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Wednesday, October 5, 1966
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14 Wed.. Oct. 5, 1 966 THE DAILY OKLAHOMAN Dodger Speed Doesn't Worry Rookie Catcher LOS ANGELES (AP) Rookie catcher Andy Etchebarren of the Baltimore Orioles is kidded about his facial resemblance to Yogi Berra,; and even wears the same uniform number eight as the former New York Yankees' star. The Orioles, of course, hope Etchebarren goes on to have the same kind of career as Berra. But they would just as soon have the playing field parallel begin after the 1966 World Series. As a rookie in 1947, Berra was replaced behind the bat when the Brooklyn Dodgers started taking liberties on the basepaths. The Dodgers will field another spee dy team when the World Series opens here Wednesday. But that doesn't scare Etchebarren. "If our pitchers hold the Dodger close on the bases and I make good throws, we'll get 'em out," Etchebarren said. "I'm not worried about that." "Etchebarren, like Berra, does not appear to worry about anything. When he's kidded, he grins along with everyone else and seems to enjoy the needles. "The Dodgers like to run," Etchebarren said, "the way the Chicago White Sox do in our league. But I don't think they run any more. "Maury Wills and Willie Davis run almost every time they're on base. Wes Parker runs often, and the rest of the players run only in certain situations like any other club." The 23-year-old catcher is accustomed to hearing doubt expressed about his ability to handle a big task. At the start of the season, some observers thought the Orioles would have a difficult time winning the pennant with a rookie catcher handling a relatively inexperienced pitching staff. Etchebarren did more than hold his own. He was named to the American League All-Star team after finishing third in the balloting by the players. Yet, when he went to camp last February, Andy figured he had a chance to make the team only as the No. 3 catcher. But after Dick Brown underwent brain surgery and Charley Lau was sidelined with an elbow injury, Etchebarren was inserted into the line-up. Be caught almost every game until suffering a broken bone in his right hand. Time and again, manager Hank Bauer has credited the ability of Etchebarren to fill in capably at a vital spot with playing a major role in the drive for the pennant. Etchebarren figures he has improved in his handling of pitchers this season, but is disappointed with his .218 batting average and 105 strikeouts. "I want to cut down on my strikeouts about 30 per cent," he said. "In spring training, next year, I'll work on cutting down my stride so I won't be fooled as much." "Playing on. a pennant winner and being named to the All-Star team I couldn't ask for much more in my first year," Andy said. But then, after a bit of reflection, he added: "Now, if we could win the Series.. .it would be everything." Andy Etchebarren TOM WRIGHT Ike to Make Boomer Debut "If we have a pretty night, we might just have 10,000 show up to see the game," commented Lawton Eisenhower coach Jim Phillips on his Eagles' Friday night encounter with No. 2 ranked Ardmore at Lawton. The state's No. 1 high school game tins week will be played in the new Cameron stadium, a bowl-like structure which seats 10,000. Phillpis and his charges aTe anxious to make their : debut in the Boomer Conference. Lawton Eisenhower has reached triple-A status in enrollment in only four years. Phillips, former line coach for Bob Bodenhamer at Lawton High, has coached his teams to records of 5-4-1, 7-3, 9-2-1 and 6-4. His 1964 team won the District 1-AA title.' This year the lOth-ranked Eagles are 2-0-2, being tied by Wichita Falls Hirschi and Ada, both 6-6. ; Players Confident "We feel like we've got a good chance to win," Phillips said. "The kids feel like they can beat anybody so I'll go along with them. "We've been getting a terrific effort out of our kids. They really hit. Ernie Sheppard, our quarterback, has done a exeat job running and throw- .,, ing. He's hit 45 out of about 99 passes j so far.' It should be a wide-open, crowd- pleasing game ... ! The state girls basketball coaches j associations will hold several district clinics this fall instead of one big ; i state clinic, as it has in the past. Here are the districts, sites and , dates: Northeastern Inola, October 22. j Central Kingfisher, October 29. East Central Ada, October 29. Southeastern Wilburton, October i . Northwestern Plans not complete. OBU to Host Harriers Southwestern Blair, October 22; Cyril, November 19: and Sayre, date undecided . . . Oklahoma Baptist University hosts high school runners in its 12th annual cross-country run Friday. Class A competition in the three-mile jaunt starts at 3 p.m. and Class AA begins at 4. p.m. Teams are limited to seven runners. The first 15 finishers will win medals in each division. No wonder Siatook beat Hominy! Coach Jim Wills , was a former assistant at Hominy. His aide is a former ; player and All-Stater Harry Redeagle. - They beat the alma mater, 13-12, Friday. "We felt we had a pretty good chance to win," said ! Wills. "We're right on the verge of being a good ball club." Aussie to Coach LONDON (AP) Owen Davidson, Australian tennis star who reached the semifi nals at this year's Wimbledon tournament, asked for1 time Monday to think about British Cup Team? an offer to become Britain's Davis Cup coach. The AU-Ensland Club, jwhich runs Wimbledon, of-jfered the job to the 26-year-old left-hander. Cheevers Back With Blazers ST. THOMAS, Ontario Goal-tender Gerry Cheevers and reserve goalie Doug Fa-vell were placed on the Oklahoma City Blazer roster Monday, coach Murray Davison announced. Also Brian Bradley, the No. 11 scorer for the Central Hockey League champs last year, returned to the Blazers after playing two exhibition games with the parent Boston Bruins. Cheevers joined the Blaz ers last year on Christmas Day when the cityans were m the cellar and sparKed tne team to the title. He played in 29 srames and had a goals- against average of 2.49, best the league. He failed to get m enough games to qualify for the goalie award. During Cheevers' absence! because of an injury, Favell stepped in to play in 18 games. His goals-against av erage was 6.36. Bradley scored seven, goals and 13 assists for the Blazers last year. The Blazers now have 12 players back from last year's championship club. The team breaks camp Wednesday to travel to Evel-eth, Minn., where it will meet Omaha Thursday night in an exhibition match. The Blazers stand 1-1-2 in exhibitions so far. Skins Cut Fullback WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Redskins cut fullback Joe Kantor Monday to make room on the roster for Joe Don Loo- ney, the. controversial running back acquired from Detroit. Ross Porter Quits WKY Sports Post Ross Porter, WKY radio-television sports director, has resigned to become sports director of KNBC-TV, in Los Angeles, a station owned and operated by the National Broadcasting Co. Porter. 27, a native of Shawnee, joined the WKY radio news staff in January I960. A graduate of the uni versity of Oklahoma, forter has been working in radio since he was 14. Porter was named Oklahoma's sportscaster of the year in 1964 and 1965. lives with his wife Lin andl twins Tripp and Rosalyn inj iidmond. Jean Paul Parise MACKENZIE ENCOURAGED BY PRACTICE Sooner s Polishing Attack Parise to Play For City leers Tom Tresh's Father Dies ST. THOMAS, Ontario The Oklahoma City Blazers received another of their top players off last year's Cen- tral Hockey League championship team Tuesday, Jean Paul Parise being sent down by the parent Boston Bruins. Parise was the cityans' jno. 3 scorer last year witn j.3 goals and 30 assists for 49 points. The scrambling wing-man led the Blazers in penalties last year and was sixth in the league with a total of 137 minutes. Also returning to the Blazers from tryouts with the Bruins are Glen Sather and Keith Wright. The cityans now have their top eight scorers from last year and will return ix ot IS squactmen ott the championship team. Only players missing are Dallas Smith and Bill Gold- sworthy, plus player-coach Harry smaen, - wno is now coach of the Bruins in the1 National Hockey League. The Blazers return to the exhibition wars Thursday night against Omaha iEveleth, Minn., and will play games Saturday, Sunday and Monday before arriving in Oklahoma Oity Tuesday. City College's Cage Slate Set Southwestern College ol Oklahoma City has announced its 1966-67 basket- ball schedule. The Eagles will nlay 26 games with -jun ior colleges ana iresnman teams in Oklahoma and Kansas. December 5 Oral Roberts JV; 13-B5rvNarlneeentral ColleDe; 9-St. St. Greoory's; 21 at Oklahoma Christian ! February 3-4 Southwestern Invitation al; 9 at Fr ends Bible College; 10 at Hesston Colleae; 11 at Central Colleae; AP Football Poll 1. Michigan Stat (30) 3-0 371 J. UCLA (7) .. 3-0 345 6. Southern 7. Nebraska NORMAN Working out in sweat clothes without pads, Oklahoma ran through a regular practice session Tuesday afternoon polishing all phases of offense and defense and making final preparations for the Texas game Saturday. "All we're doing is polishing, polishing, polishing," coach Jim Mackenzie said. "We're going to Texas with a balanced attack. Praising the efforts of the Big Eed in getting ready for the Longhorns, Mackenzie said he was encouraged by this week's practice. "We pushed them hard last week and Monday and then eased off Tuesday. We are practicing more confidently but we ought to since we are doing the same plays over and over." Bradley Still In Hospital Bed AUSTIN (AP) The injury situation was the same i coach Darrell Royal thought1 it was pretty bad Monday! as Texas returned to the practice field to get ready tor UKianoma at uaiias Saturday. The Longhorns only loosened up and did little work. iThey will get down to business Tuesday. The status of star sopho- m o r e quarterback Bill Bradley, who suffered a knee injury in the game with Indiana Saturday night, mamed up in me air. Bradley is in a hospital bed and won't know until j Thursday whether he can play against Oklahoma or for the rest of the season,, tor that matter. There's a strong possibil ity- that Bill will have an op eration and be out for the. irest of the season. The doc tor is not optimistic," Royal said. Liggins, Riley. Expected to Play NORMAN Granville Liggins and Jim Riley, mainstays in the Oklahoma Sooner defensive unit, are expected to be ready for the Texas game Saturday Dallas. Both players have been slowed by leg injuries and Liggins missed the entire Iowa State game. Mackenzie said he would work the team in sweat clothes again Wednesday and Thursday. A short briefing and practice session will be held Friday afternoon before the team departs for Fort Worth. Mackenzie said he didn't believe Bill Bradley, Texas' talented sophomore quarterback who was injured Saturday, would be able to play. "But Andy White, their reserve, is a very fine quarterback. Although he is not quite as big a threat as Bradley. If they move (Greg) Lott to quarterback we'll face the same old Texas offense and we'll have to 'defend against that as we had planned. But if they play White we will probably see some new wide plays." '. 3-0 106 Southern California "(1 . Georgia Tech 3-0 1 1 TOP LINEMAN IN NATION K-States Lankas Honored v Playing for a consistent loser must be discouraging, - but not to Kansas State linebacker Danny Lankas, who "J. . is happy just to be able to play football. Once, a doctor S." predicted that because of an ankle injury, he would nev-er play again. I;. For his brilliant and fiery efforts in a losing cause I; . against Colorado last Saturday, the 6-foot by 211-pound ; junior was. named national, lineman of the week by the j Associated Press. "J Lankas had a hand in stopping 27 of 58 Colorado plays in Kansas State's 10-0 defeat, its 14th consecutive j; loss. He made eight unassisted tackles, assisted on 17 more, intercepted a pass and batted down another pass ;-: on the K-State 30 . . . ' Nebraska halfback Harry Wilson is the AP's choice i ' for Big Eight back of the week after rushing for 102 P. yards and catching three passes for 51 more in the Cornel huskers' 12-6 victory over Iowa State . . . i In the Missouri Valley, the AP selected North Texas quarterback Vidal Carline as offensive back of the week for the third straight time, and picked Dan Bednarski of Louisville as defensive back of the week. Bednarski is a 4 transfer from Oklahoma Military Academy ... 24 Nationally, the AP chose Washington halfback Don & Moore as back of the week. The 5-9 by 212-pound junior gained 221 yards in 30 carries as the Huskies upset Ohio 5 State, 38-22 . . . fj ; One more this one in the NFL, where the AP named Cleveland halfback Leroy Kelly as back of the -"A week. Kelly, the Browns' replacement for the retired Jimmy Brown, ran 20 times for 138 yards in a 2S-7 victory over New York last Sunday. He also scored a touchdown and picked up another 48 yards on two kickoff returns . . . Former Oklahoma City 89er first baseman Walt Bond was purch.-od by the Minnesota Twins from Denver of the PCL . . . Unbeaten West Texas and Harvard each hold the lead in two categories in the major college football statistics. West Texas is No. 1 in total offense with a 473-yard average and in passing offense with a 301.3 yard mark. Harvard is in front in rushing with a 361.5 mark and scoring with an average of 37.5 points per game. Southern Mississippi leads in total defense, yielding a stingy 87 yards per game, while no Big Eight schools rank in the top 10 of any department. Tulsa, however, is second in passing offense (269.5) and ninth in total of fense (355;0) . . . The Philadelphia Phillies sold pitcher Bo Belinsky outright to the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League , . . The New York Rangers began stocking their Omaha tarm ciud ot tne central JriocKey League. The Nebraska club received goalie Wavne Rutledee. defensemen Terry Ball and Duncan McCallum and forwards Trevor Fahey, Max Mestinsck, Bryan Campbell ana ram Anarea . . DETROIT (AP) Mike Tresh jr., former Chicago White Sox catcher and fa ther of New York Yankee outfielder Tom Tresh, died Tuesday at the age of 52 in OaKwood Hospital in suour- ban Taylor Townsnip. Tresh entered the hospital Monday with a heart condi tion. He was active in organized baseball lor 21 years, including 12 seasons with the White Sox. He had been employed by' the Ford Motor Co. the last nine years after acting as a scout for the New York Yankees. During his 12 seasons with the White Sox, ending 1949, Tresh usually around .250. He hit only two home runs, however. The elder Tresh. was product of Detroit sandlots and was considered one of the great mechanical catch- rs. It's Dave McNally Day in Montana HELENA, Mont. (AP) Gov. Tim Babcock has proclaimed Wednesday as Dave McNally Day and has urged every Montanan Oriole and Dodger fans alike to root for the Billings southpaw who will pitch for Baltimore in the World Series opener against Los Angeles. McNally, the governor said, "has brought pride and new sports glory to the Big Sky Country." McNally was a star hurl-er for the Billings Legion team which went to the finals in the Little World Series of 1960. Cutchin Declares Pokes Not Ready STILLWATER After drilling the Oklahoma State football team for an hour and 25 minutes Tuesday. coach Phil Cutchin com mented, "We still have a lot to do. We're not near ready to play Colorado yet, but I can see how we might progress enough day to day and be ready Saturday." Although he hinted of per sonnel snitts alter watching the film of O-State's game with Houston, Cutchin made changes in Tuesday's workout. Cutching expressed con cern over Colorado's offense after hearing Wayne Freil- mg's scouting report on the Buffs game with Kansas State. They are biff and quick and have all the ingredients fine football team." Freiling said. "Colorado fumbled three times inside the Kansas State 10 last Sat urday, but worked out a 10-0 victory." Freiling singled out offen sive backs John Farler and Wilmer Cooks, defensive back Hale Irwin and defen sive end Sam Harris as the Buffaloes top performers. ti you stood Nebraska Missouri and Colorado side by side you couldn't tell the difference all have real fine athletes," Freiling declared. "Colorado has the muscle to make you look bad if you don't play alert, tough football," he added. Cutchin, though disap pointed in O-State's 35-9 defeat at the hands of Houston, said he feels that the Pokes are better than Saturday's game showed. 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