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Page Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Saturday, July 17, 1976
Bird flies past Oakland, 1-0

DETROIT (4)_ - Willie Hor- FIDRYCH, the 21 - year old vious start was a 1-0 loss to
ton singled in a run in the bot- rookie right hander who was Kansas City.
tom of the 11th inning Friday the starter and loser for the Fidrych mobbed Horton after
night off Rollie Fingers to give American League in the All- the game and later re-emerged
Mark Fidrych his 10th victory St'r game, raised his record to from the club house when-
as the Detroit Tigers edged the 10-2 and completed the 11th as has become the tradition-
Oakland A's 1-0. game in 12 starts. the crowd refused to leave and
It was the seventh consecu- He went into the game lead- chanted "We want Bird!"
tive extra inning victory for ing the league with a 1.78 earn- RON LEFLORE opened the
Detroit. ed run average. His last pre- Tiger 11th with an infield sin-

gle, beating out a grounder to
short on a play that started a
heated argument with the first
base umpire. Tom Veryzer fol-
lowed with a sacrifice. Rusty
Staub was walked intentionally
and designated hitter Horton
The crowd of 45,905 brings
the total for the past four games
that Fidrych has pitched at
home to 196,000.
Both Fidrych and Oakland
starter Mike Torrez faced the
minimum number of batters
through six innings. In that
span, the A's put two runners
on base, both in the first inn-
ing, but Bill North was caught
stealing after a single and Billy
Williams was erased on a dou-
ble play after walking.
TORREZ retired the first six
Tigers before Aurelio Rodriguez
onened the third with a double
but was out at third trying to
stretch it into a riple. Torrez
then retired the next eight Ti-
It was a typical Fidrych

game: a pitching duel, a near
capacity crowd, chants of "Go
Bird! Go!" and continual pan-
demonium at every good Tiger
The colorful Fidrych was at
his usual best with his mound
antics, including smoothing out
the dirt on his hands and knees,
motioning toward the plate with
directional signals and talking
to the ball.
ONE of his antics drew the
ire of batter Claudell Washing-
ton. While Washington stood
out of the batter's box, Fidrych
got tired of waiting and squat-
ted down. He remained squat-
ted until Washington got back
up to the plate and then "The
Bird" gave him an inside pitch.
Washington dropped his bat
and walked angrily toward the
mound before catcher Bruce
Kimm intercepted him. Both
benches cleared and there
seemed to be some harsh words
spoken. Umpires quickly
cleared the field.

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Lakers talk to Tark
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles takers of the National
Basketball Association have confirmed that they have discussed
the possibility of Coach Jerry Tarkanian of Nevada-Las Vegas
taking over the Laker coaching slot.
But Lakers' general manager Pete Newell and Tarkanian both
said no offer had been made to the successful college coach.
"Yes, we've made contact with Jerry, but no offer has
been made," Newell said.
Although the Lakers are still looking for a new coach, owner
Jack Kent Cooke says last year's coach, Bill Sharman, who has
already accepted an executive post with the Lakers, is still being
considered for coach.
Cooke has also met with Louisville Coach Denny Crum.
Maids in a pinch
MONTREAL - Some chambermaids at Olympic Village are
finding their summer jobs have the traditional hazards. At least
one was assigned to another floor after she complained of passes
from athletes.
Robert Bouchard, the maids' supervisor, said the Czech,
Hungarian, Spanish and French athletes have been too circum-
spect to make any passes, but "the real flirts are the Africans.
"Their methods are, shall we say, direct. They tend to act
first and talk later. And they don't mind grabbing the seat of a
girl's pants when they can."

Mark "The Bird" Fidrych is giving instructions again, but not to the ball this time. He is tell-
ing Oakland batter Claudell Washington to quit stalling. Fidrych tallied his 10th victory when the
Detroit Tigers edged out the A's 1-0 in 11 innings.

Major League Standngs

ABC Olympic coverage
kicks off this afternoon

W L Pct. GB
New York 53 31 .631 -
Baltimore 42 42 .500 11
Detroit 40 41 .4941 t'.
Boston 41 43 .488 1
Clevelsnd 39 42 .481 1?.
Miuwaukee 34 46 .425 17
Kansas City 56 32 636 -
Texas 44 41 .51 9!ยข
Oakland 44 43 .506 100.;
Minnesota ,40 45 .471 13'S
Chicago 49 45 .464 14
California 35 54 .393 20!4
Yesterday's Games
Kansas City 5-2, Boston 1-1
Baltimore 5, California 4
Detroit 1. Oakland 0, 11 innings
Cleveland 7, Minnesota
Chicago 5, Milwaukee 2
New York 3. Texas 0
Today's Gooses
California (Tanana 10-6) at Balti-
more (May 6-6), n
Oakland (Norris 2-2) at Detroit
(Ruhle 5-5), n
Boston (Tiant 10-6) at Kansas
City (Hassler 0-6), a
Milwaukee (Colborn 5-10) at
Chicago (Gossage 5-7), n
Cleveland (Wats 2-4) at 111inne-
anta (Goltar 7-6), a
New York (Ellis 10-4) at Texas
(Prry 9-7). 9:05 n

W L et. G
Philadelphia 57 25 .695 -
Pittsburgh 48 35 .578 95
New york 47 43 .522 14
St. Louis 37 46 .446 201:
Chicago 36 49 .424 224 3
Montreal 26 53 .329 2%
Cincinnati 54 34 .604 -
Los Angeles 40 39 .552 5%
san Diego 43 45 .489 11
Houston 43 45 .489 11
Atlanta 40 47 460 135.
San Francisco 35 53 .398 19
Late games not included
yesterday's Games
Houston 4, New York 3
Pittsburgh 7, Atlanta 2
Cincinnati 4, Montreal 3, 10 innings
St. Louis at San Diego
Chicago at Los Angeles
Philadelphia at San Francisco
Today's Gooses
Atlanta (Euthven 10-8) at Pitts-
burgh tKison 7-4)
St. Louis (Denny 4-4) at San
Diego (Friesleben 6-5)
Houston (Andujar 5-5) at New
York (Seaver 9-5)
Philadelphia (Underwood 5-1) at
San Francisco (Montefusco 7-8)
Montreal (Fryman 8-6) at Cincin-
nati (Zacry 7-3), n
Chicago (Stone 1-1) at Los An-
geles (Rhoden 8-0), a

MONTREAL () - ABC-TV's coverage of the
21st Olympic Games will begin with 10 hours of
viewing this weekend, highlighted by scenes from
the opening ceremonies today and several hours
of live competition tomorrow.
Viewing hours, in Eastern Daylight Time, will
be 2:30-5 p.m. and 8:30-11 p.m. Saturday and 3-6
p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sunday.
The coverage will begin with a live presenta-
tion of today's colorful opening pageantry.
TONIGHT'S telecast will include highlights
from the opening ceremonies plus filmed looks at
memorable performances in past Games. In ad-
dition, the network will show interviews with
athletes and offer glimpses at life in the Olympic
Village, particularly the strict security precau-
The events to be telecast Sunday won't be
selected until shortly before air time because so
much of the coverage will be live. However,

among the top events of the day are men's and
women's gymnastics, men's and women's swim-
min, U.S. basketball and boxing.
Among the gymnastic competitors will be
Nadia Comeneci, the spectacular Rumanian who
will be aiming for the women's individual gold
SWIMMING competition includes finals in the
men's 200-meter butterfly and the women's med-
ley relay. World record-holder Roger Pyttel of
East Germany is the favorite in the butterfly
The Americans who have qualified for that
event are Mike Bruner, Stockton, Calif; Billy
Forrester, Birmingham, Ala., and Steve Gregg,
Wilmington, Del. The women's medley relay
race will feature the awesome East German
The basketball action will have the United
States facing Italy in a preliminary game. The
boxing is first-round action.

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