Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 9, 1974 · Page 61
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 61

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 9, 1974
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11D --June 9,1974 Sunday Gazette-Mail ~ · Charleston. We»J Virginia Beer Made Cleveland Infamous By Dave Anderson (C) /VVic York Times Service NEW YORK - Surely the nation needs a good 5-cent cigar but baseball doesn't need 10-cent beer. When the Cleveland Indians advertised beer for a dime Tuesday night, 23,134 customers responded. Since the Indians haven't been worth much more than 10 cents in the 20 years since they last won an American League pennant, the beer obviously was the attraction, not the game. By the ninth inning, the beer had lost its head. So had some consumers. What were described as "hundreds of fans" swarmed on the field at Municipal Stadium, turning a 5-5 game with the Texas Rangers into a 9-0 loss for the Indians, by forfeit. Whatever brand it was that the Indians dispensed for a dime, it's now the beer that made Cleveland infamous. But hopefully it will be the beer that alerts the baseball establishment to reinforce its crowd control measures before a tragedy occurs. MIKE CURTIS Routed Poacher Baseball seems to attract the rowdies and the vandals. Once the grass of a major league ballpark was a sacred preserve. But.the TV cameras influenced teenagers to run on the field, hoping they'd be seen. Even though TV no longer shows the showoffs, the fad has persisted. And in Cleveland they ran in packs. Somehow baseball players appear harmless to run a m o n g , perhaps because they're usually standing still. In football, the athletes are too violent. Once in Baltimore, a teenager sprinted onto the field between plays, snatched the ball and sprinted for the sideline. But he was blitzed by Mike Curtis, the Colts' linebacker who had reacted instinctively to tackling a ball-carrier. Jarred into sobriety, the teenager wobbled off the field. Without the ball. Nobody followed him. * * * IN BASKETBALL, the players are too tall, too intimidating. In hockey, the players are surrounded by protective glass. They're also carrying sticks. Boxing attracts rowdies but they don't storm the ring until after the punches have stopped. Baseball occasionally has a problem after a game ends, as it did at Shea Stadium last Athletic Injuries Workshop Subject MORGANTOWN - Registration for the West Virginia University summer school Workshop in Physical Education and Sports will be held Monday at the Coliseum. The second-year workshop will offer courses in athletic training, elementary physical education, and gymnastics on both non-credit and credit basis for men and women teachers. In addition, the first four- dav session in athletic train- ing (June 24-27) will be opened to high school student trainers. The course, taught by WVU trainers A. C. "Whitey" Gwynne, Craig Lewellyn and the Medical Center physical therapy staff, will include prevention and care of athletic injuries, field examinations and decision, as well as training room and laboratory application. The elementary physical education section will discuss trends and promising practice for the classroom teacher at the elementary school level. The gymnastics workshop will include apparatus experience, training programs, safety, and coaching techniques. A total of six hours of directed elective credit taken during the workshop may be counted towards either a Master's degree in PhysicalEdu- cation or Classroom Teacher's Program in Human Resources and Education. Our Classic Golf Shirt FOR DAD 100% COTTON Unquestionably the coolest, ever. Styled with pocket and flap, in Navy, White, Dark Brown, Light Blue or Red. S,M,L,XL. Ours alone and reasonably priced a t . . . $ 16 00 ON QUARRIER Outfitters To Gentlemen Since 1880 year when the New York Mets eliminated the Cincinnati Reds in the National League playoff. But most baseball episodes occur during a game. Not long ago Bc/b Watson of the Houston Astros, dazed and bleeding after running into the left-field fence at Cincinnati, had beer poured on him by several sympathizers in the seats above. "When the cops tried to get one guy out of there," Pete Rose recalled, "He was so drunk, they couldn't even move him. His body just kept sagging.". Pete Rose is the resident expert on baseball rowdies from coast to coast, mostly because he has been the resident target. Following a brawl at second base with Bud Harrelson of the Mets in the playoffs last year, he had a few bottles thrown at him from Shea's leftfield stands. Early this season he was villified in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, apparently because of the Harrelson episode. "They threw a couple bottles in Los Angeles, some ice in San Diego and in San Francisco the stands are far back but I heard a couple bottles break on the ground in between. But the language in Los Angeles was unbelievable. I don't mean the usual things. I mean an obscene chant in left field that could be heard in our dugout behind first base. And one guy was saying terrible things about my mother. That's not baseball." * * * ROSE MENTIONED the psychology of a ballpark that seems to liberate the emotions of some spectators. "It's a lot easier to go to the b a l l p a r k and yell those things." the Cincinnati Reds' leftfielder said. "It's pretty hard to stand up in the middle of 'Grease' and start yelling. But the owners have to use some common sense. Like in Philadelphia last year, they gave a w a y golf b a l l s one night. By the end of the game, some people were throwing them. You get hit with a golf ball, you can get killed. Another time in Philadelphia, somebody was throwing little flashlight batteries. The umpire at first base had to put on a batting helmet." Rose mentioned a recent In-, dian-Ranger beanball incident as a factor in the Tuesday night episode. "But selling beer for 10 cents ain't too smart either," Rose s a i d . "If a guy was smart, he'd stay outside the PETE ROSE Resident Expert gate and sell aspirin for a nickel less. But the big thing is. the penalties aren't stiff enough for people. They know that even if they run on the field, nothing is going to happen. And the owners will wait until some player gets hurt or some fan gets hurt." The owners keep talking about more security. But the extra security never materializes until after an incident. The primary problem is that ballpark security policemen don't do their job. Not because they don't want to, but because they're intimidated tiy the t h o u g h t of becoming involved in a possible court case. 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