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Wood's Knuckleball Making Sox AL \ By PRED DOWN U»tic winning pace (his sea- compiled a 13-3 record In the | HaHHHMHaHH | aHHHHHia || garei^ but i decided to bet says. "In fact, relieving • ITDi bnM< Wri<or «nn unri fTI malrinff Hw» White White fin*' fire* ill 0Mit»t this I 4PH « _ 41 • HMT <MM««I MI InuwtW . i_ - — t. I By r*RED DOWN UPI Sports Writer NEW YORK (Ut»t) - Wilbur Wood of the Chicago White Sox, basebaO's new "iron man" pitcher, is a plump, somewhat haloing fellow you'd expect to find sitting behind a desk in an insurance office. Wood's stock in trade is a dancing knuckleball which looks so easy to hit as it floats up to the plate that fat and forty- ish fans feel like grabbing a bat and hitting it out of the park themselves. Instead, Wood's knuckler is: i\) driving rival American League hitters nuts; (2) enabling the 31-year-old native of Cambridge, Mass., to set a fan tastic winning pace this season, and (3) making the White Sox strong contenders to win the AL's Western Division title and the pennant. "The principle of the knuckleball is that it is easy to throw and hard to hit," explains Wood, who allowed six hits in 14 innings Monday night to win both games as the White Sox topped the Cleveland Indians S >3 in a suspended game and 4-0 in a regularly scheduled game. "The easier you throw the knuckler the harder it is to hit." Compiles Great Record Because of that combination of circumstances, Wood has compiled a 134 record in the White Sox' first 40 games this season. He has scored half of the White Sot' 26 victories, worked 131 2-3 tarings and pitched four shutouts and nine complete games. That performance spread over a full season would make Wilbur a 52-game winner, give Mm S24 innings pitched, 16 shutouts and 36 complete games. Wood developed his knuckler as a high school pitcher in Cambridge but didn't become exclusively a knuckleball pitcher until 1967 when he joined the White Sox and met Hoyt Wilhelm. By that time he had won a total of one game in three &#ster-Mall • SPORTS •t Galesburg, ni., Tuesday, May 29, 1973 Page II trials with the Beaton Red Sox and two witn tne fittsuurgii Pirates. "I figured I wasn't making much of an impression on anybody and I was thinking of quitting," says Wood "So I had to listen when a knuckleball expert like Wilheim told me the pitch could make me a success. It took some soul- searching hut I decided to bet my career on me NUCKRT. "Wiiieam gave toe one warning," Wilbur adds. "Me said to tnrow wowing out nucuers ne* cause the hitters would be waiting for any other pitch." Ufa Hfaei rucMt Wood became an immediate success as a relief pitcher — a fact he somewhat testily reminds interviewers who imply he was a nobody until 1171 — but he received little recognition because ttfc White Sox were one of the weakest teams in the league and interest in baseball on Chicago's South Side was at a low level. "I feel I was as good a pitcher then as I am now," he says. "In fact, relieving in 73 to 81 games in a season is harder than working in a regular starting rotation with two days of rest." Wood became a starter in May, 1971, when White Sox Manager Chuck Tanner and the pitching coach, Johnny Sain, decided he had the best equipment on the staff. Wood went on to post a 22*13 record in 334 innings in 1971 and a 24-17 mark in 377 innings in 1972. Wood's 377 innings in 1972 were the most pitched by an AL pitcher since 1912. Why don't other pitchers follow Wood's lead and become knuckleball pitchers? "ft Isn't that easy," e* Wilbur. "For one thing, league scouts are looking exenj- sivety For MM! pitchers when they scM higfit sshoof pitchers because 1 fiiey mink they" can teach prospect freaklng^pitch* es later 1ft their careers. "The fcrottole is that a pitcher who experiments with the knuckler in big league games can have a couple of poor outings and be forgotten in favor of fastball pitchers on the same staff. And some fellows think it too risky to put all their faith in one pitch." You won't find many such fellows wearing White Sox uniforms these days. Purchase Of t $ah Diego Awaits Okay Major League Standings By United Press International National League American League East g.b. WASHINGTON seph Danzansky, a Chicago New York Pittsburgh Montreal Philadelphia St. Louis (UPI) - Jo- Washington food' store executive who purchased the San Diego PacTres for $12 million over the weekend, has cautioned Washington baseball fans to ««--'- '•' ' nflor yno I San Francisco Los Angeles Houston Cincinnati Atlanta San Diego Monday's Results Pittsburgh 4 Houston 2 Cincinnati 6 Chicago 5 news conference Mon-jsan Fran 6 New York 5 save their, excitement until after the National League has approved the "transfer to the Nation's CaaijaJ. ''This is not quite a celebration, it's more of a prayer meeting," he said. "It's not all wrapped up yet ... we 've still j got that hurdle to cross." j At dasj 'Panzansky said he was "extremely confident" that the league would approve the deal ,ancf.'allow Washington to end its , two-year baseball famine. The old Washington Senators vacated the area in 1972 after owner .Bob Short moved the club to Arlington, Tex. « Danzansky, investment specialist Marvin Willig and Dr. Robert Schattner said they are financing the purchase, largest in baseball history, through a consortium of three Washington 'banks. Asked why he paid so much for a team that has finished last, 1 'every yeaT since its inception in 1969, Danzansky replied, "We were convinced that that was the only price that would bring a baseball club back to Washington." , Danzansky made a determined but unsuccessful bid to •buy -the old Senators from Short .in ,1971, stressing that Short, a native of Minnesota, was not attuned to the wants of Washington area sports fans. ! On the matter of what the new . club will be called, Danzansky ruled out resurrecting the old "Senators" moniker. w. I. 27 18 20 21 18 20 18 21 19 25 17 24 West w. 1. 31 19 28 19 23 20 26 19 17 27 16 32 pet. .600 .488 .474 .462 .432 .415 i Detroit - jNew York 5 I Baltimore 5 Milwaukee g | Boston 1 Cleveland 8 ! pet g.b .621 .596 Hi .583 2 .578 2 l k .386 11 .333 14 St. Louis 3 Atlanta 2 Los Ang 5 Philadelphia 1 Montreal 7 San Diego 6 Today's Probable Pitchers (All Times EDT) Houston (Reuss 6-1) at Chicago (Reuschel 4-3), 2:30 p.m. Atlanta (Morton 4-3) at Pittsburgh (Walker 1-2), 8 p.m. Cincinnati (Carroll 1-3) at St. Louis (Spinks 0-4), 9 p.m. Philadelphia (Brett 3-1) at Los Angeles (John 3-2), 11 p.m. New York (Seaver 5-3) at San Francisco (Ban* 4-5), 11 p.m. (Only games scheduled) East w. I. pet. 24 20 .545 22 22 .500 18 20 .474 19 23 .452 18 22 .450 19 25 .432 West w. 1. pet. Chicago 26 14 .650 California 23 18 .561 Kansas City 26 21 .553 Minnesota 22 19 .537 Oakland 23 22 .511 Texas 13 27 .325 Monday's Results Minnesota 10 Baltimore 3 California 7 Milwaukee 4 Tex at New York, ppd., rain Kansas City 5 Boston 4 Detroit 4 Oakland 3 Chi 6 Cleve 3, sus game Chi 4 Cleve 0, reg game Today's Probable Pitchers (Afi Times EDT) California (Ryan 6-4) at Boston (Lee 4-1), 7:30 p.m. Oakland (Blue 3-2) at New York (Peterson 3-6), 7:30 p.m. Cleveland (Tidrow 4-5) at Texas (Broberg 0-4), 8:30 p.m. Baltimore (Palmer 4-3) at Kansas City (Splittorff 7-2), 8:30 p.m. Minnesota (Blyleven 5*6) at Milwaukee (Slaton 2-3), 8:30 p.m. Detroit (Lolich 3-5) at Chicago (Fisher 4-3), 9 p.m. Messersmith Is Key for Dodgers Ball of Fire Major League Leaders Huge ball of fire covers the track as the car of Salt Walther spins across the main stretch after hitting the outside wall just as the field of 32 cars began the first lap of the Indianapolis 500 Monday. Nine cars were involved in the chain-reaction accident; Walther is in serious condition with burns and multiple injuries. The race was stopped and rescheduled for this morning. UNIFAX Mild TOMORROW Time to Insulate WHITE'S '." 1 PHONE M2-0185 American League g- ab r. h. pet. Blmbrg, NY 30 91 14 36 .3% Kkptk, KC 37 138 29 51 .370 Hart, NY 27 96 12 32 .333 Fisk, Bos 33 137 20 45 .328 Suarez, Tex 25 77 11 25 .325 Brawn, Min 36 121 24 39 .322 Kelly, Chi 29 112 21 36 .321 D.Allen, Chi 40 147 27 46 .313 Munsn, NY 43 151 21 47 .311 Hndrsn, Chi 36 135 21 42 .311 IFairly, Mtl Santo, Chi Lopes, LA Goodsn, SF Torre, St.L Mota, LA 35 42 36 39 34 31 106 14 36 152 23 51 125 18 42 135 15 45 120 15 40 109 12 36 .340 .336 .336 .333 .333 .330 Drivers, Spectators Hurt In 'False Start' at Indy Leading Batters National League Home Runs National League: Aaron, 13; Stargell, Pitt 12; Evans, Ail, Bench, Cin, Wynn, Hou, ill. g- ab r. h. pet. Maddox, SF 37 138 16 50 .362 Watsn, Hou 48 171 35 60 .351 Mafnws, SF 42 127 29 44 .346 Cash, Pit 30 128 22 44 .344 Before you have a lawsuit 53K broken leg can cost you plenty — especially, if it's some- oiflrrlse's leg, and the judge says it's your fault. You could d for a wagonload of money. Better talk to a pro. An ndent insurance agent. That's us. "j ^There is no substitute for professional know-how when you-seed insurance for your home, car or business. As in- d«$|fident agents — as pros — we can help you avoid costly rnjjfajkes. Vou see, we represent several outstanding com- p|pjs. So we can help you choose the policy that's best for wu J ^UJmtael us soon — before there's a slip-up. Dick Williams TELEPHONE 343-5104 SANBORN INSURANCE AGENCY HOMf SAVINGS BUILPINO • P. 0. SOX III 0AUSRUIQ. SLLINOIS «U01 American League: Mayberry, KC 13; D. Allen, Chi, Duncan, Clev and May, Mil 10; Melton, Chi, Spikes, Clev, Murcer, NY and Tenace, Oak 9. Runs Batted In National League: Bench, Cin and Ferguson, LA 37; Watson, Hou, Bonds and Speier, SF 32. American League: Mayberry, KC 47; Melton, Chi 34; Murcer, NY and Jackson, Oak 32; Yastrzemski, Bos, Robinson, Cal and Spikes, Clev 27. Pitching National League: Billingham, Cin 7-1; Bryant, SF 7-3; Reuss, Hou 6-1; Wise, St.L «-2; Sutton, LA 6-3; Marichal, SF 6-4. American League: Wood, Chi 13-3; Holtzman, Oak 9-2; Coleman, Det 9-3; Singer, Car 82; Splittorff, KC 7-2; Stottlemyre, NY 7-4. By ED SAINSBURY UPI Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (UPI) Ati — One driver, 25 j year-old David "Salt" Walther, was in serious condition, two others suffered lesser injuries and a dozen spectators were left burned or bruised today in the oifitermath cf a spectacular, flaming 10-car crackup which marred the 500 mile auto race that will have to be started all over again today. The crash occurred near the foot of the home stretch—about 300 yards past the starting line —seconds after the starting flag was waved Monday, causing the race to be stopped virtually before it began. The drivers already gunned their engines up to 130 miles per hour when the crash occurred, and several of drivers were critical of start. Walther suffered multiple ... 14 L ... , , I burns, a fractured left wrist Another attempt will be made land a possib | e back in j ury . at 10 a.m. EDT today to run| Four se p ara te showers finally the race its full distance, but washed out the race, the last forecasters predicted nightlong' coming after the .pileup. The rains, perhaps heavy enough to causa another delay. Eight of the injured specta tors were sent to downtown Methodist Hospital for treatment including Sue Rankin, 15, of Wingate, Ind., who was in serious condition with multiple burns. Two others, Diana Dasey, 14, also of Wingate, and David Keller, 38, of Perrysville, Ind., had "definite eye burns which might be visually serious," physicians said. HEY! BOWLERS The Popular Summir Combination Sweepstakes Tournament For MEN A WOMEN STARTS FRIDAY, JUNE 1 Bring Your Partner and Join In The Funl Bowl No-Tap, 3-6-9, Scotch Doubles, Regular Game FIRST SHIFr STARTS 8 P.M. PAY OFF EACH NIGHT Make The Combination Sweepstakes A Regular Friday Night Habit This Summer NORTHGATE LANES OPEN BOWLING DAILY STARTING AT 1:00 P.M. 1576 N. Henderson St. Galesburg, III. earlier postponements delayed the start 4 hours 4 minutes. would move up to fill any gaps in the lineup of 11 rows of three cars each. "I don't know what triggered the accident," Fengler said. "We had a good start. I'll have to see the film to find out had j what happened.'' But Fengler's opinion was contradicted by several drivers. ^"It was the most ragged start 'I've seen here," one said. "Cars were staggered all over. It was closed up tremendously. People were everywhere." Starter Pat Vidan backed up Fengler with the comment, "It looked all right to me. It could very well have been a mechanical failure." It happened that Walther's By FRED McMANE UPI Sports Writer Andy Messersmith who along with Ken McMullen was traded last winter to the Los Angeles Dodgers for superstar Frank Robinson, infielders Billy Gra- barkewitz and Bobby Valentine and pitchers Bill Singer and Mike Strahler by the California Angels, may be ready to start paying dividends. The 27-year-old righthander turned in His finest game of the season Monday night when he pitched the Dodgers to a 5-1 triumph over the Philadelphia Phillies. He allowed only seven hits and struck out 12, including a major league record six in a row at the start of the game. He joined American Leaguers Bert Blyleven, Ray Culp and John Hiller as the only pitchers ever to have accomplished that feat. The victory was Messersmith's fifth but it was the first time he had demonstrated the overpowering stuff he had when he was a 20-game winner with the Angels. "I've been trying a lot of things lately," said Messersmith, who has not been pleased with his recent performances. "The way I've been pitching I was iucky to win four. Tonight I came more over the top. (Chris) Cannizzaro warmed me up tonight and when he saw the overhand he said, 'that's it.' " Messersmith was aided by back-to-back home runs by Willie Crawford and Cey in the fourth and a spectacular catch by centerfielder Willie Davis, who took a three-run homer away from Willie Montanez in the seventh. In other NL games, Montreal 'beat San Diego, 7-6, St. Louis 'edged Atlanta, 3-2, Cincinnati nipped Chicago, 6-5, San Francisco topped New York, 6-5, and Pittsburgh downed Houston, 4-2. Wilbur Wood won both games as Chicago took the conclusion of a suspended game from The cars of all the favorites oar > in * e mi ddle of the sixth escaped damage since they had reached the turn before the collision occurred. Thus pole winner Johnny Rutherford, Al and Bobby Unser, Gary Bettenhausen, Mario Andretti, Gordon Johncock, Swede Savage and last year's winner, Mark Donohue, wore rated the most likely contenders for victory and a possible speed record today. Questionable starters were the cars of Lee Kunzman, John Martin and David Hobbs, but it was believed Mike Mosley, Wally Dallenbach, Mike Hiss, Dick Simon, Jim McElreath and Jerry Grant would be ready. Their cars also were ! involved in the accident. Usual Flying Start j Chief steward Harlan Fen- Igler, who said the usual flying ; start would be used, said cars row, veered to the right, struck the wall in a burst of flame, bounced back onto the track and was struck by at least one other car, creating bedlam. 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Ron Fairly also homered for Montreal while pitcher Mike Corkins homered for the Padres. Granger Preserves Victory Wayne Granger put out a ninth-inning rally to preserve the Cardinals' victory over Atlanta. He took over from reliever Rich Folkers. with the bases loaded and none out and, after giving up a two-run single to Dusty Baker, retired three batters in a row to preserve starter Rick Wise's sixth triumph in eight decisions. Wise's run-scoring hit in the eighth proved to he the winning run. t Joe Morgan's one-out single in the''last of the ninth scored Darrel Chaney with the run that enabled the Reds to beat Chicago. Morgan's hit, which bounced off first baseman Pat Borque's glove, was hotly contested by Cubs' Manager Whitey Lockman, who claimed that the ball was foul. Bourque and Billy Williams hit home runs for the Cubs. Bobby Bonds led off the game with a homer and also singled home a run during a four-run second inning to spark' the Giants over New York. 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