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Friday; April 18, 1969



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By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Bill Stoneman, a castoff who had
pitched only one complete game in his professional baseball
career, hurled a no-hitter last night, writing baseball history
for the expansionist Montreal Expos with a 7-0 classic against
the Philadelphia ghillies,
It marked the first time an expansion team pitcher has


hurled a no-hitter in his club's first year. The Expos had
played just eight games before yesterday and Stoneman, a
draft pick from the Chicago Cubs, had lost two of them.
But he was untouchable against _
the Phillies. The closest Philadel-
phia came to a hit was in the I
second inning when center fielder E d a 1'o
Don Bosch made a shoestringt
catch on a sinking liner hit by
rookie Don Money.sports
Stoneman, a right-hander who,
celebrated his 25th birthday 10k
days ago, had some control prob-
lems, walking five. But the only NIGHT EDITOR:
Phillie runner to get past f i r s t BILL CUSUMANO
base was Deron Johnson, wh o
reae d rfrst on a fore p y in It was the third run batted in of
the fourth and stole second with jthe game for Staub, who a 1 s oI
two out. Stoneman struck out hmrd
Johnny Callisoneto end the inning. Then, Stoneman went out to face
Stoneman finished with e i g h t The
strikeouts. he Phils in the bottom of t h e
Aside from Money's line drive ninth.
Stoneman fell behind with his
to Bosch, the only other tough first, two pitches to rookie R on
chance for the Expos in the field i to bicaed balls. B he
camein he hir whn Ru st yStone being called balls. But he
came in the third when R u s t y erne back to strike out Stone
Staub, playing right field, moved on a 3-2 pitch for the first out.
to his left to grab Tony Taylor's John Briggs tagged a long
line drive, drive down the right field linei
It was Taylor who bounced into that curved foul by about 10 feet.
an inning-ending double play in Then he struck, out on a 2-2 Stoneman pitched for t h r e e
the eighth following a walk to pitch. seasons in the Cubs' system, ap-
pinch hitter Vic Roznovsky. That Stoneman finished it by getting pearing in 46 major league games
left Stoneman with Philadelphia's Johnson on a bouncer to short- in parts of 1967 and 1968. He had
second, third and fourth batters to stop Maury Wills. made just two major league starts.
face in the ninth. Slugger Rich Allen did not play before coming to Montreal. His
In the top of the ninth, Stone- bruised right shouder. career record was 2-7 before yes-
man walked and scored the Expos' for the Phillies because of a terday.
sixth run on Staub's third double. I bruised right shoulder. ?.His only previous complete

cinnati Reds beat them 6-1. Cul-
ver's was one of five no-hitters
pitched in the majors last season.
"It's the best way to do it," said
Stoneman after making his first
major league complete game a
Stoneman really has never been
a starting pitcher, even in the
minor leagues.
"I'm so short, 5-10, that my
managers and coaches always said,
'You look like a reliever.' I was
successful at it and so I stayed
Stoneman was rescued from the
bullpen in the expansion draft by
Montreal manager Gene Mauch.

Mauch said Stoneman always did
well against the Phillies, a team
Mauch managed for nine years
until being fired last June.
Why did Mauch make him a
"He can throw strikes and if
we're going to win he, Stoneman,
has to be a part of it."
The Expos really enjoyed the
no-hitter morebecause it came
against Maunch's old team, Phil-
adelphia. "I wanted this game for
Gene," said Stoneman as he
soaked his arm in a bucket of ice.]
"I'm so happy for Gene, really
happy," Stoneman said. "I hope
we beat 'em every time we come
to Philadelphia."

Los Angeles downs Atlanta;
B ruins demolish Canadiens!

The fact that this was Mauch's
first visit to Philadelphia as an
opposing manager wasn't lost on
the fans. There was a big sign
which read, "Forgive Gene, bring
him back."
Mauch said he saw the sign
during the game and asked, "What
did I do?"
Stoneman, who recently earned
his masters degree in physical'
education at the University of Ok-
lahoma, said he began to think
about a no-hitter as early as the
fourth inning.
"I don't think any pitcher who
throws one will tell you he doesn't
know about it during the game."
The stocky hurler said he threw
nothing but fast balls and curves,
with a few. changeups. He. said
catcher John Bateman called the
game and he shook off only a few
signs. "He, Bateman, knows the
hitters. I had good stuff and I
was getting the ball where I want-
ed it, except for the walks."
Stoneman said he, really never
thought about a no-hitter before
"because I never came close to
one. I don't think there was any
pressure. The nerves weren't there..
I guess I was an unconscious
pitcher. I wasn't as nervous as I
should have been."
Stoneman, a native of Oak Park,
Ill., a suburb of Chicago, said his
only goal this year was to make
the club as a starter. "I've been a
reliever and every pitcher wants
to be a starter or should want to
While Don Bosch made a finej

shoestring catch in center field
in the second inning and Rusy
Staub grabbed a line drive in the
third, Stoneman thought the
closest to a hit was by Deron
Johnson in the first. Johnson shot
a smash down the third base line
that was foul by inches.
Stoneman said a few of the
Philadelphia batters were strang-
ers to him. "I've never seen Ron
Stone, pitched only a few times
against Don Money and Larry
Bateman said he met with
Mauch yesterday afternoon and
went over the hitters with the
manager. "He threw fast balls and
curves and didn't lose his stuff at
any time during the game,". said
the catcher. "His breaking ball
helped keep the batters off bal-
Bateman brushed off credit for
knowing the hitters. "You can
know the hitters, but he has to
make the pitches, get them in the
right spot.
PITTSBURQH -- Veteran Jim
Bunning gave up just three hits
and struck out nine in six strong
innings and Al Oliver cracked a
three-run homer as Pittsburgh
blanked the New York Mets 4-0
last night.
The 36-year-old Bunning, who
had a disappointing 4-14 1968'sea-
son, displayed the form that made
him one of the National League's
most feared pitchers. He was re-
placed in the seventh by Ron
Kline, who didn't give up a hit the
rest of the way.

-Associated Press

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game in his professional career

came in 1967
Tacoma in

when he pitched for
the Pacific Coast

Stoneman's classic marked the
13th time since 1900 that the Phil-
lies were no-hitted. The last time
before yesterday was July 29, 1968,


j when George Culver of the Cin-

Tiger three run ninth overcomes Indians;
Robinsons spark Balimore over Boston.

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA - Jerry West and
Wilt Chamberlain ignited a late
outburst that swept Los Angeles'
to a 100-85 victory over Atlanta
last night and gave the Lakers a
commanding 3-1 lead in their
playoff for the National Basket-
ball Association's Western Divi-
sion title.
The fourth-quarter spurt start-
ed when Chamberlain tipped in a
pair of baskets with seven minutes
remaining to give the Lakers a
76-73 lead which they never re-
linquished. Los Angeles scored 28
points in the lastb seven minutes,
with West, Chamberlain and the
other member of the Lakers' big-
three - Elgin Baylor - firing the
Chamberlain finished with 25
points. West scored 22 and Baylor
added 14 as the Lakers moved
Iwithin one victory of nailing down
the division crown
The two teams play the fifth
game of their best-of-seven rivalry
in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon.
Lou Hudson kept Atlanta in the
running until the final minutes,
pumping in 35 points fr the Hawks
in rugged defensive duel
Atlanta scored only 15 points in
the first period and trailed 20-15,
but the Hawks bounced back to
take a 43-41 halftime edge. Los
Angeles led 67-63 after three
quarters and then after a short-
lived Atlanta lead, the Lakers took
control for keeps.
The turning point came in a
three-minute spurt in which Los
Angeles outscored Atlanta 12-0
and led 82-73 before the Hawks
broke the ice.
Both teams played erratically in
the early stages before Los Ange-

les settled down and took the
* * *
BOSTON -Phil Esposito scored
two goals and set up three others
as the Boston Bruins, smarting
from two overtime losses in Mon-
treal, routed the mighty Canadiens
5-0 last night in the National
Hockey League's East Division
final playoff series.
Boston goalie Gerry Cheevers
turned in a spectacular perform-
ance before the Bruins broke open
a close checking game with three
goals in the third period.
Esposito, who set an NHL reg-
ular-season record of 126 points,
finally broke loose after failing to
pick up a point in the two losses
at Montreal,
The veteran center scored at
3:37 of the opening period and
then connected again on the
power play at the same time in.
the finale.
He helped set up Eddie West-
fall for a 2-0 Boston lead in the
second period. Then, with Boston,
ahead 3-0, Esposito assisted on
goals by Ron Murphy and Ken
Hodge with 16 seconds midway
through the third period..
Cheevers, the loser in a 3-2
overtime decision in Montreal a
week ago, sat out the second game,
lost by the Bruins 4-3 in sudden
death. He returned with a dra-
matic effort, turning aside 34
shots, including 28 in the first
two periods.
The game started out with
Coaches Harry Sinden of Boston
and Claude Ruel engaging in a
battle of wits before a packed
crowd of 14,659 at Boston Garden.
Sinden and Ruel changed lines
six times in the first 68 seconds
and continued to shift on the fly
throughout much of the game.

Newman Is Only No. 2
In Indulgences
No. Iin FridaySuppers
5:10 P.M.-Folk Liturgy
6:00 P.M.--Community Supper and Elections

By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO-Jim Daven- in the first two innings, then
CLEVELAND - Detroit scored port's two-run double in the sixth limited the Padros to a run and
three runs in the ninth inning on inning snapped a tie and sent the limited the Padres to a run and
singles by pinch-hitter Gates San Francisco Giants to a 5-4 vic- hitter in the eighth. Joe Gibbon
Brown, and Norm Cash, a wild tory over San Diego yesterday in finished up.
throw by pitcher Vincente Remo their home opener before 30,722 Marichal, 2-0, struck out eight.
and a sacrifice fly for a 7-6 vic- fans at Candlestick Park. *2 sr u i
tory over Cleveland yesterday, de- The victory was the Giants' HOUSTON -- Sonny Jackson
spite a last gasp rally by the In- fourth of the year-all over the drove in three runs, including two
dians. Padres, who have lost six games with an inside the park homer, as
Brown opened the Tiger ninth in a row. Atlanta shipped Houston 9-3 last
with a single and Dick McAuliffe San Francisco ace Juan Mari- night.
walked.Remo fielded Mickey chal was touched for three runs Jackson's blow to right center
Stanley's bunt and threw past~------------_ --
third base, permitting. Brown to
score. Al Kaline's sacrifice fly BIG TEN OPENER:
scored McAuliffean Cash's single ____________________
knocked in Stanley.
In the last of the ninth Tony
Horton's homer, following Chuck i m en [
closed the gap to one run. The
Tigers used three pitchers in the By DAVE HANNES stolen the amazing total of 13i
inning before they snuffed out the Tine bases this season and Richie Jor-
threat..s The Wolverine baseballnin g dan is close behind with nine. The
Tiger, Willie Horton drove in wi no-hagundpthyoins ro Ig team as a whole has 47 thefts
Kaline on a fourth inning double in non-league play, opens its Big while holding their opponents to
to open the scoring and another Ten title quest this afternoon
single by Stanley in the fifthI against arch-rival Michigan State. 17'
ogeTomorrow the two teams will Coach Danny Litwhiler will start
brought in Bill Freehan for te ooor ~n w em the Mickey Knight and Dan Bielski,
Tigers' second run. ourney to Ann Arbor for theirit nd si
___- ..- _- -- . .his twxr o s.in the -ba c l b. ri


scooted all the way to the outfield
wall and he managed to make it
around the bases behind Felix
Millan, aboard with a double.
It highlighted a three-run fourth
after the Braves scored four un-
earned runs off lefty Wade Blas-
ingame in the third.
Bob Aspromonte, like Jackson a
former Astro, rapped out three of
the Braves' 10 hits. Pat Jarvis, the
winner, also knocked in a pair of
runs with a single in the seventh.


Buy a Newman Indulgence
For Mother's Day

* * *

son in

and last meeting this sea-
a 1:30 contest.

BOSTON - The Baltimore'
Orioles jumped on Boston starter
Lee Stange for five runs in the
first two innings and added soloi
homers by Frank and Brooks1
Robinson in defeating the Red Soxi
9-5 yesterday for a third straight
victory at Fenway Park.
The Orioles who collected .31

The starting hurlers for Michi-
gan will be Jim Burton and Gerry
Christman, neither of whom have
been particularly impressive thus
far. Burton has one win while
Christman is still looking for his
first triumph.

lla1w u- , 11Ll ~ s~u: 1s.
The Spartans' number three and
four hurlers, Kirk Maas and Phil
Fulton, will be ready for relief
duty if necessary.

i catching, MSU basketball player
Tim Bograkos at first, Larry Ret-
tenmund or Mike Olson at second,
Petroff at shortstop, Phil Rashead
at third, and Gavel, Jordan, and
Miler in the outfield.
Last year Michigan won both
games by scores of 4-2 and 4-1.
State, however promptly began a
13-game winning streak which
gave them a second place finish
in the Big Ten.
Litwhiler looks for an excellent
two games this afternoon high-
lighted by good play from each
team. "I'm not at all mislead by
their poor record," the State coach
declared.' "When you remember
that this is a great natural rivalry
and that these games open the
league season for both teams the
competition will have to be really
tough. The Wolverines should just



Knight has a 3-1 mark with a
1.90 ERA and won his last outing
against Detroit giving up only two
hits. Bielski is 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA
and tossed a one-hitter at the
Titans last Saturday to give the
Spartans both ends of that double-
header. Bielski's control, however,
left a lot to be desired as he walked:
eight men.



--'---------G ' Spotty pitching has been the
hits in the two previous gaes, main problem for the Wolverines
wound up the Boston series with this year. C o a c h Benedict's
17 more in clobbering the 'Red moundsmen were considerably
SoDa eak cn normally a light weakened by the pro draft and a
hitting second baseman, led the lack of depth has been noticeable
hittinkgwhecodubaeanld thein recent losses to Detroit, Bowling
attack with two doubles and twoE Green, and Eastern Michigan.
singles, boosting his production
in two days to 'eight hits. Michigan State has compiled a
* * * 12-5 record by combining a pow-
NEW YORK - Pinch-hitter erful hitting attack with steady
Gary Holman's double in the pitching. The Spartans presently
eighth inning drove home the tie- boast five .300 hitters, led by
breaking run, propelling the George Petroff at .391 and Rick
Washington Senators to a 5-2 vic- Miller at .343. Miller also has four
tory over the New York Yankees home runs and 14 RBI's.
and a split of their doubleheader Speed is an integral part of
yesterday. State's offense. Joe Gavel has


The eight other starters for the be getting-ready to play their best
Spartans are Harry Kendrick I ball now."
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