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Jenkins 1-0 Victory Ends on Disputed Call By BILL MADDEN Ut»I Sports Wrltef In a classic duel toett^een two of the National Leagu^^s premier pitchers, who would have thought an umpire could steal half the spotlight? Nevertheless, Ferguson Jen- Itins' nifty two-hit 1-0 decision over Tom Seaver Wednesday afternoon was almost upstaged by plate umpire Augie Donatelli's controversial final out, foul tip call on the New York Mets' John Milner Jenkins, coasting along toward his first victory of the 1973 season for the Chicago Cubs with the aid of Bick Monday's fifth inning solo homer, wound up winning the game in a storm of controversy when Donatelli called Milner out on a foul tip-third strike after the Mets' first baseman thought he had drawn a walk. That brought Mets' Manager Yogi Berra racing out to the plate and a chorus of boos from the 14,549 fans who had heretofore been treated to a dandy of a pitching duel. In other National League games Wednesday, Cincinnati blanked San Diego, 3-0, for its fifth straight win, Philadelphia outslugged Montreal, 9-0, Pitts* burgh edged St. Louis, 4-3, in 14 innings, Los Angeles clubbed Houston, 7-2, and San Francisco swept a doubleheader from Houston, 15-2, and, 2-0. In the American League, Kansas City nipped Oakland, 54, Cleveland downed MiU waukee, 7-3, the Chicago White Sox pounded Texas, 10-5, Detroit bested Boston, 6-3, and Minnesota trounced California, 10-5. "I heard it hit the bat," Donatelli said after tho game |n explaining his delay in making a call. "I just wanted to be -::- SPORTS Galesburg, 111., Wednei§day, HI April Id, 1973 Page 33 || sure, I don't blame Yogi for arguing." Other than the disputed final out, the only major difference between Jenkins and Seaver was Monday's homer, the Ciib centerfielder's first of the season. Bot^ pitchers registered five strikeouts while Seaver walked two to Jenkins' one. Joe Morgan slammed his third home run in two days, a two-run blast, to pace the streaking Reds to their fifth straight victory. The Reds, leading the National League West, also got a pitching bonus from Ross Grimsley, who scattered eight hits in blanking the Padres. Tommy Button's two-run, pinch-hlt double highlighted a four-run eighth inning for the Phillies as they went on to dump Montreal. The Expos blew a five-run lead and wasted the game's only homer, a solo blast by Ron Fairly in the fifth. Dave Cash's run-producing single that scored Gene Alley broke up a 3-3 tie in the 14th inning to give the Pirates their win over St. Louis. Alley had been walked by reliever Alan Foster who took over after starter Bob Gibson was touched for 11 hits after nine innings. Rudy Hernandez got the win in relief for Pittsburgh. Andy Messersmith won his first game as a Los Angeles Dodger, striking out nine in everting his record at M. The Dodgers backed Messersmith with 12 hits, three of them coming from Willie Davis who also drove in two runs and scored three times. Shortstop Chris Speier drove in four runs with two doiAles and a pair of singles as the Giants pounded six Atlanta pitchers for 21 hits in the opener and then made it a sweep behind combined tho. five-hit pitching of Ron Bryant and Randy Moffitt in the nightcap. Williams May Bring Orioles ^Big Money' By FRED DOWN Earl Williams' Baltimore Oriole teammates made it plain how they felt about the ex- Atlanta catcher Tuesday night when he crossed the plate after hitting his first home run as an American Leaguer. "Big Money," was the greeting they gave Williams after his two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted the Orioles to a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees. "Big Money.'; •'I know what they meant," grinned Manager Earl Weaver. "Thpy meant that 20 grand in October—the kind they've been collecting in recent Octobers but missed last year. That's what this game is all about." Weaver had good reason to gloat because it was he who issued a challenge to the Baltimore front office after the Orioles, who had won four AL pennants in six years, finished \ third in the AL Eastern : Division last season. "Get me Earl Williams," Weaver told the front office, "and I'll get you a pennant." The Baltimore front office responded by getting Williams from the Braves in a controversial trade which sent Dave Johnson, Johnny Gates, Pat Dobson and Roric Harrison to Atlanta. Many AL experts thought the Orioles might have given up too much to acquire the power Williams figured to add to their lineup. The Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland A's, 5-4, in 14 innings, the Cleveland Indians downed the Milwaukee Brewers 7-3, the Chicago White Sox defeated the Texas Rangers, 10-5, the Detroit Tigers topped the Boston Red Sox, 6 -3, and the Minnesota Twins whipped the California Angels, 10-5, in the other AL games. In the National League, it was Chicago 1 New Yorlc 0, Philadelphia 9 Montreal 6, Pittsburgh 4 St. Louis 3 JA 14 innings, Cincinnati 3 San ms^o 0, Los Angeles 7 Houston 2 and San Francisco swept Atlanta, 15-2 and 2-0. Williams, who started Tues< day night's game with a .185 batting average, delivered his game-winning hit off reliever Sparky Lyle with Bobby' Grich on base after Bqog Powell's sacrifice fly tied the score at 22. Dave McNally pitched a four- hitter to win his third straight game for the Orioles. The Royals scored their fourth straight victory when Hal McRae's single with two out in the 14th inning scored Fred Patek from second base. Pitcher Bill Parsons' throwing error and run-scoring hits by Oscar Gamble and Jerry Kenney were the big plays as the Indians scored four runs in the second inning against Milwaukee. Bill Melton's two-run homer and Pat Kelly's two-run single helped the White Sox score five runs in the fifth inning and cruise to their victory over the Rangers. Homers by Dave Cash and Al Kaline paced a 10-hit Detroit attack which enabled Joe Coleman to win his third straight game with two innings of shutout relief aid by John Hiller. Pinch-hitter Danny Walton, batting for designated hitter Tony Oliva, hit a grand slam homer in an eight-run seventh- inning outburst which carried the Twins to their win over the Angels. Jerry West Still Lakers^ Mr. Clutch Tony Esposito, Chicago Black Hawk goalie, is flat on the ice after making a save on a slap shot by Bill Fairbaim (10) of the New York Rangers in their Stanley Cup playoff game Tony Esposito Saves Goal at New York Tuesday. The Black Hawks won 2-1 for a edge in the series. UNIFAX Hawks Take 2-1 Lead In Series With New York Major League Standings National League East W .I.pet. gb Pittsburgh 6 1 .857 — Baltimore New York 5 3 .625 l»/4 Boston Chicago 5 3 .625 Detroit Philadelphia 4 4 .500 Cleveland Montreal 3 5 .375 New York St. Louis 1 West 8 .111 6 Milwaukee w. 1. pet. gb Cincinnati 9 3 .750 — Kansas City San Francisco 9 4. .692 Minnesota Los Angeles 6 6 .500 3 California Houston 5 8 .385 4»/4 Chicago . San Diego 5 8 .385 4% Texas Atlanta 3 8 .273 ' 5V2 Oakland Thursday's Games Philadelphia at Montreal Chicago at New York (2) Pittsburgh at St. Louis San Francisco at Los Angeles (night) American League East 7 4 5 4 3 2 West 8 5 3 3 2 2 w. 1. pet. g.b. .778 .571 .556 .444 .333 .286 2 2 3 4 4 w. 1. pet. g .b. 2 3 4 4 4 6 .800 .623 .429 .429 .333 .250 2 31/2 4 5 Thursday's Games Oakland at Kansas City (night) Milwaukee at Cleveland (twilight) New York at Baltimore (night) Detroit at Boston By MARTIN LADER UPr Sports Writer The path to the Stanley Cup championship round is fraught with all kinds of unexpected indignities for both the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers. Montreal, expected to sweep through to the final after completing a record-breaking regular season, found itself on the brink of calamity Tuesday night before overcoming a two- goal deficit to beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3, in overtime. Larry Robinson's goal at 6:45 of the extra session enabled the Canadiens to salvage one of the two games on their own ice and send them to Philadelphia for the next two contests deadlocked at one game each. The Rangers, though, after eliminating the defenduig Cup champion Boston Bruins in five games, fell to a 2-1 deficit in their semifinal against Chicago by dropping a 2-1 decision at Niew York, Tuesday night. The Rangers swept the Black Hawks four straight in last year's semis and then won the opening game of this set at Chicago last week. Action in both series resumes Thursday night with games at Philadelphia and New York. Robinson, after taking the puck at center ice, said he wanted to pass it to Frank Mahovlich after he had crossed the blue line. "But Frank just yelled at me, 'Shoot, Larry, shoot,' and I got it high up past (Doug) Favell," Robinson said. "I didn't see the red light go on but I knew the puck was in the net." By JIM COUR UPI Sports Writer INGLEWOOD, Calif. (UPI) When the Los Angeles Lakers get down to those final seconds, Jerry West is still their man. West will be 35 next month and his off games come more often now, but his nickname of "Mr, Clutch" still applies. The 13-year pro from West Virginia had only six points after three quarters and was a dismal 2- for-15 from the floor. West came through when the Lakers needed it, though, hitting a 15-foot jump shot from the side with eight seconds left as his club stormed from behind to nip the Golden State Warriors, 101-99, in their opening NBA semifinal playoff game. "This was the most tired I've ever felt in a basketball game," said West, who hit his last three shots from the floor and had 11 points in the final period. "I never felt so sluggish. I was just sloshing around out there.'' The Lakers needed a thrilling comeback to beat the Chicago Bulls, 95-92, in the seventh game of their opening playoff series Sunday night and they had to do the same thing against the Warriors. "I felt I could get a pretty good shot off," continued West, •who got a chance to win the chard's goal, and that stood up .P '^e because of a Golden State until Yvan Cournoyer made it 2-1, time off the clock as I could so. they wouldn't be able to get a good shot off if I missed," he said. Rick Barry was guilty of the first big Warrior turnover when he passed the ball out ol bounds. With eight seconds remaining, Jim Harnett passed the ball inbounds but Bill Bridges of the Lakers intercepted. ; "I Laker "How finish hard 3-3 with 8:10 left in regulation time. Stan Mikita, limited to just one goal in seven previous playoff games this season, tipped in a rebound of a John Marks shot at 6:16 of the final period to provide Chicago with Philadelphia had jumped off i its winning goal against the to a 2-0 lead in the first 8:12 of play on goals by Andre Dupont and Gary Domhoefer, but Guy Lafleur got one back for Montreal in the final minute of the first period and Henri Richard tied it just 25 seconds into the second period. Bill Flett put the Flyers ahead again 11 seconds after Ri- Rangers. "I was very fortunate to get that goal," said Mikita, who has 40 in his playoff career. "I'd had some better opportunities earlier in the game, including a stretch of about 15 or 20 seconds in the first period when I had three real good chances." Williams' Patience Is Wearing Thin VETERANS WE'VE GOT IT! GALESBURG AVIATION Approved For Vet«ron$ Flight Troining! * Commerciol ^ Instrument • Flight Instructor 342-3134 GALESBURG MUNICIPAL AIRPORT By VITO STELLINO UPI Sports Writer NEW YORK (UPI) - Since Alexander C5artwright first set the bases. 90 feet apart a century or so ago, a total of 44 guys named vy^ilUams have appeared in the major leagues. There were Mutt and Marsh, Pap and Pop, Rip and Dib, Dave and Davey, Gus and Gus, Jim and Jimmy and the most famous Williams of them all, Ted. And squeezed into the record booics between Art and Bob is the least appreciated of them all-Billy Leo Williams. It's the story of Billy Williams' life that he's been taken for granted. There's the common name and says, "it meant a lot to me. It gave me a big lift and I was honored to have it at the Hall of Fame. When I couldn't find it, I aslced a guy about it .ind he said they must have misplaced it. I guess it didn't mean that much to them." It is beginning to bug Billy Williams—in his 13th season- that his illustrious career has been so overloolted. He's malcing a definite effort change that image. "You get a tag in your first year in the majors and it sticics with you the rest of your career," he says. "Well after 13 years in the big leagues, I'm going to let the other guy be the nice guy. I'm going to spealc out if I see something. You get tired of the handy tags. Mr. Nice Guy. Quiet, dependable, the mechanical man. You just wind him up and he hits .300. to hit .300. It's not easy. It's a When he played seven con-lot of worlc." secutive complete seasons, ev- In cold print, the words sound He remembers in 1971 when Joe Torre beat out Willie Stargell for the MVP award, even though Stargell led the Pittsburgh Pirates to the National League pennant, because Torre had better statistics. But last year when Williams had the better stats. Bench got the award—presumably for leading the Reds to the to I pennant. "Every yeai- there seems to be a different set of rules," Williams says. "Loolc at. the figures. I was way ahead in average and ahnost even in homers and RBIs. You have to feel you weren't awarded something you Then there was the special case of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, who won it twice in the '50s for being himself on those sad Cub teams of that era. But what is new is that Williams is spealcing out for himself. It's still so unusual for him to defend himself that he quickly qualified his remarks. "I don't want to make it sound like I'm complaining all the time," he says, "I don't want to sound like a crybaby." Billy Williams a crybaby? iBill Williams complaining all the time? There's no chance that's going to happen. He's a nice guy in spite of himself. But maybe if he keeps speaking out once in a while, it I might become a bit more to take hun for turnover that gave the Lakers the ball with 28 seconds left. "I just tried to run as much! Omaha Opens Up 1-Game Lead In Association By United Press Interoatiooal Omaha has opened up a one- game lead in the Eastern Division of the young American Association baseball season by virtue of its 9-2 rout of Denver while Evansville and Indianapolis lost some ground. Evansville bowed at Oklahoma City Tuesday night, 4-1, while the Tribe was beaten at Tulsa, 4-3. In the other game, Wichita won at Iowa, 6-4. Vorthwestern Is Golf Winner SWAN HILLS - Northwestern won both matches in a double dual meet held at the Swan Hills Golf Course here Tuesday. The Huskies defeated Avon 8-4 and Abingdon 11-1 while Avon won over Abingdon 9-3. don't know," grpaked Coach Bill Slwrman, many times we can like that. It's letting on the nerves. I ^GS &ght our team showed a lot ofpoise again. That's what I like about a veteran team. Poise and experience are the marks of a veteran team. • "We were physically' and emotionally tired. To be that tired and come back io win should give us a ."great emotional lift." ' " Jim McMillian, who missed 16 straight shots and had only seveh pomts in the finale against Chicago, came through with 37 points. Nate Thurmond, the Warriors' 6-foot-ll center who helped eliminate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Milwaukee Bucks in Golden State's first playoff series, >;ad 22 points and Jeff Mullins added 21. Los Angeles traild 53-30 at halftime and was ahead only twice-at the end and at 54-53 with 55 seconds gone Jft« the third quarter—in the second half. With 7:05 to go. Golden State led, 91-82, and the Wairiors were in front, 99-95, with 2:33 remaining. But the Lakers came back to tie the score on a pair of jumpers by McMillian with 1:47 and 1:21 to go. The Western Conference final series continues here Thursday night and then moves to Oakland for the tiiird and fourth games on Saturday and Monday nights. Golden SUU (S9) G F T Abdul-Rahman 3 0-0 6 Bamett -6 0-0 1."! Rarry 6 5-6 17 Ellis .3 0-0 6 Lee 2 1-2 5 Mullins ..-10 1-1 21 Russell 3 4-5 in Thurmond 8 6-7 22 Totals -41 17-21 99 Loi Ang«l«i (101) G F T Bridges _ 3 3-4 7 Chamberlain 2 0-0 4 Counts 0 2-3 2 Erlckson 7 3-4 17 Goodrich 7 3-4 17 McMiUian 14 8..11 37 Riley 0 0-0 0 West 5 7 -12 17 Totals 3''*','** Score by quarters: Z... Golden State ._-.2:i ."JO 23 84— 99 Los Angeles .-..27 23 25> •M^-lOl Total fouls; Golden Stat«"27, Los Angeles 18. A—17.50S. erybody yawned. But the Hall of Fame did ask for the scorecard of his 1,000th consecutive game in a strmg that reached 1,117 before he voluntarily ended it Sept. 3, 1970. So, when the Chicago Cubs played in the Hail of Fame game at Cooperstown last summer, Williams spent an year's MVP voting when he hour seaiching for the memento. |finished second to Johnny making a definite effort to | Bench for the second time "I looked all over for it," he i three years. deserved and it's a feeling that fc"^ I sticks with you." be says, people saying it s easy for you| ^^^^^^^ ^.jj.^^ had!difficult 3 .333 average with 37 homers granted, and 122 RBIs. Bench had 40 incidentally, you probably homers and 125 RBIs with a^haven't noticed but he's hitting, .270 average. Of course, arguments over the MVP award are nothing new. Nothing is quite as vague veteran has alas the word "valuable." though and he Inconsistency has been the harsh. But Billy Williams speaks them in such a soft- spoken, polite tone that they read more dramatic Uian they sound. The Cubs' specific beef over .300 Naturally. again this season. (Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.) doesn't mind repeating it. He,rule rather than the exception still isn't happy about lastjin the balloting. In some years, the guys on the pennant winners get the edge and in in i other years, the guys with the i flashy stats are favored. Mild TOMORROW Time to losul9lc WHITrS PHONE 34^«1U ATTENTION Boys & Girls Ages 8 to 15 GALESBURG AREA SOAP BOX DERBY RACES Will Be H«ld Golesburg, III. June 3rd Abingdon, III. Foil FesHvol Elmwood, III. Foil Festivol Build your ca,-- now and join the fun. Rules and reg^ ulations can be obfainea at the following cooperate ing STANDARD OIL DEALERS HAK Pat O'Railly T. May's Mccormick's D. Winkler's V«rn Barsema's Tom Voyle's Don's Std. Abingdon, III. Dawson's Std. KnoxvUU, Hi. Daio's Std. Elmwood, III. FURTHER INFORMATION Ceil 342<3«55 GALESBURG, ILL. i

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