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Sunday, July 28, 1974
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SECTION In This Section Major League Averages Page 4 The Inside of Sports Page 6 Outdoors with Opre Page 8 Soorts SUNDAY, JULY 28, 1974 Vets Picke , (10 0 0 H Card. Bump BO 1MB E .ram CANTON, Ohio (UPI) Hundreds of blue collar workers from one of the most heavily industrialized areas of the nation demonstrated here Saturday at the site of the pro football Hall of Fame game in support of the National Football League Players Association strike against the NFL owners. The pickes failed to cut into the near-capacity Fowcett Stadium crowd of more than 17,286 who saw free agent quarterback Bill Bynam pass for two touchdowns, leading (he St. Louis Cardinals to a 21-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the season's first NFL exhibition game. It was played with mostly free agents and rookies. Bynam, once on the Washington Redskins taxi squad, passed five yards to Greg (Grape Juice) Johnson and 13 yards to Bill Porter. Johnson, a free-agent rookie from the University of Wisconsin, also scored on a one-yard run. Bul-falo's scoring came on Boris Shlapak's 28 and 27-yard field goals and an 11-yard run by quarterback Gary Marangl, the Bills' No. 3 draft choice from Boston College. Keith Denson, a rookie from San Diego State, set up two of the three St. Louis touchdowns with brilliant punt returns. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound wide receiver returned a kick 44 yards in the opening quarter to the Buffalo 20-yard line, the springboard to Bynam5s five-yard strike to Johnson. Denson rambled 38 yards with another punt return to the Bills' 16 in the second quarter. Five plays later, Johnson punched over from the one to give the Cardinals a 14-10 halftime lead. After the game, Larry Stajlings issued a warning to his striking fellow veterans. "There will be a lot more rookies make it than usual this year because of the work they're getting," said the 12th-year middle linebacker. Stallings played in only two defensive series. Yet Cardinals coach Don Coryell still gave him the game ball. "I respect this man," Coryell said. "He came to Canton to do one thing play football." Coryell was surprised over his team's performance under such trying circumstances. "Our execution was super-super from the standpoint of what these players had to go through today," he said. The players' pickets left midway in he first quarter. ; '. J Officials of the United Auto Workers Union, the Greater, Cleveland Labor Federation AFL-CIO and District 27 of the-United Steel Workers Union urged their members to boycott ; the game, which was part of enshrinement ceremonies for the NFL Hall of Fame located in this northern Ohio city of 110,000. - " BILLY CURRY, center for the Houston Oilers and president of the Pliayers Association said support from the other unions was "fantastic." "I can never tell you what it means for the players for you to come out and show your support," he told the crowd of union members, many carrying signs supporting the NFLPA position Bill Casstevens, president of District 'Two of the UAW which has 85,000 members, was on the picket line wearing an NFLPA T-shirt with the slogan, "No freedom, no football." Curry ' estimated .that about 40-45 striking players were also on hand although picketing was limited, by court order, to six players and two members of sympathetic unions. Curry said the main topic in the dispute with owners continued to be the "freedom issues" and called on owners to return to the bargaining table. CURRY SAID the players still want to choose the team for which they play and want serious disciplinary cases to be. decided in a "court of law." "Now is the time to settle this thing," he said. "The fans are getting sick and tired of this. No matter how long it takes, we should stay at the bargaining table until it's settled." Me referred to the players participating in Saturday's game the only veteran was Larry Stallings of the Cardinals as "guys they brought in off the street." "The Cards and the Bills are not playing today," said Curry. "They are on the picket line. It's a shame the NFL is asking people to pa yregular prices to watch these guy play play when they know darned well as soon as the strike is settled most of them will be cut." ' Prior to the game, former Cleveland Brown kicker and offensive tackle Lou ,Groza; Tony Canadeo, Gheen Bay Packer running back; Dick (Night Train) Lane, defensive back for the Detroit Lions; and Bill George, former' line-, backer great of the Chicago Bears, were enshrined in the Hall of Fame. 1 V f IB! it1'? X t 7 -IM & UPI Photo Vikings' Charlie West interrupts picket duty to sign autograph at Hall of Fame Game Famer Lane Has a Message CANTON, Ohio (UPI) Former Detroit Lion defensive back Dick (Night Train) Lane, enshrined Saturday in the professional Football Hall of Fame here, said blacks should ''not be dealt with any longer as the stepchildren of pro football." "I hope the black players will band together to deal with the problem of no black coaches, no black managers and few black quarterbacks in pro football," said Lane. Lane, and former stars Lou Groza of the Cleveland Browns, Bill George of the Chi-f cago Bears and Tony Canadeo of the Green Bay Packers were installed in the Hall of Fame Saturday. AMONG THOSE present for the enshrine ment ceremonies was Vice-President Gerald Ford, .-.I- Ford was introduced by NFL comfnis sioner Pete Rozelle and said he was"very, .... very humble and very, very envious" of the four enshriners. "These men have achieved a success that I deep down in my own heart I would rather have achieved than the office I now hold," he said in a light vein. ' Lane, who was presented for enshrinement by his high school coach, W. E. Pigford of Anderson High School, Austin, Tex., also commented on the current NFL players , strike and called on both sides to point the sport "back toward the betterment of our league and npt toward personal gain." ', Night Train Lane Night Train was some sort of cat Page 6E Too Old, Eh? Jim Perry Haunts Tigersr3-2 Dave Bing Wins Stokes Award NEW YORK Dave Bing, the Piston guard who recovered from a detached retina to continue his outstanding NBA career, has been named winner of the Maurice Stokes Memorial Award as the player most typifying Stokes' courage and determination. Monticello, N.Y., Aug. 13 at the annual Stokes benefit game. The detached retina, suffered in an exhibition game in 1971, put Bing's career in jeopardy but he returned less than three months after delicate eye surgery to maintain his position as one of the best guards in the NBA. Alhough the eye is still weak, Bing wears' corrective Ipnses and last season was chosen for his fifth All-Star Game made the All-NBA second team and helped the Pistons to their best regular season record ever. 4 f I n :r. S mm nii Dave Bing BY JIM HAWKINS Pre Prtsi Sporti WrIUr CLEVELAND Jim Perry tried his darnedest to be diplomatic about the whole thing. He trotted out all the tired cliches real originals, like "It always feels good when you win" and "every win is important to me." But in the end, the grey-haired 37-year-old Cleveland Indian "had to admit Saturday afternoon's 3-2 success against the Tigers was something special. PERRY, THE GUY the Tigers decided was too old and too ordinary to pitch for them'this year, stopped his former teammates on five hits, then retired to the bench to watch Tom Buskey secure the last 10 outs with ridiculous ease. Ironically, the pitcher he beat, Lerrin LaGrow, was one of the people the Tigers hopped would be able to take Perry's place in the starting rotation this season.v And don't think for a minute Perry isn't aware his1 10-8 record on behalf of the Tribe would make him the Tigers' second biggest winner. :,. . "The trade fired me up," admitted Perry, who became an Indian in the three-cornered transaction that brought Sunday Horse Racing Starts Today , ? . . . BY AL COFFMAN Frti Prs Racing wrilar For better or for worse, Sunday horse racing has come to Detroit. Starting Sunday at 2:20 p.m., the thoroughbreds will put the idea to the test at Hazel Park in a move that may change the future of the sport in Michigan. Officials of the Hazel Park Racing Association are enthusiastic about the prospects, and are preparing for a crowd of 14,000 or more. "Sunday racing is going to give us two big days every week instead of one," said administrative director Frank Stepekk. "It's no secret the running tracks have been losing fans to the harness tracks because the trotters race at night and many working people can't go to the races In the afternoon. "Now we're going to have the opportunity to offer our show to a lot of new people." Director of racing Bud Sears is equally excited about the advent of Sunday racing. "In my opinion, Sunday is going to be our biggest day, even better than Saturday," he ventured. "That's why we're witching all our stakes races to Sunday. We'll beef up our Saturday programs, too, but Sunday will be our showpiece." UNTIL NOW, SUNDAY horse racing in the metropolitan Detroit area has been limited to Windsor Raceway. At the Canadian harness track it has been only moderately successful. Considering that it has had the whole stage to itself on Sundays for several years, Windsor has rarely Tlease turn to Page 7E, Col. S 1 f4 i catcher Jerry Moses to the Tigers. "I felt like I could still pitch. And I wanted to prove it. "I could see their point. They realized they needed a catcher and I was the pitcher the other team wanted. I'm glad it happened, actually. I'd rather be pitching every five days over here than sitting on the bench over there. "I was pitching better than anybody they had when they got rid of me," continued the veteran righthander, who along with Chicago's Jim Kaat, leads all American League pitchers in lifetime wins. "I think I know what they were trying to do. They wanted to go with their kids. But I felt then and I still feel like I can pitch for a couple of more years." WHEN THE TIGERS looked at Perry this spring they saw a $70,000-a-year hiirler who could be expected to pitch .500 ball at best. When the Indians looked at Perry they saw a pitcher who could be coutted on to win as often as he lost which immediately made him better than just about anybody else ' they had. So the deal was made. Cleveland sent Walt Williams to the New York Yankees . . . the Yankees sent Moses to Detroit . . . and the Tigers shipped Perry to Cleveland. Saturday afternoon Ralph Houk showed his disdain for Perry by loading his lineup with lefithanded hitters six of them to be exact, which only served to make the victory that much more satisfying for Perry. "Houk thinks I can't pitch to lefthanders," the pitcher said softly. "But actually he may be only hurting himself. He's Please turn to Page 2E, Col. 1 What Does GM Jim Campbell think of Tigers skid? See Page 6E. DETROIT Knox 09livie If Nettles cf Northrup ff NCesh lb fRrnwn rih APnriraei .It) i 0 0 0 EBrnkmn st 3 0 1 0 Moses c 10 0 0 Lomont e 2 0 0 0 LaGrow p 0 0 0 0 ab r h bl 3 110 i 0 1 1 4 110 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0 11 CLEVELAND ab r h bl Lowenstn if 4 l l i R Torres If Brohamr 2b Hendrick cf Spikes rf Ellis c u McCraw lb Gamble dh B Bell 3b Duffy ss J Perry o Buskey p 0 0 0 1 4 0 11 3 0 11 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 10 3 0 0 0 3 110 3 110 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 2 5 2 Total 29 3 4 3 Total Detroit Cleveland lend 2. 2B-E.Br'lnkman. 3B Knox 000 002 000- 2 00) 000 OOx-1 LOB Detroit 5, Cleve RER Bl 3 3 I IP H a I 7.1 M ft A Buskev 3 1-3 0 0 0 Save-Buskev 18). WP-LaGrow 2:01. A 13,231. ISO I I r l T Bosox Win, 54 BOSTON - (AP) Bob Montgomery's base s-loaded pinch-single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Boston a 54 victory over the New York Yankees Saturday night and kept the Red Sox in first place in the American League East. h' ;hJhr' J( I un rnuiu Indians' John Lowenstein skids after barely missing Tiger John Knox's triple in 6th inning Viking Had Cancer, ; Chose Super Bowl BLOOMINGTON, Minn.-(AP)-Grady Alderman put off cancer surgery so he could play with his Minnesota Vikings teammates in the Super Bowl last January, the Viking offensive captain has revealed. Alderman, 35, said Saturday that he learned of the malignancy in his groin after the Vikings had defeated Dallas for the National Football Conference title. Successful surgery was conducted three days after the Vikings lost the Super Bowl to the Miami Dolphins, Alder-" man said. "I noticed for some time last fall that there had been a change in my body," Alderman said. "It was after the ; Dallas game that I decided to see a doctor and have my groin checked. The minute the doctor saw it, he told me . that it was serious. It had to come out." Alderman said his physician wanted to .operate immediately, "like the day after I saw him.' But Alder-, man, who will start his 14th season with the Vikings -this fall, said he could not allow that. "I felt that with the Super Bowl coming up, too much was at stake," he said. "Many people had) worked too hard and too long to get there. I wasn't going to walk out on the guys." Alderman said his doctor and team physician Dr. Don Lannin researched the matter and concluded "that there wasn't any danger if I did play in the Super Bowl." , t

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