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Everyone Concerned Is Surprised Atlanta Fires Eddie Mathews ATLANTA (AF) --The Atlanta Braves bogRn the search today for a manager to replace Eddie Mathews, who was fired Sunday after his team dropped its fourth straight game. The dismissal shocked not only Mathews, whose team compiled a 50-49 mid-season record, but his fans and players as well. "It was a blow to me.*' said home run king Henry Aaron, a longtime teammate of Math ews. "Why did they fire him? He's the best manager we've had," said an angry fan. Atlanta Constitution Sportsl Editor Jesse Outlar wrote: "You can't fire 25 players, so in baseball you fire the manager. What the Braves need is some new players." Mathews first heard of his dismissal when Braves. Vice President Eddie Robinson came to his office after Atlanta dropped a 6-2 decision to Pittsburgh Sunday and said, "I'm going to change managers, Eddie." "He took it like a man," Robinson commented later. "It was a shock," admitted Mathews, who took over from Luman Harris in August, 1972. "I didn't have an inkling this was going to happen. But it's over and done with, I'm sure it wasn't done on the spur of'the moment. "When you don't win, you don't slay around too long," said Mathews, whose ' Braves finished fifth in the National League West a year ago with a 76-85 record. "Personally I thought he did a heck of a job," said Aaron, who with Mathews teamed to crack out 863 home runs while playing together, a record that still stands. Mathews slammed out 421 of them and closed his 17-year major league career with .512, ending up with Houston nncl Detroit before retiring in 1968. "We were not playing Boot! now but we had been playing better than in the past," said Aaron. "But it's their ball club and they can do what they want to." Third baseman Darrell Evans said Mathews "was the fairest manager I ever played under. He treated everybody as a man--maybe some of couldn't handle it.' ' I Robinson said an. interim Smith To Meet Marly Riessen In Festival CHICAGO CAP) -- No. 1 seed Stan Smith faces Marty Ries sen tonight in the finals of the $50,000 Chicago Internationa Festival of Tennis. Smith needed a victory in a third-set tie-breaker to get pas Eddie Dibbs of Miami Beach 2 6, G-2, 7-6 Sunday and into the finals for the $9,000 first prize. Riessen downed No. 4 seet Dickie Dell of Bethesda, Md,, 6 4, 6-2 in the semifinals. The S-foot-7 Dibbs, some mm inches shorter than Smith, said "He's got an unbelievabl reach and he's tough to pass." Brian Gottfried and Rau Roscoe Tanner in a semifina doubles match while Riesse and Tom Gorman defeats Brian Teacher and Jen Whitl nger in the other doubles even nanager would be named with n a few days. 'I wanted Eddie to have a ood shot at it," said Robinson and I think he has had a good hot. I think two years is ;ood shot." Mathews, a 43-year-old native )f Texarkana, Tex., was a 10 inie All-Star and participate n three World Series during hi outstanding career, compiling 271 lifetime batting mark. H itso holds the major leagu ccord for most home runs by hird baseman. 47 in 1953. Mathews said he has been o ered a position in the organ zation but said he didn't kno\ vhat his immediate plan vould be. WE PAY TOP MONEY For JUNK BATTERIES Our 20th Year in Fayelfeville. 442-9567 605 South School Hiway 71 South VAUGHN BATTERY Northwest Arkantat TIMES, Mon., July 22, 1974 0 FAYETTIVILU, ABKAM1A* 11 Thke a good friend to court. There's 110 friend like a good f Â· =y ** m mend. OLD CHARTER The smoothest Kentucky Boucbon you'll ever know. SmiGHT BOUIEOK 1WISKIY Â· 86 PROOF Â· Â© 1974 OlD CtUUISS DOT. CO., lOIIISVIllf, KT. WHO WON? .. .Cafe Yarbrough, left, argues with Bobby Allison, right, aver who won Nashville's 429 Grand National auto race Saturday evening. Yarbrough received ine checkered /fag o lew car lengths ahead of Allison but Allison sped ahead and beat Yarbrough to victory lane and the argument ensued. NASCAR officials here sent the race information to NASCAR headquarters In Los Angeles where a winner will be decided Foyt, Unser Take Weekend Victories Oldsters Bank Prizes CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION,! Mich. (AP) -- A.J. Foyt and Booby Unser, two comparative "oldsters" in the dangerous game of auto racing, made off with most of the money i n . a .pair of Michigan races Sunday. . And they plan to -make off with more of the loot as the years go by. In other words, neither is headed - for retirement soon. Foyt will reach his 40th birthday Jan. 16. Unser hit the 40 mark earlier this year. Foyt has won 51,745,873 in United - States Auto Clirh purses alone. Unser's ledger shows $1,036,510. Each, admittedly, has won "a whole bunch" of money in races not sanctioned by US AC. Foyt, for instance, is listed in the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing record books at more than $300,000 in winnings. In a twin bill before 46,180 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday, Unser beat his brother, Al, by 3.9 seconds in a 200 miler for USAC championship cars and collected $17,402. Foyt finished 13th in that one, for $1,544. In a companion race for stock cars, it was Foyt first, Karl Wins On Extra Hole -. ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) Richie Karl had considered quitting the pro golf tour. Eighteen months of frustration had driven him home and he threw his clubs in a closet in disgust. "I didn't touch a club for Â· more than a month," he said Sunday. "I couldn't stand the sight of a golf club, or the thought of playing. "Then I decided to go back to the o r i g i n s , the definitions. What is golf? It's a game. You have to play it like a game, not work at it, make a drudgery of it." That change in philosophy paid off for the 29-year-old Karl Sunday when he birdied the first extra hole for a sudden- death playoff victory over Australian veteran Bruce Crampton in the B.C. Open Golf Tournament. They tied at the end of the regulation 72 holes--Karl blowing a six-shot lead with nine holes to play--at 273, 11 under par on the 6,804-yard EN Joie Golf Club course, a layout that served as Karl's boyhood playground and now is his source of employment. He's an assistant pro. Karl, whose victory came within sight of the house where he grew up, rolled in a 35-fool birdie putt on the first playoff hole to claim the $30,000 first prize. WTT Action CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Nets' No. 1 women's singles tennis player, Nancy Gunter, won one and lost one Saturday night. She shut out Laurie Fleming 8-0 in a World Team Tennis match against the Florida Flamingos, hut as she left the Pub- lie Auditorium she was robbed by two thugs, she told police. The 31-year-old Texas native said she was walking down an exit ramp with her uncle when two youths, one with a lire iron, came up behind them, threatened them and stole her purse. It contained $450 cash, $40 In traveler's checks and .several thousand dollars In checks, she reported. It more than double his pre r ious career winnings in four /ears on the tour. He'd won n!y $21,000 on Ills career, only ;256 this year before he came home in disgust from the Sreensboro Open last March. And it made him the first liost pro to win a pro tour title since Earl Stewart took the Dallas Open in 1961. Ray Floyd once got to within a single shot of the lead anr was third alone with a closing 66 and 275 total. Rod Curl, with a 65, was next at 276. Curtis S i f f o r d, who shared the third-round lead with Karl, went to a 72 and was tied at 2V7 with John Schlee : ivho had a 70. An incredible cry of joy weni tip from the higly partisan gal Icry of Karl's friends, neigh bors and former schoolmates when he dropped the winning putt. His caddy, in tears, rush ed to his side. Karl, 29, had a final roura 68--including a fat, three-over par back nine--and Crampton charged into a lie at the enc with his strong 66 that he called "probably my best shot-making round of the year." Top final scores and money winnings Sunday in the $150,00 B.C. Open Golf Tournament 01 the 6,804-yard, par-71 En Joi Golf Club course: (x-won sue $30,08 $17,10 $10,65 $7,05 $5,77 $3,77 $4,80 $3,61 $3,61 $3,61 $3,61 $3,61 $3,6 den-death playoff): x-Richie Karl ! 70-67-68-68--273 Bruce Crampton 71-66-70-66-273 Ray Floyd 69-72-68-66--275 Rod Curl 70-68-73-65--276 Curtis Si f ford 68-67-70-72--277 John Schlee 68-74-65-70--277 Dan Sikes 71-68-72-67--278 Tim Collins 69-67-72-71--279 Mike Hill 69-69-72-69--279 Mark Hayes 66-70-72-71-J79 Dale Douglass 71-67-72-69--279 Sam Adams 69-71-68-70--279 Mike Wynn 68-69-72-70--279 r $6,898 and Unser second, for ,416. Thus, Unser wound up with a 1,8H payday, Foyt with 5,442.'. Unser, too tired to make the ost-race interview, has said he n't about to quit a sport that as made him wealthy. Foyt led some of the early ips in the Indy-car feature but ad to back off when he ran ito tire problems. In the stock car race, Foyt umped in front early and im- icdiately hooked up in a spine- ingler with Unser. 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