Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on March 30, 1968 · Page 5
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Hope M Star UK (MQ STM. MM ft mot SPORTS Spring Hit 0«0ii Rough hrPhtltits By JACK HAND Associated Pttes sports Writer CLEARWATER, Fla, (Ap) This has been a rough spring tor the Philadelphia Phillies, bouncing around the lower regions of the Grapefruit League, worrying about Richie Allen's hand and sweating out Bobby Wine's chronic back condition. Bill White's remarkable comeback from a torn Achilles tendon has been the bright spot of the camp, White has looked his old self in the field and has been swinging a hot bat. Allen, who cut two tendons and the ulnar nerve in his right wrist last August when his wrist smashed through the headlamp of an old car, is a major problem. Apparently Allen still can swing a bat with his old tape measure power but his throwing, never too good, has been most erratic. In order to give Allen more time to recover from the damaged hand, manager Gene Mauch has shifted him to left field. In the meantime the Phils are using the capable Tony Taylor at third base. Shortstop Is another problem. Wine's back acted up again and although he is working out, rookie Don Money has been getting the full trial at short. Money Is the young man who was the key figure in the big deal that sent Jim Sunning to Pittsburgh last winter. A .310 whiz with home run power in Class A at Raleigh, Money figured to need more seasoning. Still, there Is an emergency situation at short and Money may have to be force-fed. White's fine recovery eliminated all doubts about first base and Cookie Rojas Is back to handle second again. With Allen in left, Tony Gonzalez, a .339 hitter In 1967, goes into the center field competition with Ron Lock and John Briggs. ^VSan Francisco leads best-of-7 Larry Higle, a rookie, has im- ---'--" * pressed with great speed and top flight Bdt«boll Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Friday's Results Ne* York, A, 3, Chicago, A, 1, 10 innings Washington 5, Pittsburgh 3 Mew York, N, 9, Detroit 1 St. Louis 10, Atlanta 9 Oakland 7, Minnesota 9 Philadelphia 9, Cincinnati 4 California 11, Chicago, N, 0 Saft Fran. 6, Cleveland 5 Boston 5, Baltimore 3 Today's GafnoS Atlanta vs. Detroit at Lake* land, Fla. / Cincinnati vs, Washington at Potnjuno Beach, Fla, New York, N, vs. Chicago, A, Philadelphia vs. St. Louis at Cleartfater, Fla. Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore at Miami, night Los Angeles vs. San Francisco at Mesa, Ariz, Chicago, N, vs. Cleveland at Scottsdate, Ariz. New York, A, vs. Boston at Winter Haven, Fla. Minnesota vs. Oakland at Bradenton, Fla. Sunday's Games Atlanta vs. New York, N, at St. Petersburg, Fla. Cincinnati vs. New York, at Tampa, Fla. Houston vs. Washington Potnpano Beach, Fla. Philadelphia vs. Chicago, at Clearwater, Fla. Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore Miami, Fla. St. Louts vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla. Los Angeles vs. San Francisco at Phoenix, Ariz. Chicago, N, vs. Cleveland at Tucson, Ariz. Minnesota vs. Boston at Orlando, Fla. California vs. Cleveland, "B" at Palm Springs, Calif. Basketball Pro Basketball Playoffs By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NBA SEMIFINALS Friday's Results Western Division San Francisco 108, St. Louis y, KM 30, t§8| Lou Brock: Star • •, . - * V But Worst By MURRAY QLDlRMAN NtA Spoffs ttov Emerson Mantlet Cliff Kichey Clark Ornebnrr A, at A, at ST. PETKnSBCKG. Kla.-»NKAi-Lou Brock is Still ,W«I> nig For fulfillment Loti Is the leftfielder for the St Louis Cardinals, champion's of the baseball world. And none has been more important to that success than the streamlined slugger. Last summer he hit 21 homers ami drove in 76 runs ffdm his leadoff spot, and then in the World Series he batWk! .4H and stole seven bases in spectacular slyW. , In his seventh major league season, at the age of 28. he's being paid In Sty!<j» too. , . • "<?|£y But there is no Smugness in Lou Brock. He sits on OfrtJTof those steamer trunks that spill over the Cardinal dressing room at Al Lang Field. and he mulls the question somberly: Is he getting the most of his natural talent? -I could say no." he answers, "and firmly believe It. People think otherwise. An individual has to be his worst critic," An edge of dissatisfaction from last season knifes at him. He didn't bat .300. "That means," he explains, "you didn't reach your objqc- live." In the last game of the season, at Atlanta, in the last Inning, with two out, Lou was waiting in the on-deck circle. The Cardinals, though handily ahead 5-2. had sent Bobby Tolan tip to pinch hit for the pitcher. "1 needed three hits thai day to bat .300," recounts Lou. "1 already had tsvo-for-four, but I'd struck out my last time up. Then Bobby made out, and I lost my last chance. 1 batted 299 point 4." Or 6 lO.OOOths of a percentile from his objective. There should be some solace from the fact that he led the lUllic Jean King Ann Haydon Jones Nanc> Kichev Judy Togart Garden Tries New Racket defensive ability. Right field belongs to Johnny Callison. Clay Dairy mple and Mike Ryan, former Boston Red Sox, will share the catching on a platoon basis. Neither hit .200 last year but both are top grade receivers. Woody Fryman, acquired from the Pirates with Money and two kid pitchers in the Bunning deal, has stepped into the starting rotation. Chris Short, who missed 14 starts last year due to a back ailment and a knee injury, figures to be the big man of the staff. The veteran Larry Jackson and Rick Wise, a late reporter after holding out, will be the others to take a regular turn. Dick Hall and Dick Farrell, two veterans who have made the rounds, will team up again series 3-1. Los Angeles 93, Chicago 87, Los Angeles leads bestof-7 series 3-1. Today's Game Eastern Division Philadelphia at New York, afternoon, Philadelphia leads best-of-7 series 2-1. Sunday's Games Western Division San Francisco at St. Louis Chicago at Los Angeles Eastern Division New York at Philadelphia, afternoon Detroit at Boston, afternoon, best-of-7 series tied 2-2. Monday's Game Eastern Division Philadelphia at New York, if necessary ABA SEMIFINALS Friday's Result Eastern Division Kentucky 94, Minnesota 86, By IRA BERKOW NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK- (NEAJ- Madison Square Garden, past and present versions, has been the scene for events from six-day bicycle races to bubble-gum blowing contests to championship basketball games. Now it is embarking on a new racket—international amateur tennis play. The first Garden Challenge Trophy tournament, under the aegis of the United States Lawn Tennis Association, will be played from March'25, to 30. The organizers have grandiose visions for it. They expect it to become the fifth wheel in the world amateur tennis grand slam. Right now. the big fuzz ball events include the French and Australian championships and the competition at Wimbledon and Forest Hills. Each of these is played outdoors. There is no indoor meet of comparable international magnitude. Another aspect of the Garden Challenge Trophy which puts it in a class of its own is the select, relatively small field of singles competitors. Thirty-two men and 16 women, all among the top players in the world, are entered!. They immediately play others of superior caliber, unlike other major tournaments. .',' In virtually every other major tournament, there is a chance for the top performers to shake some of the kinks in their game by playing inferior competition before opposing their peers. Not so with the Garden tourney. For example, in the opening round of play, Manuel Santana, second-seeded, meets Mark Cox, top player in the British Isles, and Charles Pasarell, ranked No. 1 in America but seeded fifth in this meet, will face Manuel Orantes of the Spanish Davis Cup .team. 4 The top seeded men are Roy Emerson of Australia, first, •-followed by Santana second and Cliff Richey and ClSrk Graebner of the United States, third and fourth. Biliie Jean King is the No. 1 seeded woman, Ann Haydon Jones of In the bullpen. Grant Jackson best-of-5 series 2-2, may be ready to stay on his Toeay's Games fourth trial. Others who sur- vlved the first cut are John Western Division New Orleans at Denver, New Boozer, Jeff James, Barry Orleans leads bestof-5 series Lersch and Larry Colton, 11 of 2-0. whom are right-handers. Eastern Division T . , IAJ, Kentucky at Minnesota I r I p 1 6 W j nner Sunday's Game NEW YORK (AP) - Angel We stern Division Cordero Jr. rode a triple at Aq- New Orleans at Denver, if ueduct race track Thursday, necessary , . ^-Av^/n^r- *t gt H.\\IUM- > % UW'lv MJ ibv in By BOB COCHNAR NEA Automotive Editor SEBRING, Fla. —(NEA) — Racing, to the uninitiated, is indeed a wonderment. And forget, for a moment, about the cars and drivers, which to some of the "enthusiasts" are entirely secondary. Understand, please, that the vast majority of racing followers pay to see racing. The considerable social life is a happy diversion but in the final analysis it is only that. There Is a certain group of tweedy types—m embers of the motor sports press, owners of Ferraris and Maseratis, assorted European barons and curls, ex-polo players and semisoclalites—w h I c h is al* ways there on race day. What they contribute to the sport, other than elan, is hard to say. And at Sebring, where racing's mysterious pecking order is highly visible, the swells were out in full force. In a 12-hour endurance race, the "enthusiast" isn't going to glue himself to a grandstand seat or an interesting corner and watch for a half-day: certainly not. He is also going to play. And in order to play, he must pay. For three days of general admission tickets, it will cost him $12 i $6 to see the big race, it that's all he's interested int. That's just to get in the main gate. He'll certainly want to watch Iroin the paddock area, for that's where the action is Fine. Sin more. He'll want to park his car in the paddock, too. won't he? SJ5 Hut then there is a posli little enclosure known as the Automobile Racing Club oi Florida. The gentleman spoilsman can join, maybe, ii he pays $150 And everybody pays. (The motoring press, unhappy for years because of Us exclusion from the -\Kl'F enclosure, goi its own affair Jhis year called (he •'Overseas I'ress Club." The Fwrd .Motor T«. paj«l for it. I Incidentally, there were three kinds of newsmen at Sebring The guy from tire pud unk Herald, vorv de- classe, received a No. 44 credential which entitled him to almost nothing. The guy from Car and Driver got a No. 4 credential which made it a bit easier for him. Certain people received "memberships" to the Overseas Press Club; many did not. Certain people received "Working Press" cards which entitled them to a seat in the enclosed press box; many did not. But in the long run, all these cards, credentials, buttons and passes were generally worthless because motor racing is still a very clubby situation. Gentlemen sportsmen find it difficult to believe that ordinary people might enjoy racing, too. Example: If Jacque Pas- stno, Ford's special vehicles manager, actually smiles at you and calls you by name, you're almost there. Passino is Ford's racing chief and is very, very big in the sport. Example: If Alec Ulmann. Sebring's guiding light, introduces you to Baron von Hanstein, Porsche's team manager and racing director, you're in good shape. AMMCA c AFLOAT WASHINGTON — (NEA) — Some pleasure craft skippers think boating is fun even when the weather is freezing. Others start their season afloat as soon as the ice breaks up. But a fall overboard in frigid water can turn fatal fast, so the Coast Guard recently took a cold look at life preservers. A few models float tine but let the boatman sink, it turns out. The Coast Guard calls them "vinyl-coated unicellular plastic foam life preservers with a solid bib front." This type has foam flotation inside and is covered with a flexible plastic. It has a hole to poke your head through, and a bib-shaped panel that covers your chest and keeps you floating on your back with your face up. Nothing is wrong with the design. The trouble comes on a cold dav when the plastic Great Britain second, America's Nancy Richey third and Australia's Judy Tegart fourth. The Grand Slam events are played before capacity crowds. And tickets to a Wimbledon, for example, are sold out, if not generations, then certainly months before the meet. The Garden Challenge Trophy, however, is, by optimistic guesses, expected to draw some 70,000 persons for the six-day meet. It may not be capacity attendance (18,000 a day), but that's still a lot of people willing to make their heads imitate windshield wipers. ' (Newspaper [nterprite Ann.) covering and filler get stiff. Fall in with the vest in one hand, or have someone aboard throw you one, and the head opening may be too stiff to allow getting it over your head. Anyone struggling to stay afloat has enough trouble, the Coast Guard figures, without fighting to try to put on a perverse preserver. So the Coast Guard has disapproved the plastic doughnut bibs for use as legal life preservers any time of year. Similar models with a cloth rather than vinyl covering can be carried aboard to meet the Coast Guard requirements for one preserver per person until they wear out. Then a boatman who wants a similar mode) must buy the kind that divides the front apron in half all the way up, jacket style, and ties together after it is put on. That type is still fully approved, and so are preserver cushions, vests and jackets if they are marked with a C.G. approval number. Coast Guard safety equipment requirements cover power craft on all federal waterways, but most states apply the C.G. regulations to their inland lakes and ponds as well. National League in stolen bases for the second straight year. But then you have to hear Lou. ''I don't think right now is the right time for stealing bases," he shrugs, "because baseball is saturated—guys like Maury Wills, Luis Aparicio, Tommy Harper—so many it eliminates the surprise. The catchers, 95 per cent of 'em, always make the perfect throw. The pitchers arc more conscious of movement on the mound. "Besides, you can't steal till you get on first." And in Lou's case, that can be a problem. He seldom walks, and the records show that 30 per cent of his hits are for extra bases. That puts him automatically beyond first." So he insists, "My greatest satisfaction in baseball is hitting. And it's tough nowadays to hit for average, especially in the leadoff spot like me. Matty Alou of the Pirates did It, but he faces very few lefthand pitchers. He hits 90 per cent of his balls on the ground; 90 per cent of mine are in the air. "I swing for the long ball sometimes. You know, I don't really possess the qualifications for a leadoff man. I'm the type of hitler who leaves the bench swinging. I don't look for walks. I look for the baseball. I don't care if it's in the strike zone, i see it. I hit it. There are balls thrown over the heart of the plate you don't sec. "When I come to the plate the first time to lead off-fa gamo, the pitcher is at his strongest. Fellows like Bob Veale, Jim Bunning, Chris Short. By the time the eighth man in the order sees him, he's not as effective. If he makes out, he's 0-for-l. Couple of batters later, I might be O-for-2, So there are special problems in being a leadoff man." Lou has one asset that dilutes all the problems. "I have a habit," he admits, "of being able to get on base, whether it's by a hit or an error," In the World Series against the Red Sox, he reached base almost 50 per cent of the time, which, coupled with his record seven stolen bases, emphasized his ascendancy to star status; IjijJh jump TJUl'K'S vmi.00 of yn yirlift is di'inunstralt-d b> star Hussiao per Viili'iJtiii liuvrilin (U-ltt. »hu is sinnvn dvuring (hi- bar at 7 fi-H. and jwU- xuulliT Jon V:ju«un uf I CJ..\. vUlu is soaring 17 ti-.-i

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