Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 6, 1972 · Page 49
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 49

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Sunday, August 6, 1972
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7D--Aug. 6, 1972 Sunday Gmette-Mail --ChtrlMM. W(* VtnlnM---- Killebrew Crowds In On Home Run Kings By Pat Thompson MINNEAPOLIS-ST. P A U L (AP) - Harmon Killebrew, fighting off persistent injuries in his 36-year-old legs, is making a serious bid to move in among baseball's top all-time home run leaders. The Minnesota Twins' first baseman should stand behind only Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays at the end of the 1972 season with prospects that he will play at least two or three more years. Killebrew's 533 career home runs going into Friday's games put him only one behind No. 5 Jimmy Foxx and three behind No. 4 Mickey Mantle on the all- tune list. Ahead of them were Mays, 650; Aaron, 659, and Ruth 714. Killebrew has averaged almost 39 homers a season since be became a regular in 1959. . Last season he hit 28 despite a painful injury to his right foot that took leverage away from his swing. This season, the foot has bothered Killebrew again and he also has been playing with a pulled 1 muscle in his heavily taped left leg. Still, he closed July by hitting HARMON KILLEBREW Home Run Hitter five homers in six games for a season total of 18. He has hit 78 of his career homers hi August and 103 in September, his most productive month. "First Good Streak" "That was the first good streak I've had this year," said Killebrew. "Sometimes you get a period like that when you get the base hits and, on the other produces 16-20 million broilers hand, you might hit the same balls in the air." Killebrew said he has not lost any reflex action as he grows older. "I haven't noticed any particular slowing of reflexes at the plate," he said. "I never considered myself a dead pull hitter anyway. My power has always been more in the left- center field alley." Killebrew refuses to say Injuries have hampered his home run production the last two seasons. "I don't want to get into that because I'm not trying to sound like I'm using an alibi," be said. Calvin Griffith, Twin dent, says: "I expect Killebrew will be playing again next year. .. and the next." Killebrew has not revealed his plans after retirement. It has been mentioned that he would be retained as a batting coach, or possibly become a manager. NEW 'HALLERS' Sandy Koufax and Lefty Gomez Set For Induction Into Hall of Fame Youngs was a flashy outfielder of the old New York Giants. He died of Bright'* Di* ease in 1(27, a year after be completed hie 10th season in 1826. with a .906 batting average. Described by his managers as a mini-version of Ty Ccbb, Youngs had a lifetime batting average of .322 and was one of the game's greatest base-runners of his sra. Harridge, former American League president, guided the league through the trying depression and eventually into the 1960s, through a series of franchise shifts and expansion. By Ken Rappoport COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Sandy Koufax, a pitching star of recent vintage, and Lefty Gomez, of the distant past, will be taducted into the Hall of Fame Monday along with six other baseball greats. The eight players will be immortalized in ceremonies at The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum before thousands of fans who usually overrun this sleepy, upstate New York hamlet for the annual festivities. Before the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees play the annual Hall of Fame Exhibition game, officials will officially induct Koufax, Gomez, Yogi Berra, Early Wynn and Buck Leonard into the Hall. Three others will be o r e d posthumously: Ross Youngs, William Harridge and Josh Gibson. At 36, Koufax is the youngest player ever elected to the Hall, an honor he admits "is the only consolation I have for retiring early." But although finishing prematurely after the 1906 season, Koufax starred for the Dodgers. He pitched 12 seasons, both in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, but the last five were the best. Despite being troubled by an arthritic left arm, Koufax led the National League five straight years in earned run average, won the Cy Young Award three times, ML Most Valuable Player award once, and struck out 300 or more batters in three seasons, including a record 382 in 1965. different seasons. He struck out Gomez was the ace left-hand- er for the Yankees in the 1930s, pitching his best in clutch moments. He had bis finest years from 1931 to 1939, appearing in five World Series and never losing a game in six decisions. His reputation as a dry wit often obscured his excellent 189-102 lifetime record. Once, when asked the secret of bis hon- success, Gomez replied: "Clean living, a fast outfield and Johnny Murphy." Gomez referred to the Yankee relief pitcher who bailed him out of many jams over a 14-year career. Berra was a Yankee star of more recent times. Hie Ameri can League's perennial All-Star catcher, Berra had a modest lifetime batting average of .285 but was one of baseball's best clutch hitters before be retired in 1965. He drove in 109 or more runs five times in his 18-year career, and walloped 358 homers. He was voted the American League's Most Valuable Player three times. He now is manager of the New York Mets. Wynn was a star right-hander for the Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox, winning 300 games over a span of 23 years. MOREHEADCITY,N.C. :nit fwi^pw»*»»i(ti«ctniiMM* For The Best Fishing --Contocf-- CAPTAIN OTTIS and Hit ·"·""·····---- fit Zoles the Smith-Corona portable mokes the grade. (In more mays than one!) wwy It loo*- Sport Fishing Fleet i.tq*f»l Phmi 7M-MM* 7M-4SOO OTTIS FISH MARKET AU.MNMOFIMT.-Kt KXM4.MOMMADCnY.N.C Better grides? A possibility. And it makes the grade for convenience, too, with a full- size 84-character keyboard, half-spacer, p.ige gauge, pre-set tab and carry case. 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