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Maris Pulling for Aaron To Break Ruth's Record By MILTON RiCHMAN ; UPI Sports Editor I NEW YORK (UPI) - If Babe • Ruth were alive, (most people I who knew him say he'd be I pulling for Hank Aaron to ; break his record. • Possibly yes, and then again, • no. Ruth never really was one to throw a weft blanket over ; anything, but there was some ; human vanity in him, too, and I were he alive today it might be \ only natural for him to hope ; deep down that nobody would ; ever break his all-time home • run record. • Roger Maris is very imuch ' aliive and prospering in Gaines; viEe, Fla., where he's president ' an4*«*owner of the Maris Distributing Company and he •is pulling for Hank Aaron to hit [thA9ft "fl5 homers. ' 'sHtJhe last man to break one of Ruth's legendary records by bdtjttg 61 home runs in 1961, 'M^ifs^ perhaps better than anyone else in ithe world, knows what : Aaron is going through now* / , He Knows All About It , He, knows all the never,ending: demands being made upon Atlanta's 39-year-old slug- Major League Standings American League East w. I. pet. g.b. Qalesbuig I^glster-Mail SPORTS GALESBURG, ILL., PRI., JULY 13 r 1973 PAGE 18 ger, all the inner turmoil Aaron has to contend with, and all the pressure still in store for him. "He's going to find out the only time he's going to get any relief is when he's out on the field," says Maris. "He'll never be able to enjoy himself either before or after the ball game. He'll never be allowed to relax." Roger Maris speaks from personal experience. The pressure on him reached such a point 12 years ago that thick patches of hair began falling out of his scalp. He always felt that was due more to the pressure he was getting from people than to the pressure of cracking Ruth's record.. "It's the continuous thing of people wanting your time," says Maris. "And everyone insists on being first. It's wearing on you, something that wearing all the time. You get tired answering the same questions. 'What kind of pitch did you hit?' 'How many more home runs do you think you can hit?' 'Did the umpire call a bad pitch on you?'" He Laughs Now Roger Maris laughed. "How do you tell these people, it's not the umpire, it's you, yourself. You're the only one who can do it, not anybody else, and you can't explain every one of your actions the way people want you U>. I can sit here and say a lot of things about what »it's like, and what it's going to be like later for Hank Aaron, but even another ballplayer doesn't understand completely. You have to be in the position yourself. That's when you feel these things. I'll tell you this much: Mentally, and it isn't the whole thing puts one stops after helluva strain on you. It sorta , Ne\VTork 50 41 .549 — • Boston 46 39 .541 1 Baltimore 44 38 .537 m ' Detroit 46 42 .523 m Milwaukee 43 44 .494 5 Cleveland 31 58 .348 18 West , w. 1. pet. g.b. Oakland 50 39 .562 — Kansas City 49 43 .533 2V?. 'California 45 41 .523 3% Minnesota 45 41 .523 3% Chicago 45 42 .517 4 Texasi. 30 56 .349 18% awhile. It keeps wearing and!makes you Shy laway from Jim Wynn Leads Astros to Victory By United Press International Houston's Jim Wynn pulled a slick play in the field Thursday night that brought him out of a prolonged slump with a pair of homers to lead the Astros to a 7-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. With Del Unser aboard on a walk in the eighth, Mike Schmidt dropped what National League East ' W. 1 Chicago 50 38 St.^uis 44 42 -Montreal 41 43 Pittsburgh 40 44 Philadelphia 39 48 New York 36 47 V I West " b w. I. pet. g.b. Los Angeles 56 34 .622 — Cincinnati 49 39 .557 . San" Francisco 50 40 .556 HoustOh 49 44 .527 Atlanta 41 50 .451. San'Diego 31 57 .352 .476 .448 .434 pet. g.b. .568 — .512 5 .488 7 8 10% 11% 6 6 8% 15% 24 appeared to be a sure single into right. But Wynn in right field, faking like he was going to catch it, decoyed Unser into heading back toward first and managed to get a forceout at second. It was the second time 31 /2 ] this week that Wynn had pulled off such a play. "If that ball had gone for a hit it could have been disastrous right there, but I think my throw took the heart out of it," said Wynn, who seemed more impressed with the play than with his homers. As for the homers, the second of which came off a slider in the ninth and snapped a 6-6 tie, Wynn said, "It's the first time in a month and a half I've seen one of those mistakes hanging. The pitchers haven't been throwing me their mistakes." In the only other scheduled National League action, Pittsburgh defeated San Diego, 4-0, and Los Angeles blanked St. Louis, 4-0. Willie Stargell delivered a three-run homer, his 26th of the season, and Bob Robertson added a solo shot as the Pirates swept their three-game series with the Padres to move within one game of third place in the NL East. Luke Walker went the distance for the Pirates, allowing only five hits. Andy Messersmith gave .up seven hits and tossed his second NL shutout as the Dodgers beat the Cardinals, and moved six games in front in the NL West. Messersmith, boosting his record to 8-6, received batting support from Bill Buckner, who drove in three runs with a homer and a single, and Willie Davis, who collected four singles. The longest a par four hole may be hi golf is 470 yards. people, too. When the ball game was over, I'd go right back to my apartment." Maris doesn't have much doubt about Aaron getting those 19 more homers he needs to break the record. 'You Wanna Get It' "When you're that close, you wanna get it," says the 38-year- old former Yankee outfielder. "I feel he will. I hope he does. I've spoken with him a few times while I was still playing, but I don't really know him that well. I'm for him, though. For all the things he has done since he came into baseball, you have to admire and respect him." When Maris was. closing in on Ruth's record in 1981, he received a number of letters, similar to some Aaron is getting now, telling him he couldn't carry Ruth's athletic supporter. "I got my share of those," says Maris. "As soon as I'd see they were derogatory, I'd throw theon in ithe trash basket." Baseball lives on statistics, and those who point out Aaron has some 2,700 more at bats than Ruth ever had also kept reminding Ford Frick, the bcseball commissioner in 1961, thait Maris wag getting the opportunity to set the record in 163 games whereas Ruth had only 154 games to set his. Frick decided lan asterisk would be placed alongside any record Maris set after 154 games. 61st in 163rd Game In the Yankees' 154th game, Maris hit his 59th homer, and connected for his 60th in the 159th game. His record-setting 61sit homer came in the club's 163rd game at Yankee Stadium and Maris still remembers he hit a fast ball down and away. Tracy Stallard remembers it, top. He should. He served it up. Roger Maris, 220 pounds now, and holding, has four sons, and his youngest, Richard, 9, regularly listens to the Braves' games which can be heard in Gainesville. Last Sunday, the boy ran- up to his father and said, "Dad, Dad, Hank hit two!" Next Monday, Maris is taking all his boys up to Atlanta for their first ball game of the season. To see Hank Aaron? "Well, yes," says Roger Maris, "but (the big reason is Richard wants to see the Mets. He loves 'em. Not only does he want to see the game, but he insists we stay at the same hotel the Mets do. Only I can't get rooms there. They're all booked. Now what do I do?" Completes Double Play Phils' Denny Doyle (15) has Astros' Roger into by Jimmy Wynn in the game at Phila- Metzger out at second and throws to first delphia Thursday. Houston beat the Phils to complete the third-inning double play hit 7-6. UNIFAX Three Tied For Top Spot tn Robinson ROBIN90N, 111. (UPt) Putting was the name of the game Thursday in first-found play of the $125,000 Shrine- Robinson Opeh Golf Classic and the players .who haven't been in the chips thus far this year held the hot hands. N Locked in a three-way tie for first with five-undef-par 66s after the opening 18 holes in the four*day tourney were rookie Tom Kite and veterans David Graham and Labron Harris. But the putter of Homero Blancas, the top money winner thus far this year among the entrants in the sixth Robinson tourney with earnings of $72,327, was so cold that Blancas slammed it against his toe on the 12th hole, braking the club. He used a No. 3 iron as a putter the rest of the way and finished, with a 75 dver the 6,556-yard, ; par-71 Crawford County Country Club course. Harris and Graham, an Australian who now lives in Hollywood, Fla., each needed only 29 putts Thursday. Kite, 23, in his first year on the PGA tour after starring in golf at the University of Texas where he was a co-champion in the NCAA tourney, took 30 putts. Mike Higgins got by with only 26 putts for a 67 and was alone in fourth place one stroke behind the leaders. He played with a pulled chest muscle on his right side and was in such great pain he almost withdrew on the first tee. - READ THE WANT ADS! Red Sox Defeat Rangers By United Press International Young David Clyde became another in the long line of victims of The Monster (the 40- foot-wall at Fenway Park in Boston) Thursday night when Tommy Harper snapped a 1-1 tie with a homer over the wall and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers, 5-2. It was an. experience that could have caused the kid to lose faith in himself or for the Red Sox to put him down but neither happened. The wall didn't bother me," said Clyde, "because it reminded me of when I was pitching in high school and the left field was short. The difference here in the majors is that the hitters are better." The Detroit Tigers defeated the California Angels, 7-6, the New York Yankees downed the Kansas City Royals, 10-3, the Baltimore Orioles shaded the waukee Brewers, 8-4, and the Cleveland Indians scored a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins after losing, 8-4, in other AL games. Harper's homer gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead and Carl Yastrzemski polished off the win for them with a three-run homer off Bill Gogolewski. Marty Pattin went the distance for the Red J5ox for his ninth win against 11 losses. Clyde now stands 1-2 in his- brief major league career. Dick McAuliffe's two-out single in the ninth enabled the Tigers' John Hilier to pick up his fourth victory of the season. Bob Oliver tied the game for the Angels when he, hit a two- run homer in the eighth inning but Dave Sells walked Dick Sharon and Duke Sims in the ninth before McAuliffe delivered his game-winning hit. Gene Michael drove in three Chicago White Sox, 4-3, the runs and Thurman Munson Oakland A's topped the Mil- scored three times as the Yankees pounded out 17 hits and enabled Pat Dobson to win his fifth game against three losses. Michael's two-run double was the big blow of "a three- run fifth inning which gave the Yankees a 9-3 lead and paved the way for instant relief ace Sparky Lyie to enjoy a full night of sleep in the Yankee bullpert for a change. Brooks Robinson drove in Bobby Grich with a single in the eighth inning as the Orioles topped the White Sox and dealt reliever Terry Forster his third loss against two wins. Paul Blair hit his sixth homer for the Orioles. Reggie Jackson drove in four runs with a homer and two singles and Rollie Fingers won his second game for the A's. Ray Fosse also homered for the A's while Don Money connected for his 19th homer for the Brewers. Jim Holt singled in the tie- breaking run in the sixth inning 1 and George Mitterwald drove in four more runs as the Twins beat the Indians in their first game. In the nightcap, John Lowenstein scored the tie- breaking run for Cleveland on a wild pitch by Ken Sanders and George Hendrick followed with his second homer of the game. Two Dropped NEW YORK (UPI) - Joe Schwartz, a 14th-round draft pick from Toledo, and Arthur Jones, a free agent from East Texas, were dropped from the roster of the New York Jets Thursday for failing to pass their physical examinations. Schwartz, a running back, was ruled out with cartilage trouble while Jones, a wide receiver, was found to have damaged-knee ligaments. The Olds Company, in Detroit in 1900, was (the first quantity- production auto factory. College Student heading Tourney FLANDERS, N. J. (UPI) - Phil Reichel, a University of Minnesota senior, escaped most of the swirling winds that sent scoops spirling in the 48th annual Public Links Champion­ ship'Thursday, but even he admitted the course was getting tougher. The 23-year-old collegian from Minneapolis had a 72 for a total-of 143, one over par, andi ; one -'st £pke lead after the second 1 day'of the tournament at the 6,52£yard Flanders Valley Golf ' Course 'TIfiink it was easier playing in .Ilia! morning," he said. "It ; wa$iji4 as windy. I was really ; tightr*"though. The greens are still 'fiard and this course is goinjf to get tougher." R«iehel, bogeying the 7th and FOR LOW LOW COST '-. AUTO INSURANCE Tpny Contact: Lischwe MHLERS MUTUAL INS. 4U BANK Of GALESBUKG BLDG. 343-1166 or 343-6986 13th holes when he got lost in the trees, shot par 71 on the opening round and has little breathing room on today's 18- holc card for the low 65 scorers out of 157 who played the first 36 holes. Gary Hitch, 26, of Santa Barbara, Calif., who's used to the blustery seaside courses of home, carded a 74 for a 144 total. Tony Marimon, the first- round leader with a two-under- par 69 Wednesday, shot a disappointing 81 in the second round. "I really mis-clubbed," he said. "The wind was swirling in all different directions and you didn't know what kind of club to hit." READ THE WANT ADS! Nicklaus Slips Four Shots Behind After Two Rounds By ROGER SARGENT TROON, Scotland (UPI) Jack Nicklaus, the "Golden Bear" from Columbus, Ohio, plans to take the battle to leader Tom Weiskopf today as he continues his quest for an historic 14th major title win in the 102nd British Open. "I have to play better golf than I have ever played before in these last two days," said Nicklaus, desperately seeking the golden touch that made him the world's most feared golfer, after, slipping back Thursday with a five-underipar second- round total of 139—four strokes behind the 6-foot, 4-inch Wejs- kopf. Nicklaus began the second round over the rugged 7,064- yard championship course just one stroke behind Weiskopf but, while Weiskopf raced to a record five-under-par 67 for a two-round total of 135, the tournament favorite bogeyed the second, 10th and 15th holes in rain and a steadily increasing 'wind. Playing alongside Nicklaus was Bert Yancey, who notched a three-under-par 69 to head Nicklaus home by one stroke. "I'm happy enough with my play," said Yancey, who shares second spot with 26-year-old U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller, three shots down on Weiskopf. "I drove the ball exceptionally well today. The best part of my game was driving and putting." Miller, the flaxen-haired idol of golf's growing teen-age army of fans at Troon, indicated a growing familiarity with the west Scottish coast course to jcome home four-under-par with a 33 score down the tough back nine where so many championship aspirants tumbled to (disaster. Weiskopf, now the second favorite with British bookmakers still favoring Nicklaus, said there was more to success than WARM TOMORROW Time to Insulate WHITE'S PHONE &42-OM5 Blasts Out of Sand Tom Kite, Austin, Tex., blasts his ball out of the sand onto the 15th green close enough to make a birdie putt. Kite fired a first-round score of 66 to share the lead ia the Shrine- Robinson Open PGA Golf Classic at Robinson Thursday. Motorcycle Races Sponsored by: The Abingdon Motorcycle Club A MA SANCTIONED FRIDAY, JULY 13 • Practice - 6:30 p.m. • Race - 8 ABINGDON FALL FESTIVAL GROUNDS ABINGDON, ILL. "a pretty swing and a long drive." "It's up here," he said tapping his forehead. "...You have to have guts and concentration. You have to desire to win. And I want to win. Winning — that's what golf's all about." Reigning champion Lee Trevino, who hoped for a third consecutive British Open title, shot a second-round 73 for four over par on the two rounds, and admitted his chances had died on Troon's relatively rough-free course. READ THE WANT ADS! Like a £ood neighbor, State Farm is there. with help fui your c.ir home life dud health msurdiice See me. STATI HE* npDp SKATE If/URMI Insurance 'Companies Hcm« Offices: Bloomington, Illinois BUD NELSON M3-113J m N. Henderson LEAHY ELECTRICAL SERVICE COMMERCIAL — RESIDENTIAL — INDUSTRIAL PHONE 343-2050 Emergency Service Jim Leahy, Owner

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