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Daily News (Newspaper) - May 20, 1983, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania Preakness tale one of soap opera subplots the Field balt1mokk Impi the Imd Lor saturdays running of the added i 3is mile at him Lico Pehme 1 play fellow 2 High honors 3 a deputed test a Mony 4 Chas Conerly 5 bet big c Maria 7 desert wine s Paris Prince 9 apart tement 10 common sense 11 sunny Halo 12 Klag Admiral 13 current Hope coupled dept Parlati Emend weights All carry 126 pounds Gross value with 13 starters value to Winner 243700 second third to too Koursh Host time pm not television Abc s pm kit Xiy do j a pm challenger is Happy Tim Witherspoon 25 of Philadelphia hoists his arms during the official weigh in at the dunes hotel in Las vegas Witherspoon will face wac Champ Larry Holmes in a 12round bout tonight u Pip Hoto heavies featured on vegas twin Bill spurs on spot for 6th game Byrich Tosches up sports writer Las vegas Nev up world boxing Council heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes tonight makes the 15th defense of the title he has held since june 1978 against Little known Tim Witherspoon the 12round fight will be half of a twin Bill with the world boxing association heavyweight title fight bet Ween Champion Michael Dokes and former Champion Mike Weaver As the second part of the card the fights will be held in an especially built 20000seat outdoor Arena at the dunes hotel Holmes 33 is unbeaten in 42 fights 30 of them ending by knockout he has held the title longer than anyone except Joe Louis Only three opponents Trevor Berbick Randy Cobb and Lucien Rodriguez have gone the distance with the Champion who is in his 10th and what he says will be his final year As a professional although unimpressive in his last fight a lacklustre 12 round decision Over Rodriguez in his Hometown of Scranton a March 27 Holmes has been installed As a 61 favorite Holmes weighed in thursday at 213 pounds while the 25yearold Witherspoon weighed 219 Witherspoon the abcs no 3 contender from Philadelphia is also undefeated at 150 with 11 knockouts he earned the title fight with a 10round decision Over Renaldo Snipes currently ranked no 2 by the wac last june but his three previous fights came against unknowns including army sgt Jerry Williams Curtis Gaston Alfonso Ralliff and Luis Acosta Holmes lit a fire under the challenger recently by saying he signed for the fight to give Witherspoon a Chance to get out of the soup line Witherspoon will earn for the fight says Hes going to Send me Back to the soup line said Witherspoon Well 1 want Holmes to know Ive never been in a soup line my mom and dad always worked and we never went hungry that Why its gotten me so mad weve never taken anything but Friday in going to Lake Larry Holmes title i want to put class Back in the heavyweight title Houston receives son skers goal 4 More wins byjoe Jullano up sports writer Philadelphia up the Philadelphia 76ers have not won an Aba title since the 196667 series despite appearing in the finals in three of the last four seasons the acquisition of Moses Malone has helped the mixers steamroll past the new York kicks 40 and the Milwaukee Bucks 41 and Malone along with the other mixers know what has to be done now our next goal is to win four More Malone said after Philadelphia advanced to the finals with a 115103 Victory Over the Milwaukee we want to be the first to win the next four the san Antonio spurs kept them in suspense As to the identity of their opponents for the championship by beating the los Angeles lakers and forcing the Western series to a finished yet right now i want to think about what we just did Julius erring meanwhile tried to stay noncom Mitula but apparently Hes counting on the lakers to provide the oppose too for his fourth shot at that erosive Aba Chain Pton ship ring wed like a shot at taking the Crown away from them he said but we cant choose the opponent even Philadelphia coach Billy Cunningham was a Little disoriented ill go Home and watch tonight game and Start preparing for la for practice on Friday he said before Rushing Home to catch the Laker spurs game m alone also mentioned the lakers often in his pos game remarks but he said it make any difference who the opponent is if the mixers play their game sixth game Friday night the local fans were not hesitant about saying who they want the mixers to play As they chanted we want la As the mixers put the finishing touches on the Bucks the lakers took the championship in 1980 and 1982 defeating the mixers both times in six games deep Down most of the players would like another crack at the lakers although a few didst want to be pinned Down after wednesdays in not concentrating on los Angeles right now guard Andrew Toney said their int even Over yet i Hope what we did wednesday night will carry Over to the next series whoever the opponent is i have no thoughts about la at Aji backup guard Clint Richardson said there not by Gary kale up sports writer new York up Landing super Star Ralph Sampson of Virginia As the no 1 pick in the 1983 Aba College draft is the first half of a proposed parlay designed to Lead the Houston rockets out of the basement having secured Sampson by winning a Coin toss thursday with the Indiana pacers the rockets now seek to sign As Tommy Heinsohn As Suc Cessor to deposed Del Harris Heinsohn a former Boston celtics Mentor with championship experience As a player and coach is an acknowledged Molder of basketball Talent meet with tommys attorney tomorrow and hopefully reach an agreement with him next week said a Gleeful Ray Patterson Houston general manager Heinsohn was in Anderson ind thursday filming a Beer commercial to Date he has called his discussions with the rockets exploratory Simpsons reputation will precede him in Houston said Patterson How can you go wrong with that kind of publicity and advertising with a player like him Patterson said if Houston had lost the Coin flip he would have been on the Road monday searching for Talent it was Patterson Boss Charlie Thomas heeding his daughter tracks premonition who called the Coin flip correctly thursday and won the right to pick Sampson in the june 28 Aba College draft it took two tosses of an 1883 Silver Dollar and a cry of Heads by Thomas to earn Houston the first pick in the draft Herb Simon new owner of the Indiana pacers never had a Chance to make his Call known both owners wanted to make the Call so com missioner Larry Obrien assigned Heads to Houston and tails to Indiana for a preliminary Coin flip to decide which team would make the Call it came up he ads lets go for another Heads said Thomas adding his daughter Tracy Lee urged him to make such a Call As part of the Moses Malone Deal with Philadelphia the rockets also have the no 3 pick in the first round the tiers obtained that Choice from Cleveland in a previous transaction Houston and Indiana were involved in the annual Coin flip because they posted the leagues worst regular season records Tymi Terabun up sports writer san Antonio Texas up the san Antonio spurs who have already survived one match Point try to survive another tonight against the defending champions is Angeles lakers in Ulsie Thame Aba Western conference finals i los Angeles takes a 32 advantage into tonight meeting which takes place at the always caucus Hemisfar Arena the spurs won both their regular season meetings with los Angeles in san Antonio but Over the course of 42 hours last weekend the lakers won twice of the spurs Home court if the lakers can make it three in a Row they will move into the championship series against the waiting Philadelphia 76ers but if san Antonio can fend off elimination once More a deciding seventh game will be played sunday in los Angeles tonight game was brought about because the spurs upset the lakers wednesday evening 117112 i think they the lakers played like they were looking ahead said san Antonio Forward Mike Mitchell with the fifth game on the line it was the lakers with their vast playoff experience who failed to produce and considering the comments coming from los Angeles coach Pat Riley it sounds As though the lakers might try to shove the Ball into Center Kareem Abduljabba almost every time Down the floor tonight we were reluctant to push it in during that game said Riley we actually had plenty of opportunities to take it inside and didst said Earvin magic Johnson it was More a matter of what we didst do than it was their defense the inside confrontation Between Jabbar and san Antonio Center Artis Gilmore should again be the key tonight just As it has been the entire series last year the lakers swept san Antonio in the conference finals and spurs coach Stan Albeck knowing his team had Little Chance of advancing past los Angeles with the team he had went out and got the 74 Gimore he Gil Raore is the Dif Ference Between this year and last year Albeck said he does things in our offence that help us and keeps Kareem Busy on defense Loo in game 5 Gilmore grabbed 14 rebounds to seven for Jabbar but Jabbar even though he worked himself into foul trouble outscored Gilmore by four Points Morse welcomes wind rain by Martin Lader up sports writer Clifton no up playing on what she Calls my kind of Golf course and in my kind of weather Cathy Morse May be blessed with a healthy dose of therapeutic Medicine this weekend Morse is the defending Champion in a Lyga tournament scheduled to begin today and As she Well remembers her Victory last year came in a driving rain and with wind gusts up to 10 Mph Well the wind was blowing but Good on thursday and rain was forecast for both today and saturday they said its Only going to rain Here not pour Morse said trying to sound a Little disappointed last year 1 was hitting the Ball so Well it didst matter if it rained or the Sun was shining by Richard Rosenblatt up sports writer Baltimore up this years Preakness at i Mimico is More of a soap opera than a horse race consider the subplots first Kentucky Derby Winner sunny Halo broke out with a Nasty rash Early in the week and Trainer David Cross thought he might have to with draw his horse from Satur Days 108th running of the Preakness but wednesday morning the Chestnut Colt was better then later in the Day the 2 l Early favorite in a Field of 13 3yearolds broke out in another rash thursday a veterinarian was on the scene and the Hay in sunny halos stall was replaced with Wood shavings while overnight the rash had begun fade stay tuned Marfa the fiesta Gray Colt who seems to be Over his lugging in tendencies suffered a cracked Hoof on his left front leg wednesday Trainer d Wayne Lukas called his Blacksmith Back from California to apply an acrylic Patch to the crack thursday and All went Well Trainer Jerry fanning Learned his Colt desert wine the 72 second Choice cannot race with la six he recommended to co owner Fred Sahadi who had arrived at the track the Derby runner up should not race saturday a decision May come today finally theres play Fellows Trainer Harvey Vanier he says he Doest like the condition of the track and Hes worried about his Colts soundness he says he May scratch Paris Prince and Flag Admiral were Given the godhead to use la six both trainers Are Happy one Day remains before saturdays second leg of the triple Crown a test Over 1 316 Miles and in soap operas the Juiciest scenes usually Are reserved for Friday the draw for Post positions was held thursday and sunny Halo to be Ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye will leave from the no 11 Post in his attempt to keep his triple Crown Hopes alive elevens of said Cross of the draw Hes in the Gate that the main thing the entire Field from the rail out will be play fellow Jean 81 High honors Miguel 151 deputed testimony Donnie 151 Chas Conerly Kenny 151 bet big Roger 151 Marfa Jorge 41 desert wine Chris Mccarron 72 Paris Prince Terry Lipham 151 Par Fai tement Herb 15i common sense Jack 201 sunny Halo Flag Admiral Pat 201 and current Hope Alex 101 deputed testimony and Parfai tement trained by Billy Boniface Are coupled in the betting All will carry 126 pounds if All 13 go to Post the Gross value will be with the Winner earning second place will be Worth third place and fourth the record time for the Preakness is set by canonero ii in 1972 one difference from last year is the site of the com petition has shifted from Wykagyl in new York to the upper Montclair country club although Wykagyl remains the site of her Lone Lyga Victory Morse int too disappointed at the change in scenery i would feel cheated if this want such a Beautiful Golf course were coming to she said i love this course its a great test of Golf and you have to play Well with the weather conditions were expecting the course will play longer and it will be More difficult winning a Golf tournament at a great Golf course like this Means a lot Morse who joined the tour in 1978 enjoyed her Best season last year when she finished 20th on the Money list with an increase of Over 1981 but As recently As a couple of months ago she feared her career might be Over because of tendonitis in her left Elbow she has earned Only this year with her Best finish being a tie for 16th a lot of my future depends on whether this injury gets better or not she said but its feeling better now the top eight women on this years Money list and 12 of the top 14 have entered the 54 Hole tournament Over the 6389yard par73 course first place is Worth both Amy Alcott and Jane Blalock have a Chance to go Over million in career earnings this weekend a Milestone achieved by Only five women on the Lyga tour reaching million Means a lot to me said Alcott who is second on this years list with it Means a lot of hard work and a lot of patience when you work hard at something sometimes things dont show up right away Ive been consistent during my career and you have to be consistent and patient today sport Parade by Milton Richman up sports editor sports deals thursday Bayball Milwaukee Send Pitcher Pete Ladd to Vancouver removed Pitcher Jerry Augustine from the disabled list Seattle optioned Pitcher de Nunez to Salt Lake City and Are called Pitcher Gene Nelson football Cleveland signed free agent tight end Harry Holt Denver Lus Fli dismissed head coach red Miller named defensive line coach Charley Armey interim head coach offensive coordinator a Whitey dovell resigned la rams quarterback Bert Jones retired Montreal Cal signed nose guard Lenwood skip Hamilton and linebacker Zach Ery cypert by jets signed free agents punter Jelf Kiger defensive ends James Bellamy and Ramiro Bradley and offensive guard Pat Harrington released Center Jay Hoffman Pittsburgh nil signed safety Eric Williams sixth round draft Choice from North Carolina state and tight end Craig Dunaway from Michigan an eighth round pick signed free agents defensive Back Harvey Clayton from Florida state offensive guard Jay Hull and nose tackle Lonnie Kennell from Wichita slate and Corner Back Lawrence Lacroix from Houston san Diego inf i signed linebacker Billy Ray Smith of Arkansas to a multiyear contract us football league awarded a franchise to hous ton hockey by hangers Center Milf Nilsson retired Winnipeg signed defense Man Tim Walters to a Multi year contract soccer Cleveland Misli traded midfielder Luis Alberto to Pittsburgh for goalkeeper Krys Sobieski standings Juniata Valley so pitch league l 1 ass Pau Katica at Naverta a few 17 7 at Neeru Uccat 7 pm get 4 Huntingdon women softball league w l pet j Munct go new York up us Nilsson the of injured swedish Center of the new York rangers announced his retirement from hockey thursday Acmar Trot Jujj vow pm m u oct la fend vow when they have time on their hands with nothing to do kids will always find some kind of mischief to get into or invent it when a Bunch of them got into a scuffle poking pushing and wrestling each other and damaging part of the furniture these particular two kids we rent going to stand around merely watching the others they joined in one of them was not yet 19 his name was William Charles Virdon he was an outfielder and he had come to Branson to to this special tryout Camp being conducted by the new York Yankees from West Plains to the other lad was three years older his name was Melvin James Wrightjr a right handed Pitcher he had made his Way to the Camp from Almyra Ark the outfielder and Pitcher haunt known one another very Long having met Only a Little earlier in the Day but they hit it off almost immediately and they both wanted to play professional baseball All the prospects were lodged in wooden Cabins in a Small tourist court in South Western Missouri the tryout sessions were to Start the following Day and in the meantime they were killing time by scuffling in one of the Cabins when they decided they had enough they made a horrible discovery one of the chairs had been broken almost beyond repair they might All be sent Home we each put a piece of the chair in our clothes and threw it into a Lake we had to pass going out to the Ballpark Bill Virdon remembers More than three decades later thais How naive we were next Day they came to us and wanted to know where the chair was so we All had to pay for it that marked the beginning of a warm wonderful Friend ship Between Bill Virdon and Mel Wright their close association endured nearly 35 years and finally ended Only because Wright 55 died of heart failure monday night following a fou year bout with cancer he was unquestionably the Best Friend i Ever had in baseball says Virdon the Montreal expos manager who along with his wife Shirley will attend the funeral of his bullpen coach in North Little Rock Ark Friday i didst consider him Only Friend he was More like a brother Mel was probably As Toyal a person As you you com possibly find All of As knew he was hurting we All knew he was very sick but he never complained he came out to the Ballpark every Day did everything he could to help he never looked for any sympathy you know some things Are unfair unjust continues Virdon who made sure Wright was one of his coaches not Only with the expos but also with All three other clubs he managed the pirates Yankees and astros in not pointing my Finger at anyone particularly but Mel went All through the seven years i was with Houston hews the pitching coach then after the pitching became Houston Long suit it seems everybody forgot about Mel that never bothered him but i just dont think he Ever got the credit he Shoul Dve gotten in the beginning the careers of Wright and Virdon coincided they played together in the Yankees Chain with Binghamton and Kansas City and once lived together with their families in the same House after Virdon retired As a player with pirates in 1968 and began his major league managerial career with them four years later he brought Wright to Pittsburgh As his pitching coach he did the same thing when he was named manager of the Yankees in 1974 and when the astros made him their Pilot in 1975 Wright was working with the astros pitchers when he originally was diagnosed As having lung cancer in sep tember of 1979 he underwent major surgery a year ago at which time doctors had to build an entirely new Throat for him Wright got through that ordeal All right and rejoined the astros in june he didst appear to be that Strong physically last August at the time Virdon was let go by the astros Mel was a very moralistic person Virdon explains he wanted to work for what he got since he want feeling that Well there was some question about him after i left Houston the astros thought it was Best for him to go Home and they would pay him but club president Al Rosen was afraid hed insult Mel by telling him that finally Virdon personally made the suggestion to Wright to go Home to build up hit health and Wright accepted the advice upon being appointed the expos manager Virdon asked John Mohave their chief executive officer if he could Hare Wright on his staff and Schaje agreed mels bless gave him a lot of grief and personal problems but he gave everything he had and a Little More critics occasionally rap baseballs so called baddy system that allows a couple of Fellows like Bill Virdon and Mel Wright to look out for each other by sticking together and working aft that theres Only one question in my mind whats to wrong about that Pinehurst no up comedian Bob Hope was in Fine form during his induction into the world Golf Hall of Fame it was a great Honor to be inducted into the Hal of Fame Hope said after the ceremony i didst know they had a caddies division the Metal a oreo area kiwanis club Tehes to the elem big people Lor Katf ear Slaff try a Etheree smelt m t Success Wayne Runk and the country generation Gaorge Tel Hart and the ser Fly Myert to Gibson Dorothy Carton and of Cost Union country Swingen Tod and pot Stewart Tod Keith Tarter shop Greenland Cor Wash he Kehart d and Soni Eteoe goo Mill Yovo Cronwell fall Dino Supply Ormano Hald Aolga insurance my Ohmi Mortigo r Brown aoo4ohys Drof Storo Ormi Chevrolet Aeto Psi 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