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2D--Sept. 3, 1972 * Sunday Gasette-Mail Charlatan, Wtil VirglnU SL!MD\\ 1958 Versus 1972 Gary Kolb, on his pre-game radio show recently, asked us to compare baseball of the old American Association of 1958, when Charleston won a pennant, to the Charleston Charlies of 1972. This, of course, is a tough assignment. As a matter of fact, it would be difficult to pick any team over the 1972 Charlies when they are all healthy and playing the kind of ball they are capable of the an But there's no question in our mind that Triple A baseball in 1958 was a lot better than it is in 1972, generally speaking. And the answer to this is simple. There were less major league clubs grabbing up the Triple A talent in 1958 than there are today. Figuring that there were only 16 big league clubs then, as compared to 24 today, it's a matter of simple arithmetic that there are eight full rosters of Triple A players now playing in the majors who would have been playing in the minors in 1958 . * * * 1958 Pitching Better If any one department of the game in 1958 stood out over the same department in 1972, it would be pitching. No club in the International League today has the pitching depth or talent that almost every club had 14 years ago. Another thing that kept the old American Association strong in 1958 was the fact that there was an agreement between the majors and minors that there could be no recalls of Triple A players after July 15 except in extreme emergency. And thrre was no military draft to kocp players going and coming from baseball to the services. So, it all adds up that the brand of baseball they played then couldn't help but be stronger from the big leagues on down to the lowest minors, mainly because of the draw on talent from the top. . . * * * Shantz Good Receiver The Senators of 1958 had a pretty sound ball club--one featuring experience more than youth. Bill Shantz and Tom Yewcic were the catchers. Shantz, in particular, was a fine receiver, possibly better than either Buddy Booker or Charlie Sands, and had a fine throwing arm. But Shantz wasn't much of a hitter. He batted .263 but had few extra base hits. Sands is clearly outstanding in this respect. As we say, the pitching had more depth and experience. Art Houtteman, Jerry Davie (tops in the league), Jim Stump, Ross Grimsley, Al Corwin, Don Lee and Joe Presko were starters most of the season, backed up by a fine bullpen that included, George Spencer (the Senators' answer to Dick Colpaert), and Barney Shultz, Herb Moford, along with some lesser lights. . . * * * Kopacz Tops With Glove Young Bo Osborne, not so fat then and a long ball hitter whom the Detroit Tigers thought well of, played first base, beating out veteran Bill Taylor for this job. It would be difficult to pick Bo over George Kopacz, who was his equal at bat and a much stronger fielder. But nere again. Osborne faced better pitching that Kopacz faces today. This holds true for Chuck Goggin at second, too. Chuck wouldn't outhit Wayne Terwilliger by much, if any, and the Twig knew no peer with the glove around second base. Frank Taveras would have shown any of the old heads a thing or two defensive shortstop back in those days but Ron Samford, in every way, was a stronger hitter and a decent shortstop, too. * * * Hicks, Virgil Steady Buddy Hicks and Ossie Virgil shared third basing duties and did more than adequate job. Both were a little more steady defensively than Artie Howe and probably would outhit either Howe or Rick Joseph if they batted against the crop of pitchers in the I.L. league today. Stan Palys, no great ball of fire as a defensive outfielder, stayed in left field all season simply because he could hit the baseball with authority. 1 LAYS But we'd have to take Richie Zisk over him, because of Richie's great power. And, of course, Richie would outfield Jeim Delsing made catches in center field Jeim Delsingmade catches in center field that were strictly fabulous and he also carried a timely bat. He was a durable player, too, and if we recall correctly, he played in about 150 games that season. He'd get our nod over either Dick Sharon or Phil Bushman mainly because he had been around a few years and made fewer mistakes than these youngsters do today. . . Walters Good Looking Prospect Kenny Walters, a strong youngster with a lot of batting potential, played right field most of the time with Bill Taylor filling in now and then. At that time, Kenny was a much brighter prospect than anything Charleston has had around in right field this season. If big league scouts could see Kenny today as he was that year, they would drool. But unfortunately he faded out of sight in a couple of seasons mainly because of eye trouble. AH in all, the Charleston infield of this season would have been clearly superior defensively to the Senators of 1958. But the Senators would have acquitted themselves much better at the plate as a unit. * * * Tougher, More Durable There were a lot of good pitchers around Not Going To Defect, Boris Says REYKJAVIK, Iceland -wv- Boris Spassky wants to play Bobby Fischer again for the A'orld chess championship and feels sure he can beat him. The Russian denied a Reykjavik newspaper story that he is planning to defect to the West. "That's just journalism," Spassky said. The tabloid Visir reported "very strong rumors" that the defeated Soviet champion would seek political asylum in a Western country rather than return home in disgrace. Spassky dismissed the report with a laugh during an interview Saturday at the seaside suburban villa where he had remained secluded for much of the match with Fischer. SPASSKY SAID he was "very relieved" to no longer be champion but had "plans to fight Bobby in the future." His remarks set up the possibility of a Fischer-Spassky rematch. Fischer's aides have denied reports that he plans to )lay Spassky again next year but the new champion says he wants to defend his title often-and against Russians. "Bobby is stronger than me now," Spassky said, relaxing in an armchair, shoes off. "But I am sure I can beat him. I feel inside me enough strength to beat him. I will not repeat my mistakes, on or off the chess board." BOBBY FISCHER GOES SWIMMING^""" 8 Relaxes After Winning Chess Title AMATEUR WVU Varsity Blasts Frosh MORGANTOWN-West V i r - ginia U n i v e r s i t y ' s varsity crushed the freshman under an avalanche of 503 yards from scrimmage Saturday in rolling up a 52-6 score. One player--Artie Owens- scored the only touchdown for the freshman, gaining 25 yards in four carries in the first half and then was promoted to the varsity. Owens banged out 57 yards for the half. varsity in the second Fiorante and Ade Dillon directed the varsity attack with dispatch. Fiorante combined with Oan Buggs on a 69-yard pass play for the varsity's second touchdown. Despite the lopsided score, Bowden was not pleased with the varsity's performance. Instead, the praised the freshman team's fighting spirit. "We're' still not the football team we're capable of being," Bowden said. Kerry Marbury, Brian Chiles and Ron Lee and Owens led the varsity running gams. Coach Bobby Bowden rested Bcrnie Galiffa for nest Saturday's opening game here against Villanova, but Chuck : irst downs Rushes-yards 'ards passing 'asses 'enaltles-yards : umbles-lost 'unts Return yardage Statistic; VAR 26 56-2M 246 15-25-1 9-93 2-1 FROSt 43-13: a 2-S-2 4-3' 3-2 8-34.5 162 Spassky looked tired and said he needed to "sleep and sleep and sleep" before trying to understand why his game col- kpsed in the first half of the match. FISCHER SAID Saturday it gave him "great pleasure as a free person to have smashed' the S o v i e t Union's "chess might" by beating Spassky. Fischer, speaking in a television interview, said: "I don't think it's a good thing the way the Russians used chess as a propaganda weapon. "They've used every trick. Giles Ends Frustration With Three^Shot Victory CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Vinny Giles ended years of that year, guys like Carl Thomas, Cloyd Boyer and Don Rudolph of Indianapolis, Vic Rehm and Juan Pizarro of Wichita, Nelson Chittum of Omaha, Dean Stone of Minneapolis and Bob Darnell of St. Paul, among others. There were some guys who could sting the ball, too--like John Callison of Indianapolis, John Blanchard of Denver, Earl Hersh of Wichita, Don Demeter of St. Paul, Joe Altobelli of Indianapolis, Willie Tasby of Louisville, Bobby Smith of Omaha and a few of the Charleston sluggers. Bill Adair, now manager at TKRwn i IPPR Peninsula - took over th e man- 1LK\MLLIGER agement of the senators when the Tigers called up the late Bill Norman in June. Here recently Bill said he'd probably take his old Senators over the Charlies today, mainly because of the pitching. For us, it would be a hard choice. But we liked that old gang, whicli was tougher physically and maybe a little more aggressive than some of the Charlies today. Moreover, they were more dedicated to team play and had a lot more enthusiasm for the game of baseball. \ They were fun to be with, too. . . They probably now feel sorry hey ever s t a r t e d playing chess." He charged the Russians had equated "military might and frustration Saturday by scram)ling to a one-over-par 72 for a 285 total and a three shot victory in the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship. Mark Hayes, of Oklahoma ty, who shot a 74, and Ben Crenshaw, the pre-tourney favorite from Austin, Tex., with a 71, tied for second. Giles, a 29-year-old red-hair- for his trips around the sunbaked 6,811-yard, par 71, Charlotte Country Club course. Immediately after the tournament ended, the U.S. Golf Association selected Giles, Crenshaw, Hayes and West to the team that will compete for the World Amateur Cup next month at Buenos Aires, Argentina. ed investment Richmond, Va., banker finished from third last year and three times in a row before that was second. He led this year by one stroke after 36 and 54 holes, but fell behind on the third hole of chess might" and had lost the! gain the lead. the final round and trailed Hayes by two strokes with 11 holes left. But Giles drew even on the 10th, then birdied .three of four holes starting at No. 13 to re- Edwards of Edmond, and Jim McLean of were named as alter- Danny Okla., Seattle nates. Giles, looking back on his round, said, "I played my best golf of the week from tee to *reen, but didn't cash in my birdie chances on the Individual Ltaders Varsity rushing: Marbury s-67; Owens 5-57; Let 13-51. Frosh rushing: Williams 6-33, Woods 15-32, Owens «5. Varsity passing: Fiorantt 6-12 for ISO yards, 1 TO Frosh Msslns: Williams J-4 for S», 1 inter caption Varsltv receiving: Bugos 1-69 yards and 1 TO; Blake 6-54, Kurschner «-41. Frosh receiving: Tom Bowden 2-58. 0- chess cold war. Giles had rounds of 73-68-72-72 Bob Veale Is Sold To Boston Red Sox By A. L. Hardman "Big Daddy" is going back to the "bigs." And nobody's surprised. nn flip nnruirhintfv in criiro up ine opportunity [O give many front nine. In all, I think I played a solid round of golf." Bob Thaxton Nips Spence Bob Thaxton won a close match, 1 up, from John Spence Saturday in the Sleepy Hollow WVU Viriity 14 10 7 wvu Fr»shm«n .. o t o VAR--Lee 1 run (Nester kick) VAR--Buggs 6» pass from Fiorant* (Nester kick) FROSH--Owens 20 run (kick faldel) VAR--FG Nester 3i VAR--Chiles 2 run [Nester kick) VAR--Dillon 1 run (Nester kick) VAR--Chiles 1 run (Nester kick) VAR--Chiles 5 run (Nester kick) VAR--Rice 7 run (Nester kick) Hounds Top Pocahontas In 14-6 Tilt r i i i i SPORTS FANS! I BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW Brought to you by... Club men's tournament. championship Bill Holder, Kenny Bowen anc flay Payne also advanced into .he semi-finals today. The finals will be played Monday. Championship Flight Bob Thaxton d. John Spence, 1 up '" Holder d. John Chenoweth, A anc 3 . K i nny Bowcn d. Dr. Jack Shamblln Veale this last chance" to re-i 3 am) '-· Ray Payne d. Frank Pava, 3 Nebraska Picked to Win Third Straight Grid Title By Hersche! Nisscnson The Associated Press Nebraska is the choice in The Associated Press preseason college football poll to win an un- ranked last season, as Nebras-two first-place votes and ka's stiffest challenger. The Buffs polled 13 first-place votes and 746 points. Oklahoma, a unanimous runner-up last season as the Big precedented third consecutive Eight Conference completed a national championship. But the Cornhuskers, who were unanimous champs last ! first-ever 1-2-3 sweep, was sixth behind Ohio State, Arkansas and Pcnn State in the pre- 538 to points. Ohio State Rated High Ohio Slate, expected rebound from an injury-marred 6-4 campaign, got four No. ] votes and 620 points. The Buckeyes were unranked last season. Arkansas. Ifith a year ago. season balloting. The Sooners.ialso received two first-place season, received barely half of;who lost only to Nebraska, had I votes but only 578 points while the first-place votes this time: from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and sportscas Nebraska was named No. iPl'OgramS Slated on 28 ballots and received 920 of a possible 1.000 points. The ^ Hillbilly Racing panel chose Colorado, third-. | Penn State was picked to retain 'its fifth-place 1971 finish with 550 points. The other first-place ballot went to Washington but the Huskies were only ninth in the rankings with 294 points. Last season's final Top Ten j consisted of Nebraska, Okla- ihoma, Colorado, Alabama, Perm State, Michigan, Georgia. Football Schedule By The Associated Press Here is the major college football schedule for the opening weekend of the season Sept. 8-9: Friday, Sept. I Oregon State at San Oieqo State, night Saturday, Sept. 9 East Florida State at Pitt Temple at Syracuse V'llarciva at West Virginia South Duke vs. Alabama at Ri'miroham Ala., night The Citadel at Oemvn Ter.nessee at Georgia Teen Auburn vs. Mississippi State at Jackson, Miss., night Xavier at Morehead State, right Richmond at North Carolina Maryland at North Carolina S'ate, night Virginia at South Carolina, night Texas-Arlington at Southern Mississippi, night Toledo at Tampa, right UT-Chattanooga at Vanderbilt, night East Carolina at VMI Davidson at Wake Forest, night Furman at William Mary Midwest Kent State at Akron, night California at Colorado Younostown State at Davlon, night Cincirnat at Indiana State, night Washington State at Kansas Tulss at Kansas State Oregon at M.issouri Illirieii State at Northern Illinois Central Michigan at Ohio u Long Beach State at Western Michigan Texas A«,M at Wichita State, night Southwest Southern California vs. Arkansas at Little Rock, Ar*., night Houston at Rice, night f*r W«t Colorado State at Arizona, nign Utah State at Mew Mexico Slate, night Santa Clara at S^r. Joe State, night Nebraska at UCLA, night Pacific at Wash;-«ton Idahe Stat« at Wyoming Arizona State, Stanford. The Top · Tennessee and ·7-6-5-4-3-2-1: Hillbilly is the name of the stock car races. Ritchie County Speedway at] Pennsboro will present its fifth votes annual Hillbilly Hundred pro-'records and 1 total points. Points based" on rfram tnrlav n-ith niinlifvintT' 20 - 18 - 115 - 15 - 12 -'*-'- 8 -'-*- 5 - 4 - 3 -. gram tonaj, wnn quaatying i N eDraS ka usi starting at noon and racing at 2 jj- o^kTslate'?' ·i. Arkansas (2) The speedway said it has posted a $7,500 purse for today's activities, including S2,- nnn to win the ion-lap feature for late models. 5. Penn State 6. Oklahoma (2) 7. Alabama 9. Southern California 9. Washington Hi 10. Michigan 11. Louisiana State 12. Arizona State Charleston Speedway is get- "'. T?xas D " me ting ready for its lOt'h annual!* Hillbilly races Saturday night,".' Georgia when both the late model sports-;]?; pl^da state man and the hobby features willi 20 ^ 1 TM^ pay back 10 places. The late model winner will earn $750 and the hobby victor $250. North "c'jroMnarian J Along with the racing, there'll [ be judging for the most original- ily dressed hillbillies. 13-0 10-2 6-4 8-3-1 . 11-1 . 1 1 - 1 11-1 V. 8-3 . H-1 . . 9-3 11-1 . . . , 8 - 2 . 8-3 . . 10-2 . . 10-2 . .11-1 3-7 . 8-4 .9-3 920 746 670 578 550 538 410 299; 294 266 The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Saturday that they had sold outright for am ur.cfisclosed amount of cash, the contract of Charleston Charlie pitcher Robert Andrew "Bob" Veale to the Boston Red Sox. Pittsburgh general manager Joe Brorvn announced the sale Saturday through the office of Charleston g. m . Len Monheimer. He is to report immediately, Monheimer said. The 6-6, 230-pound left-hand- er, obviously happy at getting another oportunity to pitch in the big leagues, said: "I shouldn't have been down here in the first place." He had been released by the Pirates late in May and after offering his services, as a free agent, to a number of major league clubs, he finally decided to come down to Charleston after lOVz years with the Pirates. "I've enjoyed pitching here," he said Saturday before leaving for Pittsburgh enroute to join the Red Sox. "And if I hadn't had this opportunity, I never would have made it back to the majors. "I got to pitch here and that's what I needed to do to prove that there was nothing wrong with my arm. I can throw as well now as I did two years ago --I'm just as fast and I think my control is better." VEALE SAID he needed something like 80 days to complete his llth year in baseball. This will hike his pension payments considerably when he reaches the qualifying age. "The people here were grand ;o me," he added, "and I plan to stop and pay a visit on my way iome this fall." Home is Birmingham, Ala., where Bob and his sweetheart, Vatican Sanders of Birmingham, will be married this fall or winter. Pirate g. m. Joe Brown ex- )lained Saturday that he hated o take a pitcher from the Charies with the heat of the late pen- establish himself in the majors. Veale has a 4-3 record here and an earned run mark of 2.81. BOB VEALE Gets Another Chance and 2. First Flight Jim Passero d. Charles A. Smith, 3 and 2; Max Egnor d. Jack Goodwin, 1 up; Hank Harawan d. Tom Perdue, 3 and 2; Warner Sheets d. Babe Roberts, 4 and 3. Second Filsht John Cox d. Denver Hodges, 2 and 1; Bob Howard d. G. K. Smith, 21st hole. Third Flight Buck Maynard d. Fred Joseph, 3 and 2; Jerry Mynes d. George Alexander, 1 up. Fourth Flight Bill Hammady d. Al Weil, 1 up; Vitellod. Art Barthlemess, 4 and 3. Bob Ms nant _ rusl1 on - - sa 'd he couldn't 202 163 88 79 67 40 27 S. J. Sponsors To Meet Tuesday The Stonewall Jackson High School Sponsors Club will hold an open house at 7:30 p.m Tuesday in the school cafeteria Parents of Stonewall students and others interested in joining the sponsors are asked to attend. Officers for the 1972-73 season are Maurice Reed, president; Robert Perry, vice-president; Lucille Lutz, secretary; and Phyllis Fox, treasurer. G A U L E Y BRIDGE - The Montgomery Greyhonuds gained 224 yards rushing Saturday afternoon and pinned a 14-6 loss or Pocahontas County in a game In which all the scoring occured in the first half. Montgomery twice was turned back near the Pocahontas goal line in the second half as the visitors' defense held, and once in the fourth quarter Pocahon tas drove inside the Montgom ery 20-yard line but gave up the ball on downs. Charleston I Artie White led Montgomery's strong gronnd attack with 77 yeards, followed by Tony Akers with 56. Stu Terrell with 52 and Jatne* Newkirk with 34. Quarterback John Fitzgerald completed four of nine passes 'or 86 yards and one touchdown for the Greyhounds. His 48-yard pass to Greg Watkins was the winning score. Defensive standouts for Montgomery included Watkins at safety, Charlie Perdue at de- "ensive end and Terry Thompson at linebacker. Perdue blocked two Pocahontas punts. Montgomery County Friday mersville. plays night Nicholas at Sum- Two for the price of one!! ; Kkn nd s'S5; Diego State, Syr- TM Chris " an ' T * Stomach Gas? If bloatlnc cu end add itomieh mnke you miserable, try wonderful BELL/ J\NS today. See how quickly they help *'»o»k-np" the bnminsr iicid ond help you feel hetter in » jiffy! Don't waitl Get | BELL/ANS today. ADV.i Pocahontas 0 0 0-- « Montgomery 8 0 o--14 Mont--While JS run (Akers run) Poca--unavailable (kick failed) ' Mont-Watkins it pass from Fitzgerald! (run failed) ' Here's a surprising football fact . . . The biggest crowd ever to attend a toot- ball game was NOT at a college or pro game as you would think, out at a high school game! . . . The all- time football attendance record was set at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1937 when 115,000 people came (n yep a high school rhatnpi- onship playoff game that featured the fabled high school star Bill De- Correvont. Do you knew which big l.ogu* bdf.bai; :«am holds thi record for th. word finish in history -that is, winding up farthest behind first place. . .The all-time record-in- reverse was set by the 1906 Braves. . .They finished 66Vi games out of first place! Here's an oddity ... In all of big league baseball history, nobody has ever had 6 stolen bases in one game except Eddie Collins--and he did it twice w i l h i n 11 days!... Collins stole 6 bases in a game Sept. 31, 1912 and again on Sept. 22, 1912 . .. Nobody has been able to do it before or since. I bet you didn't know .. . the difference is in the tailoring. 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