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Page B-2--INDEPENDENT LBf ****· ""'·· »«·· M " tl »· "* HANK 1101J IX.WORTH EietuHv* SporU Editor And Here Comes Tom Cat (I Hope) Yes, I know it's silly to wager against Hill Rise and Cedar Key in today's $125,000 invitational San Juan Capistrano Handicaps at Santa Anita, but · would you consider a third horse? The "third horse" has virtually nothing to recommend off most past performances, yet this animal--surprisingly to me, anyway--was rated as the No. 3 choice by Santa Anita's racing secretary when the first "line" was posted. Okay, I'll discontinue the suspense. The horse I'm i,j ·writing about is Tom Cat, hardly a name to inspire any- L j on body.-But those of you who have had pet problems and -thrown old shoes at the old Tom who howls all night around your back fence, may have a place in your heart for this "old Tom." The roan, who looks as pure white as the beast on those Ajax television commercials (which, incidentally, is the same horse that charges from the Coliseum tunnel during USC football games), was given solid support Thursday by a staunch opponent, trainer Bill Finnegan, who prepares Hill Rise for all his events. Commented Finnegan on Thursday morning: "I'm not kidding. The most dangerous horse in the field Is Tom Cat. He has a different trainer now (Bob Wheeler), and he should be able to run all day." Note: The San Juan is the marathon distance of 1% miles, one of the lengthiest distances in horse racing. Continued Finnegan: "He's a son of Tom Fool and out of a Mahmoud mare named Jazz Baby. You can't ask for better breed- Ne\ ing. And that weight (114 Ibs.j isn't going to hurt him a ed. bit. WE have to give him 12 pounds. He probably could run around that race track six limes and never get tired. 1952 We're just hoping he figures on going around six times and forgets about that first mile and three-quarters." * * * TOM CAT, a six-year-old, has won only one race in five starts at Santa Anila and boasts NO stakes victories during his entire career. Yef, Finnegan may have the answer. Tom Cat needs the distance. If you weren't on the scene, did you catch Tom Cat over the video box during the S'Anita Handicap? Apparently improving with every race, Tommy was a fast-closing fourth (at the simple distance of a mile-and-one-quarter) to Lucky Debonair, Cupid and Native Diver. He was ahead of Hill Rise and George Royal, the Canadian star who won the San Juan 'Cap by two lengths last year. Tom Cat was the white horse who weaved in-and-out during the race and when he finally found running room In the. stretch found that he had run out of real estate. ; Oh, I suppose Hill Rise and Cedar Key will dominate the race . . . they definitely are the class. But, if you see that Ajax white streak pouring on the oil down the stretch Saturday, remember where you heard about the old boy . first. * * * OH, THE PROBLEMS of a baseball manager, especially during the spring training period. First, Leo Durocher was saddled with Jack Barren at Blair Field. You've read enough about Jack and his cosmic swing, so we won't delve into that further. Then, on the scene arrived a kid in shorts and sweatshirt, who ran to the batting cage and demanded to speak to Leo. The kid, probably from one of our colleges, was ushered promptly off the field. He also had some "techniques" to discuss with Leo. The ultimate may have been reached Wednesday -when a chap named Watt Reagan, M.D., Urologist, un- abie to reach Durocher otherwise, sent a card to the dressing room with this notation: "I want to talk baseball with Durocher." With a shrug of the shoulders, Leo went onto the field to see Watt Reagan. The urologist had a new hatting stance for Leo's Cubs. Durocher thanked the doctor for his time and said "no thanks." He had this P.S.: "Damn that Herman Franks of San Francisco. First, he sends me Barren, now this kook." Note: What is Long Beach, a town of kooks? * * * GRABBING THE BRASS RINGS: . . . Associated Press release from Florida: 'The Dodger management assigned Jim Gilliam to teach teammate Jean Kennedy how to hit the long ball. Kennedy hit .171 last season." Bob Myers' organization really meant JOHN KENNEDY, but after the release our John Dixon couldn't resist this comment: "He DOES hit like a girl." Ouch. . . . The present heavyweight boxing farce has reached a new low. But since Cassius Clay put a price .tag on Army service--"a couple bombers every time I fight"---our pal Murray Olderman wonders why he didn't get preferential treatment when the enemy was Adolf Hitler. "Every time I bought a postage stamp," says Olderman, "I was paying for one ounce of K-rations." . . . Oh, if I only could get Jack Barren and Clay together! Leo Locks Horns With Rig By ROSS NEWMAN I, r-T itatt Wrihr PALM SPRINGS--The Lion renews acquaintance with one of his cubs today. This is one cub who won't be wearing a Chicago uniform. Bill Rigney, a graduate ol the Leo Durocher Preparatory Academy and a prototype ol his former tutor, will be the lost when Durocher official y'returns to the manageria ranks here this weekend. can't wait to get the into my lair," roared Rigney Friday morning as the Angels conducted their fina drill prior to today's Cac tus League opener. I know darn well," said Rig, "that Leo is going to go all out to win these two games." THE LAST* time these fierj scientists met on the fiel( of combat was 1953 when Rigney was employed as a utility infielder for Duro Cher's Giants. Kigney then spent two seasons as man ager of the Minneapolis. Mil lers, and when he returned to New York, Durocher depart think that that it I really was in becam serious about managing am began to observe as much a I could," recalled Rigney ''Heck, Leo made it look easy All you had to do was writ the lineups on a card. "I went to Leo and toll him that I wanted to manage and he said, 'I t h i n k yo should, I'm not going to b here forever'." "At no time did we si down and talk strategy. I'v followed, that example whe others have asked me for ar. vice. A manager must do th thing HE thinks is right. Th important thing is to do immediately. That was Leo's greatest gift." Both of the 1 p.m. weekend contests will be televised by KTLA (5) with Buddy Blattner and Don Wells describing the colorcasts. For those attending, tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. with gates opening at 11:30. SPRING LAMENT: No Puns, No Wits... Who Cares? By GEORGE LEDERER I. P-T SlaFI Wrlkr VF.RO BEACH, Fla.--A major league manager has confirmed what has been suspected all along: The first two weeks of spring training are no more productive t h a n Christmas shopping in June. "We haven't been here long enough to mean any- WALT ALSTON · --Phor» swcial Is IfKltwiident 'What can you say?' thing," said Walter Alston on the EVC of ths Dodgers' exhibition opener against the Braves. Despite his own problems of how to defend a world championship w i t h o u t Sandy Koufax or Don Drysdale, Alston felt compassion for the writers who have had to defend expense accounts for their first two weeks in Vero. . "I don't know what you can say about us," said Alston. "It must be like us trying to score runs without hitting." Alston could go only so far as to sum up the first fortnight of work as "satisfactory." He was satisfield with every day except Thursday when "I thought we began to drag a little." The hitting of Ron Fairly (.500) and Nate Oliver (.385).in four squad games was regarded by Alston as the most pleasant aspect of the early camp. 'There were no unpleasant surprises--not among the fellows who are here." Alston still refuses to panic about those who are not here. "I'd like to see Koufax and Drysdale pitch a few exhibition innings, but I don't t h i n k they've missed much yet. Neither one has a weight problem. H's just a matter of getting their arms conditioned. I think both could he ready with only two or three weeks of work." Among problems that must be solved during the ^9-game exhibition schedule are (1) the makeup of the infield; (2) the batting order; (3) when and how much can Tommy Davis play and (4) a pitching rotation, with or without the million dollar holdout entry. "Bats will dqclde the infield," said Alston. "I've thought all along that (Jim) * * * WILLS- (Continued from Page B-l) of negotiating through the radio or newspapers," said Wills. : Are you and Bavasi far apart in money?" "Things aren't any better than when I left for Japan." "Are you n e g o t i a t i n g through an agent, like Koufax and Drysdale?" "I'm in no way connectec with the other two fellows." 'Who will make the next move?" "I don't mind making the next move. I don't mind mak ing all the moves. I want to get together with Buzzie as soon as I can. But I have my rights to ask what I think I'm worth. I, think I'll call Buzzie 'MOON MAN' EVEN PAR Clint, cf Bsrtert. 5b i/nrron. If'" id ley. c Covl-. Hund Brogllo, p DswHng, p S'auchler, o , SmHh, If Fr«ooil, ii Sicbern, Ib , Rodgers, c Chance, p Egan, p * Sukla, p Roberts, Law in Sparkling Debuts Hockey Win for U.S., 4-0 L J U B L J A N.Yugoslavia I/PI-- The United S t a t e s smarting from five, straigh defeats, downed. East Ger many, 4-0, Friday and pullet itself from the bottom of thi world hockey championship, standings. The Americans still mus defeat Poland today to guar antee a spot in the t o bracket of the world cham pionships next y e a r . An nually, the team at the bot torn in the Class A divisio drops into Class B the nex season. Finland handed Poland it sixth straight defeat Frida 3-0. "We're p l a y i n g hocke now," U.S. coach Vic He liger exalted. In other action F r i d a C z e c h o s l o v a k i a downe Sweden, 2-1, and clinche second place with a chanc to rob Russia of the title. By Asiacialrd Prc» Robin Roberts, launching another pitching comeback at age 39, hurled three near- flawless innings as the Houston Astros blanked the Chicago White Sox 2-0 Friday in an exhibition baseball game at Cocoa, Fla. Vernon Law pitched three scoreless innings in Pittsburgh's 5-2 victory over Boston; Leo Cardenas' two-run homer gave Cincinnati a 4-2 decision over Philadelphia and homers by Leon Wagner and Chico Salmon led Cleveland past the Mexico Cily 8-1 in other games. Reds ping a 1-1 tie at Clearwater Fla. Deron Johnson also horn ered for the Reds. Wagner c o n n e c t e d f o r Cleveland with two on in the third inning and Salmon, with the bases empty in the fourth as the Indians won the finale of their Mexican tour. Only four members of the St. Louis Cardinals who won the world championship in 1964 were listed in the Red Birds lineup for today's exhi- bilion opener in St. Petersburg with New York Mets. At Cocoa. Fla. CMcig* (A) . . Peters,'Burhsrdf (7|, CocVer" I7~l and Romano/ McNertnev (4). Rcberls, Okrk- ,tr 4, Coombs (71 and Baleman, Adlesh Ml. W-Ro!*rli. I--- Peters. Saml Sea Favored in L.B. Volleyball Sand Sea, led by tl power spiking of Mike Brig! will be favored to win second successive "AA" tou nament today when 13 team vie in the Long Beach Invit tional volleyball toumame at the Downtown YMCA. UCLA and Orange Coa kick off the double elimination tournament at 9 a.m. Sand Sea No. I, which captured the Fresno tournament last week, plays its match at 10:30 against the winner of thn UCLA-Orange Coast match. Long Beach No. 1 takes the court at 11:15, facing the winner of L.A. "Y" No. 2 vs. Whittier "Y." Zarley Holds On by 1 Shot MIAMI (UPI) -- Young ermit Zarley, the unsung 'pro f r o m the moon," :Iung to his one-stroke lead hrough the second round if the $100,000 Doral Open ;olf tournament Friday, iring a pressure par 72 for a 137 total at the'halfway mark. Some of golf's big names, including Arnold Palmer, moving up on t h e 26-year- o l d Yakima Wash., p r o , but those in r a n g e t o catch him on this w a r m , breezy after- ZARLEY noon couldn't do it. Doral's 7,028-yard "blue monster" course took its toll- who got his moon sobriquet from comedian Rob Hope because o f h i s unusual name, s h o t a n opening- round 65 Thursday, tying the course record. Palmer put together a 70 for a 139, which tied him with George Archer, who shot a 67 i n t h e second round. Palmer indicated he was finding the range on this lake and bunker studded course -- except for the 181-yard par-3 ninth hole, which was h i s finishing * *. * Doral Leaders Kermll Zirrtv Jay Dfllan Jc-wuiv Pott . .iS-72--137 41-47--138 Hs-iwA-r, 'ZZ---»:B Arnold Palmer __6y-70--139 GecrQB Archer 72-67--13? JKkll Cudt , 74-44--140 Jack McGowan $9-72--140 BIADES VS. VANCOUVER Vancouver's Canucks can be counted on to make themselves at home against the B l a d e s in the L.A. Sports Arena at 8 tonight. The Canucks, third in the Western H o c k e y League, haven't lost in three games on the Blades' home ice, tying one. The Blades beat them twice in Canada. tofcbY Nichols nra Devlin lave Marr - _ MrJc [farbert 70-72--142 :en Still 69-73--142 UO.TH Kebert 7W»--143 ac* Nlcklaos 77-*4--143 Ray Floyd 7HS-143 WcK Crawford .__ _ 73-)0--143 Ken Venturi 75-48--143 )lcV Hart 70-73--143 uirus Boros 71-72-143 Jon Massenoale 71-72--143 Charles Sitlord 74-70--144 leoroe Knudjon ^KrW Xrfl Lawrence . 72-72--144 *e Moresco 71-73--144 Dale Douglass . 73-71--144 Dave Hill 71-73--144 Chi Chi Rodrtcuez . . 70-75--145 Bob Charles 77-73--145 Bruce Cramoton 74-71--145 Maion Rudotoh 73-72--145 hole Friday. For the second day, 'Palmer played the ninth with a bogey. "Any time you can play this course in par, you're shooting good golf," Zarley declared. "Actually, I hit the ball better today but just wasn't getting it close to the hole and wasn't sinking the birdie putts." Jacky Cupit and J a c k Nicklaus fired t h e b e s t rounds of the day, 66s. The performance saved Nicklaus from the cutoff for the final two rounds. Big Jack, experimenting with his putter and trying to find a new driver to replace the one he broke last week in South Africa, finished 36 holes at 143 after an opening-round 77. Nicklaus, joking that "I'll have to shoot a 55 tomorrow," rammed h o m e an eagle-4 with a 20-foot putt on the 496-yard 10th hole. Doug Sanders, defending champion, and Champagne 7 M.74-i4i Tony Lema just made it, back as soon as I hang up." Bavasi was happy after hi next conversation with Will and congratulated this re porter for "a good job as in termediary. "I don't know what you tol Wills," said Bavasi, "but h was ready to come dow about $15,000 and I was wil ing to go up a little. He sai he had his bags packed an was ready to fly down." The second Wills-Bavas conference ended at 5 o'clocl Bavasi said he had a meetin at 6:30 (with Walter O'Ma ley) and would have some thing definite to report afte another call to Wills. An hour-and-a-half late Patterson brought the me sage. Patterson explained B vasi's absence: "I would sa he was a little emotion about the whole thing an was afraid he might sa something he didn't want say." It might have been som tiling he said last week confidence, 'then later decid he might as well be quotec "I'm fed up with this who thing. I don't care if none of the' three shows up. We'll have to rebuild sooner ori later and it might as well be sooner." .efcbvre can play third ase and, from wha,fJVe een the last two \veeks, 'm more convinced. Oliver ins an edge in speed aksec.'- md base and right now he's lilting better than any. in- ieldcr. :,..,-. "It all dejjends on (John) ennedy. He has the ad- anlage of having the. best glove of the bunch. He'll Jay somewhere, if he hits enough." , ., A baiting order depends m the progress of Oiiver. f he can hit, he might re- lace Maury Wills in- the eadoff spot. , .. "We're looking for a No. hitter and 1 think Maury would be ideal for the.spot, le can bunt and hit-and- run. I doubt if it would hurt lis base-stealing pole"ntial. t might even help." .]'.'.'"'. Tommy Davis will play "as much as possible in'trie exhibitions. He runs a'lit- tle better than I thought he would and I'm sure his bat will help us." . ·"..'. T.D. has been practicing slides on grass with; his shoes off and a p p e a r s . t o . have overcome the initial fear. ·." »·- Of one thing Alston Is certain. "We'll run as "much as the law allows without getting ridiculous about Ihis Ihing. We can't play safety first." · » * * - ' , , ; ; AND DATA--Rookie nohlriarfcr DLS _._ .IND DATi. 111 linger Is the Dodoer starling ollcher I West palm Beach today desolle a l'ne racttrre ot the second f-ncer on-his lefl and ... x-rays disclosed the break Thursday n!ohl . . . Slnoer was.tnlured- when he alternated lo stoa a ill line drive In a so/jad same WHIUIe a-A Spokane rlohl- ·u-der Triad Tillolion are scheduled to ollow Slnccr . . '. Lellhander Deany .emailir Is the Braves' starter-. . . - I n undav's rematch al Vero Beach, II will * Claude oileert starting agalnsT-TBnr DODGERS Nate Oliver, 2t Yes Parker. Ib Willie Davis, cl " ommv Davis, It Ion Fairly, rl Im Lelebvre, 3b olih Kennedy, ss elf Torborg. c Bill singer, p lineuos: Macfc Jones, cf Hani* Aaron, rt Eddie Malhews, 3b Joe. Tor(«, c l_w Thomas. Ib Dennis Mcnke. ss Fran* Boiling, ?b Denny Lernas'e r Several stars were eliminated. They included Doug Ford, Ed Furgol, Mike Sou- chak, Miller Barber, Tony Penna, former U.S. Open champ Dick Mayer a n d Dave Pagan. Si. John's Opens Defense in JVIT NEW YORK (UPI) -- De fending champion St. John' puts its National Invitation Tournament title on the line ^ today against Villanova, the |am team it defeated a year ago lo capture its fourth crown in the nation's oldest post-season basketball classic. The rematch between the Redmen and Villanova, however, will be nnly a first-round clash this year. The teams meet in the see-] ond gnme of an a f l e r n o o n doubleheader after San Francisco opposes Penn Stale in the nationally-televised open- Dow Flntfcrwaid ------ .- Bob Boilnrg ________ ,,_.__,, ___ -.70-75-- US Tommv Aaron ,,__ _ _ _ __ -- Jl-74 -- 145 Jack Rule Jr. __________ 7T74-H ~,l«v« SpraV ______ 72-74-- U5 Sl«v« Sprav 72-74--145 Ron Nlcol 72-74-146 74-77--1 73-74--145 75-71-- US _ Pete Coooer Cha rfe CoooV Pet* Brown A! Gelbcfoer _______ R, H. Slfce* _________________ 74-72-146 Dean Rcfra.-n ________________ 73-74-- TI? Johi Barrwm ...... ______________ 74-73--147 Nell CoTei _______________ 76-71-147 Bob ROSS ____________________ ..... 74-73--147 Gtwoe Baver ________________ Tl-lS--W Bob Verwev ____________________ 75-7!-- 17 Bo* Goalbv _____ . ________ 71-76-- M7 Jo« Campbell ROBERTS, w i n n i n g e s t right-hander a m o n g active',,*;^ 1 - «*«"· fli ^ «» no-) j ) - · f-lllstnirOi 1» 000 »»-- 5 i I Lonboro, Charlon (4), Brandon _ (71, F«rr« _ - Dwfley Wvsoto .-_ Doug Sanders Busier Cupil Sieve Reid .-- -Dan Ktefe .. . Billy Maiwell . . Gay Brewer Jr. , Rod Funsclh . . " ^l^~^72-76-l... : ft'/fciS ""' 73-75--I4t . _73-7S--14! ~ 73-75--141 72-74-14J . 7M3--I4i _ 71-77--143 pitchers with 281 career vie- tories, gave up a single to Danny Cater, struck out two and walked none in his first exhibition effort. The 18-year veteran underwent elbow surgery for removal of bone cliips during the winter and is not listed on the Astro's spring roster, Cardenas cleared the left field fence off Bo Belinsky in the seventh inning, snap Ort!nskt re. Cha !«) and Nixon Fryman 14], MCBear. Conner til, Price til , Johmon 151. Law, (71 and Pagllarort, I. W-- L»w. l_-- Lon- 'leirwaler Fll · ill! - »V« OW Ml--4 » 1 ·Uhu" " ' ..IN 000 001--9 i t ias, Tsllowls HI. Hollebirl (71, 00 i!J iSd ,"«vfslltrl...TIKMfirtl Moore Tennis i' , Flilcher' i. Mlfckan: ·I, Htrvcy Wilion 17'.t. Mirtltan It - SKwks-- wu»n: O'NeH 4-0, Flilcher 3-1, Chamberlln «, Ede IVM'A Bikerer ~ ' ' 3WW. havooJi jn-vj. otxiblt!--Wil»n: woodlKVS-Terrell 5".'',, Brega-Morse 04. Mllllkan: Saliman- Evans W-V/t, Smlth-lelerti 3-3. JV see re-Wilson U, MllllkM 1. Downey lf*i r Lrttwool lu Slnslet--Downev: McOowtll 40, Cola 4-0, Taxis 4-0, Rlfft 3Vi-v. Lalrtwted: Black 1-3, Fhfier 'A-3'A, Atkins 0-4. An- o'er ton 0-1. 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