Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 14, 1974 · Page 14
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 14

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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3B Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sun., July 14, 1974 FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS 0!!llin[l!lin!lllllll!ll!ll!l!n!ll»IIUI!l!lll[IIUII!!ill!llll!ll!l!m Mike Caspeny Jackson's Juggle: Tennis And The Law Played In Majors With Artificial Leg Monty Stratton Still Gets Around We// DALLAS (AP) -- The scenelio," said Slratton, now 02, who!my wife Ethel and I didn't like, is a familiar one lo late-night'ij v o s comfortably on his 60-acre but we.gave in." novie buffs. A sUrf-legged and f Greenville, Tex., 50 ~ imping Jimmy Stewart, play- _ r · It made an easy script in the fifties, the former jock, exiled from grandeur by age or graduation, stumbling through life as a used-car salesman haunted by instant replays shimmering on Studebaker hoods across the lot. Invin Shaw, Rod Serling and John Updike exploited this "fall from grace" plot. Such drama gave armchair quarterbacks a sense of superiority. Having never, made an 80-yard touchdown run or swished a game-winning jump shot, the old boys in the living room could revel in the deflating power of scythe-like Fate. In the sixties, the provocative Cassias Marcellus ·· Clay helped to transform the traditional view of the athlete. Whether fans loved or loathed him, they had to grant that Clay was a complex man. Since then, the term "jock" has lost credence. We now perceive athletes as potentially broad, sophisticated human beings whose sports are parts of their lives, not the whole. Fayetteville's Randy Jackson, four-year Razprback letterman in tennis, is just such a figure. Tennis may be the core of his life, but other things -- like Fall entrance into the U. of A. Law School and an interest in the arts -- form strong complements to Jackson's passion. The muscular 5-10 graduating senior can be as enthusiastic about a film on Seurat presented by the Fine Arts Department as he is about the condition of what have come to be known as the "minor sports" at Arkansas. Razorbacks 38th He recently returned from the NCAA Tennis Tournament at Los Angeles where the Hazqrbacks finished 38th in a field of nearly 60 teams, tabulating two points. Stanford (30), U.S.C., the host team, (25) and Michigan (19) seized the top three slots. Victories by Brian Sakey in singles play and Joe Hickey-Randy Jackson in doubles, supplied the Razorback points. It was the second appearance by Arkansas in the national torunament. Last year the netters concluded 35th at Princeton. "I'm glad that we got to go," Jackson says; "but I'm not too satisfied with our finish. We were respectable, but we could have done better. The people out there were surprised that Arkansas plays good tennis. They don't connect tennis with the Razorback name." You may recall that the Razorback foursome of Sakey, Mike Vogl, Hickey and Jackson very nearly missed the trip. Despite a 23-5 season, the best in the tennis team's history, Frank Broyles and coach Jeff Cook agreed that the athletic department could not. afford the journey, the total cost of which Jackson estimates at $2500. One can only assume that the coach's agreement was reluctant. Then, however, the funds materialized to swing Arkansas participation. If Jackson is somewhat disappointed in the team performance at Los Angeles, he is exuberant about the tournament itself. "Being a senior, I was delighted to go," Jackson claims. "It was definitely the highlight of my career. Just being a part of it was exciting. I guess it was like a football player participating in a bowl game." The efficiency of the tournament dazzled Randy: 250 players scheduled to compete on 13 courts. Values Tournament Prestige Jackson, who while studying law will assist Cook with the Razorback squad, also values the prestige of tournament participation. "You've got to go to the nationals," he insists' "or it kills your recruiting." When he evaluates his tennis experience at Arkansas, Jackson feels pride and amazement: "We've come a long way in six yars, but the program needs to keep building. .We can't allow it to drop," he emphasizes. Jackson foresees a time when the tennis team will finally enter Southwest Conference play (the Razorbacks met no SWC opposition in '74). "It'll be tough " Randy admits, "because next to the PAC-8, the SWC is probably the strongest conference in the U.S But the great competition will be to our advantage " · S.M.U., Houston, Texas and Texas AM all fared ; impressively in this year's NCAA tournament. ;... Although his college career has ended, Jackson plans to continue playing tennis. Now that he is graduating, he can accept money. His plans are to enter the Jayhawk Tournament in Topeka and the Misouri Valley Championship in Kansas City during August. He will proceed from there to several amateur tournaments in Arkansas, especially the Southeastern Open at Pine Bulff where the 'best college players and teaching pros in the area will provide grave competition. "The difference between amateur and pro is hazy these days," Randy explains. "All tournaments in this region will let you play if you've accepted money." Meanwhile Jackson is giving 'tennis lessons and playing for the Fayetteville team against sqjuads from other Arkansas cities. The image of a well-tanned lawyer discarding tweeds for tennis whites on weekends suffuses the ' ASU Pole Vaulter Earl Bell Voted June Worthen Award ...npmg . . ing Ihe part of a major league pitcher, retires bailer after bai- ter until the last inning when the opposing team starts bunting to lake advantage of his nrlificinl leg. But there is one bunt too many, and Stewart, despite stumbling and falling, throws out Ihe final batter, and Monty Strallon, played Stewart, has a 2-1 victory in his pitching comeback after losing a leg in miles northeast o[ Dallas. "Everything in that movie was true except I really pitched a two- hit shuloiit." The 1940 film, "The Monty Straiten Story," took one year to make, and during that time, Straiten served as technical adviser to help lend accuracy to Ihe account. "The movie directors said Slratton now spends mosl of lis time tending cattle, fishing and hunting on his farm. However, he has made at least 10 appearances in oldtimers' games around the country in recent years. RETIRED BAUER His latest such appearance was recently at Arlington, Tex., where former New York Yankee slars met former baseball Bauer on a grounder. Stratton was one of the best pitchers in the American League in the 1930s, recording two straight 15-5 seasons for ttie Chicago White Sox in 193738. However, the tragic hunting accident in late 1938 cut short his major league career, but his courageous love for the game made him famous. "I coached for' two years for the White' Sox after the accident, and I had offers to coach turned them service. It doesn't tell it m the movie, but that was eight years after the accident, in 1946," said Stratton. "I did pretty well in the minor leagues after that. It was my 18-7 record with Sherman m the Big State League in-1946 that interested the movie people. Later I played for Waco, Dallas, Port Arthur and Brownsville in Texas, and I also pitched some in Nebraska. It must have been four or five years after the movie when I - · · · · · - · i 0 t o f people around pretty well on his farm and occasionally plays soms talch with Ethel. . . Broncos Sign Runner DENVER (AP) -- The Denver Broncos announced Friday they have signed Alfred Barrett, a free agent from Texas- Et Paso, to a contract for the upcoming National Football League season. The 6-foot-l 208-pound Barrett Hess was winner. LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas State University pole vauller, Earl Bell, has been voled the Worlhen Athlete of the Month for June. It is the second time this year an A-Stale pole vaul- ler has won the award. Barney the April Worthen June was a busy month for Bell. In the first week, he vaulted 16-8 in the United States Track and Field Federation Championships at Wichila, Kan., That mark was good for fifth place. The next week, Bell again vaulted 16-8, this time in the NCAA Championships at Austin, Tex. He finished ninth. Bell then went on to win the Junior Olympic Trials in Florida with another 16-8 vaujt He capped off the month by returning to Austin to win the pole vault, competition in the United States-USSR Junior Track Meet. It was the second time that Bell has won the Worthen award. He won it in 1973 as a Jonesboro High School student. Runner-up in the voting was May's winner, Paul White White, from Russellville and who will attend the University of Arkansas at Fayelteville this fall on a track and football scholarship, won the shot put event in the Golden West Track and Field Meet at Sacramento. White had a toss of 69'-8". Third in the balloting was Rosie Bartlett who won the Arkansas Women's Golf Association Championship at Pine Bluff. Other nominees for the month were female basketball players Judy Langston and Celia Clark and golfer Kelley Kilpatrick. Miss Langston scored two late free throws to lead fhe North past the South in the Girls High School All-Str game at Conway. Miss Clark, from Mineral Springs, scored 16 points in that game and was named the Most Valuable Player on offense. Kilpatrick won the mes's Arkansas State Golf Association title at Fort Smith. \ VAUGHNJ 7 BATTERY CO. EXTRA HEAVV DUTY BATTERIIt people wouldn't believe a man down. 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