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Mike Gaspeny New Bums May Be Better, But Lack Individuality ' EDSMEEBIM^ The endearing nickname "Bums" can no longer be applied to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who may be the most nearly perfect baseball team ever assembled. In Brooklyn, "Dem Bums" was a playful, sometimes perjora- tive label used to characterize a distinctive, adorable, often ill-fated aggregation of highly Individual ballplayers. To make a roll call of "Bum" stars of yesteryear is to create a series of sharply-imprinted cameos in any baseball fan's mind. Reese, Campanella, Robinson, Snider, Furillo, exotica of melting-pot names, faces and styles that are as vivid as those old newsreels that used to precede motion pictures. It would take a novel to describe the glories and misfortunes of each one of those names. Roger Kahn has done his best to portray the quality of Dem Bums' lives in his excellent book THE BOYS OF SUMMER. But, even so, one wished that a Balzac or Dickens had been h i r e d as official historian for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The contemporary Dodgers are as lacking in individuality as they are stocked with talent. Almost to a man, they are young yet experienced, versatile Adonises representing the expenditure of Brinks trucks of money by the Los Angeles farm system, traditionally the most successful in baseball, so successful, indeed, that" via trades the L.A. front office has managed to supply the rest of baseball with surplus talent. Sizemore, Sudakis, Bobby Valentine and hosts of f o r m e r Dodger "phenoms" now excel for other teams. When a ballplayer fails to fulfill his promise for the Dodgers, there are usually two or three well-qualified candidates hovering over his position. That is especially true for the '74 Dodgers where at second base, for example, Davey Lopes is backed by no less than three adequate infielders: Lee Lacey, Ken McMullen and Rick Auerbach. In the outfield, Willie Crawford, Bill Buckner and Tom Paciorek are in regular competition to flank Jimmy Wynn. Behind the plate, Steve Yeager has performed so resourcefully that he often pushes Joe Ferguson, probably the best young calcher in baseball, into the outfield. BULLPEN LOADED But it is the bullpen that most vexes Walter -Alston's administrative ability. The starters are so effective that there is a dearth of work for all three relievers Mike Marshall, Charlie Hough and Jim Brewer. Marshall, who made a record ninety-two appearances for Montreal last year and who nearly won the Cy Young award, is such a rally- squelcher that he rarely needs assistance from Plough and Brewer. He has already materialized in 33 Dodger games, posting a 1.98 E.R.A.; at that rate, Marshall could very well cast his chunky, mutton chop-sidebumed shadow over a hundred games. Alston's strategy is to have his starters turn in seven or so innings and then to flag in Marshall whose screwball dips as wickedly as his fast ball rises. The score does not apparently affect Alston's use of Marshall. If the opposition trails by from one to five runs, Walter feels that Marshall's presence is urgent. During the Memorial Day series at Busch Stadium, the fireman made two invincible, scoreless appearances, pitching a total of 4% innings. In both cases, the Dodgers held three-run leads when Marshall established his protectorate. As Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek have told millions o'f fans at least one hundred times, Marshall studies and teaches kinesiology at Michigan State during the off-season. Kinesiology is the study o f the principles and mechanics of anatomy in relation to human movement Marshall is the resident in- tellectual on a team composed of players who resem- b 1 e surfers, soul-music crooners and models in Esquire sportswear ads. Marshall's teammates have the Macho-oriented outlooks to match those positions. And so the reliever occupies a rather sticky slot on the Dodger totem pole. If he were not such a premier moundsman. he would suffer an endless series of pranks. But the dignity of his status at least makes pranksters think twice. BOUTON LIKED HIM Marshall has another distinction besides his pitching success and his pursuit of a doctorate. He is one of the lew ballplayers who is treated sympathetically in Jrm Bouton's expose-diary BALL FOUR which fomented such furor a few years ago. Marshall emerges as an intelligent, sensitive human being in Bouton's book. The cleft- chinned, mustachioed pitcher seems to prefer to remain aloof from his fellow Dodgers and the press alike. Before a recent game in St. Louis, while the rest of the Ange- lenos were chortling around the batting cage or kibitzing in the dugout, Marshall sat at the far end of the bench thirty feet away from any of his brethren. He did not want to communicate with the press although he did offer reluctant answers to a few questions. He is probably woefully tired of formula stories of the "egghead-athlete" variety. When queried about how he evaluated Bouton's characterization of him, he answered: "I have absolutely nothing to say on that matter." The response is understandable since most ballplayers either avoid BALL FOUR like it was a dead rat lying on the post-game cold- cut table or profanely denounce the book although very few have actually read it. Marshall was, however, very candid about the importance of his education. "I know it makes me a better human being no matter what it means to other ballplayers," he said adamantly, He delivered this pronouncement with a burning glance toward the Dodgers disporting themselves at the opposite end of the bench. PACIOREK RESTLESS If Marshall finds being an educated ballplayer disagreeable, then Tom Paciorek, according to fellow reporter Richard Lindell, is engaged about h i s place in Walter Alston's platoon system. Lindell talked to the outfielder after Paciorek had been employed as a late-inning substitute against the Cardinals. Paciorek, by the way, was an All-American baseball player at the University of Houston and was once selected as Minor League Player of 'the Year by SPORTING N E W S . Paciorek will proclaim to anyone who will listen that he is a better ball- p l a y e r than either Willie Crawford or Bill Buckner and that he deserves to be a starter. He wants to make it now for the Dodgers or be dealt to a team which will utilize his talent. While the broad-shouldered outfielder was conversing with a reporter, Al Campanis. the director of Dodger personnel, stopped by to counsel Paciorek on his baiting. Paciorek had only gone to plate once that evening, striking out against former Dodger lefthander Pete Richert. He had taken a called third strike. "It looked outside to me," Paciorek complained. "No," the executive argued, "I was sitting right behind the plate, and it hit the corner, Tommy." "Now you know that Richert's breaking ball moves about three inches," Campanis continued, "You played on the same team with him last year." "But it still looked outside to me," Paciorek repeated. "Well all I can say is thai you must have opened your hips loo soon." Campanis concluded and walked off. Paciorek then scowled and cast a "Lord, why me?" glance toward the ceiling. Girls Should Not Compete In Contact Sports With Men By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN LEAGUE East W L P«t 27 22 .551 24 22 .522 24 25 .490 N 25 23 Boston Milwaukee level and Detroit Sew York Baltimore Detroit Oakland {an, City "exas Siicago California Minnesota Sunday's Results Cleveland 5, Kansas City 2 New York I t , Minnesota 1 Oakland 6, Milwaukee 4 Boston 9, Chicago 7 Baltimore 6, Texas 5. 10 in- lings Detroit 2, California 0 Monday's Games Kansas City (Bushy 7-4) at laltimore (Aleander 1-2), N Boston (Drago 4-1) at Minnesota (Corbin 3-0). N Only games scheduled Tuesday's Games Oakland at Detroit. 2 Kansas City at Baltimore, N Teas at Cleveland. N California t Milwukee, N California at Milwaukee, N Boston at Minntsoaa, N New York at Chicago, N MORE st. Louis 'hilaphia Montreal York Chicago Pittsburgh .ps Angeles Cincinnati tlnnta fouston ban Fran San Diego CHICAGO (AP)--Girls should not play football, ice hockey or any other rough contact sports with boys, says the American Medical Association's committee on medical aspects of sports. There is no reason why healthy women should not participate with each other in vigorous contact sports, and there are many reasons why they should be encouraged to do so, the committee said. But it added that participation on boys' teams "with is inordinate injury risk jeopardizes the health and safety of the female athlete and outweighs the benefits of such participa- statement, published in tion.' Its the June 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, was approved by the women's and girls' divisions of the American Association for Health, Physical Education, ·nd Recreation. The AMA commitee pointed out that girl* are it a disitinct Professional Baseball .481 .479 479 27 25 23 25 West 29 21 .580 25 24 .519 25 .500 23 ,.489 27 .471 25 .444 GB 1V4 v4 3'A 25 22 24 20 3V4 3Vi 4 414 5V4 Wi NATIONAL LEAGUE East W L Pci. 26 22 .542 27 23 540 2t 21 .500 21 28 .429 19 26 .422 18 23 West 37 15 28 20 27 23 27 25 27 27 18 38 .391 .712 .583 .540 .519 .500 .321 GB Sunday's Games Houston at New York, ppd ain Chicago 7, Los Angeles fi Cincinnati 5. Pittsburgh 1 St. ouis 9. San Diego 6 Philadelphia 4, San Francisco Atlanta 9, Montreal 0 Monday's Games Atlanta (Morton 6-4) at Phila delphia (Carlton 6-4). N Cincinnati (Kirby 3-3) at New York (Muedf ; -2), N Only games scheduled League Leaders NATIONAL LEAGUE BATTING (125 at b a t s ) -- !5arr. At!, .391; R.Smith, StL 381. RUNS--Bonds, SF, 47; Wynn ^A. 42. RUNS BATTED IN--Garvey LA. 4fi; R.Smith, StL, 44 Wynn, LA, 44. HITS--Garr, All, 84; Maddox SF, 73. DOUBLES--Maddox, SF, 16 Rose, Cin, 15; Garvey, LA, 15. TRIPLES--Garr, All, 7 A.Oliver, Pgh, 6. HOME RUNS--Wynn, LA, 15 -edeno, Htn, II; Garvey, LA STOLEN BASES--Brock, StL 32: Cedeno, Htn, 26. PITCHING (5 Decisions)-John, LA, 8-1, .889, 2.88 Griffin Htn. 6-1, .857, 2.88. STRIKEOUTS -- Seaver, NY 90; P.Niekro, All, 72. AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING (125 at bats)Carew, Min, .410; R.Jackson Oak, .399. RUNS--Campaneris, Oak, 36 R.Jackson, Oak, 34. RUNS BATTED IN--Bur roughs. Tex, 53; R.Jackson Oak, 42. HITS--Carew, Min, 75; Bur roughs. Tex, 67. DOUBLES--Rudi, Oak 17 Burroughs, Tex, 14. TRIPLES--Campaneris. Oak 5; Belanger, Bal, 4; D.F,vans Bsn, 4; R.white, NY, 4; Rivers Cal, 4; Otis, KC. 4; Wohlford K.C, 4. H O M E RUNS-R.Jackson Oak, 15; W.Horton, Del 12 Briggs. Mil, 12; Burroughs S T O L E N BASES-North Oak, 23: Patek, KC, 16; Camp anens. Oak,16 PITCHING (5 Dccisions)- G.Perry, Cle, 9-1, .900, 1.46 Fin gcrs, Oak, 5-1, .833, 3.00 , STRIKEOUTS-N.Ryan. 110; Blyleven, Min, 77. Ca disadvantage to boys in contac sports because they a r e less muscular and substantial! lighter in weight. Even if girls are matched ac cording to weight, it added they are still exposed to potentially greater injury, since they have a higher ratio of fat tissue than boys. The committee noted that participation in girls' high school sports competition has increased 175 per cent over the past two years, and cited the health benefits of appropriate sports. Girls also have asked to participate on boys' teams in non- contact sports, it said, adding that where no comparable girls' program exists or where separate athletic programs are not feasible, "this interim measure is a desirable solution for selected sports." "However, it Is in the long- range interest of both male and female athletes that they have their own programs." the com mittec said. 100 Quolifier RIVERSIDE. Calif. (AP) -Herschel McGriff, the defend ing champion, qualified first fi next Sunday's California 10 when he raced his 1969 Cheveli around the Riverside Inte: national Raceway course i 106.098 miles per hour -FUN-MART- Op»n 9 a.m. to 1 1 p.m. · GO-KARTS · GAS-BUMPER KARS · MIN-E-GOLF · MOON WALK ·KIDDIE RIDES · CONCESSION · Birthday Party RatM Yl ' i Northwnt Arttontae TIMB, MMI., Jum 3, 1974 Cards Flat But Stop Floundering San Diego By 9-6 Score Anyway CAP Wirephoto) PARDON MY FOOT .. .San Diego Padres Bobby Tolan slips his foot in under Ted Simmons to score during the eighth inning Sunday afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals. Simmons attempted to block the plate until he could get the baU from right field. The Cards completed a three game sweep over the Padres with a 9-6 victory To Win Kemper Open Menne Surprises Field CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- «'d often considered quitting, e'd won less than $30,000 in Vz years. Car trouble coming nto Charlotte had just about usted him. He was down to as money to the next stop. His vife was cooking hamburgers n the motel room. Andl, w i t h that background nd that pressure, longshot Bob Menne birdicd the f i n a j hole of egulation play to gain a tie nd then scored from 30 feet on he first hole of sudden death to vin the $50,000 first prize in the emper Open Golf Tournament. "It means everything to me," e curly-haired man from lassachusetts said after his ramatic triumph Sunday. "It leans t h e Masters and the 'ournament of Champions. And means money. "Golly, $50,000." Menne, 32, a strug gler iroughout his six-year tour ca- eer, whipped an iron shot to within six feet of the cup for le birdie on 72nd hole that aught front-running Jerry Heard, the" defeated the easy- oing guy with the dramatic lirdie putt on the first playoff »ole. "If I have to lose," said Heard, "I'm glad it's to Bob. le needs the money. I'm glad t's him and not somebody like Jack) Nicklaus that's got more money than he'll ever eed." And Nicklaus and all the oth- .· great names in the game vere in the field. They had l.o K. The tournament, which of- ered $250,000 in total prizes, is ne of three designated lourna- lents o» the schedule, tournaments in which the game's eading players are required to lay. Menne had to win his way nto the field by qualifying in n 18-hole round on Monday. He won it with a final round f 67 and a total of 270, 18 un- er par on the 7,085-yard Quail leard matched that total with last-round 70. Dave Hill just missed the layoff by a single stroke at 71. He bolted into contention n the strength of a brilliant, cven-under-par 65 in the last ound. Lee Trevino, also in con- ention until the last nine holes, ad a 69-272. Billy Casper and J.C. S'ead, ach with a 69, were at 273. he other big guns we^e strung ut further back. Jack Nicklaus had 70--278. o h n n y Miller was 70--280. ary Player scored 72--286. A old Palmer und Tom Weiskopf tarted but didn't qualify for .he final two rounds. THE RESULTS Top scores and money-win UAs Malancon Qualifies For NCAA Meet WICHITA. Kans.'-- Arkansas listance runner Randy Melancon placed second in the three- mile run Saturday night at the U.S. Track and Field Federa- ion meet, setting an Arkansas tale record of 13:36.8. In breaking the record of 3:49.8 set by teammate Steve louk in April. Melancon quali- ied for the NCAA meet at Ausin this week. "He'll run in the rials on Thrusday, and I think has a good chance to make he finals on Saturday," saic Arkansas distance coach John McDonnell. John Halberstedt of the Pad ic Coast Track Club, and formerly of Oklahoma State, won the three-mile in 13:22.8. Tom Aspel of Arkansas was clockec n 14:15 and did not place, bill McDonnell noted. "For a fresh man who had never run the race before, Tom did very well." Melancon had run the three mile only twice previously a Arkansas. OOGCEDTOLEIS ·IMH VMT MlM ·Mjf£ir*^ TOILAFLIX* IMikc orAamr, phacen, IWbfla masy mtcr to splMk b«cb or escape. With ToiUffn the full pressure plows ttlroulh the clogging msis snd sirishcs it down, - m r r n i i nun mm m mi »»cic · currm muf, curt wo MMUMO o Twnco rm. «nt* MUTMRT m M ·»*·*· -T«Mh»r *2" AT HANOWAM .TOWS nings Sunday in the $250,01)0 Kemper Open Golf Tournament on the 7,085-yard, par 72 Quail Holly Country Club course: x- won sudden doath playoff: x-Bob Menne $50,000 Jerry Heard $28,500 Dave Hill $17,750 Lee Trevino $11,750 J.C. Snead $9,625 Biy Casper $9,625 Kermit Zarley $8,000 Bruce Crampton $6,792 Hubert Green 56,792 Chi Chi Rodriguez $6,792 Bert Yancy $5,062 John Jacobs 55.062 Gibby Gilbert $5,062 Gene Littler $5,062 67-69-67-67-270 69-66-65-70--270 70-70-66-65-271 70-6J 69 69-272 69-66-69-69--273 69-6 8 -67-«9-273 68-68-70-69--275 66-72-69-69--276 68-68-68-72--276 :z 70-65-71-70--276 67-70-68-72-277 68-67-71-71--277 70-65-70-72--27V 72 -67-70-6 -- 27V ST. LOUIS (AP) - If putting it all together means success in baseball, the San Diego Padres have yet to learn the lesson. The Padres, the tailenders of the National League West, pounded out 17 hits Sunday but ·managed to come up losers 9-6. "That's.been our story," sighed gray-haired Manager John McNamara, whose club led the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 in the eighth inning. "When we get pitching we haven't been getting any hitting," McNamara lamented. "When we get hitting, we haven't been getting the pitching." Pitching, however, was hot the Padres' worst suit until an erratic infield opened the door for the Cardinals, w h o made the most of nine hits. Fleet Bake McBride was safe on Rich Morales' error to start the St. Louis eighth. Ken Reitz was walked purposely then Luis Melendez singled sharply for a 6-6 deadlock. Cards newcomer Jack Heide^ mann forced Melendez with Reitz holding second, Tom Hfintzelman singled on the infield and Ted Sizemore walked to force home Reitz. That gave the Cards a 7-6 edge and enough to win. but Reggie Smith's third hit, a single, produced two bonus runs. The Cards got two runs in the sixth off two singles, two walks and a passed ball for a 5-3 lead. San Diego got one of the runs back on Dave Roberts' pop fly double in the seventh and climbed on top on run-produc ing singles by Bobby Tolan and Willie McCoyey an inning later. Veteran Tim McCarver afterward had words to summarize the loose marathon, which featured the ' of six Cards pitchers among 35 players al.l "It was one of the weirder ones, but you're absolved from Morton Will Nay Dickey Morton of Arkansas ill play in the 14lh annual Coaches All-America football game at Lubbock. Tex., on June 22. The announcement camp Saturday, and increased the number of player signees to 54. Morton rushed for 1298 yards . 1973 and set a Southwes C o n f e r e n c e career rushing record of 3317 yards. He wil play Tor Coach Barry Switzer'a West team. 1 mistakes if you win," he oted, "It's not that easy to go ut there every day and not b« at. We were flat and we were icky." Vicente Romo, 1-2. the third adres hurler, was the loser nd 38-year-old Orlando Pena, 0, the victor in relief. "We're going to take them." laintained Smith, who totaled Dur runs batted in. "We're not DO proud." erryBradshaw Remain With Sfeelers PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Terry iradshaw was at the news coherence to announce he had purned the World Football eague to stay with the Pitts- urgh Steelers, but in casual flatter beforehand he men- .oned his beef cattle spread in .ouisiana. "There's a lot more money ighl now in raising hogs, but it ounds better to say you have a anch than a pig farm." he aid with a grin as he flicked .n ash from a long cigar. That same regard for his mblic image may have in- luenced Bradshaw's decision to ign a new multiyear contract vith Pittsburgh of the National ""ootbalt League, even though icre were hints the New York tars of WFL offered more money. "Well. I didn't like the idea if playing in small stadiums tat may not be filled , . . and 1 till haven't taken this team to Super Bowl," acknowledged 25-year-old quarterback. irst choice in the 1970 NFL .raft. Bradshaw, who still has 'a car left on his current five- car agreement with Pitts- urgh, added that he had oubls about whether the WFL an survive. TRI-IAKES ANTENNA Sales and Service H«w used Ait*fin» cotor · miack * wnttt ··ostors · Towors Fre« Estimates 751-7927 7H-OST Take a good friend to court. There's no friend like a good ^ · ^-^ i m mend. MO CHARTER The smoothest Kentucky Bourbon you'll ever know. fUMOU Kunai»«sta · tt nt · © nit no MJJlu csi. «s, louswu, a.

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