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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, March 14, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 15 Pat Sullivan It seems to happen every spring, more so the last two or three years The subject of who will be the, first black manager is bantered about, reaches a certain peak, and then peters out as the major league season gets into full swing Nothing has changed this time around The question still lingers, but there are no answers forthcoming The names of Frank Robinson, Maury Wills, Elston Howard and now Hank Aaron are always mentioned when the topic is black management Alvm Dark, who now is at the helm of the Oakland Athletics, once said that black players were mentally slower than whites, therefore they are poor management material I once asked Gale Sayers why black quarterbacks, for an example, are so few and far between He was quite frank about it He said that a majority of blacks have been brought up without any training in positions of authority Responsibility, he told, seldom falls on the shoulders of a black youth in the Ghetto or in most surroundings But, as Sayers put it, the time will come Blacks are becoming more and more responsible More are receiving better edcuation than ever Bill White now a member of the New York Yankee broadcast crew, played first base for the St Louis Cardinals He was involved in a play that lent credit to Dark's statement about black slowness After hearing what Dark had to say, White began to wonder if the guy wasn't an anthropoligist With members of the Chicago Cubs on first and second, a grounder hit by Ron Santo, was fielded by White He cocked his arm for a play at third but saw the runner was going to be safe He wheeled toward second, but it was too late for a play there He then raced Santo to first and lost Now the bases were full "Do vou White asked Santo, "that Al Dark might know something'" Dark didn't and White now feels he knows better But why are blacks such as Robinson, Wills, Howard or even White himself passed over when a managerial job c6mes up9 "The only reason." says White, "is simply because they are black Owners are afraid to put a black man in charge of 25 other men Some baseball owners use the standard copout "no blacks have qualified by apprenticeship in the minor leagues" But as White points out neither did Gil Hodges, or Yogi Berra or for that matter, Dark himself Robinson has managed in Puerto Rico for five years Wills will go anywhere he is asked just to manage "No adds White, "some people in baseball believe the black man is not ready After all, when did Jackie Robinson break the color barrier, 1947' That's not so long ago Racism, however is still around and will remain on the scene for years to come Some feel a black man managing a ball club would mean losses at the gate Blacks in basketball and football fail to keep the people away And basketball now has three head coaches who are black in Bill Russell, K C Jones and Wilt Chamberlain Only Jones has had any real success but the fact remains the blacks are there Why has there been little outcry from the blacks regarding major league managementjobs' Well, we will tell you, they're making a lot of money If you make a lot of money you gripe less I can forsee a black manager in the majors within the next two or three years It is only my opinion, but I firmly believe Hank Aaron will crack the white monopoly and replace Ed Mathews as manager of the Atlanta Braves The only reason I feel this way is because Aaron, before this 1974 season is very old, will have broken one of baseball's most sacred records, the 714 home runs hit by Babe Ruth It may boil down to exploitation but I still think Aaron will break the color barrier in baseball Violence erupts in soccer games LONDON (Reuter) Vio- lence erupted on and off the pitch at English and Scottish soccer matches Wednesday night Referee Clive Thomas sus- Albertans unbeaten CALGARY (CP) Unbeaten Alberta stood alone at the top of the standings in the Canadian police curling championship after six rounds Wednesday. The co-leader after five rounds representing the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, fell into second place Wednesday night after being arrested 13-2 by British Columbia Saskatchewan. Manitoba Ontario and BC each won two games Wednesday to move back of the leaders with records of four wins and two losses Ralph Higgs' quartet of Calgary City Police moved alone into first place by downing Newfoundland 114! and Pnnce Edward Island 12- 7 Murray Macara s Whilehorse. Y T rink representing Jhe Territories downed New Brunswick 8-5 before its loss to B C Osgood inks LONDON Renter) Eng- land sinker Peter Osgood. transfer-listed by Chelsea two months ago today signed with Southampton for 4abmit biggest straight deal m British soccer history pended play for seven minutes in the English First Division match between Manchester Cit> and Manchester United after two players had refused to be sent off In Scotland, police with dogs ejected fighting fans from Motherwell's ground at halftime in the club's Scottish Cup quarter-final replay against Celtic The start of another replay, between Ayr United and Hearts, was delayed for 10 minutes while police cleared brawling spectators from behind one of the goals After some stormy exchanges in the match at Manchester. United's Lou Macan and City's Mike Doyle clashed in the 29th minute and were ordered off. They refused to go and referee Thomas called both teams off (he pitch The match was resumed without Macan and Doyle and ended in a scoreless draw, with relegation threatened United earning a valuable point As well as Macan and Doyle being sent off. three players were booked The crowd of 51 331 showed their disapproval by booing and the plavers off ihc held at the end A second half goal by Dixie Deans gave Celtic a 1-0 vicJory over MotherweH and a place in (he semi finals of the Scottish Cup Hearts beat Avr United 2-1 in extra time after the first 90 minutes had ended scoreless Earlier Wednesday. Chelsea eased Its worries about relegation from the English First Division with a 3-0 victory over Burnley Norwich is at