Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on March 6, 1968 · Page 26
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Haifa (Eitizcn SPORTS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 1968 * PAGE 27 Money Isn 't First Love For Knudson MIAMI, Fla. (AP) -- Will sudden success--consecutive victories on the money-paved professional golf road--spoil George Knudson? Not if that means that the pursuit of gold will ever replace the Canadian redhead's family as his first love. A real homebody, he confessed during a warmup for this week's $100,000 Doral Open Tournament, that: "When I walk out that door in Toronto, I feel like turning around and going right back in again." Although he is the year's leading money winner, Knudson says he'll go right on with his practice of jumping the tour for weeks at a time to be with his wife and children. In fact, after next week's tournament at Orlando, he'll go home to sit it out until the Masters at Augusta, Ga. In successive victories at Phoenix and Tucson, the 30- year-old Knudson ran his bank account for the year to $50,310, including $43,662 in official tour tournaments. Never before had he captured two tournaments in an entire season on the main tour. In nine years as a pro, he had taken home the winner's check only four times. His biggest money season was 1967 when he won $40,832 in PGA events. The reasons for Knudson's sudden climb to the top include better physical condition, a switch in his putting stance, and a change to lightweight aluminum clubs. The congenial 145-pounder always wears dark glasses to pro- 5 YEARS AGO TUCSON, March 6, 1963 -Joe Adcock, traded to the Cleveland Indians from Milwaukee during a winter deal, said today that he had "no idea what each pitcher in this league throws. It will take a lititle time to adjust." tect his eyes against acute sensitivity to sunlight. Knudson built up his strength with an exercise program and stands up better in the tournament grind. "I've never before been able to contend week after week," he said. "This year, in five out of seven tournaments, I had a chance to take it all." The change in his putting position, bringing the ball more to the center of his stance, brought a remarkable improvement in his accuracy on the greens. "I used to miss them from four feet in," he said. "I don't do that any more. My confidence has improved so much I feel like I can roll in every putt." The aluminum club shafts, Knudson added, "have given me better control. I'm driving farther and I've been able to spin the ball better on my iron shots. I can go at the pin more aggressively." Knudson said he will continue to play mostly on the winter tour, when blizzards are howling in Canada. He had driven home from Tucson and waded in snow to the plane that brought him to Miami, where he spent several hours Tuesday belting out iron shots under a warm sun. "I don't mind leaving Toronto so much in the winter," he said. Bidding For Comeback Dick Radatz, 6-6, 265 pounds, fires a fast ball during batting practice at the Chicago Cubs' camp in Scottsdale. Radatz is trying to make the Cubs after having control problems with the Cleveland Indians last year. (AP Wirephoto) WILLIAMS TO START OPENER Tribe Puts Blue Chips On Line Against Giants By JIM DAWSON Assistant Sports Editor Stan Williams, one of the w o r l d ' s largest investment counselors, has been selected as Cleveland's starting pitcher for the Indians' exhibition baseball opener against the San Francisco Giants here Saturday afternoon. A 6-5, 235-pound right-hander, Williams battled back to the major leagues last season after arm trouble had sent him to the minors in 1965. Williams is a stock market analyst in California during the winter months. He said on the opening day of spring training, "I had so much business I almost didn't make it here on time." Tribe manager Al Dark and pitching coach Jack Sanford TONIGHT 8 -- D o g racing. Tucson Greyhound Park. TOMORROW 11 A.M.--Baseball. Indians Spring Training, Hi Corbett Field. 8 P.M.--Dog racing. Tucson Greyhound Park. SOUTH AFRICA DECISION have set up a five-man starting rotation for the Cactus League season. Sonny Siebert, Steve Hargan, Sam McDowell and Luis Tiant will draw successive starts from Sunday through next Wednesday. "I want Williams to throw just 45 or 50 pitches," said Dark. "I don't care what the score is or anything else. We're out here to get in shape.' Williams, 31, has appeared in 250 major league games with the Dodgers, Yankees and Indians and has a lifetime record of 73-63. He posted a 6-4 record and an excellent 2.62 earncd-run average with the Indians last season after being acquired from Portland in July. Right-handers Steve Bailey and Tom Gramly will follow Williams to the mound Saturday, with Bob Tiefenauer, Harold Kurtz and Mike Paul on the available list. Kurtz and former University of Arizona star Paul are training with the Indians, but are not on the major league team's roster. , Dark said first baseman Tony Horton and third baseman Max Alvis are the only definite starters for the opener. He'll name the others Friday. "We're going to get as many guys into the lineup as we can each day," said Dark, who hopes a cloudy outfield picture clears up before the Indians leave Tucson April 4. "We might carry only six or seven outfielders if the situation clears itself up down here," said Dark. "I'd be tickled to death if one of the outfielders came alcng like (Rick) Monday did with the Athletics last season." Dark, who managed the A's last season, said no one expected former Arizona State Stan Williams . . . To start opener Soviets' Demand Doesn 't Ruffle Brundage CHICAGO (AP) - Russia's newest implied threat of boarding the Olympic boycott bandwagon if South Africa competes in the October Games at Mexico City has failed to ruffle 80-year- old Avery Brundage. The Soviet Union demanded Tuesday that the International Olympic Committee reverse its stand and bar South Africa. The Central Council of Soviet sports clubs and organizations said in a statement at Moscow that the decision in Grenoble to readmit South Africa is a challenge to public opinion and is "fraught with serious consequences for the very Olympic movement and places in jeopardy the 19th Olympic Games." Brundage, IOC president, asserted, "I have nothing to add to what I have said before." Last week, concerned Olympic officials from Mexico City met with Brundage in Chicago. After the meeting Brundage announced that a special meeting of the IOC's nine-man executive board would be called. He said Tuesday that the meeting io being initiated by Johann Westerhoff, IOC secretary at Lausanne, Switzerland. Brundage would not elaborate on when the session is being set up but presumably it is for another look at the South Africa question. He said it will take from 30 to 60 days to arrange. When the board does convene, it still must decide whether or not to poll the entire 72-member IOC on the matter. "The nine board members are scattered all over the world and can't drop their own business at a moment's notice--I know I can't," said Brundage in regard to the time involved. South Africa was suspended before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics for its policy of apartheid or race separation. It was reinstated last month in a secret vote of Chargeable Accident Purdue University super-star Rick Mount (10) collides with Vernon Johnson (23) of Michigan State during last night's cage clash at Lafayette, Indiana. Johnson, however, was charged with a foul after the accident. Mount, a guard, scored 33 points as Purdue whipped the outmanned Michigan unit, 93-76. (AP Wirephoto) the IOC after assurance it would field a mixed team with mixed managers at Mexico City. South Africa's readmiltance brought a boycott of the Games by 32 black African nations and seven other countries and the veiled threat from the Soviet Union. A Russian walkout undoubtedly would be followed by the east bloc countries. Can Umps Actually Arrest Majors' Spitball Bandits? LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -The spitball, that poor relation of the fast ball and distant coi's- in of the slider, turns up every year in Florida, an unwelcome guest in baseball training camps to all but the few pitchers who know how to throw it. This year, the baseball rules committee has pinned another penalty on pitchers caught using the slippery pitch, declared illegal in 1920. The rule prohibits a pitcher from putting his hand to his mouth and stipulates that after one warning a pitcher will be ejected from the game. Last season, pitchers were allowed to go to their mouths as long as they wiped their hands off on their uniforms. Cal Hubbard, chief of American League umpires, has said he doubts the rule can be enforced. "I just don't think umpires are going to be putting a pitcher out of a game because he goes to his mouth," says Hubbard. Rick Ferrell, a Detroit Tigers' vice president and a member of the rules committee, says the pitch should remain outlawed and the rule enforced. "Strikeouts keep climbing every year and there are fewer and fewer .300 hitters," argues Ferrell, a former American League All-Star catcher who caught and batted against the pitch. "Why give the pitcher another weapon?" he asks. Ferrell says with cooperation among umpires and managers, the pitch could be eliminated from baseball. "The rule states no foreign Golf PINEHURST, N.C. -- Defending champions Curtis Person and Mickey Bellande, and medalists David Goldman and Alan Howard won their semifinals matches of the Pinehurst Senior's Four-Ball Golf Championship. Sailing NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bolero, a 73-foot yawl skippered by Ted Turner of Atlanta, was about I to miles ahead of the fleet ill one of the slov/est Miami-Nassau yacht races ever. Bowling CINCINNATI -- Eighty-year-old Bill Doehrman of Fort Wayne, Ind., completed his 38th straight appearance in the American Bowling Congress Tournament by shooting J88 in doubles and f!B ircsin- gles. Horse Racing MIAMI -- Just Klddlns, S4.60, beat Ring Francis by a nose in the featured ninth race at Gulfstream Park. BOWIE, Md. -- Bw Devil, KM, won the feature race at Bowie by Vh lengths over Bold Sard. PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Walsh Pride, S9.40, pulled away in the stretch for a four-lenglh victory in Narragansett Park's North Providence Purse. NEW ORLEANS -- Overlord, S52.40, nosed out St. Mawr in the feature at the Fair Grounds. HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Porker Princess, $«, took the lead on the last turn and beat Carmen Delores in the Memphis Purse a) Oaklawn Park. ARCADIA, Calif. -- Mellow Marsh. S30.«, fought off a late bid by Pink Pigeon and won the Monrovia Handicap at Santa Anita. Brechler Pleased With Work On Football Championship PALM S P R I N G S , Calif. (UPI) -- Ar. NCAA committee looking into the possibility of a national collegiate football championship game wants to continue its study. The committee voted for further study Tuesday at the end of a two-day meeting here. Representatives of athletic conferences and bowl games were heard in private. Paul Brechler, the committee chairman and commis- sioner of the Western Athletic Conference, called the meeting "most productive" but would not reveal the details of the proceedings. He said his committee would make a full report to the NCAA executive committee at Denver April 27-28. "But it is clear after listening to many viewpoints both for and against the national football championship that there are many facts still to be determined before the committee can . render an equitable recommendation," Brechler declared. "It will be our recommendation to the executive committee . . .that our study continue," he added. Attending the meeting were representatives of the Rose, Sugar, Cotton, Orange, Liberty and Gator bowls along with officials from the Pacific Eight, Southeastern and Missouri ValSey conferences. substance can be applied to the ball," says Ferrell. "It's been in the rule book 48 years. "If the pitch were legalized, every Little League and sandlot pitcher in the country would be trying to throw it because they copy everything the big leaguers do. It's unsanitary and degrading to baseball. "After the Black Sox scandal in 1920, the spitter, the emery ball and all those trick pitches were banned in order to clean up the game," recalls Ferrell. "The idea was to eliminate all the gambling and cheating and make the game respectable. "A few pitchers, like Burleigh Grimes and Red Faber, were allowed to continue throwing the pitch until their careers ended. But it was illegal for anyone else to use it." Since the original ban, the spitball has slipped back into the game, carrying with it an unending controversy. The pitch, difficult to master and control, slides off the fingers, slowing the rotation of the ball. It generally sinks away from the batter. A pitcher loads up for the pitch by spitting on the first two fingers of his pitching hand. Water and sweat are not considered thick enough to load up the ball, but vaseline or similar substances serve the same purpose. There are few good spitball pitchers in the American League but the National League reportedly has several very fine spitbailers. Dennis Ribant, acquired by the Tigers in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates this winter, is among those accused of throwing the spitter. "I think the new rule would be 97 per cent effective," said Ri- bant, who denies throwing the pitch. HOUSTON HOTSHOT - - By Alan Mavei __ ··$·-« IM F--' T^l %^t '·:-·'3m I · '~.!jje3Sj* Houston's Big Elvin Tops UPI Balloting NEW YORK (UPI) - Elvin Hayes of the University of Houston, who seven years ago was not even good enough to make his high school team, culminated three outstanding seasons of collegiate basketball today by being selected United Press International's player of the year. The 6-foot-8 forward from Rayville, La., was a runaway winner in the balloting conducted of 250 sports writers, editors and announcers from across the nation. Hayes was named on 184 ballots and far out-distanced runnerup Pete Maravich of Louisiana State. Maravich, who established a single season per game scoring record in his sophomore season, received 27 votes for player of the year honors with last year's winner, Lew Alcindor of UCLA, third with 19 votes. Coming off two seasons in which he averaged better than 27 points per game, Hayes boosted his scoring output to better than 32 points per game University ace Monday to be ready for the majors last season. "But every day, in spring raining, he just looked better and better and better." Two of Cleveland's young out- ield hopefuls, Lou Piniella and ilich Scheinblum, were allowed :xtra batting practice yesterday, along with Horton. "I don't care if Horton takes extra batting practice every day, the way he swings a bat," said Dark. "I'll furnish a pitcher." Dark says he's never been tappier at a spring training :amp. There have been no injuries to dampen enthusiasm and all the players are working hard, Dark said. INDIAN ITEMS -- Ed Farmer, an 18-year-old right-hander, was throwing bullets in batting practice yesterday. Farmer, a 6-5, 200-pounder from Chicago who was 3-0 with a 1.97 earned- run average at Sarasota last ummer, is on a minor league roster but has a bright pitching 'uture. "With that easy motion, he's going to be around a long time," said Dark. . .Radio station KMOP will broadcast the Indians home exhibition games with Tucsonian Ray McNally and Tribe broadcaster Herb S c o r e sharing play-by-play- duties. . .The Indians worked on covering first base, rundown plays and relays yesterday and followed the same schedule today . . . Dark said right-hander Tom Kelley will pitch as much batting practice as possible, but won't hurl during the first week of exhibition games. Kelley underwent surgery for removal of calcium deposits from the elbow and must build up strength in the arm. "He's throwing the ball pretty freely for a man who's had an operation," said Dark. "I remember he had a great curveball." Devils Close Cage Season With Miners EL PASO, Tex. (UPI) -Arizona State's Sun Devils wrap up their basketball season tonight against the University of Texas at El Paso. The Devils invade UTEP territory with a 11-16 record on the season hoping to equal their 1965-66 season record of 12 wins. The Devils have lost their last six straight to the Miners of UTEP. One advantage for the Devils is the appearance of Gerhard Schreur, who has seen only eight minutes action against the Miners but who improved his shooting to 67 per cent in his past six games, winning the Western Athletic Conference field goal accuracy title. VIcCluskey Enters California 200 HANFORD, Calif. (UPI) U.S. Auto Club champion A. J. yt will be among the drivers competing in the second annual 'California 200" Indianapolis car race March 17, it was announced Tuesday Others already entered in the 200-mile race on the mile-and- a-half Hanford Speedway include Art Pollard, Mel Kenyon and Roger McCluskey. Mario Andretti and Gordon Johncock are expected to be added to the :ield later this week, according to race promoter J.C. Agajanian. Cope Named New Grizzlies' Coach HELENA, Mont. (UPI) Basketball coach Ron Nord of the University of Montana resigned Tuesday and will be replaced by his assistant, Bob Cope. , Nord will become assistant to athletic 1 director Jack Swarthout in charge ot recruiting.

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