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PAGE TWENTY SIX THE HERALD-PALLADIUM, Benton Harbor - St. Joseph, Michigan THURSDAY. APRIL 27. 1978 ABC’s Drysdale Takes Baseball Seriously By HOWARD SMITH VP Sports Writer ABC’s got itself another Dandy Don for Monday nights, but this one doesn’t plan to be a comedian. “It’s not a comedy out there." says Don Drysdale. newest member of the “Monday Night Baseball” team. “These are people working in a profession. I DIDN’T LIKE TO BE LAUGHED AT WHEN I was playing and I’m certainly not going to laugh at anybody “The game dictates what you talk about. If something comes up that’s comical, that’s fine. You get three people in the booth and somebody's gonna say something. But when you start staging something like that, it just doesn’t come off." Last season .ABC, perhaps trying for the chemistry it discovered by using the humorous Don Meredith on “Monday Night Football”, used Bob Uecker along with Howard Cosell and Keith Jackson on its baseball packagi*. But this year Uecker has been demoted to the second team and Drysdale, a star pitcher for years with the Dodgers, has taken his place. Drydale has called games for the California Angels since 1973 and prior to that broadcast Montreal Expos and Texas Rangers games. Drysdale says no one at .ABC’ has told him what to say or what not to say. In fact, with three people on hand, it’s been easier than doing local games. “I haven’t been given any role, per se,” he says. “They mentioned that I would analyze the game and do some play-by-play The Monday night games have actually been easier. There are always two other people to bounce off of. With the .Angels, usually there are two of us but sometimes, for a couple of innings, I’m by myself. That can be difficult at times." Drysdale says the toughest thing he’s had to learn since switching from the field to the booth has been the proper way to do interviews. Often when broadcasters, or for that matter writers, ask questions, they already know the answers. That doesn't mean they are dumb questions. It just means they want the player to talk about a particular subject, to get some quotes on the matter. “I always used to get to the point where I felt a ballplayer was gonna look at me and say, ’Hey, you dummy, you know the answer to that as well as I do,'” says Drysdale. “I guess that came from me being on the other end of the question for so long it was hard for me to do the asking.” Drysdale knows his stuff and he’s not afraid of a little disagreement in the booth. Last week he and Cosell took differing views of a ball that Cincinnati's George Foster hit during a game with Los Angeles. Cosell said the ball, which fell at the base of the left field wall, was hit too hard for outfielder Dusty Baker to make a play. Drysdale disagreed. "Howard thought the ball was hit too hard,” Drysdale says. “I thought the ball sunk and Baker was fooled on the play. If I was out there pitching I would have expected the ball to be caught. He just didn’t play it that well. "I’m not afraid to disagree. There’s no need for me to agree with something I don’t think is right.” DON DRYSDALE ‘BEARING’ UP: Topa, a brown bear like the Olympics site in Minsk, USSR. The bear is trained Moscow Olympic symbol, Misha, paws the start- by Elvina Podchernikova, who is preparing an ing line during a try at track and field events with Olympic circus program. (AP Laserphoto) Soviet runners during a recent tour of the 1980 Sport I Ford Ends As Goat Capsules As A’s Win Another TENNIS TULSA, Okla. — No. 1 seed Eddie Dibbs breezed to 6-0, 6-2 win over unseeded Bert Hoyt in a $50,000 professional Grand Prix tennis tournament here. Dick Stockton, the No. 2 seed, won his seconc-round singles match when he outlasted Butch Newman 6-4, 6-3. LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Unseeded Kim Warwick of Newport Beach. Calif., scored his second surprise victory in as many days by defeating John Lloyd of England 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the $250.000 .Alan King Tennis Classic. In other first round play. Raul Ramirez defeated Ken Rosewall 6-4, 6-1; Brian Gottfried overcame Colin Dibley 6-4, 7-6; Bob Lutz blasted Charlie Pasarell 6-0, 6-1; Hank Pfister upset Arthur Ashe 6-4, 7-5; Phil Dent of Australia downed Scott Carnahan 6-2, 6-2 and Jimmy Connors ousted Chico Hagey 6-2, 6-3. FOOTBALL MIAMI - A circuit court judge refused to reduce the jail terms of former Miami Dolphins Randy Crowder and Don Reessese to allow them to seek new jobs for the 1978 professional football season. Judge Joseph Durant Jr. said Crowder and Reese must complete the one-year jail terms they received last August after pleading no contest to charges of selling a pound of cocaine to an undercover agent. COLLEGE FOOTBALL EAST RUTHERFORD. N.J. — Jack Krumpe. executive director of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which runs Giants Stadium, announced the approval of the “Garden State Bowl” by the National Collegiate Athletic Association The game, which will be played on either the second or third weekend in December, will be a charity affair and “will involve the two best teams we can bring to Giants Stadium,” Krumpe said. Murphy Named EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Chuck Murphy has been named general manager of the Detroit Tigers’ Evansville farm club, succeeding Hillman Lyons. Murhy, 46, has been with the Evansville Triplets 2^ years, serving as business manager and assistant general manager. He is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. From .ASSOCIATED PRESS Dan Ford did just about everything to win the game. Then he did something to lose it. The hitting star for Minnesota with seven runs batted in, Ford certainly looked like the hero of the night — until the last of the 12th inning. But he suddenly turned into the goat with a wild throw that allowed the Oakland A’s to pull out a 9-8 decision Wed- Prep Tennis BEARS TAKEN Singles —Aooledorn (H) d Bern; 6-0, 6-4; Williams (H) d. Delott; 6-1, 6-2; Dalmon (H) d. Butler; 4-6, 6-1, 6-0; McLelland (S) d. Tlllltt; 6-1, 6-0. Doubles — Zimmerman-HeDDler (S) d Cunnlngham-VanZanten; 7-5, 6-1; Prlns-Lokker (H) d. Slzer-J. Gersonde; 6-4, 7-5; Honor-Fabiano (H) d. Klnney- K. Gersonde K 7-5, 7-6 Final Score —Holland 5, St. Joseph 2. COMETS TRIUMPH Singles — Eastman (Co) d. Hawks; 6-3, 6-2; Hllorio (Co) d. Hawkins; 6-2, 7-5; Longpred. Curtis; 6-0, 6-2; W. Hedman (Co) d. Kreplln; 6-2, 6-0. Doubles —Schrleber-Jollav (Co) d. Bazata-Kubesla; 6-1, 6-1; Follett-john- son; (Ca) d, Caplzzo- Friedman; 6-4, 6-4; Schnieder-R Hedman; (Co) d. Bass-Jonhson; 6-1, 6-0. Final Score —Coloma 6, Cassopolls 1. LAKERS TRIM ROCKS Singles — Hines (B) d. Henderson; 6-2, 6-1; C. Bruce Conybeare (L) d. Moysick; 7-6, 6-7, 6-1, Stemm (B) d. Montetntttete; 6-3, 6-3; Brown (L) d. Carter; 6-0, 6-3. Doubles —Postelll-Brlan Conybeare (L) d. Chamness-Burns; 6-1, 6-1; Nelllgan-Monte (L) d. Allen-Grau; 6-3, 6-4; Rafter-Dowel (B) d. Kern- McDonald; 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Final Score — Lake Michigan Catholic 4, Berrien Springs 3. Sports Transactions BASEBALL National League NEW YORK METS — Placed Tim Foil, shortstop, on the 21-day disabled list. Recalled Sergio Ferrer, inflelder, from Tidewater of the International Leogue. FOOTBALL National Football League KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Traded jerrel Wilson, punter, to the Houston Oilers tor an undisclosed 1979 draft choice on the condition that Wilson make the Oilers team. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS —Traded Tom Graham, linebacker, to the Philadelphia Eagles for an undisclosed 1979 draft chloce. HOCKEY World Hockey Association EDMONTON OILERS — Named Larry Gordon as vice president and general manager. SOCCER North American Soccer Leogue NEW ENGLAND TEA MEN —Signed Gerry Daly, midfielder. PHILADELPHIA FURY —Acaulred Martin Henderson and Allan Lee, forwards, from the Scotlsh League champion Glasgow Rangers; Signed Pierce O' Leary, defender. COLLEGE SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY —Toby Warren, athletic director, resigned. nesday night. With Tom Johnson pitching for the Twins, Mitchell Page — who had tied the game in the ninth with a two-out, two- run homer — opened the Oakland 12th with a single. Page moved to third on a single by Miguel Dilone and came home on a single by Dave Revering. Jim Essian then singled to center to drive home Dilone with the tying run and pinchrunner Steve Skaggs scored the game-winner when Ford’s throw went into the Oakland dugout. Reliever Joe Coleman picked up his second victory of the season as the A’s won their eighth straight game and solidified their hold on first place in the American League West. In other American League games, the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-1; the Chicago White Sox stopped the Detroit Tigers 7-2; the Milwaukee Brewers trimmed the Boston Red Sox 6-4; the Texas Rangers blanked the Cleveland Indians 3-0 and the Seattle Mariners defeated the California Angels 5-4. Roy Howell hit a two-run homer in the ninth as Toronto beat Kansas City. Paul Splittorff walked Willie Upshaw- leading off the ninth and, one out later, served up Howell’s blast, only the fourth Toronto hit. First baseman John Mayberry, whom the Royals shipped to Toronto in a controversial trade at the close of Vols Recruit Flint Gridder KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee has signed a 6-1,190-pound back from Flint, Mich, as its 29th recruit. Coach Johnny Majors said on Wednesday that Mike Miller was signed by assistant coach Bruce Mays. Because of an injury, Majors said, Miller played in only five games for Northern High School last season, but he scored six touchdowns and carried the ball 95 times for 568 yards. The coach said he plans to use Miller, who runs the 100- yard dash in 9.5 seconds, as a wide receiver. Kroc Buys Plane SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Padres are flying high these days. Padre owner Ray Kroc took delivery this week on a $4.5 million 727 airliner for his baseball team. spring training, blasted a 420- foot homer in the fifth for the first hit off Splittorff. A two-run homer by Charlie Moore, a solo shot by Cecil Cooper and clutch relief pitching by Bob McClure helped Milwaukee beat Boston. McClure relieved winner Mike Caldwell in the seventh and stifled a Boston rally, holding the Red Sox in check the rest of the way. Cooper's homer in the first and Moore's in the second helped the Brewers build an early 4-1 lead. Doyle Alexander broke out of a slump with a six-hitter and Mike Hargrove and Richie Zisk slugged home runs to lead Texas over Cleveland. Alexander, who was struggling with a 5.29 earned run average after being shelled in his first three 1978 appearences, scattered four singles and two doubles to improve his record to 1-1. Ruppert Jones’ two-run single climaxed a four-run rally in the third inning to lead Seattle over California. A single by Bruce Bochte brought in Seattle’s first run of the frame and Leon Roberts’ base hit drove in another before Jones’ rally- capping hit. Soviets Top Americans PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP) — The Soviets, Czechoslovaks and Swedes have established themselves as contenders for the World Ice Hockey title with opening round victories. But in defeat, the Americans proved they were no joke. The youthful Americans, heavy with college and minor league talent, stayed with the powerful Soviet team through two periods Wednesday night before succumbing 9-5 to a late Russian surge. In other opening-round games, Sweden demolished a ragtag West German team 6-2 and defending champion Czechoslovakia topped East Germany 8-0. Houston Gets Veteran Wilson HOUSTON (AP) - A 15- year veteran punter who has been with the Kansas City Chiefs since they were the Dallas Texans has been acquired by the Houston Oilers for an undisclosed 1979 draft choice. The deal is contingent on Jerrel Wilson’s making the team. Leafs, Islanders Play Tonight Williams Gives Warning TORONTO (AP) - Dave (Tiger) Williams. the scuffed-up left winger of the Toronto Maple Leafs, says the New York Islanders are "crying" too much over rough play and they’d better be ready for more of the same in tonight’s sixth game of their Stanley Cup quarter-final. Williams, who is the series leader in penalties with 47 minutes, has been handing out more than his share of bone- rattling checks in the hard­ hitting series and in the process collected his share of bumps and bruises. .And he's still looking for the Islander who bit him on the cheek in Sunday night’s game in Toronto. The Islanders lead the best- of-seven National Hockey League series 3-2 after winning in overtime 2-1 on Bobby Nystrom’s unassisted goal Tuesday night at Uniondale, NY. Although a total of 255 minutes in penalties has been called in five games so far — 139 minutes against the Leafs — Williams calls it a “pansy series’’ compared with last season’s donnvbrook playoff against Philadelphia “You know, the Islanders are crying,” Williams said after Toronto's loss Tuesday night. "They know that if we hit them, we’ll beat them. Back in our building we’ll probably hit them as we did in our last two times at home. “I don’t go around crying about getting hit or getting stuck. That’s the game out there and everybody’s playing to win. The only guys who don’t cry on their team are their two best players, Bryan Trottier and Clark Gillies. “All the rest of them are like a bunch of fairies, yelling it’s tough and rough and things like that. “If they can’t handle it, don’t come out and play. ..they’d better be ready for the SL\th game because we sure will be.” If New York urns the series, the Islanders will take on Boston in the semi-finals, while Philadelphia challenges defending champion Montreal. If tlfe Leafs come back to take the series, they’ll play Montreal and Boston will collide with the Flyers. Montreal qualified for the semifinals by beating Detroit four games to one, Boston topped Chicago in four straight and Philadelphia defeated Buffalo in five games. Trottier, the top Islanders scorer who still is looking for his first series goal although he has three assists, feels his team shouldn’t complain about the aggressiveness of the series at this point. “I’m sure that the players who are complaining are the ones who would rather play hockey than throw a lot of checks. But we have the players who are capable of taking it," said Trottier. Trottier said the Leafs should be given some credit for being able to keep up their physical game. “I thought that when they started they were just trying to make an impression on us and that they would start playing hoc-key because they have a lot of hockey ability on their club.” he addtnl. Quebec Blasts Houston To Gain WHA Semis QUEBEC (AP) - Quebec Coach Maurice Filion won't predict his team will reach the World Hockey Association finals against the Winnipeg Jets because he is sure the Nordiques will make it. Real Cloutier scored four of his team's 11 goals Wednesday night to lead the Nor­ diques to an 11-2 victory over the Houston Aeros to wrap up a best-of-seven WHA quarterfinal playoff series. The Nordiques meet the New England Whalers Friday in a semifinal series at Springfield, Mass. The series will determine which team will face Winnipeg in the WHA finals for the Avco World Trophy “One thing I never do is make predictions,” said Filion. “But I’m sure the Nordiques will win the series." Quebec defensemen played a key role in the game against Houston, with four of them scoring — Garry Lariviere, Jean Bernier, Wally Weir and Paul Baxter. Baxter also set up a goal by Curt Brackenbury. “I told my defensemen to shoot lower,” said Filion. “They practiced at it for about half-an-hour after the regular practice. “Tonight it paid off," he said. Other Quebec scorers were forwards Paulin Bordeleau and Normand Dube Houston's goals were scored by Steve West and Terry Ruskowski “We didn’t get good point coverage,” said Houston Coach Bill Dineen. “When we were behind I started gambling. At that point you don't have any other choice.” Dineen pulled goalie Wayne Rutledge, replacing him with Lynn Zimmerman. 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