The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 2, 1970 · 21
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Friday, October 2, 1970 The Lincoln Star 21 SPORT" SGMS i By Hal Brown Sports Editor, The Star (Baseball Playoffs Will Start As Scheduled New York W The league championship playoffs and the World Series will be played as scheduled, baseball's Commissioner Bowie Kuhn insisted Thursday in the face of a threatened. strike. by umpires who wanf more pay. "Every effort is being made to reach an agreement," the. commissioner said. The best-of-five league playoff series opens Saturday, Baltimore at Minnesota for the, American League title and Cincinnati(ln'vading Pittsburgh for the first two games of the National League test. Starting date for the World Series, a best-four-of-seven competition, is Oct. 10. The umpires are demanding a minimum of $5,000 to work the playoffs and $10,000 for the World Series compared with $2,500 and $6,500 for each man in the two events respectively a year ago. The umpires, members of the Major League Umpires Association, have " called a meeting Friday in Chicago. "They have offered us $500 over last year for each of the series," said Augie Donatelli, a National League umpire who is a director of he association. "That's peanuts." Donatelli was asked if a walkout was Imminent. "The fellows have to vote on it I can't say," he said. "But you can draw your own conclusions. "I know last year some of the fellows were a little shaky and they agreed to a settlement short of their demands. I don't think they're shaky any more. We have all the umpires behind us." Kuhn said he himself had not yet become involved in the negotiations but that talks with the umpires were being carried on by the league presidents, Charles "Chub" Feeney of the National League and Joe Cronin of the American. "Whatever the outcome, the league championships and World Series will be played as scheduled," Kuhn said. Feeney, in New York, acknowledged that he had engaged in some discussions but said he did not expect the issue to be resolved until after the umpires meet Friday. "A year ago we gave them a $1,500 raise for the World Series from $5,000 to $6,500 and we set $2,500 as the figure for the playoff?," the NL executive said. We now have made what we consider a fair offer for a raise. "If they choose to stay out, we can get umpires. We hope it doesn't come to this. But the series will go on." A suggestion was made that talent might be:recruited from the minor leagues, whose umpires are not members, of the Major League Umpires Association. Donatelli said a spokesman for the minor league umps, talking from the headquarters in Rochester, N.Y., had assured him that the minor league umpires would not engage in strike-breaking activities. "But you can't tell," the veteran umpire added. "Most of them wouldn't touch the situation with a ten-foot pole but a few might decide they'd like to take a shot at it." (Ul rn o) 1 0 Jt .j rO) IS a mi NU May Be Prize Plum Don't look now, but if Nebraska can keep winning, Ihe Huskers are going to wind up as the. most sought-after team in the nation when the bowl people begin camping t on coaches' doorsteps In a few weeks. As the national wire service ratings now stand, Nebraska is the top-rated team that's on the open bowl market with every team ahead of them at present committed to a bowl and Notre Dame saying they can't go bowling this year because semester exams come at bowl time on the South Bend campus. Top-ranked Ohio State is committed to the Rose Bowl as are third ranked Stanford and fifth-rated Southern Cal, one of whom will drop in the rankings anyway when they meet each other if not before. . . , No. 2-rated Texas is locked to a Cotton Bowl contract' if the tonghorns win the Southwest Conference. ' .. . '.! ' ' - ' . . . . ." r That means if Ohio State remains unbeaten arid tbey : should since they play ah easy schedule,- the Buckeyes Would ' meet either Southern Cal or Stanford in the Rose Bowl and Texas might play host to Nebraska in the Cotton Bowl in what would amount to a virtual playoff system if all four can remain unbeaten. But at this stage in the season, that's merely dreaming. Last week we were 41-15-3 for a .720 percentage, making the season mark 105-43-4 for .704. This week: The Big Eight NEBRASKA 31, Minnesota 14 . . . But the Gophers will be tough for three quarters. COLORADO 28, Kansas State 20 . . . The Wildcats have Lynn Dickey back, but they've got a probation coming the end of this month and this time it's more than a rumor and knowing that it's coming leaves the K-State gridders with little to play for. MISSOURI 30, Oklahoma State 14 . . . Last week's loss to Air Force was just one of those things and the Tigers will try to prove it the rest of the season. IOWA STATE 24, Utah 20 . . . Like Johnny Majors said this summer, if he didn't have to play Big Eight teams, he'd be one of the winningest coaches in the nation. KANSAS 35, New Mexico .21 . . . This may be the last win the Jayhawks get for a while. The Top Ten OHIO STATE 41, Duke 14 . . . Another breather for the Buckeyes. TEXAS 30, UCLA 14 . . . The Bruins are unbeaten until Saturday. STANFORD 28, Purdue 10 . . . Stanford's Jim Plunkett will have trouble outdoing what Notre Dame's Joe Theisman did to the Boilermakers last week. NOTRE DAME 35, Michigan State 13 . . . The Fighting Irish will be No. 3 in the ratings next week. SOUTHERN CAL 28, Oregon State 14 . . . The Trojans will continue to make the Huskers look good. ALABAMA 28, Mississippi 24 . . . This one will be even more exciting than watching Mannix on Saturday night. MICHIGAN 27, Texas A&M 14 . . . After this one people will realize just how easy the Ohio State schedule really is. AIR FORCE 42, Colorado State 7 ... The Falcons' upsetting of Missouri may have been a fluke, but you won't be able to tell it in this one. The East BOSTON COLLEGE over VMI . . . BOSTON UNIVERSITY over Temple . . . PENNSYLVANIA over Brown . . . MASSACHUSETTS over Buffalo . . . CORNELL over Lehigh . . . DELAWARE over Villanova . . . HARVARD over Rutgers ... DARTMOUTH over Holy Cross . . . PITTSBURGH over Kent State . . . PRINCETON over Columbia ... YALE over Colgate. The South MIAMI, FLA. over Maryland . . . FLORIDA over North Caroline State . .. GEORGIA TECH over Clemson . . . AUBURN over Kentucky . . . LSU over Baylor . . . GEORGIA over Mississippi State . . . SOUTH CAROLINA over Virginia Tech . . . SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI over Richmond . . . TENNESSEE over Army . . . NORTH CAROLINA over Vanderbilt . . . VUtGINIA over Wake Forest. The Midwest TULANE over Cincinnati . . . LOUISVILLE over Dayton . . . ILLINOIS over Syracuse . . . WEST VIRGINA over Indiana . . . SMU over Northwestern . . . TOLEDO over Ohio U. . . MEMPHIS STATE over Tulsa . . . PENN STATE over Wisconsin. The Southwest NORTH TEXAS STATE over Drake . . . CALIFORNIA over Rice . . . ARKANSAS over Texas Christian . . . TEXAS TECH over UC-Santa Barbara . . . TEXAS-EL PASO over New Mexico State . . . WEST TEXAS STATE over East Carolina. The Far West ARIZONA over Iowa . . . PACIFIC over Fresno State . . . IDAHO over Idaho State . . . WASHINGTON STATE over Oregon ... SAN DIEGO STATE over Brigham Young . . . UTAH STATE over Wichita State . . . WASHINGTON over Navy . . . ARIZONA STATE over Wyoming. Kit 4- V, I S W I IFranssen loots Point For Bolts' Win, 7-6 FOX STEAL SETS STAGE 4 : V ' STAFF PHOTO BY HARALD DREIMANIS INTERCEPTION Bolts' Fox slips in front of Northeast's Hippie to intercept pass and set up winning TO, By VIRGIL PARKER Prep Sports Writer Pius X got its sputtering offense in gear to score during the final minute of the first half, then held on to claim a 7-6 victory over Northeast . in a crosstown football battle at Seacrest Field Thursday night. Thunderbolt sophomore Tom Franssen provided the winning point with a conversion kick that started to sail left but hit ; the I upright and caromed through, ). Northeast scored first after . Ed McMeen and Mike Anderson teamed up to block the first two Pius punts. After the 'Bolts took the opening kickoff and couldn't move in three plays, the pair got their hands on the ball and enabled the Rockets to take over at the Pius 29 yard line. Northeast moved to the 11 after eight plays, but had to give the ball up on downs. Three plays later Pius was in punt formation again and this time McMeen blocked the kick Cornhuskers In Top Condition TAGGE, BROWNSON BOTH HEALTHY The Nebraska football team that takes on Minnesota Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis will be in its best shape of the season, Husker head coach Bob Devaney admitted Thursday. "Our quarterbacks, Jerry Tagge and Van Brownson, appear to be 100 healthy now or close to it," he observed, "And Donnie McGhee (offensive guard) seems to be okay again." McGhee had been on the doubtful list all week because of leg and shoulder problems. ' However, we've got a lot of guys, who could be re-injured in a hard-hitting game," Devaney added, mentioning players such as Tagge (leg), Brownson (arm), McGhee (leg and shoulder) and split end Guy Ingles (ribs). A 51-man Husker traveling squad will leave at 1 p.m. today with a 3 p.m. workout scheduled in Minneapolis. They'll bunk at the Hotel Leamington a d return to Lincoln immediately after the game, due to arrive about 7 p.m. Fence Being Added In response to concern about individuals leaping from the south side to the east side of Memorial Stadium during foot ball games, the University of Nebraska is Installing a three foot fence along the southern most edge of East Stadium. Ronald Wright, assistant director of business and finance at the University, said keep off signs are posted on the ledge, but there have been reports that people are jumping from the South Stadium to the East Stadium. Wright said steps also are being taken to provide additional security to prevent in dividuals from climbing the fences around Memorial Stadium to attend a game. James Pittenger, athletic ticket manager, said individuals who do not have a ticket should not be in the stadium. In addi tion, it is dangerous to climb the eight-foot fence. Several individuals were given first aid last Saturday as a result of cuts sustained while climbing the fence. 1 and Anderson pick up the pigskin on the nine and dashed into the end zone. : The Thunderbolt defensive line stiffened and foiled the two-point conversion run attempt. Though Pius was unable to get out of its own backyard, Northeast moved the ball c o n- sistently until the Rockets neared paydirt. Then the 'Bolt defenders would dig in. In. the- second quarter Northeast got to the Pius 17-yard line on a drive that included three first downs and later in the period reached the Thunderbolt 22 on a sustained march of 60 yards that racked up five first downs. But Mike Fox, the defensive hero when Pius downed Lincoln High last weekend, thwarted the Rockets with an end zone pass interception with just 1:26 left in the half. Up to that point Northeast had registered nine first downs to just one for Pius. The 'Bolts had never been beyond midfield. But four plays later Pius X quarterback Mike Aldrich moved his club 80 yards for the go ahead points. Tom Rempe ran for five and then Aldrich fired a long bomb aerial in Rempe's ' direction. Rempe was betad Northeast defender. Randy Schlegel, but tne pass was a attie tm- derthrowni. ' ' ' In going for the half Schlegel tipped it into Rempe's Jiands for a resulting 44-yard gain to the Northeast 25. Aldrich then zeroed in on Nicky Payne for 24 more yards to the seven and on his third straight completion looped one" to Paul NeveJs in the end zone with the clock showing just 11 seconds remaining in the half, That was the only time in the game, with the exception of the last two plays . that gained Northeast's 42, that Pius was past midfield. The Rockets staged a third-quarter drive to the Pius 22 and 'a the fourth quarter got to the bolts three, but each time the Pius defenders responded to the call. After that deepest penetration to the three Pius was faced with a third and ten situation, bnt Nevels for the 'Bolts out of danger with his best run of the night, a 14-yard scamper for the crucial first down. Aldrich later ran a keeper to perfection for another first down to run out the clock. Statistics r, . NE PiM First downs i& 4 Rushing yardage 177 102 Passing yardage 30 84 Return yardage 82 29 Passes 4-10-1 4-6-0 Punts 1-53.0 4-46.2 Fumbles lost 1 o1 Yards penalized 20 15' Northeajt 6 0 0 0-6 Pius X ,0 7 0 0 -7 Northeast M. Anderson ? run with Blocked punt. (Run failed). Plus X Nevels 7 pass from Aldrich (Franssen. kick). Sports Menu Friday HORSB hACINQ - Atokad, South Slouc City,' I- p,m. FOOT! ALL Lincoln High it Lincoln Eaif, Seacrest Field, 7:30 p.m. v f; Saturday FOOTBALL . Big Eight: Nebraska at Minnesota, ' 1:30 p.m.; Iowa State at Utah; Colorado at Kansas State; Missouri at Oklahoma State; New Mexico at Kansas; Lincoln High Schools: Fremont at Lincoln Southeast, Seacrest Field, 7:30 p.m.; State Colleges: Austin, Tex., at Nebraska Weslevan. Maoee Stadium, 7:30 p.m.; Wayne at UNO; Southern, S.D., at Peru; Northwestern of Iowa at Midland; Concordia at Hastinas; Kearney at Chaurun; Hiram Scott at Eastern New Mexico; Ooan at Southwestern California; Westmar at Dana; McCook JC at Mesa, Colo.; Fairbury JC at Centerville, Iowa. CROSS COUNTRY Kansas State at Nebraska. HORSE RACING Atokad, South Sioux City, 2 p.m. Sunday Nothing scheduled. Cubs Capture Second Place By The Associated Press Ferguson Jenkins helped t h e Chicago Cubs nail down second place in the National League East Thursday night, firing a two-hitter in beating the New York Mets 4-1 in the season finale for both clubs. The 26-year-old right-hander, a 20-game winner for four con- East Tries For First Win By VIRGIL PARKER Prep Sports Writer The middle game in Lincoln's triple-header of high school football this weekend kicks off Friday night at Seacrest Field when East and Lincoln High square off in the fourth game of their intra-city rivalry. East is yet to win a game against the Links, although Lee Zentic's Spartans have narrowed the gap with each outing. In the 1967 inaugural Lincoln High registered a lopsided 52-0 whitewashing. East came within a touchdown the following fall, 13-7, as the Links went on to the state championship. Last season, though the Spartans captured the city and Trans-Nebraska Conference titles, Lincoln High squeezed out a 14-13 verdict. Both teams will be trying to bounce back from defeats at the hands of other Capital City teams. Lincoln High was blanked last weekend by Pius X, 13-0, while East absorbed a 12-7 loss to Northeast. "We can't brood about something that's already happened," Lincoln High coach Andy Loehr reasons. "One loss doesn't ruin a season. Pius was really ready for us and came to play. I just hope we're ready to play this time." secutive seasons, captured his 22nd victory as the Cubs finished one game ahead of the Mets. In other National League action, Philadelphia dumped Montreal 2-1, Houston dumped San Francisco 5-4 and the Eastern champs Cincinnati defeated the '69 winners, Atlanta, 4-1. In the American League's final day of action, Minnesota ripped Kansas City, 4-0, Baltimore hit Washington 3-2 and Detroit blanked Cleveland 1-0- A crowd if 48,314 for a Shea Stadium season total of 2,697,479, the second highest in major league history, s a w the Cuba take a 2-0 lead in the second on Randy Hundley's two-run single off Jim McAndrew. 10-14. Philadelphia's 2-1 triumph over Montreal moved the Phils into fifth place in the National League East and dropped the Expos into the cellar, one-half game back in the final game of the season. The Phils largest home crowd of the season, 31,822, turned out. Dave Johnson's run-scoring single in the ninth gave Baltimore a 3-2 edge over Washington and upeed the Orioles winning streak to 11 before entering the -playoffs against Minnesota Saturday. The loss was the 14th straight for the Senators. . ," Twins' lefthander Jim Kaat clouted a two-run homer and combined with Stan Williams ami! Ron Perranoski to hurl the Twins to a three-hit 4-Q win over the Royals. Tiger pitcher Jon Hjller ended a long season for Detroit by tying an American League record for consecutive strikeouts and hurling the Tigers to a two-hit 1-0 win over Cleveland. Hiller struck out seven consecutive matters, a mark held by five others. Luedtke Plans Fieldhouse State Sen. Roland Luedtke said Thursday he plans to bring up the matter of a new fieldhouse for the university of Nebraska at the 1971 Legislative Session. He said he fears that if nothing is done at the next session, nothing is going to be done for another seven to 10 years. NU Athletic Director-football coach Robert Devaney has placed an $8 million price tag on the proposed 16,500 seat structure, which would include an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Envisioned is a location at the southwest corner of the State Fairgrounds, with the fieldhouse being available for use as a fair facility during State Fair Week. Kangaroos Want To Halt Streak Sherman, Tex. The Austin College Kangaroos will be seeking to avert their longest losing streak since 1963 Saturday when they will battle .' Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln.1 The Kangaroos have two losses in succession, something that hasn't happened to an AC team since 1966. You have to drop back to 1963 to find a longer loss skein. The Kangaroos of that year lost four games in a row. ; The 29-20 loss to Northwood last week was the first time the Kangaroos had beeli defeated by the Knights. And lin;: Nebraska Wesleyan, Austin Jaces another team looking fori its first win ever over AC. The i Plainsmen have lost all three meetings. Coach Duar.e Nuttwould like to shore up both tlie offensive and defensive units before Saturday's game. The Austin defense against the run has fallen short of expectations, as opponents have cracked it for an average of 210 yards per game. On the offensive side, the point production doesn't match the statistics, with just 65 points and 1,135 yards total offense. In the second half against Northwood, the Kangaroos movedt he ball 219 yards but managed just 14 points. The offensive shortcomings can't be laid to split end Butch Gladen, however. The former Denison High School star has grabbed 17 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns. If he keeps $p his current pace' the remainder of the season, he will have good shots at breaking school records in number of passes caught, touchdown passes and yardage in a single season. Cincinnati's SfaetfcWgiotk&tttuf By ARTHUR D.ALEY New York At the time of the all-star game in mid-July the Cincinnati Reds were doing such a steamroller job in flattening the opposition that their overjoyed supporters in the American rhineland were carried away by the spirit of Gemutlich and were extravagantly referring to their heroes as The Big Red Machine. The nickname was also grudgingly accepted by those not quite as deeply in love with them. But certain facts are inescapable. Even before the season began everyone knew that Cincinnati had the strongest group of musclemen in the sport. Not only could their batsmen hit often but they could hit far. It was the pitching that was suspect, so shakey in 1969 that Wayne Granger was used in relief 80 times, a record, and Clay Carroll 11 times. By the time this : season Whirled - into - ' Big filed Machine Needs Tuneup the all-star 'break"' though, Granger and Carroll were rusting away in the bullpen. Cin-. cinnati popped up with such an impressive group of starters' and, more important, finishers that the Redlegs were spread-eagling the field. Out of first place for only one day in April, they were pounding out a 10-game lead on the runnerup Dodgers at the halfway mark and streaking along with a blithe .700-plus winning percentagee. Since then, though, they've been struggling along at a pace not much better than that of the Mets. Everyone should know by now that this rate just isn't good enough. . The Big Red Machine has developed the creaks. It's the wrong time for it, too. The Reds are supposed to chop down the Pirates for the National League Pennant in a playoff series that begins in Pittsburgh Saturday. At the same time the Baltimore Orioles are supposed to do the same to the Twins in Minnesota. A week later the winners will haven out W Ihe Wtfrld Sji(5-p.-.- Before Playotts If you want a quick, long-range forecast, here it is: The pitcher-rich Orioles will sabotage the Big Red Machine by beating Cincinnati in the series. I have to regard a Baltimore victory over the Reds this year as being as obvious as was a Baltimore victory over the New York Mets last year. Naturally enough, the smartest press box analyst had to conclude that the Orioles could not miss beating the Mets. What's that? Oh, the Mets won. Well, no one is perfect. In another week some of this conjecture could be academic, especially if there is a violent shift in the cast of characters or developments in the two playoff series could alter judgments. So let's just classify this preliminary guessing contest as being like a railroad timetable: subject to change wiihuul notice. If the Pittsburgh pitching has not set manager Danny Murtaugh to dancing an Irish Jib in the Golden Triangle, it has at least kept : hiq beating . time to the music. Of I recent weeks the Pirates have won the tough ones, the ones they had to win, and they produced a 2.30 earned-run average over the brutal September homestretch. Redleg pitchers are far more puzzling. Jim Merritt became a 20-game winner on Aug. 26 and, unless he sneaked in another under cover of darkness, he hasn't won since. Jim McGlothlin failed to win between the fourth of July and Labor Day. Wayne Simpson, the super sensational rookie, has been hospitalized since mid-season. Only Gary Nolan, something of a retreat at age 22, has turned in uniformly top performances. However, Don Gullett, a 19-year-old left-handed pitcher, has been so extraordinarily precocious that he could yet find himself a World Series starter presuming The Big Red Machine lumbers along that far while screaming for the lubrication job it needs to smooth the way. Over the years there have been other fine teams, of course, that streaked before bogging down for one reason or another. Sometimes they caught a battery recharge in time to plow through to World Series glory; Sometimes the motor just sputtered and !died. Sparky Anderson, youngest manager in the majors at 36 and the chief mechanic of The Big Red Machine, hasn't , much time left for tinkering. Now it's all down to the best three-of-flve preliminary playoff. We still haven't much precedent to work with because last year's playoffs were the first. They were so clean-cut as to be taken in stride without the slightest dislocation of plans lor the World Series. The Mets bowled over the Atlanta Braves three straight and the Orioles did the same with the Twins. . ; ..: . But if one league has a quickie and the other has a long, exhausting, rain-delayed set that carries to the edge of the World Series, it could make a difference. But baseball men will really shrug their shoulders. It's little enough sacrifice to place on the altar of the television Gods from v whom all bounties flow; y - ; . '?; X 1 7

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