Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 9, 1961 · Page 21
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 21

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, July 9, 1961
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Barber, 785 Pros Set for Big LB. Tourn By JERRY WYNN Jerry Barber, golf's little giant, will head a field of 185 in the $5,000 Southern California P r o f e s s i o n a l Match Tournament at Recreation Park Wednesday through Sunday. Joining Barber on the first tee for Wednesday's 18-hole medal qualifying round will be such talented shotmakers as Tommy Jacobs, Bud Holscher, Jimmy Clark, Mac Hunter, Mike Austin, ?.ell Eaton, Jimmy Thompson, Dick Lundahl, Jimmy Mines. Smiley Quick, Ralph Evans and Howard Capps. The 128 qualifiers will advance into match play Thursday with a schedule of two rounds a day leading into Sunday's 36-hole finals for the SI,000 winner's purse. Maintaining the popular match play formal, the tournament is a substitute for Ihe old Southern California PGA Championship, w h i c h w a s cancelled this year beacause of a racial-re- s t r i c t i v e clause in the National PGA Constitution. The Southern California PGA section, which had op- BARBER posed the clause, then adopted the new tourna- r DAVT. uwis S|Kirl.s Hilor Angels' Success Fine, But AL Weak Loop I haven't as yet run across anyone who wasn't genuinely rooting for the Angels. Bui by the same token, we have found few who aren't surprised at their good showing lately. Amazed may he an even better way of putting it. Here's a club that was figured to win less than. nO of 162 games while finishing dead last. Yet it has passed the halfway poinl with 34 victories: has boosted its potential number of wins to around 60 or more, and currently eighth, are now conceded to have an e x c e l l e n t chance by scouts to finish as high as seventh . . . possibly even sixth. A good sign has been the fact that (he club rarely has been knocked out of a hall game so f a r . It has been in Ihe r u n n i n g right up to the last out . . . even when losing. And earlier Ihey were losing in in Ihe late innings when Ihey f a d e d , but now i t ' s I h e other way around. They're coming on. No great amount of optimism should be generated for Ihe Angels at DAVE LEWIS Ibis point . . . but they nevertheless appear certain lo do much better (ban anyone anlicipated. And they are generally respected by rivals when it had been figured they would be mere pushovers. The big question, of course, is how they have been able to win so consistently of late, with rejects, castoffs and youngsters up from Ihe minors. In order to get a true picture, we checked with a group of scouts who have been following the club. * * * ment which is open to all pros instead of only SC- PGA members. The action TICKET DEADLINE Today is the deadline for purchasing SI season's tickets for the Southern California Professional Match Play Tournament. Starting Monday, the price is S2. Daily tickets will cost SI. Tickets are available at all golf shops. brought this response of praise from State Attorney General Stanley Mosk: "We are greatly pleased that you have opened your tournament to all qualifying p r o f e s s i o n a l golfers i n Southern California. It is a fine recognition of the right of athletes to compete solely on the basis of ability. Your section's cooperation from the beginning has been a great help lo us in this matter." Although Charlie Sifford, Ihe outstanding Negro golfer, now is on the PGA tour which t h i s week engages in the $30,000 Canadian Open, three Negro pros are entered here. They are Bill Spiller, Jimmy DeVe and Willie Jefferson. Also entered is J a p a n e s e pro George Koyama. T h e t o u r n a m e n t will mark the pro-debul of iwo well-known former amateur stars . . . Pinky Stevenson, who needs no introduction, and Dick Foole of Sanla Ana, a past semifinalist in Ihe National Amateur. Practically all Long Beach area pros are in Ihe lineup including SC-PGA Seniors champion Johnny Jurus of the Pioneer Range, and Monty B 1 o d g e I t, Lakewood's sharp-shooting assistant pro. Missing will be two fa miliar faces. Four-lime SC PGA c h a m p Eric Monli if unable to compete, anc Paul Runyan is in F.nplanc for Ihe World Senior Cham pionship. EDD/E ALVARAOO . . . faces Tough Foe INDtPENDENT-PRESS-TELESRAM--C-? Lorn BUCK C41II., SiinJiv, July - ItH Predict Torrid Battle in First And Ring Card By FRANK HARVEY Francisco Sanchez, highly-rated Mexican bantamweight, will be shooting for his fourth straight knockout win north of the border when he faces lough Eddie Alvarado in the in-round main event at Municipal Auditorium Wednesday night. in three U.S. starts, nil in Texas, Sanchez scored first round knockouts over Chico Rameriz and Tony Rivera at Brownsville and disposed of Eddie Douglas in four rounds at Houston. However, he is taking on a tough character in AU varado. Eddie has never been knocked off his feet, and he, too, can punch. t * * * ACCORDING TO MATCHMAKER Earl Beebe, who has watched both fighters in action several times, the pair figure to wage quite a brawl. .'.'· Light heavyweights Lee Turner and Jimmy Anderson collide in the six-round semi-windup. It is a rematch in which Turner hopes to avenge an earlier defeat at the hands of Anderson. T Four rounders show Phil Barba vs. Raul Munoz, lightweights; Pelon Chasco vs. Kid Velvet, featherweights, and A d r i a n Iherra vs. Andy Mnntnya, lightweights. Alvarado. Sanchez, and several other fighters appearing on the card will drill at Hie gymnasium in Morgan Hall this afternoon. Other fighters also scheduled to workout today include Danny Valdez. Don Johnson and Johnny Newman. Workouts s t a r t al I p.m. Cupit'$68 'DRIVING WON FOR ME'-~RICHARDSQN Keeps Lead at St. Paul , ST. PAUL, Minn. (UPI) -Buster Cupit, part-time tournament player from Kt. Smith, Ark., fired a four-under-par 68 Saturday lo hold the 54- hole lead in the St. Paul Open w i t h 201, 15 under par. i Cupit, making his sixth! tournament start of I f l f i l . j played precision golf [o t a k e ! a two-stroke lead over young Dave Hill. ; The leader had four birdies and f o u r t e e n pars for h i s j 35-33- -6R. He hirdicd Ihe 3rd. I Hh nnri I 2 i h holes with hrce foot p u t t s and hit the 402-yard par five 18th w i t h lis second shot, two-pulling or an easy birdie. v * * f HILL, WHO bolted among the leaders Friday with a G5, came back with a 68 Saturday also for the second spot. He needed a four-under-par 32 on the back nine to avoid sliding into a lie with two other young pros. Johnny Pott and Tommy Aaron, who were knotted at 204. Mac Main, an unheralded c i r c u i t sophomore, fired a 64, the best round of the tourna ment, to j u m p from far back in the field. By JERRY WYNN What does a golfer do after 10 straight arduous rounds of golf tn win the California Amateur Championship? Why, n a t u r a l l y , he goes out to play more golf. Thus did John Richardson Tuesday a f t e r returning home to Long Reach from Pebble Beach Monday evening. He took liis son, Kemp, 15, out to Skylinks for a few holes. "I beat you, dad," said son. "You haven't seen Ihe day you can beat me," answered dad. While Richardson laughs at being classified a celebrity, there's been plenty of excitement at 6571 Roscbay Ave. since John's momentous victory in the finals of the 50th annual State classic last Sunday. "The p h o n e h a s n ' t stopped ringing." says his blonde wife, Wina. "Everyone's been so nice, and c a l l e d t o congratulate John." Friday night, the Richardsons were guests of honor at a press gathering at. the Apple Valley Steak House. In reviewing his long week of play at Pebble Beach, Long Beach's first State champion called the 16th hole of his f i f t h round malch against Lloyd Rossi of Diablo as the t u r n i n g point l h a l led lo the championship. "I was 2 down, and lie THE ANGELS, THEY QUICKLY point out, are no longer the rag-tag o u t f i t they were at Ihe beginning, which, of course, is plain to see. They have added several players who have tightened up the defense considerably, given them more clutch h i t t i n g and some "bench." While every new man has given the loam a big lift, nnt a single player obtained from rivals in the draft for 575,001) and subsequently traded or waived have done anything for their new clubs. Whal does lh« Angels' recent surge prove? Well, for one thing, scouts point out, it shows what they've been saying for some t i m e . . . t h a t the American League is greatly over-rated. Several teams are little more than Triple-A clubs. As one points out. if you attend the games regularly at Wrigley Field and the Coliseum and see all of the other cijic CnlMnc clubs come through, you would readily see thai the ,,. . . !. . National League is much stronger from top to bottom. \\rq\n\CI OIT Even the last-place Phillies would make some noise in Ihe junior circuit. * * * B-JSI" Ci'Oil . Dive K-ll Jfil-nnv Pol! tortl'nv Aflrrvl Ocn Jarx'Ary Mac M^rr, A T Geibero?' Jerrv Barber . Davi- R*c*n . Tony I.em* Dan S V ( S . ClMi. Sifford . Bill CasDer Al Raldir.a Jacnc Cuoit B^rt v/eav?r P.lir Rcdqcrl . Paul Hirrtv . Roh Rrue j:-n Fe.-rier . I Km Vtn'uri Doug PorrJ .. . . . 6fi « 70--704! .... 6J ,i9-63--TO* £6-71. A3--70s! .. . 71 71-AJ--706 . . 70.67 A7--106 M-724S--Ki! ... 7767-66--737 .. 7I-73M-707 _ . 7.-7066--707 . . 45-71 «7--707, 71-69-67--707 .. 6?-70 69--707 .. 70-67-73--23) . 71-7067--7C8' 70-6S-70--JOi 73 7067 -707, . . 71-69-69--709. . 7070 AS -705 . 7069 70--J», 70 69 70--709 70-63-71--709! THE AMERICAN LEAGUE has been deteriorating for some time and is probably at its lowest ebb this season (han since the war years in Ihe early 1940's. The loop's "reputation" has been based solely on the Yankees. It has been taken for granted Ihe loop was still strong because of New York's success in the World Series. But while still a fine club, even the Yankees have tailed off somewhat in recent seasons. If you check the records, the only clubs that beat out the Yanks in the past J2 years--Cleveland in '54 and the While Sox in '5fl--were beaten in the World Series. And liie Yanks have dropped three of the five series in which Ihey participated. The Yanks, nf rnurse. are s t i l l a solid cluh t h a i would still be. a winner in Ihe N a i i o n a l League, loo. It is considered the only real ball club in Ihe American a t present. Detroit is rated a "one-shot cluh" and are considered lo be playing "15 feet over Ihcir head," according to (he scouts. One of these scouts picked the Angels to finish sixth during spring training even before their recent deals which improved the club. He did so because of the condition of the rest of the league. * * * MANY OBSERVERS contend that the league was weakened by the draft through which the Angels and Washington were stocked. But this isn't true. Not a single club was hurt . . . not even in their second-line corps. The Angels are in the position this year of being able to take a chance on playing talent. And the minor leaguers, (he rejects and castoffs are responding with a new lease on life. Scouts point out t h a t there are a lot of kids playing in Ihe minors today who could help most of Ihe major clubs, hut Ihere is a great reluctance among managers to lake a chance on them. If the scouts had their way, these kids would he moved up. In most cases, they know more about t a l e n l t h a n Ihe pilots Ihemsclves and should have more say. But more about this early t h i s week. Anyway, a f l e r talking with these scouts, my hopes for the Angels have risen several notches. Ty Ellis a n d Mel Collins shared Virginia C o u n t r y Club Golf sweepstakes honors Sat- 1 EVERYTHING SHINES AT 6571 RQSEBAY AV£. urday. Results: Col. Lo* Nel--TV Ehs. 96-3066: Mel lins. 74 1 S4. Dan Dainell, 77-1067. Or. jXck rrfnrfi, Martin' Ka'ire.'or. l_! Vdh6-n^, Dr Ken 1_ ahlboriv. B-ll Murrell. Smiling John Richardson and wife, Wina, hold silver platter John look home from Pebble Beach for victory in State Amateur. Daughter Debbie, 13, and son Kemp, 15, also beam approval.--(Staff Photo by Skip Shuman) had a one-foot putt for his p a r," s a i d Richardson, "Then I chipped into the hole for a birdie." He won the malch on the 20th bole. In all his rounds, tho 40-year-old petroleum engineer never wcni over par on Ihe 16th, I7lh and 18th' holes, t h r e e of the might!' csl al Pebble Beach. He won Ihe 17lh, a 212-yard par three, every lime. "Most players use a 4-wood off Ihe 17th lee," said Richardson, "but I don'l carry that cluh. I used a 2-iron, and in the finals, a I-iron." Pros will lell you Ihere are no more difficult clubs. "My putting helped ma Ihe last two days, I advanced the ball slightly, and got the right roll. But the more I think about it, it was my driving that enabled me lo win. They're letting the rough grow at Pebble Beach for the National Amateur, and you miss a fairway or a green, and you're i n s e r i o u s trouble. I've seldom seen rough as hard to hit from." ^ * * * RICHARDSON plans to try to q u a l i f y for the National Amateur, scheduled for Sepl. 11-16. Bui first, business allowing, he will play in Ihe Southern California Amateur Championship, July 27-30. In private course competition, he represents Palos Verrics Country Club; in public course, Lakewood. "The one tournament I always look forward to is the City Championship," volunteered the 1959 City champion. "It's a l w a y s tough for me to get by the first couple of rounds." And who won't be gunning nexl year to beat the champion of all California! 'GIVE ATHLETES A BREAK!' RAMS AT REDIANDS JULY 17 Nieder HyrSs Me as AAU Ry ROR MYCRS A*j-r_"*red Prm Wnlrr World shotpul champion Bill Nieder today urged a campaign to "clean up the ranks of officials and policies of the National AAU and give the athletes a break." The recommendation was another spark in a "revolt" touched off last week by a host of track and field stars .against the AAU. Giant-sized Nieder holds the world record in the shot al 65-10 and won the gold medal for the United States at the Rome Olympics. He has retired from amateur sports. "Since the AAU no longer has any say over me, I can speak freely. The younger fellows still in track and field can't be so independent." Nieder declared, adding sharply: 'The AAU (officials) I h i n k only of themselves. The athletes come way down the line." N i e d e r ' s observations were triggered when several other world famous athletes, i n c l u d i n g discus champion Al Oerter, two- l i m e Olympic shot k i n g Parry O'Brien and others, publicly criticized the AAU for ils approaching sponsorship of a U. S. learn lo F.urope in general and Russia in p a r t i c u l a r . The main theme of most complaints was that the AAU insisted the eligible a t h l e t e s agree lo a lour of several weeks or forfeit a chance to go at all. Said O'Brien: "The Russians use sports as a political tool and we can be sure Russia will field its strongest team. "The AAU should recognize that a lot of our athletes are working and can't afford a month away. It should make some provision to let them compete in Moscow and come home." Said discus star Rink Bab!a: "I could go lo Russia for 10 days or so hut I can't afford to take a long trip. They (the A A U ) don't care about the athletes, all they care about is a long vacation in F.urope. "Maybe all this will open everybody's eyes." Eagles Open Training With New Coach, No Dutchman P H I L A D E L P H I A (UP!)-The Philadelphia Fagles open t r a i n i n g Monday for the defense of their National Football League title minus the two men who carried them to the championship. Buck Shaw, their former coach, and quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, who thought, he was going to be their new one, will not be on the Hershey, Pa., scene for the 1961 training grind. The silver-thatched Shaw retired after leading the Eagles to t h e i r first title in 11 years last fall. The peerless Van Brocklin. who lifted the Eagles from Ihe cellar lo the NFL championship in three years, left in a h u f f when he failed to succeed Shaw. He claimed he had been promised the job as "bait" to lura him here as a player. Van Brocklin consoled himself by signing to coach the Minnesota Vikings, latest SKORICH VAN 3ROCKLIM addition to the NFL. The Eagles will be the third NFL team to start training for the coming season. The Minnesota Vikings opened camp at Bemidji, Minn., last Friday and the Dallas Cowhnys s t a r t training at Northfield. Minn., today. (The Rams open at Redlands July 17.) The new Eagles coach is ' Nick Skorich; who was moved up from a post 33 Shaw's assistant. His biggest problem will be to replace Van Brocklin, a superb passer with a facility for picking apart an opponent's defensive system. . . . Skorich has announced the 1961 edition of the Eagles will do more running than in Ihe pasl. but he is directing major attention to schooling Ihe three quarterbacks now on the squad. He has Sonny Jurgenson, who wailed long hours in the wings as Van Brocklin's understudy, Jerry Reichow, who was on Ihe roster last season as combination quarterback-end, and King Hill, former Rice star obtained from the St. Louis Car-, dinals last winter.

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