The Record from Hackensack, New Jersey on April 25, 1969 · 57
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The Record from Hackensack, New Jersey · 57

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Friday, April 25, 1969
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07 Comics D-10, 11 Legal Notices D-9 Medical Front D-9 Scoreboard D-7 Sports FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 1969 D 1 Harrelson No Deterrent CLEVELAND (AP) - Harrelson made his debut with the Cleveland Indians Thursday nignt and did turn things around for the team at the beginning. But it wasn't long before the Indians were headed back in the same old direction and they dropped an 11-3 decision to the Selma Traded For 3 Players CHICAGO (AP) The Chica go Cubs obtained pitcher Dick Selma from the San Diego Pa dres Thursday night for hurlers Joe Niekro and Gary Ross and minor league infielder Francis co Libran of San Antonio. Selma, 25-year-old right-hander who was the Padres' fourth choice In the National League expansion draft, was 9-10 with an earned run average of 2.75 in 170 innings last year with the New York Mets. This season with the Padres he is 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA. Selma, who will join the Cubs in New York today, gives the front-running Chicagoans a lourin starting pitcher, joining veterans Bill Hands, Ken Holtz-man and Fergie Jenkins in the regular rotation. Cub vice President John Hoi land said the club has been trying to get Selma "for some time Manager Leo Durocher likes him a lot." Niekro was 14-10 for the Cubs last season and Ross was 1-1 after coming up late following stints at ban Antonio and Taco ma. Both are right-handers. Holland said the Padres will option Libran back to San Antonio. Ken! New York Yankees for their 12th loss in 13 games. The Hawk hit a triple in his first time at bat in a Cleveland uniform and scored the Indians' first run. He wound up the evening with a triple and single in four trips to the plate, one run scored and one driven in. In commenting on the six-player trade last Saturday that brought Harrelson to. the Indians from the Boston Red Sox, Manager Alvin Dark of Cleveland said: "In Harrelson we've got a guy who can turn this club right around." The Hawk started inauspi-ciously by losing Joe Pepitone's liner to right field in the lights in the second inning and it went for a triple, but the Yankees didn't score. Then in the bottom of the second he led off with a triple to the 395-foot sign in right center and scored on Tony Horton's infield hit to give the Indians a 1-0 lead. "I was worried I missed the ball and I don't want to alibi about it," Harrelson said when asked how he felt about the sinking liner he missed. "I simply lost it in that bank of lights and I didn't see it until it was a few feet in front of me. "That was my only concern going into the game playing out there in right field. I've been at first with the Red Sox and my arm isn't the greatest." Harrelson wasn't perturbed by being on the losing end in his first game with a new team. "We've got 149 more games to go," he said. "We'll win more than we'll lose, and that's really something in this Eastern Divi sion." - The Yankees came from be hind with four runs in the fourth inning after the Indians had tak en a 2-0 lead. Yankee lefty Fritz Peterson, 2-2, yielded only four other hits besides the one by Harrelson. Bobby Murcer, touted as a replacement for Mickey Man tle, cracked a homer in the fifth after Jerry Kenney's single, then followed up in the next in ning with another two-run job I his seventh of the young season. Dick Simpson also had a three-run double for the Yankees, and Jack Gibbs had a two-run single. Dave Nelson, Cleveland second baseman, suffered a pulled right hamstring muscle in running the bases and was put on the disabled list. He pulled the same muscle shortly before the season started. Knockdown Pitches Spur Padre Rookie For The Record By Bob Kurland I remember Ken Harrelson riding a donkey around Yankee Stadium and almost getting dumped. I remember Ken Harrelson misjudging flies in the outfield. I remember Ken Harrelson as the man who boasted he was the best arm wrestler, pool shooter, and golfer in sports. I remember Ken Harrelson defending manager Al Dark when the latter was fired by Charles Finley in Kansas City. And in a pique, Finley fired Harrelson which led the long-haired young man to money which in his wildest dreams and he had quite a few he never thought possible. I remember Ken Harrelson being put on waivers and there were no takers. I remember Ken Harrelson hitting .194 in 1964 and being sent to the minors. I remember Ken Harrelson hitting 12 homers in 1966 and again in 1967. I remember Ken Harrelson hitting 35 homers with 109 RBI last season for Boston. . . I remember Ken Harrelson saying he would retire from baseball if the trade to Boston stood. I remember Ken Harrelson saying he would report to Cleveland. I hope for the Indians' sake that they won't have to remember back to 1968 in order to visualize Ken Harrelson hitting enough to make the trade a good one for Cleveland. Other Things I Remember I remember when Jack Oakie, Tom Brown, Ronnie Reagan and Joe E. Brown used to run for movie touchdowns and showed that life in college was one big ball. I remember when there were three baseball teams In New York and kids would start lining up for bleacher seats at 9 a.m. for the Dodger-Giant games. I remember kids sitting in the bleachers and passing paper on a string to the centerfielder directly under them in order to get autographs. I remember when all kids felt like Ken Singer of Paramus: "Baseball is in the heart of every young American. It gives a cry to root, root for the home team." I remember when there were two hockey teams in New York and I rooted for the losing one the Americans. It was a fun team because all the washed-up stars like Ching Johnson and Chuck Conacher would finish their careers with the Amerks. I remember when most outfielders hit .300 and pitchers were expected to go nine innings. I remember the Brooklyn Dodger football team and Ace Parker, probably one of the all-time great tailbacks who could run and pass. His specialty was the jump pass which very few quarterbacks will try these days with 12-foot defensive linemen in front of them. Parker was also a baseball player who made it up to the Athletics they were in Philadelphia then but twice broke his leg sliding. Despite the injuries he played football, wearing a heavy iron brace on his leg. I remember when only the rich kids In the neighborhood rode bicycles. And even they had to wait until they were nearly in their teens. Nowadays when you get to be five in the suburbs a two-wheeler is a necessity. I remember playing stickball and punchball and what we called triangle where some one pitched the ball on a bounce and you slapped it with your bare hand. Nowdays the kids wear uniforms and play a full schedule of Little League games. I remember a lot of things when each spring rolls around and one more year is torn off the calendar. Yet in the world of sports you can remain a kid all of your life and there's nothing greater than that. By The Associated Press Last October, the Houston As tros decided Nate Colbert couldn't help them. Six months later, they figured he couldn't hurt them either. Colbert took the first brush-off in stride, but he wasn't about to take another lying down. The rookie infielder, a former Houston prospect landed by San Diego in the October expansion draft, confounded the Astros' strategy and tactics Thursday night and beat them 4-1 with his first major league homer, a three-run eighth inning wallop. After Tony Gonzalez doubled with two out in the Padres' eighth, Houston reliever Jack Billingham walked OUie Brown intentionally to get at Colbert-then flattened him with an in side pitch. Colbert picked himself up and tagged the next pitch 420 feet into the left center field bleach ers, breaking a 1-1 deadlock. The homer was the first hit off Billingham in 58 games, including 50 with Los Angeles last sea son. Elsewhere in the National League, Cincinnati edged Los Angeles 8-7 San Francisco topped Atlanta 5-1, St. Louis edged the Chicago Cubs 3-2 and Philadelphia rapped Montreal 7-1. Pittsburgh was rained out at New York. It was real nice hitting that homer, especially after they knocked me down so many times," Colbert, whose blast sent the Astros reeling to their eighth loss in the last nine games. "I don't know what it is. but they knocked me down twice tonight and they did it three times last night." Colbert, who appeared games with "the Astros years ago and got in to 20 more last season, batting .133 over all, has had hands broken twice by tight pitches in the minors. "they are trying to pitch me inside," he said. "I used tc chase a lot of bad balls, but I think it's the hands. One or two times might be an accident. But I don't like to get thrown at. I don't think anybody does." Colbert, who started the night with one RBI in 12 games, also poked an infield single against his former mates, raising his batting average to .272. Brown's second inning homer off Houston starter Jim Ray gave the Padres a 1-0 lead but the Astros tied it in the fourth when Denis Menke homered against rookie Al Santorini. Ray, struck on the right elbow by Gonzalez' first inning liner, left the game in the third and Santorini departed in the seventh with a blister on a finger on his right hand. Veteran Jack Baldschun was the winner in relief. Lee May drove in three runs with a triple and his third homer as the Reds chased lefthander Claude Osteen and built an 8-4 lead before surviving a late Los Angeles comeback. May s two-run triple and a two-run single by Johnny Bench were the big hits in a five-run third inning explosion that sent Cincinnati in front to stay. Bob Tolan also homered for the Reds. : Bill Sudakis hit his first ho mer for the Dodgers, who wasted 17 hits four of them by Wes Parker. Jack Hiatt's first 1969 homer, a two-run tie-breaking snot in the seventh, carried the Giants past Atlanta. Gaylord Perry scattered eight hits for his third victory in five decisions. Loser Milt Pappas allowed two hits until the seventh, when Willie McCovey singled to snap a scoreless deadlock. The Giants wrapped it up with three runs in the eighth before Perry lost his shutout on ninth inning doubles by Orlando Cepe- da and Bob Didier. Dave Giusti fired a three-hit ter as the Cardinals extended Chicago's losing string to four games. Julian Javier cracked in 19 iour nns ana scorea two fet. thre Louis runs, 'helping Giusti re AP Photo WRESTLING MATCH Minnesota pitcher Dick Woodson (left) holds the head of Oakland's Reggie Jackson after the A's outfielder charged the Twins' pitcher in fifth inning. Also in scramble are Graig Nettles of Twins and Sal Bando of A's (6). Jackson, who hit two homers, felt Woodson waj throwing at him. cover from a 2-0 first inning deficit. Giusti, 2-1, retired 13 straight in one stretch while outpitching left-hander Ken Holtzman. The Phillies built a 2-1 edge over Montreal and then flattened the fumbling Expos with five runs in the ninth. Errors by relief pitchers Carroll Sembera and Jerry Robertson and third baseman Coco Laboy contribut ed to the ninth inning Philadelphia flurry. Winner Rick Wise checked the Expos on seven hits, including a run-scoring tri ple by Laboyin the seventh. I Jackson Rough On Pitchers By The Associated Press Reggie Jackson wasn't much of a hitter until.. .Dave Boswell served up a pair of good pitch es, and Dick Woodson a couple of close ones. Then the 6-foot-2, 197-pound outfielder really did his thing. Boswell's two tosses resulted in a pair of homers by Jackson in Oakland's 6-4 victory over Minnesota Thursday; Woodson's pitches resulted in a black eye for the Twins' hurler, suffered during a brief, but furious, little bout with Jackson on the pitch ers' mound.- Jackson, who took only a .146 average into the game, charged to the mound after successive pitches by the flame-throwing Woodson whizzed by ana over his head in the fifth inning. "There was a lot of velocity on those balls," said Jackson, "I was scared. "The first pitch stunned me, He can throw so fast." While Jackson was attempting to tackle Woodson, players from both benches streamed into the field in an attempt to separate the two fighters. -Jackson was ejected and Woodson was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the in ning. In other American League ac tion, young Bobby Murcer hit two more homers as New York trounced Cleveland 11-3 for the Indians' 12th loss in 13 games and hot Baltimore won its 12th in 15 starts, checking Detroit 5-2 on Dave McNally's five-hitter. Washington's game at Boston was rained out. The other teams were idle. Jackson said he "didn't want to fight" Woodson. "That's why I tackled him. I wanted to show him I meant business. I had to protect myself. A s Manager Hank Bauer sup ported his outfielder. "I don t blame him, said Bauer. "I would have done the same thing." Asked if he thought Woodson was throwing at Jackson, Bauer replied, "Definitely." However, Twins Manager Bil ly Martin said Woodson "wasn't throwing at him. He was told to pitch him up and in. The first was behind and the second a foot over his head." Woodson said he tried "to pitch him inside. The first two balls he hit out (off Boswell) were low and away. My cleats caught on the rubber on the first pitch and the second was way over his head. He (Jackson) just lost his head." Woodson suffered a gash on his right evelid where he said "Jackson tried to take my eye out with his finger." Jackson slammed a two-run homer in the lirst, then had a solo blast in the third. Sal Ban- do also homered for the A's in the first, while Rick Monday contributed three doubles and two RBI's. ting streak to 12 straight games with a two-run homer off winner "Blue Moon" Odom in the fifth. Baltimore's McNally, now 3-0, fanned seven but yielded solo homers to Dick McAuliffe and Al Kaline. The Orioles had only four hits off Earl Wilson, who has a 20-6 career record against Baltimore, before chasing him in the seventh. Rut they were timely. Frank Robinson lashed his sev enth homer in the first, inning, and Boog Powell sacrificed in another in the fourth, breaking a 1-1 tie. Dave Johnson had a two-run double in the seventh after Powell's double and a walk, and ! Powell singled home the final Tony Oliva extended his hit-1 run in the eighth. Elder Statesman Learns Youth Must Be Served BIG HEAP BOOST By Cliarlie McGill 17") H A LWELV WEEK OUK VIPcT OV1AU AX-C; YWJ I IAfc.. ' I ALL H6 M PAKA,OMP l-v asKU ir, aj i 1 v i wf I 'IPS iT lSw .lriPlP5 Silk' ' ' ' 1 V SCARCE tu n , t y NaT WAMT TOPlAVOW, TK)66,HAwKf LOOkaNJt By GABE BUONAURO Staff Writer NEW YORK Age doesn't have its privileges. If you doubt it, ask Don Card well, At 33, the right-hander is the oldest member of the Mets pitching staff, beating Al Jackson by 18 days. But Cardwell's age doesn't put him ahead of the younsters when it comes to starting assignments Cleon Jones, who is batting a Ken HAwf harselsonv : it CO rruu Lrr,UA MORgiZ coffer The 3W WS fUfVWSr SKILLS COLOR Falls, N.J. when his joins him in mid-June. Shea Shorls Jim McAndrew and Gary Gentry are the Mels' probables for Sunday's dotiblehoader with Chicago.. .Mets leave for road trip Monday and return Tuesday, May 6, for a night game with Cincinnati. Cubs Bill two thic work ho was iitoH ! Hands of Parsippany, N.J., op-, to start but ram washed out the "Xr v" ""uu;'7' assignments of Jerry Koosman and Tom Seaver and Cardwell was pushed back each time. Now he is slated to face the Cubs tomorrow afternoon. Seaver was supposed to pitch yesterday against Pittsburg but the ramout moved him into tonight's slot against Chicago and Fergie Jenkins. Kossman, who was rained out of Tuesday's game against Philadelphia, wasn't certain of displacing Cardwell Wednesday. Fortunately, he got the nod and pitched a five-hit, 2-0 win over the Pirates after being bombed in his two other starts this sea son. Why Koos and not Cardwell? "Because I knew Jerry was going to pitch a shutout," answered manager Gil Hodges jokingly. "How's that for starters?" Obviously, he was pleased toi see Kossman regain the form of : his rookie year. "Seriously," , Hodges continued, "either of j them could have started tonight but Cardwell has a kink in his neck and we saw no reason of; taking a chance. He was ready' though." Actually, there was more to the decision of using Koosman.! If the 25-year-old southpaw had missed his turn, it could have! shaken his confidence. As itj was, he started doubting him- self. "That's really bad when: you doubt yourself," Jerry said, the other night. So Hodges and coach Rube! Walker, whose handling of the! mound staff has been superb. j succeeded in bouying the youngster s confidence by their decision. Cardwell's 1.13 ERA tops the! club even though he dropped his ' only two starts. But his strong! showing hasn't changed the; Mets' plans. He knows they must build around the young pitchers and he readily accepts his position as the fifth starter and, because of his experience, resident advisor. As for the kink in his neck. Cardwell said: "A delay can't hurt it. It's nothing serious but there's no reason to take chances." DON CARDWELL family hefty .444, hasn't set any goals. "I consider myself improved if I better last year's records. I don't think I've reached my peak as a hitter but first I've got to hit .300, then I'll aim higher." Ron Swoboda, acknowledging press reports of his two bad throws to home plate in as many games, yelled to report ers luesday night: Why don t vou go and ask Clemente why he dropped that fly ball?" Rocky must have had his eyej closed on the play. Bud Harrelson sent a sinking liner to right-center that Roberto Clemente, running hard through mud and water, gloved backhanded and dropped. It was a double. Tommie Agee and Jackson were explaining to rookie Amos Otis the hazards of having a locker next door to a star (Jones). "You better move to that locker in the corner." Jackson cautioned Otis while trying to keep from laughing. "When Cleon comes off TV, there's going to he a mob of reporters around his locker. That means you won't be able to dress because they'll push you out of your lodter." Jackson, who occupies the locker next to Koosman, speaks from experience. "Last year I'd come out of the shower and I wouldn't even have a stool to sit on," Al recalled. Mcsjcr League Standings Nationc! League American League Eastern Division W ll 10 6 6 6 5 Chicago Pittsburgh METS Montreal St. Louis Philadelphia Western Los Angeles 10 Atlanta 10 San Francisco 8 Cincinnati 7 San Diego 6 Houston 4 Pet. .688 .667 .429 .400 .400 .385 Division .667 .667 .571 .538 .375 .235 GB Vi 4 4V4 4Ma 4"2 1"2 2 4'2 7 Eastern Division W L Pet. Baltimore Detroit Boston YANKEES Washington Cleveland 13 8 8 8 7 1 .722 :571 .571 .571 .412 .076 GB 3 3 3 5'i m Western Division Yesterday's Results St. Louis 3. Chicaqo 2 San Francisco 5. Atlanta 1 Philadelphia 7. Montreal 1 San Dieqo 4, Houston 1 Pittsburgh at METS. oostooned Cincinnati 8. Los Angeles 7 Chicago Kansas City Minnesota Oakland Seattle California .583 .571 .571 .533 .385 .333 'a 23 3 at METS . m. Today's Games Chicago (Jenkins 2-T) (SEAVER 1-1). night. 8,05 St. Louis (Gibsnn 1-1) a: Pi. (Jackson 1-1) nioht. 7:35 D Montreal (Morton o-l) at Pittsburgh (BUss 1-0). n.ght, 8:05 0 m. Atlanta (Store 3-0 or N ekro 3 0) at Los Angeles (Singer 3-0) n.ght. 11 o m Houston (Blasingame 0-3 or Lemtor I,.?) Can Crsnr.trn (Unin l.ll n.Orlt. caroy win rem me -samei n d m. Cinncmnatl (Merrm at San Yesterday's Results Oakland 6. Minnesota 4 YANKEES 11, Cleveland 3 Baltimore 5, Detroit 2 Washington at Boston, postooned Only games scheduled Today's Games Oakland (Nash M) at Seattle (Bell 1- 0). n.ght, 11 p m. California (May 1-1) at Kansas City (Butler 1-1), night, 8:30 p. m, Minnesota (Hall 1-1) at Chicago (John 2- 0). night, 8:30 p. m. Boston (Lororg 0-0) at Detroit (Lol-ich 2-0). n.ght, 8 p m Washington (Bosnian 1-1) at Cleveland (Ellsworth 00). mght. 7 45 d. m. YANKEES (ST0TTLEMYR6 M) at Baltimore (Hirdtn 0-2). mjnt. I p m V

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