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Page 14-Saturday, April 17 1982-The Michigan Daily
Blue's pitching sparks 3-iRoyals' win

CLEVELAND (AP)- Vida Blue and
Dan Quisenberry combined to hurl a
four-hitter, and U.L. Washington trip-
pled home the game-winning wun to
spark the Kansas City Royals to a 3-1
victory over the Cleveland Indians last
Blue (1-1) struck out four while
yielding two of Cleveland's hits and one
walk as he recorded his first American,
League triumph since he was a mem-
ber of the Oakland A's in 1978. The
Royals obtained the veteran left-hander
in a trade with the San Francisco Gian-
ts during spring training. Quisenberry
gave up two singles in the ninth before
gaining his third save.
Lee May led off Kansas City's seven-
th inning with an infield hit. After
Cleveland's Len Barker retired the next
two batters, Washington laced his
game-winning triple into deep center
Barker (1-1) surrendered five hits
'and two walks over seven innings while

striking out seven.
Kansas city took a 1-0 lead in the top
of the third inning when John Wathan
drew a two-out walk, stole second and
scored on George Brett's double to the
right-center field fence. Toby Harrah's
third home run with two outs in the bot-
tom of the third tied the score for
Rangers 4, Brewers I
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Pinch hitter
Bill Stein drove in the tie-breaking run
with q double and the Texas Rangers
added two runs in the 10th inning to beat
Milwaukee, 4-1, yesterday, spoiling the
brewers' home opener.
Mike Richardt began the Rangers'
winning rally with an infield single off
the Brewers' relief ace, Rollie Fingers
(1-2). Mark Wagner followed with a
single; before Stein, batting for Doug
Flynn, smacked his double, breaking a
1-1 tie.
Lee Mazzilli then singled, driving in

Wagner, and stole second. After Buddy
Bell was walked intentionally, filling
the bases, Leon Roberts hit a long
sacrifice fly, knocking in the final run.
Pirates 7, Cubs 6
Moreno's bases-loaded single over the
head of drawn-in centerfielder Gary
Woods in the 12th inning gave the Pit-
tsburgh Pirates a 7-6 victor over the
Chicago Cubs yesterday.
It was the belated home opener for
the Pirates, who turned back a pair of
Chicago rallies to hand the Cubs their
fourth straight loss.
LOSING reliever Willie Hernandez
(0-1) the fourth Cubs' pitcher, hit Tony

Pena to open the 12th. Johnny Ray bun-
ted, and was safe at first when second
baseman Bump Wills failed to touch the
bag at first.
Jim Smith then sacrificed, before
Steve Nicosia was walked intentionally,
setting up Moreno's game-winning
It was the belated home opener for
the Pirates, who had a series against
Montreal postponed by wintry weather.
Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0
BOSTON (AP) - Jesse Barfield
drove in two runs with a triple in the
fourth inning and Luis Leal and Roy
Lee Jackson combined on a seven-
hitter as the Toronto Blue Jays

defeated the Boston Red Sox, 2-0,
Leal (2-0) did not allow a runner to
advance' beyond second base in pitching
the first eight innings and facing one
batter in the ninth.
BOSTON'S Dennis Eckersley, who
blanked Baltimore in his first start of

the season last Saturday, lost a bid for
another shutout because of his inability
to field a routine grounder to ti,
With two out in the fourth, Hosken
Powell lined a single to right field and
took third when Ernie Whitt bounced a
single past Eckersley into centerfield.

'M' linkster Humenik
third after one round

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Special to the Daily
COLUMBUS - The Wolve
golfers shot a 406 total in the first r
of the Kepler Intercollegiate Golf T4
nament yesterday to secure the se
teenth spot out of a field of 23.
Michigan's Ed Humenik scored<
and 37 for a total of 74. The tally
good enough to put him into a three-
tie for third. Indiana's Tim Kore
turned n a par-72 to put himself in fi
Notre Dame's Frank Leyes carded;
to finish the day in second.
Other Michigan golfers in the fiel
cluded Jim Yaffee with an 80,I
Roberts with an 82, and Ed Frutigv
an 83.
After the first day of play, Indiana
the field with a 380, followed by C
State with a 384. The second roun
the tournament is scheduled for to
with the final round tomorrow.
Thomum% Rookie of th Yo
PONTIAC (AP)-- Detroit guard I
Thomas was named Rookie of the Y
in a Sporting News poll of Nati

a 37
a 73
d in-

Basketball Association players, the
Pistons and the publication said yester-
Thomas, who led Indiana to the
NCAA title a year ago, received 65
votes to 59 votes for Buck Williams of
the New Jersey Nets.
Finishing third with 40 votes was
former Michigan State University
player Jay Vincent, now with the Dallas
Mavericks. Kelly Tripucka, rookie out
of Notre Dame now a teammate of
Thomas', received 15 votes and finished
The results were published in the
April 24 issue of the St. Louis-based
weekly sports publication.

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a led Islanders 7, Rangers 2
Ohio UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)- The New
d of York Islanders recaptured the form
)day that carried them to the last two
National Hockey League champion-
ships, blitzing the New Yo'rk Rangers,
ear 7-2, last night to even their quarterfinal
Iiah playoff series as Duane Sutter scored
Year two goals.
onal The Islanders struggled to beat Pit-
tsburgh in five games in the opening
round of Stanley Cup playoffs, then
dropped the first game of this best-of-
seven series with their local rivals. But
they dominated the second game with
tight checking, crisp passing and an
opportunistic attack.
The third game of the "Battle of New
York" will be at Madison Square Gar-
den tomorrow night.
Denis Potvin got the Islanders star-
ted with a power-play goal at 5:34 of the
opening period, drilling a slap shot
from the left point through traffic and
beating Rangers goalie Steve Weeks to
the glove side.
Bruins 8, Nordiques 4
BOSTON (AP)- Barry Pederson
scored twice in the second period, and
the Boston Bruins whipped the Quebec
Nordiques, 8-4, last night to roll to a 2-0
advantage in their best-of-seven
National Hockey League quarterfinal
playoff series.
The high-scoring rookie added an
assist, and linemate Rick Middleton
notched a goal and three assists as
Boston stayed in command of the
series, which continues tomorrow night
in Quebec.

'he Summer Game ' opens up..
-.Tae me out to the balame
Take me out to the ball game...
'Spring in Michigan does not arrive; nor does it bloom; neither does it burst
forth one morning. Spring progresses: Even as the snows melt and the
spongy grass beneath is revealed, winter's threat still looms. While front
porches may be swept in anticipation, snow shovels remain propped in the
corner as winter's last breath is awaited: Only on Opening Day is winter
forgotten. Only on Opening Day is spring's pleasant destiny assured.
... Take me out with the crowd...
Opening Day is the most special of baseball's days. Hopes are renewed.
Twenty-six major league teams can, and, according to their fans, will win
the pennant. Every boy yearns to play, every minor leaguer can taste the
majors, every team will win the World Series on Opening Day. While some
hopes are doused as the season proceeds, "to play is the thing." Baseball's
greatest gift is that it allows all to'play. Football has its behemoths, basket-
ball its hormone cases, but baseball players are cousins, neighbors, and
friends. They are 5'4" and 6'7", 140 pounds and 250 pounds. They are black
and white, Cuban and Canadian. They are 17 years old and 44. Pete Gray
played major league baseball with one arm. Every man plays because every
boy has played. America's greatest game is played on Opening Day, its
greatest traditions revived.
... Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack...
The nation's pastime has permeated American life and percolated into
every aspect of society. Presidents throw out "first balls" and kids from
"the projects" catch them. Baseball has infiltrated our movies and our
music. Ruth, Gehrig, and Alexander have been portrayed on screen, though
frequently not very well. Flood, Piersall, and the Black Sox are in paper-
back. "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" has been sung at major, minor, and
little league diamonds across the country. And although Harry Caray only
leads it at one stadium (Comiskey Park in Chic ago), everyone, everywhere
knows the words. Baseball's cliches have become America's expressions:
"Three strikes and you're out." The strike of last summer took some of tlIe
essence from American life. Baseball's influence is too great to be
diminished by a strike.
... I don't care if I never get back . .
The strike was over, not when the settlement was signed, but when the fir-
st kid brought his glove out of the closet. The strike was an inevitable con-
sequence of baseball's modernization. The emphasis on business and
salaries in baseball is linked to its importance insociety. The game has
changed with the times. The modern uniforms of the Astros and White Sox
would only have been considered appropriate on a softball field twenty years.
ago. Artificial turf allows what was a simple ground out on grass to become a
stand-up double, the bad-hop single becomes the very-bad-hop tripple.
Baseball's increasing number of night games is another effect of moder-
nization. The afternoon game is a rarity, an endangered species. The year of
the all-night-games World Series is to be dreaded. Thankfully, Wrigley Field
in Chicago maintains baseball in its pure, true fashion: games lit only by
sunshine (not to mention the home-field disadvantage).
The most alarming characteristic of the modern game is the deserted san-
dlot. The sight of an empty schoolyard diamond with weeds sprouting where
children should be playing is frustrating and disheartening. It is saddening,
not because today's little leaguers are tomorrow's ball players, but because
all, children should experience the throwing, hitting, and catching of a
baseball or just sitting in right ield when the opposing rightfielder is at bat.
... 'Cause it's root, t oot, root for the home team...

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Baseball differs from any other game or sport. First, it requires the per-
formance of the single most difficult task in athletics: the hitting of a
baseball. The batter is asked to hit a 2.9-inch diameter sphere with a thirty-
some-inch long wooden cylinder. And to complicate his chore, the ball is
travelling at 60 to 105 miles per hour. When the difficulty of this is ap-
preciated, a .300 batting average is astounding.
Second, the defense controls the ball. Even when a Cobb, Sisler, or Hor-
nsby, a Rose, Brett, or Carew bats, all action is initiated by the pitch of the
ball: the defense is in control.
Third, every field is different. The dimensions of every stadium are unique
and vary even from left to rightfield within the same ballpark. Yet, infields
remain uniform. As Red Smith described the distance of 90-feet between
bases, it is the closest thing to perfection on this earth.
Fourth, baseball is the only team game where the manager is in uniform
(Connie Mack was a notable exception). Baseball's most important
distinguishing factor is its time element: there is no clock and no time limit.


... If they don't win it's a shame.. .


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A baseball game could theoretically continue forever. Just as kids can
play all day, every day, so, conceivably, could the Yankees. No game is as
democratic, each team allowed its "last ups." This lack of a time constraint
endears baseball in our hearts and maintains it as our pastime. The adult fan
remembers more pleasant days when the greatest concern was whether or
not to bunt. Responsibility was a burden of the future and baseball a love.of
the present.
... 'Cause it's one, two, three strikes you're out...
Baseball is ingrained in us as children. The first toy a father presents to his
son is a mitt; every father dreams of playing catch with his son, as his father
had with him. Baseball is a game for boys and for men: boys who love their
present and men who cherish their past. The "boys of summer" are of every
age, fans and players, who share one characteristic in common: they are
eternally young.
... At the old ball game.
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