Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on September 4, 1974 · Page 16
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16 Northwest Arkanias TIMES, Wed., Sept. 4, 1974 FAVETTEVILLE, A R K A N S A S Brock Steals One Against Expos; Cardinals Produce 22 Hit Attack . ST. LOUIS (AP) -- "I hit the ball well but out. At least it ^vasn't one of those nights when .1 bombed," unflappable Lou Brock noted. The fleet St. Louis Cardinal, closing in one two ot baseball's ,mos\, coveted records, was sidetracked momentarily by the Montreal Expos in a National League doubleheader Tuesday night. v,.- Bui, after a home run spree ,by his teammates \von the lirst .contest 5-1, Brock was at his jreekless best again with a stolen base and a near miss in the nightcap. »-: He singled twice, pirated sec- ;ond base in the third inning and · was safe via another umpire .ruling as the Cards won the second game going away 8-4. ·;' T e d Sizemore, however, .·walked on the same pitch as .he second theft, and Ihe 35-year-old outfielder was content to remain at No. 99. "I can wait. I've Rot plenty ot lime," Brock said teasingly ifterward to reporters who clustered at his locker in the Cards' clubhouse, "Il's you guys who arc worried," he added, a twinkle in :iis eye. "You don't know when I'm going to be doing what I'm going to do." Brock, by virtue of his steal, moved tour from the NL career tiiefl record of 738 set by the Pittsburgh Pirates' Max Carey in 1929. After that it's only one more until he reaches the one-season majors standard of 104 "set by Maury Wills, and Brock indicated he's ' visited long distance with the former Los Angeles Dodgers star. Thomas Returns, Says He's Sorry By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Duane Thomas, the Washington Redskins' own prodigal son, returned to the fold Tuesday and promised to behave h i m self. "He said he was sorry," explained Coach George Allen after reinstating Thomas. "He does not want to play for any other team." Thomas, a gifted but unpredictable running back, was sent packing ~ a week ago atter an altercation-with assistant coach Charlie Waller in which he reportedly grabbed Waller by the collar, cursed al him, accused him of racism and threatened to punch him. Later Thomas apologized and asked to rejoin the team. "II was my toughest decision ever as a coach," said Allen. "It'll be unpopular with a lot of people. My first consideration was for the team. Duane can help us . . . he has made so much progress I wanted to give him a second chance." Thomas started his career with Dallas and was in' strumental in Ihe Cowboys' victory over Miami in Super Bowl VI, He then was sent to New England, back to Dallas and on to San Diego, leavingg angry, frustrated coaches in his wake. He came to Washington last year but was r,sed only sparingly, gaining fewer than IOC vards on 32 carries. With the departure of Charlie rlarraway to the World Foot all League, Thomas had ap jarently won the starting full jack job in Washington. Elsewhere in the Nationa' Football League, the Los Ange es Rams signed veteran center Bill Curry, president of the S T FL Players Association, to a one-year contract. Curry was cut five days ago by the Hous ton Oilers. A Hams' spokesman sain Curry passed a physical exam ination before signing.the con tract. The 32-year-old linemar had suffered a broken leg las season in a game against thi Rams. The Cleveland Browns tin loaded their player representa live, wide receiver Frank Pitts sending him to Oakland for a undisclosed draft choict nex year. Browns' owner Art Mod ell saitl that Pitts' being playe representative had nothing do with the deal, but rumor that he may be heading for Ih WFL may have. The New York Jets dealt II year veteran John Schmidt their starting center for th past eight years, to the Greei Bay Packers. The Dallas Cowboys signei free agent kicker George Hun to replace Toni Fritsch an Harry Kokolus, both of whon are injured. "Maury's always been nice bout my going after it." he aid. "Il's history versus hat's new. One of the things lis does is make Maury cur ent again in people's minds." Able to reach base in 32 o le Cards' 33 previous games uring his record pursuits 3rock was blanked by th xpos' Tom Walker. Ernie IcAnally and Dale Murray in ic opener. But in the nightcap, after re iring him to a lengthy fly ball lonlreal's Steve Rogers, 12-19 vas greeted by a ringing hit of Brock's bat to start the third. Brock waited until the coun vas 1-1 on Sizemorp, Ihe iroke fast and was safe by . vide margin ahead of Expo :atcher Barry Foote's throw. "The most important thing i o be calm and give good, high Quality concentration on wha ,'ou're doing," he confided. "And never be afraid of ge ing thrown out," he added. '". a guy's afraid of getting throw out he's never going to mak it." The Cards, banging out 2 lils in the doubleheader, g ,wo solo .home runs from Reg Smith and one from Jo Torre in the opener. In the nightcap Ken Rei slammed two run-scoring do' bles, Montreal errors accounte 'or two more runs and Bak McBride hit a two-run homer. "The first pitch I hit was high fast ball and the secon a r oout waist high," Smith r narked in reference to his wa ops against Walker, 2-5, an McAnally. "But it doesn't really mak any difference who's pitching you're swinging right," he i sisted. "If you're in a groove, might as well be an Iro Mike." St. Louis' sweep left t! Cards two games behind II front-running Pittsburgh P rates in the NL Easl and Ma ager Red Schoendiensl in good frame of mind. "You split a doublehead and it hurts at this lime of t year," he said. "You can't a ford it, nol the way the Pirat are going." Bulls Trade Ray CHICAGO -- The Chicag Bulls of the National Basfcetba Associalion traded center Cl ford Ray plus a very substa tial amount of cash to the Go: en State Warriors for vetere center Nate Thurmond. Professional Baseball Bv The Associated Press .. NATIONAL LEAGUE East W L Pci. GB 73 63 .537 -71 65 .522 2 66 70 .485 7 62 71 .466 9'A 61 72 .459 10 'A 55 77 .417 16 iltsburgh 1. Louis liilaphia ew York lonlrcal hicago Reminiscent Of Grqylon Wyatt Bobo Returns For Atkins 70 71 72 _. 77 West _ _ Angeles 84 51 incinnati .622 .603 .555 .511 .456 .365 9 15 22V4 35 82 54 76 61 louston 69 66 an Fran 62 74 san Diego 50 87 Tuesday's Results New York 2-11, Chicago 0-4 St. Louis 5-8, Montreal 1-4 Pittsburgh 8, Philadelphia 2 Atlanta 7, San Diego 2 Cincinnati 7. Houston 5 San Francisco 9, Los Angeles Wednesday's Games New York (Sadccki 6-7) Chicago (Stone 6-4) Montreal (Blair 8-6) at St. xniis (Foster 7-9), N Cincinnati (Billingham 17-8) at Houston (Wilson 10-10), N San Francisco (Caldwcll 13-3) at Los Angeles (Zahn 2-4), N San Diego (Mclnlosh 0-0) at Atlanta (Leon 3-5 or Krause 42) N Only games scheduled at LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Arkansas high school football fans who missed Graylon Wyall of Texarkana last year will get another chance. At least, there is a facsimile of Wyatl lurking in Atkins under the name of Dannie Bobo. "They look alike whnn they're running the football." said Leon Anderson, who coaches Bobo at Atkins and helped coach Wyalt in Ihe recent all-star football game. "Bobo has tremendous acceleration and quickness afoot,' Anderson said. "He has that ability to cut at full speed. He's no bruising power runner, but he has the unbelievable ability lo run through tackles. "A player may be starting to go in for a tackle and he nc.s already passed him," Anderson said. Wyalt, a member of The Associated Press Super .Team in 1973, is headed for the University of Texas. Anderson believes Bobo is also a bigtime prospect. Bobo, who averaged eight 1 yprds a carry while rushing for more than 1,200 yards last year, is almost 6-foot-l and weighs 180 pounds. He's one of ,!ie reasons Atkini is picked lo win District 3A and be a contender for Ihe Class A championship. Atkins had a 9-2 record last year. "We could be just as good or we could go 5-4 at the drop of a hat," Anderson said. "We play four AA schools and the best Class B learn in ilie state^Danville." Fullback Carl McClendou, a 190-pounder, and quarterback Ronald Anderson should lake some of Ihe load off Bobo. Bolh started last year. Here is a a look at the races n other Class A districts: 1A--Berryville is usually the pick and 1974 is no different. The Bobcats have 17 lettermen returning, including eight defensive and nine offensive starters. Fullback Bob Gustin is the key offensively. Gravelle ap- icars lo be the lop dial longer. 2A--Booneville, led by half- hack Bruce Ray, is expected to ·epeat as conference champion. Bay was an all-district and all- stale choice last year. Greenwood will make a strong bid wilh quarterback. Donnie Sniui- ificr. 4A--Prescolt well 13-0 and won the Class A championship in 1973. The Curlay Wolves rate high in the district with lerback Tom Spearman and tailback Clark Morman. 5A--Strong is the choice; wilh 10 offensive and 9 defensive slarters from last year's 7-2-1 team. Charles McIIenry and James Furlow are keys to Ihe offense. Middle linebacker Nickey Smith is the ringleadei on defense. --Risen, which won 10 games last year, shoiild be s t r o n g e r offensively a n d slightly weaker on defense Dermott. Gould, Grady and DElta Central--the other mem AMERICAN LEAGUE Easl W L Pet. ... Boston 72 62 .537 -- 914 9V4 12 12 27 New York 71 63 .530 Baltimore 69 65 .515 Cleveland 66 66 .496 Milwaukee 65 71 .478 Detroit 63 72 .467 West Oakland 79 57 .581 Texas 71 66 .518 Kan City 69 66 .511 ;hicago 67 69 .493 Minnesota 67 69 .493 lalifornia 52 84 .382 Tuesday's Results Cleveland 5-4, Detroit 1-5, 2nd game 11 innings Chicago 2, Kansas City 1 Oakland 7. California 0 Texas 6, Minnesota 3 Only games scheduled Wednesday's Games Boston (Moret 7-7) at Baltimore (Palmer 4-10), N Milwaukee (Kobel 6-11) at New York (Medich 16-12) Cleveland (,T. Perry 14-10) at Detroit (Colcman 11-12), N Chicago (Kaat 14-13) at Kansas City (SpliUorff 13-14). N California (Has.='»r 3-9) at Oakland (Blue 14-12), N Minnesota (Goltz 7-7) at Texas (Jenkins 20-11), N Michigan Wolverines Again Point Toward Game Against Ohio State Richert May Pitch PHILADELPHIA (AP) --The Philadelphia Phillies say relief pitcher Pete Richert, hospitalized for a thrombosis of his pitching arm, may not be able to pitch again this season. ANN ARBOR. Mich. (AP) -"Making a comeback from an undefeated season 11 may not sound logical to some people, jut that's what Coach Bo Schembechler believes his University of Michigan team will be doing this year. Lasl season the Wolverines won their first 10 games before tieing arch-rival Ohio State for the Big Ten title the last game of the season wilh a 10-10 deadlock. In a controversial vote by conference athletic directors, Coach Woody Haves' Buckeyes got the Rose- Bowl bid even though they had gone the year before. Although Schembechler-like just about every coach who ever lived-talks about taking them "one game at a time." it doesn't take much to figure his staff and players are aiming for that season finale at OSU even more than in past grudge battles. . "I don't think we have a team h a r b o r i n g a n y grudges,' Schembechler said, adding wilh a laugh: "They'll play with t certain amount of gusto, though, I'll fell you that." BEST RECORD In his five seasons at U-M Schembechlcr's teams have posted a 48-6-1 record, b e s t o! any team in the country in tha Wickes Lumber Energy Saving Values! pan. There's no reason to believe he Wolverines will be any less mpressive this season than last .nd the cynics who keep eferring to Ihe Big Ten as actually the Big Two-Michigan ind Ohio Slate - and Ihe Little Sight may have more evidence o back that up. OSU and U-M are expected o battle again for the title although Schembechler expects ougher competition from from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan State. Quarterback Dennis Franklin is the key to what may be a new-look offense for the Maize and Blue, including a more ivide-open attack, more outside running and possibly even more passing-part of the game that Schembechler has never ex- Beaver Level Beaver Lake level stoot Wednesday at 1116.90 feet above sea level, up. .29 from Tuesday Engineers reported that the generators were not being used iloited. Schembechler rarely heaps praise on individuals but hi ;alls Franklin "a superquarlcr ack in every respect...Tin Jrealest quarterback I eve vorked with since I've been in coaching." AMONG BEST He also said safety Davi Brown and kicker Mike Lanlrj arc among the nation's best. Tailbacks Gordon Bell or Ko Lytle, fullback Chuck Heate and winghack Gil Chapman ar jeing billed as the fastest back 'ield in U-M history. Center Dennis Franks an guard Dave Metz anchor a offensive line where tackle Ihe prime concern. Split ( Keith Johnson and tight en Greg DenBoer are good recc vers. The defensive front wall wn wiped out by graduation an that's where Schembechlcr's r building efforts center. Midd guard Tim Davis, tackle Je Perlinger and end Dan Jilek a get high marks from Bo. L i n e b a c k i n g from Ste\ Strinko and Carl Russ is ou standing as is a deep secondar keyed by Brown and includin Don Dufek, Dave Elliot Tom Drake. Punting may be a problem Schembechler 'doesn't kno who'll handle the chore. rs of the conference--will be mpctilivc. 7A--Barton was beaten in Ihe ass A playoffs by Rison last ·ar and could he in the play- fs again witii Ihe likes nt f,uH- ·tck Bcnnic Bognn and split d James Wells. Began gained ore than 1,200 vards last car. Das A-c should he the rongesl contender. EARLE TABBED 8A--Earlc won the 3A-East lie and should have similar iccess in 8A. Michael Forest as (he outstanding back in the slrict last year and is back, e doubles as an excellent line- icker. Parkin, with help at nebackcr and in She kicking mie, could be a threat. 9A---I.opmenlo is the favnrils i this new district with 1 offen- ve and 8 defensive starters clurning from a team Mini ent 8-2. Quarterback Jackie ypress is extremely quick and a good passer. NcllleoivTiir- ell · and Luxora are ox- ericncod teams. 10A--A wide-open race with orning, Walnut Ridge, Higii- uid and Piggott in contention, olh Walnut 'Ridge anc! Hoxie ili field extremely large Class teams. 11A--McCrory reached the fi- als of the Class A playoff last ear and Coach Joe Hart says ic Jaguars should ho about the ame this year. End Billy Brown is an all-state candidate. 12A--Mountain View tied-.for econd in its district lasl year nd could be a winner (his time roiuid. David Bangs is a top- ictch receiver and quarterback 'hillip Dobbins will be doing he throwing. Clinton, led · by uard-linebacker Don Hender- oti and two-way and Eiily 1'omlinson, cannot be. over- ooked. Here is a look at the races in he Class B conferences: OZARK CONFERENCE Farmington has not lost a football game since its 1972 opener. Bill C o o p e r a n d Wesley S t e v e n s should keep things going. Cooper rushed for'1,212 yards and scored 19 touchdowns lust year while Stevens gained 1,155 yards and also scoved 19 ioueh- "ATIKANSAS CONFERENCE -- Danville is th c defending champion and the word is the Little Johns may bo ready to step up to the state title. Hugh Parker has 20 lettermen returning' 'including all ; state candidates Kenneth Gilkey, Jackie Phillips and" Leo Hot- stein. OUACIHTA CONFERENCE- Mountain Pine only lost Hires seniors via graduation and is expected to repeat as conference champion. Middle linebacker Billy Lillard is considered a college prospect. 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