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Thursday, October 21, 1971
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I 1 Ideas pq I By DICK Of The New York Daily News NEW . YORK There were 72 tryouts in camp that day, remembers Alex Campanis. One caught his eye just one out ol 72. "How could I miss him?" says Campanis "He was the greatest natural athlete I have ever seen as a Iree agent." The tryout was being conducted jointly by the Dodgers of Brooklyn and the Santurce ballclub of San Juan, in the Sixto Escobar Stadium, a structure named after 118 pounds of Puerto Rican dynamite, the bantamweight champ of the world in the mid-thirties. "The first thing we do at the tryout," recalls Campanis, "is ask the kids to throw from the outfield. This one throws a bullet from center, on the fly. I couldn't believe my eyes. . "Uno mas, I shout and he does it again. I waved my hand, that's enough. Then we have them run 60 yards. The first time I clock him in 6.4. I couldn't believe It. That's in full uniform. "UNO MAS," said Campanis again, and again the kid did it in 6.4. They sent the 71 others home. "The only one I askel to hit was this boy, who told me his name was Roberto Clemente," said Campanis. I'm saying to myself, we gotta sign this sonofagua If he can just hold the bat in his hands. ; "He starts hitting line drives all over the place. I notice the way he's standing in the box, and I figure there's no way he can reach the outside of the plate, so I tell the pitcher to pitch him outside, and the kid swings , with both feet off the ground and hits line drives to right and sharp ground balls up the middle." v From that day forth, things grow a bit hazy, as though the story of Roberto Clemente was clouded by intrigue. Campanis did not sign him on the spot For what reason, Al is not quite clear now. He thinks it was Roberto was still in high school. Roberto Clemente says that much is true, but several months later while he was still in high school, the Dodgers did sign him for a bonus of $10,000 He thinks they had received special permission fom commissioner Ford Frick. presumably because Clemente had been playing professionally in Puerto Rico for two years. "I was managing a Cuban team in winter ball When we signed him," Campanis remembers. "I had recommended that we sign him to the big club, but they took a chance and signed him to a Montreal contract." That decision ranks with the momentous blunders of baseball. The chance referred to by Campanis was the calculated risk that no other major league club would draft Clemente, a 19-year-old Negro kid, for $10,-000. , '- TO UNDERSTAND THAT type of thinking, you must be made aware of several things. We are talking about 1953. Black ballplayers had been in the majors for only seven years, and there still was a quota system. I think the stylish maximum for that year was four. At least, the Dodgers had four, and whatever the Dodgers had was accepted as the maximum. Don't laugh. That was very serious business in those days. "If you have more than four of them on the field," I used to hear, "the people will quit on the club. They're not ready for it." Today I hear that the people aren't ready for a black manager, and that will sound just as funny, 18, 19 years from now. '' In late 1953, after the season, the Dodgers raised the quota to five. They added Sandy Amoros from the Montreal club to tlie Dodger roster, joining Jackie Robinson, Junior Gilliam, Roy Campanella and Don New-combe. Now the manager of Che Dodgers had to be careful how he wrote out his lineup card. On the days that Newk was to pitch, it would be decided that Roy Campanella needed a day off, or maybe Jackie Robin-scn should have a stomach ache. I can remember one day, around that time, when Sandy Amoros said his finger hurt. He wore a little band-aid and when reporters asked him before the game what was wrong, he looked at them with those bovine eyes and shrugged. Don Newcombe was pitching that night and if Amoros were to play there would be five black players in the starting lineup. The minority would be a majority. In the winter of '53, the choice was between Amoros or Clemente; sign Clemente to a Dodger contract and leave Amoros at Montreal, where he most certainly would be subject to draft, or move up Amoros to Brooklyn, sign Clemente to a Montreal contract, and take your chances that Clemente would get through the draft a year later. YOU MUST UNDERSTAND that baseball, at the time, had a restrictive bonus rule: any player receiving more than a $4000 bonus and not put on the big league club's 25-man roster, was subject to draft. The Dodgers tried to hide Clemente at Montreal. He batted only 148 times that season. "I followed me club for two weeks," recalls Pitt scout Howie Hanks, "and I saw him bat four times." Clyde Sukeforth, another Pirate scout of the era, remembers having dinner with Max Macon, then manager of Montreal. "I don't care if you never play him," said Sukey, with corner-curl grin of his, "we're going to finish last, and we're going to draft him number one." ! That winter, the Bucs drafted Roberto Clemente for $4000. The Dodgers lost a superstar, $6000, and God knows how many pennants. From Enquirer Wires AMERICAN BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION commissioner Jack Dolph said Wednesday that Utah Stars general manager Vince Boryla has until Monday to pay a $5000 fine levied against the ABA club for signing former MemphLs guard Jimmy Jones. "We'll Just wait and see if the fine is paid or not," Dolph said after Boryla insisted he would not pay up until Dolph granted him a hearing on the matter. . .Ron Taylor, who has appeared in more New York Met games than any other pitcher, was sold Wednesday to the Montreal Expos for ari unspecified price. , THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES said Wednesday they are planning to acquire placekicker Tom Demsey, now a free agent . . . Jim Finks, vice president and general manager of the Minnesota Vikings, testified Wednesday before the federal grand jury investigating pro football operations. He said before the interview that he expected to be questioned about Joe Kapp, former Minnesota quarterback, but refused to say later if lie was questioned about Kaipp. The jury was expected to recess the current phase of the investigation! until next month . . . Penn State defensive end Bruce Bannon was named Lineman of the Week and Joe Ferguson of Arkansas was named Back of the Week by The Associated Press. PATTI IIOGAN of La Jolla, Oalif., and Francoise Durr of France, overcame young British opponents to reach the women's quarter-finals of the second tennis tournament in the Dewar Cuip series. Miss Durr, defending champion, defeated Glynis Coles, 6-2, 6-0, and Miss Hoffan beat Wendy Slaughter, 6-4, 6-1. The Dewar Cup consists of five tournaments and is decided on a cumulative points basis . . . Walter Ballard, who at 38 sold his garage business and went racing full time, was named rookie stock oar driver of the year by ASCAR. . TWO HIGH SCHOOL football players, Terry Lee Strait of Bowling Green, Ky., and Paul Hughston of Charlotte N. C, have died from injuries suffered during games Strait suffered a head injury, while Hughston had his spinal cord severed.' President Nixon had telephoned Hughston last Friday and told him the whols country was pulling for him. YOUNG -" " Southern CaFs By UPI On paper, sixth-ranked Notre Dame, unbeaten in five games, looks like a sure winner against Southern California. But football games aren't played on paper. They're played on fields by people like Craig Fertig. Saturday's game at South Bend, Ind, is reminiscent of a game seven years ago When a powerful Notre Dame team, headed by Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte and featuring such stars as Jack Snon Alan Page, Nick Eddy, Kevin Hardy and Jim Lynch, journeyed to Los Angeles 10 wrap up the 1964 national title. The Fighting Irish were 9-0 and faced a Southern California team that had won six of nine games. Notre Dame was primed for the national title. But somebody forgot to tell Craig Fertig, now a Trojan assistant coach. Fertig, an unheralded quarterback, threw a touchdown pass tc Rod Sherman with 1:33 remaining in the game to Aiigels Fire Dick Walsh; Dalton Iii? ANAHEIM (UPI) The California Angels fired general manager Dick Walsh Wednesday night and said "exploratory talks" have taken place with Harry Dalton, director of player personnel for the Baltimore Orioles, as a possible replacement. In a joint statement, Angel chairman of the board Gene Autry and club president Bob Reynolds said Walah would not be retained next season but that his seven-year contract would be honored in full. Walsh has four years remaining on the contract On Dalton replacing Walsh, Autry said, "a final decision will take several days. There are important considerations for both sides." Walsh's firing followed the October 7 dismissal of manager Harold "Lefty" Phillips. The Angels finished the 1971 season with a "6-86 record good only for fourth place in the Western Division of the American League. The two previous years they finished third. . The '71 season was highlighted by spats with Alex Johnson, former batting champ, who subsequently was suspended from the team. Treviuo Can Pick Up Ground NAPA, Calif. (UPD Lee Trevlno, shooting for the money title, and Billy Casper, trying for his first victory of the year, top a field of 156 chasing a winner's prize of $30,000 today in the Kaiser International Open. The PGA tour resumes after a two-week layoff because of the baseball playoffs and World Series at Silverado Country Club in the middle of the famous wine-growing Napa Valley. Rain fell in the Valley Wednesday morning, dampening the two courses the pros will use in the 8150,000 Kaiser Open but the forecast for today's opening round calls for plenty of sunshine and a temperature reading in the mid-70s. T r e v i n o, who always plays well in the Kaiser although he has yet to win a title, goes Into this year's tourney about $5000 behind Jack Nicklaus in the chase for the 1971 money winning title. Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player are the only "name" players missing from tlhe Kaiser field. Player never has competed in a Kaiser while Jack and Arnie have been regulars. Schulte Re-elected Kennel Club Head R. J. "Bud" Schulte, 10513 Deerfleld Rd., has been re-elected president of the Cincinnati Kennel Club for another one-year term. Schulte, a retired department head at Procter & Gamble, raises Boston Terriers and is an internationally known dog show judge. He is a former minor league baseball pitcher. Jack Anson, former secretary of the CKC, was elected vice president; Mrs. Lillian Schneider, secretary; and Cecil Replogle, treasurer. Mrs. Schneider and James Thacker were elected as new members of the board. give the Trojans a 20-17 victory and one of the major upsets of college football history. Southern Cal is hoping for some more of that upset magic Saturday when the Trojans journey to South Bend as 13-point underdogs. 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