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When it comes
to handling basketball,
Clayton is number one
It’s good for cotton...
Here we are almost at the end of Dog Days with
some rain finally falling to give a little juice to the
corn crop which certainly has had its tassels and
silks hanging out, if not its tongue.
But the type of weather this area has been sub
jected to this summer is probably good for cotton, if
not for other things like camellias and other flowers.
According to Webster’s dictionary, dog days are
customarily considered to occur in the six hottest
most sultry weeks of July and August, during the
period when the dog star rises with the sun, and
often reckoned from July 3 to August 11. The dog
star and the sun must have been running a dead
heat this season for we’ve had plenty of the hot and
plenty of the sultry.
At any rate, it has been hot here but not nearly as
hot as any in other parts of the country.
Arlene Barrett, just back from a church
secretary’s conference in Texas, said the ther
mometer hit 100 last Friday but it didn’t appear
nearly as hot. Could it have been that she was an
ticipating a dip in her cousin’s swimming pool after
the work sessions ended and thinking about the cool
water did the trick?
From Sharon Allred Decker, of Duke Power’s
Corporate Communications Department, comes
some tips on how to voluntarily cut back energy
usage.
It you were watching television on Thur., July
18th, you may have seen the crisis alert symbol
flash on the screen. Mrs. Decker expilains that with
continual hot and dry conditions, the demand for
electricity increases. More energy is needed primari-
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(From the Aug. 4, 1966 edition of
The Kings Mountain Herald)
City pioliceman Earle Stroupe received minor in
juries Sunday morning when he lost control of the
police department’s new 1966 patrol car and over
turned near the Mill Pond Creek on Dixon Road.
Stroupe was chasing a black 1955 Chevrolet with a
South Carolina license plate which got away.
The 138 children enrolled in Kings Mountain’s
first Operation Head Start program this summer are
developing self identities and socittl relationships in
a variety of new experiences.
Social and Porsonal
Mr. and Mrs. Don Parker will leave Thursday for
Maple AFB, Calif., where they will see their son,
James R. Parker, receive his Air Force wings.
Mrs. George Plonk showed slides of her recent
trip to Egypt, Italy and the Holy Land at Tuesday’s
Home Arts Club meeting at the home of Mrs. Tolly
Shuford.
Poets
Corner
WbatOTw W* Am Will Show
A flower will bud and blossom
through the rain of a shower.
And share sweet perfume
because a flower is a flower.
The songbird sings a song
though the view is bturred.
The songbird sings because
it is the nature of the bird.
No flowers in the garden
is as lovely as a rose,
A pretty daisy is a daisy
wherever it grows.
No-one can twinkle and shine
as brightly as a star.
It is wise we be the best
whatever we are.
It is never wise to pretend
to be that which weYe not.
It is wise to improve on
the best that we've got!
Lib
Stewart
ly for increased air conditioning needs and summer
peak demands reach their highest points from 1 un
til 7 pjn. Mondays through Fridays, according to
Mrs. Decker. The reason for the alert is that we set
record peak demands during extreme hot weather
and often during extreme cold weather conditions
as well. When Duke’s approaches a certain capacity
for generation, Mrs. Decker says that customers are
asked to voluntarily cut back energy usage.
Keep these points in mind:
•Minimize cooking during on-peak hours. Off-
peak, prepare large quantities to freeze and reheat
for later use. If cooking must be done during the
peak period, then use only one or two elements of
the electric range. Small appliances and microwave
ovens are best to use during the on-peak period, or
an entire meal could be cooked in the oven.
•Ironing clothes, washing and drying should be
done during off-peak hours.
•Use natural ventilation or atticAvindow
when practical.
fans
•If several window units are used for air condi
tioning, diversify usage so all are not on at the same
time.
•Close draperies and curtains during hottest part
of the day.
•Do not lower cooling thermostat immediately
prior to on-peak period (unless it is to be turned
“ofT before the on-peak period starts).
•Raise air conditioning thermostats during the
on-peak period.
•Cut off all unnecessary lights.
All-Around Perfection?
If the Harlem Globetrotters were to integrate,
you could bet they’d be recruiting white athletes
like Cleveland County's Carl Clayton.
Clayton is a basketball ballhandling expert who
tours the nation each summer lecturing to
youngsters in basketball camps, such as the one held
last week at the Kings Mountain Community
Center.
A former point guard at Crest High, where he
played with NBA superstar David Thompson, and
Appalachian State, Clayton is not a professional
basketball prospect. But, if ballhandling were the
only requirement for stardom, he’d be the most
highly paid man in the business.
Clayton began developing his skill at the age of
10. “I carried a basketbtill everywhere 1 went,” he
said. “AVhen I walked down the street, 1 was dribbl
ing it. When I went to bed at night, 1 had it right
there beside me. As I grew older and began to get in
terested in girls. I’d walk down the street holding my
girl in one hand and my basket'oall in the other.”
At Crest, his ballhandling and pin-point passing
to the super-talented Thompson helped the
Southwest Conference Chargers win the Western
N.C. High School Activities Association champion
ship.
After Appalachian, he went into high school
coaching for a brief time and then hit the camp cir
cuit.
Clayton urges youngsters to work on special skills
such as ballhandling when they’re by themselves.
“When you have access to a goal and teammates,
the best way to learn basketball is to play,” he says.
His talent is world-known, and until someone else
can come along that’s better, he’ll be recognized as
the best. Last week, he set a new world record for
spinning a basketball on his fingertip, spinning it for
three hours, 53 minutes and eight seconds to get his
name in the Guinnes Book of World Records.
But, such things have little to do with learning
the complete game of basketball. “Like I said,” he
noted again. The best way to learn is to play.”
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Former R-S Central High and Gardner-Webb
All-American Lewis Young set Scotland afire in
European Pro Basketball play last season, averaging
35 points per game for the Murray International
and Medals team in Edinborough.
His team won the league championship and the
coveted Scotland Cup in the Premiere League, and
he also averaged seven rebounds and four assists
while playing the guard position.
Young, in town Thursday to lecture at the Kings
Mountain Basketball Camp of the Stars, says
basketball is an up-andcoming sport in Scotland,
but it’ll never reach the heights it is in the U.S.
The layers have a lot of talent,” he said, “but
they donY know the fundamentals of basketball and
CARL CLAYTOy
they donY take it as seriously as we do here. They
take it as a fun sport.”
In most cases, he said, the pro players hold down
another job during the day. He’s one of the few that
plays basketball full-time.
“Soccer and rugby are still the big sports there,”
he said. “We ptlay in some gyms that wiU seat 14,000
but we won the league championship last year and
our biggest crowd was 2,500.
“It’s still a fast-paced game, though,” he said. “We
(>lay with a 30-second shot, ^t we take the ball out
of bounds on the sidecourt instead of under the
basket. I’ve been caught taking it under the basket a
number of tiip^.”t‘ ' . !'*
Th^ ^^tahtl t^aifi ii E^iaSfira bf fotfer Hon
College Coach Bill Miller, and Young is anxious to
improve his statistics this season.
“But,” he said, “I’d rather be in the NBA. I tried
out for the Detroit Pistons this year but didn’t make
it. I hope to finish college over there and try the
NBA for two more years. If I donY make it by then,
I hope to land a job in a nice recreation center so I
can still be close to the game.”
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Vivian S. Biltclifle
How About Stan Musial?
One of the biggest St. Louis Cardinal fans of ail time is a former
co-worker of mine. Bob Hallman of The Gazette.
I became a St. Louis Cardinal fan in 1946 when they beat the
Boston Red Sox in a memorable World Series.
Stan The Man” Musial was the first baseman on that team.
I donY know when Bob became a fan of the Cardinals, or why.
Bob and I have been pretty frustrated over the years. The Cardinals
havenY made many World Series appearances lately.
The last time was when big Bob Gibson was the star pitcher and
the Redbirds lost to Detroit.
But Musial. There was a man. There was a player. Bob and I used
to look in The Charlotte Obserx er spons section the next day after
The Man” had done heavy damage to some opposing pitcher or
pitchers.
The Observer ran this same picture about 30 times one year. It
was a “mug” shot.
“Sure wish they’d get a new picture to run on Musial,” said Bob.
“Yeah, but he d^ have a good smile and looks happy. Bob,” 1
replied.
Stanley Frank Musial may well have qualified as the closest em
bodiment of all-around perfection baseb^l has ever seen.
That very extreme and all-embracing sentence takes into con
sideration his actions off the field as well as on.
He was equally as adept in the outfield as he was at first base. I
admired the likes of the Mays, the Cobbs, the Ruths, the Williams,
the DiMaggios, the Homsbys, the Aarons, the Terrys • but I loved
Musial.
Babe was mostly an overgrown boy almost until his death, and
was fined more than once when he strayed from the straight and
narrow.
*****
TY COBB, whose home life was never a model, was involv
ed in brawls with teammates and opponents.
Joe DiMaggio was moody, Rog Hornsby irascible. Bill Terry
was never known for his sunny disposition and Ted Williams, of
course, was known for his lack of it.
Sportswriter Dick Gordon once wrote that Ted made the
headlines for his spitting almost as much as for his hitting.
As for Aaron and Mays, they were a credit to baseball just
like Musial. I don’t know of anything bad Aaron or Mays ever
did. They were, like Musial, great individuals, both on and off
the field.
Old Stan was one of the most charmingly gracious fellows in
any line of work. He was (and still is) a devoted family man to
his wife and children, with a sense humor that appreciated
good jokes, including those on himself.
It was Stan himself who told the story about how son Dickie
greeted him at the door following his record Sunday output one
year of five home runs.
Dickie said, “Gee. Dad, they must have been giving you fat
pitches."
Eddie Stanky once said. "When it comes to team value, to
playing when hurt, to trying for that extra base. Stan was in a
cla^ by himself."
All of his Cardinal managers shared that viewpoint.
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His St. Louis teammates gave him a plaque which said,
among other things: "He's a gentleman in every respect, the
perfect answer to a manager’s prayer."
How many teammates would do that for today’s players?
*****
STAN WAS something of a rags-to-riches story, since Stan,
one of the first 100-grand men, is the son of a Polish immigrant
who toted wire bundles in suburban Pittsburgh and a New York-
born Czechoslovakian mother who sorted nails in a lumber mill.
The only difference in Stan from those simple beginnings
were two things. His wife, Lillian, said he had more polish than
when he was still playing for peanuts in the minor leagues. One
of his former teammates. Red Schoendienst. said he "hit the
ball farther."
Musial was NEVER ejected by a National League umpire and
he once waited two hours in the winter cold of St. Louis to keep
an autographing date with an out-of-town high school band
He diligently answered approximately 15.(X)0 postcards and
letters a year.
Lukas Musial was determined his boy should have something
better in life than his own lot around smog-filled Donora, Pa. He
believed one of several athletic scholarships offered to the
football-able Stan provided the best means.
His eldest son had other ideas. He wanted to try professional
baseball after once leaving the batboy ranks at 15 to pitch for
the Zinc workers town team and fan 13 rival semipros.
*****
THE FATHER remained firm until Stan's actual tears made
him relent. He signed with the St. Louis organization for $65 a
month.
That was step number one in the career of one of baseball’s
all-time hitters. Number two came after Stan, the pitcher, had
won 18 games for Daytona Beach in 1940. His throwing arm
was injured in a tumble and his future hung in the balance
But the keen eye of Burt Shotton. the manager of the Cards’
Rochester farm team in the International League, took notice of
the manner in which Musial crouched at the plate. Ted Lyons
used to say. "like a kid peeking around a corner." Lyons got his
bat on opposing pitches.
Old Brooklyn Dodger fans, who hated every opposinq
player, nicknamed Musial "The Man."
Nobody has ever seen fit to change it.
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