Hits 200-Foot Homer, Drops Fly Ball Busy, Bizarre Start by Mike Epstein By MURRAY CHASS NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Epstein finally got what he ' wanted—a chance to make his jecond major league debut—and he wound up getting something he didn't expect but which he'll take anyway—a 200-foot home run. i team, Washington, Monday 'night and while the Senators were losing to New York 4-2, !he: —Singled in his first time at bat. —Was thrown out stealing. —Dropped an easy pop fly for ' his first major league error I year-od first baseman who was suspended after refusing the order of the Baltimore Orioles to go to their minor league team al Rochester. « * * Epstein, who was the minors' player of the year in 1966, wanted a chance to prove he be- His start with the Senators not only was fresh but it also was a little bizarre—particularly the fourth-inning homer that carried only about 200 feet in the air before barely eluding the out-stretched glove of left fied- er Tom Tresh and then bouncing even more elusively along the left field fence. "I thought it was going to be an out," the left-handed slugger said. "When 1 saw it drop in, I just turned it on. Eddie Yost, the third base coach, kept waving me around. I couldn't believe it. 'It was a big thrill even considering the kind of homer it was. I'll take them when I get them. I won't be stingy. I'l take another five or six of those. "I'm not in good shape. I was out of breath when I crossed the plate. I was excited about it players were excited about it too. I guess that was our high spot of the night." COURIER NEWS SPORIS PAGE BIGHT Tuuday. Juna «, 1967 Kicker Switches GLASGOW, Scotland (AP)Willie Hunter, former Scottish international soccer star, Monday signed to play for the Detroit Cougars in the United Soccer Association. Detroit reportedly is paying Motherwell, Hunter's team, $39,200, for the transfer. The View from Here ED HAYES The Wild One THEY REALLY PUT THE PRESSURE ON THIS GUY. This guy Hooker Hood. Don Morris, (rack manager at Osceola Speedway, said he's offering an additional $25 to any driver who wins a Class A supermodified feature ahead of Hooker. The driver is not only popular with the fans. The drivers— fte majority, anyway-have great respecr for him and take greater satisfaction in winning when Hooker is in the race. John Suggs of Li'l Rock was voicing these same feelings Sunday night at Blytheville Speedway. "Especially when you beat Hooker up here in his country," he said. * * *. Morris has some other gimmicks up his sleeve. This is a wild one. He's offering ?500 to the first stock car fan (over 21) who can climb into a special car with full safety features, tool around the oval once and then turn the car over and end up in an exact, designated space in front of the grandstand. This dare is not open to regular stock jocks, of course. Don't think anyone will try it? Don't kid yourself, kid. First guy. I asked if he'd do it, Courier News printer Herb McCall, said yes, he would not only do it but is planning to do it. * * . ' * Morris also said Osceola Speedway is offering $100 to any spectator who can predict the first three finishers in the Class C feature— in the right order. Said it's a weekly offer. * * * Pee Wee Clark of Memphis is the new flagman at Osceola. Jack Holmes of Blyttieville said he's retiring. Said he's had too many "close brushes" with those unpredictable Class C cars. The flagman has a job something like that of a matador— with less money and even less glory. * * * Coincidental^, matadors, horse Jockeys and big-name racing car jockeys are among the highest-paid "athletes" in the world. Mario Andretti might've been bitterly disappointed In his failure in the Indianapolis 500 but he doesn't have to worry about finances. He went into the 500 knowing he'd be a winner— win or lose. He signed a million-dollar deal (over the next four years) just for using Firestone tires. TWO ACES WERE PLUNKED AT BLYTHEVILLE Country Club within the past 10 days. Mrs. Dale Dunlap launched her hole-in-one with a 7-iron on the 121-yard No. 10. Ben Mac White whipped in his with a 4-iron on the 131- yard No. 4. * * * Bobby Dean, president of the Chickasaw Athletic Club, asked BCC pro George Teal to serve on the board of directors next athletic semester. Bobby couldn't have asked a more deserving individual. George was flabbergasted, "pleased and honored." George would travel just about anywhere to follow the BHS Chickasaws. True blue for the Maroon all the way. Thad Tillotson looks like a letter reward than money to the New York Yankees in payment or helping the Los Angeles Dodgers win .the National ^eague pennant last season. The Yankees, who got the unheralded minor league pitcher and a bundle of cash from the )odgers for Dick Schofieid last September, cashed in another premium on the big right-han- (er Monday night. Tillotson, who barely made he roster in spring framing, itched the Yankees to a 4-2 vic- ory over the Washington Sena- ors, his third triumph without a oss in his first major league jason. At the same time, the Detroit Hgers were busy cashing in on run scored in the inning on a etching coach Johnny Sain, a' with one on on a pop fly that GOTAY IS BACK —-AND HOW/ Hudson Back v/'rth Hawks: His Own Idea, Says Guerin By BEN BROWN I man of the Minnesota team said ST. LOUIS (AP) - Lou Hud-1 a call from The Associated ; son, saying he wanted to play in •' the prestigous National Basket, ball Association, has signed a 1967-68 contract with the St. . Louis Hawks in another round .. of the battle for players between • the established NBA and the fledgling American Basketball ; Association. Press there was the first he had heard of Hudson's action. "We have a contract him," Holman said. with Hudson said when his signing with the ABA club was announced that the offer was too good to turn down. Holman said 'I thought about coming back]he had received word earlier after talking with friends at my home in Greensboro, N.C." : Hudson said. "I called Mr. Kerner Sunday and taked about it and we agreed to terms Monday." * * Earlier Hudson, who scored 1,471 points as a rookie with the Hawks, had signed a contract with the Minnesota Muskies of : the American Basketball Association. The Hawks filed a $3 million damage suit against Hudson, the Minnesota team and the ABA as a result of that contract. The St. Louis club withdrew the suit Monday before announcing that Hudson had signed his new contract. Ben Kerner, owner of the Hawks and an elder statesman In the NBA, said, "I have nver had a player jump to another league and I've been through three battles with new leagues." He said he was pleased that Hudson decided to stay with the Hawki. General Manager A.E, Ho! Monday that the law suit had been dismissed. Coach Richie Guerin said Hudson's action was taken on his own initiative and he was glad to have the rookie back. Hudson admitted that money was the reason he signed the Minnesota contract. Lake Placid Host NEW YORK (AP)-Lake Placid, N.Y., will be host to the first John F. Kennedy International Memorial Games during the winter of 1968-69, AAU Executive Director Col. Don Hul announced Monday. Duke Star Picked NEW YORK (AP)-Bob Ver ga of Duke was the No. 1 pick in the Eastern Basketbal League's annual draft Monday being chosen by. Asbury Park The league also picked up the franchise of Harrisburg, Pa. and awarded the 1967 All-Star Game to Hartford, Conn. McLAIH'S SLIDERS SLAY A'S 'Give Sain Credit' By MIKE RECHT Associated Press Sports Writer Thad Tillotson looks like a better reward than money to the New. York Yankees in payment for helping the Los Angeles Dodgers win the National League pennant last season. The Yankees, who got the unhearalded minor league pitcher and a bundle of cash from the Dodgers for Dick Schofield last September, cashed in another premium on th ebig right-hander Monday night. newcomer to the Tigers this season. Dennis McLain, Tiger right- hander, threw credit toward Sain after throwing sliders by Kansas City for 11 innings as h« beat Kansas City 3-2. In the other American League games, Cesar Tovar scored on a wild pitch with two out to the last of the ninth inning for Minnesota's 54 victory over Cleveland and reliever Bill Kelso's five shutout innings helped California past Baltimore 3-2. Chicago and Boston were not scheduled. Mickey Mantle made Tillotson's victory possible with his 12th homer in the eighth inning that broke a 2-2 tie. A second bounded past Tresh. * * * McLain allowed only seven hits in his effort and one of the runs off him was unearned when Phil Roof tripled in the ninth inning and scored when Al Kaline hobbled the ball. Jim Northrup singled and scored on Norm Cash's double sacrifice fly. Tom Tresh homered earlier with a man on for the deadlock after Mike Epstein made his debut for the Senators with a fluke inside-the-park homer Astro Till-In' Belts the Birds for the winning run. My good control is back and my slider now is a weapon I have confidence in. I know I can battle the hitters with it," McLain said after evening his record at 6-6. Give Johnny Sain the credit. I didn't like the idea when he wanted to teach it (the slider) to me in the spring. Tonight it made all the difference. I threw it 12-20 times." * * * Steve Bailey's control was not as good for Cleveland. He made the wild pitch that got Tovar home after the reliever walked Tovar, who reached third on Rod Carew's safety. Bob Allison homered earlier for the Twins and Tony Oliva pulled them into a 44 tie in the sixth inning after Fred Whitfield and Max Alvis hit solo shots for the Indians. Kelso, 3-1, took over In the fifth inning for Nick Willhite, who left with a pulled muscle after giving up both Baltimore runs, one on a homer by Paul Blair. The Angels led 3-2 at the time with three runs in the second inning as an infield out, a single by Jose Cardenal and a force out drove them home. Kelso allowed only one hit and a walk the rest of the way. By ED SCHUYLER JE. Joe Morgan and Julio Gotay ire on two-week reserve tours, iut Gotay, unlike Morgan, would like to see his stint, tretch through September at east. Morgan, the Houston Astros' iecond baseman, is on two-week Army Reserve training, and Gotay has been called up from Oklahoma City to fill in for him. "They say I'm just up for two weeks," Gotay said Monday night, "but I don't want to go jack down again. If his performance in Houson's 5-2 victory over St. Louis is any indication of what his fill- in tour is going to be like, he might not. Gotay collected a double and two singles, drove in two runs and scored once. * * * In other National League games Monday night, Los An- geles beat Atlanta 4-2 and the Chicago Cubs trounced Philadelphia 13-3. * * * Gotay, a 27-year-old Puerto Rican who has been in and out of the major leagues in the past several years, has added incentive to make this stay in the big time an extended one. "I got to go hard with the wo coming," he said. The "wo coming" are the twins his wife has been told she can expect in August. The Go- tays already have two children. Gotay, hitless in his last 20 at bats at Oklahoma Ciy, tied the game 1-1 in the fifth inning by doubling home a run and then scored on a sacrifice fly in the same inning. His third hit drove in one of two runs in the sixth inning when the Astros clinched the victory which snapped a three-game losing streak. Free Agent Draft Today; More Mondays, Nolans? NEW YORK (AP) - H the' 1967 baseball free agent draft today and Wednesday turns up the likes of Ken Holtzman, Rick Monday, Joe Coleman, Tom Seaver, Gary Nolan, Rich Nye and Bill Dillman, the major leaguers will be satisfied. Among the 800 or more schoolboys and collegians who will be selected by the 20 big league teams and their farm club affiliates, the pros hope to find outstanding prospects to match the caliber of previous crops. The New York Yankees, with first pick in the two-day session are eyeing 'shortstop Terry Hughes of Spartanburg, S.C. Monday, the regular center fielder for the Kansas City A's until he was hit on the face by a pitched ball Saturday, was the agent draft in June, 1985. After No.'l pick in the very first free two years in the minors, and a brief trial last year with the A's, Monday came up to stay this season. * * * Les Rohr was the No. 2 man in 1965 and he was drafted by the New York Mets. So far, he has been a disappointment and currently is in military service. Joe Coleman, a 3-3 pitcher for Washington through Sunday's games, was No. 3 in that first selection. The son of the former big league pitcher came up last year and won his on!y start. Ken Holtzman, the 6st pick in the 1965 draft, was grabbed by the Chicago Cubs organization and came along so fast that he beat Sandy Koufax in a memorable duel last season and was 5-0 this year when called into service. Both Don Shaw of the New York Mets and Bill Dillman of Baltimore have been effective relief pitchers. Shaw as No. 752 and Dillman No. 18 in the original draft. * * * Scouts who hoped for instant success in the draft pointed to the performances of men such as Gary Nolan (4-1) of Cincinnati and Rich Nye of the Cubs (34). Nye was No. 786 in the 1965 draft out was unsigned. He was grabbed by the Cubs in the special phase last June. The draft is divided into two phases-regular and special. The regular phase covers amateur players not previously drafted. * * * In compliance with the new college rule, no player in a four- year college can be selected in this phase until he is a senior or has reached the age of 21. In the secondary phase, players selected previously but not signed, are eligible. In the regular phase the clubs draft in inverse order of theft 1966 finish with the American first and then the National League alternating. The Yanke are followed by the Cubs and s» on down to the 20th and final pick by the Los Angeles Dodg- Great Cigarlllos- tippod or regular GO KING' EDWARD Amtrlet't tMrgmt tilling C/ttr Blytheville Businesi COLLEGE Farmers Bank Bldg. ENROLL NOW FOR SUMMER CLASSES June 5th — July Uth Air Cond. Classrooms COURSES OFFERED: Typing or Office Machine $30.00 Refresher Shorthand (Dictation ttraascripUon) $25.00 PO 3-7496 or PO 3-1089 Tony Cloninger started for Atlanta for the first time since April 26 when he was sidelined with an eye ailment. The right-hander was touched for all four Los Angeles runs, the big blow being a two-run homer by Len Gabrielson in the second. The Braves, losing their fifth straight, drove Los Angeles I starter Claude Osteen to cover in the ninth when the first wo men up—Rico Cary and Clete Boyer—homered. Phil Regan came in to save the victory. * * * Manager Leo Durocher wasn't around to enjoy his Cubs' romp. 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