Dale Murphy, Cliff Speck go in first round of MLB draft
June 5-6, 1974
Wilson High catcher Dale Murphy and Beaverton High pitcher Cliff Speck are selected in the first round of the MLB draft. Murphy goes No. 5 overall to the Atlanta Braves, and Speck is taken 16th by the New York Mets. Both have signed letters-of-intent with Arizona State and say they will see if their pro contract offers warrant giving up college baseball. Next, though, both will play in the annual Metro-State all-star series in The Dalles.
• The Portland Mavericks are training at Civic Stadium under the watchful eye of manager Frank Peters. Twelve innings of intrasquad play, free to the public, take place on Thursday morning, after which Peters says they were "as well played as any" Triple-A intrasquad games as he has seen.
• Sportscaster Keith Jackson will be the guest master of ceremonies, and Gov. Tom McCall also will tee it up and serve as the honorary chairman for this weekend's celebrity golf tournament at Tualatin Country Club.
• The Portland Storm of the World Football League are ready for their opener at the Philadelphia Bell, with former NFL quarterback Greg Barton at the helm for coach Dick Coury. Dean Martin Jr., son of the entertainer, is signed as a wide receiver, after being cut by the NFL Los Angeles Rams.
• The University of Oregon names veteran baseball coach Mel Krause associate athletic director. His 1974 Ducks went 26-19 and were co-champions of the Pac-8 Northern Division.
• A dark-hued 3-year-old, F.L. Trailblazer, surprises in the Wednesday night feature race at Multnomah Kennel Club in Fairview, winning the greyhound race in a photo finish.