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Tuesday, July 11. 1989 PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS Page C? ... , . Freiling's Career Has Taken Turn for the Better Bn the aftermath of being released, Howie Freiling has gained a new lease on his baseball life. Freiling, the former Northeast High (Class of 1984) and University of North Carolina star, is leading the Jackson (Miss.) Mets of the Double A -Texas League in batting (.299) and runs batted in (38). In April, he was cut then offered a rookie league-level coaching job by the Los Angeles Dodgers, "I appreciated that, but I still wanted to play," said Freiling, a left-handed-hitting first baseman. "The minor league instructors said to call teams I'd done well against and see if they could use me. The Mets were one. Joe Mcllvaine Ivice president, baseball operations) signed me, then said he'd think for a couple days whether to send me to Port St. Lucie IClass A) or Jackson. It turned out to be Jackson. I was like, Hey, sweeeet.' lie gave me their Double A maxi-' mum salary, too." ' ; 'I Last season, while playing forClass A..Vero Beach, Freiling suffered a; brbkenleft wrist when hit by a pitch. A plate and five screws were inserted. .... toheJp the .wrist mend, then they wererremoved in October. ...-. jt"'"T.his has been the best year of my life, baseballwise," Freiling said. ; "I've learned what pro ball demands, what's involved. My concentration is better than ever. My slumps have been short-lived. . "I'm getting cautiously excited labout making the major leagues). But people have no idea how hard it is. You have to be an absolute stud or get an incredible break." : , ,-1 In Jackson, Freiling and two teammates, are sharing a "really nice" three-bedroom, 2Vi-bath: apartment. Cost: $400.. "Jackson's definitely a Southern town,-but it's also a city," Freiling said. "It has tie-ups on the expressway.. When you go downtown, you can't find parking. Sounds like home, right? The only bad thing is the-ballpark. It's old. The locker room's as big as my living room." HOLY COW, CHIP ' . -Caray III will open next Jail on : media outlets not near you. Chip Caray; 24, son of Skip (Atlanta Braves and Hawks broadcaster) and" , grandson oTHarry (Chicago Cubs), was hired yesterday to do "play-by--. play fox the Dflarido Magic! The NBA ; expansion team - believes that- the Carays are broadcasting's first three-: generation, family; " ' Caray had been working for a station in Greensboro, N.C. Since he had i no play-by-play tapes to present Magic management, he did back-to-back games in the predraft OrlandoClassic. "This feels great," Caray said, 'i neVer dreamed it would happen this , quick, to be doing what my dad and -granddad do. ': "I feel confident about what I can do. I had a feeling if I got the chance, I could make them want to hire me. -I'll Jearn on the job. The players will . learn on the job. We'll all be doing that down here." A BIG CHANCE t - - i iTake a chance on this one: Who threw the first pitch; at the site of tonight's All-Star Game, Anaheim Stadium?. Answer: Dean Chance. It happened on April 9, 1966, when the California Angels played an exhibition game against the San Francisco Giants. - ."Sure, I remember," Chance said. ."Hal Lanier was the first batter. I told him to get ready, !thajr;li better be swinging because the: first -pitch. in:lstadium history was! going 'to b -right down the pipe. "t .1 "He didn't believe me. But' it was.; He didn't even see it. -StfikfcTV . fin Search offir'Fei odd! fc&Hi: '.From John Rossi, who signs in as Professor of Baseball at La Salle Uni-. versify: ' ' . : . 1 Inhis column of June 21, Bill Conlin remarked about Phillies manager Nick Leyva using an all left-handed lineup that "even ; in the", wildest manipulations of theGene ... Mauch Era, I can't remember an all -" lefthanded lineup . .t " ; "That set off a memory. I seem to remember just such an all lefthand- ed lineup .used by M alii c ha.,, around 1962 , or 1963, with. -' Billy' Klaus ,, at shortstop -against Don -Drysdale or some other hardVthrow-. mg right- - hander. -v -. ! A m I . BUCK- -THE BARTENDER right or am I dreaming? "Either way, it should be worth a large Buck The Bartender T-shirt. My old one is wearing out." 'APjHiow.The Professor should have hrsnew T-shirt, which was a lot easier -doing than getting to an answer." Let's go at this one step at a time: ' Billy Klaus played with the Phik-Ii?s inl l962 (102 games) and 1963 (11 .: games), so let's zero in on 1962. At any 1-point in this, so-far mythical game, the outfield could have been John Callison, Wes Covington and Jony" Gonzalez, all southpaw swing- ' ersrThe catcher might have been another lefty, Clay Dalrymple. First ba.seman? Frank Torre, or; John Herrnstein. Put Klaus at short. If -the pitcher was Dennis Bennett,: that helped. So now we need a second-' baseman and" a third baseman. " Any help? Buck went through the all-time .Phillies roster in the media guide and could not find candidates for;thbse two positions, even for an inning. :That doesn't mean they weren't in there, it's just that Buck's eyesight got;blurry along about the O'S. ' - - ' : ; : .. . Now,' here's what you cart do. and we're especially throwing this out to those trivia nuts at Mac's Deli in Avalon.Tom Rymal and John McCarthy. Rymal is a friend who says he knows more trivia than Buck ever , dreamed of r4so, Tom, Buck is com-. ing at you to find us lefthanded-hitting second and third basemen who were with the' Phillies in. 1962. . - Now, for all of you who decide to join the hunt, put LEFTY on your letter. As, for the guys at Mac's Deli; they can send Buck-the answer with a men u,Jo$se.d in, because this is one bet we're sure of winning and the ante is a sandwich from their deli. BOB'S HUNTING Bob Kenneyis an officer in the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association, and he is. hard at work putting together a list of officers"in 4he association's many years of existence. He also is hoping that old programs from the Sports Writers banquets might have some useful information What Bob is asking you Buck-ites ouUhere is that if you have banquet programs from 1966, 1952 and any year before 1943, he would love to hear from you, by mail of by phone. His-tiumbers are,, at home, (609) 461-4073, or at the Courier-Post, where he is the sports editor, (609) 486-2524. If you would rather drop him a line, the address is 130 Webster St.; Riverside, N.J., 08075. Buck would appreciate it, and so will Bob. PERSONAL --"Buck wants -to thank Anonymous. ... He's the. gentleman .who sejil 'usL a . letter inquiring, about a long-ago baseball game played with dice. He , asked us to leave jhis.nanfe "oiiuso we dubbed him Anonymous. Several xA v. .-you sent in the information, that wq ; thought would help him. ' . t . 5 Unfortunately, after some corre-' sppndence, . he found out .that, the ':, game no longer is in existence, puck f 'then received this note: - , ' "Buck, just like me, it's ari-endan gered specie?. Thanks, for yotV helg. Jish this for whatever." : - ' :This was a check for $25, and if n's ? QK-, with the hosses .here Buck -is ' turning the check "over to Daily News sports .staffer Bill Fleischman and ; asking him to apply it to the scholar-1 ship fund set up at Syracuse Univetr '. sliy in-memory of his daughter, - Heather,, who was killed in. an auto . accident. . ; : -. ' ' BUCK'S ADDRESS ' JV : - Buck The Bartender, Daily News, - Box 7788, Philadelphia, Pa, 19101.' ; Buck The Bartender's column ap-' , pears in the Daily News on Tuesday,, , TOWIGHT ( '' T6:00. 8:00 i I & 10,00PM. t Pemell Whitaker: faces Ramirez The 6-3 Chance, the 1964 American , League Cy Young Award winner, weighed about 200 pounds as' a player.' Now? 1 - 1 ;"You want an honest answer or: my usual one? . . . I'll tell you the truth: 277." ,..:'.-:.- . THE RUNGE ZONE ? As for Joe Torre, what he remembers, most about the 1967 All-Star Game at Anaheim Stadium was the location and size of the:plate;:ii- Low and outside. And huge.:1 Torre, then an Atlanta Brave and - now a California Angels broadcaster, was '4he National, League's , starting, catcher The; plate umpire was' the AL-'s Ed Runge. : - . t . Early, Torre said, Juan Marichal threw a called strike past Carl Yas- trzemski. "The pitch was 6 or 8 inches outside and Yaz turned around and griped a little bit," Torre said. "Runge said, 'What's the mailer with these guys? They know my stride zone. " "Marichal could thread a needle, so I just moved outside and never got v behind home plate." HOME, SWEETPEA HOME Boxer Pernell "Sweetpea" Whitaker, a 1984 Olympic gold medalist, yesterday invited every resident of ' his hometown, Norfolk, Va., to come . watch, .his . Aug. 20 grudge fight - against Jose Luis Ramirez at that city's Scope Arena. 1 Understandably, Whitaker de- 1 clined to pick up the tab. Tickets will cost as much as $100. Whitaker stared into the TV cameras at a press conference and said. "Please come out and help me defeat . Jose Luis Ramirez because I can't do it alone." Ramirez (101-7, 83 knockouts), a Mexican who lives in Paris, France, won a controversial split decision over Whitaker (18-1, 12 KOs) in March 1988 in Paris. This time, Whitaker will defend his International . Boxing Federation lightweight title and will seek the World Boxing ! 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