Redlands Daily Facts from Redlands, California on July 5, 1963 · Page 13
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Jacic thinks about future Kearns not looking back to 1919 By OSCAR FRAUEY UPl Sports Writer JIIAMI (UPD—The fourth was a big sports day and you couldn't have blamed the bed-ridden oldster if he had been looking back 44 years to the hour of his greatest triumph — but Jack (Doc) Kearns was looking ahead. Forty-four years ago—July 1919—Kearns sent Jack Dempsey out into the blistering heat of Toledo, Ohio, to win the heavyweight championship of the world by knocking out mountainous Jess Willard. On that frenzied Fourth, Kearns was a dapper, hustling 36-year- old who would spit in a tiger's eye. On this Fourth he plucked at his bedcovers as he lay there in the solitude of his bedroom with arms so thin that they looked like broomsticks, his right arm encased in a cast to hold the wrist broken in a fall when he tried to leave his bed, and fretted over the inactivity despite the fact that next month he will be 81. For this is a man who still would spit in a tiger's eye. Who else but the Doc would be Lanes Now Available Nightly For Open Bowling Reservations taken for all organized groups Special Mixed Bowling Classes Every Monday Night at 8 o'clock Advanced Ladies Class Every Friday Morning at 10 o'clock Ladies FREE Beginner Class Starts June 12th at 10 A.M. EMPIRE BOWL 640 W. Colton Ave. Phone 793-2525 making plans for the future at such a time? Doc Needed "f got to get up out of here and get out to Vegas for the Sonny Liston-Floyd Patterson fight," he said. "They need the Doc out there to get things hum- min'. Then I've got a couple of other deals cookin', and don't be surprised if my new fighter, Jefferson Davis, isn't in there fight- in' for the title by this time next year." The golden hour—July 4—and you'd think that the man who fostered the million dollar gate would be content by this time to stay with the memories and leave the future to others. But not the cricket-like original man in motion. "These guys today give me a pain," he burst out, puffing energetically on a cigaret. "They've got better fighters than we ever had. They're just not aggressive enough with them; don't know how to get the publicity and promote them. "They say we don't have fighters any more," grunted the man who made Dempsey, Mickey Walker, Archie Jloore and a cou­ ple dozen others. "Let me tell you, take Listen, he could have fought anybody in any era. Remember, these guys today are as big and as strong and as good as any we ever had. Too many of those old guys live in the pst." Meaning, of course, that the Doc can't be considered by anybody—even in his present incapacitation—as an "old guy." The ideas still come too fast and brilliant and the pale blue eyes still glitter with scheming avarice when anybody starts talking money. Better Than Ever "They blame television for killing boxing," he snorted, raising that cast-enclosed arm and waving a homy fist. "They're nuts. There's nothing wrong with boxing. It's better today than ever. Television needs fighters every week and pays big money. We did $3 million with Dempsey and Gene Tunney. With TV we could have done $10 million. "So they blame television for 'rushing' fighters ahead too fast," Kearns sneered. "Well, it's up to the managers to make their boys better fighters. Too many of them are too greedy and bring their boys along too fast. But there are plenty of shows to get experience and plenty of good fighters if they're given the right training and brought along right." The thin hands jerked impa- patiently at the bedclothing as the good doctor contemplated the All'Star lineup features four Card infielders CINCINNATL Ohio (UPI)-Because manager Alvin Dark ignored the players' "mandate," the National League All-Star team will present an historic "first" next Tuesday when all four starting infielders will be members of the St. Louis Cardinals. Usually All-Star managers in picking reserves for their squad stick mighty close to the way the players themselves voted earlier in choosing the starting lineup. Dark followed that practice in most cases, too — but in picking a second baseman he skipped over Ken Hubbs of the Cubs, who was runner-up to Bill Mazeroski of the Pirates in the voting for the starting team, and instead picked Julian Javier of the Car money, estimated at more than S19 million, which he made during his career. "I'll do it again," he snapped. And don't sell him short. Kearns will be 81 on Aug. 17 but on the Fourth he wasn't thinking of Dempsey and Toledo. He was planning on Kearns, television and next year. It's always been his formula, and it hasn't failed him yet. I dmals. And that's what will make history in the midsummer classic at Cleveland. For Mazeroski is bowing out of the game with an injured leg muscle. And that makes Javier a starter right alongside his three Cardinal teammates who were voted into starting berths — first baseman Bill White, shortstop Dick Groat, and third baseman Ken Boyer. It will be the first time in AU-Star history that the entire starting infield will be composed of members of the same team. Dark had to make one extra selection because of Mazeroski's dropout, but instead of another second baseman he picked pitcher Larry Jackson of the Cubs. Dark ignored the players' vote in two other spots, passing over two Cincinnati Keds who were runners-up in the balloting — left fielder Frank Robinson and center fielder Vada Pinson. His outfield choices were Roberto Clemente of the Pirates. Willie Me- Covey of the Giants, Duke Snider of the -Mets and Stan Musial of the Cards. In addition to Spahn and Jackson, other pitchers picked by Dark were Juan Marichal of the Redlands Daily Facts Friday, July 5, 1963 - 13 SETS VAULT MARK BERN, Switzerland (UPD- John Pennel of Northeast Louisiana set a European continent record for the pole vault Thursday when he cleared 16 feet, 5V4 mches in a meet here. He broke the mark of 164Ta set two days earlier by C. K. Yang of Nationalist China. YANKS OPTION INFIELDER NEW YORK (UPD — Infielder Pedro Gonzalez has been optioned by the New York Yankees to Richmond of the International League. Gonzalez was called up from Richmond recently when infielders Tony Kubek and Phil Linz were injured. Giants. Ray Gulp of the Phillies. Jim O'TooIe of the Reds, Hal Woodeshick of the Colts, and Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers. In addition to Javier, other infield reserves picked by Dark were first baseman Orlando Cepeda of the Giants, shortstop Maury Wills of the Dodgers, and third baseman Ron Santo of the Cubs. To back up elected catcher Ed Bailey of the Giants. Dark picked Johnny Edwards of the Reds, and Joe Torre of the Braves. Ford trio leads at Daytona DAWONA BEACH. Fla. (UPD —The good name of Ford as the winner of the big ones was salvaged from the challenging Chevrolets Thursday when Glenn (Fireball) Roberts led a Ford trio across the finish line first in a hard-raced Firecracker 400 miler. Until the 110th lap over the 160-circuit race at the Daytona International Speedway it was a duel between Chevrolet driver Junior Johnson of Ronda, N C, and Ford jockeys Fred Lorenzen of Elhurst, 111., and Roberts. Johnson's Chevy blew its engine on that turn leaving the field open for the Ford sweep. One fender back at the finish line was Lorenzen, tail-gated by Marvin Panch, also in a Ford. Darel Dieringer of Charlotte. N. C, was fourth in a 1963 Jlercury and Ned Jarrett of Conover, N. C, fifth in another 1963 Ford. The win gave Roberts first prize money of $11,600. 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