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Wednesday, April 19, 1972
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Qtitiztn WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 1972 PAGE 57 Toros tumble* 8-0 Future rosy for Hassler Andy Hassler . . . Pitching tonight By BILL HAYES Citizen Saortswriier Status report on Andy Hassler: Good news for his Tucson fans, but maybe bad news for Ms hometown Tucson Toros. Hassler, you may recall, is the former Palo .Verde High pitcher who made it briefly to the major leagues with the parent California Angels last year, but sat out the larger portion of the season after having surgery on his pitching arm. Says Salt Lake manager Les Moss: ".My, but that boy can throw hard. There's nothing wrong with his arm, that's for sure." Hassler: "1 feel great. Having surgery was the best thing 1 ever did -- even though I was pretty scared about it." A third comment is reserved for the Tucson Toros. They'll have their chance to assess Hassler tonight at Hi Cbrbett Field, when the big lefthander is on the mound for Salt Lake City in a 7:45 p.m. Pacific- Coast League baseball game. The Angels gave Tucson a cool homecoming last night, winning 8-0 before a Tucson opening-night crowd of 3,541. Gregg Washburn throttled the Toros on five hits, striking out five and walking none. He was at peak effectiveness, throwing just SO pitches, relying on a fast ball and slider. Tucson had just one runner reach second base -- Glenn Redmon in the third inning. He singled, advanced to second on a sacrifice by pitcher Stan Pemnowski, but was left stranded. Salt Lake City erupted for four of its runs in the ninth inning, powered by Billy Parker's two-run double. Parker finished with three hits and three rbi, as Frank Baker (4-for-5) and Charlie Vinson (3-for-5 with 3 rbi) also supplied multiple hits. Hassler, who just three years ago was playing high school ball at Palo Verde, is in the best shape of his professional career. "It's beautiful," he says. ; 'I used to have to soak my arm after every game I pitched. Now I don't need to -- the Toro tag too late -- Citizen photo by Gary Gavnor Bruce Christensen of the safely in the fifth inning, catcher Pete Varney. The Salt Lake City Angels slides in home easily avoiding a tag by Tucson Toro Angels breezed to an 8-0 victory at Hi j Carbett Field last night, spoiling the Toros* Pacific Coast League home opener. Toros Box Score Angels 8, Toros 0 Salt Lake City , Tucson ab r h b i j ab r h bi 4 3 2 1 ! J.Rdm 3 b 4 Meoh, 55 Baker, If Vinson, If 5 2 4 1 McGre, Ib 4 J. 1 3 3:Brdfrd, cf 4 Parker, 3b 5 1 2 2 i Hitman, If 3 Renos, cf 5 0 3 OjRdmnd, rf 3 Hutto, c 4 0 0 1 ji/arney, c Kosco, rf 5 0 1 0 3 . Rd 2b ~ ' - - - o Wilier, ss Chfstns 2b 3 T Wshbrn, p 3 0 0 0 'Idlskv, Dh i^rznws, p ·Hndrsn, D (\costa, D 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Bkdmr, oh 1 0 1 0 1 0 o o o 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 o o o 0 0 0 Total 1 38 8 16 8 ' Totals 29 0 5 0 Salt Lake City 001 020 104-- 3 Tucson 000 000 000-- 0 E -- Meoli, Vinson. Hottmsn, Redmond, DP -- Salt Lake City 3. Tucson 2. LOB -Salt Lake City 5. Tucson 3. 2B -- Baker, Pnrker. 3B -- Meoli. SF -- Hutton Sac -Washburn, Penanowski. ID h r er bb so Washburn (','.') . 9 5 0 0 0 5 Przancwski ( L ) 6 9 3 3 2 6 Henderson 2 5 4 4 1 2 Acosta 1 2 1 1 0 0 U -- Robinson, Vann, Uezlac. T -- 2:18. A --3541. Poems and legends and all aseball strike out, or is Casey still a hero? Baseball Scoreboard American League EAST DIVISION won lost pet 1.000 .667 .503 .333 .333 .333 Sb n-2 T/2 V2 V/2 T/2 2 Detroit 2 0 Baltimore 2 1 Milwaukee l l Boston 1 2 Cleveland 1 2 NewYork 1 2 WEST DIVISION Kansas City 3 1 .750 California 2 1 .667 Oakland 2 1 .657 Minnesota l 2 .333 Texas 1 2 .333 Chicago 1 3 .250 Tuesday's Results Boston 4, Cleveland 2 New York 2, Milwaukee 0 Detroit 5, Baltimore 3 Chicaao 14, Texas 0 Oakland 3, Kansas Oiv 2 O'ifornia 2, Minnesota 0 Today's Games Cleveland (Perry C-l) at Boston (fi",,n 0-1) Milwaukee (Brett 0-0) at New York Detroit (Lolich 1-0) at Baltimore (CuellarO-0). ... Texas (Slanhouse 0-0) at Chicago (Bahnsen 1-Oi. National League EAST DIVISION won lost net Montreal 3 0 l.POO Chicago 2 1 .667 Philadelphia 2 2 .soo NewYork ' 2 .333 Pittsburgh 1 2 .J33 St. Louis 1 3 .250 "Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in baseball -- the national pastime has struck out." Or has it? Perhaps the nation's best-known piece of comic verse, Casey at the Bat first appeared in the San Francisco Examiner June 3, 1888. It was written by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, who received a fee of $5 for the contribution. For Thayer there was no joy in Mudville -- mighty Casey had struck out. For the many fans across this favored land, Mudville has always been their team and Casey has always been their hero. But according to samplings, including the straw poll conducted by the Tucson Los Angeles San Francisco .. Houston MS3! :::::: Atlanta WEST DIVISION .750 .750 -SCO CITIZEN SPORTSWRITER 1 1 T/2 Chicago 6, Pittsburah 4 Montreal 7, New York 2 Philadelphia 6, St. Louis 3 Los Angeles 3, Atlanta 1 Houston 8, Cincinnati l San Francisco 5, San Diego 1 Today's Games St. Louis (Gibson 0-0) at Philadelphia gb 1-0) at Mon.rea. (Morton 0-0), niah;. Los Angeles (Osteen or Sulton 1-0) at Atlanta (P. Niekro CM), nioht, Chicaao Uenkins 0-1) at Pitisburqh (jotnronO-O), niuht. . ..,_., Houston (Reuss 0-0) at Cincinnati (Bil- HnghamO-1), night. Pacific Coast League Western Division won lost Tacoma ......... 4 1 Hawaii .......... 2 3 Portland ......... 2 3 Euqeno .......... 2. . 3 Eastern Division Phoenix ......... 4 1 AlbuquerQue ..... 3 2 Salt Lake ........ 2 3 TUCSON ........ 1 4 Tuesday's Results Tacoma 8, Hawaii 2 Euoene 5, Portland 2 Phoenix 3/ Albuqueraue 2 Salt Lake 8, TUCSON 0 Today's Schedule Tacoma at Hawaii Portland at Eugene Phoenix at Albuoucroue Sail Lake at TUCSON pet .800 .400 .400 .400 .800 .600 .400 .200 Daily Citizen, Mudville's image is more than dirty and Casey became a bum in the process. To the fans, baseball's recent hassle was more than just a strike -- it was the biggest strikeout since Casey left Blake and Flynn stranded on second and third. But baseball has fanned before and managed to come up with a home run or two to save the day. It survived the "Black Sox" scandal of the 1919 World Series when eight members of the Chicago White Sox conspired with professional gamblers to "throw" the series to the Cincinnati Reds. However, along came Babe Ruth, who gave up pitching for hitting to bring baseball back to the top. If the game can survive dishonesty, it certainly can survive greed. After all, no one got paid for playing baseball until the Cincinnati Red Stockings were formed in 1869. The game had been around in some sort of recognizable form since 1744. The earliest written reference to baseball, as well as the earliest. arm's in good shape." After returning to Sail Lake City last year after his 20-day stay with California when Rudy May was on the disabled list, it was discovered that Hassler was afflicted with an entrapment of the nerve in the "funny bone" area. Surgery was ordered, postponing any baseball until the winter months. In the Arizona Instructional League and the Puerto Rican League, Hassler rounded into shape, despite suffering an attack of gastritis in Latin America. "I didn't have any problem with communication," he says. "There were people on the team who could help out. And Les was my manager- there, too. so no problem. That gastritis put me in the hospital though -- I lost about 15 pounds." Pitching against major league and top AAA players in Puerto Rico, he posted a 4-0 record despite Ms illness. Now at 6-foot-5. 212 pounds) Hassler is ready for what could be his best season. He pitched the Angels' opening game at Albuquerque Friday, giving up two runs through seven Innings until running into trouble, giving up a walk, single, and having a man reach base on an error. "I just hope I can do half as well as Washburn did," he says about Ms start tonight. "Imagine that -- 80 pitches. I throw 80 pitches and I'm still in the sixth inning." The loss was the fourth straight for Tucson, which won its opener against Phoenix Friday. In five games, the Toros have scored nine runs. Tonight is Guaranteed Win Night. If Tucson should lose tonight, each fan will be admitted to the next game or until the Toros win at home. A regular feature of Guaranteed Win Night, 10-cent beer, will be in effect. known illustration, appeared in an English publication. Despite evidence to the contrary, Colonel Abner Doubleday is credited for inventing the game in 1839 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Investigations instigated by A. G. Spalding in 1905 came to this erroneous conclusion even though it has been established that Doubleday wasn't even in Cooperstown in 1839, let alone teaching a bunch of village clods how to make a double play. Player dissatisfaction is almost as old as pay for play. In 1871, the first pro league was formed. In 1890, certain players unhappy with the salaries paid, formed their own league, known as the Players, or Brotherhood, bringing three leagues into action that year. The Players actually drew more paid attendance than the Nationals and the American Association, but all the circuits lost money. The Nationals resumed operations in 1891. The Players League failed to survive and the Americans didn't make it after the 1891 season. The Nationals had it all to themselves until 1900, when Ban Johnson formed a new league which is the American League of today. Johnson asked the Nationals to regard his league as a major group, but the Nationals declined. He proceeded to raid the Nationals, by taking some of their best players by the simple process of paying higher salaries. By the end of the 1902 season, the Nationals sued for peace and the two leagues have operated amicably since. Together they put down a group called the Federal League which competed in 1914 and 1915. The three leagues sustained losses between $10,000,000 and $15,000,000 during that little two-year war, The Federals quit the battle. In the light of the current war between the National and American Basketball Leagues and last decade's war between the National and American Football Leagues, doesn't all this malarky sound vaguely familiar? Those who would wipe baseball off because of a players strike just don't realize how hardy the game really is. When grown men are getting large sums of money for playing a child's game, they are not about to quit. And so long as little boys can browbeat their fathers into taking them out to the ball game, baseball club owners will make sure that there'll be ample peanuts, popcorn and crackerjacks along with beer and hotdogs available to help while away the lazy hours. Don't worry, Casey -- the ring of HIP cash register will keep your legend alive. McCovey breaks arm SAN DIEGO (AP) -Everyone agreed. The San Francisco Giants lost their most valuable player when Willie McCovey broke Ms right arm last night. "McCovey is the kind of guy you build an entire team around," said Bobby Bonds. "He was the catalyst for our entire ball club," said pitcher Sam McDowell. "Of all the guys we could least afford to lose, it was McCovey," said outfielder Ken Henderson. McCovey. the power- hitting veteran who's called "Stretch" by his teammates, suffered the injury in reaching for a throw in the first inniug of San Francisco's game with San Diego here. Czech checked -- Citizen photo by Ross Humphreys Upset-victim Marie Neumannova of Czechoslovakia smashes a forehand in her first-round match of the Tucson Conquistadores Women's Tennis Tournament yesterday at the Tucson Racquet Club. The sixth-seeded Miss Neumannova lost to Janet Newberry, 6-2, 6-1. Billie Jean leaves ASU lass gasnin *-J _£. ^ top seeds adva By JAN PETRANEK Citizen Sportswriter · The first volleys have been- fired and much of the smoke remains to be cleared. But one conclusion is unavoidable in rendering an account of the $18,000 Tucson Conquistadores Women's Tennis Tournament: 1 The presence of Billie Jean King is predominant. Even should she not win the tournament, through some odd circumstance, her play will be the most competent, the most complete and the most watch- able of any woman in the field. Her slashing backhand is marvelous, landing deep in the opponent's court. Her net game is a delicacy, as she drops short-angle shots out of reach. Her serve is devoted to power, her body straining across the baseline. Mrs. King went about her business with resolute concentration last night, defeating Pam Richmond, 6-0, 6-2, in a first round match. ''She had me running," Miss Richmond smiled. "Her volleys land within an inch or two of the baseline: she's consistently deep in the court. And her touch volley, with balls hit at her feet, is amazing. After a while, I stopped hitting balls there." To the casual onlooker, Mrs. King's win may have appeared routine. It wasn't entirely. The match had its moments as Miss Richmond, the 1371 national collegiate champion from Arizona State, engaged Mrs. King in several long rallies. Miss Richmond was able to hold service twice in the second set and trade backhand volleys, but Mrs. King's speed, ability to move to the Inside: Lakers win ... Page 60 Senior golf ... Page 58 AIA meeting ... Page 61 Tennis expansion ... Page 82 Canyon del Oro nominates j standout wrestler Gibson Second in a series on nominees for the Tucson Daily Citizen Student-Athlete of the Year Award, presented annually to Tucson's outstanding high school senior who achieves the highest combined excellence in scholarship, athletics and extra-curricular activities. Alan Gibson nearly sacrificed a state wrestling championship in an attempt to help his Canyon del Oro High teammates win the team title. Gibson, CDO's nominee for the Tucson Daily Citizen Stu- dent-Athete of the Year Award had to win his finals match at 155 pounds by a pin in order for the Dorados to repeat as Class AA champs last season. Through his desperation moves lie lost, a lead and the malch went into overtime. Gibsou won the match, al- though CDO lost the team title to Flowing Wells by half a point. Gibson won division and Alan. Gibson state wrestling titles in his junior and senior years, was second team All-Conference in football last fall as a linebacker, and is a standout long jumper on the track team. He was co-captain of the wrestling team and received the squad's most outstanding wrestler award. Carrying a 1.5769 grade average, Gibson is 24th in a class of 217. He has been nominated for membership into the National Honor Society, was a Saguaro Rotary Student of the Month, and has been president of the Walther League, the Lutheran youth group. Gibson, the 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs, Harvey P. Gibson, 114fi E. Emerine, has been awarded a scholarship to Lewis Clark College. He is active in student government, the Gold and Green club and chorus. net and placement put away points -- and the match. '·I think she'll dominate the tournament." Miss Richmond said. 'The one area of her game I wasn't particularly, impressed with was her serve. Of course, I don't know if she- was going all out. either." Miss Richmond, mentioned as a potential member of the women's pro tour, admitted' that she has considered the. idea, but said she isn't sure she's willing to dedicate herself entirely to the game. "I like tennis but I also like to do other things. When I play one tournament after another, I seem to become stale. If I dedicated myself. I could do well out here (on the tour), but I don't think I'm prepared to do that." Mrs. King, the recognized extrovert of the tour, was in. character, as she talked to herself, to the crowd and, sometimes, absently into space during the match. After sending a backhand- well over the baseline, she yelped, "Aw, that's dose.'" She mumbled frequently, telling herself to concentrate. "I'm playing as though I'm still on clay," she grumbled. And. after failing to put away a shot, she said, "Oh, chicken feathers!" Another Arizona State eirl. Martha ThornhilL received a decidedly more one-sided lesson from third-seeded Francoise DUIT of France. Miss Durr won, 6-1, 6-1. "Her backhand down the line, wow! Her backhand has a slice, it scoots along the court. You have to get "dowii . and anticipate the ball to be able to return it," Mis Thornhiil said. " ';" : With one exception, the remainder of the seeded players, won with ease. Second-seeded Kosemary Casals, in a separate draw bracket from Mrs. King and Biiiie Jean's likely match in the finals, defeated Sue Solon of Albuquerque, 6-1, 6-1 Fourth-seeded Judy Dalton of Australia dispostcfof Sissy Kelly of Albuquerque. 6-2, 6-0. Sixth-seeded Marie Neu- mannova of Czechoslovakia was the lone upset victim, losing to Janet Newberry, 6-2, 61. Miss Newberry, ranked 18th in the nation, broke Miss Neu- mannova's service in the third game of the first set and refused to let up. · The tournament continues through Sunday, with 1 p.m. sessions daily. Doubles play also was to begin today.

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