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April 2, 1959

The News-Herald from Franklin, Pennsylvania · Page 20

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ght i 00 all Y Toyoiniey peons Tido Two First Round Kline Says Bucs Try Too Hard for Him Games Tonight; Teams Arriving ' Tonight is the big night at the Franklin High School gymnasium when the first round of the 29th annual National YMCA Basketball Tournament gets under way starting at 7:30 o'clock. Two games are scheduled tonight to open the three-day event. Afternoon and evening quarter-final and semifinal games are scheduled Friday and the consolation and championship contests will be played Saturday night. Tonight's contests are between Atlanta, Ga., and Torrington, Conn., at 7:30 o'clock and between the host Franklin team and Waynesboro, Va., at 9 o'clock. A final session of the local committee along with the national committee was held Wednesday night in advance of the National YMCA Basketball Tournament starting tonight. Edward Steitz, director of athletics at Springfield College; D. D. Eggert, physical director at the Philadelphia YMCA; Walter Thomas, general secretary of the Franklin YMCA, and King Richardson, general chairman, are seated. Standing are: Richard McDowell, George Griffen, Donald Armstrong, Paul A. M. Snyder, Wayne Harton, Carl Davis, Clair Hoover, Robert Giimore, Charles Howard and Ed Kreger. Mr. Howard, of Harrisburg, is the Pennsylvania State YMCA 20 THE NEWS-HERALD Franklin and Oil City, Fa. Thursday, April 2, 1959 Senators GetLoes In Trade MIAMI, Fla. (UPD-The Washington Senator's acquisition of problem pitcher Billy Locs ix believed the forerunner of a deal in which they also would get shortstop Willie Miranda from the Baltimore Orioles. The Senators sent pitcher Vito Valentinetti to the Orioles Wednesday to obtain the 29 - year old Locs an eccentric right - hander who never has lived up to expectations. A product of the Dodger farm system, Loes has a 67 - 49 record for eight big league seasons but was 3-9 last season. "We got Valentinetti because at least he acts like he wants to pitch," said Baltimore Manager Paul Richards. "Everyone knows Loes has ability, but your pa-tience wears thin with him since he is so unpredictable." The Senators, who think they can afford to gamble on Loes' in-and-out performances, aredesper. ate for a shortstop and the light, hitting but fine-fielding Miranda ii understood to be available. Orioles Win, 4-3, From Bucs in 1 2th MIAMI, Fla. (UPI)-Al Pilarcik beat out a single in the 12th inning Wednesday to give the Baltimore Orioles a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bob Skinner had tied the game when he slammed a three-run homer- for the Pirates in the sixth. In the 12th, Jim Finigan ducked back from a high close pitch by Roy Face, but failed to pull his bat back in time. The ball struck the bat and bounced out along the third base line for a hit. Pilarcik beat out a single to score Finigan, who had advanced on a sacrifice, with the winning tally. Reliever Connie Johnson was credited with the victory. The Bucs collected seven hits off Ernie Johnson and Arnie Portocar-rero, but none off Johnson. The Orioles got their first three runs off Vern Law in the first and fourth innings. Law gave up 11 of the 13 Baltimore hits in his eight innings before Face took over in the ninth. The Dodgers visit Fort Myers today. Bob Porterfield, Fred Green and Don Gross will be on the mound for the Bucs. By MILTON RICHMAN FORT MYERS. Fla. (UPD- Ronnie Kline wishes his Pittsburgh Pirate teammates "would not try so hard" to make him a winner every time he goes out and pitches. Nope, that's no misprint, and Kline has all his marbles, but when you hear his reasons they make a lot of sense. "The fellows on the club know I never seem to get many runs each time I pitch," Kline explained, "so they try extra hard to get me some. The harder they try it seems, the less runs they get. "They ought to relax a little more and not worry about me so much," he grinned. "Maybe that would help." Kline probably was involved in more close ball games during the past two years than any other pitcher in the National League. Last season, for exam-Die, he lost six games by one run. Nine of his 13 victories were decided by one, two or three-run margins and 10 of his same manner. Ever since the 27-year-old right-hander first came to the Pirates in 1952, experts have predicted big things for him. Despite the glowing forecasts, he never has had a winning year and his 16 setbacks in 1958 represented the highest losing total of any hurler in the circuit. He achieved that unwanted distinction even though his 3.53 earned run average was the 10th best in the league among regular starters. "I've been hearing about the law of averages for a long time now," he said, rubbing some of the sheen off a new baseball with which he was preparing to warm up. "I'm starting to wonder when they're going to swing around to my side." Not that the 6-foot-3 Kline isn't capable of winning the close ones. The Pirates scored a total of 13 runs in their last nine games last year and Ronnie won three of them. "I'd have to say I'm a little overdue for a big year,'.' he de clared. "I've been waiting and waiting but so far nothing has happened." Kline feels it could happen this year because he has improved his curve ball with the aid of catcher Hank Foiles and Coach Sam Narron. "I was throwing my curve too far out and hanging it," he explained. "Now I'm throwing it closer to my ear and the results have been far better." Atlanta vs. Torrington The colored Georgia team seems well-rounded with some of the cagers hitting over the six - foot mark. Torrington carries a taller club and boast of a center, Joe Waicunas, six foot eight inches tall with others not too far behind. Atlanta had an 11-1 record during the regular season of play. One of their taller boys, 6-7, wasn't able to make the trip because of his pro baseball career. This is Atlanta's first National Tournament in 12 years. Torrington played many more games during the season, ending with a 34-6 record. Torrington won the Connecticut state champion-ships, the State AAU championships and has vn the state's Northwestern league for the past three years. Franklin vs. Waynesboro Franklin was runnerup in t h e Nationals last year in Kansas, being defeated in the finals by Salina, Kans. Waynesboro recently won the Ohio-West Virginia Championships. Skip Hill, eager from Waynesboro, was named to the little All-American team a few years ago. Franklin is fresh from adding two more victories to their 19-4 season record. The three visiting teams had long rides to Franklin the past day or two. Atlanta cagers left their city at 11:15 a. m. Tuesday and traveled by bus to Charlotte, Washington, Pittsburgh and then to Franklin, arriving at 3:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Immediately after stowing their gear and checking in, the team went onto- the YMCA floor for some warmup drills. Torrington, Conn., left for Frartklin at 6 a. m. Wednesday morning and arrived at the Y at 7: 3 J p. m traveling in t h r e V "We want these," say the Torrington, Conn., cagers as they point to have come Saturday evening after the finals. The trophies are window. Others are in the Printz Co. window. to the trophies they would like on display in the Squire Shop e;up as the tournament headquar National Y Champs Of Past The following is a list of previous winners in the National YMCA Championships: Date Winners 1923 Cincinnati, 0. 1924 Cincinnati, 0. 1925 Cincinnati, 0. 1926 Detroit, Mich. 1927 Cincinnati, 0. 1928 Cincinnati, 0. 1929 Buffato, N.Y. 1930 Rahway, N.J. 1931 Detroit, Mich. 1932 Youngstown, 0. 1933 Denver, Colo. 1934 Buffallo, N.Y. 1935 Wilmerding, Pa. 1936 Wilmerding, Pa. 1937 Williamsport, Pa. 1938 Hannibal, Mo. 1939 Reading, Pa. 1940 Reading, Pa. 1942 Chicago, Division St. (111.) 1947-Chicago, Division St. (111.) 1948-Br'klyn, N.Y., Prospect Pk. 1950 Chamipaign, 111. 1951 Carlton Ave., Br. Br'klyn. 1952 High Point, N.C. 1953 Christian St., Philadelphia 1954 Leigh St., Richmond, Va. 1956 Toledo Central 1958 1st Salina, Kans.; 2nd Franklin, Pa.; 3rd Springfield, Mo. Atlanta, Ga., the first team to I ' : ' : 1) M ! Li J . cars. Waynesboro. Va., left at 1 p. m Tourney Schedule TOMGHT 7:30 Atlanta, Ga. vs. Torrington, Conn. 9 Waynesboro, Va., vs. Franklin. FRIDAY 2 Richmond, Va., vs. Toledo, 0. 3:30 Lexington, Ky. vs. winner (Atlanta-Torrington). 7:30 Salina, Kans. vs. Michigan City, Ind. 9 Butler, Pa., vs. winner (Franklin-Waynesboro). SATURDAY 1 Semi-finals. 2:30 Semi-finals. 5 Nationals dinner program. 7:30 Consolation game. 9 Championships. They stated that an "one of t h e best" tournaments will result. King Richardson, tournament chairman, feels the tourney is ready to go. The committee has been planning the event for several months. Much work has been done to make it one of the best. Dinner Saturday Dinner reservations for the Saturday banquet to be held at 5 p. m. in the Elks Club are coming in fine. John W. Bunn will take charge of the dinner program and will address area coaches, officials and interested followers of the court games, bringing local thinking on the basketball activity within the scope of national programing. The YMCA lobby has been set ters and all teams report there on arrival. "National Charmion- Secretary of Franklin Y. Yanks Farm Trio ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (UPI) The New Y'ork Y'ankees today returned first - baseman Frank Leja, shortstop Rod Kanehl and pitcher Bob Wiesler to their Richmond farm club in the International League. Earlier, the Yankees had sent outfield Deron Johnson and pitch- kiuk to-Denver. Conn., squad relax Wednesday ! i ' ; ' ' ; Wecmesday and arrived at 9 p. m..!ship" badges will be worn by per-also traveling by car. The squad-sons connected with the event, is the smallest in number coming during the games and sessions, and has only seven cagers. Two Ed Steitz, Del Eggert, Paul others were not able to make the .Snyder and John Bunn are the trjP; ! members of the National Tourney Dignitaries Arrive committee. They will have charge Edward Steitz, athletic director! of selecting the 10 cagers for the of Springfield College, Mass.; Del j All-American team. Eggert, Philadelphia Central; Members of local committee YMCA head, and Charles G. How-j are: King Richardson, general ard, state representative, arrived chairman; Carl Davis, officials; in town early Wednesday after- j Ed Kreger, tickets; Dick McDow-nooa. I ell, housing and food; George John W. Bunn, who will head the Griffin, booklet and trophies; tournament committee and selec-j Wayne Eakin, school accommo-tion of All-American team, is ex-' dations; Robert Giimore, fi-pecied to arrive in Franklin by 1 nances; Clair Hoover, host com-plane on Friday. Bunn' is the di- mittce; Wayne Harton, Franklin rector of athletics at Colorado coach of host team; Mrs. John Slate- College in Greeley, Colo. Harlan, reception; Joyce Offutt, Other teams are expected in booklet-Gradale; Jerry Campbell, town sometime this afternoon or j publicity; James Hedglin, physi-evening. Butler will "commute" jcal director of Franklin YMCA; to tourney games but the teams and Walter E. Thomas, General will stay at local hotels and mo-: tels. Salina. Kans., defending champions, play their first game Friday at 7:30 p. m., meeting Michigan City.' Ind. Salina is expected in Pittsburgh at 11 p. m. Thursday. Members of the tournament committee will furnish the transportation from Pittsburgh to Franklin. Final Session Hold A final session of the tournament committee plus the dignalaries arrive in Franklin Wednesday afternoon went straight to the YMCA Meeting for the first time, the three members of the national committee of the tournament, Edward Steitz, left; Del Eggert, center; and Paul Snyder, right; give welcome to each other at the Chess Lamberton Airport Wednesday afternoon. Steitz, who is athletic director of Springfield College, Mass., came in on an earlier flight and he along with Paul Snyder, local Chamber of Commerce secretary, greet Del Eggert, Philadelphia Central YMCA director, as he arrives at the was held at the YMCA last eve-ier Bill Short to Richmond, outrun. The visitors complimented! fielder Dick Barry to Modesto, the local committee for the fine ' Calif., and first baseman John Ja- gym to "loosen up a bit." They traveled from Georgia to Franklin by bus, an overall time of 30 hours. Left to right are Robert Lee, George Geter, Julius Evans, Coleman Hilliary, John Bry. ant, George Bowen, Willie Rawlings and William Glenn. Their tallest man stands at 6-1. They arrived at 3 p. m. Wednesday. ZTrt :'' 'fJj m1 r x;;w.-T1 - mbasLsJi done on the arrangements, Two cagers from the Torrington, leammates and coach look on. jab " The '" W s hi hsdU tLL 4 Waynesboro, Va., checks in at the registration desk Wednesday evening. The seven cagers and coach listen to the information tfie two girls are giving them about where to go for living quarters and other information. The two girls are from the YMCA Gradale organization which has been helping with national tourney arrangements. game of ping-pong while other evening at YMCA playing a hits the six-foot, eight-inch mark the biggest man, Joseph Waicunas,

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