Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 26, 1974 · Page 20
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 20

Panama City, Florida
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Wednesday, June 26, 1974
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PHRO6C NEWS-HERALD, Panama Clty.F'ln., Wednesday, ,)uno 26,1974 Palmer Having Troubles By MILTON RICH MAN UPI Sports Editor NEW YORK (UPI) - Earl Weaver knew he had to make a move. He took the first step briskly, the second quickly, and then the third. Now he was on the top step of the dugout from which point he strode directly to his pitcher, who, sad to say, was being hammered harder than a tenpennny nail. No manager enjoys removing one of his pitchers, especially when said pitcher happens to be the ace of his staff, a 20game winner the past four years and the best pitcher in the league only the season before. Earl Weaver, manager of the Baltimore Orioles, gave Jim Palmer that traditional little pat on the backside, motioned the bullpen for the reliever he wanted and took the baseball from Palmer, who was obviously annoyed. The big Baltimore righthand­ er wasn't annoyed with his manager; he was upset with his inability to get more on the ball, an inability due in large measure to the pain inside his forearm. Palmer's concern was understandable enough. Last year he had won 22 games, and now here he was going into the third month of the season with only a couple to show. Last year he had pitched 19 complete games, this time only two. No wonder he was frowning. "Now you gotta relax," Weaver tried comforting him. "Don't worry." "You tell me to relax," Palmer replied. "How can I relax?" It was a good question. Jim Palmer asked Earl Weaver that a few weeks ago, some time before the Orioles put him on the disabled list. They did that after the tall, 28- year-old Cy Young Award winner was unable to get past the first inning against the Chicago White Sox nine days ago. Palmer had dropped seven in a row when he was sidelined. He had a record he didn't even want to talk about—three wins eight losses and a 4.01 ERA. It is about as easy for Jim Palmer to relax, having the kind of year he's having, as it is for Bob Gibson or Tom Seaver to relax, having the kind of year they're having. You can generally figure the bigger a reputation, the more pride involved. That's usually the way it seems to work out and if you think about it awhile you come to understand why the three of them have achieved what they have and command the salaries they do. Pride may goeth before a fall, but evidently it also goeth before consistently fine performances. Originally, Palmer was to come off the disabled list this Friday but now that date has been pushed back past July 1. "He'll pitch as soon as he can," says Weaver, who can use Palmer badly but isn't inclined to rush him. "He's only playing a little catch now and backing up the pitcher in batting practice. His arm doesn't feel right and he doesn't have a lot of strength in it. Knowing him though, I feel he's still going to help us this year. I feel he's going to bounce back." Jim Palmer has done that twice already during his 11 seasons in professional baseball. After winning 15 games in 1966 and becoming the youngest pitcher ever to hurl a shutout in a World Series game that Fall, he came up with shoulder trouble and was sent back to the minors a year later. Then in 1969, he tore a muscle in his lower back, spent 42 days on the disabled list but still managed to win 16 that year and 20 or more each season after that. Baseball is a funny game. One year ago this time, Jim Palmer was sympathizing with Steve Blass. Now, Steve Blass is still up to his ears in his own problems, but he can feel for Jim Palmer. Meanwhile, life goes on for the Orioles, Earl Weaver and Jim Palmer. Doyle Alexander, a 23-year- old righthander with good control originally signed by the Dodgers, has taken Palmer's place in the rotation. Weaver feels the club can still win. "The pitching hasn't been that bad," he says. "Cuellar has won nine in a row; McNally has won two of his last three and Grimsley three straight. We can still do it. If Palmer comes back after the All-Star Game, we'll still be in good shape." Palmer isn't panicking. "To pitch and win," he says, "I have to be be able to throw my fast ball, and to do that my arm has to be healthy. With rest, I'm hopeful it will be. HEAVY W TERN PRICES IN THIS AD GOOD THRU 6-29*74 f Ufl/ \iljt/ \l£t/ Mil/ um m§ DQf DEn Uf PHI nag RJH SUNSHINE LEWIS SAYS: "The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention." ttffJ COUPON FOLGER'S LB. CAN LIMIT 1 W-C0UP0N ft 7.00 ORDER flXPIMsT5?745 COUPON MORTON POT PIES CHICKEN BEEF TURKEY COUPON 1 QT. KING SIZE IVORY LIQUID PRICE WITHOUT LIMIT 1 COUPON PER COUPON PURCHASE EXPIRES 6-29-74 C O U P o 28 0Z. BOTTLE mmmi 7-UP DR. PEPPER PEPSI COLA FRANCO AMERICAN ELBOW _ MACARONI mm 4 LIMIT 4 PLEASE CHEESE 15 OZ. CAN FOR CAMPBELL'S CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP NO. 1 SIZE $100 19 c FROZEN SHRIMP LB. PKG. 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BBQ Sauce EXTRA KING KORN STAMPS When You Buy Kraft 4 Oz. Party Dips EXTRA KING KORNS STAMPS When You Buy 100 Ct. Tea Bags NKWS-HERALD, Panama CHy,Fla., Wednesday, June 28.1974 Pago7C ~~ Billy Likes First CHICAGO (UPI) - In his 14th year in the major leagues, the Chicago Cubs' Billy Williams in effect started a new baseball career, and he likes it. Williams, a fixture in the outfield for the Cubs in his first 13 seasons, switched to first base for the 1974 campaign. "I like it," he said, "and I think as time goes by, I'm getting better playing it. It's a whole new game to play. "In the outfield the hardest thing is running back and forth to the dugout between innings. You get maybe two or three chances a game. But at first base, you're involved all the time. "Every play you're moving. You've got to do something on every, play and there are so many things you can do." Williams, National League batting champion two years ago, doesn't believe either his age, 36, nor the switch to first has affected his hitting. "Reflexes are the first thing to go on a hitter," he said, "and I don't believe mine have started to go yet. I don't think I'm having a great season, but I'm having an average year for Billy Williams, and I don't think that's bad." Actually, Williams is hitting near .300. His highest season batting average was .333 in 1972 and his highest RBI for a season was 129 in 1970. "I'm satisfied with my play at first base," Williams said, "and the fans don't get on me. But I've never given them anything to get on me for. If I can give the very best I've got every day, and I do my best to do that, I'm satisfied with myself, and I don't worry about the fans." Fan reaction in part influenced Williams' decision last year to turn down a trade which would have sent him to the Philadelphia Phillies. "Philadelphia wasn't a good team last year," he said, "but now it is. But when the chance to go came up, I thought of the fans there and the Chicago fans, and how the fans there get on players. That was part of my thinking anyhow. But the major thing, I think, was that 1 figure I started my big league career in Chicago and I want to finish it here." Williams was a holdout briefly this spring, but only because he wanted a two year contract. He didn't get it. But there's no doubt the Cubs, despite the off season shakeup to put youth in the lineup, will offer him another agreement for 1975. By that time they couldn't find a better first baseman. Fitch Likes ABA Centers NEW YORK (UPI) - Cleveland Cavaliers coach Bill Fitch said Tuesday that should the National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association decide to • merge, the ABA centers would be better able to make the transition than the ABA forwards. "Many of the ABA centers, who are shorter than their NBA counterparts yet are very good on rebounding, might have an easier adjustment to make than the forwards," Fitch. Commenting on his team's future, Fitch said, "we've got some plusses. If they all come through we'll have a good ballclub. We'll be in competition for our division title. "Jim Chonesand Dick Snyder should help us a lot. Of course, losing Lenny Wilkens is not a plus. But we're a year older and we're a young club. "A couple of the guys we drafted might help us, too." Chones was acquired by Cleveland in May after he was waived out of the ABA, while Snyder was added from Seattle, also in May, in a deal which included a swap of first-round draft choices between the Cavs and Sonics. But Fitch added a note of caution on the new Cavaliers. "I'm never happy with the players I've drafted until they've played for us." he said. "The proof of the pudding is in the playing." Fitch also expects competition from the new New Orleans Jazz franchise just added by the NBA, which acquired guard Pete Maravich from Atlanta but had to give up a good deal of their futuro draft rights. "They may win more games than any other expansion club before them;" Fitch said. "I like what they've done so far. A lot of people are judging them only on the Maravich deal, but Maravich is a pretty good player—at least he was the last time we tried to defense him." 15 EACH CORN 89 EXTRA KING KORN STAMPS When You Buy A 5 Lb. Bag of Potatoes

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