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Wednesday. August 2,1972

e ,uut23. 1972THEICHIANDILYageleve

Sports of The Daily R hodesians ousted

The Chisox .. .
Pale hose no longer
CHICAGO, DESPITE POPULAR counter-culture myths, is not
the monolithic repository of all evil. While it will probably
never win the plaudits of the Better Government Association as
the nation's best-run city, there are pockets of truth, justice,
and the American way scattered throughout the metropolis.
A good deal of this native virtue resides in an antiquated
structure, nestled in a fairly awful neighborhood on the city's
South Side, and known to the populace as Commisky Park, al-
though officially titled White Sox Park.
In recent years, White Sox Park has been a barren and
desolate place. Indeed, it is said that a prospective patron called
the park one night to ask "When does the game start?" "When
can you be here?" came the reply. The management of the
baseball team loudly blamed the lack of attendance on many
different convenient factors, such as the poor economy, fear of
street crime, etc., etc.
However, the real reasons were two-fold. The first was
that the population of the city's North Side, never overly
prone to attending Sox games, were busy whooping it up at
ivy-covered Wrigley Field, watching the Durocher-led Cub-
bies try valiantly (and fail miserably) to win their first pen-
nant in thirty years.
However, this crosstown rivalry in itself is not enough to
explain the dismal state of affairs at White Sox Park. After all,
half of five million people should be enough to support any rea-
sonably competent professional team. Therein lies the second
facet of the dilemma. The White Sox teams of the years '68, '69,
and '70 were nowhere near "reasonably competent."
In fact, many claimed that at times the odor emanating
from the old ballyard during and after a Sox game far exceeded
that of the nearby stockyards. The sad truth was that the White
Sox, with the exception of a futile effort in 1967, had been on a
steady downhill course ever since their pennant winning crew of
1959, which included such immortals as Nellie Fox, Luis Apari-
cio, Sherman Lollar, and Early Wynn. As the team hit the bot-
tom in the middle of the 1970 season and went steadily down
from there, despair settled over the South Side and the fans
nearly stopped coming altogether.
JUST WHEN TIMES were darkest, however, the Sox owner-
ship decided, after the fact, that things had gone far enough,
and (just as had been done in the late Fifties with the importa-
tion of Bill Veeck) reached out to a rival organization for help.
An unknown named Chuck Tanner was brought in as the new
manager, and a cohort, with the unlikely name of Roland He-
mond became the director of player personnel.
Tanner, it was soon discovered, knew how to use the
material at his disposal in a wizardly fashion. Wilbur Wood,
an overweight reliever with an amazing knuckleball, left the
confines of the bullpen to win 22 games. Bill Melton, who
was once the world's worst part-time outfielder, became a
sloppy yet regular third baseman and the league's home-run
champion. And Carlos May, victim the year before of a
freak accident in which most of his right thumb was blown
off by a mortar shell, regained his equally shattered confi-
dence and became, once more, a respected hitter.
The Sox finished a respectable third in 1971, bettering their
own record by some twenty-five games, shocking everyone but
Harry Caray, their famed announcer. The crowning touch, how-
ever, was yet to come. In the winter, Richie ("Call me Dick")
Allen was obtained in a baffling trade with the Dodgers. The
result of all this facelifting is apparent by a glance at the
current standings.
Allen is leading the league in nearly every category and is
easily the second most popular person in town. (Chicago's num-
ber one hero is a rather rotund McGovern supporter.) Wood has
already achieved his 20th victory, Tanner is a hot prospect for
Manager of the Year honors, and the Oakland A's are visibly
quaking in their white kangaroo boots.
What it all means is hard to discern. But White Sox Park is
overflowing and the South Side is happy which may serve as an
inspiration for suffering Tiger fans.
Professional League Standings
American League National League
Eas East
W L Pet. GB w L Pct.
Detroit 63 55 .534 - Pittsburgh 72 42 .632
Baltimore 62 55 .530 3 New York 61 53 .535 1
New York 60 55 .522 13 Chicago . 61 56 .521 1
Boston 59 56 .513 2/ St. Louis 60 58 .491 1
Cleveland 56 61 .479 61 Montreal 53 62 .46 11
Milwaukee 45 71 .388 17 Philadelphia 43 73 .371 3
west .West
Chicago 68 48 .586 3 Cincinnati 73 43 .629
Minnesota 60 54 .526 73/ louston 66 53 .555
Kansas City 55 59 .482 12 Los Angeles 60 54 .526 1
California 52 65 444 17 Atlanta 54 1 A50 21
Texas 47 69 .405 21%3 San Francisco 52 66 .441 23
Oakland 69 48 .590 - San Diego 45 70 .391 2
Yesterday's Results Yesterday's Results
Oakland 6, Detroit 3 Atlanta 11, Philadelphia 7
California 2, Baltimore 0 Cincinnati 5, Montreal 3
Cleveland 3, Minnesota 2 New York 4, Houston 2
Texas 2, Milwaukee 1 Chicago at San Diego, inc.
Boston 10, Kansas City 7 St. Louis at Los Angeles, inc.
Chicago 5, New York 4 Pittsburgh at San Francisco, inc.

Today's Games Today's Games
California (May, 5-9) at Baltimore Atlanta (Hardin, 2-0) at Philadelphia
(Palmer, 16-6), night (Twitchell, 3-4), night
Minnesota (Blyleven, 10-15) at Cleve- Cincinnati (simpson, 7-4) at Mon-
land (Dunning, 2-1), night treal (Moore, 4-6), night
Texas (Bosloan, 6-9) at Milwaukee Houston (Dierker, 11-7) at New York
(Ryerson, 3-5), night (Koosman, 8-9)
Boston (Siebert, 10-9 or Tiant, 7-4) at Chicago (Pappas, 9-7) at San Diego
Kansas City (Nelson, 6-4), night (Grief, 5-13), night
Oakland (Hamilton, 6-5) at Detroit St. Louis (Durham, 1-5) at Los
(Timmerman, 8-10), night Angeles (Singer, 4-12), night
New York (Stottlemyre, 12-14) at Pittsburgh (Moose, 9-7) at San
Chicago (Wood, 21-11) Francisco (Wiloughby, 2-1)

By The Associated Press
MUNICH - The International
Olympic Committee, bowing to
strong political pressure ooted
the little Rhodesian team out of
the Munich Olympics yesterday
and forestalled what might have
been a paralyzing walkout by
Africanknations and symathi
ing lacks, including Americans
The dramatic announcement
came from A v e r y Brundage,
militant, 84 - year - old outgoing
IOC president, who earlier had
"The African demand is politi-
cal blackmail--we will not allow
the Olympic principles to be de-
Rather meekly and solemnly,
the Chicago millionaire told a
late afternoon press conference
at the Bavarian Parlianment
building that the vote of the IOC
members, was 36-31 to withdraw
the invitation to compete in the
Games, scheduled to open Satut-
Some of the Rhodesians wept.
"I can't say I didn't expect
this," said Bruce Kennedy, Rho-
desian javeln thrower, tears
welling in his eyes. "It's a dis-
turbing situation."
The decision to toss out Rho-
desia on a passport technicality
instead of risking the withdrawal
of some of the world's most
glamorous athletes came after
several days of wrangling and
political bickering and appear-
ances of the opposing parties
efore they tOC.
The Rhodesian team, consist-
ing of 35 white athletes and eight
blacks, was thrown out on the
technicality that it was unable
to produce passports showing
British citizenship.
T h e s e w e r e specifications
agreed upon by the African na-
tions when the IOC approved
Rhodesian participation a year
ago. The IOC was caught off-
guard when 12 nations in the
African bloc plus Guyana
thratened the week before the
Games to pull out if Rhodesia
The threat escalated when a
group of U.S. black athletes is-
sued a statement last Friday
asserting: "We will stand united
behind our black brothers." Cuba
and Haiti joined the parade early
Tuesday while the problem was
still being debated.
With such pressure, the IOC
took what many observers called
the practical-if not the most
courageous - course despite its
constant avowal of its lofty ideals
of never permitting political in-
moves tusfar
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the moves in the 7.7th game o1 the
world chess championship match be-
tween Bobby Fischer and champion
Boris spassky.
spassky-white Fischer-black
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Elapsed time: Spassky 140 minutes,
Fischer 140 minutes.

waving to his idolatrous fans at a combination press conference
and victory party) made still another popular and historic state-
ment yesterday deploring the entry of politics into the sports
arena. Standing by is Ethiopean broad jumper Samuno Davieseko.
T igers 0's bac peddle,
Tribe triumph closes gap

By The Associated Press
DETROIT - Oakland scored
six runs with three homers off
Mickey Lolich, one a three-run
blast by Angel Mangual who
later triggered a wild melee by
fighting with Detroit pitcher
Bill Slayback, as the A's defeat-
the Tigers 6-3 last night
Both dugouts emptied in the
top of the seventh inning as
Mangual, apparently angered at
a wild pitch which was high and
inside, ran to Slayback and the
two began fighting.
Before things settled down 10
minutes later, at least a dozen
players were involved in fights.
Some of the most active were
Tigers Tom Timmerman, Bill
Freehan, Duke Sims, and Willie
Horton, while Dave Duncan,
Mike Epstein, and coach Irv
Noren were among the chief
A's brawlers.
Slayback and Mangual were
ejected from the game.
Lolich, going after his 2th
victory, was nailed by a two-
run homer by Joe Rudi in the
first. ut Horton followed Dick
McAuliffe's leadoff single in the
Detroit first with a two-run
homer off Jim "Blue Moon"
Then Odom, now 11-4, did not
give up a Tiger hit until Mickey
Stanley's two-out double in the
Odom aided his cause with a
solo homer in the third, off Lol-
ich, 19-10. And Mangual hit his
three-run shot in the fifth after
a single by George Hendrick
and a bunt by Odom which Lol-
ich threw unsuccessfully to sec-
ond base.
Orioles blanked
BALTIMORE - Nolan Ryan
broke a personal four-game los-
ing streak, posting his first vic-
tory since July 27 with a four-
hitter as the California Angels
knocked off the B a l t i m or e
Orioles, 2-0 in American League
baseball last night.
Ryan had lost seven of eight
decisions since the All - Star
break as the Angels had pro-
vided him with just one run
over the last 33 innings he had

After a pair of missed oppor-
tunities earlier, California got
t h e i r fireballing right-hander
something to work with when
Sandy Alomar tripled to start the
third and scored on a sacrifice
fly to Bob Oliver.
Dave McNally pitched out of a
pair of jams before the Angels
got on the scoreboard.
Magic Number: 38
With a tear in our eye and a
song in our heart, we bid you
adieu. When we return in Sep-
tember, the magic number will
be 17. But knowing the Bengals
it most likely will be 32. Re-
member this sports fans, as
much as we rip the Tigers,
without them there would be no
magic number.
Don Taylor was guilty of a
three-base error to start the
game, but McNally froze the
runner at third. Starting the sec-
ond, the Angels loaded the bases
on a triple and a walk and a hit
batsman. A strikeout and double
play grounder ended that threat.
The Angels scored their second
run in the seventh on back-to-
back, two-out doubles by Oliver
and Ken McMullen.
Ryan, now 13-12, struck out 11
and walked six.
McNally, a 20-game winner the
last four seasons fell to 12-12.
Twins tweaked
CLEVELAND - Gaylord Perry
won his 19th game of the Ameri-
can League bacball season last
night as the Cleveland Indians.
trimmed the :,nnesota Twins
Perry permitted eight hits and
the Indians won the game in the
bottom of the ninth inning when
Tom McCraw delivered a two-
out single.
Buddy Bell had singled with
one out in the ninth against
Minnesota reliever Wayne Gran-
ger. He advanced on a walk and
a force play before McCraw
produced the winning hit.
The victory gave Perry a 19-
12 record in his first American
League season.

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