Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on October 18, 1974 · Page 4
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Page four HOPE (ARK.) STAR Friday, October 18, Oakland finishes off Dodgers to take Series By KEN RAPPAPORT AP Sports Writer OAKLAND (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers brought out the best in the Oakland A's. As it lurned out, the best was good enough to win the 1974 World Scries. "They needed a little humility," said Sal Bando, and the A's gave it to them by whipping the Dodgers 3-2 Thursday night to win their third straight world title, this one in five uneasy games. The season ended officially when Oakland relief star Rollie Fingers collared pinch-hitter Von Joshua's bleeding grounder and hopped in joy as he threw out ihe runner. Actually, the Dodgers were dead but didn'i know it when they popped off against the A's before this bizarre Series started. They called the A's doubtful champions, even though they had won two straight baseball titles. "After they beat Pittsburgh in ihe (National League) playoffs, the Dodgers said they weren't impressed by us," said Joe Rudi, who hit the winning home run Thursday night. "Well, they have all winter to think about it." Reggie Jackson, the most emotional of all the dynamic Hope Hempjteod Coun Star Sports Bobcats host Stamps here BvROfiERHFAD ...... . JL By ROGER HEAD Of The Star Staff The Hope Bobcats will entertain the Stamps Yellowjackets in a non- conference clash at Hammons Stadium Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The locals will be trying to avoid what they did to the Crossett Eagles last week when they stunned the Eagles by shutting them out 13-0. "Stamps is a fairly young team who have had a rough season," said Lawrence Hutson, head coach of the Bobcats. "I'm afraid we might take them lightly, if we're not careful," he added. In last week's upset, Hope used a touchdown pass and short run with some excellent defense to fashion their third victory of the season. The win lifted the Bobcats to a 3-3 season record while their conference record went to 2-3. The visiting Yellowjackets are a Class A school. Talking about the Crossett win, Hutson, said, "Our defense was outstanding. Terry Martin, Ricky Orr, David Flenory, Jim Rhodes, Mike Butler and James Robinson all had good games." Big game means survival for 'Horns, Razorbacks By HARRY KING Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) — In recent years, Arkansas vs. Texas meant clout in the Southwest Conference race. Saturday, it means survival. No team has ever won the Southwest Conference title with two league losses. Texas is 0-1 in conference play and Arkansas is 1-1. Never have both teams had a conference loss prior to their confrontation. In fact, the winner 12 of the past 16 years has gone on to the Cotton Bowl. Once, in 1971, Arkansas beat Texas and the Longhorns wound up in Dallas on Jan. 1. "Somebody's going to bite the dust, I'm afraid," said Texas Coach Darrell Royal. "The odds against it are almost insurmountable ... the morale factor for one thing." Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles hedged a bit. "I other years two losses would knock you out," Broyles said. "With the conference as balanced as it is ... " The SWC leaders are SMU, Baylor and Texas A&M, each with a 1-0 league record. None would qualify as constant pow- ers. SMU has won one football title since 1949 and A&M has two championships during the priod. Baylor has not won the SWC football championship since 1922. Both Arkansas and Texas are coming off losses—the Longhorns by 16-13 to Oklahoma and the Razorbacks 21-17 to Baylor. Broyles said he believed the Razorbacks' loss to the Bears might be more damaging sirice'Arkahsas was favored by 13 points and it was a conference game. "We've tried to shake, rattle and get that out of their head and I think we have, " he said. Basketball The Emmet Eagles open their home season when they host the Spring Hill Cagers Friday night. The Eagles will host the Spring Hill teams in three games. There will be senior boys, senior girls and junior boys games. The schedule includes 24 regular season games. Also on tap for the Eagles are nine tournaments ending with the district tournament in February. Royal said the Longhorns gave an all-out effort against Oklahoma, a three-touchdown favorite. Royal said he didn't see why a team could not get "up" two weeks in a row. "It just depends on how much it means to you," Royal said. "It's possible to get up 10 weeks in a row if it means enough to you." .•< ?: ,Broyles said Wayman Hawkins, a junior college transfer, would start at noseguard. "Hawkins has got to have a ''The game last week was voted game of the week by the conference coaches." Hutson said. Hope has been getting strong efforts offensively in the last two games from Mark Harris, Marshall Scott, Jimmy Williams, Slick Davis and Jud Martindale. Harris, a junior quarterback, has hit on two long pass plays, one each in the last two games, for touchdowns. Last week, he had a 39-yarder to Marshall Scott, and against Malvern, he hit a 69-yard bomb to Jimmy Williams. Harris has hit key passes in other scoring drives for considerable yardage. Davis, a smooth-running sophomore back, scored three times against the Malvern Leopards. Last week, while not scoring, he garnered 83 yars on 23 carries. Davis was pressed into duty following injuries to the first-ieam running back. Martindale, a senior fullback, has been the Bobcats placement kicker and has provided an inside threat;, .against the Bobcats' opponents. ' He picked up 75 yards rushing last week on 14 carries against Crossett. Kick-off time will be 7:30 p.m. A's, wouldn't gloat over ihe obviously sweet victory. But you «oi some idea how he felt when he announced: "We're the champs ... 1 don't have to say anything more." What the Dodgers learned from the 1974 World Series is thai you don't give the A's a break and expect to get away with it. In the first game at Los Angeles, the Dodgers outhit the A's 11-6, but the A's outscored the Dodgers 3-2. Jackson hom- ered for the A's, and they got their winning runs on a squeeze bunt by Bert Campaneris and an error by Dodger third baseman Ron Cey. Fingers throttled the Dodgers with some great relief pitching before 25-game winner Jim "Catfish" Hunter came in to get the last out. Another 3-2 score resulted in the second game at Los Angeles, but this time the Dodgers were the winners. Joe Ferguson hit a two-run homer for the National League champions and strongman Mike Marshall snuffed out a ninth-inning Oakland rally. After the A's scored two runs on Joe Rudi's base hit in the ninth inning, sprinter Herb Washington ran for Rudi but was picked off first base by Marshall in the most embarrassing play of the Series for Oakland. It was a big mistake, Washington admitted, but the last one for the world champions. Back in the comfort of their own ballpark, the A's took a typical 3-2 decision in game No. 3. The A's scored two unearned runs after Ferguson, moved from right field to catcher, fumbled Jackson's 15-foot bouncer in front of the plate. Bill BucKner and Willie Crawford nil home runs for the Dodgers, but they came too late. The omnipresent Fingers saved the victory for Hunter. As you might 'expect, the A's were outhil by the Dodgers 7-5 but Oakland still found a way to win. Pitcher Ken Hollzman, who hits as well as he pitches .in World Series play, unloaded a home run in Oakland's 5-2 victory in game No. 4. Jim Holt, hitless in 25 pinch- hitting appearances during the regular season, delivered a two-run single to key a four-run sixth inning that broke the game open. The tireless Fingers bailed out an Oakland starter once more. That set the stage for Thursday night. Movie star Rock Hudson threw out the first ball — and the A's picked up the same, tired script. "We never win them easily," said Oakland second baseman Dick Green, the defensive star of the Series. Vida Blue, still looking for his first World Series victory, was given an early lead but couldn't hold it. A Dodger error set up Sal Bando's sacrifice fly in the first inning, then Ray Fosse hit a mistake pitch from Dodger ace Don Sutton into the left field seats for a 2-0 Oakland lead. It stayed that way until the sixth, when the Dodgers tied the game with the help of their two best run-producers of 1974. Jimmy Wynn hit a sacrifice fly and Steve Garvey singled in the second run and the Dodgers pulled even with the A's at 2-2. This quieted the capacity crowd of 49,347 fans at the Oakland Coliseum for a while — but they didn't stay that way for very long. In the next inning, Rudi parked an inside fastball from Marshall into ihe left field seats. The massive electronic sign in left field lit up "JOE" in 90-foot letters, green and gold A's pennants sprouted from the concrete stands and, as the crowd noise peaked, fireworks went off. The dramatic home run came after a game delay of six minutes. A fan had thrown a bottle on the field and Wynn, the Dodgers' center fielder, collected il and threw it to the sidelines with disdain. The Dodgers had a conference with the umpires about the possibility of pulling their players off the field, but decided that the situation was not quite that critical. By the time Marshall around to throwing a pi Rudi was ready for him. "I hit an inside fastb which, believe it or not, 1 of expected," the Oakland s| said. Then along came Fingers., j "I was told that if we got; lead, I'd be in the game," Fingers. He came in, all right, wasn't his usual self. This evident when he gave up I hard single to Buckner leadij off the eighth inning. The ball got through cent fielder Bill North and Buckn<| attempted to make third on error — but was nailed on beauty of a relay throw fr Jackson to Green to Bando. "Villain "Fingers earns MVP hono\ Series defeat proves galling to Dodgers Corso says Indiana has chance to win Jazz hits sour notes in season-opener ByBERTROSENTHAL AP Sports Writer There won't by any Mardi Gras type celebrations for the New Orleans Jazz yet. The Jazz' debut in the National Basketball Association was not a rousing success. In fact, it was a dismal and disappointing 89-74 loss to the New York Knicks Thursday night when the NBA began its 29th season. But, coaches Red Holzman of New York and Scotty Robertson of New Orleans agreed that the Jazz will soon be marching to a different tune. "I think they will be a good ball club," offered Holzman. "They will be better when they get everybody back," he added, referring to absentees Neal Walk, John Block, Rick Roberson and Mel Counts, all sidelined with injuries. "It's awful tough to compete when you're missing guys like that," the Knicks' coach continued. "But they have good guards, like (Pete) Maravich, (Stu) Lantz and (Jim) Barnett. They're not going to be your usual expansion team." In Thursday night's other NBA opener, the Phoenix Suns trounced the Seattle Super- Sonics 114-97. Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, playing up to his decriptive nickname, scored 20 points to pace the Knicks, who are in a rebuilding program following the retirements of Dave De- Busschere, Willis Reed and Jerry Lucas plus the loss of Dean Meminger in the expansion draft New York also was without captain Walt Frazier, sidelined with a virus. Henry Bibby, filling in for Frazier, contributed 15 points, Phil Jackson scored 17 and John Gianelli had a career-high 18 rebounds for the Knicks. Maravich topped New Orleans with 15 points, far below the 27.7 average he had with Atlanta last season. Meanwhile, Seattle Coach Bill Russell put all the blame on his own shoulders for the Super- Sonics' loss to Phoenix. "In the first half, I didn't do a very good job. " admitted Russell. "I refer to substitutions and strategy. I was trying something on defense. We tried to shut (Charlie) Scott off in the center and left the wings open. And we gave up 58 points. It was too much to try to catch up." ; Despite Russell's efforts, Scott wrecked the Sonics, scoring 32 points and contributing eight assists. Archie Clark led Seattle with 27 points and Fred Brown scored 24. By GEORGE STRODE AP Sports Writer Lee Corso believes his In : diana team, a 44-point college football underdog Saturday against Ol|io State, has a chance of upsetting the top- ranked Buckeyes. "I wouldn't be much of a football coach if I didn't think we could beat them," said Corso, whose Hoosiers match a 1-4 over-all record against Ohio Stale's 5-0 mark in the Big Ten game. But Corso admitted it will take a perfect set of circum- umstances for visiting Indiana to gain a surprise victory in Columbus, Ohio. "We will have to play a game with enthusiasm," he said, "and not let Ohio State upset us, take our poise away." Corso said it would take a less than average Ohio State performance for the Buckeyes to lose for the first time in 17 games. In other key games Saturday, it's No. 2 Oklahoma at Colorado; No. 3 Michigan at Wisconsin; No. 4 Alabama at Tennessee; Georgia Tech at No. 5 Auburn; No. 6 Southern California at Oregon; Army at No. 7 Notre Dame; Texas Christian at No. 8 Texas A&M; No. 9 Arizona at No. 17 Texas Tech; and No. 10 North Carolina State at North Carolina. The Buckeyes share a Big Ten Conference-leading 2-0 record with Michigan and Illinois. Indiana is 1-1 in the Big Ten. Woody Hayes admits getting the Buckeyes ready for Indiana may be a problem after demolishing tough Wisconsin 52-7 a week ago. Hayes has fought overconfidence with a hard week of practice. "It's easy to soften people by letting them have too much comfort," he said. The Ohio State-Indiana game matches Big Ten individual leaders in both passing and rushing. Ironically, Ohio State, long noted for ignoring the pass, has the No. 1 passer in the conference, Cornelius Greene. Indiana sophomore Terry Jones from Cleveland ranks third. And, in another surprise, star Ohio State tailback Archie Griffin is second to Indiana's Courtney Snyder in the Big Ten rushing averages — 151.5 yards to 122.5. Solunar Tables The schedule of Solunar Periods, as printed below, 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. Date A.M. Oct. Day Minor Major "18 Friday 19 Saturday 20 Sunday 21 Monday 22 Tuesday 23 Wednesday 24 Thursday 25 Friday 26 Saturday 27 Sunday /:3i> 8:30 9:30 10:25 11:15 . 12:30 1:10 1:50 1:30 2:45 3:35 3:35 4:40 5:30 6:20 7:00 7:40 8:20 7:55 P.M. Minor 8:50 9:55 9: OS 10:50 11:40 12:10 1:00 1:35 2:15 1:55 Major 3:15 4:10 4:10 5:00 5:55 6:45 7:20 8:00 8:40 8:15 By JACK STEVENSON AP Sports Writer OAKLAND (AP) - The fact 'that the Oakland. A's needed only five games to win the World Series proved particularly galling today to the defeated Los Angeles Dodgers. "They beat us fair and square but I didn't think that we'd get beat in five," admitted first baseman Steve Garvey, the Dodgers' star of the Series. "In this Series, we never did play the game of accomplished, solid ball that we played all year." Oakland fans came in for sharp criticism from outfielders Bill Buckner and Jimmy Wynn. Before the A's seventh inning in Thursday night's clincher, they threatened to walk off the field when Buckner was nearly hit by a liquor bottle, "I was hit in the back of the head by an apple earlier," he said. "I can't say much for those fans. They can't be real baseball fans or they would show up more during the season." Manager Walt Alston added: "I don't think Buckner minded those things you flip (frisbees) but when they started throwing bottles, it was different. "We talked to the umpires and if it had continued, we would have taken the players off ihe field." On Mike Marshall's first pitch following the six-minute delay, Joe Rudi hammered the game-winning home run in the 3-2 triumph. Neither Alston nor catcher Steve Yeager thought the delay had much influence. "Marshall is a veteran," said Alston. "All he could do was stand there and wait. I doubt that the wait had anything to do with what happened next." And Yeager said Marshall threw a good pitch, a low inside fast ball. Alston, proud of his young team that won the National League pennant, explained the World Series defeat in part by saying: "They've never been there before. There's a certain part of this game you can't get from talking. There are a few things you have to get on the playing field that nothing but experience will give you." "No one has to be ashamed,"j said Wynn. "They wanted a pennant in Los Angeles and we gave it to them. Everybody did a great job and I'm proud. "We scored two runs and that's not enough to win a ball game or a World Series. We thought we were a much better hitting ball club but we just couldn't play our game and execute the finer points." The Dodgers lost three times 3-2 and once 5-2. Couplefalls in love ;ing Series By HAL BOCK AP Sports Writer OAKLAND (AP) - If you were casting a 1930s movie serial, Rollie Fingers and his carefully cultivated handlebar moustache would be perfect for the villain. And if you were casting a World Series for the Oakland A's, the man you would want warming up in the bullpen is Fingers, who. has a way of showing up on the mound when the A's are about to win World championships. The sinister looking right- hander earned an automobile as Most Valuable Player in the World Series, winning one game, saving two others, and appearing in all four Oakland victories over Los Angeles. It is no coincidence that the only game Fingers didn't pitch in was the one the Dodgers won. The world championship was the third straight for the A's. They won in seven games in 1972, seven in 1973 and five in 1974. That's 19 baseball games. In 16 of them, Fingers has come out of the' bullpen. There is just so much rubber in any pitcher's arm and Fir gers admitted that the constan| work was beginning to take it toll as he worked against Dodgers in the final two inning of Thursday night's championj ship-clinching game. "I was getting tired," said. "The back of my ar hurt so I couldn't get a breakl ing ball over. I only dbuld gef my fast ball over." In the eighth inning, Fingers tried a breaking ball on Dodg-l ers' slugger Joe Ferguson, who! sent the ball soaring towards! the left field seats — but well! foul. "He hit the pitch nine mil-l lion miles," said Fingers, "if threw it away after that." Before the game, A's pitching! coach Wes Stock sidled up to Fingers and asked how his arm felt after two straight days of I work. "I, told him I had a few innings in it," said the reliever. That was all Stock and Manager Alvin Dark needed to ] hear. With the score tied at 2-2 j and the game moving into the late innings, Stock told Fingers to get ready. "He told me t I'd toe pitching if we-sco'red' run," said Fingers. one RAZORBACK FOOTBALL FACTS OAKLAND (AP) — The World Series was over. The party was just beginning. And for a young couple who met in ihe bleachers Thursday night, the whole world was the Oakland Coliseum infield. Gail Clark, 30, and Dave Ses- nak, 25, both of San Jose, Calif., strolled arm in arm around ihe confetti-littered basepaths where, two hours before, Joe Rudi of the Oakland A's had romped with a Series-winning home run. Gail carried a bouquet of yellow mums with green leaves which she picked up at a post- game party under the stands. Yellow and green are the A's colors. They were arm in arm. They kissed ai home plate, at first base, ai second base, and at third. Then they strolled to the pitching mound, sat down and stared silently, fondly at each other in ihe cool crisp, quiet night. The Coliseum was deserted except for writers still in the press box and ground crews moving sod to get the stadium ready for professional football. "We met in the bleachers," Sesnak told a photographer later. "We'd never seen each other before." Obviously it was love at first sight. "We just thought it would be fun to walk out here on the field where everything hap. pened," said Miss Clark. "You're going to get me fired," said Sesnak. "I took off today to go to the World Series." He wouldn't say where he worked. But everyone — the writers who cheered, Charley Finley who owns the A's, Joe Rudi, the World Series hero, and even the commissioner of baseball hope poor Dave doesn't get fired. After all, baseball and love go together rather well. The / Arkansas-Texas rivalry has been a long and exciting one. Perhaps Arkansas' greatest victory over Texas came in 1965. The game was played in Fayetteville; Texas was ranked No. 1 and Arkansas No. 3. The Hogs jumped to a quick lead. Martine Bercher covered a Longhorn fumble in the endzone. Tommy Trantham stopped a Texas drive when he recovered a fumble in the air and ran 77 yards for Arkansas' second touchdown. But Texas was far from finished. A Longhorn field goal and touchdown cut the Razorback lead to 20-11 at the half. In the second half Texas added another touchdown and two more field goals to take a 24-20 lead in the fourth quarter. In the gathering dark, Arkansas started a drive from its own twenty late in the fourth quarter. Led by Jon Brittenum, Jim lind- sey, and Bobby Crockett, the Hogs marched the length of the field with a minute and a half left in the game, Brittenum took it in from the one for the victory. COMPLIMENTS OF- MEMBER F.D.I.C. WRESTLING HOPE'S FAIR PARK COLISEUM (IN CASE OF COLD WEATHER MATCHES WILL BE HELD IN EXHIBIT BUILDING) FRIDAY NIGHT, OCT. 18TH8:30P.M. MAIN EVENT COWBOY STAN HANSEN VS. ROCKET MONROE SPECIAL EVENT—MIDGET GIRLS' MATCH 98 LB. MISS DARLING DAGMAR VS. 96 LB. MISS DIAMOND UL FIRST BOUT TONIRUSSO VS. INCA PERU ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT THE 7-11 STORE ON WEST THRID AND WASHINGTON STREET IN HOPE.

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