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The Michigan Doily-Friday, June 6, 1980-Page 15

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'Headhunters'irk Gibson

DETROIT (UPI)-Kirk Gibson has a message for pitchers
who throw at his head: "Don't."
Two out- of three games with the Seattle Mariners earlier
this week saw pitches headed perilously close to the rookie
Detroit Tiger center fielder's head, in Gibson's opinion.
'I CAN'T STAND that," the 6-foot-3, 210-pound former All-
America wide receiver for Michigan State said. "That's part
of baseball (getting thrown at), I understand that.
"But I don't like anybody throwing at my head," said Gib-
son, who is a genuine threat to hurt the first pitcher to hit him
above his shoulders because he admittedly loses control of
his temper.
That much was in evidence against Seattle.
THE FIRST INCIDENT found Gibson issuing a verbal
warning to Shane Rawley. The second time, when Floyd
Bannister hit him above the right wrist with a pitch, Gibson
took two threatening steps toward the mound.
"He didn't mean it. He just lost control of the pitch," Gib-
son said. "I was just counting to 10. I was losing my cool
about it."
Catcher Larry Cox did a good, quick job of getting bet-
If the Chicago
honors with Scott Sander
with Montreal last
st nd t they're aware of
Ssta douts morning.
. Sanderson, a yo
MONTREAL (AP)--Nineteen-year- cher for the Expos
old center Wayne Gretzky of the Ed- in going the dis
monton Oilers has won the Hart straight time as h
Memorial Trophy and Lady Byng 0, in Montreal.
Memorial Trophy for 1979-80, becoming The game was
the youngest player ever to win any in- seventh inning,
dividual National Hockey League cracked his fir
award, the league announced yester- season, a two-run
day. field fence, scoria
THE HART TROPHY is awarded to ahead of him.
the league's most valuable player, Sanderson,- 6-3,
while the Lady Byng prize recognizes walked two, ou
the most gentlemanly player. Dennis Lamp, 4-
Other award winners are Montreal game in five lifet
teammates Larry Robinson (best Montreal May 27.
defenseman) and Bob Gainey (best Lamp retired t
defensive forward), and Boston defen- order before Ro
seman Ray Bourque (rookie-of-the- center in the fouri
year). at third when And

ween Gibson and Bannister. Just in case.
ONE EARWITNESS to the RawleY pitch that brushed Gib-
son back Monday night said the fleet left-handed hitter
hollared out to southpaw pitcher "you can hit me anywhere
below the head. But if you hit me there, I'm going to come out
and beat the wheat out of you."
"I don't want to get a broken jaw over a game like this,"
Gibson said after getting hit in Wednesday night's 8-2 Detroit
victory. "If I thought he was trying to hit me on purpose, I
would have gone out there.
"I ASSUME IF they're throwing at my head, they're tying
to hurt me. It's ridiculous," said Gibson, whose eight home
runs, 14 RBI and .250 batting average constitute a decent
start for a rookie with his lack of experience.
"I just about got his in the face the other night. That kind
of frightens me," said Gibson, whose next door locker room
neighbor, Al Cowens, suffered a broken jaw when hit by a
pitch two spring ago.
"I don't dream of goingout and getting in a fight," he
said. "I'm not a violent person.
"If I'm going to get hit, I hope it's in the ribs."
os shut out Cubs
Cubs weren't familiar and Gary Carter lined to center.
son before their game In the lone other National League
t night, it's a certainty game, the New York Mets edged St.
Scott Sanderson this Louis, 2-1, behind the four-hit pitching
of Craig Swan, 4-4.
oung righthanded pit- The Mets made a winner out of Swan
st allowed only six hits in the ninth when Mike Jorgensen
tance for the second drilled a bases-loaded, no-out single off
e blanked the Cubs, 2- Cardinal reliever George Frazier, 2-1,
the third St. Louis hurler.
s scoreless until the In the American League, the Kansas
when Rowland Office City Royals visited Texas. The Toronto
st home run of the at Minnesota game was rained out and
n shot over the right will be played as part of a doubleheader
ng Warren Cromatrie Sunday.
struck out eight and
t-dueling Chicago's
5, who won his first
ime decisions against
he first 10 batters in
dney Scott tripled to
th. Scott was stranded
dre Dawson struck out

Malor League
W L Pct. GB
New York ............. 30 18 .625 -
Milwaukee ............ 26 21 .55 3%
Toronto ..........24 23 .511 51/
Cleveland. 24 24 .500 6
Boston ................ 23 25 .479 7
Baltimore ..............23 26 .469 7
Detroit ................ 21 25 .457 8
Kansas City ........... 29 20 .592 -
Chicago ............... 27 24 .529 3
Oakland .. ..... 25 25 .500 4
Texs.... 20 25 .490 5
Seattle ................ 24 26 .480 5
California ............. 20 27 .426 8
Minnesota ............. 19 30 .308 10
W L Pet. GB
Pittsburgh . 20 19 .596 -
Monreal ............... 24 20 .545 2'1
Philadelphia .......... 24 21 .533 3
Chicago ............... 21 23 .477 5
New York. . . 19 26 .422 8
St. Louis ..........10 29 .303 10
Los Angeleso.......30 26 .600 -
Houston............... 27 21 .563 2
Cincinnati ........... 28 22 .560 2
Sao Diego........24 27 .471 61/2
Atlanta ...r..20 27 .426 8112
San Praocisco......21 29 .420 9
(Last night's games not included)
Kansas City 8, Tesas 0
National League
Montreal 2, Chicago0
New York 2, St. Louis 1

Stadium mark falls
in NCAA track meet

Special to The Daly
AUSTIN, Tex. - Pre-meet favorite
USC shattered the record for the
University of Texas' Memorial Stadium
in the 400-meter relay last night, recor-
ding a time of 39.12 seconds in the trials
of the NCAA Track and Field Cham-
The Trojans, seeking their fourth
consecutive 400-meter crown and fifth
in the past six years, hold the NCAA
Mark in that event - 38.6 - set in 1967.
SEVEN MICHIGAN athletes were
among more than 250 men vying for
national honors here. The Big Ten
champion Wolverines were represented
by sprinter Butch Woolfolk, long jum-
pers James Ross and James Henry,
high jumper Mike Lattany, hurdler
Gary Hicks and distance runners Dave
Lewis and Dan Heikkinen.
The'Blue Itracksters were scheduled

to compete late in the evening.
In other events, Texas sophomore
Denes Pajtas led 12 qualifiers into
Saturday's javelin final with a toss of
255-7. Oregon's highly-regarded Reider
Lorentzen could muster only a throw of
222-8 and failed to qualify for today's
Meanwhile, 15 pole vaulters advan-
ced to Saturday's final, all clearing 17
feet. Among those gaining the final
were defending champion Paul Pilla of
Arkansas State and 1980 Indoor Cham-
pion Randy Hall of Texas A&M.

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