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Page Si* HOPE (ARK.) STAR Ira Berkow What hath sportswriting wrought? By Ira Berkow NEW YORK - (NEA) - Whether or not sports is the opium of the people, as John R. Tunis says, sports undeniably has played an important part in the history of this country and in the lives of its citizens. "Sports," Tunis says, "has become an addiction. It has made (people) forget more important things. Politics, for one thing. Look at how 47 million people voted for Nixon, but only 27 million for McGovern. "Well, that's all you need to say. People should think more. People are more concerned with sports than politics and that s just the reverse of what it should be." In the recently published book, "No Cheering in the Press Box," Chicago sportswriter Jerry Holtzman recorded and edited a sometime provocative, sometimes touching but always entertaining series of interviews with 18 veteran American sportswriters. John R. Tunis is one of those interviewed. Several other sportswriters in this fine volume are aware of the impact, perhaps detrimentally, that sports has made on the society. And we have been more arrested with unreality and with dreams than with facts and truth. "We had an overwhelming innocence in those days (the 1920s)," said Paul Gallico. "We were so naive. Not only we sportswriter but the whole country ... You could let yourself go on sports... I contributed to this innocence, this naivete. Tremendously. I believed in it and was impressed by athletes and by what I was seeing." One day in the 1930s, Gallico felt that what he was doing was dumb, and quit to write short stories. A young man in St. Louis named Red Smith was beginning his outstanding career as a sportswriler. "I won't deny that the heavy majority of sportswriters, myself included, have been and still are guilty of puffing up the people they write about. I remember one time when Stanley Woodward, my beloved leader, was on the point of sending me a wire during spring training, saying, 'Will you stop Godding up those ball players?'... If we've made heroes out of them, and we have, then we must also lay a whole set of false values at the doorsteps of historians and biographers. Not only has the athlete been blown up larger than life, but so have the politicians in all fields, including rock singers and movie stars. "When you go through Westminster Abbey you'll find that excepting for that little Poets' Corner almost all of the statues and memorials are to killers. To generals and admirals who won battles, whose speciality was human slaughter. I don't think they're such glorious heroes." Jimmy Cannon once covered Washington. "When I was young," he said, "they sent me there to cover the White House. I did it for awhile, but the town bored me and I left. I can't stand politicians. They lie more than football coaches. I had to be transferred out of there." Tunis said that many of the sportswriters don't admit that some of the games and athletes are dull because "they're fearful of losing their jobs." But then reconsiders somewhat, "But 1 suppose the spectators, the fans, don't want to be told, either. They may not like it if you tell them sports is unimportant. I understand some sportswriters are trying to do this, that this is the new trend. Good. But it's taken a hell ofa long time." Few sportswriters today use such overblown phrases, as Abe Kemp in San Francisco did 50 years ago. He once wrote about a batter who "rammycackled the old tomato." And rarely are the exploits of a team or a player so blatantly deified as in Grantland Rice's Biblically inspired lead about the Notre Dame backfield in 1924: "Outlined agajnst a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as Famine, Pestilence, Destruction and Death. They are only aliases. Their real names are Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden." There is still a great deal of puffery, of "Godding up" the athletes. It is a shame because there is a beautiful place for sports in society, taken in balance. "I think," said Red Smith, "that sports constitute a valid part of our culture, our civilization, and keeping the public informed and, if possible, a little entertained about sports is not an entirely useless thing." All you got to do is ask Eyes of Texas are on Oakland By Murray Olderman The tipoff: Give the Texas Rangers, the new darlings of the Southwest, one solid man in the bullpen and one more longball hitter and they'll be ready to end the domination of the Oakland Athletics - next year. Q. Who were the first, second and third $100,000 baseball players? — Denny Feliciano, San Leandro, Calif. On the record, Ted Williams was the first 100-grand ballplayer, arriving at that figure in 1950. And because he was getting that much, the New York Yankees quickly duplicated it with Joe DiMaggio. After which the St. Louis Cardinals elevated Stan Musial to six figures. But Williams himself says Bob Feller was probably the first player to total $100,000 for one season because he had a special attendance percentage deal with Bill Veeck in Cleveland. Babe Ruth, with an $80,000 high, was still the first athlete to exceed the salary of the U.S. president (then $75,000). Q. I read that a world record holder pole vaulter got hurt on a trampoline and is paralyzed from the neck down. Could you describe this accident? We have a tramp and many children are getting them. Your information may prevent an accident. - E.J. Jones, Madera, Calif. Back in 1963, Brian Sternberg of the/University of Washington, working on a trampoline to help prepare himself for the '64 Olympics, missed the trampoline coming out of a twist, and landed on the hard floor, fracturing his spine and ending up paralyzed. It was a freak accident, but trampolines should not be used without strict supervision and spotters stationed around the tramp to prevent or buffer a fall. Vaulters still work out on the tramp, though many have switched to horizontal or high bar exercises. Q. An answer in a recent column you wrote was wrong. If a ball is batted legally and hits foul between home and third base and rolls back into fair territory, before it reaches the bag, it is a fair ball. Of course! Why don't you get on the stick? — Tim Volkerding, Cincinnati, O. I'm impaled. The acuity of reader Volkerding was shared by quite a few others. This is my way of setting the record straight. The ball must settle in foul territory to be foul. Q. Which rightfielder has thrown out most runners between Roberto Clemente, Reggie Jackson and Bobby Bonds? — Scooter Wysinger, Oakland, Calif. No contest. The late Roberto Clemente had 269 assists from the outfield in his long career, leading the National League five times. In their parallel six-season careers, going into 74, Jackson threw out 61 runners, Bonds headed off 59. Sister beaten earKer Q. How soon do you think a World Football League team will be able to compete respectably against an NFL team? — Jim Krieger, Portland, Ore. Maybe, in one or two isolated instances, as soon as next year- Like take the Memphis Southmen and give them Csohka, Kiick and Warfield in '75, with possibly Archie Manning at quarterback, and they'd be close to even money against Houston or San Diego.. What people forget is that even in the early days of the AFL, the San Diego Chargers or the Buffalo Bills of the early '60s wouldn't have disgraced themselves on any field. Q. I read and hear each day how Jorge Ahumada was robbed in Albuquerque when he was awarded a draw against Bob Foster. Isn't it true that the referee, an Albuquerque resident, gave the fight to Ahumada by quite a margin? By the way, who was the referee? I don't remember seeing a better one. — Dan Oalton, Irvine, Calif. The referee was Jim Cleary, a transplant to Albuquerque because of the climate (emphysema in his family), and his margin for the Argentine challenger was only a couple of points. Quirky fact about Cleary is that he was also the referee in the only fight the late Rocky Marciano lost in his life a Golden Gloves encounter with Coley Wallace. Cleary, now a clothing salesman, has refereed Golden Gloves bouts for 36 years. Q. For myself and many others who have become more interested in tennis these days, could you explain the terms "seeded" and "unseeded"? - Leo Carnell, Oakland, Calif. Seeding is the arbitrary rating of players before a tournament so that in the early competition the top-ranked players won't meet each other and take much of the suspense from the tournament. That doesn't prevent an unseeded player (one not ranked in the top 10) from reaching the finals through a series of upsets. Jimmy Conners has done it before he started getting seeded. Parting shot: Biggest casualties of the players' strike are going to be such all-time line stars as Bob Brown (Raiders) and Deacon Jones (Chargers), who aren't wanted by their teams any more. This becomes a convenient excuse to dump them. Got a tough question about sports and the people who play them? All you got to do is ask Murray Olderman. Write him at (name and address of this newspaper). The most Interesting questions will be answered in this column. Olderman regrets that he cannot write personal answers to all questions. (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN-) Evert faces Heldman in finals today TORONTO (AP) - "Chris is better than I am," Julie Heldman said of Chris Evert. "I'm thinking of throwing a hatchet at her." Miss Evert and Miss Heldman scored straight-set victories Friday to advance to today's women's final in the 1130,000 Canadian Open tennis Stockton says attitude explains Hartford lead WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — "I have a good attitude," Dave Stockton said, trying to explain his record-setting lead midway through the $200,000 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open Golf Tournament. "That's what golf is all about, really," he said. "Attitude. I'm having a great time. It's a lot more fun to walk along and laugh and talk with people than to trudge down the fairway with your head down looking at the worms." Stockton, who presents a hap- py face to the world in most circumstances, is positively gleeful now. His putter is the reason. He's played 36 holes and has one-putted exactly half the time on his way to a 130 total, a whopping 12 under par on the friendly little 6,598-yard Weth- ersfieW Country Club course. His pair of six-under-par 65s represents the best 36-hole total on the pro golf tour this season and gave him a two-stroke lead over Bob Wynn and three over Lee Trevino. tournament. Miss Evert, the top-seed, swiftly dispatched fourth-seeded Kazuko Sawamatsu of Japan, 6-0, 6-1 Friday while the second-seeded Miss Heldman had to overcome a 1-4 deficit in the second set to eliminate Jeanne Evert, 6-1, 7-5. Miss Heldman, 28, who won this tournament in 1965, had no doubts who she would be playing when she was interviewed before the Evert-Sawamatsu match...and made her unortho- dos-andhighly unlikely—plans known. Then she got a bit more realistic. Miss Heldman, who is ranked fifth in the U.S. and who beat Chris Evert 14 months ago on grass, said she'll have to keep her opponent on the court a long time if she has any chance of beating her on a clay-type surface. "If she gets impatient...you know you have a chance if you can stay out there longer." Miss Heldman said she expects to lose but—she doesn't mind that. "The only thing that would discourage me is not playing well." Miss Heldman was steadier than the younger Evert. She also started to score in the final set when she began hitting with her and chipping short to her backhand when her opponent stopped coming to the net. Miss Sawamatsu hit a lot of balls back, but the only game' she won came when Miss Evert was serving. NOTE: The finals of the Womeas' final in the Canadian Open can be seen today at 12:30 this afternoon channel two. .. Chicago wins over Yanks By HAL BOCK AP Sports Writer It has often been written of baseball that the game's not finished until the last man is out. Neither, it seems, is a kayoed starting pitcher. And if you don't believe that little piece of diamond philosophy, just ask Chuck Tanner, manager of the Chicago White Sox. He knows all about it. Tanner saw the Sox split a doubleheader with the New York Yankees Friday night in rather remarkable fashion. Chicago lost the first game 9-8 when Thurman Munson hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning. Then Stan Bahnsen, knocked out in the second inning of the opener, came back to win the nightcap with 4 2-3 innings of solid relief as Chicago gained the split, 4-2. Elsewhere in the American I>eague Friday night, Boston edged Miinnesota 3-2, Texas rapped Cleveland 7-3, Baltimore shut out Kansas City 1-0, California trimmed Milwaukee 7-3 and Detroit defeated Oakland 5-3. Red Sox 3, Twins 2 Boston pushed across a ninth- inning run on Juan Beniquez 1 bases-loaded single to shade Minnesota. Rick Burleson's double sandwiched around walks to Doug Griffin and Rick Miller set the stage for Beniquez' winning hit. Orioles 1, Royals 0 The night's best pitching job belonged to Baltimore's Ross Grimsley who fired a three-hitter at Kansas City. Rich Coggins drove in the game's only run with a single in the fifth inning, carrying the Orioles to their victory. Grimsley, 14-10, gave up a walk, a single and a double in the opening inning, but allowed only one more hit the rest of the way. Rangers 7, Indians 3 Texas scored seven unearned runs in the seventh inning, three pf them on a homer by Jeff Burroughs, and walloped Cleveland. Burroughs' homer was his 23rd of the season as the Rangers wiped out a 1-0 lead that Dick Bosman had protected into the seventh. Ironically, it was Bosnian's own error that opened the gates for the Rangers' barrage. Bosman dropped a throw while covering first, allowing leadoff batter Mike Hargrove to reach base in the seventh. Then Jim Spencer followed with a double and Tommy Smith bobbled the ball, allowing Hargrove to score from first. Angels 7, Brewers 3 California defeated Milwaukee as Nolan Ryan struck out nine batters, running his season total to 269 in his attempt to become the first pitcher in history to strike out 300 or more batters in three straight Hope Star Sports Former Hope coach has new role with Vikings (Editor's Note: This story is a reprint, permission of a Minnesota newspaper. The subject of the story, Barry Bennett was a Hope High football coach last year.) Hope has sent a secret weapon to the Minnesota Vikings. His name is Barry Bennett, and for purposes of identification, in numerical rosters, he might be listed like this: bennett, k-qb-t-g The lower case letters following his name designate the positions he's identified with here so far - kicker, punter, quarterback, tackle, guard. He also snaps the ball on skeleton passing drills. It is as a punter that Bennett hopes to make the team. "So far," says Coach Bud Grant, "he hasn't had much time to concentrate on punting." So the jury is still out on Bennett's punting but not on another of his attributes: "He's a hustler," says Grant. He is also at 6-2, and 208 pounds, a good athlete in his own right. In college at Ouachita Baptist, he threw 47 touchdown passes, had a 41-yard punting average over three years, passed for more than 4,000 yards and, in the only field goal attempt of his college career, split the uprights from 48 yards out. "I'm going to do anything they want me to do," says Bennett. "I'm here to make this football team. Quarterback, guard, center, tackle, whatever. I'll run down under punts. It's something new to me. I'm here and I'm here to do it as best I can. "I'm going to go all out no matter what the situation - you hustle all the time." Tigers 5, A's 3 Jim Nettles ripped a three- run homer and Bill Freehan added a solo shot as Detroit came from behind with four- runs in the seventh inning to overtake Oakland, Oakland's Jim Hunter, 17-10, was working on a one-hitter before the Detroit comeback. Cubs 4, Padres 1 Relief pitcher Tom Dettore belted a two-run double in the sixth inning and hurled in 6 1-3 innings of three-hit relief to lead the Cubs past San Diego. Baseball Scores By The Associated Press National League East W L Pet. GB American League East W LPct. St. Louis 63 57 .525 Philaphia 61 58 .513 Pittsburgh 60 59 .504 Montreal 55 61 .474 New York 52 63 .452 Chicago 49 67 .422 West Los Angeles 75 44 .630 Cincinnati 71 49 .592 Atlanta 63 55 .534 Houston 60 58 .508 San Fran 54 66 .450 San Diego 47 73 .392 Friday's Games Chicago 4, San Diego 1 Philadelphia 6, Atlanta 3 New York 2, Cincinnati — 1% 2% 6 8% 12 — 4% 11% 14% 21% 28% 1,12 innings Pittsburgh 5, Los Angeles 2 Houston 8, Montreal 3 St. Louis 2, San Francisco 1 Saturday's Games Los Angeles (Messersmith 134) at Pittsburgh (Reuss 12-9) San Diego (Spillner 5-8) at Chicago (Bonham 1045) New York (Parker 4-10) at Cincinnati (Billingham 14-8), N San Francisco (Cajdwell 11-3) at St. Louis (McGlothen 13^8) N Philadelphia (Lonborg 13-11) at Atlanta (Capra 10-6), N Houston (Dierker 7-8) at Montreal (Renkp 941), N Sunday's Games Los Angeles at Pittsburgh San Diego at Chicago San Francisco at St. Louis Philadelphia at Atlanta New York at Ciiuvcinati Houston at Montreal Boston 65 53 .551 — Cleveland 59 56 .513 4% Baltimore 60 58 .508 5 New York 58 60 .492 7 Detroit 56 63 .471 9% Milwaukee 56 63 .471 9% West Oakland 69 51 .575 — Kan City 62 55 .530 5% Chicago 60 59 .504 8% Texas 61 60 .504 8% Minnesota 58 62 .483 11 Friday's Games New York 9-2, Chicago 8-4, 1st game 13 innings Boston 3, Minnesota 2 Texas 7, Cleveland 3 Baltimore 1, Kansas City 0 California 7, Milwaukee 3 Detroit 5, Oakland 3 Saturday's Games Texas (Hargan 9-7) at Cleveland (J.Perry 12-8) Chicago (Johnson 4-1) at New York (McDowell 1-5) Minnesota (Goltz 5-6) at Boston (Moret 6-5) Detroit (LaGrow 7-13) at Oakland (Abbott 4-3) Kansas City (SpUttorff 12-12) at Baltimore (Palmer 4-8), N Milwaukee (Colborn 7-10) at California (Hassler 2-7), N Sunday's Games Texas at Cleveland Detroit at Oakland Kansas City at Baltimore Chicago at New York Minnesota at Boston Milwaukee at California Bennett, with such obvious desire to make the grade, was asked if he feared failure. "It's not in my hands," he replied calmly. "I've been a Christian for seven months. Now it's in His hands. I'm going to do everything in my power to make it; I know He is going to do everything in His power to help me make it. "Personally, I'd like to make it as a punter. I was with the Steelers two years ago. They signed me in February, told me Bobby Walden was going to retire." "I was with the Steelers six pre-season games, but I was the only rookie who didn't see one minute of action." Bennett sat out a year, coached at Hope High School and taught ninth grade civics. But the urge to play football remained with him. "Last December, I called Bill Groman (a Blesto scout), and he said he'd give some of the teams my name." Out of that contact came a chance to sign with the Vikings and, now, Bennett's Jaek-of-all trades role in training camp. "My wife was skeptical about me signing because of the deal I'd gotten with Pittsburgh. But we prayed about it. . .and now I'm happy to be there. Bennett admits, "I'd like to throw the ball a little." His chance might come Saturday night in Denver against the Broncos, since one of the two regular quarterbacks, Hal Chealander, was hospitalized for stomach pains Sunday night, leaving only Jesse Kaye as a regular signal caller. Bennett in fact, did some throwing in Monday morning's workout and uncorked some crisp spirals. "What I want to do," he adds, "is concentrate on punting, stay after practice and start working on that I know I can hang it. I have it in myself. I know I can do it - I've just got to spend a little more time at it." In Pittsburgh, the kickers kneeled on the sidelines and watched practice and were told they didn't need to go to squad meeting. That's not Bud Grant's style, and Bennett obviously prefers the latter over the former. "Now," he says, "I feel a part of it all. I really enjoy it. . .the work, the pain, the sourness. After practice, to be tired and sore, it feels good." Saturday, August if, 1974 Torre paces 2-run single over Giants By ALEX SACHARE Ai* Sports Writer When Joe Torre stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Friday night, he was happy not to see a familiar face. Torre, who had been struck out by John D'Acquisto in each of his previous three times at bat, laced a two-run single off San Francisco reliever Elias Sosa to giv the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 victory over the Giants. "Just getting up and not having to face that other guy (D'Acquisto) felt good," said Torre, whose single to left kept the first-place Cards 1% games in front of Philadelphia in the tight-National League East. Elsewhere in the National League, New York edged Cincinnati 2-1 in 12 innings, Pittsburgh tripped Los Angeles 5-2, Philadelphia defeated Atlanta 6-3, Houston whipped Montreal 8-3 and Chicago stopped San Diego 4-1. D'Acquisto, 9-11, handcuffed the Cards on just two hits over the first eight innings, but pinch-hitter Jim Dwyer walked to open the ninth and Lou Brock singled him to third, bringing on Sosa. Bob Gibson, 7-10, got the victory. Mets 2, Reds 1 Rusty Staub singled home Bud Harrelson in the top of the 12th to put the Mets in front 21. It was then up to New York relief ace Tug McGraw to keep things that way. The first man up in the bottom of the 12th was Johnny Bench, who laced a McGraw curve to the wall in left field, and wound up on second with a double. McGraw fielded a Darrel Chancy bunt, spun and fired to third in time for the out, and retired the next two batters. Pirates 5, Dodgers 2 Dock Ellis fired a five-hitter for the Pirates, posting his sixth consecutive victory and handing the Dodgers their fourth straight loss. It was Pittsburgh's 23rd win in the last 33 games. Phils 6, Braves 3 Dave Cash slugged a two-run triple in the ninth inning to break a 3-3 tie and lead the Phils to victory. He then scored on a passed ball. With one out in the ninth, Bill Robinson was safe at third base when Atlanta's Ralph Garr dropped his fly ball for an error. After Bob Boone struck out, Tommy Hutton walked, then Cash laced his triple to right-center. Astros 8, Expos 3 Doug Rader drove in four runs with a homer and a single to lead Houston to victory. Rader's RBI single keyed a three- run outburst in the fourth inning, while his three-run homer capped the scoring in the eighth. GB Solunar Tables The schedule of Solunar Periods, as printed be ., has been taken from Richard Alden Knight's SOLUNAR TABLES. Plan your days so that you will be fishing in good territory or hunting in good cover during these times, if you wish to find the best sport that each day has to offer ' A.M. Major Minor 11:25 Date Aug. Day 17 Saturday 18 Sunday 19 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday P.M. Major Minor 20 21 22 23 24 4:45 5:35 6:35 7:50 8:35 9:30 10:25 11:25 12:50 1:55 2:50 3:45 4:40 5:35 5:20 6:10 7:05 8:05 9:00 9:55 10:50 11:45 12-?5 12:25 1:35 2:20 3:15 4:10 5:10 6:05 HOME BUILDERS REMODEUNG SPECIALISTS Custom built homes built on your property. Your plan or ours. Built with top quality workmanship and only the best materials to make that dream home a reality you can live in and enjoy the rest of your Life. That old home need remodeling? But you don't know quite where to start? Give Brooks a call — a specialist will come to your home to help with your plans and give you a free cost estimate. No obligation. Brooks is a full-line construction company. Whatever your building needs are — we can solve them. So call or write us today- BROOKS CONSTRUCTION 201 S. Main (P.O. Box 511 Nashville, Arkansas 71852 Phone 8454807 Call Collect (63-65-67-69)

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