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ifliiiiiiiPiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii VERNE BOATNER i Webb knew Ike in close fellowship 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 considerer im a close friend was Del Webb, whose farflung business empire has all but obscured the fact he tvas 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." 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. Holman 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 $1.4 million Buck pact signed by Lew Alcindor ™ J Associated Press BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - UCLA basketball star Lew Alcindor signed his professional contract with the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association Wednesday, 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 IMs 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 blue 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 it 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." Orioles, A's favored San Dleia Arcla, ss E en ?' , 2b Davis, Ib Gonzalez, cf MurrelT, rf Brown, rf Ferrara, If Stahl, If-cf Colbert, lb u DaVanon, 2b Spezlp, 3b Cannlzaro, c Kendall, ph Selrna, p Gonder, c McCool.p K •b r 11' ? o Q 3 0 I I ? 8 2 1 1 0 1 n i 1 0 •1 2 0 0 8 8 ? 8 1 0 1 0 S3 Oakland, Campan'ls, ss Hershbe'er, II Jackson,rf Bando, 3b Cator, Ib Monday, cf Green, 2b Nash, p Duncan,c Rodriguez, p Reynolds, ph Llndblad, p Totals 410 422 312 W V Jo If 111 I . Er-fireen. DP—Pena-Arda-Davls. UOB |, Oakland 7.JB—Brown, Campaneris 2. do--ja^ '~- ickson 2. flma,(U) »W, 7 8 4 WHP 1 L 8 ^--- 2, RotfclBUW. T~2:M. Att. T'? 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." imore gets backing for AL overall crown Associated Press NEW YORK — In the American League, where East still is East and West still is West, it appears that 3,000 miles are likely to separate the winners — Baltimore and Oakland — in the new two-division set-up. For this year of baseball's 100th anniversary brings with it for the first time a tradition - breaking alignment that separates the 12 American League teams into two distinct divisions broken apart geographically. The National League did not adhere strictly to geography as the American League did and created two divisions that for a time at least will be somewhat unequal in strength since last year's top five finishers all are in the Eastern Division. EACH CLUB will play the opposition In its own division 18 times each, then cross division lines for 12 games with each team in the other, a situation that further complicates any attempt to try and pick the final standings. But here's the way it looks in the American League: Eastern Division — 1, Baltimore. 2, Detroit. 3, Boston. 4, New York. 5, Cleveland. 6, Washington. Western Division — 1, Oakland. 2, Minnesota. 3, California. 4, Chicago. 5, Seattle. 6, Kansas City. In the best-of-five playoff for the pennant and a spot in the World Series the Orioles will show the A's that the power stilLjs in the East. The Eastern race should evolve into three separate battles with the Orioles in a tight struggle with the defending champion Detroit Tigers. Boston, New York and Cleveland will battle among themselves. And Washington, despite Ted Williams, will fight to avoid embarrassment. . THE TIGERS went all the way last year with Denny McLain making the most astounding contribution with 31 vie- mr 5002 THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC ports Thursday, April 3, 1969 Page 67 Johnson rolls building pin By HARDY PRICE Republic Sports Writer AKRON, Ohio — You don't hear much about Earl Johnson any more along the professional bowlers' tour. But it just might be time to start thinking about him. Johnson, a 40-year-old pro from St. Paul, Minn., ripped off a perfect 300 game in the first round qualifying to capture the early lead yesterday in the sixth annual $100,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions. Johnson's eight game block totaled 1,796, 10 pins better than PBA all-time money winner Dick Weber and 23 pins in front of defending champion Dave Davis of Phoenix. HOWEVER HE CAME close to being an also ran. On his llth ball, a wobbly pin looked as if it would not fall and gave many of the 1,200 fans tremblers before tumbling. "I kept my pills in my pocket on that one," commented Johnson following the round." I really wasn't worried about that ball. My 10th ball came in a little too high and I felt a little shaky on that one." "All of my shots were in the pocket," he continued, "and I really didn't think about a 300 game. I just talked to myself between balls and kept telling myself to give it plenty of room and let the ball do the work." FOR HIS FIRST sanctioned 300 in eight years on the PBA tour, Johnson earned an extra $100. Now all he has to do to stay in contention for the $25,000 first prize is to continue efforts in the second and third qualifying blocks. Weber, who has pocked better than $300,000 on the PBA trail in 11 years, said Tuesday he had experimented with several approach angles — deep inside and deep outside. "To day I just sort of got in between them," he said. DAVIS FOUND the lanes good to his southpaw style, although it is not the same he used last year. "I'm just keeping it high and hard and throwing straight at the pins said the 26-year-old star. "I'm bowling sharp and as good as I have in many days," he said. This could be an indication Davis plans to charge the field seeking to be the first TofC winner to successfully defend his ti Tempe's Wayne Zahn's feeling he will win the tournament is holding true to form. The 1966 winner here is holding down sixth place with a 1,748 eight- game total. Tucson's Pete Tountas is far back in the pack with a 1,590 for 39th place. LEADERS AFTER 8 GAMES Earl Johnson, 1,796; Dick Weber, 1,786. Dave Davis/ 1,783. Don Johnson, Kokorno, Ind., 1,770. Mike Durbin, Burbank, Calif., 1,749. Wayne Zahn, 1,748. Ralph Engan, Monsev, N.Y., 1,748. Jim Godman, Haywood, Calif., 1,736. Fred Lenlng, Yardley, Pa., 1,743. Johnny Guenlher, Fresno, Calif., 1,740. Disraeli uncatchable tories. It is doubtful he can repeat and just as doubtful that the rest of the pitching staff can take up the slack. While the Tigers have more punch than the Orioles with Willie Horton, Jim Northrup, Mickey Stanley, Norm Cash, Bill Freehan and Al Kaline, the Orioles have a hard-hitting trio of their own in Frank Robinson, Boog Powell and Brooks Robinson. BUT THE ORIOLES may have more pitching what with Dave McNally, Jim Hardin, Tom Phoebus and Jim Palmer, who looks as if he will make good on his comeback, effective during the spring. The Red Sox should run in front of Group 2 with Jim Lonborg's return to the pitching staff the big factor. The Yankees, without Mickey Mantle, still have strong pitching and two top youngsters in Bobby Murcer and Jerry Kenney, enough at least to pull ahead of the Indians. In the West, the race could be much tighter with only the two expansion clubs — Seattle and Kansas City — seemingly without a chance. . PITCHING GIVES the A's the edge here with such young hurlers as John (Blue Moon) Odoin, Jim (Catfish) Hunter and Jim Nash to go with a team that has daring in Campy Campaneris, slugging in Reg Jackson and a new manager in Hank Bauer. Thw Twins have a new manager in Billy Martin and his emphasis on the running game should lift Minnesota into the No. 2 spot. California gets the edge over Chicago because of the potential slugging of Rick Reichardt. 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 Haaelton 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 and 5.60, while Rebel Hawk was $3.00 to show. MacBeth also scored on another George Hazelton Sr. — owned horse when he steered The Little Rage to victory in the 4 J /a-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 Peterson- 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 a $10.40 winner and John The Boy, ridden by Jim Powell, went away at 39 to 1 odds and paid $26 to place, 12.20 to show. ..... .ALK . . . Trainer Frank Colcord Is r* ported on the mend at Good Samaritan Hospital, where he underwent surgery last ••-*- *•' turned out Pants ..Pocket was not. yrday's Gold, Rush Stakes at Goldei So trainer Richard Hazelton Is checl tlon Book to determine wher TURF TALK ' mend at Good 5art eUstbVforUl ^$A%y& ^^^^^^^^ Sheridan reports Prince Hemp has,bean turi for three or four weeks, then will rr

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