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Thursday, June 18, 1970 Page 87 BO 7 rookies cut from Suns camp By DAVE HICKS . The Suns' "numbers game" is becoming clear-cut. Seven rookie candidates were clearly cut last night ... of the 11 survivors, Only six are expected to join the veterans in September ... to battle for perhaps only three openings. The ax dropped on these aspirants: John Canine (Ohio U.), Fred Carpenter (Hawaii), Ric Cobb (Marquette), A. W. Holt (Jackson State), Floyd and Lloyd Kerr (Colorado State) and Dewey Varnftr (Tuskegee). Best bets; for invitations to preseason workouts ^September at Lake Havasu City include the club's top three draft picks, a No. '8 selection and an ex-Laker who's no rookie. The draftees are Greg (Stretch) Howard, Fred Taylor, Joe De Pre and No. 8 Joe Thomas — one of the camp's most pleasant surprises — and the ex-Laker is John Wetzel. Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons indicated a sixth player could be tabbed for fall practice, and that addition maybe Harrison Stepter, a former Harlem Globetrotter. With camp three days old, Fitzsimmons made some thumbnail analyses of the leading five: Howard — He doesn't surrender the ball willingly enough to please the new coach. Taylor — He displayed last night the shooting ability his credentials indicated. His defense is questionable. De Pre — He has quickness and speed and seems to improve daily in the Coliseum sessions. His real value is difficult to assess because lack of frontcourt candidates has forced him to play a forward at 6-4. Thomas — Great speed, great attitude, works the backboards exceedingly well for his size (6-6). Fitzsimmons calls him the most impressive in camp to date. Wetzel — His experience is obvious among the rookies. The 6-5 guard from VPI played 38 games with the Lakers before Phoenix took him in the 1968 expansion draft. Fitzsimmons likes his potential as a shooter "because he never rushes a shot." With the rookie crop reduced, Fitzsimmons today will begin pointing his club directly toward Saturday's contest with the San Diego rooks. Roger McCluskey out of hospital Associated Press •SYRACUSE, N. Y. - Roger McCluskey, leading driver in the U.S. Auto Club's stock car divisioni, was released yesterday from the hospital, where he was taken after a racing accident last Saturday. Dale Koehler, also injured in the seven-car collision during the 100-mile USAC stock car race at the State Fairgrounds, remained in serious condition in the intensive-care unit of St. Joseph's Hospital. Koehler, 37, of Milwaukee, suffered a fractured neck and head injuries. Hospital officials said they expected he would remain hospitalized for another six weeks. McCluskey suffered a fraetured nose and:cheekbone and was operated on Monday for removal of bone fragments. Quarry stops Foster in 6th Associated Press Phoenix Suns' top three college draft choices take a break from practice with coach Cotton Fitzsimmons. Republic Photo by Forrest Stroup They are, from left, Greg Howard (New Mexico), Fred Taylor (Pan American) and Joe De Pre (St. John's). Sports Editor VERNE BOATNEtt A job he didn't want Emerals lick Phoenix iinx •7 STRIPPED TO THE waist, a ham sandwich in one hand and a cold beer in the other, Hank Sauer dropped his 6-4 frame into a chair for a postgame snack. "It's great when you're winning," he beamed, then crunched a big hunk from the sandwich. The former National League slugger is in the unique position of making his managerial debut at the rather ripe age of 51. Phoenix Giants general manager Rosy Ryan likes to expand on all the trouble it took to excavate Hank from the Georgia swamps to take over the local club. The chain reaction that occurred when Horace Stoneham fired Clyde King at San Francisco and brought in Charlie Fox changed Sauer's life. Rosy said he chose Hank because he wanted someone without managerial ambitions who would put development of the players first. "We think we got the right -man," Rosy said, "but it was a helluva job locating him." Hank, who has been a scout-batting instructor in the Giants' organization, was looking over a hot prospect in the swamps. He reportedly had no strong desire to manage and Ryan stressed that his appointment was an interim situation only. So, after 20 games with Phoenix winging along at the head of the pack, how does he fell about his new job? "I really enjoy it," he said. "But it's that old story. If you don't have the Baseball Standings American League 20 umd postponed no 7 _ nort 1 Today's 0AniM WMhlnfljon (fdfffian 5-Jf at Cleveland (Austin M), mem; New York (was r ski o-O) «f j»Piran (CuTp S-t) night. games scheduled. tfe'S Jew- Only National League Chicago MSI! Montreal Cincinnati Atlanta , Los Angeles S Francisco San Diego Houston (.aft Chicago 6 LosAngele* St touts Atlanta , Cincinnati Philaaerphla ants (Nlekri -3) night; ( Francisco Pacific Coast League All s° *0niy GB SVi IS'/i l'» Result* Francisco 1 Ittsburgh 0 i Diego 0 itreal S York i. ston : f eel (Rens 7-7) at SOUTHERN DIVISION PHOENIX "w 1 I °>* Pet. .647 OB Last Night's Results Eueene ! 6, Phofrnlx 3 Self Uke 1-<>, Taco/ria 1-2 TUCS.WI 8, Porllbnq 5 ii-Vf-ent *>' Hawaii. I^U bvnit horses, you don't win. And if you don't win, well, this job wouldn't be so hot. "I really feel for the guy over in the other dressing room (Eugene manager Larry Cahn). Can you imagine how he feels right now? (Phoenix had won all 12 encounters with the Ems). He must be ready to pull his hair out. "No, I still like my old job better. I get more of a sense of satisfaction from helping an individual. And you don't have all the frustrations that comes with managing." As one of the most feared sluggers of his day, it figures he would have an immediate impact on some of the young Phoneix hitters. And he has. But, according to one observer, he has devoted just as much attention to the pitchers. He reportedly has helped both young Jim Moyer and Don Carrithers. "Moyer definitely has major league potential," said Hank. "He just needs more experience and more consistency. He was in over his head in AAA last year. But he's learning now. "The main thing these young pitchers have to learn to make the majors is to keep the ball down — and get the curve over. You may throw it past the guys in this league, but you won't up there." It is no accident that Jim Ray Hart has been tearing the cover off the ball since Sauer took over. Hart has been one of the big disappointments in the San Francisco organization. It is no secret that — despite his publicized shoulder ailment — he has also been battling a fear of being hit. "You don't see him dancing around in the batter's box any more do you?" asked Sauer. "You have to stay on Jim about that. But all he needed was to get his confidence back." Hank should know about those things. He went from the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1952 to an unconditional release from the Cardinals after a poor 1956 season. The Giants picked him up and Hank responded with a great year that earned him NL "Comeback of the Year" honors in 1957. He'd like nothing more than to see Hart bounce back. Hawks swap for Chambers Associated Press ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks traded reserve forward Gary Gregor to the Portland Trailblazers yesterday for Jerry Chambers, a forward who was obtained in the National Basketball Association expansion draft from the Phoenix Suns. The 6-fool-5 Chambers played in 79 ^iiihfti (</i Uu- ,Sun;> hibt si-uto/i and av By BOB EGER The way Eugene's luck has been running, it stands to reason the Big Breakthrough would occur on the 13th try. After 12 straight doses of defeat at the hands of Phoenix, the Emeralds finally took the Giants' measure last night by a 6-3 score. Ken Reynolds, a 23-year-old lefthander who led the Eastern League with 16 victories last year, did a workmanlike job of spacing nine Phoenix hits. He walked six and struck out eight as he upped his record to 5-6. "You've got to give the kid credit," said Phoenix manager Hank Sauer. "We had him on the ropes a couple of times, but he came up with the big out." The Giants had Reynolds and the Emeralds down by a 2-1 score after five innings, but the visitors erupted for four Continued on Page 89 NEW YORK — Jerry Quarry moved himself back into the middle of the heavyweight picture last night by stopping previously unbeaten Mac Foster on a technical knockout in 2:09 of the sixth round at Madison Square Garden. Foster weighed 210, Quarry 196 pounds. The favored Foster, an ex-Marine from Fresno, Calif., who had won all of his Open Held wide open Associated Press CHASKA, Minn. — There is no clear cut favorite for the 70th U.S. Open Golf Championship which begins today and Lee Trevino predicts that an unknown, an outsider, will pull down the game's greatest prize. "I think somebody you never heard of might win it," the happy hombre said yesterday on the eve of the first round of the 72-hole test. Any candidates? "If I name 'em, then you've heard of 'em," he said. If he's right, and an outsider will win, it would be the continuation of a string Trevino started in 1968. Trevino, then an obscure also - ran from the Texas border country, bolted into the front rank of the game's top stars when he scored his first professional victory in the Open championship two years ago. And he correctly predicted that Orville Moody, a non - winning ex - Army sergeant, would take the 1969 title. Moody, who hasn't scored an official tour victory since, is accorded little chance of repeating as the champion, a feat that hasn't been accomplished since Ben Hogan took consecutive titles in 1950 and 1951. Most of the attention has centered on the game's big three — Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player — and ailment - prone Billy Casper. "If I had to pick one man out of the whole field, I'd take Casper," Moody said. The Masters champion's very considerable talents may be hampered, however, by a series of ailments and "injuries that have forced him to withdraw from the last three tournaments he has entered. He injured his right hand during an exhibition in Japan about a month ago. And only last week an impacted wisdom tooth forced an operation in which a small portion of the jawbone was removed. "I'm feeling pretty good now," he said, "but the hand can still give me trouble at times." Player, the doughty little South African who won this title in 1965, has been practicing over the rolling, tree - lined Hazeltine Golf Club course for a week. He is the choice of many players as the man to beat. 24 previous fights by knockouts, was dropped through the ropes on the ring apron by a right hand punch after a wild barrage by Quarry. Referee Johnny Lo- Bioanco stopped the bout after the count had reached 3. Quarry, ranked fifth in the World Boxing Association rankings, one step below Foster, teed off on the Marine in the sixth :r"ound, driving him around the ring before he put him down. A counter right hand punch started Foster on the way. He slipped and nearly fell in one neutral corner and sagged Against the ropes while Quarry poured it on. The eager Quarry, who wore a Fu Mancho mustache into the ring, pursued his man across the ring and trapped him near the opposite neutral corner. The confused Foster, unable to cope with this sudden burst, dropped down and through the ropes on his back. He wasn't out .but he was, confused and shaken when the referee stopped it. Blood streamed from the left side of Foster's face as Quarry, who had been knocked out in his two most recent New York starts by world champion Joe Frazier and George Chuvalo, zoomed in to finish his man. . '••'-"• Foster, a towering 6-foot-2Vfe- -boxer with a fine left jab and 9 inch advantage in reach, tried to fence with Quarry, of Bellflower, Calif., through the early rounds. Mike Quarry/173, the unbeaten 19-year- old brother of Jerry Quarry, won his 23rd straight fight on a majority decision over Ray Ayala, 175, New York, in a 10-round match. The referee and one judge voted for Quarry but the other judge called it a draw. The fans in the upper gallery booed the decision. It started fast and wound up slow as both men tired. Brian O'Melia, 193, Jersey City, N.J., outpointed Jimmy Harris, 182, New York, in a four-rounderi '. Occasionally, Foster would drive a sharp hook to the head or throW a right but most of the time he cautiously pawed out with his left. . ,0nce Quarry figured -Put his man he began to surge to the at.tack. .Foster did not appear to know how' to cope with these sudden bursts. Quarry slammed home a couple of hard hooks to the body in the fourth' round and was bulling his man inside in th fifth. - - ' : It turned out to be a case of sending an unskilled boy on a man's job. If Foster had the stuff to really give Quarry trouble he never got around to using it except for the jab. ' : Quarry, 25 and two years younger than Foster, has had much more experience. This was his 44th pro fight and his record now is 36-4-4 with 22 knockouts to his credit. Quarry has put himself right back into position to start yelling about another shot at Frazier, although he may have to dispose of Chuvalo first.