HILLER WINS IN RELIEF:
Tigers upend NY, 4-3
By PETE LEININGER
DETROIT - Relief pitcher Jim Kaat
hit Steve Kemp on the wrist in the bot-
tom of the ninth to force home the win-
ning run in last night's 4-3 Tiger win.
In the bottom of the ninth, and the
score tied 3-3, reliever Ken Clay walked
Phil Mankowski with one out. Mark
Wagner, pinch-hitting for Alan Tram-
mel, hit the ball into right center for a
single, moving Mankowski to second.
who threw to home for the second out.
Kaat went ahead of Kemp 0-2, before
hitting him on a 1-2 pitch. John Hiller,
who came in in the eighth inning to
relieve starter Jack Morris got the win.
Things didn't start quite so well for
the Tigers. Yankee starter Jim Beattie,
although having control problems, held
the Bengals scoreless until the sixth in-
ning when they picked up one run, cut-
ting the Yankee lead to 3-1.
In the bottom of the eighth with two
outs and no one on, the Tigers hit four
consecutive singles to tie the game 3-3
and knock Beattie out.
Clay then came in and struck out
Lance Parrish to end the rally.
The Yankees opened the scoring with
one run in the first inning when Mickey
Rivers scored on a fielders choice by
The Yankees picked up their other
two runs in the fourth inning. Chris
Chamblis walked and disignated hitter
Roy White followed by hitting a 3-2 pit-
ch into the upper deck in right field for a
two run homer.
The Tigers wasted a number of
scoring chances when they hit into
double plays, killing potential rallys.
Jack Morris was pressed into service
when scheduled starter Dave Rozema
developed a twinge in his shoulder.
The Tigers took the series from the
Yankees with this late-inning viciory,
two games to one.
The Tigers have an off day today and
face the Baltimore Orioles in an 8:00
contest tomorrow at Tiger Stadium.
The Michigan Daily-Thursday, May 24, 1979-Page 11
THE SPORTING VIEWS
The Canadien dynasty..."
.who'l be next victim?
By TOM STEPHENS
Some things just go on and on.
Monday night the New York Rangers joined an ever-growing number of
talented, scrappy teams who have recently had their shot at challenging the
Montreal Canadians for NHL supremacy. Like Boston, Philadelphia, and the
New York Islanders in previous years, they predictably failed.
Monday's victory made it four straight Stanley Cups for Les Canadiens, who
already hold the old record of five straight between 1955 and 1960. There is no
reason why that record will not fall in the next two campaigns. It seems that
for the Habs, the faces may change but the game remains the same.
Superstar wingers Guy Lafleur and Steve Shutt are still just as smart,
fast, and feisty as ever. Veterans like Jaques Lemaire (who scored his
second Stanley Cup winning goal against the Rangers Monday) and the Blue
line defense firm of Guy Lapointe, Larry Robinson, and Serge Savard give
the team its formidability in tight spots. A competent cast of thousands
named Jarvis, Gainey, Lambert, Tremblay, Mondou or Houle is always
around to do things like score the winning goal in overtime after the other
squad had exhausted themselves by playing up to the level of Lafleur's
game. The final touch: Another talented French-Canadien, Pierre
Larouche, in 1976 the NHL's youngest 50-goal scorer when he was malcon-
tent with the Pittsburgh Penguins, is simply an offensive genius with his
classically quick shot from in front of the net. On the Canadiens, he usually
rides the bench. He can occasionally be seen on Hockey Night in Canada
broadcasts humbly praising the Montreal organization and the general
togetherness of "the guys."
This team's sense of tradition and sober responsibility is also expressed
nicely on TV by those frequent shots of Yvan Cournoyer, Claude Ruel
(Director of Player Development), Henri Richard, and other past
luminaries wearing conservative suits and expressions of deep cpncern at
crucial moments in the game. You can just tell that they want all their souls
to be down there in the trenches again sucking ice cubes with Savard or
flying down the opposite wing beside Bob Gainey to take a long scoring pass
and show all the shaggy heads on the Rangers and the hot heads on the
Bruins that there is nothing quite like the pride and the elan that goes with
the territory in Montreal.
Former Vice President and General Manager Sam Pollack retired at the
end of last years' triumphant season in favor of Irving Grundman. Pollack,
was the man who, when Lafleur came up to be drafted in 1971, traded for the
first draft pick of the California Seals. When the Seals used their newly
acquired talent to gain ground on the Los Angeles Kings and threatened to
emerge from their perennial position in the cellar, he dealt aging center
Ralph Backstrom to the Kings so Montreal would retain the first draft pick.
The Canadiens captured the Stanley Cup that year and used their top
choice to sign Lafleur, the dominant player of this decade, the man who, like
Bobby Orr in the 60s, Gordie Howe in the 50s, and Maurice "Rocket"
Richard in the 40s, is capable of carrying an entire team when he is needed,
as in the final period of Montreal's semi-final contest with the Bruins. With
his team trailing 3-1 "The Flower" collected two brilliant assists to tie the
game, and after Boston went ahead again, scored himself on a textbook drop
pass from Lemaire. "I'm expected to score in games like that, and I expect
to," commented an unruffled Lafleur.
Pollagk's face is gone but so far his brilliant touch has not been sorely
missed. One key to the Canadiens' Cup victory this year was defenseman
Rod Langway, who filled in ably for the injured Lapointe; Langway helped
fill Robinson's crucial policeman role when the big redhead appeared to be
suffering from fatigue induced by his massive amount of ice time. Langway
is only the latest tailor-made rabbit the Canadiens have pulled out of their
hat to subdue the rest of the NHL's best. Ken Dryden, Lafleur, Shutt and the
rest of the herd and their eventual successors will likely be hopping way out
in front of the league for a long time to come.
Clay then walked Ron Leflore on a 3-2
pitch to load the bases. Jim Kaat then
came in and got Lou Whitaker to hit a
chopper to third baseman Craig Nettles
SPORTS OF THE DAILY
Bird out for 21 days
ByThe AssociatedPress with tradition Wednesday and named
DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers Bill Fitch, a non-alumnus, as their
placed pitcher Mark "The Bird" eighth head coach, amid declarations
Fidrych back on the 21-day disabled list that the National Basketball
yesterday. Association team was on the way back
The Tigers made the move after from the doldrums.
Fidrych was examined by doctors at "We're not building a ball club to
Ford Hospital. make the playoffs. We want to build a
"Mark is free of pain in his shoulder club that will win the whole thing," said
and his old injury is apparently Celtics President Red Auerbach.
healed," said Dr. Edwin R. Guise Jr. Fitch, who nursed the Cleveland
"But because of his long period of inac- Cavaliers from their NBA birth nine
tivity, he has a weakness of the muscles years ago, reached a verbal contrac-
in his upper arm and shoulder. tual agreement with Auerbach just two
"He will now go through a program of days after the coach was released from
exercises with weights and resistance his Cavs' contract. He is the first
devices to restore his strength." Celtics coach not to have played for the
Fidrych, who started the season on team since Auerbach.
the disabled list, was removed from it
about two weeks ago. He has made four
starts since and showed no signs of
being ready for regular duty.
BOSTON - The Boston Celtics broke
Detroit 4, New York 3
Baltimore 5, Boston 2 (to innings)
Texas 7, Minnesota 2
Milwaukee i, Caliornia o
Montreal3, Pittsburgh o
Atlanta 6, Houston5
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