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The Columbia Record from Columbia, South Carolina • 49

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Section (Hie CTolumbia Serord Wednesday -April 18 1973 SPORTS NEWS To Top Warriors Lakers Devise New' Strategy Warriors Wilted 1 ball Association playoff game last night in LA Lakers won the first game over the Warriors 101-99 (AP Wirephoto) Golden Nate Thurmond (42) watches helplessly as Los Wilt Chamberlain attacks basket from behind to score two points in National Basket But Clemson's Bid Falls Short Setting Was Right For A Birthday For A Cathedral There are few places left in this country that a person can walk into and still feel a bit awed and speechless by being there Perhaps the reason for that in part is due to the supposedly sophisticated society we live in where things like heart transplants and trips to the moon inspire nothing more than yawns What thrilled generations may bring only laughter from population Whether the modern attitude is altogether good is debatable Still there are some places that have withstood the test of time and continue to spawn an old-fashioned feeling of wonder to any on-looker who might happen by One such place believe it or not is a baseball park not a baseball park with fancy things like an exploding scoreboard or little cartoons It was built with baseball in mind and although many other dramatic sports events have unfolded there most of its legendary moments occurred during the baseball season That park first opened its doors 50 years ago today April 18 1923 and since that time it has become the cathedral of baseball Yankee Stadium just the sound of those two words together conjurs up visions of powerful bats masterful pitching performances and brilliant outfield catches The Mightiest Of All For over four decades Yankee Stadium was the Mount Olympus of baseball for every schoolboy That was where the mightiest team of all the New York Yankees played and won and won and won That was where the Lou Gehrigs the Babe Ruths and the Joe DiMaggios had made it as national heroes And that was where it seemed just about every World Se-rics was played They celebrated that 50th birthday last Sunday in New York as 37000 fans came out to join in the festivities It a mammoth crowd when one considers that 74000 were on hand for the first game 50 seasons ago But at least there were some people who evidently still remembered the glory ana drama of summers past It was at Yankee Stadium where Babe Ruth slammed his 60th home run of the 1927 season off Tom Zachary And it7 was there 34 vears later Roger Maris connected on a fast ball from Tracy Stallard for homer No 61 Back in 1939 Lou Gehrig said his tearful farewell to baseball in the Stadium while proclaiming to be the man on the face of the And it was there in 1948 the Babe his insides being eaten away by cancer spoke a similar farewell in a low hoarse whisper of a voice And it was there in the summer of Joe DiMaggio etched his name in the record book for all time as he went on a probably never-to-be-matched 56-game hitting streak Appointment With Destiny Charlie Keller Tony Lazzeri Phil Rizzuto Bill Dickey Vic Raschi Allie Reynolds Johnny Mize Mickey Mantle Whitey Ford Bobby Richardson Bill Skowron and dozens of others all earned their places in the sun while wearing those Yankee pinstripes at the Stadium in the Bronx And it was there on an October afternoon in 1956 pitcher Don Larsen had an appointment with destiny in a classic mound duel with Sal Maglie The Dodger hurler pitched brilliantly allowing only five hits and just two runs one a home run by Mantle But Larsen pitched even better as he recorded the only perfect game in World Series the final heroics for the home club and the 17505 fans at the Forum Jim Barnett attempted to throw in from out of bounds with only a couple of seconds left and Bridges leaped for an interception had them on the ropes -and let them the disgruntled Attles said going to make some adjustments on Lakers Tired Erickson who like West -and Gail Goodrich scored 17 points commented only thing that counts is the final result but we really were tired I think we played well Golden State came in very confident and they set a very quick pace for us I care how we win as long as we Sharman added think the fact that a veteran team helps us late in the -games because we have a lot (See NY-BOSTON 2-D Col 1) ACC Title Finally Goes To Tigers By CHARLES PASCHAL Record Sports Writer When Craig White says he feels great after latest antics on the baseball diamond it carries more weight than a normal glow A power hitting outfielder White has just emerged from a long personal drama one that kept him out of college-last year and caused a major upheaval in his life beea waiting a long time for said White la reference to Clemson winning the regular season ACC base- -ball title with a doubleheader sweep against Duke yesteday must be four years been waiting for he continued was out last year most of it was personal been trying to find myself I like my major I was in a fraternity I like and I thought everything was against White became a Christian during that period reentered school changed his major and started attacking baseballs with a changed attitude He has six homers this year and upped his batting average from 271 to 340 on a long road trip His clutch hitting of a triple double and single in the opener drove in four runs to spark the first win He was 1-2 and scored a run in the nightcap was on the team for both Maryland playoff losses 't 1970-71) and we almost blew it again White said were leading 4-1 (See WHITE 4-D Col 4) By CHARLES PASCHAL Record Sports Writer The scene was set: Pee Wee Greenfield was there wearing his usual dry humor nervous Bill McClure pacing the infield always-present starter Bully Farr chattering incessently and the South Carolina Gamecocks ripe to be beaten It come off WERE McClure said was afraid of this meet The kids were down some because of the excitement at beating Florida State I just know how we would perform after all that South Carolina -put on a sweep in the sprints and the Gamecocks had survived what had been a perfect scene for a loss beating Clemson 8945 And even McClure after his team upset Florida State and LOS ANGELES (AP) Is not our game plan to win in the last 30 declared Coach Bill Sharman of the defending National Basketball Association champion Los Angeles Lakers who have done it twice in a row added 'Sharman quickly take all of There were eight seconds left on Tuesday night when Jerry West pumped in a 15-foot shot from the baseline to shove the Lakers to a 101-09 victory over the Golden State Warriors and a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven series for Western honors On Sunday with 28 seconds left the Lakers scored to go ahead of Chicago and win uie opening series finale 95-92 Nine-Point Lead Warrior Jeff Mullins who Upset the 13-year veteran coach for-sees something different in the future for uie Tigers just completed a new nine-lane all-weather Greenfield said although not everything we want a big start has got to be a big help in recruiting We have been running in the dark (See NEW 2-D Col 1) I 1 i Vk ''-V HT v--A m- 1 Vw s' 1 Its CISC's Tom Chapman BELIEVE that a lot of those fellows are going to revert back to the East division because everything is going up so much The purses risen enough to offset it and I think this will cause some of those fellows to drop back into our The Columbia race will be a 200-lapper with the winner taking home $1200 out of the (20000 purse The 24 fastest cars wul start Time trials TV Radio Sports Haaa nioht scored a dozen points in the final period and at one time marshalled a nine-point lead commented: a better team than they are but late in a game they have two things going for Wilt Chamberlain goes alter every ball and West is just a helluva clutch performer the game should not have been that Coaih A1 Attles of the Warriors agreed with that last statement and said gave it away upsetting I can understand not getting a shot off with the 24-second clock running out but I understand an across-the-court pass that goes out of He referred to a Rick Barry pass with 28 seconds to go and that wound up a rugged eveuiig for the scoring star of the Warriors who was in foul i rouble with five and played only 29 minutes with 17 points With 7:05 remaining in the gate the Warriors led 91-82 and frem then on were out-scored 19-8 as West Keith Er-ickon and Jim McMillian led the charge McMillan Has 37 McMillian the third-year pro forward from Columbia scored 37 points overall and hit two key baskets after Los Angeles trailed 99-95 at the Iwo-miuute mark The first was a 20-foot jumper and the second a 15-foot shot over Joe Ellis Then Chamberlain In another key play blocked a shot by 6-10 Nate Thurmond and after that Barry tossed the long pass out of bounds Bill Bridges came up with rAr A A -SAv i A vV A A i 4 -v -h v1 A a 4 wMt s- vs -v -y: A fmf i 1 -s'' acnl Stiff Mala By Dana Giknara Shows Winning Form begin at 7 pm with ran time 8:30 Already Bobby Allison Neil Castles Buck Baker and Elmo Langley in addition to Lund are planning to be on hand The entry list at this moment is slim because NASCAR was tardy gelting out entry blanks putting them in the mail only last Friday LIKE the Columbia Lund said I've probably won as many races there as anyone else I guess I've got a lot of fans there and I enjoy running on that Despite having a campground restaurant fish McClure said the kids were so upset by losing to Baptist College they wanted to make up for it COULD happen again against Tennessee and Alabama If those two rivals go at it against each other we just might slip in But on paper there's just no way seen funnier things happen in track For instance this meet Two strong rivals going at it if there had been a third team it might have slipped in a couple of times and On paper it went as McClure expected much he said in response to the question kids were not up in some events but when this close to be expected MEET was just as important as the Florida State victory because Clemson is one of our traditional rivals I have a lot of respect for Greenfield yet we want to beat him everytime we Greenfield feels the Tiger program is swinging upward and has been aided by the addition of several football players coming out following spring practice blow if have enough time to help for the Atlantic Coast Conference meet or the Clemson coach said less than two weeks away they had enough work they would help us I expect them since we had a new football coach (Red Parker) but happy to have them all freshman so maybe by the time they get to be juniors get to use them the whole CLEMSON IS just coming of the dark ana Auburn is wondering if light-ening could strike again in an upcoming meet with Tennessee and Alabama really had no business winning the meet with Florida Youth Baseball Back In Action Dixie Youth baseball for the City of Columbia Leagues gets anderway this Saturday Several other area leagues including Cayce West Columbia Dentsville and Trenholm Park began their schedules last week league features 54 Dixie Youth teams and 14 Pony League teams Most of the clubs will begin regular-season play Monday but East Columbia American and National with five teams in each league get started Saturday given up an extra base hit in the stint spanning over three games Accoringiy his ERA has dropped to 211 while his won-lost mark stands at 4-2 year I use to go with my curve ball most of the time but aow added a slider and It's been really 'effective for eoted Ward threw the slider most of the time tonight but (See WARD 4-D Col 1) Lund Cites Gamecocks Ward Partial To Hitting And It was In Yankee Stadium where two other tremendous pitching battles took place to open the 1949 World Scries The Reynolds and the Don Newcombe battled it out in the first game won 1-0 by New York when Tommie Henrich belted a home run In the bottom of the ninth The following day Brooklyn took a 1-0 game when Preacher Roe bested Raschi Yankee Stadium was also the scene of only World Series triumph in 1955 Johnny Podres tamed New York 2-0 in the seventh game of the autumn classic There were moments from other sports Joe Louis avenging an earlier defeat at the hands of Max Schmeling Baltimore's sudden-death victory over the Giants in the NFL title game but the legend of Yankee Stadium was spawned mainly from its many dramatic moments of baseball Next summer the Yankees will use Shea Stadium while Yankee Stadium undergoes a face-lifting Hopefully the workers will take great care to preserve the still-present aura that began there 50 years ago today Rising Costs Shorter Tracks Luring Drivers By JULIAN GIBBONS Record Sports Writer Greg Ward didn't want to talk about his pitching performance yesterday No the South Carolina hurt er wasn't shelled by the opposition He pitched a masterful two-hit shutout against Old Dominion as the Gamecocks routed the Monarchs 94 at the Rex Enright Athletic Field But what the sophomore rtghtander also did was lash a single to eeuterfleM which drove in two runs The mound effort seemed secondary to Ward who has now matched his base hit total for last season-two was hoping Coach (Bobby) Richardson would ask me to stay around to pinch hit twt he gave me the night off" joked Ward as he watched from the stands as the Gamecocks rallied to top Old Dominion 5-4 in the second game of the day-night double-header not doing anything different at the plate I Just try to hit the ball where it's Iiitched The guys kid me a ot about my hitting and I just usually go along with There has been nothing humorous about Ward's mound work however The vagabond lived in Hawaii North Carolina Texas and now Colorado) hurler hasn't allowed a run earned or unearned in his last 18 Innings He also Sooners Forfeit Games they should and some of the guys may revert back to the short track division not as On the short track division (the East Division) the Grand National automobiles and former Grand American cars run together A number of East Division competitors also run in the Grand National Division the East Division you don't have to have a half-million dollar operation to be Lund pointed out lot of the guys on the bigger circuit could be competitive there if they had the sponsors By CHARLES PASCHAL Record Sports Writer 'Right now the Grand National East Division in NASCAR is struggling It may not struggle much longer predicts Tiny Lund an entry In a 100-mile race at Columbia Speedway this coming Friday night just keep going up and said Lund who will be behind the wheel of a 1972 Chevelie on the Grand National circuit on the bigger tracks is getting more expensive SEEMS like the purses gone up as much as camp a trailer park gas station par-gas an ABC store and motel units near Cross Lund insists he races full time had a little tough luck at Darlington losing two engines and not making the Lund said I'm in racing fulltime Actually my businesses and racing are both fulltime undecided about this year as yet but thinking of running all the East Division East races and making a few of the Grand Nationals (See LUND 3-D Col 1) NORMAN Okla (AP) -The University of Oklahoma Renners Uie nation's No 3-naked football team last year will forfeit nine of Its victories Including Its Sugar Bowl triumph over Penn State becauao of recruiting Irregularities A this tie Director Wade Walker told a news conference the school would forfeit every game In which freshman Kerry Jackson id Houston Tex the top quarterback this spring played That will mean Oklahoma will retain victories over only Kansas State Iowa State and Nebraska la addition Walker said the resignation of offensive line coach Bill Michael had been asked for and received I A AAA A a A a A.

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