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Page 16-Saturday, May 26, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Tigers get a Champ
ByThe AsodatedPress That gave the Cowboys an 884 total
DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers, who for the tournament, one shot ahead of
shook up their roster with an eight- the Cougars and four shots ahead of
player shuffle two days earlier, yester- host Wake Forest.
day acquired outfielder Champ Sum- The Deacons Gary Hallberg main
mers from the Cincinnati Reds for a tained his lead in the individual stan-
player to be named later. dings at 214, two under par, but his
SUMMERS, 30, is a left-handed hitter third-round 76 left him only one shot
who last year led the AA in home runs ahead of Louisiana State's Wayne
with 34 and runs batted in with 124. His DeFrancesco, Brigham Young's Bobby
.368 batting average was just two points Clampett and Ohio State's Joey Sin-
below the league lead. delar.
He has played in 27 games for Cincin- A za. oo
nati this season, going 12-for-60 for a t d
.200 average. He has hit one homer DENVER - World heavyweight
and driven in 11 runs. champion Muhammad Ali will meet all-
* * * pro defensive end Lyle Alzado of the
Cowboys cruise Denver Broncos in an eight-round
WINSTON-SALEM N.' C_ boxing exhibition at Denver's Mile High

MSU "Triple Crown
..., a rare feat
Michigan State's 8-5 victory over Michigan last Saturday did more
than just give the Spartans their first Big Ten baseball championship since
1971. The title, which followed co-championships in both football and basket-
ball this season, gave MSU the first "Big Ten Triple Crown" since Illinois
accomplished the feat in 1951-52.
Michigan State fans are deservedly proud of their three-sport crown.
Many are ready to claim superiority over Michigan, while some have gone
as far as to brag that a new dynasty is underway up in East Lansing.
There's no doubt MSU did the job on the rest of the Big Ten this year.
And so, credit must be given where credit is due-to the latest crop of Spar-
tan athletes and the coaches who train them.
The State gridders handed Blue coach Bo Schembechler a rare loss in
Michigan Stadium, only the second time the Wolverines have come up on the
short end of the score in the series since Bo took over in 1969. Only the fact
that MSU was on the tail end of a three-year probation prevented their co-
championship football team from earning a berth in the Rose Bowl and the
trip to Pasadena. Instead, Bo and his boys lost out west for the third straight
year, a feat noone cares to talk about around here.
The Green and White cagers then grabbed the second leg of the con-
ference triple crown, racingto a 13-5 record and a three way tie for first,
before continuing on to the national championship.
The Spartan sweep was completed as the MSU baseball team downed
the Blue nine to capture the baseball title as well as the hearts of all their
loyal followers.
After all those years of frustration, of constantly playing second fiddle to
their neighbors in Ann Arbor, Spartan fanatics finally had something to
cheer about.
While the Triple Crown of horse racing is becoming commonplace these
days, the Big Ten version is a rarity, something to be cherished and savored
like a dish of Haagen-Daaz ice cream.
"We're number one!"
But, as the State students, alumni and other Spartan loyalists en-
joy the sweet taste of victory times three, let them not forget it will take
many years of triple crowns to equal the achievements and tradition in
Michigan sports.
The Wolverines own far and away more Big Ten championships than
any other school in the conference, 168 to be exact, along with 36 co-
championships. Illinois is a distant second with 144 and 24, while the spiffy
Spartans rank a lowly eighth with 43 outright titles and five ties, certainly no
comparison to the Maize and Blue.
True, the Spartans didn't officially enter the Big Ten until 1950, a half
century later than the Wolvrines. Yet, comparing the records since 1950,
Michigan still holds a 17-9 edge in conference championships.
While 1978-79 may rate as the best year ever for Michigan State sports,
Michigan has a season of it's own to boast about, 1947-48, when the
Wolverines captured the conference "Triple Crown" and more.
It was the fall of 1947 when coach Herbert Orrin "Fritz" Crisler led a
highly-rated Michigan football squad to the old Western Conference title and
later, a national championship. First team All-Americans Bob Chappius
(quarterback/halfback) and Chalmers "Bump" Elliott (halfback-) starred
on a club that led the nation in offense and earned a trip to the Rose Bowl for
the first time in 46 years.
A win out west
Unlike recent years, the 1948 bowl game is one that Michigan supporters
will want to remember for quite a while. The Wolverines rose to the occasion
on that New Year's Day, as they outplayed USC in every phase of the game
and ran away with a 49-0 decision, identical to the score in the 1902 game ver-
sus Stanford. The victory brought Michigan the mythological national
championship after a supplementary AP poll pushed them past the Fighting
Irish of Notre Dame.
Ozzie Cowles' basketball team had nothing to be ashamed of that year,
either, as they swept to the Big Nine title (the league was minus Michigan
State at that time) with a 10-2 record and went on to place third in the NCAA
And while the cagers just missed top honors, the hockey team under Vic
Heyliger and the swim team headed by the immortal Matt Mann
simultaneously walked off with NCAA championships, giving the Wolverines
three national titles in one season.
The winning tradition continued into the spring as Ray Fisher's baseball
club tied with Illinois for conference honors, ending the season at 10-2.
It's fun to cherish memories, but that was 1948 and this is 1979. It
remains to be seen who willcome out on top in the upcoming battles.
One thing is for sure-MSU is on the rise, and with a little luck, could
whip the Wolverines a second consecutive time. Beware Blue-the Spartans
are coming!

angled up in Blue P Photo
San Diego's Broderick Perkins finds himself all tangled up in Dodger blue as Los
Angeles third baseman Derrel Thomas blocks his path and tags him out. This
play was crucial in killing a ninth inning Padre rally as the Dodgers went on to
win, 4-2, in a game played earlier this week in San Diego.

Oklahoma State's Bob Tway dropped a
15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole
yesterday to give the Cowboys a one-
stroke lead over Brigham Young after
three rounds of the NCAA Golf Tour-
senior Britt Harrison both shooting one-
under par 71s in the face of winds that
gusted to 30 mph, Oklahoma State shot
a team total of 294, six over par.
315 JlGRpen er
Open tonight
till 1 a.m.
ot the UNiON

Stadium on July 14, promoters announ-
ced yesterday.
THE PRINCIPALS denied that Ali
would merely go through the motions
against Alzado. Greg Campbell, an
agent for Ali, read a statement from Ali
which said, "When I get to Denver, I'll
feel like Wyatt Earp riding into Dodge
City and meeting a young gunslinger
who's looking to make a reputation.
Tell Alzado to be in shape because my
guns are going to be fast."
Watson wails
DUBLIN, Ohio - With the wind-chill
factor announced at 13 degrees, Tom
Watson fought his way through cold,
wind and rain to an incredible, no-
bogey, three-under-par 69 that gave
him four-stroke command yesterday in
the second round of the Memorial Golf
His 142 total, two under par, was the
only subpar total for two trips over
Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Village Golf
Club coutse.®
American League
Milwaukee 3, Oakland 2
National League
Chicago3, Philadelphia 0
NCAA Baseball Regionals
Pepperdineis. MichiganState 0
San Diego State 11. MamikOhio) 6

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