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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta ino rriwy, EXPLORE CANADA IN 74 or WMttra Canada, Vyhw ami N.W.T. For comptoM mUrnMUon Md MMttM- ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Herald Sports LETNNME OFFICE FUHNTWE LTD. I IH.T411 Mora t aJM. lo fcM p4ib IB t PJH Thunder. Aaron draws even with the immortal Bake Ruth Henry's finest hour was also commissioner Bowie Kuhn's By RED SMITH New York Times Service NEW YORK The only way it could have been better would have been for Henry to hit the very first pitch, the one thrown by Gerald Ford. Of all the contributions Hank Aaron has made to baseball in 20 blameless years, of all- his accomplishments as a player and his acts of graciousness, generosity and loyalty as a person, none was half so valuable as his achievement of Thursday. It isn't only that his 714th home run matched a record which for more than 40 years was considered beyond human reach, and it isn't particularly importnat that this courteous, modest man has at least overtaken Babe Ruth's roistering ghost What really counts is that when Henry laid the wood on Jack Billingham's fast ball, he struck a blow for the integrity of the game and for public faith in the game. With one stroke he cancelled schemes to cheapen his pursuit of the record by making it a carnival attraction staged for the box office alone, and he rendered moot two months of wrangling between the money changers and the Protectors of the Faith Standard bearer in the latter camp was Bowie Kuhn, whose exercise of authority as baseball commissioner brought about Aaron's presence in the line- up. When the game's upright scoutmaster notified the Atlanta Braves that he expected Aaron to play two out of three of the team's early games, he brought back to memory an observation made some years ago by the late Tom Meany as toastmaster at a sports dinner in Toots Shor's. "Ford Frick just reached for the rye Tom announced between introductions "It's his first positive move in four years." This is the sixth season in office for Prick's successor once removed, and nothing he did in the first five years was anywhere near as important as his action in this matter. Bill Bartholomay, the Braves' president, meant to keep Aaron on the bench through the first three games in Cincinnati in the hope that crowds would fill the Atlanta Park to see Henry go after Ruth's record in the 11 game home stand that opens Monday night. Kuhn realized that in the view of most fans, leaving the team's cleanup hitter out of the batting order would be tantamount to dumping the games in Cincinnati He explained to Bartholomay what self interest should have told the Braves' owner, that it is imperative that every team present its strongest line-up every day in an honest effort to win, and that the customers must believe the strongest line-up is being used for that purpose. When Batholomay persisted in his determination to dragoon the living Aaron and the dead Ruth as shills to sell tickets in Atlanta, the commissioner laid down the law. With a man like Henry swinging for him, that's all he had to do. Thanks to Mrs. Herbert Aaron's muscular son, p.m April 4, 1974, will stand until further notice as Bowie Kuhn's finest hour. That was the time of day when Henry hit the ball, and although his 715th home run will mean more to him because it will advance him into a class all by himself, it was his finest hour, too. To be sure, he didn't realize that beforehand. While the controversy that Bartholomay started was going on, Henry said some foolish things. He talked about protecting the Atlanta box office and about the rights of Atlanta's dwindling body of customers. He said it didn't matter whether he played or not because the Braves weren't going anywhere this year. When they said, "suppose the commissioner orders the Braves to play he said that in that event he guessed the commissioner would have to make out Cincinnati's batting order, too. This smart- aleck line must have been fed1 to him, for Henry isn't a smart aleck. Had he given it any thought he would have realized that there was no need for Kuhn to worry about the Cincinnati batting order because nobody in the Reds' organization was playing tricks for box-office purposes. Kuhn knew he could rely on Sparky Anderson to start the team he considered most likely to win. If he could have placed the same reliance Braves' brass, he.would never have set a precedent by pre-empting the manager's responsibility. As it turned out, there was nothing contrived about the locale or the timing of the event. It happened in the first inning on Henry's first time at bat and the hit produced the first runs of the season. It was witnessed by a standing room only crowd of who weren't lured in by Aaron but rather by the local tradition which dicUies that every ambulatory citizen of Cincinnati must attend the opening game even if he doesn't show up again all summer. It wasn't even postponed tomorrow, when the box office could use a special attraction and the game will be on national television. The way Henry did it removed all taint of commercialism For this day, at least, the business of baseball made way for sport Bucks in control, lead Lakers 3-1 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Milwaukee Bucks shackled Los Angeles Lakers 112-90 in the National Basketball Association Thursday night to grab a 3-1 lead in their best-of- seven Western Conference semi-final In the ABA playoffs Virginia Squires gained their first vic- tory in three games against New York, holding off the Nets 116-115, Indiana Pacers squared their series against San Antonio at 2-2, edging the Spurs 91-89, and San Diego Conquistadors gained a 2-2 tie against Utah, shading the Stars 100-98 The other ABA series, be- tween Kentucky and Carolina Cougars, resumes tonight at Greensboro, N.C., with the Colonels leading 1-0. In the NBA, Capital Bullets take a 2-1 advantage against New York Knicks at Landover, Md and Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons, tied 1-1, meet at Chicago Karrem Abdul-Jabbar, the most valuable player in the NBA this season, had 31 points and 16 rebounds for the Bucks. Gail Goodrich, the Lakers' leading scorer during the regular season, was held to only one field goal Elmore Smith led Los Ange- les with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Virginia was spurred by Jim Eakins' 31 points, George Car- ter's 23 and reserve George Ir- vine's 18 Julius Erving was high scorer for the Nets with 29 points. Roger Brown paced Indiana with 29 points. Rich Jones topped San Antonio with 28 points and George Gervin added 24 San Diego rookie Dwight Lamar had 32 points Willie Wise was Utah's high scorer with 30 Beny Chevrolet Oldsmobile 2nd and 8th StrMt S. Phone 328-1101 Wishes to advise their customers of their NEW HOURS OF WORK for the Parts and Service Dept. MONDAY through FRIDAY a.m. noon and to p.m. Closed All Day Saturday THESE HOURS EFFECTIVE STARTING SAT.. APRIL 6th PLAN TO ATTEND 1st. ANNUAL LIONS CLUB GUN HOBBY SHOW APRIL Sth and 6th At The 4-H BUILDING LUhlridpExMbffiOR Grounds Friday 6 P.M. to 11 P.M. Saturday 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. Adults: Children Undtr 12 with Family Plan (Show Approved by Tlw Mbarta Cartridge Awn.) There it goes Atlanta Braves' Henry Aaron starts away from the plate after hitting his 714th career home run in the first inning Thursday in Cincinnati. The home run, tying him with Babe Ruth, came off Reds' Jack Billmgham. Mini Games close on weekend The 1974 Southern Alberta Winter Mini Games will officially come to a close with five major sports events this weekend. The Mini Games which has already staged six events during the past two weekends are being held in conjunction with the 1975 Canada Winter Games to be run-off in Southern Alberta next Feb 11- 22 inclusively Men's basketball action will be the featured sport this weekend with games scheduled for Friday and Midget puck tourney set Preparations for the second annual Lethbridge Midget Hockey Tournament were in the final stages as of Thursday night. As in the first annual event, eight teams will participate in the double knockout tourney co-sponsored by the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association and the Lethbridge Elks Lodge No 37 The four-day affair is scheduled to get underway BOYS! PLAY SOCCER! Ages 8 to 16 (3 Divisions) League play starts April 10 teams or more. Fee Mail to Box 74, Herald NAME .............................................AGE SOCCER EXPERIENCE ADDRESS .............PHONE NO........................ BIRTH DATE.............................................. VOLUNTEER PARENT'S NAME............ortwM ROOM MO. 1 CIVIC SPORTS CENTRE SUNDAY, APRIL 7th at PON AND VOLUNTEERS (HELP) MEETING LETHMIDQI MINON SOCCER ASSOCIATION AND SUPPORTERS with a pair of games next Thursday evening and will run right through to Sunday. All games will be held at the Henderson Lake Ice Centre The eight teams taking part in the Easter Week special will include the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flyers, Calgary Milchem Black Hawks. Vernon Midget Reps, Regina Inland Rangers, Medicine Hat Cablevision All-Stars, Red Deer Optimist Chiefs, Edmonton Cessco Midgets and the host Lethbridge Midget Elks. The Red Deer Chiefs are the 1973-74 provincial midget champions while the Edmonton Cessco Midgets are the defending tourney champs Ed Cutler president The Lethbridge Commercial Men's Slow Pitch League elected Ed Cutler as its president for the 1974 season recently. Cutler will handle much of the official duties in the upcoming season which will probably get underway within the next month. All Interested groups must have a delegate at the league's next meeting slated for p.m. at the Miners' Library Tuesday night. Saturday at the Raymond High School The opening game is set to go at 5 p m. Friday night. Other sports which will help end the three-week Mini Games include men's curling at Fort Macleod. women's volleyball at Milk River, speed skating at the Lethbridge Henderson Lake Ice Centre and table tennis at the Winston Churchill High School The women's volleyball action, speed skating and table tennis will all start at 9 a m Saturday at their respective sites. Meanwhile a special novelty table tennis tournament will be staged at the WCHS Friday night The tourney which gets underway around 7pm will be open to anyone 22 years of age and over Registration fee is set for and all interested players may enter by contacting the Community Services Department at 328-2341. Rose, Jackson sparkle in baseball openers PRESS Thus far, after just one day in the spotlight, the 1974 baseball season bears a striking resemblance in 1973. Hank Aaron hit home run No. 714, tying Babe Ruth's career record, the Atlanta Braves bullpen failed miserably, Pete Rose won a game for Cincinnati Reds with some sharp hitting and base running, Reggie Jackson did some strong hitting for Oak- land As, and Texas Rangers lost despite manager Billy Martin's pennant talk. Despite the slim opening day game in each was quite a bit of action as the Reds rallied to edge the Braves 7-6 in 11 innings in tue National League while the two-time world champion As trounced the Rangers 7-2 in the American. Fourteen more teams play today and the rest of the clubs play Saturday Aaron, 40, hit a three-run homer off Cincinnati's Jack Billingham in the first inning on his first trip to the plate He sent the 3-1 pitch over the left field fence at the 375- foot mark and received a resolution of congratulations in the U.S. Senate and a standing ovation in the House of Representatives. CONGRATULATE AARON And the game was inter- rupted for six minutes while Aaron was congratulated by Vice-President Gerald Ford, baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Bill Bartholomay, board chairman of the Braves By scoring a run in the fifth inning, Aaron also tied Willie. Mays for third place on the alltime list in that category After Atlanta built a 6-1 lead, the Reds pulled within range on Dave Concepcion's solo homer off starter Carl Morton in the fifth inning and Tony Perez' three-run shot off Phil Niekro in the eighth. Then George Foster delivered a pinch single and Rose doubled him home to tie the score Rose doubled again off Buzz SCOTT JAILED WINNIPEG (CP) Louis Scott, a 26-year-old American who tried out unsuccessfully last year with Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League, was sentenced to five months in jail Thursday. Scott, formerly of Austin, Tex. pleaded guilty to five charges of attempted false pretences and one charge of possession instruments for forgery A Dack Classic means Durable, always tasteful and valuable Buffalo BROGUE In Brown Imported water Bison plain In Black gram MEN'S HKHN MOTS for 74 In all Camm's now Ask alto about ttw Smooth Brown Calf Brogue and a great PRAIRIE BUFFALO PLAIN VAMP TIE. Camm's Shoes Capra with two out in the llth Capra then uncorked a wild pitch and Rose raced home. Jackson had a single, two doubles, a home run and a sto- len base in Oakland's rout of Texas. The As jumped on Jim Bibby, who no-hit them last July, for four runs in the second inning and chased him with two more in the fifth. Catfish Hunter, a 21-game winner in 1973, held the Rangers to three singles through seven innings. Herb Washington, a world- class sprinter from Michigan State, made his debut as Oak- land's pinch runner in the sev- enth inning He didn't get a chance to steal, though, as Steve Hargan wild pitched him to second He was stranded when Deron Johnson grounded out. CORBETT SIGNS TORONTO (CP) Toronto Argonauts announced Thursday the signing of offensive tackle Billy Corbett the first choice of Cleveland Browns in the 1974 National Football League draft of college players The Canadian Football League team said the 6-foot-5 270-pound tackle was signed to a multi-year contract. Corbett. 21. played four years at the all-black J C Smith College in Charlotte NC ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES NATIONAL Ent Division W L T F A Boston 51 16 9 341 211 111 Montreal 44 23 9 283 232 97 Rangers 39 23 291 239 92 Toronto 34 26 16 267 223 84 Buffalo 31 33 12 236 245 74 Detroit 28 38 10 243 309 66 Van 23 42 11 218 283 57 Islanders 18 41 18 178 245 54 Divuion Phila 49 15 12 266 156 110 Chicago 39 14 23 259 157 101 UA 32 32 12 220 225 76 Atlanta 28 34 14 204 233 70 St LOUIS 26 38 12 201 237 64 Pitts 27 40 9 223 266 63 Minn 23 36 17 231 263 63 Calif 13 54 10 191 338 36 SCORING LEADERS G A Esposilo B 67 74 141 Orr B 30 86 116 Hodge B 49 54 103 Apps Pgh 24 61 85 Clarke Pha 35 49 84 Cashman B 26 5? 83 Martin Buf 48 34 82 WORLD Final East Division W L T F A Ptt N Eng 43 31 4 291 260 90 Toronto 41 33, 4 304 272 86 Cleveland 37 32 9 266 264 83 Chicago 38 35 5 271 273 81 Quebec 38 36 4 306 280 80 N Jersey 32 42 4 268 313 68 WM! Divtolon Houston 48 25 5 318 219 101 Minn 44 32 2 332 275 90 Edmonton 38 37 3 268 269 79 Winnipeg 34 39 5 264 296 73 Vancouver 27 50 1 278 345 55 LOS'Ang 25 53 0 239 339 50 WHA LEADERS Walton M Lacroix NJ G Howe, H Mull W Connelly, M Carleton T Lawson V G A Pta 57 60117 31 80111 31 69 100 53 42 95 42 53 95 37 55 92 50 38 88 HOCKEY SCORES National Philadelphia 4 NY Islanders 0 Pittsburgh 4 Buffalo 2 World Vancouver 4 Winnipeg 2 Los Angeles 6 New Jersey 4 Western Phoenix 3 Portland 1 International Des Momes 8 Flint 3 Des Momes leads Dest-of-seven semi-final 3-0 Western Canada Saskatoon 3 Regma 2 Regma leads best-of-seven quar- ter-final 2-1 New Westminster 4 Medicine Hat 3 New Westminster leads best-of- seven quarter-final Calgary 2 Edmonton 4 Calgary leads best-of-seven quar- ter-final 2-1 BASKETBALL SCORES NBA Milwaukee 112 Los Angeles 90 Milwaukee leads best-of-seven quarter final 3-1 ABA San Diego 100 Utah 98 Best-of-seven quarter-final tied 2- 2 Virginia 116 New York 115 Virginia leads best-of-seven quar- ter-final 2-1 Indiana 91 San Antonio 89 Best-of-seven quarter-final tied 1- AMERICAN LEAGUE Oakland 040 020 11 1 Texas 000 000 7 2 Hunter (1-0) Fingers (B) and Fosse Bibby (0-1) Foucault (5) Hargan (7) Allen (9) and Billings Sundberg (9) HR Oak Jackson (1) NATIONAL LEAGUE Ail 300 120 000 6 0 Cin 100 010 031 13 1 Morton P Niekro (8) House (9) Aker (9) Capra (0-1) (11) and Dates Billmgham Nelson (6) Borbon (8) Hall (10) Carroll (1-0) (10) and Bench HRs Atl Aaron (1) Cm Concepcion (1) Perez (1) GENERAL 1st LINE REAR TRACTOR TIRE 18.4x34-6 ply The tire experts with the low prices! 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