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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, April 10, 1973 THE LETHBRIDCE HERAID Exciting news for Lethbridge and Alberta Major Baseball League Ex-major leaguer Ron Taylor will handle Lakers By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor When Lethbridge Lakers en- tered the Alberta Major Base- ball League last year they were told, without a doubt, the league was a first-class organization. Well, in just their second year of existence the Lakers have added their own touch of class to the league. Club president Reno Lizzi today announced the Lakers have signed a working agree- ment with the San Diego Pad- res of baseball's National League and as a result Ron Taylor will be the manager of the club when it takes to the field for the 1973 season opener, May 22. Taylor, a Canadian, was born in Toronto Dec. 13. 1937 and started his professional career with Daytona Beach of the Florida State League in 1936. A bullpen artist, Taylor's playing career came to an end during the 1972 season with San Diego due to arm trouble. But before hanging up his spikes to work out of the Padre front office, Tay- lor had seen action in two World Series with the Car- dinals of St. Louis in 1964 and with the Miracle New York Mets in 1969 Taylor also played with Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Montreal Expos before returning to Univer- sity in Toronto. League president R u s s Parker of Calgary, who knew Lakers9 boss Ron Taylor, former major league bullpen artist, will manage the Lethbridge Lakers in the Alberta Major Base- ball League it was announced today. Club president Reno lizzi said "it is the greatest announcement in the league to date." of Taylor's appointment last "I had trouble containing myslf. I wanted to tell someone so badly." He. went on to say that Lethbridge's joining the Pad- res "was indicative of the pro- gress the Alberta league has made in the past two or three years. Parker feels this could open the doors to more United States College players, of which each team is allowed four, playing here in Canada. Parker, Lizzi and the entire board of directors of the Lak- ers were overjoyed at the news. Taylor is expected to be in Lethbridge in early May. The Lakers, in preparing for- Tay- lor's arrival, will begin work- outs Wednesday evening at the University of at eight o'clock. They will hold another session Friday, same time same .place. Al Ferchuk and Brian Hogan run the club until Taylor takes over. The workouts are open to anyone interested. All those planning to attend Wednes- day's or Friday's workout is asked to bring gloves and runners. It is not known whether Taylor will play at all. He prefers to just manage Lizzi, however, the president did say "It would be nice to have him in late innings, just in case." Taylor was indeed a bull- pen artist while in the majors. Pitching almost ex- clusive long and short re- lief, going into the 1972 sea- son Taylor had appeared in SO or more games in seven of nine big league seasons. The only years he failed to reach SO were hi 1956 with Houston, when a slipped disc rendered him virtually useless to the Astros (he later underwent corrective surgery) and in 1971 with the Mets, when Tug McGraw and Dan Frisella, both younger than .Taylor, got most of the bullpen work. Taylor was originally sign- ed by Cleveland. He spent only part of one season with the big-league Indians and later spent 2% years with the Cardinals and 1% years with Houston before going to the With the Mets in 1971, Tay- lor pitched in 45 games for a five-year total of 269 appear- ances with the New Yorkers, an all-time record with that club. He also holds the Mete record for the most saves in one year, establishing the mark with 14 in 1963. He was one of the World Series heroes for the Cardin- als against New York Yank- ees in 1964, working 4 and 2-3 hitless innings in two games. He again performed with dis- tinction in the 1969 World Ser- ies, pitching 2 and 1-3 hitless innings for the Mets against the Baltimore Orioles for a total of seven hitless innings in World Series competition. The announcement of Tay- lor was joined by two im- portant changes ia rules for the coming year ia the lea- gue. The 1973 season will see a rule which means a pitcher will have just 15 seconds to deliver the hall after he receives it from the catcher. The rule implies only when the bases are empty. As well, the designated-hitter will be in affect. Both rule changes, feels Parker, will help to speed up the game. The league will once again operate with six teams, the Lakers, Calgary Giants and Jimies, Red Deer M and K Generals, Edmonton Capilano Tigers and Block Bros. A change In the format sees the Lakers in a southern div- ision with the two Calgary teams while Edmonton and Red Deer form the north. A league game is plan- ned for July In Edmonton. Playoffs this year will be two of three in each division lead- ing up to a best-cf-seven lea- gue final. Season tickets, set at for 14 home games, are cur- rently on sale from any mem- ber of the board of direct- ors, at Eatons. Blacks, Holi- day Inn, Trophies Unlimited. Service and Leonard's Tire. Lakers made the playoffs their first year in the Alber- ta league. Team officials are looking for Taylor to have even more success with the local club. "His leadership be in- valuable'1 said Lizzi. Who knows maybe the AMBL pennant will fly at Henderson Lake this vear. no crime to finish second' Aaron no longer bridesmaid AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) was more than a victory for mild, soft-speaking Tommy Aa- ron, it was something of triumph for all the weary, frus- trated creatures in the world who keep hammering away Elks open series with Calgary The Lethbridge Midget Elks will attempt to bust their way through one of toughest barriers in the 1972-73 season when they play host to the Cal- gary Dresser Atlas Warriors to- night The provincial midget "A" champion Elks and the provin- cial nfidget "AA" champion Warriors wiH meet in the first game of a two-game total-goal series which determine the Al- >erta representatives in the Prince Edward Island Centenn- ial Midget Hockey Tournament slated later this month. The winners of the two-game scries will join 11 other teams in the week long event which feature two teams each from Quebec and P.E.I, along with singte representatives from the remaining provinces. The opening game of the ser- ies will get under way at p.m. at the Henderson Lake Ice Centre tonight. The second and final match lias been tentatively set for Wednesday or Thursday in Cal- gary. doggedly at success and comin? up short. "It's no crime to finish sec- the tall, bespectacled Georgian said after winning the Masters golf crown Monday, "h man needn't be ashamed of fin- ishing second. "After all, the greatest golfer in the world, Jack Nicklaus, hat finished second 33 times. In my case, it was just that I hadn't won." Draped in his 44-lpng green Masters champion's jacket, the j 6-foot-l. native Georgian ac- knowledged his new cloak of fame did not fully hide the hurt that had been swelling inside of him all of those disappointing 13 years on the tour. They called him a "perennial bridesmaid." They scoffed that he was a choker, that be couldn't win the ones. And the height of abuse was reached in 1968 when Aaron was guilty of a slip of the pen that cost Argentina's Roberto de Vicenzo a possible Masters' crown. ERRED ON CARD At that time, Aaron, as a playing partner, had marked de Vicenzo a par four on the 17th where the Argentina actually took a three. The mistake cost de Vicenzo a stroke and a tie with Bob Goalby, who won the title outright. But that was just one scar. He finished as runner-up 14 times. His first and only tour victory prior to the 1973 Mas- ters was the Atlanta Classic in 1970. "Winning here made the near-misses a lot less he said. Aaron figured in a score card Jets tvttl have tough time Old home week at Gardens drama himse'f that might have cost him the Masters crown. Examining his card, Aaron noticed that his playing com- panion, young John Miller, had given him a par five on the 13th hole when he actually had a birdie four. He corrected it, and thus was saved a stroke pen- alty. "That's what you check a card he said tersely, re- fusing to blame Miller. The Masters bad a dramatic climax with a spectacular late surge by Jack Nicklaus and a three-way battle down tfie home stretch involving Aaron. J. C. Snead and Britain's promising Peter Oosterhuis. Aaron, 36, weathered the pressure by shooting a four-un- der-par 68 and then fidgeted awaiting to see if Oosterhuis or Snead could tie him. They couldn't. Aaron finished with a 72-hole score of 283 and the first prize of J. C. Snead, a nephew of Sam Snead, was a stroke behind at 284, followed by Nicklaus, Oosterhuis and Jimmy Jamieson. tied at 285. Miller finished at 288, tied with former champion Bob Goalby. Arnold Palmer, a four-time winner, shot 295 and tied with amateur Ben Crenshaw of Aus- tin, Tex., Bobby Nichols. Paul Harney and Frank Beard. Lee Trevino, the year's leading money winner, had a 75 and 299 and hinted he may never play the Augusta National course again. Minor hockey Welterlich wins league pennant By THE CANADIAN PRESS It will be like old home week tonight when Ottawa Nationals and New England Whalers re- new World Hockey Association hostilities at Maple Leaf Gar- dens in Toronto. The Nationals, who aban- doned Ottawa over an arena contract dispute, have seven players who previously were with either Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League or Mariboros of the Ontario Hockey Association junior A league. The Whalers, who lead the best-of-seven quarter-final have eight who once toiled in the uniforms of the Maple Leaf organization. But New England seems t o have profited mosl in the wheel- rag and dealing that transpired after the WHA was formed, and unless the Nationals tighten their defence they could be trailing 3-0 before the fourth game of tiic series, scheduled for the Gardens Thursday night. Nationals coach Biliy Harris, also a former Leaf, hopes the familiar surroundings will spur his team, which made a late- season surge to gain the oafs. LOOKS TO EX-LEAFS Former Toronto players he'll be relying on Jo uei his