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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD July 4, i973 Graham Kelly TVO. 55 IS GONE. The leg- endary middle lineback- er of the Calgary Stamped- ers, Wayne Harris has decid- ed to retire. The decision, a terribly difficult but expected one, came because of a verte- brae injury suffered in a game against Saskatchewan last August. The injury was an exceptionally painful one. It also resulted in the partial loss of use of his arm. Al- though the injury has healed, with no side affects, "the Thumper" is 35 years of age. He didn't want to risk injury again. And so the time came when the greatest linebacker In the history of Canadian football hung the cleats. In the 11 complete seasons the Arkansas native played in the CFL, he was accorded all-star honors 11 times. He won the Schenley Award for outstanding lineman four times. Only Jackie Parker When Harris was interview- ed in Calgary upon the oc- casion of his retirement, he said that the highlights of his career were -winning the Grey Cup in 1970, and play- ing against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. his Schenley Awards were high- lights as well. Over the years, those unbelievable match-ups between Saskatchewan and Calgary provided football fans with enough thrills to last a life-time. Starting in 1967, and going until 1971, Saskatche- wan and Calgary were in the Western Finals every year. In 1967, both dubs slaughtered each other over a three game series with Saskatche- wan emerging as an eventu- al winner. The opener was won by Calgary in Calgary, with Saskatchewan taking the second game on a eight de- grees above zero winter Wed- nesday night. The key play came when Terry Evanshen slipped on a patch of ice and broke his ankle. In 1968, in overtime, Calgary won their first trip to the Grey Cup by beating the Jolly Green Gi- ants in overtime of the third game. In 1969, another clas- sic battle took place with Saskatchewan on top. And then there was the mem- orable final game of 1970 played in a blizzard in Re- gina when Larry Robinson f It is no accident, then, that when asked what opponent he admired the most, Wayne Harris replied, "Ron Lan- caster." Overall Ron Lancas- ter gave me the most prob- lems." I decided to give Lan- caster a call at his home in Regina to see what his thoughts were about his Cal- gary rival As it turned out, it seems that Ron Lancaster and Wayne Harris belong to a mutual admiration society. "I know that in the thirteen years. I've been in the CFL, be was the best player I play- ed against. No one else even came close. He had unbeliev- able range and could beat you anywhere on the field." What disconcerted the dimi- nutive Saskatchewan quarter- back the most was the fact that Harris knew so much about what the Riders were going to dp that it appeared as if Harris were eavesdrop- ping on the huddles. "Harris had a real sixth sense something a great lineback- er always has. He always seemed to know what we were going to do." Besides the obvious physi- cal attributes of Harris, Lan- caster also commented upon his opponents leadership qual- and Russ Jackson have won as many. In 1970, Harris was nominated for both lineman of the year, as well as" out- standing player. Ron Lancas- ter won the outstanding play- er award, with Harris re- ceiving the lineman trophy. Although Ron Lancaster was certainly an outstanding ball player that and any other year, I felt that Harris should, have received both that year, because it was through his efforts more than anyone else that Calgary made it to the Grey Cup. In 1969, Lancaster lost out to Russ Jackson, a year he should have won the award. But whether or not he ever received the Schenley Award with the most prestige, any one who knew anything about football realized that Wayne Harris was one of those rare athletes, a man with absolute total talent at his position. "aimed the ball six feet wide" and lameducked a field goal to win. In 1971, Saskatche- wan opened the finals in Cal- gary and surged into the lead. Wayne Harris and com- pany broke up the Rider at- tack, came back to win, and went on to their historic and successful confrontation with the Toronto Argonauts. Throughout those magnifi- cent struggles, the key figure on the Calgary side was Wayne Harris. When the Grey Cup Champions of 1971 fell out of the play-offs last year, few realized just how much the Stanroeders lost when they lost No. 55. The middle linebacker is the defensive quarterback. It is he who must set up the defense. The middle linebacker has to be able to anticipate what is going to happen. Thus he has to be completely familiar with the repertoire of plays available to the opposing quarterback. In addition, a middle linebacker must have the ability to fend off line- men who are usually much bigger. He has to have trem- endous range in order to break up the play. And, of course, he has to be able to hit. It is testimony enough to Harris that he was nick- named the "Thumper." Prob- ably quarterback and middle linebacker are the two tough- est positions to play. ities. "During the six or sev- en seasons we played them in the finals, and during the reg- ular season, he made the Stampeders what they were. He gave that club so much confidence. Over the years, you know, it wasn't the Cal- gary offense that beat us, it was the defense. The main reason was Harris. He was the biggest factor." Lancaster also pointed out that Wayne Harris is a great person off the field. "I got to know Wayne at all-star games, and on trips to Cal- gary during the off-season. He's a fantastic person. He's such a great person to be around. And I know that his decision is a real blow to him because he liked playing football so much. I called him on the phone a while ago when I was in Calgary. He really sounded dejected. But he was hurting pretty badly." I know this must be so because when I talked to Harris at the end of the sea- son last year, he was very much down in the dumps. He had lost a lot of enthusi- asm due to the painful na- ture of his injury. It made him really stop and think about playing again. I asked Lancaster to give me a memorable moment when Harris got the best of him. "That's replied Ronnie, "you never fooled Mm twice. A couple of. years ago we introduced a play Cal- gary bad never seen before. We were going to try a little shuttle pass to either Bobby Thompson or Silas McKinnie. It was set up to get Harris to mis-read the keys. We want- ed Wayne to drop bade in the book zone to protect against the pass over the middle. That way we could get our block on him, I could see that be thought something was wrong. But be took the bait and dropped back, and we picked up eighteen yards. I thought I'd tried it again in the second half, but to the other side. Harris didn't even move. He watched it develop and then moved in and stop- ped it for no gain." Mel Profit of Toronto re- lates that in the 1971 Grey Cup, the Argos were on the ten yard line. Cal- gary always switched from zone coverage to man-to- man when deep in their own end. Toronto expected that to happen. For the first time in years, Harris didn't switch. The play was broken np, and Toronto had to settle for a field goal. Expos smother Mets 19-8 One big night for Bob Bailey Winning homer Yankee Ron Blomberg is congratulated by teammates Matty Alou, left, Cratg Nettle (9) and Bobby Murcer at homeplate after he boomed a three-run home run in the first inning to give the New York club its margin of victory in a win over Boston Red Sox. Minor ball roundup Anything FIBRE GLAS we CAN REPAIR AT JIM McQUAMIE Manager WESCAN CAR TOP COUTTS HIGHWAY The Canucks were out-hit but still managed to edge the Royals 94 in Lakeside Little League playoff action Tuesday night. Todd Fischer earned the mound win allowing 10 hits and striking out eight while loser Doug Holmes only gave up seven safeties while fanning 12. Ricky Moser led the winners at the plate stroking a triple and two singles while Darcy Tollifl added a double and sin- gle. Date Wordick managed two singles in a losing cause. In another league tilt, the Orioles squeezed past the An- gels M after two extra innings. At Norcrest the Pirates ran Finley may take 3VHL to court OAKLAND (AP) Charles Finky says he may take the National Hockey League to court over moving his Califor- nia Golden Seals to In- dianapolis. "I can either sell the Seals, keep the Seals or move them to Finley said Tues- day in a telephone interview from his Chicago office. At a recent league meeting, Finley asked J6.5 million for the franchise while the league of- fered a reported minion. up a 23-1 victory over the Expos behind Rodney Tomita's one-hit pitching feat last night. Tomita registered the win rifling the third strike past 12 batters while Terry Hamilton suffered the loss being tagged for 17 hits. Cameron Jarvie led the Pi- rates potent attack with two doubles and a pair of singles while Sean Kennan aided wttfi a double and single. Rodney Houghton also chipp- ed in with two doubles. Hamilton managed the only hit off Tomita, a single. In a Norcrest Senior Little League contest the Padres dou- bled the score 84 over the Braves. Scott Jarvie gave up two hits and fanned 11 for the win while loser Alvin Yellowfly struck out 15 and relinquished six bits. Kerwin Kotkas paced the Padres with a home run and single while Jarvie aided his own cause with .a double and two singles. John Mackiey touched Jar- vie with two singles. Doug Winter was the winner as the Twins belted the Red Sox 12-3 in Lakeside Little League action. Andy Bedford was the loser. Winter, with help at the plate from Stan Sawicki and Perry MacDonald, struck out eight and allowed just three hits, one of which was a double to Jim Steal. MacDonald pounded out a double and two singles while Sawicki chipped in with a doub- le and single. FINAL LEAGUE STANDINGS NORCREST SENIOR LITTLE LEAGUE Dodgers............... 3 16 Padres............... 4 12 Braves................ 4 4 Pirates................ 4 4 Expos................ 1 6 2 LITTLE LEAGUE Braves 11 Astros............... 11 Pirates.............. 10 A Dodgers 5 Cubs............... S Giants............... 4 1 FARM LEAGUE Wolves................ 14 11 Bobcats............... 7 Lions.................. 7 Tigers................. Cougars............... 4 2 23 3 72 4 20 7 11 6 13 10 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS "I'll remember this game for the rest of my said Expos' third baseman Bob Bailey, who put on a show Mon- treal New York not soon forget. Bailey slammed two home of them a grand drove in seven runs, leading the Expos to a record- shattering 19-8 pasting of the Mets Tuesday night. The 19 runs and 21 hits were the most ever by the Expos. After his sixth-inning grand slam, the crowd of at Jairry Park gave Bailey a standing ovation the next two times he- came to he responded with a solo homer in the seventh and a single in the eighth. elsewhere in the National League, St. Louis Cardinals climbed over the .500 mark tor the first time this season by sweeping a twi-night double- header from Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 and 7-6; Atlanta Braves blanked Houston Astros 1-0; Philadelphia Phillies defeated Chicago Cubs 8-2; San Diego Padres topped Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1, and Cincinnati Reds beat San Francisco Giants 6-3. METS WERE AHEAD The Mets were, winning 5-4 until Bailey's two-run double in the fifth inning. They broke it open with seven runs in the sixth, on a bases-loaded walk to Ron Woods, Bailey's grand slam and John Boccabella's two-run blast. They added five runs in the seventh on Ron Fairly's run- scoring single, Ken Singleton's three-run homer and Bailey's solo shot, and one more in the eighth. Bailey said he was only try- ing for a single when he hit the grand slam. His plan was to try and poke one of Tug McGraw's screwballs into right field for a base hit. "McGraw has a tough screw- ball and it's tough to said the right-handed hitting Bailey, "so I was going to go to right. We were only up by two runs at the time, and I figured a single would score two more and Mike Marshall would hold that kind of lead. "I don't know what kind of pitch it was. I think it was a fastball around the it went out." The 30-year-old Bailey had been booed by some fans in Jarry Park last season, when he batted .233. But he turned those boos to cheers Tuesday night. "I think the standing ovations they gave me tonight showed that it was only a minority that got on my back last he said. Rick Wise pitched a seven-hit shutout for St. Louis in the first ist who was making only the third start of his major league career, was coasting with a 7-1 lead into the ninth, but needed relief help from Diego Segui when the Pirates rallied for five runs, four of them on a pinch- hit grand slam by Willie Star- gell, his 24th homer of the year. Carl Morton gave up 10 hits but managed to shut put the Astros. Mike Lum drove in the game's only run wttfa a second inning grounder. ANDY CAPP REMEMBER NOW, I DON'T WANT THE WITH THEM INSUUTIN1 Bisons 4 Beavers............... 4 Buffaloes.............. 2 Pumas................ i ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES ALBERTA MAJOR LEAGUE (South division) W L Pet. GBL Uthbridge Lakers 11 Ml Calgary Giants 11 .458 Vi Calgary Jimmies B .470 4 Norm division Edm. Tigers..... 8 Red Deer 7 Edm. Stackers .500 .425 1 13 .303 3 NATIONAL LEAGUE East W L Pet. GBL 47 34 SK 40 38 .513 SVi 36 39 .480 8 37 41 .474 aVi 36 40 .474 8Vi 33 42 .440 11 West 51 31 .622 47 36 .564 43 37 .538 44 38 .537 35 47 .427 .338 Chicago St. Louis Montreal Philadelphia Pittsburgh New York 7 16 23 Los Angeles San Francisco Cincinnati Houston Atlanta....., San Diego...... 27 53 TODAY'S GAMES San Francisco Bradley (4-7; Cin- cinnati Hall (5-4) Philadelphia Twltcheli (4-2) it Chi- cago Hooton (8.6) Pittsburgh Moose (6-7) at St. Louis Murphy (0-3) Houston Richard (1-1) and Forsch (8-8) at Atlanta Niekro (8-4) and Reed (4-10) New York seaver (9-4) at Montreal Moore (4-9) San Diego Arlin (4-5) at Los Angeles Downing game, while rookie Ken Reitz j TUESDAY'S RESULTS hit a bases-loaded triple to cap a five-run fifth inning that pow- ered the Cards to victory in the LAKESIDE SENIOR LITTLE LEAGUE Athletics............. 10 3 Twins 3 4 4 Tigers 49 LITTLE LEAGUE Angels.............. 12 1 Indians.............. 2 Twins 9 3 White Sox 7 4 Yankees............. 5 7 Royals.............. 57 4 7 Tigers............... 4 7 2 9 Red Sox 0 10 1 Invcrnd In Ties FARM LEAGUE Jets................... 10 1 50 Larks................. 9 6 II Expos............... 9 3 18 Bluejays............... 8 5 16 Rockets............. 7 S 14 Astros 4 7 12 Cardinals............. 4 10 12 Eagles............ 4 s Raiders.............. 4 7 8 Hawks 0 11 0 Rich Potters, a relief special- [f it isn't drugs, it's a bribe now DENVER professional (AP) Former football player Jerry Sturm said Tuesday that he was the target of a bribe attempt in 1971 by an- other former National Football League player. Sturm, centre for Houston Oil- ers at the time, refused to name the man who he said of- fered him to cut the Oil- ers' scoring if he couid in each of the last three games of the 1971 season. "I got a little hot over the sit- uation, and I reported it the next said Sturm. "We bad been friends for years and had played together." San Francisco 100 201 S 1 Cincinnati 201 200 4 11 1 Marichal, WiHoughby (4-5) Billing- ham, (11-5) Tomlin CD, Carroll and Bench. HRs: SF Bond Perez Cincinnati, Tclan Philadelphia 11 o Chicago 2 9 2 Lonoorg (7-4) and Boone; Pappas (54) Bonham, (3) Burris (5) Gura (8) and Hundley. HRs: Pha_Luzin- ski (11) Schmidt Chi-Mondsy (2) New York IMOMW-l II i Montreal 3 McAndrew (3-7) McGraw Park- er Hennigan (7) and Hodges; Mc- Anally Marshall (7) and Bocca- bella. HR: NY Milner MTL- Bailey (2) Singleton (ID, Bocca- oeiia Houston OOtOMOM-O 10 0 Atlanta 1 9 1 ..Roberts Griffin (8) and Jutze; Morton (7-6) and Dates. Pittsburgh 001 OM 070 081 002 4 1 Ellis Hernandez Dettore (8) and Sanguillen; Wis (10-4) and Simmons. SECOND P'ttstargh .ON 100 005- S 0 st. eiass IB m 7 7 o Johnson Dettore (8) and SanguUten; Fclkers Se- gui (9) ard McCarver. Stargell San Diego 4 10 2 LCS Angeles 000 on 1 o Joins 0-2) and Kendall; John Hough Culver (7) and Yeager. AMERICAN LEAGUE East New York Baltimore Detroit Milwaukee Boston Cleveland W L Pet. CM. 46 34 .575 38 34 .528 4 41 38 .519 414 38 .504 5T4 37 37 JOB 4 27 52 .342 west 45 34 J54 Oakland Minnesota 41 34 Chicago 40 34 .524 California 40 37 .519 3 Kansas City 43 40 .518 3 Texas 27 48 .JW IS TODAY'S GAMES Boston Culp d-3) and Moret (7-0) a New York Medich (4-3) and Sottlemyre C10L7) Milwaukee Lockwood at Bam- more Cuellar (4-1) Cleveland WIlcox (4-3) at Detroit Strahler (2-1) Chicago Gosssge (4u) and Fisher (4-7) at Texas Blbby (1-2) and Dun- ning (0-4) Kansas City Drago (8-7) at Minne- sota Bane (0-0) California Singer (12-4) at Oakland Hamilton (5-1) TUESDAY'S RESULTS California OM OH 0 Oakland .080 Kt 1 4 0 Ryan (9.10) and Torborg; Hottzman (12-8) and Fosse. HR: Oak Rudl Boston on no oot-1 a o New York 3MOM 1 4 t Pattin (8-10) and Fisk; McDowell Lyle and Munson. HR: NY Blomberg Minnesota '88282 10 0 Kansas City 301 M 7 It 0 Byleven, Sanders (2-3) (9) and Mlt- terwald; Litlell, Wright Garber (L5) (8) and Heely. HRs: (3) Histe KC-Patek Schaal (2) Detroit 288 OW 388- Cleveland ootJOi 4 0 J. Perry, Farmer (3-2) Hiller (8) and Sims; G. Perry John- son (7) and Ellis, Ashby HRs: Cash Gamble FIRST Milwaukee 328 002 7 14 0 Baltimore 281 80S Ota- 9 14 0 Short, Lockwood (4) colborn (7) LJn- zy (2-4) (8) and Rodriguez; Alexan- der, Watt (l) Jackson (5.0) (4) Palmer (9) and Etchebarren, Williams HRs: Mil-Briggs Bal-Grich (2) SECOND Milwaukee 080011 080- Baltimore HO- 1 3 0 (7) innings, suspended, curfew E. Rodriguez. Gardner (7) and Port- er; Reynolds, Alexander Jackson (4) and Hendricks. HRs: Brown Porter FIRST Chicago Ml 310 050-15 If 1 Texts ON 880 100- 1 4 3 Wood (15-11) and Herrmann, Brink- man Srobtrq Allen (2) Sianhouse (8) and Billings. SECOND Chicago 081008 800-1 4 0 Tezn 000 OM Bahnsen Forster and Herr- Bibby and suarez. Bui it didn't last all that long It was a battle of Perrys By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Perrys wore in Cleve- land, making a bit of American League history; Wilbur Wood In ihe other American League games, Chicago White Sox shel- lacked Texas 15-1 in the first game of a doubleheader before was in Texas, making a bit of a the Hangars the second comeback, and Lyle was in New York, making an- other savie. GaySord Perry of Indians nor brother Neither Cleveland Jim of Detroit Tigers were around at the finish. But Won! was, for a change. And LyJe well, the finish is the only you'll find him. Jim didn't figure in Detroit's 5-4 but Gaylord got the i loss, his llth ia 39 decisions this (season. game 2-1, New Yorx Yankees beat Boston Red Sox 3-1, Kan- sas City Royals rulslugged Mirj- nepota Twins 7-6; Oakland Ath- letics shut out California Angels 34 and Baltimore Orioles bounced Milwaukee Brewers 9-7 in the first game of a scheduled twi-nigbt twin-bill. The second game, halted by a midnight curfew with the Brewere lead- ing 4-1 after seven innings, was to be completed today. 'Td like to pitch agamst him Gaylord said of Jim after they'd become the first brother act to appear as oppos- ing starting pitchers in the American League. "Both of us will have to do a better wb, he added. CARRIES TIGER WIN Norm Cash hit his llth and 12th home runs of the season, the second one opening a three- run seventh inning that carried the Tigers over the Indians. After the second one, Jim Northrup singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored the tying run on a single by Rich in turn moved to came around