Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on October 14, 1979 · Page 79
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Sunday, October 14, 1979
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222-6720 Spoitsline For the latest sports scores and results. Today's television highlights; 0 1 p.m. Football: Washington at Cleveland O 2 p.m. Football: New England at Chicago O 4 p.m. Football: Lions at Green Bay O 4 p.m. World Series: Baltimore at Pittsburgh Sunday, Oct. 14, 1979 COLLEGE SCORES 6 INSIDE OF SPORTS 10 OUTDOORS 12 DETROIT FREE PRESS HORSE RACING 13 WINS WINDSOR 10,000-METER RUN Lundberg runs hot in cold By BILL McGRAW Free Presi Sports Writer Bill Lundberg loped first across the finish line of the 10,000-meter run in Windsor on Saturday, then talked about Jesus Christ and Jim Ryun. "I'll tell you why I ran so well: I love the Lord," said the 24-year-old track coach and counselor at Jackson (Mich.) Community College. "Jim Ryun (the famous miler) went to my school, the University of Kansas. He's a friend of mine, and helped my running." Lundberg, with a time of 30 minutes and eight seconds, led a field of 961 men and 409 women who registered for the 6.2-mlle race, hosted by the Windsor-Y Roadrunners and held in conjuction with Sunday's Free Press International Marathon. Ann Forshee-Crane, 23, of Clark- Marathon entry list 8F Marathon Special Sect. II ston, was the first woman across the finish line. Her time of 37:32 ranked 34th overall. THE RUNNERS, RANGING in age from six to 71, followed a course on the streets near St. Clair Community College on the outskirts of Windsor. The temperature at the race's 9 a.m. start was 40 degrees, and the wind whipped the runners' colorful running togs at 21 miles per hour with gusts to 28. Some runners removed their warm-up pants before the starting gun but quickly covered up when the chilly breeze pricked their skin. Others smeared themselves with Vasoline. Lundberg, a veteran runner who belongs to the Chicago Track Club, had little difficulty with the race or the conditions, attributing his stamina to both body and soul work. "Physical training profits little compared to spiritual training," he explained. "Oh, I still have to train physically, don't get me wrong." Lundberg plans to try out in June for the U.S. Olympic team in the steeplechase event, a 3,000-meter Tace with 35 barriers, including seven water hazards and 28 wooden ones. GEORGIANNA SANDERS, 31, said she was cold, but happy to be running again after the birth of her sixth child. Mrs. Sanders, wife of former Detroit Free Press Photos by MARY SCHROEDER- Bill Lundberg (arrow) was at the head of the pack underway and that's where he crossed the finish line See RUN, Page 8F Saturday when the Free Press 1 COOO-meter run got (right) 30 minutes and eight seconds later in Windsor. a jBawldns Oriole hero Lowenstein reviews day with a parrot PITTSBURGH The crowd around John Lowenstein's cubicle in the jubilant Baltimore clubhouse was larger than usual late Saturday afternoon. Much larger. Of course, when you're talking about John Lowenstein, the Orioles' occasional outfielder who came through with a clutch pinch hit, two-run, bases-loaded, eighth-inning double, any group of more than two or three people constitutes a crowd. And that's too bad. Because Lowenstein, who got one of the several key hits in Baltimore's come-from-behind, 9-6 World Series conquest of the stunned Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday, is probably the most interesting, intriguing person in the entire Oriole clubhouse. With his long, curly brown locks and his prominent, pointed beak, Lowenstein is anything but your typical Baltimore Bird. He is colorful, and he is quotable. Some some say he is crazy. He has a pet parrot, a yellow Napel-Amazon named Quincy. Each evening, right on cue, when Lowenstein returns home from the ballpark Quincy inquires, "Howd-jado?" And Lowenstein procedes to analyze his performance for the benefit of his bird. He is a free spirit and a flake. And a very funny man. Once, while working for the Indians, Lowenstein missed the taking of the official team picture because he and teammate Ed Farmer had part-time jobs, feeding the animals at the Cleveland zoo. He boasts of having hit exactly .242 in two consecutive seasons a feat he claims is more significant, and more difficult, than winning a batting title or home run crown. JJe's up there ivilh the big guys "Not many guys can hit for exactly the same average year after year," maintained the Orioles occasional outfielder. "You not only have to be skilled with the bat, you also have to be able to do long division in your head from swing to swing. You need luck, and a manager who knows when to bench you. "Gehrig, Ruth, DiMaggio and Lowenstein it has a nice ring to it," he added, with a straight face. Lowenstein is intelligent and he is articulate. He has an opinion on just about every subject imaginable. And he most certainly is not the least bit hesitant about expressing them. For example: On the suggestion that baseball should shift the World Series to neutral, warm-weather cities as is done with pro football's Super Bowl: "You have to have some allegiance to the fans. What baseball ought to do is buy plane tickets for everyone and fly them all down to Houston for the World Series. They could make up the difference by raising ticket prices next year." On his role as a part-time player: "It's difficult because I never know what to eat. When I know I'm playing that day, I eat a lot of pancakes. But when I'm not, I don't." On dealing with the deluge of reporters who inundated the Baltimore clubhouse again Saturday afternoon: "You have to set yourself up like a tape recorder and keep repeating your story over and over. If you want to test your imagination, you change your story a little bit each time. Then when the writers get back to the press box and compare notes, nobody knows what happened." Pick up some spring games On the length of the baseball season which has pushed the Series back to mid-October: "They ought to make the spring training games count like they do in professional football. They could count the last 15 games of spring training and get the season off to a grand and glorious start. Nobody cares about those last 15 games of spring training anyway." On the difference between toiling for the also-ran Indians and the pennant-winning Orioles: "Somehow, this team always seems to score just enough runs to win. In Cleveland it was the same way. We had a lot of miracle finishes. But we always scored just enough runs to fall one short." On the enormous amounts of money many athletes are making these days, merely for using a particular company's products: "One guy in this room, whose name will not be revealed, receives $1,000 a game for wearing certain equipment on TV. Sweat bands, golf gloves, shoes, warm-up jackets all mean dollars. I'm considering using a prominent nasal decongestant the next time the camera zooms in on me. I wonder how much that will bring." Finally, on his fiesty boss, Baltimore manager Earl Weaver, whose brilliant maneuvers Saturday left the Orioles one win away from the world title: "He's a tremendous manager for his size." , J .Birds enim. eoo .Bu 96 ' IP IJ mA "--'f 11 ? iWWe ' G J UPI Photo Bill Madlock's throw skips past Willie Stargell allowing Oriole Dave Skaggs to reach on the error. U-M stops Gophers, 31-21 Tough game churns out brown jug By MICK McCABE Free Press Sports Writer ANN ARBOR - Nothing comes easy for the University of Michigan football team. After building up a 17-point halftime lead Saturday, the Wolverines let Minnesota back into the game before they pulled out a 31-21 victory. "I felt that we let them off the hook in the second half and we can't do that," said Mmchigan coach Bo Schem-bechler. "We had them on the hook at halftime and we let them off." The win kept the 11th-ranked Wolverines unbeaten in the Big Ten, 3-0, and 5-1 overall. It dropped Minnesota to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten. The game was a contrast in styles. Minnesota made an aeriel circus of the affair, putting the ball in the air a record 51 times. Michigan, on th,e other hand, went back to its three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-astroturf offense, running the ball 67 times for 456 yards. MINNESOTA, which had to play without leading groundgalner Gary White, completed 27 of its passes, but three others were completed to Michigan defenders. The Golden Gophers had ,men in motion on every play, sometimes the player would start in motion and then turn around and go in motion the other way. "I envisioned that they See U-M, Page7F & tit? 1 s 1 rvir ). Av Free Press Photo by CRAIG PORTER Michigan's Lawerence Reid dives over from the one, for a TO against Minnesota in the second quarter. Top 20 team How the Top 20 teams In the Associated Press major college football poll tared in Saturday's games: 1 SOUTHERN CAL (5-0-1) tied Stanford, 21-21. 2 ALABAMA (5-0) beat Florida, 40-0. 3 OKLAHOMA (4-1) lost to Texas, 16-7. 4 TEXAS (4-0) beat Oklahoma, 16-7. 5 NEBRASKA (5-0) beat Kansas, 42-0. 6 WASHINGTON (5-0) at Arizona State, incomplete. 7 HOUSTON (5-0) beat Texas A&M, 17-14. S OHIO STATE (6-0) beat Indiana, 47-6. S FLORIDA STATE (6-0) beat Miss. State, 17-6. 10 NOTRE DAME (4-1) . beat Air Force, 38-13. 11 MICHIGAN (5-1) beat Minnesota, 31-21. 12 ARKANSAS (5-0) beat Texas Tech, 20-6. 13 LOUISIANA STATE (3-2) lost to Georgia, 21-14. 14 NORTH CAROLINA (4-1) lost to Wake Forest, 24-19. 15 MISSOURI (3-2) lost to Oklahoma State, 14-13. 16 BRIGHAM YOUNG (5-0) beat Utah State, 48-24. 17 NO. CAROLINA STATE (5-1) beat Maryland, 7-0. IS AU8URN (4-1) beat Vanderbilt, 52-35. 19 MICHIGAN STATE (3-3) lost to Wisconsin, 38-29. 20 PURDUE (4-2) beat Illinois, 28-14. Weaver ivorks magic in 6-ruh explosion Free Press Wire Services PITTSBURGH The Earl of Baltimore worked his magic again Saturday afternoon. When he reached into his hat, the rabbits were there. Earl Weaver, the outstanding manager of the Baltimore Orioles, sent up three consecutive lefthanded pinch-hitters in the eighth inning, and two of them John Lowenstein and Terry Crowley came through with two-run doubles to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 4 of the 1979 World Series. The 9-6 victory put the American League champions ahead by three games to one, and they need only one more triumph to lock up their third world championship. The six-run rally that won it was the third big inning in the Series for the Orioles. Twice before they had attacked Pittsburgh pitching for five-run innings. The Orioles mounted their rally against Kent Tekulve, ace of the Pirate bullpen, who came on in the eighth after reliever Don Robinson got into trouble. "I'm supposed to be the horse that gets the job done, but today I didn't," said Tekulve, admitting the obvious. BALTIMORE TRAILED, 6-3, when Kiko Garcia, hero of the Birds' victory in Game 3, opened the eighth inning with a single. Garcia earlier had doubled home the first two Baltimore runs. Ken Singleton moved Garcia to second with his third hit of the game. After Eddie Murray forced Singleton, Doug De-Cinces drew a walk, loading the bases. That brought Tekulve out of the Pirates' bullpen. The lanky, righthander relieved in 94 games in the regular season, posting 31 saves, but he just didn't have it Saturday. Lowenstein came off the bench to bat for Gary Roenicke and drilled a double into the rightfield corner, scoring two runs and cutting the Pittsburgh lead to 6-5. Billy Smith batted for Rich Dauer and was given an intentional walk, loading the bases again. Then Weaver went See SERIES, Page 11F Ta Mpointe Sparky's fractured Englisli a hit with fans? Dai's right When Sparky Anderson first became manager of the Cincinnati Reds in 1970, catcher Johnny Bench said Anderson was "fresh from the weeds . . . (he) couldn't walk and chew tobacco. "He didn't know what to do when a microphone was put in front of him. Bench wrote in his book "Catch You Later." "Lee May dubbed him 'The Minor League (Jerk.) " But Anderson was a fast learner. "He was really going by the time the end of the season came around," Bench wrote. "Put a microphone in front of his face then and he'd almost swallow it, he'd talk so much. He just ran on with opinions and ideas, almost as if he'd been reading the works of Casey Stengel . . . Sparky would rattle on forever ... He stopped talking only when the playoffs were staring him and the rest of us square in the eyes." This year, Anderson's mouth reached high gear at playoff time. All summer long he had been saying he couldn't wait to get several of his Detroit Tiger players to Florida right after the season for some intensive training in fundamentals in the Florida Instructional League. But when NBC television asked him to work as a "color" announcer for the playoffs and CBS radio asked him to do the same thing for the World Series, Anderson postponed his autumn training camp to pick up some extra pay and exposure. I See LAPOINTE, Page 1 1 F V' Sparky Anderson Badgers jolt MSU bowl hopes, 38-29 By CHARLIE VINCENT Free Press Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. Playing like a group of young men who want to be home for Christmas, the Michigan State Spartans bungled their way to a third straight defeat Saturday, 38-29. And this time the conquerer was not Notre Dame or Michigan, names that strike fear into the heart of every adversary. The victor was not one of football's elite, a perennial member of the collegiate Top 10. It was only lowly Wisconsin. For nearly a year, ever since they shared the 1978 Big Ten title with Michigan, the Spartans and their followers have counted on spending this holiday season in preparation for a bowl game. But for all practical purposes Saturday's ineptness eliminated them from Rose Bowl contention. And it won't take many more performances like this to kill interest among the rest of the bowls. Ranked in the top 10 just two weeks ago, Michigan State is now 3-3 for the season, 1-2 in Big Ten play and far, far from where Darryl Rogers expected it to be in mid-October. "We had great expectations for this season, and we have not lived up to them, that's a fact," the Michigan State coach said after watching his team turn the ball over six times. "We have not performed well. You can make any excuse you want to and all of them might be justified. We've had injuries. But you either do it or you don't and we haven't. We just havenit been able to accomplish the things we need to do." 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