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SIX

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

WEDNESDAY. JULY'll

SIX THE MICHIGAN DAILY 1VFDNF~nAV ITTLV IO~ 1OR'7

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"irates Fire Manager

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MajorLeague
Standings
AaTERICAN LEAGUE

PITTSBURGH (P) - Manager
Harry The Hat Walker was fired
yesterday by the sixth-place Pitts-
burgh Pirates and ex-manager
Danny Murtaugh was called in to
try to get the team back in the
pennant race.
General Manager Joe L. Brown
said he shuffled the field bosses
so quickly that not even the play-
ers and coaches were told before-
hand.
Walker's locker in Forbes Field
htad not been cleaned out, when
Brown made the announcement at
a hurry-up news conference, and
said Murtaugh would take the
reins of last night's doubleheader
against San Francisco.
End of Season
Brown said Murtaugh will re-
main as manager only until the
end of the season. Presumably,
Brown will go shopping for an-
other manager.
The Pirates were favored by the
Las Vegas bookies to win the Na-
tional League pennant. But they
haven't been able to put every-
thing together and were eight
games off the pace before yester-
day's action.
Murtaugh, 49, brought the Pi-
rates their last pennant and World
Series championship in 1960. He
was succeeded by Walker in 1965.
No Reason
.Brown, who backed Walker
strongly at a news conference only
stwoweeks ago, wouldn't give any
reason for giving him the boot.
Instead, he repeated the gist of
what he told the players at a spe-
cial team meeting on June 30:
"The succes of the team is as
much the responsibilities of the
players as it is the manager.
"I stated earlier in the year I
thought this was a team that
'could win the pennant. I still do."
There have been rumors of team
dissension, but the only thing de-
finite was catcher Jim Pagliaroni's
statement that he wanted to be
traded.
Finished Third
The Pirates finished third both
seasons Walker was in command
all the way, and were in the thick
of last year's race until the next
to the last day.
That ending, plus the off-sea-
son acquisition of pitchers Dennis
Ribant and Juan Pizarro, and
Maury Wills, made the Pirates' as
much as 8-5 favorites in the Las
Vegas book.
But the Pirates' big bats have
never made-up for the spotty
pitching, and the team has been
mired in the second division for a
month.
Prior Term
Murtaugh, a second baseman
with the Pirates and the Boston
Braves, took over as Pittsburgh
manager in 1957 from Bobby Bra-
gan. When he left in 1964, a stom-
ach ailment was given as the rea-
son.'
Walker, a sometimes easy-going,
talkative Alabamian who played
with the Cardinals, Phillies, Cubs
and Reds from 1940 through 1951,
won his nickname "The Hat" by
figeting with his cap while at bat.
He won the National League batt-
ing title in 1947 with a .363 aver-
age.
He managed in the minors for
nine years, and moved back to the
majors with the Cardinals and
was manager and later coach.

W L Pct.
x-Chicago 50 37 .575
Minnesota 49 39 .557
Boston 47 40 .540
Detroit 46 41 .529
x-California 48 44 .522
Baltimore 42 47 .472
Cleveland 42 47 .472
Washington 42 48 .467
New York 39 48 .448
Kansas City 38 52 .422
x--Late game not included.
YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
Boston 6, Baltimore 2
Kansas City 5, Minnesota 2
Detroit 5, Washington 2
New York at Cleveland (rain)
Chicago at California (nc)
TODAY'S GAMES
Chicago at California (n)
Minnesota at Kansas City (n)
Washington at Detroit (ni)
New York at Cleveland (n)
Boston at Baltimore (n)

GB
3
4
4.,
9
9
1
13'4

NATIONAL LEAGUE

St. Louis
Chicago
Cincinnati
Atlanta
San Francisco
Pittsburgh
Philadelphia
Los Angeles
New York
Houston

WV L
52 37
51 38
51 41
46 40
48 43
43 43
42 44
37 51
35 51
36 53

Pct. GB
.584 -
.573 1
.554 24
.535 4y
.527 5
.500 71
.488 81V
.420 1414
.407 151E
.404 16

YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
Chicago 9, Atlanta 3
Philadelphia 5-1, San Francisco 6-3
New York 4, Houston 2
Cincinnati 7, St. Louis 4
Only games scheduled
TODAY'S GAMES
Houston at New York (2)
os Angeles at Philadelphia (n)
San Francisco at Pittsburgh (n)
St. Louis atsCincinnati (n)
Atlanta at Chicago
SPORTS NIGHT EDITOR:
DAVID KNOKE

-Associated Press
ALL BUT A BALL
Atlanta Braves third baseman Clete Boyer puts the tag on Chicago Cubs runner Don Kessinger-but
he doesn't have the ball yet. Kessinger was safe at third with a stolen base in yesterday's game
which Chicago won 9-3.

-Associated Press
IN A CHANGE OF MANAGERS, the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday fired Harry Walker, left, and re-
placed him with Danny Murtaugh, right, who had been manager until 1964.

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A's Prospects Improved
For Staying in Kansas City

CHICAGO (JP)-Prospects of the
Athletics baseball team remaining
in Kansas City brightened yester-
day following a meeting between
club owner Charles O. Finley and
the Jackson County Sports Au-
thority.
Dutton Brookfield, chairman of
the authority and spokesman for
the five-man group which met
with Finley, said he was "optimis-
tic" over Kansas City's chances
of retaining the team.
Cordial Meeting
Brookfield said the nearly two-
hour meeting was "cordial" and
since no firm commitment was
made to Finley, future meetings
will be held.
The Jackson County Sports
Authority has started a $43 mil-
lion sports complex which in-
cludes side-by-side football and
baseball stadiums which will have
a single, rolling dome to cover
either field when necessary.
Although work has begun on
the complex, Brookfield said the
baseball stadium will not be built
unless Kansas City has a baseball
team.I
Four Year Contract
A four-year contract between
the ball club and Kansas City
MunicipalStadium expires this
year. Finley has two four-year
options which he can exercise.'
Brookfield said the new complex
underway, Kansas City is work-
ing on a "new image" and can
make offers which Finley has

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an increase in attendance, better
parking facilities and stronger
television and radio commitments.
Finley called the meeting a
pleasant one and attempted to
stamp out rumors that he was
ready to move the club.
Not Speculate
Finley said he would not, as
speculated in. some quarters, re-
quest from the American League
permission to move the team at
the joint Major League meetings
in Chicago Aug. 2-4.
"Only I can bring up a request
that the team be moved at the
August meetings," said Finley,
"and I can definitely say no such
request will be made."
However, Finley did not com-
pletely close the door on a pos-
sible shift of the franchise.
Finley said he would hold off
until Oct. 1 before making up his
mind. "If by then I decide. to
move," said Finley, "I would
make such a request of the
American League. Yet, I have no
assurance such permission would
be granted."
Finley's biggest complaint ap-
pears to be the lack of radio-
television- revenue.
"I have asked Mr. Brookfield
and his group for their written
proposal what they mean by a
long-term contract," continued
Finley.

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