The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 1, 1968 · Page 10
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, April 1, 1968
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Stanky Qaofes Past Present A Man Apart By MURRAY OLDERMAN NEA Sports Editor SARASOTA, Fla.-(NEA)-Let's set the scene for Eddie Stanky. It's the dugout before a Chicago White Sox game. This one happens to be in spring training. A half smile plays on Eddie's lips. His blue eyes glint. The manager is entertaining the press. The press includes Herb Goren, who writes Phil Rizzuto's radio show. Rizzuto, who once played shortstop for the Yankees, has criticized the White Sox manager. Stanky doesn't like him. "He's too good for baseball," says Stanky. "He won't put his $90 alligator shoes on the field." Stanky is a critic of most of the media. "You," he points to Al SUverman of Sports Magazine, "put out a (bleep) magazine." Eddie looks around for other targets. "On a radio show once," he says, "I was making a point and said my wife may not know how to cook. And everybody thought I was knocking my wife. It's like your tie, which may not fit your suit." He takes a closer look at me. I'm wearing a Paisley tie with a blue suit. ; "In fact, it doesn't. And your socks. All wrong. They should have stripes to brighten it up." A couple more writers saunter to the lip of the dugout to catch the action. "Here come my flesh-and-blood Chicago writers. Now look at him." He points to Jerry Holtzman. "He's a swimmer. That green goes good on him." ' It sounds, I twit him, as though .you're mellowing. Eddie nods and says, "You guys think you know all about me. But there's only one person in this world could .. write a profile of me." ; Pause. The blue eyes dart around looking for arched eyebrows. A small moment of exultation at the puzzled ; faces. "My wife." Period. The last lively character left in baseball is Edward Ray- ,mond Stanky, age 50, who hasn't played a game in 15 years and is actually a dull tool personally. He doesn't drink, smokes sparingly and is a devoted husband, father (six children, ages 23 to 4) and a grandfather. He didn't hit .300 in the majors until he was 32 years old. He is not, on the record, a successful manager since no team of his ever finished higher than third. But Eddie Stanky performs. And he talks. "I must be doing something right," he says. "They signed me to a new four-year contract. I had a couple of job offers, in public relations, that would have given me more money." But aren't you disappointed over last season? The White Sox finished fourth by three games.after holding first place for 62 straight games in June, July and August. They lost their last five. "The word 'disappointed' isn't in my language," he answers. "I'm never disappointed." Yet the White Sox tore Iheir club apart by trading away such vital performers as Tommy Agee, Al Weis, Don Buford, J. C. Martin, Ron Hansen and pitchers Bob Howard and John Buzardt. They kept their leading hitter, Ken Berry. He batted .241. "We would have made ail the trades," insists Eddie, "even if we had won. We traded for pluses." By insinuation, the men traded away then were minuses. "Reflections," he muses, "always reflections. On other people. The word used, Eddie, was "insinuation." "That's an educated word," he scoffs. Don't the White Sox, noted for young vigor, suddenly look old with six guys past 30 figured for regular play, plus 45-year-old Hoyt Wilhelm still the clutch ace of the bullpen? "I am only interested in 1968.1 might be out of baseball in 1969." The writers start to drift off. Eddie's got to be kidding, now. Bill Lee of Hartford remains sitting. "There's a man with a good face from New England," says Stanky. "I'll tell him anything." Postscript: In two following pieces, exclusively for NEA, Eddie Stanky tells us about baseball, what's it's really like, from his viewpoint. 1952, first year as manager: "I don't intend to revolutionize managing. And I do not plan to let anybody take advantage of me. . -When the front office asked me to write down my training camp requirements, I ordered a bunting machine." 1953, after chosen manager of the year: "I doubt if I mellowed. I get mad when I lose. That just happens to be the way I'm made. But that need not imply that I'm not learning . . . My experience with the writers, my early mistakes with players, convinced me more than ever that the perfect manager, the perfect player, just doesn't — never did — exist." 1956, after fh*d at St. Louis: "I'm not the laughing-type manager, even though the trend in most cases is in that direction today. The 'I' has also become dominant on the field and in the front office. I can't force myself to resort to that." 1966, hired by White Sox: "I don't like the word mellow. It reminds me of fruit that's gone soft... I'm not worried about my emotional out hurts. My facial expressions often belie my feel ings. I am a happy man. I may have weaknesses as a man, but I don't panic as a manager." 1967, age 50: "The public reads that I'm cranky and rude. I guess that's the price you pay .for liv- • ing in a goldfish bowl ... I'm not a genius as a manager, but I am a 24-hour-a-day baseball man and that's what I like to see in my players." Eddie Stanky today: "I don't pride myself on being a perfect man. I pride myself in striving to be a perfect man, even though the results are not there all the time. . . In my opinion, pennant contenders are made from the neck up, not the neck down ... How can a blue-eyed man like me be a villain?" Englishman Finally Wins By F. T. MacFEELY JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Not since Ted Ray took the U.S. Open in 1920 had an English golfer won a major American tournament. Yarborough Takes 500 Baseball Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Sunday's Results Atlanta 2, New York, N, 0 Cincinnati 8, New York, A, 2 .Washington 3, Houston 2 Chicago, A, 6, Philadelphia 0 Pittsburgh 3, Baltimore 1 Detroit 6, St. Louis 5 -Cleveland 'B' 9, Chicago, N, 2 Minnesota 3, Boston 2 Los Angeles 9, San Francisco r • Califernia 6, Cleveland 5 j Tuesday's Games Cincinnati vs. Houston at Cocoa, Fla. New York, N, vs. St. Louis at St. Petersburg, FJa., night. Philadelphia vs. Minnesota at Orlando, Fla. Pittsburgh vs. Oakland at Fort Myers, Fla. Los Angeles vs. Chicago, N,' at Scottsdale, Ariz. Bar. Francisco vs. Cleveland «t Tucson, Ariz. Boston vs. Washington at Fompano Beach, Fla. : Chicago, A, vs. Detroit at Sar- •isota, Fla. New York, A, vs. Baltimore at Fort Lauderdale, Fit., night. Hockey 'iiiiinniiiBiiiiiniiiiiniiiNininniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiBiiiiiiiiiiiigi Final Standings East Division Montreal New York Boston ... W. L.T. Pte. GF.GA 42 22 10 94 236 167 . 39 23 12 90 226 183 . 37 27 10 84 259 216 By KON SPEER Associated Press Sports Writer ™ , T , ATLANTA (AP) — Cale Yar- Then along came Tony Jack- , , . . , ,. lin, quietly happy Tony Jacklin. borou 6 h IS on to P ° J the racln S A golfer with ice water in the world right now with two big veins—the kind that wins and; victories and $70,000 in winnings wins and becomes great. At the age of 23, Jacklin is a winner with every promise of joining the ranks of the great— which he thinks of as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Ben Hogan, but with no idea of patterning himself after any one of them. * * * He said he was nervous, but, he never showed it as he faced I this year. But the onetime Soapbox Derby kid says his fight to get to the top hasn't been easy. "Lots of times I felt it wasn't worth it and decided to quit," the 29-year-old racing veteran from Timmonsville, S.C., said after winning the Atlanta 500 Sunday. "But then I'd sleep on it and down Palmer in the final round of the greater Jacksonville Open j jj" SlInHnv Ho arlnii'tforl ho ..fili-mrl ' j decide I was just as good as those other guys, and go back at Sunday. He admitted he utilized "Arnie's Army" as his own battery-charger to a 15-under-par 273 and the $20,000 first money. It was the first time a golfer from England had ever won on the Professional Golfers Association tour. Doug Sanders who couldn't match his golf strokes to his fire-engine-red wardrobe, faded after holding at least a share of the lead through three rounds. Sanders' 73, with the help of a 40-foot finishing pitt, tied him for second at 275 with Don January, Gardner Dickinson, CM Yarhorough's perseverance has paid off and the hard-driving blond is in position to become the biggest money-winner ever in one year. He needs about $60,000 to break the record set by Richard Petty of Randleman, N.C. "I don't know if I can, break it, but I've got a real good start," . said Yarborough, who averaged 125 miles an hour in winning the 500-mile Atlanta race worth $20,050. It was his second straight Atlanta title. Yarborough won a duel with Chi Rodriguez and DeWitt Wea-j another 1968 Mercury driver, ver Jr. Each collected $6,520. j Lee R°y Yarbrough of Colum- Palmer was at 276 and Jack bia > s - c - They also finished 1-2 Nicklaus, never a contender throughout the 72-hoIe event, finished 23rd at 280. Chicago Toronto Detroit . 32 26 16 80 33 31 10 76 . 27 35 12 66 212222 209 176 at the Daytona 500 a month ago. Lee Roy won $9,285 in the race, with Donnie Allison of Hueytown, Ala., pocketing $5,365 for third. Charlie GIoz- bach of Georgetown, Ind., was 245257 fourtl1 and Darel Dieringer of Charlotte, N.C., was fifth. West Division Philadel. .. 31 32 11 73 173 179 j Los Angeles 31 33 10 72 200 224 j St. Louis .. 27 31 16 70 177 191 Minnesota . 27 32 5 69 191 226 Pittsburgh . 27 34 13 67 195 216 Oakland ... 1542 1747 153 219 Sunday's Results New York 4, Montreal 2 Toronto 4, Boston 1 Detroit 5, Chicago 5, tie Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 1 St. Louis 5, Minnesota 3 Pro Playoffs Sub; Rally Pull It Out By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Boston. The Celtics, also taking The depleted Philadelphia 76ers have managed to hang onto, their five starters, but they bad to replace their sparkplug to get moving against the New York Knicks. Johnny Green, 34 years old and without a .playoff game in his National Basketball Association career until nine days ago, provided the spark Sunday as the 76erS ran over the .Knicks 123-105 in Philadelphia. Filling in for hot-shot sixth man Billy Cunningham, who is out with a broken wrist, .Green fused a third quarter rally with five points and six rebounds for a 9t80 lead, and the 76ers never looked back. . ' . The victory put the injury-riddled world champion 76ers up 3-2 in this best-of-7 Eastern Division semifinal series with a chance to wrap it up tonight in New York. "We're in the driver's seat now," said 76er Coach Alex Hannum. Boston, expected to meet Philadelphia in the division final playoff after finishing second to the 76ers in regular season play, stood by its old.standbys for a similar decisive third quarter that downed Detroit 110-96 in 3-2 NL Is Glad It's All Over By DICK COUCH Associated Press Sports Writer The National League has parted company with the Washington Senators. It's the best thing that's happened to the National League all spring. Washington pushed over .an unearned run in'the eighth inning Sunday and edged the Houston Astros 3-2, completing an 11-garhe exhibition sweep over National League opposition. The victory gave the Senators an over-all record of 15-5—best in the exhibition circuit. Bernie Allen singled in the eighth, moved around to third on two infield outs and scored the winning run on one of three errors committed by Hector) Torres, the Astros' rookie short-' stop. Ken McMullen delivered the other Washington runs with a homer and sacrifice fly. Brooks Robinson, Baltimore's \ Brooks Robinson , „, . , for a 6 ' 5 victory on run- Detroit tonight. The St. Louis Hawks, backs against the wall at the! J^,"!" Washington University Field- n ° les ' below the left ear by a Steve .'s 3-1 Robinson, Gun Club To Meet Tonight The Missco Gun Club will lold a regular monthly meet- tonight at 7:30 in the Ar- tansas-Missouri Power Building and will discuss the progress of a proposed boat raffle and the forming of another women's small arms class, according to Roy H. Bray, a spokesman for the club. MIAMI, Pla. (AP) - Hubert Ireen of Florida State shot a three-under-par 68 Friday to lake the third round lead in the University of Miami invitational golf tournament. Green had a 54-hole total of 208. TOKYO - Kim Ki-Sop, 161, South Korea, outpointed Yoshia- a 129-103 rout over San Francisco and sent that Western Division semifinal back to San Francisco Tuesday night, The Warriors, who finished 13 games behind the Hawks in regular season play, still hold a 3-2 lead. Favored Los Angeles did not let Chicago off the hook and won their set, 4-1, by crushing the Bulls 122-99 Sunday night in Los Angeles. In the American Basketball Association, Denver evened its best-of-5 semifinal series at 2-2 by beating New Orleans 108-100. Green, who has bounced around the NBA for nine years and came to the' 76ers from San Diego in January, got nine points to help Philadelphia to a 56-all halftime tie. Playing with an injury — a dislocated ringer — like four of the 76er starters he finished with 16 points and 1: rebounds. "I realize I have to make some contribution like Billy has been making," he said, calling Sunday's contribution his greatest thrill. Hal . Greer led Philadelphia with 38 points while Cazzie Russell had 31 for the Knicks. Bailey Howell, Sam Jones anc John Havlicek lit the fuse under Boston as the Celtics turned an eight-point deficit early in the iliinl period into an- 83-80 lead entering the fourth. Detroit never caught up. St. Louis zoomed to a 17-point first quarter lead and San Francisco never got closer than 10 as Bill Bridges scored 28 points and Lou Hudson 26 for the Hawks. 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Tommy Davis' three-run homer and the shutout pitching of Bob Priddy, Bob Locker, Wilbur Wood and Don McMahon led the Chicago White Sox to a 6-0 victory over Philadelphia, ending the Phils' winning streak at five games. Detroit, Minnesota and California won extra innings struggles. The Tigers; nipped St. Louis 65 in 12 innings, Wayne Comer delivering the..tie-breaking run with a pinch double. Mickey Stanley hit a three-hun homer' and Willie Hortpn a solo Wast for the winners. Rod Carew's 12th-inning homer gave the Twins a 3-2 nod over Boston. Elston Howard drove in the Red Sox' runs with a single and homer. The Angels spotted Cleveland two runs in the top of the llth, then rallied in the bottom of the scoring singles by Jay John stone, Hick Reichart and Chuck 1 Hinton. • '' Los Angeles clipped Ron Herbel for six runs in the first three innings and held off San Fran- 1 Cisco 9-7 despite homers by the Giants' Willie McCovey and Jackie Hiatt. Atlanta rookie Ron Reed scattered four hits through seven innings and reliever Claude Ray. mond completed a seven-hit, 2-0 victory for the Braves over the New York Mets, who have been blanked twice in a row and six times. The Indians' B squad peppered Ken Holtzman for six runs in five innings and tripped the Chicago Cubs 9-2 while the White Sox Bs edged Oakland 4-3 on Rich Severson's RBI single in the 10th inning. COURIER NEWS PAGE TEN ' I S Monday, April 1, 1868 % ffflllilllllllllllltliliiimniMiBiaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiil iBOWUNG SHAMROCK LANES Household Exec. League STANDINGS Now and Then 28 15 Liberty Supmkt 28 16 . Tigers 26 18 B.V.'s 26 18 Thunderbirds 22 22 Astros 19 25 Holiday Inn 19 25 Alley Kats 17% 26% Hurst's 17% 26% 73's 16 28 HIGH GAMES Juanita Jones , 211 B.V.'s 530 HIGH SERIES Juanita Jones 568 Alley Kats 1,502 SPLITS Bea Spurgeon 2-10 INTRODUCING MR. DON ABEL We, at Sam Black Motor Company are happy to introduce our new service manager, Don Abel. 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