The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 10, 1966 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, June 10, 1966
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ONE OF THE MOST UNPUBLICIZED COMPLEXITIES IN BASEBALL |^ §0 ^ijf | • • I •• • YG^P 1 iW • ^ •-»• ^^-•^-— _^_ — — Secret to NL Scheduling: It's All in the 'Formula' By SANDY PADWE CINCINNATI - (NBA) The National League very innocently lists Fred C. Fleig as its secretary. Fred C. Fleig wishes his Job were that simple. Fleig is: • Supervisor of the National League schedule. • Supervisor of the National League umpires. * * * . He has been doing this for the last 15 years. His next job may be with the United Nations' because no one is more adept at handling complaints than Fred Fleigg. After the Memorial Day weekend, most of the com- plaints on Fleig's desk were aimed at the schedule. Three teams-the Phillies, Mets and Dodgers-made cross-country trips after games on the West Coast. The Mets and Phillies, after early-morning arrivals in New York, struggled through a doubleheader the next afternoon (1:05 p.m.) at Shea Stadium while the Dodgers had a 7 p.m. game at Atlanta. * * + "There's always some grumbling," Fleig said. "But I've spoken to the players and tried to tell them bur side. Most of them understand." Schedule-making is one of the most unpublicizcd complexities in baseball. "You have to take so many things into account," Fieig said, "like holidays, Sundays, the American League schedules, what teams draw better on what days .. . "I have figures showing what every club in the league draws on certain days. In Chicago, for example, Wednesday is the best weekday. * * * "In making the schedule certain rules must be followed. With Chicago playing only day home games, this sometimes is a problem. "For example, you can- not, except In the ease of a rain-out, schedule a day- doubleheader after a night game. And you cannot play an afternoon game following a night game unless you get the players' permission. "Keeping this in mind, you try to help the clubs as much as possible. But there is no such thing as a perfect schedule." The National League, Fleig explained, works on a mathematical 3-3-3-1 system which sounds more like some type of football defense. * * * "It works like this, he said. "We have three geographical groupings: the East (Phillies, Mets, Pirates), the Midwest (Braves, Red, Cardinals) and the West (Astros, Giants, Dodgers). Chicago serves as the swing team. "The schedule will have two geographical areas playing each other like West vs. Midwest. In that case, the Cubs play one of the three eastern teams to balance the schedule out. " 'Balance' is a key word in the schedule. Right now, Los Angeles and San Francisco are the best draws in the league. This year, they opened at home with the swing team, Chicago. "Well, to help at the gate, we'll get them with- another geographical section during the opening week next year. We try to spread these things out evenly each year. * * * "We work a year ahead on the schedule. By the middle of September we're ready to submit the first draft for the new season to IflllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllHmillllllllllllllllllllllllllllli COURIER NEWS . g FRIDAY, JDNE 10, 1866 1 PAGE EIGHT the teams. "The teams then have the right to switch dates around (the switches must be approved by the league office). That's why you'll sometimes see a team in a certain city for just one game. But we never schedule "one-game series.' There are always two on the first draft. "What the clubs do is take an early-season night game, for instance, and switch it to the meatier part of the schedule (Memorial Day to Labor Day). By doing this, they feel they can get more out of the date. * + * "Another thing we never do is manipulate the sched- ule where the weak teams play the stronger or the strong play the strong at the end of the season. We do it strictly by the formula. "I've had people come to me after an exciting stretch run and say, 'Boy, you sure devised a good schedule.' "We did nothing of the sort. It was the formula. Tht View from Her* ED HAYES * * * Advice Column DEAR FLABBY: I am 18 years old, I just graduated from high school. I didn't like it. They tell me you don't get nowhere in the world today without a college education. Does that mean all Is hopeless for me, because I do not intend, under any circumstance, to go to college. My main talent, I guess you might say, !s that I am big and strong. I like to -watch professional wrestling very much and feel a strong urge toward that kind of life. Would you advise me to try and become a professional wrestler? If so, should I be the villain or the good guy? I'll bite my nails until I hear from you. Sincerely, U. Bigg Oxe * * * DEAR U. BIGG OXE: While I don't make a practice of advising youngsters on what kind of careers to pursue, I would advise against the life of a wrestling professional. On the surface, the life seems O.K. but people who know the sport know there's more to wrestling than you see on the surface. A lot more. Still, before advising you, I went to an expert for his ruling. The expert is Herb Welch who has been wrestling 25 years. Herb, who also promotes the sport in Blytheville on Tuesday nights, holds one half of the world tag team championship (with Al Costello). Interestingly, this is the third time Herb has shared the world title belt. He and his brother Roy were champs In 1947 ... and he won it back again in 1952 with Ray Perrett of Texas. I tell you all this so you know I went to a guy who knows what he's talking about. * + * So I put the question to Herb and Herb said: "No. It's a tough life. I wouldn't encourage it. "If the kid has something else he can do, I'd tell him :to go ahead and do it and forget about wrestling. '.'. "Course, I had a lot of people tell me the same thing .but I went ahead and tried it, "But my advice is no." * + * So, there you have it. Hope and pray I've been some . assistance. : Incidentally, U. Bigg Oxe, I didn't appreciate your addressing me "Dear Flabby," although I must admit I had 'to chuckle over your wit. If you can't find anything else to do, you might give writing a sports column a go. Sincerely, Sports Ed. * * * The Blaster IN MENTIONING FOOBALLL EQUIPMENT, ESSEN- ,tial and non-essential, in yesterday's column, I purposely everted mention of a "blaster" which will probably be on "the workout slab when the Chickasaws report in August. You might not have heard about these newfangled gadgets. Most of the big camps have 'em nowadays. They've been demonstrated on television. Simply, they're designed to afford resistance to a football player in practice, to toughen him up for smacking the opposing line. They have stiff arms, one on each side as the player charges through and believe me, he's got to CHARGE to get through. If he doesn't, the arm of resistance Is apt to throw him for a loss. If a back, for instance, has a good session with the blaster, hitting the line later is child's play. There's a story going around that one high school coach had to cancel all his games at the start of the season because none of his boys could get through the blaster but I give the yarn no credence. * * * As I say, I did not Include the blaster (which sounds .like an enemy of Batman) in yesterday's computation because the Chickasaw Athletic Club will probably buy it for ; .the school. Bob Williams has the figures, facts and ballyhoo and .Bobby Dean, president of the booster organization, told him .there is a "very good chance" the club will agree to pur- •••chase it I The coach and chief booster an scheduled for t yes-or- r no huddle this weekend. ; Dean, incidentally, has done such a wonderful job as ; booster president the past school year, members an trying to get him to serva another year. The Pill (Now there's a headline that ought to get me tome new readers.) Bob Dean If a wholesale drug salesman. Bob Williams cornered Mm the other day and asked it he'd ever heard of a certain reducing pill "Yes." "Are they any good?" The salesman didn't want to knock one.of his products, 10 he didn't answer. All be did was look down at his own waistline. ~ : Tba coach got the message. In Philly Steambath: Jay Thrives By HAL BOCK Associated Press Sports Writer Joey Jay flourished in Philadelphia's hot and humid Connie Mack Stadium and Jim Davenport didn't do so badly in the air conditioned comfort of Houston's Astrodome. Operating in completely opposite climates Thursday night, Jay pitched a sharp five-hitter as Cincinnati beat Philadelphia 1-0 while Davenport's llth inning double drove in two runs and lifted San Francisco to a 3-1 victory over Houston. Jay perspired freely in the steambath atmosphere against the Phillies, but seemed to thrive on the heat. "I guess I lost about 10 pounds," said the strong right hander who won his sixth game in eight decisions. * * * Leo Cardenas drove home the only run Jay needed with an eighth inning single and then grabbed Dick Groat's hot grounder behind second and turned it into a game-ending double play in the ninth. Davenport, who broke up 17-inning game against New York with a homer earlier this season, delivered his big double to snap a tie that had existed since the fifth inning and beat Jim Owens, Houston's third pitcher. Elsewhere in the National League, Atlanta stretched its winning streak to six games with an 84 victory over New York and St. Louis downed Pittsburgh 4-2. * * * Tony Perez started Cincinnati's winning rally with a single after two were out in the eighth. Tommy Helms' fourth hit of the game moved pinch runner Dick Simpson around to third. Then Cardenas' stogie broke iiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiNiiiinniuniiDiiiiiiiniinniniiiiiiiiini Major *'s iiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiianiiianiiiiiiiiiNiiiiiiiiniiiiB THURSDAY'S STARS By The Associated Press BATTING — Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota Twins, hit two home runs, including the one which enabled the Twins to tie a major league record of five in one inning, in 94 victory over Kansas City. . .PITCHING — Joey Jay, Cincinnati Reds, shut out Philadelphia 1-0 on a five-hitter in gaining his sixth victory against two losses. Fights iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiii' By The Associated Press TOKYO — Yoshiaki Numata, I34 3 /4, Japan, outpointed Flash Elorde, 135, Manila, 12. Numa- ta dethroned Elorde as lightweight champion of the Orient. COPENHAGEN - Boerge Krogh, Denmark, outpointed Don Johnson, Los Angeles, 10. Lightweights. LOS ANGELES - Frankie Belma, 149%, Wilmington, Calif., outpointed Frank Jennings, 148, Los Angeles, 10. PORTLAND, Maine — Beau James, Lowell, Mass., outpoint- ed Paddy Read, Providence, R.I., 10. Lightweights. WELLINGTON, N.Z. - Mike Dimitri, 157, Greece, outpointed Johnny Henderson, 158V4, New Zealand, 12. When 45,770 fans turned out on July 12, 1931 it .was the largest crowd to see the St. Louis Cardinals play baseball. The crowd overflowed onto the 'icld for a double header with the Chicago Cubs. the scoreless tie. Willie McCovey Ignited the Giants' winning rally with a single. After Jim Hart sacrificed, Tom Haller was intentially walked, setting the stage for Davenport's big hit. Rico Carty smacked four hits including a home run and Mack Jones tagged a three-run homer in Atlanta's five-run first inning as the Braves ripped the Mets. Ken Boyer homered for New York. * * * Jerry Buchek and Phil Gagliano accounted for all the Cardinal runs with a pair of two-run homers as Al Jackson scattered eight hits for his fifth victory. Both the homers came against rookie Woody Fryman, who lost his first game after four straight victories. Roberto Clemente, who had three hits, homered for the Pirates. Tony Lema Shooting Sharply GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) — Tony Lema is back on his game and that could spell a lot of trouble for the other 143 entries in the $100,000 Buick Open Golf Tournament. Lema, seeking his third straight title here, and the rest of the field were sidelined Thursday by heavy rains which cancelled the first round. Eleven threesomes were on fte 7,280-yard Warwick Hills course - longest on the PGA tour — when officials halted play and reset the final 36 holes of the 72-hole tourney for Sunday. * * * Lema, slowed by an ailing right elbow at the start of this year's tour, has put together 18 consecutive tournaments rounds of 71 or less. He won the Oklahoma City Open two weeks ago and moved to the No. 10 spot on the money winning list with a tie for ninth place at Memphis last Week. Where to Go Tonight: Three top athletic attractions In the Courier News area tonight are in Blytheville, Osceola and Cottonwood Corner. • At Cottonwood Corner there is stock car racing, tuns trials at 6:30, races at 8:15. The quartermile track is located at Interstate 55 at the Osceola cutoff. • In Osceola at 8 o'clock, the independent Osceola Indians have a baseball game with Memphis Hardwood. • And at Light Brigade Field in Blytheville, there. is a twilight American Legion baseball doubleheader, Blytheville vs. West Memphis, first game at 5:30. Weather permittting of course. Three John Brown Boys Losers KANSAS CITY (AP) - Three John Brown University players wera defeated in Thursday's action in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tennis tournament. Reiny Maier of Whitwater, Wis., State beat Don Simpson California Western defeated Norman Tyser of JBU 6-0, 6-2 and Lornie Kuhle of California Western stopped JBU's Jerry Behnkien 6-4, 6-1. * * * Behnkien and Tyser also lost their first round doubles match to Dick Johnson and Mike of JBU 6-1, 6-1; Jim Gotses of|Pierotti of Albuquerque 6-3, 6-2. Fred C. Fleig "SpHUing the Sundays and holidays also is an important part of making the schedule. These are the best drawing days. A team will have either 12 Sundays and two holidays at home each year or 13 Sundays and one holiday. * * * "There is an artistic approach to all of this. You must have a certain flow, a certain sequence." Even if it means some lost sleep for players. After all, there were 46,882 at Shea Stadium for the Memorial Day doubleheader between the Mets and Phillies. A crowd like that should pay a few salaries. 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