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Intramural football
Instant scheduling
Oct. 3-5, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Intrasquad Hockey Game
Friday 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
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The Michigan Daily

Thursday, October 4; 1984

Page 7

EX-'M' AND TIGER CATCHER TURNS SPORTSCASTER
Freehan calls the shots . e

By CHRIS GERBASI
Even at the age of 42, Bill Freehan still caught 79 baseball
games this season.
But instead of catching 90 mile per-hour fastballs behind
home plate, Freehan called pitches from a different vantage
point - behind a microphone in the broadcast booth.
The former Michigan Wolverine and Detroit Tiger star did
color commentary for Tiger games on the Pro Am Sports
System (PASS) cable station with play-by-play man Larry
Osterman. While this was the first baseball season for PASS,
it was not the first time Freehan had gone before the camer-
as. He had previously worked for the Seattle Mariners,
broadcasting 20 road games a year.
PASS cut into more of Freehan's time than he had anticip-
ated, time he could ill-afford to lose. Broadcasting is only
'a sidelight to his business, Freehan
Bocci, a manufacturer's representative
company in Royal Oak.
A t a late-season game against Au
(Milwaukee this year, Freehan arrived
at Tiger Stadium at about six o'clock
after a day of calling customers, taped
a quick interview with Tiger general
manager Bill Lajoie, then hurried to the
booth for more taping and preparation for that night's game.
Then he was back in his office by nine the next morning to
begin the same routine.
It was a busy year for Freehan but he didn't seem to mind
the busy schedule.
"There's a difference in your enjoyment and the way you
make your living, he said. "My prime living is as a
manufacturer's rep. PASS is brand new and I did it to see if I
would enjoy it and to see if I was any good at it. But I cannot
feed my family from it."
A decision has not been made on whether Freehan will
broadcast again next year. He said there are a number of
things he wants to talk about with PASS, but he'll probably
keep a free hand in sports one way or another.
h For the last four years, the five-time Gold Glove winner

has gone to the Tigers' spring training camp in Lakeland,
Fla. to work with the catchers. His most notable project is
Lance Parrish, who has developed into a fine defensive cat-
cher the past two years. Yet Freehan has not pursued a
coaching position.
"I haven't put my hat in or called up general managers and
said 'Keep me in mind for that coaching job,' but it's an op-
tion I'd like to keep open at this point."
Freehan seems to have many options. He's every bit as
versatile now as he was in his playing days. Originally from
the Detroit area, Freehan and his family moved to Florida in
the 1950s where he was a three-sport letter winner in high
school.
"When you looked at him, he stood out like a sore thumb.
He was that kind of player," said Don Lund, who lured Freehan
to Michigan in 1959, and was his
Wolverine baseball coach.
Freehan sat out one year because of
the freshman eligibility rule, but during
the['60-'61 season, he played football
and baseball. He earned a letter as an
lt end and some-time field goal kicker and
Lund believes he could have become an
All-American.
But the 1961 baseball season erased any doubts as to what
sport Freehan should play. He put together one of the best
Big Ten seasons ever, batting .585 in conference games, .446
overall and helped the Wolverines to the conference title.
After the season, another bidding war began, with Detroit
finally winning out. Freehan had a long and successful
career with the Tigers, ending in 1976, but he'll probably
always be remembered as a member of the oft-written about
1968 world champions.
"The last out was a pop up and I caught it and the whole
world jumped up on top of me," he said. "There was a feeling
of relief. It was over and we got it all.
Of course, Freehan has had a chance to take a close look at
the 1984 Tigers in their quest for a championship. He's
cautiously optimistic about their chances.

Former Detroit Tiger great Bill Freehan, now working as a television broadcaster for the Tigers, may be most remem-
bered for blocking home plate against Lou Brock in the 1968 World Series against St. Louis.

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Cubs clip
San Diego,
4-2

CHICAGO (AP)-Bob Dernier tran-
sformed speed into a pair of Chicago
runs and Steve Trout continued to
silence San Diego's bats yesterday as
the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego
Padres, 4-2, and took a two-games-to-
none lead in the National League
Championship Series.
The Cubs moved within one victory of
advancing to their first World Series
since 1945.
THE CUBS WON the opening game
13-0 Tuesday behind Rick Sutcliffe in
the biggest rout in NL playoff history.
Trout, 13-7, adding another laurel to the
best season of his career, gave up only
five hits, struck out two and walked
three before giving way with one out in

the top of the ninth to Lee Smith.
Smith, who had 33 saves during the
season, struck out Carmelo Martinez
and got Terry Kennedy on a long fly to
left to preserve the victory.'
The Cubs used five homers-two by
Gary Matthews-to rough up San Diego
in Game One. In Game Two, the wind
died, and the Cubs turned to the speed
of Dernier to manufacture two impor-
tant runs. Dernier went -from first to
third on a ground ball before scoring in
the first inning, and he stole a base and
scored in the fourth.
In between, the Cubs scored twice in
the third inning on a double by Cey and
a sacrifice fly by Jody Davis.

Redskins crunch
By ANDREW J. ARVIDSON things to come. Michigan su
"I am extremely disappointed with an early 6-0 deficit and went o
the loss. When we grabbed the lead we ch the Redskins for a 10-8 a
seemed to ease up and lose our inten- only to be smashed with a 15-1
sity." These were the words of middle maintained that the team was
blocker Jayne Hickman after the prpaed hatthe mte
women's volleyball team succumbed to tally prepared for the matc
Miami of Ohio last night 15-11, 15-9, and passing was not there. The sq
15-7. improve the aforemention
Barb Canning, the volleyball coach, along with their serving and c
felt her team had far too many mental secure the crucial consisten
and emotional errors to snatch victory. for victory.
After Tuesday's impressive victory Miami coach Carolyn Condi
over Central Michigan, which was the battle up when she said,
telecast by PASS-TV and witnessed because we responded
by a Crisler Arena crowd, the squad Michigan's lead by increasir
suffered a letdown against Miami. tensity level and eliminating
THE FIRST game was an omen for ced errors.

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