Alabama Journal from Montgomery, Alabama on August 21, 1978 · 14
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14 Monday. August 21, 1978 ALABAMA JOURNAL, Montgomery. Ala. utton, Garvey Tangle By The Associated Press There may be discord in the Los Angeles Dodgers' locker room, but on the field they're still a well-oiled machine. Pitching ace Don Sutton and star first baseman Steve Garvey were involved in a fistfight-wrestl-ing match in the dressing room before the Dodgers' 5-4 victory Sunday over the Mets. The altercation was spurred by an article in the Washington Post in which Sutton was quoted as saying: "All you hear about on our team is Steve Garvey, the All-American boy. But Reggie Smith was the real MVP, We all know it ... (Smith) has carried us the last two years. He is not a facade. He does not have the Madison Avenue image." The two fought for several minutes before being separated and Sutton came out the worse, with a bruised and swollen face. "It was just a difference of opinion on the article written this week in the Washington Post," said Garvey. "The article was completely unnecessary. We are dedicated to winning the pennant. We are supposed to be winning the pennant, not singling out individuals." In the ninth inning, however, the Dodgers played like the team they are: the defending National League champions and leaders in the National League West. They rallied for three runs to edge the Mets. Joe Ferguson's double was the key hit, scoring Ron Cey with the winning run. Ferguson lined a shot which New York left fielder Steve Henderson misjudged, the ball carrying over his head as Cey scored. Phillies 5, Giants 3 The Giants lost a game in the standings to the it" fi Pom Sutton V "C : Storm Carvy Dodgers and the Phillies remained three in front of Chicago in the East. Mike Schmidt, who has broken out of a slump since being moved to the leadoff spot, had three hits, driving in a run and scoring another one for the Phils. Cubs 2, Reds 1 "I've read about things like that in the newspaper, and now I've done it once," said Dave Rader, Chicago's substitute catcher, who is batting only .M this season. What Radt r did was belt a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the ninth with two out to boost the Cubs to victory. .-... Pirates 7-3, Astros 6-1 Pittsburgh completed a sweep of its extended six-game series with Houston with a double victory. The Pirates, who have won seven in a row, benefitted from four hits by Frank Taveras, Willie Stargell's two-run homer and Kent Tekulve's 23rd save of the season in the opener. The Pirates took the nightcap behind Jerry Reuss' first victory this season and a pair of homers by Ed Ott. Padres 5, Expos 4 Rollie Fingers registered his 29th save of the year and 200th career save as San Diego won its fifth in a row. Broderick Perkins' sacrifice fly scored Dave Winfield with the winning run in the eighth. Cardinals 6, Braves 4 Ted Simmons' two-run double off Atlanta ace Phil Niekro, 15-13, sparked the Cards' victory. Garry Templeton and George Hendrick led off the seventh with bunt singles and Simmons followed with his big hit. f .' I W " - - Nolan Walts For Tommhtom At Plato BSdJc mcaamqj Sins S8Q 0?' HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) Lee Elder will never play better. He said so himself. "The last two months I've played the best golf of my life probably the best I'll ever play," the 44-year-old Elder said Sunday after an almost errorless round of 4-un-der-par 67 had produced a 1-stroke victory in the rich Westchester Classic and what Elder called "the most gratifying moment of my life. "I'll never forget this moment. I'll cherish it as long as I live," he said. He ranked this triumph, his second of the year, ahead of the ?. - it. A emotion-packed victory at Pensacola, Fla. four years ago which enabled him to become the first black to play in the Masters. "This is a little more significant to me personally," he said. And there were reasons for it. "I have reached a goal I've been wanting for a long, long time," he said. First, he said, the victory gave him entry into opportunity to help represent the United States on the Ryder Cup team next year," he said. If he makes it and he's almost certain to do so he also would be the first black to play in the biennial matches against Britain's best. "That's something that has been on my mind for a long time," said Elder, who won the Westchester Classic with a 274 total, 10 shots under par on the the World Series of Golf hilly little 6,603-yard at Akron. Ohio this fall, course. loo Odor He will be the first of his race to play in the World Series. "And it puts me in position where I have an The victory was worth $60,000 from the total purse of $300,000 and pushed Elder's season's earnings to $146,348. the best of his career. Mark Hayes, who was second, one shot back at 275, won $34,200. "I lost my chances on 17 and 18," said Hayes, who finished his round of 66 about Vz hours ahead of Elder. He failed on an eight-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and left a 15-footer short, dead in the heart of the hole, on the 18th. But he got his score on the board early and put the pressure on Elder, who didn't make a bogey over the final round, missed only one green, the eighth, but made a birdie there, chipping in from 25 feet. "Good for tune smiled on me," he said. Still he trailed by one shot until dropping an eight-foot birdie putt on the 13th and went to the 18th, a par 5, needing a birdie to win. His three-wood second shot slipped off the putting surface to the rough and Elder chipped to about a foot for the tap-in that won it. Hubert Green, who missed 34 foot putts on the 15th and 16th, was third at 70-276, followed by Bill Kratzert, 67-277. Tied at 278 were Dave Stockton, who chipped in four times on the way to a 66, Gibby Gilbert, Bob Murphy, Alan Tapie and SPORTS Dave Eichelberger. Tapie and Gilbert had closing 73s, Eichelberger a 71 and Murphy a 69. Jack Nicklaus, only two shots off the pace through 54 holes, couldn't get going. He fell out of contention with bogeys on the 12th and 14th holes and finished at 72-279. John Mahaffey's two-tournament winning streak ended on a 75-287 finish. Andy North, the U.S. Open champion and defending Westchester titleholder, had 71-283. WILL CRIMSLEY AP SPORTS ANALYSIS " ' '' ' Ali Strictly First Class DEER LAKE, Pa. (AP) - It costs $5,200 a week to hammer and hone a fighter into shape for a heavyweight title fight that is, if the fighter happens to be Muhammad Ali, always "The Champ." Somebody else might get the job done for, let's say, a bargain rate of $500. But not the great Ali, the pride of the universe. He goes strictly first class. He carries with him the largest entourage in the history of boxing. One man does nothing but anoint that sleek brown body with oil. Another laces on his gloves. During a rope-skipping routine, two men are busy rubbing the sweat off two huge, floor-length mirrors. Even skipping rope, the magnificent one likes to look at himself in all his splendor and admire the handiwork. Three other men do nothing but stand around like government G-men protecting a president. They're the bodyguards. "Watch it, please, not too close to The Champ." An old pro football scout is at ringside, recording every move of the ex-champion on videotape, with sound effects and commentary. When the last of the day's routines are finished, Ali will curl up on a sofa and do a critique of himself on the screen an electronic gimmick introduced for the first time for his Sept. 15 return bout against Leon Spinks in New Orleans. "I see what I do wrong," says Ali. Back in the kitchen, a special cook is preparing the evening "vittles" no pork, just kosher beef, fowl, fruits and vegetables. Taboo: fattening, high caloric desserts. "If The Champ ever retires," said one of the camp's hangers-on, "the government's unemployment figures will skyrocket." "What do all these people do?" asked a visitor at this log cabin complex on the edge of the Poconos. A good question often asked, never adequately answered. The entourage numbers about 20 a few Muslims but mostly many old friends who have been with Ali since he came out of the 1960 Olympics to turn pro and twice win but only once lose the heavyweight crown. The only, white member of the group with the exception of veteran trainer Angelo Dundee, who shows up about a month before the fight is Gene Kilroy, formerly with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who does most of Ali's detail work travel arrangements, staff assignments, even budget oversight. Perhaps the best known of the Ali faithful is the oft-fired-rehired Bun-dini Brown, assistant trainer who is seen yelling and screaming in the comer and openly weeping when Ali loses. Bundini wears a T-shirt with the inscription he helped create: "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." Wally Muhammad is another assistant trainer. He handles the stop watch and cleans the big bags. Luis Sarria, a Cuban, is chief conditioner. Re rubs the champ with oil. Jeremiah Shabazz, a Muslim, is the liaison between Ali and Herbert Muhammad, the manager of record in Chicago. Abdul Rahman serves as ring announcer. Rudy, also called Rahman, Ali's fighting brother, is always around just one of the props. Leslie Ward is a former British paratrooper who has spent some $15,000 following Ali around the world. A fixture is former champ Jimmy Ellis but not a sparring partner. The human punching bags are Abdul Kahn, Bingo Bradley, Torpedo Reed and Maxie Davis. Lana Shabazz (no relation to Jeremiah) does all the cooking. One of the most interesting recent additions is Lloyd Wells, the video expert who wears two Super Bowl rings symbolizing his period with the Kansas City Chiefs under Hank Stram. They call him "Orson," for Orson Welles, because he is writer, producer, cameraman, director and commentator for the tape TV. "Where's Orson?" bellowed Ali before one workout. "I can't start without him." King Fined $500 NEW YORK (AP) - Billie Jean King and Ray Ruffels, mixed doubles partners for the New York Apples of World Team Tennis, have been fined $500 each, for their tirade against an employe of the Seattle Cascades, an Apples spokesman said Monday. The fine, imposed by WTT Commissioner Butch Buchholz, stems from an incident in Seattle two weeks ago in which King and Ruffels blew up at the scoreboard keeper, who reportedly had been rooting openly for the home team. The Cascades employe reportedly said "You're in trouble now" as King and Ruffels changed s'des with their opponents during a set. Morgan, Reds Ready To Roll? CINCINNATI (AP) - Injuries notwithstanding, second baseman Joe Morgan says he's back and the Cincinnati Reds still have a shot at the pennant in the National League West. "For us to win, I have .to do something. I'm back now and I know it's going to happen. I feel good, the best I have since opening day. That's all I can say," said the 34-year-old Morgan. Morgan hasn't hit a home run or stolen a base since mid-June. He has been ailing with a hamstring pull and a muscle knot in his abdomen. Morgan said the injuries are not signs of age nor does he feel he is slowing down. "I'm not through. I know what Joe Morgan is. I know what he is capable of. The pitchers know too. I have been hurt but they haven't been pitching me like a guy who is hurting," Morgan said. Morgan said he can accept being injured but it hurts knowing he is badly needed by the Reds, who trail Los Angeles and San Francisco. "This year I'm needed more than at any time in the past and I haven'tbeen able to help. In 1975 and 1976, if I had been hurt, I thinkwe would have won without me. The only thing I feel bad about is that I haven't been able to help like I can," he said. "I'm not what you'd call unhappy. I look at all the good that happened to me. I realize you have to accept the bad, too. I believe I will be a better person because of it." The Reds are home for nine game stand following Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs. "We have to shoot everything every day through the last 39 games. There's no leeway," said Manager Sparky Anderson. "On this home stand, we've got to get close to even with the Dodgers." Campbell Batters Dallas DALLAS (AP) Earl Campbell grew up 90 miles east of here and wondered someday if he would play for the Dallas Cowboys. The Dallas Cowboys wished he had. Texas Coach Darrell Royal said the day he signed Campbell: "That's one guy who could go directly from high school to the National Football League." But Campbell went to the University of Texas where he was Ail-American and the first Heisman Trophy winner in the school's illustrious football history. The Houston Oilers, who have never been to the NFL playoffs, moved heaven and earth to trade for Campbell. And Tampa Bay may rue the day it traded him away. Campbell ran all over the team he once admired Saturday night with 151-yards on 14 carries. He dashed 55 yards for a touchdown and threw a block on Cliff Harris that cleared the way for Ronnie Coleman's 18-yard touchdown run. "When you play against Dallas you play the best," said Campbell. "You get up for it. And the name of the game in the Houston offense is if you run you've got to block. I appreciate it when someone throws a good block for me, so it's a big thrill for me when I can throw one for someone else." Campbell certainly had his admirers on the Cowboy side of the field after Houston's 27-13 victory in a preseason game. "Very impressive ... should have a good future in the NFL," said 14-year veteran defensive tackle Jethro Pugh. "I did not give him enough credit ... he is one of the best running backs I have ever faced," said Harris. "He has a great future ahead of him," said running back Robert Newhouse. "Earl is a good fullback and Ia sure our STcnuary was disappointed because when you have to tackle Earl at full speed it's pretty tough," said Cowboy Coach Tom Landry. Houston Coach Bum Phillips said "I don't think Earl is the franchise and I don't think Earl wants to be the franchise. He is a team player and he just wants to do his share. Tonight, I think everyone that saw him thought he was just about perfect ... except Dailas." Campbell met Dallas' Heisman winner Tonny Dorsett at midf ield after the game. Dorsett gained 72 yards on 14 carries in the game played before a sellout crowd of 62,000 plus in Texs Stadium. They talked briefly and shook hands. "He's good, real good," said Dorsett. Phillips added "When you have him in the .game, it's like having Dorsett. The defenses have to watch for him and it opens things up for other guys." Houston Paces Barracudas PENSACOLA, Fla Michael Houston of the Montgomery Barracuda swim team captured four individual titles and one second-place finish in the St. Regis swim meet held here last weekend. Houston won A division events in the 50-meter freestyle, butterfly and backstroke; the B division 50-meter breast stroke and took second in the 200 individual medley. Jon Olsen, swimming with the Montgomery Swim Team, was the B division champion in the 50 meter butterfly. Both teams fared well in the event that brought 700 swimmers to the Pensacola area as eight Barracudas finished in the top eight spots in one or more events. Four from the Montgomery team did the same. Tip Call Wins For Red Sox By The Associated Press The difference in two swings by Jerry Remy meant the difference between victory and defeat for the Boston Red Sox. With two on and one out in the Boston fifth inning Sunday, Remy swung at and apparently missed an 0-2 pitch by Oakland right-hander Matt Keough. But plate umpire Ed Merrill ruled Remy had tipped the ball, which rookie A's catcher Bruce Robinson trapped against the dirt behind home plate. "It was tough for me to tell, but I think I foul-tipped it," said Remy. "I just turned around and saw the ball on the ground. The umpire didn't say anything, so I stayed there." Keough said plenty, arguing vehemently that Remy had missed the ball and should have been called out. Remy's next swing launched a Keough pitch over the right field fence for a three-run homer that carried Boston to a 4-2 victory. "The guy swings waist high and the pitch is low and outside, so it doesn't take much deduction," said Keough, who had to be restrained by his catcher from going after the umpire. "He tipped it off his bat," said Merrill. "If the ball had been caught, it would have been an out it's that simple." "This is really frustrating," said Keough, 7-11. "We had a chance to go into third place today." Instead, the A's lost their eighth game in the last nine and remained fourth, seven games behind the American League West-leading Kansas City Royals. "I'm not mad at him (Merrill) or the other umpires," said Keough, "but it bothers me there wasn't an effort made to have the right call. This was a tough play for Merrill. The other umps had a better view and they should have overruled him." They over-ruled Keough, who served up the seventh home run of Remy's four-season career. It was the second homer of the season a career high for the Boston second baseman, who cracked one 15 games ago against Milwaukee. Dennis Eckersley, 14-5, has benefitted from both Remy homers. He won the game against the Brewers August 5, and pitched a nine-hitter Sunday against the A's. Homers by Mitchell Page and Wayne Gross produced the Oakland runs. Carlton Fisk's 18th . homer of the year had given Eckersley a 1-0 lead in the second and started the Red Sox to their seventh victory in 10 games, giving them an 8V4-game bulge over New York and Milwaukee in the East. Angels 1, Orioles 0 Don Baylor's 14th-inning single scored Rick Miller to carry California past Baltimore and keep the Angels within a percentage point of the Royals. Royals 2, Rangers 1 John Wathan's fifth-inning homer tied the game for Kansas City, then pitcher Jon Matlack's error led to Royals' winning run. Matlack collided with catcher Jim Sundberg and muffed a popped-up bunt by Clint Hurdle. Mariners 5, Yankees 4 Craig Reynolds and Bob Robertson cracked run-scoring singles off Rich Gossage in the seventh inning, capping Seattle's second comeback and sending the Mariners past New York. Brewers 2, Tigers 1 Ben Oglivie's RBI double in the eighth gave Milwaukee its seventh victory in eight games. ; Indians 10, White Sox 1 Johnny Grubb drove in five runs with three hits, including a three-run double in Cleveland's five-run fourth to give the Indians only their third victory in 17 games. Blue Jays 6, Twins 2 Toronto right-hander Don Kirkwood, who had pitched only one inning since June 21 because of shoulder problems, won his first game since April 14 as the Blue Jays downed the Twins. Are Maffgito MEMPHIS, Tenn. -The Montgomery Rebels were no-hit only twice in the club's first 13 seasons in the Southern League, 1965 through 1977, but this year's team has matched that in the last five weeks. Rox Boxberger of Co- maining. In the opener, Memphis scored the only run in the sixth off loser Larry Corr, 9-5, when Monte Harris walked, was bunted up, and Bobby Ramos singled. In the second game, new Reb Bob Bonk.0-1. lumbus fired a seven-in- was shelled for six runs, ning gem against the lo- five of them earned, in cals in Columbus July 12 and Sunday Mike Finlayson of Memphis fired another seven-inning no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader before 1,668 at McCarver Stadium. Finlayson, 2-3, walked only two Rebs in the 1-0 opening game masterpiece. The Rebels mustered four hits in the nightcap but could not score a run as new Chick hurler John James spun the 8-0 shutout. Montgomery, now 25-35 in the second half Southern League West pennant race, is in jeopardy of its first last place finish since the league went to two divisions six years ago. The fifth place Rebs trail fourth place Chattanooga by two and a half games with 14 games re- the first three innings. The game was marred when Reb Tom Burke charged into the stands to confront some fans who had been razzing Reb players. REBEL ROUSERS Rebs play two more here before Paterson Field return Wednesday for four-game series with Savan-nah...Al Greene has seven homers and 25 RBIs in a month at Evansville ... Steve Viefhaus faced one man and got credit for 8-7 Triplet win over Indianapolis Friday . . . Eddie Gates of Memphis is SL Player of Week after going nine for 18, while Fred Howard of Knox-ville, a two-time winner, is Pitcher of Week...Gates' .343 average leads SL as do bit 23 home runs.

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