Thursday, December S, 1968
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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PITTSBURGH (/P) - Gordie
Howe, the Babe Ruth of hockey,?
scored his 700th goal Wednesday
night as the Detroit Red Wings
routed Pittsburgh 7-2 in the Na-
tional Hockey League.
Howe, who at 40 breaks a re-
cord every time he steps on the
ice, passed the milestone at 7:13;
of the first period when he cracked
a 30-footer past goalie Les Bink-
ley head on. It sailed not more
than two inches off the ice.
Officials stopped the game and
the 4,500 fans stood and applaud-
ed as Howe accepted the puck.
The rest of the game was a
waltz. Nick Libbett scored two
goals and had one assist as the
Bullets whip Detroit
THE FABULOUS GORDIE HOWE is congratulated by team
Gary Bergman (left) and Alex Delvecchio after scoring his
regular season goal. Howe, who may never get old, will
celebrate his 41st birthday.
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The 1968-69 Michigan home basketball schedule is more of a
problem for students than the individual opponents will be a problem
to the Wolverine team.
In short, the purchase of the $6.00 season ticket by loyal
student fans must be considered no bargain. It is hardly even
The first two games, Northern Illinois this past Monday and
Western Michigan in Saturday's doubleheader aren't bad for the
season openers except the fact that many students will have to miss
one or both of these games because they are studying for finals.
The next four home games are all over the semester break.
This is not completely the fault of the athletic department. Two
of these games, these against powerful Iowa and Indiana are in
early January. This year's extension of the vacation was not
anticipated by the department and it was expected these games.
were to be played right at the beginning of the winter semester.
Now they only come toward the end of the break.
This leaves only the last five contests of the Big Ten schedule
4open to many students. And since it only costs $1.00 a game to attend
on an individual basis, those people able to see just these games with
their $6.00 season ticket will lose money on the deal.
The athletic department is not totally blameless in the matter,
however. The department's error involves Michigan's most im-
pressive opponent of the season. Davidson, currently ranked sixth
in the country, visits the Events Building December 31, which as
we all know is, coincidentally, New Year's Eve.
If there ever was a time not to play a game on an empty
campus, it has got to be New Year's Eve. Condolences go the
members of the Wolverine and Davidson squads who will be
stuck playing basketball instead of celebrating, at least until the
To commemorate this particular bungle, a contest is hereby an-
nounced. The idea is to guess the exact number of people who will
attend the Davidson-Michigan game. The figure used will be the
attendance figure announced at the game. Use of more than three
digits in your prediction must be considered unwise (unless the an-
nounced figure includes all paid ticket holders who are not present.
That's your problem to figure out).
The prize is as follows. In reaction to the skimpy award
(one pizza) presented each week in this year's Gridde Pickings.
, contest, thanks largely to. the cheapness of various Ann Arbor
merchants, I will personally beg, borrow or steal ten (10) pizzas
to be awarded to anyone who guesses the correct attendance
figure for the game. If no-one comes through with the correct
number-as is quite likely-three pizzas will be awarded to the
one who comes closest.
All entries must be postmarked no later than Dec. 15 and ad-
dressed to me at 420, Maynard. The prize will be awarded some time
after school starts again. If you think I'm going to stay here over
vacation and wait breathlessly for the attendance figure-you're crazy.
Imported from Denmark STUDENT
By The Associated Press
DETROIT - The Baltimore
Bullets rallied in the fourth quar-
ter last night to score a 112-106
National Basketball Association
victory and spoil the debut of Paul
Seymour as the Detroit Pistons'
Trailing 89-87 after three quar-
ters, the Bullets stormed into the
lead in a period which was mark-
ed by fights between Baltimore's
Gus Johnson and Terry Disch-
inger. Both were ejected.
Earl Monroe accounted for eight
of the Baltimore points in the
final period when the Bullets out-
scored Detroit, 25-17.
Detroit took a 29-24 lead after
one period and was on top 60-57
at halftime through the scoring
of Dave Bing and Happy Hairs-,
ton, who collected 16 and 15
pointshrespectively, in thefirst
Hairston added 10 more to keep
the Pistons in front by a slender
margin at the third quarter
Rookie Wes Unseld, with 28
points and 21 rebounds was the
big man for the Bullets while
Monroe added 25 and Kevin
Loughery 17. Bing finished at 29
and Hairston 27 for the Pistons.
SCOR E S
Chicago 3, St. Louis 3, tie
Toronto 4, Minnesota 2
Detroit 7, Pittsburgh 2
New York 4, Montreal 2
Boston 101, Milwaukee 99
New York 121, Atlanta 113
Baltimore 112, Detroit 106
Alabama 88, Texas 62
Cornell 93, Syracuse 81
Rutgers 70, Penn 65
Fordham 98, Yale 85
Detroit 103, Windsor 48
Navy 70, Harvard 58
PHILADELPHIA - Hal Greer
scored 28 points and Luke Jackson
had 26 as the Philadelphia 76ers
stopped San Diego 110-99 in the
National Basketball Association
The Rockets' Elvin Hayes, the
league's leading scorer with a 30.8
average, was held to only 10 points,
his second lowest total of the sea-
son. Hayes drew four personal
fouls in the first quarter and play-
ed a total of 29 minutes.
The 76ers -started to pull away,
late in the third period on the'
strength of Greer and Wally Jones
as they posted their 10th victory
in their last 12 starts.
MINNEAPOLIS-St. PAUL -
Toronto blasted home three break-
away goals and trimmed the Min-
nesota North Stars 4-2 last night
in a National Hockey League
Dave Keon's second goal of the
night, just 23 seconds in the sec-
ond period, turned out to be the
Maple Leafs' clinching marker.
Toronto took a 2-0 lead in the
first period on an 'unassisted
breakaway tally by Mike Walton.
J. P. Parise's rebound goal with
two Leafs in the penalty box 15
seconds before the end of the first
period made the score 2-1.
Keon increased the margin to
3-1 when he skated in alone on
North Stars' goalie Cesare Man-
The North Stars rebounded to
make it 3-2 on Waynne Connel-
ly's breakaway slapshot at 18:12
of the second period.
Red Wings more than doubled
Pittburgh's shots on goal.
The goal, Howe said in a typical
understatement, "took all the
wgt off my back."
"It took some weight off my
wife too," he said. "She says sit-
ting on the edge of the seat gets
Howe said he had no idea when
he might retire. "You only come
by here once, and you want to
make the best of it."
Howe said the pressure on him
to get No. 700 was tough, but the
pressure was greater when he was
faced with Maurice Richards' ca-
reer record several years ago.
What about 800 goals?
"It's getting tougher" he said,
"I have to admit it's getting
However he said he would be
back next year for sure because he
has one year to go on his current
"After that I don't know" he
said. "It depends on how my legs
Howe said he would have prefer-
red to score the goal at home,
where he has played since 1946.
"The fans have been so good," he
Alex Delvecchio started the goal
when he picked up a loose puck
along the boards and passed to
Frank Mahovlich, who was be-
ing tightly guarded.
Mahovlich passed to Howe, who
was free in front of the goal and
he slapped it just to the right of
Binkley, who was partially screen-
The goal put Howe 156 ahead of
his nearest rival, Maurice Ricard
of the Montreal Canadians, who
retired in 1960. It was believed
then that Richards' 544 goals
might stand for decades.
Only Bobby Hull of the Chicago
Black Hawks - who is 29 and has
430 goals - seems to have a
chance to catch Howe.
Hockey players have longer ca-
reers than most athletes, though
few play past 40. And no one has
played as long and as well as
Now in his 23rd season, he has
made 30 NHL records and has
been in the top five scorers for 19
straight years. He was third last
year with 39 goals and 43 assists
and was named to the all star
team despite Detroit's last place
finish in the established Eastern
Howe is currently the league's
third* leading scorer.
He scored his 699th goal in
Detroit last Wednesday.
No. 700 was his 12th of the sea-
There are some interesting
parallels between Ruth's and
Howe's careers. Ruth played 22
seasons, Howe 23. Ruth has 714
home runs, his nearest rival
Willy Mays, has 565.
THE GREAT GORDIE HOWE smashes the puck past Penguin defender Leo Boivin and into the
Pittsburgh net to score his 700th regular season goal. Howe also holds the records for most assists
and most total points in regular season play.
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