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16 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, September 1, 2005 By Bob Madison He looked like the brother that Elvis might have He was as fa- mous as Fabian. Or Sal Mineo. He had the fan clubs that would swoon over just his photo- graph like the masses did when Elvis shook his hips or Fabian went on Dick Clark's American Bandstand and just combed his hair. He was a teen heartthrob. He was a teen himself. Aged just 19 when he slugged 24 home runs for the Boston Rod Sex. Tony Conigliaro was the toast of New England. A baseball hero at 19. A local teenager playing for the Sex. And he looked like Elvis, maybe even better some of those who fainted at the sound of his name would say. He was called 'qbny C.". May- be he could be the piece of the puzzle the Red Sex could place next to Carl Yastrzemski, Rico Petrocelli, George '"The Boomer" Scott, Carlton Fisk, Jim I~n- berg, and Roggie Smith and win a pennant and a possible World Series title. Tony Conigliaro was the youngest player in American League history to win a home run title when he hit 32 in 1965. The Sex were still awful, but hope sprung eternal in the hearts of the faithfiil. Could a miracle come to Bean- town? The last World Series won by Boston had been in 1918. But then Harry Frazee had sold youngster Babe Ruth to the Yankees. Ruth put his talents to use in keeping the Red Sox toward the lower reaches of the standings. Ruth had gotten away. All for money to sponsor a Ne~v York play. His talents squandered by owner Frazee. The Sox had a pennant in 1946, but couldn't beat St. Louis in the World Series. Sluggers often came through town, but there was little pitch- ing to help them. Ted Williams came in 1939. And left after 1960. And Williams hit only .200 in the 19,t6 World Series. Was Tony Conigliaro fated to be another slugger who played his Boston career on second-divi- sion teams? Boston was ninth in the final 1966 standings. But in 1967, the Red Sex somehow made a run for their first pennant in 21 long seasons. But Chicago, Minnesota, and Detroit were also poised to hoist that year's pennant. Boston outlasted the other three contenders to take the flag on the season's final weekend. But Conigliaro had been hit just below h/s eye by a pitch in August. He was lost for the World Series against St. Louis. Would he be another casualty in the ill-fated history of Bean- town Baseball? Ruth was sold. He haunted the Sox thereafter. In the early 1950's, a local leg- end from Cambridge came to the Sox to play first base. Harry Agganis was given the nickname 'Tne Golden Greek". Agganis was humble, hand- some, talented, and from Boston, where he had stayed home to at- tend college. His attributes were the clay from which legends can be sculpted. Hometown bey. Com- munity-minded. The build of Adonis. Always smiling. Always reserved and soft-spoken a lethal combination for the star- struck Boston faithful. But then Agganis was struck by a fatal degenerative disease and by 1955 he was dead. Just when a local hero-quali- ty athlete joins the Red Sox to do battle against the Yankees, he is struck down by an fatal illness. In the early 1960's Conigliaro was cast as Boston's next mati- nee idol. Ruth had been 18. Williams had been 20. Agganis had been 21. And now Conigliaro also came aboard at 19. In the heat of Boston's first last-two-months-of-the-season pennant scramble since 1948, Conigliaro was hit in the face by a pitched ball. died of kidney failure. A fastball hit just below his eye, Conigliaro was gone at age 45. shattering orbital bones and leav- Lonberg pitched well in the ing his face blackened from the 1967 World Series (and then his impact, career was dulled somewhat by His eyesight was in danger, a skiing accident that tore up his He certainly wouldn't play knee). again in 1967. He was traded more than once Even though the Red Sex got . . . and the ROd Sex didn't have their 1967 pennant, Conigliaro him to send out against the Ti- couldn't play. gers, Orioles, Athletics, or then- The youngest player ever to stagnate Yankees. reach the 100 home runs plateau Boston would always yield to in his career was sidelined. With some force -- whether it be a re- no real timetable as to when he juvenated New York, the Mets would return, in 1986, or some late-season Conigliaro did finally return to blunderings -- through the 1970's, the ROd Sox but he never at- 80's, 90's, and on until 2004. tamed the same sort of alluring Was the Babe putting his curse statistics he had accomplished be- on them? Was it the lack of qual- fore his being hit in the head by a ity pitching that dragged them pitch, back just short of the finish line? Battle his demons as he might, Whatever the cause, it start- Conigliaro had to retire before age ed a long time ago . . . with the 30. bittersweet years of Williams, Tragedy followed him from the the cruel death of Agganis, the batter's box to his troubled life ruined-by-beaning career of Co- away from baseball, nigliaro, and the fall while ski- He suffered a heart attack in ing by pitcher Lonborg a long his late 30's and in 1990 he time ago With Brooke Boening holdingThe Jefferson boys off the repeated challenges of Martinsburg's Jen Emmert and scoring 31 points the third-place finish by Tara shire was second Franklin and fourth-place fin- and Musselman wast ish of Aylssa Thurston, Jeffer- 52 points. son opened the girls cross coun- its second try season winmng the Mussel- the afternoon. man Invitational. Musselman's Four schools competed, but easily outkicked the only the Lady Cougars and Mus- ishing some selman had complete teams. Both Hampshire and Martins-zer's time for the burg fielded incomplete teams. 18:29.3. Jefferson's winning score was The best finish 27, while the Lady Apptemenson runner came had a team score of 30. man Co~ Boening covered the 3.1-mile third overall in course in 20:59. Emmert wasNeil Whitesell was clocked in 21:02.5. Franklin all for the Cougars finished in 22:19.9 and Thur- of 19:25.2. ston had a fourth-place time of 23:33.1. time of 19:28.0. Hannah Nickerson finishedBrandon Boening 11th for Jefferson in 29:38.4 ferson a ninth- The fifth Jefferson runner to 20:04.1 The have her finish count toward ner was freshman the team point total was Brit- who was 10th ny Gordon, who was 18th over- ished with all in 31:52.5. Erin Balse was Andrew Cassell 20th overall and the sixth Jef- 21:53.7 and Jack ferson runner. She was timed in 21st overall in 32:34.2. Neely was 28th in In a nine-hole match, Jeffer- nine at Sleepy son's golf team defeated both 35, or one under par. Hedgesville and Musselman in Morgan Portrey a triangular played at Sleepy of 38a Hollow. ished The Cougars, with Kevin Ra- Justin dlich again leading their group Severson both of six golfers, finished with 40 for the Cougars. 151, while Hedgesville took 165 The best round strokes and Musselman had player for either 174. Musselman was the Radlich finished the back the By Bob Madison Controversy and NCAA tour- nament bids were as much a part of BOb Huggins as h~ trade- mark scowl and the always-pres- ent chip on his shoulder, The former West'Ctrgima Uni- versity guard finally met an ad- ministrator he couldn't use his 14 straight tournament bids and 399 wins at Cincinnati against. And Huggins was "forced" to accept a $3-mfllion dollar pay- ment upon receipt of his resig- nation by Cincinnati President Nancy Zimpher, an administra- tor only two years on the job. Huggins, a 1977 graduate of WVU, had survived other calls for his head, but when he was forced to plead no contest to a 2004 driving under the influence charge his detractors were bay- ing right at his heels. Zimpher suspended Huggins for three months aflex the DUI in- cident~ but reinstated him in time to coach the 2004-2005 season. The list of problems, inade- quacies, a school probation pe- riod with the NCA~ extreme- ly poor graduation rates, and a lengthy list of player arrests just kept adding up against Hug- gins. Even after Huggins was repri- manded for his DUI by Zimpher, a freshman player, Roy Bright, was dismissed from the team when he brought a gun onto the campus and ass'mtant coach Keith LeGree was arrested for drank driving. LeGree was later acquitted after a jury trial. Zimpher's rumblings became more audible recently when the athletic department refused to exercise the rollover provision in his contract that would given Huggins four more years. About six months ago, Hug- gins was told the 2005-2006 sea- son would be his last, no matter how the Bearcats performed. The school president and the athletic director who hired Hug- gins, then coaching at Akron, have long since departed Cincin- nati. When Cincinnati was placed on two years probation in 1998, Huggins became the subject of more intense scrutiny and the more the NCCA and Cincinnati administrators dug, the uglier the findings became. Huggins recruited an unsu- ally large number of junior col- lege players and the transfer rate from the school was higher than nearly all the other schools in Conference-USA, where Cin- cinnati was a member until this year. A number of Cincinnati play- ers had arrests on their record before coming to play for Hug- gins. More players were charged with criminal offenses while at Cincinnati. But the Bearcats won. There were cenferencce regular sea- son titles and conference tourna- ment titles: And there were 14 consecutive NCAA bids and one Final Four appearance in 1992. But Zimpher wasn't im- pressed. She had the ear of fac- tions who wanted Huggins re- placed. Clawing her way to the high- er ground often sought by college administrators, Zimpher said to the media: "Our coaches' need to set moral examples for the school's atlfietes". For years, Huggins had been defended by athletic director Bob Goin, who had worked in the same capacity at a handful of other Division I colleges. But when Zimpher and Cincin- nati's beard of trustees believed they had Huggins in a legal bind, Goin quickly jumped to the side of his president and beard. Goin signed a letter that already had the signatures of Zimpher and the trustees chairman informing Huggins he could remain as an employee of the university un- til 2008, but couldn't have any- While Shepherd was dis- win over West thing to do with the basketball patching Virginia State on Sat- a game played in program, urday, four other WVIAC teams Ulysee Davis Huggins refused the three- were also beginning their 2005 touchdowns some's offer and instead took an seasons, ing yards. approximately $3-mflllon buy- Glenville was the only other West Virginia out. conference team to win its Krst ited to fewer than Huggins had been the clear game. total offense in choice of West Virginia when The Pioneers polished off season-opening losS long-time head coach "Gale Johnson C. Smith, 33-9, in Davis had Catlett stepped down near the Charlotte. yards, 12 yards, end of the disastrous 2002 sea- All-conference quarterback Edinboro son that had ended with an 8- Joey Conrad threw for four lead by halftime. 20 record, touchdowns and Glenville The West Huggins finally turned away racked up 407 yards of total lense was the WVU offers and stayed at offense in the season-opening out as its rushing Cincinnati. West Virginia then win. only 15 yards on hired Dan Dakich, who last- Conrad had scoring strikes quarterbacks ed one week on the job before to DaMon Lindsey (56 yards), Micah Brown returning to Bowling Green, Tavon McGee (six yards), Du- 10 of 33 where he had been coaching, juan Johnson (eight yards), and Jude suffered WVU then hired John Deric Patterson (two yards), tions. The Beilein. Conrad completed 21 of 33punt eight t Huggins is 51. He suffered a passes for 223 yards, fumble. heart attack several years ago Johnson C. Smith had a 25- In Institute, but did not miss any time on yard field goal by Her Collins State was a victi~ the sidelines during basketball and 10-yard scoring run by An- Bowie State, falliM' seasons, drew Williams with just 1:44 the Bulldogs. Huggins was first at Division remaining. Lamar Manigo III Walsh College in Ohio be- California (Pa.)pounded vis- of touchdown fore moving to Akron, a mere- iting Fairmont, 42-6, when last Redman scored ber of Mid-America Confer- year's top NCAA Division IIing ence. rusher, Antoine Bagwell, ran three, and one He had lettered at West Vir- for 192 yards. The Yellow ginia in 1975, 1976, and 1977. Bagwell's total came on just 70 yards of total Huggins was tri-captain of 25 carries (a 7.3 yards per carry managed their the 1977 team along with Rus- average). His 64-yard scoring the second sell Chapman and Tony Rob- run gave the Vulcans an early, Smith's ertson. During his three years 14-0, lead. Glenn Thomas with the Mountaineers, Hug-Fairmont's scoring came on of Manigo's gins played for Joedy Gardner two Drew Cochran field goals, taking and the combined WVU recorda 39-yarder and a 42-yarder. yards. was 47-37. California owned the "time of Redman had 145 His record against President possession" statistic. The Vul- yards. Zimpher is 0-1. And her record cans had 40 minutes of pos-Lamar Jones against Huggins is $3-million session, while the beleaguered dog touchdown os in school money for him to go Fighting Falcons had the foot-, terception return,' away. ball for just 20 minutes. Bowie State to a ' Edinboro (Pa.) a 47-0 halftime lead. By Ted Black sat just behind Cedar Slew Around the final turn, Car- (Larry Reynolds) and Original nival Chrome collared Origi- State-bred fillies and mares Gold (Travis Dunkelberger)the nal Gold and the lightly raced took center stage in the $41,450 8-5 second choice. Last Octo- three-year-old filly simply Sadie Hawkins Handicap and ber, Original Gold completed a proved too much for her more one of them clearly syeppedsharp form spree by capturing experienced foe. Under mild further into the limelight,the $250,000 Cavad~ Stakes urging from Flores, Carnival Carnial Chrome began her for state-bred distaffers. She . Chrome surged clear to a two- career by defeating fellow would be expected to be a dif- length score in 1:27.30, with three-year-old fillies in a one- ficult foe for Carnival Chrome. Cedar Runs Case (Jesus San- turn maiden race then scored Original Gold surged to corn- chez) closing well late to gain :twice more in two-turn allow- mand midway down the back- the place spot, a length better lance events. Two Saturdaysside and Carnival Chrome than Alaska ash who bested , ago in the Sadie Hawkins, Car- moved up alongside her. Such Original Gold for third. :: nival Chrome received her first battles often end with the old- Now perfect in four life- .~ acid test against seasoned, old- er, more seasoned horse, in this time starts, Carnival Chrome er rivals and she passed it with case Original Gold, getting the now appears destined for lo- : flying colors, best of her younger foe. But Car- cal stardom. The Carnivalay Sent out as the 6-5 favor- nival Chrome is clearly not just filly trained by David Walters ite in the field of 10 with Os- another youthful rival and the for owner Michael J. Miller has ~car Flores in the irons, Carni- Sadie Hawkins might have been earned over $66,000 and she's 'val Chrome broke alertly and the first ofmanycoronations, proven she can step up and beat older mares. On paper, at least, she is al- most on par with Sweet Sym- phony, who won the Grade I Al- abama Stakes at Saratoga to keep her perfect record in tact after four starts. Back on July 15, Carnival Chrome bided her time early, swept to command down the backside, then drew offto a sev- en-length victory in 1:18.66 for the 6 1/2-furlongs. Four weeks earlier on June 18, she deliv- ered a similar performance en route to a 10-length score in her first meeting with winners. In her career debut on May 22, Carnival Chrome was off a step slow in a one-turn sprint but still managed to win by three lengths. Nine (Front or 50% handicap. tured Krst place By Linda Work net 29. Next Marnee, Charlotte Dr. Marnee defeated Char-Linda Work, lotto Gano to retain her title net 31. as Sleepy Hollow Ladies' Club Dr. Marnee Champion. Dr. Marnee's con- ting sistent play and outstanding 28putts to putting earned her the title Ann Groves on the 28th hole of the 36-hole ues to play with match. She birdied the second Day during her and eighth holes, proving that - Town. It is diligent practice pays. on the course, In the lower bracket of the ces Catozalla, club championship, Pat Dant playing with the triumphed over Linda Work We welcome new in their 18-hole match. Dant guests at all chipped in on the fourth hole September tee and used just 13 putts on the a.m. The front nine to help her achieve turning cooler, her victory on the 16th hole of age all the match, members to joi~ t~d The tournament of the day fun in playing on August 25th was a "Best lifetime!