The Michigan Daily-Thursday, August 3, 1978-&-Page 15
ROSE REFLECTS ON STREAK
Luck wasn't there-Pete
ATLANTA (AP)-"I was disap-
pointed because I felt I could have
gone on," Pete Rose said yesterday,
reflecting on the end of the strongest
challenge ever made toward Joe
DiMaggio's record of hitting in 56
"Now I'll concentrate on leading the
league in hitting," said Rose, who saw
his streak end at a National League-
record-tying 44 games when he struck
out on a Gene Garber changeup to
finish an 0-for-4 night Tuesday against
the Atlanta Braves.
THE SCRAPPY Cincinnati Reds'
third baseman insisted he wasn't angry
at Garber, but he questioned why the
bearded relief ace went with his best
pitch in that situation-Atlanta leading
16-4 with two outs in the ninth-rather
than challenging him.
"I'm not saying anything about him
bearing down," Rose said. "I just said
I thought I would hit
Garber . . . he's not the
best reliever in baseball.'
he should challenge somebody. I had
one pitch to swing at that was a strike."
Rose had bounced a sixth-inning
SpOrts of the DAILY
MONTREAL-A second Canadian brewery, the Montreal-based Molson
Breweries of Canada Ltd., expressed interest yesterday in acquiring the
Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League should the current
owners-Edward and Peter Bronfmann-decide to sell.
Morgan McCannon, president of Molson, said his company, one-time
owners of the team when the brewery was a family-operated business, was
McCannon said his company's interest stemmed from its close
association with the Hockey Night in Canada telecasts and radio broadcasts
of games involving Canadian NHL clubs.
Labatt Breweries of Canada Ltd. of London, Onto., were reported
Tuesday on the verge of closing a deal for the NHL franchise and the Mon-
treal Forum with the Bronfmann brothers for $23 million.
But the president of the brewery called published reports of the deal
"quite premature" and "speculation at this point because first of all it has't
been confirmed the team is for sale."
However, he admitted the brewery "had indicated and communicated
an interest to the current owners should the team be for sale."
* * * *
Lions sign ex-Blue gridder
PONTIAC, Mich.-The Detroit Lions announced yesterday the acquisi-
tion of two players, including former Michigan All-American Dave
Gallagher, from the New York Giants.
Neither was an active member of the Giants last season.
In exchange for defensive tackle Gallagher and fullback Marsh White,
the Lions gave the Giants two undisclosed future draft picks, according to
Don Kramer, spokesman for the National Football League club.
Gallagpher, No. 1 pick of the Chicago Bears in 1974 after a standout
collegiate career, was traded to the Giants the following season. Gallagher's
medical studies precluded football last season for the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder,
In White, the Lions continue their search for a ground-pounding running
back dependable in short yardage situations.
* * * *
NEW ORLEANS-The Miami lawyer who helped end television black-
outs for Super Bowls said yesterday he will protest the planned regional
blackout for the Muhammad Ali-Leon Spinks heavyweight fight.
Ellis Rubin said he would file formal complaints today with the Federal
Communications Commission, the American Broadcasting corp. and
several congressional committees. If necessary, he said, he will goto court.
"If the people of Louisiana and the other areas are alerted to this, I think
there will be tremendous public outcry," Rubin said ina news conference.
"One man has announced that he will censor out a whole state and parts
of three others. I don't think he has that right."
Rubin was referring to Bob Arum, head of Top Rank Inc. of New York,
the agency promoting the heavyweight crown bout. Arum was in Argentina
an ould r.
single to right field Monday night on a
Phil Niekro fastball to extend his streak
to 44 games, tying the all-time NL
record set by Willie Keeler of the
Baltimore Orioles in 1897.
ROSE SAID HIS hitting streak
"helped stimulate the team. We made a
move during the streak. It's not a com-
plete loss last night because the other
teams lost last night, too,"
The end came on the combined effort
of Garber and rookie left-hander Larry
McWilliams, who made a miracle catch
of a vicious liner by Rose in the second
"I hit a ball that was halfway into
center field and the guy caught it,"
Rose said of the shot, which the lanky,
6-foot-5 Williams speared behind his
back, holding on as he fell to the
It was a streak without luck, Rose
"ALMOST EVERY night I've hit
shots. I've said all along I could have
had 20 more hits in the streak. I've been
getting the meat of the bat on the ball a
lot. You would think a guy would get
lucky one time in 44 games. But all of
my hits were clean hits. There wasn't a
one off somebody's glove."
Be said he felt no sadness at the
streak ending, but believed he would
have gotten his hit had McWilliams, in
only his fourth major league appearan-
ce, remained in the game.
"I thought I would hit Garber, too,"
he said. "He's not the best reliever in
baseball. Be probably doesn't think I'm
the heat hitter in baseball.
"I hit three balls harder last night
than probably eight of their hits. But,
G AB R H Pct.
Carew Min ......... 97 360 58119 .331
Lynn Bsn ........... 95 343 49111 .324
AOliver Tex ........ 79 316 35102 .323.,
GBrett KC.......... 82 332 52 105 .316
Piniella NY ......... 78 277 38 87 .314
Lezcano Mil ........ 85 278 45 86 .309
Munson NY ......... 98 406 44 125 .308
Rice Bsn ...........104 430 74 132 .307
BBell Cle ........... 91 355 48 108 .304
Sundberg Tex ...... 99 343 36104 .303
Rice, Boston, 24; Hisle, Milwaukee, 23; GThomas,
Milwaukee, 23; Baylor, California, 23; JThompson,
Runs Batted In
Staub, Detroit, 86; Rice, Boston, 81; JThompsonu,
Detroit, 78; Hisle, Milwaukee, 73; Thornton, Cleve-
Guidry, New York, 15-1, .938; Gale, Kansas City,
12-3, .804; Gura, Kansas City, 8-2, .800; Sosa,O Oak-
land, 8-2, .800; Eckersley, Boston, 12-4, .750; Rome,
Seattle, 8-3, .727; Caldwell, Milwaukee, 13-5, .722;
Tanana, California, 4-6, .700.
G AB R H Pet.
Burroughs Atl ...... 99 320 48 103 .322
Rose Cin ........... 105 441 72 138 .313
Whitfield SF ........ 102 336 54 103 .307
RSmith LA ......... 86 310 59 95 .306
Bowa Phi ...........100 420 48 128 .305
Clark SF ...........104 394 63120 .305
EValentine Mtl .....104 404 55123 .304
Concepcion Cin .....102 385 50 117 304
Richards SD ........103 382 60 118 .303
Luzinski, Philadelphia, 25; Foster, Cincinnati, 25;
RSmith, Los Angeles, 20; Dawson, Montreal, 19;
Evalentine, Montreal, 19.
Runs Batted in
Foster, Cincinnati, 81; Clark, San Franscisco,
77; winfield, San Diego, 72; Montanez, New York,
70; Garvey, Los Angeles, 70.
Bonham, Cincinnati, 0-2, .081; Blue, San Fran-
cisco, 15-4, .789; Perry, San Diego, 12-4, .750;
McGraw, Philadelphia, 8-3, .727; Sutter, Chicago,
7-3, .700; Montefusco, San Francisco, 7-4, .636;
Rogers, Montreal, 12-7, .632; John, Los Angeles,
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