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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wadimday, March LETHBRIOQE Maury Wills part of the training for Herb Washington Over the top Joe Atchison hangs on as he flies over the head of his mount, Quekka, after a bad jump in recent competition. Neither rider nor horse was injured in the almost comical accident. Three-way fight in mixed curling WINNIPEG (CP) The Canadian mixed curling championship turned into a three-way fight Tuesday night when Alberta scored three on 'the final end to hand New Brunswick its first loss, 9-8. New Brunswick skip Ed Sleeves of Moncton sailed a straight takeout attempt be- tween two Alberta counters, leaving Roger Comeau of St. Albert. Alta.. with an easy last rock draw. Comeau came up narrow but hit a long guard of his own and raised it into the house for three. Saskatchewan, meanwhile, had little trouble running its Renta 74 from Budget! Budget Rant a Gar (PLUS GAS) Daily Rate record to 5-1. the same as New Brunswick, by defeating Quebec 11-7. Comeau has a 4-1 record. In other sixth-round games, Wayne Johnson of Winnipeg scored one on the 10th end to beat Newfoundland, skipped by Marty Dalton of St. John's, 7-6. Dean Naugler of Halifax was successful on a last-rock come around takeout to score three on the 10th and beat Bill Kennedy of New Westminster 9-8. and George Morrissey of Wetland, Ont.. scored a single on the -10th to nip Jack MacFarlane of Sault Ste. Marie 9-8. Manitoba has-a 3-2 record, Ontario is 3-3 and Northern Ontario and Nova Scotia 2-3. Newfoundland and B.C. have 2-4 records followed by Quebec and P.E.I, at 1-4. In-today's seventh round. New Brunswick meets Nova Scotia. Northern Ontario meets Manitoba. Quebec clashes with Ontario, Saskatchewan goes against P.E.I, and Alberta meets Newfoundland. B.C. has the bye. Earlier Tuesday. Sleeves overcame earlier problems to beat Manitoba 9-6 in the fifth round. In other fifth-round games. Alberta and Ontario both scored fours on the sixth ends to beat 8 C. and Newfoundland by scores of 10- 6. Saskatchewan beat Northern Ontario 7-5; and P.E.I, picked up its firsl win. 9-4 over Quebec. Athletics sign designated base runner? By LEONARD KOPPETT New York Times Service MESA, Ariz. The second semester of Herb Washington's crash course in running from base to base began Saturday with the arrival of a special professor, Maurice Morning Wills, dean emeritus of the Advanced Institute for Basepath Mechanics. The first semester lasted just two days, under a faculty of Oakland Athletics, and included Rudiments of Taking a Lead, Pick-Off Move Analysis and Basic Sliding. As one of the world's greatest sprinters, Washington was given x full credit for Quick Starts' as soon as he enrolled with Charlie Finely. He is shooting for B.S., M.A. PR DH and Bentley gets Includes 150 miles! another try charged at I0e per miM We did ij-brought rent a car rates down to affordable rates! Low rental rates.on standard- size cars, too! Check our serv- jce check CUT savings then go Budget! Rent a Can TO RESERVE A CAR. CALL 328-6555 LETHBRIDGE AIRPORT TERMINAL The Bentley Midgets will get a second chance in provincial midget hockey play-off action tonight after the midget league upheld their and wiped out the firsl garnr of the tola) point play on against Camrose. Camrose took the opening game 5-4 in, Camrose. while Bentley earned an 8-8 lie Sunday in Bentiey, 20 miles northwest of here! Bnijley scored all eight of its goals with less than 10 minutes to play. Camrose won the series 13 points to 12. Coaches from the Bentley team protested, claiming the referees used in the first game were not sanctioned b> the league The protest was upheld and Uie farst game wiped out. Stealing, Money Accumulation and Pinch- Runner for Designated Hitters. As a fresh-nan, he was naturally subjected to hazing. His first activity, after leaving the A's clubhouse at 10 a.m. Thursday morning was to go out to left field and limber up, the way any sensible trackman would. Half a dozen A's players and coach West Stock, who had been brought to the ballpark at the same hour to help Washington work, were gathered at the mound. "Hey, yelled Dick Green, "they don't hold up a ballgame to let you loosen up. Come in here." Three hours later they were still at it. Green and Bill North were trying to get him to take the lineup card up to the umpires as an exhibition game with Milwaukee was about to start. "You got to do it, it's a baseball Green insisted. "Your first day with the club you take up the lineup card." "No declared Washington, grinning and sticking his hands in his back pockets to get them out of the way of the card Green was brandishing. "He's right, that's the North agree. "Isn't that he said as he turned to manager Al Dark. Dark, who had conducted a special practice earlier, went with it all the way. "You got to do he said. "No repeated Washington, and left the dugout laughing to go back to the dressing room. SHOOT HIM? A moment later, Pat Bourque said to someone: "Yeah, if he breaks his leg they'll have to shoot him." That delighted Green. He ran toward the dressing room, already shouting. "Hey Herb, you know what? If you break a leg they'll have to shoot All these insults, of course, revealed an important element in the 'situation: acceptance at least so far by the regular baseball players of the experimental stranger in their midst. There are three fundamental questions about the plan: Can Washington master base-running techniques? Can he carry them out over a period of time without injury? And will his presence, occupying one of the 25 places available on a roster, generate resentment among the 24 baseball professionals? "H this is ever going to work said Dark, "this is the circumstance where it has the best chance this club and this man." To begin with acceptance: the A's had. during the last two seasons, a pinch running specialist. Allen Lewis. He didn't do much, and the team didn't like it, but the concept is not strange to them They are also a remarkably- outspoken, individualistic. self confident collection of successful men. who have fought w.th managers and FinJev and each other They have become, after two world championships entirely win-onented. and if Fastball meeting set The Southern Alberta Major Men's Fastball League will hold a very special genera) meeting in the basement of St. Basil's Church Sunday afternoon The tfiree o'clock meeting will featurt reports on last year's operations, the adoption of a proposed constitution, the election of new officers and the acceptance of new member learns. All teams wishing to enter 3he league this season must have a delegate at the afternoon session Washington can steal a base lor them now and then, they will be glad to have him. Practically, the A's can afford a specialist. They have an experienced, set starting lineup. Their second catcher, Gene Tenace. is their regular first baseman, so they have a roster spot right there. Their pitching staff is strong and and the designated hitter (their's is Deron Johnson) also reduces pressure for extra men. So Washington's inability to hit or field "costs" Oakland less than it would most other clubs. The physical questions, however, no one can answer now. It is known how fast Washington can run. He has done 40 yards in 4.1 seconds. (Anything much longer is generally irrelevant in football and His prime task stealing second will mean running 27 yards to second from a lead off first. Anything under 3.1 seconds is almost certain to steal the base. But" can he learn to slide without hurting himself? Can he. on a scoring play, survive a collision with an armored catcher? Can he keep diving back to first to avoid being picked off without damaging his finely tuned legs? The fact is. that for all baseball players injuries happen most often on the base path. His first session Thursday was devoted to trying to take a lead. Darold Knowles, the left handed reliever, and Catfish Hunter, probably baseball's best right-hander, worked from the mound. They caught Rick Barry rams in 64 big points THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Dave DeBusschere was given a night in New York; Oscar Robertson was given a night in Milwaukee, and Rick Barry gave himself a night in Oakland. Barry fired in a personal- high and National Basketball Association season-high of 64 points Tuesday night in leading Golden State Warriors over Portland Trail Blazers 143-120. DeBusschere, an eight-time All-Star forward, who is retiring after the season, was honored by the New York fans before the game. DeBusschere responded by keying a third-quarter spurt Lacrosse gathering Registrations for interested lacrosse players will be held this weekend. Friday and Saturday, in the lobby of the Civic Centre boys may sign up to play lacrosse for the coming year. Friday registrations will be accepted from 7-9 p.m while on Saturday the boys can register from nine until noon. Cost of registration has been set at per player. Any additional family members will be charged and the New York Knicks whipped Philadelphia 76ers 117-90. Robertson, a 12-time All- Star performer, who indicated this might be his final season, was honored at halftime. Robertson tossed in two long jumpers in the second period to help Milwaukee take Clark Schlosser starts in hurry EDMONTON (CP) The first go-round of the Canadian Western Rodeo's steer wrestling competition was taken by Clark Schlosser of Stavely, Tuesday night. Schlosser registerd the winning time of 3.3 seconds Sunday. He was followed by Tommy Bews of Alberta., and Don Blixt of Helena. Mont., both with 3.6- second clockings. Barry Burke of Duncan, Okla., won the first go-round in calf roping with a time of 12.7 seconds, and Stan Harter of Phoenix, Ariz., was second with 12.8. In the bareback riding, Joe Alexander of Cora, Wyo., and Scotty Platts of Lymon, Wyo., split first and second with markings of 74, and Chris Ledoux of Kaycee, Wyo., was third with a 73. Mel Heyland of Ponoka, still leads the one-go-round saddle bronc riding with a 71, and the 1973 Canadian all-round champion, Tommy Bews, has moved into second place with a 69. Bobby Kartell of Strathmore, has taken the lead in the one-go-round bull riding with a Tuesday night marking of 69, dropping Billy Taylor of Salinas, Calif., into second with his 68. In cutting horse competition, Dave Batty of Douglas Lake, B.C. and Lyal Roper of Edmonton are tied for first with markings of 145.5 Gail Amdam of Edmonton took the jumper sweepstake. George Kalin of Medicine Hat registered another win in the wild horse race Tuesday and is leading in that event, while Mark Laskin of Edmonton tops the hunter conformation sweepstake. charge and the Bucks battered Kansas City-Omaha Kings 118-98. Elsewhere in the NBA. Houston Rockets pounded Buffalo Braves 119-96; Chicago Bulls trimmed Cleveland Cavaliers 104-98. Seattle SuperSonics downed Los Angeles Lakers 121-115; Capital Bullets crushed Boston Celtics 126-108, and Detroit Pistons edged the Atlanta Hawks 109-108. In the American Basketball Association, Utah Stars de- feated Kentucky Colonels 99, San Diego Conquistadors defeated Memphis Tarns 110-105 and Virginia Squires trimmed Carolina Cougars 106-104. Barry's new math topped his old high-game of 57, and the Warrior forward became only the third player in the history of pro basketball to score as many as 64 points. Wilt Chamberlain surpassed 64 or more 15 times and Elgin Baylor did it twice. Bucks 118 Kings 98 Robertson, sidelined for parts of this season with an abdominal injury, scored 14 points. BOD Dandridge's 23 points and Cornel Warner's 21 paced the Bucks. Knicks 117 76ers 90 DeBusschere led New York to world championships in 1970 and 1973, but he said ,this night topped everything. him off repeatedly, but you could see a little improvement as Washington began to notice things at Dark's suggestions. Later. Bob Locker, another experienced reliever, tried to help Washington get some perspective. "That was a rough session for you." he said. "But in a real game, a pitcher has'the hitter to worry about, too. There you had two of the best in the business concentrating just on the play at first. It'll never really be that rough." In turn, of course, Washington's presence on first is going to bother a lot of pitchers, if he can establish any credibility at all as a base runner and" he will provoke a lot of wild throws In many cases, if he breaks for second on a pick-off throw to first, he's going to make it anyhow. Having played football, and still playing a lot of gym basketball, Washington is not a stranger to body contact. Going into a blocked base. however, is something different, especially home At any rate, the education has begun. In baseball, instinct as displayed by Willie Mays or Wills or countless other fine base runners is more important than sheer speed. Exactly when to go. and how far, is a matter of recognizing the position of the ball, the fielder's capability, your own speed, and less definable factors. xWhat Washington cannot be given, if it doesn't prove to be latent within him, is extra- basery perception. But if he can steal a few bases, he can make baseball's strongest team still stronger and hasten the day when the American League will decide to allow a designated runner for the designated hitter. And even if he doesn't, he's going to help make the Oakland pitching staff best practiced at keeping a runner close to first of any in the league. HURRY While Stocks blockwollj I G78 14 (gJJ) I blockwolh I G78-J5I825! 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