The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 23, 1968 · Page 10
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 10

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 23, 1968
Page 10
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(A*.) feuiier Kewi - Thursday, Way », IMS - Pi* B«v« By DICK COUCH Associated Press Sports Writer Mike Epstein got a red carpet reception when he arrived in Washington via the trade route from Baltimore. Frank Bertaina and Sam Bowens made the same trip ... and got little more than a change of uniform. Wednesday night, -the Sen tors shuffled Epstein off to Buffalo, then turned Bertaina and Bowens loose against the Chicago White Sox, ' •' The result: A 2-0 victory .that snapped Washington's losing streak at four games and took the Senators out of sole possession of the American League basement. * * * Bertaina; a stocky southpaw pitcher acquired fronr Baltimore in the Epstein deal last May, blanked the White Sox on land 2-0 behind right-hander Jim Nash and Boston trimmed California 4-0 on Gary Bell's four-hitter, ; Epstein, the 230-pound muscleman obtained by Washington after he refused to return to the Orioles' Rochester farm club last spring, Was shipped back to the International League Wednesday night with an .099 batting average strapped to his broad shoulders... Bowens, making his first start since last Sunday, stepped.into Epstein's No. 5 spot in the batting order ana broke up a scoreless duel between Bertaina and Peters with his second homer of the season. Frank Howard, who stroked two singles and a double to boost his league-leading average to .348, was aboard in the sixth when Bowens' drive two" hits until the ninth inning, I backed Chicago left fielder when he heed relief help from Tommy Davis against the left ' Dave Baldwin. Bowens, purchased from the Orioles on a conditional basis last winter, took care of the Senators.' -attack by clouting a two- run sixth inning homer, off Gary Peters".' ' '''"••'.-.'.','',, • -•Elsewhere, Baltimore nipped' New (York 4-3 .on" a ftvo-run ninth' inning homer by pinch- hitter Don Buford," MinhesSta edged' Detroit 4-3. ,on. Harmon ..Kjlle- brew's run-scoring; single in the field fence. Bertaina allowed two singles until the ninth, when Davis and Sandy -Alomar singled. Baldwin came in, and .got the last two outs,' -. preserving ;.'Bertaina's third victory in.fiW.deelsions: Buford connected' against re-' lie'ver. John 'Wyatt, who'.was making his first appearance for the Yankees, .following a leadoff walk., to. Dave Johnson in the ninth. eighth, Oakland blanked Cleve-'' Wyatt, purchased from Boston last Friday, had been called on in the eighth to protect a 3-2 edge. Bobby Cox' two-run single capped a three-run New York burst in the fourth after the Orioles took a 2-0 lead with the help of Brooks Robinson's solo homer. The loss dropped New York into a ninth place deadlock with Washington. 1 . Tony Oliva's double and Killebrew's single broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth at Minnesota after Don Wert's second homer of the game, Gates Brown's triple and a pinch single by Al Kaline pulled the Tigers even in the top of the inning. Jim Perry, the Twins' starting pitcher, poled a three-run homer in the second inning. Nash scattered five hits, struckout 10 and slammed a bases-empty homer, leading the A's to their second successive shutout victory over Cleveland. Nash scored Oakland's other run on a bases-loaded walk issued by loser Stan Williams in the third. Bell struck out nine Angels and Joe Foy smacked a two-run homer as the Red Sox broke a three-game losing string. Carl Yastrzemski's single and a throwing error by right fielder Jimmie Hall netted Boston's first two runs 'in the third inning. Foy unloaded his fourth homer in the fourth. A lt Was A Miracle He Not Die' (Second of two pieces.) By IRA BERKOW ••. NEA Sports Writer /SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. — (NEA)—Mrs. Teresa Conigliaro switched off the Red Sox "• baseball game coming from a radio set into the paneled wall of the den...She walked into :.the kitchen^ turned .the game ,-on there, ;then returned. .' The game played on quietly, almost eerily. She sat down, Boxes of letters were at her feet, stacks of letters were "piled on''the'tables in front of her and jo her.right. There was also a pile of color photographs: of; her son, Tony, in a batting pose in his Boston Red .Sox uniform. . "I still listen to the games," she said to a visitor. "This : family is baseball nuts. Always has been. But now I listen with an .ache in my heart. •We all thought Tony would some day be the greatest— .now it may be the end." When Tony, was beaned last " August, she, her husband Salvatore and their two other sons, Billy and Richie, were jat the game. "They ran down 'to the clubhouse when Tony ' was taken away on a stretch' er," she said. "I saw him in .the hospital later, and he told ."me he thought he was going to die. It was a miracle he didn't." • -.- The following day a sack ..' of mail arrived at the hos- '•.' pital and another • came to : their four-bedroom, . ranch home situated, on a hill/in their Boston suburb. From many parts of the ; world, letters, cards, masses, medals ; : and even bottles; of Itply wat- ;'er have been sent daily since, /then. The phone, and doorbell 5 are constantly • ringing. ('; Now Mrs; Conigliaro, a ;' iyoungish blonde, addressed en: .jvelopes. and inserted autographed pictures of Tony. ./ "It's been so gratifying to /know people are this wonder- 'j ful,"'she said. "There have •/.even been four offers to i transplant eyes. The first was J from an 18-year-old boy • in i Pittsfield. It was sent to our doctor, Charles ; Regan, who forwarded it to,Tony. When tony opened it he was' stunned.. He could hardly talk: ;'Ma,'he said, 'look at this.' " Dr. Regan wrote..and f thanked the boy, but. added :. that medical science had not '.'; yet devised a method to trans- • plant retinas. Tony 'sent -him ; a letter and an autographed '.'.'. baseball and picture. .'...'..• .'•'• "Here's a letter from a stu- \ dent at the University of Mis; souri." She read part' of it: : " 'I have two good eyes that are hazel, and I need only one. • I know baseball is your life . and you need two good eyes : ! more than I do. I would be honored if you would accept my offer, i would get a deep ' thrill every Urns you played to know I've done something to help . . . '" She rummaged through a box and pulled out another letter offering » transplant. "Th/» Is from a 50-year-old .man in .California," she said. "He says, 'I have lived half my life and yoU'are'just starting, Mr. Conigliafo: I 1 mean ; this from the bottom' of my .heart. I want io.jlp .this, to make! you happy and your family happy . . . ' " People have .written detailed eye exercises ..and'."various home remedies-. '• • A,..'-";psychic healer in MexicQ'|'pffered...his | Services. Prayers-;have : come : from .the clergyT including a priest from Italy and,local nuns. Wrote-Sister Mary. Holt: , "The Red Sox will never be ; the same until you are back in right field for them. My prayers daily for your courage and a miracle." * * * . Fans have sent holy water from Lo'urdes in France (purchased at the Shrine's affiliate on Beacon Street in Boston) "and . from LaSallette Shrine in Massachusetts. "We became friendly with a. Jewish girl while at-Gross'-' inger on our vacation last fall," said Mrs.- Conigliaro. .•"Shejust called and. said that maybe Jewish : prayers will SSmaKi^mSimmmeramiMii,.i^ inn.i —- TONY CONIGLIARO and his father, Salvatore, show deep concern after the Red Sox announced that the right fielder's baseball future is doubtful because of deteriorating vision. Mikes But Don's Real Pleased »y RON RAPOPORT Anoclaled Pren Sports Writer Don Drysdale's own teammates kept him from closing in on a'National League record Wednesday night. It's not likely that he'll complain. : Until the ninth inning of the Dodgers' game with St. Louis, it looked as if Drysdale would win his fourth 1-0 game of the year. Carl Hubbell of the 1933 New York Glints holds the record with five. ' But,tben. Ron Fairly drove in a run with a single in the ninth and ruined the whole thing. The Dodgers .won 2-0 and Hubbell's record is safe for a little while . ACTION was hot and heavy last Sunday in the American Legion, exhibition season opener as this lusty swing .attests. The Dud Casons took both ends of. a twinbill from Haywood-Watts, 8-7 and 4-2, both varsity and B-team squads looking good, according to Coach Dwight Williams. Williams has an- nounced that his teams will meet the same opposition in Memphis at 10 a.m. Saturday at Whitehaven and will return to Walker Park . on Sunday to face West Memphis' Legion team in a 1:30 doubleheader. (Courier News Photo) help. '.' •'•" * * . * "We haven't given up hope for a miracle..! pray every night to St. Jud'e. But baseball has been filled with ups and downs for Tony.' You have to get hardened to them. On a television show a few years ago, Tony said that fans in Boston were the worst. After that, fans here booed him for a long time. He almost didn't want to go on the field. I'd go to the' game and shrink. But he came out of it and made them like him. "And it seemed that he was being misquoted so often in the papers. It was very upsetting. I'd get so mad I'd want to call and write those reporters. But Tony would say, 'Ma, don't let it bother you.' * * *• "Our friends would call and ask about statements they'd read. I'd tell them not to believe what was in the papers." She smiled wryly. "When' Tony was beaned, some friends called the next day and said they didn't believe it. I asked why. They said, "Because you told us not lo believe what we read in the papers.' " She laughed' softly. In the kitchen, the Red Sox Had a rally going. MAJOR LEAGUE-STAN DINGS FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) Marcelino "Chelo" Huerta resigned Wednesday as head football coach at Parsons College to go into private business. SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) Boone Kirkman, eighth-ranked heavyweight by the World Box- j ing Association,' had his right' collarbone' broken in a sparring match Wednesday while working | out .for .next Tuesday's sched-1 uled bout with Wayne Thornton. V FOR RENT NEW BALDWIN PIANO CIA A A UA RENT APPLIED ylUilHI IflUi TO PURCHASE "Check Our Baldwin Prices Before You Buy" BOOTHEEL MUSIC CENTER Phone TU 8-4889 — Kennett, Mo. ARMY WORMS St. Louis San 'Fran. Atlanta .. Phila'phia Cincinnati Chicago .. Los Angeles Houston .. New York Pittsburgh National League W. L. Pet. 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Drysdale stopped the Cards, who have now lost five of their :ast six games, on five hits. He lasn't allowed'a run in his last 29 innings. Dave Giusti also had a date with the record book wrecked. He was working on a no-hitter when Pete Rose got the first Cincinnati hit off him with two out in the eighth inning. Giusti finished with a two-hitter. Rusty Staub drove in the only .run with a single in the sixth. Richie Allen blasted two long two-run homers in the Phillies' victory over the Mets as Woody Fryman hurled a three-hitter. high off the left field railing in Chicago. Men, Women To Wrestle Mixed men and women tag earn wrestling highlights tonight's grappling card at Hayi's old post office bulding at 1:30. . .'. ' Sarah Lee and Corsica Joe will face Judy Glover and Mack York in a one hour, best two of ;hree falls match. Buster Gordon will face Rip Collins in one of the evening's preliminary battles while a second warm-up contest pits Mack York against Corsica Joe. 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