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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, November 2, 1978-Page 13

Guidry 'S big year wins C

'NEW YORK -Lafayette, La. turned
ty Hall over to Ron Guidry yesterday
ter the New York yankees' left-
nder was named a unanimous winner
the American League's Cy Young
Guidry made himself comfortable
hind Mayor Kenny Bowen's desk and
,plained his feelings "after being of-.
cially certified as the best pitcher in
FeAL. during the 1978 season. l
I kept hearing for the last month
'w I had the award wrapped up,"
Ron Guidry
iGidry said softly at a press conference
Jayed by conference phone call to
ankee Stadium. "It was almost as if I
01won it already. They took away
ne of thre surprise."
It was Guidry himself who destroyed
e suspense that usually accompanies
il post-season award. The slender left-
ander compiled an awesome 25-3
acord that included a 1.74 earned run
verage, the lowest by an AL Left-
ander since Dutch Leonard's 1.0.1 in
914. lHe had nine shutouts, tying the AL
ecord set by Babe Ruth in 1916. His .893
rinning percentage was the highest in
aseball history by a 20-game winner.
Those are impeccable Cy Young
redentials, and Guidry was only the
econd unanimous winner in. AL
istory, collecting all 28 first-place
otes in the election by the Baseball
riters Association of America. Mike
aldwell of Milwaukee finished second
nd Jim Palmer of Baltimore was
The only other unanimous AL winner
vas Denny McLain of Detroit in 1968
yhen he won 31 games.
1f it's suspense Guidry wants, he will
lave plenty of it next week when the AL
ost Valuable Player Award is an-
lounced. Unlike the Cy Young
talloting, Guidry has a legitimate bat-
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Second baseman
aul Molitor of the Milwaukee Brewers
as named American League Rookie
layer of the Year Tuesday by The
sporting News, and Rich Gale of the
ansas City Royals was selected the
wague's top first-year pitcher, in a poll
f the players.
MOLITOR, WHO posted a ,273 bat-
ing average and stole 30 bases for the
orewers during 1978, narrowly beat
vother rookie second baseman, Lou
nhitaker of the Detroit Tigers, 109
otes to 101, for top player.
Gale, who won 14 games and posted a
.09 earned run average for Kansas
ity's American League West Division
hampions, was a runaway winner for
ookie hurler honors, receiving 180
otes to 24 for Jim Wright of the Boston

Students should be reminded that:
1. Sign-up ends Friday at 5 for the
enior lottery for choice of basketball
2. The lottery will be held at Crisler
rena on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:30.
3. Group leaders will be able to select
eats immediately after the lottery is
4. Tickets will be packaged and
vailable by Saturday, Nov. 11.

tie on his hands in that one against
Boston's Jim Rice, who had the kind of
year at bat that Guidry had on the
"Jim and I have done pitching and
hitting like what hasn't been done
before," said Guidry. "One of us will
get the MVP and the other will get a pat
on the back."
What if the MVP vote ends in a tie?
Would sharing the MVP bother Guidry?
"No, that would be fine with me," he
said. "But you'd better clear it with Jim
Guidry was asked if he ever thought
he could produce the kind of year he
"I've read stories about great
seasons that pitchers have had in the
past," he said. "I wondered to myself
what it would be like. Now I know."
The problem with the kind of season
Guidry had in 1978 is what he does for
an encore next year.
"I'm going to approach next year the
same way I did this season," he said.
"My goal will be to get New York to the
WorldSeries again.
"A season like mine comes along only
once in a while. I hope the people un-
derstand that. But if I lose five or six
games, they might say I'm in a
Just then, Guidry's City Hall career
"The mayor wants to know when he
can have his chair back," he said with a

NFL tidbits
CINCINNATI - Two-time Heisman
Trophy winner Archie Griffin is on the
bench, suffering from a sore toe and
wounded pride.
Griffin, a first-round draft choice
three years ago, has slipped into a
reserve running back role with the Cin-
cinnati Bengals after the team opened
the National Football League season
with eight straight losses.
The former Ohio State ground-
gaining star was used only on kickoff
returns last Sunday in Cincinnati's first
victory, a 28-13 triumph over the
Houston Oilers.
Coach Homer Rice said Griffin was
held back to give his hyper-extended
big toe more time to heal.
Griffin wasn't -happy with the
"I don't want anything derogatory in
the paper. But if they were trying to
rest me, they should've rested me during
practice last week," Griffin said. "I
could've played.
Instead of the usual starting back-
field of Griffin and Pete Johnson, Rice
went with Boobie Clark and Lenvil
Elliott. The decision resulted in the
Bengals' top rushing effort of the year
-198 yards.
Rookie running back David Turner
came off the bench and reeled off a 65-
yard run that set up a Cincinnati touch-
Griffin was scheduled to visit a foot

specialist Wednesday. He sustained the
injury. six weeks ago against New
Meanwhile, in Miami, Garo
Yepremian says Don Strock, "my best
friend," let him down.
The Miami Dolphins' veteran
placekicker still was -shaking his head
sadly Wednesday as he recalled how
Strock turned his back on their frien-
dship - and Yepremian's pass-
catching ability - in last Sunday's 26-8
victory over Baltimore.
Late in the first half, the Dolphins
lined up for a field goal attempt. But
Strock grabbed the snap, rolled right,
and fired a seven-yard touchdown pass
to defensive end Vern Den Herder,
lined up at tight end.
It was the first touchdown of Den
Herder's eight-year career, but
Yepremian said it could have just as
easily been the first touchdown in his 11
"I was wide open. It was my chance
to demonstrate that my receiving is as
good as my passing," Yepremian said.
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