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July 13, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 42

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American Stars Try to End National Domination Tuesday Voices of Protest Heard Below The Philadelphia Phillies are no exception. They grab off players from their higher farm clubs just like any other major league club. But they, like the Pittsburgh Pirates and some of the others, aren't always quick to fill the holes they make in minor league rosters. Since Charleston's association with Pittsburgh, this failing has caused the biggest complaints from local fans and, at times, from the Charlie front office, too. The Charlies feel that they have as much right to expect replacements from Class AA as the Pirates have to expect replacements from Class AAA. But it hasn't always worked that way. For a time this year it seemed that the Bucs would be a little more considerate of the problems of the Charlies. But not long ago they sent in two free agents -- both dropped by Class AA minor league clubs -as replacements for pitcher John Candelaria and infielder Bobby Valentine. Then Saturday they signed another minor league castoff -- a pitcher -- to take the vacated spot left in the roster when infielder Art Howe was recalled. * * * Manager Steve Demeter, probably taking a cue from Toledo manager Jim Banning, blasted off at the Pirates. He pointed out that other clubs in the league were getting players down from the parent club while the Charleston were getting players who were rejected by clubs even lower than Class AAA. It wasn't always like this with Pittsburgh. But now it was something to be concerned about. The Charlies are on the slide with little to do about it. Bunning took his case right to the Philadelphia Phillies and is now getting some results. Toledo's clubs, unlike the clubs the Pittsburh Pirates have assigned to Charleston in five years here, hardly can remember when they were good enough to flirt with the top teams in the International League. But anyone who knows Jim Bunning, one of the great pitchers of our day, will tell you that he can't stand adversity too long. He's not built that way. He never has had an outstanding team as a minor league manager and this has tried his soul His Team Now On Right Track For a time there wasn't much hope that the Mud Hens would get into the race this year. But the people in Charleston recall what a fighter Jim Bunning was when he pitched here back in 1956. And he hasn't changed. His aggressiveness, plus the mending of some ailments, has put the Hens in good shape now and Bunning feels his club will make a real run for the playoffs. "We're getting it all together now," he said Friday, "and we'll be tough down the stretch." When the Phillies relieved him of players like outfielder Jerry Martin and first baseman Larry Fritz recently, right on top of the Hens' loss of infielder Andy Kosko with a broken arm, Jim naturally expected help from the Class AA Phillie farm club at Reading, Pa. But it didn't develop. And when the Phils advised him that no help was forthcoming be- Bunning Bannister cause there were no players at Reading who could help him, Jim fumed. "They say this guy can't play," the Philadelphia Bulletin quoted Bunning. "Hell, I've got guys here who aren't playing. In the spring they had to go on past performances but how long can you wait. "Some of those guys at Reading have to be able to play to have the figures (averages) they have. Someone is lying to me." . . . Phils Heed Banning's Pleas MILWAUKEE (AP) - Baseball's 46th All-Star Game, showcasing the game's top players, will be staged in County Stadium Tuesday night with the American League once again seeking to end a National League domination of the midseason showdown. AL President Lee MacPhail pledged an all-out effort to beat the Nationals in last summer's game at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium. But the NL prevailed with a 7-2 victory to give it a 26-18 edge with one tie in the series that started in 1933. The Nationals have made the game a virtual one-league show for the last dozen years, winning 11 times to take control in a series they once trailed 12- 4. A's, Yankees Dominate The Americans will attempt to end their All-Star frustration with an Oakland A's- New York Yankee dominated line-up featuring five first-time starters against an NL cast that is made up almost entirely of Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds and is virtually the same one that began last year's game. The first-time AL starters will be three Yankees, catcher Thurman Munsonj outfielder Bobby Bonds and third baseman Graig Nettles, along with two Oakland A's, catcher Gene Tenace and outfielder Joe Rudi. The other AL starters are two more A's, outfielder Reggie Jackson and shortstop Bert Campaneris, and second baseman Rod Carew of Minnesota, whose 3,165,614 votes was the highest total for any player in the nationwide fan balloting. . Opposing the AL starters will be a starting NL line-up populated almost completely by the Reds and Dodgers. Cincinnati's contingent is headed by catcher Johnny Bench, who led all NL players with 2,930,147 votes. The other Reds are Pete Rose in the outfield and the second base- shortstop combination of Joe Morgan and Dave Concepcion. From the Dodgers, fans elected first baseman Steve Garvey, the most valuable player in last year's game; third baseman Ron Cey and outfielder Jimmy Wynn. Breaking the DodgerRed control of the NL starting team was outfielder Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals. Concepcion Edges Bowa Except for Concepcion and Brock, the NL lineup is the same one that started last year. Concepcion beat out Philadelphia's Larry Bowa, last year's starter at'shorts- top, and Brock replaced Hank Aaron, traded to the American League Milwaukee Brewers over the winter. Opposing Managers Walt Alston of the NL and Alvin Dark of the AL will name their starting pitchers Monday. Alston picked three Dodgers, Don Sutton, Andy Messersmith and Mike Marshall, to head his staff allong with Tom Seaver and Jon Matlack of the New York Mets, Tug McGraw of Philadelphia, Jerry Reuss of Pittsburgh, Phil Niekro of Atlanta and Randy Jones'of San Diego. Bunning raised so much cain that the Phillies' director of minor leagues, Dallas Green, finally sent Fritz back to Toledo. A little later Martin returned. And the other day outfielder Mike Rogodzinski was assigned to the Hens. In addition to being raided by the Phils, the Hens also had some other problems, pointed out in the Bulletin story. This concerned injuries to players which the Phils couldn't use but expected Toledo to carry. O u t f i e l d e r A l a n Banniseter (sore shoulder), pitcher Dick Ruthven (recovering from elbow operation) and pitcher Roy Thomas (arm trouble) were cases in point. They were hurt but were left to their places on the Toledo roster. No help came from Reading or anywhere else. "It is a frustrating business," said Bunning, after he had finally made his peace with the Phillie front office. "I hate to be associat- . ed with losing. But I think I'm sending players up who are competitive Mollencop's 68 Leads Tourney Tom Mollencop shot a 68 round Saturday to take the lead in the Kanawha Country Club men's stroke play tournament. Frank Bell playing in the championship flight, recorded a hole-in-one on the No. 10 hole. Bell wound up with a 76 score. Ray Hoaglin took the lead in the second flight with a 79 round while Harry Hoffmann and T.J. Brisky shared the lead in the second flight with 84 scores. The tournament will conclude today. and that's my job." And the guys down in Class AA ought to have the same ambitions. When the Mud Hens need help, the Phillies ought to come to their rescue. The door swings both ways, not only for the Phillies, but the Pirates and all the others who have any decent thoughts about their farm clubs' . . . Dark's pitchers include two of his Oakland hurlers, Vida Blue and Rollie Fingers, along with Catfish Hunter of the Yankees, Baltimore's Jim Palmer, Nolan Ryan of California, Kansas City's Steve Busby and Jim Kaat and Rich Gossage of the Chicago White Sox. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger will throw out the ceremonial first ball. The last federal government official to handle that job was former President Ri- : ORD'S APPRECIATION DAYS WATT POWELL PARK-JULY 20 IT'S TUINPIKi FORD'S DAY TO SAY "THANKS" TO THi PEOPLE WHO NAVE NEPD MAKE OUR FIRST YEAR IN BUSINESS A SUCCESS! STOP BY TURNPIKE FORD TODAY FOR YOUR... FREE TICKETS TO THE CHARLIES JULY 20th TURNPIKE FORD APPRECIATION DAYS BALL GAME. 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Musial and Mickey Mantle, who had a three-run homer for the AL that year, will return for Tuesday night's rematch, serving as honorary coaches and accompanying the two managers to home plate for the pre-game exchange of lineups. Aaron, who is suffering from a shoulder injury and may not play in his selected reserve role for the AL," could tie Musial's record of 24 All-Star Game appearances if he does play. OB NBC Television The game will be televised by NBC, which estimates a viewing audience of 50 million in the United States. Following the game, major league baseball will hold its annual summer meeting with important matters certain to come up for discussion. On the agenda are reports from the franchise and player rela- tion committees and possible consideration of extension for Commissioner Bowie Kuhn's term of office, which is reportedly opposec by several American League owners. 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