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2C -May 30, 1976 · Sundtv GueUe-Muil -----Ch»rltt«n, AMI Virginia dw, ·«*»! »»y««« ^^ ^^^^ ^^^- ^^ Did Rain Help Unser Win Indy in '75? Bobby Unser Rain Well-Timed ByBnceUwitt INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - For Johnny RutherfoH.. it's a chance to prove that he was cheated a year ago. For Bobby Unser, it's a chance to prove that he wasn't. Last year, the Indianapolis 500-mile auto race became the Indianapolis 435, marked down for one day only by a sudden thunderstorm that turned the sleek racers into helpless hydroplaning hunks of metal which fishtailed their way along lady's banked 2.5-mile track. Rutherford was running first in the 1975 Memorial Day classic when he decided to pull into the pits for a little shot of gaso- No Regard For Young Arms There's much hoopla over the pitching achievements of Huntington High School's 16-year old pitcher. Pete Thackston, this year. He's performing iron-man stints on the mound that would make the great Denton T. "Cy" Young turn over in his grave. It's all very fine for the followers of the Pony Express baseball team. But, at the same time his coaches may be digging an early grave for the pitching arm of this young sprout. Everyone is aware of the fact that Thackston is 6-3 and weighs 200 pounds--being especially large for his age. And he throws extremely hard for a youngster his age. But Pete's arm is subject to the same ailments suffered by other boys in the the pitching department of baseball. By repeated performances on the pitching mound in short spaces of time, he could suffer permanent injury whch would completely spoil any chances he might ever have for making it big in professional baseball. Any man with a grain of baseball know-how will tell you that it is strictly against safeguards to allow pitchers--especially those as young as Pete--to work back-to-back games or even three games in five days, as the young right-hander has done this year. "I can't believe this is happening," said a Pittsburgh Pirate scout the other day when informed of the Huntington coach's repeated assignments so close together for Thackston. "If he can survive that kind of treatment, he has an arm that is different from all others in baseball. Even big leagues demand that their men get ample rest between pitching assignments" · Boy* Leagues Protest Their Pitchers _ the story from Huntingttm Is that P« «* arm injury in cases like Thackston has not been prewired llto then repeated pitching aiilpmeati. He hai done It moitly on hti own accord, having aitured hit coach that hit arm feeli good and that he doeia't mind peeing back-to-back or ai many at three times in five days. The trouble here is that the Secondary School Activity Commission has no jurisdiction over cases like this. But they ought to have some kind of a rule to protect the pitchers since it is most obvious that the coaches--not only in Huntington but elsewhere--have no gceat regard for their future. That there are such grave dan- this, we might point out, that the Big League--an organitation for baseball players mainly in the 16 to 18-year-old class--has let up some very stringent rules to protect the pitchers. Any boy, for instance, who pitches as much ai three Innings in one game must take a fall day of rest before pitching again. And if he pitches as much at seven innings, he must stay away from the mound for three days before being eligible to pitch again. Other leagues have similar rules. And so should the high schools hive rules along these lines. line. When he pulled back out, he was second to Unser--and he was left there shortly thereafter when the rains came. Rutherford insisted, not without some justification, that be could have woo test race (it would have been his second criumph here) if the track hadn't been reduced to a wading pool. And Unser agreed that luck as well as skill had brought him his second Indy victory and the accompanying 1214,031 in total prize money. Ritberftd Eager Rutherford, who settled for the 197,886 runnerup purse, set out with a vengeance to prove be deserves to be No. 1 this year. He qualified Ms DrakeOffenhauser in the pole position with a speed of 188.957 miles an hour while Unser had to settle for the 12th position, outside the fourth row, in the 33-car field, qualifying his Eagle Drake- Offy at 187.520 m.p.h. The mammoth spectacle which annually attracts hundreds of thousands of race fa and revelers to this sprawling monument to speed is, of course, anything but a two-man race. There are 31 other drivers, some new to this sort of madness and some grizzled veterans, out to dethrone Unser. There's Mario Andretti, the 1969 Indy winner but a hardluck driver here the past few years, knocked out of action early by mechanical problems or minor wrecks. His qualifying speed of 189.414 m.p.h. was the fastest of any entry, but because it came on the second weekend of qualifying, he was relegated to the inside of the seventh row, 19th in the field. Competing in European Grand Prix races prevented him from first-weekend qualifying and knocked him back in the pack. There's Al Unser, like his brother, Bobby, a two-time winner (1970-71) but a distant alsoran since finishing second in 1972. He's starting on the inside of the second row. · · Disastrous lady there's Gordon Johncock, starting next to Ruthford in the first row. He was the · INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The lineup lor the II million, May 30 Indianapolis SCO-' mile race, based on time trials Saturday and Sunday and May 15-16 (luting driver, hometown, car number, chassis-engine and speed): Fin! Raw 1. Johnny Rutherford, Fort Worth, Tex., No. 2, McLaren-Offenhauser, 1B.957 m.p.h. 2. cordon Jounce:*, Phoenix, Arlt, No. 20, Wildcat-DOS, 1M.531. . 3. Tom Sneva, Spokane, Wash., No. 61, McLaren-Otfenhagser, ias.355. SttandRM . t. Al Unser, Albuquerque, N.M., No. 21, 'Parnelll-Cosworth, 1I4.2SI. 5. A.J. Foyt, Houston, Tex., NO. 14, Coyote-Foyt, 115.261. 6. Poncho Carter, Brgwnsburg, Ind., No. 41, Eagle-Offenhauser, 1M.I24. Third Raw. 7. Wally Dallenbach, Basalt, Colo., No. 40, WlkJcat-DGS, 114.445. I. Gary Settenhtu»n, Monrovia, Ind., No. 45, Eagle-OffenhaU+r, U1.79I. 9. Billy Vukovlch, Fresno, Calif., No. 5, EagfcOffenhauser, 111.433. F Mirth RAW 10. Larry Cannon, Danville, III., No. 69, . Eagle-Offenhiuser, HUM, II. Mike Mosley,;Fallbrook, Calif., No. 12, Eagle-Offenhauser, 117.3!. 12. Bobby Unser, Albuquerque, N.M., No. 3, Eaglt-Offefihauwr, 1I7.SJO. ·'.- . Fit* Raw 13. Roger McCluskey, Tucson, Ariz., No. 7, Hopklns-Oflenhauser, 116.500. 14. Johnny Parsons, Indianapolis, .No. 93, Eagle4ffenhauur,.1l2.U3. 15. John Martin, Irvine, Calif., No. 91, . Oragon-Offenhauser.lR.417. . simi Rew 16.. Dick Simon, Sandy, Utah, No. 17, VollstedKWenhauser, 18.343. winner of the rain-shortened 1973 race, the last disastrous Indy. It was a year in which Art Pollard was killed in practice, in which Salt Walther was critically burned in a multi-car crash that aborted the race on one day, in which Swede Savage was killed in a flaming crash during the race and a crewman was killed by a truck racing to Savage's rescue. There's Tom Sneva, whom many race fans figured would never live through last year's race, when his car hit the wall and exploded. Amazingly, he was only slightly burned in the wreck and is back as the outside starter in the front row. There's oT A.J. Foyt, who's been trying since 1967 to become lady's first four-time winner. He's in good position to get it this year, starting in the middle of the second row between Al Unser and Pancho Carter, who has finished seventh and fourth in his two previous starts. And there's the favorite of all of life's losers, Uyod Ruby. He's been trying-and failing-- every year since 1960 to win this thing. GbMts *f the Put There are names like Billy Vukovich and Gary Bettenhausen, names which exhume the ghosts of racers past. Each one's father was a racer here and each one died in flaming wrecks. There are names like Carter and Johnny Parsons, whose fathers also raced here but who survived to retire and still prowl around this old brickyard each race day, reliving old memories. There are names like Vern Schuppan, Billy Scott, Al Loquasto and Spike Gelhausen, rookies in this race. Schuppan was the. best of them in qualifying, slipping into the middle of the sixth row. ; Noticeably absent from the field is Janet Guthrie, who smashed down tody's, sexual barriers simply by becoming the first woman ever to make an official run on this ancient track. She did it a few weeks ago, passing her driving test with flying colors, a step that enabled her to quaMy for this 60th annual Indy 500. But in qualification runs, her car let her down. Foyt, in a gallant display of chivalry, loaned Janet his backup car, just to see what she was capable of doing with a truly sound marhine. 0 fua run fac hill jtj lOS 15 !os Ch on - Showdown Coming On NCAA Proposals 'Nobody, it seems, knows exactly bad already been done and declares that 17. Vtrn Schuppan, Whyilli, South Australia, No. 9, EagleOHenhauser, 1K.011. II. Bill PuterBaugh, Indianapolis, No. 13, Eagrt-Offenhauxr, 112.002. what kind of arrangements will be made for voting when the ticklish question of regrouping college football teams comes up at the NCAA convention next January. It has been proposed that as many as 70 teams remain in a group which is known as Division 1 arid the remaining 80 or so members who presently belong to Division 1 be assigned to a Division 1A. ·There is growing opposition to this realignment but there are some who feel that the handwriting is already on the wall and a lot of the work has been done under cover to bring about this division. Joe McMullen, athletic director at Marshall U., said here last week that he suspected that some spadework this kind of an arrangement is certainly not in line with the constitution of the NCAA, destroys its real purpose and might actually be illegal. He pointed out that some of the votes may be picked up from the lower classification schools-thpse in Division II and III--by the simple promise of giving them higher ratings, too. For instance, there will be a number of Division II schools who would like to move up to Division 1A and a lot of Division iii schools who would like to move up to Division II. Only by splitting the ranks of the two higher classifications can these lower classified schools expect to move up. McMullen Feels It May Be Just A Start · The Marshall a.d., speaking at a meeting of the Thundering Herd Assistant Coaches and Second Guessing Society of Charleston, said he had great fears for what might happen later if Divisions I and I A «re formed. "The next step, "he suggested, "might be for the Division I schools to further split their ranks to form Divisions I tA and the IB." So, he reasons, it is certainly imperative now that the first effort to make the new divisional move be stopped. He said a short time ago, the athletic director at Temple called him to ask his support in fighting the move. He said the Temple a.d. had received a tentative list of schools which showed his school in the IA group. "He didn't like this and I pledged my support to get it changed," said McMi!len."But I didn't hear from him again until I finally called him. He bad then changed his mind about fighting the proposal because Temple had been taken off the AI and placed on the A list." Never before has the NCAA had to handle such a hot cookie. And the repercussions may be great. Marshall Willing To Grant WVIAC Dates At the Marshall get-together here one of the Herd boosters said It's nice to know that Marshall U. is giving serious thought to playing a West Virginia Conference team- plus its two games always booked with Morris Harvey-next year. Athletic director McMullen hinted that the game might be played in Charleston but reminded that the M.U. schedule is in such a state of flux since the Herd gained admission to the Southern Conference that it is no simple matter to work in a game with any new school. McMullen says he will seek to break contracts with other schools now on the schedule as often as opportunities come to play S.C. teams. A meeting next month at Virginia Beach will settle a lot of his prol-wms. " word has come from Morgantown that a lot of pressure is being applied to bring about a revival of the Mountaineer Classic in basketball but with such new faces as Marshall, Fairmont and possible another West Virginia affair. How much strength this proposal has is not known, but it is evident that at long last people in Morgantown are giving thought to the advantages of better relations between WVU and its sister schools in the state. The Mountaineers could make an awful lot of friends by such a move. And friendships are becoming more and more important to them here of late. { 19. Mark) Andretti, Nazareth, Pa., No. 6, McLtren-Offenhauser, 1H.404. W. Jtrry Grant, IrvbM, Calif., No. 73, Eaglt-AMC, 18.617. It. Billy Scott, San Bernardino, Calif., No: 21, EagleOHenriaustr, HUB. EifMhRtW 22. Salt Walthtr, Dayton, Ohio, No. 77, 'McUaren-Offtnhauser, 1K.797. 23. .Steve Krisltotf, Parslppany, N.J., No. 92, Eagle-Offenhauser, 1*2.131. 24. Al Loquasto, Easton, Pa., No. It, Mclarin-Oflenhauser, 182.002. Ninth Row 2!. Splki Gehlhaustn, Jasper, Ind., No. 19, McLaren-Oftenhauser, 111.717. 26. Larry McCoy, Bristol, Pa., No. 63, Rascar-Offenhauser, 111.3*. 27. George Snider, BakersfKld, Calif., No. 23, EaglfrOffenhauwr, 111.141. Tenth Rew 21. Bob Harkey, Indianapolis, No. %, Kingfish-Otfenhauser, 111.141. 29. Sheldon Kinser, Bloomlngton, Ind., No. 97, Dragon-Offenhauser, 111.114. 30. Lloyd Ruby, Wichita Falls, Tex., No 51,Eagle«fienhauser,lli.4n. f reventti Rtw 31. Mvid Hobbs, Upper floddlngton, ENGLAND, No. 33, McLaren-Offenhauser, 113.510. 32. Tom Bigekm, Wiittwater, WIs., No. 24, Eaglt-Offenhauser, 1I1.96S. 33. Jan Opperman, Noxon, Mont., No. 8, Eagle-Offenhauser, 1S1.717. Previous Winners Of Indy 500 Race INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Former winners of ttie IndUnapolii 500-mile auto nee and what her are doing now: 1911-Rar Harroun, deceased. 1912-Joe Dawson, deceased. 1913-Julei GOUX, deceased. 19U-Rene Thomas, deceased, if IS-Ralph DePalma, deceased. 1916-Dorto Rfsti, killed racing. l»17-U-No race, war. t919-Howard Wilcox, killed racing. 1920-G«ston Chevrolet, killed racing. 1921-33-Tommy Milton, deceased. 1922-Jimmy Murphy, killed racing. ini-Joe Boyer. Killed racing. 1925-Pcte DePaolo, consultant. mi-Frank Lock hart, killed racing. 1927-Oeorge Souders, retired, Lafayette. Ind. 192t^3-»-Lours /Meyer, retired. Kirklin, Ind. 1929-Ray Keech, killed racing. 1930-eilly Arnold, oil business, Oklahoma. 1931-Louis Schneider, deceasd. 1932-Fred Frame, deceased. 1934-William Cummingv killed in highway crash. 1933-Kelly Petillo, deceased. in;-3M-Wi!bur Shaw, killed In plane crash. 1931-Floyd RfAerts, killed racing. 1941-Floyd Da»is and Mauri Rose, ooth retired. 19O45-NO race, war. 1946-Gorge RoMoi, killed racinl. 190-jg-Mauri Rose, retired. 1W9-8HI Holland, bvsinesman. lOSO-johnnfe Parsons. California highway consultant. 19S1-LM Wallard, deceased. 19SJ-Troy Ruttman. businessman in Detroit. 19S-S4-BIH VukovKn, (tilled racing. 19SS-BC* Sweikert killed racing. 1956-Pat Flaherty, Chicago busintss- man. 195?-S«m Hanks, Indy OT official. 19H-.iimnT Bryan, MM racing. )9S»-«- Rodger Ward, ewblfc retotiony t9W-Jim RattimaM, Florida »uto dealer. 1K1-M-67-AJ. Foyt, still racing. I9S3-P»rnelH Jones, race car owner. »«-Jimmy Clark, ktllet! racing. ITM-Graham Hill, killed ir, plane crash. !««-7S~80t*y Un«r. 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