The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 20, 1968 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, April 20, 1968
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<A<t.y April - Hff Odds Seem Against it. NEW YORK (AP)-The Odds are against the winner of the $114,500 Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct today going on and snaring the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky., May 4. The Wood is the last major Eastern race for Derby hopefuls, but not in the 22 years since Assault in 1946 has a Wood winner captured .the Derby where such colls as Damas cus, Bold Ruler, Nashua, Native Dancer, Hill ^Prince, Olympia and Phalanx failed. It was only a year ago thai Damascus took the Wood, but was third to Proud Clarion in the Derby Two years ago Am beroid took the Wood, but was seventh to Kauai King In 1947, Phalanx was second to Jet Pilots, in 1949 Olympia •was sixth to Ponder, in 1950 Hil Prince was second to Middle ground, in 1953 Native Dance was second to Dark Star. Na ghua was second to Swaps in 1855 and in 1357 Bold Ruler wa fourth to Iron Leige. Early Globetrotting ................ • , -t,\ ' •;, ( , Was Not Any Picnic EASY BASKET—Before a small but appreciative audience, the Harlem Globetrotters (see accompanying article) recently 'displayed their many lalents at the Memorial Coliseum in Memphis Playing before popes and paupers, the famed basketeers have been at their court antics for over 40 years, first founded by the late Abe Saperstein. (Courier News Photo) 76ers, Chamberlain Fail To Break Bostons Hold By RALPH BERNSTEIN Associated Press Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Boston Celtics' achievements take up plenty of space in the National Basketball Association record books And just when it looked as if the Philadelphia 76ers were about to start a dynasty, of their own the old boys came'up .with another piece.of history. '• ' . Thei''aging .Celtics edged the 7«efs" i'00-96 Friday night in the seventh and final game of their Eastern Division championship playoffs, becoming the first team in NBA history to win a seven-game -series after trailing 3-1. As amazing as the Celtics' ' comeback .was the Wilt ..Chamberlain puzzle. The greatest offensive player,- the -game has ever known took one shot and scored only two points in the second half. He wound up with 14 points. Coach. Alex Hannum said he was as puzzled as the 15,202 fans at the Spectrum "From my point of view we got the ball in there for him to handle," Hannum said "We played 'center-in basketball' It was a question of tuttmgHhe-open man. I never told him not to shoot the ball The answer is simple—He" didn't shoot the ball. There was no intention on my part to take the ball out of the pivot. Chamberlain' said he was aware he wasn't getting many shots. "That's J thSVay'our plays ran. I tried to hit the open man. We had men open. 1 can't do what I'm not told to do, and I'm not faulting anybody. The plays .weren't for me. They were good plays but they didn't materialize." ... The answer probably is twofold. Chamberlain played the way he has all season, setting up plays out of the pivot, but the 76ers were cold from the field for the third" straight game. They shot.35.2 per cent; and you don't win championships with that kind .of shooting. And give Wilt Chamberlain . Philadelphia Boston some credit. The Celtics played tough defense. The hard-fought game was tied five times in the fourth quarter before John Havlicek iiit a 15-foot jumper for an 89-88 Boston lead with-:4:41 remaining. Philadelphia never did catch up. ,- ... Celtics' player-coach Bill Russell scored 12 points, grabbed 26 rebounds, and blocked countless By MURRAY OLDERMAN Newspaper Enterprise; Association - • • NEW YORK-(NEA)Mfoe Harlem Globetrotters represented, in the younger life 6f Stan Bergstein, the "greatest postgraduate sociology course in the world " For five years h« was the only white man in a sea of black. Stan wears black, horn-rimmed glasses with dark- sports coat to match, and speaks in deep, resonant tones. On an early winter night in 1949, he got a call from Abe Saperstein, late owner of the Globetrotters, asking him how he'd like- to- use that mellifluous voice on tour • Before the next night, he was in Cincinnati, Ohio, and for 165 days and nights after that he was with the late Reece (Goose) Tatum, Marcus Haynes and Sweetwater Clifton, traveling with them, playing cards, sharing occasionally a fleabag room in places like Chattanooga, This was in the period before relative enlightenment w race relations And Stan remembers coming into Las Cruces, N M., where the only place the guys could buy a meal was in the bus station—every restaurant m town was closed to them -yet virtually the whole population of the town turned out in the local gym to watch them play In Birmingham, Ala, he got his first glimpse of separate but equal water fountains and toilets, and separate seating- Negroes for the afternoon game, whites for the night game. So when Stan tried to come into the auditorium to announce the day game a cop threatened to arrest him When the. cop was talked out of it, Stan asked him, "Where do I find the shots in what Chamberlain and other 76ers described as a magnificent performance. Sam Jones led a balanced Boston attack with 22 points Havlicek scored 21 Larry Siegfried 18 and Bailey Howell 17. Said Russell after the game "I'm going to tell you something. I was never more worried about a game than this one. It was the seventh and final and away from home. It was a tough situation. But we haven't won anything yet," he said, looking ahead to .the "NBA title series starting Sunday afternoon in Boston against Western champion Los Angeles. The championship-playoff series in the American Basketball Association resumes tonight with New Orleans at Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh beat the Bucs Thursday night in the first game of the best-of-7 set. The third and fourth game will be played next week in New Orleans. 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And almost got arrested again for imper-; sonating a comic. All the years Stan traveled with the Globetrotters, he also worked half a year at harness tracks in the Chicago area, calk ing races, becoming racing secretary at Sportsman's Park and eventually getting into the administrative end of the sporti He's now the executive secretary of the Harness Tracks of America and directs public relations for the United States Trotting Association. It's a 9-to-5 work with properly knotted tie and omnipresent attache case. . .. . But life with the Globies, though, it. ended 14 years ago, dominates his reminiscences. It's not .easy, to. forget someone like Goose Tatum, the clown with the 84-inch wingspread and schizophrenic personality—he lit up in the spotlgiht, retreated into sullermess away-from it. , ,...'• :'.,:.^-'-..'• . •..;:"• Goose left.the Trotters-during avjiuntTthrough. the Soufh- .west, claiming an arm.injury, and disappeared, for.three weeks. He showed up again in El Paso, where 8,000 people had collected to see the Trotters. Goose,sat rooted to the Ibench while the crowd pounded the floor for his appearance..Halfway through, Stan''leaned over from his. microphone.and said"to Tatum, "You don't mean to tell me you're going to sit there all night?" Goose did, and after the game, Stan felt a long arm reach out for his collar in the corridor between the court and the dressing room. The long atra he'd a jagged soda bottle "How do you want youi initials carved?" asked Goose "Or do you start minding your own business?" "Relations between us were strained for a couple of weeks, 1 ' remembers Stan But when Goose heard Stan go to bat for Marques- Haynes when a cop tried to keep the brilliant dribbler from entering a Chattanooga arena, and they became buddies' again except for one brief respite. Stan was driving Haynes and.tatum to a game in New Wilmington, Pa They stopped foe gas in Youngstown, Ohio, with Goose asleep in the back seat. Stan and Marques got out and stretched Fifteen miles Ijter down the'road, Haynes decided to wake up Tatum No Gogse. He'd gotten out at the gas station, too, and they had drivergbff without him They drove back the 15 miles, but Goose Jiad already hired a taxi and taken off f "Goose and the other Trotters always had a saying," muses Stan "It only costs a nickel more to go first class'?' ,• : it .pops into his head every time he heais the whistling melody of "Sweet Georgia Brown," the theme song of (he Harlem Globetrotters. National League Will Expand I CHICAGO (AP) - The National League will expand to 12 teams next season and, like the, already expanded' American, League, probably will have divi-j sional playoffs. ; The NL originally had a target of no later than 1971 for expansion to 12 teams but was spurred to the earlier date by the fast-moving American League. Warren Giles, president of the NL, left no doubt her* Friday, at a .league meeting, that his circuit will follow suit in splitting into two divisions. The only problem left unresolved wag the ; chp6sihg of the two new cities. The AL has already said 1 will start 1969 with new teams in Kansas City and Seattle and ; meets in Chicago next Thursday to make Up the two six-team di- visions.The winner of each divi- sion would meet to determine a World Series representatint against the rival NL. Bidding for NL franchis Milwaukee, San Diego, D« Fort Worth, Buffalo and real. Milwaukee and San rea'dy have major league playft ing facilities but the other thrgi* areai could be ready by nextt season if selected. ioii iia Giles said the league hopes'to decide on the new franchises*eii' for*, the All-Star game in 3uly^ Unanimous league approval-sill required on each of the sites, "os . . li-finrt PITTBUBGH (AP)-Def|jl' Meyer .of Sacramento,- Calif.,,, shattered .her, second wonTe^Jj? record in two days wheii."s|j4 swam the MO-yard freestyle in.. 1:52.1 at the AAU spring chjm-,, pionships. foj? Blytheville teachers say: j^ifiC' ^ff'T :n'.'H r ,-u •- ^ .in p#v>T •10' «pe •iv tt • .-..'-'"* i ..... , . jj^-y; Have you ever stopped to add up thr~~ • ' cost of driving to oufof4own shopping centers plus the coat of parking-.! .i fees? Whatever "bargain*" you thought yoif_[£ were getting probably coat more money in™ 1 ' the long run, nbt to mention the loss or," valuable time to you, and wear and:;!,"') tear on your car. Shop around home! YOU GET MQREOUT OF EVERY DOLLAR SPENT AT HOME! The dollar you spend out of town, stayi there, but th« dollar spent heri stays tight »t home where it does the most good . . . promoting local prosperity! BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS MB I)?, m

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