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Saturday, March 2-9, 19,69

Page SIx THE MICHIGAN DAILY Saturday, March 29, 1969

Tigers bombed for fourth straight

By The Associated Press
LAKELAND, Fla - The Mont-
real Expos, scoring seven runs inI
the eighth inning, handed the
world-champion D e t r o i t Tigers
their fourth straight exhibition:
loss and their 10th setback in the
last 12 games 8-0 yesterday.
Left-hander John Hiller was the
victim of Montreal's seven-run
outburst. Montreal had nursed a
1-0 lead, but seven hits, one walk
and an error gave the Expos their
biggest inning of the spring. Win-i
ning pitcher Bill Stoneman hurled
the first five innings and relievers
Skip Guinn and Carroll Sembera
teamed with Stoneman for the
two-hit shutout.
S* *
ORLANDO, Fla - Relief pitch-
er Joe Brzenda hit a home run ov-
er the left field fence in the ninth
inning a n d gave the Minnesota
Twins a 6-5 exhibition baseball
victory over the Los Angeles Dod-
gers yesterday.
The Twins, overcoming a 5-run
Dodger lead, scored all their runs
on homers.
Cesar Tovar smashed a three-
run blast in the fifth inning and
Rod Carew followed with a solo
shot, both of f Alan Foster. Graig

Nettles' home run, off losing
pitcher Jim Brewer, tied the game
in the eighth inning.
Bill Sudakis drove home R o n
Fairly, who had tripled, and then
scored on a wild pitch as the Dod-
gers took a 2-0 lead in the second.!
Tom Haller hit a solo homer in
the fourth inning off Ron Keller
and Willie Davis connected for a
two-run shot off Keller in t h e
fifth to make it 5-0.
* * *
SCOTSDALE, Ariz. - Ron San-
to~ a nd Don Kessinger slammed
three hits each in a 15-blow at-
tack which gave the Chicago Cubs
a 9-4 triumph over the San Fran-
cisco Giants yesterday.
Pitcher Fergy Jenkins notched
his third victory in four spring
starts as the Cubs captured their
fifth decision in six games.
Giant starter Gaylord Perry,
rocked for three runs in the first
and five in the fifth, suffered his
first setback after four straight
The game's hitting star was the
Giant's Ken Henderson who bang-
ed three straight doubles and sin-
gled in four trips.
FORT MYERS, Fla.-The Kan-

sas City Royals scored two runs in) the sixth inning and contributed
the first inning and made them a double to a fiverun seventh as
stand up for a 2-1 decision over , the Atlanta Braves defeated the
the Pittsburgh Pirates in an exhi- Washington Senators 9-4 in exhi-
bition baseball game yesterday. bition baseball Friday.
A walk to Pat Kelly, singles by The Braves clobbered four pitch-
Jerry Adair and Joe Foy and ers for 14 hits, three of them by
Chuck Harrison's force o u t ac- Felix Millan. Del Unser batted in
counted for the Royals' runs three of the Senators' runs with
against Bob Veale, the Bucs' vet- a triple and a sacrifice fly.
eran left-hander. Tom House halted a Washing-
Wally Bunker was the winner, ton threat in the sixth inning and
limiting Pittsburgh to f i v e hits gave up only an infield single in
and one run in six innings. Dick 3 2% innings of relief to pick up
Drago, also a right-hander, fin- the victory.
ished up, allowing one hit.
Pittsburgh scored in the fifth on ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Bob
a walk and singles by Manny San- Gibson intended to go several in-
guillen and Matty Alou. nings as the starting pitcher for
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bles by John Edwards and Jesus
Alou and a triple by Leon Mc-
Fadden keyed a three-run sev-
enth-inning rally that carried the
Houston Astros to a 5-4 exhibition
baseball victory over the New
York Mets yesterday.
Dennis Menke started the rally
with a single off Met southpaw
Bob Hendley, took third ,on Ed-
wards' doubleyand scored on a
wild pitch, tying the game 3-3.
McFadden tripled Edwards home
and scored on Alou's double.
Joe Morgan's single, Curt Ble-
fary's triple and a wild pitch by
Nolan Ryan, t h e Mets' starter,
gave Houston two runs in t h e
Ed Kranepool stroked two sin-
gles and a homer, driving in two
runs, to spark the Mets, attack
against fireballer Don Wilson,
who pitched 6 2/3 innings for
Houston. Danny Coombs and
Dooley Womack finished up with
hitless relief.
. * * *
rell Evans hit a two-run homer in

a 6t. Louis carinai arm team
yesterday, but the Red Bird ace
began to tire after four innings
and called it a day after six in-
"I wasn't throwing well for four
innings but the arm then started
to f e e 1 sore and tight," Gibson
Gibson pitched for the Cardinals
Cedar Rapids farm club as t h e
varsity didn't have a game Friday.
He gave up two' runs, allowed
three hits including two 'triples,
walked two men, hit one, a n d
struck out five.
Another member for the Card-
inals starting crew, Ray Wash-
b u r n, pitched for the Modesta
farm team and lasted his allotted
seven innings.
Washburn also allowed two runs
but both were unearned. He yield-
ed only four hits, struck out eight,
walked one, and hit one batter.
The only other varsity men be-
sides Gibson a n d Washburn to
play Friday were catchers Joe
Torre and Tim McCarver. Torre
drove in one of the runs off Gib-
son with a single.

Graduate Professional Fraternity
- 1010 EAST ANN -

Breaks of the game
14-year-old Dave Sprignoli of Harrisburg poses with the root of
his troubles, a basketball. Last month while leaping for a rebound
in a junior high school game, he was accidently bumped and fell
to the floor fracturing a bone in each arm. Three weeks later, at
a local playground, he decided to shoot some baskets with both
arms in casts. While leaping for a shot, he came down landing
one foot in a hole in the ground breaking a bone in his left foot.


When you're sick go to a doctor
(not a park time quack)
When you fly to Europe, use a Civil Aeronautics
Board approved and regularly scheduled carrier.
Lv. MAY 9.............NY to London,
Ly. AUG. 17............Brussels to NY
Assured flight-Jimited space
UAC offices, 2nd floor Union

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Lew Alcindor,
possibly the most sought after col-
lege basketball player in history,
has decided to sign with the Mil-
waukee Bucks of the National
Basketball Association, he disclos-
ed last night in an interview on a
New York radio station.
"I had to weigh two decisions,
the American Basketball As-
sociation and the NBA, and the
NBA seemed most solid and
sound," Alcindor told sports an-
nouncer Chip Cipola last Tuesday
in a taped interview made public
last night.
Alcindor, the 7-foot-12 three-
time All-American from UCLA,
did not reveal the terms of the
contract, which was rumored to
be a multi-year pact approaching
$1 million.
"My decision was based mainly
on the fact that it wasthe b e s t
situation for me financially," he

"It would have been a lot easier tablished~ ABA or the NBA. He
playing in New Yorl, all things also is expected .to make a winner
being the same. But as it w a s of any team he joins. -,
things were not the same." In Milwaukee, General Manager

The Bucks, who finished last -inj
the Eastern Division of the NBA,
won top draft rights to Alcindor
in a flip of a coin with Phoenix,
the last place team in the West-
ern division. The Bucks were com-
peting for the giant center with
the New York Nets, who were giv-
en the No. 1 draft rights in the
ABA. Alcindor is a native of New
Possibly the greatest bidding war
in the history of sports had been
expected between the two pro bas-
ketball teams for the services of
Alcindor; but his announcement
apparently put a quick end to it.
Alcindor completed his college
career only last Saturday by lead-
ing UCLA to an unprecedented
third consecutive National C o 1 -
legiate Athletic Association cham-
Cipola said Alcindor, on advice
from his lawyers, told each team
to make their best offer and the!
Bucks made the better financial
offer. He said the Nets then said
they thought they could come up
with more money if given time
to get back to the rest of the ABA
teams, but Alcindorssaid his de-
cision would be made on the first
offers by each team.
The ABA had been basing a
great deal of its future on the
hope that it could sign Alcindor,,
certain to be a tremendous draw-
ing card in either the newly-es-

John Erickson of the Bucks
denied that Alcindor had signed
with the one-year-old team. In
fact, the NBA draft officially will
not be held until April 7.

Erickson, however, refused com-
ment when asked whether Alcin-
dor had agreed to sign with the
"If we are the team to sign him,
we will announce it," Erickson
said. "I wish this rumor were true.
I would hope he would sign with
Milwaukee, but he has not."

Big Lew comes to terms with Milwaukee

Te Wall
CALMLY GLANCING through "Scorecard" in this week's Sports
Illustrated I finally came to the most enjoyable section of that
column, "They Said It" - those refreshing few paragraphs in which
usually intense athletes sit back and laugh at their sport and them-
What I was about to read however, was not in the least bit hum-
erous, especially if you've been a fanatic National Hockey League fan
for the last twelve of your 19 years on this earth. But there it was
right where all those funny tidbits are supposed to be: "Gordie Howe
would not even make my fifth forward line - if I had one. He would
have been all right for my team at 30, but not at 40." - Anatli Tara-
sov, coach of the Soviet national hockey team.
Gordie Howe, undoubtedly the finest hockey player ever to lace
up a pair of skates, a man who at the age of 41 is just completing
the most productive season of his unbelieveable career, and he's "not
good enough to make my (the Russians') fifth line."
My reaction was predictable enough as I began to refer to the
Russian coach with some of the most useful adjectives associated with
(although not officially'part of) the English language.
Then my mental attack became focused on the Soviet Union as
a whole. Maybe Richard Nixon is right about those damned loud-
mouthed Commies who have plenty of words for everything but noth-
ing to back them up. Finally my anger was vented in a tone of re-
venge, "I'd just love to get them on the same ice with Gordie," I
seethed. "Not only would he do things with a stick and puck which
they never dreamed possible but he would give them a lesson in legal
physical punishment which they would never forget." Indeed Howe
cquid do both.
AS MY RAGE spibsided however it became apparent to me that
what Tarasov was saying was not aimed at Howe nor did it really
have anything to do with him.
In the true tradition of Soviet "We will bury you" propaganda
the Russian coach was using shock technique to make hepdlines out
of page three news. After years of claiming that the Soviet National
team is fast approaching NHL calibre and getting very little response,
Tarasov decided to sensationalize his claim in order to grab the at-
tention of every person with an interest in hockey in North America.
Fully aware that an attack on Howe, the epitome of hockey ex-
cellence would be bound to meet with a bitter response, Tarasov was
hoping that his degredation of Howe would goad the NHL Board of
Governors into .consenting to a head to head meeting between the So-
viet Nationals and an NHL team.
Dressing up a perfectly valid claim (in this case that the Soviet
National team is almost of NHL calibre) with wild sensationalism is
as Russian as Leninism.
As fine a developer of hockey talent as Tarasov is, he knows per-
fectly well that Howe today at age 41 is still one of the pest all around
performers in the game. But he also knows that his attack of Howe
might get him his shot at the NHL, which is becoming more in order
every season.
After you sort out the sensationalism, what Tarasov was really
stating is a cold hard fact which is indeed hard to digest for Ca-
nadians and Americans alike - playing international rules the Rus-
sian Nationals could give at least six NHL teams a real battle.
THE SOVIET NATIONALS have dominated international hockey
competition for the past six years and the fact that they finally lost
to Czechoslovakia yesterday is not a sign that they are weakening
but only that the Czechs too are making great strides on the Ice.
The Soviets' hockey prowess is not surprising. They are profes-
sionals in the true sense of the word. They work together, get daily
time off for practice seven months out of the year, and vacation to-
gether. They are also the 18 finest players in the entire nation. They
should well be good and they are.
Contrary to popular belief Canadians are not innately better
hockey players than anybody else, they just start younger and work
harder at it than anybody else. With the Russians making a concen-
trated effort to match them over the past decade, they have been
making steady gains in their hockey program and they now seem to
be just a few years away from NHL calibre.
THE SCORES OF their wins in international competition are im-
pressive, such as their 17-2 swamping of the US team. But the compe-
tition isn't much. What is really impressive about the Soviets is their
passing and their skating. Passing and skatng are the two ingre-
dients which have made the Montreal Canadiens the finest team in
the NHL - while the Russians are clearly not in a class with the
Montrealers, neither are five of the NHL's Western Division. That how-
ever hasn't stopped the west from taking many games from the east's
top teams.
The Soviets can skate and pass as well as all of the expansion
teams with the exception of St. Louis. They don't check as well and
therein lies the difference. But checking is not the international game
and a series played by international rules would be most interesting.
Tarasov was obviously encouraged by the sccess of the expansion
teams against the established guard of the NHL, for manyplayers on
the rosters of the expansion clubs are not far removed from the teams
against which the Soviets enjoyed such great success on their last few
tours of Canada.
THE RUSSIANS, however are not the only ones anxious for a

meeting between the NHL and the Russians. Alan Eagleson, a lawyer
who represents most of the NHL players, said they are prepared to
play an exhibition series against European teams next September with
or without the permission of the NHL Board of Governors: He said
he hopes to include the Russians on such a tour.
If an NHL European tour attracts the likes of Bobby Hull, Jean
Beliveau, Phil Esposito, Frank Mahovolich, Bobby Orr, and most of
all Howe, Tarasov will probably wish he had never mentioned the
name of Gordie Howe.
The Russians are good and could embarass a touring group of
average NHLers. But as of now, Canada's best are superior to the.
USSR's best. This will change in our lifetime as the Russians mature
a bit more. But as for today, Tarasov should remember, "Thou shalt
not take the name of Howe in vain."



Drake's ohs. takes honor;
Czechs trip Soviet icers
0 NEW YORK - Maury John of Drake was named Coach of
the Year yesterday by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and
Lew Alcindor of UCLA was picked as Player of the Year.
John's team, unranked until late in the season, finished with a
25-5 record. Drake beat Louisville in a playoff for the Missouri Valley
Conference title, was edged by champion UCLA in the semifinals
of the national championship tournament and took third place in a
rout of North Carolina.
* STOCKHOLM - A determined Czechoslovakian team upset
the Soviet Union 4-3 and virtually ended Russia's six-year reign as
world amateur hockey champions last night.
The triumph gave the Czechs 16 points and moved them into
undisputed possession of first-place in the six-team tournament.
Russia has 14 points. Each has one game remaining, Czechoslovakia
against Sweden and the Soviets against Canada, both on Sunday.
The hard-fought Czechi-Russia match was the only game played
* SAN FRANCISCO - The American Basketball Association
filed an anti-trust suit yesterday accusing the National ,Basketball
Association of monopolizing the sport by using economic power to
eliminate competition.
Frederick T. Ferth, attorney for the ABA who filed the suit in
U.S. District Court, said the suit will seek to recover "millions and
millions of dollars" in damages from the NBA.
No specific damage claim was made in the action.



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