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

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, May 20, 1968
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'% "i •^^.tf' f f*:zt.,4tet.-®'£it / 'tJAVii—;,&**•. >."••«• ''—— •' •— RIZONA ALXJMNI-Sal Bando (left), Rick Monday (center) and Reggie Jackson played baseball for Arizona State University, and have since graduated to the Oakland A's Bando and Monday were teammates on ASU's 1965 NCAA championship team. Jackson was a member of the freshman squad that season. Gomes Through By MURRAY OLDERMAN . NBA Sports Editor .NEW YORK-(NEA)-Bob Kennedy laconically shifted the lump of'tobacco in his cheek and pondered the virtues of being manager of the Oakland Athletics, a team which finished last in-the American League last year by lOth games, using Kansas City as an alias. _ • When baseball started playing franchise leapfrog in 1953, by-moving the Boston Braves to Milwaukee, the rejuvenation was instantaneous. The Braves jumped from seventh (in an eight-team league) to second place because .a crop of young talent, featuring-Eddie Mathews.'and soon to include Henry Aaron, was on the verge of maturation. • An analogy was suggested to'Kennedy that the Oakland A's strongly resembled those early Braves in the muscular promise of their younger players. "We. got three," he nodded, "got a chance to make it. "Making it, in baseball nowadays, means a kid won't dis- •grace himself by throwing behind the runner and, in the case of the dandified Athletics, forgetting to put. on r his white kangaroo'shoes for the game after wearing, somber black iff, batting practice. He will try to hit .250 and swear ..allegiance to the promotional stunts of Charles 0. Finley, owner. ••• Who, pray, Bob, are the three who can "make it"? . • : "Well, (Rick) Monday and (Reggie) a" lot of natural-ability. And there's (Sal) Bando." , .-".•-• He paused for 60-seconds.- Sometimes it takes--that long to remember who's playing for the A's. :, - • ' "That's it," he pronounced. ';•--. -. • The significance of the..trip named was physically apparent. They were flexing their muscles, around -the-, batting-, cage. Sal Bando,. a"swarthy third baseman ..with the torso of a : guy on the waterfront, smiled pleasantly and politely. His white teeth protruded slightly below dark Italian eyes. His forearms bulged. Reggie Jackson looked deceptive^from the hips down a lightweight, and the loose uniform concealed Jhe depth of his chest." r He moved "with- the-springiness of a man on the high board. Rick Monday's blond hair peeked out from the'side of his cap to suggest that he-wasn't on intimate terms with any barber. The nose bobbed up.- He was three inches taller than the others, at 6-3, but-weighed the same (195 pounds), giving him a bit of a greyhound image, dressed in the canary yellow and green which the A's affect. jasper Captures Colonial; Turbi By ED SCHUYLER JR. Associated' Press Spoils Writer BALTIMORE (AP) - There are two triples in the making in horoughbred racing, Calumet Jackson arid Monday are outfielders. All three of them represent the batting potential of the new Oakland team. They have another common thread. All three are • products of the Arizona State at Tempe school o£ baseball knowledge, run by an obscure major league shortstop named* Bob Winkles. In th». years from 1965 through 1967, 23 members of Arizona State varsity baseball teams signed professional. contracts. Monday and Bando were in the 1965 crop, the leaders of a ' team which won the national collegiate championship. Monday was a sophomore, Bando a junior. That was the year the major leagues decided to institute a draft of free .agents, football style. The Athletics, choosing first, designated Monday as the most desirable prospect in the United States. That, and $100,000, induced Rick to desert the pursuit of education. Monday remembers signing his contract on a Tuesday. He was'graduated to the Athletics last year after a summer and a half of advanced baseball schooling and batted .251. Rick's also a brilliant centerfielder. Bando, chosen on a lower round, signed for $40,000. A Yankee scout told him he could have received $75,000 on the open market. What was Sal's reaction to the draft? "It was ter- ; rible," he said. ' '* He got brief exposures to big league living, in 1966 and last summer. The first time the Athletics came to Cleveland, his home town, he had to dig up 40 tickets for friends and rela-. lives. Last year, in. 47 games with the pro varsity, he hit .192. • "I know," said Sal, "I can hit." He slugged more home runs than any major leaguer in sp'ring training. Jackson was a freshman when Rick and Sal were on the Arizona State team. His main gig was football, but after he hit 15 homers in the spring of his sophomore year, he went the baseball -route, too, when the Athletics picked him first in .the 1966i draft. Last summer, after .being.named Southern League' Player of the Year at Birmingham, he batted .178 in 'J5 fames with the A's. He has already hit two home runs into the'centerfield bleachers, no man's land, at Yankee Stadium ; in'this early season. ' ,. , '". ' If all three develop as expected, managed Kennedy s appraisal of talent will be the most cautious since. Joe DiMaggio (now an Oakland vice president and coach) stepped out of a San Francisco cab 35 years ago. He hurt his knee, and the Yankees were the only team in. baseball that would take a chance on him. . wants no part of the. other. A triple for Calumet would be •ealized if Forward Pass wins he June 1 Belmont Stakes to go 'jth his tainted victory in the Kentucky Derby and his con'incing: triumph in last Saturday's Pimlico. Fuller's unwanted and very improbable triple could also occur in the Belmont—a disqualification of his Dancer's Image. ines ine At Indy -. By DENNE H; FREEMAN- Associated Press Sports Writer : FORT WORTH, Tex. (AP) Methodical- Billy Casper became the-first player in golf history to win over ;$100,OOQ.this early in the year Sunday with a runaway five-stroke victory in the Colonial National Invitation tournament. ''" = Casper's $25,000 first prize put 'him at the '$103,868.64 bracket: He says the Mormon Church gets 10 per cent and the government the rest •.--._' .Casper shot a .closing round two-under-par 68 over the tough 7,000-yard par 70 Colonial Country Club course to finish with a : 275 and become a two-time winner in the tournament. The victory also put Casper alone as the only three-tune winner, on.the 1968 tour. He_pre- vjously scored victories at Greensboro and Los Angeles.-. :. ; The earliest'previous date for ahy golfer to;wta over.$100,009 was in June, 1967 when Arnold ' Palmer won. $15,000 with a-sec-, end-place finish in the U.S. Open to get a $113,225.63 total. ;:Casper was never really pressed-although he started the day tied, with South African Gary player, who said he shot His "worst round in five years" in soaring to a 76 for a 283 total. -'Gene- Littler fired a closing ro'und 68 to finish second With ah even par 280 worth $livOli. Tommy Aaron carved out an even par'70 for $9,375. I.Casper's only hint of troublt «ameat;thepar3 : Np.8wii i a five-iron landed in the middle of the green and rolled over. Casper •chippedJbaY* and three- putted for.a double bogey. •"I wasn't too worried even then," said :;Casper. M 'I had a. Uirgelead." : Fcainwr ,w«i §0 unworried that oh th« next hole he fished, for jlplf balls in a creek while Lit- walked up and knocked his ball in for a bird. . ••• Casper said he would take a two-week rest from the tour. His next appearances will be at Indianapolis, Ind., in the 500 Festival, and the Canadian and British Opens. By DALE BURGESS INDIANAPOLIS,- Ind. (AP) Drivers ,pf .conventional racers were about ready today to concede the 52nd 500-mile Memorial Day race to one of the Lotas turbine? that dashed to Indianapolis "Motor Speedway qualifying records over the weekend. But they could be premature, said S. A. Silbermann, metallurgist! and long-time U.S.: Auto Club official who heads the 500 technical committee. He noted that the weather was damp and chilly Saturday when Graham Hill of London set the 10-mile; qualifying record at 171.208 m.p.h. and Lotus teammate Joe Leonard of San Jose, Calif., raised it to 171.559. Silbermann said the picture could change if Memorial Day is hot. "The turbines' horsepower and torque will drop off about 20 per cent if the temperature is 85 degrees," he said. "They hit their peak at 59 degrees." * ..* * Bobby Unser of Albuquerque, N.M., winner of the last three USAC championship races and defending fodianapolis champion A.J.' Foyt Jr., Houston, were among a host of drivers and car owners who said the piston cars will have to run a separate race behind the turbines. They said the "heat engines" will ruin auto racing. • . ,* *.*..' Silbermann commented, "did you see that crowd Saturday? Turbines won't kill racing. The crowd will always turn out to see something new and controversial." The Saturday turnout was estimated up to 265,000. Unser had the third-best qualifying speed of 169.507 m.p.h. in an Eagle-Offenhouser and will share the front row with Leonard and Hill. Fifteen cars that qualified Saturday averaged 167i25 m!p.h. against 163.577 for the Boat Club To Eat Out A WIENER ROAST for mem ben both past and prefent of the Blytheville Boat Club and (heir wives will he held in Walt er Park on Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m., according to a spokei- man for the organization. New memberihlpf In the dub are now available, tfa* ipolwt- m*« added, and may be por- cbaied for $!,» from Harold Qiiarles, Tommy Slayton, Byron first 15 last year. Mario Andretti of Nazareth Pa., who held the track quali fying record of 168.982 with a piston engine, burned a piston Saturday in his turbochar'ged Ford. He came back with; a're placement engine that had. run only 10 miles and was fourth fastest at 167.691. : ' -' • Aridretti will share the second row with Lloyd Ruby., Wichita: Falls, Tex., 167.613 in a .Mori- goose turbocharged Offenhauser, and 'Bobby Unser's brother Al, 167.065 in .a new four-wheel- drive Lola-Ford which could challenge the. turbines, after a little more adjustment.' DARLINGTON, England (AP) —Racing driver Jack R. Stoop, 48, was killed Sunday when his Porsche went put of control, ran off the track and crashed in a race for special sports cars. National League W. L, Pet, G.B. 5t. Louis .:: 20 14 .588 - tlanta ...'. •20 16 .556 San Fran. ..20 16 .556 'hila'phia ..17 16 .515 lincinnati .. 18' 17 .514 Jhicago .... 19 19 .500 Los Angeles 17 20 .459 'ittsburgh . 15 18 .455 Houston .... 15 20 .429 Vew York . 15 20 .429 Saturday's Results New. York 5, Atlanta 2 Cincinnati'8, Pittsburgh 3. Chicago 10, San Francisco 7 Los Angeles 1, Houston 0 Philadelphia 3, St. Louis 2 Sunday's Results Philadelphia 4, St. Louis 3 Cincinnati 9, Pittsburgh 3 Atlanta -3-2, New York 2-0 Houston 2-3, Los Angeles, 1-1 San Francisco 1-3, Chicago 0-6 Today's Games Pittsburgh at New York, N San Francisco at Atlanta, N Houston at Cincinnati, N Los Angeles at St. Louis, N Only games scheduled Tuesday's Games Pittsburgh at New York Philadelphia at Chicago San Francisco at Atlanta, N Cincinnati, N. Los Angeles at St. Louis, N American League W. L. Pet. G.B Detroit .... Cleveland Baltimore Boston Minnesota Mcago .. California Oakland .. 21 12 20 14 18 16 18 16 18 16 15 17 16 19 15 20 .647 .588 .529 .529 .529 .469 .457 .429 Wash'n. .. 15 20' .429 7% New York 14 21 .400 8% Saturday's Results Washington 8, Detroit 4 Chicago 4, Oakland 2 Cleveland 1, Baltimore 0, 1 innings Boston 4, New York 0 Sunday's Results ayfntvBlt fArt.y Omrter K»wg - Mon«ay. Way f), 1MB - F«g> Bevel' Opposite Triples ' . - .!j In The Making : 'arm wants one; Peter Fuller of Forward Pass but was dis- In the case of Dancer's Im-lthe final three-sixteenths hi l^j, age, the odds have already been[l-5. He earned$142,700 from thesi defied beyond belief. gross purse of $195,200, Uie richj: -' The gray Native Dancer colt est ever for a Triple Crown; finished first in the Derby ahead qualified when a urinalysis revealed-an illegal medication in his system. Then in the Freak- ness, he was disqualified from second to last for bothering Martin's Jig and Nodouble in the stretch. They were, the first disqualifications in the 94-year History of the Derby and the 93 years of the Preakness. But by the time the interference took place. Forward Pass had the race well in hand. Jockey Ismael Valenzuela kept the son of. On and On in good position from the start and when he asked him to move turning for home, Forward Pass sizzled'through the stretch to beat Robert J. Kleberg's Out of the Way. Another head back was Dancer's Image, whose jockey Bobby Ussery was held blameless by the stewards who ruled the interference was beyond the veteran' rider's control. Forward Pass covered the 1 3-16 miles in'1:56 4-5, running * * . * Gene Goff's Nodouble, whose rider stood up in the irons at th^ sixteenth pole, was moved to third after Dancer's Image was set down, and James Skinner's : ;. Yankee Lad was given fourth-;? money. •. ~_ Apprentice Willie McKeever,-; aboard Nodouble, was fined $100 T? for misjudging the finish line'; but Goff and trainer Gene Sonnier agreed the misjudgement... did not affect the order of finish, v * * - *. Another thing that did not afr, feet the order of finish was the:urinalysis given each of the first three finishers. Pimlico official-„ ly announced .Sunday the urinal-." yses were negative. Although,. Nodouble was moved to third," he did riot'have to undergo a post-race test. There was some big money' being offered for older horses.7 Saturday, and Dr. Fager got C; big chunk of it when he easily'' won the $119,600 California over ; 1 1-16 miles at Golden Gate';;' Fields. New York 11, Boston 3 Chicago 6-7, Oakland 2-3 California 2-2, Minnesota 1-3 Detroit 5-7, Washington 4-0 Cleveland 11-2, Baltimore 6-0 Today's Games Boston at California, N Detroit at Minnesota, N . New York -at- Washington, N Chicago at Baltimore, N Only games scheduled Tuesday's Games Boston at California, N New York at Washington, N Chicago at Baltimore, N Detroit at Minnesota, N Cleveland at Oakland, 2, twi- night Blytheville Business College FARMERS BANE BLBG. Summer Sessions June 10-July 19 '' Air Cond. Classrooms Special Summer Rates Per Subject Subjects: Typing. ShortnanS S Relrcshcr only), Bus. Math, nice Machines & Accounting ;ef. only.) 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