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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD April 9, 1974 EXPLORE CANADA IN 74 Eicortcd louri by Rill, Bui, or Air EttUrn or Wtrttrn Cinadi, Yukon N W.T. For complete Information and conlicl- ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Centre Village Mall Phone 328-3201 The Herald Sports LETHBRIDQE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. Lower 7th f (hopping Mall Alberia (403) 328-7411 HOME AND OFFICE SAFES Pressure lifts with blast Aaron feels he can relax ATLANTA (AP) Hank Aaron refusing to yield to the pressuie. erased Babe Ruth's standard Monday night when he smashed the 715th home run of his career I feel I can said the Atlanta Braves slugger after his two-run, fourth- inning blast off left-hander Al Downing of Los Angeles Dodgers "I feel my team-mates can relax and I think I can have a great he said. The veteran of 20 major league campaigns became the game's all-time home-run king the same way he tied Ruth's mark of 714 on opening tagging the first pitch he swung at in the game The historic shot triggered 11 minutes of bedlam in Atlanta Stadium as a crowd of cheered the soft-spoken Alabama native A call of Esposito brothers pocket extra money with titles Record blast Henry Aaron, Atlanta Braves slugger knows it's gone as he watched the flight of home run 715. Aaron, with this blast, moved past Babe Ruth as the all-time home run king of baseball MONTREAL (CP) Centre Phil Esposito of Boston Bruins Monday pushed his Art Ross Trophy winnings over the last seven seasons to when he was awarded for his National Hockey League scoring feats in the current season This season Esposito became only the second player in NHL history to win four straight point-scoring titles It marked the fifth time in his career he has won the award Gordie Howe, former great right winger with Detroit Red Wings and now with Houston Aeros of the World Hockey As- sociation, won six scoring championships, including four in a row, during NHL career Included in Esposito s 145 points this season were 68 goals, making him the first player to lead the NHL in goals for five straight seasons His points and goal totals this season were second only to his own records of 152 and 76 respectively, in 1970- 71 As over-all winner, Esposito collects along with the Art Ross Trophy, plus as first-half leader and another for leading all scorers in the second half Defenceman Bobby Orr of the Bruins finished second with 122 points, including a league-leading 90 assists, to win as over-all runner-up to Esposito, plus for each half, as runner-up to the big centre Another Esposito, goaltender Tony of Chicago Black Hawks, also nade the post-season mone} list, but he had to >hare the Vezina Trophy with Bernie Parent of Philadelphia Flyers It marked the first time in the 48-year history of the award that two clubs had to 11 ine nawKS ana tne Flyers wound up JOIN 164 goals-against marks, forcing the league to award Parent and Holiday Bowls SPRING each, and to engrave the names of both goalies on the trophy as the winner receives and the runner-up Free fun night complete with In each league for every dollar of prize paid Holiday Bowl will match it with dollar. Grand Prize for all ladies' league winners. G A Pts Pim Esposito B 68 77 145 will receive and 2 nights at B 32 90 122 Hot Springs and will bowl in B 50 55 105 provincial B 30 59 89 111 Clarke -Pha 35 52 87 Grand Prize for all mixed leagues will be Buf 52 34 86 Pgh 24 61 85 T 38 46 84 Starts week of April Pgh 43 39 32 14 Park NYR 25 57 82 LEAGUES 3 GAMES Mm 20 62 82 Marl lich M 31 49 80 Bowling __ ___ C 30 50 80 Prize D 24 54 78 D 51 26 77 R -36 41 77 Pha 32 45 77 Ladies Morning and Afternoon C 30 47 77 4C Bucyk B 31 44 75 Evening Ladies and Mixed V 16 59 75 worthy Mm 48 26 74 Interested teams or individuals M 40 33 73 HOLIDAY BOWL at Mahhch M 36 37 73 122 Pappm C 32 41 73 Pgh 40 32 72 KAWASAKI KAWASAKI KAWASAKI KAWASAKI KAWASAKI 750 CC PURCHASERS sports You Buy Compare Facts H-2750, STROKE JET STROKE S-3 400, S-l 250 Good OLD AGE times to keep you the streets Come see what of our sports bikes qt OH Fitter than just street bikes 4 at. 2000 More More 2547.00 SuggMtad Retail 2 STROKE 1773.00 1395 00 St. Phone 327-6117 2socc ms.oo KAWASAKI KAWASAKI KAWASAKI KAWASAKI KAWASAKI congratulations came from President Nixon while the famous No 44 was still in the game Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn, who ordered the Braves to play Aaron in Cincinnati Sunday, called him "one of the greatest we have ever seen "If God didn't see fit for me to hit the home run here, then I would have hit it somewhere said Aaron, 40 "This would have to be my top thrill in baseball said the man who holds more than a dozen major-league records "It wasn't one of my better ones but the wind helped to carry he said I hit it fairly good It was a fast ball It was inside, but I think he (Downing) wanted it further inside He just hung it a little Downing, a 13-year-veteran who had yielded only two other homers to Aaron, left the game after walking the next two hitters following Aaron's blast that drew the Braves even at 3-3 Atlanta went on to win 74 RECORDS HIS MESSAGE The Dodger hurler left ihe ball park, leaving behind a tape-recorded message in which he said Litce a great hitter when he picks his pitch he s pretty certain that's the pitch he s looking for and chances are he s going to hit it pretty good The flamboyant Ruth hit his final three home runs for Bos- ton Braves against Pittsburgh May 25 1935 He died of cancer in New York in 1948 Ruth s widow Clare did not watch her husband s record tumble on television but she heard about it almost imme- diately and sent a telegram of congratulations to Aaron The Babe loved baseball so very much, she said I know he was pulling for Hank Aaron to break his record I sent Henry a wire that covers everything I'm just wishing him verv good luck The home run went over the fence just to the right of the 385-foot sign in left field It came after Darrell Evans had reached first on an error When Aaron reached home his team-mates left the dugout and bullpen to offer their con gratulations A massive fire- works display was ignited HUGS WIFE, PARENTS Aaron broke away from his mates and rushed to a special box adjacent to the Atlanta dugout, where his family watched the dramatic event He embraced his wife, Billye, and his parents, Mr and Mrs Herbert Aaron of Mobile, Ala 'I never knew she could hug so tight Aaron said of his mother Herbert Aaron, a retired shipyard worker, had thrown out the ceremonial first ball almost an hour earlier Aaron held high the home run ball that had been caught and presented to him by team- mate Tommy House a relief pitcher Then came the only boos of the celebration Monte Irvin, an aide to Kuhn and a member of baseball's Hall of Fame, said into a field microphone "The commissioner s office He got no further Aaron smiled, saying later, he was smiling 'because of the boos The fans were irked by the commissioner s order thai Aaron had to play in Sunday's series finale at Cincinnati Team officials and Aaron took the position that Cincinnati fans had seen the record-tying 714th off right- hander Jack Billingham last Thursday and that the slugger's hometown fans de- served No 715 The commissioner was at- tending a dinner in Cleveland when he expressed pride at Aaron's accomplishment, but said he had no secnno thoughts about the order that Aaron ploy or manager P'ddie Ma thews would face 'serious consequences Minor ball Final registration will be accepted this evening for boys wishing to play in the Lethbridge Minor Baseball Association Mass practices got under way Monday Lakeside Little League workout at Lakeview School tonight and Wednesday while Norciest is at Senator Buchanan School All senior Little League teams are asked to be at Dave Elton Park Centre stage Henry Aaron dabs his eyes during celebration after he hit home run 715 to eclipse the mark set by Babe Ruth. With Aaron is his wife Billye Aaron hit the home run to set the mark in the fourth inning off of Al Downing of the Los Angeles Dodgers Bassett warns Parliament of future CFL, WFL war OTTAWA Seventy to 80 per cent of the "name placers now playing in the Canadian Football League will have been signed by the Football League and will not play in Canada next year if the Toronto Northmen are barred from Canada, John F Bassett, president of that club warned in a statement issued to members of Par- liament Monday Protesting the federal government s proposal to introduce legislation this week barring the Toronto Northmen WFL team from operating in Canada, Mr Bassett said it created a "dan- gerous precedent" for the interference by the government in a wholly Canadian operation The supposed issue of na- tionalism is 3 bogus one. Foot- ball is no more Canadian cul- ture than literature, poetry, ballet or music In none ot these fields has the government intervened to prevent the importation of foreign Mr Bassett said He claimed the presence of a WFL team in Toronto would be an "advantage" to the CFL rdther than a threat At present, he said, there is an understanding between the National Football League and the CFL that each will not negotiate with players under contract to the other league, until the players' contracts have expired "In other words, each league has agreed not to sign the players from the other league as 'futures' No such agreement exists with the WFL and CFL players are already being signed by the WFL as futures' The Canadian League Will suffer greatly as, a he pre- d.cled It we (The Northmen) re- rram in Canada, we are pre- pared ;