The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 13, 1967, Page Page 4, Image 4
1 Pog 4 The Daily Nebraskan THURSDAY APRIL 13, 1967 nnmniiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiii t., i : 17: 1. l? 1 -: vo I all "pi, JljIll JllllllYIIlS . . . I E I uS21 i 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. SUNBEAM FLORAL ARNOLD PALMER complete floral Deluxe Shirt SERVICE Service Dial . . . 423-2337 JCllfcC 1711 Van Dorn I I 21st & 0 13th & F Graduating Senio You're only young once . . . Make your graduation ear a sports car and see the greatest assortment and low est sports car prices in town. No money down at STANDARD MOTOR COMPANY 1731 "0" St. 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. SEE IRA , . . For Quality Top A Furniture Upholstering IRA'S TOP SHOP 2340 P ST. 432-5956 Lincoln, Nebraska I Tennis Team Garners Win Nebraska's tennis team garnered a 4-3 tennis dual victory over Washburn Tuesday. The doubles team of Bill Roehrs and Jerald Roberts scored a final victory to win the meet. OPEN DAILY 1 P.M. Pool Tables . . . Snooker Tables . . . Open Bowling . . SNOOKER BOWL N. 48th & Dudley BOS. AMV CAR. 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