Independent from Long Beach, California on February 27, 1969 · Page 46
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Long Beach, California
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Thursday, February 27, 1969
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Vero Beach Heaven to Dodgers' Gleason By FRED CLAIRE Staff Writer VERO BEACH, Fla. -Roy Gleason had hoped to he patroling part of the Dodger Stadium outfield during the summer of 1968. It's a nice assignment. The grass is green, the stadium beautiful and the spectators await an opportunity to applaud a good performance. The pay is good, and so are the benefits. It's a nice life. And there's a chance tr become an instant hero. But Roy Gleason wasn't patroling Dodger Stadium last summer. He was leading a patrol in Vietnam. His uniform had no number on the back. It was army issue, and it showed the strains of fighting in a war which produces frustration and controversy. On July 24th of last season, when the Dodgers were worried about their ninth place standing, Rny (ileason was worried about doing his job as an infantry sergeant. And worried about survival. He was leading a squad and had taken the point position. It's not the normal position for a squad leader to assume. It's the danger spot. The first target of the enemy. Suddenly there was an explosion. Roy Gleason looked down to find his left wrist spouting blood. It had been pentrated by flying metal from a U.S. artillery shell which was set off by the eriemy. He also had been struck in the lower part of his left leg. It had been an old trick of the enemy, taking an artillery shell which had been a dud; recharging it and then placing it in a tree to catch American soldiers below. Three of the 10 members of Roy's squad were killed and five others injured Johnstone Trys to Find Place in Outfield Again By GORDON VERRF.LL Staff Writer HOLTVILLE -- A couple of springs ago Jay Jnhnstone was smack in the middle of a rather heated tussle with Jose Cardenal over the Angels' ccnlerfield spot. Things go so hnt at times, some actually called it a feud. Jay c 1 a i m s he won the hattle in a breeze and since Cardenal isn't here to remind us otherwise (he's since been dispatched to Cleveland), who's to argue? Well, Johnstone is at it again in 1969. So far things haven't warmed up anywhere near the celebrated centerfield duel of '67. But Jay is among four lefthanded-hitting outfield prospects. Besides Johnslone, other port swingers are Roger Repoz, Vic Davalillo and newcomer Bill Voss. The other three outfielders listed are Bubba Morton, Rich Reichardt, and Jarvis Tatum are righthanded. The competition, though, doesn't bother Johnstone a bit. "No, I think it's great," he said, toweling off after Wednesday's workout and a shower. "It's great to have a lot of guys going for the position. Everyone ,works harder that way. But I'll say this, I'm the guy who'll be in centerfield." Centerfield is where Jay "would like to play although he says he'll pitch if it means making the club. Johnstone has no op- lions left so if he fails to make the Angels this year undoubtedly he'll wind up in another organization. "It's either her or somewhere else," he says, putting it right on the line. - Johnstone, who resides 'in Santa Ana, finished the 196S season with the Angels and was one of the few bright spots in the closing days of the campaign. He played in 16 games after returning from the Pacific Coast League and batted .273. He also played winter hall. "I went down there trying to work on some of my weaknesses at the plate but all 1 saw was lefthanded pitching," he laughed. "That's all right, though. That was one of my weaknesses, too." If Jay Johnstone does indeed make a big run at a starting outfield spot, there would he no one happier than the manager, Bill Rigney. "Think of all the nice things that can happen and thai, certainly would be one of them," Rig said. "Jay can make a big difference Ihis spring. He could really help me outfield . . . give us much more speed and better defense out there." The question, though, is the hitting. Jay's biggest year was in 1966 with Seattle (PCL) where he whacked at a .340 clip when he was promoted to the Angels. In 61 games with the varsity he hit .264. Rigncy agrees with Johnstone's thinking t h a t competition is fine. So if there's' another tussle for an outfield spot -- and most likely there will be -- look for Jay Johnstone to be right in the middle of it. ANGEL ANSLES--Rick Relchsrdt hat agreed to terms and Walsh savs the for- mcr 5200,000 Sonus olaver will arrivt Saturday . . . Bob Rodgert and Bohbv Knoop were expected in camp Wednesday night. Rodgnrs has verbally agreed to terms though nelttier has ilgned. Walsh expecls no problems thert . . . Jim Fregosl may arrive shortly. Walsh anys he's talked contract with Fregosi and will talk some more. The report is that Fregosi wants * raise while the Angels have a SIO.OOO cut in mind . . Walsh said he's still far apart with Tom satriano . . . Arrivals Wednesday included newcomers Ruben Amaro. Hoy! wiimim and Eddie Fisher and Chuck Hinton . . . Some of the youngsters caught RI0- ncv's ove in workouts Wednesday. Tom Egan, Jarvis Tatum, Jim Spencer and Johnstone all impressed wilh the bdl . . . And pitchers Srtg Washrjurn and Lioyd Allen, both non-roster players, were standouts among the rookies . . . After eight months of fighting in Vietnam. Roy Gleason's luck had run out. He had finally been hit. In another way his luck had just begun. Roy Gleason was on his way out of the Army; after several hospital stops and then home to Anaheim for a period of recuperation before being released on Jan. llth. Today he's one of the non-roster players at Dodgertown, attempting to win a spot on the team as an outfielder. Just one month removed from his 26th birthday, Roy Gleason is hoping to fulfill the promise he showed as a high school star at Garden Grove when the Dodgers signed him for $60,000 eight years ago this spring. Roy Gleason batted .380 in his senior year in high school, but he was even more impressive as a pitcher--winning 25 games in three seasons at Garden Grove and compiling an 0.93 earned run average in his senior year with 205 strikeouts. The Angels o f f e r e d Roy $100,000 to sign as a pitcher. "I signed with the Dodgers for considerably less because I fell a. loyalty to them," says Gleason. "They were the first club to show an interest in me. Besides, I prefered hitting to pitching." A switch-hitter, Roy's biggest problem has been making contact consistently. But he has shown Frank Howard-like power. In his only major league at-bat, during the 1963 season, Roy Gleason hit a double. Roy Gleason has been forgotten by many Dodger fans, but not by the. organization. Everyone is rooting for him. "I'm just glad to be here," says Roy. "I feel lucky to be alive." Of the 80 members of Roy's original infantry company in Vietnam, only two went home without injuries. Most of the men didn't return. Roy Gleason survived with the highest honors, including the bronze star and purple heart. He also survived with a tremendously warm personality. "I think you find out a lot about yourself. I'm sorry tilings are such that I had to go through ·n experience such as that, but I feel 1 gamed a lot from it." What is the reaction « of the American fighting man in Vietnam? "You get mad and f r u s t r a t e d . 1 think our'principle is right but our method of f i g h i - tng if wrong. It's a bad league." There have been no effects of Roy's injuries, although he still has eight pieces of metal in the back part of his left leg. He went to Vietnam weighing 235 pounds and came home »t 193. HI* weight now is 200, but his strength continues to impress the Dodgers. "1 feel good at this weight," said Roy. "I had been on a weightlifting program before and I believe I was too muscular. INDEPENDENT (AM) Now I feel free and easy swinging the bat and my power is still there. "I thought a lot about hitting and baseball when I was in Vietnam. There were times when there weren't many pleasant PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM)--C-5 Ion? it«h, C»Ut.. TIIWI. ft*. ». IM things to think about" "I here are players h«» who will tell you Dodger- town and its barracks remind them of being In th« service. Not Roy Gleason. Vero Beach is a long way from Vietnam. 21st ANNIVERSARY IVIENS AF»F»AR EVERYTHING PRICED TO STAGGER THE IMAGINATION AND REDUCE OUR STOCK IMMEDIATELY!! Here is a partial list of our fine men'» wear offered during this ANNIVERSARY SALE On a First Come... First Served Basis SUITS-SPORT COATS Reg. $ 135.00 Pelrocelli Suits $88.88 ' Reg. $90 to $100 Suits 69.88 Several at 49.86 SPORT COATS Start at 18.88 [ DRESS SLACKS Petrocelli, Rough Rider, Sansabelt Reg. $ 17.00 to $20.00 now $ 15.88 Reg. $22.00 to $27.00. 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