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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1966 THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT, VERNON, ILLINOIS Dallas Can Catch Cardinals Steelers Try To Make Cowboys 3rd Victims ARA LEA DS RALLY POSITION JINKED This trio ol footbaU players for Lawrence University In Appleton, Wis., found the defensive left end spot somewhat ol a jinx tills season as all suffered injuries requiring their right logs to be put a cast. Still able to grin are, left to right, Dale Shuparra, Dennis DeCock and Jim Mergott. All are sophomores and all belong to the same fraternity. (AP Wirephoto) ODUS MITHELL'S FINAL BATTLE Wounded Captain Writes To Praise His Old Coach DENTON. Tex. (AP) — It was Homecoming Day at North Texas State University today — and time for leave-taking by Odus Mitchell, veteran football coach at the big, sprawling prairie school. But a letter, a blood-stained message of praise and appreciation to Mitchell from a wounded Marine Corps captain, highlighted and saddened the day. Mitchell, excited over ending 42 years of coaching, barely noticed the brownish-red stain on the letter from Capt. George Herring, cocaptain of the North Texas State Eagles in 1959. "I understand this homecoming all of your ex-athletes are trying to make this game in your honor," said Herring's letter. "If It were any way possible, I would attend the ball game, just to let you know how much I think of you and what you contributed to making me become a man. "We've been In the field for 45 days and casualties have been pretty bad. In this constant rain and terrible terrain, leadership is sometimes critical." Graying Odus Mitchell smiled and recalled the writer as he read the letter. "At North Texas," said the old coach, "George was the ideal guy. He was one of the most popular and respected playei's among teammates whom I ever coached." He read on: "My company's spirits always remain high and attain our mission of destroying the enemy. I was taught the traits of leadership by the finest man and loader of men that I have ever known, you. Coach Mitchell. "I only wish I could express to you what an honor it was and is to have been one of your boys. I only hope that I can leave a small fraction of your typo influence on my men, help them all their life." "I read the letter with my chest out," said Mitchell. "Then I got down to where his friend wrote that he was hurt, and I was shocked." The fi-iend, Capt. T.D. Reese Jr., another ex-gridder who was captain and All-East at Trinity College at Hartford, Conn., had just flown into Da Nang with Herring. "He has lost his right eye, Roose wrote. "I have his blood all over me, but he will be all right. And he still has one good eye. Hope to meet you some day. Please try to see George. Herring had eye surgery Wednesday at a U.S. naval hospital in Hokiisuka, Japan. He will be flown home soon for further ti-eatment. Herring's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Herring, live in Houston and his old college sweetheart, Charlene Russell, is now Mrs. Herring and lives in Dallas with their year-old daughter, Kristin. Bruhn Quits Wisconsin footbaU coach Milt Bruhn, who twice guided his Badgers to the Rose Bowl, api>ear8 glum at news conference in IVIadlson, Wis., after resigning two days before final game of the season. Brulin, who had suffered through three losing seasons, had a 2-6-1 record so far this year. (AP Wirephoto) Woodlawn Falls To Thompsonville The host Woodlawn Cardinals took an 80-57 thumping from a strong Thompsonville quintet last night. Woodlawn's record Is 2-3 for the season and all three losses have occurred on the Cards' home floor. Thompsonville led 17-15 at the quarter and 36-25 at halftime. The host Cards remained in contention until Thompsonville turned on a 27-point splurge in the final stanza. Hoeinghaus topped Woodlawn with 20 points. Chesney hit 16, Siuda iO, Wilson 6, Chapman and Myers 2. Lampley and Marvel each poured in 23 for Thompsonville. Woodlavm plays at Dahlgren next Tuesday night. Cards Open%7 Season At Home ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis baseball Cardinals will open the 1967 season at home April 11 against the San Francisco Giants, Redbird general manager Bob Howsam said Thursday. Howsam announced the Cardinals home schedule next season. He said St. Louis would play 58 night games at home, one more night game than the record 57 scheduled in St. Louis last season. By HAIi BOCK Milt Morin, Qeveland's rookie tight end and one of the brightest first year men in the National Football League, will miss Sunday's game against Washington because of a bruised bone in his right leg. But the Browns have nothing to worry about. Just ask Ralph Smith, Morin's replacement. "I am faster than Mike Ditka, I can block better than Ron Kramer and I can run patterns as well as Pete Rebilaff," said Smith, who'll be making his first start of the season against the Redskins. Obviously, the Browns have had an All-NFL player sitting on the end of the bench all season. Smith, called Catfish by his teammates, has shown marked improvement this year. He's caught six passes, two for touchdowns. That's six catches more than he made all last year. And it's only 16 fewer receptions than Morin has had and only one less TD. Catfish took over for Morin last week and suffered a broken nose late in the game against Philadelphia. But he'll be in Sunday's starting line-up and if he's all the things he says he is, the Redskins will know about it pretty fast. In other games Sunday, Chicago plays at Green Bay, Baltimore visits Detroit, Dallas is at Pittsburgh, Los Angeles entertains Minnesota, Philadelphia is at San Francisco and Atlanta is in New York. In the American League, Oakland visits Denver, Miami plays at New York, Buffalo is at Houston and Boston is in Kansas City. Green Bay and Baltimore are tied for the Western Conference lead with 7-2 marks. The Packers, with a week off to contemplate their 20-17 loss against Minnesota, hope to iDounce back against the Bears. Baltimore wall have to find a defense for Garo Yepremian, the Cypriot place kicker who booted a record six field goals for Betroit last week. The Colts never gave him a chance to hurt them last time, swamping the Uons 45-14. Pittsburgh will try to make Dallas its third straight Eastern Conference victim. The Steelers have knocked off Cleveland and St. Louis in their last two starts. A victory for the Cowboys would knot them for the Eastern lead with St. Louis, which is idle. Fran Tarkenton passed for 327 yards and three touchdowns in Minnesota's 35-7 victory over the Rams early In the season. Los Angeles Coach George Allen calls that one "the only game all year we haven't been in." Tarkenton was intercepted five times in a 32-31 loss against Detroit last week, while the Rams rolled up a 55-14 romp over New York. The Eagles-49er game is the seventh and last inter-conference game this season. The East and West have split the first six. Each team will start a rookie because of injuries. Randy Beisler will take over for Don Hultz at defensive left end for the Eagles, while .Alvin Randolph will replace Mel Phillips as the 49ers free safety. The shook-up Giants will bring a new look into their game with Atlanta. Coach Allle Sherman has benched five regulars including guard Darrell Dess and running back Ernie Coy in an effort to snap New York out of its season-long slump. The winless Falcons have lost nine straight T/iey Have No Chance/' Says Durocher With KoufaxGone, What s Next For Light-Hitting Dodgers? Notre Dame's football coach Ara Farseghian gives a victory salute to some 5 ,000 students at South Bend, Ind., during rally before team left for East Lansing, Mich., for a showdown game with the Michigan State Spartans. Notre' Dame is ranked No. 1 In the nation with Michigan State in the No. 2 spot. (AP WU-ephoto) AMERICAN LEGION DANCE Nov. 19-9:30 to 12:30 Music By: Herman the Germon Turkey Tourney At Greenville GREENVILLE, lU. (AP) — Greenville CoUegfe rolled to an easy 90-62 basketball win over George Williams College of Chicago Friday in the first round of the Turkey Tournament in Greenville. In the other first round game. Evangel College of Springfield, Mo., outpointed Blackburn College of Carlinville, 111., 68-52. Big Came Preview? Spartans Vs. Irish Frosh: Score30'27 EAST LANSING, Mich (AP) —On the eve of the Notre Dame-Michigan State game of the decade, a bunch of teenagers tried to steal the show with a spectacular game of the future. The Fighting Irish, No. 1 In the Associated Press poll, takes on second - ranked Michigan State today before an overflow crowd of 79,000 fans. The weather: Cold and dreary. But it was that way Friday night when the Notre Dame frosh — remember the name Ed Zeigler — defeated MSU 30-27. Zeigler booted a 33-yard field goal to seal the victory. He also roared in from four yards out to score the tying touchdown. If Notre Dames' Terry Hanratty and the Spartans' Jimmy Raye can do as well as their understudy's on the freshman teams, it should be quite a battle today when the varsity squads tangle. Quarterbacks are the core of football and if Tom Gores of the Fighting Irish frosh and Jack Pitts of MSU are any indication, tlie game of the decade ought to be drawn out for a decade to come. Gores helped the Irish to a 21-0 lead hi the frosh tilt. But the lead, extended to 21-0 at the second half kickoff by Larry Shoemaker's 88-yard kick-off return held up only briefly. State struck for three TDs in three minutes with a short burst up the middle by Lamar Thomas knotting the score at 21-21. A few minutes later, Thomas scored again to put MSU ahead 27-21. Then came Zeigler. He tallied on a four-yard run and followed up with a 33-yard field goal, all in the final two minutes of play, to pull out the victory. Today, it might not be as easy for Hanratty. Defenses change from freshmen to senior years. It will be that way today with two of the most formidable defenses in college football facing each other on the ground. In the air it may be a different stoi-y. MSU must stop Hanratty's pitches to Jim Seymour. But the Irish will have to jinx on the MSU combo of Raye to Gene Washington. The Irish rate three-pomt favorites. This may be in Notre Dame's favor since memory of MSU's 12-3 victory last year hangs in the craw. But the Spartans have something going for them besides the home field advantage. In the words of ace halfback ainton Jones, it's 'D'uffy (Daugherty) expects more of me than I have given." Title Game On Today! Miami Hurricanes Slash Iowa 44-0 By BEN FUNK MIAMI, Fla. (AP)-The Miami Huricanes, continuing a November blitz that stamps them as one of the nation's toughest teams, smashed Iowa 44-0 Friday with an attack that may have attracted the atten- ion of the bowl scouts. Alternating at quarterback. Bill Miller and David Olivo directed a ground-air assault that piled up 428 yards, while Miami's magnificent defense kept the Hawkeyes under strict control. The Hurricanes had slipped early in the season, losing two games to Louisiana State and Florida State by a gi'and total of five points. Then coach Charlie Tate's brawlers, coming on like gangbusters, whipped two of the top ten teams— Southern California and Georgia—and have a 6-2-1 record going Into next Saturday's big one with Florida. Miller, hitting seven of 10 passes for 127 yards in the fiast 21 minutes, directed the Hurricanes to a 21-0 lead, with John Acuff scoring once from the four and Joe Mira twice from the 19 and the seven.. Returning briefly in the third. Miller hit Larry LaPointe with a 10-yard scoring pass. Then David Olivo concluded the touchdown barrage with throws of four yards to Don Russo and five yards to Jim Cox in the final period. Olivo, usually a running quarterback, hit seven of 10 passes for 63 yards. Joe Mira, brother of Miami's All-America George Mira now with the San Francisco 49ers, led the Hurricane rushers with 65 y.ards, followed closely by Acuff and Bob Domke. Ctox hauled in six passes and Russo five. The score was the biggest piled up by a Miami team since 1955, when the Hurricanes beat Bucknell 4fr0. "Oiu- pass execution was exceptionally good tonight," Tate said. "Miller was razor sharp, as good as he's ever been. And Olivo came on strong late in the game. Mira, Acuff and Domke gave us a strong runnmg game, too. "Bowl game? Who knows. We Waltonville Raps Bluhrd,92^78 Waltonville's Spartans led all the way to bag their third victory of the season last night— a resounding 92-78 tally against Bluford. J The Spartans moved to a 29-18 lead in the opening period and held control all the way. David Stelmazewski pumped in 31 points to pace the winners. Eugene Bruyere added 23, Roger Mc(3ovem hit 20, George Morgan 7, Billy Myers 6 and Bill Newbury 5. Cecil Wiley led Bluford with 25 markers, Eugene Donoho and Tom Payne had 21 apiece, Larry Lane and Barry Forsythe 4, Dave Shultz 2 and Gary Phillips 1. The defeat was the fourth setback for the host Trojans. might get some kind of an offer Monday." The top games tonight match Tulane and Louisiana State in a Southeastern Conference battle, Texas Western and New Mexico State, Arizona and Iowa State and Arizona State and New Mexico. The biggest attention-getter on the afternoon schedule was Notre Dame and Michigan State at East Lansing, Mich., In a game that should decide the national championship. Alabama, No. 3, in the Associated^ Press poll, was idle as was Nebraska, No. 4, Georgia Tech, No. 5, and Georgia, No. 9. Top Ten teams that saw action were Arkansas No. 6, which met Texas Tech, South- em California, No. 7, which met UCLA, No. 8, in a battle for a Rose Bowl bid, and Purdue, No. 10, which played Indiana. Other top games were Michigan-Ohio State, Minnesota-Wisconsin, Tennessee-Kentucky, Clemson-North Carolina State, California-Stanford, Harvard- Yale, Colorado-Air Force, Duke- North Carolina, Princeton - Cornell, Washington - Washington State, Oregon-Oregon State, Mississippi-Vanderbilt, Syracuse-West Virginia, Rice-Texas Christian and Pittsburgh-Pcnn State. By BOB MYERS LOS ANGELES (AP)—A tremendous question mark hovers over the fuhire of the National League champion Dodgers. Sandy Koufax has retired. Superb Sandy, acclaimed as perhaps the greatest left hand pitcher in baseball history and certainly the finest in the major leagues today, made official Friday what had long been rumored. At 30, after his winningest season, Koufax is quiting rather than pitch another season with the pain of his chronically arthritic left elbow. 1 feel I can't risk the chance of completely disabling myself," the handsome dark-haked bachelor told a news conference in Beverly Hills. I was told that if I kept on pitching I could do a good job of permanent damage. "I 've got a lot of years to live after baseball and I want to be sure of the complete use of my body." Koufax earned a reported $125,000 in 1966 with the Los Angeles club, and could have commanded much more for 1%7. But money comes a poor second to a bad arm and, said Sandy, the Dodgers couldn't offer enough to make him continue to play—or change his mind about retiring. "My decision is irrevocable." Technically, Sandy asked to be placed on the club's voluntary retired list, which, said Dodger vice president E. J. (Buzzie) Bavasi, makes the Koufax retirement automatic. Bavasi did not attend the Koufax-called press conference and was indeed sharply critical because Sandy declined to wait to make the announcement until Dodger president Walter F. 0'- Malley returns home from Japan Sunday. "I think he owed Walter the courtesy of waiting," said Bavasi. "What was three more days? "After all," Bavasi exclaimed, "Walter made it possible for Sandy to retire at the age of 30." Advised of Bavasi's reaction, Koufax said he had wanted to make the disclosure before Bavasi left for a two-week vacation in Hawaii, but Buzde persuaded Wm not to. Bavasi felt he could make a better deal— with Sandy still on the roster— at the league meetings In December. Koufax said he told Bavasi late in the season he was 90 per cent sure this would be his last, and in the last month he told Bavasi he was 100 per cent sure of it. There's no question Sandy did the right thing — but he should have waited a few more days," Bavasi conceded. But Koufax observed: "My only regret after 12 yean in baseball is leaving it." He surprised listeners when he said he has no real plans for the future. He said he'd like to stay in Los Angeles and he might be interested in remaining in baseball as a radio or television commentator. At least ont New York radio station put in a quick bid for him. "But Iwouldn't want to travel with a club when I knew I couldn't pitch," he added. The elbow trouble started in a game at Milwaukee Aug. 8, 1964, when he skidded on it while sliding back to second base on a teammale 'a missed bunt. "I 'm not generally In the area of second base," Sandy quipped. A good Wtter he is not. Koufax retires with a host of records. Three times he won the Cy Young Award — which no other hurler has won more than once—and four times he pitched _x- -X- -X- _x_ -X- -X- SANDY KOUFAX . . . 'Tve got years to live . . .«• no-hit, no-run games, one a prefect job. Baseball's strikeout king fanned more than 300 batters in three different years; he was the winningest pitcher the past three, with a 27-9 in 1966—bum arm and all. He also beat the New York Yankees twice and tfie Minnesota Twins twice in World Series games. What about the Dodgers without him next year? 'Some one will take my place. Maybe the Dodgers will need a fourth starting pitcher, but if they can come up with another kid like Don Sutlon, they'll be all right," he replied. Sandy, with hearty laughter, admitted the Dodgers had made no move to keep him on as a hitter. Meanwhile, praise for dandy Sandy came from all areas of baseball. In Tokyo, owner O'Malley said the club will not try to dissuade Koufax from his decision. "Wi wish Sandy great happinesi ml good health in retirement Manager Walter Alston, iilHi is concluding a tour of Japan with the Dodgers, observedj "He was possibly the greateri pitcher ever in baseball, I liatC to see him go." 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