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The Daily Nebraskan
THURSDAY APRIL 13, 1967
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Baseball Returnees Sputter
Churchich To Pitch
In Iowa Slate Game
By George Kaufman
Every now and then in a man's life, he finds he
must take a chance. Today I stand before one of those
moments.
Somehow, in making out my 1967 baseball predictions,
I could not force my typewriter to write anything at the
top of the American League standings but New York
Yankees.
Stop Chortling
After you've gotten back up off the floor and stopped
chortling, try to take two things under consideration.
First, there is nothing truer than the old maxim that
says, "Once a Yankee, always a Yankee". Despite the
fact that the Grand Old Gang of years past is broken
up, and despite flashes of anger at the trading of Roger
Maris and Clete Boyer, I am still a Yankee Fool.
Consider A Moment
Secondly, consider for a moment what could happen
were the Yanks to suddenly have everything go right this
year. Like Mick's legs holding up. And like Tom Tresh
regaining his rookie promise. Like Whitey Ford, Jim
Bouton and Mel Stottlemyre pitching like they should
and have. Like a new Yankee infield full of alien names
jelling, or even being adequate. Like Elston Howard play
ing like an MVP again.
With these hopes and reservations, the Yanks will be
back where they belong.
Strong Rivals
Strong rivals will be faltering Birds and rebounding
Twins, perhaps some prowling Tigers.
American League 1. New York, 2. Baltimore, 3. Min
nesota, 4. Detroit, 5. Chicago, 6. California, 7. Cleveland,
8. Kansas City, 9. Boston, 10. Washington.
In that other league, if they decide to come back
again after last year's Bird-watching session at the World
Series, you can have your pick of San Francisco, Los
Angeles and Pittsburgh.
Many Pennants
The Giants have blown so many pennants that their
lungs are getting weak, but I say this is their year, and
perhaps Willie Mays' last chance at a World Series.
The Pirates will be strong, and, looking for the Dodg
ers to sort of fall apart of frustration, without Sandy
they will push the Giants to the wire.
The Mets made a big mistake in trading second
Ibaseman Ron Hunt, so wiE reclaim the cellar from the
Cubbies in a real basement battle.
The St. Louis Cardinals are a great big question
mark, in fact a completely new team, and the Braves
could be strong enough to be a contender.
"If Clauses"
So, after making all the customary "if clauses",
here's how the Whatchemacallit League looks come next
September: 1. San Francisco, 2. Pittsburgh, 3. Los An
geles, 4. St. Louis, 5. Atlanta, 6. Cincinnati, 7. Houston
8. Philadelphia, 9. Chicago, 10. New York.
As long as I have you in a humerous mood, I might
as well predict the Yanks to become Giant-slayers for
their 22nd World title next fall.
Write A Book
Maybe somebody could write a book about this
year's race, called dare I say it "The Year The Yan
kees Won The Pennant".
Letters and comment from misled Yankee-haters will
be welcomed and monetary attestments to our various
prognostications duly consumated.
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It was a sputtering first
weekend in Big Eight con
ference baseball for last
y e a r's returning hitting
leaders. Only three of the
listed 11 back are among
the leaders this week and
none of the departmental
leaders of last season made
this year's first rankings.
Missouri's Barry Lubeck,
Oklahoma State's Don Kuy
kendall, and Colorado's
Jack Coppom are the only
familiar names among the
top 14 batters, with Lu
beck's second-place stand
ing the best of the return
ees' lot.
Lubeck, however, does
represent the veteran corps
well. He also leads a pair
of the big departments with
his eight hits which have
plated seven runs during
AAU
Tourney
Going
The national AAU wrest
linp c'iinnshins are
going full blast this week in
Greco-Roman champion
ships were decided Weuvps
day evening, while regular
wrestling will be held
through the rest of this
week.
the first three league
games. Kuykendall, w ho
ranks fifth in hitting with
his .5.38 average, is second
in hit production with sev
en. Coppom is tied for sec
ond in RBI's with five and
is ninth in hitting with his
.444 mark.
Leader of the hitters af
ter the first weekend is
Kansas' Steve Walsh, a util
ity roamer last year who
has taken over at third base
for the Jayhawks, as well
as at the plate, where he
shows a hefty .833 mark.
Oklahoma pitchers, ranking
among the leaders in the
Big Eight, were able to get
him out just once last week
end. Top performer among the
quick-working sophomores
was Colorado's Dan Ruth,
who lived up to pre-season
power-hitting expectations
by lacing three home runs
in his team's finale against
Iowa State. Ruth, with a 4-for-7
reading now, also has
five runs-batted-in to add a
tie for second in that de
partment to his power lead.
Four managed to stay
even with Colorado's Tay
lor Toomey, who led all Big
Eight pitchers a year ago
as he carved an all-Conference
mound spot for him
self. Toomey threw the only
complete-game shutout of
the weekend.
Mark Equalled
His perfect earned-run
mark was equalled by a
trio of Kansas State hurlei-s
showing why the Wildcats
pace the league in team
pitching headed by sopho
more reliefer, Steve Sny
der, who stifled two Ne
braska rallies with strong
performances which yielded
no runs. Van Bullock, an
other Wildcat sophomore,
and veteran Steve Wood are
also 0.00.
A loss is the only thing
tarnishing the record of Ne
braska's Keith Winter, who
worked five innings without
giving up an earned tally.
Following Oklahoma State's
sophomore pitching entry,
Bill Maxwell, who has a 1.18
mark, is Nebraska's Bob
Churchich, who lost his first
league start, has a 1.29 ERA
to go with a batting aver
age of .300, which doesn't
rank him this first time
around.
Colorado's outburst
against the Cyclones, which
produced 21 runs, gives the
Buffaloes the team hitting
lead with a lofty .326 mark.
Picking up the ball as ef
ficiently this year as last
is Oklahoma. Again, it leads
the pack in fielding with a
.964 mark, the same as Its
winning figure of last year.
BIO EIGHT STATISTICS
HITTING
Slfv Walnh, Kansai SB 2 All
Barry LuImh. Missouri RF 3 k
Sack Schmidt, Colorado C 3 13
Dan Ruth. Colorado ... RF-1B 3 S
Don Kuykendall, Oklahoma St. . RF 3 1
Gary Harper. Oklahoma 2B 2 13
Harold Sehrlm. Iowa State ...3B-P 2 4
Del Blunk. Missouri cF 3 a
Jack Coppom. Colorado CF 2 11
Km Mclnert, Missouri SB 3 0
Jim MoCord, Oklahoma St. ..SB-IB 3 9
.Tarry Thalhamer, Iowa St IB 3 S
Dan Thompson, Oklahoma St. .. SS 3 11
Jack Woolsey, Kansas SI. CF 3 11
Player and School Pot. C.
R RBI SB 3B Hit
Van Bullock. Kansas St.
f.teve Snyder. Kansas St.
Taylor Toomey, Colorado
Keith Winter. Nebraska ..
Steve Wood. Kan. St
BUI Maxwell, Okla. St. ..
Bob Churchich, Nebraska .
Rusty Dtsbro, Oklahoma . .
Dave Hartman, Iowa SU ..
Jack Slicker, Kansas
Bob Carpenter, Mlxxouri ,
Charles Green, Nebraska .
Pltchlnt (Minimum ef 4
Bob Churchich will be the
starting pitcher in the Hus
kers' opening game with
Iowa State Friday.
Nebraska's record now
stands at 1-8 after dropp
ing three Big Eight games
to Kansas State last week
end to open the conference
season. But Nebraska coach
Tony Sharpe is still opti
mistic about the over-all re
cord of his young Cornhus
kers. "If we can continue to
show as well in our pitch
ing and fielding game but
improve our hitting game
we still might show up this
season," said Sharpe.
After dropping a double
header on Friday the H s u k
ers lost to K-State 2-0
always in the game but
unable to connect on
key hits. On Friday a
three-run spurt by the Wild
cats in the seventh inning
erased a 3-1 Husker lead
that cost Nebraska the first
game. Then Nebraska was
shut out, 4-0, in the follow
ing game.
Junior college transfer
Keith Winter has 13 strike
outs to his credit for 13 inn
ings pitched and his earned
run average is 1.38. Other
Nebraska pitchers and their
earned run averages are
Charles Green, 2.40 for 15
innings. Both Stickels and
Churchich have had 18 hits
charged to them while Win
ter has given up 11 and
Green eight.
Winter will start the sec
ond game of Friday's dou
bleheader and Green on .
Saturday. Other members,
of the starting lineups:.'
Wayne Kissler, c; Bob ;
Brand, lb; Tony Sharpe,;
2b; Mike Churchich, 3b; ;
Sam Pizzo, ss; Tim Bolz, '
If; Alex Walter, cf; ahd
Steve Johnson, rf.
Iowa State is 1-2 in the
Big Eight after a series
with Coloredo last week.
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