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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - April 21, 1974, High Point, North Carolina Somersault helps jumper present sluggers say no High Point Enterprise sunday april 21, 1974 to Copenhagen a the Long jumper made the usual preliminary run then took off in a breathtaking somersault and came Down with a personal record. The crowd at the danish indoor track and Field championships gasped. But Ulrik Andersen the 25-year-old jumper was unperturbed. A nothing to it a he said then launched into a Long explanation that left most listeners dazzled. From memory Andersen jotted Down an equation that included a Square a Square Root fractions multiplications and additions of such units As Forward Speed upward Speed and the Elevation of the jumpers Center of Gravity at take off. It was the mathematical formula for the newest thing in track and Fields the somersault invented and developed by american Tom Ecker a former track coach at Western Kentucky As an alternative to the customary hitch kick and Long jump s answer to High jumps unusual Fosbury Flop. A a in a sure this formula will eventually revolutionize the Long jump a Andersen said. A physical education student at the University of Copenhagen. Andersen worked out the formula with two co students for an a.og6 a they Are entering jointly this Spring As their final examination paper. Andersen began working with the somersault jump last fall after he wrote Ecker who readily furnished federation team set new York a Julie Heldman. Janet Newberry and Jeanne Evert were selected saturday to the 1974 u. S. Federation cup team squad Captain Donna Floyd Fales of Miami said. The team will compete May 12-19 at the Tennis club Napoli in Hay miss Heldman 28, from Houston a Quarter finalist in the 1973 u. S. Open will be playing on her fourth federation cup team. She currently ranks fifth among american women. Miss Newberry 20. Of la Jolla calif., making her first federation cup appearance ranks eighth in . Singles. Miss Evert 16, from fort Lauderdale fla., is also playing in her first federation cup. She played on the 1973 Wightman cup team and is ranked 16th among american women. Swoboda joins lbs sports new York a former baseball slugger Ron Swoboda has been signed As a television commentator by the Columbia broadcasting system it was announced saturday. Swoboda will work on new York television on the weekends and also will have a radio show three times a week on lbs. Swoboday a playing career ended when the Atlanta braves released him at the close of Spring training. The outfielders career reached its Peak in 1969 when his offensive and defensive contributions helped the new York Metsy win baseball s world series. He never regained his 1969 form however and came to Atlanta after uneventful stints with both Montreal and the new York Yankees him with information he asked for. Andersen and co students Leif Vangrup and Ole Benediktson reigning scandinavian gymnastics Champion did a lot of research. Hundreds of Yards of film were not for study of Andersen a practice jumps. A i think it will normally take a year or two to perform a perfect somersault Long jump a Andersen said. A Many will be scared and experienced jumpers May find it difficult to change their style. A but the Takeoff is the same and the preliminary run actually produces a kind of rotating movement that prepares the body for a somersault rather than for the traditional jump he added. Andersen advised would be some Saulters to fold the arms above the head at Takeoff and keep the head Well Down Between the shoulders. But everyone should begin cautiously practising on a soft mat and no one should try the somersault jump at All unless he can do at least 16 feet the traditional Way. Otherwise he would risk hitting the Edge of the pit Andersen warned. His analysis showed that taking maximum advantage of the somersault technique Calls for a lot of Advance calculations including the athlete s body weight height and Center of Gravity. A athletes build up varying speeds of rotation in the run a Andersen explained. A doing the somersault some athletes should fold up completely. Others should do a More a open somersault. Also the Point at which the body should be straightened out again May Andersen s somersault jump at the danish track and Field championships raised his personal Best to 22 feet 8v� inches. He does not expect to Ever do much better but is convinced that if anyone is to beat american Bob Beamons of 29-2v4, set at the 1968 olympic games in Mexico City within the foreseeable future it will have to be with a somersault jump. Andersen said Many May consider the somersault a foolish Way to jump but recalled that Many also once scoffed at the Fosbury Flop the unorthodox High jumping style which Dick Fosbury used so successfully. A fall that is needed now is that someone makes that dream somersault jump a Andersen said. Can anybody beat Aaron s record by the associated press Henry Aaron was Only a baby when babe Ruth hit Home run no. 714, but Bobby Bonds doubts there a anyone even in diapers who la Ever beat Aarons Home run record. A if it happens he ainu to been born yet a said the san Francisco outfielder. They said Ruth a record would never be beaten too. But 39 years later the Man from Atlanta proved Mem wrong. Now the people who should know bests baseball players and managers Are hedging on whether anyone can top Henry. A possible yes probable no a said Reggie Jackson of the Oakland a a who along with Bonds and Cincinnati a Johnny Bench Are picked As the most Likely candidates currently in the majors to crack the Barrier. At the end of last season Jackson then 27, had 189 Home runs for seven seasons Bench 25, had 179 Home runs in six years and Bonds 27, had 165 after six. A a it a possible for Bench to do it a said Jackson. A a it a possible for Bonds to do it. Its possible for me to do it. But ifs not probable for anyone to do it. A you have to play 20 years and average 35 Home runs. I think in a capable of hitting 35 a year and Bonds can and Bench can. Bench is a Catcher and wont last 20 years. I won t play 20 years because they won t be Able to pay me said Bench whose first six years matched Aaron s Early Pace a i say it can to be done. Maybe if everything fell in place for me id have a Chance. But i done to plan to play that Long. In a a Catcher. A a in be said All along ill retire somewhere Between 32 and 35. I can to imagine playing until in a 40. In a 26. And 40 seems forever Bench added that As outfielders Jackson and Bonds just might have a shot on one condition a a they a have to want the record enough to play that Bonds was the most pessimistic of the Trio. Overall he figured the Odds Luibl i i r Bobby Bonds of beating Aaron Are 1,000-to-1 and he doubted there was anyone in the majors today who could do it. A if you look up the statistics a Guys got to hit 45 homers for 14 or 15 years just to come close a he said. A Reggie Jackson might hit 40 for five or six years but not for 15.�?� Chicago cubs coach Ernie Banks mentioned a fourth possibility Greg Luzinski the 23-year-old philadelphia1 outfielder who has 50 Home Greg Luzinski runs in four seasons including 29 last year. A my chances a queried Luzinski. A Bobby Bonds has got More Home runs than i have Pete Rose the National leagues most valuable player in 1973 and benches teammate in Cincinnati says Aarons accomplishment is nearly impossible to duplicate. A that record is simply a matter of endurance a he said. A nowadays players Johnny Bench done to even set out to play 20 years. Can you imagine you could hit 35 Home runs for 20 years and that a Only 700 Home runs. That a really incredible when you think about it. Reggie Jackson a and Henry will probably will end up with 750.�?� a a in a not sure anybody has a Chance a said los Angeles dodgers manager Walt Alston. A no one playing now has a Chance a agreed Atlanta a Eddie Mathews Aarons a Field Boss. # Aaron himself thinks if anyone will do it it la be Jackson or Bench. A but i think Reggie would be no. Jackson returned the compliment. A people just done to realize the feat Aaron just pulled off a he said. A Aaron faced problems Ruth never heard of. They did t have Relief pitchers they did t have sliders then. A to me Aaron has pulled off the eighth wonder of the world. He a the greatest drawing card Ever to put on spikes. You can get them All out of their Graves too. Aarons got a letter a next to his name. It Means a maybe some kid will come along some Day who could do it a said Bonds a if anybody around now can do it i d like to be there to see it and ill apologize for saying it be Odd $ seafood Market now open in our new location 624 National Highway ,.v Ocean fresh fish daily wholesale retail a fish a oysters shrimp a scallops a crab meat a it could happen to done to worry Well get your car ready for Spring driving now for expert body repair and painting Call us we Back our work with a satisfaction guarantee at reasonable rates. We specialize in insurance claims repair. Free estimates Auto body repair see Bob Carrier or . 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