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STEERING COLUMN 100 MPH Club Dubious Honor For Columnist NASHVILLE,Tennessee — A few years back at the famous Darlington, S.C. Raceway, this writer made himself a promise. No way, under any circumstances, would he ever climb into a race car and take a ride with a driver around the track. If they can get my coffin through the window of a stock car, they may get me back into one for another ride. Until then forget it. Race drivers take a fiendish delight in capturing somebody in their car and tormenting them by driving flat out down the straight-a-way towards the out- ____. o . .. o „ r ..__ side wall on the turns. The better they know you, the ship 0 teams in a twoHtefeats- ••.fc jfc» jfc f«!.»l_A.._.__. 2__ _ Al_ ___•_!_ rtnrl m«4- siAmwvst4i4inM ntvtrttsininrt In Johnstown— AAABA Tourney Scheduled JOHNSTOWN, PA. - The 27th annual All American Amateur Baseball Association Limited Division Tournament will be held in this "Friendly and Flood Free" city August 18 through 24. This will be the 25th consecutive year that Johnstown has been host to the AAABA Tournament under the sponsorship of the Johnstown Old- timers Baseball Association. The oldtimers are arranging special events to celebrate their silver anniversary of tournament promotion. Plans call for a banquet Aug. 16 and a series of six baseball luncheons beginning Aug. 9. The AAABA Tournament brings together 16 champion- more frightening the ride. Lee Roy Yarbo scared me to death at Darlington. I said never again. Last Saturday afternoon here in Nashville at the Fairgrounds Speedway, as cars were qualifying for the Union 76 200-lap late model sportsman race, "never again" ended. My smarts said not to do it, but my pride wouldn't listen. Back into a race car for another ride. Charlie Venable, a merchandising manager for Union Oil Company of California out of Memphis, has established the Union 76 100 mph club at the Fairgrounds Speedway. To become a member is a simple chore. Just take a ride around the Fairground's five- eighth-mile oval at an average speed of better than 100 mph, and you're in. They've got to be kidding. The Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway has banked turns of 35 degrees on each end of the short straights. They're the steepest of any racetrack in the country. It's like looking straight up the side of a building. Three-time national sportsman champion, Red Farmer of Hueytwon, Ala., calls this place a super-speedway mainly because the cars hit 140 mph at the end of the straights. During the regular weekly program here they draw a lucky number to see who gets the ride around the track to get into the Union 76 100 mph club. Drawing a number is the only way they can keep a riot from starting. Everybody wants to take the ride. It's unbelievable. A Nashville native, Bill Morton, is one of the top drivers on the NASCAR sportsman trail. He races a 1965 Chevelle. Next to the driver nestled inside the maze of roll bars, Bill has installed a second seat. All of the seat belts and shoulder harnesses are there too. They £ven have the side window screen. This is where you get educated to what short track auto racing is all about. I climbed through the window and squeezed into the bucket seat. Morton's mechanic leaned through Soccer the window and helped buckle the shoulder harness and lap belt. A helmet was strapped on and we were ready to go. The noise was terrific. Bill Morton took off and went through the gears and we were already moving out of the number two turn and down the back straight. This was a warmup lap. The second time around, Bill put his foot clear through the firewall and the car seemed to leap forward. The starter gave us the green flag and before you could bat an eye we were into the first and second turns. The centrifugal force of the car going around the 35 degree banked turn pulled my body tight against the shoulder straps. The Chevelle wasn't level by any stretch of the imagination. You looked out the right side window and you saw the sky. Look towards Morton and you see the bottom of the bank. A glance at the big tachometer on the dash and the engine is turning 7,000 rpm. For a few brief seconds you're level as the car roars down the back straight just inches from the concrete retaining wall. Top speed of close to 140 mph. Morton lifted from the throttle for just an instant and back on it again. Through three and four with the G forces trying to pull the top of your head off. You can't see more than a few yards in front of the car because of the steep banking. The car quickly becomes level and you're under the starter's stand. Morton slows down and you complete the run at a snail's pace. Bill cut off the engine after we had coasted into the pits. The ringing still went on at a high pitch inside my head. Every muscle ached, especially the ones in my neck. I unbuckled, took of the helmet, and climbed out. I was wet with perspiration. Official speed was an average of 110.211 mph. I was now a member of the Union 76 100 mph club. After more than a dozen years in racing you think you know pretty much what it's all about. But one ride with a top driver at speed around a short track like the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, and you realize just how little you do know. The thing you wonder about the most is how do they do it lap after lap. Race drivers are some kind of people. and-out competition stretching over a week. Teams are composed of amateur players 19 years of age and under. Detroit, Mich., captured its fourth championship last year by sweeping through six straight opponents without a loss. The champs nipped Washington, D.C., 8-7 in the finale. In the history of the tournament, the event has been held out of this city only once. The AAABA Tournament made its debut here in 1945 and then moved to Washington, D.C., the following year. The Johnstown Oldtimers took over the sponsorship of the national event in 1947 and the tournament has become a fixture here. Fourteen championship teams will go directly to Johnstown for the national tourney. The other two berths will be filled by winners in regionals at Altoona and Allentown. Promotional excellence and the high caliber of teams which take part in the tournament have enabled the AAABA to become known as the best amateur tournament in the United States. Its franchise holders come from East of the Mississippi River and as far south as New Orleans, La., and Brimingham, Al. There will be seven afternoon games on opening day and the official opener, involving the Johnstown representative, is set for the evening at the Point Stadium. The official opener annually attracts over 12,000 fans in the 10,500 seat stadium. 0»Htte, HemNry, In* tt, W\ t — Coaches All-American— Hixson Sparks West To Grid Win Saturday By DENNE H. FREEMAN Associated Press Sports Writer LUBBOCK, Tex. (AP) - Imagine how Chuck Hixson felt if you will. The Southern Methodist ace is a backup quarterback to Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett of Stanford. Plunkett is the No. 1 draft choice for 1970 in all of professional football. And after a slow start, 51N. STAPLETON GIFTED — State Senator Pat Stapleton, a native of Indiana, receives a picture that will hang in his State Office in Harrisburg from Mountain Laurel Racing, Inc., which concludes its 62-night meeting at The Meadows Saturday, July 3. Warren Dickey, also an Indiana native and a public relations staff assistant, is shown making the presentation to Senator Stapleton. Delvin Miller, Mr. Harness Racing and the Squire of Meadow Lands, will present Senator Stapleton with a picture of Adios, whose off-spring have earned about $20 million. These presentations were made to Senator Stapleton at a recent Mountain Laurel visit for his appreciation of and enthusiasm for harness racing. Sudden Sam Fires Four-Hitter— Red Sox Cop 3rd Straight Over East-Leading Orioles BADAJOZ, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid beat Granada 2-0 Sunday to advance to the. finals of the third Iberco soccer tournament. By HAL BOCK Associated Press Sports Writer The First Commandment for American League base runners is simple: Thou shalt not run on Carl Yastrzemski. Frank Robinson violated the commandment and Baltimore paid for the sin as Boston topped the Orioles 3-1 Sunday for their third straight victory over the American League East leaders. Yaz cut down Robinson with a perfect throw, bailing Ray Culp out of a fourth inning jam and the Red Sox righty took over after that, pitching Boston into second place, one percentage point ahead of Detroit and five games back of Baltimore. Detroit slipped to third place, losing 3-1 to Cleveland Sunday. In other AL action, Washington swept a doubleheader from New York 2-1 and 8-0, California took a pair from Chicago 21 and 12-3, Minnesota split with Milwaukee, winning 2-1 before losing 8-5, and Oakland split a pair with Kansas City, winning the first 3-0 and dropping llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll SHAVING STROKES by Frank Beard 10-That Pro Spin Average golfers often ask me how they can hit an iron shot so that it bites into the green and backs up. They've seen the pros do it on television, and heard the galleries gasp. Basically, you hit down on the ball more to impart that type spin. A lot of people think you cut under the ball with an outside-in swing. That's wrong. You use the same swing you always do, but on the downswing come more straight down and through the ball. (We're talking about the second 6-3. The Red Sox were leading 2-0 in the fourth when Baltimore nicked Culp for a run on a walk and singles by Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson. There were two out when Dave Johnson singled to left and Frank Robinson turned third and headed for the plate. Yaz got Robinson the same way he's gotten several other runners this season and Culp was out of trouble. "The way I'm hitting," said Yaz, who struck out three times, "Ive got to do something out there." Boston hopped in front in the first inning when Doug Griffin opened with the first of his three hits and moved up on a double by Luis Aparicio. Reggie Smith's double chased both runs home. Griffin singled another run home in the fourth. Detroit, also five games behind Baltimore, got beaten by Sam McDowell's four-hitter as Cleveland snapped a five-game losing streak. The Indians, who had managed just two runs in 48 innings before Sunday, stretched that dry spell to 51 frames before reaching Mike Kilkenny for single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Roy Foster had two of Cleveland's six hits and scored the Indians' first run when he doubled in the fourth and scored on Ray Fosse's single. Washington got six-hit from Ji its sweep the Yankees. Del Unser's" two- run homer gave the Senators the first game. Shellenback, whose only other win and complete game this season was a 7-2 decision over New York on April 20, was never in trouble after the Senators gave him a quick (NEXT: Hold Your Breath ) lead on a tr 'P le DV EUiot Mad ' ' dox and a single by Dick Billings in the first inning. Here's how to cut those extra strokes! Unser's two-run homer in Take lessons from champion Frank t he third innine of the onener Beard in his book, "Shaving Strokes." . "? lrQ . , 8n °v u °P* n ™ Send name, address and II to Shaving wl P ed out » ^ Yankee lead Strokes, c/o Indiana Evening Gazette, P.O. Box 489, Dept. 157, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. and was enough to end Stan Bahnsen's six-game winning streak. Jim Kaat's six-hit pitching eased Minnesota past Milwaukee in the first game of their doubleheader. The Brewers earned the split with a six-run sixth inning in the nightcap. Leo Cardenas' two-out single scored Jim Holt with Minnesota's winning run in the sixth inning of the opener. But the Brewers captured the second game, bunching six hits including a two-run double gy Dave May in the big sixth inning. Billy Cowan, playing in place of suspended Alex Johnson, delivered a two-run double that gave California its first game victory over Chicago and Roger Repoz' three- run homer keyed a seven-run rally in the sixth inning that captured the nightcap, completing the sweep. Cowan's fourth inning double capped a two-run rally- To AlUStar List— Plunkett is sizzling Saturday night in the llth annual Coaches All-America Football Game. Trailing 21-7 to the underdog East, Plunkett hurls a 34- yard touchdown pass to Otto Stowe of Iowa State, directs a drive climaxed by Joe Or- duna's 17 r yard run and sneaks over from a yard out for a 19- point third period and a 26-21 West lead. The East rallied with Alabama's Scott Hunter going three-yards for a touchdown and a 28-26 lead with 2:14 left. Hixson is kneeling on the sidelines. He has played only one series in the first half although he holds numerous NCAA passing records. It's obviously Plunkett's game, do or die. Or is it? West Coach Bob Devaney and Plunkett are in conference on the sidelines. "We were debating who to go with and Plunkett said that he'd played a lot and Chuck hadn't so why not put him in," Devaney said. Plunkett said "I just thought that he ought to have a chance because he'd played so little. After all, there isn't any difference between us." So Hixson, a low draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs, is summoned off the sideline. He converts a crucial third down and 10-yard situation with a 22-yard pass to J.D. Hill of Arizona State to the East 23. The time is waning. Hixson drifts back and finds Nebraska's Orduna alone over the middle. Hixson wings the ball and Orduna grabs it on the 17 and runs over three tacklers like a Mac truck on his determined flight to the end zone. Thirty-one seconds show on the clock. Orduna wins the most valuable player award. Hixson gets plaudits. "I thought Hixson's performance was one of the finest jobs of clutch quarterbacking that I've ever seen," Nine Legion Players Named the wedge and short irons now.) The spin you want is like the spin you get when you slip a cue ball onto a pool table with your hand, and it rolls out and then comes part way back. This isn't an easy shot for most golfers, and requires extra practice. Never try a shot during a round that you haven't practiced. Once you master this shot, keep in mind that you'll want to hit the ball so that it carries to the hole on the fly. There's no point in back-spinning a shot off the front edge of the green just because it looks clever. (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) Nine players and two alternates were selected by the managers of the American Legion League to represent Indiana County in a doubleheader All-Star event at Philipsburg on Sunday, July 11. League-leading Blairsville placed three men on the squad and also was awarded one of the alternate spots. Indiana and Saltsburg each gained two berths while Marion Center and Lucerne placed one each on the squad. The other alternate post went to Indiana. County managers selected one player for each position, as they were instructed. Following are the nine players selected: Pitcher, Ed Bonarrigo, Indiana; Catcher, Dennis Piper, Blairsville; First base, Gary Zucbelli, Saltsburg; second base, Charles Banna, Blairsville; shortstop, Tony Marcoaldi, Indiana; third base, Terry Glasser, Marion Center. Outfield, Sherman Cohen, Blairsville; Bob Skultety, Lucerne; and Rod Clawson, Saltsburg. Alternate selections were Nick Dettorre, Blairsville, and Dick Vanderneck, Indiana. Major League scouts will conduct a tryout camp prior to the start of the two games. Players participating in the doubleheader will be from Blair, Cambria, Center-Clearfield, Mifflon, Elk, McKean, Jefferson and Indiana counties. There will be two six-innings contests and the first game will begin at 2 p.m. Players are to report at 12:30 p.m., in uniform. Players for the second game are to report at 3 p.m. Players must have their own equipment and have legion patches on their uniforms. said Devaney. "On the winning touchdown, he went to Orduna, who was a secondary receiver." Hixson, who will be fighting for a job with the Kansas City Chiefs, said, "I didn't have any special instructions when I went in. I was thinking of getting two first downs to get within field goal range." Waft Wins Fifth Race At Speedway Blackie Watt piloted his 63 Chevy to his fifth victory for this season at the Marion Center Speedway Friday night. Area race fans watched Watt start out in llth place in a 19- car feature and work his way up to first place in 12 laps. Paul Betton, DuBois, starting 2nd, led the pack for four laps. After a restart, Betton lost the lead to John Connors, Reynoldsville, who led the race for the next six laps. Connors then lost to Blackie Watt, and had to settle for the second spot. Betton came in third. Mini-stock Feature showed the victory flag to Phil Deuser, Pittsburgh. Deuser, starting in 5th place, took over the lead from Dick Curry in the second lap, and led the rest of the race. Jerry Lias, Indiana, starting in 10th place, placed second in the feature while Harold Leasure, Clymer, finished third. Cadet Feature showed the feature winnings going to Bob Mumau, Marion Center. Glen Rosenberger, Kittanning, led the feature for 12 laps and lost the lead to Mumau. Terry Rosenberger, Kittanning, placed second. Snook Williams, Latrobe, in his first time out at Marion Center this year, placed third. RESULTS Late Model Dash-(l) Paul Betlon (2) George Miller (3) Blackie Walt 1st Ileal8)l) BUI Britsky (2) Doug Fordyce (3) John Connor 2nd Heal—(1) George Miller (2) Ken Meal (3) Dick llecker Corey—(1) Nestor Peles (2) Blackie Watt (3) Ike Isenberg Feature—(1) Blackie Watt (2) John Connor (3) Paul Belton Cadets 1st Heat-(l) Snook Williams (2) Lloyd Lockard (3) John Blazavich 2nd Heat—(1) Bob Mumau (2) Jerry Trudgen (3) Dick Mumau Consy—(1) Ron Mclntyre (2) Glen Rosenberger (3) Keith Fairman Feature—(1) Bob Mumau (2) Terry Rosenberger (3) Snook Williams Mini-Slock 1st Heal-(l) Jerry Lias (2) Bob Miller (3) Don Clasper Consy—(1) Harold Leasure (2) Dick Thomas (3) Gene Slomer Feature—(I) Phil Deuser (2) Jerry Lias (3) Harold Leasure Country Club Weekend Results Ralph Hunter and Doug Malcolm were winners of an even-hole, one-half handicap event Saturday at the Indiana Country Club with net scores of 31. Six others tied for second with net 32s. 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