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Inuepenueui SECTION C-Pag. CM 1 -"" ···"·· DAVE LEWIS Dodsers^Won't Yield--Dressen vWhata Way to Go . . . Out ..Qne of the most dramatic moments in sports ·'! history was recorded Saturday at Santa Anita when r Johnny Longderi closed out an illustrious 40-year } riding career by driving George Royal to a spectacu- ; Jar ripse victory over P l a q u e in the marathon San ·, .Juan .Capistrano Handicap over the grass. ".'_. : :,··.'. ".What a way to go out," was the way a veteran ' horseman summed it up for everyone. K was one of the most emotional few minutes we've i ever witnessed at a race track when Longden'was led i into' tJie winner's circle aboard George Royal as the crowd j gave : a thunderous ovation to the 59-year-old grandfather : -.who had just climaxed a career in which he had ridden ; in 34,029 races, scored 6,032 victories, recorded his 452nd 1 -staked win and captured his 25th race worth $100,000 or more. Only one thing was wrong.. When a happy Longden, * visibly moved by the great ovation, doffed his cap . . . he'was wearing his "rug," the toupee he purchased earlier this winter. ·;The impact would have been far. greater at that moment and emphasized the tremendous feats accomplished by. this "little giant"'it the fans had seen his By GEORGE LEDERER I, P-T Start Wrltor LAKELAND, Fla. -- A new theory on the holdout of Sandy Koufa?: comes not from the horse's mouth, but from the next best feedbox. Dick Tracewski, Koufax' road stablemate of 1965, has It all f i g u r e d out. "Sandy won't sign because they traded me." Tracewski drew the expected laugh from a few of his ex-teammates who had gathered in front of the Detroit clubhouse to renew acquaintance with a Dodger alumni club that now numbers four. * * * * "SERIOUSLY," said Tra- cewski, "I'm the most surprised guy in the world. I talked to Sandy a couple of weeks before I came here and the subject never came up. "I told Saody that, the Tigers gave me a good contract, but he never mentioned his, I i'oomed with him all. last year and he never talked about money or retirement It would be a tragedy if he retired. It How They Scored Flnt imbw Dodoen -- Oliver walked, stole second and scored on w. Davls's sdcrlllci llv. On* run, no hill. · SKMtd IMUW Dodc*rs--Wl1h one oul, Letebvre and Kennedy walked. Tofborg singled name LeCefcvr* and Kennedy scored on Oliver's double. Two runs,-two tills. Sixth tMfetfl Timers--Brown Nt pinch' horn* run for Hlllec. On* run, one Ml. Seventh InnTnsj Tloera --Cash t r i p l e d and Xallne homered. Wllh two out. McAullfE* homered. Three runs, four hill. would be a terrible thing for baseball." Tigers manager Charlie Dressen, another of the alumni along with Larry Sherry and Don Demeter, wondered, "why all the fuss? It just doesn't sound right to me." If Koufax and Drysdale have offers to beat the money they're making in baseball, why would they be holding out from the club, why don't they take the other jobs? "If somebody offered me a job as president of a bank for that kind of money, you can bet I'd take it real quick." Dressen, as Ihe first loser of a three-year contract demand from Walter O'Malley, is certain that the Dodgers nes'er will yield in that department. "I asked for a three-year contract after I won the pennant in 1952. I've signed for two years, but when he wouldn't give it to me. I quit." A factor in Dressen's decision nnd, quite likely, O'Malley's was a l e t t e r Ciuiiic'a IT^C, Hu'ui, wrote to the Dodger president. It was Mrs. Dressen who made most of the demands and O'Malley didn't like it. Within the next few days, O'Malley and general manager Buzzie Bavnsi will receive another letter, this one from Tracewski and on the complimentary side. "I've been meaning to write it for some time," said Tracewski. "I want to thank them for the great way I was treated in the Dodger organization. + * » * . " N A T U R A L L Y , I was shocked when I heard I was tarried (for pitcher Phil Regan). I couldn't sleep all night nnd It took me a week to get over it. Then, I thought how lucky I was to have p l a y e d on Iwo World'ChampIonship clubs. "Now I'm with another good club and the people over here have been wonderful to me. I have no complaints." Tracewski s t a r t e d a t second base Monday and contributed a single as the Tigers made it three in a row by edging the Dodgers, ·1-3. His role for the season is as the righthanded p l a t o o n man for Jerry Lumpe and also ns .chief cheerleader for Tiger pennant hopes. In the department of spirit, Tracewski soon may be known as Richard, the lion-hearted Tiger. "I've b e e n screaming pennant to these guys since I got here. This club is good enough to win, but it has to believe it can win. You have to believe in yourself.'Who believed the Dodgers would win last year except the Dodgers themselves?" * * * * TALKING to D o d g e r pitcher Bob Miller before the game, Tracewski said, "we have some real swingers on this club." Miller said the Dodgers do, too, although in a different league. The Dodgers, Howie Reed in particular, soon learned what Tracewski meant. Al Kaline, Dick McAuliffe and Gates Brown homered for all the Detroit runs, three against Reed in the seventh inning. Brown accounted for tha first with a pinch homer in the sixth, the only hit against rookie Don Sutton. t bald head. . Longden is not used to such cheers. He once said '"that he figured no other jockey ever received as many -' boos and catcalls as he did from irate fans. ..···· One of the reasons for this was Longden's ability to ·ride front-running horses. He was the master of them · ;«U in getting a horse qulcldy out of the gate. As a result of riding so many horses that preferred to set the pace, turf fans for many years claimed that John "ruins every race he rides." ' ' ' * * * : v THERE IS NO DENYING that ha turned hundreds .-. .-. even thousands of races around when he was on a ' front-runner. £ .. On so many occasions, rival jockeys were put in a " bind by Longden when he was aboard a speed horse. If ' they didn't press him, he could give his mount a slight f breather and then have clear sailing home. Thus, they .; often.found themselves in the position of having to sacri- ·, fice', their own horse to try and stop a Longden "mn- " away," Strangely enough, while he was noted for his rides ' aboard speed horses, his greatest efforts have been recorded on come-from-behinders like George Royal, Noor, * etc.· ' George Royal had been discounted by most handi- '· cappsrs in the San Juan Saturday despite the fact he won « the race a year ago. However, after an early win in the * ' meeting, he had raced poorly this winter. ·-- ' But when put to the test, he had enough for Longden ·'· to get him home by a slim nose over Plaque.. r- . * . ' * * · ' * AFTER BEING LAST IN THE early part of the race, * Longderi made a sensational move with George Royal '=·' dowri'the backstretch. He was flying as he circled horses I af the half-mile pole in moving up to challenge Plaque * midway around the final bend. And from there on in, * they battled head-and-head to the wire where it took a Sckaus Favors Philly By DOUG WES Fred Schaus claims to have coaching problems of his own but the veteran Laker skipper was persuaded Monday to adc lis views on the red-hot Eastern Division title race. 'From what I saw on TV Sunday, I'd lean toward 'the 76ers to win it," Schaus said reluctantly, "but frankly, don't care to go too deeply into the matter. It was evident Schaus didn't, want to give any club a psychological lift by picking the other, but with prompting, he continued in Philly's favor. "New York was real hot from the outside Sunday in that TV game, but the 76crs showed, they had what it takes to come from behind and win . . . that proved to me they have what it takes to go all the way." * * * * BOTH Boston and Phila delphia have three games left, and the 76ers hold a one-game lead in their bid to uncrown the Celtics for the first time in nine years. "Now that Jackson (Luke) is playing well," Schaus went on, "they ( have awesome physical power. This team is solid all the way down the line. Let me conclude by say- photo to separate them. f The win was reminiscent of the 1950 San Juan before it became a grass event. Longden won that one, too, by the same margin--a slim nose--with Noor in beating the great Citation. Horsemen still call that the greatest race ever run. And : it certainly was the greatest we've ever seen. Longden moved Noor up alongside Citation going into "the far turn and the two battled head-and-head the final half-mile as they hit the wire together In the world - record time of 2:52% for a mile and three-quarters. ..; " * * * .IN ALL, LONGDEN RODE FIVE horses to world records. He also was in the irons when Noor se^ his great 1:58% mark for a mile and one-quarter at Golden Gate Fields in 1950. But when Longden speaks of the great horses he has ridden, Noor is a little ways down the line. /Longden's favorite and by far the best horse, in his opinion, was Count Fleet, whom he guided to the Triple Crown in 1943. Many turf historians join John In the · opinion that the Count was the greatest of them all- better than even Man o' War. Count Fleet's. racing career ended in the Belmont Stakes--last leg of the Triple Crown. He broke down winning the race by a record 25 lengths and wag sent to the breeding farm to continue a great blood line. WE'VE SEEN LONGDEN IN a great many of his more-distinguished rides, but the greatest one we saw was' in an allowance race at Santa Anita some 14 to 35 years" ago. He didn't win it, either. '· I can't recall the name of the horse he was riding, but he was back in the pack when something triggered ' a three-horse spill midway down the backstretch just in front .of John. · ·· We later viewed the motion pictures and marveled , at- how Longden was able to keep from falling, too. Vet- · eran' horsemen also watching the movies agreed that it ' was the greatest piece of riding they had ever seen when Longden weaved through the pileup of horses and jockeys with just a splitsecond to react. : · ·· * * * ITS BEEN NO SECRET that Johnny w o u l d train horses when he finally quit riding. in fact, when Longden's eldest son, Vance, was the · official trainer for Alberta Ranches headed by John's " long-time friends, Max Bell and Frank McMahon, you ' wov'H find Johnny at the barn every morning overseeing ' things · - · and even exercising the better horses in the '' '-"· When John launches his training career at Holly', wood Park this spring, he'll be handling horses for Bell · 'and McMahon as well as some of his own stock he has .' been collecting. ing that Philadelphia stands a very good chance of winning its last three games, which means they'll win it," said Schaus, whose Lakers meet Detroit tonight (8:30) in the L.A. Sports Arena. If Baltimore coach Paul Seymour is correct, the 76ers and Celtics will wind up in a playoff for the title. Seymour has promised Boston's Red Auerbach that his Bullets would beat Philadelphia on Sunday in the season finale in Baltimore. "Red says his Celtics are going to win their last three games, and I'm planning on beating them (the 76ers) in our last game, so I guess that makes it a tie," said Seymour. --AP Wmohela THE SHADOW OF HIS SMILE Expressions on a'boy's face change momentarily when struck in face during boxing match. Ronnie Williams of Fort Worth is caught by camera as he receives a face-twisting left jab from glove of Mark Tessman during their light-heavyweight Golden Gloves bout in Texas. At left, Ronnie as he weighed in for the tournameril. Me lost the decision as well as his smile. Rig, Tebbetts Stage Great Debate By ROSS NEWHAN I, p-T Staff Writer T U C S O N -- Having just emerged from a bean-ball controversy with Leo Durocher, the Angels' Bill Rigney found himself debating still another manager Monday and again the subject was pitching. Rigney and C l e v e l a n d ' s Birdie Tebbetts contributed to the sun's vigorous rays during a lively discussion on the relative merits of the American League's two best pitching staffs, currently engager. S T R A N G E L Y , one dissenter was Boston sharpshooter Sam Jones. "We'll win our last three games, but I think Philadelphia will win theirs as well." Back on the Los Angeles scene, Schaus says his major concern is winning the maining four games. "If we can do that, might finish with a better o ff George Brunet, Rigney': record than Cincinnati, and N O . 4 starter, which evolvec in a two-game exhibition series here. Tebbetts took the first fal when Sunny Siebert, his No. 2 starter, one-hit the Angels fo three innings, enabling the In dians to construct a 4-0 lead if the Royals should win in the Eastern could get the playoffs, we home advantage in the final playoffs." The Lakers, after tonight, host St. Louis Friday and San Francisco Sunday. In between, they meet the Warriors in the Bay Area, and, of course, both San Francisco into a 5-2 victory. * * * "I WOULDN'T · trade fiv of my pitchers for any stal in the league, I think ours i the best," challenged Rigney He .was speaking of Dea Chance (15-10, 3.15 ERA Marcelino Lopez {14-13, 2.93 ed Newman (14-16, 2.93 and St. Louis are frantically Brunei (9-11, 2.1)6) and Bob · rri tauoal -- cmcaoo drills, BIlTr Field, no adm' 10 a-m.. Today's Sports Card Cubs iTsslcn trying to win the West's third playoff spot. Schaus plans to give Gene Wiley, Gail Goodrich and Bob Boozer more playing time in the remaining games, but he won't rest his regulars quite as much as he did last Friday, when Ihe Pistons beat the Lakers reserves, J16-114 cnaroe,. 2:10 titkmal i Prclkm, Mill Ik an DJ JC Inakall -- LBCC at Valley JC, 5:30 p.m.- *f*"5** -'' '"^iHWt - LBSC al valley St. TUmtt - LBSC at Futlerton -- tBSC »1 Peooe/- StSSTi. Prep Coll -- Millikan vs. Jordan at fcyllnks, ^ P-m. " · Prest ·ntbill -- Dcwiw af Wilson, Poly at Lakewood, MUt'.kan at Jordan, Servlte at St. Anthony, all 3:15 o.m. Prep Tennis -- follows baseball sched- (Xe Rafter Cam«f -- Olympic Audllorfurn, ''wreimng -- Municipal Auditorium, I Pra BiskflbaH -- Lakers vs. Detroit, Soorts Arena, 1:30 p.m. Sports on Radio-TV RADIO Dodoeri vs. Hiw York Mets, KFI, 18:30 deep with Lee in the bullpen while we're two-deep with a question mark bullpen. Kelley could be the equalizer for us "I just hope," wailed Wags, 'that Chance relaxes like he did last year. He tried to win 20 coasting." "I would not trade our staff for Cleveland's," insistec Rodgers. "If our starters can come up with the same earned run averages in Ana 'IF McDOWELL and Sie iert are as good as they v ; nCj then ' we'll win the best pitching in our league." He was speaking of Sam rfcbowell (17-11', 2.18 ERA), iebert (16-8, 2.43), Luis Tiant 11-6, 3.54) and the potential f Tom Kelley (16-3 at Port- arid) and Steve Hargan (13-5 t Portland). Still another vinner, Ralph Terry (11-6) eeks $38,000, remains un- igned and will likely be trad- d. ngcls will also lake a p a r t -- l i t wouldn't be any great up were last year then I'll lake my chances with whoever ollows them in the rotation," joasled Birdie. "I admit, I'd like to have he Angels "pitching," said Tebbetts. "I've got Don McMahon in :he bullpen. A f t e r McMahon, I'll have to vclops this Wagner and see what de- spring." Leon Bob Rodgers, former teammates, current foes, were asked to evaluate this mound match. "I'd take McDowell Siebert over Chance, Lope? and Newman," said Wagner 'But ''Lakers vs. Detroit, KLAC, 1:30 P.m. TiLCVISION Roller Games, Otympls Auditorium, 'ami Fight's, from' (Mexico City, KMEX thar 34) 10 p.m. ee (21 saves, 1.92). 'I'm not speaking of trad- g on an individual hasis," said Rigney, "but as a unit wouldn't give up mine for ny other staff in the league." "I have great respect for he Angels staff," answered 'ebbetts. "I think they might lave cost us the pennant last year. We were right on the ead un'.il the Angels held us o three runs and we lost a four-game, series in July. Af ter that, we just spun the top the rest of the year. "At the same time, I thin' the -A- pennant. The Indians pursued th pennant into July last season tfore being ambushed by th Angels. They try again with asica!ly the s a m e team There is muscle in the out ield (Wagner, Rocky Cola vito, Vic Davalillo), hut th over-all defense, especially 01 the infield, resembles swis cheese. "I T H I N K the America League has reached the sam competitive level as the Na tional League," said Tebbett "They talk of this being a si Angels are three'team race, hut I figure * th nd a strong part. "I think the team to beat is ictroit. The Tigers have more alaccd power than any club n the league. They have, of ourse, Kaline and Cash, and n (Dick) McAuliffe they have 30-home run guy, and in Bill Frechan, they may have he best catcher in the coun- ry. You may keep them from coring by out-running them but that's their only weakness." Tebbetts a n a l y z e d t h e ascending O r i o l e s and de scending Yankees. "I had Frank Robinson when he first broke in and h s the composite player," sait Tebbefts. "He can carry a club for long periods of time and there is no doubt he will make Baltimore tough. The question is can they be THAT tough without Pappas pitching 38 games? "As for the Yankees, we I saw the Dodgers go from first-to-seventh-to-f i r s t . I'm ... not rooting for the same thingVmST 1 , to happen in our league, but J"Jf, -A- * * iCt." And Cleveland? "Our pitching will keep us n a Int of one-run games and ve have enough power to win he majority of them," he said. "I like Wagner and, of course, Colavilo had a great year. We have good kids in center (Davalillo) and at third (Max Alvis). Fred Whitfield (.293, 90 R B f , 26 HR) could be the league's most valuable player. He has the potential to hit more home runs than anyone in either league." Wagner walked by his manager's office. "Don't worry a b o u t me, skipper," he beamed. "I'll hit more home runs than the whole Angel team." Chuck Estrada and rootles JXM Rublo and Jim MCGMIMin challenge Cleveland Ihli afternoon , . . lh«n Ifi a bus Mo to Phoenix lor a pair vrirh San FrancHco . . . Brvnel Battled his control through three frames, walking two In tha tlrsl inrtno wf«n Ch«dc Hin^fl's bases loaded IrTole MohUghted a four-run rail/ , . . RoofcFe j»fin French, who will probably ' ' · hil- RoofcFe Jtfin Frencn, wno will ore do Ms Ditching at SeallK, hurled i few rhre* frames . . . The youngster 1 great couracw when Cleveland the- bases on two wanes and arv only to coma uo REICHARDPS HOME RUN SIBERIA BOUND TUCSON -- This c i t y may have been one of the wildest of the wild west's pitching posts, but it never saw a shot fired like the one Rick Reichardt t r i g- gered Monday. Veterans of Hi Corbett Field, celebrating its 20th anniversary as t h e spring tiiinirio h o m e of the Indians, e s t i m a t e d that Reichardt's two-run bomb s tj|i might ha"s ···.hej off Don McMahon In the seventh i n n i n g w a s t h e longest ever hii^here. The towering drive paralleled the top of a light tower as it skied over a 25- foot fence at the 380-foot mark in left field. A walk- off later approximated at over 550 feet. "It was heading for Siberia," s a i d Cleveland's Leon Wagner. "It w o u l d cost you $3.40 in a cab to catch up with it," quipped Angel manager Bill Rigney. "Actually," said Rig, I'm positive it was the longest home run any Angel has ever hit. i recall seeing only one any farther and that was hit by the guy who plays center field for the Giants." "I believe that during a col I eg e tournament two years ago -I hit one that might, have been a little longer," said the 6-3, 215- pound Reichardt. "But, tin- der the circumstances, this was as good as I'll ever hit a ball." What circumstances? "It was a g a i n s t the wirJ," said Reichardl. . The $175,000 b o n u s baby had been O-for-5, including t h r e e strikeouts, prior to the blast. "The way I'm swinging," he said, "I'm just happy anytime I get an Infield single." -- ROSS NEWHAN

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