The Lompoc Record from Lompoc, California on July 4, 1978 · 6
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Tuesday, July 4, 1978
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turns in .-I f ".f h perfprmance agajnst Yanks ml?! A' C' ' j ...r" All-Star I 1 if fil. II HI II 41 Bean wins at Western urti nnuurw, in. vri) Anay tsean, six strokes behind with one round to play, "envisioned a 65 and a good chance . to win" the Western Open. . Instead, he said. "I shot a 66 and won the playoff." Bean, playing erratically with nine birdies, three bogies and six pars, fired the best round of the tournament and then had to sit" in a steaming tent near the final green forialmost an hour to find out whether his fr-underpar 282 for the 72 holes would win. REX - $6,117 Rex Caldwell picked up a check for his ninth place finish at the Western Open Monday in Chicago. Caldwell's $6,117 puts him near the $38,000 mark in official earnings this year. Caldwell fired a 72-73-70-71 - 286 or onerunder-par for .72 holes. Caldwell's finish automatically qualifies him for the Milwaukee Open which begins Thursday. Itdidn't. Bill Rogers lost a two-stroke lead and one stroke on the last hole to set . am a. nlavnff with Reati. Then, Bean won. Plavlne the 16th hole, he Dut his tee -shot .teUkeigh tand. -made a- stcfl - recovery after a free drop: to'leave his approach five feet from the pin on the first playoff hole. Rogers, who had bir-died;the same hole four straight days, had a better drive but put his approach to Semi SLO BLUES pitcher Rosie -Vyst jar?? r---' . . X x ; v.--:;::.:.- 1 4 .. - - '"I THE 'PIT CREW' of Kathy Casarez' tricycle before the big race tonight at Huyck Stadium. annual fireworks display. Manning the jack is Bob Haskell and attending to tne . repairs is Roy Belluz. Gates will open tonight at 6, and the show is set to begin at dtist. Admission is 50-cents per person. ' ' pa yoff Open the right of the green, chipped almost 10 feet past the cup and left his try for a par two inches away. ' . That meant Bean could take two putts to win and after his first try.'the pressure remained. He blew his effort from five feet almost two feet past the pin and paused before he sank the winning shot. "Nobody believes that was a lag," Bean said. "I was fortunate to get in the playoffs, and I made an awful shot off the tee. But then, I made a great shot to leave it five feet away.,' ' was pumped up and my lag turned into a charge. I had to go back and regroup." Bean said he was "lucky" when he was able to drop on grass that was "beaten down and baked out and fairly hard" after his tee shot. "I didn't have to drop in the tall gras-s," he said. - Rogers' tee shot on the 18th wound up in a creek on the right and he dropped on the far side of the creekrputting his next shot into the 18th fairway. Then he lashed his approach five feet from the pin and made the putt. " , ATlerwaotrTwapitr'there was a better chance for me to win than - "'0fl'4y'ff' - sa'He could nave Pullea otl 3 great snot wnere ne was and what he did wasn't shabby." Bean's victory was his third this year and the $45,000 prize money put him No. 1 in the money winning list with $240,058. - pro baseball: just trying to break SM Indians Garica avanishing breed. 1 WslfJ'S makes a few last-minute adjustments The race will be run at halftime of the Babe Ruth picks senior All-Stars All-CIF picks Carlos Garcia, Alan Schutz and Alan Ascherl head the list of 18 Senior Babe Ruth All-Stars. Saturday the Lompoc area team will face San Luis Obispo at 1 p.m. at Sinsheimer Park in a District 1 playoff. Games two and three, if necessary, will be played atlp.m. Sunday at Lompoc High. The winner ot the series this weekend earns a trip to Hollister and a place in the state tournament starting July 15. Garcia.jjn all-CIF selection at third base, and Schutz a second team all-CIF pick in the outfield, played for Beattie Ford this season. ' Ascherl, from anta Ynez Valley High and Brauns, was a second team all-CIF pick at catcher. The SY receiver led the Pirates in hitting and was a driving force behind the Pirates' bid tor a CIF title in 1978. Beattie Ford dominated the All-Star team with eight picks out of 18 team members. The squad wjll be managed by Bill Rule and coached by Dennis Ray and Louie Domingos. -Rounding out the team are: Jeff Bet-, tendorf (Beattie's), Jim Borchard (Beattie's), Casey Candaele (Beattie's), fffi'hieTitenwttf Beatti'3rPst Fridrich ( Beattie's ) , YjorkGrqss tfirauris),' Tom Hetef iBrauris), Paul Huyck (Brauns), Steve Kapinos (Operating Engineers), John Lizarraga JBrauns), Mitch Moore (Brauns), Dan - Petry (Beattie's), Brad Sousa (Brauns) and Dean Yasutomi (Orcutt). and SLO Blues last local survivors By JOHN McREYNOLDS Staff writer "Semi-pro ball here at Elks Field is the best played anywhere." That's the declaration of Clarence "Scoop" Nunes, General Manager of the Santa Maria Indians. This holiday weekend the Indians hosted the National Baseball Congress' Central California Tournament. Entered were such aggregations as the Hanford Brewers, Clovis Mavericks, the Omachi Stars of Fresno," the B.C. Chemicals of Bakersfield, and the San' Luis Obispo Blues, as well as the Indians. The tourney winner collects $1000 and a berth in the NBC World Series in Wichita in August. Future and former professional 4 players performing at the tourney are numerous. Saturday .night's action featured former major league pitcher Dick Selma hurling Clovis to a 10-1 win over B.C. , .Three of Nuries' own players have been signed out from under him by the Blue Jays and Giants within the -last three weeks. One of them, designated hitter Jim Rothford, drove in seven runs on two homers in his first ap pearance for the Fresno Giants of the Class A California League. But despite the caliber of baseball played by the Indians, and the Blues, they are nearly the last local survivors of the post-World War II era 1 6 LOMPOC RECORD (Lompoc. United Press International Billy Martin, who will manage the AL against the National League in the All-Star game next week at San Diego, named seven' pitchers to. the AL squad Monday and said he would name one more later this week. ' Dennis Eckersley may have nailed down that last spot because of his abjlity to beat Martin's team. He defeated the New York Yankees for the third time In 12 days Monday night, when he survived three home runs and went eight innings to key a 95 Red Sox' victory. "If you beat the Yankees you've got to ; pitch well," saij Eckersley, now 9-2. "It's nice to get some runs. I'm getting more runs this year and when you get more runs you can't lose." Carl Yastrzemski and Carlton Fisk provided most of the offensive support for Eckersley. Yastrzemski had three hits, including the 2,800th of his career, and three RBI and Fisk also drove in three runs with a pair of hits. Ed Figueroa was tagged with his sixth loss in 13 decisions. Graig Nettles, Gary Thomasson apd Bucky Dent homered for the Yankees: Twins 7, Brewers 2: Roy Smalley hit a two-run homer and Jose Morales also drove in two runs to spark the Twins. Rookie Roger Erickson scattered nine hits and went the distance-foif his ninth victory. . Indians 9, Orioles 0: Lacvell Blanks drove in three runs Wimbledon underdogs predict upsets in quarterfinal round WIMBLEDON, England (UPI) -Sandy Mayer and Raul Ramirez both discount the probability of a second consecutive Wimbledon final between Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors. ' They plan to knock off the top seeds in Tuesday's quarter-final matches when-the eighthseeded Mayer from Mendham, , Ron Guidfy heads AL All-Star staff NEW-YORK (UPI) - A pitching staff with a combined ERA of 2.53 and a won-lost record of 60-30, led by unbeaten Ron Guidry, has been selected for the American League AllStar team. ' The game which will be played July U in San Diego, and the AL will be looking to regain a measure of respect it has . lost 14 of the last 15 All-Star games. Lee McPhail, president of the league, and Billy Martin, manager of the New York Yankees and the AL squad, named seven pitchers to the squad with an eighth to be added later this week. Guidry, the slender New York lefthander with the overpowering fastball, - leads the major leaguesin victories (13--0), earned run average (1.75) and strikeouts (124). He Set an all-time Yankee record Sunday for the best start r-feyasy New Yorfcpitcher: and Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles, Frank Tanana of the California Angels, Matt Keough of the Oakland A's, plus relievers Rich Gossage of the Yankees and Jim Kern of the CTeveland Indians. when semirpro and minor league baseballtvdominated America's sports pages. If it werent for a 122-page book crammed with1450 advertisements that Nunes personally solicits from merchants throughout southern San Luis Obispo County and "northern Santa Barbara County-(there ar four pages and 43 ads worth nearly $900 from the Santa. Ynez Valley alone) the Indians wouldn't make it, for the grandstand is near-empty. "The financing is here," says Nunes. "I can raise the money and get the players jobs but I can't fill the stadium." The biggest gate of the season for the Indians thisseason was 200. Crowds of 35 are common.. "We are 23-2 with one tie this year. We outdo all the localShooIs so we should have the best crowds, but the fans don't support it," he adds shityng his cigar from one corner of his mouth to the other. . "I can't figure it out. Maybe it's youth sports." Or television, recreational vehi- cles, new participation activities, or any of a dozen other things. The causes for the decline of baseball have been bandied about for a generation But recently in "many towns the moaning and finger-pointing have ceased. Minor league baseball attendance last year was the biggest in 20 years, j. One hundred fifty teams in 19 leagues played before 13.4 million T Calif.) Tuesday. July 4. 1978 wmoc REconni Sports News i Terry Day Editor with a two-run homer and a single to highlight a six-run third inning that carried the Indians past Baltimore. Angels 7, Royals 4: ; Ron Fairly had two hits, drove in two runs and scored once in helping the Angels defeat the Royals. Chris Knapp,1 9-6, went 7 1-3 innings for the victory. Tigers 6, Blue Jays 5: Lou Whitaker's run-scoring single off j-elievet Mike WiUiswithoneout in the ninth inning drove in two runs To win it for the Tigers. Alan Ashby and Rick Bosetti homered for Toronto. N.J., tackles Sweden's defending champion Borg and seventh-seeded Ramirez of Mexico faces the left-handed Connors from Belleville, 111. Mayer edged Poland's Wojtek Fibak, 6-476-276-8; I-677-nn Monday'irfourth--round play, while Borg downed Australian Geoff Masters, 6-2, 6-4, 8-6. Mayer got the better of the Swede in Arkansas in their most recent match last year and is convinced he can repeat and halt Borg's bid to become the first man to win three singles titles in consecutive years since, 1936. , v "When I beat him last time it was on a real fast court, so I have got a good chance," Mayer said. "I believe I have a game that is better suited to grass and I have a few ideas how to beat Bjorn again." Both Ramirez and Connors: reached the last eight with wins over Australians, Blalo ck wins NOBLES VILLE, Ind. (UPI) - Jane Blalock, who said she didn't want to be runnerup three weeks in a row, got her wish. Instead, she birdied five holes in the final- round of the $75,000 LPGA Mayflower Classic Monday to capture : her 20th bur victory. Blalockwho pocketed $11,250 for the win, scored a three-day total of 209, going 4 under par for the day to earn a hree-stroke wiBjwfiE ,,J.QyceJKa "Vth a 7-y nder-par per fofniance. Biaiock was second last week .in the Lady Keystone Open at Hershey, Pa., and tied for runnerup honors the week before at the LPGA event in Pittsford, N.Y. "I didn't want to be in the press room for the third week in a pw explaining of post-war boom fans in 1977, the highest figure since 1957 when there were 194 teams in 28 . minor leagues. Leading the way in Class A, the . lowest rung on the professional ladder, just one step up from Nunes' operation, were teams such as the Quad Cities and Salinas Angels and the Portland Mavericks. j Quad Cities, of the Midwest 'League, lured 108,662 fans into the, park last season white Salinas, of the California League, is averaging this year more than 1900 fans a night ! in a town where baseball franchises-have gone bust three times in the past. " The Mavericks drew 125,300 last season without a major league team contracted to supply players. The " Mavs went out and found their own - play ersand-led theNorthwest -League in attendance. All three teams have used imagirtiative marketing ploys pioneered over the years by Bill Veeck. Veeck now owns the Chicago White Sox, but first found fame In 1951 when he sent a midget to he plate for the old St. Louis Browns. The Veeck system uses everything from special group "nights" and giveaways to music, clowns, magicians and even free haircuts to -create "fun at the ballpark" for the general sports fan, not just the diamond aficionado. The Quad Cities club added a beer garden to its carnival-like arcade of ten different concession stands (selling everything from food and beer White Sox 7, JFtangeri 8:. Chet, Lemon's solo homer and a two-, run blast by Jorge Orta in the ninth in. ning enabled the White Sox to edge Texas. John Ellis and Mike Hargrove homered for the Rangers.. A's 5, Mariners 3: - Home runs by Joe Wallis and Dave Revering vaulted Oakland into sole possession of second place in the AL West. Pete Broberg, now 9-6, went the first, six inning and Dave Heaverlo picked up his fourth save. j ; Reds 8, Astros 7: Junior Kennedy singled home pinch runner Rick Auerbach with two outs in the Uth inning to win it for the Reds. The Astros had tied the'score, 7-7, by pushing across two runs in the ninth. Cubs 6, Cardinals 2: Mike Vail singled twice, scored twice and drove in a run to pace Chicago to its seventh victory in as many games with St. Louis this season. Dave Roberts, 4-3, was the winner and hit a solo homer r. the fifth. He left after five jnhings favor of Donnie Moore. - . Braves 4, Dodgers 2: Rowland Office's three-run homer triggered a four-run sixth inning that gavf Atlanta the. victory. Winning pitcher was Rick Camp, 1-2. Padres 4, Giants 3: , A "throwing error by third baseman' Darrell Evans in the sixth inning allowed lheTie-breakingTun tff score and capped a four-run rally for San Diego. It was the Giants' fifth loss in their last six games. Ramirez ousting three-time champion, John Newcombe, 6-2, 9-8, 6-3, and Con-; nors crushing John Alexander, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. .The. Mexican, the only man in the tournament not to have dropped a set, has. beaten Connors in the past but admits the left-hander has won more often than not in head-to-head meetings. "I am playing better now than when I reached the semifinal two years ago and I think I can beat Jimmy if I serve well," , Ramirez said. . , ... The United States is assured of at least ' one men's semifinal place with third-seeded Vitas Gerulaitis lined up for a clash with fifth-seeded Brian Gottfried. Gerulaitis won his berth with a 6-3, 3-6,6-2. 6-3 victory over Hank Pf ister and Gottfried downed Tim Gullikson, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2, in another ail-American clash. Ma yfo wer why I finished runnerup," said the pigtailed former school teacher from Highland Beach, Fla., who now ranks second in this year's LPGA money list. Her earnings for the tourney at the Harbour Trees Golf Course near Noblesvilie brought her total for the tour this year to $62,711. T Rookie Nancy Lopez, . who has won seven tourneys this year, started the day at par but had three bogeys and a double bogey on the front nine to fall 11 strokes oil the pace" at the barn. She' recovered ' with two birdies on the back nine and -finished lover par with a 219 total for 10th spot. Blalock entered Monday's final round at 3-under par, .one stroke ahead of Jerilyn Britif of Luverne, Minn. even to cotton candy and souvenirs). Salinas' announcer leads cheers with a kazoo. Portland had a "designated sweeper" clean off . home plate (or anywhereelse) after any questionable call by the umpires. - Scoop Nunes. is a Veeck fan from way back. "I tave away a tank of gas at eveqame one year," he says. "It didn't help." "We had Fans' Appreciation .Night one year, gave away 25 or 3u ; prizes, and nothing." . But there has been con continuing series of special nights or events. "I don't have the money for that," explaines Scoop. "We just break even as it is." " Promotion " "detracts from the game," argues SLO Blues manager -Dean Treanor, whose home attendance rarely reaches 100. "If that's all people want then why have the team? But then I'm from the old school." - . Vr Treanor re-established the Blues last year on a shoestring budget of about $5000 and broke even. "We averaged r125 a game last year, but this year it's running 50-60. "Our expenses are up. We bought new uniforms and we're playing a higher caliber team. : , fHL "The money will come out of my pocket. "I'll probably try one more year. Maybe next yar I'll go with gimmicks. "I don't want to, but if that's what . it takes to keep the team,going..." i

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