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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - March 27, 1976, High Point, North Carolina Major league preview White sox Are offering total new look Sarasota Fla. A the Chicago White sox Are going to offer a new look this year from their owner to their manager right Down to their hot pants. Aside from the pitching staff the Only familiar faces at their same positions As last year will be Catcher Brian Downing and shortstop Bucky Dent. Everything else will be shuffled because of a flurry of trades made by owner Bill Veeck and the managerial shift from Chuck Tanner to Paul Richards. Jorge Orta the 300-plus hitter will be at third base instead of second filling in for the traded Bill Melton. Jack Brohamer acquired from Cleveland will be at second. Ralph Carr a speedster acquired from the Atlanta braves who could become the team s leading hitter will be in left Field. The other two Outfield jobs Are up for grabs from a list of candidates including Nyls Nyman Morris Nettles Bob Coluccio Chet Lemon buddy Bradford and Pat Kelly. Jim Spencer and Lamar Johnson will split duties at first base with Spencer facing right handed pitching and Johnson against left handers. Carlos May will be the designated hitter. Nyman Nettles and Coluccio Are speedsters battling for the Center Field Job which becomes significant because Veeck has torn Down the Canvas fences and gone Back to the original Walls. That adds 40 feet of depth and makes inside the Park Home runs More of a reality than an almost impossible shot into the bleachers. Veeck also has torn out the artificial infield in favor of natural grass which Means quicker gloves and stronger arms Are needed on defense. Lemon who was expected to take Over for Melton at third base has t impressed Richards with his Glove. But the new manager likes his Bat and because he swings from the right Side of the plate a commodity lacking in the sox scheme Lemon is being Given a shot in right Field. Richards admits that most of the decisions on the players have already been made and adds Quot yes i know it s unfair but with Only three weeks of Spring training we done to have any Choice but to Richards primary concern is pitching and he said Quot i can get five men ready in three weeks time to open the the mainstays of the pitching staff include Wilbur Wood Rich Gossage Bart Johnson Claude Osteen Terry Forster Clay Carroll and Dave Hamilton. Gossage is being converted from a reliever to become a starter. The same thing could happen to Forster if he has recovered completely from tendonitis. Carroll acquired from Cincinnati and Hamilton will Anchor the bullpen. Jesse Jefferson is another pitching candidate but after looking him Over the first few Days Richards said Quot for some reason or other he has t come along As Well As he might have. He Hasni to been throwing too other possible pitchers include such youngsters As Jack Kucek Pete Vuckovich or Chris Knapp. Reserves include veterans Bob Oliver and Cleon Jones both of whom Are trying to make the club. Richards is High on Alan Bannister who came from Philadelphia and can play second third Short and the Outfield. Bill Stein is another Reserve infielder. Backing Downey behind the plate will be Pete Varney and possibly Jim Essian. All of them will Wear five sets of uniforms including Quot Hollywood shorts one of Veeck s Many innovative ideas. Quot if our Young pitchers come through and Orta can play third base we have a Chance to be contenders Quot said Richards Quot i be always Felt that a team can lose quite a few games through its own mistakes. We Hope to Cut Down on those mistakes and at the same time take advantage of mistakes by the opposition and climb Back into Contention in the american exhibition baseball by the associated press fridays results Chicago a 13, Pittsburgh 3, 1st, 7 innings Pittsburgh 7, Chicago a 6 los Angeles to new York n 6 Philadelphia 4, Boston 3 Memphis in 8, Houston 4 Texas la Kansas City to Cincinnati 5, new York a 4 Milwaukee 4, Oakland 3 san Francisco 5, san Diego 3 Cleveland 6, California 3 Baltimore to Atlanta 3 Minnesota 5, Montreal 3 Detroit i St. Louis 0 Chicago n 4, Milwaukee i saturdays games Milwaukee is. Chicago n at Mesa Ariz. Montreal is. Los Angeles at Vero Beach Fla. Chicago a is. Boston at Winter Haven Fla. New York n is. Detroit at Lakeland Fla. New York a is. Kansas City at fort Myers Fla. Minnesota is. Houston at Orlando Fla. Cincinnati is Philadelphia at Clearwater. Fla. Baltimore is. Atlanta at West Palm Beach Fla. Atlanta is. Texas at Pompano Beach. Fla. Pittsburgh is St. Louis at St. Petersburgh Fla san Francisco is san Diego at Yuma. Ariz Milwaukee is. Chicago n at Scottsdale. Ariz. Cleveland is. California at Palm Springs. Calif. Aba leaders major league preview giants bring Bright Hopes to candlestick Phoenix. Ariz. A the san Francisco giants who were within one court decision of moving to Toronto Over the Winter instead Are returning to candlestick Park with High Hopes. New owners Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth have brought Back Bill Rigney As manager and Given him a Young talented team to guide Quot the name of the game is outs and we be got the pitching staff and gloves to win Quot says the 58-year-old Rigney who managed the team which Horace Stoneham moved from new York to the West coast in 1958 and later spent several seasons As an american league manager. Rigney returned to the National league last season working with the san Diego padres As a scout he liked what he saw of the giants particularly the Young pitching staff featuring 1975 Rookie of the year John Montefusco no hit hurler de Halicki and steady Jim Barr. The 1975 giants third place finishers in the Western division had a vulnerable defensive spot third base where 35 errors were committed by the players manager Wes Westrum put there. This season san Francisco native Ken Reitz will Man third. The infielder acquired from St. Louis for Pitcher Pete Falcone is considered one of the leagues Best Glove men at his position. The rest of the regular lineup should be the same As last years a Dave Rader catching Willie Montanez at first base Derrel Thomas on second Chris Speier at shortstop and Gary Matthews von Joshua and Bobby Murcer in the Outfield. Murcer whose 30th birthday is in May could be the oldest player on the club and Barr. 28, could be the senior member of the pitching staff. Murcer Matthews and Montanez who All reported to Spring training Camp unsigned for the coming season will make up the Center of the batting order. They combined for Only 33 homers last season but drove in 250 runs even though Matthews missed one fourth of the season because of an injury. Rigney who has been around enough to be realistic says the giants have a Good shot at second place and an outside shot to win the division. The Cincinnati reds finished 20 games ahead of second place los Angeles and 27�?~a ahead of the giants last year. There Are signs of a rebirth of baseball interest Iii san Francisco and bigger crowds at candlestick Park should perk up the giants. But the owners and Rigney know that it will take Good performances to keep the interest alive the giants Are shooting for a million attendance year after two straight seasons just Over the 500,000 Mark. Reitz is considered the key Man in the giants Hopes for defensive improvement with pitchers John do Acquisto and Mike Caldwell close behind. Do Acquisto was one of the hardest throwers in baseball and won 12 games As a Rookie in 1974, when Caldwell was 14-5 to Lead the staff. Both had Arm problems after that season and they combined for nine victories last year. Sunday Garnet Texas is Baltimore at Miami Fla. Boston is Chicago a at Sarasota Fla. New York a is. Detroit at Lakeland. Fla Pittsburgh is. Kansas City at fort Myers Fla. Atlanta is Minnesota at Orlando Fla Houston is. Cincinnati at Tampa. Fla Houston is Montreal at Daytona Beach Fla new York n is. Los Angeles at Vero Beach Fla. Philadelphia is. St. Louis at St Petersburg Fla Chicago n is. Oakland at Mesa Ariz. Cleveland is. San Diego at Yuma Ariz. Oakland is. Milwaukee at Sun City Ariz. San Francisco is. California at Palm Springs Calif. Monday s games Houston is Boston at Winter Haven. Fla. Texas is Kansas City at fort Myers. Fla new York a is. Philadelphia at Clearwater Fla Philadelphia is. Pittsburgh at Bradenton Fla. Cincinnati is. St. Louis at St. Petersburg Fla. Los Angeles is Montreal at Daytona Beach Fla new York n is. Atlanta at West Palm Beach. Fla Urcla is California at Palm Springs Calif. Oakland is. Chicago n at Scottsdale Ariz san Francisco is. Milwaukee at Sun City Ariz Cleveland is. San Diego at Yuma. Ariz. Baltimore is Minnesota at Orlando. Fla basketball results by the associated press Aikaw basketball tournament at state College a. Semifinals Delta St 61, Wayland Baptist 60 immaculate 74, we. Penn Iowa 52 Consolation round Mississippi College 95, Long Beach 81 Montclair St 98, Queens 93, 20t Montclair St 65, s Connecticut 56 s Connecticut 75. Cal St full Erton 67 Tennessee tech 89, Baylor 78 Tennessee tech 111, Mississippi col 93 nets look like 2nd Bow to pressure place team by the associated press they were contests that fell under the category of Quot pressure the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington bullets were warring for the top spot in the National basketball association s Central division each Basket is important. So what happened Friday night More than 70 games into the pressure packed season with Washington in front by Only a game in the standings both teams lost. Both coaches were puzzled by a Lack of their players concentration when so much is at stake. Quot we re not playing at our Washington coach k c. Peak yet Quot said Ca is coach Bill Fitch after Cleveland had dropped a 95-93 decision to the Boston celtics. With just to games remaining one might ask just when Are the Cavaliers going to reach that Peak Fitch could t answer that. Quot we be been under pressure since last year when we missed the playoffs by a game. This season every game has been a must Quot he said. Quot we played spotty. We made some Early mistakes that Cost after the bullets dropped a 131-126 double overtime decision to the new Orleans jazz pro Cage standings by the associated press Aba w l pct. Go Denver new York san Antonio Kentucky Indiana St. Louis Virginia 55 22 .714 50 27 649 5 44 33 571 la 43 35 551 12mi 38 40 487 17mi 34 44 .436 21 a 13 63 .171 41 it Friday s games new York 109, Kentucky 106 san Antonio 120, St. Louis 108 Denver 128, Indiana 120 saturdays games Denver is. Virginia at Norfolk Kentucky at san Antonio sunday s games Denver at Indiana afternoon new York at St. Louis Aba Eastern conference Atlantic division w l pct. 49 22 .690 41 32 562 41 33 554 33 40 .452 Boston Philophia Buffalo new York go 9 9�?~ a 17 i 7 to 15 Central division Washton 44 30 595 Cleveland 42 30. 583 Houston 37 37. 500 n Orleans 34 40 459 Atlanta 28 45 384 Western conference Midwest division Milwaukee 32 41 .438 a Detroit 30 43 .411 3 Kansas City 29 44 397 4 Chicago 22 51 .301 la Pacific division a Golden St 52 21 712 Seattle 37 36 507 15 los Angeles 38 37 507 15 Phoenix 36 36 500 15mi Portland 33 40 .452 19 a clinched division title fridays games Boston 95, Cleveland 93 new Orleans 131, Washington 126, 20t Detroit 85, Chicago 77 Milwaukee 123, Buffalo 92 los Angeles 107, Atlanta 85 saturdays games Boston at new York Milwaukee at Cleveland Philadelphia at Houston Portland at Detroit Chicago at Washington los Angeles at Golden state Kansas City at Phoenix sunday s games Buffalo at Washington afternoon new York at Boston afternoon Atlanta at Seattle afternoon Philadelphia at new Orleans Portland at Milwaukee Kansas City at Golden state Phoenix at los Angeles Jones muttered Quot we just were not working hard in the first half. I think our Lack of concentration Hurt us in the first half. We weren to so they had to scramble Back and fight for their lives to take a 111-109 Lead with just seven seconds remaining Only to see the jazz come Back on a Ron Behagen shot with two seconds remaining to Send the game into overtime but the jazz with no Hopes of making the playoffs pulled to a four Point Lead in the first minute of the second extra session and held on to win wasting a 44-Point performance by Washington a Phil Chenier. In the other Aba games Detroit topped Chicago 85-77, Milwaukee crushed Buffalo 123-92, and los Angeles blasted Atlanta 107-85. Celtics 95, Cavaliers 93 Dave Cowens scored 29 Points to Pace Boston s sixth straight Triumph. Jazz 131, bullets 126 Pete Maravich had 29 Points to spark the jazz to a double overtime Victory. Lakers 107, Hawks 85 Hareem Abdul Jabbar scored 23 Points to carry los Angeles past Atlanta and move the lakers into a second place tie with the Seattle supersonics in the Pacific division one half game ahead of the Phoenix suns. Pistons 85, bulls 77 Bob Lanier scored seven Points in the final period to help Detroit survive a Chicago comeback that had melted a 14-Point Lead to just three. Bucks 123, braves 92 Milwaukee behind 24 Points by Bob Dandridge and 18 by Brian Winters opened a 28-Point Lead after three quarters and cruised past Buffalo. Pro hockey standings by the associated press nil Campbell conference Patrick division wet pts. Of Gay Phila 49 la 15 113 327 194 by Isle 40 19 16 96 278 178 Atlanta 32 32 la 75 249 228 by ran 25 41 9 59 245 315 smythe division chemo 29 29 17 75 228 244 Vancur 31 31 14 78 254 259 s Louis 27 35 13 67 232 272 Minn 20 49 6 46 182 281 Kan qty 12 50 12 36 174 315 Wales conference Norris division a Marl 54 la to 118 310 161 Pitts 33 30 12 78 319 281 los Ang 34 32 9 77 239 249 Detert 25 40 9 59 203 276 Wash 9 55 to 28 208 369 Adams division Boston 47 14 13 107 295 216 Buff to 43 20 12 98 317 225 Toronto 33 28 14 80 279 251 Calif 26 41 to 62 241 267 a clinched division title fridays games Buffalo 4, Washington i new York islanders 3, California 2 Vancouver 4, los Angeles 3 you Only go around once so get All the p p g. You can i in per action 1 Coventry motor cams my 1300 n. Main St. Triumph High Point no. M6 Jaguar 8831216 car does no to run Good tune up at to vees Auto parts 301 North Hamilton St. A phone 883-1205 713 West Lexington ave. A phone 885-5318 e3-m by the associated press things Are beginning to fall into place for the new York nets. And the place they re falling into looks like second. By defeating Kentucky 109-106 Friday night the nets eliminated the colonels from any Chance at finishing second in the american basketball association and reduced their own magic number Over san Antonio to two the spurs Defeated the spirits of St. Louis 120-108 while the Denver nuggets whipped the Indiana pacers 138-120 the nets have few problems at Forward As Long As Julius Erving stays healthy and the guard and Center positions Are looking up with the return of backcourt Ace Brian Taylor and the improved play of Back up Pivot Man Jim Eakins Erving was the big gun As usual. He scored eight Points As the nets ran off 12 in a Row in the second period for a commanding Lead and withstood a frantic Kentucky rally in the final minutes and Taylor and Eakins came off the Bench to score 14 Points apiece. Quot Taylor played very Well Quot said coach Kevin Loughery a a it s just a matter of time before he a in perfect shape in the second Quarter he and Ted Mcclain penetrated very Well. They got a lot of jump shots and were Able to get Kentucky in foul trouble and Eakins played one of his Best games. Well have the Center position straightened out in time for the playoffs Quot spurs 120, spirits 108 George Gervin scored 36 Points converting 16 of 24 shots while i Arry Kenon and James Silas combined Lor 42 More nuggets 138, pacers 120 Dan Issei scored a season High 44 Points As Denver hit 60 per cent of its shots Grant returns Detroit a left Wing Danny Grant sidelined since december with a ruptured right thigh muscle will be in the Detroit red wings lineup tonight against the Atlanta flames. High Point Enterprise saturday March 27, 1976 9a Spring training Means training Fly the associated press in Spring training it s really How you play the game and not whether you win or lose. Even though the Philadelphia Phillies nipped the Huston red sox 4-3 Friday some important pitchers on both sides played the game extremely Well. Rick Wise the Boston starter hurled three perfect innings and Luis Tiant followed with three More scoreless frames yielding one hit. For the Phillies newly acquired Jim Kaat worked six innings allowing one run and four hits. Quot Rick and Luis threw very Well doing just what we wanted on the first time out a said Boston manager Darrell Johnson. However the Phillies teed off on Jim Burton for two runs in the seventh and two More in the Bottom of the ninth on Dick Allen s tremendous Homer the Ball cleared a 40-foot Wall at the 400-foot Mark in dead Center Field. Kaat said his performance Quot was t As easy As it looked i was Happy that i seemed to be throwing with pretty Good rhythm and i seemed to have better than average command of my pitches but i went deeper in my counts than i like Quot some other big name pitchers did t have it so Good Jon Matlack was removed during a four run inning As the los Angeles dodgers pounded the new York mets 10-6 or James Parkes the mels physician reported Matlack has a a a mild Case of tendonitis in his and Tommy John of the dodgers who underwent sur Gery on his Elbow in september 1974 and sat out All last season was raked for four runs on six hits and three walks in four innings. Three singles and an error by third baseman Craig Nettles enabled the world Champion Cincinnati reds to Rush across two runs in the ninth inning and Edge the new York Yankees 5-4. Hallie Hendricks three run double highlighted a seven Rqn third inning that powered the Baltimore orioles Over the Atlanta braves 10-3. Pittsburgh s Al Oliver drove in five runs with two homers a double and a single As the pirates nipped the Chicago White sox 7-6 for a doubleheader split. The Chison took the seven inning opener 13-3. Alan Ashby drove in three runs with a Homer and single leading the Cleveland indians Over the California Angels 6-3. Bob Sheldon a Pinch single in the ninth inning lifted the Milwaukee Brewers past the Oakland a s 4-3 the Detroit tigers edged the St Louis cardinals 1-0 on an Lith inning run when Bob Molinaro walked John Wockenfuss singled and left fielder Wayne Nordhagen let the Ball get past him. Jim Barr John d Acquisto and Mike Caldwell allowed five hits As the san Francisco giants downed the san Diego padres 5-3 Montreal Pitcher Steve Rogers issued two bases loaded walks As the Minnesota twins scored four times in the third inning and beat the expos 5-3 and the Kansas City royals out slugged the Texas hangers 11-10, winning on Rookie Wayne Pinkerton s bases loaded single in the 10th inning breakfast includes a two Foos fast service a60 n mom St open 6 am Mosat,h8u Quot the Btl not do i in town Hardwood floor installer should Hove six year s experience. Move to Santo Barbara California. Excellent Opportunity for the right Man that is tops in his Field. We Are one of the oldest firms in the Santa Barbara area and can provide Security with excellent growth potential. Call Randy Schweitzer on monday March 29, 1976. Long distance i-668-. 2431. 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