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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Tursdoy, May 8, 1969

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, May 8, 1969

Phoenix drafts Stewart

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From Wire Service Reports
Dennis Stewart, a star forward
at Michigan from 1966 through
this past season, was among the
players selected by National Bas-
ketball Association teams yester-
day in New York as the 1969 pro-
pr-fessional basketball draft w a s
completed.
The six-foot seven Stewart, who
hails from Steelton, Pennsylvania,
was chosen by the Phoenix Suns.
as the first p i c k in the fourth
round of the draft.
During the past season Stewart
averaged 19 points a game while
scoring 457. He also shot 47% from
the field and pulled down 212 re-
bounds.
Stewart was sixth in the B i g
Ten scoring race during the past
campaign, and held down twelfth
place in the conference rebound-
ing derby. In both cases he im-
proved his conference standing
one notch over his 1968 finish.
The t l1 senior improved his
scoring totals each' year he ca-
vorted in a Michigan uniform. His
final career scoring total was 1,224
points.
Stewart was unavailable for
comment yesterday, but when he
was reached last month after he
had been selected by the Ameri-
can Basketball Association Los
Angeles Stars, he indicated that x
he was going to wait for the NBA
and then weigh the Stars' offer
with the NBA offer and graduate
school possibilities.
Stewart's coach this past sea-
Son, Johnny Orr, said yesterday,
"The Suns got a -great player i
Dennis, I think he'll make a fine
pro."
Yesterday's draft session was a
follow-uito an April 8 telephone┬░
draft during which the first two
rounds of the draft were conduct-
ed. Of course, the big name com-
ing out of that session was UCLAt
All-American Lew Alcindor, se- Sever
lected and signed by the Milwau- selected
kee Bucks. art. Le
Three other UCLA players were State u
selected yesterday. The Bucks Francis
chose forward-guard Ken Heitz in Scholz
the fifth round of the draft- Guard phia. E
Bill Sweek and forward Lynn champi
Shackleford were picked in t h e waukee.
seventh round by Phoenix and Other
San Diego respectively, day inc
Among the name players select- twin br
ed yesterday. were Louisville's Mike Kerr of
Grosso, grabbed by the Philadel- third ro
phia 76ers; Western Michigan's ed by t
Gene Ford, taken by the Balti- ABA ar
more Bullets; Marquette's George League'
Thompson, selected by the World Lloyd
Champion Boston Celtics, and Oaklan
Tennessee's Bill Justus, picked by The onl
the 76ers. to play
Also the New York Knicker- Dick vs
bockers chose ElnardoLWebster of playing
St. Peter's, while the Los Angeles nix rest
Lakers took Dick Grubar and the nes
Detroit Pistons selected Rusty One
Clark. Both Grubar and Clark per- t'erday
formed for North Carolina. Warrior

Daily Andy Barbas

Against
Ihe Wal
Brooks Robinson revival...
...key to a pennant
By ElIC SIEGEL
special To The Daily
BALTIMORE-April 28, 1969, may go down in history as the
day the Baltimore Orioles won the American League's Eastern
Division title.
On this not-yet-famous day in April, Brooks Robinson, the
Junior Circuit's premier third sacker and probably the best
man to hold down the hot corner spot in the past two decades,
shook off a depressing slump that was making the stock market
crash of '29 look like a mild recession,
Robinson, however, unloaded his three ,week old frustrations
against the Bomber hurlers, smacking a double in the first game
and blasting a pair of four baggers in the second to help the
Birds sweep a pair from the stubborn New Yorkers. One of
Brooks' round trippers came off Yankee ace Steve Hamilton,
who hadn't given up a home run since August 26, 1967.
THE IMPORTANT THING, however, wasn't that the Orioles'
third sacker's hitting spree had helped the Flock win two more
games and maintain their stranglehold on first place, but that
Brooks had finally regained his hitting form and could be ex-
pected to produce at the plate once again. For despite the Birds'
early perch atop the Eastern Division standings, the feeling
along the Chesapeake Bay was that unless Brooks begin to hit,
it wouldn't be long before the nest began to fall.
Robinson began the '69 campaign on the heels of an inauspic-
ious-and disappointing-season the previous year. After helping
the Orioles to the World Championship. in 1966, and performing
well in the '67 campaign, Robbie slipped to a dismal .253 last
year. His meager production at the plate was cited as one of
the main reasons the Birds finished a distant second in last
season's pennant race, a full 12 games behind the pace-setting
Tigers.
Actually, Brooks' slump was by no means an anomaly on last
year's Oriole squad, as the Baltimore stickmen resembled a flock-
of doves in a fight with a squadron of supersonic jets when they
stepped to the plate. Baltimore's other Robinson-Frank-a life-
time .300 hitter, hit only .268, managing only 15 fotr baggers,
and knocking in a scant 52 runs.
THE REST OF the Oriole averages in the '68 campaign *ere
in an even greater need of a large infusion-of base hits, Big
John "Boog" Powell, who plays first base like a misguided
moose, hit .249, while centerfielder Paul Blair slipped from a
.293 mark in 1967 to an horrendous .21 last year. Other sickly
stickmen from last year included shortstop Mark Belanger at
.208, and a trio of bat-weary backstops, none of whom could
bat their way above the .235 point.
Brooks, who at 32 is getting on in years, was supposed to be
the messiah to lead the Oriole resurgence in the batters box
during the current campaign. Thus, as long as his stckwork
stayed suI merged below a wave of strikeouts and pop flys,
Baltimore fans tended to regard the Orioles' quick start, which
saw the Flock fly into an early lead and open up a 22-3 game
margin over their competitors in the early weeks of the season,
with a wary eye.
This wariness was present despite the fact that several other
of the Birds' batsmen were nesting comfortably above the "300
mark after the first twenty-five odd ball games. F. Robby, off
. to one of his fastest starts in years, is the first man in AL
history to reach double figures in the home run column in the
: month of April, also leads the League in runs batted in, and is
currently winging along at a healthy .350 plus clip,
BELANGER AND BLAIR are hovering around the .330 point,
and Andy Etcherbarren and Elrod Hendricks, who are sharing
the catching chores, are both batting above .300. Dave Johnson,
at second base, and Don Buford, the leftfielder, are solid, if
not spectacular, around .260.
' Still, in spite of the impressive debuts of the rest pf the irds'
starting nine, it was Brooks' blasts on that sunny day in April
that brought joy to the Mudville the Orioles call home. The
feeling in Birdtown is that if Brooks continues to hit, the Orioles
will be unstoppable this year. This optimism, however, is
guarded and voiced quietly, for as one fan said, in a tone better
suited to Brooklyn than Baltimore, "I don' know about dese
bums; day might toin around and pull a fast one like dem
Colts did dis winter."
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Dennis Stewart

al Big T e n players were
yesterday besides Stew-
e Lafayette of Michigan
was grabbed by the S a n
co Warriors. Illinois' Dave
was selected by Philadel-
Bill Keller of conference
on Purdue w en t to Mil-
selections of note yester-
rluded Phoenix's 'pickin~g of
'others, Floyd a nd Lloyd
f Colorado State, in t h e
und. Floyd had been draft-
he Lbs Angeles Stars of the
,nd t h e National Football
s Dallas Cowboys a n d
was selectedby the_ ABA's
A Oaks prior to yesterday.
ly other pair of twins ever
in the NBA were Tom and
an Arsdale, who are now
for Cincinnati and Phoe-
pectively.
unusual move occurred yes-
when the San Francisco
rs tried to pick a girl, De-

pise Long of Des Moines, Iowa, in
the thirteenth round; however,
NBA commissioner refused to al-
low the selection. Frank Mieuli,
owner and president of the War-
riors, later said, "We were, ser-
ious. We wanted to use her in a
league we h a v e for preliminary
games." Miss Long scored 93 points
in one contest this year.
The complete listings of yester-
day's early rounds:
Third Round
Phoenix, Floyd Kerr, Colorado State;
* Milwakuee, Harley Smith, East Tennes-
see State; Seattle, Leroy Winfield, West
Texas State; Phoenix from Detroit, La-
mar Green, Morehead, Ky., State, Chi-
cago, Norm Van Lier, St. Francis, Pa.;
San Diego, Charles Bonetarte, Norfolk,
Va., State; San Francisco, Tom Hagan
Vanderbilt; Cincinnati, Luther Rackley,
Xavier, Ohio; Boston, Julius Keyes, Al-
corn A&M; Phoenix from Atlanta, Lloyd
Kerr, Colorado State; New York, Ed
Mast, Temple; Cincinnati from Los An-
geles, Luther Green, Long Island U.:
Philadelphia, Mike tGrosso, Louisville;
Baltimore, Fred Carter, Mt. St. Mary's.
Fourth Round
Phoenix, Dennis Stewart, Michigan;
3Milwaukee. Bob Dandridge, Norfolk~
Stale; Seattle, Harold Booker, Cheyney
State, Pa.; Detroit, Ed Wiermer, Wash.
ington State; Chicago, Dave Nash, Kan-
i sas; Sari Diego, Johnny 'Allen, Bethune-
Cookman; San Francisco, Lee Lafayette,
Michigan State Cincjnnat, Ron San i
j ihgnSae icnai o a-ford, New Mexico; Boston,' Steve Kuber-
ski, Bradley; Atlanta, Billy Hahn, Ten-
nessee; New York, Elnardo Webster, S.
Peter's, N.J.; Atlanta from Los Angeles,
Don Griffin, Stanford; 'Philadelphia,
Dave Scholz, Illinois; Baltimore, Gene
Ford, Western Michigan.
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