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Wednesday, January 15, 1958
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DODGER COLISEUM BID DELAYED AGAIN ports CC WEDNESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 15, 1958 SPORTS By BRAVEN DYER PALM SPRINGS, Jan. 14 Out here where there always seems to be fun in the sun, some of us are thoroughly enjoying ourselves while testing lightly in the Desert Seniors Golf Tournament Just to try our mettle we play three courses, sporty O'Donnell today, tricky Tamarisk tomorrow and ver--dant Thunderbird Thursday. Those of us who get plucked on the golf course frequently resort to the gaming tables in a frantic effort to get even. And gin rummy, of course, is the most popular medium when trying to balance the budget But it is surprising how many people are learning how to play the game well. George Howard, professional at O'Donnell, is the uncrowned king of the Palm Springs slickers, and needs very little urging to defend his championship. SOUND THUMPING ADMINISTERED Recently George teamed with John M. Cameron, the Beverly Hills bon vivant and Palm Springs slicker, to administer a sound thumping to two unhappy pigeons, who shall remain nameless to keep other eager sharpies from haunting their doorsteps. All of which reminded me that Cameron in an impressive ceremony at the Los Angeles Country Club, recently was honored uniquely by some of his close cronies. Many of you may have been laboring under the mistaken impression that Woody Hayes or Red Sanders is the Coach of the Year for 1957. Tain't so. The distinction belongs to Cameron. LETTER SENT TO VICTIMS' Shortly after being presented with the trophy by John Hunter, the happy recipient dispatched the. following letter of acknowledgment to some of his victims: Dear Mr. Cox: This is to thank you as chairman of the committee for awarding me the trophy as Coach of the Year. If modesty permitted, I would say -you made the right choice. For some time I was a little concerned that I might be nosed out I was particularly worried about Braven Dyer, but the boys told me after the presentation that I won easy. I understand Braven' has lost keen interest in the game he doesn't play at breakfast any more. You have probably noticed recently that Jim McDonald thinks he'.s a coach. He leans over and whispers to his partner, whichis a sneaky way of doing things. However, the net result so far is that he points to a card in his partner's hand which fits in the middle of the opponent's run. He's no threat to my laurels at this time. While this letter is an expression of my appreciation to you for your efforts as chairman of the committee, I would like to do something further for you. Several times when you were kibitzing, you have mentioned that you didn't understand why I took this card or discarded that one that's being real smart, as a dummy would pretend he knew why I was doing it Consequently, when you have a little extra time ni be glad to get together with you and explain some of the finer points of the game to you. There will be no charge for this as I feel that your efforts are deserving of some reward. Best wishes to you and Gen. Jackson for Christmas and the New Year. Blitringly jrours, JOHN M. CAMERON, Coach of the Year P.S.: While I was writing this letter I had-my CPA check the books on my 1957 gin winnings and losses. He discovered my net loss was 431.15. The 15 cents I lost to my 6-year-old granddaughter. She didn't want to play, for much. My CPA suggests that I do more playing and less coaching. Guess he thinks he's a coach. His fee was 5500 but at least I know where I stand! Royal Academy Hits Win Circle Again in $10,000 Long Beach Purse BI PAUL LOWKY Peter Strub's Royal Acad-i envy raced to his second straight conquest of the meeting in the $10,000 Longl oeacn rurse at santa Anita yesterday, winning by two1 lengths. The crowd of 22,000 made Airide and Willie Shoemaker the 5-2 favorite, but like three other public choices ridden by Shoe he finished out of the money. Speed War had the early speed of the race, but'Royalj Academy was in front at the head of the stretch and eas ily held sway under Milo Valenzuela's handling. Caro- nai was second, woreasw third and Gaelic Gold, finishing fast, was fourth. Hoyal Academy, a 4-year- IV PARADE old son of Fair Truckle, was timed in 1:10 1-5 for the six furlongs and paid $8.70. Shoemaker had five mounts for the day, and he THE WINNERS 1 Sugar Madison, $12.60 2 Rook, $10.90 3 Shape Burner, $9.10 4 Ali Von Dom, $16 5 Honora, $3.80 6 Solid Son, $11.90 7 Royal Academy, $8.70 8 Jacarepagua, $15.50 scored with the only win mng favorite Honora at $3.80 in the fifth race. Ho nora was far out of it on the far turn, but Shoe eot her going through the home-' stretch and she picked up BASKET BOUND Dave Hammers, Loyola forward, drives by Pepperdine's John Kasser to score a field Waves Hand Loyola Cagers 64-48 Beating There's no substitute for talent as Loyola found outl last night in bowing to Pepperdine's Waves, 64-18, in the annual scholarship benefit basketball game at El Se gundo High School. It was Pepperdine's first west Coast Athletic Confer ence victory, followincr twol defeats in the Bay area last weeK. ine Lions are still winless m league play. Forbes Honored Center Sterling Forbes. who received the'El Segundo Junior Chamber trophy as the game's most outstanding player, was high point man with 19. Bill Wagner was the top Lion point getter W1U1 io. Peppcrdine roared into an 11-0 lead in the first four minutes before the Lions could get a field coal. Billv Donovan's club clawed away and with 1:47 left in the half. trailed by only six, "27-21. The talented Waves owned a 32-21 halftime lead land increased that marein to 45-28 seven minutes into the second half. It was 60-1 36 Pepperdine with four minutes left and then Coach Duck Dowell yanked his ree- lulars and the reserves played out tne game. Urol OFP TlPtmrdlm Of PT Hove.t O 0 0 olO.Taylor.l 6 2 314 HammM-i.TS 0 a , v..u.i , . 5?''!! ? ? OcClr.iX 0 o JO "eni u mingle,, o l u i j j 5 SiSSSSK i i SrflCurtice. ROCCMaM 0 0 0 DlDntttwnn Murdr.o 0 0 I 0IR.SImM W'OrKenr.0 I 0 1 2 warren 0 0 2 t 0 101 0 0 0 0 Toll WlOWal Tololl 24117 SCORE Y HALVES :0Ol i 21 JJtl VfUVTB". a 33. ft PRELIMINARY GAME Loyola Froth. 72; Properdin Prmti, S9. the pace-setting Swanky Gal in the last 50 yards. Time for the six -and one-half fur longs was 1:17 4-5. Shoemaker's other beaten favorites besides Airide were Night Lodger, Whirl Out and Grey Tower. Sugar Madison, owned by Lroiier jues Madison of Ari zona and named for his daughter, won the baby race by half a length from Miss Tavi. It was the first start of: her life for Suear Madison. a z-year-oio daughter of Be Sure Now and Finger Bell,-and therefore a half-sister to tne staKes-wmnine Beau Madison. . Under the urging of Bud Turn to Page 4, Column 6l rdelatz Aggie Job in Huff COLLEGE STATION, Tex., Jan. 14 U.R) Navy's! Eddie Erdelatz decided today he wanted no part of the I Texas A&M athletic setup because it "scared" him and his feelings got him into a heated verbal exchange with Texas A&M officials before he left town. COACH Jack Curtice reportedly will be named the head football coach for Stanford tomorrow. Tlnws photo Curtice Due to Be Named Tribe Coach PALO ALTO, Jan. 14 Hi- Utah's fth.-.ll rrarh Jack will be appointed Stanford coach on Thursday with a three-year contract !at $15,000 a year, a source' close to the school said to. day. Curtice has been virtually the only man mentioned as possible successor to Chuck Taylor, who resigned at the ena ot tne 1957 season to be-i come assistant athletic di rector, At Salt Lake City. Curtice said he might decide on his future by Friday. it i do nave an announce ment it will probably be made out there." Curtice said. 'You mean at Stanford?'' he was asked. Yes." the coach replied. There has been no official confirmation by Stanford of- jficials that the selection has been made. But all signs pointed that way. Stronger indication came today when it was an- Turn to Page 2, Column 3 TODAY IN SPORTS HORSE RACING Santa Anita, 1 p.m. WRESTLING Olympic Auditorium, 8:30 p.m. goal in last night's game at El Segundo High. The Lions, however, lost the decision, 64 to 48. Tlmw Photo bv Larry SMrlrey Rejects The44-year-old Naval Acad- emy coach disclosed his per tinent reason for deciding to stay at Navy in a post mortem session that followed' both his original announce- ment and the verbal flare-up tnat occurred during a sec ond hastily called press conference. It scared me to discover the division of authority in! athletic matters between the! school administration and outsiders the board of di rectors," he said. Navy 'Tics' Earlier, he had told the; writers that he made his de cision after receiving a telegram from midshipmen at Annapolis urging mm to re-i main there, and cited "the: ties" he has had with the, Navy. In between these two statements came the heated words with A&M Director Jack Finney and Dr. Chris! Groneman. chairman of the faculty athletic council which must start anew a search for a coach and athletic director to replace departed Paul Bryant. Angry Words Erdelatz'S' decision came al-! most exactly 24 hours after Iowa States Jim Myers who was the choice of the athletic council for the dual posts withdrew his name from consideration in view of the apparent swing toward Erdelatz by the A&M board of directors, The angry words tossed about were later smoothed Turn to Page 3, Column 1 Board Okays Arena Plans Plans for the projected So,99o,000 sports arena ad jacent to tne coliseum in Exposition farlc were for-! mally approved by the Coli-i jseum Commission yesterday. Commission .President! Burton W. Chace said that! the finance committee is not! quite ready to advertise fori bids, but indicated that de tails will be completed shortly. Welton Beckett and Asso-i ciates, who designed the all- purpose indoor stadium, estimated that it could be completed in 15 to 18 months! once actual construction work begins. Elroy Hirsch Quits Football for IV Position BY DICK HYLAND Elroy. (Crazylegs) Hirsch,1 great Los Angeles Rams end, is through with football. This statement has been made before, notably three years ago, but this time he says he means it I've had 20 years of the game and. at 35. it is tim I reanzea tms is no age to be uying 10 mase tne team. said Hirsch yesterday. Richards Replaced Hirsch is repiacinsr world Pole ault Ace Rev. Bob Richards as sports director lor tne ijnion Oil Co. s 76 Sports Club, and this will! include the latters Thurs-' day evening sports televi sion, show. Rev. Bob is bowing out of tne picture Because, he savs. "It has been increasingly dimcuit to continue my cnurcn worK and at the same time (riven full attention to the Union Oil Co.'s vast pro gram tor youtn." Player of Year Hirsch, on the other hand. says that he has finally found the work which could be the central theme of his life, aiding and teaching youths. "To become a Pied Fiper of sports for young sters m every city and nam-let in the West is mv greatest desire. I can't wait to Turn to Page 2; Column 1 Times' Jack Director of NEW JOB Jack Geyer, Times sports writer, hos been named to heod publicity staff for Winter OlympicsatSquawValley. limes pnre New O'Malley Plan May Be Approved by Board Today BY FRANK FINCH Walter O'Malley made his best pitch for the Ckhseurii yesterday only to run into another exasperating delay when the Coliseum Commission failed to act on his proposal to use the stadium as a playing site for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958-59. The expected showdown! was postponed for at leastout 0 t'le Coliseum struc-24 hours. ture- 'iIallev said his plan mv , The commission recessed ! until 3 p.m. today when it will hear a report of its base-1 ball committee's meetingbreak ail baseball attendance this morning with repre-jreirds- . . ... ... sentatives of the Bruins J. The WS field., with Trojans. Rams and other hom Piate ic??d Coliseum tenants. wcs,5 end, would be confined Hahn Predicts Approval j Despite the delay, Chair man Kenneth Hahn of the baseball 'committee flatly predicted tnat me nine-mem- ber commission will unani - mously vote the Dodgers into the Coliseum todav. Only six -otes are required to make it a deal. The financial aspects of O'Malley's new proposal were based on the deal the: tiiants are getting from the city of San Francisco. Briefly, h 1 s conditions were these: The Dodcers would keen the concession profits; the Coliseum Commission would keep the parking revenues and the Dodgers would pay a rental of 5 of the gross ticket receipts. They also would assume staffirle and cleanup costs. New Playing Plan O'Maliev expressed the be-! lief that his plan would be very acceptable to the foot- oall people. At this morn ing's meeting, however, the two colleges and the Rams. who pay 10 rental and do not share in the concession' profits, may demand a similar financial arrangement in contrast to previous proposals which would have necessitated the carving of nuge slices ot concrete pie' Wrigley Has Solution for Dodger Site Plight CHICAGO, Jan. "14 (IB I The Dodgers can increase the seating capacity of Los Angeles' Wrigley Field by 10,000 seats by expenditure! of not more than $50,000, Phil Wrigley of the Chicago! l,uos said today. Wrigley, former owner of the Los Angeles franchise in the Pacific Coast League, traded the franchise and the! ipark to the Dodgers in re-jturn for the Ft Worth franchise in the Texas League. , rne deal made the path clear for the Dodgers to move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. 'Estimates Taken' "We had estimates about improving the park," Wrig ley said, "and I'd sav that it wouidn t cost mora than $50,000 to add 10,000 seats. For $5,000,000, they could1 increase the seating capac ity ot tne paric to 50.000. 1 ne pane now seats 22.000 and wrigley said that if he owned the franchise, he Geyer Named Publicity Winter Olympic Games A world-wide program of publicity and promotion for the eighth Olympic Winter Games, to be held in Squaw Valley in February in 1960, was disclosed yesterday by Prentis Cobb Hale, president of the Organizing Committee, with the appointment of !Jack Geyer, Los Angeles Times sports writer, to di-, rect the project Geyer. 36, will assume his duties Feb. 1 and will be based at the committee's! new headquarters, 333 Mar ket St. San Francisco, as1 well as offices in Squaw Val ley. Program Planned in announcing the ap pointment. Hale reported de tails of a comprehensive program to develop national and international interest in the Games through press, tele vision, radio, sight inspection tours, special events, community participation programs, speakers bureau woum uui require anvpnysi- ca, alteration! to th-irS im. seat stadium in M-hirh Vi predicts the Dodgers can us uic jcimicier 01 uie dowi. The left-field foul line would measure 250 feet, the right-field line 300 feet. A 40-foot screen tapering down to 20 feet would be erected iin left field to reduce the frequency of home runs, w.m,i- a There would be a 6-foot fence in center field. This fence, like the left-field screen, would be movable so that it would not impair football playing conditions.. Temporary box seats would be installed in the west end. These also could be moved out overnight Tne oacKstop and foul-une poles also would be removable, and by using num bered cushions in the re served seat sections the Coliseum's seat-numbering sys tem used By the football ten ants would not be disturbed. Both SC and UCLA are on record as opposine any plan which would locate the dia mond in the west end. Their contracts with the commission specify first-class turf on the gridiron. Some of the sod would have to be removed for the skinned por tion ot tne oaseoau lnneid. O'Malley contended that resodding the gridiron would present no problems. Tne Dodgers, along with Turn to Page 2, Column 4 wouldn't think of playing in Chavez' Ravine. The latter site was supposed to housa the Dodgers but the trade of the Wrigley Field prop-. erty of 9.9 acres for the more than 300 acres of Chavez Ra vine has been held up pending a referendum. "If the Dodgers tret Cha vez Ravine," he said, "they'll have to level it first at Sl.- 000,000 or more and then let it settle for two or three years. Any stadium they'd build before then would look like the leaning tower .of Pisa." Favored Shift Wrigley said that despite the Dodgers' problems :in finding a playing field in Los Angeles, he still favored t movement of the franchise. You cant worry about the peak two or three games ifor attendance," he said. "It tney draw close to capacity every day, they'll still have as many people as they had ill 43iwr.iju. operations and in numerous other ways. The program. Hale said. will also involve the produc tion ana aistnouuon, in tnis country and abroad, of hurt dreds of thousands of newsletters, posters and pamphletswhich will be produced in English and sever al foreign languages and a display ot models and graph ic picture stones in public ibuildings, travel bureaus and other outlets in American cities as well as capitals of Europe. "We plan to make the 1960 Winter Olympic Games the subject of enthusiastic public interest in Olympic member nations throughout the world," Hale explained. "Sports speak an international language, and the Games will provide an unparalleled opportunity to project the goodwill of America, the host nation, and the hospitality of Cali- Torn to Page 4, Column 7

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