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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, February LETHBRIDQE Alert press gives Kuhn a near ultimatum Aaron will play An example of the pen being mightier than the sword By RED SMITH York Times Service NEW YORK Depend upon it: if Henry Aaron is fit on April 4, he will be in the Atlanta Braves' outfield when, weather permitting, they open the baseball season in Cincinnati. If he is fit and weather permits, he will be in the line-up for the second and third games in Cincinnati April 6 and 7. If he hits one or two home runs, tying or breaking Babe Ruth's record before the Braves' home opener on April 8, that's how it will have to be. An alert press has made sure this will happen even if Bowie Kuhn has to order Eddie Mathews to play commissioner doesn't want to do this because his normal duties do not include dictating a manager's batting order, but he may have no choice in the matter. He will have no choice if Bill Bartholomay, the Braves' president, persists in his plan to make a travesty of the Cincinnati games in order to save Aaron's assault on the record as a gate attraction in Atlanta. Bartholomay made his purpose clear when he announced that Aron would sit out the Cincinnati series unless needed as a pinch- hitter or substitute outfielder. "I telephone Kuhn said Tuesday, "and he said, 'believe me, we will do our level best to win the first t uiioc said, 'you're going to have to satisfy me on and he said he was sure he could. "I told him all right, during spring training we would sit down together and it would be up to him to persuade me. 'The burden is on I told him. That's how it will stay until he has his opportunity to persuade me." The commissioner was reached in Redington Beach, Fla., where he has been working on his ground strokes in tennis. He said they were lousy. He also said that in normal circumstances it is not his place to order a manager to use some player. "But these are not normal it was pointed put. "The beauty of o u r o b is t h 21 if circumstances demand it, all you have to do is do it." he said, "I have the ability to do something, and if I am not satisfied I will do something." "I don't believe a commissioner should tell a ball club who they play or said Bob Howsam, general manager of the Reds. "I know I would feel strongly if he was going to tell me who I had to play, whether it was Johnny Bench or Pete Rose, because I think my organization would know more about how we are trying to win than the commissioner or anybody else in baseball." Howsam said that in his judgment, the Braves would be strongest with Dusty Baker, Ralph Garr and Mike Lum in the outfield, making Aaron available for pinch- hitting and part-time service. "I'm he said, "that Mathews is going to give Aaron the opportunity to break that record and I'm sure Aaron will break it. Properly spaced and given the proper rest, I'm sure he can brea'; it by quite a few home runs." a man said, "you don't rest your player in the first three games of the season. You rest him when, he's beginning to get tired." Batting clean-up last Aaron hit .301 with 40 home runs and 96 runs batted in. Howsam's opinion notwithstanding, nobody can convince the baseball public that the Braves can be improved by benching him. For the game to survive, the manager must always use his strongest possible line-up in an honest effort to win, and the public must always believe it is the strongest possible line-up employed in an honest effort to win. This situation has arisen before, although Ruth's record of 714 home runs was not involved. In May of 1958, the St. Louis Cardinals went to Chicago for two games, with Stan Musial two hits short of a figure reached by only seven men before him. When he got to in the first game, Fred Hutchinson, the Cardinals' manager, announced that unless Stan were needed the following day he would be held out so he could hit No. for the fans at home. It was a ticklish decision, for Musial, then 37, was still a .337 hitter and the club's acknowledged leader. If the Cardinals should lose without him but the fates were kind to Hutch. With one out, one on base and the Cubs leading, 3-1, in the sixth inning, he sent Musial up for Toothpick Sam Jones, the pitcher. Stan's double off Moe Drabowsky drove in a run and the Cardinals went on to win, 5-3. Because of Hutch's announcement, only saw that hit, a few hundred more cheered Musial that evening when the train to St. Louis stopped in towns like Clinton and Springfield, 111., and another 800 welcomed him home. Figures like those make Bartholomay ill. In their first six years in Atlanta the Braves always drew more than a million but since the first summer, business has declined every season except in 1969 when the club won in its division. Last year's attendance was Still, when selling tickets takes precedence to honest competition, the commissioner must step in. "As a baseball Howsam said, "I would be completely opposed to it." "Any baseball he was reminded, "would be offended if "the commissioner, the league president or an umpire told him what players to use. Only the baseball writers can get away with that." Howe takes over scoring lead New cap for Houk Ralph Houk, right, tries on his Detroit Tiger hat. opens Friday at Lakeland, Fla. Houk resigned as man- At left is John Hiller of the Tigers. The Detroit camp ageroftheNew York Yankees at the end of last season. World champs have new manager Dark future for Athletics OAKLAND (AP) Alvin Dark, who left a last-place baseball team in turmoil seven years ago, is coming back to take over Oakland Athletics with a massive payroll and other problems. Controversial owner i Open Tonight HOW DOES YOUR INCOME TAX MEASURE UP let BLOCK help you chop it down to size! We'll put ourselves in your ond do your tax return. Our service is quick, con- venient and inexpensive. Try BLOCK for size! GUAftANTtt COMPLETE RETURNS laigni Tax Snvice With Ovet 6000 Offices in Notlh Ametica -IMlStNo. 327-4971 WMMqw t to ft tttarttr to S MO APPOINTMENT Charles Finley told a news conference Wednesday that Dark, 52, was returning to the two-time American League and World Series titlists as a replacement for exiled Dick Williams. Finley left no doubts he hadn't changed much when he said: "Yes, be has been manager of this club before. Yes, he was fired. Yes, he is coming back to manage this club. Yes, he expects to be fired again some day, but be said he hopes it'll be a hell of a lot longer stay than the last time." Dark, who brought San Francisco Giants to a National League pennant in 1962, was Pulley's manager for Kansas City hi 1966 and part of 1967 before Finley fired him in the midst of a near player rebellion. "Mistakes were made on both sides and things have Dark said. "It is beyond any manager's dream to come into a situation like this, where the team has already won two World Series in a row." And he admitted that he would not attempt to challenge Finley's right to run the ball dub whenever Finley felt the need. And Finley noted that as owner and general manager, he expected to have a say in what happened on the field. Williams, who left to take the New York Yankees' managerial post, still had two years left on a contract he signed with Finley. Since leaving the Athletics after last year's World Series, Williams has been told' by a federal court he cannot manage for any team other than the Athletics for the 1974 and 1975 Dark has been out of baseball since the 1971 when he was fired by Cleveland Indians. The former major league in- fielder had a lifetime batting average of .289. Reggie Jackson, one of two players who attended the news conference, said: "I'm sure he's made adjustments. He had problems with young players in Kansas City and Cleveland." Bottlers earn win Purity Bottling remained alive in the City Recreation Hockey League semi-final playoff series by defeating the Lethbridge Community College Kodiaks 5-3 Wednesday night. The best-of-three series is now tied at one game apiece and the third and final game will be staged Monday night. Ball paced the Bottlers' attack with two goals and an assist while singles went to Chris Wheeler, Grant Harrington and Ken Hulton. Jerry Proskorniak. Terry Pocza and Randy Dohghan replied in a losing canse. So what else is new? By GLENN COLE Canadian Press Staff Writer Nothing out of the ordinary happened Wednesday night in National Hockey League play. Goaltender Tony Esposito got another shutout, his brother Phil of Boston Bruins kept his torrid goal-scoring pace and California Golden Seals and Detroit Red Wings lost again. Goalie Esposito racked up his 10th shutout of the season as the Black Hawks shut put the Golden Seals 3-0, handing the California club its 31st loss in 32 games. Meanwhile Phil celebrated his 32nd birthday with a three- goal effort as the Bruins battled to a 5-5 draw with Minnesota North Stars. Detroit lost a 3-1 verdict to Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Buffalo Sabres 4-2 and St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins played to a 1-1 tie. Tony kicked but 28 shots as .C. ri unbeaten SAINT JOHN, N.B. (CP) George Beaudry appears to be one of the few people who doesn't think British Columbia is a sure thing to win the Canadian senior men's curling championship. The Trail skip guided his rink to an 8-7 win over Saskatchewan Wednesday in eighth-round play, leaving B.C. the only undefeated entry. Prince Edward Island, which dumped defending champion Manitoba 8-2 Wednesday is second with a 6- 1 mark while Saskatchewan is third with 6-2. In other eighth-round games, New Brunswick beat Nova Scotia 7-5, Alberta thrashed Newfoundland 13-2 and Quebec defeated Ontario 10-8. Northern Ontario bad the bye. In seventh-round play Wednesday, P.E.I. clobbered Newfoundland 14-6, Manitoba beat Ontario 13-10, Saskatche- wan defeated Alberta 9-5, Quebec edged New Brunswick 9-7 and Northern Ontario defeated Nova Scotia 94. B.C. had the bye. he posted his 10th shutout of the year and his third in his last four outings. He is tied with Philadelphia's Bernie Parent for the lead in shutouts this year. The Chicago goalie has allowed only 10 goals in the Hawks' last seven games and the Black Hawks now are in the midst of a 10-game unbeaten streak. Gordie Howe is No. 1. That is first in the World Hockey Association scoring race with 81 points after picking up a 27th of the two assists in helping Houston Aeros defeat Summaries TORONTO 4, BUFFALO 2 Firtt Period 1. Toronto, Kehoe 16 (Henderson, Sittler) 2. Toronto. Sittler 30 (Keen, Salming) 3. Toronto, Henderson 18 (Kehoe, Sittler) 4. Buffalo, Rombough 5 (Robitaille) Penalties Carriere Robert, Glennie majors Rombough Morton Second' Period No scoring. Penalties Glennie Korab Third Period 5. Buffalo, Luce 19 (Ramsay, Dudley) 6. Toronto, Kehoe 17 (Sittler, Henderson) Penalties Turnbull on goal by Buffalo 8 12 Toronto 16 10 PHILADELPHIA 3, DETROIT 1 First Period 1. Philadelphia, Clarke 27 (MacLeish, Barber) Penalties McLeod Dornhoefer Van Irnpe Dupont, Jarry Hughes Dornhoefer, Hamel Watson Jim Watson Second Period 2. Philadelphia. MacLeish 24 (Clarke, Barber) Penalties Hughes Lonsberry Watson, Kindrachuck minors. Schultz game misconduct McLeod Third Period 3. Philadelphia, MacLeish 25 (Dornhoefer, Barber) 4. Detroit, Berenson 18 (Boucha, Watson) Penalties Jarry Watson major, Dupont minor, major Van Impe on goal by Philadelphia 21 8 Detroit 10 9 CHICAGO 3, CALIFORNIA 0 First Period 1. Chicago. Pappin 21 (Hull. Redmond) 2. Chicago, Rota 14 (Tallon) Penalties Koroll Bradley Rota Second Period 3. Chicago. Hull 23 (Russell. Martin) Penalties Boldirev Russell Rota, Murray J. Johnston Boldirev Third Period No scoring. Penalties Russell Bordeleau. Laframboise Russell. J. John- ston Shots, on goel by CaMomie 8 9 Chicago 13 8 ST. LOUIS 1, PITTSBURGH 1 First Period No scoring. Penalties Kelly 624, Stephenson served by Wright Wright Second Period 1. St. Louis. Plame 20 (Merrick) Penalties Durbano R. Plager Kelly. Thomson majors. Stackhouse Durbano Third Period 2. Pittsburgh. Apps 19 (Stackhouse) Penalties None. OFFICE SUPPLIES OFFICE MACHINES OFFICE FUPJUTURE PRINTING dninook South lwL Phone 327-4591 9 14 8 7 Shots on goal by SL Louis Pittsburgh BOSTON S, MINNESOTA 5 First Period 1. Minnesota. Gibbs 8 2. Boston, Esposito 48 (Cashman, Hodge) Penalties Reid double minor, Savard Second Period 3. Boston, Orr 24 4. Minnesota, Nanne 7 (Drouin, Bergman) Penalties Cashman misconduct O'Brien Bergman Third Period 5. Boston, Vadnais 14 (Hodge) 6. Boston, Esposito 49 (Vadnais, Hodge) 7. Minnesota, Oliver 11 (Stanfield. Holbrook) 8. Minnesota, Nanne 8 (Drouin) 9. Minnesota, Gibbs 9 (Parise) 10. Boston, Espositc 50 (Orr, Cashman) Penalties Bucyk Hextall Shots on goal by Boston 13 15 Minnesota 11 15 New Jersey Knights 7-2 Wednesday night. And to many hockey fans, the 45-year-old right winger still ranks at tile top of the list when assessing players in both the WHA and National Hockey League. His thinning gray hair is the same. He still wears sweater No. 9. And he still plays the kind of game that branded his name in the NHL record goals, most assists, most points, most games and most seasons, to name a- few achievements. Sure, he has lost speed he'll never regain. But beyond that, his hockey still hasn't notice- ably diminished since the for- mer Detroit Red Wings' star retired just before the 1971-72 season. The goal gave him a career total of 880 and his two giving him 54, best in the that over-all total to In other games, Los Angeles Sharks snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over New England Whalers and Edmonton Oilers defeated Winnipeg Jets 4-1. GIGANTIC SUZUKI SAVINGS ON TRAIL BIKES SPECIAL PURCHASE 14 ONLY RV50K RV90K 19741 NOW'475 lt74 Ktpl NOW RV125K 1974 NOW BERT MAC'S CYCLE LTD. 327-3221 UNITED MOTORS SCAMPER RENTAL CLEARANCE GREAT SAVINGS ON QUALITY USED CARS ONE 14 FT. SCAMPER Wan Save NOW GREAT USED CAR SAVINGS 1 O 1 ONE 170 SCAMPEH SOOOT 16FT IP' L O U I wflBS31 UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. 16 FT. 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