Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois on May 21, 1969 · 77
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FOR SPORTS RESULTS BETWEEN 8:30 A. 31, AND MIDNIGHT CALL 222-1234 (Ehicago (Tribune WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 1969 SPORTS BUSINESS SECTION r ffl jJg m BY H0L1ZT.UH Scoreless String at 33 Innings BY GEORGE LANGFORD Chicago Tribune Press Service) Los Angeles, May 20 It was the second inning and there were Dodgers occupying second and third base. None were out. Similar threats in previous years would have had Ken Holtzman steaming at himself and more likely than not losing his poise and thus control of the situation. This is another season, how ever, and another Ken Holtz man, according to current sta tistics, he is the best starting pitcher in the National league. Control Not at Peake The Cubs' left bander cooly squashed the Dodger uprising Altho not possessing his usual pinpoint control, he hurled his third consecutive shutout, and won his fifth game in succes sion by blanking the Dodgers, 7 to 0, on a yield of five hits. The Dodgers are a hot team. They had won 12 of their first 15 contests at home. They had demolished left-handed pitch ers, winning seven of nine decisions against lefties and batting .314 as a team against them. Holtzman was oblivious to all the young Dodgers' impressive credentials. He struck out seven of them, most of the whiffs reserved for places where they were most needed. In the pivotal second inning, his string of shutout innings which now has reached 33 was in jeopardy following a single by Andy Kosco and a double by VVes Parker. Holtzman then struck out Bill Sudakis and walked Jim Lefebvre intentionally. Torborg Taps Out Holtzman then floated in a change-up pitch to Jeff Tor borg. The Cubs' pitcher fielded Torborg's resulting weak tap, tossed home for the forceout, and fanned Sutton for the third out. He had a couple of other tight spots en route to his fifth consecutive triumph and seventh against the single loss this year. Even so, he never permitted another Dodger to reach third base. This was Holtzman's fourth shutout of the season and equaled his personal record of three successive shutouts, which he collected last July and August. The Cub record is four shutouts in a row by Bill Lee in 1938. And Holtzman got his accustomed big run production from Continued on page 8, col. 1 i wmmWaiestic Prince BATS BAFFLED Tight Rope Walker IAP Wlrephotol Jockey Avelino Gomez walking on rail of Fort Erie, Ont., track after falling at starting gate. He joked with fans, saying track was deep in slop and he didn't want to get muddy. Domed Arena Plan Passes House Test N. L Standings EAST DIVISION CHICAGO . Pittsburgh . New York . St. Louis . . Philadelphia Montreal . . WEST DIVISION W. .25 II L 13 18 18 19 19 22 Pet. .658 .500 .486 .472 .441 .333 G.B. 6 6'a 7 8 lift W. Atlanta 24 los Angeles . 21 San Francisco 20 Cincinnati ...16 San Diego ... 16 Houston 16 I. 10 14 16 19 24 24 Pet. .706 .600 .556 .457 .400 II .400 II G.B Vi s 8'i LAST NIGHT'S GAMES CHICAGO, 7; LM Anteles, 0. SI. Louis, 1) Sill Francisco, e. Cincinnati, 4; PWIedelpbie, 0. Hoiston, S; Montreal, 0. Plftibvrtn, ; Sir Olete, I. Atlanta ind Htm VwK, mi scheduled. GAMES TODAY. PITCHERS CHICAOO t In Angeles, 10 p. m. Hindi Ml vs. OttetR (Ml. New York at Atlanta, 7:0$ p. m. Mc-Craw 34 l. Nitkre (Ml. Montreal at Huston, 7:30 a. m. Mm-mm 3-1 vs. Lemaster 11-51. Pltliburih at Mr Dleao, it p. m. Bliss (Ml vs. Ktlltf 3-31. Philadelphia at CIikIihiiII, 7:05 p. m. Fryman (4-11 vs. Merrllt (Ml. St. Levis at San FriRClic, 3 p. a. Brllet 3-3 vs. Perry ((-3). msim 'Zip'-ping Along with Holtzman May 6 Los Angeles 001 000 000 May 11 San Francisco ... .000 000 000 May 16 Houston 000 000 000 May 20 Los Angeles 000 000 000 33 Zeroes in a Row Count 'Em! v r" , BY MICHAEL KILIAN (Chicatt Tribune Preii Semite) Springfield, 111., May 20-Sup-porters of a domed sports stadium for Chicago scored a narrow victory in the Illinois House today, 84 to 82. At stake was an amendment to exempt the proposed stadium from property taxes for two years. Without the exemption, the project would be doomed, its supporters maintain. Despite the narrow vote over the tax exemption, the Kepub licans should be able to muster the 89 votes needed to pass the entire stadium proposal when it comes to the House floor for final passage, said Rep. Jack E. Walker R., Lansing, majority leader and the stadium bill's sponsor. Some Were Missing Several Republican House members were absent from the floor during today's contest over the tax exemption. They will be back for final passage, Rep. Walker said. The tax exemption battle re sembled some of the sporting events that might take place in the 100-million-dollar stadium if it is built. As House votes are cast, a running total is shown on a huge lighted sign on the chamber wall much like a basketball scoreboard. During today's il balloting, the sign looked like jjf the scoreboard during the final Boston Celtic -Los Angeles 1 Laker game for the National I Basketball association title. I! Taking a strong lead at the outset, Democratic opponents of i . . Continued on page 3, col. S orraviLL SEND HORSE TO in YORK 'Going to Give Him a Chance' (N. V. Timet-Cniceii Trlbvnt Dispatch New York, May 20 Majestic Prince apparently will get to run in the Belmont Stakes, after all. In a sudden change of mind, Frank McMahon disclosed tonight that he was shipping his unbeaten 3-year-old colt to New York instead of returning him to California. "We're going to give him a chance to win the Triple Crown," McMahon said by phone from Palm Beach, Fla. "If he's ready and able to run in the Belmont, he'll run." Majestic Prince, the winner of both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, could thus become the first horse in 21 years to win the Triple Crown. Citation, in 1948, was the last to accomplish the sweep. On Sunday, McMahon had announced that his colt was 100 pounds underweight and would be flown back to Califor nia "because three top races in five weeks would be just too much for him." The decision stunned the racing world. However, at 11 o'clock tonight, McMahon canceled the United Air Lines air freight flight on which Majestic Prince was to be flown to the west coast. The flight was to have left Baltimore at 2 o'clock tomorrow morning. Two grooms and another horse were to have accompanied the copper-coated son of Raise A Native. Now, a flight to New York Is being arranged for sometime later tomorrow. Majestic Prince will be stabled at Belmont Park, where the Vk mile Belmont Stakes will complete the Triple Crown series on June 7. in Belmontmmi SCORE FIVE III 8TH INNING Back in Fold Willie Horlon, Detroit slugger who left team Thursday, taking batting practice in Comiskey park after rejoining squad prior to game with White Sox. ALLEN DEAD AT 54; HISTORIAN FOR BASEBALL Syracuse, N. Y., May 20 W)-Lee Allen, historian of the baseball Hall of Fame at Coopers-town and author of 12 books about baseball, died today at St. Joseph's hospital after an apparent heart seizure. He was 54. Authorities said he was stricken while driving thru Syracuse from Cincinnati where he had presented an award in ceremonies honoring the Reds' all-time baseball team. Allen was a native of Cincinnati, the son of an Ohio congressman. He worked on the Reds' public relations staff for two years after graduation from Kenyon college in 1939 and later was employed by several newspapers in Ohio and New York. Allen recently collaborated on the "New Official Encyclopedia of Base ball," which is being published this summer. INDIANS BEAT ROYALS, 4 T0 1 Sam McDowell Gives Up 2 Hits Cleveland, May 20 Wl Sam McDowell checked Kansas City on two hits and struck out seven tonight in pitching the Cleveland Indians to a 4 to 1 victory over the Royals. Ed Kirkpatrick's third inning single and Lou Piniella's sev enth inning homer were the only hits off McDowell. Jose Cardenal's leadoff homer in the sixth touched off a three run Cleveland burst against rookie Mike Hedlund that gave McDowell a 4 to 0 lead. Kansas City Cleveland Ab R H to R H Hern'de?, ss 4 0 0 Versa Mm, 2b 4 0 0 4 0 0 Fuller, 2b 0 0 3 1 1 Cardinal, cf 4 1 3 0 0 Harrelson, rf 4 0 3 0 0 Horlon, lb 4 1 3 0 0 Snyder, rf 0 0 3 0 1 Maye, If 4 1 3 0 0 Brown, ss 3 1 3 0 0 Posse 3 0 O O Alvis, 3b 3 0 0 0 McDowell, p 3 0 Adair. 2b Piniella, If Foy, 3b Harrison, lb Oliver, cf Klrkp'rick. rf Campanis, c Hedlund, D Wkk'Sflam, p 0 KrOS, PR I 29 1 2 32 4 9 Kansas City Cleveland .. , 000 000 100-1 . 010 003 OOx-4 Runs batted In Plnlella, Cardenal, Fosse 2, Alvls. Two base bit Fossa. Horn runs Cardenal , Plnlella I "51. Error Hernandei. Left on bases Kansas City. 1; Cleveland, 5. Pitching summary: IP H R ER BB SO Hedlund 5 0 4 4 1 4 Wlckersham ...2Va 0 0 0 0 0 McDowell 9 2 110 7 Winning pitcher-McDowell (3-41. Losing oitcher-Hedlund 12-21. Time-1:M. At tendance 3422. Total bom runs to date. Encore Please Enid, Okla., May 20 (TPD Ed Shockley shot a hole in one today on the par 3, 135-yard first hole at University Lake Golf coarse. He did the same thing last year, when he was only 79 years old. Detroit Tallies 5 in First BY RICHARD DOZER For just a few moments in the eighth inning last night, then again briefly in the ninth, you got the idea that maybe even a five-run first inning by the Detroit Tigers couldn't bring down the unsinkable Tommy John. Tommy went to the All-Star break unbeaten last year, and he had woven his way to three victories while somehow steering clear of defeat in eight starts this year. Tigers Barely Escape But the world champions un loaded on him heavily in the first round last night, and it seemed that Houdini at the bottom of the river, straight- jacketed and locked in a trunk, would have found escape easier than John. But the White Sox, given up A. L Standings EAST DIVISION w Oakland 21 Minnesota ...20 CHICAGO ....IS Kansas City .. 16 Seafiia 15 California ....II I. 13 13 16 20 20 22 Pet. .618 .606 .484 .444 .429 .333 WEST DIVISION W. Baltimore ... .27 Boston 21 Detroit 18 Washington ..20 New York . . .18 Cleveland ... 8 L. 13 13 16 20 21 23 Pet. .675 .618 .529 .500 .462 G.B. "' AVt 6 6a 9'i G.B. 3 6 7 8Vi .258 l4i M f ... i rart jiii,,u..iW V I .. mi . inrTf-f A ! - -f "?rffit LAST NIGHT'S GAMES Detroit, 7; CHICAGO, 4. Cleveland, 4; Kansas City, 1. Washington, ; Seattle, 5. New York, it Oakland, 1. Minnesota, 3; Baltimore, 2 13 inningsl. California it Bufon, rain, postponed. GAMES TODAY, PITCHERS Detroit at CHICAOO, 7:30 p. m. McLain r3) vs. Nrman (141. Kansas City it Cleveland, :4S P. m. Nelson 2-3 vs. Paul (Ml. Minnesota it Baltimore, 7 p. m. Cnance 3-1 vs. Phoebus (441. Oakland at New York, 7 p. m. Dobson 13- vs. Bahnsen (1-41. Seattle at Washington, i:30 p. m. sen (3-3) vs. Fascial (2m. California at Boston 2, 4:30 . nt. May (1-41 and McOlothlin 3-2 vs. Siebert (1-3 ind Lonbori 1-01. for dead when the 5 to 0 Tiger lead held up into the fifth inning, stirred themselves in the cold. And by the time nine full innings had been properly contested, the Tigers were happy to get out with their hides a 7 to 6 victory. Yes, the loss finally went to John, but not before the White Sox broke Earl Wilson's whammy of sweeping sliders with a pinch home run by Woodie Held in the fifth. And even after the Tigers widened their lead with two unearned runs in the sixth, the plucky Chicagoans struck for five runs of their own in the eighth and had two on base in the ninth when Don McMahon finally stopped them. Earl Fans 10 Wilson lasted seven innings and part of the lusty eighth. He struck out 10 and frequently had the flailing White Sox looking like schoolboys taking swipes at deliveries that broke outside the strike zone. But the Sox solved him with singles in the eighth. He was nicked for four of them in succession without getting anyone out Luis Aparicio, Carlos May, Gail Hopkins, and Duane Jo- phson coming up with the hits. Hopkins and Josephson each drove in a run, and Pat Dobson was the first to come to Wilson's aid. Bill Melton, who hit a wast-Continued on page 5, col. 1 (TRIBUNE Staff Photos by Rat GoraJ Tommy McCraw, injured in spring training March 21, warming up after being reactivated before last- night's activity. Juveniles9 Season Opens Today at Arlington Park BY THOMAS RIVERA The long trail to the world's richest thorobred race, the $385,000 Arlington - Washington Futurity this fall, begins today with the running of the Joliet stakes at Arlington Park. The five-furlong race, for a purse of $15,000 added, is the first added money event for 2-year-olds in our town this season and marks the earliest start for the juveniles in many a year. Off and Running Last year the Joliet was run on June 19 and won by Mr. Power, who went on to do very well for the Daybreak farm but eventually wound up Continued on page 8, col. 1 Title of Book Says Kramer Out of Football Green Bay, Wis., May 20 Special Jerry Kramer, Green Bay Packers guard, apparently has retired from pro football. Kramer's newest book, co-authored by Dick Schaap and released today, is titled "Jerry Kramer's Farewell to Football." An advertisement describes the work as "Jerry's inside look at the frustrating 1968 Green Bay ' season, his personal decision to give up the game he loves so much, his ventures in other fields ..." A Packer spokesman said the club had received no official notification of Kramer's retirement. Kramer was out of the city and unavailable for comment. il jtfm tOaksi oft, IhiL TkwA. w In . v a ,i' yJ t A RICH CHUNK OF Chicago baseoail lore was ouriea yesterday when Clarence Pants Rowland, 91, was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre cemetery. Too bad that Pants never found time to write bis autobiography. Now most of Rowland's memories are lost forever. But Pants, for more than a half-century a factor in baseball, from the bottom to the top, will be remembered as long as the game is played. At his death, Rowland was vice-president emeritus of the Chicago Cubs. More impressively, he had been manager of the 1917 White Sox, the last Chicago world series winner. Tho Pants disdained living In the past, he once nostalgically stated: "There never has been a unit like the White Sox of 1917. 1 doubt If there ever will be." That observation came more than four decades after the glory of '17. Yet it wasn't an old-timer's lament. Pants Rowland no sooner had taken command of the White Sox, in 1913, when he voiced a similar opinion of the team's greatness. To fill you In: Rowland was managing Peoria's Three-I league team in August, 1914, when Charles A. Comlskey-an old friend-invited Pants to Chicago. "To discuss players," said Comiskey. When Pants arrived, Comiskey said cryptically: "Tell your bosses you won't be back next year." Two months passed before Pants Rowland, who never had played an inning' of major league ball, was told he would replace Jimmy Callahan as Sox manager, . t 4 Clarence Rowland . . as Sox skipper AFTER THE 1915 season was under way, Comiskey sent Harry Grablner, his trusted aid, to Cleveland to try to pry Ray Chapman, a brilliant Infielder, from the Indians. Rowland then told Comiskey: "If Grabiner gets Chapman, I'm thru." Comiskey asked what the trouble was. "No trouble," said Rowland. "But if you add Chapman to the lineup you already have, you can win pennants for several years without a manager." Grabiner couldn't land Chapman, who in 1920 died after being hit by a ball pitched by the Yankees' Carl Mays. Grabiner Instead returned with one of the all-time outfielders, Shoeless Joe Jackson, who with a .356 lifetime batting average, was a howitzer for Rowland's 1917 world champions. Those were the days. That was the team. Rowland thought so then, and was still saying so when his recent lengthy Illness confined him to a nursing home. PANTS ROWLAND managed against Casey Stengel when ase was a rookie in Kankakee. Rowland was a minor league owner and manager. As an American league umpire, he saw many of Babe Ruth's record 60 home runs in 1927. Pants was later brought to the Cubs by William Veeck Sr. Other Jobs included the presidency of the Pacific Coast league. Twice afterwards the Cubs called Pants home, the last time when be was in his late 70s. For several more years, Pants was the No. 1 man at Owner Philip Wrigley's ear. Cub fans of 1969 are optimistic about their team's present pennant chances. Credit Rowland with a big assist. In the mid-SOs, Rowland had been summoned from California to doctor the floundering Cubs. As the 1956 season waned, The Tribune's Irving Vaughan told this paper to be prepared for the departure of Manager Stan Hack and General Manager Wid Curry Matthews. He had been backgrounded by his old pal, Rowland. Hack and Matthews made denials. MOOTl nULLITISiucATCrtupoM Ah- MANMNP's BESTFRIEMD" TMEtwLr NEWSPAPER MyNKPtPPOlNT WHILE VOL) CATCH UPONCURRIW EVENTS.. x -ft, i k-v-.TraT M If m. i rrzjA. 0CJt. v events... a m "III all I JK BE ' W A II I I II 7ok... j CANT 1 hFINPTHB" aaaiaBaaaaMMBHaiiii-- inai on,3ooty HAND IT TO MB PtfASB, PROFfSSOP. ;'vii lnuiin i The day after the 1956 world series finals, Hack and Matthews were sent packing. Their successors on Rowland'! recommendation were Bob Scheffing, manager, and John Holland, G. M., both from the Los Angeles farm club. Holland has been the front office genius in rebuilding the Cubs into contenders, perhaps champions. ROWLAND was instrumental in four Hall of Famers Joining Chicago clubs. While a minor league manager he recommended Pitcher Red Faber to Comiskey. Mainly on Rowland's say-so, the White Sox paid a princely price for Shortstop Luke Appling. Dizzy Dean, the Cardinals' tore-armed pitcher, was brought to the 1938 Cubs because Rowland stubbornly insisted over protests of Bill Veeck Jr. that Dean could help win a pennant. Dean did, and the Cubs did. Probably the most notable of Rowland's contributions to Chicago was made as White Sox manager, when he told Comiskey: "Get Eddie Collins from the Athletics." Comiskey did, for $50,000. Late in June, 1955, it looked like the Cubs were resurgent. They had a red-hot infield of Dee Fondy, Gene Baker, Ernie Banks, and Randy Jackson. Over dinner In the Wrlgley building restaurant, Rowland was asked how his currently hot infield compared with yesteryear's Frank Chance-John Evers-Joe Tinker-Harry Steinfeldt combo. Rowland said: "No comparison. Our 1955 infield is far superior. They routinely handle drives that would have gotten past the old west side Cubs." Rowland never lived in the past. Until very recent summers, tho his eyesight was failing, his afternoon haunt wai Wrlgley field. There must be some moral for a generation that today thinks a man is over the hill at 30. i s

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