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Sunday, July 16, 1972
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1C--July 16, 1972 Sunday Gasette-Mail OurlMtwi, w«*t Vlr»lnli Scheinbluin Gains Goal After 7-Year Struggle in Minors By Robert Moore KANSAS CITY (AP) - The years of major league basebal frustration apparently are over for Richie Scheinblum. For eight long seasons, the right fielder for the Kansas City Royals bounced arounc like a yo-yo--up and down-from the minors to the majors but always back down to the minors again. Until now, Scheinblum, al 27--and that's his correct age even though the record books say 29--is leading the American League in batting, hitting like he always believed he could hit. "I feel like a rookie," says Scheinblum, who was up with Cleveland four times and failed, and up with the old Washington Senators once and failed. "This is really my first year . . . the start of my career." Not Surprised. The fact that he's the league's No. 1 batter doesn't surprise Scheinblum. "I always thought I could hit major league pitching," he says. "My batting surprises a lot of other people. Of course, there were times when I began to wonder myself. "I'd face guys in the minors and hit them well. Then I'd come to the majors the next season and those same pitchers would blow me off the field. "I must say, though, .that the other major league clubs I was with never gave me a chance. They'd give up on me after three or four games. Then I'd become a pinch-hitter for three or four weeks and down I'd go to the minors again." Even mere moments in remi niscence are rough for Scheinb- lum. When he ponders over the past, he stares off into space. He is by nature a quiet, reserved man. He bubbles over with excitement inwardly but fails to exhibit it outwardly. Took Seven Years who played at C. W. Post College on New York's Long Island, admits he's not a colorful ball player. "I'm not a picture ball player," he says. ·"Some guys look pretty when they strike out. I look ugly when I hit the ball good. My fielding, my throwing, my running are all unorthodox. I'll always look funny." Scheinblum wasn't an immediate success with the Royals, who purchased the outfielder from the Texas Rangers' Denver farm club in the American Association after he hit .388 and drove in 108 runs in 105 games in 1971. Benched in May He had a rather poor spring training, and Royals Manager Bob Lemon benched Scheinb- lum in May. "I thought to myself 'Here we go again' when I was taken out of the line-up," Scheinblum recalls. '"The Royals told me when they bought me that they were taking a chance ... a gamble on me. They said they thought I could do it." However, Lemon put Scheinb- lum back into right field within a few days. And Scheinblum, always a 3op in April and May and a sensation in June, began to »und the ball for base hits. On ifay 20, he was batting only 214. Today, he's above .300. TIME PAYS OFF FOlt KANSAS CITY STAR Richie Scheinblum Knows What Frustration Is --AP Wlrephoto Spassky Fishes for Salmon; Fischer Keeps His Sabbath REYKJAVIK, Iceland-(AP) Boris Spassky fished for salmon "It took seven years of hitting over .300 in the minors to get here," he says finally. "And I've seen so many guys hit .270 or .280 in the minors and go up to the majors and stay there. "I'd like to leave my baseball background in the background and just think about now, right now." Scheinblum thought he would be Cleveland's regular right fielder in 1968. In 1967, he had hit .318 in 18 games for the Indians. Joe Adock was the manager. " "Joe told me, 'You're my right fielder next year but I want you to put on 15 pounds, hit the long ball,'" Scheinblum recalls. "So I put on the weight that winter, and Adcpck is fired and Al Dark comes in. · "I go on the press-radio tour with Dark, and all he talks about is his pony outfield--Jose Cardenal, Vic Davilillo and Tommy Harper. "When I get to spring camp, Dark tells me, 'you better take off 20 pounds or you're going to Portland. I take off the 20, and I still go to Portland. Not Colorful CHESS Bobby Fischer About to Crowd Himself Out oi Press Popularity Edward M. Foy For more than 35 years writing chess the problem was often enough how to find out jusl what was going on in important tournaments or matches. Suddenly, our problem is how to write something which has not already been well covered by the press, television, and radio. Bobby Fischer just about crowded George McGovern off the front page; now Fischer is well on his way to crowd Bobby Fischer out of the limelight- quite possibly permanently. Just check (any kind) the for news media information about the match. (Assuming there still is a match.) But there are some interesting angles not fully explored. 'For instance:, a recent AP dispatch i from -Moscow-stated that Spassky will "return to his Communist homeland a rich man, even by capitalist standards. But the Soviet government and the National Chess Federa;ion have apparently yet to decide whether the Russian chess champion can keep the earnings rom his Reykjavik encounter." NOT SO *WELL publicized is .he following from Ken Smith's 'Chess Newsletter". Mrs. Milunka Lazarevic, Yugoslavian ladies' chess champion and friend of Spassky, was able to get an nterview with the Russian title-holder for the Belgrade The Bronx-born Scheinblum, news-magazine "NIN". We quote: "He (Spassky) has two children: daughter Tatiana, 12 and one-half, a son Vassily, who will be five precisely on July 2, the day the match is to start. His wife, Larissa Zaharo- va, is a science assistant at the Institute for Hibernation." Mrs. Lazarevic then quoted Spassky, "Thanks to Fischer, I got a suitable flat for the first time in my life. It is the first time now that I have a little room of my own to work in, so that I can even make some order with my chess and poetry books. The whole of my family believe me owe Bobby a good load of Vodka for that.' MEANWHILE* back in wild and wonderful West Virginia, we take our chess less seriously --but maybe we have more fun. 'For instance, right now, this week-end, the Tu-Endie-Wei In dividual and Team Tournament is being played in Point Pleasant. There are no grandmasters nor movie or television cameras present but the players are enjoying themselves more than th° two principals in Reykjavik. Also, right here in Charleston, the local chess organization continues to meet on Tuesday evenings at St. John's Parish House, 1105 Quarrier Street. Bring along sets and boards if possible. Get in a little practice jefore the State Tournament at loncord College, Athens, W. Va., the long Labor Day Week- End, Sept. 2-3-4. and Bobby Fischer kept his Sabbath Saturday as chess .officials scrambled to save the world championship. After talks with officials of the International and Icelandic chess no difference in the sound in the federations, Fischer's lawyer. Paul Marshal, announced the American challenger had withdrawn his objection to the presence of movie cameras in the playing hall "s» long as they don't blow his mind." Marshal also asked the officials to -reconsider thedr decision to uphold the referee in declaring a forfeit because Fischer missed the second game of the 24-game series Thursday. Fischer boycotted the session, saying the cameras distracted him. Marshal said new evidence was being pre pared that might stave off cancellation of me m a t c h . He wouldn't say what the evidence was. FISCHER'S FAILURE to turn up for his second encounter with the world champion gave Spassky a 2-0 lead. Spassy needs 12 points to retain the title, Fischer 12 Each game won counts a point A draw is half a point. Fischer is refusing to play game No. 3 today unless the point the Russian gained by default is scratched from the score sheet. The deadlock -seemed unbreakable, but Fischer's attorneys and lis second, the Rev. William Lombardy, were trying to find a way out. One official connected with the international Chess Federation-FIDE--said he thought it was im- wssible to take the point away rom Spassky. FISCHER boycotted game No.' 2 because, he said, the noise' from hidden movie cameras created "outrageous" playing conditions. An engineer tested the noise level of the cameras and found empty hall with or without the cameras running. Asked if Fischer planned to pack up and go home, Marshal replied: "No. Otherwise I wouldn't be here." M a r s h a l arrived Saturday morning, joining another New York lawyer for Mischer, Andrew Davis. Spassky went salmon fishing to get away from it all. Fischer,' as usual, was cessible. He was closeted in his hotel, presumably in quiet observance of the Sabbath his re- igion recognizes from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. The feeling was that Fischer would not play the scheduled thirt game today. But no one knew for certain. Boaters Should Enjoy Book Describing Streams in State "WILD WATER WEST VIR- drool in frustration at seeing t"VtT A I t · n · VK ·· - . . ° water running freely every second over one of the largest uncontrolled watersheds in the east. If you are an outdoors buff, you are struck by the realization tbat the same water you see high on Bald Knob, the fame water you see GINIA," by Bob Burrell and Paul Davidson. McClain Print ing Co., $5. Illustrated. This book is more than -i guide to Whitewater boating possibilities .in the state. It's an interesting commentary on most of our rivers and creeks and a plea for their preservation. If you're a boating fan, you'll like the. detailed descriptions oi the kind of water to be encountered on perhaps 50 streams and their miscellaneous tributaries. Some samples: The Trough section of the South Branch River near Petersburgh: "There is very little white water in the Trough itself, but the scenery more than makes up for his lack. A must trip for every West Virginia outdoorsmari." S h e n a n d o a h River near Charles Town: "A tremendously beautiful river no matter which way you look at it." Cheat River near Parsons "It is recommended that all paddlers tour this scenic river and join in the fight against the Corps of Engineers who consider this an ideal location for-a huge silt catching reservoir." Gauley River from Summersville Dam to Peters Creek: "Pull out all .the stops on the superlatives to describe this unique wildwater river. It is the a b s o l u t e swirling, pounding, crashing end. 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