Daily News from New York, New York on October 4, 1964 · 407
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Daily News from New York, New York · 407

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Sunday, October 4, 1964
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Ti r CD 3 o-. S3l By DICK YOUNG When Danny Murtaugh was approaching graduation from Chester High School in Pennsylvania a few years ago. the football coach at Villanova gave him a tryout in the Cats' spring- camp. The football coach at Villanova was Harry Stuhldreher, which gives you a fair idea of how few years ago this was. For a little guy, Murtaugh was a pretty good kicker and passer in his day, so they snapped him the ball and asked him to throw some passes in a makeshift scrimmage. Football Pileups Steered Him to Baseball Every time Danny threw the ball, he wound up beneath a bunch of players somewhat larger than himself, and at the end of the session, he walked his sore body over to where the coach was and said plainteively ? "Mr. Stuhldreher. do they give out any baseball scholarships at this school?" "No," said the coach. "Then you can take this football scholarship and stow it." said Murta ugh. To this day, according to Murtaugh. Shuhldreher takes full credit for Danpy's becomtng a big league ballplayer instead of a nothing football player. Baseball owes Harry a vote of thanks, and so do I, because Danny Murtaugh, player and manager, has been a pleasure. Murtaugh. for the seven years he managed the Pirates, was a plain Jane sort. He wasn't one for spectacular moves, and he never popped otf about what an unmitigated genius he is. Quite the contrary, he seemed to delight in running himself down. "I want to show you how stupid I am." he'd start off a story, then he'd tell you about some move that didn't pan out. just as they don't pan out for lot? of managers who won't dare tell you about them. After He Quit. He Started to (rou a Little THE only time, in all the years. 1 heard Danny Murtaugh give himself billing was the other day, right after he announced he was quitting, and maybe that's why; maybe he thought that now Blues Radio Irving Mitchell Felt, chairman of the Madison Square Garden Corporation, announced yesterday that the Rangers will broadcast 39 games this season over WCBS radio. The home opener against the Canadiens on Tuesday, Oct. 13, will initiate the series which will feature all Wednesday and Sunday games, both home and away. Veteran sportscaster Win Elliott will handle the play-by-play. By GENE WARD H4C A Orange Crush HC, 34-8, in 2d Half Surge Worcester. Mass.. Oct. 3 (UPI : Heavily-favored Syracuse, its ground game stalled for three ' quarters by a determined defense. roared from behind with five sec-: ond-half touchdowns today for a 34-8 victory over Holy Cross. The Crusaders of U.S. coaching dean Dr Eddie Anderson managed to keep sophomore Syracuse speed merchant Floyd Little in check through most of came and held him scoreless after I his five touchdown spree of last week. BI T THE ORANGE converted ' two intercepted passes into third quarter touchdowns, scored a third on their own pass and rushed for two more en route to their second victory in three starts. Tackle Jerry Everlin romed 18 yards to score with one intercepted pass and a 28-yard run-back of another Holy Cross pass A funny thing happened to American tennis on the way to that Davis Cup defeat by the Aussies in Cleveland. The Fans discovered the game. In a mob scene the like of which just doesn't happen at staid old Forest Hills, the Cleveland customers jammed the makeshift 1 stadium three straight days. Then, when the final singles match between Floy Emerson and Chuck McKinley had to be put over until Monday, they made it four capacity crowds in a row. The real test came on Sunday, when a cold rain swept the i exposed battle site. The Dennis Ralston-Fred Stolle match scheduled I to start at 12:30, didn't get under way until 3:30, yet most in the ; crowd either waited it out under the stands or left and returned after i the storm. The temperature had dropped into the low 50s when the j players finally squared off. And the cheering. These fans really let their hair down, particularly in the thrill-packed, five-set set-to between Ralston and Stolle. ... AND THE CHEERING - THESE TENNtS &OFE5 fiEALLX . LEI THEl HAIR. POWN -A JS& in- MkA to, &i i m JKEHK tha it was all ever, he was entitled to one little bow. The game of the night before, the 16-inning spectacular whereby Pitt knocked Cincy out of first place, was being replayed in the lobby of the Netheland-Hilton. and they got around to the run. the only run. that had been squeezed across by Jerry May. Jerry May is a 20-year-old catcher who. like a Phoenix, had risen from Ashville, and was playing in his eighth big league game. "I'll tell you something about that." said Murtaugh, and there was Irish pride in his voice. "The inning before. I walked over to the kid on the bench and said, 'Son. can you bunt?' He said. 'Yes sir, I sure do,' and I said, 'Okay, then, be ready.' " Somehow. Murtaugh said, he had the feeling the kid would come to Hat with a man on third in the next inning and. sure enough, tnere was Donn Clendennon on third with one out in the 16th. and Jrry May knew the sign, and he knew how to bunt. T just had the feeling," said Murtaugh. "I can't explain it," 'i "Tinkled up that sat-on Irish mug of his, and laughed. When Murtaugfc -aughs. his eyes close, and he looks drunk. He looks drunk re:-, of tee time. ;n fact, yet he has never had a drink in his life. Maybe r; developed alcoholic eyelids because he's ashamed to have i; known that ar Irishman doesn't touch whiskey. Danny is no prude, though. Tobacco juice trickles down the corner of his mouth, and he knows all the words, and uses them, and he considers a meeting with a friend a total loss if they don't exchange at least one of the latest dirty jokes. Ea -fioing Manner Was Just a drver-ap It was all a facade, this easy-going, what-the-hell Irishman who didn't take himself seriously. All the while, it was eating him inside, and then the pains in the chest came, and thev told him it was his heart. "I've been in the hospital a few times in recent years," he now admits. "We tried to cover it up by saying I had a virus, but it really was the heart. It's not serious, but I better take it easy." Danny Murtaugh will be 47 next week. "If I look older," he says, "it all began when I got Dick Stuart." He laughed, and everybody in the group whipped out his favorite story on Dick Stuart, the man they call Dr. Strangeglove. "Remember," said Murtaugh. "the play in the '60 World Series, when we had Mickey Mantle hung off first but he 3lid around Rocky Nelson ? Somebody asked Stuart if he would have played it the way Nelson did. and Stu said he didn't think so. because he 1 wouldn't have caught the ball to begin with." Hol ( r,,., - H Hi Hlev 11 pa from unniOB i Martrllino lat from ('unmoor. SYC Ererhn- IX La interception I paM faili : SYC Name :! run M , .. run SVl Cripp in pats from Mi- (Smith kick: SYC Nance ft run (Smith kick: SYi Ducfceit run paaa failed'. a is.ooo. by Syracuse saftyman Hal Rooney set the stage for the second touchdown, score on a two-yard plunge by fullback Jim Nance Ql'ARTERBACK Wally Mahle threw 10 yards to end Jim Cripps for the third Syracuse touchdown and the Orange drove to 70 and 55 yards on the ground in the dying minutes for the other scores, Nance tallying around end from eight yards out and Nat Duckett diving two yards for the finale with 55 seconds remaining Holy Cross Jumped on top in the first five minutes when safety-man Jim Gravel took a punt and romped up a blocking lane 36 yards to the Syracuse 21, Crusader quarterback Mike Cunnion hit end Dick Kochansky for eight yards to theS yracuse 11 and hit sophomore end Tom Haley in the end zone for the score. CUNNTON'S conversion pass to halfback Jim Marcellino gave the Crusaders an 8-0 lead they nursed until the first S qracuse touchdown at 1:42 of the third quarter. It was a pro-U. S. crowd all the way. but there still wa a tremendous hand for the Aussie when he finallv pulled out what was then to be the clincher. Maybe They're Lost Indian Kans When the ULSTA awarded the challenge round to the Cleveland group it was considered a catastrophe by most knowledgeable people in the sport, particularly the old guard. After all. who ever heard of spending S10i).0tKl on a stadium for a one-shot event in a community which never had had any major league tennis, and putting said stadium away out in the sticks? There was a good deal of discontent, too. over the fact the matches would be played on a composition surface, called Tenike Royal, rather than on traditional grass. But Boii Malaga, the USLTA nabob from Cleveland, along with such backers as Harold Clark and Jim Nance, knew what they were doing. They sold series tickets and you couldn't buy 'em for just one day at (30 for the low-priced pews for the three days and $45 for the top locations. Boxes for the series sold for $1,000. The strips went like proverbial hotcakes. Capacity was something over 7,000 and. with the extra day thrown in. total attendance hit just short of the 30.000 mark. It looks as though amateur tennis may have found itself a win-ningformula. There isn't very much to cheer about the Giants these daya, and there's apt to be even less when the Lions finish with them in Detroit today. But there is one Giant who has displayed as much grit and determination as I've ever seen in this hardnosed sport Jack Stroud. Six weeks ago. the aging, sore-legged veteran was on the Terge of being cut from the squad. The 36-year-old from the U. erf Tennessee was in his 12th season as a Giant, but it wasn't just his ag that had him on the ropes. Jack was hobbled by a badly weakened knee which, after each of the last two campaigns, had required an operation. Sentiment Could Pla o Part But he wanted this one last season with the Giants, no matter what the sacrifice. He knew sentiment could play no part; that coach Allie Sherman could give no break to a player just because he had been a great lineman for 30 many years. So. Jack Stroud went to work and. in that clutch game with the Redskins at the Stadium, his pass-blocking and all-around play at right tackle was the finest performance of the night by an offensive lineman. Speaking of Stroud reminds me that certain stars, touted to the skies when training camp opened at Fairfield, seem to have disappeared completely. It's like they dropped through a trap door. For instance, there was the marvelous rookie running back, Steve Thurlow. Coach Sherman said of the 6-foot-3, 212-poundpr out of Stanford: "I've never seen a rookie back with more potential. Thurlow has speed, is a hard runner, cuts beautifully and can throw the option pass." Still, nothing happened. It seems Thurlow reported to camp out of shape, then suffered a muscle pill in a pre-season exhibition. He was kept on the squad but never used. - - The time has come for a little honest tub-thumping in behalf of Mike Holovak. whose Boston Patriots have won three straight and 7 1 -Yd. Gallop Nips Cornell, 8-3 Hamilton, N.Y., Oct. 3 (AP) Tom Carpenter returned a free kick 71 yards for a touchdown, following a safety today to give Colgate an 8-3 victory over Cornell. Colgate dominated plav through out the first half, but had to : stave off two Cornell drives in the closing minutes of play. John Breiten, a six-foot-6, 217-pound tackle, gave Colgate its first tally when he broke through to block a Big Red punt in the second period. The ball bounded through the rone for a safety. Spartans Upset Trojans, 17-7 East Lansing. Mich., Oct. 3 'AP A 49-yard field goal bv barefoot kicker Dick Kenney, an import from Hawaii, was the killing play today as Michigan State upset favored Southern California. 17-7. The Trojans previously beat Colorado, 21-0 and Oklahoma, 40-14, and were ranked second in the Associated Press poll lats week. Kenney. a sophomore, was making his first appearance in a college game. His 49-yard boot in the first period set a MSU record. Buckeyes Jolt Hoosiers, 17-9 Columbus. Ohio, Oct. 3 (UPI) j Arnie Chonko stopped three ! ! late Indiana drives with key pass ' interceptions today to save a 17-9 , Big 10 football victory for Ohio State. Chonko. a 209-pound defensive j halfback, made his last intercep-tion with 14 seconds left and stopped the Hoosiers for the third time in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Rich Badar of In- diana had the Buckeyes on the ropes in the final period, passing ' for one touchdown when he hit ; Rudy Kuechenberg on a five-yard touchdown pass to make it 17-9. But his next two drives were j thwarted bv Chonko. ' molovak:: technique VIOLATES ( &zr rsaS - 3 ar favored to make it four in a row in Denver today. His technique for triumph violates the rules of the coaching fraternity to such an extent that his behavior has become downright embarrassing all around the AFL. like Carrie Onlv Three Assistants Both as coach and general manager, Mike has taken the mumbo-jumbo out of pro football. Where many coaches surround themselves with a half-dozen assistants, Mike has only three. He speaks softly, carries no big stick and doesn't even impose a curfew on the road. Most unusual of all, he wins with a 3tand-pat lineup that raiely changes from Sunday to Sunday or season to season. In fact, stability is the secret of his success. He develops teams, n-t individual players. His current club includes 13 players who have played with the Pats since their birth four years ago, and 11 of these -appprrrprf in thp -AFr;'s -very first game.

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