The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 2, 1968 · Page 9
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 2, 1968
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Blythevllle (Ark.) Courier New* - Tutsdijr, Aprfl I, IW - Pag*_Nint Joe Goes Psychedelic By MURRAY OLDERMAN NEA Sports Editor ' NEW YORK — (NEA) - Room 820 at the New York Hospital for Special Sugery is one of those crammed cubicles ' with adjustable bed and raised television set and overlooks the East River. It is something special. You can tell by the fuchsia flower patterns on the dainty, vertical-striped wallpaper behind the bed. The Duchess of Windsor was there once. And Clare Booth Luce, ' Most recently it was occupied by Joe Willie Namath of Beaver Falls, Pa., and Miami Beach, who had a minor operation for a torn tendon in his left knee. > / •:• The effect of Joe's visit was psychedelic. You walked in and there were Barbra and D'enise and Monique - all in Joan Baez hairdos and bell-bottom trousers and white lipstick. And Freddie, who wears a turtleneck shirt with blue blazer. He paints. The patient wore a plaster of Paris cast from his hip bone to his.ankle, covering cotton padding, and in the middle, at the knee, it was discolored in a round swatch where blood had oozed out through the stitching. '-••This'was normal, Dr. James Nicholas assured the gathering while pulling on tufts of cotton near the ankle. Doc has now operated three times , : on both of Joe Willie's knees. He considers the last one routine and showed absolutely no concern. Along with the rest of us, Doc jiggled 23-year-old Ambassador Scotch in a glass, poured by Freddie. The patient cat propped up in bed. He was.sipping from a mini-bottle of champagne. He wore beach shorts and a short-sleeved yellow turtle neck, with love beads dangling in a couple of etrands around his neck. He was tanned from the Florida sun, and his dark hair was coiffed in waves around his ears' and down his neck. Flowers were crammed into every flat surface, one display shaped into a "12" — Joe's playing number. Cards were Scotch-taped up, down and across the mirror — Peanuts and Charlie Brown are very big among Joe's well-wishers. There were three bjg blow-ups,'of dressed-up monkeys pasted on the walls. One was labeled "Weeb," another "H. Cosell", and a third "Scotty Arthur", who, it seems, owns * place called The Open End. ' ... On Joe's night table, a candle burned in a'multicrys- ialled glass against a backdrop of paper flower cutouts. High on his cast someone had outlined a football play Hank's Plea Boys: Please Stay ;; By DICK COUCH Associated Press Sports Writer MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — "Our problem," said Baltimore's Hank Bauer last month, "is to get out of spring -training healthy.". "If we stay sound," added Orioles' superstar Frank Robinson, "I think we're going to win ft." A few days later, the Orioles' plane lost an engine on the way to an exhibition game in Sarasota. Then Jim Palmer's pitching shoulder went lame—and Manager Bauer's suntan began to fade. When spring training began, it •was generally agreed that if the Oriolei remained healthy they Btpg Fv..-:U would be back in the thick of the 1968 American League race after a nightmarish fall. Everything happened to Baltimore in 1867-and none of it was good. Palmer, Dave .McNally and Wally Bunker, who each had pitched a World Series shutout over Los Angeles in 1986, were shelved by sore arms. Triple Crown winner Robinson suffered a concussion in a baseline collision,' sat out a month and played the last two with double vision. Boog Powell, winner of the AL Comeback of the Year award the previous year, toppled from a .287 average, 34 home runs and 109 runs batted In to .234,13 homers and 65 RBI. The Orioles crawled home in a,sixth place tie with Washington 15% games' off the pace. But their troubles weren't over. Center fielder Paul Blair, the league'i No. » hitter, went to Puerto Rico to play winter ball _4nd broto hi* ankle, Bauer, beginning his fifth to camp with fingers crossed. TheUhree sore-armed pitchers were throwing without pain, Robinson's vision was normal, Powell was determined and Blair was itching to play after bouncing back from an operation. * * * The Orioles, still young and strengthened during the winter by a multi-player trade with Chicago, could go all the way if Palmer's arm trouble isn't serious—or contagious—and if Powell bounces back to help Frank Robinson, and Brooks Robinson carry the offensive load. The lineup probably will be the same as last year, with the exception of shortstop, where slick-fielding Mark Belanger takes over for Luis Aparicio. Aparicio was traded to the White Sox, with outfielder Russ Snyder and pitcher'John Matias, for infielder Don 'Buford and pitchers Bruce Howard and Roger Nelson. Powell will'be back at first base, .Dave Johnson, .247, at second and Brooks Robinson, .269, at third. , Rookies' Dave May and Marv Rettertnund are pressing for outfield jobs. But Frank Robinson, .311, and Blair, ,293, are established in right and center while Curt Blefary, .242, figures to be back in left. Andy Etchebarren, .215, likely will handle most of the catching. * * * Baltimore pitchers had many problems in 1967. One of them, according to Bauer, was nonsupport. "We lost 33 one-run games and a total of 56 by one and, two runs," he said. Tom Phoebus, 14-9, Jim Hardin, 8-3, and Howard, 3-10 with Chicago, are starting candidates along with Palmer, McNally and Bunker. Pete Richert, 9-16, moves to the bullpen, joining Gene Brabender, Moe Drabow- sky, Eddie Watt and Stu Miller. Richert and Brabender are available as starters if some of the other arms don't hold up. Belanger's glove will help at shortstop but his hitting potential, is suspect. "I don't ^know' how much he'll hit, but that's beside the point, 1 Bauer :)aid. ''He's not going to carry the team- H ,-the Robinsons don't hit 'and Powell and Blefary don't either, we're gone anyway." M they all hit, Belanger does too and th* pitchers stay off the disabled list, the rest of the in blue circles and lines. "Andy Robustelli (former Giant end and coach) drew it," explained the patient. Billy Mathis (Joe's teammate on the New York Jets) told him, "Now I know why you're not Bank Bluer Former Olympian Gives His Views : DBUQlf MWgUIIUMft "•• •••MI W.M—™— ..-,, ..--, - -year M th» Orioles' pilot, camt.j league might be gone. By WAYNE FALIGOWSKI Albany Democrat-Herald . Written for-Associated .Press . ALBANY, Ore. (AP) - Dyrol Burleson hopes to make the American Olympic team this year for the third time but he says, "we'll lose, with the Russians again dominating the games." In the track and field portion of'it we'll probably score well," he said. "But the Russians concentrate on sports that are held in the Olympics. They don't play football or baseball, something the U.S. .Would surely dominate if such sports were held..As for the Russian athlete himself, an athlete is an athlete." . Burleson, now. 27, ran his first mile under four minutes in 1960 at Eugene, Ore.,, when he was a sophomore at the University of Oregon. • Burleson has gone under 4 minutes 12 times. He ran sixth in the 1,500 me : ters in Rome and Fifth in the Tokyo Olympics four years ago. Burleson says that on the threatened Negro boycott of the Olympics, "I have to sympa- thize somewhat with them. But 3ob Hayes (world record sprinter and -pro football player) put it quite-nicely when he said that athletics have given Negroes an opportunity to excel. They have gotten economic benefits ... the decision to boycott the games should be an individual judgment alone." Six Man Match On Card Tonight Heated action is sure to be the result tonight when six antagonists invade the Legion Arena for a full card of wrestling beginning at 8:15. The main event will be a six- man mixed tag and team match involving Jackie Fargo, Herb Welch and Corsica Joe against the trio of Don Carson, Red Shadow and Tim Tyler. The flip of a coin at the start of each fall will determine whether that fall, will be tag or team in the best two of three falls, one hour time limit event. Three : one-fall, ten minute matches will serve as the preliminaries. .Welch will face ler, Fargo tangles with Carson Mid Corslet "Joe will meet Red Shadow M two referees, will work the bouts. coaching." Joe laughed and hopped nimbly off the bed and on his feet. He picked up a bedside phone and called a liquor store on 76th St. for another six-pack of champagne. He didn't turn down the volume of the radio blaring a bugaloo. "That hurt you when you jump like that?" asked Dr. Nicholas. Namath shrugged. "You're not leaving as brig as it hurts." "Then," said Namath, "I'm not ready to leave." He smiled beautifully, Barbra, Denise and Monique left. They were replaced by Jill, with long blond hair and a shape to match. Jill carried a box. In the box was a Maltese dog. The dog kissed Joe, nose-to-nose. Doc blanched. Dogs aren't allowed in the hospital. In came two guys who own a .discotheque called Harlow's. Both had long sideburns with liberal touches of gray. One had a striped turtleneck. The other wore black suede shoes. Nurses popped in every five minutes. They all wanted autograph pictures. Joe pulled them out of a big manila envelope and signed patiently, between sips. The boys from Harlow's needed one for Scott Bernstein. Dr. Nicholas introduced a physical therapist. "Sign it 'to Ziz'," instructed the physical therapist. She took it and smiled with satisfaction. "This one'll hang in my husband's office," she said, "—'next to Sam Huff." /Money Says It All, Says Billie By JACK STEVENSON INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) "I don't think people look on a sport these days unless money is involved," says Billie Jean King, the tennis queen who could make $70,000 playing the game during the next year. • Mrs. King, Ann Haydon Jones of England, Francoise Durr of France and little Rosemary Casals of San Francisco signed contracts Monday to play with the new National Tennis League. Also joining the pros was Australian Roy Emerson who could earn up to $100,000 for each of the next two years. Contracts • for the five were announced by George MacCall, former, 'United States Davis Cup captain who is now president of the pro group. . • Five players previously under contract are Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and Fred Stolle, all of Australia, Andres Gimeno of Spain and former U.S. champion Pancho Gonzales. The NTL, makes its United States debut in a tournament at the Forum here, April 7, 9 and 10 with much of the interest centered on the gals. Billie Jean believes the entry of the women will bring more interest in tennis among younger girls. "It should create motivation and more purpose," she declared. "In this country, if you're a pro- you're somebody. If you're an amateur, you're' nobody." Once Again, Its Experience On Top Cage Pros aiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiininiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiniii Pro Basketball Playoffs By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NBA SEMIFINALS Eastern Division Philadelphia 113, New York 97, Philadelphia wins best-of-7 series 4-2. Boston'111, Detroit. 103, Boston wins b'est-of-7 series 4-2. Today's Game Western Division St. Louis at San Francisco, San Francisco leads best-of-7 series 3-2. • . Wednesday's Games No games scheduled. ABA SEMIFINALS No games scheduled. Today's Games No games scheduled. Wednesday's Game Western Division Denver at New ^Orleans, best- of-5 series' tied 2-2. ' : By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON (AP). - Joe Zabil- skl, the dean of New England college football coaches, was honored Monday night -for 20 years of distinguished service to Northeastern University.' More than 400 friends saluted Zabilski at the Northeastern Varsity Club's annual dinner. In 20 years as Northeastern coach, his teams have 'won 85 games, lost 58 and tied six. . . . By MIKE RECHT ..... Associated Press Sports. Writer Experience is. the best teacher and the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons received a lesson Monday night from the .aging Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics. Of course, the lesson was poorly taken because the 76ers eliminated the Knicks from the National Basketball Association playoffs and the Celtics did the same to the Pistons. Philadelphia's crippled veterans ousted the Knicks 113-97 and Boston's oldsters sent the Pis^ tons packing 111-103 as both closed out"thejr best-of-7 Eastern Division semifinal series on the road, four games to two. * + * . And now, it's the defending world champion 76ers again facing the once dynastic Celtics' in another best-of-7 set starting Sunday in Philadelphia. The Western Division semifinals resume tonight when division winner St. Louis tries to take another step away from elimination by squaring its series against San Francisco on the West Coast. The Warriors, who finished 13 games behind the Hawks in regular season play, blew one chance Sunday to eliminate the Hawks, but still hold a 3-2 lead. The winner of that series will oppose Los Angeles, which won its semifinal against Chicago Sunday night. Everyone expected the 76ers and Celtics to clash again, but there were some doubts when the upstart Knicks and Pistons held their own early and stood 2-2 in games. Then age—and talent—began to come across. "From my experience, the older veterans, tried and true,, Bill Russell to back them up. are the ones that perform best in the crucial games," said 76er Coach Alex. Hannum after watching nine-year veteran Wilt Chamberlain and 10-year veteran Hal Greer take apart the Knicks in the second half Monday night. : * * * ; "Wilt was.sick as a dog the other day and Greer had a bad foot, but when-it came right to it, they were ready," said Hannum. Greer hammered home 35 points, including 22 in the sec- .ond half when the 76ers blew Walt Bellamy did a great job for New York, but he's no Russell on defense," Hannum said. People say Boston is getting older, but the older veterans get new life in the playoffs." Russell did against Detroit scoring 15 points and hauling in 23 rebounds. And John Havlicek, another playoff-wise veteran, hit 31 points to help offset 44 points by Dave Bing of the Pistons, who made the playoffs for the first lime in five years. Boston, in the division finals for the llth straight year, took a 57-49 halftime lead, but had some. anxious.._moments in the second half when Bing hit a club record 37 points. His 16 straight points got the Pistons within six, but no closer. Fights IBBMIffllW^ By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. LOUIS-A. J. Staples, 170, St. Louis, stopped Gene Romero, 175, New Orleans, 10; Bobby Herrington, 163, St. Louis, out- pointed Willie Warren, 161, Corpus Christie, Tex., 10. SYDNEY, Australia — Jose Torres, 175, New York, stopped Bobby Dunlop, 173%, Australia, 6. CARACAS - George Foster, 135, Cincinnati, stopped Jose Luis Vallejo, 135, Venezuela, 5; Carlos "Morocho 1 Hernandez, 141, Venezuela, outpointed Johnny Brooks, 145, Wichita, Kan., 10. SHORTS TORONTO (AP) - Former New England welterweight champion Ted Whitfield of Amherst, Mass., launches a boxing comeback attempt tonight in a scheduled 10-round bout with Dave Dittmar of White Plains, N.Y., at Four Seasons Arena. TOKYO (AP) — Men's and women's .volleyball teams of the Soviet Union arrived here today by air to play a series of goodwill matches with 4 Japanese teams. 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