Springfield Leader and Press from Springfield, Missouri on December 22, 1983 · 15
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Springfield Leader and Press from Springfield, Missouri · 15

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Thursday, December 22, 1983
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.. ' "" " 11 ' ' ' i ' )j(5)jG) LcacteftPreSS Thursday, December 22, 1983 - ' -.-. . . Scoreboard page 2 Marketplace page 5 Classified.......... ..pages 6-8 Minnesota next for Holtz? From our wire serviet MINNEAPOLIS Lou Holtz, former football coach at the University of Arkansas, is the new football ooach at the University of Minnesota, The Associated Press learned. Holtz assumes the reins of one of the nation's least successful college football programs during the 1983 season. The Golden Gophers had a 110 record, with their only victory a 21-17 triumph over Rice University. Many of Minnesota's losses were by scores of SO or more points, including an 84-17 loss to top-ranked Nebraska. Holtz, 46, was at Arkansas for seven years and compiled a 60-21-2 record. Before that, he had coached the New York Jets of the National Football League. He also coached at William and Mary College and North Carolina State University. Prior to 1983, he had a 100-47-5 collegiate coaching record. The Razorbacks were 6-5 this year. In his first year at Arkansas, Holtz guided the Razorbacks to an 11-1 record and 31-6 upset of unbeaten Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. This year was the first that an Arkansas team coached by Holtz did not get a bowl bid. He was named to the Arkansas Hall of Fame in 1983 and he was the Associated Press southwest coach of the year in 1979. He was named national coach of the year by football writers In 1977. Holtz said Monday he was resigning from the Arkansas coaching position for personal reasons which he declined to discuss. "Now I feel is the appropriate time for me to resign from the University of Arkansas. There are many different ways to resign and none of them are very easy," he said. He was asked if TV endorsements that he made for U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina played a part in the resignation. He replied that many factors were involved in his resignation but declined to answer the question directly. The commercials were never broadcast. Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles said Holtz was leaving because he was "tired and bumed out." According to United Press International, a financial settlement may be required to resolve Holtz' contract with Arkansas. He had four years remaining on his contract, but Broyles said Wednesday that Holtz may not be entitled to any compensation for the remaining years because he resigned and was not fired. However, a clause In flie contract that Holtz could step down from coaching into an assistant athletic director post may require a settlement, Broyles said. The clause went into effect when Holtz completed his fifth year at the Fayetteville school. "We will live up to all our contractual obligations," Broyles said. "First, Lou has a lot of things to decide and there could be tax considerations." Broyles said the settlement will be worked out at a later date, possibly depending on when Holtz lands another coaching job. Broyles said he could not estimate the amount of any settlement with Holtz. The money for such a settlement would come from income generated by the athletic program, not university general funds. Air Force's Ken Hatfield held another round of talks Wednesday about the Arkansas job. He then moved aside to let another Arkansas graduate, Oklahoma State's Jimmy Johnson, have his turn. m Johnson arrived by private plane at Drake Airport in Fayetteville about the time Hatfield was leaving. :?v Marty fA4 Eddlemon r inHmrtiiwvtiniiiiffl M r, I He's Meg of line rink rate Blues give joy to Harry Ornest in St Louis By Milton Richman United Press International ' You've probablyseen a few of them if you go to the hockey games. They're called "rink rate." A true rink rat practically lives on the ice. He gets there 8 in the morning and doesn't go home until 2 the following morning. He's never stilL He's always doing something or other around the arena, helping clear the ice, fooling around in a choose-up game with some others like him, practicing his skating or running errands for the players. Harry Omest was one of those rink rats. That was light years ago when he was a skinny, eager 8-year-old kid in his native Edmonton in Canada. For cleaning the ice and doing a hundred other odd jobs, they let him see the game for nothing. Once the contest started, he hawked programs, getting paid a half cent for each one he sold. Not too long ago, on Nov. 26, Ornest, now 60, was right back where he started, back at the arena. ' Only this time it was a little different. This time he was sitting comfortably in his own private luxury suite in St. Louis Arena, the building he owns, and watching the St. Louis Blues, the team he also owns, play the Edmonton Oilers. Wayne Gretzky got five assists for the Oilers, but the Blues won the game anyway, 8-6. Ornest had a lump in his throat after that one. "Back when I hung around the rink in Edmonton, these two teams, the Blues and the Oilers, weren't even figments of anyone's imagination," he says wistfully. "Who woul-d've ever dreamed some day down the road, this kid, this little rink rat, would own a team in the National Hockey League and he'd be watching it beat another team in the league from the city he came from? Such a thing was unimaginable." Much of Omest's background is unimaginable as well. After being discharged from the Royal Canadian Air Force, he was a minor league second baseman. Later, he became an umpire in the minors and also was a referee in the United States Hockey League and the American Hockey League. Ornest made his money in the vending machine business and in real estate. He also was part owner of a TV station in Arizona and a managing partner of the San Diego Sports Arena, but what he really wanted most was his own major league franchise some day, either in baseball or hockey. Hopefully working his way toward that goal, he operated the Vancouver Canadians of the Pacific Coast League for three years. Ornest was the prime force behind the construction of B.C. Place, the domed stadium in the downtown part of the city. He got the chance he was looking for to buy a major league team when the Ralston Purina 1 A1 The St. Louis Arena is now home for Harry Ornest, a self-proclaimed "rink rat" who is the new owner of the National Hockey League Blues. Or- United Press International nest purchased the Blues earlier this year to end uncertainty over the future of the organization which was owned previously by Ralston-Purina. Blues trade Turnbull to MontrealPage 3C Company said last year it no longer considered it practical to operate the Blues. Bill Hunter of Saskatoon, who wished to move the Blues to that city, offered $11.3 million for them and Ralston Purina was inclined to sell to him, but the NHL Board of Governors wanted to keep the team in St. Louis. Ralston Purina and the NHL sued each other and that was when Ornest made his bid. He got together with 11 investors, headed by August Busch III, Charles Knight (chairman of Emerson Radio), three of the major banks in St. Louis and together they offered $12 million for the Blues. Ornest put up $3 million of that in cash and two notes of $4 million and $5 million while a commitment for an additional $3 million was made by the other investors. The sale of the Blues to Ornest and his group was approved by an 18-2 vote of the NHL's Board of Governors. John Ziegler, the NHL president, was the one who informed Ornest he and his group had been approved following a meeting of the Board of Governors in a Chicago hotel. . "I've got good news for you," Ziegler called up to Ornest in his room. "I'm not sure what good news is," laughed Ornest, whose friends had been telling him he was crazy to buy the club. "Congratulations," Ziegler said, "we have formally awarded you the NHL St. Louis franchise. C'mon down. Welre all waiting for you." That was last July 21. The formalities weren't completed until six days laterj and due to all the legal battling between Ralston Purina and the league, the Blues didn't begin operations until Aug. 15. "Four months later, I have not one iota of regret nor an ounce of trepidation," Ornest says regarding his purchase of the Blues, who are involved in a battle with the Black Hawks for second place in the No'rris Division. "Other than my family, the Blues are the most satisfying and gratifying thing that has ever happened to me." Ornest has turned them into something of a family affair. His wife, Ruth, whom he has been married to 32 years, is vice chairman and treasurer of the club; his Son, Mike, who played third base three years in the Baltimore Orioles' organization, is vice president and secretary, and his daughter, Cindy, is vice president of the Arena Corporation. Another one 'of Omest's sons, Maury, is a former outfielder in the Milwaukee Brewers' system, and Laura, his youngest daughter, is a TV sportscaster in Vancouver. . Jack Quinn, who was executive vice presi-. dent and general manager for Ornest at Vancouver, performs the same functions for him with the Blues. "In my opinion, there is no finer executive in sports today," says Ornest about Quinn, who comes from one of baseball's most famous families and who began his own career with Davenport in the old Three-I League 25. years ago. Ornest feels perfectly at home in St. Louis. "I've been a St. Louis Cardinals' fan since I was seven, it wasn't long afterward that I began reading The Sporting News and when I refereed in the AHL, there was no city I would rather go to than St Louis," he said. "To mix a metaphor, I find myself in a city now that has woven itself into the fabric of my life almost from the time I was born." Earlier in the season, Blues player Bernie Federko, the league's sixth leading scorer, came Up to Ornest and thanked him for keeping the Blues In St Louis. The rub there is that the Blues' veteran center originally is from Saskatoon. . You must pay to see them play on Sports Time Sports Time, a new all-sports pay cable channel premiering April 3, will be offered by TeleCable of Springfield if subscribers are willing to pay the freight. "Needless to say, if it is available and the public wants it, it will be my objective to have it," said Jerry Rutherford, general manager of the Springfield cable service. "Discussions are in the works now," he continued. "It's a little early to tell about the situation, but if it appears saleable, we'll certainly be interested in signing the contract to get it. ' "Right now, it looks like a blockbuster channel for this area, with all the interest in the Cardinals and Royals. "I'd have o say that at this point, it would appear a good chance that we'll have it "Of course, it would be an extra, like HBO, and, while details aren't known here yet, you can bet it will be an expensive service. I'd say at least $ 12 to $ 1 3 a month. "The whole thing will boil down to whether enough people are willing to pay for it." Sports Time is a joint venture of Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc., Multimedia Inc., and Tele-Communications Inc. Administrative and marketing headquarters are in St. Louis. Network operations and studios are in Cincinnati. Plans are to serve some 1,600 cable operators in a 15-state area of the Midwest, an area containing more than 6 million cable subscribers and 11.5 million homes franchised. Sales and marketing efforts started in August and already 12 cable companies representing more than 100 cable systems have signed for the initial offerings in April. The 100 systems .currently have nearly -850,000 subscribers who can get the year-round regional sporting events offered by Sports Time on a live and exclusive basis. Cable companies launching Sports Time and the number of individual systems repre sented are Storer Cable Communications of Miami (7), Group W of New York (14), General Electric Cablevision of Schenectady, N. Y. (14), Concom of St Louis (10), Multimedia Cablevision of Wichita (17), Telesynergy of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois (22), Cablevision of Jefferson County, Mo. (1), Carthage, Mb., Cable TV (14), Cable World of Sikeston, Mo. (8), McDonald County of Noel, Mo. (5), Lake Cablevision of Lake St Louis, Mo. (1) and Cablevision Management of Kansas City (5). "We are delighted with the enthusiastic response we've received thus far," said Larry Albus, vice president and general manager who formerly was Metro Conference Commissioner. Sports Time is in eight major markets St. Louis, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Columbus, Louisville, Little Rock, Toledo and Wichita. Programming will include major-league baseball featuring the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds. Big Eight, Ohio Valley, Mid-American and Midwestern City conference college sports are also among the offerings. Sports Time plans to offer a live basketball "Game of the Week" for each conference starting next season. A total of 30 Big Eight contests are to be shown in 1984-85. A tentative schedule for April includes 30 major-league baseball games, 13 involving the Royals, 10 with the Cardinals and seven with the Reds. Four Kansas City Kings' NBA games plus playoff coverage of both the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League are on the slate, along with soccer, auto racing, golf, tennis, track, hydroplane racing and boxing. Sample schedules indicate programming will be carried from 5 p.m. until midnight on weekdays, with noon starts on Saturdays and Sundays. Marry Eddlemon is executive sports editor fr Springfield Newspapers. - r , fit y "t v ...... 1 j V ,1 111 f, & , .. 6 .-ht"' ' - f,;:,t..:J Former malor-league baseball scout Tom Greenwade, now a 79-year-old resident of Willard is shown here instructing a session of the Mickey Owen Baseball School in the late 1950s. Memories of baseball's best remain with Greenwade By Gene Diefendorf For The Leader & Press They were stacked oh the sofa, yellowed pages and ink gradually fading with age. Old newspapers and magazines with stories telling the life Of baseball scout Tom Greenwade. There were more in the basement, stacked to corners and lying in bureau drawers of Greenwade's home neir Willard. All were accumulated over lifetime of work in baseball, a career that began as a player, evolved as a manager and then as one of the most celebrated scouts ia baseball history. ' . i The days of chasing potential legends have long passed for Greenwade, now 79. But when discussing. his life's work,' his eyes light up and he once again is the super scout in search of that one exceptional talent ' , It was Greenwade who scouted and then signed Mickey Mantle to a New York Yankees contract That episode is documented and told time after time in newspaper articles and even a spread in a 1958 publication of Look magazine," one of the most popular periodicals of the era. . . " ' "Mantle could do more things than the average person . ' could,", Greenwade said of his prize signet. "He was faster than most guys and could hit with power from both sides of the plate." A Whatever happened to... While Mantle was Greenwade's top signee, he was by no means the only star inked by the Yankee scout A picture which accompanied the Look magazine article showed. Greenwade with Mantle, Hank Bauer, Elston Howard and Tom Sturdivant All were Greenwade proteges. ; , : j Others scouted and signed by Greenwade were Bill Vir-don, Gil Hodges, Ralph Terry, George Kell and Jerry Lumpe. And there were more. More than 40 players scouted or signed by Greenwade played in the major leagues. Included was Jackie Robinson. " " v That came about while Greenwade worked for Branch Rickey and the Brooklyn Dodgers prior to joining the Yankees. ' i "Mr. Rickey had this thing about getting black players into the major leagues, Greenwade. said. "So I went to Kansas City to scout the Monarchs. Robinson was playing there at the time and after seeing him a number of times, I recommended to Mr. Rickey that he get him. So Mr. Rickey purchased Robinson's contract and that is how he got to the majors." - "'. ' Greenwade is first to admit, however, that no all scouting trips are successful His wife, Florence, related one or those. "Leo Durocher went down to Mexico and saw this player who, according to him, was so good that Joe DiMag-' gio couldnt carry his bat" she said. "So Mr. Rickey told Tom to go to Mexico and not tell anyone, not even me, that he was going. Tom insisted that he bad to tell me so Mr. Rickey told Tom to take me along "Well, neither one of us could speak Spanish so Mr. Rickey sent along another fellow who could speak the Ian- guage. We got to San Antonio and this other fellow went on a binge so we had to go by ourselves after alL To top it . . off, the player we were scouting wasnt that good anyway and was too ola, so the trip was for nothing after alL" . "Whotever happened to.-" appears every other Thursday in The Leader & Press. X V 'r

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