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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 78

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McLain looks to July 1 Associated Press LAKELAND, Fla.~Cocksure Detroit pitcher Denny McLain gets nervous when he thinks of his July 1 return to baseball. "Tiger Stadium is sold out," he says, "and I hope most of them* will be cheering instead of booing. I'll need 'em." McLain is entering the final two weeks of his suspension by baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn for associating with unsavory characters. He's physically sound and claims to have learned a lesson. "This case .is closed as of July 1." said McLain at his upper middle class Lakeland home. "You might say I'm being born again. I have profited much by this mistake." "People say you sometimes have to profit by mistakes," he said, "and boy did I have a doozie." McLain weighs 200, five pounds under his 1969 playing weight. He works daily at Lakeland High School and pitches "Like I was in a real game" every third or fourth afternoon. "Some local college and high school kids have rendered their services and serve as batters for me," said the blond McLain, now 26. "Did they hit me? Hell, now don't put me on the spot. I'm just worried about getting those big guys out for Detroit." Somebody figured out in the Tiger front office that McLain, with luck, could get as many as 24 starts in the last three months of the season. Despite knowing this, Denny won't own up to but one goal. "I just want to help Detroit win the pennant," he said. "It matters little how many I win, but I do hope to prove I'm still as good as in 1968 when I won 31 games." Manager Mayo Smith called McLain before Monday night's game in Detroit and they "just talked about general things, nothing special." Denny has had little contact with his teammates since they worked in spring training at Lakeland. Phoenix, Carrithers stop Ems By BOB EGER A year ago Jim Moyer and Don Carrithers got their feet wet in the Pacific Coast League and ended up over their heads. This season they're up to their necks in success. Moyer blanked Eugene on two hits Monday night and Carrithers chipped in with a brilliant relief performance last night as the Giants stormed from behind to whip the Emeralds by an 8-5 score. It was the Giants' fourth straight vic- tory, their 12lh without a loss against Eugene this year, and it left them four games ahead of Hawaii's Islanders in the PCL South. A year ago Moyer was 4-12 with a 4.50 earned run average and Carrithers was 3-12 with an ERA of 6.14. But Moyer's Eugene's Frank DeCastris looks up to see out sign from umpire Bill Hatch in last night's PCL game at Municipal Stadium. DeCastris had just been Republic Photo by Con Kevos tagged out by Phoenix Giants' catcher Gary Jacobsen. World soccer battle in semifinals today Associated Press MEXICO CITY - Brazil and West Germany —the teams with the strongest attacks in the World Soccer Cup competition — meet the best defensive teams, Uruguay and Italy, in today's crucial semifinal games. The West Germans, who have scored 13 goals in four games, Iraveled to Puebla, near Mexico City yesterday and scheduled a brief training session before the match against Italy. The Italians, who have been based in Mexico Cily since Ihe starl of the championship, will oppose the best defense of the championship against the goal- grabbing Germans. Italian goalie Albertosi has only allowed one goal so far. Uruguay, which also has conceded only one goal, left Puebla reluctantly Upsets flavor tennis action Associated Press LONDON — Dick Crealy of Australia, Jaidip Mukerjea of India and Alexander Mjftreveli of Russia scored upset victories in the London Grass Courts Tennis Championship yesterday, denting the seedings list; for next week's Wimbledon. In a day of upside-down form, Crealy scored a 6-2, 1-6, 6-0 victory over Clark Graebner of New York City, who a few hours previously had been named No. 9 seed for Wimbledon. Mukerjea defeated Tom Okker of The Netherlands, Wimbledon's No. 11 seed 6-2, 2-6, 9-7. Metrevelj eliminated British star Roger Taylor, No. 16 seed for Wimbledon, 4-6, 6-3, 8-6. Crealy, Mukerjea and Mdreveli all will go into the Wimbledon draw today without being seeded. &f V<:fl A/I/I-I ,''i .''/I.- j,.'j •> 'I •)'•! i for Guadalajara, to face its old nemesis — Brazil. Uruguayans drafted a strong protest to the International Soccer Fed- tion had acted illegally in making them travel 300 miles to Guadalajara, when fans and team officials had expected them to play in Mexico City. With the help of soccer king Pele, the return to form of his side-kick Tostao, the goal-scoring power of Jairzinho and the mid-field tactics of Rivelino and Gerson, the Brazilians have so far scored 12 goals. Weston ivins ivriling award Associated Press OMAHA, Neb.—Arizona Republic sportswriter Steve Weston has won first prize in the annual American Association of College Baseball Coaches newspaper and photo contest. His award was writing in newspapers over 50,000 circulation. Weston, a staff member with the Republic for four years, receives a cash award and plaque to be presented at the annual association convention in Houston in January. Sports Today .. , RADIO-TELEVISION Maior League Baseball-California at Cleveland (A.L.), KMND (1SK). 4:30 P.m.; Pittsburgh at Los Anqeles (N.L.), KTAR (620), o P.m. Roller Derby—San Francisco Bay Bombers vs. Midwest Pioneers (filmed), ch. 21, 5:30 p.m. Hartman gets KSU cage job MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP)-Jack Hartman, 44, head basketball coach at Southern Illinois University, was named head coach al Kansas State University, yesterday. The appointment of Hartman to replace Cotton Fitzsimmons, who resigned earlier Ihis month to become head coach of the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association, was announced by Ernie Barrett, K-State athletic director. victory Monday was his sixth and Carrithers' triumph last nighl upped his record to 7-1. The 20-year-old righthander came on in the fifth inning with runners on first and third and two out and struck out Jim Vopicka to end that threat He Ihen blanked the Emeralds on two singles over the last four innings. "This sure beats lasl year," said Carrithers, who walked one and struck oul four. "I've been throwing strikes, and that makes all the difference in the world." While Carrithers was taming Eugene's bats, the Phoenix stickmen were putting on an awsome display. They collected 17 safeties, with Jimmy Rosario and Bob Fenwick leading the parade with three each. Rosario, a strong candidate for the league's Most Valuable Player award if he conlinues his presenl pace, also scored twice to give him 62 runs in 66 games. He led last year's Phoenix club in scoring with 66 runs in 142 games! He's well within reach of the club record of 104 set by Andre Rodgers in 1958. Jim Ray Hart, who gets a little less paunch and a litlle more punch with each passing day, put on another bat show. Hart smacked his fifth home run in the second inning and added a sixth- inning single thai almosl pul a pair of Eugene's infield residenls in Ihe hospital. The Emeralds may be out on the streets today taking up a collection to send Hart to San Francisco. The powerful third sacker has nine hits in his last 12 at bats and has hiked his average from .214 to .303 in the last two weeks. 'I just hope I can keep it up" grinned Hart. "This is no time to let up." The Giants turned Ihe game around with a four-run outbursl in the fifth inning. They chased starter Jack Nutter in that frame and gave rather rude treal- menl to his replacement, Jerry Messerly. The big blow in thai inning was a two-, run single by Dick Simpson. "Those big sticks really unloaded tonight," said Phoenix, manager Hank Sauer. "When they all put it together on the same night, il can scare a few people. "And Carrilhers did a heckuva job. He kepi the ball down and used his head out Ihere." Carrilhers has been scored upon in only one of his last ten outings. The Giants send Jim Willoughby (6-5), an impressive winner his last lime oul, to the Municipal Stadium mound at 8 tonight against highly regarded Emerald rookie Ken Reynolds (4-6). Baseball Standins American League National League Baltimore New York Detroit Boston Washington Cleveland Minnesota California Oakland Chicago Kansas City Milwaukee Boston New York Minnesota Clevelwnd Detroit ' Milwaukee 39 37 28 26 22 24 32 18 West I :' 21 38 19 41 Remits 7, Kansas City 6, Chicago • 7, Washington 9, California 5, Oakland at Baltlnore Pet. .639 .607 ,517 .491 .467 .448 .679 .574 1 .117 GB Wit Wit SV-j l&'/z 18'/j 21 Boston TODAY'S OAMSS 5 2 postponed 90 •eTl -—... _, (BreTT "0-2)""a'i'~ Kansas (Morehead 2-2 , nisht; Mln Cily (Bro- ."•--vf"".*;n' '"••."' .Washington ,— net 3-5) at Minnesota (Kaat 5-4), night; ' " ' i (Ja V'r' *3' , al 'vi'i'iiwavio iivaai 9-*l, n un ; New York (Peterson 9-2) at Chicago ?Ja- neskl 5-4,;, night; Oakland (Hunter (10-5) at Detroit (Cain 5-2), night; California (Murphy..6 : 5) at Cleyeland (Austin (0-£'l, nlghtr''Mll"waukee(ira'bender'T-err "at •din " " Baltimore night. (McNally 9-4 or Hardtn 2-1), Chicaso , New York Pittsburgh St Louis Philadelphia Montreal Cincinnati Atlanta Los Angeles S Hranclsco San Diego Houston W"' L 32 24 3 3 1 » 27 i? 33 37 Pet. GB .571 _ .517 3 i .373 "IS" 32 34 7W ll'/j IB 26 28 32 38 27 36 Results .710 i433 .429 10 10 UVi 17V2 17'/2 Pacific Coast League SOUTHERN DIVISION Phoenix Tucson Soli l-oke W 44 36 33 2) NORTHERN Pel. .49'* ^ GB 4 II W Last Nlahl's Results Phoenix 8, Euaene 5 lucion /, Portland 4 Tdcorna 13, Sill Lake 0 iipukanc <tl Hi»wuii (Idle) •UGENB •b r h Dccastrls cf CSP" McGraw lb Vukovich 3b Vopicfa 2b Merrill c Nutter o Messerly p Bates ph Totals 4 \ 3 2 35 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 3 1 2 1 0 1 2 °0°0 0 0 511 bl 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 n PHOENIX ah Rosaril cf Fenwick 2b Whitaker rf McKnlght lb Hart 36 Simpson If Blanco ss Jacobsen c Garibaldi p Carrithers p Totals 4 4 3 4 1 2 37 r h ? 0 1 0 0 .0 8 T 3 2 I 17 hi ? 0 2 0 0 0 1 EUGENE PHOENIX 040 010 000—5 030 Ml OOX-* PfelL DP — Eugene 3, Phoenix &S i o i^ a ;y rRO - x ^ t2B(5T: B;S|nc - 3B °* m$r '* | H - R -" " sp Smjuim (W, 7-D 4V^ 5 T - 2T23^ V A 5l^«l! tVopleka) ? i ? REPUBLIC CITY THEAmONAREPUBLIC ports Wednesday, June 17, 1970 Page 43 Eyes on the ball Associated Pre*i Watching flight of the ball of Claude Harmon Jr. off the first tee during yesterday's practice round at Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn., are from left, background, Bob Allison, Minnesota Twins outfielder, Ken Stfll and Jack Nicklaus. U.S. Open begins tomorrow. Sports Editor VERNE BOATNER Mister Wonderful THE PERFECT VACATION was saddened by news of Jim Herbuveaux's death. To those of us who knew him only professionally, the loss was nevertheless strongly fell. His impacl on local horse racing will remain for a long time. He rode the' lean years of the sport in Phoenix without becoming a pessimist. Indeed, his keen sense of humor would never allow it. But to those who knew him intimately, the news was quite a jolt. Walt Ditzen, creator of the comic strip "Fan Fare" who resides out Scottsdale way, is more famous in sports than many star athletes. But that was not Ihe case in 1951. Bui, Ihen, let Walt tell it: "I'm lucky. "I knew Jim Herbuveaux. "If there's a winner's circle in heaven, he's in it. No finer guy, and family man, ever drew a breath. "It is probably no big deal, but he, and his dear Nan were why we are here. In July of 1951, Connie and I were flying lo San Diego from Chicago in search of a new home base. We made a stop in Phoenix, which has lasted all these wonderful years. "Nan and Jim treated us to a dinner Fitz flits as Suns rookies, veterans hold cage drills S Francisco 3, Crlcago Los Angeles 1, Pittsburgh San Diego 4, St Louis Atlanta 7, Montreal Nzw York 8, Cincinnati Phlladlphia 2, Houston (13 innings) TODAY'S GAMES Atlanta (Nash 8-2) at Montreal (Stoneinan 3-8) night; ClncTnnat (6 mp- son 9-1) at New York (Gentry 6-4", nlflht; Houston (Dlerker 8-6) at Philadelphia (Fryman £3), night) Chicaso (Holtzman 7-3) at San Francisco (Pltlock 0-1); Pittsburgh Ellis 5-4J at Los Angeles (Osteen 8-6), night) St. Louis (Gibson 7-3) at San Diego (Coombs 6-4), night. By DAVE HICKS Gulml This week's baskethall diel for Phoenix Suns rookies consists of two practice sessions daily. But try to keep up with their coach! Cotton, Fitzsimmons conducts rookie workouts at 11 a.m. and T p.m. at the Coliseum — and sandwiches belween them a session wilh Ihe Suns' veterans, A few of the established Suns are Phoenix-based during the off-season and have been practicing at St. Mary's High. Meanwhile, Fitzsimmons continues assessing a roster of 18 including uon- )Mt!.'jt< John Wel/H ;. lurnxT l.ukcr The Suns will encamp at Lake Havasu for preseason workouts in September, and Filzsimmons expects "five or six" candidates from the current rookie sessions. The club's No. 1 draft choice, 6-9 Greg Howard, whose rebounding has been impressive, missed most.of the heavy action yesterday. Howard sprained a wrist Monday night. Evening sessions have attracted more iltan 1,000 spectators as the rookies |JK/l ; ti--.s iav;;iid a at the Flame restaurant, and thai was jusl the beginning. Harry Montgomery closed his rolllop desk al dark, Ihe real estale people Harry introduced us;--to closed their shops al dark, bul nol JJtn, and Nan. "We four crealed several neighBor- hood disturbances, I'm sure. After all, it WAS July, and way after dark was nicer, so we loured Ihe lown wilh Jim shining his spollighl on homes inlo the wee hours. I know we didn't buy one of those (we were DEAD in those neighborhoods) but we did buy. Never did get to San Diego. •. •'• "We felt that if Ihese people were any indicalion of the kind of neighbors we might have in Arizona, why go farther? "Jim became my son's godfather, and I became his son Johnny's godfather, \i anyone could have wanted a GOOD one, our boy got him. I'm sorry to have to say I haven't been all that good to Johnny. Tragedy makes changes. I plan to do belter, Johnny. "Let me tell you how beauliful• this man was. We, like all parents, had a bit of a problem with our boy. Jim got the word, and here's how he helped. "Talk aboul 'communicaling,' he called and said, Tell Jerry I'll pick him up at 6:30 lomorrow morning.' "He did. They went to Mass, after which, armed with a six-pack, they drove to the lookout point on South Mountain, and had quite a talk. How can I better tell you what a great pejr- son we have lost? Not just our family but his family, and all others that he touched. "There are so many fine things this man did for so many people, I can't cover all of them, but I must mention one other personal gesture. "In February of 1960, I was a real scared guy, lying in a bed after my first heart attack. J just KNEW on that day I was a loser. In walks Jim Herbuveaux and tosses a bright red horse blanket over my bed. It was inscribed, 'Winner Good Samaritan Handicap i960 Walt Pitzen.'So, suddenly, I'm a WINNER. "How wonderful can one man get? "Of course, 1 have cherished Hiat blanket

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