Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 15, 1975 · Page 9
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Freeport, Illinois
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Tuesday, July 15, 1975
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AL Has Carew; NL Has Odds MILWAUKEE, Wis! (UPI) -Thanks to a wife's friendly advice and an assist from the medical profession, the American League will have all its guns tonight when it attempts to chip away at the National League's dominance in the 46th baseball All-Star game. "I know I said I wasn't going to come back to this game after being taken out so early last year without any explanation," said Minnesota Twins' three-time batting champion Rod Carew who currently leads the majors with a .372 mark. "But I talked it over with my wife and she convinced me the only people I'd be cheating would be the kids." And so, Carew will be at second base as expected tonight -the only player not from Oakland or the New York Yankees in the starting lineup. And Alvin Dark can also count on the services of two other "doubtfuls"-reserve out-fielder Claudell Washington, one of seven of his own World Champion A's on the squad, and Baltimore Orioles' 13-game winner Jim Palmer. Washington, felled by mysterious blackout spells in Oakland last Friday,' underwent brain scan treatment over the weekend and was pronounced fit to play by his doctors on Monday. Palmer, plagued by a sore pitching elbow, was first "out" and then "in" as a backup pitcher on the AL squad after undergoing examination from doctors in Baltimore. The weatherman was forecasting partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-60s for the game, which was slated to begin at 8:15 pm EDT. Aside from the presence of Carew, Washington and Palmer, Dark was counting on a well rested staff to snap the National League's stranglehold of three straight All-Star victories and 11 of the last 12. "I plan to pitch all of my starters," said Dark, "but none of them will get to bat." Upon order of American League President Lee MacPhail, all the clubs rested their ace pitchers on Sunday, thus, if nothing else, creating a psychological advantage over the Nationals whose two standouts, Tom Seaver of the New York Mets and Andy Messersmith of the Dodgers, will see action with only one day between gut- Ings. Both Dark and National League Manager Walter Alston selected left- handers to open the rotation with Vlda Blue of the A's (12-7, 3.10 ERA) going up against Jerry Reuss of the Pittsburgh Pirates (10-6, 2.23 ERA). In addition to Blue, four other A's- first baseman Gene Tenace, shortstop •Campy Campaneris and outfielders Reggie Jackson and Joe Rudi-will be starting for the American League along with catcher Thurman'Munson, third baseman Graig Nettles and cen- FREEPORTJOURNAL-STANDARD SPOR TS Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Tuesday, July 15, 1975 Page 9 :W:W:W:W:¥::::^ Sport scope By DAN >!«.!{ ATI! Journal-Standard Sports Kditor It was one of those vacations that didn't have any particularly memorable moments-nor any you'd dearly love to forget about completely, like last year's. But taken as a whole, it was one of the most enjoyable I've, ever had. Some of the highlights: A Cub game, a few beers and a lot of laughs with my brother, without whom I'd never be in this position. I'm convinced of that. Had he not been as sports minded as he was when we were growing up, I doubt that I would have become involved in these little boys' game which grown men play and try to play. And whether he knows it or not I'm grateful to him; Hike what I do, though I'd like to do it Better. My brother wasn't the only family member I got to spend some time with, either, and I'm grateful for that, too. As I grow older, I appreciate my mother, my five sisters and of course my only brother more and more; and those opportunities we have to get together are invaluable to me. It's a certain feeling you get from being a part of a very close family. I wouldn't trade it for the -world. I suppose I am twice blessed, or maybe even thrice when it comes to families, too, since I couldn't be any happier than I am with my own little brood. Megan is at an age where she's" just a lot of fun to have around, and while I'm not going to say anything in this space which would embarrass Jo-Ann, I'm sure she knows what I'm thinking. She always does. Whenever my thoughts turn to my family, I am forced to think about upwards of 50 people. That's how many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews I can list, and we maintain close ties to just about all of them. That may be a little unusual, but it makes for another one of those special feelings. Seeing so many of those extended family members during the week was another reason why this vacation was such a nice one. We spent some time in Indiana at Long Beach, which was, is and always will be one of my favorite places on this earth. The Keans, Long Beach's proprietors, are the people the phrase maker had in mind when the term "milk of human kindness" occurred to him. I'm certain of that. Long Beach was even better this year than usual, though, because the McGrails, another group of very special people in my life, were also in residence up there. I managed to get in part of a round of golf with Uncle Red before the heavens opened and ended our Jack Nicklaus fantasies for the day. But I didn't mind too much. I don't think I would have enjoyed myself any more if it had been Jack himself I was playing with. The only thing bad about our Long Beach visit was that it had to end, but leaving the shore of Lake Michigan didn't put an end to our vacation. We dropped in on Cousin Tom and his own delightful little family Saturday night, and that's an experience I always enjoy. Tom and I were close long before we started getting our heads banged together and our names confused (McGrath the guard as opposed to McGrath the end) as freshman football players at Leo High School. Whether or not it made us better men, as intended, I don't know, but I do know the experience made us better friends. So I guess it was worthwhile, though you'd never have convinced me at the time. My thoughts were on those Leo High School days through most of Sunday and a family dinner in honor of my mother's and sister Julie's birthdays. Not so much because of Cousin Tom, but because of something I'd read in the neighborhood newspaper while in Chicago. It concerned a guy by the name of Larry Korpisch. The name probably doesn't mean anything to you, but perhaps I can best explain him by say-. ing he was the person I probably would have picked if my fairy godmother had told me in my freshman year of high school that I could exchange places with anyone in the world. • Larry Korpisch was a senior when, I was a freshman. He was a star athlete, handsome as hell and probably the most popular guy in our school. I used to wonder what life was like for him. I remember him accepting a football scholarship to Nebraska, and later hearing of his disappointment over becoming lost in the shuffle there, which can happen to the best of players at a school which takes its football as seriously as Nebraska does. Korpisch left after his sophomore year to give pro baseball a try, but he didn't make it there, either. I didn't think he would. • . He returned to the Chicago area and hung around, doing different things. I didn't know him at all, but people who did tell me he was very happy with his latest job, on.the police force in the southwest suburb of Alsip. He'd been at it for only a few months when it ended tor him. He and a buddy were driving down Cicero Avenue at 4 a.m. one morning when their car collided with another one and left the road. Korpisch was thrown from his car and killed instantly. I haven't been able to get Larry Korpisch out of my mind for the last few days. Even though I didn't know him, I feeH did because I used to try to put myself in his place. I guess now I'm glad I was never able to. • But that doesn't excuse the fdct that a vital young man was cut down in the prime of his life. You have to feel badly about that. terfielder Bobby Bonds-all of the Yankees. The National League will counter with the power of the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers and the speed of the St. Louis Cardinals' Lou Brock. From the red-hot Reds, Alston will start catcher Johnny Bench (73 RBI), second baseman Joe Morgan (.345 and 60 RBI), rightfielder Pete Rose (319) and shortstop Dave Concepclon and from his own Dodger team there's first baseman Steve Garvey, third baseman Ron Cey and centerfielder Jimmy Wynn. Brock, the all-time stolen base king from the Cardinals, stands out as the only non-Los Angeles-Cincinnati player in the starting eight. Pro Basketball Stars Plan Charity Tourney NEW YORK (UPI) - Bill Bradley grew up in Crystal City, Mo., with every chance to develop his basketball . skills. He got the best available education at Princeton University and as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford in England. When his playing career is over, it is likely he will turn to politics. Yet the New York Knicks' forward is a frequent participant in causes to help the underprivileged and Monday he was selected as spokesman for the 48 players who will take part in a two- day charity basketball tournament to raise money for inner-city.blacks. "In an age when you have decreasing financial support from the government to help fight the problems of the inner city, it is recognized by basketball players, many of whom come from those areas, that the problems still exist," Bradley said. "A game like this hopefully will generate some money to resume, and possibly expand, some of those programs essential to the inner city during the summer." Almost every team in the ABA and NBA will be represented in the two-day tournament at Madison Square Garden, Aug. 19-20. The participating players, who receive only expense money, will be divided into four teams with a doubleheader each night. Ticket prices range from $5 to $100. "It's a super cause to help our people grow and for us to support and encourage black youngsters to help themselves," said 6-11 center Bob Lanier of the Detroit Pistons, one of some dozen players who attended Monday's news conference. Lanier won't be able to play in the games because of an ail- ing leg but wui ue there "to give whatever support I can." Others who have said they would participate include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of Los Angeles, Rick Barry of Golden State, George McGinnls of Philadelphia, Nate Archibald of Kansas City, Bill Walton of Portland, Dean Meminger of Atlanta', Spencer Haywood of Seattle, Marvin Barnes of St. Louis, Bob McAdoo of Buffalo, Moses Malone of Utah, Dave Cowens of Boston, Artis Gilmore of Kentucky, Walt Frazier of the Knicks, Marvin Webster of Denver and Julius Erving of the Nets. Also at the news conference were New York Senator Jacob Javits and Julian Bond, the youthful state senator from Georgia who is on the board of 21st Century Foundation, one of the two non-profit sponsoring organizations of the tournament. The other is the National Scholarship Service and Fund for Negro Students. Bond said there were two primary reasons for the tournament: "First, the money is needed," he said. "Second, the traditional funding sources for black causes is not as readily available as it once was. Black causes aren't as chic as they used to be." Meminger, one of the tournament organizers, said, "During a time when the recession has hurt the economy, it is urgent that athletes stand up and take a position to give viable help to the community. It is time to end lip service. As athletes we are looked up to .and have a certain position in society and we have to react to that position." Richard Calls It Quits MONTREAL (UPI) - The Montreal Canadiens will be without a Richard on the roster for the first time in more than 30 years when they open the 197576 season. Henri Richard, 39, the second and last member of Montreal's Richard dynasty; announced his retirement Monday after 20 seasons in the National Hockey league. "Every good thing must come to an end," the greying diminutive captain of the Canadiens told a news conference. "It's time to step down and make way for younger players." The other member of the dynasty was Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Henry's legendary older brother, who some call the greatest hockey player of all time. The Rocket retired 15 years ago after 18 seasons with Montreal. Henri, at 5'7 and 160 pounds, was nicknamed the "pocket Rocket" when he joined his big brother on the team in 1955 at the age of 19. In 20 years playing center, Henri scored 358 goals and was credited with 688 assists in 1,256 games. His total of 1,046 points put him tenth in the all- time NHL point total. He was named to the first All-Star team once and to the second team r.n 1973-74 he won the Bill Yaz Player Of Week NEW YORK (UPI) - Carl Yas- trzemski, named to the American League All-Star team for the llth time in a row, was named American League Player of the Week Tuesday by batting .522: The former Triple Crown' winner went 12-for-23 in six games to raise his average 17 points to .313. He had four doubles and a .696 slugging average, driving in six runs and scoring six. He went 5-for-5 against Texas on Sunday, tying the major-league season high. Masterton trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication. But Richard spent most of last season off the ice after he broke his ankle in November. He said his slow recovery from that injury was a major factor in his retirement, which had been expected for some time. Richard said the Canadiens, whom he helped win 11 Stanley Cup championships, had treated him well. But he said he had decided to devote time to his business interests rather than take an off-ice post with the club. He worked out an agreement with the club to end his contract one year before he was due to expire, he said, but he would not divulge the details of the deal. Fa/cons Open Camp ATLANTA (UPI) -The Atlanta Falcons of the NFL open their summer camp Wednesday on a positive note. "It's a special day for me and I'm excited about it," says Marion Campbell who took over as head coach of the • Falcons with six games remaining last season. "We now have an opportunity to take a look on the field at the work we have been doing on paper during the off-season." •Campbell points out that six off-season trades, "a top quality draft," and a group of new assistant coaches should add up to a new look for the Falcons. "Now, it's time to put It all together." Dodgers Send DeJesus Down LOS ANGELES (UPI) - The Los Angeles Dodgers Monday announced they have optioned shortstop Ivan DeJesus to their Pacific Coast League farm club at Albuquerque. VIDA BLUE (top) of the Oakland A's and Jerry Reuss (below) of the Pittsburgh Pirates will be the starting pitchers in major league baseball's 45th All-Star game at Milwaukee County Stadium tonight. Blue carries a 12-7 record Into the game and Reuss Is 10-6. Game time is 7:30.-UPI Photo Campbell To Testify At Dave Forbes Trial MINNEAPOLIS, Minn, (UPI) Clarence Campbell, president of the National Hockey League, is expected to testify Tuesday at the trial of Boston Bruin Dave Forbes who is charged with aggravated assault on Henry Boucha of the Minnesota North Stars in a game Jan. 4. The trial in Hennepin County District Court was in recess Monday be- cause defense attorney Ron Mesh- besher couldn't be in court. Forbes is accused of hitting Boucha with a hockey stick during the 'game which opening a gash above Boucha's eye that required 25 to 30 stitches to close. Boucha, who suffered double vision as a result of the blow, has been under treatment since the incident. Denver Gets Thompson, Squires Respectability NORFOLK, Va. (UPI) - The Virginia Squires, who finished last season with the worst record in the history of professional basketball, have' moved toward respectability by acquiring two All-ABA players and a promising young player from the Denver Nuggets. In a joint announcement Monday,by •Squires General Manager Jack Ankerson and his Denver counterpart, Carl DAVID THOMPSON Scheer, they said Virginia has obtained Mack Calvin, a five-time all-league guard, center Mike Green, an All-ABA player in his second season last year, and second-year forward Jan van Breda Kolff. The Squires gave Denver the rights to David Thompson, the 1975 college player of the year, and veteran forward George Irvine. Van Cunningham, the Squires general partner, said, "This transaction represents a continuation of our efforts to rebuild the Squires into a contender that first bore fruit late last season with the acquisition of All-ABA forward Willie Wise, •'Now with Calvin and Green joining Wise and Dave Twardzik, we have four highly regarded all-stars in our lineup," Cunningham said of the team that finished the 1974 season with a 1569 record. Ankerson said, "We are committed to giving the fans, in the state of Virginia a team that they can be proud to support, and I think the addition of these three players is a giant step in the right direction." Squires Coach Al Bianclu said the new players "have got to make us a much better team. • • '• "Adding a proven player like Calvirt is going to make a big impact. We can use Green either as a center or as a strong forward if David Vaughn does the job at center. Van Breda Kolff does a lot of things well and just needs to play more. We drafted him No. 1 a year ago; that's what we think of him." The Squires and the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA made the 6-4 Thompson their first draft picks, and Virginia immediately let Denver negotiate with the North Carolina State star after he indicated a desire to play for the Nuggets, last year's ABA Western Division champs. Baseball Standings Bv UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL National League East w. 1. pet. g.b. Pittsburgh 55 33 .625 — Philadelphia 49 40 .551 6% New York 43 42 .506 10% St. Louis ' 42 44 .488 12 Chicago „ 42 48 .467 14 Montreal 35 48 .422 17% West w. 1. pet. g.b. Cincinnati 61 29 .678 — Los Angeles 49 42 .538 12% San Francisco 41 47 .466 19 San Diego . 41 49 .456 20 Atlanta 39 49 .443 21 Houston 33 59 .359 28% Monday's Games No Games Scheduled Tuesday's Games All-Star Game At Milwaukee Wednesday's Games No Games Scheduled American League East w. I. pet. Boston 50 37 .575 Milwaukee 46 42 .523 New York 45 41 .523 Baltimore 41 44 .482 Cleveland 40 46 .465 Detroit 39 47 .453 West w. 1. pet. Oakland 55 32 .632 Kansas City 47 41 .534 Chicago 40 45 .471 Texas . 41 49 .456 Minnesota 39 48 .448 California 40 51 .440 Monday's Games No Games Scheduled Tuesday's Games All-Star Game at Milwaukee Wednesday's Games No Games Scheduled '«V»V.V< g.b. — 4% 4% 8 »% g.b. 8%' 14 15% 16 17

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