Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on June 18, 1970 · Page 132
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 132

Phoenix, Arizona
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Thursday, June 18, 1970
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90 The i\nzonaK epubllc Phoenix, Thnrs., Jnnc 18, 1970 Gurney returns ZANDVOORT, Netherlands (AP) — Dan Gurney, lanky Californian racing driver, returns to Formula I racing here Sunday in the Dutch Grand Prix after two years away from European circuits. Gurney, one of the tallest drivers in motor racing, quit Grand Prix driving in 1968 to concentrate on sportscar events in the United States. Sunday, he returns to head the McLaren team in the fifth race counting toward the world drivers' championship. He joins the McLaren team following last month's accident in Britain in which team boss Bruce McLaren was killed while testing a racing sportscar. Last weekend, Gurney drove a McLaren sportscar to victory in a Canadian- American Series race at Mos- port, Canada. Determination, prayer buoy Padre pitcher Dave Roberts By RON ROACH .. .Associated Press SAN DIEGO - Dave Roberts doesn't pretend to be a saint. But he doesn't underestimate the power of prayer, without which he says he would be a boilermake, instead of a major league pitcher. Unable to shake off soreness in his left shoulder, Roberts thought of retiring from baseball last year at the age of 24. Now he's the left- handed ace of the San Diego Padre bullpen. He won his fifth game against three losses Tuesday night with eight innings of shutout relief in the Padres' 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Roberts was selected by the Padres in the expansion draft after winning 18 games in 1968 at Columbus in the International League. After six years in the minors, he was optimistic about 1969. He thought the expansionist Padres would need left-handed pitching but while working as a boilermaker during the winter on the banks of the Ohio River, he hit trouble. "I was welding and had to lean up against something to be precise. I would lean up against steel, cold steel," he said. "Even though I Wore a lot of clothing, it was cold on my arm." Roberts said his arm was stiff as usual when spring training started. Then, two weeks later, soreness settled in his shoulder. "I always had been a winner in the minors," he said. "I had proven myself there and all I wanted in spring training was a fair chance. "But it seemed that every time I reported to a major league training camp, I came up with a sore arm. And every time I told anybody about it, I was sent out." So Roberts remained quiet. "My shonlber hurt St) bad I couldn't even toss the ball 15 feet in pepper games, much feet in pepper games, much less pitch 60 feet. But I couldn't tell anyone about my problem." However, the Padres sent the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Roberts t o Elmlra of .the Eastern League on the last day of spring training. NBA attendance up 11.6 percent ATLANTA (AP) -The National Basketball Association drew 5,146,858 spectators during the 1969-70 season, an 11.6 per cent increase over the previous year. Commissioner Walter Kennedy said it was the first time the NBA had exceeded the 5 million mark in attendance. The increase "was consistent with what we've done over the last five years," he said. " iwas about to quit baseball," he said. "But I told my wife I would finish the season, try to build up my arm daring the winter and give myself one last chance the following spring." He managed to win 7 of 12 decisions at Elmira but "my arm really wasn't responding." When the Padres called him up for the last 90 days of the season, Roberts remained silent.-'-"You certainly aren't going to bite the hand that feeds youp, so I didn't tell 'em about my sore arm. I just tried to pitch the best I coultd." Roberts was hit hard often in 22 games with the Padres last season, mainly in relief. His record was 0-3. 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