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jOflroil incc )xco'o Ml". I ION InThis Section Outdoors villi Opre Tagc 4 The Inside of Sports Page 6 Want Aih Pages 8-15 SUNDAY, JULY 9, 197 0 VDaCK srain SIsi Zinff Bail A, (""'"'"A SSI ES igers Fall to Sox, RY JIM HAWKINS Fres Prcsj Sports Writer CHICAGO Dill Slayback is beginning to wonder what it takes to win in the big leagues. Obviously, good pitching alone, simply is not enough. For the third straight time Slayback's Tiger teammates failed him Saturday afternoon. And for the third straight time, he was defeated this time, 5-2, by the Chicago White Sox. But if Slayback was bemoaning his lack of support the Baltimore Oriole pitching staff must have been absolutely disconsolate. Even though the Tigers lost Saturday they gained a half-game on the Birds leaders in the American League East after Texas swept a dou-bleheader from the Orioles, 2-1 and 3-1. That left Baltimore just a half-game ahead of Detroit. All Slayback did was pitch the best ball he's thrown all year . . . including that stunning seven hitless innings fluke he fired at the New York Yankees his first day on the job. THIS MOKNING his record reads one win and three losses. Hardly impressive. Barely even adequate. Yet Bill Slayback could just as easily he 10 this a.m. He knows it and so do the Tigers. Mickey iJvlich tells the Free Press Sports Quiz U'tn receiving more credit' this season 'Page 6D. "This was as 'good as I've thrown all year," admitted the quiet 24-year-old righthander, bending a red plastic spoon between his fingers until it snapped. "I really challenged the hitters ... I had better command of myself ... I was more aggressive . . . this was the best fastball I've had since I've been up here'. . ." j His eyes followed the busted spoon into the wastebasket: Bill Slayback wasn't about to put the blast on anybody else irijthat locker room. He's much too shv and too smart for that. But he had to we thinking it. IN THE RECORD books. Satii rday's setback he- the blame lay snme- longed to Slavbick . . . but place else. . i "Our defense-beat us." admitted Billy Martin, gulping down a beer. "The kid has pitched good nil Tour games. He pitched good enough to win. Tic's going to be a good one." Saturday's game actually ended in the second inning. Slayback walked the hot-hitting Carlos May and Mike Andrews singled to left for the first hit off Slayback. Jay Johnstone then hit a sharp grounder to Norm Cash at first base a ball that had "double play" printed all over it as soon as it left the bat. The next hing anybody knew the ball was through Cash's legs, the bases were loaded, and Slayback was sweating. ED HERRMAN'S sacrifice fly, Rich Morales' single that looked like an out until it dropped in front of centerfielder Jim Northrup, and pitcher Stan Bahnsen's routine ground ball did the rest, burying the Tigers in a three-run hole. They never got out. Singles from Northrup and Aurelio Rodriguez, followed by Eddie Brinkman's sacrifice fly. produced one run off Bahnsen in the fourth and Rodriguez, homered leading off Hie seventh to nullify Dick Allen's two-run pop into the first row of the Please turn to Page 21), Col. 3 DETROIT ab r h bi McAultlfe2b 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 4 0 2 0 3 0 10 .4 0 0 0 .3 0 0 0 10 0 0 .3110 Jala Dh Kaline rf GBrown II Freehan c. Cash lb IBrown lb.. NorthruB cf ARodrq ei 3b 4 1 2 1 Brnkman si 3 0 0 1 Slayback p 1 0 0 0 Haller ph.. . 1 0 0 0 Hiller p .... 0 0 0 0 Comer ph....l 0 0 0 JNiekro p .0 0 0 0 MStanlev ph 1 0 1 0 PKellv rf Alvarado ss DAllen lb.. CMay If . Andrews 2b Johnston cf 4 1 0 0 Hrrmann C..10D1 Morales 3b Bahnsen p Forsler p , Chicago . . S. A.Roaruiuei uj. man. Slayback (L,l 3) Hillrr J.N.rkre Rahrnen (Wil l) Fnr-.lpr Sjivr-.-ForUor HR-O. Allen . (171, SF Herrmann, Brink- IP 3 3 J J (Rahnscn). T?:J7. A.-I5,0?. H P. ER BB SO HBP 3 . 2 . ? . 0 2 . 1 0 0 -by 'This Is What Want' Hiller By JIMHAWKlTS I"S J CHICAGO : , i ar Fret Press Sports Wrlfcr Billy Martin didn't wasje any time taking a look at the latest addition to his pitching! staff. And what the Tiger y afternoon, be liked, heart attack in January ie debut Saturday after- - thiee innings after he John Hiller Rangers Sweep O's 2-L o-J Free Press Wire Services EALTIMORE - Second baseman Lenny Randle powered a three-run eighth inning homer which gave the Texas Rangers a .'1-1 second game i c t o r y and doubleheader weep of the Baltimore Oriols Saturday night. The Rangers also won the opener, 2-1. Doyle Alexander, losing bis fourth straight game as his record sagged to a 3-5, was working on a two-hit shutout going into the eight inning. But Hal King and Joe Lov-1 1 1 n stroked one-out singles and then Randle swatted his second homer of the season. The twinbill losses cut Balti-tn o r e 's East Division lead over Detroit to one-half game. Ibe Rangers jumped on Pat Dobson, (10-8) iwht game-opening singles by Dave Nelson, Toby Harrah and Don Mincher for their first run in the first game and the second one scored on Dick Billings' double player grounder. Boxscores nn Page 3D manager saw ot John Hiller Saturdl Hiller, sidelined since he suffered al of 1971, made his "second" major leagl noon against the Chicago Whitef Sox officially became eligible to pitch.; The Sox slapped him for four hits -4- three singles and Dick Allen's two run homer as the 29-ye j r-old lefthander pitched the middle three innings in relief of robllie Bill Slayback "I was more relaxed than I thotightj'd be," admitted Hiller. "I've been more nervous than this i the first day of spring training. "I threw more strikes than J hought I would, too. But then I've been through a lot the .last tin years . . . and this is what I want. I really want it." jj jj j Martin had nothing but pratye for! Hiller, who had never before pitched for Billy ever,thougi the Tiger manager was counting on John as a posible starter Until he heard about the heart attack in spring training of '71. "He threw the ball well," said Martin. "He missed on a couple pitches, but he did a good job. definitely, he did a good job. The runs he gave up didn't beat us. ' SATURDAY'S SHOWING was Hiller first since Oct. 1, 1970 when he shut out the Cleveland Indians, 1-0, in the final game the Tigers played under Mayo Smith, j Since then, Hiller has spent a year recuperating from his heart attack, selling furniture and cutting a few TV commercials in Duluth, Minn. Beginning in April, he served as coach and batting practice pitcher for the Tigers' Lakeland farm team. He rejoined the Tigers a week ago in exactly that capacity batting practice pitcher but was placed on the roster after l.es Gain was released to Toledo on Friday. Rain Hits Winihledon:! Men's Singles Today 1 1 Free Press Wire Services WIMBLEDON, England Hie lastase nervously figited away Saturday while Stan Smith practiced in the All-England Club locker room as both waited for tile rain to stop and permit them to play their championship malchj Sunday at Wimbledon. Rain washed out the scheduled final day for the first time since 1)163 and forced the match to be rescheduled for Sunday. The match between Romanian Army Lieutenant Nastase and Smith, the 25-year-old U.S., Army corporal, will be televised in Detroit at 2 p.m., Sunday on Channel 4. In the women's finals, Friday, Bjllie King won the championship for the fourth time, unseating defending champion Lvonne Coolagong, 6-3, b-s. i .. .( Syf ; . '" ,4 ;F 1 u . '' ' . t ft . 4-" - 4 J-1 ' f . t " . ' S' 4 .M f i ', , j i AP Photo Tiger Jim Northrup slides home safely while Chicago catcher Ed Herrman awaits a late throw from the outfield during the fourth inning of Saturday's game In Chicago. ;l PLAYERS REPORT TUESDAY ions Are j Off to Camp This Week BY JACK SAY LOR Froe Press Sports Writer 'I he timing is perfect. Now that the Detroit baseball season is over for are those standings misleading?), the football season begins. Ready or not, here come the Lions. It still may be early July, but Joe Schmidt has issued a summons to nearly 50 players to report at Cranbrook this week. All of the Lion rookies except Herb Orvis, the No. 1 draft choice, are due in training camp Tuesday night. Orvis is in Chicago to train with the College All-Stars. BESIDES THE ROOKIES, Schmidt has asked 24 veterans to report early. The offensive platoon members coming in early outnumber the defensive players, 15-9, but don't let that fool you. The emphasis in the Lion camp will be on the defense with a capital "D". "There will be more competition on our defensive unit than there has been in a long time with this football team," said general manager Russ Thomas, setting a tone for the Lion hopes in 12. 1 Schmidt echoed the sentiment and added: "Better yet. there are good ones who are capable of pushing veteran players." "We already h,ave met with most of the new players during the pff-season," Schmidt said. "We brought them in from time to time to check on their physical conditioning program and to indoctrinate them with our basic play charts. j "While the njainj test will come when we start hitting in camp, I definitely feel we have some newcomers c ipable of breaking into our regular lineup." THE ONE WITH the best shot Is Orvis, but the . Colorado star frill be three weeks behind because, of All-Sta duty, an annual bugaboo for top draft choie 'S which irks Schmidt and most. NFL coacjies. In addition to tin new players, it will be the first Lion training pamp for two new Schmidt assistants, too. Dit k Voris and Lee Bennett were added in thr off-season to tutor defensive linemen and offensive backs, respectively, j Much burden at Cranbrook will be upon Voris to beef up (he Linn pass rush or what was laughingly called that a year ago. While Orvis will be absent, there will be five rookie defensive linemen in the early camp along with five vets Jim Mitchell, Bob BeP, Larry Woods, plus two new Lions obtained in trades, Joe Schmiesing and Bill Yanchar. t Other defenders called in early are linebackers F.d Mooney and Charlie Weaver and defensive backs Al Clark and Rudy Redmond. THE LATTER TWO figure prominently in Schmidt's other big training camp scheme this summer. Redmond, obtained from the Atlanta Falcons for a No. 2 draft choice last January, will get a look at cornerback, while Dick Le-Beait, the 34-year-old incumbent. Is tried as a replacement f o r retired safetyman Tom Vaughn. Redmond, however, also has some experience at safety, plus veterans Mike Weger and Wayne Rasmussen return. With Lem Barney and Clark at cornerback plus seven rookie candidates, including free agent. Gary Schultz of Wayne State and '71 draftee Tom Kutschin- ski of Michigan Slate, competition in the secondary figures to be as keen as for any position on the team. THE OFFENSE won't be entirely forgotten, despite its 1971 success and offensive coach Bill McPeak has some new wrinkles for quarterbacks Greg Landry, Bill Munson and Bill Cappleman. The trio is scheduled to be in camp this week along with receivers Ron Jessie, Charlie Brown and Al Barnes, running backs Sonny Campbell, Nick Eddy, Paul G i p s o n and Mickey Zofko, linemen Dave Thompson, Bill Cottrell and Rocky Rasley and kickers Errol Mann and. Herman Weaver. The balance of the squad will report next Sunday after which there will be only 10 days of practice before an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, July 29, in the Cranbrook Stadium. The Lion Alumni Association is sponsoring this annual event with only 1,800 tickets to be sold all in advance. Then it's merely a week to the opening exhibition game at Tiger Stadium against the Miami Dolphins. Football already? CHICAGO b r h hi 0 0 0 4 12 0 4 112 .3100 4 13 0 .3 0 2 1 2 0 11 0 0 0 0 . Total 33 2 7 2 Total 30 3 I S Delroit 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0-2 Chicago 030 020 00 x-5 6 Cash. OP Detroit 2. L08 Detroit 1 ? 1 ? 0 0 3 . 4 0 I Hilkr r J .1. D. Roberts How Saint 6 Spy Helped FBI Nab S wee tan NEW ORLEANS (AP) J. D. Roberts of Hip New Orleans Saints played undercover agent: Friday, but says he's not ready to turn in his coaching whistle for a badge. It was serious business when the Saints head coach, every word being monitored by nearby FBI agents, met with a man trying to sell him a Los Angeles Rams' play-book. But for Roberts it also had some elements of a cops-and-robbers comedy. For one thing, Roberts bumped into a rabid Saints fan in the motel lounge where he was supposed to meet the man later identified as Wayne Boswell. The fan insisted on buying the coach round after round of drinks. "Two more Scotch and waters and that would have been it," Roberts said, explaining that Boswell was nearly two hours late for their meeting. Boswell and former Detroit Lions quarterback Karl Sweetan wound up being charged by the FBI with interstate transportation of stolen property and fraud by wire. Sweetan, 29, formerly with The Saints, Lions and Rams, and Boswell were both released on $.),0'I0 bond Saturday. Both are from Dallas. U.S. Atty. Gerald Gallingbouse said a federal grand Jury would begin considering the ease Monday. THE STORY BEGAN when Roberts notified National Football League headquarters in New York on Wednesday immediately alter receiving two telephone calls in quick succession from a woman who said she was calling from Dallas. The FBI was called in and agents instructed Roberta to set up a meeting with the persons trying to sell tip 7 ought to turn in an expense account to (the FBI) or all those drinks' Saints' coach J. D. Roberts. Rams' playbook, later determined to be a version of Rams' secrets used last season. Gallinghouse called Roberts the "hero" of the episode, but Roberts said he was well coached and preferred to give credit to the FBI. "It was really something to watch those guys work," he said. "When they moved, they moved. They told me exactly what to do. All I had to do was talk to the guy." En route to the meeting, Roberts said he was a little nervous about the operation. "On the way down 1 was wondering what I was getting into," he said. "With all the stuff going on these days you never know what will happen." But when Boswell finally showed after Roberts had politely accepted a few drinks from the friendly fan the nervousness was gone and Roberts was anxious to get on with it. "I WAS GETTING tired of waiting." he said, "and by this time I had a headache. "This guy came in acting like he was looking for someone. He walked up to me and asked ir I knew .1. D. Roberts. I said, 'Yes, I know him very well. Do you have a book you want to talk to me about?' " He talked with Boswell for about two hours but was never able to make the "buy" as FBI agents had wanted him to do. "He didn't know how much he was supposed to get for the book," Roberts said. "He kept having all these folks he said he had to contact. He left one time and came back in a few minutes. "I had an envelope with J100 bills In It, but he said this Wasn't enough." Roberts declined to say how much cash he offered. "I asked him if he would take a personal check for the rest, but he said 'no.' I assured him it was good and that even if it wasn't he would have his money and I would be left holding the check." After two hours of chatting and dickering, the FBI moved in and arrested Boswell in the lounge as he sat with Roberts. Sweetan was picked up outside. ROBERTS SAID he never saw Sweetan until after the arrests and did not know until then that Sweetan was involved in the scheme. During the meeting with Boswell, Roberts said he became convinced that Boswell "didn't know a damn thing about football." But he said the woman, never officially identified, talked on the telephone as if she knew something about the game, "especially for a lady." The woman identified herself as the wife of the man who had the playbook for sale, but Roberts said she apparently did not come to New Orleans. Federal agents said the final asking price for the playbook was $2,500. Sweetan's attorney said during an unsuccessful attempt to reduce the bond that Sweetan had experienced some financial problems and bad luck. The attorney told newsmen later that Sweetan was innocent of committing any crime and that the matter was a misunderstanding. He would not elaborate. Agents said they were pleased with the way Roberts handled himself during the investigation but he said they did not offer him a job. Roberts added that he didn't apply for one, either. He smiled and added: "But I ought to turn in an expense account to the FBI for all those drinks." 4., v, Y; r r r-t4't f rj t fj r ini lyAjfijJ

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