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Intrasquad Scrimmage
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena


vs. Michigan State
Saturday, 12:15 p.m.
Michigan Stadium

The Michigan Daily
Sabo shines as
big league star

Tuesday, October 4, 1988

Page 9


Twenty years ago, before big
contracts and free agency, it was not
uncommon to see baseball players
hustle on every play, take the extra
base, and play with optimal
intensity. One player who embodied
such ideals was Pete Rose, a.k.a,
Charlie Hustle.
Rose, the major league's all-
time leader in hits, and now the
manager of the Cincinnati Reds,
has found a protege in former
Wolverine third baseman Chris
"He has tremendous enthusiasm
and works as hard as anyone I
know," said Rose of his rookie
infielder. "I respect that in a
ballplayer. I guess that's because
that wasthe type of player I was.
Chris and I are alike in that we both
are scrappy-type players that take
the fundamentals of the game
extremely seriously. Whatever
success he has achieved is deserving
because of the way he works. He
can only get better."
DESPITE Rose's admiration,
it took Sabo four years to reach the
majors, and even then, he was
considered by Reds' management to
be contending for a utility role at
best. Had it not been for a great
spring training and incumbent third
baseman Buddy Bell's knee injury,
Sabo might still be with the Reds'
AAA farm club in Nashville.
On June 18, Bell was traded to
the Houston Astros. From that
point on, Sabo blossomed into an
attractive candidate for the National
League Rookie of the Year award.
At the All-Star break, Sabo
ranked fourth in the league in
batting (.312), third in stolen bases
(28), and first in doubles (32). He
scored 46 runs, and knocked in 35
1 with 10 home runs.
At the All-Star Game in
Cincinnati, Sabo was clearly the
crowd's favorite. The 56,000 fans
in attendance became impatient
when Sabo wasn't inserted into the
game, and began a deafening roar of
"SAY-bow, SAY-bow."

WHEN SABO entered the
game as a pinch runner, he
promptly stole a base. He was
taken out at the end of the inning,
however, much to the dismay of the
hometown fans. But it really didn't
faze Sabo, who was just happy to
be there.
In fact, nothing at all seems to
faze him. Despite all the attention
he has received Sabo takes it all in
stride. "I just play the game as I
always have. I'm just like I always
have been," said Sabo.
But many things have happened
to Sabo in his young career which
could have changed him. There are
thousands of kids in the greater
Cincinnati area sporting flat tops,
one of his trademarks. Area
sporting goods stores couldn't keep
enough of the Kareem Abdul
Jabbar-style goggles he wears in
stock. His locker is overflowing
with Spuds MacKenzie dolls. Spuds
is the nickname Rose came up with
for Sabo.
"Sabes is his own man," said
Michigan baseball coach Bud
Middaugh. "He has certain values
that have happened through his
experiences. He doesn't ask for
anything, he just does his job. He's
not going to be influenced by the
guy next to him. He just does his
own thing and I respect him for
S A BO has quickly become a
media favorite. With his interesting
personality and blue-collar
mentality it is easy to see why.
There are several Sabo stories
which are becoming part of baseball
lore, making him a cult hero.
Some examples: In spring
training a few years back, Sabo's
coaches noticed that Sabo started to
look a little lethargic. When they
saw him at a McDonalds one night
they knew why. Sabo was working
there to make extra money.
At Michigan, since you can't
play two varsity sports in the same
season, Sabo tried out for the golf
team under an assumed name "in
order to get 10 free rounds of golf

...top rookie
on a great course."
This year, when Sabo didn't lit
the job a barber was doing h
walked out in the middle of th
SAB O is also well known ft
his modest needs. He rarely wea
jewelry and drives a 1983 For
Sabo credits his down-to-ear
outlook on his upbringing. Sabo
father, Walt, was a plumber, an
Chris quickly developed his woi
"I grew up in a very competitiN
neighborhood. I played a lotc
sports. If you didn't, the other ki
would look at you funny. Where
come from you didn't just playI
play, you played to win."
Sabo was an excellent hockc
goalie. Twice he led his youth tea
to national championships. Chr
then took his numerous athlet
talents to Detroit Catholic Centr
H.S., where he was twice name
See Sabo, Page

It was a chance to play some
different people, Michigan coach Bo
Schembechler said Monday,
reflecting on his team's 62-14 win
over Wisconsin Saturday.
The lopsided score allowed
Schembechler to use all but two;
(Steve Everitt and Desmond Howard)
of his available players that made the
trip to Madison. Many of them saw1
action for the first time this season.
"Once the first couple of plays
were broke for touchdowns, (the
reserves) got all pumped," saidj
sophomore wideout Dan Jokisch,i
who led the Wolverines with four
receptions against the Badgers for 50
J O K I S C H made his first
ke reception as a Wolverine at the 7:13
he mark of the third quarter when he
he caught a 10-yard pass from backup
quarterback Demetrius Brown. The
or catch gave him and his brother, Paul,
rs 59 career receptions at Michigan, the
rd most by any Wolverine brother
combination in the school's history.
th "I was waiting for a chance (to
's play), but see, I'm not pushing it

because we've got three good
receivers in front of me," said
Jokisch, who at 6-foot-7, 215
pounds, is a spitting image of his
brother. He wears Paul's same
uniform No. 84.
The Clarkston native plays behind
John Kolesar, Greg McMurty and
Chris Calloway. This week's depth
chart lists him as McMurtry's
backup for Saturday's game against
Michigan State at Michigan Stadium
(12:15 p.m, Ch. 7).
Jokisch found himself on the
receiving end of all three of Wilbur
Odom's pass completions. Odom,


one of four Wolverine quarterbacks
that played against the Badgers,
completed an 11-yard pass on his
very first college play.
A FORMER quarterback,
sophomore Eric Bush, got a taste of
his new cornerback position. Bush
recorded three tackles, one of them
for a two-yard loss.
Sophomore defensive tackle Mike
Evans added his first two tackles of
the season.
Evans also recovered a fumble in
the third quarter, which led to
Michigan's eighth touchdown. The
See Bench, Page 10

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