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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, February 7, 197] THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD f> He mid he would knock them dead and he did decker steals show at Kinsmen Sportsman's Dinner fly PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Wrilcr You can wrap il up in two words, Bob Decker. Th 19th annual Lelhbridge Kinsmen Club Spoilsman's Dinner can bo 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, lie took the microphone at Saturday evening and'when he was done at 10 he had helped make the 19th editjon of t h e dinner a good one. Normie Kwong handled the duties of master of ceremonies excellently. It marked the first lime the emcee was not a Leth- 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 1 d middleweight champion, rodeo standout Tom Bewes, Wayne Harris of the Calgary Stampeders, Don Jonas of tlic 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 nthlele of the year. Leo Harrold, who has worked with the Lethbridge Minor 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 o( the late Lethbridge Herald Sports Editor and nationally known and respected radio and television broadcaster. JONAS CLOWNS WITH KIDS Don Jonas, of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, takes time oul Saturday morning lo joke wilh some kids at the Civic Centre. Jonas was in town for Ihe Kinsmen Dinner Saturday night. Takes playoff to do il IlONOU'Ll' (API Grier .lire-. J bis sigh of relic! and saic'1 "I n-as bi'Sinning lo wonder if I was ever going In win." The- Jones had just boatm Bob Murphy in a sud- flen-dreilli plajoff fnr Iho first pri7C in Ihe. Hawaiian open golf loiirn.iiiirnl Sunday. 11. was his first professional victory. have iwn friends, Johnny Miller and Jerry Heard, who came mil here on the pro lour the same lime 1 did three years ago nnd they-both won last jrnr." Jones said "I was starling 1C wonder it li'd rail1 liappcn lo mo." fashioned an cighl-un- f'1 in llu1 final found lo catch llu' fi'Miil-running Murphy with a tnlnl of 27-1. M under on Ihi' W.'ii.'ilni1 I'niinirv Club course. llnlli Jone.s and Murphy, who had a final-romid 69, reached j the green in two on the first' playoff hole. The red-haired Murphy lagged up a long pull lo about two feet away. Jones missed from 30 feet. Then Murphy failed on Hie shorl pull and his husky shoul- ders slumped in dejection. Jones faced one of about the same length. ''I said to myself, it's two fed. You don't want to waste all those years of liard work on mi sport 10 Jubber paces LDS Iriuiiipli I The I.DS came up with a nar- row liiiMiwin over Kiniuras in Commercial Basketball League aelioii Saturday nighl. Vcrn .lubber pared Ibp win- ni'rs wilh a 23 point outing, dlcn Alexander hooped 21 for Kiniuras. The league wraps up the reg- ulr.r schedule ton i fill I with Ihrcc games. At Ihe Civic Cen- tre at eight o'clock Kimuras host Capri while at lakes on HOURS. In Card'lou Ihe l.ellihridgc ('omiiiuiiily Col- lege are there for a game. a two-foot Jones said. He rolled it in. Murphy sclt.lcd for from the tolal purpose of SSOO.OOO. Masters champion Charles Coody look tliird wilh a Gil for 275 one ?imkc back. He missed badly on a long birdie pult on the final hole (hat woidd have put him in the playoff. B c h i n d him came Marly Fleckniaii at 276, Don Bies at 277 and five more at 27B. They were Hob Rosburg, John Schtee, Jim .lamioson. Bunky Henry and Curtis Siffonl. Lcc Trevino shol a final-round 70 for 2711. He was lied at Ibal figure wilh Arnold Palmer, who closed wilh a M. Jack Mcklaus. never really a faelnr in (lie event, far back ai t'.ary llmvermnn and Men Kern of Toronto missed the nil Friday. Jones birdied the first two holes after iron sliols left him short pulls, then made his big move wilh a siring of five, bird- ies in six boles slarling on the oighlh. They ineludcd a pair of 2'i-fool birdie, pulls on Ihe llth and I2lli. Me closed out wil 12-foot putt on IJje Jlitb. QUOTE ....UNQUOTE 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 gone." JOEY GIARDELLO Commenting on the best middleweight he ever saw "Joey Giardello." JOHN BROCKINGTON "I haven't seen any use of drugs in my pro football experience. But I've only been there one year." WAYNE HARRIS 'II, (the Grey Cup) was a long time in coming for a lot of us, guys like Jim 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 leani 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 DECKER "I remember one coach told me to grab a bat and stop this rally." NORMIE KWONG "II 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 "Tile Pack can come back." RON HUNT Spent the best part of the weekend calling Tom Bews "Country." WAYNE HARRIS "When was the last year Calgary won the Grey Cup? An answer of 1948 is wrong, it was 1971." 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 Romanclmk, Malcolmson lead way Darwin Romanchuk and Liii- 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 monlh. n_ i I "ll-; nt nil: ullllll The seven lop bowlers in die Coun of is required. 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 thai owns Ihe Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team of the National Hockey League. Aided by the Toronto-Domin- ion Bank, Ballard made an offer to purchase shares of Gardens slock 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 Smylhe, son of Conn, who built the Gardens in 1931, was in Ihe name of thai partnership. Because Ballard is an execu- tor of the Stafford Smythe es- tate, along with Jeffries and lawyer John Edison, approval of Ihe purchase by (he Supreme boy's division and eight top bowlers in the girl's division will compete in the zone finals. Romanchuk led all bowlers in the boy's division racking up a tolal pinfall of in six games. Ken Kurtz placed second with a score of 1.511 while Kick Barva came in third with 1-155. Other boys who made the team included Steve Martin 1.412, Jim Malcolmson, Harvey Pocza and Darrel Lagler Randy Sillilo will be an aller- Thcre is a chance lhat a counter-proposal be made by (he Smylhe family which would allow them to retain Ihe shares. Ballard and Dr. Hugh Smylhe, a brother of Stafford, were involved recently in a dis- pute over control of Gardens' slock. B.illarri also was of Stafford Smylhc's son Tom, general manager of Ihe Toronto Marlboros hockey learn in the Junior A Scries of the Olilario nale after bowling 1.373 in the llockcv Association. six games. J "Harold Ballard lias made an In the girl's division, Mai -l colmson topped all girls willi it t.Xcciilors of my brother's estate six-panic lulal pin-fall, j recommended ar- Seeond place went lo llrcnda c e p I c (I." said Or. Rmylhc. Peterson willi a score of l.m "However, il is mil a faii ae- Hliile third was won by Kalie I ,.nmplj. If we wanl lo pill in a Pcdrini with l.niii, Rounding out the (cam. Na- dine Kovacs placed fourlh wilh fifth went to I'alm- arehuk sixth to Thelma counter-proposal, we can be- cause Ilic mailer has lo be de- cided by Ihe courls. Dut in Ihe interest of peace and har- mony, the offer from Ballard Nisliimura seventh to could be aeccplcd." Sheri Olwrmcycr 1.1-17, and Tom Sim Ihe said lie had been oighlh In Ixiri Smced 1.0711. Irving lo pul loe.elher an nff.-r The alternate on Hie girl's lor two months In purekisc Hie j team will Debbie Anderson I block of shares held by Ins I who managed a score. father. Tim Tollestrup, after a bril- liant high school and univer- sity career, was named the re- cipient of the Ron Makarenko Memorial trophy in memory of the late Leliihrldge sports broadcaster. Handy Wolston- erott won last year. It was a lolal surprise to both winners. The biggest and besl 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- viled lo the dinner by his for- mer coach Gary of the U of L. "Gary just told me he bad an extra ticket and 1 wanl- j ed lo go lo the dinner and here I am.." Tolllstrup added Salur- day night. In Ilarrold's case it was a matter of accepting an invila- i ticn from Peter Paskuski of j the Lethbridge Minor Hockey l Association. "Peter lold me the company had bought two tickets and he needed some said Harrold. "T found it rather strange lhal he wouldn't lake one of his sons but he said the company wouldn't like il." "It was some story but I'm ad 1 took him up on his offer." Harrold finished. But the major story of the dinner was Ueckcr. There have been some pretty funny people in the history of the dinner and Uecker ranks wilh the best. He could vciv easily be Ihe funniest and most entertaining guest in Ihe din- ner's ly-ycar hislory. His baseball career spanned seven years before a break in his throwing arm ended his playing career. If could he 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 why. "I used lo get little hints a to when I would he 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 lo tell me lo get a bat and go out and stop thi he added. "Sometime they would tell me to go up without a bat and try for a walk." He went on lo tell the gather- ing of some COO, that he became a great handler of the knuckle- hall. He would just let it roll until it stopped and then picked it up. He got to meet a lot of. people in Ihe box seats. On more than one occasion he got to wear the new spike the team bought. That's so the rest of the guys wouldn't get blisters on their feet. He used to try and get the coaches attention, or anybody's attention for thai matter. "I used lo walk down Ihe streets of New York m my catchers equipment. Uecker, it goes wilhout say- ing, is a very funny man. He can, however, he very serious 'I just want to do something for be said. It has given me a lot in my life and I am thankful for it." Two standing ovations were afforded speakers Saturday Uecker and Harris. Harris was greeted a tremendous roar of applause indicating his popularity in southern Alberta. He feels Ihe Stampeders will be tough in 1972 but he also feels lhat the entire Western Conference will be tough, "especially if Jonas has another good he 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 helter. A very sincere rookie of the year in the NFL Brockington gave most of the credit for his success lo Ihe offensive line for Green Bay. He gained yards due, moslly, because he wanted lo do for his team- mates. Giardello verbally sparred with Ihe gathering while Bcws died lo give (he crowd an idea of what il's like on the pro ro- deo circuit. Schayes was another great ambassador of basketball while Lunt made it clear base- ball has plenty of funny guys. "I spent 21.? hours listening to Casey Slengel one day while I was wilh the Mets and I still don't know what be chuckled Hunt. Flgm Baylor, who retired Ibis past from Ihe Los Aupelos Lakers, was the great- esl haskelb.-ill player Schayes has ever seen. He played with pain. There is l.ilk thai next year's dinner, Ihe 20lh Anniversary, will see a head table of for- mer guests who left Ihcir im- pression on the dinner in the IKISl. I don'l know who (be master of ceremonies would be but do know lhal I eeker would be the first he gels to intro- duce. ATHIETE-OF-THE-YEAR Tim Tollestrup was named Ins winner of the Ron Makarenko Memorial trophy Sat- urday as the athlete-of-the-year al Ihe Kinsmen Dinner. SPORTSMAN-OF-THE-YEAR Leo Harrold was nam- ed Ihe winner of the Tom Foley Memorial award Saturday evening as the Kinsmen Club's choice as sporlsman-of- the-year. Lmor Brian Kanewisher s c o r e d I Dave Snopek nnd Hick three goals and paced the Leth- bridge Pee Wee Sabres over the host Taber Pee Wee Colts 5-3 over the weekend. Mike Park and Brent Mon- tielh chipped in with singles while Rod Mikshson, Dick Kioik and E. Clarke replied for the Colls. In another exhibition contest, Rod Ross fired in a hat-trick lo lead Uie Lethbridge Ramb- lers to a 4-3 viclory over the Taber Pee Reps. Terry McXcely scored the otlwr Ramblers' marker while Hart and McKay managed a goal apiece for the Heps. Cleve Miyashiro registered n shutout as he helped the Whips blank the Falcons 1-0. Jake Ncufcldt managed tho lone goal during Ihe three per- iods for Hie Whips. Allan Gepncris scored four times led the Lethbridgc j Canucks to a fi-5 win over tho i Fort Mnclend Canadians in ex- hibilion hockey play. .Alike Craig chipped in with two goals while Brendon Adlcr scored Ilirec limes for the Cana- dians. Darcey Watson and Melvin Gemmel also connected for goals for llio Canadians. Ken Serbu came up with a goal in I lie final period lo give Ihe Bruins a slim 1-0 viclory over the Cougars in Bantam "B" acliun. David Crir.hlon registered (ho Sllllllllll In another Bantam "B" con- test. Then DcGrool blinked Ihe lighls Ihree limes and paced Hie In a 5-2 win over chipped in wilh single markers while Darrel Vogt and Popson managed solo markerl for the Leafs. The Slampeders 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 wi'h two markers while Sid Jolinson added one. Barry Huber, Craig Murray, John Novak and Bill Zaruben tallied for Ihe Imperials. FOREIGN CAR (LETHBRIDGE) LTD. Hob Vvcrlrnn and Darrcl w.llicm iDill) Harvd aided wilh n g o a 1 1 Rcnrcscnioiivr. WILLIAM (BILL) REEDYK Kcnneili G. Goner- D( Foicign Car is plc-osed IP po'ntmonl of dyk as A li ri'Mdenf of Lrth- mnrriod ond lias hn< hern in the apiece while Barry Forry scored luo goals and Brent Oleksy once for Ihe Blades 2 Alan Itor.T; hhisled in four cu'lon q big in the ,ted Wings To rompinj: over llio Mnple Leafs, conn, in and Sfo him for all your L'lii .Mornce, Tom Hflibcck, 'iransporlalion ;