The Ogden Standard-Examiner from Ogden, Utah on October 2, 1971 · Page 7
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Perry Gets Starting CallbyS.F. SAN FRANCISCO (UPI)— The San Francisco Giants, after a day to get over their scary western victory, were favored to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates today in the opening game of the National League playoffs with Giant Gaylord Perry pitching against Pirate Steve Blass. • However, the well-rested Pirates, runaway winners of the K L. East, were slight favorites at 5-6 to win the best- three-of-five playoffs and . a berth in the World Series starting a week from today. One thing all the experts were predicting was that there will be plenty of slugging in the showdown that starts at Candlestick Park at 1 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. EDT). "I'll tell you one thing, said beetle-browed Pirate manager Danny Murataugh, "Ain't nobody gonna be pitching any shutouts in this series with the bunch of hitters we've both got." TOP SLUGGER The Giants, however, will probably be missing their top slugger, Bobby Bonds, when thev take the field. Rightflelder Bonds, who led the Giants in homers with 33 and runs-batted- in with 102, missed the final game of the season Thursday night because. of a pulled muscle in his. side and Giant manager Charlie Fox wasn't 1 about to take changes by returning him. to the lineup too soon. "I don't want Bobby to play today if his side still hurts," said Fox. "I'd rather he took an extra day off and then came bask healthy." Dave Kingman, who filled in for Bonds Thursday and slammed an important two-run j homer for the Golden Gate team in its clinching 5-1 victory over the San Diego Padres, will .get the call in right field again. •'Kingman showed he can play under pressure, and I don't think we lose much with him in there in Bonds' place, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Saturday, October 2, 1971 Sharman Faces Problems As Lakers Begin to Age OAKLAND'S Sal Bando (left) and Mike Epstein "cover" Oriole insignia on their dugout at Baltimore Memorial Stadium as they took a practice session Friday for today's American League playoff game. By JIM COUR 1NGLEWCOD, Calif. (UPI)— When Bill Sharman left the American Basketball Association champion Utah Stars to go to the Los Angeles Lakers, he was given a five-year contract at an estimated $70,000 a year. He figures to earn every cent of it. To put it bluntly, the Lakers are the Chicago Cubs of pro basketball. The men on whom they have counted the most in the past- Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Eglin Baylor—are near retirement. The No. 1 scorer in National Basketball Association history Chamberlain is 35. West, who was lost to the Lakers for the playoffs last season after suffering a torn knee ligament at Buffalo in March, is 33. Baylor, at 37 and coming' off an Achilles tendon tear that limited him to only two games last season, no longer can be counted upon. THREE YEARS AGO Chamberlain was supposed to bring Los Angeles its first NBA title when he came here from Chamberlain, the club is small. The men who spent most of the season ' as the forwards, Happy Hairston and Keith Erickson, are 6-7 and 6-5, respectively. Erickson also plays guard. The Lakers were outrebound- ed 4,542-4,269 in regular season play and 611-573 in the playoffs. With eight men available at guard from among 16 on the roster, Sharman wants to make a trade. SHORT UP FRONT "If I had my choice," Sharman said, "I'd want a big, strong rebounding type of forward. Outside of Wilt, we're very short up front. In fact, I think we have the shortest forwards in the league." The new coach goes along with the Milwaukee dethrone. experts will be who say tough to "The Bucks are the team to beat and Alcindor will be better than he was last year," said Sharman, who replaced the fired Joe Mullaney "On the other hand, I think they can be beaten. I think we could do it if we stay healthy been plagued by injuries during . lis 11 pro seasons. BROKEN NINE TIMES The 6-3 veteran from West Virginia has missed 140 regular season games. West's nose has seen broken nine times. Chamberlain figures to be sound all season. He missed most of 1969-70 with a ruptured knee tendon but rebuonded from the first major injury of his 12- year pro career in 1970-71. The talented giant irom Kansas played in all 82 regular season games, averaging 20.7 points. In 12 playoff games, he had an 18.3 average. Chamberlain's backup center is 6-9 Rick Roberson, a two- year pro who saw some action at forward last season. As insurance, the Lakers acquired 6-11 center Leroy Ellis from the Portland Trail Blazers, Ellis 31, formerly played with Los Angeles for four seasons. They also have forward Jim McMillian, a 6-5 shooter-type from Columbia who was the club's No 1 draft choice in 1970. Ex-UCLA All-America Gail Goodrich had a brilliant season after being reacquired from Philadelphia three years ago. .—.- — -- - — -—* - 7 - . The Lakers made it to the and win the close games in the finals the first two years but playoffs." were handled in five games by Lew Alcindor and the Milwaukee Bucks in the semifinals last season. Staying healthy is the big problem, of course. West averaged 26.9 points in ,. ttswl 69 games before he was hurt in 'in addition to'the Lakers'age j a collision with Buffalo's Bob _ _ _. - . _ _LI: _ Ivr^.-CC T3..4 4-1*,, TVTTJ A >ti flirt ef problems, Sharman faces the problems, Olleuniau AC*S-^^> "^ "«»-*' —-- - •— - 82-eame NBA schedule with a prolific point maker in playotf ' deficit. After the 7-foot-l history with a 30.9 average has_ size Kauffman. But the NBA's most Phoenix for Mel Counts. The little guard they call "Stumpy" carried the laker offense with West gone in the playoffs, leading the team with a 25.4 average compared to his regular season average of 17.5. The Lakers wouldn't have beaten the Chicago Bulls in their first playoff series without him.' (16-12) said Fox. Righthanders Perry and Blass (15-8) get starting assignments in the opening game with plenty of scramble to stave off the cnrushing Los Angeles Doagers in the closing weeks of 'the season, Fox was able to keep his staff from getting jumbled and weary. Perry goes into this opener off three days rest and Blass has had five days rest. The Giants belief had is that if the clinched their Rain Delays First Game At Baltimore BALTIMORE (UPI) — Rain and wet grounds today forced a division as early as the Pirates clinched in the East, Fox would have preferred to have Juan Marichal pitch the opening game of the playoffs. However, in a nip-and-tuck race Fox maneuvered so that Marichal, would be able to pitch the last game of the season if the division pennant came down to that one game— that's exactly what happened, and Fox-s strategy paid off as Marichal won the big one with a five- hitter. Now Fox plans to have John Cumberland pitch the second game of the playoffs and have Marichal ready with three days rest when the playoffs, after a dav off Monday, switch to Pittsburgh for the third game on Tuesday. For the Pirates, Murtaugb has 19-game winner Dock Ellis, starting pitcher in this year's All-Star game, ready for the second, and ex-Cardinal Nelson Briles to oppose Marichal in the third. WHILE WAITING As in the past, the argument now comes up whether a team which clinched a pennant early has an advantage in the postseason play-offs. There's no doubt the Pirates are physically more rested than the Giants, one-day '^postponement of the) opening of the American j League championship series between the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics. The postponement was announced about two and one-half hours before the scheduled 1 pm EDT start of the game. There had been an almost steady drizzle, developing at times into showers, since shortly after midnight. The first two games of the best-of-five series were rescheduled for Sunday and Monday in Baltimore. Dave McNally, the Orioles' 21-game winner, and Vida Blue, Oakland's 24-game winner, had| been 'scheduled to pitch the opener. MADE DECISION American League they possibly gone their competitive to settle the * "* but have stale— lost edge— while waiting for the Giants and Dodgers their scrap? There's also no doubt ^ HC-i ^ •* - «-*»J v **»* •••••• -- — Giants reached the regular season finish line all tattered and torn. But many baseball men think the team going into the playoffs "hot" has tbs edge, and the Giants, after stumbling to 16 losses in 23 games as they nearly blew their division lead, won three of their last four games and they may be rolling. Murtaugh said Jackie Herna- nandez wall be at short for the Pirates because Gene Alleys injured left knee "doesn't seem completely healed to me.' . In regular season meetings between the two clubs, the Giants beat the Pirates nine o: 12 games, including five out o: six here. On the Pirates' last visit to San Francisco for a four-game series, the Giants swept and scored a total of 3! runs. The Pirates, on the other hand led the league in batting and had the home run champion in Willie Stargell with dent Joe Cronin pres- made the decision to postpone the game. It was the first rainout since the "playoffs began three years ago. Cronin said there would be no ravel day before the series resumes in Oakland. The first *ame there will be on Tuesday, as scheduled. Both the Orioles and the Oakland A's had to cancel workouts Friday because of the rain, remnants of Hurricane Ginger, which pelted the tarp- covered field although it cleared up late in the day. The Orioles already have had 14 rainouts this season and wound up playing a 158-game schedule because four other rained out games —including a July 29 contest when Blue was scheduled to pitch —were never replayed. EARLY IN SEASON Blue did pitch against the Orioles twice early in the season and he beat them. 1-0, and 2-1, on a pair of four-hitters enroute to his glittering °" ° record that made sensation of the 24-8 him the baseball season. The long season seemed to take its toll on the 22-year-old lefthander and he was 1-2 the final month of the season after owning a 23-6 mark on Aug. 29. He also wasn't in any mood Friday for speculating on whether he thought he could beat the Orioles again. "I'll just - go out md pitch," Blue said in the Oakland WHEN YOU HAVE A BRIGHT IDEA, YOU DON'T HIDE IT UNDER A BARREL WE'RE NOT 4?. Bombs away. dressing room Friday, "I'll throw the ball and if they hit it, they do, and if they don't, they don't." Blue then said, "don't start asking me questions because I'm not going to answer them. I'm going back to the hotel and get some rest." When asked by a group of reporters why he wouldn't talk, Blue said, "my reasons, Vida Blue's reasons." Asked if he was uptight, Blue said, "What's uptight?" However, Manager Dick Williams insists that Blue's arm is sound and he's regained the form he showed earlier in the season. EXHIBITION RESULTS Chicago (NBA) 107, Cleveland (NBA) 56 Philadelphia (NBA) 38, New York Kmcks (M learNe (NBA) 104, Golden Stale (NBA) 1C KeMucky (ABA) 111. Carolina (ABA) 104 Phoenix (NBA) 1J3, Us Angeles (NBA) '"Milwaukee (NBA) 118, Portland [NBA) 103 n YOU DRINK—DON'T DRIVE UTAH'S D.D. LAW IS TOUGH -fa Lost of driving privilege -fc Jail xentanc* •jlr Up to $299 fine Why take a chance. . go by Yellow C«b We're taking this space to tell you how you can collect extra money in a hurry with Reader Reacher Classified Ads. It's as easy as putting your phone number where people who want to give you money can see.it. Yes, there are people anxious to give you money ... for the good things you own, but no longer use or enjoy. 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