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Tuesday, July 24, 1973
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All-Star Contest Could Turn Into Home Run Derby KANSAS <m CUPD - Hie ftitfdn'A lifts Will b# looking for thi "rt«w fiibe Kuth" -Hank Aaftm-but fat two men en- tfUst^d to get the 44th All-Strir game Under way tonight are Catfish Hunter and Rick Wise, who could wind up seeing each other again in the World Series. Set Against a backdrop of a 12-story scoreboard and a water spectacular that stretches 322 feet from tip to tip, baseball's annual showcase game begins at 8:30 p.m. (EDT) in beautiful new Royals Stadium which is patt of the $70 million Marry S Truman Sports Complex. Aaron, who clouted his 700th home 1 run Saturday night and is only 15 a*iy km breaking the mighty Bate's record, will be the center of attention when he tries to jack one out against Hunter, who has yielded p homers this season, the most by any pitcher on either All* Star team. encircled by newsmen at Monday's workout, Aaron took the opportunity to express his disappointment over the fact that Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn didn't wire his congratulations following No. 700. Kuhn, when he heard of the slight, said, 'Tin certainly sorry that Hank Aaron was disappointed, and I am sure he knows I am one of his biggest rooters, I want to lead the baseball celebration when he hits Nos. 714 end 715." ' Hunter of the Oakland Athtet* ics and Wise of the St. Louis Cardinals, a pair el righthand­ ers making their first All»Stir starts, have led their teams into division leads after early reversals. Hunter; 1W, has won 16 straight, while Wise, ll-S, has been a part of the Cardinals' stunning comeback from a 6-20 start. Also on hand is Willie Mays, who will be playing on his 24th All-Star team. Mays, probably making his last appearance in the mid-summer classic, took offense when it was suggested IfcgtstCT-Mafl SPORTS •••• ••a" Caiesburg, III., Tueada: July 24, 1173 Page Mays, playing out hit career where It began in Hew York, is hitting a meager .214. A sellout crowd of tfJit and that he was added to the roster out of sentiment.. "First of all," said Mays, "I don't need no charity, And If it didn't come, it really wouldn't bother me. But it would hurt baseball. There are a lot of guys hitting better than me and there are a lot of 'em who aren't here." a national television will be hoping to ate Wondrous Willie take one more swipe. Perhaps the moat significant development in (he lineups announced Monday til that Kansas City's Amoi Otis will be patrolling centerfleld in place of New York's Bobby Murcer for the Amertean Leaguers, Murcer will be in left. Otis said he expected to be. playing left since Murcer drew more votes in the fans' poll. "I know I'd feel the same way if it was the other way around/' said Otis. Chuck Tanner, Chicago pilot, ran the American League workout in the absence of Oakland's Dick Williams, who did not arrive until Monday night Williams underwent an emergency appendectomy last Thursday, but will manage the :American Leaguers. The game could develop into a rash of home runs -including some into the water spectacular, which stretehee behind the fence from centerfleld to the right field bullpen and cost 1780,000. Excluding pitchers, the National League All-Stars have hit 278 homers this season while the American Leaguers have hit 204. . Tonight's game will be the 40th anniversary of the AU4tar idea. Nineteen players who participated in the im event will attend the game as guelits. The starting pitchers in % Winner Lefty Come* of New York and loser Bill Hallahan of St. Louis, will simultaneously . toss out first bails along with Kansas City Royals' owner fewing Kauffman. It was fitting that Ruth pounded a two-run homer in that first gathering of baseball's best, on this AMtar ' anniversary most of the fans will be concentrating on the man chsfsihg history. New York Giants Having Bad Luck United Press International 'Things just keep getting worse and worse for the New Yxrtk Giants, .^wo players—defensive end Larry Jacobson and wide receiver Tom Gatewood—were injured even before training camp opened. On Saturday, Bob Tucker, the No. 2 receiver in the National Football Conference last season and one of the premier tight ends in the NFL, suffered a broken hand. And more bad news came Monday when George Hase- nbbjcl, a promising rookie defensive tackle from Ohio Stete, walked out of camp. Hasenohrl, an outstanding player in college under Woody Hayes, said he never really wanted to play pro ball but was talked into it. He reported to camp at 275 pounds, about 20 pounds overweight, was unable to complete the compulsory two-mile run and had difficulty with early practice sessions. But he received high praise from the Giant coaching staff on Saturday for his work in a rugged drill and his departure shocked Giant Coach Alex Webster. Tucker, meanwhile, went through practice playing one handed Monday and caught three passes. "The doctors say it's going to be five weeks in a cast," Tucker said. "I'm hoping it's quicker than that. I can do everything but contact work Oscar Bonavena In KO Victory . CAS VEGAS, Nev. (UPI) Former heavyweight contender Oscar Bonavena of Argentina knocked out Leroy^ Caldwell of Milwaukee at one minute of the second round of a scheduled 10 rounder Monday. Bonavena, weighing 211, making "his first ring appearance since losing to former world champion Floyd Patterson more than two years ago, took Caldwell out with a flurry of blows to the head and body. Caldwell, 198 pounds, circled the ring at a furious pace in the fff'sf round > but finally went down from a roundhouse left to themidsection shortly before the* ball. He barely made it to his feet at the count of nine. Bonavena was stung by a s;i>rise right to the face early in the second round, but soon crowded his opponent into a neutral corner and put him away. Caldwell was counted out flat on his face. Bonaveha's record is now 47 wins, eight losses and one draw. The knockout over Caldwell was his 36th. In another 10-round bout, John "Bo-Jack" Manghum, 161, Detroit, scored his 16th victory without defeat* with a split decision over Shelton Marshall, 159, Los Angeles. Two judges had Manghum a winner by 47-46. The other judge had Marshall ahead at the finish 48-45. Dolphins To Face College All-Stars CHICAGO (UPI) - The Cpjjege , All Stars, though certain to be underdogs, shouldn't be pushovers for the National Football League champion Miami Dolphins Friday night. Jhe pro team, which won the NFL crown last year with a perfect 17-0 record, won't have any edge in size on the collegians, and probably won't have an advantage in speed or stamina either. Southern California's John McKay, coach of the All Stars, has more beef for his line than any previous All Star team with his nine defensive linemen and nine offensive linemen averaging 254 pounds. Since only five interior linemen can be on offense and four on defense at any time, he should have adequate reserves too. And since Miami doesn't rate as a big team, the Dolphins should have no edge when it comes to the scrapping up front, unless experience can make the difference. right now. It's pretty painful and I feel terrible about the whole thing. I don't even know how it happened. But I'll be ready for the regular season and that's what's important." The only tight end remaining on the Giants' roster is veteran Gary Ballman, a $100 waiver pickup from the Philadelphia Eagles. Rod Freeman, a high draft choice out of Vanderbilt being tried at tight end, left camp last week to try out for the National Basketball Association Philadelphia 76ers. Freeman did not play college football. Elsewhere around the camps, Joe Namath went through his first workout session with the New York Jets and said he hoped to establish "more consistency" in the offense this year. "We have to cut down our errors offensively," Namath said, "and play good mental football. This would help both our offense and defense." Linebacker John Babinecz, a second-year player from Villanova, will be lost 'to the Dallas Cowboys for about three weeks with a broken hand and guard Ed Budde, a 10-year veteran with Kansas City, walked out of the Chiefs' camp, apparently over a contract dispute. Chiefs Coach Hank Stram said Budde and defensive tackle Ernie Calloway, obtained from Philadelphia in the off­ season, would be fined each day they stay out of camp. Baltimore continued to deal off its veterans, sending corner- back Charlie Stukes to the Minnesota Vikings for a high draft choice, and the Pittsburgh Steelers came out of a scrimmage Saturday with three injured players—wide receiver Ron Shanklin (shoulder), safety Glen Edwards (groin) and offensive tackle Gerry Mullins (back). All are expected ito return in a few days. Veteran John Henderson informed the Vikings he is retiring, leaving the club with only two experienced wide receivers, and a San Diego spokesman said rookie quarterback Dan Fouts of Oregon, who suffered a broken collarbone in the Coaches All America game last month, would need three more weeks before he can begin to work out with the Chargers. Veteran running back Ken Willard, who had asked to be traded, reported to the San Francisco Forty Niners' training camp. All-Star pitchers Rick Wise, left, of St Louis and Jim Hunter of Oakland meet during a workout of the National and American League teams at Kansas City Monday. The Cards' Wise, 11-5, will be working after six Opposing Pitchers days rest, and Hunter, 15-3, pitched last Saturday and will have four days rest for the game in the Royals' Stadium tonight. UNIFA& Belleville 9 s Jim Connors Wins U.S. Tennis Crown By VITO STELLINO UPI Sports Writer KANSAS CITY (UPI) - In ordinary circumstances, you would call Jim "Catfish" Hunter the hottest pitcher in the major leagues right now. He's compiled a 15-3 record so fir this season, has won 10 straight and is the American League's starting pitcher in tonight's All-Star game. But these aren't ordinary circumstances. There are few things quite as exciting in baseball as a young fastballer with great raw talent and potential who is just beginning to find out how good he might eventually be. And that's, what Nolan Ryan is and that's why he's overshadowing the starting pitcher. Even Hunter realizes this. "I hope they bring in Ryan after me because I throw so slow compared to him," Hunter smiled Monday. Of course, Hunter has a good fast ball. But you can argUe that most pitchers seem to be a bit slow when compared to Ryan. Sparky Anderson, the Nation al League manager, calls Ryan "the hardest throwing pitcher in the game today." ' He adds, "He's not the best pitcher but the hardest thrower." And that's part of Ryan's charm. He hasn't made it yet. He's still trying to find himself and his record is only 11-12. But, like the little girl with the curl, when he's good, he's very; very good. Even Ryan admits, "I've had very good stuff in my last two outings;" But that's probably an understatement. On Sunday, July 15, he pitched his second no-hitter of the year. Last Thursday, he came within six outs of his third no-hitter and gave up only one hit in nine innings, but eventually tired and Was beaten in 11 innings. The excitement Ryan has created was the major reason KANSAS CITY (UPI) - The starting lineups for tonight's 44th annual All-Star baseball game: National League team pos. ba Pete Rose Cin If .324 Joe Morgan Cin 2b .295 Cesar Cedeno Hotis cf .318 Hank Aaron Atl lb .255 Billy Williams Chi rf .279 Johnny Bench Cin c .248 Ron Santo _ Chi 3b .299 Chris Speier ' _ SF ss .268 Rick Wise StL p 11-5 American League Bert Camp'eris Oak ss .279 Rod Carew Minn 2b .350 John Mayberry KC lb .297 Reggie Jackson Oak rf .292 Amos Otis KC cf .291 Bobby Murcer NY If .306 Carlton Flsk Bos c .275 Brooks Robinson Bait 3b .228 Jim Hunter Oak p 15-3 why he was added to the American League squad after he had been originally left off. And he's the player the fans want to see in relief tonight. Ryan will be in the American League bullpen tonight and he'll be throwing. "I want to loosen up my arm because if I don't pitch here, I'll be throwing Thursday night," Ryan said. But even though Williams hasn't announced his pitching^ plans except to say that Hunter is starting, it will be an electric moment if Ryan comes in. BROOKLINE, Mass. (UPI) The championship tennis match could have gone either way until unseeded Jimmy Connors broke the service of veteran Arthur Ashe in the second game of the fifth set. Until then, it was a 2-2 match and no one knew who would win the $12,000 top prize in the U.S. Professional- Tennis Championship atLongwood Cricket Club here. But after the service break, Connor, 20, of Belleville, El,, took over and trounced Ashe, 30, of Miami, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in a grueling three - hour and 10 - minute match. "Ashe ran up to the net and !hit back one of my mis-hits," said young Connors, who had never played the experienced Ashe. "It was really lucky for me. He hit it out, that broke his service, and if anything that was the turning point." A Gallant Fight The methodical and smooth Ashe fought gallantly, rallying from a 2-1 set deficit to take the fourth set 6-3. But the ener­ getic Connors took command in the last set and won it handily. "I couldn't hold up under the pressure," the second - seeded Ashe said. Connors, who turned pro in January said, "I just stayed in there. I was fresh all the way through and I just tried to sit down and relax between games. I went out there prepared to play five sets. I started putting too much pressure on myself in the fourth set. I had to pace myself batter tonight than other nights. 6 All - Star Game Belongs to Willie Mays' By MILTON RICHMAN j Bell's does now, but that was so .. UPI Sports Editor long ago and far away. KANSAS CITY (UPI) - They Of course, it has run through njajte the perfect study in Willie Mays' mind that to- opposite extremes. night's All-Star game is the last ;Egr Buddy Bell, this is his one in which he'll suit up as an active player and be one of the boys, so to speak. The thought has crossed his mind but he doesn't let it loiter there. He pushes it out. "This one is your 24th and ties you with Stan Musial, is first All-Star game. Hjf is so excited, he hairdly knows what city he's in. "This is the biggest thing that eveir happened to me," bubbles tha blond, 21-year-old Cleveland third baseman and son of ... „ n „ UT doesn't it?" someone said to former big leaguer Gus Bell I njm jn ^ Natiomd u don'i know how to act, what to |clubhlOUse say, or what to do so I brought) , (Does ur mm ied my brother along with me t°; e yes widening have, someone to talk to There; , IDo ^ u>s lagt •he is right over there. He s 13. one? „ wa3 ^ ^ question For Willie Mays, it's entirely "j d(m > t liJ(€ to say tnat „ d]fjejrent. isaid Mays. "Maybe yes, maybe 3Iffs 42, this is his 24th All-no. If it's the last time, well, Staj^game amd most likely his,you simply have to accept it. las*«as an active player. There^That's the way life is." Wftft- a time his boyish j Mays barely made it inside enthusiasm spilled over in even the door this time, greater volume than Buddy | He didn't get the fans' vote, or the vote of Sparky Anderson, who is handling the National Leaguers, and that's easy enough to understand if you're going strictly by the .214 batting average, 16 RBIs and four homers he's managed in 44 games for the Mets so far. Someone up there must like i Willie Mays. That's easy I felt his league and ours should add a 29th player, I mentioned Willie." Cronin didn't say who the A.L.'s 29th player would be but it turned out to be Nolan (double no-hit) Ryan, and that's how he and Willie became supernumeraries. "I love All-Star games," enough to understand, too. That Mays says. "It's always someone got on the phone i not pleasure for me ^ come> Just ong ago and said, hey what s bei here means a whole u to this-no Willies Mays this time?; me _ It>s infant ^ a ]ot 0 f Never mind he s 42, and that ballp i ayers me wne ther he's only hanguig on now/ tney say so „. mt ... Wasn't Stan Musial named m , . , . ., . , . , . under similar circumstances. I. The Point « that being here is And how about Mickey Mantle? j!^ ta ? to1 ™ l * Mays and !hsd hs been left out of this one Whoever that someone is, it would have cut him deeply, nobody is saying. More than he'll admit. He feels "People had. called and, tnis could be his last and so suggested Willie should play,"| do most of the other National offers Chub Feeney, the Nation-!Leaguers, al League president. "I thought | "He has to be part of this," he might want the three days says Bobby Bonds, the outfield- Willie Mays" when he first reported to the San Francisco Giants. "How could anybody say he's 'intruding* here?" said Bonds when one newsman broached the subject. "Didn't Musial or any of those others 'intrude?' I don't think 60. I'd like to see V/illie play another 20 years. It's gonna bother me when he retires. The day he does I'm gonna be theee if I possibly can and I hope the Giants have aj representative there to show their appreciation." There is no question about the impact Willie Mays still has, on his fellow National Leaguers as well as the fans. "I'm glad he came," says Montreal's Gene Mauch, one of the N.L. coaches. "I've always felt the All-Star game belonged to him. It's his personal property. I remember managing the All-Star team in 1965 Everybody wanted to know whatt in hell I was doing hitting him first when Maury Wills, one of the best leadoff men in the game, was also on the team. My idea was that if I led off with Willie, he'd get to bat five times in the game. Well, I remember him hitting a home run off Milt Pappaa. We won the game—by one run. Maury Wills came over to me after Willie hit that homer and said, 'Nobody in the world gets up for these games like Willie Mays does, do they?' " Nobody in the world. Not even Buddy Bell, who's really up for this one. off but when Joe Cronin said hejer they said would be "the nextjand I led off with him. WARM TOMORROW Time to Iusulate WHITE'S PHONE &4241K CALL ON THE GOOD-NATURED WHISKEY IT MIXES WELL We take the time to gentle the tasfe, to make our whiskey a sip smoother than the rest. That's why Imperial is so popular. Its rich taste comes on light and goe^s down easy. In any drink. 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