New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
The Spurs may make a big deal, Page 8A
Friday June 14 1985 7A
Weaver is back as Orioles manager
Runners take off at last year's Three Parks 5K race
DERYL CLARK HERALD ZEITUNGThree Parks 5K to run Saturday
The annual Three Parks 5K run will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the luanda Park Train Station.
Run organizer Keith Maxwell said he expects more than 200 runners to participate in Saturday’s run, which will help raise money for the Comal Unit of the American Cancer Society.
The 3.1 mile course begins and ends at the Train Sation, and Maxwell said participants are encouraged to walk or run.
“The idea is to just have a good time and help raise some money,” he
Awards will be given in seven different age categories, with the top male and female runners to receive trophies.
The course record is held by Ruben Flores of San Antonio, who ran the course m a time of 15:51 in 1984. Ruth Naple, also of San Antonio, holds the womens’ record in a tune of 19:31, also set last year.
The age divisions are 14 and under, 15 through 19, 20 through 29. 30 through 39, 40 through 49, 50 through
59 and 60 and older.
Oranges, water and Shiner Beer will be available to all participants after the race.
Registration is $6 before the race and $8 on the day of the race.
After the start at the station, the race will continue down Elizabeth Avenue, right on Edgewater Terrace, right on Union Avenue and a right on Liberty Avenue. Liberty turns into Hinman Island Drive, then left on Elizabeth back into the park and right on luanda Park Drive to the finish line at the station.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Earl of Baltimore is back, and the faltering Orioles will soon find out if his old fire remains after 24 years out of baseball
Earl Weaver, who quit at the end of the 1962 season following a highly successful 144-year tenure with the Orioles, was lured out of retirement Thursday as an interim manager to replace the dismissed Joe Altobelli
“We’re not playing well,” outfielder Gary Roenicke said of a slump that had reached 11-17 before the Orioles beat Milwaukee 8-3 Thursday night. ‘‘If anybody can lights fire, it’s Earl ”
The 54-year-old Weaver was hired only for the remainder of the season, at which time the managerial situation for the future will be reviewed.
Although the official announcement ended 48 agonizing hours for Altobelli as speculation swirled over his fate, Weaver missed Thursday night’s game because of a prior commitment and third base coach Cal Ripken Sr handled the team.
Ripken, a 29-year veteran of the Baltimore organization, said he felt no animosity after being bypassed as a managerial candidate for the second time in less than three years. But Altobelli was highly critical of the way his dismissal was handled
In taking over for Altobelli, Weaver succeeds the man who replaced him and led the Orioles to a World Series championship in 1983- matching Weaver’s record for his four appearances in the fall classic.
Owner Edward Bennett Williams, noting Weaver had rejected numerous offers to manage other clubs since he left the Orioles, said: “I think he came back out of loyalty to this organization. We went to the best possible source we could get."
The owner said he had “watched with some anguish” as the Orioles folded after a fast start this season, in the
We’re not playing well,” outfielder Gary’ Roenicke said of a slump that had reached 11-17 before the Orioles beat Milwaukee 8-3 Thursday night. “If anybody can light a fire, it’s Earl.”
wake of a fifth-place finish last year, and contended the club had not played up to the best of its ability
“We did not have the kind of leadership we expected to have,” Williams said “I say that reluctantly because I love him t Altobelli > so much ”
When he visited Memonal Stadium Thursday morning for a clarification of his status. Altobelli was further angered to learn that Peters had departed for the Washington law office of Williams' to continue negotiations with Weaver
“I thought this was a class operation, but I guess I was sadly mistaken," Altobelli said as he headed for his clubhouse office to clear out his personal belongings.
The deposed skipper said ne telephoned Peters twice from Detroit on Wednesday, after getting numerous queries from the media on his status, and was merely-told by the general manager to hang tough ”
After finding Peters gone. Altobelli walked along the hallway of the club's new offices, pausing at each door to sarcastically inquire Does anybody know if I've been fired
He then departed for several hours, returning later to meet with Williams and Peters after they had come to terms with Weaver and driven back from Washington
Puckett leads Minnesota past Rangers
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Kirby Puckett of the Minnesota Twins has been trying to be more selective in finding pitches he can “hammer” this season Apparently, he is succeeding.
Puckett had three hits Thursday-night, including a home run and two doubles, to lead the Twins to a 7-5 victory over the Texas Rangers.
“I’m trying to be more patient this year,” Puckett said “I worked in spring training to be a little bit more selective and get a good pitch to hit. I want to go up there and concentrate and do what I want to do. I want to get a pitch I can hammer.”
One of Puckett’s hammers, a double in the sixth inning, helped key a three-run Minnesota rally that broke a 4-4 tie.
With two out, Greg Gagne, Dave Meter and Tim I^iudner hit consecutive singles off losing pitcher Frank Tanana, 1-7, and Puckett then followed with his two-run double.
The Twins took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Tom Brunansky led off with a double and scored on Roy Smalley’s double. Smalley later scored on Gagne’s sacrifice fly.
Puckett led off the third with his second homer of the season and Gagne hit his first major-league home run, giving Minnesota a 4-0 lead in the fourth. Puckett, after his double in the sixth, also doubled in
By Th# Associated Press AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division
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the ninth in going 3-for-5.
Cliff Johnson hit a three-run homer and Gary’ Ward doubled and later came home on l^arry Parrish’s ground out as Texas scored four times in the fourth to tie the game 4-4.
Someday, Cal Ripken Jr. may get to play again for Cal Ripken Sr. But for now, Earl Weaver is running the show — again — for the Baltimore Orioles.
"I’ve got to clean myself out of here. I just got fired,” Ripken Sr. said with a smile Thursday night after talking by phone with Weaver
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Thursday s Games
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Boston 8 Toronto 7
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following the Orioles’ 8-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers,
Ripken Sr. guided the team as it broke a five-game losing streak because a prior personal commitment kept Weaver away from Memorial Stadium. Weaver, who managed the Orioles for 144 years, was named to replace the fired Joe Altobelli on Thursday and will make his return tonight when Baltimore plays host to Detroit.
Ripken Jr. hit two run-scormg doubles to help his father-led Orioles beat the Brewers
White Sox 1
Reggie Jackson, once again rising
to the occasion, snapped out f a 2-for-21 slump with a game-winning, pmch-single with the bases loaded and two outs In the bottom of the ninth inning on reliever Bob Fallon’s first pitch.
Jackson batted for Gary Pettiss after California loaded the bases against Gene Nelson, 3-2, on a single by Bobby Gnch and two-out walks to Bob Boone and pmch-hitter Daryl Scorners.
Red Sox 8
Blue Jays 7
Rich Gedman’s two-run double sparked a four-run rally rn the seventh inning and Wade Boggs had three hits, including a two-run homer.
Royals 4 Mariners 3
Darryl Motley and Jim Sundberg hit home runs and Kansas City starter Mark Gubicia and relievers Joe Beckwith and Dan Quisenberry made the lead hold up in Seattle
Double-eagle gives Chen U.S. Open lead by one
BIRMINGHAM, Mich (AP. Tze-Chung Chen had never shot a double-eagle and the U.S. Open had never seen one. Not in his 26 years and not rn the golf tournament’s 85
But on a Thursday in which lightning flashed across the face of the Monster known more prosaically as the South Course at the Oakland Hills Country Club, Chen (“Just call me TC.’ Ifs easier.”) caught lightning in a bottle.
In his first U.S. Open, his extraordinary shot on the 527-yard, par-5 second hole started the fifth-year pro from Taiwan on the way to a 5-under-par 65.
It made him the first-round, one-stroke leader at the front of a seven-man squadron of players who broke par.
Fred Couples, whose driving
had driven him crazy for the past three weeks, had driven to a 66 and was the leader in the clubhouse when Chen birdied No 18 to finish off the round and the Monster Mike Reid. Andy Bean, Jay Haas. Tom Kite and Rick Fehr all came in at 1-under 69 and eight others matched par in a 14-hour stretch which, as defending champion Fuzzy Zoeller put it.
showed us all four seasons with warmth, chill, sun. rain and. through it all, a precocious wtnd Zoeller had a I-over-par 71 So did Spain’s Seve Ballesteros, one of the pre-tourney favorites So did Curtis Strange, the PGA Tour’s leading money winner Tom Watson, the 1982 U S Open champ who had said par just might be good enough to win this one, came in 5-over 75
Cougars came a long way
By DAVID KING Sports editor
Don’t use up a case of Kleenex crying for the Canyon baseball team.
The Cougars, who lost in the state finals last Friday, don’t have any reason to hang their heads. Like Bill Farney, the University Interscholastic League’s athletics director, said after the game, they were one of the two best baseball teams in the state.
That says a lot for a team that before 1984, hadn’t made the playoffs since 1978. It says a lot for a team that didn’t have a real “stopper” pitcher from March to June (Ronnie Rittimann was overpowering at times, but was hurt late in the season).
And it says a lot for a team that had the burden of big expectations on it all season long. The pressure to win, the forgone conclusion that Canyon would return to the state tournament, made things tough for a team that had no pressure at all in reaching the semifinals last season.
Canyon’s 1985 team was as memorable for its big innings and big games as the 1984 team was for its nickel-and-dime style and heartstopping finishes. The Cougars played like a state-ranked team all season, winning by IO runs or more ll times, including the clinching games in two playoff series.
The Cougars won 28 games — more than any other Comal County team ever — with likely stars like catcher Bret Cappleman and pitcher Rittimann and unlikely
surprises like first baseman Troy Moss.
Moss, who was Canyon’s No. 7 hitter, ripped seven home runs and was a big reason why the bottom cf the Canyon order was often as potent as the top.
Cappleman was overpowering, both defensively and at the plate, and Rittimann, before his jammed wrist and between that injury' and a late-season sore elbow, was a terror on the mound.
And they were as good to their own pitchers as they were tough on opponents Often, good-hitting teams neglect the fielding part of the game, but that wasn’t true with the Cougars. Canyon played as well on defense rn the clutch this season as they did a year ago.
One of the big keys to Canyon's good defense was second baseman Randy Riggs, who played flawlessly in the field and didn't let his hitting slump affect his play at second base.
Brad Campbell and Danny Hernandez, both solid in the infield a year ago, improved even more in 1985 And those two are back next season, along with Scott Wagner, who got hot at the plate late rn the season.
One San Antonio reporter asked Coach Ralph Behrend if he expected to be back in Austin in a year. Behrend, who faces the task of replacing seven starters, hedged on the question.
After the last two years, who knows what might happen?
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