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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Frldoy, October 15, 1971 THf IETHBRIDGE HERAID idn-or-else for Orioles Saturday Pittsburgh hopes to land knockout punch PITTSBURGH (AP) Pitts- burgh Pirates, poised on the threshold World Series his- tory, head for Baltimore hoping to deliver the knockout blow to the suddenly-staggering Orioles as quickly as possible. The Pirates took command o the series by sweeping three straight games on the artificia ROBERTO CLEMENTE Two of the stars as the Pirates grabbed the World Series lead. Briles pitched in Lethbridge on several occa- sions with Calgary Giants when Lethbridge was a mem- ber of the now defunct West- ern Canada Baseball League- Darts Burton, Wolstoncroft, Legion............ 38 Larson, Miners 37 James, Miners................. 36 Boulton, Labor Club.............35 Rowntree, Army-Navy ...........35 Fournier, Miners 3! Haworth, Legion................ 3! Fritz, Legion ....................29 Griffiths, Miners ................28 Black, Legion 26 Slndlinger, Labor Club 26 Spence, Elks................... lf> Martin, Army-Navy............ 25 Stark, Elks .....................25 Hackett, Elks...................34 Llnnlng, Legion.................24 Blacker, Labor Club............ 23 Trentinl, Army-Navy............23 Gow. Elks..................... 21 Halaand, Legion................ 21 Knutson, Labor Club............20 Minors................ 20 Shlels, Miners.................. 19 Orr, Miners ....................18 Hirst, Elks..................... 17 Trebor, Army-Navy 15 HONOR JOE TORRE ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinal third baseman Joe Torre has been named player of the year by Sporting News. Torre, 31, led the major leagues this season with a .363 batting average and 137 runs batted in. He hit 24 homers, eight triples and 34 doubles to boost his lifetime batting aver- age from .297 to .305. tartan turf of Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium. They arc set to go for the title in Satur- dap's sixth game with Bob Moose, another member of their nondescript pitching staff that has suddenly stilled the Balti- more bats. It was Nelson Briles' turn in Thursday's crucial fifth game and the veteran right-hander re- sponded with a brilliant two-hit- ter that gave the Pirates a 44 victory and left them one game away from their first title since 1960. Suddenly, the series that seemed a mismatch when Balti- more won the first two games has turned around and the world champion Orioles are the team in trouble. If the Pirates beat the Birds Saturday, they will become the first team in series history to win four straight after dropping the first two games. Four other teams have won the title in seven games after dropping the first two. But no Staggering Orioles hope to regain batting eyes BALTIMORE (AP) _ Balti- more Orioles, unable to ex- plain what happened to their once potent attack in Pitts- burgh, try to regain their bat- ting eyes at a workout in friendly Memorial Stadium today. "I don't know what's going outfielder Frank Robin- son said, "but I think we ought to burn the bats we used in Pittsburgh." After cracking three home runs among their 10 hits in the opening game of the World Series and 14 singles in the second game, both Balti- more victories, the Orioles suddenly went cold in Pitts- burgh. While losing three straight to the Pirates, the Orioles made just nine h i t s u s t three in the last 18 innings after the first three batters singled to open game No- 4. A Robinson home run averted a shutout as Steve Blass pitched a four-hitter in the third game. Two of the three first-inning singles in game No. 4 never left the in- field, and the other safety was a bloop double. "They haven't knocked the bats out of our hands, al- though they have pitched good third baseman Brooks Robinson said. "We've just stopped hitting." BLAMES BATTING Frank Robinson, while giv- ing special credit to the per- formance of Blass, blamed Baltimore batters for most of the futility at the plate. "We've been hitting the pitcher's pitch instead of wait- ing for he said. "We've got to be more determined at the olate, and know what we "I wish I knew what to Manager Earl Weaver said. "Maybe the day off will help." The Orioles have had more trouble than merely a lack of hitting. Then- usually tight de- fence has been charged with nine errors and the pitchers the four 20-game winners who have started every been in al- most constant trouble. "When's the last tune we had a 1-2-3 inning in t n e Frank said. "Maybe we can't hit because we're all tired from standing out there." "We've been bad in ev- he said, "defence, offence and pitching. It hasn't been one thing, but a whole combination of things. The thinking hasn't been too good, either." Despite their troubles in Pittsburgh, the Orioles were welcomed home by a noisy throng at Friendship Interna- tional Airport Thursday night. Several thousand fans, carrying home made signs SAFETY GLASS RESIDENTIAL REPLACEMENTS LETHBRIDGE Cerntr 5th 4th Slrttl S. Pheni 327-1581 and chanting, "We're No. cheered their heroes. Weaver said although the home team has won all five games to date, be saw no ad- vantage of resuming the series in Baltimore. He named Jim Palmer, the second-game winner, to start Saturday and said he was "90- per-cent sure" that Mike Cuel- lar would pitch should a seventh game be necessary. The Orioles, who tied a record held by just two other clubs while winning 100 or more games for three consecutive years, can set a World Series mark by winning the next two games. ANDY CAPP I CruRNOl1 FIRST ANS LAST LOVE WAS HEFIRST! IF IT'S ANY CONSOLATION? PET-NEITHER WEREAL.OT OF THE OTHER' BIRDS Blass anxious to retire early BALTIMORE (AP) Bob Moose wao'is Steve Blass to least for this year. Moose, the Pittsburgh ates right-hander scheduled on the mound Saturday m the sixth game of the World Ser- ies, figures if he beats Balti- more Orioles in his starting assignment, Blass can go home until next spring train- ing and won't have the start the seventh game. Blass, Bruce Kison and Thursday Nelson Briles pitched the Pirates back into the series after they had been down two games to none A Moose victory Saturday would unthrone the major league's defending champions and send Blass, Moose, the Pirates and the Orioles home. "I'd like to retire Steve said Moose. "I'd like Steve Blass to be returned Blass. PITCHED ENOUGH "He (Blass) pitched enough innings this said Moose, who had an 11-7 record during the regular sea- son but hasn't started since Aug- 31. Moose says the six-week lay-off from the starting rota- tion shouldn't be a problem. "I've been throwing a lot in the he said. "The thing that will be hard is fol- lowing Blass and Briles. Blass fired a three-hitter at the Orioles on Tuesday and Briles completed the three- Harrelson packs it up PALM BEACH GAR- DENS, Fla. (AP) Ken Harrelson withdrew Thurs- dap from the PGA Ap- proved Tournament Play- ers' School because his golf score looked more like a good baseball batting aver- age. The former Cleveland In- dians star, who retired from, baseball to try and make it as a pro golfer, quit tte six-round 108-hoIe tourney after firing rounds of 72-82- for 24 over par. "Well, I've got to get more cxperienco before I piny Hnrrclson shrugged. "But I'll be back." game sweep at Three Rivers Stadium on Thursday with a two-hitter, winning 4-0. "That's like a dog show after a trapeze act in a cir- said Moose. Moose becomes the sixth Pirate starter in the series. The last team to start six dif- ferent pitchers in the World Series was Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955. They defeated New York Yankees. "Guess we're beginning to show that we have more pitch- ing than some people thought we said Moose. "After Blass said Pirate second baseman Bill Mazeroski, now relegated to the bench, "I had a feeling we'd win three here." "Our ball park is more suited for said relief spe- cialist Dave Giusli, "because of the kind of personnel we line drive hitters, more speed. And their ball park is probably more suited to them, the shorter distances are better for their pull hit- ters. The problem of the shorter distances in Memorial Stad- ium and Blass' early retire- ment is now up to Moose. team has come back from that deficit to win the classic in six. "We'll see what kind of club this is on said Frank Robinson in the sombre Balti- more dressing room. "We can still win if we want to win." Briles called his fifth-game victory, "the culmination of ev- erything I've worked for in the last two years." "They've been two hard years with a lot of work and not too much he said. Briles was a mainstay of the St. Louis Cardinal pitching staff with 48 victories in three sea- sons before slumping to a 6-7 record last year. The Cards swapped him to Pittsburgh in a four-player trade last winter. "We figured on him as a spot starter and long man out of the said Danny Murtaugh, manager of the Pirates. Used botfi ways, Briles was 84 with a 3.04 earned-run average. He managed just four complete games. But Murtaugh planned to start him in the third game of the National League playoffs against San Francisco Giants. Then, a few minutes before game time, he came up with a pulled groin muscle and the start went to Bob Johnson in- stead. The Pirates won the game but Briles felt lost. "It was a low point In my he said. MURTAUGH LIKES HIM But Murtaugh didn't quit on the veteran right-hander and gave him the start in the pivotal fifth World Series game. This time, Briles was ready. He needed only 99 pitches to dispose of tine Orioles and faced just 29 over the minimum. He was in command from the start and got that only run be needed when Bob Robertson rocked Dave McNally's first pitch for a lead-off homer in the second inning. Briles drove in a second run with a timely single and then the Pirates added two more- one without a hit when they capitalized on Gene Clines' tri- ple and Roberto Clemente's sin- gle in the fifth. LAPSES A LITTLE Briles finished the Orioles off in the ninth despite a momen- tary lapse when he walked Don Buford with two out When he got the final batter on a force- play grounder, he was mobbed by his team-mates. "Today meant more to me than any game I ever pitched." Briles said. Baltimore manager Earl Weaver now has to figure out a way to restore some punch to the Oriole lineup. The Birds col- lected 16 runs and 24 hits in the first two games of the series but just nine hits in the three games at Pittsburgh. "I wish I knew what I could do, said Weaver. GAME FIVE Baltimore OtO-1 1 1 Pittsburgh oil 010 I t McNally (1-1) Leonhard (5) Dukes (6) and Hendrlcks; BrllM (1-0) and Sanguillen. HR: Lipon is out at Cleveland HOUSTON (AP) Cleveland Indians announced Wednesday night that Johnny Lipon's con- tract as interim manager would not be renewed for the 1972 sea- son. He replaced manager Alvin Dark midway through the sea- son just ended. Lipon said at his home here that Cleveland's president and general manager, Gabe Paul, told him Wednesday about the decision. He also confirmed that fie had been offered another job in the organization. IT'S GONE Pittsburgh slugger Bob Robertson connects for o home run off Balti- more lefty Dave McNally, one of the big blows as the bounce-back Bucs stepped Into a 3-2 World Series lead over the suddenly silent Baltimore Orioles. I Bucs' bridegroom-to-be jumpy as a grasshopper PITTSBURGH (A P) Baseball's bridegroom-to-be is jumpy as a grasshopper, and who could blame him? "I'd like to concentrate on the World Series, but people won't let says Bruce Kison, 21-year-old rookie pitcher of Pittsburgh Pirates. "They keep bugging me about my wedding." Young Kison, whose out- "I've been throwing a lot in ance in his World Series debut Wednesday night led to a 4-3 Pirate victory over Baltimore Orioles, will be married here Sunday to Anna Marie Or- lando, a dark-haired plumber's daughter from Pittsburgh. But the sidearm right- hander from Pasco, Wash., realizes he faces a conflict. The Pirates, leading the ser- ies 3-2, are moving into Balti- more for the climatic games Saturday and possibly Sun- day. "If we win Saturday, most of my troubles will be Kison said. "If we go over ta Sunday, then we may nave to stretch the time a bit "We are getting married at p.m. EDT but it may be delayed a couple of hours. I'm catching the first plane out of Baltimore for Pittsburgh Sunday night." Kison allowed only, one hit In 6 1-3 innings of the fourth series game Wednesday night, baffling Baltimore bats with his side-arm sliders and crac- kling fast ball. But he was disturbed when most sports writers afterward were more interested in pursuing Ms ro- mance. "Is she a reporter asked about his fiancee. "What kind of a question is Kison shot back tartly. "Do you expect me to say she's a Kison was also rankled by the attention he received Thursday after emerging as the hero of the fourth game. The commissioner's office sent a camera crew on to the field for a taped interview to be woven into the official World Series film. Dick Young, baseball writer of the New York Daily News, acted as interpreter. "You just Young said. "Tell us about the game you felt and so forth." "Ask some questions and I'll answer Kison said. When Young started de- scribing how he wanted the course of the interview to go, Kison said: "Don't tell me, just ask me. Also, I'd appreciate if we'd get this over with. I have ta get back to the club house." Lethbridge Native Sons JUNIOR "B" HOCKEY TRYOUTS Sun., Oct. 17th a.m. Civic Ice DIVING! LETHBRIDGE AMATEUR DIVING CLUB RECREATIONAL AND COMPETITIVE DIVING MINIMUM AGE 10 YEARS REGISTRATION FOR FIRST 3-MONTH SESSION CIVIC CENTRE SATURDAY, OCT. I6rti 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For further Information contact: D. HACKSON-Phone 327-0857 or M. WRAY-Phone 327-3370 See the NEW 1971 line of DUNLOPBUfflRD BREAKERS WE NOW HAVE A RADIATOR REPAIR SHOP IN PINCHER CREEK AT DUNLOP CERTIFIED SPECIALISTS GREAT WEST TIRE LTD 1203 2nd AVE. S., LETHBRIDGE At JANZEN, Monog.r PHONE 328-2443 ON HIGHWAY NO. 6, PINCHER CREEK RUDY BOtDT, Manager PHONE 627-4042 if 'if ;