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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 102

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Wednesday, November 5, 1969
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RLf-UaLIU MAIL 4^1 • f • * jr Vl» 7IJT * 4 JTVIi/f TtjarivtHlL « Championship pride engulfs Mets GM, Murphy •*- ' •, • v • •*• -«• ' C-7 «/ JL */ By BOB JACOBSEN "It had 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 championsyip teams 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. He 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 champion- Ship teams ('36-39, ; '4l). "Youfig 1 Gary Gentry of Arizona State really helped us out," Murphy continued. He came along quicker then expected 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 Tommie 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 he 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." for winter of discontent •m f ' '•'- •••'•*•• •-' v 1J*± Tf" T"W T illock: BYU ouster unlikely V . ..' '- . "..:..' - . ' . •'•••/ 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 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. i • . • ..-..• :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 ia 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 VERNE BOATNER 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 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 ; theyoplayed[Louisiana State in the Sugar Bowl;- Why> didn't of teams. This was shown against KofaJA^the^pbject them? I'm quite sure LSU Some people might, at; first sight v of.a ; ; did :not have -and maybe : still doesn't 100-6 score,, get a little, perturbed. Hqw-*,-<have Negro athletes, ever, secbnd 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 topnotch 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 the score ; . . and that he did not feel a? if kicking on second down, etc., 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 1 will give up watching high school football. .;..:•: GEORGE ROGERS • Yuma there seems to be a slight differ* ence of opinion here. Did we have any disinterested, unbiased observers at the game who would care to come forth and testify? 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 not to tell their side to the press. THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1969 S Page 63 Associated Press name at Notre Dame makes Utah scene Knute Rockne, 19-year-old grandson of the fabled Fighting Irish coach, wants to be judged on his own merits as member of the Utah State University frosh football team. Aspiring gridder is shown on huge block "A," symbol of team nic cname Aggies. Bowl talk discounted -go for Bucks, Irish Associated Press CHICAGO - Football's centennial will go down in the Midwest as the year bowl talk runneth over. > looks to WAG title for A-State inspiration ., , ...-.-...,.,• • • •• • - JL- V >^,/..,,.. :.; ' TEMPE - Arizona State's Sun Devils wiped out three years of frustration with their .3Q-J4 football victory over Wyoming last Saturday night. ByBOBEGER , because of the prestige. Against Wyoming, they had those scores from the past three years to settles" Dear.Sir: I just read your column, "Black Eye oftheWAC." ;; ! • .:,:..:-/.vS-•.„.';' The thing that I don't understand Js that these black athletes knew of Brigham Young University before they accepted scholarships to play football or basketball or what have you. They ^They've b^eji frustrated against New too, but it didn't Jake nearly as SPORTS TODAY RADIO Professional Hockey ^ Lob rolled' up a 28-7 half time lead on the Sun Pevils 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 is what worries ASU coac.h, Frajjk Rush,. , , "Our two best games by far," says Rush, "have been against Minnesota and '' Put what about" New ^Mexico, which offers no prestige or revenge factors? Rush is hopingithe possibility of a conference championship and a post-season bowl berth will serve as adequate ineen- , tive for hjs troops. If the i Devils can clos^e out with vic The lid was put on the talk yesterday by top officials. No. 1 Ohio State will not go to the Cotton Bowl to play Texas. Notre Dame's policy against postseason play will remain inflexible, Bowl rumors have said that, possibly because of football's 100th anniversary, bans would be lifted to.allow Ohio State, if it remains No. 1, to play Texas, if it stays :No. 2, in the Cotton Bowl. And that Notre Dame, wanting to. raise funds to put .an artificial grass rug on its fields, could collect some $300,000 by accepting a bowl bid. , Ohio State cannot return to the Rose Bowl because of the no—repeat rule of the Big Ten—a rule which was slipped in as.a compromise some years ago so that enough faculty votes would favor, a Rose Bowl contract, The; second-place team-Indiana, Michigan and Purdue ;are now tied in that spot-—probably will be the Rose Bowl choice. Big Ten Commissioner B',11 Reed can- Coach Ara Parseghiaa discredited what he said was a report out of Cleveland that Ohio State and Notre Dame would meet after the season with proceeds going to help a financial bind at Holy Cross, which was forced to cancel football this season because of infectious hepatitis hitting the squad. "Absolutely nothing to it," he said. "I have accepted the Notre Dame policy. "EJvery year since I've been here five years we have had bowl invitations and the policy has been reviewed but never changed. I have no reason to believe it will be changed this time although it will be reviewed once again." "Personally, I am in favor of a bowl game," Parseghian said. "We are not a member of a conference, with a championship at stake and our incentive rests with achieving a high ranking in the polls. The possibility of going to a bowl game would enhance greatly the incentive as well as help recruiting. "When I accepted the job at Notre Dame, I accepted and understood and tories against New Mexico TV™ i Si vas5ed facult y representatives because endorsed the policy against post-season ,;• ' 9 ,?«?', t:rv J T ie * 1 ^«. ^Xas-JM « n f widesnrf>ad nuhlir* snflfiilaHhn" anH ffflmws After all WA nln,, 10 ooinoc n«H Paso, Colorado State and Arizona, they stand a good chance of their first Western Conference title ever, make. them. and of widespread puMp speculation ^pounced yesterday : , . "I find there is no possibility that the conference will modifyffor this year either the no*epest rule or the rule whjch "The kids wanted the Minnesota game t A four-game sweep SS2? *><* %^»S% ™« t^fnig W b>^ood pmm ni^- lvm .ppe^g in •w*^ • . -, •,, ,' ;. anv post-season football game 'other Continued on Page 65 ....-_... than the Rose Bowl." games. After all, we play }0 games, and each one is like a bowl game as teams get up to, knock us off and thus salvage, what otherwise, could be poor seasons. "Notre Dame feels that post-season play -.would keep the campus in a turmoil for an ntra month and would affect the students academically," Pro groups, USLTA fight for net stars By NEIL AMDUR New York Times Service NEW YORK — After a summer of strained, somber harmony, tennis ap>- pears headed for a winter of discontent and chaos. Events of the past month have produced the following battle lines between the two professional groups, the United States Lawn Tennis Association and the International Lawn Tennis Federation: — Both pro groups, World Championship Tennis and Tennis Champions, Inc., are negotiating contracts with leading "registered players" or independent pros attached to national associations. At least three players, Graham Stilwell and Mark Cox of Britain and Ismael El-Shafei of Egypt, are, according to their attorney, Eugene L. Scott of New York, "very close" to signing with World Championship Tennis. — The two pro groups recently announced an agreement to jointly cosponsor a series of 14 invitational tournaments next year. No agreement has been reached for U.S.L.T.A. players such as Arthur Ashe, Clark Graebner and Stan Smith to participate in these events. — World Championship Tennis issued a sharply worded letter to various national a s s o c i a t i o n s, including the U.S.L.T.A., telling them, among other things, to "keep your hands off our players." There have been reports that some pros had been encouraged to break their contracts and regain "independent" status and Davis Cup eligibility under the umbrella of national associations. Contract pros such as Rod Laver, Tony Roche and Tom Okker are ineligible for Davis Cup play under current international rules. — At a recent meeting to discuss a tennis "Grand Prix," neither pro group received invitations to attend. The Grand Prix proposal was supported by officials in the U.S. L.T.A. -"If the pros don't want to join," one association executive said, "that's their hard luck." — The U.S.L.T.A. is considering the selection of a highly paid commissioner or executive director to govern the sport. The most prominently mentioned name, for the position hs been Charles (Bud) Wilkinson, the former college football coach, who currently is special consultant to President Nixon. The pros have not been consulted on an appointment. "There just doesn't seem to be any desire on the part of the U.S.L.T.A. to sit down with the pros," said Fred Podesta, president of Tennis Champions, Inc. "Anything that they've done lately is only widening the breach." BULLETIN Connie Hawkins scored 39 points, but the Phoenix Suns were overpowered by New York last night, 116-99, for the Knicks' 12th victory of the National Basketball Association season against only one defeat. Beavers, Twins may get together PORTLAND (AP) - The Portland Beavers, sold Monday night at a special stockholders meeting, may enter a play* er working agreement with the MinnesOj ta Twins, according to one of the new; owners of the franchise. , ' Gappy Smith said chances "look very good" for Portland to be a farm team of the American League baseball club. Smith, a promoter of the Beavers' Scholarship Nights for several year§, said Bill McKechnie Jr., president of the Pacific Coast League, was assisting hjnj in arranging the Portland-MintiesQ^ tieup. ', Smith and two others purpbased Portland franchise for $45,000. The other owners are Paul Ail, a Portland <x?n- cessionaire and promoter, and. Robert; Freitas, -of San Jose, Calif., who been ! a field representative* of the tionsl Association of Baseball,

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