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Friday, June 30, 1972
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US AC Impounds Pocono's $275,492 in Prize Money By BILL SIMMONS Of The Inquirer Sta! LONG POND, Pa. Dr. Joseph Mattioli sat in his office at Pocono Internatio lal Raceway Thursday afternoon, a man alone ruling an eir.pty empire. The 45 race cars and crews that made Pocono's garage area their home for the last two weeks had loaded and departed in the morning hours after a lock on the gate between the garages and pits had officially cancelled Sunday's second annual Schaef er 5( 0. "I realize .we have been made to look the villains in this situation," saidth; Philadelphia dentist who has been Pocono's chairman of the be ard for the last 2Va years. "But the fact is that we notified the United States Auto Club at 6 P. M. M jnday that we would be unable to supply the necessary services to conduct the race. I asked them for permission to announc e it Monday 'night but they wanted a 48-hour delay." THE $400,000 RACE,' the third-richest in motor sports history, was postponed by. raceway officials Wednesday night following a fruitless, five-hour meeting here with USAC executive director Bill Smyti and director of compettion Dick King. Following that meeting, Smyth publicly questioned Mattiol-i's motives and declared that as far as USAC was concerned, Thursday's and today's time trials and Sunday's race would proceed as schedu ed. "I don't know why he. would question my motive," Mattioli "I realize we have been made to look the villains in this situation. 'But the fact is we notified the United Sidles Auto Club at 6 P.M. Monday evening that we would be unable to sup-ply the necessary services to conduct the race." Dr. Joseph Mattioli said. "If we ran this race Sunday, we'd make money. V& could pay the purse, pay the officials and still make a couple , hundred thousand dollars. As things stand now we'll, lose considerable amoupnt having to promote' the race all over again." Mattioli was going on the assumption that the Schaefer 500 would be rescheduled the possibility.- of which loomed a lot brighter Thursday than it had following Wednesday's, meeting when Smyth said the raceway's action in closing the track invalidated the five-year contract between the two parties. "We're in the racing business and Pocono Raceway is in the racing business," Smyth said. "We hope to be able to find some common ground upon which to renegotiate." - ONE "MAJOR. FACTOR in any negotiations will be the $275,492 in prize money that the raceway had posted with USAC as its share of the purse. f- . Originally,. Smyth said it was likely that" the entire sum would be forfeited to USAC since the raceway had violated the terms of the contract. Before, leaving on Wednesday, he said that the track's money would be impounded, at least temporarily. Smyth will meet this weekend with USAC's eight-man board of directors to discuss the situation. At that time, they will consider whether to pay expense money to the teams for the time they lost from Pocono's money. There were two developments Thursday that made the entire hassle almost academic. For starters, it rained again, the ninth time in 12 days, and no qualifications could have teen held. More rain was predicted for Friday, which under tiormal circumstances, would have resulted in USAC's postponing the race. "If we hadn't closed the track, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources were going to enjoin us from r further operations this (Thursday) morning," Mattiofi said. . "Everyone knows that the flood has caused a lot of problems," he continued. "But sewage disposal remains the most serious and a lack cf facilities in the area to do that job would have brought the state officials down on us. "As I told the USAC people from Monday on, "There's nothing you or anyone can do in this matter. We can't run the race. We don't have any choice.' " SMYTH AT FIRST INDICATED that the power struggle over this race could jeopardize the July 30 Pennsylvania 500, a USAC-sanctioned race for late model stock cars. But that hard line disappeared along with the other. "They are two separate contracts," Smyth said. "Our stock cars will be here for practice as scheduled the week of July 23." ; ' Bill Simpson, an independent driyer who borrowed $5,000 from a California bank to cover; his expenses for the race, summed up the situation best. , , H " "Pocono Raceway Is Closed," he wrote in foot-high letters on the press room chalkboard. And he left without a word. r m IPftilabclpftta inquirer SPORTS M Dial Friday, June 30, 1972 Score LO 3-2842 ; ; For Late Results Carlton Fans 13 As Phils Beat Mets Jane Blalock's Counsel Refuses to Compromise By FRED BYROD Inquirer Sporti Editor MAMARONECK, N. Y. -"I'm not . out of contention yet," pig-tailed Jane Blalock said Thursday after scoring a six-over-par 78 in the opening round of the U. S. Women's Open golf championship. A few minutes later her counsel, standing outside the press tent at the Winged Foot Golf Club, expressed confidence that Jane would be the winner in a far b gger battle her $5 million suit against the Ladies Professional Golf Association, which had suspended her for a year for "unethical conduct." SPEAKING OUT for the first time, John Russell, of the New York legal threesome of Anderson & All;?aert & Russell, quoted the Federal judge , who the day before had granted a permanent injunction against Jane's suspension as saying: "... The evidence before the court overwhelmingly indicates a substantial probability that Jane will prevail . . ." "Now I don't have the papers before me," Russell said. "They were read to me from Atlanta Wednesday. I may not have the words exactly right, but those were the phrases the judge used." Judge Charles A. Moye of the U. S. District Court in Atlanta had first issued a temporary injunction against , the suspension. His latest action made that order permanent until Miss Blalock's antitrust suit against the LPGA is settled. HE HAD refrained from comment, Russell said, until he had the judge'3 ruling. He outlined the bads of Miss Blalock's suit and said that newspaper stories quoting her as admitting she had improved lies on the greens in a tournament at Louisville, Ky. where initial y she had been fined $500 ani put on probation for a year had been based on "what the LPGA said not Jane." Russell insisted that "from the very beginn:ng of this, Jane has been denied counsel ... the LPGA has advised her of the charges, never given her a hearing ... never has given her a chance to face her accusers." Meanwhile it was learned that about a week ago, at the suggestion of others that "perhaps some sort of a compromise could be worked out," there had been talks between the two ,ides. THE LPGA offered to cut Miss Blalock's suspension to the remainder of the 1972 season, it was reliably reported, and might even have settled for four months. But RtiSsell would not accept anv settlement involving dropping of the suit unless Jane's suspension was completely wi'hdrawn. Russell did not comment on this, but Miss Blalock's father Richard, a retired newspaper publisher of Portsmouth, N. H., said: "I don't think Jane had much hope of anything coming from that discussion. She feels that some of those on the side are too vengeful." other t 1 v v- V ' , - w THE 1V:AIN thrust of his argument, Russell indicated, would be that Miss Blalock is being denied the right to make a living in her profession by the LPGA (the only such organization open to her) . . . that a competitor cannot be deprived cf that right by her fellow competitors . . . that a group of competitors should not be permitted to eliminate one by a procedure through which they profit. "We have two goals," Russell said: 1, that Jane can continue in professional golf; 2, that the LPGA will be forced to revise its procedures and organization so that a .'star chamber- act such as" this could not happen again." Then Russell added: "Jane does not, did not, admit any of the transgressions of which she was accused." Has Miss Blalock's game suffered much from the chill treatment she has been given by the other members of the LPGA? Except for Sandra Palmer and a few others, LPGA Continued on Page 36, Col. 5 o f $ i r wf:'.? Ku -III C" JJ . ftvl r.i ' ' , ' - - - - - ' V " ' v . . Vtrf ' - . ' : x 'ft ' Southpaw Signers With Their Sign Bryan Campbell (left ) of Black Hawks, Danny Lawson (center) of Sabres and QM Dave Creigh&n join Blazers Blazers Name Creighton, Sign Fi Players JANE BLALOCK . .. being watched? By MARK HEISLER O Tne 7nqfrer S(a The brand new general manager of the brand new Philadelphia Blazers of the brand new World Hockey Association stepped forward Thursday morning at a Belle-vue-Strafford press conference to say his first words. "I'm very happy to be in Philadelphia," said 42-year-old Dave Creighton, who has spent the last six years as general manager of Providence in the American League. "I'M OVERWHELMED to be in the National League. (Quickly correcting himseif) Or in the World Hockey Association. I'd better not mention the National League around here." A few moments later James Cooper, Blazers co-owner and president, took over the microphone to introduce five newly signed Blazers (three NHL. players, a highly regarded Bruins rookie and an amateur who was chosen on the third round of this year's NHL draft.) . "We are not going to be the Montreal Canadiens or the Boston Bruins the first year," said Cooper, ."but I don't think we'd have trouble beating any expansion club in the NHL. Are the Flyers an expansion club? "What do you think?" asked Cooper. "... We will be pleased to play them in a city series." AND THE leave town? winner has to "I'd even be willing to xlo that," laughed Cooper. The new Blazers introduced Thursday were: BRYAN CAMPBELL; a Chicago Black Hawk for the ; last three years whoscored 17 ; goals and had 54 points two ' seasons ago when he centered a line for Bobby Hull. DANNY LAWSON, a 24-year-old right wing ,who shoots right and has played about three years in the NHL, scoring 10 Buffalo. goals last yean for DON O'DONOGHUE, a 22-year-old right wing - who has played about two NHL seasons, scoring 11 goals in 1970- 71: : V a - RICHARD CAMPBEAU, a 20-year-old defenseman who scored 26 goals; and ,73 points in the Ontario Hockey League last year and was the Buffalo Sabres' third round choice in . the amateur draft. . RON. PLUMB, a 21-year-old defenseman who shoots right and was a Central League all-star last year when he scored 10 goals and 52 points. The Bruins protected hhti ahead of veterans Ted Green, Ed West-fall and John McKenzie. Cooper also announced the Blazers had accepted a Civic Center Conventional Hall pro-' posal and planned to play all their home games there. t , Blazers Continuing To Talk With Derek The Philadelphia Blazers' of the infant World Hockey Association are still negotiating for Bruins center Derek Sanderson. "It's an open issue," said Sanderson's attorney, Bob Woolf, here Thursday with another client, Ron Plumb, who has signed with the Blazers. "We're negotiating with both parties and we have an open mind .. Both teams' arej)f-fering substantial money. We're talking in terms of a "Six-figure salary to both teams." , . i MARK HEISLER (June 30, 1972) Braves Sell Cepeda, Buy McLain in Deal With ;''s NATIONAL LEAGUE Thursday's Results PHILLIES 9, New York 4 (N) San Francisco 3, Cincinnati 2. Pittsburgh 9, Montreal 0 (N) St. Louis 4, Chicago 2 (N) Atlanta at San Diego (N) Houston 8, Los Angeles 6 (N) .. , -j: Standings '., ? '' ' , ' East W L 40 24 40 26 36 33 29 24 Pittsburgh New York -Chicag St. LOnis Montreal PHILLIES 29 '33 37 41 Pet. G.B. .625 .606 1 .554 42 .500 8 .439-12 .369 I6V2 AMERICAN LEAGUE Thursday's Results New York 4, Baltimore 3 Milwaukee 3, Cleveland 1 Detroit 8, Boston 4 (N) Chicago 4, Oakland 0, 1st (TN) Oakland 3, Chicago 1, 2d Kansas City 5, Minnesota 3, 1st (TN) Kansas City 12, Minnesota 4, 2d California 12, Texas 4 (N) Standings East 36 27 Bats in 2, Snaps Tie By BRUCE KEIDAN Of The Inquirer Staff The Phillies, ' playing despite a flash-flood watch, rained base hits and poured Steve Carlton strikeouts on the New York Mets Thursday night. The result was a 9-4 deluge. While Carlton overcame early v control " problems to strike out 13 and raise his record to 9-6, - the Phillies pelted starter Gary Gentry (3- 6) and two of his successors for a season-high tptal of 17 hits. Two of those 3ifts were solo home runs by Don Monty and Bill Robinson. Another was- a looping single to left by Carlton that brought in two runs and snapped a 3-3 deadlock as the ; , Phils sent 10 men- to batf and . Iscofed ' four. in 1 the 'Tifth in- ! ning. ' ! "I felt great," said Carlton -after recording his 10th complete game of the season. "I just couldn't find the plate. I went out there and tried to throw too hard. Finally I got tired, and I was forced not to throw as hard." HE THREW hard enough to run his major-league-leading strikeout total to 159 in 144 1-3 innings and remain on course in his quest for Sandy Kou-fax's all-time season record of 382. But he had to throw 160 pitched to do it. "I told you I was only kidding that time I only threw 98, then 102, then 103," said Carlton. "I usually average about 130 in a complete game." But this was a wasteful evening all around for the Phillies. A Veterans Stadium crowd of 14,457 watched them strand 13 base-runners in the first seven innings. That didn't seem to bother manager Frank Lucchesi, who was flushed with the success , of his nev Exchange Pro- gram: v That program involves exchanging regulars on the bench at the rate of one a game. It is a departure from Lucchesi's previous policy of playing slumping regulars ad nauseum in the hope that they would right themselves. ATLANTA (AP). - Denny McLain and Orlaido Cepeda, both controversial and both winners of Mott Valuable Player awards, etch got their wish Thursday. McLain, a pitch sr relegated to the minors earlier this year, was purchased by the Atlanta Braves of the National League as part of a deal which sent Cepeda, a slugging first baseman, to the American league's Oakland A's. The Braves received an undisclosed amount of -cash along with the right to purchase McLain's cthtract from the Southern League's Birmingham farm team of the A's. THE BRAVES immediately bought McLain's contract. He will join Atlanta today in Houston, where the Braves play the Astros. Cepeda, reached in San Diego, said he was happy. "I don't mind. It's nice. They were very good to me in Atlanta and now I get a chance to compare the two leagues." Cepeda, who underwent a knee operation - last winter, was troubled because he wasn't playing. Only two DENNY McLAIN . . . happy with move weeks ago he walked put on the Braves and was suspended for two days. . At the time he had said he wanted to be traded or re-. leased. McLAIN, AFTER early season problems at Oakland with a 1-2 record and 6.05 earned-run average, was'sent to Birmingham.. He -ha'd.a 3-3 mark with a 6.32 ERA there. However, claiming he was only down there to get in shape, McLain flew to Oakland last week and reportedly asked owner Charles O. Finley for a return trip to . . . the A's. - Finley hinted he would try to get McLain back into the majors, though not necessarily with Oakland. McLain, a two-time Cy Young Award winner (1968-69), also captured the MVP-award in 1968 when he won 31 games for the Detroit Tigers. "Imhappya5hell,'''MCT ; Lain ; ' sai Thursday ; ., from Birmingham. r "It's super. I can't be any happier. It's being back in the big leagues with a good ball club. You can't ask for anything more." Cepeda, a .298 leftime hitter with the San Franciso Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and Braves, is batting .298 this--year with four home runs and nine runs batted in.- r.-- West W 41 41 Cincinnati Houston Los Angeles 36 Atlanta 30 San Fran'sco 27 San Diego 22 L 26 27 31 35 46 44 Pet. .612 .603 .537 .462 .310 .333 G.B. Vi s 10 17Yz Mi Detroit Baltimore Boston New York Cleveland Milwaukee 34 27 27 27 26 29, 34 34 35 37 .571 .540 .443 .443 .435 .413 2 8 8 8V2 10 West 43 22 Today's Games St. Louis (Gib:on 6-5 at, PHILLIES 4-6) (N) - , ' New York Matlack 7-4) at Montreal (Moore 0-1) (N) Chicago (Jenkins 9-6) at Pittsburgh (Moose S4) (N) Atlanta (Reed 5-8) at Houston (Forsch 4-2) (N) Cincinnati (McGlothlin 3-5) at San Diego (Kirby 5-7) (N) Los Angeles- (Osteen 7-5) at - San Francisco (Bryant S-4) (N) -.f .656 .594 .540 .492 .463 .406 5 8 11 13 16Vi at at Oakland Chicago 38 27 Minnesota 34 29 Kansas City 31 32 California 31 36 Texas 26 38 Today's Games Kansas City (Nelson 1-1) Minnesota (Corbin 3-0) Milwaukee (Parsons . 6-6) Boston (Pattin 3-8) (N) Cleveland (Perry 12-6) at New York (Kline 6-3) (N) California (Allen 2-3) at Texas (Hand 4-5) (N) Baltimore (Dobson 8-7) at Detroit (Slayback 1-0) (N) Oakland (Holtzman 11-5) at ; Chicago (Bahnsen 10-8) (N) THE NEW PROGRAM has had spectacular results. Money, benched for three games last week, has crashed 10 hits in 24 at-bats and has homered : twice; -since his re-. turn, raising his batting aver-. age from a season-low .197 to . .240. . Shortstop Larry Bowa, . benched for-Tuesday's game . in Chicago,, collected four hits in eight at-bats against the Mets. And left-fielder Greg Luzinski, who sat out the previous night; returned Thursday with a vengence two singles, a double and three runs-batted-in. It was center-fielder Willie Montanez' turn to sit out Thursday night, and that move already has paid dividends. Robinson, playing in his stead, contributed a single and his first homer since being called up from Eugene last week. "Sitting out helped me," Money admitted. "I'd been thinking a lot up at the plate thinking curve ball or fast ball, giving the pitcher too Continued on Page 36, Col. 1

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