Page 16-Wednesday, July 26, 1978-The Michigan Daily
He's done it
Rose breaks Holmes'N record
NEW YORK (AP)-Pete Rose set a modern National League
hitting streak record of 38 consecutive games last night with a
third-inning single to left field against New York Mets' right-
hander Craig Swan.
With the count one-and-one, Rose lashed a line drive past the shortstop,
bringing a Shea Stadium crowd of 35.000 to its feet roaring their approval.
Tommy Holmes, who set the old record of 37 games in 1945, raced out on the
field to congratulate Rose. The veteran Cincinnati star was mobbed by a hoard of
photographers and the Shea Stadium scoreboard lit up in congratulations.
Swan left the mound and went to the Met dugout as the game was delayed
some two minutes. The crowd continued to roar as Rose tipped his cap in ap-
The first pitch to Rose in the third inning was a strike. The veteran Reds star
fouled back the second pitch before slashing his record-breaking single to center
The hit gives Rose the fifth longest hitting streak in major league history. His
next target will be the 40-game string set by Ty Cobb in 1911.-
The major league record of hitting in 56 consecutive games was established in
1941 by Joe DiMaggio.
Holmes, 61, now working in community relations for the Mets, watched the
scene with mixed emotions.
On Monday night, when Rose tied the record in the seventh off the New York
Mets' Pat Zachry, Holmes had said, "I have to honestly say, I hope he doesn't
But yesterday, although disappointed, Holmes had only praise for Rose.
"This is great for the millions of kids that play baseball," Holmes said.
"Pete told me last night that if he gets the hit," said Holmes, "he was going to
give me the baseball. But when he gave it to me on the field, I gave it back.
"It's his honor and his moment." .rAP Photo
WILCOX WINS WITH FIVE-HITTER
igers run over hapless A 9s, 11-2
advantage to 8-1. Defensive throw following Trammell's fly out, and
By GARY KICINSKI Tiger cause immensely. replacement Aurelio Rodriguez tried to Whitaker laced an RBI single to score
specialtoTheDaiyLou Whitaker also walked and went help the A's out by hitting a perfect the tenth and eleventh runs.
hison Rusty Staub's single to right double-play ball back to McCatty, but Wilcox's long stay in the dugout must
ETROIT - It looks as though the 82 BI's on theLeFlore and gave Staub shortstop Mario Guerrero let McCatty's have stiffened his arm somewhat, as he
Tland A's are finally starting to show throw bounce off his glove into right was touched for a run and three more
r true colors, JASON, THOMPSON then lifted a field, scoring May to make it 9-1. hits before ending the game with his
he green-and-gold A's. who were the arr~f tCenterfielder Wallis made a wild fourth strikeout.
early season darlings of the American
League, came into the Tigers series
with the best team ERA in the league,
and left Tiger Stadium last night spor-
ting shades of black and blue as the
Tigers belted Oakland, 11-2.
OAKLAND manager Jack McKeon
shuffled four hurlers through the
revolving bullpen door, but none were
able to quiet the roaring Bengal bats.
The Tigers' offensive pounding over-
shadowed a fine pitching performance
by Milt Wilcox, who tossed a five-hitter
and went the distance for the fifth time
in his lastsixstarts.
Wilcox set down 13 A's ina row at one
point and was in command all the way
in raising his season's slate to7-8.
The Tigers were especially unmer-
ciful in the sixth and seventh innings,
pounding out nine runs and eleven hits
in the two stanzas. Outfielder Tim Cor-
coran led the team with four hits.
A'S STARTER and loser Steve Renko
(4-5) ran into trouble in the third as the
Tigers tallied tworuns on just one hit,
With one out. Ron LeFlorenwalked
2SClce ly weep colei co score
Whitaker and make the score 2-0.
The game stayed that way until the
sixth, when A's centerfielder Joe Wallis
blasted Wilcox's second delivery deep
into the lower deck bleachers in right
But the Bengals got that run back
four times over in the home half of the
inning, lacing six consecutive hits off
the shabby Oakland pitching. Steve
Kemp led off with a double to left off
Renko, who was immediately yanked in
favor of Pete Broberg.
BUT BROBERG fared no better as he
pitched just long enough to give up con-
secutive singles to Milt May, Corcoran,
and Phil Mankowski.
In marched Elias Sosa, with the score
3-1 and the bases loaded with no outs.
Sosa was greeted with singles by Alan
Trammell and LeFlore to make the
score 6-1, before the Tigers took them-
selves out of the inning with poor base-
Then in the seventh, the Tigers batted
the A's fourth pitcher, rookie Steve
McCatty, for five more runs.
I tjoxLeague Staadiwg~o
EAST W L Pct. GB
Boston................63 33 .656 -
Milwaukee ............ 57 38 .600 5%
Baltimore............54 43 .557 9%/
New York............53 43 .547 10%
Detroit................ 51 47 .520 13
Cleveland............46 50 .479 17
Toronto.............35 64 .353 29
Kansas City ........... 54 41 .568 -
California...........53 47 .535 21
Oakland ............... 50 50 .500 6%
,Texas ................. 46 50 .479 8%
Minnesota ............. 41 53 .436 12%
Chicago ............... 40 55 .421 14
Seattle ............... 36 64 .360 21
Seattle 4, Toronto 2
Cleveland (waIts, 7-10) at New York (Beattle,
W L Pct. GB
Philadelphia ......... 53 41 .563 -
Chicago ............... 49 46 .516 4
Pittsburgh ............ 47 46 .505 5
Montreal............47 53 .470 81/2
New York............43 58 .426 13
St. Louis ............... 39 60 .394 16
San Francisco ......... 59 39 .602 -
Cincinnati............58 40 .592 1
Los Angeles ........... 57 42 .576 2%
San Diego............47 52 .475 12
Atlanta ................ 45 53 .459 13%
Houston ............... 42 56 .429 17
Atlanta 4, Philadelphiay s
cincinnati (La coss, 1-0) at New York (Zspinosa,
St. Louis (Martinez, 4-4) at San Francisco