Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 17, 1975 · Page 49
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 17, 1975
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50«- August 17,1975 Sunda* Gazette-Matt Ovarlesfen, Ae Do Managers Play Big Part in Wins? Statistics Say No NEW YORK AP) - Just how important is a baseball manager, anyway? Does the firing of one and the hiring of another really have any effect on the club? Dqes it really matter who's doing the managing? As the old line goes, when you've got a loser on your hands you can't'fire 25 players so you dump the manager. The managers themselves feel they play a major role in how a club performs. But a couple of statistics don't seem to back them up. Item: Dick Williams, who had previously directed the Oakland A's to a pair of world championships, succeeded Bobby Winkles as manager of the California Angels in mid-1974. Under Williams the club posted a 36-48 record for a .429 percentage. Before he arrived the Angels were 32-46 for a .410 mark. And not much of a difference this year, either. The team is still well below .500, fighting to avoid finishing last in the American League West. Item: With Alvin Dark--fired twice before--instead of Williams calling the shots in Oakland, the A's won their third straight title in 1974. Item: Whitey Lockman managed the Chicago Cubs to a 41- 52 record up to the 1974 All-Star break, then Jim Marshall took over and the Cubs finished at 66-%. This year they're again foundering and battling with Montreal for last in the National League East. Item: Under Eddie Mathews last year, the Atlanta Braves were 50-49, then he was fired and Clyde King took over. Under him they improved with a 38-25 mark for the rest of the season--but this year they're well under .500 and only the Houston Astros are keeping Atlanta from falling into the NL West basement. Item: When Texas fired Billy Martin on July 21, the Rangers were 44-51. They have about broken even since Frank Lucchesi took over. Item: The same thing goes for the New York Yankees, who were 53-51 before Bill Virdon was ousted on Aug. 2 and Martin succeeded him. Item: The New York Mets were playing about .500 ball under Yogi Berra-and they're doing about the same since Roy McMillan took over. The only break in the pattern is in Kansas City, where the resurgent Royals have played near-.750 ball under Whitey Herzog since he succeeded Jack McKeon on July 24, when Kansas City was at 50-46. It used to be said that Casey Stengel's Yankees of 1949-60. who all but owned baseball with 10 AL pennants and seven world championships, would have done just as well with anyone else filling out those power-packed lineup cards. And it has been said that Oakland's star-studded A's could play without a manager and do just as well. Dark, whose critics have accused him of being little more than a yes-man for A's owner Charles 0. Finley, seems to agree that a manager might not be all that important. "I've been on the top and on the bottom as a manager," he says, "and I've known as long as I've been managing that to win you've got to have the players. The difference between managing a championshop team and a losing team is that on the championship team you've got to have championship players.... WOES Personal Troubles Cause Davis to Quit By Peter J. Boyer LOS ANGELES ( A P ) - When Willie Davis flew into major league baseball in 1960, it looked like nothing could slow him eown, but personal and financial woes have brought his sometimes sensational but often disappointing career to a skidding halt." . ; · · Davis was placed on the St. Louis Cardinals' disqualified list Friday after telling the team he was quitting because of financial difficulties involving his former wife. Davis' departure .from .the game came at a time when he was doing the things his coaches always had expected of him. The Cards were lavish in their praise of Davis, whbse,.308 average as a Cardinal had been instrumental to the; team's contention in the tight National League East race. Willie Davis Pressure His Nemesis Ex-Wife Claims Wages "My ex-wife is trying to claim all my wages, which would in effect have me playing-for nothing." Davis said after leaving the team in Atlanta. "As of now, 1 don't know when I'll be able to go back. The only way is if my ex-wife .and I sit down and agree there will be no more pressures put on me." Pressure'hai been Davis' nemesis since he came up to the Los Angeles Dodgers 15 years ago. He was a high school superstar, a local boy made good to the fans. To those baseball, he was a phenomenon wh6se .. : -blistering speed could change the face of the game. ; Da vis. disappointed those who expected him to become another Ty Cobb. His years as a Dodger, while marked with spurts of brilliance, were in the main a case of not- quiteachieved potential. . '·. Things started to come" : undone for Davis. His marriage ended and his financial troubles began. Arrested Last February Davis played one year .for Montreal,, where he bought a house and-lost it after reportedly being unable to make the payments. Despite earning a reported $110,000 this season, Davis was arrested last Fe. bruary .for failure to pay monthly alimony and child support. He was jailed and later released when \ he promised to pay an estimated $12,000 in back payments. Traded to the Texas Rangers-, Davis wore out his welcome with then-manager Billy Martin before the season was two months old. He was traded to the Cardinals after staging a sit-down in the outfield to protest his pitcher's failure to retaliate when Davis was knocked down by a pitch. 'Since joining to St. Louis, though, it looked like the controversial fleeuool might have found a home. He had hit safely in 22 of his last 26 games, and in his final game Thursday, he went 2-for-5. hitting his fifth home run. Gullett Pooh-Poohs 'Snakebit' Reports CINCINNATI (AP) - Don Gullett admits to being unlucky but pooh-poohs allegations that he may be a "snakebit" pitcher. Gullett returns to the mound for the Cincinnati Reds Monday night against the St. Louis Cardinals in a nationally-televised game exactly nine weeks after suffering a broken left hand. The thumb fracture, a result of a line drive by Atlanta's Larvell Blanks, was the latest in a series of mishaps for the 24- year-old pitcher who Manager Sparky Anderson calls "the best left-hander in baseball." Some Bad Luck "I guess I've had some bad luck." said the five-year veteran from nearby Lynn. Ky. "First it was hepatitis, then my back." And hurt elbows and sprained ankles. Each setback has taken Gullett out of the Reds' lineup. He has yet to be the 20-game winner that Anderson annually predicts, although he was 17-11 last season and 18-S in 1973. Gullett said he is not accident prone. He works at keeping himself in shape and ready for contingencies. After he was injured June 16. he spent hours viewing the video tape of the accident figuring out ways to avoid a repeat "They call third base the hot corner." vhe said. "But on Uje mound you're 29 feet vT " Sears ^ \ V* \ RADIAL PLY $ 45to $ 81Off in Sets of 4 · 2 Tough Steel Cord Belts * 2 Rugged Polyester Plies 36,000 mile warranty Sears Highway Passenger Tire Warranty Full Warranty for 10% of Mileage Specified ll'you do not receive 101 of milesspecified because of your tire becoming unserviceable due to failure apparently relating to the material or workmanship, normal road hazards or tread wearout, replacement or refund will be made, upon return, with no charge for mileage received. 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"If one guy can ruin everything you ain't as deep as you thought you were." said Anderson after the injury. He then preceded to use his bullpen in tandem over the nest six weeks, setting a major league record of 45 consecutive games without a complete game, and the Reds jumped to a big lead in the National League West. Gullett said he believes he is now fully recovered from the hairline fracture and has been pitching on the sidelines for weeks rebuilding his throwing arm. High- Voltage means straight-through-the-partition call connectors deliver more initial starting power than an otherwise identical battery with up-and- over cell connectors. KullW-Day Warranty nn Batten Sale ends Aupust 30,1975 Mounting and Rotation Included SAVE *7 __ Power-Rated Sears Battery M 1 $9 £99 OfVlj.Cj \J With trade-in Battery Performance Characteristics Rated for Power According to Battery Council International Standards Culd OankinK Pover 385 Amps. ,S, 98 Minute* Ani|i. 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