory and giving the Orioles the division title for the second straight season and fifth in six years. "It's a base hit--we win!" Etchebarren yelled, dropping the phone in his excitement. Weaver jumped out of chair, let out a shout of joy and dashed about the room, pumping every hand in sight. Etchebarren and the two oth- er players in the room, Dave McNaUy and Brooks Robinson, then raced down the hall of the hotel to pass the word on to the rest of the players. Elsewhere in the American League, Minnesota blanked Texas S-0, Boston beat Cleve- land 7-4, Chicago edged Kansas City 2-1 and California shut out Oakland 2-0. Over 20 of the Baltimore players gethered at a local sports hangout Tuesday night to celebrate the Orioles' victory-- and the Yankees' loss. "Un- beu'evable. We came back from the dead!" said Etchebarren, his voice barely audible above toasts, popping champagne corks and general clamor. "We were eight feet under," agreed McNally. Â· Just about. Baltimore was languishing in fourth place Aug. 29 when it launched a ID-game winning streak, and the Orioles stayed hot down the s tretch with a 27-6 record. The victory over Detroit was Baltimore's eighth in a row. "This is the most satisfying of the division titles because of the way we came back," said Et- chebarren, a reserve catcher who batted just .225 in 61 games but was Hie hero Tuesday. His looping double, a lazy fly ball down the left field line which was held fair by the wind, drove in Brooks Robinson from first base with the winning run in the ninth. "I was just running it out, I thought it was foul all the way," Etchebarren said. "The nmp told me late that it bounced on the line." Weaver praised the effort made by Detroit Manager Ralph Houk and the Tigers in this final series. "Nobody ever played harder against us all year than Detroit did these last two games," Weaver said. "They did their best. Anybody who criticized Houk, well, I think that's ter- rible, awful." Tigers starting pitcher Joe Coleman was in trouble numer- ous times Tuesday but Houk kept John Hiller, his ace reliev- er, in reserve for possible use in today's finale. Hiller eventually came on in the ninth and was the loser. "I didn't want to warm him up until I had to," Houk said. "Once we tied it up, I figured that was the time to bring him in." The Tigers pulled into a 6-6 tie in the eighth inning on singles by Gary Sutherland aand Al Kaline, a n ' error by Brooks Robinson, a sacrifice fly by Bill Freehan and a run-scoring double by Dan Meyer. Balti- more avoided further scoring by getting Aurelio Rodriguez to ground into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. The Orioles had taken a 64 lead in the top of the eighth on a two-run single by Tommy Davis. Earlier, Freehan smacked a pair of home runs for Detroit while Rich Cog gins and ex-Ti- ger Jim Northrup had two-run homers for Baltimore. Brewers 3, Yanks 2 The Yankees looked like they would take the race down to the final day when they grabbed a 2- 0 lead over the Brewers in the seventh inning, Elliott Maddox tripling home the first run and then scoring on Lou Piniella's single. Twins 6, Rangers 0 Dave Goltz stopped Texas on two hits, a disputed single by Toby Harrah of the glove of third baseman Eric Soderholm in the first inning and a clean triple by rookie Pete Mackanin in the ninth. Little Leagues Tom Pace (22) on thÂ« tar right returns a Central Falcon kick off five yards during Little League action last night. Pace scored two touchdowns and had a 50 yard kickoff return during the night for the East Ward Greenwave but this was not enough as the Falcons remained unbeaten 28-13. In the picture on the right Chris Vermillion is on his way for 30 yards and a Id alter catching a pass from Rex Huff of the Falcons. In the second game of the night the Central Nuggets whipped ihe South Ward Wildcats 200. first Black Manager Indians Set To Sign Robinson American League East x-Baltimore New York Boston Cleveland Milwaukee Detroit W 90 88 84 76 76 72 L 71 73 77 85 85 89 Pet. .559 .547 .522 .472 .472 .447 GB 2 6 14 14 18 West x-Oakland Texas Minnesota Chicago Kan City California 90 83 82 79 77 67 71 76 79 80 84 94 .559 .522 .509 .497 .478 .416 6 8 10 13 23 x-clinched division title Tuesday's Results Baltimore 7, Detroit 6 Minnesota 6, Texas 0 Boston 7, Cleveland 4 Milwaukee 3 ; New York 2, 10 innings ;." ;Â·:?'.' Chicago 2, Kansas City 1 . California 2, Oakland 0 Wednesday's Games Baltimore (Cuellar 22-10) at Detroit (Fryman 6-9) or LaGr- ow 8-18) Kansas City (Splittorff 13-19) at Chicago (Johnson 10-4) Texas (Jenkins 24-12) at Min- nesota (Decker 16-14) Cleveland (G. Perry 20-13) at Boston (Cleveland 12-14), New York (Dobson 18-15) at Milwaukee (Colborn 10-12) Oakland (Blue 17-15) at Cali- fornia (Dobson 1-3), N .491 .491 .441 .410 .627 .609 .540 .503 .447 .366 GB 1 National League East W L Pet. Pittsburgh 87 74 .540 St. Louis 86 75 .534 Monlreal 79 82 Philaphia 79 82 New York 71 90 Chicago CG 95 West x-L.Angles 101 60 Cincinnati 98 63 Atlanta 87 74 Houston 81 80 San Fran 72 89 San Diego 59 102 x-Clinched division title Tuesday's Results Pittsburgh G, Chicago 5 Atlanta 7, Cincinnati 1 Philadelphia 2, New York 1 ''Â· Montreal 3, St. Louis 2 Los Angeles 8, Houston 5 San Francisco 7, San Diego 2 Wednesday's Games San Diego (Spillner 9-11) at San Francisco (Halicki 1-8) Cincinnati (Gullett 12-11 or T. Carroll 42) at Atlanta (Niekro 19-13), N Chicago (Reuschel 13-12) at Pittsburgh (Rooker 14-11), N St. Louis (McGlothen 16-12) at Montreal (Renko 12-16) , N Philadelphia (Carlton 16-13) at New York (Matlack 13-14), N Los Angeles (Messersmith 20- 6) at Houston (Wilson 11-13 or Siebert 1-1), N Dates And Regulations For Ladies' Golf Tourney The Tri-County Country Club will make another attempt to stage their Ladies Tournament with new rules installed.- Any Lady Golfer that FUNNY BUSINESS BUT We CANT COME O/ER THIS WEEKEND - K ED'650WeTOBE StcEDTO THE FOOTBALL .SAMES.I wants to participate should play two 18 hole games between today and Monday, October 14. The games will have to be certified at the clubhouse. By Roger Bollen 400 KÂ«OW HCW IT IS- HE'S PELTJIN6 HIS COU-Ese tVÂ«s AS A CHEERLEADER, By RICHARD BILOTTI AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) - Frank Robinson, one of the game's greatest stars for nearly two decades, is expected to make baseball history Thursday when he is named manager of the Cleveland Indians -- the first black manager in the major leagues. The Cleveland Indians are ex- pected to name Robinson as a replacement for the fired Ken Aspromonte. "I didn't chase this job and I haven't heard that I'm going to be the manager," insisted Rob- inson Tuesday. "But certainly I hope I will. I want to be a big league manager. "It isn't just becoming the first black. I want the job. I want to manage." Robinson's appointment will come 27 years after Jackie Robinson became the first black ballplayer. Since then, many black men, including Robinson, have been mentioned for a managerial post but, somehow, none of them were ever hired. "If it's true, it's fantastic," said former Dodger star Maury Wills, another of those men- Bowling Standings Wilcor Bill Howards Huff Drugs -Creekmore Dannies Homes Whayne Supply Humfleet Homes Hi-Rollers Forbes Refrig. PenningtonTile Burger Queen Streakers w 18 17 IS 13 14 13 12 11 --Denver's Dummies Percy's Paving Plywood Plaza Torn Sam's --Makeup due 7 13 7 13 6 14 6 14 High Team Series, BH 3054 High Team Game, BH 1063 High Ind. Series, Robert Hampton 619 High Ind. Game, Robert Ihmpton 223 tioned frequently as a possible manager. "But I won't believe it till I see it. "My heart is still thumping," said Braves' home run king Hank Aaron, after hearing the news in Atlanta. "I think I'll go out and celebrate." The Indians picked up Robin- son and his estimated $180,000- a-year salary from the Califor- nia Angels in September. He has been used mostly as a des- ignated hitter and will probably continue as a player-manager next season. ixm Boudreau of Cleveland and then Boston was the last player-manager almost 20 years ago. The Indians also hold the dis- tinction of having the first black player in the American I-eague -- outfielder I-arry Doby, who joined the team late in the 1947 campaign. Ironical- ly, Doby, now a Cleveland coach, is expected to be re- leased when Robinson assumes command. Robinson, the only man named Most Valuable Player in both leagues, began his major league career with Cincinnati in 1956. He won the National I-eafiue MVP with the Reds in 1961 and five years later, won it in the American League with Baltimore when he captured the triple crown with 49 home runs, 122 runs batted in and a .316 average. He was traded to Los Angeles in 1972 and to Calfiornia last year. ron, Babe Mays. Ruth and Willie He carried a .298 lifetime av- erage into the current season and has a career total of 573 home runs, placing him fourth on the all-time list behind Aa- FUNNY BUSINESS Aspromonte, who many feel did a fine job with the Indians this year, will be handling the club for the final time tonight when it finishes up in Boston. He has been kept in the dark about the Robinson develop- ments. "I don't know anything," said Aspromonte. "Nobody tells me a thing. I'm going to Cleveland, pack up and close my house and then go home to Silver Spring, Md." By Roger fallen IWTICE Pic 'n Pay Fights Inflation! Effective Immediately,^ All ADVERTISED Merchandise Will Be At Least 305 OFF OUR EVERYDAY LOW PRICES I ONDERSTAND HOW OCX) \ BOW FEB-,..Wr EACH OF 400 MMÂ»wetÂ« BENEATH" ...ISERtOOSUV DOUBT WKfJTHEfc EITHER OF Â«Â« COOLS DO rW BETTER!) SAVE W.M, Our $11.97 Boys' Genuine Leather Brigade Bool. Brown. Sizes 9-3. 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