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Jtccitsfof si BUSINESS Oil 5S Sat., May 17,1986 UARC IUI1SEH Cubs swoop in for evening There was talk Thursday night that Keith Moreland had been working on his switch-hitting. That's why he batted left-handed instead of right-handed in the annual Chicago-Iowa exhibition game. The Chicago reporters who accompanied the Cubs to Des Moines got a chuckle out of that one. Yeah, that's it: Moreland was simply getting ready for the Houston series. He wanted a few rehearsal swings from the left side before stepping in for real against Nolan Ryan's 90 mph fastball. At the plate, it was all Moreland could do to keep from laughing out loud. Batting left-handed was his way of saying the game was a joke. On his way back to the dugout after striking out, he fought unsuccessfully to suppress a grin. Some of his teammates smiled, too. You won't see Moreland batting left-handed Monday in the Cub-White Sox exhibition game. He doesn't need a fastball planted in his rib cage. In baseball circles, what Moreland did is called showing up the pitcher. THE PITCHER WAS 21-year-old Jeff Hirsch, who returned to Class A Peoria the very next day. He smiled, too. What else could he do? Hirsch and Moreland are relatives in the Cubs' family. Distant relatives, but relatives nonetheless. Most of the Iowa players laughed it off publicly. Hey, Zonk's a good guy, a team leader. It's just an exhibition game. He was having some harmless fun, that's all. One player who didn't want his name used, saw it differently. The term he used was horsefeathers, or a derivative thereof. No telling what the people who paid $5.50 and $6.50 thought cf More-land's fan dance, but the customers weren't crying for their money back. No, Iowa won, 5-1, in a brisk 1 hour 52 minutes and everyone went home happy. The customers caught a glimpse of the team that cable television and Harry Caray made famous and maybe they got an autograph. ' So what if the Cubs would rather have taken a direct flight to Houston, bypassing Des Moines altogether? They were kind enough to show up and sleep-walk through the game. With Chuck Tanner as manager, the White Sox refused to come to Sec Taylor Stadium when their triple-A team was here. They simply bought their way out of it for $10,000. DALLAS GREEN could have i opened his checkbook, too, but he didn't and the I -Cubs were thankful. ; With the ballpark teeming with paid admissions, the home team was $55,000 richer for it. For Iowa, the : Cubs game can mean the difference ' between profit and loss at season's end. "It's something we have to do," ' said Jay Bailer, the Cubs' relief pitcher and one of eight former Iowa players on the Chicago roster. "It's part of I the job." That doesn't mean they have to like it. In fact, they don't. Granted, not everyone loafed through the game. Thad Bosley, the Cub pinch-hitting whiz, was not one of the malingerers. When he zoomed around the bases and spilled into third for a triple, the fans were duly appreciative. But he was an exception. As usual, the exhibition game was a carnival, a celebrity tournament played out in 1 pinstripes. As entertainment, it isn't bad. It isn't baseball, either. Baseball is what happens before ; the Cubs come to town and after they ' leave. Baseball is Iowa versus Buffalo, Indianapolis or Omaha. , Good baseball, too. If you don't be-: lieve it, look at the cities standing in '. line for a triple-A franchise like the one in Des Moines. CLUB PRESIDENT Ken Grand-quist and friends paid $600,000 for the franchise five years ago. They could sell it for more than a million today. That doesn't mean they're looking to sell. At the same time, a few lousy seasons at the gate could change that position, and this has been a lousy season. Attendance is down considerably, though the monsoons of April and May are partly responsible. So is the parent club. Interest in I-' Cub baseball reached a pinnacle last season. The celebrity of the big club, fresh off a division title, was a springboard. But the Cubs are mortal again and the old cynicism is back, seeping . down through the organization. For whatever reason, the fans stream out to the ballpark these days only when the tickets are free or when the big club swoops in to save thp riav. Too bad. As someone who aD- preciates baseball, I could do without Ferdinand to try to BALTIMORE, MD. ( AP) - Jockey Bill Shoemaker and trainer Charlie Whittingham, the old men of racing, try to keep alive their hopes for a Triple Crown today with a colt named Ferdinand in the $350,000-added Preakness Stakes. Ferdinand, who emerged from a 16-horse cavalry charge as the 17-1 Kentucky Derby winner May 3, has to beat only six rivals at Pimlico to advance on the Triple Crown trail, which ends with the June 7 Belmont Stakes. Although made the early 9-5 favorite and a sentimental choice of many fans because of the 54-year-old Shoemaker and 73-year-old Whittingham, Ferdinand might not go off as the No. 1 choice. That role could go to the strong D. Unsung Hoogensen has big role in ISU's quest for track title ByDAVESTOCKDALE Rtgitfer Staff Writer Some of his teammates have competed around the world, are known internationally and have won Olympic medals. But Jon Hoogensen has made an impact on the Iowa State track team, just as have Olympic silver medalist Danny Harris and Kenyan Olympic team member Moses Kiyai. While the Cyclones have stand m;mmsm JON HOOGENSEN outs on their roster from such faraway places as England, Belgium and Canada, Hoogensen comes from West Des Moines, just down the road from the Ames campus. Hoogensen, a senior, will be trying to win the 800-meter run this weekend in the Big Eight Conference track and field meet at Boulder, Colo. He was second in the league meet last year at Manhattan, Kan., in 1 minute 50.8 seconds, claimed the league 880-yard indoor crown last winter at Lincoln, Neb., in 1:53.74 and helped the Cyclones win the distance medley relay title with a 1,320-yard carry of 3:00.2. His competition Sunday will come from defending outdoor champion Regis Humphrey of Nebraska and Oklahoma State's Paul Larkins. Humphrey didn't run in the indoor meet. In addition to seeking a victory, Hoogensen will be hoping to reach the 1:48.11 qualifying standard needed to qualify for the NCAA meet. "I really think that is reachable," said Hoogensen, who was a quarterback in football and a first baseman in baseball at Valley High School. "I think with good weather I could run a real good time." Hoogensen showed his potential when he ran an 800 relay carry in 1:52.7 and a 400 carry of :48 2 his junior year at Valley. He was consistently around 1:55 his senior year. After two disappointing seasons at Iowa State, Hoogensen blossomed last year. "I didn't run well my first two years," he said. "I know I didn't At 61, Newman has act together in racing ill Paul Newman No thoughts of retiring Wilson Aggressor m -Li i i n 4 Retail $00095 Wilson XP-500 $11095 3 woods, 8 irons, Retail $225 Wilson 1200 LT $0795 3 woods, 8 irons, Retail $415 i f Tr i Wayne Lukas-trained entry of Badger Land and Ciear Choice, 2-1 in the early line. No Favorite Has Won Since '81 The favorite has not been successful in the Preakness since Pleasant Colony won in 1981. Badger Land, the Flamingo winner, was bumped at the start of the Derby and rushed to catch up by going wide on two turns. Clear Choice won the one-mile Withers in h's last start at Aqueduct. Broad Brush, 3-1, the Wood Memorial winner and third in the Derby, also will draw strong support. The Maryland-bred colt has a fondness for his home track where he won two small stakes this year. Maryland-based horses have won run as well as my coaches thought I should. Then as I got older I knew more what I had to do." Pumped Up Hoogensen finds being a member of Iowa State's team inspirational. "With guys around who have been in the Olympics, it gets you pumped up," he said. "They create a lot of respect for Iowa State track." Hoogensen's father, Ken, is an assistant coach in several sports at Valley, but Jon won't follow him into coaching. He'll graduate next fall with a degree in marketing. Iowa State will be seeking its fourth straight outdoor championship and fifth in six years in the meet that begins at 9 a.m. today. Harris will be shooting for his third straight 400-meter intermediate hurdles championship. He is also the defending 400 titleholder. Other Cyclone returning champions are Raf Wyns in the 5,000 and Mike Brennan in the javelin. Cyclone Coach Bill Bergan said that Harris and 400 standout Leroy Dixson will be at full strength for the meet. Both have been nursing injuries much of the spring. Harris ran a 1986 world-best :48.29 in the Drake Relays 400 hurdles, but didn't compete in any other events because of the injury. A poll of Big Eight coaches picked Iowa State to win the meet that concludes Sunday. Women's Competition The Cyclones also have a returning champion in the women's meet Bonnie Sons in the 10,000 meters. Nebraska is favored in the women's competition with Iowa State picked for sixth. Nebraska and Oklahoma are considered the chief threats to Iowa State in the men's race. In the league indoor meet, Iowa State won seven events Harris in the 600 yards, Mark Thomas in the 440, Dixson in the 300, Wyns in the 2 mile, Hoogensen in the 880, the mile relay with Thomas, Patrick Cherui-yot, Dixson and Harris and the distance medley with Bob Soule, Harris, Hoogensen and Wyns. By JIM SHORT 19M RtvtnMt Prtss-EntarprlM RIVERSIDE, CALIF. - Paul Newman and Jim Fitzgerald are old friends. Literally. Newman is 61. Fitzgerald said he'll "admit to 54, and if somebody held a gun at my head I'd say I'm touching 60." Official estimates put him a couple of years ahead of Newman. "We've had fun with it," Newman said. "Fitz and I together were born before the Civil War." Since the Civil War began 125 years ago, in 1861, and Newman is 61, you can make your own guesses about Fitzgerald. He doesn't care. "I was 39 for a long time," Fitzgerald said. "Then I was 46 for awhile, then 49 and now I'm 54. It's fun, because it isn't really all that impor lowa State Bank SAFE AND SOUND East 7th & LOCUSt 288-0111 East 38th & Hubbell 262-1630 SW 9th & Army Post 287-3750 MEMBER FDIC add another jewel to crown three cf the last seven runnings of the Preakness, which is expected to draw a crowd of more than 90,000 on a sunny day with temperatures in the 80s. There is also the question whether Snow Chipf, 4-1, who had won five straight races and $1.7 million, can bounce back after his lltb-place finish in the Derby. He had been made the slight favorite over Badger Land at Churchill Downs. Miracle Wood, another Maryland-bred, and Groovy, last in the Derby, complete the field of 3-year-olds for the 1 316-mile test, one-sixteenth of a mile shorter than the Derby. Groovy, Derby Speedball Groovy, a speedb-11 who faded after a very swift first half-mile in Ks; a.' lit -1' '.'' 1 i Howard Twitty watcher a birdie putt roll toward the cup on the final hole of the second round of the Colonial Natiot al invitational tournament Friday. Tbe ball dropped into tbe cup and gave Twittv a share of the lead. Twitty, Edwards share lead in Colonial National By The Associated Press FORT WORTH, TEXAS - Howard Twitty finished off a 68 with birdies on two of the last three holes and moved into a share of the lead Friday in the second round of the $600,000 Colonial National Invitation Tournament. Twitty, winner of two titles in a 12-year PGA Tour career, completed two trips over the Colonial Country Club course in 136. He was tied at that figure, 4 under par, with David Edwards, who had a 3-under-par 67 in the tricky winds. "It was gusty, and swirling around in the trees. Real hard to figure. The golf course plays difficult when you've got a cross-wind like this," said Edwards, who teamed with older brother Danny for a victory in the 1980 National Team Championship tant. It's what you think you can do that matters. "We never have any doubt about ability. It's just all you other people who don't think much of us mature guys. The only time we think we're mature is when we look in the mirror and there's a few more wrinkles. But it doesn't mean a thing when you're sitting in a race car. "All of us go through that aging process and listen to people tell us, 'You can't do that,' but that's straight-on bull. You can do anything you want to. All you have to have is the desire and the time and the money. You just have to want it." Newman is a prime example of that. He got interested in racing while filming the movie "Winning" in 1967, ran his first regional amateur race in G&LCLOTHING mm the Derby, is expected to set the pace. Snow Chief and Clear Choice are expected to be near the pace. "I think the pace will be realistic," said Lukas, a two-time winner of the Preakness but never a Derby winner. "It's a good balanced field. It'll be better for everybody with a small field." Both Shoemaker, winner of more races and stakes tnan any other rider, and Whittingham, winner of about 4 GO stakes, are in the Hall of Fame. But neither has swept a Triple Crown. Shoemaker h s had two Preakness winners, Ca.idy Spots in 1963 and Damascus in li67. Whittingham, based on the West Coast, has not bothered to come East often for the Triple Crown races. He AP PHOTO and also won the 1984 Los Angeles Open. Bob Tway, a winner at San Diego earlier this season, and Dan Pohl were a single stroke off the halfway lead at 137. Tway had a 68 Friday and Pohl shot a 69. Gene Sauers, who held the first-round lead, slipped to a 72 and was tied at 138 with Bill Rogers, defending champion Corey Pavin, Bob Gilder and Bob Lohr. Lohr had a second-round 69. Rogers, a former British Open champion, shot a 71. And Gilder closed up with a 5-under-par 65, the best round of the day. "I'm rather surprised at the posi- COLONIAL Please turn to Page 3S 1972 and now boasts three Sports Car Club of America national championships. He's also a regular in the Trans-Am series, which opens its 21st season this weekend at Riverside International Raceway, teaming with Fitzgerald in a pair of factory-backed Nissan 300ZX turbos prepared by longtime Newman associate Bob Sharp. Newman has only one professional victory, in the 1982 Trans-Am at Brainerd, Minn. However, Fitzgerald believes the lack of success is attributable more to developmental problems with the car than to Newman, who last season won three consecu- NEWMAN Please turn to Page 3S SAH Uaybt Not bring it toon Expert J FPCS' I ciac::ocis Minor Adjustments Itaissniisskm 1440 Lecwt 283-2446 ' a 40 Yan Sank to Dm Movm tried the Derby and Preakness only in 1958 and 1960, without success. "I'm the only one with a chance of winning the Triple Crown now," Whittingham said, stating the obvious, with a grin. "I just wish it was a month between races. The Triple Crown races are too close. They last a lot longer if you give them a month's rest between races." As a result of the closeness of the races, Whittingham has not worked Ferdinand bard this week. Ferdinand, owned by Elizabeth Keck, has two victories, two seconds and one third in five starts this year. Whittingham said he expects the son of Nijinsky II to lay closer to the PREAKNESS Please turn to Page 3S cGIain aide (lilies to fill Badger post Interim appointment seen least disruptive MADISON, WIS. (AP) - Jim Hilles, longtime assistant to the late Wisconsin football coach Davt McClain, was chosen by the university Athletic Board Friday to succeed McClain as coach of the Badgers for the 1986 season. Athletic Director Elroy Hirsch, who recommended Hilles, said the board felt hiring an interim head coach would be the best way to quickly stabilize the football program. "I'm extremely honored to have the opportunity,'" said Hilles, the assistant head football coach to McClain. "I consider this probably the greatest challenge I have faced to this point. I look at my responsibility . . . as continuing the great job Dave has done here." Hirsch said Hilles' contract would run until Feb. 14, 1987. The salary was still being worked out, Hirsch said. Quails Appeals Ouster Also Friday, board chairman David Tarr revealed that the board's personnel committee had decided not to renew the contract of controversial women's basketball coach Ed-wina Quails. But he added that Quails, who had a 131-141 record over 10 years at the Big Ten school, had appealed and was granted a review of the decision. Tarr would provide no timetable for an ultimate decision in the matter. McClain died April 28 of cardiac arrest after exercising at Camp Randall Stadium. He had a 46-42-3 record in his eight years at Wisconsin. Hilles, 49, is a native of Warren, Ohio, and was an assistant under McClain at Ball State in Indiana before coming to Wisconsin with McClain in 1978. Hirsch said the Athletic Board could have chosen to go outside the university in search of a coach of national stature but decided that it would be too time-consuming and disruptive to the program this season. . "We were very fortunate to have on our own staff someone who could fill these needs," Hirsch said in introducing Hilles. Defensive Specialist Hilles said he would like to be the head coach beyond the interim status. "I've been an assistant for virtually all my life," said Hilles, whose speciality is defense. "The hope that I could be the head coach at an institution of this magnitude had started to fade, frankly. I really didn't have any control over what happened." Although Hilles pledged to carry out McClain's work, he said he would not be a clone. "I don't want to impersonate anybody," he said. "I can't be Dave McClain. I've got to be Jim Hilles." Jim Kmet, a 6-foot 3-inch senior defensive tackle, described Hilles as "demanding, hard-nosed, you-did-it-or-else. . . . Coach Hilles is less rah-rah" than McClain. The turmoil over McClain's death is "not going to hurt us," be added. "It's kind of weird. The coach dies. You try not to let it get you down. 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