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6D --June 2. 1974 Sundav Gazette-Mail Charleston. West Viryinia WTT: Wild, Raucous, Struggling By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Complete through games of Friday AMERICAN LEAGUE TEAM BATTING AB R H HR RBI Pel Texas, 1660 219 461 25 204 .278 Minnesota 1512 178 417 32 167 .276 Boston 1589 212 423 44 200 .266 Ch.cago 1556 177 412 36 157 .265 California 1668 215 439 39 195 .263 Kansas City 1606 219 422 38 203 .263 Oakland 1620 226 423 38 205 .261 Cleveland 1610 184 414 36 166 257 Baltimore 1594 192 407 31 177 .255 Milwaukee 1505 208 381 46 198 253 Detroit 1591 162 402 30 150 253 New York 1647 187 398 36 178 .242 INDIVIDUAL BATTING NATIONAL LEAGUt TEAM BATTING AB R H HR RBI PCt St. Louis 1588 218 458 30 200 .288 Los Angeles I7J7 294 497 49 276 .286 Pittsburgh 1564 193 426 36 172 .272 Houston 1720 231 466 38 219 .271 Cincinnati 1563 207 404 37 192 .259 SanFrancisco 1739 228 441 34 206 .254 Philadelphia 1607 189 403 26 177 .251 A t l a n t a 1635 193 410 39 172 .251 New York 1614 192 399 41 179 .247 Chicago 1462 177 361 28 163 .247 Montreal 1300 168 310 14 153 .238 San Diego 1842 190 427 29 175 .232 INDIVIDUAL BATTING 90 or more at bats AB R H HR RBI Pet 90 or Corew Min R Jackson Oak Blomberg NY Hargrove Tex Brohamer Cle Rondle Tex U Evans Bos Oliva Min McRae KC Burroughs Tex B Robinson Bal Rudi Oak Piniella NY Roias KC ^etrocelli Bos Scott Mil vastrzemski Bos P Kelly Chi ipikes Cle Campaneris Oak Freehan Det Herrmann Chi Cooper Bos Sando Oak Grich Bal Henderson Chi Wohlford KC Sutherland Det Money Mil D Allen Chi A. Johnson Tex Car bo Bos valentine Cal Rivers Cal WJ-lorton Det Healy KC Darwin Min Gamble Cle 0. Nelson Tex Brye Min C May, Chi Porter Mil Fisk-Bos Braun Min Kaiine Det T.Davis Bal Ellis Cle Behiquez Bos Hendrick Cle Hisle Min F.Robinson Cal R.Oliver Cal Chambliss NY Grieve Tex Otis KC ElRdrgez Cal Orta Chi Harrah Tex Blair Bal Chalk 'Cal Briggs Mil Lowenstein Cle Yount Mil D.Doyle Cal Guerrero Bos J.Powell Bal Kobiak Oak Murcer NY Soderholm Min Beianger Bal Garcia Mil Mayberry KC G Nettles NY R. White NY Sundberg Tex Tovar Tex \ Pinson KC Munson NY Patek KC Baylor Bal Melton Chi Santo Chi M. 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SOW LERA 20 " ' " " 40 13 16 42 10 59 8 33 39 15 52 35 48 41 18 15 41 34 70 12 33 44 46 21 25 23 69 37 62 44 44 65 39 23 22 52 28 22 79 49 26 4] 35 10 25 24 53 45 49 26 34 32 26 45 16 37 28 27 35 11 28 17 16 31 25 2] 16 44 14 15 15 22 5 1 3 2 3 1 3 2 2 2 4 2 5 2 2 2 5 3 7 2 2 2 4 5 5 1 5 3 2 3 3 2 5 1 6 2 4 5 6 3 1 3 3 3 8 1 6 1 2 2 2 4 5 4 6 4 5 3 4 1 2 2 6 4 5 3 3 5 5 5 1 3 6 4 4 4 3 2 2 5 4 4 5 3 3 5 6 3 1 3 3 4 2 2 4 8 3 3 7 3 4 3 2 5 2 5 1 5 3 4 3 3 2 2 3 4 3 6 3 5 1 4 1 5 2 4 3 2 3 S 2 3 3 5 1 4 3 8 1 3 1 7 1 5 2 4 1.57 1.60 1.80 1.65 1.87 1.93 2.11 2.20 2.22 2.44 2.45 2.53 2.55 2.58 2.58 2.58 2.60 2.67 2.69 2.79 2.81 2.81 2.88 2 8 8 2.91 2.93 2.93 3.01 3.02 3.10 3.12 3.12 3.19 3.22 3.62 3.62 3.78 3.81 3.83 3.89 3.98 4.00 4.03 4.06 4.15 4.19 4.24 4.40 4.40 4.44 4.48 4.52 4 53 4^58 4.65 4.67 4.73 4.80 4.82 4.84 4.85 4.93 4.96 5.09 5.27 5.31 5.37 5.62 5.65 6.20 6.21 7.57 8.62 NEW YORK (AP) - Francoise Durr is a demure mademoiselle from Gay Paree who hits a backhand tennis shot from a kneeling position as it in a state of prayer and who rarely raises her voice above a whisper. A week ago, playing in Philadelphia, she drew her racket back to serve a second ball with game point against her. "Boo!" came a piercing yeli from the stands. Francoise, shaken, hit the ball limply into the net. Before she knew it she had lost her match to Marita Redondo. Whereupon, the placid little French miss picked up the nearest ball and slammed it petulantly into the stands. It s t r u c k a s p e c t a t o r in the chest. On another occasion, Jimmy Connors, a youngster of 21, heard a fan make a remark about his bride-to-be, Chris Evert. Livid, Jimmy broke for the stands, apparently with mayhem in his heart. He was restrained by a security guard. In Pittsburgh, they were whooping it with instruments called "Gool-a-gongs," named for their favorite player. The bells tolled in Philadelphia. Cliff Drysdale pulled a sit- down strike in Los Angeles. They struck up the bands and the cheer leaders gave it the old "rah-rah-rah" from the placid beaches of Honolulu to staid, old Boston. Untamed Tyke This is World Team Tennis-- a raucous, untamed tyke of less than a month, striving to get a foothold in one of the most competitive and treacherous of ventures--big time professional sports. Can WTT make it? "We are convinced we can," insists George MacCall of Los Angeles, commissioner of the 16-team league. "We believe we have the right product at the right time. "It is true that we have been soft in some cities, not drawing what we need, but we all realize we have a selling job to do. That cannot be achieved overnight. It will take time." In New York, where the Sets are playing to gaping rows of empty seats in the suburban Nassau Coliseum, Jerry Saperstein, the president and general manager, CHESS says: "We are disappointed but not distressed. We realize we can't draw fans by offering them a free bar of soap. We must expose our product to the masses. We must appeal to all types of fans--not just the tennis fans. Over the season, we don't have 15.000 seats to fill. We have 330,000." Saperstein's Sets, without a big-name super star, filled 4,999 on opening night. Last week the crowd had dwindled to 457. Drop-Offs Other areas were encountering similar drop-offs of interest. Once the people had witnessed the novelty, there seemed no great urge to keep coming back. It is the problem the WTT must solve if it is to survive. M a c C a l l i n d i c a t e s t h a t backers of tennis' revolutionary concept are prepared to keep pouring money into the well for three or four years in order to arrive at a paying commodity. "It's the history of all pro sports leagues." MacCall said. The New York Sets' experience at the gate has been followed by most of the other cit i e s , a n e x c e p t i o n b e i n g Philadelphia, where the magic" name of Billie Jean King drew 10,600 on opening night and has been averaging around 2,000 since. The Boston Lobsters drew 3,500, just 3,000 below capacity, for their opening show but dropped to below 2,000. The Los Angeles Strings' best crowd has been 4,666. The Hawaii Leis attracted only 7,300 for their first three dates with 3,000 per night needed to break even. The Houston E-Z Riders drew 2,176 to start and then fell off to 456. In an attempt to stimulate its drawing power, WTT has become a combination of Ringling Brothers. Barnum Bailey, Cash and Carry Pyle and the hokum-pokum of professional wrestling. Berserk Leo Durocht-r Nobody knows whether it's serious or a grandstand ploy when Connors blows his stack. Francoise becomes a snorting bull and Billie Jean King, the player-coach of the Freedoms, starts acting like a berserk Leo Durocher. Gerrard Places 2nd In Kentucky Tourney Tennis Inc. Program Set The Tennis Inc. staff is gearing for the first two-week instructional session which begins June 10. Emphasis of the mass program, which attracts almost 1,000 sgudents during the summer, is on beginners and intermediates. Deadline for registrations for the first session is Thursday. For more i n f o r m a t i o n call the Tennis Shop at Gorman Field at 348-6864. Softball Tourney : HAMLIN - A slow-pitch Softball t o u r n a m e n t will be held here June 8-9 and 15-16. Entry fee is $30 for the double elimination affair. Proceeds will go toward purchasing a home for V.F.W. Post 4401. To enter call Roy Baker at 824-5450, Clyde Edwards M. 778-3703 or Harold Price 3W78-3646. WFL Signs 3 From NFL NEW YORK ( A P ) - T h e New York Stars of the World Football League announced Saturday the singnings of defensive backs Earl Christy and Randy Beverly and linebacker Bill McCoy, all former National Football League players. The Stars also said they signed linebacker Dennis Keating, who played for the University of Massachussetts, and made a deal with the Southern California Sun. The Stars said Saturday they have obtained defensive end Larry Estes, who once played with the NFL Saints, from the Sun for the negotiating rights to wide receiver Dave W i l l i a m s , a six-year NFL veteran w i t h St. Louis and San Diego. Christy played with the New York Jets from 1966 through 1968, and Beverly was with the Jets from 1967-69. McCoy played- with the Denver BronWis in 1970-72. By Edward M. Foy Steve Gerrard has not yet won the West Virginia state chess championship -- although he was a junior champion -- but last week he came within one-half point of being a Kentucky state champion! Actually, the New Kentucky champion, named Erbmach- er, scored 6Vz to Vz in the Kentucky Open at the Univ. of Louisville, while Gerrard finished second with a fine 6 to 1 record. A total of 88 plav'Jrs competed in this tournament. Gerrard was one of five Charleston players who took part in the Kentucky event, scoring a total of 24Vz to lO'/i. Joe Barker and Dennis Funkhouser each scored 5 to 2, Bob Bon well turned in a 4'/z to 2% performance and Kenneth Steckert's record was 4 to 3. Quite possibly the W. Va. players were underestimated by their Kentucky opponents -- who did not know that West Virginia's better players are generally stronger than their USCF ratings indicate. The Charleston Chess Club will hold a regular business meeting this Tuesday evening during their regular weekly session at St. John's Parish House, 1105 Quarrier St. Topics to be discussed include the Kanawha Valley Open and the State Tournament, which are to be held in the Capitol City in August and September, respectively. The chess ladder and the club championship tourney are also on the agenda. R a n d y I c e n h o w e r , w h o scored 5-1 in the State Jr. High School Tournament won the recent Clendenin Jr. H.S. Chess Club tourney. He scored 4V2-l'/2 in the 7-round round- robin event. There was a 7th grade section, won by Elaine Hess. * * * THE 50TH a n n i v e r s a r y World Chess Team Championship (the Olympiad) begins in Nice, France, Thursday. The overwhelming favorite is, as usual, the team representing the USSR; their six grand- masters include three former world champions. Chess Life Review listed the U.S. team (in board order) as K a v a l e k , R. B y r n e , Browne, and Reshevsky and Lombardy and Tarjan (alternates) but did not comment on Fischer's absence from the line-up. "Chess" stated that Fischer would not play in the Olympiad unless there was a special building set aside for his games only! The French reluctantly turned Bobby down for fear of "violent reactions from opposing teams." Chess Life Review lists 10 consecutive week end five- round Swiss tournaments, starting May 11-12, staged by the Purgatory Chess Club of Ashland, Mass. Each tournament has its own name -- and what names! "Awright, You Mothers. . . .Open" (special rates for mothers), "2nd Last A n n u a l G h o u l T o u r n e y " , "Where's Mullen? Open", "Lucifer Rex Rules Tourney", "Ratso Rizzo Honorarium", "Norman Conquest Open", "David P. Ehrlich Co. Tribute" (only $4 entry fee for pipe smokers), "Harmon Kill e b r e w T r i b u t e " , "Joan S c h a c t ' s B i r t h d a y " , a n d "Goddard Rocket Open". In contrast we have the staid "Huntington Open", YMCA May Bldg., Huntington, June 22-23. Nothing exciting, such as, "Jesse James' Guyandotte Raid". "These players are dead serious," insists MacCall, a former U.S. Davis Cup captain. "You've heard it said a pro tennis player would run his mother down for a buck. They really want to win." MacCall says fans are becoming very team conscious, relating more to the team than to the individual players. "Many cities are providing tee shirts and sweat bands," he said. "The people love 'em. In Los Angeles, for instance, you will find more people talking about the Strings than about John Alexander." In Boston, a bastion of tennis snobbery for decades, the Lobsters have mascots dressed like a lobster with sneakers, pink panty hose and a racket. The Hawaii Leis pass out megaphones to customers and encourage them to yell to their heart's content. Philadelphia has an electronic Scoreboard and a big bell that rings when the Freedoms win a game. Billie Jean wears tiny bells instead of lace on her skirt. In Houston, you can buy one of the 325 "Love Nest" seats for $12,drink campagne and fraternize with the players after the match. Also, team members hit balls into the stands good for prizes. Los Angeles has scheduled special clinics and give-away nights as in baseball, with the emphasis heavy on kids. New York has plans to raffle off automobiles. Most spectators who have sampled the new sports diet, even a sprinkling of stodgy tennis fans, have called it "a ball--a terrific show, a barrel of fun." But a majority of straigh- tlaced b u f f s appear to be turned o f f . They are accustomed to funereal quiet during the course of a rally and not even a sneeze when someone is serving. The wild, baseball- style barracking is hard to digest. Equally difficult to accept is the streamlined 1-2-3-4 scoring system in contrast to the age- sold love-15-30-40-deuce-ad. The one set inning-by-inning scoring also is confusing. "It's interesting, but it isn't -, tennis," one dyed-in-the-wool court patron argued. "It's terrific," said Billie Jean King. "This is just what t e n n i s has needed all the time." -- AP Wirephoto TENNIS STARS AN 7 D ENGAGED COUPLE JIMMY CONNORS, CHRIS EVERT WTT Fan Insulted Evert, Connors Broke for Stands 'TANKING' Purposely Losing in Doubles Often Profitable on Pro Tour By Tony Kornheiser (c) NetKsday Situation: The tennis tour has stopped at Charlotte, N.C.. for a Clay court tournament. A player has lost his opening-round singles match, but is still alive in the doubles. In order to win the $1.800 first- place prize money in doubles he and his- partner must win four matches. The next stop on the tour is in Merion, Pa., on grass courts. The player needs practice on grass. With sufficient practice he will have a better chance to win 'the $10,000 first-place prize money in singles. Solution: Throw the doubles match that afternoon and move on for that practice time on grass. Question: Does that kind of thing really go on? * * * TENNIS PLAYERS call the d e l i b e r a t e t h r o w i n g of a match, "tanking." Tanking exists on the women's tour as well as the men's, but players of both sexes insist it is diminishing -- in direct proportion to the rise in prize money for the doubles events. "For a long time tanking made sense financially when the singles money was so dis- porportionately greater than the doubles," said Arthur A s h e , who said he never tanked a match but had many tanked against him and his regular doubles partner, Roscoe Tanner. "But last year the World Championship Tennis tour had the doubles tournament at Montreal," Ashe continued. The first prize there is $40,000 to the winning team. With money like that, tanking will be eliminated by next year." In the past tanking was commonplace. D u r i n g the days of amateur tennis (be- fore 1968, when open tennis was instituted) players were paid sub rosa with guarantees. Often a player would accept money from a promoter for agreeing to play in an event, then tank an early match with his guarantee intact. "Players didn't see it as immoral," Ashe said. "They said it as a practical thing to do." Cliff Richey, who would rather not play doubles but does in WCT tournaments because it is required, said, "There is a fine line between throwing a match and not being interested in i t . . . wanting to get on to the next site." Richey teamed with Torben Ulrich this season, because both players like to concentrate on singles. "You can't play both singles and doubles well," Richey said. "Sometimes a singles match just drains you, and you walk out for doubles too tired to be at your competitive best . . . In WCTI play doubles with a guy not that strong. You figure you're not going to do well, but you don't just throw the match." On the men's tour Ashe said he has been in doubles matches where "the major topic of conversation on the court has been how to tank the match .. . It's happened against me three times, and each time I've reported it to Jack Dramer and Cliff Drysdale (the leaders of the male union, the Association of Tennis Professionals) for possible fines . . . They're still being litigated. You'll never hear of the fines if there are any . . . The top guys don't do it. But the middle guys do, because the big money is still in singles." * * * IN THE MORE recent past there have been tankings, but players are quick to claim what they call extenuating circumstances. Australia's Owen Davidson, one of the world's best doubles players, remembered tanking a match in France "four or five years ago . . . I was playing with Clark Graebner," Davidson said. "There, was a threat of an airplane strike in France, and I was committed to play in Wembley (England) the next week. If we won our match, we might not have gotten to Wembley. So we tanked it. At the time I thought it was the smartest thing I ever did . . . I think everyone has done it once. You'd never be able to do it if your partner didn't go along with it." Though the New York Sets' Nikki Pilic said he never tanked a match, he knows that Better ideas by the yard A Ford riding mower, lawn tractor, or lawn and graden tractor. The price is right. There is a wide selection of models. Equipment for every job. THREE RIDING MOWERS: 5 or 8 H.P. FIVE LAWN AND GARDEN TRACTORS- 10 to 16 H.P. ONE LAWN TRACTOR-7 H.P. MORE THAN 60 ATTACHMENTS: ED ROWAN'S NEW EQUIPMENT SALES INTERSTATE Rt.34atl-64(WINFIELDEXIT9} PHONE 755-4343 tanking has been practiced. "Not lately, but about two or three years ago people tanked against me," Pilic said. "The public can't see it, but the players know. Your opponent loses key points. You know he w a n t s to lose because he needs some rest before the next tournament. Actually, a few years ago I changed doubles partners because of that exact situation. He didn't want to win all the time." On the women's tour tanking is also a problem, but women insist it is less of a problem than on the men's tour in a tournament at Sea Pines, S.C., in April Francois Durr tanked the third set of her singles match against Karen Krantzcke. Durr lost the third set, 6-0, to lose their match. "I got so many bad calls that I got so fed up that I started hitting balls over the fence," Durr said. "I'll probably get fined, but it seemed the easiest way to lose." The women dispute that tanking doubles matches is widespread. "The money is quite good on the women's tour," said the Sets' Pam Tee- guarden, who admitted she once tanked a singles match when she became convinced that the linespeople were prejudiced against her in a match Jn her opponent's home town. CHARLIE KING MGR. CHAS. OFFICE KING SIZE LOANS UP TO 0000 JOE IE ROSE MGR. ST. 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