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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Jvlv 31. 1979 THI U1HMUDOI 7 SULLY SAYS -By Pat Sullivan HPHERE Is something about John Kobal that is be- ginning to worry even him- self. Kobal is the publicity di- rector of the Lethbridge Las- ers of the Alberta Major Baseball League and he's doing a bang up job. I talked to John Monday morning just after he had re- turned from Calgary. I bad spent the weekend in Calgary end as a result both of us were somewhat shocked when we learned the news of the fire that destroyed the grand- stand at Henderson Ball Park. I wouldn't worry John. After all, you were in Cal- gary when the Ball Park was leveled and you did almost lose part of your right leg in the Arena fire wben you kick- ed in the trophy cabinet to save some silverware. However, I understand the Lethbridge Exhibition people are in the market for a new publicity man. John, don't apply. After all the Exhibition grandstand is only made of wood. A lot of good baseball play- ers made appearances at Hen- derson Park over the years. Do you remember Ray Washbura who ended up to a St. Louis Cardinal uniform? He hurled a no-hitter for George Wesley right there at Henderson. Nelson Briles, a starter with the Pittsburgh Pirates used to Even players today may find their way to the big leagues after getting some of their training at Henderson. I realize I'm talking like the ball park was completely destroyed. It wasn't, that's traHtat it is gone, never to return. Just as Reno Lizzi, presi- dent of the Lakers, put it "just two more weeks and we wculd have been through." Well, the rite wffl be the same but there will be some differences. According to lira, the Lak- ers win play at home Thurs- day and Friday if necessary, in the AMBL" southern divi- sion final. "I know the fire just hap- pened Sunday" says Lizzi, "but people nave been so co- operative we can't help but go on." "As spokesman for the Lak- ers' executive I have to thank the City of Lethbridge and For Kobal, the news was even more shocking. Today, I'm sure, he feels somewhat like Joe Blfszkswz know, (toe-little guy out of 'Lil Abner with the black cloud that is always hanging over his head? You see, John was public- ity director for the Letiv Lethbridge Sugar Kings of he Alberta Junior Hockey League three years back, and they lost a home to fire. As John put it Monday, "I think I had better find an. other lute of work, Sully." Seriously though, it is kind of shocking-to drive past Hfen- derson Park and see a base- ball park reduced to a pile of rubble. I know the city plans to build a new grandstand. We won't be without a first class baseball park for very long. Just the same, that old green edifice holds, or I guess it should be held, a number of memories that I know I won't forget for a long time. throw aspirins as a member of the old Calgary Giants. Who's doing the catching for the Montreal Expos? John Boccabella, who played witb the Saskatoon Commodores. Even Tug McGraw of fee New York Mets played here wben Dan Royer tried to re- vive baseball in the south. the Exhibition Board. Every- body has been pulling for us." Lakers will be able to con- tinue. They will play Calgary Giants Thursday at eight o'clock and Friday at the same time if need be. The series with, ibe Giants is a best-of-three with the first game in Calgary tonight. The locals have one more series of importance with Leduc Oilers for the right to represent Alberta in the Cana- dian senior championships in Edmunson, NB Aug. 23-26. Oil- ers will be here Aug. 11 and 12 for that series, also a best- of-three. Thanks to the City and the Exhibition people portable 'stands will be made avail- able for fee games. "You said Lizzi, "the exhibition people were ready to loan us their grand- stand if we could have got' ten a diamond ready." As Lizzi said "that's co-opera- tion." Royals record two victories Lethbridge Royals scored a pair of victories over the Cal- gary. Chinooks and moved into second place in the third divi- sion of the Calgary Senior Men's Soccer League on the weekend. Saturday night the locals whipped the visitors 9-3 while Sunday they doubled the score Angelo Mauro was the big scorer for the Royals on the weekend with a five-goal out- ing while Gus Formradas tallied twice. Things will be different this year they say Cubs' annual fold like a soap opera New York Tines Service CHICAGO The baseball romance that surrounds the Chicago Cubs belongs in a soap opera. It's conducted by the people here in the after- noons because Field doesn't have the lights that would create a prime time drama. It thrives on the heart- break ,of false hope. Less than a month ago, the Cute were leading the Na- tional League east by eight games. Now they're steig- gling to stay in second place. In their recent history, the Cube have been unable to re- gain first place. Three yean ago, they wasted lead in June, pulled to with- in percentage points of first place, then lost 18 of their next 25 games. Four years ago, with a lead in August, they lost 25 of their 41 games as the New York Mets won the pennant. But in those seasons, Leo Durocher was their manager. Whitey Lockman is the man- ager now. "There's no relation to what happened in Billy Williams, the Cubs' best hit- ter, was saying at the batting cage. "This is just a slump that you know you're going to have." Maybe. But the Cubs must prove they know bow to re- first place and finish The atmosphere for their attempt is different now than it was in the other years, primarily because creates a different atmosphere than Leo Duro- cber did. Ron Santo, the Cubs' third baseman, per- haps best explained it. "Whkey doesn't seem to bring up yesterday like Leo Santo was saying at Ms locker. "Whitey doesn't talk about what happened yester- day. Whitey looks to today's game." Except for his greeting to. the team at spring training, Lockman hasn't had a meet- ing of his players. Durocher had many meetings. Perhaps too many. At one of them in 1971, he was snarling at a few players, as he often did, when Joe Pepitone spoke up. "I'm tired of hearing you criticize ballplayers in front of the whole Pepitone said. "You should do it pri- vately." Other Cubs spoke up in agreement with Pepitone, in- cluding Santo, the Cubs' most popular player. In the debate, Durocher accused Santo of having requested the Cubs' front office to organize a "day" for him, To that, Santo demanded an apology. Duro- cher's reaction was to an- nounce that be was quitting, and he left the clubhouse. one of the play- ers said, "don't do that." "Let 'im said Ken Holtzman, a Cub pitcher. Durocher reconsidered. But in the off season, Holtzman was traded to the Oakland A's, and Santo was discussed in several trades, none of which .materialized. When the schism between Durocher and his players widened mid- way through last season, Du- Tocher was dismissed. Lock- man replaced tym. "Our slump this year isn't like the Santo was saying now. "Nobody's hanging their bead now bke they were then. None of us had been down that road be- fore." Santo insisted that "Leo bad nothing to do" with the 1969 collapse, but the schism began to develop the next year. But one theory is that Durocher didn't rest his older players often enough in the closing weeks of the 1969 pen- nant race. Perhaps signifi- cantly, despite the Cubs' cur- rent slump, one of Lockman's attributes is that he has been spotting his reserves ef- fectively. "Whitey's doir" a tremen- dous says Banks, now a Cub coach. "He's been getting everyobody into the ball games." Lockman wasn't with the Cubs four years ago. He was -managing their Tacoma, Wash., farm team in the Pa- cific Coast League. "I don't see any relation between now and said Lockman, the first baseman when the New York Giants won their 1951 pennant in a playoff with the Brooklyn Dodgers, on Bobby Thomp- son's home run. "Go back to 1951 when the Dodgers lost. They came back to win the pennant the next two years.' Every vear is different." But ft hasn't been different for the Cubs, at least not since 1945 wben they won their last National League pennant. "Another difference be- tween now and four years Santo explained, "is that when we had our slump in September then, we didn't have time for a comeback. All of a sudden, the season was over. This year we've got plenty of time. Before the season started, we thought the Cardinals and the Pirates would be up there witb us, just like they are now. That big lead we had a few weeks ago was a false lead. Not on our part but on the part of the other clubs. They hadn't started to play wen." But now the Cubs must re- sume playing well. If the script of tbeir soap opera permits them. The Bombers are ready If things come to a head By THE CANADIAN PRESS Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be eying Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Tom Wilkinson closely tonight and hope tbeir lineman won't jump the gun as his head starts bobbing during calls. Coach Jim Spavitai says he's not losing any sleep worrying about offside penalties but, just to be sure, Bombers' defensive unit has been having back-up quarterback Tommy Pharr bob his head during practice ses- sions. The two clubs meet in their Western Football Conference season opener tonight in Winni- peg, while Saskatchewan Roughriders start off the 1973 season against British Columbia Lions in Vancouver. Wilkinson's head became an issue during the exhibition sea- son following a game betwesa Edmonton and Calgary Stampe- ders. Calgary coach Jim Dun- can called on officials to halt the bobbing, but to no avail Edmonton coach Ray Jauch calls the whole issue "ridicu- lous." "As long as I've been in foot- ball, any lineman has been taught to watch the ball, not the quarterback's he told sports writers on his arrival in Winnipeg Monday. WONT TAKE BLAME Wilkinson himself says the head-bobbing should make no difference in tonight's game, because the Bombers have been practising using Pbaar in his place. "If they go offside tonight, it won't b; because I'm moving my head." Edmonton is at fuQ strength for the game and Jauch says his boys are in top shape for the contest Wilkinson wDl start out call- ing signals, with back-up Bruce Lemmerman ready for a relief role after two weeks' service with the U.S. National Guard in the Mojave Desert, Although Jauch says he doesn't favor alternating quar- terbacks during a game, he says Lemmerman is doing well and he'd have no hesitation about calling on him if Wilkin- son runs into trouble. Winnipeg wfflbe going with Don Jonas at quarterback, witb back-up Pharr starting at flan- .ker in place of the injured Bob Larose. Running back Stan Brown will be trying to fill the shoes of all-star Mack Herron, released by the club after his arrest on ding charges. Brown was ac- quired from Hamilton Tiger- Cats only a week ago, but Spa- vital says he's showing im- provement at every practice. Also absent from this year's roster because of bis arrest on drug charges is wide receiver Jim Thorp, but Paul Williams seems to be having little trouble making the shift from wing- back. The game will be carried on Rick Cassata's job on the line OTTAWA (CP) The count- down on the future of quarter- back Rick Cassata probably starts tonight when he leads Ot- tawa Rough Riders against Ti- ronto Argonauts in the opening game of the regular Eastern Football Conference (EFC) schedule. Although Cassata led the Rid- ers to an 11-3 won-lost record last year after replacing Gary Wood, he has not caught on with Lansdowne Park fans, many of whom appear to be urging coach Jack Gotta to use rookie Frank DiMaggio. Cassata suffered through pre- season games with a sore elbow and saw only limited service white DiMaggio showed surpris- ing poise and power for a first- Last season Cassata defend- ers were able to point to a one- wing Ottawa offence in explain- ing why the team depended for the greatest part on possibly the best defence in the confer- ence to get into the EFC playoff final where they were beaten by Hamilton Tigar-Cats. Even with fine receivers in Hugh Oldham, Bill Cooper, Rfaome Nixon, Tom PuUen and Terry Wellesley, Cassata had no consistent runners to keep opposing linebackers and half- backs from dogging his catch- ers and cutting oft toe air route. OPEN REPAIR IT YOURSELF FIMEGLAS BODY FIUER PLASTIC STEEL MUFFLER CEMENT SEAL ALL THERMO STOP-LEAK RADIATOR RUSH ALL DAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY and FRIDAY TILL 9 P.M. 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