Philadelphia Daily News - June 24, 1980
Phillies Threaten Club Records
One club record is a virtual cinch to be smashed and another could find itself under siege this week as the Phillies host the Montreal Expos and New York Mets in a seven-game home stand.
Steve Carlton, who is in the process of compiling one of the finest seasons in modern pitching history, needs just five strikeouts to surpass Robin Roberts as the team's all-time leader.
Carlton (13-2) has 1.867 strikeouts. He will get his next start Friday (8:05 p.m.) against the Mets.
Meanwhile. Mike Schmidt's attempt to pound five more home runs and surpass Del Ennis (259) will continue tonight (7:35) at the Vet, where the Phillies begin a three-game set with the Eastern Division-leading Expos.
The Expos, on the strength of a 15-7 June, hold a 1½-game lead on the Phils.
Schmidt has ripped 13 of his 20 homers at the Vet and, in six games between the Phils and Expos (three wins for each), he has hit two.
PHILUPS: Expos are without Larry Parrish (bad wrist) and Ellis Valentine (broken cheekbone), who were both plunked by pitches… Ron LeFlore, Rodney Scott and Andre Dawson have 74 steals in 87 attempts... Phillies hit just one home run on 4-3 West Coast swing, by Bake McBride... Phils are hitting .284 at home with 36 homers – just .250 on road.
Schmidt Keeps Star Vote Lead
NEW YORK (UPI) – Voting for seven positions on the National League All-Star team remains tight, while Pittsburgh's Dave Parker continues to be the No. 1 choice of fans for the outfield.
Parker's nearest rivals in the latest balloting announced yesterday are Philadelphia's Greg Luzinski and Chicago's Dave Kingman. However, Los Angeles' Reggie Smith and Dusty Baker, Cincinnati's George Foster and San Diego's Dave Winfield all remained within striking distance.
All leaders from last week held onto their No. 1 spots for the 51st mid-summer game that will be played in Los Angeles on July 8.
Maintaining their leads are: St. Louis catcher Ted Simmons and shortstop Garry Templeton; Los Angeles first baseman Steve Garvey and second baseman Dave Lopes and Phillies' third baseman Mike Schmidt.
Cincinnati's Johnny Bench moved to second place, 152,910 votes behind Simmons. Simmons, last year's winner, unseated Bench, who had been the choice of the fans for nine consecutive years.
Templeton has held first place for three weeks with his closest pursuer being Philadelphia's Larry Bowa, 147,728 votes off the pace.
Garvey joined Lopes, Parker and Schmidt, in going over the million vote mark. He faces strong competition from Philadelphia's Pete Rose, St. Louis' Keith Hernandez and Pittsburgh's Willie Stargell.
Lopes continued to be the the leading vote-getter in the National League with his total now at 1,387,518, a sizeable lead over his nearest competitor, Pittsburgh's Phil Garner.
Schmidt, who won his first starting assignment last year, has now built a lead of 345,156 votes over Los Angeles' Ron Cey.