Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Drake Relays Get Sample of Kenya Thrills
Wash's Korir Overcomes a Big Deficit
By Gus Schrader
Gazette Sports Editor
DES MOINES — Little David Korir gave the 65th annual Drake Relays a sample of the “Kenya thrills” that proved such a delight in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics.
Korir, running for Cedar Rapids Washington, was easily the sensation of the first day’s activities that were marked by mild temperatures but sprinkled with rain.
He turned in a 1:51.7 half-mile anchor leg to let the Warriors nip Des Moines Dowling in the two-mile relay. It was the fastest 880 of his young life, and he needed tremendous courage.
His teammates gave him the baton a full 50 yards behind John Scaglione, Dowling’s anchorman, but he took off after him in the best Kenyan tradition established in the Olympics by Kip Keino. He not only caught him but he won by 12 yards.
“I really didn’t think I could catch him,” panted Korir, an 18-year-old junior who came to Cedar Rapids from Africa following his brother, Kip Korir, a Coe senior.
“He (Scaglione) was so far ahead, but I kept gaining on him. When I came into the last curve I began to believe I had a chance. It still surprised me, but I had a great
Ran half in 1:51.7
incentive with a man out there in front of me to catch.”
The other three Wash runners were timed as follows for their half-mile splits: Dave Crew
2:00.3, Keith Brunsting 2:01.9 and Steve Conner 2:02.0. They rushed up to congratulate their teammate as the crowd gave him a long ovation for his feat.
“Dave, our splits must have really stunk!” exclaimed Brunsting. “Your 1:51.7 was really great, but we knew you could do it all the time.”
Kip Korir, finishing a splendid career in track, football place-kicking and soccer for the Ko* hawks, was there at the tape to greet his kid brother with shining eyes.
“Yes, I am very proud,” Kip said in the Britlsh-style English the Kenyans speak. “I never thought he had a chance of overtaking his man in that race.
“David ran 1:51.7? Goodness, I did 1:56 myself this morning in the half-mile! I have done 1:49 in the half-mile, but that was in 1972.”
That was when Kip was winning five events to lead Coe to the Midwest conference track championship. Last fall he began kicking for the Kohawk football team, and he did very well.
“I have had an offer from the Dallas Cowboys to try out as a placekicker this summer,” he said. “However, I am not counting on that completely, as I hope to enroll as a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts and then go home to Kenya to work and teach.”
The Korirs come from a Kenyan village named Kebenet, which is about 5.000 feet of elevation. Dave was asked if he knows Kip Keino.
“Ah, yes,” he said. “Everybody in Kenya knows Kip Keino! When he won in the Olympics it encouraged more young people to run, but track is still not very popular in Kenya.”
The Washington team was timed in 7:54.9, which is considerably short of the Drake high school record of 7:47.7 set by Clinton in 1970.
There were seven records broken Friday — three in high school and four by older athletes. Mike Fleer of Oregon State set a mark of 7-3 in the special high jump. Pat Matz-dorf, former Wisconsin jumper who once held the world record, also did 7-3 but had more misses. ..
The current world record holder, Dwight Stones of the Pacific Coast Track club, did only 6-9 and finished third. He com-
3,829 Watch Hansen Post Stock Triumph
By Al Miller
Gazette Sport! Writer
Curt Hansen felt he made a mistake, but if he did ifs awfully nice to be right when you’re wrong.
Hansen and his 1974 Chevelle Laguna led all the way in capturing the 25-lap feature for late-model stock cars, marking the second time in as many weeks that he picked up the top honors at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids.
The 20-year-old pilot from Dike started the feature on the pole, by virtue of winning the first heat involving the top eight qualifiers, and had Darrell Dake of Cedar Rapids (1972 Nova) breathing down his neck through every tour on the half-mile dirt track.
A crowd of 3.829 (paid) was bristling, obviously wondering if
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the veteran Dake would—or could—make a move, or if Hansen would make a mistake.
Neither happened and two yellow flags in the last three laps didn’t alter the situation. Afterwards, Hansen was a gracious winner.
“If Dake had got out in front.I think he would have run away with the race,” Curt
Second win in row
said. “I made a mistake and didn’t change tires for the feature. I should have.
“I thought the track would be like last week, so I stayed with the same tires. But the track was dry tonight. If I had started way back in the pack I don’t think I could have stayed up with the rest.
“As the race got longer, my tires got worse.”
Dake said he tried several times to take Hansen on the inside, but “it was just too slick down low .
“The only chance I had was
if Curt got up in the loose stuff. But he didn’t make any mistakes and I couldn’t get around him.”
Hansen drove with a sprained thumb, suffered in a wreck last Sunday at Knoxville. “It bothered me at first,” he said, “but afterwards I didn’t have time to think about it.”
It was that kind of race and it earned Curt $550.
Following Dake across the finish line were Verlin Eaker of; C.R., Ron Weedon of Pleasant Valley and Kenny Walton of CR.
Walton won the hottest heat event. The second-year chauffeur took the lead on the final lap and literally outdueled five other cars to the checkered flag.
Jim Burbridge of Greeley also won a heat, while Cal Swanson of Reinbeck took the consolation. I
Feature (23 laps): V Curt Hansen, Dlk-I?. Darrell Dake, Cedar Rapids; 3. Verlin< I Caker, c R.; Ron Weedon, Pleasant Valley; 5 Ken Walton, C.R'; 6. John Connol-Iv, Delhi; 7. Karl Sanger, Waterloo; 8. Wayne Stefte, East Moline, III. i Cons. (IO): 1. Cal Swanson, Reinbeck;
2. Pokey West, West Chester; 3. Ray I Cuss, Milan, IIL; 4. Bob Helm, Andalusia,
isf heat OO): I. Hansen; 2. Steffe; 3. Dake; Ed Sanqer, Waterloo.
, 2nd heat (IO): I. Walton; 2. Tom Hearst, Muscatine; 3. Red Dralle, Evansdale; 4.1
I. 3rcL*ie,?t no): I Jim Burbridge, Greely; 2 Perry Beckley, Tiffin; 3. Bill Mc-Donouqh, CR,; 4. Bob Jaegers, Dubuque
; Fast time: Eaker, :24.94.
STREET STOCK Heat (6): I. Don Sterba, Iowa City; 2. Kenny Penn, Washington; 3. Dan Sander-I son, West Liberty
I neat i(6): I. Penn; 2. Gary Navenholfz;
3. Bill Fuller, Iowa City
Paid attendance: 3-829 .
plained that the Drake high jump conditions were below par.
Rick Wohlhuter of the Chicago Track club, world record holder of 1:44.6 in the 880, defeated Mike Boit of Eastern New Mexico, so it wasn’t a perfect day for the Kenyans. Boit is from that African nation, too. He beat Wohlhuter in the Drake Relays a year ago.
The other record came in the college two-mile relay. Prairie View A. & M. won by 40 yards in 7:23.7.
Larry Jones of Northeast Missouri State won the 440 special in : 45.5 for another record. The win gave him a Triple Crown, as he previously had won at Texas and Kansas.
The three high school records were:
Davenport Central’s quartet
of Bob Bostic, Tony Steverson, Chris Bryant and Ed Moreno broke the sprint medley relay twice — 3:30.9 in the morning prelims and 3:30.8 in the afternoon final.
Greg Rumple of Urbandale won the 120 high hurdles in : 13.9, cutting three-tenths off the old mark.
Steve Stepanek of Cedar Rapids LaSalle got a share of the new high jump mark of 6-6V4, a quarter of an inch better than the old record, but he didn’t win. Clinton’s Steve Kuchl :.nd he tied at that height in the regular number of leaps. In the jump-off that followed, Kuehl went 6-6!i to win, but the record stays at 6-61'4 with the two sharing the honor.
The Feuerbach family of Preston, Iowa, scored a double. Big AI, who was fourth in the 1972 Olympic games shot put, won the 16-pound event at 69-5%. His brother, Bob, a junior, took the high school 12-pound competition at 58-4. | That’s better than Al was doing as a high school senior.
Two C. R. Kennedy shot-put- j tors, Glen Zenor and Kevin Murray, were fourth and sixth,; respectively. In the 100-yard dash, won by Fred Parks of Davenport Central in 9.8, Mike Mortland of C. R. Jeff was third in 10 1 and Kennedy’s Greg| Mick was fourth in 10.2.
Takes Century by a Nose
Davenport Central's Fred Parks broke the string with his nose to win the high school 100-yard dash in :09.8 in the Drake Relays Friday. Mike Mortland (right) of Cedar Rapids Jefferson was third, following Mike Anderson of Des Moines Tech (not shown).
Aaron's 15th Slam Breaks Mark
Shoddy Fielding Fatal to Astros 4-2
By Steve Allspach
Gazette Sports Writer
Manager Leo Posada closed the Cedar Rapids Astro’s dressing room after a 4-2 loss to Quad-Cities Friday and gave his team a ten-minute harangue that hopefully will snap them out of a lethargy that has resulted in five losses in six games.
Shoddy fielding and mental mistakes let the Angels have all the cushion they needed in disposing of the Astros in a single game at Memorial stadium.
C. R. committed four errors and three of them led directly to Quad-Cities runs, a goahead marker that provided a 2-1 margin in *he fifth and a tally that provided the final 4-2 edge.
“We’re just not thinking in situations that require concentration,’ said Posada. “Sosa’s (starting pitcher Jose) throwing error in the fifth proves that.”
In that crucial fifth frame, Kent Froede had singled off Sosa and advanced to second when catcher Stan Floyd dropped a third strike to Pat Kelly and let him reach first by throwing into the dirt on the ensuing throw.
After both runners advanced j on a sacrifice, the Astros had a j pick-off attempt at second back-1 fire.
“We called for the piekoff, but the infielders didn’t respond quickly enough and it wasn’t called off,” growled Posada, “And when Sosa whirled and threw nobody was there to cover.”
Three successive singles by Larry Rush, Bill Taylor and Froede put Quad-Cities eventual winning tally on the board in the seventh.
The series resumes tonight with a game at 7 p.m., before the Astros journey to Waterloo for a pair of games Sunday and Monday.
The Astros got single runs in the first and fifth, with Guillermo Foster and Pastor Perez getting RBIs. C. R. managed just seven hits off Glenn Prichard and Steve Lacki.
Lacki came on in the fourth to relieve the sore-armed Prichard and was never in any serious trouble.
Sosa had good stuff for the Astros, especially in the middle innings, but couldn’t get any offensive support, and
was victimized, of course, by the shoddy fielding.
In fact, Quad-Cities was so dominant, only a ninth-inning game-ejection to second-basemen John Hund marred their performance.
Hund, who was involved in a rhubarb with umpire Bob Davidson after being tagged out at home on a close play in the first inning, was tossed out by Mary inning, was tossed out by Marty Imwalle when he allegedly being picked off first after singling in the ninth.
Sosa absorbed his second loss of the season and southpaw Joe Sainbito will try to check the Astros skid Saturday night.
Iowa Nine Wins a Pair, Leads Big IO
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP)-Big Ten baseball leader Iowa struck for nine runs in the fourth inning of the first game and rode Tom Steen's five-hit pitching in the nightcap Friday to a doubleheader sweep over Indiana, 12-8 and 9-1.
The nine-run burst, highlighted by Dave Marshall’s two-run triple and Steve Stumpff’s two-run single, gave the Hawk-eyes an 11-0 lead. The Hoosiers scored seven runs in the sixth inning but couldn't catch up.
Indiana committed five errors in the game and four of Iowa's 12 runs were unearned. Stumpff and Tom Hilinski each had 3 RBIs in the opener.
Dan Dalziel (3-3) was the winner, while Scott Gidley (3-2), the first of five Indiana pitchers, took the loss.
In the second game, Steen went the distance for his fifth victory in six outings. Tom Hum provided the big bat for Iowa with four RBIs on two two-run singles. Mike Steinback (2-3) took the loss.
Indiana’s Donnie Seidholz, the Big Ten’s batting leader going into the doubleheader, went two for seven, getting a single in each game.
The double victory raised Iowa’s conference mark to 6-2 and its overall record to 20-8. Indiana fell to 5-5 and 14-15, respectively.
Iowa ............ .. 002 too 1—12 ll 1
Indiana .. ........ •• OOO 007 I— 8 12 5
Dalziel, Wold (6) and Wesslinq; Gidley, Sorqius (4), KnoP* (4), Bamefield (SI, Balsley (7) and Burnett. W—Dalziel, 3-3. L—Gidley, 3-2.
Iowa ....... ••_____211 050 0-9 9 0
Indiana ............ IOO OOO 0—1 5 4
Steen and Schardt; Steinback, Sorgiui (3), Balsley ii) and St. Pierre. W—Steen, 5-1.L —Steinback, 2-3.
Quad Cities (4)
, ab h rbl
Smith, 3b, 2b 4 0 0 Hund, 2b 4 Peters, lf Rush, lb Taylor, lf Froede, cf Kelly, c Cruz, ss Prichard, p Lacki, p Alberts, 3b
2 I I I I 0
Cedar Rapids (2) ab h rbi
Taveras, ss Foster, cf Perez, 3b Dunn, rf Mims, lf Holland, 1b Floyd, c Portley, 2b Sosa, p Tatis, ph Alfaro, p
Tota1* 33 9 2 Totals 32 7 2 Quad Cities IOO OII 100—4
Cedar Rapids IOO 010 000—2
E—Prichard, Sosa, Floyd. Perez, Portley. DP—Quad Cities I. LOB—C.R. 7, O C. 7. SB—Hund, Froede, Kelly, Taveras. SH —Portley, Hund, Cruz. Lack.
IP H RER BB SO Prichard .. 3 3 I I 2 3
Lacki (W, I O) 6 5 1113
Sosa (L, 0-2) 7 7 4 1 3 7
Alfaro 2 2 0 0 0 0
WP—Lack!: (2). PB-Floyd (2). U-Bob Davidson, Marty Imwalle. T—2:24. A— 412.
ISL) Blanks Kansas, 1-0
AMES (AP) — Iowa State rode the two-hit pitching of right-hander Jerry Winter to a 1-0 Big Eight conference baseball victory over Kansas State Friday.
The Cyclones scored their only run without a hit in the third inning. Jerry Jaksich drew a walk from Wildcat pitcher Andy Replogle, stole second, went to third on Randy Durate’s bunt and scored on a sacrifice by Dennis Francis.
Iowa State improved its record to 5-7 in conference play, while K State fell to 8-5.
By Bruce Lowitt
Associated Press Sports Writer
No. 719 was also No. 15, ■ which makes Hank Aaron No.
But to the Atlanta superstar,! the numbers game is getting out of hand.
“Please don't mention any records to me,” Aaron said Friday night after smashing the 15th grand-slam home run of his career, setting a National League record and helping the Braves to a 9-3 thumping of the Chicago Cubs.
Still, the quiet Aaron admitted that putting the ball over the wall hasn’t become a bore yet. “It felt good,” he said, a smile barely creasing his face. “Home runs always feel good.”!
In Friday's other National League games, Pittsburgh downed Houston 4-3, Cincinnati beat St. Louis 4-3, San Diego defeated Philadelphia 6-2, Los Angeles shelled Montreal 7-1 and the New York Mets silenced San Francisco 6-0.
Aaron’s homer, the 719th of his phenomenal career and sixth of this season, highlighted an eight-run uprising in the seventh inning and moved Bad Henry one grand slam ahead of Willie McCovey and the late Gil Hodges.
The latest record breaker was a 415-foot blast over the center field fence. It must have been one of his better shots, someone mentioned.
“I don’t measure ’em,” Aaron retorted. “I don’t care where they go as long as they get out. They can hit the top of the fence as far as I’m concerned.”
Lou Gehrig holds the major league record with 23. “I don’t think anybody will ever break that record, that’s for sure,’’ Aaron said.
But then, isn’t that what they used to say about a certain Babe Ruth record?
The Braves entered the seventh trailing by two runs but Johnny Oates singled. Norm Miller drilled a double and Ralph Garr doubled home two runs to tie the game 3-3.
Craig Robinson beat out a bunt and Darrell Evans walked, bringing Aaron to the plate and Ray Burris in from the bullpen.
“I wanted to keep the ball away from him and get ahead of him,” said Burris. “I faced him some last year but that is the first home run he has hit off me... I didn’t know about the grand-slam record until they announced it.”
The bomb came on an 0-2 pitch. “I threw him a fastball,” said the Chicago reliever.
It was, obviously, the wrong pitch to throw.
“I was guessing fastball
all the way.” Aaron said. “All three were in the same spot.”
And just where was that spot? Down the middle?
“That’s what the pitcher would say,” Aaron replied.; “That’s what they all say.”
After Aaron's homer, the Braves loaded the bases again on a single by Dusty Baker and two walks, and rookie Rowland Office hit a two-run single.
Pirates 4, Astros 3
Shortstop Roger Metzger's error on Ed Kirkpatrick's bases-loaded grounder in the bottom of the ninth gave the Pirates their victory over Houston.
Bob Watson had given Houston a 3-2 lead with a two-run homer in the eighth inning. But Fred Scherman hit leadoff batter Willie Stargell with a pitch on the left cheekbone. Gene Clines singled, Ken Forsch replaced Scherman, Manny Sang-uillen singled to tie the game and took second on the throw to the plate. Paul Popovich was walked intentionally to load the bases, then Kirkpatrick hit a hard shot at Metzger, who dropped the ball, allowing Clines to score.
Reds 4, Cards 3
George Foster doubled and eventually scored on a double
play grounder in the sixth inning. moving Cincinnati past the Cardinals.
After Foster’s leadoff double, Merv Rettenmund was hit by a pitch and Andy Kosco walked. Orlando Pena replaced John Curtis and Dan Driessen hit into the twin-killing that brought Foster home.
Cincinnati starter Don Gullett helped himself with an RBI double in a two-run second inning, but still wasn’t happy. “I wish my pitching could have been better,” said Gullett, who lasted only five innings.
“I wasn’t satisfied. I felt overly strong and I was overthrowing the ball. When I tried to compensate, I went too far the other way.”
Padres 6, Phillies 2
Dave Winfield hit a tie-breaking home run in the sixth inning for the Padres to help Dave Froisleben win his major league pitching debut.
Freisleben. a 22-year-old right-hander, hurled a four-hitter but lost a shutout in the sixth inning when Dave Del Un-ser hit a two-run homer for the Phils.
Winfield's game-winner in the bottom of the sixth came off Steve Carlton. It was the third of the season for the Padres’
No. I draft choice from the University of Minnesota.
Dodgers 7, Expos I
Andv Messersmith hurled a three-hitter and Steve Yeager drove in three runs in the Dodgers’ rout of Montreal for their fourth straight victory.
The Dodgers pounced on Steve Renko for five runs in the first inning, highlighted by Yeager’s bases-loaded two-run single and RBI hits by Ron Cey, Willie Crawford and Messersmith. who lost his shutout in the fifth on Ron Fairly’s homer.
Mets 6. Giants 0
Tom Seaver tossed a four-hitter. struck out seven San Francisco batters and belted a pair of run-scoring singles, pacing the Mets past the Giants.
It was the first victory of the season for the National League’s Cy Young Award winner. who took an 0-2 record and 6.12 earned-run average into the game.
DETROIT (AP) - Defensive back Miller Farr of the Detroit Lions was given his unconditional release Friday after other National Football League teams waived on him.
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Milwaukee 4, Minnesota 3 Cleveland 4, California 3 Baltimore 6, Oakland 5, 15 innings New York 4, Texas 3 Kansas City 4, Boston 2 Chicago 8. Detroit 2
Saturday's Games California (Storeman O O) at Cleveland (J Perry Ii). pm Texas (Clyde 0-0) at New York (Dobson
1-2), 2 p.m.
Milwaukee (Slaton 1-2) at Minnesota (Decker 2-0). 2:15 p.m.
Boston (Wise 2*1) at Kansas City (Fitz-morris 1-0), 2 30 o rn.
Oakland (Hunter 3-1) at Baltimore (Cue lar 0-7), 7:30 p m.
Detroit (LaGrow 0-2) at Chicaqo (Kaat
2-u v p.m.
California at Cleveland, I p.m.
Texas at New York, 2, I P.m.
Oakland at Baltimore, 2 P.m.
Detroit at Chicaqo, 2:15 P.m.
Milwaukee at Minnesota, 2:15 p.m. Boston at Kansas City, 2 30 p m.
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Friday's Results Burlington 3, Decatur 2 Quad Cities 4, Cedar Rapids 2 Appleton 4, Clinton 3 Wis. Rapids 8. Danville I Dubuque 6, Waterloo 4
Today's Games Decatur at Burlington Dubuque at Waterloo Clinton at Appleton Quad Cities at Cedar Rapids, 7 p m Decatur at Burlington Danville at Wis. Rapids
Atlanta 9, Chicaqo 3 Pittsburgh 4, Houston 3 Cincinnati 4. St Louis 3 San Diego 6, Philadelphia 2 los Angeles 7, Montreal I New York 6, San Francisco 0
Chicaqo (Hooton 1-1) at Atlanta (Harri-, son 1-3). 2:15 p m.
Houston (Griffin 2-1) at Pittsburgh j (Moose 1-2), 2:15 p.m.
New York (Swan 0-11 at San Francisco (D Acquisto 2-1), 4 p.m.
Montreal (Roqers 3-0) at Los Anqeles i (Downinq 0 2). 4:15 p.m.
Cincinnati (Norman 1-1) at St. Louis (Foster 1-1), 7 pm.
Philadelphia (Schueler 0-2) at San Dieqo (Jones 1-4), IO p.m.
Houston at Pittsboro1!, 1:35 p.m.
Chicaqo at Atlanta, 2:15 p m.
Cincinnati at St. Louis, 2:15 p m New York at San Francisco, 2, 3 p m. Philadelphia at San Dieoo 4 p.m. Montreal at Los Anoeles, 4:15 p m.
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PROVIDENCE, R. I. (AP) - j The American Basketball Asso- I ciation filed suit here Friday to | block its players from playing i in an All-Star game next month ' with National Basketball Asso- I !elation players. I
HINCH*" ’ STRAIGHT 50UI8OI WHISHT
DID YOU KNOW THAT: The Chicago White Sox were subjected
to no-hit, no-run, white washings on consecutive days in May, 1917, in St. Louis against the Browns. Ernie Koob of the Browns turned in the first one on May 5, by a score of I -O. The next days, in the second game of a twin-bill, Bob Groom of the Browns posted the second handcuffing of the Sox, 3-0.