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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE April EXPLORE CANADA IN 74 Ctcorttd by FUll. But, or Air or WtiUrn Yukon N.W.T. For complete Information and contact- ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Centre Village Mall Phone 328-3201 Pat Sullivan Henry Aaron said he was glad it was over. Actress, songstress Pearl Bailey described it by saying "Ain't seen nothing like this since the burning of Atlanta" and Mrs. Babe Ruth simply explained that "the Babe loved baseball so very much. I know he was pulling for Hank Aaron to break his record." Monday evening at Atlanta Stadium Hank Aaron became the greatest home run hitter in the history of major league baseball when he stroked a 1-0 pitch off Los Angeles Dodger hurler Al Downing into the left field bull pen. For Aaron it brought about the end of a battle with a record once felt untouchable. Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat had left the game spinning from 714 circuit blasts May 25, 1935 Aaron began to knock the dust from the record book two years back when he hit 44 home runs at the age of 38. He felt at that time he could do it He made it very clear he would eclipse last year at age 39, with 40 home runs leaving him at 713. The off-season must have been a trying time for Aaron. Amid wishes of good luck were threats of harm to himself and lamily. But then the 1974 season unveiled and Aaron, with twc mighty swings of his bat, tied and broke Ruth's mark in grand style I remember writing a column a year or so ago. In it I said that I would like to see Aaron break Ruth's home run record. I wasn't all that popular with some people. But then. I didn't expect to be But I did mean it. I never saw Babe Ruth play. The closest I came was watching William Bendix play the Babe on TV in the life story of Ruth. In that they showed some film clips. I said at the time of my column that I wanted Aaron to set the new standard because I could relate to him I have watched him play. I have been able to follow his progress. And Monday night I felt something. Maybe it was my imagination. I don't think so, unless imagination has little goose pimples to go along with it. No. what I felt was hard to explain to my wife when it happened and just as hard now. Possibly it was being able, through the miracle of electronics, to see it as it happened, almost as though I were there. Those of you who watched the game live may recall announcer Curt Gowdy saying that 25 years from now half a million people will tell you they were there. I think what he meant was that in daily conversation, that many people would say they were at the ball park. Or maybe he meant, just like I felt, that I had indeed been there And in the aftermath of the record chase by Aaron, one inventive fan, who says his name is Lance Boyle, had a solution lor preserving the 715th home run. You are playing the outfield and Aaron slaps a soft single your way. You trap the ball, but fall heavily on your right shoulder and are very slow in getting up. When you do, holding the shoulder of your throwing arm, you are obviously in pain and disoriented. Somehow, as you stumble here and hesitate there. Aaron crosses the plate with an inside the park home run, and you never do get rid of Or. at least that's the way Boyle would have done it. OFFICE FURNITURE OFFICE MACHINES OFFICE SUPPLIES OFFICE MACHINE REPAIRS dkinook JLta, noo 31 9 7 St. South Phone 327-4591 The Lizard Bowl is open Fabulous powder skiing conditions Brand new nursery open New day lodge addition New runs Phone your locil SKI SHOP for Up-lo-dite Ski Conditions it Snow Valley. For further information PHONE FERNIE 604-423-4438 Herald- Sports LETHBRINE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. Lowtr Level 7th Street Shopping Mall Lethbrldge, Alberta Phone (403) 321-7411 ADDING MACHINES Is legislation a break for Canadian talent? Northmen haven't packed their bags By GORDON GRANT CP General Sports Editor The federal government took its first step Wednesday toward banishing Toronto Northmen from Canada, but the World Football League club is not ready to move yet. After Health Minister Marc Lalonde introduced legislation to prohibit foreign football leagues from operating in Canada and Canadian leagues from operating in the United States, a Northmen spokesman questioned whether the legislation is constitutional. Herb Solway, chairman of the Northmen, said: "Whether it's constitutional depends on whether it's a matter of property and civil rights, which is under provincial jurisdiction, or a matter of trade and commerce, which is federal. I see it as a real constitutional issue. And all the law professors have been phoning me to say just that." He added that the club has no plans to quit, but if the legislation becomes "a valid act of the Parliament of Canada we would change overnight" and move out. The proposed legislation says the import player limit tor 1974 would have to be the lesser of 15 players or 45 per cent of a club's roster. The Canadian Football League (CFL) interprets that as meaning that for 1974, if rosters remained at 32 players, clubs would have to increase the number of non-imports by one to 18 and reduce the number of imports to 14. "However, it would appear the league would have the option of increasing the total roster to 33 and retain the import number at 15." In future years the maximum number of imports could not exceed 15 players or 40 per cent of the roster. The CFL said: "In 1975, if the total roster was retained at 32, the application of the 60 per cent non-import would mean that there would be 19 non-imports and only 13 imports. To apply the 60 per cent without reducing the number of imports below 15 would require the league to go to 21 or 22 non-imports." Leo Cahill, general manager of the Northmen, called the proposed legislation "very disillusioning." Lalonde did throw a bone to Toronto football fans who would like to see more football. He said the owner of Toronto Argonauts of the CFL had agreed, on an experimental basis, to allow Argo games to be shown on TV if the stadium is sold out 48 hours prior to game time. Such games now are blacked out locally. Earl Lunsford, general manager of Winnipeg Blue Bombers, said he supports the government's efforts to ensure the survival of Canadian football. In Regina, Ken Preston of the Roughriders said the legislation will give the CFL a reasonable chance to expand. He agreed with the Lalonde legislation which "is good for Canadian football." David Loeb, owner of Ottawa Rough Riders, was also pleased with the legislation and said it might lead to expansion. He doesn't think the possible reduction in imports is a serious factor "I think Canadian boys are getting better year after year but because of the numbers game haven't had a chance to play in the CFL." Sloivness of game bothers Wright Expos get to play at last By THE CANADIAN PRESS Now that Hank Aarcn has hit the record-breaking home run, the question is when will he get his next any kind Other than his two home 714 and 40-year-old Atlanta superstar with a life-time 311 batting average, has gone hitless this season and carries a meagre .154 average. Aron Wednesday night went O-for-4 on two fly balls, one grounder and a strikeout. Meanwhile, Tommy John and Mike Marshall of Los Angeles held the Braves to four singles in pitching the Dodgers to a 4-0 triumph. Elsewhere in the National League, Montreal Expos finally swung into action and beat Pittsburgh Pirates 12-8 in 13 innings, San Francisco Giants edged Cincinnati Reds 4-3, New York Mets nipped St. Louis Cardinals 3-2, Chicago Cubs overtook Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 and Houston Astros walloped San Diego Padres 9-1. Rustlers draw first blood, Tigers sidelined at coast RED DEER (CP) Barry Lassiter and Irvine Bowles scored two goals each to lead Red Rustlers to a 7-1 win over Kelowna Buckaroos in the opening game of the Western Canada Centennial Cup semi- final series Wednesday night before fans. Other goals for _ Red Deer were provided "by Peter Skrabyk, Cam Colborne and Terry Wittchen. Captain Archie McKinnon scored the only Kelowna goal on a power play late in the second period after the faster skating Alberta champions had built up a 4-0 lead. Red Deer led 1-0 and 4-1 by periods and fired 43 shots at Kelowna goaltender Jerry Nekrasoff. Red Deer goalies Ron Bourcier and Rod Carlson, who played only the final three minutes, faced 23 shots. Red Deer drew four of seven minors and the teams split two majors and two game misconducts. The second game of the best-of-seven series goes in Red Deer tonight. Meanwhile in New Westminster a four-goal outburst in the third period enabled New Westminster Bruins to defeat Medicine Hat Tigers 5-3 Wednesday night in a Western Canada Hockey League quarter-final series. Bruins won the series 4-2. Medicine Hat won the first and fifth games. New Westminster scored first when Murray Beck took a shot from behind the net that hit the skate of Medicine Hat goalie Jerry Thomas and 'deflected into the net. Medicine Hat came back with a power-play goal by Ken Gassoff to tie the score at 16-12 of the first period. The only goal of the second period was scored by Medicine Hat forward Greg Vaydik as his sharp-angled .shot went between the post and New Westminster goalie Doug Allan's leg. Medicine Hat outplayed the Bruins by a considerable margin in the first two periods. However, the Bruins came alive in the final 20 minutes and did what they had to do to win. Syd Prysunka picked up a loose puck behind the Medicine Hat net and tied the score before the third period was a minute old. Ken Dodd put the Bruins ahead 3-2 when his wobbly shot deflected over the glove of Thomas. Ron Greschner' scored unassisted when his routine shot from a sharp angle eluded Thomas. Boyd Anderson put the Tigers back in the game at 18-06 but Don Hay backhanded a rebound past Thomas at to wrap it up for the Bruins. Kroe in trouble SAN DIEGO (AP) Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn and National League president Charles Feeney called Wednesday upon Ray Kroc, new owner of San Diego Padres, to apologize to his players for publicly berating them Tuesday night. The hamburger magnate, apparently frustrated by his team's poor play, used the public address system at San Diego Stadium to assail the Padres for "stupid baseball" in their game against Houston Astros. "I have discussed Mr. Kroc's statement with Let... PrebCi prepare your recreation vehicle forthi holiday season: president Feeney of the National Kuhn said in New York. "We are in agreement that the state- ment was improper and that an apology should be made. "President Feeney is han- dling this matter with Mr. Kroc." The Astros and their man- ager, Preston Gomez, former Padres manager, criticized Kroc. The strongest words came from Marvin Miller, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players' Association, who called not only for an apology but for possible disciplinary action against Kroc. "The action demeaning the players over a public ad- dress system at the ball park is resented by the players, the players' association and I am sure by baseball Miller said. "It should be resented equally by other club owners and baseball officials. Such conduct clearly has brought disrepute upon the National League and professional baseball. "The fast ball was my best pitch tonight, but I also had a good said John, who worked eight innings and re- tired Aaron three times. John, who is in his third National League season and has a per- fect 6-0 mark against the Braves, is one pitcher off whom Aaron has never homered. The Dodgers got the only run they needed in the first inning on singles by Lee Lacy and Bill Buckner and Jim Wynn's sacrificial fly. Lacy singled again in the sixth and came around on three walks. Expos 12 Pirates 8 After being unable to open as scheduled at home because of bad weather, the Expos finally got into action in Pittsburgh and took out their frustrations on the Pirates' pitching staff to the tune of 14 hits. Doubles by Larry Lintz and Jim Cox sparked a four-run burst in the 13th inning that gave the Expos the victory and sent the winless Pirates to their third consecutive defeat in their home opener. Clyde Wright, veteran left- handed pitcher of Milwaukee Brewers, thinks major league baseball should adopt a 20-sec- ond clock between pitches to speed up the game. "I played in the minor leagues with the 20-second clock on the Scoreboard, and it really made the game a lot more Wright said Wednesday after pitching 8 1-3 innings of slow baseball in the Brewers' 6-4 victory over Cleveland Indians. "Games lasted only an hour and a half, or a little more, and the fans didn't get he added. The opening-day fans at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium apparently were getting bored Wednesday, and they began throwing snowballs on the field. Their boredom turned to disappointment in the ninth inning when Milwaukee's Don Money smashed a grand-slam home run with two out lifting the Brewers to the victory. In other American League games Wednesday, California Angels edged Texas Rangers 43, Kansas City Royals defeated Oakland Athletics 4- 1, Minnesota Twins beat the winless Chicago White Sox 6-5, and the Baltimore Orioles' game against the Red Sox at Boston was postponed because of snow. Wright, a former California Angel making his first start for the Brewers, said the slowness of the game, which lasted 2 hours, 45 minutes, bothered him. Complete service and APRIL SPECIAL 3 cubic foot Propane 12 Volt Fridge MSO" imuilttlon) PrebCo 600 4 Ave. N. West of Gas Company Phone 328-4421 Beny Chevrolet Oldsmobile 2nd Ave. and 8th Street S. 328-1101 Wishes to advise their customers of their NEW HOURS OF WORK for the Parts and Service Dept. MONDAY through FRIDAY i.m. -12 noon and to p.m. Closed All Day Saturday THESE HOURS EFFECTIVE STARTING SAT.. APRIL 6th ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pel. 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