Wednesday, June 9, 1976
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Poge Eleven I
Detroit selects Underwood
NEW' YORKAd) - Floyd Bannister, Arizona
NState's left-handed fireballer tabbed by some
scouts as a major league pitcher right now, was
selected by the Houston Astros yesterday as the
first choice of baseball's summer free agent draft.
Michigan pitcher Lary Sorensen was picked by
the Milwaukee Brewers, late in yesterday's pro-
Bannister, two-time All-American who was 37-5
in his three seasons for the Son Devils, was
called "something special" by one scout, "Our
reports say he can play right now in the major
leagues, that he can break in, right off the bat."
But Houston, winning the first pick by losing
the most games in the National League in 1975,
seemed likely to send him to the minors for more
Astros Manager Bill Virdon said Monday it
would be unlikely for a college pitcher to step
into a major league rotation. "I don't ever say
something can't happen," he said, "but it's not
something you expect."
Jim Brock, baseball coach at Arizona State,
the No. 1-ranked tenin in the country, said Ban-
nister _coild be fitted immediately for a major
-k,."My advice . . . would be to take him right
up," Brock said. "Not as the top man, but as
No. 6 or 7 on a 10-man staff."
Bannister, the collegiate strikeout king this
season with 195, blazed an 18-1 record in leading
Arizona State to the College World Series begin-
ning in Omaha, Neb. this weekend.
The junior from Seattle who will be 21 Thurs-
day-the last scheduled dty of the draft-com-
pleted 15 of his 20 games in 1976 and compiled an
earned-run average of 1.35.
"He's very intelligent and worsk harder than
any kid I've ever had," said Brock.
BOB OWCHINKO, left-handed pitcher for the Eastern Michi- The Detroit Tigers, the losingest team in the
gan Hurons, was the fifth player taken in the major league American League-and in the majors-in 1975,
free agent draft. Owehinko, already has broken the EMU re- selected second and went for Pat Underwood,
cord for the most wins in one season and hopes to add to the a high school pitcher from Kokimo, Ind.
total in the College World Series which begins this week, in Underwood, whose brother, Tom, pitches for
Omaha, Nebraska. the Philadelphia Phillies, was considered by one
SPORTS OF TIHE DAILY: M
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scout "a bit ahead of his brother at the same
stage of their development."
The Atlanta Braves, owning the third choice,
selected Kenneth Earl Smith, 18, an infielder-
outfielder from Youngstown, Ohio. The Braves
weer expected to have the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder
concentrate on the infield. -
The Milwaukee Brewers picked fourth and se-
lected William Bordley, a left-handed high school
pitcher from Rollings Bills, Calif.
Bobt wehinko, a left-handed pitcher from
Eastern Michigan University, who shutout
Michigan twice in the NCAA tournament, was
the fifth selection, taken by the San Diego
The California Angels were next and picked
Ken Landreaux, a 21-year-old junior center fielder
from Arizona State, who led the nation with 87
runs batted in this year.
Landreaux, who set an NCAA record for base
hits with 112, belted 14 home runs and hit .413
this season. Playing all 70 of Arizona State's
games, Landreaux did not commit an error
while also leading his team in stolen bases.
IMerman Segelke, a right-handed high school
pitcher from San Francisco, was picked next by
the Chicago Cubs. One scout caled Segelke "a
big strong kid, a definite prospect."
Next, the Chicago White Sox picked Steven
Trout, a left-hander from South lolland, Ill., and
the son of the late major league hurler Dizzy
Last year's four division winners also went for
pitchers. The Pittsburgh Pirates picked James
Parke, a right-hander from Sterling Heights,
Mich.; the Boston Red Sox went for left-hander
Bruce Hurst of St. George, Utah, the Cincinnati
Reds picked Mark King, a right-hander from
Owensboro, Ky., and the Oakland A's completed
the first round by taking right-hander Tom Sul-
livan, Woodbridge, Va.
Robert James, who plays the infield, outfield
and pitches, was taken by the Minnesota Twins,
who had the 10th pick.
Aaior League Leaders
AN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE
G AB R H Pet. Player Club G AB R H Pet.
49 204 29 71 .348 MCB-ide StL 33 128 20 46 .359
49 187 31 65 .348 Griffey Cin 47 180 45 61 .359
38 142 19 49 .345 G.Foster Cin 47 183 28 62. .339
37 139 20 47 .338 Rose Cin 52 213 46 72 .338
43 174 26 58 .333 Cey LA 51 187 31 63 .337
46 201 28 64 .318 Boone Phi 41 131 21 44 .336
47 151 29 48 .318 Morgan Cin 44 154 41 51 .331
e Runs Home Runs
ty, 10; L. May, nal- Kingman, New York, 21; Schmidt,
Minnesota, 9; Ban- Philadelphia, 15; G. Foster, Cinin-
Ystrzemski, Boston, nati, 11; Monday, Chicago, 10; Cey,
leveland, 8; Bur- Los Angeles. 10.
Batted In Runs Batted In
xas, 40; Chambliss, G. Foster, Cincinnati, 50; King-
Munson, New York, man, New York, 47; Schmidt, Phila-
City, 35; Ford, Min- delphia, 39; Morgan, Cincinnati, 39;
Texas, 34, T. Perez, Cincinnati, 38; Winfield,
(5 Dccisions) San D~iego, 38.
ity, 6-1, .857; Leon- Pitching (6 Decisions)
y, 5-1, .833; singer, Lonborg, Philadelphia, 8-1, .899;
.833; Slaton, Mil- Bough, Los Angeles, 7-1, .875; Mat-
Travers, Milwau- ack, New York, 6-1, .857; R. Jones,
Fitzmorrls, Kansas San ieg~o, 10-2, .833; Reed, Phil&-
W. Campbell, Min- delphia, 5-1, .833; Alcala, Cincinnati,
; Goltz, Minnesota, 5-1, .833; Zachry, Cincinnati, 5-1,
.833; 2 Tied with .750.
Michigan baseball c a p t a i n
D i c k Walterhouse has been
awarded the 1976 Big Ten Medal
of Honor, his third post-season
award of the year. The award
is given annually at each of the
conference schools to the stu-
dent w h o demonstrates the
greatest proficiency in scholar-
ship and athletics.
Walterhouse, a senior fromn
Ann Arbor, was previously se-
lected as a member of the Big
Ten All-Academic Team for the
second consecutive year and as
a member of the All-Big Ten
first team as the top second
baseman in the league.
WALTERHOUSE achieved his
primary goal of the season in
being selected to the All-Aca-
demic Team,- an accomplish-
ment he feels recognizes more
than just playing ability. He
was also named the Outstanding
Civil Engineering Undergradu-
ate Student of the year by virtue
of his 3.68 overall grade point
Walterhouse led the team in
base hits this season with 50
while finishing second in hitting
with a .342 average. He entered
the record book in two places,
collecting 11 doubles to tie Wil-
liam Roman (1960) for the
Cubs acquire Coleman
from Tigers for cash
CHICAGO (P) - The Chicago
Cubs obtained veteran Detroit y"
right-handed pitcher Joe Cole-
man from the Detroit Tigers
yesterday for an undisclosed
amount of cash and a player
to be named after the season.
Coleman, 29, had his best
season in 1971 when he posted
a 20-9 record for the Tigers,
striking out 236 batters in 286e
innings. In 1972 he had a 19-14
record and the following year f
he was 23-15.
Coleman, 1-5 after 12 starts
this season, was the first selec-
tion of the 1965 June free-agent /
draft. He won his first two
games for the then-Washington
Senators only four months out
of high school. oleman
Michigan season high and get-
ting seven triples to surpass the
old mark of six by Steve Boros
Michigan's 1975 B i g T e n
Medal of Honor went to tennis .
player Jerry Karzen.
Michigan's steeplechase ace
Greg Meyer, after earning All-
American recognition .by plac-
ing fifth in the NCAA Champion-
ships in Philadelphia, has been
invited to attend the AAU Na-
tional Finals Saturday in Los
The junior from Grand Rapids
currently holds the sixth best
time in the nation ($:33.8) in the
3004-meter event and can auto-
matically qualify for the Olym-
pic tryouts by shaving 1.1 sec-
onds off that time.
MEYER'S 8:33.8, which he
achieved in Saturday's NCAA
finals, is the fourth best time
run by a collegiate American
this year. Along with setting a
Michigan varsity record, Meyer
also became the fastest Big Ten
runner ever in that event.
Meyer was also an All-Ameri-
can in cross country last fall.
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