The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 24, 1966 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, June 24, 1966
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ONLY WILLIE IS UNIMPRESSED Rockv Is K ;k •; By MIKE RATHET Associated Press Sports Writer Ms time to stop throwing jtoiies at the Rock. For Rocky Colavito, plagued by !people who have asked him what's happened to his hbme- ruii touch, has supplied the an- •w# to his detractors by hammering four homers in a 24-hour period that ended Thursday when he led Cleveland to an 8-G victory over Boston. Only last week the 32-year-old Indians' slugger was discussing his'pet peeve, the people looking foHiis home-run touch. But the Rock hadn't, lost it-just mis- plated it. "Whenever I'm not going good someone asks me if I've lost my home-run touch," Cola vito said. "They want to knov every time you have a bac •pell. Now that I've been around awhile, they ask It even more iften. "Have I tost my home-run ouch?" Colavito asked rhetftri- •ally. No." Why then was Colavito having mch a hard tirne finding the rang* this year, following »IMS season in which he hit only 26 homers? * * 'Nobody's the .,v uu>v , ...- am as he was a couple of years ago," said Colavito, who has it more than SMILE, BABY SMILE! COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)-Ohio State Basftbill Cdich Marty Kartw has seen another ohis players lured from campus by major-league bonus gold, and he says, "I hope he got a bundle." And judging from the smile on pitcher Steve Arhns fac. Thursday the 20-year-old right-hander from Lima, Ohio, did. The two Ume ya ll America had indicated he was demand, ing at least $100,000. He said after signing a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, "I'm very, very satisfied ... I haven't broken the smile on my face yet. Arlin, who pitched the Buckeyes to the NCAA championship last week, was just a junior. ^^ m iiium 40 henwrs three times in his It- year nwjor-leagu* career. "I'M not the real free swinger I used to b«. I try to b« more consistent now. "As for right now, I haven't been timing things right. It's usually a simple thing like timing 98 or 99 times out of a 1M that gets you irt a slump. But guys are always looking for a real big reason like you've lost your home-run touch." Since last week Colavito has hit at » .351 clip and obviously found the home-run range. He doubleheader Wednesday night, then continued his homer hammering with a.wther against the Red Sox Thursday. * * * While Colavito continued his torrid hitting, the Detroit Tigers the s»me, belting out a hit three in a against Boston COURIER NEWS IM4W, JU*« M, !«*« BIG HIT-John Benson, reserve first baseman, turns his classes in-with a big grin-to skipper Dwight Williams after pounding a stand-up double to left. This was action at Light Brigade Field Sunday where the Casons scored two wins •over Po-ahontas. The Casons have a 7:30 game here tonight with Corning. The Blytheville record is 17-2. Corning and Batesvffle have dealt the losses. (Courier News Photo) Just Call Him Killer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Just call him Clyde (The Killer) Wright. Who's Clyde The Killer? He is the young man, 23, rushed up from the California Angels farm dub at El Paso in the Texas League last week to Ms first major league pitch - _ garne against the League champion Twins. American Minnesota nant race. The Angels had an off-da Thursday to reest up for the Or oles, who will bee here for sing! games through Monday nigh Wright's from Jefferson Citj Tenn., population 4,554, ar Clyde is probably the only hi league pitcher Jefferson Cit Wright beat 'em handily, 8-1. : So the youngster returns to action in Anaheim Stadium tonight against the Baltimore Orioles, who are leading the pen- can brag about. After Wright, the Minnesota southpaw, lost gam clos one to Kansas City, 1-0, and his record in the big time is 1 with two runs in 17 innings, 1 hits, three walks and nin strikeouts. Where's 'Baby' Jerry? BOSTON (A) — Jerry Stephenson, a young right-hander signed for a big bonus by the Boston Red Sox in 1962, faced stiff disciplinary action today for, his disappearance act.. The 22-year-old Stephenson was suspended without pay, effective Last Friday, when he was assigned on option to Toronto in the International League and failed to report. Stephenson left Boston last Saturday, presumably headed for Toronto. A search was started, when he failed to join the Boston farm club. The Red Sox were notified Thursday that Stephensan called his mother from Flagstaff, Ariz., and said he was driving to the family home in Anaheim, Caif. The Red Sox then imposed the suspension and said the young hurler was subject to further disciplinary action. Signed out of high school for a reported bonus of more than $75,000 by his father, Joe, a Red Sox scout, Stephenson had a 1-5 record while bothered by arm trouble as a major league rookie last year. Chico Star-Marked BOSTON (AP) - Cleveland Manager Birdie Tebbetts smiles as he says he *ould never attempt to influence the voting for team. In the same breath, he the American League All-Star touts tt» Indians' Chico Salmon for the shortstop berth. ' : * * * »'I think he's the best utility man I've ever seen and now he's my ihorstop," Tebbetts said Thursday after Salmon collected his fifth homer and three singles, along with a sacrifice fly, in helping the Indians to an 8-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox. "Chico certainly has done a good enough job for me to be on the All-Star team," Tebbetts said. "I promise you one thing: the American League won't suffer if he's on it." Th* View from H«r» ED HAYES IT WAS NOT THE PULL OF LUXORA SO MUCH AS the push of Gosnell that influenced the coach to change jobs. Ray Patterson "sort of planned" to stay at Gosnell Junior High another year as football and basketball coach. Until the vacancy a few miles down the road at Luxora showed up. He then moved eagerly from the Class A school to the all- basketball department, senior and junior, at the Class B institution. , The new Arkansan from Mississippi who has done most of his coaching in Missouri, foresees a good team at Luxora High. He's not too sure, at least less oriented, with the scene at Junior High. Nevertheless, he is realistic. Gary Smith, an all-stater who still had another season of junior eligibility, has departed from Gosnell (Air Force shipout). II you saw the boy perform, you can understand why the coach wanted to pack up also. He couldn't follow the youngster, though, so he decided on Luxora. Which, truthfully speaking, he considered a good move, Gary Smith or no Gary Smith. * * * On top of this, he did some checking and discovered that some of the grid guys at Goz were struggling in the classroom and facing ineligibility edicts. And on top of all that, last year was his first crack at a football job. He liked it O.K. but at Luxora his responsibilities are solely basketball. Patterson's Gosnell Baby Bucs wrote a S-3 record last football season. Not bad for a beginner. But don't forget. He had Gary Smith. Patterson's basketball team was outstanding. The Baby Bucs sashayed to a 21-3 reading, reaching the state tournament semifinals. "I really don't call two of 'em losses," the coach said. "Both were on that small floor at Corning." The coach likes the size of Luxora. "It's about the same size school and town that I've been accustomed to. + * * "I hate to leave Gosnell, everyone's been so nice to me. I have no complaints. It was the easiest year of my last 11 ball clubs. It was real enjoyable." Patterson, married and the father of two girls and a boy (4, 6 and 8), also admits he was influenced by the report that Luxora is to get a new gym early in 1967. "I feel I've been very fortunate. I've only had one losing season in the last 11,12 years and that was my second season at Braggadocio. I don't give myself credit. I don't call it skill. I've been very lucky." Luxora is definitely in the market for some good luck. * •* * THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW TOUGH THE glof course at Cherokee Village is. That is, the gals were talking about it before the women's state tournament. "Oh, I don't know that it's so tough," said Mrs. John Germain. "Well, no, not for you," I said. The Blytheville housewife, a iormer professional, appreciated the compliment. She played the course with Margery Hale and Mrs. Dunlap before the two joined the state field. "My observation," she said, "is that it is quite long and a tough course for the shorter hitters. It's beautifully trapped. It has tremendous greens . .. and they hold." Some of the folks were wishing Mrs. Germain's daughter Dot would've taken the low road to Cherokee instead of the high trail to Columbus. They feel young Dot would've been a good bet to bring the state championship back to Blytheville. * * * THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION HAS HONORED Sgt. Johnny D. Holt of Blytheville AFB by naming him to the exclusive 2600 Club. This 2600 indicates a score fired with the .22, center fire and .45 calibre pistols out of a possible 2,700 points. Out of 45,000 competitors, only 521 have fired 2600 in NRA sanctioned tournaments. He gets his name inscribed on a plaque in Washington, D.C. They tell me that the score Sgt. Holt came up with is comparable to running a four-minute mile in track. That's some firing, isn't it? Shoot, yes. . * * * FOUR-DOT DATA: Speaking of four-minute miles, Charles Christmas of Abilene Christian ran 4:06.1 in the meet at Bloomington, Ind., last week-and didn't even qualify .... Driving the same Class C, six-cylinder green Hudson with the same engine as he did last year, stock driver Buford Ward has earned about $4,500 to date I told you about the participation of the Ark-Mo Power women's traveling team in the national tournament at New Orleans. Remember? Well, the Gene Hood Flying Service team was in it, too. Here's what the individuals won: Norm* Veach 141.50 for singles; Pete Hood and Mary Haynes $10 each for doubles; anrt Ruth Gregg and Jo Ann Barlow S4 each for singles.... Harl Prior, stock car racer who was seriously injured at Blytheville Speedway Sunday night when his car took off and cleared the barrier and everything else for 40 feet, quipped: "I've flipped a car before but this is the first time I've ever flown." .... Legion Arena held Ms biggest crowd of the new wrestling season Tuesday night. In the audience were 614 adults, 144 kids. (•piiBiiii^ Washington starter in the first inning for he third straight day as they romped to a «-l victory. The American League leading Baltimore Orioles rode two homers by Brooks Robinson to a 5-2 triumph over the New York Yankee* in the only other game scheduled, maintaining their two-game lead over the second- place Tigers and three-game bulge over the Indians. * * * Colavito's homer, his llth ol the season, broke a 1-1 tie in the third inning and the Indians never wer* headed. Fred Whitfield, Jim Landis and Chico Salmon alsa homered for Cleveland. The Tigers jumped on Mike McCormick for three first-in ning runs on walks to Dick Me-1 Auliffe and Norm Cash, Al Ka-1 line's two-run double and a single by Willie Horton. ! Earl Wilson posted his first victory as a Tiger, allowing only four hits before he was relieved by Larry Sherry in the eighth. The Senators' run came on Frank Howard's homer in the ninth. * + + Robinson hit solo homers in the second and eighth innings, his 14th and 15th of the year, while Andy Atchebsrren and Sam Bowens also it for the distance. Etchebarren also doubled home a run off Yankee starter Al Downing, now 6-5. Jim Palmer, bringing his record to 8-3 with Eddie Fisher's relief help, surrendered both Yankee runs on homers hy Joe Pepitone and Mickey Mantie. ecord. "I'm 35 years old now and 1 don't think I'll ever beat out Ruth, or even come close to him,'" he said. "I don't feel any pressure in beating Foxx's mark. But for Ruth, I would have to average 35 to 40 homers every season for at least four or five more years and that's.ask jig a lot when you don't know if y6u will be playing regularly The older you get the fewer homers you will hit. * + * "I really felt the pressure thii spring when guys come aroum and asked me when I would homer to beat Mel Ott's mark N6w I don't think of it anymore There's no pressure anymore The homer I hit Thursday wai just another home run as far a I'm concerned. "The only records I know about is what I read in th papers. But I'll admit you d think of them a little after yoi read about it. "I don't even know what pitc I hit for my 521st (there wer two men aboard and it was a 2 Travi Makt Sura With 6 in 9th EL PASO, Tex. (AP)* - Aransas scored sl.c "Just-in-case" uns in the ninth inning and ook a 9-1 Texas League baseball victory over El Paso Thursday night. The Travelers' triumph kept he Sun Kings from shoving nto a second-place tie with A kansas. Hal Gilson stymied El Paso on nine scattered hits before he left in the eighth inning. It made his record 1-1. Arkansas got a 3-1 lead ofl homers by Joe Patterson and Steve Huntz. The ninth Inning tearing spree saw six hits in succession capped two-run by Danny homer. Breeden'i 0 pitch off Dick Ellsworth), A for records, I just don't try t analyze them. When you star doing that you don't break | them. There are so many I don't know that they mean any more. I don't set any goals." * * * Elsewhere. Cincinnati won its sixth straight, beating Pittsburgh 5-3 and St. Louis edged Houston 2-1. In the American Leaguee, Baland Detroit defeated Washington 6-1. Milt Pappas hit a tie-breaking homer and Won his sixth game from Don Nottebart. Vada Pinson walloped a two-run homer for the Reds. Bob Gibson pitched a four-hitter for his llth victory as the Cardinals shaded the Astros. Gibson struck out four, raising his total for the year to 139. Lou Brock tripled leading off in the eighth and rode home on Phil Gagliano's single for St. Louis' winning run. By CHARLES CHAMBERLAIN j CHICAGO (AP) - Back in Willie Mays' niind there is something he has to live with but won't admit. It's breaking the all-time home run record of 714 by Babe Ruth. Landmarks are falling before wondrous Willy of the National League leading San Francisco Giants. As his team swept a four-game series from the Chicago Cubs with a 6-4 victory Thursday and moved on to Cincinnati Friday night, Mays had matched Ted Williams' homer production of 521, third on the all-time list. j * * * Jimmy Foxx is second with 534 and it's taken for granted that Willie will catch this one before too long and become the greatest right-handed home-run production man in major-league history. Mays smashed his 521st in a 13-year career with the Giants and 16th for the season in the first inning Thursday and collected two singles afterward for his first three-hit game since the seventh game of the season. But, somehow, in the Giants' dressing room afterwards, Willie wasn't impressed. He didn't even talk about surpassing Foxx but did dwell on Ruth's great Fiqfrfs LOS ANGELES-Eddie Machen, 196, Berkeley, Calif., out- pointed Joey Orbillo, 183, Wilmington, Calif., 10. LAS VEGAS-Johnny Brooks 147, Henderson, Nev., outpointed Frank Jennings, 147, Los An geles, 10. 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