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Tuesday, June 19, 1973



LOS ANGELES (M)-Claude Os-
teen has delivered more home
pitches-13-to Henry Aaron than
any other active pitcher and the
Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander
says he wouldn't fret over dish-
ing up the ball Aaron hits for
No. 715 to break Babe Ruth's re-
"It would bother me a lot if
we lost a game off it," says Os-
teen, "but I've been pitching 16
years and one home run is just
like another.
"Certainly I'm aware of the
importance," adds Osteen, who
is scheduled to pitch against At-
lanta and Aaron Thursday night
in the fourth game of a four-game
series at Dodger Stadium. Arriv-
ing in Los Angeles Monday Aaron
had 691 career homers, 18 this
THE 33-YEAR-OLD Osteen is
second only to ex-Dodger Don
Drysdale 17 in giving up homers
to Aaron, but he believes the
statistic is misleading.
"Baseball fans are funny," he
says. "It's been well publicized
that he's hit 13 off me, and peo-
ple think that's quite something.
But they don't know the number
of times I've faced him. I think
We Ne(
For Color Visic
CALL Fred,

to aid Aaron?
he has seven off Don Gullett of ing yesterday to an Associated
Cincinnati in only two or three Press story last Sunday, threat-
years. I've pitched against him ened -pitchers with suspension if
for more than 10 years." they "help" Hank Aaron achieve
Osteen's lifetime record against a record-breaking 715th career
the Braves is 16-10, including 1-0 home run.
this season. In a directive to all major
"It wouldn't make me less of league clubs, Kuhn said: "I am
a pitcher to give up THE home greatly disturbed by press stories
run. Certainly it's a great mile- quoting some of our pitchers as
stone, but why is one homer more saying or implying that they
important than another? would be willing to groove a pitch
to Henry Aaron to help him in
"A HOME RUN is one run- his pursuit of the record for to-
four is the bases are loaded," tal home runs.
says Osteen, answering his own
question in -terms of winning or WHILE I recognize the possi-
losing a game. bility of misquotation, I must re-
No pitcher should hang his mind you that any such conduct
head in shame for giving up a would violate the requirement of
homer to Aaron, says Osteen, not- major league Rule 21 that every
ing that Henry has homered off player must give his best efforts
each of his pitches - fast ball, towards the winning of any base-
curve ball, slider . . . ball game in which he is involv-
"A homer really is not so much ed. To do otherwise will result in
what a hitter hits, it's where a long-term suspension.
the pitcher.throws it. He's hit
good pitches for homers, too. He "Since the possibility of a mis-
gets most of his long hits on balls understanding of Rule 21 may ex-
thrown across the inside half of ist in both leagues, all clubs are
the plate." - hereby directed to review this
Osteen said if Hank had 714 subject with all your team per-
homers late in the season and he sonnel immediately and to warn
was pitching against him "I'd go them that suspension will follow
right out and challenge him, try where anyone intentionally fails
to get him out. As far as throw- to give his best efforts.
ing another, if he hits another
off me, he's going to earn it." "YOU SHOULD know that each
Osteen added: "I hope he of the pitchers so quoted in the
breast.n'mdrd:tig him." p r e s s is being individually
breaks it. I'm rooting for hi. warned.
In New York Baseball Com- a
missioner Bowie Kuhn, respond- "I might add that nothing will
- be permitted which would tar-
~~~nish the achievements of a truly
great player such as Henry
ad You
)n Experiments 'Rooip
764-0574 By NORM CLARKE
7-0-54 CAssociated Press Writer
----- -- CINCINNATI - Dan Driessen
is not a Pete Rose. Not yet.
But if Cincinnati Manager
Sparky Anderson is right, the 21-
year-old rookie could be the
Reds' discovery of the 1970s.
"His type is hard to find," said
Anderson after watching Dries-
sen raise his batteing average to

2.5 times his weight
The Soviet Union's Pave Pervushkin hoists the barbell on the way
to breaking two heavyweight records at the European Champion-
ships in Madrid.
Driessen shines

.345 Sunday by hitting safely in
the eight of the nine games he's
played in since poining the Reds
10 days ago.
"He hits a lot like Rose," said
Anderson. "He's going to be a
.300 hitter."
In this age of computerized
scouting reports and a coast-to-
coast network of talent bird dogs,
Driessen is a rarity.

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FOUR YEARS ago he was ov-
erlooked by all 24 major league
clubs in baseball's annual draft.
But that's not an indictment.
Driessen never played on a high
school baseball team. His home,
Hilton Head, S. C., population
6,300, didn't have one.
"I played a lot or pickup games
with my brother William. He
could have played pro ball but he
never got the chance, " said
A call to a Reds' scout by a
coach who had seen Driessen
spray line drives brought an in-
vitation for a tryout. The quiet,
shv youngster let his bat do the
"I DIDN'T sign for a cent.
I'm not kidding. I just wanted a
chance," he said.
Driessen says he's still ner-
"uisa. "I'll be all right if I re-
lax east " little more."
The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder was
hitting .409 in 47 games with Cin-
cinnati's Class AAA Indianapolis
affiliate when the Reds told him
he woild be thrust into the line-
up against the Chicago Cubs.
He spent a sleepless night wor-
rying about what every rookie
"I MUST HAVE turned the
television on and off 10 times
d"aring the night. The Reds had
me call Joe Morgan and he
calmed me down a little. But I
couldn't sleep. I even tried sleep-
ing on the floor."
The nightmare came the next
day, when he went to third base.
I remember the first ball hit
to me. I said 'here it comes,' but
I froze."
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