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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta _______________________________________MoneJoy, April 3, 197Z THI U1HBRIBGE HERALD 11 Henri attack claims Mats' manager dies after collapsing Sunday P3S WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. {AP) notifies, n lovcablc gianl who won Dodger fans with his bat and Met hearl-s with liis bn.in, died on Easter Sunday he should Itavc been in a bascbaLL uniform. "Gil was said Eddie Yosl, "then tumbled backwards." Yost and follow New York Mots' coaches Rube Walker .-mil Joe Pignalano had just finished a iun day on the golf course with their manager. "Only reason we were playing said Pignatnno, "was thai [tie players' strike put us out o[ business. Otherwise, we'd been over in the West Palm Tleach ballpark playing the Atlanta Braves." Hodges collapsed he and his coaches were walking back to their motel. Pignatano, a for-1 then dropped to the ground In mer catcher, yelled as they parted: "Hey, Gillie, what time you wanl. to meet for The husky skipper said: Hodges, e-fcel-3 and pounds with, hands like a bear, No settlement, players at home NEW YORK (AP) Wednes- day's scheduled opening of Uie 1972 baseball season remained in doubt today with more meet- ings lined up in attempts to set- tle Uie players' strike in a pen- sion dispute with club owners. "The situation remains the John Gaherin, repre- senting Ihe owners, said follow- ing Sunday's session wilh Mar- vin Miller, executive dh-eclor of the Major League Baseball Association. "There is no progress towards a sel-llement. We will meet agam Monday." Miller said today's get-to- gether probably would be en- larged from his head-lo-head weekend mcclings 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 Horida. Hodges was once a Kinsmen's Sportsmen's Dinner guesl. fifth pennant Due to a shortage in ice time 115 victories and one lie for 31 Rustlers the City Broomball League were forced lo cut their season schedule short. Wclferlich declared the league champions for the fifth consecutive time os Uicy edged out Canada Packers by one point. who has captured the league pennant every year since the league's initial season live years ago, picked up 32 poinls for the season on J5 uins nnd ties Canada Packers were runners np with Tennis chili plai is meeting Tho I.cthhridge Tennis Club Tvill hold its annual reorganiza- ticnat m c e I i n g Wednesday The meeting will be stapetl in room 4 at the Civic Centre r.t p.m. and nil members and iiitercsled tennis players arc to altcnd. points Ventura Hotel finished In third place with 28 points Knight Clubbers followed close- y in fourth with 24 poinls. John Vaselenak of Can a rl a Packers earned the scoring ti- tle with 40 big goals for the sea- son whilo frits Fomradas of came in second with 33 goals. George SLim.nz of Lelhbridge Hotel and Tom Wright of Wel- lerlich shared n third place fin- ish in the scoring race with 19 goals apiece. Qnarler final playoffs will slart Sunday with four games. Each game is a suchlen-di'nlh playoff match and the winners will move to the semi-fina matches which will also be sndden-dcalh affair. The finals will he staged April 9 in a two-game total-goal se- ries. one from title RED DEER CCP) Red Deer Rustlers whipped Cal- flory Canucks 9-i before fans Sunday lo move to within one win of the Alberta Junior Hockey League championship. The Rustlers lead the best-of- seven final 3-1 with the fifth game to he played in Calgary Tuesday. Terry Witlclien scored his eighth nnd ninth goals of the series to lead the Rustlers' el- tack. Dnlc Lewis nlso got two goals and singles came from Reg Kincli, Dale Bingham, Foord, Tom Llndskog and Gorvlio had intercepted a Rustle clearing pass, WiUchcn's sec ond goal at gave Ret Dcor a 7-1 lead. Calgiiry conch Red Schwci zur replaced ICppich with Da Millon for the third period an he performed solidly as Ih Riisllcrs held a 7-G edge shols on goal. iller committee and I'll proba- y have one, Miller snid. He added lhat Ihe weekend .eetings were spent "rephras- g and reviewing positions. players went on strike Saturday seeking contributions rom the owners above (he one- nd-enly offer for (he calth care segment of (he pcu- 011 package. They contend that an urplus in the pension ulling from increased interest iites on loans, overfunding and vercslimaling payments for xmunenUy disabled players Ills no more than from of Ihe 2-1 major league lubs v.-ould make up Ihe 17 per cnt pension increase they seek. IN PLAYER CONTRIBUTION Baseball's current pension >lan, covering any player active rom 1959 on, provides a pension tier four years service. Flay- rs, who don't, contribute a dime o the plan, may start drawing pension at their 45Ui birthday. A four-year player, at 45, gets front of room 150. Despite speedy first aid, the man would have celebrated liis JIHli birthday Tuesday was before he reached hospital. Hodges signed with Bi-ooklyn Dodgers for a bonus in l'J'3 and became a regular after returning from the marines in He a brilliant first bise- mtn for it seasons in Brooklyn, which became his permanent home, and wenl west with the Dotljcrs in 1053 for (our more years in a Los Angeles uniform. Afier two part-time, seasons witli a budding New York club called Ihe Mels in 1562-63, quit to become manager of Senators for five through 1967. 11KLD RECORDS His phying career showed a till-stiiii'ling record of 14 bas- e5-loadtil homers along with runs batted in, a .273 car- ccr Bveragc, seven World Se- ries, eight all star games and a National League record of 370 home runs by a right-handed hitter wliirh has since been sur- passed by such modern sluggers as Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. Hodges home to JS'cw York for a third time in 1963 lo manage Ihe Mcts, a learn more famed for laughs Hum victories. Afler a ninth-place finish Ihe first summer, Hodges marched the MeLs to a pennant and startling NL World Series thumping o[ Baltimore Orioles in '09. "We're all still e little glassy- eyed." Mets general manager Bob Schefling said Sunday. "Gil never looked belter. He had recovered so well from lhat 1< r. Mnnlll lUitV, Irt Mn. 3 u 11UU1 IIIUI ITS afuck .in ILL IN IOCS Hodges was felled Sept. 24 alter 20 years. TTie figures, for he same years of service al tries Ihe year before the World Dick Scries miracle. Until then, he gc 65 are ?S18.M, and 1B6J1, during the Mcts' final se- i Meanwhile, leneral manager of Boston Ilcd Sox, said he is not optimistic over settlement of the walkout. t see no indications of e quick he said. "I cTon't sec any signs of either side Coaches feel fighting all over OTTAWA (CP) Coaches for Ottawa 67s and London Knights said Sunday they doubt there vill bfl further fierce fracases, similar to one Iwlween the .cams nnd fans here Friday, during the remaining games of IK best-of-seven Ontario Hockey Association Jr. A quart- er-final series. Both coaches were required y the association to post bonds against further incidents such as the third-period fight that sparked a near-riot among spectators. City police and Crown attor- ney John Cassells will decide Tuesday whether charges are to be laid In connection with tlie fracas. Fans and players joined in a wild melee jus! as the gamo was ending in a 3-2 Ot- lawa victory. The win gave Ot- tawa a 2-1 lead in tlic scries. Ottawa coach Bill Ixmg said Sunday he thought "the fighting is over." Many of Iho players now are sidelined with Injuries And London coach Bronco Horvath agreed that tha viol ence was finished. However, he added, "nobody can really con trol the kids when Ihcy're on the ice." The brawl sent Otlawa player Hay Antilla to hospital with concussion and facial lacera- tions. There were no other seri- ous injuries. DID ME MOTHER TELL-iOU, FLORAE I'M GETTIN1 ITMUSTBENiCETO SOMEONE TO S -iER TRO'JBLE'S As' TALK THINGS OVER WITH I'M LOOKIN FORWARD TO IT no. no. Oh, iw Leo Durocher Dv TI1K ASSOCIATED PRESS scribe a guy as fine as he was lo associates "Oh, no. Oil. no. Oh, no." lio Durocher, manager of Chicago Cubs, reacted with disbelief when he learned of the death of Gil Hodges, manager of New York Mels and a loug- jmo associate in the old Brook- lyn Dodger organization. "It's hard to find words to de- ond former leam- bolh m or off the said Duroclier, after learning ol Hodges' death Sunday. Hodges, 47, collapsed and died of a attack after playing golf at West Palm Beach, Fla. The suddf.n death prompted eu- logies and brought deep sorrow araw first blood Purity Bottling blood in the City drew first minute and two seconds left In Recreation Hockey League champions li i p iad never suffered heart ail ments, 'I don't lliink the players strike was bothering him loi said Yost, "but you never know. "Gillie was a quiet fellow whi ;ept so much inside. Ilis main worry was our ball club losing ils edge for the opener." Baseball is scheduled to opei he 1972 season Wednesday un- less the Major League Players Association continues its walk- out over pension benefits. Hodges hadn't anticipated Ihe chance (o play nny since lis Mets were honing their tal- eiits for the regular season opener. The strike washed out Uie Uels' Saturday exhibition al i-'ort Lauderdale against the Yankees and took care of Sun- day's scheduled practice bout ivith the Braves here. Mel officials refused specula- ion on a successor to Hodges. ''U'e are thinking about noth- ng but his family said Donald Grant, Met board chair- man. "I know ils a question re- porlers must ask, but we just can't think about il al a lime of shock such as lliis." the game. Klinkhammer scored at the mark and again at K -K playoff Imals outlasting Labor nc..Ucrs ]nmg ou (0 carn Club Canucks 7-6 at Henderson Lake Ice Centre last Thursday night, The Bottlers went on 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 Ihe Bottlers held a 4-1 edge and maintained a 6-3 lead af- ter Ihe second. The pennant winning Can- ucks threatened to force an overtime period as Gerry Kiink- nammcr tallied twice with a Campanclla still seriously ill VALHALLA, Roy Campancl N.Y. (AP) baseball Hal Montgomery W111S the victory. Tlie Bottler's defensive unit .urned offensive minded tally- jig five of their seven goals. Neil Kristjanson fired in two goals to pace the defensive unit while Wayne Rusting, Greg Dick and Dave Bail chipped in with singles. Bob Bartlctt and Vic Paly- chuk were the only Bottler's forwards to hit the scoreshect. For the Canucks, Klinkham- mer's tv.o 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 ReflectinB on es a player, Stengel said: "Ha looked like a drtricer at Lrst base. He played with as much graco as any person I ever SE1W." Walter Alston, Ihe current manager of llie Dodgers, said: "There was never a finer man in Last-ball. Baseball lias lost n real big man. It was guys libo Hodges. Pee Wee Reese and Hoy Caiupanella who inade it easy for me by Jn-lping a rookio manager when I went to Brook- lyn." "It was a tremendous shock tuid a IremcndoiLS personal said Durocher. Casev Stengel, who managed Hodges both as a Dodger and in his final playing days as n Met, said Hodges "was always Irving to d-j the right tiling on and off Uie Iicld." It's n terrible time, fl's lerri- ble to have th? players on strike and then lose a man liko Gil Hodges." Others associated with Hodges during bis playing car- eer in Brooklyn cited a keen personal loss. "I'm Eairt Johnny Podres, Uie pitcher who gave Brooklyn its only World Scrie.s victory with a 2-0 conquest of Xew York Yankees in 1935. "This ruins everything for me. I've never known a finer man." Not Incidentally, Hodges knocked in both runs in Dial ti- tle-clincher. Duke Snider, centre fielder on ed Ball of (he Bofllers nnd Grant Harringlon received the majors for n first period tussle. The second game of Ihe sp- 1 rie.i will be singed tonight at B penalties and two majors call- Ihe great Dodger icams with recalled a "great bu1. an even greater Itodgre, plnyer man Hodges' death was a "sadden- in" experience" for Jackie Hob- of Fame catcher for Iho olc Brooklyn Dodgers, had a tra- cheotomy performed to aid hi.s breathing and also received a blood transfusion today, a spokesman for Grasslands Hos pital reported. A hospital bulletin also said "Hoy Campnnclla remains seri- ously ill. lie is conscious." Campanclla. 50, confined to a wheelchair since an auto acci- dent ended his baseball career in was rushnl to the hospi- lal unconscious Thursday. tournament Montgomery captur- ed the first annual YMCA Girl's Hockey Tournament staged in Lellibridga Good Friday. Tho one-day all-girls hockey tourney featured 11 teams rep- resenting Medicine Hat, Tobcr, Clarcsholm, Calgary and Lelli- bridge. Calgary had six entries In the modified single knockoul af- fair while Medicine Hat sent dOMTl tWO. Montgomery dropped I.eth- bridge 5-1 in the semi finals and blanked Calgary Bowness JO in Ilic championship final lo win Ihe annual event. Bowness hnrl reached the fi- nals dumping Calgary Farkdale 2-0 in Ihe olhcr semi-final. Meanvihile Calgary Hcnfmv blaslrrl Claiesholm 5-0 (o earn Uie consolalion final. Renfrew reached (he finals edging Hlcnbrook of Calgary 4-3 ajiil Claresholm squeezed pa.st Kichmond 2-1. p.m. at the Henderson Ire. neither player who Ice Cen-1 shared the glories of Brooklyn pennants. Cwileunidls first, game with Tigers Wheat Kings back in thick of playoff By THE CANAD'AN PHESS Brandon Wheat Kings liavc rebounded a Iwrvpame deficit, in their Iw.Ht-of-.seven Western Canada Hockey league playoffs wilh Saskaloon lilacles, lying their scries 22 Sunday nifiliL wilh a 5-1 viclory. lidnionton Oil Kings, with n 5-3 viclory over New Westmins- ter, took n 3-1 lead in games in Ihcir scries find Calvary Cen- tennials gained a 4-3 victory over Medicine Hat Tigers to narrow tlio Tigers' lead in games lo 2-1. Brandon, which lost its first two games In the Eastern Divi sion semi-finals B-0 and 4-2, added lo ils 9-1 win last Thurs- day with a top performance by lion Chippcrficld who scored three, goals. Ills third, at of !o b? the margin of victory. Glen .Mikkclson and Mike Ford got Ihe other Brandon goals. Doug M a n c h a k, Murray Myers, Tialph Klasscn and Dob Bourne lallicd for Saskatoon. NO ICf; IN nilANDON The Kings played Iliclr homo pamn in Winnipeg he- cause ico was not available in Brandon. Edmonton, which finished sec- ond lo Calgary in Ihe Western Division during the regular sea- son, gol ita victory on four Ihird-prriid goals. The Druins had a 2-1 lead in Hie second pe- riod. Don Kozak scored goals Tor Edmonton, including the Mlnner at of the third pe- riod. Handy Rola, Marcel Co- moau and Tom Hladon al.so lied for the Oil Kings. Dladon's goal was an cmply net after New Westminster coach Ernie Mcl.can pulled goalie Terry Kidiardsors for nn extra nl tackcr. Dcmie Lukowich scored for Iho Dnlins when his pass dc- flccled off Ihe skate of Brian Ogilvic of (he. Oil Kings, lion Grcshncr and Vic Mcrcredit scored Ihe others (or the homc- club. Edmonton had registered 4-2 and S-3 victories in the lirst two Rames of its playoff hut New Wcslminstci- had rebounded last Thursday with a 4-2 win a I borne. Calgary gol its first viclory of' the playoffs in ils second home game. Left winger Derek BInrk (allied on a slap shot at of the third period lo snap a lie. The win broko Medicine Kat's string of victories by -1-2 and 2-fi over the top-place chib. j Mwiicine Hal had finished Ihe regular seasons in fourth place with only poinls compared with Calgary's 101. The oilier Calgary gonls Sun- day night came from Hob Nys- Irom. Doug Ilorbul and Marly Kcsscll, Tom Lysiak, Ihe WCI1L scor- ing king, conneclcd for fir.sl-pcriod coals for Ihe Tigers nnd Dick Jellema gul the olhcr. j The fourth gsmo in (he I gary-Medicino Jiat tenes is scheduled for Tuesday In Medicine1 Hal. Tlie Brandon-Sas- katoon deadlock will be1, broken (lie same evening in Saskaloon while Flin 1'lon fiombcrs. who won Iheir first playoff game 3-2, visits flogina Tats. Tho fifth and possibly decid- ing game? in Ihe Westminster series is scheduled for Edmonton on Tuesday, April n. 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