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Wednesday, January 13, 1960
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RAMS HIRE WATERFIELD AS HEAD COACH ERIC BLOWS UP Finsterwald's 280 Wins Open; Monti 9 Over Par oris PART IV CC WEDNESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 13, 1960 SPORTS PARADE Wall Gives Tips to Mr. Duffer BY BRAVEN DYER Art Woll Art Wall Jr.,. the slim, quiet shotmaker from Pennsylvania, banked $63,209.58 from golf prizes during 1959. Only Gene Littler with five won more tournaments than Art did with four. No golfer had more seconds than Art's six. His average number of strokes per round for 119 rounds was tops at 70.35. He played 74 of 128 rounds (18 holes) below par and this percentage led all rivals. Art won the Masters by scoring birdies on five of the last six holes. I thought that anybody this proficient should have a few words of advice for us duffers, so I asked him the most important things for Mr. Average Golfer to remember, and this is what he said: "First, be patient, and don't expect too much to begin with. "Also, a neophyte should have a good memory, because you must remember quite a few things that you are trying to incorporate in your swing. "Each shot that you play should teach you something. By this I mean that when you make a good shot, for instance, you should try to remember what you did. Learn by Mistakes "And if you come up with a bad shot you should try to remember what you did wrong. This will make the game much more simple for you. "It is very important to have good equipment. Having the right shaft in your club is more than half the battle as far as equipment is concerned. "Elderly people, for instance, get better results with a shaft that has more whip to it "George Bayer, Arnold Palmer and other long hitters use an extremely stiff shaft Personally, I use a stiff shaft, too, but not an extreme one. "Practice, of course, is important, as long as you practice right. But the average golfer doesn't take the time and when he does he seldom does so with the pro, so it may not be of much help. Masters Was Biggest Thrill "Every golfer, no matter how bad, will do better if he takes time to hit a few shots before he tees off, even if he doesn't hit more than a dozen. "The money I made? I invested much of it in stocks. Yes, the Masters was my biggest thrill The purse? It was 515,000." I asked Art what he thought of Bill Casper's aversion to practice. "Every man to his own theory is the way I look at It," he replied. "Personally, I practice. Bill knows what he can do, so for him that's the way to do. He doesn't try to tell me what to do and I don't try to tell him. Human beings are different and they live their lives differently. What's good for one golfer is not necessarily the thing for another golfer to do. "The three outstanding young players to watch? Well, I've always thought a great deal of Tommy Jacobs. Then there's Dave Ragan and Mason Rudolph. They're all fine players." (Listen to Braven Dyer over KNX at 6:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.) Hillcrest Pro Skids to 7th Spot BY BRAVEN OYER An agonizing, incredible collapse by Eric Monti, one of golf's finer gentlemen, turned the final round of the L.A. Open into a niehtmare lor the Hillcrest tcachiner pro at nancno yesieroay and left Dow Finsterwald. Ohio University graduate, an easy winner with 280 to Monti's ass. Leading the star-studded held alter each of the three previous days, Monti ballooned to a closing 80 while the 1958 National PGA champion cakewalked to his $5,500 victory with an even par 71 before a gallery of 7.O00. Finsterwald scored 70-68-71-71280 while unhappy Eric carded 66-71-68-80 285. A 30-year-old son of a for mer Big Ten football official Dow had been four shots be- How Dow Did It Par wt U3 iu 3S433 Finsterwald iu au 3Si3i '' " 3 415-34-71 Flitrrwld 344 314 4353571 hind Monti's opening score. one shot behind at 137 to 138 after the second round and four strokes behind at 205 to; 209 when they teed off in the last two threesomes at noon yesterday. One-Man Shaw What had loomed as a ding dong two-man battle for; hrst place soon turned into a one-man show as trouble hounded Monti at every turn. After six holes he was 5 over par and Finsterwald had drawn even. After seven holes there was a new leader and his name wasn't Monti. And when Dow birdied the 412-yd. 10th with a nifty three and Eric came trudg-j mg along a lew minutes la ter with another dishearten ing bogey the margin was three strokes and even the haggard Hillcrest pro must have sensed he'd had it. The recollection that some thing equally tragic had hap pened when he finished tied for eighth in the 1955 L.A.1 Open after leading by one shot on the final day didn't help Erics game nor his peace of mind. He ha dthree more boeevs for a last side 39 to go with his first nine 41 while the new L.A. Open champion finished with a string of pars. Rough Sledding It was rough enough for Eric to lose after being such an outstanding leader through three-fourths of the tourney and it was a lot rougher to find five other golfers finishing ahead of his seventh-place tie. Three of them tied for sec ond at 283. They were young Dave Kagan of Orlando, Fla., Jay Hebert ot Santord, Fla Please Turn to Pg. 3, Col. 1 Former Quarterback Star of LA. Team Signs 5-Year Contract BY CAL WHORTON ; Bob Waterfield, probably the most famous of all former Rams, late yesterday was named head coach of the ' Los Angeles entry in the National Football League. Waterfield, 39, played eight seasons for the Rams.', rookie quarterback BLOWING LEAD Eric Monti, leader of L.A. Open for first three rounds, is shown getting into trouble on first hole yesterday with a bogey. His troubles ballooned into an incredible 9-over-par round of 80. Tmes pftoro by Larry Sharkey OPEN PAY-OFFS Dow Finsterwald 70-68-71-71280 55,500 Jay Hebert 72-70-70-71283 2,633.33 Dave Ragan 69-71-71-72283 2,633.33 Bill Collins 70-70-71-72283 2,633.33 Tommy Bolt 72-71-72-69-284 1,650 Don January 72-69-71-72284 1,650 Bill Blanton 72-70-73-70285 1,400 Fred Hawkins 71-72-71-71285 1,400 Eric Monti 66-71-68-80285 1,400 Gay Brewer 71-72-69-74286 920 Monte Bradley 71-73-72-70286 920 Doug Sanders 68-73-74-71286 920 Johnny Pott 70-75-71-70286 920 Jack Fleck 68-73-74-71286 920 Smiley Quick 70-72-73-71286 920 Johnny Bulla 68-72-74-72286 920 Jimmy Clark 67-76-71-72286 920 Dick Knight 74-66-72-74286 920 Complete scores on Page 3 Drysdale, Craig First to Sign Dodger Pacts Don Drysdale, strike-out! king of the major leagues, and Rog Craig, who led the champion Dodgers' spectacular stretch drive with five straight victories, yesterday became the club s first play ers to sign their i960 con tracts. Both of the ace right handers received substantial raises for services rendered, said vice president Buzzie Bavasi. Drysdale is believed to have signed for $25,000 and Craig agreed to an es timated $17,000. Bavasi also disclosed that the Los Angeles club will be gin training Feb. 22 at Vero Beach, Fla., when the pitch-. ers and catchers report. Early Birds Outfielders Wally Moon and Duke Snider were granted permission to report on that date, but most of the other players won't check in until Feb. 28. At 23, Drysdale is the leading L.A. flinger. Besides being the biggest winner (17- 13). Don led with 3b starts, 15 complete games, 271 in- SLIP OF PAPER Dow Finsterwald, right, accepts check for $5,500 from Robert Meyer after winning L.A. Open. Tourney queen Barbara Eden watches ceremony. nings pitched and also tied with 4 shutouts. He struck out 242. Bagging his first four de cisions after being promoted irom bpoKane. Craie Droved a Ufesaver to the L.A. cause. Although he spent onlv nait the season with the Dodgers, Rog notched 11 wins against five defeats and his 2.06 earned-run average was the clubs lowest. TODAY IN SPORTS HORSE RACING Santa Anita, 1 p.m. GOLF Pro -Amateur Tourney, Yorba Linda Open, Yorba Linda CU. BOAT SHOW Great Western Exhibit Building, Pepperdine Five Swamps Lions, 70-60 BY MAL FLORENCE Pepperdine stayed unde-! feated in West Coast Ath-! letic Conference basketball play last night by walloping Loyola, 70-60, at Inglewood High School. The Waves, who had. bowed to the Lions, 87-66, in a preseason game, were a band of rebounding demons last night. Bobby Sims (16) and Sterling Forbes (16) led the assault on the boards as Pepperdine out-rebound ed Loyola, 65-37. i Actually, Loyola was only in the ball game for the first 13 minutes. With the score tied at 16-16 midway in the first half Pepperdine pro ceeded to outscore Loyola 15-5 and walk off the floor! Pleats Turn to Pg. 4, Col. 5 Silver Spoon Triumphs in Santa Monica 'Cap BY BION ABBOTT Silver Spoon finally dipped into the sugar at Santa Ani ta yesterday, the C. V. Whitney sweetheart looking like her old unbeatable self as she galloped to a two-length victory in the $22,950 Santa Monica Handicap before 18,-740 fans. Silver Spoon had to share some of the spotlight, how ever, with a couple of long-shots that lit up the tote board and with a vagrant flu bug that knocked Bill Shoemaker off his mounts in the last three races. April Scores Apparently relishing the slightly off-going, April, ridden by Eddie Burns, came flying along the rail m the stretch to nose out Atalayero in the last jump of the fourth race for an across-the-board pay-off of $91.60, $37.80 and $14.80. Atalayero also re turned the fat figures of $21.80 and $11.80. This followed the $57.80 triumph by Incineration in the third as Ralph Neves took the R. S. Lytle colt to the top at once and pulled away irom ine 4-a favorite, Shells, in the stretch. Shoemaker scored a back-to-back double with Licht Talk at $14.80 and Ladv D'Argent at $7 in the first two races and rode three more races before retiring Please Turn to Pg. 6, Col. 7, THE WINNERS 1 Light Talk, $14.80. 2 Lady D'Argent, $7.00. 3 Incineration, $57.80. 4 April, $91.60. 5 La Comedienne, $14.20. 6 Prophetic, $9.00. 7 Silver Spoon, $4.80. 8 DH. Golden Rage, $3.60. DH. Last Row, $3.80. DH Deadheat for first. As a in 1945 he led the then Cleveland Rams to a world title. He played an important' role in helping the club to its ' . only world championship in . Los Angeles in 1951. Retired in 1052 A year later he retired as an active player. The signing of Waterfield to a five-year contract was announced jointly by President Dan Reeves and general manager Pete Rozelle. No mention was made of salary, but the man Water-field replaces, Sid GiUman, reportedly received $25,000 a year. Waterfield becomes the seventh head coach of the Rams since the franchise was moved here from Cleveland in 1946. The announced five-year pact is the longest ever tendered a Ram coach. Reeves declared that Waterfield, the husband of movie actress Jane Russell, was one of several candidates considered since the abdication of Gillman early last month. Many Considered Rozelle stated that Water-field was the only prospect actually offered the job, but admitted several others had been considered. General opinion locally, however, is that the Rams had left no stone unturned in their efforts to sign Joe Kuharich. It's believed Ku- harich would have taken the position if he could have gracefully skipped out of his contract as head coach of Notre Dame. Waterfield's only previous professional coaching experience was in 1958 when he served as an a s s i s t a n t in charge of Ram quarterbacks. That was the season m which Bill Wade enjoyed a record-breaking year as a passer surpassing several team marks previously held by Norm Van Brocklin and, ironically, Waterfield. Unanimous Choice In announcing Waterfield as head coach, Rozelle said: 'He was the unanimous choice of our four owners and I'm very happy that a.' lormer nam player has ascended to the job. Bob baa ! been with us a long time and should know as much about our organization as any man in tne world. He commanded respect as a player and assistant coach. He is acknowledged as a great leader. I'm certain hell carry these attributes into his new job." Undecided on Aides Waterfield said he hadn't decided upon any assistant coaches but expressed the wish that he could employ Please Turn to P. 4, Col. S SEARCH ENDS Bob Waterfield, left, poses with general manager Pete Rozelle after accepting a five-year contract to be new coach of the Los Angeles Rams. . 1-10 p.m. .

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