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4B · Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sun., July 28, T974 FAYETTEV1LLE, ARKANSAS Era Of The Dean Brothers 1930s Baseball Recalled NEW YORK (AP) -- The year was 1030 and (here was a .blight on the land called the Great Depression. Millions of people were out of work. Men sold apples on street corners. Some banks went broke and took their enraged depositors with them. Things were a mess with one possible exception: baseball, the national pastime. The decade beginning in 1930 was possibly the most colorful, exciting, and classiest the game had ever seen. The winds of change were blowing. Night baseball burst on the scene. The farm system was born, a child of the depres- "slon. The minor leagues were close to bankruptcy. The majors stepped in to save them and created the f a r m system with subsidies for the lower leagues. Daily radio broadcasts of games became common in .big league cities. The late, great Dizzy Dean E itched his first game for the t. Louis Cardinals In 1930. He won it, of course. Diz went on to become a superstar. But there were so many oilier superb performers. If you're old enough to remember Franklin D. Roose- ball-and thunder in his curve. Boston's Ted Williams, who carried a big stick but didn't now how to walk softly. GROVE WON 31 Robert Moses Grove, a lean efly who won 3l games for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1931 with a fast ball that could burn n hole in the wind. Jimmy ?oxx of Philadelphia and Hank 3reenberg of Detroit, two big joomers with hats in their lands. Each took a run at Babe Ruth's home run record of 60 in a season and ran out of breath veil's' cigaretle holder, recall these men: you'll Carl Hubbell of the Giants, Dean's marvelous opponent in so many mound duels. Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee Clipper who fired broadsides at the plate. Boh Feller of Cleveland who had lighlning in his fast the the McGraw, the' king of and homers iftsr 58. Joe Cronin. who led Washington Senators to American League pennant in 1933 as a playing manager, and Bill Terry, who did it in '33 '36 and '37 in a similar role for the Giants. Mel Ott of the Giants, a stubby slugger with a crazy batting style that produced 511 runs. John managers, lasted into the '30s. He stepped down as pilot of the Giants in 1932 after 30 years and died two years later. Babe Ruth stopped hitting home runs for the Yankees in 1934 anc quit altogether one year later while playing for the Boston Braves. Branch Rickey, a beetle browed, thrifty general man ager of the Cardinals, was the father of the farm system, in augurated in the early '30s Front offices from New York to San Diego have been trying to imitate him , ever since. His players insisted that Brand :ould rub a pair of doljar bills ogether and come up with our. But he was a baseball em- lire-builder of Napoleonic stature. NIGHT BASEBALL Rambunctious Larry MacPhail, a promoter who could lave given Phineas T. Barnum run for his money, introduced light baseball to the big eagues in 1935 in Cincinnati. dacPhail. even got President loos eve It to switch on the ights at the Reds' ball park on opening night by pressing a lutlon in the White House. MacPhail moved on to Jrooklyn a few years later and in 1938 inaugurated night base- iall at the old brickyard called Tjbets Field. Larry didn't need 'DR that night. He had Johnny Vander Meer, a Cincinnati southpaw, who picked that evening to pitch his second consecutive no-hit game. It was the only time that was done. Night baseball was a smash hit. . . Even the nicknames of t h e '30s had a great deal of bounce, Try these (or size: Dizzy Dean, Goofy Gomez, Dazzy Vance, Goose Goslin, Ducky Medwick, Tarzan Parmalee, Paul "Bij Poison" Waner and Lloyt "Little Poison" Waner, Mickej Finn, "Poosh - Em . Up - Tony' Lazzeri, Schoolboy Rowe, Wile Bill Hallahan, "Fat" Freddie Fitzsimmons, Kiki Cuyler, Mule Haas and Harry "The Horse' Danning. It's improbable there eve' was. or will be, another bal Vining Coaches 2-2 Zone Defense ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) -- A tie basketball game with no overtime and a 2-2 zone de- head coach at fense? Bill Vining, Ouachita Baptist experienced both University, offbeat incidents as coach of the U.S. National Junior team on a recent two-week tour of Europe. The tie occurred at St- Nai- rez, Frances. The U.S.. team trailed by three points with three seconds left in the game and a player shooting two free throws. He sank the first one and deliberately missed the second. A U.S. player rebounded and scored the tying basket before the game ended. Vining recalled that he and the players then bc*gan discussing strategy for the overtime period when one of hie players said, '"Coach, everybody's starting to leave.' "I looked around and some of the. fans were getting 'up and U.S. Sports Over-Emphasized, Says West Virginia Senator WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen.' Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia said today that sports in the United States are over-emphasized and suggested that athletics be given no higher priority than he believes they deserve. "It is time athletics were viewed in a more proper perspective," said Byrd, Senate Democratic leader. "It is time we all realized that few are less vital to our national survival than a fall without NFL football, the outcome of a single baseball game or the location where high school athletes choose to continue their athletic training." He made his remarks in a speech prepared for the Senate floor. Byrd said he enjoyed watch ing skilled athletes compete but he is concerned when sports are given great importance, In many cases at the expense o: education. The .Senate Democrat crifi cized the high salaries paid professional athletes, and th{ owners who pay them, but mos 1 of his attack centered on tht huge sums of money spent on college athletics and the build ing of stadiums and arenas. "At one time, colleges am universities justified enormou expenditures for athletics b. saying the revenue produced b the school's teams helped buili classrooms and laboratories,' he said. Byrd said that even school with top-flight athletic pro grams while preserving the! status as great universities wi! have to downgrade one or the other in the next few years. "Either the athletic depart ment is going to have to settle a smaller, albeit equitable, lare of the budgetary pie, or ie university itself is going to utter," he said. "Unless we tart now to view sports in bet- · prospective --to give athletes a priority no higher than hey deserve --that choice light be more difficult than it hould be." Byrd said the simple answer s de-emphasis but that past ex- icrience shows that won't vork. Thus, he said, the solu- ion may be found in taking the other direction. "The .over-emphasis has come step by slep, bit by bit, and will continue until it reaches some undertermined point in he future," he said. "It might rove the wiser course, then, "or the NCAA to remove all taking off," Vining said, "am then I looked over at th French team, and they wer putting their warmups 'on an going. NO OVERTIME M went over to one of thei coaches and asked him wha was happening. He said, 'Ove here, you don't play overtime When regulation time's over the game's over.'" Vining later was told that tn rule did not apply to all Eu ropean basketball and said was possible that "they pulle a quick one on us. "I guess they were satisifie with the tie," Vining said. At Messina, Italy, the U.S team employed its 2-2 zone, Eight minutes were remain ing in the 'game when th fourth member of the U.i team fouled out. leaving on! four players on the court. Vii ing started the tour with 1 ub like the 1934 Cardinals, the as House Gang. They played te muggers, but in broad day- ght on Hie ball field. They won ie National League pennant Bums Benefit From Trades By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Los Angeles Dodgers not only have the best record In baseball, they're also tops in the trading circuit. While we larm system continues to turn out good young ith a rought swaggering sprint the stretch, ballplayers, two reasons for oming a seven-game lead by .e Giants early in September. DODGERS NUDGED THEM The Cards got a nudge from he Brooklyn Dodgers, who aught Manager Bill Terry of he Giants what a costly thing f a u x pas can be. In Febru- the in League's West game lead r y , Terry eridingly, "Are had the asked Dodgers till in the league?" He got his nswer in September when Brooklyn, managed by Casey tengel, whipped the Giants in ie final two games of the sea- 011 and knocked them out of ist place, handing the flag to lie Cards. ' Dizzy and Daffy Dean won 49 ames between them, Diz'.tak- ng 30 and Daffy 19. Each won wo games in the World Series s the Cards topped the Tigers n seven bristling games. In the 1-0 finale in Detroit, which Dizzy pitched, the Tiger fans riled and hurled a barrage of of the mail Dodgers' 5'A- the Nationa Division are center fielder Jim Wynn relief ace Mike Marshall. In 1973, Wynn was i n . ninth full season with the Hous ton Astros while Marshall, who previously toiled in the majors for Detroit, Seattle and Hous ton, was setting a major league record by pitching in 92 games for the Montreal Expos. On Dec. 5, the Dodgers ac quired Marshall in exchangi tor Willie Davis, their long-time center fielder. The next day ruits and vegetables ielder Joe Medwick left the Sards, H was the ultimate in an loyalty, throwing Food away during a depression. In addition to the Deans and VIedwick, the .Cardinals had s u c h ' g r o w n-up juvenile delinquents as Leo "The Lip" Juroclier, hawk-nosed Pepper Martin, Frank Frisch, the manager, and Crip Collins. T h e y brawled, sang, laughed and played baseball with the zeal of rookies and the skill of veter- ns. The Yankees, of course, bulled the American League, winning five pennants and World Series from 1932 to 1939; They lad 20 victories and just three losses in series play in t h a t time. Hubbell beat them in '36 and '37, and Hal Schumacher, Carl's teammate on the Giants, an overtime 1932 World Series between the Yanks and Cubs in Chicago that Ruth hit the now-legendary home run into the centerfield bleachers. Just before the homer, Babe held up one finger--or was it outlasted them in nail-biter in '36. It was in the two? mound. Did pointing t id he. call toward t h e his'shot or was he just keeping track of the count? HALTED SERIES The Yankees had a money pitcher named Vernon "Goofy" Gomez, whp lived up to his name by once halting a World Series game so everybody could watch an airplane droning overhead. They also had a fabulous first baseman, Lou Gehrig, the "Iron Horse," who played a record 2,130 secptive 1939. games from 1925 to sanctions on arships and recruiting, schol- 'expense money' and require only that schools make public the total costs of the expenses now hidden because they go for unethical and improper activities. "The result would be that one, two, or, at the most, a half-dozen universities would have powerhouses, with which the rest of the schools would be unable to compete. Those latter institutions, therefore, would be relieved of a great deal of pressure and could rededieate themselves to higher education, and to developing athletic programs tru'v amateur, involving a greater percentage of their students. "The games themselves-even the so-called major sports of baseball, basketball, and football -- would remain unchanged, and would serve the recreational purpose they were originally intended to serve. 1 ' said Byrd. players, but sent three home! because of disciplinary reasons. Another had been injured. "They requested us to keep one boy in the game, and they gave him one more foul," Yin- ing said. "With three minutes to go, he picked up another, and we played the final ·min- utes with just four boys." The U.S. team had a healthy lead and the 2-2 zone kept the Italians at bay. MUST CHANGE METHOD The U.S. team compiled a 11-1 record, but Vining said the U.S. must change its method of selecting players for such competition. "In 1965, we met our players for the first time at the airport flew down to South America and won every game, most o them easily," he said. "Th day of U.S. teams having two days of practice and then play ing international basketball i over. On any given night on tli recent tour, it was a tossup of who would. win the ball game...." The high school players on the U.S. team were selected from teams competing in the National AAU Youth Tournament in late June in Cincinnati. The players met the next week The Cards, Giants and Cubs ominated the National League a the '30s, each winning three nennants. But the gut-gripping pressure and drama came every lime Dean and Hubbell were rival pitchers. After Dean's recent death, lubbell said, "I think we met at least 1C times. I never saw ;he record book but someone told me I had the edge, 10-6." The first' All-Star game was played in Chicago in 1933. The American League won it 4-2. The AL also won the second game 9-7 the next year in New York. But the slory of the game was Hubbell. Carl worked the first three innings for the National, and over one stretch, fanned five straight hitters. Their names--Hall of Famers all--were Bade Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin. In 1930, the Cubs had a burly bomber in centerfield named Hack Wilson. He was slow and uot much of a fielder, but he they got Wynn for pitchers Claude Osteen, a veteran left hanrier, and rookie Dave Cul pepper. The results should be fai warning to other general man agers who deal with the Dodg ers' Al Campanis to keep on hand on their wallet and th other on their roster. Wynn is hitting a solid .290 leads the league with 21 homer and has hatted in 69 runs Meanwhile, Osleen, who wo 147 games in nine years wit the Dodgers, is struggling at 9- for the Astros. While the Dodgers traded a every-day player in Davis, wh i as been in 89 games for Moi real, they acquired somethin of the same sort in the tireles Marshall, who already has-re ieved 66 times, winning 11 an saving 14. He recently set major league mark by relievin n 13 consecutive games. Marshall's numbers tend 1 cloud the fact that Davis is hi ing .308 for the Expos and ha driven 55 r u n s home. The St. Louis Cardinals als apear to have gotten the be of two separate deals with tl Boston Red Sox. On Oct. 26, they shippe pitcher Rick Wise and ou 'ielder Bernie Carho to Bosto for outfielder Reggie Smith ai pitcher Ken Tatum. Tatum no longer with the Cards, hi Smith has been among the NL leading hitters all season. H current average is .321 with homers and 63 RBI, plus doubles. Carbo is batting .257 for Bo ton with 10 homers and 46 R] while Wise has been plagued b arm trouble and has pitched only eight games with a record and 3.91 ERA. Tlie Cards struck again Dec. 7 when they pried pitche Lynn McGlothen, John Curt and Mike Garman from tl Red Sox for pitchers Regg Cleveland and Diego Segui an infielder Terry Hughes. Curtis has been a di appointment with a 4-10 recoi and Garman has shown flash of promise in the bullpen, b McGlothen alone had made tl deal worthwhile. He has a 12 mark and 2.88 ERA and h been among the NL's top v, ners all season. Aaron Wants To Be Remembered As Player Who Could Do It All ATLANTA (AP) -- Henry Aan, halfway through what he ws will be his final season in aseball, says he wants "to be emembered .as a player who t for average, stole bases, id did everything a complete all player should. "When the final curtain orhes down, my record will peak for itself. I'm not trying make anyone forget tiie abe; but only to remember 'ank Aaron." The 40-year-old superstar of the Atlanta Braves says it's too bad that home run No. 715 is the one that brought him all of the national attention. "I'm proud of all my records," said the Mobile, Ala., native, reminiscing about his 21-year National League career and 'noting some of the change's that have occurred during the span in which he set 20 NL records and 17 major league marks. Aaron hit home run No. 716 Attendance Up By Over 150,000 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Winning isn't everything--but . sure helps attendance. The Los Angeles Dodgers ave been living by baseball's 'golden rule" for some time nd now the San Diego Padres, .'exas Rangers and Cleveland Indians are finding -it to be riie. Attendance in the major eagues is up over last year by 50,000 with the dramatic help if those teams, who are win. ning more games this season and concurrently more fans. The Padres have made the most dramatic attendance leap, according to an Associated 3 ress survey. By the All-Star reak, the Padres had drawn 763,930 f a n s , compared with 434,468 last season. Last year, the Padres had 33-65 won-lost record in the Na- ional League West. This year, although s t i l l last, they have Improved to 43-58. The Rangers lelped push tendance to also have 17,551,406. Involved major league at- 17,701,547 by mid- season. Last year at this point the tola! attendance figure was in a pennant race tor the first time, Hie Rangers have drawn 775,120 into their stadium so far. Promotional gimmicks hav helped the Indians, hut the fac that they are in the American League East race is the main eason for better attendance iere, club officials feel. In 1973, the Indians were ou f contention in last place and rew only 400,907 by All-Sta line. This year, they're fight ig for the East Division leai and have produced 657,046 fani o far--more than Clevelani rew all of last season 605,073). At ' the end of the season 1 irst half, the National Leagu Vest leaders, the Dodgers, hai lulled a stunning total of 1,539, 04 fans ilia Dodger Stadium Chat's 405,110 more than IBS eason and by far the best fig ure in the majors. This year's figures show th National League in front, 9,956 004 to 7,745,543. (Last year a his time, the Nationals led, 9 ·520,900 to 8,030,426). , Attendance has skyroekete also in Cincinnati, St. Louis an Philadelphia as well. Each ha gone over the · one millio mark--something no America League team has accomplishet The Reds have drawn 1,190 755 so far, up from 957,604 la year; the Cardinals are at 1 U.S. Riding Team Picked NEW YORK (AP) -- Mike Plumb, captain of the U.S equestrian team that won the silver medal in the 1968 i 1972 Summer Olympics, i one of six riders named Satur day to compete in the work championships at Burghley England, Sept. 12-15. Joining Plumb, of Ohesa peake City, Md., on the squat are Bruce Davis, Wespor Mass.; Beth Perkins, South Stratford, Vt.; Don Sachey East Northport, N.Y.; Carolin Treviranus, Berryville, Va., anc Denny Kmerson, Stratford, Vt. 029,767, 895,029 compared to last year and 1,000,778 have a Lended Phillies' games this se on, a climb from last year 856,312. All three teams are involve in pennant fights. The Atlanta Braves, wl have drawn 659,746 fans th year, are the other NL team o She plus side. Their attendant up 181,335 from last year, h been aided by Hank Aaron. While the National Leagi has six teams which are dra ing more than last year, tl American League can on boast three. The Baltimore 0 oles, up to 555,816 from 508,2 last year, join Cleveland an Texas in that category. The Boston Red Sox, leade in t h e American League Eas also lead the American Leagi in attendance despite havin the smallest park (seating c pacity 33,379). The Red S have drawn 803,446 thus fa. down from last year's 886,481 The Houston Astros took t biggest drop in attendam from 993,376 to 721,174. April 8, opening night in At-l ita Stadium, off Los Angeles! t-hander Al Downing. Since I ssing Babe Ruth's record of I 4 Aaron has added 11 m o r a l r a total of 725. BROUGHT RECOGNITION chase to surpass Ruth's The chase to surpass Ruth s cord ultimately ended in I inglng recognition to the man ho played in the relative adow of former greats Willie ays and Mickey Mantle dur- g the 1950s and 1960s. · '·A lot of people talk about s home runs," said Willie argell of the Pittsburgh Flutes "but what's his career /erage? Over .300--that's mething. And he has knocked thousands of runs--he stole ases. It would be different if e only hit home runs, but he as so many other accom- ishments. People just don't ake time out to think. Aaron, who has a $l-million ontract with a television man- 'acturer, has been promised a ob with the Braves when he etires but still hasn't decided hat it will be. "But I do know, it won t be nanaging." he repeatedly had However Tuesday night at ie All-Star game, in Pitts- urgli, Aaron reversed his posi- on, saying he would accept an fter to manage the Braves simply because there are no lack managers in baseball. CLYDE KING NAMED The Braves had fired Eddia Uathews as manager last Sun- ay, apparently causing Aaron o reverse his position. But Jlyde King was named Wednes- ay as the Braves' .interim manager. · Aaron says the biggest hangcs since he broke into the majors in 1954 with the Mil- vaukee Braves is the traveling and pitching. "The time spent traveling las gotten longer and longer since the addition to the clubs on the West Coast," he said. 'It makes i t . tougher to be properly rested. "And better pitching. Every, wlub now-a-days h a s two or three starters who are good.- When I first came up not many clubs had more than one top starting pitchers. The slider has made a big difference but hot so much as pitching, which .is mphasized so much now." Aaron feels the secret to his success has been his longevity. "I think that's the secret," he ays. "Being able to play as long as I have and not being injured. Not many of the ball players of today want to play for 20 years. They have other interests to take up their time." TERMITES ? CALL ADMIRAL PEST CONTROL Roaches, Ants, Spiders, etc. COMMERCIAL S RESIDENTIAL.' 442-7298 Carl Yastrzemski Released From Hospital After Tests for two days of preparation. "We will be in trouble unless we can select our best players,' Vining said. "As long as we can select our best payers, we will continue ot dominate. We could have picked 10 or 15 teams as good or better than the team I had if we had the whole United States to choose from.' Many state athletic associations, including the une in Ar- BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Red Sox slugger Carl Yastrzemski w a s released Saturday f r o m Hahnemann Hospital after a series of tests diagnosed his stomach cramps as gastroenteritis, a Red Sox official said. Yaslrezemski hoped to play tonight against New York, b u t : Bill Crowley of the Red Sox said, "We'll just have to wait and see." The 35-year-old veteran was suffering from cramps which caused him to rush directly to the hospital Friday night upon r e t u r n i n g from t h e Detroit game. At first it was thought Yastr- zemski might be suffering from a gall bladder or appendicitis attack. Yastrzemski, enjoying his finest year since leading the team to the American League pennant in 196V, played in the A1I- Star game, ignoring a lower back ailment. He divides his time between left field anc! first base, but sat out the closing ies in Texas last weekend and the Red Sox's 1-0 loss to Detroit Friday night. "I don't know what is going on with me this year," Yaz said. "I feel good, and then something like this has to happen. We have a real good shot at winnin gthis thing and 1 want to be part of it." kansas, athletes AAU all-star teams, he said. prevent high school from participating on could make a baseball bleed when he took a bat in his hands. Hack drove in 190 runs in 1930. The record still stands. He was a man who liked the sound of popping corks and the tinkle of ice in glasses. On one occasion, the Cub manager--either Joe McCarthy or Charlie Grimm--lectured in the' clubhouse for Wilson's benefit. The Cub skipper got some bootleg whisky and poured a glassful. Then he dropped a couple of worms into the glass. The worms curled up and died. "Now, gentlemen," the manager said while looking right at Wilson, "what does that prove to you?" "I don't know about the rest of the guys," Hack answered with a serious face, "but to me it proves that if you drink you won't have worms." Scholarships Approved AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) -- The first scholarships for women athletes at the University of Texas have been approved by Dr. Stephen Spurr, the school's president. Spurr provided $15,000 for 10 grants in aid from his discretionary funds. He also announced a plan to increase the number of grants to 76 totaling $127,680 by 1978-78. 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