The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on March 21, 1972 · 29
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The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts · 29

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Tuesday, March 21, 1972
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PORT Boston Evening Globe Tuesday, March 21, 1972 29 KAY FITZGERALD Maybe Ws time to worry about Yaz WINTER HAVEN, Fla. If you were here in Florida, oh Fenway cash customers of 1971, you would not like what you see of Carl Yastrzemski at bat. He is hitting the way he did from July through the finish of '71, namely terribly. Oh sure, it's early. Of course, exhibition games mean next to nothing. It is difficult for an 11-year veteran to get excited in April when there are 162 regular season games to stew over. But maybe it's time to be concerned. The man who has to hit if the Sox are to have a chance has not crashed a baseball hard in over a week, Yesterday aginst the White Sox he hit two ground balls to second base and a squibbler to shortstop. You have heard of the Summer of 42? Yaz so far gives promise of the season being a summer of 4-3, second base to first. Batting against Wilbur Wood, of course, is not an indication of whether a batter is in a groove. The stuff he throws would drive a plaster saint to the wall. ' Yaz has a spring training average of .182. Of his six hits, three came in one game. His other three were a bloop double to left, an infield hit and a ground ball that Tiger second baseman Dick McAuliffe tried unsuccessfully to backhand. In other words, Yaz has been singularly unimpressive. What to make of it, how much importance to attach to it? If he had had a good 1971, or even an ordinary for him 1971, a nice resounding "so what?" would be in order for what Carl has accomplished here this spring. ' " What difference would it make if he hit .100 or .500 in spring training if Yaz had finished strong last season. But he finished feebly, and it would behoove him to have a good spring if only to reinforce his own peace of mind. Yastrzemski said last week that exhibition games are difficult to get excited about, that he gets more out of practice in the morning than in his four at bats in the afternoon. Yesterday Red Sox photographer Jerry Buckley took videotape photos of Yastrzemski's swing. Yaz seems hesitant, unsure of himself : letting good pitches go past and swinging at some that aren't so good. Eddie Kasko said yesterday he was a little bit con cerned over Yaz's lack of hitting. Asked if he had discussed this with the left fielder, the manager retorted: "What am I supposed to say to him, 'Your're not hitting, Yaz, how come?" No, no, Eddie, nothing as rash as that, but maybe a manager to left fielder discussion would indicate to highly-paid employee that manager was a little worried and wondered what the hell was the matter with the Louisville Slugger. There is one theory that Yaz heaven forbid has lost it, that the swing that sent savage line drives to all corners of all ball parks is no longer there. . Pitchers now seem to fear Reggie Smith more than Carl. Last season, throwers that had no business fooling Yastrzemski did so and the same thing is happening these bright spring days among the oranges. - Well, maybe we shouldn't fret so much. On opening day, Carl may hit a couple of homers and a double ha-ha off Mickey Lolich and the world will once more be at peace. But wouldn't it be nice, in one of these meaningless exhibition game's, if Carl would knock a ball over the wall on a pitch from Tom Norton or Mike Baldwin or some other nobody, just to let us know he still has the knack? . - - f , ' - A Ife.y ;' "' . . w v Sep?. , YAZ FEEBLE WITH THE BAT, a "e V V; ill rKssL I y : NHL calls Gashman, Hextall on carpet MONTREAL Wayne Casliman of the Boston Bruins and Dennis Hextall of the Minnesota North Stars were still in, a closed session with National Hockey League president Clarence Campbell at noon today. They were' summoned to Montreal to face possible disciplinary action for a stick-swinging incident during Sunday's nationally-televised game in Boston. A spokesman for the NHL office said at thejbeginning of the meeting that, there probably would be no word forthcoming until tomorrow morning. Bill Friday, the referee in Sunday's Boston-Minnesota game, was at the meeting also. Minnesota general manager Wren Blair reminded Campbell that the timing of the meeting would prevent Hextall from playing tonight at home against the California Seals. "Don't worry about that," Campbell was quoted as saying. "Hextall won't be playing in that one anyway." . Scott Morrison, NHL referee-in-chief, has reviewed television films of the incident. A replay showed that Cashman slashed at Hextall's ankles on two separate occasions after the Minnesota forward had picked up a loose puck in his own end and headed for the Boston goal. WAYNE CASHMAN MX DENNIS HEXTALL After losing the puck, Hextall retaliated against Cashman with a spearing motion of his stick that appeared to strike the Boston player's head. That gesture apparently prompted some of the Bruins to confront Hextall behind the Boston net. Cash-man- leaped into the crowd of players and brought his stick down toward Hextall's head. But Hextall moved and the blow appeared to strike him on thc.shoulder. MAN ALONE St. John's goaltcndcr Jim Stuart is upset as Norwood players mob Mike Martin, who scored go-ahcud goal in Norwood's 3-1 Division One State championship win. (Frank O'Brien photo) Martin life of Norwood's party By Marvin Pave, Globe StalT Last week, after Norwood had defeated Arlington for the Eastern Mass. hockey cluflnpionship, the Norwood School Committee took an optimistic look into the future. Monday nitfht, March 20. would be the slate final against the Western Mass. Division One champ. It would be du-.'k soup, so the school committee called off school (anticipating a day of eclebratl-n) for the 21st. "There were five parlies planned even before tonight's game," said Norwood center Mike Martin last nicht. "All last week. afWr we beat Arlington, people were telling us there was no way we'd lose the state final." So underdog St. John's of Shrewsbury, loser of four names and fourth place finisher in tho Wachusett League, mine into Boston Harden last night to play Norwood for the title. Norwood, winner of 22 gumes. loser of none. Until the nine-minute mark of the third period, it was a l-l hockey game. It was already a moral victory for St. John's, and tho Garden crowd was wondering if it would become a real one, too. But it was Martin, picked last week to the Globe's All-Seholasiic squad, who came to the rescue. Early in the third oriod. Mtke had fallen behind tha St. John's net and his shoulder popped. It popped right back into place, though. Halfway through the period, with the score still tied, Norwood defenseman Pete Brown drilled a slap shot toward the St. John's goalie. It hit Martin in-i-tc.ul right in the belly. Aching shoulder, mho stomach and all. Martin found himself in front of St. John's goalie Jim Stuart with three minutes to play. Linetnate Bill Clifford was in the traffic jam behind the nel, lie dug the puck out to Martin. A snap of the wriSt. and Norwood was ahead to stay, 2-1. Just over a minute later. Martin fed Ed King on a two on one break, .ind King led the panto with a shot over sophomoie Stuart's huUU i . The state championship, the day off from school, and the victory parlies were earned by Norwood. "We just came out fired up in the' third period," said winning coach Don Wheeler, "St. John's had played hard, aggressive, intimidating hockey. We got madder as the game went on perhaps a little of the anger was towards ourselves." But Martin lifted his team into its first state champi onship, and ended a supreme effort by St. John's. Goalie Stuart and his teammates had played the game of their lives. The coach. Brother Xavicr Briscoe, took over the job six weeks ago, with little experience behind the bench. But they had given Norwood a fight. What about the Div. Two final between EMass champ Barnstable and WMass champ Amherst Regional? Sorry you asked, coach. Barnstable, with Bill Moore, Bob Smith and Dave Scudder scoring three goals each, swamped Amherst, 11-2. Barnstable was just too big and too strong. Barnstable was playing without starting goalie Jeff Sollows, who had injured his leg in a freak accident on Thursday while climbing out of a whirlpool bath. Sophomore Jim Johnson took over, made a few good stops, and did whot he had to do. "Amherst played good positional hockey," said Barnstable coach Don Crowley (his team finished 20-0), "but our size was just too much for them." Amherst coach John Gallagher agreed: "They wore us down, but we weren't as bad as 11-2 would seem. Dill Whittemore, who scored tjr first goal, was great on de fense. We'll be back. We lose only two seniors from this team, and neither was a regular. Half our kids had never even seen the Garden until today. Western Mass. hockey stock, it should be added, climbed a few points in the evening. St. John's had made a game out of what seemed beforehand a boxing match between Arnold Slang and Muhammad AU. NFL brass considers Super Bowl sile United Press Intel national HONOLULU Super Bowl U S A. is the topic today as the National Football LeaKue's annual meeting moves into i(s mund day at an oceansidc lintel. Delegation fiont Miami. Houston. New Oilcans and Los Angrles will try to convince the 2J clubs that their respective City should isl Sutler Bowl VII next January. But the ownets also cic cx petit tl lo considtr other cities, intluding Dallas. New Orleans, which hosted the Super Bowl Ihis year, lias the 82.000 scat Sur,ar Bowl, but accessibility by air tragic remains a problem. Miami, site of the 1971 Super Howl which liaj Ihe 78.000 feat Orange Bowl, presents ft problem In litigations as an attorney there has fought the league in Its policy f blacking out the aiea from television. And the league Isn't Iwkiiig forward to d-J bailie with him. That leaves il-u ton, with its C0.000 seal Puce Sta dium, Dallas, with its 72.000-seat Cotton Bowl end Los Angeles, with its 76,000-scat Coliseum. The Coliseum, which housed the fintt Super Bowl played in 10CG, wasn't sold out on that occasion. But, according lo P.oztlle, "1 Ihink it would be sold out today." Monday. Ihe owners worked on constitutional amendments and pacd one proposal which gives the commissioner power lo call an emergency meeting, on seven days notice, in which only 20 votes would be needed lo pau a proposal instead of the unanimous 2d. 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