New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Houston looking to repeat in 1987
By TIM WAITS Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO - Okay, okay so baseball season Is still four months away. It doesn’t hurt to do a little daydreaming about the boys of summer in the dead of winter.
The Houston Astros' Caravan came through the Alamo Qty Tuesday to promote the 1987 season, with high expectations.
When the Astros, winners of the National League West Division in 1906, were last seen, they lost arguably the greatest playoff championship in major league history — a heartstopping 16-inning affair with the eventual World Champion New York Mets.
Now the hard part for Houston is to defend its West Division title and gain a National League pennant.
“Everybody had a great year last year,” said Hal Lanier, named the 1906 Manager of the Year in the National League. “To repeat, everybody will have to have a great year again.’’
“So many things have to go right to repeat,” said Lanier. “We have to get stronger on the little things ”
One of the “little things’’ that readily comes to mind is sacrifice bunts, a department in which the Astro6 tied for last place in the league.
“Our pitchers have got to move the runners over,’’ said Astro Coach Yogi Berra. "You always feel there is something you can improve on.” Improve is what Houston did last year, after a bevy of predictions of doom and gloom — most notably from Sports Illustrated, which expected the Astros to lose IOO games.
There is still room for more Improvement, besides bunting. The Astros need to beef up their bullpen. But for the time being, they will have to make do with the best starting rotation in baseball.
This year will see the return of Cy Young Award winner Mike Scott, ageless flamethrower Nolan Ryan, left-handers Bob Knepper, and rookie 12-game winner Jim Deshaies, who came along on the caravan.
Ryan's persistent arm troubles could thrust caravan-member Danny Darwin even more into the spotlight Darwin was acquired as a fifth starter last August in a deal withJuniors in notion
The Junior Basketball league kicked off on Saturday with more than IOO fifth and sixth graders par* ticipating. The nine-team league plays on Saturdays at the New Braunfels Middle School gym. The season will continue through March 7, with a post season tournament the following weekend and an all star game the next week.UIL may ease up on workout limits
AUSTIN (AP) — Tho director of he University Interscholastic league says there are “good irguments” for eliminating metric-Ions on off-season and summer workouts for athletes but a special sommittee agrees the UIL should naintain control.
Director Bailey Marshall told the Mf-Soason Committee on Wednesday ’some other tules have Just given ip In this area.”
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Milwaukee and posted a 5-2 record In his brief term In Houston. The 30-year-old right-hander quipped of the trade, “I went to sleep in last place and woke up in first place.”
As far as Ryan’s status is concerned, Lanier said that the veteran will wait a month longer than usual before he begins to throw.
Last year Lanier promised to turn a plodding Astro team into a pack of greyhounds on the base paths.
Caravan-member Bill Doran and speedy outfielder Billy Hatcher were the biggest beneficiaries of the new offensive strategy. Doran nearly doubled his stolen-base output from the previous year, with 42, despite a late-season leg injury that prevented him from getting 50. Hatcher stole 38 sacks in a only 127 games.
When asked which team will provide the stiffest challenge in the West, Lanier said the entire division will be stronger
"Cincinnati will probably be picked as the team to beat, but all of them will be good.” he said. “And everybody will be out to beat us.”
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team to beat in their 26-year history, but it is a position they are happy to bein.
Berra, who is accustomed to having people try to beat him, has participated in 21 World Series The Hall of Fainer said he stuck around Houston again to pick up his 22nd ring from the Fall Gassic.
“We got a smell of it last year,” said the legendary catcher, as only he can. “Hopefully this year we can smell it a little more ."
NEW YORK (AP) - The waiting finally ended for Billy Williams, while Jim “Catfish” Hunter won another close one.
Williams and Hunter were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame Wednesday night, culminating careers marked by consistency but separated by their teams’ results.
Hunter, with a 224-166 lifetime record in 15 seasons for the Kansas City and Oakland A’s and the New York Yankees, played on five World Series winners. Williams, who hit .290 with 426 home runs during 16 years in the Chicago Cubs’ outfield and two more seasons with Oakland, never played in a World Series.
Williams’ frustration continued as he was bypassed by the Baseball Writers Association of America in Hall of Fame voting the last five years, missing by just four votes in 1986
But that ended Wednesday night.
“I guess the smile on my face tells it all. ‘Wait ’til next year’ is now a phrase of the past, ” Williams. 20th on the all-time home run list, said from Glen Ellyn, 111. “I can truly say it’s one of the most exciting moments of my life.”
Williams was named on 354 of 413 votes for 85.7 percent, well above the required 75 percent. Hunter got 315
votes, five over the minimum, and reached the Hall in his third try after missing by 30 votes last year.
Jim Bunning, the recently elected Congressman from Kentucky, came up 21 votes short of election. He miss ed by 40 votes last year.
None of the other 25 players on the ballot got as much as 50 percent of the vote Orlando Cepeda was fourth with 179, followed by Roger Maris with 176 and Tony Oliva with 160.
While Williams was cautiously op timistic this would be his year, partly because there were no new big names on the ballot to splinter sup port, Hunter said he was surprised that he was elected on his third try.
“I don’t know if I deserved it.” said Hunter, who spent Wednesday boar hunting near his Hertford. N C., farm. “I was a control pitcher who hit spots.
“I had players behind me to back me up. lf I didn't play on those teams, I wouldn't have won as many as I did and I wouldn’t have been in the World Series six times."
Hunter won 20 or more games from 1971 through 1975 and finished with a career earned run average of 3.26. His reputation as a big-game pitcher may have helped him as much as Williams’ lack of post-season play hurt him.
'Lucky' Frogs down SMU
By THC ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Texas Christian Honied Frogs
proved for the second time in five days that it's more blessed to play bad and win lucky than to play well and lose.
TCU, which dodged a three-point shot at the buzzer to defeat Texas AAM 55-54 on Saturday, edged Southern Methodist 57-53 Wednesday night to stay atop the SWC basketball chase.
“I just feel lucky to win.” said TCU Coach Jim Killingsworth. who earned his 250th senior college victory
In other SWC games. Arkansas Junior Andrew Lang came off the bench to score nine points, block eight shots and grab IO rebounds to ignite the Razorbacks < 2-2) past Rice (0-4) 62-54 and Texas Tech (3-1) whipped the Baylor Bears (2-2 ) 56-50 in Waco behind Sean Gay’s 19 points.
Carl Lott scored all 12 of his points in the second half to pace TCU's Frogs to their fourth SWC victory without a loss TCU is 13-3 overall.
Killingsworth praised Lott for shaking off a scoreless first half to rally TCU in the second half
“Lott is a good shooter and I knew he would come back and he did.” said Killingsworth, who compiled his 250 victories at Idaho State. Oklahoma State and TCU. He also had 487 victories in high school, junior college and as a college freshman coach.
Lott wasn't happy with his performance.
“I had a terrible game.” Lott said “At halftime I was mainly thinking about penetrating and taking the short jumper But the coaches told me to go ahead and take the outside shot.”
There was a controversial moment
late in the game on a shot by Scott Johnson that SMU thought was a three-pointer to tie the game at 54-all.
Official Jim Harvey said it was a three-pointer, but he was overruled by Mike Tanco and Paul Stern-berger.
TCU. leading 54-53, then iced the game on two free throws by Jamie Dixon and one charity toss by Lott.
SMU Coach Dave Bliss, who endured his fourth consecutive close loss. said Johnson’s three-point shot appeared to be good after looking at a television replay.
“That’s unfortunate.” Bliss said. “If it’s a three-pointer, that changes the whole way we play at the end there We just haven’t been too lucky lately."
Johnson said “I couldn’t tell if it was a three-point shot or not. It was definitely a close call. It just seems like we've gotten a lot of bad breaks
at the end of games lately
"Our luck is bound to change ”
SMU has lost its last four games by close margins in the final minute The Mustangs (0-3) are off the their worst start in SWC play in five years
Texas Tech beat Baylor for the loth straight time dating back to 1983 The Red Raiders led by as much as eight points in the first half, but Baylor gained a 24-24 halftime tie on Mark Buchanan’s 3-potnt goal at the buzzer.
Tech took the lead for good seven minutes into the second half Michael Williams scored 17 points to lead Baylor.
Shawn Baker led all Arkansas scorers with 15 points
Greg Hines scored 21 points for Rice. Andy Gilchrist, who had a game-high 17 rebounds, added 16 for the Owls.
Iowa rallies to win in overtime
Bv THS ASSOCIATED PRISS Iowa to IEO and looking for the Comeback of the Year award.
The second-ranked Hawkeye* rallied from a 22-point second-half deficit Wednesday night for a 91-SI overtime victory over No. 8 Illinois.
“I was Just literally speechless in the locker room afterwards,” Iowa Coach Tom Davis said after his team ran its Big Ten Conference record to 4-0. “The effort was outstanding "
The Hawkey es trailed 61-39 with 16 minutes to play and were able to make up the deficit as the Flatting mini, 12-3 and 4-1, had trouble with Iowa’s full-court defense and fell apart at the frae-throw line.
Illinois led 52-35 at halftime.
No. 3 N. Carolina 95, Virginia IO
Kenny Smith scored 19 pqjnts as the Tar Heals cruised to their 12th straight victory and avenged last year’s defeat at Virginia when North Carolina
was top-ranked and 21-0.No. a Purdue sa, Minnesota 59
Purdue forced 27 turnovers in coasting to Its sixth consecutive victory and a 13-1 record, the best start for the Boilermakers since 1937-38 Purdue is 54) in the Big TenNo. IO Auburn aa, Tennessee 5a
Auburn was able to overcome hot first-half shooting by the visiting Volunteers to win the Southeastern Conference game The Tigers, 10-2 and 3-1, used a 12-0 run in the final minutes to put the victory away.No. 12 Clemson 94, Furman 77
Horace Grant scored a season-high 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Tigers remained undefeated. The 6-foot-lO Grant made IS of 19 shots from the field as Clemson, 15-0, used a 12-0 run for a 19-5 lead with six minutes gone and the
closest the visiting Paladins, 6-5. could get was ll points late in the game
No. 13 St. John's 70, B'lyn C. 40
Shelton Jones’ 18 points and 13 rebr-jr led the Rodmen, u-2, to their 29th consecuti tecourt
No. 14 Duke 85, Maryland 61
Sophomore Danny Ferry was a one-man gang for the Blue Devils, scoring 20 points, grabbing 19 rebounds, handing out seven assists and blocking three shots in the ACC game
No. 18 Pitt 87, Solon Hall 85
Demetrius Gore’s is points included six free throws in the final minutes as the Panthers managed the road victory No. 19 Navy 75, Lafayette 71
David Robinson scored SO points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the visiting Midshipmen held off the Leopards, 541.
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BOSTON (AP) - Shortly before he limped off to work Danny Ainge of the Boston Celtics received a phone call from hie family on the West Coast.
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Ainge didn’t think he’d be able to play against the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night because of a twisted ankle.
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The Loa Angelas Gippers haven’t proven much except for how bad they are this season. The team with the NBA's worst record has gotten tired of that — and they finally did something about it.
The Gippers snapped a 16-game losing streak with a 123-105 rout of Denver Wednesday night The 5-31 Gippers got 22 points from Michael Cage and Mike Woodson added JO for their first victory since beating Seat tie Dec. IO.
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Monro Malone led seven Bullets In double figures with 21 points as he moved into 12th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, ahead of Dolph Schayes and Bob Lanier. He also kept the Bullets in hot pursuit of the 78ers
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JaH Riband had mimed 21 games with the knee injury His performance in returning to the lineup Wednesday was a key to host Philadelphia's victory.