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8 The Progress-Index, Tuesday, April 2, 1968 Getting Out Oi Spring Training Healthy Is The Key To Oriole Comeback Hopes By DICK COUCH Associated Press Sports Writer MIAMI, Fla. (AP) "Our problem," said Baltimore's Hank Bauer lasl month, "Js to gel out of spring training healthy." "If we stay sound," added Orioles' superstar Frank Robinson, "I think we're going to win it." A few days later, the Orioles' plane lost an engine on the way to an exhibition game in Sarasota. Then Jim Palmer's pitching shoulder went lame--and Manager Bauer's suman began to fade. When spring training began, it was generally agreed that if the Orioles remained healthy they be back in the thick of the 1968 American League race after a nightmarish fall. Everything happened to Baltimore in 1967--and none of it was good.

Palmer, Dave McNally and Waily Bunker, who each had pitched a World Series shutout over Los Angeles in 1956, were shelved by sore arms. Triple Crown winner Robinson suffered a concussion in a baseline collision, sat out a month and played the last two with double vision. Boog Powell, winner of. the AL Comeback of the Year award the previous year, toppled from a .287 average, 34 home runs and 109 runs in to .234, 13 homers and 55 RBI. The Orioles crawled home in a sixth place tie with Washington, games off the pace.

But their troubles weren't, over. Center fielder Paul Blair, the league's No. 5 hitter, went to Puerto Rico to play winter ball --and broke his ankle. Bauer, beginning his fifth year as the Orioles' pilot, came to camp with fingers crossed. The three sore-armed pitchers were throwing without pain, Robinson's vision was normal, MERCHANTS LEAGUE Dick West had high scores ot 175 -113 In the Merchants Duckpin LenRue, and Taslec Freex had team hisbs of r04 and 1,775.

The standing: Gates Fuel. 3S-I4' Pepsi-Cola, 32-20 Tastre Freez. 3022; Jimmy's Bnr-B-Q, 21-2S; Vcpco, 10-33; Tom's reamus, 10-30. nAY MCiHT I Fletcher Harrison with 225 and 6-5 led the men in the Friday Night Mixers League, Bonnie Ilenson with 190, and Jerry Casey with 471 led the Team highs were by Ky. Fried Chicken, 757 and 2.224.

The standings: Ky. Fried Chicken. i Small Loan, 36-16; Johnny Esso, 34-lS; One Hour JIartinizing-, 33-19; Holiday Inn, BlVb-20'A; Trico Engraving, "30-22; Brown's Texaco and Walnut Hill Food Sen-ice. 2fl-23; Mack's Cab. 2S- 2-1; WPVA, 27-23; n.

L. Ellis Haul- Ins, 25-27; Petersburg Moose No 1, 22-30; Team No. 5. 21-31; Petersburg Moose Xo. 2.

20-32; Lighthouse Furniture, 13-39; Photos By Sheally, 0-52. EARLY BIRDS LEAGUE Ertie McAra with 1S7 and S75 had high scores in the Early Birds Lengue, while teams highs" of 591 and 1.62S were by Born Lowers. The standings: Ball Babies, 23-7- Dorn Loosers, 22 2 -l3' Pin Busters, 217-15; Split-Miks. 20-16; Sleepers. JS-1S; Odd Balls, Hits and Misses.

Alley Rovers, 1620; Misfits, 11-25; Unpredictables. PETERSBURG PRINTERS Bill Coleman with 211, and Earl Kealy with 549 led the inert in the Petorsbursr Printers League, while Glrmy Vnughan with 201 and 534 led tlie women. AMERICAX Nine 500 plus Indlivduals series Were recorded in the" American Lesrion Post 2S4 Lengue. Stanley Boyce paced nil bowlers with a 212- 6SO while Fontaine nnd rolled 659 and 533 sets respectively. Team IV O.

2 Fitzpatrick carded a 721 game and Team No 7 Merrick totaled 1,978 pins for the evening to top all team scores. Standings: Team No. 2 Fitzpatrick 22-6; Team No. 1 Gentry, 17-11- Team No 9 Kirkland, 16-12; Team No. 6 Johnson, 15-13; Team No.

4 Lee. 14-14; Team No. 3 Nauseef. 13-15; Team No. 7 Merrick, 13-15- Team No.

10 Humphries, 13-15- Tearn No. 5 Anderson, 8-10; Team 8 Woody. lA'THEKAN CHURCH The PInsmen carded a 792 single and the Keglers tallied a 2,203 set lo top nil teams in the Lutheran Church League. Paul Kepple rolled a 241 single and Gaydarik registered a 549 series to pace individual scores amonff the men. The women were paced by Shirley Showalter (59S) series and Justine Potney (1SS single).

Standings: Finsmen. 30-18: Slow Starters. 2S-20; Chuckers, 21-27; Keg- lers 17-31, Powell was determined and Blair was itching to play after bouncing back from an operation. The Orioles, still young and strengthened during the winter by a multi-player trade with Chicago, could go all the way if Palmer's arm trouble isn't serious--or contagious--and if Powell bounces back to help Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson carry the offensive load. The lineup probably will be the same as last year, with the jxceplion of shortstop, where slick-fielding Mark Belanger over for Luis Aparicio.

was traded to the iVhite Sox, with outfielder Russ 5nyder and pitcher John Ma- for infielder Don Buford and pitchers Bruce Howard and Roger Nelson. Powell will be back at first base, Dave Johnson, .247, at second and Brooks Robinson, .269, at third. Rookies Dave May and Marv Rettermund are pressing for oulfield jobs. But Frank Robinson, ,311, and Blair, .293, are es- in right and center while Curt Blefary, .242, figures to be back in left. ROLLING TIN'S UUCKPISS Helen Landers paced all bowlers in the Rolling Pins Duekpin League with a 120-315.

Team honors went Standings: Bob Cats, 19-14; Alley Cats (-100 single). Bandings: Bob Cats. 19-14; Alley Cats, 1S-15; Wild Pats, 17-16; Hep Cats, 12-21. Md. Coach Dies CHEVERLY, Md.

(AP)- Williarn Richard (Dick) Mentzer football coach at Washington's Eastern High School for 20 years, died of cancer Monday at Prince Georges County Hospital. He was 62. Mentzer retired last year as athletic director and head of the physical education department of the University of Maryland's Baltimore campus. He coached at Eastern from 1942 through 1963, winning nine interhigh league titles and two city championships. Hogan Out PALM BEACH, Fla.

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"We losl 33 one-run games and a total of 56 by one and two runs," he said. Tom Phoebus, 14-9, Jim Hardin, 8-3, and Howard, 3-10 with Chicago, are starting candidates along with Palmer, McNally and Bunker. Pete Richert, 9-16, moves to the bullpen, joining Gene Brabender, Moe Drabow- sky, Eddie Watt and Stu Miller. Richert and Brabender are available as starters if some of the other arms don't hold up. Belanger's glove will help at shortstop but his hitting potential is suspect.

"I don't know how much he'll hit, but that's beside the point," Bauer said. "He's not going to carry the team. If the Robinsons don't hit and Powell and Blefary don't either, we're gone anyway." If they all hit, Belanger does too and the pitchers stay off the disabled list, the rest of the league might be gone. LOU IrocJc Is Still Awaiting Fulfillment ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.

-(NEA) Lou Brock is still waiting for fulfillment. Lou is the leftfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, champions of the baseball world. And none has been more important to that success than the streamlined slugger. Last summer he hit 21 homers and drove in 75 runs from his leadoff spot, and then in the World Series he batted .414 and stole seven bases in spectacular style.

In his seventh major league season, at the age of 28, he's being paid in style, too. But there is no smugness in Lou Brock. He sits on one of those steamer trunks that spill over the Cardinal dressing room at Al Lang Field, and he mulls the question somberly: Is he getting the most of his natural talent? 'I could say no," he answers, "and firmly believe it. People think otherwise. An individual has to be his worst critic." An edge of dissatisfaction from last season knifes at him.

He didn't bat .300. "That means," he explains, "you didn't reach your objective." In the last game of the season, at Atlanta, in the last inning, with two out, Lou was waiting in the on-deck circle. The Cardials, though handily ahead 5-2, had sent Bobby Tolan up to pinch hit for the pitcher. "I needed three hits that day to bat .300," recounts Lou. "I already had two-for-four, but I'd struck out my last time up.

Then Bobby made out, and I lost my last chance. I batted 299 point 4." Or of a percentile from his objective. There should be some solace from the fact that i the National League in stolen bases for the second straight year. But then to hear Lou. "I don't think right now is the right time for stealing bases," he shrugs, "because baseball is saturated--guys like Wills, Luis Aparicio, Tommy Harper-so many it eliminates the sur- prise.

The catchers, 95 per cent of 'em, always make the perfect throw. The pitchers are more conscious of movement on the mound. "Besides, you can't steal till you get on first." And in Lou's case, that can be a problem. He saidom walks, and the records show that 30 per cent of his hits are for extra bases. That puts him automatkaDy beyond first.

So he insists, "My greatest satisfaction in baseball is hitting. And it's tough nowadays to hit for average, especially in the leadoff spot like me. Matty Alou of the Pirates did it, but he faces very few lefthand pitchers. He hits 90 per cent of his balls on the ground; 90 per cent of mine are in the air. "I swing for the long ball sometimes.

You know, I don't really possess the qualifications for a leadoff man. I'm the type of hitter who leaves the bench swinging. I don't look for walks. I look for the baseball. I don't care if it in the strike zone.

I see it. I hit it. There are balls thrown over the heart of the plate you don't see. "When I come to the plate the first lime to lead off a game, the pitcher is at his strongest. Fellows like Bob Veale, Jim Bunning, Chris Short.

By the time the eighth man in the order sees him, he's not as effective. If he makes ou he's 0-for-l. Couple of batters later, I might be 0- for-2. So there are special problems in being a Isadoff man." Lou has one asset that dilutes all the problems. "I have a habit," he admits, "of being able to get on base, whether it's by a hit or an error." In the World Series against the Red Sox, he reached base almost 50 per cent of the time, which, coupled with his record seven stolen bases, emphasized his ascendancy to star status.

"The World Series," he says, "magnifies what you're capable of doing." In this instance, mind you, he's not complaining. Mrs. King Believes Money Talks By JACK STEVENSON Associated Press Sports Writer INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) "I don't think people look on a sport these days unless money is involved," says Billie Jean King, the tennis queen who could make $70,000 playing the game during the next year. Mrs.

King, Ann Haydon Jones of England, Francoise Durr of France and little Rosemary Casals of San Francisco signed contracts Monday to play with the new National Tennis League. Also joining the pros was Australian Roy Emerson who could earn up to $100,000 for each of the next two years. Contracts for the five were announced by George MacCall, former United States Davis Cup captain who is now president of the pro group. Five players previously under contract are Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and Fred Stolle, all of Australia, Andres Gimeno of Spain and former U.S. champion Pancho Gonzates.

The NTL makes its United States debut in a tournament at the Forum here, April 7, 9 and 10 with much of the interest centered on the gals. Billie Jean believes the entry of the women will bring more interest in tennis among younger girls. "It should create motivation and more purpose," she declared. "In this country, if you're a pro- you're somebody. If you're an amaieur, you're nobody." She also looks forward to open tournaments such as those in England this year at Bournemouth later this month and at Wimbledon in July.

MacCall did not divulge the evact money involved in the contracts and the earnings ulti mately will reflect how the players do in the tournaments He did say Mrs. King was guaranteed between $40,000 and $50,000 with the opportunity to earn up to $70,000. The other women are expected to earn in the $25,000 vicinity and Emerson, with a guarantee of about $75,000, could earn up to $100,000 for each year of his two- year pact. Pistons Learn Lesson, Experience Is The Very Best Teacher By MIKE KECIIT Associated Press Sports Writer Experience is the best teacher and the New York Knicks anil Detroit Pistons received a lesson Monday night from the aging Philadelphia 7Gers and Boston Celtics. Of course, the lesson was poorly taken because the VGers eliminated the Knicks from the National Basketball Association Marathon Officials Disturbed BOSTON (AP) Entries are pouring in for the 72nd annual Boston A.A.

Marathon April 19. But race officials are disturbed by the AAU action in scheduling an Olympic trial in San Francisco just two days after the Patriot's Day Hopkinton-to-Boston run. "At best the decision was inconsiderate; at worst, a deliberate effort to scuttle Eastern prominence in long distance running," BAA President Will Cloney told a news conference Monday. "The Boston race is famous the world over and is the oldest outside of the Olympic Marathon itself," Cloney "Scheduling a tryout on that date (April 21) on the Coast robs a few Western runners of the chance to compete in a race that carries tremendous prestige." Cloney, who also directs the annua! BAA indoor track meet, which like the Marathon is sanctioned by the AAU, also was disturbed that the AAU long dis- tance running committee ignored the Boston run as a trial for the Olympics. The AAU has set regional trials for San Francisco, Culver City, Minneapolis, Atlantic City, N.J., Detroit, and Hoi- yoke, Mass.

The final will be held Aug. 18 in Alamosa, Colo. The BAA Marathon drew a record field of 601 starters in 1967. The 509 entries on hand Monday morning included onv Irom Tom Laris, former Dartmouth star H'ho now lives in Californi- represents the New York A.CL Fight Results ST. l.OUIS--A.

J. Staples. 170, St. stopped Gene Romero, 17,1. New Orlerms, 10; Hobby i Kin, Si.

Louis, out- pointnd Willie Warren, 161, Corpus 10. SYD.VEY. Jose Torres, 175, New York, stopped Bobby Dunlop, Australia, 6. CARACAS George Foster, inn. Cincinnati, stopped Jose Luis Vallejo, 135, Venezuela, Carlos "Morocho" Hernandez, 141, Venezuela, outpointed Johnny Brooks.

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252 E. Bonk St. Petersburg playoffs and the Celtics did the same to the Pistons. Philadelphia's crippled veterans ousted the Knicks 113-97 and Boston's oldsters sent the Pistons packing 111-103 as both closed out their best-of-7 Eastern Division semifinal series on the road, four games to two. And now, it's the defending world champion 76ers again facing the once dynastic Celtics in another best-of-7 set starling' Sunday in Philadelphia.

The Western Division semifinals resume tonight when division winner St. Louis tries to take another step away from elimination by squaring its series- against San Francisco on the West Coast. The Warriors, who finished 13 games behind the Hawks in regular season play, blew one chance Sunday io eliminate the Hawks, but still hold a 3-2 lead. The winner of that series will oppose Los Angeles, which won Its semifinal against Chicago Sunday night. Everyone expected the 76crs and Celtics lo clash again, but there were some doubts when the upstart Knicks and Pistons held their own early and stood 2-2 in games.

Then age--and talent--began to come across. "From my experience, the older veterans, tried and true, are the ones that perform best in the crucial games," said Coach Alex Hannum after watching nine-year veteran Wilt Chamberlain and 10-year veteran Hal Greer take apart the Knicks in the second half Monday night. "Will was sick as a dog the other day and Greet- had a bad foot, but when it came right to it, they were ready," said Hannum. Greer hammered home 35 points, including 22 in the second half when the 7Gers blew open a tight contest. He had 13 in the third quarter which began with Philadelphia behind 57-5'j and ended the 7(crs ahead 86-76.

Wilt dominated the middle in the final half, blocking shots and grabbing rebounds, and finished with 25 points and 27 rebounds. The Knicks. as in earlier gam-cs, jumped to a big early lead, 17-4 and 31-17. but in the A Wilt Chamberlain Grabs Rebound In 76er Win Over Knicks. Barnett (12) And Bellamy Look On Mikkelsen Said It MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Vein Mikkelsen said it when he accepted the general managership of the Minnesota Huskies' basketball team Monday, and nobody disputed it.

"It will take a lot of hard work a lot of promotion. It won't be an easy task," Mikkelsen said of the job before him in winning paying customers for the Muskies, who were everything but a box office success in their first American Basketball Association season. President Larry Shields appointed Mikkelsen to replace the resigned Eddie Holman, adding another touch of local flavor designed to win greater acceptance for the Muskies. Mikkelsen, 39, leaves a successful Minneapolis insurance business to undertake the Mus- kies' image-building job. He admitted Monday, "I had to do a little soul-searching." Burleson Says Russians Will Win By WAYNE FALIGOU'SKI I Albany Democrat-Herald Written for Associated Press ALBANY, Ore.

(AP) Dyrol Burleson hopes to make the American Olympic team this year for the third time but he says, "we'll lose, with the Russians again dominating the games." "In the track and field portion of it we'll probably score well," he said. "But the Russians concentrate on sports that are held in the Olympics. They don't play football or something the U.S. would surely dominate if such sports were held. As for the Russian athlete himself, an athlete is an athlete." Burleson, now 27, ran his first under four minutes in 1960 at Eugene, when he was a sophomore at the Unversity of Oregon.

Burleson has gone under 4 minutes 12 times. Burleson says that on the threatened Negro boycott of the Olympics, "I have to' sj-mpathize somewhat with them. Bob Hayes (world record sprinter and pro football player) put it quite nicely when he said thai athletics have given Negroes an opportunity lo excel. They have gotten economic benefits the decision to boycott the games should be an individual judgment alone." Duke Wyre Dies HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) -Alfred "Duke" Wyre, administrative assistant in the University of Maryland athletic department and a member of the Helms Foundation athletic trainers Hall of Fame, died Monday.

He was 61. Wyre, who served as athletic trainer at Maryland for 20 years, at Yale for 15 years and at Holy Cross one year, was taken to Prince Georges County Hospital two weeks ago with "a stomach ailment. He suffered a fatal heart attack Monday at tie hospital. Wyre was elected to the Helms Hall of Fame in 1961, one year after he served as trainer for the U.S. Naval Academy crew in the Olympic Games at Rome.

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This marks the fourth straight year that the Wheatley Stable ha'd a 2-year-old champion only to be disappointed for the Derby. Fights Again TORONTO (AP) Former New England welterweight champion Ted Whitfield of Am- rierst, launches a boxing comeback attempt tonight in a scheduled 10-round bout with Dave Dittmar of White Plains, N.Y., at Four Seasons Arena. SSUS1MES8 VEHICLES? Petersburg Auto and Truck Leasing can save you time and money As focal businessmen, we are familiar with your economic area and its problems. Whether you use one vehicle or many, you can count on us to give personal attention to your account. FAL: AUTHORIZED LEASING SYSTEM AMERICA'S LARGEST LEASING SYSTEM TRUCK PETERS 10 N.

Market St. AND CORP. CO Vi RE 2-9233 Coach Honored BOSTON (AP) Joe Zabil- ski, the (iean of New England college football coaches, was honored Monday night for 20 years of distinguished service to Northeastern University. More than 400 friends saluted Zubilski at the Northeastern Varsity Club's annual dinner. In 20 years as Northeastern coach, his learns have won 85 games, lost 58 and tied six.

Volleyball TOKYO A Men's and women's volleyball teams of Ihe Soviet Union arrived hcic today by air to play a series of goodwill matches with 4 Japanese teams. end, their own pressing wore them down in only their second playoff appearance in nine years. "They put pressure on lha the same way Boston does, but the Celtics are successful because they have Bill Russell to back' them up. Wall Bellamy did a great job for New York, but he's no Russell on defense," Hannum said. "People say Boston is getting older, but (he older veterans get new life in the playoffs." Russell did against Detroit, scoring 15 points and hauling in 23 rebounds.

And John Ihivli- cek, another playoff-wise veteran, hit 31 points lo help offset points by Dave Bing of the Pis- ions, who made the playoffs for the first lime in five years. Boston, in the division finals for the llth straight year, took a 57-49 halflime lead, but had some anxious moments in Die second halt when Bing hit a club record 37 points. His 16 straight points got the Pistons within six, but no closer. Pro Basketball Jly THK AHSOriATKI 1'KKKS MlA I A i i 4 Kasli-i Division 1KI. New York fl7, wins liest-of-7 Borlos Iloaton 1 1 1 Detroit 10H, Huston wins bCiii-of-7 aci'k's -i-'J.

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