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6A—• Corsicana Daily Sun, Sunday, July 12, 1970 GIBBS Jackie Pung Recalls Loss of Open Title GAB AMERICAN ALL-STARS Starting lineup of the American League players in the 1970 All- Star Baseball Game in Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 14, are (top row, from left) first baseman Boog Powell, outfielder Frank Robinson and second baseman Dave Johnson of the Baltimore Orioles, catcher Bill Freehan of the Detroit Tigers, (bottom row, from left) shortstop Luis Aparicio of the Chicago White Sox, third baseman Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins, and outfielders Frank Howard of the Washington Senators and Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox. Starting pitcher to be named later. ALL-STAR SQUADS NAMED North-South squads have been released for the Annual Coaches School All-Star games in Houston August 5 and 6. Corsicana’s Jeff Smith joins a list of extremely gifted athletes on the North All-Star team. As far as we can determine Smith is the first Corsicana lad ever to be named to the basketball star roster in the 25 years the game has been played. Also appearing in the Houston All-Star football game will be Archie White of Leonard, a spectacular football player who has been signed by Navarro’s Donnie Duncan. Smith is teamed with one-half of the dynamic duo from Texas in basketball, which will be heard from around the nation before they finish college. They are of course Sammy Hervey of Dallas Crozier Tech and Houston’s Dwight “Big D” Jones. Each was highly sought by college recruiters, and naturally they will command much of the attention focused on the game August 5 in Hofheinz Pavilion. Hervey will lead the North All-Stars, while Jones takes over as number one individually for the South. The North captured last year’s game in Dallas, 80-76 with another Dallas Product, James Lister of Dallas Madison, picking up MVP honors. 1970 will be different for there are many more outstanding boys in this year’s lineup. Others on the North Squad team will be James Forbes of Bel Aire in El Paso at 6-7; Julius Howard of Dallas Adamson, 6-7; Marc Wilson Lubbock Dunbar, 6-6; Darrell Hearne, Millsap, 6-6; Charles Louis, 6-3, Clarendon; Ricky Braden, 6-3, Ropesville; Jack James, 6-4, Wills Point; Don Moore, 6-3, Lubbock Monterey; Mark Gentry, 6-1, Henrietta; and Jamie Cowley, 5-11 of Midway, Henrietta. Harvey is 6-7 and Smith is 6-6. Jeff has been listed as wing-man for with all that strength under, Coach J. D. Menasco of Carrollton’s R. L. Turner feels like he needs more scoring potential outside. In Smith and Wills Point sensation, Jack James, he surely will have that. Forbes is a 195-pounder and a great board man, but Wilson of Dunbar is one of the state’s premium rebounders. He pulled down over 1200 rebounds in his high school career. Wilson weighs 225 and big Howard carries 240 pounds with ease. Howard is said to be a fine football player as well as eager, but feels like maybe he can go further in basketball and will attend Temple JC in the fall. SOUTH TEAM Aside from the fantastic Big D from Wheatly, the South team has other terrific tall talent, but some will say all they need is Jones. Jones led Wheatly to three straight 4-A titles in three tries, so that speaks highly enough. However, Jones is joined by Buddy Carlisle, 511 of Clear Creek; Jackie Sommers, 6-2 of San Antonio Brackenridge (headed for Tyler JC); James Davis, 60 Van; James Wilson, 5-8, Deweyville; La Wayne Willis, 6-2, Spurger; Lee Griffin, 6-7 Houston Westbury; Jack Vest, 6-8, Tivy of Kerrville; Will Carter, 60, Edcouch-Elsa; Johnny Mayo, 6-6, Taft; Connie Hunter, 6-0 West Sabine; and Cornelius Shields, 5-11, Montgomery. There will be without question many great battles in this 25th All-Star basketball game. One could be the return as opponents of Corsicana’s Smith and Tivy’s Vest. They played against each other in the 3-AAA * finals two years back. Or maybe the duel between Menasco and Jones of Wheatley. Wheatly defeated a great R. L. Turner team last year in the finals. Certainly there will be a tremendous bout between Hervey and Jones, for Hervey felt like his team should I have been in the 4-A finals. What it all adds up to is still another fine Coaches’ b School All-Star session. i Williams Future Remains Question Reds Runaway Leader In NL West Division CINCINNATI (AP) - Much can happen between now and Oct. 1—the end of the baseball season—but the Cincinnati Reds already have made their mark on the National Iieague pennant race. At the start of the season most so-called “experts” agreed the Reds probably would be at least mild contenders for the league’s Western Division honors. But a forecaster would have been considered slightly “tetched” if he had predicted the Reds would build up a runaway lead well before the All- Star game hiatus. There were just too many “ifs” in connection with the Reds. No one questioned the Reds’ hitting but... They were starting the season with a new manager making his major league debut. He was an unknown quantity. A problem loomed in left field where hard-hitting but cantankerous and weak fielding Alex Johnson had been traded to California. Shortstop was a doubtful spot as it had been since I>eo Cardenas was traded to Minnesota. The pitching was “suspect,” to say the least. In 1969 the Reds had the top hitting in the . league but shoddy pitching had negated the hitting o that a third place finish was the best the team could do. The hitting has more than held up this year but the pitching has been the big shocker. Jim McGlothlin, obtained from the California Angels in the deal for Johnson, had only an 8-16 record with the Angels last year but has become a consistent winner for the Reds. Rookie Wayne Simpson, up from Indianapolis of the American Association, had a 7-13 record there last year with a 4.89 earned run average. Mastering a control problem, Simpson quickly built up a record that is making him a prime candidate for 1970 rookie-of-the- year pitching honors. I^efty Jim Merritt, the Reds’ top winner in 1969, picked up where he left off in 1969, and became the first pitcher in the majors to win 10 games. Gary Nolan, fourth in the starting rotation, has had trouble completing games but he has been good enough. Missed not at all is Jim Maloney, figured to be top man among the hurlers. He suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in mid-April and isn’t expected back before September. The only discernible weakness has been in the “long” relievers where Tony Cloninger and Ray Washburn have had their troubles. But the mop-up hurlers— Wayne Granger, Clay Carroll and Wayne Gullett—have been tops. There has been a double solution to both the left field and Mexico's Top Tennis Stars Headed To NJC shortstop problems. Rookies Bemie Carbo and Hal McRae each has been hitting better than .300 while platooning in left. They claim collectively they are the “best left fielder” in the league. The same situation exists at shortstop where rookie Dave Concepsion shares action with veteran Woody Woodward. And all National League clubs were correct in fearing the Reds’ hitting. Pete Rose, twice National League batting champion, got away to a slow start and it was mid-June before he hit the .300 mark. Third baseman Tony Perez was averaging better than one run batted in a game and was hitting home runs at a pace that could bring him about 60 for the season. Catcher Johnny Bench was right with him in runs batted in and home runs. And rookie manager George (Sparky) Anderson has taken it all in stride. He is lavish in his praise of Coach Larry Shepard, 1969 Pittsburgh Pirate manager, for his handling of Cincinnati’s pitchers. He says he has given Shepard a free rein as to the pitchers. Anderson speaks of the “camaraderie” of the team members. “This has got to be the ‘closest’ club I ever have seen,” Anderson says. Navarro Junior College tennis coach Herchel Stephens announced Saturday the signing of another outstanding Mexican tennis star for the coming season. Lulu Gongora of Mexico City has agreed to attend NJC on a scholarship and joins Cecilia Rasado, also of Mexico City on the Bulldog team next year. This pair of internationally known tennis performers teamed with Elena Subritas, tennis coach at U. of Mexico in Mexico City, this summer in comprising the Mexican Federation team which competed at Wimbledon in England. Miss Gongora, like Miss Rasado, has played tennis world wide and has many credits. She was Mexican singles national champion in her age bracket in 1968 and was member of the National Double Champion teams in 1965-66-67 and ’68. She TL Attendance Takes Nosedive DALLAS, Tex. (AP) — Texas League attendance for games through June 30 dropped 20 per cent from last year but Albuquerque and Dallas-Fort Worth remained the biggest gate attractions. Texas League President Bobby Bragan said Friday that 325,477 fans passed through TL turnstiles through June 30 this year as compared to 395,592 through the same period last year. The 1969 attendance figure is for 256 games and the 1970 total includes 262 games. Albuquerque and Dallas-Fort Worth also showed declines in attendance but still held a wide attendance gap over the other six league members. For 35 home games this season, Dallas-Fort Worth played before 88,264 as compared to 112,899 for 35 games over the same period a year ago. Albuquerque, in 38 home games this season, drew 70,043 as compared to 80,498 last season. Shreveport showed the biggest decline—a whopping 42 per cent —from 26,906 last year for 28 games to 14,559 for 26 games this year. Other team attendance figures for 1970, with the 1969 figures in parentheses, include: Memphis, 42,564, 30 games (45,415, 31 games); Amarillo, 23,678, 32 games (31,966, 32 games); Arkansas, 37,233, 35 games (38,103, 32 games); El Paso, 17,551, 32 games (29,591, 36 games); San Antonio, 23,585,34 games (30,-214, 30 games). was finalist in 1969 in both singles and doubles. She was ranked number four in the Olympic Games at Guadalajara when she defeated Ziegenfus in two sets. As a 14-year-old Miss Gongora was a singles and doubles finalist in 1963 in the Orange Bowl Classic. Then when she was 16 she was a singles finalist in the Orange Bowl in 1965. Other credits include doubles finalist at the Blue-Grey tennis tournament in ’68 and the same season was a singles and doubles finalist at the Southern Championships. She won the singles and doubles at the Tennessee Valley Tournament the same year. In singles she scored wins over Madonna Schatche, the number six ranked player in Australia and also holds wins over Valerie Ziegenfuss and Peggy Moore in the United States. In doubles she has collected victories over Welga Niessen of Germany; Eva Lunquist of Sweden; Evelyn Torras and Monique Sayati of France; Jane Lehane of Australia; Trudy Gtoonman of Netherlands; and two USA opponents, Linda Tuero and Ann Templeton. Coach Stephens also related that his mens team at NJC, made up of Darrell Pierce, Richard Salinas, Jose Chavez and David Tejeda, recently finished 11th in the NJCAA nationals at Ocala, Florida. All four were freshmen this past season and return this fall. By FRANK ECK » AP Newsfeatures Sports Editor * Ted Williams, the man who I says swinging a baseball bat is * as easy as swatting a lazy horse* fly, is in the middle of his sec* ond season as manager of the Ü Washington Senators. Some I days he wishes this season were * over. ■ People have been saying—a* gain—that Washington is “first * in peace and last in the Ameril can League.” It is no fault of ; Ted Williams, baseball’s last * .400 hitter and a man who would * swing a bat in his sleep if it I would add another win for his J team. * Last year, after being away ■ from the game nine years, ex\ cept for coaching Boston Red I Sox rookies, Williams returned ■ to manage Bob Short’s Sena■ tors. * The 1969 Senators won 86 I games, a number they hadn’t I achieved in 24 years, and Wil* liams was named American * League manager of the year. It * was not a popularity contest al­ ii though Williams is a popular 5 manager. What he did was J bring this ragamuffin team > from 31 games below .500 to 10 * above. S With little tips about how to ¡hit a baseball where it is pitched and how to hit it between infielders and outfielders, Ted improved the averages of six of his players a total of 284 points. Pitching also prospered, but now he has just gone through a June month in which his pitchers have let him down. The team went from third place to sixth and last in the East division. In June his team won only 12 games and lost 16. Would Williams be back next year? “I don’t really know,” Ted said the other day. “I don’t know how long I’ll manage. Right now we had better start winning or nobody will want me.” The Senators seemed to get the message. They recently beat the American League champion Baltimore Orioles three straight. Maybe July will be a better month for Williams with a team that has been a perennial second division finisher. Star playmaker of Michigan State’s 1969-70 basketball team was 5-foot-5 guard Gary Ganakas, son of the head Sartan coach, Gus Ganakas. Dick Gibbs HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) Jackie Pung, the cherubic Hawaiian housewife who won and lost the U. S. Women’s Open golf championship in less than 15 minutes, is coming back in an effort to conquer the course over which she pulled the biggest goof in the history of women’s golf. “This brings back old memories,” Jackie began as she gently pulled a 9 iron from her 80-pound red golf bag. “I haven’t been back to the Eastern states in 13 years and it’s a great feeling to renew acquaintances with old friends.” Most golfers, male and female, recall Jacqueline Pung. In 1957 she was the 235-pounder who won the Women’s National Open only to have the United States Golf Association take it away from her. That day, June 29,1957, she was interviewed as the new champion. About 15 minutes later she was disqualified. Jackie had signed her scorecard with the correct total (72) but the card noted a 5, instead of a 6, on the fourth hole at nearby Winged Foot. Now she was seven miles away giving a one-hour clinic in a raw June drizzle at the Westchester Country Club, scene of the $250,000 July 30-Aug. 2 Westchester Classic. And 40 women and 10 male members, plus pro Wes Ellis, watched her interesting repertoire with wood and iron golf sticks. “You’re getting closer to Winged Foot,” some said, and Jackie smiled. “I’ll be there tomorrow,” Mrs. Pung replied. “And if this rain goes away I’ll ride a cart over the East Course to see where I goofed 13 years ago.” She couldn’t play Winged Foot’s sacred East court—a tournament was going on but in 1972 the U.S. Women’s Open will be played there—all 72 holes of it. “I’ll be there,” Jackie enthused. “I’ll go home to Mauna Kea Beach and practice for two years. I will be 50 then (in 1972) but I have young ideas about golf. I’m not going to try to win the Open but I’ll be up there with some of those young ones. “However, we’re at Westchester now and I’m a guest here with some great friend^. Last time I played here was with Ed Sullivan. “That was hilarious. We had a $5 Nassau bet. On the first hole I had a bird. After four holes Ed said, ‘Oh heck Jackie, give me a lesson.’” It’s common for J. Pung to give lessons. That’s why she’s at Laurance Rockefeller’s Mauna Kea Beach course in Hawaii where people book her by the hour. Her pupils run from a 6- year-old boy to a 91-year-old husband and his 80-year-old bride. Jackie, now divorced from her fireman husband and a five-time grandmother by way of two married daughters, had tears streaming down her smooth cheeks that June day 13 years ago when she and her playing partner. Betty Jameson, learned they were disqualified. The unique ruling gave Betsy Rawls of Spartansburg, S.C., her third Open and first prize of $1,800. Tears ceased the next day when Winged Foot members, sympathetic toward their Hawaiian visitor and the brutal USGA penalty, presented Mrs. Pung with a check for $3,500. “You’re right,” laughs Jackie Pung now. “I did smile all the way to that bank in Hawaii.” She had received almost twice as much as official winner Miss Rawls. “What happened on that fourth hole really floored us,” admits Jackie. “It was ironic. We had a 5 on both cards. Betty and I both knew we had bogeys, one over par. We thought we were on a par 4 hole so we let the 5s stand. Actually the hole is a par 5 and we shot 6s. The third and fourth holes are doglegs and we were somewhat confused. Our mistake was not adding each hole.” Of course, the crush around the scorer’s umbrella was bedlam. Sports writers were fighting time and well-wishers to get to her. Jackie and Betty never had a chance to add their hole-by-hole scores. But today Jackie Pung has happy smiles, and she laughs at the suggestion of a Winged Foot fourth hole (East course) plaque saying: “This is where Jackie Pung won and lost the 1957 Women’s Open.” “That’s a great idea,” chuckles Jackie, who has been known to do the hula while shaking sand out of her shoes. Jackie Pung will be 50 when they play the 1972 USGA Women’s Open at Winged Foot. She’s gonna have a lot of rooters. “It’s not a comeback,” says Jackie, “I’m just going to return.” PRIZE RECRUITS—Navarro Junior College has signed two of Mexico's top women tennis players to scholarships for the coming season. At left is U. of Mexico tennis coach, Elena Subritas, middle is Cecilia Rasado and right Lulu Gongora. Misses Rasado and Gongora will attend NJC. This trio made up the Mexican Federation tennis team this past season. NATIONAL ALL-STARS Starting lineup of the National League players in the 1970 All-Star Baseball Game in Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 14, are (top row, from left) outfielder Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants, catcher Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds, outfielder Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves, first baseman Richie Allen of the St. Louis Cardinals, (bottom row, from left) outfielder Rico Carty of Atlanta, shortstop Don Kessinger and second baseman Glenn Beckert of the Chicago Cubs and third baseman Tony Perez of Cincinnati. Starting pitcher to be named later. * *

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