The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 19, 1966 · Page 9
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April 19, 1966

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

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Cturitr N*wf - Tunday, Aprfl If, MM - ft* MM Spahn Waits by Telephone think 1 can . By SANDY PADWE Newspaper Enterprise Asia. HARTSHORNE, OKLA. (NEA) Perhaps he was thinking of the April day in 1953 when the old Boston Braves opened in Milwaukee where the and the fans literally clawed sidewalks were lined 10 deep past the police as the motorcade proceeded up the street... Or maybe it was the September day in 1960 when Warren Spahn had 19 wins and was facing the Phillies. He won No. 20 with a 4-0 no-hitter. Or maybe it was that October afternoon in 1948 with 86,288 watching in Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. The Indians had taken three straight from the Braves and needed one game to win the World Series. Boston used the lefthander that day. The World Series did not end. There are countless memories like that for Warren Spahn — the day he won his 300th game, the day he became the win- ningesl lefthander in baseball history. And the day the world's cham- pionship game to Milwaukee, a gift for those same people who stood in the streets four years before. * t * Perhaps all those moments crossed Warren Spahn's mind this spring, the first since 1940 that he was not wearing a baseball uniform. It hasn't been an easy adjustment for Spahn, a man with intense pride and intense belief in himself. Last year he was 44 when he finished the season with the San Francisco Giants. But this spring, even though they needed a lefthanded starter, Spahn's name did not appear on the Giants' spring training roster. Instead, Warren Spahn spent the time on his 2,800-acre cattle ranch in southeast Oklahoma. "I'm not a cowboy," he said. "I'm a windshield rancher. I just drive around and boss the ranch boss." It may occupy his time. But not his mind. "I don't know exactly how I feel," he said. "I've been busy here, but I can't truthfully say I haven't missed it. * * * 'I still think I can pitch. I've been throwing down at the high school with the kids on the team, They get a kick out of it and it keeps me in shape. I weigh less now than I did a year ago. "I thought maybe I could have caught on with one of the teams that needed pitching.help. Now SKINS SIGN TWO WAHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Redskins of the National Football League announced today the signing of two young defensive specialists, both of whom scored touchdowns in the final game of the 1965 season. The players are Tommy Walters, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound safety, and Rickie Harris, 6-foot, 182-pound cornerman. In San Francisco during 1965 the Giants beat tile Houston Astros eight times in nine games. I guess I'll have to wait until they see their strengths and weaknesses. Maybe then I'll get a call. Maybe one of the teams in the pennant race will need some experienced help..." So Warren Spahn waits. Meanwhile, he supervises the ranch and goes down to '.he high school for his workouts. The kids are a little awed every time that right leg kicks high in the air, just the way it did in the newsreels and on television and in the newspapers. » ¥ * To them — and a lot of oth- evs — Warren Spahn's name belongs with Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Stan Musial. All were great athletes, but not all were as stubborn as Warren Spahn who maintains that he can still win in the major leagues at 45. Warren Spahn won 363 games during his major league career. Only five others have won more Who knows, maybe stubbornness accounted for 30 or 40 of those wins. . . still pitch." Porkers Drill Again FAYETTBVILLE, Ark. (AP 1 — Spring football practice resumed here today for the Arkansas Razorbacks and Coach Frank Broyles said his staff will concentrate on fundamentals drills and light scrimmages. Broyles said the workouts would be unchanged from those he sent the Porkers through before the Easter holidays—four two-hour sessions a week followed by 30-minute scrimmages. The coach said he wasn't aware of any players who would miss workouts today because of injuries. CATANIA, Sicily (AP) Marly Riessen of Evanston, 111., wiio had won the men's singles crown Sunday, completed a sweep at the Catania Tennis Tournament when he teamed with Jim McBanus of Berkeley, Calif., and captured the men's doubles title Monday. ANGEL HAVEN—The California Angels have a home at last—brand new Angel Stadium in Aniheim. Stadium capacity is 43,204. The distance from home plate to the wall in centerfleld is 407 feet, 333 feet down the foul lines. A Million's Worth a Few Privations By MURRAY OLDERMAN Sports Editor Newspaper Enterprise Assn. ATLANTA, Ga. — This is the case of William C. Bartholomay versus the people of Milwaukee. An athletic figure, looking younger than 37 years, though his carefully coifed long brown hair has swirls of gray, Bill Bartholomay is the chairman of the board of the Atlanta Braves. That's a fancy title for'the boss man.) Now then, Mr. Bartholomay, state your plea. "Our side of the story has never been told. I don't think there ever was a better case for moving a franchise. Milwaukee is the only city I've ever heard of in which the local citizens never expressed the desnre to buy a 'big league team. I can't imagine no one in New York wanting the Yankees." Are we to take it that no Milwaukee group ever made an offer to buy the Braves? "We had offers from other cities. I heard about Milwaukee but never had a direct offer made." Why did you get disenchanted with playing in Milwaukee? "T here was no interest in commercial sponsorship. It was a declining sports area. Milwaukee lost its PGA tournament. Marquette's out of football. The basketball Hawks moved to St. Louis. Only in recent years have the Green Bay Packers been supported." Now Bill — may we call you Bill? — (Bartholomay nods) — as the president of three big corporations and a director of three others — it's normal to survey a venture before moving- into it. When the Braves were acquired by your group in 1962, why .wasn't the situation in Milwaukee thoroughly inyestigated? "You don't buy a ball club that way. We had to raise $6.5 LAWN MOWER PARTS WE HAVE 'EM Gentry stocks the most complete line of lawn mower parts in this area. We are dealer for these famous brand motors. e Wisconsin • Briggs & Stratton e Tecumseh • Clinton e Large selection of new mowers to choose from, e We stock any size and type of blade to fit your mower e 60 New motors to choose from For Free Pickup A Delivery Call GENTRY'S GARAGE 317 W. Ash Ph. PO 3-4269 million in two and a half weeks or it would have gone to some other city. 1 felt the major decline of interest in Milwaukee was due to absentee ownership. The Perinis lived in Framingham, Mass. Now I wasn't born on the corner of Wisconsin and Third Street, but my family has always lived in Lake Geneva, Wis., and I was raised there. Our hope was that after we got the club, eight to 10 Milwaukee investors would go in with us.- We never got any, and after we made a public stock offer, at the same price we bought it, there was no interest." When did you decide to leave? "The decision to move was made in October, 1964. We had lost a million and a half the first two years. A lot of that can be used for tax write-off, but not all. We kept our losses down by selling $400,000. worth of ballplayers — fellows like Roy McMillan and Ron Hunt. I wish we had that Hunt now." Then you felt no obligation as an owner to stay in Milwaukee? "I feel this about a baseball owner's job — in the first place, he's not going to win any popularity contest. He's obligated to put the best possible team on the field. He has no obligation to go bust in the community. If he can't make it, he should offer it to local interests." Why, then, were not the peo- ple of Milwaukee apprised that the Braves could be bought? "In retrospect, I should have said something like that. I'll say this even now. I'd rather break even in Milwaukee than make a million elsewhere. But baseball is not for widows and orphans. It's a business up to the break-even point. I've never made 10 cents out of the Braves The first three years I collected no salary." And now? "We're a public corporation, so you might as well know. I make $25,000. It costs me that much, after taxes, to keep two homes here and in Chicago." Has it been worth it? 'As an owner, you live In a FREE-OVENWARE-FREE OF EXTRA COST) {OF EXTRA COB) PROVINCIAL OVENWARE By special arrangement with the manufacturer we are now able to give to you, our customers, famous SOLANA OVENWARE FREE ih appreciation of your continued patronage. SOLANA WARE is a timesVested and proven ovenware of the finest quality. 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Local players who fail to register by the above dates will be ineligible to play during the 1966 season, Dr. Jerome warned. Manila Gal High Roller New Orleans, La. (AP) — Norma Beach of Manila, Ark., rolled a 199-149-178-526 series Monday to move into third place in the Division 2 tingles o£ the Women's International Bowling Congress Tournament. goldfish bowl. You've got to lake it." The above deposition was made in Atlanta, Ga., where Bill Bartholomay rode in a position of honor in the Opening Day parade, clasping hands above head in a victory salute. He figures to make a million and a half in th« next two years. Celts Seek Red's Goodbye Gift By DAVE O'HARA Auoclated Preu Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Celtics return to business ' at hand and try to square their National Basketball Association series with the Lot Angeles Lakers tonight after naming Capt. Bill Russell their 1964-67 coach. Less than M hours alter dropping th* series opener 133-129 in overtime, the Celtics surprisd the sports world Monday by choosing Russell to succeed Red Auerbach, who is retiring from the coaching ranks after the playoffs to concentrate on duties as general manager. "I'm pleased; proud and happy," Russell said after becoming the first Negro to coach a major league pro club. "Once 4:00 Mile Not Automatic Yet LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP).'Four-minute miles never will be automatic for anyone, not even Jim Ryun," says his coach. Bob Timmons. "If people continue to expect it every week, Jim might come to hate track some day. • "He has three more big years at Kansas and track should be fun." Ryun is the 18-year-old Olympian from Wichita, Kan., who set the American mile record of 3:55.3 last June at the National AAU in San Diego while edging Peter Sneli, former world record holder. It's only natural fans expected a mile under four minutes at the Baxter mile In New York's Madison Square Garden Feb. 18 and in the, Texas Relays two weeks ago. They came away disappointed - both times, although Ryun won both. It's inevitable for fans to anticipate a sUb-4-minute clocking by Ryun in the Kansas Relays Saturday, again at the Drake Relays a week later. Timmons thinks it's more realistic to talk in terms of the 12- year-old meet record of'4.03.1 in the Glenn ; Cunningham mile here. again the Celtics art makinf- National Basketball Association': history — not only on the court; but on the bench." >'< The 32-year-old Russell, whs has two years left on a contract paying him $100,001 annually, announced he would serve as a; player-coach. He admitted that* he was getting old, but said, 1 '" "At a player, 1 believe I'm ont- of my assets as a coach." '- : -' There is little question that- the 6-foot-10 Russell faces a stiff challenge. As Auerbach's sue;;- cessor, he will take over from the most successful coach in NBA history. Russell earned All-America,; honors at the University of San- Francisco and starred in the ', Olympic Games before joining the Celtics in December, 1956. He immediately helped build the Celtics into a dynasty. Boston won its first NBA title in Russell's freshman season, but lost to St. Louis in the finals, the next year. Since then, t]js.~ Celtics have won seven straight r championships, a feat unparal-'" leled in pro sports history. : "• The Celtics resume their bid : ; to give Auerbach another title.; as a retirement present at the Boston Garden tonight. 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