Grand Prairie Daily News from Grand Prairie, Texas on July 12, 1968 · Page 8
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Grand Prairie Daily News from Grand Prairie, Texas · Page 8

Grand Prairie, Texas
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Friday, July 12, 1968
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MOI 8 OUAND DAILY NEWS Friday, July By SfFVE IIUNTLEY WINSTON-SALEM, N. C. (UPD—Be it baseball or poH- tlcs, Wilmer "Vinegar Bend" Mizell doesn't like sitting on the bench. That's the attitude that brought the former pitching ace's retirement for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1962 because arm trouble was keeping him off the mound, and it's the attitude that has him running for a seat in Congress this year. The husky 6-foot-4 athlete who "weighs a little more now than when I played baseball" settled down in 1962 near this tobacco town where he met his wife, Nancy. He played minor league ball here in 1950. He became sales manager for a soft drink firm, built a house in the Midway community in neighboring Davidson County and was elected to the Davidson County Board of Commissioners in 1966. He's now Chairman of the Board. "I think one of the greatest things is being able to settle down with your family and really become a part of the community and be active in the affairs of your local government," he said. His political horizons widened last fall when a group of local Republicans asked him to run for the 5th district Congressional seat. Faces Tobacco Heir Mizell, who describeSN himself as a "progressive conservative," beat GOP opposition handily in a spring primary and faces Smith Bagley, heir to the Reynolds tobacco fortune, in the November general election. Mizell, who gfew up in a little Alabama town with a population of 37 called Vinegar Bend, acknowledges his debt to baseball. During his 14-year career he played for St. Louis and the Pittsburgh Pirates and briefly for the New York Mets, "If it hadn't been for baseball, I'd probably still be following that mule down the farm lands along the Mississippi-Alabama line," he said. "I made a lot of contacts in baseball," he said. "And now when I'm out campaigning and meet a man with an interest in baseball, then I know I'm on a friendly field." But Mizell, who'll be 38 in August, said there are more important assets to be gained from baseball. "There are a number of things you can leach a young man on that baseball field with the right kind of leadership," he said. "You can give him a spirit of competition. Builds Sclf-Confidence "He can build self confidence—no one can make the pitch for him, swing the bat for him or field the ball for him. "You teach him a sense of honesty and fair play," Mizell said. "You want him to take the man out at second base but you don't, want him to spike the man in the process. Just as there are rules of the game, there are rules of life." "And baseball can teach a young man one of the most important lessons of his life," he said. "It teaches him to be able to work and get along with people. In baseball you have to cooperate as a team." A young man who learns those values is a good citizen, or as Mizell puts it, "this type of individual will be a big lea- g u e r in any community in which he resides." "I can think of several men that have been in sports that would be good men in govern- m e n t —m e n that I believe could really make a contribu-" lion to their fellow men," he said. Mizell said he was originally a Democrat and later became an independent, "but that was sitting on the fence." "A man needs to be in the ball game. An independent can't. Either you're going to have to change the team or sit on the sidelines." He switched to the Republican party. Why run for public office. "I just couldn't stand the thought of sitting on the bench." Weaver's Orioles beat Washington By PETE ALFANO UPI Sports Writer Earl Weaver made a few changes in his lineup card Thursday night and then the confident new skipper of the Baltimore 0 r i o I e s sat back and watched his moves pay off and make him a winner in his major league managerial debut. Weaver, who replaced Hank Bauer as Oriole manager Thursday, made Don Buford his leadoff hitter and moved shortstop Mark Belanger from the eighth spot to the second in the batting order. Both backed Dave McNally's two- hit pitching with timely hits that enabled Baltimore to defeat the Washington Senators 2-0. Buford walked in the first inning and scampered to third on B e 1 a n g e r 's single. He scored the first Oriole run as Frank Robinson bounced into a double play. In the fifth inning, Buford added an insurance run when he slammed his fifth homer of the season over the right field fence. In Winning Column M c N a 11 y, who posted his ninth win against eight losses, allowed only a two-out double to Cap Peterson and a single to Del Unser as he walked two and struck out six. In other American League action, Minnesota edged Detroit 5-4, New York got by Chicago 5-4, Oakland topped Cleveland 4-3 and California slipped by Boston 3-2. In the National League, New York and Chicago split a doubleheader with the Mets winning the opener 1-0 and the Cubs the nightcap 2-0, Phila- d e 1 p h i a swept a pair from Pittsburgh 5-4 and 4-1, San Francisco tripped Cincinnati 7-1, Atlanta edged Los Angeles 1-0 and St. Louis split with Houston d r o p p i n g the first game 5-4 in 10 innings and winning the second 8-7. Crucial Singles Rod Carew, whose two run single tied the score in the seventh inning, singled home Rich Reese with one out in the ninth to give Minnesota and reliever Ron Perranoski, now (i-2, the victory over league leading Detroit. Bill Robinson slammed two doubles and drove in two runs to power New York past Chicago in a game played before 40,575 at Milwaukee's County Stadium. CRAM) I'RAIRIK DAILY NKWS 111 I. Main St., Or»*eJ Pr*lrit, Ttxas Second Clem Poi'ag* Po.d oi Poil Office. Grand Pram*. te»at, 75050 Change at Addreu Noticti. gndeliveroble copiet, order* (or sub tciiption. and other mail iltmi O'« to b* tint to P O Bo« 1789, Grand Prairie. T».a», 7i050 Ih« Grand Promt Htm it a Te«ai owned independent new»papet, pvblithed m the int«r«itt of Grand Prairie by Newt loan. Inc Th« Oa:\r Newi n pwblutwd e»«r> day e»cepf Saturday Publithmg tirue I Wt ELMER DAVIDSON General Manager LjOUISEGIlBREATH Editor M«mbtr Southern Newspaper Publither. Attooalion Member Uniltd Prtil International All manutcripl* or pheloi MM to Hie Daily New* (of connderotion or moi*rial loi publication are M nt at the ownor'i ruli *«iwrn of tuch tnai*nol. if ftqu»»'«d «'H be potubl* in m*»i initorKet. however 'lit pwblnher aiwuMit no retfMntibility t».ry .Itorl it mod* by the fditort of the Poily Newi to rtport ntwt.txntt accurately How*v«r, any erruneQvt reflection on ih« inlegrnyflk reputation of any hrm or individual will be corrected i) brougt**b the uneniion of the Editor* •lot** cutr«miy in effect Only tubtcnpiiam paid m odvonj». are and then only4o «/-cl of prepaid period No.iubtcnption 'ore lhor\*»ne y c., |y cofcitl *rf1i»*ry m'*"«io Pfome per month *1 Of pQirdflivtry anywhere in USA per year, in advance H~2 00 month, >* °° Third place Dyess Air Force Base took third place in the second annual Grand Prairie Invitational Softball Classic played over the July 4 holidays. The Air Force team was one of 24 in the three day double elimination tourney. Daily New* Photo Fourth spot Fourth place in the 24-team softball tournament conducted by the Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Department went to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram team. The tourney was a three-day double elimination affair. Photo by Ronnie Pittman Champions First place winners in the second annual Grand Prairie Invitational Softball Tourney was the Meadowbrook Methodist team from Fort Worth. Meadowbrook downed General Electric of Dallas, 1-0, in the finals to take the championship. Photo by Ronnie Pittman GRAND PRAIRIE DAILY NEWS Spurs win, 3-0, over Mission* By United Preis International The El Paso Sun Kings tapped the M e m p h i 8 Blues Thursday night in Texas League play to maintain their lead over Albuquerque, who is pressing them hard in the Western Division. The Dodgers put together two big innings—the fourth and fifth—to sail past the Arkansas Travelers, 4-3. Arkansas is still 2Vfe games in the Eastern Division, but the Shreveport Braves, playing to catch the Travelers, knocked four Amarillo pitchers off the mound to down the Giants 13-4 on 18 hits. In a battle of the cellar- dwellers, both 11V4 games back, D a 11 a s -F o r t Worth blanked the San Antonio Missions 3-0. San Antonio is in the East basement with a 35-46 record and Dallas-Fort Worth brings up the bottom in the West with a 36-51 mark. Kenneth Tatum held the mound for El Paso until the ninth when Steven Kealey came on in relief. Curtis Brown slapped a homer for Memphis in the fourth and Tomes S i 1 v e r i o pushed one across for El Paso in the opening stanza. Jerry Hudgins went the dist a n c e for Albuquerque and took the win despite home runs by Michael Christino for the Travs in the second and sixth. Santiago Guzman took the loss for his seven innings of pitching. George Gerberman pitched a six-hit baseball to hand the Spurs their victory over San Antonio. David Lemonds was the loser in that match. And, Michael Corkins started for the Giants and was tabbed with the loss for the three runs he allowed Shreveport. The Amarillo club used three other pitchers before the evening was over. Gene Garnell picked up the win. Nelson, Drifters aLRitz Entertaining Friday and Saturday nights at the Ritz Starlite Room will be Guy Nelson and the Country Drifters. Nelson is a former KBOX and KPCN disc-jockey. The Ritz, located at 2300 W. Jefferson, will also feature Wynn Stewart, who wrote a top song across the nation, "It's such a Pretty World Today." Other songs he has written i n c 1 u d c, "Angels Don't Lie," "Something Pretty," and "Play Box." ______ Sportsmanship award The sportsmanship award in the second annual Grand Prairie Invitational Softball Class went to Wolfgang Halbig of the Dyess Air Force Base team from Abilene. The Dyess squad captured third place in the tourney. Photo by Ronnie Pittman Special awards LeRoy Cramer of the Meadowbrook Methodist Church team from Fort Worth earned two special awards in the softball tourney played here last weekend. Cramer captured the best pitcher award for his 5-0 record in the tournament and also was selected as the most valuable player. Photo by Ronnie Pittman Legion team plays Dallas The Grand Prairie American Legion baseball team will face Dallas Carter at Reverchon Park in Dallas Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Originally scheduled earlier this week, the game had to be reset because of wet grounds. Grand P r a i r i e is one game ahead of Carter in the Western Division standings as result of a 1-0 victory Tuesday night. S house places a I track meet Grand Prairie had another \v i n n e r in the Gainesville track meet last Saturday. J a c k y e Shouse took three places in the midget division. 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