Independent from Long Beach, California on January 20, 1975 · Page 24
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C-4-lNDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM) im M«h, C.M., MM.. JM.», ms Pineda; An athlete ...and a brave one New York Times Service ... NEW YORK--The freak accident that killed Alvaro Pineda at Santa Anita Saturday was a painful reminder that every lime a jockey gathers the reins on a thoroughbred he is taking his life in his hands. He knows it, and it is a fact that ought to be remembered oftener, perhaps, by horscplayers who risk only their money and do not hesitate to blackguard the kid who is putting his life on the line. AT 29. Pineda had spent half his life in the saddle and there must have been many times he got off a loser and heard himself reviled as a crook or a coward or both by some sportsman who had dropped $2 on his mount. Chances arc when be rode into the starting gate for Saturday's fourth race there were clients prepared to give him the treatment if his horse didn't win. He was up on a green colt that reared in the gate and evidently RED SMITH smashed his h e a d against the superstructure. Taken to a hospital just across the road from the track, lie was dead on arrival. "Shoe called last night to tell me about it," Eddie Arcaro said Sunday, meaning the great jockey. Bill Shoemaker. "Shoe was hurt b a d . He really liked Pineda. I never heard of a boy getting killed in the gate. I've had horses rear in the gate and fall over backwards. It's easy to get a broken leg that way, but to get killed . . . " "You know it can happen," Eddie said, thinking back over his own 31 years on horseback, "but when you're riding you don't think about it. You're doing it every day and everybody else is doing the s a m e t h i n g a n d -- h e l l , if you thought about it you just could'nt stand the tension. "Anyhow, more people get killed playing football. When I was riding we had an average of less than two per cent that got killed, .which is pretty good when there's danger. Probably more jockies commit suicide than die on the track. We don't like to talk about it, but fighting weight all the time, taking those reducing pills, they get depressed." . LAST year Pineda received the George W o o l f Memorial Award, given to the rider who has brought the most credit to his profession. When Pineda was less than a year old. Georgie Woolf was killed in a spill at Santa Anita, where Pineda was to die. "George was diabetic," Arcaro said, "and they said he might have blacked out during the race. His horse did c l i p another's heels, though, and George's head hit a fencepost supporting the rail. After that they put in the gooseneck rail for safety, and that's what got Jackie Westropc killed. "11 was in the Hollywood Oaks and Strope was moving his filly past the two on the front end. He was going to win it. He hit the filly lefthanded and instead of flinching away from the whip she ducked in. Strope went over the fence. With the old rail, he would have landed on grass but with that gooseneck construction his head hit one of the supports. 1 m u s t have watched movies of that spill 50 limes; I just couldn't believe il could happen to a horseman like him. He was still whipping when Ihe filly put him over the fence. "I'VE had five or six of my best friends killed. I was Ihere when Jackie Wcstrope's brother got it. And Sid Cole--he was killed at Aqueduct just working a horse between races. It was an undefeated filly that had never done a thing wrong in her life but she boiled for the inside fence. I think Sid's survivors won a negligence suit because his head hit a concrele block Ihe fencepost was set in. It was supposed to IK covered with dirt but the earth had setlled or washed away. "It's bad," the old master said, "but when you sign your name on your license you know that's part of it." As people, jocks come in many varieties, from the cherub fresh off the farm to the leathery brigand who can, as the saying goes, hold an elephant away from a bale of hay. Young or old, though, there are two qualilies Ihey have in common or they don't ride: they are athletes and they are brave. When "outstanding athlete" awards are passed around, jockies hardly ever gel a call, yet pound for pound they can match anybody for fitness, strength, quick reflexes, versatility, cool judgment and plain courage. Bill Shoemaker is an example, a perfectly proportioned miniature who has ridden more winners, and winners of more money, than any other man alive or dead. On Ihe golf course he'll shoot what it takes to win, and make it look easy. ARCARO and Shoemaker were in Toots Shor's one night when an argument got going aboul the right of jockeys to be classed as athleles. The proprietor, supporting the negative loudly, was marshaling his choicest insults for the little creeps when a disturbance al the bar interrupted him and he left the table to ease a drank to the door. There the drunk got bellicose so Toots, sternly opposed lo fislicuffs on Ihe premises, accompanied him out to the sidewalk.' Cooled by the evening air, the lush got into a taxi. Turning to reenter the joint, Toots found himself belly to face with the two jockies. "What're you crumbums doing out here?" he demanded. "We thought you might need help." A r c a r o said."You're a t h - letes." Shor said. End of debale. LBSUhost SCHRADER-to Aussie nationals Australia's womens national basketball team, on its first tour of the United States, meets the Long B e a c h S t a t e women to- nighl at 8 in the men's gym. The Aussies. coached by f o r m e r Olympian R a y Tomlinson and Charles Wilson, are playing a 20- g a m e s e r i e s a g a i n s t major universities. The tour is sponsored by the Association of I n t e r c o l l e g i a t e A t h l e t i c s f o r Women lAIAVTi. One of the star players on the Australian team is Tomlinson's wife A 5-11 forward. 27-year-old Sandra Tomlinson has been an national team member for 10 years. She was also a member of the Aussies' world championship tournament team four seasons back and starred on the club which toured the Orient last winter. Long B e a c h State is coached by Dr. Frances Schaafsma, who has an LBSU record of 128-33, and Dixie Grimmett. A strong contender in the Southern California Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the 49ers defeated USC last week in their league opener and were runnersup in Ihe prc-scason Chico Tournament. Tickets are priced at ?2.50 general admission and $1.So for students. \ (Continued from C-l) (luring the 1969. 'TO and '71 seasons. Visits with Heis- nian Trophy winners Mike Garret! and O.J. Simpson during Rose Bowl time and a phone call from the head coach. John McKay, clinched the decision for t'SC . . . Rice was graduated at midterm "iid thus eligible to enroll at USC at the beginning ol the spring semester . . . UCLA is recruiting Millikan High quarterback Bob Boatright, and who in the world in the world isn't-after defensive stars Mami Tuiasosopo of St. Anthony and Jim Main of Los Alamitos?. . The football national letter of intent date is Feb. 19. . .Although he has resigned as head football coach, Jim Owens will re- ma fn w i t h the University of Washington in an administrative capacity for six months while he makes a decision on several employment offers. Owens and USC coach John McKay are close friends--so close, in f a c t , t h a t Owens rode on the Trojan team bus to the Rose Bowl . . . Brace yourself for this one. Former Long Beach City College and Long Beach State basketball coach Lute Olson is hoping San Diego State will offer him the head coaching job that apparently will be open when the season ends. When he left Long Beach to take the Iowa head coaching position. Olson said there was no job in the world like one in the Big Ten. But a couple of -10-point losses can make paradise seem like hell to a coach . - One of Olson's recruits. Ivor}' Ward of Los Angeles, is ineligible because of scholastic difficulties and has returned home . . . It doesn't figure that USC will keep three great athletes. Dave Farmer, Ricky Bell and Mosi Tatupu at fullback next season. One possibility being considered would be the switch of Bell. 6-1 and 215. to tailback. This would permit McKay to use quarterback Vince Evans often on a pass-option sweep. Bell is an exceptional blocker. and would be. a trong runner from the tailback position. But the Trojan coach thinks Dwight Ford, who performed well a a freshman, has a great career ahead of him at t a i l b a c k . SPORTS CHATTER: Basketball recruiters are h u s t l i n g around in advance of an April national letter of intent deadline. Ixiny Beach Slate coach Dwight Jones is hopeful of signing Long Beach Jordan center James Hardy, who probably would have a starting job wailing for him in view of the losses the 49ers will sustain Ihrough graduation. Several schools, including Beach State, also are pursuing Compton College Larry Gray ifi-8), formerly of LA. Jordan, ami George Berry ((·?). who is from Brooklyn . . . It's a bonus year for college basketball recruiters. Among lop prospects in Ihe Southland are 6-11 Bill Laimbeer of Palos Venles, fi-10 Paul Mokeski of Crespi, 6-10 David Greenwood of Verbum Dei and 6-2 Brad Holland of Crcseeiiia Valley . Colts will go for Bart M I A M I ( A P ) -- T h e Baltimore Colts won the No. 1 pick in the National Football L e a g u e d r a f t Sunday in a coin flip with the Dallas Cowboys and surprisingly a n n o u n c e d they probably would go for California's all-America q u a r t e r b a c k Steve Bartkowski. "We don't need a quarterback," Joe Thomas, general manager of the Colts, said. "But we believe that we can make a good deal for Bartkowski and probably get two v e t e r a n p l a y e r s in return." "This would be contingent on our completing the deal before the draft. If we are not successful, then I think we would go Randy White, the Maryland defensive lineman." The NFL draft is scheduled Jan. 28-29 in New York. There .will be 17 rounds of picking f r o m college football's elite graduates in a two-day session. THE COLTS, with a 2-12 record, were supposed to flip against the New York Giants, who also were 212. However, the Giants traded their No. 1 pick to the Dallas Cowboys. So it was Tex Schram, general manager of the Cowboys, and T h o m a s who flanked Commissioner Pete Rozelle in the coin-flipping ceremony on the patio of the Sonesta Beach and Tennis Hotel in Key Biscayne. As Rozelle flipped a 1974 Eisenhower dollar, Schram called "heads." The coin came up tails. The ceremony was repeated for cameramen. Schramm called "heads," and the coin fell tails again. Baltimore, w i t h two good quaratcrbacks in Bert Jones and Marty Domres, was expected to pluck White, probably the year's college defensive l i n e m a n , as its f i r s t choice. T h o m a s ' a n n o u n c e d d e c i s i o n to pick Bart- k o w s k i for trading purposes came as a surprise although the California quarterback has strong pro possibilites. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound signal caller from Santa Clara completed 182 of 325 passes for 2,580 yards and 12 touchdowns. He only had s e v e n passes intercepted. A.D. can't decide on his sport WASHINGTON (UPI1 Anthony Davis is quietly confident he'll be drafted by the pros on the first round next week bul he's still undecided on whether his future lies,in football or baseball. Davis, in Washington over the w e e k e n d to be honored by the Washington Touchdown Club as college back of the year, said when asked if he thought he'll be selected in the first round of the pro football draft next Tuesday: "I think so." But the Southern California running back also noted that he has been d r a f t e d as a baseball player by the Minnesota Twins. "I haven't quite decided yet as w h i c h sport I'll be in," he commented. Davis, who stands 5'9" and weighs 183, is considered a little small for a pro running back. But a pro team scout predicted he would be among the early d r a f t p i c k s a n d would be successful in the NFL. "He'd be a big help to a team that needs outside speed," the scout observed. The s a m e scout also forecast that Maryland's Randy White, honored as college lineman of the year, might be converted to linebacker as a pro. He cited White's -1.6 speed for -10 yards despite his 2-18 pounds and said he envisions the all-America becoming a linebacker in the mold of a Ray Nitschke of Green Bay Packer fanjc. Calvin sinks Monumental moment Mack Calvin of Denver drives past Memphi guard George Carter for layup Saturday and 10,000th professional point. Six years agocritics said former Poly High and Long Beach City College star was too small for pro ranks. -UPI DENVER (UPD-When Mack Calvin graduated from Southern California in 1969 his future in professional basketball was uncertain. . . . "Not t h a t m a n y people look for six-loot guards," said the smiling backcourt ace of the Denver Nuggets. "I was drafted by the Lakers m the NBA, but I was way down on their list. "I was one of those guys that they invite in for a tryout, give them a Jerry West t-shirt and a bus ticket," he said. So, the native of Los Angeles decided to cast his lot with the Amigos of the three-year-old American Basketball Association. "I owe Bill Sharman a lot," said Calvin, a five- time ABA All-Star pick during his career. "He's the guy that gave me a chance to play and let me start this." This has consisted of stops in Southern California, Florida, Carolina and now Denver. Saturday night, this also reached a milestone as Calvin scored 19 points in Denver's 126-104 win over Memphis to make him the 13th player in ABA history to score 10,000 career points. He has 10,004. "This feels great, but what is going to really feel great is when the team wins the championship...that's what will be the greatest," Calvin said. "The thing that makes that point total feel great is just the attitude of the team. "I've never been on a team that really cared about the rest of the team," said the former Long Beach Poly High and City College standout. "Here everybody is concerned with one goal and that's the ·" championship." Saturday night had a better ending than the first time Calvin went after his 10,000th point. On Jan. 3, Mack needed only 23 points to reach that mark in Denver's game with Indiana. Midway through the second quarter, after scoring eight of those points, Calvin went after a rebound and came up with a dislocated left index finger. Saturday was his first night back. "I was pressing the first time," said Calvin. 1 "But this time I felt good, before the game I told myself I was just going to go out and let the points come." BJK GOES OUT WITH WIN SARASOTA ( A P ) Billie Jean King says she has some regrels over quilting the women's tennis tour, but she expects her f u t u r e work in women's athletics to dull the pain. "I'm a little sorry to see it end because I'm hitting the ball well again," said the 31-year-old star after dumping Chris Evert; 6-3, 6-2, in Sunday's finals of Ihe $75,000 of the Virginia Slims tournament and earning $15,000 in her last regular appearance on the tour. Ms. King plans lo play o n l y in a few special events and World Team Tennis in-the future. "I've won a lot of Wim- bledons and Forest Hills and those h a v e been great," she said of her decade of dominance in the sport, including, five Wimbledon and three Forest Hills singles titles. "But to help tennis and women's tennis in particular has been a great thrill for me. I've been allowed lo have a creativity that I don't think any other person will ever have," she said. "That means more lhan winning to me. "Now,'I'm going to be satisfied with helping other women in other sports through my magazine and the TV j o b . There are so many others who aren't recognized and I'd like to help them." Although she said she has lost her desire for the regular tour, she admitted a special urgency to win Sunday's match against Miss Evert, who has replaced her as the world's top-ranked woman tennis player. "It's been a long time since I have been nervous before a match but I knew this was my last one and I really wanted to go out with a win," she said. "I got myself really psyched up and told myself to go for everything." She was nearly flawless, hilling backhands that "even surprised me" and volleying supurbly. Miss Evert, who had whipped Ms. King, 6-1, 61, a week ago, said, "I think it's the best thai Billie Jean has ever played. I hit some great shots bul they just kept coming back at me. 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