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DETROIT FREE PRESS Tuesday, Srpt. 21, '71 3-D 1D mv: Why ue Mickey Lolich is the Leag 4 D-Day for Nats mm Jim Hawkins On Baseball BOSTON (AP) American League club owners go into a closed huddle Tuesday to discuss the baseball future of th Washington Senators and Owner Boh Short, who. claims he has lost $3 million since purchasing the team in 1968. President Joe Cronin, who has been working with Base ball Commissioner-Bowie Kuhn and Short to try to find a solution to the Senators' problems, called the meeting. Short stirred up speculation during the weekend by say ing he did not know whether he would seek permission to; move the franchise to the Dallas-Fort Worth area or even whether he would be in baseball after the meeting.

351 of 'em. Amazing. Sandy Koufax at his blazing best never pitched that much. Neither did Robin Roberts or Juan Marichal or Bob Gibson orFergie Jenkins or Hal Newhouser or Bob Lemon or Warren Spahn or Denny McLain. THOSE WERE 351 innings when manager Billy Martin didn't have to hand the ball to somebody else and hold his breath.

There are half a dozen reasons why Lolich deserves to be MVP right there on the Tigers' pitching staff. Instead of "undecided" or "to be announced" or "gosh, I hope it rains," Martin could hoist his feet up on the desk every fourth day and say "Mickey Lolich" and never give it a second thought. That's value. Traditionally, the trend has been not to give the Most Valuable Player award to a pitcher a part-timer, a guy who only works once or twice a week. Since the award was started In 1931 only six pitchers in American League and seven in the National have been so honored.

That's why the Cy Young Award was created to recognize the best pitcher in each league while the Infielders and outfielders fight over the MVP. Traditionally, the 24 writers in the American League cities who elect the MVP tend to favor the players on the two pennant winners, too. But none of that should be enough to stop Lolich. Not after everything else he has overcome this year. League West.

They proved that by continuing to win after the All-Star break even though Blue has been nothing but a .500 pitcher since then. Besides, there's nobody else in that division with talent enough to challenge the A's this season. They have Reggie Jackson and Sal Bando Oakland manager Dick Williams' choice for MVP, incidentally and Chuck Dobson, who was an unnoticed J-0 himself at All-Star time. And they have Blue. But In spite of his fantastic 17-2 first half that overshadowed everybody including Lolich, Blue has not been the difference in the A's this year.

Brooks Robinson? Super player. Deprived the Tigers of eight base hits all by himself Saturday afternoon. BUT WHAT ABOUT Dave McNally? Jim Palmer? Pat Dobson? Mike Cuellar? Frank Robinson? The Orioles have a heck of a race for MVP right there on their own ball club. But Brooks certainly hasn't done it alone. Now look at Lolich.

Without him the Tigers would be in fourth place fight now instead of a couple wins away from giving the Birds a real race for the flag. Lolich has won 25 times with two weeks to go and he has done it for a team that has had to scuffle every step of the way to stay respectable not for a club that has been coasting the last couple months. But forget about Mickey's 25 wins for a moment and look at all those innings he's pitched Mickey Lolich swiveled on his stool and looked up for at least the 254th time at the pocket-sized Tiger schedule hanging on the clubhouse wall above his head. "Right on schedule," he said wits, a sly grin. "No, a little bit ahead." Then Mickey laughed the laugh of a man enjoying his own private little joke.

Enjoying It very much, In fact. That schedule, all marked up with pluses and minutes now to show the weeks when Mickey won a game and the weeks when he didn't, has been the Tiger lefty's private little joke this year. It has been there hanging over his head all season there to look at everytime he sat down and everytime he stood up and every time he turned around there to remind him of what he was supposed to accomplish this season what he simply had to do if the Tigers were to have any hope at all. LOLICH TAPED THAT schedule on the wall himself last April. He noticed there are 26 weeks to this baseball season and he established a quota for himself one win a week.

A high ambition indeed for a man who lost 19 times last year and who had never won 20 before in his life. But so far the pluses have outnumbered the minuses 20 to four, and there have been five weeks when Mickey won twice. He, hasn't missed a week since the All-Star break. He beat the schedule at its own game he finally got over the 20-victory hump that "I may be the owner when the meeting begins, but not when it ends," the controversial olub owners said. If Short asks permission to move, he would need the votes of eight of the other 1 1 club owners.

He has claimed "there is no such thing as an offer on the table" despite reports that Joseph Danzansky, president of; the Washington Board of Trade has offered $9.5 million, the' has haunted him his whole career he went from being the biggest loser in the American League last season to become baseball's biggest winner he made the Tigers a force to be reckoned with every fourth day, at least. For that last feat In particular, he, Mickey Lolich, has been the Most Valuable Player in the American League this year. Go ahead and snicker if you feel so Inclined. Coleman may be the word you're looking for. Bring up Vida Blue and Brooks Robinson and Wilbur Wood and shake your head in disbelief.

THEN, WHEN YOU'VE got all that out of your system, take a look at the facts. Valuable that's the key word. How much is a player worth to his ball club? Where would they be without him? That's how you decide who is the most valuable. Without Blue, Oakland would still be In first place by half a country mile in the American amount Short paid for the club. B.

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walks issued by a team, 19 by Cleveland, most pitchers by both teams (18), most walks by both teams (30). The clubs also tied a record by using 22 ans, R-fi, for the Washington Senators in completing a record-breaking 20-inning impended game. Only 1,743 fans were in the stands to watch the Indians WASHINGTON (UP1) -Denny McLain lost his 21st game, 3-1, to Cleveland before the smallest American League crowd of the season Monday night after beating the Indi BIHIlIIIIIIIIIIIIIimiSIIII the 20th inning of the suspended game that started in Cleveland last Tuesday and in which three major league records for futility were set and one tied. Sam McDowell lost his 16th game by walking three in the 20th inning. The runs scored on Bevacqua's error, Dave Nelson's infield hit and a bases-loaded walk.

The records were most Jump on McLain for two runs in the third inning on Ed Leon's single, Ted Uhlaender's RBI double, a wild pitch and an error. Fred Stanley's second home run, the 31st off McLain this season, to lead off the eighth inning accounted for the Indians' third run. Kurt Bevacqua let a double play grounder skip over his glove to open the gates for three runs by Washington in American League WEST DIVISION EAST DIVISION Pcit. .638 .536 .474 .471 .461 .425 97 82 72 72 70 65 GB 15la 25 251, 27 321, GB 6ia H'2 15i2 33 36 Pet. .617 .571 .519 .513 .397 .379 92 88 80 79 60 58 Oakland Kansas City Chicago California Minnesota Milwaukee Baltimore DETROIT Boston New York Washington Cleveland Birds Rout Yanks, Magic No, Noiv 5 NEW YORK (AP) Bobby Grich highlighted a five-run ninth-inning rally with a tie-breaking two-run single that carried the Baltimore Orioles to an 8-4 victory over the New York Yankees Monday night.

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Baltimore (McNally 19-5) at New York (Peterson 14-12), night. Chicago (John 12-15 and Johnson 11-10) at Oakland (Dobson 15-4 and Odom 10-11), twi-night. Kansas City (Drago 16-10) at California (Wright 15-15), night. SUNDAY'S RESULTS Baltimore 8, DETROIT 1. Minnesota 6-2, Kansas City 3-5.

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Minnesota til 1 1 III The victory reduced to five Baltimore victories or Detroit losses the magic number which will give the Orioles the American League East championship. Boog Powell doubled to open the ninth and, after pinch-runner Chico Salmon moved to third on a fly ball, John Ellis misplayed Andy Etchebar-ren's grounder, allowing the tying run to score. Singles by Curt Motton and Paul Blair loaded the bases for Grich. Merv Rettenmund's grounder and Frank Robinson's single knocked in the final two runs of the inning. Pat Dobson became the third Baltimore pitcher to reach the 19-victory level.

He's lost eight. Roy White had homered in the eighth inning to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead. DP Milwaukee 1. LOB Milwaukee 7, Minnesota i. HR-Kosce (It).

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Los Angeles (Osteen 13-10) at Cincinnati (Gullett 15-6), night. San Francisco (Cumberland 9-5) at Houston (Billingham 8-15), night. Pittsburgh (Ellis 19-7) at St. Louis (Reuss 14-14), night. SUNDAY'S RESULTS Chicago 6, Philadelphia 3.

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Shellenback 1 1 I 0 0 1 save organ. nnr-ny A.Foster (McCraw). WP McLain. A Astros Hold Up Decision on Manager's Fate HOUSTON (UPI) The Houston Astros will not make a decision this week on rehiring manager Harry Walker, according to Astro General Manager Spec Richardson. Richardson Indicated Walker's status may be settled by next week when the Astros end the season in Los Angeles.

Many major league teams have not announced plans for their managers and there is no reason for the Astros to now, Richardson said. Walker, 52, has held the manager's post einca June, 968, longer than any man In the team's history. Houston was mathematically 1 i i-nated from the National League West pennant race Sunday. BEDFORD TWP. Schoolcraft and Telegraph KE 1-6460 PORT HURON -101 Grand River YU 5-5131 WESTLAND 1S225 W.

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681-2040 ALLEN PARK White and A lint Rds. S. ef Southfield DU 6-2880 Lakers Place Hetzel on Waivers INGLEWOOD, Calif. (UPI) Fred Hetzel, 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward, was placed on waivers Monday by the Los Angeles Lakers. Hetzel, 29, from Davidson College, is a five-year National Basketball Association veteran and played in 59 games last season, averaging 4.8 points.

Dallas at Philadelphia. Denver vs. Green Bay at Mil waukee. Kansas City at Houston. Miami at Buffalo.

San Francisco at New Orleans. Washington at NY Giants. noon, Channel 2. Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m Channel 4. Oakland at San Diego, 3 p.m Channel 4.

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