ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH TUfiJSOAV, JULY 9, HOUSTON -1 dont have the slightest idea as to that Saint Peter has in mind beyond those Pearly Gates, but if the Astrodome k a man-made inkling of things in come, here's one sinner who's changing his ways, pronto, Perhdos this edifice only stands as a second, or third ar- chitectitrM ewislh to Heaven, it's nonethetefis inspiring enough to make a gent want to be in the bat«ftg order when they an* nounce the starting lineup for the Peawy Gates. Magmficlent is a very shoddy descriptive alongside the Astrodome, an immense inverted coffee rup, which Houstonltes are selling as "the eighth wonder of the world". And for once — as Texans — they aren't kid din'. The late Walt Disney called It "snper - callfragillstlcexpi- aledoclous" and Bob Hope labels the Houston Astros as ''the only baseball team tin der glass." The Astrodome encompasses nine and one-half acres and has an outside diemeter of 714 feet. The playing field is 25 feet below normal ground level. Whole sections of seats are mounted on tracks and can be shifted by electric motors to convert the stadium for baseball, fo-rtball, polo, bullfights, boxing, soccer, basketball, circus performances, theatrical productions, conventions, et al. More than 6,500 tons of air- conditioning costing $4,500,000, keep the stadium's climate comfortable year-round, and so independent is the structure of its outside environment that it is possible for engineers to make rain fa'l on the playing field on a cloudless day. Seating capacity for baseball is said to be 45,000, but officials anticipate taking care of more than 50,000 for this 39th Annual All-Star contest, which gets under way tonight at 7:15. They'll c>o it with an old trick — standing room only. It will be the first All-Star game to be played indoors and the first to be colorcast in "prime television time." It will also be the first ever held in the Lone Star State. There will be more people watching than any other glitter game ever played. NBC- TV estimates that more than 55 million people will be watching the game in the United States, eight minion more in Mexico and Central and South America, while 57 million will be listening in the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Carribean. Other than baseball, the Astrodome holds 52,000 for football; 60,000 for conventions and 66,000 for boxing. The electric Scoreboard, a marvel that would make Edison drool, is 362 feet long, 65 feet tall, cost more than $2 million, and requires five skilled operators. Its electronic displays are continually revised to provide fresh entertainment for the crowd. The playing area is covered by the controversial "Astroturf," which requires special short-cl»at football shoes, and, according to major leaguers, is tricky, putting more hop on the ball. The turf siphoned the following out of the Giants' Willie McCovey, the starting National League first baseman: "It's not a true field. Fielding ground balls is strictly a lucky thing." The turf, combined with the HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Ingo Buding, Wilhelm Bungert, Hans-Joachim Ploetz and Juergen Fassbender will comprise the West German team that will face South Africa in the European Zone A finals of the Davis Cup tennis competition July 19-21 in Duesseldorf. Astrodome ceiling, which » sembles a Gargantuan wasps nest, may hold the key to the winner Field irg genius Curt Flood centerf ieid director of the Card!' nals* oufield, who is moving over to left to make Way for Willie Mays, a switch forced by the Injury of Cincy's Pete Rose, believes the ceiling will give unaccustomed American leaguers a fit. "Those guys could have a little trouble with It," he told the Telegraph. "I've played under it since the 'Dome was built three years ago, and I still have trouble with it once in a while." Leo Durocher doesn't trus the ceiling, with its geometric patterns, either. He once denounced the structure as a mul ti-million dollar park "with a 10 cent infield " Just about everybody who has ever twn verbally pinned down by a Texan is painfully aware "that everything's big in Tex as." So, combining the two factors — turf and ceiling — this could be the biggest flop in All- Star history. SMORGASBORD — The Telegraph's entourage of pilot Herbert Hellrnng, co-pile Raliegh Griffith, photographer Don Hayes and the writer arrived Sunday in beautifn 90-degree weather. Take-off time was 10:02 a.m. and arrival at 2 p.m., Alton time... . The group preceded an avalanche of newsmen — see writers alone, not to mention - teevee and radio personalities — converging on the Shamrock-Hilton Hotel, thence to the Astrodome . . . Houston's 'Dome, incidentally, is owned by the people of this city and Harris County and is leased by Judge Roy Hofheinz, President of the Houston Sports Association, who claims the monthly overhead is $25,010 per. In three years' operation the profit has been $233,000, Hofehinz says .... Neither the Houston Chamber of Commerce nor the Houston Hotel Association has an account of the number of hotels and motels there are hi this beaiti fully designed city. That's not mentioning the super-structures now being erected. "No, we cannot give you the num her," a spokesman from the Hotel Association answered the Telegraph, "but we can tell you this—every damn one of 'era is fined and we could fill several more, if we had them available." .... Commissioner William Eckert, although panned by the press vehemently over his handling of respect to the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, was nonetheless an early bird guest to the press reception Sunday hi the Castil'un Room at the Shamrock-Hilton. Very interesting .... Box and reserved seats for the game were sold oat within 36 hours of being pat on sale to the public. Engraver Bids For Golf Medal CHICAGO (AP)-Art Metal- toff, a 55-year-old photo engrav- sr, made a strong bid Monday 'or medalist honors in the opening qualifying round of the 64th annual Chicago Amateur Golf Tournament. Melnikoff shot a four-under >ar 33-32—65 at Jackson Park ind finished three shots ahead of Warren Luebecke who registered a 33-35—68. The other half of the field of 221 golfers will play their qualifying round Tuesday. The 40 low scorers Tuesday will join the 44 daeyrs who shot 74 or better Jonday. The 72-hole medal play ournament will begin Wednes- lay and continue through Satur day when the low 10 scorers and ties will battle for the title. WITTELS /our c/c-Jjl L tjood" Dial 462-5167 PLANO, 6 DRAWER See Uf Far AU-YMir FISHING NEEDS rtf. 110.49 Only TACKLE BOX $ 15 25 NEW SUMMER (TORE HOURS! a*m< to e p.m. Mri liturdny e a»m* to ftifto p,m. Tiant vs. Drysdale in All-Star Game HOUSTON (AP) - Managers Dick Williams of the American League and Red Schoendienst 6f the National League, both not* ing it has been the year of the pitcher, predict a low-scoring mound duel in baseball's 39th annual All-staf Game tonight in the spacious Astrodome. Schoendienst of the St, Louis Cardinals, who will start 10- game winner Don Drysdale of Los Angeles, said, "1 lean toward a pitcher's game. This has been the year of big zero." Williams of the Boston Red Sox agrees. "I would say it will be a pitchers' battle," he said. "the pitchers should predominate." He named herky-jerky right- hander Louis fiant of Cleveland, a 14-game winner to start for the American.— A standing-room crowd of over 50,000 is expected for the game starting at 7:15 CDT in the air conditioned . stadium built by Judge Roy Hofhein2, owner of the Houston Astros. The AL went through an hour workout Monday afternoon under order from American League President Joe Cronln to get the feel of the synthetic turf. Most American Leaguers have never played in the Dome. i The National holds a 50-1? scr- ies edge, including flv« straight and nine of the last 10. The National is a 7*5 favorite. This caused Williams to remark after he pitched hatting practice: "We sure didn't come down here to lose." the American Leaguers adjusted quickly to the Jftst surface of the carpet-like turf, Brooks Robinson. Baltimore third baseman, said, "The ball bounces true but it mire gets through the infield quick, I'd like to hit here all year. It would probably add 25 points to your batting average." Giant Frank Howard of Wash- gton, the leading home run hitter in the majors with 28; said he didn't think the ball carried very well. Howard then proceeded to rip several shots into the left field seats-one over the 390 mark. The Astrodome has dimen sions of 340 feet down each line. It's 406 feet to dead center, Some of the American League stars weren't on hand for the practice session, including Carl Yastrzemskl and Ken Rarrelson of Boston, Bill Freeman of Detroit and Mickey Mantle of New ORIOLE US DOME — Brooks Robinson, Baltimore third baseman, smashes a pitch as he takes batting practice Monday with, the rest of his Ameri- ican League All-Star teammates. The picture was taken through the batting cage net. York, the team captain ana first yw ever to hit a homer in the Astrodome. Asked about the missing players, Williams said, "They've got cofflfflitmeflts. The game's tomorrow not today." Tiant admitted that he was tired from pitching 6% innings ndaftbtit said he could go two hard timings. "This is most important start in my llfe.'MJiant said. "It's one of the biggest breaks I've ever had.'^ Williams said he started Tiant because "I think he's a damn fine pitcher. We may not have the name guys they have 6n the National League squad, but we do have some feltows who can play this game." Officials said an estimated 85 million persons will tfateh the game over the National Broadcasting Co. television hookup in the United States, with another eight million viewing in Mexico. Joe Medwick, former Cardinal great and latest member of the Hall of Fame, will throw out the first ball. Both All-Star teams came Into the game with rather anemic batting averages. Team average for the AL is .263, with Yas- trzemski at .301, the only .300 hitter ift the starting Hfle-np. the National has & .279 average, with starters curt Flood of St. Louis and Tommy Helms of Cincinnati hitting .316 and .302, respectively. Williams said he plans to follow Tiant with John "Blue Moon" Odom of Oakland. He said Odom pitched last Friday and would be well rested. Schoendienst said he wasn't certain Who would follow Drysdale, who has a 1.37 earned run average and set a record of M 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings earlier this season. It win be Drysdale's fifth All-Star start, tying the record. • Strike Might Happen in NFL CHICAGO (AP) — National Football League owners sounded the .alarm button Monday night. Art Modell, owner of the Cleveland Browns and president of the NFL, -announced that 'pro football faces a long and disastrous strike" and then called for a full meeting of owners in Chicago today. Modell's statement came after the NFL's Players Association said it had failed to resolve its disagreement with the owners over player pensions. The players are seeking additional pension funds before the 1970 deadline desired by the owners. Both groups met on the outskirts of Chicago Monday but reached no conclusion. While the owners refused to give in to the players, the question of the All-Star Game arrived. Vince Lombard!, general manager of the Green Bay Packers, who as the champions of pro football, must meet the College All-Stars in Chicago Aug. 2, said "the game will have to be delayed or canceled" unless the Packers have at least three weeks to get ready." This resulted from an ultima-" turn by Modell to hold off the opening of all pro football camps until the present matter is settled. The San Francisco 49ers were to open their rookie camp Sunday and the Packers were among those scheduled to start workouts Wednesday. George Strickler, sports editor of the Chicago Tribune whose Chicago Tribune charities sponsors the All-Star Game, said, "Our contract is with profes* sional football including the National Football and the American Football League. "Our coaches are here and our squad will assemble Thursday and begin workouts Friday. We'll fulfill our end of our contract and we hope professional football will fill its end." Meanwhile, Modell issued a statement that said, "Despite having granted 21 demands of the players' union, pro football faces a long and disastrous strike on the sole issue of granting pension benefits in 1968 to players, who on the average, will not be eligible to receive uch benefits until the year 2,000." The players' stand, held by John Gordy of the Detroit Lions who also is president of the 'layers' Association, is that the owners cannot contract for any amount of money concerning 1970 "when they do not know what the situation will be then." The owners claim they have granted 21 demands to the players and the union's leaders 'have taken the position that such an agreement cannot be concluded until the ultimate merger with the American Football League is completed." Modell, meanwhile, refused to claim the players' group is striking. He calls it an "impasse." 76ers Expect To Tell Trade PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia 76ers hold a press conference today to tell the sports world what it already knows — that Wilt Chamberlain has been dealt to the Los An geles Lakers in one of the major trades' in National Basketball Association history. A 76ers' spokesman said Monday night that simultaneous press conferences would be held at Los Angeles and Philadelphia to make an announcement. The subject matter was not revealed, but The Associated Press reported Friday that the trade already has been consu- mated. The 7-foot-l center, greatest offensive player in the history of basketball, was swapped to the Lakers for All-Star guard Archie Clark, veteran center Darrall Imhoff and second-year forward Jerry Chambers, plus an undisclosed amount of cash. Jack Ramsay, the 76ers' general manager for three years, das been named to succeed Alex Hannum as coach. Hannum re signed after the 1967-68 campaign to go with Oakland of the rival American Basketball Association. MIDWEST LEAGUE All-Star Game All-Stars 8, Quad Cltlei 1 INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE Louisville 2-3, Columbus 1-2 Syracuse 3, Toledo 0 Jacksonville 5, Richmond 0 Rochester H, Buffalo 04 PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE Denver 3, Hawaii 1 Portland 7, Vancouver 6 San Diego 3, Oklahoma City I Phoenix 9, Indianapolis I Only gomes scheduled But although Ramsay will preside at the Philadelphia news conference at 1 p.m. at the Spectrum Sports Arena, the an nouncement of his appointmen probably will not be made then The 76ers may withhold it for a week or so to give the Chamber lain deal maximum news cover age. Although the trade was closed as early as last week — or pos sibly earlier — it was no immediately announced because of the difficulty in coming to contract terms with the players The Associated Press learned. « Autocross Set For July 28 All drivers of Alton and the surrounding area are invited to test their handling skill on an autocross driving course, whicl is planned by the Rocking "R* Mustang Club and sponsored bj the Roberts Ford Motor Co. There will be classifications for all autos entered and tro phies will be awarded i neach class. The meet will be held on Sun day, July 28, at Eastgate Shopping Center, with registration beginning at noon, and continuing until 4 p.m. Persons who are interested in learning more about the club and its functions are Invited to attend the regular monthly meeting tonight at the Hiway House Motel, at 8 o'clock. WHY NOT GO? 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Around 15 are expected to be retained on the squad. "These guys are more hungry tha the Eagles were," George Catavalos said about Philade}< ia of the National Paojbau League, "They're not thinking about themselves so much, they lust want to make the club," the defensive back from Purdue continued. Catavalos failed to make the Philadelphia team last year as a rookie and 'knows well the feeling of being cut and the pressure involved in trying to put out top performances and make tjie team. "There are lots of people in my position," he said. Catavalos, from Cleveland, grew up during the days when Paul Brown, current coach-general manager of Cincinnati, coached the Cleveland Browns. "I knotf about Paul Brown teams, Cincinnati will be a good organization," Catavajos said. He commented that there are a lot of men ill camp who really love the game, and Harry Gunner, a big defensiv§ end and rookie from Oregon State, added, "This game i Just bard .., If you play, you've got to love It" The Bengals cut five men from the squad Sunday and loit five more Monday—three by cuts and two to medical problems. Released were Jim Curry, former University of Cincinnati end, and placekickers Sam Roberts, Ohio University, and Bill Shear, Cortland State. Jeff Banks, a linebacker, from the University of Pacific, Aces Retain Hold on Top The Alton Aces retained their bold on first place in the St. Louis Tandy League by outlasting Uw PhUlles Sunday, 12-10, The win upped tijsjj^reQord to 1WO. ' Clyde Jones was the winning pitcher with tote inning relief from QdeU Fox', EJaw,' Crumer and Fox each hit a homer for the Aces and Bealon had three tore a cartilage in his knee last Friday and is scheduled to undergo surgrey today. Steve Lewlcke, a defensive end from the University of Texas-El Paso, is suffering from a kidney infection. Both are expected to be out of football for about a year. Double practice sessions are slated for the players again today. The Aces play in St. Louis Friday ajgfet and Sunday noon, ATLANTA (AP) *• President William C, Bartno> may confirmed Monday the signing of Paul Richards to & new contract extending througn , Richards is to his second an vice president in charge of baseball operations. • PfN t Hull X100 • Motor Oil ft ail..* I 500 Okays Race WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Bobby Unser, winner of this year's Indianapolis 500, says he will drive in Sunday's Six Hours of Endurance for manufacturers to be held at the WatkJns Glen 2.3-mile track. Unser, 34, of Albuquerque, N.M., wired track officials Monday that he would drive the new two-litre, group 6 prototype Ferrari for Luigi Chinetti's North American racing team of Greenwich, Conn. Officials said a new six-cylinder, double overhead cam, fuel- Ejection engine and a new gear- jox were Installed in the car that was expected to arrive today. Charlie Kolb, 44, of Miami, Fla., a veteran of Ferrari sprint and endurance racing win be Unser's codriver as they run for the manufacturers' championship. Sunday's $20,000 event, the eighth of 10 races throughout the world for the championship, has 29 cars entered. PGA Champ Is Exhausted TORONTO (AP) - Sandra Post, the rookie Canadian professional who rocked U.S. golf with, a sensational victory In the Women's PGA Championship two weeks ago, shot a par 75 here Monday and said: "I'm exhausted." The 20-year-old Oakville, Ont, girl played a relaxed practice round for the $23,000 Women's Open Golf Tournament at the Bayview Golf and Country dub July 25-27. Miss Post flew into Toronto early Monday after a 12th-pl»ce finish, worth $$40, in the Women's Open Golf Championship at Reading, Pa., Sunday. After four hours sleep she played 18 holes—matching the women's par—gave a series of interviews, and flew out again Mondy eventtg to play in a $20,000 Open at Columbui Ohio. Bart ^;;W.^^P|W1PM^P'',,.. iMratit itIHaa eSuf.
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