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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, Februory 24, 1973 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - \\ He has taken the side of the team oivners Bowie Kuhn falls off fence .1 By RED SMITH New York Times Service NEW YORK - Whatever gains are achieved ox- damage done in the current contract dispute between the baseball players and the men who own them, there has already been at least one re-s u 11. Any misconceptions about the role of the commissioner that may have lingered in the minds of fans have been eUrninated. On two or three occasions since the haggling began, Bowie Kuhn has abandoned the pretence of neutrality and issued press releases presenting the owners' side to the public. No longer can there be any illusion that the commissioner's office is a court of last appeal or its occupant an impartial magistrate or a house dick riding herd on the bosses,to protect the players from exploitation. From here out everyone nust accept Kuhn for 'What he has been ever since he was hired - his employers' mouthpiece, a front man, a figurehead. During the owners' December convention in Honolulu, Kuhn called a news conference to publicize modifica-. lions the bosses had offered to make in the reserve system which gives them ownership of their employees. Although he was aware that the players already had rejected the offer as inadequate, he called it a "spectacular breakthrough, historic." Marvin Miller, executive director of the Players' Association, was in Puerto Rico at the time and was given 10 minutes' notice of Kuhn's announcement. When Miller ac-' "cused Kuhn of violating an agreement not to argue the dispute in the press, Kuhn replied that the league presidents, Chub Feeney and Joe Cronin, and John Gaherin, the owners' representative in labor talks, had. assured him there was no such agreement. He did not say in so many words that Miller and Dick Moss, the players' counsel, and Tom Seaver and Joe Torre were lying when they said there was an agreement. More recently, Kuhn took it upon himself to issue another statement accusing Miller of trying to mislead the play- ers, the public and the owners. This time he conceded out loud that he was on the owners' side. Not that the players needed to hear this admission from him. In 1969 when the owners fired William D. Eckert and replaced him with their own lawyer, not one living soul confused the new commissioner with the first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis. From that day forward, everybody realized, the game would be played the company way. That is why the players fought for and won impartial arbitration of grievances by-passing the commissioner. The office of commissioner was created, and Judge Landis lured from the federal bench to fill it, in order to restore public confidence in baseball after the crooked World Series of 1919. Fifteen of the 16 frightened owners pledged themselves to acknowledge the commissioner's supreme authority without question or complaint. (Only Phill Ball, owner of the St. T.ouis Bicwds, refused and fought Landis as long as Ball lived). Landis was a tyrant, and the players' best friend. He told the men Who paid his salary how they must behave and he threw the book at any who tried to cheat. When he decided a player had been kept down on the farm too long or otherwise treated unfairly, he declared him a free agent entitled to sell his services to the highest bidder. In a single ruling he would free as many as 100 farmhands of the Detroit Tigers or St. Louis Cardinals. Players felt no need of a union or a lawyer or agent because the commissioner's door was always open and they were confident he would give them a square shake. POSED AS FRIEND Happy Chandler, who succeeded Landis, posed as the player's friend, too, but he was a posturing politician who sang in public without due process. Once he was called upon to adjudicate a quarrel between a club owner and a man in uniform. He fearlessly threw the man in uniform out of baseball for a year. Happy left office for rea- sons of health; that is, the owners got sick of him and moved up Ford Frick from the presidency of the National League. Ford didn't regard the owners as rascals who had to be watched. As he saw it, they were responsible men with the right to make their own rules and it was his job to enforce the rules, He was capable and honest, and far-sighted by comparison with Ins employers, but there were times when a firmer hand at the top would have benefited baseball. Spike Eckert, the fourth commissioner, was an invisible presence who barely kept the swivel chair warm. The owners played two dirty tricks- on him, in 1965 when they hired him and in 1968 when they fired him. By this time the owners had a fairly clear idea of what they wanted in a commissioner and were dead sure what they didn't want. What they didn't want most w a s impartiality, so they chose the lawyer who had acted for them in such matters as the sack of Milwaukee. Mixed final under ivay Friday Anton, Zigarlick only unbeaten rinks Only two rinks went unbeaten Norm Zigarlick of Pine Point at 9:30 with draws to follow at Friday as the Seagram's Al- eaCh recorded two victories in � 2:30-and 7:30 this evening, berta mixed purling finals got t] & tt f ^ Meanwhile, the Rothman's ,,a~� ~* i�twj-� rwi me nrst two draws ot tne tnree- A^rta policemen's finals day, round - robin playdown. start Sunday evening at the Action resumed this morning Curling Club and the Elks' Cor- under at the Lethbridge Curling Club. Ron Anton of St. Albert and Player's SAAR - CJOC Presents 2*1 ANNUAL ICE RACES BIGGEST ONE DAY SHOW IN WESTERN CANADA  SNOW MACHINES MOTORCYCLES STREET CARS CLASS B SANCTIONED C.M.A. SANCTIONED NEW AND OLD PARK LAKE HAS NEVER SEEN SUCH EXCITEMENT SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25* ELIMINATIONS 11.30 a.m. RACING AT 2.00 p.m. by Cup playoffs got under way this morning in Taber. Eight rinks, a change from four last year, are seeking top honors in the mixed affair, two each from four districts. Anton, representing the Northern Alberta Curling Association, had little trouble in the evening draw as he dumped Al Delmage of Yellowknife, Kodiaks record now 13-0 Lethbridge Community College Kodiaks ran their win streak to 13 straight in Alberta College Athletic Conference Basketball League action Friday night in Camrose. Meanwhile, the Kodiettes clinched second spot in the gals division, assuring themselves of a berth in the ACAC finals at Red Deer next weekend. The Kodiaks faced a fired-up Camrose Lutheran College club Friday and found themselves trailing 16-2 at the end of the first quarter. Kodiaks, however, maintained their composure and emerged witih a convincing 93-63 triumph after grabbing a 43 - 38 half time lead. Gary Williams paced the Kodiaks with 30 points while Curt Wolsey chipped in with 22 and Bob Montsion 13. Dwight White grabbed off 19 rebounds for the Kodiaks. In the gals encounter Shirley Yuill hooped 12 points as the Kodiettes overcame a three-point deficit with three minutes remaining to win 50-43. Sharon Garber added eight for the winners. Jean McMiller paced the hosts with 10 points. Thursday evening Wolsey pumped in 26 points as the Kodiaks bounced Edmonton, Northern Alberta Institute of Tecluiology, 101-68. White fired in 17 while Montsion and Williams added 14 each. Don McEarohenn led all scores as he canned 28 for NAIT. Larry Kobza managed 16. The Kodiettes got an outstanding 20 - point performance from Miss Yuill as they won 46-37. Judy McNab picked up nine more points for the Kodiettes. Grace Twitchell with 13 and Marv Ingells with eight, paced NAIT. The Kodiaks were to go after win No. 14 this afternoon at Red Deer while the Kodiettes were looking to add to their second place margin. More sport on page 12 Northwest Territories 9-3. Delmage was the NWT rep in last year's Dominion finals. Zigarlick chalked up wins over Keith Thompson and Arnold Schulz. Thompson, of Stettler, lost but not Without a fight. He dropped a narrow 5-4 decision. Schulz was just as tough for Zigarlick as he fell 6-5. Completing the second draw, Thompson was forced an extra end before edging Fred Mc-Guaig of High Prairie 8-6 while Pottinger handed Walter Bory-suk, also of Calgary, his second loss of the day, 7-6. In the first draw Delmage downed Borysuk 7-4, and Mc-Cuaig trimmed Schulz 10-7. Heading into this morning's Uiird round- Anton and Zigarlick are 2-0 while four rinks, Pottinger, Delmage, McCuaig and Thompson are all 1-1. Schulz and Borysuk are winless in two starts. The finals are set for 1:30 Sunday afternoon. In the case of two or more rinks being tied a 4:30 draw has been set up. In Calgary Don Nelson of Calgary won the A section of the Alberta Firefighters' curling playoffs Friday with an 8-7 victory over Ron Munro of Red Deer. Two other rinks were still alive in the B section of the modified double-knockout competition. Al Browett beat Dan Wasylie 8-1 in one game and John McDonald beat George Forbes 7-5 in the other. All are from Edmonton, The remaining rinks-Browett, McDonald and Munro - were to battle it out today to battle it out today to decide the B winner. McDonald was to meet Browett at 8 a.m. with the winner to go against Munro at 12:30 p.m. The winner in that series was to advance to the A-B final at 2:45 p.m. If a third game was necessary, it was to be played at 7 p.m. tonight. The provincial winner will advance to the national championships at Prince Albert March 26-29. Things looking brighter NEW YORK (AP) - A "reasonably optimistic" Marvin Miller, fresh from briefing a number of players in Los Angeles, was back in New York today for another round of negotiations aimed at reaching a settlement of the dispute that has prevented major league baseball teams from opening spring training camps. "We have teen meeting daily," said Miller, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). "We will meet Saturday. Also Sunday ... if necessary. Based on the last few days we are reasonably optimistic' Miller met Friday in Los Angeles with about 60 players, including Frank Robinson of California Angels, Juan Marichal of San Francisco Giants and Don Sutton, player representative of Los Angeles Dodgers. Friday's meeting with players was the first of seven scheduled around the country during the next two weeks if no settlement is reached. Spring training officially begins March 1-pitchers and catchers usually report before that-and Miller has said there will be a meeting of all player representatives in New York March 1 if the owners refuse to open the camps by that date. In Calgary These six members of the Lethbridge YMCA Stingrays Swim Club are in Calgary this weekend to compete in the Operation Olympics competition. Setting their sight* on possible records are Carrie Hughes, Ann Lynagh, Michelle Crighton, Bradley Koskowich, Jamie Wiskerke and Ted Hansen. Ten locals reach finals Ten members of the Lethbridge Amateur Swim Club will travel to Calgary Saturday for the provincial finals of "Operation Olympics". The 10 local swimmers, who just recently qualified for the finals, will compete in the one-day event which features the ley 2-1 swimmers in each age group and event. The local representatives will include Shirley Van Dyk, Marilyn Van Dyk, Wendy Tuk, Lori Lavkulik, Sharon Sekiya, Pam Allison, Gordon Syme, Rob Emerson, Tim Myers and Robbie Tietz. Stampede Wrestling EXHIBITION PAVILION M0N., FEB. 26-8.30 p.m. N.A. TITLI MATCH: ABDULLAH v� PORT! ARCHIE "STOMPER" GOULDIE v*. 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