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August 16, 1973 - Image 11

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I Thursday, August 16, 1973

THE SUMMER DAILY

Page Eleven

F

SFs Bryant

RON BRYANT, accompanied by
his bruin namesake, maugs it
up for photog before going out
to pitch against the Mets. Though
Mr. Bryant may be re-living his
infancy, he is pitching better
than ever. Which all goes to
show, it takes all kinds.
Beat
Scety's
golden
Tenderloin.
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By ERIC PREWITT
Associated Press Sports Editor
SAN F R A N C I S C O -
Early last season, San Fran-
cisco Manager Charlie Fox was
still bearish on Ron Bryant.
"He's always making that
one big mistake that keeps him
from being a winner," Fox said
after the left - handed pitcher
lost a game for the Giants.
Today Bryant, at 17-8, is the
winningest pitcher in the Na-
tional League. He has a 2.84
Sports
ofThe-
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Daily
Kaat to Chisox
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Vet-
eran Minnesota pitcher J i m
Kaat, the winningest active left-
hander in baseball, was sold to
the Chicago White Sox yesterday
in a straight cash deal, the Twins
announced.
Calvin Griffith, team president,
made the deal while attending
the major league summer meet-
ings in Milwaukee.
Kaat, 34, has an 11-2 record
this season for a career mark of
190-159.
Putting around
TULSA, - Mike Baldoza of
Fort Worth, Tex., shot four con-
secutive holes-in-one and beat
Charles McIntosh of Decatur,
Ga., 7 and 6 for the $50,0We top
prize in the world putting cham-
pionship yesterday.
The 36-hole final, worth $10,-
000 to McIntosh as runner - up,
ended five months of tournament
play in various parts of the coun-
try.
To D.C.?
SAN FRANCISCO - The Cali-
fornia Supreme Court may de-
cide today whether to consider
a plea from the city of San Diego
to prevent the transfer of the Pa-
dres baseball club to Washing-
ton, D. C.
The court issued an order July
20 blocking the transfer of the
National League team until it
took up the matter on its regular
calendar.
A request for an injunction to
prevent the move to the nation's
capital was denied last month
by San Diego Superior Court
Judge Eli H. Levinson.

foes
earned run average and has
thrown only 15 home run balls
in 206 innings.
"HE'S JUST COMING of age.
That's all there is to it," said
Fox after the 25 - year - old
Bryant beat the New York Mets
4-1 on a six - hitter last weekend.
The pitcher, who shares the
nickname "Bear" with the Uni-
versity of Alabama's famous
football coach Paul Bryant,
thinks he came of age on June
21, 1972, following a tempera-
mental blowup at Fox.
"That started it, confidence-
wise," he says, recalling the two-
hit shutout of the Chicago Cubs
that day which proved to him-
self and the skeptical Fox that
he could be a winner in the big
league.
BRYANT had complained loud-
ly to baseball writers and Fox
after the manager took him out
of an earlier game with a 3-0 lead
in the eighth inning.
"I just had to let off some
steam," recalls Bryant. "It did-
n't help any as far as how I was
throwing the ball. But it cleared
my mind over how I stood."
Fox,*in effect, decided to give
Bryant enough rope to hang
himself. But the pitcher came
through with the brilliant com-
p 1 e t e game performance
against Chisago, and Fox went
down on his knees in front of the
Giants' dugout and bowed before
Bryant when the game ended.
BRYANT WON 11 of his last 14
decisions in 1972 and his 14-7
record was the only bright spot
for the Giants in a dismal pitch-
ing- year. He had a 16-20 career
record before last year. Fox de-
scribes Bryant as a pitcher
"with good live fastball" and a
curve that finally goes where
Bryant intends it to go.
"He used to go 3-1 and 3-2 on
batters too much. A pitcher can't
do that. It takes too much out of
you and you have to ,come in
with the fastball when they're ex-
pecting it," Fox says.
"Against the Mets Sunday, he
was behind batters 2-0 only
twice the whole game."
Bryant said, "I had adequate
stuff and utilized it the best I
could," in achieving his 1-7th
victory.
THE BURLY pitcher also had
his good-luck stuffed bear root-
ing for him in the Giants' dug-
out, dressed in the uniform with
"Bear" stitched on the back.
And Bryant carried 17 pieces of
bubblegum in his back pocket.
Friday night in Pittsburgh,
Bryant will stuff 18 pieces of gum
in his uniform pocket and aim
for victory No. 18.
"I'm just a little bit super-
stitious,"- he admits.

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