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JC · Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sun., June ?, 1974 FAVCTTtVILLI. AUKANIAS Mike Gaspeny Smith Continues To Pummel National League Pitching It was an hour before the Cardinals-Dodgers game last Wednesday night, and Reggie Smith stood imperially among his teammates outside the baiting cage at Busch Stadium, clutching his bat and wailing to take at] extra cut or hvo. As of Wednesday, Smith was pummelling National League pitching at a ..170 pace, with nine homers and 37 RBls and he lookeii ;vs if those figures had settled comfortable in his stomach like filet tnignon and champagne. Cardinal fans have welcomed Smith as a savior, and tic has responded brilliantly so E a r , "How do I like playing In Bi:sch Stadium? It's a pleasure. A PLEASURE," he said emphatically, hopping back into the cage. "First of all, I like it because I hit well here," he called back over his shoulder, and then, in demonstration he rocked a batting practice fastball into the right field corner. "Second, I Hkc it here because National League parks are new and symmetrical." he continued, hustling out of the cage. "American League parks arc old and depressing," he m a i n t a i n e d , flashing; a smile .eastward in the direction of Boston, Fenway Park, and Carlton Fisk. The confident outfielder wants all the folks back east in that dreary old American League to know that he's very happy playing within view of the Gateway Arch and that he has the statistics to prove his new-found satisfaction. Smith was frequently accused of hoing a " hot-dog M by Boston press and players alike. The Puritan conscience Judged him as a potential super-star who never fulfilled his promise, a performer who did not have Ms team al heart, and a slacker whom a h a n g n a i l would keep out of the starting line-up. There is some justification to those claims since Smith managed to miss 47 games last season without sustaining a major injury. Nonetheless, when the reluctant outfielder did play, he hit productively for the Bosox, finishing '73 with 21 homers, 69 RBTs and an ample .303 aver age. Tn St. Louis, Smith has thus far played with intensity in both the field and al the plate. STLEN'CKS CRITICS Another lingering allegation against tiie Shrevoport-born outfilrler was t h a t Smith accumulated most of bis RBl's In BO games or "laughers" anc that in crucial situations his of- fccicncy was negligible. In the recent, Ihree-gama scries a gainst the West-leading Dod gers. Smith's bat effectively stl encerf such claims. He hit ferociously against the 1»sl pitching in baseball. In Hie first game, he slashed A homicidal homer off A n d y Messersmith into the right-center field seals. Facing Don SuHon in the secoiu" match, he s l a m m e d n Uirec-rur homer and a run-scoring double. Sut(on fed Smith slow breaking s t u f f , and he sufferer for it. Fn game three. Smith doubled twice off lefthander Tommy John. His first double was Lashed so violently that i bounded off John's knee ant rolled t h i r t y feet into righl field Smith completed the series wit! fivct extra base hitse and six RBIs. Despite Smith's potency am the consequent enthusiasm of ftedbirci f a n s , the trade whicl shuttled Rick Wise and "Reggie Cleveland off to New Enghinc has left the Cardinals will grave flaws in their s t a r t i n g pitching rotation. John Curtis peddled along with Smith fron Boston, has been erratic (3 5.5.33 E.R.A.). Curtis blames his fear of pitching in a sup erior league for his weak re cord. He says that he presscc too hard in spring training to prepare for the smoking bats in the National League and tha he's heen unable to find himsel! since then. If Curtis has been bfid. Ihen Alan Foster, who won 13 games in St. Louis last year, has been worse. Foster current possesses a 1-5 record, a vhoppinj; K.R.A.. and a ticket o the Cardinal bullion. Against he Dodgers last Tuesday night, ;e yielded nine hits in 2 one- ,hird innings, and his high-sail :ng fastball looked so inviting :hat f a n s were tempted to grab uats and the eager Dodgers lurried to the plate like cus :omers surging through turn stiles. With Bob Gibson off to a poor s t a r t , the C a r d i n a l s now own one strong pitcher. Lynn McGlolhi'n. Sonny Klebert. who didn't pitch in the Dodger series localise of a stiff neck, has liurlcd admirable so far for the Cardinals, but the veteran righthander has been afflicted by arm ailments and a diminishing fastball in recent years. At the rate the Rcdbird mounds- men arc surrendering ball- games. Reggie Smith will have lo hit .400 m compensation. SHORTSTOP PROBLEM But the concern in St. Louis right now is centered more on Lhe shortstop position than on the pitching s t a f f . Mike Tyson, who committed 12 errors in his first 40 games was given a "vacation by Red Schoendienst at the opening of the Los Angeles set. Red wanted the young infielrier to watch from Ihe bench and get his bearings back. A few days earlier general manager Bing Devine was trying very hard to h-ade Tyson to the Cubs or the Mets Devine proffered Tyson, Alar Foster, and Mike G a r m a n to Chicago for reliable shortstop Don Kessinger and reliever Horacio Pina, Devine was not exactly dealing from power, and Chicago declined the exchange. It has lx?cn rumorec Lhal St. Louis is also interested in the services of New York's Bud Harrclson. Schocndicnst emplyed three different shortstops in the Dodger series. Luis Alvarado a recent acquisition from the White Sox, opened for Cards but he could not hold the position long enough for Tyson's "rest." Alvarado is by n a t u r e an:l inclination a scconc: baseman where he toiled on-and-off for Chicago. He is a competent h i t t e r and in interesting-looking ballplayer, but lie is limited in range. Sever;]~ routine grounders evaded Alvarado for basehils in the sc com! game against the Dodgers. This malfeasance promptec: Schoendienst to cxperimcnl with outfielder Luis Mclcndex al short during the late inning of the second game. Melcnde? was only challenged by grounder once. T y s o n ' s holiday ended precipitately, and he played the third game rather tensely making two wide throw-s on easy plays which Joe Tom managed to salvage al first Tyson's discomfort is certainly understandable since Devine's desire to trade him is public knowledge in St. Louts. Tom Hcintxclman, Ihc olher short slop on the liedbird rosier miisl be silling so far awaj from the manager's left hantl that he is no longer «nng con sidercd as a possibility at short It is lucky (hat St.' Louis be longs to Ihe Eastern Division ol Ihc National League. T h e r e weakness counters wcakues: across the board, and a strug ling team can always hanj close to the top. Despite pro blems with the slarting pitcher: and the shortstops, the Cardina' in contention. Xo less lhart se vcn regulars are balling more t h a n .230 ( S m i t h . licit/. Brock McBride. Simmons. Sizemore and Torre), and that is a re markable state of affairs in a league stocked with adept pit chers. The comment that I-eo Durocher once made about the Dodgers -- "All we have to do is hang close, and we'll ge' them in September" - con IK applied to the Card's position in N.L. East where the standings will shift almost daily until the end of the season. A reviv« Tyson and more stamina fron- the starters could justify the hopes o fthe Cardinal f a i t h f u l . B A L T I M 0 R R C A P ) --' )pfending Champion Judy Ran- r,in slumped on the back nine n Saturday's second round of he Baltimore Golf Champion- hip, but maintained her one- troke lead in the $"10.000 o u r n a m o n t . The 29-year-old Mrs. Rankin cd by one stroke after the first round and moved to five strokes mdcr par a E t e r touring the "rent nine of the Pine Ridge Johns Hopkins Collects Crown NEW BRUNSWICK. N..I. (AP) -- Johns Hopkins won the NCAA lacrosse championship Saturday, dethroning M a r y l a n d . 17-12. A crowd of 11.50(1. largest counterpart f r o m Maryland Jake Reerl. established record of facing 116 shots a' goal. Sophomore F r a n k Wittelsher ever at a championship p a m e l g e r scored five goals for Hop in (he four-year history of the event, saw the Blue Jays take a n m r ^ v ' l Thoma Maryland the game, fir.t wo\ n addC(J (wo md defense kins and teammates Rick Ko walchuk. Rich Hirsch and Jack d throe each. " When the Blue Jay; 1«1 14-6 near the end of the third period, M a r y l a n d surged hack with five straight goals. But two quick Hopkins goals brought the score to 16-11. Then the two teams traded goa!s to close out the contest. Hopkins thus avenged l a s t year's title defeat when it lost to Maryland 10-9 in a game that went into two overtime periods. Hopkins, which defeated Maryland earlier this sear, f i n - ished the season with an 11-2 won-lost record under departing Coach Bob Scott. Maryland wound up with an 82 mark. Scott, leaving a f t e r 20 years with the team, cited the play of his freshman goalie. Kevin Mahon, who. with his freshman man Bob Barbera. one. The M a r y l a n d scoring was led by sophomore Frank Urso with three goals and three as =ists. Dave Dempsey. Ed Mul len and Kevin Boland had two each. Dave Hallock. Boh Mil chell and Roger Tuck contrib uted the other Terrapin goals. Bluebonnet Entries HOUSTON (AP) -- Haw-al- and Nevada-Las Vr-gas have accepted invitations to play in the 15th annual Blue-bonne Basketball Classic Jan. 3-4 in Hofheinz PavilHon here. The two teams will join Houston and Texas AM in the two day tournament. Pairir.ss wil be announced later. In Baltimore Golf Championship Rankin Maintains Margin course in threc-under-par 34. Although she bogcycd the 13th. 1-Hh and 15th holes, she finished the day at par for a 36 hole total of 144. fn a f o u r w a y tie for second place al 145 were Susie Berning. M a r i l y n n Smith. Kathy Whitworth and local favorite Carol Mann. Mrs. Berning tired a 69, Saturday's best round, after Mario Andretti Earns Pole Position For Formula 5000 Race LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) -- Vlario Andretti pushed his Lola to an average speed of 103.763 miles per hour Saturday to claim the pole position in the first 50-mile heat race Sunday of the Formula 500 Championship race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Andretti, in his first Formula 500 race, and Brian Redman dominated the course in the closing minutes of qualifying :ime, both pushing their cars to the ultimate only a few feet apart on the twisting 2.4-mile road racing course. The engine in Redman's Chevrolet-powered Lola died in the final seconds, leaving him with an average speed of 102.679. That was good enough to claim pole position in the second heat. 'Both Andretti and Redman broke the old Mid-Ohio qualifying record of 100.724, set last year by Jody Schcckter. The Mid-Ohio race is the first major road race of the 1974 ;eason in the United Slates and will feature a $58,050 payout to the top finishers. It also is the first race ever to be sanctioned by both the Sports Car Club of America, which originated the series in 1967, and the United States Auto Club, which normally runs races for In didnapolis-type cars. David Hobbs is driving a Lola T332 in the series this year, a car identical to the models used by the two polesit- ters. Hobbs ended up the thirc fastest qualifier with a 100.24 mph best lap which will have him rating against Andretti in the first heat race. Canadian Eppie Wietzes, also driving a Lola T332, was the fourth fastest qualifier al 100.244 mph, followed by American Brett Lunge in a Dan Gurney Racing Eagle, the only American-designed and bull car in the scries. Lunger, who was a teammate of Hobbs in 1973, turned in a 99.687 mph lap for his best ef fort. witching to a side-saddle put ing stance in the second round ollowing d i f f i c u l t y on the rcens on Friday, She had five birdies in ihe econd round while using Ihe ide-saddle approach, which iclped her win the U.S. Open Championship last year. She aid she adopted the stance because of a weak right eye which made her twist her head white Mary Wolfe and Beth Stone .·ere tied for sixth place at H! going into Sunday's final rount 3f the 54-hote tournament. JoAnne Garner, who hac von the two previous tournaments on the Ladies Profess nal Golf Association lour, was i a five-way tie at 147. JoAnn rcnlice. the leading money inner of 197-1, was in a five- ay tic for 7th place at 150. The early leaders had diffi -jlty on the back nine Salur day, enabling Mrs. Berning and Miss Smith lo draw close ti he lead despite shooting 76 ant, 75 respectively in Ihc opening round. Like Mrs. R a n k i n . Miss Mann also had three bogeys afte making the turn, but birdied loth the 16th and 17lh green, o finish the round with a one- undcr par 7. Jerilyn Brilz and Judy Meis -er, both in their first full year on the tour, had difficully after being among the leaders or "'riday. Miss Britz, tied for second a 7 after the first round, soaret to a 77 while Mrs. Meisler add ed a 78 lo her first round tola of 7.3. Soap Boxers Rolling Along With International Format AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- The, AH-American Soap Box Derby,' whose spinning wheels nearly came to a grinding halt, is roll- "ng again and may be rcviia- ixprl irilo an international af- air, according to the annual classic's general manager. The derby, which began in 1906, first started going down hill in 1972 when its long-time sponsor, Chevrolet, pulled out. Then last December, the scandal-ridden and financially troubled race looked as though it might be headed for the junk yard when the Akron Commerce pulled out after sponsoring the 1873 race. But derby General Manager Ron Baker, a member of the Jaycee organization which has taken over sponsorship of the race, says some of the problems are being straightened out. "We've incorprated as the International Soap Box Derby" and there is "A tremendous amount of interest," Baker said. "The program is going to expand and, we hope, become trulv international." Franchise Texas Wins For Record Crowd ARLINGTON, Tex. (AP) -Home runs by Toby Harrah and Tom Grieve powered the Texas Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Saturday night before 39,269 fans, the largest crowd in the history of (he franchise since it moved from Washington, The crowd was attracted by a baseball bat giveaway. .Jim Bibby scattered 10 hits on to even his record at 7-7 as Dave Me N ally dropped his fourth game in eight deciscons. Harrah ripped a 380-foot shot into the left field stands for his third homer of (he baseball season in the third inning to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Designated hitter Grieve blasted a McNally pilch 420 feet into the left field stands in the fourth inning with one base- runner on to trigger a three-run outburst. A double by Harrah and an RBI single by Leo Cardenas accounted for the fourth Texas run. Baltimore got to Bibby for two r u n s in the seventh. Ear! Williams. Mark Belanger and Al Bnmbry singled, Williams scored on Rich Coggins' grounder and Belanger came home on a sacrifice fly by Bobby Grich. _ Sunday Starters By The Associated Press American League Milwaukee (Wright 5-5) at Oakland (Hunter 7-5) Detroit (Fryman 1-3) al California (Tanana 4-6) Baltimore (Cuellar 6-3) at Texas (Clyde 3-1), N'. New York (Stottlemyre 5-6) at Minnesota (Corbin 3-0) Kansas City (Splittorff 5-4) at Cleveland (G. Perry 8-1) Chicago (Bahnsen 5-4) at Boston (Cleveland 3-5) National League Atlanta (Capra 3-2) at Montreal (Rogers 7-3) Houston (Griffin 6-1) at New York (Parker 1-3 or Sadecki 21) Los Angeles (Sutton 6-4) at Chicago (Reuschel 3-4) San Francisco (D'Acquisto 35) at Philadelphia (Lonborg 45) San Diego (Jones 3-8) at St. Louis (Curtis 3-5) Pittsburgh (Kison 2-2) at Cincinnati (Norman 4-5) j ·equRsts have come from Eng land, France, Belgium, Sweden Japan. Okinawa, and the Phil lipines, the manager said. "Unfortunately, we got start ed late," Baker said, and th only foreign countries repre sented this year will be Canada Venezuela "and maybe Wes Germany." Baker .said plans soon will b announced for a nonprofit faun dation which he hopes will b able to establish scholarshi programs and put the Derb on a sound financial basis. He says he has about $75,00 to run the race at Derby Down Aug. 17. That is less than ha: what the Chamber spent on th derby last year. However Barker says the $75,000 will be enough. The Jaycees not only ar working on plans for financin. the event. Baker said they pla new rules aimed at getting th derby "back to basics." Among other things, the nH rules regulate construction limil ing racers to wood construction Plastic "supcrcars," whic many believe promote commer cialism and overzealous compet ition, will be barre.il. A scandal developed at th derby last year when the winne: was disqualified because the car was equipped with a so phisticated electromagnet de vice which gave it a faste start. Baker said 101 cities aroun the country have franchises fo local races," and we expect t have 120 on race day." Ther were 138 entrants in the All-Am erican last year. Seattle Will Get Franchise SAN JOSE. Calif. (AP) -The National Football Lcagu will grant Seattle a new lean franchise next week, a news paper said Saturday. The San Jose Mercury sail the franchise probably wouli be announced Tuesday during . N F L executive committc meeting in New York. When the NFL granted Tarn pa. Fla.. a franchise in April, i said another city would be re ceiving a franchise soon. The Mercury, which did no identify its sources, said th NFL also considered Memphis Phoenix and Honolulu as pos sible sites. The new franchise i scheduled to begin play in 197 after a new $40 million dom stadium is completed i: Seattle. The newspaper said Ihre groups were trying to bring lb franchise to Seattle, includini. one headed by Herman Sar towsky, owner of the Portlarir Trail 'Blazers and another lor hy Sam Schulman of the Seattli SiiperSonics. The third groui was led by Hugh McElhenny representing the Seattle King hockey club. Famous Name Wins NEW YORK (AP) -- Chri. Evert took the lead an eighth o a mile from the finish then held off Maud Muller and won thi 589,625 Mother Goose Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Saturday a 1 Belmont Park. The victory gave Chris Ever the opportunity to win New York's Triple Crown for fillies that ends with the $100,000 added Coaching Club American Oaks June 22. The Carl Rosen owned filly had won a division of the Acorn, first race in the series. MeCorty Joins Fire CHICAGO ( A P ) - The :hicago Fire of the World Foot- iall League Saturday nounced the slgnlnf of Micky McCarty. formerly a tight end with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. 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