Wednesday, October 2, 1968
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
W e I s a , O t b r 2 9 8T E M C I A A L
ready. for clash
Stanley at short?
Mao0, Mayo, please!
Mayo Smith has finally blown his cool.
You know Mayo - he's the friendly, colorless fellow who runs
a baseball club called the Detroit Tigers who spent most of the sum-
mpr pounding the crap out of the rest of the league.
He's tired, you say - it's easy to crack up after a pennant race.
Right. But if his latest move goes the way it easily could, the World
Series will make the season seem like a picnic and Mayo will get even
more tired, from sleepless nights.
On Sunday, our man Mayo announced that Mickey Stanley will
open today's first game at shortstop. To ordinary folk, this is hardly
stunning. To a Tiger fan, it surpasses such penny-ante decisions as
The Bomb, the choice of Chicago as The Convention Site, and the
Famous Bump Elliott Field Goal Attempt. Mayo has just stuck his
0neck out a mile.
What has he done? First of all, he is saying that the way the
Tigers won all year - and they won big - won't be good enough for
the Cardinals. This.alone is hardly inspiring.
But more important, he has taken the league's best centerfielder
and stuck him at 'short. In doing so, he has weakened both positions.
When Stanley boots a grounder in the ninth, or when a long fly grazes
the top of Jim Northrup's glove in center' - a fly that Stanley would
have had - all hell is going to descend on Mr. Smith's head.
Oh, sure, it's a gutsy thing to do, as Joe Falls says. Stepping out
of U Towers is gutsy, too. But you don't do it unless you're out of your
mind, or the place is on fire. And Mr. Smith is not crazy, and the Ti-
gers' chances have not gone up in smoke. Yet.
It's fine to be gutsy, to gamble. But you can't use it to prove
yourself, to respond to pressure. Maybe Mayo isn't doing this, but
does he really think that Kaline's extra bat in the lineup will offset.
the disaster pending at shortstop? I don't.
What would you do? Well, first I'd move Stanley back to center-
field, where:he feels right and belongs. Northrup would go back to
right, where he's one of the best. Then I'd put Tracewski at short.
Trixie is a, good fielder, an old hand and not an automatic out.
That leaves Kaline and Cash to share first base, and that's where
I'd put them. I'd use Kaline in St. Louis, where his consistent bat
would benefit from spacious Busch Stadium, and Cash in Detroit,
with those lovely, beckening rightfield seats.
This wouldn't be easy. Kaline has endured too long not to play,
and Cash is a real pro - a. player's player. And he's also been red-
hot with the bat. But the Tigers have enough big bats as it is, and
they shouldn't weaken their defense, in the World Series of all places,
' just to get another one.
Maybe I'm all wet. I hope so, and good luck Mayo. You really
socked it to 'em this time, old pal. And if the act bombs, there's al-
ways tomorrow. Or next year.
By The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - Denny McLain,
with 31 victories, is the American
League's biggest winner in 37
years. Bob Gibson, with an earned
run average of 1.12 is the National
League's stingiest pitcher ever.
They'll face each other today
when Detroit takes on St. Louis in
the first game of the World Series,
but Mayo Smith isn't impressed.
"You put two good pitchers
against each other, and everybody
builds them up as the biggest
thing, since gangbusters," said
Smith, who managed the Tigers
to 103 victories this year.
"Then the whole thing ends up
disappointing. All pitching duels
do. Often one of the pitchers gets
A victory over the Tigers this
afternoon would vault Gibson in-
to a tie for the most consecutive
games won in a Series, a mark
shared by Lefty Gomez and Red
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McLain, on the other hand, has
no Series history. The last time
the Tigers were in it in 1945, Den-
ny was only one year old.
He did slice off a piece of his-
tory this season by winning 31
games-which made him the first
pitcher to win that many since
Lefty Grove in 1931.
Despite what his manager says,
the match up is one of the most
glamorous in Series play.
For Gibson, the Tigers will have
a slightly revised line-up. The re-
vision revolves around the inser-
tion of Mickey Stanley at short-
stop. Smith wanted to get Al Ka-
line into the line up, and the only
way he could do it was by bringing
Stanley in from center field.
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"We think Mickey can do the
job," said Smith. "I played him
there for about a week and made
up my mind Sunday. If we get a
lead, I'll put Ray Oyler at short-
stop in the late innings, move
Mickey to center and take out
Horton, bothered with a sinus
condition, has been having some
trouble but will open the Series
in left. Jim Northrup takes over
for Stanley in center and Kaline
will be in right.
Kaline, long the leading slugger
of the Tigers, broke his right arm
early in the season, and by the
time he was ,ready to return, the
Tigers were going so well Smith
didn't want to disturb the com-
Now Smith wants the veteran's
bat to help spice up the offense.
"This is not a sentimental gest-
ure to get Al Kaline in the line-
up," Smith said. "We're out to
win this thing and by putting an
extra bat in we think we can do
"The biggest edge will be in the
first two or three innings," he
said. "There is where they will
have the edge on us. Our guys will
go in there with stars in their
At the same time, the Tigers
will have money on their minds.
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GOOSE-EGGS MAY DOMINATE the Busch Stadium scoreboard
when Bob Gibsoh and Denny McLain, the fireballing hurlers of
the 1968 campaign, clash in the curtain-raiser of the World
Series today in St. Louis.
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