Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 26, 1974 · Page 19
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Wednesday, June 26, 1974
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NEWS-HERALD, Panama Clty,Fla., Wednesday. June 2 <M «4 Page 8C 1 1 NEW YORK (UPI) - The gray sideburns slash toward the jawbones, the tan on his face extends far up Into a receding hairline and the eyes flash with memory of his great moments to auto racing. Twelve years ago, Sterling Moss hovered near death after an accident, He was unconscious for a month and paralyzed for nearly six months. The desire to race was gone. The best Britain had to offer In the 1950's would never handle the wheel competitively in a Grand Prix again. The Intervening years have treated Moss kindly. At 44, he Is robust and a world traveler handling a variety 6f Jobs— from managing an auto show In Hong Kong to converting houses Into apartments back In Britain. Currently a member of the Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) in Washington, Moss places a great deal of stress on the safety standards governing auto underpinnings. Sterling Moss also stresses r Likes etition LOS ANGELES (UPI) Dick Weber owns two bowling alleys, one in St. Louis and the other in Mi.'Vernon, III. Admittedly, he Isn't hurting for dollars. But, at 44, he refuses to buckle under to those who tell him he should be home at nights watching TV in his bathrobe and slippers. "I'm a ham at heart, I guess," said the PBA's all-time leading money winner. "I still love being out there in the limelight. "I still love the competition on the tour and I still love to win titles. I don' need the money but It's nice to keep going to the bank." Weber, of St. Louis, has been a member of the PBA tour since its inception in 1959. There were only three tournaments that first year and Weber, then a 5-9 % Impounder, earned $7,672, $212 more than Ray Bluth. He's 145 pounds today, winner of 24 PBA events, a three-time Bowler of the Year, a past president of the PBA, a four- tlihe All-Star and a member of pro bowling's Hall of Fame. His last victory came at Toledo, Ohio, In 1973. "I want to stay on the tour another 10 years," said Weber. "As long as I feel I can win, I'm going to stay out there. When I go to any tournament now, I feel I'm going to win. I don't let my age bother me. I feeV as young as any of the bowlers out there." Weber isn't just a part-time member of the pro circuit, either. He bowls in between 20 and 25 tournaments a year- more than two-thirds of the events—to keep his touring one status. Interesting)v. he has a son. 23-year-old Dick Weber Jr., who has been a tour member since 1972. "The competition out there today is really fierce," said Weber. "These young kids are really tough. Believe me, It's a lot tougher to win today than it was in the beginning. \ "I have pretty good rapport with the young bowlers. Oh, I'm not in their social cliques but we get along very well. They like to kid me a lot. They call me 'Old Man' and 'Sir' but it's all In fun. "1 think they respect me for what I've done and I appreciate that." Having his son on the tour gives him a special source of pride. "We made the finals together at Kansas City three years ago," he recalled. "It was the first time a father and son had ever met in the finals of a PBA tournament. I remember I beat him 201 to 189. "It's a great thrill to play with or compete against your son in any sport. I know how Gordie Howe felt when he got to play with his twon sons this year." Weber is closing in on $500,000 in career earnings. But Don Johnson of Akron, Ohio, 10 years younger than Weber, is close behind. "I'm proud of the fact that I'm the all-time money leader and I want to stay in front as long as I can" he offered. "1 look at it as a very prestigious achievement." In his Illustrious bowling career, Weber has 17 300s—"at least half of them" in PBA tournaments. the needless desire for courage expressed by some of today's drivers as he keeps tabs on the Jody Scheckters, Johnny Ru- therfords and Brian Redmonds. "Take Jody last year," Moss moans. "There was an example of an accident looking for something to happen. In my mind a courageous driver is a foolish driver and often a dead driver because he takes unnecessary chances. Thank God Jody has matured and I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see him as the' world driving champion in a year or two. "Jackie Stewart had another philosophy. His premise was to win a race at the slowest possible speed. My philosophy, which was wrong, was I'd rather lose a race driving at the fastest possible speed." Moss has been in a semifor* ced driver retirement and says there's nothing that can replace the things he enjoyed in racing. Occasionally, he enters one of these world-long safari races, but very rarely manages'to do anything meaningful in these events. An artful dodger as he wove through a packed field, Moss won his first Grand Prix race, the British GP in 1955, and captured a total of 16 big Formula One events. His last was the European GP at Nurburgring, G e r m a n y, on Aug. 6, 1961. He was seriously injured when he crashed at Goodwood on Easter Monday, 1962, before the start of that year's Grand Prix season. UnserSays Foyt Can Still Win BIG DAY — This large catch of red snapper and grouper was made on the Captain Joe with Capt. Joe Knowles by a group visiting from Huntsville, Ala. The visitors are George Washington, Charlie Calhoun, Arnold Humphry, Richard Hall, George Malone, George Purnell, Willie Pope, Fleming Butler and Robert Harrison. NEW YORK (UPI) - Al Unser appreciates A.J. Foyt's chagrin over a missed qualifying run, but feels the Texan has the guns to repeat Johnny Rutherford's Indy performance in Sunday's 500 mile race at Pocono International Raceway. Rutherford was relegated to 25th place at Indianapolis last month after running into qualifying problems and won the Indy classic. Foyt, frustrated when a slow car deprived him of a second crack at qualifying for the pole position Saturday, raged that he "may not race" if it meant starting so far back. "I'm trying to concentrate on what's going to happen Sunday and would rather be concerned over who I can beat than who's arguing about what," said Unser during a promotional stopover here. "There's a lot of good drivers in the race, including my brother Bobby. In fact, there are 10 top drivers and of could win the race. "Rutherford and I got a raw deal at Indianapolis because wc Ira Berkow Revealed: How love blitzed Lee Roy DOWNTOWN THEATRE 200 HARRISON PHONE 785-8331 FEATURES Stacy 7:00 lady Frank 8:34 STAGEY ALWAYS SCORES! Weber believes he's better today than he's ever been. The reason, he explained, is experience. • "I know I'm better than I used to be," be remarked. "I have more shots now and I have a better knowledge of the game. Instead of going from just one angle, I have four or five different angles. "I'm also more accurate. I've cut down the size of my hook and that's helped." Weber envisions a lucrative future for the PBA circuit. "When they started the tour," he declared, "first place was worth $500, second $200 and so on. Now look at the money we're playing for. Nobody ever thought we'd be playing for this kind of money. "The prize money is going to get bigger and bigger, too. There will be more televised events, too. More and more people are bowling today. Did you know that 52 million people bowl?" Moss says he really can't compare today's drivers with the wheelmen of his era. "It's like asking is today's miler better than Roger Bannister? In my mind, the answer is 'no.' I think Bannister will always stand out as the greatest miler of all time because of what he did in breaking the . four-minute barrier. "I personally believe Juan Fangio, a five-time champion, is the greatest driver that ever lived, although I would be the first to admit that the standard of driving today is greater than in Fangio's day, which was my era. I think if you take the top 20 men who do Formula One or road racing today, I believe their skill is higher than ever. But it's because greater demands are made and more money involved. "Conversely, it has lessened the passion for driving, which has maaaade way for professionalism in auto racing. I think It was more exciting to watch races in the 50's because the cars were bigger and you had a better glimpse of the driver. Today, the cars streak past and you have difficulty even reading the numbers on occasion." There has been speculation that Rutherford, the 1974 Indianapolis 500 mile champion, would enter Formula 500 or even the tougher Formula One field. Moss thinks it would be foolish for the Texan to make the F-l move when he is at his zenith in Indy-type cars. The Briton says it takes at least 18 months to learn the European circuits and Rutherford would not likely win very often during the breaking-ln period. "Why should he give up the fame and fortune he's earned in the United States to enter an area where he's got to be second best for a while." By Ira Berkow NEA Sports Editor LAS VEGAS - (NEA) The enduring romance between Mary and Lee Roy Jordan snuggles into Southern folklore somewhere between the smoldering movie woo of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler, and the song "Ode to Billy Joe" in which a young suitor drops a frog down his sweetheart's back. To imagine Lee Roy Jordan in tender tryst is, on the surface, mirthful. Jordan is a veteran linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys and as such is hired specifically to trample sundry persons. Yet your humble and E ainstaking correspondent as unearthed a new dimension to Jordan. He is one who appreciates a well-turned ankle and can purse same with a modicum of decorum. This unlikely trait was revealed at the recent Dewar's Sports Celebrity tennis tournament here at the Riviera Hotel. Lee Roy was a participant, Mary a spectator. They were soon to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. And Mary remembered when the whole affaire de coeur was almost stillborn. Paul (Bear) Bryant, the grizzled Alabama football coach, had much to do with that. Bryant, so highly respected as to be nearly deified in Alabama would never pass for your average, workaday Cupid. His face is lined and tight like a walnut. His voice is deep as doom. And he was not altogether crazy about his players con- JORDAN ONCE expressed his love for his sweetheart by shoulder-blocking her into the bushes. sorting with anyone whose wardrobe did not include cleats. Of particular concern to Bryant was Lee Roy Jordan, the senior All-American on his 1963 soon-to-be national championship team. The coach worried that this small town boy might be having his head turned by this big city woman. Jordan was from Excel, Ala., a town that had recently grown large enough to install a stop sign. Mary Banks (called "Biddie" because she was the third Mary in her family, after her mother and grandmother) was from Utah, Ala., a metropolis that boasted four stop-and-go lights. "Besides worrying that I was a big city girl," recalled Biddie Jordan, "the coach also thought I might be too worldly for Lee Roy, even though I was only a junior. "You see, I was also a sorority girl, in Kappa Kappa Gamma. Football players at Alabama were shackled to the athletic dorm commonly called "The Animal Dorm, and so were not integral to the "Greek" life on campus. Also, Coach Bryant was leery of love, it having sometimes shot arrows into his inflated pigskin dreams. Bryant had had a few unsavory experiences of players getting married while on campus. The emotional adjustment of a new life and escalating financial woes resulted, ne felt, in lesser footballers. "Coach Bryant used to tell us that it was candy guys, not football players, who walked around campus holding hands with girls," recalled Lee Roy. With this background, Lee Roy's reaction was understandable when he walked out of a dorm one day holding Biddie's hand, saw Coach Bryant strolling up the street, and shoulder-blocked his beloved into the bushes then high-tailed off in the opposite direction of the coach. Upon plucking herself out of the thistle, Biddie saw Coach Bryant and realized her sweetheart had been justified, for she too trembled a bit at the sight of the revered coach. Also, it was this kind of single-mindedness by Lee Roy that originally set Biddie's heart aflutter when they met in botany class. "Lee Roy always seemed to know where he was going," she said. "He wasn't one of those flit-flit fraternity types, boozing on their fathers money and getting as many girls as possible on a string. A bash into the bushes was for Biddie an expression of Lee Roy's unswerving passion, something she might build a future on — that is, today it's Bryant's football, tomorrow it's Biddie's home. And this poor farmer boy, didn't he prove ardor as her wooer by spending his $15-a- month laundry money on Cokes for her? And didn't he see her all the time on weekdays right up to his 8:30 p.m. curfew? A year after Lee Roy had graduated and immediately after her graduation, Biddie's colors turned from black and blue to lace white. And Mrs. Bear Bryant even sewed Biddie's wedding veil. Now, 10 years after those nuptials — happy but marked by sighs of relief on all sides — the Jordans remain to observers a coosome twosome. Their third and last child, now a one-year-old, was named Christopher Bryant, in honor of the walnut-faced coach. And today Coach Bryant looks benignly upon the Jordans. He has ever since he was convinced that the big city girl's intentions were strictly honorable. couldn't get to the qualifying line In time and had to start fat back. So 1 know how A.J. feels." Al Unser was injured &• Pocono last year, spent severa days in the hospital and ther continued the champlonsh'if trail. He is not bothered bj returning to Pennsylvania's, biggest USAC event. He's,beer in "too many races since thai accident to be scared." Unser calls Pocono "the wier- dest race track I've ever been on" because all three Raceway turns in the triangular setup are different. "Turn One is semi-high banked. When you leave the wall and head toward the white infield line, you go over a hump which makes the car airborne. There's a strong CrForce when you land and I for one am relieved when I get through this turn. . "Turn Two Is a sharp, rough, flat corner. You get a funny sensation when you go into the curve because there's a feeling that you can do it wide open. But you can't. There's a bump over the tunnel connecting the track and the infield and it slows you down. "Turn Three is the fastest because It brings you into a long straightway. It's a long, flat sweep, like Milwaukee's track, and you have to get set for the curve." Unser, who will be driving a Viceroy Eagle Sunday, claims that Indy and Ontario courses, which handle the other two legs of USAC's 500 mile triple crown of racing, are smooth and you can plan every move. But at Pocono "you have to give something up at each corner and hope you can make it up elsewhere." A former Indy champion, Unser will start from the second row on Sunday. He fc-.»ls the cars will be running betv.'en 173 and 180 miles an hour when there are no caution flags. Last Sunday's rain spoiled his plan to run some fuel tests and check the manifold pressure during an engine run. As to his rivalry with Bobby' Unser, Al says the two brothers are very close, but once they get the green flag they go off as individuals. "There's probably less conversation between us about an upcoming race than I have with Mario Andretti," Unser says. "I'd like to beat him and If I get beaten I'd like it to be by Bobby. At Ontario we ran onetwo the whole race and Bobby f inshed a half-second ahead of me. Mom was in the stands and she closed her eyes the last two laps because she didn't want to watch one son beating another in a race." Unser would like to see the turbocharger discarded and drivers race on shear ability. He also says the lowered fuel allowances have taken some of the desire out of drivers who Ken Brett Does It All PITTSBURGH (UPI) — When the late Branch Rickey conferred with his scouts about prospects, his inevitable questions were: "Can he run? Can he field? Can he hit?" Southpaw Ken Brett of the Pittsburgh Pirates would have delighted the Old Master. He can run, field, hit—and pitch. Pitch? Think back to the first game of a doubleheader at Three Rivers Stadium against the San Diego Padres on May 27. Brett's bid to pitch the first perfect game in the National League in nine years was ruined when Fred Kendall led off in the ninth with a single. Brett settled for a 6-0 shutout and did not brood because he was only three outs from making the record books. Hit? In the second game of that doubleheader Manager Danny Murtaugh sent Brett in to pinchhit. Ken responded with a smashing two run triple that enabled the Pirates to tie the game 3-3. Eventually they won, 8-7. Brett is batting .351, has nine career homers—including two this year and is an eight game winner. Murtaugh was asked if he planned to move Brett to the sixth or seventh batting spot. "Oh, no," Danny replied. "The thing is to let the pitcher concentrate on his pitching." What about Brett's fielding? Last season he led National League pitchers by handling 52 chances without an error. Last week against the Padres on the West Coast the25-yearold do-it-all pitcher turned in a defensive play that saved the game. With none out, the Padres loaded the bases in the sixth inning. Derrel Thomas singled to let in scoring a run and Willie Stargell's throw to home was too late to avert another score. Brett was backing up home but the throw bounced away from Manny Sanguillen. Brett retrieved the ball and threw off balance to third to put out Clarence Gaston trying to advance. In the ninth inning, Bobby Tolan slashed a two out bunt. Brett came up with the ball 1 after a dive and flipped it to Al Oliver at first. But Oliver faild to step on the base and Tolan had a single. Brett has proved himself a c a p a bbbl eeee baserunner, which prompted Murtaugh to compare him with Harvey Haddix. "Haddix was another lefthan- ded pitcher who could field and hit," Murtaugh said. Don Osborn, the teams pitching coach, is delighted with Brett. "There wasn't anything I could show him after he got him from. Philadelphia," Osborne said. 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