The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 19, 1968 · Page 4
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Baseball '68 Sox Need Mending Len Wilkens Jerry Wert 1 SHOOTING STARS of the NBA will soon be gunning for victory in the playoffs. Jerry West (44) and Lenny Wilkens (14) are expected to battle each other in the Western Division while the 76ers, led by Wilt Chamberlain (here leaning on Bill Russell) could receive trouble from the Celtics. Bill RusseU Mighty Museful '••-:' By JACK HAND Associated Press Sports Writer •'.LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Detroit hasn't won a pennant since Sfeve O'Neill's World War II club in 1!)45, but it never will come much closer than last year. .-. tayo Smith has been tormented all winter by the memory-of that final Sunday in October when he still had a chance to-tie Boston until the late in- hirigs of the second game of a doublchcacler with the California Angels. ., ,VI thought 92 would win it last year and it did," said Smith ivBose first Tiger learn wound up' with a 91-71 record in a sec- on'd-place tie with Minnesota. "I think 92 will win it again. . A breakdown in the bullpen is blamed for the Tigers' failure to win it all last season. , 3"0ur bullpen wasn't that bad," said Smith. "Everything that happened in the last two days was magnified. Fred Gladding, Mike Marshall and Fred Lasher all did a job for us, but we never had one guy who could do it day after day." Gladding is gone now, the price the Tigers had to pay to get Eddie Mathews from the Houston Astros last summer. Dennis Ribant has been acquired from Pittsburgh in a deal By IRA BERKOW NBA Sports Writer NEW YORK - (NBA) The American League champion Boston Red Sox's pitching staff had a somewhat dubious reputation last season, except for Jim Longborg. A pair of rookies are expected to enhance that mound reputation in 1968. Gary Waslewskl, a right- hander, and Ken Brett, 19- year-old lefty, were both with Boston for the latter part of the pennant race. But they are still considered rookies, and one or both may crack the starting rotation. Waslewski won two tig games for Boston down the stretch and also proved a tenacious competitor when he started the sixth game of the World Series. He was 5-6 with a 2.16 ERA for Toronto last season. Manager Dick Williams had such high regard for Brett, Stan Batmsen who pitched only one inning for the Red Sox last season, that he would unhesitatingly have called on him in the series had the situation arisen. Brett spent most of 1967 with Pittsfield, where he won 10, lost 7, struck out 142 hitters in 125 innings and had a sensational 1.80 ERA. ""At the other end of the standings, the ninth-place New York Yankees are also hoping for rookie help in their pitching department. * * * Righthander Stan Bahnsen, who was 9-11 with Syracuse last year, is one of manager Ralph Houk's prize youngsters. A few others are right- handers Rich Beck and Cecil Perkins and lefthander John Cumberland. Another rookie, Frank Fernandez, a good receiver but weak with the bat, is in the running for a regular spot. He batted .235 for Syracuse in 1967. The Minnesota Twins, whc finished one game behind Boston, have a standout pair of rookie outfielders. Harold (Pat).Kelly, brother of Cleveland Brown back Leroy Kelly, Colonels Backed To Wall; Pistons Really Pumping By THE ASSOCIATED PEESS The line-up for the American Basketball Association playoffs will be complete if the New Jersey Americans can beat the Kentucky Colonels tonight at Louisville. The Americans put themselves in that position with a come-from-behind 113-103 victory over Houston Monday night. That put them 1% games ahead of Kentucky in the race for the fourth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Division. They have ,wo games left to Kentucky's three. The battle for first place in the West got tighter when third- place Denver tripped division- leading New Orleans 108-101. The Buccaneers, who have three games remaining, lead Dallas by one game and Denver home and New York tripped thei the first round of the playoffs Mel Counts by two. But they have a three- ft , thre s to game bulge over Denver in the - v s v ! loss column and the best the for Dave Wickersham. - "My four starters are Earl Wilson, McLain Joe and Sparma, Denny Mickey Lolich," jsaid Smith. "John Hiller will relieve and do spot starting." • Smith's bullpen consists, of •Marshall, Lasher and Pat Dobson from last year, plus Ribant and hopefully some rookies. He is'taking a long look at Tom Tjmmerman, a 7-6 performer on 'tfie Toledo farm, and Les Caiij, '•-30-year-old left who was 11-13 JitMontgomery in the Southern ieague. The veteran Hank iAguirre is a questionable factor. y- Despite the 22 wins by Wilson, yi by McLain, 16 by Sparma •iind 14 by Lolich, the staff was •'seventh in the league. Pinch hit- 'itrs batted only .158, and the Tigers left more men on base, jleggue. than anybody in the Mayo Smith Smith has been running a competition for first base between Norm Cash, whose averaged sagged to .242 last season, and 3G-year-old Mafhews who moved to first from third last year. Dick McAwlifle, .239 last year, and Don Wert, who batted .257 in 1967, are set at second and third. Shortstop belongs to weak-hitting Ray Oyler, .207. Dick Tra- cewski and rookie Tom Matchick probably will be the back-up men. Jerry Lumpe has retired. Willie Horton, taking it easy after a post season leg operation, is counted upon to handle left field. Jim Northrup returns to center and old reliable Al Kaline, still hoping to make a World Series before he quits, is in right. Mickey Stanley and Gales Brown are the extra outfielders. With big Bill Freehan catching 155 games and challenging for the Most Valuable Player award, there is no great need for secondary catching. Jim Price will be used to rest Freehan. The Tigers have not been dazzling Uie critics in Florida, but Smith knows he must lake it easy with his front liners who must play every day once the bell rings. Loss Hopes To Continue Wins LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Gcorge Loss, who compiled a fanastic record while coaching football at St. Anne's of Fort Smith, will take over as football coach at Little Rock Catholic High School it was announced Monday. Loss' teams had a 116-5-3 record during his 13 years at St. Anne's. Loss coached Perryville, Mo., High School to a 7-3 record last season. * * * Loss will succeed Mike Hal- ham who is leaving Catholic High for a job at Little Rock McClellan High School. "I think we were very fortunate in hiring a coach of Coach Loss' caliber to follow Coach Malham," said Father George Tribou, the Catholic High principal. "I believe he's one of the few men who would be able to step into Coach Malharn's shoes and carry on a successful program here." Broncos can do is tie for the lead. Pittsburgh, which has locked up the Eastern title, walloped Anaheim 135-118 at Stcubenville, Ohio. New Jersey outscored Houston 30-16 in the third period to cement its triumph over the Mavericks. Bob Lloyd paced the Americans with a season high 29 points. Willie Somerset topped Houston with 20. Lonnie Wright and Willie Murrell combined for 20 points in toe fourth period to lead Denver past New Orleans. Murrell scored 27 points and Wright 24 but both trailed Wayne Hightower, who had 28. New Orleans' James Jones took game honors with 31. The Pittsburgh-Anaheim contest drew a crowd of 2,398 to Steubenville. The Pipers said Still Talking MIAMI, Fla. <AP) - The National League's expansion committee meets here Wednesday, But ML President Warren Giles says no recommendation will be forthcoming on whether to expand to 12 teams next year along with the American League. Giles called the scheduled meeting "more or less exploratory" and said it was called for the purpose of working out ground rules for future expansion—presentation of franchise applications, allocation of players, etc. Giles said the ML expansion committee might discuss the possibility of earlier expansion but any announcement would have to wait until a future meet- Ing of all 10 clubowner?. Unanimous approval is required for expansion. the Ohio city next season. Pittsburgh rolled to a 35- lead after one period and the Amigos never threatened. Connie Hawkins scored 33 points for the Pipers and Bob Bell had 28 .for Anaheim. Jimmy Walker unlocked the Eastern Division tie for the final playoff spot in the National Basketball Association with some key points, but the. battle still rages. Walker, rookie backcourt ace from Providence, fired in eight points in the final quarter Monday night as the Detroit Pistons squeaked past Seatle 88-82. The victory on the West Coast sent the Pistons one-half game ahead of idle Cincinnati in the battle for fourth place. In other NBA action Monday, Philadelphia, with Wilt Chamberlain pouring in 53 points, clobbered Los Angeles 158-128 at Warriors at San Francisco 123118. * * * Dave Bing also contributed 10 of his 16 points in the Pistons' low-scoring victory, marred by turnovers and highlighted by great defensive play. Walker finished. With 21 points while Walt Hazzard topped the Super- Sonics with 22. Detroit has only one game remaining—Wednesday night at Boston—while Cincinnati plays at Philadelphia tonight and in New York Wednesday. If the two clubs are tied after the sea,son ends, a playoff for the rea- mining spot would be played Friday in Detroit. Chamberlain, with one of his finest games this season, added 32 rebounds and handed out 14 assists. The 7-foot-l center connected on 24-of 29 shots from the field as the Eastern Division champs, warming up for the coming playoffs, shot a sizzling 57.1 per cent. Hal Greer added 32 points for the 76ers. Mel Counts topped Los Angeles with 26 points. A three-point play by Bill Bradley put the Knicks on top to stay at 34-31 in the second quarter and Cazzie Russell's points jn the same quarter pushed New York's lead to 68-59 at halftime. San Francisco, which ended its season, did get within four points of New York with a minute left but never had the ball again. Sari Francisco meets Western Division champion St. Louis in Wilt Still Has Old College Spirit By KEN RAPPOPORT PHILADELPHIA (AP) Wilt Chamberlain's thoughts were 90 miles away. But he still had one of his finest hours in pro basketball - 53 points, 32 rebounds and 14 assists. After the 7-foot-l Chamberlain led the Philadelphia 76ers to stunning 158-128 National Basketball Association victory over Los Angeles Monday night, all he could say was: "I'm just happy that Kansas beat Villanova." * * * Chamberlain went to school at the University of Kansas, so it was natural that he should be concerned about his alma mater, playing in the National Invitational Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, When a voice said over the loudspeaker that Kansas had bcflien Villanova, 55-49, time was called and Chamberlain did a brief strut in the third quarter. It was a real crowd-pleaser. "I just felt good," said Chamberlain, "very happy." Chamberlain's theatrics during the time out, however, wasn't even a poor second to hi^ remarkable show on the court in a game that cracked four records and tied another: —Most field goals in a game by both teams, 126 (broke the record of 125 set by Syracuse and San Francisco on March 10, 1963). -Most field goals by two teams in a half, 73 (broke the mark of 70 set by Boston and Minneapolis Feb. 27,1959). —Most assists by both teams in a half, 45 (Broke the standard of 42 held by four different pairs of teams). -Most teams in quarter, 41 (broke the mark of 40 set by Boston and Minneapolis on Feb. 27, Monday'i Fights By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TOKYO -- Jaguar Kakizawa, 133V4, Japan, outpointed Jessie Scnesario, 133%, Philippines, 10. Friday in St. Louis. Willis Reed topped New York with 29 points and Russell followed with 26. Rudy La Russo was high for the Warriors with 29. and Jim Holt, who was purchased from Oakland, have strong possibilities for making the club. Kelly, a base-stealing threat, hit .286 for Denver last season. Holt batted .312 for Peninsula. One of the weak spots in the Detroit lineup is at shortstop. Rookie Tom Matchick, who hit .289 for Toledo last year, will be in the running for a starting shot there. He will have to beat out a pair of veterans, Ray Oyler and Dick Tracewski. New Cleveland manager Alvin Dark inherits a strong pitching staff, with Sonny Siebert, Sam McDowell, Steve Hargan and Luis Tiant as the nucleus. It may be made even stronger if Tom Kelley can make it. Kelley pitched only 16 innings last year because of arm trouble. He underwent an arm operation over the winter. "If the operation proves successful," said Dark about the 23-year-old righthander, "he could be one of the stars of the future. He has a good chance of making the club," One of the rookie sensations of 1968 may be Dave May, outfielder for Baltimore. The Oriole lineup is a tough one to crack, as Mike Epstein can attest. But May's credentials are impressive. Last.season he was batting .316 with : -ll homers and 47 RBI for Rochester before Baltimore called him up. ' COURIER NEWS PAGZ EIGHT | Tuesday, March 19, 1MB iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinniimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiiiniii ATTENTION TRUCK USERS Let me recommend the .track and the equipment yon : need for your particular -vork. Call me anytime at PO3-4578 or TED MAXWELL v BOB SULLIVAN CHEVROLET-CAD. CO. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiGiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Hockey National Hockey League By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Monday's Results No games scheduled Today's -Games No games scheduled Wednesday's Garnet . . . Toronto at Montreal N.ew York at Chicago Philadelphia at Oakland St. Louis at Pittsburgh Minnesota at Los Angeles By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK (AP) - Funeral services will be held Wednesday at Mount Kisco, N.Y., for William Bryan, director of publicity at Monmouth Park's thoroughbred racing track. He died Sunday at the age of 49. SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) The former Victoria, B.C., Continental Football League franchise was officially transferred to Spokane Monday. MEXICO CITY (AP) - Lt. Arthur Ashe and other Americans are slated to join players from at least nine other countries for the 15th aiinual international tennis tournament .opening here Tuesday. Mr. Farmer: Before You Plan Your Cotton Fertilizer Program For 1968, See What A Good Deal... ANHYDROUS AMMONIA PERTIUZIEII ; . . .Is This Year! The Price Is Down Also, you don't have to tie your money up in more costly equipment ... We have everything you need to apply anhydrous Ammonia: • Applicators • Nurestanks • Shank & Knife Assembly* • All Parts If You Want To Build Your Own Applicator to use with Hipper Ridgers, or Bedders. . • Delivery Service PHONE 2-2005 TODAY! 7 A.M. 'TIL 5 P.M. AFTER HOURS PHONE: PO 3-4212 PO 3-8071 PO 3-8457 Allen Petroleum Co. 2604 W. ROM Blyrhtyillt, Ark. We Sell Super Shell A . 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