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Shreveport, Louisiana
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Tuesday, June 28, 1988
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(Ihc dimes mum IFJSIDE 1 7 Lendl advances 1 9 Fishing 20-24 Classified 0 Tuesday, June 28. 1988 MORNING LINE Nico Van Thyn Giants owner still fighting for ballpark Bob Lurie has his heart in San Francisco and ,.. he'd like to leave his baseball team there, too. The San Francisco Giants' owner made his first visit to Fair Grounds Field Monday night and, yes, he was impressed. Almost everyone is, of course, but this is a guy whose team makes its home in baseball's Ugly Duckling, Candlestick Park. Shreveport knows about that kind of thing, too. For years, the Captains were locked into SPAR Stadium and they couldn't find the (political) key to get out. Bob Lurie knows all about the game of politics and ballparks. It's a game he hasn't won yet. A familiar story He hasn't lost it, either. Getting out of Candlestick which was opened in 1962 and was outdated in 1963 has been Lurie's dream for a decade. But getting another ballpark built in San Francisco itself, or in the San Francisco area, has been an impossible dream. Here is a man San Francisco-born and bred. For years, he was stuck with a bad ballclub in a bad . ballpark. He refused to bail out, instead taking the losses on the field and in the pocketbook and ; . turning the other cheek. . (Does this story sound familiar? See Taylor Moore and the other Shreveport Captains' owners.) Finally, Lurie had had enough. Build us a new ballpark or we're going other places, he told San Francisco. If you'll remember, the Captains were talking about a new park in Bossier City or a new location in Baton Rouge, New Orleans or any place else reasonably close where some interest was shown. With a gun to its head, San Francisco never ; blinked. And never put together the political package necessary for a new park. Life went on as before few wins, few fans and that cold, cold Candlestick wind. ; Finally, the Giants became a winner last fall. A '," tremendous late season rush gave them the cham-' pionship of the National League West. They came within a game of the National League title and the World Series, but the Cardinals ruined the script. ; Remember the television pictures of Lurie and ; family sitting forlornly in the box seats at St. 'Louis' Busch Stadium as time ran out on the Giants? r ; He wasn't much happier a few weeks later when : - despite riding the title tide San Francisco voters turned down a bond proposal to Duua a 42,000-seat stadium in downtown. Monday night, Lurie made his first visit to , Shreveport since the dark days at SPAR Stadium. He'd been to the outhouse; now he was in the ; penthouse. It was a symbolic visit, if nothing else. "I'm jealous, he said with a smile as Moore : took him on a tour of the ballpark. "This shows that a new park can be built, if you wait long enough. Taylor is giving me some pointers on how to do it." ' , After last fall's disappointments, Lurie told his ' staff they would spend the next year "trying to - find a soot (for a ballpark) in the Bay peninsula area We have a lot of things to work out the weather, access, parking, getting the financing. But we made a promise that we would not talk to . any other city. Wait 'till '94 ) And, despite the near panic of a few years ago, i the Giants are due to stay in canaiesucn umu thpir lpase runs out in 1994. Oh. perhaps, another city or Lurie could pay San Francisco enough to ; get out of the lease, but remember this: Lurie is San Francisco to the core. He doesn't want to s lpave: he mav have to. "We need to get something done soon," he points ...... i I MftftPL.-ATW., 4. out. We need a new pars oy Apni, oui i ue- lieve it takes four or five years to get it financed " the way you want, to get it built and to get into it. S Sn wpM likp to know something for sure by 1990." ri ThA Pantains' ownershiD and Shreveport voters who finally passed the bond issue that i, financed the building of a super facility proved ; that perseverance pays off. Bob Lurie said he was ; "a year or two late seeing this park." He could have been talking aoout &an r rancisco, iuu. : Nico Van Thyn is The Times' sports editor Conway goes 7-4V4 for fourth in Paris From The Associated Press VILLENEUVE D'ASCQ, France - Hollis Conway of Shreveport, warming up for the United States Olympic track and field trials, tied for fourth in the high jump in the Paris international meet Monday night. The Fair Park High product, now at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, cleared 7-4 V and tied Eric Monnerais of France. The event was won by '84 Olympic runnerup Patrick Sjoberg of Sweden, who jumped 7-7. Javier Sotomayer of Cuba was second and Sorin Mattei of Romania was third, both with 7-6 va. Carl Lewis overcame his customary slow start and won the 100-meter dash in a wind-aided 9.95 seconds and Larry Myricks had the year's best long jump, 27-1 1, with a legal wind of 1.7 mph. In the pole vault event, Poland's Miroslav Chmara cleared 19-4V. Only world re-cordholder Segei Bubka of the Soviet Union and American recordholder Joe Dial have gone higher. TysoDD; one foo- the money Spinks goes down, out after 1:31 By By ED SCHUYLER JR. The Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Forget about personal problems. When the bell rings, Mike Tyson is all business. Before a roaring crowd of more than 21,000, Tyson won the fourth-shortest heavyweight title fight Monday night, knocking Michael Spinks out in 1:31. The only problem Tyson seems to face in boxing is finding someone who can test him. "There is no fighter like me," said the undisputed champion, who will be 22 on Thursday. "I can beat any man in the world." "I finally found someone who can beat me," said the previously unbeaten Spinks, who was knocked down by a left hand to the body and knocked out by a right-left-right to the head. Immediately following his sensational victory, Tyson said, "My trainer (Kevin Rooney) told me before the fight that he bet both our purses that I would knock him out in the first round. So I went out and knocked him out in the first round. "And later I found out he was fooling." Obviously, since Tyson's purse could top $20 million. See TYSON, Page 16 r-jsp ! wrm r j-j " ? f ' ' " lllsl x J ' I , " AP LaserPhoto Mike Tyson knocks out Michael Spinks in the first round of their world heavyweight title fight- Local closed-circuit crowd not disappointed By JOE BURCHICK The Times They came from Marshall, Longview and Texarkana in Texas; from Dubberly and Shreveport, among other areas, to see 1 minute, 31 seconds of a main event Monday night. But the estimated crowd of 450 which saw undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson destroy Michael Spinks on the closed-circuit telecast at the Strand Theater were, for the most part, not disappointed. Stunned at Tyson's savage-quick victory? Definitely. Disappointed? Not really. "I only paid $30 while those people at the Trump Plaza (where the fight took place) paid $1,500," said Mitch Ready of Marshall. "There's been so much publicity surrounding it, I just want to see it live," said Rick Johnston, of Longview, who saw the fight with his wife Debra. Rick liked Tyson from start. But he thought the fight would go at least five rounds. : "I thought they'd fight more," he said. But added Debra: "I won't watch Tyson fight anymore. He didn't give us a fight." It was the first time that the Strand showed a closed-circuit telecast of a major fight and theater officials were happy with the results, despite a crowd which not quite filled one-third of the Strand's 1,636 seating capacity. "I was very pleased," said Byron Jeter, the Strand's director. "The audience was very respectful to the theater. A fight crowd is not that accustomed to this type of setting. They're used to more of an athletic-type of environment. We didn't know how they would react. But the crowd was very respectful of our wishes to not bring drinks in the aisles and not smoke in the theater. We are very appreciative of that." Jeter, who helped the Strand get the closed-circuit telecast through an arrangement with the Barry Mendleson Presents promotion organization of New Orleans, said ticket sales were light early in the afternoon, but picked up later in See QUICK, Page 16 Manning's the man in NBA draft today By BILL BARNARD The Associated Press NEW YORK - Predictions for the first-round selections in Tuesday's NBA draft: 1. Los Angeles Clippers Danny Manning, 6-10, Kansas. The only sure thing in the draft. 2. Indiana Rik Smits, 7-4, Marist. The Pacers hope they will have the kind of team that won't draft this high in the future and that won't have a realistic chance to get a big center. 3. Philadelphia Hersey Hawkins, 6-3, Bradley. The 76ers desperately need a shooting guard, and he is a safer pick than Rex Chapman. 4. New Jersey Rex Chapman, Kentucky. Chapman, after only two years in college and a struggle in the Olympic Trials, is a risk. The Nets may decide it's an even bigger risk to let him pass. 5. Golden State - Tim Perry, 6-9, Temple. The Warriors want a warrior next to Ralph Sampson and Perry fits the NBA DRAFT ON TV Today 11:05 a.m.-1:35 p.m. on TBS-Atlanta. Recap following Braves' baseball game, approximately 9:20 p.m. bill. 6. Los Angeles Clippers Mitch Richmond, 6-5, Kansas State. The Clippers get a shooting guard to pair up with Manning. 7. Phoenix Chris Morris, 6-8, Auburn. The Suns go for the best athlete available. 8. Charlotte Rony Seikaly, 6-11, Syracuse. The expansion Hornets can build around his shooting and rebounding. 9. Miami - Charles Smith, 6-10, Pittsburgh. The Heat desperately need a center, but they do what's best for the future, not what's best for 1988-89. 10. San Antonio Harvey Grant, 6-9, forward. The Spurs get forward help a year before getting center David Robinson. 11. Chicago - Gary Grant, 6-3, Mich igan. Trade with the Knicks opens the way for the Bulls to select a point guard. 12. Washington - Rod Strickland, 6-3, DePaul. The Bullets, burned by Tyrone Bogues last season, take a point guard that's a foot taller. 13. Milwaukee - Will Perdue, 7-0, Vanderbilt. The Bucks have been looking for a center since Bob Lanier retired. 14. Phoenix Jeff Grayer, 6-5, Iowa State. The Suns liked Mitch Richmond, settle for Grayer with their second first-round pick. 15. Seattle Derrick Chievous, 6-7, Missouri. The SuperSonics pick up some needed bench strength. 16. Houston Ricky Berry, 6-8, San Jose State. Could be the sleeper of the draft. Has guard skills with forward size. 17. Utah Dan Majerle, 6-6, Central Michigah. Another sleeper. Has forward skills and guard size. An Adrian Dantley type. 18. Atlanta Willie Anderson. 6-7, Georgia. A long shot, but Hawks need a guard who can score. B Bulls swing trade, Page 16 19. New York Brian Shaw, 6-6, Santa Barbara. The Knicks lost Sedric Toney in the expansion draft and they need a point guard to back up Mark Jackson. 20. Miami Eric Leckner, 6-11, Wyoming. The Heat gets the center it needs. 21. Portland Jerome Lane, 6-6, Pittsburgh. The Trail Blazers take another step on the road to rugged. 22. Cleveland Mark Bryant, 6-9, Seton Hall. The Cavaliers add depth to a young, strong team. 23. Denver Charles Shackleford, 6-10, North Carolina State. The Nuggets add some speed inside. 24. Boston Shelton Jones, 6-7, St. John's. The Celtics look to the Redmen for more Rookie of the Year magic. 25. Los Angeles Lakers Rolando Ferreira, 7-1, Houston. The champions take a chance on a center for the future who showed dramatic improvement after arriving from Brazil. Freeland tops Travelers on five-hitter By BILL McINTYRE The Times "With this team, you never know," said Shreveport right-hander Dean Freeland after Monday night's 1-0 win over Arkansas at Fair Grounds Field. "Arkansas is a pretty tough team against me, and I just wanted to go out there and throw strikes. As long as I keep us in the game, we got a chance." Freeland, 7-6, with ninth-inning relief from Stuart Tate, kept the Captains in the game for the better part of eight innings, stopping the Travelers cold on five hits as he faced the minimum 23 batters two outs into the eighth inning. He allowed three hits in that stretch but two runners were erased on double plays and the third was picked off first base. "As it turned out, Stuart came in, did a helluva job and I got a win and the team got a win," said Freeland. "And we needed that bad." The Captains' 10th shutout victory, against six losses, left the team 4-6 in the Texas League East while Arkansas dropped to 6-4 and remained a game behind Captains' count HOME ATTENDANCE 40th date (Monday): 4,330 Year 1986 1987 1988 1988 total 40-date totals Total Avg. 102,395 2,560 116,395 3,063 123,139 3,078 attendance (including season (3,663). ticket no-shows) : 146,510 Tulsa, which was losing 7-0 to Jackson. The Captains are now 12-11 in one-run games and hold a 10-9 season edge over the Travelers. "It was very, very hot," Freeland underscored his performance, "and very humid. I went through, like, four or five T-shirts tonight. It takes its toll. I was getting tired toward the end." He was taken out with nobody out in the ninth inning after hitting Brett Harrison with a pitch and giving up a single to pinch-hitter Todd Zeile. "I hurt myself," said Freeland. "I plunked a guy and gave up a base hit, and I've got only myself to blame. Believe me, I wanted to go a complete game." Tate, picking up his sixth save, came out of the bullpen, struck out the first two Travelers he faced and got Jesus Mendez to hit into a game-inning force play. Tate also struck out two Travs in Saturday night's game, a 2-1 win for the Captains. "I had a little more cushion tonight," he said, "because of the guy being on second instead of third. I could afford a ground ball on the first batter. "I really get pumped for those situations." Freeland, who struck out the side in the third inning, impressed a crowd of 4,330 that included San Francisco Owner Bob Lurie and Giants President-General Manager Al Rosen. Freeland said he didn't know if he impressed the big brass. "They put me on the (winter) roster," he said, "and I should be pitching more like this than I have been." The game's only run was scored in the fourth inning when John Skurla opened with a perfectly placed bunt toward third base, raced to third on a run-and-hit single by Romy Cucjen and came across Captains add player, Page 19 on Mike Benjamin's sacrifice fly. It was Benjamin's ninth game-winning RBI, a team high. Dave Osteen, completing his sixth game in 15 starts, suffered the loss, leaving him at 6-6. "In two starts here, he's pitched great both times," said Arkansas Manager Gaylen Pitts. "He deserved a chance to win that game tonight. I gave him every chance to win. It just wasn't his night." CAPTAINS' LOG: Lefty Joe Olker, the Captains' big winner with a 9-1 record, pitches tonight's 7:30 Campbell Kids Night game against Travs' right-hander Ken Hill (1-6). The Captains are hoping that the first ball will be pitched plateward by Louisiana Tech and Utah Jazz basketball star Karl Malone ... Admission tonight will be free with three cans of Campbell condensed soup, and the company will match all cans collected in a donation to Christian Services Hospitality House. The Dallas Cowbovs, formerly a hard ticket to come bv, have been reduced to mounting an advertising campaign in an attempt to stir up some business for the 1988 season. Poge l Slump-ridden Gary Pettis had three hits and scored four times, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 6-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night. Page 18 "The guv (Ivan Lendl) kept whamming those returns at me and serving bombs." The first serves were like nuclear rockets. The second serves were just rockets." Mark Woodforde Austrolion tennis plover Story on Poge 17 MONDAY'S RESULTS Chicago 2, Philadelphia 1 San Diego 9, Cincinnati 2 Los Angeles 4, Houston 0 S. Francisco 10, Atlanta 9 Pittsburgh 2, New York 1 M'real 6, St. Louis 3 (14) (N.L. roundup on Poge 18) MONDAY'S RESULTS Baltimore 6, Toronto 2 Detroit 6, New York 3 Boston 9, Cleveland 5 Kansas Citv 2, Chicago 1 Calif. 16, Minnesota 7 Seattle 6, Texos 3 M'wkee at Oakland (n) (A L. roundup on Poge 18)

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