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11-:.-.The Daily Collegian Wednesday, July 6, 1977
Hebner glad to be
By BRIAN MILLER
Collegian Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA He walks with a
swagger, a former grave digger that shows
off chunky antis under the red pinstripe
shirt. Kids lean on the dugout roof and yell,
"Richie, hey Richie" and the former Boston
Bruin prospect, former Pirate, present
Phillie, sticks out his hand, spits some
tobacco juice and says, "Yeah, hey, hey."
After spending eight years with the Pitts
burgh Pirates, Richie Hebner played the
option game last winter and, after finding the
free agent pot that much sweeter in
Philadelphia, came across the state to add
another lefthanded hitter to the National
League's Eastern Division champ's arsenal.
In Pittsburgh, Hebner had been one of the
mainstays of the Pirate's "Lumber Com
pany," a group of hard hitters that annually
terrorized most of the National League
pitching staffs. Hebner played in a World
Series with the Pirates, as well as numerous
playoff games and was a permanent fixture
at the "hot corner" for the powerful Pitts
burgh teams of the early 19705..
Borg-Connors final highlighted tournament
Plenty of thrills featured in 100th Wimbledon
A Hollywood screenwriter could not have written a better
script for the year's Wimbledon tennis championships.
Something for everyone was included: a treat for the home
crowd, a touch of bad manners for the cynics, some upsets and
surprises by the underdogs for the idealists and most of all
lots of excellent tennis for the serious followers of the sport's
The final scene was a showdown at center court between the
World's top two in men's singles Sweden's Bjorn Borg and
America's Jimmy Connors. It was no surprise to see either of
them in the finals. Borg was the defending champion and
Connors was the number one seed. For them and the 15,000
onlookers, it was anyone's match until the tenth game of the
fifth set when Borg delivered his final blow for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 5-
7, 6-4 win.
Even when he had to stand aside and watch Borg cradle the
championship cup, Connors refused to name the Swede
number one in the world. "Forest Hills is yet to come," he
The soft-spoken Borg was too polite to make any rash
statements and remained uncommitted on the issue. He beat
top-seeded Connors to defend his Wimbledon title and shied
away from the debate that followed.
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He was also one of the crowd favorites in
Three Rivers Stadium, where his antics at
third and at bat drew raves and sometimes
boos. He has admitted to playing the game
"loosey-goosey" which was fine when the
Bucs were on top. But as Pittsburgh fortunes
soured in the past few years, especially in
1976 when the Phillies finished nine games
ahead, Hebner also fell into a hitting slump
last season, and with all things considered,
Hebner's glad to be in Philadelphia.
"Well, they draw more people here,"
Hebner said in an interview last Saturday
before the Phillies-Pirates game. "It's a
more exciting place to play." Hebner leaned
out on the dugout steps to squirt some Red
Man on the astroturf.
Hebner denies that he had any verbal
battles with the Pittsburgh fans, but has little
remorse for the Pirate audiences.
"Ah, they'd boo anybody in Pittsburgh," he
said. "They'd get on a guy for anything.
They'd boo the guy that cured cancer."
Hebner enjoys his new employer.
"They're much more friendly," he said.
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But Connors does have a point. Barring any mishaps, expect
to see him and Borg in the finals at Forest Hills. Borg is on top
at the moment, and if he nets the Forest Hills crown he'll be
King of the Hill without question. If Connors wins, he and his
followers will dub him number one.
The suspense and pressure weighed heavily on both com
petitors. It was Borg's icy control that eventually made the
difference. He had to persevere through three hours and 12
minutes on the sweltering grass before he could collect $25,000
and join the elite quartet of Rod Laver, Lew Hoad, Rex
Emerson and John Newcombe who had previously won
consecutive Wimbledon crowns.
Connors was a very stubborn man Saturday afternoon. At
one point, in the final set, he trailed 0-4 and evened the game
score before eventually conceding. He had a rough week, to
say the least. The crowd was against him, not having com
pletely fogrotten his refusal to attend a ceremony earlier in
the week for past Wimbledon winners. He claimed an ap
pointment for therapy on his injured right thumb kept him
away. The English have a charming way of sticking to
protocol and ceremonial duties and expect the same of their
A book of etiquette should be thrown very hard at Ilie
Nastase. His antics this year at Wimbledon included obscene
gestures to fans and court officials, delaying the game un
necessarily by romping around the court like a spoiled child,
and deliberately intimidating his opponents. Nastase is one of
the best in the game and only degrades himself and the sport
by his inexcusable behavior. His actions should not be
tolerated, for he only does as much as he knows he can get
away with. The quickest solution to Nastase would be for the
in 'exciting' Philly
"The owner here, he's a young guy, cheez,
he's almost like one of the players." Hebner
squints out at the Pirates who are taking
batting practice, squirting some juice on the
dugout steps in the meanwhile.
"That can be good, can be bad," Hebner
says in reference to owner Ruly Carpenter's
close affinity with the Phillies. "You know,,
being that close, it depends on a lot of things.
Hell, If I was the owner of the club, I might be
around a lot of the time too."
Hebner was known as a loose guy when he
was at Pittsburgh. In fact, the Pirates
themselves were often referred to as playing
"loose," an attribute that Hebner feels the
Phils have yet to attain.
"Yeah, well during my Pirate years,
they'd seem like a looser club," Hebner said.
"That's cause all those years we used to win
all the time. You know, the Phillies have just
started to win, it takes time. Hell, teams used
to come in here and make hay."
Hebner has been making some hay of his
own this season as he's been hitting over .300
most of the year. In 50 games that Hebner
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judges and referees to impose the stiffest fines and penalties
allowed as soon as he steps out of line.
A couple of dramatic performances by Americans John
McEnroe and Tracy Austin gave the tournament a preview of
the future's top stars. Eighteen-year-old McEnroe was lucky
enough to be on the court. He had to win three qualifying
matches to merely enter the tournament. The New Yorker
reached the quarter-finals before Connors put him out of the
Tracy Austin made her Wimbledon debut at the
frighteningly young age of fourteen. She bowed to top-seeded
Chris Evert, but her defeat was only on the scoreboard. Austin
was cute, all the way down to her braces and pinafore. But she
fell victim to the "here comes another . . . " stigma that is too
often draped over young athletes. Austin has been christened
the next Chris Evert. No matter how much talent she has,
Austin is still a child. Hopefully, she will be allowed to grow up
before people expect her to win championships.
Virginia Wade picked the perfect year to win the women's
singles crown. It was the Queen's Jubilee, the 100th Wim
bledon and just what the home crowd ordered. Wade, 31, beat
Betty Stove of Holland 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, to take her first Wimbledon
title after fifteen previous starts. She can finally bury all the
claims of her losing control and not being able to cope with the
pressures of a big match, which is what she's been trying to
overcome this past year.
Wade got all the security she would need at the center court
awards ceremony. Queen Elizabeth presented her with the
silver and gold plate. The fans broke out in unison with a
surprisingly chummy chorus of "For She's a Jolly Good
Fellow" to complete what Wade described as being a scene
"like a fairy tale."
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has played, he's collected nine home runs, 28
RBl's while scoring 33 runs. And as a trans
plant at first base, he's made just three
Hebner hesitates at talking about his
feelings on the Pirates. During the recent
series, he continually jawed with many of
them, especially first base coach Jose
So far this season, Hebner has hit Pirate
pitching fairly consistently (above .250), and
contributed with some hard and timely shots
He also give Phillies' manager Danny
Ozark some infield flexibility. Hebner can
give Mick Schmidt breathers at third or he
can fill in as a late inning pinch hitter. And,
when he does start at first, Hebner makes
pitchers think before throwing around
Schmidt and Greg Luzinski.
As one Pittsburgh official said about the
former Pirate during the weekend series,
"No matter what price you paid for Hebner,
it was a bargain."
Richie Hebner (18) holds on a former teammate, Rennie ;;,
Stennett of the Pirates, during last weekend's - series at , „
Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.
British Open field
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) There have been hints
and whispers that Jack Nicklaus' iron-fisted domination of
pro golf may be diminishing.
At age 37, he faces a relentless tide of newly-matured
stars Tom• Watson, Hubert Green, Johnny Miller, Hale
Irwin, Ben Crenshaw who are surging into a position of
control in the game the Golden Bear has ruled so long.
He hasn't won one of the majors the "Big Four" events
of the Masters, U.S. and British Open, the PGA— in almost
Some critics have gone so far as to suggest he'll never
again win in those tournaments around which he has built
his unmatched career.
Nicklaus disagrees. "At this age, I am in the middle of
the prime of my career," he said after a practice round
over Turnberry's 6,875-yard, par 70 Aisla course, site of the
British Open championship that gets under way today.
Britain's legal bookies also disagree.
They've installed Nicklaus as a 6-1 favorite in the 156-
man international field. Other top choices, all tough, tested
veterans of the American tour, are: Masters champ and
leading money-winner Watson at 8-1; Tom Weiskopf at 12-
1; defending title holder Miller and U.S. Open king Green at
14-1; Crenshaw and Irwin at 16-1.
Although he has been overshadowed by Watson's heroics
this season, Nicklaus' spectacular history in the British
Open makes him the man to beat
And he's definitely ready for this one. "I've played very
well this year," he said. "Actually, it's one of my best
years. I've won three tournaments and had a good Masters.
Tom just played better,'that's all.
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