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Strike Song Recorded 14 McEnroe Tells Ills Side of Snub 14 Wayne Simpson's Story 16 Promoter To Pay Debts 17 The Pro, Amateur Scoreboard 24 L TUESDAY July 7, 1981 Page 1 3 Miller If v Cm pern so i'i ci WITH iauii niDD uunn uiuu SPORTS EDITOR PUS xi ............ i . ii i rii iui i'i UULIlkmiLUJlAlU . Easy Answers QINCE LATE May, Rudy Rejoinder has O been camping in the Indianapolis Speed-'.L way infield, convinced that before the sum-; 'mer ends, Bobby Unser and Mario Andretti - will return to settle the 500 controversy. "They'll be called back for a 20-lap sprint " j to determine the winner of the 500. It's the ,v only fair way to settle the thing," Rejoinder rejoined yesterday. "I think by now every-vibody interested in the race surely realizes .u Unser and Andretti both are right They can ."fool around with appeals and court action t . forever, but in the final analysis, the only fair way will be to put both cars back in the pits, drop a green flag, get out of the way, and turn them loose for 20 laps to see who wins. '-Any other solution is going to be distasteful - to at least 50 percent of the racing world, not ' to mention unsatisfactory to one of the driv- ers." ' Rejoinder is a self-styled philosopher who pals around with a couple of buddies of mine, .'- Iroquois steeplechasing expert Col. Ebenezer ' Fetlock and that peerless pigskin prognosti-. cator, Major Amos B. Hoople. - REJOINDER LISTS Redbean, Ark., as his home, and claims to be the man who taught Jerry Pate how to dive. He admits he doesn't have all the answers to the numerous controversies which are headlining world events these days. "But, most sports problems have ridiculously easy solutions," Rejoinder explained, j " Sure, Double R, that's easy for you to say, but for openers, what about this John McEnroe thing? What's the answer there? How Itong must the tennis officials of the world sit -on pins and needles, fidgeting and worrying when the next McEnroe tantrum will erupt? "It's so simple, I'm ashamed to say it," Rejoinder replied. "You ever play tennis? How many matches have you played with lines-men, umpires and referees involved? Probably none. Right? v "The solution is ready-made, built right ibito the game. It's the honor system. Everybody follows this plan, everybody' except tournament players. Why change the flow of. play of such a fine competition as tennis simply because it's being played for a lot of mon-tey and prestige at a place like Wimbledon? Let the tournament participants call their shots, too, just like everybody else does. If there's a questionable call, re-play the point. That's how it's done day-in and day-out, a million times a week. : - : ; ;: ' Vrh . - ' ' - . ' itt-4r'-' J A- ' '"-Vv-'V fe i'5'ii ' , i - , .y -, AP Laserphoto Frsf Of Two MEMPHIS Don Mattingly of the Nashville first to complete the double ploy in the third Sounds is out at second as Memphis second inning of the Southern League All-Star baseman Glen Franklin relays the baseball to game. Mattingly and the All-Stars won 10-3. M-tr&Fk The NEW YORK (AP) Marvin Miller, executive director of the Major League Players Association, testified yesterday that requiring professional compensation for the loss of top-ranking free agents would drastically effect a player's bargaining power. Miller spent more than two hours testifying before an administrative law judge in a National Labor Relations Board proceeding as another day went by without negotiations in the players' strike. MEANWHILE, BOTH the players association and the club owners called meetings for this week in New York. ' The NLRB hearing, postponed three times since its original date of June 15, was called to examine charges of unfair bargaining by management in dealings with the union. The union has asked that the 26 club owners be required to open ' their books following various statements of financial difficulties attributed to some team v V S' N ' it l "THAT ELIMINATES all the arguments. It will take five minutes of play to determine who's the villain and who's the hero. It's like , playing nine holes of golf with a guy. In an hour and half you can find out all you'll ever need to know about him. "Calling the shots in tennis puts the onus on the players, and that's where it should be.' After all, the players are closer to the action (Turn to Page 16, Column 1) By TOM SQUIRES Tennessean Sports Writer .: -. MEMPHIS The Southern League finally got to punch Memphis back. For the past few years, the rest of the league has taken some dreadful beatings from the Chicks. But, last night was our turn. Why, Memphis got popped by Chattanooga, Nashville, Birmingham, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Orlando, Savannah, Columbus, and even Knoxville. They all ganged up on the Chicks as the Southern League All-Stars drubbed the first-half Western Division champs 10-3 before 5,366 fans at Tim McCarver Stadium. THE ALL-STARS ripped Memphis pitching for 14 hits, including the first homer of the season by league batting leader Kevin Rhomberg of Chattanooga and a two-run homer by Birmingham's Jeff Kenaga. Eastern Division first-half champ Orlando got in the most punches. The Twins accounted for Jour hits, two walks, and two runs-battedrin. Randy Bush singled home the first two All-Star runs in the first inning and Gary Gaetti stroked three singles in four trips to the plate. 5 Memphis wound up with a total of nine Kits off five All-Star pitchers. Anthony Johnson doubled home one run in the first inning and Jerry Fry plated another with a sacrifice fly In the third. . Chicks;. 1 0-3 NASHVILLE'S TWO All-Star representatives pitcher Jamie Werly and first baseman Don Mattingly also contributed to the victory. i Mattingly started for the Stars, walked and scored in the first inning and drove in a run with a single in the third before giving way to Birmingham's Mike Laga. . Werly hurled the seventh and eighth for the All-Stars, allowing three hits while fanning two and walking none. He gave up Memphis' third run of the game in the eighth on a single by Mike Stenhouse and a triple by former Tennessee State star Roy Johnson. . Birmingham's Kenaga, who doubled home a run in the third, hit a two-run homer in the eighth to earn ,the game's most valuable player award. JACKSONVILLE'S JEFF Cornell, the All-Star starting pitcher who allowed Memphis' first two runs, was credited with the win while Chicks' starter Tommy Shimp got the loss. Nashville's Werly was hoping not to see action last night because of a badly swollen ankle, injured when hit by a batted ball during a recent home game against Birmingham. : "I doubt if there were any pitchers who were dying to go out there and throw," said Werly. "It was just a matter of who resisted the least. Tom (All-Star manager Tom Kelly of Orlando) said he was hurting for bodies so I said I would try it. v "ITS HARD to get up to pitch against Memphis in an all-star game. It would've been much better had we been playing a major league club or maybe pitching against the all-stars. Heck, I've 'got to pitch against Memphis Thursday when it really means something," he continued. . This was Werly's second all-star game in as many seasons, but he didn't see any action last year because the contest was rained out in Jacksonville. "I was supposed to start that game against Atlanta and I was pumped up," he said. "I already had the ball and was warming up in the bullpen when they called the game." Werly and Mattingly. were the only all-stars who weren't . greeted by ap- plause during introductions. Memphis fans responded at their names with a chorus of boos. Since he's not scheduled to see action until Thursday, Werly went straight home to Nashville today while Mattingly flew to Jacksonville where the Sounds are wrapping up a four-game series against the Suns tonight. Mattingly returned to Jacksonville just in time to make the 10-hour bus trip back home to Nashville following (Turn to Page 14, Column 1) owners as well as Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. Melvin Welles, senior administrative law judge, presided at yesterday's hearing. THE MORNING session was occupied by opening statements for the two sides with attorney George Cohen representing the players and Louis Hoynes, the National League attorney, speaking for management Miller took the stand after a lunch break and, under examination by NLRB attorney Mary Schuette, traced the history of the union's relations with 'management which has led up to the current strike, now 25 days old. In all, 309 games have been' canceled because of the strike. . ; THE PLAYERS' association executive board will meet In New York tonight and the owners have called a meeting for Thursday at 4.p.m. CDT, also here. Both sides will convene to be updated on the status of negotiations and of the NLRB proceedings. According to The New York Times, eight teams the New York Yankees and Mets; Baltimore Orioles; Texas Rangers; Chicago White Sox; San Diego Padres; Houston ; Astros and Cleveland Indians had ", requested by telegram to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn that the meeting be scheduled. The Times said that two owners identified Orioles' owner Edward Bennett Williams as the leader of the group. The owners have not met since the strike began June 12. . ....... At the heart of Miller's testis mony was the argument that professional player compensation the sole issue in the current strike "would damage greatly the bargaining power of each and every player for whom it would be required." "WHEN A club has to give up one of its assets in order to sign a free agent, clearly that has to be a negative impact on that player," Miller said. After Schuette completed her examination for the NLRB, attorney David Silberman, representing the players association, continued the questioning, r; Silberman frequently clashed with Hoynes, who often objected to the questioning and interrupted the players' attorney. "I DO NOT understand your question." Hoynes told Silberman. "If you ask your question (Turn to Page 16, Column 1) : Guthrie's Racing I Depends on Hitchi Future AP Loserphotos Guthrie's Greatest Moments Jonet Guthrie, who has been out of racing for the past year for lack of a sponsor, hopes to soon be back in the driver's seat. In the past, Guthrie made quite a splash on the race track as evidenced by (top left) her finishing smile at her first Indianapolis 500, qualifying (top right) for the Daytona 500 and making a pit stop (bottom) during Indy 500 action. By LARRY WOODY Janet Guthrie has a reputation to protect . You see, she was once known as a fast woman. ;; An extremely fast woman. That's the reputation she wants to revive. , You do remember Janet? THE WOMAN driver who barged her way into the Indy 500 and various NASCAR races a couple years ago? Who went on to bend a few fenders and bruise an ego or two along the way? Who buttoned the lips of those aw-that-gal-can't-drive skeptics? Then, just when she seemed to be becoming an established race driver not a woman race driver she dropped out of the news. It's been a year now since she's raced. That doesn't mean the racing lady who turned out to be a tiger has hung up her helmet Not by a long shot. Janet says she's more than ready to resume her career. ALL THAT'S keeping her from racing is a race car. "I was forced out by a lack of sponsorship," said Guthrie yesterday during a visit to The Tennessean sports department as part of a promotional tour as highway safety consultant for Metropolitan Property and Liability Insurance Company. "I'm actively seeking a sponsorship that would get me back into racing," she added. "In fact, I'm scheduled to meet with some people this week in Chicago for discussions that might lead to a sponsorship." Is she excited about the prospects? "No, I try never to get my hopes up too much," she said candidly. "There are too many indefinite things in this business SHE SHAKES her head, smiles, and adds: , "I always try to think positively, but cautiously." Janet said she is enjoying her work with the life insurance people, but confessed: "I'd much prefer to be here for this weekend's race. (Saturday night's Busch Nashville 420.)" In 1977, Guthrie became the first woman to drive in a Grand National race at Nashville Race-' way. She remembers the experience as "one of the hottest races I've ever been in. I had to have a relief driver before it was over. But I enjoyed the experience very much and I wish I was driving here Saturday night." ALTHOUGH much was made of Guthrie's crashing auto racing's sex barrier at the time, Janet was never intimidated. For example, her response to a critic's claim that women had neither the strength nor endu-race to race at Indy, was: "I drive the car; I don't carry it." in' Ride It was five years ago, in 1976, that Janet Guthrie's name began to creep into the sports pages. That was the year she tried to qualify for the Indy 500. Tried and failed. Skeptics said well, that was that. It just went to show that the Brickyard was no place for a lady. But next year the lady was back. And that time she managed to qualify her car, turning in the fastest speeds for the entire second weekend. But her engine fizzled shortly after the race got underway. AGAIN THE skeptics chortled. Well, maybe a woman could qualify for the Indy 500, they allowed, but she certainly couldn't drive in it. In 1978, guess who showed up for a third try? Guthrie. This time she qualified, drove the race, and finished ninth. The critics were confounded and silenced. Guthrie went on to challenge the high banks of Daytona, Charlotte, Bristol and other tracks on the Grand National circuit. Her best finish was sixth at Bristol Her biggest purse was a $6,890 paycheck in the 77 Daytona 500. Right now, though, it's been a long time between starts for Janet. Too long. She fairly fidgets when she talks about getting back behind the wheel. Chances are, she'll figure some way before long. Sitting still has never been Janet's strong point. i Mb

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