Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, February 7, 1973 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERAIO - H Sugar Kings did it, they beat The Pass SULLY SAY -By Pal Sullivan JIMMY PIERSALL, a Lethbridge visitor this past weekend, is all for the designated pinch-hitter rule the American Baseball League has adopted. He feels it will add excitement to the game. Piersall knows all about excitement when it comes to baseball. Not only was he one of the best centre-fielders in his prime but also one of the most colorful. I mean, how many players do you know ran the bases backwards after a home run? Or, do you recall any other player in history taking on a couple of fans in centre field? But in a moment of serious thought, Piersall made it clear he likes the new aspect of the game where a pitcher will no longer hit. A pinch-hitter will replace him but it will not mean he has to come out of the game.' Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves of the National League has his own ideas about it. Aaron, who is fast closing in on Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs, feels the American League will be at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to the World Series. As Hammerin' Hank puts it, "those poor American League pitchers will have to bat on their own for the first time. It could be rough on them," An interesting aspect of the new rule, one which only a batter could see, is the fact that with pitchers not going to bat, they now have no fear of throwing at a good hitter. Before, a pitcher was cautious, because he had to bat against the opposition's pitcher. Now he need not worry about any retaliation. What Aaron can't see is a player going to bat, walking to the clubhouse for a cup of coffee and going to bat again when his turn comes around. ? ? ? When you look at it from the other side, baseball is losing one of its dramatic moments. Now, does a manager walk anyone intentionally to get at the man behind him in the order? What about a pitcher who is cruising along on a one or two-hitter, late in the game? When it should be his turn to bat who will the crowd give the standing ovation to, the scorekeeper? Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals has always been one of the best hitting pitchers in the majors. You can't tell me the Cardinal fans would rather have a pinch-hitter stand in for Gibson in a ball game in which he has pitched well. It may never come to be , however, as the National League turned thumbs down on the idea. ? ? ? What would the old Detroit Tiger fans have done in the 1960's with Hank Aguirre to brighten their pennant-less days? I remember one interview featuring Aguirre and the likable Detroit pitcher proudly claimed to have a one-for-two batting average - one hit in two seasons. " The biggest complaint to date, and there have been many, is that why should one league have it and not the other. Well the answer to that lies with the questions "Why isn't there inter-league play and why is the National League outdrawing the American? And I don't have those answers. Not right at the moment, anyway. ? ? * What do you think about a pinch-runner? Piersall feels it would be a real boon to the game. "Can't you just see it," he said "a catcher-runner duel featuring a Johnny Bench and a Bob Hayes?" I have to agree with Piersall in one line of thinking. Baseball doesn't have to take a back seat to major league sports for drama. Football would run a poor second if you compared the 1972 World Series and its seven-game duration to football's seven Super Bowls. But this issue, like so many others, will only be proven successful or worthless in a test of time, and that, at the moment, is in the future. Minor hockey BLAIEMORE, Alt a. (Special) - Pete McMahon scored three goals Tuesday night to lead Lethbridge Sugar Kings to their first victory of the season after eight losses over the Pass Red Devils, a 7-5 win, in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The teams were tied 3-3 after the first period but Lethbridge went ahead 6-5 in the second. Other Lethbridge scorers were Don Litchfield, Tim O'Donnel, Ron Weiland and Bruce Small. Derek Haas led the Pass with two goals while Rick Austin, Mel Zinger and Lyle Murray had one each. Each club had 38 shots on goal. In Red Deer meanwhile Reg Kinch scored the winning goal at 16:41 of the third period Tuesday night to give Red Deer Rustlers a 5-4 Alberta Junior Hockey League win over Edmonton Mets. Brian Sutter led the Red Deer attack with two goals while Greg Scott and Doug Lindskog were the other marksmen. Dave Bell got two for Edmonton and Gord Brimacombe and Craig Styles got one each. The game was scoreless after the first period and Edmonton crept ahead 3-2 in the second, taking six of 10 minor penalties en route to defeat. Ray McLeod had 42 saves for Edmonton, Don Stephenson 22 for Red Deer. It was the Rustlers' 10th consecutive win. Smith blocks scoring attempt oody second or now New York Islanders' goalie Billy Smith (31) squats low Tuesday night as he blocks a first period shot in a National Hockey League game between the Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Islanders downed the Leafs 4-2 to give coach Earl lngarfield his initial NHL victory. Other players in the picture are left to right, Leafs' Rick Keyhoe (17), Gerry Hart (2) of the Islanders, Denis Dupere of the Leafs (15), Islanders' Terry Crisp (12) and Darryl Sittler of Toronto (27). Blues bounce Canucks with little trouble lngarfield s scor< The Jets scored two unanswered goals in the first two periods and posted a' 5-2 victory over the Black Hawks in Bantam "A" play Tuesday night. Kim Ervin tallied a pair of markers for the Jets while singles were added by Keith Johnson, Barry Forry and Tim Gross. Terry McNeely and Rod Ross replied for the Hawks. In another Bantam "A" match, Glen Greve rattled the goal posts twice and gave the Candians a 3-3 tie with the Maroons. Teammate Jim Martin chipped in with a solo effort while Darren Ramage, Bruce Cave and Robert Shade notched a goal apiece for the Maroons. In Midget action, Ed Yellow-iga tallied twice and propelled the Royals to an easy 4-1 win over the Comets. Robert Salters and Barry Sedgwick notched single markers for the winners while Pinky Gardner managed the lone Comet tally. PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) - "I'll get there yet," Orville Moody said Tuesday. "If I keep knocking on the door long enough, one of these days it's got to open, right?" Moody, who hasn't scored an official victory since his 1969 U.S. Open triumph, was talking about his recent second place finishes, one that hurt a little and one that didn't bother him at all. Moody has been runner-up in the last two tour events and ranked as one of the favorites going into today's first round in the $160,000 Bob Hope-Desert Golf Classic, a five-day, 90-hole event spread over four desert courses. "I'll have to admit I was pretty disappointed after losing the Crosby," Moody said, "but not as bad as most people think. I was able to sleep the next night. . . . "Last week didn't bother me. thought I played pretty good, good enough to win, in fact. "I figure if I can just keep on finishing second, I'll make about one half million dollars this year. That's not too bad." RECOVERS TOUCH Although he hasn't won, Moody has staged a remarkable comeback this season. He won only some $13,000-less than expenses-on the tour last year and already has collected more than $40,000 this season. His cross-handed putting cost him the Big Crosby title. He missed from about 18 inches on the 72nd hole, letting Jack Nick laus and Ray Floyd tie him for the top spot, with Nicklaus the eventual winner in a playoff. He missed another from about the same distance last week as he chased Hawaiian winner John Schlee. By IAN MacLAINE Canadian Press Staff Writer . St. Louis Blues' youth movement is finally making a challenge in the National Hockey League's West Division. Coach Jean-Guy Talbot, since assuming the reins of command from Al Arbour early in the season, has traded off some favorites, to achieve progress. Newcomer Pierre Plante, who got little chance to perform with Philadelphia Flyers, and veteran Gary Sabourin, paced the Blues Tuesday night as they stormed over Vancouver Canucks 5-1 on the strength of five first-period goals. In the only other game, New York Islanders got a standing ovation from 10,676 at Nassau Coliseum when they skated off the ice, 4-2 victors over Toronto Maple Leafs. DOING MUCH BETTER Plante, a 21-year-old winger who played only 24 games with the Flyers and scored only one goal last year, scored twice- his seventh and eighth-in the big first period as did Sabourin, a six-year veteran with the Blues. Garry Unger's 26th of the season completed the St. Louis rout on Vancouver's goaltending tandem of Ed Dyck and Dune Wilson. Wilson came on in relief of Dyck after Plante's second goal SUMARRIES ST. LOUIS 5 VANCOUVER 1 First Period - 1. St. Louis, Plants 7, 2:37; 2. St. Louis, Unger.26 (B. Plager, Egers) 4:58; 3. St. Louis, Sabourin 17 (Hamel, R. Plager) 5:21; 4. St. Louis, Plant* 8 (Durbano, Merrick) o:41; 5. St. Louis, Sabourin 18 (Roberto, D. O'Shea) 16:01. Penalty - Plante 11:14. Second Period - 6. Vancouver, Bod-dy 3, 81.06. Penalties -Wllrox 0:39, n. Plager, Tsllon minors, malors 6.42, Wllklns 10:07, Unger 10:54, Schmautz 14:34, B. Plager double minor 16:31. Third Period - No acorlng. Penalties - None, Shett on goal by Vancouver........ 15 * 4-28 St. Louis............ 7 4 13-14 N.Y. ISLANDERS 4 TORONTO 2 First Period - 1. Toronto, Sittler 17 (Kehoe) 1:56 2. Islanders, Gagnon 11 (Miller, Harris) 7:09. Penalties - Pelyk 5:29. Second Period - 3. Islanders, Cook 2 (Hart, Blockburn) 10:43; 4. Islanders, Harris 17, (Mikkelson, Miller) 12:47; 5. Islanders, Nicholson 1, 14:48; 6. Toron-to, Kehoe 22 (Sittler, Dupere) 15:04. Penalties - Jarry 2:38, Mikkelson 7:33, Pelyk 20:00. Third Period - No scoring. Penalties - Spencer 3:22, Pelyk 13:38, Miller 20:00. Shots on goal by Toronto ............ -8 10 8-26 Islanders .... ........ 17 11 5-33 and the score 4-0 in a game highlighted by a second-period slugfest between Vancouver's Dale Tallon and defenceman Bob Plager. The Blues, who have been in the West Division depths most of the year, have lost only once in their last 11 games, winning seven, and have climbed to fifth place, just one point behind Atlanta, two behind Minnesota and five behind second-place Philadelphia. Talbot made several key moves after taking over from Arbour, who subsequently left the organization to join Atlanta. He acquired youth in Plante and defenceman Paul Curtis of Los Angeles, sprinkled with the1 riod. experienced Brent Hughes, while discarding such local favorites as Noel Picard, Frank St. Marseille and youthful Andre Dupont. FIRST FOR INGARFIELD .. The Islanders, too, have been playing under new guidance during the last week with Earl lngarfield as coach in place of deposed Phil Goyette. Bob Cook's second goal of the year at 10:43 of the second period against rookie Ron McCrac broke up a 1-1 game and Bill Harris and Neil Nicholson added to the total before Leafs' Rick Kehoe ended the game's | scoring at 15:04 of the same pe- Ottawa Nationals may be sorry they took so long getting Tom Simpson into a regular shift. The former winger with Osh-awa Generals of the Ontario Hockey Association Junior A Series reported to camp last fall at 215 pounds. Coach Billy Harris benched Simpson until he pared down to 190. A trimmed-down Simpson got his first shot at right wing with Wayne Carleton and Bob Charlebois Tuesday night. The result was a goal and two assists for the 21-year-old speedster., and a superb fore-checking job that helped the Nats come from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Philadelphia Blazers 5-3 in a World Hockey Association Eastern Division game. 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