THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, July 18, 1974
Wheels drop home opener
SAM SCARBER of the Detroit Wheels sails over the Florida tiazers' line during acuon in the iWneels nume openuing a-a1
loss last night at Rynearson Stadium.
AL ALL-STARS NAMED
Chisox cream Tigers, 7-1
By The Associated Press first safely on Bill Freehan's The combined over-all record a 15-2 record. The Indian
CHICAGO - Dick Allen drove error.
in three runs, two on his 24th The homer was the second
homer, and Wilbur Wood reach- in the last two games for Allen,
ed the 15-victory plateau with who leads the majors in this
a three-hitter, giving the surg- department and increased his
ing Chicago White Sox a 7-1 RBI total to 66, second in the
rout of the Detroit Tigers last American League.
night. Perryh stars
The victory, sixth in the last heads
seven games for the White Sox, NEW YORK (A) - Cleve-
was achieved at the expense of land's sensational Gaylord Per-
Woody Fryman, 4-6, who re- ry, winner of 15 consecutive
tired only one of six batters in games headed an eight-man
the inning when Chicago opened pitching staff named yesterday
up a 3-0 lead. for the American League All-
Allen drove in the first run, Star team.
on a sacrifice fly, in the first In addition to Perry and Bus-
inning which included RBI sin- by, American League Manager
gles by Ken Henderson and Dick Williams of the California
Brian Downing. Argels)selected Steve Busby of
Dave Lemanczyk finished the Kansas City, Jim Hunter and
inning for Fryman, but gave up Rollie Fingers of Oakland, John
a run in the third and two more Hiller of Detroit, Luis Tiant of
runs in the fourth when Allen Boston. Wilbr Wood of Chicago
homered after May had reached and Mike Cuellar of Baltimore.
AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE
W L Pct. GB W L Pt. GB
Boston 49 42 .541-_ Philadelphia 46 44 .511 -
Baltimore 47 43 .520 1V Montreal 43 44 .494 112
Cleveland 46 43 .515 2 St. Louis 44 47 .414 2%.
Milwaukee 46 45 .505 3 Pittsburgh 41 49 .456 5
New York 45 46 .495 4 Chicago 39 50 .438 61
Detroit 44 47 .481 5 New York 38 51 .427 71r
West Los Angeles 61 31 .663 -
Oakland 53 39 .579 - Cincinnati 56 38 .596 6
Kansas City 46 44 .511 6 Houston 49 44 .527 12'
Chicago 46 44 .511 6 Atlanta 50 45 .526 12%f
Texas 45 49 479 9 San Francisco 42 52 A47 20
Minnesota 44 49 .474 9t San Diego 41 55 .427 22
california 37 57 .394 17 Last Night's Results
Results San Francisco 6, New York 2
Texas 2, New York 0 Pittsburgh 11, Houston 3
California 7, Cleveland 5 Atlanta 7, Chicago 2
Oakland 2, Baltimore 0 Cincinnati 6, St. Louis 4, 12 innings
Boston 6, Kansas City 3 Philadelphia at San Diego
Minnesota 10, Milwaukee 5 Montreal at Los Angeles
Chicago 7, Detroit 1 Today's Games
Pittsbrgh (Reuss 8-7) at Atlanta
Today's Games (Reed 6-4), night.
Oakland (Hunter 13-8) at Cleve- Chicago (Stone 3-3) at Cincin-
land (G. Perry 15-2), night. nati (Norman 9-8), night.
Minnesota (Butler 3-3) at De- Houston (Osteen 8-7) at St.
troit (Coleman 7-9), night. Louis (McGlothen 12-5), night
Kansas City (Splittorff 9-9) at Philadelphia (Carlton 11-7) at San
New York (Tidrow 7-8), night. Diego (Freisleben 7-4), night.
Boston (Drago 5-6) at Texas (Jen- Montreal (MeAnally 6-10) at Los
kins 11-9), night. Angeles (Messersmith 10-2), night.
(Oly games scheduled, Only games scheduled.
of the staff that will face the eran right-hander began1
National League's best hitters markable winning streak
next Tuesday night in the All- being beaten in the o
Star Game at Pittsburgh was game of the season by th
98-50 through games of Tues- York Yankees and didn
day. again until July 8 when
The leader was Perry, with land beat him 4-3 in 10 i
By MARC FELDMAN
Special To The Day
YPSILANTI - The Florida Blazers
marched 83 yards in a time-consuming
16-play touchdown drive late in the fourth
quarter but had to hold off a furious
Detroit Wheels comeback in the last
minute for an exciting 18-14 WFL vic-
tory last night before about 10,000 fans
at Eastern Michigan University's Ry-
Winning their second game in as many
tries, the Jack Pardee-coached Blazers
trailed the Wheels 14-10, before churning
out the decisive touchdown. Tommy
Reamon, a fleet rookie running back
from Missouri, spearheaded the Florida
march 'with 40 rushing yards and 29
yards via pass receptions.
The Blazers were set back twice on
penalties but quarterback Bob Davis,
a former Joe Namath understudy for
the New York Jets, completed all five
of his passes in the drive, including
two for first downs. He was able to
dent the Wheels over and over again
with little swing passes to his backs.
Reamon capped the march on a five
yard run with 1:37 left, but th Detroiters
weren't through yet.
Bill Sadler took the Florida kickoff on
his 14 and cut upfield for 33 yards to the
Needing yardage in a hurry, Wheels'
quarterback Bubba Wyche went to the
air on first down and hit flanker Charlie
McKee at the Florida 10. McKee, in his
excitement to reach paydirt, fumbled
the pigskin, but fullback Sam Scarber
recovered the bobble on the seven.
Hoping to grunt the ball into the
endzone, Wyche handed off to Scar-
-- her but the ex-Canadian
League runner was stopped on
the five and shaken up on the
play. After a Wheels' time
out, Jim Rathe scraped and
clawed his way to the one. De-
troit called its last time out,
with 0:42 left
Faced with a third down,
Wyche handed off to Rathje
s' vet- again but the Northern Michi-
his re- gan rookie was stopped. With
after the clock ticking away and no
pening way to stop it, Wyche tried to
e New hit John Embree in the endzone
't lose but the pass fell incomplete
Oak- with 10 seconds to go.
lnings. "He spun me around," Em-
bree related. "It was definitely
The Wheels showed signs of
life in the second quarter as
Wyche found some success in
the air, and Scarber, some on
the ground. Bubba gave the
crowd its first reason to cheer
with a bullet pass to Hubie Bry-
ant that carried to the Florida
29 yard line. Resorting to the
ground, the Wheels moved the
ball to the 21, but that was as
far as they got as a pass flew
out of the endzone and Scar-
her's fourth down plunge was
After a Florida punt, Wyche
sparked an 80-yard, 11-play
drive with some pinpoint pass-
ing and a timely scramble.
Two Wyche passes, one for 17
and another for 16 yards
moved the ball to the Blazer
47 but the next two plays
gained just three yards and
Bubba was faced with third
Wyche dropped back to throw
but he couldn't find anyone
open so he rambled out of the
pocket for an 18-yard gain. An
illegal procedure penalty set
Detroit back five yards, but
Scarber, running with power
and speed, ripped off twenty
yards on a draw and the final
F. ten yards for the score, three
minutes before halftime.
The Blazers quickly reas-
sumed the lead on a quick
march to Les Perry's 26 yard
field goal, giving them a 10-7
lead at the half.
The Wheels marched right
>hoto into the endzone with the sec-
ond half kickoff to gain a lead
in a game for the first time in
their short history, but the 41-
rday yard pass play from Wyche to
er on Rathje was the final score the
Wheels could muster last night.
Dean dead of heart ailment
Former St. Louis Cardinal great Dizzy Dean died yeste
at 64. The Daily's Dan Borus takes a look at his earee