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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 13, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, January 13, 1975 Book your European Charter Now Flights to London-Amslerdam-Franklurt For all your travel arrangements contact Art Williams Travel Centre Village Mall Phone 328-3201 -The HeraUl' Sports LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. Lgw.r Level 7th Street Shopping Mull Lethbridge, Xlbirti Phone (403) 328-7411 S.C.M. TYPEWRITERS MASTER OF CEREMONIES IAN MANDIN ADDRESSES THE LARGE GATHERING OF FATHERS AND SONS BILL GROENEN photos Star-studded banquet attracts overflow crowd of 760 By GARRY ALLISON Herald Sports Writer The Lethbridge Community College auditorium, with an overflow crowd of 760 fathers and son's spilling down the hall into the cafeteria, was the scene of the seventh annual LDS Father and Son Athletic Awards Banquet Saturday night. The huge gathering was assembled to hear, and see, some of the top names in both local and international sporting circles. Featured speaker for the affair was Vernon Law, former Cy Young Award winner while pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National Baseball League. The headtable also included former Los Angeles Dodger slugging star Duke Snider, rodeo cowboy Bill Reeder, Ed- monton Eskorno quarterback Tom Wilkinson, father and son sportsmen Willard and Ben Brooks and television sportscaster AI McCann. Ian Mandin handled the master of ceremony duties with ease, displaying a sharp wit and bubbling enthusiasm. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the LDS junior and senior athlete awards and the Church's Sportsman of the Year award. Richard Nelson, of the Lethbridge Fifth Ward, was named the recipient of the Percy Butler Memorial trophy as the LDS sportsman of the year. He has been active, as a participant, coach and referee, in Church sports for many years. Dr. Cal Stewart received recognition as the senior athlete of the year. He played with the Stake champion basketball team and is also a standout on the slow pitch diamond. Mark Baldry, an active competitor in most Church sports as well as a member of the LCI Hams Football and basketball teams, was named the junior athlete winner. He received the Joseph P. Strong Memorial trophy. Featured speaker Vcrn Law recalled many of his more memorable moments with the Pirates. He spoke at length about Don Hoak and recalled some of coach Danny Murtaugh's visits to the mound. One visit concerned a knock down pitch, three in a row to be exact, that Law had fired at opposing hitters. Knowing that Law was a religious man, Murtaugh broke up the confrontation that Law, the umpire and a few of the opposing players were having with a quote from the scriptures, "those who live by the sword shall perish by the he hollered at the opposing team. In justifying knockdown pitches Law stated, "sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. If the opposing pitchers are hi ushing back your men you have to protect them and knock a few of the opposition down. It becomes part of your obligation to your teammates." Law was the author of two World Series wins over the Yankees and spoke of the pressure a pitcher feels before a Series game. "I didn't sleep the night I started the seventh game, but I was still sharp and ready to go by daylight. I was prepared men- tally but physically my ankle was bothering me. I had a 4-2 lead by the sixth inning but my ankle was getting worse. I felt real bad when I was pulled and replaced by Elroy Face. "As I was about to walk off-the field, fully dejected, Don Hoak said something to me that made me feel a lot better. He told me, 'when you walk off the field, Deacon, hold your head up high.' That meant a lot to me. It told me the team knew I'd given it my all, and that's all anyone can do." Law left the fathers and sons with the instruction to "be satisfied with what you have, but never be satisfied with what you are." Willard and Ben Brooks were named to the head table as a father and son combination with many years background in Southern Alberta sports between them. Father Willard told the gathering how he watched his sons, and banquet co chairman Bill Binning, grow through their par- ticipation in Church sports. He spoke lovingly of his family and his pride in their achievements. Son Ben told the gathering that it was an honor to be at a headtable that included a man as outstanding as his father. Lay- ing his prepared speech aside, Ben spoke from his heart, recall- ing many meaningful experiences he and his father had shared. "I'm proud of my father for what he has done for me and also for what he has done for many other boys in sports throughout his lifetime." Dodger great Duke Snider kidded about his year with the New York Mets near the-close of his career. "We lost a record 111 games that year. It was a true team effort. We were so bad that when we were rained out we would hold a victory party. "Met manager Casey Stengel spoke a strange language called Stengelese. By the end of the year I was glad to leave the Mets I had begun to understand what Casey was talking about and it scared me to death." THE OSHRIAIR CONNECTION is coming... Snider promised that the Montreal Expo rookie team that will begin play in Lethbridge this spring would provide fans in this area with some exciting entertainment. He also told about the time he came into a game while with the San Francisco Giants and faced Sandy Koufax on the mound. "I came in with a 3-2 count, as batter Willie McCovey had hurt himself and was removed from the game. Koufax threw a high pitch and I got the walk. But while I was standing on first base chatting with Ron Fairley and feeling good about the walk. Sandy got even. He picked me off." Calf roper Bill Reeder, of Cardston, explained that rodeo cowboys have no teammates to rely on, no curfews to govern them, no schedules to meet. "A cowboy is his own boss, he must pay his own way and rely on his own abilities. He must motivate himself." Bill told the boys in the audience to practice in whatever sport they were in. "Don't be afraid of practice. I roped over 600 calves in two weeks preparing for the National Finals Rodeo in Edmonton. Practice is the only way to remain sharp and to im- prove." Lethbridge Mayor A. C. (Andy) Anderson welcomed the headtable guests to the city. He also told the gathering he liked the atmosphere of the father and son banquet. "You meet here as a family unit, and that is most impor- tant in today's he said. Tom Wilkinson started his speech with a series of uhhs, and duuahhs. "How else do you expect a dumb football player to he asked the audience. After a collection of tunny stories Tom turned serious for a moment when he spoke to the boys present. L. LEFT TO RIGHT ARE AWARD WINNERS RICHARD NELSON, MARK BALDRY AND DR. CAL STEWART Wilkinson says Esks will be back By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor A guy who can shake off two consecutive Grey Cup defeats can't be all bad. "No, I'm sure things will work out for us in no says Tom Wilkinson of the Edmonton Eskimos. Wilkinson was a Lethbridge visitor Saturday for the annual LDS Father and Son awards banquet. "Does it always blow this hard around he asked as if to get a person's mind off the automatic question of what happened to the Eskimos the past two years. Wilkinson does not have the complete answer. He will tell you that there really is no answer. One team must lose. It is like that all over the world, no matter what the sport. "In 1973 we were underdogs to a very good Ottawa Rough Rider club. This year we were favored. Who knows what will happen when two teams engage in he says. Wilkinson, possibly avoiding being accused of alibying. did not once refer to the fact that he suffered injuries in both Grey Cups and it hampered the Eskimos' overall performance. Wilkinson will admit that had the Eskimos had at least one healthy quarterback they may have won the 1973 game. This year's game was a different story. Field conditions wouldn't allow the Eskimos to follow their game plan. But by the same token, the Montreal Alouettes had lo play in the same rain and on the same wet field. Wilkinson lefl the game after being hit by Junior Ah You. Was it a cheap shot? "Ah You wasn't penalized for a cheap says Wilkin- son. "I was in the act of passing when he hit me. However, he tried to drive my nose and face into the artificial turf at Empire Stadium and the referee didn't like that. "Laughed Wilkinson, "I didn't think much of it either. Wilkinson has either been blessed with a unique sense of humor or he has learned to roll with the blows. Has he had any highlights in his much travelled career. "Not says, "but I'm expecting to have my first one next year at the Grey Cup in Calgary. Wilkinson is only kidding when he says he hasn't had one big thrill. He was named Canada's outstanding football player this past season. "It was very gratifying to admits Wilkinson. Qne has to think a Grey Cup win would have made the 1974 season all that much better for him. Wilkinson looks over weight, especially in his football jersey. His problem is he retains water. He does not drink and follows a very good diet but any li- quids he drinks, stay with him. At one time, Wilkinson used to smoke upwards of 50 cigarettes a day. "Now I just chew It isn't the cleanest habit in the world but it is much better for my he says. A graduate of Wyoming University, Wilkinson would like lo see lull ride scholarships given to players in Canadian Univer- sities. He feels it would be of great benefit to the game. He touched on some recent rule changes and feels the block- ing on missed field goals will help open the game up. He does not agree with the suggestion that successful field goals, if run out of the end zone by the leam just scored on be cancelled. "Why take points away from a team after they have scored he asks. He would not like to see four downs in the CFL, it would take away from what he feels is a very exciting game. Wilkinson wants another crack at .the Grey Cup. Good friend Al McCann of Edmonton says that Wilkinson's contract says he only has to play one quarter. "But next year I'm not go- ing to start the game until the second Wilkinson says jokingly. He just may have the answer. Banquet sidelights Among those present in the audience was former NHL great Vic Stasiuk Al McCann told the gathering that Vic's wife was home guarding the vault and Vic was there to mate a bid on the building Duke Snider said that Casey Stengel was the only man who could have managed the Mets in their early days and not gone crazy Tom Wilkinson, somewhat shorter than junior athlete winner Mark Baldry climbed up on a chair so he could look down on Mark as he presented him with his award Willard Brooks told the press conference lhal one of Ihe reasons for the drop in track and field interest in the smaller centres was the lack of facilities in the schools asked to comment on the Mike Marshall Willie Davis trade, Duke Snider said that sometimes you trade a problem for a problem Rodeo cowboy Bill Reeder told the young boys that they should think of trying rodeo instead of hockey or baseball Tom Wilkinson said Ian Mandin was happy lo be at the banquet, but added that when you are as short as fan you're happy lo be anywhere... lhal dig was in reply to Mandin's comment that on Tom ,1 cumberbund on a tuxedo is called a pot holder during his address Mayor Anderson told the boys present to be sure they slayed in school and complete their education Vern Law related an interesting story about the Catholic Sisters who used to attend the games in'Pittsburgh "it was he said, "but everytime they came and sat in 'the right field bleachers we won, there were a lot of Catholic prayers said for this old Mormon boy" Duke Snider told the press conference to he on the lookout for 19 year old Gary Carter in an Expo un- iform Ian Mandin said Ben Brooks learned his singing from his mother's sewing machine il was a singer too Ben promised that his LCC Kodiak basketball team would be in the running for the Canadian championships at season's end Vern Law, despite all his credit's in baseball, says his greatest experience is to work with young people Al McCann predicted that if the Eskimos of the 50's were to play the Esks of today the old Grey Cup champs of Jackie Parker would lose by 35 points the meal put. up by Vern Olson and his staff at the LCC was superb. "As you play sports, as you train your body and as you win your games, always remember that the Lord is the reason you're here and the reason you're doing well. Always keep Him number one in your life." Sportscaster Al McCann joked with his friends in the crowd and told everyone present that Wilkinson came from such a small town that the New Year's baby was born in August. Al spoke of expansion in sports, particularly hockey. "Naturally professional hockey is watered down. There used to be six teams now there are 32. But don't let that fool you. athletes today are still much better than the athletes of earlier eras. Us more than evident in sports where times are kepi. All Ihe old records continue to fall." Besides the fine talks by the guests and a superb roast beet dinner, the evening featured the recognizing of teams and in- dividuals who have either won sporting events or served in Church sports activities over the past year: With the success of banquet number seven, banquet number eight now comes into focus as the commitlee looks ahead to ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES 4 145 6 137 5 107 NATIONAL LEAGUE Patrick Division W L T F Philadefphia .26 10 6 145 Rangers.....21 12 8 174 Atlanta......19 15 9 120 Islanders___17 16 10 143 S my the Division Vancouver.. .22 16 5 150 Chicago.....19 19 St. Louis ....17 19 Minnesota ...11 24 Kansas City. ..8 28 Morris Division Monlreal ___24 6 13 196 LA..........23 6 12 133 Pittsburgh ...15 17 9 166 Detroit ......10 23 7 112 Washington -.3 35 5 B8 Adams Division Buffalo......26 9 7 183 Boston......24 10 7 198 Toronto-.....15 20 7 145 California___11 26 8 120 WESTERN CANADA Eastern Division W L T F Saskatoon ...22 11 7 203 Lethbridge .20 17 217? Brandon.....16 23 6 180 Regina......18 23 FlinFlon.....11 26 Winnipeg___10 24 A Pts 91 58 131 50 117 47 120 44 138 49 127 42 147 40 176 27 173 20 117 61 82 58 157 39 157 27 230 11 134 59 123 55 163 37 177 30 2 163 6 154 8 147 Western Division Victoria Med. Hat. Kamloops New West. Edmonton ..29 10 4 262 ..24 12 3 207 190 ..23 11 ..19 13 ..16 16 8 188 5 171 7 144 A Pts 145 51 174 42 218 38 179 38 247 28 225 28 157 62 142 51 147 50 160 46 163 37 229 19 Calgary ......6 28 SUNDAY National Chicago A NY Rangers 2 St. Louis 2 Detroit 1 Montreal 7 Washington 2 Toronto 4 New York [slanders 3 Philadelphia 2 California 1 Buffalo 5 Vancouver 1 World Quebec 3 Edmonton 1 Toronto 4 San Diego at Michigan ppd. 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