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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE I.ETHBRIDQE HERALD TuMday, January 28, 1975 Derek meets 'The Legend' By DAVE ANDERSON New York Times Service NEW YORK In the quiet after midnight, the bar was still busy at Duncan's on east 53rd Street, but most of the dinner crowd had departed. At the piano, Bill Halsey was tinkling the theme from "The Sting" and at a small table Toots Shor was drinking brandy and soda while he talked with a few friends. Toots Shor once was the most famous saloonkeeper in New York, but now, jammed up with debts and taxes, he has to drink in other people's saloons. Once he was the confidante of almost all the big name athletes because they ate and drank in his place. He doesn't see them much any more but he still reveres them, especially the oldtimers. "Jack he was saying now. "There never was anybody like Dempsey in this town. Too many creeps around now." At a nearby table, the hockey player, Derek Sanderson, of the New York Rangers, with his longish black hair and moustache, had been having dinner with his blonde girlfriend, Jill, but now he was about to leave. somebody called to him, "I'd like you to meet Toots Shor." "Toots Shor, the Sanderson said, shaking hands. "I've been in this town six months wondering when I was going to meet Toots Shor, the legend. I remember when I was 15 years old, a punk kid in Niagara Falls, Canada, where I grew up, I was in Borelli's Billiard Parlor and guys I was with, we were mak- ing some noise and Borelli himself yelled over, 'any more of that and I'll throw you all and one of my guys told him, 'who do you think you are, Toots and now I'm actually meeting the legend." Sanderson sat down as Toots asked the Ranger forward if he wanted another drink. said Sanderson, "that sounds perfect to me." "You're all right, Toots said. "You'll make it." "How did you get to be a Sanderson asked. "With Toots said, making a fist with his right hand. "I was making a week as a bouncer. I'd have to flatten at least one guy a night, They weren't happy unless I knocked them cold. Some of the sportswriters got to know me, then I got my own joint. That was when there were real hockey players. Ed- die Shore. Ching Johnson." "I've seen movies of Eddie Shore Sanderson said. "Compared to today's best, he wasn't much." "Who's Shor said. "Eddie Shore hit you, you were hit. Ching Johnson the same. They were men." "Bobby said Sanderson, who played with Orr on the Boston Bruins before being traded to the Rangers last year. "Bobby Orr is the greatest player ever to lace on skates. Then comes Maurice Richard, a vicious competitor, then Gordie Howe." "But hockey players can't really Shor said. "Orland Kurtenbach Sanderson said. "Big guy, 200 pounds, with the Rangers and Vancouver. He kept his right hand in tight in front of him and he liked to wave his left hand in your face, slapping you with it. When you tried to get past that left hand, he'd let go the right. I know. He knocked me cold with it once, but the next time I got a Sanderson continued. Hunching his shoulders and demonstrating the punches. "The next time, I put my head on his sweater and came straight up with a right hand to the jaw that decked him." "I like the way you use your hands, Shor said.- "Rod Gilbert and me are thinking of opening a place in New York pretty Sanderson said. "You got to come to the opening, Toots, you got to be there." Shor right hand and Derek shook it. "Another Shor called. "Another brandy." "Wait until I tell The said Sanderson, referring to Emile (The Cat) Francis, the Rangers general manager and coach. "Wait until I tell The Cat that I was out drinking with Toots Shor." "And tell The Cat that he hasn't called me Shor said. "That's Sanderson said. "I'll get on The Cat for that." "I knew 'em all, Shor said. "They all used to come to my joint. Back in 1948 some people in Las Vegas offered me 10 points in the Riviera Hotel just for my name. I'd be worth about million today with those 10 points, but I'm glad I didn't take it. They weren't my kind of people. They were in my joint that day and one of them said, 'How can you pass this up, what do you want to leave your children, money or a I grabbed that guy by the collar and told him, 'don't you ever mention my children again.' But if I'd gone out there, I don't think I'd be happy as I was here. I saw all the great ones. I won't see many more but. said Sanderson, "don't say that." "I'm Toots said, "and I'm broke." "Don't say defeatist Sanderson said. "As long as you've got your spirit, you're not broke. And you're not that old.' When they plant me, you'll be dancing on my coffin, saying, 'he was a good kid' Toots Shor laughed and extended his right hand again. "You're all right, Toots said. "You're my kind of bum." Derek Sanderson's blonde girfriend, Jill, frowned at that. "It's all the hockey player told her as he shook hands. "Coming from Toots Shor, the legend, I know that is a com- pliment." Short sport SIMS RELEASED ARLINGTON, Tex. (AP) Texas Rangers of the American League have re- quested waivers on catcher Duke Sims for the purpose of giving him his outright release, the baseball team an- nounced Monday. Sims, 33, hit .198 with New York Yankees and the Rangers last season. MACMILLAN RECALLED NEW YORK (AP) New York Rangers reecalled centre Bob MacMillan from their American Hockey League farm team in Providence, Monday, to replace Rod Gilbert, sidelined with the flu. MacMillan had six goals and 13 assists in 23 games with the Reds. FRAZlER-ELLIS MEET PHILADELPHIA (Reuter) Former heavyweight box-. Sneddon scores two Labor Club Saints blanked the Winston Churchill Falcons 3 0 Sunday in a Southern Alberta Girls Hockey League contest. 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