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Wills Wants His Son to Emulate Rose LOS A N G E L E S ( A P ) . Baseball's most accomplished thief believes the fans aren't giving fair treatment to a guy who doesn't cheat. Maury Wills, whose 104 stolen bases in 1962 stand as a major league record, delcares Pete Rose gives his all and shouldn't be getting the boos. "Here's a guy that plays all out whether he's ahead or behind or the score is tied and he 'plays the same way...hard." Wills, who became a National Broadcasting Company telecaster in 1973, didn't play on the same team with Rose. He played against him, respects him and has reviewed the incident in last year's National League Championship series that caused some of the booing. Rose went into the New York Mets' Bud Harrelson in a play at second base. Harrelson got up swinging. "We replayed the action five times," says Wills, an All-Star shortstop himself. "I got a good shot of it. And Pete Rose went into second base legitimately. I'm sure Bud Harrelson will attest to that. Pete Rose's point of view was that he did not want to swing at Harrelson. He grabbed him. He did not want to swing any punches." So Wills wonders if fans know what they are doing when they boo P'ete Rose. "I was not at the ball park the night that Pete Rose got booed at Dodger Stadium," says Maury. "But when I read the newspaper the next day, I was totally embarrassed. Because I always preached the gospel of the greatness and the class and the sophisti- ' cation of the Dodger fans and the fans in Southern California. Worth Two Steps "When the fans would yell 'Go, Maury go,' it was worth two steps going from first base to second. "Now I have a son (Bump) who is just going into professional baseball and I'm as proud as I can be of him. I will be even more so if he plays baseball the way Pete Rose does...If he turns out to be the person and the ball player that Pete Rose is and gives the effort that Pete Rose does. "That's how much I think of Pete Rose and I'm very disappointed about what has been happening around the National League ball parks. "I hope people will realize what they are doing. There has to be a lack of understanding. Some look at Pete Rose now as a villain where they have looked at him before as Charlie Hustle, a man who i brings excitement. "I think he's the most exciting player in baseball today." "There are two types of booing at a ball park. Fans boo an opposing player out of respect...because he's such an outstanding player and can beat you. Then there's the other type of booing, which is beginning to happen to Pete Rose and this is out of disrespect, booing the person as an individual. "I'm sure Rose is doing everything he can do to ignore it, but the poor guy must be eating his guts out. The best thing a player can do is ignore it, but that is awfully hard to do. Not Battlefields CINCINNATI ( A P ) - Its image blackened by full-scale brawls, major league baseball is faced with considering harsh steps to head off future violence says former National League President Warren Giles. "The owners could put a screen or plate glass around their ballparks but the decent fans don't deserve that," said Giles, n o w r e t i r e d a f t e r spending 18 years as league president. "This is a discipline problem. The younger generation is creating a general revolution. The public has to stop looking at the fan who runs across the field as an underdog. Policemen should be given more e n c o u r a g e - ment--instead of boos/' said the spunky 77-year-old baseball booster who retired in 1969. Giles was referring to the riotous incident in Cleveland last week when hundreds of fans swarmec! onto the playing field, forcing umpires to forfeit the game to the Texas Rangers. A number of players from both teams were injured. The rowdyism invading the once-staid national pastime is bewildering to Giles, who feels the fence-jumping outbursts can only harm the sport. "This is going to require a good deal of study and thought by baseball's r a n k i n g officials. It can't go on," he said Beefing up security forces ; sn't the solution, Giles said. "That's impossible. We're talking about ballparks not battlefields," he said. "The public could help more, and the courts too. A stiff fine may make some of these people think twice. "I feel security guards could be placed more strategically. A Chicago Cubs executive told me they were having trouble with abusive fans last year and a group of young fans organized to help discontinue it." said Giles. He noted how Cincinnati ^Guaranteed Win' Bad for Charlies By A. L. Hardman It was "Guaranteed Win'' night at W a t t Powell Park Saturday night but Toledo's 6-4. 215-pound right hander. Larry Christenson absolutely refused to cooperate. He mowed down the Charlies on four hits as the Hens made it two in a row in their series here with a 4-0 shutout. It was the seventh blanking of the season for the Charlies and they went down quietly and rather humbly as the 20-year old Toledo pitcher had the'm eating out of his hand. And so the 1,245 fans -- at least those who were there at the end to pick up their ticket stubs -- will be admitted free to t o d a y ' s game w i t h the Hens. And as long as the Charlies lose, this procedure will be followed. * * * A N O T H E R culprit in the Toledo lineup Saturday night, as far as the Charlies were concerned, was first baseman Dana lorg, who belted an "off field'' three-run homer off Brad Meyring to put the game completely out of Charleston's reach. Meyring had opened the fifth by dishing out walks to Alan Bannister .and Tom Sili- cato. Then lorg, a left-hander batter, skimmed a drive just over the left-Held fence that outfielder Bill Flowers might have gotten his glove on had it been about a foot lower. /-*i I^KS^%/ Xxtr/^ ^ i / ^ * Charleston^ Wesl*Kir,t ' in i a ID June 9,1974 BANNISTER IORG But, for all intents and purposes, the Hens had gotten the winning run in the first. Bannister singled, swiped his 21st base of the season, and got home a f t e r M e y r i n g h a d walked Silicato and Jay Johnstone and Die Wissel followe with a sacrifice fly. Meyring, who walked six in the four innings he worked, was spared further damage with Dave Augustine made a great running catch of lorg's long fly to left- center. The Charlies got one runner to third and another to second. But that was it. Christenson, winning his fourth game against five defeats, sat nine of the Charlies down on strikes and walked but two. Both of his walks came in the sixth when he appeared to be tiring. But he finished strongly. His only difficulty of any consequence was in the fourth when Augustine led off with a double. Art Howe sent Jerry Martin deep in center to take his long drive and then Charlie Howard punched a single past short, sending Augie to third. But Ed Ott rapped into an inning-ending double play. Meyring, suffering his first defeat, was all over the place with his curve ball, behind on most of the hitters, and not at his best at anytime. He has won two games. . A bright spot for the Charlies was the relief job turned in by Don Leshnock, the newest pitcher. He worked four innings, giving up three well spaced singles. It looked odd for a lefty to be pitching for Charleston, he being the first this season. And it looked odd when he got the ball over the plate in good fashion. Other Charlie hurlers .haven't been doing much of this lately. And so the Hens now hold a 3-2 edge over the Charlies in games played here and they are 4-4 on the season. It was Christensoh's second win over them. Howard got two of the Charlie's four hits. And so the Charlies again sank below the .500 mark with a record of 22-23 and their home mark sank to 13-10 as opposed to-9-13 on the road. CHARLIE CHATTER: Steve Blass (1-2), who has escaped defeat five time despite his u n u s u a l wildness, will make his ninth start of the season this afternoon as the C h a r l i e s close t h e i r series with the Hens. Game time is OWEN 2 p . m . Erskine Thomason (1-6.) who, like Blass, is a right hander, will get the call for Toledo. . .The Hens were without their manager, Jim Bunning, Saturday night. He left the team to attend his eldest daughter's college graduation in Cincinnati. "She is magna cum laude," joshed one of the players, "which proves she takes after her mother." Coach Lee Elia is in charge of the Hens but Bunning will be back at the helm when they return home Monday to play Memphis.. .It's District 29-0 Lions Club Day this afternoon. Then on Monday, when Joe Morgan's Pawtucket Red Sox come in for 6:30 p.m. double bill, it will be "Knot Hole Family Night" with card holders admitted free and all la-, dies admitted for $1 . .. Alan Bannister, Toledo shortstop and a former Arizona State Ail-American, had swiped 20 bases after two thefts on Satu r d a y night. He led the league. And he also led the league in errors with 22. He's one of the league's most outstanding prospects.. . Saturday was trainer Rudy Owen's birthday and the front office staff set him up to a cake and some presents. Rudy says he is "39 and holding." LITTLE CURRENT OPENS GROUND IN WINNING BELMONT STAKES Jockey Miguel Rivera Has Whip Raised Astride Preakness Champic uon 'Current'Runs Away Toledo Charleston Team ab Bnnstr, ss 3 Silcto, 2b 2 lorg, Ib 4 Jhnstn, rf 3 Wissel, 1 ( 3 Martin, cf 3 Saferght, c 4 Sntana, 3b 4 Chrstnsn, p4 Totals 30 T 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 hbl 1 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 6 4 Team ab Flwers, If 4 Agstne, cl 4 Howe, 3b' 3 Howard, Ib4 Ott, rf 4 Macna, c 3 LRussa. 2b3 Hrnndz, ss 2 Mtchck, ss 1 Meyring, p 1 Lshnock, p 0 Bshmn, ph 1 Sdwski, p 0 Totals 30 r 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 h 0 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 bl 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Toledo 103 000 000-4 Charleston 000 000 00-0 E -- Macha, Hernandez; Bannister. DP -- Toledo 1. LOB -- Toledo 8, Charleston 5. 2BH -- Augustine. HR -- lorg (5). SB -- Bannister. Pitching IP H R E R B B S O Chrstnsn (W 4-5) 9. 4 0 0 2 9 x-Myrng(L2-l) 4 3 4 4 61" Leshnock 4 3 0 0 0 2 Sadowski 1 1 0 0 0 1 x -- Faced one batter in 5th. HBP - Martin by Meyring. WP - Meyring U --· J im O'Connor and Steve Fields. T-2:19. A - 1,245. NEW YORK (AP) - Miguel Rivera turned the $169,950 Belmont Stakes Saturday into a game of hide-and-seek--and the. last his eight rivals saw of Little Current was his flying tail as he shot across the finish line. "I went outside because I thought they'd be looking for me inside," said Rivera after Little Current blazed past duelling Jolly Johu and Cannonade and charged to a seven-length victory in the 106th f i n a l jewel of the Triple Crown. Jolly Johu finished second, a nose ahead of Kentucky Derby winner Cannonade, with Rube The Great another half- length back. In the Preakness, Rivera had shot L i t t l e C u r r e n t through a tight hole on the rail to win, also by seven lengths. "Inside once, maybe. Two times, n o , " said R i v e r a . "They say it was a poor field but my horse, he's the greatest," added the 30-year-old native of Puerto Rico. Trainer Lou Rondinello said after watching Little Current's traffic-free victory: "My only instructions were, take him outside in the stretch." In the Kentucky Derby,'Little Current ran into trouble as he threaded his way from 23rd place to fifth. "I think he deserves a little rest now, then we'll point him towards Saratoga," said Ron- dinello. Owner John G a l b r e a t h agreed, saying, "I'd like to run in the Travers (at Saratoga in August). Everything points that way." Little Current raced the IVz miles in 2:291-5, a full 5Vz seconds off the record set by Secretariat last year. The time might not have been impressive but the victory was and it made Little Current the undisputed leader of what had been a wildly inconsistent 3-year- old division. Little Current, who had put on a tremendous closing rush in the Derby to finish f i f t h , bolted into the lead Saturday with a little more than one- eighth of a mile to go. Once the John Galbreath-owned son of Sea Bird stuck his chestnut head in front, the Belmont LOLICH Veteran's 7th Complete Game The Associated Press ."You don't know how badly I wanted to win that game," rookie California pitcher Frank Tanana said between forkfuls of spaghetti. "We need a win so bad to shake, ourselves up and get going/' Saturday's Games Toledo 4, CHARLESTON 0 Rochester 1, Tidewater 0, 11 inn Syracuse 9, Richmond 5, 14 inn. Pawtucket 6, Memphis 2 Friday's Games Toledo 4, CHARLESTON 3 Memphis 7, Pawtucket 4 Rochester 3-0, Tidewater 0-1 Richmond 4. Syracuse 1. The Standings Northern Division Club W Syracuse 29 Rochester 26 Toledo 23 Pawtucket 13 Pet.' .617 .591 MO .302 Gives Detroit 5-2 Victory But it wasn't to be. Instead, it was veteran Detroit pitcher Mickey Lolich who got Saturday's triumph, a seven-hitter for his seventh consecutive complete game. Willie Horton and Jerry Moses slugged two-run homers off Tanana--a former Detroit prep star making his first appearance as a major leaguer in his hometown--to power the Tigers' 5-2 victory over the Angels. "It shows me that a manager has a lot of confidence in me," Lolich said of his com- pletegame string. "It shows that I'm just as good as anyone he can bring in. John Hiller is the ace of the bullpen, sure, but bringing in a left-hander like me isn't much different than keeping me in." Yankee 3, Twins 1 -- Chris Chambliss capped a three-run eighth inning with a two-run single and the New York Yankees held on for a 3-1 victory over Minnesota. Pirates 5, Giants 2 -- Fumbling San Francisco made five errors and Doc Ellis and Bruce Kison combined for a seven-hitter, giving Pittsburgh a 5-2 victory over the Giants to end a five-game losing streak. Braves 5, Expos 3 -- Mike Lum drilled a fourth-inning grand slam home run and Atlanta held on for a 5-3 victory over Montreal. Southern Division Club W Memphis 28 Richmond 25 CHARLESTON....22 Tidewater 16 Pet. .636 .581 .489 .333 GB. 7'/2 14 GB Sunday's Games Toledo at CHARLESTON (2 p.m.) Pawtucket at Memphis Rochester at Tidewater, I Syracuse at Richmond B, Boxscores on Page 80, Lolich said Moses, his new first-string catcher, "goes right along with me" in calling what to throw. "I've had catchers say catching me is like catching in a rocking chair. It's so easv, you just sit back and relax.'I Phils 6, Reds 5 -- Dave Cash doubled home Tommy Hutton from first base in the ninth inning. Hutton batted for pitcher Steve Carlton, 8-4, and singled to lead off the ninth. Cash then doubled off the left field wall and Hutton just beat the relay home. Johnny Bench slammed his llth home run for the Reds and Bill Plummer blasted a pair. Philadelphia's Mike Schmidt ripped his 13th fans rose defiantly to point out troublemakers to police during a recent beer-throwing incident at Riverfront Stadium. "The good fans are going to object if screens have to be put up to keep these hoodlum- types out. Plate glass has already been tried and it didn't work". They had to have men work like wind shield wipers to keep the glass clean." Giles said. The aging baseball figure feels the stormy outbreaks were triggered by the chaotic display of New York Mets fans last October during the National League playoffs. "Since then it's been highly publicized by television and the press. It sparked an emotional outlet." Giles said. Green Outlasts Miller PHILADELPHIA ( A P ) -- Front-running Hubert Green turned back the charge of Johnny Miller with an almost flawless, six-under- par 66 and stretched his lead to two strokes Saturday in the third round of the $150,000 Philadelphia Golf Classic. Green, gunning for his third victory of the season, put gether a three-round total of 203, a whopping 13-under-par and well within sight of the 72- hole record on the 6.708-yard Whitemarsh Valley Country Club course. The soft-spoken Miller, the sensation of the tour this season with five victories and almost $200,000 in winnings, once pulled into a share of the lead but finished with a 66 and a 205 total going into Sunday's last round of the chase for a $30.000 first prize. Tom Jenkins, a tour sophomore who never has challenged for a title, managed a 68 and was in third place with a 206 total, three strokes back. First-round leader John Schlee followed at 207 after a 69 in the cool, cloudy, almost windless weather. Bob Wynn. a non-winning tour regular, was in fourth place at 208 after a 67. --APWircphoto ALL HAIL TO THE WINNER AFTER SATURDAY'S BELMONT TRIUMPH Jockey Miguel Rivera Acknowledges Cheers From Flower Bedecked Mount I was all over. Little Current, the 3-2 favorite on this cloudy, breezy day, returned $5, $4.40 and $3.40 in picking up first money of $107,970. Jolly Johu, owned by Thomas S. Nichols, paid $15.40 and $7.60 and Sigmond Sommers' Rube The Great was $3.80 to show. Completing the order of finish after Rube The Great were Kin Run, who also finished fifth in the Preakness; Shady Character, who had battled for the lead down the backstretch; Hudson County, a speedy colt who was never in the hunt Saturday; Sea Songster, who had been made a supplemental enntry at $12,500; and Bold And Fancy. A crowd of 52,564, about 15,000 less than was on hand to see Secretariat win last year and far below the record 82,694 set in 1971, watched Jolly Johu, Rube The Great, Shady Character and Hudson County try for the lead when the field came out of the gate. Jolly Johu, ridden by Ben Feliciano, led after the first quarter of a mile, was second to Shady Character and jockey Eddie Maple after a half- mile, and was back in the lead after a rnile, with Cannonade moving into second at that point. Little Current was eighth all t h e w h i l e . But a quarter of a mile later, Little Current had moved to fourth--a length behind Rube The Great, who was ridden by Braulio Baeza. Cannonade was in the lead, a head in front of Jolly Johu. Then came the stretch run and L i t t l e C u r r e n t took charge. "He went on his own around the turn and into the backstretch," said Rivera, who had ridden Rube The Great in the Derby before taking over the mount on Little Current in the Preakness. "I was in no hurry. "I stayed close enough and about the three-eighth poles, I asked him to move up. At about the quarter pole, he was going and he was ready and took the lead about the three- sixteenths pole. " A f t e r t h a t , i t w a s h i s race," said Rivera. Little Current's victory was his third in nine starts this year and his fourth in 13, career o u t i n g s . j« Hubert Green Johnny Miller Tom Jenkins John Schlee Bob Wynn Mike Hill Tom Kite Hale Irwin Lee Elder Tom Weiskopl John Lister Dave Hill Charles Siltord Bob Allard Don Bies Leonard Thompson Bob Unger Joe Inman Jim Dent Wally Armstrong Vic Rcgalado George Johnson Bert Yancey Monty Kascr Bud Allin 70-67-66-203 72-67-66-205 67-71-68-206 66-72-69-207 69-72-6r~206 69-70-70-209 68-72-69-209 69-72-68-209 70-70-70-210 71-71-68-210 70-70-70-210 72-73-66-211 67-75-69-211 68-73--212 73-67-72-212 69-71-72-212 72-69-71-212 69-72-71-212 74-71-67-212 68-75-70-213 68-74-71-213 72-72-69-213 69-74-70-213 71-74-68-213 73-72-69-214 National League Saturday's Games Pittsburgh 5, San Francisco 2 Atlanta 5, Montreal 3 Philadelphia 6, Cincinnati 5 New York at Houston St. Louis at San Diego Chicago at Los Angeles Friday's Games Atlanta 5, Montreal 0 Cincinnati 7, Philadelphia 4 Houston I, New York 0 San Diego 1, St. Louis 0 Los Angeles 6, Chicago 5 San Francisco 6, Pittsburgh 1, East Philadelphia St. Louis Montreal New York Chicago Pittsburgh Los Angeles Cincinnati Atlanta Houston San Francisco San Dieqo W 30 27 23 22 20 19 West 41 31 30 29 30 21 L 25 25 24 31 29 32 15 22 25 27 29 39 Pet. .545 .519 .489 .415 .408 .373 .732 .585 .545 .518 .508 .350 GB - IVj 3 7 7 9 8'/5 10'A 12 12Vi 22 Sunday's Games Cincinnati (Gullett 5-3) at Philadelphia (Schueler 3-6), 1:35 p.m. Montreal (McAnally 4-4 and Torrez 5-4) at Atlanta (Harrison 4-6 and Niekro 6-4), 2, 1:35 p.m. New York (Koosman 5-3) at Houston (Griffin 6-2), 3:05 p.m. St. Louis (Gibson 3-6) at San Diego (Greif 2-8), 4 p.m. Chicago (Hooton 2-5) at Los Angeles (John 9-1), 4 p.m. Pittsburgh (Reuss 4-4) at San Francisco (Bryant 2-5), 4 p.m. American League Saturday's Games New York 3, Minnesota 1 Detroit 5, California 2 Baltimore 6, Texas 4 Oakland at Milwaukee Cleveland at Kansas City, postponed Boston at Chicago Friday's Games Texas 5, Baltimore 3 Detroit 5, California 4 Minnesota 3, New York 2 Milwaukee 6, Oakland 4 Cleveland 3, Kansas C i t y 1 Chicago 8, Boston 6 ~Ea'si Boston Milwaukee Baltimore Cleveland Detroit New York Oakland Chicago Texas Kansas City California Minnesota W 29 27 26 26 26 27 West 31 25 28 26 25 22 L 24 23 27 27 27 30 23 24 27 27 31 28 Pet. .547 .540 .491 .491 491 .474 .574 .510 .509 .491 .446 .440 GB V: 3 3 3 4 3V: 3V. 4V 7 7 Sunday's Games California (Ryan 7-4) at Detroit (LaGrow 4-4), 1:30 p.m. Texas (Binby 7-7) at Baltimore (Grlms- ley 5-6), 2 p.m. Minnesota (Albury 2-3 or Decker 6-4) at New York (Tidrow 4-5), 2 p.m. Boston (Lee 6-5) at Chicago (Pitlock 20!, 2:15 p.m. Cleveland (Peterson 3-3) at Kansas City (Fitzmorris 5-2). 2:30 p.m. Oakland (Holtzmsn 6-6! at Milwaukee (Slalon 6-6), 2:30 p.m. V *

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