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Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, June 2, 1971
Was Indy fun? Ask the blonde lady

Mike Mosley's car number four ca-
reened around the turn on the Indy
track, went out of control and smashed
into the wall. Bobby Unser in number
two was close behind and could not avoid
colliding into Mosley.
There was a burst of light that at-
tracted thousands of pairs of eyes. Hun-
dreds of voices shouted, "Who is it?"
A blond woman in her thirties was so
excited she leaped down two rows and
kept jumping up and down, a crazed
look on her face. The look was one of
pleasure, not shock, and seemed to mir-
ror the feelings of most of the other
hundreds of thousands of spectators at
the Indianapolis 500.
Although there had been three acci-
dents already, this was partly what the
crowd had come for. Egged on by the
public address announcer ("Two cars
met with almost unbeLIEVable force!"),
the crowd couldn't get enough of debris
flying through the air and cars smoth-
ered in flames.

Rick Cornfeld

After the Mosley-Unser crash, the pub-
lic address announcer quickly took over.
He didn't know who was involved, so
he had to try to figure it out by sub-
traction and began counting the people
still left in the race, a process which led
to one of the most revolting incidents
I have ever witnessed at a sports event.
In a crash like that does it matter who
was involved? People want to know who it
was, but, unless you are a friend or a
relative of the driver, there is no reason
to be happy that any particularly indivi-
dual was safe instead of another one.
But don't try explaining that to the
p.a. man. When the car of Al Unser,
who was leading the race at the time,

came into view, the announcer shouted
exultantly, "Your leader, Al Unser, is on
the track and running! Your leader Al
Unser is on the track and running!"
It was as if nothing could be seriously
amiss if your leader was safe. Better the
crash should involve one of the nobodies
in the rear.
Other than the crashes, however, the
Indianapolis 500 was a very exciting spec-
tacle. To one who had never seen an
auto race before, the sight of the little
bullet-like cars zooming by at 170 miles
an hour, so fast that you almost could not
read the numbers painted on the side,
was nearly awe-inspiring.
But the officials of the Indy were not

content to leave the race alone. The
public address announcer, who, if you
have not gotten the idea by now, was an
insipid, mindless bore, seemed to feel
that it was his job to make every little
event of momentous importance, and
to hell with the truth.
The race was just over half way
through, and the announcer informed
us, "The top five cars are all in the
same lap!" That would have been re-
markable if true, but it wasn't.
Just before the start of the race, he
told us, "We're waiting as tension
mounts," and the incredible thing was
that tension-then mounted.
As Al Unser came around the track in
his final winning lap, the announcer ask-
ed us to applaud as he passed by. We
all did, and I wonder how many people
realized that Unser, engulfed in the roar
of an engine, couldn't hear any of it.
But it didn't matter. It was a thrilling
moment. We knew it was because the
announcer told us so.

Cain loses
control of tilt;
Maddox stars

From wire Service Reports
Anything worth doing once is
worth doing again, seems to be
Les Cain's pitching philosophy.
Or maybe a tactic worth using
on a great hitter like Harmon
Killebrew is worth using on Leo
At any rate, Cain walked both
hitters with the bases loaded in
the eighth inning last night, to
hand Minnesota a 3-1 victory over
the Detroit Tigers.
The rally started on pitcher
Jim Perry's single. The Tigers
then started the gift by letting
Cesar Tovar reach first on an
error, and Cain resumed it by
walking Rod Carew.
Detroit had taken a 1-0 lead in
the second on Ed Brinkman's two
out triple which drove in Aurelio
Rdriguez. The Twins scored the
first of three unearned runs in
In late games, Bobby Valen-
tine's throwing error helped
Montreal beat Los Angeles, 5-2,
and New York led San Francisco,
5-2 after seven innings.
the sixth when an infield error
helped them load the bases, set-
ting up a run on Tony Olivia's
ground ball.
In news more heartwarming to
Michiganders, former Big Ten
batting champion and Michigan
star Elliott Maddox ripped a
three-run home run in the seventh
to lead the Washington Senators
to a 6-5 victory over California.
The game was halted 22 min-
utes by a power failure, but no
power failure hindered Maddox,
who singled his only other time
up, a pinch-hitting appearance
in the sixth.
In other games, Vida Blue con-
tinued to tear apart the American
League. He stopped New York
on six hits and at one point re-
tired 17 batters in a row, in lead-
ing Oakland to a 5-2 victory.
Yankee shortstop Gene Michael
was carried off the field on a
stretcher after being struck in
the face by umpire Ron Luciano
while trying to nab a throw at
second. X-rays of the hot-tem-
pered Michael proved negative.
The ump claimed it was an ac-
cident. You can believe that if
you want to.
In winning his 11th game
against two defeats, Blue, who
came into the contest with a 1.30
earned run average and cads of
strikeouts, wiffed six and walked
only one.
In the only other American
League games, Boston lost its

Kansas City, and Milwaukee ral-
lied for a 4-3 victory over Cleve-
Amos Otis smashed his third
homer in two days and Mike
Hedlund hurled a six-hitter to
drop the Red Sox to only a game
over idle Baltimore. Otis' two
run homer have him eight runs
batted in in the last two days.
George Scott's two out two-run
homer ruined the shutout.
John Briggs two run homer
keyed the rally for the Brewers,
who have announced that, in an DEBRIS FLIES into the air as G
effort to increase attendance during a multi-car crash on the
June 18 will be "Ten Cents a the fans, they were not able to se
Beer Night."inue
In the National League, Dock
Ellis snapped St. Louis' six game
win streak and held the Cardinals SPECTATOR WIN
to three hits, as Pittsburgh won
its third straight shutout, 9-0.
T e Piates movd wihi a
e moe wihnagame and a half of the Redbir ds T h n la
who hoasted a phenomenal .290
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third turn at Saturday's Indianapolis 500. Unfortunately for most of
ee this accident, the second of four. None of the drivers was seriously
s finish in top division

team batting average on Me-
morial Day.
In the other division, Cesar
Cedeno and Jesus Alou smashed
four hits and drove in three runs
apiece to lead the Houston As
tros to a 7-6 victory over the
struggling Atlanta Braves.
It was Atlanta's fifth straight
loss, and the 11th in its last 13
A bright spot for the Braves
was Hank Aaron's two-run home)
in the first, a league-leading 16th
for the season and 608th of his
career. One hundred seventeen
more will make Henry a happy
fella. The Babe will have been
left behind in the dust.
Major Leag

By DALE ARBOUR ed leg muscle for the past acquired two
month. He went along with the mores Al Corn
The Michigan track team team to the meet as a spectator, Chapman (6th
closed out their season on a re- but decided upon arrival and a ed a 1:20.0 w
latively good note this p ast workout that he might be able sonal best, wh
- weekend, with a fifth place fin- to run after all: timed in 1:20.4
a ish in the Big Ten Champion-
ship Meet. There were some He then proceeded to win In the 100-
pleasant surprises for head this event by four-tenths of a igan's Gene B
t coach DaveMartin after a s- second over second place Dick and still show
mal eighth place finish indoors. Taylor of Northwestern. Their was not conf
A number of key injuries to his times were :11.8 and :14.2 re- fro ategfr
runners during the outdoors spectively. This marked one of earlier this a
r season did not dampen spirits the few times Murray has beat- In threy closed ou
too much either, en Taylor in his two years of rey cosedr ou
The biggest surprise of all running against him. finish in that
came in the 120-yard high Another pleasant surprise for of 1:52.9. Stor
hurdles and involved Michigan's Michigan came in the discus two seniors
Godfrey Murray. Murray h as where freshman Steve Adams Michigan in ti
been out of action with a pull- captured second place with a
toss of 159-3, his personal best.
Adams also placed fifth in the
shot put with a best throw of
uNe tand mgs "f 54-83/.
In the high jump, John Mann
NATIONAL LEAGUE upped his own school record to
East L Pct.GB 7-1 which also establishes a (Editor's Note
St. Louis 32 10 .640 - new Big Ten high jump re- starts a series
Pittsburgh 30 19 .612 1 cord. He will share this re- our readers to
xNew York 27 18 .600 .2 cord with Wisconsin's Pat Star votes in t
Chicago 21 27 .438 10 Matzdorf who also cleared the the batting s1
xMontreal 18 24 .429 10 at a different p
Philadelphia 17 30 .362 13s 7-1 height. Matzdorf was pared. All play
west awarded first place and Mann who are listedi
xsan Francisco 37 14 .725 - second place on the basis of weekly 'compila
xLos Angeles 26 24 .520 1012te fewer misses at the n luded, alone
fewestons20s14tithe winning playrsat the
Atlanta 2220 .482 5 height by Matzdorf. editor. Statistic
Cincinnati 20 29 .408 16 Another school record was of the morning
San Diego 15 35 .300 211/ turned in by Phil Pyatt in the -
x--Late games not included mile where he ran a 4:05.7, NATION
Yesterday's Results THIRD
Montreal at Los Angeles, Inc. good enough for a third place in ab
New York at San Francisco, inc. that event. Torre, St.L 186
Pittsburgh 9, St..Louis 0 Reggie Johnson turned in Hebner, Pit. 151
Houston 7, Atlanta 6 another outstanding freshman Santo, Chi. 164
Other clubs not scheduled. x-Asp'te, N.Y. 144
Today's Games performance in the 440-yard in- y-Boyer 98
St. Louis at Pittsburgh, night termediate hurdles as he ran a x-Bailey, Mtl 132
Chicago at Cincinnati, 2, twinight personal best of :52.4, which Perez, Cin. 19
Houston at Atlanta, night Money, Phi. 141
Montreal at Los Angeles, night was good enough for a fourth Rader, Hou. 168
Philadelphia at San Diego, night place. x-Write-in candid
New York at San Francisco In the 660-yard run, Michigan from Atlanta

places, by sopho-
ell (4th) and Eric
h). Cornwell post-
which is his per-
ile Chapman was
yard dash, Mich-
rown placed sixth
wed signs that he
zpletely recovered
acture he suffered
-mile, Rick Stor-
t his fine Michi-
Ith a third place
event in a time
rey is one of only
who placed f or
his Big Ten meet.
e: The Daily today
which will enable
cast the wisest All-
he nation. Each day
atistics of players
osition will be com-
yers on the ballot
in the wire services'
tions will be in-
with non-b al lo t
discretion of the
s are complete as
before publication.)
b r h hr rbi pet,
34 67 7 41 .360
19 45 5 28 .298
4 24 48 10 33 .293
12 38 5 22 .264
10 24 6 19 .245
2 15 32 5 25 .242
1 21 40 6 23 .215
10 27 4 13 .191
13 32 2 14 .190
ate. y-Given release

W L Pct. GB
Boston 29 19 .604 --
Baltimore 27 19 .587 1
Detroit 26 23 .531 32
New York 21 27 .430 8
Cleveland 20 27 .426 8
washington 19 29 .396 10
west I
Oakland 34 20 .654 -
Kanlsas City 24 22 .522 7
Minnesota 26 24 .520 7
California 23 28 .451 10t
Milwaukee 20 25 .444 10%
Chicago 15 26 .409 12
Yesterday's Results
Milwaukee 5, Cleveland 3
Minnesota 3, Detroit 1
Washington 6, California 5
Kansas City 4, Boston 2
Oakland 5, New York 2
Other clubs not scheduled.
Today's Games
Detroit at Minnesota, night
Cleveland at Milwaukee, night
Baltimore at Chicago, night
California at Washington, night
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