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Thursday, February 12, 1970

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802 Monroe
Friday, February 13
(Prof. Sklar is a participant in the
Guild House Retreat, Feb. 21-22)




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Some great things have happen-
ed to the Detroit Tigers through
the years.
There was the night in 1905
that Ty Cobb persuaded his hesi-
tant father, a United States Sen-
ator, to let him pass up an ap-
pointment to West Point for a
baseball career.
There was the trade for Goose
Goslin before the 1934 season,
which resulted in two successive
pennants. There was the World
Championship in 1968 after a 23
year drought.
And recently something great
has happened again, according to
Don Lund, Tiger farm director,
"Getting ElliottrMaddox in the
draft two years ago was one of
the best things that ever happened
to us," he said.
Lund may be prone to exaggera-
tion, but he is not the only man
in the Tiger organization who
thinks highly of the young third
JIM CAMPBELL, the general
manager calls Maddox a "good-
looking youngrhitter" and has
nothing but praise for him.
Two years ago, Maddox starred
for the Michigan baseball team,
leading the Big Ten in batting
with .467. That was his only sea-
son with Michigan. He signed with
the Tigers for a moderate bonus
following his sophomore year.
After one-and-a-half successful
seasons in the minors and a
stretch in the Florida Instruction-
al League last fall, Maddox will
attend his first spring training
camp next month.
"I am a little nervous about it,"
he said. "The pressure will be on
me to make the team." His com-
petitors for the uncertain third
base job are Don Wert and Dalton
Jones, both established veterans.
Maddox, 21, is very anxious to
play in the majors this season.

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According to Campbell, he has an
"outside chance" of doing so. But
Campbell seems to think that
Maddox may be a year or two
away from the big leagues.-
As he praises Maddox, he says,
"He is good for a player of his
experience. But it may be better
for him to be playing every day in
Toledo (Detroit's AAA farm club)
than sitting on the bench in De-
Maddox disagrees. "I won't be
happy unless I'm playing in the
major leagues," he said.
Maddox has never appeared in
the majors before. Last season,
with ~ Rocky Mount of Carolina
League (Class A), Maddox had a
tremendous second half, recover-
ing from a knee operation and
pulling his average up to .301,
eighth best in the league.
WITH MEN in scoring position
he hit over .400. Yet the Tigers did
not call him up at the end of the
season. Was Maddox disappoint-
"You might say that," he said.
His major concern at the mo-
ment is to be given a chance in
spring training. He hopes the
Tigers do not reject him because
they think he is too inexperienced.
The Tigers are noted for not bring-
ing up rookies until much minor
league seasoning.
Factors in his favor will be his
speed, his fielding and his switch-
hitting. Maddox thinks he can hit
.280 and steal. at least 25 bases
with Detroit.
HE IS NOT concerned with hit-
ting home runs.and does not feel
that lack .of power will hurt his
earning power. "Pete Rose's $100,-
00 salary changed all that," he.
If anything hurts his earning
power it may be Campbell himself,
"From what I hear," Maddox
joked, "Campbell is very tough
in salary negotiations.
Maddox is a switch-hitter of re-
cent vintage. Until last fall he had
been strictly a right-hander. Then'
in the Florida Instructional League
he worked on hitting left-handed.
The results of the experiment
were encouraging to say the least.
HIS FIRST TIME up from the
left side of the plate he hit a
triple. He batted left-handed six
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times more, and he doubled once,
singled once, walked twice, and
was hit by the pitcher once.
Oddly enough, Maddox thinks
he can hit better and with more
power batting lefty. "I am told
I have a picture swing left-hand-
ed," he said.
His right-handed swing is less
than perfect from a technical
standpoint. For one thing he holds
his hands too close to his body.
For another he bats off his
front foot. But he is not too con-
cerned: "That's the way Hank
Aaron hits," he said. "And I've
been pretty successful hitting that
In Florida he also worked on
fielding and base stealing. Al-
though he used to have trouble
charging bunts and moving to his
right, Maddox feels he has master-
ed those maneuvers now.
One of the reasons Maddox
thinks he can be a good base steal-
er in the majors is that major
league catchers, he said, are easier*
to steal off than minor league
THE REASON IS that catchers
make the majors on the strength
of their hitting, not their fielding.
"There was a catcher I played
with last year, Tim Hosley, who
had an arm you wouldn't believe,"
he said.
Maddox hit .280 in Florida, hit-
ting largely off AAA pitching.
There were also a few big leaguers,
like Philadelphia's Chris Short and.
Montreal's Bill Stoneman.
Maddox is living in Ann Arbor
now and plans to re-enter school
after the baseball season next fall.
He is majoring in history and

physical education and needs 33
hours to graduate.
After that he hopes to attend
graduate school in history, with
an emphasis on Afro-American
history. Then he plans to move
back to his home town of Vaux
Hall, N.J., outside New York.
His apartment is decorated with
record covers of singers like the
Temptations and Nina Simone and
with baseball mementos. On the
mantle are his Big Ten batting
trophy and pictures of him in his
minor league uniforms.
Leaning against the wall are two
bats belonging to Tigers Jim
Northrup and Norm Cash. On a
table is Maddox's glove.
WHILE TALKING, Maddox will
occasionally lift a bat with mag-
azines wrapped around it. This
exercise strengthens his wrists.
When discussing his batting
stance, he may get up with a bat
and demonstrate it, pointing out
the movement of his elbows and
position of his feet.
To keep in shape and keep his
weight down, Maddox is working
out with the Michigan baseball
team this winter.
Maddox has a few major league
goals. His home run goal is mod-
est. "I just want two," he said.
"I want to hit one in my first
time at bat and one the first time
I come up in Tiger Stadium."
He also wants to be Rookie of
the Year, and most imporatntly,
"I want to make people forget
about Brooks Robinson."
And if self-assurance was the
determinant, nobody would have
any doubt that Maddox would do
just that.


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There's a circus coming to
town. It's neither Barnum, Bailey
nd Ringling Brothers nor Shrine:
It's ACC.
The annual Atlantic Coast Con-
ference basketball tournament and
circus will be played M a r c h 5
through 7 at Greensboro, North
Carolina. Meanwhile, to keep the
fans interested and warm up the
teams, there is a conference race
going on.
Supplanting acrobats and be-
tasseled elephants as the main at-
tractions in this race are a host
of unusually f i n e basketball
teams, including South Carolina,
18-1 and the nation's number two
team; North Carolina State, 17-2
and number five; and North Car-
olina, a mere 15-4 and number
ten, featuring Charlie Scott.
South Carolina is currently
perched atop the ACC standings
at 9-0, 4nd are thus far unchal-
lenged as the top team in the con-
ference. Their merciless '81-54
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squad Monday night testifies to
their awesome power. Guard John
Roche hurt the Deacons with his
unerring outside shooting while
6-10 Tom Owens and the other
tall Gamecocks ripped out Wake
Forest's guts from inside. South
Carolina has all the equipment to
take the ACC crown and show
their stuff to the likes of UCLA in
the NCAA tournament, but it will
have stiff competition even in get-
ting out of the conference tourna-
be provided by the two teams now
battling for second place, 7-2
North Carolina State and 7-3
North Carolina. NC State is that
rarity in college basketball, a team
without a star. Both Vann Willi-
ford, a 6-6 center, and Ed Left-
wich, a 6-5 guard, are standouts;
neither is the kind of player that
can break a game wide open. The
key to the Wolfpack attack is bal-
Just the opposite is North Car-
olina, which is built around All-
American guard Charlie Scott.
Superlatives become trite w h e n
applied to Charlie, so often have
they been bestowed, but the fact
remains that he is an incompar-
able player, easily the ACC's best.
When let out to play with team-
mates such as 6-10 Lee Dedmon
and sophomore forward Chamber-
lain, Scott a n d North Carolina
have the potential to knockoff
anybody. North Carolina State
found this out Monday night as
the Tarheels nipped them 88-88
on a pair of free throws by soph-
omore Dennis Wuycik with four
seconds left.
North Carolina has an annoying
habit of winning big games by an
eyelash and this tendency, com-
bined with Charles Scott, estab-
lishes them as the main road-
block in South Carolina's path to
the ACC tournament champion-
ship and the NCAA's.
Popular campus figure and
one-time assistant football coach
Wally Weber was admitted to
University Hospital earlier this
week. Although he was admitted
to the intensive care unit he has
since been moved to a private
room and is now described as
in "good condition." The reason
for his admittance to the hos-
pital was not disclosed.

Grieved Hoosiers return;
Players seek improved pact
By The Associated Press

THREE MORE teams loom as
threats to South Carolina in the
ACC circus: Wake Forest, 5-4 in
the conference; Duke, 4-4; and
Maryland, only 3-6 but 12-8 over-
all. Wake Forest, a team which
has b e e n adopted by a certain
scurrilous member of the Daily
sports staff, h a s beaten North
Carolina twice this year.
Doubts about its potency, how-
ever, were raised in the team's
recent 81-54 castration by South
Carolina; this loss may demoral-
ize the Deacons, to say the least.
Wake Forest has a crying need
for a big man; they were beaten
44-19 on the boards by South Car-
olina. They do have a fine guard
in Charles Davis, a junior from
New York City, and a couple oth-
er classy players in 6-7 Gil Mc-
Gregor a n d 6-3 'Dickie Walker.
Walker was named the outstand-
ing player at his old prep school,
Southwood Military Institute of
Edwards, North Carolina; this is
some feat considering one of his
teammates was none other than
Pete Maravich, the cocky court
craftsman from Louisiana State.

MICHIGAN FANS got a good
look at Duke last December 10
when the Blue Devils beat.the
Wolverines 73-68. Duke showed off 1.
6-9 center Randy Denton in the
game: he walked, he was called
for three seconds, he looked like
an oaf. But, 1o, he also scored 27
points. The Wolverines would
have won had they shot a little
better and kept a tighter rein on
Denton. Duke's only other major
asset is a very fast guard named
Dick Divenzio; they don't shape
up as any threat to the ACC lead-,
MARYLAND is an unknown
quality but has a win over George-
town, a top independent, to its
credit. As for Virginia and Clem-
son, forget it; they are the leag-
ue's Nixons, kicked around by ev-
So South Carolina is flying high
in the 4CC, but they better watch
out come March 5. North Carolina
State, Wake Forest and the oth-
ers are all going to roll out their
big guns in an attempt to shoot
the Gamecocks down.







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" BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-Five black football players who quit
the Indiana University football squad last fall have decided to report
for spring practice, Coach John Pont announced yesterday.
The quintet, which never detailed its grievances, includes Big
Ten sprint champion Larry Highbaugh, Indianapolis; halfback Bobby
Pernell and fullback Greg Harvey, both of Cincinnati; guard Gordon
May, East St. Louis, Ill., and linebacker Don Silas, Indianapolis.
" CHICAGO-Labor relations occupied baseball's major league
owners for a considerable length of time yesterday as they heard a
report on negotiation and learned the National League umpires have
failed to sign 1970 contracts.
The Players' Association which last year boycotted spring.training
camps to gain approval for a larger pension and benefit program, has
indicated they will terminate their present agreement on April 5, just
before the seasons opens.
Asked if the players were asking modification of the controversial
reserve clause, John Gaherin, the owner's negotiater, would only say,
"they're asking some kind of an amendment on the structure," and
declined comment on the owners' position at the morning meeting.
" BOSTON-Gov. Francis W. Sargent expressed doubt yesterday
that the latest in a long line of stadium proposals will be acceptable
to either the legislature or the administration.
Sargents said the current plan, which involves revenue from a
proposed additional 12 days of racing at Suffolk Downs, may be a
"paper tiger."
0 DES MOINES, Iowa-The Kansas City Chiefs, who beat the
Minnesota Vikings in pro football's Super Bowl for the world cham-
pionship, did it again on the basketball court Tuesday night, taking
a 64-55 victory over the Vikings in a March of Dimes benefit game
About 3,000 fans watched as 290-pound defensive tackle Buck
Buchanan scored 14 points to pace the American Football League
Chiefs to the victory.
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