Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 10, 1975 · Page 53
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Sunday, August 10, 1975
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Minor Miracle Helps Jack Lead APWirephoto Jack Nicklaus Flips His Iron and Looks Pleased With Shot Fairway Shot Lands Near No. 9 Pin As He Takes PGA Lead GAZETTE-MAIL Charleston, B'.l'a., August 10, 1975. S PORTS 'Page IE By Bob Green AKRON, Ohio (AP) - "I knew I was gonna make the putt." Jack Nicklaus, his jaw set at firm angle, was explaining his minor miracle of a par on the 16th hole Saturday in the 57th PGA National Championship. "I was figuring for a six and looking at an eight," Nicklaus said after missing his drive and taking a penalty shot on the famed "Monster" hole, a 625- yard par five that may prove to be the pivotal hole in this, the last of the season's four major tests of golfing greatness. Nicklaus, gunning for his 16th major championship, took a chance on his fourth shot. "It was a gamble," he said. "I knew it was a gamble. If I get it in the water I'm looking at an eight." Gambled and Won But he pulled it off. He gambled and won. A magnificent nine-iron shot lofted high and soft over tree and water. It came to rest some 30 feet behind the hole. Nicklaus rolled it home. It was a par. He was looking at an eight and walked off with a par and his imposing lead intact. "I knew I was gonna make the putt," Nicklaus repeated. When it dropped in the hole, he acted as if he'd won the tournament. He cradled his blond head between his bulky forearms, then smiled broadly and saluted the big gallery with a wave of his putter. Has Four-Shot Lead He finished with a strong 67 and, with Bruce Crampton and Hale Irwin collapsing, moved into a four stroke lead with a 54 hole total of 205, five under the demanding par on the vast, sprawling acres of Firestone's troublesome 7,180 yards and just one stroke off the tournament record. Crampton, the 39-year-old Australian veteran who established the 36-hole lead with his record 63, stumbled to a 75 but remained the only other man under par with a 209 total, four back of Jack and one under. He and Irwin, a two-tune winner this season who is gunning for a spot in the front rank of the game's greats, opened the gate for Nicklaus' move with their scrambling disasters early in the day. Crampton's fall came by degrees. He bogeyed the 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th holes, a slow, gradual, agonizing decline that let Nicklaus make up eight shots in 10 holes. Irwin's blew his chances with the speed PGA Golf Scores Lopez Picks Up Flaw, Steals 32nd in Row NEW YORK (AP) --It took Davey Lopes Lopes wound up stranded at third in just one batter to pick up Jerry Koosman's the first inning, but he doubled in the sixth flaw. It took the Los Angeles Dodgers a lit- and scored the game's first run on a tie longer to catch up with the New York ground-single to left by Lee Lacy. In the Mets'lefthander, eighth, Lopes singled, was bunted to sec- And when it was all said and done Satur- ond by Lacy, stole third with a headfirst day, Lopes had a major league-record of 32 slide and romped hqme on a wild pitch by consecutive stolen bases without being Koosman, 10-10. caught and the Dodgers, compliments of "I knew about the record because my Burt Hooton's three-hit pitching, had a 2-0 publicity director told me about it before victory. the game," Lopes acknowledged. "It's a Lopes, the National League's base-steal- major league record and I'm pleased with ing leader this year with 51, drew a leadoff it. It's a record that not many people know walk in the first inning of the nationally about. They had to go to the record book to televised game. One out later he swiped look it up. I'm the only guy who's done it second equalling the mark of 31 in a row so I have to be happy with it. set by Max Carey of the 1922 Pittsburgh "But somebody will break my record Pirates.. · some day, too." "I had forgotten what Koosman's flaw For Hooton, it was his 43rd career victo- was because we hadn't played the Mets in ry and his ninth shutout. He has beaten the so long,"" Lopes said. "It took me about Mets a dozen times, shutting them out four one batter to pick it up again. times. "No, I won't say what it is- but I know "I think I've pitched more against the what he does different when he's going to Mets than any other team," he said. "I throw to the plate and going to throw to won't say this was a typical great per- first. I never guess." - formance for me," he added with a smile, Donohue Drives Record 22IMPH By Jerry Garrett TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - Mark Donohue won a gamble against rain and wind Saturday and bettered the world's closed- course speed record with a blistering lap at 221.120 miles per hour in a machine that will never race again. Donohue used a Can-Am style Porsche 917-30 equipped with a 1,100-horsepower, 12-cylinder, five-liter engine in the attempt that broke A.J. Foyt's old mark of 217.854 m.p.h. Donohue announced that the Porsche would now be turned out as strictly a show car, and any future attempt he might make for the record would be in a different car. Mark Donohne * Waves fc Crowd The gleaming red and white $200,000 machine has been out of competition since the CanAm series folded last year. Asked if the poor weather had held back speeds on the record try, Donohue said, "I'm absolutely certain of it. We felt the car was easily capable of 225 m.p.h. That's the speed we were shooting for and we might have been able to get it if we could have waited longer. "But we were committed to doing it at a certain time of day, so we went ahead. "I didn't think the rain was going to hurt us, but as a precaution, I chose a little bit different setup, a safer one," he said. 240 M.P.H. on Backstretch Donohue said the car hit speeds near 240 m.p.h. going down the backstretch of the 2.66-mile Alabama International Motor Speedway tri-oval. In practice, the wind drag as such high speeds sucked the lettering off the sides of the car. "It wasn't easy," Donohue said of the record ride. "It's easy to say you're going to do it, and it's easy to say you'll hold the · throttle down all the way around, but it isn't easy to actually go out there and work up to those speeds." From a standing start, Donohue hit 195 m.p.h. on his first lap, then peeled off a circuit at 220.027 m.p.h. before the top lap. 'I Got Chicken' "I might have gone a little faster, too, but I got chicken," Donohue said. "When you go into the turns here at that speed, you instinctively back off a little because you think there's no way the car could go through that fast. "But the centrifugal force holds the car on the turn's banking." Foyt, here for Sunday's Talladega 500 stock car race, said, he didn't bother to watch Donohue's attempt, but he didn't seem too happy about the new record. "I have no desire to drive one of those cars," Foyt said gruffly. "They ain't nothing but a big old box with a lot of horsepower.'* "because I don't have too many typical great performances. "I threw mostly fastballs because the first part of the game I had trouble getting my changeup and curve over. I had a good hopping fastball and I kept it in the strike zone. In'the middle inning, my curve came back." Cincinnati 9, Montreal 1: Gary Nolan won his 10th game and his first since July 18 and the Reds were helped by 10 walks from Expos pitchers. St. Louis 6, San Diego 1: Ken Reitz twice singled home runs and Willie Davis doubled and singled home two more to lead the Cardinals behind Lynn McGlothen's six-hit pitching. Philadelphia 11, San Francisco 4: dick Allen's two-run single and a three-run homer by Mike Schmidt highlighted a six-run fifth innnirig for the Phillies. Chicago 8, Atlanta 2: Rick Monday belted a three-run homer and Andy Thornton hit a two-run blast to power the Cubs. Houston 5, Pittsburgh 0: Joe Kiekro, making only his second start of the season, stopped the Pirates on five hits and scored the game's first run'on Cesar Cedeno's third-inning single. It was the fourth consecutive setback and 10th in 14 games for the Pirates. Boston 7, Oakland 2: Denny Doyle, Cecil Cooper and Carlton Fisk homered to pace an 11-hit attack for the Red Sox. Texas 4, Milwaukee 2: Roy Howell and Jeff Burroughs sluggged home runs as the Rangers tended the Brewers their sixth straight defeat. The Rangers jumped on Tom Hausman, 3-4, for a pair of runs in the third inning Howell led off with his 10th homer of the season and with one out, Dave Moates singled and Len Randel doubled him home. Minnesota 1, Detroit 0: Dave Goltz fired a five-hitter and Glenn Borgman singled home a fourth-inning run as the Twins extended the Tigers' losing streak to a team- record 14 consecutive games. The loss, coming on Detroit manager Ralph Houk's 56th birthday, surpassed the Tigers' longest previous losing streak of 13 games set in 1920 and tied in 1953. Atlanta 6, Chicago 2: Knuckleballer Phil Niekro hurled the final inning of a suspended game as the Braves won to complete a game halted by curfew after eight innings on June 12. He got in trouble, trouble so severe it could have cost him his lead and, possibly the tournament, with his drive on the 16th. "It was my own stupidity," Nicklaus" said. He hit a driver "and I hit it too hard. It went right through the fairway into'a (lateral) water hazard." "I should have hit the three wood, not the driver," he said. ' He had to drop out, after walking some 80 yards back towards the tee, hit a poor six iron into the right rough behind the elm and still, almost miraculously, managed to save the par. Dangerous Shot The nine iron shot over the tree and the water was the key. ''It was a dangerous shot," he said, "but I would have tried it whether I had big lead or not. If the tree had been a foot closer to me, I couldn't have made it." Jack Nicklaus Bruce Crampton Hale Irwin Ed Dougherty Tom Welskop! Tom Watson David Graham Bob Murphy Mark Hayes Larry Hinson Billy Casper Don January Mike Hill Gene Littler , John Schlee Mac McLendon Leonard Thompson J.C. Snead Butch Baird Gary Player Ray Floyd Gil Morgan Jerry Heard Bud Allin Dave Hill Andy North Ben Crenshaw John Mahatfey Bobby Cole Mike Morley Vic Regalado Jimmy Powell Steve Melnyk Jim Colbert Jim Dent Lou Graham Bruce Devlin Bob Wynn Art Wall Bob Stanton Arnold Palmer Peter Oosterhuis Fezler Torn Shaw Chi Chi Rodriguez Bobby Nichols Gay Brewer Gibby Gilbert kAI Geiberger Dennie Meyer Dale Douglass Jerry McGee Tom Jenkins Tom Kite Charles Sillord Ed Sneed George Johnson Julius Boros Roger Watson Lee Trevino Ron Letellier Fred Wampler Jimmy Wright Maurice Ver Brugge Al Chandler Eddie Pearce Dow Finsterwald ' Bob Benson Homero Blancas Paul Moran Rolf Deming 70-48-67-205 71-63-75-209 72-65-73-210 69-70-72-211 70-71-70-211 70-71-71-212 72-70-70-212 75-68-69-212 67-71-75-213 68-73-72-213 69-72-72-213 72-70-71-213 72-71-70-213 76-71-66-213 71-68-75-214 73-71-70-214 74-69-72-215 73-67-75-215 72-69-74-215 72-70-73-215 70-73-72-215 73-71-71-215 75-70-70-215 73-72-70-215 71-71-74-216 72-74-70-216 73-72-71-216 71-70-75-216 71-74-71-216 70-72-75-217 74-69-74-217 73-68-76-217 71-72-74-217 79-66-72-217 70-71-77-218 73-71-74-218 70-73-75-218 69-69-80-218 70-74-74-218 71-73-74-218 73-72-73-218 74-72-72-218 75-72-71-218 74-72-71-218 73-72-74-219 72-75-72-219 74-74-71-219 73-70-77-220 70-70-80-220 72-74-74-220 74-72-74-220 73-74-73-220 72-75-73-220 77-71-72-220 74-72-75-221 72-75-74-221 73-74-74-221 71-73-78-222 73-73-76-222 73-72-78-223 76-72-75-223 69-74-80-223 73-74-76-223 72-68-84-224 71-75-78-224 74-73-77-224 75-73-76-224 68-77-80-225 72-76-78-226 79-69-78-226 74-73-83-230 of summer lightning. He took a horrendous, triple-bogey seven on the sixth hole, dropping from three under par to even. His poor drive put him behind a tree. He tried to cut his second shot, with his driver, around the tree. But he hit it unplayable. After his penalty drop, he pitched his fourth short of the green. The shocked young man, the 1974 U.S. Open champion, reached the green in five and two-putted for the seven that all but killed his onced- hopeful chances. He finished with a 73 and 210. Weiskopf Scrambles to 70 Tom Weiskopf scrambled his way to a round of par 70 that included three birdies and as many bogeys. He was at 211 for the tournament, one over and six back of Nicklaus, the man he beat in a playoff for the Canadian Open title. "I'm not out of the tournament," said Long Tom, "but it would take an awful good round to beat him now." He was tied with Ed Dougherty, a rookie tourist who has been playing the game only six years. Dougherty had a 72-211. No one else appeared to be within striking distance on the Golden Bear, the game's most famed and feared competitor and the man who seems to reach his peak, time after time, year after year, in the game's major championships. Defending champion Lee Trevino hacked his way through the deep, clinging rough to a 78 and a 223 total, 13 over. "Man," the tired, disgusted Trevino proclaimed, "I cut enough hay out there to feed all the cows in Texas." Nicklaus Has Strong 1st 10 Arnold Palmer, who at 45 still lacks just this one major title in his two-decade career, shot a 73 and was out of it at 218. British Open champion Tom Watson, with a 71 and 212, was seven strokes behind. Johnny Miller failed to make the cut for the last two rounds. Nicklaus made his first move just as Crampton began to back up and completed it about the time Irwin was making his killing seven. Crampton bogeyed the fifth from a bunker, then missed the green on the next two and failed to get it up and down. Both were bogeys. He managed a par on the next, but was bunkered on the next two and bogeyed them. "Human inefficiently" the dour, grim- faced Crampton said. "I'm a human being, not a machine." Nicklaus, playing in the same three 1 some with him, reached the par five second with two big shots and two-putted for birdie. He birdied the next after his gorgeous approach left him only a three-foot putt. Sitting Down on the Job is Milwaukee First Baseman Mike Began Hegan Fell Down Fielding Pickoff Attempt to Get Texas Jim Spencer CHARLIES Edwards 9 First Home Run Spurs Win Over Blues, 5-1 Saturday's Rtsults Richmond 2, Rochester 1 1st Rochester 3, Richmond 1 2nd Pawtucket 3, Syracuse 1 1st Pawtucket 3, Syracuse 1 2nd Toledo 4, Tidewater 2 CHARLESTON 5, Memphis 1 Friday's Gamts CHARLESTON 7, Memphis 3 Richmond t, Rochester 2 1st Richmond 7, Rochester 5 2nd Tidewater 8. Toledo 5 12 innings Syracuse at Pawtucket, ppd rain Tht Standings Team * ·; Tidewater 70 « Rochester 66 g Syrxuse *J f; CHARLESTON « « Memphis 55 63 Richmond -52 61 Toledo -5 J *' Pawtucket « 71 Sunday's G»n» CHARLESTON at Memphis (3 p.m.) Richmond at Rochester (2) ' Icuse at Pawtuclttt Vcr at Toledo Pet. SK .569 .548 SB .4*6 .«0 .*37 398 GS 3Vi 7 MEMPHIS - Mike Edwards blasted his first home run of the season and drove in three runs as the Charleston Charlies dumped the Memphis Blues 5-1 Saturday. Edwards hit his home run in the sixth with one man on to put the Charlies in front 2-1. Memphis had taken a 1-0 lead in the second on a base hit by Danny Monzon, who was sacrificed to second, and then scored on Juan Navarette's single. The Charlies gave Bob Moose, who went the rente despite giving op 12 hits, some Insurance in die seventh when Mario Mendoza singled home a run and another run scored on Ha! Breeden's two out error. Breedea pulled Ms foot off first base too quickly on a throw from Navarette. Edwards singled in Omar Moreno for the final run in the ninth moments after the Charlies outfielder had stolen second after Caching on a fielder's choice. John Montague, who also went the distance, were unearned. The Charlies are now seven games ahead of the Blues in the battle for fourth place and a play off berth. Rick Langford will pitch for the Charlies in a 3 p.m. game today while the Blues counter with Donnie Albin. Chartnton Memphis Player, Pos AS R H Bl Player, PPS AB R H 81 Edwards Moose MOOSE WAS NOT overpowering striking out only three Blues while giving up the dozen safeties, but always managed to gel himself out of a jam. He left runners on in every inning except the seventh when he retired the side in order. T£ee of the runs scored off Blues hurler Moreno cf Edwards 2b Oil c Armas rf Koegei If Gonzalez % MaC'ia '* Mendoza ss Moose o Totals 5 2 1 0 Cox 2b 5 0 1 0 5 1 2 3 Valentine r f 5 0 1 0 5 0 1 0 Breeden 1 b 5 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 Scanlon3b 4 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 White c f 4 0 0 0 3 1 2 0 Mon:on I f 3 1 3 0 4 1 1 0 Johnson c 3 0 2 0 1 0 2 1 Navarettess 4 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 Montajuep 3 0 0 0 37 S 10 4 Cromartie Dh 1 0 1 0 Totals 37 1 12 1 -088 «« 201-S Charltston M*R)phis E - Navarette SreetJen, Valentine; OP - Charleston 1, LOB - Memphis 8, Ciarlesston 6, HR - Edwards (1) S3 - valentine. Moreno, SH - Johnson, Moose. Pitchtr Mop? (W, 2-0) ^.Jue (L) l*-2:13Att -594 IP H R ER 60 SO 9 12 1 .1 0 3 9 10 $«/ 1 6

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