THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday, May 21, 1971
Page Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, May 21, 1971
CHICAGO (AP) - William R. (B i11)
Reed, 55, Big Ten commissioner nearly
a decade, died yesterday after a long
bout with rheumatoid arthritis stunning
Conference leaders grappling w i t h
mounting athletic problems.
Reed, only the third commissioner
. since the Big Ten established the "czar"
position in 1922, had been afflicted with
arthritis even before he was elevated
July 1961, as successor to retired Ken-
neth L. Tug Wilson.
His condition worsened last January,
when he was hospitalized, but seemed
improving in recent weeks until he con-
tracted hepatitis. He slumped into a
coma the past several days.
Reed, staunch defender of strict ath-
czar William Reed dead at 55
letic supervision, died even as the Big
Ten's Council of Ten school presidents
and policy-making faculty representa-
tives met here yesterday in secret ses-
Commented Robert Ray of Iowa, chair-
man of the faculty group: "He seemed
on the road to recovery and had such
high hopes of returning to active duty."
Ray said his group possibly would
work on procedures for naming a new
commissioner, but added, "at the mo-
ment it would appear somewhat un-
seeming to move in such great haste."
The new commissioner in the lineage
of Maj. John L. Griffith (1922-1945);
Wilson, and Reed, will face growing
pressure for more liberalized athletic
policy, such as football red-shirting, in-
creased tenders and financial, aid in
the face of mounting operational costs.
Reed, whose hottest potato in office
was the 1966 University of Illinois' so-
called slush-fund scandal, in recent
Tennis is a sport for insomniacs,
according to one of the game's im-
mortals. Detroit has two of the AL's
top home run clouters. See page 11.
years softened a rigid earlier stand
against emulating more liberal r i v a l
conferences and opening campus fa-
cilities to pro sports.
Shortly after Reed became commis-
sioner, the Big Ten's financial aid pro-
gram was altered to eliminate the so-
called "need" factor, but the conference
code remained stricter than the NCAA
permits, including $15 monthly for
This became a pitfall for Illinois,
whose staff permitted small payments
to needy athletes from a Champaign,
Ill., booster club. As a result, Reed
presided in March, 1967, as the con-
ference rejected a personal plea for
leniency by President David D. Henry
and forced resignations by three Illini
coaches and ruled five athletes perm-
TOMMY AGEE (20) slides into second with a stolen base in the third inning of last night's 1-0 loss to Philadelphia as shortstop Larry
Bowa looks on. This play was the most exciting moment of the Mets' most exciting inning-they had two men on base. All that dust
comes from one of the few dirty spots in Philadelphia's spanking new Veteran's Stadium. Dirt is strewn around the bases of the
Astro-Turfed field to give the impression of playing on real ground.
Horton belts Tigers to victory;
Bosox win; NL
From Wire Service Reports
DETROIT - Willie Horton refused to
let teammate Norm Cash go one up on
him in the team's home run leadership
and cracked a two-run homer in the 11th
inning last night to give the Tigers a
5-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Four innings earlier, Cash's round-
tripper had sparked a two-run inning that
put Detroit ahead briefly in the see-
Both players have eight homers for
the year now, and they are tied for
second in the American League.
Horton's blast over the right-center
field fence came with nobody out and
Jim Northrup on base with a walk.
The baleful basement ballplayers from
Cleveland had tied the game with two
out in the ninth, but it did no good. Un-
beaten Joe Coleman was one out away
from his fifth consecutive victory, but he
walked Fred Stanley and Chuck Hinton.
Coleman was axed and Tom Timmer-
man brought in, but Ted Ford singled
anyway and sent the game into extra in-
The Tigers' victory gave them undis-
puted possession of third place in the
American League East as New York lost
to Boston 5-2.
Rico Petrocelli refused to let blind jus-
tice cool his hot hitting and cracked his
third home run in four games, a three-
run blast in the first, to lead the Bosox.
Earlier in the day, New York Supreme
Court Justice Edward R. Dudley refused
to dismiss a complaint of assault levelled
against the third-baseman by an airline
Susan Mondlin charged Petrocelli
bothered her a little too physically on a
flight over New York last year, and Petro-
celli claimed the court lacked jurisdic-
If Petrocelli treated the lady at all the
way he has the baseball in the past few
days, she probably had good reason to
lodge her complaint.
George Scott also homered for Boston
to give Bill Lee a win in his first start
in a year - in fact, just about the time
of the now-famous plane fight.
In the National League, the Giants
continued their torrid pace in the West,
while the race in the East tightened up
San Francisco rallied from a 6-2 deficit
with three runs each in the eighth and
ninth to defeat the Chicago Cubs, 8-7.
Willie McCovey's three-run home run
in the ninth provided the winning mar-
gin. Starter Juan Marichal allowed 11
hits and six runs in seven innings.
The streaking New York Mets were shut
out on six hits by Phillie Rick Wise, 1-0,
for their fifth straight loss. Deron John-
son, who earlier this week was wallowing in
an 0-for-25-slump, hit a homer to defeat
Gary Gentry, 3-4.
The Mets fell into a virtual tie with St.
Louis, whose ace left-hander Steve Carl-
ton threw a five-hit shut out against Los
Angeles. Joe Hague's RBI single and home
run sparked the 5-0 triumph. -
Lou Brock extended his hit streak to 16
games, and Willie Davis his to 13.
Meanwhile, the pace-setting Pittsburgh
Pirates fell to a three-run seventh inning
rally to Cincinnati, capped by Bernie Car-
bo's single, and lost, 5-4. Bue manager
Danny Murtaugh missed the 28-hit affair.
He was hospitalized because of chest and
arm pains, but his cardiology report was
Houston passed up a chance to move
into third place by losing to San Diego,
4-2. Nate Colbert smashed three hits,
scored twice and drove in a third run for
Al Severinson bailed out winner Clay
Kirby from a two-on nobody out jam in the
John Boccabella's homer in the 14th
gave Montreal a 4-3 win over Atlanta. It
was the first run in almost nine innings,
since hot-shot Ralph Garr doubled home
Clete Boyer in the fifth.
In late games, Oakland led Milwaukee,
6-0 after six, and Miuiesota and California
were scoreless in the eighth.
The athletic department at
Michigan probably felt closer
to the late Bill Reed, Big Ten
Commissioner, than o t h e r
Reed graduated from Michi-
gan in 1936 after having been
chairman of the Daily sports
Later he served as assistant
publicity director for the ath-
Athletic Director Don Ca n-
ham, a long time friend of
Reed's, said yesterday, "Inter-
collegiate athletics has lost one
of its truly great national lead-
ers in Bill Reed. His vision and
ability to bring together people
with diverse opinions and get
the job done is something that
will be sorely missed in the Big
"His leadership helped main-
tain the Big Ten as one of the
finest athletic conferences in
Several sources have men-
tioned Canham as a possibility
to succeed Reed.sCanham,
however, said he was not in-
terested in the post.
The Associated Press yester-
day said law Prof. Marcus Plant
is a candidate ar the job.
Plant, Michigan's faculty re-
presentative to the National
Collegiate Athletic Association,
was unavailable for comment
y Standings 4
W L Pet. GB
Boston 24 11 .69t -
Baltmore 21 14 .600 3
Detroit 15 19 .487 7
New York 16 19 .457 8
Washington 15 22 .405 10
Cleveland 14 22 .389 10, P
Oakland 27 14 .659 -
Minnesota 20 11 .526 5'A
Kansas City 19 19 .500 6y,
California 19 21 .475 7.
Milwaukee 14 20 .412 ,
Chicago 13 21 .382 0
Boston 5, New York 2
Baltimore at Washington, ppd.
Detroit 5, Cleveland 3, 1 inn.
Milwaukee at Oakland
Minnesota at California
only fames scheduled
Washington at Detroit, 8 p.m.
Boston at Baltimore, night
New York at Cleveland, night
Milwaukee at Kansas City, night
Minnesota at Oakland, night
Chicago at California, night
W L Pt. GB
Pittsburgh 23 15 .606 -
New York . 21 15 .583 1
5t, Louis 22 it .79 1
Chicago 10 19 .500 5
Montreal 14 it .07 5
Philadelphia 13 23 .361 9 -
San Francisco 29 1 .718 -
Atlanta 20 19 .513 0y2
Los Angeles 19 21 .475 10
Bouston 18 21 .43 10
Cincinnati 15 23 .394 13
an Diego 12 20 .308 16
Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 4
San Francisco 8, Chicago 7
St. Louis 5, Los Angeles 0
Philadelphia 1, New York 0
Montreal 4, Atlanta 3, 14 innings
san Diego 4, oustona
Los Angeles at Philadelphia, night
Atlanta at New York, night
Pittsburgh at Montreal, night
San Francisco at Houston, night
San Diego at St. Louis, night
FINAL BASEBALL WEEKEND
Batsmen can catch Spartans
By The Associated Press
The Big Ten baseball race plunges into
its final weekend Friday with Michigan
a among the three pursuers having a chance
to overtake pacesetting Michigan State
which threatens to end Minnesota's three-
year title reign.
The concluding round of Friday-Saturday
twin bills finds Michigan, 8-4, Minnesota,
11-5, and Illinois, 9-5, with mathematical
chances of slipping, under the wire ahead
of Michigan 10-2.
The championship team gains a berth in
the NCAA's College World Series of Base-
ball starting in Omaha June 11. In event
of a title tie, a new Big Ten rule awards the
championship to the team scoring the most
runs against the rival or rivals it ties for
The third-place Wolverines conclude with
four road games, playing two at Illinois
Friday and a pair at Purdue Saturday.
Michigan State must also close with four
road games, including a Friday double-
header at Purdue 5-9, and a Saturday brace
at Illinois. .
Minnesota has only a Saturday double-
header left, playing at Iowa, 9-7.