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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - April 10, 1974, High Point, North Carolina Fame Fortune has f altered his natural Warmt Haaron will he remain the Square of superstars by will Grimsley a special correspondent Atlanta apr if its True that impressionable youngsters try to Mold their image after their favorite sports hero we May be headed toward a new fresh Breed of athletes. Hank Aaron offers up a fare prototype for the superstar. By some modern standards he May be branded a Square. More militant members of his own race May snidely refer to him As an Uncle Tom. Others May consider him so wed to old fashioned ethics that he is not for real. Quiet soft spoken uncontroversial Aaron has refused to let his newly gained Fame and Fortune alter his natural warmth and understanding. He insists on being the same unaffected Ball player he was before he hit Home run no. 715 and replaced babe Ruth As the greatest of them All. A i think Henry will be like he a always been a said Hank s proud father Herbert Aaron retired shipyard worker of Mobile ala., a always if Aaron becomes the Model superstar the big time american sports scene is in for some Radical changes. Gentlemanly Grace May replace arrogance. Patience May succeed pomposity. Class May prevail Over Grassness and Courtesy Over cur Ness. Although it can in no Way be termed a general conditions or even one affecting the majority few deny that the bloated salaries and overnight Success of our inflated big time professional sports have spoiled some of the most prominent personalities. Suddenly affluent and important they adopt an exaggerated estimate of themselves. They surround themselves with men carrying Black satchels who shield them from the Public. They no longer have time to give an autograph or submit to an interview. The modern picture of the sports superstar is one of a swinging woman chasing free spirit always surrounded by a coterie of friends also always wearing an invisible sign a a fragile do not in monday Aaron spent the hours proceeding the game in which he hit his record smashing Home run watching soap operas on television in his living room. A looking at them made me realize what few problems i have a Aaron said. A Man. Those people on television always have after he had hit the historic no. 715, Aaron did t throw a wild Champagne party attended by guests in Satin and minks. He his wife and family father Mother Brothers and Sisters sat around in the parlor and quietly Savoured the dramatic occasion. Through it ally the Campaign that came so close last year the controversy Over where and when he should play the mounting tension As his bid to a Climax approached a the 40-year-old outfielder maintained a tremendous Calm. He never got edgy. He never fretted. Although at times he was justified in doing so he never complained. A a Henry a like me he Don t make much said papa Aaron a wiry Little Man in his Black go to Meetin Serge suit. A a that a Why he s lasted so a curl i upon outside the locker room despite talents of other contenders Nicklaus looms Over masters nearly every Public figure had something to say about Henry Aaron hitting his 715th Home run and it s Likely the event will replace streaking As the ice breaker at every banquet speech for the next two months. But of All the Many comments and quotes the most irrelevant belonged a of course a to a politician. New York governor Malcolm Wilson gets the prize. Why he had to go and open his Mouth no one knows. Aaron does not play for the mets or Yankees is not from new York and to my knowledge has no significant connection with that state or its governor. Evidently some reporter somewhere was looking for a new Angle on the old Story. I done to think he found it. A every american boy has two supreme stated Malcolm using one of those Broad generalizations politicians Are famous for. A the can grow up to be president or he can break one of babe Ruth s records a he continued a the Odds Are significant a Malcolm droned on. A thirty seven have become presidents but Only one a Henry Aaron a has surpassed babe Ruth s greatest the comparison leaves something to be desired. For one thing any half serious babe Ruth fan knows that in his Day the greatest Yankee of them All made More in one year than the current chief executive Herbert Hoover. The babe is famous for remarking a Why i i had a better year than he the difference in salary alone should indicate that the babe s services were More valuable than the president s and would thus be harder to replace. That has proved True. But considering All current circumstances Malcolm s statement looks truly ridiculous. Stop any kid on the Street and ask him what his a supreme opportunities Quot Are. If he san average kid with the average amount of sense and a healthy respect for the things Money can buy hell probably answer a an Oil tycoon a or a a pro football player like Larry Csonka a or if he a still a Little wet behind the ears a a those Are among the most popular supreme opportunities. But better yet take that same average kid off the Street and ask him a which would you rather be right now Hank Aaron or president Nixon a that a one election the politician has to lose. Augusta. A. A there s Johnny Miller and the youth threat. There s Gary player and the foreigners. There s Tom Weiskopf and defending Champion Tommy Aaron. There s Arnold Palmer and san Snead. But Over and above them All looms the awesome figure of Jack Nicklaus. The domineering character in the International cast assembled Tor the 38th masters Golf tournament. The 72-Hole tee. Generally acknowledged As one of the world s Premier sports events gets underway thurs Day on Flower bedecked Augusta National Golf course. An elite Field of 79 of the world s Best shot makers including 13 foreign players la american amateurs and 55 . Professionals Are primed to test the 7,020-Yard Par-72 layout. The powerful Nicklaus considered by Many to be the finest player the game has Ever seen has won this tournament four times a record he shares with Arnold Palmer. And in his last three starts Here he s been second first and third in that order. A my goals Are always the same a said the Golden Bear who had collected a record 14 major championship titles. A they re the big four tournaments the masters . And British opens and the pea a Miller. 26. Who won the . Open last year has dominated the regular tour this year. He scored a record sweep of the first three titles of the year and is the year s leading Money Winner with almost $150,000�? a record for this stage of the season. Among the other Young stars Are a Jerry heard Golf s whistling Man. Who won the Citrus open then finished second and third in his next two the High Point Enterprise Johnny Miller signs autographs for Youthful fans following practice round at Augusta National Section c wed., april to 1974 Mac s nerves help celts win by the associated press would you believe Bob Mcadoo the National basketball association scoring Champion a scared player it happened tuesday night a and the Buffalo braves were beaten by the Boston celtics. A i was As nervous As i be Ever been a Mcadoo admitted unabashedly after scoring a Mere 16 Points on a woeful five-for-20 shooting performance from the floor and six of nine from the free throw line during the braves 100-97 loss that gave the celtics a 3-2 Lead in the Best of seven Eastern conference semifinal series. A i guess it s what you d Call pressure said the 6-foot-10 Mcadoo who had averaged 30.6 Points per game during the regular Blue Hawaii lures nil stars by the associated press National football league players already yielding to the Call of the world football league in the sometimes Frozen North Are now signing on Tor the Wal s franchise in the Balmy Pacific Hawaii. A How can anyone turn All this Down a asked Mike Giddings coach of the hawaiians glancing around tuesday at the dramatic setting provided by Diamond head and Honolulu As he announced the signing of Dallas Cowboy running Back Calvin Hill to a Wal contract. The hawaiians made whole Day out of making announcements also breaking the news that new York giants quarterback Randy Johnson and Jim Sniadecki san Francisco 49er linebacker since 1969, would join Hawaii after playing out their options in 1974. The signings were part of the nil exodus which has included Miami Dolphin stars Larry Csonka Jim Klick and Paul Warfield to Toronto ted Kwalick to the hawaiians and Ken Stabler to the Birmingham franchise. A we View this As a Chance of a lifetime a said Hill who will play out his option with the cowboys in 1974. A it was a question of what was better for me and my there were indications that Dallas coach Tom Landry might be in for More bad news. A Houston radio station Kyrc reported that Craig Morton discontent in the past Over his status As the no. 2 Dallas quarterback has signed with the Wal Houston texans. The texans had earlier tuesday acquired the Wal rights to negotiate with Morton from Birmingham. Johnson the no. 2 signal caller for the giants became the fourth giant to announce his intentions to Migrate to Hawaii following John Douglas Richmond Flowers and Vin Clements. The giants tight end Bob Tucker also was being lured to move to the new league. Team sources on the Philadelphia Bell said tuesday that Tucker had been offered a three year $500,000 contract. Even the coaching ranks were not out of reach Tor the fledgling football league Kansas City chiefs coach Hank Strum said he had been approached about becoming the coach of the Houston texans. There were reports that the texans had uttered Strain a $2 million Deal with part ownership included in a 10-year package. The new York stars announced the signing of Don Gault a former quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and two other sex nil players. Tom Sherman formerly with new England and Dick Hart a former guard Tor the Philadelphia eagles. The stars also said they had signed Don Abbey a running Back Tor Penn state in the late 1960s meanwhile there was some Good news in Miami. Tight end Jim Mandich and safety Jake Scott signed three year contracts Tor an estimated combined Price of $650,000. Mandich earned $25,000 last year. Starts a Hubert Green a two time Winner this year a John Mahaffey who has t won this season but has finished second twice third and fourth once a canny Wadkins who set Money winning records in each of his first two seasons on the tour and is one of the game s most fiercely competitive players and a Ben Crenshaw the Young texan who has finished second twice this year and hit the tour with More Impact than any Rookie since Nicklaus. Player of South Africa is one of Only four men to win All the world s major titles. He Heads a Strong foreign Field including australian Bruce Crampton. Tony Jacklin and Peter Oosterhuis of England and Bob Charles of new zealand. Tommy Aaron has been bothered by an ailing Back most of the time since his Surprise Victory Here a year ago and Tom Weiskopf the British open Champion is still troubled by a mysterious and painful thumb ailment. Pm operation Cleveland a Cleveland indians general manager Phil Seghi will be operated on thursday in lutheran medical Center. Seghi was admitted to lutheran medical Center monday Tor treatment and observation of kidney stones. The tests showed that his condition warrants an operation. Or. John pasalis will operate on the tribes chief. A spokesman for the tribe said Seghi will be in the Hospital a week to to Days. Season and 33 Points in the first four games against the celtics. A i tried to concentrate on my defense and not worry about in the Only other pro basketball playoff game tuesday night the Chicago bulls built a 25-Point second Quarter Lead then withstood a late Detroit rally and beat the pistons 98-94 for a 3-2 Lead in their Best of seven Aba Western conference semifinal series. Two playoff games Are scheduled tonight. The new York kicks with a 3-2 Lead Over capital in their Aba East semifinal face the bullets at Landover. My. And the Indiana pacers leading san Antonio 3-2 in their american basketball association West division semifinal meet the spurs in Texas. The Utah stars in the West and the new York nets and Kentucky colonels in the East already have advanced to the divisional finals in the Aba the Milwaukee Bucks Are the Only Aba team to have reached the conference finals so far. Eliminating the Angeles lakers in the West. Mcadoo also the Aba s third leading rebounded during the season with a 15.1 a a Mac s Page 3c Mahaffey s i tenseness disguised Augusta a. Apr lies a baby faced killer. John Mahaffey has a turned up nose Bright Blue eyes the mild innocent expression of an infant and an infectious Grin. With that hapless hat with the drooping brim he usually wears he looks As if he should be Barefoot wearing overalls carrying a Cane pole and heading for the fishing Hole. Lie s 25 and looks to years younger. A i know what he looks like a a one Veteran touring Golf pro said. A but done to let that fool you. O n. A a get a you get him on the Golf course and he a something else. When he s trying to beat you. He s the meanest Man on the tour. Its get the hell out of my Way and let s get on with the a the s got the guts of a burgler. He s just Plain mean. He wants to beat you so bad he a actually and Mahaffey who plays the game with the single minded intensity and dedication of Ben Hogan who was his Mentor and idol is a member in Good standing of Golf s Young Lions. The kids who have claimed the game As their own this season. And along with Johnny Miller and Jerry heard and Hubert Green and Ben Crenshaw and Lanny Wadkins he has More than an outside Choice to make his presence Felt in this weeks masters. A live been playing Good for several weeks now a said the slightly built native of Kerrville tex., now a resident of Houston. A live been playing Good enough to win. A i took a week off a couple of weeks ago then came Back at Greensboro just to try to hit a couple of licks and try to get ready for this one. A i should have won it. I Felt like i kind of threw it Mahaffey finished fourth in last weeks Greensboro open just two shots off the Lead. It was the fourth time this season the Young Man has been within Range of a title and has missed. He has a second in Angeles a second in Jacksonville and a third in the Hope. He Hasni to won but has collected $67,550 this year leading so Mahaffey s Page 3c

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