The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on May 5, 1970 · Page 16
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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 16

Des Moines, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 5, 1970
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Not a Ball For Kids I DON'T care what anybody says, I like Little League baseball. After a day of contemplating death, taxes and RichanJ~(The-President) "NiJF" dn, it's nice to go out to a .JiekLand-watduyour kid play ball. That's the trouble with Little League, however; it's great for parents but It doesn't do much for the kids. _ Your average Little League player will play about 100 innings of baseball in a season, get to bat 40 or 50 times and spend an inordinate amount of time standing around while adults lay out diamonds, arrive at Byzantine interpretations of elaborate, rules and do all the other things that make adults happy. Which is too bad, because playing ball the right way — that ts to say, without adults hanging .around — can be very instructive for a youngster/ When 'I was a kid, we played two kinds of ball: sandlot ball and vacant lot ball. Sandlot ball was for the better players, it was played on real diamonds with an u m p i r e and, occasionally, uniforms. The major difference between it and Little League ball was that it included no adult managers. A kid would get together a team of friends and enter it in a league and the kids would then hustle local merchants for money for uniforms (rather than have their parents do it). If we couldn't hustle the uniforms, we played In mufti. The players were responsible for arranging practices" and showing up. for games on time and for the laying out of the foul lines. They were, ultimately, responsible for the game.. (We..didn't bother much - with team names, like the "Tigers" or "Orioles," either. 1 remember once plat/- ing /or a team called the "Kopchas," because the hid who organized it was named Larry Kopcha.) It was good ball but it was neither so good nor so popular as vacant lot ball, which EVERYBODY played -— constantly. . i Vacant lot ball was played 1 on a vacant lot near home with neighborhood kids of-all ages, -size* and • skills. The rules varied with the circumstances but there were seldom more than six men to a side. The batting team was obliged to provide the catcher who, in turn, was expected to field his position to the best of his ability despite his obvious conflict of interest. Dis-, putes, in the absence of urn-, pires, were settled by.voice vote. If you didn't have enough players to cover the field, which was often, hitting the ,ball tato right fiejd was aa automatic out. Hitting the ball across the street, over the fence and into a yard was ALWAYS an automatic ,out because the lady who lived there would keep the ball. We called the lady, rather uncharitably, "Radar" because she spent each evening by her screen, waiting for a ball to fly over. If the ball was hit into the street and a car was .coming, the fielder would yell "Car!" and the base runners .were expected to halt until the way was clear. rpHE. marvelous thing about _L the system was that we didn't have a rule written down any place and we never had to turn to a higher authority to settle an argument. Sure, we had arguments, lots of them; but we resolved them out of a sense of fair play and rough justice. Ultimately, it would come down to where we had to decide whether we wanted to keep on arguing or start playing ball. We generally started playing ball. It was great training in the resobtion of controversy, a training totally lacking in Little League ball. And, incidentally, you got to play a lot of ball, such as it was. It wasn't unusual to - bat 46 or 50 times an evening (games were of indeterminate length, the conclusion agreed to as darkness approached). Hie spirit that informed vacant lot ball was Robert Frost's credo: "Did you come to play tennis, or did you come to see if the lines on the court are straight?" If you have to make a criticism of Little League, that's tf: ISerVs too" much line Straightening, not enough — Donald Saul Pulitzer Prize; Unearthed The Massacre at My Lai NEW YORK, N. Y. (AP) - Seymour M. Hersh, a free-fence nvesUgator who uncovered the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, Monday won the 1970 Pulitzer prize for international reporting. Hersh, 33, said he received lis original tip on My Lai from a Pehtagon source. He pursued the information Ihrough a $2,000 private grant and-eventually-distributed the story to • 36 newspapers after magazines had turned it down. The award for feature photography was given to Dallas Kinney, a former lowan, lor his portfolio of pictures of migrant workers in Florida, en- tttied^Migratioa to Misery." The son of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Kinney of Iowa Falls, he 'ormerly worked for the Du- biique .Telegraph-Herald and he Washington (la.) Journal. Kinney, 3, is now with the Palm Beach Post in Florida. In the field of journalism, Vewsday, a Garden City, N.Y., daily, won its second Pulitzer prize in. 16 years for public service for a three-year campaign exposing secret land deals involving public and polit- cal office holders on Long Is- and. Spot Photography A separate award for cartooning went to a Newsday staff member, Thomas F. Dar- Steve Starr, 25, Associated Press photographer in Albany, N.Y., won the. prize for spot news. photography, for his picture showing armed Negro militants at Cornell University. In the field of letters, the drama .prize went to Charles Gordone, a Negro playwright, for "No Place to Be Somebody," an off-Broadway play described as "black-black comedy." Dean Acheson, secretary of state in the Truman administration, won the citation in the field of history for his book, "Present at the Creation; My Years in the State Department." Jean Stafford's "Collected Stories" was the fiction award winner. 'Huey Long" by T. Harry Williams won the prize in biography, and Richard Howard's 'Untitled Subjects" was selected in the field of poetry. Psychoanalyst Erik H. Erikson became the Pulitzer prize winner in general non-fiction with "Gandhi's Truth." Each of the individual prizes in journalism and the arts carries a $1,000 cash award. Newsday receives a .gold medal for the public service prize. In other journalism categories, Thomas Fitzpatrick of ;he Chicago Sun-Times, won the prize for local reporting-general !6r his eyewitness account of the beginning of the "four days of rage" by. student radicals in Chicago last October. Harold Eugene Martin, editor and publisher of the Montgomery, Ala., Advertiser and Alabama Journal, was awarded the prize for local reporting-special by exposing a scheme to use Alabama prisoners for drug ex perimentation. Haynsworth Bid William J. Eaton's articles for the Chicago Daily News about the unsuccessful nomination of Judge Clement F. Haynsworth, jr., for the U.S. Supreme Court secured the award for national reporting. The prize in editorial writing went to Philip L. Geyelin, editor of the editorial page of the Washington P.QSt.. . „ Two new categories of prizes were Inaugurated this year— for distinguished criticism and commentary. Marquis W. Childs of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.i became the first commentary winner for his Washington column. The initial winner for criticism was Ada Louise Huxtable, architecture critic of the New York Times. The awards were provided for by the late Joseph Pulitzer founder of the St. Louis Post- Dispatch and publisher of the old New York World. They are made each year by the trustees of Columbia University, upon recommendation of the Advisory Board on Pultizer prizes. Gets 40 Years For Burglary 1300 Scholarship To Goose Lake Girl of the i4 men aboard. Bonnie -Sorensen of Goose|Force Base Monday, killing 13 ,ake has' been awarded a $300 cholarship by the women's auxiliary of the Iowa Chiroprac- ic Society. The presentation was made at the society's annual convention here-during the weekend. .. TROOP PLANE FALLS, 13 DIE HAMILTON AIR FORCE BASE, CALIF. (AP) - A tWo- engine troop carrier plane crashed and burned in a grove of eucalyptus, trees just after i takeoff from Hamilton Air found by a nearby rancher, was Capt. George Burk, who lives on the base.- Names of the 13 dead were withheld by the Air Force pending notification of Beit of kin. The T-29 Cbnvair of the 1st Fighter Whig toot rrff in fog at 8 a.m. for Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Wash., with 10" passengers and a crew of four, fhe^ base, reported.losing radar and radio contact within two minutes. \ the burning wreckage was found 40 minutes x later about eight miles north-northeast of the base. %s v Cause of the crash was uride- termincd. CLOSE THEATERS TAIPEI, FORMOSA (AP) The Formosan movie industry said nearly half the Island's 320 theaters have closed in the past few months. (Th» Reolsltr'* low* New* Sirvlct) PBJMGHAR, IA. - Henry George Sterler, #, of Hartley was sentenced to 40 years Monday in the Anamosa Men's Reformatory after pleading guilty to an aggravated burglary charge. The sentence was handed down by District Judge James P. Keljley after Sterler pleaded guilty to the charge and waived jury trial. Sterler broke into the Donald Lanigan home near Sanbom Jan. 24 and threatened Mrs. Lanlgan with a gun, authorities said. In a subsequent car jdhase je was wounded by an O'Brien County sheriffs deputy. j take to the sun! ffiutterbyd $13 1. "Hand Screen Print" for town or resort wear. Neckline and armholes finished with French binding. Back zipper closing. Acetate screen print is machine washable. White and black or white and blue. 10 to 20, 12 '/4 to 22 y 3 . 2. "Lively Summer Print" destined for the fashion rout* all season. Back zipper closing, "trumpet" skirt. 60/60 Blend of Avril® rayon and cotton. Washable. Cool screen ,->, print of blue or pink. 10 to 18. Boulevard Shop; street level, Parkade, Downtown and most stores. Phone 244-1112, ext. 463. On mail ordei's add 39c tax, 65c postage and handling. YOUNKERS £ JYOUNKERS Mother 1 ! D*j Princess Gardner designs "Vogue" accessories for • Mother's « gift Sleek, sporty romella cowhide with embossed black trim. Her favorite colors of vintage red, peacock blue or wicker tan. Choose, the one she wants .., Registrar® Billfold $5 "Tri-Pastite" French Purse ,.$5 "Continental" Clutch. 7.50 "Continental" French Purse, double 5" frame $6 Mini-Purse $4 Cigarette Case, 100 MM 4;50 Eyeglass Case. '. .3.50 Cigarette Lighter. $3 Key Card® $3 Checkbook Secretary $10 Leather Goods, first floor, Downtown and most stores. Phone 244-1112, ext 257. On mail orders add 3% tax, 45c postage and handling, 15c each additional item. give your mother a matched set YOUNKERS Pullman Jumbo Pullman $60 Air-Nita $40 Cosmetic case $40 Sholda-Tote 29750 Ventura Pullman cases . . : the best case an the world for travel. Convenient combination lock so there's never a problem with losing keys. Scuff resistant, Dara- Vinyl sponges clean. They hold more, so she can pack more. Sherri-pink, midnight blue, copea blue, avocado green, melon, red, white or jet black. Also, famous "DeLuxe Stripes of Faahion" in the 2000 series, including "That" blue, the newest fashion bombshell. 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You'll look, stay and feel fresh all day- long in this lightweight Arnel* triacetate jersey print Suin- raer short sleeves. Self ti« belt. Black and white or brown and white. Sizes 14 % to 24 J /i. EECCT Boulevard Shop; street level, Parkade, Downtown, Merle Hay Plaza, Eastgate and most stores. Phone 244-1112, ext 463. On mail order* »dd 72c tax, 65c postage and handling.

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