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Wednesday, July 3, 1974
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DETROIT FREE PRESS Wednesday, July 3, '74 1-D MIMCF rail Rolling In Dough Bonus baby, age 7," is Tony Overly of Paines-ville, 0., who was one of three lucky persons picked by the Cleveland Indians to scoop up as many dollar bills as they could in a 90-second period. Tony got his little fists on quite a few and, had his shirt stuffed full, but there were plenty to go around as Tribe officials scattered $2,000 worth of them about Municipal Stadium In a promotional gimmick before Monday night's game. I ' : ' . 1 V - HZS. ..... ;S; , ... Vf , .. Wins A eliet Record Pace BY JIM HAWKINS Fret Prtsi jporti Writir It isn't, exactly what he had in mind matter of fact, John Hiller would prefer not to talk about it at all but the truth is, the remarkable Tiger reliever is well on his way , to making history again tms summer. A year ago, oi course, Hiller shattered all major league- records by saving 38 games. Now, he's threatening to become the win-ningest relief pitcher the game has ever known. ' Hiller notched another victory Monday evening, his 10th of the year, for hurling a couple of scoreless innings at the New York Yankees as the Tigers rode home runs by Ben Oglivie, Gates Brown and Jim Northrup to a narrow 4-3 victory. Last season, when he was busy saving everything in sight, Hiiler won decisions for himself only 10 times all year. And, bear in mind, his 10 triumphs this1 ye?r have occurred in just 75 games. With 87 opportunities to go, it's not inconceivable that Hiller could become the first reliever to reach the magical 20-victory mark. ROY FACE, a Tiger himself for one year, holds the reara ior victories by a relief art Yankees H it Toivnj, But Who Cares Now? Where is the electric switch? The excitement? The neverish feeling in the ballpark? The Yankees are in town. But who cares? No. 14 used to be the Moose. Bill Skowron. Now it is Lou Piniella, who is an honest workman but no Moose Skowron. No. 9 to Roger Maris, of the team of Maris & Mantle, and remember how they batted back-to-back and you expected every ball to land up stairs. No. 9 is Craig Nettles, who looks a little like Maris but he hunches oyer too much, and after -exciting everyone with thqse .ll homers in April, he was smacked exactly one in the last two months and how can that put any fear Into i anyone? ;.i ...,L, v - - - Of course it's nothing new to say who are, these Yankees because we've been saying this for the past 10 years, ever since their fall from power. But we used to say, -"Who's Horace Clarke?" and even he isn't with the Yankees anymore. It's been a whole decade now since the Yankees have been the Yankees, 10 years since they've filled the oW green barn on I Michigan Ave. and created that feeling of excitement that no team could come close to matching. What nights they were: packed stands, a haze hanging over the field from all the smoke, Kubek walking, Richardson singling to right, and then the guns coming up Maris, Mantle, Berra, Howard, Skowron and even Clete Boyer, who seemed to line an awful lot of balls to rightficld in Tiger Stadium; against Al Kaline, fighting them with his singles lo left-center and that quick throw from the corner to keep Richardson on first, and Frank Lary and who can forget the nights he would put it to them, pouring that fast ball in there and then coming across with the curve and then that sinker,, keeping everything low or tight on their fists, where they couldn't generate any power, and watching Maris, then Mantle, then Howard, throw their bat? away in disgust. What nights indeed. Mark Pinch-HR Doesn't Shake Up ill Are Equal, and Mediocre Now Lee MacPhail, president of the American League, sits in his gleaming New York office and chortles that the American League has just about achieved parity, saying what a fine thing it is to see so many teams so ev?n. The free agent draft has done this, he says, pointing with pride to the fact it has made the stronger teams weaker and the weaker teams stronger, so that there is equality in all cities. Parity? Equality? He can call it what he wishes, but it still comes out to mediocrity. , Sure, it was unfair in the old dsys. The Yankees got all the best players because after all who do you want to play for, kid, the Chicago White Sox, who always finish sixth, or the Now York Yankees, where you always get into the World Series and make that six thousands bucks every year. And you know, kid, New York is where it's at, if you know what I mean. So it was always the Yankees on top, and the Dodgers in the their league, and all you had to do to cover the Series was to get a room at the Roosevelt Hotei on 46th Street in Manhattan and take the EMT to Propect Park in Brooklyn, which left you with about a six-block walk to Ebbets Field, or take the 1RT, the Lexington Avenue express, ihe one with the two green lights, to 161st Street in the Bronx and that was even better because it left you right off at the Stadium. You could despise the Yankees for winning so much but how sweet it was when they'd come in for a three-game set, Tues-. day, Wednesday and Thursday nights, and Glary would put it to them the first night and Don Mossi the next, and so, what if they creamed Jim Bunning in the final, with Maris hitting two and Mantle one. You made them squirm for two whole nights and what a delicious feeling that was driving home at night. Progress Is Good, They Say Of those days we wera left with the White Sox, and even the Washington Senators, but even they had character of their own. Chicago had Aparico and Fox and they'd be always on first and third and the Senators would come in and throw Pascual and Ramos at you and while Pascual would go all the way once in a while, you'd eventually get to Ramos and beat him in the seventh or eighth inning. I guess what I'm trying to say is that 1 liked It the way it used to be, even if the Yankees won all the time. You are not supposed to say this because this is living in the past and what they are doing is in the interest of progress and economics, and progress and economics are very good things to have in life. But I just can't get excited about anyone, except maybe the Oakland A's, and that's only because they've got a nutty owner and wear dazzling uniforms and Bert Campaneris can go from first to third and Reggie Jackson either hits it off the light tower or doesn't hit it at all. This isn't enough because the Oakland A's come in only twice a year and they just don't scare you the way the Yankees used to. ' Anyway, do you see the hotels crowded with people when the Oakland A's check in? And they've even got mustaches'. The truth is, the hotel lobbies in our town have never been the same since they made all the teams look alike. I mean, what is Elliott Maddox doing playing centerfield for Please turn to Page 30, Column 1 Tigers BY CHARLIE VINCENT Fru Press Sporti Writer ,No one m'the American League-has ever hit as many pinch home runs as Gates Brown, but the muscular Tiger veteran says: "All that means to me is that I haven't been playing that much over the years." Brown hit the 13th pinch homer of his career in Monday's 4-3 victory over the Yankees, then retired to the bench 'to wait and wonder how many nights it will be before he's used again. . : ' ' v ' " ' "I may sit on the bench five or six days and never see live pitching,M Brown said before Wednesday's game against New York. "But when they put you in there, they want results." ; - - Brown has produced more than any other pinch hitter in league history, coming off the bench to hit safely 91 times. But he says he'll never get used to the pressure. .- "MAN, HOW CAN YOU? It's like going into combat. My palms start to sweat and my heart starts beating faster. "They don't' use a pinch hitter when we're ahead 10-0 or behind M)-0. They use a pinch hitter when it's close and there aren't many times I can go up to the plate and relax." Gates saw the designated nitter rule as his chance to play regularly. And he did for one season. But this year, Ralph Houk , decided to use Al Kaline almost exclusively as the Tiger DA and Brown returned to his old corner of the bench. . , ' , , ' . V Please turn to Page 6D, Column 2 Willi ams To Coach Stars 6D Gates Brown pitcher, set in 1959 when he was an almost unbelievable 13-1 plus 10 saves for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Three other relievers have registered 16 victories in a single season. Jim Konstanty won 16 and lost 7 in addition to saving '22 games for the Philadelphia Phils in 195p. Ron Pcrranoski, another former Tiger, was 16-3 along with 11 saves with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1963. And Dick Radatz, who was later a Tiger, too, was 16-9 with 25 saves fcr the Boston Red Sox in 1965, Luis Arroyo was 15-5 with 29 saves with the Yankees in 1961; Joe Page won 14 times coming out of the bullpen on behalf of the Yankees in 19f7, and Mike Marshall another ex-Tiger won 14 games and saved 31 others for the Montreal Expos last summer. The way manager Ralph Houk has employed Hiller, and the way the Tigers have rallied behind him, the 31-year-old pitcher could surpass them all. Houk frequently brings Hiller into a ball game earlier than Billy Martin would have dared 10 last season and he isn't afraid lo leave him in there for three or four innings at a time. THE TIGER MANAGER . , also has shown a tendency to start an inning with Hiller, often when the score is tied, as it was Monday night. Together, these factors in-crease Hiller's chances of getting credit for a victory, instead of a save. Of course, Hiller has helped his own cause, too, by blowing other pitchers' leads and then hanging around to , grab the eventual victory. Not on purpose, of course, but often enough to make his present pile of victories somewhat embarrassing. Victories can be a fickle commodity, as Hiller well knows. One week, a reliever may pick up three or four, then he might go a whole montlh without getting even one. At the moment, Hiller isn't concerned about winning 20 Monday's Tiger Boxscores NEW YORK ab r h bf Maddox cf 2 10 0 Chmbiiss lt 4 0 10 Murcer f 4 110 Biomberq dh 4 1 2 3 4 0 2 0 DETROIT ab r h bl MStanley f 4 0 0 0 Suthrland 2b 4 0 1 0 Piniella If G Nettles 3b Dempsey c Mas:n ss Munson cl Gonzalez 2b Velez ph Medlch p Upshaw p Kaline dh Oglivie f Lane If Freehao lb 3 0 11 4 12 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 10 Northuorf 4 111 4 0 0 0 Freehan lb 3 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 ARodrgez3b 3 0 10 I V U V 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 I Amnnf r i G Brown ph AAoses c EBrnkmn ss Coleman p Hiller p 1 1 A in 0 0 0 0 2 0 n n 0 0 0 Total New York Detroit . E E.Brlnkman 34 3 3 Total 79 4 7 4 100 00 000 1 000 011 llx-4 DP Detroit 2. LOB New York 6, Detroit 5. 38 A.Rodrlguei. HR Biomberq (6), Osllwia (2). G.Brown (1 ). Northrup (5). S-Maddox, E.Brlnkman. , IP H 7 2 3 7 1-3 0 0 0 7 7 3 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 Medlch (L,8-7) Upshaw Coleman Hiller (W.10-5) WP-Medlch, 21,532. R ER BB 50 4 4 3 3 0 0 4 3 Colaman. T 2:08. A games or anything like that.-'. He'd just like to regain the ef-: fectiveness that made him nearly untouchable earlier this vear and last'year. ; Then the victories would take care of themselves. Skins9 Taylor Shuns WFL Uid WASHINGTON - (AP) - wide receiver tnaney layior, who was offered $750,000 by the World Football League, has signed a multi-year con-' tract witn tne wasnington Recjskins, the National Football League club announced: Tuesday. , Taylor, 32, has caught 528 passes in 10 seasons with the Redskins and ranks second among active NFL receivers. He caught 59 last season. Scores Zoom At Red Run BY HOWARD ERICKSON Fraa Press Sporti Writer The chase.. .the mix-up.. .and the loot. It sounds like one of those thrilling suspense movies. But it's what's happening in the $20,000 Detroit Chevy Dealers tournament at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak. Dolphins' Star Hits Strike NEW YORK - (UPI) - Tha strike by National , Football League veterans was only in its second day Tuesday, but already a crack was appearing in the players' solid bloc. Center Jim Langer of the Miami Dolphins accused the Players Association of making some "ridiculous demands" and said 80 percent of his teammates' want to play in their exhibition opener July 26 against the College All-Stars. "We're not going to come out smelling liHe roses mak-i n g ridiculous 'demands for twice as much money with less work and no discipline," Langer said, "and especially if we don't play the All-Star game." , . . HE CALLED the union's demands for no curfews, no fines and .limited practice hours "just not realistic." The strike for a new master contract covering the league's players began on Monday. Related Story on 2D A FIELD OF 93 players teed off in Tuesday's opening round. And after a three-hour delay while thundfrshowers and lightning pelted the course. Al Menger of Oakland Hills and Reggie Myles of Walnut Hill;; in Lansing shared the lead with three-un-der-par 69s. The chase for the $20,000 purse largest ever offered to Michigan club professionals is a weak one at best. Cass Jawor, a Detroit schoolteacher who gives golf instruction in Grand Blanc on weekends, was the only other player who managed to break par. Three others Bill Mattson of Antrim Dells in Ellsworth, Buddy Overholser of Saginaw's Swan Valley and Flint Elks' Larry Mancour were three strokes off the pace tied with even-par 72s. From there, the field quickly nosedived and scores reached as high as an 88 which was posted by Carl He-jienauer of Gregory. On top of that, four players tailed to turn in their scorecards meaning they either couldn't remember how many strokes they took or were too embarrassed. THE SCORES were higher then usual because of the pin positions on Red Run's rolling, sloping and contoured greens. To put it bluntly, the holes were in unbelievable spots. But the pros had only themselves to blame. "I have to admit there was a mix-up," . said Gee Bone, the Michigan PGA's tournament chairman who was in charge of the event. "I guess Please turn to Page 6D, Col. 1 , have a ball right in your own backyard with games from Hudson's zMrzrrmzr7- : : : - Lawn tennis by South Bend: 2 rackets, 1 perforated tennis ball, 12'x2' weather proof net, 2-pc. plated tubular 'steel net posts, 1 00', of court marking tape with hold-down clips and 4 steel post support stakes. 7V2 feet long. 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