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Thursday, September 1 1, 1969

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

Thursday, September 11, 1 969 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Mets

reach

top

for

first

time

in

histor

Red-hot New Yorkers
take'two from Expos
NEW YORK R--Hysteria rocked Shea Stadium last night
when the New York Mets rolled into first place in the Na-
tional League's East Division by sweeping a doubleheader
from the Montreal Expos by scores of 3-2 in 12 innings
and 7-1.
The double victory, coupled with the Chicago Cubs' 6-2
loss at Philadelphia, gave the Mets a full game advantage
over the Cubs, who had been in first place since the opening
day of the season in April.
Actually, the Mets paraded to the top after their first
game victory but when the Cubs-Phillies score flashed on the

scoreboard ,they were assured
of the second game outcome.
At that point, the crowd's roar
was deafening. Huge banners were
hoisted. One said: "On to the
World Series, Mets!" Another:
"We're No. 1!"
The Mets' historic rush to the
top began Aug. 13 when the club
was 9, games behind the Cubs.
Since then, New York has won
22 of 28 games while Chicago has
slumped to 11-16.
In their first seven seasons, the
Mets finished last five times and
ninth twice. They escaped a cellar
finish for the first time in 1966
when they left last place for the
Cubs.
Last season, their first under
Manager Gil Hodges. they were
ninth again, finishing one game
ahead of Houston in the 10-team
single league.
Ken Boswell ripped five hits
in the doubleheader, including the
two-outs single in the 12th inning
that won the opener for the Mets
and moved the once-hapless New
Yorkers into first place for the
first time in their eight-year his-
tory.
Nolan Ryan, 6-1, pitched a
three-hitter and rode a six-run
third inning explosion to the
nightcap victory that widened the
Mets' lead to a full game over the
Cubs, beaten 6-2 at Philadelphia.
The double victory stretched the
Mets' current winning streak to
six games, while Chicago has
dropped six straight. New York
has won seven of the last eight
in the romp to the top of the
East Division,
New York came from behind
in both games of the double-
header-the 30th and 31st times
this season that the Mets have
won games after trailing.

of remaining there regardless
dailyr
sports
NIGHT EDITOR:
ELLIOTT BERRY
The sweep p~ut New York's rec-
ord at 84-57. The Mets have won
the same number of games as Chi-
cago and lost two less than the
Cubs, who had led the East Divi-
sion since opening day.
A six-hit explosion including
four in a row broke the nightcap
open in the third inning. Wayne
Garrett, Cleon Jones and Boswell
all drove in runs with hits during
the big inning, while a wild pitch
and two Expo errors allowed three
more runs to score.
Mike Wegener and Jim Mc-
Andrew hooked up in a masterful
pitcher's duel in the first game.
Both starters eventually left for
pinch hitters - McAndrew after
allowing only one hit in the last
nine innings he pitched and Weg-
ener after striking out 15 Mets.
With two out in the 12th,
Cleon Jones singled against Expos
reliever Bill Stoneman. Rod Gas-
par coaxed a walk, and Boswell
followed with his game-winning
single.
After the jubiliant Mets romp-
ed off the field, Mrs. Joan Payson,
the club's principal owner, left her
box seat alongside the Mets' dug-
out for a triumphant stroll behind
home plate. The crowd gave her a
standing ovation and she waved
happily.

CLEON JONES, 21, of the New York Mets nears home plate to score the winning run in the
12th inning of the first game of last night's twin bill with the Montreal Expos. That run sent the
Mets flying into first place of the National League East. Ken Boswell had singled Jones home
from second to provide the 3-2 margin.
Could it be the same Mets?

Cubs lose
7th, 6-2
By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA - T h e
slumping Chicago Cubs fell
out of first place for the first
time this season in the Na-
tional League's Eastern Divi-
sion as they lost 6-2 to the
hapless Philadelphia Phillies
last night.
The Cubs' seventh straight de-
feat combined with New York's
victories over Montreal put the
Mets into first place.
John Briggs' seventh-inning
single scored Don Money, break-
ing a 2-2 tie. Money walked to
start the inning, and after win-
ning pitcher Rick Wise struck
out attempting to sacrifice, took
second on an infield out.
The Phillies, who snapped a
losing streak, took a 1-0 lead in
the first on a two-out single by
Rich Allen and Deron Johnson's
triple off the top of the right field
wall.
Chicago tied it in the fourth on
an error by Allen on Glenn Beck-
ert's grounder, Billy Williams' sin-
gle and Ron Santo's infield out,
In the bottom of the fourth.
rookie Dave Watkins slammed his
fourth home run of the season to
send the Phillies ahead again, 2-1.
Don Kessinger's leadoff double,
an infield out and Santo's sacri-
fice fly tied it again in the ninth.
S * .
ATLANTA - Hank Aaron trig-
gered a three-run fourth inning
with a multiple-milestone homer
and Atlanta went on to beat the
San Francisco Giants 8-4 last
night.
Despite the loss, the Giants
maintained their one-half game
lead in the tight National League
West. Cincinnati, a 2-1 loser to
San Diego, is second, just .002
percentage points back, and the
Braves, also 2 game out, are just
.004 points behind San Francisco.
Aaron's homer was his 40th of
the season and the 550th of his
career, and it enabled him to tie
Willie Mays National League rec-
ord of having hit 40 or more for
six years.
The Brvaes got two more runs
in the fourth on a single by Rico
Carty, a walk to Orlando Cepeda
and singles by Bob Aspromonte
and Gil Garrido, chasing San
Francisco starter-loser Ron Bry-
ant, 3-2.
HOUSTON - Denis Menke
sparked a three-run first inning
with a three-run double and Jim
Wynn slammed a two-run homer.
powering the Houston Astros past
Los Angeles 8-1 and into a fourth-
place tie with the Dodgers in the
hectic National League West race.
Houston's victory left the As-
tros and the Dodgers each two
games behind first-place San

Francisco which lost 8-4 to
Atlanta.
Veteran Danny Lemaster, 11-14,
limited the Dodgers to six hits
while the Astros pounded Don
Sutton, 15-15.
Houston's first run was forced
in by Sutton when he hit Doug
Rader with a pitch with the bases
loaded. Rader then followed with
his double.
CINCINNATI--San Diego com-

bined Roberto Pena's triple with
Woody Woodward's, error for a
run in the eighth inning that
gave the Padres a 2-1 victory over
Cincinnati last night.
Pena lashed his triple off the
center field wall with two out in
the eighth, then came in when
Julio Morales' sharp grounder got
through Woodward.
Clay Kirby, Padres right-hand-
er, allowed three hits in winning
only his fifth game of the year

TIe Mes i1are inumbier one

By The Associated Press
The Mets, believe it or not, are
in first place. Yes, the Mets.
They wear the same uniforms
that Casey Stengel and Rod Ka-
nehl and Mary Throneberry and
Elio Chacon once wore. But there
is one important difference. These
Mets win. These Mets aren't very
funny to the rest of the National
League.
"I remember when I played, for
Pittsburgh." said Donn Clenden-
on. who made Tuesday's key vic-
tory a little easier with a two-run
homer.
"We'd coni' into New York feel-
ing we were going to win a series.
We were playing the Mets and
we knew they'd make a mistake-
mental or otherwise and we'd take
advantage and win."
Suddenly, the shoe is on the
other foot, and it pinches. Tuesday
night. moments before Clendenon
hit his homer, Art Shamsky was
trapped in a run-down but slid
safely into second when Glenn
Beckert of the Cubs dropped a
throw. Clendenon followed with his
homer. It was a scene resminiscent
of the Mets in 1962.
Ah, yes, 1962, that was the year
Mrs. Joan Payson invested just
over $2 million for a team stocked
with some beautiful names but
not very many talented players,
The Mets weren't very good. but
at least they showed up every day.
And day after day, they lost. They
lost an almost unbelievable 120
times that first season. They lost'
in almost every way known to
baseball - organized and other-
wise.
For their first four seasons. the
Mets always had one pitcher who
would lose at least 20 games. Now.
suddenly, they have a pitcher who

has won 20 games. In tact, Tom
Seaver, whose five-hitter beat the
Cubs Tuesday night, has won 21
games -- tops in the National
League.
The talk around the league
when the Mets started making
waves this season was that, event-
ually they'd fold. After all, the
argument went, these were the
good, old Mets.
"I wonder if they're believers
now." said Seaver, grinning. "The
Met chances at this moment are
the best of anybody in the league.
We've got a bunch of young play-
ers who believe they can do it."
Do it? You mean. win the pen-
nant? The Mets? The same team
that finished 24 games out. of first
place last year?
The Mets' move toward first
place has excited the fans as well
as they players. They flock to
Shea Stadium early, yell their
lungs out and more often than
not, go home happy.
"The enthusiasm carries over to
the field," said shortstop Bud
Harrelson.
"You know. it's funny." said
Ken Boswell, who drove in the
first two Met runs Tuesday with
a first-inning double against loser
Ferguson Jenkins. "I knew we
had a team capable of being
where we are, but still it's a sur-
prise .. . to everybody." .
"It's exciting, sure," said Bos-
well. "But I said exciting ... not
pressure. If anybody's feeling
pressure in this room, he's doing
an awfully good job of hiding it.
We're just loose and happy."
"It doesn't matter that these
guys have never been in a pen-
nant race before," said Gil Hodges.
"What counts is that they've
played their way into one now."

"We're doing to everybody else
what they used to do to us," said
Harrelson. "We're loose and re-
laxed. We're playing the same
steady ball every day. We're happyr
and loose."
Harrelson is one of the young
veterans of the club. He was play-
ing shortstop when the 'Mets
were regular tenants of 10th place.
"I remember when I first came
up." he recalled. "We'd be ahead
in the seventh, eighth innings'
and I'd be out there half scared
to death. We lost because of that.!
Now we go out there confident
and if we're leading in the late
innings, we'll win.''
Clendenon, who came to New
York from Montreal in a mid-
June trade, offered the perspec-
tive gained from watching his new
teammates from the other side of
the field.
"The last few years, they've
had the good pitching. Sooner or
later that's going to win ball
games for you," said the veteran
first baseman.
"When I was with the Pirates
a few years ago, if anyone had
suggested that the Mets might
win a pennant before we did, I'd
say they were crazy. But it's not"
so crazy now."
Only time will tell how far
these Mets will go. But one thing
is certain. Somebody here certain-
ly knows how to play this game'
now.

Lolich masters Indians;
Baltimore crown closer

CLEVELAND Mickey Lolich
hurled a five-hitter, tripled in one
run and scored another as Detroit'
whipped Cleveland 4-1 last night.
Lolich, 18-8, also was backed
by Jim Northrup's 21st homer, a
solo blast in the first. Northrup,
wlho also doubled, has hit safely
in nine straight games.
Lolich hit his two-out triple in
the fourth and scored on a single
by Mickey Stanley.
BALTIMORE - Don Buford
cracked his 10th home run to
feature a six-run fourth inning
and the Baltimore Oi'ioles held
on totdefeat the Boston Red Sox
8-7 last night when Boog Powell
scored on a force-out.
The victory, Baltimore's fourth
in 'a row and ninth in its last
eleven starts dropped the Orioles
magic number to five to clinch the
American League East champion-
ship.
The Orioles trailed 4-1 going
into the fourth but an error, three
walks and a fielder's choice tied
the score before Buford hit his
homer with two men aboard.
The Red Sox tied it in the sixth
on run-scoring hits by Reggie
Smith and Tony Conigliaro.
The Orioles deciding tally came
in the seventh when Powell dou-
bled. Brooks Robinson singled and
Powell scored. when Dave Johnson
beat an attempted double play
throw to first base.
Syd O'Brien accounted for the
first three Boston runs with his
10th homer and a pair of run-
scoring singles.
Carl Yastrzemski lashed his
36t.h home run for the fourth Bos-
ton tally. It was also the 1,500th
hit by the Red Sox left fielder.
CHICAGO Don Pavletich
cracked a solo homer and singled
in another run to lead the Chicago
White Sox to a 3-2 victory over
Minnesota last night.

Pavletich led off the sixth in-
ning with his sixth homer of the
season after staking the White
Sox to an early lead with his RBI
single in the first.
The White Sox added another
run in the eighth against the
American League's West Division
leaders when Bob Christian singled
with two out. Bobby Knoop fol-
lowed with a single to center and
when the ball got by Cesar Tovar.
Christian scored.

BACH4

cLUB

The Twins scored in
on two straight wild
Tommy John 7-11.

the seventh
pitches by

Major League Standings

They aded another run in the
ninth when Carew's grounder.as
bobbled by Tom McCraw.
WASHINGTON - Jimmie Hall
lined a double to left centei with
one out in the eighth inning to
bi'eak up Dick Bosnian's no-snit bid
last nightibut the Washington
Senators right-hander coasted to
a 6-1 victory over the New York
Yankees behind home :uns by
Frank Howard and Ken M:Mul-
len.
Jerry Kenney followed Hall v.ith
a single for the only Yankee run
as Bosman, 12-.. finished x Ah a
two-hitter. The right-hander also
walked two.
Bosman earlier hitched a one-
hitter against Cleveland Mar 2
Toward's 46th homer in the fifth
with two on tied him for the
league lead with Oakland's Regzie
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.A1IERICAN LEAGUE
Eastern Division
1 ,1 Pet.
Baltimore 98 45 .683
Detroit 8'? 60 .577
Boston 76 64 .543
Washington 73 70 .510)
New fork 70 71 .196
Cleveland 56 87 .39?
Western ivision
Minnesota 86 55 .610
xOaklandi 7N 63 .547
California 60 78 .435
Kansas ('ity 58 8? .4141
Chicago 55 84 .396
xSeattle 54 85 .388
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Yesterday's Results
Baltimore 8, Boston 6
Detroit 4, Cleveland 1
Washington 6. New for kI
Kansas City at California
Chicago 3, Minnesota '
Seattle at Oakland (inc.)

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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Eastern Division
IV L. Pct.
Ne 4 Yor{: 84 57 .596
Chicago 841 59 .587
St. Louis ii 65 .542
Pittsburgh 75 64 .540
P'hiladelphiia 56 84 .400)
Montreal 14 99 .308
Western Division
San Francisco 78 64 .549
Cincinnati 76 63 .547
Atlanta 78 65 .545
Los Angeles ?5 65 .536
Hlouston 75 65 .536
San Diego 45 97 ,317
Yesterday's Results
Philadelphia 6, Chicago 2
New York 3, Montreal 2, 1st
New York 7, Montreal 1, 2nd
St. Louis 11, Pittsburgh 2, 1st
St. Louis 2, Pittsburgh 1, 2nd
Houston 8.,tLos Angeles 1
San Diego 2, Cincinnati I
Atlanta 8. San Francisco 4l

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