Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on June 2, 1960 · Page 41
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Tucson, Arizona
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Thursday, June 2, 1960
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Clutch-Playing Houston, UA Clash Tonight By CARL PORTER Unobtrusive Houston and flamboyant Arizona, a pair of collegiate clubs which seem to take after their coaches, match philosophies and fast balls at Hi Corbett Field tonight in the opener of the District 6 Playoffs. ' This best-ofthree squareoff gets under way at 7:30 p.m. with the winner due to\ emerge tomorrow or Saturday with a fist full of tickets to the College .World Series In. Omaha next weekend. The playoff games tonight and tomorrow night will be broadcast over two local stations, KTAN with Wally Lindberg and Ray McNally handling the play-by-play, and 'KOLD with Bernie Perlin and Joe Wilcox doing the broadcast^- . - .-Some say UA's Wildcats will literally claw the Cougars to shreds. After all, doesn't Arizona boast a brilliant 39-7 record, that big .337 team batting average and a bevy of previous NCAA playoff and World S e r i e s laurels? " " · ·· .· 11 · Houston, on the other hand, would seem to be slinking into the District skirmish by way of the side door, if not the back door itself. Here's a club with only a 12-9 record (actually only 9-9 by playing standards when 3 forfeit wins are subtracted), a paltry ,ilt team batting average and only one trip to the College Series to crow* about in the last 10 years (1953). So tell that to Oklahoma State, Texas and Minnesota--three of the top four-ranked college crews in the country. . Like Cinderella herself, the Cougars have risen from their usual dreary routine to dizzying heights whenever the occasion merited. Against the No. 1-ranked OSU Cowboys, for instance, the Cougars split a spirited pair of games, winning 4-0 and losing 0-1. Against hard-hitting Minnesota, they won 5-4, then lost 1-5. The night before last, they upset a highly favored (and third-ranked) Texas squad, 4-2, in a playoff of the Missouri Valley and Southwest Conference champions "for the right to meet Arizona in the District 6 finals. Thus has Houston, playing as quietly and unobtrusively as their mild-mannered. Texas-drawling coach, Lovette Hill, slipped into the district showdown. . It. figures that starry-eyed fans should think their flashy Wildcats, who run as hoi and cold as the unpredictable temperament of Coach Frank Sancel. should waltz away with the series in two games on their way to another r u n n e r u p spot in the national tourney such as they achieved both in 1956 and last year (the l a t t e r e a r n i n p Sancet a "token" new car appreciation from his fandom, incidentally). But Sancet himself is not to be fooled. "When you start comparing sta- POBTS THURSDAY EVENING, JUNE 2, I960 PAGE 43 tistics at playoff t i m e you're in '.rou- ble," points out F r e t l i n ' Frank. "Sure, Ihey only hit .221 as a team . . , bu. look al their opponents: they only hit .214." And therein lies the Cougar secret. "Our club is a p i t c h i n g and defensive team," a d m i t s M i l l in ?i soft voice that belies the gleam in his eye. "We don't. EC' many runs hut 1 figure t h i s is as good a ball club as I ' v e had in 11 years at Houston. "These kids can play the t i ^ h t hall games. 1 always figure if we can win the one-run games, then we're a good ball club." And while comparisons are being made, it. m i g h t be pointed out t h a t the Cougars' unimpressive 9-9 r e c o r d (again d i s c o u n t i n g t h o s e f o r f e i t s ) , came from meager beginnings. Hill also assists the Houston football s t a f f and was so busy in spring practice t h a t the Cougars had to v i r t u a l l y "coach themselves" through their first, t h r e e games and upon Hill's return to t h e dugout went on a 6-game losing. streak to start the year with a disraaj' 3-7 mark. *» Since t h e n , iheir momentum hasD snowballed behind the hurling of BoT£: Peters (5-3, 1.04 ERA) and J i m m y Wi^ son (3-3, 2.18 E R A ) with the timelj^ h i l l i n g of such as catcher Bubba Wag-· ner. The ace of Sance!.'* staff, tight" bander Gordon Bergthold (6-1), get*; the nod to start against Houston'!, Wilson tonight. HOUSTON ARIZONA I, Waikins, ss (.320) ...Hoffman, rf (.39!) * Nelson, 2b (.2(H) Shoemaker. 2b (.356£' Own, ,'!h (.241) Barraclough. rf (.358) Prior?, rf (.2'lfi) Hall, e (418) Wagner, c (.260) (; e |li, If (.350 Wilson, If (.251) Hunt, 3b (.351) Q.ridcl. Ib (.200) LaFevers, ss (.323) Caldwcll. cf (.1-15) Wallace, Ib (.268) WilMW, p (3-3) Bergthold, p (fi-1) BJL G«orge McLepd Ch»«n Sports Editor "wtrr i "I* '**·*. V Weddings No one has higher hopes for an Arizona two-game sweep than All-American catcher Alan Hall. A^d, for good reason. Hall plans to play only two games. Should a third game be necessary, Hall will be attending his own wedding (to Tucsonian beauty Marlene Glad) while his teammates are deciding the district 6 representative to next week's College World Series. What's more, Hall's wedding has the blessing of the administration, coaches and teammates. "I checked four times with Ken Coopwood (assistant coach) during the year to see if the June 4 date would be okay and every time I was told it was," Hall said yesterday. "Besides I'm just one guy. This team isn't going to fall down because any one guy Is out of the lineup. "Did you ever hear about putting your finger, in * pail of water? When you take your finger out, there's no hole. Well, that's how we all feel about the team this year. It's not made up of individuals. ' "Course I'd like to see us win in two games. Then a lot -of my teammates can go to the wedding, too" I'd sure like to have them there." Coach Frank Sancet, too, hopes the series goes two games. But if it doesn't, he's ready to put Luis Bachelier in the catcher's spot Saturday night. "I don't blame these kids x for selecting June 4 one bit. Heck, they change the playoff situation every year. Alan and Marlene had to select a date way in advance and they did. "I'll say this: There hasn't been any pressure from anyone to have Alan change the date since the playoff dates were determined. And, there won't be any pressure if the series goes three games." Pressures From Scouls While Alan will have no pressures put on him regarding his marriage plans, he will have pressure applied from a different source during the next few weeks. Already major league ivory hunters are gathering here to watch the collegians in general and Hall in particular. Several of them have contacted Hall in the past few days and mentioned everything but money. Money will be of prime concern as soon as -Hall finishes his eligibility. The best reports are that the, bidding will start at $35,000. A few months ago Tom Sheehan, chief scout of the San Francisco Giants told the Bull Pen Hall is the best college prospect in the country. Those words will carry a lot of dollar signs. Dario Lodigiani, west coast scout for the Cleveland Indians, insists Hall can catch in the big leagues right now. "And, if he shows he can hit, he'll be a star. How many hitting catchers can you name in the major leagues today?" Lodi asked the last time he went through Tucson. Yanks, Birds Watch Closely Gordon Jones of the New York Yankees has been watching Hall closely. So have Jimmy Wilson and Eddie Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles. The Washington Senators have let Hall know they want to talk to him before he makes any decisions. Ditto the Boston Red Sox and several other teams. Hall insists he has no preferences. "I just want to sign a contract that will place me with a team I can play on and do well. That's the most important thing , . . the only way you can move up to the majors. A lot of guys make the mistake of signing with a team because they'll place him with a triple A team or even keep him in the majors, They've not ready for it and can't produce. I want to go where I can produce." The best bet is that barring an unexpectedly high PLAYOFFS Opens In DISTRI Playoffs NEW YORK -- if) -- With Oklahoma Stale (1-M) and St. Johrfs (If)-!)) already qualified for two nf flic eight berths in the College ·4 World Scries, playoffs get under way todny in throe nf the remaining six NCAA districts. " S t a r t i n g today are the District I and fi playoffs. The District: 3 series al Gastnnia, N. C.. is "-K double elimination a f f a i r which sends Nnrlh C a r o l i n a (1H-S) ap.iinst Florida Snuthern (21-51 'and The Citadel (17-4) against Florida (1B-I2) in Ihc opening games. ; DISTRICT 4 also has a doubfo elimination playoff at St. Paul, Minn., involving the Big Ten c h a m p i o n , Minnesota (2R-6i. Notre Dame (19-5). Detroit (16-5) and O h i n ' U n i v e r s i t y (17-3). ; Arizona (3!)-7) and Hnuston .j (12-H) will play a two-of-thre« 2» series at Tucson. ON FRIDAY at Springfield. Mass.. Holy Cross (10-3) meets American International (11-5) ar\d Boston College (11-4) plays Cofl- nccticul (13-2) in ttic opening games of tho District 1 single e l i m i n a t i o n scries. The final will be played .Saturday. On (ho sairt*! days Southern California (33-11) and Washington Slate (28-4) play a best of throe scries for the Dta- t r i r t 8 t i l l e . ' 7 The District 7 championship will bo determined at Salt Lake City J u n e fi-7 in a bcst-of-three series between U t a h (12-2) and Colorado State College (23-9). The championship finals amonj? me eight district winners at Omaha also is a double elimination series. -_ Yank Lass Captures Links Title HARLECH, Wales--l*V-Barbara Mclntire put down a late rally by Phiiomena Garvey of Ireland today and added the British Women's Amateur Golf Championship to her U. S. title. The margin was 4 and 2. Miss Garvey, a 38-year-old veteran of international play, was eight down with nine . holes to play when she suddenly launched a fighting comeback. She won the first four holes in a row on the final nine-the 28th through the 31st--and halved the 32nd. But the holes ran out for her at the 34th. Miss Mclntire, 25-year-old real estate saleswoman from Lake Park, Fla., became the fourth American winner of this title^ The late Babe Didrikson. Zaharias in 1947 arid- Louise Suggs in 1948 won the British crown while holding the American championship. Margaret (Wiffi) Smith was the last U. S. winner in 1956. OLD PUEBLO HI LINES Hayden Change 'LINE-DRIVE Youth Could Hector's Hex Hits Powerless Bombers BULLETINS PHOENIX-un-The potsibili- ty of Arizona getting tw» more major league team* tor spring training apparently hinges on the attitude «f two members of the Kansas City Athletks board of directors. Bin Weirkh, SmttMbile baseball promoter, nisi ne (earned the Athletic* wMtM move to Arizona if management approved. ftattiimre apparently wo»M train at Aptche Junction and C3«y at Chandler if Ale' ever By BOB CRAWFORD If John Brierly becomes a success in the "import" business, look out for Cronk Construction in this summer's American Legion baseball race. Brierly, as coach of4he Cronk squad, can draw his talent from Rincon High School and outlying schools in the Southern District--San Manuel, Winkelman, Hayden and the like. And his eye is set on Luis Lagunas, 16-year-old Hayden all-everything whose pitching and shortstop talents could upset the plans of pre-season favorite Tucson Gas and Electric. "Right now," said Brierly, who helped coach the U^ freshmen this spring, "1 haven't got the slightest idea whether he will play with us. "I dropped him a note a few days ago to find out if he is interested and now I'm waiting to hear from him. "Hayden is too far away for him to come down just for games," Brierly added. "If he played; he would probably take a job in Tucson." Lagunas has been left without a team since Hayden's Legion program flopped two years ago. But, as a-14-year-old prodigy, he almost wpn the 1958. district title for that town by coming within one run of beating a Tucson Gas team that included Augie Acuna, Sherwin Scott, Barry Bernstein and a host of other members of Tucson High's Class AA prep champs. If Brierly could land the Hayden youngster, it would offset one bad break the team has al- rewry received. Dan Schneider, hard-throwing lefty who nearly pitched Rincon to the city championship, is too old for competition this summer--by one day. TUCSON GAS AND ELECTRIC, composed of players from Amphitheater and THS, will be pinning its hopes on a four-deep pitching staff and a trio of Citizen All-City performers. Sharing snound duties will be Dave West, Legion Race Ernie Wall, Bob Heinig and Ed Aguirre. Hector Corrales, a first-team All-City choice will be on third with second-teamers Glenn Ezell catching and Danny Slagle in the outfield. The team will be under the tutelage of ex-UA outfielder Jim Wing. Catalina, Salpoime and Flowing Wells will furnish the talent for the Jameson's Sporting Goods roster, which will be coached by Don Jameson until another former Wildcat, Jerry Coppola, returns from a service stint. Top prospects include outfielder Mike Huff and second baseman Joe Lahiff, both from the All-City first team, and second-team pitcher Bob Jacobs. Bob Jones, jayvee baseball coach at Pueblo, will handle the Soleng Center team (Pueblo and Sunnyside players). He will be working with a roster that will probably include catcher Pete Cox, pitcher Gil Maldonado and outfielder Dick Martinez. Ajo and Nogales will also be fielding teams in the Southern District this season. *· * *· PRACTICE SESSIONS FOR all squads open June 11, with the regular season starting six days later. According to Commissioner Jim Corbett, Tucson Gas and Jameson's will both hold workouts at the Campbell Ave. Field, Cronk will practice on Rincon's diamond and Soleng will be working at Pueblo. + * ·*· ONE OF CORBETT'S TOUGHEST problems this summer is obtaining managers for the four Tucson squads. The position, which is always taken by an American Legion member, is somewhat perallel to a major league club's traveling secretary. "We like to get the father of one of the team members if we possibly can," Corbett said, "but so far only have two--Lyle Kniffen with Cronk »nd Clarence Holliker with Jameson's." 4 Old Pueblo Baseballers Honored Yankees and Indians. And* wh«n it's time for Alan to sign, they could fce *A ]ost that order too. NEW YORK-flrV-TV New Yonc Mate AtMefte Cowrms- Four Ol PaeWo baseball stars, including three members of Tucson High's state runrrerups, have been jwtnred to the 1960 Class AA Afl-Arizona squad. The team was selected by a vote of Oass AA coaches. Prtchet Sherwrn Scott, catcher Bob -Ga-ssa jfts! 3vtr! tasetftar. Hector Corrals art the trio of Badgers named. The other Tuc- sonian is Shortstop Dave Berg of Catalina. · Doog Westley, standout for j North Phoenix' state champs, was j selected at two positions-: pitcher I a-nd f jrst base. s s^e«ed for the "honor mc?»d« second tossewan | Hector Gonzalex of Phoenix Union, and outfielders Paul Faulkner of ' Camelback, Terry Riley of Union and Dave Phasley of Phoenix Cen- I tral. | Scottsdale's Jim Ried was 1 named as an rnfreM alternate and i Jon Chesser of Mesa was listed as i S fOWft) By United Press International A pitcher Paul Richards once scorned as "Line-drive Brown" is making the Baltimore Orioles' leader look like the manager nf the year. His full name is Hector Harold (Skinny) Brown and he's traveled the hamburger circuit (jir much of his 15-year career. But along with the rest of Richard's kids and castoffs he's caught a severe case of early-season pennant fever and last night he came within one pitch of no-hit fame. The 35-year-old native of Greensboro, N. C., yielded a first- inning homer to Mickey Mantle and then went on to beat the Ne*v York'Yankees, 4-1, without allowing another hit. The victory boosted the Orioles' American League lead over the rained-out Cleveland Indians to 2'/2 games and was their sixth triumph in seven games and their 10th in 12. FRANK BAUMANN, who has scored six of his 15 big league victories against Detroit, pitched the White Sox to a 6-0 win that handed the Tigers their fifth straight loss in the only other American League game. Washington's twi-nighter at Boston was rained out. The Pittsburgh Pirates retained their game-and-a-half grip on first place when Bob Friend shut out the Cincinnati Reds, 5-0, the San Francisco Giants shaded the Chicago Cubs, 2-1, the Milwaukee Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies, C-lt, and the St. Louis Cardinals scored a 5-2 win over the bos Angeles Dodgers in the National League. ROOKTE SHORTSTOP Ronnie Hansen hit a three-ran homer off Duke Maas to eive the Orioles the lead in the fifth inning and Brown took ft from there. The White Sox nudged Jim Bun- ntng for two rtms fn flre fifth and racked tip Tom Morgan tn a four-run ninth featured by homers by Earl Torgeson and Gene Freese. Friend pitched a t h r e e - h i t l e r for his third shutout and sixih win nf t h e season as the Pirates ran t h e i r w i n n i n g streak in five games and Ihc-ir season rccnrd at home to 18-fi. Sam Jones pitched a f i v e - h i t t e r and doubled home the w i n n i n g run in the ninth inning to win his sixth game. Jones struck out seven and walked one. Wes Covington drove in two runs with his third homer and la double and Joe Adcock singled home two runs as the Braves snapped a four-game losing streak. Bob Buhl went the distance for his fourth win. ~ Ken Boyer drove in two runs with a single and his 13th homer and Daryl Spencer doubled in two runs for the Cardinals. SCOREBOARD A M E R I C A N L E A G U E Won Loil Pet. C.B. NATIONAL LEAGUE Won Lo«t fct. G.I 26 21 22 19 17 18 14 15 IS 18 IB 22 21 .634 .MJ .530 .SU .472 .«M .40(1 .378 5 V ', 7' 2 1 10 p f r l . . B a l t i m o r e C l e v e l a n d . . Chicago New York . Detroit Kama! City Boston Washington · · 14 23 Y e s t e r d a y ' ! Result! Baltimore , New York 1 Chicago *. Detroit 0 WaihinQtnr, M Bo»ton (2), rain Cleveland at Kansas City. ppd.. rain Today's Pitcheri New York (Collet i-0) »t Baltimore (Wilhelm 2-2) (night) Chicago (Donovan 1-1) »', Detroit (Moiii J-3) (nighti Cleveland (Grant 2-1) «t Kjnui City (Herbert 3-3) (night) Wa«hington (Kaat 1-4 »nd Lte 0-1) at Bo«ton (Hloek 0-0 »nd C»ul« 2-3) (2- Tomorrow's Schedule Kanias City at Chicago (nighti Detroit at Cleveland (night) Baltimore at Washington (night) Boston at New York (nioht) P A C I F I C COAST LEAGUE Won Lost Pet. G.B. Sacramento 26 18 .591 ---- Tacorna . . . . . S p o K a n e Seattle Vancouver Salt Lake City San Diego Portland Yesterday's Results Salt Lake City 10. San Diego 6 Sacramento 3. T»com» 1 (1Z innings) Seattle !. Portland 6 SpoVane 3. Vancouver 1 Today's pitchers Sa« L«k« City {G-eorge Witt 1-11 rt San Drego (J«xe Strrker 0-0. Startle TErv P»Iic» 1-1) «t (Harry Byrd 0-0). I V»fc«oveT (Ch-et Nrc'h-ftM 5-! ·k*m. C»iTly Hjrrrht -3. S»craYnrnto (vVmifto'n Brown 3-«) n Cnrfftft WtyWowd 2-T) at T«rwm» (Wifr WenYrw 1-"0. . 28 . 27 17 22 20 . 19 14 . 1 4 14 16 21 22 22 22 28 .667 .628 .M5 .512 .476 .463 .3*9 .333 ··., S; C', It. 1C 24 22 '« . i» 22 . 19 21 23 21 23 27 24 .533 .«m .475 .452 .til .44? 2' , «' j 5 fi ; *' , \ «' , . Pittsburgh San Francisco M ilwaukee Cincinnati . . Los Angeles . St. Louis Chicago Philadelphia . Yesterday's Result! * San Francisco 2, Chicago l ^ Milwaukee 6, Philadelphia I _ P i t t s b u r g h 5. C i n c i n n a t i 0 ·- St. Louis 5, Los Angeles 2 ° Today's Pitchers ^ St. Louis (Jackson 5-5) at San frr$ Cisco (O'Dell 2-1) Milwaukee (Willey 2-3) at Philadtf phu (Owen's 2-5) (night) I Chicago (Cardweii 2-4) at Los Anstf) (Podrei 4-«) (niaht) · Only games scheduled. ^ Tomorrow's Schedule * Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (night) * Cincinnati at Milwaukee (nifiht) : * Chicago at uos Anotles (mehV) 7 i St. Louis at S*n Francisco (night) T j -1 i SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION; s Birmtnoham 6, Chattanoogn } ^ At)ant» 13. Mobile 3 ~ ; Shreveport 8, Memphis 5 ·; (Seven innings, rain) ; Nashville at Little Rock. ppd. .1 »t SPORTS I CALENDAR j TONIGHT i 7:3* p.m.--NCAA District 6 !»»· KaTl nlavnffc- Wwi«tnn v« ArimsMi at Hi Corbett Field. 5 TttftfOftftO* -: 7:vto JMH.--NCAA District«1»si. ball playoffs: Houston vs. Ads** *t Hi GdrVitt FI-sM. 1

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