The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 29, 1968 · Page 5
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, March 29, 1968
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1 Angels Among Tke 'Fallen Bat Lou Helps Cards Soar By DICK COUCH Associated Press Sports Writer The California Angels and Baltimore Orioles have had their wings clipped but Jim Kaat's elbow trouble has thrown the Minnesota Twins for a bigger loss. San Francisco unleashed a J2-liit barrage against four California pitchers Thursday and rolled to an 18-3 exhibition baseball triumph over the Angels at Phoenix, Arix. The Orioles were shut out for the second time in a row, bowing 2-0 to Washington at Miami, Fla., as Camilo Pascual and Bill Denehy combined for a five-hitter. Kaat, Minnesota's southpaw pitching ace, flew from Orlando, Fla., to the Twin Cities Thursday night to begin a series of X-ray treatments on his ailing left elbow, injured in the next- to-last game of the 1967 season Elsewhere on the exhibition schedule, St. Louis trimmed Oakland 3-1, Cincinnati nipped Detroit 4-3 in 14 innings, Pittsburgh topped Houston 3-1, Los Angeles drubbed the Chicago White Sox 11-4, the New York Yankees downed the New York Mels 5-1, the Chicago Cubs edged Cleveland 5-3 and Philadelphia shaded Atlanta 4-2. * * * Jim Davenport lashed four hits, including a triple, as the Giants cuffed Ricky Clark for eight runs and 14 hits in five innings and completed the assault against Minnie Rojas, Jack Hamilton and Jim Weaver. Pascual, who allowed four hits in six innings, and Denehy hurled the Senators to their 12th victory in 17 spring starts. The Orioles have scored just one unearned run in the last 30 innings. Kaal, who ruptured a muscle in his elbow at Boston last Sept. 30, could be sidelined for some Misery Makes Mauch Moan By JACK HAND Associated Press Sports Writer : CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) This has been a rough spring for the Philadelphia Phillies, bouncing around the lower regions of the Grapefruit League, worrying about Richie Allen's hand and sweating out Bobby Wine's chronic back condition. Bill White's remarkable comeback from a torn Achilles tendon has been the bright spot of the camp. White has looked i his old self in the field and has' COURIER NEWS PAGE TEN Frldaj, Much 20. 1868 Gene Blanch been swinging a not bat. Allen, who cut two tendons and the ulnar nerve in his right Wrist last August wljen his wrist smashed through the headlamp of an old car, is a major problem. Apparently Allen still can swing a bat with his old iape measure power but his throwing, never loo good, has been most erratic. In order to give Allen more time to recover from the damaged hand, manager Gene Mauch has shifted him to left field. In the meantime the Phils are using the capable Tony Taylor at third base. Shortstop is another problem. Wine's back acted up again and although he is working out, rookie Don Money has been gel- ting the full trial at short. Money is the young man who was the key figure in the big deal that sent Jim Bunning to Pittsburgh last winter. A .310 whiz with home run power in Class A at Raleigh, Money figured to need more seasoning. Still, there is an emergency situation at short and Money may have to be force-fed. * * * White's fine recovery eliminated all doubts about first base and Cookie Rojas is back to handle second again. With Allen in left, Tony Gonzalez, a .339 hitler in 1(167, goes into the center field competition with Don Lock and John Briggs. Larry Higle, a rookie, lias impressed with great speed and top flight defensive ability. Right, field belongs to Johnny Callison, Clay Dalrymple and Mike Ryan, former Boston Red Sox, will share Hie catching on a platoon basis. Neither hit .200 last year but both are top grade receivers. Woody Fryman, acquired from the Pirates with Money and two kid pitchers in the Bunning deal, has stepped into the starting rotation. Chris Short, who missed 14 starts last year due to a back ailment and a knee injury, figures to be the big man of the staff. The veteran Larry Jackson and Hick Wise, a late reporter after holding out, will be the others to take a regular turn. Dick Hall and Dick Farrell, two veterans who have made the rounds, will team up again in the bullpen. Grant Jackson may be ready lo stay on his fourth trial. Others who survived the first cut are John Boozer, Jeff James, Barry Lersch and Larry Colton, all of whom are right-handers. time because of an Irritated nerve. "We expect (he X-ray treatments to be helpful," said Dr. Harvey O'Phelan, the Twins' team physician, "No one really knows. "Our present plan Ls to put him on the disabled list at the start of the season." Another ailing player, Atlanta outfielder Rico Carty, is undergoing tests in a Lantana, Fla., hospital to determine if lie has tuberculosis. He was reported "feeling fine and walking around" Thursday but asked that details of his confinement not be released. Lou Brock socked a run-scoring triple and tallied on a throwing error by shortstop Ted Kubiak, giving the Cardinals the edge at Bradenton, Fla. Nelson Briles stopped the A's on five hits over the first seven innings. At Tampa, Fla., the Reds pushed over the winning run on Don Wert's bases-loaded error the Mth and matched St. Louis' 13-6 exhibition mark. i • » •* * Fireballer Bob Veale yielded four hits and struck out seven in a strong six-inning stint as the Pirates stopped the Astros at Cocoa, Fla. Ron Fairly's three-run double keyed a 14-bit attack that carried Hie Dodgers past the White Sox in a night game at Ver» Beach, Fla. Frank Fernandez drove in two runs with a homer and single in the Yankees' victory over the Mets at St. Petersburg, Fla. At Tucson Ariz., the Cubs si ruck for three first inning runs and bcld off Cleveland behind right-hander Ferguson Jenkins, who scattered nine hits in seven innings. John Callison's two-run homer and a pair of unearned runs in Hie seventh inning led the Phillies lo victory under the lights at Clearwater, Fla. NEW RECRUIT — Manila High School basketball standout John Benson (seated right) signed a grant-in-aid scholarship to play basketball at Arkansas State University as his parents (standing) and ASU Coach Marvin Speight (seated left) looked on. (Arkansas State University Photo) iniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiNiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiNiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniini Baseball Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Thursday's Results New York, A, 5, New York, N, 1 Cincinnati 4, Detroit 3, 14 innings Washington 2, Baltimore 0 St. Louis 3, Oakland 1 Pittsburgh 3, Houston 1 San Fran. 18, California 3 Chicago, N, 5. Cleveland 3 Los Angeles 11, Chicago, A, 4 Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 2 Saturday's Games Atlanta vs. Detroit at Lakeland Fla, Cincinnati vs. Philadelphia : B" at Tampa, Fla. Houston vs. Washington at Pompano Beach, Fla. New York, N, vs. Chicago, A, at St. Petersburg, Fla. Philadelphia vs. St. Louis at Clearwater, Fla. Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore al Miami, Fla., night Los Angeles vs. San Francisco at Mesa, Ariz. Chicago, N, vs. Cleveland at Scottsdale, Ariz. New York, A, vs. Boston al Winter Haven, Fla. Minnesota vs. Oakland at Bradenton, Fla. After 100 much golf . . . tauat ... or do-k-younetf ebons. Both* fag fed* ID good to tbone aching Mfldn n • wam wMs oustagc. A Jxnzzi Whirlpool Bath causes moving, •crated water to massage «v due to < ptfais of man? durofc aflmenti. A+d, yew can fry ft FREE. Can m for i toe dial Jacuzd Whirlpool Bath in vonr home huhtubi Coff PLANTERS OIL COMPANY, INC. MANILA, ARK. PHONE 561-4611 Doug's Gain Him Ground By F. T. MACFEELY Associated Press Sports Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — If Doug Sanders doesn't win the Masters Golf'Tournament in April, his : next .big goal will be the British Open in mid-July. It's not that be isn't planning to press his one-stroke advantage over the field in today's second road of the Greater Jacksonville .Open. But Sanders has won it before and he knows another prestige victory would establish him among the elite of the game. ' 'The British Open to me could excel the big American tournaments such as the Masters, U.S. Open and PGA," Sanders said. "I have business interests in the British Empire, and I figure the British Open would mean half a million dollars more to me than any of the three major tournaments in the United States." * * * Sanders headed the pack with seven-under-par 65 into the second round of the $100,000 tourney. He shot an easy eagle—two wood shots and a two-foot putt —and five birdies in Thursday's opening round. Five challengers were one stroke behind him and 60 others broke par 72 on the 7,221-yard Deerwood Club course. Steve Reid, Al Geiberger, Gardner Dickinson, Dewitt Weaver Jr. and Julius Boros were at 66. Don January, Richard Martinez, Chi-Chi Rodriguez and Bobby Nichols were at 67. * * * Defending champ Dan Sikes was among a dozen at 68 after an erratic round including an eagle, three birdies and a bogey. Gary Player at 69 and Arnold Palmer at 70 were in the running, but Jack Nicklaus at 74 faced the necessity of a good second round to make the cut Julhis Boros for the final 35 holes Saturday and Sunday. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VANCOUVER, B.C. (AP) — A group calling itself the NHL action committee has been formed here with the aim of bringing a National Hockey League franchise to Vancouver for the 196869 season. Members of the committee officially avoided calling for a bovcott of sponsors of NHL telecasts/but said they wouldn't be opposed to any individual action in this regard. SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) Charles Rutland, a defensive tackle for Savannah State, signed Thursday to play for the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League. BOSTON (AP) - Gov. John Volpe signed a. bill increasing the take from the pari-mutuel handle at Massachusetts race tracks from 14 to 15 per cent. Half of the one per cent in- crease'is earmarked for larger purses. Pro Profile Lou Brock: Star But Worst Critic By MURRAY OLDERMAN NBA Sports Editor ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Lou Brock is still waiting {or fulfillment. Lou is the leltfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, champ- Ions of the baseball world. And none has been more important to that success than the streamlined slugger. Last summer he hit 21 homers and drove in 76 runs from his leadoff spot, and then in the World Series he batted .414 and stole seven bases in spectacular style. In his seventh major league season, at the age of 28,. he's being paid in style, .too. '. '-'. ' But there is no smugness in Lou Brock. He sits on one of those steamer trunks that spill over the Cardinal dressing room at Al Lang Field, and he mulls the question somberly: Is he getting the most of his natural talent? "I could say no," he answers, "and firmly believe it. Peo- " pie think otherwise. An individual has to be his worst critic." An edge of dissatisfaction from last season knifes at him. He didn't bat .300. "That means," he explains, "you didn't reach your objective." In the last game of the season, at Atlanta, in the last inning, with two out, Lou was waiting in the on-deck circle. The Cardinals, though handily ahead 5-2, had sent Bobby Tolan up to pinch hit for the pitcher. "I needed.three hits that day to bat .3<W," recounts Lou. "I already had two-for-four, but I'd struck out my last time up. Then Bobby made out, and I lost my last chance. I batted 299 point 4." Or 6/10,OOOths of a percentiie from his objective. There should be some solace from the fact that he led the National League in stolen bases for the second straight year. But then you have to hear Lou. "I don't think right now is the right time for stealing bases," he shrugs, "because baseball is saturated—guys Eke Maury Wills, Luis Aparicio, Tommy Harper—so many it eliminates the surprise. The catchers, 95 per cent of 'em, always make the perfect throw. The pitchers are more conscious of movement on the mound. "Besides, you can't steal till you get on first." , And in Lou's case, that can be a problem. He seldom walks, arid-:the records show that 30 per cent of his hits are for extra" b'ases. That puts him automatically beyond first." So he\ins|sts, "My greatest satisfaction in baseball is hit* ting. Arid-It's'tough nowadays to hit for average, especially in the leadoff spot like me. Matty Alou of the Pirates did it, but he faijes very few lefthand pitchers. He hits 90 per cent of his balls'pn the ground; 90 per cent of mine are in the air. "I swing for the long ball sometimes. You know,' I don't really possess the' qualifications for a leadoff man. I'm. the type of hittei-who leaves the bench swinging. I don't look for walks. I loolc.for the baseball. I don't care if it's in the'strike zone. I see'itV I hit• it. There are balls thrown over the heart of the plat*'you don't see. '•'• "When !• come to the plate the first time to lead off a game, the pitcher is at his strongest. 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