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Bfythevffle (Ark.) Courier rTewi - tautty, May T, IN* - P«|* MM •' HIGH VELOCITY PITCH Another Mets' Surprise Ryan: Almost Unhittable MAJOR LEAGUE, STAN DINGS St Louis Cincinnati San Fran. Pittsburgh Chicago %. Los Arigeles National League W L. Pet GB 16 S 667 — 13 10 .565 10 11 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 .522 .500 .478 .478 .478 .458 .435 ' .409 Fhila'phia 'Atlanta .. Houston ., New York Monday's Results St. Louis 2, New York 1, 11 innings . Cincinnati 10, Philadelphia 1 Houston 10, St. Louis 2 Pittsburgh 2, Atlanta 1 Today's Games Los.Angeles at Chicago New York at St. Louis,.N Pittsburgh at Atlanta, N San Francisco at Houston, N Philadelphia at Cincinnati, N : Wednesday's Games Los Angeles at Chicago . Pittsburgh at Atlanta, N San Francisco at Houston, N New York at St. Louis, N • Philadelphia at Cincinnati, N Baltimore Detroit-... Minnesota Oakland... Cleveland Wash'n. ... California Boston; •.-.. New York Chicago. Ameircan League W L Pet. G.B. 16 6 727 14 9 .609 .522 .522 .500 .500 .458 .429 .- .417 '.300 m 4% 4% 5 5 9 "12 10 H .... 6 14 Monday's Results •Baltimore 4, Detroit 0 Cleveland 3, New York 2 Oakland 2, Minnesota 1 Chicago 5, California 1 Only games scheduled Today's Games Cleveland at New York, N Detroit at Baltimore, N Boston at Washington, N Minnesota at Oakland, N Chicago at California, N Wednesday's Games Cleveland at New York Minnesota at 1 Oakland, N Chicago at California, N Boston at .Washington,. N Detroit at Baltimore, N Boxing's Best Loses A Round . NEW ORLEANS (AP) - F.or- mer world heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay has lost another round in his legal fight to avoid a, prison sentence im' posed for refusing induction into the Armed Forces. ,The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of . Appeals': here Monday ; upheld. Clay.'g..conviction and five-year prison '. term, rejecting . his claims to be a conscientious objector because of being a Black Muslim minister. , ;Clay, who prefers his Muslim tame of'Muhammad AH, was convicted on criminal 'charges by a federal court jury in Hous- toii,Tex., last June 20. The judge gaye him the maximum sentence-five ..years: behind bars and a $10,000 fine. Lawyers for Clay, who is free on $5,000 bond, have promised a fight to the U.S. Supreme Court. Clay's battle with the federal courts began April 28, 1967, at the.Houston Induction Center, . where, in a highly publicized movey he refused to take the traditional one step forward which signifies entry into the military, v .The influential U.S. boxing circles stripped Clay of his title when h» defied the draft, but some countries of the world continue to recognize him as cham- pion. ' ' . In its opinion, the court noted that Clay "claims to be a minister of the lost nation of Islam (Black Muslims)" and maintains he was due a ministerial exemption from the draft. ; Tracing Clay's .activities back several years, the. judges decided, "his vocation is clearly-that of a 1 professional boxer." • Clay contended 'that his constitutional rights, had been violated by a systematic exclusion of Negroes from draft boards. But the court.quoted'the Na- ional Advisory Commission on Selective Service as saying "there is no evidence that the variability of the Selective Service systems 'leads to any systematic biases, gainst poor people, or Negroes." ,, 'iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiliiiiiiiHiii Hockey Stanley Cup Playoff By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS No game Monday Today's tiaine ' Montreal at St. Louis, Montreal leads best-of-7 series, 1-0 No game Wednesday By MURRAY OLDERMAN NBA Sports Editor NEW YORK, NY— (NBA) - Phil Linz didn't realize how brave he w«is when he volunteered to catch batting practice the opening week of the season The New York Mets were m San Francisco, and on the mound stood a tall, slightly bowlegged righthander. His name was Lynn Nolan Ryan. Linz, who s a spare infielder when he doesn't play the harmonica, motioned for Nolan, as the Mets called him, to flip a few warmup tosses The motion was easy and fluid. The ball looked normal in release, on a belt-high line to the plate. Phil, crouching, put the catcher's glove in front of his face. The ball abruptly veered up and to the right, a foot over his head, and thudded into the netting Phil quickly adiusted his glasses, Nolan threw again. Same hop same bewildered look on Linz' face as he missed the throw Altogether, the phenomenon was repeated five times. "I've heard of a pitcher throwing the ball by a hitter," said a writer to whom Phil related the experience, "—but never, by a catcher " A Ryan cult, embellished by such lore, has already, pervaded the National League in this young season; though he started it with a total pitching experience of three innings in the major leagues "He's the fastest I've ever seen," said Red Schoendienst, manager of the St Louis Caidmals. "Period." "I haven't seen anybody like -him- since Bob-Feller-r-said Ralph Kiner, who hit 369 homes in the-major leagues and now broadcasts the Mets' games. - ... "I just keep hoping," nodded Ron Swoboda, who sometimes has to face him in batting practice, "he'll throw curves. He's virtually unhittable.'' Jerry Grote, who has to catch him in regulation games, said Ryan throws a ball that "just keeps getting smaller and smaller." "Then CHUNG," said Jerry, it's right on top of you and you better hope the mitt's in the right place. He's faster'than (Sandy) Koufax, or anyone now pitching in the league. Maybe Bob Gibson (Cardinals) is closest. He's got twice the speed of Juan Marichal." "And," added Swoboda, "he throws strikes." Enough for the testimonials. .Let's try to make'him human. Because outside of Alvm, Tex, and a few bookkeepers in the front office of the Mets, nobody really ever heard of Nolan Ryan •' - • Alvin, Tex., contained in the.last official census a few more than 5,000 residents. It's between Houston and the Gulf of Mexico, which isn't cowboy country. Nolan's father is a supervisor in the oil fields.' "The boys kid me because I'm bowlegged," Nolan grinned shyly. "I can ride a horse." . ' • . He is 21 years old, married, and his wife .will join him. in late May after the semester closes at Alvin Junior College. Nolan went to school there, too, for a year; and plans to go back. ; ..:.,:. When he was a little .kid, his older, brother,-wanted to be a pitcher. He made Nolan come o'ut'ln the^back'-yard and catch for him. • •..;•; . Nolan was throwing.the ball ; back 'Harder 'than the pitches coming in. His brother settled for a career as an Air Force captain. Nolan, a skinny 150 pounds, Was drafted by 'the Mets at .the Class A. level (fifth round) of the 1955 baseball draft, so obscure that the Houston Astros just up the road didn't bother to check him out: • • In 1966, at Greenville, S.C., Ryan started stirring' "super" reaction by striking out 272 batters in 183 innings. He also started filling, out.- He's now padded up to 195 pounds,- spread impressively over six feet two inches. But Ryan's pitching pace slowed down. He was bothered by finger blisters in '66. He tried to throw too hard at Jacksonville last spring after a stretch, in the Army and snapped a tendon below his right elbow. In spring training this year he had tender biceps, an inflamed.elbow, a sore forearm and, most recently, blisters, so that the Mets weren't sure whether to pitch Nolan or exhibit him at, medical conventions. They fed him to the Cardinals, the best hitting team, in baseball, with the consequences implicit—if he flunked, he'd go back to the minors. Nolan struck out five of the first six batters he faced. "If he were a relief pitcher," said Linz, "he'd be the greatest who ever lived." He fingered his fielder's glove gratefully. NBA Draft .....,._ / s Pleasing NEW YORK (AP) - "I'm very happy with our selections," said John Kerr. "I'm all excited," said Larry Costello. Kerr, coach of the new Phoenix Suns irj the National Basket' ball Association, and Costello, his counterpart with the new Milwaukee franchise, both reacted favorably Monday to. the players they picked up from the established \teams ..'in. the league's expansion draft. Phoenix obtained .such players as Dick Van Arsdale and Emmette Bryant from New York, Gail Goodrich from Los Angeles, McCoy McLemore from Chicago, Dick Snyder and Gene Tormohlen from St. Louis and George Wilson frdm Seattle. , Milwaukee drafted, among others, Fred Hetzel of San Francisco, Wayne Embry from Boston, Len Cha'ppell from Detroit, Guy Rodgers from Cincinnati and Jon McGlocklin from San Diego. Kerr signed with the Phoenix team after two years at the helm of the Chicago Bulls. Costello retired as a player for Philadelphia after an early season injury. Each of the 12 established teams was allowed to protect seven. of,its players and, after one of those' remaining was selected, could protect one more. MINIATURE G o L . NOW OPEN AT WALKER PARK Hours : Weekdays : 7 to 11 Sat. 2 to 10 Sun. 2 to 6 Kirby Slams Door For Travs' Victory LITTLE ROCK (AP) -Clayton Kirby's six-hit shutout, his fourth straight victory/ carried Arkansas to a 3-0 triumph over Albuquerque Monday night in a Texas League baseball game. Third baseman Lenny Boyer, the youngest Of seven baseball Three Matches Of Wrestling Three matches are on the docket at Legion Arena tonight as wrestling continues to draw large crowds in Blytheville. In the main event, a one houi best two of three falls match, Ken Lucas faces the Red Shadow in a match in which the Shadow's mask will be at slake. Another hour preliminary pits Buster Gordon against Herb Welch in the first rematch since Gordon whipped Welch before a TV audience. A one fall, 30 minute bout will open the action at 8:30 when Don Carson tangles with Lavone Stone. Mr.. 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