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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - July 20, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseA Furoy july 20, the stars and stripes Page 21 the imm Ron e departing the stars and stripes the other Day reporter Charles Graham delivered a memorable Farewell i Jacq to Eakins before a crowded Couch in a Griesheim Germany Livin glm Graham gave his audience me my wife and his Fiancee few final words on the world of sports. Now that one team is eight thousand games ahead in one league another team 10 eight thousand ahead in the other he failed the time has come to close out baseball forever Graham said he had never objected to the major leagues "carry-2 on with their silly games As Long As there was something to proved but that this excuse has now run out on can be talked into one More season he said after a Long attic for a Pennant you know where one or two teams competty close mess up somewhere along the line blow the whole Hing and Tell everybody to wait until next he paused to take breath. Bui i ask you he asked us who s going to look at the baseball bloc with a straight face after this year and say wait until Lex year spurred on by polite applause from his heavily pro baseball hence Graham continued. Gosh darn it or words to that effect a said the cardinals and the tigers Are clearly the be Stearns and after the world series one of them will clearly be Jettjr than the other. There can t anybody argue about that nobody can sincerely try to convince anybody that his team just had a few bad Breaks and they la Bounce right Back next stressed that that s All it will take to end big league baseball for Good. If nobody comes through with the wait until next ear bit there will be no reason to have a next year. No More of these Boring arguments about How one league is Sonnich stronger than the other about How one league is so much Der balanced than the other. It s All got to Stop i hated to do it but i reminded Chuck that they be already go Blans to split the leagues next season. They re going to have two divisions in each league four altogether. So there la be four races Stead of two thus putting four championships at stake instead if that Many races chances Are better than Ever of teams Oming close to the top. Surely somebody is going to ask us Tovatt for that. M besides the mets stand an excellent Chance of skyrocketing All the Way to ninth place maybe higher in the National league this Pear. If that does t bring out the Walt Unhul next year Battle cry nothing Ever did. And they re still firing managers All Over everywhere. Any club that fires a manager is waiting for next year. Graham slumped Down into his chair a Defeated Man. You mean they re going to keep right on playing after this no matter what i say he asked in whispering disbelief. People Are still going to let them dominate the sports pages with their Lousy Box scores and standings after As decisive a runaway As both leagues have had this year 1 told him i had no Way of knowing for absolute certain but i reckoned that they would. What s More i supposed that even if next year there were four teams which All won their titles by Leighty zillion games there would probably still be another year after that. And another after that. And so on. I but Don t the people realize every time a new season starts he pleaded that it in t going to Settle anything that they re Post going to have another season next year no matter what Nap pens How Gullible can people get a i told him they realize it but they try not to think about it much. He got Back up. Well i say it s High time they started thinking about it the baseball people Are putting the other people on that s what and somebody s got to do something about i told him it was no use. Baseball is too powerful. Nobody was to listen to him. I guess not he mumbled just before falling later confided that just Between him and me the real reason he wanted baseball to end forever was so that he could Oake a Fortune by publishing a big league record Book in hardback. Was going to be like a history of baseball and nothing would Ever change it. Nothing. Ever. Besides he said softly i thought it might be a pretty Good a for one of your i told him naturally that i was surprised at the very idea of a notion that i might waste valuable newspaper space a to bunk. 174 record in league play if lift off dragons ran9 to 8th div Crown by Bill Kloof i staff writer Baum older Germany is you might say they re Young and hungry. And you might Call them veterans when they certainly the dragons breathe fire on a baseball Diamond. They re the 2nd brigade dragons outright champions of Laird the 8th div league by Takin both halves of the season to also become the first team to w i a spot in the Usa eur play asked How it Felt to win the title in a league which Las year produced the Usa eur baseball Champion Youthful dragon coach Bill Laird said there Ain t nothing like of his players agreed the feeling was nothing Short Laird the Granddaddy of the team at 26, admits to having had a lot of headaches and sweating out a lot of games in route to the throne room. Actually he had All the ingredients but played the dark horse role the entire season and finished with an Over All 17-4 record including a 6-5 playoff win Over 1st brigade for the first half title. Speed is one of the team s As sets. We have four men who can run the 100 in 10-Flat seconds or Laird listed shortstop Lonnie Ray outfielder Aubrey Rhine third baseman Bill Watson and Catcher Clar ence Catfish Hunter As h i s speedsters. His strategy a lot of run Ning trying to Force them opponents to throw the said his theory is simply to get a Man on base any Way possible and let him run. You can Force a team into error when they have to throw the the dragons Are blessed Withan abundance of pitching especially with Adrian Kenary who will celebrate his 20th birth Day july 25, and 20-year-old Bil Burkle. Together in league they compiled a 14-1 record. Kenary a six foot 175-Pound-er from Glen Cove n.y., Lias compiled an incredible 0.47 Era by allowing Only two earned runs in 38 innings. He is unbeaten in five outings and has allowed just eight hits. Burkle 6-0 and 185 from local sports Hazel Park mich., is also quit impressive with a 9-1 record and 2.10 Era having Given up 50hits and 17 earned runs in 73 innings on the dragon batting pro Gressed As the season Wen along. Every Day Laird said we d spend an average of two hours batting practice. Competition among individual players Hunter Watson Garmisch Golf tourney planned for aug. 26-31 Garmisch Germany Spe Cial the mid summer open Amateur match play Golf tournament will be Golf staged on the course aug.garmisch26-31. The Garmisch recreation area Gra tourney is open to All american golfers or members of German Golf clubs. The entry fee will be $8.75 Ord s5 for men or women entrants. Fees Are payable a registration aug. 26 at the course. The entry deadline willbe 4 . Aug. 21 or when 72 entries have been May submit entries by writing or wiring Tegra tournament office Apo 09053 or phoning Garmisch mil824-567. The entry fee will cover five Days of Green fees and rental of clubs a practice round and banquet. The tournament schedule starts with registration and prac Tice aug. 26. An 18-Hole qualify for aug. 27. Divided ingoing round is set players will be flights of eight with the opening 18-Hole round beginning aug. 28. 4th army ready for swimming Tennis action Germany special Naf army div has announced san be preliminary and finals Etui on in swimming ands at a vision level. Unen Barracks Schwabach. A St the Western regional meet this weekend. Winners of the Eastern regional held last week will meet the Best from the East in the division finals july 27 at Erlanger. Eastern Western and Centra regional Tennis tournaments will also be held in the division this weekend. Warner Barracks Bamberg will Host the easter regional the Central meet will be held at Storck Barracks a Liesheim and Cooke Barracks Goeppinger will be the site of Western Competition. The Tennis finals will be held at Storck bar Racks aug. 31-sept. 1. The second and third rounds reset for aug. 29-30. The Winner s and loser s finalists in each flight will tee off first aug. 30. A special 18-Holecompetition, a match against Par stableford system willbe held for players eliminated in earlier tourney concludes with mixed scotch foursome 18-Holemedal play aug. 31. Trophies will be awarded for first and second place in win Ner s and Consolation brackets in each flight for both men and women and for first an second place in the mixed scotch foursome play. Special awards Are planned for men s and women s Hole in one banquet will be held the evening of aug. 28 at one of Tegra hotels. Guest tickets will be sold at the Golf course. Billeting arrangements Mustbe made by individual contestants. Reservations for May be made by writing or wiring the Gra billeting of fice Apo 09053 or calling Gar Misch Mil 557. Participant should identify themselves As golfers and refer to billeting reservation number 36. Helped out a lot and Friendly bets gave them initiative. Like tiie one i h a v e with Ray. I bet him a Case of Beer against a .325 average for the year in league games. I think he won Laird dragons have four play ers hitting .300 or better wit Hunter s .393 leading the Way. Burkle an outfielder when no pitching second baseman Tom iceman and Ray round out the top four. Laird cited Rhine wat son and outfielder John Greenas other leading batsmen. Hunter a 5-11. 175-Pounderfrom Lancaster s.c., naturally bats cleanup. In league game this year he has collected 28 hits one Home run two triple Sand six doubles in 71 at bats and 17 Bis. You just can Tsay enough about him Laird had a split Fingernail in one Ball game and had so much guts he would t come out of the game. But they re Al that Way. They get mad when you have to pull them because of an Laird a tall lanky texan from san Antonio not Only is in his first year As manager coach of the 2nd brigade but this is the first team he s Ever coached in his life. I first became affiliated with the dragons when 1 came fishing Derby scheduled Nuernberg Germany Spe Cial Ansbach Rod and gun club will sponsor a German american fishing Derby sunday at the Soldate Weiher Nearow Reichenbach beginning at 4 . The Soldate Weiher is adjacent to the urls Rifle Range. Kenary Burkle out to play on the team he said. But we All got together and the players decided the wanted me to coach instead of ? sure we be had differences of opinion sever a times Laird admitted. But on the whole they respect my decision. I told them in the beginning that if they think i m wrong just come to me and Well walkabout it. And if they prove a wrong i May change a , the team attitude is definitely Laird said his starting line Page Wise will average Only 20 years a Man. When they came out they were in fair shape and i be had no problems with conditioning. If a Man is late to practice the penalty is two Lap around our big football Field. And continue u of pays �3j

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