Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1980

Phils duo nears team standards


PHILADELPHIA – The magic number is down to five for both Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton as they zero in on a couple of Phillies all-time records.


Schmidt needs that many home runs to surpass Del Ennis' club record of 259. Schmidt has hit 13 of his 20 total at Veterans Stadium where the Phillies begin a seven-game home stand tonight against the first-place Montreal Expos. In six games between the two clubs (each team winning three), Schmidt has hit a pair of homers.


Carlton, who'll face the New York Mets Friday night in his next start, needs five more strikeouts to become the No. 1 strikeout artist in Phillies' history. Robin Roberts is the current record holder with 1,871.


Both the Phillies and Expos arrived in the last night from a West Coast trip. Philadelphia won four of seven and Montreal lost three of seven.


The Expos, on the strength of a 15-7 June, have taken over the lead in the National League East with the Phillies trailing by just 1½ games.


PHIL UPS – Expos are still without Larry Parrish and Ellis Valentine, both sidelined after being hit by pitches. Parrish has a bad left wrist while Valentine is recovering from a broken left cheekbone . . . Next nine games for Montreal includes six with Phils, three with Pirates . . . Ron LeFlore, Rodney Scott and Andre Dawson have stolen 74 bases in 87 attempts.


Scott was caught for the first time last week after 19 straight steals by Giants' Milt May... Phils are 21-12, Montreal 23-11 in their home games... Phillies had only one home run on west coast swing, by Bake McBride, who has collected eight RBIs on 10 hits off Montreal pitching this season.


Phillies are hitting .284 at home with 36 home runs, but just .250 on the road... Warren Cromartie was on fire on the Expos road trip, hitting in all seven games, 14-28, .500... Pitching matchups for the series: Tonight, Dave Palmer vs. Dickie Noles; tomorrow night, Bill Gullickson vs. Bob Walk and Thursday night, Scott Sanderson vs. Randy Lerch... Last day for All-Star voting is tomorrow... First twi-nighter of season is Saturday against the Mets With a Sunday night game and post-game Independence Day fire-works show ending the home stand.

Bowa on All-Decade team


NEW YORK (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds, who dominated the National League with six Western Division titles, four league championships and two World Series triumphs in the 1970s, dominate the NL All-Star team of the decade, too.


The Phillies had one selection in shortstop Larry Bowa. He, however, shares the position with the Reds' Dave Concepcion.


Led by catcher Johnny Bench, the Reds have six players on the NL team of the 70s. Bench received more than 21 million votes from the fans in the decade, second only to the 22,858,453 votes cast for the American League's Rod Carew.


Selection to the team of the decade, however, did not take the total number of votes into consideration, but was based on the number of starts in All Star Games during the ten years.


During the 1970s, more than 71 million ballots – the largest number in any non-political election – were cast in the voting underwritten by Gillette.


The voting ends tomorrow for this year's game, July 8 in Los Angeles. The pitchers, as before, will be selected by the All-Star managers, Chuck Tanner of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Earl Weaver of the Baltimore Orioles.


The other Reds on the team of the decade (some of them no longer play in Cincinnati) are second baseman Joe Morgan (now with Houston), shortstop Concepcion and outfielders Pete Rose (now with the Phillies) and George Foster.


Carew, a four-time winner of the Gillette Trophy (1975, 1977, 1978, 1979) as the top all-star vote getter of the year, has been on every all-star team since Commissioner Bowie Kuhn returned the selection process to the fans in 1970. The former Minnesota Twin, now with the California Angels, fills two positions on the AL's all-decade team. He was an all-star second baseman during 1970-75 anrd has been the fans' top choice at first base since 1976.


The remaining positions on the NL team are first baseman Steve Garvey and third baseman Ron Cey of the Los Angeles Dodgers and outfielder Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Brayes.


On the AL team, two players share shortstop honors – Luis Aparicio of the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox and Bert Campaneris of the Oakland A's (now with California). And third base honors are shared, too, by Brooks Robinson of the Orioles and George Brett of the Kansas City Royals.


The AL catcher is Boston's Carlton Fisk and the outfielders are Carl Yastrzemski of the Red Sox and Reggie Jackson of Oakland and the New York Yankees and Bobby Murcer of the Yanks.

Carlton joins Giant’s Clark as honorees


NEW YORK (AP) – Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton and San Francisco outfielder Jack Clark were named co-Players of the Week by the National League yesterday.


Clark collected 14 hits in 26 at bats over the past week for a .538 average. He scored 10 runs, drove in four, had two homers and three game-winning RBI. He raised his season's average to .303 as the Giants won five of seven games during the week.


Carlton won both of his starts during the week to increase his major league lead to 13 victories. The Phillies' lefthander increased his strikeout total to 135, another major league high.  


Baltimore Orioles righthander Steve Stone, who is second in the American League in victories with nine, was named the AL's Player of the Week.