Clipped From The Hutchinson News
I V ^^taJJJWw BASEBALL paid its final tribute to Roberto Clemente Tuesday when lie was officially named lo the Hall of Fame . . . barely 1 1 weeks after his death in a plane crash. Salavantis will fight dismissal By Mickey Miller PRATT — John Salavantis apparently will fight, rather than switch. Salavantis, head football, wrestling and golf coach at Pratt Community Junior College the past two years, was on the losing mend that this committee remain in force throughout the ensuing year." Members of the committee are Dwight Hardy, chairman and dean of instruction at PCJC; Ronald Moddelmog, dean of students; Lanny Ellis, faculty senate Special election honors late Roberto Clemente in Hall of Fame ST (AP) PETERSBURG, Fla. Roberto Clemente, the late batting star of the Pittsburgh Pirates, was voted into baseball's Hall of Fame today in an unprecedented special election by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Thus the normal five-year waiting period was waived for the 38-year-old Puerto Rican who died last New Year's Eve in the crash of a mercy plane intended to carry relief supplies to the earthquake victims of Nicaragua. The vote was an overwhelming 393 in favor of immediate induction with 29 against and two abstentions. The negative votes largely were a protest against the system and not the man. Pour win mat titles Four Hutchinson youths won championships in the final round of the YMCA wrestling tournament over the weekend at Douglass. The four are Karl Wolfenberger, Brad Neville, Eric Wolfenberger and Lane Neville. Clemente was a native of Carolina, Puerto Rico, and starred for 18 seasons as Pittsburgh's rocket-armed right fielder. His final hit was his 3,000th, placing him seventh in the all-time National League ranking. He won four batting championships, in 1961 with a .1-151 average, in 1964 with .11119, in 1965 with .329 and in 1967 with .357. Obvious love for this gifted athlete oozed from players, baseball executives and fans after he died while on a humanitarian mission to aid earthquake victims in Managua, Nicaragua. On the night of Dec. Ill, a piston-driven airliner crashed into the crystal Caribbean waters and a lengthy search turned up no trace of the Pirate great. "We lost him—and we needed him so bad," said Manny Sang- uillen, a teammate of Roberto's at Pittsburgh. "He was the leader. When he went on the field, it was like someone pushing you. You felt like going out there to win. Pittsburgh's players are wearing a small, black swatch on their uniform arms this sea- son in tribute lo the late Cle menle. Clemenle played in 2,43.'l games, 11)1 h among all-lime National Leaguers. He ranked seventh in at-bats with S),'15<1 and eighth in total liases with •1/192. Thirteen times lie hit over .300, 12 times he was a NL all- star and 12 times lie won the Golden Glove as the best defensive right fielder in the league. Figures, lifeless statistics, told only a portion of the Roberto Clemente ;;tory. He was a warm man, especially with the youth of his nation, and was idoli/.ed from the beaches of San .hum to the streets of Pittsburgh. Donations lor a Clemente memorial rolled in after his death. The Pirate club gave $100,000 alone. A youth sports center will be constructed in Puerto Rico and will bear his name. Withdraws name CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP)— North Carolina assistant basketball conch Bill Gutheridge has withdrawn his name from consideration for the head couching job at. Auburn.