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Aristocrats of the Bronx
Will Snatch Pennant
Hating the Yankees is like hating cancer. Everybody agrees with
you and it still doesn't do any good.
Somebody once said that rooting for the Yanks is like rooting
for U.S. Steel. CBS would be more appropriate now. It seems like the
pinstripers have always had that corporate image, kind of the gray
flannel suit boys of baseball. And since they disposed of Casey and
Yogi the aristorcratic heart stopped beating entirely.
Aggravatingly, this year the Yankees will win it again-for
the sixth straight time-with new "organization man" manager
Johnny Keane. The Bombers aren't supermen this year. There is
too much scarred tissue in Whitey Ford's left arm and Mickey
Mantle's battered legs, but a wounded Ford and Mantle plus the
efficient supporting crew is much too good for the rest of the
American League.
Mel Stottlemeyer, a pitcher with a notably unYankeelike name,
stole a pennant for the Yanks last year after the supstart Orioles
led all season. Stottlemeyer will be back for a full season and should
win 20.
Jim Bouton knocks the cap off his bean an average of 53 times
in a nine-inning game, but the Yanks can afford the hat bill if he
wins 18 games like he did last season.
With Pete Ramos and Bill Stafford the Yank bullpen is adequate
if not exactly fearsome. The outfield has "The Mick," Tom Tresh,
and Roger Maris if he can satisfy himself with assaulting pitcher's
offerings rather than verbally assaulting reporters. The infield appears
as slick as greasy kid's stuff, and Ellie Howard is the best catcher
in the majors.
The Baltimore Orioles who played like Yankees for 140 games
last season still have the pennant bug. They also have a character
who is even younger than me-Wally Bunker-who isn't going to wint
19 games again for awhile. Wally's really been pasted this spring and2
his future is not quite as bright as the new crimson Corvette he's8
been racing around in.I
Milt Pappas should be worth around 20 and Steve Barberf
should have a much better go of it than last season's debacle.
The bullpen is top notch, with Stu Miller, who has three speeds
on his curve-slow, slower, and slowest and occasionally un-
leashes his "Wells Fargo pitch" that comes up in stages. Dick
Hall, an accountant who matriculated at Swarthmore of all
places, and Harvey Haddix who once pitched 12 perfect innings
and lost, help Miller out.
Brooks Robinson is without peer at third, and Luis Aparicio still
gobbles grounders gracefully at short. Boog Powell, Sam Bowens, and
rookie Curt Blefary make a bone crushing outfield, but Oriole pitchers
better keep the ball low.
The Chicago White Sox, a team any Cub fan loathes from birth,
should be in the running for second place as usual. Al Lopez is a
superb manager. Who else could keep a team of the White Sox caliber
near the top every year?
The Sox do have a couple of fairly good pitchers. Gary Peters has
a whiplash fastball and is probably the best hitter on a team of
nonhitters. Gary was Lopez' best pinch batter last season, which of
course doesn't mean much.
The Sox do have some hitters, however. Pete Ward occa-
sionally homers and always murders the Yankees, which makes
New York sportswriters think he is a modern Lou Gehrig. Floyd
Robinson hits righthanded pitchers like cousins, but is hapless
against lefties. John Romano is solid behind the plate and a
great improvement over J. C. Martin who slipped to .197 last sea-
son after a resounding .205 the year before. Who wouldn't be?
On the shores of Lake Erie is a mammoth stadium that is filled
every week for pro football and vacant every day for baseball. But
this season a couple of people will show up to see a rebounding
Cleveland team cream homers and split 19-18 games. The Indians,
have a real offense, but a pitching void.
With Vic Davillio, Leon Wagner, Chuck Hinton, and Rocky Cola-
vito they have four of the better outfielders in the league. Chances
are Rocky will play first. Max Alvis is an excellent third baseman, but
the double play combination is below par.
But the pitching . . . Jack Kralick and Luis Tiant could win 15
apiece. Sam McDowell is one of those players who has tremendous
potential every year and never makes it big, but Sandy Koufax had
the same tag with the Dodgers. Big Sam might burst forth, but then
again . . . The bullpen is decidely weak. There is no depth among
the starting pitchers.
Minnesota has Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison, Camilo Pascual,
Tony Oliva, and an owner-general manager who seemingly doesn't
want to win the pennant. Calvin Griffith, sorely lacking pitchers and
empty-handed at second base, made only one trade in the off-season.
He got rid of one of his more promising pitchers, Gerry Arrigo.
The infield is leaky, catching is questionable, and pitching is slim.
Pascual and Jim Kaat are established pitchers, but the rest of the
staff is iffy. The bullpen "ace" is a washed-up old Cub named Johnny
The Los Angeles Angels have two of the wildest names in
baseball,Aubrey Gatewood and Costen Shockley, and one of the
best pitchers, Dean Chance. The Angels are the best of the ex-

pansion teams because manager Bill Rigney has put together a
promising group of young players.
Chance, Gatewood, Fred Neumann, Don Lee, and Barry Latman
all possess live arms on the hill. Lee has the chance to be the best
reliever in the league in the Dick Radatz tradition.
The Detroit Tigers seemingly lack zip, particularly without
Charlie Dressen. Al Kaline had a disappointing season last year and
has had a disastrous spring, which does not bode well for Tiger fans.
The infield is unspectacular, with Dick McAuliffe and Don Wert. Bill
Freehan, the Michigan boy, is a proven catcher and should rival
Elston Howard for catching supremacy in the league.
But games are won-on the mound and the Tigers don't have great
strength there. Mickey Lolich is a screwballish lefty who should win
20 this year, but Dave Wickersham is unlikely to win 19 again. Hank
Aguirre, up until yesterday afternoon, seemed to have lost his touch.
The bullpen is shaky.
Boston, Washington, and Kansas City will battle to avoid the
cellar, and the Senators with Frank Howard and some former Dodger
pitchers stand the best chance to ascend to eighth.
K.C. has Charlie Finley and a pitching staff with a nucleus of
Diego Segui and Moe Drakowsky. Charlie, with stars like those, I
sympathize with you.
Poor Boston has some name players like Carl Yastrzemski, Tony
Conigliaro, Richard R. Radatz (The Monster) and not much else.
Jerry Stephenson, a rookie pitcher is highly touted, but he's been
clubbed in spring training. Lefty Dennis Bennett has also been un-
impressive so far. Look out below.
Well, here they are. (Man, I'm tired.) New York, Baltimore,
Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Detroit, Washington,
Boston, Kansas City.

Robie Splashes to AAU Record

By The Associated Press
NEW HAVEN, Conn.-Olympian
Carl Robie led four finalists from
Michigan's swimming team, all
competing unattached, in the
NAAU Indoor Men's Swimming
championships here yesterday, as
he won the 200-yard butterfly
The sophomore swam the race
in 1:52.7, bettering the meet rec-
ord of 1:53.8 set by Indiana's Fred
Schmidt a year ago. The Hoosier
bypassed defense of his title to at-
tend to his studies in Blooming-
Ed Bartsch, captain of this
year's Wolverine swimming team,
lost his crown in the 200-yard
backstroke to Thompson Mann of
the North Carolina Athletic Club
by a mere five feet. Mann's time
was 1:56.8, beating by less than a
second the clocking of 1:57.7 giv-
en to Bartsch.

formance of the year, Yale fresh-
man Don Schollander, who won
four gold medals for the United
States in the Tokyo Olympics,
broke his own eyebrow raising
mark in the 200-yard freestyle
sprint with an even more amaz-
ing time. Last year he won the
NAA- 'with a t me of 1:42.6. and:
he bettered that record along with
the American record with yester-
day's time of 1:41.7.
Following Schollander were Steve


Clark, a Yale senior, and Greg
Buckingham, swimming unattach-
ed from Atherton, Calif. Bob
Hoag, a Michigan sophomore, took
the fourth spot with a time of
1:45.6; his best ever in the 200-
yard race.
Ken Merten, an unattached Los
Angeles swimmer, swam to a 2:11.8,
victory in the 200-yard breast-
Michigan's Big Ten champion
in both the 100- and 200-yard;

Three Qualify onT

Special To The Daily
CARBONDALE, Ill.-Michigan's
team of gymnastics specialists
astounded the contestants, fans,
and coaches with what Newt
Loken called a "phenomenal per-
formance" to take the first, third,
and fifth spots on the trampoline
in the NCAA qualification rounds.

The top six qualifiers will com-
pete tonight for the individual
gold medals.
In a display of single-event
power, the likes of which have
rarely been seen in the NCAA
meet, Gary Erwin, a Michigan
senior from Arlington Heights, Ill.,
who has won the NCAA crown for
the past two years and added the
world title to his trophy case this
season, walked away with the top
Second in the event was Frank
Schmitz of the Southern Illinois
Salukies. Close on his heels was
Fred Sanders of Michigan. Sand-
ers, who has followed close behind
Erwin for the past two seasons,
finished in a tie with Danny Mill-
man of California, who held the
world title two years ago.
To complete the Michigan sweep
of the odd numbered spots, JohnI
Hamilton placed fifth, which en-
titled him to compete in tonight's
Although the tramp sweep was
the talk of the tourney, Michigan
has no other qualifiers in the
finals. Mike Henderson, Michigan's
entry in the free exercise event
finished a heartbreaking seventh,
just short of a qualifying position.

breaststroke events, Paul Scheer-
In what might well be the most er, finished a dismal fifth with a
fantastic single swimming per-, time of 2:17.3.
Two more Hoosiers, the now
familiar team of Ken Sitzberger
and Rick Gilbert, finished one-two
in the one-meter diving, with
teammate Dick Earley in the sixth
ra m O in e position. Ohio State's Randy Lar-
son notched a fourth.
Inte400-yard freestyle relay,
Rich Blanton fell victim to the Southern Cal's team of Bob Ben-
"pressure of these big meets" ac- nett, Jim McGrath, Rich Mc-
cording to Loken, missed his rou- Geagh, and Roy Saari was award-
tine on the rings and finished well l ed first place with a meet record
down in the list of qualifiers. timing of 3:07.4. A Yale combi-
The national team title will be' nation of Dave Lyons, Doug Ken-
decided tonight along with all of nedy, Ed Townsend, and Steve
the NCAA individual champions. Clark had finished the race in
The team finals will feature Penn 3:06.2, but judges disqualified
State, which eliminated host them, saying that Kennedy had
Southern Illinois last w e e k, jumped the gun before Lyons
against Washington, touched.

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