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Star •DDK im STAlf rintftrj by Offset Doug Sanders—fhe Rub of the Green Saturday, April 6,1968 TUB' ' A$§OClAf Efi PRESS ?• Pf idd.y's Results , touts 3, Detroit 2 h 6, Network, A, 2 ?, Cincinnati 6,10 in- Chicago, N, Vs, Chicago, A, at £vaflsville, tod«, canceled, wet grounds, ' Baltimore ai Atlanta, night, canceled, wet grounds New York, N, 4, California 2 Cleveland 9, San Francisco 4 Minnesota 3, Houston 2 today's Games St. Louis vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fia, Baltimore at Atlanta, night Cincinnati vs. Oakland at Shreveport, La* Pittsburgh vs, New York, A, at Richmond, Va. Chicago, N, vs. Chicago, A, at Milwaukee, Wis. Minnesota at Houston, night Los Angeles vs. Cleveland at San Diego, Calif., night New York, N, vs. Philadelphia at Palm Springs, Calif. San Fran, at California/night Boston vs. Washington at Louisville, Ky« Sunday's Games St. Louis vs. Detroit at St. Petersburg, Fla,, canceled, national day of mourning for Dr. Martin Luther King Baltimore at Atlanta Cincinnati vs. Oakland at Indianapolis, Ind. Pittsburgh vs. New York, A, at Richmond, Va. Chicago, 1 A, at Chicago, N Minnesota at Houston Los Angeles vs. Cleveland at San Diego, Calif. New York, N, vs. Philadelphia at Palm Springs, Calif. San Francisco at California Washington vs. B o s t o n at Louisville, Ky. Basketball Women's AAU Basketball Tournament By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Semifinals Raytown, Mo., 48, Ouachita U., Ark. 46 Nashville, Terin. 59, Long Beach, Falif, 37 ^, rrr>i~ I TTtr' -»t Four Winners NEW YORK (AP) - Jockey Jorge Velasquez rode four winners at Aqueduct race track Thursday. Pascual Will Pitthhr Opener WASHINGTON (AP) - After eight years Camtlo Pascual returns Monday to plttih baseball's annual opener for Wwash* ington, facing former team' mites who wore Senator uai« forms in his last inaugural victory, Pascual will oppose the Minnesota Twins, long the home team in the traditional Presl* dential opener before leaving Washington and changing names at the end of the 1960 season. The 34-year*old Cuban right- hander, who returned to Washington a year ago in a trade with the TWins, fanned 15 in the 10-1 decision over Boston in 1960. He broke a club strikeout record set half a century earlier by the immortal Walter Johnson. r v* Drop, Baby, Drop Flamenco Dancer Curling up Help from on high Jusf can'r look And take that JOE BEATY Joe Beaty Jr., 69, of Emmet, died Friday. He was a Methodist, Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mae Mouser Beaty, two sons, Joe D, Beaty of Louisiana, Dr. W. R. Beaty of Little Rock; two daughters, Mrs. W. T. Reyenga of Hope, Mrs. Robert J. Martin of North Little Rock; a brother, George E. Beaty of Emmet; eight sisters, Mrs. Lennie Wesson of Prescott, Clara Beaty of Em met; Mrs. Lucy Stroope of Camden, Hassle and Mae Beaty of Magnolia, Mrs. Lois Harris of Prescott, Mrs. Ella Adkins of Emmet and Mrs. Edith Todd of Tulsa, Okla. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Emmet Methodist Church by the Rev. Calvin Miller. Burial will be in Snells Cemetery by Herndon Funeral Home. rights Lost Night FRANKFURT, Germany - Leotls Martin, 194, Philadelphia, knocked out Karl MiWenberger, 205V4, Germany. 7. ROME — Saridrb MazzitigKi, i57. Italy, stopped Bob Cassldy, 157V4, Hempstead, N.Y., 2. GOTEBORG, Sweden — Harold Richardson, 157%, New York, outpointed Bo Hogberg, 159, Sweden, 10. Making of the Pennant Races-1968 Baseball, 1968: A Dismal Dish By MURRAY OLDERMAN NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK—INEA)—While baseball preens itself for the opening of a new season, the 93rd in major league history, a dullness pervades the spring ritual. It should be a time of optimism and anticipation—why, even Charlie Pinley and the Oakland Athletics have championship aspirations. But baseball is kidding itself. The pervasive feeling of excitement you used to get with Opening Day is missing. I mean, when the biggest story coming out of spring training was how the penalty for applying spit to a baseball was changed progressively from throwing out the pitcher to calling a balk to calling the pitch a ball, how are you going to warm up to the traditional umpire's shout of "play ball." Baseball lacks personality. The best player in the game today is virtually unknown to the kids who collect bubble gum cards, His name is Roberto Clemente, and he plays in the outfield for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has four batting championships to his credit and he has batted over .300 the last eight seasons consecutively. But the biggest fuss is still made over Willie Mays, who is close to 37 years old and has deluded the Giants into thinking that his slump of last season was a momentary relapse. And Mickey Mantle, who is on his last legs at the age of 36 and really doesn't merit his spot in the regular line-up, except that he ean still pull people into the park. When an attractive new face does come along, like Mike Epstein last year, baseball doesn't know how to market it. The men who run the sport blow smoke rings smugly behind a facade labeled "national pastime" and shudder at anyone who makes echoes that will shake the Establishment. There is no dynamic leadership on top. A commissioner who was a general has been on the job two years and hasn't produced a single memorable idea or innovation when the game is crying for attention, The game itself demands revision to fit in with the pace of the times. When a progressive thought is suggested, like Ediiie Stanky's idea of using designated pinch-hitters and keep a pitcher—or some other line-up regular—in the game, it's treated like a desecration of Abner Doubleday, who didn't invent baseball in the first place. Pro football changed its rules to stimulate the forward pass and broaden its appeal. Pro basketball injected a time element, the 24-second clock, to speed up its action. Baseball's biggest move was making the fielders bring in their gloves between innings. A clock is needed on pitchers to make them serve up the ball in a specified time, like 30 seconds. There's merit in a Texas League experiment a couple of years ago which gave a team flO seconds to make the transition from batting to fielding after the third out. The double-header, an instrument of the depression years. U archjtlg and can't keep big crowds rooted for seven hours ojta g sujyiy Sunday afternoon when most guys today can afford & boat or a set of golf clubs ll in its present form is not an exciting television . Th£ most crushing symptom of the doldrums is National League (In order of predicted finish.) ST. LOUIS: The Cardinals have all the experience, depth, power and pitching that they had last year when they won the pennant by 10 ¥i games, the biggest winning margin in the league since 1955. A team with guys like MVP Orlando Cepeda, three-game World Series winner Bob Gibson, Roger Maris, Tim McCarver. Dick Hughes and Julian Javier can't be all bad. Stiffer competition and a bit of overconfidence may hurt them, though. They may win the pennant by only five games this year. CINCINNATI: The Reds were the early leaders of the '67 race, but injuries laid them low, and they finished fourth. They have one of the strongest pitching staffs in baseball, with Jim Maloney, Milt Pappas,_Gary Nolan, Mel Queen and reliever Ted Abernathy. If any team is capable of embarrassing the high-flying Cards, it's the Reds. LOf> ANGELES: With a history of "bounce-back" seasons, the Dodgers are again in position to demonstrate their resilience. From their pennant-winning season of 1966, they dropped to eighth last year. But they have talent, especially in two new acquisitions from Minnesota, pitcher Mudcat Grant and shortstop Zoilo Versalles. Hopes are bright in sunny California. PITTSBURGH: Position for position, the Pirates are as strong i>s any team in the league. It has been that way for the past few seasons. However, they just can't seem to steal off a pennant. This season, despite people like Roberto Clemente, Maury Wills, Bill Mazeroski, Bob Veale—the new manager Larry Shepard, the story appears the same. No booty on the horizon. CHICAGO: For the first time in some 20 years, the Cubs are a legitimate preseason threat for the first division. They startled the baseball universe in 1967 by battling the Cards for first place much of the summer. Star young pitchers like Ken Holtzman and Ferguson Jenkins will help keep them near the top. But the other clubs will be a lot more wary of the Bruins this season. SAN FRANCISCO: There are hard feelings and hardening arteries among the Giants. Dissension and old age are sapping them of their former prowess. Willie Mays is going downhill, Juan Marichal is considered a malingerer by some and Mike McCormick, Cy Young award winner, won't measure up to last year's effectiveness. The Giants finished second last season. There is little chance of them doing as well in '68. ATLANTA: The Braves also had a combativeness in the dugout that hurt the club on the field. t Maybe new manager Lum Harris can solve the problem. Henry Aaron can't do it alone. Sonny Jackson acquired in a trade from Houston, may plug up a shortstop deficiency. That's a start, anyway. HOUSTON": Potential to startle the league is here. Outfielders Jim Wynn and Rusty Staub are two of the finest hitters in the league. Don Wilson, Mike Cuellar, Dave Ginsti and Denny Lemaster, obtained from Atlanta, could form an awesome pitching rotation. But the infield and catching are deep problems. So, once again, the biggest attraction about the Astros may be the Astrodome. PHILADELPHIA: It is still a question whether Richie Allen, star third baseman, can come back from the hand injury that sidelined him the latter part of last season. The Phils' 'hitting is just mediocre. And their pitching stajff, headed by Larry Jackson, Rick Wise and Chris Short, is not strong enough to carry the club. Tough times ahead. NEW YORK: Gil Hodges is the new Met manager. He did a fine job with the Senators, taking over a last-place club in 1963 and leaving them last season in a tie for sixth. In New York, he has some good young talent, like Bud Harrelson, Ron Swoboda and Tom Seaver, and some good proven talent, like Tommy Agee. He also has high hopes. And that's all. American League (In order of predicted finish.) CHICAGO: It is hard to conceive how the White Sox hitters can be as feckless as last season, when they batted .225 as a team, ninth in the league, and were ninth in runs scored. (But they've surprised before.) Tommy Davis, obtained from the Mets, will pro- THE FLY SWATTER w P$y there »ow is even a paucity ui grandmas cam* up mysteriously sick and freed the office boy \ fttflwl*ftemaou at th* ball park vide a lot of punch. As will Louis Aparicio and Ken Boyer, also newly acquired. Their pitching is tops in baseball, with people like Gary Peters, Tommy John, Joel Horlen, Bob Locker and Hoyt Wilhelm. This is the White Sox year. DETROIT: Superstar Al Kaline has never played in a World Series in his 14 seasons. He has gotten close, like last season when the Tigers finished in a tie for second with Minnesota, one game out. He'll be fingernails away again. They are strong behind the plate (Bill Freehan), strong on the mound (Earl Wilson, Denny McLain, etc.; and strong at bat (Kaline, Willie Morton, Norm Cash). But weak in the bullpen, some glaring holes in the infield and a lack of depth. BALTIMORE: The Orioles were untouchable in winning the 1966 pennant. But last season they were often an easy touch, finishing sixth. The pitching staff, primarily, let them down. It had more sore arms than an infirmary with Army recruits. But they still have the power, with Frank Robinson, Boog Powell and Brooks Robinson. With Dave McNally, Wally Bunker and Jim Palmer attaining some degree of their 1966 form, the Orioles will again be menacing. MINNESOTA: Ah, the talent here—Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat, among others. But some of the Twins would as soon spike-wound his teammate as assist in a double play. One of the rumored troublemakers, Zoilo Versalles, has been traded. But the Twins still lack the cohesiveness needed to win, that plus the abundance of competition. BOSTON: Overpowering the rest of the .league with their fearsome lineup, the Red Sox still only managed to win the pennant on the last day of the season. The pitching staff, other than 22-game winner Jim Lonborg, was not noteworthy. Now, Longborg will start slowly due to a winter skiing injury. Carl Yastrzemski and George Scott will again be highly effective. But they won't be able to carry off another coup without good pitching. CALIFORNIA: Their potential is great, and have possible superstars in shortstop Jim Fregosi and outfielder Rick Reichardt. Pitcher Jim McGlothlin and Rickey Clark are two of the finest mound prospects in baseball. But it's just a growing team, and will suffer growing pains. CLEVELAND: Somehow, with all that pitching prowess, the Indians should be able to locate a solid place in the first, division. But even pitchers like Sam McDowell, Luis Tiant, Steve Hargan and Sonny Sieberl. as hurlers immemorial, have trouble winning without runs. The outfield, other than newly acquired Tommy Harper, is a question mark. The infield is alsu a question mark, though Tony Horton, Max Alvis and Larry Brown could make it an exclamation point. There are more question marks, about 20 more. NEW YORK: Where, oh, where have the Yankees gone'.' Answer: to the dogs. Mickey Mantle is still their most potent offensive weapon, but he's still hobbling. The outfield, with Tom Tresh. Joe Pcpilone and Steve Whitaker, could be very strong. But it wasn't last year. The infield is troubled; the pitching is troubled; the catching is troubled. Future? Troubled. WASHINGTON: New manager Jlrn Lemon has not inherited a plum. The Senators could be very, very good, but it is more likely they will be very, very bad. Phil Ortega, Frank Howard, Paul Casanova and Mike Kpstein could provide the nucleus of—hold your breath—a contender. But it is not likely, primarily because the supporting cast is nondescript. Maybe next. year. OAKLAND: J o e I) i M a g g i o, f a in o u s ex-New York Yankee star, is the new vice president of the one-time Kansas City A's. DiMaggio is a knowledgeable gentleman. That has little to do with the description of the uniformed athletes, but if you can't say anything nice about the players", at least you can say something nice about one of t.heir executives. New Rules tional, this penalty shall ap- runner and batter out. With ply: With less than two out, two out, the umpire shall de- the umpire shall declare both flare the batter out." NEW YORK—(NEA)—This season, only three revisions have been made in the Official Baseball rules. The rules a ff e c t e d are 5.09(g), 8.021 a) and Casebook 7.08(b). The most noticeable change is the attempt to discourage use of the spitball. Last year's rule stated that the pitcher shall not "apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball; expectorate on the ball, either hand or his glove; rub the ball on his glove, person or slothing; deface the ball in any manner; deliver what is called the 'shine' ball, 'spit' ball, 'mud' ball or 'emery' ball." The rules makers added: "The pitcher shall not briny his pitching hand in contact with his rnouth or lips. For violating this part of this rule the umpire shall call a ball. However, if the pitch is made and the batter reaches first base on a hit, error or as a hit batsman and no other runner is put out before advancing at least one base, the play shall proceed without reference to the violation." Another rule states that "The ball becomes dead and runners return to their bases, without liability to be put out, when a base coach intentionally interferes with a throw/i ball." The addition states that the runners return to "the base last legally touched." Finally, if a runner has contact with a legally occupied base and hinders a fielder attempting to niak»- a play, he will not be called out unless the umpire believes the hindrance to be intentional. The addition says, ' whether it occurs on fair or foul territory. II the umpire declares the fii/idramv mien (,()<)!) WOOD; Kcd Schoendicnsi. who led (hi- Si. Louis Cardinals from sixth place ID the National league pciinani and a World Serifs ucton in his third season as a manager, is shown handing hats to Hoger Maris, left, and Ton Brock, two outfielders on whom much depi-nds. 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