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Connor's Mother Causes Excitement WIMBLEDON, England (API - Jim Connors, it-ynr-dd left- hander from Belleville, III., with ill the makings of • future tennis superstar, plays Italy's Adriano Panatta today in the third round of the Nth All- England tournament. And Mrs. Gloria Connors will be in the stands shouting "let's |o." Her enthusiastic support caused many admonitions from elderly English spectators when Jim smashed seventh-seeded Bob Hewitt of South Africa out of the championships in the first round. "But what's wrong If I get eieited for my boy?" asked his mother. "1 don't mean to annoy or offend anyone. People roar encouragement at other ball games, so why not at tennis?'' A tennis player herself, Mrs. Connors taught her ton the rudiments of the game as toon as he could walk, then handed him over to the instruction of Pancho Gontato at the age of 18 Connors got into the third round by overwhelming Nicky Kalogeropouloa of Greece 63. 7-5, !•• Wednesday. Nine other American men are in the last 32. They are: top- seeded Stan Smith of Pasadena, Calif.; Tom Gorman of Seattle, Wash.; Erik Van Dillen of San Mateo, Calif.,- Jim McManus of Berkeley, Calif., Roscoe Tanner of Lookout Mountain, Tenn.; Dick Stickton of Port Washington, N.V.; Mike Estep of Dallas; Alexander Mayer of Woodmere, N.Y.; and Dan Bleckinger of Oshkosh, Wis. Clark Graebner of New York City, one of the U.S. hopes for Baseball Roundup By Associated Press America! Leagw Luis Tiant and Mike Cuellar, two crafty old Cubans, gave the race in the American League East a Latin tempo Wednesday night ... with a big assist from rookie Juan Beniquez. Tiant, a 32-year-old right- hander from Havana, pitched the Boston Red Sox to a 5-3 victory over Detroit with five innings of one-hit relief. That sliced the Tigers' lead to one game over Baltimore when Cuellar, a 35-year-old southpaw from Santa Clara, Cuba, hurled the Orioles to a five-hit 54 triumph over the New York Yankees. Elsewhere, the Chicago White Sox downed Oakland 6-4, Minnesota edged California 76 and Milwaukee took two from Cleveland 4-2 and 5-2. Texas and Kansas City were not scheduled. I've come back to my old motion," said Tiant, who won 21 games for Cleveland in 1968 but was released by Minnesota after spending two months of the 1970 season on the disabled list with shoulder problems. "My motion is the big thing," he went on, referring to his herky-jerky corkscrew delivery. "I give the batters my back and surprise them with my hesitation. I confused them tonight the way I used to before I was hurt." After the Red Sox took a 43 lead against Joe Coleman with three runs in the fifth on Doug Griffin's double, Carl Yastr- zemski's triple, Reggie Smith's single and stolen base and a single by Beniquez, Phil Gagliano drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth and Beniquez, a 22- year-old rookie shortstop from San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, filling in for the injured Venezuelan, Luis Aparicio, cha, cha. cha-ed across the plate with an insurance run. Cuellar gave the yankees fits with his slow curve and screwball despite a case of the blahs. "I didn't feel too good," he reported. "Maybe it was the humidity, but I had no fast ball. But everything else I put exactly where I wanted." The Orioles broke through Fritz Peterson with two runs in the fifth when left fielder Roy White lost Mark Belanger's two-out, bases-loaded fly ball in the twilight. In the sixth, Brooks Robinson doubled and Merv Rettenmund homered. NKMul League Everybody knows about Bad Henry's relentless pursuit of the Babe's big record—but now, all of a sudden, it seems he's shooting for another target as well. Bad Henry, of course, is Hank Aaron of Atlanta, who today is just 61 home runs short of Babe Ruth's all-time major league record of 714. He got his 653rd career blast Wednesday night against San Diego and, for two reasons, it couldn't have come at a more propitious time. The more obvious one is that it won the game. It was a two- run, tie-breaking clout in the ninth inning that gave the Braves a 4-2 triumph in the opener of their twi-night doubleheader. But he couldn't equal his heroics in the nightcap and the Padres won that one 4-2, ending their latest tailspin at five garnet. In other National League games, the New York Mets edged Philadelphia 3-2. Montreal beat Pittsburgh 3-1, Los Angeles blanked Houston 50, St. Louis defeated the Chicago Cubs 1-4 and Cincinnati turned back San Francisco 42. The fact that Ralph Garr was on base with an infield single was the second reason for the- timeliness of Aaron's 14th homer of the season. Instead of just one run-batted in, it gave him two—and that gave him 1,912 RBI for his career, catapulting him one ahead of Lou Gehrig and into second place behind the Babe's 2,209 on that all-time chart. So suddenly he's on the trail of two incredible records. "There has been so much talk about trying to break Ruth's home run record," Aaron said between games, "that I hadn't thought much about the RBI thing. "It's quite an honor, though, to drive in more runs than 0»h- rig becaue I've always considered him one of the greatest players in the history of the game." It appeared Aaron would be able to sit out the second game after his first-game heroics. Golf Injunction To Be Appealed MAMARONECK, N.Y. (API — The case of Jane Blalock vs. the LPGA is en route to a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Houston. Bud Erickson, executive director of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, said Wednesday night the wheels were in motion to appeal the ruling handed down earlier in the day by a U.S. district court in Atlanta. Judge Charles A. Moye Jr. granted Miss Blalock the right to compete in tournaments pending trial of her 15- million antitrust suit against the , LPGA. The leading money winner on the women's pro tour this season, with more than 138,000, was suspended from pro golf on May 31 for one year for breaking the rules of the game. She took the case to court and was granted a restraining order, then, on Wednesday, Judge Moye issued a temporary injunction. "He was just trying to avoid a decision," Erickson said. Moye did, however, rule that any money Jane won on the tour would be put in a court trust until the case was resolved. If it is in her favor, she gets the money back. If it is not, the money is to be distributed among other LPGA players. The Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Amerku League East W. L. Pet. .G.B. Detroit 35 27 .565- Baltimore 34 28 .548 1 Boston 27 33 .450 7 Cleveland 27 34 .443 74 New York 26 34 .433 8 Milwaukee 25 37 .403 10 West Oakland 42 21 .667 Chicago 37 28 .587 5 Minnesota 34 27 .557 7 Kansas City 29 32 .475 12 California 30 36 .455 13'* Texas 26 38 .413 16 Wednesday's Results Minnesota 7, California 6 Chicago 6, Oakland 4 Baltimore 4. New York 0 Boston 5, Detroit 3 Milwaukee 4-5, Cleveland 2-2 Only games scheduled Natleul League Eaat W. L. Pet. G.B. Pittsburgh 39 24 .619- New York 40 25 .615 Chicago 38 28 .583 34 St. Louis 32 33 .492 8 Montreal 29 38 .448 11 Philadelphia 23 41 .359164 West Cincinnati 41 25 .621 Houston 40 27 .597 14 UN Angeles 38 39 .545 5 Atlanta 30 35 .482 194 San Francisco 28 48 .381 18 San Diego 22 44 .333 19 WetotUay'iRcwlU Cincinnati 4, San Francisco 2 New York 3, Philadelphia 2 Montreal 3, Pittsburgh 1 St. Louis 8, Chicago 4 Los Angeles 5, Houston 0 Atlanta 4-2, San Diego 2-4 ^AA *J was oi bowed) out in the second round to Hie Nastate of Romania, the No.2Med.l-i, 44,1-1,1-1 Hewitt end Andrei Gimeno of Spain were the only aeeded players beaten thus far. Gimeno, seeded fourth, lost to Orniy Parun of New Zealand. In the women's division, 17- year-old Chris Evert of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and three- time Wimbledon champion Bll- lie Jean King of Long Beach, Calif, were among the American winners Wednesday. Little Chris, winner of the women's title in the London Grass Court Championships, beat Valerie Ziegenfuss of San Diego 16, «-3, 6-3, while Mrs. King ousted Sharon Walsh of San Rafael, Calif., 6-2, M. Gera Explains Her Resignation NEW YORK (AP)-"I called a good game," says Mrs. Bernice Gera of her one-game career as professional baseball's first woman umpire—an experience that has left her "frustrated and disappointed in baseball." "If they don't want women in baseball, women should not go to the games," said Mrs. Gera, who vowed to work in the women's liberation movement. However, the 40-year-old housewife from New York said Wednesday at a news conference that she was not calling for women to boycott baseball games. "Every woman should think for herself." Mrs. Gera said that when she went on the field as base umpire for Saturday's New York Pennsylvania League contest between Geneva and Auburn at Geneva, N.Y., she knew it was going to be her first and last game. "I decided that the umpires' meeting that I would resign after one game," said the woman, who had fought legal battles for six years for the right to become a pro baseball arbiter. Mrs. Gera said it was apparent at the umpires' meeting Friday that she would get no cooperation from her colleagues. "Umpires must work as a team," she said. "But I went on to the field alone. I had no partner." The umpire working behind the plate Saturday was Douglas Hartmayer, also a rookie, he had been critical on national television of Mrs. Gera, who reversed one of her decisions and then ejected Auburn Manager Nolan Campbell for arguing. Mrs. Gera said that when she first tried to get into baseball she was thinking of being an umpire. "I would have done anything," she said. "I would have shined the ballplayers' shoes. That's how much I love baseball." Drivers Plan On Qualifying MOUNT POCONO. Pa. (AP) — Faced with a threatened lockout, drivers planned to report to the Pocono International Raceway today for qualifying runs for the 1400,000 Schaefer 500 championship auto race. Track officials had said Wednesday night that the race, one of three 500 milers sanctioned by the United States Auto Club, would be postponed from Sunday and run when a date is agreed on. They said the track would not be open for any activity today. PAMPA DAILY NIVYS 13 PAMPA, TEXAS 68th YEAR Thursday. June 29. 1972 WHA Is Awaiting Chicago Reaction .... .. ._ ^^ . .. .._ ._• , not want a lone-drawn Ted Williams WINNIPEG, Man. (AP) The World Hockey Association, especially its legal staff, was interested today in what the Chicago Black Hawks would say when they broke their silence on Bobby Hull jumping from the National Hockey League to become a Winnipeg Jet. The Black Hawks, who had withheld comment since Hull signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract Tuesday, to coach and play for the Jets, scheduled an 11:30 a.m. (CDT) news conference. Clarence Campbell, NHL president, threw the puck to the Black Hawks Wednesday when Entry Deadline Saturday Boys and girls aged 9-17 are invited to enter the West Texas Junior Olympics that will be staged in Borger July 8. The Pampa Jaycees will pay the entry fee for any boy or girl who would like to enter the event. The deadline for entering is this Saturday, so if anyone is interested, he should immediately contact Ed Rowntree at 669-2343. Further information about the meet can be obtained from coach Robert McPherson, head of Pampa's summer recreation program. he said: "The league has no official status in this. When they (the Black Hawks) review the situation and consult their advisers, I'm sure they will take appropriate steps." Gary L. Davidson, president of the WHA that already has taken 34 players from the other league for its first season this fall, said his legal staff was ready to meet any legal tests arising from the signing of Hull or other players. "I'm confident we can prevail," said Davidson, who also was one of the founders of the American Basketball Association. "I'm sure the NHL, and I not want a long-drawn battle in court. I was told the ABA paid legal fees of more than $1 million last year." Davidson noted that, while many professional basketball players have been signed by other teams while their old contracts are still in force, the WHA intends to sign only players whose obligations have been Hull signed a $1.75 million contract—$250,000 a year for the first five years and f 100,000 for each of the next five years—with the Jets to play for at least through the 1977-78 season and then continue as coach or executive if he wanted to re- can speak for the WHA, would tj re as a player HM^B •••• MieMHiMHB •••••• Mi ^M Bhi ^BI^B»^ SUMMER CLEARANCE SALE STARTS THURSDAY, JUNE 29th ALL SALES FINAL Williams Is No Longer The "Splendid Splinter By IRA BERKOW NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK— (NEA)-He admits without a struggle (the mirror has already struck the final blow) that he is no longer the Splendid Splinter. But he emphatically (with trace of smile) pronounces that he has not changed otherwise. "Well," Ted Williams pauses, hedges, putting his stockinged feet back up on his desk in the Texas Rangers' manager's small office, "maybe a little. It was 10, maybe 15 years ago that I began to have compassion for writers. I mean, that they had a job to do, too. That they had families and had to earn a living. "But I still got this." He picked up a copy of an American League rule book and read the part that says reporters may come into a clubhouse only with the permission of the manager. He laughed and brandished the book like a hammer. "You know, I enjoy talking to writers now. Some things do change." Don Mincher the first baseman for the Texas Rangers poked his head in the door. "Ted, I'd like you to meet Michael. He's one of our biggest fans," said Mincher. "Michael's had some back trouble, but he's doing fine now." Michael wore a Rangers baseball cap and a brace that could be seen reaching around his neck from under his shirt. Williams rose from his chair quickly and young Michael appeared a little tree between two tall oaks. "Good to see you, Michael," said Williams, in that clear, strong John Wayne voice. They shook hands. "Keep doin' fine." (To Mincher) "Get him a bat, will ya, Don? Michael oughta have a bat." One could quickly size up Williams, standing there, capless, in short-sleeve sweatshirt, knickers, stockings with blue stirrups. Natural with a youngster; his eyes crinkly and his smile warm. His hair is cut short and one wonders if it isn't so to conceal the increasing grayness, just as on even the hottest days he wears a warm-Up jacket to shroud his paunch. If it weren't for the massive atmosphere of the man, his neck and arms could be described as beefy. But he appears lithe—because of his animated talk that combines arms waving, hands darting with descriptive groans, grunts and other sound effects. He sat back down and began to lace on his rubber- soled baseball shoes. ("Spikes" were for a time past.) "Ted," a writer asked him, "do you think you could still hit .300?" Williams, who had a lifetime batting average of .344, the last man to hit over .400 (.406 in 1941), has been retired as an active player since 1960 when, incredibly, at age 42, he batted .316 with 29 homers. He took the question seriously but did not hesitate. "No," he said. "I can still make contact, but I've lost the power. "I got into the batting cage only once this season. It was an off-day in Baltimore. I took about 10 pitches and didn't miss a swing. But when I hit the ball, nothing startling happened. "I think I can hit the ball about 350 feet now, but that's about all. "I liked the feel in the box, the digging in. Now, though, a 33-ounce bat feels like it's got weight. Once it was like a feather in my hands." "What would I be trying to prove?" he asked rhetorically. He does haphazardly try to watch his weight. He tried a big rubber belt around his middle for awhile. But it burst in public and he had to wiggle to keep it up and he said the hell with it. "I also don't drink 12 chocolate milk shakes a day like I used to," he said. One morning not long ago, he had a scare. He had a dizzy spell. His wife demanded he get to a doctor. After a full series of tests, he was found to be in fine health. "No cholesterol," he said. "That's good. Maybe it was from drinking so much orange juice over the years. I used to squeeze and squeeze the oranges in Florida during all those spring trainings." (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS SPORT AND DRESS SHIRTS REDUCED TO CLEAR OFF KNIT SHIRTS ONE GROUP % OFF SPORT COATS EXCEPT DOUBLE KNIT 20%.50% SLACKS 100% WOOL, WOOL & SILK DACRON & WOOL ENTIRE STOCK V 3 OFF SUITS EXCEPT DOUBLE KNIT REDUCED 20%"50% SHOES RED TAG GROUP OFF (ONE TABLE) PANTS, SHIRTS, HATS OFF STRAW HATS ENTIRE STOCK REDUCED 1 3 OFF WALK SHORTS '/s OFF SWIM WEAR % OFF V./ MfN'S WF- AF The Slack Shack 1807N. 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