°Ihursday, July 31, 1975
rHE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, July 31, 1975 ~HE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Eleven
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Tigers will miss Stanley.
...maybe for good
1ICKEY STANLEY'S career with the Detroit Tigers took a turn
for the worse Tuesday when he underwent surgery to repair
a ligament in his right thumb. That will probably be the last time
Tiger fans will see the veteran outfielder this season as the Tigers
put Stanley on the 60-day disabled list.
It is iot unreasonable to suppose, also, that that will be the
last time ever Stanley will play in a Tiger uniform.
There is simply no room on a young rebuilding club like
Detroit for a man like Stanley, now 33 who finished this season
with a .256 batting average.
The writing has been on the wall for Stanley since last
winter when Detroit tried to deal him and catcher Bill Freehan
to Philadelphia for catcher Bob Boone. The deal fell through
and Stanley remained with Detroit serving exclusively as a
Mickey's flawless and versatile glove cannot make up for his
so-so batting average especially with so many young players who
might as well be given a chance to develop as long as Detroit
is not a pennant contender.
Now Stanley has ,reached the ten-year status that gives him
power to veto any trade. Stanley might very well choose to stay
with Detroit but his future will be, no doubt, as no more than a
substitute when a regular is sidelined.
One cannot help but feel a certain admiration for Stanley
who must be keenly frustrated after losing for the second
straight year a starting position due to an injury. Last year
about this time the veteran was sidelined with a broken right
hand. Ron LeFlore was called up and ultimately shoved Stanley
out of a starting spot indefinitely.
This year, as with every year, Stanley has come through when
the Tigers have needed him. When outfielders Dan Meyer and
Ron LeFlore were sidelined Stanley provided more than adequate
help in the field. After Nate Colbert's failure at firstbase Stanley
filled in. Even at thirdbase, a position Stanley had never played
before, the outfielder-shortstop-firstbaseman came through in the
absence of Rodriquez.
Mickey has always been popular in Detroit because he has
never let the Tigers down. Sure, he has never been a super-star
but he has been relatively consistant at bat and always excellent
in the field.
The most notable example of his dependability came In
the 1968 World Series where manager Mayo Smith played him
at shortstop all seven games. The move probably made the
difference in giving Detroit the World Championship.
As pop flies drop into the outfield, and line-drives sail over
outstretched gloves the Tigers will find that they miss Mickey
Stanley more than they thought. With a player like Stanley on
the roster it is not hard for a manager to provide a little depth
for a team. Without Stanley Detroit will find a surprising sparse
Lions grab CHARING CROSS
Pa's316 S. STATE
S M orrf s TUES. - FRI., 11 - 9
SATURDAY, 10 - 6
O r MASS. (-t-Center USED, FINE,
fan Morris of the National Foot- SCHOLARLY______OO___
University failed him
By The Associated Press while I was at Minnesota to us, I'm sure., but as far as I
ST. PETER, Minn. - Former make a living." know San Antonio still has the
University of Minnesota basket- Musselman also has a camp contract rights to Olberding."
ball coach Bill Musselman says Muss.mans hsact o e
he decided to leave the school at Hiram, Ohio and he said he Musselman said he didn't
because of a lack of support plans to begin another at San know that the San Diego job was
after the school's announcement Diego, where it's estimated his until last Friday night.
that it was being investigated three-year contract. He said "I didn't want to ask for a
by the National Collegiate Ath- that he plans to keep operating release from my contract at
n all three camps in the fture. Minnesota though, because I
"Who was there backing me "Ithr casarante outha te was honestly afraid someone
up when I needed it?" asked "I can guarantee you that the might try to jeopardize my new
Musselman during a break at NCAA doesn't have 100 viola- job," he said.
his basketball camp at Gustavus tions on the basketball program
Adolphus College. "N o b o d y. at Minnesota," he continued. THE 34-year-old coach said he
That's probably the big reason "Everybody in the country wouldn't criticize anyone at
I left." thinks I'm some kind of outlaw Minnesota.
. because of the stories saying "As a human being I'm hurt
sots four years ago atta salary s mply no lations and that's that they didn't support me,"
net ".-snspaoess e
of $18,500 and he said that he
was earning $23,000 on his pres-
"The San Diego job is a great
opportunity and they've got good
people running the show there,"
he continued. "I had to keep
two basketball camps going
HE ALSO said that Mark 01-
berding is good enough to turn
pro and that he'd like to get
the Gopherbasketball star at
"Sure I'd like to have him,"
said Musselman. "He could help
he said. "I helped one Kid be-
cause he got his girlfriend preg-
nant, but that's the only thing
I'll admit to being guilty of and
that certainly can't be consid-
ered as an inducement to get
him to play for me."
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Patriots was traded yesterday
to the Detroit Lions for an un-
disclosed draft choice.
The 6-foot-4 Morris, a <250-
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for 12 years after being selected
by the Pats in the 1964 draft.
He played his college football at
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