Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 7, 1971 · Page 23
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Alton, Illinois
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Thursday, January 7, 1971
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Alton Evening Telegraph Thursday, Jan. 7, 1971 Winner given gate; Allen goes to 'Skins By BRUCE LOWITT Associated Press Sports Writer The St. Louis Cardinals fired Charley Winner and the Washington Redskins replaced Bill Austin with George Allen as the National Football League's game of musical coaches continued. Wednesday's firings brought to nine the number of coaches to exit since the season began last September—and more departures are expected. The others to be fired were Allen, a week ago by the Los Angeles Rams, Clive Rush of the Boston Patriots and Tom Fears of the New Orleans Saints. Phil Bengtson of the Green Bay Packers, Wally Lemm of the Houston Oilers and B1 a n t o n Collier of the Cleveland Browns quit their jobs and Charlie Waller of the San Diego Chargers stepped down when Sid Gillman returned. And it has been reported that John Rauch of the Buffalo Bills, Jim Dooley of the Chicago Bears and Jerry Williams of the Philadelphia Eagles also might be on their way out. Winner, who headed the Cards for five seasons—the longest coaching span in the club's history, survived a dismal 4-9-1 season in 1969 and appeared headed for the playoffs this season. But his team managed to win only one of its final five games to finish at 8-5-1, third in the National Football Conference East. Austin, who took over the Redskins upon the death of Vince Lombard! at the start of the 1970 season, piloted the team to four victories in its first seven games before a five-game losing skein saddled Washington with a fi-8, fourth-place finish in the NFC East. Baseball facing another big issue WASHING TON (AP) — Baseball's Immunity from antitrust laws, once said by Sinclair Lewis to be as eternal as the Republican party, faces a new challenge in the Supreme Court. Bill Valentine and Tony Salerno, two umpires who say they were fired by the American League for union activities, are seeking the right to press triple-damage suits against baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and American League President Joe Cronln. So far, Valentine and Salerno have been turned down by federal district and appeals courts in New York City because of a 1922 Supreme Court judgment that baseball Is not engaged in Interstate commerce and therefore not affected by antitrust laws. Their last chance Is the Rangers land six players NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, waging their own private war atop the National Hockey League East Division, all but wiped out the opposition in the balloting for the NHL East All-Star squad. Six Rangers, five Bruins and one Montreal player— defenseman J. C. Tremblay— were named Wednesday by NHL writers as the core of the team to face the West squad In the 24th All-Star Game Jan. 19 in Boston. East Coach Harry Sinden of the Bruins will select eight additional players later. Goalies Gilles Villemure and Ed Giacomin, defen- semen Brad Park and Jim Neilson and forwards Jean Ratelle and Dave Balon were the Rangers to make the team. Boston defenseman Bobby Orr and forwards Phil Esposito and Johnny Bucyk were unanimous selections by the writers, who also named forwards Ken Hodge and John McKenzie of the Bruins. The 12-player nucleus of the West squad, to be coached by Scotty Bowman of St. Louis, will be named Friday. high court, and a decision could come Monday when the justices return from a three- week recess. Four years ago, the Court rejected 5 to 3 an appeal by Wisconsin that challenged the shift of the National League Braves from Milwaukee to Atlanta. Justices Hugo L. Black, William 0. Douglas and William J. Brennan Jr. voted to hear the state's allegations that baseball is an illegal monopoly operating in total disregard of antitrust laws. • Had one more justice lined up with them, the court would have had to re-examine the 1922 holding that Lewis wrote about in "Babbit" and that has given baseball broader leeway than that enjoyed by any other sport or business. Professional boxing, football and basketball have been put within the reach of antitrust law. Valentine and Salerno are hoping their appeal will catch the eye and approval of at least four justices. Since the Wisconsin case, Thurgood Marshall, Warren E. Burger and Harry A. Blackmun have joined the court. Their views are not known. The umpires were discharged Sept. 1C, 1968, because Cronin said, they were not competent. . The umpires said they were fired for trying to drum up a union among their colleagues. If the Court refuses to hear the case the damage suit will be dead. But still alive will be an unfair-labor-practices suit presently before the National Labor Relations Board. Later this month, the U.S. court of appeals in New York City, will hear another case that sends shivers along the spines of baseball moguls: outfielder Curt Flood's bid to break the baseball reserve clause. Flood, who has signed to play this year with the Washington Senators, also is seeking reversal of the 1922 ruling. The rescn'e clause binds players to the teams owning their contracts. The Flood case has won the headlines. If Valentine and Salerno lose, however, the outfielder would seem to have little chance. Allen, also the Skins' new general manager, had a five- year, 49-17-4 record with tho Rams, making him one of pro football's most successful coaches. He piloted them In a 9-4-1 mark in 1970, ono game behind NFC champion flan Francisco in the West. St. Louis Presirient Charles W. "Stormy" Bidwell said the firing of Winner "didn't come as something that was spur of the moment. We've boon discussing it since the end of the se;ison. "I think that Chnrley—and I told him this—could do ;\ great, job with some other team," Bidwill said. But Winner called his firing "completely unexpected. It was a real shock to me. I was already making plans for next season. "Last year at this time I felt it could have happened, but not this year," he said. "I was so surprised I haven't had time to think what I'll do." Austin, who formally c o a c hod the Pittsburgh Steelers to an 11-23-3 record through three seasons, s;iid of his firing: "At present I'm out of a job—but I will be in the league. "I have a good reputation in the business, at least good enough for other people to be interested in contacting me." He said he felt Washington President Kdward Hennett Williams "was looking for a big name, a flamboyant coach ... I'm not a big name and I'm not flamboyant. I'm a football coach and I think I'm a good one." Allen disclosed he had been considering a shift to Washington since 1968 when the Los Angeles Rams fired him—before explosive fan support and a threatened player revolt forced the Rams to rchire him. Cleans out desk St. Louis Cardinals' football coach Charley Winner cleans out his desk Wednesday after announcement that ho was fired. Winner's towns compiled a record of 35-30-5 in Hie five years lie was coach. (AP Wire- photo) Alton vs. O'Fallon in Lancer tourney Pairings for the Third Annual Belleville East High School Invitational Basketball Tournament, scheduled for Ja n. 19-20-21-22-23, were released today. Alton makes its debut on the first night, Tuesday, Jan. 19, against O'Fallon at 8:30. That game will be preceded by the Belleville East - Mater Dei contest at 7 o'clock. On Wednesday night, Jan. 20, the other four teams make their debut when Belleville West faces Belleville Allhoff at 7 and Cahokia goes against Madison at 8:30. It is a double elimination affair. Two more games will be played on Tuesday, Jan. 21, one in the winners' bracket (at 8:30) and I he other in the- consolation division (at 7). The same is true of Friday. Saturday svill bo a busy day when the consolation bracket will have its third place and championship games at 1 and 2:30 respectively. That night, at 7, third place In the winners' bracket will be determined followed by the championship game at 8:30. Belleville East is the defending champion, having defeated Alton in the title game last Jan. 24, r>4-!}0. Alton had won the first tourney by beating Belleville West in the title game. Tho tourney this year has all tho earmarks of being a good one. Alton and Belleville Wosl are two strong clubs, Mater Dei has defeated Alton by a 57-50 decision and Cahokia is owner of an 8-1 record. Alton and Mator Dei could moot in a rematch if they win their first games. The last lime tho two met — last Saturday night — throo players won? ejected. It could prove interesting. All tickets arc $1 each. Jumping for California Seal's Dennis Hextall (stick and both hands upraised) jumps for joy after slipping puck past St. Louis Blues goalie Glenn Hall in first period of game at Coliseum Wednesday night. Carol Vadnais (5) is almost as happy as Hextall about the play. In foreground is Blues' Barclay Plagcr (8). (AP Wire- photo) Brodie named MVP over the old man NEW YORK (AP) - John Brodie, the venerable San Francisco quarterback whose passing arm propelled the 49ers to their best finish in 25 years, was named Most Valuable Player in the National Football League today by The Associated Press. Brodie, peaking as a passer and field general in his 14lh season with the 49ers, beat out. George Rlanda, 43-year- old miracle worker of the Oakland Raiders, in a two- man race. The San Francisco veteran received 33 votes, to 27 for Blanda, in the balloting of a panel of 78 sportswriters and sport scasters who covered the 2(5 NFL clubs. Quarterback Fran Tarkenton of the New York Giants and defensive tackle Alan Page of the Minnesota Vikings shared third place with three votes each in the annual poll, which for the first time encompassed all of pro football. In previous years, two MVPs were selected—one each from the National and American Football Leagues. The balding, 35-year-old Brodie captured passing honors for the first time in his career, pacing the National Conference with 2,941 aerial yards and 24 touchdown tosses while leading the 49ers to the Western Division title—first of any kind in their history. He then engineered a 17-14 upset victory over Minnesota in the conference's semifinal playoffs before falling short with a late comeback bid as the 49ers bowed to Dallas 1710 in last Sunday's NFC championship game. Until last season, Broclio's major claim to fame was the $900,000 settlement he received after reportedly trying to jump from San Francisco to the Houston Oilers during the AFL - NFL signing wars. But, in leading the 49ers from a 4-8-2 cellar finish in 1969 to a 10-3-1 regular season windup in 1970, he established himself as the NFC's premier quarterback. T h e ex-Stanford ace, working behind a superb offensive line, had a 59 per cent completion mark, was levelled only eight times for losses—an all-time league low—and threw just 10 interceptions. Blanda, oldest player in the game, topped AFC vote- getters by a landslide margin after rescuing the Raiders from defeat five times with late-game heroics as placekicker and back-up quarterback to injury-prone Daryle Lamonica. Blanda's magic enabled the Raiders to nail the AFC's Western Division crown and he accounted for all the Oakland points as relief pitcher for Lamonica in last Sunday's 27-17 loss to Baltimore for the conference championship. Lamonica, last year's most valuable player in the AFL, was among a handful of standouts who divided the remaining 18 votes in the 1970 balloting. The other vote-getters were middle linebacker Dick Butkus of Chicago, tight end Charlie Sanders and defensive end Carl Eller of Minnesota; middle linebacker Mike Lucci of Detroit; wide receiver Marlin Briscoe of Buffalo; running back Ron Johnson of the New York Giants; defensive tackle Merlin 01- sen of Los Angeles and defensive tackle Manny Fernandez of Miami. Wilson is All-Pro; five Chiefs chosen NEW YORK (AP) — Five members of the Kansas City Chiefs have been named to The Associated Press All-Pro team while just one player from the Baltimore and Dallas teams who will meet in the Super Bowl —Cowboys' linebacker Chuck Howley— was able to crack the elite of pro football. The chiefs who won the Super Bowl last year but were eliminated prior to the playoffs this season, grabbed five of the nine spots taken by American Conference players on a 24-man squad dominated by National Conference stars. The Chiefs' complement consisted of three dfs—outside lineacker Bobby Bell, cor- nerback James Marsalis and safety Johnny Robinson—and two men on the offensive unit, tackle Jim Tryer and placekicker Jan Stenerud. But it was the NFC which dominated the offensive unit in the balloting of sports writers and broadcasters that for the first time encompasses every team in pro football. In previous years, separate all-stars teams were selected for the American and National leagues. Heading the offensive unit was John Brodie, San Francisco's veteran quarterback, and his teammate, wide receiver Gene Washington. The other wide receiving spot went to Dick Gordon of the Chicago Bears, with Charlie Sanders of Detroit at tight end. The running backs were the only two 1,000-yard rushers in the NFL this season—Larry Brown of Washington and Ron Johnson of the New York Giants. The line showed Tryer and Bob Brown of Los Angeles at tackle, Gale Gillingham of Green Bay and Gene Upshaw of Oakland at guard and Jim Otto of the Raiders at center. Howley, a key member of the Doomsday Defense which helped put the Cowboys into the Super Bowl against the Colts Jan. 17, heads a defensive unit on which two members of the Minnesota Vikings—end Carl Eller and tackle Alan Page— were strong vote-getters. Rich Jackson of Denver grabbed the other end spot while Merlin Olsen of the Rams was Page's running mate at tackle. Dick Butkus of Chicago took the middle linebacking post, Jimmy Johnson of San Francisco was named at cornerback and Larry Wilson of St. Louis at safety. Dave Lewis of Cincinnati was the punter. The closest voting occurred in the battle for the running back spots with Floyd Little of Denver in close pursuit of the top two. Little, however, did grab a spot on an All-AFC team put together in a breakdown of the voting. An All- NFC team also was picked. Schmidt looking for right combination CHAMPAIGN - The Big Ten season opens Saturday for the University of Illinois basketball team, but Coach Harv Schmidt is still looking for a starting lineup to throw at the surprising Michigan State Spartans. The Illini (5-2) host the Spartans (6-3) Saturday, 3 p.m. in the Assembly Hall with another sellout crowd of 16,128 assured. In nine games during December (including games against a touring Australian team and an armed service team that will not count in official NCAA statistics), Schmidt has tried seven different starting lineups. The Fighting Illini continued the shuffle at the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii last week with three different starting fives whining two of three games. Part of the problem hinges on the ailing ankle of senior co-captain Fred Miller, of Pekln, who was missed a sizeable portion of the preseason schedule with an ankle injury. Miller sprained the ankle against Oklahoma in the second game and has not been able to start consistently. He reinjured the ankle against Villanova in the first round of the Rainbow Classic and is questionable for Saturday. "I've never been in this position this late," Schmidt says about his inability to name his starters. "However, I can promise that this week In practice I will attempt to select five and limit the substitution. We must find our lineup and select our game plan for the next three games (Michigan State, Wisconsin and Michigan Stalo again). "I would say our biggest problem has been finding tho consistency that winning in league play will demand. The team that gets organi/od tho quickest will win it. We played some of our finest basketball of the season in Hawaii, but once again we had stretches of mediocre, play," says Schmidt. Senior guard and co-captain Rick Howat returned with statistics that support Schmidt's preseason claim that "he (Howat) is one of the outstanding shooters in the collegiate game". The 6-2, 158-pound Downers Grove product connected on 30 of 43 attempts from the field for a .698 percentage and a new tournament record for field goal percentage. Howat s 72 points in three games left him one shy of tournament scoring leader Howard Porter, the all-American from Villanova, and earned him first-team honors on the all- touniamont team. On the season, Howat is drilling 54 per cent of his field goal attempts, 89 per cent of his foul shots (26 of L'fl) and leads the team in scoring with an average of 23.1 points per game. The sporadic play of (i-8, 2 6 5 - p o u n d center Greg Jackson of Chicago has concerned Schmidt. Jackson was off to a groat start before Hawaii but dipped to a 17- point per game average with 29 points in three games. Sophomores Jed Foster, Jim DeDecker, Larry Cohen and Nick Connor remain in contention for a starting assignment. Foster showed promise al guard although he stands (i-fi. DeDecker is pushing Jackson and Conner's rebounding talents (55 for fourth on the team) keep him in consideration. Cohen leads the team in assists and r e in a i n s a first-string possibility. Michigan State appears m u c h better than its preseason press clippings. Tho Spartans stood 6-1 going into the Trojan Classic at the I' n i v o r s i t y of Southern California where they lost to ranking USC and Tennessee. Senior guard Rudy Ben- jamin, very much in the background last year because of the shadow cast by all- American Ralph Simpson, has emerged as one of the Big Ton's outstanding performers. The 6-2 Dayton, 0. native is averaging 24.5 points per game. S o p h o in ore center Bill Kilgore, a 6-7, 196-pounder Illini at home in the last from River Rouge, Mich., also has been a big factor in the Spartan's pre-conference success with 13.2 points and 12 rebounds per game. This is the 32nd meeting between the school with Illinois holding an 18-13 lead in the series. MSU upset the Coupon THIS COUPON GOOD FOR 1 f\f\ BONUS J. UU TOP VALUE STAMPS CLARK SUPER 100 Service Stations Coupon Expires Monday, Jan. 11 With Minimum S3.00 Purchase Finished Wall PANELING DUGGER Swimming Pools \\i» Sporting Goods FULL LINE OF SPORTING GOODS School Letter Jackets Wednesday's College Basketball East MU HG. Folrlflgh Dickinson 40 [nna 72. Vermont 6R Amherst 84, Tufts H8 NYU ni, Wagner 71 Holy f'ross 04, Syracuse 83 South Rutgers 60. Navy 47 Va. Tech 93, Virginia 74 Georgia Tech 72, Clemson 53 So. Carolina 84. Temple 71 Rice 77, William & Mary 74 Pittsburgh R2. Geo. Wash. 76 No. Caro. A&T 114, Elizabeth City BB Va. Commonwealth 07, Mt. St. Mary's 7R Old Dominion 109, St. Francis 105 Texas 74, Tulane 70 Ky. Wesleyan 88, Cent. State Ohio f,2 MC State 83, Maryland 81 Duko 68, Wake Forest 67 Alabama 70, Florida 63 Midwest Miami 61. Kent St. 50, OT Detroit 75, St. Bonaventure 73 Michigan 05, Australian Nationals 78 Duquesna 84. Xavier, III. 77 Whonton 02, 111. Wesleyan 75 Cent. Mich. 75, III. State 63 Toledo 74. San Diego 70 Wooster 80, Hiram 75 Akron !)8, Youngstown 73 Southwest How. Payne 84, St. Edw.'s 81 Houston 83, Creighton 76 SW Tex. 64, St. Mary's, Tex 61 Far West Whlttier 86. Claremont-Mudd 68 Colorado 68, UC Irvine 65 Tournament Pocono Classic • Fifth Place Kings, Pa. 84, St. Francis, N.Y. 67 Cage Menu FRIDAY Belleville West at Alton Lincoln (East St. Louis) at Marquette Wood River at Granite City Roxana at O'Fallon Highland at Civic Memorial Collinsville at Edwardsville McCluer at Belleville East Bunker Hill at Southwestern North Greene at Carrollton Greenfield at Calhoun Madison at Triad Mater Del at Ca>-jkia DeSmet at Ass 1 ' .iption Central at ' orden Carllnville at Mt. Olive Augustlnian at Althoff Illinois College al Principle Cincinnati at St. Louis U. SATURDAY Granite City at Alton Marquette at Duchesne East St. Louis at Wood River Dupo ^t Civic Memorial Quincy at Edwardsville Rockfbrd Guilford at Colllnsvlllt Cahr-kia at Belleville West Mascoutah at Jerseyville Belleville East at Quincy CB Southwestern at Virden Pawnee at Greenfield Lebanon at Assumption Worden at Mulberry Grove Gillespie at Carlinville Michigan St. at Illinois SIU-Carbondale at Lamar Tech Morton has sore throat, misses drills DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys had their signal caller at practice Wednesday. But their quarterback was in bed with a sore throat. Dallas opened preparations for the Super Bowl agafast Baltimore Jan. 17 on a s»ur note with quarterback Craig Morton in bed at home with a sore throat. Coach Tom Landry, wft> has called the plays in Pallas' seven-game winning steak to the National Conference championship, said "Morton has a very bad thnat and the doctor is concerned" Morton, who has been plagued with a bruited right arm and. a gimp/ knee, guided Dallas to playoff victories over Detroi 1 and San Francisco although le passed poorly. "It's questionable whether Craig will work put this week," Landry aid. "He could use a lot of vork. The more he throws th< better off he will be." ; Landry said "Wi've got to hit 50 per cent of our passes" to defeat Baltimore. "It will be mudi tougher to run against Baltimore because of the experience factor," Landry said. "It will be very difficult to win just hitting passes at the 30 per cent level like we have for the last few week?." National Hockiy League ,h!36r zyyyyxsptfS eg7 qyyxssuee , National Hockey league By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Wednesday's Results Montreal 7, Vancouver 3 Minnesota 4, Toronto 4, tie Philadelphia 4, Pittsburgh 3 Los Angeles 4. Chicago 2 California 6, St. Louis 3 Only games scheduled Thursday's Games Vancouver at Boston Detroit at Buffalo Los Angeles at Philadelphia Only games scheduled Friday's Games No games scheduled game of 1970 by an 85-76 count. The Illini host Wisconsin next Tuesday at 8 p.m. and meet the same Spartans in East Lansing, Jan. 16. 11 W. 2nd St,.Herbalto 259-6454 — 377.6662 FRONT-END ALIGNMENT We'll check your alignment, correct camber, caster and toe-Ui. Phone 462-9284 • Complete Brake Lining Available • We have Walker's Mufflers and Tailpipes • Goodyear Shock Absorbers Sold and Installed WELLS TIRE CO, 883 E. Broadway, Alton I I i' i'

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