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The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 31, 1981-,Page 15
Lions' training camp a potpourri

o enjoyment and !ard
By RON POLLACK restricted to a wheel chair. The 6-5, 265-pound player Li
Daily sports writer went out of his way to shake the youngster's hand. ti-
ISpeciltoihe natty Upon seeing that the boy was wearing a Lion shirt s
with the number 20 across the front he asked, "can p(
ROCHESTER-With the regular season over a you tell me- just one thing, who's number 20." After at
month away, it is understandable that the Detroit' his admirer responded that the number 20 "slonged
Lions not feel the pressures that would accompany a to star running back Billy Sims, English quipped, "oh do
key contest. And are the Lions ever relaxed. While it yeah, the new guy," referring to the,fact that he sat v
would be going overboard to say that the players are# out last season and therefore was not a first-hand ca
enjoying the two-a-day workouts in the suiimer heat, witness to the former Heisman trophy winner's N
it can be said that they are quite at ease. rookie season. L
Peikaps the player who best typifies this is defen- Although the Lions' players seem -at ease, they
sive end Al "Bubba" Baker. During a break in have not lost sight of the fact that they are in camp to he
yesterday's second workout, the 6-6, 250 All-Pro said, perform a job. "You may see us smiling during prac- du
"hey, why don't we get some beer as long as we're not tice, but we're working hard," said starting wide- a]
doing anything." receiver Fred Scott. p
ENGAGING'IN jovial banter was defensive tackle THE LIONS ARE a threat to win the Central th
Doug English. When the practice ended, English was Division title which, in addition to making the work
beseiged by autograph seekers. Ater inking his involved in these practices a bit more bearable, has g
signature numerous times he jokingly said, "A kid resulted in team goals being put ahead of personal th
kicked me in the shins a few minutes ago when I ambitions for at least one Detroit player. The player qu
passed him up." is Scott,whose oosition will have the additional skills th
One of the myriad English fans was a young boy, this year of Mark Nichols and Tracy Porter, the da
1968 - Year of the Tiger
It doesn't matter if you side with the players or the owners in the
current baseball strike, there is one thing that everyone agrees on-it is
an unfortunate situation. So in order to partially relieve the misery of
any baseball junkies going through withdrawal, throughout the
duration of the strike the Daily is providing a look back to a more
pleasant time-1968. There was no free agent compensation, no
NLRB, no court injunctions-and no strike. And for those of you
who don't remember, in 1968 the Tigers were winners, World Series
winners, in fact. Each day the Daily relates the results of the previous
evening's Tiger game-minus 13 years.
Jty 30--Tigers 5, Yankees 0

ions' first and fourth round draft choices, respec-
vely, from the college draft held in late April. Scott
iys that even though the two rookies play at his
osition, he will help them in order to make the Lions
better team.
"It used to be, five to ten years ago, it was a doggy-
og situation (when a rookie joined a team at a
eteran's position)," he said. "But I'm coming into
amp thinking that if I can help rookies like Mark
ichols or Tracy Porter, them I'll just be helping the
ions in their quest for a championship."
Dreams of a championship and a relaxed atmosp-
ere may make it a little easier for-the Lions to en-
ure the two-a-day workouts, but they cannot
lleviate the fatigue felt by the players after such
ractices. The players leave the field walking slower
ian usual as sweat glistens from their entire body.
Nichols says, "my legs feel a little tired." English
ratefully accepts a cold beer from a-tan and states
at "it's going'to be the first of many."-Reserve
jarterback Eric Hipple comments that the end of
ie day's second practice gives him "freedom for the
Ii ^ - -^'^m r ^ '-f '^l ^^nr ^ - "

DETROIT (AP) - Mel-Slot-
tlemyre of the New York Yankees is
a pretty fair pitcher in the American
League and he doesn't see too many
problem, ahead for the Detroit',,
Tigers as they close in on the pen-
"Somebody's got to get hot," Slot-
tlemyre said Tuesday night after
absorbing his eighth loss of the
season against 13 wins. "I don't
think they're (the Tigers) going to
BUT MAYO SMITH, manager of
the Tigers, who beat the Yankees 5-
0, is cautious - even modest - when
questioned about the team Detroit is
likely to face in the World Series.
Detroit leads by seven games.
"This is only July," observed
Smith, who was right by little more
than 24 ,hours. But after several
seconds of silence he grinned and
said, "I'm sorry to say I haven't had
a chance to get over into the
National League.
"It's too early for anything of that
nature," said the, manager, grin-
ning. "We've got enough problems
in this league."
ONE OF HIS problems was not
pitcher Earl Wilson, who allowed the
Yanks three hits Tuesdtay night.
Wilson, 9-8, was pulled in the ninth
inning after walking Mickey Mantle.
Manager Smith said he took out
his pitcher because Wilsson's left
knee had obviously started to ache.
Wilson developed the sore knee last
Friday against Baltimore.
"Truthfully speaking, I can't
exactly say where it (the knee) is
hurt," said Wilson after the game.

Clarke. 2b ........
While. i ... 4
Mantle, lb ...... ... :3
Pepitone, of ........... 4
Colaito.rf..... I......
Teh, s........... 3
G~ibbs. .... ... 3
Stottlemyre. p .........
Howser, ph ............ t
Talibot....... I
C.,Smith, ph ....t
Michael, pr .. . .
Womack. p.... ....... 4
TiT i. .......... :30
McAuliffe 2b .......... 3
Northrup, of .......... 5S
Kaner .i...
Cas'h. lb.......4
Freehan,. ..
Wert. s... 3
Patterson, p .
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Detroit ...




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AP Photo
U.S. OPEN WINNER David Graham takes a moment to absorb-the pain of a
missed putt on the fourth green during first round play at the Canadian Open
in Oakville, Ont. yesterday. He finished with a 70, two strokes behind leader
Phil Hancock.
Hancock leads Open
OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP)-Phil Hancock, who said his season "has ranged
from bad to poor," one-putted half the greens on the way to a 3-under-par 68 and
the first-round lead yesterday in the $425,000 Canadian Open'Golf Tournament.
"I got off to a good start," said Hancock, who dropped a 35-foot birdie putt on the
first hole and one-putted the first four.
"IT WAS A GOOD putting round; not a great putting round but a good one,"
Hancock said. "I was lucky enough to get the ball close to the hole a couple of
times, and, with the shape this golf course is in, that's what you have to do."
The condition of the course, the hilly, 7,060 yard Glen Abbey layout in suburban
Toronto which Jack Nicklaus designed as a permanent home for this national
championship, was the subject of considerable discussion.
"The greens are not as bad as I thought they would be, and they'll get better as
the tournament goes on," said N icklaus, who managed a 1-under-par 70.
Tom Kite, who has finished seventh or better in nine of his last 10 starts, topped a
big group at 69, a single stroke off the lead.

E-Wilson. LOB-New York. 6, Detroit 1().
2B-H onNor Nhrup, Kaine, Cash. Freehan.
HR-Wilson (T), McAuliffe (13).
Stotlemvre (1.,23-). s .8 5 5 4
Taibo. ... 2 2 041)4144
Wom,,ack...........414)40 1 440 4
Wilson (W. 4-4>).4 ....... 3 0 11 3 5
Patterson ............. 4 41 1 40 0
"BP-Stotilemyre( Iforton). T-2:40. A-33:.308

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