Star-Gazette from Elmira, New York on June 29, 1990 · 14
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Star-Gazette from Elmira, New York · 14

Elmira, New York
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Friday, June 29, 1990
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Mia Scoreboard 2C Baseball roundup 2C Golf page 3C 4 Sports Editor Karen Troxel, 607734-5151, Ext. 290 Racing museum open again Star-GazetteFriday, June 29, 1 990 V-r j ED WEAVER 2nd MVP for Sandberg not likely If Ryne Sandberg continues on his current torrid pace, he'll hit close to 50 home runs, drive in about 110 runs and hit .340. Since the Chicago Cubs' many pitching and injury woes will almost certainly keep them well out the race and buried in fifth or sixth place for the rest of the season, such high totals probably . won't be good enough to earn Sandberg a second National League Most Valuable Player award. Sandberg leads the NL with 24 home runs, is second in batting at .344 and is among the league leaders with 52 RBI. He also is the leading NL vote getter for the All-Star Game. He hasn't had a fielding error in 165 games and has only one throwing error in his last 183 games. Back when Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks won back-to-back MVP awards in 1957 and '58, it was possible for players on non-contending teams to win the MVP. (Banks' Cubs finished seventh both seasons). But with ( today's extra-high media visibility, it's almost impossible. Best bets for NL MVP thus far? I Mets' Frank Viola and Darryl ! Strawberry, Pirates' Bobby Bonilla and Barry Bonds and i Reds' Chris Sabo. Has any player not on an offseason major league roster ever gone on to win a home run title the following year? No. But Cecil Fielder may become the first. The Detroit Tigers slugger, already with 22 homers and a pair of three-homer games, was not on a major league 40-man roster after playing the 1989 season with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese League. Detroit got him for next to nothing. Fielder never got a chance to play every day for the Blue Jays, though he hit 14 homers in just .175 at-bats in 1987. Last year at Hanshin, the 6-3l2, 240-pound Fielder belted 38 homers in just 381 at-bats. Blue Jays vice president and general manager Pat Gillick, a former Pioneers star pitcher takes plenty of flak for selling Fielder to the Japanese league. And remember, the Kansas City Royals had Fielder and traded him to Toronto for journeyman Leon Roberts. A slip showed. In the list of those attaining Honorable Mention support for the 1990 Star-Gazette All-Twin Tiers baseball team, the name of Towanda senior pitcher Dave Scranton (4-1) was omitted. Big nights at Dunn Field tonight and Saturday, as the rival Oneonta Yankees invade the old ballyard. Tonight is WBNG-TV (Binghamton) Night, Saturday is Corning Merchants Night. Ed Weaver is a senior sportswrlter for the Star-Gazette Auto history showcased in Montour By JOHN N. MITCHELL Star-Gazette MONTOUR FALLS - The hallway that leads to the lounge is softly lit and narrow, barely wide enough for two people to pass through at the same time. The walls of the hallway are lined with racing memorabillia and pictures depicting joyous celebrations from all eras. The exhibition room, formerly a lounge, features more racing artifacts. Colorful flags of red, blue and green hang from the ceiling with the names Jaguar and Kendall Motor Oils, to name a few. And below the Jaguar sign is the prize jewel of the Watkins Glen Museum a mono block Offenhauser Engine that in 1949 carried Bill Holland to an Indianapolis 500 win. "You couldn't put a price on it. It's priceless," said Dave Ward, 48, founder of the Watkins Glen Racing Museum, which Thursday opened its doors for the first time in almost a year. "Of the pieces that we have on display, this is the one that we consider the most special," Ward said. From 1974 until last August, the Watkins Glen Racing Museum was housed in the Seneca Movie House at 110 N. Franklin Street. The building was put up for sale and Ward had to find a new place to display his tribute to the legacy of auto racing. That's when Lou Duviller, an Elmira accountant, a member of the Sports Car Club of America and owner of the Montour House, a historic building renovated into a restaurant, offered Ward and his wife Nancy use of the Montour House's Lounge. He has no regrets. "I love it. They've done and absolut-ley super job with this place," said Duviller, admiring a picture from the Daytona 500. Ward, who lives in Montour Falls, fell in love with automobiles as a teenager growing up in Niles, Mich. "I felt there was a certain beauty in preserving the automobiles the way they were, as opposed to redoing them to make them appear brand new again," Ward said, standing over a stileto-thin, white with blue trim Leda Tui Super See RAQNG2C i n jifi HFjP vfv h T' TERESA HURTStar-Gaiett. A PIECE OF HISTORY: David Ward, left, director of the Watkins Glen Racing Museum, shows Cameron Argetsinger of Burdett the engine that Bill Holland used in his 1 949 Indianapolis 500 win. The engine is part of the racing exhibit at the Montour House. Argetsinger is one of the founders of racing in Watkins Glen. A TERESA HURTStar-Gazetta JUST MISSED: Jaguar driver John Nielsen hangs his head in frustration after missing a short putt on the 1 8th hole at the Camel GT Golf Tournament at Soaring Eagles State Park golf course Thursday. Camel racers drive golf balls at Soaring Eagles By ED WEAVER Star-Gazette PINE VALLEY - Camel GT racing drivers played Big Brothers on Thursday and had fun touring the Soaring Eagles State Park golf course in the Camel GT Golf Tournament. A group of 16 drivers and other Camel officials teamed with several Watkins Glen International officials and local reporters in the 18-hole event. McGraw's Davy Jones and fellow GT veteran driver Hurley Haywood headed with winning group, shooting a 6-un-der par 66 in the Captain and His Crew format. Later, Chip Robinson and other Camel GT drivers presented Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Inc. with a check for $1,500. See CAMEL2C 0 Pioneers clip Geneva, 6-5 By KAREN TROXEL Star-Gazette Tim Smith went with his heat and Willie Dukes stayed with his stick as the Elmira Pioneers defeated the Geneva Cubs Thursday 6-5 in New York-Penn League action. Smith, a right-hander from Boston College, came in to save the game working five innings and striking out six for the Pioneers, who are now 6-4 on the season. And Smith got his second win on the year by doing it two different ways. Smith, who came in to face a jam in the top of the fifth inning after Elmira starter Cedric Santiago got into trouble, used his curveball early to set up his fastball. That worked until the ninth inning when he didn't want to talk about anything but heat. "My curve ball left me, so I just started throwing the fastball all the time," , said Smith. "I just started to see the end of the game, so I wanted it." Smith's performance didn't start out in the best of situations. With Elmira leading 5-0, Santiago went a little to far and Geneva, which is tied with Batavia for first place in the Western Conference of the McNamara Division of the NY-P, took advantage. Geneva scored five runs off four hits and one Elmira error with no outs in the fifth. Smith came in and worked out of the jam, but not without giving up two singles in the process. He gave up another single in the sixth, one in the eighth and one in the ninth but was never in real trouble afterward. For Dukes, hitting in the leadoff position, the early part of the night wasn't very fruitful. In fact, heading into the seventh inning he was 0-for-3. But with Jose Lora, who was running for catcher John Lammon, at third after a wild pitch, Dukes came up with the game-winning hit. Lammon had started the rally with a double to right-center field. The seventh inning was the capper to some gbod run-production for the Pioneers which began in the second inning. Jason Friedman and Lammon had dou-. bles and scored in the second while Jeff McNeely had a triple to make it 4-0. The Pioneers got their fifth run in the fourth when Jeff Limoncelli tripled to center field and scored on Lammon's sacrifice fly. Lammon was the most productive Pioneer with three RBI in two at bats and two doubles. 1 3th-seed Chang downs Pugh in straight sets Gannett News Service WIMBLEDON, England - Michael Chang gave further evidence Thursday at Wimbledon that he has rediscovered his form. Seeded 13th, he had an easy time against fellow American Jim Pugh, winning 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. This constituted the latest step in a comeback that as recently as last month appeared to have run aground. A year ago, the Placentia, Calif., teen- WIMBLEDON ager was the talk of the tennis world after becoming, at age 17 and 3 months, the youngest player ever to win the French Open. Then he surprised many observers by reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon before losing to Tim Mayotte. A year later, Chang again is making some noise here, only this time no one is noticing. East grad Birdsall featured in 'Sports Illustrated' Star-Gazette CORNING - Dick Birdsall, a 1965 Corning East graduate, is featured in this week's Faces in the Crowd section of Sports Illustrated. A one-armed golfer who now lives in Dublin, Ohio, Birdsall hit a hole in one at the 194-yard fourth hole at the Waynesville Country Club near Columbus, Ohio. Birdsall lost his right arm in a farm accident near his South Corning home when he was five years old. Birdsall's brother-in-law, Dave Goff of Corning, first mentioned Bridsall as a candidate for the Faces in the Crowd feature when he met a Sports Illustrated reporter during the LPGA Corning Classic. Goff is a Classic vice chairman. Birdsall, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Birdsall of West First Street, Corning, plays in the Corning Classic Pro-Am every year. In January, Goff said, Birdsall had surgery on his good arm, making the hole in one more amazing. Birdsall was an East High School football standout during the early 1960s. He is now a partner in a health-care insurance company. The sports magazine, which has a circulation of 3,700,000, will award Birdsall a silver bowl for having his name appear in the column. ' 1 SCORES National League New York 5... Cincinnati 4 St. Louis 5 Pittsburgh 1 American League New York 3 Milwaukee 2 Boston 4 ; Toronto 3 NY-Penn League ELMIRA 6 Geneva 5 Batavia 5 Auburn 1 Welland 4 Hamilton 3 Niagara Falls 5 Jamestown 3 St. Catharines 8 Erie 3 Pittsfield 2 Utica 0 Oneonta 5 Watertown 2 A Rice must perform community service CHAPEL HILL, N.C. North Carolina point guard King Rice, a Binghamton High School graduate, was ordered by a judge Thursday to perform 75 hours of community service on a charge of resisting arrest. Two other charges stemming from the May 8 incident involving Rice and his girlfriend were dismissed by Judge Patricia Hunt in Orange County District Court. The resisting arrest charge will be dropped if Rice performs the community service. Rice, 21, was arrested last month and charged with assault on a female, resisting an officer and damage to property. While struggling with Rice, Chapel Hill Police Department Officer Ben Wiseman suffered a dislocated thumb. Beach Boys keep yachting group afloat SAN DIEGO A real estate developer says his newly formed yachting syndicate will be supported by the Beach Boys singing group and is going to be called Beach Boys America. David Lowry, 46, of Fallbrook, who sails out of the San Diego Yacht Club, was to announce plans for his syndicate at a news conference Thursday. In an effort to narrow the field of prospective defenders, the America's Cup Organizing Committee had given syndicates until Thursday to post a $150,000 bond and demonstrate the ability to raise $6 million in sponsorships. If Beach Boys America is put on hold by the ACOC, however, Lowry said the group may be disbanded. Slumping Sanders sent to Columbus NEW YORK Outfielder Deion Sanders, locked in a month-long slump, was demoted by the New York Yankees Thursday for the second time this season. After scoring the winning run as a pinch runner in a 3-2 victory over Milwaukee, Sanders and his .126 batting average were sent to Columbus of the International League. He had one home run and five RBIs in 40 games. "Deion needs to go out, play and get his stroke back," Yankees general manager Harding Peterson said. "This is no knock at Sanders. We like him very much and still feel he'll make a fine major-league player." Compiled from wire reports. c ON TELEVISION TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS 2 p.m. Golf: U.S. Senior Open Championship. ESPN. 4 p.m. Golf: Greater Hartford Open. USA. 5 p.m. Tennis: Wimdledon. HBO 7:30 p.m. Baseball: Texas Rangers at Boston Red Sox. WSBK; Oakland Athletics at Toronto Blue Jays. ESPN 7:35 p.m. Baseball: Atlanta Braves at Montreal Expos. WTBS 8 p.m. Baseball: New York Yankees at Chicago White. MSG 10:30 p.m. Baseball: Milwaukee Brewers at Seattle Mariners. ESPN 11:30 p.m. SportsCenter. ESPN; Sports Tonight. CNN Complete listings In Sunday's TVWeek.

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