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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta g _ 1HE IETH8RIDGE HERALD Tuesday, Mmtli 13, 1973 Kekicli losing oul on Ids part of deal Case of the big joke that wasn't Upsa Daisy What goes up, must come down the olcf saying goes, buf for Hans Vinkenfleugel of Toronlo, they came down loo fast, Vinkenfleugel was competing in Ihe Ontario .weightlifting championships he took an a little bit more than he could handle, uOiindup of bowling By DAVE AMJEHSON New York Times Service NEW YORK Maybe now, with tile disclosure of (lie ar- between t w o( leftliancled pitchers on t h e New York Yankees and tlicir wives, moralists finally have learned not to be out- raged when a professional athlete surrenders to human nature. Fritz Peterson is liv- ing with Snsaime Kekich while Mike Kckicli hopes thai his romance wilh Marilyn Pet- erson can resume. If you're outraged at the arrangement, fair enough. But don't be out- raged merely because it involved Major League base- ball players. Oi' because ath- letes are supposed to be above such behavior. Or because they're supposed to be models to our youth. If you're out- raged for those reasons, that's your mistake for endowing athletes with attributes and responsibilities that many of them don't possess, don't chum to possess and don't particularly want to possess. Some athletes deserve to be cherished as human beings. But not all. Don't expect someone to be a saint just because he can throw a curve ball, any more than you'd expect someone to be able to throw a curve ball just be- cause lie's a saint. Perhaps the most signifi- cant reaction to the arrange- ment was ttiat of Bobby Murccr, their Yankee tream- mate. "When I [irsl heard about Ihe outfielder said, "1 thought it was an- other one of their gags." U n d e r s t a n dahly. Once roonunales on road trips, the two tcfthanded pitchers had earned a reputation as prac- tical jokers. Kekich once pur- chased a water bed in Minne- sota and lugged the carton with him to the Hilmaokee ballpark. During batting prac- tice, he noticed She limp water bed draped over (lie Scoreboard. He had to climb up there to rctrive it. An- other favorite prank of theirs was to padlock stray suit- cases to a pole. Typically, their exchange of wives began as a gag, "We laughed about it like n bunch of high school Susanna Kekich says. "We thought it was a big joke." It's not a big joke now. Especially to Kekich, who lost not only his wife and two duaghtors but also Marilyn Peterson, now at her moth- er's home outside Chicago while he's trying to concen- trate on his curve ball at the Yankees' training camp. His two daughters are living in Ihe Fort Ltmclcrd.ile, Fla., home Peterson is sharing with Kekich's wife. But ap- parently each marriage had been shaky. Peterson con- fesses that he was "henpeck- ed" while Mrs. Kekich com- plains that "Mike wanted me to be just a little belter than I alluding to her hus- band's diversified interests. Kekick is a motorcyclist, a skier, an astrologer, a photo- grjpher, and a reader, who recently finished "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" and "The Source." Peterson is glib, but not intellectually oriented. He spent the recent off-season as a.radio color announcer for the New York Haider's hock- ey The two pitchers profess that the situation will not af- fect their relationship as friends, but that's doubtful; Already (here's distrust. Kek- icli claims that Mrs. Peter- son didn't want to go through with the exchange in mid- December, their point of no return. Peterson acknow- ledges thai he didn't inform Kekich of her feelings, per- haps apprehensive that his relationship with Mrs. Kek- ich would he over. says Kekich, "told me that her last night ivith Fritz, she asked him, 'how can you do this to Peterson agrees now, "is the only thing I didn't tell Mike about through- out the whole situation." "Obviously, that was Ihe one tiling that Peterson should have totd his teammate. Then this week, after the arrange- ment was disclosed by the Yankees, Kekich was ques- tioned, by newsmen, who then requested him to phone Pet- erson, a holdout, and ask him to come to the ballpark to explain his version. Peter- son complained later that, "Mike called a press conftr- and departed in an- noyance. Already the location of Pet- erson's locker at training 'camp has been moved. It had been next to Kekich's, but now it's several lockers away. Until this year, they had adjoining lockers at Yankee Stadium but Kekich has re- quested a larger one in the same area. Meanwhile, Die front office professes that a trade for eillier pitcher in not contem- plated. But that's normal pro- paganda. If a team were to advertise a player's avail- ability, it would delute the deal. Should the Oakland A's offer their annual holdout, Vicla Blue, to the Yankees, either Peterson or Kekich suddenlly would be quite available. It would seem that a trade would he best, at least for the team's-sake. The storm lias subsided, but the memory will return at Yankee Stadium when Fritz Peterson or Mike Kekich is pitching, or sitting in the bull- pen, or running in the out- field. Lindy McDaniel, anoth- er Yankee pitcher, isn't cheer- ed louder because he's a reli- gious person. But the two left- handed pitchers will be hoot- ed louder for what they've done. That's human nature. They know what that is. race ti in WHA east ranks CAPRI BOVJL DOUG'S Jean Passey 193 Hefen Ross- elti 283 (7461, Mary fAihalik 193 Pat Hirlin Dorclhy Anderson 233 Ruby Osesn 2A3 Joyce Wit- Wlcki 240, Alice Kolibdb 238 Shirley Plonfhe 25-i. Guila Bunnage 243 Agnes McDonald 559. FRIDAY YBC SCHOOLS BANTAMS Stephen Kenwcoti 226, Judy Macfean Mallnda HamiHoa 153, Debbie Witwkk! 160, len Bunnage 199, Greg Smith 181, Jackie Pearson Ml, Charlene Barva 151, Michael Gerla IBS. JUNIORS .Kim Prindle 304, Robert Henderson Kim TincrdJ 210, MiKe MtLana 200, Rick Maclean 256, 5ev Passey 193, Mite Sharun 229. tick Wells 275, Maureen Vaykovich (669J, John Kcenen 231, CAifce Pier- zchsla 22S, Shirlyn Yip 235, Harry Ma I chow 249, Deb Bareriam 222, Car- ole Hamulos 215, Frank Tuttle 234, Roy Vaykovich 215, CIVIL SERVICE Frank Leblanc 3C5- Tom Fleming B54, Mills 287 Hugh Chris- Ire 253 Geo Epp 2.58, Karlyn Spitier 249 June Taylor 261 Lena Moore 333, Edilh Vo1h 228, Mary Schnetdf 203. CPK SOCIAL Bob Anderson ?iO, Rollfe Howes ?93, George Mate he H 25S Marg Mor- ris 774, Chris Msloney 229, Cliff Ush- envood 215, Shirley Alexander 234, Elaine Sinclair 2SJ, Janice Johnson 233. YBC BANTAM BOYS "A" DIVIS'OM Edwin Burwash 229 Darryl Bailey 26S Richard Folk 203, Bill Baylor 253, Troy Hovey 20-3, Gwf Kro- kosh 243, Georg? Coulter 194, Brad Kirshchen.Tian 193, Marly Shigehiro Ralph Wests 193. Michael Holt DIVISION Darren Swaren 163, Tommy DoyJe 158, Bruce Gray 1 David Ross 140, Sonny Braon V. Stephen Taylor 143, Raymond Brown 137. JUNIORS AND SENIORS Darcy Kendra Hord- ing ?8fi Lori Palrnarchu'rC Lfnda Malconscm 331 Kalie Pedrlnl 253 (4441, Crystal Miya- shiro 2W, Doug Vogt 236 Duanc Guzzi 22A, Bill Todd Baden Pilling 229 Ron Grefzinger 24-1 Jchn VYilcIoiari 305 Gary Lohuis 250. BANTAM GIRLS Sandra Hamillon- 53? t-iW, tori Chaki ies. Pain Shigehiro 175. Di- inne 17S, Kim Toll ay 156, .aura ISO, Terry Smyke Joy Nakamura 1B3, Janice Siato 155, 3am yiroslffV; ISO, Laur.i Harvey 152. YOUNG ADULTS Kslie Pedrini 252, Terry 2tf9, Adella ?i4, Carolyn Paisey 209, Linda Malcomson 250, Darwin Ro- anchuk. JJD. Jim 269, Rick Barva Ken Kurlz 361, Oarretl Lagler 271. JUNIORS SHOP Nunweiler 252, Janet Koole 33B, Pal Plomp 233, Kathy 252, Dianne Corbolt 238 (649J, Peggy Furry 2-11, Nina SinJJiriger 2J9 C683J, 'Aargarcf Cemulin '1y 275, ah 250, Carole GORDIES ichn Rcrnpcl 325 AWgan arks 330, Ken MaJcomson. 308- rk S1EM6 3J3, Elton Wesiling 325, m iViifefos (7JJ, Jack Sineed Tak KstaVami 295 n Grefzinqer 295 Steve Mik- 316 Mun Takeda 233 Herb E Merman Bob LecgG 331, id Rosselti 134, Glen Lyons 3i3, Ern Kirchuer back as leimis boss Marv Kirchner was re-elect- ed to the position of president at the annual Lelhbridge Ten- nis Club meeting recently. Herb Currann is tlic vice- president while secretary-tve a- surer is Gerri Noble. Member- ship convener for the coming year is Don McKenzie. Larry Fong, Ethel and Paul Stevenson were elect- ed as club directors. Membership fees have been set, and activities wiH get un- der way as soon as weather permits. Meanwhile one-year agreement for joint city-Lethbriclge Tennis Ciub operation of Henderson Park tennis facHitlws was ap- proved by city council Monday, The contract provides basic- ally for 50-50 use of the courts ?r.d other facilities by tlic pub- lic and club members, with the club being permitted to charge a 50 cent per session fea for their use. AT BENY'S YOU CAN DEAL WITH TRUST have built iheir busi- ness and their reparation with fair dealing over the years. Drop in and EGO Bill Gibson, one of their courteous safes- rrterj, cboul the savings being offered on 1973 demon- slrators. He suggests you deal Beny You'll BENY- fit We're rolling out the Red Carpet just for you. ASK ABOUT THE MILE NEW CAR POWERTRAIN IUBRICATFON GUARANTEE, BILL GI8SON LIFETIME OK WARRANTY ON OUR QUALITY USED CARS AND TRUCKS CHEVROLET OLDSMOB1LE PHONE 328-1101 OK SUPERMARKET LOT MAIN GAPAGE and 227, Alan 232, Emrr 223 (428 _. Unrcrseher 137, Hartley 13, Val Hansen 203. SPEPOYS Dranne Parascak. 276, June Matkm i7, Mary Onorrychuk 254 can Morris 250, Jean Passey 270 Grace Beard 25i Rita