The News from Paterson, New Jersey on December 15, 1979 · 52
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The News from Paterson, New Jersey · 52

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Saturday, December 15, 1979
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52 Sports The News, Dec. 15, 1979 N.Y. boxDOg world: Lift -"fight bam sooo United Prc International NEW YORK Professional boxers, managers and "fight promoters Friday applauded the New York State Athletic Commission's program to safeguard boxers but urged the sports body to quickly lift its suspension of boxing so they could continue to earn a living. The commission Thursday night temporarily suspended boxing In the state pending the implementation of new procedures to safeguard fighters. The action came two weeks after middleweight boxer Willie Classen died of brain injuries following a knockout. Two bouts were affected by the suspension one scheduled for Friday at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem and one for Saturday in Hempstead, L.I. "Irish" Bobby Cassldy was to have defended his Irish-American light heavyweight title of the United States against Jimmy McLain at the Hempstead match. "I'm very dejected," Cassidy said. "It happened right before Christmas. I'm bringing two kids up by myself and the fight would have meant $4,000 and a merry Christmas. ' "Now, there's nothing. There will be no big Christ-' mas at our house." ' James Winters, who promoted both matches, estimated he will lose about $5,000 because of the suspension. "Why did they (the commission) let small promoters like me go out and spend all kinds of money for a show and then suspend it right before it was to go on?" he asked. "It (the suspension) was a bit of a shock to me," said junior middleweight Danny McAloon, 35, at Madison Square Garden. "A livelihood of mine has been taken away." He added, "Why should they suspend boxing? Why ' don't they just go ahead right now with the things that have to be done?" The Garden has postponed Monday's scheduled Amateur Athletic Union Inter-city Boxing Championships In the Felt Forum until the suspension is lifted. Model planeaccident fata I United Prett International NEW YORK John Bowen of Nashua, N.H., one of two spectators struck by a remote control model aircraft during halftime of Sunday's New York Jets-New England Patriots game, died Thursday night of Injuries suffered in the accident. ' Bowen, 20, was pronounced dead at 7:00 p.m. EST at New York Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be made by the Nashua Funeral Home. A Patriots' fan who was attending the game with his 18-year-old brother, Timothy, and some friends, Bowen was struck In the head and cut severely when a 30-40-pound remote controlled model airplane nose-dived into the stands during a halftime show. He underwent emergency surgery Sunday night at Booth Memorial Hospital and his condition was updated from critical to satisfactory Monday before he was transferred to New York Hospital. Kevin Rourke, of Lynn, Mass., another New Eng land fan who had made the trip, also was hit with the plane and suffered a concussion. Both men were carried ii win me aiauua un t streicner our. Kourxe, zo, was released from the hospital Monday. Don Aquiar, a friend of Bowen's also on the trip from New England, said the accident happened too quickly for anyone to react. . "We could see it coming but we couldn't do anything about it," he said. Bowen was struck by a two-foot by three-foot model airplane called the "Flying Lawnmower." The plane caromed into the stands after making several circles of Shea Stadium during one of the Electronic Eagles' regular halftime demonstrations. A spokesman for the Eagles, Richard Brooks said Monday, "We've done 30-some odd shows all over the country and nothing like this has ever happened. To tell you the truth, we're not exactly sure what went wrong with the plane." - ; Get a Free 17" Color TV with This Hertz Inflation Fighter Lease Lease a 1980 T-Bird from Hertz now and get a 1981 T-Bird next year for $264a month. Includes: Hertz full-maintenance program, title, license and a free 17" color TV, if you lease before December 31, 1979. Call (201) 521-2200 or (609) 448-3700 now. When it comes to beating inflation, try to beat this Hertz lease. Act before December 31, 1979, and get a 1980 T-Bird now, for 12 months. And get a comparably equipped 1981 T-Bird for the second year of your lease. Your $264-per-monttt payment stays the same, no matter how much new-car prices go up next year. . Both cars include license, title and the Hertz full-maintenance program. Two new T-Birds arid a free RCA XL-100 17" color TV, too! Other makes and rates also available. Call Hertz today for all the details. '80 and '81 Thunderbird $264 per month Monthly price based on 24-mo. closed-end lease. ( Total monthly payments, $6,336. Includes full maintenance, license and title. No purchase option.) 2 mos. refundable advance security deposit. Cars equipped with 8-cylindcr engine, auto trans"; air conditioning, tinted glass, power steering, power brakes, AMFM radio, remote mirror, white side-walls, body side molding, rear defogger. The lease price remains the same except lor equipment changes, if any, required by law. Optional liability coverage available at additional cost if vou qualify You return your '80 when you get your '81. . Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of free color TV. l.'crbz Car Leasing Fords and other tine cars FANFARE Frazier gets his night The way Walt Frazler views It now, the 1977 trade that sent him packing (or Cleveland could have been the turning point in his life. "When it happened I was shocked and disappointed. I felt betrayed," said the Knlcks former superstar who now works with Irwin Weiner in WF Sports, a management company. "But now I see that the trade was the final development toward making me a man. Now I'm at peace with myself." Frazler, waived by the Cavaliers earlier this season, will be honored by the Knlcks in special ceremonies prior to tonight's game against the Boston Celtics. A seven-time all-star, he Is the Knlcks' all-time leader in scoring and seven other categories and one of the architects of New York's 1970 and 1973 National Basketball Association championship teams. "I can remember the trade like it was yesterday," Frazler recalled. "It was a Friday night. I had been shopping. I came home and as I drove up I saw Irwin Weiner (his agent) in front of the building with a bewildered look on his face. I rolled down the window and he told me I'd been traded. I think I Just said, Damn!' "At that point I was still hung up on being a star, Clyde, the New York trip. But the trade helped me find myself as a person. Once I was proud and arrogant. Now I'm proud and humble." Does Clyde, the strutting peacock, still exist? "Not that much," Frazler replied. "Basically Clyde was a fun-loving guy who liked to go out and be seen. Now I'm more Walt, a guy who enjoys his privacy." - Frazier says would consider returning to basketball this season as a player If the right opportunity came up, but conceded that was not likely because of his $400,000 salary. He says he has no plans to go Into coaching on the pro or college level, but that he hoped to continue working with youngsters at a summer camp and would also like to rejoin the Knlcks in a public relations capacity, dealing with the community. Frazier, 34, says his most vivid sports memory is of the final game of the 1970 championship series, when he scored 36 points and handed out 19 assists as the Knlcks, with hobbled Willis Reed playing just two minutes, beat the. Los Angeles Lakers 113-99 to win their first NBA title. Reed's No. 19 is the only number the Knlcks retired. There is strong sentiment to have Frazier's old No. 10 hang alongside from the rafters of the Garden. "I'd like to see the number retired, too," Frazier offers. "It's a number that brines back great memories. It reminds me that every game for 10 years I went against the best defenders in the league." The former NBA great is thankful for the bad times as well as the good times. . "1 have no hatreds," he said. "I have my health, I have my friends, I have my fame. It would be very self ish of me to make even one complaint. "From here on I have to deal with the man; the sport is behind me. I'm old for basketball, but as a person I'm very young. With the knowledge I have, I feel very lucky. "For 16 years, I was always a receiver .give to me, give to me. Now I feel I'm a giver. I want to give back to people, especially to the kids, what they've given tome.'l' J ' I News to note ... Larry Holmes will defend the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship against Lorenzo Zanon of - Italy Sunday, Feb. 3, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev ... Roberto Duran of Panama, the former lightweight champion and leading welterweight contender, . will fight a scheduled 10-rounder against Josef Nsubuga of Uganda, the No. 9 WBC welterweight contender, Jan. 13... Linebacker Pat Hughes, who has started every game for the New Orleans Saints since Joining them three years ago, has announced his retirement ... The Seattle Sounders announced Friday the acquisition of forward Roger Davtes, defender David Nish and goalkeeper Jack Brand from the Tulsa Roughnecks In exchange for forward Tommy Ord, defender Bruce Rudroff and an undisclosed amount of cash. In quotes ... Joe Hassett, the Indiana Pacers' long-range shooting specialist, on the NBA's new three-point field goal: "The three-pointer has certainly been good to me. I used to shoot from there in college and we only got two points for it. Now that we get threev it's nice. My future Is brighter now " - Wade Walker v r, -

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