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Poge 10-Tuesday, October 12, 1982-The Michigan Daily
SPOR TS OF THE DAILY

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Blue spikers

By ROB POLLARD
The Michigan volleyball team ran in-
to stiff, competition Saturday in Allen-
dale, dropping a pair of matches.
Northern Michigan downed the
'Wolverines 15-11, 15-5, 13-15, and 16-14.
the Maize and Blue had a chance to
redeem themselves in their second
match, but were upset by Grand Valley
15-10, 15-9, and 15-3.
"WE FACED A fairly strong Nor-
thern team and re-grouped Grand
Valley team," coach Sandy Vong said.
"We just didn't adjust."
The spikers were hampered by a
variety of injuries ranging from illness
to jammed thumbs to blistered feet.
Junior Susan Rogers, a vital cog in the
Michigan attack, did not make the trip
with the team because of an injury.
Other impaired members of the team
were unable to play up to their poten-

Ohio State will be a stron
we can get healed up," V
"They are a team with mar
faces."
Michigan has this week
and prepare for Friday's n
Illinois. The teams square
p.m. at the Central CampusI
Building. The spikers ente
State Saturday at 4:00 p.
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drop pair
g match if with a team total of 780. Northern
ong says. Illinois finished second with 792,
ny familiar Southern Illinois was third at 797 and
Notre Dame finished fourth with a 798.
off to heal Michigan rounded out the top five with
natch with an 802 final.
off at 7:00 Aside from Roberts' heroics, five
Recreation other Blue linksters turned in im-
ertain Ohio pressive final scores. Mark DeWitt shot
m. in the a 159, Ken Clark a 163, Pete Savarino
and Dave Nolan each ended up with 166,
' Champ and Scott Anair had a 171. The Bronco
champ tourney was the last meet of the Fall for
Michigan.
elf standout Detroit gets Tea Men

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THE SPORTING VIEWS

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Cards fly back to Series...
...little boy's hopes renewed

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By LARRY MISHKIN
F URTEEN years is a long time.
October, 1968. Busch Stadium,
St. Louis. A little first grader gets
the thrill of his life when he gets to
miss a day of school to see the St.
Louis Cardinals and the Detroit
Tigers battle it out in game seven of
the World Series.
Three hours later after the all-time
greatest base stealer fails to slide into
home, one of the best center fielders
loses a routine fly ball in the sun and a
fat lefty outduels one of the greatest
pitchers ever, the little first grader
goes home with tears in his eyes
because his unbeatable Cardinals
were beaten.
The little first grader's only con-
solation was wait until next year, the
Brooklyn Dodgers motto. Well, next
year turned into next year and then
next year. The Cardinals lost their
centerfielder when he pioneered the
free-agency movement, traded away
a lefty who became the winningest
pitcher in the seventies, went through
three managers and never made a
serious run at the pennant. Yes, 14
years certainly was a long time.
But then came 1982. A new
manager, known as the White Rat
took over and made some controver-
sial moves. He picked up the top
National League reliever, but traded
away the top American League
reliever. He picked up an outfielder
called "Skates" because he often falls
while running for fly balls. He traded
away the best shortstop in baseball
for a guy with a .230 lifetime average
but a glove made of gold. He signed a
catcher for $500,000 a year who admit-
ted to having a serious drug and
alcohol problem.
He was criticized, ridiculed, laughed
at and had his sanity questioned, but
he built a winner.
The 1982 Cardinals are for real.
Just ask any team in the NL East or
even the Atlanta Braves. Don't ask
anyone in the media (present com-
pany excluded) because with the little
amount of coverage they have given
St. Louis you have to wonder if anyone
even knows the Cardinals exist.
I'm not usually a complainer about
a lack of media coverage, but when a
team leads its division for 95 percent
of the year and all the press has to say

is "when will the Phillies and Expos
make their move" there's something
really wrong going on.
Even in the playoffs all Howie the
Mouth and Tommy the second place
manager could talk about was how
bad the Braves were playing and that
any minute now Horner and Murphy
were going to start knocking the walls
down and it would be curtains for the
Cardinals.
Well, once again Howie's Thesaurus
type words proved wrong and for the
first time we have a good old Midwest
World Series. The last time a team
from one of the coasts was absent was
in (shudder) 1968.
Now I'm going to go out on a limb
and say this Series will go to the
Rebirds in six. Of course, being from
St. Louis, (that's in Missouri, south of
Chicago and north of Texas) I'm
going to pick the Cardinals, but I
really do believe they have the talent.
Not many people would know about
that talent, though, thanks to the Car-
dinals' obscurity this year.
Behind the plate, not only hasDarrel
Porter dried out, but his bat has come
alive in the playoffs. Named MVP of
the playoff series he showed that he's
anxious to get that World Series ring
that he never got with Kansas City.
There's not enough anyone can say
about Keith Hernandez at first. A four
time gold gove winner and a lifetime
.300 hitter Herndo comes up with the
clutch plays more than anyone in the
league. Proof of that is his league
leading 25 game winning RBIs.
Tommy Herr at secon dis as steady
as they come in the field. Though his
hitting is on the weak side, he's a good
base runner and is a threat to steal.
Ozzie Smith at short is in a league
by himself. The Magician came to St.
Louis with a lot of pressure to produce
because he was replacing Garry "F---
you fans" Templeton who would hit
.330 but also make 40 errors. Oz not
only made only 13 errors but outhit
Tempy by five points. Whitey Herzog
said that Smith's glove saved over 100
runs this year. Look for him to save a
few more in the series.
All I can say about Ken Oberkfell is
I hope they spell his name right on the
trophy. This guy has been overlooked
all year, but the other night Joe Torre
decided to pitch to him and Obie
responded by sending a Gene Garber
pitch into the gap for a game winning
double.
Lonnie Smith was one of Whitey's
steals. the Cards gave up two weak
pitchers for a guy who the Phillies
didn't want. Smith was only in the top
10 in almost every offensive category
there is and while his fielding is only
average, his bat makes up for it.
Skipping over center field for the
moment, George Hendrick in right is
both an offensive threat, (19 homers,
104 RBIs) and an outstanding fielder.
People don't like him because he
won't talk to the press, but if you're
that good you don't have to talk to
anyone you don't want to.
The one Cardinal weakness in '82
was supposed to be the pitching. Some
weakness. The staff held the Braves to
five runs on only 13 hits in the three

games. This is the same Braves team
that led the league in home runs. Bob
Forsch and Joaquin Andujar are both
strong starters who can go seven or
eight strong innings. After that, if the
Birds are winning the other team can
pack it in. Coming out of the bullpen
is the Bearded Wonder, Bruce-Sutter
who led the league in saves for the fif-
th straight year. His split finger pitch
does what a Gaylord Perry spitter
does only Sutter's is legal.
Now, back to center field and a
player who was acquired in an un-
noticed deal with the Yankees that
will give George Stinebrenner
sleepless nights for reasons to come.
Willie McGee is as hot as they come.
A strong contender for Rookie of the
Year honors McGee hit .299 and was
the sparkplug the Cardinals needed to
go from an also-ran to a World Series
contender. The Greyhound is
arguably the fastest man in baseball
and is a threat to get on any time he
makes contact with the ball. On a fly
ball to the outfield if the fielder drops
it McGee will already be on third.
Although he made some key mistakes
in the playoffs, he also came up with
the key hits and he will be the dif-
ference in the World Series this year.
The Brewers just don't have anything
like him.
Now before every Brewer fan wants
to tell me how good their team is let
me say that I already know. I chee.ed

FOR

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Forsch
... opening game hurler

for Harvey Kuen and Co. throughout
the season and respect their talent. I
just happen to think that the Cardinals
are better.
Well enough speculation. The series
starts tonight in St. Louis and soon
we'll see if I know what I'm talking
about. Even if the Cardinals lose
(heaven forbid) .Il at least have had
the satisfaction of a pennant year and
a World Series apperance, not to men-
tion a little national recognition. And
to tell you the truth, with apologies to
Kris Kristoferson, that's good enough
for me and Willie McGee.

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GRIDDE
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4. Michigan State at Wisconsin
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6. USC at Stanford
7. Temple at Pittsburgh
8. West Texas State at Florida
9. James Madison at VMI
10. Houston at SMU
11. Mississippi State at Miami (Fla.)
12. Iowa State at Missouri
13. Washington State at UCLA
14. Arizona at Notre Dame
15. Harvard at Dartmouth
16. Ohio U. at Eastern Michigan
17. Ball State at Kent State
18. Abilene Christian at Angelo State
19. Clarion State at Slippery Rock
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