Friday, November 2, 1973
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday, November 2, 1973 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine'
Tom Kettinger . .
hivin' on the farm
T MUST BE IN THE COLLECTIVE INHERITANCE of most
American males that at the age of five they stand with a bat
in hand and scour at an imaginary pitcher. Then, after watching
the pitcher make his imaginary pitch, they swing and watch the
imaginary ball fly out of the imaginary stadium, a tape measure
It is a sobering blow to male imaginations that at any given
time only 3,000 can play professional baseball and of those only
600 will toil for a major league club.
Some who have the dream simply forget as they grow older.
But one who hasn't is Tom Kettinger.
Kettinger, a Michigan Wolverine outfielder for four years,
was tabbed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 29th round of the
free agent draft last June.
"I always wanted to be a ballplayer," the 22-year-old Oak
Park, Illinois native said. "But I wasn't counting too much on
baseball. I went down there (Bradenton, the Pirates' spring home)
with the idea of giving it my best shot and seeing what happened.
I had my business degree from here, so I wasn't too nervous."
After a look-see, the Bucs sent him to their Class A farm
team in Niagara Falls. Kettinger was well aware of the Pirate
report on him: average speed, a little below average arm
("Left Fielder's arm, the ball players call it), good power. Dan-
ny Murtaugh, current Pirate manager who was then consultant
to the organization, was so impressed with Kettinger's ability
that of 35 players who reported last June to Bradenton, Kettinger
was one of only two ballplayers' whose batting style Murtaugh did
not dare tamper with at all.
Murtaugh saw potential
Murtaugh's good good baseball sense was cindicated by Tom's
Niagara Falls performance. Kettinger lead the NewYork-Penn
League in doubles and triples and finished second in the league in
home runs. His .280 batting mark was considered excellent. For
his performance, Kettinger nailed down his team's Most Valuable
Actually Kettinger feels that he could have kept that average
higher. The New York-Penn league starts in the middle of June
after the draft and plays 70 games in 71 days. The toll has to tell.
"It was mentally exhausting," Kettinger says. "I took some
pitches down the middle that I had never looked at it my life."
THE TOLL told in another way, too. Normally living under that
kind of pressure and those conditions ("Everything you've
heard about the minors-It's true," Kettinger says with a smile),
pressures can build up. Fortunately, the Niagara manager,
Woody Huyke, had a sense of humor and an understanding that
everything doesn't always have to be a grind.
Huyke, whose team dipped to seventh in an eight team league
after winning the championship the year before, at times im-
posed a reverse curfew. "Anyone who shows up before two
o'clock is going to face a stiff, stiff fine," he told his charges.
Kettinger picked up an amusing benefit along the way-
an eleven year-old fan club with a brush on a budding star. The
young; Ms. writes the former Wolverine constantly, telling him
of his impending stardom andeasking for his road schedule so
she can. follow him on the way to $100,000 dollar a year seasons.
But all is not fun and games in that drive for stardom and
the Big Leagues. In fact it can get downright dreary. There's
always a constant reminder that the minors are the Minors.
Minor's life is rough
Meal allowance is five dollars a day ("You always lose money
when you go on the road," Kettinger remarks. "Some guys spend
ti that much in a bar in five minutes."). The team has no trainer,
only a doctor who can't be seen unless you're dying, and trips
by bus to round to 400 miles a stretch. And everyday those fast-
balls coming faster than in your boyhood imagination or in the
Yet, despite the dreariness, the rickety stadiums, the fans
that ride you every game that you know them personally by the
resounding of their leathery lungs, there are some parallels to the
Major League brand of baseball, even if they are strictly minor
league. The wood isn't the same grade as in the majors and the
name is just stamped on, but when minor leaguers come to bat
they brandish their namesake models. So Kettinger is the proud
owner of a Genuine Tom Kettinger Model baseball bat. After
using Mickey Mantle bats all his life, it was a bit of a shock.
Another reminder, though certainly not lucrative, is the five
dollar contract Kettinger inked with the Topps Baseball Cards
people; giving them exclusive rights to use his picture and bat-
ting record when and if he makes the big time.
THE PIRATES almost didn't get their MVP for the Niagara
Club. Scout Ken Beardslee, who signed Kettinger for the
standard $500 a month first year contract sans bonus, caught his
play last May at Michigan State after the Central Michigan base-
ball coach had tipped Beardslee off as to Kettinger's worth. It
was n6t one of Tom's better days.v
Kettinger went "Oh for Six" in a doubleheader, but he did
show good speed"running down to first on a ground ball and did
manage to blast a long drive that the Spartan center fielder grab-
bed on the warning track. Fortunately for Tom and the Pirates,
Kettinger was given a good look over at Ohio State and Kettinger
responded with a "Four for Six" day.
Kettinger could have made the Bucs' system a year earlier.
After leading the Wolverines in batting his frosh and sophomore
seasons, Kettinger began his junior year in a bit of a slump.
"Moby (Michigan baseball coach Moby Benedict) almost im-
mediately lost confidence in me and I rode the bench most of
the season," recalls Kittinger. "My age, 22, was probably one
reason that teams shied away from me this year.'
Kettinger's position uncertain
Where does Kettinger stand now in that try for one of those
600 exclusive spots? His best chances do not at the moment seem
to be with the Pirates. The Bucs are filled with good young out-
fielders, Richie Zisk, Dave Parker, Gene Clines, Al Oliver, Dave
Augustine and have more coming up in the system. But ballclubs
change friom year to year and Kettinger could have a shot with
another team in the next three years when he is eligible for an-
other common draft.
The majors are not Kettinger's most immediate problem-
that's getting up another notch to Double AA ball. This will be
determined by his performance in spring training. Farm Direc-
By RICHARD FLAHERTY
Indiana, experiencing a com-"
plete rebuilding this season, has This 1
had its share of bad luck. The
Hoosier's total record stands at
2-5-0 and although Michigan falls
next on the schedule, Head HOCKEY-Waterloo at
Coach Lee Corso seems surpris- WATER POLO-Michig
ingly optimistic. "Maybe a lot
of people think we have one foot
in the coffin but it's going to take
a lot more to put us down for FOOTBALL-Indiana at
good," Corso said. HOCKEY-Waterloo at
Indiana lost 12 starters from
last year's squad leaving the oth- WATER POLO-Michig
er 10 positions primarily manned 4:30 p.m.
by underclassmen. "We're play- CROSS-COUNTRY-Big
ing a lot of freshmen and sopho-R
mores," asserted Corso, "and it's RUGBY-at Detroit
just going to take patience, hard
work and a lot of love before we two former starters,
put things together." back Mark Bailey an
Plagued by injuries, the thin er Henry Cunningham.
defensive unit has allowed the op- been out of three gam
position to rack up 163 points muscle pull and Cu
against the Hoosiers' 86. Corner- missed four games due
back Kirk Edwards adds to the bruised foot.
latest list of injuries. A severe an- Corso, adjusting to
kle sprain in last week's Wiscon- Ten's emphasis on rune
sin game will keep the freshman to revitalize his defer
out of play for the remainder of tegy. "We're going t
the season. look at our personnel
Returning to tomorrow's line- about some changes,
up after a month of inaction are we don't have much
7eekend in Sports
Yost Ice Arena, 7:30 p.m.
an Invitational, Matt Mann Pool, 7:30 p.m.
Michigan Stadium, 1:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena, 7:30 p.m.
gan Invitational at Matt Mann Pool, 11 a.m.,
Ten Championships at Illinois
res with a
to a badly
o have to
need to find some answers."
Sophomore standout Q u i n n
Buckner again will lead the Hoos-
ier defense in tomorrow's game.
The 198-pound safety has recov-
ered four fumbles, broken up
three passes and ranks sixth on
the team in tackles with a total of
32. Buckner also has three in-
terceptions to his credit for 23
yards. Corso claims that Buckner
has thwarted at least six appar-
ent touchdowns by opposing
teams this season.
With Michigan's rushers, the
Hoosiers will find plenty of time
to practice their newly formed
Corso displayed quite a bit of
enthusiasm over the potential
shown by several of his fresh-
men in last Saturday's game.
Linebacker Steve Sanders, who
started his first game, had a
season high of 20 tackles against
Wisconsin. Dan Marr, another
freshman linebacker, had a hand
in about 15 stops, while tackle
Elmer Burton had eight. All
three freshman are expected to
start against the Wolverines
along with freshman fullback
Halfback Ken Starling has led
t h e Hoosier rushing attack
with an average of 3.6 yards
per carry and a net total of 466
This season Starling is expect-
ed to became Indiana's number
two all-time leading carrier with
only Pat Gedman with 1,562
yards ahead of him.
Aiding in the ground game is
halfback Dennis Cremeens with
a 3.2 yard average per carry,
and of course Snyder with a 4.4
When Indiana finds themselves
in a punting situation, they will
be relying on the highly toutedR
foot of Jim Wenzel, who has an
average of 39.1 yards.
Corso, who brought the Univer-
sity of Louisville from oblivion
to a nationally-ranked team in a
matter of three short years, has
hopes for Indiana eventually be-
coming a future contender for
the Big Ten title. The young,
energetic coach, whose two wins
were surprises over Kentucky
and twentieth - ranked West Vir-
ginia, will more than likely en-
tertain the crowd at Michigan
Stadium by dipping into his bagj
of trick plays which he is known
to use during key situations.
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Daily Photo by SARA KRULWICH
HOOSIER HALFBACK KEN STARLING (22) finds the going tough against Barry Dotzauer (25) in
1971 action. Starling and Co. can expect the same kind of treatment in tomorrow's clash.
ISLANDERS TIE LEA
Flyers zip Chic
By The Associated Press
Parent scored his fourth shutout
of the season last night as the
Philadelphia Flyers blanked the
Chicago Black Hawks 1-0 in a Na-
tional Hockey League game.
The victory left the West Di-
vision-leading Flyers three points
ahead of the Atlanta Flames and
built their margin over the Black
Hawks to six points.
Leftwinger Bill Barber pro-
vided the margin of victory with
a power playdgoal at 17:44 of
the first period. Barber's rising1
50-footer vent over the shoulder
of Black Hawk goalie Tony Es-
posito with Stan Mikita serving
a hooking penalty. .
Parent, who lowered his NHL-
leading goals against allowance to
1.30 per game, stopped 25 ChicagoE
shots and made two key saves
with Chicago on the power play in
the final five minutes.
UNIONDALE, N.Y.-Gary Mona-'
han scored a goal at the 14:05
mark of the third period and the
Toronto Maple Leafs tied the New
York Islanders 2-2 in a National
HockeysLeague game last night.
Monahan took the pick fromj
Rick Kehoe in front of the net
and fired in the tying marker
from five feet out.
Earlier in the period, Ingie
Hammarstrom scored the Maple
Leafs' first goal of the game on
an eight-foot shot.
The Islanders took a 1-0 lead
midway through the first period
on Ernie Hicke's goal after a
scramble in front of the net. In
go, 1-0 MEGA
the second period Ed Westfall
blasted one into the net on a 12-
foot shot up the middle.
ATLANTA-Veteran Leon Roche-
fort scored the 99th goal of his
National Hockey League career FAST, FREE DELIVERY
last night and rookie Tom LysiakS-
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Rochefort got the second goal at
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assists on Rochefort's.
Gri dde pickings
"WE ARE NOT looking ahead to our classic confrontation with the
Ohio State Lanterns on Nov. 23 for the mythical national cham-
pionship," stated Daily Libel head coach Skip Mentor, rumored to be
leaving for greener pastures at Moo U. "We are looking toward our
next game and that game is against the tough Edit Staff Flunkies
this Sunday. They've vastly improved since our earlier 34-0 win.
They have their entire offensive, defensive lines returning along with
their backfield. In fact, everybody returns seeing that only five guys
showed up the last time.
"There's just no question that the Flunkies are a good ball club
and that they, along with everyone
1. Indiana at MICHIGAN (pick
2. Ohio State at Illinois
3. Wisconsin at Michigan State
4. Purdue at Iowa
S. Minnesota at Northvestern
6. Colorado at Nebraska
7. Oklahoma State at Kansas
8. Texas at Southern Methodist
9. Tulane at Kentucky,
10. Penn State at Mwary aMd
else, will get their picks in by
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