The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California on April 11, 1974 · Page 54
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The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California · Page 54

San Bernardino, California
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Thursday, April 11, 1974
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y t'r Mgust M By WILL GRIMSLEY AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - They shot two provocative questions at Cliff Jioberts, brainchild and long-time boss of the Masters Golf Tournament, during his annual pre-tourney news conference . yesterday, and the return fire was quick and positive: I Damn right." 'Roberts praised Jim Dent, a former caddie at the Augusta National Club iihri now is one of the few blacks on the tour. A black golfer has never competed here, but when Roberts asked if hp would be happy to see Dent qualify ftMhe Masters, he replied: "Damn right." J When asked if Lee Trevino, who declined a Masters invitation, would be welcomed with open arms if he changed ! his mind, Roberts replied: Thursday, April 11, 1974 ' . ' ... ' iStatememt Maying Padres tim up roc9 of trouble I SAN DIEGO (AP) - Baseball Com-Jmissioner Bowie Kuhn and National League President Charles "Chub" ; Feeney yesterday called on Ray Kroc, ; njw owner of the San Diego Padres, to Apologize to his players for publicly be- rating them Tuesday night. '.'The hamburger magnate, apparently ' frustrated by his team's poor play, used the public address system at San Diego Stadium to assail the Padres for "stupid ' baseball" in their game against the ' jfausion Astros. tI have discussed Mr. Kroc's state-trjent with President Feeney of the National League," Kuhn said in New York. are in agreement that the state-Jneijt was improper and that an apology jhbuld be made. 'President Feeney is handling this batter with Mr. Kroc." ;iKrtc flew to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., inhere he has a home, witftout commenting on the furor yesterday? ' CThe Astros and their manager, Preston Gomez, former Padres manager, , Criticized Kroc. But the strongest, w.ords CSme from Marvin Miller, executive-di- .- rector of the Major League Baseball Players' Association, who called not only iDodgers i - vt4?J4 v V$i , n W i - J ' - S I J ATLANTA (AP) -Tommy John and i ,Mike Marshall checked Atlanta on four ':liits last night, hurling the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-0 victory over the Braves. Hank Aaron returned to the lineup ;fast night after a day's rest but Avent hitless in four trips. After flying Jfeep to left field in the first inning, Aaron grounded out in the fourth, struck iwt in the seventh and flied to left again in the ninth. ; ;J'ee Lacy led off for the Dodgers with ' & first-inning single and advanced to ifiird on a single by Bill Buckner, who , twss thrown out trying for second. Jim Wynn'g nacrifice fly drove in Lacy. ; The Dodgers got their second run i of the baseball game in the sixth inning asters begins in Augusta's ninth hole has been changed, but it's an unpopular effort. Story D-6. "Damn right." Roberts, thin, bespectacled and attired in the traditional forest green jacket, sat at a white cloth-covered table in the quonset hut press headquarters, flanked by four aides, for the conference. First, the slender New York financier reminded his audience that this was the 40th Masters tournament and added, "If you've wondered about my age, I was 40 when it started." ' He said he is looking for a new chairman but found such a man "not easy to come by." Asked what kind of a man would be Sun-Telegram, San for an apology but for possible disciplinary action against Kroc. "The action . . . demeaning the players over a public address system at the ballpark is resented by the players," Miller said, "the players' association and I am sure by baseball fans. "It should be resented equally by other club owners and baseball officials. Such conduct clearly has brought disrepute upon the National League and pro-fessional baseball. It was as well not in the best interest of baseball. Grounds exist for disciplinary action by the appropriate officials. "The players who were castigated publicly as 'stupid' by the baseball owner whose expertise is based on a grand total of four games as an owner are entitled to a public apology. The players of the San Diego and Houston clubs have demonstrated by their restraint in the face of Mr. Kroc's inexcusable insults that their intelligence far exceeds his." , , The. Padres themselves were obviously upset and,, a single spokesman, Willie McCovey, said Kroc's words "will ring in the players' ears for some time." Kroc, 72took over the public address Here's mud in yer eye . . . Keggie Jackson of the A's is safe at third with a down Braves, 4-0 after Lacy again led off with a single. He came around on three straight walks by loser Roric Harrison. Wynn doubled with two out in the eighth and scored on a single by Joe Ferguson. The Dodgers nicked reliever, Jack Aker for a run in the ninth on a walk, Ron Cey's double and Manny Mola's sacrifice fly. It was the eighth sacrifice fly of the season for the Dodgers. John, who blanked San Diego on seven hils last Saturday, allowed the heavy-hitting Braves only four singles in eight innings. Marshall retired Atlanta in order in the ninth. The victory was the fifth In six games needed for the job, he said: "Somebody who doesn't know any better. He would have to have a strong constitution and a good back." On the subject of Dent, a 6-foot-3, 222-pounder now : living in Los Angeles, Roberts said the former Augusta caddie outhit Jack Nicklaus 20 to 60 yards and would be a good addition to the field. "We hope he'll win a tournament and become eligible," he said. Roberts said the Augusta caddies practice on a parking lot near the club house with clubs provided by club members. "Balls are no problem, as you can well imagine," he added. Roberts reminded his listeners that the Masters, which begins today, was not always the affluent and majestic golf spectacle it is today. Bernardino California system in the eighth inning of his first baseball game in San Diego since paying a reported $12 million for the National League club. "I've never seen such stupid ball playing in my life," announced the board chairman of the McDonald's hamburger Johnson's ives Angels a win By PHIL Fl'HRER Sim-Telarrn Sport Writer ANAHEIM - They said it couldn't be done. Call Mr. Ripley. Believe it or not, Alex Johnson lost a game last night by-hustling. That's right, hustling, Ray Kroc, of course, would call it stupid. But when Johnson, the Texas lefthander, hustled after a shoe-string catch with ' two out in the ninth, the California Angels slipped away wih a 4-3 victory over the Rangers. AP wirephoto head - first slide this season for the fast-starting Dodgers. Their only loss came Monday night when Aaron hit his record-breaking home run. Atlanta's most serious threat came in the eighth, the only inning in which John allowed more than one base-runner. Ivan Murrell led off with a single but was forced by Vic Correll, who advanced to third on Ralph Garr's two-out single. Mike Lum ended the threat by grounding out. The Braves' only other hits were singles by Garr in the third inning and Dusty Baker in the fourth. Craig Robinson was the only other Atlanta baserunncr to reach second. He got that far in the sixth on a throwing error by Los Angeles shortstop Bill Russell. Augusta "It was first called the Augusta National Invitation," he said. "I wanted to call it the Masters, but Bob Jones (the late golfing immortal who joined Roberts in founding the event) thought it was presumptuous. After about three years, newsmen dubbed it the Masters, and it stuck." The Masters was a losing proposition before the war, the chairman related. "We had to pass the hat among our members for prize money," he said. "I remember Bartlett Arkell, who was head of Beechnut, contributed a check for the first prize, $1,500. Others put up the other prize money. We operated on a deficit before World War II." The tournament galleries now are restricted to patrons and is a sellout by January. chain. Reportedly worth $500 million, he has been a fan of the Chicago Cubs since putting money into the San Diego team. But the Padres, after dropping their opening series at Los Angeles, took a 9-5 beating in the home stand opener before a crowd of 39,083. hustlinj A rather bleak turnout of 6,463 at Anaheim Stadium probably couldn't believe its eyes. Johnson, who has been booed heavily here the last two evenings, is remembered for his loafing with the . Aneels. Taunting the fans here, Johnson sun waiKS irom me pugoui 10 leimeia, a characteristic that drew scorn from Angels fans and management when he played here in 1970 and 1971. But in the ninth inning, the Rangers and Angels were locked up 3-3. Ferguson Jenkins, making his second American League start after coming to Texas from the Chicago Cubs, had blanked the Angels after three first-inning runs. With one out in the final inning, Richie Scheinblum singled. Then Lee Stanton struck out. Catcher Ellie Rodriguez looped a single into left. Johnson charged with everything he had. He could have let the ball drop for a single. If he had, it is doubtful Scheinblum could have gone to third on the play. But Alex went for the big play. The ball dropped just in front of his glove, then skipped past him and rolled toward the fence. Scheinblum scored without a throw. "That's the most I've ever seen Johnson hustle," said Scheinblum. "Yes sir," said Bobby Winkles, the Angels' manager. "Alex sure is hustling. And I'm glad he hustled for that shoestring." . Johnson's hustling had helped the Angels back into first place, where they are now tied with Minnesota at 3-1. Texas Manager Billy Martin apparently didn't like Johnson's big-play attempt. He shut his door in the Rangers clubhouse and closed himself off from questions. To describe the play, he too may have used the baseball vernacular of the day stupid. At least that's how Angels hurler Frank Tanana described his own pitching, despite gaining his first victory and going the distance against Jenkins. "I pitched stupid sometimes," said the 20-year-old lefthander. "I've been making some bad pitches. I've got to do better than that." The California rookie hasn't done so badly. He worked 7.1 innings against Chicago, but didn't get the victory when the Angels later won, 3-2. And last night he held his own, despite some constant trouble he created by allowing Texas eight hits and four walks. "Frank was finished after nine innings," said Winkles. "We would have brought in Dick Selma to pitch the tenth. But Frank didn't think there would be a tenth inning. When he left, he told the guys he'd see them in about five minutes." After Johnson misplayed the sinking liner, which was ruled a single, an error on Johnson and no RBI for Rodriguez, Tanana's teammates joined him in the clubhouse with a victory. "Frank really battles," said Winkles. "After the way he pitched in Chicago, it would have been a shame if he hadn't won tonight either." The Angels scored three runs in the first inning, mainly because the Rangers couldn't throw the ball 90 feet accurately. Mickey Rivers opened with a singlp, matching the number of hits Jenkins allowed In his American League debut last week against Oakland. D-l 'I'M 1 , 1115 KA&s I fmim MhMllftf (Mar m AJjliKlff iHUnihI titmaueMawttm iiiiiiuiiiMiiiMmiiinvmi iiTir" " , W4JSWMji Craig Edwards works on backhand Wooden may have made a tennis all-American: Craig Edwards By BETTY CUNIBERTI Sun-Teloram Sports Writer REDLANDS - Next they'll be calling him the Wizard of Wimbledon. John Wooden has produced such great all - Americans as Gail Goodrich, Bill Walton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sidney Wicks and now, maybe Craig Edwards. Edwards, however, may he Woo-den's first tennis all-American. An 18-year-old freshman at the University of Redlands, Edwards is the No. 1 singles player on the NAIA champion Bulldogs. He was not born with a racket in his hand and a ball in his mouth. He entered the game of tennis through Wooden's back door. "I played a little tennis when I was younger, but I didn't like it," said Edwards. "I played baseball a lot, but then I got sick of it, and I decided to play in some tennis tournaments. "The time I changed was the summer before my senior year. I went to John Wooden's basketball camp thinking that I wanted to learn something that would help my tennis game. I really did." As it turned out, the tactic was successful. "I changed my mind how to be a better player," said Edwards. "Wooden stressed having discipline towards your goals and not to worry about winning. He said that if you play as well as you can, winning will just happen. "I learned that I had to spend time and put hours of concentration and work in the sport. He told us not to just txpect it to happen and not to be extremely emotional. "Before, I got mad and frustrated. Now I just play and understand that the only frustration is when I can do better. "From that point, my game got better." Edwards first began receiving private tennis instruction when he was attending Ventura High School, where he was the No. 1 player for two and a half years. "I was just good because I ran around a lot and worked hard," said Edwards. "I had no technical knowledge of how to do it right. At first, I was frustrated, because I'd have to stop and think of what to do. "I had a weak backhand and didn't have control of the ball in general." Edwards' play took another significant turn for the better when he decided to go to the U of R. "Since the beginning of this year, my game has improved more than it ever has," said Edwards. "The things I've learned from Coach (Jim) Verdieck, and the college 4 tt - i , -' i i .11 I i r L. 1 m I sun. i eitgram pnoto By sim spina environment have helped. I feel like I want to be as good as I can. "When I got here and saw the other players, I saw how much work I'd have to do to get on their level. I didn't worry about where I'd play." The slender, 5-foot-7 freshman, who walks slightly hunched over, emerged as the team's top player. That is quite an enviable position on the team that has won the national tennis title seven of the past eight years. Edwards doesn't concern himself, however, wilh the possibility of jealousy. "It doesn't bother me. All I can do is play," said Edwards. "If someone else on the team feels that he's better, then he will be. "We do get along pretty well, which is something we've improved on. It's an individual sport, but it makes it easier to pull for each other and play for the team." The mental challenge of tennis appeals to Edwards in a big way. He is highly intelligent, as evidenced by a 3.8 grade point average in high school and a math-computer science major in college. "Tennis is so much a thinking game," said Edwards. "I've always liked sports. Baseball has a lot of mental things but it's slow. Basketball is fast, but it becomes a question of how big you are. "In tennis, you can be small and get away with it." Edwards' future after college Is up in the air. He would like to continue in tennis, possibly as a teacher, or work with computers. As for pro tennis "To me, that would be a dream," said Edwards, with hard realism in his voice rather than starry optimism. "It might not even be possible. I don't feel any pressure as to what I'll do when I get out, because I know I can always teach tennis. "I'll play until I don't improve any more. Then if I can play pro, I will. I'm sure I'll play all my life. But I might have to work." Until Edwards graduates, he'll only have to worry about his tennis game at the U of R. He abides by Wooden's rule of keeping one's emotions in check. He rarely utters a word on the court. Occasionally, he'll surprise t h e spectators with an unusual gesture like grabbing his throat in a "choke" enactment, or taking an imaginary bite of a ball whizzing by. He practices approximately 20 hours a week, with and without the team. He's serious and talented and just possibly Wooden's next all-American.

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