Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on July 10, 1974 · Page 12
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 12

Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, July 10, 1974
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12—Ukiah Daily Journal; Ukiah, Calif. Wednesday, July 10, 1974 In Ukiah, Willits Youth baseball playoffs begin GARY PLAYER'S GOLF CLASS: Mind that flower! '•• There will be playoff baseball action on two fronts in two different towns in two different youth baseball leagues starting tonight at Ukiah and Willits. Senior League All-Stars, 1314-15-year-old Little League graduates, open their area playoffs tonight at 6 at Willits with Mendocino Coast playing Willits-Laytonyille All-Stars. The winner will then meet the South Ukiah Senior League All- Stars Thursday at 6 p.m. in the second game of the series, which will continue with a "survival" game Friday night and one or two games Saturday afternoon and evening for the Area Senior title and a trip to Petaluma next week to meet the Qoverdale Area champion in an early District 35 playoff game.' Meanwhile, back at Ukiah, the Fitzgerald Athletic Supply and Reliable Mill Supply Pony League teams, the two best 1314-year-old regular season Pony League Boys' Baseball teams in the enlarged 10-team, two division league, open a best two out of three series at 8 p.m. in Anton Stadium. Terry Strickland's Fitzgerald's nine outlasted Reliable in a terrific pitching, defensive and clutch- offensive duel last time out, l-o. Reliable is managed by Chet Crabtree and each of the teams was a clear winner in its division during regular season. Making up the Senior Little League All-Star team for South Ukiah at Willits Thursday night will be boys picked from among Ail-Star nominees Brett Beister, David Carr, Ron Corpuz, Nathan Garrard, George Ginochio, Butch Hamell, John Hollingshead, Brian Maine, Marty Murphy, Ken Petty, Jim Rus, Tony Taylor, Paul Trouette, Craig Ullrich, and Bill Elliott, Lon Elliott, Walt Hutchinson and Joe Peterson, managed by Dennis Lucido. Tonight is only the beginning—next week' comes Little League All-Star play here, after Colt' League 15-16-year-old All- Stars play Saturday and hopefully Sunday in West Sacramento District playoffs! Napa takes swim lead The strong Napa Swim Club, back in Division II after a year's absence, today held undisputed but still tenuous leadership of the Redwood Swim League Division II in dual meet competition after edging Ukiah's Dolphins II at Napa by a comparatively close 70 points. In a meet where 662 points are scored, 70 points is close! So close was the meet that each team took four freestyle and four medley relay victories, leaving it up to Napa to gain a slight edge over the long haul, partially on depth in 8-under girls, 8-under boys and 11-12- boys in key events. The two teams had been tied at 3-0 in dual competition to date in the 1974 season, and the Dolphins set eight new team records in the exciting com. records in the exciting competition where 48 of 50 individual standards bettered by the winner and often his competitors. Dave Sperry tied his own Redwood Empire Swim League and team record in the 100-back with a AA, time of 1:00.9 in 15-17 and Harry Vance, his Ukiahi and Dolphins , teammate, recorded a "AA" time of 1:08.2 in boys' 15-17 breaststroke. The Dolphins are pointing for a top individual and team effort in Saturday and Sunday's Soroptimist swimfest at the Ukiah pool. Raiders get Leroy Kelly via waivers OAKLAND (UPI) — The Oakland Raiders have picked up "one of the top running backs who has ever played," according to coach John Madden. The Raiders Tuesday claimed Leroy Kelly on waivers from Cleveland, where he gained 7,274 yards in 10 seasons to rate as fourth all-time NFL rusher and top active ground-gainer. He was hampered by. bad knees last season and gained only 380 yards on 132 attempts. Madden said of Kelly that "he's an experienced veteran who has played winning football. We have had success with this type of player before," he added, thinking of quarterback George Blanda and tackle Ron Mix. They were both acquired under comparable circumstances. Kelly, who scored 90 touchdowns and played in six Pro Bowls for Cleveland, gained 1,000 yards in each 1966, 1967 and 1968. Madden indicated he planned to use Kelly in spot situations and take advantage of his ability as a pass receiver coming out of the backfield. "Leroy goes with my very, very best wishes," Browns' owner Art Modell said. "Putting him on waivers was done with his complete knowledge and accord." Kelly, unavailable for comment on the development, previously said he would like to be traded to a West Coast club. He said he had ho desire to ride the bench. The Browns had paved the way by announcing they intended to go with young running backs—Greg Pruitt and Billy LeFear—in 1974. The Browns also believed Kelly would retire as an active player after the 1973 campaign. r YOU WILL <SCT A MSRB, ' TOM. BBCAO&B y&J ARB OCXN0TO HIT THAT BEFORE VOUHI.T THE BALL 7 -M AAU-NCAA under 67th KO In 79 bouts Olivares still only Congressional gun « partiar champion By STEVE GERSTEL WASHINGTON (UPI) Long-feuding officials of the NCAA and the AAU were under point-blank congressional pressure today to settle their differences over control of U.S. American amateur athletes or face government supervision. The Senate approved and sent to 'the House by a 62-29 vote Tuesday a bill which would create a five-member federal commis'sion with authority to arbitrate the bitter disputes which have raged between the Amateur Athletic Union and,the National Collegiate Athletic Association in recent years. During floor debate, Sen. John V. Tunney, D-Calif,, called the measure "a crucial step in the crisis of American sports" and said it would "begin to break the stranglehold that the massive amateur sports bureaucracies have held over amateur athletes for 70 years in America." The proposed board would designate sports organizations which then would sanction amateur athletic competition — limited "to three sports per organization —among teams of different countries or for trials for the Olympics and other international events. Sen. MarlowCook, R-Ky., lost by a 68->23 vote an attempt to eliminate the board and provide instead binding arbitration by the American Arbitration Association for disputes between amateur organizations and between an organization and an athlete barred from competition. Under the bill, an athlete could appeal either to the board or the arbitration association. The finding' of either would be binding. Cook charged, however, that the bill was written so that it L/C gridders spending spree BERKELEY, Calif. (UPI) — Three University of California football players asked for financial assistance and then used the school funds to buy $3,600 worth of luxury items, including watches, perfumes and cameras. The disclosure Tuesday showed that the athletes went on a spending spree in the UC bookstore on July 1, the day before their special chancellor- approved credit vouchers expired. grants the NCAA an exclusion. Tunney said that while the bill was not "clear" on that point, it was important to give the NCAA an exclusion because universities and colleges sometimes refuse permission for an athlete to compete for academic reasons or because his absence might liurt the school's team. The Senate okayed authorizing $1.1 million for each of the next six years of the board's operations. But it balked at providing federal financial aid to develop amateur sports at the local level. By a vote of 47-44, a proposed $50 million subsidy to help underwrite the start of a National Sports Development Foundation was killed. The Senate also killed, 71-19, a proposal that the NCAA be barred from prohibiting a university team from appearing on television as a penalty for recruiting violations. By MARK LOWE INGLEWOOD, Calif. (UPI) — After a campaign of two years and seven fights on the comeback trail, newly-crowned World Boxing Association , featherweight champion Ruben Olivares of Mexico City is back on top. "I'm happy as a lark," said , the ex-bantamweight king after demolishing Japan's Zensuke ' Utagawa Tuesday night at the Forum to win the vacated WBA championship. The hard-hitting Olivares decked Utagawa twice in the seventh round before putting him down for the final time at 1.29 to record an incredible 67th career knockout in 79 bouts. "I could have gone 20 rounds tonight," Olivares grinned. The ever-smiling 27-year-old Olivares became the first former bantamweight Champ to win the featherweight crown, Since Harry Jef fra did it in 1940. But Olivares isn't quite ready to begin his rule over the featherweight division just yet. At least not with total recognition. Despite winning the WBA championship vacated by the retirement of Panama's Ernesto Marcel, Olivares has a rival titleholder to contend with —the World Boxing Council's top- ranked featherweight. The WBC champion, however, won't be decided until Aug. 3 when Bobby Chacon of Los Angeles meets Venezuela's Alfredo Marcano, former world junior-lightweight champion, in a title bout. at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. "I'm glad I won it, but I want to settle the issue of two champions so there's no questions asked," Olivares. said. "That way I'll be the true champion." STILL IN SHAPE ^-Jim Londos, the 'Golden Greek' of wrestling's heyday, and a lifelong friend of Ukiah and Potter Valley's Paul Poulos, Sr., former supervisor and Maple Cafe proprietor, recollects his fabulous career as he brouses through a memento- filled den of photos and plaques. (See story below.)— CNS Photo by Bob Redding. Our boyhood idol, still strong and stalwart Jim Londos, the Golden Greek, a wrestling legend, a superb physical specimen at 75, 175 Tonight, five cities World Football makes its debut By United Press International Crowds totaling 145,000 — about 50 per cent capacity — were expected to welcome the new World Football League-to the sports scene tonight in five cities. Although most of the teams in the 12-club league were considered question marks, the five-game opening card was featured by a matchup between two title favorites —the Southern California Sun facing the Birmingham Americans at Birmingham, Ala. The game was expected to draw 35,000 at the 72,000-seat Legion Field and might feature a passing duel between 10-year veteran George Mira of the Americans and Tony Adams of the Sun, who threw 52 touchdown passes in three seasons at Utah State. In the other games* which the WFL hopes will gain , added attention in view of the strike by National Football League players, the Detroit Wheels are at Memphis Southern with 25,000 expected in a 50,000-seat stadium; the Hawaii Hawaiians at Florida Blazers with 15,000 in a 27,000-seat park; the Houston Texas at Chicago Fire with 35,000 in a 55,000-seat stadium, and the Portland Storm at Philadelphia in the massive J.F. Kennedy Stadium. Here 's what the fans can expect competitively on opening night: S. California at Birmingham In - addition to Mira, the 'Americans have an all-veteran backfield of running backs Charlie Harraway and Paul Robinson and flanker Dennis Homan. Adams has Kermit Johnson and. Jim McAlister among his running backs and a potential star receiver in Dave Williams. An all-out offensive battle is anticipated. Detroit at Memphis Bubba Wyche, a former University of Tennessee star who played four seasons in the Canadian Football League,- will be at quarterback for, Detroit with veteran John Harris, former Notre Dame star, and rookie Danny White sharing the throttle for Memphis. Both teams have mostly rookie running backs so plenty of passing is expected in this one, too. Hawaii at Florida Florida has veteran Bob Davis at quarterback while rookies Norris Weese, from Mississippi, and Jim Fassel, from Long Beach State, will alternate at the position for Hawaii. Rookies arq carrying the load for Hawaii this season until such NFL stars as Calvin Hill, Randy Johnson and Ted Kwalick take over in 1975. Houston at Chicago Houston has plenty of experience, but the Fire has an interesting passing combination in quarterback Virgil Carter and Jim Seymour. Both franchises are considered strong for the long run but are rated unknown quantities competitively. Portland at Philadelphia Both teams are largely inexperienced although Portland quarterback Greg Barton played for the Detroit,Lions and Toronto Argonauts, and Philadelphia QB Jim Corcoran has seen action with the New York Jets and New England Patriots. Junior golf elinte free Thursday Given the time and opportunity, golf can be a lifetime source of healthful exercise, fun, occasional competition arid good companionship — and of other more lucrative benefit, perhaps, for any woman or man willing to learn how to play the game. And golf need not be all that expensive, especially when played on a public course and' when learned and played as a junior or even college golfer in Ukiah. , So, hopefully, girls and boys, from <the age of eight and up, will take advantage of Thursday's free junior golf clinic being planned for the Ukiah area youngsters of elementary, junior high or high school age by Pro Paul \ Underwood, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the, Ukiah Municipal Golf Course near the Municipal Park and Live Oak. If youngsters have their own clubs, or can borrow Dad's or Mom's, or even if they never have had a club in their hands before, they.should "come a- ruhnin'" to the clinic tomorrow.'„ Those without clubs may arrange to borrow some at the Pro Shop fdr the clinic. The fundimentals of correct golfing stance, swing, stroke and club use, the secrets of putting, etc. will be covered by Underwood, along with all- important course etiquette. Oh, yes, Underwood is conducting a free clinic for adults, one of a series, tonight at 7:30 p.m., at the Municipal. Golf Course. By BILL HOLLOHAN Copley News Service SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Initially, it seemed like a cinch. Pick the man with perhaps the most fantastic record in the annals of sports out of a crowd in a hotel lobby. The man who once drew 110,000 fans in a stadium in Athens, Greece —who was undefeated in his sport from 1930 to 1946, or thereabouts. After negative headshakes from a half-dozen or so aging giants, I turned, in desperation to an elderly gentleman nearly obscured by a lobby post and said: "Are YOU Jim Londos?" Flashing a quick smile and leaping to fads full five feet, seven inches in height, he extended a warm handshake: "Yes, I am." . After the shock wore off there began an interview with one of die great champions of modern sports. His sport .was known as "catch-as-catch-can" wrestling — and it took a man of great fortitude to pursue it. Londos is such a man. Born in Kutsopi, Greece, he immigrated to this country in 1913 with a friend, Andreu Gekas, who has since died. His first job in the United States was as a water boy for the railroads and he pursued this occupation back and forth across the nation before finally setting down in the Oakland- San Francisco area about two years later. At the time of his arrival in this country, Londos estimates he was 12 or 13 years old. Birth records were unheard of in his home town and to this day he's not sure of his age. He never cared too much for wrestling as a youngster, but his friend Gekas had participated often in Greece and steered him into an amateur program in the YMCA at San Francisco. 'Awful Licking' In his fh-st bout, Londos, a mere 120-pounder, took one of his worst beatings from an opponent whose name he cannot recall, but whom he "remembers well." "He had been active for some time and weighed about 145-150. He gave me an awful licking," Jim recalled. As the years went by Londos added weight lifting and acrobatics to his training program and systematically built his weight to 158 while appearing in amateur-bouts in the area and in Banden, Ore., perhaps the center of wrestling in that era. He worked his way up through the competition ranks until the last man he had to beat in the San Francisco area was his coach — a fellow named Ernest — which he did despite the fact that Ernest, at 225 pounds, "scared me greatly." To cinch his superiority, he did it twice more and then turned his interest toward professionalism. At Banden he had taken part in several programs that saw as many as 150 pairs entered with the eventual winner of eliminations picking up amateur laurels. His first professional offer was a 1200 guarantee if he could whip an "Italian fellow" who weighed about 230 pounds. "He wasn't in too good a shape," Londos recalled. "I picked him up and threw him and, to my surprise, we both went through the boards. I fell on top of him and he was out, so I collected the $200 —the biggest money I'd ever had at one time." About 1935 he met a 6-foot-5 Indian in St. Lluis who "jumped on me at the outset and broke five of my ribs. I went on to win the match, but it was six months before I could return to the ring," he remembers. \ Over the years he performed in London, South Africa, Gibraltar, Egypt, Turkey and many other counties. It was at Athens, Greece, that he achieved his greatest satisfaction. ' His father, a recognized amateur wrestler in Greece, had been against his turning pro and there developed a strained relationship between them. The day of the match, witnessed by the 110,000 fans, he beat a Russian by "picking him up and pinning him good," to the delight of the assemblage. Father's Blessings His father, overcome by the victory, was carried to his dressing room by a "government guard" where he recovered to accept the accolades of his friends and give his blessing to his son for his prowess in the sport. Shortly thereafter Londos began a career that was to take him to most of the countries of the world as he fought more, than 2,500 opponents, beating them all from 1930 to 1946. During that period he built himself up to 200 pounds and met opponents who weighed as much as 350. Bouts went from as much as one hour to more than three and were punishing to both parties. Prominent among his victims during that era were the legendary Zabisco brothers, Stanislaus and Walter, Don George and Ed (Strangler) Lewis. "Lewis and I were the worst (meanest)," Londos recalled with a grin: "We really disliked each other." A chance meeting during a stroll in Gibraltar got the two together and after lunching, Londos recalls, "Ed let me know in so many words that he thought I was human after all." "My most gratifying moment in a ftin-filled career," Londos says. "I would love to do it all over again." Londos, a handsome man who weighs about 175 pounds now, has a quick sense of humor and enjoys a. good laugh when recalling his early days when losses were few and far between. He credits his amazing career record to the fact that he "never fought to win...I fought not to lose," and it paid off. Erect of bearing and showing much of the stature that earned him such nicknames as the "Golden Greek" and the "Greek God," he is still active on his 17-acre avocado ranch in nearby Escondido and, in between demands for his time, still manages to walk about 20 miles a week just to keep in shape. LAST 2 NIGHTS Tonight & Thursday 2 BIG THRILLERS! 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