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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 3, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Friday, December 3, 1971 Dodgers peddle Richie Allen Orioles part with Robinson PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - New York Yankees and Texas Rangers traded the first shot before the crack of dawn and by the time the smoke had cleared there was an army of playing talent swapped Thursday at the annual winter baseball meetings. Such illustrious troops as Frank Robinson of Baltimore Orioles and Rich Allen of Los Angeles Dodgers were among 28 players who changed uniforms in eight trades Thursday. Baltimore manager Earl Weaver said the Orioles were reluctant to trade Robinson previously, although his name had cropped up several times in trade talks in recent years. "We've been hesitant," admit- Baldivin, Pickering still in It wasn't that easy EDMONTON (CP) - Two of the Canadian Open car bon-spiel's early favorites were pushed to their third and final lives Thursday night to qualify for the 16-rink modified-double-knockout playoff. The playoffs began this afternoon with the finals Sunday night. Matt Baldwin of Edmonton, a three-time Canadian curling champion blew a 7-3 lead to Hec Gervais of St. Albert, and Dill pleased, and he's ahead ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Terry Dill, leading the first round of the $150,000 Walt Disney World Open golf tournament by two strokes over Jack Nicklaus, says a back injury four months ago "may be the best thing that ever happened to me." Dill, a non-winner in 10 years on the pro tour, closed quickly for a seven-under-par 65 and the first-round lead in dark, drizzly weather Thursday. It was only the fourth start in as many months for the 6-foot-3 Dill', who held a one-stroke lead over fellow Texan Dave Eichel-berger, alone in second with a 66 on the 6,924-yard Magnolia course at the Disney World. Nicklaus, who shared the pre-tourney favorite's role with Lee Trevino, headed a group of four at 67. The others were former Masters champion Bob Goalby, Jim Wiechers and Gary Groh. 70 BREAK PAR Eight more were in at 68 as 70 players broke par 72. The group at four under included Dow Finsterwald, Bert Yancey, Grier Jones, Hugh Royer, Chris Blocker, DeWitt Weaver, Dale Douglass and Bob Lunn. Toronto's George K n u d s o n was among those who broke par with 71. Wilf Horaenuik of Winnipeg shot 73. Trevino, complaining that he is tired and putting poorly, had a 70 and Arnold Palmer was obviously disgusted after a 71. Dill, an Austin, Tex., resident, said the layoff that was necessary after he tore some muscles in his arm forced him into a Houle quits TORONTO (CP) - Buck Houle, general manager of Hockey Canada, plans to leave the organization w i t b i n a month. Houle, 54, said Wednesday he plans to seek a job in hockey, preferably at the professional level but not necessarily with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, which he left two years ago to take the Hockey Canada position. Canada withdrew from major international hockey competition in January, 1970, in a dispute over eligibility of professional players. new business-golf course architecture. "It may be the best thing that ever happened to me." Croft gave it a chance TORONTO (CP) - Bobby Croft of Hamilton realized a life-long ambition last year when he played in the American Basketball Association. Now that the 6-foot-10 Canadian has been waived out of the ABA, he has no desire to return to professional basketball. "Since I was a kid I had this dream of sigr/ng a pro contract," the 26-year-old player said Thursday night. "And I achieved that last year" when he signed with Kentucky Colonels. Croft, who attended the University of Tennessee on a basketball scholarship, was originally drafted by Dallas in 1970. He was traded to Kentucky before the season started but returned to Dallas in a trade. Placed on waivers before the current season started, no other teams claimed him and he returned home. Croft was in Toronto playing for a semi-pro team, billed as Bobby Croft and his National All-Stars, against the touring Harlem Magicians. The teams played an exhibition prior to the regularly-scheduled National Basketball Association game between Baltimore Bullets and Buffalo Braves. Croft laughed off the publicity, admitting he hadn't even met the players before Thursday night's game. The team, actually known as the Rens, began touring with the Magicians this year after their league in the Hartford, Conn., area folded. "If I can get my amateur standing back," said Croft, "I may try playing basketball in Europe next year. But I'm not sure about it." A PIPE SMOKERS' GIFT Leonard Payne's 'Dri-Kule Classic' Specially Designed For THE WET SMOKER No moisture' 'No tar' 'No guk' $10 $12M $15 You will also receive a BUTANE PIPE LIGHTER with every purchase OUR CHRISTMAS GIFT TO YOU See Canada's finest pipes at MARCEL'S SMOKE SHOP PROFESSIONAL BUILDING - 4th AVE. S. - LETHBRIDGE LEONARD PAYNE'S PLEDGE 'My pipes are guaranteed against every possible hazard except loss. Repair free. Money back guarantee.' Buy Canadian - Keep Canadians Working a chance to qualify out of the B event, but rebounded to beat Al Dalmage of Yellowknife, the Northwest Territoires' champion, 8-3. The reigning Saskatchewan champion, Bob Pickering of Milestone, bounced back from an earlier loss to Harold Worth of Delisle to qualify out of C event with a 9-4 triumph over Sam Richardson of Regina. In afternoon play, defending champion Gervais qualified when he picked up three on the ninth, made it 7-7 on the 10th as Baldwin rolled out on a takeout, and got the winner on the 11th when Baldwin blew another takeout. That made the score 8-7. Worth qualified after he drew to the button on an extra end and nipped Pickering 8-7. Bill McCallum of Edmonton made a double takeout on the 11th to count two in defeating Bob Hawkins also of Edmonton 6-4. Gil Myler of Edmonton trounced Herb Olson of Edmonton 9-1 to qualify while Roy Talbot of Red Deer, Doug Wan-kel of Elbow, Sask., Vic Win-toniak of Edmonton, and Ron Northcott of Calgary qualified earlier. Others qualifying out of the C event, were Lloyd Woolley of Calgary, Bob Dudar of Winnipeg, Norm Rose of Sedge-wick, Alta., and Ken Ursuliak, Bob Hawkins and Ron Hampton, all of Edmonton. Woolley squeezed by Darwin Davideuic of Edmonton 7-6, Dudar took Olson of 7-3, Ursuliak sidelined Duke Smale of Prince Goerge, 8^5, Rose trimmed Warren Hansen of Edmonton 7-2, Hawkins drubbed Gil Svensen of Leduc, 7-1 and Hampton made a last-rock takeout to edge Stan Trout of Edmonton 6-5. Wren Blair will enter hospital MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota North Stars general manager Wren Blair will enter a Minneapolis hospital this weekend and will undergo surgery Monday to correct a lung infection., Blair, 46, will be in hospital for up to 10 days and will require three to four weeks to recouper-ate, officials said. Dr. Frank Sidell, his physician, said Blair had bronchiectasis of the right lung and it necessitated removal of the right middle lobe of the lung. Dr. Sidell sad the infection is "an aftermath of an attack of pneumonia he apparently suffered in his youth." Blair said Thursday he had already started taking antibiotics. "The doses will be increased," he said. "That's why they want me in the hospital Saturday. They (doctors) don't want to have any flu bugs or colds in me." The general manager has suffered from the condition for several years and it was one reason why he stepped down from the Minnesota coaching job two years ago when Charlie Burns took over. "Wren probably should have had the operation at that time," Dr. Sidell said. "But he felt there was too much work piling up for him. I think he feels that things are in good order now and it would be a good time to have the. correcton." Braves post upset victory TORONTO (CP) - Buffalo Braves rallied in the fourth quarter on the unerring shooting of 7-foot-l Elmore Smith to upset Baltimore Bullets 109-105 in a National Basketball Association game Thursday night. The Bullets spotted Buffalo a 6-0 lead in the opening two minutes of the game then pulled into a lead they never relinquished until 9:50 was left. Then Smith spear-headed a Buffalo attack in which he scored seven in the Braves' eight-point splurge that put them ahead to stay, 89-75. ted Weaver, "but we felt that with our outfield depth we could afford it better now." Weaver shipped Robinson and pitcher Pete Richert to the Dodgers in a six-player deal. The Orioles received four relative unknowns-pitchers Doyle Alexander and Bobby O'Brien, catcher Sergio Robles and outfielder-first baseman Royle Stillman. The stunning trade prompted an explanation from Weaver. "I know the names we got are not known now," said Weaver, "But those names will explain themselves in a few years. . . . "What we've done is make a deal to insure our future." The Dodgers made the pitch for Robinson while parting with the fence-breaking Allen, who moved to Chicago White Sox for pitcher Tommy John and infielder Steve Huntz. This is the fourth team in four years for Allen, an outfielder-third baseman who hit 234 home runs in eight major league seasons. Personality conflicts forced his move from Philadelphia Phillies to St. Louis Cardinals in 1970. EXPECTS NO PROBLEMS But manager Chuck Tanner of the White Sox doesn't expect any difficulties from Allen. i "Richie is a wonderful person and a good friend as well," said Tanner. "The White Sox judge Allen on what he does pn the field I. know he's going to make us more exciting next year. He's going to make our good hitters better." The major leagues, silent Wednesday after dealing 15 players in two days Monday and Tuesday, broke loose Thursday as the Yankees and Texas made a three-man deal before the sun rose. The Yanks acquired infielder Bernie Allen for pitchers Terry Ley and Gary Jones. TRADE WITH INDIANS It was still early morning when the Rangers made a four-far-four deal with Cleveland Indians-trading Ley, Jones, pitcher Denny Riddleberger and outfielder Del Unser for pitchers Rich Hand and Mike Paul, outfielder Roy Foster and catcher Ken Suarez. These deals followed: -Texas traded catcher Paul Casanova to Atlanta Braves for catcher Hal King; -Houston Astros traded first baseman John Mayberry and infielder Dave Grangaard to Kansas City Royals for pitchers Jim York and Lance demons; -Baltimore made the Robinson deal. -Los Angeles unloaded Allen. -Chicago White Sox traded infielder Rich McKinney to New York Yankees for pitcher Stan Bahnsen. -Los Angeles sent catcher Tom Haller to Detroit Tigers for cash and a player to be named at a later date. ROBINSON THE BIG ONE The Dodger acquisition of Robinson was the blockbuster, though. The 36-year-old slugger is one of the few men in baseball with more than 500 homers to his credit and is the only player to win the most valuable player award in both the American and National Leagues. His trade from Cincinnati Reds to the Orioles six years ago has been the talk of baseball since because the so-called "old man" led Baltimore to two World Series victories and four American League pennants. An MVP winner with the Reds in 1961 and with the Orioles in 1966, Robinson hit .281 for Baltimore last year. His 28 homers gave him 503 in 16 years. Allen, 29, batted .295 with 23 home runs and 90 runs batted in for the Dodgers last year. GIVE UP PITCHER The White Sox gave up a pretty good pitcher in Tom John to get him. The southpaw had a 13-16 mark with Chicago last season and has won 84 games in seven major league seasons. Bahnsen, No. 3 pitcher on the New York staff, had a 14-12 record with a 3.31 earned run average last year. McKinney, expected to fill a need at third base for the infield-hungry Yankees, hit .271 last season with eight homers and 46 RBI. Unser, one of the league's better-known outfielders, hit .255 with nine homers and 41 RBI in 1971. Thursday's madcap activity brought to 43 the number of individuals involved in trades since the start of the meetings last Monday. A. total of 12 trades have been made among 16 teams. A MOST VALUABLE ADDITION - Slugging outfielder Frank Robinson, traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, displays trophies he has received for being the most valuable player in the American and National Leagues. Robinson is the only player to win the award in each league. PIRATES SIGN BROWN PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - Pittsburgh Pirates announced Thursday they have signed general manager Joe L. Brown to a new five - year contract. Brown, 53, has been with the Pirates since 1955. Would prefer Kings, Seals Glennie a victim of numbers TORONTO (CP) - Brian Glennie is a victim of numbers -hockey style. Whereas the numbers game in Canadian pro football relates to the import-homebrew quota, in Glennde's case with Toronto Maple Leafs it's too much competition. The young defenceman's biggest challenge this year has been to sit back and collect $20,000 from a National Hockey League club that doesn't want him. He doesn't complain publicly -