The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 12, 1968 · Page 4
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, March 12, 1968
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Not Like Those Good Old Times By HERSCREL NTSSENSON Associated Press Sports Writer Three pitchers who have known better times—Dick Ra- dalz, Jim OToole and Steve Barber-ran into roadblocks Monday along the baseball comeback trail. Radatz, the once-mighty Monster of the Boston Red Sox' bullpen, is trying to win a spot on the Chicago Cubs' relief corps. He catne on in the fourth inning with the Cubs trailing San Francisco 2-1 in their exhibition game, Radatz walked the first three men, uncorked two wild pitches and hit a batter and two runs were in. Manager Leo Durocher yanked him when he walked the first two batters in the next in- ning. The Giants went on to » 72 victory. O'Toolc, a 19-game winner in Cincinnati's 1961 pennant push and now trying to ca5ch on with the pitching-rich Chicago White Sox, fared somewhat better. But he still was clipped for two runs in three innings and was the losing pitcher as the Los Angeles Dodgers trounced the Chjsox 72. Barber's misfortune took the form of an eight-run second inning in the New York Yankees' 11-7 loss to Washington. Barber compiled a 10-18 record last season with Baltimore and New York and showed signs of regaining his 20-game form of 1963. But Washington teed off on him with two-run doubles by Paul Casanova and Eddie Brinkman and a 450-foot, three- run homer by Mike Epstein. One player received the pink .slip Monday. Tito Fuentes, who has spent the past few seasons > at shortstop, second base and on the San Francisco bench, was optioned to the Giants' Phoenix farm club. Fuentes was,last heard of in the Dominican Republic several weeks ago and a Giants' spokesman said he had missed too much training to catch up now. Otherwise, the Grapefruit and Cactus League developments were what you might expect after less than a week of exhibition games. The Oakland Athletics started their first-stringers in a lo-called B squad game and then had to call on the scrubs to beat Pittsburgh 4-3. Someone forgot to tell the pitchers they're supposed to be ahead of the hitters. The world champion St. Louis Cardinals edged Boston 6-5 in 10 innings in a rematch of last October's World Series. Besides the Senator-Yankee slugfest, there was another 11-7 game with Bob Raudman's pinch three-run homer propelling Cincinnati to victory over Pittsburgh's 'A' squad. And Detroit, with Jim Northrup and Ed Mathews driving in three runs apiece, walloped Philadelphia 9-5. Orlando Cepeda, the National League's Most Valuable Player, outlegged an infield hit to drive in the winning run for St. Louis. Cepeda had homered earlier, along with teammate Mike Shannon and Boston's Reggie Smith, Mike Andrews and Gene Oliver. The big Red Sox guns-~Carl Yastrzemski, Tony Conigliaro ma Gsor^e Scott—failed to hit in seven at-bats. i The Mets edged Houston 4-3 in 11 innings on a bases-loaded, walk to Jerry Morales, a rookie outfielder. Woodie Held drove iii one run and scored the other ai the California Angels edged Cleveland 2-1. .'; { Atlanta beat Minnesota 6-4 ii) an error-filled night game. :•; t MANAGERS Gent Maueh, Ralph Houk and Red Schoendienst contemplate their ipring training while manager Gil Hodges (14) and coach Yogi Berra talk about their Met* just before the New Yorkers went out yesterday to beat Houston, 4-3. Cast-off Returns To Haunt, Hurt Royals !By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Flynn Robinson's last-minute heroics pushed the Chicago Bulls a step closer to a playoff •berth, but his former Cincinnati "mates didn't appreciate the .rnove. "Robinson, who came to the Bulls from the Royals earlier in the season, flipped in a basket "and a pair of free throws in the final minute, sending the Bulls :'to a 104-98 National Basketball •Association victory over Cincinnati. ...','. In the only other game Monday night, Boston topped Seattle 119 112 COURIER NEWS Flvnn Robinson ". iChicago's magic number — •combination of Chicago wins o Seattle losses — for a Western '.'Division playoff spot is now tw iover the fifth-place SuperSonics ;;The Bulls have seven games "|eft,-Seattle six. —Cincinnati, battling for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Division, dropped to fifth place and trails Detroit by one game "Baltimore is only one percent- rage point behind the Royals in • the torrid race. ' Oscar Robertson kept the 'Royals In contention with 37 •points, Including 13 in the last '.'quarter when the Royals got : within four points with a minute .remaining to play, after trailing . tt-73. But Robinson, who had H {points, then cane through with •his key pointf. Barry Clement '.."added a bucket at the buzzer for •the Bulls. FAOC EOHT Tuesdny, Mlreh 19, IMS llllllBIBIBllllllllllllllillllMIMllfflllllWIIIIHtWtllimil) Bob Boozer also had 19 points and McCoy McLemore 18, in the Bulls' balanced scoring attack. John Havlicek paced the Celtics over Seattle with 27 points. Boston took a 62-53 halftlme l lead but the Sonics bounced back and early In the final quarter went ahead at 95-94 on Rod Thorn's jumper. But Bill Russell got Boston the lead again 30 seconds later and the Celtics never were headed. Tom Meschery had 22 points for Seattle, which played without backcourt ace Walt Haz- rard, sidelined with an infected lip. There go the Denver Rockets and here come the Kentucky Colonels. Both teams won crucial American Basketball Association games Monday night. The Rockets defeated Dallas 119-105 and took a firmer grip on second place in the Western Division while tt» Colonels trounced Oakland 120-107 and climbed to within IVi games of fourth-place New Jersey in the East. No other games were iched- uled. Denver Opened up a 35-22 lead over Dallas in the first period and pulled Hi game* ahead of the third-place Chaparrals and to within 2H of division-leading New Orleans. Larry Jonei paced the Rockets with X points and Wayne Hightower added 23. Dallas Player-Coach Cliff Hagan had 31 in a losing cause. Kentucky's hot-shooting guards, Louie Dempfcr and Darel Carrier, seared JO and 2J points, respectively, ID the Colonels' triumph Carrier 1 * total thr«*point basket!. over Oakland, included two Oscar Robertson Jim Ligon added 21 points as the Colonels surged to a 10-point lead after one period and led the rest of the way. Andy Anderson had 24 for the Oaks, whose defeat dropped them into the Western Division cellar, a half- game behind Anaheim. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PRETORIA, South' Africa (AP) - White and nonwhite selectors will meet here at the end of July to choose a mixed South African team for the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, the South African Amateur Athletic Union announced Monday night. A committee headed by Matt Mare, president of the union, will select a mixed team after a July European tour by separate white and nonwhite teams. Some 4V nations have said they would boycott ihe Olympics over South frica's apartheid policy. Tonight's The Night Tonight's the night for the basketball battles to benefit the Ted Wahl Memorial Scholarship Fund. Beginning at 6:45 at the Blytheville High gym, a doubleheader will get underway and the men's faculty team opposing the footbal players and the Red Razzoo Club while a second game will see the Red Pepper girls battling the Cheerleaders. Admission is SO cents and one dollar. But Are They Better? Oh, They're Big By DICK COUCH Associated Press Sports Writer POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - If basketball or football was the Washington Senators' game, they'd be a tough bunch to bring down. Physically, the 1968 Senators should dwarf American League rivals—from 6-foot-5 Jim Lemon, their rookie manager; down the line. If they stand half as tall against opposing pitchers. Washington could muscle into the first division for the first time in 22 ; years. Gil Hodges accomplished minor miracie last year, piloting the Senators to a share of sixth place. Then he moved on to New York, where the Mets were sorely in need of a miracle worker. Lemon, former Washington outfielder and Minnesota coach, nherits a team that batted .223, worst in the majors, and had he second lowest pitching rating in the American League. Big Jim could sustain the upward swing started by his predecessor—if the king-size Sena- ors add a few points to their )ite-size batting averages and the pitchers trim down their fat ERAs. Frank Howard, the man mountain-of the Washington out| field at 6-7 and 260 pounds, provided most of the offensive punch last season, batting .256, slamming 36 homers and driv- ings in 89 runs. He'll be back in left field after a 10-day holdout that netted him a $47,500 salary —highest in the club's history. First baseman Mike Epstein, who fell short of his rave rookie notices after Baltimore dealt him to the Senators, stands 6-3% and has trimmed down from 230 to 220 pounds. Rookie second baseman Frank Coggins is 6-2 i and 185; recently acquired shortstop Ron Hansen, 6-3 and 200, and returning third sacker Ken McMullen, 6-3 and 195. ' Fred Valentine, Hank Allen, Cap Peterson, Sam Bowens, Ed Stroud and rookie Del Unser, candidates for the other two outfield positions, average 6-1 and 190. Regular catcher Paul Casanova comes in at 6-4, 200, and Bill Bryan, his probable back-up man, is 6-4 and 215. Reliever Casey Cox, 6-5, is high man on a Dream Is Shattered KANSAS CITY A&M of Lorman, Miss., sparked )y James Kelly and Julius {eye, put a quick end to any Henderson dreams Monday by defeating the Reddies 79-71 in Ihe first round of the NAIA Basketball tournament. Alcorn reeled off eight straight points in the final 68 seconds to cinch the decision. Henderson led 41-29 at the half but Alcorn gained a 62-61 lead with 7:01 left. Keye scored 19 and Kelly 16 for Alcorn. Henderson's Lou Wood was he game's top scorer with 20 Mints. Larry Ducksworth and Danny Davis, key men in Henderson's drive toward the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championship turned in disappoint- ng performances. Ducksworth scored seven points and Davis 11. AUCKLAND (AP) - The N'ew Zealand Lawn Tennis Association decided today to vote for open tennis at an extraordinary meeting of the International Lawn Tennis Association in Parit March 30. tall order pitching staff. Epstein, who hit only .226, with nine homers, in 105 games with Washington, could be the key to the Senators' 1968 prospects. "He was too tight—trying too hard to make good," Lemon said, "AH he has to do is relax, be himself, and he'll be the hitter he was when he was Mr. AH-Everything in 'he minors." Coggins came up from Hawaii at the tail end of the season and swatted .307. Subsequently, the Senators traded holdover second 1 baseman Tim Cullen to the Chicago White Sox for Hansen, whose .233 mark was 45 points higher than glove man Ed Brinkman hit for Washington. "Hansen gives us another bat in the infield," said General Manager George Selkirk. "He does most of his hitting when it counts most." McMullen got the most out of a .245 average, drilling 16 homers and accounting for 67 RBI. Casanova, a workhorse in 141 games behind the plate, had 53 RBI and a .248 mark. Bowens, acquired from the Orioles, will battle returnees Valentine, .234, Allen, .233, Peterson, ,240, and Stroud, .212, for the right and center field posts. Unser up from the Eastern League, also could make the club, along with utility men Bob Saverine, Dick Nen, Bernie Allen and Bob Chance. The pitching staff, led by veterans Camilo Pascual,' 12-10, and Phil Ortega, 10-10, and newcomers Dick Bosman, 3-1, and Frank Bertaina, 7-6, shows promise despite a mediocre combined ERA of 3.38 last year, ever, Relief ace Darpld Knowles was snatched by the Air Force, but Dave Baldwin, 1.70 ERA, will be back in the bullpen with Cox and winter pickup Dennis Higgins. Barry Moore, Joe Coleman, Bill Denehy, Steve Jones and Bob Humphreys are-other contenders for the mound corps. Lemon expects Howard and McMullen, with help from Epstein and Casanova, to produce more runs than the Washington pitchers yield this year. If the heavyweights come through and the Hansen-Coggins double play combination clicks, the Senators j conceivably could move into the upper reaches of the AL. The Senators are bigger than j ', but so are the Ifs. ANNOUNCING! KAREN JOLLY IS NOW WITH BETTY'S BEAUT? 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