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1, 1968

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Eleven

Paoe Eleven

CLARK NORTON
f tetiking Out
If I had to pick a "Dubious Distinction" award for my career
4 as a collegiate sportswriter, I guess it would have to be the fact
that I was the first Daily sports editor in 17 years not to witness a
Big Ten championship 'for the Wolverines, in any sport, during my
term in office.
I like to think that there was no direct cause-and-effect rela-
tionship between the two, but I've been accused of worse ...
. . . of "practically destroying" Michigan recruiting this
* season, by a member of the athletic department;

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of "doing a great disservice, to the Big Ten and plummeting A couple of star pitching per-
the conference to its lowest ebb in years", by a sports information formances and an occasional dis-
director at one Big Ten university; play of power marked the Major
. of being a "young Hemingway" and a "sensationalist", by Leagues' opening day festivities
Dave Diles, Detroit TV sportscaster (I think I was supposed to take yesterday.
of ense, but if he meant Ernest, well . . .) All 20 major league teams
. . . of being a "would-be Pulitzer Prize winner", by Al played their openers after post-
Ackerman, a counterpart of Diles on another station (I'm not poning action out of respect to
sure if I'm supposed to be mad at Al, either ...); the late Dr. Martin Luther King,
. of being "perhaps one of the last two moral purists in the Jr.
world" and "very naive", by Van Patrick, a counterpart of Diles and In Washington, Vice President
Ackerman on a third Detroit station the other "moral purist",Hubert Humphrey threw out the
Aaitrfirst ball, subbing for his boss,
incidentally, is, according to Patrick, Howard Kohn, a fellow Daily and sat back to watch his favor-
sportswriter); ite team, the Minnesota Twins,
. . of "probably not being able to sleep at night", by another beat the Senators 2-0. Twin hurl-
member of the athletic department; er Dean Chance threw a four-hit
. . . of being a "nitpicker" by a member of. the Wisconsin State shutout and sluggers Harmon
Legislature; , Killebrew and Bob Allison each
. and finally (at least of those comments which may be tagged solo homers in the win-
printed), of 'being a "glory-seeker", a "do-gooder", "selfish", "self- ning effort.
promoting", and an "irresponsible egotist who has sacrificed re- Another four hitter was served
sponsible journalim for personal gain", by various readers of The up by Yankee ace Mel Stottle-
Dail wh fel obiged to omme t. myre as he downed the California
Dail wh fel obige to'ommnt.Angels 1-0. George Brunet gave
All this response, actually, came from a story Kohn and I only three hits to the New York-
wrote concerning possible violations of Big Ten rules at Michi- ers before being pulled for a
gan. Since that time. both the conference and the University pinch-hitter in the 8th, but Frank
have held investigations concerning Michigan's athletic prac- Fernandez' 2nd inning homerI
tiies, with their findings not yet made public. stood up for the Yankees.
Ironically, our story dealt with only a comparatively minor Probably the best pitching per-
set of the possible infractions which an earlier investigation had formance of the day, though,
indicated exist at Michigan, as well as at other Big Ten schools. came from the Cleveland Indians'
Almost all our information has been turned over to the conference down the Chicago White Sox, al-
investigators .or the Michigan athletic department; whethe' they Sonny Siebert. Siebert mowed:
will choose to "cover up" and ultimately turn their heads the other lowing only two singles and lead-1
way remains to be seen. What we will print in the future may largely Duke Sims led the Cleveland at
depend on their actions or inactions. tack with two four-baggers.
One of the major problems they will have, of course, is fixing Don Buford had twb hits, scored
the blame for any violations which may be uncovered, one run and made a fine run-
For example, Dave Raimey, a football player who grad- preventing play in the field ast
uated from Michigan several years ago, told The Daily recently Baltimore beat the transplanted
that, during his playing, days here, "I would go to a drugstore Oakland Athletics 3-1. Brooks
once a week and pick up ten dollars, no questions asked, from Robinson homered for the Orioles
a guy behind the counter. Then when I graduated, I told another and Tom Phoebus was the win-
player about it and he took over the concession." ning pitcher, getting relief help
Where was the money coming from? An alumnus . . . a friendly from k 'a
merchant . . . or perhaps even the athletic department itself?r In the National League.wTony
Raimey doesn't know. "I knew It was illegal,," he explains, "but Perez' three-run homer and a a
it was a real nice deal and I wasn't going to ask any questions." two-run clout by Tommy Helms
And Raimey's case is only one in a long line involving players, pushed the Cincinnati Reds pastf
coaches, and alumni that indicate that nut even Michigan; long re- the Chicago Cubs 9-4. Perez'r
garded as one of the "cleanest" conference schools, can afford to homer capped a five-run fifth in-i
look the other way forever. ning for the Reds, and boostedI
But besides these legal "irregularities" which have beset the pitcher Milt Pappas to an opening1
day victory.f
Michigan athletic scene, there are other problems which may Ron Swoboda hit a three-run
prove to be just as damaging. homer and drove in four runs for
The recent appointment of two apparently well-qualified as- the New oYrk Mets, and young
sistant football coaches . cannot completely calm the turmoil that Tom Seaver had a six-hitterr
has been brewing on the grid coaching staff during the past year. through the eighth, but San
Perhaps the major problem has been the relatively uncertain Francisco rallied for three runs inI
status of head football coach Bump Elliott, who has suffered through the bottom of the ninth to reach
another losing season and is the target of a great deal of animosity a5-4 victory. Jesus Alou drove in
among students and alumni who wish to see Michigan return to its the fintwo runs with ane.
glory days" on the gridiron. ,Fthe win.y

By JOHN LOTTIER
Special To The Daily
DETROIT - Yesterday was'
opening day at Tiger Stadium but
Detroit's big guns were apparent-
ly still busy patrolling the city's
streets, as the visiting Boston Red
Sox were able to coast to a 7-3
victory over the Tigers, spoiling
the Bengal's debut before .41,429
hometown fans.
Led by Carl Yastrzemski's two'
solo homers - the second an in-
side-the-park jobbie - and short-
stop Rico Petrocelli's three RBIs,
the BeantownrBoys demonstrated
to this year's pennant favorites
that last year's pennant winners
are not to be taken for patsy
pushovers.
Dick Ellsworth, a Chicago Cub
reject, was' the Bosox starting
pitcher and kept Detroit's Fat
Cats pretty much under control
during his nine-inning stint, aid-
ed by execllent low-ball control
and a tricky herky-jerk pitching
technique.
Earl Wilson, Ellsworth's oppon-
ent, was plagued by control prob-
lems and lasted only five innings,
giving up five runs and eight hits
in a lackluster performance'. The
only bright spot of the day for
Wilson came in the third inning
when he socked Ellsworth's first
pitch into the left field upper
deck. Though Ellsworth may be
a good low-ball pitcher, Wilson is
a superb low-ball hitter.
The Red Sox opened the scor-
ing in the second inning when
Reggie \Smith's single and rookie
outfielder Joe LaHoud's walk was
followed by a Petrocelli fly ball
to left field that slow-footed Wil-

Wilson's 27th career
made it 3-1 inthe tir
Boston knocked him ou
box in the sixth when S
off with a double. Geor
singled and LaHoud w
fill the bases.
Petrocelli knocked in
and then Pat Dobson,
Wilson, got Elston How
Ellsworth-on called thir
before walking Andrews
in the fifth Boston run.
Yastrzemski's homers
seventh and the ninth
Bosox' total to seven.
The Tigers' only real
threat came in the botto
eighth. Dick McAuliffe's
followed by Al Kaline'.
single set the stage for
Horton one-out double to
in left-centerfield.
Things were starting
good for the Bengals -
drous Willie was caught

rhomner baseball game than the contest
d before itself, Milwaukee may be the beer
t of the capital of the world, but Detroit
Smith led is the beer-drinking capital. At
ge Scott Tiger Stadium, as the beer flows
alked to so do the fans. One guy thought
he was a police car and kept
one rin, sounding-off like a siren. Another
relieving heaved a roll of toilet paper at
ard and ; Boston centerfielder Reggis Smith
d strikes and nearly toppled him over back-
to force wards. A third was escorted from
the park by the gendarmes after
in the running out to left-field to do the
rai the Watusi.
The highlight, though, came in
offensive the seventh inning when after
rn of the striking out twice, the Tigers'
s double weak-hitting Ray Oyler was given
a infield a standing ovation as he ground-
a Willie ed out to the shortstop. And all
the wall this goes to show it's baseball time
once again in Detroit.
to Tlook
iut Won- SPORTS NIGHT EDITOR :
rounding )DANIEL OKUENT

lie Horton just couldn't seem toI
catch up with.
It fell in for a double and the1
Sox fell into a 2-0 lead. Boston:
picked up another run in the
third on singles by Mike Andrews2
and Dalton Jones, plus Smith's
sacrifice fly.

second base and charging down
on Al Kaline who was firmly
planted at third (the ball was
back in the infield by this time).
Horton was easily tagged out and
what appeared to be a surging De-
troit rally was effectively quashed.
But there's more to a Tiger

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Michigan lost 5-2 to Easterr
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Dave Renkiewicz threw five and
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and three walks, allowing four of
the five runs. Larry Guidi came
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The trouble started in the ear-
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The score was at a standstill
until the fifth inning as Michi-
gan remained hitless. Shortstop
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bring Schmidt in for Michigan's
first run:
The ; game seemed ready to
change when Glen Redmon came
up. with another double in the
sixth. Captain Doug Nelson got
Redmon to third on a single.
Redmon then crossed home to
make the score 3-2 when first
baseman Jim Hosler hit a ground
ball.
Michigan had just begun to ad-
just to EMU Pitcher Rick Krumm
when he was replaced in the sixth
by Don Schaall. Schaall gave up
only one hit in the three remain-
ing innings. Michigan was no
longer a threat when in the sev-,
enth, Guidi allowed the fifth run.
Catcher John Kraft best ex-
plained the game. "Michigan
played well - we just didn't get
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Eastern's balls bounced through
the outfield,' he said.
"It's the same situation every
game. The opposing team will ex-
plode in the first couple innings
when we're still warming up. Then
we re forced into the position of;
playing catch-up the rest of the
game."
As istant Coach Dick Honig
added, "We lack the ability to
drag in runs when we're in a key
scoring situation. Once we get
some consistent hitting started,!
something always happens and
we fail to come up with any
more key hits."
Meanxhile the Michigan fresh-
men split a doubleheader with
Northwood Institute at Midland.
In the first seven inning game,
the Wolverines started John Rit-
ter and were blanked, 1-0, by
Dave Green. But they came back
in the second game on Tom Fles-
zar's pitching and scored nine
runs to win, 9-2.
Michigan will meet the Uni-
versity of Detroit at 2 p.m. today.

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76eris WIN
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delphia ;76ers, led by Wally
Jones' 24 points, beat the Bos-
toneCeltics last night 115-106
to even up their Eastern Divi-
sion playoff finals at one game
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It is commonly assumed among members of the Michigan ath-
* letic department that Bump had better "win or else" next season.
This has not only put a great .deal of pressure on Elliott, but also
on his assistant coaches. If Bump were to be fired after next season,
so, in all likelihood, would his aides - unless Bump were to be
quietly phased out and into an administrative position, with one
of his assistants being named head coach.
Enter Tcony Mason, offensive line coach "and long regarded
as perhaps Elliott's top assistant. Mason has made it known that
he intends to stick it out only one more' year at Michigan, that
is, unless he were to be named head coach upon Elliott's "retire-
ment." A possibility - but the betting is that the next Michigan
football coach will come from outside the present athletic de-
partment. Everyone already here has too many enemies.
Perhaps to confuse the situation even more, Michigan has just
appointed a new athletic director, track coach Don Canham. Canham,
0 is a shrewd businessman and will not feel obligated to stick with'
any leftovers from Fritz Crisler's regime if they do not seem to be
properly fulfilling their role in realizing Canham's announced prime
goal, "to fill up Michigan Stadium and the Events Building."
Canham was once heard to say before his appointment that
the first job of the new athletic director "should be to fire five
or six coaches." Cause for any Michigan coach to gulp, especiallyj
# those in basketball and football, which must produce to bring in
the revenue.

Bob Aspromonte's two-out triple
in the last of the 9th gave Hous-
ton a 5-4 victory over the Pitts-
burgh Pirates. Aspromonte's hit
knocked in two runs and helped
earn a victory for hurler Larry
Dierker.
Also in a cliffhanger, St. Louis
pinch-hitter Dave Ricketts smack-
ed a last-inning single to drive in
the winning run and give the
Cards a 2-1 victory over the At-
lanta Braves.
s Los Angeles and Philadelphia
had a night game scheduled on
the coast.
TODAY'S GAMES
American League
Californiia at Cleveland!
Boston at Detroit
Minnesota at Washington
National League
Pittsburgh at San Francisco
New York at Los Angeles (N)
Philadelphia at Houston (N)
Chicago at Cincinnati (N)

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