The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee on April 26, 1978 · Page 20
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The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee · Page 20

Nashville, Tennessee
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Wednesday, April 26, 1978
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Couldn't Get Along With Players From Wire Reports MONTREAL Vern Rapp, a hard disciplinarian in a free-wheeling era, was fired as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals last night and replaced by coach Jack Krol. Rapp, hired by the Cardinals after a highly-successful minor league career as manager, was abruptly dismissed after the Cardinals lost 10 of their 16 games this season. His relations with his players had been questioned almost since the day he was hired in 1977. "THEY DECIDED sometime during the day, apparently prior to the game, but I was notified afterwards," he said after the Cardinals' 7-2 victory over the Montreal Expos. "We had a very tough week. Unfortunately there was a press leak by one of the radio stations in St. Louis involving a dispute with Ted Simmons. I have no regrets. I'm sorry I didn't have enough time. I've been knocked down before." Rapp, whose tour with the Cardinals was his first as a major league manager, said he "hoped to be back again." Krol, 41, has been with the Cardinal's organization since signing as a third baseman in 1954. He started his managerial career with Rock Hill of the Western Carolina League in 1966 and he also managaed St. Louis farm teams at Cedar Rapids, St. Petersburg, Modesto, Little Rock and Tulsa. Krol won pennants at Little Rock in 1971 , Tulsa in 1973 and St. Petersburg in 1975. A MEMBER of the old school who believed that winning was a direct outgrowth of discipline, Rapp got into trouble with members of the Cardinals in spring training last season when he ordered all players to be clean shaven. His biggest antagonists were relief pitcher Al Hrabosky and outfielder Bake McBride and the differences nearly led to a clubhouse revolt. Hrabosky, who believe his Fu Manchu mustache made him a better pitcher, took his case to clubowner Gussie Busch who, in turn, asked Rapp to rescind the edict. Busch, however, supported Rapp in a statement and also told Hrabosky, "You better start winning ball games." Both McBride and Hrabosky were traded by the Cardinals as further evidence of Busch's backing of Rapp. But the problems within the ranks, seemingly put to rest during a winter of harmony, resurfaced this spring with Manager Vern Rapp admitting he called All-Star catcher Ted Simmons a loser." THE NATIONAL LEAGUE team's broadcaster, Jack Buck, revealed the confrontation during a talk show from Montreal, when the Cards were playing the Expos. Rapp, reached by telephone, confirmed the incident but downplayed its significance. "That's nine days ago. I don't deny that statement," he maintained. "I apologized at the time and said that it was taken out of context. When you have heated discussions, sometimes things like that are said." Buck, who told of the incident on radio station KMOX Monday night, said the exchange occurred April 15 in Rapp's office following St. Louis' 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Simmons, it was reported, turned on music in the clubhouse and was taken to task by Rapp. "ALL I KNOW is that it happened. It was a situation that in my mind is over," Simmons said from Montreal. "Frankly, I've been trying to do the best I can ever since. All I can say is that it (Rapp's charge) was said." Rapp said his remark to Simmons meant only that the star performer has yet to play on a championship team. "There's no one who has more individual capabilities of leadership than Ted Simmons. I think I said that a long time ago," Rapp added. In St. Louis, Cardinals General Manager Bing (Turn to Page 23) . WSvs - fr --- 4r ImS , 15 Rain Delays Greer Opener S ry P By JEFF IIANNA As it has throughout the struggle to get Herschel Greer Stadium ready for the Nashville Sounds home opener, the weather failed to cooperate yesterday when rain forced postponement of the Sounds and Savannah Braves. The Sounds and Braves will try again tonight with a single game scheduled at 7:45 p.m. A single game will be played tomorrow night with a doubleheader on Friday. He TENNESSEAN Workmen install the infield sod at Herschel Greer Stadium in anticipation of tonight's home opener between the Nashville Sounds and Savannah Braves. The game was postponed by rain last night but is Despite Money, Fame hi Staff photo by Dale Ernsberger scheduled for a 7:45 p.m. start with opening night ceremonies at 7:15 p.m. Conway Twitty, majority owner of the Sounds, will throw out the first ball to open the home stand. Page 20 WEDNESDAY April 26, 1978 a Chanaed W Oaf For Earl Campbell HOUSTON (AP) - Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell, destined to become the Houston Oilers' third millionaire, said yesterday money and fame won't change him. If neoDle talk to him he'll still answer them. HE'S CERTAINLY setting a chance to talk since the Oilers obtained the No.l pick in next Tuesday's National Football League draft and announced Campbell would be their selection. "I never like to be alone and I like talking to people," Campbell said Tuesday after a long night of an swering the telephone in his room on the University of Texas campus. "That way I get to know about them and they find out something about me besides No. 20 carrying that little brown thing under his arm." It was Campbell's first visit to Houston since Oilers' owner Bud Adams said Monday the team had made a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the No.l pick. Adams was the only Oiler millionaire until early this year, when quarterback Dan Pastorini signed a multi-year contract believed to be worth about $1.3 million. THE OILERS obtained the rights to Campbell by dealing tight end Jimmy Giles and four high draft choices to Tampa Bay. That announcement was followed by a statement from Campbell's attorney, Mike Trope. Trope, who negotiated million- (Turn to Page 21) H if 7 x: i j tez. Paper Reports Valium Misuse Federal Laws: UNC In Violation? Earl Campbell Unchanged Man FAYETTE VILLE , N.C. (AP) -Campus health officials at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill may be violating state and federal laws by not keeping proper records on use of the tranquilizer Valium by school athletes, the Fayetteville Times reports. The apparent violations were reported in the third installment of a six-part copyright series on drug abuse among North Carolina college athletes. The paper said that members and former members of the UNC football team told the Times they were getting Valium from team physicians and then mixing it with beer to get high. The Times added that a UNC health service pharmacist told the paper the service kept no records on who got the pills, despite state and federal laws that specifically required such records. "There are individual records kept only on selected drugs," said Wayne Pittman, head pharmacist for the health service. "Valium is not one of them." Officials at Duke, East Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest said records were kept on all controlled substances they dispensed, but they said Valium was not made available to athletes in their programs. UNC team physician Dr. Joseph DeWalt insisted that proper records had been kept, defended the use of Valium in sports medicine and said he had not dispensed more than 50 pills in any one season, generally three or four at a time. "Most of the players I give it to (Turn to Page 21) 7 TONIGHT'S OPENING night ceremonies will start at 7:15 p.m. with country music star Conway Twitty, majority owner of the club, throwing out the first ball. Unlike the snowy winter weather which had set stadium construction back more than a month and had made last night's opener a touch-and-go situation all week, yesterday's uncooperative weather may have been a blessing. Workmen were racing the clock yesterday, still installing infield sod and fences behind home plate early last evening. "We could and would have played the game as scheduled had it not been for. the rain," said Sounds general manager Farrell Owens. "But getting the extra day of work will help us make the stadium more playable than it might otherwise have been." Owens also announced that anyone who purchased reserved or box seat tickets for last night's opener must exchange those tickets between 8 a.m. and noon today for tickets to tonight's game. The reserved tickets for Game One and the box seats for April 25 will not be honored tonight. General admission tickets are, however, good for any night, including the opener. The Sounds office is located on Chestnut Street at Ft. Negley. Last night's rainout gave the Sounds (4-5) and Braves (5-7) two straight off days a rarity in Southern League play. The rainouts mean Nashville starter Bruce Berenyi will be pitching on five days rest. Berenyi, 2-0 with a 2.07 earned run average, will oppose Savannah lefthander Dom Chiti, a Memphis native, who is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA. "THE EXTRA rest is unusual since we're going with a four-man starting rotation, but I don't really mind it," said Berenyi who has Rosted wins against Memphis and inoxville in his only two starts. "I pitched against a lot of the guys on the Savannah roster last year when I was at Shelby and they were at Greenwood in the Western Carolinas League," Berenyi said. "I had some success against them last year, but a lot ot them will (Turn to Page 21) f$7HEN AFFIRMED and Alydar meet in the Ken- V tuckv Derbv a week from Saturday, it will be their seventh clash ... In the previous six, Affirmed has won four, but so close has the competition been in all of them, Affirmed's total edge is a nose and a neck . . . The emergence of these two outstanding horses, plus the entry of Sensitive Prince and Believe It, may limit the field this year to as low as eight, and there 1 rertamlv will he no more than 2 x1 m TnlORQ tlicirou;oro rnilv 1 eight in the field, and in 1976, vy,j only nine . . . Churchill 0 V2mm-srx oooooooooooo by F.M.Williams o o " 7 - . 1 . . j 1 t i nenerai aamission ucKets to p4 ffM i the infield at this year's derby 'A c -i v in fiAxmnna KaniC7a lict unit tn.ere were so manv conter- "L 5TrVlTl Ieus presented at tne gate. Ed Temple '..V ;f . . Bob Tyler, Mississippi State's athletic director and head football coach, appeared before the NCAA's council yesterday to appeal for leniency in application of a rule that has never been utilized . . . The NCAA can assess iurther Dunishment UDon State as a result of the national governing body's victory in the Mississippi Supreme Court concerning the eligibility of tackle Larry Gillard . . . Gillard played out his eligibility before the high court reversed a lower court ruling against the NCAA, which put Mississippi State on probation and Gillard on the ineligible list for accepting a discount from a clothing store . . . "This is the first time this rule has been applied," said David Cawood, of the NCAA staff. "It says in effect that should a member institution lose its final appeal, it is subject to further penalties if the council sees fit." GAYLE BARRON, the 33-year old physical culture advocate who won the women's division ot the Boston Marathon, wasted no time making a pitch for further participation in sports for members of her sex once she returned to Atlanta, where she conducts classes for women in physical fitness, as well as doing some sportscasting on television . . . She didn't begin running until she was a senior in college, she points out, and says there is no way now for her to develop her speed to the extent she could have with training in high school . . . Oak Ridge Attorney Dorothy Stulberg has asked the Tennessee Board of Education to allow her to speak at its May 5 meeting . . . She wants to take away the authority of the TSSAA to conduct high school sports in the state, or at least, to have the board more closely supervise its action ... It is another of the problems the TSSAA asked for when it went against the membership and voted not to change to five-on-five basketball tor girls. Speaking of women athletes, Coach Pete Minton didn't have the money in his budget for a banquet for his Vanderbilt women's track team, so tomorrow afternoon he's throwing an ice cream feast for them in the Hospitality Room at Memorial gymnasium ... An unknown running back named Willie McClendon grabbed the headlines in Georgia's spring football game last Saturday, rushing for 139 yards on 24 tries, catching two passes for 14 more, and scoring two touchdowns . . . It's early, but everyone who has seen San Diego shortstop Ozzie Smith is talking about him in the same tones as greeted Garry Templeton, of the Cardinals, when he first came up . . . After Smith robbed Atlanta's Jeff Burroughs the other night, Burroughs commented that "most shortstops even trying that play would wind up on the disabled list for six weeks. DESPITE WINNING only one individual championship in the National AAU boxing tournament last week, Nashville wound up second in the team standings, according to Chuck Chellman . . . The Marine Corps took the title that Nashville had won in 1977 . . .This is undoubtedly the final year in baseball for Charlie Finlcy, but the man is going out swinging for some of his ideas that would improve the game . . . He still says a walk should be issued on three balls, adding offense to the sport, and there are indications that fans do, indeed, like scoring . . . After Memphis State piled up an incredible 39 runs against Delta State, a record crowd of 2,800 showed up for the next game . . . Bud Ford, the assistant sports information director at the University of Tennessee, and his wife, Sandy, finally got their adopted baby this week, an eight weeks' old boy named Brent Allen . . . Want a hint on the winner of the NCAA tennis championships to be held at the University of Georgia May 22-29? . . .Well, last year's individual champ, Matt Mitchell, is now playing No. 3 on Stanford's team. Tennessee State's Ed Temple is scheduled to lead a six-member track team to East Germany for a three-day meet June 14, 15, 16, which would be his eighth overseas trip since he took a U.S. team of women stars to Russia in 1958 ... Ed is having trouble with a painful wrist that will eventually necessitate surgery, but he hopes to put it off until he gets back from the June trip . . . If the New York Yankees didn't buy their world championship, they surely didn't grow it . . . Seven of the nine starters against Baltimore on Monday night, were originally signed by other teams . . . The two exceptions were catcher Thurman Munson and pitcher Ron Guidry . . . Critics of the scoring decision that protected St. Louis pitcher Bob Forsch's no-hitter against Pittsburgh, keep saying that Ken Reitz didn't touch the ball, so it should have been a hit . . . Touching the ball is no longer a criteria for scoring hits and errors ... It is a matter of judging whether the fielder should have touched it or not . . . Alabama has signed the National Junior College sprint champion to a track grant-in-aid ... He is James Mallard, ot Tampa, Fla., who has not lost a race in two years ... He has run 10.36 in the 100 meters, 20.41 in the 200 and six seconds in the 60, as well as the world's third fastest time, 30.05, in the 300.

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