Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 20, 1975 · Page 49
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 49

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 20, 1975
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DIZZY Dearth Unpolished Manner Made Him Authentic Hero ByCvtSmitk It's All In The Pitching The Danny Godby, the Logan County lad who plays baseball for the Pawtucket Red Sox. was upset last week when he read in a Logan paper that had announced his plans to quit baseball unless he regained his old batting touch. "I haven't said that to a Logan writer or anyone else," said the popular outfielder. "I don't know what prompted him to write it." Whereupon his manager, Joe Morgan, put in a sympathetic word for Danny. "He's just having a bad time with the bat right now," said Morgan. "He's a better hitter than his average shows. We all know that.'' But Morgan has a notion that maybe Danny has been finding the pitchers harder to hit in the International League that he did at Tulsa of the American Association, where he batted .344 and gained a promotion to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards traded him off to the Boston Red Sox, who farmed him out to Pawtucket. And ever since, Danny has been having his problems. Being in the majors and then back to the minors is a disturbing thing for anyone. And this must have discouraged Danny enough to cause a drop in his batting mark. But there are statistics to show that it's much more difficult to hit International League pitching than it is to hit pitchers in either of the other two leagues at the same level -- the Association and the Pacific Coast League. Gary Sanseri- no, Charleston infielder who played at Omaha last year, estimates that I. L. pitching takes about 30 points off the batting marks of players who come over from the AA or the PCL. Charlie manager Steve Demeter points out that he batted around 1350 when he played in the American Association but some 60 points less when he played at Rochester. "There's no doubt in my mind," says Sanserino. "There are just no weak pitchers in this (the I.L.) league but there are some in the American Association" . . . He was more than just a hillbilly, more than a baseball player. To millions, he was authentic folk-hero, oft-remembered Godby Suierino * * Valentine Offers Case in Point The Charlies' trainer, Red Hartman, got a letter last week from ex-Charlie infielder Bobby Valentine, who recently was recalled by California and then assigned to the Salt Lake City club of the PCL. Bobby was batting .234 when he left Charleston and had been hitting in the eighth spot in the batting order. Salt Lake was leading the league when Bobby wrote his letter. But he said he felt that if Salt Lake were matched in a series with the Charlies, it would be lucky to win one game. "And can you imagine an eighth place hitter like me batting third in the Salt Lake batting order," he wrote. Yet, he reported that his .234 mark at Charleston had jumped to .325 at Salt Lake and that he had knocked in 20 runs and swiped 10 bases . . . It has long been charged that the "thin air" in some of the far western cities of the Association and PCL has had a lot to do with the swelling of batting marks when I. L. players move to one of these leagues. That could be true especially in Denver and one or two other cities. "The thin air certainly reduces the break on a curve ball," said Steve Demeter. At any rate, if Danny Godby has any remorse for his sub-par batting mark, maybe there is a reason. Take it from the others who Have played in the other leagues . . . * * * More About Public School Property Response pertaining to a column in the Gazette last week, dealing with the school board's reluctance to let our tax payers use public school property for recreation, comes from Russ Wehrle, a former member of the Kanawha County Board of Education and a Louden Heights resident: "Great article on Community Schools. Seems the mystery of the closed gyms grows deeper and more complex. The resurfacing (of the gymnasiums) story is new to all of us -- and hard to understand when St. Albans, Dunbar, and East Bank (as well as some.others) are open for community use during the summer. You didn't mention the parking lot -- a whole 'nuther' matter, but part of the problem of poor use of public facilities for the public good. Why do school officials think the buildings are theirs? They belong to the public - they are built with public, funds, for public benefit and use.. Yet for some reason there is always some public official who wants to erect a fence or put on locks. The further mystery in use of school property is that even though we have a county-wide policy on use of school facilities, it seems to deteriorate at the local, schools -- and each school has a separate policy, despite county wide guidelines. Why should G.W. and J.A. (George Washington and John. Adams) and Stonewall Jackson be: closed and St. Albans open? Why should the G.W. parking lot have a. fence? And what has the fenced parking lot accomplished? A beer' party?".. .Thanks for the letter, friend. And we are happy to report; that the school board has finally relented, has given the South Hills; basketball league permission to use: the gym for the rest of this season -- and, most likely, all of next season. That is as it should be and we- commend the school board for giv.-; ing the matter consideration..; . an and revered, especially among the country folk who spoke his rural twang, mirrored his homespun humor, sensed the small- town values which stirred him. Few who heard him, or remember his weekly baseball telecasts, will ever forget 01' Diz, all 300 pounds of him, ambling up the rope ladder to the broadcast booth, stuffing popcorn in one hand and guzzling pop from the other, belting out his rousing trademark ballad, "The Wabash Cannonball." Dizzy Dean died a year ago this month. Though he had in recent years slipped from the national spotlight, his impact endured, most markedly in the style and legacy of laughter he left behind. His death on July 15 was nationally mourned, a final tribute to the unhip, uncultured Ozark boy. Immortalized, the subject of prose and verse, Diz became a legend, despite an education which ended in the second grade. "And I wasn't so good in first grade either," he once said. Product of Times Dean was a product of his region and times; indeed, he came in time to symbolize them. The son of a migratory cotton picker, he became a hero to the Depression downtrodden, escaping what they had not, living out what they could only dream. For a memorable period in the mid- 1930's he was baseball s greatest pitcher, its most productive gate attraction.. The records of that era do not do his life justice. To the end, when he was buried in the small town of Bond, Miss., Dean retained the common touch. "His phiolosphy was doing a fellow right," said his brother, Paul, who combined with Diz to form the sport's most famed pitching duos. "He never saw a man he didn't like or respect, and I never saw anyone who didn't respect or like Dizzy." For Dizzy Dean, the public seldom masked the private. Charitable and flamboyant, unschooled but wise to the ways of the world, for 40 years he was a figure around whom fame fit comfortably. Few could remain impartial about him. To some, Dean was the supreme braggart and popoff, the unwitting clown. To many more, 01' Diz was a firstrate showman, a figure of Bunyanesque proportions. "He was Dizzy Dean, with enormous charm and color and appeal," said Red Barber. "He was smarter than a fox. I think he always knew what he was doing and what he was saying, and I wish I had the money he has made and saved. He has it buried in tomato cans all over Mississippi-" Plain Manner Dean's money did not make him the idol of millions, nor had his pitching feats done it by themselves. What made him so beloved, and so ridiculed by those who disliked him, was his plain and unpolished manner. Diz pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1930's, helped make their rollicking Gas House Gang a household word and then became a broadcaster. Stories about him abounded, some more fiction than fact. One widely circulated yarn about Dean involved Dwight Eisenhower, who asked him one day why Dean had let himself balloon to 300 pounds. "I'll tell you, Mr. President," he is alleged to have said, "For the first 20 years of my life, I never had enough to eat, and I ain't caught up yet." Another tale concerned an incident 45 years ago. Ignoring curfew, Dean bumped into the Texas League president at 3 a.m. "Good morning, president," Diz is supposed to have said unabashedly. "So the old boy is prowling around by himself, tonight, eh? Well sir, I'm not one to squawk. Us stars and presidents must have our fun." Then there was the time Dean, born in Lucas. Ark., gave writers different locales as his place of birth. "I was helping the writers out." he said. "Them ain't lies; them's scoops." And who could forget the story of Dean telling writers, hours after he had thrown a three-hitter in the first game of a doable- header that "If I'd known Daffy (Paul Dean) was going to pitch a no-hitter in the second game, I would have pitched one, too." The unadorned manner of the man was even more revealing, especially when he worked as a broadcaster. He mangled the language so badly that school teachers protested. A new lexicon of baseball terms evolved. To Dean, a runner didn't slide, he "slud." A fielder did throw the ball, he "threwed." He would announce, "The runners are now returning to their respectable bases," and laughter would erupt in living rooms across America. And just as regularly, he'd belt out his version of "The Wabash Cannonball." More so than Ruth or Stengel or Gehrig. Dizzy Dean was pure Americana. That was the essence of his appeal. He spoke of an earlier age; his manner and bearing were of a simpler, less turbulent era. To be sure, he could be insufferably vain ("I may not have been the greatest pitcher ever, but I was amongst 'em," he would say). Part egotist, part gambler. Dean was a man of many dimensions. The social unrest and sophisticated trends of the 60s and early 70's never affected Dean. "Who the heck is Raquel Welch?" he once asked in total sincerity. DIZZY DEAN Immortalized AREA SHORTS Deer License Deadline Nears; Marshall Grid Tickets on Sale Only 11 days remain to apply for an an- terless deer license, wildlife resources chief Dan Cantner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced. The deadline for applying is July 31. Applications for the Dec. 12-13 season can be obtained from county clerks, license agents and DNR district offices. The season will be held in Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral and Tucker Counties. Resident landowners and their tenants ae not required to submit an application if they hunt on their land, provided the land is in one of the above counties. Successful applicants will be notified later, Cantner said. The selection is done by computer. Table Tennis West Virginia junior table tennis champion David Albright of Charleston will head a three-man delegation at the Columbus Open table tennis tournament today. Other members of the Kanawha Valley- Table Tennis Club making the trip are Bruce Sorgman and Norman Kilpatrick. M.I). Tickets ot Sale HUNTINGTON - Season ticket orders for the five 1975 Marshall University home football games are now being accepted. Ticket manager Joe Wortham says ticket orders are running about the same as last season, but expects the orders to increase as the football season draws nearer. The Herd's first home game is Saturday, Sept. 20. against Morehead State. Other home games are Illinois State on Sept. 27; McNeese State on Oct 4; Western Mkhi- ^n on Oct. 25 and Gfco University on Nov. Season tickets for the five games are $20 for adults and $12 for youths. Ticket orders may be directed to Ticket Office, Box 1360, Huntington, W. Va. 25715. Midget Signups Signups for the St. Albans Eastern Midget football league will be held from 9 a.m. until noon July 26 and Aug. 2 at the Belvil Grade School. Participants in the league must be eight years old before Aug. 1 and cannot be 13 before Aug. 1. Adult Tennis Lessons Tennis, Inc. will offer two programs or lessons for adults in both morning and evening. Evening classes will be held in the Tennis Indoor Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning Tuesday and continuing through Aug. 4. Cost is $10. A series of 10 morning classes will begin July 27 and continue through Aug. 8. Cost is $12. For more information, call 348-6864. Steindler Leads at Edgewood Tom Steindler shot a 69 to take a four- stroke lead over Tom Bowles in the cham- pionsiip flight of the Edgewood Country Gub's tournament Saturday. The final round will be played today. Bill Wolf Bowls 740 Bill Wolf bowled a 740 series last week in the Summer Trios League at Venture Lanes. Wolf had games of 257,248 and 235. It was the first 700 series at Venture this summer. A bowling match between senior citizens and young bowlers is scheduled for Aug. 9 at Venture Lanes, Chuck Powers said. The average age of the seniors is 66 and the average age of the youngsters is 21. They will compete on a handicap basis. Al Marino Team Still Leads The Al Marino, Inc. team of Charleston is still leading the handicap division of the Hoinke Bowling Classic in Cincinnati: The Marino keglers will win $30,000 if their lead holds up through the end of summer. WVU Alumni Golf, Tennis MORGANTOWN - Entries are being accepted for the West Virginia Alumni golf and tennis tournaments on Friday, Aug. 15. Entries may be sent to Paul E. Kidd, manager, WAJR, P. 0. Box 867, Morgantown, 26506. Oian*itniMp FltfM Ton Steindhw (ft; Tom Bowles 73; Jacfc Cipoletti 74; JoSn Stock /·«; Bruce Leckic 75; Herb Gibson 76; P. Burgess 71; Tom Pearcy 78. FtotFtfM Bill Beavers 76; Rich Ireland 76; Ken Pir*sion Jr. 71; Lee Kem» 78. StCMMPffM Ted ArmrecM 78; Ed Rugeley »'; Lee Bird 12; George Greenwald M; Fred Btfdon 8*. A TWltf FV0M CF. Vafarot 90; Joftn Shannon »l; Stan Outsell 9Z; W.R. Johnson 72; S. Anderson M. SPECIAL NOTICE! Operator's Revoked? Auto Insurance Cancelled? Safe Driver Call 3 4 2 - 7 1 56 WILBUR L. CARTE AGENCY Great automotive buys. 32 % off. Glass-track belted Twin Guard. TUBELESS BLACKWALL SIZE A78-13 A78-15 E78-14 F78-14 G78-14 G78-15 H78-14 H78-15 REGULAR PRICE EACH' $30 $34 $37 $40 $43 $44 $45 $46 SALE PRICE EACH' 20.40 23.10 25.90 28.00 31.80 32.50 33.30 34.00 PLUS F.E.T. EACH 1.77 1.93 2.32 2.47 2.62 2.69 2.84 2.92 'With trade-in. WH1TEWALLS ONLY $2 MORE EACH. TUBELESS WH1TEWALL SIZE BR78-13I ER78-14 FR78-14 GR78-14 HR78-14 BR7845t GR78-15 HR78-15 JR78-15 LR78-15 REGULAR PRICE EACH' $42 $51 $54 $58 $62 $46 $60 $64 $67 $70 SALE PRICE PAIR' $58 $72 $76 $82 $88 $64 $86 $90 $94 $98 PLUS F.E.T. 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