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SPORTS FRIDAY, MAY 12, 1967 PAGE 25 Jim . ; Dawson ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR 'Three Hits Or 15?' Some University of Arizona baseball fans, weaned on the batting pyrotechnics of past Wildcat powerhouses, are whispering that the 1967 UA team is "not Omaha caliber." But the Wildcats are not convinced their inconsistent hitting will be fatal, even though the team stranded 340 baseruriners through its first 43 games. Coach Frank Sancet admits his pitching depth would be a tremendous asset if the team were able to earn a ticket to the College World Series. "Yes, this is the most pitching depth we've had," said Sancet, "but you never know whether we're going to get three or 15 hits in a game . . .and we'd be facing outstanding pitchers every game if we were lucky enough to get to Omaha. "What a ball club this could have been if we just had (Eddie) Southard," said Sancet. "He made a perfect No. 2 batter and his hitting and leadership would have really helped this team. "The reason Eddie Leon had those 75 RBFs last year is that (Kenny) Kurtz and Southard were always on base ahead of him," said Sancet. Second baseman Terry DeWald has become an excellent leadoff hitter, but the Wildcats have used six players in the No. 2 batting hole in nine conference games -- Mark Worley, Jerry Stitt, Leon, Fro Brigham, John Sefferovich and Rich Hinton. Hosmer Pleasant Surprise Southard, who had been named captain of the 1967 UA team, was lost for the season when a hardship appeal failed to obtain another year of eligibility for the Cincinnati product. Southard hit .362 last season.and contributed 10 doubles and three home runs. The entire Wildcat team has only three home runs this season -- all inside-the- park clouts. The improvement of junior pitcher John Hosmer .has been a pleasant surprise for Sancet. "Hosmer was our most consistent pitcher until, he got hurt," said Sancet. Hosmer, the tall left-hander out of Rincon High, hasn't worked in a game for almost three weeks because of a sore shoulder. He hopes to see relief action .this weekend. "I need to pitch," said Hosmer. "I'm really disappointed about the shoulder. I'd been taking such good care of my arm this spring and I'd been lucky enough to get some early starts and do well." Hosmer, who has lost only one of eight decisions, pitched batting practice yesterday, threw a little breaking stuff and told Sancet he was ready to work a few innings against the University of Albuquerque. 'Dominant Eye' Tests -- "Dominant eye" tests indicate that the Wildcats' better hitters have their dominant eyes nearest the pitcher (left eyes for right-handed hitters and right eyes for left-handed hitters). --Tim Plodinec, 'the only right-handed pitcher among Arizona's 'four regular starters, has recovered from the flu. -- UA center fielder Jerry Stitt is hitting .438 in conference games, Leon .333, DeWald-.323 and catcher Ron McMackin .318. -- Neither Arizona nor Arizona State has a batter ranked among the nation's top 50, but WAC Northern Division favorite Brigham Young has two -- Dennis Lamb (.426) and Gerald Caron (.413). Lamb also ranks among the leaders in doubles with 13 and runs- batted-in with 36. 'Mature 'Kranepool Wipes Out Wise-Guy Image By MILTON RICHMAN NEW YORK (UP) - Look who's in the top ten! That's no misprint, that's my son, the ball player. Eddie Kranepool from the Bronx. You'd hardly recognize Eddie any more. Got married to a nice girl and settled down. Grew up a lot, too. He's 22 but not the kid he used to be. He's a man now. The once petulant and pampered first baseman for the Mets is the proud owner of a glowing .353 batting average which puts him right up there with all the National League batting leaders. That in itself is something of an accomplishment. But even-more noteworthy is the manner in which Mrs. Ethel Kranepool's boy, Eddie, picked himself up by the back of his spikes and became a real man. Now THAT really is an accomplishment. "Going O-for-34 and O-for-20 a coupla' times like I did will knock some of the cockiness outta you" says the same young man who once told Duke Snider to mind his own business and not try to tell him how to hit. "In the beginning, I guess I was a little rock-headed. But I think I've grown up. Just Now that he's a ripe old 22, he's really the "veteran" of the club. He was talking about it yesterday after the game with the Reds was rained out. "I'm the only one left from '62," he said- looking around the spacious, green-carpeted clubhouse. I enjoy playing for the Mets. We haven't imp r o v e d as fast as we would've liked, but maybe I'm one of the reasons. This could be the year I being around older fellows helped. I learned a lot from them." Everybody on the Mets, including the clubhouse boy, was older than Kranepool when they paid him a $70,000 bonus and he joined them at 17 near the end of the 1962 season. p u t e v e r y t h i n g together. . .How does that song go. . .Maybe this is the start of something big." During his first years with the Mets, Kranepool had the reputation of being hardheaded, hard-to-get-through-to and just plain stubborn on occasion. "Even my mother used to needle me about it," he grinned. "She'd tell me to wake up and work a littler harder to overcome my mistakes." It was shortly after he reported to the Mets that the Snider episode took place. "Wherever Duke is now, I'd like to apologize to him," Kranepool said. "I wouldn't do the same thing again. At the time though, the whole thing was blown out of proportion. "I was in a slump and the old man (Casey Stengel) told me to try to hit the ball to left field," recalled the lanky, lefty-hitting Bronxite. "I was doing that in batting practice when Snider came out from the clubhouse and saw me doing it. "Hit that inside pitch to right field, kid,' he said, 'stop hitting it to left field.' I got upset because it was near cutdown time, I was worried about going back down to the minors and I was under a lot of pressure. "I said the first thing that came to my mind. I told Snider to mind his own business; I told him he wasn't doing so good himself. "I was rude and I admit it. I'd never say that to him today. I'm really sorry about it." E d d i e Kranepool has changed, all right, and it's a change for the better. During the fall and winter, he works hard as a customer's man for the brokerage firm Of Brand, Grumet and Siegel and during the sunv mer he also works hard for the baseball firm of the New York Metropolitans. My son, the ball player, is doing a good job all around. He has become a man for all seasons. ·'. Chance Fattens Pennant Stock Twins Ace Blanks A's WithlHit By Associated Press Pitching for Minnesota has made Ohio farmboy Dean Chance happier than a farmer with a pen full of hogs and the market price doubled. The hard-firing right-hander, who had- fallen on sad times since winning the Cy Young Award with the California Angels, is rounding up the scattered Twins and fattening them up as a pennant threat. "With this team, I don't think I'm going to lose another game," Chance said in an expansive mood Thursday night after blanking Kansas City 8-0 on a one-hitter. It's fun when you win; it's fun to play the game," he said, responding to his 5-1 record which makes him the winning- est pitcher in the American League. "It means something to play for a pennant contender because you know you're playing for something." Chance, who operates two farms with a total of about 285 acres near Wooster, Ohio, also owns almost half of Minnesota's 11 victories and has kept the sluggish Twins tied for sixth, only 4% games from the lead. Steven Hargan and Bob Bruce also had reason to be jubilant. Hargan hurled a five-hitter in Cleveland's 2-1 victory over Washington in the only other American League game, and Bruce allowed only three hits in pitching Atlanta past Pittsburgh 9-2 in the only National League contest. Chicago was rained out at Baltimore in the AL and Cincinnati got the same weather treatment" at New York in the NL. Chance, who fell to 15-10 in 1965 and then 12 - 17 last yeaj: after his 20 victories in Ib- earned him the Cy Young Frank Beard Shares Lead In N. O. Open "I'm taking too many strokes," said the Golden Bear with a chuckle after completing the first round of the $100,000 Greater New Orleans Open Golf Tournament Thursday with a two-under-par 70. Nickiaus was two shots behind NEW ORLEANS SCORES Former heavyweight champion Joe Louis checks the world championship belt of Dick Tiger in New York. Tiger is prepping to defend his light heavy- Pair Of Champions weight title against Jose Torres in New York Tuesday. The belt was presented by Ring Magazine. (AP Wirephoto) : rank Beard ... .w-oj--oo Gardner Dickinson 34-34--68 Allan Hcnnlng 35-34--69 Earl Slewarl Jr 34-35--69 Tommv Aaron 31-36--69 Johnny Poll 34-33--69 Bob Charles 3V 3 I~15 Jack Nicklaua 2H5~?2 Mason Rudolph 37-33--70 Jack Burke 35'3:r~i2 Howe Johnson 37-33--70 Monty Kaser 35-3S--70 George Archer 34-37--71 Ai Gelberger 35-36--7 George Knudson si',, , Dick Lvlle Kermlt Zarley Ray Floyd .. Jack Montgomery Joe Campbell Larrv Wise Rex Baxter . Homero Blancas Paul Bondcson Don Headings Z~~tiZ 71 Harold Henning 33-39 --11 Pete Hesscrner 3 5 c'fc" Bobby Milchell Steve Opporman .Doug Sanders Ken Vcnturi Jacky Cuplt Roberto De Vlncenzo Jay Dolan Rod Funseth Laurie Hammer Ted Makalena Harry Toscano Miller Barber Fred Haas Chi Chi Rodriguez Hugh Rover Lou Graham · 35-37-72 DEVILS, LOBOS TONIGHT Gentry Selected As ASU Starter SCOREBOARD Cincinnati Pittsburgh St. Louis Atlanta Chicago , Philadelphia San Francisco New York Los Angeles Houston Detroit Chicago California Washington New YorK Boston Minnesota Kansas City Cleveland Baltimore National League Cin P s h S t L All Chl Pha SF NY LA Htn W L Pet. GB -- 0 0 2 0 0 2 2 a 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 -1 1 0 0 -- 0 0 -- 13 13 14 14 12 12 10 9 9 9 .667 9 .591 10 .583 11 .540 10 .545 11 .522 14 .417 U .391 14 .391 2'/2 3W f American League -- o Del Chi Was NY Bos Min KC Cle Bit Won L Pet. GB 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 I" 1 0 0 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 3 T 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 1 1 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 7 .482 7 .667 13 .500 12 .500 11 .500 12 .478 12 .478 14 .417 13 .409 14 .3?! 4 4/l 4'/2 4 4 6'A Award as baseball's best pitcher, is still rejoicing over the trade that brought him to the Twins. "It's one of the biggest breaks I've had," he says ot the deal in which the Twins gave up Don Mincher and Jimrme Hall to gee him. Now he talks about being named comeback player of the year, winning 20 again and adding another Cy Young award. . "It's the difference between night and day with the run tnis club gets me," said the 25-year- old hurler, who still is remembered for his escapades with Bo Belinsky as a member of the light-hitting Angels. But the way Chance was throwing Thursday night, he only needed rookie Rich Reese's first major league homer with T E M P E (UPI)-- Arizona State University opened its baseball season today -- at least the part of it that really counts. A 2 p.m. encounter with New Mexico at Sun Devil Field launched a three-game Western A t h l e t i c Conference series which ASU Coach Bobby Win- NAT10NAL LEAGUE Atlanta 9, Pittsburgh 2 Cmcinnali at New York, rain Only games scheduled. T**Hau'« frames New York '("Sea'ver ~30 at St. Louis "('Ellsworth 1-1) «! Cincln- ?!JvI 2-1) »t Los Angeles (Os- '"Button ?eharv 0-2) at San Francisco (Marichal 4-3), night Saturday'* New York at St. Louis, night Philadelphia a/ Cincinnati Atlanta at Pi" s burgh Chicago at Los Anaeles Houston at San Francisco Sunday's Games New York at St. Louis PhHaderphia at ClnflnM". 2 Atlanta at Pittsburgh Chicago at Los Angeles, 1 Houston at San Francisco, 2 Pacific Coist League Oklahoma City 13, Tolsa 1 Vain and sno* at Seattle, 2, rain international League Buffalo 11, Richmond 7 Jacksonville 10, Toronto J Columbus 5, Syracuse 1 Rochester at Toledo, ram AMERICAN LEAGUE Cleveland 1, Washington 1 Minnesota 8, Kansas City 0 Chicago at Baltimore, rain Only games scheduled. Today's Games Kansas City fisash 5-ii ai Minneauia Kaat 1-3), night California (McGlothlin 2-0) at Chicago 'Howard 1-21, night .. . Cleveland · I.Bell 1-2) at Washington Baltimore iPalmer 1-1) at New York Detroit (Wilson 3-2} at Boston (Brandon 0-3), nlsht Saturday's Games Kansas City at Minnesota California at Chicago Cleveland at Washington Baltimore at ,lew York, night Detroit at Boston Sundays dames Kancac city flt Minnesota California at Chicago, 2 Cleveland at Washington Baltimore at New York Detroit at Boston, 2 Texas Leaju* Amarillo «, Dallas-Fort Worth S Arkansas 4, Austin 3 Albuquerque 7, El Paso 4 Southern League . . Evansville 6, Charlotte 5, 11 Innings Macon 3, Knoxvllle 2 Birmingham IS, Montgomery 1 Eastern Leaju* Wllltamsport at Plltsfield, rain Elmlrs at Binshamton. rain York al Waterbury, rain Pawtuckcl at Reading, rain none on. Reese drove in two more runs and rookie Ron Clark socked in three more, but Chance made sure. The only hit off him was Danny Cater's clean single in the fourth inning. He struck ^ sight and only six walks got him in trouble as he repaid the Twins for the one-hitter he threw against them in 1962. Hargan, 3-3, did not have it so easy as he outdueled Camilo Pascual, 2-1. Hargan led 2-0 on two wild pitches that scored Fred Whitfield who doubled, and Chuck Hinton's run-scoring double. But the Senators scored in the ninth inning when Hinton dropped a long fly for a three- base error after Frank Howard singled. However, Hargan struck out Paul Casanova to end the game. BOX SCORES, Page 7! Phoenix Giants Vie With 89ers PHOENIX (UPI) -- The Phoenix Giants try to snap a four game losing streak in the opener of a three-game series with Oklahoma City at Municipal Stadium tonight. Game time is 8 o'clock. T h e Giants dropped into fourth place in the Pacific Coast League's Eastern Divi sion last night when San Dieg downed Phoenix 4-1 SPORTS RESULTS ties said the Sun Devils must weep if they are to win the WAC Southern Division title. Right-handed strikeout ace lary Gentry, 10-1, was to face e w Mexico's star hurler, Ralph Salee, 6-3, in the opener. Gentry has struck out 134 aatters in 100 innings, and Doasts a 1.35 earned run average. Sallee has given up only two earned runs in his last nine appearances and has 104 strikeouts in 67 innings. New Mexico entered the series with a 4-5 record in division play, two of the wins coming over ASU at Albuquerque two weeks ago. Arizona State was 2-4 in conference play, occupying the dividion cellar behind the Lobos and leader University of Arizona, 6-3. A Sun Devil sweep of the series would set up a showdown for the title with Arizona here next week end. BOXING TOKYO -- Johnny Jambllo, 127, Philippines, outpointed Hiroshl Mori, 12814, Japan, 10 MELBOURNE. Australia -- Lionel Rose, 118, Australia, knocked out Aklhlde Tamoaka, lU'/j, Japan, 4. PAISLEY, Scotland -- Fernando Alzort, Italy, outpointed John McClusky, 10 Brll- ain, flyweights; non-title. GOLF DALLAS -- Jo Ann Prentice and Shir- Icy Englchorn shared the first round lead with four-under-par 67s, as 10-year-old solf prodigy Beverly Klass shot a 41-47-88 in the 516,000 Dallas Civitan Open Golf Tournament. Eight Sun Devils, Six UA Spikemen Enter Coast Meet CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Defending champion Ron Holmberg crushed Charlotte's Keith Stoneman, 4-2, 6-2. in the first round of the Charlotte Invitational Tennis Tournament. ROME -- The last American threa was eliminated as Kathy Karter of Sea Beach, Calif., bowed to Jan Lehane o Australia, 4-4, 4-6, 9-7, in the Italian Ten is Championships. AUTO RACING DARLINGTON. S.C. -- Dick Hutcherson, driving a 1967 Ford Fairlane, led second day qualifying for Saturday's Rebel 400 stock car race and placed ninth from the pole with an average speed of 142. B9fl miles per hour. S A I L I N G HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Dalliance, out of Stonington, Conn., won one race but lost the next and tied Britain's Lady Helmsman with 6Vj points in the Class C World Catamaran s*,irnn Championships. BOWLING ROCHESTER. N.Y. -- Janet Bruno of Maiden, Mass.. beat 1964 Woman Bowler of the Year Jo" Abel, 741-478. as the Woman's International Bowlinq Conarcss Queens Tourr"«m»n» o-"n»,H rnatch play. HORSE R A C I N G CHERRY HILL, N.J. -- Minnie Baby. S9.00, beat Destigale by three auirtors of a lenqih in the Senate Purse at Garden State P a - k NEW YORK -- Tails, S11.80. led all the way and survived a loul claim to win the Am-rli"' c "nng Sleenlech'se BALTIMORE -- Kissing Balr, S5.BO, beat Great white V'a" by tv/o lengths in the feature at Pimllco. BOSTON -- Motor Merry, 585.00, won the Revere Purse at Suffolk Downs by a nose over Radiant Luck. LOUISVILLE. Ky. -- Home Lass, J2.40, raced to an eiph-lenqth victory In the f e a - ture at Churchill Downs. FRESNO, Calif. (UPI) -- Arizona State University and University of Arizona trackmen will compete tomorrow in the West Coast Relays here. Cats, Dons Meet Twice Sophomore right-hander Rich Hinton and senior left- hander Don Udell are the probable starting pitchers for Arizona in tomorrow afternoon's doubleheader against t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f Albuquerque. Hinton (6-2) will start the first game, a nine-inning affair, at 1 o'clock, and Udell (0-0) will work in the seven- inning second game. Arizona State will have eight men entered, led by the two- mile relay team of Larry Berryhill, Paul Longstreth. Ken Robinson and Ron Freeman. That quartet won the event, at the Mt. San Antonio Relays two weeks ago with a 7:43 clocking. Jerry Bright will join Longstreth, Berryhill and Freeman in the mile relay and Louie Scott will run the anchor in the medley relay led off by Freeman, Berryhill and Robinson. Arizona's six-man contingent will be headed by Olympic high jumper Ed Caruthers, who has been over 7 feet nine times this year; high hurdler Dale Frederick; and Paul Robinson in the intermediate hurdles. The Wildcats have entered a team of Bill Massey, Gerry K i m b a 11 , Woody Telia and Frederick in the 440 and 880- yard relays. bespectacled Frank Beard- who has beaten Arnold Palmer twice this year, and Gardner Dickinson. Beard nipped Palmer by a stroke in the Tournament of Champions a month ago and again last week at the Houstons Champions International. Palmer isn't competing here. The 27-year old Nickiaus is off to his slowest start since he began prospecting for gold on the fairways in 1962. He has won only $14,800 this year--hardly enough to keep his big private jet in gasoline. "I was pretty pleased with 70 since I couldn't get here until late yesterday and only played nine holes," said Nickiaus in a lockerroom interview. ''The back nine I didn't get to play and I stiH shot 35 on it. "A 70 is a pretty good round opening up. I'm not too unhappy with it," he said and added: 'It's better than I've been playing." Nickiaus went on to say that tie thought putting was dictated by iron play. If you are not hitting the ball sharp--well, it is a matter of confidence. You lose a little bit of confidence, and it takes you a while to get it back. : 'The wind was very bad, said Beard about Thursday's play over the 7,020-yard Lakewood Country Club course, which played much shorter because the hard fairways gave the ball a lot of roll. "Those fairways are so hard, my feet hurt from walking, sai'' thf nO-D"iinci Di"kin?on. Beard won this tourney a year ago, and Dickinson finished second--two strokes behind. Just a stroke behind the co- leaders Thursday were tour regulars Tommy Aaron and Johnny Pott, Earl Stewart, a Dallas club pro, and Allan Henning of South Africa. Doug Ford, former Masters and PGA champ who got his hopes up with a 66 in the pro- am, mushroon-ed to a 76 Thursday and needed to scramble today to make the cut. Billy Casper last year's National Open champ, was in the group at 73 but seemed a sure bet to win the special $10,000 All-America gold cup which ?oes to the golfer with the lowest combined scored in the Masters, PGA, National Open and Greater New Orleans open tour\ neys. CHEESBOURG JOINS '500' CAST I HaOO/^aVYH O Yl JL M.\_yOVJJLJLAdAi Cldl Tianrl Bill Cheesborg INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) -Bill Cheesbourg, veteran Tucson, race driver, has squeezed himself into the Gerhardt-Ford which had been assigned to Italian ace Lorenzo Bandini for the 51st 500-mile race at the Indianapolis motor Speedway. Car owner Walter Weir of Webster Groves, Mo., announced the asignment yesterday 24 hours after Bandini died of injuries suffered Sunday in the Monaco Grand Prix, The 205 - pound, 39-year-old Cheesbourg has driven in seven Indianapolis races, often with experimental cars, and his best finish was a tenth in a Novi in ia58. A heavy overnight rain delayed opening of the track Thursday for practice for Saturday's opening qualifying session, and gusty winds kept down speeds of most drivers during the day. Graham Hill of London.last year's 500 winner, spun his Lotus-Ford for the second time in the northeast turn. AI Smith of Dayton, Ohio, a 38-year-old veteran of the smaller tracks, became the Hth rookie to pass the Speedway driver's test. He will try to qualify a Checker Marathon Ford entered by A.B.C. Engine of Indianapolis. Sammy Sessions of Nashville, Mich., became the ninth driver to complete the refresher course required of men who took the iril 100-mile rookie's test in previous years and failed to qualify or have not competed in the last three races. Sessions, who has never started at Indianapolis, was in the unique front - wheel - drive Spit Fire Special built by Mickey Thompson of Long Beach, Calif. The car's special features include four-wheel steering. Visitors included Jack Brabham, the 1966 world champion who started the rear-engine rev- r.ution at the Speedway in 1961.

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