The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas on August 18, 1971 · Page 70
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The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas · Page 70

Corpus Christi, Texas
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Wednesday, August 18, 1971
Page 70
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85 *M m I - - -m 111 I I · - . - ' · " · T a g I i d h u e Archie Due First Start Tennis 'War' Spreads - ,, £ ' · Spqrky's Prophecy Right on the Mark George '.'Sparky" Anderson came to the bigs--as , baseball's American and National Leagues'are known in the trade jargon--as one of a wave of little- knowns credited with brain power superior to the limited physical skills which precluded an illustrious playing career. A year later, they were fitting him for the trip to Cooperstown. Another year later, in keeping with the usual format, he was just one of the boys. But if the Cincinnati Reds manager never makes it to the Hall of Fame on button-pushing skills, he might get there on his talents as a seer, for the 1971 season thus far indicates an early-season prophecy he made is as accurate as Johnny Bench's throwing arm. "I firmly believe you won't see too many players hitting 40 or 45 homers in the future," Anderson forecast back there in the infant days of the long season.. The statistics bear him out. Exclude Willie Stargell and his once-in-a-career orgy of power and 1971 is the year of the banjo hitter. "You'll see most teams going with just two power hitters," Anderson prophesied, citing that most Na- ional League teams already have parks in which Superman might have trouble hitting it out, places like Cincinnati. Los Angeles, Houston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego and New York. Alston One Step Ahead Again "There'll be more guys like Ralph Garr of Atlanta and Bill Russell of the Dodgers," 'tweener hitters who use their legs to run up the extra-base totals, Anderson spothsayed. The quick and agile player, Anderson pointed out, will become more and more important because of the installation of artificial playing surfaces, on which the ball allegedly accelerates faster than on regular grass. The slow, powerful infielder of the past, the guy who could drive in more than he let in, will make way for the quicker man who can make the plays. And he made another prophecy, though somewhat left-handedly. "The Dodgers have a head start on everyone else. They've got a bunch of athletes over there." Maybe Walter Alston is the real prophet of the crowd. The Deacon of Darrtown always seems to be a step ahead of the pack, explaining, apparently, why he's become the dean of the dugout with 18 years service and why his Dodgers might overtake the once-runaway Giants after all. BY Th« Associated Press The New Orleans Saints will play their first home exhibition -game of the season Saturday night against the ^Kansas City Chiefs, and Archie Manning, the high- priced rookie from Mississippi, will get the'starting assignment before the hometown fans. Manning is battling holdover Edd Hargett for the starting quarterback berth, but since he represents such a sizeable investment--and since his college exploits made Manning a familiar name to sports fans throughout the deep south- it's only understandable that the New Orleans brass would like to see Manning make good right away. Dealt Off No. 1 During the off-season the Saints dealt away Billy Kilmer, the team's No. 1 quarterback, opening the door for Manning.' Hargett, who started four games last year and completed 78 of-175 pass attempts, admittedly has one foot in the door because of his experience, but it remains open for Manning. In last, week's 36-21 loss to Dallas, Hargett was the starter but failed to move the team, leaving at halftime with the Saints behind 27-0. Manning took over for the second half, completed 9 of 22 passes and engineered the team's three t o u c h d o w n drives, throwing for one score and tallying once on the ground. Indicative "Archie's performance is hi- dicative of his playing ability," said Coach J.D. Roberts. "Saturday night we will give him an opportunity to start an NFL ball game." The first of many, the New Orleans people hope. Two o t h e r quarterbacks, Dick Shiner of the New York Giants and Jerry Rhome of Houston, are hoping to find new places to play. , Shiner, who walked out of the Giants' camp last weekend, has one message for Coach Alex Webster: ' : Trade me. I just want out." Shiner was scheduled to start an exhibition game Sunday night, but left the team prior to the game. "It would have been crazy of me to play," Shiner explained. "I hadn't signed a conn-act and I'd made up my mind that I wasn't going-to play unless I was signed." f Rhome, a seven-year veteran who spent most of his career in Dallas, was cut by the Houston Oilers. Houston Coach Ed Hughes has decided to go .with veteran Charley Johnson and rookies Dan Pastorini of Santa Clara and Lynn Dickey of Kansas State at quarterback. Other veterans to feel the ax were defensive lineman Al Doteon, dropped by the Oakland Raiders, and versatile Phil Vandersea, cut loose by the Green Bay Packers. In five pro seasons, Vandersea played every position with the Packers except quarterback and defensive back. Chicago running back Craig Baynham, recuperating from an injured shoulder, fractured his left wrist in practice and will be sidelined for a month. em for Keeps FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) --In the view of Roman Gabriel, the preseason should be over and the regular National Football League season should start next Sunday. The veteran Los Angeles Rams quarterback says the NFL's six-week preseason needn't be as long as it is. "I think- all professional football players resent the fact that there's too many preseason games," said the 6-foot-4, 220-pound passing whiz. "If you talk to a majority of the pro football players, they'd tell you that the season should start in August. Three of the six preseason games should count as r e g u l a r season games." Football fans have different feelings about such games. In Los Angeles, for example, it often matters not whether a game is a preseason contest or a regular season game; the fans still turn out. In the Rams' first home game of the year, 87,187 saw the Rams play Dallas. H o w e v e r, the Baltimore Colls rarely play preseason games at home so when one is scheduled, the turnout is dis- appointing. Baltimore a n d Kansas City, two natural drawing cards, played in Baltimore two weeks ago and only 16,771 were there. Money is the prime reason the preseason exists. NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle has been quoted as saying there are four sources of pro football income-- preseason, regular season, post season and Radio-TV. Rams president Bill Barnes said: "It takes several preseason games to evaluate your personnel correctly. This year, for instance, with four quart- e r b a c k s, (Coach Tommy) Prothro wanted to give each one a good shot in one game. And then, too, you want to get Gabriel ready and that takes more time." Gabriel feels three games plus the numerous midweek practices a n d i n t r a s q u a d scrimmages is enough to find out about a team. "If you're going to play 'em, let 'em count," said Gabriel. "The only reason we're playing them is so the owners can make money." Gabriel said he's happy Prothro is giving his rookies a good chance to make the club this year". But he feels the season should be getting under way and the cut-down rules left intact to let the rookies be a part of three meaningless games and then three games "for all the chips." Big Exacta Has $37,000 Payoff CHARLES TOWN, W. Va. (AP) -- Charles Town Race Track recorded the second largest big exacta payoff Tuesday night since the wagering system was introduced in West Virginia as an unidentified fan won $37,054 on a $2 ticket. In the fifth race, Latin Liner paid $83 to win and Plunkeet Street returned |12.80 for place. In the second half of the big exacta, heavily favored Bright August was first at |4.40, and Comowill, a 25-1 longshot, was second at $11.80. The winning numbers were 2-6 and 7-1. COWBOYS, OILERS The Quarterback Role DALLAS UP) -- Dallas Cowboy head coach Tom Landry says he's not ranking starting quarterback candidates Craig Morton and Roger Staubach until he makes a final decision about which will be at the helm when the regular season starts. At a press conference Tuesday, Landry said he would start Morton in the Cowboys' preseason clash with the Cleveland Browns Friday night. Morton and Staubach each have started one previous preseason game -- Morton against Los Angeles and Staubach against New Orleans last Saturday -- and both played in the second half in the game the other stalled. Landry also said he planned to keep the regular starters in the game a little longer Friday than in the previous games. "They need to work on conditioning," Landry said. Most of the regulars played a half game or less against the Rams and Saints so the coaches could take longer looks at newcomers. Of Cleveland, Landry said, "They are basically the same old team that has played us in the past." Landry said young quarterback Mike Phipps, the heir apparent to Bill Nelsen, who is not being counted on heavily because of chronically bad knees, is a "quick thrower with a good delivery. And he's also tall and accurate." Phipps is scheduled to start against the Cowboys Friday, Tlic Cowboys are expected to be without the services of tight end Mike Ditka and linebacker Lee Roy Jordan. Ditka has a broken hand that will sideline him three to four weeks. Jordan is doubtful with a minor fracture in his leg. The Browns will be missing offensive tackle Dick Schafrath with an injury and Jack Gregory due to National Guard duty. GIMENO NEW YORK CB -- The U.S. Open, scheduled to start Sept. 1 at Forest Hills, is a tennis tournament with prestige, glamour and a ?160,000 purse. It is also a tennis tournament without many of the top names in the game. Ken Rosewall of Australia, the defending champion, and feHow Aussies Roy Emerson, Tony Roche and Fred. Stolle 'won't be competing, nor will Andres Gimeno of Spain. A spokesman for World Championship Tennis in Dallas said a letter had been sent to tournament director Bill Talbert saying the four"Australians and Gimeno would not be competing. "Certainly no tournament is as exciting without them," Talbert declared. "I have no idea what is going through their heads. To me it's like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus say- ing they weren't playing in golf's U.S. Open." The absence of the five pro stars could be a result of the renewed feud between World Championship Tennis, Inc. and the International Lawn Tennis Federation. The U.S. Open is one of the tournaments from which all WCT contract pros have been banned, effective Jan. 1, by the ILTF. Others who'll be missing include Australian Rod Laver, who won the tournament in 1969. After losing early in the recent Canadian Open, Laver packed his bags and said he needed a rest. The two most prominent names in women's tennis, Evonne Goolagong and Margaret Court, also won't be competing. Miss Goolagong is passing up Forest Hills on the advice of her coach, Vic Edwards, who says she needs a rest. Mrs. Court has left the tennis tour because she is pregnant. HOUSTON W -- That much travelled quarterback Jerry Rhome is gone again as the Houston Oilers put him on waivers Tuesday and declared they will stick with the rookies. Well, not all the way with rookies. They still have veteran quarterback Charley Johnson as their No. 1 man. But backing up Johnson will be No. 1 draft choice Dan Pastorini and No. 2 draft choice Lynn Dickey. Rhome left camp early Tuesday without talkjng to reporters. For the former Tulsa star who has made a career out of being the backup man, it was the third such departure. Also placed on waivers was Terry Williams, a rookie running back from Grambling. Rhome was acquired in 1970 in an off-season tradeAvith the Cleveland Browns. He originally was drafted by the Oilers back when they were a part of the feuding American Football League. But Rhome chose to go with the Dallas Cowboys and spent four years there, much of it competing with Craig Morton for the No. 2 spot and the last year on the cab team. He was traded to Cleveland in 1969 and again was the backup man. Last season while replacing an injured Johnson, Rhome completed 88 of 168 passes for 1,031 yards and five touchdowns. For Oiler head coacli Ed Hughes, the cut made sense. "I have two big, strong rookies, one six- foot-three and one six-foot-four, with strong arms," Hughes said. Rhome looked good In the two exhibition games he played. He wont against the Rams and Giants and completed 20 of 37 passes for 221 yards and was intercepted once. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 1971 SECTION G PLY POLYESTER CORD 77 B78-13 (6.SU) BlackwaH .Tuboless Plus Fed. Ex. Ta«t of 1.81 and smooth tUc off your car. CORD FOR A SMOOTH RIDE WIDTH, OUR DUAL WHITEWAILS BI.ACKWALL TUHRLKSS SI/.K OI:K I'HH'.K K.V.TAX EACH KACIITICIK E73-M (7.35) 24.77'. H78-1 1 (8.5S 2.5S _ 28.^77^ 29.77 ._ 30.77 . 2-80 I.7R.15 (9.00/9.15 ·_. 39.77 3.19 A.U iirK'i-n plus Fed. Es. 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