The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on January 30, 1969 · Page 13
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Sec. II Thursday, January 30, Ira Berkow NKA Sports ColaM The 'Talent' Hunt NEW YORK* H u u -(NEA)— The hook, as they say in the trade, has been applied to another football season. That is, HIV"* 2 in has fallen ' the last aPPlaud has faded, and all that. And now the story can be told of how star rookie halfback Elmer Jzchkowyzyski (known to all as "Alphabet") learned the hard facts of life that a football player today is, in a most literal sense, a performer. We must focus in on the shower room after Alphabet, in his first league game, ran for 12 touchdowns, kicked eight field goals of 50 yards and farther and intercepted 10 passes, seven for TDs. It was quite a day, even by Alphabet's standards. No one could hold it against him if he sang, as he now did, J_« J_ I !L under a steamy shower. At least, one would think it could not be held against him. In his office Coach DeMille was struck still, as though hit with a wedge in flight, by the cacophony from the shower room. His face darkened as he heard Alphabet impersonate Johnny One-Note. The coach summoned his youthful star. With a towel wrapped about his narrowed waist and soap bubbles escaping his mouth as he continued belting out that note. Alphabet entered the office. "Alphie," said Coach DeMille, "you're a great player." "Thanks, coach," said Alphabet. "But Alph it's not enough in this day and age. I mean, what can you do after the season? Can Las Vegas use you? What about Ed Sullivan? Alphie, you are not Frank Sinatra. You are not even Englebert Humperdinck. Compared to you, Tiny Tim is Enrico Caruso. Can't you do anything entertaining? Pantomimes? Play the 'kazoo? Anything!" "Coach, all my life I been a grid star. I learnt in college de free R's: runnin', receivin' and red doggin'." "Tiincs they arc a-changing in sports, Alph. Take baseball. Where would Denny McLain be if he couldn't plunk the old organ? Sweeping up Carnegie Hall, that's where. Mitury Wills would have retired long ago if he could not twiddle the banjo. Hut the management says, 'Look folks, we got a real live banjo player. Come out and see him play third base.' "Look at what happened to Mickey Lolich after the World Series. Vegas calls and asks, 'What can you do?' Lolich says, 'Well. I can whistle "I'm a Cranky Old Yank in a Cranky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with My Honolulu Mama Doing Those Beat-o, Beat-o, Flat-on- my-seal-o, Hirohito Blues.'" 'You're on,' they says. "And don't forget the groups, Mudcat Grant and the Kittens. Jimmy Ellis and the Riverboat Spiritual Singers. And for football players: Timmy Brown sings. Rosy Grier sings, Jimmy Brown acts, Frank Gifford smiles. "I'm sorry, A!. We'll have to cut you from the squad. We can't use a guy who is just a great football player." Head bowed, Alphabet turned to leave. As he did, he brushed a playbopk off the coach's desk. He danced out of the way to avoid it crashing on his toes. Coach DeMille jerked his head up. "Where did you learn that step?" screeched the coach. "Bce-oo-tec-ful! A natural soft shoe. We could have you doing the buck-and-wing ;tt the Stardust in a week. Maybe even Swan Lake at Lincoln Center! "Alphie, Alphie, you're back," cried the coach, tearful with joy as he leaped over his desk. He embraced Alphabet, who already was standing with one leg out, football's next Rudolph Nureyev. SPORT SHORTS PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — A committee appointed by Robert F. Gohcen, president of the university, reported Tuesday it has found no evidence to support charges of "racist tendencies" against outgoing football Coach Dick Cclman, and freshmen Coach Walter W. McCarthy. WINNIPEG (AP) — Russia's national hockey team edged an improved Canadian squad 3-2 Tuesday night for the Russians sixth straight exhibition victorj over Canada. NEW YORK (AP) — Fred J Podesta has resigned as presi dent of Madison Square Gardei Attractions, Inc. to form hi own company. Podesta, wh was with the Garden for 2 years, will operate a company to serve as consultants in th entertainment, television an sports fields. ALLEN BECKER, left, of Pace Management Corp., looks on as race car driver Al Unser inks contract to race in upcoming US AC-sponsored Astro Grand Prix Midget-Auto race. (Sun Photo By Jim Kyle) REL, Sterling In Cage Homestretch By GARY SHERER With the 1968-69 district 23-4A basketball race in its second round, it is kind of an understatement to say that every district game is crucial the rest of the way. But, understatement or not, the district race has reached the crucial stage. Friday night Ross Sterling and Robert E. Lee will take the court for a pair of those "crucial" games. The Ganders host Pasadena while Sterling visits Deer Park. While the REL-Pasadena contest does not loom as big a game as the Deer-Ranger contest, it still is an important match. Both the Ganders and the Eagles figures to be "spoiler" roles the remainder of the season. Both teams have four district losses and their chances of taking the title are doubtful. However, the winning team could have their spirits lifted and possibly pick up momentum for them to finish the season on a hot streak. REL and Pasadena will need some momentum to spoil Rayburn's district chances. Of the Astro Grand Prix To Draw Racine's Finest HOUSTON (Sp) — The $50,000 ASTRO GRAND PRIX, world's argest midget Auto Championship racing event, runs in the Astrodome March 8 and 9. Co-sponsored by the Houston Sports Association and PACE Management Corporation of Houston, the United States Auto lub sanctioned competition will "eature racing's top drivers. A "ield of sixty cars, the finest assembled for indoor racing, is expected according to Henry Banks, USAC's Director of Competition. International and American drivers will compete for the $50,000 purse, one of the biggest UAC purses in 1969. The two days of racing on a quarter mile dirt track in the o world-famed Astrodome, will pay a $20,000 purse for each day's event with the remaining $10,000 purse being divided by the top ten overall point winners from both events. In Houston Wednesday was one of the many top drivers who will compete in the top racing event. Al Unser, 29, who is the brother of 1968 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby, as he signed for the race said that he was completely impressed with the Astrodome. "I never though I would race at an event with such plush surroundings," Unser said. The 29- year old driver relayed to the press assemblage that he was in auto racing becaue he enjoyed five games Rayburn has left in district play, these two teams make up their remaining home opponents. Therefore, the Eagles and Ganders can become definite spoilers. Top Golfers Ready For Andy Williams SAN DIEGO (AP) - Eighteen of the top 20 money winners in professional golf in 1968, and the winners of the three major tournaments in this Infant year, were on hand today for the initial round of the $180,000 Andy Williams-San Diego Open. Leading the charge for the fat $30,000 winner's purse was San Diego's own Billy Casper, who bagged most of the swag— $206,168 last year—and a man who has read the tournament course like a book. The setting is the Torrey Pines Municipal course, which has par 36-36-72. It will play about 6,800 yards when the PGA tournament officials get through recasting the third hole, which ordinarily is a par-3 158-yard test. The only ones missing from the elite top 20 money guys are Tom Weiskopf and Arnold Palmer. Casper isn't one of the 1969 tour winners as yet. But ready to tee off were Charlie Sifford, who won $20,000 in a playoff with South Africa's Harold Henning in the Los Angeles Open, and Miller Barber, who collected $13,500 in the rain-abbreviated Kaiser International at Napa, Calif. And the third winner is George Archer, the hero of the rain-beset Bing Crosby clam bake at Pebble Beach. The victory was worth $25,000—a sub stantial sum compared to the $29 he carried away in finishing far down the line in the Andy Williams Tournament'a year ago the thrill of winning as well as the money involved. He would not pick a favorite in the two-day event but said that with drivers like Houston's A. J. Foyt, his brother and others, it was hard to pick a favorite. The ASTRO GRAND PRIX has been justly called "The Indianapolis of the Midget Division" and the enthusiastic acceptance by the USAC membership indicates the Grand Prix will be one of 1969's greatest racing events. Tickets for the ASTRO GRAND PRIX are available in Houston at the Astrodome, P.O. Box 288, and Foley' Department Store Ticket Office at $10, $8, $6, $4. Victory Dinner tickets are available through the Astrodome at $12. PI BY WAYNE ZAHN Sterling, Deer Park Chase Ray burn For 23-4A Lead PROFESSIONAL BOWLERS ASSN. 5-Steps in Delivery Pros Bob Strampe and Don Johnson, for examples, have been trying five-step deliveries. Usually when we pros start running into a little timing trouble, we use three steps, four steps, five steps and so on; six, seven, as many as we want to take. I recommend four steps on the average because it is the best-suited for bowlers and it follows the arm swing. Your arm swing is broken down into four cycles, and this is why four steps would go along with it just the way we'd like it. With five steps, you start running into a little timing trouble; three steps, you also do, because it's a matter of movement with the ball. With three steps you move the ball first and then take your step. With four steps, everything is synchronized. With five steps, you have to put your first step first, and then push the ball away. This can create some timing trouble. The pros are doing it to try to get themselves out of what they were doing, the bad habit, or what have you, that they're fallen into. Then, go they back into the four-steps delivery where they can start stroking the ball again. For the average bowler, I'd recommend a four-step delivery. (Newspaper Enterprise Ann.) The Deer-Ranger clash at Deer Park will break up the current deadlock for the district's runner-up spot. Both DP and terling are 5-2 in district play. The Rangers whipped the Deer handily at Sterling earlier in the season and Coach Homer 'owell's Deer will be seeking •evenge. Both are coming off wins in .heir last outings. The Deer narrowly got by Pasadena 49-43 while Sterling trounced J. Frank Dobie 82-19. If the Rangers are going to challenge Rayburn, they can't afford to lose. The losing team Friday night will most likely be out of the race. The reason being, that Rayburn plays REL at home and then Dobie away in their next two district games. The REL game is the key, because the Texans will have no trouble with first-year Dobie. v2/n? ff^trtnum J9tttt ^^^m 5P0PT5 ^^^^^^ nADV CUPDPD Qn^rtc, TMitm GARY SHERER, Sports Editor GREGORY'S DOLLAR DAYS SPECIAL ON LARGE TABLE UNDERWEAR • TIES HANDKERCHIEFS • SOCKS VESTS • BELTS • SHRTS CORDUROY SUCKS JOGGING SHORTS AND MANY MORE ITEMS Sat. Only men m ... for mei 308 W. Texas &* The district 23-4A basketball race has reached the halfway point and the teams have started the second time around in the run for the district throne room. Things look a little clearer now as only three teams have good chances at the title with the final three weeks of play starting. Top team Sam Rayburn at 7-0 and second placers Deer Park and Ross Sterling loom as the trio of teams left in the battle for the 23-4A "king of the hill." Since Rayburn topped both Sterling and Deer Park in the first round, it stamps the Texans as the favorite of the three. However, both those wins came at Rayburn's home court. Coaches Woody Walker of Sterling and Homer Powell of Deer Park are awaiting the return match with the Texans at their own home base. Things will definitely change some more this weekend, as Rayburn plays out of the district Thursday night hosting Spring Branch Westchester. Sterling and Deer Park will meet head-on Friday night at the Deer gym and this means the second place tie between the two teams will be broken. Tuesday night, Sterling had a Cakewalk over hapless J. Frank Dobie, while Deer Park got by Pasadena in a thriller and Rayburn whipped South Houston. The Texans might be getting stronger as the 55-41 score was the largest margin of victory for the Texans with the exception of the Dobie game. Officially, the only team eliminated for a chance at the title is Dobie at 0-7. Mathematically, South Houston could tie for the title if Rayburn lost the rest of their games and Pasadena and Robert E. Lee would have a chance if the Texans dropped four out of their remaining five district games. Of course, Deer Park or Sterling could win the Save Now on Whirlpool ELECTRIC M* DRYER Neafen Up And Dry Right... Electrically \ \. Prices Start At... $ 139 • 5 Cydes • TunUe Press • 3 Heat Selettion • Extra Large Dram AINSWORTH AND CO. 2500 MARKET BAYTOWN Phmw W-9397 est of, their games and the thers would be out anyway. Therefore, it is fairly safe to ay that the district title should >e settled at either Deer Park's ym Feb. 11 or at Sterling's gym 'eb. 18. On those dates, Rayburn plays t the two sites. Deer Park has the schedule avoring them as the only road ames they have left is at South Houston Feb. 4 and at Dobie Feb. 4. They play both Sterling and layburn at home as well as their eason finale with REL on Feb. 8. Rayburn's remaining home ,ames are Feb. 4 with REL and 'eb. 14 with Pasadena. Their >ther road game is with Dobie. terling hosts Pasadena Feb. 4 along with their season ender with Rayburn. Their road games are with Deer Park, South Houson and REL. The key game for Rayburn will be the meeting with REL. The Ganders had the two teams' first meeting wrapped up until a last minute scoring lapse gave the game to the Texans at REL's ;ym. Should Coach Jay Bol- inge'r's crew pull an upset the Pexans would be treading on thin ce. The Standings: SEASON Team W L Sam. Rayburn 23 8 Deer. Park 17 8 Robert E. Lee 13 11 Ross Sterling 12 13 Pasadena 11 15 South. Houston 10 16 J.. Frank. Dobie 0 22 DISTRICT Team W L Rayburn 7 0 Sterling 5 2 Deer. Park 5 2 Pasadena 3 4 REL 2 4 South. Houston 2 5 Dobie 0 7 Next Games: Spring Branch Westchester Rayburn (Thursday) Pasadena at REL (Friday) Sterling at Deer Park Dobie at South Houston Alvta Dork Inks Cleveland Pact CLEVELAND (AP) - Ahrln Dark has a contract for $300,000 to manage the Cleveland Indians for the next five years and says "I'm tickled to death." The contract, at $60,000 a year, was announced Wednesday and Dark said of the five- year pact: "It's something every manager hopes for, but never really figures to get. I'm grateful to my players, because this couldn't have come about with out them." DOLLAR DAYS TREMENDOUS BUYS RODEO CHECK OUT TEXAS RANGER 10" TOP BOOT Natural Roughout Black • Brown Rancher Toe Dogger Heel Leather Heel COMPLETE MEN COATS ONE GROUP OF MENS JEANS & WESTERN PANTS VALUES TO 10.9S ANDERSONS 102 E TEXAS AVE SHOE AND SADDLE REPAIR INC. 4224913

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