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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 100

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Wednesday, November 5, 1969
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CITY Championship pride engulfs Mets 9 GM Murphy ' By BOB JACOBSEN "It liad to rank as one of my greatest thrills ever," commented New York Mets' general manager Johnny Murphy. "But it was more of a pride-type thrill as opposed to a ballplayer's spontaneous-type thrill." Murphy, here in Phoenix along with the other 23 major league general managers for their annual winter meetings at Camelback Inn, of course was referring to the Mets' spectacular rise to the world championship. "Gil (Hodges, Mets' manager) and I both feel the same way. We both were on championship (•earns as players and it's a different kind of feeling. You look on it with pride, and that you had a little something to do with it." Murphy spent 13 years In the big leagues, 12 with the New York Yankees, and compiled a pitching record of 93-53. Hft signed in 1929 with the Yankees out of Florida and reached the big club in 1932. He played on seven pennant winners (1936-39, '41-43) and five world championship teams ("36-39, '41)i "Young Gary Gentry of Arizona State really helped us out," Murphy continued. He came along quicker than anticipated and surpassed our expectations. His control seemed to get better as the season progressed and getting his curve ball over was a big thing. All in all, he had a tremendous year." The Mets' GM was instrumental in obtaining Toramie Agee, Al Weis, and Donn Clendenon — all of whom were outstanding in the Mets' Series' triumph over the Baltimore Orioles. "We look for a better year with the bat from Agee. He did a lot things for us, but we hope, lie can better his .271 average of last year. 'What we'll be looking for this winter will be more hitters. Cleon Jones (.340) and Art Shamsky (.300) were our only .300 hitters. We won on great pitching and tremendous team spirit. The players finally realized they really could win." Shea Stadium, the Mets' home in New York, underwent three resodding jobs in three weeks. And luckily, the first two gave the sod time to reknit. The last one, after the Series, posed problems for the Mets' tenants—the Jets—causing their AFL game with Houston to be scheduled a day later. "The ground crew did a tremendous job," commented Murphy. "They had a lot of work to do in a short time and came through. The field looked great for the World Series." Murphy, the prime candidate for General Manager of the Year, brushes it off. "I'll certainly be thrilled If I get it," said Murphy, "but it usually goes along with winning the championship and the glory of the team." Knicks have knack; sink Suns 116-99 Hallock: BYU ouster unlikely THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1969 SO p age 53 Associated Press DENVER — Commissioner Wiles Hallock of the Western Athletic Conference said last night, "In my opinion, I don't believe such drastic action is contemplated by the conference council" as asking Brigham Young University to withdraw from the eight-university league. BYU is a charter member of the conference, formed in 1962. At the same time, Hallock told a news conference that "under the present circumstances at contests .of teams with BYU demonstrations may be expected and student activism can be expected to erupt." Hallock said the council, made up, of directors of athletics and faculty representatives of the eight universities, spent three hours yesterday afternoon discussing the situation involving the Mormon Church-operated university at Provo, Utah. This was after the council listened to a presentation by two officials of the Black Students Union at the University of Arizona. One of them, Gale Dean, urged that Brigham Young be expelled from the WAC. Hallock said the conference council hopes to have a statement to issue after the final session today of the three-day meeting. Hallock told reporters "There is a feeling in the council that this problem is not going away." "At the same time," he said, "the council does feel that the precepts of the Mormon Church are not in the purview of this conference." Dean Milton F. Hartvigsen, the Brigham Young faculty representative, issued a printed statement to other council members saying that church policy "in no way restricts anyone from attending BYU because of the color of his skin." He said "There is not a large number of black students on our campus. But that is a result of their decisions, not of our policy." Dean, chairman of the BSU at Arizona, said in his statement to the council that the big question is whether '"a black man in the Western Athletic Conference . . . has a right to object to any doctrine or preachment contrary to his being." Sports Editor VEilNE BOATNER The Great Scorer THE CUSTOMERS ALWAYS WRITE: Dear Sir: Coach Dave Gates of Mesa Westwood ... is the No. 1 coach of the state. His third string can play with the best of teams. This was shown against Kofa. Some people might, at first sight of a 100-6 score, get a little perturbed. However, second looks and checking show there isn't any communication failure between coach Gates and his team. It shows that he is doing the job in a first- class manner, which he is being paid to do. . . Westwood High's Warriors are tops in sportsmanship as well as being a top notch team. CARL J. BLANTON Tempe Dear Sir: I read your sports story in which the Westwood coach denied he had tried to run up the score ... His claim was that he substituted freely and early in an attempt to keep down toe score . . , and that he did not feel as if kicking on second down, etc., would be justified. Why then did he have his starting offensive players in the game most of the third quarter and why did he let his offensive starters run a fourth and 10 play for a touchdown, also in the third quarter? If the above is not evidence of irresponsible coaching, then I think I will give up watching high school football. . . GEORGE ROGERS » Yuma There seems to be a slight difference of opinion here. Did we have any disinterested, unbiased observers at the game who would care to come forth and testify? Dear Sir: Tjust read your column, "Black Eye of the WAC." The thing that I don't understand is that these black athletes knew of Brig* hart Young University before they accepted scholarships to play football or Basketball or what have you. They didn't have to accept the scholarship offered by Wyoming or any other WAC school if they felt this-way about BYU. The thing that I can't understand is two years ago they played Louisiana State in the Sugar Bowl. Why didn't they object them? I'm quite sure LSU did not have and maybe still doesn't have Negro athletes ... HAROLD TITUS I can't speak for the black athletes, Harold. But just because I don't object to something today doesn't mean I forfeit forever the right to do so. Dear Sir: I want to thank you for providing the inside information on what actually happened at Wyoming ... As a former resident, I followed the radio and newspaper reports on the dismissals with great interest, but all I ever got was the black athletes' version of what happened . Don't you people in the news media believe in telling both sides any more? GEORGE HANSEN From what I understand, university officials decided uot to tell their side to the press. Hawkins hits 39, but Reed & Co. roll on Before exiting prematurely from Coliseum game last night, Phoenix' Gail Goodrich drives against Knicks' John Warren. Goodrich was ejected from Republic Photo by Roy cosway game, and hot Knicks registered 17-point victory before 10,552. lially lor 4-2 decision Canucks pluck 'Runners By FRANK GIAJMELLI Republic Sports Writer VANCOUVER - The new look Roadrunners played more like the birds of the past last night —; so naturally they lost to Vancouver 4-2 in Kush looks to WAC title for A-State inspiration •-.-.. Jl •••- \ SPORTS TODAY WO) (FM-104.7, 9 p,m. TEMPE ~ Arizona State's Sun Devils wiped out three years of frustration with their 30-14 football victory over Wyoming last Saturday night. They've been frustrated against New Mexico, too, but it didn't take nearly as long to settle the score. The Lobos rolled up, a 28-7 halftime lead off the Sun Devils last year in Tempe,, but A-State roared back for a 63-28 victory. The fact that the Devils don't have any scores to settle i§ what worries ASU coach Frank Kush, "Our two best games by far," says Kush, "have been agajnst Minnesota and Wyo.«\ing, Gup mqgjflj ouflo^ was goad and we Kept errors to a mhiimura. "The kids wanted the Minnesota game ByBOBEGER because of the prestige, Against Wyoming, they had those-scores from the past three years to settle." ..'V But what atxwt New Mexico, which offers no prestige or revenge factors? Kush is hoping the possibility of a conference championship'and a postseason bowl berth will serve as adequate incentive for his troops. If the Devils can close put with victories against New Mexico,- Texas-El Paso, Colorado State and Arizona, they stand a good 'chance of their first Western Conference title ever- A four-game sweep would mak,e them 64 in the league, and ttabptigft-fce good enough to win it, Continued on Page 65 their Western Hockey League joust here. It wasn't hockey at its best — by either club. And if there's a penance to be served for defeat, the first thing Road- rtinner coach Alt' Pike might do today would be to go back to game basics and explain nomenclature and uses for tools of the trade. Number one could be "this is a stick. It is used to pass and carry the puck." This was a phase of the game in which the Roadrunners were especially sloppy. The flaw was deadly in the first minute. Morris Stefaniw flubbed what was already a bad. pass from behind his own net. Vancouver's Andy Bathgate stole the puck from between his feet and went in to score unassisted at the 58 second mark. The Roadrunners came back to tie before the period ended and got the only point of tho second to lead 2-1 going into the windup period. But the combination of Canuck power and 'Runner errors resulted in three Vancouver goals.. 'The last was into an empty net with one second left in the match as the Runners put six shooters onto the ice trying to tie. The night started viciously with Va^ couveryifowie Young trying to }»ajn- burger everything in a blue uniform. He drew one penalty at 4:18 and got another almost as soon as he returned to the ice. He protested the issue so vehemently he was given a 10 minute misconduct penalty and then was tossed out of the game when he kept disputing referee Dave Newell. The loss is the second in a row for Pheonix on this road trip which started with a win at San Diego. The Runners try to pull even with a match at .Portland tonight. Goalie Rick Charron had 20 acrobatic stops against Vancouver's stepped- up attack especially when the Canucks went goal hunting in the third period. He earned No. 3 game star honors for his effort. Andre Hinse got the goal that pulled Phoenix into a first period tie, deflect* ing Bob McCbrd's shot from the back line. Jim Paterson got Phoenix's other point, stealing a pass and firing a 30- iboter. By DAVE TUCKS Q—What's the hardest thing to beat around the State Fair midway? A—The New York Knicks. Phoenix joined a none - too - exclusive club of Knick victims for the second time this season as NY registered a punishing 116-99 decision last night. A Coliseum crowd listed at 10,552 watched the smooth functioning New Yorkers extend their record to 12-1, but a glance at the parking lot indicated that several fans must have driven two cars. The Suns (3-6) became the seventh Knick victim to settle for fewer than 100 points as the NBA's Eastern leaders shunted everyone except The Hawk and didn't have to contend with Gail Goodrich for the last 17 minutes. Flipping in 17 of 20 free throw attempts, Connie Hawkins drilled 39 points —his high in the NBA — and virtually was the Suns' lone threat. "This was easily my most productive night," said Hawkins, who accounted for a team record with his 20 free throw attempts. "I was moving better than I had." But the Knicks, who should be assigned to a tougher league, had Willis Reed, a lethal package of force and finesse. Reed scored 34 points and nabbed 14 rebounds. Meanwhile, all around their southpaw center, the Togetherness Terrors displayed their typical balanced assault. Walt Frazier and Dick Barnett delivered 39 points and defensive harassment in backcourt and the Knicks got lifts again from their dependable bench. The opposing coaches were impressed with the opposing "supers." Said the Suns' John Kerr: "I don't remember Reed missing seven shots." Said the Knicks Red Holzman: "Hawkins has it all. And they got the ball to him tonight — more than enough to please us." Reed was 12-for-19, and threw himself off stride with 9:01 left in the third period by missing his first shot of the night. Willis departed 1 temporarily in the second period in favor of backup center Nate Bowman, sometimes referred to as the Great Equalizer. The Suns, with Hawkins getting eight of them, went on a 14-2 rip that brought them to within seven points of the visitors. Reed came back in. The Knicks played all the way without Cazzie Russell (back trouble) and the Suns went the final 17:06 without Goodrich (referee trouble). Gail was ejected by refree Ed Rush in the third period because what he and Rush had was absolutely no failure to communicate. Ed heard every word. Goodrich afterward explained precisely what he had said to Rush, and the only place the quote might be read today is in some New York underground paper. PHOENIX Chambers Fox Godrlch mln f0m fga flm fta reb ast pf pit 5 0 0 00 0 100 Harris Ha Mc Silas awkln* Kerttle Va^Arsdal. Totals FG Per cent 38.6. NEW YORK Barnett 32 3 9 4 30 S 8 3 39 3 10 3 5 1 S 9 3 5 2 39 4 10 4 13 2 59 22 1 i 1 °. J A *. « 34 88 31 39 40 14 25 Ft Per cent 7?,5. Bradley 1 DeBusschers Frailer May geed Rlordan ^ Slallworth Warren 27 42 17 1 26 9-O-V-O if 3 0 12 15 1 Tottli 43 eg FG p»r cent 48.9. Attendance— 10,552. FT U 3 l8 \} 30 Per cent 3 I OK9MOO 94 i 9 8 if S « S A [ W'OOU-'I it 3 t 2 2 J a ' * 19 114 89.2. Referees— Rush, O'Donnell. ORK 31 II 31—» 25 97 ll-lit ST PERIOD— 1. Vancouver, Bathaat* ;58; 2, ix, HIiweCMcCord. Hughes) is:lf. PenaTS es-: (V) 4:18, Young (V) minor, misconduct and PiKSff ^^-^COUY^ YOUnQ (v/ *t.ig, i uunu iv; iitniur, Barne^ misconduct 6 % :42,_Myrray (P) 9:0 17 McCasklll NBA standings ?) 12:28; Arbour TV) 1#3>. " " SECOND PERIOD—3. phoenix, Patterson (Marsh) I'.?, Penalty-Snow. (P) »:00. . . ./ . lty . THIRD PERIOD— 4. Vancouver, Andrea (Lemleux) bour, Taylor? I0i27; Gasman) 19:59. Pen- 1:27; 6. 5. ancouver, er,, Harri '" Phoenix Attendance: 6,706. , Lunde {Arbour, Ml waukea Baltimore Boston f 14 '?—M Cincinnati EASTERN DIVISION Wen Lost I I Pet. .545 .500 Portland Vancouver Phpen San ? Vancouver 4, pi 4 *S** U 4 T 2 !:' J > 9 iwuits "ft" if IS GF CA 55 J. WESTERN DIVISION op- ft .-*,' £

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