Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on March 9, 1968 · Page 10
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 10

Tucson, Arizona
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Saturday, March 9, 1968
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(Eitizen SPORTS SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 1968 PAGE 10 Porter CITIZEN SPORTS EDITOR Angels Like The West Pacific Coast League baseball for Tucson next summer? A year ago I would have tangled up my typewriter keys laughing at such a notion. A few weeks ago, it suddenly became an outside possibility. Today, it looms as a distinct probability. Tucson, the town too poor in baseball enthusiasm to support Class C pro ball in the defunct Arizona- Mexico League, may find itself coming into an unexpected inheritance. Tucson never has claimed any relationship to a city such as, say, Seattle. But when major league expansion kills off Triple-A baseball in Seattle, don't be surprised if the Old Pueblo is the sole beneficiary of that city's PCL franchise. Seattle is just one of several current PCL sites which will have to give way to the major leagues in - the near future. The majors move into Seattle next season and that also negates nearby Tacama as a PCL city. Soon to follow the PCL major league casualty list is expected to be San Diego. Coast League In Tucson? But when Tucson mayor Jim Corbett announced Wednesday that an unnamed major league organization was interested in possibly moving its Pacific Coast League franchise to Tucson next year, I couldn't ihelp but adding up two and two and getting Seattle. The Seattle club is owned and operated by the California Angels, who have all their baseball ties -including spring training and the major leagues -out here in the West. The Angels' Class AA farm club, for instance, is only 320 miles down the road in El Paso. California also .has working agreements with Class A San Jose and Idaho Falls of the Rookie League. The Angels, themselves, hold spring training camp in Palm Springs and regular spring visitors to Tucson to play exhibition games with the Cleveland Indians. A Coast League franchise in Tucson would reopen the old Phoenix-Tucson-San Diego rivalry which dates back to the frontier days of baseball here in the West. Tough Attendance Task There would be strings attached, of course, such as the inevitable scramble for attendance and the necessary improvements to Hi Corbett Field. Hank Leiber, the former National League slugging star with the Giants and Cubs who is now on the Tucson Baseball Commission, agreed with -me ,- recently when we were talking about the rush of PCL gossip here. "There is no way Tucson could support a triple-A team in attendance," said Leiber. "I was talking with Rosy Ryan, the general manger of the P.hoenix Giants, and he told me it's a case of losing as little as possible for them. The only way for the PCL to come into Tucson would be if it were subsidized by a major league club." San Diego led the PCL in attendance last year with 250,527 fans -- an average of 3,386 per game. Phoenix, with a population potential three or four times larger than Tucson to draw from, was next to last in PCL draw with 122,747 or 1,659 per game. Improvements Needed If Tucson does land a franchise, it won't come cheap. City Parks and Recreation superintendent Gene Reid estimates it will cost at least $100,000 to raise the present 30 candlepower lighting at Hi Corbett to the 50-candlepower level which would be a minimum for AAA baseball. The city also is hoping to do an expansion job on the present grandstands at the park, extending the roof around the third-base line, to raise permanent grandstand seating from 2,000 to 3,000 and allowing for additional clubhouse space under the new stands. This project relates directly to Cleveland Indian spring training. The w.hole works adds up to a tab of close to a quarter-million dollars. It sounds steep but the stadium expansion is needed for the Indians, who have remained faithful to Tucson for 22 years. And if the Angels are interested in subsidizing triple-A ball in Tucson, the least the city can do show them the light. AT HI CORBETT Indians, Angels Tangle Monday Right-hander Steve Hargan _ Johnstone in Fregosi at Hargan Faces Angels Monday Right-hander Steve Hargan, who pitched six shut- The Indians were to open the Cactus League season outs in a 14-13 season for the Cleveland Indians last against the Giants here today, play San Francisco year, will be the Tribe's starting pitcher Monday in Phoenix tomorrow and entertain the Angels Mon- against the California Angels at Hi Corbett Field. day and Tuesday. (Citizen Photo by Art Grasberger) will draw the starting pitching assignment for Cleveland Monday when the Indians open' a two-game series with the California -Angels at Hi Corbett Field- The Indians, who were scheduled to launch the Cactus League season against San Francisco here today, will send Sonny Siebert against the Giants' Juan Marichal in Phoenix tomorrow afternoon. Cleveland and the Giants have the longest spring training rivalry in the major leagues. They've met regularly since 1934 and the Giants owned a 220-197 edge after the 1967 exhibition season. San Francisco opened its Cactus League card by whipping the Chicago Cubs, 6-3, yesterday in Scottsdale. Willie Mays' double and singles by Willie McCovey, Ollie Brown and Hal Lanier sparked a four-run Giant third inning against Cub ace Ken Holtzman. Cub BiUy William hit a solo homer off Ray Sadecki in the first inning. Indian manager Al Dark said he may use a rookie lineup against the Angels Monday and use first baseman Tony Horton and Max Alvis only in pinch-hil roles. The Angels and Cubs opened a two-game series .in Palm Springs this afternoon. California manager Bill Rigney said his lineup would have Jay center field, Jim shortstop, Rick Reichardt in left field, Don Mincher at first base, Chuck Hinton in right field, Paul Schaal at ihird base, Bpb.Hodgers catching and Bobby Knoop at second base. Hinton went to the Angels Nov. 29 in a trade which brought outfielder Jose Cardenal to the Indians. Rigney expects to use the versatile Hinton as an infielder at times this spring. Jack's Golf Becoming A Golden Bore MIAMI (AP)s -- He stands 23rd on golf's money-winning list with a puny total' of $6,450. Two weeks ago at Phoenix, they cut him out of the tournament after 36 holes because he was four strokes over par. In the Doral Open here Friday, 'he was two over par at the halfway point. One more stroke and he would have been cut again. His name is Jack Nicklaus. In 1967, Nicklaus was the golfer of the year. In the modern era of golf, he has won $723,000. Nobody tops that but Arnold Palmer and Billy Casper. ARIZONA BASEBALL Tired' Plodinec Earns G ood Review By JAN PETRANEK Citizen Sports Writer Tim Plodinec, Arizona's traveling baseball ambassador, acted as an envoy to the University of Pacific yesterday afternoon.' He brought it defeat. Plodinec, who represented the United States in the Pan- American Games last summer, turned in a steady, if not spectacular, performance as the Wildcats opened the 1968 season by saddling Pacific with a 5-2 setback at UA Field. · Wildcats 5, Tigers 2 PACIFIC ARIZONA at) r h rbi ab r h rbi Manfdi, ss 4 1 0 0 DWId, 2b 3 1 o 1 PhipBS, cf 4 0 1 0 Worly, If 2 1 0 0 Maple, Ib 3 0 0 0 Mrlrty, If 0 0 0 0 Buck, 3 b 5 0 2 2 StUt, c f 3 0 1 0 Flores, If 4 0 0 0 Hunt, rf 2 1 0 0 V Wnkte, c 4 0 I 0 F'rest, rf 1 0 0 0 Arucan, 2b 2 0 0 0 Frisbee, c 4 \ 1 1 Potthff, 2b 1 0 0 0 Wklnd, 1b 3 1 2 0 LaPIca, rf 2 0 0 0 Maley, 3b 3 0 0 0 Scatena, rf 2 0 0 0 Nixon, ss I 0 1 1 Milmyer, p 0 0 0 0 BMrd, ss ) 0 1 0 Kormyl, P -5 1 3 0 Pldnec, p 4 0 0 0 TOTALS 35 2 7 2 TOTALS 2B 5 6 3 PACIFIC 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0--2 7 2 A R I Z O N A 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x--5 6 3 E -- Buck (2), Worlev, Maley, Ballard. PO-A -- PAC 24-14; PO-A-- UA 27-9. OP-Buck, Potlhoff and Maple; Potthoff, Manfredi and Maple; Ballard, DeWald, Wicklund and Frisbee. 28 -- Ballard. SB -DeWald. SAC -- S1ltt, Maley. BB -- PAC Phlpps, Maple (2), Potthoff; UA DeWald (2), Worley (2), Wicklund. SO -- PAC Buck, Van Winkle (3), Laplaca, Flores, Potthoff; UA Plodinec (21, Hunt, Maley (2). LOB -- PAC 10; UA 8. PITCHING SUMMARY IP H R ER BB SO Nllmeyer (L:0-l) . . 2 - 3 1 5 2 3 1 Normoyle 7 1 - 3 5 0 0 2 4 Plodinec (W:)-0) . 9 7 2 2 4 7 HP -- Hunt (by Nllmeyer); Nixon (by Nllmeyer); Manfred! (by Plodinec). U -- Kafusz and O'Dell. T -- 2:25. Plodinec, a dark - haired right-hander, scattered seven hits and allowed a pair of earned runs in the third inning. He did struggle in the late innings, picking up seven strikeouts and allowing four walks as he tired- While Plodinei received a good review from the UA's grandstand critics, he wasn't as pleased with his opening performance. "I was disappointed with my control. I don't like to walk anybody," said Plodinec 10 YEARS AGO T U C S O N , March 9, 1958 -- Comino took the $1,500 added Rillito Derby on a heavy track in a two-horse race with the 2-5 favorite, Diamond Dipper. Five School Records Broken By 1967-68 Wildcat Cagers Five new school records were established by Arizona's 1967-68 basketball team, which finished its season with an 11-13 record. Senior forward Bill Davis, a United Press International all- Western Athletic Conference selection, set three marks --highest field goal percentage for a season (5J.4 per cent), highest percentage of rebounds recovered in a season (22.1 per cent) and highest field goal per- centage for a career (49.1 per cent). The team was the highest scoring (74.6 points per game) and most accurate field goal shooting (43.8 per cent) squad in UA basketball history. Ed Nymeyer held the old season and career shooting percentage records (51.3 and 45.7 per cent) and Albert Johnson the old recovery percentage mark (20.1 percent). Four seniors -- Davis, Dick Root, Mike Kordik and Gordon Lindstrom -- completed their UA careers. * Wildcat Statistics Davis ... Foster . Stamps . Root . . . Kordik . Harbour 24 9 24 22 24 24 23 Greene . 17 Llndstrom 22 Anderson 1 Hansen .. 20 Welton . 15 Barnes JO VanCovrlnn 3 Wilson . 2 Hatch .. ! Ralslch 1 McDonald fs-a 161-313 98-252 7B-208 62-186 76-163 48-165 34-80 39-B, 24-39 13-32 ·HO 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 (t-a 99-141 59-77 56-69 42-44 39-54 32-45 20-27 32-46 2-2 14-18 tr 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 reb In avg 253 421 17-5 125 255 10.( 70 212 9.1 147 204 8.6 138 195 fl.l 102 168 7.3 20 88 5.^ 87 110 5.0 0 4 4.U 18 46 3.3 11 36 2. 4 f 0.9 0 1 0.; 3 0 0,0 0 0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 of his debut. "It's nice to win when you don't have it. I had to throw a lot of pitches (123). "When you win I guess you have to be satisfied, but I just didn't have it," said the right-hander, who was 7-4 last year. "I did get pretty tired around the fifth or sixth inning, but I felt like I could go all the way." Arizona's batmen provided Plodinec with all the runs he needed in the first inning, scoring five runs on a collec- tion of walks, errors two,hit batsmen and -- oh, yes -even a single. The Wildcats opened the first inning with walks to second baseman Terry DeWald and outfielder Mark Worley. Then, in order of appearance, outfielder Jerry Stitt singled, outfielder Dennis Hunt was hit by a pitch, catcher Dan Frisbee reached on an infield error, first baseman John Wicklund singled and Dennis Maley reached on another bobble by his Pacific counterpart, third baseman Bob Buck. With three runs already home, shortstop Terry Nixon was hit by a pitch, bringing in Frisbee. Plodinec struck out and DeWald walked, allowing Wicklund to score. Pacific coach Tom Stubbs finally replaced starter John Nilmeyer with another left- hander, tiny Mike Normoyle, who promptly got Worley to ground out and end the inning. Normoyle allowed UA just five hits the rest of the way, while he personally banged, out three of the Tigers' seven hits. "I didn't think we hit the ball hard . . . we certainly weren't driving the ball," said UA coach Frank Sancet. "It could have been a squeaker if we hadn't jumped ahead with those runs. I was happy with Plodinec. He labored most of the way, but he was getting 'em out so we left him in." The Cats will meet Texas El-Paso in a doubleheader Monday to open a three-game series. Game time will be 1 o'clock. OLYMPIC STRUGGLE Mexico Awaits Answer To Plea MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico, trying desperately to clear up the Olympic tangle, awaited today responses to their call for an International Olympic Committee executive session on South Africa's readmission to the Games. . 1 UA Totals 24482-1558 405-594 T145 1771 74.6 Opp.Tol. J4 683-1677 424-617 1105 17M 74.7 Judo Teacher To Conduct Two Clinics Tucsonians will have an opportunity to seo judo at its finest this weekend. Kenneth Kuniyuki, a holder of a seventh-degree black belt from Seinan, Calif., will conduct a series of judo clinics here tonight and tomorrow. Kuniyuki, one of the founders of judo teaching in the United States, will stage clinic at the Rendokan Judo, 406 S. Plummer Ave. He will hold a clinic tonight from 7 to . 9 p.m., and thtn tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Kuniyuki, the proprietor of Seinan Dujo in Los Angeles, will be accompanied by Ron Sukimoto, a 16-year-old student of Kuniyuki and the junior U. S. judo champion. The 60-year-old instructor wJi! also conduct demonstrations tomorrow at the University of Arizona Student Union annex at \ p.m- and at the Lighthouse V at 3:30 p.m. At that session Mexico will try to convince the other members that admission of a racist South Africa to the 1968 Games constitutes a change of Olympic rules --a question that should be decided by a two-thirds majority instead of the simple majority that voted in Grenoble last month for its readmission. Mexico's three top Olympic officials told a news conference Friday night they had sent telegrams to other executive committee representatives suggesting a meeting the first weekend in April. They suggested it be held either in Lausanne, Dublin, Montreal, Chicago or Mexico City. The three officials are Pedro .Ramirez Vazquez, chairman of Mexico's Olympic organizing committee, and Mexican IOC delegates Jose Jesus Clark Flores and Marte R. Gomez, both of whom voted against readmission of South Africa, to present their thinking to IOC President Avery Brundage, who agreed to a meeting but said it might take as long as two months to convene. So far 39 countries, grouped around an African bloc of 32, have said they will boycott as a protest against South Africa's policy of Apartheid. Mexico, which by the end of the Games will have invested an estimated $70 million in them, stands to lose enormously if they are anything less than a success. Still, Mexico denies any plans to cancel the Games if the boycott matures, Vazquez said Fri- came: "We are preparing to receive all the youth we invite," he said. Mexico's argument presented to Brundage, is this: Rule No. i, of the IOC states there shall be a spirit of equality among athletes in Olympic competition. Rule No. 50 states any change BILLIE JEAN TO TURN PRO? - By A. Mavei in rules requires a two-thirds majority for approval. Rule No. ^20 states in an emer gency the president of the IOC can call for a mail poll of the 71 member countries. As Olympic trials in South Af rica are conducted in a segregated basis equality of coloret and white athletes is not recog nized in South Africa, they say Therefore they say, admissioi of South Africa violates rule No 1, and to be valid would require a change of rule No. 1. Unde rule No. 50, a rules change re quires a two-thirds vote. But the readmission of South Africa was accomplished by a simple ma jority, as it was considered ai emergency. Therefore, if rule No. 1 stands because it was not changed witl the required two-thirds majori ty, ergo South Africa is no readmitted. What's the trouble with the amed "Golden Bear?" "I need work," Nicklaus said 'riday after a bogey and a dou- )le bogey left him with a two Dver par 74 and a 36-hole total of 46 in the Doral. The players vho had 147 were out of it. Nicklaus was 10 strokes behind the leader, 40-year-old ·ardner Dickinson. In the six years of the Doral, Nicklaus has always been a dangerous competitor and a great favorite of the galleries. -The long-hitting Nicklaus thought he played well enough .0 be in competition. "I was hitting the ball good," ie said. "I really hit some long drives today. But it was just that half-inch that made the difference so many times. I played all right but I didn't score well." After next week's tournament at Orlando, Nicklaus said :ie would drop off the tour and try to regain his touch for the Master's at Augusta, Ga. As Nicklaus faded out, Tom Weiskopf came on with a great second round charge and stood one stroke behind Dickinson in Lhe Doral. Several other players were within- striking distance for the stretch run. Nicklaus' troubles were not so heartbreaking as those of Doug Sanders, Doral's defending c h a m p i o n , and Canadian George Knudscn, who had come into Muami with a two-tournament winning streak. Both wound up with 147s and'were eliminated. Tucson's Darrell Hickok, who joined the tour here, added a 74 to his opening round of 70 to make the cut comfortably with a 144 total. Gardner Dickinson 45-71--136 Tom Welskopf 70-47-137 Cnanes Coody , , 69-69 133 Howie Johnson 47-71--138 Dick Hart 72-47--UV Bert Yancey 49-70--139 Job Schlee 71-48--139 Dave Stockton 48-71--139 Dan SIkes 70-70--140 Don January 49-71-- Un Fred Marti ....'.V.'. 7a-70-I« Homero BlansuS «.7]_nj Dave Hill 48-72-140 Dean Refram 70-71--m Labron Harris 70-71--141 Miller Barber 75-70--141 Jack Montgomery 49-72--141 Frank Beard 70-71--141 BO Murphy ;;;.;. 75-47-142 Roy Pace 72-70-142 Georae Archer 70-72--142 Steve, Opperman 74-48--142 Jim Colbert 79.70 141 Lionel Hebert 47-7Hl42 Joe Lopez,Sr. 71-71--142 Bert Green 71-72--143 Bruce Devlin ., 73-70--1« Terry Wllcox 72-71--143 Terry DIII 75-48--143 Art Wall ....,.:..: 7W2-143 Jack McGowan 72-71--m Glbby Gilbert '.'.'.'.'. 71-73-144 Parrel Hlckok 70-74 144 Jay Dolan '70-74-1*4 Tom Sh?w 73-71-144 Sob Goalby 74-70-U4 Billy Maxwell 71-73--144 Ranoy Glover 72-72--144 Ray Floyd ' 48-74--144 Tony Jacklin 72-72-14X Dave Mired 72-72-144 Roland Stafford . . 72-72--144 J'fnrny Wrlflht | 72-72--144 Chick Harbert 72-72--144 Sam Carmlchael 72-72--144 Dick Lotz 70-74--144 Mike Souchak 74-70--144 Gay Brewer 74-70--144 John Lotz 71-73--144 Steve Snrav 71-73-144 Dale Douglas 72-72--140 Frank Boynton 75-70--143 Bob McCallister 74-69--145 Doug Ford 74-71--145 Re* Baxter 71-74--145 Larry Wood 74-71--145 Sam Harvey 73-72--145 Dewitt Weaver 73-72--145 Joe Lopez, Jr 74-71--145 George Bayer 73-72--14T Charles Sifford '.'73-72--145 TONIGHT 8 -- D o g racing. Greyhound Park. Tucson TOMORROW 1:15 P.M.--Horse racing. Tucson Turf Club. 7 P.M.--Bowling. Citizen Classic, Keglers Lanes. 8 P.M.--Dog racing Tucson Greyhound Park. Radio-TV N o o n -- N B A basketball. 76ers vs. Knicks, Ch. 9. Noon--NHL hockey. Maple Leafs vs. Rangers, Ch. 13. 2 P.M.-PGA golf. Doral Open, Ch. 11. MONDAY 1 P.M.-College baseball. Arizona vs. UTEP (2 games), UA Field (KTUC in progress at 2 p.m.). 1 P.M.--Baseball. Indians vs. Angels, Hi Corbett Field,. i

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