The Salina Journal Friday, January 10,1986 Page 13 McCovey just wanted to pay the rent NEW YORK (AP) - Willie McCovey, newest member of the baseball Hall of Fame, reflected Thursday on his selection and the near-miss of Billy Williams, who fell short by just four votes. "I was looking forward, hoping he and I could go in together," McCovey said. "We're both from Mobile and it would have been a great thing for the city." Instead, McCovey, the greatest left-handed home run hitter in National League history, was swept into Cooperstown alone in his first year of eligibility, receiving 346 votes in balloting by 10-year members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. With 425 writers voting, 319 votes, a pure 75 percent, was required for election. Williams received 315. "I really thought this was my year," Williams said. "This was one of the best chances I could have had ... knowing the competition I had this year. I had such great anticipation. Now, I have such great letdown." McCovey, who hit 521 home runs in 22 seasons, first came to the majors with the San Francisco Giants in 1959. He batted .354 with 13 home runs in 52 games and was named Rookie of the Year. "After I got the call last night, I reflected on my early years in the majors and the time I spent in Chub own Willie McCovey is the 16th player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Feeney's office," McCovey said. "We had lots of chats about money. I wasn't making enough to pay my rent." Feeney, then general manager of the Giants and now president of the National League, winced as McCovey continued. Briefly Coyotes take on Baker tonight Kansas Wesleyan will attempt to avenge its lone loss of the 1985-86 .basketball season tonight when the Coyotes entertain Baker University. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Muir Gymnasium. Baker, 4-9, handed Wesleyan a 78-76 defeat on Nov. 22 in Baldwin City. Since that loss, the Coyotes have won four straight Kansas Conference outings to improve their record to 7-1. In that Nov. 22 contest, Carl Danzig scored 30 points to pace the Wildcats to their narrow victory. Since then, the 'Cats have added junior f arward Dan Radig to their lineup. Radig scored 34 points in two games during the recent McDonald's-Marymount Booster Club Tournament. KW is in the midst of a busy schedule, which includes seven games in 14 days. The Coyotes, in first place in the KCAC with a 4-fl record, ended a 24-day layoff Wednesday night by posting an 88-67 victory over St. Mary of the Plains. Saturday night, Wesleyan meets Friends University in Wichita in a battle of KCAC title contenders. Two juco players sign with KSU MANHATTAN — Kansas State head football coach Stan Parrish announced the signing Thursday of two California junior college players to letters of intent. Quarterback Tim Hanson and wide receiver Vic Walters will join Parrish's new Wildcat program. Hanson, 6-1, 180, starred last season at Golden West Community College in Huntington Beach, Calif. He completed 135 of 270 passes for 1,762 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also threw 119 consecutive passes without an interception en route to gaining first-team All-Pacific 9 honors. "Hanson is a good thrower who improved immensely in the last year," Parrish said. "He came from a solid program at Golden West and we feel he will improve even more once he gets to Kansas State." Walters, 6-1,165, was a second-team AlkCamino Norte Conference selection at Merritt Community College in Oakland. He caught 35 passes last season for 586 yards and three TDs. "Walters has outstanding speed and very soft hands," Parrish said. ' 'We think he has a lot of untapped potential.'' Parrish adds two assistants MANHATTAN — Kansas State head football coach Stan Parrish announced the addition of two assistant coaches to his staff Thursday. Joining Parrish at K-State will be Mike Deal and Bill Singler. Deal, 37, will be in charge of the offensive line. He had spent the past two years as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach on Parrish's staff at Marshall University. The Indiana graduate, who played in the 1968 Rose Bowl, also was on Parrish's staff at Wabash (Ind.) College. Singler, 33, will be the Wildcats' wide receivers coach. The 1976 graduate of Stanford, who was a three-year starter for the Cardinal football team, had identical responsibilities the past two years at the University of Cincinnati. KW banquet features UTEP coach Don Davis, a member of the football coaching staff at the University of Texas-El Paso, will be the guest speaker at Saturday's Kansas Wesleyan football banquet. The banquet, honoring the 1985 Coyote football team, is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Shriwise Dining Room on the KW campus. Nine awards will be presented to Coyote players during the evening's activities. Davis, an administrative assistant and linebacker coach at UTEP, is a former head football coach at West Texas State University. During his regime, the Buffaloes led the nation in passing offense in 1982, averaging 313.7 yards per game. The public is invited to attend the banquet. For ticket information, contact KW coach Bill Taylor at 827-5541. Marymount women in tourney PITTSBURG — Marymount's women's basketball team puts its seven-game winning streak on the line this afternoon when the Spartans begin play in the Coal Miners Classic. The tourney tips off at 5 p.m. when the Spartans meet Northeastern Oklahoma. Saturday night, Marymount will tangle with tournament host Pittsburg State. The Spartans, 12-3, have won 12 of their last 13 outings. They also are 2-0 since a long holiday break, having defeated Friends (80-71) and Baker (76-44). Junior center Andre Schmidt, who earlier this season became MC's all-time career scoring leader, scored 21 and 17 points in MC's last two victories. Beckwith signs with Royals KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The World Champion Kansas City Royals announced that they have come to contract terms with relief pitcher Joe Beckwith. ,.,.„„ ... ~ - . "I felt the Royals were fair to me," Beckwith, 30, said after signing a one-year agreement with the American League team Wednesday. Terms of the contract were not announced, but Beckwith received a salary of $385,000 last season when he posted a 1-5 mark with a 4.07 earned-run average. "He would say, 'I let you come up here and play in the greatest city. What more do you want?' "I told him, 'I just want to be able to afford to stay here.' "One time, I went in and said, 'Chub, I'd like a raise.' He said, 'It's Mr. Feeney to you, kid.' "Then I came up and hit a grand slam home run against the Dodgers to beat Don Drysdale. Chub came into the clubhouse and congratulated me. I said, "Thank you, Mr. Feeney.' He said, 'You can call me Chub.''' Despite all his hitting accomplishments, including six straight seasons with 30 or more home runs, McCovey may be best remembered for making the final out in the seventh game of the 1962 World Series against the New York Yankees' Ralph Terry. The Yankees won the game 1-0 when McCovey's line drive with runners at second and third was caught by second baseman Bobby Richardson. Had the ball been a foot higher, two runs likely would have scored and the Giants would have won the world championship. Yankee manager Ralph Houk walked to the mound to talk with Terry, convincing McCovey that if he was not walked, the Yankees would certainly pitch around him. "That's the worst position to be in for a hitter," McCovey said. "You don't dig in. You don't want to swing at bad pitches. I pulled the first pitch foul. It surprised me. I thought it had to be a mistake. He didn't intend to give me that good a pitch. The second pitch was another strike. I swung on reflex. I hit it hard, but right at Bobby Richardson." INTRODUCIN' COUNTRY BREAKFASTS THIS WEEKS FEATURE BISCUITS & GRAVY ONLY Q C 6-10:30 AM \J I • r * iVj OPEN FOR BREAKFAST LUNCH AND DINNER / / \ \ K-BOB'S Weekday Hours: 640 Westport Blvd. Weekend Hours: I Sun.-Thurs. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Salina, Ks. Fri.-Sat. 6 a.m.-ll p.m. Rivalry (Continued from Page 11) through South's first five years, winning just once in a dozen games with Central, Jack Dean came within a whisker of winning his final game as Cougar coach. But David Powell and Richard Gardenhire sank free throws in the final seven seconds to deny the 5-14 Cougars in their first-round sub-state battle, and Central went on to claim the Class 4A state championship with a 22-2 record. • Dec. 15, 1972: SOUTH 40, CENTRAL 38 — The first two years after South opened its doors, the closest the Cougars came to South in six games was 28 points. But that was against the Carroll Cyr-coached Mustangs, who'd made state tournament appearances three straight years, winning the Class 4A crown in 1971. The 1972-73 season marked the debut of Dave Lindsey as Central coach, and South greeted Lindsey with the Cougars' first victory in the young series as Jon Thomas sank the game-winner from inside the key. It was to be the Cougars' last victory for awhile, however. Lindsey also lost his last Central- South game in 1977, but sandwiched between those two losses were nine consecutive Mustang victories — the longest winning streak in series history. • Feb. 9, 1977: SOUTH 57, CENTRAL 55 — Forsythe, after losing his first three Central-South contests, finally cracked the series' win column as first of the Knight brothers to play at South, Mark, tossed in 21 points. Forsythe went on to win his next six Central-South contests before leaving South in 1979. Randy Johnson replaced Forsythe and, much like Lindsey did at Central, sandwiched a number of victories between losses to his crosstown rival to open and end his tenure at South. In five years at South, Johnson won nine times in 13 games, including twice in overtime. • Feb. 12, 1985: SOUTH 52, CEN TRAL 48 (double overtime) — Johnson's successor, Mark O'Dell, was quickly indoctrinated to the Central- South series when he watched his Cougars blow a 20-point lead (34-14) in the final eight minutes before pulling this one out in the second extra stanza. "I don't know if it's the most memorable game, because you'd like to blot the first half out of your memory," Wahlgren said with a chuckle. "We just kept at it and even had our chances to win that game.'' • Dec. 12, 1979: CENTRAL 71, SOUTH 66—In the series' final game at Central (games were moved to the BiCenter the next season), Central rallied from a 35-30 deficit by sinking 16 of 21 second-half shots. Doug Witherspoon, the game's high scorer with 22 points, sealed the victory on a three-point play with two seconds remaining. • March 4,1978: SOUTH 58, CENTRAL 57 — Having gone triple- overtime in their latest encounter, South held off Central in their first sub-state title confrontation. Kelly Knight poured in 24 points as South earned its first state tournament berth. Knight then led the Cougars to third at state that season and the next. • Feb. 12, 1979: SOUTH 30, CENTRAL 25 — With Kansas and Iowa State head coaches in the stands at Central to watch Kelly Knight, Central held the 6-8 senior to just two field goals and eight points. \ "We didn't slow it down, we just played tremedous defense," Wahlgren recalled. "Here again was another example of how a rivalry can make players compete for all they're worth." Forsythe's hat was off to the Mustangs. "I remember that game because I think Wahlgren's defensive plan was as good as any team we'd faced all year," Forsythe said. "We had a lot more talent than they did, but they battled us close. "Every time we played, it didn't matter. Very, very few of them weren't close. Most of the time I was at South, I felt we had more talent — but we were never able to take them lightly. I really hate to say this, but there where times where I felt we were 15-point favorites. You have to give Central credit for their character. Wahlgren was a great coach and he got those kids to play their very best. . "That rivalry was one of the highlights of my coaching career. For as much emotion as there was, I never saw an act of poor sportsmanship." The Competition Just Product quality, installation knowhow. Featuring Triangle Springs [ m I That's what keeps Salina Spring ahead of the competition. We are a distributor of multi-leaf and long taper Triangle Springs for trucks, trailers and cars. We have access to over 43,000 springs. Of course we can furnish you with almost any spring that's needed, even for an antique car. 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