Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on May 17, 1967 · Page 25
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Tucson, Arizona
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Wednesday, May 17, 1967
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(Tucson (Tiiircn SPORTS WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 1967 PAGE 25 Tucson Racing Plans Fail To Impress Commission By DAVE SPRIGGS Citizen Sports Writer The race is on. The stakes are high. And the issue is very much in doubt because both entries showed a lack of early speed in their first pass by the judges' stand. The Tucson Turf Club and the Southern Arizona Livestock Association are contenders for commercial horse racing dates in Pima County. TTC has requested 42 days of weekend racing from Nov. 25 to April 7. The Livestock Association has asked for a 38-day slate starting Nov. 25. Neither organization gained an advantage in the early going yesterday in an appearance before the Arizona Racing Commission at Phoenix. Both were told to return next Tuesday with complete information concerning their proposed operations. Tucson Turf Club wants to revive the sport at Rillito Park while the livestock group is planning to race at the new fairgrounds site on Houghton Road. The two locations are the crux of the problem -- one has a notorious reputation among horsemen while the other lacks facilities... As one commissioner put it, "We do not want to give a blank check and create another Rillito," but he still wanted assurance that the racing dates would be used. Tom Finley, former chairman of the commission and still an active member, set the tone of the hearing with his opening remark, following the presentation of attorney Jim Richmond in behalf of the Tucson Turf Club. "The history of Rillito indicates that it needs a good fumigation," s a i d Finley, who dragged out some old skeletons of the sport for quick review. Finley was quick to question both Richmond and Turf Club general manager Glenn Trump on details that neither was pre- pared to cope with. The financial structure of the venture, the lease arrangements of the plant and the ability of the proposed management personnel were questioned. When Trump explained the Turf Club's position on the payment of debts totaling $37,000 owed to horsemen by the former operator, Finley recalled some printed comments under Trump's byline, while he was still a member of the Tucson Daily Citizen sports staff. Richmond was caught in the crossfire as the two engaged in a battle of wits. He calmed the exchange only to be greeted by commission member John Goodman's initial remark, "We just want to find out who is behind those who are behind the proposed operation." Goodman pressed both Richmond and Trump at great length concerning any interest Lou Jacobs' Sports Enterprise empire has in the proposed revival. Goodman received repeated denials of Jacobs' mon- e y b e i n g invested either directly or indirectly through loans to prospective stockholders. Goodman asked Fairgrounds Track attorney Thomas H. Childers, "Where are you?" a n d received a thumbnail sketch of the new site's improvements -- three new buildings, installed utilities -- totaling $100,000. The commission heard plans for a one-mile track, grandstand and stables. Frank Waitman questioned the Fairgrounds group about lack of stabies and security measures. He was told that by using the dismantled stables of the old fairgrounds plant and portable stalls that the proposed facility would be able to house 536 horses and arrangements were being looked into for others. Both groups were told to present financial statements at th« next hearing. Tucson Turf Club was directed to present a copy of the lease, a list of stockholders and a copy of the underwriters agreement. Athletics' Gro undskeeper Helps Catfish Hunter Bite Madison Square Garden Riot Guards and spectators cover their heads after a wild riot erupted in Madison Square Garden last night. Fans started bombarding the 'THEY WERE LIKE ANIMALS' Tige By MURRAY ROSE Associated Press Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- Puerto Rican fighters will be barred from main events at Madison Square Garden for a cooling off period, it was learned today following the second riot within 10 weeks and the third in 21 months at a fight show in the famed arena. Bottles, pieces of chairs and other missiles were tossed into the ring and the ringside sections Tuesday night shortly after light heavyweight champion Dick Tiger of Nigeria was awarded a split decision over Puerto Rican-born Jose Torres in a very close return, 15-round title bout. Eleven persons suffered cuts and were treated at nearby hospitals, police reported. None of. the victims were' reported seriously hurt. No arrests were reported. The other two riots involved fights featuring Puerto Rican- born Frankie Narvaez, a New York lightweight %vho lost both times. In the first, Narvaez dropped a split decision in a close fight v ith Flash Elorde of the Philippines on Aug. 4,1965. In the second, on March 10, 1967, Panama's Ismael Laguna decisively whipped Narvaez and was awarded unanimous decision by whopping margins. As a result of the third riot, a proposed title fight between lightweight champion Carlos Ortiz, a Puerto Rican-born New Yorker and Laguna may not be held in New York or may be put off for some time. The fight had been considered a sure sellout. A Garden source, who asked not to be identified, said, "We can't go with that or any mam event with a Puerto Rican for some time after this one. Tieer had dethroned the 3-1 favored Torres on a decisive and unanimous decision at the Garden last Dec 18 before a crowd of 13,654 that paid $100,488. There were no disorders at that fight, rr^rrPS In the return bout, Torres, with an advantage m age, weight, height and reach, was TavS again, this time by nar- rowcrB-5 odds. It drew a crowd of 12674 and $104,459, and grossed $50,000 more from national television. Tferee Harold Valan and iudge Johnny Dran each voted for Tiger by 8-7 margins in Kicks ring and ringside with bottles and chairs after Dick Tiger retained his boxing title with a decision over Jose Torres. (AP Wirephoto). Garden Riot By Associated Press George Toma is helping Catfish Hunter into a hole so Hunter can help the Kansas City Athletics out of one. Toma, the Athletics 1 head groundskeeper, sees to it that Hunter has no trouble digging a hole in front of the pitching rubber to step into. The right-han- der complained the dirt at Min- esota was like cement May 11 hen he lost 8-0 to the Twins. But Tuesday night in Kansas ity, the dirt was just like dirt nd Hunter dug in to bring his ecord to 4-3 with a three-hit, even-strikeout, 4-0 victory over California. Three of his victories lave been at home. The triumph was the A's fifth traight since Hunter's "concrete" experience and moved hem to within 4% games of the American League leading Chicago White Sox. Third-place Kansas City now is 15-14--its best start since 1963 when th eA's were 18-14 and in second place the morning of May 16. They finished eighth that year and didn't get any higher until last season when they struggled to seventh. In other AL games Tuesday night, Dean Chance and Minnesota stopped the White Sox winning string at 10 with a 1-0 victory, the New York Yankees edged Cleveland 4-3 in 11 in nings, Washington nipped Detroit 5-4 and Baltimore beat Boston 8-5. It also was another Monday night for Kansas City. Rich Monday, the club's hottest hitter over the last 11 games, gave Hunter all the help he needed b doubling home the first twt runs. Chance, winning his sixt traight since losing his first tart of the season, allowed just ive singles and was backed by hree double plays. Chicago's Johnny Buzhardt also gave up only five hits, but wo of them were successive doubles by Bob Allison and Zoilo Versallcs for Minnesota's run in the second inning. The Yankees, who tied the game with a pair of runs in the eighth, loaded the bases with none out in the 11th. Mickey Mantle then singled over the left fielder's head to end it. Cleveland had taken a 3-1 lead in the fifth when, with two out shortstop Dick Howser's throw ing error let in two runs anc Rocky Colavito's single brough in another. Baltimore overcame a 5- Boston lead in the eighth when Paul Blair hit his first homer of the season, a three-run, pinch- hit blast. Frank Robinson hit' a two-run homer for the Orioles, while Carl Yastrzemski belted.a two-run shot and George Scott walloped Boston. a pair of triples for Al Kaline hit a three-run homer in the Detroit first, but Washington came back to tie the score in its half of the inningj with Fred Valentine's two-run double the key hit. The Senators took the lead with two runs in the third, with consecutive doubles by Jim King and Frank Howard producing one and Bernie Allen's sacrifice fly providing the other. Box Scores, Page 2« rounds. Judge Joe Eppy had it 8-7 for Torres. The Associated Press also had it 8-7 for Torres. A ringside poll showed an 8-71 edge for Torres with most of the writers having scores with similar razor-thin margins. A late surge by the 31-year-old Torres excited his followers and probably touched off the riot. Well behind on all scorecards, he staggered the 37-year-old Nigerian with a sweeping left and right to the jaw in the 12th round and captured the last four rounds on all scorecards. __ Torres had predicted a knockout victory. He went after his lighter -- 173 pounds to 167 -and shorter rival from the open- ing bell and they fought a fierce battle for three rounds. The iron-jawed Nigerian, getting in close and banging away with both hands to the body and head, dominated the next five rounds. Torres spurted in the ninth and 10th, lost the llth and then started his drive in the 12th. When the scores were announced there was a momentar- ly lull. Then a bottle was heaved from the balcony and then the other missiles rained down as spectators put wooden chairs over their heads and scurried for cover. · City police and firemen were summoned to help the special police in the Garden. It took at least 15 minutes before the disorders were quelled. "They were like animals," said Dick Esau, the head of the Garden's security force. Deputy police inspector David Fallek, on duty in the balcony, said, "I broke up several fist fights. I grabbed one guy and about 20 others surrounded me. I had to let go. I was too near the edge." Torres remained in the ring for five minutes after the missile throwing started. He pleaded to the balcony spectators to behave themselves. It didn't help. Tiger left the ring with a wooden folding chair over his head. Panthers' Davis Accents Maturity Arcadia Golfers Head AA Lineup First in a series dealing with nominees for the Tucson Daily Citizen Sportsmanship Award, which will be announced May 29. The following includes a few of the outstanding achievements by the nominee. Kenneth LeRoy Davis is an outstanding athlete, as his record at Amphitheater H i g h School attests. But he is also a mature student, with the accent on "mature." During a football game last fall, an official called back an Amphi touchdown on a penalty, then embarrassingly admitted he had made a poor call. Davis never Kenneth Davis counts AHS assistant football coach Carl Runk. "We all make mistakes, sir," said Davis. "But it doesn't matter . . we're going to score on the next play, anyway" That official, and many others, remember Ken well as an unusually mature young athlete. H i g h school sports fans in general remember him as an outstanding all-around athlete who has won all-city honors in football (first-team) and basketball (second-team) and is a strong contender to draw further honors on the all-city baseball squad next week. He was also honorable-mention all-state in football. Davis has a busy schedule, but still has managed to compile a 2.1612 grade average to rank 93rd in his class of 421 students. A recipient of a general resident scholarship to the University of Arizona, he has served as Boys State delegate, was active in Key Club and church group activities, where he served as youth pastor for two years. Davis, the son of Mrs. Mabel Davis, 1214 East Copper St., is one of nine Tucson-area high school seniors nominated for t h e C i t i z e n Sportsmanship A w a r d by their respective schools. The winner will be selected on the basis of athletic ability, classroom scholarship, sportsmanship and outside activities. Arcadia will head tomorrow's Class AA state golf tournament as the two-day, 27-hole event begins a t Randolph North Course. The Titans, winner of four of the last five state tournaments, will be headed by the fivesome of Don Splonic (36), Tom Olson (36). Jerry Van Houten (37), Bob Mayer (37) and Dave Busby (38). Arcadia, coached by Ray Jackson, e a s i l y w o n last week's Division 1AA qualifying tournament, outshooting Westwood, 296-312. Other top team entries are 4AA champion Catalina, 2AA champion Brophy and 3AA champion West. The tournament starts at noon tomorrov. with nine holes. Friday's 18 hole finals begin at 8:30 a.m. Other spring sports cham- Maryviile, 38. 12:25 -- Williams, Rincon, 37; Braly, West, 39. Calver), Westv/ood, 33. 12:42 -- Mayer, Arcadia, :17; Ccn- Ine, Maryvaie, 37; Furr, Ca talma, 38. 12:49 -- Perkins, Westwood, 39; p'Mally, 3rophy, 39; McCool, West. 39. 1.2:56 -Pruitt, Rincon, Bosley, Arcadia, 28, Branch, Prescolt. 40. 1:03 - Cochran, Cataltna, 38; Hushes. Marvvale, 38; Brahrri, West, 39. 1:1C - Dent, Rincon, 40; Zody, Maryvaie. 39; Gere. Prescott, 42 l:V7 - Eagleburger, Westwood, 40; Sims Brophy, 41; Jackson, West, 41. V24 _ Brafford, Westwood, 40; Lewis, Prescott, 44; Zeloff, Brophy, 42. 1:3 Kelly, Prescott, 44; Cochrnn, Catallns, 42; Brown, Rincon, 44. McCluskey Records Top Time INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (UPI) -- Roger McCluskey of Tucson had the fastest time.in yesterday's practice laps for the Indianapolis 500-mile auto race. McCluskey toured the 21/2 mile oval at 166 miles per hour to pace the 48 machines. A veteran of five Memorial Day 500s, but never a winner, McCluskey was favored to capture one of the eight remaining s t a r t i n g berths during the final two days of qualifications this weekend. National driving champion Mario Andretti of Nazareth, Pa., who grabbed the pole position Saturday, was clocked at 164 m.p.h. Tuesday, nearly 5 m.p.h. slower than his record qualifying speed. BASEBALL SCOREBOARD UA Disputes Mathematics Of'Poke AD National League Pct. Behind .697 .593 ' .593 4 .571 4 ' i .517 6 .500 6' -i .464 7',? .385 1'3 10 13 pionships will be determined in AA gymnastics, AA swimming, AA and C baseball and track Friday and Saturday. The spring sports championships are sponsored by the Arizona Intersholastic Association (AIA). N o o n -- Splenic. Arcadia, 36; Trobaugh, Rincon, 34; Short, Cafalina, 34. 12:07 -- Martin. Brophy, 37; Lake, westv/ood, 37; Pools, Marvvale, 34. 12:14 -- Olson, Arcadia, 34; Johnson, West, 37; Twitty, Central 34. 12:21 -- topf, Brophy, 38; Curtis, Kofa, 37; Janneto, Cafallna, 37. 12:28 - Kelly, Prescott, 39; Van Houten, Arcadia, 37; Swarlz, SPORTS RESULTS Horse Racini NEW YORK -- Dunderhead, J3.40, held off the closing stretch drive of Air Rights and won the Flushing Purse at Aaueduct CHERRY HILL, N.J. -- Joe The Ba ber, $24, came through along the rail aw beat Athen's Gem by 1'A lengths In the feature at Garden State Park. BOSTON -- Bold Ship, $6.20, scored a three-quarters of a length victory ove Righteous Teddy in Suffolk Dov/ns' Esse: Purse. LOUISVILLE. Ky. -- Clos It Up, J14.60 beat Roman Pine In th; Iron Pea Purs »1 Churchill Downs. ALBANY, Calif. - Effel's Renards, 16, won the Half Moon Bay Purse at Golden Gat* Ftttds by 1V» lengths over Venlera. A University of Arizona athletic department spokesman has taken issue with W y o m i n g athletic director Glenn (Red) Jacoby's statement that the Cowhoys "take less than §20.000" out of Tucson for a Western Athletic Conference football game. "The last time we played Wyoming here was in 1964 before we added about 10,600 west-side seats." said UA ticket manager Chuck Magness, "and we gave Wyoming a check for a little over $24,000. The attendance was about 27,000." .Jacoby, plugging for the admission of Colorado State University and Texas Western to the WAC, said yesterday: "Arizona's always complaining about money. Al Tucson and Tempe we take out less than $20,000 for a game." "Wyoming got about $20,000 after our 1963 game here," said Magness, who expects a n e a r-capacity (40,000) audience for the season-opening Wyoming-Arizona game here Sept. 16. Won Lest Cincinnati . . . . . . 23 10 St. Louis 16 11 Pittsburgh . . . . . . 16 11 Chicago . . . 16 12 Atlanta . . . 15 U San Francisco 15 15 Philadelphia 13 15 New York . . 10 16 Los Angeles 11 16 in Houston . 1 11 290 Tuesday's Results St. Louis 4, Philadelphia 3 A t l a n t a 6, New York 3 Cincinnati 6, Pittsburgh 3 Los Angeles 6, Houston 1 San Francisco 2, Chicago I Today's Games P i t t s b u r g h (Sisk 1 - 5 ) at Cincinnati ( E l - lis 3-2), night Philadelphia (Short a - J ) ai St. Louis (Carlton 2 - 1 ) . night Houston (Cusllar 5-1) at Lo! Angeles (Sutlon 0-4), night New York S°aver 3-1) at AtlonM (Bruce 2 - 1 ) , night Chicago (Simmons 2-21 at San Franc.;co (McCorrnick 2-1! Thursday's Games Cincinnati at Philadelphia, night Pittsburgh at Atlanta, night . San Francisco at Houston, night Only games scheduled. American League Won L«st Pet. Behind 18 17 15 10 14 .692 .630 .517 .500 .464 .444 .462 4Vi '0 hicaijo JetrolT . . ansas City ·ieti York ---- ij 1 3 oston ..... T3 15 Washington ..... 13 5 Jevelar.d ..... . 12 14 Minnesota . . - · ! ' \\ Baltimore . .. 12 5 California . . 13 19 Tuesday's ResuHs Baltimore 8, Boslon 5 New York 4, Clevela.nd 3, II Washington S, Detroit 4 Kansas City 4. California 0 Minnesota l. Chicago 0 Tcdsy's G'mes California (Wlllhlte 0-0) at Kansas Cltv ^l/inne'sota "(Ka'at 1-4) ai Chicago (Hor- fi Delrolt n '°Sparma 3-0) at Washington Owns Perfect Record T h i r t y - n i n e inch Ricky Raski holds his 29-inch bat as he waits for a pitch which prahably will be called a ball. The Minneapolis Central High sophomore has walked in each of his 19 at-bats this season. (AP Wirephoto 1 ). Small Strike Zone Gives 3-Foot-3 Player Big Edge ^ v__j^ -- 3-3) a. Ne« Yor* (T B a al?,'mo?M PalSUr 2-1 or Bertaina 0-0, at Boston (Bennett 1-1) night Thursdiy'i Games Baltimore at Washington, nigni Only game schedules. Pacific Coast League tnaianapolii 9, Seattle 2 San Dleso 7, Pnoenix 2 Portland 1, Vancouver 0 Denver 3, Oklahoma City ? Spokane 3, Tcoma 1 Hawaii S, TuUa 4 Texas League Albuquerque 7, Dallas-Fort Worth 1 Arkansas 5, El Paso 3, 10 innings Amar'llo 4, Austin 1 International League Rochester 6, Toronto 5, 10 Innings Toledo 3, Jack son vile 2 Richmond i, Columbus ^ MINNEAPOLIS i A P ) -- For baseball pitchers who t h i n k their control is pretty good, Minneapolis Central H i g h School coach Jim Anderson has an acid test. Nobody's passed it yei Nineteen times this spring, Anderson has sent sophomore Ricky Raski to bat as a pinch hitter. Nineteen times. Ricky lias drawn a base on balls. Only one pitcher, Tom Un- stad of Minneapolis Roosevelt High, has managed to throw a strike to Ricky. He walked him on a 3-2 count. Kicky stands :i9 inches t a l l -three feet and ihree inches. But before any dissenters barken back to "Bill Veeck's abortive attempt to use a midget as a pinch h i t t e r wit! 1 , the old St. Louis Browns. Anderson argues that Ricky is legitimate Ricky's size is not his only urawback. He's a second baseman, and he's also left-handed. That's the main reason he doesn't play much in the field. But Ricky is willing. "I've been hit too many times already to be afraid of J ^ . J l l l t t L l U V H " - ' ' * - ; ^ ! - ' " - - - - " ( w "He's a real ballplayer, and j the ball," he said. If I get .*. . i I i _ L : . t _ --.,, f.*.1* TCii* T f3ft.w+t* he's not a bad hitter." Anderson said. "Don': kid yourself. . .! wouldn't play him if it would affect him adversely. He's great to have on the team, and he's a hard worker." Ricky's older brother, a Central High wrestler, was 3-foot-9. hurt, it's my fault. But I don't think about that. ··The coach hasn't given me the hit sign yet, so I haven't taken a rip at the ball. But I'm getting the temptation. I'm just waiting for a slow pitch and maybe I'll go after it."

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