Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on July 10, 1974 · Page 13
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THEY WERE CLOSE! — Mrs. Charles Doll, seated front with white blouse, chief desk administrator and hard-working Ukiah Dolphins parents on the desk took time out to watch the close breast-stroke leg of the individual medley during exciting Soroptimist Invitational won by Dolphins II of Ukiah over Eureka Swim Club. Only typist Marcia Penick at right seems able to concentrate on job at hand. Dolphins in youngsters meet Santa Rosa Swim Club at Ukiah Municipal Pool at 6 p.m. Thursday instead of going to Santa Rosa as scheduled. Meet will be run by Santa Rosa. —Journal photo by Erickson. Morgan is right! UPI Sports Joe Morgan is right when he says Cincinnati better "wake up" if it's going to win the .National League's Western, Division title because it's been 65 years since a team won the NL pennant at the 1 pace Los Angeles is setting. That pace is .690 —60 victories in 87 games —and the last NL pennant winner which exceeded that percentage was the 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates, who had a .724 mark with 110 victories and 42 losses. *" Yank eagers topple Cuba SAN JUAN, P.R. (UPI) — ' Maryland guard John Lucas' 22 points sparked the United States to victory once again-in 4he. seventh World Amateur Basketball Championship as the unbeaten collegiate undergraduate stars whipped . Cuba's veteran five, 83-70. The Americans led 47-41 at halftime. In an earlier game, defending champion Yugoslavia slipped past the Soviet Union, 82-79, in a game which was in doubt until the buzzer. Only Yugoslavia and the United States remain undefeated. Rich Kelley, the 7-foot center from Stanford turned in another fine defensive performance although used sparingly in the second half to make way for the other U.S. giant, Joe Merriweather of Southern IUiniois. Kelley stole or intercepted the ball on three straight turnovers, passing each time down court to Lucas, who scored easily. Unitas may cross line SAN DIEGO (UPI) — Johnny Unitas plans to cross the picket lines and report to the National Football League San Diego Chargers Friday and think several other quarterbacks would do the same. "I talked to John Hadl the other day and/he's sure he's going in when it's time to report," Unitas said Tuesday by ptane~~Trom his home in Timoiuum, Md. "Hadl talked to Lenny. Dawson of Kansas City and sa\d Lenny has the same feeling. Unitas said he is more than willing to oblige the Players Association request to stay out of, camp. "All they have to do is pay my salary, and 111 stay put," he said., Unitas will be starting his 19th professional season and his •econd with the Chargers. His contract is at the six-figure level. . Unitas said it would not bother him to cross the line. "They know Oils is my last year as a player. My career is basically finished for all intents and purposes." The Dodgers swept to their 16th victory in their last 20 games when they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 8 7 4, Tuesday night and at their current pace will finish the season with 112 wins. To match that, the Reds would have to win 64 of their last 78 gamejs, an .821 pace, to tie for the division title. Morgan may or may not have been aware how the law ,of averages already is crowding in on the Reds when he spoke for His teammates after a six-homer barrage gave them an 8-5 triumph over the Chicago Cubs Tuesday. \ t • , "Our offense has not been going well, especially the last two weeks," said Morgan, whose first-inning homer touched off Cincinnati's attack. "We almost'died up in Montreal and we haven't had six home runs in a week, let alone a day. Maybe this is what we needed to wake us up." Houston defeated St. Louis, 52; Pittsburgh edged Atlanta, 54; San Diego shaded New York, 5-4, and Montreal beat San Francisco, 5-4, in other NL games. American League results were Oakland 7 Cleveland 0; Baltimore 3 California 1; Minnesota 3 Detroit 2; New York 8 Kansas City 2; Boston 2 Texas 1, and 'Milwaukee 6 Chicago 5. Standings Major League Standings By United Press International National League East 1 w. 1. pet. g.b. St. Louis 43 40 .518 — Philadelphia 42 42 .500 l>/ 2 Montreal 40 41 .494 2 Pittsburgh 37 44 .457 5 Chicago 36 45 .444 6 New York 36 47 .434 7 West w. 1. pet. g.b. Los Angeles 60 27 .690 — Cincinnati 48 36 .571 10V 2 Houston 45 41 .523 14y 2 Atlanta 45 42 .517 15 San Francisco 38 49 .437 22 San Diego 37 53 .411 24>/ 2 Tuesday's Results Montreal 5 San Francisco 4 San Diego 5 New York 4 Los Ang 8 Philadelphia 4 American League East w. 1. pet. g.b. Cleveland 45 37 .549 — Baltimore 45 37 .549 — Boston 45 38 .542 Vz Detroit 43 41 .512 3 Milwaukee 42 41 .506 3M> New York 40 43 .482 , 5>/z West w. 1. pet. g.b. Oakland 48 37 .565 - KansasCity 42 40 .512 4Vz Texas 42 44 .488 6M> Chicago 40 .42 .488 6% Minnesota 38 47 .447 10 California 32 55 .368 17 Tuesday's Results Oakland 7 Cleveland 0 Williams BY NEIL IIERSHBEKG UPI Sports Writer • Next time Dick Williams might try an exorcist. The California Angels, seemingly possessed by a demonic force that has led to the club dropping 27 of its last 34 contests —all since Williams became manager a week ago — dropped a 3-1 decision Tuesday night to the Baltimore Orioles. The loss was California's 10 straight, tying a club record for most consecutive losses. The superstitious Angels tried to reverse their bad luck of late with a display of mystical defiance before the game. Williams, who led the Oakland A's to two consecutive world championships but has yet to win in nine games as Angels' manager, elected to send Bobby Valentine to home plate with the club's lineup card. The Angel infielder, who wears No. 13 on his uniform, cradled a black cat in his arms and walked beneath a ladder before shaking hands with smiling Baltimore Manager Earl Weaver. "It wasn't my idea, but its fine with me," Williams said. "We'll try anything to get out of this slump. Maybe t should have let'the cat hit. We have no punch at all." The Angels' search into the occult for answers to their shortcomings on.the field went to waste as Baltimore scored in its first at, bat. Boog Powell drove in two of the Baltimore runs, including the gamewinner with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, " In other AL games Oakland blanked Cleveland, 7-0; Boston edged Texas, 2-1; Milwaukee edged Chicago, 6-5, Minnesota trimmed Detroit, 3-2, in 11 innings, and New York topped Kansas City, 8-2. In the National League, Cincinnati downed Chicago, 8-5; Montreal edged San Francisco, 5-4; San Diego beat New York, 5-4; Pittsburgh trimmed Atlanta, 5-4; Houston whipped St. Louis, 5-2, and Los Angeles tripped Philadelphia, 8-4. A's 7, Indians 0 Jim "Catfish" Hunter pitched a three-hit shutoiit for his fifth straight victory and 12th win overall, while Joe Rudi drove in three runs with a pair of singles in leading the A's over Cleveland. Steve Arlin suffered his third loss in" five games. Jorgensen ruins the. Gfants MONTREAL (UPI) — Mike Jorgensen used to be a regular starter for the Montreal Expos, but this season he's having trouble cracking the starting lineup. Jorgensen is being used as a utility player, and he knows he must be ready whenever called on. The former New York Met was in the starting lineup last night and drove in two runs as the Expos beat the San Francisco Giants, 5-4. t His fifth inning solo homer- proved to be the winning run. "I'm always trying, and I'm always ready," said Jorgensen. "A guy feels better when he's getting hits and the harder you hit the ball, the more hits you'll get.". Giants' losing pitcher Tom Bradley walked in two of the runs in the third inning. Bob Bailey and Jorgensen each walked with the bases loaded. Tim Foli singled in two more runs in the same inning. Twenty-year-old rookie right­ hander Dennis Blair got the win, running his record to 3-2, but he needed help from Chuck Taylor and John Montague. Wednesday, July 10, 1974 Ukiah Daily Journal, Ukiah, Calif.—13 Fin ley's at it once again, fans! By JOE SARGIS OAKLAND (UPI) — Charlie Finley, who seemingly thrives on confusion, has struck again. His latest move involves the coaching Btaff with the Oakland A's. In a thoroughly unorthodox move, Finley gave Manager Alvin Dark the word Monday night he could fire—Dick Williams' holdover coaching staff and replace it with his ^bwn. Dark, who had sought permission to make the move last spring after being named manager, waited until the conclusion of Tuesday night's 70 victory over the. Cleveland Indians to drop the bomb on Irv Noren and Vern Hoscheit. "I kind of had an idea something was up," said Noren, "when Alvin wouldn't look at me during the game. As far as I'm concerned, they'fired the wrong guy. Alvin should know how it feels to get fired. But he got fired for not doing his job; I got fired for doing mine." Hoscheit, who has been in baseball for more than 30 years, was even more critical of Dark and'Finley., t ,• "When you have to work for people like that," said Hoscheit, "it's time to get out of baseball. Dark is a horses-feathers manager and Charlie Finley is no good either. He promised us a raise and he never kept his word." Dark said he acted because it is a manager's prerogative to hire his own coaches. In that regard, Dark named Bobby Hoffman as his buflpen coach and fired California Angels manager Bobby Winkles his third base coach. Both join the A's in New York Thursday for the start of an 11-game road trip leading up to the All Star game., "All I'm going to say oh this," said Dark, "is that we still have a long way to go and I simply wanted my own men. This is no reflection on the coaches. They did a good job." The players were startled by the news and although they had played one of their better games to climb 4% games in front in the American League West race, the game was forgotten.' ' "This is. inhuman," said Reggie Jackson, who last year publicly criticized the Oakland coaches for getting on the A's players. "I'm glad to see Bobby Winkles back in baseball but not this way," said Sal Bando. "It's no way to treat two guys like Noren and Hoscheit, who did such a good job for this club over the last few years." 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