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Thursday; May, 15, 1969


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Thursday, May 15, 1969 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

rage seven


The Texas Wedge

Boro's Terror, or
In fear of a Wop driven jeep
Boro was the greenskeeper at Hawthorne Valley. Short and
stocky, his facial features were. generally obscured by a heavy
beard growth that he usually negleoted. His mouth wore a con-
tinual frown and from his lips poured forth a steady stream of
invectives that gave a reliable indication of his outlook onlife.
He would complain of the inadequate funds. Hawthorne's
management gave him to keep the course in shape, of the women
that slowed the rhythm of the course to a snail's pace, of the
deterioration of the game of golf since the arrival of motorized
carts, of the poor workmanship of his employees. Whenever he
spoke in stch a manner, one would always suspect that he wag-
ed au everpresent struggle with notorious demons that were
out just to screw him.
An immigrant from Naples, his enunciation was crude and
* his dress sloppy, yet he possessed a peculiar integrity in spite
of it all: due to the vigor of his efforts at his work despite gray-
lrng hair, slumping spine, and shortened stride.
He drove around the. course in a daredevil fashion, his hands
intensely gripping the wheel, of the ancient, camoflage-green,
Army jeep that he had purchased after the end of the war, rla-
tional emblems and symbols still intact. During the mornings,
while we searched bushes and ponds for stray golf balls, his
jeep would often be seen bouncing over the dirt paths that sep-
.arated the fairways, grinding gears all the way, a trail of dust
thick behind him. Most of his work was done from dawn to noon,
yet occasionally, he too, would sneak back near dusk and play a
few holes himself, or make a quick trip around for inspection
purposes. While engaged in the latter task, I met him for the
first time.
EDD PRITCHARD, Jimmy Kubat, and I had just finished
putting on the seventh green late one evening, and after we re-
turned the putters to our fathers' bags, we shuffled to the
eighth tee. Kubat had teed up a ball, aiming for the eighth
green, when, from his unique vantage point, he noticed a jeep
behind a clove of trees two hundred or so yards away. Its driv-
er was standing beside the jeep; right leg resting upon the run-
ning board, right palm flat upon the windshield, .head turned
in our direction.:
We froze in our fear. Kubat rested his driver upon his left
shoulder and stared rigidly at the scene. Pritchard, who had
been washing his cut-up Titlist with spit and drying it upon a
grass-stained bathroom towel which was wrapped around his
clubs, glanced in my direction with a dazed expression that re-
vealed his astonishment. A million butterflies fluttered in my
By now, sneaking on had become an evening ritual. Despite
our ignorance of the identity of the man, guilt rose to our throats.
A minute of silence passed before Pritchard, with an air of de-
fiance, pulled his driver out of his bag and cried, "let's fake it."
Earlier we had picked from the litter of trash barrels on the
tees stubs of the coupons legitimate golfers were given when they.
paid for their green fees. And, if challenged, according to our
plan, we would resolutely present them,
KUBAT, AT THE TEE, now recovered, struck his ball to-
ward the green, a low-line drive that barely cleared the large
pond that occupied the middle of the fairway. In the process,
the head of his club removed a foot-long clump of grass and
pushed it into the air. We congratulated him on his successful
passage of the obstacle, and Pritchard, hands clutching his old
rusty driver 'with its conspicuously frayed grip, moved to the
The noise of the jeep starting up',startled us from our fake
composure, and the sight of the vehicle careening at thirty to
forty miles per hour directly at us brought a fluttering of stom-
achs, a quiver of hands, an errie light-headedness, as the adren-
alin coursed through our veins. The jeep swerved around the
bushes that separated our party from the seventh green, and
screeched to a stop, inches from trampling over my father's
golf bag.
"Vatcha doin' on da golf course?" Boro angrily cried as he
ran out of the jeep, staring at three sheepish, frightened ten-
year olds, who alternated between a hasty exit, abandoning
their precious clubs to take refuge near the river across the
parkway road that ran a hundred yards behind the tee, and
kneeling in fervant hope of mercy from our caputror.
Pritchard, however, remembered our plan. He reached into
his shirt pocket, grasped the yellowed and aging ticket stub, and
muttered to the effect that here were our coupons, stammering
that we had paid for our fees and were doing nothing wrong.
Kubat held his mouth completely open, betraying a front tooth
that had been damaged in a recent fight. I was summoning up
all my energies to -maintain a straight face, although a guilty
smirk was evident upon close examination.
BORO, AFTER A glance at Pritchard's coupon, let loose a
long, bellowing laugh, and informed him that its date read
March 15th while today's was July- 6th. Pritchard, not to be out-
done, maintained that someone in the pro shop had made an
error, only to again be laughed at, as Boro told him where, in
fact, he had acquired the relic. Sternly, he now told us of the
crime we had committed, and of the penalties and punishment

he held in store: he was going to haul all of back to the pro
shop, where the police would be called, and to jail we would go.'
As Pritchard and I pleaded for mercy, tears dotting our
eyes as we promised never to repeat another offense, Kubat pan-
icked. He already had been taken to. Juvenile Court for fighting
in School, and another such incident would mean a long lashing
from his father's belt. He ran straight for the park, like a half-
back, weaving to avoid bushes and three, that appeared in his
Boro screamed at Kubat to stop, and then, jumped into his
jeep, warning us not to leave, and gave chase. Soon, he too, was
out of sight, only the high-pitched whining of the jeep's engine
heard from the background.
OUR CLUBS WERE quickly gathered up and off we awk.
wardly ran, toward the fence where we had entered the course.
Minutes later, hiding in the basement of a recently completed
dwelling, we panted, out of breath, frightened that the jeep
would find our retreat.
And it did, and as the shrill whistle of the engine approach-
ed we leaped to the windows. As the house bordered on the
course, we could see the entire scene. Apparently Kubat had not
been caught, for Boro was alone, now moving slowly past the
area from which we had just come. He passed by my father's
yard, still on the course, and stopped the jeep in front of the lot
that held our retreat. His engine stopped. Our fear reached a
new peak.
He sat and stared toward the house for a lengthly period,
and then, as a broad smile lit upon his face, he started his en-
gine, changed gears with a screech and drove off.

Peters 'Sox'
By The Associated Press
DETROIT - Gary Peters scat-
tered six hits and reached the
1,000-strikeout plateau for his
career last night, pitching the
Chicago White Sox to a 6-0 vic-
tory over the Detroit Tigers.
Carlqs May drilled a fourth in-}
ning homer, and the Sox broke{
the game open with four runs in
the sixth, two on a clutch single
by Duane Josephson.
Peters, starting his seventh full'
season with Chicago, reached the.
1,000 strikeout mark when he

it to




U.S., Russia plan boxing meet;
NHL defends reserve clause
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - The Soviet Union and the United States, the
two leading powers in boxing in the 1968 Olympics, will inaugurate
home-and-home boxing meets starting this fall in the United States,
the Amateur Athletic Union announced yesterday.
The first meet, matching 11 boxers in the Olympic weights, will
be held on Oct. 25 at a city to be determined. The bouts will be tele-
"This match has been in the making since 1965," said Jesse A.
Pardue, the AAU's president.
The United States and the U.S.S.R. each won two gold medals
in boxing at Mexico City.
* * * *
0 MONTREAL - President Clarence Campbell of the National
Hockey League says the Canadian government is out of bounds in
recommnding the elimination of the player reserve clause in the NHL.
A task force report, tabled in the House of Common Monday,
said the reserve clause should be abolished by legislation if necessary.
Campbell said Tuesday that such a move would be disastrous
to all international leagues in all sports. He also said the question
of the reserve clause was none of the government's business.
* * * *
0 CHERRY HILL, N.J. - A verbal exchange between Philadel-
phia Phillies star Rich Allen, and a South Philadelphia sports fan at
Garden State Park Tuesday, ended with the arrest of Dino Ippoliti,
42, on charges of using abusive language.
Ippoliti later said he heard Allen make a remark that Ippoliti
didn't like. Removing his glasses, Ippoliti asked Allen, "Are you refer-
ring to me?"
Ippoliti said another exchange of words led to punches. New
York Jets football player John Sample stepped between them-and
state troopers arrested Ippoliti on a charge of "loud and profane

fanned Willie Horton in the sixth
May's home run, his ninth, came
off Tiger starter John Hiller (1-1)
and landed in the lower deck in BIG BILL FREEHAN BEATS THE THROW
left. Chicago got four more runs
SHlleft Chiao gotfr re rs- scoreless innings by Cub pitchers. inning jal and the St. Louis, in the fourth. Joe Torre's single
off iller and reliever Fred Lash-the sixth. Ron Santo's seventh homer of Cardinals, who managed just two drove in one run and Vada Pin-
/r itsixthdn I the year in the fourth was the hits, defeated Los Angeles 2-1 last son's sacrifice fly accunted for
Luis Aparicio led off the inning only Cub run until Banks con- night. the other.
with a single and stole second, nected. The victory marked the first'*
May walked and Bill Melton eI.timehthis seasonthe Cardinals* *
bunted them along. Then Joseph- defending National League cham- Twins fall short
son lined a single to right. Braves bombed iions have wnn him in . n.rnw f

. .

* .

Lasher came in and walked NEW YORK - Cleon Jones'
BuddytBradford before pinch hit- grandslamomehighlhteda
ter Pete Ward lashed another sin-grnslmh erihihtda
gle to left that got by Horton for eight-run uprising in the eighth
an error and two runs. inning as the New York Mets, held
* * *hitless by Phil Niekro through the
sixth, bounced back to flatten the
San Diego dumped Atlanta Braves 9-3 last night.
CHICAGO-Willie Smith's pinch Niekro, gunningfor his seventh
CHICGO-WllieSmit's pnchvictory, did not allow a' hit until
single gave the Chicago Cubs a Ken Boswell opened the seventh
3-2 victory over San Diego yes- with a triple, Boswell scored on1
terday after Ernie Banks' homer Jones' ground out, but the Braves
tied the. score earlier in the ninth still led 3-1 going into the last of
innings the eighth.
his f ed off thenniyPes Then. Amos Otis reached first.
and Nate Oliver doubled and Ad- on a third strike passed ball, Bud
olfo Phillips was walked inten- Harrelson singled and an error by
tionally. Frank Reberger replaced shortstop Sonny Jackson filled the
Podres and Smith singled home bases. Tommie Agee lashed a two-
Oliver. run double off the left field wall,
San Diego held a 2-1 lead going tying the game and chasing
to the ninth on Chris Cannizzaro's Niekro
homer in the third and a walk to
pinch hitter Ivan Murrell by relief Iodger downed
pitcher Ted Abernathy with theD ed
bases loaded in the seventh. Can- ST. LOUIS-Joe Hoerner bailed
nizzaro's hit broke a string of 30 Nelson Briles out of a seventh-
Young blac'ks gven
less hentheytsign
PITTSBURGH (R) ,- A study white superstars-people like Wil-
tentatively shows blacks have a lie Mays, Bob Gibson, Denny Mc-
tougher time breaking into major Lain, Roberto Clemente, Jim Bun-
league baseball than whites even ning, Ernie Banks and Roger
though blacks have better overal Maris, the 1968 study shows.
hitting and fielding averages in "But I'd be careful not to hang
the big leagues. baseball," said Dr. Leonard Rap-
The study also reports that few ping, an economics professor at
black Americans and virtually no Carnegie-Mellon University. "I
black latin Americans are paid a think the improvement has been
bonus in excess of $20,000 for sign- tremehdous."
ing their first contract. Rapping and Anthony Pascal,
" But there is little salary differ- research director of urban studies
ence between baseball's black and for the Rand Corporation, Santa
. Monica, Calif., made the study to
Rkp see if there is any truth in the
rnmon belief that there is no
Iloc ets i~re salary discrimination in athletics.
The study, not yet completed, con-
'black coach centrated on baseball.
Another goal was to determine
if there were any discrimination
DENVER, Colo. P)-The Denver in salary once a black ballplayer
Rockets of the American Basket- reached the major leagues and be-
ball Association tapped John Mc- came a superstar.
Lendon Jr., a veteran of 30 years "There is nothing to support this
of cage coaching, as their new point," said Rapping. "Black and
head coach yesterday. white superstars are paid com-
He signed a two-year contract Imesnurate with their ability."
with an option for renewal, but The salary study included data
salary terms were not, disclosed., reported by newspapers on 14
McLendon is the first Negro coach pitchers and 29 nonpitchers in the
in the two-year-old ABA. In 1959 superstar category, mostly from
he became the first Negro to coach the San Francisco Giants, St.
a major integrated basketball team Louis Cardinals, New York Yan-
when he guided the Cleveland kees and Pittsburgh Pirates. The
Pipers in the National Industrial batting and fielding averages in-
Basketball League., eluded the 784 players in the ma-
T he 52-year-fold McLendon, jors in 1968.
sharp-featured and with glittering Superstar pitchers, said Rap-
dark eyes, succeeds Bob Bass, who ping, received a mean 1968 salary
resigned earlier this year to be- of $51,400, while nonpitchers were
come cage coach at Texas Tech. paid an average of $48,400. The
McLendon expressed pleasure mean salary for all baseball play-
that the rockets have signed their ers was $22,000, he said.
No. 1 draft choice, Bob Presley, Rapping also said that black
and said he is impressed with baseball players were called on
other players on the roster. for fewer speaking engagements,
"The ABA plays good basket- during the off-season than whites,
ball and it will get better," he that they get fewer chances to
said at a news conference. "It endorse products and there are
plays a more wide-open game and few blacks who are coaches, man-
coaches have an opportunity to agers or executives in baseball.
put in their own styles of play." There are more black players
McLendon began his coaching in the American League. In the
carrer at Lawrence, Kan., Memo- National League, Atlanta has the
rial High School while still a stu- highest percentage of blacks, 37,
dent at Kansas University, where per cent, and Chicago the lowest,
he got his degree in 1936. 14 per cent, while in the American
He was an assistant for three League Minnesota has the highest,
years and head coach for 12 at 26 per cent, and California the
North Carolina College, then went lowest, 6 per cent.
to Hampton, Va., Institute for two The percentage of blacks, ex-
years. 'eluding Latin Americans, has risen

home. "Blair chased home five runs with
Hoerner came in with a count two homers and a single while the
of two balls and no strikes on Len Baltimore Orioles survived a five-
Gabrielson, runners at first and Tun Minnesota rally in the eighth
third and one out in the seventh, for a 9-8 victory last night.
Andy Kosco batted for Gabrielson
and drew a walk, loading the Blair cracked a two-run homer,
bases, but then Hoerner retired No. 7 of the seaspnf, in a five-run
the next two batters, leaving the Oriole uprising in the second in-
three runners stranded. ning and followed with a solo
A walk and Curt Flood's safe shot, No. 8, in his next at-bat in
bunt set up the Cards' two runs the fourth.


Major League Standings

East Division
W L Pct.
Baltimore 23 12 .657
Boston 20 11 .645
xWashington 17 17 .500
Detroit 14 16 .467
xNew York 12 21 .364
Cleveland 6 21 .222
West Division
Minnesota 19 10 .655
Oakland 20 11 .645
Chicago 13 12 .520
Kansas City 15 16 .484
xSeattle 13 17 .433
xCalifornia 10 18 .357
x-late games not included


New Yo
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East Division
W L Pc
23 11 .6
rgh 17 15 .5:
rk 15 17 .4b
is 14 18 .4y
[phia 12 17 .4
at 11 19 3f

t. GB
76 -
31 5
69 7
38 8
14 8Y2
67 10
77 -
94 2i/
81 3 ,
64 6
17 8Y2,
61 10%

* ST. PAUL-MINNEAPOLIS-Connie Hawkins played out his
option with the Minnesota Pipers the past season and is free to sign
with another American Basketball Association team.
However, Pipers' president Bill Erickson said he was sure Hawk-
ins would play for his team again next season. Erickson explained
that the 6-foot-8 star signed a $30,000 contract the past season
without the option clause, to protect himself in pending litigation by
Hawkins against the National Basketball Association.
The $6 million suit charges the older league with monopoly and
deprivation of Hawkins' right to earn a living. Hawkins was barred
from the NBA for alleged connections with gamblers while in college
at Iowa.
* * * *
i SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Giants' owner Horace
Stoneham believes baseball should do away with its draft rule and
return to the high-bidding days of the past.
"A quick review of the situation would show that we are hurting
ourselves with the draft rule," Stoneham told San Francisco sports
editor Roger Williams. "The clubs near the top in the standings are
always drafting anywhere from 20th to 24th in rotation."
Stoneham said, "I'd like to go back to the old way. Let it be
every man for himself."
0 DETROIT-The Chicago' White Sox obtained second baseman
Bobby Knoop from the California Angels yesterday' in a straight player
trade for infielder Santos "Sandy" Alomar and pitcher Bob Priddy.
Knoop, 30, is regarded as one of the American League's top
fielders. He is hitting at a .179 clip with 12 hits in 687 at bats.
* * * a
0 BALTIMORE-A field of eight 3-year-olds, headed by razor-
sharp Arts and Letters and finely-tuned Majestic Prince was firming
up Wednesday for the Preakness after trainer Henry Forrest decided
against running Calcumet Farm's Best Turn.
Forrest, who saddled Mike Ford's Kauai King to win the 1966
Preakness, had said he might enter Best Turn in Saturday's renewal
after the colt finished a good second to 4-year-old Vitrolic in a one-
mile race Tuesday at Aqueduct.
But the veteran conditioner then decided there was not enough
time between races and said Best Turn would skip the 1 3/16 mile

West Division
Atlanta 21 10
San Francisco 19 13
Los Angeles 18 13
Cincinnati 15 16,
San Diego 15 21
Houston 13 23


Yesterday's Results
Chicago 6, Detroit 0
Baltimore 9, Minnesota 8
Boston 2, Oakland I
Cleveland 3, Kansas City 2, 11 innings
New York at Seattle, inc.
Washington at California, inc.
Today's Games
Cleveland at Kansas City, night
Baltimore at Minnesota, night
Chicago at Detroit, night
Only games scheduled

Yesterday's Results
New York 9, Atlanta 3
Cincinnati 4, Philadelphia 2
Houston 3, Montreal 1 s
St. Louis 2, Los Angeles I
Chicago 3, San Diego 2
San Francisco 3, Pittsburgh 0
j Today's Games
Atlanta at New York
Cincinnati at Philadelphia, night
' Only games scheduled

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