Here are the Los Angeles Dodgers, the victors, announcing their pitchers for National League playoff games one and two at Dodger Stadium Oct. 4-5; lefty Tommy John (18-6) for openers, righty Don Sutton (14-8) for seconds against (presumably) the Phillies.
And here are the Cincinnati Reds, the vanquished, in open disarray with two-time MVP, $400,000-a-year man Joe Morgan furious at manager Sparky Anderson. The skipper removed Morgan in favor of Rick Auerbach midway in Saturday's game at San Francisco; Morgan threw a tantrum, stalked off, dressed and left the clubhouse. Sunday, Morgan sat in the bullpen instead of the dugout. Anderson telling the press Joe was not in the lineup because the Reds were facing lefthanded pitching. "I can't hit lefthanders any more?" retorted Morgan. "I was used at a pinch hitter against Tommy John (last week)."
Morgan later was quoted as saying, "I've learned something in the past week. I just don't care any more." Anderson asked if he talked to Morgan, replied, "I see no reason why we should. I didn't do anything wrong."
In spring training, as the Reds prepared to go for their third straight championship. Morgan said dissension would not rattle the club - We will not have problems from within. We will not defeat ourselves."
And next year, Joe? . . .
Rod Carew, who with a torrent of hits might yet reach 400, missed last night's Twins-Royals game with what Minnesota officials described as a lymph gland problem. "He did not become ill or anything like that," said manager Gene Mauch. "He had a red streak running down the inside of his right arm, and we were concerned about it, that's all." A Kansas City physician gave him medication and he fle whome for further examination. The Twins expect him to return to the lineup Friday night against Milwaukee, but the games dwindle down.
Carew had already declared he would miss tonight's game in K.C. because of Yom Kippur. Carew has not been converted to Judaism, the religion of his wife, Marilyn, but plans to start instruction this winter to do so and has been observing the holidays for some time. "It would have been a tough decision to make if we were still in the pennant race," said Carew, "but I would have had to do the same thing"
Unhappy sixth anniversary, Washington baseball fans, of the Boston Massacre when Our Nats were sold down the river . . .
Chinese national soccer team, due here soon, followed up a 1-1 tie with NASL's champion Cosmos by whipping those Meadowlanders, 2-1, in Shanghai yesterday despite a freekick gaol by pele . . . Cuba's first athletic team to tour the U.S. since Castro took over will be the national volleyball squad, starting Oct. 13 at Dayton, Ohio (training base at the U.S. national team), thence to six more Midwest cities . . . The Cuban national basketball team will open a nin-city U.S. tour by playing NCAA champ Marquette in Milwaukee Arena Nov. 12; one Eastern stop, the final one, at Holy Cross Nov. 25. NBC-TV wants the Marquette game . . .
Sugar Ray Leonard's public workout in D.C. Armory yesterday turned into a news event with announcement that the 139-pound Palmer Park pounder will fight on the Jimmy Young-Ken Norton Nov. 5 Las Vegas card, then on Dec. 17 have his first bout in Washington since turning pro. Opponint to be named in both instances first, of course, there's Frankie Santore in Baltimore Civic Center on Saturday (4. . . Madison Square Garden announced a Nov. 17 WBA light-heavyweight title bout between Victor Galindez and challenger Mike Rossman, who first has Gary Summerhays of Canada to hurdle on the Muhammad Ali-Shavers card Sept. 29.
L. A. Ram coach Chuck Knox gives Joe Namath the start again Sunday against the Eagles. At least B'way H'wood Joe put one TD on the opening-day board, which a whopping 25 per cent of the NFL teams did not . . . The Post finally reached player agent Howard Slusher for comment on the Tim Temerario blast via Dave Kindred's column. Said Slusher: "I have nothing to say" . . . The NFL has a new attendance classification, but any you say it, the '77 openers set a single-weekend record. Rozelledom says the "in-house" draw was 808, 727 for SUnday-Monday, some 5,000 above the mark set Oct. 10-11, 1976. "Inhouse" means in the ball park, not counting no-shows . . . And NCAA reports a record turnout for Division I action, 2,385,893 for 77 weekend contests . . . Pro average, 57,766 a game; colleges, 50,986 . . .
Rick Mount has changed his mind about trying a basketball comeback and notified the Houston Rockets he won't report for camp opening today . . . As the L.A. Lakers assembled, Kenny Carr, rhe hardshipper out of N.C. State via De Matha, was unsigned, thus barred; ditto fellow firstround draftee Norm Nixon of Duquesne . . Billy Langloh (De Matha Virginia) passed rookie camp tests and was invited to regular camp with the Boston Celtics, who picked him fifth round; he has a little added incentive - the bride (also off the UVa campus) he took June 18 and settled down with in Falls Church. . .
Died: Last of the first (1901) American League baseballers, at 97 in Cleveland: Paddy Livingston, a catcher for Cleveland, Philadelphia A's, Cincinnati and St. Louis. . . Convicted: Richard Sorkin, 37, the New York player agent accused of hooking some $800.00 from a flock of pro athletes. He pleaded guilty to theft of $360.000 from five New York Islanders (NHL) and two Nets (NBA); other charges dropped. Sentencing Nov. 1 . . . ACC football honors: co-player of week on offense. Maryland receiver Vince Kinney: rookie of week, Duke fullback Ned Gonet from Oakton High in Fairfax - contributed several key plays to the Blue Devils' good scrap against Michigan.