The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 10, 1989 -Page 13
ANAHEIM, Ca. (AP) - Former
Michigan pitcher Jim Abbott made
his much-anticipated major league
debut Saturday night.
Although the Flint native and
former Sullivan Award winner lost
the game, his manager defended the
"I thought under the conditions,
he was outstanding," California
Angels manager Doug Rader said.
"No matter what happened tonight,
it's the long haul that counts and I
think he'll have a long ride."
The 21-year-old pitcher, who was
born without a right hand, was more
difficult on himself after being
pulled out with bases loaded in the
fifth inning of the 7-0 loss to the
"Right now, it's hard to look at
this day in a real positive light. The
way things went kind of took the
sweetness out of it," said Abbott,
who made the jump from Michigan
to the major leagues without playing
any minor league games.
The U.S. Olympic star gave up
six run (five earned), three of which
resulted from two errors by
"There was definitely some
nervousness," he said. "I wish I
broken hand hurts most
when looking over at Medical Bill
What do you get when you mix a decidedly soft 7-
foot-1 inch center nicknamed "Medical Bill" for his
constant injuries and a 6-foot-1 guard dubbed the
tough-sounding "Zeke" by his friends?
Arguably, somewhat of a role reversal after Friday
night's free-for-all supposed basketball game between
the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons in Chicago
Stadium. If you haven't heard, Pistons' star Isiah
Thomas and Bulls' center Bill Cartwright engaged in
what could conveniently and very simply be called a
"fight" during Detroit's 114-112 overtime victory.
guy called M
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this year, and
and started to
have been ej
has ever hitn
Former Michigan star Jim Abbott pitches during his first appearance
as a California Angel in his major league debut last Saturday night.
The Angels and Abbott lost 7-0 to the Seattle Mariners.
could do it over again. I'm
disappointed about the way it went."
"Maybe in a few years, I hope
I'm still around, I can look back and
say, 'Gosh, things weren't so bad,"'
he said. "But I don't feel too good
The crowd of about 46,847, at
Anaheim Stadium gave Abbott a
'Pete Rose gambling investigation continues
Adam The aftermath of Chicago's own IT IS pai
Friday "Night at the Fights" is has never be
Schra er potentially devastating for the Pis- very tall and
tons and regrettably annoying for the take into acc
Bulls. Cartwright, whose name de- fighting to e)
rives images of the Bonanza front who earned
and his most similar namesake, like snappin)
Hoss, was suspended for one game his shoes.
(yesterday against Atlanta) and fined Thomas,
$2,500. Thomas was fined $5,000, episodes of
suspended for two games, but more Rick Mahorr
importantly suffered a fractured left who he slapl
hand. and current 1
WITH 3:51 to play in the first 235 pounds
quarter, Thomas stripped Cartwright recently, Zel
of the ball and was subsequently he took a sw
caught with an elbow whose inadvertency has yet to be Magic Johns
decided. The subsequent aftermath saw priyers from A dramat
both teams join the melee. Detroit's Mark Aguirre night. Medi
received a $2,000 fine for "acting as other than a held his own
peacemaker," when he tried to stop Michael "Little Jo" Saturday
Jordan from joining the fracas. contest." Th
This situation wreaks with irony. After all, how Medical Bill
could a guy with a code name of Zeke lose a fight to a Of all th
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ledical Bill? It seems painfully clear that
as involved, in both literal and figurative
emember how I injured the hand," Thomas
rds. "We have played the Bulls six times
id Cartwright has hit me five times. I stole
ill from him and he hit me. I pushed him
turn away when he rushed me."
the ball and swung back and hit me,"
said. "It is the first time in my career I
ected in something like that, and nobody
me with their fist."
nfully obvious that Cartwright is not and
en a fighter. The main reason is that he is
d difficult to reach, but also people must
count that he gets injured enough without
ver take violence seriously. This is a man
his infamous pseudonym with episdoes
g a blood vessel in his finger while tying
on the other hand, has had documented
fighting that has included current Piston
n (6-foot-11, approximately 250 pounds),
ped when Mahorn was with Washington,
New York Knick Charles Oakley (6-foot-8,
), when he played for the Bulls. Most
ke was found in a short-lasted feud where
ving at good-friend and Los Angeles Laker
son in the NBA Finals.
tic, evident contrast took place on Friday
cal Bill, a novice in the fight business,
nwith a grizzled veteran, Zeke.
's papers read, "Pistons win fight-filled
hey should have said, "Zeke was hurt by
CINCINNATI, Ohio, (AP) -
The latest development in the Pete
Rose saga surfaced in a story in the
Cleveland Plain Dealer saying that
investigators are still looking at
telephone records and other material
.trying to determine the truth of the
allegations by Paul Janszen, a body
builder now serving time for income
But the newspaper quoted an
unidentified investigator as saying,
"Does Janszen have an ax to grind?
You bet." And gambling associates
of Rose maintain that while Rose
bet on horses, they can't believe he
bet on baseball.
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