Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tu.ldoy, March 20, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 JVo repeaters seen in American League for 1973 season Yankees, Sox, Pirates, Reds get experts' votes NEW YORK (CP) Hank Aaron's continuing ward Babe Ruth's climb to- home run record, an unprecedented num- ber of new faces on virtually all 24 clubs and an experiment with designated hitters in the American League promise to be the highlights of the 1373 base- ball season. Aaron, 39, is only 41 homers away from tying Ruth's career total of 714 and most baseball people give Henry an excellent shot at breaking tire mark. Although Hank may need an- other season to reach Ruth, Aa- ron thinks there's a possibility he could do it this year. "The odds against my setting the record in 1OT are heavy but 1 have hit more than 41 homers in a season and I can do it again." Aaron's Atlanta Braves, who swung a big off-season deal with Baltimore, is only one of many clubs with a new look for this season. TRADES SET RECORD A record 21 deals involving 72 players were made at the an- nual off-season meeting in Batty Luco. Hawaii and more trades fol- lowed before the season opened. The -American League's ex- periment wilh the designated hitter, who will bat for the pitcher, is aimed at producing more offensive fireworjii. Many of the league's franchises have been toting at the gate and Hie owners hope more scoring mil lure back the fans. The tighlast pennant race this season figures to be in the American League East Divi- sion, where four dubs have a good chance of finishing first. Chicago and Oakland will fight it out in the Al West, while Cin- cinnati and Houston, both pow- erhouses, promise a close race in the National League West. Pittsburgh shouldn't' have too much trouble repeating in the NHL East. Here's how the four divisions shape up: NATIONAL LEAGUE East 1. isn't known yet how much the Pirates will be affected by the tragic loss of Roberto Clemente, but they still have what may be the most powerful offence in baseball. Even without Clerr.ente, the Bucs have 10 players who hit above .280 last season and back- ing that is an under-rated pitch- ing staff which had the second- lowest eamed-run average in the league last year and a deep bench. 2. Chicago The Cubs have had top-notch players for Hie last six years but haven't been able to produce a pennant. Many of those players are still around, but lack o[ depth in pitching behind Ferguson Jen- kins, the six-time 20-game win- ner from Chatham, Ont., ap- pears likely to keep them from going all the way again. 3. New Mets hope to have a healthy Rusty Staub for a full season and an im- proved infield with Felix Mil- Ian. Tom Seaver gives the Mels one of the best pitchers in ei- ther league, but the talent tliins after No. 2 starter Jon Matlack. Centre field remains a question mark. 4. '.SI. Pirates can't win every says manager Red Sclioendienst and if the Cards can manage to score some led the league in men left off base last 5 e a s o could finish higher. But they'll need a better start from Bob Gibson and a better finish from Reggie Cleve- land, the Swift Current, Sask., native who had a 14-15 record after a dismal second half. 5. Expos hope that this is the year Hie divi- dends of the Staub Singleton, Tim Foli and Mike pay off. The mound staff is led by Bill Stone- man, Mike Torrez and the sen- sational relief work of Mike Marshall. Newcomer Jorge Roque may help but the infield appears unsettled. 6. Philadelphia-Steve Carle- ton represents about half of I'ne Phillies' francliise, but no one can expect him to repeat iiis re- markable 1D72 record. The Phillies acquired olhcr pitching help in a trade with Milwaukee but weaknesses abound. player to enter the game since j Clemente, heads an impressive cast and i! Durocher can get the best out oC his pitchers, the Astros could overtake Cincin- nati. 3. las Dodgers hope that newly-acquired third baseman Ken McMullen can shore up a shoddy defence that cost them many games in 1972. The pitching should be as strong as any in the league, but the lineup lacks power and the retirement of West Parker will hurt. 4. consider the I last year and although the addi- Braves the most improved club] iion of Tom'Bradley will help, In the league. In one of the off- season's biggest trades, Atlanta got four new faces for catcher Earl Williams. That swap will help the pitching, the Braves' biggest headache last season, but another year of rebuilding seems in order. 5. San Giants will score lots of runs but they'll probably give up more. Pitchers Sam McDowell and Juan Marichal had bad seasons there still are too many holes that need filling, 6. San Diego-Nate Colbert is the only proven big leaguer on the club. .AMERICAN LEAGUE East 1. New Yankees hope to celebrate their 50th an- niversary with a pennant and the acquisition of powerful Craig Nettles and consistent Matty Alou should help them realize that aim. New York now has a punch it hasn't had since the club's glory years, but the Yankees must get a better per- formance from Mel Stpttlemyre if they hope to finish first. 2. anemic .229 batting average, 11th in the league, killed any chances ihc Orioles hod of taking the pen- nant last year, but catcher Earl Williams from Atlanta should help. The pitching staff still looks solid and if Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson, Paul Blair and others can regain some of their lost power, the Orioles still could go all the way. 3. and the fortunes of Carl Yastrzemski hold the key for tire Red Sox this year. Manager Eddie Kasko has predicted a pennant this year. But it's hard to see enough pitching to carry them that far. The odds are against Luis Tiant coming through with another season like 1972 and Yaz will need a super season after two poor ones if Kasko is to deliver on his vow. 4. Tigers are convinced they can repeal their No. 1 finish this year bul Ihey may have a tough time doing it with the oldest club in the league. Detroit is hoping that John Hiller of Scarborough, Ont., can complete his stirring comeback from heart surgery to give much-needed help on the mound. 5. by Gaylord Perry, the Indians climbed -lea- rer respectability last season. Management admits the club still Is in a rebuilding phase but Perry, Ray Fosse and Bobby Meet Kimberiey rink in key game today Betty and the gals on top OTTAWA (Special) A key game will be played today in the Canadian senior woman's curling, championships when the Kimljerley, B.C., rink skip- ped by Ada Calles meets the Lethbridge rink skipped by After three rounds of the 10- rink competition for women over 50, the B.C. and Alberta rinks had identical 3-0 won-lost records Monday. Behind were Eva Kerr, Re- gina, Evelyn Spuray, Pointe Claire, Que., and Jeanettc Blair, St. Jolin's, Nfld., with 2-1 records; Fein Irwin, Phyllis Finder, Moncton, and Edith Tipping, Winnipeg, each at i-2; and Lou Turner, Alberton, P.E.I., and Mildred Stewart, Berwick, N.S. Playing mainly a draw game Unable to play in Masters Elder blasts Roberts WASHINGTON (AP) Lea Elder said Monday tho people who run the Masters golf tour- nament "don't want a black to play in it" and have changed their rules to assure that no black qualifies. Elder said Clifford Roberts, chairman of the annual event since 1934, "wants to keep it lily white as he's had it since it be- gan. "But I think they should break down the barrier and al- low a black to or someone else. I think I have qualified. I'm in the top 60 on the tour. I made last When blacks came close to' qualifying in the past, Elder: said in an interview, the com- mittee for the prestigious tour- nament in Augusta, Ga., changed the rules to make sure they didn't play. Elder's problem is the oppo- site of one faced by another black pro, Pete Brown, who won a major American tourna- ment a few seasons ago but wasn't invited to the Masters because he wasn't among the top money winners. Aeros break losing streak Since then, .the Masters com- ittee has changed its rules to iminate any American golfer ho hadn't won at least one ci e 44 major PGA tourneys. It's ow the only big U.S. event ithout the top-60 provision. Elder, who won the Nigerian pen, hasn't finished No. 1 in a lajor U.S. event but would lave under the ules that kept Brown out. OTE TAKEN AWAY The committee used to allow jrmer Masters winners a say in who should be invited, Elder oted, but sfter former cham- ion Gary Player of South Af- By THE CANADIAN PRESS It took a near-perfect per- formance by goalie Wayne Rut- ledge Monday night but Houston Aeros snapped a three-game losing streak and bounced back into a second-place tie in the Western Division of tlic World Hockey Association. Rutledge, a 31-year-old minor- leaguer who toiled for Salt Lake City in the Western Hockey League last season, stopped rll but one of the 44 pucks that came his way as the Acros beat Philadelphia Blazers 5-1. In the other game, Los Ange- les Sharks scored the last four goals of the game to salvage a 5-5 tie .against the Crusaders in Cleveland and share second place with the Aeros. At Houston, Brian McDonald look some of the pressure off tho overworked Rutledge by scoring his 17th and 18th goals West 1. pow- erful lineup and an already- strong pitching staff should be iir.oroved with the return of Don Gullett. The Big Red Ma- f" ine appears set at every posi- t in except short, where Dave Conception and Darrel Chaney split the job adequately. 2. Astros have formidable power and many predict that Durocher can lire them to a pennant. Cesar Cedeno, being touted ss tho best of the season in the third period before fans. PARENT KEPT BUSY Johnny McKenzie had cut the margin to 3-1 27th goal of the year midway through the second period but Rutledge was equal to all 17 shots fired at him in the third. Duke Harris, Frank Hughes and Ed Hoekstra were the other Houslon marksmen as the Aeros kept Philadelphia goalie Bernie Parent br.sy fending off a 41-shot barrage. The fans in Cleveland saw forward J. P. LeBlanc score twice in the first six min- utes of the final period to spear- head the Sharks rally. LeBlanc scored in the first minute of the period by slapp- ing home Tom Giunore's rebound and Joe Szura cut the gap to 5-3 with an unassisted tally. LeBlanc's 19th of the season made it 5-1 and Fred Speck tipped in Jim Nickamp's shot with left. The Crusaders scored five un- answered goals after Bart CrasMey gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead early in the first period. Ron Buchanan tied it for the Crusaders in the first period and then made it 2-1 early in the second with his 35th of the campaign. Gerry Finder, Rick Pumple and Doug Brindley were the other Crusader scorers. Los Angeles' coach Terry Sla- ter said after tho comeback that his club now is "in a good position" for a playoff berth al- though they Im'C only a six- point edge on fifth-place Alberta Oilers who have three games in hand. Slater said his Sharks will be hurt by an injury to left-winger Tom Gilmore who had lo bp helped off the ice in the thin period. He said Gilmore has damaged ligaments and maj not play in Boston against New England Whalers tonight. Fastball gals meet Thursday The organizational meetin for tho Lethbridge Woman' Fastball League, will tak place Thursday evening. Thursday's gathering is plan ned for in Room 3 of th Chic Centre. Anyone interested in playin or entering a team, is urged attend. Fort further Information co tact Linda Kish at 328-6565. ica suggested that Elder be in- rited the vote was taken away. In a letter to Roberts on Sat- rday, Representative Herman ?adillo (Dem. N.Y.) and 18 Iher congressmen urged lhal "ilder be invited to compete in be Masters, Roberts replied that "there is lot, and never has been, dis- rimination, in the selection ol Masters players. "Moreover, to nvite Mr. Elder without hi having qualified by persona achievement would be prac Using discrimination in re verse." Elder cited what he called an- other example of Masters rac- ism: "They won't allow white caddies to he said. 'Palmer and Nicklaus, couldn't take their caddies." Like a number of other clubs that play host to pro golf tour- naments, the Augusta Nalional Golf Club has a rule that all contestants must use club cad- dies rather than tour caddies. The Augusta club has only black caddies. Elder still has two chances lo get to the Masters, which opens April 5. Ho is scheduled to com- pete in the Greater New Or- leans tournament beginning Thursday and the Greater Greensboro the following week. with only enough weight for light takeouts, the leaders con- tinued to build big ends when llie opportunity presented itself and otherwise content them- selves with picking off opposi- tion rocks. In the second round Monday, Mrs. Calles hit for four in the first end, stole a pair in the sec- ond and then scored a three in the sixth for a 10-5 victory over Nova Scotia. The next round was much the same as she scored an opening three, stole one on the second end and then hit for threes on the fifth and ninth ends to beat Ontario lt-3. In the first round, Mrs. Luco gave singles to Newfoundland n tlie first three ends and then walked away to a 7-3 victory before beating Nova Scotia 13-1 n only eight ends of a regu- ation 10-end game in the next round. In other second-round games, Manitoba defeated P.E.I. 14-3, Quebec dumped Ontario 10-5 and Saskatchewan beat New Brunswick 10-4. Other third-round action had Saskatchewan defeat Manitoba 13-3, New Brunswick detea Quebec 8-6 and Newfoundland nip P.E.I. 8-7. UNTDY CAPP THIS OME 15, WON THE 8INGO JACKPOT AN1 THES' WALKED OUT Ort A1E AFTER TWENTV f EARS LCOick Allen, Bill Melton and Car- js May is supported by an cf- cient pitching staff featuring nuckleballing Wilbur Wood. 2. Oakland- Logic would eem to dictate that the world h a m p i o n Athletics should igain take the division, hovv- ver, there are nagging uncer- tainties on the club. Vida Blue's talus remains unclear and here have been frequent re- wrts of disseiuion among the >layers. Pitching is the club's strong point but it may not bo enough to hold Ciiicago's power. 3. are -lie big question for the Twins :his year. -They hope for good >crformances out of such old- sters are Harmon Killebrew, Jim Perry, Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva to back up a pitching staff improved with the addition of Bill Hands and Joe Decker. But if tlie vets don't come through, the Twins could be in for a long summer. 4. Ryan, Clyde Wright, Rudy May and Bill Singer give the Angels good depth on the mound and Frank Robinson can be counted on to help. But new manager Bobby Winkles takes over a club that needs more help at the plate be- fore looking for a pennant. 5. Kansas City The Royals led the league in hitting last year but still must continue to rebuild its pitching staff before producing a winner. 6 Manager Whitey Herzog will get the most out of the Rangers's your.g players. But Texas will manage to finish last. 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