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Hope To Wrap Up World Series With Vida Blue Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Thurs., Ocl, 17, 1974 Â· 13 FAVETTEVILLE, AMKAHSAS * A's Pummel Dodgers To Ropes Behind Holtzman, Holt OAKLAND (AP) -- The embattled Oakland A's have the Los Angeles Dodgers staggering on the ropes and plan to finish off the National League champs tonight with Vida Blue's left-handed'punch. "I'd, be disappointed if don't end it tonight," said third baseman .Sal Bando after Ibe A's took a commanding 3-1 lead In the 1974 World Series with a 5-2 victory Wednesday night. "We think very positively." With mound, Don the Button on the Dodgers aren't dead yet -- but it may be just a matter of time. Even if they don't win tonight, history is on the A's side. Rarely has a team come'back from, a 3-1 deficit to win a World Series. It's only happened three times -1925i 1958 and 1968. "We'd like to win tonight, but if we don't, we'll go on down to Banclo. The A's hold the upper hand in this wacky series despite in- that this ternal unrest, a condition has been common' with oddball learn for some time now. Tl\e latest episode involves Gene Tcnace, a sensitive player who was lifted from the lineup by Oakland owner Charles 0. Finlcy prior lo Wednesday Los Angeles and tinish it," said mighl ; s game. Tenaco's reaction anged from humiliation to I more trouble when Joe Rudi age. He branded the A's ec- sacrificed' the runners along. Messersmith then issued an into Claude!! was starting REGGIE IS SAFE ON CLOSE PLAY .. .Reggie Jackson of the Oakland A's 'slides safely 'into-'home, scoring on Jim Holt's single to right in the sixth inning 0}.Wednesday's, fourth, game of the World Series. Catcher Steve Yeager has the throw-in, while umpire Don Denkinger keeps an eye on the flay Â· Tenace Wants To Be Traded After Being Benched For 4th Series Game entric owner inhumane. Messersmith then Tcnace, who had played first lentional walk lasc Tor the first three games Washington, who if this World Series, found out ibout the lineup change,after a earn meeting during,- which Finley gave a pep t a l k . ' "I had td be told, by coach Bobby Winkles," said Tcnace. still simmering in the club- iouse a tew minutes after Wednesday night's significant victory. "Neither Finley nor (Manager Alvin) Dark would tell me. 1 fell humiliated." While Tenace burned, Finley right kept the rest of the A's smol- lead, dering with his pregame meeting. He read some inflammatory remarks from Los Angeles star Bill Buckner that appeared in a local newspaper. 22 NO GOOEÂ»? "Buckner said that we Iiave three good ballplayers and that the other 22 are no good," Finley said. "I told them to go out and prove that he's wrong." The A's did just that -- and got excellent performances from some of those people that Buckner had termed inferior to ie Dodger talent. Jim Holt, a pinchrlutler who " ' ' terrible batting two-run single in a'four-run sixth Inning that open. Dick a run and fabulous defensive plays at second base. And Ken Holtzman and Rollie Fingers, two' pitchers that Buckner probably wouldn't mind having on his team, silenced the usually noisy -Los Angeles bats; Holtzman not only dominated the Dodgers most of the time he was in there, but also hit a home run, something the A's have had a tough time doing lately. Talking about his d r i v e off Messersmith that gave ^ a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Holtzman said: "He got behind me and I was looking for a fastball -- and I got it." The euphoria felt by his home run was quickly dampened by the Dodgers in the next inning. They took a 2-1 lead over Oakland's 19-game winner on a (AP Wirepholo) wo-run triple by Bill Russell. I quieted the crowd for a while, but they had plenty to . ,,.,.,. ,,Â·,,,,,. shout about in Hie Oakland OAKLAND (AP) -- The jokes and the bitter words clashed^ noisily in the clubhouse of the Oakland A's, that bawdy baseball team which is one victory away from another world championship.' "I'd like to be traded," said Gene Tenace, who' l was benched by owner Charles 0. Finley minutes before Wednesday night's fourth game, won by Oakland 6-2. "I could continue to play for the A's, but I don't want to." T e n a c e claimed Finley benched him at about the time Â· the controversial A's owner called a team meeting to try'to spur his team. Finley pulled a newspaper clipping from his jacket pocket and read the A's some words attributed to Los Angeles Dodgers' outfielder Bill Buckner. "He said we have only three good ballplayers. I told them to go out and prove he's wrong," Finley said. "What did I get out of the meeting? Five minutes of rest," said third baseman and team captain Sal Bando. "It was a good meeting, said Manager Alvin Dark. I think I'll ask Charlie back for another one." But Tenace, who has gone the full cycle from 1972 World Series hero to benchwarmer, made it clear he doesn't want Connors, Laver To Battle In Richest Event to see too much of Finley. "Finley is trying lo bury me," said Tenace. "He treats me just as another number. I'd like to be treated like a man." Tenace was yanked from the lineup following the team meeting. The A's used Joe Hudi at first base instead and inserted rookie Claudell Washington into Rudi's spot in left field. Washington made Dark or Finley -- look good by contributing two singles. Tenace didn't even put on the helmet Wednesday night. The player who won a starting job with the A's just before the 1972 World Series and hit a record- lying four home runs against Cincinnati to lead the A's past the Reds, was used only on defense in the ninth inning. Oakland's big hits came from some unexpected people, with winning pitcher Ken Holtzmau belting a third-inning home run and'Jim Holt delivering a two- run pinch single in the four-run sixth. Holt was hitless in 25 consecutive pinch-hitting opportunities before the World Series, but Dark said he used him against Dodgers' starter Andy Messersmith "because he's on a hot streak." Holt has two singles as a World Series pinch-hitter. "If that's a hot streak, 1 guess he's right," Holt said. in place of Tenace, and the bases were loaded for the A's. Holt was announced as the pinch-hitter for Ray Fosse de- spile a streak of recent frustration. Before the World Scries, Holt had gone hitless in 25 appearances as a pinch-hitter. He came through in Saturday's first game, however, and then came through again Wednesday night wilh a clean base hit to right that gave the A's a 4-2 " ad. Green then grounded into a "orceout-and Washington came lome with the A's fourth run of the inning. It was all over a that point, but the Dodgers didn't know it. They strugglec and squirmed while Holtzman held them at bay and then started to make some noises in the eighth inning. Jimmy Wynn, leader of thi Dodgers' long-ball offense thi: season, walked with two ou and Steve Garvey, another o their gold-plated hitters, singlei to left with two away. Darl wasted little time in calling i F i n g e r s , whose handleba moustache is as rcknowned a his fine relief pitching. Fingers struck out the dan gerous Joe Ferguson for Hi last out of the inning, then go through the ninth with the hel of a dazzling double play star' ed by the omnipresent Green. Â·Â· " ' '- thin dow note Garvey? refusing, lo play dea 'You can bet we'll be back t morrow." 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T--2:17. \-~ 49,347. , Â·"'. \ SAVE On Blue Denim JUMPERS Because denim Jumpers have been so hard (o get the last year, we had ours made up and took them in the early spring. This assured us of an ample supply but most of all we purchased them at last January's prices. We also have a good selection of gabardine work jackets and one number In brown duck with a fleece lining. This is the largest selection in western Arkansas--you'll find the right jacket --use our lay-away if you want. UNLINED WESTERN DEE CEE $10.98 BIG SMITH $11.98 LEVI $16,50 Ounce Sizes 34-50 UNLINED LONG COAT Size's 36-44 4 Large Pockets Corduroy Collar DACRON QUILTED LINING byBigSmllh . , '. WiSTERN Siies 36-46 $16.50 STYLE '13 3 /4 Ounce Sizes 48-50 $18.50 MEDIUM LENGTH WORK JUMPER Sizes 36-50 . . . , $13.98 Marshall p Total vhile, hout ixlh. Bill North led off with a walk Campnns ss and moved lo second when North cf Messersmith threw" w i l d past Bando 3b irst attempting lo pick him o f f . RJackson rf The A's look advantage of the Rudi Ib Dodger mistake, of course. They've beeri doing it all Series Â·ong.- Bando drove in the tying run with a lazy, looping single to right field. Proud of his first hil in this Series, the stocky third baseman announced jokingly: "1 hit the hell out of it." . Then Messersmith walked Reggie Jackson and got into OAKLAND ab r h hi 3 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 3 1 1 1 3 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 BLANKET LINED LONG COAT Sizes 36-44 Sizes 46-50 $12.98 $13.98 SHORT ZIP-FRONT DENIM JACKET BLANKET LINED Sizes Sizes 36-44 46-50 $11.98 , . $12.98 im Basement GOOD/YEAR MR. QUICK Weekend Special Friday - Saturday - Sunday SAVE LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Tennis stars Jimmy Connors and Rod Laver of Australia are to finalize plans Tuesday for a challenge match that will have "the largest prize money in the history of men's tennis." Bill Riordan, the general manager of the USLTA Men's Indoor Tennis Circuit, made the announcement Wednesday. He was here lo announce that the Arkansas International again would be held at Burns Park in North Little Rock the first week of February. Connors, -managed by Rior- dah, is the defending champion of the Arkansas tournament and will be one of several established players who will play at Burns Park next year. Riordan said .Connors would be In New Y o r k Tuesday lo sign a contract for the match with Laver. "All the pieces have been put together," Riordan said. "The Â· gross will be about $500,000. The winner will pick up a pay 'check from $150,000 to $200,000, 1 and Australia would like to -have the rematch. It could turn out to be a three-year deal." He said the match would be ' tfter Jan. 1, probably at Cae- Â»ar's Palace in Las Vegas. Greg Hays Takes 5th In Pre-NCAA Greg Hays of Fayelteville, a Freshman golfer at Oklahoma University, tied for fifth place in the recent pre-NCAA tournament at Columbus, Ohio. Playing in his first tournament as a collegian, Hays fired on the tough Scarlet C o u r s e . He finished one stroke behind Stan Lee of Heber Springs, Ark., and LSU. Jerry Pate of Alabama, the reigning National Amateur champion, won the tournament with an eighI-over-par score of 224. Steve Fellinger of Maryland was second al 225 and Chip Beck of Georgia third at 226. Hays called Scarlet "the most beautiful course I've ever played on." It obviously, was also one of the most demanding. In a tournament held there last spring, the winning score was 22!). Scarlet will be the site of the 78th NCAA Championships next June 25-28. Of the top 15 golf schools in .i... .)t..v, only Wake Forest did not compete in the pre- NCAA event. Okker, Borg Advance BARCELONA, Spain -- Tom Okkker and Bjorn Borg, the two top seeds, swept through the fourth round of the Spanish Open tennis tournament, while fifth-seeded Arthur Ashe was toppled. 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