Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Monday, April 3, 1972 THE IHHBRIDGE HERALD 11 Henri attack claims Mats' manager ges dies after collapsing Sunday r WEST BEACH, Fla. (ftp) _ Gil Hodges, n loveablc giant who won Dodger fans with his bat and Met hearts with ills died on Easier Sunday he should have bet'n in a baseball uniform. "Gil was said Eddie Yost, "then tumbled backwards." Yost and fellow New York Mots' coaches Rube Walker and Joe Pignalano had just finished a iun day on the golf course with their manager. "Only reason we were playing said Fignatano, "was (hat :he players' strike put us out of justness. Otherwise, we'd been over in the West Palm Beach ballpark playing the Atlanta Braves." Hodges collapsed when ho and his coaches were walking back to their motel. Pignatano, a for- mer catcher, yelled as they parted: "Hey, Gillie, what time you wanl. to meet for The husky skipper said: Hodges, 6-feel-3 and 205 pounds with, hands like a bear, No settlement, players at home NEW YORK CAP) Wednes- day's scheduled opening of the 1972 baseball season remained in doubt today with more meet- ings lined up in attempts to set- tle Die players' strike in a pen- sion dispute wilh club owners. "The situation remains the John Gaherin, repre- senting (he owners, said follow- ng Sunday's session with Mar- vin Miller, executive director of Ac Major League Baseball Playci's Association. "There is no progress towards a settlement. We will meet again Monday." Miller said today's get-to- gether probably would be en- larged from his head-to-head weekend meetings with Gah- erin. 'He's been talking about a DIES SUNDAY Gil Hodges, above, manager of the New York Mels, died Sunday in a West Palm Beach, Fla., hospital after collapsing in his motel. Hodges is shown on March 1 1 of this year in Florida. Hodges was once a Kinsmen's Sportsmen's Dinner guest. Rustlers Due to a shortage in ice lime 115 victories and one tie for 3i the City Broomball Le a g u e Ventura Hotel finished in forced lo cut their season schedule short. Welterlich were declared the league champions for the fifth consecutive time as they edged out Canada Packers by one point. Welterlich, who has captured the league pennant every year since the league's initial season five years ago, picked up 32 points for tho season on 15 wins and two ties Canada Packers were runners up with Tennis club plans meeting Tho Lethbrtdge Tennis Club will hold its annual reorganiza- ticnal meeting Wednesday night. The meeting will be staged in room 4 at thfi Civic Centre at p.m. and all members and interested tennis players are to attend. :hird place with 23 points while Knight Clubbers followed dose- y in fourth with 24 points. John Vaselenak of Canada Packers earned the scoring ti- tle with 40 big goals for the sea- son while Gus Fomradas of Welterlich came in second with 33 goals. George Stimaz of Lothbridge Hotel and Tom Wright of Wel- terlich shared a third place fin- ish in the scoring race with 19 goals apiece. Quarter final playoffs will start Sunday with four games. Each game is a sudden-death playoff match and the winners will move to the semi-final matches which will also be sudden-death affair. The finals will he staged April 9 in a two-game total-goal se- ries. FINAL STANDING one win from title RED DEER CCP) Red Deer Rustlers whipped Cal- gary Canucks 9-4 before fans Sunday to move to within one win of (he Alberta Junior Hockey League championship. The Rustlers lead the hest-of- scven final 3-1 with the fifth game to he played in Calgary Tuesday. Terry Willchen scored his eighth and ninth goals of the series to lead the Rustlers' at- tack. Dale Lewis also got two goals and singles came from Kinch, Dale Bingham, Wilf Tom LEndskog and Gord Dillon. Warren Cook scored two joals for the Canucks and Mark Lotnenda and Dale Elos- chuk got the others. The teams split 10 minor penalties and the Rustlers out- shot the Canucks 39-27. Red Deer took a 4-1 lead after the first period and in- creased the margin to 7-2 going into the third. Kinch opened the scoring on a power play at of the first period and Lewis' first goal at gave Red Deer a 2-0 lead. Lomenda got Calgary on the Scoreboard at hut Ked Deer scored two more goals 2S seconds apart. Witt- chen got the first at the mark when he deflected in a shot from the blue line and Bingham beat Calgary goalie Frank Eppich with a slow drift- ing shot at fuller committee ar.d I'll proba- bly have one, Miller said. He added that Ihe weekend meetings were spent "rephras- ing and reviewing positions. TlK players went on strike Saturday seeking contributions from the owners above the one- and-only offer for (he health care segment of the pen- sion package. They contend that an surplus in the pension sulting from increased interest rates on loans, over-funding and overestimating payments for permanently disabled plus no more than from each of the 24 major league clubs would make up the 17 per cent pension increase they seek. ON PLAYER CONTRIBUTION Baseball's current pension plan, covering any player active from 1959 on, provides a pension ,-fler four years service. Flay- ers, who don'l contribute a dime to the plan, may start drawing a pension at their 45Hi birthday A four-year player, at 45, gets then dropped lo the ground In front of room 158. Despite speedy first aid, the man who would have celebrated j his 48th birthday Tuesday was dead before he reached hospital. Hodges signed with Brooklyn Doilgcrs for a bonus in l'J'3 and became a regular after returning from the marines in I'jiv. He was a brilliant first base- man for 11 seasons in Brooklyn, which became his permanent home, and went west with the Dodgers in 1958 for (our more years in a Los Angeics uniform. After two part-time seasons with a budding New York club called the MeLs in 1562-63, quit to become manager Welferllch Canada Pack. Ventura Hotel Lelh. HokH Knight CluM. Honda of Washington Senators for five through 1967. 1ELD MBCORDS His pkiying career showed a still-sUmrling record of 14 bas- es-loaded homers along with runs hatted in, a .273 car- eer average, seven World Se- ries, eight all star games and a S'ationai League record of 370 home runs by a right-handed hitter which has since been sur- passed by such modern sluggers as Willie .Mays and Hank Aaron. Hodges came home to New York for a third time in 1968 to manage the Mets, a team more famed for laughs than victories. After a ninth-place finish the first summer, Hodges marched I'M GETTIN' NEXT MONTH ITMUSTBEKiCETO A MAN ARO'JSD, SOMEONE To S VER TROUBLES AS'TALK THINGS OVER WITH I'M LOOKIN Oh, no. Oh, no. Oh, no the Mets to a pennant and startling NL World Series By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS "Oh, no. Oh. no. Oh, no." Leo Durocher, manager of Chicago Cubs, reacted with disbelief when he learned of the death of Gil Hodges, manager of New York Mets and a long- time associate in the old Brook- lyn Dodger organization. "It's hard lo find words to de- thumping of Baltimore Orioles in '69. "We're all still a little glassy- eyed." Mets general manager Bob Scheffing said Sunday. "Gil never looked better. He had recovered so well from that a month. With 10 years atUck in Mmla lhatmost pco. service, the pension at 45 is ,e had forgoUcn monthly, and ILL IN 19GS Hodges was felled Sept. 24, during the final se- j rics the year before the World Dick O'Connell, Scries miracle. Until then, he after 20 years. Tlie figures, for the same years of service at age 65 are and Meanwhile, general manager of Boston Red Sox, said he is not optimistic over settlement of the walkout. 4 'I see no indications of a quick he said. "I don't see any signs of either side scribe a guy as fine as he was to and former team don't come any bolh 01 or off the said Duroclker, after learning of Hodges1 death Sunday. Hoilges, 47, collapsed and died of goll a urt attack after playing t West Palm Beach, Fla, The sudden death prompted eu- logies and brought deep sorrow Purity Bottling drew first minute and two seconds left In blood in the City Recreation Hockey League champions h i p the game. Klinkhammer scored at the Coaches feel fighting all over OTTAWA (CP) Coaches for Ottawa 67s and London Knights sa id Sunday they doubt there will bfl further fierce fracases, similar to ono between the teams and fans here Friday, during the remaining games of best-of-seven Ontario Hockey Association Jr. A quart- er-final series. Both coaches were required by the association to post bonds against further incidents such as the third-period fi ght that sparked a near-riot among spectators. City pob'ce anil Crown attor- ney John Cassells will decide Tuesday whether charges are to iad never suffered heart ail- en ts, "I don't tiiink the players1 trike was bothering him loo said Yost, "but you icver know. "Gillie was a quiet fellow who ;ept so much inside. His main vorry was our ball elub losing ts edge for the opener." Baseball is scheduled to open he 1972 season Wednesday tin- es s the Major League Players Association continues its walk- out over pension benefits. Hodges hadn't anticipated the chance to play any golf since n's Mets were honing their tal- ents for the regular season opener. The strike washed out the "els' Saturday exhibition at art LauderdaJe against the Yankees and took care of Sun- day's scheduled practice bout vith the Braves here. Met officials refused specula- Ion on a successor to Hodges. are thinking about noth- ng but his family said Donald Grant, Met board chair- man. "I know its a question re- porfers must ask, but we just can't tWnk about it at a Ume of shock such as tills." _ I mark and again at playoff finals outlasting Labor thp ]Hmg ou to earn Foord made it 5-1 at of I be laid in connection with the InvesI eight hours TO LEARN he-.1.1 to avoid the traffic patterns that lead to accidents' TO EARN Iwo merit points in tho demerit point system. ecursn commences THURSDAY, APRIl 6 Community College. Four consecutive Thursday evenings. Ttrkh KI. urn o Rovers Gcoi F A P 93 14 71 11 67 21 2 49 24 2J JJ 24 23 36 73 20 29 31 1J 31 30 13 TJ 67 10 17 119 9 SCORERS G. Forrader, v.'eli G. Slimaz, L. Hotel T. Wclf... T Welt. R. Kloisciinauer, Packer i G. Crawfcrd, F'.iriiors J. Wenween, J, Fraier, Ccaki.Vo T. Beresnak, t- Hole! the second period as he de- flected a perfect goal mouth pass from Doug Linrtskog into l'i (lie Calgary net and Lewis upped the margin to 6-1 at as he controlled the puck in the Calgary zone. Eloschuk Rot Calgary's sec- ond goal at converting a pass from Dennis Olmstead who had intercepted a Rustler clearing pass, Witlchen's sec- ond goal at gave Red Deer a 7-1 load. Calgnry coach Red Schweit- zer replaced Eppich with Dan Milton for the third period and lie performed solidly as (he Rustlers held a 7-6 edge in shots on goal. fracas. Fans and players joined wild melee as the gamo was ending in a 3-2 Ot- tawa victory. The win gave Ot- tawa a 2-1 lead in UKJ series, Ottawa coach Bill Long saw Sunday he thought "the fighting is over." Many of the player? now are sidelined with Injuries And London coach Bronco Horvath agreed that the viol ence was finished. However, he added, "nobody can really con trol tho kids when they're on the ice.1' The brawl sent Ottawa pi aye: Ray Antilla to hospital with a concussion and facia! lacera- tions. There were no other seri- ous injuries. Club Canucks 7-6 at Henderson Lake Ice Centre last Thursday night, The Bottlers went on a five- goal scoring spree that started at the mark of the first period and ended at the mark of the second to take a one-game lead in the best-of- five final playoff series. After the first period of play the Bottlers held a 4-1 edge and maintained a 6-3 lead af- ter (he second. The pennant winning Can- ucks threatened to force an overtime period as Gerry Kiink- hHtnmcr tallied twice with .he victory. The Bottler's defensive unit :urned offensive minded tally- ing five of their seven goals. Neil Kristjanson fired in two goals to pace the defensive unit while Wayne Rusling, Greg Dick and Dave Ball chipped in ,vith singles. Bob Bartlett and Vic Paly- chuk were the only Bottler's forwards to lilt the scoresheet. For the Canucks, Klinkham- mer's two goal performance was padded by singletons off the sticks of Don Bruchet, Ken Kramer, Al Willis and Ed Slo- boda. During the three periods of play the clubs split 12 minor Montgomer wins girls' Keflectirif! on Hodges as a player, Stengel said: "Ha looked like a dancer at first base. He played with as much grace as any person I ever saw." Walter Alston, (he current manager of the Dodgers, said: "There was never a finer man in baseball. Baseball has lost n real big man. It was guys like Hodges, Pee Wee Reese and Roy Campanella who made it easy for me by hc-lping a rookie- manager when I went to Brook- lyn." "H was a tremendous shock and a tremendous personal said Durocher. Casev Stengel, who managed Hodges both as a Dodger and in his final playing days as a Met, said Hodges "was always trying to da the right thing on and off Jie kail field." "It's a terrible lime. It's terri- ble to have the players on strike and then lose a man like Gil Hodges." Others associated with Hodges during bis playing car- Brooklyn cited a keen personal loss. "I'm Eairt Johnny Podres, the pitcher wiio gave Brooklyn its only World Scries victory with a 2-0 conquest of Xcw York Yankees in 1955. "This ruins everything for me. I've never known a fir.er man." Not incidentally, Hodges knocked in both runs in that Li- tie-clincher. Duke Snider, centre fielder on penalties and two majors call-1 the great Dodger with ed. Ball of the Bottlers and Grant Harrington received the majors for a first period tussle. The second game of (he se- rie.i will lie staged tonight at B recalled a "great but an even greater Cainpanella still seriously ill VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) Roy Campanclla, baseball Hall of Fame catcher for tho old Brooklyn Dodgers, had a tra- cheotomy performed to aid his breathing and also received a blood transfusion today, a spokesman for Grasslands Hos- pital reported. A hospital bulletin also said, "Hoy Cfimpanella remains seri- ously lie is conscious." Campaneila, 50, confined to a wheelchair since an anto acci- dent ended his baseball career in rushed to the hospi- tal unconscious Thursday. tournament Calgary Montgomery captur- ed the first annual YMCA Girl's Hockey Tournament staged in Letlibrldge Good Friday. Tho one-day all-girls hockey tourney featured 11 teams rep- resenting Medicino Hat, Taber, Clarcsholm, Calgary and Letli- bridge. Calgary had six entries In the modified single knockout af- fair while Medicine Hat sent down two. Montgomery dropped Leth- bridge 5-1 in the semi finals and blanked Calgary Bowness 1-0 in liie championship final lo win the annual event. Bowness had reached the fi- nals dumping Calgary Parkdale 2-0 in the other semi-final. Meanwhile Calgary Renfrew blasted Claresholm 5-0 lo earn the consolation final. Renfrew reached (he finals edging Glcnbrook of Calgary 4-3 and Claresholm scjueezcd pa.st Richmond 2-1. p.m. Ire. at the Henderson Ice Cen- Ilodgre, player man." Hodges' death was a "sadden- ing experience" for Jackie Hol> inson, another player who shared the glories of Brooklyn pennants. Cvnlennials win first game with Tigers Wheat Kings back in thicli of playoff By THE CANADrAN PHESS Brandon Wheat Kings liavc rebounded from a two-game deficit in their Iwst-of-sevcn Western Cnnrula Hockey playoffs Milh Saskatoon Tilatles, lying their scries 2-2 Sunday niftht a 5-4 victory- Eclnionton Oil Kings, with n 5-3 victory over New Westmins- ter, took a 3-1 lead in games in their scries nmi Calgary Cen- tennials gained a 4-3 victory over Medicine Hat Tigers to narrow tiio Tigers' lead in games (o 2-1, Brandon, which lost its first two games In the Eastern Divi sion semi-finals and 4-2, added lo ils 0-1 win last Thurs- day willi a top performance by lion Chipperficld who scored i three goals. Tlis third, at of I thp Igst period, !o b? the margin of victory. Glen Mikkclson and Mike Ford got ttie other Brandon goals. Doug M a n c h a k, Murray Myers, Balph Klassen and Bob Hourne tallied for Saskatoon. NC ICB IN BRANDON The Wheat Kings played their homo game in Winnipeg be- cause ico was not available in Brandon. Edmonton, which finished sec- ond to Calgary in the Western Division during the regular sea- son, got its victory on four Ihird-pmorl goals. The Bruins had a 2-1 leau in Uie second pe- riod. Don Kozak scored two goals for Edmonton, including the inner at of the third pe- riod. Randy flola, Marcel Co- moau and Tom lilndon also (al- lied for the Oil Kings. ISladon's goal was an empty net after New Westininsler coach Ernie pulled goalie Terry Richardson for an extra nl tackcr. Bernie Lukowieh scored for (ho Dniins when his pass de- flected off Ihc skate of Brian Ogilvie of the. Oil Kings. lion Greshner and Vic Mercredit scored the others for the home- town club. Edmonton had registered 4-2 and 5-3 victories in the first two games of its playoff hut New Westminster had rebounded last Thursday with n 4-2 win al home. Calgary got its first victory of the playoffs in its second home game. Left winger Derek Black lallicd on a slap shot at of the Ihird period lo snap a tie. The win broko Medicine Hat's string of victories by -f-2 and 2-fi over the top-place chib. j Medicine Hal had finished the regular seasons in fourth place with only 73 points compared with Calgary's 101. The other Calgary goals Sun- day night came from Bob Nys- trom. Doug Horbul and Marly Kessell, Tom Lysiak, Ihc WCHL scor- ing king, connected for first-period goals for the and Dick Jcllenia gut the other. The fourth game in (he I gary-Mcdicino jlat series is scheduled for Tuesday night in Medicine Hal. Tlie Brandnn-Sas- deadlock win be broken :he same evening in Saskatoon while Flin Klon Bombers, who won their first playoff game 3-2, visits Itegina Pats. 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