Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 9, 1961 · Page 19
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 19

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, July 9, 1961
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Horrifying Spill Mars Rich Derby Eddie Burns is Thrown From Mr. America Pefe Moreno Topples Off Ronnie's Ace MOUND LIFT FROM PODRES By GEORGE LEDERER Thanks to a strong pitching p e r f o r m a n c e b y Johnny Podres and some robust hit- t i n g by the entire club, the Dodgers are still in the league today. A seven-hit, 10-1 victory by Podres replaced one half of the bottom that had fallen out Friday night when the Dodgers dropped a doubleheader to the league lending Cincinnati Reds. Podres closed the pap bet w e e n f i r s t and second place io four games w i t h his first joule-going e f f o r t since May 30. His n i n t h victory of the year came after seven successive incomplete starts and convinced the ladies night audience of 49,797 that t h'. Dodgers are very much back in the picture. * * A VICTORY in the closing game of the series this afternoon would put the Dodgers hack where they started three games out. Manager Walter Alston is undecided, however, as to whom he will trust w i t h the i m p o r t a n t pitching assignment. Alston narrowed his choice between Sandy Koufax (11-5) and Roger Craig (3-1). Joey Jay (11-1) is a definite starter for the Reds. Wally Moon, Ron Fairly * * * PLAYERS OF THE DAY WALLY MOON singled four times and walked in 10-1 victory over Reds. * =» * * TED BOWSI-TELD, despite drawing defeat, allowed only six hits in eight innings as Angels lost to Detroit, 3-2. r with a 14-hit display. Moon now 10-for-13 in the series had four successive singles Fairly and Roseboro eacl drove in three runs as Cincy' winning streak ended at eight The Dodgers had a 2-0 leat Saturday before M a 1 o n e; could retire the f i r s t bntlcr. M a u r y Wills led off w i t h ; s i n g l e a n d J i m G i l l i a n walked. Fairly's single deliv- ;cred the first run and Moon's single scored Gilliam from third. T h e i n n i n g e n d e d abruptly, h o w e v e r, when Tommy Davis popped up and Fairly was doubled off second on Norm Larkcr's fly to left. * -t t * ANOTHER left field assist b y Wally Post t o o k t h e Dodgers out of a second inning scoring chance. Charlie Neal singled with one down, but was doubled at first when (Continued Page C-4, Col. 1) MOMENT OF ANGUISH Expressions of anguish cross the faces of jockeys Eddie Burns (left) and Pete Moreno after big Derby spill Saturday.--(AP Wircphoto) Angels Steppe By ROSS NEWHAN I.P-T Stall Wriler DETROIT las quiet as Pine Ave. on Sun-! "Oh, I'm not second-guess-iplaced on !day evening. The facl that i t j i n g myself for leaving the!first base the Angeles' seven s t r a i g h t victories reigned heavy on the shoulders of manager Bill Rigney. The Seraphs had just lost and John Rosclioro (lid most a tough 3-2 decision to the of the damage Saturday as thejTiecrs Saturday afternoon and Dodgers gave Podres a b r e a t h - l t h e Angeles' clubhouse was the shoulders of] Bowsfield had been pitching u m p i r e Frank'brillianlly. He had held the T --The weight of I was only the Seraphs' second[pitcher" in (Ted Bowsfield i n j U m o n t . (Tigers hitless u n t i l Al Kalinc s' first defeat after defeat in their last 12 games the seventh), but i sure should "I thought I was going opened the fourth with a and only the seventh in thcir'have gone for the hig inning blind when he c last 21 was of little c o n s o l a - i n the n i n t h instead of hav- safe," said Rigney. called him . "I thought lion. W i t h head bowed Rigney s h u f f l e d hack a n d forth through the clubhouse, then ing Yost (Eddie) bunt (which'.we had him hy a half-mile," t.~ r~:i~,] *~ A,*\ " soroorl .c;tf»vr» Rillm. he failed to do). However, press box ob servers agreed that the weight slumped dejectedly on a stool, of defeat should have been agreed Steve Bilko. The play in question curred in the seventh i n n i n g with the Angeles leading. 2-1. double and one out later Norm Cash singled to tie the score 1-1. Following Cash's single-which was his 100th hit and (Continued Page C-5, Col. 3) 4-6i-Twenty by 4; Destroy Mr. America By HANK HOLUNGWORTH Executive Sports Editor A horrifying two-horse spill marred the 21st running of the Hollywood Derby Saturday as favored Four-and-Twcnty galloped to a four-length victory in the $122,900 three-year-old classic. The accident \yas one of the most dramatic that ever occured on any race track--and almost the most tragic. It quieted the roar of 45,218 fans into a murmur as the winning horse crossed the f i n i s h line. It took place on the stretch curve and involved Mr.- America and Ronnie's Ace--and jockeys Eddie Burns and Pete Moreno. Mr. America shattered his right foreleg and had to be destroyed. Ronnie's Ace had the wind knocked out of him and lay still on the track a f u l l minute. Burns suffered a severe back wrench and was taken to Centinela Hospital. Moreno incurred bruises and suf- ferec 1 . shock, but was permitted to go home. Only split-second reactions by the two jockeys--and a moment's cloak of protection from Someone above-saved both Burns and Moreno from instant death. Mr. America was racing alongside We're Hoping-and apparently making a big move to overtake pacesetting I-'our-and-Twenty and Bushel-N-Peck--when tragedy slruck! In a twinkling of the eye, Mr. America's leg snapped and the huge colt broke stride and staggered. Unable to control his horse, Burns instantly jumped off feet first like a parachutist fleeing a flaming plane. Miraculous Escape for Both Riders Mr. America then hobbled toward the rail--and right in the path of the onrushing Ronnie's Ace. Ronnie's Ace smashed into Mr. America, then plowed into the rail. At the moment of impact with Mr. America, Moreno was thrown over his mount's head like a snowflake caught in the wind. Pete rolled with the fall and whirled over, over and over- until he miraculously bounced under the rail and out of danger. Durns landed on his feet and snapped baclc as he fell forward. I'atrol movies later proved that Lady Luck indeed was with Burns, for the jockey's neck and hack seemed to snap in opposite directions at the same instant. Rums remained on the ground as the rest of the field thundered past him, while Moreno shakily got to his feet in the i n f i e l d . Mr. America hobbled crazily to the outside rail and remained standing on three legs u n t i l the track ambulance reached him. Ronnie's Ace, meanwhile, crashed i n t o the inside rail with his belly. lioth his forelegs and head were dangling over the rail and when the colt finally extricated himself, he laid motionless on the track completely out of breath. Ali this time, Vour-and-Twcnty continued romping to his one-sided victory. Longden Had It in Bag All the Way Johnny Longden took his colt to the front immediately a f t e r the gate opened and whizzed to a wire-to-wire triumph. We're Hoping, a 31-1 shot, wound up second, five lengths ahead of the Derby's only filly, Bushel-N-Peck (8-1). Ballpoint (35-1) was fourth. l r our-and-T\venty paid $4.60 straight. The touted Eastern invaders, Guadalcanal and Sher- luck, never were in contention. Guadalcanal finished sixth, Sherluck eighth in the !0-horse field. We're Hoping, Ballpoint and Sherluck were the only other horses bothered by the accident. We're Hoping was turned sideways when Mr. America stumbled and hit him in the rear . . . Ballpoint came w i t h i n inches of smashing Hour for each Star Billie Jean Moffitt of Long Beach and Karen Hantze of Chula Vista, a pair of unseeded California girls, pulled off the upset of the diamond jubilee tennis championships by winning the doubles crown Saturday at Wimbledon, England. The "l7-yenr-old Miss M o f f i t t and 18-year-old Miss Hantze gave the United States its only major title. They became the youngest w i n n i n g women's doubles champions in many years by heating the third-seeded Australians, Margaret Smith and Jan Lehane, 6-3, 6-4. Wimbledon does not keep a record of ages hut no one could remember a younger pair w i n n i n g since World War T. "It was just great," Miss Moffitt chortled as she came off center court. "Everything went right." The Americans broke through Miss Smith in the second game of the first set and were on top all the way. Billie Jean carried a slightly larger load of the attack with placements from me net. They concentrated on Miss Lehane whose two-handed backhand seemed too slow for the Americans' swift volleying. * * * WHEN THE MATCH ENDED WITH Miss Lehane netting a pickup, Billie Jean threw a. ball into the air and shouted "wheel" in triumph. Miss Moffitt's folks and friends in Long Beach greeted the news with the same reaction. Rillie Jean's dad. Bill Moffitt, first heard the outcome when a neighbor called. "I'd been out fighting a fire most of the night and was napping when the phone rang. H couldn't have been a more welcome call." Mrs. Moffitt said she felt Billie Jean and Karen would win all along. The Moffitts reside at 528 W. 36th St. Clyde Walker. Billie Jean's long-time coach, was thrilled when ha heard the results from his hospital bed 4 (Continued Pags C-5, Col, 4) Photo of Finish on Page C-4 into the injured colt and only a magnificent flick of the reins by R a l p h Neves prevented further tragedy . . . Sher- luck threaded a needle between Mr. America and his fallen jockey and only another sensational piloting job by Tommy Barrow saved yet another colt's plunge. Longden divided praise for his winning colt with sincere sorrow over the accident, saying "there isn't a three- year-old in the country that could beat him the way he is now," then "I was real sorry there was all that trouble behind me--I know Mr. America's a nice colt and it takes the edge off the race that he got hurt." Good Lord Was With Me ... Burns "I'm real sick inside," cried Burns. "I was just making my move outside Harmatz (astride We're Hoping) when Mr. America's leg snapped. Me and Pete were lucky, I guess, but this big colt was sure a good one and I hate to see him go out this way." "It happened so fast, I couldn't do'anything," commented Moreno. "I just flew into the air and curled up and started rolling when f hit the ground. I thought I hit the rail post on the way down, but I guess not, When Mr. America cracked into us, we had not place to go but the rail. I guess the good Lord was with me today." Barrow said his Belmont Stakes winner, Sherluck, refused to extend himself, while Manuel Ycaza claimed Guadalcanal "just couldn't get hold of the track." Four-and-Twenty proved himself one of the- nation's truly outstanding three-year-olds Saturday at Hollywood Park . . . hut the sound of "Taps" sadly still was echoing for Mr. America as dusk settled over the Inglewood track. FOUR-AND-TWENTY VICTOR BY PLENTY S E V E N T H RACE-- Hi milil. JlOO.OW-atfted UoUftlwf fi'K I»rtY M 5-Y«r- e V,T. PP '.« tt '· Ml. Str. Fin. Jockey - * -- 4 !·· 5 1 2 . 1 T* '' 3l ; 7i 8 Odds T.jO 3T.50 31.10 4.10 37.90 MO 8.33 8 30 HI s'.tt Barrow FVI Burns Fe'l Mor«.-.o Clsar, track fast. Fcyr-And-TyienV - H'CA We're Hooins - " Buihel-n-Pec* .. .. | ( - - v . n . e r _ B c " j "ay" Blue~Pr.-c'e-^SIjtb« ^^Si^^^i^ SE^^r ^ rouble Therc.-.lVer, h«IJ advan'acs urxJer mild u rs.'ng, - - · -- - aH#r reaching batkitrttch, cojragt. BUSHEL-N-PECK ciriv siaces made » fait move 10 challenge midway ay in s'relch. BALLPOINT* UD tome W^t In v« nevtr in s«nou* conlenKc v GUADALCANAL tral[*d mW CD snrre orcurxJ. _GAY LANDING .w« f°r«d -enou lr of bflckslre!th 1hert cj;we v last quarter. SONOFAO'JN i field la last quarter 1rvtn KAREN HANTZE and BiLLIE JEAN MOFfJU . . . Big Smiles for Big Vijfory ,',n"tn"~."vild "P. «..««'?. Mni MR Mo Kralchei. turn SHERLUCK lacked srxed enough to -- -- -- '-" ·· ··-- h9 ran Into ri w« wi« V, M lurri RONNIETlT *CE Kit when h, R''AMERICA. Tin tdlicr ftll wiiila msVinj I'rong movi

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