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Page Eight

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Saturday, October 12, 1968

Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY Saturday, Oct0ber 12, 1968

Olympi
MEXICO CITY- The tense,
troubled, turmoil-beset Games of
the 19th Olympiad officially opensi
today in the resplendent 80,000r
capacity Olympis Stadium close
by the University of Mexico, focus
of recent student strife.
As. the time draws nears for the
man-to-man competition to start,j
and the argument to -subside, in-
terests focuses on what the two
super powers of athletics will do.
The main question is whether
the United States will dominate;
track 'and swimming as it has
done almost from the very start ofI
the Games?-or if Russia will winI

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more medals overall d
in gymnastics, rowing
ing and other sport
minor by Americans.
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that American don
track and swimming
most overwhelming y
the first time since th
in Helsinki, the Up
might outscore Russia
U.S. FAVORED
In fact, the Ge:
agency, SID, predict
will outscore Russia
gold medals and tha
total 172 gold, 172

ue to prowess bronze medals up for grabs, the take the sex tests then they might
~, weight lift-. United States will get 51-38-36 for be excluded from the Mexico
s considered a total of 125 and Russia will win Games opening toda'.
32-49-23 for 104. Prince Alexandre (re Merode of
The New York Times foresaw 24 Belgium, the head of the IOC
e question is golds, 10 silvers, and seven bronzes medical committee sid:
nination in in men's track for the United "The Internationa 1 Swimming
may be the States and 11-9-7 in men's swim- Federation has not et agreed to
et. And, for ming with 12-11-7 in women's tests on their girls.
e 1952 games swimming. Sports Illustrated look- "But I am meeting the Federa-
nited States ed for 15-8 3 in men's track and tion doctor later today. I am very
a over-all. 12-8-9 in mens swimming and hopeful that everything will be
14-9-11 in women's swimming. solved in a friendly way.
rman sports Another big question concerns "But I must point out that in a:
s the U.S.A. the sexuality of the athletes. the entries for the athletes for the
51 to 32 in An official of the Intetnational Games a document was signed
t out of the Olympic Committee said yesterday saying that the National Olympic
silver, 183 that if some girl swimmers do not Committees. The International
Federations and the girls involved &
would take the test.
Female athletes in Olympic Vil-
lage reacted with more bemuse-
ment than chagrin Friday at or-
ders from the International Olym-
pic Committee that they would
have to take sex tests before being your1mark
allowed to compete in the Games---
starting Saturday. *-
Mrs. Harold Connally of Culver I CL 1 3
City, Calif., the former Olga Fika-
tova of Czechoslovakia who mar-
,s" erafter the Melbourne Olympics
n ed the Ameria hamrn th ox or berth on i
in 1956, said she jested with doc-z
tors duiing the test By The Associated Press
"I told them if I passed I would NEW YORK - Detroit's Denny
become a sex bomb," the pyetty McLain, first pitcher to win 30 or
discus thrower said. "If I failed more games in 34 years, edged Bob
to pass, then I would make Harold Gibson of St. Louis in the voting
have ou fifth baby. The doctors for the Associated Press' major
didn't think it was funny." league all-star team.
MeLain received 112 votes to
100 for the Cardinals' brilliant
BufS IT fshutout ace in the voting for the
r '. team's right-handed pitcher.
McLain was the first pitcher to
excede Lefty Grove's pitching rec-
ord set in 1931. McLain's 31-6 rec-
ord earned him enough support
to make the team, in spite of two
<losses in three World Series starts.
ERA RECORD
Gibson, in compiling a 22-9 rec-
ord, pitched 13 shutouts and
posted a National League record
earned run average of 1.12
-I McLain's batterymate, Bill Free-
han, was the only other member
of the world champion Tigers to
make the team. Only one mem-
ber of the National League chain-
pion Cardinals, center fielder Curt
KFlood, was voted in.
FlMickey Lolich and Willie Hor-
ton of the Tigers were runners-up
for spots on the all-star team.
TOP MANAGERS
Mayo Smith, who engineered
{<Detroit to its first American
ar Leaue pennant in 23 years, and
RedgSchoendienst, who directed
------ St. Louis to its second straight
National League crown, were
. named Managers of the Year.
}- 0It was the second straight year
Schoendienst won the award in
puNo the balloting by the nation's
< r>$.0 sports writers and sportcasters,
a. ssfied+ T while Smith succeeded Boston's
< ?' Dick Williams in the AL.
A The Minnesota Twins named

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es Gibson
A li-Stars

The draught ends:
A Titger fan walks proud
"When the hurly burley's gone and done."
Somebody said this somewhere, sometime. Now its the day after
and the Tiger victory in the World Series can be put into its proper
perspective.
THIS IS THE GREATEST THING TO HAPPEN IN THE EN-
TIRE WORLD EVER.
As far as I'm concerned this is the first time the Tigers have won
a pennant and a World Championship. The last time the Bengals won
a flag I was just an idea my parents had.
For the nearly twenty one years of my life the Tigers have been '
losers. Along with nearly every other pro sports team in Detroit, the
Tigers have made the existence of the fans unbearable. Until now.
Some joker who lived down the hall from me last year was from
Boston and the year before that my roommate was from St. Louis. A
truly miserable existence. My head hung in the deaths of dejection.
Now I walk with my head in the clouds. The fellow from Boston
can cry about the poor finish of the Red Sox, when ever that was
(When you're in first place for most of the season, the position of the
teams behind you seems to get shuffled.) My old roommate from St.
Louis can cry in his beer, because that's all the Gateway to the West
has left that's worth a damn.
The Tigers took it all, the whole works. All the years of frus-
tration and pain are left behind. Like 1961. The team won 101 times
and finished eight games out of first. Like 1966, when they finished
third. Like last year, when they lost the pennant on the last day of
the season.
I feel so good!
The difference between the Tigers of this year and any other year
is the fact that they won baseball games. And not just any baseball
games. They won the games they had to win against the teams they 4
had to beat.
First they wiped out Cleveland. The Tigers had an odd five game
series with the terrors of Lake Erie. The Indians were 8% games out
of first place and figured a sweep would crack the Bengals and put
them in a position to move into first. They won the first three games
and the entire town of Cleveland went nuts. But the Tigers managed
a 2-1 squeaker in the second game of the Sunday double-header.
Then came the odd Monday game. Denny McLain pitched and
the Tigers hit, and hit and hit. When the dust finally settled, the In-
dians found themselves buried 14-3.
The next bunch to go was the Red Sox. In late August the Bean-
towners came to Tiger Stadium for four games on the weekend. The
teams split the first two games and met on Sunday for a twin bill.
Boston gained a quick lead in the first game, but saw it disintegrate
until the contest went into extra innings. In the bottom of the 14th
inning, Gates Brown came off the bench to hit a home run for the
victory. In the second game Boston took a three run lead into the
bottom of the 9th only to see the Tigers score four, with Gates Brown
hitting a single to drive in the winning run. Boston was dead.
Baltimore hung in the longest but were 8% games behind when 4
they came to Detroit for the second to last encounter between the two
clubs. Each team gained a victory in the first two meetings of the
three game series. Denny McLain took the mound in the third game
and wasn't sharp. The Tigers were not hitting. Sloppy pitching put
two birds on in an'early inning. Nobody out. Then the game turned
around. The Tigers pulled a triple play. The Tigers won the game
and finished off the last threat to their winning the pennant.
From there it was all down hill.
Well, not quite. In the Series the Tigers committed eleven errors
and had a few problems with a couple of fellows by the name of Brock
and Gibson. But Bill Freehan finally threw out Brock stealing and
Willie Horton cut him down later in the same game attempting to
score. These two plays turned the Series around as the Tigers won the
fifth game with their backs to the wall.
It could have ended Wednesday last but the Tigers would not die
and mashed the Cards 13-1.
The Series did end Thursday - for the Cards. Mickey Lolich wn
his third game and that terror of terrors, Bob Gibson, lost his first and
with it the Series.
How can I describe the great joy coursing through my veins?
I can yell and scream, that's how. And yelling and screaming
(and getting a bit drunk) is how Detroit did it. 50,000 fans showed
up at Metro Airport to welcome the Tigers home and weren't even
mad when they did not show. All they wanted to do was shout and
dance some more.
As fans, we did a lot for the Tigers. More than two million of us
paid to see a potential World Championship team in action.
But the Tigers did a lot more for us. Never in all my life have I
seen the old Motor City so close. Black and white together celebrated
the victory. Only the Tigers could, at this time, give the city a. single
identity. You wern't suburbanite or an inner city dweller. You were
a Detroiter.
THIS IS THE GREATEST THING TO HAPPEN IN THE EN-
TIRE WORLD EVER.

MAYO SMITH

Billy Martin as its 1969 manager
yesterday. and gave him the job
of improving a seventh-place fin-
ish in the American League.
Martin replaces Cal Ermer, who
was fired after the 1968 seson
ended with the Twins 24 games
behind the pennant winning De-
troit Tigers.
EXPANSION DRAFT
Next week, the baseball expan-
sion draft takes place with the
Montreal and San Diego expansion
clubs of the National League
drafting in Montreal on Monday,
and Kansas City and Seattle of
the American League drafting in
Boston on Tuesday.

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