Wilmington Evening Journal - October 29, 1980

Schmidt continues hot pace off field


By Hal Bodley, Sports Editor


NEW YORK – Mike Schmidt will be going at a torrid pace until Thanksgiving, then will start letting himself unwind to prepare for the 1981 season.


"None of this has hit me yet," said Schmidt yesterday, here to accept the Most Valuable Player Trophy in the World Series. "I've been on such a hectic pace since it ended, I haven't had time to think about everything."


Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn presented the Phillies' third baseman with the MVP Trophy and a $9,000 gold watch at ceremonies in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Schmidt, a unanimous selection by a nine-member panel, also had a $5,000 scholarship donated in his name to the college of his choice.


"It is going to my alma mater, Ohio University," said Schmidt "It will be the start of a scholarship in my name for baseball players from the Philadelphia area.”


Schmidt is only the third third baseman to be named Most Valuable Player in the 26-year history of the award, which is given by Sport magazine. He led the Phils to their first World tries in 97 years by hitting safely in all six games, batting .381 and hitting two home runs. He had seven runs batted in and two game-winning hits.


"I flew here this morning from South Carolina, where I have been participating in Jim Rice's golf tournament, said Schmidt, referring to an event sponsored by the Boston Red Sox' outfielder. "As soon as this program is finished, I will fly to Hilton Head, where my-tournament will be held this weekend. At least 15 of the Phillies are going to participate."


No sooner will Schmidt finish his three-day tournament, then he will climb aboard another airplane for a 10-day trip to Japan.


"The Mizuno Company is sponsoring series of eight clinics throughout Japan," said Schmidt. "I'm going, along with Pete Rose, Steve Carlton and Cappy Harada of the Major League Baseball Promotion Corporation. That should be an interesting trip."


Schmidt, odds-on favorite to also win the National League Most Valuable Player Award, said it is difficult to say which honor will mean the most to him.


"I've got one and I would like to get the other one, too," he said. "The important thing is that the Philadelphia Phillies won the world championship. It's hard to say which award is the most important. Winning the World Series was the greatest thrill of my life.”

Schmidt thinks the Phillies had just as much talent during the years they won the National League Eastern Division and failed to make it to the Series.


"To me, there was a kind of divine guidance this time for us. The club had the same heart, the same character those other years, but I guess we just weren't supposed to win. This year was different."


Already people are hinting Player Personnel Director Paul Owens may make some trades during the winter meetings that would break up the team.


"That would be a shame," said Schmidt. "I hope he keeps the team intact. For the first time ever, we have a luxury. We have probably the best pitching staff in baseball. Maybe we could part with some of that to make our team even stronger."


Schmidt says he will hold his public appearances down to a minimum in December, then cut them out almost completely in January.


"That is the time of the year when I will devote most of my time to getting ready for the new season," he said. "I am not going to let all of this hamper that. But, truthfully, I enjoy this for a number of reasons. One is that because we won the World Series, I am able to stand up and get some of my messages across. If we had not won, I would not be here today.


"Years from now I will be able to sit back and look at what we accomplished and it will still be very, very important to me. That's for sure."

‘Hometown’ gives Green hero status


By Tom Lindley, Assistant Sports Editor


WEST GROVE, Pa. – Philadelphia loves Dallas Green, sure, but it is not the love a hometown shares for its hero.


The 25-foot long banner strung across Evergreen Street last night told the whole story: "West Grove, Pa. Home of Dallas Green… 1980 manager of the World champion Phillies.”


"It's going to be up there until it blows down, which I hope doesn't ever happen," said Bill O'Connell, president of the town's fire company.


"This has got to be the biggest thing to happen here since 1970 when the Red Devils (the high school team) won the state championship in basketball," said Robert Torello.


Several hundred of the town's 2,200 residents turned out for Green's homecoming, which took place under the glare of the town's only traffic light. Green is a native of Newport, but is now a resident of West Grove.


While the fire department struggled to get the banner raised properly, the Avon Grove High School band played and Green signed autographs and caught up on town gossip.


"I just had to shake your hand," said a neighbor of Green's. "You know my husband is the one who fixes your vacuum cleaner."


"As you can tell from what's happening here tonight, I don't have anything that resembles a normal way of life," Green said. "Since I got home, the phone hasn't stopped ringing and the door hasn't stopped knocking."


"I just want to say special thanks to all of West Grove," he said later to the "crowd. "I don't want to bring too much hub-bub, but I guess we put West Grove on the map. I hope it stays that way for a long time."


With that the crowd cheered, the fire truck's siren wailed and Dallas Green drove off.



Police Hurt Phillies 


As a Phillies fan attending the last game of the World Series, I am writing to you in response to the Philadelphia police department handling of that final game.


I think the Philadelphia police department show of force was ridiculous, asinine, and degrading to Philadelphia, Phillies and the Phillies fans.


The P.P.D. used bad planning in determining how many troops to send to the Vet. The police in charge of planning the needed security probably looked at what happened at Yankee Stadium after they had won the World Series and thought the same would happen in Philadelphia. The police officials who made the decision failed to see the difference between Philadelphia and New York and why what happened in New York would not happen in Philadelphia.


In New York the outfield wall is adjoining to the seats and so fans could jump over the wall and onto the field, but in Philadelphia the wall and seats are separated by an unjumpable distance plus a height, from seat to field, that would break a leg if tried. Sure, during and after a game security should keep the over-jubilant fans off the field to -protect the players and field, but bringing in numerous horseback policemen, countless attack dogs, and an unbelievable amount of Philadelphia' finest dressed in riot gear, provided a force field that a regiment of marines could not penetrate.


Furthermore, while the game was in progress in the ninth inning, Philadelphia's finest were coming out from the stands and onto the playing area, where nobody is supposed to go but the players. What would have happened if a foul ball hit off Mike Schmidt's glove and rolled foul, where the riot police were standing and obstructing the paying fans' sight, making it almost impossible for police to get out of the way and obstructing the players' concentration (which the police are supposed to be trying to prevent).


Also, in the bottom of the ninth inning the riot police were running their attack dogs behind home plate to get set up for after the game while Tug McGraw was pitching to a key batter. How discourteous can you be? I will tell you, Philadelphia's finest, you sure took some of the fun out of being there to watch Philadelphia become world cham-


Martin Kupcnick


Series’ rerun doesn’t change the final score


Firefighters and policemen who had watched the Phillies' march to the World Series, then missed the team's victory when called to the scene of the explosion and fire at Amoco Chemicals Corp. near New Castle, got a second chance Tuesday night.


About 75 of them cheered, drank beer and generally acted as if they didn't know who was going to win as they watched videotaped highlights of the Series' sixth game at the Holloway Terrace firehouse.


The second showing was staged by the News-Journal papers, with the videotape supplied by KYW-TV, Philadelphia's Channel 3, which aired the game on Oct. 21.


Some of the firefighters missed the ninth inning again. They had to leave to answer a distress call on the Delaware River.


The Phillies won, 4-1, again.