The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 9, 1966 · Page 3
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, August 9, 1966
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JOHN Haag, rural Algona, who coached little leaguers lor a few years, has spent the 1961-66 summers (or most of them) with girls' softball teams, and his record during that span has been one anyone could be very envious of. His Rockets in the Girls' Senior League here this summer went through, unbeaten, taking eight straight decisions. Before the final game July 26£* his players shook him to the point of being speechless when they presented him with a very nice trophy, which featured a girl softball player perched on the top. The engraving read, "John Haag — Champion Coach — 1961-66". We'd also like to say that of 46 teams competing in Little League baseball, Girls' Softball and Men's Softball leagues here this summer, John's was the only one to go through unbeaten. Most of the girls on his team this season have been with John for some time, and they have won or shared titles each summer with him at the helm. Here's a tip of The Periscope hat to John. THE girl who wore glasses and pined for lost passes now chuckles and cleanses her contact lenses. A couple of all-time baseball greats, Ted Williams and Casey Stengel, were ushered into the Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Cooperstown, N. Y. July 25 and two guys never deserved the honor more. Williams was elected by more than 93 percent of the sports writers (with whom he did not see eye-to-eye at times during his brilliant career) in January, just as soon as he was eligible for the honor and Stengel was elected in March after the normal 5-year waiting period was waived. The largest crowd in history ever to attend an induction ceremony was present. In our opinion, there are very few hitters in the major leagues today capable of carrying Ted's bat to the plate for him. The "Splendid Splinter" (who we had the opportunity to watch during a series in Chicago a few years ago) was the most scientific batter we have ever seen. As Stengel said at the ceremonies July 25, "Ted saw the pitches better from an angle than the umpires did behind the plate," Despite a twice-interrupted career (due to service in World War H and Korea where he was a sharp jet fighter pilot), the big guy did all sorts of things in baseball that many just dream about. He was the last major leaguer to hit over.400, with a .406 mark in 1941, had an amazing .344 lifetime mark for 19 seasons, slammed 521 home runs, including one his last time at bat for the Boston Red Sox, the triple batting crown twice, six batting titles and was also voted Most Valuable Player. It'll be a long time before there's another like him - and the same might be said for Casey, who gained his fame as manager of the New York Yankees during the years when the club seldom lost a title race (or World Series). Stengel, 75, told the crowd he wouldn't let his pitchers throw strikes to Williams - for the obvious reason — his hitting. Casey won 10 pennants and seven World Series with the Yankees from 1949 through 1960. Pretty fair managing. It's fortunate this pair could get into the Hall while they can still appreciate it. Most elected in the past have been deceased before the honor was given. -?WHEN asked by the bursar's office to pay a $20 incidental fee, a young coed asked, "How many incidents does this entitle me to?" IF there are any female basketball players in the area who are out of high school and are Interested in a professional career with the Texas Cow Girls, they should immediately make application with Dempsey Hovland at Rockton, HI. One of the most famous touring groups of basketballers in the States, the schedule of games (they play 180 each season) is now being completed and try-outs can be arranged through Borland. Algona, (Id.) Upper DM Molim Tw«*l«y» August 9, 1966 WE'VE got a couple of suggestions for the next Little League and Girls' Softball season that we're sure a lot of fans will be in favor of. Now that adequate seating has been purchased for people attending swimming meets at the local pool and softball games at the Athletic Park, how about some bleachers for each of the Little League and Girls' Softball diamonds? We know that many persons stay away because there is no provision for seating — except in their cars or on the grass. It would be a marked improvement to have bleachers installed for next year's games. The other hint is for a little better playing surface for each of the diamonds. They are rough (in general) and the old high school diamond northeast of Bertha Godfrey school is full of ruts and rocks the size of golf balls. We've seen a lot of games played this year, and it is apparent all infielders are fighting the ball when it is hit on the ground to them — a fault that might be carried into high school play and never overcome. You stop the ball with your upper lip or chin a couple of times and your eagerness to pick up any after that is lessened. Might be a good idea to blade that diamond off and start over, using grain - size sand and clay (or whatever is proper ). The play would certainly be improved. -?WITH the football season rapidly approaching, our thoughts naturally turn to schools in this area, whose practice sessions will get underway after equipment is issued Aug. 20. And before it slips our mind, we'd like to openly state our feelings about one fellow who won't be here when the first whistle blows in September — Jim Hershberger, popular Algona High mentor who is going back to college in quest of a Master's Degree at Northeast Missouri Teachers, Klrksvllle. He's turning the job over to a very capable fellow, too, Keith Christie.whose qualifications are top-flight. Christie's baseball record here includes 53 wins in 66 tries in the past three years, a similar mark in fresh-soph and junior varsity basketball, and he's had a couple of years assistant to Hersh in football. Jim was responsible for getting Algona out of the doldrums in football. Here's what he got done - in five years before he arrived, the Bulldogs had managed to win only three games while dropping 33 (that'snot very good - winning one of every dozen); and after a 2-4-2 record his first season, went on to a 25-18-5 mark in six autumns, and his 1962 club will long be remembered because it won the North Central Conference title, posted a 7-0-1 record including a 19-14 victory over unbeatable Webster City and landed three players on All-State teams. Yes- sir, pretty impressive! And he is one of only three coaches since 1929 at AHS to post a career mark over .500. Jim's plans for the future have college coaching as a goal. And we'll be surprised if all of us don't read quite a bit about him some time in the future. Good luck to both Jim and Keith! "Kossnth County's Favorite Newspaper" PLAN NOW TO ATTEND THE KOSSUTH COUNTY FAIR AUGUST 16-19 STOCK CAR RACES TUESDAY & FRIDAY 8:30 P.M. F-R-E-E BEEF BARBECUE THURSDAY 6 P.M. LIVESTOCK SALE FRIDAY 8 A. M. •t^a^^aw^aw^aw^^^aw^avj ^^a^^^^^a^^a^^*^^a^^a^^ RECORD LIVESTOCK ENTRIES Monday, August 15: • 1:00 p.m.—Judging of horses. 3:00 pjn.—Judging of 4-H projects (Home Economic) Tuesday, August 16: 8:00 a.m.—Judging of Purebred Swine and 4-H exhibits (non-livestock and Home Economic) 9:00 a.m.—Judging of Floral Hall exhibits, 4-H Garden, Poultry and Rabbits and Crops. 10:00 a.m.—Dress Revue Interviews. 1:00 pjn.—Judging of dairy. 2:30 p.m.—County Dress Revue and 4-H Talent (grandstand). 8:30 p.m.—Stock Car Race and Demolition Derby. Wednesday, August 17: 8:00 a.m.—Judging of purebred beef heifers and 4-H exhibits (Home Economic) 8:15 a.m.—Judging of baby beef. 3:00 p.m.—4-H Dog Obedience Show. 7:30 p.m.—Tractor pulling contest. Thursday, August 18: 8:30 a.m.—Judging of market lambs, followed by purebred sheep 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.—Judging of market swine. 2:00 p.m.—Gene Holters Wild Animal Show. 6:00 p.m.—Free Barbecue. 8:00 p.m.—Gene Holters Wild Animal Show. Friday, August 19: 8;00 a.m.—Sale of sheep and swine. 9:00 a.m.—Sale of baby beef. 8:30 p.m.—Stock Car Race (Kossuth County Fair Championship.) $1,000 guaranteed purse. The gates will be open to visitors from 7:00 AM, to midnight each day of the Fair. Prices of Admission Day and Nigbt General Admission, Adult _— $ .50 General Admission, Children 13 yrs. to 10 yrs. .25 General Admission, Children 10 yrs. and under Free Auto or Vehicle —._-: Free Grandstand General Admission, Evening , $1.00 Children 10 years and under to age 5 $ .50 Tractor i 10 yea Pulling Contest Adults 50c, Children 25c TRACTOR PULLING CONTEST WEDNESDAY 7:30 P.M. HUGE MACHINERY EXHIBIT MERRIAM'S MIDWAY SHOWS ALL 4 DAYS HOLTERS WILD ANIMAL SHOW THURSDAY - 2 AND 8 P.M.

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