The Lights Are On as Baseball Season Arrives he Lights in New Dodger Stadium at Chavez Have Been Turned On. They Work.-Now for Baseball. FAVOR PALMER 3-1 IN MASTERS AUGUSTA. Ga. WÂ»--Arnold Palmer, bold as a pirate and strong enough to choke a tiger with his bare hands, is a 3-1 favorite to whip a record field in the 26th Masters, golf tournament today. . ' The relaxed, confident professional from Latrobe. Pa., heads a list of 110 of the world's premier amateur, and pro shotmakers !n the four-day, 72-hole battle with: the Augusta national course. The field is so large, surpassing by eight the previous record of 102 in 1957, that the organizers found it necessary to break with tradition and send the competitors off on the first two days in threesomes, instead of the customary twosomes. The defending champion, Gary Player of South Africa, was listed as a 4-1 second choice with Bill Casper Jr.. whose phenomenal putting touch has projected him to the top of the year's money-winner list, and Doug Sanders, the man with the hurry-up swing. Jack Nicklaus. 21-year-old slucger from Columbus Ohio, is rated a strong threat at 5-1. Beginning of Dodger Pitching Era Seen LB State 9' Clips Cal Poly By JIM MANGAN Long Beach State hitters backed up another fine performance by their pitchers as the 49ers registered a ninth- Inning 4-3 win over Cal Poly, Pomona, Wednesday afternoon at Blair Held. Don Anderson's single to center scored Roger Rhoades with the winning run after "big gun" Bob Cooper put Rhoades In scoring position with his fourth hit of the afternoon. STARTER "Bill* Wilson, who retired after the fifth with a 3-0 lead and a sore arm. Bob (Continued Page D-2, Col. 1) i_ --1UII pMf t lit lhumÂ»Â» B. STATE'S Bill Wilson Bunts in Sacrifice Attempt but Teammate Willie Oyama Is Cut Down at Second Base by Cal Poly's Shortstop. Larry Lcsovsky. OweOm ly HAVE IBIS Ediitr Syracuse Nats to Cleveland? HITTIN' THE HIGH SPOTS: The proposed re- nlipnment of the National Basketball Association, which will find the Philadelphia Warriors moving to San Francisco, may also see the Syracuse Nationals shifting their base of operations to Cleveland next season. This strong possibility developed during the NBA draft session last week when such matters were discussed at length. However, no official action is expected on the franchise shifts until after the championship playoffs a r c concluded. The Nationals arc the last "small town" team in the NBA and a move has been considered for the past two seasons due to the limitec draw in Syracuse plus rising expenses. Realignment probably will find the Detroit Pistons mov- ng into the Eastern-Division to replace the Warriors, who will become part of the West cm Division when they move to San Francisco. Cincinnati at first was con sidered to be the No. 1 choice to move into the E a s t e r n D i v i s i o n , but the Royal: MICKEY MANTLE would have much g r e a t e i This Is "His Year" travel problems in that hal of the league than the Pistons. The Nats would remain in the Eastern part of the loo] even if they move to Cleveland. ... If the Rams arc ever going to start a comeback, the '62 season appears to be made to order for It. The Rams drew the "softest" schedule of any of thi NFL teams in the important inter-division competition Their two Eastern Division opponents, for instance, wil be the two tailcndcrs, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. All other Western Division clubs drew at least one o tha top-ranked Eastern teams! * * * THIS COULD WELL BE Mickey Mantle's "year. 1 Mickey reveals he Is feeling great this spring--"just lik I did in 195G." The '56 season, of course, was the one that saw him win the triple crown by hitting 52 home runs, driving in 130 runs and batting .353. A good sign this spring is that Mickey has struck ou only three times, far under his usual pace. . . . Eddie Erdelatz, former coach of the Navy and the Oakland Raiders, Is reported to have accepted a job as athletic director at a plush summer resort up north. And he's also set to double as the vocalist of th orchestra which will entertain at the resort this summer... The Houston Colt 45s already have cost in excess o $8 million and they won't play their first league game fo another week! * * * GENE MURPHY, HOWARD CAPPS and Wilbur Clar! hosted a luncheon Wednesday to reveal plans for the! Tournament of Champions links classic May 3-6 at th Desert Inn course. They revealed that Arnold Palmer and Gene Littler ar the early favorites at 8-1, but the "best bet," according t Capps, may be Sam Snead to repeat as the champ. Sam ! quoted at 12-1. Snead didn't score well al all in his first appearances In the Las Vegas event when he was tha popular choice, (Continued P.ipe D-3, Col. 3) By FRANK HARVEY Jorge Gonzalez, hard hit' ing Mexican featherweight, nocked out Long Beach's 'ommy Noel in the eighth Â·ound of a free-swinging NOEL KO'D IN AUD RING MAIN brawl at the Municipal Audi' torium Wednesday night. The battle found both fight crs swapping punches from the opening gong in a scrap that bad an audience of about 45s UNLOAD, 20-5 Bo Bombed, Angels, Too M) standing up most of the ay. Gonzalez, the harder punch' r of the t vo, decked Tommy or an eight count in the sec nd round. However, Noel roared hack in the third and aggcred Gonzalez with a air of stiff left hooks to the aw. Both fighters were Â·arned by referee Dick Young the fifth for holding and itting. By ROSS NEWIIAN I. P-T SHU wrlttr EL PASO -- The Houston Jolt 45s arc about to destroy he legend of Bo Bclinsky-- only five weeks after it began by thc-side of the DcsÂ«rt-Inn xxl. The Peacemakers . started mrial procedures on a dusty, wind-swept, class-A playing area known as Dudley Field lere Wednesday. They drilled Jelinsky for eight hits and nine runs in one and two .birds innings and the only reason we hesitate to say that he legend is completely dead s because Bclinsky will prob ably face the 45s just once more, and three relief pitchers fared little better. Â· Â« Â« Â· THE RESULT was that louston got in three hours ol ratting practice in this ping xing palace, ripped 21 hits and crushed the Angels, 20-5 Fortunately. Houston anc the Angels take the traveling BURDETTE TO START BLAIR FIELD GAME PHOENIX -- Milwaukee manager Birdie Tcbbctts made t h r e e changes Wednesday in the Braves* squad that will face the Dodgers at Blair Field In Long Beach Sunday. Â· Tcbbctts announced that pitchers Lew Burdctte and Don McMahon will replace Cecil Butler and Don Nolle- ban, with Burdelte the probable starter against Don Prysdale.. Bob Uecker, Â» .109 hitter at Louisville last year, will 'do the catching In place of Phil Roof, not on the Braves' roster. The Braves squad Is under the direction of coaches Jimmy Dykes Â»nd Whitlow Wyatl. ircus to San Antonio today nd unless the game is played t the Alamo things should mprove. The 45s have now collected 6 runs off Belinsky this pring while the tongue- vagglng southpaw has al- owed 29 in all. While he couldn't keep the ball down and his fast ball was far from mmming, it is only fair to add that Belinsky was vie imizcd by a costly error anc he biggest wind blowing to ight since the John Birch Society was founded. * Â· * * BELINSKY could have been out of the first inning with hree runs--the result of Ra mon Mcjias' homer--had no ilarlan Coughtry bobbled sure double play grounder. That enabled the 45s to re load and they picked up three more runs when pitcher Dave jiusti hit a pop fly to th nficld which blew over th: right field fence. When Hal Smith hit a two run homer which was slugged so hard it would have twistcc through a tornado in the sec ond, Bclinsky was sent to th showers. Jim Donohuc took over an it was not long before he wa wishing he could join Bclin sky. After Mcjias tagged an other homer in-the third an (Continued Page D-3, Col. 1 GONZALEZ suffered a se- ere gash over his left eye in he fifth when Noel nailed im with an overhead right nd almost decked him. The jtin came back strong to in the round by a slight margin, however. The eye cut bothered Gonzalez in the sixth and Noc' ppcared to be forging aheai S he Â«'*""*"* tnrpp with evcral straight rights to the cad. The Mexican appeared red and on the verge of a Today's Sports Gird HÂ«nmÂ« HKJÂ«Â«--S*rttÂ» AAII*. 1:30 Dm iMrttmM't lhtÂ»-PÂ«n PaOI'C AoÂ«Jt ornxn. I OJn. GvmMilKÂ»-tl OmMo Â·! LBCC, 1 Â» Sports on Itndin-TV RADIO CHtfwi vt, inaam. W. 1? Â» Â» A**m Â»v Com, KAirc. IT-JO Â»m C*'tMÂ» n. Wftrrttrv. RHJ, Â«:J* Â»m Jemwrf OUffwikl leort* Vow, KLF "Â·Â·or* 6w S*i*Â«, KCOP Mil. 1 ' G Â» TW. (Ml fll 1114 Â»rt i W.r.I ..'j K . i A ( S i . I tf (nockout. Gonzalez came back strong in the seventh and in a wild exchange landed a solid left hook to the body and Noel again hit the canvas for an eight count. Round eight was barely under way when Con zalcz again fired a left hook to Noel's midriff and once again Tommy took an eight count. A few seconds later another left to the body dropped Noel and Young baited the bout after two minutes and five seconds had elapsed. quite a beating he was st on his feet and punchin away with both hands at tl end of the fight. Tony Valcnti, local middl weight, remained undcfcat when he won a Diie-siditl il cision over Jose Znpatn, L Angeles contender, in fi rounds. IT WAS a fight which pleased the fans and many of them asked promoter Don Taylor to rematch the pair in the immediate future. Jerry Stokes. C o m p t o n featherweight, outboxcd and nnlpiinchfd Frllpo I.Tra7olla in the six round scmi-windup Larazolla proved tough and willing and while he absorbed CAI.GAKY EVENS PLAYOFF SEINES EDMONTON (;T) -- Cal- pary evened Its Western Hockey L e a g u e playoff series with Edmonton at 1-1 by scoring with 31 seconds left to Insure a 4-2 win Wednesday night. Ijlmonton vacated the net In hopes of developing a power play but It backfired as Lou Janknwskl stole the puck and drove It easily Into the unattended net. Drysdale Turns in Sparkler By GEORGE LEDEKER Is this the beginning of a cw Dodger pitching era? In apital letters, it certainly is. After Don Drysdale turned n seven easy innings against le Chicago Cubs at Mesa, riz., Wednesday, manager Valtcr Alston and pitching oach Joe Becker flashed miles in the tradition of a oothpaste ad: 'Look, fans. No front line cavities!" Â·Â· * Â· * FROM THE first day of pring training, Alston and leckcr predicted that Dodger itching would show definite improvement over last season. \ow, after 26 games, the message in the fortune cookie las stood the test. The Dodgers' Big Four of )rysdalc. J o h n n y Podrcs, Sandy Koufax and Stan Wiliams has a combined earned run average of 2.G4 for 110 Innings of spring work. In regular season play last year, the same foursome's ERA was 3.70 and the staff total was 4.04, an embarrassing sixth in the league. Drysdale faced only 24 Cubs and made 75 pitches in his n c x t - t o - l a s t tune-up Wednesday. He allowed three hits, two of them solo homers rookie Ken Hubbs and corge Altman. It was the vcnth for each. Â· Â· Â· * THAT THE Dodgers lost, 5, to a four-run Cub barge in the ninth Inning didn't psct Alston or Becker in the ast. They are fully acquaint- I with such late-inning she- anigans a g a i n s t rookie odgcr pitching. Nick Willhltc, a 21-year-old fthandor only in his third cason of professional ball, as Wednesday's victim and hereby lost his last chance win the no. II or 12 spot n the staff. Willhite replaced Joe Mocl- r, whose arm stiffened as he alked Lou Brock, the Cubs' adoff batter in the ninth, nglcs by Hubbs, Altman nd Ernie Banks, a pinch-hit oublc by Jim McKnight and bases-loaded walk to Cuno arragan erased a 5-2 Dodger cad. Â· Â· Â· Â· IT WAS the fifth time that odgcr rookie pitchers lost a amc in the eighth inning or itcr. Willhite also blew a 5-4 cad in the ninth inning gainst Cleveland last Sun- Continued Page D-3, Col. 5) SWINGING AT AIK Pedro Ramirez (right) of Tijuana ducks wild right hand by Gino Hernandez of Los Angeles in five-round prelim bout at Municipal Auditorium Wednesday ntflit. Hernandez scored a unanimous derision. Both are featherweights. WAKIOKS, CELTICS IN SHOWDOWN BOSTON (AP)--The return of Frank Ramsey and the home court advantage make Boston a favorite In the seventh and final game In the National Basketball Association's s e m i - final playoff series tonight. The learns will play at: Boston Garden and the winner will play the Los An-: geles Lakcn In the NBA hctt-of-sevtn championship strlci. The Celtics are favored to win tonight and to defeat the Lakers as wtlt and win their fourth consecutive championship. If the Celtics win, thty wl!! host the Lakers Saturday Â»nd Sunday. If Philadelphia wins, the opening game of the finals will bt at Lot Angtlts Saturday.
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