New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 4, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Mabry tourney proves tennis thriving in NB
Much to the surprise of an excellent group of Texas tennis talent entered in this past weekend’s Clarence Mabry Senior Open tournament, members of the New Braunfels Tennis Association made their presence felt in a big way and at the expense of a number of lofty standings in the final 1986 state tennis rankings.
The Mabry Open, sponsored annually by the San Antonio Tennis Association at John Newcombe’s Tennis Ranch, drew a record field of 420 entries this year. Players in the senior age division came from all over Texas for the event, with the largest numbers coming from San Antonio, Houston and Austin.
When the dust had finally settled late Sunday evening after three days of play, some relatively unknown local heroes had emerged to show that tennis is definitely alive and doing very well in New Braunfels.
In fact, as the Sundance Kid was
heard to inquire of Butch Cassidy, you’ll have to pardon the Texas Tennis Association for collectively now asking, “Who are those guys, anyway?” as NBTA provided two quarterfinalists, two finalists and two champions.
First, Hilley Bailey and Pete Forney reached the quarterfinals of the men’s and women’s 40 singles respectively. Forney later teamed with Ike Lucas of Houston, putting their number six state ranking on the line to reach the finals in the men’s 35 doubles.
Forney then teamed with his wife Sally to win the husband/wife 35 doubles. The Forneys lost only seven games during the entire tournament while going through a field that included Buzz and Sunny Buttles of San Antonio and Ike and Shirley Lucas of Houston, the lith- and sixth-ranked teams in the state respectively.
Jim Sievers and Dave Perkins reached the men’s 40 doubles semifinals with a victory over the
Houston team of Tom Nichols and Jack Creel, before bowing out to fourth-ranked and eventual tournament champions Gary Brieden and Bill O’Bryant of San Antonio. Creel is ranked ninth in his division.
Henry Lane captured the runner-up position in the men’s 65 singles and Tobe McGee, holding down the division’s ninth ranking, won the men’s 60 singles championship.
Finally, NBTA President Bob Young and partner Dick Nevitt scored a rousing third set tie-breaker victory in the men’s 50 doubles, taking a 3-6,6-3, 7-6 championship match from Cooke and McMahon of Houston
Young and Nevitt’s tournament victims also included the Houston team of Clarence Fair and Richard Schuette in the semifinals. In addition to playing the men's 50 division. Schuette also forms one-half of the state's top-ranked men’s 45 doubles team.
Twenty-year Negro star selected for Hall of Fame
TAMPA. Fla (AP) — Ray Dandridge never reached the major leagues during a professional baseball career that spanned 20 years, but he’s on his way to the Hall of Fame.
A star in the Negro Leagues four decades ago. Dandridge was a surprise selection Tuesday of the 18-man Veterans Committee that elects a maximum of two old-timers for enshrinement each year “I thought it would never come after so many others went in and I kept missing,” Dandridge. 73. said by telephone from his home in Palm Bay, Fla. “I thought they had forgotten about me .”
Little known to baseball fans because he played most of his career during an era when blacks were excluded from the majors and media coverage of the Negro Leagues was minimal. Dandridge spent five years in the minor leagues after Jackie Robinson shattered the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 Monte Irvin and Roy Campanella, members of the Veterans Committee as well as the Hall Fame, played with and against Dandridge in the 1930s and 1940s They describe him as a remarkable third baseman who. like many other Negro League stars, was simply bom too early
Dandridge began his career with the Detroit Stars of the Negro National League in 1933 He finished in 1953 after four seasons with Minneapolis of American Association and one split between Sacramento and Oakland of the Pacific Coast League He was 37 years old when he hit 311 with 11 home runs and 80 runs batted in to earn most valuable player honors in the American Association in 1950 He hit 324 with eight homers and 61 HBI the next season Irvin compared Dandndge's fielding skills to those of
Brooks Robinson, the former Baltimore Orioles infielder who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1983 “He was a natural third baseman because he was short, stocky and quick as a cat. ... You almost couldn't hit the ball past him.” said Irvin, who played with Dan dndge on the Newark Eagles in the late 1930s The Veterans Committee gave Dandridge the required support of 75 percent of the votes — at least 14 from the 18-member panel — on the second of two ballots allowed Vote totals were not released, but Irvin said there was considerable support for former New York Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto Rizzuto. a 68-year-old Yankees' broadcaster cam paigned for his election the past few years When his No IO was retired at Yankee Stadium in 1985. he said it was “the biggest thrill of my life. much better than getting in to the Hall of Fame ”
Still. "The Scooter” was disappointed he did not get in to the Hall
"I ve got to be disappointed but I feel honored for just being mentioned all these years.’ Rizzuto said It would have been the icing on the cake ”
"He came pretty close.” Irvm said “He got quite a few votes ”
Others who figured prominently in the balloting but failed to receive the necessary 14 votes were Richie Ashburn. Tony Lazzert. umpire Al Barlick Babe Her man. Carl Mays Red Schoendienst. Vie Willis and Mel Harder, according to Ed Stack, president of the Hall of Fame
Dandridge will enter the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown N Y.. along with Billy Williams and Jim “Catfish'' Hunter, who were elected in January by the Baseball Writers of America
Final softball tryouts take place on Thursday
Final tryouts for the New Braunfels Girls Softball league will take place at Camp Comal promptly at 6 p m Thursday.
All girls ages ll and older must tryout if not returning to their previous team.
Registration is still being conducted for girls 7 through 18. Forms are available at the Parks and Recreation office and at the tryouts.
Unicorn Exes needed for game
Any former New Braunfels High School baseball player is encouraged to sign up for the Unicom Exes game to be played at 7 p m. Friday.
Any player who has not yet been contacted should call the school at 625-6271 to get more information The game has been moved up a day from its original date on Saturday.
Red Cross sponsors Life Saving programs
The Comal County Chapter of the American Red Cross will conduct classes in Advanced Life Saving and Lifeguard Training.
The Advanced Lifesaving class will run March 16 through March 21 from 4 p m until 8 p rn It will be a 21-hour course.
Those taking the class should be 15-years old or older and have completed a swimming test The registration fee of SIO can be paid at the Parks office during business hours
The Lifeguard Training program will run March 16 through March 23 from 5 p m until 9 p rn Monday through Thursday Prerequisites for the course include Advanced Lifesaving. CPR. First Aid and a completion of a swimming test Register at the Parks office The fee will be announced A Lifeguarding Instructor course will be offered on Mondays through Thursdays March 24 until March 31 from5pm until9pm Prerequisites include Advanced Lifesaving CPR lifeguarding and WSI . age 17 The registration fee will be announced Register al the Parks office
All classes will meet at the luanda Park Pool Pre registration is required for all courses For more in formation call 625-5818
Babe Ruth conducts tryouts, registration
Babe Ruth league registration for boys who will turn 13 before July 31 will have a tryout March 21 at Comal Park from IO a rn until I p rn Proof of age must be presented
Registration for 14 year olds and newcomers will take place from I p rn until 5 p rn on the same day In case of rain the tryouts will take place March 28
NB Boosters offer luncheon with coaches
Coaches from track and soccer will be featured when the New Braunfels High School Athletic Booster Club hosts a luncheon on March 16.
The luncheon, which will begin at noon at Western Steer Restaurant, is open to the public The purpose of the luncheon is to enable the public to meet and visit with Unicorn coaches
Ladies' Tennis League has T-Bar-M tourney
The New Braunfels Ladies Tennis League will have its 1987 Spring Tennis League beginning on March 5 All levels of players are welcome to compete There will be flighted divisions and an exciting new doubles for mat The tournament will run seven weeks at the T Bar M Tennis Ranch For more information, contact John Benson or Mark Turpin at T Bar M at 625-7738
First aid classes at McKenna through March
The Comal County Chapter of the American Red Cross
will be conducting multi media First Aid classes at the McKenna Hospital classroom on these dates March IO & 12. 25 & 26. April 14 & 16. JR & 30 Class time is (MO p rn First aid is required for Adv anc ed Lifesaving and Lifeguarding courses
Little league managers to meet Thursday
The New Braunfels National Little League will have a meeting for individuals interested in coaching or manag mg teams, or becoming involved in any capacity in the league Board members must be present The meeting will be on Thursday at the office* of Physical Therapy Unlimited and will begin at 7 p rn For more information contact Robert Rodnquez at 625 TAX)
Crappie tourney at Cranes Mill
The 7lh Almost Annual Cr apple Tournament will take place April 18 at Canyon l^ake The starting plat e of th** tournament is the boat ramp at Cranes Mill It will be a 24 hour tournament running from IO ,i rn Saturday to lo a rn Sunday It will to a two parson team tournament with no age restrictions There is a limit I 25 crappies per person Prizes will be awarded for the top three hr a% est i rap pies tither door prizes will also he av ailahle The touma ment is being sponsored by the S Is S Ice & Bait House in Cranes Mill
Entry tee is $J» per team and all the proceeds go to ti e Canyon laike Volunteer Fire Department Participant may fist) from a boat or the bank For more information call Mark or Helen sets * a! Hv** 9741
Two titles on I ine Saturday
Spring optimism nothing new to Texas, but more pronounced
ARLINGTON AP1 It hit like a foul ball line drive this sudden craving for baseball But it was a bitter cold February day It may have been the earliest recorded case of baseball spring fever, but thats the effect Bobby Valentine has It's caused by more than just another Valentine pep sermon'' he learned at the knee of Tommy Laser da
Those who have been around so many Rangers spring optimism outbreaks have for the most part developed an immunity The franchise has never ever been first in anything except futility and furor Remember when the Rangers had four managers But that was all BHV before Bobby Valentine All the guy did was take a team picked to finish dead last in the American League West and make them the most unproved in the entire major leagues Their 87 victories were 25 more than the prev ious year They spent 46 days in first place, giving the record 1.692.021 fans who saw them play actual pennant fever chill bumps before finishing in se cond place five games behind the California Angels
6th to when it ends (let 4th
l*ast year the Rangers set club season records tor runs triples home runs, runs batted in game winning RBIs. extra base hits total bases slugging, strike outs and fewest left on base
Also the Rangers were only shut out four times tying the New York Mets for the lowest total in the ma jors
LAS VEGAS Nev AP Tyred Biggs recalls a twcxround sparring session he had with Mike Tv son when both fighters were amateurs “He was trying to knock me down there s no doubt atout that ' Biggs said
In June Tyson again could tie try mg to knock Biggs down this time with the* World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association titles at stake
Saturday night at an outdoor arena at the Las Vegas Hilton Tyson who is the WBC champion will try to win the WBA title from James Bonce rusher Smith in a scheduled 12 round tout Tyson is a 7 I favorite On the same card Bigg* is favored to maintain his No I WBA ranking against David Bec in a sc heduled to round fight Ptnkion Thomas the former W BC champion and now the No I WBC contender also will fight on Satur day s card He will meet Danny Nut ton in a scheduled lo round txnit
Tyson s co managers Jimmy Jacobs and Bill Cs vt on have been talking to Bigg* managei shelly Kinkel The Hilton ha* asked the Nevada state Athletic Commission for June 12 13 and 14 a* dates for a fight
The winner of the lyson-Sm:" fight was supposed to fight for the* un disputed championship agains Michael Spinks who won the* Intern t Iona I Boxing Federation title (rot: l.arrv Holmes
This 86 bunch came from behind to win 45 times. 22 wins coming in the seventh inning or later That just may be the most impressive statistic in the history of the Texas Rangers Even l^as Vegas has taken note of Valentine s stirrings making it 5 to 2 that the Rangers win the AL West this year
We never had any respect last year," Valentine says We won t to able to slip up on the other teams They ll to looking for us “I'm not going to predict a pen nant I just want us to grow as a team to improve Kansas City and California should to preseason favorites I just expect us to to com pelitive when the season starts April
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