Daily Independent Journal from San Rafael, California on April 12, 1975 · Page 11
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Daily Independent Journal from San Rafael, California · Page 11

San Rafael, California
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Saturday, April 12, 1975
Page 11
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ANATOMY OF AN 'OUT' AT THIRD BASE Terra Linda High School third baseman Gordy Hodgson stepped across the bag for a forceout and then dodged sliding Redwood runner Jim Connor yesterday in the second inning at Larkspur. Redwood, behind pitcher Ed Andersen’s three-hitter, won, 3-1. See story page 13. (Photo by Alfred M Am) Nicklaus Tretty Hard To Catch^ AUGUSTA, Ga. (UPI) — Jack .\icWaus has demolished the entire .Masters field and now the only question left is whether he’ll beat himself. It’s virtually certain no one else is going to if he keeps playing today and tomorrow the way he did in the first two rounds when he got off to the fastest start of anybody in Masters’ history'. Nicklaus moved into a commanding five-stroke lead at the midway point of the tournament yesterday by putting together a 68-67-135, nine strokes under par and the lowest score ever posted here for the first two rounds. And, to quote Tom Watson, one of three distance runnersup: “It looks like Jack is going to be pretty- hard to catch” Nicklaus. also a winner in his last two tournament outings previous to this one, (Doral and Heritage), turned what had been shaping up as a pretty good battle into a rout yesterday when he rang up four birdies in a five-hole span on the back nine. He was six strokes ahead before he suffered his first bogey of the tournament on the final hole. “I’ve had five stroke leads before and let them get away,’’ said Nicklaus. That happened in his last tournament, the Heritage Classic, when he led by six after two rounds and fell back into a tie with Tom Weiskopf the next day. “When I won here in 1972,1 had several five-shot leads and gave them right back,’’ said Nicklaus. “In 1966,1 was that far behind, and won.’’ major But just about everyone else appeared ready to concede Nicklaus his record fifth Masters title and his 15th championship right now. “Of course, you never know about a golf tournament, but I’ve got to believe he’s going to win,’’ said Jerry Heard, his Friday playing partner. Watson, making his first Masters appearance as a pro, was in a tie for second with Arnold Palmer, only other man to win here four times, and Billy Casper, the 1970 champ But those watching the final two rounds on TV today a.id tomorrow won’t see Lee Elder. Elder, first black to play in the Masters, lasted only two days, failing to qualify with his 74-78-152. “I enjoyed it,’’ Elder said cheerfully. Looking At Giant Leftys ON BASEBALL By GARY HUGHES McDowell, Bryant, Falcone, Knepper the New York season’s hectic Today’s discourse concerns a universally maligned minority, the left-handed pitcher. I will limit my remarks only to those who have labored for the Giants in the past, at present or in the future. In his brief history with the San Francisco ball club, Sam McDowell did nothing to distinguish himself on the field. Off the field, it was a different story. THE DAY he arrived at the Giants spring training camp, McDowell was drunk. During his condensed stay in Horace Stoneham’s employ, he seldom attempted to avoid the opportunity to have a drink. Stories of him being locked out of the BASEBALL STANDINGS AMERICAN LEAGUE West NATIONAL LEAGUE West W L Pet. Cincinnati 31,750 Atlanta2 2 .500 Houston2 2 .500 San Francisco 1 1.500 Los Angeles 11 .500 San Diego 1 East 3 .250 WL Pet. Pittsburgh 2 0 1.000 St. Louis 31.750 Chicago 11 .500 New York12.333 Philadelphia12 .333 Montreal 13,250 Yesferday’s Ke«tiltK Pittsburgh 4. New York 3 Chicago 2, Montreal 1 Atlanta 4, San Francisco 2 St. Louis 6, Philadelphia 3 Ix)S Angeles 7.Houston 0 San Diego 5. Cincinnati 2 Today’s Games GB WLPet. GB Oakland3 1 .750 — 1 California 2 1 .667 '/2 1 Kansas City 2 1 .667 ‘/2 1 Minnesota 2 2.500*2 1 Chicago 1 3.2502 2 Texas 1 East 3 .250 2 GB W LPet. GB Boston 2 1.667 — Milwaukee21 .667 — 1 P/2 1 1/k Baltimore 1 1.500 Vz Cleveland 11 .500'/2 Detroit11 .500 •/2 1 72 9 New York02 .000 IV 2 St. I.oui.s (Gib.sun IM.'I) at Philadelphia (Carlton ItLlHi Montreal (.Mc.Naily 16-10) at Chicaxo (Ho*>ten 711). Atlanta (Niekro 20-13) at San Francisco (DAcquisto 12-14) Los Anxeles i.Marichal 5-1) at Houston (Dierker 11-10) Cincinnati (Nolan 04)) at San Diego (McIntosh (M) (Only games scheduled) Tomorrow's Games St. Louis at Philadelphia New York at Pittsburgh Montreal at Chicago Los Angeles at Houston Atlanta at San Francisco Cincinnati at San Diego Yesterday’s Results Boston 6, Baltimore 5. 12 innings lX*troit 5. .New York 3 Milwaukee 6, Cleveland 2 Kansas City 8. Minnesota 3 Oakland 7, Texas 5 Calilornia 5. Chicago 0 Today’s Games Oakland (Blue 17-15) at Texas (Jenkins 2.V12) Boston (Cleveland 12-14) at Baltimore (Grimsley 1X13) Detroit (Ruhle 2-0) at .New York (Dobson 10-15) Cleveland (G. Perry 21-13) at Milwaeicee (Slaton 13-16) Minnesota (Blyleven 17-17) at Kansas City (Bnles 5-7) Chicago (Wood 20-19) at California (Has- •sler 7 11) Tomorrow’s Games Detroit at New York, 2 Boston at Baltimore Minnesota at Kansas City Cleveland at Milwaukee Oakland at Texas Clucago at Caliiomia team’s hotel on the road, or in an inebriated state threatening to fight anyone in sight, quickly were being passed from team to team. The Giants unloaded Sam to nfankees. In the middle of last pennant race he quit the team. This winter, McDowell publicly admitted to his problems. He joined Alcoholics Anonymous and asked for a chance to make the Pittsburgh Pirate ball club. His Florida exhibition games were outstanding. He has made the Pirates and is winning the battle against his own worst enemy. RON BRYANT retired last Friday.' In his closing weeks he too admitted to a more than casual acquaintance with the cocktail glass. In addition he has, at the age of 27, been through a bankruptcy, a divorce and last year a 3 win, 15 loss season. In the middle of all the Ron Bryant had one season where he was the best pitcher in the National League. Some say he was simply the luckiest. Last year, Ron was seen in a Lake Tahoe casino at 4 a.m. That was the good news. The bad news was that the Giants had a doubleheader at noon the same day. Bryant pitched and was shelled. During his 24-win season, Ron hadn’t beaten Cincinnati all year. Late in the season he got his last start against them in a day game at Candlestick. He prepared for this chance by drinking and playing cards until 6 a.m. He struggled for six innings, came out with a lead and got the win. His fellow card players were crushed. They had bet against him. Ron has quit drinking and he remarried his wife. He is one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet. He deserves happiness, success and peace of mind. ANOTHER LEFTY, Pete Falcone, is about to make his National League debut. He got this opportunity because yet another southpaw Bob Knepper, caught the flu in spring training. Knepper is from Calistoga. He was heavily scouted in high school. Many teams were present at a game he pitched in Davis when he did a poor job. The Giants however were still interested and sent a scout up to St. Helena to watch Knepper again. He stuck out 22 in a nine-inning game. The Giants drafted him in the second round, signed aim to a bonus and watched him win 20 games last year at Fresno. McDowell, Bryant, Falcone and Knepper. All left-handed pitchers, all looking hopefully to the future. And, oh yes, one other. The scout who took Ihe long drive up to St. Helena. One of the greatest left-handers of all time — Carl Hubbell. “I just hope I get a chance to come back next year and do better” Lee Trevino, who has long claimed that he can’t play the Augusta Nationatl because he doesn’t hook the ball, missed a chance to tie for second by bogeying the final hole. That’s the same place Watson lost sole possession of second place. His bogey put Trevino at 3- under 141 and tied him with first-round leader Bobby Nichols, Homero Blancas, Pat Fitzsimons, J.C. Snead and Weiskopf. Through 27 holes, Nicklaus was only- one stroke ahead of Palmer, Nichols and Weiskopf. But the others ran into bogey trouble while Nicklaus went on liis birdie tear. Only 16 of the 76 starters broke par for 36 holes. Bob Murphy, Rod Curl, Bud .Allin and Bruce Devlin were at 2 under and Ben Crenshaw and Allen Miller, who started yesterday’s round tied with Nicklaus for second — 1 stroke behind Nichols, were 1 under. It took 4-over-par 148 to qualify for the final two rounds and the field was cut to just 46 players. Sam Snead, who will be 63 next month, probably would have made the cut since he was only one over through 27 holes, but had to withdraw because of a back injury. Defending champion Gary Player was 11 strokes off Nicklaus’ pace and so was Johnny Miller, the young man who has challenged Nicklaus’ claim to “best golfer in the world’’ by winning 11 tournaments and more than $450,000 the past 15 months. Bockhous Upset At Nationals CINCINNATI - San Rafael High School graduate Robin Backhaus lost his 200-yard butterfly crown to a high school senior in yesterday’s biggest upset at the National Amateur Athletic Union short course swimming championships. Backhaus, now at the University of Washington, was beaten by two tenths of a second by Greg Jagenburgh of Newton Square, Pa. Jagenburgh was clocked in 1:47.2. In other action yesterday, the Marin Aquatic Club women’s 800-yard freestyle relay team of Jo Hislop, Maura Campion, Shawn Houghton and Cary Backhaus clocked a 7:35.4 to finish fifth. The effort, led by Miss Campion’s 1:51.9 split, was 11 seconds better than the team’s previous best time, and lifted the MAC girls into 14th place in the standings after the third day of the meet. Marin has 45 points, and is five points out of eighth place. Other Marin swimmers who placed were Julie Waters, 14th in the women’s 100 backstroke at 1:00.0, and Art Morrill, 14th in the men’s 200 breaststroke at 2:09.1. Four more American records fell in yesterday’s action, and Valerie Lee of Mission Viejo, Calif., had a part in two of See SWIM, page) 12 I Lyons No-Hits Marin Catholic San Marin Pitcher's Gem Not Artistic; Wins 6-2. On a day that saw a four-hitter, a three-hitter and a two-hitter elsewhere in the Marin County Athletic League, Rod Lyons of San Marin High School stole the spotlight with the first no-hitter of the season. (Other prep baseball stories on page 13.) Twice last year Lyons threw no-hitters for the Mustangs’ junior varsity, and yesterday he did it for the parent club in a 6-2 victory over Marin Catholic at San Marin. It wasn’t the most artistic no-hitter, as the score would indicate, but the senior left-hander finished with a flourish, setting down the final 15 batters. Marin Catholic’s first run came on a sacrifice fly by Tim Hurley to score Kevin Clyde, who had opened the first inning with a walk. The other run was scored by pinch runner Bill Hogan in the third when shortstop Bill Parmenter misplayed Jeff Knotts’ ground ball. Parmenter atoned for his error by leading the Mustangs’ attack with a run- scoring single and a sacrifice fly. Tim Wilson added a pair of singles, Chris Purdy drove in a run with a double, and Bill Olson drove in two with a single. Marin Catholic (0-3) lOl 000 0—2 0 3 .San Marín (2-11 031 002 x—6 5 1 Ryan. B Yetter iG> and Pelray J. Yetter (6i, Lyons and Purdy L — Ryan 2B — Purdy Satuf(jay, April 12, 1975 Jjni)rprnòcnt-3Jountal. 11 Martin Fires Up A's Higher Than Pep Talk ARLINGTON. Tex. (AP) - All that talk by Texas Ranger manager Billy Martin about dethroning world champion Oakland has fired up the A’s higher than a pep talk from team leader Reggie Jackson. “The team is up for this series,’’ said Jackson, who ripped a 410-foot homer last night in Oakland’s 7-5 victory over the Rangers. “We get up for the good clubs," chimed in Joe Rudi, who hit a three-run triple in a climatic four-run seventh inning. Martin predicted before the season started that the loss of Jim Hunter would be a fatal blow to the A’s. Two Rangers errors contributed to two Oakland runs in the third inning after Jackson’s towering homer. Texas tied the score 3-3 with single runs in the first inning on Jeff Burrough’s run-scoring ground out, a second-inning homer by Toby Harrah, and a homer by Burroughs in the bottom of the sixth. Ranger starter Bill Hands blew a potential double play grounder in the seventh to set in motion the winning Oakland rally. Hands threw wild at second to give the A’s life, then they cashed in on an RBI single by Claudell Washington and Rudi’sthree-run triple. See A’s box score on inside page. Murcer Impresses Giant Fans, Capra With Effort In Opener SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bobby Murcer put on a great show in his first game with the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park. As pitcher Buzz Capra, one of the Atlanta Braves’ show-stoppers put it: “I’d never faced him before and I wanted to see what he could do. He showed me” The Giants’ new right fielder, acquired in the off-season trade of Bobby Bonds to the New York Yankees, had a double and a triple batting and made a sensational running catch in yesterday’s 4-2 loss to the Braves. Murcer walked and scored in the seventh inning, when the Giants scratched out a run against Capra to tie the score at 2-2, but Darrell Evans won it for Atlanta in the top of the eighth with a two-run home run off pitcher Mike Caldwell. Capra, in his first start of the season, went the distance and allowed only three hits. Murcer drew the loudest cheer from the 17,649 Giants’ fans during the player introductions before the Candlestick opener and said later. “I appreciated it” He^ showed it immediately, robbing Mike Lum of an extra base in the top of the first inning with a catch that sent him crashing into the outfield fence. In the bottom of the inning. Murcer doubled to score Gary Thomasson from first base. AllanU Garr If Percf 2b F:van? 3b Lum Ib Baker rf Office cf (-'orrell c Blanks ss Capra p ab r ab b bi 0 )) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (I 0 0 111 San Francisco 0 Maddox cf 0 Thomas 2b 2 Thomas&on lb 0 Murcer rf 2 Matthews If 0 Speier ss 0 Ontiveros 3b 0 Rader c 0 l.avelle p CaldweU p Hill C 10 0 0 4 Totals 29 2 3 2 10(1 001 020— 4 100 00» too— 2 DP San Francisco I LOB-AUanta 5. San Francisco 4 2B-Ottice. Murcer 3B Murcer HR Baker (1), Evans (1) S-Perez. Speier ip h r er bb so Capra WIO 932234 Caidw'ell LO-1 7h lu 4 4 0 0 LaveUe 1«^ 1 0 0 0 0 T156 A 17.649 Totals Atlanta Kan F'rancisco 33 II Shoreline instead of property line. When you own a condominium home at Shelter Bay, your front yard changes with the tide. Because the homes are down over the water on the edge of Richardson Bay in Southern Marin. A pretty nifty feature. There are some other nifty features to owning a home at Shelter Bay. One. No sky-high rents to pay, or a landlord to raise them sky-higher. Two. You own your own home with all its Marin County potential for appreciation. Three. Every monthly mortgage payment builds up your equity in your home, and the interest payments on your home loan can be a tax deduction for you. Four. No fuss, no bother —all grounds and landscaping are kept shipshape for you. Five. The heated swimming pool. Six. The tennis court. Come take a look at the stunning condominium homes now for sale at Shelter Bay. (From S45,000 to over $70,000.) Our shoreline k, a pretty beautiful property line. @ Shelter Bay (Take Hw’y. 101 north from the Golden Gate Bridge. Exit at Seminary Road. Follow the frontage road to the right, under the freeway, to Shelter Bay.) (415)388-6668

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