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JUNE 28, ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Mets Near .500 Mark After Beating Astros By DICK COUCH Associated Press sports Writer Here come the Mets! Again! New York's grown-up expansion babes soared within a stride of hitherto unreachable heights Thursday sight ..for the fifth time this month... by trimming Houston 8-1 behind right-handers Don Cardwell and Ron Taylor. The victory put foe Mets* season record at 35-36, They never have reached the .500 level, after the first week, in any of their previous six National League seasons But for the past two weeks it's been touch and go. A four-game winning streak brought the Mets within a step of the elusive break-even point on June 14. The next day they rattled 16 hits off San Francisco's Juan Marichal. . and lost 0-5. Last Saturday, Gil Hodges' youngsters were knocking at the door again, but Los Angeles' Don Dfysdale applied the brakes. Then, two shots at .500 in Cincinnati thic vveek became a pair of one-run losses. Tonight in the Astrodome, Nolan Ryan, a 21-year-old rookie with a 6-5 record and speed to bum, leads the uphill assault against last-place Houston and fireballer Larry Dierker, 7-10 on the season. In. Thursday's only other NL games, Los Angeles nipped San Francisco e-5 on Zoilo Versalles' llth-inning homer, ending Mari- dial's personal winning streak at 10 games, and Atlanta shaded Philadelphia 4-3 under the lights as brothers Hank and Tommie Aaron combined to drive In three rws. In the American League, Boston drubbed Cleveland 9-3 and No Repeaters Chosen On American League BOSTON (AP) — New Faces of 1968 could well be the name for the youthful and relatively inexperienced pitching corps which will represent the American League in the All-Star game at Houston July 9. Not a single repeater from 1967 was on the seven-man staff named Thursday by Manager Dick Williams. Four were chosen for the first time in their careers, while the other three- Denny McLaiii of Detroit, Sam McDowell of Cleveland and Mel Stottlemyre of New York—have hurled in just one previous classic each. The quartet of newcomers includes Jose Santiago of Williams' own defending champion Boston Red Sox, Luis Tiant of Cleveland, Tommy John of Chicago and John Odom of Cleve^ land. Santiago, 27, is the oldest member of the staff. Odom, who turned 23 last month, is the youngest. McLain, the league's big winner with a 13-2 record, was the starting pitcher the only other time he was selected in 1966, hurling three perfect innings. McDowell, 7-6, pitched two innings in the 1965 game, giving up one run in taking the 6-5 loss. The fireballing left-hander also was selected in 1966, but had arm trouble and was replaced on the squad by teammate Son ny Siebert. The 1968 starting team except Slow Pitch Tournament Here Saturday The biggest slow pitch tournament ever held in Alton will be staged at the Henry Street diamonds this weekend, Saturday and Sunday • Some 32 teams are entered in the single elimination tourney, which is being sponsored by the Alton Park and Recreation Department. Games will be played simultaneously on the four diamonds. Action will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. A total of 24 games will be played on that day. Action resumes Sunday at 1 p.m. Eight more games will be played on that day with the championship contest scheduled for 7 o'clock. Teams entered in the tourney are Roberts Motors of Alton; Doak Dodge of Wood River; Walt's of Alton; Don's of Florissant, Mo.; Godfrey Methodist; Roxana Recreation Department; St. Mathews of Alton; Blue Streaks, Alton; Harvey Oil, Wood River: Thaxton's Thumpers, Brighton; St. Paul Episcopal, Alton; McArthur Sporting Goods, St. Louis; Missile Bears, St. Louis; Godfrey Farmers; Harder TV, Alton; Jerseyville KCs; Edwardsville KC's; MPM, Godfrey; Alton Mexico Club; Weese Lincoln-Mercury, Florissant, Mo; Elks Club, Jerseyville; St Patrick's, Alton; Alton Mold Shop; Godwin's, Alton; Camero Lounge, Wood River; Knittig Bros., St. Louis; Stauffer's Pizza, Alton; First Presbyterian. Alton; Pop Ups, Alton; Granite City Army Depot; De- nei Ball. Jerseyville; Staten Fu neral Home, Alton. ASCOT SPEEDWAY Racing Every Saturday SEE AMUSEMENT PAGE FOE DETAILS 'or the pitcher, chosen by vote of the players and announced earlier includes catcher Bill Freehan, Detroit; first baseman Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota; second baseman Rod Carew, Minnesota; third baseman Brooks Robinson, Baltimore; shortstop Jim Fregosi, California; and outfielders Carl Yas- trzemski, Boston, Frank Howard, Washington, and Willie Horton, Detroit. The rest of the squad will be selected by Williams and named later. MEL STOTTLEMYRE TOMMY JOHN WITTELS 'Tour cicdit is good" Dial 462-5167 25 WATTS ALAMO REVERB UNIT SPECIAL THIS WEEK ONLY $89.?$ VALUE IASY CREDJT TERMS NBW SUMMER STORE HOURS: Monday-Wednesday-Friday 9 a»m. to 9 p-ra. Tueitoy»Tbw*tey wnd Saturday 9 ».m. to fiiBO pun. Minnesota ripped Baltimore 9-0 n a game halted by rain after ive innings. The other clubs Dad the day off. Cardwell, who went into the Houston game with six straight etbacks and a 1-8 record, ilanked the Astros for seven In- tings before leaving under fire in the eighth. With one run in, 'aylor came out of the Met bull- sen and got the third out, tranding two base runners, hen retired the Astros in order n the ninht. Two of Ed Charles' three ihts Igured In the New York scor- ng. Singles by Cleon Jones and Charles, a late throw to the )late on Jerry Crete's grounder, balk by losing pitcher Denny ,emaster and Jerry Buchek's acrifice fly sent two runs across in the seventh. Singles by iharles, Grote and Don Bosch produced an insurance run in he ninth. Versalles' leadoff homer off Marichal in the llth ruined the iant ace's bid for his 15th vie- ory and dropped San Francisco nto third place, one-half game behind Atlanta and seven back I the league-leading St. Louis 'ardinals. Willie McCovey drove in four runs with his 19th and 20th horn ers, staking Marichal to an arly 5-2 lead. The Dodgers re- jounded on Len Gabrielson's two-run homer in the fifth and ied it on pinch hitter Ken Boyer's run-scoring single in the sixth. Four LA relievers then battled Marichal, 14-3, to a standoff until Versalles' second homer broke the tie. Hank Aaron drilled his 14th homer . . and 495th of his career .. and brother Tommie delivered two runs with a pair if singles, helping the Braves take a 4-2 lead into the ninth. But winner Pat Jarvis needed elief help from Cecil Upshaw, who retired Rich Allen on a harp grounder to third ase- man Marty Martinez for the final out after pinch hitter Bill White's RBI single had closed he gap. Cubs Busy on Trade Mart By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A flurry of player transac ;ions occupied major league baseball Thursday. The Chicago Cubs were the msiest team. The Cubs, who have dropped six straight and 1: of their last 12, swapped out ielder Lou Johnson to Cleve and for outfielder-pitcher Willie Smith, acquired catcher Gene Oliver from Boston, called up pitcher Bill Stoneman from Ta coma of the Pacific Coast league and sent pitcher Chuck Sartenstein and first 'baseman John Boccabella to Tacoma. In addition to dropping Oliver ;he Red Sox claimed veteran left-hander Juan Pizarro from Pittsburgh. The Pirates usec the roster room created by PJ zarro's departure to add reliev er Bill Henry from San Francis CO. The New York Yankees, trou bled by an unreliable bullpen purchased veteran Thad Tillot son from Syracuse of the Inter national League. Golf Notes YWCA LEAGUE In YWCA Golf League play Thursday at the Municipal Go] Course, Mary Seitzinger won tow gross followed by Annabel! Moore, who took low putts, the event of the day in the Blue Di vision. In the Red Division, Lois Rhoades won low gross and Charlotte Carlton low putts. MINOR LEAGUE RESULTS International League Louisville 3, Rochester 0 Syracuse 3. Columbus 0 Buffalo 4, Richmond 1 Jacksonville 6, Toledo 2 Pacific Coast League Tulsa 8-7, Portland Z-fl Indianapolis 8, Tacoma S Oklahoma City 7, Seattle I San Diego 4, Denver a Spokane 8, Phoenix S Only games scheduled MOON'ODOM STRINGS OF PLASTIC PENNANTS for Grand Openings, Service Stations, Display Homes BAXTER'S 811 E. Broadway Ph. 485-9347 .For Family Holiday find Vocation Fun,.. 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Detroit Clay Ford said today's meeting is a regular meeting between the players' association and owners' negotiating committees, 'CHIP' AND THE 'BLOCK' — A chip off the old block, uniformed Dave Ricketts Jr., five years old, is shown in the background, keeping a watchful eye on his father, reserve catcher Dave Ricketts Sr., as the latter intent- ly watches recent Cardinal baseball action at Busch Memorial Stadium. Outfielder Lou Brock can be seen in the right foreground, relaxing in the Redbird dugout. (Photo by Telegraph's Don Hayes) not an emergency session as had been reported. Time and place of the meeting could not be- ascertained Thursday night. Lions offensive lineman John Gordy, president of the association, and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback King Hill, vice president, were expected to lead the players' representatives, Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell is the chief spokesman Ford said reports of the strike threat were "strictly a There is nothing to substantiate it." He said he spoke with Gordy Thursday night and Gordy made no mention of a strike. "I know for a fact that the players have not been polled," Ford said. He declined to elaborate. In Philadelphia, however, Eagles' linebacker Dave Lloyd said there had been an information telephone poll of Eagles players. "We have been contacted, but we haven't had a group meeting to say whether we'd strike or not," Lloyd said. Gordy was unavailable for comment in Detroit, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle was not in New York and also could not be reached for comment. McDowell Runs Into All Kinds of Trouble By HAL BOCK Associated Press Sports Writer Sam McDowell was fine as ong as he was throwing strikes, t was only when he let the Red Sox hit the ball that he got in trouble. McDowell, selected as a member of the American League All-Star pitching staff earlier in ;he day, struck out the side in ;he first inning against Boston Thursday night. But between strikeouts the Red Sox scored six unearned runs on their way to a 9-3 romp over Cleveland. In the only other American lieague game played, Minnesota blanked Baltimore 2-0 in a game ended by rain after five innings. Joe Foy opened the Red Sox 'irst against McDowell with a bloop single and raced to third when Larry Brown threw wild on Jerry Adair's grounder. ItcDowell struck out Carl Yas- trzemski but Ken Harrelson stroked the first of his three hits, scoring Foy. Brown's second error of the inning gave Boston another run and Rico Petrocelli singled for the third one. George Scott struck out but Russ Gibson walked, loading the bases and Jose Santiago singled for two runs. McDowell wild pitched the sixth run in and walked Foy be fore fanning Adair for the third out. Santiago, Hardin was the victim of unearned runs. The Twins scored ;wice in the second when Tony Oiva opened with a wind-blown double and moved to third on Brooks Robinson's error on Bob also an Ail-Star, worked five innings before leaving with a slight soreness in his right elbow. He got his ninth victory in 13 decisions. McDowell lasted 2 1-3 innings, allowing seven unearned runs and striking out four. The loss evened his record at 7-7. Harrelson raised his league leading average to .322 with his three hits, driving in two runs and scoring another. Minnesota moved into second alace, one-half game in front of Baltimore and Cleveland and one game up on idle Oakland, by whipping the Orioles in a rain-abbreviated game. Dave Boswell got credit for the five-inning shutout, allowing 'our hits. Like McDowell, loser Jim Allison's grounder. Allison was caught off first as Frank Quilici struck out but reached second when the Orioles tried in vain to trap Oliva off third. Jack Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly scoring Oliva and Boswell doubled Allison across. Grid Season Begins Tonight ALTANTA (AP)—Both coaches in the eighth annual Coaches All-America football game say they think their squads are too small. Injuries may hamper the West in tonight's game, slated for 8:30 p.m. at Atlanta Stadium, and although the East is expected to be at full strength, it could run into problems if some players are hurt in the contest. There are 30 men on each squad. "We need to increase the size of the squads," said West Coach Dee Andros of Oregon State Thursday. "We need to add two or three men to each team. "We're too short-handed, particularly at end and in the back field," Andros added. East Coach John Pont of Indiana agreed. "We need more reserves, not so much in the offensive line, but particularly among the backs and ends," he said. "I'm going to recommend that they add a couple more players to the size of next year's team." On the West squad, flanker Rick Eber of Tulsa is bothered by a stone-bruise and defensive back Ken Dyer of Arizona State has suffered a pulled muscle. On the East side, defensive back Sammy Grezaffi of LSU sprained an ankle earlier but las fully recovered. Andros said an earlier injury :o Paul Toscano of Wyoming hurt the West. UCLA's Gary Beban will start 'or the West and Greg Landry of Massachusetts will open at quarterback for the East. A crowd of about 30,000 is expected for the game, nationally televised by ABC. The West is a touchdown favorite. Super Shop Display Mercury s—Boats Open Every Night Clark Boat & Motor East Alton — Open Nights WHY NOT GO? TAKE THAT DREAM VACATION Borrow $ 230,65 — Payments $ 13.00 — 25 Mot. Borrow $ 676.93 — Payments $ 23,00 — 36 Met. Borrow $ 800.00 — Payments $ 30,63 — 36 Mot. 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She allowed one hit, a third inning single by .Becky Saylor. She struck out one and walked two. The Lakers, now 14-9, journey to Indianapolis tonight where they'll face Lansing, Mich., a national tournament entrant last year, at 9:30 Saturday morning. Thirteen teams are competing in the double THURSDAY'S FIGHTS PORTLAND, Maine—George Johnson, 163, Trenton, N.J., outpointed Bob Herrlngloon, 162. St. Louis, 10. LOS ANGELES — Irish Frankle Crawford, 127, Los Angeles, outpoint- ed Tony Alvarado, 128, Pasadena, Calif., 10. AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. G.B. Detroit 48 28 .838 — Minnesota 37 31 .321 8 Baltimore 36 33 .522 8ft Cleveland 30 38 .520 8ft Oakland 36 34 .514 • Boston 34 35 .493 . California 34 36 .488 II New York 31 37 .456 13 Chicago 30 38 .441 14 Washington 26 41 .488 Thursday's Results Boston 9, Cleveland S Minnesota 2, Baltimore •, nings, rain 5 In- Only games scheduled Today's Probable Ptlchers Chicago (Horlen 5-7 and Carlos 3-7) at Detroit (Wilson 8-8 and Sparma 6-7) 2, twi-nlght California (McGlothlln 8-4 and Murphy 1-0) at Washington (Ortega 4-5 and B. Howard 0-3) 2, twi-night MIDWEST LEAGUE Clinton 7-0, Waterloo g-3 Quad Cities 4-6, Cedar Rapids 3-5 Wisconsin Rapids 4-7, Qulncy 3-0 Burlington at Dubuque, pnd, wet grounds Only games scheduled MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Paul Pesthy of Ft. Sam Houston, Tex., captured the epee title for the third straight year Thursday in the National Championship Fencing Tournament. LET'S TRADE NOW! 1968 MERCURYS Immediate Delivery HAROLD'S PLAGE 131 E. Ferguson, Wood River Minnesota (Merrltt 84) at Baltimore (Phoebus 6-7) N Oakland (Nash 8-5) at New York (Bahnsen 7-2) N ' Cleveland (Siebert 7-5) at Boston (Bell 6-2) N Saturday's Games California at Washington Cleveland at Boston Minnesota at Baltimore,,N Chicago at Detroit. N Oakland at New York, 2, twtalght Sunday's Games Minnesota at Baltimore Chicago at Detroit Oakland at New York Cleveland at Boston California at Washington NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. G.B. St. Louis Atlanta San Fran. Los Angeles Philadelphia Cincinnati New York Pittsburgh Chicago Houston 45 28 .818 — 38 34 .828 8J4 39 35 .527 •£ 38 37 .807 8 33 33 .888 8K 35 38 .483 8 35 38 .483 8 33 38 .478 10 31 40 .437 13 30 42 .417 14J4 Thursday's Results Los Angeles 6, San Francisco 8, 11 innings New York 3, Houston 1 Atlanta 4, Philadelphia a Only games scheduled Today's Probable Pitchers St. Louis (Brlles 84) at Chicago (Jenkins 6-8) Cincinnati (Clonlnger 1-4) at San Francisco (Perry 6-4) New York (Ryan 6-5) at Houston (Dierker 7-10) N Pittsburgh (Bunnlng 3-8) at Philadelphia (Fryman 104) N Atlanta (Pappas 3-5) at Los Angeles (Keklch 1-0) N Saturday's Games St. Louis at Chicago Cincinnati at San Francisco Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, N New York at Houston, N Atlanta at Los Angeles, N Sunday's Games St. Louis at Cnlcag Pittsburgh at Phils Cincinnati at San Francisco New York at Houston Atlanta at Los Angeles 15th ANNUAL AMATEUR ROCK SPRING GOLD MEDAL GOLF TOURNAMENT SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 13 & 14, 1968 Championship A-B-C Classes 36 Hole Entry fee: $10.00. 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