Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Monday, February 7, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD He said he would knock them dead and he did decker steals show at Kinsmen Sportsman's Dinner By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Writer You can wrap it up in two words, Bob Decker. Th 19th annual Lethbridge Kinsmen Club Sportsman's Dinner can be termed another success due, in great amounts, to the comic talents of Decker. Decker, who was everything bad in baseball before becom- ing a comedian, left them lit- erally laying in the aisles. He took the microphone at Saturday evening and'when he was done at 10 he had helped make the 19th edition of the dinner a good one. Normie Kwong handled the duties of master of ceremonies excellently. It marked the first time the emcee was not a Lelh- bridgc native. Kwong was more than an adequate re- placement for local talent. Adding punch to the head table were Dolph Schayes, of the National Bask tball League, Ron Hunt of the Mon- tral Expos. Joey Giardello, former w o r I d middleweight champion, rodeo standout Tom Bewcs, Wayne Harris of the Calgary Stampeders, Don Jonas of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and John Brocking- ton of the Green Bay Packers. A highlight of the night's ac- tivities was the naming of the sportsman and athlete of the year. Leo Harrold, who has worked with the Lethbridge Minor JONAS CLOWNS WITH KIDS Don Jonas, of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, takes time out Saturday morning to joke with some kids at the Civic Centre. Jonos was in town for the Kinsmen Dinner Saturday night. Takes playoff to do it HONOU'Ll' (AP> Grior Jones hcaml a bis sigh of relief and said: "I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going lo win." The iVyoar-old Jones had just Boh Murphy in a sud- den-deal h playoff for the 5-10.000 first in the Hawaiian open golf tournament Sunday. It. was his first professional victory. "I have two friends, Johnny Miller and Jerry Heard, who came mil here on the pro tour the same lime 1 did three years ago and Ihcy-holh won last rear." .lonos said. "I was starting to wonder if ii'd rvor happen to me." Jones fashioned an cight-un- dcr-par M in the final found In catch Hi'1 friml-running Murphy a TMioli- total of 27-1. I'l under en the Waialae Country Club course. Itolli Junes and Murphy, who 10 had a final-round 69, reached the green in two on tile first playoff hole. The red-haired Murphy lagged up a long putt to about two feet away. Jones missed from 30 feet. Then Murphy failed on the short pult and his husky shoul- ders slumped in dejection. Jones faced one of about the same length. "I said to myself, it's two feel. You don't want to waste all those years of liard work on Jubfocr paces LDS triumph The I.DS came up with .1 nar- row !M n'Mvin over Kinmras in Commercial Basketball League action Saturday night. Vcrn .lubber paced the win- ners wilh a 23 point outing. Glen Alexander hooped 21 for Kimuras. The league wraps up the reg- ulr.r schedule tonight with three games. At the Civic Ccn- Irc at eight o'clock Kimuras host Capri while at Inatso takes on Dongs. In Cards-toil the l.elhhridge Community Col- lege are there for a game. a two-foot Jones said. He rolled it in. Murphy settled for from the total purpose of Masters champion Charles Coody took third with a OS for 275 one back. He missed badly on a long birdie putt on the final hole (hat woidd have put him in the playoff. B e h i n d him came Marty Fleckman at 276, Don Bies at 277 and five more at 278. They were Bob Itosburg. .John Schlce, Jim .lamieson. liunky Henry and Curtis Sifford. Lee Trcvino shot a final-round 70 for 2711. He was tied at that figure wilh Arnold Palmer, who closed wilb a lifi. Jack Nicklaus. never really a faclor in the was tar back ai Canadians Gary Rmvcrman and Ben Kern of Toronto missed flic cut Friday. Jones birdied the first two holes after iron shots left him short pulls, then made his big move wilh a siring of five bird- ies in six boles starling on the eighth. They included a pair of 2.vfoot birdie pulls on Hie llth and 12th. Me closed out with a] 12-foot putt on the 1lit.li. Smythe's family counter-offers TORONTO (CP) Reaction from Conn Smythe's family in- dicated Saturday that a counter-offer for Maple Leaf Gardens may be made to a planned purchase of Romancliuk, Malcolmsoii lead way Dai-win Romancliuk and Lin- jiu Malcolmson gained top hon- ors in tiheir respective divisions in the annual high school bowl- ing roll-offs staged at the Capri Bowl Saturday. Some 25 boys and 11 girls took part in the one-day event play- ing off for a berth to the southern zone finals held in Lethbridge later this month. The seven top bowlers in the, There is a chance that a m the girl s division collntll in d compete m the zone finals.: bv ,hc'Smvthe family which Romanchuk led all bowlers u, would allow them (0 rctam thc me boy s division racking up a I -hires total pinfall of I .sin in six! INVOLVED IN DISPUTE Ballard and Dr. Hugh Smythe, a brother of Stafford, were involved recently in a dis- pute over control of Gardens' slock. Ballard also was critical of Stafford Smythe's son Tom, Toronto Gardens stock by Harold E. Ballard. Ballard announced Friday he plans the transactions which would give him 80 per cent of the stock in the company that owns the Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team of the National Hockey League. Aided by the Toronto-Domin- ion Bank, Ballard made an offer to purchase 251.545 shares of Gardens stock from TAN Investments Ltd. His longtime friend and busi- ness associate, former Gardens president C. Stafford Smythe, who died Oct. 13, 1971, and T. D. Jeffries were partners in CDDS-TAN. Most of the stock held by Stafford Smythe, son of Conn, who built the Gardens in 1931, was in the name of that partnership. Because Ballard is an execu- tor of the Stafford Smythe es- tate, along with Jeffries and lawyer John Edison, approval of I the purchase by the Supreme games. Ken Kurtz placed second oi jManorn fc Scneral mana with a score of 1.511 while Kick Barva came in third wilh 1-155. Other boys who made the loam included Steve Martin Jim Malcolmson, Harvey Pocz; Lagler Bandy Sillito will be an alter- Jlmlor A Bmcs nate after bowling in the Ilockcy Associalinn. six games. I Ballard has made an n the girls division, Mai-1 nffpl. fol. lhr, ,vhil.h ,hc colmson topped all girls with a executors nf mv brother's estate 1.375 six-game total pin-fall, j recommended ac- Second place went to Jlrcndn; cent ed said Or Smvlhc. Peterson with a score of I .Ml "However, it is not a faii ac wliile third was won by..... Pedrini with l.lllil. Marlboros hockey team in the Junior A Scries of the Ontario Kalie I rompli. if wanl lo put in a Hockey Association since the early fifties, received the Tom Foley Memorial trophy as sportsman of the year. Last year's winner was Stan Carmichacl. The Foley award is given each year in memory of the late Lethbridge Herald Sports Editor and nationally known and respected radio and television broadcaster. QUOTE ....UNQUOTE ililiiiiiil TOM BEWS "Ten years from now I see rodeo as a paid business where each competitor has a guar- anteed wage. The challenge will be JOEY GIARDELLO Commenting on thc best middleweight he ever saw "Joey Giardello." JOHN BROCKINGTON "I haven't seen any use drugs in my pro football experience. But I've only been there one year." WAYNE HARRIS 'It, (the Grey Cup) was a long time in coming for a lot of us, guys like J i m Furlong and Jerry Keeling." RON HUNT "Trades don't bother me. I just play the game and expect the worst." JOEY GIARDELLO "When I went to the gym all I did was box. There was no punching the bags. What can you learn from that, they don't hit back." TOM BEWS "My philosophy is smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone." BOB UECKER "I remember one coach told me lo grab a bat and stop this rally." NORMIE KWONG "It took Calgary Stam- peders 23 years to win the. Grey Cup after I left." DOLPH SCHAYES "I feel the professional basketball player is the greatest athlete there is to- day. He goes both ways." BOB UECKER "There was the time I came up with the bases loaded, last of the ninth, tie game and two away. I looked into our dugout and the guys on the bench were in their street clothes." JOHN BROCKINGTON "The Pack can come back." RON HUNT Spent the best part of the weekend calling Tom Eews "Country." WAYNE HARRIS "When was the last year Calgary won the Grey Cup? An answer of 1948 is wrong, it was 1971." Tim Tollestrup, after a bril- I liant high school and univer- sity career, was named the re- cipient of the Ron Makarenko Memorial trophy in memory of the late Lethbridge sports broadcaster. Randy Wolston- croft won last year. It was a total surprise to both winners. The biggest and best surprises of their lives. "I had no idea what was to take said Tollestrup. He had just recently had a back operation and was in- vited lo the dinner by his for- mer coach Gary Bowie of the U of L. "Gary just told me he had an extra ticket and I want- j cd to go to the dinner and here I am.." Tolltstrup added Satur- day night. I In Harrold's case it a matter of accepting an invita- I lien from Peter Paskuski of the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association. "Peter told me the company had bought two tickets and he needed some said Harrold. "I found it rather strange that he wouldn't take one of bis sons but he said the company wouldn't like it." "It was some story but I'm glad I took him up on his offer." Harrold finished. But the major story of the dinner was Decker. There have been some pretty funny people in the history of the dinner and Uecker ranks with the best. He could very easily be the funniest and most entertaining guest in the din- ner's 19-year history. His baseball career spanned seven years before a break in his throwing arm ended his playing career. It could be the best break he ever got. His ability as a comedian is highly respected on banquet circuits as well as television and Saturday night he showed wiiy. "I used lo get little hints as to W'ben I would be moving on when I was still active in base- he said. "One time they told me I was going to be made a coach, I was to coach second base." "They used to tell me to get a bat and go out and stop this he added. "Sometimes they would tell me to go up without a bat and try for a walk." He went on to tell the gather- ing of some COO, that he became a great handler of the knuckle- ball. He would just let it roll until it stopped and then picked it up. He got to meet a lot of people in the box seats. On more than one occasion he got to wear the new spikes the team bought. That's so the rest of the guys wouldn't get blisters on their feet. He used to 117 and get the coaches attention, or anybody's attention for that matter. "I used to walk down the streets of New York in my catchers equipment. Uecker, it goes without say- ing, is a very funny man. He can, however, be very serious. 'I just want to do something for he said. It has given me a lot in my life and I am thankful for it." Two standing ovations were afforded speakers Saturday Decker and Harris. Harris was greeted with a tremendous roar of applause indicating his popularity in southern Alberta. He feels the Stampeders will be tough in 1972 but he also feels that the entire Western Conference will ATHtETE-OF-THE-YEAR Tim Tollestrup was named 'he winner of the Ron Makorenko Memorial trophy Sat- urday as the othlete-of-the-year ai the Kinsmen Dinner. SPORTSMAN-OF-THE-YEAR Leo Harrold was nam- ed the winner of the Tom Foley Memorial award Saturday evening as the Kinsmen Club's choice as sportsman-of- the-year. be tough, "especially if Jonas good he has another quipped. Jonas. Canada's outstanding player last year, made it clear he planned to have just as good a year this time around if not better. A very sincere rookie of the year in the NFL Brockington i gave most of the credit for his j success to the offensive line for Lmor tey Brian Kanewisher s c o r e d i Dave Snopek and Rick Barva three goals and paced the Leth bridge Pee Wee Sabres over the host Taher Pee Wee Colts 5-3 over the weekend. Mike Park and Brent Mon- tieth chipped in with singles while Rod Mikshson, Dick Kioik and E. Clarke replied for the Colts. In another exhibition contest, Rod Ross fired in a hat-trick to lead the Lethbridge Ramb- lers to a 4-3 over the Taber Pee Wee Reps. Terry McN'cely scored the other Ramblers' marker while Hart and McKay managed a oal apiece for the Reps. Cieve Miyashiro registered a shutout as he helped thc Whips blank the Falcons 1-0. Jake Neufeldt managed the chipped in with single markers while Darrel Vogt and Popson managed sob markerj for the Leafs. The Stampeders led by Clar- ence Sirovyak's three-goal per- formance downed the Leth- bridge Athletic Association Moore's Imperials 6-1 in exhi- bition play. Byron Lee aided the cause vri'h two markers while Sid Johnson added one. Barry Hubcr, Craig Murray, John Novak and Bill Zaruben tallied for the Imperials. Rounding out the team, Na- dinc Kovacs placed fourth with fifth went to I'alm- arehuk sixth to Tiielma counter-proposal, we can be- cause the mailer has lo be de- cided by the courls. But in the interest of peace and har- mony, the offer from Ballard could br- aeceplod Nisliimura seventh to Sheri Obcrmcycr 1.M7, and Tom Smyths said he had boon eighth to Ixiri Sniped 'Irving lo pul Ingclhe-r an offer The alternate on I he girl's lor two months to purchase the team will lie Debbie Anderson I block of shares held by Ins who managed a score. father. Green Bay. He gained j lone goal during the three per-1 yards due, mostly, because he I iods for the Whips. i wanted to do for his team- j Allan Gepncns scored four j mates. i times and led the Lcthbridgej Canucks lo a ft-5 win over the j For! Maelcod Canadians in ex-' FOREIGN CAR (tETHBRIDGE) LTD. Giardello verbally sparred with the gathering while Bcws tried to give the crowd an idea of what it's like on the pro ro- deo circuit. Schayes was another great a m b a s s a d o r of basketball while Kunt made it clear base- ball has plenty of funny guys. "I spent hours listennig to Casey Stengel one day while I was with the Mets and I still don't know he chuckled Hunt. Klgin Baylor, who retired Ibis past year from the Los hihifion hockey play. Mike Craig chipped in with two goals while Brendon Adlcr scored three times for the Cana- dians. Darcey Watson and Melvin Gcmmel also connected for goals for the Canadians. Ken Serbu came up with goal in the final period to give Ihe Bruins a slim 1-0 victory Bantam over the Cougars "B" action. David Criphton registered lira Angeles Lakers, was the great- sluitnul esl baskclhall player Schayes In another Bantam "B" con- has ever seen. He played with lest. Theo I It-drool blinked the pain. j lights three limes and paced There is talk thai next year's Hie liangers lo a 5-2 win over dinner, the 20lh Anniversary, will see a head (able of for- Boh mer guesls who left their im-! Harvd prcssion on the dinner in the a p i e c past I don't know who the master of ceremonies would be but do kn I Blades. and aided with a 1 while Barry scored I wo goals and ...t... Oleksy (ince for Hie Blades. I2 child Alan Buras blasted in that Uecker would he j big goals in the lied Wings 8-2 Ihe first guy he gets to Intro-1 romping over the Maple Leafs. Lmtl in ond sco him for Ian Morncc. Tom nccdi. WlttlAM (Bltt) REEDYK Kennelli G. Furgason, Goner- ol Sales ManaciiT of Foreign Car (letlibrlcgo! Lid. is plcosed to announce the rjppointrnent of Parrel (Bill) os Sole. g 0 a 1 I Rciircsenlolivf. resident of teth- married ond hoi hns been in the inq for ais and inviloi d associates to Forry Brent A lon bridnc, I. ill friends (luce.