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Page 14-Thursday, June 8, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Pros eye Joel
The NBA draft gets underway
tomorrow and former Michigan center
Joel Thompson appears certain to be
- tabbed in its early stages.
tAccording to the Michigan coaching
staff, Thompson, the Wolverine's MVP
last season, will probably be selected in
the second round by one of three teams.
The Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets
and Milwaukee Bucks have all been
asking about the 6-8 leaper, and
Phoenix appears to be the best bet. In
the pros, Thompson would have to shift
back to this original forward position.
The other Wolverine seniors eligible
for this year's draft are Dave Baxter
and Tom Bergen. Baxter has already
signed to play with Athletes in Action,
while Bergen is expected to be
bypassed by the pros.

Indians grab Owens;
Padres land Parker
Michigan's Mike Parker and Tom Owens were among those players
chosen in yesterday's continuation of the major league baseball draft.
Ownes, just a junior, was chosen by the Celveland Indians in the sixth
round and Parker was picked by the San Diego Padres in the eighth round.
Parker, known for his clutch playoff hitting, batted just .234 going into
the World Series, but had led the team in doubles with 12 and was second on
the club in RBI's with 24. The senior rightfielder also hit four homers on the
year and was named the Most Valuable Player in the Mideast regional,
going five-for-ten and collecting two game-winning hits.
The 6-0, 195 pound righthanded hitter batted .303 a year ago but got off to
a slow start this season. He is also known as an outstanding defensive fielder
with a strong arm.
Ownes compiled a 3-3 record this year with a 3.74 ERA, with his most
impressive outings being a no-hitter against Notre Dame and a nine-hit
shutout against Texas A&M in the regional final.
The Indians have until January to sign Ownes, who would have to give
up his senior year eligibility to sign now. Owens could still play for Michigan
next year and be eligible to be drafted in next year's secondary phase of the
draft (the players who have been drafted before but haven't signed).

Prep makes big time-Finley style

NEW YORK (AP)-Charlie Finley, the owner
and manager of the Oakland A's, was barking on the
phone to his stand-in manager, Jack McKeon.
"Hey Jack, who you got pitching on Sunday?"
"BROBERG," answered McKeon.
"Scratch him, I got a replacement."-
"Who he?"
"Michal Thomas Moran."
"That's the way to go home."
Finley, the P.T. Barnum of the baseball world,
had done it again, creating excitement and interest
out of something as mundance as Tuesday's free
agent baseball draft of amateur talent.
BEFORE HE even picked the 18-year-old
Morgan, a hard-throwing high school senior from
Las Vegas, Finley had signed him to a bonus of
more than $30,000. Then he decided to throw him in-
to the starting rotation for the A's, leaders in the
American League West.
"He hasa lot of poise," said Finley from his office
in Chicago. "He told me he'd go out there Sunday on
that mound, take command, take control and
challenge the hitters.
"I think there is a danger of him getting his head
knocked off. But after talking with the kid, I
realized there was no possibility of his losing his
confidence. He impressed me very much with his
cocky confidence,"
MORGAN WAS the fourth player selected in the
draft, which continued yesterday. Until Finley went
on his youth kick, the major interest of the draft
focused on the domination by College World Series
contenders, Arizona State and Southern California.
Arizona State had four players selected, including
No. 1 pick Bob Horner by Atlanta, No. 3 selection

Hubert Brooks by the New York Mets, and Chris
Bando by Cleveland. Bando is the brother of
Milwaukee third baseman Sal Bando, who also once
starred at Arizona State.
Southern Cal players were called six times
Tuesday, including Rod Boxberger, the No. 11 pick,
by Houston, and Rob Hertel, the Trojans' star quar-
terback in football and infielder in baseball.
Horner, the NCAA career home run leader with
56, expects to come to terms with the Braves after
the College World Series this week. Then he will be
sent to Savannah of the Southern League for
THE RIGHT-HANDED Morgan, who struck out
115 batters in 72 innings for Valley High School this
season, will be thrown right to the wolves Sunday
when he faces Baltimore.
It will be the third time Finley has made an in-
stant major leaguer out of a high school pitcher. On
July 16, 1961, Lew Krausse pithed a 3-hit shutout for
the A's over the then Los Angeles Angels.
"As soon as the game was over, his father and I
jumped over the top of the dugout," Finley said. "I
remmber it because I cracked my ankle, rushing
out to congratulate the kid.
"The second one was my man Catfish Hunter,"
said Finley, who hadn't planned to be in Oakland
this weekend.
"But the kid made me promise that I'd be there,
and I told him I would. In fact, I'll be there with
bells on." * * *
'Pitchers 'flock
to Veeck's Sox
CHICAGO (AP)-Chicago White Sox owner Bill

Veeck says everyone who answered want ads for a
pitcher will have a tryout.
The would-be big leaguers include a person who
sent this on his job application: "I throw 'em
all-fastballs, sliders and hookers."
ANOTHER HURLER wrote: "I throw strikes and
throw them hard. Lefty or righty. I'm a switch pit-
After looking over the more than 100 responses,
Veeck said, "We'll check out every one. Our farm
department will send cards inviting each one to a
Thead was placed by a frustrated fan before the
White Sox' current surge of nine wins in 10 games.
After viewing the responses, Veeck reached back
30 years ago to tell a tale that explains the in-
"I HAD THE Celveland club and Larry Watkins
was a Clevland fight promoter who owned a joint we
used to close up at night in St. Louis," Veeck said.
"Larry had a friend who loved to scout young
ballplayers. Just as a hobby. He'd go off on his
vacation and look at kids playing ball."
Veeck said one day he got a frantic call from a
saloon keeper friend.
"He said his friend had found a real prospect so I
gave our scouting people his name and told them to
lok him over."
VEECK SAID the scouts didn't follow Veeck's
request nor a followup a request he made.
"The next time Larry called he said, 'Now,
somebedy else knows about him. We gotta move in
24 hours."
Indian scouts got into action too late and another
club signed the youngster for a mere $500.
"His name," said Veeck, "was Mantle. Mickey

King Archelaus, who reigned in
ancient Macedonia from 413 B.C. to
399 B.C., laid out a road system and
also constructe'd fortresses as the
backbone of the national military
50C per game
to6 pm Daily
at the

Familiar names amo9ngdraftees
The teams, with the exception of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, the
NEW YORK (AP) - The major those that passed in the late rounds, will nephew of Gene Mauch, manager of the
league free agent baseball draft continue to pick the nation's baseball Minnesota Twins, and the brother of
recessed yesterday afternoon after the talent via conference call in Com- Mel Stottlemyre, former pitcher with
26 teams had selected 614 players in 22 missioner Bowie Kuhn's office Thur- the New York Yankees, were some of
rounds of the regular phase. aday. the other players selected, as well as
Some famous names surfaced the brothers of Milwaukee's Sal Bando
throughout the day as sons and and California's Carney Lansford. On
MARC HAS MOVED relatives of ex-major leaguers were the two-sport side, Raymond Town-
(Meievl ad enassaceColegim) drafted. Mike Cuellar, Jr., son of the send, high-scoring guard of the UCLA
(Medieval ssd Rensissasce taltegism) former Orioles and Astros pitcher, was Bruins, was drafted as a second
to taken in the sixth round by the Toronto baseman and Rob Hertel, the quarter-
206 Tyler East Quad Blue Jays. back of UCLA's crosstown rival USC,
Phone: 763-2066 The son of Cal McLish, a former was also taken as an infielder.

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