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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta JvM.14, 1979 THI ICTHMIDOZ HERALD SULLY SAYS -By Pat Sullivan f HAVE been deprived of an illusion. When the Baltimore Colts benched Johnny Unitas last fall, I felt it. Then, when Unitas was unable to show up for the 1973 Kinsmen Club Sportsman's Dinner, I bled. But I never had any great illusions about Johnny U. I mean, I never met the man touted as possibly the greatest quarterback ever to play in the National Football League. Had I come face-to- face with him, who knows how I would feel at this time. Maybe, just maybe, I'll get that chance someday. I don't know if it is an ageless saying, but if "it only takes a moment to undo what it took a lifetime to build" isn't, than it should be. Howe, who is the greatest hockey player ever to lace on a pair of skates, is currently toying with the idea of coming out of retirement to play with the Aeros on the pre- tense he wants to play one year with his sons on the same club. Hogwash. If he wanted to play so bad with his two sons, why is he holding out for a reported one million dollar contract? If the Aeros go for the pact, and sources closer to the action than you and I say they will, will they get their monies I remember him as the Gordie Howe I idolized when I was a kid. Mouthy me, I was speechless the first time I met him. I recall exactly how I met Howe. He was here on a good- will tour for Batons of Can- ada and he played 18 holes of golf at the invitation of the late Mr. Howard Palmer, then manager of the depart- ment in Lethbridge. Howe, Earl Ingarfield, Vic Sfasiuk, and Aut Erickson were to play in a foursome together. I had the inside track to meet Howe. I had played some fastball with Earl and besides, was his brother Duane's friend. I realize this doesn't mean much to many of you. Big deal, so you met Gordie Howe. I don't mean it to be a big deal to anyone, but myself. What I am trying to point out is I watched at Batons while hundreds of young boys, and even girls, waited in line just to get an autographed picture of Howe. It meant so much to them just to be able to say and walk away. This was six or seven years ago. These boys, a good many of them, are in their teens For now however, I will fol- low the exploits of Mr. Uni- tas on television and by the printed word. But the illusion that has es- caped me concerns perhaps an even bigger super star, a legend in his own time. I'm talking about Gordie Howe and his middle -.age fantasies about coming out of retirement to play in the World Hockey Association. I really don't know how I'll react when the news breaks from Houston that he will play for the Aeros next year along with sons Mark and Marty. worth from a old right winger who retired from the National Hockey League Detroit Red Wings two sea- sons back because of wrist troubles? I would think that Houston officials have weighed all the fors and againsts before even considering Mr. Howe. They feel they will get their dollar for dollar return. "We'll pack the rinks with said one official. "He'll be as big a drawing card as Bobby Hull, even bigger." Sure he will. This is the man who scored over 800 goals in regular season and playoff action. His records are as long as two arms. But he is 45 years old. I asked Earl if he needeed a caddy. Why not? Well, Howe was being in- troduced around and Earl told him my name was Pat Sulli- van. Just then Vic, who I had played centre ice for when he was home that past winter for an exhibition game, told Gor- die "this is the young fellow who played centre ice for me while I was home." With that, Howe shook my hand again and told me it was his pleasure to meet me. I was to meet Howe three more times. The last two times, and they were a year apart, he called me by name. now. They know the score. Just how long do you think their memory of that picture and that player will last if Howe falls flat on his face in the WHA? Howe built up an image. More people knew who Gordie Howe was than who Canada's Prime Minister was in a sur- vey some years back. I don't want to see it hap- pen. I want to remember as the greatest hockey player in the history of the game. Not as the once great Gordie Howe, gate attraction for the sophomore WHA. ANDY CAPP CHEEKY DEVIL SHCS AT IT ViECOME-ON lOOK-1 'CRONE OF THESE PLAINSMAN SPORTS 329 7th ST. S. 328-6822 Wishes to announce Full Line Gunsmithing and Custom Gun Work NOW AVAILABLE 'GUNSMITH'-ART BOURNE Formery of Edmonton, new with Plainsman Sports For all repairs and custom work you may drop in and "SEE THE EXPERTS" PLAINSMAN SPORTS 329 7th St. S. NHL balks at renewing agreement on amateur Finley and his Seals will stay in Oakland MONTREAL (CP) The fu- ture of the National Hockey League's agreement with the Canadian Amateur Hockey As- sociation remains unresolved following the conclusion Wednesday of the NHL's 56th annual meetings. Under the current agreement, the NHL is allowed to pick amateur players only when they have reached or will reach their 20th birthday in the same year as the annual draft. The CAHA is seeking a one- year extension to the agree- ment, first signed in 1967, but the NHL governors have balked because the rival World Hockey Association has not reached a similar agreement and has grabbed amateur players NHL teams cannot touch because of the contract. In other business, the gov- ernors heard Charles 0. Finley withdraw a motion to move his troubled California Golden Seals to another city for next season. PLACED MOTION Finley had placed a motion before the governors for the move, but league president Clarence Campbell said the NHL bylaws prohibit the move and that the team will remain in least for the mo- ment. Buffalo Sabres coach Joe Cro- zier signed a one-year contract with the club he led to fourth place in the East Division last season, and Vancouver Canucks announced they had signed Bill McCreary to coach their trou- bled squad for the next two sea- sons. McCreary replaces Vic Sta- siuk, fired at the end of the 1972-73 season, which saw Ca- nucks finish in seventh spot in the East. Three former players, an offi- cial currently working for the NHL and a one-time team owner were named to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Former referee Frank Ud- vari, now a supervisor of offi- cials, and Senator Hartland M. Molson, were selected in the builder category. Ex-Montreal Canadiens all- star defenceman Doug Harvey, Doug Harvey undecided MONTREAL (CP) Doug Harvey, named as a member of the National Hockey League's Hall of Fame Wednesday after being shunned last year, was not excited by his selection. "There was a lot of fuss last year when I didn't get in and now I guess there will be a lot of fuss this year Harvey said in an interview. "Frankly I'm not too inter- ested. It just doesn't mean that much to me any more. I expect to be seeing Eddie Shore in a few days and I'll ask him what he thinks I should "Then there's my two sons too. If it really means a lot to them, well, then maybe I'll con- sider accepting. "But my first reaction is to tell them, to forget about it." Harvey played several years with Montreal Canadiens in the NHL and was considered the best defenceman in the league during the late 1930s and early 1960s. He now is assistant coach with Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association and was instrumental in having Mark and Marty of former NHL great Gordie with Houston. More sport on page 9 goalie Chuck Rayner, who played with New York Rangers and New York Americans and the late Tommy Smith of Ot- tawa were named in the player category- Smith, a left wing and centre, retired from the game in 1920 Golf league play results LAKESIDE Low gross Mildred Cox, Maxine's Ladies' Wear 46. Low net Mildred Cox, Max- ine's 34. Low team net Maxine's, Marion Mokosch, Edith Faulk- ner, Cox and Barb Assen 154. Seeman's Jewtllry...............32 Value 30 Hatco Ladies.................M Fayes Apparel................. Mildred Ski-ove .............H COUNTRY CLUB Low net Irma Shaw, Can- ada Packers 41. Low gross Enid Pepper, Western Metal 47. Travel..................37 Western Key Realty ..................31 Parsons Electric............... 2? Southern Canada Packers................26 Leo Singers' .................J6 Raewocd Motors................24 after playing with teams in Ot-. tawa, Brantford, Ont., Pitts- burgh, Gait, Ont., Moncton, N.B., Quebec City and Mon- treal. He died in August, 1966. The NHL also held its reverse draft and three players who were regulars with National Hockey League teams were grabbed by Western and Ameri- can League teams. Portland Buckaroos took vet- eran centre Charlie Burns from Minnesota North Stars while Springfield Kings took another North Stars veteran, right winger Bob Nevin. Both Port- land and Springfield are affil- iates of Los Angeles Kings of the NHL. Goalie Jacques who played with St. Louis Blues this season, was plucked from then- reserve list by Seattle Totems of the WHL Thirty players were taken in the in the first phase and four in the second. Players taken in the first phase cost those selected in the second cost Rochester Americans tried to draft Tony Featbentone, claim- ing he was eligible because he had been sent to Nova Scotia Voyageurs, the Canadiens' AHL farm club, after being on New York Islanders' reserve list at last season's reverse1 draft. The claim was denied, but the Americans said they would ap- peal before a board comprised of the NHL, AHL, WHL and Central League. The only trade of the session was announced Wednesday as the Sabres sent Jack Rathwell, a forward, to St. Louis Blues for defenceman Paul Curtis. Minor ball roundup In one of the best games of the season in the Norcrest Little League the Braves edg- ed the Astros 4-3 as Grant Weins hurled a two hitter. Weins also chalked up 12 strikeouts to earn the victory. Losing Jamie Cagh- lin deserved a better fate as he fanned 13 and allowed just four hits. But one of the hits was a home run by winning pitcher Weins. Scott McKinnon chipped in with two singles. Brian Megella accounted for both hits for the Astros, two singles. Gil Poberznick gave up five hits and hurled the Dodgers to an 8-3 victory ever the Padres in a Norcrest Senior Little League game Wednesday night. Poberznick struck out nuie batters in his mound win while Scott Jarvie was tagged with the loss giving up eight hits while fanning five. Pat Keenan led the Dodgers at the plate a double and two singles while Kevin Kotkas poked a pair of singles for the losers. In a Lakeside Senior Little League match, the Athletics scored a 9-4 decision over the Tigers. Peter Duckett was credited with the win and Greg Gra- ham took the loss. It took the Angels only four innings to dispose of the Orioles as they walked away with a Remains an Argo This was Jim StilTwogon Monday, pondering his future in football. He solved the problem Wednesday by signing a five-year contract with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. The contract is said to worth He was also considering playing out his option to join Green Bay of the Natonal Football League. Race results CALGARY (CP1 Victoria Park race results Wednesday: FIRST claiming 3-year-olds, 7 fur- Winnet (Whittlel 11.40 6.20 3.60; Gramps Delight (Stadnyk) 6.40 3.70; Easygopaddy (Norris) 2.90. 1.29 2-S Indigo Easter, Son Of Lathum, Prince Blanco, plucky Lime, Mr. Car- land also ran. SECOND claiming, 4-year-olds and up, 7 furlongs. Jim Keefe (Stadnykl 1040 550 4.40; Curra Tip (Rasmussen' 16.40 9.90; Ar- tists Palette (Hedge) 5.30. Time: Hungry-Hawk, Hadason, Cryogeme, Winqen Kino, Dispensation also ran. DAILY DOUBLE: S81.80 THIRD claiming, 3-year-olds, 7 fur- loncs Arctic Flurry Onda> 3.40 270 780; Lady Stuart (McCauley) S.40 4.40; Twa Coffee John (Havnes) 3 30. Time: 45. Soanlsh Gold, Rina, Lone Sheba, My Elation, Fire Sored also ran. QUINELLA: FOURTH allowance, 3-year-olds, 7 fur- ious Tracy Jay fNorris) 570 290 2.50; Perfect Sonnet (Rycroft) 2 60 2.10, Jav's Award (McCauley) 2.30 Time: 1-5 Star Pine, Creme De Wine also ran. FIFTH claiming, 4-year-olds and up, 1'e miles. With Speed (Inda) 10.80 5.30 500; Tinga Whippet (Morns) 610 4.70; Glory Paqe (Rycrcft) 4.80. Time: T55. Fast Friday, Heir Of Hope, Suoer Quill, Hewmsum, Kaps Call also ran. EXACTOR: S72.60. SIXTH claiming, 4-year-olds and up, T's miles. Brazen Bully (McCauley) 810 430 2 80, Lunar Chief (Wiseman) 4.50 2.50; County Doctor (Phelan) 240. Time- 1 5 Roarmo Feeddy, Atooregate, Hot Quest also ran SEVENTH claiming, tfid up, V's mites. Eddie's Prize (Gold) 10 390 3.80; Johnny N Joe (Hedge) 3.40 3.10; Harry Safari (Norris) 6.40. V25 2-5. Scotty Georae, Nesfime, Tolaquilo, Johnnys Honey, Super Start also ran. EIGHTH claiming, 4-year-olds and up, !'H miles. Spurious (Campbell) 9 JO 520 380; Rusty Rouser (Gold) 10 70 5.30; Wise Pride (Norrisl 570. Time- 1-54 2-5 Royal Xyst, Jeans Goldie, Mister Bountiful, Sharp Reply, Priddif Dandy also ran. QUINELLA: 445.40. Big decision for youngster Sharks after Sobchuk REGINA (CP) Dennis Sobchuk, star centre with Re- gina pats of the Western Canada Hockey League, has some heavy decision making to do for a 19-year-old junior player who is eligible for an- other year in that category. Back from two days of talks with Los Angeles Sharks of the World Hockey Associa- tion, Sobchuk was tight-lipped on just what went on but he answered "no" to the obvi- ous question of whether he signed a contract. "I don't really want to say much about it at this he said on his.return Tuesday night. "Right now I want to get some sleep and then talk it over with my family and give it some serious thought." His father, Harry, accom- panied him to the talks which took place in either Las Vegas or San Diego. "We played it cool we stayed said the father. Just what offers actually were made isn't known but the rumor mill had Sobchuk being offered a four-year con- tract for something in the neighborhood of He scored 56 and 67 goals, respeclively, in the last two seasons with the Rcgina ju- niors. But Sobchuk knows his Im- portance to the Pats organ- ization and another good sea- son could put him in a top draft position with the Na- tional Hockey League next year. "I know the Pats have been building for this year and are counting on he said. One thing that might bother him though is a possibility of a union between the NHL and WHA. This could put an end to the bidding war for hockey talent. In any case, Sobchuk's next move could be obtaining services of a good agent. stunning 34-4 victory at Lake- side. Gordon Tait picked up the win allowing five hits while Kevin Weber was nailed with the loss after giving up 12 hits. Tait aided his own cause with two doubles and two singles while Allan Gepneris stroked a triple, a double and single. Brent Lang led the losers with a pair of singles. In Xorcrest Little League action, the Pirates rolled to a 11-7 victory over the Cubs. The win went to Gordon Melnyk while Dick Reedyck took the loss. Mark Tokariuk and Sean Keenan blasted a pair of dou- bles for the winners and Troy Hovey managed a double and single for the losers. LAKEJIDI SENIOR LITTLE LIAOUI W Athletics........i> Twins 4 Tigers 4 Yankees 3 LITTLE LEAGUE W Twins 8 Angels 8 White SOX 6 Indians 6 Yankees 4 Orioles 3 Tigers 3 Royals 2 Canucks 1 Red Sox 0 FARM LEAGUE T L 1 3 13 1 2 1 0 6 8 056 T L Pts 0 1 16 0 1 16 1 0 13 0 2 12 038 1 3 7 6 7 t 62 W T L Pis Colts agree to pay John BALTIMORE (AP) Balti- more Colts are prepared to ful- fil the terms of a 10-year, 000 contract with quarterback Johnny Unitas, general man- ager Joe Thomas said Wednes- day. Thomas denied a report that Robert Irsay, owner of the Na- tional Football League club, had offered Unitas a set- tlement through National Foot- ball League commissioner Pete Rozelle. Larks............. 9 Jets Expos............ Rockets 4 Astros 4 Bluejays 4 Cardinals 4 Raiders....... 3 Eagles...... 3 Hawks 0 NORCREST SENIOR LITTLE LEAGUE W Dodgers.......... 7 Padres Braves Pirates 3 Expos 1 LITTLE LEAGUE 0 1 13 0 1 16 0 2 14 0 3 12 058 0 1 8 058 076 080 T L 0 2 U 048 038 036 W T L Pis Braves........... '0 Astros Pirates Dodgers Cubs Cardinals Giants Expos FARM LEAGUE 0 2 0 3 0 4 0 6 0 5 o 8 o 18 14 12 10 e 4 2 Wolves Bears Bobcats Lions Tigers Cougars Bisons Beavers Buffaloes Pumas T L o o n o i is o 3 10 4 8 3 6 3 8 4 7 4 092 Don't Miss These Beny MORRIS IRVINE Mg-. 10 DAYS ONLY ENDS JUNE 16th Be safety wise and Save during our get ready for Summer Specials. Our fully qualified men wont you to be happy with your ear and with the work they perform. 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