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Ir-. .-J l08 Sngtlf Zittltt 'RTrur.,Mar.20, 1975-Portlll 7 Jackson Starts Early Putting Dark on Spot MESA, Arii WReiarie Jackson LSTiutchj ; ; LO-LEASE! (kfTir&ttfQ 75DatiimB210 W JIPTSj 75 DUmh Truck 77 ll l- 74J4260-Z '118 Gf!iTG ttA-" ill! WZJ Fan Response to Basketball Good in Europe NEW YORK (UPI) - The five-team European Professional Basketball League is doing welL Fan response in Belgium, Israel, Switzerland, Germany and Spain has been enthusiastic over such American expatriates as Roger Brown, Larry Jones and John Vallely, all ex-NBA or ABA players. The salaries are puny compared to American pro basketball standards. The average is $10,000 compared to $90,000 for US. playera "Actually, we're satisfied to Btay at this stage for a while," says Bob Hecht, a Houston banker who owns the But that would mean Jackson, Ban-do or Joe Rudi would have to be dropped to sixth in the order. Those three formed the heart of the A's order the past three seasons and combined for 73 homers and 295 runs batted in last year. Whoever bats second is going to see an awfully lot of good pitches," says North, most likely to fill the second spot. "They wont want to give up any walks with those guys coming up." Some players are speculating that Gene Tenace, who had 26 homers and 73 RBI last season, will be catching and batting ninth most of this year. But that will depend on whether youngsters Claudell Washington and Phil Garner can handle the left field and second base jobs, respectively, and whether Rudi can make the switch to first base: Green, the fielding star of the 1974 World Series, faded out of the A's picture very quietly in comparison to Hunter. But even before the second baseman decided to retire unless he got a $20,000 raise Oakland owner Charles O. Finley said that Garner, a 330 hitter in the minors last year,' would get first crack at the starting job. "I dont know how much well miss' Diek Green," said Jackson. "But I know how great he was as a second baseman." sees 1975 aa a year of challenge for the Oakland A's, with manager Alvin Dark on the spot first Trie's got to get himself a lineup, one that wont hurt us defensively, and then decide where everybody should bat to help us the most," Jackson said at spring training camp. Dark said, 1 must have thought of 150 different lineups over the winter," and he expects to come up with a few more before the American League baseball season opens April 8 in Oakland. Then it will be up to the players. "I've got to hit 10 more home runs this year," said Jackson, the right fielder who hit 29 last season. "Sal Bando will have to drive in 25 more runs, Vida Blue will have to win six more games, Billy North will have to steal 25 more bases," Jackson added. The Catfish is gone, and everybody is going to have to do something to make up for those 25 games he won last year. One man can't do it" But one new player, former National League star Billy Williams, is expected to get back several of those 25 games Catfish Hunter won In his final and finest season with the A's. He brings a 596 lifetime batting average and 392 career home runs into the designated hitter position, an Oakland weak spot last year. "Billy has got to bat third," said Jackson. "He's been a No. 3 batter all his life." Israeli Club and is league president "We don't anticipate an. operating profit in our first year, but neither do we see any large losses, there have been no disappointments." The league owners are all American. Allen Becker of Houston controls the Spanish club, the Belgium team is owned by Roy Brown of Skokie, III, Howard Fine of Baltimore handles the German franchise, while B.C. Kirkland and Jess Smith of Oakgrove, La, are owners of the Swiss club. "Our quality of play is quite good, but not on a par with the top teams in the NBA and ABA," says Hecht Tm sure that we could give an excellent account of ourselves against the worst teams in those leagues." supply rlSii ' I U l m RAINCHECK . ttrf. ii j' s!9l! J VICTOR WELDING AND " m ,A G'aJ$ ,cLsS CUTTING OUTFIT (V1lsHRr McGraw Has Surgery; Tests Set PHILADELPHIA (UPI) Relief pitcher Tug McGraw of the Philadelphia Phillies underwent surgery Wednesday for removal of a lump located just below his left shoulder blade. McGraw, considered the key to the Phils' pennant hopes this season, was in surgery for 45 minutes, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital here. "It was a large bursal sac coming right from the rib," said Dr. John Y. Templeton in, who performed the operation. "The rib was not involved. The sac had no apparent malignancy. However, pathological tests are being performed. He will be here about a week." TITANS OFF FAST IN BASKETBALL FINALS HARRISONBURG, Va. Nancy Dunklc's shooting and rebounding boosted Cal State Fullerton to a 54-43 win over William Penn College Wednesday in the opening round of the Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women basketball championships at Madison College. Dunkle scored 20 points and collected 17 rebounds as the unseeded Titans handed No. 4-seeded William Penn of Oskaloosa, Iowa its first loss of the season after 29 wins. Fullerton is 17-2. Fullerton held a 22-20 lead going into the second half due to the floor play of Debbie Ricketts, who led the Titans with 9 assists and added 9 points. Doneen Stifflcr scored 11 points for Fullerton. The Titans began to open up a lead early in the second half, and after two Penn turnovers took a 10-point advantage with 12 minutes left to play. Fullerton will face Queens College today in the second round. The finals will be played Saturday. WILLIAM PENN (43) trby 17. Kud.ina Dunklo20, Conrtarly b. Alice 15. Foster 4. Peters 3. Fuguay 2, UVigno .. , 2. 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