The Michigan Daily-Friday, September 8, 1978-Page"17B
While you were away,
By GARY KICINSKI
This is no fun, I thought.
Here I am, slouched on my sofa, wat-
ching the Tigers lose another in their
series of frustrating ballgames. Kip
Young has the most rotten luck. A bloop
double and a bunt single and the Yanks
are up 1-0. Then Roy White hits a three-
run homer on a 3-2 pitch after he should
have been called out on the previous
Maybe I should go try to unclog the
bathroom sink, I thought. Maybe I
should watch "Roots."
Suddenly I was jolted out of my
misery by a violent pounding on the
partment door. You know, the kind
usually followed by "Open up - it's the
police! " I looked around_ quickly as if I
had to stash something under the sofa,
but then realized I had nothing to hide.
Before I could decide what next to do,
the door bursts open and there in the
hallway stood two of my friends, Jerry
"I could have fossilized by the time
you got to the door," Jerry said,
walking right in and heading for the
'"Hey, stay out of my fridge," I
bristled. "You ain't gonnagfind
anything in there anyway."
This did nothing to deter him from
jerking open the door and perusing the
Ken, meanwhile, had been standing
out in the hallway gaping in awe. "I
don't believe you sometimes, Jerko.
You walk'right in here as if you'd just
seen Gary every day for the last two
weeks and you don't even say, 'Hi, how
are you,' or anything."
Yeah, Jer - you guys spent your
whole summer hitchhiking across
Canada and you don't even care to tell
me about it or find out what's new with
me?" I asked.
"So I'm sorry, alright?" Jerry retor-
ted, stalking into the living room,
carrying a jar of sweet pickles. "What's
"Yeah, we were lost without our
Daily's all summer to tell us what's
happening," said Ken.
"I don't know - let's see," I said.
"Well, the baseball team did all right -
they won the Big Ten, and went all the
way to the NCAA championships."
"Really? Did they win it all?" Ken
"I'll bet they choked," said Jerry,
"Well, they didn't win it all, but I
wouldn't call it a choke job," I said.
"They were pretty much the underdogs
in the tourney, having the worst record
of the final eight. But I think they did
well to get as far as they did.
"It looked like they were going to
cruise into the Big Ten title,. but some
losses and rainouts forced them to beat
State for the title on the last day. I
remember Steve Howe - he pitched
great all year - shut 'em out on four
hits. Howe went 6-0 in the conference
this year - he's still never lost a Big
Ten game in his two-year career."
"Yeah, but how about Leach? How'd
he do?"; asked Ken.
"Leach? God, he had the 'most in-
credible year. He hit .473 on the season,
won the Big Ten title ... geez, even his
outs were line shots hit right at
somebody, it seemed."
"So what happened? With all these
superstars, they should have won it
all," Jerry snorted.
"Well, they won the Mideast regional
played right here at Fisher, beating out
Texas A&M, Eastern and Missouri.
Then in the first game of the NCAA
finals, Howe fired a one-hitter against
"Wow! Really? A one-hitter?" Ken
said in astonishment.
"Yeah. But then the Wolverines got;
creamed by USC, 11-3. So we played
North Carolina next, and came back
from a 4-0 deficit to take a 6-4 lead.
Howe came in to relieve, but he gave up
a three-run homer and we were out'of
titles . .."
"Ask me if I care," said Jerry.
"How long's he been this way?" I
asked, turning to Ken.
"No, c'mon, what else happened?"
"Hmmm - did you hear Dean Tur-
ner got drafted?"
"You're kidding!" Ken said. "Dean
"Nope, and what's more, he signed
right away, too," I said to astonished
faces. "The Rangers took him in the
because Baxter had earlier signed to
play with Athletes in Action instead."
"What about the Michigan Open?
How'd that turn out - I heard they
played it at the 'U' course," Jerry said.
"Yeah, that was quite a big deal," I
said. "Jerry Ford came and played in
the Pro-Celebrity tournament, and was
inducted into the newly-created Michi-
gan Hall of Honor along with Bob Ufer,
Cazzie Russell, Bill Freehan, Tom
Harmon and Benny Oosterbaan. Then
the tournament was pretty exciting it-
self. Al Mengert had the lead most of
the way but then Randy Erskine, who
went to school here and is currently a
touring pro, won it on the final day."
"Geez, I guess you guys at The Daily
had enough things to write about then,"
Jerry said, offering a bite of the last
"Well, we did alright," I said. "That
reminds me - I should be getting out of
"What? Where you going?"
"I gotta get over to The Daily and
start working on a story for tomorrow,"
I said as the Tigers faded into oblivion
with the pressing of a button. "I'm sup-
posed to write a story about what hap-
pened here this summer."
Former Michigan defense-
man Dean Turner (left) will
patrol the Yost Arena ice no
more, as the 6-2, 215 pounder
from Southfield has chosen to
take a shot at the pros after just
two years at Michigan.
Turner signed a three-year
-contract with the New York
Rangers, who made him the
first American college defen-
seman drafted in the June NHL
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"See? I told you they choked - just
like the football team," Jerry taunted.
"Aw, go suck a pickle," I said.
"Take it easy," Ken intervened.
"What else happened around here?"
"Well, let's see. The men's tennis
team and the track team won Big Ten
third round and he signed a three-year,
$250,000 contract. He wor.'t be playing
Ken sat there shaking his head.
"You're high. Dean Turner?"
"Im serious!" I said emphatically.
"Mike Robinson left the basketball
"Now, that I can believe," Jerry said.
"I heard he wasn't too happy here -
where's he going?"
"Central, I think," I said. "At least
that's what he said back in May."
"What about Joel and Bax? Were
"Yep - Thompson went fourth round
to Houston and Baxter went third round
to Seattle, which was surprising,
Michigan hurler Steve Howe
(left) and ace centerfielder
Rick Leach (right) led the
Wolverine batsmen to their
third Big Ten title in four years
and only their third appearance
in the NCAA finals ever.
Leach hit .473 on the season in
winning the conference batting
title, while the southpaw Howe
went 6-0 on the season and
posted an overall ERA of 1.82.
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