The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California on December 6, 1966 · Page 27
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The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California · Page 27

San Bernardino, California
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Tuesday, December 6, 1966
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THE SUN C-7 Clemente All ' the Way to Bank '8 By MILTON RICHMAN PITTSBURGH (UPI) - Roberto Clemente smiles, a little bit like the cat that swallowed the canary, whenever anyone asks him if he's going to shoot for $100,000 next year. After all, why not? Willie Mays was paid 125 big ones last season, Mickey Mantle got 100 without an argument, and Frank Robinson, the American League's MVP, is talking about that figure for next season. Understandably, Pittsburgh manager Harry Walker doesn't care to get drawn into any salary discussion involving his players but each time the subject of Clemente comes up, Harry sounds as if he'd pay him a million if it was up to him. "He ran every step of the way this year," Walker was saying of the National League's MVP at the baseball meetings. "That's rather unusual for a star of his caliber. He ran as hard for us in our last game of the season as he did in our first. "The way he performed this year, Clemente was one of the greatest players I have ever seen. It seemed to be a matter of pride with him. I really don't know what motivated it. All I know is he had it." Speaking with, Clemente himself at his fashionable, $65,000 Oriental style home in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, recently, that pride Walker talks of was plainly evident. It showed repeatedly in all the things the 32-year-old Pittsburgh right fielder talked about, things like how his father, Melchor, used to work for 45 cents a day in Puerto Rico's sugar fields from sun up to sun down, how he, himself, felt about his baseball accomplishments, and what he possibly had in mind in the way of salary next year. "As far as others making $100,000, that is of little concern to me," said Clemente, relaxing in his tastefully decorated living room, which looks out onto a terrace and is larger than many ordinary homes. "I don't envy what anyone else makes and I don't care to compare their pay with mine," Clemente went on. "When it comes to salary, I never have had any trouble with Pittsburgh. They say Mays makes this, Aaron makes that and Koufax made this. I don't ever discuss what I make. Besides, it's not how much you make on paper, but how much you take home." From time to time, Clemente's salary has been variously estimated at anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000. Roberto says all those guesses are wrong without really indicating whether they are too high or too low. The fact of the matter Is he's in fine shape financially and you're not likely ever to find him in any bread line. Again that same pride Walker referred to came through as Clemente spoke about his not playing in Puerto Rico this winter. "In the past," he said, "I lost money in taxes when I played winter ball here, but I played anyway because I like to play, I was born here and I like the people here to see me play. "When I came home after this past season, I couldn't play right away be cause I was too tired. Then when I felt I was able to play, they passed a new rule which said if you don't play within one month after the major league season, you can not play at all." Clemente seems to be content in his home with his wife, Vera, and their two sons, Robertito, 16 months old, and Lui-sito, four months. Clemente has given baseball a lot and he knows that it also has given him a great deal in turn. "I am having a plaque put on the front of my house," he said. "It will say, 'To God, Mother, Father and Baseball'." Tuts., Dec. , 1946 Smiling fpCDCPO New members of Football's Hall of Fame hold pictures of themselves in younger days, at New York's 21 Club. Good Old Days From left: Dick Kazmaier, Princeton; Rip Miller, Notre Dame; Sleepy Jim Crowley, Notre Dame; Lynn (Pappy) AP Wirepholo Waldorf, Syracuse; Aaron Rosenberg, So. California; Chuck Carney, Illinois, and Charley Conerly, Mississippi. Stockton - Hammer Team Paces Qualifiers in PGA Tourney PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) A couple of little-known sophomores on the Professional Golfers Association tour yesterday paced a contingent of 61 teams into the qualifying bracket for the second annual PGA team championship starting tomorrow. Dave Stockton, San Bernardino, Calif., who tied for fifth in the Cajun Classic last week at Lafayette, La., and Laurie Hammer, tall, blond youngster from Sarasota, Fla., fired a best - ball of 62 to lead the 30 qualifiers on the west course. They were two strokes in front of tour veterans Bill Collins of Purchase, N.Y., and Paul Kelly of Scarborough, N.Y. Finishing third among the qualifiers on the west course was a young team of Rives McBee, who startled the golfing world last summer with a record equaling 64 in the second round of the U.S. Open, and fellow Texan George Clark. They carded 65. On the longer east course, 31 qualifiers were led by Jim Colbert a 1965 product of the PGA tournament training school, and Monte Kaser, United States Golf Association public links champion Jeannette Quits; Job Goes to Ex-Pro Star from Wichita, Kan., and a 1966 graduate of the PGA training school. They carded 65. Two teams tied for second at 67. Bruce Cudd, former U.S. Walker Cupper from Portland, Ore., teamed with Jerry Mc-Gee of Lake Worth, Fla., to deadlock Dick Parvino of Morgan City, La., and Luca Barbato of Lafayette, La. Ron Gillespie and Jim McPhate of San Bernardino qualified at 68. The 61 teams qualifying yesterday will join 60 others who received automatic exemption from qualifying and will start play tomorrow in the 72-hole, world's richest tournament. The purse is $275,-000. Cincinnati Reds Sold For About $7 Million By HAROLD HARRISON CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) - A group of Cincinnati investors bought the Cincinnati Reds of the National League yesterday from William 0. DeWitt for an estimated $7 million. They said their aim was to keep the club in Cincinnati. Purchase of the ball club which, as the Cincinnati Red Stockings, became the nation's first professional baseball club, dating back to 1869, was announced by Francis L. Dale, president and publisher of the Cincinnati Enquirer. DeWitt bought the club for a reported $4.6 million in 1962. During his tenure as general manager, which started on Nov. 2, 1960, the Reds won one National League pennant and were among contenders on two other occasions. Dale was instrumental in putting the purchasing group together. Other members of the group are the Enquirer; The Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co.; attorney Louis Nippert; David Gamble, attorney and a director of Procter & Gamble Co.; Raymond L. and Barry Buse, owners of the R. L. Buse Co., whiskey distillers; Dr. William Hackett, London, Ohio, veterinarian; John Sawyer, London, Ohio, farmer and cattle rancher; A. E. Knowl-ton, Belletontaine, Ohio, contractor and developer: Andrew Whopple, an execu tive of Cincinnati's NuTone Inc.; William 0. DeWitt Jr., a present Reds' official and William J. Williams of the Williams Investmant Co., of Cincinnati. Dale said none of the new owners will control more than 15 per cent of the stock. The corporation will be known as "617 Inc." The Enquirer office is at 617 Vine St. and Dale will be at least the temporary president. DeWitt will remain with the club, as a consultant, at least until a new general manager is named. When all details of the deal are completed, probably next month, the corporation will be known as Cincinnati Reds, Inc. "We have purchased the Reds to assure that major league baseball remains in Cincinnati," said Dale at a news conference. DeWitt was under contract to keep the club here until 1972 but there have been recurring rumors it might be moved. Dale said the new ownership would start looking for a new general manager immediately. He added that Manager Dave Bristol and members of the present Reds' front office staff would be retained. The transaction includes ownership of Crosley Field and the right to sell it to the city the same agreement DeWitt had. The ball park is expected to be used, however, only until a proposed new riverfront stadium, to house both baseball and professional football is completed. The sale still must be approved by the National League club owners but DeWitt said he anticipated quick approval. DeWitt said he was reluctant to sell and agreed only after the new owners gave assurance they would execute a 40-year lease to play in the proposed new stadium. Of the new owners, Hackett and Sawyer have been active in one group which has been seeking to obtain a professional football franchise for Cincinnati. DeWitt, with a long time record as a baseball executive, bought the Reds in April 1962 following the death of former owner Powel Crosley. He had joined the Reds in November 1960 as vice president and general manager and became president and general manager in October 1961. Prior to that DeWitt and bis brother, Charles, owned the old St. Louis Browns. He sold those holdings to Bill Veeck in 1951 and when the Browns moved to Baltimore aided in setting up the Baltimore Orioles' organization. He also served a hitch as assistant general manager of the New York Yankees and in December 1956 was named "baseball coordinator" to administer a $500,000 major league fund to assist the minor leagues. He later served as president of the Detroit Tigers. Fighting Irish Win U.S. Football Crown By ASSOCIATED PRESS Notre Dame is the national major college football champion for the first time since 1949. The Irish handily defeated Michigan State in The Associated Press' final poll of the 1966 season while Alabama, the defending titleholder, placed third. The Crimson Tide's 31-0 victory over Auburn last Saturday, their 10th in an unbeaten - untied string, made no distinguishable impression on the AP's national panel of sports writers and broadcasters. The Irish finished on top with 41 first place votes and 506 points. Michigan State had eight votes for the No. 1 position and 471 points. Alabama was named the top team on seven ballots and accumulated 428 points. Four among the 52 selectors put Notre Dame and Michigan State in a deadlock for the title. Each team received 10 points for the first place tie. Otherwise, points were awarded on the usual basis of 10 for a first place vote, nine for second, eight for third, etc. Michigan State completed its season two weeks ago Saturday by playing a 10-10 tie with Notre Dame, the result marring otherwise perfect records of both teams. The Irish wound up their season a week later by walloping Rose Bowl - bound Southern California, 51-0. There were no other changes in the rankings. Georgia finished in fourth place, followed by UCLA, Nebraska, Purdue. Notre Dame, which ranked ninth in 1965, opened the 1966 season by defeating Purdue 26-14. Then came victories over Northwestern, Army, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Navy, Pittsburgh and Duke before the Michigan State game. The Spartans' triumphs came against North Carolina State, Penn State, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue, Northwestern, Iowa and Indiana. Alabama beat Louisiana Tech in its By DAN HAMRICK BALTIMORE (AP) General Manager Buddy Jeannette of the Baltimore Bullets turned over his coaching job to former college and pro star Gene Shue yesterday at a news conference enlivened by remarks about the team's poor showing this year. Shue, who played for 10 years in the National Basketball Association after starring at Maryland, became the Bullets' third coach in 25 games. The Bullets have won only four of them. Jeannette was asked when he decided to quit coaching. "After Saturday night's game," he answered. That was after Philadelphia beat the Bullets 137-120. "Was there a squad vote?" a newsman inquired. Jeannette answered only with a stare. Jeannette said the owners had been expected for the news conference. "Do you know about it yet?" someone asked. One of the owners, Arnold Heft, showed up later and answered questions. He did not know about it. Shue, 34, a resident of suburban Lu-therville, said that his interest in coaching the Bullets had increased with each change. "I've always talked like a coach," he said. "I'm surprised you used that kind of language," Jeannette remarked. Shue said he would continue his job as an insurance salesman because he has many obligations. He said he would stress the fundamentals, emphasize defense, accentuate the positive to reverse the attitude of the Bullets, and try to win enough games to realize his goal of making the playoffs. "It's going to be an extremely difficult job," he said. Shue averaged 14.4 points a game in his 700-game NBA career with Philadelphia, Fort Wayne, New York, Detroit and Baltimore. In his best year, in 1959-60, he averaged 22.8 points a game. He set a Detroit club record of 530 assists in 1960-61. Shue said he won't stand for any nonsense. "It won't be my intention to make the team happy. They'll have to please me," he said. Jeannette had complained publicly about the team's lackadaisical performances, saying he was fed up with the Bullets being made a laughing stock. Jeannette posted a 3-16 record after taking over as coach from Mike Farmer, who lasted just 10 games and won only one of those. Shue's contract is for the remainder of this season. Someone suggested that Jack Marin, a rookie, may have set a record of sorts by playing under three coaches in such a short span. That suggestion came after Marin wandered into the room where the news conference was about to begin, casually picked up a copy of the news release and began reading, more and more intently. He turned to Jeannette and asked: "Is this what you were talking about the other night?" Jeannette nodded his head. ' M"f- w X) j mmmwmmmmmImmmmwJ W i i T iTHrnmri'lM ti 111 it'll Jfc Parseghian 'Absolutely Delighted9 SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Coach Ara Parseghian said t h a t he was "absolutely delighted" when he learned yesterday that Notre Dame handily topped the final Associated Press football poll and was named the national major college champion for the first time since 1949. Parseghian left the campus with se-versal of his players for Chicago before students had learned the news. He attended the ninth annual Knute Rocke Memorial Ward Dinner sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Chicago. "Being No. 1 is a fitting honor for a group of seniors who have worked hard the last three years and also for the younger members of the team that filled in so capably this year," said Parseghian. "I am extremely happy to hear the results of the Associated Press' final poll and it certainly makes our season complete." Santa Claus in the person of public relations man John Con- This Present Is iVo Gift don, tempts Jose Torres, left, light heavyweight champ, and AP Wirephoto challenger Dick Tiger with title crown after contract signing. opener. The Tide then defeated Mississippi, Clemson, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Louisiana State, South Carolina and Southern Mississippi. The shutout victory over Auburn was the Tides' sixth of the season. Alabama won the 1965 national title when it beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl and Michigan State lost to UCLA in the Rose Bowl. Alabama faces Nebraska in the Cotton Bowl next month. Notre Dame and Michigan State will not play postseason games. The Irish also captured the national championship in 1943, 1946 and 1949. The Top Ten, with first place votes In parentheses, season records and total points on a 10-9-(-7-6-5-4-3-2 1 basis: 1. Notra Dame (41) -0-l 504 2. Michigan Statt (I) t-o-1 471 3. Alabama (7) 10-O-0 421 4. Georgia t-t-0 331 5. UCLA f.t-0 291 a. Nebraska t-l-a, 224 7. Purdue t-l-O 193 I. Georgia Tech t-1-4) 145 . Miami, Fla J.J-1 7 19. Southern Methodist t-2-4 42 Others receiving votes, listed alphabetically: Arkansas, Army, Florida. Houston, Mississippi, Oregon State, Southern California, Syracuse. Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wyoming. On the Airlanes TONIGHT 7:30 Bruin Highlights, KTLA (5). 8 Roller Games, KTLA (5). 8:15 - U of R vs. Long Beach St., KU-OR-FM (89.1) 10 - Bullfights, KMEX (34). is

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