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PAGE 11 B SUN -DEMOCRAT, PADUCAH, KENTUCKY FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 1975 Tiff By LARRY PALADINO Af sports Writer LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -"New faces going places" reads the Detroit Tigers brochure promoting season ticket sales for the 1975 baseball season. '. The new faces are there, to be sure. But whether the Tigers are going places will depend on what miracles they can get from a pitching staff that was a disaster in 1974 when Detroit finished last in the American League East. That, pitching crew has not changed measurably since. "We were playing kids at the end of the season last year and it gave us a good insight on pitching what to expect, " said Manager Ralph Houk at the opening of spring training camp. "They just went in and got the runs against teams like Baltimore. It's Just that we could not hold the opponents back. We averaged five or six runs a game with kids on speed and offense. "The weak part of the club last year was the pitching. If we didn't have Johnny Hiller, it would have been more of a disaster than it was," said Houk. The old faces for the Tigers already have gone places: outfielder Jim Northrup, traded to Montreal, then to Baltimore; first baseman Norm Cash, released; outfielder-designated hitter Al Kaline, retired; pitcher Woody Fryman, traded to may again be weak part of team Montreal, and shortstop Ed Brinkman, traded to San Diego, then to St Louis. Detroit tried to trade catcher Bill Frpohan and outfielder Mickey Stanley to Phila7 delphia, 'but that deal fell through. Freehan will be back, but he will get more rest, said Houk, adding, "Sometimes the trades you don't make are the best ones.'.' Willie Horton, out with a knee injury half of last season, will be back in left field and Gates Brown apparently has inherited the DH job from Kaline Aurelio Rodriguez, a standout fielder with a weak bat, remains at third base and , ii i i Mi l: i :' K s f IHI veteran Gary Sutherland at second, New faces are everywhere else, headed by Ron LeFlore in centerfield, Tom Veryzer at shortstop and slugger Nate Colbert, acquired from San Diego, at first base. Right field is up for grabs. Ben OgliVie could win the job or, more likely, rookies Leon Roberts or Dan Meyer. Rookie Art James is another possibility. "Veryzer was our most want-. ed player of the whole ball club in trade talks," said Houk. "He has the best arm of any short-.stop In the league." Houk said the speedy LeFlore, who stole 23 bases in a half season with the Tigers last year, "has the qualifications of being a superstar." Colbert, hitting behind Receiving the varsity W John Durbin (right), a graduate of St. Mary High School, receives his varsity "W" for being a member of the Westminster College cross country team. Westminster coach Ken Morris makes the presentation to Durbin, a freshman at the school which is located in Fulton, Mo. An honor student, Durbin is the son of Mrs. and Mrs. Richard Durbin of Paducah Rt. 5. , While pursuing Cobb mark. Brock also after No. 3,000 By WILL GRIMSLEY This unique philosophy sent AP Special Correspondent the fleet, 170-pound native of ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. JUdorado, Ark,, scurrying . around the bases for a record 118 thefts last season, pushing him past Maury Wills and into hot pursuit of one of the most honored achievements in the book Ty Cobb's career total of 892. Brock has 753 - only 139 short and at 35, he appears certain to erase Cobb's record unless he collides with a truck. Like many stars thrust to the brink of immortality, Brock shrugs off the emphasis placed on numbers and records. "I steal bases because it is a way of helping my team win ball games," he commented during a brief respite from spring training routines at the Cardinals complex.. "To steal a base, you have to get on base. Hitting is just as important to me." He batted a creditable .306 last season and pushed his total number of hits to 2,388. While he won't admit it, associates say his prime objective is to get 3,000 hits. A loose, swashbuckling yet intensely competitive athlete a cut of the old Gashouse Gang's cloth Brock has turned base stealing from a case of wild abandon to an intricate art. '. (AP) Lou Brock even bases in his sleep. "You can't confine baseball to the couple of hours or more you spend on the field," the fleet St. Lokis Cardinal outfielder said Thursday. "You have to work at it 24 hours a day. I know it sounds corny to say a man eats and sleeps baseball. In my case, it's true. "Even in my private life, especially in my private life, I hang up a 'do not disturb' sign. Every minute of the day and night, I feel I must prepare myself mentally for the job. ". "It's psychological war. It's a challenge. I've got to keep myself in the right frame of mind." TIME OUT! r4 L "Certainly speed and audacity enter into it daring to run," he said, "but successful base stealing is a match of intellects. It demands a degree of readiness, a sixth sense, an instinct. "Now everytime I -get on base, I feel pride and reputation at stake. I hope I instill a sense of nervousness in the other team. It gives me a psychological edge." Brock stole eight bases in four games against the Phillies. He swiped four in one game against the Giants. He extended his record of having stolen at least 50 bases in a season to 10 consecutive years, yet he was bypassed for the Most Valuable Player award which went to the Dodgers' Steve Garvey. ' "I was disappointed, but I am not bitter," he said, "except those guys who voted me eighth and ninth and then had the gall -to call me on the telephone." He didn't name names. NEARLY PERFECT FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Bill McClard, kicking specialist at Arkansas in 1970, led the NCAA in kick scoring that year with 80 points. He made 50 of 51 extra point attempts and converted 10 field goals. . "Don't expect to be a guest of the Sea Urchin again, Miss Tisdall . . . sending up distress ' signals like you did!" WON! IT'$ official. The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States has proven once and for all that of all 1975 models tested, Volkswogen overages the best gas mileage. EPA Report September 174 Volkswagen oi Amenc. Inc. You con win too! Stop in and test drive 1he new VW's today. 1.3" mm PORSCHE AUDI m $ J Back again! Buck & Shannon for Cardinals Baseball. Take 20 years of announcer experience. Put it together with A World Series of experience at - third base. And you have Jack Buck and Mike Shannon-back again as the great tlay-by-play team for the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Network. t Start with Buck on the pregame "Dugout Interviews" show. Then join Jack for the play-by-play of the game as Shannon provides the color. And stay with Jack for the wrap-up. the "Scoreboard Show" and "Star Of The Game." Broadcasts begin with spring training and are carried locally on wpad fm-97 "w . This season's first game are against the New York Met this Saturday and Sunday-Broadcast Time 12:15 P.M. Horton and in front of Brown, should give the Tigers another long ball threat. LeFlore, Roberts, Oglivie and James if he sticks provide great sppe( Veteran pitchers Mickey Lol-ich and Joe Coleman must have good seasons if Detroit is to improve. They didn't produce last year. Only relief ace Hiller and rookie Vern Ruhle, in a late-season trial, did well. Lerrln LaGrow (Lidn't develop into the starter the Tigers hoped. He needs a new pitch. "I expect both Lolich and Coleman to have much better years," Houk said. "I can't point to the reason they didn't have good years last season. "Lolich did have leg proi lems. Coleman was frustrated when he went into a losing spell. "In my opinion they might need extra rest. Maybe that would help. "W e counting, on our y a nt, pitchers. LaGrow c.ame a thrower rather than a pitcher. This year, we expect he'll be a pitcher. We're high on Ruhle. "Dave Lemanczyk and Fred Holdsworth are prospects. We've had good reports on Tom Walker, acquired from Montreal." Detroit was last in the AL in. pitching with a 4.16 earned run average. Lolich had a 16-21 record and 4.15 ERA, while Coleman was 14-12 and 4.32 Tigers' General Manager Jim Campbell was seeking a good starting pitcher, but was unable to deal for one. "I think you have to develop your own players," Houk said. 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