Independent from Long Beach, California on January 17, 1975 · Page 28
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 28

Long Beach, California
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Friday, January 17, 1975
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!.»· ·*««, C.IK. f n, i» BM Tucker: He keeps 'em la Bud Tucker always was a talk- ','·' er. - . ' But now he's getting paid for it. Handsomely, too, as one of three KABC Talkradio sports hosts. Bud Furillo calls upon vast knowledge acquired during 28 · . years as a Southland sportswriter · to furnish information known only · to insiders. Ed Beiler, alias Super- fan, erects straw,men and knocks · them down. "I try humor more than anyone else," says Tucker, who anchors ' t h e show .on weekends (3 to 7 p.m. / on Saturdays, 8 to 10-a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. on Sundays). For instance, a fellow called Tucker recently and inquired about basketball player Kareem Abdul- Jabbar. "Jabbar is good," said Tucker, "but have you heard about the new Polish player, Kareem Abdul-Jablonski? He's terrific." "Oh, how tall is he?" asked the · caller. TUCKER FELT like taking a . noon balloon to Saskatoon. During the late stages of the · National League season, when the Dodgers were fighting off the Cin. cinnati Communists, Tucker had a big thing going on phone calls to . star players. When a caller would ask about , Davey Lopes, Tucker would say: " "Just a minute, I'll call him." After a pause, Tucker would say: '. "Davey, a guy called in and wants . · to know how many bases you're going to steal." · , · The station's engineer would play a tape: "Beep-beep, beep- beep." "Thanks a lot, Davey," Tucker would say. For Jim Wynn, the "Toy Cannon," there would be the sound of a cannon firing; for surly Mike Marshall, the snarl of a wildcat; for the Penguin, Ron Cey, a 33-RPM record played at 78-RPM speed. "I picked up those sounds listening to radio and TV commer- · cials," says Tucker. "I just waited LOEL SCHRADER for the right moment to use them on the show." · Tucker is a syndicated sports columnist--his work appears in the Independent, Press-Telegram-with nearly 25 years of experience. He worked for newspapers in Regina, Saskatchewan and Tucson, Ariz., and was sports editor of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune from 1958 to 1971, except for parts of 1968 and '69 when he was public relations director of the San Diego Padres. "That's another mess I'm partially responsible for," he admits. Tucker insists he'll, "always be a newspaperman." "You know, when those of us in the newspaper business looked at radio and television from the outside, we always thought it was a jungle," he says. "When you get into it, you find it's a zoo. "I go in to work every day, and if there's no letter in the mailbox telling me goodbye, there's another day of work. One thing I admire about the radio business, though, is that there is nothing sneaky about it. "If you're through, you're through. No one is doing things behind your back." He learned early to roll with the punches. "If you let people who call in get your goat, they'll carry you out of here after eight months," he says. "I don't pay any attention when someone is critical. "I DON'T TRY to know every statistic. It would take three rooms of record books to answer every question people might ask. "I let the listeners know when I first went on the show that I would- BUD TUCKER n't be able to answer statistical questions. I said if they wanted to know inside stuff-- the kind of information I could get but they couldn't --then we would have something to talk about. ' 'It's worked pretty well. " No one has yet determined why people call radio talk shows. . "I guess there are different reasons for different shows," says Tucker. "The sports fan probably wants his ideas and opinions heard. He believes they are important. "Maybe people who call talk shows are the same ones who write letters to the editor. I don't know. Sometimes, you get people who want to get things done, such as getting the University of Oklahoma off from its NCAA probation. "The guy doesn't know of any other way, so he calls a talk show. There's nothing wrong with that." Occasionally, there is a screening problem. "We have a four-second delay in order to erase obscenities and slanderous material," says Tucker. "I've been able to catch all of them." All of the outside calls, that is. Dodger Jim Wynn was appearing as a guest on Tucker's show one day when a fan called and informed Wynn he had ridden a . bicycle to San Diego to see the Dodgers play. "All the way to San Diego on a BIKE?" Wynn asked. "Yeh, all the way to San Diego," the fan repeated. "Sonofabitch," said Wynn in amazement. The four seconds had elapsed before Tucker hit the erase button. Poor Bud Tucker-- victim of an inside job. WEEK'S TV LOG: TODAY-- College basketball, UCLA vs. Stanford, 8 p.m., Ch. 5; Western Fight of Week, 8 p.m., Ch. 22: college basketball, tape, USC vs. California, 10 p.m., Ch. 5. SATURDAY-- Auto racing, Ascot Park, 10 a.m., Ch. 13; wrestling, 11 a.m., Ch. 34; high school basketball Lakewood vs. Long ' g s c o o a s e a aewoo v . Beach Jordan, noon, Ch. 4; women's golf, LPGA Triple Crown, 1 p.m., Ch. 2; college basketball, North Carolina vs. North , . Carolina State, 1p.m., Ch. 5; golf, Tucson Open 2 p.m., Ch. 4; college basketball, San Francisco vs. Nevada-Reno, 3 p.m., Ch. 5; pro bowling, Showboat Invitational, 3:30 p.m., Ch. 7; soccer, 4 p.m., Ch'. 34; college basketball, USC vs. Stanford, 8 p.m., Ch. 5; wrestling, 8 p.m., Ch. 13; college basketball, tape, UCLA vs. California, 10 p.m., Ch. 5. SUNDAY- CBS Sports Spectacular (U.S. vs. U.S.S.R. boxing), 10 a.m., Ch. 2; NBA basketball, Portland vs. Milwaukee, 11 a.m., Ch. 2; NHL hockey, California vs. Chicago, 11:30 a.m., Ch. 4; Superstars (women's qualifying round), 1 p.m., Ch. 7; women's golf, LPGA Triple Crown, 1:30 p.m., Ch. 2; golf, Tucson Open, 2 p.m. Ch. 4; Wide World of Sports (Harlem Globetrotters), 3:30 p.m., Ch. 7; roller game, 4 p.m , Ch. 34; NHL hockey, Kings vs. Montreal, 4:55 p.m., Ch. 5. MONDAY-- Pro football, Pro Bowl (American Conference vs. National Conference), 6 p.m., Ch. 7. TUESDAY-- NBA basketball, Lakers vs. San Francisco, 7:35 p.m., Ch. 5. WEDNESDAY- Wrestling, 8 p.m., Ch. 34 THURSDAY-- Boxing from the Olympic, 9 p.m., Ch. 13- college basketball, UCLA vs. UC Santa Barbara, 11 p.m., Ch. 5. Long Beach St. enters two in indoor meet INDEPENDENT (AM) Two Long Beach State athletes wUl participate in . the Sunkist Invitational ' track meet Saturday night in the Los Angeles Sports · Arena. Albert Shorts will run the 500, Don Baird will vault. Last year, at Long Beach City College, Shorts ran a 46:8 440 and won the Southern California championship. Baird, an Australian, won the British Commonwealth title and had a peak of 17-5%. INSTANT CREDIT · All MAJOR CREDIT CARDS · COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR SERVICE TUNE UP . CUSS A STATE LICENSE . SMOG CONTROLS . CLAYJON DYNO · CARS. REBUILD · 'VALUE GRINDING '. ENGINE REPAIRS '. DOMESTIC AND IMPORTS BRAKES . OFFICIAL BRAKE STATION · ALL MAKES UP TO I'/lTONTRKS. · DATSUN'S · TOYOTAS · VOLKSWAGONS . MOST PARTS IN STOCK ALIGNMENT · FRONT END REBUILDING « WHEEL BALANCING MUFFLERS . STOCK · GLASS-PACKS · DUALS · IMfOftlCARS TRANSMISSION REBUILDING · AIL WORK DONE IN OUR SHOP. · AUTOMATICS · STANDARDS · CLUTCHES .'WRITTEN ESTIMATE ON ALl WORK. UNIROYAl « KELLY SPRINGFIELD · DAYiON TIRES _Lakewood. ORE-BRAKE CENTER 5453 DEL AMO BLVD. Just west of Bellflower Blvd. "' o»i "olyi MM. Thru M. 14 P.M. BANKAMERICARD · M A S J E R C S tar« f A-'· liniior Burroughs ttU%i. C» »»vr . ' »» v-i-lVrJL JLF m**. A ^F »»·»»»·', Combined News Services Larry Csonka, Jim Klick and Paul Warfield may be playing football in New York next season. Newsday reported Thursday that Memphis Southmen owner John Bassett is considering selling his franchise and operating a new one in New York. Csonka, Kiick and Warfield have signed personal services contracts with Bassett-^-not with the Memphis team--and would move with him. Meanwhile Hawaiians owner Sam Battistone is about to close a deal for purchase of the Southern California Sun. He and Chris Hemmeter, WFL president, are major stockholders in the Hawaiians and are'hope- ful the club will have local ownership. Leading candidate for the vacated Cleveland Browns head coaching position is f o r m e r Browns tackle Monte Clark....-' TV commerical star Judy Strangis, "Mean Mary Jean" of Plymouth auto advertisements, has a new boyfriend--tennis ace Jimmy Connors. The 5-1, 9frpound Miss Strangis said she didn't know Connors and Chris Evert had ended their engagement, until after the fourth date...British soccer star George Best, suspended by Manchester United, is negotiating with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. Four members of the Boston Bruins threatened to boycott the NHL All-Star game next week until suspended teammate Dave Forbes talked them out of it Bobby Orr, Phi Esposito, Johnny Bucyk and Carol Vadnais were protesting Forbes' 10-game suspension by NHL president Clarence Campbell....An imposed wage settlement will send back to work Quebec construction workers whose strike has threatened the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics. racing...track and field...bowling. They are among the sports that will be represented at the Long 'Beach Century Club ' awards banquet Jan, 27 honoring Athlete of the Year Jeff Burroughs. From Burroughs' baseball fraternity will be Steve Yeager of the Dodgers, f o r m e r Lakewood prep stars Tony Muser of the Chicago White Sox and Bruce Ellingsen of the Cleveland Indians, and onetime pitching star Stan Williams, now a minor league manager. Representing the executive end of the sport will be Dodger vice president Red Patterson. Also representing the Dodgers will be coach Jim Gilliam. At least three Angels are expected to attend the banquet. They will be announced at a later date along with personalities from other sports. UCLA football coach SCHMIDT MARTIN Dick Vermeil, assistant Terry Donahue and Bruin linebacker Terry Tautoio, who played at Long Beach . City College, will be on hand. Also from the football world will be Southern California Sun head coach 'Tom Fears, a former Rams' star, and World Football -League director of public relations Don Andersen. Auto racing will provide John Martin, a veteran Indianapolis 500 driver; champion dragster Tom (The Mongoose) McEwen, and land speed record- holder Gary Gabelich. Former Olympic bronze medal-winning high jumper John Rambo will be in attendance along with Tom Jennings, coach of the Pacific Coast Track Club, and U.S. women's javelin record-holder Kathy Schmidt. Two other coaches, Dave Rodda of the Lakewood International Track Club and Ken Karnes of the Long Beach Comets, also will be among the personalities attending. Merle Matthews, a member of bowling's Hall of Fame, will grace the dais for the first time in a number of years. The banquet honors athletes representing Long Beach teams, schools and top-notch as his pitching was. ' Tickets for the event, priced at $15, may be obtained by sending in. the special ticket order :box onPageC-5. MATTHEWS YEAGER clubs who excelled in 1974. Vefnon (Lefty) Gomez, baseball Hall of Famer from the New York Yankees, will be the featured speaker. His comedy is as Wrestlers vie Long Beach State's wrestling team, which won two of three matches last week, hosts UC Santa Barbara tonight at the 49ers' campus gym at 8. Baseball briefs CARDINALS-Signed shortstop Ed Brinkman and reliever Elias Sosa. 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