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Monday, June 18, 1973
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er's Fi in By FRANK SERROPEC OAKMONT, Pa. (UPI) They *w6re still' talking today abouftohnny Miller's remarkable finish. They were saying It not only ranked with the greatest fin|shes in the U.S. Open, but alio']'alongside some of the other" great ones in sports histbty. poftby Thomson's miracle hoinf run for the New York Giants in 1951...Johnny Unitas leading the Baltimore Colts to victory in 1958 in football's first sud'den death...the 1972 Olympic basketball final between Russia and , the United States at Munich. J6e!;bey, commissioner of the PGrX's Tournament Players Division, put it this way: "I don't know that there ever has been a greater finish, except perhaps Gene Sarazen's great charge at Ffesh Meadow (L.I.) in 1932 -when he played the last 28 holes in 100 shots (and won the Open by three). "Miller's finish was really unbelievable," Dey said. Set Oakmont Record P.J. Boatwright, executive director of the U.S. Golf Association, said, "I still can't believe it" after Miller had posted an eight-under-par 63 Sunday to win the 73rd U.S. Open championship at the Oakmont Country Club and earn $35,000. Miller conquered Oakmont in the final round and broke the all-time Open and Oakmont 18- hole records in the process. His five-under^par 279 total for 72 holes was fdur strokes better than anyone ever had done before at Oakmont. in his record-shattering performance, Miller, 26, of San Francisco, had to pass Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player? Julius, Boros and others. He was six strokes off the pace when he teed off for the final round, He then birdied the first four holes and "I was sky high and I said 'okay baby, let's go.'" Miller picked up five more birdies and a bogey during his phenomenal round, then waited in the clubhouse while the players on the course attempted to overtake him. They never did. John Schlee, an astrology buff who said his Register -Mail SPORTS Galesburg, 111, June 18, IMS Monday, Page 18 horoscope told him he was In "a lunar high point" and would do well in the Open, had the best chance but never quite made it. Palmer Expressed Shock Schlee shot a final round 70 for a 280 total and second place money of $18,000. Tom Weiskopf finished third with a 70 and a 281 total and joked after successive back, to back wins, in the previous two •weeks that "I'm not used to finishing third." In a three-way tie f6f fourth place at 282 were Palmer, who had a final round 72; Jack Nicklaus, who had a 68 Sunday, and Lee Trevino, with a 70. Soros, Lanny Wadkins and Jerry Heard were another stroke back at 283, matching the best previous 72-hole score ever recorded at Oakmont. The total of nine sub-par scores for the tournament tied the all-time Open record. Palmer, shooting for a second Open championship, said he was "shocked" when he stood on the tee at the 12th hole and saw that Miller was five shots under par and leading the tournament. "I had no idea, I thought I was in complete command," Palmer said. "I didn't have the slightest notion of what was going on." Palmer then proceeded to bogey the next three holes to blow his chance. Miller Was Super*Nervous Nicklaus came into this tournament highly favored to win his fourth Open championship and a record-breaking 14th major title. But he came up too late with too little, when he knocked in birdie putts at the 16th and 17th holes. Miller is No. 7 on the tournament money list for 1973 and had finished in the top 10 in eight of the last 17 tournaments. But before Sunday, the closest he came to winning a major championship was in the 1971 Masters. Miller admitted that during his round he had "choked" but that he kept telling himself to "keep cool, keep cool, don't let the gallery get you excited. "Today I was so pumped up, I was super-nervous," he said. "I can honestly say I gagged on those putts on seven and eight. "One thing I kept in my head out there all day. 'Don't shank,' I was thinking. I was thinking that on almost every iron shot. I know that's bad thinking, but I couldn't help it. "It was always up' there in my mind." Gary Player, who led the tournament aft'er 36 holes, shot a 73 Sunday for a 287 total. He said he was going home to South Africa and work on his golf game for about a month. Los Angeles Boasts Slim Lead in West By VITO STELLINO UPI Sports Writer C^iitious Walt Alston, who's been;.'involved in more pennant races, than he'd like to remember, keeps it all in .perspective. "A7.'.'half-game lead doesn't make much difference early in the season," the conservative Los Angeles Dodg ers' manager cautioned Sun day after his surprising youngsters moved into first place in the National League's Western Division with an Major League Standings 1 National League v East w. I. pet. g.b. Chicago 38 26 .594 — Montreal 29 27 .518 5 New-York 28 29 .491 6V 2 St. Louis 29 31 .483 7 Pittsburgh 25 32 .439 9& Philadelphia 26.35 .426 10% ; West : w. 1. pet. g.b. 39 25 40 27 36 30 34 29 28 36 20 45 pet. .609 .597 .545 .540 .438 .308 g.b. 4 11 19% .Lo,s -Angeles San .Francisco Houston Cincinnati Atlanta Sari ; Diego Saturday's Results Los" Angeles 6 Montreal 3, inn., tarn Pittsburgh 5 Cincinnati 0, Chicago 4 Atlanta 3, Philadelphia 5 Sain Francisco 4 NewYork 10 San Diego 2, St. Louis 5 Houston 3, . . .'Sunday's Results Cincinnati 3 Pittsburgh 1, 1st Cincinnati 5 Pittsburgh 1, 2nd Philadelphia 11 San Francisco 7 Chicago 9 Atlanta 3, 1st Atlanta 8 Chicago 5, 2nd New;York 3 San Diego 1 Los : Angeles 3 Montreal 2, 12 innings Hous|qn 7 St. Louis 3 Today's Probable Pitchers ^' All Times EDT New York (McAndrew 3-4) at Philadelphia (Brett 5-2), 7:30 P . m ,i i. Chicago (Jenkins 7-5) at Pittsburgh (Ellis 5-7), 8 p.m. Montreal (Moore 4-5) at St. Louis (Wise 8-3), 8:15 p.m. Atlanta (Reed 4-7) at Los Angeles (Messersmith 5-6), 11 p.m."" (only games scheduled) ^ ^Tuesday's Games Ncwj^rk at Philadelphia.night Chicago at Pittsburgh, 2, twi Montreal at St. Louis.night Los Angeles, night Houston at San Diego, night Cincinnati at San Francisco, nighf" American League East w. I. pet. Milwaukee 33 27 .550 Baltimore 30 26 .536 New York 33 30 .524 Detroit . 31 29 .517 Boston 28 30 .483 Cleveland 22 40 .355 West w. 1. pet. g.b, 32 25 32 26 36 30 33 30 ,524 31 29 .517 19 38 .333 this iexciting, 3-2 12-inning marathon against the Montreal Expos. Sure, it's only a half-game lead over the fading San Francisco Giants, who are swooning—as usual—in June. But that's enough to make the Dodgers, who weren't expected to be a contender, take themselves seriously. One of the excited players is Willie Crawford, whose only exposure to the World Series was a couple of pinch-hitting appearances back in 1965. "Nobody will catch us now," Crawford promised. "We. haven't even started yet and don't forget we have the best five starters in the league and best-relief pitching." 1 1% 2 4 12 pet. .561 .552 .545 2 13 Chicago Minnesota Kansas City Oakland California Texas Saturday's Results 6, Oakland 4 Boston 3 | Minnesota 5 Detroit 0 Kansas City 5 Cleveland 2', 11 inns Baltimore 9 Texas 1 California 5 New York 2 Milwaukee 4 Chicago 1, Vh inns, rain Sunday's Results Detroit 6 Minnesota 0 Milwaukee 15 Chicago 5 Baltimore 5 Texas 4, 16 innings Kansas City 6 Cleveland 3, 1st Kansas City 6 Cleveland 2, 2nd Boston 4 Oakland 2 California 8 New York 0, 1st New York 5 Oalifoirnia 1, 2nd Today's Probable Pitchers All Times EDT Texas (Broberg 3-5) at Minnesota (Hands 5-6). 2:15 p.m. Detroit (Peary 7-5) at Cleveland (Strom 2-6), 6 p.m. Boston (Culp 0-1) <at Milwaukee (Colbom 8-2), 8:30 p.m. California (May 5-6) at Chicago (Fisher 1-1), 8:15 p.m Lasorda Confident An- was Oakland (Hamilton 1-1) at Kansas City (Littell 0-0), 8:30 p.m. (only games scheduled). Tuesday's Games Oakland at Kansas City, night Texas at Minnesota, night Boston at Milwaukee, 2 twi Detroit at Cleveland, twi Baltimore at New York, night Major League Leaders Mota, LA Torre, St.L Mddx, SF Gdsn, SF Bonds, SF Wtsn, Hou Lopes, LA Unser, Phil llbnsn, Phil Santo, Chi Fairly, Mtl National League g. ab. r. h. pet. 41 137 17 47 .343 52 182 29 62 .341 53 205 24 69 .337 55 204 18 68 .333 67 272 65 90 .331 66 239 43 78 . 326 53 184 30 60 .326 47 138 21 45 .326 36 120 19 39 .325 59 213 33 67 .315 50 146 22 46 .315 American League * g. ab. r. h. pet. Blmbrg; NY 44 127 23 51 .402 Horton.iDet 33 122 19 44 .361 Carew.l.Min 57 222 42 75 .338 D.Allen; Chi 57 205 37 68 .332 Kelly, Chi 46 182 31 60 .330 K'ptrk, KC 53 195 32 63 .323 Hndrsn,- Chi 36 135 21 42 .311 May, Mil 60 244 35 74 . 303 Fisk, Bps 55 208 31 63 .303 LOOK UNDER THE BIG WD & WHITE AWNING ^DNESDAY NIGHT Four players tied with .302 Home Runs National League: Aaron, Atl and Stargell, Pitt 18; Bonds, SF 17; Evans, Atl 15; Monday, Chi 14. American League: Mayberry, KC 16; D. Allen, Chi 15, Fisk, Bos, Spikes, Clev and Jackson, Oak 13. Runs Batted In National League: Bench, Cin 53; Ferguson, LA 49; Bonds, SF 45; Stargell, Pitt 44; Williams, Chi 42. American League: Mayberry, KC 59; Jackson, Oak 54; Melton, Chi 45; Murcer, NY 41; Yastrzemski, Bos, D. Allen, Chi and Darwin, Minn 40. Pitching National League: Bryant, SF 11-3; Billingham, Cin 9-3; Osteen, LA and Wise, St.L 8-3; Reuschel, Chi, Sutton, LA and Seaver, NY 8-4. American League; Wood, Chi 14-7; Holtzman, Oak 11-5; Singer, Cal and Splittorff, KC 10-3; Coleman, Det 10-6. Tommy Lasorda, Los geles' third base coach, also quite confident. "We're where we're supposed to be—first place," he beamed. But the Dodgers needed the help of an error,.by Clyde Mashore of the Expos to pull out the win. With the score tied in the 12th, Von Joshua led off with a single off Mike Marshall and Bill Russell followed with another single to right. Mashore fired to third in an attempt to get Joshua but the ball skipped into the stands and Joshua scored the winning run. Jim Brewer worked 2 2-3 innings of one-hit relief for the Dodgers to pick up his third victory against one loss. Don Sutton and Mike Torrez pitched scoreless ball until Montreal's Bob Bailey singled in the game's first run in the eighth. Willie Davis singled in the tying run in the ninth for the Dodgers and each team scored in the 10th before Mashore's bad throw gave the Dodgers first place. In other National League games, Atlanta beat Chicago 85 but lost the second game 9-3, Houston downed St. Louis 7-3, Philadelphia dumped San Francisco 11-7, New York shaded San Diego 3-1, and Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh twice, 3-1 and 5-1. In the American League, Detroit blanked Minnesota 6-0, Milwaukee routed Chicago 15-5, Baltimore edged Texas 54 in 16 innings, Kansas City beat Cleveland twice 6-3 and 6-2, Boston topped Oakland 4-2 and California blanked New York 80 but lost the second game 5-1. Hodges' First Homer Willie Montanez- slammed a three-run homer, two doubles and a single to lead the Phillies to the victory that helped knock the Giants out of first. The Phils collected 16 hits. Dave Kingman hit a grand slam homer in the losing cause for '.he Giants off Steve Carlton, who gave up eight hits in 6 1-3 innings to get the win and even his record at 7-7. Rookie Ron Hodges' first major league homer snapped a l-l tie in the seventh inning and the Mets went on to beat San Diego for their fifth straight win. George Stone went 7 1-3 innings to get credit for the victory. Bill Greif took the loss. Bill Plummer and Johnny Bench highlighted a five-run third inning with two-run i doubles to give Cincinnati its! second burgh Double Win In Miller Wins Open Johnny Miller strides along on the Oakmont, of 63 on Sunday's final round to take the Pa., Country Club course during U. S. Open championship and first-place prize of $35,000. play Sunday. Miller, 26, set a course record UNIFAX By JOE SARGIS UPI Sports Writer BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (UPI) — "Steve Williams," said coach Jim Bush of national champion UCLA, "has talent he hasn't even tapped." Bush made his observation in the wake of Williams' double sprint victory during the weekend in the national AAU track and field championships. The double was the first in the nationals since Ray Norton turned the trick way back in I960. "A lot of fine sprinters have come up the road since Norton," Bush said, "but Sieve has a chance to make everyone forget their names in a hurry. He's really fantastic. There is no other way to describe this young man." Williaras, who starts at San Diego State this fall after transferring from UTEP, is only one of a flock of stars Bush will be taking to Europe in the weeks to come "for another; shot at the Germans and Russians." The tour starts in Toronto later this month, then moves on to Munich, Italy, Minsk and Dakar. ' The tour, as noted, includes meets against Canada, Italy and Senegal but only the ones in Munich and Minsk concern most of America's athletes. Wottle Moved Too Late Williams, a notoriously slow starter, lived up to his advance billing in both dashes. He was last out of the blocks in both and then came on in a burst to win, baking the 100 in 9.4 and Sox in Unexpected Slump CHICAGO (UPI) tedly, the Chicago are in a bad way because of an unexpected slump but manager Chuck Tanner is not going to push the panic button. The Sox, who lost to Milwaukee's red hot Brewers, 15-5, Sunday, have dropped six of their last 10 contests and are in first place in the American League's Western Division by a scant half game, "We are only playing .400 baseball and obviously cannot — Admit- proceed at that rate," Tanner|survived. Adversity is jiot new^ard so we White Sox sa »d- ito this team and we are notldown for 'It is now obvious that we,going to roll over and. die sim- are going to have to use everybody on the club and that means go with our entire pitching staff," he said. "We have gone with the best lineup possible every day, but apparently now it is not good enough. •'But, I am not going to make wholesale changes just because we happen to be in a slump. We have lost before, we have lost series before and we have ply because Milwaukee has become a hot team and we have become its immediate victim," In order to bolster his pitch ing staff, Tanner recalled Jim Geddes, a 24-year-old right nan der from the Iowa farm team To make room for Geddes, the Sox sent down Rich Gossage who was clubbed for a grand slam homerun for Joe LaHoud, "Rich has been trying too Jocelyne Bourassa Leader In Canadienne Golf Meet MONTREAL (UPI) — Joce-ifired a six under par 67. lyne Bourassa, hoping to win her first professional golf tournament, carries a one stroke lead today into the third and final round of the $50,000 La Canadienne Golf Championship. Miss Bourassa, who shot an even par 73 Sunday to give her a two day total of 141, has a one stroke advantage over Judy Rankin, who carded her second 71. In third place with two round totals of 143 are Carol Mann game win over Pitts- J and Jane Blaiock, followed byjRenee and a doubleheader Betsy Ha wis with 144, and second Miss Bourassa, who missed seven of the first PGA tournaments this year, said, "I'm starting to get my tempo back now and I'm ready for the final round. I want to win this one." If rain should wash out today's third round, as it did Saturday's second round, Miss Bourassa stands to win anyway since the $10,000 first prize money goes to the player with the best 36-hole score. Mary Dwyer Horner and Horner had a seven on the final hole to give her a four over par 77 for a two round total of 147, six strokes off the pace. Miss Powell has a 148. Miss Mann, who has become a crowd favorite despite the fact Quebec-born Miss Bourassa is the sentimental choice, told newsmen, "Under the circumstances I wasn't really unhappy with my (Sunday) round. I could have hit the ball better, but I may have overconcentrat ed on a few shots. I played Powell, who shared cautious and protective, just place after the first trying to put the ball near the sweep. In the first game, Tom Sandra Uay/iie and Betty jround Friday, both faltered green. 1 was really nervous...!' Hall pitched 3 2-3 innings of Burfcindt with 145 and 146, re-jSunday. Miss Powell dropped to don't think I've ever played hitless relief ball to save Jackspectively. Miss Burfeindt set ajfive over par 78 on the; before that many people in my Billingham's ninth victory. ;course record Sunday when she waterlogged course, while Mrs. life." had to send him someone whom we feel can get the job done now," Tanner said. "This does not mean that Gossage is through. He just needs more work." The 1973 record on Gossage is not too impressive. He has lost four games without a win and his earned run average is 9.46. Tanner said injuries to Ken Henderson and George Orta have left his team with a lot to overcome. "We put on the fields each day the best lineup that we think will do the job," he said. "And if we must play without key players we have to try harder. "Nobody is going to feel Lorry for as because we have injuries and we can't tell ourselves we are losing because the best players are out of action. We have 25 professionals on this team and I expect every one to contribute. "If some players have been sitting on the bench, it is my fault." Midwest League By United Press International Danville 4 Waterloo 1 Cedar Rapids 4 Decatur 3 Wis. Rapids 7 Quad Cities 2 (1st game) Wis. Rapids I Quad Cities 0 (2nd game) Clinton 12 Burlington 6 the 220 in 20.4. The times were insignificant. More on the positive side is the fact that Williams probably can beat anyone in the world right now even after spotting his rivals a sizeable advantage. Rick Wolhuter, Who turned back Olympic gold medalist Dave Wottle while missing his world record by a second in the 880, Steve Prefontaine, who came- within four-tenths of a second of his American record in the three mile, Doug Brown's victory in the steeplechase, Jim Bolding's victory over world record holder Ralph Mann in the 440 hurdles, Tom Hill's victory in the high hurdles, and Dwight Stones' win in the high jump were other highlights of the AAU championships. Wohlhuter forged into the lead on the final bend to win the 880 in 1:45.6 as Wottle made his move too late. Prefontaine, given a hard push by unheralded Dick Buarkle, completed the three- mile run in 12:53.4, and as soon as the nace was over he went over and hugged Buerkle. Doug Brown sprinted into the lead shortly after clearing the last water hazard to beat Barry Brown with room to sipare in the steeple. His winning time was a fine 8:26.8 and he said he won. because Barry made his move too soon. Bolding's Good Timing Bolding, like Wohlhuter, made his move at the right time in the 440 hurdles, jumping into the lead on the last bend. Mann tried valiantly to. catch up but ran out of room. The winning time was 49.2. Hill won the high hurdles on Friday night in 13.2 as world record holder Rod Milburn stumbled over the next to last barrier and wound up fifth. But Hill, whose wife is expecting around the end of the month, will pass up the European tour, which means Tommy White and Charles Foster, who were second and third, respectively, will make the trip instead. Stones leaped 7-5 to win the high jump and is pitching to go back to Munich, where he was' third in the Olympics at age 18. 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