Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 39
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 39

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
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2D T- By A. L. Hardman It's Old Joe Fan Who Counts ;*It's always nice to know that there are people who care, people ·from industry in particular, who realize what an asset high class )riinor league baseball is to the city ;df Charleston, the great Kanawha ·Valley and, for that matter, the State of West Virginia. ;' Several business firms and some ·industrial firms-most particularly Union Carbide-have jdone their bit for baseball here. And [we might add that I they have done quite a bit of good for themselves by com- jing out in large [groups to the sup- Iport of the Charles- Itcn Charlies. 'Tlio/a's a lot of : ; : Levtae goodwil' there-both -yvays--the companies m a k i n g ^friends with the general public and "also solidifying relations with their -employees. '-. The real support the Charlies "heed must not come only from spe- ^cial " nights"or special promo- -tions. It must come from old John ;Q. Fan on a daily basis. If a trend of ^'daily^and individual support ever "comes, then this baseball operation "would compare favorably-6n a per ^capita basis-with Rochester, the .' generally accepted capital of minor ^league baseball. ;' Some thoughts along these lines - have come to us here of late as the * crowds hit around the 400 and 500 ;rriark at the games which do not ~have some particular significance r promotionally and offer only the Z hard core of baseball as the attrac- tion.Of course, the big "nights" keep the average attendance at a respectable level. But it really shouldn't be that way. It is our feeling that some show of our pride should be noted daily at Watt Powell Park-letting everyone know and reassuring ourselves that we are proud to have Triple A ball here and that we appreciate the big thing Charlie president Bob Levine and the Raleigh Junk Co., are doing to keep the city of Charleston on the far reaching map of baseball. Needless to say, the ball club is not making any money. It's almost a complete and total deficit for Levine and Raleigh Junk. And while Levine has never-never, that is-whimpered or threatened to give up the franchise if better support is not forthcoming, it is most obvious that they won't go on forever throwing money into a bottomless pit. We don't offer this recital as a threat to Charleston fans to either support the club or lose it. That would be contrary to the Levine philosophy and also an embarrassment to him. We simply suggest that we ought to do better by this guy and better by our city by supporting the Charlies. It is so little to ask of our civic- minded people. Certainly Levine isn't out to make a quick buck on his ball club. He being one of our foremost civic-minded citizens, Bob only wants to keep baseball here because he knows what an asset it to the city and its people. Moreover, it must give him great personal pleasure to know he is doing more than his part ; There Should Be A Show Of Appreciation For Levine - The Charlies close out the longest -home stand of the season today in a 'double header with the Syracuse 'Chiefs. The home stand, by no "stretch of the imagination, has ^been been a failure. Indeed, Tim ;Murtaugh and his crew have picked - up some valuable ground in a race 'that is finally shaping up as one of ; the best in a long, long time. But -they haven't rung the bell at the - gate as well as they deserved. '· So, as a parting shot to the team - as it takes to the road again, why I not a big show of appreciation right ; this day? Why not let the Charlies ·and their owners know that this - city is behind the club and will do ! its part to root the team into a [higher spot in the International - League standings? I And later this season, we would " like to see a "Bob Levine Day" at ·Watt Powell Park, not to load him Idown with gifts, or anything like : that, but just to honor him for his ·· great efforts on behalf of baseball "by stepping up to Clarence Ber; ner's box office for the purchase of a ticket to the game. General Manager Carl Steinfeldt might hear a loud "no" from Levine if he ever suggested such a thing as a "day" for him. But this ought to be one time when Steinfeldt should become insubordinate and do his own thing-for the good of baseball in our town. Levine might be surprised to know how much the people here really have appreciated his contributions to baseball and he should be agreeable to letting them show it in the way they know best-by turning out enmasse to just let him know- that they do care. Levine has said that it will require a minimum attendance of 120,000 to break even this season. Right now the turnstile count doesn't show much promise for that. But the turnstile count is not always the most accurate barometer inasmuch as many season ticket holders stay away from the games on occasion and their tickets are not included in the attendance totals Fans In Columbus Have Definite Ideas : : · Still the mark of a good baseball town is reflected in the enthusiasm . shown by the fans and regular at- ·" tendance seems to breed this en- tliusiasm. Both Levine and Stein", feldt, we know, would be happy if ·I just the season ticket holders '·I '· showed up each night. It would be ;an indication of their faith in the ·', · team and in the solidity of baseball ·* -here. :- : It would be just nice, in other ·'. .-words, if those who want baseball ·' .- here and feel that it is a worthwhile I-, "thing, would make periodical visits :to Watt Powell Park. That would -" · only be doing what is expected of '.- '.any citizen who appreciates a ;'. ; worthwhile project of civic import-; -ance. I; I As much as the subject is put "· ; aside when it comes up on nights -: · when the attendance is down to a '· '· disappointing total, there are *'· ', thoughts of a crisis in the near -J. ; future. It could come if the attend-; ' ance doesn't improve, regardless : Jazz Club Fails :' To Sign Malone I ; NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Or- leans Jazz of the National Basketball As- I sedation have failed to sign Moses Malone I in a first round of talks, but attorneys for - both sides said Saturday the talented cen- - ter may still jump to the Jazz before he ; i$ swept up in a special player draft. ."/'. A.unique clause in Malone's contract ; ; with the defunct American Basket- ball Association's Spirits of St. Louis could ~ make the move possible. ' ; "Moses wants to honor his contracts but - I'm riot sure he just wants to wait around a I number of weeks to see what happens in ; a draft," Lee Fentress, Malone's attor- - hey,-said Saturday. ' : The Jazz acquired rights to Malone in a ; special draft last year. But the National - Basketball Association changed that - Thursday when it: said four ABA clubs : would join the NBA and a special draft - would be held to disperse, other ABA play- of what Charlie officials might have you believe. They like to play it cool and the parent Pittsburgh Pirates like to poo-poo the report. But the people in Columbus, 0., who are still lamenting the loss of their International League franchise to Charleston, are spending a load of money and working the streets to stress the importance of bringing baseball back to their city. An appropriation to restore the Columbus ball park to at least Triple A standards was made last winter and Columbus papers often refer to the day "when we get our ball club back"as it were a foregone conclusion. This is not put out as "viewing with alarm"--nothing like the old threats of the past which seemed to shake up Charleston fans and get them riled up at our major league benefactors-but it is passed along as a statement of fact. And it follows that if Charleston people want to keep their club, they had better do something about it. The one and only way to do this is to show a greater interest in the doings of the Charlies and to turn up at Watt PowellPark in some sort of systemmatic fashion to offer the kind of support it takes to retain such a valuable asset to our city as the highest level of minor league baseball-Triple A VINTAGE Halfield Scores 11th Win This Year at S.A. Race -Staff Photo Carl Hatfield Winning in Rain ByBobFretwell This has been a vintage year for Carl Hatfield in the distance running pursuit. The former Ail-American runner at West Virginia University, now 29 years old, repeated Saturday as winner of the St. Albans Town Fair 10,000-meter run, scoring a handy victory in a light rain. Hatfield ran the 6.2 mile course through the streets of St. Albans in near-record time of 31:20.2. This compares with his 31:23.7 triumph of last year and Kim Nutter's 31:16.2 course-record victory in 1974. "I thought I was going to be under 30 minutes," Hatfield said. "It was comfortable running in the rain." Hatfield now has won 11 of the 14 runs he's competed in this year, ranging in distance from three miles to 26 miles, 385 yards. In his 11 wins, he's set nine course records. Williams and Tyson Fail in 100 Trials EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Sprinter Steve Williams succumbed to a hamstring injury and failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic 100-meter dash Saturday as the 1976 Olympic Track and Field trials opened at the University of Oregon. The tall, lean Williams, coholder of the world record for 100 meters, barely qualified in the first race of the day when his right thigh began to hurt him. His thigh was wrapped heavily for the second of four races 100-meter runners must race. Charleston's Mike Tyson made it to the final 24 runners but failed to qualify for the Olympics in the 100-meters. Tyson ran a 10.3 and a 10.37 in advancing to the final 24. Tyson was nursing a sore groin muscle, according to his coach, Keith Pritt. Tyson will compete in the 200-meter dash trials that being Monday. The injury was apparently unrelated to the one he suffered one week ago in Los Angeles, which forced him out of the national AAU championships. Williams said the injury hurt from his buttocks down to the back of his knee and "it didn't get any worse, it all just spasmed up again. I'll be back for the ·200." Meet officials said there is no precedent for adding Williams to the Olympic team--"it's all based on this competition," said meet Director Bob Newland. Williams said, "there's no way any of those dudes can beat me in the 100,1 know that," but he conceded he would settle for a berth in another event. Todd Scully earned his first Olympic berth by capturing a confusion-shortened 20-kilometer walk. The 27-year-old former school teacher from Big Island, Va., and three-time Olympic veteran Ron Laird both will compete in Montreal, but third place was left open and will be decided in a walkoff one week from Sunday. Larry Walker of Los Angeles finished third, but a protest over the length of the race prompted officials to order a walk-off. Scully was timed in 1:25:28.6 for the approximately 19 kilometers and at that pace his time would have been about the six fastest ever by an American in the 20 kilometers. The only other final event on Saturday's program, the women's long jump, was won by 18- year-old Kathy McMillan of Raeford, N.C., with Sherron Walker of Seattle and Martha Watson of Lakewood, Calif., placing second and third and earning Olympic spots. Miss McMillan had two windaided jumps of 22 feet. 3 inches, the same mark as her American record. Miss Watson earned her fourth Olympic berth, but veteran Willye White of Chicago failed to make the team for the first time since she won a silver medal in the Melbourne, Australia, Olympics in 1956. There were few other surprises on this first of eight days of the trials with such top names qualifying as sprinters Harvey Glance, Steve Riddick, Houston McTear and Reggie Jones, intermediate hurdlers Jim Bolding, Ralph Mann and Ed Moses, and 800-meter specialists Rick Wohlhuter. Wohlhuter had the finest performance of the day with a fast 1:46.02 to advance to the semifinals on Monday. It was the second fast heat time ever recorded. The fastest was 1:45.9 by Mike Boit of Kenya in the 1972 Olympic Games semifinals. Miss McMillan said later she had a slightly pulled hamstring muscle and vowed to win the gold medal if it heals by the time the women's long jump final is held July 23 in Montreal. Saturday's first session was mostly qualifying, and the final event, the 10,000-meter run, produced four fast times for a qualifying race. The three events he didn't finish in front were the Olympic marathon trials at Eugene, Ore., where he was 12th in the nation, an international cross country event in California and a three-mile run at the Mountaineer Relays at WVU when he had the flu. "I consider this the most successful year of my life in running/' said the director of student affairs at Alderson-Broaddus College, "but I'm getting mentally stale." After competing in an hour run at 7 p. m. next Sunday at the Marshall University track, Hatfield said he's going to ease up and devote more time to family pursuits. In addition to other trophies, Hafield accepted the Fred Pyles Award for his contributions to this sport following the S. A. run. The award was presented by Jack Rose, the execuitve director of the National Track and Field Hal! of Fame, on behalf of the Pyles family. * * + DAVID KLINE of S.T. Albans, a Marshall University runner, was runner-up, followed by Bill Posey, Frank Lewis and David Boston. Walker Horn, the chairman of the annual S. A. run, presented winning age group trophies to Joni Admas, Kline, Lewis. Hatfield, Tom Breen, John Lukens. Paul Bowman, Echols Hansbarger, Worley Stout and Frank Branner. OVERALL FINISH I. Carl Hatfield 131:20.2); 2, David Kline (31:42); 3. Bill Posey (32:15J, 4, Frank Lewis (32:25); 5, David Boston (35:30); 6, Karl Rasmussen (36); 7, Dusty Hayhurst (36); i. Daniel w. Burgess (36:(ft); 9, Ronnie Peggs (36-50); 10, Tom Breen (37:50) li, tie Patrick Cook (38:021 and Ricky Brown 138:02), 13 Steve Worrell ( 3 8 : 1 9 ) ; II. Echols Hansbarger ( 3 8 - 2 1 ) , 15. John Lukens ( 3 8 : 3 7 ) . 16, Mark Bailey 1 3 8 ' 5 5 ) ' 17, Terry Pauley (38:57); 18, tie Tom Austin (31:18) and Tom Stull (39:18); 20, Paul Bowman (39.28) 31 Bob Taylor (39:49); Jon Kilingensmith (39:50); 23, Frank Oflull (39:51). 24, Bobby Saunders (40); 25 Bob Fretweil (40-30); 26, David Cneney (41:24); 27. Bill Hale (4) 26) 28 John Hall (41:25); 21. Stephen Lee Moles ( 4 1 : 3 1 ) , 30, Michael E.Simpson (41:40) 3! David Berry (41:50); 32, John Mandeville (42:08); 33 A! Cheely (42:29), 34, tie Alan Dressier (43:59) and Cliuck Barr ( 4 3 - 5 9 ) , 36. Al Kessler (44); 37, Ray Harmon ( 4 4 - 2 8 ) ; 38, Craig Bias ( 4 4 : 3 1 ) ; 39, Clinton Ramsey (44:371,40. Dave Tincher (44:46) 41, Jerry Jenkins [44:481; 42, Ed Canterbury (44:50); 43 Kenneth Tallman 145); 44. Paul Thompson (45:18); 45' Woriey Stout (45.25); 46. tie. Charles T. Spamhour ( 4 5 - 3 6 ) and Bob Medley (45.36); 48, Rodger Armstrong ( 4 5 - 4 5 1 - 4 9 tie Steve Taylor (46:16 and Robert E. Carroll (46 16); 51, Paul Alexander (46-19) 52 Joni Adams (46:21); 53. Doug Jones (46:29); 54, Tom Harpold (46:36); 55, Paul Hodges (46:45); 56, Steve Kail (46-49); 57, R. £. Connell (47); 58, Pat Oumlan (47-05); 59, Frank Branner (47:42); 60, Charles Price (47 46); 61. Harry Bruner Jr. (47:54) 62 Ronnie Gotlieb (47:55); 63, Glenn Goldfarb (48:37); 64 jimmie Lee Browning Jr. (48:56); 65, Dick Henderson (49-04) 66, Robert E. Plott (49:16); 67, Bill Keen (49 18); 68. Carl A l l y n ( 4 9 : 2 3 ) ; 69, Roger Corbiser (49:27); 70, Harold Chambers (49:47); 71, Gary Wmte 72 Marvin Skiles (501; 72, Pam Dockery (50-12); 74, Brian Brattlof (50:18); 75. Daniel Hedges (50:19); 76, Don Barnelt (50 22); 77, Thomas McQuain Jr. (50:33); 78, Charles Garten (51:10); 79, Tricia Henderson (51:24); 80, Ann Henderson (51:47); 81, Brian Ridder (51:53) 82, Mark Allison (52 17); 83, Jim Jones (53:27); 84, Miles Dean (53:44); 85, tie Ray Vaseleski (54-03) and Mike Morgan (54:03); 87, tie Kenneth Boden (55) and Joseph Burgess(55) CLASS LEADERS Women: Joni Adams (46:21); Pam Dockery (50:12); Tricia Henderson (51:24); Ann Henderson (51:47) Men 13-19: David Kline (31:42); Bill Posey 132:15); David Boston (35:30) Men 20-24: Fran Lewis (32:25); Dusty Hayhurst (36); David Cheney (41:24) Men 25-29: Carl Hatfield (31:20.2); Patrick Cook (38 02); Stephen Lee Moles (41:31) Men 30-34. Tom Breen :37:50); Bob Taylor (39:49); Robert Carroll (46:16) Men 35-39- John Lukens (38:37); Frank Ofiutt (39:51): Al Kessler (44) Men 40-44: Paul Bowman ( 3 9 : 2 8 ) ; Bob Fretweil (40:30); John Hall (41:25) Men 45-49: Echol: Hnnsbarger (38:21); Ray Harmon (44-28); R.E. 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