The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 23, 1966 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, June 23, 1966
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50,000 JAM THE DOME Koufax Gains on Astros By DICK COUCH Associated Press Sports Writer Sandy Koufax has captured the city of. Houston again. He s saining ground on the Astros, too. Koufax weathered a 10-hit Houston attack Wednesday night for his 13th victory, tying Juan Marichal for the major league lead, as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Astros 5-2 before a crowd of 5D,90B-largest ever for a baseball game in the Astrodome. The previous attendance highs at the domed stadium were 80,136 and 49,442 last season-with Koufax and the Dodgers the attractions each time. Last spring, when Koufax and teammate Don Drysdale were locked in a contract dispute with the Dodgers, Astro officials estimated they would lose $200,COO in revenue should the pair decide not to play this year. While Koufax' drawing powers is as strong as ever in Houston, his 1966 pitchin Jerry Grote's double and walk to Ron Hunt, who stole second after Grote moved up on a fly ball, set the stage for Jones' winning hit. By MIKE RATHET Associated Press Sports Writer night'., ..— j — —three tries this season against a 12 previous decisions. The Astros knocked him out in his first start, on April 13 in Los Angeles, and beat him 3-0 last week in the Dodgers' week in the Dodgers pars. wMe McAuliffe rapped a homer They tagged him freely again and dm]b]e whj]e tri g gerin g two Wednesday night, Jim Wyhn rapping four hits and John Bateman three, but the south- - through to strong performance for Lolich, who has been fulfilling his military obligation since paw ace struggled game in 17 starts. Elsewhere, first-place San t ne beginning of the month. He Francisco swept a doubleheader the finish for his 13 complete from Chicago 3-2 and 9-5; Cincinnati nipped Pittsburgh 4-3. Philadelphia thumped Atlanta 3 and New York topped Louis 2-0 in 10 innings. San Francisco stretched St its league lead to four games over the Dodgers and .Parates by holding off the Cubs in the first game and outsluggmg them in the-nightcap. _ the Giants scored all their runs in the fifth inning of the opener, Cap Peterson and Hal lanier driving in one apiece with singles, and Gaylord Perry protected the margin for his ninth victory in 10 decisions. Tom Haller's two-run homer capped a three-run first-inning burst in the nightcap and the Giants added four more in the second - two on Peterson's single and two on Lanier's double . for an .early cushion. The CUDS battled back on homers by Ernie Banks. Billy Williams and John Boccabella but Ron Herbel, with relief help m th eighth, stopped them short. The Reds snapped a 3-3 tie in the ninth when Bill Mazeroski threw wild pivoting for a poten tial inning-ending double play The error enabled pitcher Jim Maloney to score the winning run and extended Cincinnati s unbeaten streak to five games * * * Rich Allen pounded two home runs as the Phillies ruined Joey Jay's homecoming for the Braves. Jay, who returned in a trade with Cincinnati last week, lasted only 2 1-3 innings in his first start for Atlanta. Bill White also homered for the Phils and Bob Buhl scattered seven hits for his third victory as the Phils ended a five-game skid. Cleon Jones singled across two runs with two out in the 10th, lifting the Mats past St. Louis and breaking up a duel between winning pitcher Jack Fisher and former Met Al Jack- Eon. Wed. *'s ; miiiniiiniiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiuiiiiiinniiiuiiiniiiiiiiiiniiiiii* By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BATTING—Rocky Colavito, Indians, slammed two home runs in a 3-2 victory over Boston and hit another as Cleveland dropped the second game of the doubleheader 6-5. PITCHING - Steve Barber, Orioles, scattered four hits and struck out six in a 3-0 victory over New York. Ernie, Doug Near Peak HOUSTON (AP) - Both champion Erni« Terrell and challenger Doug Jones were 'reported Bearing fight-time peak today as they prepared for ; Tuesday's World Boxing Association championship match. Terrell bond two rounds each Wednesday with Alpnzo Johnson and Leotis Martin and both tu- itions drew hwry applauM from a packed gym. ! Jones went three round* with ; young Mike Lanum and had iLanum reeling several times during tht workout. I pitch with both feet on the ground. , Lolich, who landed in Wash ington after two weeks in the Air National Guard, scattered seven hits and struck out 10 double while triggering two big rallies as the Tigers clubbed the Senators 12-2 Wednesday night. It .was "NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIJIIUIMIIIIinHIIUIIItlllllllllllllllNllllllll COURIER NEWS THURSDAY. JOKE '23.. !M» | FACI EIGHT | iiiiiiiiniiiuuoiiiiiiinuiiiiniiniiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniuii tried to pitch on his day off from camri last Sunday after being air-lifted into Detroit but was belted out in the second inning by the New York Yankees. •• ' * • * * McAuliffe, who raises one foot in the air as he swings from his left-handed stance in the manner of oldtimer Mel Ott, combined with Willie Horton to give Lolich more than enough support. McAuliffe led off the game with a homer, triggering a five- run outburst capped by Horton's grand slam homer. Then the Detroit shortstop got the Tigers started again with a leadoff double in a three-run second inning uprising. McAuliffe, on a torrid streak for the last 12 games, has hit at a .375 clip during that period, raising his over-all average to .301. Of the 18 hits he has collected, 13 have been for extra bases, including seven home The View from Here ED HAYES Baseball Lingo BASEBALL PLAYERS COME FROM THE WORLD around us but in the game they're in a world by themselves. I'm talking about linguistically. Lingo, one is led to. believe, is just as important as ths curve ball or double play. By tradition—and nothing is quite so tradition-steeped around these parts at this time of year unless it's cotton chopping-a player on the field must talk it up to prove he's in the game. "Talk it up out there, you guys," the manager calls to his infield, somewhere around the sleepy fburth inning. * * * . Why they have to talk it up isn't quite clear. The prima donna of the production, the pitcher (distinguished by the fashionable jacket he wears when he's off the mound, even when it's 103 degrees in the dugout) evidently needs to know his buddies are behind him but all he has to do is turn-around and look. If he's wondering what they're doing out there all he has to do is dish up a couple fat ones to the batters. Infielders don't like to be told to talk it up. it's a suggestion they're not with it. There's slight resentment because the infielders feel they've already signified they're on top of the action by pounding their gloves, considerable spitting and kicking up dust. * * * So, the action now shifts to the third baseman. He's been told to talk it up. Eyes click in his direction. Ears pick up. At Light Brigade Field fans are close enough to catch the words. And the words are always the same, whether the players come in from Memphis, Li'l Rock or Corning. "C'mon beeby, c'mon boy!" One of these days you expect to hear an infielder call: "Cdme on, you big ape, quit prancing around like Snow White and throw the ball. It's hot out here." You expect it but know you'll never hear it. I'll never forget the afternoon si Light Brigade Field when a center fielder, disgusted that his pitcher was walking so many batters, roared: "Let 'em hit the ball!" That's tradition, too. On the next pitch he bumped into the fence chasing a home run. * » * Fans need not smirk. They have their hackneyed expressions also. As an example, have you ever been to a game where at least one customer doesn't call "balk!" when a pitcher steps off the rubber or flicks a tear of perspiration from his brow? Happiness is seeing a coach field a foul ball and someone not yelling: "Sign 'im up!" "The ump calls a strike. The fans beef. The next pitch is right down the middle for another strike and you can count on at least one guy up there in the grandstand catcalling: "Ball!" And what do visitors to the park here think when Sam Singleton steps to the plate and Marshall Blackard bellows: "C'mon, li'l darlin' "? 'My Fault' * The traditional utterances go «n and on. They cover almost all plays and non-plays. If » batter swings and misses, "that's the way to cut!" If he foul tips it, "that's getting a piece of it!" If a pitcher walks a man, one of his infielders, or even an outfielder who, can hardly set tht batter, will blame It on the ump: "Good pitch, good pitch!" To a batter who strikes out swinging: "That's O.K., kid. You'll get 'em next time." The infielder who boots an easy, bases-loaded, two-out grounder hands the ball to the pitcher and mutters: "My fault." One of these days the pitcher is going to reply: "Don't you think I know that?" The traditional talk goes on and on. Too bad it doesn't go far enough. + * + About the only tinie a player Is at a loss for words \t when a teammate lets a third strike go by without swinging to kill a rally. Tht manager might Mold Urn: "Use that bat, matl whit K'a for." But his mates are usually silent. What can they say? Here, as in most slices of life, silence is the most eloquent of spoken wordi. runs. The victory kept the Tigers two games behind the American League leading Baltimore Orioles, who blanked the New York Yankees 3-0 on Steve Barber's four-hit pitching and a home run by Curt Blefary. Elsewhere, third-place Cleveland got three homers from Rocky Colavito but split, defeating Boston 3-2 before losing 6-5, the Chicago White Sox belted Kansas City 7-4 before the A's took the nightcap 3-1 and California defeated Minnesota 4-1. Barber, who retired 14 Yankees at one stretch as he lifted his record to 7-2, was locked in a scoreless tie with Fred Talbot until the Orioles broke through in the seventh inning. Brooks Robinson singled, Boog Powell walked, Blefary hit his 12th homer and Talbot's record was 5-5. * * * Two homers by Colavito and a run-scoring single by Vic Daval- illo proved enough for the Indians in the opener. The Red Sox came back in the nightcap,, winning. it with two out in the ninth on a walk to Carl Yastrzmski and Don Demeter's double off Tom Kelley. Colavito also homered in the nightcap while Tony Conigliaro hit one in each game for Boston. The White Sox broke a 4-4 tie In the opener, scoring three runs in the ninth or. a single by Ken Berry, a walk to pitcher Bob Lcker, Tommy Agee's triple and Bill Skowron's grounder. Rookie Chuch Dobson pitched a five-hiter for the A's in the nightcap and drove in the tie- breaking run in the seventh when his bunt single scored Ozzie Chavarria all the way from second base. Bobby Knoop homered for the Angels in the second inning and Jose Cardenal triggered a three- run third inning rally with an. other homer. Dean Chance took it from there, bringing his record to 6-8 by limiting the Twins to six hits. Big Inning Beats Travs EL PASO, Tex. A(P )- El Paso got four runs in the second inning and coasted to a 9-3 Texas League Baseball victory over Arkansas here Wednesday night. Although Arkan&as outhit the Sun Kings 12-8, the Travelers left 13 men on base. Jim Holbrook, with a big assist from Gary Hscher, scattered the Arkansas hits to pick up his seventh victory. Arkansas starter Frank Montgomery, who gave, up the second-inning runs, took his ninth loss against five victories. Delivering homers for El aso were Charle Dees and Tom Egan. ARKANSAS 002.000.010-3.12.1 El Paso 042 030 OOx-9 8 1 Montgomery, Milius (3), Roque (6) and Breeden; Holbrook, Fischer (8) and Egan. W — Holbrook, 7—6. L — Montgomery, 5-9, HR-E1 Paso, Dees (1). Maloney Takes Charge CINCINNATI (AP) - Jim Maloney is a • pitcher who says he always tries to make good pitches — and when that isn't enough to win, he takes a hand with the bat himself. Maloney singled and scored the winning run on an error in the.ninth inning of Wednesday night's game in which the Cincinnati Reds extended their winning streak to five by edging Pittsburgh 4-3. "Well, what are you going to do when you're opposed by a guy who not.only pitches but runs bases?" Pirates' Manager Harry Walker demanded afterwards. "What else can you say about it?" "Maloney pitched a good game and we have no excuses." Over in the Reds' noisy dressing room, Manager Don Heffner was telling a newsman he thought Maloney was getting tired in the last two innings when the big right-hander intervened: "I get tired in every ball game," said Maloney. "The reason I get tired is because I give all out. I don't have anything left. That's the way I play baseball." Maloney is leading the Reds' hurdlers in both pitching (9-2) and hitting (.263). He also has 95 strikeouts — more than anyone else on the club. Slump? No Such Thing ATLANTA (AP) - Richie Allen doesn't believe in slumps, so the young Philadelphia slugger wasn't surprised with the way he exploded out of a short one Wednesday night. The. sore^armed outfielder snapped an O-for-16 hitting drought with a run-scoring double, a solo home run and a two- run homer, powering the Phillies to a 7-3 conquest of Atlanta. The homers were the 14th and 15th of the season for Allen, who missed 21 games with a shoulder injury, and his 10th and llth of the month. "I wasn't in any slump," Allen said of his failure to hit in 16 previous tries. "I don't believe in 'em. I could go 28 game without a hit and I wouldn't worry about being in a slump. "When you can hit you know they'll fall in there," Allen added. "Nobody can tell me a guy like the Braves' Hank Aaron believes in slumps. If he goes 0- for-4 one night, he'll tear off somebody's knee cap the next." The homers marked the first time this year Allen had blasted two in one game, and his first was especially pleasing. "That was the first one I'd hit to right field this year," Allen said. "I usually get more there." The three hits boosted Allen's batting average to .311 and pushed him into a tie for the Phillies' runs batted in lead with Bill White. Both have 44, with White getting his latest one with a solo homer in the fifth inning. 'Baby' Still Fretting KANSAS CITY (AP) - Lew Krausse pitched a shutout in his new role as a regular starter for the Kansas City A's, indicating he's on the verge of realizing his ambition — .to prove he's worth the $100,000 bonus owner Charles 0. Finley paid him in 1961. The recent trade which sent front-line starter Roland Sheldon to Boston gave Krausse his chance. He came through with a 1-0. six-hitter, halting a seven- game winning streak of the California Angels Sunday. * * * "Yes, they told me I'd get a chance to be a regular starter," Krausse said. "This was the best news I ever heard. That bullpen is tough." The hard-throwing right-han- der from Chester, Pa. ,is making a comeback at the age of 23. In his first professional game in 1961 as an 18-year-old just out of high school, he Tired a three-hit shutout over the Angels. He had been signed by his father, Lew Krausse Sr., a former A's pitcher. Then came arm trouble and the frustrations of learning to become a pitcher instead of a thrower. An elbow operation in 1962 took care of his arm problems. Experience and maturity are paying off this season. Krausse's entire major league record prior to this season showed just two complete games, a 4-11 won-lost record and 5.25 earned run average. This season he's 3-3 with a sparkling 2.58 ERA. Senators Grab KC's Ken KANSAS CITY (AP) - First baseman Ken Harrelson of the Kansas City Athletics was placed on the waiver list late Wednesday night and was almost immediately picked up by the Washington Senators for the iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiMiiiDiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiBiiiiBii Fights iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinniiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii 1 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FREEPORT, N.Y. — Bobby Cassidy, 159%, Hicksville, N.Y., outpointed Vincent Martinez, 160 3 /4, New York, 8. waiver price of $20,000. Harrelson, 24, had been con sidered the A's regular first baseman until the recent acquisition of Roger Repoz from the New York Yankees. He came to the A's in 1963 from Portland and remained with the parent club except for a brief period in 1964 when he was assigned. to Dallas in the Pacific Coast League. In almost four full seasons in the majors, Harrelson compiled a batting average of .229 and currently is hitting .226 for 63 games with five home runs and 22 runs batted in. He bats and throws right-handed. WISTMN OMN 'TOUCH!* Casper, Arn Foes By JERRY USKA Associated Press Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) - Nine former champions adorn the 131- player field in the $100,000 Western Open starting today, and two — Billy Casper and Arnold Palmer — may make the tourney a private feud. Casper, who snatched the U.S. Open crown from the collapsing Palmer at San Francisco earlier this week, is defending champion in the 72-hole medal play quest for a top prize of $20,000. Palmer, who now has lost three National Open playoffs and two out of three playoffs on the 1966 pro tour, is a two-time Western Open winner. He took the 1961 event at Belmont, Mich., and in 1963 turne back Jack Nicklaus and Julius Boros in a Western Open playoff at Beverly Country Club in Chicago. It was In 1963 that Palmer earlier had lost his second U.S. Open playoff, finishing behind champion Julius Boros and Jacky Cupit in their three-man overtime at Brookline, Mass. Palmer's first National Open playoff loss came in 1962, when Nicklaus whipped him at Oakmont, Pa. . . . Casper, whose red hot putter whittled down Palmer in th final round Sunday and Monday's playoff of the U.S. Open in San Francisco, won $11,000 last year in taking the Western Open at Tarn O'Shanter here. Several of the 127 pros who already have probed Medinah's rugged, heavily-forested par 71 layout, regard the Western Open scene as a real ohallcng "This will be a tougher test than the Open in San Francisco," said Bob Rosburg. "Medm- ah is a beautiful but terrifically exacting course." * « » Other returning Western champions include Dutch Harrison (1953); Gary Middlecoff (1955); Doug Ford (1957); Doug Sanders (1958); Mike Souchak (1959); Cupit (1962, when the Western last was played at Medinah); and Chi Chi Rodriguez (1964). Lending to the prospect of t two-man showdown between leading money winner Palmer and his U.S. Open tormenter, Casper, is the fact that such stars as Nicklaus, Gary Player and Boros are skipping tht Western. New Golf Prez STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Dick McGuiree of the University of New Mexico was elected president of. the NCAA Golf. Coaches' Association Wednesday, succeeding Bud Finger of Stanford. Other officers elected were Joe Boyle of Penn State, first vice president; the Rev. Clar-' ence Dubrin of Notre Dame, second vice president, and Vic Kelly of UCLA, secretary-treasurer. Wichita led the nation in total attendance in 1965 with more than 290,000 watching its 30 basketball games. 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