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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12- THE LETHBRIPGE HERALD Wednesday. February 20, 1974 BOOK NOW FOR OVERSEAS CHARTERS and tarm now conUct ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MALL PhOM 328-3201 Herald- Sports LiMMdHOfficiFiiriitirUtd. Lml TMi Shopping McH LtlhbrMBt o FILING Braves expect to play slugger as a pinch-hitter Planned part-time use of Aaron draws baseball's ire By DAVE ANDERSON New York Times Service NEW YORK In brazen defiance of baseball's integrity, the Atlanta Braves have decreed that they will not fulfill their 162-game commitment to the National League schedule this year. Instead, the Braves will play 159 games The other three, their opening series in Cincinnati, have emerged as exhibitions now that Henry Aaron won't be in the starting lineup Over the weekend, Bill Bartholomay, the Braves' chairman of the board, announced that Aaron, whose next home run will equal Babe Ruth's record, "Will be available as a pinch-hitter for the road games in Cincinnati and for part-time play if required bv Eddie the team's manager. It sounded as if the Braves were talking about three games in Florida during spring training instead of what are advertised as championship games. After the opening series in Cincinnati, the Braves return to Atlanta for an 11-game home stand, beginning with a Monday night game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that will be nationally televised. Bartholomay obviously is more concerned with preserving Aaron's historic 714th and 715th home runs as a box-office attraction and an Atlanta spectacular than he is with winning the three games in the Cincinnati series. If he could manipulate it completely, Bartholomay probably would prefer that Henry's two homers occur in the final game of the season So brazen was the Braves' decision, it even awoke that guardian of baseball's integrity, commissioner Bowie Kuhn, who had been asleep on sentry duty. Three weeks ago Aaron disclosed, "I would like the 714th and 715th home runs to be in Atlanta. I've talked it over with Bill Bartholomay and I think I'll play the second game in Cincinnati and sit out the other two." The Braves open there on Thursday, April 4, then play there Saturday and Sunday afternoons. "They don't need me in Cincinnati to sell out their opener. But they might need me to sell tickets for Saturday's game." Aaron's concern, and presumably Bartholomay's, for the Saturday game was subtle. It's expected to be the National Broadcasting Company's opening TV game of the week the perfect tease for the long home stand. Those comments by Aaron didn't stir the commissioner, but at least Bartholomay roused him. "I have discussed with Bill Bartholomay on the telephone the Braves' statement of last the commissioner announced today in a prepared statement. "He has assured me that the Braves will do their very best to win the opening three games in Cincinnati." Unless the Braves' executive assured Kuhn that Aaron, if healthy, will be in the starting lineup, the Atlanta franchise won't be doing its "very best" to win Aaron is 40 years old but he is not an ornament on the team, he is its soul. He is a clean-up hitter whom pitchers fear. He is not dragging into his final season. He is coming off a remarkable year in which he hit 40 homers, batted 301 and drove in 96 runs. When his name isn't on the lineup card, the Braves are not using their "very best" team. When a few pitchers mentioned last season that they might groove a pitch for Aaron when his home run record is imminent, Kuhn branded it "detrimental" to baseball and scolded them The current Aaron situation is, to borrow the commissioners vocabulary, equally detrimental. It's detrimental to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Houston Astros and the San Francisco Giants, who hope to challenge the Reds in the National League west this year. If the Braves chose to preserve Aaron against the Reds in the final week of a pennant race instead of in the first week, the other contenders would squawk, and justly so. One of baseball's tenets is that a victory or a defeat in the first week counts the same in the standings as it does in the final week. And the Reds are chuckling "If he never hits another home run against said Bob Howsam, the Reds president, "it will be soon enough for me In his career Aaron has hit more homers against the Reds than any other team, and in four seasons at Riverfront Stadium, he has hit 10. It's detrimental to Eddie Mathews, who isn't that secure as the Braves' manager. It' detrimental to the Braves' pitchers who want Aaron swinging a bat for them. It's detrimental to those in Cincinnati who purchase tickets for the three games. They're entitled to see the Braves at their "very best" with Aaron, or else they're entitled to a cut-rate price. Exhibition games are never as expensive as championship games. Showdown set for tonight SAINT JOHN, N.B. (CP) British Columbia has a bye and then meets Saskatchewan today in a game that could decide the Canadian senior men's curling championship. B.C. crushed Alberta 11-3 in sixth-round play Tuesday night while Saskatchewan lost 8-5 to Prince Edward Island. The win left B.C. with a 6-0 won-lost record while Sas- katchewan is second at 5-1 P.E.I, is third with 4-1. In the seventh-round today Saskatchewan plays Alberta, Manitoba meets Ontario, Que- bec faces New Brunswick, Northern Ontario goes against Nova Scotia and P.E.I, tackles Newfoundland. B C. plays Saskatchewan in one of the eighth-round games this afternoon. A B.C. win would almost assure it of the championship. George Beaudry, skip of the B.C entry from Trail, said the bye comes at the right time In other sixth-round games, New Brunswick surprised de- fending champion Manitoba 104. Ontario whipped New- foundland 12-4 and Quebec edged Northern Ontario 9-7 in an extra end. In the fifth-round Tuesday, B.C. handed P.E.I, its first loss, 8-5: Saskatchewan came from behind for an 11-9 victory over Ontario, New Brunswick beat Newfoundland 8-5, Manitoba nipped Northern Ontario 7-5 and Quebec defeated Nova Scotia 8-5. Weekend Windfall FrLtoMon. Weekend savings plan: save yours, rent ours! 0095 GAS) Unlimited Mileage! Chevy Vega Big cars or small your choice while they last at this rate. Drive as far as you want. No additional mileage charge. Pay only for the gas you use. Budget Rent a Bar GET AWAY ON A WEEKEND WITH A "GET-AWAY RATE" CALL 328-6555 I Blues take out recent troubles on Flames Veteran third Elmo Eleaison, a veteran of numerous Unifarm Bonspiels, calls for a shot Tuesday as the four-day event hit the halfway mark. Unifarm bonspiel hits homestretch The 22nd annual Region 14, Unifarm Bonspiel has reached the haifway mark at the Lethbridge Curling Club with four rinks maintaining unblemished slates. Play in the four-event bonspiel got under way Monday and will come to an end Thursday morning with a final set for all four events StiiJ alive in the number one Southern Alberta Co-Op were rinks skipped by Norm Ober of Readymade, Hal Chronkite of Warner, Mike Balasz of Newlands and Min Yoshida of Iron Springs. Ober was to meet Chronkite this afternoon in one semi- final encounter while Balasz and Yoshida matched shots in the other. Meanwhile in event number two. Jhe United Farmers of two nnks have reached the four s while another four are looking for the remaining two berths. Jim Nayha of Iron Springs and Roy Jensen of Newlands earned semi-final berths in the number two. They will await the outcome of games between Tony Postman of Newlands and Les Bartlett of Wilson and George Wobick of Wilson and Fred Burton of Readymade. IVayna and will settle one spot in the number two final. Thursday morning at eight The other final berths will also be decided at that time. Only two rinks have reached the eights of the number three Co-Op Insurance Services event. John Panczak of Magrath and Bob Hanna of Newlands earned the first two spots in the eights of the number three. Play in the fourth and final event has yet lo reach the 16's The fourth event is the Sopenor Propane sponsored event. Islanders break slump in big way By The CANADIAN PRESS When New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues want to end a winless famine, they don't mess around. The Islanders upset Montreal 5-3 Tuesday night for their first regular-season triumph over the Canadiens since joining the National Hockey League in 1972 The Canadiens entered the game in Uniondale, N Y with eight wins and a tie against the Islanders. The win also enabled the Islanders to break a five- game winless streak, four defeats and a tie. The Blues, meanwhile, snapped an eight-game winless seven defeats and a with a 7-1 victory over Atlanta Flames to give coach Lou Angotti his first triumph since taking over the position last Saturday. He lost his first start 4-2 to Minnesota North Stars. In another game, Vancouver Canucks edged Los Angeles Kings 4-3 for their 16th win of the season The Canadiens, who outscored the Islanders 40-17 in their previous meetings, remain in second place in the East Division with 73 points, 13 behind leading Boston Bruins and five ahead of New York Rangers. Toronto is fourth with 63 points followed by Buffalo with 56, Detroit 46, the Islanders 44 and the Ca- nucks 41. The Blues took over sole possession of third place in the West with 54 points, two more than the Flames and four ahead of the Kings. The who now have 15 wins, three more than VANCOUVER 4, LOS ANGELES 3 Firtt 1. Vancouver, Gould 10 (Tannahill. Ververgaert) 658: 2 Los Angeles. Corngan 11 (Williams. Kannegiesser) 16.25. Penalties Pratt 15-47. Oddleifson. Kozak double minor 18-21 Second 3 Vancouver. Ververgaert 14 (Guevremont) 855 Penalties Nevm 0.25. Lalonde 3 37. Ververgaert 6-39. Berry. Oddleifson minors, majors 10-21. Maloney 13 38. Third Pwtod 4 Los Angeles. Berry 16 (Widmg. Komadoski) 0-46: 5 Vancouver. O'Ranerty 13 (Dunn. Boddy) 5-39: 6. Vancouver. Bordeleau 8 (Kearns. Lemieux) 15.02: 7. Los Angeles. Corrigan 12 (Maloney) Penalties Maloney Murdoch Boudnas 17.29. Vancouver bench served by Tannahill 18.52. en goal by vancouwr 5 9 16 11 13-40 7.916 SL Louto 7. Attenta 1 1 St Louis Memck 14 (Baitey. Unget) 4 12- 3.20 Second Period 2 SJ Louis. Merrick 15 (Bailey. Plante) 429: 3 St. Louis. Baitey 11 (Memck. Awry) 8-08. 4 St Louis. Unger 27