Page 9 article text (OCR)
B!yth«vin« (Ark.) Court* Km - FrWay, April «, 1M> - Pay Wa» ?NOW THE WORK BEG/NS' Baseball 1966—Another Opening - By MURItAY OLDERMAN .; Newspaper Enterprise Assn. Opening day. The ridiculous myth of sick grandmothers. The grand illusion that ballplayers are keyed up sharp, to start in quest of the holy grail. Actually, they're tired. Interminable pepper drills and cold sandwiches in ramshackle . dressing rooms. Strawberries raised from sliding on bumpy minor league infields and sweaty bus rides through hot little towns. That's what they've just come from. So they line up along the baselines, tan from the neck up, for the hoopla of bands, the unfurling of flags and politicians throwing out the first, ball. . * * * "To me," says Maury Wills, the darting captain of the championship Los Angeles Dodgers, "it's the start of a lot of hard work." • Walter Alston says bluntly it means no mbre than one -6f 162 games. Where'i the sentiment and incentive of opening day? "1 suppose," admits Alston, manager 6f the Dftdgers, "there's an extry stimulus because it's the first day of the season, because you know it'll count in the standings. And there's a reward. Claude Osleen'll be our opening day pitcher because he deserves it from spring training." So opening day should be memorable, a special thing in the life of a ballplayer. * * * But Alston, who has been managing the Dftdgers'siftce 1953, can't remember anything about his first opening day in the .major leagues-where the game was played, who the opponent was, which team won. "I remember," he says, "the first exhibition game that year-in Miami." Likewise, Junior Gilliam, who is listed as a coach with the world champions but will A CLEAN START probably play again as he always has when the Dodgers needed hirn, remembers nothing about his inaugural to the big leagues, with Brooklyn in 1954. "You don't look back," he says, as though he invented the phrase. "You got too much to think abbut now and tomorrow." So all the opening days of the last 13 years rnelt into one big glob for him on the calendar. + * + ' But for the younger player, like Jim Lefebvre, there's still the tingle of recall. A year ago, Jim (the ballplayers call him "Frenehy") was a 22-year-old rookie and not sure he would touch a baseball for the opening. "We were going north," he recounts, "and were in Washington on our way to open against the Mets in New York. I bought a New York paper and saw my name listed in the opening lineup. That's how I knew I'd play. I was excited." This year, Lefebvre's not sure whether he'll be at second base or third base, but he's complacent about the prospect of opening the season because he knows he'll play. Shortstop Wills also has vivid impressions of his first inaugural with the Dodgers in 19$0, but Maury is an intense little man who say*, "I remember everything about every important game for at least three years, and longer." For some, there's the drama of the unknown. Tommy Davis is an. outfielder with the Dodgers. Three years ago he led the National League in bitting. The club needs his bat. But last spring Tommy fractured his right ankle in a slide. He still runs with a limp. "Opening day," he muses. "You know what it means? You want to get two hits. Break the maiden, so to speak." Which is horse racing parlance for start- Ing out a winner. ' Bateman Earns 4 Points for BHS in Relays LITTLE ROCK — Bruce Bateman earned four points for the Blytheville High Chickasaws in the Tiger Relays here last night. He was second in the broad jump. They were the only BHS points. Host Little Rock Central won the meet 97-71 over Little Rock Hall. Other scores: North Little Rock 30, West Memphis 14, Conway, Camden and El Dorado 12; Hot Springs 8; Benton and Stuttgart 7; B«ebe 6; Blytheville and Little Rock McClellan 4; Little Rock Metropolitan and Pine Bluff 3. Bateman's jump measured 20'5. Tlie winning measure was 21'2%. Blytheville also competed in the pole vault, 440-yard dash, mile relay and mile run but did not come close enough. .. • ' . J. Maxwell of West Memphis ran a 9.8 100 on the prelims, and won the event in 9.9. Chiekosow Golfers Take Match Blytheville High Chlckasaws defeated Manila's Lion: 3 and 1 in golf here yesterday. Mike Deaton of Manila and Richard Rose, who played each other even, were medalists with 43s. Faulkner (M) defeated Hill; Black (B) defeated Pierce; Me- Waters (B) defeated Robersonj Hubbard .(B) defeated King; while Chicks Bradley and Wagner were unopposed. The Chickasaws have a date at Poplar Bluff, April 3. AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP)-R. H. Sikes of Springdale, Ark. tied with five others for tenth place" after the first round of th«; Masters Golf Tournament. .. A ROCKET FOR YOUR POCKET 'fifi Al DG C fit? Cl. Cpe. $flj| 34 36 Mos. Do ULUd r-oD $295 pn. 04 PIUS ins. Factory Equipped SAM BLACK MOTOR CO. 317 E. Main i. PO 2-2056 SWII1 BROOK OICTIUERV CO.. OIMIBIMTI, OHIO. BLEW Vffllta 80 FiflOF, K% Mill liailllll SPHITt.);. DEFENSE 'SO 6REEN' Hogs Take Break FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Sophomore David Dickey scored two touchdowns Thursday as the Arkansas Razorbacks wound up the pre-Easter segment of spring football practice. The Porkers, defending Southwest Conference champions, take a 10-day Easter recess. Dickey, a tailback, scored on runs of two and 15 yards, both off tackle. Most of the plays during the one hour and 15- minute scrimmage were run through the middle. Quarterback John Eichle of Stuttgart added a third touchdown on a two-yard run and • yard| offense and the defense." He said he thought the whole squad was making progress and said he was pleased with the team's effort. -pi Steve Miltz kicked a 25 field goal and three extra pouits. + + * Coach Frank Broyles said the Razorbacks were "so green defensively it's hard to get a good comparison between the Novel Way to Recruit Gridders What's Cooking at Iowa City? By SANDY PADWE I 0 W A CI T Y, Iowa - (NBA) - Shirley Nagel is devoted . . . she Is understanding ... . and she cooks extremely well. Whether or not her cooking becomes a subject for investigation by the National Collegiate Athletic Association won't be known until November of 1967 when the University of Iowa finishes Its football season. Shirley's husband, Ray, is Iowa's new head football coach. His job is not an easy one because last year the Hawkeyes finished with a 1-9 record. + •*• + This means Ray Nagel has spent most of his time recruiting since his arrival in Iowa City last December from the University of Utah. And Shirley is helping. On a recent Saturday, the phone rang at 10:30 a.m. in the Nagel household, with the caller asking lor the coach. "Oh, you just missed him," Mrs. Nagel said. "We just had four boys over for breakfast and Ray took them for a drive around the campus. •"But you should be able to get him here at about 12:30. He will be back then for sure because I'm making lunch for four other boys." It was a busy .day for Mrs. Nagel considering that she has five of her own children to feed. "We have pretty big food bills," Ray said, smiling. Ray Nagel smiles a lot. He is an extremely personable man. And extremely persuasive, which is one of the main reasons the University of Iowa hired him. "We realized," said alh- $50,000 SALARY Foss Resigns HOUSTON (AP) - American Football League team owners were expected to name a hew commissioner today to succeed Joe Foss. Foss, commissioner since the league was founded six years ago, resigned Thursday effective immediately, without announcing his future plans. A name mentioned prominently around league headquarters as Foss' successor was Al Davis as the owners continued executive sessions in an effort to name the new comissioner. Davis , Is head coach - general manager of tha Oakland Raiders. .. • • *"*'•'*".. , Ralph D. Wilson, league president and owner o! the Buffalo Bills, declined to identify anyone under consideration saying only "we ir« discussing a number of eindidatn." Milt Woodard, secretary- treasurer, automatically became acting commissioner but he let. it be known he was not an applicant for the permanent job. Wilson also said expansion was discussed but indicated awarding of the league's 10th franchise probably would be I made later in the year. Thtre were reports that Chicago headed the list of candidates for the site of the next franchise. Foss announced he was resigning his $50,000 a year job as commissioner just hours after denying he planned to do so. His multi-year contract was to have expired Jan. 15, 1968. After his resignation, Foss, 51, j former Republican governor of South Dakota, told newsmen he had several job offers but declined to elaborate. He did not completely close tha door on re- tnterlng politics. Ray Nagel letic director Forest Evashevski, "that we needed a "salesman" type of coach— a strong leader who could rally the state and who could talk convincingly to young men and could well represent the University of Iowa both academically and athletically." Ray Nagel is suited for both. Academically, he holds a law degree from UCLA. Athletically, he was a pro quarterback with the Chicago Cardinals, coached under Red Sanders at UCLA and Bud Wilkinson at Oklahoma before succeeding Jack Curtice as head coach at Utah in 1958. When Nagel replaced Curtice, he was 31, the young- est head football coach at a major university. It was the coaching experience under Wilkinson that helped Nagel choose between football and law. "Until that time," Nagel said, "football was thrilling, exciting, but temporary. When I got to Oklahoma, though, I realized this is what I wanted to do. * * * "I haven't had much legal experience except for handling some little scrapes for friends." If the NCAA. gets sus-. picious of Iowa's record in a few years, and if they start checking Mrs. Nagel's grocery bills, Ray's legal experience may prove quite handy as he tries to explain things to Walter Byers. Tough to Catch' Nicklaus Has A Noble Goal AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Jack Nicklaus is determined to win the Masters for a boyhood pal killed in a plane crash, and even such feared challengers as Arnold Palmer concede the de- Ending champion will be hard a catch. "The 68 Jack shot was damn good considering the wind," Palmer said of Nicklaus' opening charge Thursday in .the 30th annual golf tournament. "If the wind dies down, it will be tough to catch him." Nicklaus, trying to. become the first to win back-to-back titles, apparently has no doubts tiow the tournameat will go. * * * "The los of Bob Barton made me determined to play well for him," Nicklaus said. " I've pretty well made up my mind ho* I'll play this wek. "He and I started playing golf together, and his death was a great personal loss to me," Nicklaus said of the Columbus, Ohio friend who died in a plane crash in Tennessee along with Mrs. Barton and another couple, who were flying to Georgia to watch Nicklaus play. Nicklaus said that he never was able to concentrate strictly on golf during the round. "I have been sick to my stomach ever since I heard about the crash," he said. * * * However, Nicklaus carved four strokes off par over the long Augusta National layout and took a three-stroke lead over the field. The 26-year-old Golden Bear, Gun Club Members of the National Rifle Association and other interested sportsmen are invited to a meeting of the Mississippi County Gun Club tonight. Plans for the club's gun range at Burdelte are to be discussed at the 7 o'clock meeting in Goff Hotel. HOCKEY AT A GLANCE By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Semifinal Playoffs Thursday's Results Montreal 4, Toronto, 3, Montreal leads best-of-7 series, 1-0 Chicago 2, Detroit 1, Chicago leads best-of-7 series, 1-0 who tamed the course with a record 271 a year ago for his second Masters triumph, said he was helped by some lucky breaks en route to his 68. • "Talk about luck," Nicklaus said, "I hooked my tee shot on one and it went into the ninth fairway. I hit a four iron 25 feet from the pin, and sand it for a birdie. I New smoothness! New mildness! New enjoyment! New smartness! New popularity! Ultra-smooth! That's new Sunny Brook. An extra process rounds off its edges, brightens its taste. So smooth, it was voted tops among 6782 people sampled. In its smart new "Contempo" bottle, it's the finest Sunny Brook since 1891. Brilliant! Sunny Brook-today's brilliant choice in whiskey-1 FIFTHS .;.. $4.70 PINTS .... 12.95 HALF PINTS $1.49 Hording Ahead LITTLE ROCK (AP)- Hard ing College placed .first in 10 of 16 events to win the college Division of the Tiger Relayi her* Thursday night. HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW O'STEEN'S JEWELRY & GIFTS STORE? 105 W. MAIN Just One Door East of Fred's Dollar Store. WE HAVE "GIFTS" FOR THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE EVERYTHING! One of the nice things about owning it is selling it. A new Volkswagen doesn't depreciate wildly the minute you turn the key. In a sense, .the older it gets the more valuable it gets. So that in S years, the same VW'will be worth more than some S.year-old cars that cost twice qs much to begin with. Old VWs are worth a lot because a lot of people want them. For one thing,.it lakes o real car nut to tell a clean used on* from o new One. VWsolwoyt look Ilk* VWt. Another reason is that they hold up. A VW is put together so well, it's practically airtight, tit helps to open a window to close a door. Even on old ones.l And, new VW or old, there's all that rice money you keep saving on gas. Oil. tires, insurance, and repairs. Which means you can get a nice pries for it. llf.for lorn* strong* r»oson,you'd want to sell.) ll'j ih* kind ol economy that people or* willing to pay on arm and a leg for. CENTRAL MOTOR SALES 1300 S. Division Blytheville, Ark. (European Dtllv«H«» Avitltble) PO 3-181?