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VOL. 2, No. 65 TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 1971 TEN CENTS

Versalles Comes Alive at Plate, A.L. EAST W L

Major League Standings

Helps Braves Top Cardinals, 8-7 New York

New York
Cleveland 26 25 .510 12 Philadelphia 29 23 .558 5
ATLANTA No sooner had Zoilo Ver- pleting two and hurling eight innings in the oth-
Boston 24 29 .453 15 St. Louis 27 29 .482 9
salles reached the pinnacle voted the Ameri- er.
Detroit 23 30 .434 16 Chicago 24 32 .429 12
can Leagues Most Valuable Player after help- But the Bucs have four able-armed starters Washington 21 31 .404 17 Montreal 20 28 .417 12
ing the Minnesota Twins to the 1965 pennant Dock Ellis, Luke Walker, Steve Blass and Bob
then he fell on hard times. Johnson with a combined record of 29-10. A.L. WEST W L PCT. GB N.L. WEST W L PCT. GB
Back miseries curtailed his playing time and Richie Hebners RBI single in the top of the Oakland 35 20 .636 --- San Francisco 34 23 .596 ---
productivity. He bounced from the Twins to the first inning gave Briles a 1-0 lead. Ron Santos California 26 29 .473 9 Los Angeles 29 26 .527 4
Minnesota 25 29 .463 9 Houston 28 27 .509 5
Dodgers, the expansion Pa- 11th home run tied the game in the second.
Milwaukee 21 28 .429 11 Cincinnati 26 29 .473 7
dres (for whom he never Al Olivers RBI single off Cubs starter Milt
Chicago 20 28 .417 11 Atlanta 24 33 .421 10
played), Indians, Senators Pappas broke the 1-1 tie in the fifth. Bob Robert-
Kansas City 18 31 .367 14 San Diego 19 37 .339 14
and finally right out of orga- son drove in another run with a sacrifice fly.
nized baseball. The Pirates broke it open in seventh when Mondays American League Results Mondays National League Results
A resurgence while play- Willie Stargell and Oliver slammed back-to-back (No games scheduled) Pittsburgh 6, Chicago 1
Atlanta 8, St. Louis 7
ing for Union Laguna in the homers. Stargells major league-leading 24th
Zoilo Versalles (Only games scheduled)
Mexican League earned him round-tripper, a two-run blast, put him eight
a contract with the Braves. He joined the team games ahead of the record pace of Roger Maris Todays Probable Starting Pitchers Todays Probable Starting Pitchers
All times local All times local
June 2, whereupon he fell on hard times. when he hit 61 home runs in 1961. Pittsburgh (Walker 7-2) at Chicago (Holtzman 9-2),
Chicago (Wood 5-3) at Cleveland (McDowell 6-6),
Versalles went hitless in his first 18 at-bats Olivers blow chased Pappas, who allowed six 7:45 p.m. 1:30 p.m.
with Atlanta. He was still looking for his first runs in 6 1/3 innings and fell to 4-5. Pappas has Milwaukee (Parsons 3-3) at Detroit (Lolich 4-7), 8 Los Angeles (Singer 6-5) at Philadelphia (Short 4-
hit when he stepped to the plate in the bottom won just once in his past eight starts. p.m. 6), 7:30 p.m.
of the second inning Monday night. He Blass recorded 14 ground ball outs in lower- Minnesota (Blyleven 2-6) at Baltimore (Dobson 5- San Diego (Arlin 6-4) at New York (Gentry 5-3), 8
3), 8 p.m. p.m.
snapped his slump with a two-run single, one ing his ERA to 1.80.
Washington (Cox 4-3) at Kansas City (Splittorff 0- San Francisco (Marichal 7-6) at Montreal
of his two hits in Atlantas 8-7 victory over the The National League-leading Pirates have (Stoneman 6-4), 8 p.m.
0), 7:30 p.m.
Cardinals. won 11 of their past 14 games. The Cubs, who New York (Stottlemyre 8-1) at California (Hassler 0 St. Louis (Carlton 5-3) at Atlanta (Jarvis 5-1), 8 p.m.
Versalles then stole second base and scored have lost four out of five games to Pittsburgh -1), 8 p.m. Cincinnati (Nolan 7-5) at Houston (Wilson 6-2),
on pitcher Ron Reeds two-run single. He add- this season, are 4-17 in their past 21 contests. Boston (Culp 3-6) at Oakland (Odom 1-2), 8 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
ed a double in the fifth.
Every starter in the Atlanta lineup had at
least one hit except for Henry Aaron. The Na-
Would-Be QB Blue Daring Hitters to Tackle His Fastball
tional Leagues leading hitter went 0-for-5 and NEW YORK (AP) Footballs He and McDowell are the fastest
dropped to .374. loss is baseballs gain in the sensation- Ive seen, said Bobby Murcer, the
Even given Versalles offensive awakening, al Vida Blue of the Oakland As. Yankees top hitter, after Blue
part of a 12-hit attack, the Braves third win in If the 21-year-old left-hander had dropped a tough 2-0 loss to New
a row tying a season high was no cake- his way, people might be comparing York. Hes got a good team behind
walk. Reed, despite being handed a 5-1 lead him to Johnny Unitas, Sammy Baugh him and he could win 30 games.
after two innings was chased in the fourth after and other great quarterbacks. McDowells fastball is up on you
allowing six runs on eight hits. As it is, the names being bandied as soon as it leaves his hand, said
Ron Herbel (5-4) earned the win with 1 1/3 about in the same breath as Blues are Yankees outfielder Roy White,
scoreless frames. Cecil Upshaw finished up Sandy Koufax, Sam McDowell and while Blues seems to pick up
with 4 1/3 innings to log his seventh save other hard-throwing southpaws. speed as it nears the plate and a few
(second in the National League) in eight oppor- Blue is currently the hottest attrac- feet before it gets to you it just ex-
tunities. tion at the gate in the American plodes. But the biggest thing since I
League, recently running his record to Vida Blue threw 35 TD passes as a prep and still misses the contact in football.
Cards starter Mike Torrez (0-5) failed to saw him two years ago is that he
record an out in the second inning, yielding 8-3 by limiting Washington to two runs and issu- school quarterback in Mansfield, La., and had can throw strikes when hes behind on the
five runs. Cards catcher Ted Simmons had ing 10 strikeouts. college bird dogs on his trail. count.
four RBI and right fielder Jose Cardenal ho- Thats basically the way hes been pitching I miss the contact in football, he said. You cant throw the ball much harder than
mered for the fourth time in six games. all year, said Dave Duncan, his catcher. Every chance I get I go to a football game if he does, noted Johnny Ellis, New Yorks ris-
Pirates 6, Cubs 1 In Blues first full season in the major leagues, its within a 100-mile radius. ing young slugger. He seems to be a team
CHICAGO Nelson Briles won for the however, people have come to expect something I visited the University of Houston and was player and I think he has more of level head on
third time in three starts this season, tossing a special every time out. A routine performance almost gone when here comes Finley (Oakland his shoulders than McDowell, who only cares
five-hitter as the Pirates eased past the Cubs. becomes a bit of a letdown. owner Charles O. Finley) with all that cash and about himself.
On almost any other team Briles (3-0) would Blue leaves the impression that he might ra- lured me away. Thurman Munson, however, is a McDowell
merit a promotion to the starting rotation. He ther be doing his thing on the gridiron instead of That move wont win Finley many friends fan.
has allowed just one run in all three starts, com- the pitchers mound. He was a brilliant high among American League batters. BLUE, Page 3

Around Baseball Major League Leaders Yaz Jumps Out to

All-Star Voting Lead
Activated by Atlanta Carew, Min.
Cater, N.Y.
Aaron, Atl.
Alou, St.L
NEW YORK (AP) Carl Yastrzemski,
ATLANTA (AP) Hoyt Wilhelm, Atlan- Bostons brilliant left fielder, is the top vote-
Epstein, Oak. 50 157 28 57 .363 Sanguillen, Pit. 50 200 27 69 .345 getter in the early American League All-Star
tas 47-year-old knuckleball reliever who has
been on the disabled list all season, was activat- Johnstone, Chi. 42 139 22 50 .360 Perez, Cin. 54 208 23 71 .341 balloting and other established veterans lead the
ed by the Braves prior to Monday nights game Murcer, N.Y. 53 205 39 72 .351 Jones, N.Y. 48 183 21 62 .339 way at every position.
with the Cardinals. First returns in the nationwide poll of base-
Rettenmund, Bal. 40 137 22 48 .350 Stargell, Pit. 50 163 53 55 .337
The Braves placed young southpaw Mike ball fans, released Monday by
McMullen, Cal. 54 201 37 70 .348 Oliver, Pit. 52 188 24 63 .335
McQueen, 1-2, on the 21-day disabled list. commissioner Bowie Kuhns
McQueen strained his left elbow Sunday. Blair, Bal. 44 183 30 61 .333 Beckert, Chi. 55 227 28 76 .335 office, show Yastrzemski lead-
Wilhelm holds the major league record for Howard, Was. 52 203 27 66 .325 Garr, Atl. 57 243 37 81 .333 ing all candidates with 31,645
pitching appearances with 1,042. Tovar, Min. 54 223 33 72 .323 Torre, St.L 56 207 41 68 .329 votes.
KANSAS CITY Kansas City pitcher Wal- He is followed in the outfield
HR: Smith (Bos.) 15; Nettles (Cle.) 15; Petro- HR: Stargell (Pit.) 24; Aaron (Atl.) 20;
ly Bunker was optioned to the organizations voting by Minnesotas Tony
celli (Bos.) 15; Powell (Bal.) 13; Cash (Det.) 13. Johnson (Phi.) 13; Robertson (Pit.) 13; May Yastrzemski
farm club in the American Association. Oliva and Frank Robinson.
RBI: Petrocelli (Bos.) 47; Smith (Bos.) 43; (Cin.) 13.
Bunker, who has a 2-2 record this year and Behind Yastrzemski in the overall balloting
McMullen (Cal.) 42; White (N.Y.) 42; 3 tied RBI: Aaron (Atl.) 50; Stargell (Pit.) 50; Torre
an ERA of 4.99, has appeared in 11 games. The are two other Orioles first baseman Boog
with 40. (St.L) 39; Davis (L.A.) 39; 2 tied with 38.
Royals also assigned outfielder Carl Taylor to Powell, with 28,458 votes, and third baseman
Wins: Stottlemyre (N.Y.) 8-1; Kline (N.Y.) 8-1; Wins: Blass (Pit.) 9-1; Holtzman (Chi.) 9-2; Brooks Robinson, with 27, 818.
the Omaha club. He was hitting .080.
Hunter (Oak.) 8-2; Coleman (Det.) 8-2; Blue Sutton (L.A.) 8-2; Ellis (Pit.) 8-3; Walker (Pit.) 7-
The Royals reinstated left fielder Lou Piniel- Other leaders, by position, are second base-
(Oak.) 8-3. 2).
la, who has been on the disabled list since May man Rod Carew of Minnesota, shortstop Luis
4, and acquired first baseman Chuck Harrison Strikeouts: Blue (Oak.) 140; Lolich (Det.) Strikeouts: Seaver (N.Y.) 111; Jenkins (Chi.) Aparicio of Boston and catcher Bill Freehan of
105; Coleman (Det.) 92; Blyleven (Min.) 76; 94; Sutton (L.A.) 81; Stoneman (Mon.) 80; 2 Detroit.
from Omaha.
Hunter (Oak.) 75. tied with 78. All the front-runners have been All-Star
Piniella, the 1969 American League Rookie
of the Year, was hitting .222 with no homers ERA: Fingers (Oak.) 1.54; Kline (N.Y.) 1.99; ERA: Holtzman (Chi.) 1.64; Seaver (N.Y.) starters in the past.
and seven RBI when he was hit by a pitch and Wood (Chi.) 2.21; Dobson (Bal.) 2.21; Foster 1.72; Wilson (Hou.) 1.90; Billingham (Hou.) Powell, batting .314, leads Detroits Norm
fractured his right thumb. (Cle.) 2.26. 2.06; Stone (Atl.) 2.16. Cash by more than 20,000 votes in the first base
Harrison was batting .369 at Triple-A. VOTING, Page 2
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National League Boxscores

Killebrew 5 Home Runs Away Blue

From Page 1
From Reaching the 500 Club Blue doesnt throw as hard
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. Gehrigs 493 and moved into as Sam does consistently, he
(AP) When baseball old- the No. 10 position, are Ernie said. Blues got a good fast-
timers gather in the coming Banks and Mel Ott, 511; and ball and curve but Sam can
decades to discuss major Eddie Matthews, 512. come overhand, sidearm, every
leagues best home run hitters, Its been figured out that which way. With Sam you have
Harmon Killebrews name Killebrew, who became the old to worry about six different
will be brought up. Washington Senators first pitches all in different places.
Theyre likely to tell stories bonus baby in 1954 and Min- Hes right up there with the
about his home run totals, his nesotas biggest star when they best, said Carl Yastrzemski of
Harmon Killebrew has hit a home
contribution to the Minnesota moved the club in 1961, hits a run every 13 at-bats in the majors.
the Boston Red Sox, the team
Twins and his $100,000-plus home run once every 13 times that gave Blue his worst drub-
salary. at bat. Twins star on the ballot. bing of the year, 9-2 on May
And theyll probably de- That is second in home run Killebrew started slowly 28. Hes got poise and control
scribe his home run manner- consistency only to Ruths this year. In addition to his and he moves the ball around.
isms the uncoiling of the average of one every 11.8 trips eight home runs, he has Most hitters were astonished
muscular wrists, the powerful to the plate. knocked in 35 runs. Both to- at the improvement in Blues
swivel of hips and the slug- The only time I think about tals lead the team. control over last year, but the
gers reaction to a solid crack the number of home runs is The Twins see no reason young pitcher isnt satisfied.
of the bat two or three steps when someone mentions it. It for Killebrew to slow down I still dont think Im a con-
toward first base and a pause doesnt bother me for the writ- this year or in the next few trol pitcher, he said. I go to
too many 3-2 counts. My con-
to gaze at the balls flight over ers to ask about my home runs. years, primarily because of
trol with a football was better.
Voting Oaklands powerful As
a distant fence. Thats what Im supposed to his persistent conditioning. failed to impress the All-Star
If you cant hit a 6-foot-3 end From Page 1
And those who see his his- do, Killebrew said. Team physicians say he is in voters in the early returns
toric 500th homer will always Killebrew should be select- better shape this year than in you gotta have bad control. race and Aparicio has a despite their commanding
remember it. ed to the roster of the A.L All- several seasons. How far could I throw a 12,000-vote margin over Cali- lead in the A.L. West. Bert
Star team for the 13th time in football? About 60 feet may- fornias Jim Fregosi. Campaneris is fourth in the
By the time Killebrew cele- There had been some
be. Then he realized his mis- Some 65,000 votes were shortstop voting while third
brates his 35th birthday June 1971, but the question of thought by manager Bill
take and grinned. Oh, I mean cast in the first count for A.L. baseman Sal Bando, first
29, he could be past the 500 whether he will start is up to Rigney and team president
60 yards. starting spots in the July 13 baseman Mike Epstein and
figure. He currently has eight the fans. Calvin Griffith to start giving
Sixty feet plus six inches All-Star night game against outfielder Reggie Jackson
home runs this season, and Although Killebrew has Killebrew more days off.
will do for now, which isnt too the National Leagues stand- are fifth, sixth and seventh at
495 for his career. been moved to first base this Killebrew doesnt like the
great a distance when fastballs outs. their respective positions.
Only nine other major season, to start in the July clas- idea. I want to be in the
are buzzing around at 100
leaguers headed by Babe sic in Detroit he would have to lineup as much as I can,
miles an hour or so.
Ruths 714 have joined the poll more votes than Balti- Killebrew said when he first
For speed this kid is right
500 club. mores Brooks Robinson at heard of the proposal.
there with McDowell and Herb
Just ahead of Killebrew, third base the position at That would give him more
Score, said Felipe Alou, who
who on May 22 passed Lou which the league listed the chances to hit homers.
played with Blue and against

Sens Short: Top Pick to Join Big League Team him and went 1-for-2 off him
the other night, but Koufax is
WASHINGTON (AP) ing after the Senators dropped their first pick, he will join the in a class by himself. Hes the
only pitcher that when I knew a
Owner Bob Short says the their fifth in a row and moved team immediately.
fastball was coming, the best I
player drafted by the Wash- deeper into last place, was Short will seek a trade,
could do was foul it off.
ington Senators in the second- about the draft this week and probably giving up pitcher
Well, said Murcer, a left-
ary phase of the draft begin- the trading deadline June 15. Dick Bosman for a hitter if
handed hitter who didnt have
ning today in New York will Our pitching is better than the top choice is not signed.
to hit against Koufax, its a
be in the lineup Thursday we figured, he said. So we The Senators, last in the
good thing Blue throws mostly
against Kansas City. have to go for some hitting. American League with a .235
overhand. When he decides to
Short made his comment The top four picks in the average, have been held to come sidearm Im begging off
after a meeting Sunday even- secondary draft, in which the four hits in each of their past with an injury.
ing in his office at RFK Stadi- Senators have first choice, two games.
um. Attending were vice pres- could be pitchers Pete Broberg Short apparently has be- Yankees Deal For Walton
ident Joe Burke, manager Ted of Dartmouth and Burt Hooton come disgusted with the play- NEW YORK (AP) The
Williams, traveling secretary of Texas, outfielder Rob Ellis ers on his team and is just Yankees sent Frank Tepedino
Burt Hawkins, farm director of Michigan State and catcher about ready to overrule Wil- and Bobby Mitchell to the
Hal Keller and the clubs Glenn Borgmann of South liams and bring up young Brewers on Monday for Danny
coaches. Alabama. players without major league Walton, the minor league play-
He said the meeting, com- If the Senators can sign experience. er of the year in 1969.