The Michigan Doily-Thursday, August 10, 1978-Page 11
sports of the
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK-Billy Martin said yesterday that
controversial slugger Reggie Jackson was the
main reason he resigned as manager of the New
York Yankees and refused to retract his
statement that Jackson is a "born liar."
At the same time, Martin disclosed that he was
contacted about managing "two or three" other
teams and said his health "is good enough that I
could manager tomorrow, if I wanted to."
In a hastily arranged luncheon meeting with a
group of eight writers, Martin said he didn't
remember saying the infamous line at a Chicago
airport that Jackson and owner George Stein-
brenner "deserve each other. One's a born liar,
the other's convicted." But he conceded that he
couldn't deny saying it, either.
He also said that he bears "no dislike" for
Jackson and would not object to his being a
Yankee when Martin returns as manager in 1980.
Martin's rehiring was announced during Old
Timers' Day ceremonies July 29 in one of the most
bizarre turnarounds in baseball history.
Martin said his anger at Jackson boiled over
when the outfielder returned from a five-day
suspension for bunting when ordered to swing
away and denied that the bunts constituted an act
"I probably made the comment about George,"
Martin said. "I don't know why. I was probably
mad at someone else. Maybe I said it to be witty,
like I sometimes try to be."
Martin seldom mentioned Jackson by name,
usually referring to him as "the other guy."
"I was mad at the other guy," he said. "The club
was winning and relaxed and he comes back and
won't admit he made a mistake."
"He was fined by the manger, it was okayed by
the owner and he denied it," Martin said. "Bet-
ween Reggie's coming back and not even coming
out to the ballpark early to take batting practice
and his sitting around and saying he didn't think
he did anything wrong . . . well, I thought the
situation was getting to the point where a guy
comes back and sits over there and won't admit to
the fact that he did something wrong, but he's
gonna be part of the team ... that wasn't a good
working condition, as far as I was concerned."
Martin decided to resign after the Yankees flew
from Chicago to Kansas City that Sunday evening.
"I couldn't sleep that night at all," he said. "I
got up early and paced the floor, but my mind was
Asked if the Jackson situation was at the root of
his resignation, Martin replied:'
"Basically that's true-that and a slip of the '
tongue, saying something I didn't want to say and
didn't think would be printed. I didn't mean it
about George and I probably said it in jest, but I
did mean it about the other guy. There's no
question about it. Any man who makes a mistake
and won't admit it is a weak man."
Can Martin and Jackson ever survive in the
same uniform? Martin paused before answering.
"Yeah," he said thoughtfuly, "knowing exactly
how he is .. yeah. Wherever he played he's
always had problems with the manager. And when
Reggie got his money and first came to the
Yankees, I read his comment that 'George and I
see eye-to-eye on everything.' But he forgot to
mention one guy-the manager."
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.-Steve Cauthen,
the sensational 18-year-old jockey, suffered a
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slight shoulder separation yesterday after falling
off his mount in the third race at Saratoga Race
X-rays were taken at Saratoga Hospital, where
Cauthen was to remain overnight for observation.
Dr. William Newey, chief radiologist at the
hospital, said the X-rays revealed no definite frac-
Cauthen rolled off his mount, Cute As A Button,
when the 3-year-old filly suddenly went down at
the quarter-mile pole while dueling with Frank's
Ego for the lead. The filly, who suffered a com-
pound cannon bone fracture, was destroyed.
Cauthen, who rode Affirmed to each of his Triple
Crown victories this year, is scheduled to ride the
colt in the Travers here Aug. 19 for another
meeting with Alydar, runnerup in all the Triple
Another jockey, Alan Patterson, also was ad-
mitted to the hospital after being thrown in the fif-
th race. His mount, Shumaker, staggered coming
out of the gate and fell.
Patterson suffered a possible concusion and was
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Milwaukee, 25; Baylor, California, 24; EMurray,
Baltimore, 22; JThompson, Detroit, 22.
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Detroit, 0; Hisle, Milwaukee, 79; Thornton, Cleve-
Guidry, New York, 15-2, .882; Gur, Kansas City,
9.2, .818; Gale, Kansas City, 13-3, .813; Lyle, New
York, 8.-2, .800; sosa, Oakland, 8-2, .800; Eckersley,
Boston, 13-4, .765; Caldwell, Milwaukee, 14.6, .700;
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26; Rmith, Los Angeles, I; Dawson, Montreal,
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Garvey, Los Angeles, 73; Winfield, San Dieg, 72;
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Take two, they're small
Things didn't go too well yesterday afternoon for the Atlanta Braves when they visited Riverfront Stadium in Cinc
they are shown being the victims of a successful double-steal, with the Reds' Dan Driessen easily beatingthe throw a
teammate Cesar Geronimo does the same at second. Not only were the Braves caught with this third inning manue
suffered a humiliating 10-0 loss. Well, at least Ted Turner's sailboat can win most of the time.