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I 24 . Tht Progreu-indcK, Sunday, August 10, 1969 1 Major League Leaders Hf tkf Associated frat «u 340 at lials. . AMERICAN LBAGUF. Club Carew Mia R.Smlth lisa F.Uoblnson Bal Oliva Jlin 1'etrocelli BED Blair • Bal F.Howircl Was I'owell- B»l -. D.Johuon Btl Buford Bal Home Huns It.Jackson. .Oakland, 41; GAB K H Pet 95 357 70 127 .358 98 384 67 129 .336 107 3it7 89 129 .333 103 42-1 63 141 .333 107 387 65 111 .31 '303 459 87 HI ,307 115 423 82 128 .303 109 3SO 60 118 .303 . 113 341 33 102 .29' 37 375 69 103 .288 F.Howard Washington. 37; Killebrew, Minnesota, 31 Yastrzcmski, Boston, 30; Powell Baltimore 30. . Runs Batted In Towel! 'Baltimore, ipj; Killrtirev, Minnesota, 101; K.Jackson. Oakland, 88 KHowaitf, Washington, S3; Yaslrzemsk Boston," *). ' • ' • '- -- 12 McNally. Baltimore. • 16-1. .911; J.perrj Mu«iesotar~13-4, ".765; Odom, Oakland 34-5 .737; Lolich, Detroit. 14-5, .737 PhoeJws, Baltimore, 11-4, .733. IMojr»f. Club NATIONAL LKAOUK Fight Nets Spark, Bears Win By 16-10 G AH R II 1 vy 260 73 IM .iy>', varrl JW 4311 76 IOS 345' •*"" 's~ ::;b 59 11: .v;] 87 342 frl 117 M2 97 348 5<> 116 "i'A 104 41U 82 140 .335 102 331 69 110 .332 00 320 55 106 .331 102 376 66 119 .316 M.Alou P=tf" . ClrnKitc P'Th " A.Johnson Cin . Rj.iC 'Cin "•'', ' Siarffcll Psh 1'c re* C in .McCovey SF Bench Cin H.Airon At! Kerne Run*• McCov*y. San Fracisco, 34; L.Mly, CiaciMati, 31; Perei. Cincinnati. 23; H.AMOO, Atlanta, 28; Wynn. Houston, 26. Kuns Bitted tn Kioto, Chicaio, 92: McCovey, San Fraacicco. 91; Perez. Cincinnati, 88; L.ilay, Cincinnati, W; Kinks, Chicago, Belml. Chicago, 11-4. .733; Holtzman, Chicaxo. 13-5, .722; Carroll, Cincinnati, 12-5 .70S: Kesun. Chicaeo. 11-5, .688; Utrritt, Cincinnati, 11-5, .633. By HUBERT MIZELL MIAMI (AP) — Chicago's slumbering Bears were awakened by the violence of a fistfight Saturday night and they finally chopped down the Miami Dolphins 16-10 in an inter- league, " pre-season football game in the Orange Bowl. The AFL Dolphins clung to a 10-3 lead until a free-for-all appeared ' to fire up Chicago with 14:42 left in the game. The Bears' Dick Butkus, John Johnson and Bob Breitenstein were tossed out of the game along with Miami's Larry Little. J?ck Concannon rifled a 43 s to Dick Gor- Laver Hears Title don (o create a 10-10 tie at 11:58. Place kicker Mac Percival took over from Iher3, as the Bears' defense suddenly shackled the young Dolphins." Percival hit a 14-yard field goal at 8:26 to give Chicago a 13-10 lead and closed the scoring with a 24-yardcr in the final two minutes. Percival had three field goals in all, and his 25-yard boot in the first period gave the Bears' a 3-0 lead. Dolphin Rookie Karl Kremser tied the count with a three-pointer early in the second quarter. Gale Sayers—hemmed up in his first start since last October for most of the balmy night— was smashed by Miami's Tom Beier and Dale McCuIlers from the kickoff return after Kremser's field goal, and the Chicago great fumbled the football. Lloyd. Mumphord covered it for Miami at the Bears' 23-yard line. A 15-yard scramble by Bob Griese and a seven-yard sweep by Jim Kiick gave the Dolphins their 10-3 lead with 10:21 to go in the first half. CH Little League COLONIAL HEIGHTS—Mayton beat Ted Curry, 10-5, and Optimist nipped Rotary, 3-2, to eliminate Ted Cxirry and Rotary in the "A" League playoffs, Saturday night. Russell Vaclan was Ifce winning pitcher for Mayton, and Mike Farmer had four for four, including a homer. Joe Qu-nn had two hits,' Barry Mait'.and pitched Octimist's win, and tipht defense got much of the credit for the win. In the "B" League playoffs, E.icnvood Esso eliminated the Elks with an 11-7 win, and Community Paint eliminated Wesley, 4-2. Timmie Fontaine tripled arid doubled for Sherwood Esso, and Tommy Pond was the winning tftcher. David Oakiey won for Community Paint. In "C" League play, the Yankees won a double header and the league title. They beat the Cards, 8-6, with Bailes Jones Askerman as Uie winning pitcher, and beat them again, 9-0, with John Jones pitching the win. NEW YORK (NEA) — The Martini & Rossi Gold Racquet Award is a well-regarded piece of hardware that is generally attended by at least a little suspense. There is, however, little sus- p e n s e this year. The prize, awarded annually to the outstanding tennis player in the world by an international panel of writers, belongs to Rod Laver. Winner of the Tiffany-designed trophy in 1968, the 30-year-old left-handed Australian seems almost certain to repeat according to a recent poll based on records through the Wimbledon championships. Laver, who Chicago 300 U—16 Miami _ 0 JO 0 0—10 Chi—FG Percival 25 Mia—FG Kremser 27 Mia—Kiick 7 run (Kremser hick) Chi—Gordon 43 pass from Concannoa Percival kick Chi-FG Pervical 14 Chi-FG Percival 24 A—61,16« Royster Winner At South Boston SOUTH BOSTON (AP) — Eddie Royster of Middlcburg, N.C., continued his winning ways at South Boston Speedway Saturday night as ho rode to victory in the 75-lap late model sportsman feature race. It was Royaler's fifth victory of the season here and his third in a row. He won $400. Royster, who drives a 19G5 Chevelle, started from the outside pole position and passed Richmond's BUI Dennis on the seventh lap, maintaining a comfortable margin the rest of the way. Royster finished with a near one-lap lead over Sonny Hutchins of Richmond, the only driver who stayed in the same lap. Hulchins won $275. Jimmy Griff en of Eden. N.C., finished third. Dennis ran fourth and Pee Wee Wentz of Danville was fifth. Coleman Mann of Powhatan won his fourth feature of the season here in the late model hobby feature, taking the lead on the third lap and leading the rest of the distance. Junior Midkiff of Cumberland was second, Clyde Essex of Lynchburg third and Sammy Long of Danville fourth. Dennis and Royster won 10- lap late model sportsman heat races. Mann and MIdkiff captured the 10-lap late model hobby races. This Is The 1939 Colonial Heights Southside League Team Pictured above is the Colonial Heights Southside League team of 1939, a team which was a contender for the title all the way, and with many of tne same players won the title the following year. They are (from left) front row: Jce Moock, Ray Poole, James McDowell, Tom Davis, Bobby Baker, Harold Hicks, Oscar Fary (manager), and George Gasser; back row: Marly Broussard, Frank Taylor, Red Wimbrow, Earl Webb, Paul Debnar, Charles Miller and Al Wheeler. Garrer, Wheeler, Miller and Manager Fary were from University of Richmond. Colonial Heights Has History In Baseball The city of Colonial Heights, which will be going for anoiher baseball championship today when the Generals play a double header with Baltimore Comer, has won a could become the first man to few of them in the past and has Fight Lined Up FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Undefeated heavyweight Mac Foster of Fresno will fight Roger Russell of Philadelphia here Aug. 19. Foster, with 18 knockouts in 18 professional fights, is ranked No. 8 by the World Boxing Association Russell is the Pennsylvania champion. win tennis' Grand Slam twice with a victory in the upcoming U. S. Open, already has captured nine championships this year. Final rankings will be made following the Los Angeles Open in September, but Laver already appears to have the trophy Wrapped up. John Newcombe and Tony Roche of Australia follow Laver in the rankings. Tom Okker of the Netherlands is fourth, followed by another Australian, Ken Rosewall. All When Lou Carnesecca of St. John's University takes over as coach of the New York Nets for the 1970-71 basketball season, Frank Mulzoff, his assistant, will take over at St. John's. are pros. Arthur Ashe of Lynchburg, Va., is sixth. The U. S. members of the 13- man Martini & Rossi panel include NEA Executive Editor Murray Olderman, Will Grimsley of the Associated Press. Steve Snider of United Press International, Neil Amdur of the New York Times, Bud Collins of the Boston Globe and Edward Potter of Coral Gables, Fla. Other countries represented are England, France and Australia. had some outstanding players pass through. The Generals had a chance Saturday to clinch the amateur Virginia League title, but let it sb'p away when Rocky Run beat them, 3-2, at Shepherd Stadium. The Colonials, who have two games to play while Rocky Run is through, holds a percentage point lead but must sweep today's bargain bill to take outright pos session. A split will result in a tie. Bobby Goulder, long bail hit hose who still makes his home n Colonial Heights. Wheeler was 10-1 in leading he 19-10 (cam's strong mound staff, and that race was one of the most interesting in the his- ory of that circuit, and quite a few players well known here were performing in the league. The Firemen battled Blackstone right down to the wire, and won the pennant in a showdown with their closest challenger. The Firemen and Blackstone were tied for the lead with 38 28 records with two games to go and were booked to meet each other twice in the story-book finish. In the opener- of that set for College football began 100 years ago at New Brunswick, N.J., where Rutgers beat Princeton. 6-4. Staff Photo by Jack Fulp Rocfcy Run's Billy Thrift Gets Back To First On Pickoff Try; First Baseman Is Paul Rogers Generals Lose, 3-2; 3 in Tie For Third Rocky Run, with Gilbert Wood ( tie for third place, and a compli- coming on with a fine relief jcated playoff program has been pitching job, beat the Colonial!set up, starting \vith a double Heights Generals, 3-2, and held I header at Wakefield today, start- tiiig outfielder, and Hal Nunnally the pennant, Charley Miller have been sharing the manager-! pitched an 8-1 win, and then in ial reins in the city's first effort in this particular league. Championships, however, are nothing new to the city, which has claimed them in the semipro Sertoma League, the pro Virginia League (in its first year in the pro ranks back in 1951), and in one of the finest semipro loops ever in the state, the Southside League which operated in the late 1930s and through 1941. That 1937-41 branch of the Southside League saw some particularly fine talent pass through town on the way to the major leagues, and also some of the talent didn't pass through and still is living in the city. Coach Mac Pitt has been : coaching baseball with excepr tional success at University of Richmond for many years, and his Spider teams were real good to the Colonial Heights Southside League team, which was known as the Firemen, and which copped a pair of pennants in five years. The Firemen, as the Colonial Heights team was known in. those days in that fast South side League, won two pen nants in those five years, in 1937 and 1940, and that 1937 team Jays claim to one of the most spectacular performances in any sort of baseball. On Saturday, July 3, the Firemen were trailing Emporia by 3-6 going into the bottom of the ninth inning at the old Town Park, when they iet loose with a terrific bombardment. After John R. Butler had grounded out to start the inning, Guy Durham homered over the centerfietd fence, Osborne Marshall hit one out in right field, and pinchhitter Spikes Redford hit one out in right. That tied the score, and then an Emporia reiief hurier fanned Rufus Mitchell for the second out, but Condon Baxter lifted one over the left field wall for he final game Earl Webb, a strong finisher that season as a Colonial Heights moundman, got credit for the 8-0 win although ic had to have help from Bob McCallum after eight and two- :hirds innings. The Firemen swept the three- game semifinal playoff series, a besl-of-five affair, and then won Ihe final series from Newport News in seven games. Marly Broussard, one of the large contingent of Louisiana State players who were with the Firemen during those years, and who had a 1-1 record for the season, was hot in the playofi final and won two games. Wheeler finished that season with a 10-1 mark, McCallum was 10-6, Webb 9-5 with three late crucial shutouts, and Miller was 4-5. Webb had a double header shutout over Blackstone to break a five-game late Firemen losing streak which threatened the pennant. Top hitter was Tommy Davis with .362 and five homers, while Ray Poole hit .341 and four homers, and Joe Mooch, altogether of the LSU crowd, had .328 and five homers. George Gasser, now a prominent football and basketball official, and another of the fine Coach Pitt contingent, hit .309, Paul Debnar .2DB, Red Wimbrow .288 and three homers, and Bobby Baker .260 and three homers. The Colonial Heights champions were well represented on the 1940 Southside League all- star team, with five players chosen. They were pitcher Wheeler, first baseman Davis, third baseman Mooch, shortstop Debnar, and outfielder Poole. Poole later played with the Colonial Heights Generals in the Piedmont League in 1954. On the second team were second baseman Gasser, catcher Jim McDowell and pitcher Webb. Beating out Gasser for the second base job was Billy McCann, the first U.Va. basketball star and coach, who played second base for the Virginia League champion Rebels the following year. Although the team didn't win the pennant in 1941, it did come back with a strong semipro offering, and that 1941 team marked the first area appearance of first baseman Jimmy Blair, who had a good year and then moved over to play with the Petersburg Rebels of the Virginia League and become a big hitting and home run threat. Although Davis was named to the all-star team as a first baseman after leading the league in hitting, Blair came along to beat him out for his first base job the following season. Another ex-Southside player who became prominent with the Generals was Don Black, who was a pitcher with the Blackstone team which lost to the Firemen in the pennant race in 1940. Black was a star hurler with the Rebels in 1341 and 1942, and later pitched in the American League with Philadelphia and Cleveland. He had a nor hitter for the Indians. Then (here was righthander Vic Raschi, who later became a big star for the New York Yankees, helping them to many pennants and world titles. Raschi played with the Newport News Builders while a student at William and Mary. Oscar Fary was a manager of the Firemen, and until his recent retirement was principal of George Wythc High School. He long was prominent in semipro baseball circles around Richmond. Several players who later became prominent in the major leagues played for the Firemen, including Willard Marshall and Connie Ryan. Marshall, a Rich- monder, later was a long ball hitting outfielder with the New York Giants and Boston Braves. Ryan, who also was from LSU, was a major league second baseman, appearing with the Braves, Cincinnati, Philadelphia Phils ; and Chicago White Sox. Colonial Heights got its first taste of pro baseball in 1951 when the Virginia League Gen erals who had been playing al McKenzie Street Park for t w o years, were moved to Shepherc Stadium. Appropriately, the first sea son in pro ball for the city was a pennant winning one, and des pile the fact that 18 years sep arate that team from the on' which leads the current editioi of the amateur Virginia League the big winner from that 195 team still is a very effectiv member of the present team' mound staff. ile is Johnny Brockwell, wh won 25 games as a starter fo Manager Turkey Tyson's f 1 a winners, and is the ace relie man for this year's team. That team during the first half of the season mode a runaway of the race. Among the prominent members of the team was Ken Hatcher, hard hitting outfielder who that year hit 34 home runs (officially) to set a record or the circuit, a loop .which laics back to the turn of the :entury. Hatcher had a couple more lomers, that season, but didn't ;et credit for them through fail- ire of the official scorers to turn n the records. The record Halcher broke was set by Wes Ferrell, the old Cleveland hurler, back in 1942. Ferrell was quite a homer hitter in the majors as he holds the record for pitcher with nine in one season. That was quite a hitting back club the Generals had that sea son. Hal Martin spent the firs! tialf of the year with them be fore becoming manager at Em poria. and had 3f homers and a .345 average. Page McGce, the outficlde from Chester, hit 18 homers anc .340, while Hatcher's averagi was .320, and Tom Inge hit 1 homers and .295. Frank Sangal li was the second baseman, and he was the an outstanding fielder, and the club's most popular player. That was the last year of the Virginia League, but Colonial Heights had one more fling in pro ball, when Owner Eddie Mooers brought his Richmond Colts here in 1954, when the International League invaded Richmond. That was a one-year stand, under double-no-hit Johnny Van- derMeer, and the Colts finished tied for seventh place, but led the league in team hitting with 281 compared to .274 for the runnerup team. The Colls also had the balling champion in Bill Schimchak. who hit .301 to just nip Joe Pahr of -ancastcr, who hit .359. Colt Tom St. John was next with .33fi. Since then the action has been imited to amateur and semipro ball, and there have been a couple of pennants in the Sertoma League in recent years, under Eddie Nugent and a manager combo the next year. Brocksvell also had his hand in those championships, as a pitcher, and Hatcher, still a resident of Colonial Heighls, has seen action with the later-day Generals. Ex-Herm/fage Trackman Dies RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — William N. Hedley, 10-year-old high school track and cross country star, died herr Saturday, one week after collapsing during a race at Ahoskie, N.C. Hedley originally was hospitalized at Ahoskie. then w^s transferred to a Richmond lies-' pital. The exact cause of his death could not be obtained from the office of the state chief medical examiner Saturday night. Hedley starred at Hermitage High School here for three years •and was one of Virginia's top schoolboy two-mile and cross country runners. He was to enroll this fall at the University of Richmond on a four-year track scholarship. on to a chance for the Virginia League regular season championship Saturday Stadium. ing at 2 o'clock. Wakefield, Woodpecker Lodge at Shepherd and pid Hickory finished the season in a three-way fie with 52-9 Wood came on in the fourth j records, and Old Hickory drew a inning when Rocky Run starter - ....... Herman Leftwich ran into control trouble and •walked two runs across Uie plate. Wood gave just two hits in six innings of pitching to get the win. Rocky Run had scored once in the second and twice in the third at the expense of starter Bobby Harris. Another veteran, Johnny' ^had'a 'triple and four singles,! tfiat ,337 camrjaien Brockwell, also came on with a'-md j,i<=n h<> has =« tfnlpn ha««i «..i TT- i ^ 8 j ^ • fine relief effort, but to no avail. ^ the season ' ° W Hlck ° ry W3S mana S ed Vi „ , „ , t=i_ •_ -!_ , ' Or ltle 5e « ;i0n - into a tie winner of the two o'clock meeting between Wakefield and Woodpecker Lodge. That second game will follow immediately. Woodpecker Lodge, with left- hander P. C. Spenver pitching 1 his first complete game, beat L* ! ir_T^*-. ——_- -to ft n^t-i. n;_i » the fourth homer of the inning and the victory. It was Baxter's second homer of the game. ( Bill Mauzy, one of the finest: of a fine group of semipro left- handers of the Petersburg-Hopewell - Colonial Heights - Richmond area in that era of top flight semipro baseball, labored the distance and got the win. He did pretty well after Mike Poole; hit a three-run homer off him in the first inning. Old Hickory, a real hotbed ofj baseball, and stiS! active in the same Virginia League which harr Eta ft" Photo by Jack Fu!p John Brockwell', A 25-Gome Winner In 1951, Still A Winner With 1969 Generals Team Brockwell gave up two hits in six and a third innings. Gil Townsend and Jimmy Neville had two hits each for Rocky j j Run, aiid Sammy Marston's two-jf run single in the third provided | e ^ the margin of victory. Paul Rogers had two hits for th« Gerscrals. Now the Generals need to sweep a double header with Baltimore Comer today to take undisputed possession of the title.' O H Hickory A split would give Rocky Run a j w ' ~ tie. and Baltimore Corner could give Rocky Run the title with a sweep. The first game starts at ) o'clock. The. finish of the regular sea•ou Saturday saw a three-way i Harry Brownlee, who also was the team's ace moundsman, and .... . - _ i although the Firemen finished poching of George j first in the regu i ar seasorii the Jim Parker hit a, ow Hickory tcam swept the fj . nal playoff series, four games in a row. The Pooles, Rideouts, and oth-j home run Charles West had a twain the sixth. Rocky non 012 OOP owv—3-7-2 er prominent names from the| history of baseball in the area, Hrfl'rVw'e'u'^r'anri"Kp.^n'." populated the OKI Hickory team i 001 ion 010-3- B-a ! ate!g with such Prominent 100 DIM riox—7-u-V names as Floyd Abernathy and Kof.f, Lewis <7>. n.n-rp* <7i and : Cecil Brantlpv Toomhs: MMnhard an,! Parker. ! „, .„."„-/ MR— on. McKenney \V. iMlge 7ih, two! 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