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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 15

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, July 21, 1974
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Roland Martin': Secret Talent . By AUBREY SHEPHERD T15IES Outdoor Writer Months have passed since the Arkansas Invitational B.A.S.S. Tournament. Several other tournaments have since been held on jBeaver Lake, and for many people the B.A.S.S. National is now only a foggy memory of a lot of fancy publicity and promotional work for a group of fishermen who mostly caught very few fish and were unimpressive except for their expensive tastes in fishing and boating equipment. But for those of us who were on Beaver Lake that week (March 31-April 5) the B.A.S:S. National tournament is more than a foggy memory; it is a combination of adventure and nightmare. The men in the tournament all seemed bigger than life at times as they faced greater challenges from wind and water than could have been expected in April on Beaver Lake. The practice days were a spring .lark. We sped happily about the lake, finding a few fish and not at all worried about success.. The water's surface temperature was rising daily and there seemed no reason to doubt that plenty of bass would be in the shallows during the tournament days. The beautiful new 16- foot Sea Star Catcher bass boat supplied to me by Rogers Jeep and Marine performed well with its 85- horsepower engine. All the colorful bass boats darting about Beayer Lake in search of concentrations of fish were like some strangely disoriented flock of geese, newly painted during the night and each one unrecognizable to its friends. Bass Cat, Ranger, Ouachita, Fabuglas, Astroglas, Sea Star, Skeeter, Terry and many other brands were represented. All were alike in being fast and large; each was different in that its owner had stamped his unique notions o£ boating perfection on it. Some had placed depthfinders, seats, controls, troll' ing motors'and all sorts of other gadgets in unusual places on their boats -- striving to find a perfectly convenient arrangement. Many operated their trolling motors with a certain foot or hand. A few stood to fish and guided their trolling motors with a knee. Some had as many as three depthfinders; most had two; all had at least one depthfinder. Tournament rules required that they have at least one aereated live well; many had two live wells; at least one boat had three separate live wells. Because B.A.S.S. stresses safety almost above success, all boats used in this year's tournaments have a kill switch--a device to cut off the engine in case the driver is thrown from his seat. Bilge pumps are also required on B.A.S.S. tournament boats this year. Life, jackets must be worn by all contestants whenever gasoline engines are in operation. These and all other safety features proved their value on the opening day of the 1974 Arkansas Invitational Tournament. The wind was an important factor on that first day. Gusts were obviously far higher than the reported 35 miles per hour. Several boats were swamped or nearly s\yamped. One sank completely; another turned over. Being in an 18-foot Ranger bass boat with an experienced boatman like Roland Martin, I felt safe enough. But standing on the bow deck, with gusts of wind almost knocking us overboard, Roland and I never shed our life preservers. We stayed in the protected coves whenever possible, but we frequently fished along shorelines which were paralleled by the wind. Never in my 30 years of fishing had I covered as .. much water in such a short period. This day was far different from what I remember as my first successful fishing trip -- a still summer day on a meandering ; · Louisiana bayou when I managed to wrangle ashore a four-pound catfish, though I was only three years old ·'· and probably weighed no more than thirty-five pounds. i- Like anyone who knows Roland Martin's reputation, .'-; I was excited to learn that I was to fish with Roland the first day. When I talked with him at the kick-off banquet I got the impression that he was worried. But 1 tried to think positively -- that surely last year's top ^ B.A.S.S. money winner would have some fish located. ? Roland Martin's method of having the two of us f C share the front deck, not using our swivel chairs bul · standing together and casting, was not unique but - was new to me. Most bassmen want their partners far to the rear, safely in the back seat. But Roland wanted to keep control of his trolling motor -- which he operated with his hands and steered with his knees -- all day, and sharing the front deck with his partner is one way to justify staying oh the front himself. Even though Roland did not use a foot control on his trolling motor, he still worked so very rapidly, that I found it very difficult to get in a cast ahead of Roland. He continuously cast to new water, never checking a spo' more than once and seldom casting far from cover. Within two hours we had tried three non-producing spots Roland knew of and we were fishing in a spo where I had located fish during practice. Roland man aged to get two good-sized Kentucky spotted bass fronr one of the places I took him to. His lure was the (Continued on 4B) .._ Leaving For El Dorado These eight FayeftcviUe golfers and three chaperones prepare to leave for El Dorado, site of the 18th annual Ar- kansas Girls Stale Championship Golf Tournament. Pictured, from left, are Susan I'earce, Careii Talbot and Gail Davis; chaperoues Mrs. Sue Davis, Mrs. Gene Hurl- sou and Mrs. David McNair; Lucy McNair, Cheri Lee, Dclibie Douglas, Helen Hudson anil Marie Clinton. (TIMESphoto by Ray Gray) n Simple Ceremony On Country Hillside Dizzy Dean Laid To Rest WIGGINS, Miss. (AP) -- Diz/ Dean was laid to rest Satiir- ay on a country hillside fol- wing a simple ceremony hich reflected none of the amboyance that characterized im in life. "He has left us. but he has ol left us empty," said the lev. Bill Taylor, pastor of the toy Bond Baptist Church in Piggins, little more than a pop ly from Dean's sprawling aiich style home north oC Wigins. Jay Hanna Dean blazed into he limelight during the trying imes of the early 1930s as a jaseball ability. pitcher of uncanny . But it was his gift of gab and minhibited down-home humoi hat made him a fixture on the .alional scene for nearly half a century. "Few men will be remem- jerccl as he will be, a man of tindness and good will," said .he Rev. Taylor. "lie was an nstitution it would have been been a tragedy to institutionalize. "His speech didn't always follow the rules, but he was better understood than our best grammarian." The minister said Dean's dialogue with life was like "letters writ from the heart, not the head." MILLIONS 'LOVED HIM Dizzy's childlike tendency to blurt out whatever came to mind endeared him to millions including many younger people whose only knowledge of his prior baseball greatness came rom what they read and heard. Sometimes they heard it from Diz himself as he entertained millions on televised games luring the 1950s and 1960s with ales of how great he and other oldlimers were in their days. But when Dizzy bragged, it wasn't like an ordinary braggart. And his fans loved him all ;he more for it. He died Wednesday in Reni Nev. of a heart attack at ag C3. Dean crisscrossed the natio and hobnobbed with president hut he always came hornet t this tiny town of some 3,000. And, in the end, it was mai ly the residents of his adopte home town- black and white- who made up the overflo crowd at his funeral. orthwest Arkansas TIMES, Sun., July 21, 1974 · 3B AVETTEVILLE. ARKANSAS Unitas Ready To Help Chargers If Called On SAN DIEGO (AP) -- "I'm isl here. 1 don't know what e coach wants me to do," a y s quarterback Johnny nilas, entering his 19th--and isl--year as a National Foot- nil League player. Unitas is as unsure of hances of playing this season s the rookies and free agents the San Diego Chargers raining camp are. although e has a no-cut $250,000-a-year ontract. The new Chargers coach, tommy Prolhro, is beginning a ew system for the troubled cam and says he's building for lie future. And Unilas, at 41, is not the uture. "I understand," ho said. "If I vere coach of this team I'd nake the same decision. I felt lie same way a year ago. I :ouldn't understand why they lought my contract." The Chargers paid the Balti nore Colts $150,000 for Unitas after the 1972 season and igtied him to a two-year con- ract, reportedly a t . $250,000 ear. He sat out the second half ast season with back and injuries. The Chargers finisher 2-11-1. Iheir worst season ever. Despite the likelihood he wil sen lil.tlc 'or no action on the ield this season, Unilas report ed to the training camp 01 schedule, becoming the onl; harper veteran to cross th picket line outside U. S. Inter iiational University. About 2 teammates were on the lin with signs asking him not t cross. "I have an obligation to b here, an obligation to th Chargers and an obligation my family," he said in an in terviow. "I don't oppose the player: union, though I'm not real clea about the freedoms they're d landing. They're striking tor lings thai don't concern me. I ii'L look ahead seven years, lis is my last season." Unilas, 'the NKL's all-lime lading passer, only works out the afternoon practice, ioi'nings he watches the drills id talks with coaches and layers'. "This team can accomplish^ ot wilh a litlle more organ- lalion, a little more discipline nrl concentration," he said. U n i t a s said quarterback esse Freitas, the Chargers' 6 draft choice, from San Diego State, "looks like he'.s ecu around for two or three cars. He has a real good touch ith the ball." Frcilas and see- nd-ycar veteran Dan Fouls, ;ho has been manning 1 Om 'ickel line, are considered like,' for the starting Charger uarterback spot this season.'; Five Stroke Lead ,"' STOCKHOLM -- Tony Jacklin if Great Britian fired a seven- inder-par C5 to lake a fiyflj- stroke lead over Sam Torrance of Scotland after two rounds $1 lie Scandanavian Enterprise Open Golf Tournament. 5%% 6Vl% We have a savings program and Interest rate to meet yotir needs. '·'·' Fayetteville Savings Loan Association'' 201 N. East Avenue *- American League All-Stars Outspoken About Decisions CHICAGO (AP) -- You can't please everyone all the time and sometimes you can't please anyone. Catcher Ed Herrmann of- the Chicago White Sox doesn't want o play in the All-Star game and will not. Sox' Pitcher Wilbur Wood vill go to the All-Star game but ic's upset about the gentlemen's agreement among Amer- caa League managers not to use All-Star pitchers in Sunday's games. Manager Chuck Tanner of the White Sox is bitter that Ken Henderson and Jorge- Orta weren't named to the team. ' And the Milwaukee Brewers can't understand how Johnny Briggs was not selected to the team. Representing Milwaukee will he Darrell Porter who said, "It not only surprised me but everybody on the ball club." HERMANf") REFUSED Herrmann ' flatly' refused to play in the game after he had been named by Ail-Star Manager Dick Williams. He will be replaced by Jim Sundberg of Texas. "I promised my wife and kids I would go home (to California) and spend, the All-Star break with them," said Herrmann. "That's all there is to it. Also, I've been playing on a ba'd ankle which I've hit with batted balls five times in the last month. I need the rest." Wood was incensed over the agreement not to use All-Star pitchers Sunday. As a result, he worked Saturday with only two days rest instead of taking his regular turn Sunday. "I don't mind because I have a reputation of working with AVO days rest," said -\Vood. "But what is the objective of the American League races? To win a division or to win the All-Star game? Why should the Sox or any other club be deprived of using a pitcher on Sunday." Outstanding Value. OUTSTANDING FEATURES OUTSTANDING LOW PRICES T-SHIRTS 1 · Taped, reinforced collar teejps shape · Neatly hemmed bottom and sleeves · Full-cut fot true comfort fife Woody Hayes checks over football helmets in the Ohio State University locker room this week. The 61-year-old Back At Work head coach Is hack an the job after suffering a heart attack June 6. He will coach the Buckeyes lor an unprccedeiiU cd 23rd season. Hayes says, "I'll prohahly slow down on things unimportant. Not coach- Ing." (AP. Wirephoto) Medich Stops Kansas City NEW YORK (AP) -- George "Doc" Medich of the New York Yankees pitched eight innings of no-hit ball Saturday before Fran Healy led off the ninth with a. clean single. Medich wound up. with a two-hit, 6-2 victory over Steve Busby and he Kansas City Royals. Medich struck out three and valked two. Until Healy ripped a line single up the middle and Richie Schciiiblum followed with a double down the right field line, VIcdich had benefitted from a udgment call by the official scorer on a third-inning fly ball hat fell between two New York outfielders and was called error. After Scheinblum's double. ,1 e d i c h , 12-7, wild-pitched Healy home and Scheinblum scored on Amos Otis' grounder. It was the fourth straight vic- .ory for Medich, but the ninth- nning runs ended a personal 24-inning scoreless streak. The Yanks scored a first-inning run on singles by White, 3obby Murcer and Ron Blomberg, then knocked out Busby witli three runs in tile second, scoring on Busby's wild pickoff throw and singles by Sandy Alomar and -Maddox. Murcer's single and Vada Pinson's two-base error on the hit gave the Yanks their final two runs in the seventh inning. Walt Garrison Takes Part In Cheyenne Rodeo CHEYENNE, Wy'o. (AP) -Joe Alexander of Cora took the lead in bareback bronc riding after the first day's competition at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo Saturday. A j e x a n d e r i s currently leading the national standings in his bid for a fourth .straight title in bareback bronc riding. He's also the defending champ in the bareback bronc event at Frontier Days. About 875 cowboys are competing for $125,425 in prize money- The first go-round ends Tuesday and the second go- round ends next Saturday with finals scheduled (or next Sunday. 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