THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, July 7,197
Buc player can't recall
death wish to NL ump
PITTSBURGH PIRATE SHORTSTOP Frank Taveras appears
to be wondering what kind of a mess he's gotten himself into
now, after a report in a Philadelphia paper claimed he wished
umpire Ed Sudol would "drop dead." Taveras now says he
doesn't recall the incident, and says that if he did say it,'he
didn't mean it-
BIrds sweep Tigers
By The Associated Press
PITTSBURCII - Frank Taveras says he can't
recall directing a death wish at umpire Ed
Suctol. If he did, he says he didn't mean it.
"I'm not that kind of person," says the Pitts-
burgh Pirate shortstop, a slumping hitter who
this week has been booed by his home fans and
fined an undist;osed sum by the National League.
THE FINE stemmed from a flare-up that oc-
curred last Friday night in Philadelphia during
the hectic 14th inning finish to a 7-6 Pirate loss.
Sudol, in his 20th year as a major league um-
pire, was emotionally spent after the game, and
he was excused by the league from working the
remaining two games of the Pirates-Phils series.
Saturday's edition of the Philadelphia Daily
News quoted Taveras as saying after the game:
"I hope he (Sudol) drops dead. I hope he has a
Taveras was asked about that here Tuesday
night in the nearly empty Pirate locker room
after his team lost to St. Louis.
"I DON'T REMEMBER if I said that, and I
don't want to say nothing like that to nobody be-
cause I'm not that kind of person," said the
26-year-old native of the Dominican.
"I don't mn it if I said something like that,"
Taveras, wio apparently won't be suspended,
confirmed he'd been notified Tuesday of the
"Yea, they fined me today . .. not really bad,"
There were reports Taveras lowered his pants
and directed vn obscene gesture at Sudol from
the dugout after his ejection in Philadelphia.
"THAT'S NOT TRUE. I don't want to talk
about that," Taveras blurted.
Earlier this- week, Taveras told another r.
porter he was only fixing his shirt in the dugaa
and that Sudol misinterpreted the action,
The twofold dispute in Philadelphia erupted
after Richie tlebner hit what seemed to be a
game-winning three-run homer in the 14th mt.
The Phils charged first base umpire Dick Stella
when he ruled Hebner's hit was a double that
had hit the top of the fence and bounced back
THE PIRATES went after Sudol, claiming
Phillie baserunrer Mike Schmidt had been pg
out at the plate after trotting along thinking Heb-
ner had homered.
The ensuing debates lasted about 10 minutes
and wound up with Taveras and Larry Bowa at
the Phils being ejected.
Beyond umpires, Taveras is battling a slump
at the plate, tossing his batting helmet often in
disgust, and enduring boos from fans here.
Batting .227, he had one single in four times,
at batTuesday night, and he was booed each
time he steppe, to the plate.
"PEOPLE WHO watch the ballgame think
bad of me because I'm not hitting the ball like
you're supposed to . . . but you've got to take it
because they pay to get in," said Taveras, mbo
was hitting asout .250 a month ago.
He also said he'll have to endure the treat-
ment he gets from Sudol's National League um.
piring colleagues, all likely to be aware of what
happened in Philadelphia.
"They're all going to be tough for me," Tao-
"But I guess I have to take it . . I can't say
nothing because they can take my money."
By The Associated Press
pitched a six-hitter and Ken
Singleton slugged his 10th home
run of the season, leading Balti-
more to a 2-0 victory over the
Detroit Tigers last night as the
surging Orioles won their sev-
enth consecutive game.
IT WAS THE 11th victory in
14 games for the Orioles, who
moved within one-half game of
the first place New York Yan-
kees in the American League
East. The Yanks, rained out of
their game anginst Cleveland,
open a four-game series in Bal-
timore Friday night.
Singleton ,homered in the
fourth'inning off Dave Roberts,
4-8. The Baltimore switch-hitter
also singled against the Detroit
left-hander and now is batting
.423 as a right-handed batter.
FLANAGAN, 5-8, who walked
none and struck out three, had
his shutout preserved in the
second inning. Jason Thompson
reached on an error, but was
thrown out trying to score on a
double to left field by Mickey
The Orioles added an insur-
ance run in the eighth when
Rick Dempsey led off with a
triple and scored on a sacrifice
fly by Al Bumbry.
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Leflre cf 4 0 0 0
Fuents 2b 4 0i 0 0
Wckfssoldh 4 0 0 0
Kemp I 4 0 0 I0 *
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Total 28 3 5 2
Baltimore aa0a1aais 0 1 x-2
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Detroit 4, B~altimoore 4. 2BR-M~tan-
ley, Mora. 3B-Dempsey. IR-isntle-
ton 10. S-MMay. SF-Bumbry. ....
IP HR ER BB SO
Roberts, L,4-8 8 5 2 2 1 3
Flanagan, W5s. a : a a ,3
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SPORTS OF THE DAILY
UCLA still coach-hunting
Major League Standings
AMERICAN LEAtGUE NATIONAL iLEAGUE
W L Pet. GBl W L Pet. GRH
New York 46 35 .568 - Chicago 49 29 .628 _
Baltimore 46 36 .560 +.. Philadelphia 45 32 .584 3'
Boston 43 34 .559 1 St. Louis 44 37 .543 6',
Cleveland 37 49 .487 61 Pittsburgh 42 38 .525 8
Milwaukee 38 41 .481 7 Montreal 37 43 .463 13',
Detroit 30" 44 .450 91. New York 31 48 .392 18
Toronto 30 49 .385 15 ;
Chicago 46 32 .590 - Los Angeles 54 26 .675 -
Minnesota 45 36 .379 2', Cincinnati 44 36 .558 '
Kansas City 42 36 .538 4 Hosston 36 45 .444 181::
California 39 38 .506 6':s San Francisco 34 47 .420 201."
Texas 37 41 474 9 San Diego 34 49 .410 21',
Oakland 34 44 .43612 Atlanta 30 51 .370 24'_
Seattle 35 49 .417 14
Yesterday's Results Yesterday's Results
Baltimore 2 Detroit a Chicago 0, Montreal 6
Boston 9, Toronto 5 Pittsburgh 11, St. Louis 8
Minnesota 4 Calitornia : Cincinnati 15, Atlanta 13
v r, Today's Games
Toronto (Vukovich, 4-6) at Ros- Today's Games
ton (Stanley 4-3), n
Cleveland 6 Eckersley 7-7) at New St. Louis (Falcone, 4-0) at Chi-
York (Guilett, 0-3), a, eago (R. Rousehel, 11-2).
California (Ross, 2-4) at Minne- San Diego (Owchinko, 2-3) at San
soa (Zahn, 6-7), n. Francisco (Knepper, 1-3).
Milwaukee (Slaton, 6-7) at Kan- New Yok (Espinosa, 4-5) at Phil-
sass City (Leonard, 6-9), a. adelphla (Leech 5-2), a,
Oakland (Norris, 2-4) at Texas Houston (Forsch, 4-6) at Los An-
(Barker, 0-1 or Ellis, 4-7), n. geles (Rau, 8-1), n.
By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Denny
Crum's announcement that he
won't take the UCLA basket-
ball coaching job leaves the
Bruins without a helmsman,
but athletic director J. D. Mor-
gan plans to take his time
about finding one.
"He said all along there's no
hurry," said a UCLA athletic
d e p a r t m e n t spokesman.
"There's no deadline."
So, in the wake of Crum's
announcement Tuesday in
Louisville, the search con-
tinues. Many eyes are fas-
tened.on Gary Cunningham,
executive director of the
UCLA alumni association and
a former aidedto the legend-
ary John Wooden; whose leg-
end caused former Coach
Gene Bartow so much trou-
Cunningham has expressed
interest in the job and is fa-
vored by many alumni. He
comes highly recommended by
Wooden, but lacks major col-
lege head coaching experience.
CHICAGO - Bob Pulford,
former NHL player and coach
of the Los Angeles Kings, was
named coach and general man-
ager of the Chicago Black
Hawks yesterday. '
Pulford, 41, who resigned
recently after five years as
coach of the Kings, replaces in-
terim coach Bill White, who
took over in midseason when
Billy Reay was ousted.
No plans were announced for
Tommy Ivan, Black Hawk
general manager since 1954,
- was promoted to vice presi-
dent and assistant to Presi-
dent William Wirtz.
- No immediate plans were an-
nounced for star defenseman to Muhammad Ali and Ke
Bobby Orr. Reports had circu- Norton, has taken out an a
lated saying Orr, slowed by re- plication for a 1977 license
curring knee injuries, would be fight again.
offered an -administrative posi-
tion. Quarry, 32, quit two year
"I do not know as he does not ago after being stopped b:
know where or not he will Norton in five rounds. As tI
again be able to play," Pulford his comeback plans, he said
said. "He certainly wants to
and we certainly wish to have 'I'm not at liberty to discmsx
him because I believe he is the them now. I plan an ao
greatest hockey player of all nouncement later."
a * * Bob Turley, execuutive office
Ring return? for the California Athletic Cou
mission, said Quarry had take
LOS ANGELES - Heavy- out an- application to regaiu
weight Jerry Quarry, who re- boxer's license but had to pa
tired from boxing after losses physical examinations.
Ly tle signs with Broncos
DENVER-The Denver Bron- Denver their permanent res
cos of the NFL announced the dence.
signing of their second draft
pick, Michigan running back
Rob Lytle, leaving only four un-
Broncos G e n e r a llManager
Fred Gehrke said yesterday that
Lytle had signed a series of one-
year contracts covering four
LYTLE WAS the Big Ten's
1976 rushing champion with 1,402
yards and had a career running
average of 6.2 yards. He has a
4.4 time in the 40 and Gehrke
said he has demonstrated abil-
ity as a pass catcher.
Lytle is expected to see con-
siderable action this season.
Coach Red Miller earlier stated
his intention of rotating running
backs to keep fresh ball carriers
in the game.
Lytle and his new bride, y
Tracy, are planning to make