Allentown Morning Call - September 3, 1980

Moreland and Trillo combine to give Phillies 2-1 victory in 13th


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Manny Trillo led off the 13th inning with a double and later scored on Keith Moreland's sacrifice fly to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants last night. 


Starters Larry Christenson of the Phillies and Vida Blue of the Giants both pitched brilliantly but were deprived of victory. Blue allowed two hits in 10 innings, Christenson one hit in eight innings. 


The winner was Ron Reed, 7-4, while Al Holland, 5-3, took the loss. 


After Trillo doubled to right-center field in the 13th, Larry Bowa sacrificed him to third and Moreland followed with his sacrifice fly to center.


Blue retired 18 straight batters before Bob Boone, leading off the ninth, reached base on a throwing error by third baseman Darrell Evans. A sacrifice by Ramon Aviles, pinch-hitting for Christenson, sent pinch-runner Jay Loviglio to second, and Lonnie Smith drove in the game's first run with a one-out single. 


Christenson allowed only one third-inning single by Joe Pettini. But a possible victory eluded him as reliever Tug McGraw gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth. 


Mike Ivie opened the game-tying rally with a one-out single and Johnnie LeMaster ran for him. Evans drew a walk and Milt May delivered a run-scoring single. 


The Phillies' only hit in the first eight innings was Larry Bowa's ground single up the middle leading off the third. 


The Giants got a runner, Milt May, to third in the fifth on an error, a sacrifice and a groundout, but Christenson struck out Blue to end the threat.

Coming back give McCarver added pride


By Ted Meixell, Call Sports Writer


Tim McCarver likes to joke with opponents of the Philadelphia Phillies that, "I'm not old any more. I've gone from being an old ballplayer to a young broadcaster." 


True enough – until Monday. But the Phils placed 10 players on the active roster on Labor Day. Nine are budding, young prospects brought up from the minor leagues so manager Dallas Green can get a firsthand look at them now and then as the pressures of the National League East race permit. 


The other is none other than the 38-year-old McCarver, and the veteran catcher is neither young nor new nor an unknown quantity. He's the same James Timothy McCarver Who's served the Phils well for most of the 1970s, most recently as Steve Carlton's designated receiver. He retired after the 1979 season to join the Phils' broadcasting team. 


But when he makes his first September game appearance he'll become the first catcher and just the tenth player in modern times to play in four decades. (He came up in 1959 with St. Louis and has been in the majors for all or part of every season since except 1962. when he played for the Atlanta Crackers.) 


"I think," he said last Wednesday, "that. wHile it's definitely an accommodation (on the Phils' part), it's not a tasteless accommodation. I would like to contribute when called upon and will endeavor to get myself ready to do that." 


McCarver said the idea to bring him back for one last month and four-decade status was the Phils' – and was first mentioned last year. "It was first mentioned when the triumvirate of Ruly Carpenter (owner), Dallas Green and Paul Owens (general manager) said to me," he joked, " 'You've got something that could really help the ballclub.' I asked, 'What?' and they said, 'Quit.' 


"It was their decision. I would have preferred to play another year. But, understanding everybody's viewpoint, I knew you have to develop young players – and Keith (Moreland) was ready. 


"Plus, Bob (Boone) was certainly capable of catching Lefty, he'd only been a catcher for a year or less in the minors – and the major leagues are not a developing ground. Consequently, they (Boone and Carlton) had some problems in '73 and '74. But certainly, by '75 he could handle Lefty effectively, as he's proven this year." 


McCarver began working out for his self-proclaimed "last hurrah" three weeks ago. He admits becoming the first four-decade catcher gives him added pride. 


"Yes. there's no question," he said, "in that it's indicative of longevity. However, there's a lot of things to consider, a lot of nuances for me to be able to do something like this.


"You have to be born at the right time and sign at the right time (the very end of a decade ). Plus, I had to come back to Philly at just the right time (1975) to get involved with Lefty, who certainly lengthened my career.


"I would like to think," he added thoughtfully, "that it was an equitable situation and I think it was. Our success (Eastern titles in 1976, '77 and 78) would indicate that." 


McCarver was brought up briefly by the Cards in 1959, 1960 and 1961 – each time, he said, for a different reason. "In '59 it was just to get my feet wet. In '60, 1 was hitting .347 at Memphis and they thought I could help with my bat. But I batted only 10 times in two months. Then in '61, they brought me up when Hal Smith had a heart attack. 


"I came up to stay in '63, although I'd had absolutely my worst spring camp ever. I was pressing to make the club. I didn't know anything about options then, but I found out later the only reason they brought me from camp was that their options on me were used up. 


"I got the regular job when they traded Gene Oliver at the June 15 trading deadline. I had an unusual career because I was with two teams (Cards and Phils) twice each. And of my 18 years in the majors, I split 17 of them just about evenly between the two. I was in Montreal for three months, less than a year with Boston. 


"I guess I'm known as much for my Cardinal days as for those with the Phils because we were so successful. We won three of five pennants and two World Series from '64 to '68." 


That stretch with the Cards provided McCarver's biggest thrill – one he ticked off without hesitation. "The three-run homer I hit off Pete Mikkelson of the Yankees in the 10th inning of the fifth game of the '64 Series," he said. "It won the game, and that's my greatest thrill. Tom Tresh had tied it in the ninth with a two-run homer off (Bob) Gibson, who had a four-hitter until then. 


"That Series was so unique. Mickey Mantle hit a pinch homer off Barney Schultz in the third game leading off the ninth, and he says to this day it was one of his three top thrills. Then Kenny Boyer hit a grand slam to beat Al Downing 4-3 in the fourth game to tie the Series at 2-2. 


"It was the first time I'd ever faced Whitey Ford. Hey, I was only 22 then, and to end up hitting .478 for the Series – you can imagine what a thrill it was." 


McCarver will give up his broadcasting duties while back on active duty with the Phils, except to do postgame interviews – in uniform. "It wouldn't be fair to Dallas (Green), nor to anyone else concerned, to just go down there and divide my time," he said. "Primarily, it wouldn't be fair to the team, which is fighting for a pennant, to have anything disconcerting happen in September.


"The pressures are tough enough," he deadpanned, "without having to worry about some idiot running back and forth doing interviews between innings." 


McCarver is proud of becoming a four-decade man. But he also feels the Phils, with an all-out effort from every man on the roster, can win the East. And he thinks he can contribute, perhaps with a key pinch hit here, pinch running there… maybe even catching a game or two in time of need. 


"It should be really interesting, really a lot of fun. That, more than anything, is what it's all about."

There’s always next year for this bright pitching prospect


By John Kunda, Executive Sports Editor


The tall, sandy-haired kid was a sorry sight. His left thigh was heavily bandaged and he was struggling to get around on crutches. He didn't say much and he smiled even less. 


"What a shame," Dallas Green said looking in the kid's direction. "He could be a major leaguer right now." 


The injured kid was Marty Bystrom. The scene was in the Phillies locker room at their spring training headquarters in Clearwater. 


Bystrom was a young pitcher worth watching. He was ticketed for a spot on the Phillies pitching roster. He was said to be "one of the top pitching prospects in the Phillies system." 


A sweet report, indeed, because if there was one department in which the Phils needed help it was pitching. 


However, less than two weeks into spring training, Bystrom. a lanky 6-5. 200-pounder came down with a severe thigh injury and he spent more time in the training room than he did on the fields at the Carpenter Complex.


So much for Bystrom and the 1980 major league season. 


"You hate to see this kind of thing happen." Manager Green said at the time. "He came here (to spring training) anxious to show that he was ready to pitch for us. I think he could have been a big help to us. I feel sorry for him." 


Bystrom, a native Floridian, spent the season back in Oklahoma City, the Phils' No. 1 farm team. It took awhile before he got into the swing of things, but toward the middle of the season found himself and evened his record at 5-5. 


Bystrom is one of the 10 minor leaguers called up to finish out the major league season. For a moment, it appeared he was going to get a start, but Green had second thoughts. 


Green decided on a four-man pitching rotation – Steve Carlton, who pitched Monday: Larry Christenson, who got the call last night; Dick Ruthven and Bob Walk 


Bystrom was scratched, but that doesn't mean he won't get some work in the stretch.


"I talked to the lour pitchers involved." Green said after Monday's game, and there's no problem with any of them. Lefty's worked a lot with three days rest during his career, including the first couple of months this season. Ruthven's arm strength is the best it's been all season. The same with Christenson and Walk." 


The five wins that Bystrom posted this summer was the lowest in his lour years in the minors. The 22-year-old (he turned 22 lute in July) won nine games in 1979 at Oklahoma City and 15 and 13 the previous summers in Peninsula and Spartanburg, respectively.


"The kid's a great athlete." says Lee Elia. a Phillies coach who managed Bystrom at Oklahoma City in 1979. "He's a natural in everything he does. As far as his pitching goes, he's got a good fastball and an even better slider. He has shown steady improvement." 


Bystrom is a strikeout artist. He has recorded 100 or more strikeouts a season ever since he signed with the Phils out of Miami Dade South Junior College and the year he was with Peninsula (1978) he had a league high of 159. 


"The kid can throw, all right." Green said during spring training. "I just wish you guys i the media covering the Phils in spring training ) could see for yourself. He's got major league credentials.”


Bystrom came into the Phils organization touted more highly than Bob Walk and Dick Noles. "We liked everything about him (Bystrom)." Green said. "He's one of those kids you just feel is going to make it. " 


The spring was sheer disappointment for Bystrom himself. As the summer approached, things didn't get much better, but, as he said. "I still have some time." 


The experience alone this month could rub away some of the frustration. How bad is it to be around a team that is battling for the division lead'' 


"I'm sure I'll enjoy being with the team." Bystrom said when he arrived from Oklahoma City. "Of course, it would be nice if I get a chance to pitch. I'm hoping that chance will come." 


This isn't the time for a contender to be looking at prospects, so who knows if the kid will get a chance. It's too bad that back in March, the kid came up lame. 


He might have been in the rotation and getting all the action he could handle. That day will probablv come, and it s not all that far away.