The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on July 6, 1974 · 19
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PORT The Boston Globe Saturday, July 6, 1974 19 Indians catch idled Sox . It was a complete washout locally last night The Red Sox canceled their game with the Royals and have scheduled a doubleheader at 1 p.m. tomorrow. And adding further gloom to the day, the Indians defeated the Angels, 7-2, and moved into a first place tie with the. Red Sox. The Boston Astros, also because of heavy rain, postponed the soccer game with the Rhode Island Oceaneers until 7:30 tonight at BU'sNickerson Field. Astros coach and Gen. Mgr. John Bertos explained that Astroturf is dangerous and difficult to play on when wet LARRY WHITESIDE V DARRELL JOHNSON "Everybody talks about the good old days. Hell, I was there! What was so good about them?" Comedienne Moms Mabley Legends, like old soldiers, don't die. They just quietly slip away. So scratch the Red Sox off the list of legends, and place the blame squarely on the shoulders of Darrell Johnson. The good old days are gone. There was a time when following the Red Sox was better than those old radio soap operas. The Red Sox clubhouse had more cliques than a camera. A knife-proof lead vest was standard equipment. The word "superstar" could be sewed on a uniform for five cents. But blame it on Darrell Johnson the good old days are gone. i "I think it's a matter of respect for the manager," said Carl Yastrzemski. "It's all due to respect for him." The manager says it is due to the players, who now insist on respecting each other, a situation made easier by the fact that the team is winning. "I told them in spring training that I didn't care about what took place before I came. All I was interested in was that we play winning baseball, that we think of the team instead of the individual. It takes these things to become a winning ball club. Of course, you still have to have the talent. "I'm not prepared to say that all 25 of our players love each other. But I've never seen a better group of guys in all my years of managing. It means somethine to have these ideas and also have the kind of people around who can back you up. But they are not new ideas. It's the way I learned in the minors and it's the way I operate here." What that means is the Red Sox have laid down the law that the petty squabbling of the recent past cease and desist. So that's why there hasn't been one good knock-down, drag-out fight between two players since spring training. Not one single question of ancestry. Not one bona fida blurb about being traded if I can't play. Not one "we could win a lot more if so-and-so would put out." Even when coaches and players flare up, it is downplayed. Juan Beniquez went right back into the lineup after blasting Eddie Popowski, but not before a "fatherly chat" with Johnson. Maybe third base coach Don Zimmer won't admire Bernie Carbo for sending reporters to him when they asked Carbo about ignoring a stop sign. But by game time today, Carbo and the coach will manage at least one smile between them. "All for one and one for all" is the new Red Sox motto. "I have yet to meet a player who was happy when his team lost," said Johnson. "No matter what, we expect our guys to have some pride in the uniform, pride in the way they play baseball and pride on the ball field." Maybe, as some say, the Red Sox have gotten rid of all the troublemakers and replaced them with players who have real talent. Rico, Yaz, Harper, Cater, Lee no one would call them company men, but they've never been known as shrinking violets, either. "I don't know if we've got good leadership or just the right kind of people," said Johnson. "These young players who play for me understand what I'm talking about because I was the same way in the minors. My veteran players are actually the hardest workers. I'm not afraid to have any of them or my coaches help teaching the younger players. Who knows more about base running than Tommy Harper? Who knows more about outfield play than Carl Yastrzemski?" What you must conclude is that the harmony is there because the Red Sox are winning and have talent, not necessarily in that order. "People forget about 1961 to 1966," said Yastrzemski. "Some of the problems we had then were because we didn't have the talent that we have now. And a lot of the problems were blown out of proportion. "We're just like any other team. I go out and do my job now just like I did then. And I don't worry about anybody else's problems." The good old days are gone, all right. But like Johnson says, "See me in September. It's early, yet." Ernie Roberts is on vacation. The Sunday Scene Last May an American expansion hockey team won the Stanley Cup playoff using Russian techniques. In a suburban Boston rink, 500 youngsters learn hockey the way Anatoly Tarasov teaches it in the USSR Coincidence? Perhaps, John Powers takes a look at North American hockey two years after the Russia-Team Canada series and two months before the Russia-WHA All-Star series. Also, Bob Ryan journeys to Pawtucket, R.I., for a glimpse at two of tomorrow's Red Sox Jim Rice and Fred Lynn. Leigh Montville writes about the sudden change in catcher Bob Montgomery's career since the injury of Carlton Fisk. This and more in The Sunday Globe. (-s - Kosewall rises, eclipses Evert's crown 'Tr Blame it all a "W on Johnson j By Bud Collins Globe Staff LONDON Something old (vintage Ken Rosewall) ... something new (champion Chrissie Evert) ... something borrowed (rampaging Jimmy Connors's devastating two-fisted stroke) . . . and something blue (Stan Smith, loser to Rosewall although he led by two sets, and 5-3 in the third, and had a match point.) That was the theme at Wimbledon on the day that rightfully belonged to the bride-to-be Christine Marie Evert, The Little Icewoman of Fort Lauderdale who 1 llillllft 4 'Msssmnnt i y& Ken Rosewall lunging into final. (AP) disdained detente in thrashing Russian Olga Morozova, 6 0, 6 4. In doing so, 19-year-old Chrissie, who ground up( Olga with those unrelenting ground-' strokes, became the youngest Wimbledon victor since Maureen Connolly (17 in 1952); the first female to win Italy, France and Wimbledon in succession since Connolly 20 years ago; and registered her 36th straight match win and a $15,000 bank deposit. "I felt just as good about Jimmy getting to his first final," said Chrissie of the groom-to-be, Jimmy Connors, who came from a set and a serve break back to avalanche Dick Stockton, 4 6, 6 2, 6-3, 6-4. But even before she went on to perform for Princess Margaret and 14,000 other Limeys in Centre Court, Princess America Evert was as thoroughly overshadowed as a bride at a stag party. The nasty old man who continues to spoil the kid parties was of course who else? Kenny Rosewall. Seldom has Centre Court been the stage for so magnificent a recovery, Rosewall pulling a Lazarus act of such brilliance in winning 6-8, 4-6, 9-8, 6-1, 6-3 that it can be described only as truly Rosewallian. There hasn't been anything like it here since 1927 when Henri Co- , chet the Frenchman, raced from two sets down and a match point in the third to catch up with and beat Bill Tilden in a semi, and repeated the next day to seize the title from countryman Jean Borotra. Neither Evert nor Connors was alive the day Rosewall dropped by to play his first Wimbledon in 1952.' "I read about him when I was in my cradle," yipped 21 -year-old Connors. Jimmy is the foe for Rosewall this afternoon in th fourth Wimbledon final for the 39-year-old Doomsday Stroking Machine. Connors has met Rosewall only once, two years ago and lost 6 0 in the third in the Pacific Southwest in California. "I'm a better player today, but look what he's done here." Rosewall began the tournament only his second of a year in which he's lightening Ids schedule as No. 9 seed and 33-to-l against with London bookmakers. Connors was 14-to-l, and if you played a lovebird double (Evert-Con-nors) you could get 32-to-l. Today Jimmy and Kenny are even money. Kenny looked his age-plus, and 1-to-33 all right, in the early stages as Smith the 1972 Wimbledon champion and successor to Rosewall in 1973 as World Pro Champ strode confidently to an 8-6, 6-1, 5-4 lead with his own heavy serve to come. Rosewall appeared to have no chance to continue his run at becoming the oldest Wimbledon monarch since 37-year-old Bill Tilden in 1930. The oldest was A. W. Gore, 41 in 1909. Rosewall will be 40 in four months. But the perpetual motion Aussie, who seems to be Destiny's Elder this time, came through at the last instant available to him, cracking Smith's serve to 5-5 on a whipping backhand to break point and a swooping volley for the game. It began to turn in the tiebreaker in which Smith held his match point at 5-points-to-6 with Kenny serving. Rosewall had bungled a 4-to-l lead in that overtime, double faulting for a ninth time in the match to 5-to-4 with Smith to serve. But on his match point, Smith's backhand return was a feeble poke into the net. Smith made two more errors and Rosewall had his 9-8 set at 8-points-to-6. A thundering "hurray!" went up from the mob, and you could almost sense that the counter-thrust had begun. Rosewall, whose wondrous backhand had been shaky, now began to turn it on. His returns, sprints for balls that looked beyond him, his charges to jerk Smith everywhere with volleys, and choice lobs that beat even the giant Californian made him once more the invincible Rosewall. Chris Evert said, "It helps me to know Jimmy's there watching, and encouraging me. When I got to the semifinals and saw who was left, I was sure I'd win." Nothing could help Morozova, who had simplified the tourney for Chris by eliminating mighty Billie Jean King. Then Virginia Wade. Chances galore were there for the Russian: three break points and six 20 Dolphins join NFL strike; top Charger draftee pickets Associated Press MIAMI At least 20 veteran Dolphins plan to picket the opening of the team's football training camp today, but the full squad did not vote on whether it would play in the College All-star game, the executive director of the National Football League Players' Assn. said yesterday. Ed Garvey said the picketing would "go on all day, every day" until contract agreement is reached. "The Dolphins will meet tomorrow morning and we will arrange the picketing," Garvey said after 35 members of the Super Bowl champions conducted a team meeting. "We didn't come here to vote on the All-Star game, we only wanted to explain the position of the player's association," said Doug Swift, NFLPA Dolphin representative. Garvey said he tried to impress on the Dolphins that the All-Star game shouldn't be played unless a settlement was reached. Swift said the players would not vote as a team on whether to honor the picket line. He said that decision would be left to each player's discretion. Veteran placekicker Garo Yepremian said he would go along with whatever the majority of his teammates decided and linebacker Bob Matheson and center Jim Langer said they still hadn't decided what to do. But tight end Jim Mandich said he would cross any picket line and would be at camp on July 14, the date that veterans are scheduled to report "Nothing in the meeting made me change my mind about not going along with the strike," Mandich said. "I am very tired of the business end of football." Mandich, who has played In the shadow of Marv Fleming and is considered to have a good shot at a starting position this season, said management had treated him well in his contract negotiations and he was looking forward "to my best year and I don't want anything to mess it up." Earlier, Garvey said that any decision whether or not the Dolphins play should be made by, the association, not by the club. Coach Don Shula said, "It seems like someone's telling me how to run my football team and I don't appreciate that "Over the past four year I think we've shown that we're doing things the right way," he added. "The list of 90 demands makes me wonder if as a coach I've done anything right and if the National Football League's done anything right," said Shula, whose teams have appeared in three consecutive Super Bowls and have won the last two. Shula also defended the league's reserve clause, a rule that some players say amounts to slavery. Shula said the clause is necessary to maintain a balance in the league. Striking National Football League players, hoping to swing the balking Miami Dolphins to their side, won a victory in San Diego yesterday when linebacker Dan Goode, the Chargers' first round draft choice, joined the picket line. Owner Gene Klein said Goode has a 24-hour "grace period" to return to the camp before he forfeits his "very substantial" bonus. Goode and all other rookies who got bonuses signed agreements that, if they left training camp without team permission, they would lose the bonuses. 1 . '' r V ill Having a flipping good time is Chris Evert after routing Olga Morozova in straight sets to win the Wimbledon women's championship yesterday. (AP) deuces against Chris in an arduous opening game that consumed 11 of the set's 27 minutes. Chris always had the bashing groundies to get. the vital points, and she was up at net volleying, too, doing her own attacking. "You've got to be putting all balls in the court and if you miss one against the little machine," said Olga, "it is like being love-forty against you." The Russian decided she had to hustle to the net regardless in the second set, and it did some good. She stayed even to 4-4. But, as she said, she was never safe. She lost match game from 40-0, after earlier losing serve from 40-0 and then 30-0. "This is the title," said Evert, "I've always wanted since I started playing." Rosewall has felt the same way, but his wanting goes back eons. Today we shall see if he has one miracle left, or if the power of love is too much even for him. Jit 1 1 . ' V t at- i . ' t ? Leaping Jimmy Connors pours it on Dick Stockton to gain Wimbledon Australia's Ken Rosewall Connors wori match in four sets. final against (AP) i

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