Weaver brought in to
save fading Orioles
BALTIMORE (UPI)-Less than
two-and-a-half years after he an-
nounced his retirement from
baseball, Earl Weaver returned
yesterday as manager of the
Club owner Edward Bennett
Williams, disappointed over his
team's play, persuaded Weaver to
return hoping the once-fiery skip-
per still had the formula for suc-
cess that made him one of-
baseball's winningest managers
during a 15-year career at the helm
of the Orioles.
WEAVER replaces Joe Altobelli,
the man who replaced him as
manager in 1983. Altobelli guided
the Orioles to a World Series vic-
tory in 1983 but the club slumped to
fifth place in the AL East last year ...a reborn bird
and is currently in fourth place,
eight games behind Toronto. making the announcement of
"We are sorry about relieving Weaver's return. "It was a dif-
Joe Altobelli," said Orioles' ficult decision, but we did not like
general manager Hank Peters, in the direction in which the club
Jim Thorpe shows his displeasure after missing a putt during yesterday's first round of the U.S. Open. Thorpe,
whose putter is built facing inwards, finished the day at three over par on the tough Oakland Hills Country
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TOUGH DAY FOR STARS:
Tze-Chung Chen's 65
secures first at Open
BIRMINGHAM (UPI)-Tze-Chung Reid, Andy Bean, Jay Haas, Rick
Chen, an obscure touring pro from Fehr and Tom Kite.
Taiwan, made the first double-eagle The large group at par-70 included
in the 85-year history of the U.S. Open Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Payne
yesterday to shoot a 5-under-par 65 for Stewart, Bill Glasson and former
the first-round lead in America's most Open champion Andy North.
prestigious golf tournament. Leading money-winner Curtis
Not only did he hole a 3-wood shot Strange was in the crowd at 71, as was
from the fairway of the par-5 second Fuzzy Zoeller, trying to become the
hole at the Oakland Hills Country Club first player in 34 years to win two
course but he birdied the last two straight Opens.
holes as well to take a one-shot lead RAY FLOYD, Corey Pavin Mark
over Fred Couples. O'Meara and Greg Norman were at 72
"MY SHOT at the second shot went while the huge crowd at 73 included
straight for the pin," Chen said. "But David Graham, Hubert Green and
I couldn't see it go in the hole. The Hale Irwin.
crowd behind the green cheered real Masters champion Bernhard
loud and I thought it was close. But I Langer, trying for the second leg of
never though it was in." the Grand Slam, had to settle with a
Couples' 66, posted an hour before 74. Tom Watson turned in a 75 and Lee
Chen finished his round, appeared Trevino and Jack Nicklaus suffered
almost certain to be good enough to through 76s.
give him the first-day lead on one of Ben Crenshaw, who has resorted to
the world's toughest courses. visiting a sports psychologist in hopes
But Chen made birdie putts at the of improving his game, slumped in
17th and 18th holes which brought witha 78.
grief to player after player during the CHEN, known to his fellow touring
long day that started cold and pros by the initials, "T.C.," gave no
blustery and finished with a brief advance warning that he might
thunderstorm that caused a 14-minute produce the kind of extraordinary
suspension of play. round he came up with yesterday.
CHEN FOLLOWED in the tradition In 12 tournaments this year his best
of the Open, where often the first-day finish has been a tie for 12th at the An-
leader is a player not used to the dy Williams Open and his best round
spotlight. was a 66 at Phoenix.
In his third year on the PGA Tour, After suddenly jumping 3-under
Chen's best finish has been second in par with a single swipe at the ball on
the 1983 Kemper Open. And in that the second hole he knocked it within 4
tournament he lost a playoff to feet at.the par-3 third to pick up a bir-
Oakland Hills played brutally tough "The double-eagle came too early
during the first half of the opening in the round for me to get excited,"
round with winds blowing at 20 mph. Chen said. "I knew there was a long
After the winds calmed and the way to go."
greens were softened by the burst of He was 5-under through 12 and sud-
rain, birdies became more plentiful. denly stumbled on the stretch of holes
FOUR SHOTS behind Chen, tied for which brought grief to so many
third place at 1-under 69, came Mike players.
seems to be headed and decided
that a change was necessary.."
For the fifth time in his career,
Weaver will become the highest
paid manager in baseball. In
replacing Altobelli, Weaver sup-
plants the man who took the helm
from him three years ago and led
the Orioles to the 1983 World
The Yankee's Billy Martin is the
number-one money maker among
managers, at over $400,000 a year.
Weaver will get more-he has
asked that his money be paid in a
WEAVER has told the Orioles he
wants to be paid per diem, making
him the first manager in history
ever to be paid on a day-by-day
-.-.time for the race track
Field announced for
Once the team had been rated by 1
NEW YORK (UPI)-Duke, St. the advisory group it was ranked by
John's, Louisville and Kan- the national committee and those that
sas-schools rich in basketball met the criteria were extended an of-
tradition-were among 16 teams fer to play.
selected Thursday by the National In- "WE FEEL we've got many Top 20
vitation Tournament for their first teams in our tournament and it's con-
pre-season competition. ceivable we have one of the top three
The selection committee also chose or four teams in the country,"
Auburn, Navy, West Virginia, Tulsa, Carlesimo added, though he would not
Dayton, Miami (Ohio), Texas A&M, go into specifics as to how the 16
Alabama-Birmingham, Lamar, teams were ranked.
Washington, Texas-El Paso, and Pep- Games will be played on Thursday,
perdine. Nov. 22 at four regional sites. St.
"WE SELECTED the best teams John's (31-4 last year) will meet Navy
we could get, based on our projections (26-6), and Auburn (22-12) will face
of how we thought they would do next West Virginia (20-9) at the Hartford
season," said Peter Carlesimo, Civic Center in Hartford, Conn; Tulsa
executive director of the tournament. (23-8) plays Dayton (19-9), and
The committee divided the country Louisville (19-16) faces Miami (20-11)
into eight regions and set up an ad- at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincin-
visory board to rank each team by its nati, Ohio; Texas A&M (19-11) meets
projected finish in its conference. Alabama-Birmingham (25-9), and
Among the criteria used in the selec- Duke (23-8) faces Lamar (20-12) at the
tion process were quality of returning Summit in Houston, Texas; and
starters, returning lettermen, Washington (22-10) meets Texas-El
recruits, eligibility of redshirts and Paso (22-10), and Kansas (26-8) bat-
transfers, strength of the conference ties Pepperdine (23-9) at the Mc-
and availability. Nichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colo.