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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - March 3, 1974, High Point, North Carolina So High Point Enterprise sunday March 3,1974 Howard impresses japanese Tokyo apr towering Frank Howard the former american league slugger has demonstrated so much batting Power in training Here that it has raised the Pennant Hopes of the Tai Seiyo Lions his new baseball team in the japanese league. The 6-foot-7,270-Pound outfielder joined the Lions this year on a one year contract reportedly for $80,000. He is by far the most physically imposing Ball player Ever acquired by Japan a two league pro Ball organization. Howard 37, clouded to Home runs in 37 times at Bat in practice recently. It stunned Lions pitchers and amazed spectators who rushed for his autograph after the batting practice. A spokesman of the Lions said Howard has already become his team s a biggest attractions and added Quot he s already raising our Pennant Hopes the Lions placed fourth in the six team Pacific league last year. Their 1974 season starts in april. Howard strained his Back in training last week and was sidelined for five Days. Acupuncture treatment proved effective and enabled him to rejoin his team for training a team spokesman said. Reporters hounding him when he is not training have often found him playing a a Kachinko a Japan a pinball game. A its great when you have nothing to do and want to really relax a he said. Howard still finds japanese food unpalatable. He usually has two or three glasses of Orange juice for breakfast skips lunch but consumes lots of meat and three bottles of Beer for dinner. Howard a wife Carol and his six children Are expected to join him in Japan in june. Howard played for the los Angeles dodgers Washington senators Texas rangers and Detroit tigers in his . Major league career. The Lions whose Headquarters Are in Fukuoka Kyushu Japan a southernmost Island also have Don Buford formerly of the Baltimore orioles. Buford 36, a popular hustling outfielder will be playing his second season in Japan with the Lions. Foreman from Page 7c show that he had $145,000 in assets but owed $27,601 personally and with the George Foreman development co., of Oakland had debts of $173,-001. The Oakland company is headed by Leroy Jackson and Jackson a wife. Jackson now handles Foreman a business affairs. Sadler is Back As Trainer Only. Shrivel Law firm is retained on a consultant basis. Foreman said lie did no to receive any Money from his Tokoyo fight. Court records showed that Tokyo promoters had paid $350,000 to prom tall a partnership consisting of Jackson and his wife. A fighting demands so much of my concentration Foreman said a so i push the business off on other but pros encounter problems Golf tour prospers despite Energy crisis Orlando Fla. A it was dark. There was too Miles of desert behind him and a few still in front of him and the Gas gauge had been registering on a be a for several Miles. Then the engine started sputtering. Fortunately Veteran tourist Fred Marti was coming to an exit ramp on the Road from Phoenix to Tucson Ariz. He pulled into it and delightedly discovered there was a Motel at the Bottom of the ramp the northernmost in Tucson. He coasted in on the last drops of gasoline. It was just one of the Little adventures Golf a touring pros have encountered in their necessary journeys during the nations fuel crisis. Bruce Cranston on his Way from his Dallas Home to a California event got himself in a bind in Arizona. He called a local tournament sponsor. He in turn called another member of the sponsoring group who owned an automobile Agency came to town opened up his shop and gave Bruce some Gas. Ifs just one of the ways the touring pros have solved their problems. A a it used to be a one player said a a every time you got to a new town you looked for a Good place to eat. Now you look for a place to get with the tour now two months old this year it has visited four states Arizona California Hawaii and Florida. All have had their problems. And their problems became the players problems. Some have been walked by signs Reading a regular customers some have been turned Back by stations demanding local coupons. All have grumbled at the a a out of Gas signs. The problems were severe in Arizona and Southern California and South Florida. They were less severe in Northern California and Central Florida. In Hawaii the Only solution was to take taxis. But while the players have had their problems the tour Hasni to suffered. Attendance is up. In some cases dramatically so. The television viewing audiences Are larger. A in effect we re actually serving As a positive effect insofar As the Energy crisis is concerned a said commissioner elect Deane Beman of the tournament players division of the pea. Beman says it works this Way a family goes to the Golf tournament on the weekend. They drive their car. But the Only Gas they Burn is going to and from. While they re at the tournament they May be taking a trip or visiting friends or engaging in any variety of activities that consumes More gasoline. And if they stay Home to watch it on television there a no gasoline at All involved. A we figure that there a 2.8 persons to a car at a tournament a Beman said. A now what we want to do is increase that to somewhere around 4. Then Well really be effecting a positive the Energy crisis he said could serve As a major Factor in the scheduling of events for 1975, the in coming commissioner said. A a travel always has been a consideration in making our schedule a he said a but yes it very Well could be a larger Factor than Ever before in our As ifs now set up the tour crosses the United states six times in a year. It contains such consecutive tournament locations As Sutton mass., Raleigh Durham . And then Back to Hartford Conn. There Are six tournaments in California Only two of which Are on consecutive weeks. There Are five tournaments in the Carolinas none of which Are on consecutive weeks. A a we a like to eliminate As Many Long trips As possible a Beman said. Should rationing occur the 40,000 Miles a year covered by the tour could be a major problems. A the whole area of sports has to be considered together a Beman said. A you really can to single out any individual sport. A and when you consider that Homes must be heated and police cars and ambulances must be fuelled the problems of sports take a relatively Low Lew Fonseca l films cubs George Mitterwald for study of wire photo major league teams set for Grapefruit schedule by the associated press now that they be had some time to loosen Winter rusted Muscles major league baseball teams Start checking on each others Progress this week when Spring training exhibition games begin. The schedule gets underway thursday with a Grapefruit league contest Between the Detroit tigers and Chicago White sox at Sarasota Fla., the Only game scheduled that Day. On Friday Western based teams get going with the world Champion Oakland a a facing san Diego at Yuma Ariz., and the Chicago cubs playing the California Angels at Holtville Calif. Fridays other games have the Minnesota twins playing the red sox at Boston s Winter Haven Fla., Camp the White sox and Detroit at Lakeland Fla., and the new York Yankees against Texas in Pompano Beach Fla. There Are 12 games scheduled for saturday. In Florida games Atlanta plays the los Angeles dodgers at Vero Beach Cincinnati faces Pittsburgh at Bradenton Houston meets Montreal at Daytona Beach the new York mets take on St. Louis at St. Petersburg Philadelphia meets Boston at Winter Haven Baltimore goes against the new York Yankees at fort Lauderdale Kansas City meets the Chicago White sox at Sarasota and Minnesota faces Detroit at Lakeland. In Arizona it will be Milwaukee is. The Chicago cubs at Scottsdale. San Diego is. Arizona Western at Yuma and san Francisco is. Cleveland at Tucson. Oakland plays California at Palm springs., Calif. The National league has decided to allow limited use of the american leagues designated hitter Rule in inter league Road games this Spring. 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Apr Lew Fonseca who made major league baseball film conscious 40 years ago coaches hitters now in projection rooms and batting cages. A when i want to Point out a hitters mistakes i can just Stop the projector. One Frame of film looks Back at him for to seconds a the 75-year-old film and batting expert said at the Chicago cubs Spring training Camp. A right now the cubs and Pittsburgh pirates Are the Only teams in baseball that make full use of movies a he added. The cubs take movies of All their Home games from Spring training through the regular season. Barney Sterling a full time employee of the club has been shooting pitches since 1961. Fonseca has been a special batting instructor for the team since 1970, when he retired after 36 years of producing films for the major leagues. This season hell also work with the san Francisco giants. A i believe in movies but in a not a nut on them. A Quick Bat and swing Speed along with an understanding of the necessary fundamentals Are still essential to become a Good hitter a Fonseca said. He did no to learn batting fundamentals from movies. He played 12 years in the big leagues had a career batting average of .316 and led the american league in 1929 with a .369 average. A i became interested in movies As a Hobby shooting film on fishing trips. In 1932, when i was managing the White sox i started fooling around with slow motion a he recalled. He left the managing Job in 1934 and sold baseball on the idea of promotional movies such As the world series highlight films. A for coaching purposes in be put together a film of some of baseball a Best hitters from babe Ruth Down to some of the current players like Pete Rose and Hank Aaron a Fonseca said. 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