The Billings Gazette from Billings, Montana on July 7, 1971 · 21
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mm SECTION TWO VeAwsdoy. July 7. 1971 Morning Edition "13 7 r..t ..."in .1 mi 4 Billings righthander Steve Hudson collared Idaho Falls on four hits and struck out 12 to keep the Mustangs in a first place tie in Pioneer League with a 4-0 shutout Tuesday night at Cobb Field. It was Billings' fourth straight win and eighth in 11 games. The two teams meet again Wednesday in a double header beginning at 6:30. Both are seven contests. Randy Johnson and Bill Jackson are due to start for the Mustangs. As Willie goes, e Giants SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It's July, Willie Mays is tired and his batting average is going down. He needs rest, but instead will go play in his 22nd All-Star ftMs5p;::;:xAx..w.w...' 8 Game next week in Detroit with no complaints. "The club seems to play better when I'm in there," the San Francisco Giants star said recently; explaining why he hasn't if 1 .!.!inllrtttrj)iiii i Ti r m nin It Ki ri. Big week for Mustangs Optimism is a way of life for sports fans, coaches and others associated with the world of athletics. But Billings Mustang general manager Woody Hahn goes a step further. He thinks he's seen enough of the 1971 Pioneer League to be bold. "Great Falls and Idaho Falls look like the teams to beat, but we're going to be the power," says the former Billings Legion star who saw a possible trip to major league stardom dashed by pitching arm problems. 1 JV, 1 , WOODY HAHN GEORGE BRETT "WE'VE GOT the necessary overall balance ... and these kids come to play," he said Tuesday, aft-f er the Mustangs had climbed into a first place tie with a 7-3 record, by virtue of successive 10-1, 12-1 and 6-1 victories over the Ogden Dodgers. "This is a crucial week for us," he said, pointing out that the Mustangs host Idaho Falls for a four-game series, then entertain Montana rival Great Falls for four games beginning Friday. Being in first place isn't the only thing that has the Affable Hahn beaming. Monday night's crowd of 1,359 set an attendance record for Billings, since the return of the Mustangs to the Pioneer League three years ago. It put attendance figures well ahead of past paces and moved the Mustangs nearer Hahn's hoped-for goal of 30,000 for the season. HAHN TERMED the experimental Mustang-Billings Legion doubleheader a success, but feels the July 4th holiday crowds of 962 and 647 were not indicative of the true drawing power, "because so many people were out of town." The biggest explosion over the weekend was a different type of fireworks. The noise emanated from the booming bat of 18-year-old George Brett, who rocketed a pair of three-run homers in Sunday's 12-1 romp of Ogden. . And strong pitching performances by John Gaylord, Mark Littell and Ken Agler are three other reasons Hahn is humming "this could be the start of something big." Meet John Alberta John Alberta says it will be "defense, kick and pray." That's what Billings Senior football fans can expect, says the new Bronc grid chief. But the opposition can expect something more. "We like to win," says the former Red JOHN Lodge native who produced outstanding clubs ALBERTA at Gillette, Wyo., the past 15 years. , His credentials are impressive. His record: 78-32-2. Admitting that his coaching philosophy is defense first, he hints in a quiet-but-confident manner that there'll be plenty of offense. "The quarterback is always the key," he says. "IT LOOKS like we'll have some speed," referring to linebacker-halfback Bill Crowley, who won the Class AA 220 title in May. "We'll have to go with the type of material we have. We will be running a multiple offense. And if they stack on us, we'll pass the ball." In Billings, he rejoins a pair of former schoolmates. "Francis Rose (Rocky Mountain College head football coach) and Nels Christiansen (Eastern Montana College's assistant athletic director) are very good friends of mine. We went to Chadron State College together." asked Manager Charlie Fox for more days off. "Willie told me that when he plays first base he's resting," Fox said. Mays, the Giants' center field-, er since 1951, has played frequently at first this year because of the absence of injured Willie McCovey. Several other San Francisco starters have been in and out of the line-up with injuries, especially in June when the Giants struggled to a 13-15 record and saw their National League West lead shrink from 10 games to m. McCovey usually bats fourth, behind Mays, "and it makes a big difference when the pitchers know that McCovey isn't coming up next," Fox says. The big first baseman, after hitting a three-run pinch hit homer June 20 at San Diego, was placed on the disabled list because of a sore left knee. "He'll be back Thursday and he'll be in the line-up," Fox" says. Mays turned 40 on May 6, when his .368 batting average was one of the highest in baseball. He pushed it up to .387 a few days later. . But by June 1, it had slipped . to .340 and the superstar's average fell by 47 points in June, when he batted .197. After going l-for-4 against the "Los Angeles Dodgers here Mon-" day, Mays showed only three hits in his last 35 at bats and was down to .285. He leads the Giants in game-winning hits this season, with -10. One of the clutch blows was-a 12-th-inning home run on June 6 against Philadelphia that gave San Francisco a 4-3 victory and ended a five-game losing streak. Mays had only five runs batted in during June. The June 6 homer and his only two others in the month were with the bases empty. That's how it's been going for Willie and the Giants. Jose Salas keyed the Mustang offense with three runs batted in on a two-run single and a sacrifice fly. Gerald Mifsud went 2-for-4. The other Mustang run came on a bases -loaded walk. The loss was Idaho Falls fourth straight and left the defending league champions in third place with a 7-5 record. Billings took a 2-0 lead in the second when Salas drove in Rocky Craig and Steve Freeborn. Hudson, a 21-year-old Lake-wood, Calif., product, boosted his strikeout record to 18 in 13 innings. It was his first start after a four-inning relief stint on the road. He is now 2-0. IDAHO FALLS BiBUa abrkU ahrkbt 4lt Pines lb ittl 4 t Mifiud rf 4 0 2 4 11 Brett n 4 t t 4 0 0 9 Undren 2b 4 110 5 9 Craig d 12 16 410 Freeborn H 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 Sabs 3b 2 0 2 1 S 0 1 1 Perkins e 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Hudson p S I 0 0 10 0 0 000 10 10 0 0 00 M 0 4 0 Smith Darrow 2b Jackson Sb Baku rf Aaron ef Austin If Wilson lb Christian e AUietta e Talley p Romager p Ruhder ph Swemey pr Totals Idaho Falls BUKigs Idaho Fails Totals 20 4 1 4 000 00 000-0 4 1 020 M 02x-4 7 0 1. DP - Idaho Falls 1. Btfinn 1. LOB Idaho Falls (. BU- hng 10. 2B Freeborn, Undress. SB-Austin, Mifsud. SF Salas. IP H R ER BB SO Hudson W 2-0 ( 4 0 0 1 12 Talley L 2-1 7 5 2 2 5 J Romager 1 1 2 2 S 0 -T2:15. A 507. j nw . m .- r - m - ,N t', J . 'ij . ,-;- -: . --x ;:. i - , ": -"t ,m v:' - tr-rm'ia' a ,slii i - i i nm i i mi Keino clocks 3:54.6 mile Fa.fest Kip Keino mile run ' of 1971: routs Ryun STOCKHOLM (AP)-Kip Keino, the Olympic gold medalist from Kenya, ran the fastest mile in the world this year 3:54.4 Tuesday night while world mile record holder Jim Ryun, reportedly suffering from hay fever, finished last in the field of 10 with a 4: 17.3. This was the first meeting between Keino and Ryun since the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, when the sturdy Kenyan, taking advantage of the high altitude similar to his homeland burst to a wide lead and won the 1500 meters, the metric mile, in an Olympic record 3:34.9. Ryun was second in 3:37.8. Tuesday, Keino bettered Marty Liquori's 1971 best of 3:54.6. Ryun, whose best time this year was 3:54.8, was almost 10 seconds behind the ninth-place finisher. After his dismal showing the depressed Ryun left the stadium. He was quoted as say-! ing he could not stand the heavy, warm and wet air. Keino said he was surprised not to see Ryun when he glanced back on the third lap. "I saw only fast running Swedes and was really surprised not seeing Ryun," he said. Keino finished almost 25 meters ahead of Ulf Hoeberg of Sweden, who broke the Swedish record with a clocking of 3 :57.6. John Mason of the United States was third in 3:59.2 and Anders Gaerderud of Swe-: den wound up fourth in 3:59.8. Msisi'saiistnsi y.or . 'i mi k pose. SOUTHPORT, England (AP) A tour-toughened cadre of Americans, headed by Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino, rank as the dominant figures in the international field assembled for the 100th British Open golf tournament. The grand-daddy of all the world's golf championships gets underway Wednesday with defending champion Nicklaus and Jthe streaking Trevino solidly en-jtrenched as the men to beat for .this ancient title. ; Nicklaus, the powerful Golden !Bear who captured his second British Open title in a playoff with Doug Sanders last year, was given a slight edge by Brit-: ain's legal bookies, but Trevino warned: ; "I think I can win it. "I'm playing pretty good right now." The latter was something of an understatement, decidedly out of character for the brash and breezy Mexican-American who is threatening to break all sorts of financial records on the United States circuit. Trevino is leading in the chase for the Vardon Trophy, which goes to the man with the low stroke average. He tops the money winners with more than $195,000 and is the only player to score four victories on the U.S. tour this season. He's missed four other titles by a total of five strokes. Trevino, who Sunday added the Canadian Open to his United States Open title, arrived from Montreal Monday and got in only two practice rounds one of them abbreviated on the rolling links of Royal Birkdale, hard by the Irish Sea.' But he said the lack of prepar ation and the let-down that often follows a tournament triumph don't figure to bother him. ' "It's not exactly like this was the screen door open," said the stocky, swarthy character who stalked out of poverty and obscurity only five years ago and shouldered his way into the front ranks of the game's super-stars. "This is the British Open. You don't have to work to get up for it. I said early in the year that it was one of my goals for the sea-, son.. Nothing's changed that. There's all this tradition and history. This is where it all started. "I'd almost trade one of my U.S. Opens for it." About the lack of practice Trevino said, "Thirtyix holes, maybe 27, is all the practice I ever want to put in. "I don't get it, these guys, coining over and practicing for a week or so. What's the use of shooting 64 in practice when you could be putting it up on the, board shere it counts?" Nicklaus, No. 2 on the Ameri- Gibson blisters YCC 5 'M V 5 DAVE GIBSON Dave Gibson, a 26-year-old one-time pro on the PGA tour, established a course record at Yellowstone Country Club Tuesday with a sensational 63. ' The San Diego native, who has been a club pro at YCC for six years, tallied a blistering 29 on the front nine and a 34 on the. back to better the former record by two strokes. It was held by Gibson's boss at YCC-Paul Allen who set it in 1964, Gibson, who spent two years on the pro tour, recorded eight birdies, one eagle and one bogey in fashioning the eight -under par round. He had birdie putts of 10, 8, 9 and 7 feet and an eagle putt of 15 feet. His only bogey came on a par-3 hole. - V t can money list with over $161,000 despite a very restricted schedule, has won three times this season, second only to Trevino. Smokin' Joe Faces 'Big Cat' HOUSTON (AP) - Two oppo-'nents were announced Tuesday for July 14 exhibition matches with heavyweight champion Joe Frazier. Promoter Harian Haas: said Frazier will box two-round exhibitions ' with Cleveland "Big Cat" Williams and James Hel-wig in the Astrohall. Williams, once a ranking' . I ' 1 1 i I 1 A . neavy ww gin comenaer, iosi a shot at the title here Nov. 14, 1966, when he was defeated by Muhammad Ali. DOURIE 1 HEADER TONIGHT BILLINGS MUSTANGS iniun rinr mrii ILfMIW f ALL) HNUCLj I 6: 30 p.m. I CONCESSIONS yA V1 r Orioles dominate All-Stcar vofirica Motes 'n quotes t:: For the record: Doug Brown, this state's greatest distance runner, stilt owns .the overall record in flie Beartooth" Run near Red Lodge. It was erroneously reported that Boyd Collins established a record Saturday, but Brown's 1970 time of 54.20 still stands well above the challengers. The gruelling 8.2 miles up the switchbacks to Cooke City was a familiar jaunt for the Montana mile record holder. "I trained there for 10 days before the state meet when I was in high school. And I could predict within 1.5 seconds every year what I would run in the state meet." . ... Attention Billings: Arkadelphia, Ark., a city of 10,000, has submitted an attractive offer to host the 1973 NAIA track championships. It includes a package deal to house and feed visiting athletes on the campus of Henderson State College . . . University of Montana offensive lineman Willie Postler has been selected by Game Plan Magazine as one of seven All-American guards. It also lists the following teams as the Top 20 football squads for the 1971 season: 1. Nebraska 2. Notre Dame 3. UCLA 4. Southern Cal 5. Alabama 6. Oklahoma 7. Auburn 8. Tennessee 9. Texas 10. Syracuse 11. LSU 12. Michigan 13. Florida 14. Georgia Tech 15. Oregon 16. Texas Tech 17. Washington 18. Arkansas 19. Northwestern 20. Arizona State , . . Double Ought, the unrid-der(brahma bull owned by Beutler Brothers, extended his streak to 0-198 over the weekend at the Cody rodeo. With V-61 retiring soon, the bull appears to be the heir-apparent to the title of the No. ltoro. NEW YORK (AP) - The world champion Baltimore Orioles placed three men on the American League All-Star team, including third baseman Brooks Robinson, .the No. 1 vote-getter in final balloting announced Tuesday by Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. Robinson, who drew 1,110,468 of the more than 2,300,000 ballots cast in what is believed to be the largest computerized vote ever taken in sports, will be joined by teammates Boog Powell at first base and Frank Robinson in the outfield. Rounding out the AL's start-" ing infield for the 42nd All-Star Game at Detroit are second baseman Rod Carew of the Minnesota Twins and shortstop. Luis Aparicio of the Boston Red' Sox. The catcher will be Ray, Fosse of Cleveland. Frank Robinson will be joined in the outfield by Carl Yas-trzemski of Boston and Tony Oliva of Minnesota. It wiU be the 10th All-Star appearance for Frank Robinson, who has played for the American League four times and the National League six times. The eight winners in the fan - balloting conducted throughout the United States and Canada must play three innings. The balance of the squad, including pitchers, will be named by Manager Earl Weaver of the Or-' ,ioles. " The leaden: First ba-Boog Powell, Baltimore, 823,113; Norm Cash, Detroit, 625,277; George Scotl, Bmton, 202,064; Mike Epstein, Oakland, 161,082; Bob Oliver, Kansas City, 120,206, Danny Cater, New " York, 01,064. Second" Base Rod drew, Minnesota, 560,837; Dave Johnson, Baltimore, 402,749; Cootie Rojas, Kansas City, .308,636; Dick McAuUfle, Detroit, 219,815; Dick Green, Oakland, 136,574; Eddie Leon, Cleveland, 125,214. Third Base Brooks Robinson, Bald-more, nntl,469; "Harmon Killebrew,: Minnesota, 4 2,852; Rico Petrocelli, Boston, 160,250; Sal Brando, Oakland, 119,958; Leo Rodriguez, Detroit, 109,477; Graig Nettles, Cleveland, 60,207. Shortstop-Luis Aparicio, Boston, 437,959; Leo Cardenas, Minnesota, - 368,799; Bert Campaneris, Oakland, 320,271; Jim Freeosi, California, 241,820; "Hark Belanger, Baltimore, 241,434; Fred Patek, Kansas City, 200,059. Catcher Ray Fosse, Cleveland, 645,966; Bill Freehan, Detroit, 570,199; Thurman Munson, New York, 336,602; El-rod Hendricks, Baltimore, 178,778; Paul Casanova, Washington, 87,931; George Mitterwald, Minnesota, 80.606. Outfielders-Carl Yastnemskj, . Boston, 1,002,908; Tony Oliva, Minnesota, 880,103; Frank Robinson, Baltimore, 633,217; Bobby Murcer, New York, 606.203; Amoi Otis, Kansas City, 411,552; Al Kaline, Detroit, 374.405; Frank Howard, Washington, 286.890; Reggie Jackson, Oakland, 233,590; Roy White, New York, 197,820. 1 1 . ill if ruli C I Ull 1 I II I f--4i I S 3 GET READY for the YELLOWSTONE RIVER IFILA JULY 9-10-11 10 to 15 Man RAFTS for Rent! $ per day A&B ROL-AVAY RENTALS i v iisi urana nvt nn. wu p.m. , N i FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY JULY 9,10 & 77 ONLY I I As a special "get acquainted" offer you get q Q our regular first class car wash for only 5C. No fl gimmick nothing to buy (unless you want ito). n ... . s H ftM ijlv' YjSlfh 'W!H09IS(ci m) i$i ft' (ifV -3 s 1 n a 24th and Broadwater Marvin Thompson 17th and Poly Dr. Gene Davis 5T 3 SmPJDARD) ,.,m(.lir".-; . - 0 rv ,sJ 16th and Grand Mike McDunn 5th and Grand Rodney L. 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