The News from Paterson, New Jersey on August 8, 1975 · 12
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, It .V -m 1 a o TJ-rt n rl? 4 7i n Ir Tn In n c CLEVELAND (UPD-The New York Yankees are heading for the Pacific 6hores in search of victories starting tonight, after winding up the stand here with a 6-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees, who are five games over .500 and 9V4 games behind the Eastern Division leading Boston Red Sox, will play seven games against California and Oakland before winding up their current 15-game road trip with three contests in Kan sas City. The Yankees defeated the Indians on a two-run homer by Graig Nettles and a solo shot by Thurman Munson, but Manager Billy Martin praised the catching of Munson. "A guy like Munson makes my job much easier," Martin said. "He is the strongest thrower I have seen. Thurman made the big play of the game in the seventh inning when he picked Oscar Gamble off first base." With the Yankees holding a 6-3 edge in the seventh, Frank Duffy walked. After a " pair of fly outs, Gamble off first base." With the Yankees holding a 6-3 edge in the seventh, Frank Duffy walked. After a pair of fly outs, Gamble sin gles and a pair of walks in the first Inning but scored only two- runs. Medich then settled down and held the tribe to two bits In the next five innings be fore giving way to Lyle In the seventh. "Even if the Indians would 8 Friday, August 8, 1975 Page 12 I jiu.m ) '"I1 yrlrl'ill'iw.iHTOii'ni in t ii' iiiiii;,miiu.i i i linj""- ' fit If vv : i ' ' r ' Mi V M i , A h P mlf'i ' ' p. '",.1 nmuL ' e". , -.4'' 1 gled to left and Martin replaced starter George Medich with left-hander Sparky Lyle, who threw one pitch to Boog Powell. Munson promptly picked Gamble off first base. ' Cleland'ManaYerFrank Robinson, who', watched a four-game Indians' w i n streak end, said, "It was not a very well played game. It was just" a combination of poor base running, pitching and defense." The Indians jumped on Medich for a double, two sin- T7PI Telenhntn GOOD-BYE, SO LONG, AND ALL THAT YOO-HOO Fired as manager of the New York Mcts, Yogi Berra (left) re- turns to Shea Stadium Thursday to say goodbye to his players. At center is Ed Kranepool and at right is John Mllncr. Berra was replaced by coach Roy McMillan, who is now 2-0 since taking over. THURMAN MUNSON Makes Martin Happy Mets' Pilot Undefeated have scored another run in the first, I had no intention of taking Medich out," Martin said. "I thought he had good stuff." Nettles tied the scoie in the fourth with his 15th er off - Don- Hood;--After-the-Indians led 3-2, the Yankees went ahead to stay in the fifth on a run scoring single" by Sandy Alomar, who had three hits and a pair of stolen bases for the game, and a throwing error by center-fielder Rick Manning. Munson's homer chased Hood in the sixth and Alex. Johnson scored on a wild' pitch by reliever Jim Bibby. This is the kind of team that I like," Martin said. "They steal bases and are hustling all the time." The victory was the eighth in the last 10 games for the Yankees and the 10th in 22 decisions for Medich, Hood, who had whipped New York three consecutive times this year, is now 4-8. The Indians open a three-game set against Kansas City tonight with Roric Harrison going against the Royals' Marty Pattin. Larry Gura gets Martin's call against rookie righthander Chuck Hockenberry in They Call Him Mighty Mac Reaping Oakland Billy Williams Dividends for NEW YORK (UPI) - Mike Phillips' three-run double highlighted a five-run first inning Thursday enabling emergency starter Tom Seaver to collect his 15th win of the season in hurling a three-hit 7-0 victory over the Montreal Expos. Seaver replaced scheduled starter Jon Matlack, who suffered a 10-inch gash in his chin in a car accident on his way home from the ball park Wednesday night. The victory was also the second straight for new Mets' manager Roy McMillan, who replaced Yogi Berra as the club's skipper on Wednesday. Del Unser led off the Mets' first with a single, took second on a ground out and advanced to third on a fly out. Dave Kingman then bunted safely down the third base line with Unser scoring when third baseman ' Larry Parrish's throw to first hit Kingman in the back. The Met left fielder took second on the play, Rusty Staub followed - with A. c$fw v e ''.j if' By FRED McMANE UPI Sports Writer Those- who thought the Oakland A's' reign was over when they lost pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter were underestimating the abilities of one Billy Leo Williams. The off-season acquisition of Williams from the Chicago Cubs by A's owner Charles 0. Finley may have been the greatest bargain since five-cent baseball bubblegum cards. The 37-year-old Williams, nnp nf th all-timp ctars nf the Cubs, was acquired last winter by the A's for two relief pitchers and infielder Manny Trillo. And now he has become one of the key reasons why Oakland is headed for a fourth consecutive American League Western' Division title. Williams, a lifetime .296 batter, has not hit for a high average, but his run production has been exactly when they obtained him to serve as their hitter. designated Williams, who hit 392 homers and drove in 1,354 runs in just oyer 14 seasons with the Cubs, raised his season's home run total to 16 and his RBIs to 57 Thursday night by clouting a pair of homers to lead the A's to a 10-1 rout of the' Texas Rangers. --The two homers ave .t-.-,rtiiTW;,,ij Vi'; ,i:','t' ,, i it and third with no outs, but got the next three batters. Andy!s Handy As Chi Cubs Lasso Phillies By BILL MADDEN UPI Sports Writer Mark down Andy Thornton as another of those "guys who got away" only to come back and haunt his former employers. Thornton, a native of West Chester, Pa., originally signed with his boyhood favorites, the Philadelphia Phillies, but never made it to the parent club. Instead, he wound up with the Chicago Cubs via the Atlanta Braves' organization. Thursday, h owever, Thornton came home for one of his infrequent visits and dealt an embarrassing blow to his exmates with a three-run homer in the eighth inning that" carried the Cubs- to a 5-3 victorv over the Phillies. In addition to foiling manager Danny Ozark's strategy of walking Jerry Morales to pitch to Thorton, the Cub first baseman's homer also thwarted the Phils' chances of gaining on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League east. "This ; was the first home run I ever hit here. I'm glad it came at home," the elated Thornton said afterward. "My mother and dad were here as well as all my friends. I used up all my tickets and most everybody else's too." Thornton, whose game-winning homer came after a double by Jose Cardenal and the Ozark-ordered walk of Morales, said he wasn't surprised the Phillies manager wanted to pitch to him. "That was sound strategy," Thornton said. "I -haven't been playing the past couple of days and I was only surprised I played and batted in that situation." Larry Christensen, victim of Thornton's homer, took the loss his third in nine decisions. Rick Reuschel (8-12) went the distance fof Chicago to gain the win. Mike Schmidt hit his 24th homer for the Phillies in the third and Dick .Hen added a two-run shot in the eighth, his fifth. In the only other scheduled National League games Thursday, the Houston Astros downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1. Astros 6, Pirates 1 Left-hander Dave Roberts (712) also tossed a three-hitter as the Astros prevented the Pirates from increasing on their four-game lead over the Phillies. Greg Gross doubled home a pair of Astro runs in a three-run sixth. Houston also scored twice in the first on the . first of Wilbur Howard's three singles, Gross' double and infield grounders by Jose Cruz and Bob Watson. Trifecta Fix Probe Spreads , --"y" 7, "J of.. ..the.alleged, TRENTON (UPI) - An fixing of horse races in Pennsylvania and New Jersey has spread to other states. v While a spokesman for Attorney General William F. Hyland would not commenj Thursday on the other states involved, he did call the investigation a "major case ; involving the horse racing industry "These jockeys race at other tracks and to that extent they (other tracks) would be involved," the spokesman said, adding that , the questioning of jockeys and track officials has been enlarged to "other states beyond New Jersey and Pennsylvania." Warrants were still out lata Thursday for three of fiv men who were indicted on charges of bribing jockeys to fix two races at Atlantic City- ' Race Course. George.Sipp Jr., 34, a horse trainer from Moorestown, surrendered after the indictment and was-released in $50,000 ' bail. John (Continued on Page 14) ?"au cu, Uil a LK " au loswy-Montreal-catclttr- BILLY WILLIAMS A Real Bargain City in the AL West. In other AL games, Kansas City crushed Minnesota 10-2, Boston topped Milwaukee 4-2,-Chicago whipped California 8-4 and Baltimore nipped Detroit 76 in 10 innings. Royals 10, Twins 2 Fred Patek cracked Vic Albury's first pitch of the game for an inside-the-park homer to start Kansas City on the way to a rout of Minnesota and a sweep of their four-game series. The Royals, who have won 12 of (Continued on Page 14) Major League Leaders ft I I i ft By United Press International Leading Batter National League f. ab r. h. -pet. 97 389 54 136 .350 108 387 56 131 .339 106 399 55 132 .331 94 347 41 113 .326 100 374 55 122 .326 112 470 73 152 .323 S6)373 50 120 .322 103 354 74 114 .322 88 335 56 108 . 322 113 470 61 151 .321 92- 355 ' 57 114 .321 Madlock, CM Smmns, St.L Watson, Hou Sangln, Pit Parker. Pit Rose, Cin Bowa, Phil Morgan. Tin Brock. St.L Garvey, LA Joshua, SF American League g. ab r. n. pet. 105 395 71 148 .375 101 365 71 123 .337 103 411 60 132".32t 108 406 59 129 .318 100 353 59 112 .317 104 400 50 123 .308 103 408 71 125 .306 72 293 45 89 .304 102 359 58 107 .298 109 413 39 122 .295 87 285 39 84 .295 Carew, Minn Lynn, Bos Washetn, Ok Munson, NY Hargrov, Tx McRae, KC I Rice, Bos Manning, Civ Harrah, Tex Dent, Chi Powell, Clev Home Runs National Leaguei" Luzinskl, Phil 27; Kingman. NY and Schmidt, Phil 24; Bench. Cin 22; Stajgell, Pitt 20. American League: Jackson, Oak 27; Mayherry. KC 24; Scott, Mil 23; Bonds, NY 22; Horton, Det and Burroughs, Tex 20. Runs Batted In National League: Luzinskl, Phil 90; Bench, Cin 87; Watson, Hon 78; Staub, NY- 73; Simmons, St.L, 72. Det and Mayberry, kc 75. in Atlanta so far this year. The Brewers, on the other hand, went over the million mark in Milwaukee Thursday when 24,817 watched them lose to the Red Sox. Milwaukee fans continue coming out to see the Brewers eveij though : they're 15- games back. "To say that we're proud of our attendance would be gross understatement," says Brewers' president Bud Selig, also a hard-working member TOM SEAVER Zips Expos for 15th . pitch and Grote drew another walk - toagain fill-ihe-bases n 1 1 K fetiffH am n m n n r j-f hn I Carter. The Mets added the final run in the sixth on consecutive singles by Seaver, Unser and Millan." Seaver, 15-7, walked four and struck out seven in winning only his second game since the All Star break. He was in trouble , only once, in the fifth inning, when the Mets put runners on second anybody could've ever thought of leaving it is beyond me. Franchise moves are the easy way out. Running away from things don't solve the problem." Selig's right. There comes a .time when you can't run anymore, when, you have to stop, meet the problem head-on arid come up with a satisfactory answer. Baseball is right at that point. Maybe even a little past Kids Can't Tell Big Leaguers Without Scorecards . Steve Rogers, 8-8, then walked Wayne Garrett intentionally and ' Jerry Grote unintentionally to ' load the bases. Phillips then looped his double to right center to make it 5-0. New York added another run in the fifth inning when Rusty Staub lashed a two-out ocnerman nit uarrett with a of baseball's franchise committee. "I'm not surprised at the way the fans have come out because I know the kind of baseball fans they are." ' ' Then, in an oblique reference ' to the departed Braves, Selig adds: , "Milwaukee was a great baseball market in the fifties and still is. All it took was r- e re-gy to restore fan interest. The town has a great baseball history and how a run-scoring double to left;, Montrear starter-and GRAIG NETTLES Bangs 15th IIR Williams 408 for his career and moved him into the No. 15 spot on the all-time list. No Big Deal "As far as the hit goes, it's no big deal," Williams said. "I'm glad. that I got them but it's not really all that important. It just helps that I'm starting to get a little more consistent." Three thousand hits is my main goal because if you can get three thousand hits, that means that you're consistent." Williams said the move from a National League regular to an American League designated hitter had its a d v a n t a g.e s and disadvantages. "The disadvantage" is that you got to find a -way to keep ; loose while waiting to bat." he said. "The advantage is that you add two years to your career. This is a big year for me in terms of adjustment 'cause I'm not used to sitting on a bench. It's- tough getting adjusted to different umpires, to different pitchers. Everybody who comes over here seems to have a lot of trouble at first." Joe Rudi and Vida Blue also contributed heavily to the A's' victory. Rudi belted his second grand slam home.r of the season in the seventh inning and Blue allowed only four hits while striking out nine to gain his 15th victory. The triumph kept the A's 6'i-games ahead of Kansas" there's no question at all that baseball does not have the Vise-like grip on people it once did. What's the reason for this? Chief and foremost, I'd have to say, it has been the continuous greed and shortsightedness .of the baseball o per a tors themselves. They felt they found a surefire way of making a quick buck by moving franchises or expanding the two leagues. What did it matter that their product was being diluted over and over again or that their teams were losing any possible identity? The owners didn't care abputrossing--.the-line-which had to result inevitably in the erosion of fan interest. The only line they cared about was the bottom one. Seeing that made it easier for the players to think in the same terms. For all those charts, showing some attendance gains in a number of major league cities today, baseball is in the throes of several grave problems at the moment. The Chicago White Sox are on the verge of bankruptcy. There is no assurance San Francisco's Bay Area can support ope club anymore, let alone two. And the city of Seattle has a law suit all set and ready to go If baseball reneges on its promise to let them have -another big league club. The. baseball people are in a quandry. They don't know Mvhat to do about these problems for which it is absoTutely. .imperative they" find a solution. I can tell them this, much: moving franchises isn't ..the answer. Neither is ' expanding the two overblown leagues they have now. ' If the baseball owners continue moving their franchises, they face the distinct possibility of drawing less people in the city they moved to than they did in the city they moved from. Charlie Finley watched that happen when he' moved from Kansas City to Oakland and Horace Stoneham had the same experience switching from New York to San Francisco. '-, Ten years ago, the Braves moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta, and look what happened to them. They've drawn less than 400,000 fans m Who Else to Blame but the Manager By MILTON RIC1IMAN NEW YORK (UPI) -Twenty years ago, there was always at least one kid who could perform this astonishing feat. You'd mention the name of some ball player, any--- ball player.-and that would do it. Automatically, the kid would be turned on as if he were a computer. Statistics would come pouring out of his mouth with a rush, like some huge river suddenly overflowing its banks. Batting averages, fielding averages, earned run averages, vital statistics, the whole, works.. ...., Twenty, years ago the kids had many players they could relate to in baseball, men whose names Became practically .household words like Ted Williams... Mickey Mantle.. .Yogi Berra.. . A 1 Kalinc.Bob Lemon.. .Whitey For d... Early Wynn...Herb Scorc.and Billy Pierce, to mention only a handful in the American League. In the National there were Stan Musial ... Willie Mays ... Duke Snider ... Ernie Banks ... Roy C a m p a n el l a ... Eddie Spahn... Robin Roberts..and Don Newcombe. This isn't that far back, only 20 years ago. Go ask some kid on your block to call off a dozen or so of baseball's top names today. Or try the same thing on the guy next to you in your neighborhood bar. He'll probably start out okav ...Johnny Bench...Tom Spavr flatfish Hunter...and maybe Pete Rose, but then more than likely he'll slow nn a Mfc after that and nuifc altogether because he i just can't think of any : more. You'll help him out with some more names like Reggie Jackson...Lou Brock...Willie Stargell, and te'll,. say, oh yeah, he knows4hem, too, hut ; Make that three things that are certain in life death, taxes and the firing of managers. It's been open season on those sacrificial lambs of baseball these past few weeks. Nowhere have the feathers flown more than at the Shea Stadium press room. That room has resembled a scene out of "A Tale of Two Cities" with a microphone taking the place of a guillotine. The axe fell twice within five days this week chop, chop and New rtw's two major league managers had the rest of the summer off. The rapidity of it would make Madame LaFarge blanch. Bill Virdon and. Yogi Berra gone within days of each other. It's quite a shock and, no matter what one feels personally about-the "men, the closeness of their "executions" should be enough to make. us stop and ask: Why? Why are the managers always the first to . go? Has there , ever been a really valid reason -for dropping a manager in mid-season? Obvious, ly, when a team is going bad, it's easier to drop one manager than several players. Change for . change's sake has been the death of many a manager. Okaytmaybe BiUyJMartin "fieryBilly Martin"" will'light a fire under" the Yankees (about two weeks too late) and maybe Roy, Mc- ( Millan will shake up the Mets. But, after' the , "newness? wears off, how much different will the i guidance of1 Martin and. McMillan be? . . Everybody knows yes, even general man agers that most major league managers are nothing more, than overpaid baby sitters and glorified camp counselor. Sure, they are all sage too long. But this, too, borders on second-guess- ing. Apparently, Virdon and Berra also had lapses in the first department keeping their overpaid prima donnas happy. Virdon, was known for his class; But it also alienated some of his players who didn't agree with his-straight-forward way of doing things. " " The Berra-Cleon Jones incident showed that Yogi had his personality clashes, too. He won that one. Management stood behind him for .about a ..week. . ,s "For the best interests of the team and the fans, we felt a change should be made," said Met general manager Joe McDonald at Yogi's last rites on Wednesday. Nothing was said about' Yogi's interests. Gabe Paul had uttered a similar inanity when Virdon was chopped. Did either GM really feel that a new manager Would be a : cure all?;; -- "Boy, they're firing managers like they were . nothing," said a girl I know who doesn't know a sacrifice fly from a double play. Yet, even in her surface knowledge of the game, she hit the nail righlrorrthrrheaoherrshersaid'boulrthefir-ings, : ' "That;s stupid, .what do they think, that the other guy is going to do better? Maybe Billy Martin and Roy McMillan will do better., But, if about this time next year, the Yanks or Mets are slumping again, they know" that they, can be the first to go. That's what they are hired for, isn't it? . . ' - "V - r baseball men who know the game. My 15-year-, old brother knows the game. - You can't win without the horses is the oldest sports cliche. It's. .also the truest. It's why Casey Stengel was such a "great" manager with . the Yankees and such a "poor" one with the ' Mets. Casey didn't change his players did. , , - The area is too nebulous for a definite answer but most "experts" agree that a "good" manager can win eight to 10 games a year oh expertise and strategy alone. Even then, the playersjiave To execute of "the managefnookTTlk'e Oum. The ranager has two important jobs to keep his telayers happy ($25,000 to $150,000 a year should do-that) and to use his pitchers effectively; - ,' ' . Their critics would say that . Virdon and Berra had lapses here. Virdon was known for the quick yank (ask Pat Dobson) while Berra was accused of going with his "superstar" starters

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