Page 10-Friday, march 24, 1978-The Michigan Daily
TURNAROUND MAKES PLAYOFFS LIKELY
New faces spark
By KEVIN ROSEBOROUGH them at the bottom of the Norris
Division, at the bottom of the Wales
Ted Lindsay-General Manager of the Conference, and at the bottom of the en-
Year. tire league. The Wings were 18th out of
Bobby Kromm-Coach of the Year 18, finishing behind such non-entities as
Detroit R e ins--Inyea s the Washington Capitals and the
for the first time in seven years. ClvanBros
Admittedly, all of the above is Cleveland Barons.
guesswork. But considering the In the off-season, however, newly
dramatic turnaround that the streaking hired General Manager Ted Lindsay
Wings have pulled off this season, such went to work, vowing to return the
optimism seems quite appropriate. Wings to respectability. He hired a new
LAST YEAR, the Detroit Red Wings coach, Bobby Kromm, who was a suc-
were the most miserable team in the cess at Winnipeg in the World Hockey
National Hockey League. Their grand Association and a disciplinarian out of
total of 41 points for the season left the Lindsay mold. Then came the roster
shuffling that made many of last year's
GONE FROM the team were such
undistinguished names as Rick Wilson,
Mike Bloom, J. P. LeBlanc, Fred
Williams and Bobby Sheehan. Starting
the season in Red Wing uniforms were
some fresh, enthusiastic new faces.
First round draft pick Dale McCourt
made the team, as did Paul Woods, who
was picked up from Montreal in the an-
nual NHL redispersal.
Reed Larson, out of the University of
Minnesota, played only a few games the
previous year due to injuries, arrived
healthy and ready to play. And it was
clear to the veterans on the team that
they would have to produce if they wan-
ted to stick with the team.
It seems that the infusion of new
talent, combined with the no-nonsense
approach of Kromm and Lindsay, was
just what the doctor ordered. While the
team's 28-30-12 record leaves them
behind eight teams in total points, they
are now a team that cannot be taken
lightly around the league.
DALE McCOURT has shown the
potential to become an NHL superstar.
His 29 goals leave him only three shy of
the team record for rookies. Reed Lar-
son represented the Red Wings at this
season's All-Star game as a rookie. And
there is no indication that anything in
the near future will interfere with Paul
Woods' fireball style of play.
BUT THE WINGS are not making
this season an all-out, no-tomorrow
drive for the playoffs. While success
this year is important, Lindsay is still
building. By insisting on two first round
draft choices from Toronto in the Dan
Maloney trade, the prospects of another
McCourt and Larson joining the team
aren't unreasonable. These are the cir-
cumstances that can lead to quality
teams for many successive years.
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All speakers of English as a second language* are invited to
take part in an experimental test of English Language pro-
ficiency to be given in ROOM 1025 ANGELL HALL at 7:00
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courses are eligible for the test.
Tiger train rolls on
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP)-Rusty Staub and Tim Corcoran knocked in two
runs apiece yesterday to lead the surging Detroit Tigers to a 7-0 exhibition
victory over the Montreal Expos.
It was the Tigers' second consecutive shutout and lifted their record to
12-3, best of any major league team. Detroit's seventh straight triumph tied
their spring record, set back in 1966. They have won 11 of the last 12.
Staub singled in a run in the third inning and hit a sacrifice fly in the
fourth. Corcoran extended his hitting streak to nine games and club-leading
RBI total to 13 with a two-run homer in the fourth.
Other Tiger runs were driven in by Steve Dillard, Bob Adams and rookie
Jack Billingham, recently acquired from Cincinnati, was the starter and
winner. John Hiller worked two innings and Steve Foucault, one inning, to
complete the shutout. * * *
Phillies rout Reds
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)-Philadelphia Phillies Mike Schmidt and Jerry
Martin keyed a 17-hit attack with three hits and three RBI's apiece as the
Phils steamrolled the struggling Cincinnati Reds, 15-5, here yesterday.
Schmidt staked starter Dan Warthen to an early lead with a three-run
third inning homer off Bill Bonham. A five run sixth inning was started by
Bob Boone's two-run bases loaded double.
The Reds' fourth straight loss dropped their record to 6-7, as Bonham,
who had pitched nine scoreless innings already this spring, was rocked by 11
hits in less than five innings. * ,* *
Bucs shuffle Cards
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP)-Willie Stargell helped power the Pittsburgh
Pirates and starter Bruce Kison past, the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 in an
exhibition contest between two contenders for National League East race.
Kison's six scoreless innings gave him a streak of 15 innings without
allowing an earned run. Stargell hit a solo home run in the fourth and had an
RBI double in the bottom of the first. First baseman Bill Robinson formed
the other half of the Pirates' offensive dynamic duo, scoring two runs and
providing one RBI.
Ken Reitz and Ken Oberkfell-scored the Cardinal runs as starter Larry
Dierker took the loss. * * *
Texas nips Yanks
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP)-Doyle Alexander and Jim Umbarger
of Texas combined to hold the New York Yankees to seven hits yesterday as
the Rangers defeated the defending world champions 3-1 in exhibition
The Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak, managing only five
hits off Catfish Hunter and Rich Gossage, but three of the hits were for extra
bases. Center fielder Juan Beniquez hit his first home run of the spring and
shortstop Bert Campaneris had two doubles.
New York scored its only run in the fourth. Thurman Munson walked,
went to second on Reggie Jackson's single and scored on Chris Chambliss'
single. * * *
Royals chop Chisox
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP)-Rookie Willie Washington had five hits, Al
Cowens drove in four runs with a homer and a double, and four Chicago
errors led to seven unearned Kansas City runs yesterday as the Royals
walloped the White Sox 14-3.
The winners whipped Chicago starter Steve Renko in the first four in-
nings and received an impressive five-inning pitching performance from 20-
game winner Dennis Leonard.
Kansas City took a 4-0 lead in the second, two of the runs scoring on
Washington's single, then added four in the fourth on Washington's triple, a
sacrifice fly and Cowens' three-run homer.
In the fifth, against Chicago reliever Mike Pazik, an error by Frank Or-
tenzio opened the way for four unearned runs. Clint Hurdle doubled home a
pair in the inning and Cowens' double accounted for another.
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