Page 8 article text (OCR)
Blythavllle (Ark.) Courier News - Tuesday, April 4, 1WT - Pig* Something for the Mat Fans Tonight Promise of a Wide, Wild Night at the Arena Tonight's main event at Legion Arena is the same as it was last week and if it's really the same all the way down the line, it will be a wide, wild event. There was fighting inside the ring and outside the ring. About equal portions of both. There were flareups with fans that almost resulted in an all-out brawl. And there was head banging with ringside chairs. 'Even if tonight's card isn't the same lo the letter, the appearance of the Blue Infernos against Billy Wicks and unpredictable Rowdy Red Roberts is enough assurance that it should be a lively night. Last week it appeared that the Infernos beat Billy and Rowdy in the third fall. At least that's the way it looked to referee Woody Burnett. But Marshall Blackard, stale athletic commissioner at saw it in another light—as did many fans-and And a new referee, Buddy ordered a rematch and the purse withheld for the winner- take-all survivor tonight. There's no time limit. Chandler of Blytheville. * * + Firs! match at 8:15 puls Bobby Whitlock against Jerry Dean in a best-of-lhree with an hour limit. Admissions for adults are SI general admission, $1.50 ringside reserved. Tickets are 50 cents for children. Herb Welch is promoter, Dud Cason Post 24 sponsor. This Is Bad? Wapanocca Busy METS' RON SWOBODA: \ I've Been Dealt Humility By MURRAY OLDERMAN ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — (NBA) — The ordeal and tribulations, the short triumphs -and exaltations of . being a Met are all bundled up in Ronald Aian Swoboda, • age 22. Two years ago, Ron mus- • cled 19 home runs for the Mets, more than anyone in the history of a club which has flaunted such celebrities as Marvelous Marv Thome- berry and Choo Choo Coleman. He was getting threat- er tickets on the cuff and enjoying all the other increments of being a star. Last year, Ron batted .222 and reached the milestone of voting age as an incipient Baseball vs. Soccer By DAVE O'HARA Associated Press Sports Writer BOSTON (AP - As far as American League President Joe Cronin is concerned, professional soccer poses no threat to baseball as ah attraction in the Uited States. -= "Soccer fans are soccer fans -•'• and baseball fans are baseball " r fans," Cronin said. "I don't =-• think we have anything to worry "-' about." ••'"• Cronin fielded queries about :" major league club owners spon- '.=" soring teams in new pro soccer . leagues at its annual luncheon ~- for Boston baseball writers .-••< Monday. *' * * •?.''. "The baseball teams involved ;'_, don't seem to be concerned -.- about soccer hurting baseball," ,"-.. he said. "The soccer schedules '•'•• are being arranged to avoid in- terference with baseball in the J .'iball parks." Cage Pros illlHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiilliinililiililliniiiliiiiiiiiiinniiinmiinii. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Playoff Finals Monday's Results No games scheduled Today's Games No games scheduled Wednesday's Games Eastern Division Boston at Philadelphia, Philadelphia leads best-of r 7 series 2-0 Western Division San Francisco at St. Louis, San Francisco leads best-of-7 series 2-0 Perfecto Mia Pays $7 at Spa HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) Oaklawn Park Racing Secretary Allan Lavin said. Monday there would be two divisions of the first Arkansas Futurity today at Oaklawn Park. Lavin said the race was originally scheduled as a $5,000 added event but 19 juveniles foaled and owned in the state were entered. The two four-furlong events will be run as the fourth and fifth races. Perfecto Mia paid $7, $4.40, $3.40. The entry returned $4.80 and $5.60. Perfecto Mia was timed in 1:10 2-5 for the six furlongs. Paul M. Kemling's Bold Accent and John. Thurmon's Line of Life won the first and second races for a $70.60 daily double. ... Asked if the promotion of soccer by baseball clubs is not a direct conflict of interest, Cronin replied: "There may be. I haven't actually looked into it. "However, as far as I'm concerned soccer games right now are only exhibitions. And an owner of a ball park has the right to put on exhibitions. They can control exhibitions. "And as far as the owners' principal interests are concerned, I'm sure that if there are any good soccer players who can play major league baseball the baseball owners will jump in and sign them." In the baseball department, Cronin was as optimistic and ethusiastic as ever in looking ahead to the American League pennant race. He predicted the Baltimore Orioles had a fight to repeat as champions. • "The Orioles appear more set than any other club in the league, but whether they'll step right out I don't know." He said that Mickey Mantle has "a great pair of hands" and will do a good job at first base for the New York Yankees. He called Boston, Kansas City, Chicago and Detroit the most improved clubs he had seen, praised Minnesota, California and Cleveland and noted that Washington has three fine pitchers in Phil Ortega, Pete Richert and Joe Coleman. Befitting the role of American League president, Cronin artfully dodged repeated attempts to get him to pick a winner. Ft. Smith CC Gifts Bercher FORT SMITH, Ark'. (AP) The Fort Smith. Chamber of Commerce supplied a sizeable check and University of Arkansas ' football coach Frank Broyles the accolades on Martine Bercher's "Night" here Monday. Bercher finished up his eligibility last fall as a defensive safety and punt return specialist for the Razorbacks. "The fame this year that both tSie defense and punt returns received were due on a large scale to Marline's ability and I believe Martjne liked to i practice as much as he liked to play," said Broyles. Bercher has been .recognized as the first Razorback who new er missed a game or practice or sustained an injury. has-been. This spring, he's struggling to stay with the club in any capacity and has even acquired a first baseman's glove, * * * "It's been a weird two years," said Ron, during a pause in his minimal exertions (he has actually played little this spring). "Someone heaps the big leagues on you and says, 'Well, here you are.' You find out you have a lot, lot to learn. "It's not like going through the minors and learning gradually without much responsibility heaped on you. But, all of a sudden, to play with all the publicity in the big leagues, you find out too quickly you don't have the knowledge you need." It sounded like Ron almost regretted the early success, the quick comparisons with . Mickey Mantle as a home run threat. * * * "One of the worst things that ever happened to me," admitted Ron. "Instead of. just having a mediocre beginning and realizing that, 'gee whiz, I've got a lot to go,' all of of a. sudden I went—'Boom- Hey, I can hit home runs around here. I hit the ball out.' "I hit a whole batch of them. It came too quick. Before .you really are ready to accept it. I'll be 23 the end of June. I'm not fully Matured as a person or as a man or anything. I haven't reached the peak of anything I can do." There's a schism in baseball, and even in the Mets' organization, on what you do with a latent talent like Swoboda. Some, like Charley Metro, a versed scout say you play him every day, come hell or high water, home runs or strikeouts, until he's had a complete daily exposure to the ranges of major league life. Othe- ers, and manager Wes Westrum of the Mets may be in in this camp, think a little solid experience at lower levels might be more bene- ' ficia!. * -*• * He's a borderline case right now to stay with the Mets this season. "It's about time he grew ..up," said Westrum, "and realized you can't hit every ball out of the park. On his trip back to the dugout he ought to.start thinking." '"Oh, I thought about it a lot ' ;his winter," retorted Swoboda. "You start talking contract and they look hack on the things you did. Everyone says you hit a lowly .220 or .222 or something. I didn't hit for high average hut I must have done something else because I didn't feel that bad last year. So I find out I drove in the same amount of runs (50) in 60 less times at bat as I did when I had the 19 home runs." The orginal Wunderkind of the Mets didn't mean to Detroit to Vegas ... and Legal Threat Clay-Floyd Match Goes West DETROIT (AP — A Detroit boxing promoter threatened to seek a court injunction today to prevent heavyweight champion Cassius Clay from defending his title against,Floyd Patterson in Las Vegas, Nev. Mrs. Jean Wilson, head of E and J Sports Club, said the club's atorney, Eddto D. Smith, would ask federal court today to stop the fight from being held anywhere but in Detroit. Clay, 25, and Patterson, 32, the former heavyweight champion, had been negotiating with E and J to stage the fight hi De- troit. But an authoriative source told The Associated Press Monday night that negotiations fell through and Clay's m anagers decided t» take the bout to Las Vegas. !'We feel that there is some sort of conspiracy," said Mrs. Wilson. "We feel that Mr. Muhammad Ali's camp Interfered with our completing a contract with Mr. Patterson." * + *• Clay, who prefers to be called Muhammad Ali, his Muslim name, stopped Patterson in 12 rounds at Las Vegas, Nov. 22, 1965. Clay's last title defense was March 22 when he blocked out Zora Folley in the seventh round at Madison Square Garden in New York. * » f The New York source said the Las Vegas fight would be shown on closed-circuit television in the United States and Canada and would be beamed via satellites to Japan and parts »f Europe. It would be Clay's 10th title defense and his eighth In the last 13 months. imply he was satisfied with his progress, either. * * * "I'd' like to' feel I have more command of the game," he said. "I'd like to solve a few of the problems that are bothering me. Not all of them. I talk to guys that are through with baseball, who played a few years, and they .didn't solve all their problems. Maybe you have to roll with it, not fight it.' I'd like to have a chance to play, but it's been difficult in spring training. We have a lot of good outfielders. I -don't feel cheated. I don't fee! resente- ful to anyone." • But it is evident that he's no longer, especially in his own mind, the cocky Jsid with all the answers. As Ron grabbed a first baseman's glove and ran but to take infield drill , he shot back over his shoulder, "I've' been dealt a few • doses of humility." Fishermen by the droves turn- j ed up at Wapanocca, near Turell opening dsy as though they vere protesting the announced 'lans to drain the lake. Esti- nates ranged from 125 to 150 joals on the lake at'one time. Parking space ivas at a pre- rmim early Saturday morning and vehicles lined both sides of the highway in both direc- ions. 'Hie some 50 boats available at the dock were gobbled up before daybreak had hardly broken. All the boats were rented again Sunday. Fishermen on the lake re^ ported most everyone caught a good many fish and some said .hey caught the largest fish hey had ever caught there. These fishermen said this be- ied the fact fishing had deter- orated on the lake the last few ; years as reported by the refuge management. * + * Several of the fishermen who lave fished the lake since its opening several years ago, re- "uted the idea there was an overabundance of rough fish Ron Swohoda Shannon, Cepeda Deliver Carib Hop Hurts Yanks By RON RAPOPORT Associated Press Sports Writer The New York Yankees' recent Caribbean hop does not appear destined to go down as one of. the more successful island excursions of all time. For one thing, the Yanks won cnly one. of the three games they played in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico over the weekend. For another, the medical after-effects of the trip were staggering. Back at their spring training base in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Monday, the Yankees discovered that outfielder Lou Clinton and infielder Charley Smith were lost for up to three weeks because of injuries suffered in the islands. X rays showed that Clinton, hit by a pitch, had fractured a thumb and Smith had suffered a shoulder separation when dove after a line drive. he lighted by doubles by Jones and Johnny Lewis. Rico Carty drove in two runs with a double in the sixth inning, lifting Atlanta to a 2-1 de- Cleon cision over Philadelphia. Deron Johnson drove in four runs with The Yankees picked up John Kennedy in a trade with Los Angeles and named the good- field, no-hit infielder their starting shortstop. Pitcher Jack Cullen, outfielder-first baseman John Miller and about $25,000 went lo the Dodgers, who also got infielder-outfielder Roy White on a one-year loan for their Spokane farm club. The Yankees lost to Washington 7-2 Monday night as Jim Bouton was cuffed for six hits, five walks and committed a wild pitch. Dick Howser als» made two errors, leading to more Washington runs. * * * Willie Stargell pinch hit a two- run homer with two out in the ninth, sending the Pirates to a 42 triumph over Kansas City. Bob Veale turned in a slrong pitching job, giving up just »ne run in eight innings. Juan Marichal gave up just two hits' in six innings and Bill Sorreil singled in the winning run in the llth inning for a 5-4 San Francisco victory over Cleveland. Five straight walks in the ninth by Steve Bailey allowed the Giants to tie the score. Jack Hamilton and Bill Denehy combined to limit the Chicago White Sox to two hits and the New York Mets won 4-1. The Mets scored three times in the first inning, which was high- Successful Surgery TORONTO (AP) - Charlie Conacher, former star forward i n (lie National Hockey League, has undergone • successful throat operation in Toronto. Conacher, who played for Toronto In the HMO's, underwent the five-hour operation Monday. Baseball iilllillllllllllliiliiilllllllilliiiiliiiiiilliiililiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiniiiiNiiililllll Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Monday's Results Atlanta 2, Philadelphia 1 Cincinnati 6, Detroit 4 New York, N. 4, Chicago A, 1 Pittsburgh 4, Kansas City 2 St. Louis 6, Minnesota 1 Los Angeles 4, Houston 2 San Francisco 5, Cleveland •!, 11 innings Washington 7, New York, A, 2 Wednesday's Games .. Atlanta vs. Minnesota at Jacksonville Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh at Tarnpa Philadelphia vs. St. Louis at Clearwater, Fla., N Chicago, N, vs. California at Las Vegas Houston vs. Los Angeles at Tulsa San Francisco vs. Cleveland at Modesto. Calif. New York, A, vs. Baltimore at Fort Lauderdale, N Boston vs. Washington at Winter Haven, Fla. Detroit vs. Kansas City at Lakeland, Fla. Named Director POMONA, Calif. (AP) - Dr. John L. Johnson has been named the first athletic director | tor Cal Poly at Pomona. He served as an assistant football coach at UCLA from 1950 to 1964. Dishwasher HEADQUARTERS Let us show you a KitchenAid dishwasher for your kitchen, your budget. But regardless of model or price, you get the same dependable washing and drying action. There's no skimping on quality or performance In a KitchenAid. HENRY WOODS CABINET SHOP 1033 WEST MOULTRIE PHONE PO 3-6176 two singles and a double, powering Cincinnati lo a 6-4 triumph over Detroit. Jr + * Orlando Cepeda drove in run and scored two others anc Mike Shannon had three hits as St. Louis pounded Minnesota 61. Harmon Killebrew hit his seventh home run of the spring for the Twins. Ted Savage connected for the Cardinals. An error by shortstop .Lee Bales in the fifth inning allowed the tie-breaking run to cross the plate and Los Houston 4-2. Angeles beat there. They said the closest thing to an excess of rough fish were the large numbers of striped bass and they could not be classed as rough fish. Wapanocca has been a favorite spot for family groups, veteran fishermen and the young and the old. It was a safe place for the children and fishing was easy for the inexperienced. The estimated 250 fishermen will have lo lyrn to the other already overcrowed lakes in the area in order to enjoy a little outdoor recreation. — WOODY Ark-Tech Blanked CONWAY, Ark. (AP - Hendrix College shut out Arkansas Tech, 8-0, in a dual tennis match here Monday. Hendrix won the three doubles matches and all six singles. DALLAS. Tex. (AP) - Roberto DeVicenzo, who earned the biggest first prize check of is 28-year professional golf career when he won the Dallas Open last year, will return t» defend his title April 17-23. Softball Meeting Softball representatives are scheduled lo meet at the Y'MCA tonight at 7:30 to complete organization of the annual Y league. Election of officers for the season Is one of the major items of business. All participating teams should be represented. For a count down lo enjoyment GO KING EDWARD Americi'i Ltrgest Sitting Cigar Iwood, South- ,-iiu Jackson; .iih'8 Central NOW thru Sun., April 9 7 fabulous ' Productions featuring Huge Cast of International Skating Champions and Start WORLD'* GREATEST ICE SPECTACULAR Phone Reservations— Call Memphir Code 901274-7400 Send your remittance to Mid-South coliseum, Memphis, 31104. Tickets will bt held at Box office. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Frl., Sal. Mi|*tS, 8 P.M.; Sat. Mat. 2:30 P.M.; Sun. Mats. 1XM and 4:3» P.M.; Children under 16—H Price Sat. 2:30 P.M. only. MID-SOUTH COLISEUM Announcing Bufck's newGS-340. (TtuminiprkadGS-400.) tf you read UM f»pn», fos ItaBw to* (TBrt ntrmfc femoos GS-400 f». <It'« the one in UK bKkcnuad.) And you ito taw yo» *»'t let i G&400 for (matt It'» i great or. But it'« jM. I ttttk rich for era pupil. So we net to work and <M|M<i the CS-340. It h» • tatariv fcrfa* wi mytt mi tntefal. Am! it. lin H» om antauautiat, ptinl job («M toe rally stripe and tcod ecnoB)?), and, of MUM, ill the GM rafety feuurci So wxr xw kne a or tint emu iw than the G&404 t»toM>riUi iti <mn«s«i«l brand of «Kit«t*nt, : McWattrs Motor Co., Broadway & Walnut, Blytheville, Ark.