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Tuesday, November 4, 1969
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48 World Series hero Agee signs 1970 contract with Mets Associated Press NEW YORK—The New York Mets took a giant first step toward satisfying the newly-crowned world champions when they announced yesterday the signing of Tommie Agee for 1970. "I am very satisfied," said Agee over the telephone from New Orleans where he was between planes enroute from Mobile, Ala. to Las Vegas, Nev. '"rtiere was no problem at all, no quibbling because I got what I wanted." Neither Agee nor the Mets announced the financial details but it was believed the 27-year-old center fielder will get about $37,000 as compared to about $25,000 last season. John Murphy, Mets' general manager, confined himself to proclaiming that Agee will receive "a substantial salary increase, worthy of the terrific job he did for us." Although Agee, who hit .271 and led the Mets with 26 homers and 76 runs batted in, has been mentioned as a strong candidate for the National League Most Valuable Player Award, Agee appeared to dismiss the possibility. "A .271 hitter doesn't usually win the MVP," he said. "I wouldn't complain if Hank Aaron or Willie McCovey got it." Agee made tremendous contributions lo the Mets as they rose from ninth in 1968 to the 1969 pennant, overcoming a 9V2- game lead by the Chicago Cubs as late as mid-August. Then they climaxed the year by winning the World Series from Baltimore in five games. It had been a sensational turnabout for Agee, who came to the Mets from the Chicago White Sox in December 1967, and had hit only .217 in his first year at Shea Stadium. He was hit on the head in his first at bat in spring training and then plunged into an 0 for 34 slump. In 1969 he led the Mets in homers and RBI as well as games, 149, at bats, 565, runs, 97 and also in strikeouts, 137. He batted .357 in the playoff sweep over Atlanta. In the World Series he made two sensational catches, saving at least five runs, In the third game after leading off with a home run. He batted .166 in the series. "Pride was the biggest factor," said Agee when asked the most important element in his comeback. "After that bad year, I wanted to get back the respect of all the players—my teammates and my opponents. That, more than anything else, kept me going all year." Agee said he hoped to have "another good year" but shied away from positive goals, except for stolen bases. "My stolen bases (12) disappointed me," he said. "I was overweight about eight or nine pounds for three fourths of the season. I want to go to camp at 190 and open the season at 180 (he weighed about 188 this year). I know I can steal 35 to 40 bases at that weight." Agee said he had been fishing with teammate Cleon Jones In Mobile a couple of times and was enroute to Las Vegas where he will appear with six other Mets in a night club show. "We won't win any Academy awards," he said. "If they expect us to sing they're In trouble." After the Las Vegas date, Agee has an audition set up as a sports announcer with a New York radio station. He plans to spend the winter In New York. Billingsley coining Riding fraternity at TP bolstered Charles Billingsley, most successful apprentice jockey in the Pacific Northwest this year, will be a new face in the riding colony for the Turf Paradise season. Billingsley will check in shortly from Playfair Race Course in Spokane, Wash., where he's cinched leading apprentice honors and is among the top 10 riders despite missing the first half of the season. A 19-year-old Canadian, he's ridden 85 winners through last weekend—most of them this year. Billingsley was leading "bug boy" at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg during the first half of the summer, then rode woth success on the western Canada Prairie Circuit before shifting to Spokane. The slim, dark-haired youth rides at 109 pounds and will have the five - pound apprentice allowance until early next year. According to past history at Turf Paradise, his coming from Canada shouldn't hurt. Mesa's Jeff Anderson followed a successful Prairie Circuit campaign several seasons back by becoming a Turf Paradise and later a Chicago riding star. Last winter, Canadian - bom Don MacBeth rode out of the Dominion to capture the Playfair apprentice Turner, Lesch deadlock at 67 CHANDLER—Dick Turner, Mesa CC, and Gene Lesch, Arizona CC, fired five-under- par 67s yesterday at San Marcos CC to share low pro honors in the Arizona Chapter PGA Pro-Am Tournament. Bob Warren shot a two-un- deiTpar 70, to lead the amateurs in the field. The prize winners; Low pro—«7 (tie), Turner, Lesch/ 70, Johnny BulTa; 71 (tie , Les Wimp, John McCleary. Low teami —.61, Don Shotts - Arnold Estrella; 42, Lesch-Chuck Hlte; 63. (tie). Turner • Bob R ley. Turner - C. Solo; McClearv - Ron fely; 64, McCleary - Bill Slmpklns; Wimp - Bob Amateurs. Gross — 70, Warren; 74, Doua Anderson. Net — 65, Estrella; 66, Chuck Hankamer. Charles Billingsley crown, then became the Turf Paradise and Arizona • Downs "bug" champion. He attained further success at Ak-Sar-Ben and Centennial before moving to Chicago where he's currently riding at Sportsman's Park. Both Anderson and MacBeth are expected to strengthen the Turf Paradise jockey colony shortly for the coming campaign. Another newcomer from the Northwest will be former jockey Eugene Stallings, who will be shipping from Playfair late this week. His small stable includes the good two- year - old, Cleola L. — first and second in her last two starts. Also shipping from Playfair when a record fall meeting closes will be trainer Jim Williamson bringing the strong 10 - horse string of Cutbank, Mont., patron John B. Love. The stable includes high class sprinter Woo Lung Wong, the allowance filly Mo- riran and recent winner is Kind O'Misty, Brother Khan and Rock 'N Wind. Turf Paradise opens next Tuesday. Commission upholds fine of horseman The Arizona Racing Commission yesterday upheld a $100 fine levied on a horse owner because of possible drug stimulation of his horse at the Yavapai County Fair two months ago. The commission upheld the action of the fair stewards against G. W. Cox of Phoenix. The state agency members heard 90 minutes of testimony that state chemists detected polyethylene glycol in the urine of Carnation Boy, which won the 12th race at Prescott Aug. 31. However, state chemist Mrs. Anne Sullivan testified that the substance in her opinion, would not affect the racing condition of a horse and that upon further testing, she did not find any drug or stimulant in the sample. Cox, under questioning of lawyer Donald Cox of Eloy, testified that the track veterinarian had legally injected a pain-killer, which may have contained the glycol substance, four days before the race. Deputy Atty. Gen. Terry Pierce countered with testimony that glycol, under such a medical injection, would have disappeared in two days at the maximum. Owner Cox also testified that track stewards refused to listen to his defense at a hearing in Holbrook leading to the fine, one steward declaring he had already made up his mind. And he said the security precautions around the horse barns were faulty. "A lot of unlicensed personnel were walking around there all the time," he said. Commission chairman John Goodman reminded him that the owners and trainers are responsible for the condition of their horses at all times. SPORTS MENU TODAY PRO HOCKEY — Phoenix Roadrunners at Vancouver. PRO BASKETBALL — Phoenix Suns vs. New York, Phoenix Coliseum, 8 t> m PRO BASEBALL — Instructional League — Pilots vs. Giants, Phoenix Municipal Stadium; Mesa B vs. Dodgers, Mesa Rendezvous Park; Braves vs. Cubs, Scottsdale Stadium; Angels vs. Kansas Cltv, Tempe Pilots' Field — all games 1:30 p.m. TOMORROW PRO HOCKEY '- Phoenix Roadrunners at Portland. DOG RACING — Phoenix Greyhound PRO I'ASEBALL — instructional League — Cubs vs. Braves, Phoenix Municipal Stadium; Kansas City vs. Angels, Mesa Rendezvous Park; Giants vs. Pilots, Tempe Pilots' Field; Dodgers vs. Mesa B, Mesa Complex — all games 1:30 p.m. THURSDAY DOG RACING — Phoenix Greyhound P p r R0 8 P BASEBALL — Instructional DOG RACING — Phoenix Greyhound Park, 8 p.m. PRO WRESTLING - Phoenix Madison Square Garden, 8:15 p.m. PRO BASEBALL - Instructional League — Kansas City vs. Braves, Phoenix Municipal Stadium; Giants vs. Ansels, Mesa Rendezvous Park; Dodgers vs. Pilots, Tempe Pilots' Field; Cubs vs. Mesa B, Mesa Complex — all games 1:30 p.m. SATURDAY ASU FOOTBALL — Arizona State vs. New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M. UofA FOOTBALL — Arizona vs. Syracuse, Syracuse, N.Y. NAU FOOTBALL — Eastern New Mexico at Northern Arizona, Lumber- ^ commission also considered two other appeals. K. W. Hamilton, fined $25 for not providing a promised jockey on an April 18 Cochise County Fair race, contended he was not responsible for the jockey's non-appearance and didn't know about the fine. His case was taken under study. Jockey R. D. Smart of Tucson, 19, suspended by the Apache County Fair stewards for a recent arrest and altering his racing license, said he had learned a lesson and asked to be allowed to race again. State Steward Clancy Wallard urged that he be given another chance, and the commission reinstated him. iajk Stadium nix; ick Stadium, Flagstaff. JUCO FOOTBALL - Mesa at v- -—. Arizona Western at,. Eastern Arizona at Taft, Calif, _. Phoe- Glendale; AUTO RACING'— 'Manzanlta Speedway — Limited Modifiers and Bikes, 'DOG FACING — Phoenix Greyhound TA'SEBALL Instru League — Mesa B vs. Giants, Phoenix -' nlcjpal ' vs. .Kansas "City, Tempe" Pilots' 'Field Stadium; Braves vs. Oodg _Rende.zYOUs_ ~ ers, "/ftesa" Rendezvous"'Parkf Anflejs vs. Cubs, Scottsdale Stadium; Leaoue — Dodgers vs. Giants,, Pnoenlx Municipal. Stadium; Kansas City vs. Cubs, Scottsdale Stadium; Braves vs. Angels, Mesa Rendezvous Park; Pilots vs. Mesa B, Mesa Complex — all flames 1:30 p.m. WAC alters letter DENVER (AP) - Athletic directors of the Western Athletic Conference approved yesterday revisions in the league's letter of intent and grant-in-aid forms to more closely parallel those of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. — all games 1:30 p.m. FRIDAY PRO BASKETBALL — Phoenix Suns -, Phoenix Roadrun- tiers at Salt Lake City. 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FubUihtra-Hatt Syndicate r5B Looks like Bears wi pick first in draft Associated Press CHICAGO - Those wonderful, blundering Bears of Chicago now must guard against losing the race for Mike Phipps or Mike McCoy or somebody similar. If they don't continue their winless ways they may not be No. 1 in the player draft. The once - proud National Football League team has lost all seven of its games this season. In addition to having their worst start in 50 years of pro football, the Bears now have the distinction of being the only club in Commissioner Pete Rozelle's realm without a victory. If they can keep this up, they will win the Phipps Bowl, or something. If they can just avoid beating the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-6) in Wrigley Field Sunday, things will continue to look better. The Bears already have broken a tie with New Orleans of the American Football. League. The Saints defeated St. Louis and the Patriots trimmed Houston Sun- day, each getting its first victory. If the Bears maintain their winless pace until the end and thus have pro football's worst record, they will get first choice in the collegiate draft. That would give them a shot at Purdue's great quarterback, Mike Phipps, ii they want him. He has hit on 122 of 218 passes this season for 1,794 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is No. 1 in total yardage with 2,040 in seven games. Or the Bears might go for Mike McCoy, the 6 - foot - 5 inch, 275 - pound defensive Notre Dame monster. We are looking for a man who wants complete freedom of his time, the thrill of serving others/ with no celling on his Income, We offer a starting salary of UP to $700 a month plus bonus, a seven year training program conducted locally and In Philadelphia, complete hospitallzatlon and pension benefits and the backing of a company with over two and 1-quarter billion in assets. 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Larry Minor and Rodney Hall of Hemet, Calif., won for the third year in a Ford Bronco — the first drivers to get the checkered victory flag, after 20 hours 28 minutes. En route, they came across an accident which killed Richard Smith and Steve Smith, unrelated drivers from Long Beach, Calif., and were themselves involved in an accident. Paul Wolgang Gerhard, 31, of Ridgefield, N.J., remained in serious condition at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, Calif., after suffering a concussion in another crash. Paul Vtnton of Los Angeles was flown to a Los Angeles hospital after he was thrown from his dune buggy 100 miles short of the La Paz finish line. APT. HUNTING? BIAL 279-5030 RECORDED MESSAGE -Advertisement- ON THE AIR . fT* > •>«* < THIS WEEK Tonight at 8:45 ROADRUNNERS! at Vancouver Wednesday at 8:45 ROADRUNNERS! at Portland Friday at 7:45 ROADRUNNERS! at Salt Lake With AL McCOY KPHO/KBUZ-Fm 910 104.7 . "<istf'x; PROPERTIES iNC. DEALER SPORTS FANS I'll Bet You Didn't Know fey Salos Manager Joe Gama Did you know there was once a pro football team that had EIGHT members of the same family playing on It? ... When Columbus, Ohio was In the National Football League in the early . years, they had eight players named Nesser — seven brothers and the son of the oldest brother! Here's an oddity about the man who led the American Football League in rushing last season, Paul Robinson . .. Even though Robinson became a pro football champion, he did not go out for football at all his first three years at the University of Arizona . . . Yet, oddly enough, Robinson turned out to be a pro football star. Here's an oddity about the Green Bay Packers name . . . The Packers got their name rom a meat-packing company, he Indian Packing Co., which supplied uniforms when the earn was founded In 1919—(employees of the packing company were called "packers" so the 'ootball players were called 'Packers" too)—but soon after, the Indian Packing Co. went out of business . . . The Packer football team, however, never changed its nickname and, so, ;oday, the world of football has the odd situation of seeing one of its most famous and successful teams still carrying the name of a long-gone, unsuccess- ul little meat-packing company. I'll bet you didn't know that -ou can buy a brand new 1970 Chevy Pickup with Air Cond., Wide Bed, and Gauges for only 2450. MIDWAY Chevrolet 7fh five, & Grand DOWNTOWN PHOENIX THE *YOU-NAME-IT" LOAN. Up to $5,000 for anything you can name. Think of it this way. The equity you have right now in your home is money. Money you could put to work. Seaboard can now make big money loans. As much as $5,000 on real estate. 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