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Delaware County Daily Times (Newspaper) - June 2, 1976, Chester, Pennsylvania DELAWARE COUNTY DAILY TIMES Wednesday, June 15 Ridley wrestler finding friends in time of need Burn victim Marty Schnellenbach eyes comeback By ELLS EDWARDS DallyTlmw Staff Writer RIDLEY Carl Schnellenbach' s Ws u blinked the (ears. "You'll have to excuse me the Ridley High wrestling coach said softly It was an awkward moment Shared by a couple of hundred Ridley wrestlers, parents, school officials and booster club members gathered for the school's annual wrestling banquet.Like the awk- ward instant when an athlete's shoulders are driven inexorably into the mat and you wait for the inevitable, cruel slap of the referee's hand on the rubber, and the sound is frozen forever in vour memory. They listened, hushed, as the man who has guided Ridley's wrestline ortunes through the last 16 seasons old them about a gutsy, toothpick- thin kid named Jimmy Cooper As a Ridley sophomore, Cooper's aolassium-starved body withered way. His weight dropped from 98 to 0 pounds. Forced to sit out his junior year, Cooper served a one- year sentence as the team manager, but came back this season to wrestle and win a handful of tournaments. "I saw Schnellenbach said afterward, "beat the bleep out of him, but they couldn' t pin him.'' Everybody in the place that night knew that Carl Schnellenbach's mind was on another kid, his son Marty, 15, battling for his life against heavy odds after an ex- plosion ripped through the basement of his home, Marty with burns over 68 per cent of his body. "At first I thought he was gonna be said classmate Dave Gaudino, who was in a first floor bathroom when the explosion oc- curred. "Then, one of the policemen told me he wasn't gonna make it..." Ten weeks later, however, Marty Schnellenbach is winning that battle. Winning with the help of a team of doctors, nurses, and at- tendants at the Chester-Crozer Burn Center, headed by Dr. Arthur H.Silvers, who work round-the-clock to get him back on his feet. Like all of their fantastic salvage jobs, it's a slow, painful process "Harvesting'' the healthy skin left on his body, grafting it over the burned areas. "If everything goes Carl Schnellenbach said, "he should be out of there by September. But 1 doubt if he'll be in school next year.'' i "After I went to see Marty the first Hugh Mooney, Marty's guidance counselor and longtime family friend wasn't sure I wanted to go back. "He was in constant pain. They have to clean the wounds in a tub u a very painful thing. They shoot him up with morphine before he goes in and before the grafts can be done.'' Only a handful of visitors u covered from head to toe with sanitary disposable gowns have seen Marty, who must be constantly guarded against the threat of in- fection.One day, two weeks ago. doctors packed his body in ice when his temperature skyrocketed to almost 106 degrees. Blyleven goes to Rangers in 6-man deal 'Even dad mused, "they won't come out and say he' II be alright. No doubt, though through athletics, he's learned to take the punishment. He's got a helluva good attitude. He wants to get better." Listen to the voices on the tape recordings exchanged by Marty and his classmates and you know Marty IS getting better. His words are no longer freighted with pain, and his friends' laughter is no longer brittle. Maybe it's true, as author Ed Linn observes, ihat sooner or later, society beats down the man of muscle and sweat.'' But Marty and Carl Schnellenbach are finding out that their friends in the community haven' t forgotten them. Friends like Ridley assistant wrestling coach Ron Turpak and his wife, Linda, who opened their home to Carl Schnellenbach. "If it hadn' t been for them, I don't know where 1 would have gone. Ron" s like the true definition of a friend. 1 wouldn't have made it through this without him. He's always the optimist.' Friends like Hugh Mooney and John Wolk. teachers who are organizing the community lo help defray the staggering medical expenses Schnellenbach must shoulder when his health care benefits run out. Youngsters have already collected more than which is probably less than 10 per cent of the bills Schnellenbach will have to foot himself. Friends like the Milmont Fire Co. volunteers, who Friday night are donating their time, the fire hall, food and drinks (or a beef and beer night benefit. All proceeds go lo the Carl Schnellenbach fund. Tickets for the 8 p.m. affair are priced at per couple and for singles. Only 430 tickets will be sold.however. for this first benefit. Indeed, the Schnellenbachs are finding out they have friends they don't even know, Marty has been deluged with cards and letters, including a note from former Olympic wrestling great Dan Gable And Friday night. 400 miles away a harness horse named Silk Stockings will be running for Marly Schnelienbach. Ur. Ken Mazik, co-owner the champion four-year-old pacing mare and executive director of the Au C'lair School for autistic children in Bear. Del., will donate a day's expenses at Croxer for Marty if Silk- stockings wins her seasonal debut Friday night at Buffalo Raceway Since one day's expenses are something like that ain' t IT. isn' t-exactly hay. Even though the odds against Marty's recovery, let alone his return to wrestling, seemed enor- mous two months ago. Carl Schnellenbach insists he' 11 be back on the Ridley mats. "I' ve been looking forward to him coming up." Carl grinned. does alot of things wrong. Now, we'll just have to delay things a year. "But he's gonna do it. He wants to do it. There's no doubt in mind that he'll be back.'' BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) Bert Blyleven, a young man with an am- bitious future, is a man on the spot. Blyleven was the key player In a six-man trade Tuesday night that sent the talented pitcher and in- fielder Danny Thompson to the Texas Rangers. "I know everyone will be expecting a lot of said Blyleven, who was playing out his option at Minnesota. "My goal is to be consistent like I think I have been with the Twins the last six years.'' Minnesota received in- fielders Roy Smalley and Mike Cubbage, veteran pitcher Bill Singer and minor league pitching prospect Jim Gideon in the trade. "I think without any question, Blyleven will pitch the way he" s capable of at said Twins Manager Gene Mauch. "His record is impressive and now his mind is clear having all his monetary problems behind The 25-year-old Blyleven will become the Rangers highest paid player, having agreed to a three-year contract calling for in salary and deferred payments. "The last two years or so have really been said Blyleven, who had a 99- 90 record since joining Minnesota in June 1970 at the age of 19. He was 4-5 at the time of the trade. "I expect to be in Texas a long time and hope to win more than 100 games continued Blyleven. "I fee! good and think I can help them win. They' ve got a good club.'' Thompson, who also joined the Twins in 1970, JIM GIDEON was elated with the trade. The veteran infielder, who was also unsigned, agreed to contract terms with the Rangers and will receive a salary of from Texas about more than he was offered by the Twins. Thompson has a lifetime ROYSMALLEY average of .252 and was hitting .234 this season and enjoying the best year of his career at shortstop. While Minnesota players accepted news of the trade skeptically, Mauch and Twins owner Calvin Griffith liked the deal. "I don't think Twins fans MIKE CUBBAGE will really know just how good a deal we really made until some time has elap- said Mauch. "It's the kind of a deal you'll have to evaluate as time goes by." Mauch plans im- mediately to install BERTBLYLEVEN Smalley at shortstop and Cubbage at third. Singer will join the starting rotation and Gideon is being reassigned from Sacramento to the Twins' AAA farm club at Tacorna in the Pacific Coast League. DANNY THOMPSON Several Twins players wondered aloud why Blyleven was sent to a teani in the same division. Minnesota players were nearly unanimous in their feeling that he would easily finish the year with bet- ween 15 and 20 victories. Ryans' winning family trait not limited to male sex Cojak may enter Belmont NEW YORK (AP) A field of six or seven is shaping up for Saturday" s 108th Belmont Stakes, with Ogden Mills Phipps' Majestic Light the latest to join the list of 3-year-olds expected to go to the post in the third jewel of racing's Triple Crown. Majestic Light worked a mile at Belmont Tuesday under Braulio Baeza. and his effort satisfied trainer John Russell. "He started slowly but finished in a pleasing manner to both Braulio and me.'' said Russell after Majestic Light covered a mile in and galloped out miles in "He'll probably run Russelfadded. If he does, it will bring to six the number of horses going to the post. Also expected are E.R. Tizol's Kentucky Derby winner. Bold Forbes. Another possible entry is Cojak. M By BOB FRANKLIN Dally Times Staff Writer ASTON-Two of the best known sportsmen in Delaware County are Butch and Bo Ryan, a father and son combination with envious playing and coaching records. William F. (Butch) Ryan, the father, was in youth work as an organizer and coach of boys football, basketball and baseball for over 30 years. William (Bo) Ryan, Jr., the son, has, in five years of coaching, climbed to a position as assistant basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin. He played for Chester High, leading the Clippers' basketball team to the state semifinals in 1965. While Butch and Bo were stealing all the headlines, Butch's other child stayed quietly in the background, playing and loving all sports since she was old enough to pick up a ball and throw it. SHE? A lot of people never knew that Butch Ryan had a daughter. And of course a lot of people knew he did. Because Nancy Ryan, aside from being pretty and popular, was quite active at Chester High as a cheerleader, basketball and player. That was back when high school sports for girls were not taken seriously by most administrations, and sports pages almost completely ignored them. Nancy Ryan, who has since become Mrs. Ray Sipple and is mother of two girls, never let lack of recognition detour her from sports. "When I was growing up, I never thought that I should not play against boys, just because I was a girl. So, I played against them in every sandlot game I could get into, she said. "I even played football. Not touch football, tackle she said. Butch Ryan recalls the many afternoons Nancy came in with patches of soil imbedded in her blue jeans where she had hit the ground, or had blood oozing from skinned elbows. "Her mother or I never worried about her getting hurt. She is a competitive girl and we knew that making her stop playing football would break her said Butch. "We knew also, that she was a good enough athlete to compete with boys in her pre-teen said Butch. Now that Nancy is nearing 30, she's doing more coaching and less playing. And like the rest of the Ryans, she's successful at it. 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