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VERNE BOATNER Webb knew Ike in close fellowship CITV SPORTS EDITOR THE MAN FROM ABILENE came home to his final resting place yesterday. People from all walks of life reflected on their association with former President Dwight D. Eisenhower. , One who considered him a close friend was Del Webb, whose farflung business empire has all but obscured the fact he was once an owner of the New York Yankees. Just returned from Florida where he found time to watch the Yanks, Webb reminisced about his most memorable experience with Ike. BOATNER "I played golf with him frequently," said Webb, "but the incident I remember best was at the World Series of 1956." That was another of those classic Yankee- Dodger brawls, won by the Bombers in seven games with Don Larson's perfect game the highlight. "Ike said he would like to attend the second game," Webb recalled, "so I made all the arrangements. The day of the game he called and said something had interfered and could he come tomorrow? "I told him the only problem was that he'd have to go to Brooklyn. I got a hold of Walter O'Malley and worked it out. "He was scheduled to sit with O'Malley. Just before the game, the Secret Service came to my box and said that only one of us could accompany the President for the cere- mony at home plate. Since Dan Topping was club president and hadn't met Ike, I told him to go ahead. "Afterwards, the President went back to O'Malley's box. About the fifth inning, he asked, "Where's my friend, Del Webb?' They pointed out my box. "When the game was over, everyone stood at attention as he entered his car. It came around to third base, stopped at my box, and he got out and shook hands. " 'I really enjoyed the game,' he said, 'I only regret that you lost.' "With 37,000 people standing at attention as he shook my hand, it was quite an experience." Webb's acquaintance with Ike stretched back many years before that. "I had met him previously," Webb recalled, "but we really became close when I went to Europe during the war to see him. We sat down and had long talks practically on the front lines." Kenesaw M. Landis had died in 1944 and Webb had been entrusted with seeking a new commissioner of baseball. His discussions with Ike were friendly, but furitless. Over the years, Webb was a familiar golfing companion of Ike's. "He took his golf very seriously," said Webb, "and he was good. I remember once we were playing at Denver with the governor and Ike made an eagle on the last hole. "Downtown afterwards, everyone was playing bridge. But the Yankees were on TV and I went off to watch them. It was one of those games that went back and forth and — as I recall — we finally lost it by something like 10-9. "When I returned, he asked, 'Who won?' "I told him the other team did, 10-9. " 'Serves you right,' he said, 'deserting your friends and a chance to socialize. You could have found that out by reading the papers.'" Ike was approached by both Democrats and Republicans to run for the presidency. When Eisenhower chose the Republicans, Democrat Webb swung his support to Ike. "He was quite a guy in any area you wish to discuss," said Webb. "This country will miss him." m SIDELINE CASUALTY — Bobby Hofman, Oakland A's first base coach, is treated after undergoing ill-advised nose job in first inning yester- Republic Photo by Lud Keaton was felled by a foul day at Mesa. Hofman drive off the bat of the A's Sal Bando'and was treated at a hospital for a broken nose. Do... Give A's a victory By DAVE HICKS MESA — Some Do's and Don'ts of the fading Cactus League season: DO ... give a spring plus to Oakland second baseman Dick Green, who yesterday garnished a .411 exhibition batting mark with a pivotal three-run homer. DON'T . . . fail to respect Reggie Jackson's arm. San Diego veteran Tony Gonzalez did, tried to score from second on a single, and the A's right fielder threw him out at the plate by a distance approximating the Grand Canyon's breadth. JACKSON ANALYZED the play thusly: "I guess he forgot." DO ... make note of batting coach Joe DiMaggio's exerted efforts to make lefthander Rick Monday a confirmed pull hitter. Rick cracked a two-run single to right. DON'T . . . blink when in the general area of a Sal Bando line drive. The A's first base coach, Bobby Hofman, didn't quite see one in the first inning, went .4 million Buck pact signed by Lew Alcindor Associated Press BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - UCLA basketball star Lew Alcindor signed his professional contract with the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association yesterday, a multi-year pact reportedly calling for $1.4 million. The signing in a dining room of the Beverly Hilton Hotel officially ended the NBA-American Basketball Association battle for the services of the 7-foot Ui star who three times was All-America and twice collegiate player-of-the-year. No one would officially divulge the contents of the contracts, The ABA reportedly had dangled a $3.2 million proposal before the Uclan ace. Asked if the Bucks' contract approached that figure of the new league, Erickson said, "I have never seen an ABA contract, but I believe this contract we have just signed is very fair." MILWAUKEE WON the right to draft and sign Alcindor when it finished last in the NBA Eastern Division and then won a coin flip with Western cellar dweller Phoenix. Alcindor, dressed nattily In a dark blu* blazer, grey trousers, white and blue striped shirt and bright blue tie, said, "I am very happy to join the Bucks." He appeared very calm and almost emotionless during the ceremony when he stood about 18 inches taller than Erickson. Although .many figured the war between the NBA and ABA over Alcindor's signature would be a lengthy one, the signing came less than two weeks after he had led UCLA to an unprecedented third straight national collegiate title. "I CHOSE THE Milwaukee contract because it was more stable and more lucrative," Alcindor said. "The caliber of play in this league had nothing to do with my choice." Alcindor, who weighs 235, said he felt he was strong enough and heavy enough for professional play. Asked about the negotiations and his request for one bid from 'each league, Lew answered, "I just wanted to make ij simple. We wanted to have as direct negotiations as possible. There were no sealed bids, I just met with the NBA one day and the ABA the next." down in a heap and came up with a broken nose. AND DO OR DON'T - depending upon the importance you place on spring scores — forget to register an 8-4 verdict for the A's at Rendezvous Park. When the attention wasn't on the ball being lofted over the left field wall (Green's blast that gave Oakland a permanent lead at 6-4), or being hit off the More baseball Page 69 same wall (twice by Bert Campaneris for doubles), or being zinged off Hofman's bridge, much of the interest focused on Jim Nash. Nash, 13-13 last season, gave up eight hits and four runs in his seven-inning stint. But seven of those hits and all the runs occurred in the first two innings. THEN THE 6-5 right-hander got tough. He retired 14 Padres in succession before a pinch single in the seventh, and the losers had only two baserunners from the second through the seventh. "He got some pretty good backing," said manager Hank Bauer. "That's the way we've supposed to have looked all spring, but haven't." OF GREEN IN particular and this spring's hitters in general, Bauer offered this: "Dick's had a very good spring. Most of the hitters have. But the rest of it hasn't come along like the hitting. I think all of 'em are ready to open the season. Nobody needs any more spring training." fan, Diaia fcrcla, ss* Pena, 2b Davis, lb Sonzaiez, cf WirrelT, rf Brown, rf Ferrara, If ;tahl. If-cf Colbert, lb PaVanon, 2b Spezlp, 3b Cannlzaro, c Kendall, ph Selma, p Gonder, c MeCool, p Krug, ph Totals ?}} h rbl 0 Oakland Campan'ls, ss Hershbe'er, If Jackson,rf Bando,3b Cator, lb Monday, cf o ? 8 °n 0 ? 0 , Green, 2b fi, p HIT S 0 0 2 4100 4220 3122 1 Nas Duncan, c lq ol, Llndblad, P Rodrlqyez, p Reynolds, ph 0 0 Total! 8 U fcS®$fc5^^ M « 1 Att, 7J3. * Knicks sweep it Lakers even S.F. series on 103-88 win NEW YORK (AP) - Willis Reed pumped in a record 43 points and the New York Knickerbockers held off pressing Baltimore 115-108 last night, sweeping their National Basketball Association Eastern Division semifinal playoff series four games to none. Reed, connecting repeatedly before a roaring sellout crowd of 19,500 partisan fans who had not seen New York in a division final since 1953, hit nine of his points in a decisive spurt early in the final quarter. THE BIG CENTER, who shattered Cazzie Russell's club playoff record of 40 points, scored for an 86-82 lead and he added seven more points as the Knicks increased the spread to 101-89. With Bill Bradley joining Reed in peppering the basket, the Knicks still held a 111-100 bulge before three-point plays by Ray Scott and Earl Monroe and a basket by Wes Unseld cut it to 111-108 with one minute to go. But Baltimore blew its last chance when Monroe missed a twisting layup after a steal and the Knicks scored the last four points on free throws by Dave DeBusschere and Bradley, making the Bullets the first division champion to be swept in the opening playoff series. Reed, hitting 15 of 29 shots, took up the slack left when Walt Frazier, the Knicks' top scorer and floor leader in the playoffs, missed most of the first three periods because of foul trouble. BALTIMORE G Ellis Manning Marin Monroe Scott Unseld Totals 1 0 6 8 9 11 0-0 0-0 T-2 9-9 4-4 3-3 T NEW YORK G 2 Barnett 0 0 Bowman o 13 Bradley 5 25 DeBusschere 7 22 Frazier 3 25 Hosket 0 May. 4 _ Reed 46 23^24 115 Totals 2-7 0-0 3-3 0-0 0-0 T 22 0 13 18 0 15 13-14 43 42 2T30 108 BALTIMORE NEW YORK 2* 25 22 25 2» 32 28—108 33—115 Fouled out—None. Totalr, fouls—Baltimore 25, New York 25. • • • SAN FRANCISCO — The Los Angeles Lakers, led by Jerry West, reeled off 16 straight points at the start of the second quarter and easily beat the cold-shooting San Francisco Warriors, 103-88, last night, knotting their best-of-7 National Basketball Association playoff series at two games each. West, hitting his jump shot from far out, scored 22 points in the first half and wound up with a game high of 36. THE VICTORY evened the Western Division series before a crowd of 14,812 in the Cow Palace. The Lakers thus gained back their home-court advantage they lost by dropping the first two games of the series in Los Angeles. The Warriors trailed 25-16 after the first period but in the 4% minutes of the second quarter, the Lakers' fast break jolted the San Franciscans and Los Angeles suddenly had a 41-16 lead. SAN FRANCISCO LOS ANGELES LaRusso 3 2-4 8 Baylor f 4.f in Thurmond 3 4-5 10 Hewitt , 5 2-4 2 Attes 0 1-1 1 Chamberlain 4 3-6 11 MuHlns 1 0-0 2 Egan 43-6 11 In 5 c 3 / e 12 \ ' Williams 8 6-6 16 Crawford f ti-6 2 Schultz 1 3-8 5 Carly Allen Totals 0 4-7 3 Anderson 31 26-40 88 Totals 0 0-0 3f 2*3 0 14 103 32 19 26 20-103 23 30—88 Foule Total ? out — Counts, ouls — Los Angeles 27, San Francisco 27. •Ima 2, Rodriguez. T-2;J3. Att, Phil Esposito gets four goals Associated Press Montreal, Boston, St. Louis and Los Angeles, which beat Oakland, 5-4, in overtime, scored opening victories in first round of Stanley Cup divisional playoffs last night. Center Phil Esposito, the National Hockey League's leading scorer, got four goals and set up two others as Boston routed Toronto's Maple Leafs, 10-0. Tough John Ferguson nudged a third period power goal to key Montreal's 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers. St. Louis ripped Philadelphia, 5-2, giving up two early goals and then settled down with goalie Jacques Plante serving emergency duty after starter Glenn Hall pulled a muscle. THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC ports Thursday, April 3, 1969 Page 67 Weber takes lead in Akron pin meet By HARDY PRICE Republic Sports Writer AKRON, Ohio — Look out Wayne Zahn —Dick Weber's got a feeling too. And that feeling plus some fancy shot- making lofted him into first place after two rounds of qualifying in the sixth annual $100,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions Bowling meet yesterday. Weber, the all-time money leader in the Professional Bowling Association, with better than $300,000 in the bank, put together a 1,762 series to go with his first round 1,786 for a 3,572. "I'm very confident of victory iiere this time," said Weber, who was second after the first round yesterday afternoon. BUT, FOR PHOENIX'S Dave Davis and Tempe's Wayne Zahn the second round was not a good one. Davis took the biggest drop, falling from third after the first eight games to 24th after completion of the first day's rolling. "I just wasn't knocking over the pins, said Davis. "I was bowling better tonight than this afternoon if that's possible, but I just kept missing the six and seven." Zahn, who held sixth yesterday afternoon and had the feeling on Tuesday that he would win, dropped to 13 with a 3,363 total for 16 games. DAVIS HAD 1,773 yesterday afternoon but could only come up with a 16-game total of 3,302. It was Zahn who commented that his mother's ouija board predicted victory by Weber, with son coming in second. "That's one ouija board I believe in," commented Weber. "Actually, I'm just full of vim and vinegar for this tournament. I want to win this one so bad I just can't pace myself for it and I've got to charge all the time." Tucson's Pete Tountas made one of the more spectacular rebounds last. night coming from 39th to 17th and a two-block total of 3,331. HOLDING DOWN second place in the:. tournament, which holds a $25,000 first' prize, is Johnny Guenther with a 3,546 while Jim Godman is secure in third at 3,536. Earl Johnson, the 40-year-old St. Paul, Minn, pro who held the lead after the' first round with his perfect 300 dropped to fifth and a 3,544 16 game total. • Davis feels he has a good chance at" making the 24-man finals if he can bowl 100 pins over 200 in today's final qualifying which gets under way at 10 a.m. (Phoenix time). TOP TEN . 1,. Weber 3,5721 2 Guenther 3,546; 3. Godman 3,536; 4. Mike Durbln, Burbank, Calif., 3,525; 5. Johnson. 3,455; «. Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind., 3,454; 7. Jim Stefanlch, Jollet, III. 3,433; 8. Tim rfrahah, /^HM*.-. D-...L. /•«.![! 1 ill . rt n t it.', i i i . i '. ,'"*!'* '• MUM uiwtuiii^ii, JUMCI » MI. OIH jijf o. i i in n TO nan* Canoga Park, Calif., 3,421; 9. Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky 3,402; 10. Mike Limongello, North Babylon, N.Y. 3*398. Disraeli uncatchable By CARL SOTO When he's right, Disraeli's an un- catchable runner. For the second time running at Turf Paradise, the grey gelding owned by George Hazelton Sr. took command in quick style yesterday — never to be headed. WITH APPRENTICE rider Don MacBeth in the pilot house, Disraeli ripped over the S'/z-furlong course in Turf Paradise charts Page 70 1:02 3/5 to register by three lengths over Randy Phillips-ridden Miss Sabra. It marked the second 1969 win in as many starts for Disraeli, whose flashy performance was 1/5 second better than when he surprised at 13 to 1 odds back on Feb. 26. This time around, the George Hazelton Jr.-trained 6-year-old was sent postward as 6 to 5 favorite in the field of seven, with Pri Tux and Rebel Hawk the second and third choices. GAL APPRENTICE Sandy Schleiffers, getting probably her best chance yet to break into the winner's circle, had Rebel Hawk in fifth place for a good part of the race and the veteran sprinter came on strong in the last sixteenth to snare third money only a head behind Miss Sabra. Disraeli returned $4.40, 4 and 3.40. Miss Sabra, leaving the gate at better than 7 to 1 odds, returned $9 arid 5.<jp, while Rebel Hawk was $3.60 to show. MacBeth also scored on another George Hazelton Sr. — owned horse when he steered The Little Rage to victory in the 4Vi-furlong dash for 2- year-old maidens. THIS RUNNER, the even-money favorite, sank Stanley Steamer by one length after the Sarival Farm representative set the early pace in the sprint contest that went in :52 4-5 The secondary feature, the 6-furlong seventh for allowance type 3-year-olds, saw leading rider L. J. Durousseau get Stop Account home on top for his lone success of the afternoon. The combination just did manage to win, with Durousseau getting the Richard Hazelton-trained runner up in the final strides to edge Nels Petersen- piloted Make Melody, by a head. Out of the money in his only two previous starts here, Stop Account paid $8.80 straight. Helping to set up a Big Q payoff of $1,067 were Oxcar and John The Boy, one-two finishers in the ninth race. Ox- car, piloted by Dick Culberson, was & $10.40 winner and John The Boy, ridden by Jim Powell, went away at 39 to 1 cdds and paid $26 to place, 12.20 to show. TURF TALK . . ported on the j mend at Good Trainer Frank Colcord Is re- Samaritan Hospital, if j where he underwent surgery last Week ot eligibl olden, G n is checking - tion book to determine whether there'* a race he can apt his charge Into before ihe JlMMMQ — ggded Cattlornfa Derby April Ky, . . Traln«rv$ ... turned out Pants Pocket was not eligible for Saturday's Golo Rush Stakes at Golden, Gate Fields. So trainer Richard Haielton is checking the condi- a i iOfornTa Derby April If . .. Trail reports Prince Hemp h«s,..be«n tun or four .weeks/ then — ~~ /.a&t Cf

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