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The Palm Beach Post; Two Players Injured Injuries received by two players in Monday night's program at the West Palm Beach Jai Alai Fronton have resulted in changes in the lineups in several games tonight. Out with knee injuries through Thursday and possibly longer are Gerar-do Gorri and Jose Lerchundi. Lerchundi fell in the last game Monday, and Gorri injured his knee in the fourth game. Best Fishing Bet It may sound like a broken record, but the big pompano run is still going strong in Lake Worth. Look for Spanish mackerel and bluefish to make it as far south as the Juno Beach area by late afternoon today. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1968-23 Ed PI is ted FSU, LSU In Peach Some Thought v oooooooooooooooo tii' Over Protests 1 oooooooooooooooo Executive Sports Editor "This is the one our boyt really wanted." Peterson claimed. "We have 14 boys on our squad from Georgia and besides, our kids wanted to be the first to play in this new bowl." Peterson and LSU Head Coach Charlie McClendon were both assistants under Paul Dietzel at LSU in the late 195ils. "Charlie and I are old friends from our days in Baton Rouge," said Peterson. Florida State and Louisiana State have never met in football. Peach Bowl officials had planned to announce their choices Monday but delayed a day when Auburn and SMU got away. "I don't blame Auburn." said one committee member. "After losing to both Georgia Tech and Georgia, the Titiers Jidn't want to play over here. But. let's face it. Auburn nould have helped us sell more tickets. "We worked very hard to get the best two teams available." said another member. Florida State, which still has Wake Forest and llth-rank-ed Houston to play, has beaten Maryland. Texas A&M. Memphis State. South Carolina. Mississippi State and North Carolina the last by 48-7. The Seminoles lost to Florida and Virginia Tech. Louisiana State, an early contender for the Southeastern Conference crown, closes its season Saturday night against Tulane. ATLANTA il'PIi - The new Peach Bowl, spurned by the two teams it really wanted, selected Florida State and Louisiana State Tuesday as the competitors for its first annual outing Dec. 30. The bowl will be played in Georgia Tech's 60.000-seat Grant Field with any profits going for the benefit of the blind. Bowl officials had poorly concealed their desire to pair Southeastern Conference runnerup Auburn, which has a large following in this area, against aerial-minded Southern Methodist of the Southwest Conference. But Auburn and SMU accepted Sun and Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl bids instead. At that, the Peach Bowl didn't do badly in lining up a card for its prime-time nationally-televised Monday night contest. Florida State. 6-2. has one of the top passing combinations in the country in quarterback Bill Cappleman and flanker Ron Sellers and LSU. 6-3. has an outstanding defensive unit. Florida State Coach Bill Peterson said he was "just tickled to death" that the Seminoles had been selected to play in the first Peach Bowl and said that they had turned down the Liberty Bowl. Although ticket sales have been moving rather slowly for the charity bowl game which is being sponsored by the Lions' Lighthouse Foundation for the blind, teams have been guaranteed a minimum of $115,000 each for playing in the Peach Bowl. I WONDER WHAT WOULD HAPPEN if Forest Hill High was leading. 7-0, going into the closing seconds of its annual football game with Palm Beach when with suddeness the Wildcats score as the buzzer sounds. Palm Beach elects to run for the extra point and scores. The referee rules Palm Beach wins, 8-7 because he claims running or passing for the score after a touchdown is worth two points. Of course the referee is wrong because under the National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations' rules the score after a touchdown is worth only one point. The National Collegiate Athletic Association rules permit the two-pointer but Florida high schools play under federation rules. Now Coach Jerry Jacobs of Forest Hill is a bit upset. His Falcon backers are even more upset; so much so that they stage a protest, more commonly called a riot. Jacobs files a written protest with the Florida High School Activities Association. But, alas. Floyd Lay. the FHSAA chief in Tallahassee, says, "so sorry, Mr. Jacobs" and cites Rule No. 21 of the association, to wit: "The decision of the officials of the game will be final. No protest will be allowed." Impossible, you say. Improbable maybe, but not impossible when you consider the Lake Shore-Roosevelt situation of last Friday night. It was a similar decision by the referee that gave Roosevelt a 19-18 win over Lake Shore. With 45 seconds lift in the game and Lake Shore leading. 18-13, Roosevelt had the ball on the Bobcat 45. Quarterback Carl Martin tossed a pass downfield toward flanker Anthony Wallace. It was incomplete but an official downfield 'called pass interference against the Lake Shore defender. FSU COACH BILL PETERSON , . . Seminoles Will Be Peach Bowl Hosts Yankees 1 J ,' 4 4 Bah nsen Top Rookie Pete Says 1968 Club His Best By JACK HARPER TALLAHASSEE (AFN) -Coach Bill Peterson says the 1968 FSU Seminoles have jelled into his finest team and he doesn't care whom they play in Atlanta's Peach Bowl Dec. 30. "If our young men make up their minds to do it, they can beat any team in the country, bar none," Peterson said in a Tuesday news conference following the announcement the Seminoles would be in the Peach Bowl. "We had early season trouble putting everything together, but we're there now," Peterson said. "Tom Bailey has become a great running back and the Bill Cappleman-Ron Sellers duo is I W'il.-.f 1 . n f p?F?yw.iWfevt..r,-.j--T--. iJi ZJ LAY IR VIN WALLACE the best passing combination in L 1 - V? NEW YORK (AP) - Stan Bahnsen, 23-year-old New York Yankee right-handed pitcher, was named Tuesday the RookV of the Year in the AMERICAN League lor 1968. Bahnsen. who had a 17-12 record and a 2.06 earned run average, received 17 of the 20 votes from a 20-man committee of the Baseball Writers Association of American. Del Unser. Washington center fielder, received three votes. No others were mentioned. the selection of Bahnsen made it a clean sweep of baseball honors by pitchers with only one more major award to tie announced the Rookie of the Year in the National League. That is due for release in Friday afternoon papers. Previously pitcher Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers had been acclaimed the unanimous winner of both the American League's Cy Young award for pitchers and the league's Most Valuable Player award. Bob Gibson, the St. Louis Cardinals' pitching ace, won both the Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player Award in the National League. Bahnsen had a brief four-game trial with the Yanks in 1966 but spent 1967 at Syracuse in the International League U ; 1 v" the country. When told FSU s opponent will be Louisiana State University, Peterson was elated. "It will be like a homecoming," he said. "I was offensive coach at LSU when Charley McClendon, now head coach, was coaching defense. We are old friends." Warming up to his '68 Seminoles. Peterson said sports writers were wrong when they blamed the defensive team for the 40-22 defeat suffered at the hands of Virginia Tech. He pointed out the FSU offense gave the ball to VP1 on the one-yard line and seven-yard line, making the defense look STAN BAHNSEN, ... AL Rookie Of Yeai" where he had a 9-11 record. Rb: porting late for spring training at Fort Lauderdale. Fla.. on March 17, Bahnsen won a regular job and became one of the most dependable members of the staff that helped the Yanks finish in fifth place. He served two weeks in the Army Reserve at Fort Dix, N.J., in July and at least two days a month at camp. Bahnsen. a bachelor from Council Bluffs. Iowa, is making his winter home in suburban Fort Ixc, N.J., making several appearances a week at banquet groups in association with the Yankees. The Yanks brought him into town to be present for the announcement. "I was worried about making '' ; ' 'n, W V ' ' Irvin Mailed In Protest Under federation rules that would result in a 15-yard penalty from the line of scrimmage (the 45) and an automatic first down on the 30. But the referee, in this case, enforced the penalty at the spot of the foul which was the 2-yard line. That's fine under NCAA rules but not federation rules. Roosevelt scored and the riot started. Willie Irvin, the mild-mannered coach of the Bobcats, said, "I am not arguing the pass interference call. But the ball should not have been put on the two I feel I have a legitimate right to protest. This is not a judgment call ... it is a case of cold facts and rules." Irvin said he has mailed a written protest to Lay's office. Lay told me over the phone Tuesday that, "We don't consider protests. "There never has been a perfectly played or officiated football game. Even the best officials blow one to 10 plays a game. But if we honored protests we could be replaying games through March. And then the officials could blow a call or two in that replay. . ." "I heard the umpire Josh Logan tell the referee, C. A. Bruce, he was wrong," said Irvin, "but Bruce ignored it. I even sent a player to talk to him but he was ignored. That Bruce was the same official that blew one in our game with Carver two years ago. He's always involved in controversial games." Lay, a veteren high school and Southeastern Conference football official, seems like a reasonable man. He is candid enough to admit that officials are human and they make mistakes. But I can't agree with him that such mistakes should be ignored, especially in a game that might decide a championship. II isconsin Accepts Protests I talked with officials at the national organization in Chicago and they refused to become involved. "It is strictly a local problem." said a spokesman. "I would say that about 40 of our 50 state associations do not honor protests." One state association the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association does honor protests. But the WIAA is experimenting with a system to eliminate protests resulting from errors by officials. I.es Ansorge, the WIAA's assistant director, explained his system over the phone from Stevens Point, Wis. "If a coach ' believes an official blew rule he can request time out for a conference," Ansorge said. "If the officials are right, the coach gets a charged time out. If he has already used his last timeout it results in a delay of game penalty. If the officials are wrong, however, there isn't any penalty. "Of course if the officials are wrong and refuse to change their decision then a coach can protest the game. Last year we had three protested football games. Neither decided a title, so we didn't change them. But if they proved important games we would have ordered them replayed from the time of the protest." Frankly, I have always considered the federation penalty for pass interference foolish. Any defender would be stupid not to risk fouling a receiver on a long bomb in the closing seconds of a close game. BARBARA RUBIN ADJUSTS SADDLE . . . She Wants A Jockey License bad when they scored. "Against Mississippi State the defense was again criticized," Peterson said, "but they had the second best pass receiver in the country, so we double guarded him and they ran on the ground." With the Peach Bowl, the Seminoles will have gone to four Bowls in the last five years. In each one of them the famed Peterson pro-type offensive game has been a crowd pleaser. In 1964 they defeated Oklahoma 36-19 in the Gator Bowl, lost to Wyoming 20-28 in 1966 in the Sun Bowl and then tied Penn the club." said Bahnsen "But Ralph (Manager Ralph Ilouk .old me I would have a spot it I could get the ball over. I reported three weeks late because ol the Army and they already had made a couple ol cuts." Ilouk said he had expected Bahnsen to make the club in 196". "I'd counted on him a year before." said Houk. "I stuck 'Jockettes' To Challenge Florida's Racing Rules with him until an exhibition game in Houston when he tusi coul n't get the ball over It was a game at Anaheim. Calif., that really put him on the track last spring. Actually, he could have had an even better season. I think four of his losses came when he was commuting back and fourth to the Army." Bahnsen was the Yanks' fourth selection in the 1965 free, agent draft. His 1968 season was her exercising chores which begin at dawn each morning and the afternoon races. "I know it's a lot tougher when you're out there running for money, with 12 horses in a pack instead of five or six," she said. Until last week, Barbara, whose older sister is a model and beauty contest winner, dated jockey Ronnie Gaflney. "We broke up," she said. "He didn't want me to ride." "She may get a license, but she won't ride," Gaffney said. "I think the jockeys will refuse to ride against women." Webb told Gaflney, "Oh yes, she will. She says she hopes you'll be the first jock she hooks at the eighth pole, and she promises she's gonna beat you, too." State in January of this year 17-17 in the Gator Bowl. The Dec. 30 date with LSU in Atlanta's Peach Bowl is a Monday night game. It will be televised to any station that wants to buy it by Sports Network. The Seminoles, it is estimated, will receive more than $100,000 for the appearance. "You'd better believe we'll put the ball in the air." Peter by far his best in pro ball. Pass Penalty Stupid On e Eagles Suspend Pair For Remarks To Press son said. "That's our brand of In the Roosevelt-Lake Shore game the 15-yard penalty would not have punished the offending Bobcats enough. It would have giv en Roosevelt a first on the Lake Shore 30 with about 30 seconds left. That is quite a bit different than a first at the spot of the foul, which in this case was the two. It should be noted that under NCAA rules, an offensive pass interference play in the end zone puts the ball on the one. However, that is not what the point of this argument is about. The game was played under federation rules and the officials didn't enforce them properly. Willie Irvin wants to know why he can't protest. "If I used all 20-year-olds and won the state championship that would be a violation of the rules," said Ir viu. "I wonder what Mr. Lay would say then? Would he let the other schools protest?" Replied Lay, "that would be a horse of a different color. That would come under eligibility. . ." Now. I wonder what would happen if. . . If Forest Hill. . . MIAMI il'PIi Shy Barbara Rubin rubbed the rounded backside of her tight jeans, stirred the sawdust with a toe, and talked about the revolt of the jockettes. "They say you lose heart after a fall, but I don't think so. said the dark-haired 18-year-old who has the face and figure for a boutique instead of a stable. While girl jockey Penny Ann Early was breaking the sex barrier at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., this week, Barbara and petite Iris Coppinger were planning to slip into some silks at Miami's Tropical Park. Barbara, who broke up with her jockey boyfriend because "he didn't want any part of me riding." planned to apply for a jockey's license undercontract with trainer Bryan Webb. Miss Coppinger. a 19-year-old native Miamian, planned to challenge the legality of the Florida State Racing Commission's rules which presently refer to jockeys as "he" and "him." "I want them to put down in writing why I can't ride, and I've got an attorney," Iris said. "Gee. I'm skinny enough." said the 98-pounder. "I'm kinda scrawny around the middle and you can't tell whether I'm a boy or a girl even up close." Neither girl expected the resistance from male jockeys which marred Miss Early's debut with threats of a strike at Churchill Downs. "The boys around here are really trying to help me," Iris said. "It's really funny. "The difference is that down here there are so many riders. If some of them decide to strike, there are plenty of others to take their place." Barbara, the soft-spoken daughter of a Miami Beach lounge owner and free-lance pilot, agreed. "A few people don't want me to ride, my girlfriend is afraid I'll get hurt, but a lot of the jocks are trying to help me." she said. "It's always been a man's game, but if I can t make it at least 1 can say I tried." She looked down the long row of thoroughbreds poking t ieir heads from stalls at Webb's Stable at Tropical and aided: "You've got to try to outsmart them most of the time. You get on some that will pull you so hard you want to throw up. Your back hurts and your legs hurt, but you catch on." Trainers and owners alike agree that Barbara, who has her own quarter horses on the family ranch in north Dade County, has a way with high-spirited thoroughbreds. When she started exercising horses for trainer Dave Harper in New England last spring, she was the only rider who could handle a problem horse named Be Dashing. "He was just nervoas." she said. "I sang to him." But Barbara realizes there is a big difference between j appeared in the newspapers." This was the second time since he joined the Eagles be-ifore the 1967 season that Ball- football and I believe in staying with a good thing." The game will be held in Grant Field, in downtown Atlanta, the home stadium for Georgia Tech. Its capacity is 55.000. "My players wanted the Peach Bowl," Peterson said. "They came to me after the N.C. State game and requested that one. " man has been reprimanded for stories which appeared in public. He made remarks at a ' luncheon in Virginia last season about Eagles quarterback Norm i Snead. Eaerlier this year, Ball-iman walked out of training I camp in a salary dispute with Rattlers Vs. Alcorn In Classic TALLAHASSEE. Fla. (UPD-Florida A&M Coach Jake The University of Tampa, a nroHrtminantlu ufhitn tnfim with PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Pass receivers Mike Ditka and Gary Ballman, who were acquired a year ago to revive the Philadelphia Eagles' offense, both were suspended indefinitely Tuesday for statements to the news media. The Eagles of the National Football League made no announcement of the action by General Manager-Coach Joe Kuhanrh, but Ditka and Ball-man both confirmed that they had been suspended. "I was called in today (Tuesday), by Coach Kuharich and told I was suspended indefinitely," Ditka said when confronted with an Associated Press report of the action. "I'm on suspension and I believe I've been placed on waivers," Ballman said. The 28-year-old Ballman, who was acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1967 for two ' P 1 I I 1 DITKA BALLMAN players and a third-round draft choice, said: "Mr. Kuharich told me that I wasn't going along with the Eagles' program. He referred to several articles which appeared in the New York area news media in recent days." Ballman. an eighth-round Gaither announced today he will invite Alcorn College of Alcorn. Miss., to play the Rattlers in the annual Orange Blossom classic in Miami Dec. 5. Gaither said Alcorn A&M, 7-1 for the season with one game remaining on its schedule, had "the most outstanding record of wouldn't call it pressure. "I tried to do what I thought was right and if it meets with approval, that's fine," he added. "If it doesn't, I'm sorry." The football classic, played in Miami's Orange Bowl, traditionally has pitted Flocida A&M against another of the nation's top predominantly Negro teams. It is a regular season-ending game for Florida A&M but a post-season bowl game for the visitor. Kuharich. Ballman said he told New York sportswriters that Snead hasn't been throwing the long ball to his side. He admitted describing the Eagles' offense as stereotyped. Ballman said that whether or not he appealed Kuharich's action depended on whether the suspension was with or without pay. "He (Kuharich! didn't tell me." Ballman said. a i-i recora, naa Deen among six teams considered for the invitation, Gaither said, but the Spartans were eliminated from consideration alter losing to Southern Illinois 23-20 Saturday. "Tampa was very high in our consideration," Gaither said. He acknowledged he had "a lot of inquiries from a lot of different people about Tampa but I draft choice from Michigan State by the Steelers in 1962. said the suspension was unfair any team we contacted" andl the record was the deciding' (actor. Alcorn is predominant-' Negro because I was misauoted. A different version of what I said

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