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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 1973 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-13 Finley's shots too hot to handle for president Cronin still has trouble fielding New York Times NEW YORK In 20 sinless years as a ballplayer in the Joe Cronin was a good enough but it was his bat that got him into the Hall of not the way he handled hot grounders by Babe Ruth or Al Simmons. To- day he can't handle the shots Charley Finley hits his way. How much can an infielder slow down without taking More than six weeks have passed since the lame-duck president of the American League was asked for a ruling in the New York Detroit Oakland farce involving Ralph Houk and Dick Williams. His solominic response don't you all be good chaps and settle it among Finley he wasn't going to be a good so now Cronin is asking the Yankees' Gabe Paul and Jim Campbell the Tigers to reach an agreement that will get him off the hook. They're supposed to get together a week from and if they can't find him a way out Joe may face the dreadful necessi- ty of making a for he'll still have two weeks on his present job before he is dusted with camphor and enshrined as of the league. The question before him is Are Charles 0. Finley president of the Oakland and George M. Steinbrenner chief owner of the New York men of their When the Yankees announced reluctant acceptance of Houk's resigna- tion and when Finley on network television told Williams that parting was such sweet were peo- ple supposed to believe Finley says no. He says never mind that TV perfoi- he still has Williams under contract and before the Yankees can ask Dick the time of day they've got to send Bobby Murcer to or Mel Stottlemyre or Thurman Munson or maybe all three along with any cash that Steinbrenner hasn't already given to Nixon's campaign chest. Houk left on good terms with the Yankees and they Set record straight Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker Andy angered by a newspaper article which protrays him as a reformed dope says he would HKe to set the record because this throws mud on his whole career. Russell claims his comments were taken out of context by Ira Berkow in a story in the Pittsburgh Press that was headed Former Pill-Popper Playing it Minor hockey Michael Coghlin tapped in a pair of goals and lifted the Blades to a 5-5 draw with the Rangers in a Bantam B game Monday night. Ron Jeff John- stone and Greg McKean chipped in single markers for the Blades while Len Kevin Clarence Keith Aiken and Peter Rabb replied for the Rangers. In another the Lethbridge Ramblers edged Warner 6-4 behind James Coghlin's three-goal perfor- mance. The Lethbridge Colts blasted the Brooks Elks 5-1 in a Little Spud League game Sunday. Bryan Murray paced the locals with two goals while Don Nasen tallied the lone goal for the visitors. In an exhibition Pee Wee contest in the Lethbridge Marlands white- washed Forest Lawn 7-0. Mark Gretziner and Bradley Smith scored two goals each in the lop-sided win. In another exhibition the Lethbridge Nationals fought to a 2-2 draw with Great Falls. Brad Robertson and Danny Riedlhuber rifled in a goal each for the locals. CHRISTMAS GIFT SUGGESTIONS. KAMPER KIT 150 piece tableware set a family of five can eat 4 times without washing a dish. CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 1Q.90 TABLEWARE SET 28 pieces light weight yet heavy-duty Ideal for hot or cold foods. CHRISTMAS SPECIAL .50 Available now at... PREBCO RECREATION VEHICLES 600 4th North were pleased when he got a new job managing the Tigers. The Detroit club hadn't asked permission to dicker with him and the Yankees had not gone through the formality of cancelling his unexpired but nobody was go- ing to accuse anybody of tampering. that except Bonnie Prince Charlie. When the Yankees asked per- mission to talk with Williams this was mere Williams being in exactly the same position as Old Charlie said absolutely not unless he was compen- sated. After thinking that the Yankees filed a claim for compensation from hoping Cronin would reject it. They wanted him to rule that Houk was a free for the same would have to apply to Williams. Joe retreated clear back to the outfield grass. He is afraid that if he tried to hold Finley to his promise not to stand in his manager's Charlie would sue. Charlie has already declared his intention of tak- ing Bowie Kuhn to court over the in fines the com- missioner imposed for crude shenanigans during the World Series. To be in becom- ing a party to the major league Charlie ab- jured legal but a man can change his can't is a legal term which would seem to have application to Finley's televis- ed acceptance of his manager's resignation. Webster defines estoppel by conduct as one a party whose conduct or language has caused another reasonably to believe in the existence of a certain state of things and to act upon the precludes him from averring or setting up to the prejudice of the latter that a different state of things ex- isted at the time in In other when you say things on television that lead your manager to believe his resignation is accepted and he is a free you're prohibited and precluded from holding him to his contract later. There is a. story that Williams intended to let Finley have both barrels when he announced his resignation but was talked out of it by Bowie some way. If it was good advice which he was wise to for a man does himself a disservice if he fouls the nest as he leaves it. relations with Charles 0. Finley have been Williams in- sisted when he quit. For understandable statements more recently published have a somewhat different think he would keep his one went. he hasn't again. That doesn't surprise me that muchd. He has told me a few things that haven't come true during the time I worked for him. He has convenient lapses of What Charlie also has is the guts of a burglar. Joe Cronin doesn't. Bruins score Flyers give up least MONTREAL Boston Bruins have scored more goals than any other team in the National Hockey League this season and Philadelphia Flyers have given up the fewest. This is basically why the two teams lead their respec- tive divisions. However a glance at their power-play and penalty killing statistics released today reveals a clearer insight into the overall picture. WHA clubs balanced SANTA Calif. The World Hockey Associa- tion likes to boast it has one of the most evenly-balanced groups of clubs in the sport so it's no surprise that this week the WHA is crowing louder than ever. In the introduction to its weekly the WHA head office says parity is the league trademark for points out that no fewer than six teams are locked in second-place ties. In the East behind leading New England Whalers are Cleveland Que- bec Nordiques and Toronto Toros. In the behind leading Edmonton are Minnesota Fighting Houston Aeros and Winnipeg Jets. All six clubs have 29 points. The Toros are singled out as the most remarkable of the second-place challengers. The Toros' infirmary report shows goaltender Les Binkley with pulled muscles in his right Steve King with pull- ed back muscles. Brian Gib- bons with a s.eparated Bob Leduc and Steve Cuddie with bruised while rookie Wayne Dillon and Tom Martin are playing with a broken finger and sore ribs respectively. TAKES LEAD But then the Toros have Wayne who had three goals and six assists last week to take over the league scoring lead with 41 points. Edmonton's Jim the leader for the last four dropped into a second- place deadlock with Minnesota's Mike whose five goals and three assists in four games vaulted him to 38 three behind Carleton. Six-point weeks were turned in by Frank Hughes and Larry Lund of George Morrison of Minnesota and Toronto's Pat who scored four goals in a 10-1 thrashing of the Saints Sun- day. Minnesota owns the highest- scoring forward line with Murray Morrison and Walton who have combin- ed for 100 points on 41 goals and 59 assists. In close pursuit is the Andre Hinse-Larry Lund-Frank Hughes trio of Houston with 98 followed by Toronto's and New England's Al Karlander-John French-Tom Webster trio at 65. SCORING LEADERS Carleton. Tor........ M. Minn Edm Hou Que Van..... Edm......... Minn Lund. Hou.......... Minn...... Minn Hou N.E..... Wpg N.J........ GAP 16 25 41 16 22 38 13 25 38 22 15 37 14 20 34 18 15 33 18 15 33 12 20 32 8 24 32 13 17 30 15 14 29 10 19 29 18 10 28 18 10 28 11 17 28 More sport on page 28 The Bruins have scored 29 of their 118 goals this season on the power play. The 29 goals have come on 79 power-play an efficiency of 36.7 per cent or better than a goal every three oppor- tunities. New York Rangers are sec- ond in power-play efficiency with 33.3 per goals on 75 Buffalo Sabres are third with 21 goals on 76 opportunities for a 27.6 advan- tage. The Flyers have the best penalty-killing record in the league. Philadelphia has given up only 16 power-play goals during the 145 times they have been shorthanded. They have been shorthanded 43 times more than the second-highest Vancouver Canucks who have been penalized 102 but have allowed fewer power-play goals than seven other clubs. HAVE SCORED 11 The Flyers have become so proficient in killing off penalties that they have scored 11 times while the op- position has held the man ad- more than twice as many shorthanded goals as any other team. Chicago Black Hawks are second in penalty killing with an 87.7 per cent efficiency. The Hawks have allowed eight power-play goals in 65 short- handed situations. Phil Esposito of Boston still maintains his lead in the scor- ing race with 57 points on 28 goals and 29 assists. Bruins' defenceman Bobby Orr is next with 15 goals and 30 assists for 45 points with Ken Hodge of Boston Bruins third with 19 goals and 21 assists for 40 points. Richard Martin of who scored the 100th in his NHL career during the occupies fourth spot with 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points. SCORING LEADERS G A P 28 29 47 12 Bos............ 15 30 45 28 Hodge. Bos......... 19 21 40 10 Martin. But......... 19 17 36 6 Gilbert. NY R...... 13 18 31 14 Tor..... 13 18 31 6 NY R 8 23 31 34 Mm 1613 29 29 NY R...... 15 13 28 2 But........ 121628 0 Mtl........ 10 18 28 0 Stemkowski NY R 9 19 28 40 Bos...... 8 20 28 57 Buf..... 8 20 28 16 Snopek stand out A pair of netminders have taken over the spot-light in the early stages of the City Men's Bropmball League schedule. Vic Willms of Herman's Upholstery and Welterlich's Joe Snopek have been phenomenal during the early part of the 1973-74 season and are continuously battling for top recognition. After eight Willms holds a slight edge over Snopek who has yet to taste defeat. who has suffered a loss and a tie in his eight leads the way with seven shutouts and allowing only one shot past him. Snopek has given up a mere two goals while registering six shutouts. The two goaltenders were as hot as usual Sunday night as they 'led their respective Second place Herman's remained three points back of the league-leading Welterlich by scoring a 3-0 win over the Jaycees while Welterlich picked up their eighth straight decision by downing Local 740 5-0. Robert Dan Fu- jikawa and Ken Rogalsky pac- ed Herman's attack while Tom Beresnak and Tom Wright with two goals and Nick Denecky with a singleton led Welterlich's assauit. Meanwhile Lethbridge Hotel held onto third place with a slim 1-0 victory over the Red Devils. Roger Me Adam tallied for the winners while Lou Matteotti scored his third shutout of the season. In another the Knipht Clubbers edeed Southern Signs 2-1. Lloyd Mercer and Karry Banack flipped in a goal eich for the Clubbers while George Fujikawa managed a solo ef- fort in a losing cause. Fiorino Rovers racked up their first win of the season by slipping past the Lethbridge Correctional Institute Mavericks 2-1. Fred Anderson and Roger Rombough notched a goal apiece for the Rovers while C. Crow Shoe handled the scoring for the Mavericks. In one final Sun- burst Ceramics defeated the Fire Department 3-1. Bill Ressler led the way for Sunburst with a two-goal out- ing while Tom Greenway chipped in with a single. Tom Boychuk replied for the Fire Department. Bertelsen on move Los Angeles Rams' running back Jim gets away from the grasp of Ron Hornsby of the New York Giants Monday night. The Rams ran roughshod over the Giants in a convincing 40-6 triumph. Strong running game Rams looked good LOS ANGELES Chuck rookie head coaching sensation of the National Football has his Los Angeles Rams cruis- ing on a steady course toward the playoffs. The who salted away the National Conference West crown more than a week downed New York Giants 40-6 Monday night. Rams are a real fine football the finest runn- ing game all around that I have said Giants coach Alex Webster. Led by Lawrence McCutcheon's 80 yards in 11 the second- year pro to yards this the Rams rushed for 219 yards. In the second the Rams took a 14-3 lead on McCutcheon's 11-yard touch- down run and linebacker Isiah Robertson's 49-yard touchdown return of a Norm Snead pass Quarterback John Hadl threw the 19-yard scoring pass to McCutcheon. Hadl said the with an 11-2 weren't overly ex- cited Monday night. don't get emotionally fired up because we're already in the playoffs and looking ahead to Dallas. But we've still got to work on fun- damentals and get down to Dallas ready to play football It was obvious that the Rams don't believe Dallas Cowboys will lose to St. Louis Cardinals Sunday and give Washington Redskins a chance to win the NFC East title. The Rams expect to meet the Cowboys in the tmal at Dallas Dec. 23. Hadl credited Knox for the Rams' winning ways the same every that's the secret of his suc- Hadl said. head coach sets the personality for his Just one record SAN FRANCISC9 Montreal Expos reliever Mike Marshall established a major league record by pitching in 92 games last official National League baseball statistics showed today. The right-hander was pitched in 179 innings and had an earned-run average of 2.66 as he bettered the 90-game mark Wayne Granger of Cincinnati Reds set in 1969. Marshall led the league in saves with 31. That was the only record performance in a season of pitching dominated by Cy Young Award winner Tom Seaver of New York Mets. Seaver's 2.08 earned-run average compared with the next 2.43 by Don Sutton of Los Angeles Dodgers. It was the third time in four years the Mets' right-hander led-the league in ERA. He also topped the league in strikeouts with 251. Left-hander Steve Carlton of Philadelphia Phillies was fanning 223. tied with Carl- for the most com- plete 18. Carlton and Jack Cincinnati worked the most 293 and Billing- ham led in shutouts with seven. Carlton's 293 one an in- was the league high. Jerry Houston Astros tied Carlton and Billingham for the most starts with 40 and Carlton allowed the most and lost the most 20. San Francisco Giants left- Ron was the only National League 20-game with a 24-12 record and 3.53 ERA MEAGHERS 187.J MEAGHERS Treat yourself to the rich golden smoothness ot1878. Blended smooth. Aged smooth. Priced smooth. A smooth number CELEBRATE. WITH CANADA'S ;