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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, August LETHBRIOQE Babe Ruth was never asked to coach either Home run kings always bypassed By DAVE ANDERSON New York Times Service NEW YORK When he wasn't asked to be his team's new manager, the famous home run hitter was disappointed "He deserves the the clubowner said of the new manager "He's managed in the minors The home run hitter was Babe Ruth, not Henry Aaron, which proves again that the more things change, the more they remain the same for anybody with 700 home runs Anybody with that many homers has never been offered the opportunity to manage a major-league team When he hit his 715th home run, Henry Aaron probably thought he finally had broken the chains of Babe Ruth's lore But in mentioning his disappointment at not being asked to manage the Atlanta Braves last week, he created another connection Hopefully, he will not belabor his frustration, as the Babe did for a decade He was linked with nine of the 16 clubs of that era as a managerial candidate But the team that he understandably wanted to manage the most the New York Yankees, ignored him His frustration has been documented by Robert Creamer in a biography as classic as its subject His frustration began, as Aaron's did, when his own team didn't consider him After the death of Miller Huggins, the Yankees selected Bob Shawkey, once a minor- league manager, for the 193D season The Babe resented being ignored Twelve months later Shawkey was discharged, Joe McCarthy was hired and The Babe was incensed Did they have to go to the National League for a manager9" he asked McCarthy would guide the Yankees to eight pennants and seven World Series championships but at the time he had just been dismissed as the Chicago Cubs' manager The Babe asked for an audience with Jake Ruppert then the Yankees' co- owner and Ed Barrow the general manager Kuppert explained that he didn't believe in playing managers "Speaker was a playing The Babe argued "Cobb was a playing manager Hornsby was a playing manager In the seasons that followed, McCarthy soon was established Before the 1934 season, the Yankees' front office asked The Babe if he wanted to manage the Newark team in the International League, the top farm club "I'm a big The Babe said "Why should I have to go down to the minors first9 Cobb and Speaker didn't He also remembered that the Washington Senators had named Joe Cromn as their manager when Cronin was 26 years old "How about that kid in added The Babe in his annoyance "Did he have more experience than me9" Around that time other teams were interested, particularly the Boston Red Sox, the team that Babe had pitched for at the start of his career During the 1932 season James Michael Curley, the Boston politician, prompted the Red Sox owners to approach him but The Babe declined "Babe Creamer writes, "that he was still a force on the Yankees, he did not want to leave the club nor is it likely that the Yankees would have let him go then at least not cheaply The following year Tom Yawkey purchased the Red Sox and wanted to hire The Babe but Eddie Collins, the Red Sox general manager persuaded him not to At various times The Babe was rumored to be under consideration by the Chicago White Sox, once in a trade for Al Simmons that never materialized, as well as the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds Perhaps his best opportunity occurred after the 1933 season Frank Navm the owner of the Detroit Tigers, actually negotiated a trade with Barrow but Navm wanted to talk to The Babe before completing the deal Navm asked The Babe to come to Detroit but The Babe had planned a barnstorming trip to Honolulu "I'll call him when I get The Babe said By the time The Babe got back, Navin had hired Mickey Cochrane as his manager Yawkey later renewed his interest but Collins again prevailed by acquiring Cronin as manager That created an opening in Washington but when Clark Griffith offered The Babe only plus a share of the gate receipts, The Babe demanded and Griffith hired Bucky Harris After the 1934 season Connie Mack, within a few months of his 75th birthday was searching for a successor to himself as the Philadelphia A's manager The entrepreneur of a barnstorming tour of Japan, he named The Babe as the manager of the all-star team When factions developed, Mack remained as the A's manager "I couldn't have made Babe Mack explained "His wife would have been running the club in a month Not long after that Judge Emil Fuchs, the owner of the Boston Braves, arranged to acquire The Babe as an "assistant manager" and player for the 1935 season, with the possibility that he would replace Bill McKechnie as manager the following year It never worked out When he was released he claimed he had been double crossed Halfway through the 1938 season the Brooklyn Dodgers hired him as a coach But when the Dodgers dismissed Burleigh Grimes as manager, they hired Leo Durocher He never had even a remote chance after that "I'd still like to The Babe reflected "I hope to stay in baseball all my life But there's nothing in sight The rap on Ruth was as Ed Barrow first mentioned, "how can he manage other men when he can't even manage himself9' but nobody can say that about Henry Aaron's candidacy Riders rally from early 10-0 deficit Hometown clubs take it on the chin THE CANADIAN PRESS Two Western Football Conference games Wednesday night produced plenty of ex citement but little consolation for hometown fans who watch ed their teams succumb lo devastating aerial attacks In Winnipeg, last-rnmute he- roics by Winnipeg Blue Bomb- ers' quarterback Don Jonas fell short of success as the Bombers dropped a 29-22 deci- sion to British Columbia Lions and in Calgary. Ron Lancaster directed Saskatchewan Roughnders to a 24-18 win over the Stampeders Both games exhibited the excitement of an all-out pass- ing game with Lions quarter- back Don Moorhead striking early with a touchdown pass to Jim Young at the 18-second mark and going on to amass 401 vards through the air Lan- caster got off to a slower start but came back to pick the Calgary defence apart with 308 vards passing and over come a 10-0 first-quarter deficit to record the Riders I'rst Win in two s'arts this season For the Lions it was the second straight win in as manv games and it put them in sole possession of first place in the WFC Riders had lost their opener to Edmonton Eskimos Calgary now is winless in two starts, haying lost to B C earlier Edmonton is in second place in the stan- dings having won their only start and W mnipeg is fourth after losing their league- opener Young was a standout for the Lions making four recep- tions three of them for touchdowns for a total production of 204 vards The other B C touchdown was scored by Slade Willis on a short touchdown strike by Moorhead Ivan MacMillan converted all four and added a single Lions had a 29-8 lead with less than eight left in Football roundup Ale CFL SASK. 24, CALGARY Western on 35 il n BC Edmonton Sask Winnipeg Calgary Montreal Toronto Hamilton Ottawa LEAGUE LEADERS Sunter H Andrusysnyn Sweet M Oragn O Orange T Rodgers V TO C FG S P 0 28 5 17 1 16 1 14 0 12 0 12 MONTREAL 20, OTTAWA 7 Ott First downs 13 Yards rusting 62 Yards passing 206 Net offence 256 Passes made-tried 17-35 Intj'rceptions-yards 1-2 Punts-average 8-45 Fumbles lost 0 0 Pentallies-yards 3-45 B.C. 29, WINNIPEG 22 B.C. 20 97 401 481 14-22 Mtl 16 138 265 387 14-26 3-36 11-39 1-1 7-85 First downs Yards rushing Yards passing Net offence Passes made-tried Interceptions Punts-average Fumbles lest Penalties yards 3 8-44 3-3 5-30 Wpg. 31 205 402 589 26-49 1 8-41 2-2 4-30 Join Sales staff of coLLeoe CORDELL ENSIGN MICK OWSLEY Jim Dickinson, Sales Manager of College Mercury takes pleasure in welcoming Mr. Cordell Ensign and Mr. Mick Owsley to their sales staff Both of these men are long-l'me residents of Lethbndge and would like to invite their many friends and customers to stop in at College Mercury Sales Ltd. and see them for their motoring needs. Tiger-Cats ink Evanshen HAMILTON (CP) Wide receiver Terry Evanshen. cut loose bj Montreal Alouettes before the start of the Cana- dian Football League season, has signed a multi-year contract with Hamilton Tiger- Cats "111 be in Hamilton on Fri- day and I can't wait to get Evanshen said in a telephone interview from his home in Montreal. I've signed a multi-year contract with the club, which I ve always admired, and I'm happy to be escaping the dis- tressing times I've had in Montreal In nine seasons with Montreal and Calgary Stampeders, Evan-hciraught a total of 466 lor 62 touchdowns and yards gained He was twice named Cana- dian player of the year, in 1967 and 1971 "I figure 1 have six good years ot football left in said the 30-year-old Montreal native "And I want to get back into top production after being ig- nored as a receiver in Montreal last year and in the exhibition season this year "I knew I had the talent but I never saw the ball The whole thing was negative and very distressing CEPEDA TO ROYALS KANSAS CITY (AP) Kansas City Royals said Wednesday they have ac- quired Orlando Cepeda, 36, who has a lifetime batting average of 298 with 378 home runs, from Yucatan of the Mexican League Cepeda was expected in Kansas City this weekend, in time to play in an 11-game homestand for the American League baseball team. sharp in win MONTREAL fe WOULD MOD AGLAS6 OF BEER? 5IVE IT A REST, PET Catcher figures in loss for second straight game THE ASSOCIATED PRESS For the second consecutive game between Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. a catcher committed a misplay that led to his team s undoing Wednesday night it was De- troit that was undone 5-4 in the American League With runners on first and second and two out in the Boston fourth Rick Miller swung and missed for a third strike But the ball bounced off catcher Gene Lamont's glove, hit his knee and rolled about 10 feet away Miller was safe at first and the Red Sox went on to score five runs providing the cushion for Luis Tiant s 16th victory Tuesday night with the score bed 5-5 'wo on and two out in !'-e Detroit ninth Boston catcher Tim Blackwell threw wild on an attempted pickott at third Two scored and the Tigers won 7-5 In other AL action Ba' imore Orioles topped Cleveland Indians 7-4 lord Perry failed again to win No 16 Texas Rangers edged Oakland A s 7-6 California Angels trounced Chicago White Sox 14-4. New York edged Milwaukee Brewers 4-3, and Raisas Citv Royals nipped Minnesota Twins 3-2 DRIVES IN WINNER After the passed ball loaded the bases Boston's Rick Bur- leson doubled home two runs, Doug Griffin singled for two more and Blackwell singled in what proved to be the winner Bobby Gnch and Don Baylor each singled home two runs in a five-run first against Perry as the Indians second in the East fell 21.- games behind Boston Perry now 15- 5 ha-, not won since July 3 has lost four straight and has failed five time in the quest for No 16 Dave Duncan hit a three run homer for Cleveland in the ninth Oakland scored six runs, four oi them unearned after an error by second baseman Lei Handle in the third inning CCM TARGA 10 SPEED BIKES APRIL 1st LIST PRICE 11495 9995 ..NOW OTHER 10 SPEED BIKES AS LOW AS Over 600 Bikes In Stock and 10 Speeds BERT MAC'S CYCLE LTL 913-3rd South Phone 327-3221 tor a 6-5 lead The Rangers then tied it in the sixth on Handle s sacrifice fly and won it in the eighth when Tom Grieve s sacrifice fly scored Alex Johnson, who had reach- ed base on an error The Angels turned a 4-4 tie into a rout scoring five runs in each the seventh and eighth innings Frank Robinson sparked the California attack driving in three runs with two doubles Dick Lange and Luis Quintana combined for a two- hitter-Bill Melton's three-run homer and Dick Allen's solid shot, his 27th Expos sweep two contests ASSOCIATED PRESS Pitcher AI Hrabosky is proving that patience is indeed a virtue The patience belonged to St Louis manager Red Schoen- dienst who stuck with llrabosky even though the 25- vear old left-hander got off to a poor start this season The latest dividend on Vhoendienst s confidence came Wednesday night, when Hrabosky put the clamps on a Philadelphia comeback and saved a 9-8 victory for the Cards That lifted St Louis into a tie with the Phillies for lirst place in the National League East The big thing was Red sticking yvith said Hiabosky, whose earned run ballooned as high as 10 43 earlier this vear Klsewhere in the National League Atlanta Braves routed San Francisco Giants 90 Montreal Expos swept a doubleheader from Chicago Cubs 7-4 and 4-0. Pittsburgh Pirates pounded New York Mets 8 3 Cincinnati Reds blanked Houston Astros 4-0 and Los Angeles Dodgers i outed San Diego Padres 15-4 The Cards gaye winning pitcher Bob Gibson 6-9 an early lead with five runs in the second inning After Phila delphia cut it to 5-3. the Cards added three runs in the sixth and one in the eighth for a 9-3 Then the Phils came back on a two run double by Bob Boont1 in the eighth and a three run homer by Mike Schmidt with one out in the ninth That brought Hrabosky in from the bullpen and he retired Willie Montane? and Del Unser on grounders to end the game Dodgers Ron Cey drove in eight runs clubbing a pair of three-run homers and a two- run single His single highlighted a six run Dodger third inning yvhile his homers in the eighth and ninth put the finishing touches on the rout which raised Los Angeles lecord over San Diego this year to 9-0 Braves Knuckleballer Phil Niekro 11-9 extended his scoreless innings string to 21 by blanking the Giants on four hits He has given up just one run in his last 35 innings Dimitri Drink-of-the-month Club August: The Dimitri Mule When Aug for OIMITRI THE QUIET RUSSIAN From Meaphers Canada s Innovative Distillers ;