Camden Courier Post - November 21, 1980

Rose voices his opinion

 

HARTFORD, Conn. – Anyone who has any ideas about one year in the spotlight for the Phillies has forgotten the Pete Rose factor.

 

"I'm a world champion," the 39-year-old first baseman said yesterday. "We won the World Series. I play in a great city. It's fun."

 

The way Rose sounded at a news conference in Hartford, he is not about to let that fun get away from him. He said baseball is his life, and the World Series is the high point of the game.

 

Rose, who played for Cincinnati until two years ago, said the Phillies hit their stride for the first time in 98 years this year and he projected that 1981 will be a "spectacular" season for the National League team.

 

"I think they finally learned how to win," he said. There were "So many tough, so many 'must' series," he said, adding that the team met most of the challenges it had faced. Among those, he said, was friction with the Phillies' own fans.

 

Rose said he expected the pitchers of the Phillies to be the outstanding strength of next year's team and attributed much of this year's victory in the World Series to two of the team's top hurlers: Tug McGraw and Sparky Lyle.

 

But while McGraw often stole the spotlight and was even mentioned as a candidate for the series' "Most Valuable Player," it was Lyle who provided the real punch to the throwing game, Rose said.

 

"McGraw proved he can't pitch every day. (But) Sparky Lyle was unbelievable. He was unhittable. He was very responsible for us winning," Rose said.

Philly stars to vie for charity

 

CAMDEN – Members of the world champion Phillies, the 76ers and other sports figures from throughout the country will participate in the Garry Maddox Celebrity Bowling Classic Jan. 12 at Bruns-wick Lanes on Mt. Ephraim Avenue here.

 

Immediately following the Bowling Classic, which will run from 6:30-9:30 p.m., the Larry Bowa Celebrity Party will be held at Emerald City in Cherry Hill.

 

Both events will benefit the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. Spectator tickets to the Bowling Classic and the Celebrity Party are $10 each. Reservations to bowl on a five-member team captained by an athlete are $100 each, which includes admission to Bowas party.

 

Reservations and additional information is available by calling the Community Relations Department of the Philadelphia Child, Guidance Clinic at 215-XXX-XXXX.