The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California on November 14, 1973 · Page 33
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San Bernardino, California
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Wednesday, November 14, 1973
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Jackson unanimous MVP choice in AL Bv FD SCHUYLER JR. NEW YORK AP Power-hitting Reggie Jackson of the Oakland A's was unanimously chosen yesterday as the 1973 American League's Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Jackson, who hit .293 and led the league with 32 home runs and 117 runs batted in, was a clear winner over Jim Palmer of Baltimore, w ho recently won the Cy Young Award as the league's best pitcher. Of the 35 players named by a committee of two writers from each league city, Jackson was the only one mention ed on all ballots. His 24 first-place votes were worth 336 points, almost double Palmer's 172. Kansas City outfielder Amos Otis was third with 112 points. Second baseman Rod Carew of Minnesota, relief pitcher John Hiller of Detroit and third baseman Sal Bando of Oakland were tied for fourth with 83 each. The National League MVP will be named next Wednesday. Jackson is the sixth American League player to be a unanimous choice in the 42 years the BBWA has given the award. The others were Hank Greenberg of Detroit, 1935; Al Rosen of Cleveland, 1933; Mickey Mantle of New York, 19.VI; Frank Robinson of Detroit. 196S, and Denny McLain of Detroit, 19fiS. 'it's a culmination of things that makes this my most exciting moment," Jackson said at a news conference in Oakland, 'it's icing on the cake to win the world championship, to be named the Most Valuable Player in the World Series, then to be named unanimously for this. It's sweet!" Jackson, who now has played on two straight World Series champions, also said he felt he and pitcher Jim 'Tatfish" Hunter would become Oakland's first 3100,000 players next year, hinting that he would like a one-year contract in the neighborhood of $150,000. He and Hunter reportedly each made around $75,000 in 1973. The best all-around year for the 27-year-old left-handed hitter, a former Arizona State star from Wyncotte, Pa., came in his fifth full major-league season, all of them with Oakland. Jackson hit 47 homers and drove in US runs in 19fi9. but his batting average was only .275 and he was not the acknowledged team leader then that he was this past season. Palmer posted a 22-9 record in winning the Cy Young and finishing second in the MVP. Titchers to win the AL MVP were Ifty Grove of Philadelphia, 19.11 ; Spud Chandler of New York. 1943; Hal Newhouser. Detroit, 1944 - 45: Bobby Shantz, Philadelphia. 1952; Denny McUin of Detroit, 1968, and Blue. Otis hit .31X1, with 26 homers, for Kansas City. Carew won his second straight batting title with a .350 average. Hiller, who missed the 1971 season with heart trouble, was one of baseball's leading relief pitchers and the only other pitcher to be named on a ballot. Bando hit .287, with 29 homers and 9S RBI, for Oakland, Others among the top 10 vnte-getters were first baseman John Mayberry of Kansas City. 76; outfielder Dave May of Milwaukee, 65; outfielder Bobby Murrer of New York, 53. and designated hitter Tommy Davis of Baltimore and Hunter, 47 each. Dick Allen of Chicago, the 1972 winner, was last on the list, with one point. He missed most of the season with a broken leg. The voting was done by a committee of 24 writers two from each league city. A first-nlace vote was worth 14 points, with nine for a second, eight for a third, etc. v. - ; Vvv t ' 1 , - f -' " s " - "rrT . , fix -sj iff 'f- "8.V' AP wirephoto A flashy smile to match his World Series ring . . . Reggie Jackson is aglow after being named MVP. Four league titles on line By MIKE MURPHY Sun-Telegram Executive Sport Editor Time has run out on contenders in the Ivy, Golden, De Anza and San Antonio leagues. This is the final week of the regular season. The final standings and CIF playoff berths will be determined on what happens in the following games Friday: Beaumont vs. Perris. This is the game of the year in the De Anza League Friday night. Both teams are 6-0 in league. Beaumont's wishbone will go against the pass-oriented Perris offense at Beaumont. Burroughs vs. Antelope Valley. This is. a rematch of last year's title showdown between two explosive offenses. The Burros are unbeaten in eight games, while the Antelopes have been gradually building momentum after losing their opener to Crespi. Fireworks are at Ridgecrest. Ivy League shuffle. A three-way tie now exists between Colton, Palm Springs and North at 3-1, it could end that way with all three teams favored against teams in lower half of league. San Antonio logjam. Upland, Chino, Claremont and Pomona are all tied for the lead at 4-2. Upland faces Pomona tomorrow night at Mt. SAC. Look for at least a 3-way tie, since Chino and Claremont are favored to win their games. Colton High's Coach Don Markham, after seeing his team beaten 26-12 by opportunistic North, said tersely, "We gave them three TDs, one from the five on a fumble, another on a long pass and one of our kids didn't cover the hole on a 'Natural high' beats By ELAINE MARABLE Sun-Telegram Fontam Bureau FONTANA Their approach differs and they don't claim 100 per cent success, but two professional baseball players click with the kids like a grand slammer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Pete Richert and Tom McCraw didn't play around with pretty phrases or fancy language when they told sixth grade students here that fooling around with drugs just isn't too smart. Dodger relief pitcher Richert and Angel first baseman McCraw visited Maple, Palmetto and Live Oak Elementary Schools where they gave a vivid word-picture of what happens to people who use and abuse drugs. Richert, now president of Athletes for Youth, an organization started three years ago by the Dodgers' Jim LeFebvre, believes that standard drug abuse programs simply aren't working. Why? "Because teachers use the BIG DON'T", said Richert. "Most drug problems are a joke," said Richert. He explained that telling a kid his fingers will turn brown if he puffs on a "joint" (marijuana) is pretty stupid. The kids quickly find the "holes' 'in the scare films and then you've lost them. Athletes participating in the program try to take the "cop out" away from a kid. "We present as much in trap play." The Yellowjackets, however, showed no signs of diminished spirit at practice this week as they prepare for Corona. 'We don't have any injuries. It is Corona's homecoming so we know they'll be up for us." Markham felt the North game would have been much closer had it not been for the mistakes. "They earned one TD on us. We had one pass intercepted near the goal line. It should have been an even game." Ted Smith, the workhorse tailback for Colton carried 42 times for 151 yards. "He ran well," said Markham. Corona's victory hopes rest on the health of tailback Dan Carr, who gained over 200 High school standings, CIF prep poll, D-2. yards against Palm Springs, but hurt his ribs against North 'two weeks ago. Burroughs has waited all year for this game with Antelope Valley. "We know what's at hand here," said Coach Bruce Bernhardt "We are playing for the championship and an undefeated season. "Antelope Valley is most definitely the best team we've seen all year. I compare them with Victor Valley in that both have strong running games complimented by the pass." Such a showdown was not anticipated earlier this year by the Burros staff. "I honestly felt we would be a year away, but if the kids came together I expected us to be a contender and we have. An formation as we can give about drugs and their abuse and then say to tnem: 'Okay, here it is, it's your life. You make the choice,' said Richert. Then they can't come back later and say they weren't given straight information. The presentation begins low key. Richert doesn't dwell on his notoriety as a baseball player. He simply announces what he does and goes immediately into an explanation of various kinds of drugs, their use and abuse. LSD can stay with you you never know when it will flash back, explains Richert. Of barbituates; they are the most addictive of all, the toughest to get off of and the most unpredictable when mixed with alcoholic beverages. With marijuana, "you lose your motivation. You never catch up to tomorrow," says Richert. He explains that UCLA is currently three years into a study that is expected to take another three years to complete. "No conclusions about use of marijuana have yet been made but why experiment with yourself?" he asks. "You might be playing Russian Roulette with six bullets in the pistol." The most asked question Richert says he gets is "How can he tell me drugs are bad if he's never tried them?" To this, Richert replies, "I don't have to go to the bottom of the Wednesday, November 11, What's wrong with S.F.? Bv KRIC PRE WITT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The rise and fall of the San Francisco 49ers, from three straight division championships to their current last place position, might be explained best by something Coach Dick Nolan said three years ago. "There's an awfully fine line between the winners and losers in pro football," said Nolan when asked how the team that finished 4-8-2 in 19fi9 was on its way to a 10-3-1 National Football League season. Now the 49ers are 3-6 in the National Football Conference West, behind even the New Orleans Saints team they beat 40-0 four weeks ago. They'll take a three-game losing streak into Sunday's game at Los Angeles against the division-leading Rams. "I don't think we have players who are over the hill," says Nolan. "The pro unbeaten season is something you always dream about and seldom experience." said Bernhardi. No changes are planned for the Antelopes. "It would be a tragic mistake to change our method of play now. It would tell our kids we don't believe in what we've been doing," said Bernhardi. Burroughs has its rushing game in tact with Amos and Steve Blanche the 1-2 punch. "Amos has 980 yards rushing now, but he got only 60 at Kennedy. Everybody is overplaying Amos right now and Steve is getting the ball." Steve B. rushed for 167 yards and three scores against Kennedy and the Burros had five touchdowns called back by penalty. Antelope Valley and its quarterback, George Kailawai and halfback Bob Ver-dassdonk, have averaged better than 30 points a game against Golden League foes and own more impressive wins for such teams as Victor Valley, Kennedy, and Barstow. "We'll give it our best shot," said Bernhardi, whose team has the longest unbeaten string in San Bernardino County 13 straight. Beaumont's Don Smith feels everything is in order for Friday's De Anza decider with Perris. "We just weren't ready for Rim. We got 135 yards in penalties (in the 12-7 win), but we came from behind as we do to." Smith felt his team would have no trouble getting up for Perris. "They've got good speed and throw the ball as well as ' Banning. They also play good defense. We'll just try to play our own game," said Smith. That means run the ocean to know it's deep. Or I don't have to put a gun to my head, pull the trigger and wonder if my lights will go out. "Sooner or later you are going to be approached by someone wanting to turn you on to drugs," says Richert. "Know these people, they fall into three groups. The pushers; the users, who don't like straight kids, and the 'sick people,' who put drugs in Halloween treats." McCraw, raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice takes a different approach. He describes an addict's life concluding "I don't believe you (students) want to trade what you have for pressure from the police, aches in your body and a constant search for drugs." Sure the "highs" are great for the addict, says McCraw. Those "groovy" highs last only eight to ten hours. McCraw draws some grins when he says, "I pet a high every time I hit a home run and there is no high as great as that good feeling when I go around those bases with 20,000 people cheering. Man, that's a 'natural high"" Don't destroy your mind because somebody calls you a "chicken," McCraw tells his audience. A pusher will tfcll you anything to get you hooked. Stick with your goals and stay on your "natural high," concludes McCraw. 1973 The Sun, San Bernardino, California blems have been penalties, injuries and players not performing like they have been." A tough schedule didn't help. The 49ers opened the season in Miami against the Super Bowl champion Dolphins, led at halftime but lost 21-13 in intense Florida heat which forced quarterback John Brodie to sit out the second half. They later lost 17-13 to undefeated Minnesota, with Steve SpuTier passing for more than 300 yards but suffering several costly interceptions. Against the NFC champion Washington Redskins Sunday, the 49ers trailed only 10-9 at the half but then collapsed in a 3.1-9 defeat. Nolan benched Brodie after four games, giving the starling quarterback job to Spurrier. Brodie returned for one start, but against Washington, rookie Joe Friday ball out of the wishbone and play ferocious defense. Mark Bailie, with over 900 yards, is the leading Beaumont rusher and added 110 to that total against Rim. Andy He-benton, out with ankle problems the past two weeks, is ready to go again. "I hope the weather isn't bad," cautioned Smith. "Rain would not be good for our wishbone.". The San Antonio League turned into a mixmaster with Chino's 3-0 win over Upland and Claremont's loss to Pomona last week. Chino won for the second week in a row on a field goal by Stan Surina. It was his third game-winner of the year. Chino gets tail-ender Monlclair (0-5-1), but Upland (4-2) gets Pomona (4-2) tomorrow night. Ji ams are near sellout Sunday LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Us Angeles Rams announced yesterday that 6,173 tickets remained unsold for their Sunday game against the San Francisco 4!)ers which indicated a possibility the game might be televised locally. If a game sells out 72 hours before kickoff, a new federal law requires the local television. The Coliseum has a 79,281 capacity. The TV decision is made tomorrow afternoon with 1 p.m. PST the deadine for a sellout. drugs The baseball players say they use different approaches depending on their audiences. They are somewhat "soft" with elementary students, compared to their talks with high school students, whom they consider young adults. Each has a different reason for giving up their off-season hours to Athletes for Youth. Richer!, a 16-year veteran of professional baseball, says he loves the challenge. Other than serving as a program chairman for a kidney disease fund drive in Baltimore, Md., he has never been involved in services organizations. McCraw's reasons are personal. Two of his closest friends with whom he grew up, shot each other two years ago in an argument over heroin. "I read about it in the papers back East and It was a real shock," said McCraw. After that McCraw decided to try and help the youngsters realize what drug abuse could do to their lives. McGraw and Richert are typical of the 16 athletes now active in the program. All have gone through a series of classes at UCLA, USC and the Los Angeles Police Department. They travel at their own expense in several states throughout the winter months. Their daily schedules leave little leisure time. Football Props College Pros 1)1 Reed got his first NFL start at quarterback. "I'm not playing for the future. We're always working on the present as well as the future," Nolan said after naming Reed as the starter. Brodie, 38, announced one week after being benched that this would be his last NFL season. He denied the decision was made because he lost his job. Spurrier, whose patience has been tested in seven pro seasons as basically a backup player, also has taken the quarterback uggling stoically. "What we have to do is hang together," says linebacker Dave Wilcox, one of five 49ers named to last year's All-Pro team. "That's easy when you're winning, but it's a pretty tough thing to do when you're losing." In the personnel department, Ihe 4!lers' most crying need is for a top-notch running back. They'll have two first round picks their own and New England's in the winter draft of college football players. However, the team has had disastrous luck with its last three first round drafting opportunities. The 4!lers chose Tim Anderson, Ohio State defensive back, in 1971 and he went to the Canadian Football League when the 4!)crs wouldn't meet his money demands. Receiver Terry Reasley was selected in 1972 and has been injured almost ever since. Last winter, the No. 1 pick was Texas Southern defensive back Mike Holmes, who was injured last summer and has spent the season on the taxi squad. San Francisco held onto the division crown the last, two years despite a slight slip in season records, to 9-5 in 1971 and R-5-1 last year. The 49ers continued to roly mostly on passing while other NFL powers stressed running. Now, there are even problems with the passing game. The offensive line which set an NFL record in 1970 by allowing Brodie to be sacked just eight times in 14 games, was embarrassed by seven sacks of Reed Sunday. "I saw at least two breakdowns on our pass blocking," said Nolan. "I Ihink the game films will show me some more." Tackle Cas Banas.ek tore a leg muscle Sunday and is expected to miss the Los Angeles game. Other starters forced out of the lineup earlier included receiver Gene Washington, fullback Larry Schrnibpr, linebacker Skip Vanderbundt and cornerback Jim Johnson. All-Pro Johnson, playing with a bad knee, is having, for him, a bad season. He wants to prove it is because of the injury, not his age, 35. "There's no way this is my last year," he says, "I'm coming back." I'M Y',:zt'M ' 'i 7 I y ,i 's fat 'i f i 4 l I Sun-Telegram phot Pete Kiclu rt and Tom McCraw tell about drugs . . . baseball players meet youngsters at Fontana's Maple School Ram coach ponders 49er game By JACK STEVENSON LONG BEACH. Calif. (AP) -Coach inuck Knox of the Los Angeles Rams ponders worrisome questions about the San Francisco 49ers, the traditional National Football League foe invading the Coliseum here Sunday. "Why hasn't there running game been going?" Knox was asked yesterday at his weekly breakfast with the reporters. "I can't answer that question," was the reply. "They have the quality foot-ball players and are capable on any Sunday of beating anyone." Might San Francisco, with a 3-6-0 record and virtually out of contention, be more relaxed than the title-contending Rams, 7-2? "Any time San Francisco plays Los Angeles, both teams will be up for the game and ready to play. The records this year won't mean very much." Will San Francisco be down after losing three straight? "I don't look at any team being down nor do I believe in jinxes." Knox had named the 49ers by position and added, "When you have players of the quality I mentioned, anything can happen." The coach said Ram halfback Jim Bertelsen, whose punt returns were a ma jor factor in last Sunday's 29-7 victory over New Orleans, had suffered a knee sprain but apparently would be okay to meet the 49ers. All of the Ram halfbacks were lauded for outstanding jobs blocking. After the Saints had taken a 7-0 lead, the Rams began running fullback Lawrence McCutcheon more with the halfback given the job of blocking the weak side linebacker. McCutcheon wound up with 115 yards gained. . Knox was asked about the 49er defense which before the season was considered one of the best in pro football. "That 49er defense is still real good. It gave Washington all it wanted. But a couple of fumbles and a couple of interceptions hurt them when the offense was in. Another game John Brodie throws six interceptions. "Rut their defense has been playing fine football." Knox also complimented the defensive units of the Rams, saying, "We have been playing pretty consistent defense and getting better. We still must improve but we started with a young defensive team. Our front four is playing very, very well." On Monday, Atlanta meets Minnesota. Those are the two teams that edged Ihe Rams, 15-13 and 10-9, respectively, and Atlanta is the only threat to Los Angeles in the National Football Conference Western Division. Knox was asked about that game and replied: "I really have no comment. The only other team I'm interested in Is the 49ers." r " 'A Wnmf'''K''frfr''''M&

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