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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - April 8, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseThe stars and stripes Pago 17 Cronin see tight Pennant scrambles it Warren c. Giles National league president1 written for the associated press rom Cannati for several years i have predicted hard fought it. Nevii i Cape Pennant races at the outset of each new season Naf our dubs made me look Good As a Prophet until last year. 8 1. Nov baseball fan knows the 1987 St. Louis cardinals put a Dent no reputation in the Crystal Ball league by pulling away in late Anst and winning the Pennant with hardly a struggle. S pm right Back this year undaunted predicting the Type of bitterly contested Down the wire race which our fans have team run away like the cardinals did last this i Don mean imply that the cardinals will not be of obviously they will be the favourites. But they also will be the first Tell you that Giles Cronin their Effort defend their world will be a formed wring travels the Arimis Spring training Camps fid considerable sentiment expressed for at least a half of our clubs. Because of jumps and Falls in the Inal standings in recent years National league clubs go into a new season with this in mind and it gives them an extra lift. Turnabout recalled for instance they know that the Champion cardinals of 1967finished sixth the previous sea son also fresh in their memory is the Complete turnabout executed by the dodgers who were world champs in 1w3, then dropped sixth in 1964 an came right Back win consecutive pennants in 1965 and 1966.we fully expect the tremendous Prosperity we be enjoyed in re cent years continue. If any thing it should increase wit expansion on the horizon. Dur ing the last six years our aggregate paid attendance was 76,355,613, truly a staggering figure. Adding the reduced an free admissions swells the total number who have watched no games during those six years approximately 85 million. No other sport can even Hope approach such exposure. I am in favor of expansion but it must be done in an orderly fashion. There is a Large number of important aspects which must be studied thoroughly. Foremost among these Are the proper facilities and solid and capable ownership and investigation All 10 of our club owners mus agree on which two of the five Fine prospering cities which Are seeking an no franchise will be accepted this will be done Only after we have completed a Thor Ough investigation. The franchises will be awarded the two cities deemed most Desira ble Over a Long period of time. In addition the usual Excel Lent balance of Power i observe among our clubs during Spring training i am also Happy re port that the usual crop of Fin looking rookies was on hand spread liberally among ail the teams. Not one of the experienced observers with whom i talked would predict that St. Louis will not repeat in 1988. However the consensus is that the cardinals Road the championship will of considerably rougher than twas last year. All of our clubs go into the season knowing from recent experience that it is possible jump six positions in the stand Ings in one year. That has led Toan acceptance of our slogan anything can happen in the National league and usually pcs various events postponed saddened world of s h by Ben Ola associated press sports writer a saddened sports world continued pay homage or. Martin Luther King or. Satur Day imposing on itself a virtual cessation of major activity Forat least two Days starting Sun latest postponements included monday night s opening baseball game at Houston plus numerous events scheduled for sunday when the nation will observe a Day of mourning for the slain civil rights Leader. The latest among the postponed sunday events include the National hockey league playoff game Between Chicago and Newyork the National basketball association playoff game be tween san Francisco and los Angeles two american Basket Ball association playoff games and four matches in the North american soccer league. Mon Day s Philadelphia St. Louis nil playoff contest also was pushed Back two Days. In addition a number of Sun Day s major league baseball exhibition games were baseball games in Washington Detroit and Newyork were put Back from tues Day wednesday. The traditional opener in the nation s by Joseph e. Cronin american league president written for the associated press Boston some of Ray friends have been kidding me lately an asking me if i were going predict a Pennant race As exciting As the one we had in the american league last not we could have an even better race than a year ago and As you know the 1967 scramble was one of the Best in our history. We had four teams scrambling the very end. Maybe Well have five or six this season. Making prediction about baseball is a precarious Effort at Best but when Vou have the balance we currently enjoy in the american league then the Only logical Assumption has be a very close race. I am very pleased with the kind of Talent that we have incur league. I sincerely feel that our youngsters Are equal any Hing we be Ever had. And what rills we have gotten and will continue get from playe Siuch As Al Kaline Mickey Man be Harmon Killebrew car Yastrzemski and the like. These Are remarkable athletes who Lave posted some outstanding accomplishments. And Don for it the Fine youngsters such As Willie Horton Jim Fregosi George Scott Joe Horlen Frank Loggins Rod Carew Tony Oliv and so Many others. Tight again having such a Liberal Stock of Talent makes the american league so tight that it seems virtually assured that the Competition will continue As it was a year Don believe there Are Many the stars and stripes capital had previously been shifted from monday tues Day. Cincinnati s opener scheduled for monday was rescheduled for wednesday As was Houston s first game. King s funeral will be held tuesday in Atlanta. Here is How the major sport shave been affected including postponements and rescheduled dates where available baseball monday s open ing games in Washington Cincinnati and Houston have been shifted wednesday the first two for the afternoon and the astros game at night. Tues Day s american league opener sat Detroit and new York were rescheduled for wednesday afternoon. A number of sunday s computerized citation takes race of Century final exhibition cancelled. Basketball games were the second experienced baseball people around who would have the temerity choose a Winner Inthis Pennant race. I certainly would attempt has been my privilege see the american league team this Spring. I was impressed in deed with the Progress made bythe Washington senators. Jim Lemon is the new Washington manager and it appears he has the Surprise team of the league. I should say Surprise really because Washington finished for a tie in sixth place with Baltimore last season an gave every evidence of becom Garne in the san Francisco Losangeles Western division Aba playoff series was shifted fro sunday night wednesday night. Postponement of sunday afternoon s Philadelphia Boston Eastern division playoff gamete wednesday night had been previously announced. Sunday Saba playoff games Pittsburgh at Minnesota and Dallas at new Orleans also were postponed. Miami a Calumet farm s citation wrested the Lead from buc passer going Ini othe stretch turn and held off a Challenge by Man o War Winthe computerized race of the Century saturday by a finished third Fol Lowed in order by exterminator Kelso swaps Nashua Tom writers. Seven racing officials established yardsticks and their relative importance in data which was fed into the computer. Citation won 32 races in 45 starts and was unplaced Only once in his career. He won the 1948 triple Crown the last horse the first horse hockey noon s Stanley sunday after cup game be Inciso Owita a -. To do so and was the nors i i t.,.a Lri. I m Amica win More than dancer equipoise and count race was at the american classic distance of Miles an the time was two minutes Flat. Each horse carried 126 on each horse was fed into the University of liver Pool s computer including class of Competition weight carrying ability and Over All records. Jockeys were those who usually Rode the horses in Competition. Steve Brooks was on citation Clarence Kummer on Man o War and Braulio Baez aboard buc passer. The horses were selected by109 american sports and racing million. Work progressing on olympic Village Mexico City up construction work on the olympic Village for the games in Mexic City in october will be finished by August officials report. The main Village consists of several buildings holding 904 apartments. An auxiliary hous ing project is being built four Miles from the Village. It has6,732 apartments and duplex houses. Tween the Black Hawks and the rangers was rescheduled for tuesday night in new York an the others in the series were moved Back. Monday night Philadelphia St. Louis West division playoff game was reset for wednesday night and other games pushed Back accordingly. Hangers Gow Nihoul Geoff Rion �.,. against the Chica Oyork up right a or Berio Geoffrion of the new York rangers will be lost the club for the balance Ouwo Stanley cup playoffs the National hockey league club announced general manager of Nuie Francis said Geoffrion suffering from stomach disorder will be under Medica Tion for the next several wee Sand doctors have recommended Stop any strenuous said lie would activate Rookie right Winger for tuesday nights Gaius at Madison Square Garden Lack Hawks. Francis said the doctors fell confident Geoffrion s trouble can be cleared up with rest an medication. The right Winger has been troubled All season Long with the ailment. He has scored five goals Ami 16 assists. Soccer four of sunday games in the North american league were postponed Balti More at los Angeles washing ton at san Diego Chicago a Oakland and St. Louis at Kan Sas City. The Toronto Vancou ver game will be the Only one played. Also called off were monday night s Boston at Atlanta game and wednesday night Detroit at Kansas City tilt. The new dates Baltimore alos Angeles sunday april 14 Washington and san Diego wednesday april 10. Racing new York s thoroughbred and trotting tracks announced postponements. Aque duct the thoroughbred Plant called off tuesday s program and Yonkers raceway said there would be no trotting Mon Day night. Golf the third and fourth rounds of the greater greens Boro open scheduled for sunday wore postponed until monday in compliance with the National Day of mourning for or. King. Ing a Strong club. Washington has Power and pitching and some exciting personnel in Sec Ond baseman Coggins first baseman Mike Epstein cat Herpaul Casanova and a newcomer the Outfield named Del in ser. Liked a a Tooi liked Oakland too because of its Fine Young players Sabando Reggie Jackson Rick londay it Al. And we All know he a s have some of the Best etching in the , with Horton 100 per ent unproved physically Over a ear ago looks like a Strong veil balanced team As we know is from what transpired a i ear ago. The tigers have it All pitching offence and defense. Baltimore remains a very Strong contender. Hank Bauer of course is hopeful that the in juries which struck his pitching staff a year ago Are a thing of the past. Should this be so then any team boasting Brooks Robinson Frank Robinson Boog Powell and the like must be considered contender. Boston s defending red so naturally Are concerned Over the temporary loss of Ace Jim Lonborg. But Boston has a wealth of Talent. Yastrzemski Isth most valuable player re continued on pages bit too raw Loveland Colo. A the scheduled dog races at Cloverleaf truck were cancelled b e c a u s e of a Frozen Rabbit. The track said the mechanical Rabbit usually chased by the greyhounds would operate because of the cold

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