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The News from Frederick, Maryland · Page 10

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Pace A.10 THE NEWS, Frederick, Maryland Former Boxer Ortiz Succumbs At 53 SAN DIBGO CAP) - Manuel Ortii, world bantamweight boxing champion from 1942-1950, has died of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of S3. Thefiery little Mexican scrapper succumbed Sunday at San Diego Naval Hospital. In Went years he had lived quietly in Q Centre, east of here, working at. odd jobs. Ortiz won the California amateur title in 1937, captured flu National Golden Gloves crown later that year and turned pro in 1938. He fought mostly in Los Angeles, remaining active until 1955. "He sold, out the Olympic Auditorium. He was quite popular in L.A.," said Sparky Rudolph, a fight manager in £1 Centre. It was in Los Angeles that Ortiz won the world bantam- weight title with a 12-round decision over Lou Salica. Through the war years and after he fought numerous overweight bouts with boxers like Lauro Silas, Carlos Chavet and Willie Pep. '' Pep called him "a real two- Gated puncher. He used to pun- Uh me a lot in the Main Street Gy at* On Jan. 6, 1947, Ortiz lost a i5-round decision to Harold Dade in San Francisco for the title but 64 days later he beat Dade in Los Angeles in 15 rounds. Ortis held the title until Vic Toweel beat him in 15 rounds in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 31, 1950. Those were the days before bantamweights like Lionel Rose and Ruben Olivares fought title bouts for $100,000-and over purses. Summit Point Set For Road Racers SUMMIT POINT, W.VA., Pat Goodman, Summit Point Speed- 1 way General Manager, announced that the Association of American Motorcycle Road Racers will run their third race of the 1970 season on June 6 - 7 . Billed as a Regional, the entry is expected to top ISO riders. Three races are scheduled for Saturday, the first starting at 4p.m. and five races are listedforSun- day beginning at 1 p.m. Standard, Production and Street Classes will run on Saturday with 200 cc to the Unlimited cycles running Sunday. Summit Point Speedway is located 6 miles .Southwest of Charles Town, W. Va, Ed Moran riding a Kawasaki will be down from New Jersey trying to make it 5 out of 6 wins at Summit Point. Also expected is Graham James from Florence, Alabama who is rated an AMA Expert. Kurt Leibmann will bring bis 4 cylinder 7% cc Honda from Bergenfield New Jersey and is expecting competition from Kawasaki rider Pat Williams in the Unlimited Class. Those who think that his is exclusively a mans sport should see Paula Donelan from Baltimore and Carol Heisterman from Davenport, Iowa, two young ladies who add a lot of sparkle to the field and always manage to place well competing against the men. Practice begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and Camping is allowed at the track. " "He was guaranteed $50,000 but he didnt get all of it I guess he got about $20,000 and then never got another pay meat," said Rudolph. His former manager, Bobby Farmer, said, "It's a real shame. He was a great little fighter. He made a lot of money for those days but he spent it all." After losing the title, he had only eights fights with a record of 3-5 until he retired in 1953. In 1955, he tried to make a comeback with two. three-round knockouts but lost Dec. 10 in Mexico City and then quit for good with a pro career record of 92-27-3 with 45 knockouts. Unser Ahead In Auto Points INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) The 1,000 points Al Unser picked up for winning the 500-mile Memorial Day race at the Indian. apolis Motor Speedway put him far ahead in the U.S. Auto Club's championship circuit Unser leads with 1,790 points. Dan Gurney, his closest pursuer with 1,000 wont compete in the 150-iraler Sunday at Milwaukee. Defending USAC champion Mario Andretti is third with 960 points. The winner at Milwaukee will get 300 points. There was no competition in the USAC stock car division last week. A 100-miler, rained out Sunday at Kaukauna, Wis., will be run Friday night. "FIVE MINUTE BREAK. . ."Jockeys at Monmouth Park got an unscheduled rest period of five minutes before start of first race of the season at the Oceanport, N. J. track when a power failure in the plant held up the start of the mile and 70 yard event. After remounting in the inaugural event jockey Carlos Marquez piloted SANTO DOMINGO to victory. (AP Wirephoto) In All-Star Balloting The University of Mexico received its worst defeat against Arizona State in track and field this spring, 87-57. It was the most one-skied loss bytheLobos since Hugh Hackettbecame coach 11 years ago. Gene Autry is chairman of the board of the California Angels. Many Write-In Votes Expected Abel Hopes To Extend Streak At Hagerstown Only one driver out of the 29 different drivers that have won modified feature races at the Hagerstown Raceway since the track reopened on a regular schedule in 1964 has won a feature every year. That driver is Wrightsville, Pa. veteran Bobby Abel. Abel was the first out-of-the- area top driver to race at the struggling new oval back in that first full year of operation. Since that time, Abel has com- pleted every year and has won at least one race at Hagerstown. He has run up a total of 16 features on the Western Maryland oval to place him in a tie with Ray Dovel as the track's top career winner. a track record for one season. He, like Abel, only won one feature race last year. No driver can come near Abel's string of wins, in fact, no other driver among the 29 can claim a win every year but one. Four drivers have won in every season but two, Dovel, Jack Deniston, Johnny Grum and Mitch Smith. Only one of these career drivers has^won this year at Hagerstown, that being defending champion Grum. Abel will need to make victory lane sometime this year to keep intact his tremendous record string. ' Two drivers won for the first time on the Hub-City half-mile this year, Bill Banick and Ralph Quarterson. Banick has won twice in the 1970 season. up a toiai at nine in '68, Abel did not race the super- modified-sprint circuit much last season and many though he had hung up his goggles. But this year finds him back in his familiar orange and blue No. 2 super and two weeks ago he made his first appearance at Hagerstown. The pudgy driver won three that first year, thenfollowedwitfa seven in 1965; one each in '66 and '67; thre in 1968; and one last year, In contrast, Dovel of Elkton, Va., who after two starts has not competed the past month this season, did not win his first race at Hagerstown until 1966, winning four that year. He followed with two in '67 and then By JACK HAND Associated Press Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) - The write-in vote should be heavy for the baseball AUStar game with people such as Rico Carty, Bill Grabarkewitz, Felipe Alou and Alex-Johnson .not even on the ballot A check of the top ten hitters in each of the two major leagues through games of Sunday, May 31, shows that 10 of the 20 were not nominated for the ballot It was announced that candidates were selected by major league managers and player representatives early in spring training because of the time 'necessary to print and distribute ballots. The voting was to have started last Saturday and will run through June 28. One of the most embarrassing omissions from the list of nominees is Carty, the Atlanta Slugger, who continues to throw his Weight around the National League. At the latest reading, Carty was hitting .436 or 42 points above any other regular (at least 125 at bats) in either league. · In addition to batting at a .556 clip during Hie past week, Carty has boosted his home run total to 14 and has driven in 45 runs. Grabarkewitz was just another infield candidate with the Los Angeles Dodgers during the spring but he chased away all the other third basemen and is sailing along at a .374 level just behind Cincinnati's Tony Perez, .376, who was nominated for the ;eam. Maybe the absence of Felipe Alou and Johnson from the American League list can be blamed on the fact that both were traded to the AL from the National League during the winter and some managers might not have been familiar with their credentials. Well, they are familiar with their credentials now. Alou is hitting .344 for the Oakland A's and Johnson is batting .366 for the California Angels and ranks second to Rod Carew of Minnesota, .394, who was nominated for the team. Other members of the Ameri- Baseball Getting Fouled Up By Using Computer Gimmicks By FRANK ECK AP Newsfeatures Sports Editor "In the stretch drive last year when the Braves won the Western Division in the National League, Rico Carty was probably the best hitter a manager could ever ask for," Clete Boyer was saying this spring. And yet the Baseball Commissioner's office is trying to find some sort of reasoning for leaving Carty off the ballots for the July 14 Ail-Star game. "Rico was out all of 1968 with tuberculosis," adds Boyer. "He was the comeback player of the year, not only in the NL but in both major leagues. Yet, the writers who voted in the poll picked Tommy Agee of the Me ts. Agee didn't even hit .300. Carty batted .342 in 104 games which are enough for him to be classified as a regular. "I don't know if the Braves could have won without him last fall." The American League also has a legitimate gripe with the way baseball is permitting Madison Avenue to set up computerization. Al Kaline, one of the most valuable men ever to play in Detroit, was omitted from the Ail- Star ballots. Kaline, American Leaguers insists, should be an Ail-Star every summer just as were Mickey Mantle and Stan Musial in their hey day and just as Willie Mays is now even though he's in the shadow of his career. Kaline was the youngest ever to win a hitting title, has a 17-year average of .302 and has played in 14 Ail-Star games. It's a cinch Earl Weaver of the Baltimore Orioles, the American League All - Star manager, will pick Kaline for his outfield. Carty undoubtedly will be chosen by Met pilot Gil Hodges, who will lead the National League. Regarding the site, baseball made a decision on May 30. If Cincinnati's new Riverfront Stadium isn't ready by then, it's Atlanta here we come. Carty meant so much to the Braves last year that general Manager Paul Richards and manager Luman Harris agreed they could dispose of Felipe Alou (.282) and use Tony Gonzalez (.294) in center field. Alou was traded to the Oakland Athletics and in return the Braves got Jim Nash, a starter for a pitching staff hi need of help. Maybe baseball will get smart in the future and take its Madison Avenue ideas to the winter meetings each December and let the managers discuss the rules of selection. After all, the managers know more about the game than the commissioner's office. If they don't baseball is in deep trouble. The sports page space devoted to the recent rhubarb created by the omission of Carty and Kaline from the ballots could have been put to better use - say to promote bat days, cap days, T- shirt days and ladies' days. Any day now the commissioner's office might tell the 24 ball clubs to give away trading stamps with the purchase of each reserved, seat - provided Madison Avenue has a trading stamp account. Baseball still owes apoligies to many sports writers who write advance stories on last year's Ail-Star game. R was held In Washington and not even Madison Avenue could find the proper way to invite President Nixon to the big dinner or to the scheduled night game which was Hooded out. Writers were under the impression that they were voting for the best players by petition, that is until Madison Avenue came along with some inane sug- gestions. Willie Mays wound up in right field on an "All" team and good ole' Willie called them on it. "Ah don't remember playing right field," say Hey said. And in the confusion, Mauor Smith, the golfer from Lake Worth, Fla., who manages the Detroit Tigers, was found sitting in with the crowd. The commissioner's office, or Madison Avenue, forgot to put him on the dais. All Mayo did was lead the Tigers to a World Series victory over Bob Gibson and the St. Louis Cardinals, thanks to Mickey Lolich's three wins. The · commissioner's office (he's Bowie Kuhn, incidentally) gave out watches to writers of 25 years standing. A number of writers were bypassed, including this member who joined the Baseball Writers Association of America in 1933. · "We're sorry," said a spokesman, "we'll find an excuse to get you a watch." If the commissioner's office ever finds the excuse they might ship the watch to our grandson. He will appreciate the memento. He's six tears old and always says "thanks." Baseball is a great game, de spite the willy - nilly expansion and the guys who try to dream up gimmicks. AW MAW, COM£ ,,. PL6A5B.' All-StarGame Will Stay hi Cincinnati NEW YORK (AP)- The 1970 major league All-Star baseball game will be played in Cincinnati's new Riverfront Stadium as scheduled, Tuesday, July 14, commissioner Bowie Kuhn announced Monday. The Reds will start playing regular season games there June 30. The commissioner said he had been assured by Frank Dale, president of the Cincinnati Reds, that the Riverfront Stadium would be available in time for the game with all in-park and playing facilities in excellent shape. Because of speculation that the stadium might not be ready, the commissioner on April 21 set a May 30 deadline for the Cincinnati club to advise ~ him whether the new park would be ready. First base coach Elston Howard of the New York Yankees was the last catcher voted mostvalu- able player honors in the American League. He got the award in 1963. can League's Top Ten who were not nominated for All-Star consideration in the spring are Vada Pinson of Cleveland, .336, another former National Leaguer who was traded to the Indians by St. Louis, and Al Kaline of Detroit, .329, an American Leaguer all the way whose omission still is puzzling. The National League's Top Ten has six non-nominees. In addition to Carty and Grabarke- witz they are Dick Dietz, San Francisco catcher. .350. Clarence Gaston, San Diego center fielder, .342, Ken Henderson, San Francisco outfielder, .335, and Art Shamsky, New York Mets' first baseman-outfielder, .331. From the list of nominees in Tom Johnson Named Coach BOSTON (AP) -- Tom Johnson, a former outstanding National Hockey League defense- man and executive with the" Boston Bruins for the last seven years, was named coach Monday of the Stanley Cup .champions. Johnson, 42, was signed to a one-year contract to succeed Harry Sinden, who surprised the hockey world by resigning after leading the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup in 29 years. "After giving consideration to all candidates, we decided we had the man right here in our office who was best suited for the job," general manager Milt Schmidt said. "After all, he's been closely associated with the club for the past few years and he wont have to start from scratch. Furthermore, the players respect him." Johnson played 13 seasons for the Montreal Canadiens, helping them to eight Stanley Cup championships. Obtained by the Bruins in June, 1963, he played one and one-half years before his playing career was ended by a left leg injury. He moved into, the front office and has served as Schmidt's assistant for the last year. die National League the top averages are Perez, Cincinnati third baseman, .376, Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh right fielder, .346, Denis Menke, Houston shortstop, .335, and Richie Hebner, Pittsburgh third baseman, .331. American League nominees who are hitting among the leaders include Carew, Frank Robinson, Baltimore outfielder, .357, Luis Aoaracio* Hricago shorts- top, .348, Roy White, New York Yankee left fielder, .333, Tony Oliva, Minnesota right fielder, .330 and Harmon KillebreW; Minnesota third baseman, .329, Among the long ball hitters who are not on the ballot and iced write-in votes are Danny Walton, Milwaukee left fielder, who has driven in 38 runs and Nate Colbert, the San Diego . first baseman, who has hit 1' home runs. "But, Henry, what is there to do on a Southern Maryland vacation ?" AskLJnda: CP Telephone WAREHOUSE CLEARANCE PAINT GLAMOUR INTERIOR LATEX White aadCetors Re»$7.63kl. SEMI GLOSS ENAMEL mHtM4C.br Hag. $8.10 GaL Sole * 3 82 Gal. CAVCO 301 N. MARKET ST. DIAL 662-1980 LEASE YOUR NEW CAR PLYMOUTH Fury III CHEVROLET FORD Impala Gafexie Afr Conditioning, Automatic Trans., Power Steering, Whitewall Tires, Radio, Tinted Glass. MO 6 00 Mo. 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