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DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 1999 3D Wings' streak was Rochester's best SENIORS 50 & OVER 1 HK.KOKY 10 Yr. ANNIVFCSARY 18HOtf $1000 12 A CART IO. Moo. Fri op to 2:00 MUST HAVE TEE TIME 10 OFF 9 HOLE FEE ivucnuajr udiui-d o.uu wcoupon E 'Sfc HI 1 iZZZZ? uoas'wisti i scansvni rd. buSh S33-2440I A Vs I Ck3 BOB MVITIIKWS AS THE SPORTS WORLD TURNS As a tribute to the late Harry "The Hat" Walker, who passed away last Sunday, let's take a look at the longest winning steaks in Rochester's pro sports history. The record is 19 straight victories by Walker's 1953 Red Wings. Affectionately known as "the Hatters" in honor of their colorful player-manag er, the Wings went undefeated from August 26 through September 12, outscoring opponents 152-65. Jack Faszholz pitched Rochester to a 5-1 win over Baltimore for the 19th straight victory. It was the first game of a double- . header on the second-to-last day of the regular seasoa The streak ended in the nightcap with a 5-4 loss on Orioles' substitute catcher Joe Lonnett's loth-inning home run. Attendance on a soggy night at Red Wing Stadium was 1,946. Rochester began its streak 1 12 games out of first place and wound up winning the International League pennant by seven games with a 97-57 record. They had a 10-game winning streak just prior to the 19-game streak, and were 30-2 over a 32-game stretch. Here are the longest winning streaks by Rochester's other prominent pro teams: LANCERS The 1971 North American Soccer League Lancers set a team record with seven consecutive victories during a franchise-best 13-5-6 seasoa During the streak, they outscored opponents 20-8. The Lancers won an amazing 14 straight home games from June 18, 1976 to June 5, 1977 at "Fortress Rochester" (Holleder Stadium), outscoring opponents 28-7. Equally amazing, they were 0-10 and outscored 23-6 on the road over that span. AMERKS Coach Jim Schoen-feld's 1984-85 Amerks opened the season with a team-record 11 straight victories. On Nov. 2, 1984, Ted Nolan and Gary Burns each had two goals and Tom Barrasso had the shutout in a 5-o win over the Nova Scotia Oilers for an AHL record-tying nth straight win before a turnaway sellout crowd of 7,079 at the War Memorial The next night, the streak ended with a 3- 3 tie in Hershey, Pa Those Amerks were 17-6-2 when Schoenfeld was recalled by Buffalo as a player in mid-December. John Van Boxmeer was 23-21-11 the rest of the way and the team lost in the first round of the playoffs. John Tortorella's 1985-86 Amerks also won 11 straight games, the final two games of the regular season plus the first nine games of the playoffs en route to the team's sixth and most recent Calder Cup. RHINOS The 1998 A-League champions opened the season with a team-record 13 straight wins, starting with a 2-1 road win in Raleigh, N.C., to open the season and outscoring opponents 28-4 (including with six straight shutouts). They finished with a 24- 4 regular-season record. ' KNIGHTHAWKS The 5-year-old indoor lacrosse Knighth-awks have won four straight games twice. ROYALS The NBA Royals jiff ' i 7 ' .,StS,f The Associated Press Hard to argue In The Sporting News Football's 100 Greatest Players, Jim lrown ranks No. 1 among all players in history. 4 i 1 ' ' s The Associated Press Quite a pair Joe Montana, No. 3, hugs his favorite target Jerry Rice, who ranked No. 2 on the list of football's greatest players. won a franchise-record 15 straight games from Feb. 17 to March 19, 1950. . Les Harrison's Royals crushed the Baltimore Bullets 97-66 before a Sports Arena crowd of 3,750 for their 15th straight victory in the final game of the regular seasoa The Minnesota Lakers lost the same night and both teams finished 51-17, requiring a one-game playoff for the Central Division title. Rochester won the coin flip to host the game two nights later. The Royals were 33-1 at home in the regular seasoa but a capacity crowd of 4,310 saw the Lakers win 78-76 on a desperation 46-foot set shot by substitute Tony Jaros (.297 field-goal percentage for the season). He was supposed to pass to George Mikan (35 points) underneath the basket but couldn't find him opea The disappointed Royals were upset by Fort Wayne in the first round of the playoffs but bounced back to win the NBA title the following seasoa ZENITHS Mauro Panaggio's Continental Basketball Association powerhouse won a team-record 13 straight games in 1981. The average victory magin was 15 points. The streak began with a 98-97 win in Philadelphia and ended with a 142-134 loss at Lehigh Valley. The 1980-81 Zeniths had a league-best 36-12 (.750) record and won the playoffs. The 1978-79 Zeniths won 23 straight home games. JEFFERSONS The original NFL team's longest winning streak was two games in 1921 (45-0 over Tonawanda Nov. 6 and 27-13 over Columbus Nov. 20). Those are the only two wins credited to the Jeffer-sons by The Football Encyclopedia. The team's record from 1920 through its 1925 final season was 2-26-2 and it was outscored 577-143. No wonder all seven games in 1925 (0-6-1 record) were on the road. Old football proverb: "Offense sells tickets but defense wins championships." And, apparently, offense sells football books. The soon-to-be released "The Sporting News Football's 100 Greatest Players" heavily favors the guys trying to score over the guys trying to stop them. Here are the 100 selections by position (a few "oldtimers" played both ways and are are listed at the spot they were most prominent): Quarterbacks Joe Montana (3), Johnny Unitas (5), Otto Graham (7), Sammy Baugh (11), John Elway (16), Dan Marino (27), Roger Staubach (29), Sid Luckman (39), Bart Starr (41), Terry Bradshaw (44), Bobby Layne (52), Fran Tarkenton (59), Steve Young (63), Brett Favre (82), Dan Fouts (92), Troy Aikman (95), Joe Namath (96), George Blanda (98). Running backs Jim Brown (1), Walter Payton (8), Barry Sanders (12), Gale Sayers (21), O.J. Simpson (26), Marion Motley (32), Earl Campbell (33), Bronko Nagurski (32), Eric Dickerson (38), Tony Dorsett (53), Emmitt Smith (68), Lenny Moore (71), Marcus Allen (72), Steve Van Buren (77), Red Grange (80), Franco Harris (83), Jim Thorpe (88). Wide receivers Jerry Rice (2), Don Hutson (6), Lance Alworth (31), Raymond Berry (40), Steve Largent (46), Paul Warfield (60), Charley Taylor (85), Elroy Hirsch (89), Art Monk (91), Fred Bilet-nikoff (94), Charlie Joiner (100). Tight ends John Mackey (48), Kellen Winslow (73), Mike Ditka (90). Offensive linemen Anthony Munoz (17), John Hannah (20), Jim Parker (24), Forrest Gregg (28), Art Shell (55), Roosevelt Brown (57), Gene Upshaw (62), Mel Hein (74), Mike Webster (75), Jim Otto (78), Larry Little (79), Dwight Stephenson (84), Lou Groza (99). Total offensive players 62 (18 quarterbacks, 17 running backs, 13 linemen, 11 wide receivers, 3 tight ends. Defensive linemen Bob Lilly (10), Deacon Jones (13), Joe Greene (14), Gino Marchetti (15), Reggie White (22), Merlin Olsen' (25), Alan Page (34), Randy White (51), Bruce Smith (58), Buck Buchanan (67), Willie Davis (69), Linebackers Lawrence Taylor (4), Dick Butkus (9), Ray Nitschke (18), Jack Lambert (30), Willie Lanier (42), Jack Ham (47), Bill George (49), Chuck Bednarik (54), Mike Singletary (56), Ted Hendricks (64), Joe Schmidt (65), Bobby Bell (66), Sam Huff (76), Defensive backs Dick "Night Train" Lane (20), Ronnie Lott (23), Mel Blount (36), Deion Sanders (37), Larry Wilson (43), Herb Adderley (45), Willie Brown (50), Ken Houston (61), Emlen Tunnell (70), Darrell Green (81), Jack Christiansen (86), Rod Woodson (87), Mike Haynes (93), Lem Barney (97). Total defensive players 38 (14 defensive backs, 13 linebackers, 11 linemen). COMMENTS: Overall, a nice list and not much to beef about. Only nine active players are included (Rice, Sanders, Bruce Smith, Young, Emmitt Smith, Green, Favre, Woodson and Aikman). Considering the size and speed of the modern players, that probably isn't enough. The list includes two of the neatest names any sport's top-100 players' list could have: Bronko Nagurski and Gino Marchetti. They HAD to be football players. . . . There wasn't enough room to include all the great players, and we all have favorites we could have made strong cases for. I'd have lobbied for Tom Fears, Frank Gifford, Norm Van Brocklin, Paul Krause, Henry Jordon, Andre Reed (instead of Biletnikoff or. Joiner), Ernie Stautner and Y.A. Tittle (instead of Namath or Blanda). . Bob Matthews' colu mn appears regularly in the Sports section. Call him with your comments at 258-2325 or write him at 55 Exchange Blvd., Rochester, 14614. e-mail: bobjiatthewsCn' rordYeOtPoun. i W1 Get One FREE Buy One Deep Fried Chicken Fillet Sandwich 1 Limit one per customer. Not valid with any other I coupon or discount. Expires 92699 DC (Not valid for Grilled Chicken Sandwich) SEABREEZE 4870 Culver Road WEBSTER 941 Hard Road 1 IRONDEQUOIT 669 East Ridge Road I GATES I 2987 Buffalo Road PERINTON Pennton Square Mall . PENFIELD , 1650 Penfield Road MIDTOWN Midtown Plaza NEW YORKTIMES WILLIAM C. RHODEN NEW YORK In the early morning Friday, New York time, came word that Steffi Graf was . . announcing her Afl3lySIS retirement from tennis after 17 years. The timing of Graf's decision caught the tennis world by surprise. She was scheduled to play at the U.S. Open later this month. The U.S. Open, the loud tennis center of the world, would have been a fitting place for a send-off. Yet Graf's announcement, made from distant Germany, was appropriate. When you think of Graf, the word that keeps coming to mind is precisely that: distant. Graf was the opposite of her countryman Boris Becker, who endeared himself to fans with exuberance and smiles, dancing and ioking. Graf was never the minstrel; she didn't dance, didn't smile a lot, pandered to neither the news media nor fans. Steffi Graf was tough. The fitting final snapshot of her :areer occurred in July after her final match at Wimbledon, where she had won seven championships, rhis would be Graf's last hurrah. Dther players might have bowed, di blown kisses, or, at the very least, waved. Not Graf. In typical fashion, after her loss to Lindsay Davenport in the final at Wimbledon, Graf knowing she would not play there again walked off Center Court without a wave to the fans. Through so many trials and tribulations, when her business and her family's business were so mercilessly put on the street, Graf learned that fans are consumers. They consume news. They consume gossip. And they will consume celebrities if allowed. Graf chose not to be consumed. She steadfastly maintained a chilly distance. In 1983, Graf became the second-youngest player to enter the WTA tennis ranking. She was 13. Friday, Grafs voice cracked intermittently as she explained her decision to leave. She was walking away because the thrill was gone. Her legacy in tennis as a player is phenomenal: 22 Grand Slam tournament titles, two fewer than Margaret Court's record of 24. Graf is one of only three women to win more than 100 tournaments, collecting $21 million in prize money, and she was ranked No. 1 for a record 377 weeks. Along with her seven Wimbledon titles, she also won four Aus- V,.,v. ''TV- The Associated Press From a distance Steffi Graf ' became a great champion, but alienated herself in the process. tralian Opens, six French Opens and five U.S. Open titles. "Toughness in the big points, toughness in dealing with the injuries, that's what Steffi Graf is all about," Tracy Austin, a two-time U.S. Open champion, said. Grafs legacy as an advocate for women in tennis is far less certain, though. The pillars of the game, Billy Jean King, Martina Navratilo-va and Chris Evert, rebuffed a young Graf instead of nurturing her. In hindsight, Evert admits they may have hurt Graf and, ultimately, may have hurt women s tennis. "Maybe we let Steffi slip through the cracks," Evert once said. "But I was a little turned off by some of the comments to the press. She said her only responsibility was to play." Graf's narrow focus on tennis allowed her to survive when her world off the court was in shambles. There were several episodes. In 1990, German newspapers made public the rumors of her father's extramarital affair with a model and other personal problems he reportedly had. Finally, there was the investigation into her father's handling of her finances and tax affairs, which resulted in his receiving a jail sentence in 1997. Perhaps the most remarkable part of Graf ,s legacy is that, through all the turmoil, she won. She won precisely because her sanctuary was tennis. 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