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Tigers pluck Blue

The Michigan Daily-Sunday, April12, 1981-Page 9


Special to the Daily
DETROIT-Backed by the solid pitching of Milt
Wilcox and Aurelio Lopez, the Detroit Tigers downed
Toronto, 6-2, yesterday afternoon at Tiger Stadium
for the second consecutive time in the infant 1981
The game started out slowly, as a very sharp
Wilcox limited the Blue Jays to just two hits in the fir-
st seven innings. The Tigers, on the other hand,
loaded the bases in both the first and fifth-frames, but
*hey left them that way each time.
THEY DID MANAGE to score a single run in the
third inning when Rick Peters led off with a double,
was sacrificed to third by Alan Trammell, and slid
home headfirst in front of a throw by pitcher Dave
Stieb, who had fielded Steve Kemp's slow roller. They
'M' batsmen
Special to the Daily Then, with
* COLUMBUS - The Wolverine freshman C
baseball team uncorked five home runs home run
to take a 7-2 victory over Ohio State in score 5-2. S
the opener of a scheduled doubleheader Jeff Jacobs
yesterday in Columbus. The second scoring wit
game was rained out. Michigan
Sophomore shortstop Tony Evans, times in
returning from an injury, put the doublehead
Wolverines ahead in the first inning, 1- fort as the
0, with a home run in his first trip to the ter. The t
late since the Wolverines came back doublehead
rom their spring trip. Senior catcher rained-out
GerFy Hool followed that up with
another homer to give Michigan a 2-0 Beckwit
In the second inning, the Buckeyes Michigan
picked up an unearned run and four hits Bdekwith p
to make the score 2-1. Ohio State scored all-around
its last run of the game in the fifth in- AIAW nati
ning to tie the game at 2-2. ship meet
Michigan, however, pulled away City. Beck
from the Buckeyes in the sixth inning her above
by garnering five runs off of three more Michigan's
oundtrippers. Evans started off the in- Beckwith
niog with his second homer of the day. around eve

got a second run in the fourth on a line shot home run
by Lance Parrish into the lower deck in left field.
The Tigers broke the game open with a big four-run
seventh inning. Trammell started the inning by get-
ting hit by a pitch and came all the way home on a
long triple up the alley between the center and right-
fielders by Kemp.
After the triple, manager Bobby Maddick brought
in Iefthander Jerry Garvin to face Detroit's lefthan-
ded hitting lineup. Richie Hebner thwarted the
strategy, however, by lining a single to centerfield to
score Kemp from third. John Wockenfuss then pinch-
hit for Champ Summers and grounded out, moving
Hebner to second. Another pinch-hitter, Al Cowens,
flied out to right for the second out.
AT THIS POINT, Maddick brought in Mike Barlow
and ordered him to intentionally walk Lance Parrish.

But the move backfired when Mick Kelleher singled
to drive in one run. Tiger second baseman Lou
Whiticker followed with another single to drive in the
fourth run of the inning before Toronto's Joey
McLaughlin came on to strike out Peters and end the
Toronto got its two runs in the eighth inning, as
Wilcox began to tire. Damasco Garcia and Danny
Ainge had back-to-back singles, and Alfredo Griffin
brought them both in with a double over Peters' head
in centerfield.
Detroit manager Sparky Anderson decided that
Wilcox had had enough and brought in bullpen ace
Lopez, who retired Lloyd Moseby on a vicious line
drive to end the inning.
LOPEZ THEN closed out the ninth frame strongly
to send the fans home just as the rain began to come
Kemp was the big hitting hero for the
Bengals, as he went 3-for-4 on two
singles and a triple for two RBI's.
=2 ..
a mark of 8.7.
solid perfor-
ise, 8.1, balan-"-
parallel bars,
softball team
finals of the Wilcox and Lopez combined for a
sterday. The five-hittter, as the much-maligned
against Nor- Tiger pitching staff turned in its second
outh Western straight strong performance.
dropped one The same two teams face each other
nois, 6-0. again this afternoon.

two out, Hool hit a triple and
Chris Sabo smashed his sixth
of the season to make the
Sophomore second baseman
son finished off the inning's
h a two-run homer.
n went on to score three
the second game of the
der, but it was a wasted ef-
rains came shortly thereaf-
wo teams will play another
er today and make up the
game tomorrow.
h 7th at nationals
Special to the Daily
freshman gymnast Kathy
placed seventh out of the 24
gymnasts competing in the
onal gymnastics champion-
held yesterday in Salt Lake
with's performance placed
all other competitors from
took fourth place in the all-
nt with 34 points. In the vault



competition, she received
Beckwith also turned in
mances in the floor exerci
ce beam, 8.65, and theI
Softballers aduaa
Special to the Dail
The Michigan women'ss
qualified for the quarter
Red Bird Tournament ye
Wolverines won games
thern Illinois, 3-0, and S(
Missouri, 2-1. Michigant
game against Western Illi

AP Photo
JACK NICKLAUS, five-time winner of the Masters, urges the ball on with
his putter on the 17th green at Augusta National. Nicklaus had a four stroke
advantage after two rounds, but lost it all after struggling to a third round
three-over-par 75. Nicklaus is one stroke behind Tom Watson heading into
today's final round of the Masters.

Nick laus blows 4-shot advantage;

Wa ts on sneaks into

Masters lead

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* nua DVEV a rvni yoU
Kids pick their heroes ... .
why athletes?.
:W HEN YOU SIT right down and think about it, it seems highly peculiar
that of all the various sectors of our society, the one that young boys
most readily identify with is sports. Ask any kid who his idol is and, more of-
ten than not, the answer will be either "daddy" or some famous athlete.
Perhaps sadly, the glorification of athletics in this country has progressed
to such a point where youngsters today would much rather grow up to be like
Magic Johnson, George Brett, or Billy Sims than Albert Einstein, Clarence
Darrow or Christian Barnaard. In 1976, the Ladies Home Journal polled fifth
graders to see who their heroes were, and the overwhelming choice among
both boys and girls was O.J. Simpson, whose claim to fame was being the
first running back to gain 2,000 yards in a season. Finishing in second place
among both sexes was Neil Armstrong. All he ever did was walk on the moon
before anyone else.
I must admit that as a young boy, I, too, idolized a sports figure. I played
third base on my Little Leauge team in Ypsilanti, the Orioles, and I wore the
same number on my back that the third baseman for the big league Orioles
in Baltimore wore-number five. That's what made Brooks Robinson my
hero. I would watch him on TV whenever I could, follow his career by
reading the sports section of the paper ... just tried to be like him in every
Sway possible. When I outgrew Little Leauge at age 13, I also, thankfully,
outgrew Brooks.
- But why, then, do the youngsters of oursocietylook upon athletes as the
pinnacles of the world? It certainly isn't a new phenomenon. Ever since
athletics started to gain in popularity ground the beginning of this century,
young boys have tried to emulate their favorite athletes. Back then it was
"Shoeless" Joe Jackson of the White Sox, Babe Ruth of the Yankees, Ty
Cobb of the Tigers. Only the names are different now.
Parental misguidance -
Certainly, parents in our society don't do much to help their children adopt
more socially useful heroes. Mother to child: "You think that Larry Bird
doesn't eat his brussel sprouts?!" There certainly isn't anything wrong with
a parent encouraging a son or daughter to adopt an interest in sports. They
provide a great escape from the reality and pressures of society. But when a
parent buys a certain cereal only because an -athlete endorses it, or pur-
chases the same type of shoes for his or her on that "Dr. J" wears, it only
reinforces the idea in a child's mind that being a star jock is where it's at.
This is where the "Little League parent" syndrome comes into play. It's
becoming an all-too-frequent scenario these days where mom or dad calls
little Tommy's coach and demands to know why he isn't pitching, starting at
quarterback, or whatever. For some strange reason, parents seem to feel
that if their son isn't excelling in sports, it in some way reflects on his overall
worth. Perhaps worse, they feel that if their son isn't a respectable athlete, it
makes them look bad. There is no more disgusting sight in all of sports than
that of a rabid mother or father screaming their lungs out at an umpire or
referee at their son's game.
The obvious solution, at least to this aspect of the problem, is to leave the
kids alone. If little Tommy doesn't want to play football, baseball, hockey or,
whatever, then that's fine. Don't make him. If he does, then let him do so
without the constant pressure to excel hanging over his head. After all, the
whole purpose of junior athletics is to build good sportsmanship, and more
importantly, just to have fun. To a 10-year-old, winning should not be drilled
into his head as the most important thing in life.
The media doesn't help
Another contributor to the glorification of sports figures is the media. The
way that sporting events are presented on television portrays athletes as
hearly god-like. Announcers spend a great deal of time spewing out adjec-
tives that praise this athlete or that one as being an awesome spectacle.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Jack
Nicklaus blew a four-shot lead, made it
up in a dramatic turn-around, then
bogeyed the final hole to give Tom Wat-
son a one-stroke advantage yesterday
in the third round of the 45th Masters.
First there was the mighty Nicklaus,
generally considered the greatest
player in the history of the ancient
game, holding a four-stroke lead when
play started on the warm spring day.
6,095 yards of rolling hills that make up
the Augusta National Golf Club course,
the first of the big swings took place,
five strokes in Watson's favor in' a
three-hole stretch. From a one-stroke
leader, Nicklaus suddenly trailed by
four shots.
With the grim-lipped determination
that has helped him to a record 17
major professional championships, he
pulled it together, halted the slide and
turned it around.
He made up those four shots, pulled
back into a tie and then meekly surren-
dered the lead again, three-putting
from off the green on the 18th.
WATSON, WHO established himself
as golf's No. 1 performer with a victory
over Nicklaus in this tournament in
1977, shot a 2-under-par 70 and had a 209
total, seven strokes under par.
Nicklaus went 10 strokes higher than
his magnificent 65 in Friday's second
round and was at 210 going into today's
final round of the chase for the green
jacket that goes to the winner of this
prestige-laden event, the first of the
year's four major tests of golfing
While most of the attention centered
on the struggle between golf's two
greatest players, Nicklaus and Watson,
they were not alone going into the final

A HOST OF MEN moved into position
to challenge.
Greg Norman, the blond Australian
who owns such impressive inter-
national credentials, was the closest.
The current holder of the Australian
Open and World Match Play titles,
Norman matched par 72 and was only
two strokes back at 211.
Bruce Lietzke, a cross-handed putter,
and John Mahaffey were next at 212.
Mahaffey closed up with a 69 and Liet-
zke struggled to a 73.

THEN CAME BEN Crenshaw, Lon
Hinkle, John Cook and Peter Jacobsen
at 213. Crenshaw shot a 70, Hinkle 74,
Jacobsen and Cook 72.
A starry group of seven, each a former
winner of one of the majors, followed at
214, five back and within striking range.
Hubert Green and Australian David
Graham had third round 74s, Johnny
Miller 73, Dave Stockton 70, Jay
Brewer, Jerry Pate and Lanny
Wadkins 71s.
Nicklaus had gone 39 holes without

making a bogey when he began his
THAT STARTED ON the seventh
hole, where he drove into the trees and
bogeyed. He failed to birdie the par-5
eighth and then lost another stroke on
the ninth, when he three-putted from
the fringe.
That cut his lead to a single stroke
going to the back nine. But Watson,
playing in front of him, bogeyed the
long, difficult 10th.

TOM WATSON watches the flight of his shot from a sandtrap on number four at Augusta National. Watson leads the
Masters with a seven-under-par score of 209.


to br

Quebec shuts down. Flyers,. -
JEBEC (AP)-Michel Goulet and Pierre Lacroix, which was blocked by goal for the Flyers, facing 31 shots National Hockey League playoff ser
r Stastny scored third-period goals Philadelphia goaltender Rick St. Croix. before 15,081 fans at the Coliseum. The win gave the Blues a 2-1 lead
eak a scoreless tie as the Quebec Stastny was tied up in front of the net The victory was the first ever for the the best-of-five preliminary round
liques shut out the Philadelphia but he kicked the puck to Goulet, who Nordiques in playoff competition. They which the Blues can end with a vici
s 2-0 in a National Hockey League had an easy goal. finished 19th and out of the playoffs last here tonight.
minary round playoff game last Stastny then added an insurance year, their first in the league.


The loss sliced Philadelphia's margin
in the best-of-five Stanley Cup series to
2-1 with the fourth game to be played
Sunday in Quebec.
Goulet's goal came at 9:48 after a
shot from the blue line by defenseman

marker at 17:26 after a 3-on-2 break
with his brother, Anton, and Goulet.
Dan Bouchard earned the shutout in
goals for Quebec, turning aside 32
shots. He was especially strong in the
opening minutes of the game.
St. Croix also played a strong game in

St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 4
Federko's second goal of the game
snapped a third-period tie and lifted the
St. Louis Blues to a 5-4 victory over the
Pittsburgh Penguins last night in their


r EVEKKU'b WLiNIN Ugoal came
with 4:06 left in the last period when he
scored from the slot on a perfect feed
from Tony Currie, beating Pittsburgh
goalie Greg Millen from straightaway.
The Penguins, who had tied the score
at 4-4 on a .power-play goal by Greg
Shappard at 5:08 of the final period, lif-
ted Millen to no avail with 46 seconds
Each team scored a power-play goal
in the opening period, marked by a total
of 36 penalty minutes. Rod Schutt gave
Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead at 7:04 when he
poked in a rebound, and Bryan Sutter
countered for the Blues at 11:51.
period ended with St. Louis holding a 4-3


Yankees clobber Rangers, -
W YORK (AP) - Graig Nettles, the Minnesota Twins 3-0 for their third Henderson's game-winning blow
e Randolph and Oscar Gamble straight complete game and their third came off reliever Jeff Reardon after
med home runs in the first three consecutive victory. the Mets had walked Billy Buckner in-
gs yesterday, powering the New Brewers ., Indian. 3 tentionally.

York Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the

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