Wednesday, October 9, 1968
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Page Nine" I
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And for' baseball,
color it green
By BILL CUSUMANO
Each year autumn arrives and with it comes the World Series, the
great spectacle of baseball. It is supposedly the time of the All-
'American sport's finest moments, but this is not so. Instead, it has
turned into the shame of baseball.
The moguls of baseball ruin the World Series simply because
they do not view the game as the rest of us do; that is they do not
see baseball as a game, but as a business.
Let's face it friend, the national pastime is not sport. It can't
be when it rings in so much money. Everybody gets rich from base-
ball these days and the only losers are the fans.
This year's extravaganza is a perfect example. To start with
there is the matter of tickets to the games. There the average fan
gets his first: jobbing. He is the guy who supported the pennant
winner, all -season and now wants to watch his favorite team perform
in their hour of glory.°
But this is almost impossible since season box holders get first
preferarice' on Series tickets. Then the owners have to take care of
the players in both leagues, the commissioner's office, various VIPs
and assorted others. Any remaining seats can be disposed as the
Presumably the remaining seats would be sold by the grateful
owner tofaithful public but it just doesn't seem to work out that
way. For this year's Series the honorable August Busch, owner of the
* St. Louis Cardinals, presented 16,000 tickets to the distributors of
Budweiser, another company which Mr. Busch happens to own. Of
course, you can't really blame Gussie. After all, he has to sell that
beer to.keep alive. The fans be damned.
.By the time the general public does get a chance to purchase
tickets, the only seats available are in the bleachers or behind a
post; and they usually cost, around eight dollars. If you are real
lucky you might stand in line for two days and get a standing room
ticket for two-fifty or so.
But baseball's cruelty to its own athletes and fans was shown
at its best this past Sunday when a crucial World Series game was
played under inhumane conditions.
The lords 'of baseball showed the true color of their hearts
Sunday. They are green as in money. Heading the greedy group is
Commissioner William Eckert.
Sunday was no day for baseball. It was wet, cold and miserable.
Yet the game went on. Why? Because a man named Carl Lindemann
wanted it to for one reason. Lindemann is one of the grand poobahs
at NBC and he didn't want to lose an audience of 50 million people.
Out of that many people you just know that a few will get
Dodge Fever from those great commercials. Since NBC pays base-
ball more than just a few pennies you can understand why the
commissioner decided to play. 4
Also there was the problem of playing a make up game should
the contest have been postponed. Can you imagine the trouble and
expense the poor Tigers owners would have had to go through to
open the ball park an extra day, That is just unthinkable, so hit the
You may protest that the game was stopped once and that
conditions were a little better when play resumed, but don't kid your-
self. That game was going to be completed come what may. The
announcement was made in the press box that officials would wait
two hours before deciding on the fate of the game.
Since the one hour wait usually applied in Series games is an
extension ovdr regular season play, you know that they were going
to extreme lengths.
Also,.Eckert madethe decision, not the umpires. That in itself
should tell you something. No umpire would have risked injury to
athletes by resuming play.
But the game did continue and everyone suffered. Eckert says
that weather reports were optimistic. Well, Hubert Rumphrey must
have given them to him because the report given to the press was
that the rain would get worse.
I guess I shouldn't complain though. No one slipped and broke
a leg and Bob Gibson hasn't got a sore arm, yet. Not that many
people even got very wet since the stands at Tiger Stadium extend
out over each lower level. The only ones who really got it bad were
the poor slobs in the center field bleachers. And what the hell do
they matter, they are only the true fans.
At least William Eckert and his cronies could get a better price.
They only get cold cash for their souls where as Faust got infinite
knowledge. But who knows, maybe money is better than wisdom. Just
ask Wlliam Eckert and the petty chiefs of th'e great sport of baseball.
DETROIT (Al)-Bill Freehan. De-
hangs on Kaline and
the Car'dinals edrgenw
troit's catcher who has gone hitless to 3-2.
in this World Series, sat in the But it wasn't only Kaline's sin-
dugout and watched Al Kaline go gle that kept the Tigers alive for
to the plate. today's sixth game. There also
The bases were loaded in the was a crucial play by Freehan on
seventh inningof Monday's fifth Lou Brock at the plateWillie Hor-
game, the Tigers were trailing 3-2 ton's throw to nail Brock and a
and Kaline was getting set to courageous comeback pitching ef-
face St. Louis reliever Joe Hoerner. fort by Mickey Lolich as well as
As Freehan watched Kaline, his his single that triggered the win-
thoughts went back to Sundayng three-run rally
and a comment he heard from It all added up to at least oneI
Hoerner during the long rain more game in Detroit's first Series,
delay. since 1945, and it presented Tiger
Manager Mayo Smith with some
"Hoerner said the one guy he'd problems, albeit slightly more
rather not pitch to in our line-up pleasant problems.
was Kaline," the catcher related. Smith must now worry about
"The rest of us are free swingers, his sixth-game pitcher. It could
he said, and Kaline Isn'." be Earl Wilson, who left the third
Then Kaline probably jolted game with a pulled hamstring
Hoerner's memory, too, as he muscle in his right leg, or if Wil-
rapped a two-run single that son can't go, it would be Joe
sparked the Tigers to a 5-3 victory Sparma, who relieved Denny Mc-
and forced the Series back to St. Lain in Sunday's contest.
Louis after Tuesday's off day, with 1 And Smith didn't rule out the
Boilermakers at top,
OSU achie'ves fourth
possibility of coming back with Smith also mentioned the pos-]
McLain, the 31-game winner who sibility of using Lolich in the sev-
lost the first and fourth games. enth game, but that's another
McLain pitched only 22/ innings comeback away.-
Sunday and said after Monday's Manager Red Schoenditnst of
game he would pitch Wednesday the Cardinals, on the other hand,
if the manager asked him to. has his pitching plans set. Ray]
Smith said he's not planning on Washburn, the starter in games
that development but added: No. 3, is ready for today, and it'll
"I could conceive of anything, be two-game winner Bob Gibson.
It's likeha woman's prerogative. I in the seventh game-if.-
Lolich joined Gibson in the two-,
gane victory circle but only after
surviving a three-run Cardinal
outburst in the first inning. ,
"He pitched a heckuva game,"
said Orlando Cepeda, who capped
the explosion with a two-run
homer, his second homer of the
Series. "He got stronger as the
game went along. He's a good,
pitcher. I can't see why he didn't
win 20 games."
The motorcycle - riding right-
hander settled down so effectively
that he scattered six hits the rest
x of the way and didn't allow an-
He almost didn't get the chance
to finish the game, though. The!
turning point for him came in the
seventh inning when leadoff bat-
ter Don Wert struck out.
"If Wert had gotten on," Smith
said, "I would've used a pinch
hitter. But when he didn't, I
figured Mickey ha beenmi thin
wel an we had two more shots;
. Lolich, meanwhile, was kneeling
in the on-deck circle, also con-
sidering the situation.
.I was very much surprised he
let me hit," said Lolich, who rap-
ped a home run and a single in
the second game "But when I
looked back and he wasn't looking
at me, I thought, I'm just going
to sneak up there in the batter's
AL KALINE box before he can see me,' and
~ ~ ~ - ~ ~ - -
I got in there as soon as I could-"
Lolich singled and. after Hoer-
ner relieved starter Nelson Briles,
went to second as Dick McAuliffe
singled and to third on a walk
to Mickey Stanley. That's when
Kaline singled across the tying
and lead runs, and Norm Cash
added a'run-scoring single.
At that point the Cardinals had"
to think back to the fifth inning'
when Brock, the hitting and base
running star of the Series, was
thrown out at the plate trying to
score from second on .Julian
Javier's single to left. St. Louis
led 3-2 at the time.
There were some people, in-
cluding Lolich, who didn't think
Horton would even try to get
Brock at the plate.
"As fast as Brock is, I didn't
even figure there would be a
throw," Lolich said. "Then I saw
the throw coming in and I
thought, 'What am I doing here?
What happens if the ball gets past
the plate?' "
The ball wound up in Freehan's
glove, though, and Brock, who
didn't slide, was out.
Kaline raised his average to .281
with a pair of singles and is the
leading Tiger hitter.
That fact, of course, points out
the great success Smith has ,had
with what started outas as ex-
periment. The, manager moved
Mickey Stanley from center field
to shortstop to get Kaline's bat
in the line-up.
Kaline is hitting, Stanley is
fielding and Detroit is aroundfor
at least one more game this season.
NEW YORK OP) -Power-laden
Purdue again was a near unarii-
mous choice for the top spot ink
the Associated Press' major col-
lege football poll yesterday, while
the Boilermak'ers' next foe, Ohio
State, moved into fourth place.
The Boilermakers, who crushed
The Joint Judiciary Council
will hear complaints against the
marching band for making too
much noise duringpractice on
Wines Field tonight at 7 p.m.
on the third floor of the S.A.B.
* * *
The Volleyball club will hold
a practice this afternoon at 5
p.m. at the LM. building. All in-
terested students are invited to
Northwestern 43-6 for their third
straight victory Saturday, were
named first on all but two of 37
ballots in picking up 736 points.
Southern California, also 3-0
after stopping strong Miami, Fla.,
28-3, remained second with 660
points. The Trojans, national
champs last year, received only
one vote for first, but were named
second on' 23 ballots.
Penn State, a 31-20 conqueror
of West Virginia for its third tri-
umph, held on to third and Notre
Dame, which followed a loss to
Purdue with a 51-28 smashing of
Iowa, stayed in fifth.
Ohio State, sixth a week ago,
advanced after beating Oregon
21-6 for its second victory..
Intrarmurai Sports Calendar
CROSS COUNTRY race for Fraternity, Residence Hall
and Independent teams, and individual entries sched-
uled for Thursday, Oct. 10. Entries close Wednesday,
Oct. 9 at 6:00 P.M. at the IM Bldg. Team entries limited
to 5; 3 must finish to qualify for team points.
ICE HOCKEY league. Still room for one more team.
FACULTY TOUCH FOOTBALL begins Friday, Oct. 11.
All games at 5:05 P.M. Entries close Wednesday, Oct.
9 at 5:00 P.M.
FACULTY BOWLING team competition starts Tuesday,
Oct. 22. Enter Now.
FACULTY VOLLEYBALL starts Tuesday, Oct. 22. Enter.
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3. Penn State
4. Ohio State
5. Notre Dame
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