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Pomona Progress Bulletin (Newspaper) - April 9, 1974, Pomona, California Babes move Over for Hank Aaron Home run King Calls his shot by Milton r1chman up sports editor Atlanta up it was in a manner of speaking like something straight out of pure fantasy with lights blinking fireworks flashing and a full grown 40-year-old Man being hugged by his Mother As if he were still her Little boy and of How the babe would be loved it All particularly for that one Little extra touch by Hank Aaron. He called his shot the difference in personalities and even in their performances Between baseball a new Home run King and the old one is so great so vast As to be truly incalculable. When men like Waite Hoyt who knew babe Ruth then and knows Hank Aaron now say it is impossible to compare them they Are telling the truth. The babe was loud gregarious emotional and propane. Hank Aaron is soft spoken basically shy not at All animated and always careful of his language. Babe Ruth would be related to Hank Aaron anyway though if for nothing More than what he did during batting practice monday night. It would be brought Back memories to the babe remaining him of that time in the 1932 world series when with Charlie Root pitching for the cubs he stepped out of the batters Box a moment pointed toward the right Field bleachers and then dramatically deposited a Home run there. Kevin Cloe Progress bulletin staff writer in nor. Elks dedication goes to Lapierre the Pomona elks club had a Tough act to follow monday evening at Ralph Welch Park. Upland and West Covina had just gone 10 innings before deciding a Winner during the second round of the Pomona elks High school baseball tournament. Then the radio broadcast of the Dod Ger braves baseball game was put Over the Public address system with the interest entered around Hank Aarons bid to break babe Ruth Sall time Home run rect d. And of course at seven minutes past 6 . Hammering Hank blasted the historic Homer. About 10 minutes later the elks were scheduled to dedicate the 39th annual tournament to a surprised honoree. What timing you a think that the interest would be drained after All the excitement before hand. But Merle Wooten former tournament chairman kept his secret right up until the final minute. A we wanted to dedicate this tournament to somebody who put in a lot of time and Effort for the youth of Pomona a Wooten said As he was about to present the award. Local National sports Hank Aaron does no to go in for All those flourishes. He gets the Job done nonetheless. This was before monday nights contest with the dodgers. The braves were taking batting practice in Damp Chilly Atlanta stadium and everybody in the place was now in previous years the tournament dedication was made at the pre tournament banquet. But this year the banquet was abandoned so the presentation was made before the final game of the first Day at Welch Park. What was surprising was How the recipient of the dedication remained a secret. After Reading the inscription on the plaque Wooten raised his head to the audience and announced the recipient a Phil Lapierre. The surprising aspect of the secret is that Phil is a very Active member in running the tournament. How Wooten and the rest of the people involved in the selection kept it from la Pierre was a Little unbelievable. Aaron glad great Chase is history Atlanta up the great Chase is Over for Hank Aaron. Aarons Pursuit of babe Ruth a once seemingly unbeatable career Home run record a Pursuit that took 20 years and nearly 3,000 major league baseball games ended monday night when a the Hammer hit his 715th. It happened at 9 07 ., to the fourth inning of the Atlanta braves 7-4 Victory Over the los Angeles dodgers. Teammate Darrell Evans was on first and dodger Pitcher a1 Downing a cunning Lethander who had walked the 40-year-old braves outfielder in the second inning tried to sneak a fast Ball past Aaron on a 1-0 pitch. A it was right Down the moaned Downing. Quot i was trying to get it Down to him but i a yeah a grinned Aaron. A the just Hung it a Little too much. I did no to think i hit it All that Good especially into that wind. But i knew it was going a that took a tremendous weight off my Back in a glad its Over a said Aaron who has been subjected to a tremendous barrage of publicity some of it critical since it became apparent a year ago that he was making a run at a record Ruth set without much fanfare 39 years ago. But Hank Aaron does no to plan to rest on his laurels. The braves aging outfielder immediately set a new goal for himself getting the 120 More base hits he needs to eclipse Stan Musial a National league record of 3,630. Aaron who already held 19 league records going into his 21st season in the majors set yet another in the second inning monday night when he scored from first base on Dusty bakery a double and a Bill Buckner error. That was his 2,063rd run breaking a tie with now retired Willie Mays for the National league record. Hank Aaron hit 40 Home runs last season most Ever by a 30-Vear-old player and was Only one behind babe Ruth when this season began. It was obvious that it take him very Long to top Ruth and the braves anxious to have him hit 714 and 715 in Atlanta tried to hold him out of this past weekend s three game series in Cincinnati. But baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn intervened. He forced the braves to play Aaron in last thursdays sea son opener and Aaron hit no. 714 in his a very first at Bat. Again the braves tried to Bench Aaron to save 715 for Atlanta and again Kuhn intervened. Aaron sat out the second game of the series but played on sunday and when he went witless there were charges from some quarters that he did no to really try. A let me just say this a Aaron said grimly at the Start of a news conference after mondays historic occasion. �?o1 have never Given less than my Best. Clay Kirby made some Good pitches on me and that Sall there was to thinking about pretty much the same thing. Would he or he would Hank Aaron hit his 715th Home run and break Ruth a record in the Ball game coming up the braves Home opener or would he disappoint the crowd of 53,775 and look terrible As he did against the reds in Cincinnati sunday night Ralph Garr and Dusty Baker two of Aarons teammates looked at All the newsmen and cameramen congregated around the braves dugout and the batting Cage and Garr said to Aaron. A lord almighty Well sure be glad when its All Over Aaron waiting to hit answered immediately. A a in la get it Over with tonight a he said. A a done to worry i Promise you ill do Garr looked at Baker and Baker looked at Garr. They believed and Aaron did no to let them Down driving the Ball Over the left Field Fence his second time up in the fourth inning off dodger Southpaw a1 Downing. When it was All Over and the braves had beaten the dodgers 7-4, ending their three game winning Streak and inflicting the first loss of the Young season upon them nobody but the braves personnel were permitted in the Atlanta dressing room. The braves had opened the Champagne and were ready to pour but Hank Aaron had something he wanted to say first to All his teammates. A thank you for being patient a he said his sincerity moving them. A thank you for putting up with All that you have a the newspapermen the photographers and All the other distractions. I know How difficult it was sometimes and i appreciate the patience you be Hank Aaron does no to make Many speeches. Everybody in the room knew he meant this one. Soon it was time for Aaron to walk through the rear doors of the clubhouse into an adjoining room where the Media was waiting. Here again Aaron asked if he could say something beforehand. It was his moment his hour his night so he could really say anything he chose and by the Cloud that came Over Aarons face it was obvious that what he was about to say was very important to him. A first of All a he began a a Lotta things were said about my performance in Cincinnati. I want to say in be never went out on any Wallfield and not Given my Best. 1 played two games out of three in Cincinnati and the last one was against Clay Kirby. He made some Good Aaron paused momentarily. The words seemed to be coming a Little hard but he wanted to get them said. A contrary to some reports i read. That i was a disgrace to the Ball club. I gave my Best a he said. A a in be always done that and that a the Only Way i know How to play Aaron had gotten it off his Chest. Years from now hell be Able to take some of his friends out to the Atlanta stadium and say a see this is where i hit Aarons will Tell them no. 715 was hit pretty Good and could be classified the same Way Pete Rose described no. 714�? a it Wasny to a tap measure but it was a the record breaker set All the fireworks off in the Ballpark and got Hank Aaron a big Bear hug from his mama after he crossed Home plate. A i never knew she could hug so tight a he laughed later on.�0 he a no. 1 now United press photo Hank Aaron holds up the Ball that broke babe Ruth a Home run record after he connected for 715th career Homer. Angels Home for 10 games please turn to c-2, col. 3 by Bill Langley pm sports editor Anaheim a Home Sweet Home is the Best slogan for the California Angels tonight. The halos enjoyed a successful weekend when they opened their american league Campaign in Chicago last weekend but it Wasny the most enjoyable unless Snow storms in april Are your things. Manager Bobby Winkles club will open a 10-game Home stand tonight with the new look Texas rangers supplying the visiting team for the usual opening pageantry. Nolan Ryan the Angels biggest drawing card will be on the Mound tonight against the rangers Jim Bibby in a Battle of no hit pitchers. Ryan will make his first pitch at 7 30 . Following the pre game ceremonies beginning at 7 . A dozen Disneyland characters plus the Cavaliers youth band of Whittier will entertain the fans. After individual introductions of the lineups. Mickey mouse will throw out the first Ball. Angel officials Are expecting Between 23,00 and 25,00 fans for the opener. Winkles club won its first two game in Chicago before being snowed out after the 10th inning in sundays 4-4 tie for a Good Start this Campaign. Ryan who compiled a 21-16 record last year with a major league season Mark of 383 strikeouts Defeated the White sox in the opener 8-2, on a five hitter. He was wild in his 1974 debut with 10 walks and four strikeouts. Bibby who was 9-10 last year lost his opener. 7-2, to the world Champion Oakland a a last thursday. The right hander a brother of the new York a Nicks Henry Bibby hurled his no hit Gem against Oakland while Ryan turned in his masterpieces at Kansas City and Detroit. Lethander Frank Tanana will pitch wednesday against Ferguson Jenkins the former Chicago cub Star who threw a one hitter last saturday against the a a. Thursdays probable pitchers Are Bill Singer against Pete Broberg. The games on wednesday and thursday will Start at the regular 8 . Time. Following the rangers the Angels will Host the White sox for a three game weekend series with the Minnesota twins visiting Anaheim for games next week for four games. The Angels carry a .275 team batting average. Lee Stanton who hit a three run Homer in the opening game leads the Parade with a .500 average Fol Lowed by Bob Oliver .462bobby Valentine .444 and Frank Robinson .364. Texas under fiery manager bite Martin has some big hitters in Jerf Burroughs who hit 30 Home runs last year plus sex Angels Alex Johnson Jim Spencer and Jim Fregosi. Pomona elks tournament Chino. Bonita top locals by Craig Travis pm staff writer Pomona two Citrus Belt league teams two entries from the Sierra league Al Rancho and Cabrillo highs and two local teams Are still alive and challenging for the championship of the 39th annual Pomona High elks invitational baseball tournament. Chino Bonita and Chaffey stepped into the local limelight with a pair of wins in mondays tourney openers joining the a blk a Pacific the sierras West Covina and defending Champion Edgewood and Cabrillo to earn the rights to play in today a quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. Claremont and Damien lost opening round games but came Back to win afternoon contests to remain alive for Consolation honors. Chino got off to a roaring Start As Stan Surina blanked los Altos 5-0 on eight hits and Mike Coppess came Back in the afternoon tilt to fire a three hitter As the cowboys shutout Compton 1-0. Randy Hobbs got the cowboys rolling in the first game with an rib triple to right Center Field. Scott Richard added a pair of hits and two runs baited in while Paul Briones singled Home the final two runs. Art Fernandez Slid past a startled Larry Pamilton in the Bottom of the fifth inning of the second game to give Chino the Only run of the game. Fernandez was trying to score from second base on Ricky Reidell a single to right. The relay throw to Pamilton Comptons Catcher appeared to be in plenty of time but Fernandez evaded the tag. Both hurlers Chino s Coppess and Comptons James Wilson turned in three hit performances. The cowboys played outstanding defense in the two games turning in five double plays in support of the pitching. A we played Well on defense and got great pitching from our two starters a said Chino coach Jim Rawls. A and when you play Good defense you re going to Bonita bombed Chaffey a no. 2 Sophomore team 10-3 in the morning affair and came Back to shutout Montclair 5-0 on Bill Bumstead a one hitter. The bearcats clubbed 10 hits off the Tiger Sophomore hurlers and were aided by two errors which led to another four runs. Matt Covington went 3-for-3, stole two bases and added an rib while Bonita teammate Jim Hathaway drove in three runs with two hits in four plate appearances. Anthony Munoz went 2-for-4 for Naf Fey. Right hander Bill Bumstead came Back in the second game for the Hacienda league leaders and fired a one hitter at Montclair who is tied for the san Antonio league Lead. Bum Stead now 8-0 on the year had a no hitter going for 6 1-3 innings before the cars Mike Pittman broke the spell. Gary Baker followed with a ground Ball up the Middle. Bearcat shortstop Bruce Mcnaught fielded the smash stepped on second and fired on to first to Complete the game ending double play. Bumstead in hurling his second one hitter of the season has allowed just two earned runs in his last 38 innings. The Sophomore right hander who has a no hitter to his 1974 laurels allowed just two other base runners. Baker reached base on a second Ian Ning error but was erased on a double play and Ron Maroste reached first in the fifth via a two out walk please turn to c-3, col. 3 but Phil admitted it was a Surprise. �?o1 really did no to know a he said. Yet Merle was standing behind him and countered by saying a i think he had an inkling but he Wasny to Phil is the director of the Pomona Parks and recreation department and is very Active in the youth programs in Pomona. He managed Little league teams 18 years ago and was Active in youth baseball in Pomona being a Pomona High graduate. He a been chairman of the elks tournament for the past few years and has been involved in the american legion summer program for the past six years. A Phil has the love for the youth of the Community and is dedicated to All the kids a stated Wooten. A this dedication and desire to perform in the capacity he has where kids Are concerned is really great. It has made him an asset to the valleys top prep cagers will do Battle la Verne a Here a something new. The la Verne rotary club has come up with something which will keep Pomona Valley basketball fans on their feet All the Way to june the rotarians will sponsor the first annual Pomona Valley All Star basketball game on june 18 at the Claremont High gymnasium. Game time for the first basketball classic of its kind in the Valley is scheduled for 8 . The game which As been approved by the National collegiate athletic association will hopefully give added emphasis and exposure in the area to High school basketball to afford an Opportunity to outstanding athletes to exhibit their skills provide recognition for achievement in High school athletics to offer the Community an event of significant recreational interest and to raise Money for worthy charitable interests in the Community. One third of this years profits from the game will go to the Myca. The remaining two thirds will be designated later by the la Verne rotary club. A total of 20 High schools in the Pomona Valley have been invited to nominate players to compete in the All Star game. The classic will involve a Battle Between the North stars and the South stars. Ten schools for each Side will be represented. Schools eligible to nominate players for the North team include Alta Loma Bonita charter Oak Claremont Damien Pomona Royal Oak san Dimas Upland and Webb school. Representatives for the South will include Chaffey Chino Ganesha Garey Montclair Nogales Ontario Ontario Christian Rowland and Walnut. The dividing line was the san Bernardino freeway. Each High school coach will be invited to nominate a maximum of three players from his team. The players must be graduating seniors who Are not attending College at the time of the game. The All Star coach for each team which will be announced later this month will select a tentative list of 12 players from among the nominees. The final approval of the 12-Man roster for each team will be made by rotary a sponsoring committee. No High school May be represented by More than two players. A cheerleader from each school from which a player is selected will be invited. There will be 15 Days of practice sessions prior to the game. Each player must participate in at least 12 practice sessions. Each participant must furnish in writing certification that he is physically fit from his family physician. The game will provide insurance coverage for each Plyer in the event of an Accident or injury from the time he leaves Home Tuii he returns Home for both tract Ces and the actual game. A team physician will be on Call during the practice sessions and will be present at the game. Placers will be expected to provide their own uniforms. Specific name rules require that each player must play at least five minutes in the first half. There will be no zone defences though a zone Fuu court press will be per melted trophies of recognition will be presented to players and coaches. Tickets for the inaugural game will be priced at $2 for Duhs and $1 50 for students High school and under

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