The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on January 18, 1970 · Page 30
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Racine, Wisconsin
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Sunday, January 18, 1970
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4C RACINE SUNDAY lULLETIN Sunday, January 18, 1970 MUHAMMAD ALI the publisher's problem now Clay May Scoop His Own Book! , NEW YORK — (NEA) — Although he is committed to cramming all the details of his first 27 years between the covers of a Ijook, it remains questionable whether or not Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) can keep from scooping his own biographer. : He loves to talk and, for this reason, the New York publishing house which is paying $200,000 for the right to print it, has some cause for concern. By the time the presses start rolling, probably at the end of the year, Ali may have revealed the contents, free of charge. And who is going to pay $6.50 to read things they have already read in newspapers? In an elaborately staged press conference on the 12th floor of the publishing house, Ali rambled on for 45 minutes about the book, and, in the process, made it through the preface and at least two chapters. He kept telling the media people that the answer to their questions "will all be in the book." He Tells All "Are you," someone asked, "going to reveal racial incidents?" "I will tell them all," said Ali. "Like the time just eight months ago when a friend of mine — he's a Chicago police officer — and 1 were driving from Mississippi to Fayetteville, Ark., about 2 in the morning. I was going there to speak at a college the next day. We were on a dark, winding road, taking our time, when this car pulled alongside us and a white man yelled out, 'Hey, you niggers. Pull over.' "Well, I told my friend to keep going and we did. They kept yelling, 'Niggers, pull over.' Finally, one of them pulled a gun and fired two shots into the air. My friend, who was driving, slammed on the brakes. I said. 'You crazy, man? You wanna get us killed?' He said, 'Let me handle this.' The 'Crazy One' "The white men came over and one of them said, 'Where's that loudmouf nigger? We want him.' My friend got out of the car, reached mto his coat, and said, 'I don't know about the loudmouf nigger, but you've got yourself the cra-zy one.' And he pulled out a .44 magnum and let loose with two shots in the air . . . pow! . . . pow! . . . that were so loud you could hear them echoing off the mountains. Well, those white folks fell over each other trying to get back to that car, and then they tore up the road. "I said to my friend, '.I didn't know you were carrying that.' And he said, 'When I'm traveling with you, I come prepared for anything.' " Three Books Someone else asked if it wasn't just a bit presumptuous for a young man of 27 — Ali will be 28 Jan. 18 — to be writing his life story? "So many things have happened to me, I'm going to have to tell my life story in three books. This is just the first one. I-got me the best writer in the v/hole world (Chicagoan Richard Durham) working with me and we're going to sit down and put everything on tape and, when I get through, he's going to play them back and pick out the best parts. If he used ever3rthing, the book would be so thick nobody would be able to carry it." "What else then, "All was asked, "can we expect?" "Well. I'm going to tell about the fight game. How, on two occasions, those politicians in foreign countries wanted me to throw fights and lose my title. I'm going to tell about the queen of England telling Henry Cooper to beat me up good. Stuff nobody knows about but me. I'm even going to tell about How-ard Co-sell. He's good for at least two pages." Sees No Reaction Cosell, not to be denied, asked the president of the publishing company if he is expecting any adverse reaction from patriotic groups who might object to reading the life story of a "convicted felon." ("He is, you know," Cosell added.) "I doubt it," said the president. "When publishers stop printing controversial books for fear of public reprisal, then the entire writing world is in trouble." With that endorsement, he handed Ali a check for $60,000 which, he said, was the first payment on the book. Two others will follow, one when the manuscript is half-written, and one when it is completed. Ali took the check and his reply, although poetically imperfect, was pure Ali: "Writin' is even better than fightin'" Veeck Sees Latins, Japan in Future World Series NEW YORK - (NEA) Imagine, if you will, October in America without a World Series. Imagine, instead, Japan and Venezuela playing off for the world championship of baseball. Imagine. . . The prospect of the World Series becoming international in scope can be met with some degree of astonishment, of course, and certainly the thought of foreign intervention in this exclusively American territory is revolutionary enough to stir even the bones of Kenesaw Mountain Landis. But who among traditionists would have predicted in December of 1959 that a team from New York would be the best in baseball at the end of the next decade, and that teanr would not be the Yankees? As Bill Veeck, baseball's nonresident philosopher, says: "What happened in the major leagues during the '60s was just a warmup. The '70s will beat everything." Japs Play Well Veeck believes that the World Series, American-style, will be doomed in the impending decade. Baseball in Japan and in Latm America, he says, has improved so much that, in years hence, no team can say it is the world champion before beating their best teams first. And the first international World Series, he figures, will come about "either in 1976 or '77." "Americans still think they have a stranglehold on the best baseball players in the world," says Veeck, now president of Suffolk Downs Race Track in Boston. "But they don't. Baseball in Japan, for example, has improved so much that some of its teams can beat some of our major league teams right now. And there are a lot of players in Japan who would be starting on big league clubs here, if they came over. "Latin America, too, is on the Miarhos to Manage Jacksonville Club MONTREAL (AP) — Gus Niarhos, 49, former major league catcher, has been named manager of the Jacksonville Suns of the Class AA Southern League, it was announced Saturday. The Suns are operated jointly by the Montreal Expos of the National League and the Seattle Pilots of the American League. ANNOUNCER KILLED PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — Bob Vache, veteran Arizona sports announcer and voice of the Phoenix Suns National Basketball Association team, was killed in a traffic accident Saturday. upswing. All it needs is some organization and some money to pay players and prevent them from coming to the States. Mexico, Puerto Rico and even Argentina have shown interest in baseball, too, and who's to say they won't start producing top-flight players themselves in the next 10 years. America is going to have to recognize these countries sooner or later, or else we're going to have to stop calling the World Series the World Series." Sees Other Changes Veeck also envisions some changes in the game itself during the 1970s. He predicts: Interleague play will become a reality before the next decade is half over. The game will eliminate the traditional four balls and three strikes for hitters, and reduce it to three balls and two strikes. Baseball will keep expand ing, with Milwaukee getting its second franchise and Hawaii its first. Interleague play, of course, was first proposed in 1922 and, Veeck says, "Here we are, 47 years later, still arguing the pros and cons. But I suspect that the baseball owners are 'Sinker' Klimkowski Stirs 1970 Yank Hopes SCHEDULE IN RACINE SUNDAY CLASSIC-SUN. NAT'L. — Leslie's Continentals vs Knicks, Douglas 7:40; Blue Light vs Johnson Wax, Douglas 6:*0! Johnson Enco vs Cozy Lounge, Douglas 8:40. SUNDAY AMERICAN — DeMark's Bar vs Hi-Boy Auto Body, Douglas 4:30; Johnson's Marine Bar vs Winkler Oil, Douqias 5:30. GRAY LEAGUE — Sky's Place VS Rondone's, Douglas 3:30. BLUE LEAGUE — Robey's Open Pantry vs Schonert's, Inc., Douglas 2:30. MONDAY WHITE LEAGUE — Dykstra Excavating vs Computer Services, Inc., Park 8; Establishment vs D's Set, Park 7; Schonert's, Inc. vs Prima Vera Bar, Park 9. ORANGE LEAGUE — Local 430 vs St. Luke's Lab, Mem. Hall 7:40; Wisco Battery vs Twin Disc, Mem. Hall 8:40; Paradise Lanes vs Young Radiator, Mem. Hall 6:40. GRAY LEAGUE — Racine Bible Church vs Sky's Place, Douglas 7:40; Stuckey's vs K of C 697, Douglas 8:40; KInqs Korner vs Rondone's, Douglas 6:40. PAROCHIAL GIRLS 8 BASKETBALL -- St. Stanislaus vs Sacred Heart, Douglas S. 4; St. John White vs Holy Name, Lakeview 4:45; St. John Dimensions vs St. Edward Green, Douglas N. 4:45; St. Lucy vs St. Edward Gold, Lakeview At St. Sebastian vs St. Joseph, Douglas S. 4:45; Holy Trinity vs St. Rita, Douglas N. TUESDAY • TUESDAY INDUSTRIAL — Bellft CItV Malleable vs Case Wheels, Mem. Hall 7:40; Walker Filters vs Racine Police Deot., Mem. Hall 6:40. PAROCHIAL GIRLS 7 BASKETBALL — St. John vs St. Joseph, Douqias N 4:45; St. Sebastian vs St. Edv^ard Blues Douolas S. 4; Holy Trinity vs St. Edward Purnle, Douplas 4, CHURCH DARTBALL (All at 7:30) Grace Lutheran at Emmanuel; Grace Raot!st at St. Josenh; Resurrection Rpthanv Methorii'^t; Christ Church Metho^ dist at K of C 697. WEDNESDAY NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL — Charles Realty vs Nielsen Bar, Mem. Hall N 8:10; Shurpack vs Nielsen Iron Works. Mem. Hall N. 6:30; Parkside vs Nielsen Bar, Mem. Hall N. 7:20. AMERICAN VOLLEYBALL — St Sebastian vs Case Colts, Mem. Hall S 8:10; Squeeze Inn vs Walker Mfg., Mem Hall N. 9; Western Publishing vs St, Luke's Lab, Mem. Hall S. 6:30; Hotel Nelson vs K of C 697, Mem. Hall S. 7:20. JUNIOR CYO BASKETBALL — Span ish Center vs Holy Trinity, Douglas 8:10; Sacred Heart Road Runners vs St. Jo seph, Douglas 7:20; St. Mary vs St. Edward GolB, Douglas 6:30; St. John vs St. Lucy Rams, Douglas 9; St. Caslmit vs Sacred Heart Bares, Park Boys 7; St Rita vs St. Stanislaus, Park Boys 8:40; Holy Name vs St. Edward Mels, Park Boys 7:50. CADET CYO BASKETBALL — St. John vs St. Edward Brewers, Park Girls 7:50; Holy Name vs St. Joseph, Park Girls 8:40; St. Lucy vs St. Edward Jays, Park Girls 7. THURSDAY DOUBLE - A BASKETBALL — Veenstra Lumber vs Racine Bible Church, Starbuck 9; Teachers Credit Union vs Sky's Place, Starbuck 6; Wiqs 8. Ellle's VS Red Bar, Horlick Boys 6:40. BLUE LEAGUE — Modine Mfg. vs Renish, Jerstad 8:40; Rot>ey's Open Pantry vs Brewers, Horlick Boys 7:40; Acme Die Cast vs Schonert's, Inc. Jerstad 6:''.0. GREEN LEAGUE — Case T. R.'s vs Rondone's Bar, Douglas 6:40; Prima Vera vs St. John's, Jerstad 7:40; Lathrop Texaco vs Milch Electric, Horlick Girls 7:40; Tarzrock vs Wells Bros., Pool 8:40. GOLD LEAGUE- — Wells Bros, vs Taylor Ave. Bar, Starbuck 7; Squeeze Inn vs Eagle Hotel No. 1, Horlick Boys 8:40; Prima Vera vs Mel's Spa, Horlick Girls 8:40; Uptown Lanes vs Bud & Joe's, Mitchell 8:40. SILVER LEAGUE — Rondone's No. 3 vs 1st Nat'l. Bank, Douglas 8:40; Eagle Hotel No. 2 vs Case Halfmen, Douglas 7:40; Case Logo's vs Prima Vera, Pool 6:40. THURSDAY INDUSTRIAL — Massey- Ferguson vs Western Publishing, Mitchell 6:40; Case 530 vs Jacobsen Mfg., Mitchell 7:40; In-Sink-Erator vs Wise Natural Gas, Pool 7:40; Walker Exhausts vs Dumore, Horlick Girls 6:40. HOLY NAME DARTBALL (All at 7:30) — Holy Name at St. John; St. Stanislaus at St. Edward. SATURDAY PAROCHIAL BOYS 8 BASKETBALL — St. John Astros vs SI. Rita, Douglas N. 8:45; St. Stanislaus vs St. Joseph, Douglas S. 10:15; St. Lucy vs Sacred Heart, Douglas S. 8:45; Prairie School vs St. John Royals, Douglas N. 9:30; St. Sebastian vs Holy Trinity, Douglas S. 9:30; St. Edward Red Devils vs St. Mary, Douglas N. 10:15; St. Edward Bulls vs Holy Name, Douglas N. 11. PAROCHIAL BOYS 7 BASKETBALL St. John Spartans vs St. Mary, Jerstad E. 9:30; St. John Blues vs St. Edward Bullets, Jerstad E. 11; St. Lucy vs Holy Name, Jerstad E. 10:15; St. Edward Panthers vs St. Joseph, Jerstad E. 8:45; St. Rita vs Sacred Heart, Douglas S. 11. PAROCHIAL BOYS 6 BASKETBALL St. Rita vs St. Edward Hawks, Jerstad W. 8:45; Sacred Heart vs St. Mary, Jerstad W. ?:30; St. Lucy vs Holy Name, Jerstad W. 10:15; St. John Hawks vs Holy Trinity, Park 9:30; St. Stanislaus vs St. Edward Bucks, Park 10:15; St. Patrick vs St. Joseph, Park 8:45. PAROCHIAL BOYS 5 BASKETBALL St. Rita vs St. Patrick, St. Patrick E. 9:45; Sacred Hearts vs St. John Bulls, St. Patrick E. 9; St. Lucy vs Holy Name, St. Patrick W. 9; St. John Celtics vs St. Joseph, St. Patrick W. 9:45; St. Edward Pistons vs St. Edward Lakers, St. Patrick W. 10:30. WESTBURY. N.Y. (AP) Ron Klimkowski placed his elaborate tape recorder on the kitchen floor of his rented home here, pushed the "play" button and said: "This was taped for a radio interview in Syracuse last summer when my pitchhig record was 5-5. It will show that I was very good at predictions." The playback also showed that the rookie irigiht bander was very good at pitching. He predicted he miig^t wm 15 games. He beat every team in the league and his 15-7 record and 2.32 earned run mark made-him the most valuable player in the International League. The 25-year-old sinker ball pitcher may be just what the New York Yankees need to return as an American League pennant contender in 1970. Klimkowski won nine in a row for Syracuse while pitching 11 complete games in a row. "I remember Frank Verdi, our manager, telling me in the spring that I had no breaking ball to go with my fast ball and that I had better develop one to get to the big leagues. So I worked on one and it became a sinker," says Klimkowski. "At first it was tough because we use the MacGregor 97 ball in the International. It seems smaller than the American League ball. Going to the larger 1^ ball didn't hurt my sinker onel^ bit. In fact, it helped." Stops Red Sox That's an understatement. When the Yankees called him up last Sept. 1, he made relief appearances against Detroit and Baltimore. Then on Sept. 24 Manager Ralph Houk started him in Boston. All Klimkowski did was pitch a three -hit shutout for nine innings. Houk saw enough. The Yankees lost 1-0 in 14 innings behind another pitcher but they won a pitcher who originally was signed by scouts Hots Nekola for the Red Sox. The Yankees got Klimkowski when they traded catcher Ellie Howard to Boston late in 1967. The New Yorkers thought they were getting a 6 -foot -2 relief pitcher because that 's mostly what Klim did in the Boston chain at Waterloo, Iowa, Wmston-Salem, N.C., and Pittsfield, Mass. "I even relieved at Syracuse in 1968," says Klimkowski. "I was there 80 days and pitched 30 innings, all in relief. Then I was sent to Binghamton. Ididn 't like that. I pitched only 30 innings. "I could have been drafted at the end of the season but nobody picked me up. I thought sure I 'd go witli one of the four expansion teams — Montreal, Seattle, Kansas City or San Diego. Attitude Helps "I have a philosophy about pitching. If you figure you are going to do well you will. That Is the best way to prove to yourself that you can do the job." In pitching 173 innings for Syracuse last year, Klimkowski figures he missed about 50 strikeouts. "They used the designated pinch hitter in the International and I'd never get to pitch against a pitcher. I might strike out 140 men in 180 innings but you can't get this ratio when you have hitters replacing pitchers." Into the Dirt The Yankee report on Klimkowski is that he is not a hard thrower but a smart pitcher. "He does throw hard," says Nekola, "but the limpression you get when a man has a good sinker is that he's not throwing it hard. Klimkowski will make a lot of batters hit the ball into the RON KLIMKOWSKI Likes AL Baseball dirt. I still think he'd be a great relief man for. two iimiijp because he can pitch every day." When Nekola first sighted Klimkowski seven years ago the Jersey City native, now 190 pounds, was playing first base for Clarke High School in Westbury. Then he became a pitcher for a clothing store team from Lynbrook and played in the Nassau County Alliance. In 1963, as a freshman, he pitched for the MoreJiead State College varsiity in Kentucky. In the winter^f 1967-68 he pitched for the Caracas Lions in the Venezuelan League with Luis Tiant and Diego Segui. He turns 26 on March 1 and has been around. Dream Comes True "Going to spruig training with the Yankees is a boyhood dream," says Klimkowski. "I'm a hometown boy. My goal always has been to be a starting pitcher and get to the big leagues." Carol, his high school sweetheart and mother of Ronnie, 5, and Scot, 1 smiles in agreement. In the winter he spends many evenings at a nearby pub called Sours. He's a partner in the place and in the off season the hours are long and late. finally convinced that inter­ league play is a necessity and it's only a matter of time now before they make the move. It'll probably come about in tWe next three, four years. "Speeding up the game is the biggest immediate problem. And I think the best solution is the three-ball, two-strike limit on hitters. Baseball also should allow permanent pinch-hitters for guys who can't hit and definitely eliminate all those endless conferences on the pitcher's mound. Expansion Certain "As for expansion, it's inev­ itable. Milwaukee "will get a team again because it's a good baseballcity. I think 'Hawaii will get a franchise before the '70s are out. In fact, if baseball really wanted to eliminate the threat of other countries catching up, it would put teams in Mexico City and San Juan and maybe even Caracas. But it may be too late already, because Japan is closing the gap fast. "If we don't watch out, the teams in the 1979 World Series could be the Nagasaki Tigers and the Mayaguez Indians. The logical site, of course, would be the moon." -mm BILL VEECK Drastic Changes Coming in World Series J k ELMWOOD PLAZA OPEN SUNDAY 12 'TIL 5! OPEN MON. THRU FRI. 8:30 Til 9! SATURDAY 8:30 'TIL 5:30! I ENTIRE i STOCK 1 SNOW TIRES ! 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