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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, November 8, 1978-Page 9

HISLE FINISHES DISTANT THIRD

V

Rice tops Guidry for

AL MYP

NEW YORK (AP) - Slugger Jim
Rice of the Boston Red Sox, the first
American Leaguer in 41 years to ac-
cumulate more than 400 total bases in a
single season, was yesterday named
the AL's Most Valuable Player for 1978
by the Baseball Writers Association of
America.
Rice beat Cy Young Award winner
Ron Guidry of the New York Yankees
comfortably. The Boston slugger
received 20 first-place votes from the
28-man BBWAA committee and a total
of 352 points, while Guidry, a
unanimous choice for the AL Cy Young
Award last week, had 291 points in the
MVP election and the other eight first
place votes.
The only player to break the Rice-
Guidry hold on the first two voting

positions was Milwaukee's Larry Hisle,
who received one second-place ballot
and finished third with 201 points.
Rice won the MVP designation
following an awesome season at the
plate. He led the majors with 46 home
runs and 139 runs batted in, and had 406
total bases - the first AL hitter to
reach that plateau since Joe DiMaggio
had 418 total bases in 1937.
Rice also led the majors in hits with
213 and in triples with 13. He had a
slugging percentage of .600 and batted
.315, third in the American League
behind 1977 MVP Rod Carew of Min-
nesota, who hit .333, and Al Oliver of
Texas, who had a .324 average.
It took that kind of statistical
dominance to beat Guidry, who led the
majors with a 23-3 record that included

nine shutouts and a 1.74 earned run
average. Guidry's .893 winning percen-
tage was the highest for any 20-game
winner in baseball history.
Rice and Guidry were the only
players named on all 28 ballots.
Following Hisle were Amos Otis of
Kansas City, who had 90 points, Rusty
Staub of Detroit, 88; Graig Nettles of
New York, 86; Don Baylor of Califor-
nia, 51; Eddie Murray of Baltimore, 50;
Carlton Fisk of Boston, 49, and Darrell
Porter of Kansas City, 48.
Carew finished 11th with.46 points.
Under the point system used for the
MVP voting, a first-place ballot was
worth 14 points, with second place wor-
th nine, third place eight, etc.
Rice's outstanding production helped
Boston build a huge lead in the

American League East, and even when
the Red Sox slipped back, the muscular
slugger continued to pound the ball at a
frightening pace.
He reached the 400 total base plateau
in the season's final week, an im-
pressive accomplishment that may
have sealed the MVP verdict for him.
He was only the sixth player in the
history of the American League to
break that barrier.
Guidry's chances for the MVP
probably were damaged by the existen-
ce of the Cy Young Award. Since 1956,
when the baseball writers added the Cy
Young to honor the best pitcher in each
league in their post-season awards,

only five hurlers have won both that
award and the MVP. They were Don.
Newcombe in 1956, Sandy Koufax in
1963, Denny McLain and Bob Gibson in
1968 and Vida Blue in 1971.
Rice was the sixth Boston player to
win the MVP award. Teammate Fred
Lynn was the 1975 winner, when he also
captured the AL Rookie of the Year
Award. Other Red Sox winners were:
Carl Yastrzemski in 1967, when he won
the Triple Crown; Jackie Jensen in
1958; Ted Williams in 1949 and 1946, and
Jimmy Foxx in 1938. Foxx also was the
winner in 1932 and 1933 when he played
for the Philadelphia Athletics.

JIM RICE
1978 A L MVP

FINALS SET FOR SILVERDOME:
Prep playoffs start this weekend

TVT

By TOM STEPHENS
What will loyal Wolverine grid fans
have to occupy their time on the up-
coming Purdue warm-up weekend?
Well, one possibility is that time
honored tradition, a high school football
game.
Michigan's high school playoffs get
started this weekend and in the Class A
division, it seems like the winner will be
determined by several tough battles
between some evenly matched teams.
THE FOUR CLASS A games will be
played over two days this weekend,
with Trenton going against Battle
Creek Central at Livonia Stevenson's
field and Romeo facing Traverse City
at Lansing's Sexton High School at 7:30
Friday night. At 1:30 Saturday after-
noon top-ranked Birmingham Brother
Rice visits crosstown rival Groves and
North Farmington squares off against
Livonia Churchill at Berkley High
School.

Brother Rice, Groves, North Far-
mington, Trenton, and Churchill are all
unbeaten this year (Rice for the second
straight season) while Romeo, Traver-
se City, and Battle Creek each
sustained one loss on their way to the
playoffs.
ALL THE PLAYOFF coaches had
good words for the complicated three
year old computer point system that got
them to this stage, although several
pointed to "a few flaws in the system
that will probably be worked out over
the coming seasons." Trenton coach
Jack Castignola confessed to being
"burned" once by the system and
Brother Rice, despite their status as the
defending state champ, needed a.final
week upset of Sterling Heights Ford by
Avondale High School to gain its berth
this year.
Groves head coach Bill Rankin had
several interesting comments on this
point: "I think it's definitely a better

system than none at all. It's still in its
infancy and there are a few iniquities
this year. If they want a representative
selection for the state, they've got it.
But if they want a state champion, then
I think they should use the teams with
the eight highest point totals, regar-
dless of region. Unbeaten teams and
especially an unbeaten defending
champ like Rice should have a guaran-
teed shot, because being undefeated
and cut out of the playoffs is hard for a
player to swallow." Castignola com-
mented that whatever its flaws, "it's a
good thing for high school football in
Michigan."
BROTHER RICE'S Al Fracassa
believes that "the team that makes the
fewest mistakes usually wins the big
games," and his squad has one of the

biggest coming up Saturday at Groves.
"I thought every game we played this
year was big," added Fracassa. "We
had a pretty tough schedule." As coach
of the team to beat this year, he says
"North Farmington, Trenton, and
Groves are all tough. I'd sure hate to
pick one out of any of these eight
teams."
Romeo's Larry Dunn was not so
hesitant. "Sbmebody's going to have to
beat Brother Rice," he said, "because
nobody's been able to beat them for 2 /
years.,,
The next three weekend's high school,
grid activities will culminate in the
Silverdome, and on the way it might
take everybody's attention off
Michigan's college 'foreign relations'
with Purdue and the boys from Colum-
bus.

How the voting
Player 1 2 3 4 5
Rice ................20 8 0 0 0
Guidry ................... 8 19 1 0 0
Hisle ..................... 0 1 18 5 1
Otis ..................... 0 0 3 5 3
Staub .................... 0 0,1 5 2
Nettles ................... 0 0 0 5 4
Baylor.................. 0 0 1 0 4
Murray .................. 0 0 0 2 1
Fisk ..................... 0 0 0 0 3
Porter ................... 0 0 1 3 0
Carew ................... 0. 0 0 2 0
Caldwell ............... 0 0 1 0 1
Gossage ................. 0 0 0 0 1
Oliver ................. 0 0 0 0 1
Sundberg ................ 0 0 0 1 0
LeFlore .................. 0 0 0 0 1
R. Jackson ............... 0 0 0 0 1
Yastrzemski ............. 0 0 0 0 0
G. Brett .................. 0 0 1 0 1
Thornton................. 0 0 0 0 0
Piniella ................ 0 0 1 0 0
Munson .................. 0 0 0 0 0
Bostock .................. 0 0 0 0 1
Gura..................... 0 0 0 0 0
Lynn .............. ... 0 0 0 0 1
Rivers.. ............ 00 0 0 0 1
B. Stanley.............. 0 0 0 0 1
Collegiate T
Hockey Poll
A M
HANCOCK (UPI) - The second PROC
weekly college hockey coaches' poll as for m
compiled by radio station WMPL. First devel
place vote in parentheses: technr
1. Minnesota, 3-1 (8)...........96 Studi
toB
2. Boston Univ., 0-0, (2)............80 energ
3. Denver, 4-1-1.........:. ......52 aspec
4. Minnesota-Duluth, 4-2.........51 t h e
5. Wisconsin, 4-2...................50 manul
6. Michigan Tech, 4-2 .............43
7. Bowling Green, 3-3.............. 37
8. Notre Dame, 2-1-1 ............ 31 P
9. Cornell, 0-0.............. . . . 21
10. (tie) North Dakota, 2-2........20 t
New Hampshire, 1-1......20 C

went
6 7
0 0
0 ,0
0 1
2 0
0 6
3 3
0 0
1 3
3 3
.1 2
3 2
2 0
3 2
0 1
2 0
2 0
1 1
1 1
0 0
0 0
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0 0
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8 9 10
0 0
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3 3
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Total
352
291
201
90
88
86
51
50
49
48
46
41
39
26
24
21
18
17
14
12
11
9
9
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6
6
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rpa't4 (the keri/q
By the Associated Press
Flyerforward suspended
MONTREAL-Philadelphia Flyers forward Paul Holmgren was given
a three-game suspension and fined $500 for kicking Terry O'Reilly of the
Boston Bruins in a game Nov. 4, National Hockey League executive vice
president Brian O'Neill announced yesterday.
O'Neill conducted a hearing in Toronto, after which he said "that
Holmgren had been involved in a previous kicking incident ... Players who
choose to engage in this practice will lose the privilege of playing."
After the altercation between Holmgren and O'Reilly, the linesmen
separated the players. Then Holmgren got to his feet and kicked twice at
O'Reilly.
Holmgren had received a match penalty for the incident. Neither player
was injured.
Orr may retire
TORONTO-Bobby Orr has become so discouraged at his comeback
attempt with the Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League that
he is- considering retiring as an active player, Orr's lawyer, Alan Eagleson,
said yesterday.
Fagleson said that Orr would meet shortly with Black Hawks Coach Bob
Pulford and owner Bill Wirtz to discuss his play and that they would "try to
do a selling job" in convincing the veteran, injury-plagued defenseman he is
useful to the team.
"Bobby knew, going in, that because of his history of knee problems, 35
to 40 per cent of his ability was all he could expect, but he was prepared for
the reality," Fagleson said.
"It's hard for him to accept. He's really down in the dumps."
Bo Rather signed
MIAMI-The Miami Dolphins signed Bo Rather, a wide receiver recently
cut by the Chicago Bears, who began his National Football League career
with the Dolphins.
The Dolphins placed Larry Ball, used mainly on special teams, on
waivers. Coach Don Shulasaid he felt the team was "a little thin" in
receivers.
The former Michigan star was the Dolphins' fourth-round draft choice in
1973 and was voted the club's top rookie in training camp that season. He
played on special teams in 1973 and was traded to Chicago for a draft choice
in 1974.
He was cut three weeks ago by the Bears. He started nine games last
season, catching 17 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns.
The Ecumenical Campus Center
presents the final lecture in the
1978 DISTINGUISHED FACULTYSERIES
DR. JAMES MORGAN
Professor of Economics and Research
Scientist at the Institute for Social Research
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ents form individual curricula
iork on 'issues such as solar
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ts of materials recycling and
use of automation in
ufacturing.
For information write:
rof. Richard de Neufville
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nstitute of Technology
mambridge, Massachusetts
02139

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Lashing Larry AP Photo
WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes spars during a workout yesterday in
preparation for his title defense Friday night against European Champion Afredo
Evangelisita of Spain. This will be Holmes' first attempt to defend- his title since
he won the crown from Ken Norton.
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