Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on March 7, 1968 · Page 27
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Tucson, Arizona
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Thursday, March 7, 1968
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Tucson SPORTS THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1968 PAGE 29 Challenge, Not Unrest, Tempts Clausen By CARL PORTER Citizen Sports Editor Dick Clausen, listing the lures of "international competition" and "climate" as tempting, will spend the next week deciding whether or not he will leave his post as athletic director at the University of Arizona for the same job at University of Hawaii. Clausen returned to Tucson yesterday after visiting the islands for nearly a week and admitted that he has been offered the Hawaii athletic directorship and has a week to make up his mind. Speculation had arisen, based on the premise a move to Hawaii would be a status step downward, that Clausen was interested in the Hawaii job due to unrest at the University of Arizona. It has been hinted that the lack of recent football success at UA might have prompted Clausen to look for a less high-pressure position and that there might be some de- gree of dissension within Arizona's athletic department. He denied any such motives yesterday, stressing instead the challenge of the Hawaii situation. "There are bound to be disagreements wherever you are," said Clausen. "There were problems when I was at Iowa and I 'm sure there would be problems if I were to go to Hawaii. "But you expect to have problems as an athletic director. Certainly, the problems we have at Arizona are not any more serious than average. Such a thing has nothing to do with my interest in Hawaii." Clausen said Hawaii apparently first became interested in him when it was scouting for a new athletic director and someone "told them I was an addict on climate." In his 10 years in Tucson, Clausen has found some relief for a sinus problem, but has been devel- oping other allergy difficulties. He indicated an intriguing aspect of the Hawaii job would be the Rainbows' efforts to schedule international competition. "You know, I'm president of the United States Gymnastics Federation and I'm very interested in international competition," said Clausen. "Hawaii is scheduled to play golf and baseball against Japan and they are working with the State Department to schedule track meets against New Zealand and Australian teams." He also admitted that Hawaii is interested in slowly escalating its sports programs, including football which is currently of a minor league collegiate caliber. "The mayor and governor over there are both very excited about sports and the governor is interested in seeing Hawaii in the Western Athletic Conference someday," said Clausen. "They are nowhere ready for the WAC now, but it is not inconceivable that they might be some day." Asked about salary opportunities at Hawaii (the current athletic director has received $16,000 a year in contrast to Clausen's UA salary of between $18,000 and $19,000), Clausen said: "I can't say what it would be, but I can say that the salary they would offer me would be satisfactory." Dick Gausen , Headed for Honolulu? Jim Dawson ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR A 90- Day Wonder? For 20 years, Bob Tiefenauer has come to spring training, sold his butterfly pitch and lived -- suitcase packed -- in a corridor between baseball's major and minor leagues. He's been upstairs with the Cardinals, Braves, Yankees and Indians, but some were merely social calls. Most of Tiefenauer's knuckleballing has been off mounds from Tallassee to Toronto, from Winston-Salem to Portland. Now 38 years old and weary of living in the shadow of large young men who throw 98.6 miles an hour, the relief specialist needs only 90 more days of major league service to qualify for a pension -- the five-year man's $250 a month at age 50. Thos'e 90 days may be hard to come by. Tiefenauer is one of 16 pitchers on Cleveland's spring roster, and six of the Indians' probable nine pitching jobs have been gobbled up -- by strong- armed veterans and another knuckleball artist, Eddie Fisher. In addition, eight tyros have been flinging BB's in batting pratice. The arithmetic is not in Tiefenauer's favor, but his pitch -- the knuckler -- is. It's the hardest pitch to hit and the most effective, if properly controlled. "The only reason I came back was to get those 90 days," said Tiefenauer. "Mr. Paul (Indian general manager Gabe Paul) was nice enough to give me a chance this spring." 'Lucky To Come This Far' Tiefenauer is not a charity case. His career record in the majors is 9-24, and he hasn't seen much of the big show since 1965, but last year was one of his best in the minors. Tiefenauer worked in 64 games for the Indians' Triple-A farm club, Portland, in 1967 and won six of seven decisions while fashioning a 1.87 earned-run average over 82 innings. He struck out 59 batters and walked only 14. He appeared in five games with Cleveland last September and, although he lost a decision, yielded only one earned run in 11 innings. "We won't know (who'll make it) until they've had a chance to do a lot of pitching in exhibition games," said Tribe pitching coach Jack Sanford. "Tiefenauer will get a lot of work. Right now, I'd say he's a little ahead of everybody." A 6-2, 190-pounder who still lives in his boyhood hometown, Desloge, Mo., Tiefenauer never has had a weight problem. "I always lose a little weight in the winter," he said. "I hunt a lot and play a little golf. I played basketball until last year, but I gave it up. ... I'm getting too old for that kind of stuff. "I feel very, very fortunate to have gotten this far on what I throw," said Tiefenauer. "I use the knuck- ler about 70 to 75 per cent of the time. Some days I have a pretty good sinker. But I'm awfully lucky to have come this far with no more arm than I have." Tiefenauer grew up in a lead-mining community about 60 miles south of St. Louis. He was signed by the Cardinals out of a tryout camp in 1948 and has been a super pitcher at times in the minors, where he's won 153 games and lost 95. 'Great Pitchers On This Staff - "I've played on some great teams in the minors," he said. "The Houston team (Texas League) in 1954 was one of the best. The whole infield (Ken Boyer at third base, Don Blasingame at shortstop, Howie Phillips at second base and Bob Boyd at first) batted over .300. Dixie Walker was the manager." Tiefenauer's most memorable' major league appearance came with the Braves in 1964. He pitched two-hit ball for 10 2-3 innings against the Mets, but lost when he allowed a run in the 16th inning. "I spend every moment I can with my children in the winters," he said. "I have three boys, 16, 15, and 11, and a girl, 5. The oldest boys are in .high school. One's a centerfielder and the other a shortstop. One of them hit .440 last year, but he didn't learn that from me. I guess he picked it tip watching TV." Tiefenauer, who did construction work last winter, wants to buy some land and raise a few cattle when ·he's finished knuckling. "I don't know whether I can make it this year or not -- there are some really great pitchers on this gtaff,"he said. "If I don't? Well, there'll be the expansion teams next year." Pardon me while I root for the tortoise. Olympic Hopefuls Run Here By CARL PORTER Citizen Sports Editor World record holders and probable 1968 U.S. Olympians dominate entries for defending national collegiate champion Southern California in its dual track and field meet with Arizona here Saturday afternoon. S u c h names as Earl McCullouch, Paul Wilson, Bob Seagren, O.J. Simpson, Lennox Miller and Fred Kuller have accounted for shares of at least five world records and at least three of those Trojans are heavy favorites to represent the United States at Mexico City in October. McCullouch is the multi-talented USC hurdler and football pass receiver who tied the world record in the 120-yard high hurdles during the Pan- American Games with a blistering 13.2 clocking. Running indoors this winter, he equalled the 60-yard hurdle mark of 6.8 while winning the national AAU championship. Wilson and Seagren are recognized as the world's top two pole vaulters with Wilson owning the outdoor record of 17-7% and Seagren the indoor king with a 17-4'A record. Both are considered capable of breaking the 18-foot barrier this season. World Record Holder Bob Seagren smiles at the height indicator after a world record indoor pole vault of 17 feet, 4% inches last month. He will be out to clear 17 feet again Saturday afternoon at Arizona Stadium when he and his USC teammates run against UA's Wildcats in a dual track meet. Seagren, however, will get a stiff challenge from Trojan sidekick Paul Wilson, ' TRIPLE A SHIFT PCL Club Says Tucson - - Maybe By DAVE SPRIGGS Citizen Sports Writer Triple A baseball may be just a year away in Tucson as officials of a major league baseball club have told Mayor James Corbet! that they are interested in the Old Pueblo as a site for a Pacific Coast League team in 1969. "It would be a club-ovmed franchise," said Corbett, "and subsidized by a parent major league club with the idea of losing as little money as possible to maintain a feeding ground KC May Train Near Phoenix PHOENIX (AP) -- Cedric Tallis, executive vice president of the American League expansion team at Kansas City, said today the club is interested in a spring training site near Phoenix. "We want a site close to the already established clubs so we can spend as little time traveling as possible," said Tallis. He said the team was particularly interested in the Sun City and LitchHeld Park areas and that discussions are planned with officials in both communities. Neither community has a training complex now, but Kansas City and Litchfield Park areas and that discussions are planned the team. By JAN PETRANEK Citizen Sports Writer Arizona baseball coach Frank Sancet was the last person to leave the UA's field late yesterday afternoon. But Sancet, who's entering his 19th year as the Cats' coach, is the first person to admit that the Wildcats will have to boost their hitting this season. "Sure we're going to have to BASKETBALL SCORES COLLEGE Tennessee «, Auburn 5(, overtimes Duquesne 109, St. Francis, Pa., 103 Ulica College 86, Harpur 72 St. Peter's, N.J., 1M, Fairleig Dickln- sosn 80 Texas-El Paso 85, Arizona State 81 St. John Fisher 63, Hobart 60 Tournaments NCAA College Division Northeast Regional Playoffs Section A Championship American International 77, Bridgeport 67 ~- Consolation Assumption 94, Springfield, Mass., 75 Section B Championship Buffalo State 72, Rochester 67 Consolation Northeastern 67, LeMoync, N.Y. 52 BAIA Playoffs* District 7 Championship Albuquerque 85, Eastern New Mexico 83 District JO Championship Millkin 8», Quincy 77 District 14 Championship . Oshkosh 124, Lakeland 113, two overtimes District 17 chamiponship Henderson 85, Arkansas College 5) District 36 Championship Guilford 84, Pembroke 73 District IB Championship Westminster- Pa., 48, Edinboro 47 District 31 Championship Monmourh, N.J., 68, Montclalr State « District 32 Championship New Haven Colege 68, Salem/ Mass., 58 Arizona Opens Tennis Action Arizona opens its regular-season tennis schedule with matches tomorrow and Saturday against University of the Pacific on the UA courts. The Wildcats are favored to repeat as Western Athlete Conference champs this season. Gene Templeton, in his first year as Arizona tennis coach, has defending WAC singles champ Brian Cheney in the number one position, followed by senior co-captain Dean Pene- ro. improve our hitting over last year," admitted Sancet, who's Wildcats will open their season against much-underrated University of Pacific tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the UA field. "I thought our team's batting average of .238 was poor last season," said Sancet, "Anyway, at least I thought it was poor until the statistics showed that Prepare For Baseball Opener we led the Western Athletic Conference. Then, too, Arizona State hit just .238 last year and won the national championship." "I think our hitting will be improved," said Sancet as he walked away from the deserted UA field. "We have some boys who can drive in runs. I think that Jerry Stitt (centerfielder) and Ron McMacken (Catcher) can provide runs." Sancet will send right-hander Tim Plodinec to the mound against Pacific tomorrow afternoon. Plodinec, a confident junior who earned a pair of victories in the Pan-American Games last summer, was 7-4 a year ago. Following Plodinec in the Cats' rotation will be a duo of left-handers, junior Rich Hinton and sophomore fire-bailer Jim Provcnzano. They'll handle the starting chores Saturday afternoon when the UA meets Pacific in a 1:00 o'clock doublehea' der. Pacific will enter the three- game set with a 1-4 record. But the Badgers, relying on a bevy of veterans, have given such notables as Stanford and Califor- nia close scares. Stanford was barely able to nip Pacific. 2-1, earlier this week. Arizona is expected to open with first baseman John Wicklund, second baseman Terry DeWald, shortstop Terry Nixon, third baseman Dennis Maley and outfielders Mark Worley, Stitt and Dave Prest. Another top outfielder, Dennis Hunt, has been slowed by a foot injury. WINS TOUGH STRUGGLE Rincon 's Proffitt Named To All-State Cage Team By ED JORDAN Citizen Sports Writer Tom Proffitt could have taken the easy way out: becoming a spectator rather than a player. No one would have blamed him either. Proffitt, you see, has been huffing and puffing up and down basketball courts for the past six years with a series of serious respiratory problems. Proffitt was a most inspiring backcourtman for Rincon High School and was selected to the first team today on 1968 Tucson Daily Citizen and Phoenix Gazette All-State High School basketball team. Joining Proffitt on the first team are 6-0 Larry Rote (16.2 scoring average) of Washington, 6-2 Jim Hardy (21.1) of Arcadia, 6-2 Charles McKee (15.8) of AA state champion Phoenix Union and 6-6 Joe Mackey (28.2) of Coronado. Mackey was named captain of the first team. He not only led all AA scorers this season, but also is Arizona's all-time high jump record-holder with a 6-9V^ leap. He has already received 77 college scholarship offers. "Tommy could have quit, but he didn't want to take the easy way out," says his fa- ther, Ralph Proffitt, who retired from basketball coaching six years ago at Sunnyside High School. "Tommy wanted to play basketball despite his respiratory troubles. "Tommy's been around noisy gyms and basketball since he was six months old. My wife used to bundle him up and bring him to the games when I was coaching 1968 ALL-STATE FIRST TEAM Name, School Class Ht. Avg, Coach Joe Mackey, Coronado* Sr. 6-6 28.2 Jerry Menefee Charles McKee, Union ' Sr. 6-2 Tom Proffitt, Rincon Sr. 6-2 Jim Hardy, Arcadia Sr. 6-2 Larry Rote, Washington Sr. 6-0 *First team all-state captain. SECOND TEAM Rick Law, Alhambra .Sr. 6-6 Mike Treadwell, Cortez Sr. 6-5 Paul Bassa, Maryvale Sr. 6-4 Ken Ball, Tucson Jr. 6-2 Flenard Grisby, Pueblo Jr. 6-2 THIRD TEAM Tom Lawson, Washington Sr. 6-5 David Schweers, Westwood Jr. 6-4 Jim Crawford, Rincon Sr. 6-4 Charles Flemons, Flagstaff Sr. 6-3 David Price, Union Jr. 6-1 15.8 Wimpy Jones 18.3 Dick King 21.1 Lou Hallman 16.2 KentBriggs 18.3 Willard Nobley 14.8 Dick King 11.7 Gerald Waugh 16.7 Tony Morales 14.3 JohnNicoll 14.4 KentBriggs 13.5 Tom Bennett 23.7 Dick King 17.0 Fred Anderson 14.3 Wimpy Jones HONORABLE MENTION Rich Rocha, Douglas; Joe Babinski, Palo Verde; Ernie Valenzuela, Pueblo; Charles Erving, Flagstaff; Skip Gartin, Alhambra; Fred Dillon, Tucson; Dave Morrison, West Phoenix; Don Howard, Central; Calvin Demery, South Mountain; Jeff Blevins, Mesa. at Gorin, Mo. He just grew up around basketball. It's in his blood and it's his first love." So dedicated was Proffitt that he played this year with bronchitis at the season's outset and with pleurisy the final month. He finished as Rincon's No. 2 scorer with an 18.3 average, behind his best buddy, 6-4 Jim Crawford. Crawford, Arizona's No. 2 scorer with a 23.7 averge, was named to the third all-state team. "Tom's a smart player," says Rincon coach Dick King of Proffitt's court savvy. "He helped us in so many ways. He was our most consistant player this season." The 17-year-old Proffitt is still ailing with pleurisy, but he's presently listed as the starting first baseman on the baseball team. "He's a good one," says Rincon baseball coach Gil Carrillo, "he would have played last year, but couldn't because of a back injury he suffered during basketball." King has had two "Proffit- table" seasons, winning 42 and losing four. "I just wish Tom was coming back," says King. :rr for major league talent." The city would have to enlarge the grandstand capacity and improve lighting at Hi Corbett Field to satisfy physical requirements for the venture. It would cost approximately $200,000 for the necessary improvements, according to Corbett. "We have to generate some reponse to professional baseball to show these people that we would provide reasonable support to the team," said Corbett who explained that a sale o! at least 140,000 tickets for 70 home games would make the operation feasible. Corbett said that both owner Vern Stouffer and general manager Gabe Paul of the Cleveland Indians are helping the city obtain the franchise, they told PCL officials of the hospitality of Tucson's citizenry and of the excellent playing facilities of Hi Corbett Field. Corbett told PCL officials that there was no definite way to forecast fan response, but used support of the Tucson Open golf tournament and crowd figures of Arizona football games as indications of the sports-minded attitude of the local population. Corbett would not reveal the name of the team interested in Tucson in deference to that club's operation this season at its present site. He said that the decision to move had been made and that the announcement of the new location officially would not be made until fall. He indicated that if Tucson was the choice, city officials would be given enough advance notice in order to ready Hi Corbett Field for both the Indians and new team by next spring. C l u b representatives will come here within the next 30 days to examine Hi Corbett Field and make other observations, the mayor said. The lights at Hi Corbett Field would be the major expense to the city. The present lighting system is only one year old, but it is still below Triple A standards. The cost of expanding the grandstand area on the third-base side of the field would cost approximately $75,000 according to Corbett. The major league club interested in Tucson also is investigating other sites in the West for the 1969 season. The move is being brought on by the expansion of major league baseball into the Pacific Northwest area. Tacoma, Wash., and Portland, Ore., are two PCL teams presently operating in the area to be invaded by the major league franchise in Seattle next year. Seattle is also in the PCL. Tom Proffitt UA Golfers Whip Pros The 1968 University of Arizona golf team showed plenty of depth by beating a team of Tucson professionals and Dr. Ed Updegraff, 15%-11%, yesterday at Tucson National in a special match. Updegraff and Bill Ogden, who tied for the fourth place in the 1968 Tucson Open, tied for medalist honors with 70s. '· . Drue Johnson and Phil Brain- sen led the Cats with 72s. Other UA scores were: Ken Corcoran 77, Chris Clark 76, Wes Mohr 75 and Charles Lamb 77,

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