The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on July 18, 1967 · 25
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Tuesday, July 18, 1967
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Now i hird SPORTS U.S. Pal. Off. TUESDAY, JULY 18, 1967 Twenty-Five : v . YASTRZEMSKI iliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiil BOB SALES lllllllllllllllllllllllllllilllllllliilllllllllilllll Win Pressure Gladdens Yaz Carl Yastrzemski toiled for a team that was down for his entire big league career until this season. This season the Red Sox are finally up. It's better. "When you're winning," Yaz says, its more like a game. When you're losing it's a business. You come out to the ball park and you wonder, 'Who are we playing tonight? You get into that losing rut." Yastrzemski played for first division teams in 1959 and '60 in the minor leagues. He's been with the Red Sox ever since, and the team has been in that rut for all of the time. He's an expert on it. "Therms more tension when you're in the second division," he says. "That's when personalities enter into it. If they're booing a guy you fee funny and you can't get on him. I'll take the pressure of the first division any time. I love it." The difference manifests itself in many ways. Getting on a guy kidding him is very important among ball players. It's basic, he-man stuff. "It's a lot of goofy little things," Yaz says. "Like Joe Foy. He's always talking about getting a hog, a Cadillac, with his World Series share. Maybe I'll make out with the winning run on and he'll say, Hey, you just took the steering wheel out of my hands.' Then maybe we'll win the next day and I'll say, 'All right. We just put it back in.' " The Red Sox are a winning team this year, even when they lose. They run and slide with abandon and attack the opposition. They swagger like winners. It's more evident each day. ' "You get loose through winning," Yastrzemski explains. "It's a different attitude. Sometimes, when you're 20 or 25 games out of first place, and you're' losing 7 or 8 to nothing, on your third or fourth at-bat you're subconsciously not bearing down as much as you should be. The big motivation is going for the pennant. When you win it makes going 0-for-4 a little bit easier to take. It makes it easier, to leave the game at the ball park." Yastrzemski is having the best season of his life. He hit his 22d home run Monday night, more than he ever had in an entire season, and is batting .328 with 65 runs batted in. All three are among the league leaders. He has been a big factor if not the biggest factor in the team's surge. "It's horsefeathers when people say one guy can Carry a ball club," he says. "If (Mike) Andrews and Foy don't get on I can't drive in any runs. If (Tony) Conigliaro doesn't hit I can't score any. People are looking for individual performances. But all 25 guys have to contribute." Until this season Yastrzemski's batting technique was schizophrenic. He'd poke for the wall at home and try to pull the ball on the road. This led to massive periods of ineffectiveness. This season, on the advice of Ted Williams, Yaz decided to concentrate on pulling the ball and the wall be damned. It's worked. "I don't even notice it any more," he says. "But its a good thing for me, too. I know I can reach it any time if I go into a slump." When a ball player has the kind of season Yaz is having people start thinking in terms of awards. He would have to be a prime candidate for the Most Valuable Player Award if he keeps going the way he has. He is quite aware of it. "You always want to be the best," he says. "Maybe I'm not as strong as Frank Robinson. I know I'll never hit 40 or 50 home runs. But maybe I can catch and run a little bit better to offset that." Yaz followed a conditioning program this Winter at the Colonial Health Club. This was an attempt to offset a feeling of fatigue that used to come over him late in the Summer in previous seasons. It has helped. So has receiving a respite of an inning or two at the end of games in which the team has a big lead.. "You beat the traffic and maybe get home an hour earlier," he says. "That gives you a big mental lift. You don't get tired so much physically as mentally. I haven't felt mentally tired this year." That's another benefit in playing for a winner. Ex-Captains of BC, BU Drill With Pats By BOB MONAHAN SUfl Krporter ANDOVER Former Boston College football captain Charlie Smith and ex-Boston University captain Bobby Nichols were among the rookies who reported to Patriot general manager and head coach Mike Holovak at Andover Academy Monday. Charlie, 6-1, 205 from Owing Mills, Md. and Bobby, 6-2, 218 from South Boston will be shooting for the tight end position now held by Tony Komeo and Jim Whalen. Smith almost made the club last season. He was in the last group to be cut. Last year Charlie worked out with the team for nine days and then had to attend Army Summer camp for two weeks. This didn't help him. "Yes, I am hungrv this year," said Smith. "Got a pretty good reason, too. I'm getting married Sept. 30." Charlie will wed Eliiabeth Kelly of Long Island. Charlie recently completed lix months of active duty. He worked for an insurance firm for three weeks and then got his two week3 of Summer duty out of the way. Sox Bomb ligefs, 7-1; if , - - J - - ,,, . ' j v" " K ' X f v' ' ' ft ,;:clil v.J ' . , -r : ;- ' K ' - - y 'ft x- n l - , v7v LET GEORGE DO IT Ray Oylcr of Tigers soars high to grab throw from catcher Bill Freehan while George Scott slides into second in plenty of time to steal base. (Danny Goshtigian Photo) Other Clubs Worry Over Us - - Foy Joe Foy is starting to dig the sweet smell around the Red Sox. It means success. . ' "Those other teams aren't taking us for granted no more," Foy pointed out after contributing two doubles and a single to the 7 to 1 victory over the Tigers at Fenway Park Monday night. It's a heady feeling. "Used to be," said Foy, "they'd go out there with an it's-just-another-ball game feeling against us. But now they are worrying about us as much as anyone else in the league." ' Foy also figures that the other teams .t are quite wise in re-evaluating their ' attitude toward the Red Sox. He is reevaluating his own estimate of the team's potential. "First division," he sneered, "that's fifth place. Forget that. Why not go all ' the way?" Laver Tops Cooler heads might giggle at Foy's exuberance. But he carries it onto the field with him and uses it to the team's advantage. His second double was a prime . example. With Mike Andrews on first, third base coach Eddie Popowski gave Foy the hit-and-run sign. He reached out and slapped the ball on the ground past first baseman Norm Cash. The ball died on the outfield grass. When Foy rounded first he noticed that right fielder Jim Northrup hadn't reached it yet. So Foy kept on going, slid safely into second and the throw hit him, allowing Andrews to score. It is the kind of hustle that used to win pennants for the Dodgers in the Wills era. "If he's goin' after the ball nonchalant and pick it up one-handed, let him throw me out," Foy reasoned. ; "He had to make a good play." Stange Scatters 7 Hits; Foy, Yaz Provide Punch By CLIF KEANE Staff Reporter Lee Stange was in trouble at the start and maneuvered himself out of it, and Dennis McLain had worries right off and couldn't fathom them. And the Red Sox went on to defeat the Tigers, 7 to 1, at Fenway Park Monday night and move into third place all by themselves. It was the seventh straight loss for the Tigers, who whipped the Red Sox three of four times when they met in Detroit recently, and the fourth straight victory for the Boston club. The Sox are now six games over .500, the best they've been. And what's ahead now in seven games on the road starting in Baltimore tonight? The crowd was hefty again, with 23,991 in the place. In the six games at home, during which they won five, the Red Sox drew 143,322, an average of 23,887 per game. But back to the first inning when the game was wrapped up on what turned out to be one big pitch by Stange to muscular Willie Horton of the Tigers. With one out, Ray Lumpe had singled to right field and Norm Cash had doubled to left center. Men on second and third and one out and Stange had to face this brute who almost knocked the ball over the center field fence on Sunday. Stange and Horton had a little session on curve balls and when the count went to two-and-two, Horton was leaning over the 'plate looking for another curve ball somewhere on the outside of the plate. It never came. Stange busted a fast ball, high and inside and big Horton waved at it for a strikeout. The next man grounded out. So McLain, .who had blanked the Red Sox the last time he faced them, came out to try his luck at the start. Mike Andrews hit the first pitch for a line single to left and Joe Foy wafted a long drive to center field. Foy has been playing like mad ever since he said at the start of the home stay that the Red Sox were going to win the pennant. And this drive helped the prospect some when it hit high off the wall for a double to score Andrews easily. Carl Yastrzemski, still playing his best ever, met one of McLain's junk pitches and pulled it down the first base line for a double and Foy was home with the second run. The play is a gamble. Sometimes the fielder makes a good play and you're out. "Sure," said Foy, "that would be embarrassing. But Dick (Williams) says if you think you got a shot at taking the extra base to take it." The victory was the team's fourth in a row and Lee Stange's fifth. It was the first route-going performance by a Red Sox pitcher since Stange did it in Anaheim two weeks ago. His chances of going the route did not look good early in the game. The Tigers collected three hits in the first two innings. Three straight singles produced their run in the fifth. Then suddenly Stange settled down and retired the final 14 in succession. "If I knew why that happened," he said, "I'd never get knocked out." :" BOB SALES RED SOX Tage 26 to Win Pro Net Title 3d Time By BUD COLLINS . Globe Staff Rodney the Sinister, whose left hand could earn him a living as a pickpocket or a longshoreman, showed both the delicacy and the destruc-tiveness of his touch in winning the U.S. Pro Tennis Championship for a third time Monday night. A Spaniard with his own version of magnificence, Andres Gimeno, was the loser to Rodney Laver, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-5, in their fight for the $3600 first prize. The almost-full-house gallery of 4000 at Longwood Cricket Club was enthralled at the deeds of these two the little Australian with orange hair and crooked nose and legs, and the tall majestic Catalonian. Their artistry rose to a crescendo in the fourth set as they went at each other like a couple of punchers, throwing their best shots and striving for the knockout. And it ceased abruptly as Gemeno having rescued two match points in the last geme double faulted. It was over suddenly after two hours and six minutes and the crowd gasped in sympathy for Gimeno for his last mistake and then applauded lustily for the continuing champion and for the performances of both players. Laver, a Queenslander who came out of the country town of Rockhampton to become the world's finest player, first won the championship in 1964 here by beating Pancho Gonzales in four sets. He lost it to Ken Rosewall in three sets in 1965 and then repossessed it from Rosewall last year in five sets. He is 28 and at the zenith. This was his 10th tournament victory in 15 starts on the American pro circuit and the prize money put Laver over $41,000 for the season. Gimeno, 29, from Barcelona, is having his best season. He beat former champion Ken Rosewall in the semifinals Sunday to earn this chance at the championship. The mark of a professional is to play weil under adverse conditions and certainly it was difficult to produce such shot making on a grass court that was soft from Sunday's rain, slippery from the evening de and chewed by five days of tramping by spiked shoes. In this situation Laver would seem to have the edge because of his superior speed and reactions and because his shots, dripping with both overspin and slice, bounce so weirdly. However, Gimeno, strengthened by his victory over Laver and Rosewall at Cincinnati last week and over Rosewall Sunday, started with extreme confidence and was outplaying Laver until the second game of the second set. This was, perhaps, thf epical game for Laver. He had lost the first set on a break in the 10th game brought about by Gimeno's low backhand return. And now the champion was at 15-40 on his own serve with Gimeno one swing from another break. Laver, who snid. "I never thought I could win it when the tournament started, I was playing so badly," was not in gear yet. But at 15-40 of that game he made three splendid lunging volleys to prevent the breakthrough and he seemed about to step back into form. He began slipping his spinning backhand down the line and broke Gimeno in the very next game to decide the second set and pull even at one set each. Gimeno was the victim of a bad line call in the third game of the third set. Laver's backhand at 3040 was wide. . But the linesman thought it was good and this cost Gimeno the service game. "It hurt me for a minute," said Gimeno, "but I have no complaints even though it was a big point." Gimeno was shaken momentarily but he regained his poise and kept moving the ball around the court. Still Laver seemed to sense that everything was going to be all right, and hi3 serves began to charge into the court with more accuracy and speed. "The best game I played was the fourth game of the fourth set," said Laver. Trailing two sets to one, Gimeno remained extremely contentious and he moved out to a 2 1 lead in the fourth set by breaking Laver with a series of fantastic volleys. That brought them to the game Laved had cited. With Gimeno serving, he got to 40 30. Laver sprinted relentlessly on a long point to launch two lobs far behind his base line. PRO TENNIS Fage 27 "I really feel fine," said Smith. "While stationed at Fort Dix I worked out three nights a week with some other players. Did a lot of running. I think I'll be faster this year. No, I'm not as nervous as I was last year either." Nichols worked up a sweat while suiting up. He said, "Yes, I am sort of anxious . . . maybe a little nervous. This is a b opportunity. I feel as thouglf I'm getting ready for a big game." Nichols had hoped to report in much heavier. A month ago he was sidelined with a strepted throat. He was sub par for three weeks. He said, "I'm all over that now and feel fine. I wouldn't want to go through that again." PATRIOTS Page 28 & Jit - f l i r Fick, 14, Shoots 75, Wins Globe Tourney By TOM FITZGERALD Staff Reporter IIINGHAM The title in the 14-15 Division of the sixth Boston Globe Boys golf tournament was settled a lot earlier than anyone expected around noon on Monday at South Shore Country Club. ' 3 - " tv . THE WINNERS Tom Fitzgerald of The Globe 13-and-under winner in sixth annual Globe Boys' golf congratulates Wayne Fick of Furnace Brook (left), tournament. (Jon Kawle Photo) 14-15 division champion, and Paul Fceney of Bcllcvue, Reporting with the first group to turn in cards, Wayne Fick of Furnace Brook placed a 75 on the board to become what is known these days as "the leader in the clubhouse." The tall (5:11) 14-year-old Quincy Central Junior High ninth-grader remained the leader as he waited for some six hours while a series of challengers failed to, match his performance. Closest to him with scores of 76 were Bill Mallon, a Framingham North High junior, and Jim Yardley of Ponkapoag, a six-foot junior at Needham High. Rock Mutuels 126 7 Races S126.80 12357 Races Slfifi.80 7 Races $211.60 Three Race $07.60 Hve Races ..: $157.80 Seven Races $211.60 Very late in the afternoon, blond Jeff Morrison had a good shot at the trophy, but blew four strokes to par in the last four holes to finish at 77. "At least I was consistent," commented Jeff philosophically. "I was fourth last year, too." Among those who failed in their attempts at the big prize were the defending champion, Feter Shelton of Needham, and Francis "Buddy" Powers, the boy Shelton beat in a 19G6 playoff after both shot 75's. Shelton, who has bepn troubled by poison ivy on his hands, had a horrifying nine on the first hole and shot 84. Powers, playing a group ahead of his old rival, h;id an eight on the opener and was 66. GLOBE GOLF Page 29 . fi.'f

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