Daily News from New York, New York on August 7, 1988 · 71
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DAILY" SPORTS NEWS 71 Sunday, August 7, 1988 U U-t- LZZl Soonars fresbased on game day: ioz Oklahoma football players freebased cocaine the day of a game and steroid use was commonplace when he was on the team, Brian Bosworth says in his autobiography. "The Boz: Confessions of a Mondem Anti-Hero," also details other NCAA violations, which the former All-America linebacker said took place while he was at the school. The Dallas Morning News obtained an advance copy of the book, which is planned for release next month, a spokesman for the newspaper said. The 252-page book was written with Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated. The book also tells of running back Buster Rhymes shooting a machine gun off an OU dormitory balcony to end a snowball fight. Bosworth said in the book that while he was on scholarship, he lived in a $500-a-month condominium with a big-screen TV and two cars parked outside. Bosworth, writing that the football program bordered on anarchy, said that coach Barry Swftzer did not discipline players who broke the law or circumvented NCAA rules as long as the team won. "Some guys, especially some of the city guys, would freebase a lot of cocaine," Bosworth wrote. "One day, I happened to see them doing it on the day of the game. If you were a star on the University of Oklahoma football team, you could do just about anything you wanted. You had no rules." The 23-year-old Bosworth left Oklahoma after his graduation in May 1987, disdaining a fourth year of eligibility, and was picked by the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL supplemental draft He signed a 10-year, $11 million contract. Bosworth, asked by The Associated Press to elaborte on his charges after yesterday's Seahawks' workout, declined to talk about the book. Calls to Switzer's office went unanswered, and phone calls to his home received a busy signal or a recorded message which ended with the coach saying, "Have a nice day." Gary Wichard, Bos worth's business manager, characterized the book as giving a true picture of big-time college football, or at least what transpired at Oklahoma from fall 1982 through spring 1987. "Before saying anything publicly, I want to have an opportunity to look at the entire book," Oklahoma AD Donnie Duncan told the Morning News. A snowball fight in 1984 outside the athlete dormitory that ended abruptly when receiver Rhymes fired "about 150 rounds out of an Uzi machine gun," Bosworth wrote. "Somebody hit him with a snowball. He got a little upset," Bosworth wrote of Rhymes. "So right in the middle of the : fight, Buster went up to his room, opened his door, and let fly with this Uzi above all their heads. Just a few innocent warning blasts." Sonny Brown, a member of the team that year, was contacted at Houston Oilers' training camp in San Marcos, Texas, and asked about the incident "No, that didn't happen," Brown said. "He might have pulled it (the gun) out and waved it; but he didn't fire any rounds." TENNIS: McEnroo vs. Becker in final Fifth-seeded John McEnroe was on top of his game and temper in beating No. 15 Robert Seguso, 7-5, 6-3, to reach the final of the $415,000 U.S. Hardcourts tournament in Indianapolis. He will meet top-seeded Boris Becker, who ended the surprising run of local hero Todd Witsken, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Tempers boiled over on the changeover at 3-2 McEnroe in the first set as the players exchanged words and Seguso lunged at McEnroe, who was sitting a few feet away. He was restrained by an umpire as he shouted at McEnroe for talking between points. During the changeover at 1-0 Seguso in the second set McEnroe received a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct and expressed his disgust by tossing a cup of water on the court GOLF: 3-way tie In Pat Bradley International Pat Bradley and Jody Rosenthal caught early leader Dot Germain with birdies on the back nine to finish with 15 points and lead the field into an 18-hole final-round shootout at the $400,000 Pat Bradley International tournament in High Point N.C. Each won $5,000, and will be among 18 players competing for a $62,500 first prize. TRACK A FIELD: Johnson blazes In Ottawa World record-hoider Ben Johnson won the 100-meter dash final at the Canadian Olympic Trials in Ottawa, setting up a showdown in Seoul with American Carl Lewis. Johnson, who set the world record of 9.83 seconds last year at the World Championships in Rome, was timed unofficially hi a wind-aided 9.90 seconds. The breeze of 3.7 meters a second was well over the limit of 2.0. SWI&&IN3: Dostonfan swims Channel Peter Jurzynskl of Boston swam the English Channel for the second time, crossing from France to England in a little under 13 hours, 23 minutes.: ; : y-z: i'..x M .;; ' t i ne man wiio was ivisig TP art O ALL you guys in my graduating class: Want to feel old? Today marks 53 years since Joe Louis won his 24th straight bout, 20 of which were by knockout. The guy he , KO'd in the first round on Aug. 7, 1935, was King Levinsky, a fair-to-middlin' heavyweight who was in there with the leading contenders of his day. I reminded Ray Arcel about this date and he immediately recalled the following story: "This was 1937 in London where the British boxing promoters were making what they felt was a great card. In the main event they had Max Baer boxing the Welshman, Tommy Fair. To jazz up the card, they put King Levinsky, who was popular in England, in the prelim. "On the night before the match, the promoters gave a huge dinner party where all the elite were invited, including the Prince of Wales. It was at the time that the Prince was ready to become King and had only started to court Wallis Simpson. There was no thought of abdication then and it was taken for granted that soon he would be King. "Well, that night the first thing the master of ceremonies said was, 'Ladies and gentlemen, I wish to propose a toast' The emcee hoisted his glass and said, To the King!' At that moment, King Levinsky got up and said, 'Thanks, but gee, I didn't ex pect all this.' Everybody laughed, even the Prince of Wales, the man it was meant for." Now about Joe Louis, the best heavyweight I ever saw. The last time we talked was in 1979 when Joe became 65 and was confined to a wheelchair. He was smiling when he talked about how he was eligible for Social Security. The man who earned a total of $4,684,297.69 (extraordinarily DOX1NG BILL GALLO 'f lb . .Nun mrnA . big money in his day) was about to start collecting $750 per month. In spite of his financial ruin in which he lost all his money, Louis never complained. As he put it then: "Some say I threw my money away, but I don't see it that way. "I gave a lot to old fighter who were down on their luck; I don't see anything wrong with that When a man's got plenty, like I was making it, I think there's something wrong if he don't give some for things like that. I gave some to the Phyllis Whcafh y Hoi. -for Old Ladies out in Detroit and when I ustd to Ket out there to visit, they would talk about boxing and they called me 'son'. "A lot of money went into houses I bought in Detroit for my brothers and sisters to live in. That wasn't wasted money. "I lost a lot of money In business ventures but that could happen to anybody but, hell, I don't have to explain; I don't have any regrets about how my money went. I had a good time." They don't hardly make great men like that anymore, e Riddick Bowe, the super heavyweight who will represent the U.S. in the Seoul Olympics, went to the same elementary school that Mike Tyson attended. When he met Tyson recently at the the Korean-American wnatcur bouts, he jokingly asked the heavyweight champion if he would mind bring his sparring partner. Tyson left the -question unanswered and he wasn't smiling either. Riddick, one of 14 children, has dedicated his boxing career to his older sister, lirrn-da, who was stabbed to death by a drug addict last month. "It's Just another obstacle I have to climb," says Riddick. "I use it to motivate myself instead of It .Ling it get me down." Yy Mldtog feiffledl Mg boy .1 LEASE TELL me 1 9j about Mickey Walker. J r How many titles did I he win? Did he Tight heavyweights? Tom McGurk, Elizabeth NJ. Mickey Walker known as "The Toy Bulldog" won the welterweight crown from Jack Britton in 15 rounds at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 1, 1922, and lost it to Pete Latzo in 10 rounds at Scranton, Pa., on May 20, 1926. On Dec. 3, 1926, he won the middleweight championship from Tiger Flowers in 10 rounds at Chicago. He gave up the 160-pound title to move up in class and fought Tommy Loughranfor the light-heavyweight throne on March 28, 1929 but lost in 10 rounds. He went on to fight heavyweights, drawing with Jack Sharkey in 15 rounds and being stopped by Max SchmeU ing in the eighth in a vicious encounter. On Nov. 3, 1933, Walker fought Marie Rosenbloom for the light heavyweight title, losing a 15-round decision When Max Schmeling was knocked out by Joe Louis in 1938, was that his last professional fight? I'm pretty certain it was. R. IIuett,Tarrytown When Joe Louis bushwhacked Max Schmeling in 2:04 in the first round on June 22, 1938 at Yankee Stadium it should have been Schmeling's last hurrah, but it wasn't. He fought six more times as a pro. In 1939, he won the European heavyweight crown via a first-round knockout of Adolf Heuser in Stuttgart. After the war, he fought twice in 1947 and three times in 1948. e I remember New York Yankee pitcher Fritz Peterson was involved in a close rela- ART RUST JR. tionship with another Yankee player. Both players were a hot item on and off the field. Who was the other player? What were the circumstances? Steve Chaddock, Brooklyn Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekkh were close friends. Their wives and children were also close friends. Just before the 1973 season, these close friends switched families. After the divorce, Su zanne Kekich married Peterson and brought along fier two children. Maybe because he felt the pressure of this unorthodox behavior a little more, Mike Kekich did not marry Marilyn Peterson but lived with her and her children. e Could you kindly elaborate on the Staten Island Stapleton franchise in the National Football League? - Donald Patti, NYC The Staten Island Stapletons played four unsuccessful seasons in the NFL (1929-1932). They finished seventh in a 12-team league in 1929; sixth in an 11 -team league in '30; seventh out of 10 clubs in '31 and last in '32, when the NFL had eight franchises. The Stapletons received their most notoriety in 1929 when they signed Ken Strong, outbidding the Giants by giving the NYU star $5,000 plus a rent free apartment. Could you tell me where and when one-time New York Giant tackle Al Blozis was killer1 in action in World War II? J. Pry or, Jew ;ity On Jan. 31, 1945, lesr ,ian two months after hmpluyed his final NFL game, U. Al Blozis -on hit first combat assignment was killed by German machine-gun fire While searching for a missing patrol during a blizzard in the Vosges Mountains of France.

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