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Long Beach, California
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Wednesday, March 16, 1966
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HAVE LEWIS Little Bird' Flys Back to Southland _ e^a^aM^^ Ricardo (Pajarito) Moreno, Mexico's colorful "Litile Bird," returns to the scene of some of his greatest ring triumphs ... as well as disappointments Thursday night when he meets another top featherweight title contender, Raul Rojas, at the Olympic Auditorium. Pajarito quickly proved to be one of the most exciting fighters we've ever seen during his meteoric rise to challenge for the featherweight championship in 1958 . . . and then fade from the picture even quicker. Climaxing a career which even " Hollywood scenario writer would be reluctant to pass off as true-life drama, Pajarito launched a comeback in 1964 and has reeled off 21 straight knockout victories in fighting his way back to the No. 5 ranking among the world's featherweights. And he'll get another crack at the title that eluded him once before if he can get past the rugged Rojas in what promises to be one of those battle royals for which he became famous. ' Rojas poses the toughest hurdle for Pajarito ; n his coojieback. Raul himself fought for the title a year ago, finally being stopped by the classy present champion, Vicente Salvidar, in the 15th and the final round in their outdoor go last May in the Coliseum. It was Rojas' only loss. * * * MEANWHILE, THERE NEVER was another time in California boxing history that can compare with those wild few months in 1957 and '58 when P a j a r i t o was battling his way to a title bout with Hogan (Kid) Bassey. He knew nothing about the basic fundamentals of boxing except how to punch . . . and when he stepped into the .ring, it was "kill or be killed." 'While he packed a punch of a man 30 pounds heavier, the "Little Bird" himself had a fragile chin. What's more, he didn't know how to protect it. He was always wide open as he waded into opponents with both fists pumping. Pajarito hasn't changed. He's the same "street fighter" he was eight years ago. . , Moreno came out of Mexico in '57 to fight Tommy Bain, at Hollywood Legion Stadium. And it turned out to be '.one of the most memorable nights in the famous arena's history. * * * ·;THE PLACE WAS PACKED to the rafters by the largest crowd ever to jam the stadium. Another 2,000 fans milled around outside trying to get in. And a lot of them did. by breaking down doors and crashing through windows before the police riot squad arrived. _ And what a battle the fans saw. Moreno knocked out Bain In the third round . . . and along the way even floored referee Frankie Van with a wild swing as he tried to finish off his foe. ' Overnight, Moreno became the hottest attraction in the fight game. He was matched with Jose Cotero in an outdoor bout at old Gilmore Stadium and 15,000 fans paid $90,000 to see the blood-soaked thriller. Cotero nailed Moreno early and piled up a big lead, but Pajarito came battling back to open a deep gash over Jose's eye and had him so rocky at one point that the referee almost stepped in and stopped the brawl. However, P a j a r i t o finally ran out of gas in the seventh round and slumped to the canvas -- from sheer exhaustion as much as from Cotero's punches -- to be counted out. * * * IT WAS SUCH A SPECTACULAR fight that the setback didn't hurt Moreno's popularity at the box office. In fact, fans began clamoring for another chance to see him. So, they matched him with the highly-ranked Ike Chestnut before a capacity house at the Olympic a couple of months later. The result was another sensational battle, the two of them slugging it out toe-to-toe for six rounds in a dead-even fight before Moreno was awarded a TKO when Chestnut suffered a severe cut over the eye. Pajarito returned to a gala reception in Mexico City the following week. He was greeted by thousands of people and was lifted to their shoulders and paraded around the airport. While this was going on, a slick-fingered gent relieved Moreno of what he had left of his purse from the Chestnut fight -- a little over $5,000 in cash -- by picking his pocket. It was an omen of dark days ahead. * * * HE WAS MATCHED WITH Bassey for the title at Wrigley Field on April 1. 1958. Some 22,000 fight buffs turned out for that one, accounting for a gate of $215,047 ... a record for featherweights, Bassey wasn't a great fighter . . . but he was a competent journeyman who took advantage of Pajarito's vulnerable style and weak chin to knock him out in three rounds. Moreno's fortunes began to slide down hill fast then. They threw him in with the late Davey Moore, who was to win the 126-pound crown a few months later, and he knocked out the "Little Bird" with the first right hand punch he threw in the opening round. Pajarito then drifted back to Mexico and won a few bouts in small arenas before having his license lifted late in '61 after suffering two more knockouts. * * * DESPITE HIS BOX OFFICE lure and several good paydays, he soon ran out of money. He bought a Rolls Royce among other expensive items and lived it up to the hilt. Then came trouble. Always known as a hot-tempered street brawler, he was locked up for awhile after getting involved in several melees. When he got out, he tried singing in night clubs . . . then became a bullfighter, appearing in small rings around Mexico City. He had three "kills" to his credit before it was suggested that he better give it up-- that it was merely a matter of time before he would lose a vital decision tc one of the bu'.ls. Maury Signs in... $75,000 the By GEORGE LEDERER l. P-T tuff wrlNr VERG UEACH, Fla.--Maury Wills has joined Dodgers and is ready for a doubleheader today. He will be in uniform this morning and will play his banjo at Walter O'Malley's early St. Patrick's party tonight. The Dodger captain and shortstop, a stubborn holdout for 16 days, decided to change his tune Tuesday night, shortly after he was met at the Melbourne, Fla.. airport by general manager Buzzie Bavasi. His tune is "I'll String Along With You" for a contract that will top $75,000. How much it can be topped is up to Wills. "He will sign for $75,000," said Bavasi, "but with a great year he can make from $5,000 to $10,00 more." The two worked out their agreement during an adventuresome 40-minute ride from the Melbourne airport to Barracks- WILLS vi'le. Bavasi's car was stopped by Florida State Police, who took a dim view of his driving. "I feared the worst," said Bavasi, "but they only asked me to dim my lights. It's the first time I've been stopped without getting a ticket, so it's got to be a great year." Wills said he, too, expects a great year and expressed hopes of "still reaching the $100,000 bracket" I have plenty of time to get in shape and my steal hopes haven't diminished. I hope to break my own record (104 in 1962)." At the moment, the agreement between Wills and Bavasi is only verbal, "But it's as good as on paper," said Maury. "Everything is satisfactory. I'm happy as a lark and anxious to play." When will Wills be ready? "Tomorrow (this) looming at 10," he said. "I'll be in uniform." Wills recalled his 1964 holdout of one week and pointed out that he needed only three days of work prior to a game. "I pinch-hit a g a i n s t the Mets and got a single." Wills, who rested in Los Angeles the past week after a nine-day banjo playing tour of Japan, said he has not talked to holdouts Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale and was "concerned only with my own contract." He was so concerned that only last Friday he said ImA Lin* Beacti, CMII., «M., Mir. II, IHe INDEPENDENT--Pag. C-l 'TROTTER TITAN Saperstein Dies at 63 CHICAGO W)--Abraham Saperstein, owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, died in Weiss Memorial Hospital Tuesday night. He was 63. ' Saperstein, Lakers Trounce Pistons By DOUG IVES Yes, indeed, the Lakers may be ready to challenge for the NBA title. At least their one-two punch of Jerry West and Elgin Baylor are undis- putably back in the business of overwhelming the opposition. Keyed by their veteran superstars, the Lakers rolled to a 47-point first quarter and never looked back as they routed the Detroit Piston.;, 135-108, 6,927 fans in the L.A. Sports Arena. A victory over the hapless Pistons normally wouldn't cause a ripple of excitement, but you had to see Baylor and West in action to know they are primed for the upcoming playoffs. West, of course, has been sensational all season except JNBA Standings EASTERN DIVISION Philadelphia 52 » .675 Boston il ?6 .662 Cincinnati 45 32 .5M New York . 29 47 .382 WESTERN DIVISION Lktrj ... .. n « .5S» the dynamic little sports impresario who found the welcome mat out for him and his Globetrotters throughout the world, died of a heart ailment. The hospital listed the cause of death as an acute coronary. Saperstein was ad mitted to the hospital Friday. The roly-poly, 5-footer parleyed his trick - shooting, clowning basketball team into sports' greatest entertainment unit and displayed it in all corners of the globe. The door was open to Saperstein in the Vatican as well as behind the Iron Curtain, his Negro through 87 He shepherded court magicians countries, logging 5 million miles by plane, and won the U.S. S t a t e Department's no to Bavasi'] "take it or leave it" offer of $75,000 and touched off a serious rift between the two. "After a couple of days, I gave it seme thought," said Wills. "After all (he's the general manager and I respect what he says. I've had disagreements before with Buzzie and (manager Walter) Alston. But they were men about it and didn't hold it against me. That's the way it is now." Perhaps an important factor in his change of tune was Maury's own experience from management viewpoint during his Japanese tour. "My three backup guitar players thought they should be making more money and I finally had to make some concessions. It wasn't easy. First. 1 agreed to pay their travel expenses, then I had to give them a raise, too. "I can understand now how management feels. Salary should be gauged in comparison to whate the others are making. My guitar players thought I Was making a lot." * * * WILLS WAS UNCONCERNED about Alston's tentative plan to use Nate Oliver in the leadoff spot and making Wills "an ideal No. 2 hitter." "I'd like to continue to lead off." he said, "but that' 1 ! not important. Heck, if I do bat second--well, that's getting closer tc the cleanup spot! "Eventually. I'll probably have to give up the shortstop job and maybe move over to third. But that's some time anyway. Right now, I'm here to play ball -- and because I'm the captain. 1 want to pet going." · .'".I- £!V ^.''i'J. .1*. ..-.'41*. V,Mk _*.~.^u*i.-'. .''-·' -- ·**·, - v --AP wirwhtM THAT OLD TORBORG TRY Dodger catcher Jeff Torborg (right) rolls in dirt but clutches baseball after tagging out Mets' Jerry Grote (left). Umpire John Kibler calls Grote out, but Mets won anyway, 4-1. Fine Just Fine--Fregosi By ROSS NEWMAN I. P.T Staff Writer TUCSON -- Jim Fregosi praise and gratitude as a n j will be the first captain of the Angels. It may not be tomorrow, SAPERSTEIN, one of a fam-1 or next month, but, it will ily of 10 born in London, England, where his father was a tailor, came to Chica;o in 1907. Although he was as small as a fireplug, Abe competed in basketball, baseball and track at Lake View High School. In 1925, he accepted a monthly offer of $250 to ;SM ' coach the Giles Post, largest · M2 . - 3A .468 .Negro American Legion out- G B l f i t in Chicago. 8 i Known as the Savoy Big 21 jFive. they played two nights |a week from S e p t e m b e r ! through November without Idrawing a paycheck. Abe remedied that by entering the on infrequent occasions, bull independent ranks with his the return of Baylor \vasjteam, which played its first Baltimore St. Louis I San Francisco Detroit TUMdlV'L Cincinnati 125, New York 107. taken 135, Detroit IOB. St. Louis 110. San Francisco 10?. Today's Gam* New York at Baltimore. never more apparent than his dazzling performance Tuesday night. For openers' the 31 -year-old Baylor whistled in 17 points in the first half' pulled down |6 rebounds and fed off an- j other six times for baskets. V * * * IN THE end, his slate showed 30 points, 19 rebounds and 8 assists. Moreover, he was 13 for 21 from the field to continue his 50% shooting in the last nine games in which his point average is 30.1 and his rebound average 12-4- West, meanwhile, was 5- for-5 in the first quarter, sat out the second period and game as the Harlem Globetrotters on Jan. 7, 1927, in Minckley, 111. At long last, even his native Mexico City became "off ((Continued Pane C-2 Col limits" for Pajarito after he beat up the nephew of the ' .. . . __ city's mayor in a bar-room fight. That's when the "Little Bird" departed for the healthier climate of Yucatan where he succeeded in getting his license back and finally launched his comeback two years ago. Sports on TV, Radio TELEVISION Wrestl'ng fro"i Olymoic AuditO'lur" KTI.A 15), I p.m. RADIO Dodscrs vs. New York Yankees, KFI, 10:30 a.m transpire and, of course, it can't be soon enough. He can't very well afford the current price of fines on lieutenant's pay. "That fine was the best thing that could have happened to us." said Fregosi Tuesday, referring to the $250 levy Bill R i g n e y recently slapped on him for curfew violations. "Let's face it, we've had it made in Palm Springs." explained Fregosi. "I know damn well that in the past I haven't w o r k e d hard enough during the spring. "The fine got to everyone. The manager had to do have the breaks to win, but ynu make your own breaks through hustle and sacrifice, a couple of the things we didn't do last year." Fregosi consider himself a member of the group now drawing "great salaries." He r e c e n t l y signed for $40,000, a c o m p a r a b l e figure to that being paid Zoilo Versalles. the league's most,valuable player. T h e y surrendered t h e lead in the shortstop salary derby to Maury Wills when the noted banjo player resumed his baseball career Tuesday night. "I don't belong in Maury's APRIL EXHIBITIONS Blades^ Seals to Play in Phoenix By RICH ROBERTS Is the Blades' future in Phoenix? Hockey has been eyeing the Arizona metropolis, with its new $9,000,000 arena, as a : ine manager nao to ao ; minor , base of opera . If i t s got me thinking j t j , 0 lace one ()f the it. in the right direction I'm sure that it's had the same effect on 39 other guys." James Louis Fregosi may not yet be the captain of the Angels, but he is an ambassador without portfolio. somehow overtake the Totems: for the final playoff berth. ! But at the moment il a p - j pears that for the second cun-! secutive season the California' cousins won't make the grade: and the Blades will be! league i, )0 king for a new place to San play next season. Itions to replace cities lost by major expansion. And the Blades and sani Ph ,,enix has just opened its, Francisco Seals, who appar- Veterans Memorials Coliseum, ently won't have anything else! f ) n |he A r j z o n a S(ate F a j r J to do during the Western grmlnds w i t h i n i fl mip"les of. b r a c k e t yet." admitted Fregosi. "For one reason, I don't bring the people iiuo the park the way he does. Of course, he's paid to ste«l while I'm paid not to. "Despite all of his stolen bases, I've scored more run* in each of the las! three years, have more total bases and a higher average. One year, he hit .261, made 50 errors and was still the mvp. "Remember, he's got a few years on me. 1 don't think a player reaches his potential until lie's 27. By then, he has overcome the bad physical and mental habits you're bound to pick up." While a badly bruised ley delayed his conditioning by two weeks last spring, it was the physical habit of overswinging and the mental habit of attempting to carry the whole team which restricted h i s f i r s t half average to .262. Averages of .295, .280 and .317 during the final three months when he "cut down my swing and just tried to hit the ball some- n his final. Generally accepted a s the : Hockc V Lea R ue Playoffs, will ; d i m . n t o w n The arena sgats where" resulted ir team's playing leader, the !draw a few samples of inter-, s ( ) m e 10000 for h(jckey ,, nd respectable mark _ _ _ _ · _ _ . . nn . . 1.1 ---·"--^--·-----^-~-«~-**--^^----w--··---w--^. ( ^ ^ ^ cr\n f I 1 . _ * I 11 l "I'll P£t HIV 20 I WHL Standings a g g r e s s i v e 23-year-old shortstop contends that the rewards waiting in Anaheim demand total effort. "If this team won't give 100% in Anaheim, it won't give it anywhere," said Fregosi. "The spirit wasn't there last year. It had better be this year or something serious will have to .. _ . Ptl. OF C, PoUland . 34 II 5 77 211 " Victoria 34 II 4 n 211 Vancouver ,, 30 27 4 64 224 Seattle 27 33 1 X '" San Francisco . . . 23 35 2 4g iixtat Si » 5 44 Tuesday's Results Baltimore (AL) 4, Victoria 3. San F r ancisco 4. Vancouver 1. (Only games scheduled! Games Tonight Victoria at Hershrv (ALL. I0nlygameictieauled.l about 12,500 for basketball.' "I'll get my 20 home runs .., , . ,,, , . -.. i in the new park simply by | Tulsa and Oklahoma City, ^ £» UJ of the Central Hockey Leaguei _ ari , vb jj, $|drew 8,000 to a recent exhibi- *' J» J» tion, and WHL president Al! Leader also is anxious to ex- jplore Phoenix' prospects. I've got to be an average man. I should hit between .280 and .300." Overswinging, F r e g o s i fanned 107 times last year, simply trying to make con- oacti Lynn Pat- est when they play three ex-iensem'an"jerry fomumi VisetTTues. (Continued Page C-2, Col. -4) ihibition games there in mid- and winner' Bun Oevchamps still has an ^nTs.^f^!'""? April, the Independent has ^ay^'^TOsd.y^ ABE SAPERSTEIN Ambassador of Goodwill will be a thing of the past, and a lot of guys will go. "These people have made a big investment in Anaheim and it's time we i started helping them by i bringing some fans into the ! park. Sure, you've got to learned. Tentative dates April 11-12-13. Today » Sports Card Preo Golf-Poly ~ aoainsi . . . . _ _ . ibablv wou.'d ^hift tni'tv Marc . . - IB Gall--Polv vs Oownev . . . _ . Narrow*; Laktwood vv Warrwi :i«ed Mondflv bv a rtoh '·! oM SKvimni. both 3 o.m. ., . . . , , , - V o* Bob Wrlion Ho*'/«r- Mjtrrfl Pr*p GvmnaiTICi--W-'vyi f» W.nih CJllh officials are Withhold- Pelletler, who held Vancoovrr to n 3 : Jordan a 1 Pol" !.s*twood at Balding formal announcement of i«v. *apy**v u . B'*de public'iv man' P» T«ni»-t the Cubs (0-4) Miss Billy the Kid's Bat By JIM ENRIGHT Special te the I, P-T TUCSON, Ariz. -- Leo Durocher now has a good book on life with the Cubs. He's had a bird's eye view of some of the reasons why Jiey have been stalled in the National League's second division for 19 straight seasons -inability to win for losing. In the process of yesterday's 6-2 loss to the Giants in Phoenix, the li'l Cubbies' fourth straight vithout vi - tory, the Bruins left 13 runners stnnded as they blended six hits with eight Wd'.ks. "We had the right men, Santo and Banks, up at the right time, but we still couldn't get anything go- ing, Durocher said in a not too downcast manner. Then The Brain's face brightened as he confessed: "I'll say I'm not nearly as worried in the middle of March as I would be in the middle of April about t h i s lack of hitting. I realize the absence nf No. 26 (Billy Williams'! makes p big dif ference, but 10 runs in four games isn't nearly enough." According to the latest word from Dr. Robert Woods, the Dodgers' 'earn physician who is attending Williams. Billy, the kid. will rest until Sn!iirday for ilie Cubs' "home' opener in Long Beach's Blair Field iig.iinst the Thk moans Williams will miss the next three road games -- two here against the Indians and a single stand against the Angels in Palm Springs Friday. Cut CAPERS: The Cubs did good business al UK box otlice m Pdoerim. drawing 7.iu tor :he !wo oam£» Tu" day's fjrnouf ot .XS73 vas two mo-e thao Monday's . The Cub's tO'e most tans, pre-Kenl M Mrs. Plul Wri«lev, will tw aboard tor ihe oame Saturjuv .n Long Bfacfl . Willie Man attemot^d to y, ur-. UD a fostwme golf milch wl* Km* IMVUI. but it was no dice . And. soealc o« enif, KM Wnlv scorea · K tt w«s» after ' Ttw 3rL'lns 8*ach lf»er t but to P«im ieringi series u n t i l their playoff^o- hopes are dead. It was the r; :,Seals' idei. | Also, the Blades nren't pro-; ijecting any plans for selling j or transferring the club's holdings b e y o n d the National H o c k e y League's April 5 meeting in New York when the NHL governors will reappraise Jack Kent Cooke's ·prospects for delivering · his own arena, as promised. THE .BLADES and Seals close the regular NHL season at the L.A. Sports Arena April 9. Fourth-place Seattle also .has beon approached about the Phoenix series, should er Monday's Mnv. . yyiii fly M* to Lemo t * tev '' T!i»TnxwS'. 'either the Blades or S e a l s DODGERS 8-5 WITH BIG 2, 4-1 WITHOUT RENO, Ncv. UP)--Fortunes of the Dodgers rest heavily on the shoulders of holdout pitchers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale, in the books of Nevada s legal oddsmakers. The world champions are heavy favorites to '.vir. another National League baseball pennant but ... "Everything is dependent on Knutax and Drysdale signing contracts." said ,-, h'lokie Tuesday. "Otherwise. Los Angeles would have '·' be placed ciowfi ;,, a ·!·! or 5-1 choice." Ir the American League the Minnesota Twin-: an' 3-2 as favorites to w i n another pennant

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