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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 24

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28 / DES MOINES REGISTER Frl., Aug. 29, 1978 YOUR WEIGHT IS 310 IBS YOUR HEIGHT IS 5'IO" Cuellar 5-hitter lifts Orioles past Sox, 2-1 and your body is gonna be on the endangered species list if you don't return my picnic basket." BALTIMORE, MD. (AP) Mike Cuellar pitched a five-hit ter while Ellie Hendricks and Don Baylor singled home runs to lead Baltimore to a 2-1 victo ry over the Chicago White So> Thursday night. Cuellar (13-10) struck oui three, walked two and was helped by four double plays en route to his sixteenth complete game this season. He checked Chicago on sin gles by Jorge Orta in the fourth and seventh innings, and Bil Melton's single in the eighth then lost his sixth shutout when Pat Kelly tripled and Orta singled with two outs in the ninth. The victory cut Boston's leac in the American League East crn Division to 6V4 games. JIM MURRAY He doesn't know his own strength There are endless arguments over who hit the longest home run in baseball history — Babe Ruth at Tampa in 1921, Mickey Mantle at Yankee Stadium in 1957, Reggie Jackson at Detroit in the All-Star game in 1971. But there is no doubt at all who* hit the longest single — Michael Jack Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies, a right- handed third-baseman, at Houston in 1974. The Houston Astrodome Is a man-made wonder, a ball park with a roof 208 feet, above the playing field. Before they played a game there, the engineers put the world's ablest fungo hitters at home plate and defied them to hit a ball as high as the roof. None of them could. Then they dangled a loudspeaker over center field 117 feet above the playing field, 340 feet from home plate. It had never come into play. The belief was, it never would On June 10 of last year, Houston pitcher Claude Osteen never gave any thought that he was about to deliver an historic pitch. He figured the batter, Mike Schmidt, would be guessing curve ball. So, he gave him a sinker low and away. It was a good pitch, but Mike Schmidt was guessing sinker all the way. He jumped on it. There was that horrendous crack! that every pitcher recognizes instantly. THE BALL WAS still rising when it hit the dangling loudspeaker. The ball park was stunned. Schmidt had gone into his home run trot. After all, he was to lead the league with 36 that year, he thought he knew a home run when he hit one. The two baserunners thought there was no particular hurry, cither. Center fielder Cesar Cedeno had started to go back on the ball but without any real hope. The infielders didn't even bother to go out. If they had, Mike Schmidt might have hit into the world's longest force play, or double play. Actually, the infield fly rule could have been called! The next day, the speaker was hoisted another 57 feet up and now hangs only 60 feet below the overhang. Some say they plan to recess it into the roof on the days when Schmidt comes to bat. Pythagoras could have computed where that ball would have come to rest. Probably Galveston. At 340 feet out, it still had not reached its apogee. . So, computing a rising object, traveling at the rate of 130 miles per hour, striking a hanging object 117 feet above ground level, 340 feet from its propellant, and squaring a hypotenuse, you have to conclude Mike Schmidt not only hit the most thunderous Texas Leaguer in the game's history, but maybe the game's No. 1 home run. —JE.THIS WERE an isolated instance, like a golfing short- knocker suddenly catching-one and blasting it out there with Jack Nicklaus, it could be dismissed as a baseball oddity. But another night, in Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, Mike Schmidt was taking batting practice when he cracked a "shatter-proof" glass wall in left field. Pitchers tend to wince when they let go of their best pitches Mets whip L.A., make it 4 in row LOS ANGELES. CALIF. (API — Rookie Mike Vail's tie- breaking single in the fifth inning and Del Unser's two-run homer in the seventh backed Jerry Koosman's eight-hitter and gave the New York Mets a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles Thursday night. The triumph. New York's fourth in a row, moved the fourth-place Mets within 4>/2 games of first-place Pittsburgh in the National League Eastern Division. Koosman (11-11) struck out 10, walked five and was helped by three double plays en route to his tenth complete game. The Mets took a 2-1 lead in the fifth with two unearned runs off Rick Rhoden. John Stearns singled and Koosman sacrificed. Shortstop Bill Russell fielded Unser's roller and threw wide to first, Stearns scoring. Then Felix Millan and Vail singled for the go-ahead run. In the seventh inning. Stearns singled and Unser hit his eighth homer. NEW YORK ab r h hi Unser cf AAillan 2b Vail If Staub rf Kingman Ib WGarrett 3b Phillips ss Stearns c Koosman p LOS ANGELES.— ab r h bi 5 J 1 2 Lopes 2b 3010 Lacy If 4011 Wynn cf 3000 Garvev Ib 3010 Ccy 3b 4000 Yeager c 4000 Paciorck rf 3220 Russcl ss 2000 Rhoden p MMota ph Marshal p 5010 4120 3000 4021 3020 3000 3000 3000 2000 1000 0000 McMullen ph 1 0 1 0 Total, New York 31 * 6 3 Los Angeles E—Russell. DP-New York Total 32 1 8 1 OM 020 "10—.4 100 000 000- 1 - _rk 3, Los An- qelos i. 1,08—New York 6, Los Anceles 9. 2B—Garvey. HR—Unser (8). SB- Lopes, Garvey, Cey. 5—Koosman 2. IP H R ER BB SO Koosman (W.ll-11) 9 8 1 1 5 10 Rhoricn (L,l-2) A 42020 Marshall 22223 Balk—Koosman. T—2:16. A—20,970. SMU dispenses with programs; to use 'f lipcards' DALLAS, TEX. (AP) - "Get your peanuts, popcorn, flip- cards". CHICAGO S oliicclo If ent ss Downing Wood p BALTIMORE S!nil«ton rf Muser Ib i Toa ' ' PKelly rf .... Orta 2b 4031 ._ Hendersn ct 4000 TOavIs dh DeJohnsn Ib 2 0 0 0 Baylor It Melton 3b 3010 Grlch 2b Stein dh 3000 Blair cf 4 " ' " A 0 , 0 . 0 BReblnsn 3b 4 3000 Hendreks c 3 2000 Belanser ss * 0000 Cuellar p T,Vo 3 o n 4001 402' 2111 rf Total Baltimore 28 l 5 1 Total E— Downino. ago 2, . DP-Baltimdr* "4." "LOU— Chicago 2, Baltimore 8. 3B-P.Kell,y SB- Baylor 2. S— Mu«er IP H R ER SB SO Wood (L.1319) 8 « 2 2 4 ' Cucllar (W, 13-10) 9 5 PS— Downi-- T— 2:00. 1123 Bonds ruins A's NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) Bobby Bonds drove in all three runs, two of them in the eighth inning with his twenty-fifth home run, to lead the New York Yankees to a 3-2 victory over Oakland Thursday night. Bonds drove in New York's first run in the sixth inning with a double to the right-cen ter field wall after loser Ken Holtzman (15-11) had walked Chris Chambliss. Bonds connected for his homer in the eighth. Billy Williams supplied the A's runs with a homer in the fourth, his nineteenth. OAKLAND NEW YORK ab r h bl cf ..4000 Bonds cf r 2b North _ Washngln RJackson rf 3000 Munson c BWMiams dh 3 T i 5 SNttties 3H MAlxndr or o o 0 q. einl»lL«.rf. Mangual ph Tanace c ? arner 2b . _ . . eMartnz ss 2 0 0 L _ ._ Holtzman p 0000 Cosgins pr 0100 Mason ss 0000 PDobson P 0000 FMrtnez p o o 0 0 4000 4010 3100 (White it 1000 3000 301' iambus ib 2 Wilar ams dh 3 0 •anley ss l o . . Ph 1 0 0 0 ss 0000 Total Oakland New York 29 2 3 2 Total 01 , Alomar. DP_N ' 4, New 2i 3 3 3 5?«2°!=3 York 2. Holtzman (L.15-11) PDobson (W,ll-13) FMartinez Save—FMartlnez IP 8 H R ER BBSO 3332" 322 000 man (Brinkman): T-2 DM OU 1! No arthritis-Reds' catcher Bench relieved Flipcards? Southern Methodist University is breaking with tradition and will dispense this year with football programs at home games. "Our reasoning is three-fold," explains Athletic Director Dick to Mike Schmidt. First of all, there is that swing: It's at least 540 degrees. When Mike Schmidt misses a ball, he does so twice. He misses third strikes with it 138 or more times a year (this year, it's already 144), but he's already leading the league (in a tie with teammate Greg Luzinski) with 31 home runs. And" 67 home runs in a year-and-three-quarters, and 100 bases-on-balls a year are staggering stats for an infielder. And with ball parks getting bigger, no one wants to tell Mike Schmidt to shorten up on that swing. • Mike's home runs laid cnd-to-end would probably criss-cross i ^ M "°" uc ,,. . .„ . . (he continent. Shucks, his singles reach halfway to the moon. Davls ' F1 'P cards vvl11 be much The only thing that remains to be considered is, if he clips an cnca ! :er ' second, we feel like airplane at Shea STtadium one night, is it a ground-rule double or! mo; >t people are interested is the ball in play? j mainly in the rosters anyway. A i 1»75 Los Angeles Times „,. . , ,, ., . .... i Third, the rapid rise of printing [ ™ H paper in the past year has made printing a full program very expensive." The flipcards will carry only roster information for both teams rather than the advertising, school backgrounds and other details printed on football Reuss, Three Rivers: Home park success tale SEEK ACTION ON ELLIS'BAN PITTSBURGH, PA. (AP) The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed charges with h c National Labor Rela- ions Board over the Pittsburgh Pirates' uspension of pitcher Dock iiis. The c o m- plaint, filed last r i d a y , accused Manager Danny Murtaugh of wrongfully disrupting a team meeting Aug. 16 in Cincinnati. Ohio. Ellis was suspended for the maximum of 30 days after he reportedly made remarks and used words that angered Murtaugh. Marvin Miller, director of the 'layers Association, said Mur- augh originally gave permission to player representative Jim Rooker to hold the session. It was expected Ellis would use the meeting to apologize to Murtaugh and the team for refusing to pitch in relief. The Pirates haven't disclosed what Ellis said, but Murtaugh has said he was criticized and that Ellis used curse words. The NLRB reportedly interviewed Murtaugh and several Pirate players as part of Us investigation. PITTSBURGH. PA. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher Jerry-Reuss, who's been near 'per feet at Three Rivers , p Stadium, takes an 118 a m e home victory streak into tonight's encounter with Houston. The game also marks JERRY the return to REUSS Pittsburgh of former Pirate Manager Bill Virdon, how field boss of the last-place Astros after being fired earlier this season by the Yankees. Reuss, acquired by Pittsburgh from Houston two years ago, has pitched in 13 games this season in Pittsburgh, and his earned-run average here is a brilliant 0.90. He had no decision in his first home game, and was beaten Apr. 17 here by Montreal. However, he's been unbeatable in Pittsburgh since then. Five of his triumphs have been shutouts, helping him lower his ERA to 2.29, third best in the National League. No Explanation "1 have no idea,'' Ihe H- fool-K, blond-haired lefly says when asked to explain his home success. "I'm just glad that it's like that. I wish it was like that on the road." Despite a 3-8 road record, Reuss is 14-9 overall. And he has a chance to. become the first Pirate pitcher to win 20 games sinee Vernon Law in I960. "Without a doubt, I'm pitching the best, baseball of my career." acknowledges the St. Louis native. 26. Mainstay of Staff Reuss is the mainstay of a pitching staff that has compiled the second lowest ERA in the National League in helping Pittsburgh stay atop the Eastern Division. The Pirates, who were idle Thursday, need him more than ever now that Bruce Kison has faltered and Dock Ellis has been suspended. "The fact that we're a little short on pitching right now doesn't put any addtional pressure on me." says Reuss. 'Hard Enough' "i don't even think about something like that because il doesn't concern me." he adds. "It's hard enough to do your job in baseball without lakig on somebody's else responsibilities." game programs. Hawkeyes set cross-country siate The Register's Iowa Ntws Service IOWA CITY, IA. - Iowa's cross-country team opens its season Sept. 19 at home against Iowa State. The Hawkeyes compete in seven meets, including four on Iowa's Finkbine Course. THE SCHEDULE Sept. 1» — Iowa State (4 p.m.); 27 — Northwestern, DePaul, Carthage at Crys- Oet. 4 — Augustana (10:30 a.m.); 10 — at Illinois State; 18 - Western Illinois (11 a.m.); a.m.i, £j — /vi — at Wisconsin. Nov. I — Big Madison, Wis. -Minnesota (10:30 a.m.); 31 Ten Championship at SIX HOURS OF FUN, SUN, AND ROCK-AND-ROLL Beach Boys — Jan & Dean — Doors — Monkees — Mama Dylan — 5th Dimension — Turtles — Jackie DeShonn Joni Mitchell — The Eagles — 3 Dog .Night — Nancy Sonny & Cher — The Bvi^^^The Association — Cro Rick Nelson — br^ttf^Rlftt^iW Buffalo Springfield Dylan — Crosb y Million — 'apos — 3D :e — R -Bea — Ri - Dyl $ — M Joni Mit 'ouno, — So iy, Stills, Na 'ffalo Springfield Chris Montez Nancy Sinatr Jan & Dean Cher — f Bread —, Neil Di< The As: The Eagle! Mamas & Jackie DeS! The Byrds -3 Rick Nelson — Bread — Sam Cookf^^^fj^fHSi — Doors — Partr Dino, Desi & Billy — Nancy Sinatra — Linda Ronst Harry Nillson — Dylan — Jan & Dean — Doorj — Mon Archies — 3 Dog Night — Cher — Rick Nelson — Nei THEY'RE ALL ABOARD. . . "THECALIFORNIA SPECIAL" Saturday 6PM- Midnite STEREO Sunday Noon- 6P.M. WIREPHOTO (AP) Up in arms Milwaukee Manager Del Crandall blocks out umpire Don Denkinger as he disputes call during Wednesday night's game with Minnesota at Milwaukee. Crandall contended the Twins' Craig Kusick, who was hit by a pitch, should not have been awarded first base on the grounds he did not try to dodge the pitch. Crandall lost the argument and the Brewers went on to lose for the twenty-second time in 27 games, 1-0 in 11 innings. CINCINNATI, OHIO (AP) A Chicago physician who examined Johnny Bench says he believes the Cincinnati catcher s suffering ! rom a damaged cartilage and not an arthritic condi- ion. Bench has >een bothered )y a painful eft shoulder since a collision at home plate four months ago. t was feared the injury had caused arthritis to settle in the shoulder joint. Dr. Clinton Compere, an or- ;hopedic surgeon who treats the 'hicago Cubs, examined Bench when the team was in Chicago and said his injury is not serious. "A month to six weeks of rest after the season should cure t," Dr. Compere said. The injury was diagnosed as a "jammed AC joint," which is jetween the clavicle and the shoulder. The doctor said he jelieves a small piece of carti- lage was damaged at the time the joint was jammed. Dr. Compere said Bench could play the remainder of the season without damaging the shoulder. _TojnakeJLthrough the season, Bench will be given a cortisone shot every two or three weeks when the shoulder begins to hurt him. Bench received a shot Wednesday and a small amount of fluid was drained from the injured shoulder. "This has been torture," Bench said. "I've been trying to concentrate to help the team win, but I've feared that I might be damaging the shoulder more. Now, I'm relieved. I know the injury won't end my career." Despite his injury, Bench has put together credible statistics. He is hitting .288 with 25 home runs and 100 runs-batted-in. He believes, however, that I the shoulder has hindered his I r u n production, particularly | home runs. "It's tough to go up wanting to feel strong and have no chance of being strong," Bench said. "Then, you try to compensate and you get in trouble." OAKS Continued jrom Page One 1947. There were 17 postponements in 1980. The scheduled finale of the Indianapolis series can't be made up. That reduces the Iowa's chances of setting another record — this one beyond presumption. Unless the Oaks can win two of their'remaining four games against Evansville's new Eastern Division champions, they'll reach a club record for defeats in their seven American Association seasons. The previous high for low grades was reached by the 1972 club, final Oakland representative here, which lost 78. Not the Toughest Actually, Evansville has been easier for Iowa than its other two rivals in the division. The Oaks have won eight of 20 against the champs, only five of 24 vs. third-place Omaha and seven of 23 with runner-up Indianapolis. Postponed along with the game Thursday was Chamber of Commerce night and presentation of Iowa's most valuable player in a most vulnerable season. Also delayed was the pitching turn of Dan Larson (4-5). Philadelphia rally hits Giants, 8-5 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. (AP) - Garry Maddox's triple and doubles by Mike Schmidt arid Johnny Gates keyed a three-run sixth inning that gave Philadelphia an 8-5 victory over San Francisco Thursday. Tom Hilgendorf (6-3) checked the Giants on six hits for 71-3 innings after they had chased Jim Lonborg with three runs on five hits in the first. Hilgendorf also slashed a run-scoring double in a three-run seventh. With San Francisco leading, 3-2, Schmidt doubled and scored on Maddox's triple. Maddox scored on a double by Gates, who tallied on Dave Cash's grounder. San Francisco's Gary Thomasson homered in the first. PHILADELPHIA.. SAN FRANCISCO ss 4 itone.rf 4 1 1 Themasn 3 0 DThomas 2 T Murcer r r h bl imasn cf 4 1 2 " ' 2b If 5000 Momanez IB 4 0 3 1 ib 5120 Speltr ss 4 o l o 3b 4220 DaRader e 3 0 1 1 cf 5.2.32 . 1000 5Tf 2~ bntlverossb 4 f 0000 Barr P 20 aldwell p 0 ( r .. . ;WHlams P 01 McGraw p oooo BMIIIer oh l < Heaverlo p 0 ( J Brown ph 0 1 Total 43 8 17"? Total 34 5 14 5 mi ai ranciice >— I PhllidelpNa Sanfranelici E—Mutton/ Philadelphia Philadelphia ... — _ Cash, Johnstent, Schmidt, Qates, Hutton, Hilgendorf. 3B-Maddox. HR-Thomasson (5). S—Bowa, D.Thomas. 101 00 3MC SPeier, DaRader. DP— r ... 4, SanFrancisco 1. LOB— Philadelphia 10, .SanF.rancisco 8. 2B- IP H Lonborg 2-3 S "ilgndorf (W>3) 71-3 t .IcGraw l 3 Barr (L.ll-12) 51-311 Caldwell l 1-3 4 C.Williams 1-3 0 Heaverlo 2 2 T-2:44. A-4,190. R ER BB SO 3300 0024 2211 5402 3310 0000 0003 Expos beat Jones SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (AP) Tim Foli's tie-breaking single highlighted a three-run sixth inning Thursday night that carried Montreal to a 10-8 victory over San Diego. The Expos spotted San Diego's ace left-hander, Randy Jones, a 7-2 lead through four innings, then pounced on him for four runs in the fifth and chased him in the sixth, tagging him with his eighth loss against 17 victories. MONTREAL SAN DIEGO ab r h bi ab r h bi Bailey If 4102 Grubb cf 6020 Murray p 0000 Fuentes 2b 4122 Foil ss 5011 Tolan If « 1 2 2 Carter rf 5022 McCovev Ib 5 2 2 3 Parrish 3b 5021 Wlnlield rf 4011 Mackanln 2b 5 2 2 0 HTorres ss 4020 Colbert Ib 5332 DaRobrts 3b 4 ] ~ 5220 Kendi 2000 RJoni 1000 Grelf PManaal cf Foote c Blittner rf Rogers P l o o 0 Kubiak Ph CTaylor p 0 o o 0 JJohnsn P JoMrales ph 1 1 l 1 Locklear ph Schrmn p 0000 Jorgensn ph 0 1 0 0 DeMola P 0000 Dwyer if o 0 0 1 4231 2110 0000 1011 0000 1000 39 1013 10 Total San Dieta E—Mackanln, H.Torres, DaRoberts, pwyer. DP—Montreal 2, San Diego 1. LOB-Montreal 7, San Diego 13. 2B- " ndall, McCovey, Colbert, Grubb. HR— Ibert (4), McCovey (15)! SB-Fuentes, ickanln. S—R.Jones, Foote. SF—Bailey, K.ndal. ( .Mc Macl Fuentes. Rpaers :.Taylo aylor . BBSS' 11 ?.Jones (L Grelf J.Johnson IP H R ER BB S 32-311 7 6 1-30 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 52-311 .J': 3 ! 9 1 0 0 ____________ Save— Murray (8). HBP— by Rogers (DaRob«rts). WP-Rogers 2. T-2:47. A-

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