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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta thy, Apiil 11. Lurry Rinkc recipient in AlberUi Audio ball allows blind to catch, throw, hit liv I'A I' SULLIVAN 'if lie-raid Spurts Writer iit V i I H I The Telephone Pioneer ers o( liave come up another lirsl for Albcrla and young I.any Itinkc, Jo, of liur- jnis couldn't, hu Larry is blind and baseball, up unlil rciTiUly, had been a ho. IKK! only hoanl aboul. Tltc Minll of catclni'g a ball or Tl.c I'lonocrs liavu cume with an "audio ball" IliaL (lir> blind can throw, catch and hjt. Lurry had had some weoks prior lo our meeting Monday In learn how to catcli tlio bail. Ho not only has mas. ttrrd the I'atcliinj: and throw- Ing art ct llic ball but is also adept .il hiUiiiB it. "We brought Larry the lirst hall as an said throwing il or billing it had I Dor. JCLICS of the Canadian In- been just in Ilia imagination. It stituto lor the Wlind. "Ke had a bad been described lo him. great time We had lu Out now, Ihanks to Ihc Pi- send it back for repairs after onecrs, Larry has felt the first he got a bold of it. with a bat experience ol being able lo and scat it sailing." catch a ball and throw il and i Tho ball is simitar to a regu- hit il. ilar indoor softball, except that it There is a battery-1 powered mechanism inside Lho ball that emits a slcady beep. Inside protective stuffing il is sturdy enough lo be bit by a bat "A plaslic liat inifiht said Dob Elder, president u[ tin1 Lctlibridgc branch of Uio CIIIIH-ITF. "Larry showed us lliat a baseball bat is a lilllo to hard for our ball to be hit with." Blind persons are able to fol- low the path of tile ball by the beeping sound. Teachers of Ihe blind say that the ball is fan- tastic. "Blind one ex- pert explains, "become in- hibited and reticent after re- icalcd ciKuuntcrs ob- stacles. They learn movement can hurt. The audio ball gives them the incentive to move Ereely and scU-conlidently." The ball it-self required ap- proximately 40 hours of voHtn- tcer labor ti construct. After the outer covering of the six- inch ball (nt finislr the ball is 1C inches in diamcler) was un- stitched n hole two inches in diameter was bored three- fourlh of llic way through the cork lining betore the sound unit was installed. Once the circuits were placed solidly in the ball Ihe sound hole was filled with liquid rub- ber which was allowed to cure 72 hours' before Hie outer cov- ering was sewn back on. one-quarter inch hole extend- ing from the sound unit lo Ihe outer surface of the ball allows a small battery charger to bo plugged in when the ball is imt in use, The beeping sound is heard through several small holes punched in the outer covering o( tho ball. The Telephone Pioneers ol America, of which the I.elh- bridge group are a parl, is the largest voluntary organization ui the Industrial world. At present Ihe looa] group is working on two additional balls as well as a hoop for basket- ball and n puck for hockey. The baskclliall device wouM include a ball with small jingla bells in it according to Elder, Out the unique part would bo Ihe hoop where a devica would give oft n continual sound so I lie players would havo an idea where il is localed. The only problem with tho puck, thus far, has been lls c i g h I. H weighs about two pounds finished. "We are part o[ mora than members of the Pi- oneers and we like to be kept said Elder. Larry flinke ajid boys like him hope Ihe Pioneers do in- deed, keep busy. Now the issue is backpay TRIES AUDIO BALI tarry Rinlce, 1 5, of Burmis, is Ihe firsl person in Alberta to receive the Telephone Pioneers of America's ''audio ball'. See slory. Uy Tilt; ASSOCIATED PRESS' Baseball's player representa- tives were lo meet today to is- cuss a new money offer in the pension dispute that has caused the spnrl's first general slrikc and delayed the opening of the season almost a week. Meanwhile, a split developed in Ihe ranks of the once-ada- mant owners over Ihe issue of back pay to players for days lost lo the strike, which the head of Ihe sinking Major Baseball flayers Asso- ciation called "a terrible, terri- ble roarlblnck" lo a settlemc-nL really didn't make any progress of a sufficient sort to be Marvin Miller, director of the play- ers' association, said following a day which began with Miller and John Gaherin, (he owners' representative, meeting in Washington with J. Curtis Counts, head of Ihe federal me- diation service, anrf ended witli the owners making their new money offer. "There arc only two Miller said, "one dealing with Ihe pension problem, which is subject lo compromise. But the oilier issue is a terrible, terrible i roadblock." TlitL issue boils down to this: i Should the players be paid their full salaries if they still play a full 162-garnc schedule or should Manitoba leads pack trail SUDRCnV (Special; Lcth- bridge bowlers are find i n g tilings a little tough as they trail in all categories after Ihe second day of aclion in Ihe Na- tional Youth Bowling champion- ships concluded Monday. The bowlers arc compelinc in four categories In the three day event Bnd ran't seem lo get on track. llarvie is representing Alberla in Ihe hnntam boys' ringles while Ihf. remaining rnnlingent arc com- peting in the bantam boys' learn, banlam learn anil Junior girls' team evcnls. Team bowlers from Manitoba held or sharr.-l the lead, in four of the si% categories utter the iccond day of aclion. The powerful Manitoba squad led the bantam boys' compoti- 'ion with a 3-1 record, (be junior hoys' category' with eight wins and four losses, Ihe junior girts' f ingles division with a 7-3 mark and was lied southern On- tario in Ihe senior divi' sicn, with an 8-4 record. Saskatchewan and southern Ontario share (he lead in the bantam girls' division with 6-1 records and Alberta leads tha senior Kills' division witli a 6-1 Ali, plan fig hi LAS Kev. IAD Top heavyweight contenders Muhammad Ali and Jerry Quarry signed a contract Fri- day to light here Juno 12. It mil be the second match between Ali, the N'o. 1 ranked contender, and Quarry, rated N'o. 2. Ali stopped Quarry iB their previous meeting, in 1870. The conlract provides Ali a minimum of with Quarry to get SS75.000. record. Tn senior boys' competi- tion, Manitoba and southern On- tario share an mark. In individual scoring, Doug Carter of Prince Albert, Sask. was leading with a 9-1 mark wliile the top bantam girl was Janice Sproule of Azilda In Norlhern Ontario with an identi cal 9-1 mark. fn junior singles, Dennis Morin of Vam'er City, southern Ontario, led wilh an 8-2 recorc and Elizabeth Skanes of Comer Brook, Nfld., led the junior girls idth a 7-3 mark. Tom Uewcy of Edmon Chris Dean of Saskatoon and Ossi Coffin of Port Air- Basques, NflfJ., share individua honors in Ihe senior boys' cate- gory with 7-3 records. Given Zuck of St. James Man., and Anne DCS Rossicrs o Cornwall, Onl., posted 7 marks lo share individual lion ors in the senior girls' category The three-day loumamen concludes today. you see this sign you'll find more than 1500 Moor- 0-iMatic colors to choose from in any finish you want. Regal Wall Satin, Satin Impervo Enamel and Regal Aquavelvet... All in petal fresh colors that stay clean and bright. Easy to use, fast drying, Moore Paints.fif> See your Benjamin Moore Paint Dealer and get .Moore for your money. _ Benjamin Moore PAINTS I hey lie riockcd proportionately for each day they have refused to play? players are on strike, Uicy've lost pay and that's said Miller. "They accept that. strike Costing NEW YOIIK How nuch is Ihe baseball strike os ling? Plenty, whether on Uie players' side, ie owners' side, or caught oinewhere in between. Today is the Iltli deiy of Ihe aseball strike, and a new ssue has cropped np. The layers say if the owriers vant them to make up the James already cancelled, the jlayers want their full sea.- on's salaries. The owners say no. They contend IJiat Lhc players are aid for 182 days, rather than 162 games, and say they'll continue to dock the players l-182nd of their season salary or each day Ihe strike goes on. Since Hie players are sup- IFCC! to be paid starting opening 5, today is ho seventh day they're not Setting Ihcir l-182nd. Just how much is Uiat, In dollars and cents? JUINIMUM LOSS 1C you're making the mini- mum major league salary of a year, the strike is costing you 595.15 each day it lasts. So far, you're oul 5073.05. An average major leaguer, draiving a salary of, say, has lost a day, or so far. If you're OIK? of Hie plov- ers reported making a year or more, you're losing J'-.i-sL 5'iW 13 day, or so lar. IMays. making a re- ported annually, hns lost TO5.51) n day or 56.340.13 to date. And for Henry Aaron, who makes a reported a year, Uiose figures are z clay and to date. OWNERS LOSE TOD The nvncrs, meanwhde, have Jmd losses of Ilieir own. Some games, like opening days and weekends, arc big- ger allraclions lhan others and some teams likewise draw bigger crowds lhan oth- ers, but a figure of J50.000 a game is considered average. Since the sfriie has can- celled 46 games so far, lhat means (he owners have lost K.i million. Add to that the plus Ihey lost when Iricy could not provide a Calno of Ihc Week lor NBC to televise on .Saturday, and it's cruy to understand why some owners might IK grumbling. There are many other los- ers besides the players and ov.-nors. The hotels where Ihe- teams normally stay, the air- planes am] buses they, the restaurants ttiey eat in, Ihe people who or work in tho concession stands in and around Ihe. hall parks, the business around the ballparks which depend on Ihe crowds which games ore losing money. Pouliol added to Gordon irofcssional porks mnn monies odd H Ihc owners want lo pick upB the schedule from here, there's j no issue. But if they want to reschedule Ihc games and fit in all 162, the players want to be paid for il. "What Ihe owners are doing Is asking people lo come back la work and make up for Hie lost work by working overtime for zero pay." The owners' split developed icji Charles O. Finley of Oak- land Athletics said he and at least live other owners have changed Iheir position and want to compromise In the dispute. Finley added that the owners should not "attempt !o split hairs over such a minor item" as make-up pay. BOTH TO LOSE "Pay Kinley insisled. "Both tides are going [o lose any way you look at it. "A strike has never been set- tled without a compromise. It can't be a one-way street. Base- Hunter seeks some CALGARY