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Page Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY iriday July 15 l97~

Foster powers Cinci past Braves

BY The Asr,.dPre'ss
CI'INNATI - George Fos-
ter's three home runs backed
Tom Seaver's two hit pitch-
ing as the Cincinnati Reds de-
feated the Atlanta Braves 7-1
last night.
S E A V E R, W H 0 also
slugged a-home run, walked
the first two batters in the
game and then retired 18 bat-

tern in a row. Willie Montanez
hit a one out double in the sev-
enth inning to end Seaver's bid
for his first career no hitter.
Foster took over the National
League home run leadership
with 28, and padded his league-
leading runs batted in total to
88 with his five Thursday night.
He -is the 14th Reds' player
ever to hit three home runs in
a game.

Chicago cooks
CHICAGO - Ken Kravec
tossed a three-hitter and Richie
Zisk scored the winning run
from second base on an error
in the eighth inning yesterday
as the Chicago White Sox, de-
feated the Toronto Blue Jays
i 7 h inld

Jperry Garvin, 7-Y, wn
just four hits while I
distance for Toronto,
struck out four and
none in improving hi
to 6-2.
by KATHY HENNEGHAN .". - yanks sizzle

io yemea
going the
. Kravec
d walked
is record

-ay - - --MILWAUKEE - Reggie
W ayman Brt . . Jackson slammed a pair of
home runs for three RBI and
... another shot at pros? George Zeber's two run homer
_tgpwern eewth Yor-

WAYMAN BRITT, the former Michigan Cager, may try out with
the Detroit Pistons this fall. Wayman went to the Los Angeles
Lakers in the fourth round of the NBA draft a year ago but was
the last man to cut from the squad. (He was also tabbed by the
Washington Redskins in the 13th round of the NFL draft altlough
he has never played organized football).
In the two years I spent covering Michigan basketball, Britt
was the player I'came most to admire. It isn't hard to think of
players with more talent, but it is hard to name one who made
more of the ability he had. Or who cared more about the team.
As captain, Wayman took his role very seriously. I remem-
ber a couple of minor incidents where he went out of his way
to help freshman players that impressed me as much as any-
thing about him.
In a practice session at Crisler, Wayman was guarding fresh-
man Bobby Jones. Bobby seemed like a fish out of -water that
first year and never has found his niche at Michigan. Wayman
was talking to him, offering advice left and right. Then Bobby put
a move on him, Wayman intentionally lagged a bit on defense,
and the shot went in. "Good move," said Wayman, "damn good
move." Bobby grinned and play continued.
The other incident involved Alan Hardy, then a freshman
competing for a spot at forward. Hardy had played well in spots,
notably in games against Michigan State and Iowa, but as the
season wore on he became impatient and discouraged. The team
had just won the Midwest Regional, beating Missouri and Willie
Smith handily.
By that time alumni and fans were coming out of the wood-
work and many had made the trip to Louisville to see the game.
Hardy played for only two nightmarish minutes, picking up
two personal fouls and a traveling violation.
After the game most of the team came out of the lockerroom
to applause. Hardy had wandered out alone, ahead of the others,~
and stood a few yards away from the crowd. "You should try
coming out of there sometime," he said bitterly. "I don't know
where to go or who to talk to." When Wayman came out, the first
thing he did was to find Hardy. "Be cool, be cool," said Britt-
it remained a largely unspoken understanding.

rig oeing te New Yrk
Yankees to a 6-3 victory over
the Milwaukee Brewers Thurs-
SPARKY LYLE pitched out
of a seventh inning jam in re-
lief of winner Ed Figueroa, 9-7,
and earned his 15th save as the
Yankees won their second
game in their last six.
The Yankees snapped a 1-1
tie in the seventh on a tingle by
Lou Piniella, a fielder's choice
and Jackson's second homer of
the game, his 15th of the year.
Graig Nettles followed with a
single before Zeber hit his third
homer for a 5-1 lead against
Jerry Augustine, 10-10.

A' Photo
NEATO TITO FUENTES bobbles the ball and allows Kansas
City's Hal McRae to slide in safely at second last night, The
Bengals let one get away too, as they lost to the Royals 4-3.
Jason Thompson and Ron LeFlore smashed solo home runs
but it wasn't enough. Bob Sykes took the loss and fell to 1-3 on
the season. In other action, Boston tripped Cleveland 7-4, St,
Louis nipped Philadelphia 7-6 and Houston surprised Los An.
geles 4-3.

A round-up of VA evidence

Not that he succeeded in cheering Hardy up much-I doubt if
anything would have worked that day. What impressed me about
the exchange was that Britt had bothered at all. A less perceptive
individual wouldn't have noticed or even cared.
ODDS AND ENDS . . . Departed co-captain John Robinson
was a long shot to make the Los Angeles Lakers this fall but now
that the club has acquired yet another forward in Jamaal Wilkes
from Golden State, Rob's chances are virtually non-existent . . .
. A very reliable source in East Lansing contends that
MSU coach Jud Heathcote conducted practice sessions last
spring in both the men's intramural building and the upper
level of Jenison Fieldhouse. Recruits Jay Vincent and All-
American Earvin Johnson, both from Lansing, reportedly at-
The NCAA stipulates that no coach may conduct formal prac-
tice or be present at informal sessions prior to the 15th of Octo-
ber. Heathcote would be foolish to jeopardize the good standing of
his program just when things seem to be going his way. Largely
because of Earvin, the Spartans may not have enough basketball
tickets to go around next winter, a situation unheard of in seasons
past ---
. -,. Phil Hubbard and Purdue's Walter Jordan are among
20 players chosen to try out for the U. S. basketball team that will.
compete in the World University Games in Bulgaria next month.
Louisville coach Denny Crum will conduct tryouts starting next
week. The final team will leave for Europe on July 30, playing in
Italy and Yugoslavia before going on to Bulgaria.

(ContinuedfromPage 1)
suffered his breathing failure on
July 29, 1975-the same night as
Hogan. Perez was found guilty
of poisoning him.
Gassmire's son, Richard, tes-
tified that he entered his father's
room and saw a nurse, fitting
Perez's description down to the
gold tooth, standing "doing
something with her hands" near
the IV lines. The younger Gass-
mire said he noticed the mon-
itor above his father's head was
Richard Gassmire vividly de-
scribed to the jury how his
father bolted up in bed, gasping
for air. He testified that he be-
gan to shout for help, but the
nurse stood "kind of mesmer-
ized" at the bedside.
THE WITNESS later identified
Perez in a line-up by her gold
Perez denied the event ever
occurred, and said she was not
even working that night.
. Benny Blaine, a 46-year-old
construction w o r k e r, stopped
breathing on August 15, 1975-
the day of five other breathing
failures and the day the FBI
was called in to solve the case.
Blaine's wife, Coralee, said "a
little nurse" (Perez) came into
the patient's room shortly before
his respiratory arrest. Blaine's
sister, Betty Jean Barnett, also
said Perez entered the room,
but Barnett added Perez started
"monkeying with" Blaine's IV
tube, and Perez then asked the
two to leave.
THE WOMEN left Bl a in e
alone with Perez. The patient
stopped breathing minutes later.
Perez denied the incident en-
tirely, and maintained that she
never saw Ms. Blaine or Barnett

that night. Corroborating her
story was Dr. Michael McCloud,
who testified that he was in
the Intensive Care Unit (ICU),
knew the Blaine family, but did
not see them in the unit at all
that night,
. John McCrery, a 46-year-
old auto body repair shop own-
er, was next in the August 15
series of breathing failures.
Narciso was convicted of inject-
ing McCrery's IV line with Pav-
Minutes b e f o r e McCrery's
breathing failure, Narciso had
admittedly added an extension
to the patient's IV tubing, and
ordered a nursing assistant to
keep an eye on it.
DR. LUCY Goodenday testi-
fied that she discovered Mc-
Crery not breathing, and that a
nurse, fitting Narciso's descrip-
tion, "appeared frozen and
didn't move" when discovered
at the bedside.
Narciso recalled adding the
extension, but insisted she was
not the nurse by the bed.
William Loesch, a 29-year-old
Vietnam veteran, was the only
patient for whom Narciso and
Perez were b o t h convicted.
Loesch was called as a defense
witness and testified he woke
up on the night of August 15 to
see "a man in a green scrub
suit" standing over him tugging
his IV lines just before he stop-
ped breathing. -Loesch also said
he believes Narciso and Perez
are innocent; that they never
mistreated him, and that they
never injected him or his IV
with anything that night,
LOESCH'S mother, however,
testified as a government wit-
ness that both nurses were in

the patient's room minutes I
fore his August 15 breathin
failure. Christine Loesch si
Narciso was handling the I
line while Perez prepared tI
syringe. The witness said s1
left the nurses alone in the root
with Loesch, and he stopps
breathing about five minuti
Both nurses denied ever beit
in William Loesch's room th;
In his closing argument, A
sistant U.S. Attorney Richar
Yanko told the jury to disregat
Loesch's testimony entirely
accept Christine Loesch's ve
sion as fact. Yanko said Loesc
had been under severe ment
strain, and that the witness, b
his admission, had no recolle
tion of dates of the month.
their case with experts testifl
ing that the Pavulon had to has
been administered about fi
minutes before each patie
stopped breathing. The expe
also refuted defense attorney
"time bomb" theory that ti
Pavulon could have been restit
in the IV bag while the e
killer was long gone by thetot
the drug was released into th
victim's body.
At a press conference folio
ing their victory, the prosec
tors said they felt confident
a guilty verdict all along.
sistant U.S. Attorney Rich
Delonis said the jury had had
large amount of evidence toc
sider but it was there and"t
saw it."
One observer, however,
guard at the Federal Buildi
in downtown Detroit, said
knew for a fact that even
prosecutors were surprised
get a conviction.

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