The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas on October 5, 1977 · Page 22
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Corpus Crtrlstl. Texas, Wed., Oct. 5,1977 Section B Phils' Luzinski challenges LA ;Ump Harry Wendelstedt shows LA's Bill Russell (18) where he missed bag on attempted force of Bake McBride LOS ANGELES (AP) - Husky Greg Luzinski has suddenly learned to talk as powerfully as he swings a bat. Luzinski belted a two run homer Tuesday night that helped the Philadelphia Phillies take a 1-0 lead in he best-of-five game National League Championship Series. And after the Phillies' 7-5 triumph at Dodgers' Stadium; the 225-pound Luzinski challenged the West Division champions to put up or shut up. "Personally, I t h i n k - t h a t if they don't win Wednesday, it's all over, as far as I'm concerned," said Luzinski. "If they don't, they have to win three straight in our park, where we play .750 ball." The Dodgers' Steve Garvey heard Luzinski's ultimatum and retorted, "Did they shorten the playoffs to the best two out of three? We had a rough day today, but I think we'll bounce right back. . .We'll turn it around." And Los Angeles Manager Tom Lasorda observed, "The name of the playoffs is t h a t you still have to win three games to win it. Sure, we wanted to win the first one, but that doesn't mean we're out of it." The Phillies bristled with confidence after the franchise's first postseason victory since Grover Cleveland Alexander won the first g a m e of the 1915 W o r l d Series against Boston. The Phillies lost the next four to the Red Sox, and were swept in f o u r spor Ron Cey of the Los Angeles Dodgers wasn't starting a slide Into home plate when this picture was taken during fast night's Dodgers-Phillies game In Los Angeles. Cey was leaping to the plate after hitting a grand slam home run In the 7th inning. It wasn't quite enough, though, as . the Phils won 7-5 to take a 1-0 lead In thai National League playoffs. Coaches meet tonight The C o r p u s C h r i s t i Coaches Association will meet t o n i g h t at 7:30 in the Ray High School library. Plans are to be discussed for the a n n u a l Corpus Christi I n v i t a t i o n a l basketball t o u r n a m e n t sponsored by the coaches in December. World Cup games on TV Five World Cup soccer e l i m i n a t i o n matches involving the Mexican national team will be seen live on KORO (Ch 28) this month. The schedule begins Saturday with Mexico vs., H a i t i at i p.m. Others will be Mexico vs. Salvador, 1 p.m. Oct. 12, Mexico vs.. Surinam Oct. 15, 6 p.m.. Mexico vs. G u a t e m a l a Oct. 19, 9:45 p.m.; and Mexico vs. Canada Oct. 22, 5 p.m. The w i n n e r of the round-robin competition will quality for the 1978 World Cup matches in Argentina. Rockets hand Kings 1st loss M i k e Newlin and Calv i n M u r p h y sparked Houston to a light 94-91 victory over Kansas .City Tuesday night to hand the Kings their "first loss of the N a t i o n a l Baskcball Association e x h i b i t i o n season. Newlin tallied 21 points before f o u l i n g out late in the game, while M u r p h y added 18, including a j u m p e r that put the Rockets out in front 92-91 with a minute to go. Houston is now 3-1 while Kansas City is 2-1 in exhibition play. More records for Cauthen Despite an injury that caused him to miss a month of racing, 17- year-old jockey Steve Cauthen continues to break records in his first full year in the saddle. Cauthen captured four races at Belmont Park Tuesday and surpassed the purse record for one year with $4,729,976. He has nearly three months re- .maining to be the first jockey to win $5 million in purses in one year. Football tops in cost, income games by the New York Yankees in the 1950 World Series. Last year they dropped three straight to Cincinnati in the NL Playoffs. What excited the Phillies was the way they beat the Dodgers, blowing a 5-i lead in the seventh when Ron Cey blasted a bases-loaded home run, and then coming back in the ninth to pull it out. Actually, the series opener was decided where many experts said it would be -- in the bullpen. After the Dodgers tied it 5-5 in the seventh and knocked out Phillies' ace Steve Car- Iton, relievers Gene Garber and Tug McGraw contributed 2'/i innings of hitless, scoreless relief. On the other hand, the Phillies raked Dodgers' reliever Elias Sosa for two ninth-inning runs that made the difference. Sosa retired pinch-hitter Richie Hebner to start the ninth, but Bake McBride singled and Larry Bowa s i n g l e d . T h a t b r o u g h t u p M i k e Schmidt, who had socked 38 homers and batted in 101 runs in the Phillies' drive to the Eastern Division Charnr pionship. Sosn got a strike on Schmidt and then threw a slider down and away that the Phillies' third baseman r i p p e d i n t o l e f t f i e l d , s c o r i n g McBride f r o m second with the go- ahead r u n . ^ "I was guessing slider," said bchmidt. "And there it was. I had to go out and get it. Third in a four-part series Football is King. Long live the King. Truer words were never written as far as athletic directors and their budgets are concerned. Football is the biggest high school drawing card in Texas -- and in most other states. It is therefore the biggest money attraction. While coaches in other sports don't like to admit it, football pays the way for high school athletics. Most athletic programs are pressed financially with equipment, upkeep and other major costs skyrocketing. Still, football continues to finish in the "black" while the other sports are red-ink affairs. This particular subject has always been a touchy one in athletic programs because football programs not only draw the most attention and praise, but they also are the ones to make money. Quite often overlooked is the fact that football also is the biggest participation sport. It therefore draws the major portion of the budget. In the CCISD high school athletic budget compiled by Athletic Director Chuck Haynes last year, football accounted for more than half of the expenditures. Football spent $161,585 out of a total budget of $290,743 while the next-biggest spender was basketball at $38,124. On the opposite side of the ledger, football brought in $200,700 while basketball revenue was only $12,000. Those figures reveal football finished with a profit of $39,115 while basketball lost $26,124. And the football figure doesn't include concession revenue. The concessions are leased out for Buc Stadium games with CCISD receiving .09 cents on each ticket sold. Football revenue is primarily from games -$148,640 last year on gate receipts and $6,395 on season tickets. The expense list is headed by supplies and equipment. A whopping $50,191 was spent on equipment and supplies last year with an estimated $52,000 to be spent this season. Home game expenses were S27.2B4 -- "It costs us at least $1,000 to just open the stadium for a game," Haynes said. And the CCISD is scheduled for 28 games at Buc Stadium this year. Out-of-town'teams were paid $27,300 as their share of gate receipts while local teams received $21,400 for road games. CCISD paid $27,284 in out- of-town expenses. Another major expense was filming the games played by the five high schools -- $9,546. But the major outflow of money is still equipment. That's an area where Haynes and other CCISD officials work extremely hard to keep the cost down. Inflation takes its toll, however. In 1973, the athletic budget increased 14 percent from the previous year -- mainly because of the rising cost of equipment. The increase was 7.5 percent in 1974, 17.9 percent in 1975, a meager 0.97 percent in 1976 and 8.51 percent last year. In Che past five years, that's an increase of 48 percent. In 1972, football helmets cost $22.79 each. Now the headgear cost $34.52. Athletic supporters were $6.49 per dozen in 1972, $9.55 this season. Other jumps show footballs going from $14.79 each to $18.61, game pants from $9.23 to $13.27 and practice pants from $4.16 to $7.97. Some items have gone down in price -- shoulder pads from $38.88 to $24.95, jerseys from $23.55 to $14 and shoes from $22.57 to $7.45. All equipment goes out for bids. After lliu bids are received, the best offers {concerning both prict! and quality) are compiled and the respective coaches select their equipment from that list. Haynes is proud that he and his staff have found ways to trim the budget and retain quality at the same time. "We don't skimp when it comes to safely items." said Haynes in reference to such items as pads and helmets. "We save some money on cloth items such as jerseys. And we've gone from leather to canvas-top shoes. "We t h i n k we do the best possible job in acquiring equipment.," Haynes remarked. "We try to get the best quality for the best price." Last year's bid sheet included offers from six firms. In mosl cases, the lowest price was the one accepted w h i l e on some items two or three choices were listed lor the coaches. The bids do pay o f f . Shoulder pads bids, for instance, varied from the accepted $24.95 to $41.40 with a t h i r d company in the middle at $36.41. That's one way of keeping football on n pay-for- itself basis. And without that football profit, the other sports might suffer. "I w o u l d n ' t say we would have to do without some of Die other sports without the football money," Haynes said. "But it does mean t h a t we would liave to ask for more money out of the general fund." Tomorrow: Is it worth It? Dallas' Irish luck: Iro-American line DALLAS -- Like "Roots," their heritage could bu titled "Tubers". "Yes, t h a t ' s r i g h t , " says Pat Donovan. "Tubers, which arc roots on potatoes. We Irishmen arc o f f e n - sive linemen because we have a basic a f f i n i t y with dirt, like the potato f a r m i n g heritage we come from." Roots? Tubers? Potatoes? What does all this have to do with football? Well, the Dallas Cowboys have a f i r s t i n t h e N a t i o n a l F o o t b a l l League. They've become the first team in memory to put on the field, lined up side-by-side in the interior offensive iin at right tackle, right guard arid center, three smiling, freckle-faced Irishmen. P'or the record, they are right t a c k l e Patrick Emery "Pat" Donov a n , a descendant of the O'Donovans from Cork County, Ireland ("My great grandfather dropped the "0" from the n a m e when he got off the boat."); right guard Thomas Michael "Tom" R a f f e r L y , who admits he doesn't remember where his family is f r o m ; and center John Robert Fitzgerald, whose f a m i l y evolved from Tipperary County, Ireland, near CulJen. "If you're Irish, you're Irish," pontificates Fitzgerald, a 6-5, 260- pound 29-year-old effervescent who once weighed 315 pounds as a high school senior and who aspired to attend Notre Dame until his f a t h e r died and he decided to stay close to home (Southbridge, Mass.) and attend Boston College. "We're pure Irish," Fitz went on. "Purebreds. But we're not sleek like thoroughbreds. We're more like Clydesdales." To which Donovan, the right tackle, added, "But we're not necessarily sweathogs." Donovan, 24, is a 6-4, 225-pounder from Stanford where he was an honor student in mechanical engineering. Like Fitzgerald, he was a defensive linemen in college who switched to offense with the Cowboys. The t h i r d - y e a r tackle made the most of an o p p o r t u n i t y when All-Pro Uickie RayfieKI W r i g h t succumbed lo knei surgery in A u g u s t . Donovan q u i c k l y became the Cowboys' mosl consistent o f f e n s i v e linemen d u r i n g preseason, according to Coach Tom Landry. Then t h e r e ' s Raffcrty, the John- ny-come-Iatuly of the trio who has moved in as the starting right guard after he, too, made the most of an opportunity when B u r t o n Lawless' i n j u r e d ankle failed to respond to t r e a t m e n t . Landry already has made it clear t h a t R a f f c r t y , a'6-3, 250-pound 23- ycnr-olcl second-year m a n , can ret a i n the s t a r t i n g job by continuing the gooci p e r f o r m a n c e s he turned in d u r i n g prese;ison and 1 the e a r l y regular games subbing for Fitzgerald one game at center and for Lawless t h e next week at guard. "When I first head Raff was going to start with Pat and me," said Fitzgerald, "I just wished at the time t h a t it could have been St. Patrick's Day." Fitzgerald is spokesman for the n e w e s t c l u b w i t h i n t h e Cowboys" Club, the " I r o - A m e r i c a n Club" (A n a t u r a l takeoff on Afro-American, they explained). "Pat, Tom and I are the charter members and our favorite bar is Jake O'Shaughnessey's in Seattle because when you enter the place the first thing you see is a billboard that says 'only 191 days until St. Patrick's Day'." And Donovan adds, "Irishmen don't have to give any excuse for drinking." It may appear at this point that H a f f e r t y , from Manlius, N . Y . , is the complete opposite of the articulate (and sometimes verbose) Donovan and Fitzgerald. But that's not the case. See Irish, page 3B

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