Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on August 1, 1973 · Page 33
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Wednesday, August 1, 1973
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Los Angeles Falls 3-2 By VITO STELLtNO UPI Sports Writer They're still the darty Dodgers. The young, ambitious Dodgers boast the best record in baseball but at times they still bring back memories of their colorful past in Brooklyn With Uncle Wilbert Robinson, Babe Herman and three - men * on- third. The Dodgers wound up with two men on third in a crucial situation Tuesday night. That's one over the legal limit and it cost the National League Western Division leaders a 3-2 Qalesfauig Krister-Mail 1**1 SPORTS GALESBURG, ILL., WED., AUG. 1, 1973 PAGE 33 loss to the Houston Astros. It started when the Dodgers were trailing, 3-1, in the eighth inning and Manny Mota came up with two on and one out after Bill Russell and rookie Dave Lopes singled. Mota singled to center and third base coach Tom LaSorda, respecting Cesar Cedeno's fine arm, decided to hold up Russell at third so the Dodgers would have the bases loaded with one out and Willie Davis up. But Lopes wasn't looking and he didn't see Russell stop at third. He rounded second and charged to third. Cedeno's throw to the plate was cut off by pitcher Dave Roberts, who - If jl| III ! NII„. ,.„ Player Association Fights To Reinstate Rams' Rentzel By VITO STELLINO UPI Sports Writer NEW YORK (UPI) - Ed Garvey, executive director of the NFL Players Association, said Tuesday that he hopes Lance Rentzel will be back in uniform for the Los Angeles Rams' Friday night exhibition game against the Dallas Cowboys. > Rentzel has been suspended indefinitely by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle but Garvey Field Crosses Wire The field crosses the finish wire at East Moline Downs during middle-of-the-week races. In the background is the track board which tells bettors the odds on each of the horses, which are listed by their numbers. The board also lists information such as total money bet on each horse and post time. East Moline Downs Draws Racing Addicts, Gamblers Football Season Into Full Swing Over Weekend By TOM MARVELLI (Staff Writer) "Do you mind stepping back so I can place a bet kid." The young reporter grabbed his notes and took two banana steps backwards. It was the $50- dollar betting window at East Moline Downs and "kid" didn't want any trouble. First of Two Stories "Let's see, that's $200 now. Place another $100 on No. 5." The booze on the gentleman's breath was heavy as he flipped out another C-note from a fist- sized roll. His well-tailored sport coat ahd slack's looked as if they belonged on a mannequin in the best men's shop window in Chicago's Loop. The young man behind the window diidn't bother to look up while he was placing the $300 in a drawer. "He's the same guy I've seen bet $1,200 on one race." The reporter's 6-cent cigar felt mighty cheap. "That's 1,200 clams on one stinking race that doesn't even last two minutes, on a horse that he probably never even saw before?" The bet taker responded with a "yes" and shook his head at the same time. The verbal response in answer to the question and the head movement as a gesture of disbelief. Lady Makes Bet A young lady who was with the reporter didn't bother to stay around and hear the end of the conversation. She was down at the $2-show window placing a bet in her belief that No. 5 would finish in the top three horses of a 7-horse race After ail, didn't some guy who seemed to know a lot more than she just bet $100 on him? Three and a half hours earlier another side to the money story at East Moline Downs was being told. A jockey lit up a cig- aret and blew cut a trail of smoke. "Jocks are the lowest paid people in sports with one of the most dangerous jobs. My dad was a jockey for 25 years and he was earning the same money I Was when I first started 16 years ago. Our last pay raise was three years ago. "We're getting I think 30 bucks on a $2,000 purse. And that's up from 20 bucks my dad got. We're only getting 20 bucks for riding a race with a $1,000when it comes I try to-have Pre*Race Parade A trainer walks his horse and jockey during the pre-race parade at East Moline Downs. The riding of the race is a small part of the job for the jockey and trainer who arrive at the track early each morning to clean stalls, exercise horses and rub out the kinks from the night before. purse." Jockeys' Room The smell of leather, oil and sweait hung over the locker room as .the physically small men went through the motions of preparing for the night's races. In one corner of the 65- foot square room, about ten jockeys and track personnel sat eating fried chicken on an old torn couch and kitchen-type chairs watching the end of Perry Mason show rerun. "Of course we get 10 per cent of* the winning share of the purse when we ride a winner bUthow many' winners can one jock ride a night?" It was hard to believe that while one man was sweating over $10 so he could feed his family a little better, another man was throwing $300 away on one race so he could have a good time. It was ail taking place in the same day within 100 yards of the other. If East Moline Downs looks like it's on its way down the road of financial success giving Midwesterners a taste of the good life, the impression is wrong. Currently the track is battling a foreclosure suit in Rock Island Circuit Court. Court Problems Involved in the suit over the $3 million structure are 29 contractors with $1.5 million in liens placed against the track. Whether the track will go into a receivership or be sold or something else is unknown at this lime and up to the courts to decide. However, East Moline Downs President William Dowsett is st.'Il pounding the pavement looking for a $2-million loan to appease the contractors. Thus far, he says he has a few hopeful prospects, but no solid deals. Track general manager Barclay Odell refused to comment on the operating costs of the track but did clarify the financial view of East Moline Downs. "The court case is involved with the money needed on loan payment of the contractors. "The track 'is operating in the black. The track is not going into debt on operation. "Sometimes things gets a little fuzzy from all that the public reads in the newspapers from reporters writing off of the t<p of their heads." Betting Goes On While East Moline Downs battles contractors in the courts, the track's clientele bets on, seemingly oblivious to the problems coinfronting the business The lights on top of the grand- si and turn on over the finish wire lighting the track up like the subject's chair in a photographer's studio. The last fidgety horse is set at the starting gate, the last bet is made and all attention turns to the post. The riders are more nervous than even the heaviest of the tetters back inside the viewing area. Some of the jockeys were introduced to the horse they are riding just ten minutes before. "I ride the race the way it comes. I avoid the trouble but somewhere to go. Dangerous Occupation It was a jockey again and his corcem is well founded. All it takes is for the jockey's new found racing companion to over- stride on a curve, trip and dump its rider underneath tons of thoroughbred hooves. The gates fly open and the horses are off. Over the speaker in the grandstand a man's voice drones the progress of the race while 4,000 people follow the number of their pick. The "girls jump up and down in the grandstands screaming for their horse and the boyfriends take advantage of the girls'minute of emotions for a free hug. If a guy is lucky, his girl friend's horse wins and he not only saves a little green, but probably can steal a kiss to go along with the hug, The older married people up in the dining room just sit around having a good time being calm and checking their pocketbooks. It looks dull but they're all excited on the inside. Being novices to racing and betting, most of the people come to the track for a good time. ' BY JOE CARNICELLI UPI Sports Writer After three weeks of heavy work under the hot sun, National Football League players finally get into live action this weekend. Following last weekend's two pre-season openers, 11 games are scheduled for this weekend. The New York Jets are at Houston, the Detroit Lions at Washington and the Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles to open a long weekend Friday night On Saturday, Cincinnati is at Miami, Baltimore at Pitts burgh, Buffalo plays Phila delphia at Jacksonville, Fla., the New York Giants are at San Diego, New Orleans at Kansas City and Chicago takes on Green Bay at Milwaukee Oakland is at New England Republicans Top Democrats 12-4 U.S. Rep. Robert H. Michel, R-IIil., led the Republican congressional baseball team to a 12-4 victory over crats Monday the game is Mrs. Bailey Wins "I just bet on the names of the horses that I like." Mrs. F. E. (Mary) Bailey, 1572 N. West St., giggled to herself. She ended the night $14 ahead while the rest of the males in her party lost. Mrs. Bailey like other people from the area surrounding the Quad Cities go to the racetrack for an evening of fun. However, since their knowledge of racing is so limited, most are not as lucky as the attractive Galesburg Alderman's wife. "A lot of people just follow the winningest jockeys and bet on them. I think the best idea is to follow the racing form and the track's picks." The number one jockey at East Moline Downs, Stewart Vail, laughed and added,' "My dad always said that good horses make good trainers and good jocks." As the races finish, the losers mumble and turn to the next race in the form while the winners run to the windows to cash in. A self-proclaimed racetrack betting veteran looked up over his bourbon and water. Between the slurred words he muttered, "You can always tell the rookies. They run to the windows the second the race is over to pick up their winnings like chickens to chicken feed. Us professionals drink up and then use our winnings to pay the tab at the end of the night." He looked down at his racing form and blurted out, "What the Hell?" The veteran then turned to the page clearly headed in block letters, "HOW TO READ THE DAILY RACING FORM." (Next: Life as a Jockey) the Demo- night prior to between the Bait! more" Orioles and the Detroit Tigers at .Baltimore. Michel pitched all but the last inning of the annual contest which produced the Republicans' 10th consecutive victory over the Democrats. The Peoria lawmaker gave up triples to Sen. Birch Bayih, D- Ind., and Rap. Andrew Young, D-Ga. Also on the Republican team was Rep. Thomas Railsback, R-Hl, who pinch hit and played third base. on Sunday while on Monday night, San Francisco is at Cleveland. In news from training camps Tuesday, defensive tackle Dno Croft will be lost to the Buffalo Bills for three months after undergoing knee surgery. Croft started the Bills' final 12 games Jast season. Pete Van Valkenburg, rookie running back who was a high draft choice for New Orleans, returned to the Saints after missing two weeks of practice with a pulled hamstring. Jerry DePoyster, the kicker claimed by Cleveland just las' week, told the Browns he retiring from football. DePoy­ ster lost his job with Oakland when the Raiders made Ray Guy of Southern Mississippi their No. 1 draft pick. Wide receiver Isaac Curtis, the Cincinnati Bengals' No. 1 draft pick, pulled a muscle in his first workout with the club. Curtis reported to the Bengals Monday after playing in the College All-Star game last week in Chicago. The New York Giants cut seven players, including fullback Eddie Richardson, a No. 9 draft choice in 1972 while running back Lee White, the No. 1 draft choice of the New York Jets several years ago, told the San Diego Chargers he is retiring from football. Pittsburgh wide receiver Stahle Vincent will undergo knee surgery today and the Denver Broncos lifted the suspension of starting guard Larron Jackson, who walked out of camp following a salary dispute. Jackson will rejoin the club today. said the NFLPA will file a suit in federal district court in Los Angeles on Wednesday or Thursday to challenge the suspension. Citing "some similarities" with the Jane Blaylock golfing case, Garvey said in his Washington office that the NFLPA will ask for an immediate injunction overturning Rozelle's suspension JO Rentzel can return to the Rams right now. Los Angeles is scheduled to play the Dallas Cowboys Friday night in the first exhibition game for both teams. In the Jane Blaylock case, he golfer was suspended last year by the Ladies Professional Golf Association for "unethical conduct." The LPGA had claimed Miss Blaylock was guilty of cheating. In U.S. District Court in Atlanta, Miss Blaylock gained an injunction against the LPGA which permitted her to continue on he tour. Last month (June 22), Judge Charles A. Moye Jr. ruled that the LPGA's action was a "naked restraint of trade" and that the suspension was "tantamount to total exclusion from the market of professional golf." Garvey said that the NFLJPA had been in contact with Miss Blaylock's attorneys. "There are some similarities in the cases although she was sus pended by an association while Rentzel was suspended by a commissioner," he said. Rentzel was suspended by Rozelle for "conduct detrimental to pro football." He was arrested on Jan. 11 for possession of marijuana. He pleaded guilty but is appealing the case. Previously, he had been arrested and pleaded guilty in both Minneapolis and Dallas to charges of indecent exposure. Rentzel admitted those incidents and wrote about them in poignant autobiography "When All the Laughter Died in Sorrow" that was published last season. But Rentzel, contacted in Los Angeles, said he feels "very confident" he will bs exonerated on the marijuana charge on appeal. Rentzel claims he pleaded guilty so he could play football this year while the case was being heard on appeal. fired to third to Doug Radef. The tag was placed on Lopes and he became the second out of the inning. Instead of having the bases loaded and one out, the Dodgers had runners on first and third with two out. Davis then singled in Russell with an infield hit but Don Wilson came in to get Joe Ferguson to ground out. The inning was over and the Dodgers were a run short. Houston scored the two runs that proved to be the difference I in the sixth when Cedeno doubled in a run, advanced to third on an infield out and scored what proved to be the deciding run on Rader's sacrifice fly. In other NL games, Cincinnati swept Atlanta, 9-5 and 1311, St. Louis routed Montreal, 10-5, Pittsburgh beat New York, 4-1, San Francisco topped San Diego, 5-1, Chicago beat Philadelphia, 4-3, but lost the second game, 6-5, In the American League, Oakland beat Minnesota, 4-3 in II innings, Texas topped California, 4-2, Kansas City edged Chicago, 2-1, Baltimore beat Cleveland, 5-1, New York edged Boston, 5-4, and Detroit swept Milwaukee, 6-5 and 9-4 : Can a team score 16 runs in two games and lose both? The Atlanta Braves can. Their pitching staff was clobbered by Cincinnati twice despite Hank Aaron's 701st homer in the first game and his 400-foot pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the second when he just missed a grand slam. Joe Morgan collected seven hits in the two games, including three homers. His third was a two-run blast in the ninth inning of the second game that snapped an 11-11 tie and climaxed a five-run rally. Two- run homers by Morgan and Tony Perez in the seventh inning of the opener snapped a 3-3 tie. The Pittsburgh Pirates, continued to roll as they beat New York on the four-hit pitching of Dock Ellis and Ramon Hernandez. Run-scoring singles by Ronnie Stcnnett and Manny Sanguillcn helped beat Jerry Koosman. St. Louis maintained its lead in the East by routing Montreal as Ted Simmons and Joe Torre cracked three-run homers. Alan Foster went six innings to get the • win and Ernie McAnally suffered the loss- Chicago fell two games fcack of the Cards by splitting with Philadelphia. Billy Williams drove in two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly to pace Chicago to the opening game victory. But the Cubs lost a chance for a sweep in the second game when winning pitcher Ken Brett helped his own cause with a two-run single. Brett pitched a nine- hitter to beat Milt Pappas. Juan Marichal pitched an eight-hitter to lead San Francisco over San Diego. Bobby Bonds collected three hits including his 29th homer. Marichal and Bob Gibson Of St. Louis are now tied for the lead among active pitchers with 236 career wins. Greco*Roman Wrestling Greco-Roman wrestlers Bruce E. Conger, left of Las Vegas, day. Nikolov broke Conger's hold and won the match 12-1. New, and Nikola Nikolov of Bulgaria compete in the Junior UNIFAX World Wrestling Championships at Miami Beach, Fla., Tues- A

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