The Paris News from Paris, Texas on March 17, 1985 · Page 16
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4B The Paris News, Sun., March 17, 1989 Blue Jays beat Phillies for eighth exhibition win Two-run triple powers Padres past Angels; Joaquin Andujar signs $3 million contract By The Associated Press * The unbeaten Toronto Blue Jays made it eight exhibition victories in a row Saturday, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 behind George Bell's two- run homer and solo shots by Jeff Burroughs and Fred McGriff. Trailing 3-2 after Philadelphia's Steve Carlton pitched four scoreless innings, the Blue Jays tagged Ed Olwine for three runs in the sixth on Bell's towering drive over the left-field fence with one out and Burroughs' two-out homer. Burroughs, purchased from Oakland during the off-season, has three spring hits, all home runs. McGriff hit his third spring homer in the eighth off Larry Andersen. ' Garry Templeton's two-run triple keyed a four-run eighth inning as the San Diego Padres posted their first exhibition triumph, 7-1 over the California Angels. LaMarr Hoyt went the first four innings and limited the Angels to a third-inning run scored on a balk, one of two called on the former American Leaguer by National League umpire Doug Harvey. The St. Louis Cardinals also won for the first time as John Tudor, Danny Cox and Rick Horton scattered eight hits and Willie McGee and Terry Pendleton both tripled and scored in the first inning of a 2-0 triumph over the New York Mets. Meanwhile, St. Louis pitcher Joaquin Andujar formally signed a three-year contract worth more than $3 million. • Rookie Marc Sullivan, son of Boston co-owner Haywood Sullivan, belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning off Aurelio Lopez and Glenn Hoffman 'delivered a bases-loaded triple in the seventh, powering the Red Sox over the Detroit Tigers 5-0 behind the seven-hit pitching of Roger Clemens, Steve Crawford, Jim Dorsey and Bob Stanley. : Clemens, who missed the last month of the 1984 season because of arm trouble, pitched three innings, allowing three hits and striking out three. Detroit ace Jack Morris allowed just two hits and •struck out five in five scoreless innings. : Thad Bosley's two-run single off Danny Darwin broke a tie in the third inning and the Chicago Cubs went on to a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Randy Ready led off the Brewers' first with a home run but Scott Sanderson, Derek Botelho and Lary Sorensen held the Brewers scoreless the rest of the way. Curt Young, Jeff Kaiser and Jose Rijo combined on a three-hitter as the Oakland A's blanked the Seattle Mariners 2-0. In a game that lasted 1 hour and 39 minutes, the A's retired 18 Seattle batters in a row between the third inning and the ninth. Henry Cotto and Billy Sample drove in two runs apiece as the New York Yankees rallied for six runs in the eighth inning and defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-3.A11 six runs came with two out off Ron Reed. Cotto delivered a pair with a bases-loaded single, Sample added a two-run double and Don Baylor and Dale Berra had RBI-singles. Chicago starter Floyd Bannister went five scoreless innings. The Baltimore Orioles raked Texas pitching for 15 hits, including home runs by Eddie Murray, Fritzie Connally, Floyd Rayford and Kelly Paris, and pounded the Rangers 14-1. Newly acquired Burt Hooton worked the first four innings for Texas and gave up nine hits and eight runs, including three-run homers by Murray in the first and Connelly in the third. Mel Hall had four hits and Julio Franco added three in leading the Cleveland Indians to a 6-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.Franco tripled to lead off the third inning and scored on Hall's double off Jim Gott, putting the Indians ahead to stay 2-1. Pat Sheridan's solo homer in the first inning and Mike Brewer's three-run homer in the eighth led the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Robert Reynolds' two-run double off Nolan Ryan in the first inning started the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros. Terry Whitfield homered for Los Angeles. Dale Murphy hit his first home run of the spring, a two-run shot in the fourth inning, and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Expos. Atlanta's Len Barker, attempting a comeback following elbow surgery last August, pitched three innnings and allowed a run on two hits. The Cincinnati Reds scored four runs in the fifth inning, two on a homer by Tony Perez, and handed the Minnesota Twins their fifth straight setback, 5-2. COMIN' IN UNDER — Houston's Ty Gainey slides into second base under Dodgers' second baseman Steve Sax to successfully break up a SAFE — Texas Rangers' Gary Ward slides safely into home plate in the first inning of play against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday. Floyd Rayford waits for the ball for the Orioles. (AP Laserphoto) Baseball just memory in D.C. By IRA ROSENFELD AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Like an old photo tattering at the edges, the national pastime lingers in the nation's capital only as a memory of a bygone era. April will mark the 14th season without baseball in Washington, a city whose baseball origins date back before the turn of the century. According to sports historians, the first professional team to represent Washington was the Olympic baseball club, in 1871. Soon afterward, a team called the Nationals as admitted into the National League. In 1901 the "original" Senators entered the American League, where they would compete until 1960, the year the franchise was moved to Minneapolis-St.Paul. That same year, Washington was awarded a new American League franchise that would remain until 1971, when the team would move to Texas. "First in war, first in peace and last in the American League," the Washington franchise, a perennial loser, captured its lone world championship in 1924. Still, the team had its stars, both on and off the field. Owner Clark Griffith and Manager Bucky Harris are members of baseball's Hall of Fame, along with former Senator players Walter Johnson, Joe Cronin, Sam Rice, Heinie Manush, Goose Goslin and Stan Coveleskie. Long before Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color line in 1947, Washingtonians were cheering future Hall of Famers James "Cool Papa" Bell, Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard in the Negro Leagues. Before World War II, Willie Franklin had a job with the D.C. Transit Co. He washed down the city's cable cars for money. He watched baseball for fun. "We had the greatest players in the game right over there," Franklin, 74, said, turning his head toward the site where Griffith Stadium once stood. "I used to go over to Sixth Street and watch the Homestead Grays, Washington Pilots, Elite Giants, all the great ones," Franklin recalled. "Baseball was great in them days. The fans knew all the players and would shout out their names. And the players would smile and wave their hats then get down to business, beating each others brains out. I loved it." A life-long Washingtonian, Jacob Feldman was born in 1946, the same year that first baseman Mickey Vernon hit .353 to lead the Senators to a fourth-place finish. Feldman, who owns a suburban furniture store that bears his name, had a love-hate relationship with his hometown team that ended only after Bob Short moved the franchise to Texas in 1971. "They would break your heart a thousand times a year. The (New York) Mets may have lost more games in one year, and other teams may have been more pathetic, but over the long haul nobody could touch them," says Feldman. Today, Feldman's allegiance to baseball goes no further than 40 miles up Interstate 95 to Memorial Stadium, home of the Baltimore Orioles. "I had season tickets a few years ago but it's not the same as having a team in Washington,," Feldman said. "I root for the Birds but if there was a team here I'd drop them in a minute." Peter Ueberroth, baseball's new commissioner, has set no timetable for expansion, saying "expansion is inevitable but not imminent." And if expansion does come, there is no guarantee that Washington — a two-time loser of franchises — will get a third chance. The Orioles, baseball's winn- ingest team over the past quarter century, market heavily in Washington, drawing as much as one-quarter of their paid at- tendence from the Washington area. For the record, Orioles owner Edward Bennett Williams, a successful Washington attorney, says he can live with another team just 40 miles from his home plate. "I've always supported baseball in Washington," he said. "I don't have any objection to it." Privately, however, baseball insiders say Williams, who needs just three votes in addition to his own to kill NL entry into his territory, will fight to keep from sharing the seventh-largest metropolitan area in the nation, the No. 8 TV market and a city that annually attracts 15'/2 million tourists spending $1 billion a year. Washington's effort to win a new team has been rekindled, however, with the creation of the D.C. Commission on Baseball and interest in acquiring a franchise by the sometimes irascible but always rich Jack Kent Cooke. double play in the fifth inning at the Kissimee, Fla., game. Gainey was out. (AP Laserphoto) Denny Me La in found guilty TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A jury Saturday convicted former baseball pitcher Denny McLain of racketeering, extortion and cocaine possession charges after deliberating over three days. The nine-woman, three-man panel, who listened to 350 hours of testimony, found baseball's last 30-game winner innocent on one count" of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine. Codefendants Seymour Sher and Frank Cocchiaro were convicted of racketeering, conspiracy and extortion, while a third codefendant, Joe'Rodriguez, was found innocent on a charge of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine. McLain faces a maximum penalty of 75 years in prison and! fines totaling $75,000. Sher and Cocchiaro each face a maximum 60 years in prison and fines of $60,000, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Ernst Mueller, the prosecutor in the case. McLain, who maintained his innocence through the four-month trial, was "devastated" at the verdict, said his attorney, Arnold Levine. "He's just shocked. He's concerned about his children and his wife," said Levine. McLain, 41, and Sher were taken into custody pending an 11 a.m. EST Sunday hearing before presiding U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich to determine whether they can remain free on bond until sentencing April 19, said Mueller. Between 1978 and 1983, the government claimed, McLain was part of a loan-sharking operation that charged interest rates of 130 percent, used threats to collect, and booked high-stakes bets on professional and college football and basketball games. The former pitcher also was accused of possessing 13 kilos of cocaine and plotting to smuggle 400 kilos of cocaine from Colombia. During two days on the stand, the three-time American League All- Star admitted being a bookie and told of a high roller who made him nervous betting $10,000 on a basketball game. He spoke of "laying off" bets with Sher and of collecting gambling debts. He denied drug dealing, but acknowledged being present while deals were planned. He also said he was innocent of racketeering conspiracy, loan-sharking and extortion. He told the jury about a longtime gambling habit that cost him as much as $5,000 a bet and a suspension from baseball in 1970 as his once : soaririg major league' career collapsed. McLain went from the mound into bankruptcy court. He tried his hand at playing the organ in a nightclub act, radio and TV announcing, even part ownership in a minor league club before coming to Florida and getting involved in real estate and mortgages. McLain, a two-time Cy Young Award winner with the Detroit Tigers, had his best season in 1968 when he became the first pitcher since Dizzy Dean to win 30 games in one season. He was 31-6 that year and Detroit won the World Series, beating St. Louis. In 1973 McLain retired from baseball with a lifetime record of 131-91 after 10 seasons. Authorities said McLain managed Tampa Equities, an affiliate of First Fidelity Financial Services Inc., of Hollywood, Fla., a mor-= tgage lending firm. Sher was his contact there and Cocchiaro was the financier or boss, according to the prosecutor. After First Fidelity went out of business in 1982, McLain, desperate for money, got involved in cocaine deals and schemed with Rodriguez in an unsuccessful attempt to import 400 kilos of it from Colombia, the government charged. During the lengthy trial, Sebring disco owner Alton Sparks testified he got a $40,000 cash loan through McLain in 1981 and had to pay $1,000 a week interest. After forking over $8,000 in two months — all interest — he fell on hard times, he said. He was warned he'd be "put to sleep" or have his ears cut off if he didn't pay and eventually, wound up losing his car, his house and his business, he told the court. John Higgins had a similar story. He borrowed $30,000 at $900 a week interest, he said, and wound up signing over his house after resisting a suggestion by McLain to sell dope when he came up short. He said McLain threatened him, warning no one was safe in his family if he didn't meet payments. Six others were charged with McLain in a 22-page indictment returned one year ago. Before trial, co-defendants Barry Nelson, Mel Kaplan and Larry Knott struck deals with the government, pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate. Levine painted a picture of McLain as a "victim" of people he described as "liars, crooks, convicts and thieves" who struck deals for immunity. "They had a purpose in testifying against Denny McLain so they could be walking the streets in exchange for their testimony," Levine said. But Mueller insisted McLain convicted himself by his own words. It was the second trial for McLain. The first ended in a mistrial eight days after testimony began in October. The reason was not made public at the time. But Mueller torn The Associated Press that the mistrial came after one of the jurors made comments to his employer about the proceedings. "The employer through his attorney ended up contacting the court," Mueller added. A second jury was seated Nov. 20. Al Simmons, the celebrated "foot in the bucket" hitter, still made the Baseball Hall of Fame with a .334 lifetime batting average. Chris, Martina in finals DALLAS (AP) — Chris Evert Lloyd played her best tennis of the week Saturday night to set up a final battle against top-seeded Martina Navratilova in the $150,000 Virgina Slims of Dallas tennis tournament. 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