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INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PI Lorn inch, C.III-, Frl, fit. MEET GARY CROTEAV, AN ALL-CANADIAN BOY Make Way for the Kings! They've Signed Superman By RICH ROBERTS Staff Writer If Johnny Wilson is right, at 8 o'clock Saturday night there will be a giant clap of thunder and the roof of the Forum will open. The next superstar of the National Hockey League will have arrived. Wilson is coach of the Kings' Springfield, Mass.. farm club, where the Kings went Thursday to get Gary Croteau, a 21- year-nld left wing playing his first season of pro hockey. He will make his NHL debut against the Philadelphia Flyers. They also called up center Bill Inglis, 25, who p'ayed 12 games for the Kings last season. But Croteau is the one Wilson wanted to talk about. Speaking via long distance Thursday night, Wilson told this newspaper that Croteau is "big, rugged, had a good shot and is perhaps the strongest hockey player 1 have ever been associated with." "I've never seen a kid that can go down the sideboards with that puck like he can. The defense- men just crumble. Nobody's been able to con- lain him yet." Croteau is 6 feet tall and weighs 205 pounds. With 25 goals and 20 assists in 52 games, he is leading candidate to become the American Hockey League's rookie of the year. But is he ready for the National League? "1 would think that he is," Wilson says, "It might take him a few games to get adjusted, but he'll bo an exciting hockey player." King coach Red Kelly and general manager Larry Regan had reservations about calling up Croteau, whose pro rights were obtained from the Toronto Maple Leafs last fall. Kelly said this week, "The only question is his skating ability." Wlson says, "Toronto just told him to go learn liow to skate, but he's as good a skater for an aggressive player as any I've seen. And what he lacks In finesse, he makes up in desire." Regan then said. "If we bring him up and he doesn't do well, it might ruin him." Wilson says, "When 1 told him, he was all excited. He shook my hand and said. 'Thanks, coach. I hope I don't let ymi down."" Croteau founds like the all-American boy. except he's a Canadian. He is a graduate of Si. Lawrence L'niversity and. according to Wilson, "kind of a favorite in Springfield. Rut the fans are delighted in know he's getting a chance to play in the NHL." Regan said that, "the Springfield fans are al- readv mad at us." but Wilson feels he has enough personnel left to grab a playoff spot. Typical of the enthusiastic Springfield fans, one called Kings' publicity chief .Ion Washington Thursday to ask who the Kings were sending down in replace Croteau and Inglis. Ai this moment, they plan to send nobody. Kelly hope.; Croteau will put some punch in the Kings' attack. "He can be very rough when he feels he is being . intimidated," Wilson says, "But he won't take the cheap penalty." "The kid excels at all levels -- a first class individual. He'll probably address you as 'sir' when you meet him. .--'69 Ekdrie- ADDING MACHINE TALLYMASTER MARK V iir VICTOX -J*4-£T5T:ES E3-A.R.S 03ST By LOEL SCHRADER Staff Writer College basketball in recent years has moved out of the dumpy, dingy gymnasiums into shiny new arenas. It has also gone major league in its two-year television agreement with the National Broadcasting Company. NBC reportedly came up with a bundle of cash to win exclusive rights to the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. tournament from six other bidders, including ABC and CBS. NBC's coverage of the NCAA classic begins Saturday, March 8, with first-round elimination games among teams seeking berths in the four regional tournaments. Two of these elimination games will be colorcast on March 8 as a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m., PST. Opponents still haven't been announced. · Another doubleheader package is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, featuring final games of the Midwest and Far West Regional Tournaments, the latter to be held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. Starting time for the doubleheader is 1 p.m., PST. '· NBC will also telecast the NCAA championships from Freedom Hall in Louisville on March 20 and 22. The semi-final game pitting the Far West representative, most likely UCLA, against the Midwest champion will be telecast to the Southland at 7:30 p.m., PST. A doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, March 22, with the third-place game beginning the action at 11 a.m., PST. The title game will follow. If all goes as expected, UCLA will appear in four of the games to be telecast by NBC and Ch. 4. You can prepare for this barrage of basketballs tonight by choosing between live telecasts of the USC-Cal and UCLA-Stanford games. Ch. 11 will deliver the USC-Cal action and Ch. 5 will show the UCLA-Stanford game. Both games start at 8 p.m. Both of the Southland teams will be seen in action Saturday, but not simultaneously. USC and Stanford can be seen in the Pacific-8 game of the week at 2:30 on Ch. 5. The same station will telecast UCLA and Cal at 8 p.m. * * * TELENEWS: First prize of $20,000 will be at stake when Frank Beard, a top American golfer, and Ben Arda of The Phillipines meet for the championship of "The Wonderful World of Golf." Ch. 4 brings you the action at 5 p.m. from Medinah, III. Country Club. Arda and Beard already have won $17,000 enroute to the final. Arda's advance to (he championship has been z shocker. He has never played the PGA tour . . . The nation's No. H basketball team. Santa Clara, faces Loyola in the West Coast Athletic Conference's television game of (he week Saturday at 3 p.m. The Broncos probably will next he seen in the Far West Regional Tourney at Pauley. WEEK'S TV FARE: Tonight--College basketball, USC-Cal, 8, Ch. 11; UCLA-Stanford, 8, Ch. 5. Saturday --High school basketball, noon, Ch. 4; golf, Doral Open, 1 p.m. Ch. 9; CBS Golf Classic, 2:30 p.m., Ch. 2; college basketball, USC vs. Stanford, 2:30 p.m., Ch. 5; college basketball, tape, Santa Clara vs. Loyola, 3 p.m., Ch. 13; pro bowling, 3:30 p.m., Ch. 7; Santa Anita racing, 4:30 p.m., Ch. 4; Wide World of Sports (world figure skating), 5 p.m., Ch. 7; Wonderful World of Golf, 5 p.m., Ch. 4; skiing, 6:30 p.m., Ch. 7; auto racing, 7:30 p.m., Ch 5; college basketball. UCLA vs. California, 8 p.m., Ch. 5. Sunday--Gymnastics meet, tape, USC vs. UCLA, 9:30 a.m., Ch. 5; pro basketball, Philadelphia vs. Detroit, 10:55 a.m., Ch. 7; pro hockey, Chicago vs. Toronto, 11:30 a.m., Ch. 2: golf, Doral Open, f i n a l round, 12:30 p.m., Ch. 9; h u n t i n g and fishing. 4 p.m., Ch. 7; skiing, .lean-Claude Killy. 5 p.m., Ch. 5. Tuesday--Bruins in Action, 8:30 p.m., Ch. 5. Wednesday--Pro hockey, Kings vs. Toronto, fi p.m., Ch. 5; wrestling, 9 p.m., Ch. 5. Thursday--Olympic Club boxing. 8:30 p.m.. Ch. 5. Friday--College basketball, tape, USC vs. UCLA, 11:30 p.m., Ch. II. 49ers' ) Nolan Faces 2 Tough Gym Tasks Tonight, and Saturday night are important dates for Cal Stale Long Beach gymnast Mark Nolan. Nolan and his teammates are at Valley State tfjnight and at, home Saturday night for a meet with Cal-Berkeley. -Nolan, a freshman, is attempting to complete the dual meet season unbeaten in ring competition. If he gels by the 1 next two nights, he should be home free. . . . It will be no easy task. Valley State is the defending -NCAA college division champion. Besides facing outstanding talent from tfie Matadors, UC Santa Barbara also is entered in tonight's activity. · .Saturday night's foe, California, will prove no easier for Nolan, who has tied the school record with a 9.3 score on the rings. Cal is the defending NCAA university champi- on, and 49er coach Ken Bartlett says "the Bears are nearly as good this year. I'm sure they arc in the top four." Admission to the Cal meet, which begins at 7:30. is SI for adults and 50 cents for students. l Svason THIRD ON NL WHIFF LIST LAST SEASON D e f e n d i n g champion Long Reach City College attempts to get its rain- delayed baseball season started today at Blair Field against Pierce College. The Vikings were slated to begin their defense of their title Tuesday at Cerritos in the opening game. Rains washed out the contest and it. will he played Saturday at Cerritos at 2:30. Today's contest will begin at 1:30 p.m. Bill Singer: Dodgers' New Koufax By FRED CLAIRE Staff Writer VERO BEACH, Fla. -They refer to him as "Bullet" Bill Singer and everyone talks about the fast one he can throw. He struck out 227 hat- ters last season, ranking third in the National League behind Bob Gibson of St. Louis (268) and Ferguson Jenkins of Chicago (260). Singer recorded nine more strikeouts than Juan Marichal of San Francisco Aniaro Optimistic Hell Help Angels By GORDON VERRELL Staff Writer HOLTVILLE -- Ruben Amaro slipped into the batting cage for his first swings of 1969. George Brunei was the pitcher. Bru s e r v e d up three pitches and Amaro mot each one right, on the button, bringing a smile to the pitcher's face. "Ah, same old Ruben. Beautiful." Same old Ruben, indeed. At least that's what the newest Angel infielder is hoping the Halos' brass -namely manager Bill Rigney -- discovers. Same old Ruben. That would be just dandy with Amaro, a player with rare versatility who has obtained from the Yankees just after the World Series last year in a cash deal. Ruben docs a good many things. And he does them well. Little things, like advancing a runner an important extra base or working for a base on halls at a critical point in the game nr hitting to the opposite field. Little things that help win ball games. Sounds simple and quite routine, true. But guys like Amaro do these things at a cost, usually their own batting average. Ruben's best season in the majors was 1964 at Philadelphia when he batted .264. He's had other less noteworthy campaigns, such as .231, .217 and .122 last year with the Yankees. Why, then, is the same old Ruben so important? "It's more than average," begins the 33-year- old veteran of nine seasons in the big leagues. "I try to do a lot of things at the plate. I don't get fooled much and I hit the ball most of the time. "But sometimes the things I do mean sacrificing an out to advance a guy or something like that. This shows up in the average, you know." Tliis is the thing that concerns Amaro the most. "Mr. Rigney sees me only one cr two series all season," He explains. "I just hope the Angels look at a little more than just the average. But I'm optimist i c here. They wouldn't have b r o u g h t me from , New York if they didn't '· think I could help." Amaro shouldn't worry. '· Rig knows all about him. ! "He's going tn be a fine asset," the manager says. "If Tom Satriano stays where he is -- catching then A m a r o will be the man we can use just about anyplace on the infield. Yes, he's a good fielder and with him we can give some of our other people a rest now and then." Ruben admits the situation here is a bit complicated. "Fregosi is one of the best shortstops in the league, Second base is established with Knoop, and Aurelio Rodriguez is at third base. "But the way baseball is today, with all the games and the traveling, no one is well off playing 162 games. So I think I can help the club as the extra infielder." One reason the Angels went for Amaro, Rigney added, was because of a lack of infieldcrs throughout the organization. Last summer was a dismal one for Amaro just like it was for the Angels. He recovered from a severe knee injury he suffered in 1966 to play 130 games in 1967. But, as Ruben explains, "1 was the forgotten man last year." ANGEL ANGLES: Knooo and Rob Rodgers arrived in lime for Thursday's workout. "They certainly added some lip out there." Rigney said . . . Fregosi. slill unsigned, arrives today . . . Roqer Repor is a papa for Ihe second lime. Wife Karla presented Roger wifh an eight-pound bov early Ihursdav morning. Repoz has not signed his contract but received permission lo check in lalo. Rlflney has tentatively scheduled an in- tra-sauad game for Sunday. "It might snap things up a little," lie explained. . . Jay Johnstons continues to smoke the hall in practice . . . Thursday's workoul was largely a skull session. and 72 more than team- male Don Drysdale. Bill Singer has played seven seasons of professional baseball. And yet he won't reach the age of 25 u n t i l April 24th. This could he the year Bill Singer establishes himself as one of the top pitching stars of the Nat i o n a l League. He's one the verge of being the new Sandy Koufax. And he knows the reason. Ironically, it has little to do with the fast ball. In 1965 Bill Singer was attempting to blaze the ball past the batters in the Pacific Coast League. He wasn't having a great deal of success. As a matter of fact, after 40 innings he had given up 36 earned runs for a 2-6 record and 8.30 earned run average. A desperate young pitcher, Bill had to do something. "I went back to throwing more breaking balls," Bill recalled Thursday after checking into Dodgerlown and undergoing his first workoul of the spring. "If you're going to be a starting pitcher you have to have more than one pitch. My fast ball wasn't enough." Now that Bill has proven to opposing batters he can throw a breaking ball ("it's really something between a slider and curve," Bill says) he has something else in store. . "I've been working this w i n t e r on a screw ball and slider," says Bill. "I threw for 20 minutes today and showed 'Red' (pitching coach Rod Adams) UK; pitches. He liked Will Mick Retire Today? Howard, Rose Hold Out United Press International One of the elder slates- men of b a s e b a l l -- W i l l i e Mays -- came to contract terms Thursday and another -- Mickey Mantle -- may decide at any moment, whether he will piny in 1969. Mantle was due at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. today where New York Yankee officials waited to hear if the Mick had decided to play just one more season. Also off the dotted line was Pete Rose, the National League batting champion, who has declined initial overtures from Cincinnati. A difficult situation apparently is developing at Pompano Beach, Fla., where Washington Senator owned Bob Short and home run king Frank Howard got nowhere after a 35-minute talk. Howard, who hit 44 homers last season, is reportedly after a 825,000 raise which would put him in the $80,000 neighborhood. There were some contented players, however, Harmon Killebrew joined Minnesota a t O r l a n d o , Fla., and Philadelphia signed two of their highest paid players, o u t f i e l d - ers Richie Allen and John Callison. Baltimore at. its Miami base came to terms with Dave McNally, hottest pitcher in the American League in the second half ot the campaign. McNally took an estimated $45,000 for his 22 victories of last year, when he won 14 of his last 16 decisions. At Winter Haven, Fla., Boston watched anxiously and sympathetically as Tony Conigliaro began his second comeback try. Fighting the eye injury he suffered in August. 1967, Conigliaro took batting practice during his first day of drills and hit to all fields. TOMATO JUICE WITHOUT T/ w L -**' Kam-chatKa IS A BLOODY 8HAME br Th Alfred Hirl Compiny · 10 Proof · 100',. C.riln Neulral Spirit! what he saw but made a slight suggpstinn on each pitch. And you know what? I threw both of tlio pitches b f t i p r t h a n ever. Red always has been a tremendous help to mo and 1 know he- will ho this season as the pitching coach." In addition to f i n d i n g a pitch to go along with tb^ fast ball. Singer says there's another major reason he has been abk 1 to win 25 games for the Dodgers during the past two seasons. "It's the mental part." he says. "There are a lot. of guys in Triple-A who can blaze the ball. But they don't have the correct mental outlook. You need confidence. And success breeds cofidence. "I was up three times with the Dodgers for a cup of coffee--in 1964, 1965 and 19G6. But I didn't know what to expect, or what to throw. I didn't know how to set up a hatter with my curve ball. "I feel I'm ready for a big season. I'd like to win a m i n i m u m of three games per month. "That adds up to at least 18 wins. DODGER NOTES: Singer arrived In camp Wednesday night. Pitcher Don Sullon and second baseman Jim Lefebvre chocked in al 6 a.m. Thursday back lo the ballina cage and pitching machine for exira work after the regular drilK were finished. He's lhal kind of n worker. With Pete Mikkclsen throwing batlina practice lo Lefebvre. batting In- 49er Wrestlers Win CSLB 24, Biola 13 '. 123 -- Dave Marne (LB) det.. Tobev I U-2; 130 -- Chris Davis (B), won bv lor- , felt; 137 -- Chuck Clark (LB) dec. De- 1 urea 11-2; 145 -- Bruce Wandr-rer (I B) ' dec. Clcwctt, 86; 152 - Ralph Miinsburv : (LB)}, pinned Cotciner, 3:19; 160 -Charles Rrndshaw (B) riec. Carl Ga- hrleison, 6-3; 167 Gary BoMs (LB)) nlnned AAcDougla!!, 3.20; 177 -- Mike Hsher (B) pinned Hans Albrcctu 2:20; Heavyweight -- Bill Mavoral (LB) Dinned Dfli Clark. 3:27. Dixie Walker ordered torn r!tctie.. ly oe t . "It look to throw hasn' »ltc e 12 years to final- trie bail low." . . . signed his rwitr.ict bi-l K "rltup." . . 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