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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Brooks another chapter in rags-to-riches story BOSTON (AP) Just three years ago Ross Brooks, out of a job at 33, and his wife, invested and did some letter writing rather than seek unemployment benefits. Today they're reaping divi- dends while he serves as a part-time, backup goalie with Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. Brooks' rags-to-riches saga reached a new high Thursday night when he equalled an old NHL record for the most CQQ- secutive victories by a goalie as the Bruins beat Detroit Red Wings 8-1. Brooks had 28 saves as he posted his 14th consecutive victory in goal, tying the record set by all-time Boston Short sport SAVAGE DIES MONTREAL (CP) Gordon Savage, a former defenceman with Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League, died Thursday at Covina, Calif., it was learned here Friday. He was 67. Savage played in the NHL during the 1933-34 and 1934-35 seasons. He served as general manager and coach of the American Hockey League Providence entry in 1946 and 1947. Savage was a native of Calgary, Alta. DOYLE DIES SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) Larry Doyle, the second baseman on John McGraw's New York Giant teams 60 years ago and winner of the National League batting crown in 1915, died early today in this resort town He was 87 and had lived here since recovering from tuberculosis in 1942. FOOTE HOT DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Barry Foote, bidding for a catching berth with Montreal Expos, slammed three homers two in a row during Friday's workout. He belted two off Mike Torrez, the other off John Montague. Foote, 22, who has spent four seasons in the Expos' farm system, batted .262 with 19 homers for Peninsula of the International League last season Meanwhile, Montreal manager Gene Mauch said his pitching staff is more advanced than any staff he's had in his 15 years of managing in the major leagues. BARRY FINED NEW YORK (AP) Rick Barry of Golden State Warriors has been fined for bumping a referee, commissioner Walter Kennedy of the National Basketball Association announced Friday. Rings upset Athletics MESA. Ariz. (AP) Oakland Athletics received their 1973 World Series rings Friday and the reaction ranged from disappointment to anger. "They're trash said Reggie Jackson, the American League's most valuable player and one of the most outspoken members of baseball's world champions. Team owner Charles Finley came to the team's spring training camp here a year ago to present his players with 1972 World Series rings, worth, an estimated each. These rings featured a full carat diamond, set in a green stone. They included the wording, "World Champions 72-73." The 1973 rings were sent parcel post and are identical "to the 1972 rings, except there is no diamond, just a green stone "He didn't have the guts to come down here and give them to us said relief pitcher Rollie Fingers. "They've got to be the worst World Series rings in DERME MACHINE SHOP A COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE GENERAL MACHINE SHOP SERVICE 327-0821 733 He STREET NORTH said reliever Darold Knowies. Finley said .recently there would be no diamonds this year. He cited the rising cost of diamonds and said, "if the players don't like them, they can always send them back." The 1973 ring was taken to a jeweller by one club member and appraised at less than Most of the players felt that their reactions and words against Finley last October, when the owner tried to banish infielder Mike Andrews from the team during the World Series, was the main reason that Finley sent cheaper rings. "I'd bet my raise on it, and I got a good said Jackson, who won a contract through arbitration. Lyqn alive at Stettler STETTLER. Alta. (CP) Lloyd Wood of Pine Point. N.W.T.. won all three of his matches Friday as the provincial mixed curling championships opened here. He extended his streak with a 7-6 victory over Bernie Poloz of High Prairie. In other third-round games. Bill Melnyk of Yellowknife halted Dave Scott of Red Deer 8-2. Tern, Lyon of Pincher Creek defeated Gordon Bruce of Slave Lake 11-6 and Roger Comeau of St Albert needed 11 ends to edge Keith Thompson of Stettler 9-8. In earlier games. Wood defeated Scott 8-7 and Comeau 7-3. Thompson downed Melnyk 10-7 and lost 11-9 to Scott. Comeau downed Lyon 8-5 while Bruce edged Poloz 10-9. Melnyk flipped Bruce 12-1 and Lyon tripped Poloz 8-5. great and Hall of Famer Tiny Thompson in the 1929-30 season. No one ever expects Brooks to join Thompson in the Hall of Fame. He's still No. 2 with the Bruins, used mainly to give Gil Gilbert, 12 years his junior, an occasional rest. However Brooks does have a shot at the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year-at age "36. Brooks came out of Canada's junior ranks in 1958, but nobody really was interested in him. He played only five pro grames while bouncing around until joining the Rhode Island Reds of the American League in the 1964- 65 season. He spent most of the time on the bench for six seasons with the Reds, then was given his release. He vividly recalls that day, and the decision he and his wife made to write to clubs. "We spent on stamps and 49 cents on he said. "A friend mimeographed the letters and we mailed them out. One letter went to Murray Davison at Oklahoma City. He called that afternoon. I heard from eight other clubs, but by then I was long gone." Oklahoma City was Boston's affiliate in the Central League. The Bruins decided to move Brooks the next season to the Boston Braves in the American League. "I coached him with the Braves in Bruins' Coach Bep Guidolin recalled. "We needed a guy to tutor young Butch (Dan) Bouchard, now with the Atlanta Flames. 1 played Brooksie in a few games and he looked like an- other Johnny Bower. So I just kept playing him." With the departure of goalie Gerry Cheevers to Cleveland in the World Hockey Association. Brooks was given a chance with the Bruins last season. However, he was plagued by injuries and played only 16 games, compiling an 11-1-2 record as a starter. He's 14-1 this season. "The record is great for Guidolin said. "He loved the game and stayed with it. I'm happy for the guy. He's come a long way. He played in the minors for a long time for practically nothing." Brooks says he got a big break when Cheevers left, but maybe the biggest break of all was that investment of for stamps and stationery. Guidolin said that Brooks played "a helluva game" against Detroit. But he didn't say whether he would send him back into the nets again for today's return contest with the Wings. In another afternoon game today, Buffalo Sabres are at Philadelphia against the Fly- ers In tonight's schedule, California Golden Seals meet the Canadiens in Montreal, New York Islanders visit Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers go to Minnesota to meet the North Stars. Vancouver Canucks face the Penguins in Pittsburgh and St. Louis Blues play -the Kings in Los Angeles. Saturday, March 2 LETHBRIDGE HERALD-23 Anderson, Garlin paying dividends h new Redskin Joe Theismann, a forier Toronto Argonaut, looks at his new uniform, that of the Washington Redskin. Theismann, here with George Allen, signed a three- year pact said to be worthn a year. Calgary seeks Group Five franchise Jones said his group will make an official application to use McMahon Stadium if a [franchise is obtained. Only the McMahon Society can grant use of the 'seat stadium. i "If we can't get McMahon .-Stadium, we'll build our he said. "We expect to (be able to construct a new .sports complex, like the one CALGARY (CP) A three- member Calgary group with financial backing in Vancouver is seeking a World Football League franchise for this city. George Jones, a Calgary realtor, said in an interview Friday that his group could operate in the WFL as early as this year under the right circumstances. He identified Gary Francis, an insurance salesman, and Brian Ekstrom. a management consultant, as1 the Calgary partners in the bidding company, which calls itself Group Five. "We have wide-scale west- coast financing." Jones said. World Football League Lehew, general Toronto Northmen said today he is trying to lure Russ Jack- proposed two years ago in Edmonton, for between and million." He said the WFL has been responsive to Group Five's interest in a franchise. "We won't get in this year unless one of the other 12 fran- chises can't get off the ground. If that happens, we have some sort of assurance that we can operate." Cahill talks with Jackson TORONTO (CP) General Manager Leo Cahill of the Rogers manager of the Canadian Football League Calgary Stampeders and manager of son out of retirement. However, Cahill gave the the McMatfbn Stadium1 impression he was not Society, said he was unaware; optimistic about getting the of the'group's intentions. .former all-star quarterback "Nobody has talked to ttie Canadian Football about a World Football fran- League Ottawa Rough Riders chi.w> and I can't visualize it to s'8" a contract, happening." have talked to said Cahill. "We'd sure like to get hold of a player of his calibre and reputation. "But Russ has been out of football for several years and he has a lot of other interests to consider." Asked whether he plans to have further talks with the 36- year-old Ottawa school principal. Cahill said: "Well, we weren't discouraged by our first meeting, so we're going to keep talking." By THE CANADIAN PRESS Two players not considered capable of helping Edmonton Oilers earlier this season demonstrated in a 5-2 victory over Houston Aeros Friday night that they have a future in pro hockey. Ron Anderson and Brian Carlin. who played all last season with the Oilers and were shipped this season to Winston-Salem Polar Kings of the Southern Hockey League, where they earned berths on the SHL second all-star team, came back to Oilers when injuries racked the parent club. Anderson earned assists on two second-period goals and Carlin scored his first goal on a penalty shot with 10 seconds Gryphons will face Huskies By THE CANADIAN PRESS Two teams that were there by invitation only qualified Friday for today's final of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union basketball tournament. Guelph Gryphons, who de- feated Sir George Williams University 104-94 will face St. Mary's University Huskies from Halifax in the championship game at noon. The Huskies, defending champions, upset the heavily- favored University of Waterloo Warriors 79-71 in their semi-final contest. Each of the CIAU's five con- ference champions fell by the wayside during the eight-team competition that opened Thursday. The Gryphons, a host-area addition to the tournament, were sparked by Bob Sharpe, who had 34 points. But they were extended to two periods of overtime before subduing the Sir George side. Dennis Krawchuk added 19 points for the winners, while Zan Pelzer paced Sir George with 27 points and Eddie Fields hooped 24. Two baskets by Sharpe forced the game into overtime after the teams were deadlocked 73-73. At the end of the first overtime session the semi-finalists were still tied 83-83. The Huskies, who finished second to Acadia Axemen in the Atlantic Conference, trailed 43-29 at the half, but Mickey Fox and Greg Redding spurred them to victory over the Warriors with 32 and 21 points, respectively. Mike Moser was the big gun for Waterloo with 31 points. Ed Dragon chipped in with 11. In the consolation round. University of Manitoba Bisons defeated the University of Alberta Golden Bears 77-69. while Acadia downed University of Ottawa GeeGees 65-60. Conquistadors were winning withtul him Wilt's return didn't mean too much DON KIRKHAM INSURANCE AGENCIES LTD. Continues to Serve Southern Alberta Fire-Auto-Personal- Commercial OOUG BOYER Sates 308 9tH St' PhOIW 328-1228 T ASSOCIATED PRESS Wilt Chamberlain is alive and coaching in the American Basketball Association. Mysteriously missing for two games, the big fellow finally made an appearance Friday San Diego Conquistadors apparently weren't inspired by his return. The Q's. who won two games during his absence, absorbed a 138-119 beating from New York Nets. "I don't understand all this concern." said Chamberlain after the game. "We got enough problems to worry about in this country without everyone asking: "Where's Will is where he's supposed to be." Wilt wasn't where he was supposed to be before Friday night, though. Chamberlain missed games with Virginia and Carolina and there were reports that team officials were baffled by his absence. Meeting with reporters after Friday night's game. Chamberlain insisted he was taking care of club business and team owner Dr. Leonard Bloom knew about it. In other ABA games Friday. Memphis Tarns smashed Vir- ginia Squires 108-95 and Ken- tucky Colonels downed San Antonio Spurs 108-93. In the National Basketball Association. At'anta Hawks bombed Milwaukee Bucks 105- 89. Behind Pete Maravich and Wait Bellamy, the Hawks went on a third-period rampage, scored 17 consecutive points and cruised to victorv Elsewhere in the NBA. Buf- falo Braves stunned Boston Celtics 110-94; New York Snicks downed Capital Bullets 112-103: Seattle iuperSonics edged Detroit 'istons 105-103: Los Angeles Bakers clipped the Kansas "ity Omaha Kings 107-100: Vrtland's Trail Blazers opped Chicago Bulls 95-91: louston Rockets downed 3hoenix Suns 117-111. and ricveland Cavaliers bombed Philadelphia 76ers 110-93 Braves Celtics 94 Bob McAdoo scored 31 and hauled in 18 ebounds to pace Buffalo's econd victory over the Teltics in three nights. Dave Cowens scored 18