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IV

Friday, April 14, 1972

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

Play
By The Associated Press
The baseball strike ended in'
its 13th day yesterday when
the owners and players agreed
to start the 1972 season on
Saturday without rescheduling
any of the 86 games postponed
by the player-walkout.
The end of the strike came
after day-long discussions be-
tween the owners, meeting iin
Chicago, and the Players' As-
sociation, in New York, that
resulted in a three-part pro-
posal made by the owners and
accepted by the players.
The proposal was that the sea-
son start on Saturday, none of the
postponed games be replayed and
no money be paid the players for
the games postponed during the
first general strike in the 103-year
a history of the sport.
Announcement of the settlement
was made simultaneously in New
y York, by Marvin Miller, execu-
tive director'of the players' asso-
ciation, and, in Chicago, by Com-
missioner Bowie Kuhn. Miller im-
mediately hailed it as a triumph
for the players.
"Clearly the players have tri-
umphed in something that few

ball!

Strike

finally

settled

people thought they could or
would do," Miller asserted. "They
have stood together."d
Miller also insisted that "this
could have been settled last Sun-
dyemphasizing that there sot
never was a "back pay issue. It
all came about because the own- NIGHT EDITOR:
ers wanted to reschedule all the RIGHTRDITUC.
games. The players never asked RICHARD STUCK
for back pay.,,
"I'm delighted to have this ties concerned are difficult to es-
over," said Kuhn. "I hope we've timate, but best guesses place the
all learned a lesson. I will work owners loss at over $5 million from
with people in baseball for pro- gate receipts, parking, concessions,
cedures to prevent this sort of etc., and one canceled national

thing in the future. Nobody wants
ft again - neither the players, the
clubs nor the fans."
Because of the fact that gamhes
postponed will not be resched-
uled, the season now will range
from 153 games for some teams to
156 games for other teams. Divi-
sion winners will be determined
on the basis of won-lost percent-
age.
Under terms of the over-all set-
tlement, the owners also will con-
tribute $500.000 to the players'
pension fund and $490,000 to the
health care fund in addition to
the annual $5.4 million contribu-
tion they already had been mak-
ing.
The losses involved for the par-

television game.
The compromise that led to the
end of the strike actually was
made among the owners in Chi-
cago, where the National League
bowed to the American League
and agreed to the shortened
schedule. Previously NL owners
had been adamant about resched-
uling the postponed games.
American League owners have
been in favor of a shortened sea-
son for many years, but never
have been able to convince their
National League colleagues to go
along. The strike seems to have
brought them together on that is-

sue - at least for this one season.
The cost of the strike to the
players will be one day's pay for
each day of the strike during the
regular season - or 10 days pay.
For the average player making
$22,500 that would mean a loss
of about $1,250. For a player in
Hank Aaron's $200,000 category it
would be a loss of approximately
$11,000.
The end of the strike struck a
giddy response from the players'
side, although some agreed that
their layoff will probably alienate
a few fans.
"I really feel good," said Joe
Torre, the St. Louis Cardinal star,
"but there probably will be some
cat-calls from the stands when we
start to play ball."
"I can't explain how I feel in'
one word," said Rusty Staub, the
New York Mets' outfielder. Staub
added, however, that there probab-
ly would be some acid response
from America's fans.
"You're going to have people
who make a statement now and
then, just as you have people who
will make a statement about any-
thing," said Staub.
"I'm relieved," said Chuck Dob-

son, the Oakland A's pitcher. "I
feel good, I just want to play ball."
Dobson admitted that the long
strike no doubt had alienated "a
few people." "But," he added,
"those were the people that didn't
get both sides of the story."'
Player representative Miller said
that he felt the strike, ironically,
would bring players and owners
closer together.
"You ,don't have a' good ire --.
tionship when there is a superior
and an inferior working under,
peaceful conditions," said Miller.I
"But if they are equals, the re-
lationship is better even if it's1
stormy."
Torre, Dobson and Staub were
the only players left at a mid-.
town New York hotel -. scene of.
arduously long meetings this week
-- shortly after the strike's end.
They. had left in a hurry, forI
their respective teams .in an im-
patient effort to start the long-r
delayed season..

Major League
r Standings
;..9
Tomorrow's games
American League
Minnesota at Oakland
Texas at California, night
Chicago at Kansas City
Boston at Detroit
Milwaukee. at Cleveland
New York at Baltimore
National League
Pittsburgh at New York
Montreal at St. Louis
Atlanta at San Diego, night
San Francisco at Houston, night
Philadelphia at Chicago
Los Angeles at Cincinnati
Scores
NBA
New York 116, Boston 94
ABA
Indiana 91, Denver 89
Virginia 138, New York 91
NHL
New York 3, Montreal 2
St. Louis 4, Minnesota 2

-Associated Press
MINNESOTA GOALIE Gump Worsley takes it on the chin in
last night's game with St. Louis. Worsley was slammed to the
ice by the Blues' Bill Plager, and was taken to a hospital for
X-rays. Worsley's teammates fared little better, as the North
Stars lost 4-2.

BIG TEN OPENER

YII' batsmen

By JIM ECKER
The Michigan baseball team
"breezed" through its final day
of "pre-season" practice yester-
day in preparation for this
weekend's conference play. The
Big Ten season opener is sched-
uled for this afternoon when
the Purdue Boilermakers invade
Anni Arbor for a doubleheader.
Game time is 2, P.M.
Greg Buss took extra time in
the batting cage yesterday.
working on the bunt. Coach Mo-
by Benedict is looking to utilize
the speedy Buss to full advan-
tage this season. The bunt
could be his most effective wea-
pon.
"Just take one step forward
. If you try to run out of
4 there you'll never bunt it," in-
structed Moby.
Benedict also worked with
John Hornyak at third base,
striving to complete the former
outfielder's hotcorner transition.
"Don't sit back and wait.
John. You'll get those bad
bounces every time if you 'sit
and wait," warned Benedict.
"Do you know what I'm talk-
ing about, John?" The third
baseman answered affirmative-
ly.
Michigan's lineup will be com-
prised of the same players who
saw action in Tuesday's double-
headers sweep against Central
Michigan. The only platooning
maneuvers will have Jim Koco-
loski and Brian Balaze splitting
second base duty, while Buss
appears for nitecap flychasing
experience.
Mickey Elwood is ready to go
in the opener today. Elwood
tuned up with three spotless
innings of work against Cen-
tral. He faced the minimal nine
batters, striking out three while
keeping the basepaths free of
Chippewas.
Tom Joyce has vaulted into
the second game starin ass'in-
mont based on his effective four
inning stint on Tuesday. ToVce
fanned fire and surrend-red but
a single single.
The Boilermakers ertor Ann
Arbor with a 3-6 mark. com-
niod PntirelV on thoir snrimg
trip to Murray St. Coach Joe

Sexson has tabbed sophomore
Carl Smith for opening game
mound chores, with senior Steve
Spencer listed for the second
contest.
Smith carries a 2-0, 1.93
E.R.A. into the game, while
Spencer sports a 1-1, 3.00 naark.
Both throwers are right-handed.
Purdue batsmen have swung
away for a solid .263 average
thus far. Shortstop Timm Barn-
brook leads the club with a .417
mark, with centerfielder Jamie
Pratt right behind at .412. Third
baseman Mike Christenberry's 5
RBI's tops the Boilermakers.
Although Purdue returns a
veteran team, fielding lapses
have hurt them. Several games
were lost to Murray St. on in-
field miscues, something Michi-
gan fans can-remember about
their team's fielding last season.

face P
Saturday's opposition will be
Illinois, who open their confer-
ence play this afternoon in a
twinbill at Michigan State. The
Illini sport at 4-9 record to date,
but the mark is somewhat de-
ceptive. Six of the setbacks have
been to Pan American and Sou-
thern Illinois, two of the top
four teams in last year's College
World Series.
The Illini nine show signs of
emerging from an early season
hitting slump, with the team
batting average climbing to-
wards the .250 level. However,
they still lack clutch hitting.
They have stranded 111 run-
ners in the first 13 games. Look
for captain and third baseman
Wes Dixon and leftfielder Dave
Lundstedt to provide much of
the Illini punch.

Ur ue
The pitching staff is high-
ly questionable. Dave Engle and
Bill Hodges, two of their top
pitchers, are hampered by in-
jury, and will probably not play
today. It is likely that Michigan
will face a couple of inexperi-
enced southpaws in Chuck Som-
merand Rick Peekel. The games
against the Illinois crew start
at 1 p.m. Saturday.

This Weekend in Sports
TODAY
BASEBALL - Purdue, Fisher Stadium (2), 2:00 p.m.
TENNIS - at Wisconsin
GOLF --- Kepler Invitational at Columbus
TOMORROW
BASEBALL - Illinois, Fisher Stadium (2), 1:00 p.m.
LACROSSE - Columbus Lacrosse Club, Ferry Field, 2:00 p.m.
RUGBY - Big Ten quarter and semi-finals, at Purdue
GOLF - Kepler Invitational
TRACK - Dogwood Relays, Knoxville
BOXING -- Michigan AAU Championships, Yost Field House,
7:30 p.m.
TABLE TENNIS - People's Republic of China, Crisler Arena,
1:30 p.m.
SUNDAY
LACROSSE - Cleveland Lacrosse Club, Ferry Field, 2:00 p.m.
RUGBY - Big Ten Championship, at Purdue

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BLUES KNOT SERIES:

Rangers eliminate

Habs

'M' linhsmen journey
to Ke pier Invitauonal

By THERESA SWEDO
Michigan's golfers have should-
ered putters and rambledl down to'
Columbus, Ohio this weekend to
compete in the Kepler Invitational
today and tomorrow. This 54 hole
event, hosted by the Buckeyes of
Ohio State, will be Michigan's
first real test following the season
warm-up in Miami last month.
Coach Bill Newcomb's Michi-
gan men include veteran seniors
Gary Balliet and Dan Hunter, ex-
perienced junior Neil Spitalny,
newcomers Rene Demarais, Craig
Ghio and sixth man Sandy Es-
troff. The team will begin com-
netition against Big Ten schools
Illinois, M i n n e s o t a, Michigan
* State. Purdue, Wisconsin, and host
Ohio State today.
Newcomb has high hopes for the
outcome of this tournament. "I
expect the seniors, Balliet and
Hunter, to be low scorers because
this is a tough. low, hard to get
isod to course. and they both have
n'ay-d it quito a bit. Spitalny
should come in about third, but
since the other three are new to
the souad. they are going to have

to adjust to the course."
"Ohio State is the favorite in
this meet," Newcomb continues,
they've been in two tournaments
already this year and they also
have a definite home course ad-
vantage. Miami of Ohio and Bow-
ling Green should both give pretty
good performances here.".
Newcomb feels that the lack of
experience in competition will
hurt Michigan in this invitation-
al, The golfers have only par-
ticipated in one tournament this
season and will be matched
against teams that have been in
three or four competitive situa-
tions.
"One thing that will hurt us,
also, is the bad weather we ran
into in Michigan when we got
back from Florida."

From Wire Service Reports i
NEW YORK-New York goalie1
Ed Giacomin, overcome with joy,I
went through a series of uncon-
trollable body vibrations as his
Ranger teammates hung on for aI
stunning 3-2 victory last night at
the Forum that eliminated the
Montreal Canadiens from the Stan-
ley Cup playoffs, four games to
two.
A goal by center Walt Tkazcuk,
only 29 seconds into the final
stanza, snapped a 2-2 tie and from
that point on, the Ranger defense
took control.
The win, which ended the Habs
22-year playoff domination over
the Rangers was attributable to
the super play of the Tkazcuk,
Billy Fairbairn, Gene Carr line,
which pelted Montreal netminder
Ken Dryden with shot after shot.
After Montreal knotted the score
on an outstanding one-man effort
by Yvan Cournoyer, the Fairzcu-
karr line went to work again. This
time, Carr fed Fairbairn with an
ideal pass and he scored.
Blues sing
ST. LOUIS-Phil Roberto scored
a goal and contributed two assists
as the St. Louis Blues sent their
Stanley Cup quarter-final series

into a final game with a 4-2 vic-
tory last night over the Minnesota
North Stars.
Celtics (K)nicked
BOSTON-The New York Knicks,
led by guard Walt Frazier, opened
up a 20-point lead in the second
quarter last night and went on to
defeat the Boston Celtics 116-94
in the opener of their National

Basketball Association1
seven semifinal playoffs.

1-1

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The closest the Celtics could
come after that was 66-57 with just
over five minutes remaining in
the third quarter. Then Frazier,
who finished with 36 points, and re-
serve center Phil Jackson took
over, scoring all 21 of the remain-
ing Knicks points in the period as
New York extended its lead to
85-67.

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DOGWOOD RECKONS:
Thin clads hit the road
By ROB HALVAKS
After performing for the first time this season as a well balanced
unit last weekend. Coach Dixon Farmer takes his track men on the
outdoor relay circuit. 1-hi'h will keep' the team split until they re-
turn to dual mpet competition in May. Today and tomorrow Farmer
will take 11 of his finest performers to-the Dogwood Relays in Knox-
ville. Tennessee, while the remainder of the team will compete in
the Eastern Michigan Invitational, Saturday.
Among those appearing in the Dogwood Relays are the quarter-
mile, mile, and distance medley relay teams. Anchoring the Michigan
quarter-mile relay team is Jamaican national team member Godfrey
Murray, who was a member of the world high school record-holding
440-yard relay team with a mark of 41.0 set in 1968. The mile relay
team of Grey Syphax. Eric Chapman, Al D'Agostino, and Kim Rowe
will receive their toughest competition from Villanova and the Flor-
ida Track Club. D'Agostino who is running the third leg, is replac-
ing the injured Reggie Bradford.
In the distance medley relay, the Wolverines will enter a team
$ of Rowe (440-yards). Chapman (880-yards), Mike Pierce (1320-
yards), and Phil Pyatt (mile). It is hoped that Pierce will run an
impressive leg in the relay, so he might receive an invitation to the
Kansas Relays the following weekend as a miler. After last week-
end's 4:08.5 performance, Farmer feels 4:05 is now within Pierce's

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