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Page 12-Wednesday, July 18, 1979-The Michigan Daily
AMERICAN LEAGUE SUFFERS, 7-6
NL makes last minute comeback

SEATTLE (AP)-Lee Mazilli of the
New York Mets slugged a pinch home
run to tie the game in the eighth inning,
then drew a bases-loaded walk to force
home the winning run in the ninth as the
National League defeated the
American League 7-6 last night for its
eighth straight All-Star Game victory.
Ryan struck out the first two NL bat-
ters, Davey Lopes and Dave Parker
5~~I7i
using just seven pitches. But Steve
Garvey worked out a walk on a 3-2 pitch
and then circled the bases on Mike
Schmidt's triple off Fred Lynn's glove
at the right-center field fence.
A moment later, Schmidt scored
when George Foster lined a double to
right field for a 2-0 NL lead.
The AL came back in a hurry. George
drew a one-out walk and scored when
Don Baylor doubled past third. After
Jim Rice popped up, Lynn drilled a two-
run homer into the lower deck in center
field, putting the AL on top 3-2.
Lynn and Foster both left the game in
the second inning because of nagging
groin injuries.
The NL tied it 3-3 in the second on
singles by Bob Boone, pinch-hitter Lou
Brock and Lopes which loaded the
bases and a sacrifice fly by Parker.
In the NL third, Schmidt opened with
a double up the right-center field alley.

He advanced on a fielder's choice
grounder, beating Carl Yastrzemski's
throw to third on Gary Matthews' boun-
cer, then scored when Dave Winfield hit
into a force play.
The AL regained the lead 5-4 in the
bottom of the third. Baylor singled with
one out, moved to second on a wild pitch
by reliever Joaquin Andujar of
Houston, advanced to third on an infield
out and scored on Yastrzemski's two-
out single. Chet Lemon, Who had been
hit by a pitch, stopped at second, but
scored when Schmidt fielded Darrell
Porter's ground ball and threw past
Garvey for an error.
Steve Rogers of the Montreal Expos
pitched two perfect innings in relief and
the Nationals tied it 5-5 in the sixth
against California rookie Mark Clear
when Winfield doubled and dashed
home on a single by Gary Carter of
Montreal.
Larry Bowa walked to keep the rally
going but pinch-hitter Pete Rose of
Philadelphia rammed into an inning-
ending double play.
Rose stayed in the game at first base,
setting an All-Star record by appearing
at his fifth position in this series.
The AL regained the lead again at 6-5
in the bottom of the sixth against
Gaylord Perry of San Diego.
Yastrzemski delivered his second hit
of the game to right field and pinchhit-
ter Burleson scooted to third on Por-
ter's double off the right-center field
fence.
Hometown hero Bruce Bochte of the
Seattle Mariners batted for White and,
with the NL infield drawn in, bounced a
single over Bowa's head, scoring
Burleson.
Th e N pushed the potential tying
run to second base against relief ace
Jim Kern of the Texas Rangers in the
seventh. Parker smashed a one-out
single off Kern's glove and moved to
second on a grounder by Houston's
Craig Reynolds but Ron Cey of Los
Angeles also grounded out.

Rice opened the bottom of the seventh
with a pop fly down the right-field line
which Parker lost in the glare of the
Kingdome ceiling. The ball fell for a
double but Rice was out trying for third.

Parker to Cey.
The NL tied the game 6-6 in the top of
the eighth when Lee Mazzilli of the New
York Mets batted for Matthews and hit
an opposite-field home run down the
left-field line.

Nicklaus due for
change of fortune
LYTHAN ST. ANNES, England (AP) - Jack Nicklaus could turn the
most frustrating, unproductive year of his unmatched career into a
reasonably successful season this week in the 108th British Open Golf Cham-
pionship.
Nicklaus, of course, has his own standards of performance, his own yar-
dstick for the measure of success. That standard centers around the game's
four major tests, the Masters, PGA, U.S. and British Opens.
"YOU CAN'T have a really good season if you don't win one of the
majors," Nicklaus said before setting out in the first round today of golf's
oldest, most revered event.
"And if you do win one of the majors, it's hard to say you've had a bad
season."
And, to this point, Nicklaus has had a bad season. He's the first to admit
it.
"Everybody has a "down" period from time to time. It's inevitable. I'm
just having a "down" period of my own right now," he said.
But while his performance this season has been entirely uncharac-
teristic of the man who owns golf's most outstanding record, it may be im-
portant to keep it in perspective.
Tom Watson, the grittily determined man generally regarded as
Nicklaus' logical successor as ruler of world golf, perhaps said it best.
"THE NICKLAUS era is not over," Watson said. "He's too good a
player, too smart a player, too talented a player not to come back."
A comeback, a victory, this week would be a personal vindication for
Nicklaus, would make meaningless his early-season difficulties, his lack of
other 1979 titles, his 55th position on the money-winning list.
"A win in one of the big onps could turn the whole thing around," he said.

NOLAN RYAN of the California Angels, starting pitcher for the American
League in last night's All-Star game in Seattle, hurls the first ball to get
the game going.
PLANS RETIREMENT IN 5 YEARS
Bird vocal on future

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Larry
Bird, who recently signed a $3.25
million contract with the Boston
Celtics, said he plans to retire from
basketball when his five-year contract
expires in 1984, the Providence Journal
reported yesterday.
Appearing at a basketball clinic
sponsored by Providence College
Athletic Director Dave Gavitt, Bird, in
a rare interview, told the Journal he
was tired of the national attention, the
constant badgering from the press and
even the money.
"To me, it's just a living," he said
while signing autographs before his ap-
pearance at the Rhode Island School for
the Deaf.
"I am going to quit after five years
anyway. It's something I told myself I'd
do before I signed with the Celtics, and
I'm going to do it. I think five years is
enough."
The 22-year-old Bird said his plans af-
ter his basketball career are still ten-
tative, but he would like to teach
physical education and live "a quiet

life" in his home town of French Lick,
Ind.
The 6-foot-9 forward from Indiana
State said he would like to prove he can
do something besides play the game.
"Heck, I've been playing basketball
since I was four-years-old," he said.
"After a while, you get tired of doing
the same thing. The Celtics shouldn't
mind this. They signed me for five
years. That's all they wanted me for."
Money is of no concern anymore,
Bird said. His recent contract will give
him "more than I'll ever need." He
admitted he really doesn't know what to
do with his annual salary of $650,000.
BIrd said being a millionaire feels
terrible.
"I don't like it. I'll probably end up
giving it all away, to charities, my
family, things like that. The way I live,
$10,000 or $12,000 would be enough.
"I didn't ask for any money;" he said.
"They gave it to me ... I didn't care
how much I got. My agent (Bob Woolfe)
did. He had an interest. He was getting
a percentage."

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