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SATURDAY, MAY 22, 1971

VOL. 2, No. 48

Giants Win Streak Falls Victim


To Dome, Dome on the Range
HOUSTON New season, same story in
the Lone Star State for the Giants.
Leading the National League West by six
games and riding a seven-game win streak, the
Giants pulled into town Friday and did what
they seemingly always do when in Houston:
Lose in the Astrodome.
Houston right-hander Larry Dierker, one of
the reasons the Giants always lose in the Astrodome, was at the top of his
game, firing a three-hitter and
whiffing nine as the Astros
romped to the most lopsided 2
-0 victory youll ever see.
The Giants have lost 18 of
their past 21 games inside the
Larry Dierker
Dome dating back to 1968.
As if unceasing failure wasn't enough, the
Giants often are embarrassed inside what Houstonians refer to as the Eighth Wonder of the
World. In a 1969 loss, they grounded into seven double plays. Friday, Bobby Bonds opened
the game with a single only to see Dierker retire 22 of the next 23 batters.
Tito Fuentes and Alan Gallagher produced
consecutive singles in the eighth, but pinch
hitter Ken Henderson rolled into an inning double play to kill the threat.
It was the second shutout for Dierker (4-3),
who is 8-1 lifetime with a 1.89 ERA against the
Giants in the Astrodome.
San Francisco wasted a fine outing by Gaylord Perry (3-4) who allowed two runs in seven
innings.
Mets 6, Braves 3
NEW YORK Pinch hitter Ken Singleton
walloped a tie-breaking three-run homer in the
bottom of the eighth inning as the Mets
snapped a seven-game losing streak.
New York, fresh off an 0-7 road trip, took
three one-run leads against Atlanta, only to see
the Braves re-tie the game on each occasion.
Singleton, batting for Jerry Grote, belted a 10 pitch from losing pitcher Pat Jarvis (4-1) over
the right field wall. Mets starter Nolan Ryan
went the distance and improved to 2-3.
Henry Aaron tagged his 14th home run of
the season and 606th of his career.
Cardinals 7, Padres 3
ST. LOUIS Jerry Reuss spun a threehitter and Julian Javiers two-run triple highlighted a six-run rally in the fourth inning as
the Cardinals eased past the Padres.
Reuss (4-5) made one mistake, which Ed
Spiezio slugged for a three-run homer. Reuss
tied his season high with seven strikeouts.
Lou Brock singled home two runs in the six-

run uprising, extending his hit streak to 14


games. Redbirds catcher Ted Simmons stretched
his hit streak to 11 games.
Pads starter Danny Coombs (1-8) was pulled
in the fourth inning having allowed four runs.
Expos 7, Pirates 3
MONTREAL Carl Morton reverted to his
1970 Rookie of the Year form and Jim Fairey
drove in three runs as the Expos topped the N.L.
East-leading Pirates.
Montreal trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning when Fairey smacked a three-run
double off Bucs starter Dock Ellis (6-2). Morton
added an RBI double in the third that gave the
Expos a 5-1 lead.
Morton (2-6) won for the first time in five
starts, allowing three runs in eight innings. Ellis
was chased in the third frame after surrendering
five runs.
Willie Stargell, making his first start in six
games, clubbed his 17th round-tripper. He is 10
games ahead of Roger Maris record pace of
1961.
Reds 5, Phillies 3
PHILADELPHIA Johnny Bench and Lee
May belted two-run homers as the Reds downed
the Phillies.
Bench touched Phils starter Jim Bunning for
his 10th home run in the first inning for a 2-0
Reds lead. The Phillies tied it in the second, but

CINCINNATI (AP) Pittsburgh manager


Danny Murtaugh, hospitalized after suffering
chest pains here Thursday, will probably be
released Monday and take over the team then,
the Pirates said Friday.
Murtaugh still was listed in fair condition at
Christ Hospital and was scheduled to undergo
more tests.
Murtaugh, who has a history of heart trouble,
was stricken about 20 minutes before Pittsburghs game with Cincinnati on Thursday.
Batting coach Bill Virdon has taken over as
manager of the club.
BOSTON The Red Sox have their military responsibilities pretty well organized.
Pitcher Ken Brett is at Ft. Meade, Md., but
will be available against Baltimore this weekend. The Red Sox, who filled Bretts spot with
Jim Lonborg, had a vacancy open up Friday
because Mike Fiore reported to Camp Drum in
New York for two weeks of reserve duty.
When Fiore comes back, somebody will have
to be dropped from the roster. The only other
player who must play soldier for two weeks is
Mike Nagy in August.

TEN CENTS

Major League Standings


A.L. EAST
New York
Baltimore
Cleveland
Boston
Washington
Detroit

W
28
23
21
17
17
13

L
8
13
16
19
21
25

PCT.
.778
.639
.568
.472
.447
.342

GB
--5
7
11
12
16

N.L. EAST
Pittsburgh
Philadelphia
New York
Chicago
St. Louis
Montreal

W
25
22
20
20
17
12

L
14
15
17
20
22
19

PCT.
.641
.595
.541
.500
.436
.387

GB
--2
4
5
8
9

A.L. WEST
Oakland
California
Milwaukee
Minnesota
Chicago
Kansas City

W
30
20
16
17
13
12

L
13
22
19
23
22
26

PCT.
.698
.476
.457
.425
.371
.316

GB
--9
10
11
13
15

N.L. WEST
San Francisco
Cincinnati
Atlanta
Los Angeles
Houston
San Diego

W
26
20
19
19
18
14

L
15
19
21
22
22
26

PCT.
.634
.513
.475
.463
.450
.350

GB
--5
6
7
7
11

Fridays American League Results

Fridays National League Results

Baltimore 6, Boston 1
Detroit 5, Washington 4 (12 innings)
New York 5, Cleveland 2
Oakland 8, Minnesota 3
Chicago 8, California 3
Milwaukee at Kansas City, ppd., rain

St. Louis 7, San Diego 3


New York 6, Atlanta 3
Los Angeles 5, Chicago 1
Montreal 7, Pittsburgh 3
Cincinnati 5, Philadelphia 3
Houston 2, San Francisco 0

Todays Probable Starting Pitchers

Todays Probable Starting Pitchers

All times local

All times local

New York (Stottlemyre 6-1) at Cleveland (Dunning


3-0), 1:30 p.m.
Boston (Culp 2-5) at Baltimore (Cuellar 3-4), 2 p.m.
Washington (Bosman 1-4) at Detroit (Zepp 1-0),
2:15 p.m.
Milwaukee (Pattin 4-4) at Kansas City (Wright 0-2),
1:30 p.m.
Minnesota (Kaat 5-2) at Oakland (Hunter 6-1), 1:30
p.m.
Chicago (Wood 2-3) at California (Murphy 1-6), 8
p.m.

Atlanta (Stone 3-1) at New York (Seaver 5-4), 2:15


p.m.
Los Angeles (Sutton 5-2) at Chicago (Pappas 4-3),
1:15 p.m.
Cincinnati (Merritt 2-1) at Philadelphia (Lersch 23), 7:35 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Walker 6-1) at Montreal (Stoneman 52), 8:05 p.m.
San Francisco (Robertson 2-2) at Houston (Wilson 5
-2), 7:30 p.m.
San Diego (Arlin 5-3) at St. Louis (Zachary 1-0),
7:35 p.m.

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Front-Running Yankees Lead After 7, Win Seventh in a Row


CLEVELAND For the Yankees unfortunate opponents this season, baseball has become
a seven-inning game. As in: You either lead
them after seven innings, or youre cooked.
Friday night, the Indians were cooked.
With Mike Kekich going the distance and
Horace Clarke lashing three hits and scoring
three runs, New York eased to a 5-2 victory.
The Yanks seventh consecutive win made
them the 10th team since the turn of the century
to win 28 of their first 36 games.
Aided by homers from Clark and Roy White,
the Yankees led 5-2 after six innings. When the
score remained unchanged after the seventh, the
Tribe faced an unforgiving precedent: New York
is 24-1 when tied or leading after seven frames.
Kekich (4-1) tossed a six-hitter. Loser Rich
Hand (0-3) allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Tigers 5, Senators 4
DETROIT Dalton Jones ripped an RBI
double in the bottom of the 12th as the Tigers
won for the sixth time in eight games.

Washingtons Frank Howard had tied the


game with a solo homer in the eighth inning.
Jones third hit and third RBI of the game
made a winner of Bengals reliever Fred Scherman (2-1) and a loser of Nats fireman Joe
Grzenda (0-1).
Detroit is 6-2 since starting the season 7-23.
Orioles 6, Red Sox 1
BALTIMORE Pat Dobson fashioned a
seven-hitter as the Orioles subdued the slumping
Red Sox.
Paul Blair had a two-run single in the fourth
inning to give the Os a 5-0 lead. Bostons
George Scott launched his eighth home run to
make it a 5-1 game in the top of the seventh inning. But Mark Belangers second RBI single of
the game in the bottom of the frame boosted the
Birds lead to 6-1.
Dobson (4-2) lowered his ERA to 2.69. Bostons Jim Lonborg (0-1), in his first major
league start since May 8, 1970, allowed five
runs in four innings and took the loss.

As 8, Twins 3
OAKLAND Reggie Jackson pounded
two of his teams four home runs and Blue
Moon Odom went the distance in his second
start of the season as the As tripped the Twins.
In addition to his ninth and 10th homers,
Jackson drove in three runs and crept into the
A.L. Top 10 with a .321 average.
Odom (1-1), coming off elbow surgery,
scattered 11 hits. Twins starter Bert Blyleven
(2-4) served up three round-trippers.
White Sox 8, Angels 3
ANAHEIM Tom Bradley scattered 11
hits and was supported by four double plays as
the White Sox trumped the Angels.
ChiSox catcher Tom Egan homered and had
four RBI. Bradley (3-5) drove in two runs with
a single and a sacrifice fly.
Halos starter Rudy May (2-4) was charged
with six runs in six innings. Recalcitrant outfielder Alex Johnson was 0-for-1 in a pinchhitting role and is now batting .234.

Major League Leaders

Around Baseball

Murtaugh Release is
Likely Come Monday

Including final
results of all ball
games

AMERICAN

AB

AVG.

NATIONAL

AB

AVG.

Johnstone, Chi.

31

107

17

43

.402

Day, Mon.

28

93

14

38

.409

Carew, Min.

35

137

29

55

.401

Aaron, Atl.

37

118

31

46

.390

Epstein, Oak.

38

124

23

45

.363

Pepitone, Chi.

35

138

20

50

.362

Murcer, N.Y.

36

138

28

50

.362

Perez, Cin.

38

150

17

52

.347

Howard, Was.

38

149

20

53

.356

Oliver, Pit.

36

134

17

46

.343

Cater, N.Y.

36

143

15

50

.350

Beckert, Chi.

39

170

23

58

.341

McMullen, Cal.

41

149

28

52

.349

Johnson, Phi.

36

127

21

43

.339

White, N.Y.

35

132

29

46

.348

Sanguillen, Pit.

35

144

19

48

.333

Tovar, Min.

40

165

27

54

.327

Stargell, Pit.

34

108

37

36

.333

Jackson, Oak.

41

165

34

53

.321

Jones, N.Y.

36

139

14

46

.331

HR: Powell (Bal.) 12; Monday (Oak.) 11;


Smith (Bos.) 11; Nettles (Cle.) 10; Jackson
(Oak.) 10.

HR: Stargell (Pit.) 17; Aaron (Atl.) 14;


Robertson (Pit.) 12; May (Cin.) 12; Bench
(Cin.) 10.

RBI: Powell (Bal.) 35; Monday (Oak.) 34;


Bando (Oak.) 31; Cater (N.Y.) 30; 3 tied with
29.

RBI: Aaron (Atl.) 34; Bench (Cin.) 34;


Stargell (Pit.) 32; McCovey (S.F.) 31; 2 tied
with 29.

Wins: Blue (Oak.) 6-1; Hunter (Oak.) 6-1;


Stottlemyre (N.Y.) 6-1; Fingers (Oak.) 6-2; Peterson (N.Y.) 5-0.

Wins: Blass (Pit.) 6-1; Walker (Pit.) 6-1; Ellis


(Pit.) 6-2; Holtzman (Chi.) 6-2; Nolan (Cin.) 63.

Strikeouts: Blue (Oak.) 113; Lolich (Det.) 77;


Blyleven (Min.) 64; McDowell (Cle.) 59; Coleman (Det.) 58.

Strikeouts: Seaver (N.Y.) 83; Jenkins (Chi.)


76; Stoneman (Mon.) 57; Holtzman (Chi.) 57;
Dierker (Hou.) 56.

ERA: Fingers (Oak.) 1.41; Dunning (Cle.)


1.44; Blue (Oak.) 1.81; McNally (Bal) 2.10; Foster (Cle.) 2.11.

ERA: Billingham (Hou.) 1.49; Sutton (L.A.)


1.73; Wilson (Hou) 1.84; Carlton (St.L) 1.88;
Seaver (N.Y.) 1.90.

Easy Does it For Hard-Hitting Aaron


Henry Aaron plays right field the way it
should be played. He never runs out from underneath his hat, never crashes
a fence, or makes a sliding,
tumbling catch. When the ball
gets there, Henrys been there
for several seconds. Rogers
Hornsby once said, Ive heard
all my life about guys who
Henry Aaron
could play right field in their
sleep. But Aarons the only one I ever saw do
it.
Henry hits the ball the way it should be hit
the last second when he can see precisely
how much and where its going to break. They
say Henry hits more bad pitches than any hitter
since Yogi Berra but Henry hits a lot of good
pitches too.
He looks as if hes playing the game at three
-quarters of capacity. He never does anything
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form on the field. The work


reckless would never apply
to Henry.
But Henry is now chasing
the ghost of another right fielder. Henry is almost neck-andneck with Babe Ruth. Each hit
his 600th home run at approximately the same age. Henry
needs only 30 home runs a year
for four years to pass baseballs
most unattainable record
Ruth was a genius. He could
do anything with a baseball
including curve it. But, chances
are, Henry Aaron at 37 is in far
greater physical shape than
Babe Ruth was at 37. And
maybe at 27.
But the greatest problem
Henry Aaron faces now is not
geriatric. Its psychological.
Hes at that dangerous point
where a man stops playing for a
team and starts playing for the
ages, where victory becomes
secondary to virtuosity. They
come to see Aaron hit, not the
Braves play. The CPAs in the
press box take over his career.
I call the malaise the Cobb
Syndrome. The dictionary
says a syndrome is a cluster
of symptoms that add up to an
abnormality. In the case of
baseball, it crops up frequently
that a gifted ballplayer is far
more effective for his team
when hes a young man. Study
the records of any number of
great players from Ty Cobb to

Stan Musial to Roberto


Clemente and to Willie
Mays and Henry Aaron. They
led their teams to pennants
when they were virtually rookies or at least new to the
league. Later in life, when
they should have been better
players, the pennants were
strangely lacking.
One reason for this may be
that they sneaked up on the
league and were getting better
pitches to hit as youths. But
the suspicion works that Ty
Cobb may have simply have
begun at some point in time to
play for Ty Cobb and not the
Detroit Tigers. Suddenly, a
pennant is not the issue anymore, but rather the athletes
2,000th lifetime run batted in
or his 600th career double or
some such.
Its a time when a man
might be tempted to coddle
himself, to sit out second
games of doubleheaders, or
even first games if a fastballing, wild right-hander is
throwing. The temptation to

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Mays blast in the sixth put


Cincinnati ahead for good.
Tony Cloninger (2-3) earned
the win, hurling 7 1/3 solid
innings. Bunning (3-3) allowed
five runs in 6 1/3 frames and
took the loss.
Dodgers 5, Cubs 1
CHICAGO

Claude
Osteen scattered eight hits and

The greatest problem

Henry Aaron faces now


is not geriatric. Its psychological. Hes at that
dangerous point where a
man stops playing for a
team and starts playing
for the ages.
swing for the fences when all
the team needs is a ground ball
to the right side must be strong
for a man who has a chance to
become an all-time home run
champion. The temptation to
keep playing when a team
would be better off breaking in
a youngster must be powerful
also.
I asked Henry Aaron about
the pitfalls of ghost chasing.
Henry is the kind of man you
can ask questions like that. He
thought about it for a moment
and said:
In the first place, I dont
want to be known only for my
home run hitting. Id rather be
remembered as a player who
could do other things as well.
Richie Allen had two RBI as
the Dodgers handed the Cubs
their fifth straight defeat.
Osteen (5-4) took a shutout
into the ninth inning. It was
spoiled by Ernie Banks solo
homer his first home run of
the season, and the 510th of
his career.
Bill Hands (2-6) surrendered four runs in 6 1/3 innings.

If a bunt would win a game or


pennant on the last day of the
season and I had 713 home
runs, Id still bunt. I batted .298 last season and I
could very easily have batted
over .300. I hit the ball to right
field lots of times to help the
team when I might have waited for a gopher ball. I played
injured, because I wanted to
help Pat Jarvis see if he could
win 20 games (Jarvis, a righthanded batter, ended up 1616.)
As to playing when I might
be better off retired, I will
know when that moment
comes. I will not play for statistics. I will play for championships When I cannot, I will
not play at all.
I have a feeling both the
Babe and the league are in
trouble from bad Henry who
would rather be in the World
Series than the World Almanac, and go down in the record
books for the home runs he
CAUGHT as much for those
he hit.