The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 11, 1968 · Page 7
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, May 11, 1968
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BIythtvOl* (Ark.) Courier New -, Saturday, May 11, MM - Pag* Sem Won fifth Game last Night Mets Usher' In Koos % By TOMMY THOMAS ff NBA Sports Writer 1 NEW YORK - (NBA) - f, Jerry Koosman is a 6-2, 205,. pound lefty Jrom rural Minne- A sota who wasn't the typical •4 phenom signed right out of high school, mainly because his school pushed plows, not pitchers. He is now pitching lor the New York Mets. He got his big chance on an Army team at Fort Bliss, Tex., aver- r aging 18 strikeouts a! game 3 against good competition. Jer- Ary's catcher was impressed I and mentioned it to his father, a who happened to be an usher I at the Polo Grounds (where il the Met first played). .| The usher tipped off the f Mets' scouting department, ,*"* which sent former pitcher Red % MUrff out to El Paso for a f look at Koos. After completing his hitch, he was signed by t • ., . -v a i....s. haggling in which Koos got the short end of the deal. He talked about it recently while sitting around the locker room. ' . "They offered me '$1,600 '.to sign," he said. "I turned' it down. The next time they offered even less. After the qifer dropped again, I figured' I'd better sign before I owed them money," The. Mets figured they were taking a risk because the only record they had to go on was Jerry's performance at Ft. Bliss; He was raised on a farm near the town of Appleton,.about 20 miles east of the South Dakota line. His career was launched at 13 by playing catch with his two brothers. "I was 16 before I ever A Lint About — HUNTING and FISHING By WOODY Mrs. R. H. Ball with 9-poundcr. Mrs. E. H. Ball, wife of Dr. tops north from Glass' Boat Ball of BIytheville, seems to have her hands full of fish in the above picture. The extra large lunker was caught at Greers Ferry, Heber Springs, Ark., by Mrs. Ball, with the assistance of her husband, using a Garcia rod and a Rebel lure. Dr. and Mrs. Ball are the owners of Heber Srpings Boat' Dock. Although Greers Ferry appears to be more famous for the bass fishing, Mrs. Ball reports the crappie are biting pretty good and some "slabs" are'being caught; .•-•••. ; ' '•••* * • * The river has dropped to around the 9-foot mark and a good level for willow fishing at Brandywine. There wera several good strings of crap- me caught there the early part of the week. The water is m : good shape and the level should remain good for the next couple of days, In addition to the crappie, some large strings and large size bream are being caught at Brandy. One fisherman reported he used fifty crickets in less than an hour one day this'week, fishing in the tree Dock. * * * The traffic is continuing to be heavy toward Kentucky Lake again this week and especially this weekend. Most of the fishermen are ..reporting fair to good catches. The ones who appear to be having the best luck are those who are able to stay over for a few days and wait out the weather .and the fish.. It's pretty difficult to hit things just right in one or two days. Ed Bunch, Will and James Williams, Ulice Nichols, Foy ,Etchieson, D. J. McCleod, Leon Meadows, 'Gerald" ReV gan, Andy Bevill, Charley ; Wise, Leonard Johnson and James Middleton all caught <their share of the-fish there : this week. * * * Clyde Turner strung a nice catch of crappie at Cottonwpod Point Lake during th« week. '•"*'* * '"' Just in case you saw the bandage on Woody's hand and were curious about the injury, he put his hand in a crappie's mouth to retrieve a hook and was bitten by the monstrous fish. . ' ' played for an organized team," he recalled. "I went to an agricultural high school that held classes between October and April. While school was in session it was too cold to have a" baseball team. I played in the 'beer' leagues for three summers .. . . in places like Fairfield and Norcross and Holloway. They were supposed to be semipro but we never got paid. But we could always count on a cold beer after the game." Koos-enrolled at the University of Minnesota's branch at Morris, 25 miles up the river from Appleton, which also had no baseball team. He dropped out of college after a couple years and went into the Army, where an usher's son was waiting to discover him. "I was supposed to report to spring training at 200 pound," Kops remembered, "At 220. I was considered too heavy. But it was 30 below zero at home, so I spent the winter throwing in the hay barn. It was terribly cold in there, too; even though I had a jet heater blowing. It. was'almost impossible to build up a sweat. I reported to' spring camp at 218." ; i In 1966, while at Auburn, N. Y., he led' the New York- Pennsylvania League -with' a 1.38 ERA arid spent -most: of last Reason with Jacksonville, where he took-the International League strikeout title with 183. " ' ',' '••'-' Koos, now 24, was called up by the Mets last September but appeared for only 22 innings, so is still considered a rookie. He's personable and mild-mannered and his early success has brought out his good humor. . , "Naturally, I was surprised to get off to such a good start," he said. "And the folks back home are pretty excited, too." He was asked about his hitting. "I used to be a real good hitter," he answered. "But they don't let us take batting practice, so it gets worse. Take Tom Seaver, here.- He used to be pretty good with the bat but now he's terrible." "Tell 'em how many hits you've got this year," retorted Tom Seaver, last year's top rookie with 16 wins. ' Koos ignored the order. "As I was saying," he continued ' with a half .smile, "the folks back home are pretty excited. The guy giving the station breaks oh radio says, "This is KMRS, 'Morris, Minn., the home of Jerry Koosman.' " •.Seaver winced. : \.; . : ' 'AMES, -Iowa ; (AP) - Reg Wicks, an NCAA champion for Iowa .State earlier ..this, year, was eliminated by Ron Clinton of Tucson,.Ariz.,.in the 171,5" p6und : class of.... the .Olympic wrestling trials. • MAJOR LEAGUE STANDINGS National League St. Louis .. Phila'phia San Fran. . Atlanta '... Pittsburgh Cincinnati Los Angeles Houston .. Chicago .. New York W. 17 14 14 1 13 13 13 12 12 11 PCT. G.B. .654 American League W. L. Pet. G.B. Detroit 3% 4 4 V& 4'A 5 . 5%. 5% .519 .519 .500 .500 .481 .481 ;462 .444 .440 Friday's Results New York 5, Chicago 1 Atlanta 2, Los Angeles 1 Pittsburgh 2, Philadelphia 1 San Francisco 6, Cincinnati Houston at St. Louis, postponed, rain Today's Games New York at Chicago Philadelphia at Pittsburgh Los Angeles at Atlanta, N Houston at St. Louis, N San Fran, at Cincinnati, N Sunday's Games Los Angeles at Atlanta Philadelphia at Pittsburgh Houston at St. Louis San Francisco at Cincinnati New York at Chicago, 2 Monday's Games ;St. Louis at Pittsburgh, N Atlanta at" Philadelphia, N Chicago at Los Angeles, N Only games scheduled SV'z I Baltimore Minnesota Cleveland Oakland . Wash'n California New York Boston ... Jhicago . YMCA Games Bring Action Only one game was played in the YMCA's junior high girls' Softball league on Thursday but It produced lots of hits and over two dozen runs. The Cardinals outlasted .the Blue Jays, 15-10, both squads belting the ball with abandon. Paterson was credited with the win for the Cards while losing pitcher was Wells. SHORTS I niiiiBilliimiiii"'™''''" 1 "' 1 " 111111 *""" 11 """"""''""" | By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS I MiDLAND, Tex. (APHMick- i ey Wright posted a three-under- 'fpar 6S for the first round lead «in the $15,000 Tall City Women's "" tournament. J H0ME ('AP)-OiK Ridiey of San Angelo, T«., defeated Ray (Moor* of South Africa 84, 5- i M, 6-4 to the third round of the i Italian International Tennis I Tournament. LpS ANGELES (AP) - The IM 'Angdw Dodgers signed vet, am Ken Boyer, .unconditionally released several daye ago by the Chicago Whit* Sox. ST. LOUIS (AP) - Relief I iritbh«r Stu Miller,. jdeaied by ! the Baltimore Oriolei and Atlanta Brnvei in quick succes- »lon, wa« signed by the St. Louit cardinals tor tlwlr TU!M Hmelub. •••.".>.•••:•••- CARPET, UPHOLSTERY & RUG CLEANING • Wall to Wall Carp*.* Cleaned in Your Horn* or Office • Rug & Upholstery Cleaning • Tile & Hardwood Floor. 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Coach John Widner, directing the District 2 baseball tournament at Leachville, announced this morning that the title game between his Lions and Greene County Tech will now be played on Monday night (May 13) at 7:30 at the Leachville element- ary school field. ; .Vv.; J. W. (Johnie) Burnett, M-~ ; ecutive secretary of the Ar^ kansas Athletic Association, announced late yesterday that to-,; day's Meet of Champions high',. school track meet had been reVx scheduled for Tuesday (May lijT night. : ^-i Burnett said heavy rain*.,-. would prevent officials fromi,. getting Quigley Stadium ready.,, in time for the meet. A : By BOB COOPER Associated Press .Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, ky. (AP) Trainer Lou Cavalaris - said today he is interested in reconstructing the events of Kentucky Derby week to help prove he didn't intentionally drug his horse, Derby winner Dancer's Image. If owner Pete Fuller approved, Cavalaris said,. "I'd definitely be interested in returning to Louisville to make a test like unavailable for asked if he that." Fuller; was comment; . Cavalaris was would like to return Dancer's Image' to barn 24, stall 7, administer two phenylbutazone tablets on a Sunday morning and then submit him to a urine test the following Saturday. .* * * In ' the meantime, Dancer's Image would be worked just as he was the week, before the Derby last Saturday, he would stand in the same tub of ice water two hours a day and the same sun lamp would shine on his back. "That would be just what we need," Cavalaris said from his Baltimore hotel room -by telephone. "That would be proof positive." Dancer's Image was disqualified as the 1968 Derby winner after stewards at Churchill Downs said a chemists' test showed 'phenylbutazone in a urine •;!sample 'taken after, the race."Forward Pass was. declared the winner of the race. 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