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Wednesday, June 25, 1975


'Old' gTiers
By CHUCK BLOOM ample opportur
There are many times when the corner of Michigan of this ballclt
Avenue and Trumbell in Detroit hides its real age. example. Two
Tiger Stadium is an old edifice which blends in well Yankees from
with the surroonding old, dying neighborhoods. plan to change
Last year baseball exoerts and writers said the from past histc
Detroit Tigers were an old balllhub. This season they Pail traded
field a group of young lions. But as the wise old good playersi
philosopher said many times "You are only as old you who is tied for
think," the Tigers remain an old team. first sacker C
This old age cannot be meas-red on the playing field, ishly gave up
but in the front office, exezuti'e suites and scouting too soon.
rooms of the Detroit oroanisation located in the sta- Paul and the
dium. The old world thinking of the manager, general nlayers doth n
manager, chief scout. and, ultimately, the owner, snread a little
dictate the Tigers position today; holding up the rest fine bodies; bo
of the league. Former Wolv
for the waiver
THE PEOPLE in control have stayed with the mold cer's job. Th
of, past Detroit ballclibs, strong outfield, good up the mh-traveled
middle, one or two outstanding pitchers, and adequate always dangero
talent to get by elsewhere. Such thinking has allowed
the rest of the American League to pass them by to EDDIE BRIP
the point where a group of banjo hitters like California Anple wearing
can humiliate the most impotent pitching staff in the former Oriole
league to the tune of 14 runs in one game. rookie year at3
The demise of Detroit has been an exercise in Pat Dobson
futility known as the Tigers pitching staff, which basks deal from Atlt
in the rays of a 4.51 staff earned run average. Detroit more. Another
has only four bona-fide major league hurlers on the sold to the Bro
roster, an aged Mickey Lolich who relies more on California de
reputation than heat to get opposing hitters out, Vern May in straigh
Ruhle, the most promising rookie pitcher the Tiger off a particula
farm system has produced since Lolich, John Hiller, I have rooted
who just can't do it all, and Bob Reynolds, a proven When a play
big leaguer who will help this team in the future. claim him for
Otherwise you won't find any Cy Young winners in the standing
among the names. Too often the Tiger staff has been time, Detroit w
sprinkled with such stalwarts as Mike Strahler, Dave to pitching. C
Boswell, Bill Gilbreth, and a Daryl Patterson or two. struggling, LaG
was no fourth s
THE FUNNY THING is that Detroit has had an MAY WAS F

iity to change the complexion and finish
ub. Take the New York Yankees for
years ago, Gabe Paul came to the
Cleveland and instituted a progressive
e the perennial American League kings
ory to present contenders.
with his old employers for several
including third baseman Craig Nettles,
r the AL RBI lead as of yesterday and
lhris Chambliss, after the Indians fool-
on the former Rookie of The Year much
e New Yorkers realized that two ball-
ot a pennant champion make, so they
green around and came up with some
th good voungsters and proven veterans.
'erine Elliott Maddox was sold by Texas
price and blossomed into Bobby Mur-
e Rangers also gave New York the
Detroiter Alex Johnson along with his
ous bat.
NKMAN recently showed up in the Big
those traditional pinstrins as well as
Rich Coegins, who hit .300 plus in his
was given to New York on a waiver
anta after a 20-game season for Balti-
promising young arm, Larry Gura was
onxmen from the Cubs.
livered Sandy Alomar and pitcher Rudy
it cash deals. The latter name touches
r complaint that I hold against a team
for all my life.
er is placed on waivers, any club can
a sum of $20,000 and those teams lower
gs have first rights. Last year at this
as in similar circumstances with respect
Coleman was floundering, Lolich was
Trow was ready to bottom out and there
PLACED on waivers by the Angels and

new life
grabbed up by New York even though the Tigers could
have had him because of their dismal showing in the
AL East race.
May was a good -pitcher for a lousy team and even
managed some fine seasons in 1971 and 1972 with
E.R.A.s of 303 and 2.94 respectively. After a bad
year in 1973, he was seldom used by California and
was finally sold to the Yanks.
The question is why did the Tigers, in dire need of
pitching then, turn their backs on a proven major
league starter? While all those around at least try to
change, why do the Tigers remain stagnant?
MONEY CANNOT be the answer, for the Tiger organ-
ization prides itself on being a sound fiscal club with
good attendance.
New York came up with seven proven players that
are now instrumental in the pennant chase without
spending a quarter of the amount paid to Catfish
Hunter. Yet the Detroit braintrust refuses to do any-
thing but sit and watch a team that has Pbst 17 out
of its last 21 games-half of which were over before
they even started.
Two years ago, the Yankees had comparable talent
to that of Detroit but did more to better themselves.
It is to their credit and to Gabe Paul's that they are
close to the top in the AL East.
AND NOW IT seems that even those die-hard fans
may have had enough. Last Sunday, on the biggest
give-away day of the season, Bat Day, only 31,000
showed up on a clear, warm day. In the past, tickets
would have been hard to come by at 9 a.m. Attendance
is down by 100,000, the biggest decrease in the Ameri-
can League.
I wonder if this is the handwriting on the wall?
Must it take a financial setback at the turnstile for
the Tiger management to wake up and see? But
never end a column with a question.
Chuck Bloom is a former Daily Associate
Sports Editor.


Bengals bombed
Yanks gain AL
By The Associated Press place in the American League's hurled a fit
MILWAUKEE - Don Money, East Division, one-half game career vict
playing his first game since and f i v e percentage points man hit a t
hernia surgery May 28, slam- ahead of the Red Sox. New York
used two hits and scored- twice The rival managers were seven-game
to lead the Milwaukee Brewers w a r n e d by umpire Nick 35-inning s
to a 5-0 victory over the Detroit Bremigan about close pitches defeating th
Tigers in the first game of a after Hunter nicked Balti- 5-1 last nig
doubleheader last night. more's Bobby Grich in the The Mets
Bill Sharp drove in two runs sixth inning and both benches Curtis, 4-6,
to back the three-hit pitching of emptied briefly in the eighth inning ont
Jim Slaton, 6-8, who has allowed when New Y o r k catcher single, a at
just two runs in his last 26 Thurman M u n s o n charged base error
innings, pitcher Mike Torrez. Brock ew
A single by Robin Yount, a Rookie Terry Whitfield, who Alou's line
walk to Money, an RBI-single has hit safely in all seven games
by Sharp and an error by left in which he has batted since Joe Tor
fielder Dan Meyer staked the being recalled from the minors, the fourth
Brewers to a 2-0 lead in the drove in two New York runs lowed with
third inning. with a single and a sacrifice of the sea
Yount doubled home another fly. New York
Brewer run in the fourth, and Greg Terle
Money doubled and scored on Cards Carded n Del U
Sharp's single in the fifth. Mike NEW YORK-Jerry Koosman man's sacr
Npn~ ilp ndD Tnrll D

ve-hitter for his 100th
ory and Dave King-
wo-run homer as the
Mets snapped a
losing streak and a
coreless drought by
he St. Louis Cardinals
:nicked loser John
for a run in the first
Gene Clines' leadoff
tolen base and a two-
by left fielder Lou
h o dropped Jesus
re singled to open
and Kingman fol-
his 10th home run
k added two more off
ecky in the seventh
nser's single, Koos-
ifice, singles by

Clines and Felix Millan and
Alou's grounder.
Phillies win
Brown slammed a tie-breaking
double in the seventh and scor-
ed on a sacrifice bunt to lead
the Philadelphia Phillies past
the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 last
night in the first game of a
twi-night doubleheader.
The Phillies trailed 2-1 when
Mike Schmidt opened the sev-
enth against Pirates' starter
Jerry Reuss, 8-5, with a dou-
ble to left field. Schmidt reach-
ed third and Greg Luzinski was
safe at first on a fielder's

again, 5-0

New Yurk 39 t29 .574-
Boston 3732tO.M6
Milwaukee 36 32 .5153
Baltimore 30 36 .454 8
Clevetaant t7 39 .409 11
Detroit 52639.400 I1Wes
we st
Oakland 43 26 .623 -
Kansas City 38 31 .551 5
Texas 34 35 .492
Catiornia 34 37 .479i10
Minnesota 31 34 .477 t
Chicago 29 38 .432 iC
Last night's games
Mitwatukee 5, 4, tDetroit 0, 2
New York 3, Battimore I
Cleveland 0, Boston 6
Chicago 7, Texas 5
Today's Games
Cleveland (Barrison 0-2) at nos-
ton (Pole 1-3), 3:30 p.m.
New York (May 7-3) at Balti-
more (Palmer 12-3), 7:30 p.m.
Detroit (Ruhle 6-3) at Milwaukee
(Broberg 7-7), 8:30 p.m.
TeKas (Wright 0-3) at Chicago
(Kaat 10-4), 9 p.m.
Kansas City (Busby 10-5 or
Leonard 3-3) at California (Tanana
5-4), 10:30 p.m.
Minnesota (Corbin 4-3) at Oak-
land (tHottzman 6-7 or BOnsrO
5-6), 11 p.m.
W L Pet. G
Pittsburgh 39 20 .000 -
Philadelphia 30 31 .550 3
chicago 35 33 .515 5%
New York 33 32 .507 6
S0. Louis 32 34 .484 71,
Montreal 12835 .44 4101
Cincinnati 44 27 .618 -
Los Anteles 42 31 .575 3
San Feancisco 33 37 .471 10%
San Diego 33 37 .471 10%
Atlanta 29 41 .414 14%
Houston t6 48 .350 19x
Last night's games
Chicago13, Montreal 6
Philadelphia 6, Pittsburgh 3
Cineinnati 3, Atlanta 0
New York 5, St Louis 1
Los Angeles 8, Houston 3
San Diego 2, San Francisco 1,
Today's Games
Cincinnati (T. Carroll 1-0) at At-
lanta (Morton 7-7), 7:35 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Ctandelaria 1-1) at
Philadelphia (Lonborg 6-5), 7:35
Chicago (teuschet 5-6) at Mon-
treal (Baire4-I), 8205 p.m.
St. Louis (Forsch 7-5) at New
York (Seaver 10-4), 8:01 p.m.

regan s szngie ana warren Por-
ter's double in the eighth ac-
counted for the final Milwaukee
Ray Bare, 2-4, took the loss.
George Scott's tie - breaking
two-run single capped a three-
run seventh inning, lifting the
Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 vic-
tory over the Tigers in the sec-
ond game of the twi-night dou-
Baltimore beaned
BALTIMORE-Catfish Hunter
allowed two Baltimore hits to
open the game, including a lead-
off homer by Ken Singleton, and
then held the Orioles hitless un-
til the ninth in pitching the New
York Yankees to a four-hit 3-1
beanball victory over the Orioles
last night.
The victory, coupled with
Boston's loss to Cleveland, lifted
6 the streaking Yankees into first

Alis retirement Cns ring
pln pressure to figtFrazier
By The Associated Press fight Joe Frazier again. about quitting the ring and
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAY- "That's the only thing that's meets Frazier, it probably won't
SIA-Muhammad Ali said yes- giving me any trouble," Ali be in October as had been ex-
terday a night's sleep hadn't said. "I've already gotten tele- pected. The champion said he
changed his mind about retiring, grams from people saying I will begin filming a story about
But he didn't seem as. positive have to fight Joe Frazier as his life, entitled "The Greatest,"
about it as he had Monday. each man has won one fight Oct. 10.
At a news conference Monday against the other." romoter Don Ring, express-
Ali had said, "I'm 99 per cent When asked if a Frazier fight ing shock at Muhammad AK, 's
sure I'll retire." was the only thing that could announced decision to retire
He said again at a news con- keep him from retiring, Ali said, from boxing, said he would ar-
ference yesterday that he in- "I can't fight Frazier withoutr
tended to make his July 1 title fighting George Foreman." He range a tournament to find a
defense against Joe Bugner his regained the title by knocking new heavyweight champion if
last fight. But he added that out Foreman last Oct. 30. Ali remains firm in his plan to
there is pressure on him to If he does change his mind quit.

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