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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - March 17, 1976, High Point, North Carolina Oilton outside the locker room shorty Rickman season opener in danger no settlement yet the shorty Rickman of 1976 is very different from the shorty Rickman of 1974. He is no longer a slightly shy Small town High school hero More anxious to talk about his teams accomplishments than his own. The Ragsdale graduate a three sport Letterman who was one of the states top baseball prospects As a senior now Speaks with the Confidence of a two year Veteran of minor league Ball. He knows where he wants to go and what it will take to get him there. The Only thing that Hasni to changed is Rickman a attitude toward the 20, he still holds the same enthusiasm for the game he had at 18. A i just love the life style of baseball a he said before returning this week to Spring training in Miami a a in a really ready to get Back now. I done to think i could work a regular nine to five Job. I love it certainly Hasni to been the Glamor of his pro baseball life that has appealed to the Young shortstop. After passing up a baseball scholarship to North Carolina to sign with the Baltimore orioles he has played first in the Rookie league at Bluefield w. A. And this past year at Lodi California. While neither town is exactly a big league hot spot Rickman did Well at both. He was voted player of the year and most popular player at Bluefield while batting .298. At Lodi in the class a California league he was chosen most valuable infielder after playing in All his teams 140 games hitting .275 with 50 runs batted in collecting an even too hits and 20 stolen bases. Those performances were Good enough to warrant selection to play in the majors Winter league at Clearwater Fla. Which is More of an Honor than it would seem. A each major league team can Only pick 25 Guys from the whole system a four different Levels a to go to Winter Ball so i feel like i was real fortunate a Rickman said a the coaches Down there which included Oriole coach Billy Hunter told me i was one of the Best infielders they had. A i feel like i Learned a whole lot while i was Down there a Rickman continued a about every aspect of the game i played in 30 of the 52 games our team with that experience behind him Rickman Hopes to move onto the orioles a team moved this year from Asheville to Charlotte. It would give him a Chance to play Ball nearer his Home but More importantly would keep him on a self designed schedule of moving up a level each year. A a in a say my chances right now Are 90 per cent Good of getting in Charlotte a Rickman said a but you can to Ever Tell. After playing Winter Ball it would really Hurt my Pride not to be sent there. In fact it would be the biggest disappointment since i came into the majors. A but you never know in the minor leagues you have to go where they Send you. You done to know when Send you realistically Rickman knows that at age 20 he is in Good position for making a major league career for himself. But he is not about to count his chickens now. A a in a like to make the majors in two or three years a he said a but that depends on my performance staying As it has been. If my performance falters then i can understand Why i move up. But id Hope that if i played five or six More years in the majors id begin to Rickman is not the same player he was at Ragsdale As he himself is the first to Point out. A a in be matured a lot developed a better physical body a he commented a a in be filled out some and my arms stronger. In be always had a Good Arm but its really developed. In High school i was pretty Good at making the throw from deep in the Hole but now i have to be Able to make that play much better. A in Winter Ball i would practice for hours with somebody hitting the Ball in the Hole and me coming up with it and making the throw getting something on the his attitude toward hitting has changed As Well. A in High school i was the main hitter a he recalled a i was depended on to drive in the runs. Now As a shortstop in be Learned to contribute to the team in other ways. In a going to still get some hits. But when they need me to get on first base in be got to do it anyway i can a by getting a walk or Bunting or whatever. Once in Mon in be got to try to steal if i can. A if i come up and another Guys on first its my responsibility to move him Down by Bunting or sacrificing giving myself up if i have to. Those Are the things they want a shortstop to do. The main thing is your defense. As far As hitting goes you just contribute any Way you there were other lessons Rickman Learned in the minors unrelated to playing baseball. A a you be got to get along with everybody too a he said. A one thing that surprised me was that they re pretty strict about things like Long hair and holding a nigh character and things like that. If they think you re not trying to display Good character then How you play does no to always matter. In be seen a lot of Good ballplayers go that Way. I done to mind it for myself that a the Way i want to be finally Rickman knows the Competition is Tough and is going to get tougher the higher he goes in the pros. But his new Assurance stands him in Good Stead. A when i was in High school i was Good a he says matter of factly a but All the other players were the Best in High school and College too. In the pros you have to be great to fight for your position. A i know everything i need to do i just need to put it All together on the Field. I could see a great change in my play during Winter Ball a i know i am a better and if he keeps Marvin Miller St. Petersburg. Fla. A the players association s executive Board was expected to rubber stamp today chief negotiator Marvin Millers denunciation of the baseball owners a a final proposal to Settle the prolonged labor dispute. Now not Only Spring training a delayed by the owners since March i a was in danger but so was the scheduled april 8 Start of the season a it the season opening is getting close and every hour it is More in jeopardy Quot said american league president Lee Macphail after Miller Tore apart the owners proposal and charged the baseball executives with a Mammoth publicity ploy. A a in a shocked a said John Gaherin management a chief negotiator. A the Miller has put this thing in some Macphail said the owners were Adamant on what they considered a far reaching proposal that would change the face of baseball for years to come. A we won t change a Colon not a semicolon a Macphail said and then to emphasize their determination the owners committee packed its bags and went Home. A Miller will Telephone or. Gaherin in new York tomorrow wednesday with the executive boards said Macphail who appeared weary and bleary eyed after six Days of fruitless negotiating. A will there be a season a Macphail was asked. A i done to murmured the american league Boss. Gaherin too appeared tired and admitted disappointment at the turn of events. He and the owners Felt they had whipped together an offer the players refuse a one that gave the players the controversial one and one option rights but with built in safeguards to protect balanced Competition in baseball. A their tone was a tone of rejection a Gaherin said after tuesday s negotiating session with Miller and some 25 of baseball s brightest stars. Gaherin was asked if the almost certain rejection by the players executive Board meant that talks had collapsed. A i m not going to say he replied. A but our offer will be withdrawn it wont hinder the future both Gaherin and Macphail emphasized that the owners 10-Page proposal delivered be no on 3c Bowie Kuhn Douglas gets Chance at no. I the High Point Enterprise by the associated press Leon Douglas who overwhelmed a second team All american last time out. Gets a Chance to take on no i thursday night. Douglas the 6-foot-Lo senior of sixth ranked Alabama goes against first team All american Kent Benson in the key matchup As the Crimson tide meets unbeaten and top rated Indiana in a Mideast regional semifinal of the Mcaa basketball tournament at Baton Rouge la. A a in a looking Forward to in players itching to open season by will Grimsley a special correspondent St Petersburg. Fla. Apr while Legal minds Ponder their Fate behind closed doors they stand in the hallways and wait and itch. They itch to wrap their fingers around a baseball or their hands around a Bat. They Are the ballplayers. They know that what Marvin Miller is arguing May shape players destinies for generations to come. That does no to keep them from being impatient Quot my main concern is the Start of the season Quot said Willie Stargell. Pittsburgh s hulking giant. Quot this is our lives it could be totally destructive. I got a boy nine years old. I hate for him to see ail this. I wish two Guys could go out in the Middle of the Road somewhere and Settle Reggie Smith the mustachioed St. Louis outfielder leaned Back in his chair. A this is very he said of official decisions giving a player the right to go to another club if he becomes unhappy. A a Tyvon t help superstars like Tom Seaver or Reggie Jackson they can write their own ticket. A ifs the Little Guy finally getting the break the Utility player the fringe Man. How would you like to be a Young Catcher at Cincinnati and have to stare at Johnny Bench every Day a Man who is Frozen because so Many Good Guys Are ahead of him now will get his Chance. A players will get even with owners notorious for paying bad salaries. They re finding out that we re not All brawn and no waiting for the Gates to open on the training Camps the players Are like lost dogs wandering in the Woods. They gather in Small clusters and play cards they run in the Parks. A few play Tennis. Some play Golf. Lou Brock the lean greyhound of the cardinals talks baseball. He never gets tired of discussing his base stealing Art. People never get tired of listening. Everywhere Brock wanders in this Lazy capital of the Geri tol set he draws admirers like a modern pied Piper. Nobody gets bored hearing How he stole 118 bases in 1974. Nil decides no expanding t san Diego a the National football league owners have awarded super bowl Xii to new Orleans set the dates of Veteran and collegiate drafts and decided not to expand this season. The action tuesday settles some questions but leaves Memphis and Birmingham still without franchises Memphis particularly staged an Active Campaign to gain admission to the league but commissioner Pete Roselle said the clubs decided there could be no expansion at this time past the 28 clubs that will be Active in 1976. The commissioner said the clubs reaffirmed a desire to expand to 30 clubs eventually but would not make the move until a they see what the future All Star Cage game set at y make it All the Way to better Rickman knows hell in majors. There will be an All Star basketball game featuring former High Point stars Johnny Evans Ted Brown Jimmy Bolding Sammy Johnson and others played at the boys club on March 20th at 7 30 . At the Myca. The owners set March 30-31 for the Long delayed Veteran draft for the new clubs at Tampa Bay and Seattle. The collegiate draft will be april 8-9 new Orleans was awarded the super bowl Xii for Jan. 15, 1978. The new super dome in the Lousiana City won on the fourth ballot gaining the required 21 votes. The 1977 super bowl will be held at the Rose bowl in Pasadena. Rozelle said he could not comment on the class action suit filed tuesday by players claiming they had been damaged by the league s compensation Rule. Under the so called a Rozelle rules a team losing a player who played out his option has been compensated by whichever team signs him. The commissioner said Dick Anderson president of the players association would come to the owners meeting thursday to discuss further the problems of a contract. There has been no Overall pact Between the owners and players in the past two years. Andy Messersmith auction for Andy heats up by the associated press the Andy Messersmith auction is expected to heat up today As More major league clubs make their pitch for the free agent who won 39 games for the los Angeles dodgers the past two seasons. The Chicago White sox and St. Louis cardinals phoned their offers for Messer Smith s services to the 30-year-old right handers agent Herb Osmond on tuesday while Ted Turner the new owner of the Atlanta braves tendered his bid personally. The san Diego padres have said they plan to make an offer and a Host of others Are expected to follow suit in the auction which could bring Back memories of last Winters Catfish Hunter sweepstakes won by the new York Yankees for $3.75 million. A i anticipate a lot of action a Osmond told the associated press from his offices in Newport Beach Calif. A a Andy a still a hell of a Pitcher and he a the Only free agent around right now. Some teams could obviously use one which could use him but apparently wont get the Chance is los Angeles which refused to Grant Messersmith a request for a no Trade clause a year ago. He played the 1975 season without signing a contract and Over the Winter was ruled a free agent by a panel which included arbitrator Peter Seitz. That decision was twice upheld in the courts setting the stage for the bidding which began this week. The dodgers had offered Messersmith a three year $500,000 contract in an attempt to retain his services but the pitching Ace turned them Down. Asked whether los Angeles stood a Chance in the current talks Osmond replied a i doubt Osmond would not be specific about what it will take to get Messersmith a signature on a contract. said Douglas who was the catalyst in Alabama a 79-64 upset of North Carolina last saturday scoring 35 Points and grabbing 17 rebounds against tar heels Center Mitch Kup Chak. A i like a Challenge. I d rather play against the Best. A fall american stuff does t bother me Quot added Douglas a third team All american. A i just want to play a game a and Douglas May have a slight Edge in quickness Over Benson a 6-foot-ll Junior although the Indiana Center appears to be a bit More physical. Quot i feel i have to out Quick my opponents Quot said Douglas. A my Speed is my Best both coaches meanwhile Are approaching the game apprehensively. A we will be playing a truly outstanding basketball team Well coached and with exceptional ability a said Indiana a Bobby Knight. A Leon Douglas is the finest Center we will have faced and he has teammates who complement his abilities and give the team Many dimensions. It is a unique team in that it has great quickness without sacrificing size and strength a we Are greatly impressed by them. We will have to play our very Best to maintain a Chance to and that a the favorite talking. C m. Newton coach of underdog Alabama said. A to have gone unbeaten Over the past two regular seasons like Indiana has done is mind boggling but if we do our part it will be a Good game a in the other Mideast regional semifinal second ranked Marquette puts its 22-game winning Streak on the line against Western Michigan. Defending Champion Urcla which won the National title to of the past 12 years under John wooden will have a Home court advantage in the West regional As it goes for its first Crown under coach Gene Bartow the fifth ranked Bruins will meet Pepperdine in one see Douglas on so Section c wad., March 17, 1976 Kentucky muscle moves nit foes new York a Kentucky a game is inside basketball and for a while the wildcats did t have any a emr. Inside to play it. Kentucky Muscleman Mike Phillips sprained his right foot and had to leave in the first half of tuesday nights National invitation tournament game with Providence. A i was Hurt going up for a rebound a the 6-10 Center said. A i got my legs All tangled up and twisted my ankle real some tape fixed it and then Phillips fixed Kansas state in the second half providing the proper remedy for Kentucky s 81-78 Quarter final Victory. A we took Kansas state inside a said Phillips. A a it a a better percentage shot. I thought if we did that beat them inside that wed eventually Wear them Phillips who had scored but four Points in the first half poured in 13 once entering the contest with seven minutes gone in the game and led the wildcats Back from a 63-51 deficit. A Phillips had an ankle injury and i thought we could sneak by without him in the second half a said Kentucky coach Joe Hall. A i almost waited too Long once i decided to put him Back in. I made phovidknck73 Campton 4 77 la coops i l l it Mil Evicic 2 0-0 4, Monett 2 m 7, Strotton 0 of 0, Edson 3 -10 is mandrow 7 1-2 is totals 26 21-23 Louisville 67 Cox s 2-5 12. Williams 13-71. Gallo i 3 5 i. Bond 2 of 4, Wilson 3 m 14. Bun ton i 1-2 3, Brown 3 of 6, Harmon 0 of 0 totals 25 17-27. Halftime Providence 34 louisville3? total fouls providence20, Louisville la. Fouled out Ali Evelius. Williams a 7.632 Kansas Tat 71 Dassie 12-6 la Noland 70-24, Gerlach 6 0-2 12. Evans i i t 17, Williams 12 3-5 27, Winston Omo Droge Omo totals 36 6-16 Kentucky la Givens 7 1-2 la Lea 2 3 20. Phillips 6 so 17, Johnson 5 56 la warlord 0 of 0. Clamor 50-1 to Fowler i 602, Haskins i of 2. Casey 0 of 0 totals 34 13-11 halftime Kentucky 47, Kansas Stet 46 total fouls Kansas state 23, Ken Lucky la. Fouled out none sure that the other players would get the Ball to Kentucky advanced to thursday nights semifinals against Providence which Defeated Louisville 73-67 in the opener of a doubleheader tuesday night. North Carolina state and surprising North Carolina Char Iotte who won Quarter final games monday night will play in the other semifinal game As soon As Phillips came into the game he was a help to his team within a minute he had his first Basket and by the time he was finished scoring Kentucky had a 76-70 Lead with 5 to to play. James Lee later hit two free throws with i 18 remaining to provide the wildcats of the Southeastern conference with an 80-74 Lead and their eventual winning Points. A we had a substantial Lead and that seems to bring More pressure to us than to other teams a noted Kansas state coach Jack Hartman. A we Haven to big Lead played Allye Well with a year. The big thing was that we let Phillips catch the Ball too Low. Their size was definitely a Block that pass Providence a Joe Hassett gets by a wire photo

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