Friday, July 22,.977
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
The winner is...
Baseball players qualify for awards
By The Associated Press
The All-Star break seems a
proper time to make the first
half awards for the baseball
season. The winners need not
make any acceptance speeches.
In fact, it would be preferred if
they did not.
THE FREE AGENT WHITE
ed jointly to Don Baylor of the
California Angels and Wayne
Garland of the Cleveland In-
Baylor, who gave California
Angels owner Gene Autry his
autograph in exchange for about
$275,000 annually for the next
six years, is batting a pathetic
.230 with a mere 31 runs batted
Garland has rewarded Cleve-
land's 10-year $2.3 million in-
vestment so far with a 7-9 won-
loss log and a 4.31 earned run
THE CHARLES 0. FINLEY
GOOD GUY AWARD-This one
goes to M. Donald Grant, chair-
man of the board of the New
York Mets, who managed to get
most of metropolitan New York
angry by trading away folk
hers Tom Seaver.
Finley was never the most
popular guy in Oakland, but
that's small potatoes compared
to having a healthy chunk of
eight million people angry at
THE DISAPPEARING ACT
PLAQUE - To Eddie Stanky,
who managed the Texas Ran-
gers for one whole game and
decided that was quite enough,
THE WHAT, ME WORRY?
CERTIFICATE - Presented to
Ted Turner, owner of the Atlan-
ta Braves. Suspended from base-
ball for one year, Turner did
not pout but simply cruised off
into the sunset, headed for New-
port, R.I., and the America's
Cup yachting trials.
Accepting the award for Com-
mander Turner will be Popeye,
the sailor man.
A maia nrunrgarian
THE PRESTO CHANGO TRO-
PHY - Awarded to the city of.
Chicago for the performance of
the White Sox, who must be do-
ing it with magic.
Both Chicago clubs reached
the mid-season break in first
place and you could have got-
ten awfully rich if you knew
three months ago that was go-
ing to happen.
THE TEAM TURMOIL
AWARD - Given to the New
York Yankees, whose first half
adventures have been something
akin to a television soap opera.
Will Billy and Reggie kiss and
make up? Does George really
write out the lineups? Is Thur-
man peeved or pleased? Can
Catfish come out of his coma?
Stay tuned, fans.
THE BARGAIN BASEMENT
FREE AGENT AWARD - To
Cleveland outfielder Paul Dade,
one of the cheapies in last win-
ter's auction who has paid large
dividends with a .326 batting av-
erage that has kept him among
the American League's top ten
The award consists of a wal-
let, filled with Wayne Garland's
withholding tax payment.
Reconstructed during the off-
season through a pair of major
trades with Kansas City and
Boston and the signing of free
agent third baseman Sal Bando,
the Brewers reached the All-
Star break with a 41-49 record.
Their record at the same
time last year? Why, 41-49, of
THE ENDURANCE CERTIFI-
CATE-To the fans of Toronto
and Seattle, accepting their ex-
pansion teams' last place status
as the price for a place in ma-
jor league baseball.
THE SAMSON HAIRY
AWARD - Presented to relief
pitcher Al Hrabosky of the St.
Louis Cardinals, who was re-
quired to shave off his Fu Man-
chu mustache because of Manr
ager Vern Rapp's clean cut
rules. Hrabosky apparently cut
off his effectiveness as well.
With his mustache, he had
won 29 games and saved 44
others in the last three years.
After shaving this season he is
ease up on
ST. LOUIS-The Board Chair-
man of the St. Louis Cardinals
last night relaxed his rigid
grooming rules in order to per-
mit relief pitcher Al Hrabosky
to regrow his beard and mus-
R a p p' s rules prohibiting
beards and mustaches had been
challenged by Hrabosky during
spring training and during a
stormy period in May when the
pitcher was suspended 48 hours
for insubordination after refus-
ing to meet with his manager.
In 1927 Babe Ruth and Lou
Gehrig of the Yankees drove in
339 runs between them.
2-4 with just six saves and a PHY - To Commissioner Bowie
4.58 earned run average in 37 Kuhn, who wore a simple suit
games. during 1 a s t October's frigid
See what a sunburned lip can World Series and had the same
do to a pitcher's performance? outfit on for the All-Star Game,
Accepting the award will be played in the midst of New
Telly Savalas. York's longest heat wave in 11
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Yanks owner defends
Jackson in incident
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK' - New York Yankees owner
George Steinbrener lashed out yesterday at
critics of an incident in which outfielder Reg-
gie Jackson allegedly roughed up a 13-year-old
boy outside Yankee Stadium following Tuesday
night's All-Star Game.
"ANYONE WHO would criticize Reggie
Jackson for what happened in this incident
just doesn't have the actual facts," Stein-
"Reggie Jackson is one of the most accom-
modating players in the major leagues when
it comes to obliging autograph-seekers-in
particular kids. He often spends about a half-
hour in the stands signing autographs and
talking to the fans. You couldn't ask anything
more from a ballplayer than that."
There have been conflicting reports concern-
ing the post-game incident, which Steinbrenner
explained as follows:
"It seems youngsters entered a restricted
parking lot protected by police and pushed past
the guards in a group following Reggie. He
was trying to accommodate the group at the
time, signing autographs, when several of the
young men started to shout obscenities at
Reggie that were so bad and vile that you could
not print them."
AT THIS POINT, Jackson apparently chased
one of the youngsters, who either fell to the
ground or was tackled by Jackson.
"Here is a player trying to do what you
would like to see all the players do, obliging
the fans, when, from all reports, several ill-
mannered youngsters started calling him ob-
scene names for no reason at all," Steinbren-
"HOW DO THEY expect you to ask players
to stop and honor requests for autographs when-'
this type of thing occurs? I can't say I can
blame Reggie Jackson if he never signed an-
other autograph. It's too bad, but one rotten
apple can ruin a whole barrel of good ones.
What good comes when a youngster would
shout obscenities like this?
"It was uncalled for. The youngster had no
business there in the private lot in the first
place. The entire All-Star Game, with 56,000
spectators, was carried off without any inci-
dent and here come a few ill-mannered young-
sters who had to spoil a perfect record."