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- - Rcdhircl Scries Ends Sunday - Cardinals Spill Astros, 6-3 Sunday. Junt 8, 1969 1.7' By JOHN BLACK HOUSTON (Sp) — The Houston Astros and St. Ixmis Cardinals will end their four- game series at the Sunday at 2 p.m. Larry Dierker, Astrodome Houston's winningest pitcher with a 7-4 record, has received a one-day pall from his summer military duty and will go against the Cardinals in the Sunday finale. The Cardinals won Friday night's game, 6-3, to even the series at one apiece, and Denny U-master (3-7) of the Astros was scheduled to duel St. Louis' Ray Washburn (2-6) in the third game Saturday night. Nelson Briles went the distance for the Cardinals Friday night as he scattered seven Houston hits to claim his win against four losses before 20,297 fans. Briles had an early 2-0 lead after the Cardinals met Houston starter Don Wilson with a pair of tallies in the first frame, but the St. Louis hurJer had to get past a shaky first frame of his own before settling down and containing the Houston bats. The Cardinals jumped on Wilson for two runs in the first as Curt Flood walked with one down and Vada Pinson homered just above the line in right field. Only one of the four umpires signaled the Pinson shot was a home run, and that signal came after Morgan took the relay and made a futile try for the Cardinal rightfielder at the plate. The Astros came right back in their half of the first as Curt Blefary doubled to left center and Morgan walked. Jimmy Wynn then struck out, but Norm Miller followed with a homer high in the right field stands to give the Astros a 3-2 lead. The homer by Miller was his IT. LOUIS HOUSTON oto r h bl . 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The Astros had a chance to strengthen their one-run lead in the third as Wynn singled with one down and went to third on Miller's single to center. Miller then advanced to second on a wild pitch by Nelson Briles, but Dennis Menke popped to short right field and Marty Martinez grounded out to Briles after John Edwards was intentionally walked. Wilson's injury came in the fourth after he singled to left with one away. He seemed to be limping slightly as he rounded first, and when the ball ca- roomed off Lou Brock's glove, Wilson did not try to advance. Blefary then singled to left and Wilson went to second, but the limp persisted so manager Harry Walker went out and talked it over with his hurler and *** Wade Blasingame went in as a pinch runner; Both Morgan and Wynn popped out to end the fourth, however, and kill another Houston chance to extend the narrow lead. Ray contained the Cards through the fifth with two strike outs, but Joe Torre walked to open the sixth and Tim McCarver singled to send Torre to third. Ray then fanned Mike Shannon, but Martinez muffed a Julian Javier grounder at third and Torre scored to tie it up with McCarver going to third. That was all for Ray, who gave way to reliever Danny Coombs. Coombs got pinch hitter Vic Davalillo to pop to first base, and then got Briles on a grounder to third to end the inning. The Cardinals took the lead in the seventh as Flood singled after Brock was out at second trying to stretch his single into a double. *** Vada Pinson grounded out to move Flood to second, and Torre was intentionally walked. McCarver then singled to send Flood home with the go-ahead run. St. Ix>uis got another run in the eighth with two down as Davalillo walked and scored on a double by Brock, making it S-3. The end of the eighth found the Astros without a hit or .run in the past four frames, but the top of the ninth brought yet another' Cardinal tally. j Torre singled with one away to} get things started, and after McCarver grounded out, Shannon doubled to left-center to score Torre and make it 6-3. Jesus Alou lined out to Brock in right-center to start the ninth, and pinch-hitter Gary Geiger followed with a double over first base. Blefary they grounded out to first as Geiger advanced to third, and Morgan struck out to end the ball game. *** Expos Roll On-Down Hill By MIKE RECHT Associated Press Sports Writer The Montreal Expos, like the New York Mets, might have to wait eight years before winning eight games in a row, but right now the Expos must be asking what it takes to win one straight. The Expos failed to come up with the correct answer again Friday night when they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Los Angeles Dodgers, their 10th straight defeat. Muddling through their first year of existence as one of the four latest expansion teams, Montreal already has replaced the Mets' expansion record of 17 consecutive losses and now is closing in on the modern all- time record for 23 set by Philadelphia in 19G1. The Mets, in contrast, are setting an example for perseverence for for all expansion clubs. After suffering through years of ineptitude as one of the first expansion teams, the Mets have suddenly become a team to be envied, rolling by the New San Diego team 5-3 for a club record eighth consecutive victory. The Expos and Mets weren't the only big losers and winners around. The Chicago Cubs ran their winning streak to seven by club- bing Cincinnati 14-8 in a day game while San Francisco handed Philadelphia its sixth straight loss, 4-0. In other games, Atlanta trimmed Pittsburgh 3-1 and St. Louis beat Houston 6-3. The Cubs built a" 10-1 lead in four innings as Ernie Banks and Billy Williams clouted three-run homers and Don Young had a solo shot. Ken Holtzman, with only one loss, became the eague's first nine-game winner, although he was driven out in the sixth. Phil Regan saved the riumph. Willie McCovey again was the MEET Carl Can N£W CAR SALES MANAGER C*H invite* all his customer! and friends to come by and see him about a new car, used car, or new truck at... TRADEWINDS CHEVROLET New or moMTDon at 115 NORTH MAIN ST. PHONE 422-8206 mm an info CM ion »i nuswt nt uiunoo on big noise for San Francisco, hitting two solo homers to go with one by Willie Mays behind the five-hit pitching of Gaylord Perry, &-5. McCovey now has the major league lead with 19 homers, including 10 in his last 12 games, and has raised his average to .348. Mays' homer was his seventh and 594th of his career. Hank Aaron's 14th homer of the season and 524th of his career gave Atlanta a 1-1 tie and Mike Lum singled in the decisive run in the fifth inning as Phil Niekro, 5-4, scattered seven hits for the victory. Six Games Spark Little League Play ST. LOUIS' VADA PtouM races past Hntstoa Astro catcher John Edwards after hitting two- ru buUe-dtt-par* home ru la tfce first Inning of Un> Cardinal-Astro battle in the Dome Friday night. Pinsoa is congratulated as he enters dugout. St. Louis went on to win the game, S-3. The Houslon Si. Louis series closes out Sunday afternoon. (UPl Tek-photo) In American League - Orioles' Dave McNally Wins 8th Straight Game By DICK COUCH Associated Press Sports Writer Dave McNally finally got around to finishing what he started. Barry Moore and Darold Knowles got much the same results working in shifts. McNally, Baltimore's unbeaten pitching ace, beat Seattle 5-1 Friday night with a four-hitter for his eighth victory of the sea- - The Old Red Head - Rozelle Balances Pro Ball By RED BARBER Professional football now has its house in order. Commissioner Pete Rozelle was the chief architect. Now — as each new day passes, the realignment of the two pro leagues — NFL and AFL — makes this achievement one of the most pivotal developments in all sports. The impact of this balancing out under the direction of one man is just beginning to be seen and felt. Newspapers, telecasts and broadcasts have been full of the shift of Cleveland, Baltimore and Pittsburgh to the AFL. When the final meeting was in progress in New York, 17 newspaper men waited for 36 straight hours for the story . . . and when the story came it was newsworthy. Variety, the Bible of show business, covered it from its multi-million dollar impact on NBC and CBS. NBC had put a big bet on AFL when it was a babe- in-the-woods to compete with CBS and NFL. This realignment will mean more TV money for the AFL, but it won't take away any from the NFL (although NBC gains in quality of games while CBS holds status quo). Joe Robbie, now undisputed head man of Miami, first met Pete Ro/elle as an adversary. "When I began with the Dolphins, we were in an all-out war with Pete and the established NFL," began Joe, "and the NFL had won a previous war with the old All America Conference. Rozelle was the NFL against us, and quarterback he was very We're Moving! To A New Location ... RAY'S AUTO SERVICE r<Km«riy At 5 Cedar Boyott-LyncMMtrg Rd. NOW LOCATED AT... 2918 N. MAIN OPENING JUNE 10 * SPECIALIZING IN CORYAR SERVICE * 6000, CLEAN USB) CARS * S0MCE OH ALL MAKES I MOWS competent. "All during the war between AFL and NFL, Pete operated with deadly effectiveness. He took the Atlanta franchise away from us ... and he had done the same thing at Minnesota. "And now, for him to come on suddenly when the two leagues merged, as commissioner of both leagues, of all of professional football, with all the myriad details involved ... quite naturally the AFL in general and I in particular had to assess this man we had just been doing battle with." Joe Robbie is a lawyer, intelligent and is intelligently vocal. His is an orderly mind. All 1 did in talking with him was to hand him the ball. He even ran his own interference. Remember, too, that his AFL franchise is his life, his pride, and his crowning achievement. "When the two leagues first made peace, it cost the AFL |18 million — |2 million apiece for each of the nine clubs — $100,000 a year for 20 years. The man who had led the NFL became the commissioner. Further, the deal between the two leagues had still to be worked out. The question was, "Could we of the AFL trust him? "I know that very early in the I merger most AFL owners came to believe Pete was helpful and air despite his former ties. He has kept his word to us since the merger. He comes into a meeting and shoots straight rom the shoulder. He will tell you exactly what it is he thinks ought to be done. "He will then assure you that *. R. M«M, Owner 427-2224 Texas A£I Ace Sets 100 Mark In NAIA Derby BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) Jerry Proctor of the University of Redlands, Calif., won the long jump on his final rain-soaked leap Friday night to highlight first-day action in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 18th annual track and field championships. Proctor hit 25 feet, 6 3 /i inches, one-half inch less than the record set in 1960 by Olympian Ralph Boston of Tennessee State. Texas Ail's Ernest Haynes had the day's only record. He tied the 100-yard dash NAIA mark of 9.3 seconds in the third heat of the qualifying races, but placed third in the finals. Haynes was beaten by two Southern Louisiana sprinters as Oliver Ford won in 9.5 seconds and teammate Bernard Boston slipped ahead to edge Haynes at the finish for second place. you will be treated fairly. In return he will ask you to believe him on good faith." Joe took a deep breath. "I guess that should be the basis of all human dealings." I asked Joe to explain what happened at Palm Springs in February. "Rozelle did a great job of walking a tight rope. There could not have been this realignment without his leadership. He first recommended the two leagues retain their present identities. "But when he found out that four or five of us in the AFL were adamant in opposing that, he promptly went to work to obtain the system we wanted, and that we now have. He was to effect a realignment which was contrary to his own initial recommendation. That is a fair test of his objectivity. "To sum up: Rozelle as commissioner has retained the confidence of former NFL associates; yet he immediately built a confidence in new AFL people. Rozelle has the vision to see football's future greatness. I knew Rozelle had instituted a policy that no majority owner of a professional football club can own a majority in or have operational control of any other sports activity. He wants each owner to be thinking full-time of operating a football club, and nothing else. "He also has a dead-set policy against situations like CBS owning the New York Yankees and the Montreal Canadiens in hockey being owned by a big liquor company," said Robbie "A corporation engaged in other businesses could not under Rozelle own franchise. "In our New York meetings which nailed all this down, I have never seen negotiations conducted more skillfully. The man has an uncanny sense of timing about when to press for solutions. With him as Coin missioner, I have no doubt of the future greatness of professions football." son—and first complete game in three weeks—as the Orioles continued to soar in the American League East Division. Moore and Knowles yielded two hits apiece, hurling Washington past Minnesota's West Division leaders 1-0 and moving the surprising Senators back to the .500 mark for the first lime in two weeks. In other AL action, Oakland toppled Detroit 5-3; Boston edged Kansas City 4-2 in 11 innings; Cleveland whipped Cali- 'ornia 8-3, and the New York Yankees nipped the Chicago White Sox 3-2. McNally, 22-2 for the Orioles ince the 1968 All-Star break, )reezed past the Pilots in his sest effort since May 15, when ic blanked Minnesota 5-0 on a one-hitter—Cesar Tovar's one- out single in the ninth. The 26- year-old southpaw failed to fin- sh his next four starts, picking up one victory along the way despite his spotty performances. Frank Robinson, who hit his 14th homer before being ejected or disputing a called strike, and Paul Blair knocked in two runs apiece for the high-flying Orioles, who have won four in a row and 16 of their last 19 for a 4Vz-game bulge over second place Boston in the East. pnaiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiitiMiiiiiiiiiiiii'.iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiimig League Standings f Moore, who had accounted for two of the five complete games recorded by the Washington staff with consecutive six-hitters in his previous starts, held Minnesota in check until the fifth inning, when he pulled a muscle in the right side of his back. Knowles saved the southpaw's fifth victory in six decisions with another brilliant relief stint. Frank Howard, who had three of the Senators' 11 hits, opened the sixth with a single and moved around to score the game's only nm on a walk, Ken McMullen's single and Dick Billings' double play grounder. The Athletics moved within IVa games of the first place Twins in the West behind their rookie battery of George Lauzerique, who checked Detroit on five hits until the eighth, and Gene Tenace, who slammed his first major league homer. , Rollie Fingers preserved I,auzerique's second victory without a loss by stopping the Tigers after Norm Cash hom- ered with one on in the eighth. Tony Morton delivered four runs with his ninth and 10th homers as Cleveland bombed the Angels and put together its first three-game winning streak of the season. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS National League East Division W. L. Pet. G.B. 36 16 Chicago ... N'ew York . Pittsburgh St. Louis .. Phila'phia Montreal .. 2G 25 25 18 11 23 26 27 29 36 .692 .531 .490 .487 .383 .234 11 15 Mi 22 "A West Division Atlanta .... 30 19 .612 Los Angeles 29 21 .580 21 23 30 31 .553 .540 .455 .436 Cincinnati .. 26 San Fran. .. 27 Houston .... 25 San Diego .. 24 Friday's Results Chicago 14, Cincinnati 8 Atlanta 3, Pittsburgh 1 St. Louis 6, Houston 3 San Fran. 4, Philadelphia 0 New York 5, San Diego 3 Los Angeles 4, Montreal 2 Sunday's Games Cincinnati at Chicago St. Louis at Houston Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 2 Montreal at Los Angeles Philadelphia at San Francisco New York at San Diego Monday's Games No games scheduled American League Baltimore Boston ... Detroit ... Wash'n. .. New York Cleveland East Division W. L. Pet. G.B. 38 15 .717 — 32 18 .548 4«> 26 22 .542 9% .500 11V4 .472 13 28 25 15 29 28 3) .326 West Division Minnesota .. Oakland Chicago — Seattle Kansas City California .. 28 26 21 22 22 16 21 22 24 27 29 32 .571 .542 .467 .449 .431 .333 5 6 6', 11V4 Friday's Results New York 3, Chicago 2 Washington 1, Minnesota 0 Boston 4, Kansas City 2, 11 innings Oakland 5, Detroit 3 Baltimore 5, Seattle 1 Cleveland B, California 3 Sunday's Games Washington at Minnesota Oakland at Detroit California at 'Cleveland, 2 Giicago at New York, 2 Kansas City at Boston Seattle at Baltimore Monday's Games Boston at Minnesota, N Cleveland at Chicago, N Seattle at Detroit, N Kansas, City at New York, N The rains have ceased for awhile and along with good weather comes a rash of Little League action from al! leagues. In the Central League Friday night, the White Sox blasted the Pelicans, 15-1, in first game action. The Sox collected four runs in the second frame, added a single tally in the third, got three in the fourth and ended with seven runs in the fifth to take the win. The Pelicans could manage only a single run in the fourth. Al Howell took the win for the Sox as he struck out six, walked three and gave up two hits. Mitch Houghton was the loser, striking out two and walking five as he allowed eight hits. The Pelicans also had six errors to aid the Sox cause. Victor Robinson went three for four at the plate for the White Sox .to lead all hitters in the game. In second game action the Buffs outlasted the Federals for a 5-4 win, using a three-run fourth inning to take the win. The Buffs started the scoring with two runs in the third inning, but the Federals came back with two in the top of the fourth. After the three-run Buff fourth, a two-run spree by the Federals 5n the fifth was not enough. Larry Davis took the win for the Buffs as he allowed three hits while walking five and striking out seven. William Thiele allowed five Buff hits in taking the loss, as he struck out a respectable nine batters and walked three. Rusty Russell took hitting honors with two hits in three trips to the plate. Over at Ward Road and the East League, the Giants shutout the Astros, 2-0, in the first game and the Eagles whipped the Dodgers, 7-1, in the nightcap. The Giants got single tallies in the first and fifth frames to claim the win, as Donnie Casey was the winning pitcher, striking out five and walking three as h« allowed two hits. Loser David Penney gave up only one hit for the Astros striking out four and walking two. Craig Duhon for the Astros ha< one hit in two times at bat. After both the Eagles and Dodgers scored single runs in the fourth frame of the second game the Eagles burst through for six runs in the top of the six to shel the Dodgers. Ray Anderson hat a three-run homer for the-Eagles in that fruitful sixth. Darrow Enderli was the winning pitcher, striking out three and walking one as he allowed no hits, coming on in relief of starter Hank McKenney. Scott Laird relieved Dodger starter Merrill Bailey and was credited with the loss, striking out two and walking the same number as he allowed four hits. John Benes was the games eading hitter with two hits in three chances. In the West League, the Red Sox shutout the Cubs in the initial lame and the Yankees outscored .he Indians in the finale. The Sox scored two runs in soth the first and second frames X) get a 4-0 win as Jody Turner took the win, striking out an amazing 16 batters as he walked and allowed only two hits. Mark Gloss was the loser, striking out six and walking five while allowing four hits. Steve Timmons had a perfect night at the plate, going two for two. The Yankee-Indian score ended at 10-9 for the Yankees, as aoth teams collected one run in the first and the Indians got two in the second and three in the third. The Yanks came back with seven in the fifth and two more in the sixth, and a three-run sixth inning by the Indians fell short. 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