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Today's television highlights: O 1:00 p.m. NFL football: Buffalo at Miami O 2:00 p.m. Lions football: Detroit at Chicago O 4:30 p.m. World Series: Philly at Kansas City O 5:00 p.m. NFL football:' Tampa Bay at Houston Sunday, Oct. 10, 1080 tho scoreboard Complete sports rundown. Page 4. COLLEGE FOOTBALL 12Firi HORSE RACING 13,15 INSIDE OF SPORTS 14 OUTDOORS 16 DETROIT FREE PRESS Royals even Series on Aikens9 By BRIAN BRaGG Free Press Sports Writer KANSAS CITY Willie Mays Aikens, who very nearly became a National Leaguer last winter, destroyed the NL champion Philadelphia Phillies again Saturday afternoon, slamming two homers and driving in three runs as the Kansas City Royals evened the 1980 World Series with a 5-3 victory. The Royals, after losing (he first two games in Philadelphia, have now taken two straight in their home park. Aikens has starred In both Kansas City wins. The big first baseman, acquired from California in exchange for current Tiger Al Cowens after last season, belted a two-run homer as the Royals scored four times in the first flBfcji Jim Havjliins at tho World Series With 4 HRs, Willie thinks it's fine being just Aikens KANSAS CITY Babe Ruth did it. So did Lou Gehrig. And Duke Snider. And Hank Bauer. And Gene Tenace. And Reggie Jackson. But that was all. Until Willie Mays Aikens came along, that is. Now there are seven. Seven men who have hammered four or more home runs within the confines of one World Series. Just seven. But in the 77 years baseball has been conducting these tournaments, only one man has ever whacked two HRs in two different games in a single Series. Only one. , That man's name is Willie Mays Aikens. I strongly suggest you keep it in mind. Because Willie M$y Aikens, Saturday's hero with two more home runs, Is swinging a volatile bat. And it certainly looks as though he has three games to go before his comeback Kansas City Royals and phloundering Philadelphia Phillies are finally finished. I'd say Reggie Jax's record of five homers in one World Series 1s in serious trouble. Kids made him b-b-b-butt of jokes This Willie Mays Aikens guy is quite a story. From the day he first learned to talk, he realized he -was different from other kids in tiny Seneca, S.C. He stuttered. A lot. And his playmates never let him forget it. "The kids used to make fun of me all the time," Aikens admitted Saturday. "I used to get to the point when I would want to fight somebody." As he grew older, Aikens became more and more reluctant to mingle with society. "I wouldn't even go into a store to order something," he recalled. Restaurants became off-limits because Willie was afraid the waitresses would make fun of him. It did not make for a particularly happy life. Then there is the matter of his rather usual, memory-provoking three-part name. His parents gave it to him because he was born in the wake of the 1954 World Series 16 days after the original Willie Mays made his world-famous over-the-shoulder catch. It is a name Willie Mays Aikens does not particularly appreciate. He would much prefer to be known as just plain Willie Aikens. "People don't say, 'George So-And-So Brett,' " he complained. "They don't say, 'Pete So-and-So Rose.' Why do they keep saying, 'Willie Mays Aikens?' " When he signed with the California Angels as the second amateur in the nation picked in the January 1975 draft, Aikens thought he had it made. After all, he had been simply sensational throughout his high school and college and sandlot careers. But success came somewhat slower than the 6-f oot-2, 220-pound slugger had expected. He sulked over demotion Demoted to Salt Lake City in 1978, when he believed in his heart he belonged with the Angels, Aikens retreated into a shell and sulked. One Sunday morning in early May, Salt Lake City manager Deron Johnson paid a visit to Aikens' looker before the game. "Willie, why don't you go out and get yourself a Sunday paper?" suggested Johnson. "How come?" asked Willie. "There something about me on the sports page?" "No," replied the manager tartly. "I want you to read the want ads. The way you're playing you're going to be needing a job soon." Fortunately for the Royals, who acquired Aikens in trade from the Angels last winter, Johnson's message got through. Earlier this year, when the Tigers were in town to begin the regular season, Sparky Anderson ordered Hal McRae purposely walked in order to pitch to Aikens. Aikens responded with a base hit that beat Sparky's Tigers. After that game Anderson defended his decision, insisting he would "walk Hal McRae a thousand times to pitch to Aikens." Willie didn't like that. Then, the other evening, as he sat in the Royals' clubhouse listening to Anderson analyze these two World Series combatants on CBS radio, Aikens heard Sparky say, "I'd have to give first base to the Phillies. I have to give the advantage to Pete Rose." Aikens was incensed. "I'd have to give the advan tage to me," said Willie. Saturday afternoon, anyway, even Sparky Ander son had to agree. inning Saturday, and then he socked a mammoth solo blow for his team's final run. Each time he connected, he did the Reggie Jackson stand-and-watch-lt-go act at the plate, and both times the KC fans gave him a curtain call. "I'm a streak hitter," said the 26-year-old slugger, "and when I get on a streak I'm capable of hitting five or six home runs a week. Right now I'm on a pretty good streak." In just four games, Aikens has already moved into the top 25 home-run hitters in Series history. The South Carolina native, who was to be dealt by California to the New York Mets last winter until the Mets' owner quashed the deal at the last minute, has become one of just seven players to hit four or more HRs in a single Series. He is only one homer away from Jackson's record of five (set in 1977). "I'm beginning to believe . . . we're not pitching him right," said Philly manager Dallas Green. "The kid's on a roll. He's going pretty good right now." Aikens demurred: "I couldn't say they're pitching me wrong, because I consider myself a pretty good hitter. It's just that they haven't seen me in the past. But I haven't seen their pitchers, either." WITH EIGHT RBIs in this Series, Aikens is within four of Bobby Richardson's all-time record. The Phils, who were thinking of a sweep when they arrived here three days ago, have not been the explosive offensive machine they were In Veterans Stadium. They're getting hits, but not the game-breakers. "We're right back to square one," said Mike Schmidt, the major league home run champ. "However, it's not a desperate situation by any means ... If we can take tomorrow, we'll leave here in good shape." See ROYALS, Page 1 0H Kansas City's Jim Prey is certain Dickie Notes of the Philadelphia Phillies intentionally threw at George Brett's head. Page 10H. ap Pholo Willie Aikens answers fans' cheers after his 2d homer. Marathoner Minty masters 10 -K distance By JON PEPPER Free Press Special Writer Gordon Minty made it one-horse race at Windsor Raceway Saturday in the 10,000-meter run. Minty, who won last year's Free Press International Marathon, found his stride midway through the 6.2-mile course, brushed off the early challenge of Joe Sheeran, and finished in 30 minutes and 15 seconds. "I felt kind of tight at the beginning," said Minty, a 32-year-old industrial education instructor at Michigan State University. "I would have preferred to back off until I felt better, but Sheeran got going." Sheeran, a student at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, 111., finished second, a quarter mile ahead of Duane Allen of Anderson, Ind., in third. More than 1,100 runners competed in the race, hosted by the Windsor YM-YWCA in See 10 KILOMETERS, Page6H Non-participant suffers heart attack at 10,000-meter race. That story, and preview of Sunday's marathon, appear on Page 6H. Illustration by Free Press Art Director DICK MAYER From 37,000 entries: 'Silver Streak' Sims Billy Sims spread a dozen entries on the table in front of him, studied them carefully, then reached out and chose the winner of the Free Press Billy Sims Nickname Contest. "Silver Streak," he said. "I like all the S's Silver Streak Sims. And it's the Lions' color like Silverdome ..." Sims wasn't the only one who iiked "Silver Streak" as a nickname. Hundreds of the more than 37,000 entries in the contest suggested it. But the contest winner, his entry blank drawn randomly from among the many "Silyer Streaks," was 13-year-old Darrell Tucker Of 82! 6 Indiana, Detroit, an eighth-grader at Charles A. Drew Middle School. He wins four tickets to see his first Lions' game ever he's still deciding which relatives or friends to take along and a chance to meet See SIMS CONTEST, Page 7H Free Press Photo Darrell Tucker, who will meet the newly named "Silver Streak." b T mm U-M J ars Gophers for Jug 3744 By MICK McCABE Free Press Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS In previous years, any team that could hold the University of Michigan to 202 yards rushing would wind up a big winner. The University of Minnesota did that here Saturday afternoon. But it somehow forgot about Anthony Carter and John Wangler. The passing combination of Wangler to Carter shredded the Minnesota defense and sparked the Wolverines to a 37-14 victory before 56,297 fans in the battle for the Little Brown Jug. Wangler completed 16 of 22 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Carter caught the two TD passes and had seven other catches for a total of 142 yards. "Minnesota lined up a lot of men on the line of scrimmage," said Wangler. "So we tried to automatic and loosen them up with some passes, especally the ones where they have to cover Anthony one-on-one . ... That's impossible." IT CERTAINLY was Saturday, as Michigan notched its third straight victory to improve its record to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten. "Oh, there are lots of guys who can cover me one-on-one," countered Carter, who really couldn't name any when pressed. "But my eyes do light up when they try. It makes me feel good when I'm running out there and I know the play is coming to me." It also made U-M coach' Bo Schembechler feel good. , "Did you people enjoy Anthony today?" Schembechler asked with a smile. "Minnesota comes at you with so many people you can say we can't run like we used to, but by the same token that means they can have only one person on Anthony. See U-M, Page 15H Inside: was torture, but not enough to deter Hugh Wells from running in the Free Press International Marathon Sunday. Wells tells his f irst-person story of surviving (barely) last year's marathon on the Inside of Sports, Page 14H. Both the Red Wings and the Pistons had chances to win their first games of the season Saturday night, but . . . Stories on Page IH. r 1 r. rfi5Mft yaw Free Press Photo by ALAN kamuda MSU's Steve Smith (20, on ground) fumbles out of bounds Saturday. Bucks hit the dirt, stop Indiana, 27-17 By JACK SAYLOR Free Press Sports Writer. COLUMBUS, Ohio Buckeye football graffiti: Passing is a thing of Art. Ah, but Art Schlichter's fancy passing was merely a passing fancy here Saturday as Ohio State turned back the clock to its old Hayesian running game and grubbed out a 27-17 victory over Indiana in a key Big Ten game before 87,957 fans in Ohio Stadium. It was six-yards and a cloud of Murray on this almost balmy October day. And, somewhere in his seclusion, Woody Hayes must have been smiling as Calvin Murray was dredging up memories of Hopalong Cassady, John Brockington and Archie Griffin. Murray, a determined 184-pound tailback celebrat-See BUCKEYES, Page11H f r if .V1SU drops ball i$f and game, 17-7 By CHARLIE VINCENT Free Press Sports Writer EAST LANSING The Michigan State Spartans dropped everything except their britches Saturday afternoon, handing a fumbled-filled 17-7 victory to the Wisconsin Badgers. The Spartans, now 1-5 for the season, fumbled the ball eight times and Wisconsin which had beaten only San Diego State before Saturday recovered five of them. The clincher came with 1:28 remaining in the game and Wisconsin trying to protect a 10-7 lead. The Badgers' Dave Greenwood punted from his 29 and Tom Morris backpeddled rapidly to get under the spiraling kick. He caught up with It at the Spartan 22, but the ball richocheted off his shoulder pads and began bounding crazily toward the See MSU, Page 12H Army just skirmish for the Irish. 30-3 tap 20 tssms UPI Photo Jim Stone is stopped at the goal line in the second quarter Saturday, but on the next play scores Notre Dame's first TD against Army. By JOE LAPOINTE Free Press Sports Writer SOUTH BEND Fifth-ranked Notre Dame defeated Army 30-3 Saturday afternoon in a game that meant much to the 1980 Fighting Irish, somewhat less to the current Cadets and a great deal to romantic college football fans who like to visit, if not live in, the past. The victory extended Notre Dame's record to 5-0. After narrow victories over Michigan and Michigan State and easier successes against Purdue and Miami (Fla.), the Irish now look forward to facing Navy and Air Force along with Arizona (next week) and Georgia Tech as they move on toward late season showdowns with highly ranked Alabama and Southern Cal. As usual, the goals here tre a prestigious bowl bid See IRISH, Page 11H How the too 20 teams In the Associated Press college football poll fared Saturday (records In parentheses): 1 Alabama (6-0-0) beat Tennessee, 27-0. 2 Southern Cal (5-0-1) tied Oregon, 7-7. 3 Texas (5-0-0) did not play. 4 UCLA (5-0-0) did not play. 5' Notre Dame (5-0-0) beat Army, 30-3. 8 Georgia (8-0-0) beat Vanderbilt, 41-0. 7 Florida 8tat (8-1-0). beat Boston College, 41-7. 8 North Carolina (6-0-0) beat N. Carolina St., 28-8. 9 Ohio StaU (5-1-0) beat Indiana, 27-17. 10 Nebraska (5-1-0) beat Oklahoma St.. 48-7. 11 Pittsburgh (5-1-0) beat West Virginia, 42-14. 12 Psnn State (5-1-0) beat Syracuse, 24-7. 13 Baylor (8-0-0) beat Texas A&M, 46-7. 14 Arkansas (4-1-0) did not play. 15 &outh Carolina (6-1-0) beat Cincinnati, 49-7. 16 Missouri (5-1-0) beat Colorado, 45-7. 17 Oklahoma (3-2-0) beat Kansas St., 35-21. 18 Miami, Fla. (4-2-0) lost to Mississippi St., 34-31. 19 lows State (5-1-0) lost to Kansas, 28-17. 20 Stanford (4-3-0) lost to Washington, 27-24. 1 ) i "Y ti..j fc ii 1 t-n1 fT..ri.r"i li fsi t stti JT. WsVflN BNlA A lhi Ai .I.P1 Jr-n iiTifcinr-iiT"nrxi' i ii

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