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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 101

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pzfajnLBeaclost-Tlmes. Sunday. December 12. 1976 Funeral Service Set Monday For Father of Luis Tiant Solomon Raps Davis Cup Selections HOUSTON (AP) - Harold Solo- mon. a riisillncinnoH Hdimo rw a their son for the first time in 15 years. During that time, the younger Tiant had become an American League star. Last season, despite the mediocre performance of the Red Sox, he had a 21-12 record. The father had been a former star pitcher in the Mexican League, where he pitched 15 consecutive MILTON, Mass. (AP) A funeral mass is scheduled Monday at St. Elizabeth's Church for Luis E. Tiant, father of standout Boston Red Sox pitcher Luis C. Tiant. The senior Tiant died Friday at Carney Hospital. He was 71. Premier Fidel Castro gave Tiant and his wife special permission to leave Cuba in August 1975 to see card, described team captain Tony Trabert vpstprriav ao "a . w j a ,uiu ailU III" different person who is doinp a had job." "He doesn't communirarp " aiH HART MARINE CONST, inc. the 130-pound scrambler from Sil Spring, Md., a beaten semifinalist in the Grand Prix Masters tennis tour nament here. "I found all the guys restless and disorganized T fold Licensed Marine Contractor DAVIT & BOAT HOIST SAUS t SERVICE Tony so." 7 X) O i t "S f . 1 4X 1 ) Solomon will be elsewhere St. Mary's Catcher Earns Valor Award KANSAS CITY (AP) - Dwayne A. Wright, a catcher on the baseball team at St. Mary's College, Calif., will receive a valor award from the National Collegiate Athletic Association for saving a couple from their burning automobile. Wright, of Berkeley, Calif., will receive the award at the NCAA's annual honors luncheon at Miami Beach, on Jan. 11. Last summer, when Wright was working and playing baseball at Cla-rinda, Iowa, he was credited with saving Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Garten of Chico, Calif., whose automobile flipped over and burst into flames after it collided with a truck. univited when the U.S. Davis Cup Team plays Mexico in Tuscon, Ariz., starting next Friday. The Mexicans, with Raul Ramirez, have knocked the Americans out of the competition two years in row. O DOCKS O PILINGS O SEAWALLS REPAIRED & INSTALLED O GALV. MARINE LADDERS "I was disappointed when I wasn't picked on the squad this year," Solomon said. "With my record against en 844-2207 C.C of C. U8072 Ramirez, I thought I should have played last year and this year as well." In the last match with the Mexi WW ran cans, TraDert cnose to use Brian Gottfried as the No. 2 singles player behind Jimmv Connors, and the Mexicans won 3-2, with Ramirez figuring in all of Mexico's points. Solomon's career record against Ramirez is 7-2. The Mexican ace has lost to him in their only three meetings this year. "I saw Trabert in Los Angeles at the Pacific Southwest," Solomon said. "He said he would talk to me later about the Davis Cup. I haven't heard a word from him." ACRYLIC ENAMEL COMPLETE EXTERIOR Single original color acrylic fi enamel baked on to a K I O P MA UJU UPI Ttltphoto Solomon Thinks He Should Be on Davis Cup Team showroom finish. 2 year u written guarantee prorated against peeling or flaking. Paint Pro Tennis Picture Grim and Gray in 1977 ENAMEL ELECTRO GLAZE The fineit Your choice of color Exterior only. 3 year written guarantee pro-rated against peeling & flaking. ANY SINGLE ORIGINAL COLOR Baked on exterior only 1 yr. guarantee pro-rated against peeling & flaking. 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Although the sport is enjoying unparalleled participant popularity, there was genuine concern among the officials, tournament directors and money managers who have gathered here to plot the strategies for next year's $12 million circuit. Here are only a few of the sensitive issues that will confront the sport in the coming months: A new political struggle is under way between World Championship Tennis, which will start its new tour in January, and the Grand Prix, which will run tournaments concurrently with the WCT circuit. Promoters of women's tournaments are fighting over which events Chris Evert will play. The absence of Evonne Goolagong (pregnancy) and Billy Jean King (injury) and the refusal of the Women's Tennis Association to admit Dr. Renee Richards, the controversial transsexual, leaves only Evert as a heavyweight attraction for the 13 winter tournaments. Conflicts of interest are rampant in the sport. How can the interim president of one World Team Tennis franchise own stock in another and try to organize still a third? And what about lawyers who represent players, promote tournaments and serve in administrative capacities on various tennis councils? Will Colgate-Palmolive, as new sponsors of the Grand Prix, run it as efficiently as Commercial Union or is Colgate merely trying to buy instant respectability and identification in a sport that cherishes tradition? Can the ruling councils of tennis control persistent problems with player behavior? Who protects the interests of tournament sponsors? Does anyone care enough about competent officiating to consider upgrading the status and authority of umpires and self-effacing for a play-of the year, the 27-year-arm trouble. It wasn't after Forest Hills and treatment that his left how tennis players have often dizzy attempt to Orantes also is remarkably er of his stature. Yet, for most old Spaniard was tortured by until he took three weeks off underwent extensive medical arm responded, another sign of become overworked in their break the bank. the Perfect Gift For the man in your life . . . 5? 8 fj f '" 'Ci -f wi Orantes reached the final with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 victory Friday over Harold Solomon of Silver Spring, Md., who estimated that he had played 45 weeks worth of matches during the year. The 5-foot-6 Solomon admitted he probably could handle a similar physical load for 1977 but added, "Mentally, I'd be a rubber band." The problem now is that everyone wants a piece of the tennis pie the players, promoters, packagers, corporations. The theme is get it now, while the getting is good, because if you don't, someone else will, and it all may dry up by tomorrow. One tournament promoter explained why he had lured Connors, Borg, Nastase and Adriano Panatta to Caracas, Venezuela for a $100,000 round robin event several months ago. 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