The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on June 1, 1969 · Page 13
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 13

Baytown, Texas
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Sunday, June 1, 1969
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l mt uiiiiiiimiiiiimwiiiiiiiiiii mtmiimiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiumimimiiiiiiiimui I SPORTS Sunday, June I, 1969 laytwm ftira U * FLASHES Latest Poop is Price of Dome Advertising Up By $!/£ Million seen By FRED HARTMAN YOU NO DOUBT have those two big orange, white and blue Gulf signs in left and right field at the Astrodome . . . They cost a tab of $1,000,000 for five years ... The inside on the inside is that next year you will see the Texaco Star (maybe with Jack Benny's pix in the middle, and some more inside is that the new tab will be $1.5 million for similar five years. mean only one a , This could thing: attendance at the dome must be projected upward, or was it the inflation spiral? Jim Finley, the new Sun staffer, headed to Baytown with his family from Victoria . . . Jim here of late has been an associate of Johnny Lyons, sports editor of the Victoria Advocate and one of the real pros in the business in Greater Houston . . . Jim is one of those "do it all" types of newsmen who find such a needed niche on a paper the size of The Sun . . . Jim's family will be here any day now, and they've already found a home on Harold Lane ... Jim incidentally prepped in Freeport and Bay City, and collegiately he suffers with the Arkansas Razorbacks . . . Only from what we hear, Jim and other Razorback supporters won't suffer too much this fall... The only rooter to be worried is the Big Hog himself, Coach Frank Broyles . .. Being a gifted football coach, Frank would be worried if the Porks were 50 points ahead and undefeated in the 1st five minutes of that upcoming national championship' game with the Texas Longhorns next December ... It'll be big on TV, you know. Not So Many Baseball Fans Now Ask What's Wrong With Astros WE CAN'T HELP but notice that not too many people during the past week have inquired about what is wrong with the Houston Astros . . . That's a part of the game, we guess, but we have come to this conclusion: The Astros will win some and lose some, but none will be rained out at the Astrodome! There will be a prime-time TV baseball game on ether waves Monday night... It will feature the Boston Red Sox at home to the Chicago White Sox, or maybe vise versa ... You no doubt have read too that there will be more Monday night pro football and less uoubleheader Sunday games on future network programs . This comes straight from Commissioner Pete Rozelle's office, even if it did trickle out over the transom .. . Speaking ol commissioners, we wonder whal will happen that fine day or night in tlie future when Baseball High Commissioner Bowie Kuhn sees his name on the famous Astrodome Scoreboard ... From the royal welcome given Donn Clendennon when the Montrea Expos came to Houston baseball's big front office man may be in for similar loud bu rude reception . . . We hope i comes at a playoff or Worlc Series game, for that wouk mean that the Astros had finally lifted themselves out of the class of mere expansionists. Speaking of expansionists wouldn't it be a good idea for Houston, San Diego, California Seattle, Washington, The Mets FOR SALE DISTINCTIVE HOME Overlooking Golf Course For More Information CALL 424-7950 Kansas City and Montreal meet next October in an Expansion Series in the Astrodome, that is, unless Houston erases that eight or nine-game deficit and wins the right to compete post-seasonwise' with the big boys . . . Well, like we always said: you've got to inhale before you can exhale! International Racing BRANDYWINE, Del. (AP) -It ian women harness drivers won both races Friday night as the World's Ladies Harness Racing Driving Championship competition began at Brandywine Race way. The Italians were competing against a team of woman sulky drivers from Canada and the United States. Despite the first- place finishes by the Italians, the North Americans grabbed a 37-35 point lead with two of the three legs for the driving title remaining. In the first all-girl race, Ful via Mattioti of Rome led from wire-to-wire with Sambo Boot - - First Win For Both Andretti, Granatelli Take Indy MARIO ANDRETTI waves with the handkercmet he used to wTpe his ffcce after winning 1969 Indianapolis 500. He still beais scars on his upper Up sustained in a flaming crash nine 60 » 0 ago. (UPI Telephoto) Pair Of Double Headers Feature Little Leaguers Two out of three of the leagues were in action Friday night in Baytown Little League action as the West and Central Leagues each got doubleheaders played. In the West League opener, the Yankees stopped the Chargers 11-5 while the Cubs got by the Pirates 4-2 and the Central League games saw the Federals nip the Sports 2-1 and the Lions run over the Pelicans 10-3. Leading the Yankee West League win was pitcher Ken Giroir who picked up the victory and also contributed three hits to the winning cause. Giroir came on to relieve starter Randy Heisig in the third inning. Michael Sobotik took the loss for the Chargers as the Yanks came from a 4-3 deficit to win. In the second game, the Cubs got a 3-2 lead and then held off the Pirates to gain the victory. The Pirates managed just two hits off Cub pitchers Mark Closs and Don Whatley while the Cubs I City Softball 2nd Half Starts June 11 The second half of Baytown's summer Softball program will get underway June 11, but anyone wishing to enter a team in the second series must do so on or before Friday, June 6. The first half of the season has been completed, except for rained-out games and late scheduling, and Parks and Recreation Director Ken Persenaire said he is expecting just as much, if not more, action for the second half. There will be 10 games scheduled for each team in the second half, and the schedules will consist of about two games per week for each team. Anyone interested in an open men's fast pitch or church men's fast pitch team must turn in a roster and $75.00 entry fee to the Parks and Recreation Department. Those interested in open men's slow pitch, chWch men's slow pitch and women's slow pitch must have their rosters turned in by June 6 with a $45.00 entry fee. The other available league will be church junior boy's fast pitch, and a $50.00 entry fee must accompany the roster. Any team entering the second series may make reservations for practice beginning next Wednesday by contacting the Parks and Recreation Department at 427-7477 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Each team will be allowed two practices per week got just three off the Pirates' David Swofford and David Howell. Over in the Central League, the Feds took a 2-fl lead in the second inning and made it stand up the rest of the game as winning pitcher Bill Thiele held the Sports at bay with just one run and two hits. John Kenney was the big hitter with two of the winners' five hits. Leslie Bryan was the losing pitcher. In the Central League second game, the Lions also scored all their runs in one inning. This time it was the third inning and the Lions scored all ten of their runs in that big inning. The rally also knocked out a 3-0 Pelican lead at that point. The Pelicans had jumped out to the lead in the very first inning. Bobby Guenther got the victory for the Lions and was aided by the hitting of Kevin Lochridge with a pair of hits. Ken Way was charged with the loss. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) — Mario Andretti, a happy-go- lucky Italian, has blazed to vic- ory in the fabled Indianapolis 300-mile race with the help of a burning crash that he had feared would sideline him just a week ago. Forced into a substitute car by the flaming crackup that left his face blistered with burns, Andretti drove the second- choice racer to a runaway triumph Friday at a record speed of 156.867 miles an hour. "I prayed those last 150 miles," Andretti said. "So many tilings have happened to me here ..." The jubilant winner finished five miles ahead of his closest rival as he sped to the first Indy victory for hard-luck car owner Andy Granatelli, who saw his turbine racers roll to a stop within sight of the finish line while leading each of the past two years. Granatelli nervously counted off the last laps as his fellow Italian zipped by. "I didn't get confident until he was 100 feet from the flag and then I knew he could coast in," Granatelli said. The 5-foot-6 Andretti wheeled onto the black-and-white checkered - carpet in victory lane where Granatelli—not the beauty queen—kissed him—not just once but three times. "He said I'm a sloppy kisser," Granatelli said. Andretti, 29, who has been racing more than half his life, hadn't planned to drive the swift substitute racer until he Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS National League East Division W. L. Pet. G.B. Chicago 31 16 .660 Pittsburgh 23 23 .500 7 St. Louis 21 24 .467 9 York 20 23 .465 9 Phila'phia IS 23 .439 10 11 31 .262 17'/2 Montreal West Atlanta Los Angeles Cincinnati San Fran. Houston Diego ban Division 28 15 .651 26 18 .591 19 21 25 30 V/2 23 24 24 19 5 7 12V4 .548 .533 .490 .388 Friday's Results Pittsburgh 9-6, Houston 3-9 Chicago 2, Atlanta 0 Philadelphia 13, Los Angeles 6 Cincinnati 4, St. Louis 3 San Diego 3, Montreal 2 New York 4, San Francisco 3 Sunday's Games San Francisco at New York San Diego at Montrea! Houston at Pittsburgh Atlanta at Chicago Los Angeles at Philadelphia Cincinnati at St. Louis American League East Division Baltimore Boston Detroit New York Wash'n. Cleveland West Minnesota Oakland Chicago Seattle Kansas City California .571 .479 .480 .275 W. L. 34 14 29 15 18 25 27 29 Division 24 19 .558 23 20 .531 20 23 25 29 24 23 23 11 19 20 21 J3 Pet. G.B. .708 .659 3 7 11% .487 .465 .457 .310 1 3 4 4 lO'/j Friday's Results New York 6-5, Kansas City 2-4 Washington 5-5, Chicago 4-8 Cleveland 9-1, Oakland 2-5 Detroit 8, Seattle 5 Baltimore 3, California 1 Boston 3, Minnesota 2 Sunday's Games Cleveland at Oakland Baltimore at California Detroit at Seattle Minnesota at Boston New York at Kansas City Chicago at Washington smashed his new car into a wall in a fiery wreck in practice last week. "I figured we blew it right there," he said. But the gutty driver was back on the track the very next day in a backup car he had used in previous races'this season. "It was like old home week," Andretti said, as man and-machine meshed perfectly. Andretti won a front-row starting spot in qualifications, then zipped into the lead on the first turn of the first lap Friday before an overheating problem forced him to drop back slightly. Halfway through the race vet- eran Lloyd Ruby broke his fuel cap in a freak accident when he tried to pull out of the pits too soon and suddenly Andretti was left all alone in the lead, with no one close to him. With only 150 miles to go, Andretti suddenly went into a sideways slide on a backstretch turn. He said sheepishly, "I got caught napping." But he pulled out of it and, going slower and slower as the finish came near, cruised to victory, Dan Gurney was second and the defending champ, Bobby Unser, wound up third. An estimated $200,000 will be awarded at tonight's victory dinner to the diminutive driver, Elder, Yancey Tied For Memphis Leader MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Lee Elder, shaken by "the first incident I've ever had on the tour," today came out gunning for his first victory on the PGA tour. The slight-built, soft-spoken Elder, one of the few Negroes on the pro tour, was tied with big Bert Yancey for the lead going into today's third round in the |150,000 Memphis Open. Each shot a second round 67 for 131, nine under par for two trips over the short, 6,485 yard,' par 70 Colonial Country Club course. Elder, 32, a tour regular for a little more than two years, ob- SHAVING STROKES by Frank Beard H-One af a Time I find that during my best periods of concentration, I'm actually utilizing a cliche that football coaches like to throw into their conversations. I am, I discovered, hitting them one at a time. Concentration breaks down mainly because the golfer is not thinking entirely about the golf ball at his feet. Maybe he's thinking about the hole ahead or a putt that lipped the cup 20 minutes ago. Whatever he's doing, he's probably not thinking about the one shot at hand—as though it were the only shot he had to hit all day. You can't concentrate on an entire situation. You can't say, "I'm going to concentrate from No. 1 to No. 18 today, no matter what happens," because that takes you away from the subject at hand—the golf ball. I go up to each shot as though it were the only one I had to hit—as though my entire career rested on its success. I don't care what it is, whether it's a six-inch putt or a drive into a 20- acre field, all of my attention is focused on the one shot. On the putting greens, there are times when I can block out everything around me except the ball and the hole for up to 15 seconds. Everything eJse seems to disappear. It comes from concentration. It comes from playing each shot individually. And, more important to me, I guess, it works. (Ne#spaptr fnttrprlte Aan.) LOS ANGELES (AP) - Stanislav Strunc scored a spectacular goal on a free kick in the 86th minute of play Friday night' to give Dukla of Czechoslovakia a M tie witluSetuba! of Portu-i gal in an international soccer tournament game. Menke All-Star Shortstop? HOUSTON (Sp) Astro shortstop Denis Menke, one of the key figures in the Astros amazing May turnabout just may be the National League's all - star shortstop. "He gets my vote," says Astro manager Harry Walker." I'd say it would be between Menke and Don Kessinger of the Cubs if the voting took place right now." Menke says he's not too sure of that all - star business, but he is sure of two things: SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE MONDAY 6:30 p.m. Ladies 4 Members 8:00 p.m. Men's Trio Hdcp. WEDNESDAY 9:30 a.m. ladies' Trio 6:30 p.m. Barrett Station 7:00 p.m. Junior-Adult JSS STARTS JUNE 8 STARTS STARTS JUNE 10 10:00 a.m. Ladies' Doubles TUESDAY 1:00 p.m. Bantams age 6-13 7:00 p.m. Pintoppers Mixed THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. Men's 4 Members 8:30 p.m. Men's Scratch Doubles FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. Ma & Pa Mixed STARTS JUNE S STARTS JUNE • BAY-LANES 1724 MARKET INTERESTED IOWLERS CAU 427.5023 First — He's off to the best start he's ever had in the major eagues. Second — The Astros are a ;ood, solid major league ball club. The popular Astro inf ielder (he 'as the club's most valuable player in 1968 while holding down second base) has been Houston's most impressive and consistent player during the 1969 season. His batting average has been ranging in the .32S-.335 range most of the year, and he has a couple of impressive hitting streaks — a 14-gamcr and an 11- amer. "Maybe I'm just concentrating better than I have in the past," Mcnke says. But the veteran major leaguer (a former Milwaukee and Atlanta Brave, he's in his eighth big league season; thinks there's more to it than that. "Harry (Walker, the Astro manager) has been working with me. I think he's helped me on hitting the ball more toward right field. I've always been pretty much a pull hitter." Menke, who helped the Astros tie the all-time major league record for double plays in a nine- inning game back on May 4, feels that one dramatic incident may have crystallized the Astros. "My feeling is that Don Wilson's no-hitter against Cincinnati was the turning point," he says. "That's when this club really started playing together." Menke came to the Astros in a post -1967 deal that also brought lefthanded pitcher Denny Lemastcr to Houston from Atlanta. So far, it has worked out to the advantage of the 2A-year- ok! native ol Bancroft, Iowa. Menke batted .249 with the Astros in 1968, ranking second and third in most of the major hitting departments. This year, lie has more than picked up where he left off. As are most of the Astros, he's quite optimistic over the club's chances. DENIS MENKE We're new In town But It MWTXI Ilk* we've lived In our ntw »urraur.ding§ for months now. Part ot the reeeon lies In the f*ct that w* choc* North American to mak* the move. Their prop]* helped u* frt eettled •o quickly. We've had more tint* to make {rf«ndj and gft acquainted with our new home and our new neighborhood. It'* another feature ol a North American move that wt Uked vary much. Take It from ui, U you're wovini, call... COKER'S HASTY 108$. Main TkANVtfCB * Ph. 422-8185 VAflf 0tt movtaf Industry 'iously still was upset after his ound Friday as he told of the ncident on the 13th hole, a par ive. "My tee shot hit a tree and dropped into the left rough," he said, "and a couple of kids picked it up and threw it into a icdge. "1 was fortunate that Terry Dill saw it and stood up for me. called for a ruling and got a ree drop. "That's when some people in he gallery started hollering at lie, both kids and adults. They obviously thought I wasn't enti- ,led to the drop. But we all saw t happen from the tee, that's vhy I didn't re-tee the ball. "The whole thing lasted about 10 minutes. It was pretty hot for j while, but then things calmed down. I was a little erratic for a while, "It's the first incident I've iad on the tour. It's the first incident I've had anywhere." He said, however, that the taunts from the crowd were not acial in nature. He went on to par the hole, managed pars on the next two, then picked off the last of his our birdies on the 16th, dropping an eight-foot putt. His other birds came after approach shots left him with three putts of five feet or less. The poker-faced Yancey, winner of last week's Atlanta Classic, had two bogeys, each when he missed the green, and five birdies, all from short range. The two held a one-stroke lead over Dale Douglass, John Lotz, Hale Irwin and Dan Sikes, tied at 132. Douglass had a 66, Lotz 68, Irwin 65 and Sikes 66. Miller Barber and Gary Player, each with a 67, were tied at !, with U.S. Open champion Lee Trevino and Gene Littler in a group ot five at 134. Trevino and Littler each had a 69. The others are Lou Graham, 69; Dave Hill, «7, and Charlee Joody, 68. First round leader Bob McCallister went from G3 to 75 and was far back in the pack. who began racing on Italian road circuits when he was only 13. In those days Andretfi had to sneak away from home to race. He didn't tell his parents. Once,, when he banged up his knee in a crash in the rain, he told them had hurt it in a fall on the steps of a church. Andretti, now from Nazareth, Fa., finished third in his first try at Indianapolis in 1965 and qualified in the top spot each of the next two years before running into mechanical troubles, -ast year he went only one lap >efore his car failed a"d he wound up in 33rd and last place. His face was still red Friday with the blisters from his crash .he previous week. "It's kind of itchy," he said, 'but I wasn't going to let any- hing bother me out there today." The triumph was sweet revenge for Granatelli, the pudgy rebel against racing's establish- nent who has been trying to win at Indianapolis since 1946. Two years ago Parnelli Jones vas only eight miles from victory in Granatelli's controversial urbine car when it quit. Last fear Joe Leonard was just 20 niles from the finish when his urbine engine died. Now, Granatelli said, "I only >vanl to win as many times as 've lost." Major League Leaders By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS American League Batting (100 at bats}—Carew, Minnesota .407; F. Robinson, Baltimore .339. Runs—F. Robinson, Baltimore 41; Blair, Baltimore 39. Runs batted in—Murcer, New York 43; F. Robinson, Baltimore 36; Powell, Baltimore 36; F. Howard, Washington 36. National League Batting (100 at bats)—C. Jones, New York .369; H. Aaron, Atlanta .355. Runs—Kessinger, Chicago 38; Wynn, Houston 36. Runs batted in—Banks, Chicago 41; McCovey, San Francisco 36. PHOTO REPRINTS OF PHOTOS IN TODAY'S BAYTOWN SUN NOW AVAILABLE SUN PHOTO REPRINTS 150L MEMORIAL DR. Ross Sterling - Robert E. Lee FOOTBALL FANS RESERVE YOUR SEASON TICKETS NOW! 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