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Abilene, Texas
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Sunday, July 26, 1970
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THE ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS Abilene, Texas, Sunday Morning, July 26, 197( 5-D uarterbacks Key for Wildcats, Indians ACC Promises 'Excitement 70' By JAMES NORMAN A public relations firm might bill Abilene Christian College football this fall as "Excitement 70." ACC has all the ingredients lo offer a pro-lype excitement in 1970. The Wildcats have a super qiu.. ,-oack, t o p - d r a w e r HITS, breakaway runners, a replace Bennett iii the middle but 230-pound soph Steve Martin, out with mono last fall, is being groomed for the position. Experience abounds in the sccondai-y wilh the presence of seniors Don Cobb and Jimmy Stevens, juniors Travis Home and Eddy Mendl and frosh red- shirl Robert Cain. Stevens and big, bruising fullback, a talented!Mendl is all-league potential. He array of experienced offensive slob six passes in '69. blockers, quick and nimble The Wildcat kicking game defensive linemen, a group of should be improved. Bullington ho;id hunters for linebackers and!' 1 ** signed livo outstanding frosh swiftness arid smartness in thejpunters--Gene Roberts o f secondary. [Hooker, Okla. and Rodney This could add no to "Purple Power" this fall..". and maybe even a belter record than last year's 8-2 showing. . Jim Lindscy is the key lo the,.,..,,,,_ entire offensive machine. Jim is p,., ' mon , a quarterback who readily takes ' l a c e m e l l t Hoi tan of Sante Fe of Florida. Both had 42.0-yard prep averages. But both will have to beat out Holder, who grew more | consistent last year as the the responsibility and accepts all challenges. He's a Bobby Layne type on the field, a tremendous leader who bubbles with enthu- kicking will be handled by transfer Sonny Kennedy, Terry Clark and Wolfgang Halbig, who is entering college after a tour of duly in the Air siasm and confidence. To pul il more aptly. . .he's a winner. Lindsey led Ihe nation in pas-i sing as a sophomore and was! second in both passing and total i offense last season. He has thrown for 5,701 yards during his career, completing 444 of 868 for a .512 percentage. The offensive "Player of the Year" in the Southland Conference last year, he holds 18 I~SC records. Lindsey's passing targets will be tall Ronnie Vinson, diminutive but dynamic Pat Holder and speedy Nicky Pruitt. Vinson's accomplishments in 1969 as a sophomore were beyond expectations. He set ACC and SLC records with 82 grabs for 1,214 yards and finished in a lie for second in national receiving race. Holder, who stands 5-8 and weighs just 158, is the career receiving leader al ACC with 109 catches. He caught 48 passes last year and 61 as a soph. The Azle senior has been named All- SLC Iwo years running. Pruitt, wilh fl.B speed, had two long TD jaunts after catching passes last year. Stan Williams, a tough tight end with the knack of coming up with the big catch, snared 25 last season for 318 yards. Jim Lee Williams, a M, 220- pounder, will supply the power at fullback. He led the team in rushing in '69 with 452 yards and a 4.4 average. Terry Clark, who carries 195 pounds on a 5-10 frame, could push him for Ihe job. Coach Wally Bullington added a breakaway threat when he signed Don Harr out of a California junior college. The 180-pounder, who broke some of 0. J. Simpson's rushing marks, has both speed and power. He broke for a 63-yard TD on the opening play of the spring training final game. Harr will have competition loo, as David Wallace, the former Brownwood all-starter, now seems fully recovered from injuries lhat plagued him as a sophomore. The offensive line returns six of seven starters. Center Bob Keyes is the lone departing Wildcat. Guards will be manned by veterans Ronnie Tiner and David Smalley, a trio of tackles are on hand in towering Wayne Walton, Dusty Drury and Jerry Jones, and Vinson and Slan Williams are back at ends. Walton is a true pro prospect at 6-5 and 245. Tiner and Kmalley are All-League caliber. Keyos' center position will be a dog fight am,,.. n transfer Sonny Kennedy, Mike Ungcr (moved from lackle) and former baskel- .baller Tommy Humphrey, a top 'prospect at 8-5 and 245. Jack Riser and his counterpart Jack Stites give quickness and toughness to Ihe line. Riser, All-SLC last year, is ;up lo 205 but Slites weighs just 185 Three gridders, Al Barnes, Sieve Ricks and Chip Marcum, have been shifted to defensive end to strengthen the position. The linebacking corps could he the best overall in Bullington's Hhree years. The bell cow is gone in All-America Chip Bennett hut reluming are Leon Ewing, Phil Martin (starters in 1%9), Kelvin Kecle and Jerry Wilson who missed last season Force. Tribe Hungry, inexperienced Jly M I K K DAVIS Young, ycl spiced with several polished athletes. .Inex- pericnced, yet capable of jelling (asl enough to make people wonder where Ihe inexperience went. . .Hungry, ready to chow down at victory lane. in Martin's ability as a player and leader. Says head coach Buddy Forncs, "Roger has the respect of his teammates. We could see thai in the spring. They listen (o him, even if they don't they feel like a drill in ihe area. sergeanl is in ihe area. All Thai is a quick description ofJRoger needs is game exper. the 1970 McMurry College foot-!ience." hall team. A bin. strong-throwing lad, Turning their backs on ,, Martin has hit on 23 of 63 passes idismal 196!) season, one that ' i n lwo i' ears - IIe mlsse(1 the im could be attributed to Ihe young-j s . eason wilh a shoulder separa- ,est starting lineup in seven li(m 'years, Ihe Indians are anxious to! Forncs enti ' rs llls f l f l h season see if junior quarterback Roger as head coach with 18 lettermen Martin can get them back on the returning. Sixteen of them were right course. I starters in 1969, giving "- the NEAUS ANOTHER MILESTONE . . Stengel relaxes among souvenirs IN HIS OWN IMAGE . . . Casey with figure of himself AND STILL HARD TO FOLLOW A11-LSC quarterback Richard; k n o w y o u , lcar this all the ; ucketl. Now Pucka has firal-| f tau coach b i r , iT N M ?s , e" nnn of^ 1 is lhe lnilh ' We al ' e ^ ail1 , 0 1 1 ,,il, iv.vt., is tm. man of incxpel . ielK . cd . However, don't , , sell this year's club short. We Ihere are a lot of players aml; n a v c some outstanding players, coaches who have complete faithi s o n l c of the best in the Lone Star Conference. And Amazin' Casey Going Strong at 80 GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) Birthday No. 80 is approaching for Casey Stengel. After a four- hour visit with this delighlful man of baseball, it still remains unclear whether he is overwhelmed at his durability or even concerned with his longevity. The birthdate: July 30. As a matter of fact, many things remain unclear, which is par for Ihe course in any discourse with Charles Dillon Slcn- gel. Stengel, immaculate in dark black loafers and the new wide style tie, was wailing for his visitors at home. The two-story, white stucco house has been a familiar structure since it was built by Mrs. Stengel's father, a former mayor of Glendalc. The spacious swimming pool in back was the first built in the city. The interior is handsomely furnished -- it would never be termed lavish -- and the scene of most of the 'action is the huge den where countless Stengel memorabilia is on display and the pool house, also replete with Casey keepsakes. The Stengels were about .to fly East where Slengcl is to be an honored guest Monday at Cooperslown, N.Y., and the Hall of Fame induction of Ford Frick, Lou Boudreau, Jess Haincs and Earl Coombs. Now about his birthday July 30, and how is his health? Interrupting his own monologue on a variety of other subjects, Casey replied, in typical Stengel talk: "I feel good. But about this birthday, 1 hale lo say it but do I want lo keep goin' around .speaking like Ihis that 1 don't want anymore birthdays with cakes. "They might hear about it and say lei's give him one when I get up lo Cooperslown. But if you're gonna have three or four birthday cakes in one year baseball's so big lhat they don't need me around to give me a cake. "And the other thing is they are doing it for Ihe lOOlh anniversary because I am forlunale enough to be alive." Slenge! was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1966 and continuing in his stylish Sfengelese, he kept on talking. "When I was playing and winnin' pennants as a manager 1 wasn't thinking of the Hall of Fame. Some men don't care too much about it or couldn't tell you about it because they've passed away. Take DiMaggio and Mantle and you think of what one would do that the other couldn't do, and think of Mays and all the years I watched him. "Mantle," Casey noted at the conclusion of this particular segment of reflection, "was (he best distance hitter f ever saw right or left." Slengel will be on hand al Yankee Stadium for the 24th annual Oldlimers Day Aug. 8. "I'm very proud to be going back to see Ihe Yankees. Back lo see all those guys that were so good and helped me win those pennants and world championships. He gave a count-down of his Yankees of 1949-CO who won 10 American League pennants and seven World Series titles, and added without further identification "that outfielder, he lives over in Alhambra now." A question was sneaked in. Would he do anything differently if lie had it all to do over again? "Well," replied Casey after a inoment's thought, "you'd lake different jobs. You'd wonder now why I'd go over and manage again. You'd say what are the people of Brooklyn for me. I was hired, discharged from there, played with them in '16 winning, wilh the Gianls '21-22-23, winning." Ask a simple question and that's what you get. Nothing more and nothing less. Sneaking of changes, Casey in great humor recalled the old days. "We only hart one uniform, one for Ihe road, one for home. Some players wouldn't change undershirts for a week because (hey thought it was good luck. "Those shirts would be like a hoard, stiff from perspiration and dirt. "I remember goin' out one day lo old Yankee Stadium ami there was Irish Mensel. I said, 'Jeez, how can he tho 1 Ihe ball until ho sweats. Looked like he had a cast on his arm." In the old days, he wenl on, players didn't have much trouble wilh a while hall against a white-shirled background. "We'd get a nice clean while bail and the first thing, Ihe first baseman would tho 1 it lo the third baseman, and he'd (ho* il to the second baseman. By the time Ihe pitcher gol il il was brown, nol while. We uscii lo chaw lobacco, you know, and everyone would get tobacco juice on it." Swerving lo a I rip lo Ihe Orient by 16 players in 1923, Casey said Ihe Ihen commissioner of baseball Kcnesaw Mountain Landis, sternly cautioned against any conduct det- rimental lo the dignily of baseball Waite Iloyl, George Kelly, Herb Pennock, Kiggs Slcphen- son, Luke Sewcll, Bib Falk --these were some on Ihe lour. Umpire George Mortality was Ihe Landis overseer of dignily. His duties, Casey implied, were under pressure on several occasions. Falk, the old While Sox slugger, once occasioned more lhan a second glance. He slcppcd up lo the plate wearing Japanese carmuffs. Stengel's treasure of souvenirs are too numerous to catalogue. Mrs. Stengel proudly pointed to a hooked rug with "Mels" woven into the center. It came from four youngsters in New York "obviously Metsie fans," she said. And there are Ihe Iwo rings Ihe Mels' owner, .loan Payson, presented to (he Stengels after fheir 1009 World Series triumph. Casey's ring, actually loo heavy lo wear for comfort, is inscribed on one side of the huge diamond, "VP Slengel VI'." "Thai," said Casey, as if one didn't know, "means I am a vice president of the mnanin' Mets." The amaxin' Mels and the nniiizin' Casey, the latter going strong 80 or whatever. HALL OF FAME INDUCTION Cooperstown Conies to Life liy JACK HAND COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- This quiet, historic community on the shores of Olsego Lake will come alive for a day Monday when some 10,000 visitors crowd in lo see a ball game and the formal induction of Lou Soudreau, Earle Combs, Jesse llaines and Ford Frick into baseball's Hall of Fame. After a nostalgic visit into the last while the four new members are inducted, the scene shifts quickly to the present for an exhibition game between Ihe Montreal Expos and Ihe Chicago White Sox for the Hall of Fame Cup. The ceremonies, under the direction of Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, will slart at 9 p.m. CDT on Ihe porch of the National Baseball Library. down tree-lined Main Street, will begin at 2 p.m. at Doubleday Field before a capacity crowd of 10,000 fans. Before and after the main evenls the swarm of visiting mothers, fathers, sons and daughters may amuse themselves by visiting the museum to see relics from the days of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, llonus Wagner, Waller Johnson and olhers up lo Ihe present day. The balls that Willie Mays and Hank Aaron balled for their 3,000th hit-s, Ihe ball Ernie Banks hit for home run No. 500 and the caps of such no-hit pitchers as Clyde Wright of the California Angels, Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bill Singer of the Los Angeles Dodgers will be on view. Boudreau, 52, the former The ball game, a few steps Cleveland shortstop and manag- LOCAL PONY LEAGUERS EYE REGIONAL BERTHS With local teams filling two of the four sectional tournament berths, Abilene would appear to iller and current sports broadcast-Mercer, former New York base- cr, is the only new member who ball writer. The 1069 American wa's elected by Iho vole of the ieg mn Junior baseball player of veteran baseball writers. Boudreau hit .295 as a player with Cleveland and Hoston from 193fl to 1952 ant! managed Cleveland, Boslon and Kansas Cily in lhe American league and the Chicago Cubs, in Ihe National I-cague. He reached Ihe heights as manager and shortstop of (he 1948 pennanl winners, hilling s two homers and two singles in Ihe one-game playoff wilh Hos- the year, John Ademy of West Palm Beach, Fin., also will be honored. The exhibition series stands 15-11-1 in favor of the American League. New Net our defense really came to life in the spring. We moved the ball real well in the final spring game." One reason the ball moved like a jel was senior tailback Archie Smith, a rugged G-l, 207- pounder, who could be lhe school's lop rusher of lhe past 10 years. He gobbled up 890 yards last fall, averaged 4.1 yards a carry behind a young line of blockers. Al fullback there is Chuck Anderson, a competitive alhlcle who has alternated from offense lo defense the pasl two seasons. Now lie seems lo have found a home in lhe offensive Vjackfield. U 5-10 and 200 pounds, Ancler- on is a lough runner, the man 'ou use on third-and-two. Out at wingback, Hie Indians i wilh their prize receiver Matt Chalmers, a one-time quarterback. Chalmers (6-1, 195) caught 53 passes for 777 yards in 19f!», both new school marks. The split end job is up for grabs. Probably sophomore Larry Hoefer, 541, 165-pounder from Cooper, will get the first shot. In Ihe trenches, Ihe tackles represent a strong point. A l l American candidate Freeman f,,'imfcin (B-4, 252) rales with lhe best in Ihe slate. His counterpart is junior Mike Rosenberg (IKi, 215), who has recovered from a successful off-season knee operation. Center Dale Jackson (fi-2, 220) is consistent, a gond downficld blacker. When guards are mentioned, :he Indian coaching slaff starts looking in all directions. Everyone was given a chance in the spring. Rusty Baggett, a 6-1, 195- pound sophomore, started some Raines in 1069, but he broke a hand early in lhe spring drills. Junior Hal Porter (5-1(1, 185) 1 doesn't look (he part of a tighl end, but he is an exceptional blacker. Wilh linebackers Willie Davis ;ui Robert liivcra gont to lhe business world, the Indians had lo RO out and recruit. Two Irans- fers came through in the spring, and they may be Iwo of the best in McMurry history. Roaming Ihe middle is Jeff Orwig, (fi-2, 215). He is a sticker, bringing back memories of former McMurry star Carlos Mainord. At one of the outside ] linebacker slots is K. K. |Klaernor from Ranger Junior College, and he gol his training hinder Mainord, who calls him a | blue-chipper. The U.S. Open is the first of.li.I., founder of Ihe VASSS scor-! That should say enough about ABILENE COLTS HOST FOR SECTIONAL MEET The Abilene Colt League will host the West Region, Section II Baseball Tournament at T - Bone Winters Park Monday through Thursday. The host team, which drew a bye, will play the Garland-Waco-Lufkin district winner at 8:30 p.m. Monday. Lubuock, which eliminated (ho local Texas Colt outfit and then won over Borgcr and Alamogordo, N.M., goes against the Fort Worth winner in the 6:30 contest. The tournament will be a double elimination affair with the winner qualifying for the regional tournament al Oklahoma City. championships The addition of Boudreau and ~ In lo'ing system, has been one of (heWaerner's ability to defend. Defensive ends pose a serious Frick, former commissioner and president of the National f ormo ,.|League, actually originated the j idea of placing the Moll of Fame in Cooperslown. He became convinced Abner Doiibleday devised Ihe game in a Coopers- lown cow pasture in the 180ft; Club Sept. 2-13. William F. Talherl, the lour-!I and was instrumental in the wilh an injury. Wilson Seymour Postpones Golf Tournament SEYMOUR ( R N S ) - T h e Seymour Golf and Country Club's first annual partnership golf tournament, which was scheduled for July 31-Aug. 2, has been postponed duo to the extended hot weather. Club officials have decided lhat the course is not in suitable playing condilion. The tournament will be rescheduled al a later dale. for the regional tournament next week at Lubbock. The double elimination sectional tournament gels underway at 7 p.m. Wednesday when the Abilene Pony League All-Stars take on the El Paso district representatives at Key City Pony League Park. The host team Key City All-Stars play the District 2 champion (Pecos, Andrews or Lovington, N.M.) in a second game at 9:30 p.m. Abilene Pony, getting top-flight pitching from David Pieczynski and Terry Lambert, bumped the third Abilene league, American, out of the running last week with 3-1 and 8-2 wins in the District 1 playoffs at Key City Park. The Key City League, of course, received a bye into its own sectional tournament. The team is coached by Gerald Lewis and Stan Morris, while the Abilene Pony Leaguers are coached by Conrad Lambert and .Tim McElyea. pionship at the West Side Tennis' Under the new system, w h e n " " m ?J or sle f forward for lhe promise ' - - - - ' - ·- ljlc seni . c of a sct 'reaches (i-(i, fiame of tennis." | Nick Wells, ((,-9, 2lh) was a set goes into "sudden' "It provides a finish line such starter as a freshman, bul nameni direclor, announced Ihe^alhr wUh the ptaffls o f n j n c ! " wejTM * TMTM^^TM^ these poinls -sports," he said. "No longer williWorth lo re-cslablish his eligi- a Icnnis match drag on for bilily and train for lhe National iGoldcn Gloves Tourney. of takes the set. Phillips Named erection of the Hall of Fame. Combs, learioff man and center fielder for Ihe New York Y?nkocs famous Murderers' I Row of Ihe I9'!0s and 1930s, hit If--.I. _| f ir»j» | ..125 for hi-; 12-year slay in ('' LCdCll 01 IISCO big league wilh the Yankees and! hit .350 in four World Scries. llaines, an outstanding pitch- breakthrough Saturday. It additional poinls. marks years of effort on Ihe^'inning five part of some progressives lo gel rid of the involved and often dull scoring system in game. er for Ihe St. Ixxiis Cardinals from 1920 throuth 1S37, won 20 games three times and wound up wilh a career record of 210158. lie was one rf the early knpnklcball pilcho'-s and broke in with Cincinnati for a brief -lay in 1918 before moving lo iliR Cards. Al least 20 Hall of Fame members will be present for lhe ceremonies which also will include the presentation of lhe Spink Award lo heirs of Sid laskclball coach and assistant drag seemingly endless hours.' 1 Sophomore James Rumage (62, 220) and junior Darrcll Phillips (6-0, 200) give the Indians a pair of top-flight down men inside. , In the secondary are veterans - - ''"' second session of the libn cornd'hacks Van Gradv IR player winning five poinls takes Abilene Christian C o l l e g e ^ , !)2) ami Lanny Baker (6-1, .basketball school will begin;iM), both seniors, and senior CISCO (RNS)-Rudv Phillips 1layer A ls P crnlltlMl ltlc flrsl Monday al Moody Coliseum, silfcl y Joc Gillespie (5-11, 175). Ljauu \.nnii) ''""y ' nll "P s [ se rvice in Ihc ensuing set, ona-,""·'--'· " ·- "-·--·- ·---·-- J - - ' v · "»· To begin the lie-break se-, Ihe quence, player A serves Iwo points and then player B serves -- two poinls, on each side of Ihe jcourt. Then they change ends. Player A serves Iwo poinls and player B then serves three. The: player winn ;the set 7-li. Second Cage Session Starts bling him lo have Ihe exlra service in case ol another sudden . , ,, , , ~ . ,,. . vnv; i l l ^.dau VI m i m i i v i nimni.n football coach by Cisco High deil|n sUuation . t f therc are fom School, according lo Coach Manning Davis. Phillips will begin work here next month. Phillips coached last year at 1'earland High School and the deuced sets, the racket is tossed lo determine who gets Ihe extra service in the fifth set. For years, scoring lowed lhe ancient ACC Coach Ciarnie Hatch has^nc oilier safety job is vacant, bul senior Greg Ekis (6-1, 100) was the man Ihcre in. spring announced. The school is for boys in Ihe fourth through Ihe eighl grades. Those wishing to sign up for l.he school should report to Moody al Monday morning. has fol- formula'wil! tic lauglil, according to training. Since lillle John Williams made the scene in 1968, the Indians' kicking game has been previous year at llempstcad. lle| w h i t h nl{Kle u ncccssilry lnat a |iial--li. And (lie latest modern AM basketball fundamentals the best in the school's history. '" '·" '·""·'" ! -- '-'Williams averaged 44 yards per a graduate of San Angelo .Stale College. He is mairied. player be two poinls ahead in every game and in every set. Schacfer who asked to be relieved of coaching duties to devote full lime lo leaching. Phillips replaces Dclhurt This resulted often in prolonged malches that lasted for hours ami even days, .lames Van Alcn of Newport, equipment will he use, including a video lapc machine. Hatch said lhat Ihe first session, held in June, was a attending Ihe school. punt last fall, second in the NAIA and won the LSC tide. lie owns a field goal of 43 yards, also a school record, and is the school's all-time place- tremendous success wilh 36 boys kicking scorer with 72 points In 20 games.

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