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Golesburg Register-Moil, Golesburg, III. Superstar Not Enough in Modern Day Sports Tuesday, May 8, 1973 17 By IRA BBRKOW NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK (NEA) - Just when the word "superstar" finally attained official lexicographical status, it became obsolete. The recently published "Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary" vainly tries to define the word, the first time it appears in a dictionary in relation to sports. A superstar is "a star who is considered extremely talented, has great public appeal, and who can usually command a high salary," says the esteemed but fence-straddling lexicon. The assumption is that'there is no brighter star than a superstar in ttie entire sweaty firmament of sports.' Yet virtually on the day of dictionary publication, New York News columnist Dick Young writes about Willie Mays: "Superstar is not enough word to describe (him) in this inflated time, when superlatives are thrown around like adjectives on old movie posters. Everybody who has ever hit a ball out of a ball park, is introduced as a superstar. For Willie Mays, there has to be a better word." Young chooses "super-duper star." This is, incidentally, the same philological Young who once said that "Ron Swoboda was the first superstar of the Mets. In thos4 days, a superstar was anybody who could put his baseball shoes on without spiking himself." So-called "new" words aren't always new. And superstar has been in growing usage for at least a decade (Merriam-Webster's first sports citation for the word is from 1963.) A dictionary patiently waits to see if today's superworld isn't indeed forgotten tomorrow. The word superstar has quietly, quickly crept into our sports vocabulary and is now snugly burrowed in our colloquial woodwork. We find now that everyone from Jesus Christ (in a rock opera) to Viva (the title of this underground actress' autobiography is "Superstar") to Vida Blue (President Nixon said that Blue was the most underpaid superstar) has been cloaked with the mantle of glittering hyperbole. In the more pinched world of flports, the word "superstar" is spread with equally far-flung Mon treatSeeking 16th Stanley Cup MONTREAL (UPI) - The swift-skating Montreal Canadi- ens are looking for their 16th Stanley Cup tonight when they host the Chicago. Black Hawks for the fifth game of their best- of-seven series. Montreal blanked the Hawks 4-0 in Chicago Sunday to take a Blue Streaks Top Lombard In Football The Churchill seventh grade wound up the spring football season with a 6-0 victory over Lombard Saturday. The only touchdown of the game came on the opening offensive series by the Churchill Blue Streaks. Jim Fiater put the six points on the scoreboard on a 4-yard plunge over the guard, and the 6-0 lead stood the rest of the game. However, the Streaks had three other long drives stopped in Lombard territory. The Lombard Zephyrs threatened to score only once in the fourth quarter. However, the touchdown run by Greg Loveless was called back because of a clipping penalty. Churchill dominated the game offensively with 11 first downs, while the Zephyrs managed only three. Churchill Padilla Schertz DeVore Meyers Davis Peterson Kamp McMullin Noll Fiater Seiler Score b; Churchill Lombard WE • Buzick WT Unger WG Derry C Totten SG Blckerstaff ST Churn SE Loveless QB Williamson FB Timmons TB Dickerson WB Long quarters: 6 0 0 0—6 0 0 0 0—0 3-1 lead in games. A win tonight would give Montreal their 16th trophy and mark the fifth time Montreal has defeated Chicago in the finals. The Habs are heavily-favored to take the Cup on home ice tonight, but the ever-cautious Montreal coach Scotty Bowman has swept aside the odds and statistics of past meetings with Chicago and warned his players the Hawks are down but far from out. "I feel we'll have to give our best and play 60 minutes of hockey," Bowman said Monday. Veteran Chicago coach Bill Reay also feels Chicago is still very much in contention, despite the one-sided affair Sunday. "I think my team can play better than that...I know we can," he said. Bowman said he hopes Jacques Laperriere can join the Montreal line-up tonight. The much-missed defenseman has been out for most of the playoffs suffering from both a groin injury and a broken nose. Henry Richard, a veteran of 18 years in the NHL, is looking for greater things—such as being a member of the Stanley Cup winning team for a record 11th time. "Boy, I sure hope we win it on home ice," said Richard, 37, who decided the last Stanley Cup series between Montreal and Chicago two seasons ago. Richard's goal in the seventh game gave Montreal a 3-2 win. If Chicago should win tonight in Montreal, where they have not won a playoff contest in 11 years covering 13 games, a sixth game will be played in Chicago Thursday night. PRO LINE CLOSE-OUTS MEN'S & BOYS TWO TONE GOLF SHOES 2 PAIR $25 00 TITLEIST ALUMINUM 3 WOODS S1CA00 9 IRONS lull X31 JOB SETS 9 IRONS $ 115 BRAND NAME Ladies Wear — - _40% ° ff »15(T Ladies PGA Short Clubs Aluminum (Special) 3 Woods — 8 Irons NEW and USED CLUBS INCLUDING BAG $2500 t. $|QQ00 Also Available Junior • Senior Clubs Both Left and Right Handed. CLUBS MADE TO ORDER GOLF COURSE OPEN 7 DAYS A Wfc-EK - PHONE 343 8818 BUNKER LINKS Babe Ruiii abandon. Going through Merriam-Webster's citations, one reads that Bill Hartack (from a Sports Illustrated story in 1963) to Andy Bathgate and Tucker Frederickson and Red Berenson and Walt Hazzard, and Mickey Mantle, Johnny U n i t a s, Oscar Robertson, among many others, have been called superstars in print in the last 10 years. The dictionary definition is a Larry Lowery Is Runner-Up In Tourney MARION, Iowa — Larry Lowery, golf pro at Lake Bracken Country Club, finished second in the Jaccbson Open here Monday. Playing in the rain most of the time, Lowery carded an 18- hole total of 1-under par 67 on the Indian Creek Country Club course for second place. Keith Hannen of the Mason City (Iowa) Country Club birdied his final hole to edge out Lowery for first place with a 66. The field in the tournament numbered approximately 100 as 34 pros and nearly 60 amateur golfers participated in the tourney. Boston Ends White Sox Win Streak The Boston Red Sox smashed a nine-game Chicago White Sox winning streak as lefthander John Curtis limited the White Sox to five hits Monday night in the 4-1 victory. Meanwhile, the San Diego Padres trimmed the Chicago Cubs, also 4-1. The White Sox suffered their second defeat in their last 13 games as the Red Sox pounded Stan Bahnsen for eight hits to end his string of eight straight victories against Boston. The loss was Bahnsen's second loss after four wins this season. The win was Curtis' first after two losses. Chicago's only run came in the sixth inning when Carlos May singled, advanced on a wild pitch by Curtis, and scored on a single by Ken Henderson., Bill Greif held the Cubs to' two hits, and Fred Kendall and Dave Campbell each drove in a pair of runs to give the Padres the win. The only hits off Greif came in the fourth inning when Glenn Beckert singled, and in the eighth inning when Jose Cardenal led off with his third homer of the season and the Cubs' only run. Greif leads the major leagues with an earned run average of 0.97. The Padres scored once in the second inning, once in the fourth, and twice in the sixth, The Cubs play the Padres again tonight and were scheduled to send Fergie Jenkins (2 - 3) against Fred Norman (0-4). The White Sox take on Boston again tonight, pitting Eddie Fisher (3-1) against Marty Pattin (1-5). Evansville Posts 11-6 Win Over Wichita Aeros By United Press International Evansville unloaded six runs on the Wichita Aeros in the seventh inning of Monday night's American Association baseball game at the Indiana city and went on to an 11-6 triumph. The game was the only contest played as rain washed out scheduled games between Denver - Indianapolis, Tulsa Omaha and Oklahoma City- Iowa. Willie Mays study in muddledom. It says first that a superstar must be "extremely talented." Not so, says Johnny Bench, acidly: "I thought that everyone who plays in New York is a superstar." Bill Bradley explains: "Players don't make superstars. The media makes superstars. The media is concentrated in New York and Los Angeles." Howard Cosell, the voluble Arnold Palmer sportscaster, adds, "A superstar is not necessarily one whose performance in the arena merits such a title. "Arnold Palmer has become a superstar because of television, because of how he comes across on the screen. There are actually several golfers who are better than Palmer. But when he's playing on television one notices the cut of his jaw, the lock of boyish hair, the hand- Tucker Frederickson kerchief poking out of his back pocket, the casual discharge of cigarettes — it's like watching Humphrey Bogart putt. Very exciting. Obviously a superstar." "Great public appeal" is the dictionary's second point, and Cosell gives a graphic example of it in Palmer's case. Yet "extremely talented" athletes (such as the golfers who are superior today to Palmer) may not have such pyrotechnical attributes. Only recently, for example, has Henry Aaron been discovered. "People ask me where I've been for the first 15 years of my career," he said. Just a couple years ago Aaron was almost turned away from a Cincinnati hotel, then the All-Star game headquarters, because the registering clerk had never heard of him. "Are you perhaps with another party?" the clerk asked. The third and final dictionary attribute for superstar is "usually command a high salary." What is a high salary? Obviously Vida Blue and Charlie Finley have differing views. Wilt Chamberlain makes a quarter of a million dollars, but Johnny Bench makes only haif as much. Is Bench only half a superstar? Sports people have more questions and criteria for the word. Sonny Werblin, former New York Jets owner, says, "A superstar sells tickets. Charisma's the thing. Joe Namath is unquestionably a superstar. But Dick Butkus isn't." And a question, once a super­ star always a superstar? Tom Seaver thinks so. "There's no going back once you reach it. Like a retired general retains his title. So does a superstar such as Willie Mays." Dr. Paul Weiss, author of "Sport: A Philosophic Inquiry," said, "One can lose superstar status. One of the sad things is that we live in an ephemeral world. There is always a new wave on the way." But what next for "superstar"? Will it be usurped by some new hula-hoop of a hoopla word? King-size stars? Family-size? Colossal, as in olives? Megastar? Super nova? "Super- d u p e r"? ("Super-superstar" was in fact used by Sports Illustrated in a 1967 reference to Babe Ruth). An entire galaxy of possibilities is suggested in "The American Thesaurus of Slang." A few are: "superWobslopcious, superbogsnoptious, superscrum- differous, spanglorious, iminen- sical, grandacious." Or, of course, "super" as a prefix can be extended to an infinite power, "super - super super - super- super - super—" etc. Willis Reed, Monroe Put Fire in New York Knicks By GARY KALE UPI Sports Writer NEW YORK (UPI) - The New York Knicks rediscovered gold in their ranks and the rush is on for a second National Basketball Association championship in four years. Willis Reed and Earl Monroe were not standouts in the first two games of the title series with the Lakers as the teams split a pair in Los Angeles. There was a complete reversal in form on Sunday, however, as the two Knicks turned resourceful and helped beat Los Angeles, 87-83. Reed scored his 1973 playoff high of 22 points and held Wilt Chamberlain on almost equal terms under the boards. Monroe tallied 21 points and jammed Gail Goodrich's scoring radar with a brilliant second half defensive job that held the Lakers guard to two points after intermission. Goodrich netted 12 in the first half. "Earl hurt us," admitted an injured Jerry West, who may see only limited action in tonight's fourth game because of a pulled hamstring muscle in his right leg. "Monroe is a different player now. He's quicker and we've got to do a job on him." Monroe scored from all angles, hitting from outside, going around Chamberlain for reverse layups and contributing a game-high six assists.. Reed collected 10 rebounds to 13 for Chamberlain, but his main asset was in making Wilt leave his post to stop the Knick captain's outside shooting. This left the lane open for Monroe's drives. The player who appeared most apprehensive of Chamberlain was Walt Frazier, usually the Knicks' strongest offensive Sandburg's Tourney Game Postponed Until Wednesday Carl Sandburg's tournament game with Lincoln College, which was scheduled for Monday afternoon at H. T. Custer Park, was postponed because of rain and has been rescheduled for Wednesday. The Chargers will be sending ace righthander Gary Woodson against a strong Lincoln team which has compiled a record of 21 wins and 13 losses. Woodson has won four and lost none. Coach Jim Isaacson's Chargers, who defeated Black Hawk College in the sectional finals of the Junior College playoffs Saturday, are 6-3 for the sea son. Earlier Black Hawk had defeated Sandburg and is the only Junior College team to beat the Chargers this spring. Lincoln has good talent and has a big edge in games played over Sandburg. It figures to be a rugged assignment for coach Isaacson's Chargers. Winner of tomorrow's game will compete in the state tournament at Kankakee this weekend. Game time at H. T. Custer Wednesday is 3:30 p.m. McKendree College Splits With Concordia 13-2, 5-1 LEBANON - The McKendree College baseball Bearcats split a pair with Concordia Saturday to bring their season record to 11-7, with six more games to go. Last year the team finished 6-18. "We're going to finish this season with a winning record, and that's quite an accomplishment as far down as we were," Coach Van Smith predicted. Next year we can look for even better things." The Bearcats lost one game 13-2 Saturday with Chuck Wilke tagged with the loss and won one 5-1 with Brian Fitzgerald on the mound. Both are from Belleville East and are "Belleville Area College transfers. Wilke now is 3-3 and Fitzgerald 4-2. Dan Johnson of Galesburg continues to lead the pitching staff with a 3-1 record and a 1.53 earned run average. Leading the hitters are Dale Calvert of Sparta, hitting .345 with 18 runs hatted in and three home runs. He is followed by Bob Stone of Belleville West, .309 and 12 RBIs, and Terry Nunn of Lebanon, .296 and 12 RBIs. Saturday the Cats face the University of Missouri at St. Louis, there; Tuesday Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, there, and they finish up Saturday, May 19 with a home game against Parsons College. Smith said that some of the fans and even some of the players were disheartened at recent losses, but they shouldn't be — "We're doing fine," he said. "We started the season ready to play and caught some of our opponents unprepared," he observed of the team's 9-1 start. The Cats still are playing good college ball and a trough schedule, he said. Finishing above .500 will be a considerable accomplishment. weapon. Frazier does very little driving against Big Wilt, contenting himself with trying for high arching shots that Chamberlain can't block for fear of a goaltending. call. Los Angeles, seeking to reverse the losing trend, must depend on the presence of West to engineer enthusiasm, just as Boston did with injured John Havlicek. The Celtics forced the Knicks into seven games before bowing to New York. "I've never missed a playoff game," said West, who pulled a hamstring in his left leg during the second game of the current series. "There's pain in both legs now, but I can't let it stop me." Streaks Lose, Take Second On Weekend The Galesburg High School tennis team lost only their second dual meet of the season at Pekin Friday and placed second in the Rock Island Invitational Saturday. The Silver Streaks dropped a 5-4 decision to Pekin Friday. However, Galesburg's No. 1 singles player, Dave Parker, was ill and did not compete in the meet. Mark Parker and Dave Halpern captured the Streaks' only singles Victories against Pekin. Parker won 7-5 and 6-3, and Halpern won 6-4, 6-1. Mark Brown, Tim Stellar, Tom Sandberg and Andy Tolle were all defeated in singles action. Mark Parker and Mike Foster teamed up to win 6-0, 6-4 in doubles play. Halpern and Brown also won 6-2, 6-2, but Stellar and Sandberg lost. Dave Parker returned to action in the Rock Island Invitational and took first in No. 1 singles, while Mark Parker was the winner in No. 2 singles. Halpern, Stellar and Tolle were each second in their respective divisions, and Sandberg was third in his. In doubles competition, Mark Parker and Halpern were second in their divisions, and Stellar and Sandberg were third. The Streaks finished second in the invitational as host Rock Island took first place. The netmen face a busy week as they host Sterling this afternoon at Lakelawn and then travel to East Moline Thursday and to Moline Saturday for a district meet. Major League Eox Scores Boston ab r hbl Harper 3 O Evans 1 0 Aparicio 4 0 Ystr'ski Smith Miller Cepeda Fisk Ogilvie Griffin Ken'dy Curtis Chicago ibrhbi Jeter 4 O Br'nk'n O 0 May 4 D. Allen 2 Melton 3 Hen'r'n 4 Andre's 4 Herr'nn 2 Morales 1 Alva'do 3 H. Allen 1 Orta 2 Reich't 1 Bahns'n 0 Total 32 4 8 31 Total 3115 1 Score by innings Boston 000 020 101—4 Chicago _.O0O 001 000—1 E—Bahnsen. DP—Boston 1, Chicago 1. LOB—Boston 8. Chicago 7. 2B—Jeter, D. Allen, Cepeda. 3B— J. Kennedy, Griffin. S—Griffin. SF —Aparicio. Ip h r or bb so Curtis (W 1-2) ... 9 5 114 3 Bahnsen (L4-2) 9 8 4 3 5 7 T—2:25. A—6,489. Oakland Mangual 4 Johnst'e 1 Green 2 Maxvill 1 McKin'y O ab r h bl 0 0 0 0 0 0 Rudi Jackson Johns'n Bando Tenace Fosse Kubiak Fingers Lindb'd Pina Knowl's 0 O O O 1 O 2 0 0 2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Bumbry 3 1 Blair 2 0 Cog'ins 5 1 Grich 2 1 Powell 3 0 IWil'ams 4 0 Baylor 3 1 Rob'ns'n 3 1 OlCrowley 4 0 HBelang'r 2 2 OlAlex'd'r 0 0 0 Chicago San DUgo abrhbll abrhbi 4 0 0 OlHern'ez 4 0 10 1 0,'Grubb 2 0 0 0 Hiser Beckert 4 0 Wil'iams 3 0 Pepit'ne 3 0 Card'nal 3 1 Fanzone 3 0 0 OILee 4 0 10 0 0 Colbert 3 2 2 0 1 l|Gaston 4 110 0 OIKendall 4 ,1 2 2 Hundley 3 0 0 0 Ca'pbell 4 0 2 2 Kes'nger 3 0 0 0 Hilton 3 0 0 0 Reuschel 2 0 0 0 Greif 4 0 0 0 Burris 0 0 0 0 Garrett 10 0 0 Totals 29 1 2 1 Total 32 4 9 4 Score by innings: Chicago 000 000 010—1 San Diego . .. ..010 102 OOx—4 E—Reuschel. DP—Chicago' 1. LOB —Chicago 1, San Diego 8. 2B—Gaston, Campbell. Kendall. HR—Cardenal (3). SB—Colbert 2. ip h t, »r bb so Reuschel (L2-2) . 6','a 9 4 4 3 10 Burris 1% 0 0 0 1 4 Greif (W 2-2) 9 2 110 5 WP—Burris. Baltimore ab r hbi 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 2 0 Total 31 8 7 6 Heed A Car! 1 Block East of Knox College Corner South & Prairie SEE 342-8418 OPEN DAILY 9 AM-6 PM ED SOLOMON Total 32 2 5 2 Score by innings: Oakland 000 001 001—2 Baltimore 132 001 lOx—8 E—Robinson 2, Powell, Kubiak, Fingers, Fosse. DP—Baltimore 2. LOB—Oakland 6, Baltimore 7. ip h r ar bb so Fingers (L 0-2) .. 1% 3 4 4 2 0 Lindblad 41 /3 4 2 2 2 3 Pina 1 0 1110 Knowles _ .1 0 0 0 1 0 Alexander (W 3-0) 9 5 2 2 3 1 Bicycle Marathon NEW YORK (UPI) - Al Toefield, manager of the U.S. Olympic Bicycle team, is coordinator of the second annual Pepsi - Cola Bicycle Marathon, May 25-26 in Central Park. There is no entry fee to compete. Houston Wynn Metzger Cedeno Watson May Rader Ed'ards Helms Roberts ab r hbil 2 0 2|Hunt 1 IFoli 1 Woods 0 Breeden 3 0 0 Mashore 4 0 Sing'ton 1 0 Boc'ella 4 0 > Bailey 4 0 McAn'ly 3 0 Hu'ph'y 1 0 Total 36 610 6 Montreal ab r h bi 4 0 10 50 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 Total 31" 0 6 0 Score by innings: Houston 030 000 012—6 Montreal 000 000 000—0 E—Foil, Mashore. DP—Houston 2. LOB—Houston 6. Montreal 11. 2B—Watson. Hunt, .Bailey. 3B— Wynn. HR—Cedeno (5). S.Roberts 2. SF—Wynn. ip h r «r bb so Roberts (W 3-1) - 9 6 0 0 7 2 McAnally (L 2-1) 9 10 6 4 0 4 McAnally (L2-1) .0 10 6, 4; 0 4 Boivling Scores TOWN It COUNTRY LEAGUE High team series, Osco's, 2819; High team game, Osco's 1007/ High individual series, Ruth Ann Herman-, 528: High individual game, Ruth Ann Herman, 204. LADIES ONE TO THREE LEAGUE High team series. Curly Q's, 2204; High team game, Q. T. Pies'.'783. High individual series, Shirley Little, 496; High individual game. Shirley LitUe, 289. 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