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~1~... DINTI'
Mark Mihanovic
Everybody knows the type. Moments after celebrating the successful
completion of Johnny Junior's toilet training, they insert a tennis racquet in-
to the tyke's hand and instruct him to consider it his arm's extension, to be
detached only when both hands are necessary to hold any of the hundreds of
trophies he's sure to win.
These parents think nothing of spending thousands of dollars on proper
coaching, proper equipment, and, naturally, membership in the proper club
in order that little Susie may one day be tennis' darling. But for every Tracy
Austin, millions of dollars are spent on disappointment. For every John
McEnroe, there are thousands of teenagers spending the Friday and Satur-
day nights of their youth smashing serves and overheads, hoping in vain that
someday they'll be doing the same on television. And for every Andrea
Jaeger, young girls across the United States are failures at the age of 17,
afraid to face the parents who feel cheated because their child didn't have
what it takes to be a winner.
I've often wondered what distinguishes these "tennis parents" from the
average ones. I think I received a partial indication in a column written by
George Puscas in yesterday's Detroit Free Press. The subject of the
column: Mrs. Gloria Connors, the mother of Jimmy and the epitome of the
"tennis mother."
Never mind that she had Jimmy playing tennis at the age of three.
Never mind that she has spared no expense for her son's tennis develop-
ment, bringing in such notable figures as Pancho Gonzalez and Pancho
Segura to coach Jimbo. Never mind that she sacrificed her marrige so that
she could travel with Jimmy and protect him from all that is evil. These
could just be expressions of her love for her son, and she does love him.
What bothers me about Gloria Connors is this: "He is an extension of me
.:. Don't underestimate me. I am his mother, his coach, his manager, agent,
chief bottlewasher and baby sitter."
Jimmy Connors is 26 years old, married, and has one child. And Gloria
Connors is his "baby sitter."Oh.
Obviously, not all "tennis parents" carry their overbearance to this ex-
treme. But the majority do see their sons and daughters as extensions of
themselves. When Johnny Junior loses, he isn't nearly as unhappy as Big
John. Until, of course, Big John's healthy competitive desire rubs off on his
son, and Junior spits on the guy across the net when the opportunity presents
itself. After all, what is Big John going to say when the boys at the club ask
him how his kid fared?
There are exceptions to these examples. There are parents who spend
time and money on the tennis careers of their offspring simply to give them a
chance to develop their talents to the fullest so that, if the opportunity for a
tennis career presents'itself, they are able to make the most of it. And they
deserve congratulations, because they are a minority.
As for Mrs. Connors, well, I think it's time for Jimmyto give her a good
spanking and send her to her room for the rest of his tennis career.
Middaugh and Schembechler
Conversations with baseball coach Bud Middaugh and the gridiron
mentor this past week revealed a sharp contrast in philosophy. Middaugh
continuously hammered at the point that whatever he does as a coach, he
does for the benefit of the student athlete.
Bo Schembechler, on the other hand, sees the situation in major college
athletics today rendering that concept nearly impossible. The prominent
coach of one of the largest and most successful football programs in the
nation complained about the "bigness" of college athletics. He maintained
that as long as he's expected to develop a product worthy of 100,000 people,
the benefit of the individual sometimes has to take a back seat. And it's
doubtful that Schembechler will have a change of attitude in the future. That
is, as long as Mr. Canham is upstairs counting out the 100,000. e
Eli Zaret
On the strength of his performance Friday morning, WRIF-FM disc
jockey Eli Zaret should be unemployed disc jockey Eli Zaret. Zaret's
malicious attack on the Michigan Daily, coming after he falsely attributed a
rumor that Schembechler hadsuffered a heart attack to this newspaper, was
the quintessence of irresponsibility and incompetence.
On second thought, maybe Zaret shouldn't be fired, after all. Maybe he
just needs stricter supervision. Like a baby-sitter. Looking for work, Gloria
Connors?

CLINTON TWIRLS 7-0

Blue batsmen

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By JON WELLS
Paced by the strong right arm of
junior pitcher Mark Clinton and the
power of' Jim Paciorek and Fred Er-
dmann, the Michigan baseball team
opened its 1980 Big Ten season yester-
day with a 7-0 pasting of defending con-
ference champion Michigan State.
In front of a large, shivering crowd at
Fisher Stadium, Clinton, a righthander
from Grosse Pointe, chilled the Spartan
hitters for nine innings, striking out
eleven, and surrendering only six
singles. The shutout was the third in a
row for the Wolverine hurler, spanning
22 innings.
THE WIN IS the first in the Big Ten
for new Michigan mentor Budd Mid-
daugh, who had a few good things to say
about his winning pitcher. "I think the
key to a good pitcher is how he handles
the tough situations and Mark (Clinton)
was making the good pitch in the key
situations."
See Page 8 for recap of the Detroit
Tigers' 8-6 loss to the Kansas City
Royals.
Clinton was justifiably pleased with
his performance but admitted that he
tired in the late innings. "I had good
velocity on my fastball in the begin-
ning, but relied mostly on my curve in
the middle innings. In the late innings I
didn't have anything."
Paciorek, batting in the designated
hitter slot due to a sprained right
shoulder, provided the Wolverines with
all the runs they would need when he
launched a high drive over the left field

wall for a 2-0 first inning lead. The
round-tripper was Paciorek's third of
the young season and boosts him into
the team RBI lead with 18.
FRESHMAN leftfielder Fred Er-
dmann, moved over to right to replace
the "ailing" Paciorek, banged out a
single, double and triple, scored a run
and knocked in two.
In the second inning, Erdmann led off
witha ground double over the first base
bag, and went to third when Garry
Gawrych grounded out to second. Tim
Miller got the first of his two RBI's by
laying down a successful safety-
squeeze bunt, bringing home Erdmann
with the third Michigan run.
Middaugh flashed the suicide sign
again in the fifth. Jeff Jacobson led off
the inning with a bloop single to left-
center, stole second, and scampered
around to third when the Spartans'
starting and losing pitcher, Jay
Strother, side-armed a wild pitch. Tom
Fredal, batting for Chuck Wagner,
couldn't get his bat on the ball with
Jacobson bearing in on him from third
base, but the State catcher, Jerry
Pollard, fumbled the ball for an error
and the run scored.
ERDMANN WAS the instigator again
in the sixth when he led off with a bad
hop single past first base, went to
second on a sacrifice, and scored on
Miller's single up the middle.
The Wolverines tallied their final two
runs in the seventh when Erdmann
swept home Paciorek and Gerry Hool
with a sinking line drive triple to center
field that scooted past the diving Spar-
tan centerfielder Tim Kearly.
Yesterday's victory boosts
Michigan's overall record to 12-9; 6-2 up

The Michigan Daily-Sunday, April 13, 1980-Page'7
GEM
elI State
The Michigan batsmen will have a:
brief respite on Tuesday when they host'
Central Michigan in a doubleheader;at .
Fisher Stadium, but then the team .
travels west for two conference
doubleheaders next weekend against
Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Spartan Soup - T
MICHIGAN STATE-
ab r It rbi.
Dankovich ss ............ 4 0 1 0#
Dorrb.................. 4 0 0
Robinsonlif ................4 0 1 0
Russrf.................... 4 0 0 0
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Haines 2b .... ........4 0 0 a
Mehail dh.........
Kearlyci .................. 4 0 2 0
Pollard e.................. 2 0 1 0
Totals ..................... 31 0 6 0

MICHIGAN
ab

Erdman

... single, double, triple
north and 1-0 in the conference.
-Michigan State now carries a sur-
prisingly poor 5-16 slate, showing little
indication yet that it will successfully
defend its Big Ten title.
THE TWO teams will move to East
Lansing tomorrow to conclude their
weekend home and home series.
Freshman righthander Steve Ontiveros
(2-4, 2.81) will start for the Wolverines
while State will throw righthander
Brian Wolcott (1-2, 5.90). Although he is
off to a slow start, Wolcott is a proven
pitcher and should provide a tough test
for the Michigan hitters in the unfrien-
dly confines of Kobs Field.

Schulte cf .................
wagner if .................
Foussaines ss...........
Paciorek dh.............
Hool c .................
Erdman rf.........:.......
Gawrych 3b............:
Miller 1lb................
Jacobson 2b.............
Fredal If..............
Wroten pr.............
Totals ................

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E-Strother. LOB-Michigan State 10, Michigan 6.
2B-Erdman. 3B-Erdman. HR-Paciorek (3).
SB-Jacobson 2. SH-Gawrych,Wagner, Dankovich,
Miller, Pollard.
IP H R ER BB SO
Michigan State
StrotherL (14)..........5 5 5 2 3
Butzirus............... 2% 2 2 2 1 2
Michigan
Clinton W (3-2)..........9 6 0 0 3 11
WP-Clinton, Strother. BK-Clinton, HBP-(by
Clinton) Pollard.
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FIORE 2ND A T 210

Ballesteros leai

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Severiano
Ballesteros continued his conquest of
the 44th Masters yesterday, slashing to
a third-round 68 that gave him a seven-
stroke command of golf's annual spring
rite.
The 23-year-old Spaniard, already the
British Open champion and looking for
new worlds to conquer, has a 54-hole
total of 203, a whopping 13 strokes under
par on the famed Augusta National Golf
Club course.
A STRING of three consecutive bir-
dies on the back nine helped put the
young man in a position where the tour-
nament - one of the world's most
revered tests of golfing greatness - is
his alone.
He can win it. Or he can lose it. It is
that simple.
And he has an outside chance at set-
ting a scoring record: The 72-hole
record is 271, 17 under, set by Jack
Nicklaus in 1965 and tied by Ray Floyd
in 1976. Ballesteros needs a 68 in today's
scheduled final round to tie it, 67 to beat
it.
HIS CLOSEST pursuers noted, in
timidly optimistic tones, that he hasn't
won it yet.
"Funny things happen in golf," ob-
served defending champion Fuzzy
Zoeller, nine strokes behind.

Ballesteros
.shotat record
"Seve is going to be awfully hard to
catch. If a man plays that well, he
deserves it,"said Ed in second
alone at 210 after a 69 that included an
eagle. He is playing in his first Masters.
BALLESTEROS, despite his age the
leading player in Europe for the past
four years, built his third-round score
around an overwhelming domination of
the par-5 holes.
He played them 5-under-par. They
surrendered to his strength, finesse -
and luck - birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie.
As Fiori said: "I didn't expect to be in
second. I'll just go out tomorrow, play
my best and try to learn something."
He was the only man within sight of

quick-striding Ballesteros, one of the
most exciting young players the game
has produced in years.
Eight shots back with 18 holes to play
were Andy North, J. C. Snead and a
pair of Australians, PGA titleholder
David Graham and Jack Newton. They
were tied for third at 211. North,
Newton and Snead all had 69s under the
gray skies that leaked a chilly drizzle
most of the day. Graham had to recover
from a string of three bogeys in four
holes to match par-72.
TIED AT 213 was a starry trio of
Gary Player, a three-time winner here,
Tom Watson and Hubert Green. All shot
71s. Watson, the game's best player
over the last three years but now
challenged for world supremacy by
Ballesteros, had to recover from a
triple bogey-6 on the water-guarded
12th hole to make it respectable.
Five-time Masters winner Jack
Nicklaus, who had worked so hard to
cap his comeback in this tournament,
continued to find nothing but
frustration. The Golden Bear, now 40,
took a 73 and was out of it at 218.
One by one they disappeared and
Seve kept it going.
The great three-iron shot that set up
the eagle on No. 8 put him out of reach.
From that point on, it was no longer a
question of "who" but by "how much?"

Iri~sh,
spank'
s pikers
BY KENT WALLEY
The Michigan men's volleyball team
failed to reach the finals of the Midwest'
Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
championships yesterday, bowing to
Notre Dame, 16-14 and 15-11, at the Cen-
tral Campus Recreation Building.
Trailing 14-6 in the second game, the
Wolverine spikers battled back to
within three, 14-11, before succumbing
to the Fighting Irish.
Despite:the defeat, two Michigan
players were named to the MIVA All-
Star team. Scott White gained first
team honors and Eric Bircstannard
made the second team.
While the Wolverines were being
ousted, Miami was downing Northern
Illinois, 15-5 and 15-10, to gain the finals.
In the finals Miami easily captured
the first game by a 15-6 score, but the
Irish rebounded by an identical margin.
The decisive game saw Notre Dame on
the verge of victory at 13-10, before the
Redskins, in a dramatic comeback,
scored the last five points to snare the
regional crown.

Freshman shines in
Michigan net victory

Sunday Morning Funnies
COMEDY & MIME TROUPE
FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 8:00 PM
MICHIGAN UNION BALLROOM

Mark Mees capped a superlative
week-long number one singles effort
yesterday, beating highly-regarded
Ted Kauffmann of Minnesota in
straight sets as the Michigan netters
buried the Gophers, 7-2, at the Liberty
Racquet Club.
Coach Brian Eisner called Mees'
second day at number one singles an
"outstanding performance." Later in
the afternoon, the Zanesville, Ohio
freshman teamed with fellow Buckeye
Dan McLaughlin to beat Greg Wickland
and Brian Biermat in third doubles, 7-5,
7-5.
THE WOLVERINES, ranked ninth
nationally, were near top form, winning
the first five singles and two of three
doubles matches. At second singles,
junior Matt Horwitch squeaked by Kent
Helgeson, 6-4, 6-4, then paired with
Michael Leach to take the number one
doubles match from Kauffmann and
Dave Morin 6-2, 7-6.
Morin posted the only Gopher singles
win, outlasting Minnesota native Louis
McKee at sixth singles 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
MICHIGAN'S OTHER loss occurred
at second doubles, where Tom Haney

and co-captain Jack Neinken fell to
Helgeson and Hokan Almstrom, 4-6, 6-4,
6-3.
Leach defeated Greg Wicklund at
third singles, 6-2, 7-5, while Neinken and
Haney recorded wins at numbers four
and five, respectively.
The win leaves the Blue netters with
an overall record of 11-1 and an un-
blemished Big Ten mark of 4-0. The
team's next match is here Wednesday
at 2:30 p.m. against defending MAC
champion Miami of Ohio.

A&M Recording Artists;

FROM ENGLAND

SQUvEEZE

SCORES
Baseball
American League
Kansas City 8, Detroit 6
Chicago 8, Baltimore 2
New York at Texas, ppd. rain
Milwaukee 18, Boston 1
Minnesota 6, Oakland 0
National League
Chicago 6, New York 3
Pittsburgh 7, St. Louis 2
Philadelphia 6, Montreal 2
Cincinnati 5, Atlanta 4

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AP Photo
A GLUM JACK NICKLAUS watches his putt go awry yesterday at the PGA
Masters championship in Augusta, Ga. The 40-year-old Golden Bear shot
a third-round 73 for a total of 218, a whopping 15 strokes behind the pace-
setter, 23-year-old Severiano Ballesteros of Spain.

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