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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 41

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Wednesday, October 22, 1975
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Lynn Crash Shocker BOSTON (UPI) - It lasted only a few seconds but it seemed like forever. For that awful moment, all was quiet. An eerie hush draped over Fenway Park Tuesday night Hardly a word was heard. And there, in deep left centerfield, against the wall, under the 379-foot mark, lay the crumpled body of Red Sox rookie star Fred Lynn. He looked like a discarded rag doll--sprawled motionless. And for the 35,205 fans, it hardly seemed to matter anymore that the Cincinnati Reds had just scored two runs on Ken Griffey's triple with one out in the fifth. As Lynn lay there, in full view, another picture flashed through to mind. It was that of Boston's other star rookie outfielder Jim Rice doubled over in pain on Sept. 21 in Detroit. A bone in his left hand had been broken by an inside pitch from Vern Ruble. And Rice never played another game this season. Lynn, a daredevil fielder, had taken off like a sprinter after Griffey's drive. He didn't even break stride as he reached the warning track. At the last second, he leaped for the bah". His right shoulder slammed into the concrete wall. His body twisted cruelly and the impact whipped his body, shoulders and head against the wall. As the ball caromed away, rightfielder D w i g h t Evans chased it down and fired it into the infield. He then turned and raced toward Lynn. Left fielder Carl Yastrzemski already was standing over Lynn. Neither Evans nor Yaz knew what to do. So they left him alone until trainer Charlie Moss arrived, followed closely by Manager Darrell Johnson. Sure the Reds were rallying. And this was a do-or-die game for Boston. But all that seemed trivial What mattered--what really mattered--was Fred Lynn. It was then--in the midst of one of the greatest World Series games--that all became quiet at Fenway Park. After a while, Lynn moved an arm. Then a leg. Soon he was standing And so were 35,205 fans--Red Sox and Red rooters --cheering as one, happy they had not witnessed another baseball tragedy. Lynn, obviously hurting, remained in the game and was expected to be in centerfield again tonight. Sixth Game Worth Waiting, 7-6 in 12 Sox's Fisk Evens Series UPI TELEPHOTO Carlton Fisk's reaction tells the story of his game winning 12th inning home run in Tuesday night's World Series game. The homer broke a 6-6 deadlock to give the Boston Red Sox the 7-6 win and even the series at three games each with the Cincinnati Reds. Football The World Footbal League's P o r t l a n d a n d C h a r l o t t e franchises said they could not exist on attendance figures this season. Meanwhile, Hawaii's franchise directors met to determine that club's future and the San Antonio Wings' owner is searching for $350,000 to keep his club solvent for the remainder of this year. Pittsburgh's Tony Dorsett was named Associated Press back of the week for his 268 yards rushing and four touchdowns against Army last Saturday. Nebraska's Vince Ferragamo was also considered. Sports Briefs Harrab's Reno-Tahoe Racebook lists Nebraska an eight-point pick over Colorado Saturday The Dallas Cowboys will hold a special ceremony next month for retired defensive tackle Bob Lilly, the first player to be honored at a game in the 15-year history of the club Hallsville, Tex ,mayorT. Bynum Hatley Wednesday signed a resolution demanding ABC's Howard Cosell apologize for his disparaging remarks against h o m e t o w n h e r o R o b e r t Newhouse of the Dallas Cowboys during the Cowboy win over Detroit Oct. 13. Cosell allegedly called Newhouse "a bad runner " The Nashville Banner reported Tuesday. Alabama will play in the Sugar Bowl if unbeaten the rest of the season The Banner said Bear Bryant has excluded the Orange Bowl from his hopes and plans, if ever he did enter- t a i n the idea of playing Oklahoma. Baseball -- World Series, Cincinnati at Boston, 7 p.m., e@s. BOSTON (AP) - After three days of rain, they finally played baseball at Fenway Park. And, boy, was it worth waiting for. With all the drama of Broadway and the wallop of a Hollywood ending, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 12 tension-packed innings Tuesday night and set the stage for tonight's seventh World Series game. "They will be talking about that game for years to come," said Cincinnati's Pete Rose after the Red Sox tied this incredible World Series at three games apiece. "This game was the best advertisement for baseball you could have." Rose, who never enjoys losing a game, nevertheless enjoyed playing in the "Green Monster" thriller. "When he came up to bat in the 10th, Rose leaned over and said to me, 'Wow, this is some kind of game,' " said Boston catcher Carlton Fisk. "I agreed with him. You couldn't ask for a better game." Fisk ended the wild affair as it should have been ended-- with a leadoff home run in the 12th. The ball jumped off Fisk's bat and sailed into the left-field foul pole, bringing the roaring crowwd at Fenway to its feet and the Red Sox players streaming onto the soggy field. Hits Sinker "It was a sinker down and in," said Fisk of the home run pitch from Cincinnati reliever Pat Darcy, the eighth Reds' pitcher of the game. "I knew the ball was either going to go foul or be a home run. Since the wind was blowing out, I was afraid the ball might hook around the pole. In fact, I bet the wind took the thing about 15 feet closer to the line than it should have been and it wound up hitting the pole just before going around it." Fisk's blow was the most dramatic of the night because it was the final shot fired at Fenway. But there were many other moments of great high tension that kept everyone stuck to tneir seats and television sets. Washed out of three straight starts by a long-winded storm, the Reds at last were poised for a knockout punch of the Red Sox m game No. 6. But it was Boston that got in the first punches, scoring three quick runs on Fred Lynn's homer into the right- center field seats in the first inning. It seemed that it would be enough for Luis Tiant, the way Boston's ace was pitching for the first four innings. He gave up no Ironrte Jdurnal Wednesday, October 22,1975 41 runs and only two hits and appeared to be well on his way toward a third victory in this crazy, mixed-up series. It wasn't to be, however. Tiant showed he was only human in the fifth when he gave up three runs, two on a triple by Ken Griffey. His imperfection became more obvious when George Foster unloaded a two- run double hi the Cincinnati seventh and Cesar Geronimo laced a home run into the right- field seats in the eighth. Tiant Finished Geronimo's wallop finished Tiant and gave the Reds a 6-3 lead With Pedro Borbon pitching overpowering baseball hi relief, the Big Red Machine seemed to be driving toward its first World Series title since 1940. But as everyone soon found out, the game was far from over. Borbon gave up a leadoff single to Lynn and a walk to Rico Petrocellli. The reliever was taken out of the game in favor of Rawly Eastwick. Cincinnati's outstanding youngster quieted the Boston customers by striking out Dwight Evans and getting Rick Burleson on a fly ball. Then he went to a 2-2 count on pinch hitter Berme Carbo before the former Cincinnati player blasted a game-tying homer into the center field stands, more than 400 feet away. The house came down when Carbo hit it out. And the benchwarmer had a ball running around the bases, applauding himself as he enjoyed every second of his journey toward home When he sauntered around third, he gave Rose a friendly needle The Reds had the opportunity to put the Red Sox away but were turned back by an almost unbelievable play by Evans in right m the llth. With a man on first. Joe Morgan hit a shot that appeared almost certainly headed for home run territory, but the graceful young out- fielder speared the ball near the seats and fired back into the infield to complete a double play. "It was the best catch I've ever seen," said Cincinnati Manager Sparky Anderson. That catch saved Boston for the 12th, when Fisk delivered his sudden thunder (6th gam*) Cincinnati Boston ab r h bi ab r h bi Rose3b 5 1 2 0 Cooper Ib 5 0 0 0 Griffey r f 5 2 2 2 Drago p 0 0 0 0 Morgan 2b 6 1 1 0 Miller ph T 0 0 0 Bench c 6 0 1 1 Wise p 0 0 0 0 Perez Ib 6 0 2 0 Doyle 2 b 5 0 1 0 Foster If 6 0 2 2 Ystrzrnsk Ib 6 I 3 0 Concepcm ss 6 0 1 0 Fisk c 4 2 2 ! Geronimo c f 6 1 2 1 Lynn c f 4 2 2 3 Nolan p 0 C 0 0 Petrocell. 3b 4 1 0 0 Chaney p h 1 0 0 0 Evans r f 5 0 1 0 Norman p 0 0 0 0 Burleson s s 3 0 0 0 Billmgnam pO 0 0 0 Tiant p 2 0 0 0 Armbrstr ph 0 1 0 0 Moret p 0 0 0 0 Carroll p 0 0 0 0 Carbo I f 2 1 1 3 Crowley p h 1 0 1 0 Borbon p 1 0 0 0 Eastwick p 0 0 0 0 McEnany p d 0 0 0 Dnessen p h 1 0 0 0 Darcy p 0 0 0 0 Totals 50 t 14 6 Totals 41 7 10 7 none out when wmntng run scored Cincinnati 000 030 210 000- 6 Boston 300000030001-7 E-Burleson DP-Gncinneti 1, Boston 1 LOB Cincmnaf 1 11, Boston 9 2B-Doyle Evans Foster 3B-Gnffev HR Lynn, Geronimo, Carbo, Fisk SB Concepciof S Tiam ip h r w Nolan 2 3 3 3 23 ! 1 1-3 1 Normar Btll ngna"n Carroll Borbon Eastwck McEnanev Da'cy L Tiant Drago 3 Wise W 1 T ant Ditched to 1 xatte- i 8th Boroon pi'cned to 2 Dafte r s in 8th, EastwcK pi'cned tc 1 ba'tors m9'h, Darcy pi'c^ed to I bat'er r 12*i H8P b / Drogo l R o s e ) T^! 01 A 35 205 Former Husker Pate Dies After Struggle Calgary (AP) - Tom Pate, who came to Canada from Omaha, Neb., this year to play m the Canadian Football League, died Tuesday night, less than 72 hours after collapsing during a game Saturday night. The 23-year-old linebacker for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats lapsed into a coma after falling to the artificial turf of McMahon Stadium in his team's 25-23 vic- t o r y over t h e C a l g a r y Stampeders and was in critical condition until his death. Dr. J a c k B a r l a s s , a neurosurgeon who treated Pate at Foothills Hospital, said an autopsy will be necessary to determine the exact cause of death. There has been no medical evidence made pubic directly linking Pate's collapse and death to the dean, hard block he took from Calgary's Rick Galbos and Dick Wesolowski seconds before collapsing. Tom Pate Former Husker Barlass told reporters Tuesday night that Pate had a brain hemorrhage, "but whether this was the cause of death or whether this was the result of injuries he received in the football game, we don't know." A decision on an inquest would be made after the autopsy. Jim Charters, the Hamilton team doctor, said prior to the death Pate had been suffering from severe headaches and Calgary General Manager Gary Hobson said a doctor who examined Pate in the hospital indicated Pate had a weakness in a blood vessel, technically known as an aneurysm. Pate, who graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1975, recovered from a childhood attack of spinal meningitis. He said early in the season that the attack at the age of 13 sent him into a coma for four days, caused him to lose 10 pounds and confined him to hospital for 11 days. Pate is the second player to die following a game in the history of the CFL. Teammates descnbed the 6- foot-3, 220-pound Pate as quiet and serious. A fnend. Cindy Drulhnger of Omaha, and Mr. and Mrs A. L. Pate, his parents, had been at his bedside since Sunday. Cornhusker Play book: Standard 5-2 Slant Right o r o 0 o o 0 r (D CD r ^ O B Goal Line Defense CD T * » . Oj O JO 0) (P G- G- T F 8 8 c Favorite Blackshirt Defenses Defense has long been the name of the game for Nebraska football. Above, Cornhusker defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin diagrams two of the most widely used defenses you can look for when Nebraska meets Colorado Saturday. (1) Is the standard 5-2 alignment, so-called because five players -- two ends (E), two tackles (T) and one middle guard (G) -- are up on the line of scrimmage with two linebackers (B) filling the gaps right behind them. The defense can be played "straight", with each defensive man taking on the player right in front of him, "reading" (watching) which way the play goes and then moving toward the ball carrier; or with a slant (in either direction) to gain greater penetration into the opposing backfield. The example shown is a "slant right". While the Nebraska right tackle and end stay straight across from their man, the middle guard, left tackle and end try to jam things up by penetrating toward the right. To protect against a wide running play on that side, the monster back (M) floats out as shown. "The key is that the two players on the right side, playing straight across from their man, must resist any blocks thrown against them," Kif- fin explains. "If they try to block our guys in, they must force back out to keep the play from going wide. It's basically a one-on-one thing. With speed, strength, agility and technique you must be able to beat the guy across from you. That's what we work on day after day." On short yardage situations, or if Nebraska has its back to the wall, the goal line defense (2) is often used. The Husker safety is taken out of the lineup and a second middle guard is inserted, giving a 6-2 front. The two middle guards try to penetrate on each side of the opposing center, the linebackers fill the gaps, flowing toward the direction of the play, while the others take on the man across from them "straight up". "The offensive blocker is trying to move our guys out of there in one direction or the other to open a hole for the runner," Kiffin explains. "Our job is to escape that block and fill the hole or resist and shove him right back where he came from to jam things up." Ask anyone. It's down in those trenches at the line of scrimmage where football games are won or lost. Trickery Could Give Huskers Edge Over No. 10 Buffs By Virgil Parker Journal Sports Editor Don't look for Nebraska to try a triple reverse, Mowed by a pass and then a lateral to a trailing receiver against Colorado Saturday. But Cornhusker coach Tom Osborne is likely to have a new wrinkle or two up his sleeve for the Buffs. "You could gimmick yourself to death and that wouldn't prove anything," Osborne notes, "but in a game like this between two evenly matched teams - where neither one has an edge in the quality of individual personnel -- a surprise play might give you a little edge." Nebraska, on third-find-short yardage situations last week against Ohiahoma State, abandoned Us usual slam-bang straight-ahead approach. Once, a pass to Dave Shamblin gained the OSU two-yard line and set up a touchdown. On another similar situation, a pass just escaped the grasp of split end Bobby Thomas. "If you get too stereotyped on what you do in such a situation," Osborne said, ''the opponent will stack everybody in so tight you can't power ahead for the necessary yardage. We hope future teams will think twice before doing that against us now." Stop Colorado The Huskers spent much of Tuesday's practice planning ways to stop Colorado in such situations. "They tend to use a fullhouse backfield on short yardage plays," Osborne said of a T- formation alignment which has both halfbacks and the fullback in a straight line four to five yards behind the quarterback. "That takes away some of the things you like to do on defense. It's a formation used by Ohio State when they get down close to the goal line. By the same token, it takes away some of the things they can do offensively. It's hard to pass from that formation." More often, Osborne says, Colorado will line up in an "I" formation much like that used by Nebraska. "We have our work cut out for us," Osborne says as he prepares his Huskers to face Colorado, a five-time winner which has lost only to Oklahoma (21-20). "(Steve) Burk did a good job of running the Oklahoma State offense last week, but (David) Williams is probably the best quarterback we will have faced this year. He can do so many things. He has good size, the speed to run the ball and is a fine passer." Two Approaches Osborne says there are two basic approaches a team can take in preparing its offense. "You can be very basic, have just a few plays, and practice them over and over so many times you run them well even if the opposing team knows what you are going to do. That way you can practice each play in your game plan six or seven times every day. "Or, you can do as we do. We try to have a wide variety of plays from various formations. That limits the number of times to practice each to just once or twice a day. We still want to run them well. You can't have so many that you're going to 'grab bag 1 it all the time." Defensive captain Bob Martain rejoined the squad for Tuesday's workout after his infected knee responded to treatment. "Curtis Craig (bruised thigh) jogged some today," Osborne said, "and he should be able-to practice tomorrow. Dave Butterfield (comerback) was sick, but the only person really missing now is Dave Redding (Martin's, backup at defensive right end.)" ' ^y " KWSPAPERl

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