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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - October 6, 1976, High Point, North Carolina Ozark playoff approach just As regular season Philadelphia a manager Danny Ozark of the Philadelphia Phillies does no to like baseball s playoff system but has definite ideas on approaching the Best of five game series that decides the world series opponents just play it like a regular season game he says Quot you have to take the same Outlook that you had All year Quot Ozark explained tuesday at a workout in preparation for saturday s National league playoff opener with the Cincinnati reds Quot you have to forget that it s a Short series the main thing is to execute fundamentals the Way you have All year. Ibe Mon Point lineup mob sports wednesday october 6, 1976 Section c throw to the right base keep the double play in order take the extra base. In be seen pitchers change their delivery entirely for the playoff Guys who won 18. 19. 20 games the Catcher plays a big part he has to resist not calling for the curve Ball because he wants to throw out a runner. The buddy Baker fast in practice Bobby Allison seeking first win pole position for 500 race at stake today Charlotte. N c. A the quest for $10,500 in prize Money for the pole position in sundays National 500 Stock car race pot under Way at the Charlotte motor Speedway tuesday with practice runs by several Drivers tale Yarborough in a Chevrolet turned in the fastest time at 161.335 Miles per hour on a practice Lap about 65 Drivers were expected to in on hand today As time trials opened for the $216,555 Winston cup event buddy Baker s Ford ran 160 185 m pm in practice tuesday while David Pearson did 159.588 in his Mercury Richard Petty in a Dodge was clocked at 158 991 in p h and Darrell Waltrip at 158 172 mph the inside spot on the first Row for sunday s race will be decided today with the 39 other positions in the Field following one Driver who is hungry for a win in the National 500 is Bobby Allison if the Driver of Roger Penske s Cam 2 Mercury goes wingless for the remainder of the fading season it could Cost him As much As $67,000 during the 1977 Winston cup Campaign Allison is one of seven Drivers participating in the 1976 version of Lascar s winners Circle awards program the program is open Only to winners from the previous season who agree to compete in the entire 30-race grand National season the race to race winners Circle awards for the full 1976 season Are Worth $67,500 for each Driver Allison is the Only Driver involved in the current program who has not won this year Quot obviously the National 500 is important to me Quot Allison said Quot i m very close to the top in the Winston cup Point standings and in the Money winning department for the year the Charlotte race could turn an otherwise frustrating season around for me. Hitter will be thinking with the Catcher looking for the same thing we can t change our pattern on a Ozark said further Quot a runner can t say to himself that he s not going to steal because Johnny Bench is catching and has a great Arm. And he can t steal against the Phillies manager says that he has to take the same chances he took during the regular season you can t immobilize a whole squad by changing the Way you did things for 162 games Quot Ozark said Quot you have to play a Normal game Quot Ozark dismissed the idea that the Phillies would be nervous because it s their first playoff while the reds Are old hands at Post season Competition and better equipped to handle the inherent pressures. Quot if a player in t nervous he does t belong on this Ozark declared. Quot it s no More than like opening top acc Rookie is Green by the associated press defensive tackle Bubba Green the Only freshman in North Carolina states starting lineup has been selected As the Atlantic coast conference Rookie of the week for his play in the Wolf pack s 24-21 Victory Over Indiana the 6-5. 272-Pound native of Woodbine. N. J., was one of the tackling leaders As the Woi pack posted its first football Victory under new head coach to rein. Against the hoosiers. Green was credited with four Solo tackles and one primary. He also got to the Quarter Back for a six Yard loss and knocked Down a pass at the line of scrimmage. Quot Bubba really made his presence Felt Quot said defensive line coach Dale Haupt. Quot he was All Over the Field and he is learning with every Green is the second n. C. State player to be chosen by a committee of the Atlantic coast sports writers association for his play in the Indiana game earlier free safety Mike Nail was chosen As the defensive Back of the week. Other performers chosen for the weekly honors include guard Larry seder of Maryland defensive lineman quarterback Steve Puller of Clemson offensive Back and Center Eugene Vehap of Maryland offensive lineman Day. Cincinnati will be just As nervous As we Are i Don t care How Many times you do it i think players thrive on pressure. They get stronger. Run faster throw harder a a Ozark admitted that one of the big problems in a five game playoff is the handling of pitchers do you lift a starter any quicker than you would in the regular season Cincinnati s Sparky Anderson for example is known As Quot Captain Hook Quot because of his Quick use of bullpen relievers. The Phillies manager said he would try to use the same judgement he had during a season in which his club won 101 games he admitted that because of the importance he might Call upon a starter to come in and get one or two batters out Ozark has Long been an opponent of baseball s playoff system because Quot the weaker team might beat the Best team in a Short series. It might come Down to the second Best team in the National league meeting the Best in the american or the two second Best meeting for the world series championship Quot the first two games of the no playoff will be held in Philadelphia saturday and sunday and then the series will shift to Cincinnati for As Many games As needed next week. Mighty Woodman Mike Schmidt of Phillies a wire photo Anderson s pitching plan is labelled top secret Cincinnati a Cincinnati reds manager Sparky Anderson is giving the Philadelphia Phillies something to think about he a put a Quot top secret stamp on his pitching plans for this weekend s National for Job against Duke Cavanaugh pick As top Back Pittsburgh a when Joe Namath was in town during the pro football exhibition season for a new York jets game against the Steeles. He asked Pitt coach John majors about Matt Cavanaugh a College quarterback Namath tutored during the summer at his Camp if Namath would have asked this week. Majors would have said Quot Matt was just fabulous. He played with a tremendous amount of poise a Cavanaugh shares More with his teacher and childhood hero than just the no 12 on his Jersey. The 6-foot-2, 209-Pound Junior put on a startling Aerial show saturday and led the panthers usually a Rushing team to a 43-31 Triumph Over Duke by completing 14 of 17 passes for 339 Yards and a school record five touchdowns he gained an additional 39 Yards on the ground and led Pitt to a total 554 Yards on offence to earn honors today As the associated press National Back of the week an Honor Namath won As an Alabama player several times More than a decade ago Quot in a elated Quot beamed Cavanaugh who celebrated with a Call Home to Youngstown. Ohio Quot it s the kind of thing you dream Pitt winning three straight and a no. 2 ranking primarily on the running of Heisman trophy hopeful Tony Dorsett won its fourth in a Row on the strength of Cavanaugh s passing attack dreamed up in a few Days of practice to meet Duke s Stop Dorsett defense. Quot it was a play action series that worked out pretty Good a explained the soft spoken. Articulate Liberal arts major. Quot i done to think we practice it More than two or three league playoffs. Anderson says he will not name his starting Pitcher until Friday night less than 24 hours before the Best of five showdown gets under Way in Philadelphia. Quot i know right now who it will be but in a not saying Quot Anderson said tuesday As the no West champions returned to work after a Day off Quot Iti name All three Friday a Philadelphia manager Danny Ozark has named Veteran Lethander Steve Carlton 20-7, As his opening game Pitcher. Anderson had planned a right handed rotation of Pat Zachry Gary Nolan and Jack Billingham to offset the Phillies right handed hitting Power Billingham. However suffered an undetermined injury to his throwing Arm in the season finale and his status is Uncertain right handed pitchers gave the Phillies fits at the end of the season when they dropped 24 of 28 games and nearly blew a 15l2-game Lead Over Pittsburgh Quot All their Power is explained Tony Perez. Quot they saw nothing but right handers in the last month and that s Why Sparky Anderson they nearly went Down that what Sparky is thinking Anderson s starting Choice reportedly is Between Zachry. A Rookie who won 14 games and left hander Don bullets whose late season surge has buoyed the pitching staff on paper some say the Phillies have the stronger starting staff headed by three time 20-game Winner Carlton Jim Lonborg. Tom Underwood and Larry Christenson. Quot they might have better said Perez Quot but we re going to score runs the Philadelphia Park is one of the Best to hit in Quot the Phillies won seven of Catfish hates a s Mound apr one member of the Kansas City royals who especially bothers Pitcher Catfish Hunter of the new York Yankees uses a Rake instead of a Bat. He s head groundskeeper George Toina Quot every time i go out there he has two inches of mud on the Mound Quot Hunter said of Toma in an interview in tuesday s editions of the new York times Quot he really knows How to make it Tough when you Combine that artificial surface with the wet Mound it s almost impossible to pitch Hunter who has a 15-11 career record against the royals but is Only 5-5 Over All against Kansas City since 1973 and 2-4 at royals stadium will be the Pitcher for the Yankees when they open the Best of five american league playoffs against Kansas City Here saturday Toma said earlier this season Quot Catfish hates to come Here and pitch. Quot i was t ready for him when he posted his win this season but Iti be ready when the playoffs Start Quot much of Tomas knowledge about Hunter comes from the fact that Hunter used to pitch for the old Kansas cite athletics. Quot he does t like the Mound hard Quot Toma said in the times article Quot i know this because when he used to pitch Here i would dig a Hole and make the slope of the Mound soft now when he comes into town i make it As uncomfortable As the rules permit. Quot in his Early years he gave me some of the credit for his Success. He relies a great Deal on the shape and condition of the Mound i did my Best to help him when he was Here now i do whatever i can to hinder said Hunter Quot i can t fault they Guy for doing his Job a 12 games with the reds but Joe Morgan missed five of the Early meetings with Morgan in the lineup the reds swept the last three setting off some verbal fireworks in the Phillies clubhouse Philadelphia manager Danny Ozark growled Quot we proved they Arentt As Good As they think they Are they think they Are superhuman a Anderson has been leaning toward Zachry 14-7, who Defeated the los Angeles dodgers five times this year but Gullett 11-3, has the experience of four playoffs and the momentum of a torrid season finish Marsh takes Lead in Fulga play Linda Marsh fired a 77 tuesday at Willow Creek to take the Lead in the first round of the furniture City ladies Golf association tournament Marsh goes into today a final round with a six stroke Lead Over Kat Lawson who posted an 83 Kitty White was nine strokes off the Pace. While Vada Keever rounded out the championship flight with an 88 the Tough Par 72 course produced some unusually High scores for the ladies As Becky Welborn led the first flight with 92 Jean Mcadams was t far behind with 93 and Grace Grimes posted 95 to take the third position the 62 golfers will play colonial country club today where they Quot expect much better scores Quot Martha Croom leads the second flight with 95. While Dale Mullims is in the second Slot with 97 Joan Bish posted a 97 to take the third position trophies will be awarded at a banquet following play today Sarah sue Ingram the olympics Are gone for another four years but a foreign majesty still lingers around the Ragsdale football team. The names on just the Tiger kicking unit sound like Rol Call at the United nations. Take Sal Taro. Pronouncing his full first name took too Long and besides not Many people could say it correctly. So they made him Sal the sur foot who boots the Ball into the end zone on kickoffs. Add to his italian flavor one Field goal and extra Point specialist named Carlos Lopez born in Cuba. His father played soccer in Spain and thus provided the influence on Carlos style. No toe touching for Lopez. He sidesteps his kicks holding the Ball for Lopez is yet another player with european origins. The duty belongs to Fane Friberg Germany a representative with the Tiger internationals. Then there s Hunter Howe a Ragsdale punter who still can to fit the Bill of a Quot Good Ole local Hunter migrated from Tennessee a couple of years ago and while the journey from big Orange country to Ragsdale is at least across land instead of across an Ocean he can make no claims on being Hometown born and bred. Put them All together and you be got a versatile group of kicking specialists and probably Power of tigers kicking game not foreign for Ragsdale Grinders the most Welcome group of outsiders coach Rick Larrick has Ever known. Quot the kicking game is the most overlooked part of football Quot Larrick Analysed. Quot we be had a history of Good kickers Here. Barry Sykes averaged 42 Yards a punt his senior year and Erie Wood had a string of something like 40 extra Points so we have a Little tradition and Pride in our kicking game. Quot the year we won the state championship we beat Pisgah on a Field goal and our wins this year have gone Back to kicking so far. We be won one game by one Point 13-12 Over Southeastern Guilford and another by three Points on a Field goal 31-28 Over Grimsley Quot the extra Point and Field goal credit goes to Lopez who booted a 28-Yard attempt through the uprights for three Points against Grimsley when he Hadnot done any kicking in a year. The Long Layoff came from an injury last season Lopez was Only 15 years old at the time and apparently his legs were stronger than his Bone filament because As he described it Quot i yanked a chunk of Bone the Bone came away from his Pelvic Girdle but stayed close enough that it could Weld Back together without a cast. Now he a recovered to become the Ragsdale safety valve on Fouth Quot some people want a real punt but we d rather have a 30-Yard punt that we could cover Howe does a Good Job of hanging the Ball and by our standards that a a Good punting said the coach great distance however be More Welcome to Larrick on kickoffs and that s where Taro excels. Quot Taro put two in the end zone to Start Burlington Williams off from the 20-Yard line last week Quot Larrick noted Taro shrugged them off saying Quot i had a wind behind me i guess i like to kick them out though and not worry about a Lunback a run backs on kickoffs and punts Are always nightmares for coaches As Well As defenders and that a one reason Larrick keeps such a close Eye on his three Man kicking unit he a certainly not oblivious to the kicking game of his opponents either. Quot they be got a great kicker at Andrews in Nathan Ritter Quot praised Larrick thinking of this f riday a upcoming game Quot if it s close it la come Down to the if it does Larrick has Confidence in his Trio. Even if they Are after All immigrants Are supposed to Settle in Jamestown. Rights a in Taro Lopez Howe Downs close to the opponents end zone. Lopez credits his Success this season to the blocking of the line the Quick snaps of Center Dick Slaten and the positioning of the pigskin by Friberg. Quot the snap and the hold Are just As important As the kick Quot Lopez said another player who appreciates the blocking and the snaps is punter Hunter Howe who works on his specially for hours every Day. Quot i practice a lot to try to keep smooth and not Rush it Quot Howe explained. Quot i try to get my Steps Down and get height on the coach Larrick is More concerned with Good distance and great height rather than great distance and no height

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