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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Salurdoy, Mtmh 31, 1973 TH! tETHBRIDGt HRAID Major League baseball season opens ivitli first game Thursday We'll soon know how de signated-hitter rule works By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Major league baseball's 1973 season opens this week with a revolutionary new look change in the rules but an old look about the pennant races. The world champion Oak- land Athletics are favored to repeat In the American League where the new des- ignated-hitter rule is expect- ed to add some punch to tha attacks and improve Interest among the fans. In the National League, which is passing up the new rule, the defending champion Cincinnati Heds hold the favor- ites' role. Cincinnati, baseball's long- est established pro franchise, gets the traditional jump with the ceremonial opener sched- uled tor Thursday against, San Francisco Giants. A sell- out crowd of is expect- ed to jam Riverfront Stadium where the 1972 season ended last October when the Reds lost Ite seventh game of the World Series to Oakland. MAKICIIAL STAHTS Manager Charlie Fox of the Giants has named Juan Mart- ens! 05 the Giants' opening day pitcher. Marichal, trou- bled by back and arm prob- lems, won only six games last season but has enjoyed an outstanding spring includ- ing a seven-toning hitless stint against Cleveland last Tues- day. "He's the fastest he's been In threo said Fox. Sparky Anderson, manager of the Reds, was playing it cozy about his opening gams starter. "I know now who it will said Anderson. I won't announce it until the day before the game." In- siders are guessing veteran Jack Billingham, 12-12 last year, or Roger Nelson, who was 15-6 for Kansas City last season and came over tx> the Reds in a winter trade. After the Reds and Giants get the season started Thurs- day, the pace picks up Fri- day with 10 games scheduled, five in each league. National League openers have Philadelphia at New York, Montreal at Chicago and St. Louis at Pittsburgh in day games with Houston at Atlanta and Los Angeles at San Diego in night affairs. In the American League Friday, Milwaukee !s at Bal- timore and New York at Bos- ton for day games, and his- tory will be made in those games when the first desig- nated hitters make their offi- cial debuts. Night games see Minnesota at Oakland, Kansas City at California and Chicago at Texas. The final opener is set for Saturday with Detroit play- ing at Cleveland. The opening day pitching assignment usually is an hon- or reserved for the ace of each team's staff but two American League1 clubs, Kan- sas City and Milwaukee, are departing from that tradition and handing job to a pair of youngsters. Steve Busby, who was 12-14 at Omaha last year, will opsu for the Royals and Jerry Bell, who made only three starts after being called up from the minors in mid-1972, will open for the Brewers. Probably- the best pitching matchup will occur in New York where the Phillies will send Steve Carlton against the Mets' Tom Seaver. Friday's olhsr -National League pitching matchups have Mike Torrez or Baler Moore for Montreal against perennial 20-game winner Ferguson Jenkins, the native of Chatham, Ont., with the Cubs, Pittsburgh's Steve Blass facing Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals, Pat Dobson of Atlanta going against Houston's Dave Rob- erts arid Clay Kirby of San Diego facing Don Button of Los Angeles. In the American League, Catfish Hunter of Oakland opposes Minnesota's Bert Blyleven, Kansas City's Bus- by faces Kolan Ryan of Cali- fornia.' Wilbur Wood goes for Chicago against Dick Bos- man of Texas, Milwaukee's Bell opposes Jim Palmer of Ballinwre and Mel Stoltle- myrc of New York Yankees takes on Boston's Luis Tiant. Detroit's Mickey Lo- lich and Gaylord Perry of. Cleveland tangle on Saturday. Most American League clubs have cut back their pitching staffs to add another batter because of the advent of the designated hitler. The new rule allows American League clubs to substitute a Ewinger for the pitcher with- out forcing the hurler out of the game. Veleran sluggers like Orlando Ceneda of the Red Sox and Frank Howard of the Tigers seem tailor- made for the job which re- quires only swinging 'the bat. Oakland, strengthened by the addition of catcher Ray Fosse and armed with Vida Blue from the start of the season, ranks as a huge fav- orite to retain its American League West Division ctown. The Las Vegas odds are about 9-to-5 for the Athletics. The oddsmakers aren't as sure about the American League East with support di- vided between New York Yankees, quoted at 3-to-I fav- orites irt one race book, to Boston, 4-to-l in another, to Baltimore, 7-to-2 and 3-to-l in other Vegas quotations. Cincinnati at about Hi-to-1, and Pittsburgh at abciut 5-to-2 are the National League choices. SULLY SAYS! I -By Pat Sullivan j Alberta Oilers manage to grab last playoff spot A BIT OB" everything I was more than upset when I read the story on the Southern Juvenile all-star team I can't believe that a team like the Mldgtl F.Iks missed land- ing at least one player on the first all-star team How in heaven's name can you neg- lect a team that finishes the regular season with 19 wins and one tie in 20 games? The Elks are a midget hockey club and they set the ju- veniles on their ears all sea- son If it was the rest of the team's intention to slight Pete Landers, rated one- of the top five fastball pitchers in the world, signed with Toronto in the Ontario Fa'i- ball League Landers, who pitched Weybum, Sask, to the Canadian men's title last year, was expected to play in the west this time around Eastern money must have bought him Who, in tbs National Hockey League couldn't take lessons in wheel- ing and dealing from Mont-. real Canadians' general man- ager Sam Pollock? Through his manipulations the Canadians, who will win the Stanley Cup tlu's year, have seven of the first 20 The controversy over the upcoming Margaret Court-. Bobby Higgs match confines Pauline a former tennis great, and Riggs, in- cidentally, agree that anyone of the top 20 men in the world could beat the best in the wo- men's ranks Riggs spouts off even further "I think anyone of the 100 men cc-ald beat the women's champ We'll soon see Abe Pollin, who OV.TIS tho Baltimore Bullets ol the Na- tional Basketball Association, also has been awarded an NHL franchise for 1974-75 anil he's busy building an arena at Largo, Md., a suburb Tho demand for tickets has been says Pollin In fact the demand for hockey tickets has been so great that I al- ready have a we tiie young men on the Elks, you have done so I think it's disgraceful.. Pittsburgh Pirates will pay tribute to tho late Roberto Clemcnle this season by wearing a black bordered shoulder patch emblazoned with the star outfielder's number 21, it was announced in liraden- lon. Fla Pirate president Daniel M. McGallireath said the llu-ee-inch memorial em- blem will be worn on the left sleeve of both home and and away uniforms A fitting tribute to a baseball great. amateur (junior) draft picks this June Last June, Montreal picked up four of tils first 12 choices Pol- lock's trades now ara paying dividends for the Hahs Steve Slmtt, the No. 1 Mont- real pick last year, is playing occasionally, which prompt- ed Toronto Maple Leaf coach John McT-cnnan to say: "it just shows how strong the Canadiens are when they have a kid like Shut! on the bench And word has it (hat McLennan will be look- ing for a new job at the end of the year It seems as though Red Kelly will lake his place. haven't even announced the date tickets go on sale The Largo Arena will seat There is something astounding in the disparity in night games between the Texas Rangers, who have a record 73, and the Cleveland Indians, who have only eight But it's a play on seman- tics in Cleveland because the Indians, outside of 49 day games, be playing four games a week starling at D p.m. Apparently that is not considered niglit time in Cleveland Maurice (Roc- ket) Richard, whose tenure as coach of the Quebec IJes Norditntcs of the World Hock- ey Association lasted only three predicts there will be an exodus of more than 50 players from the NHL to the VVIIA this summer. olden Seals eliminate tvest coast counterparts By THE CANADIAN PRESS Alberta Oilers toppled Min- nesota 5-3 Friday night to elimi- nate the Fighting Saints from the World Hockey Association playoffs. Or did they? The Fighting Saints lodged a protest with WHA president Gary Davidson after the game, claiming they never did accept Lhe playoff format announced by the league March 21. The rule change, announced by the WHA executive com- mittee, eliminated the possi- bility of a playoff between two tesms tied for fourth spot for post-season play. Instead, a formula of the sea- son record between the tied teams and their records within the division was instituted. "We never did accept the said Glen Sonmor, Saints' general manager after Minnesota and Alberta finished with identical 3B-37-3 recorcK in season's play and 4-4 marks against each other during the year. However, in meetings with other teams in the division Al- berta enjoyed a 21-17 edge. "We just tcld the players abo'.'t the rule change now. We didn't want them to think about anything but Sonmor said. In other games Friday, Cleve- land Crusaders defeated Winni- peg Jets 4-2 and New England Whalers downed New York Raiders 5-4 in overtime. Alberta and Minnesota, along with Los Angeles Sharks and the Raiders, have completed their 1972-73 schedules. The other eight teams wind up their portion of the regular season on the1 weekend. Ottawa Nationals, already as- sured of a playoff berth in the Eastern Division, are at Cleve- land tonight while Chicago Cou- gars visit Philadelphia Blazers and Quebec Les Hordiques en- tertain Houston Aeros. Ottawa is at home to Houston, Quebec is at New England, Chi- cago at Cleveland and Winnipeg at Philadelphia to close out the season Saturday night. Locals stage another ice show Barry, Louise Soper to skate Umpires meet The bslhbridge Umpires As- sociation will hold an organiza- tional meeting Monday evening at seven o'clock at the Minors' Library. Anyone interested is asked to In attendance. Monday's Monday night meeting will also sec an execu- tive elected for the coming year. Meanwhile. Wednesday even- ing at Ihe Library at seven the umpires mil meet with team representatives to go over rule changes for the 1973 season. The Lethbridge Figure Skat- ing Club will once again pre- sent their annual lee Show, April 13 and 14 at Henderson Lake Ice Centre. This year's two-day show, a Friday and Saturday, will be called "Win- nie the Pooh and A highlight of the annual af- fair this year will be the danc-2 pair of Barry and Louise Soper of Vancouver. The past two years Danald Jackson, a former world champion, was the featured ar- tist ai the show. "We feel we have an ex- cellent show lined up this said publicity director Danny Peters. "The Sopers are tremendous. The Sopers first won the Can- adian novice dance title in and graduated to the junior in 1968. That year they finished third in the country but set a pattern wlu'ch has become al- most a trademark for Ihe two. After their third place finish in 1.968 they returned a year later to win the title. In 1970 they graduated to the senior competition and like tiieir fivsl year in junior finished third. By 1971 they dominated the senior division and, to date, have won the Canadian champ- ionship Ulrec years running. The Sopers, in Canadian com- petition, have no room for third place finishes after their first year. In world competition the So- pers were llth in 1971 in ths dance event. They have been ninth the past two years. In 1971 they were fourth in North Amsrica. Sopers to skate Barry and touise Scper, Canada's reigning senior cfance pairs champions, will ba the feature urlraction as Ihe Lethbridge Figure Skating Club presents iis annual ice ihow ibis year. MacLEOt) MDVKS TO SUNS PHOENIX, Ariz. CAP) John MacLeod, 34-year-old head basketball coach at the Univer- sity of Oklahoma, was named head coach Friday of the Phoe- nix Suns of the National Basket- ball Association. Lloyd Leirdahl, Sainls presi- denl, said Davidson would take a poll of WHA trustees to deter- mine if Alberta and the Saints would meet in a tie-breaker iunday in St. Paul. Bill Hunter, general manager and coach of the Oilers, said: "They can protest all they want. We have won it on the ice and the trustees mil vote deci- dedly in hockey's favor. There won't be another game. We won t in every category. 1 don't j even want to talk about it, it's j so ridiculous." California Golden Seals re- served their best for the last. The Seals, distressed by player problems through most of a year that saw their ranks depleted by the raiding World Hockey Association; played the role of spoilers Friday night. They rang up their fourth straight win, 3-1 over Los Ange- les, to eliminate the Kings from the National Hockey League playoffs. The Kings, tied wilh Pitts- burgh Penguins for fifth in Ihe West Division, trail fourth-place St. Louis Blues by three points with only one game to play. In another game, Bobby Sehmautz scored his 37th goal of the year to lift Vancouver Canucks to a 3-3 tie with Min- nesota. Tiie one point picked up by the North Stars, as Ihey fin- ished regular-season play, pad- ded their second-place standing in the West to two poinls over Philadelphia Flyers. FLYERS PLAY 2 Philadelphia, however, has two games to play on the final at home wilh New York Islanders and at Pittsburgh Sunday. Other games tonight: New York Rangers at Montreal Ca- nadiens, Boston Bruins at To- ronto, Chicago Black Hawks at Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver at Los Angeles and Pittsburgh at St. Louis. Montreal is at Boston, To- ronto at Chicago, Detroit visits Uie Rangers, the Islanders are at Atlanta Flames and St. Louis at Buffalo Sabres in olher Sun- day contests. Butch G-oring's power-play goal midway through the first period gave the Kings a 1-0 lead VANCOUVER I, MINNESOTA I First peritxt 1. Vancouver, 9 (Kurlenbacri) 2. Minnesota, Oliver 11 (Nanne, Harfiil Pen- ally Goldsworthy Second Minnesola, Granl 32 (Drouio, Harvey) 4. Vajlcouv vr, Lemieux 16 Lever; Penally Wllklns Third 5. Minnesota, Prtn 1kp 36 'Gihbs, Reidi A. Van Kfarnsi Penalties b'Srier Manne Shell on goal by1 Minnesota Vancouver before more than Oak- land fans. But the Seals replied with Stan Gilberlson, filling in for Ivan Boldirev who had been ejected from the game, getting the equalizer and Reg Leach [he winner late in the second period. BUY with CONFIDENCE Drive with Prido Over the years Benys have built their business on stvvicq to their customers. Bill Gibson one of Beny's Soles leaders will roll oul the "Red Corpet" for you- He's anxious to be of service. Asic him aboiil Ihe Special Savings on ]973 Demonstrators. Deal with Beny. You'll BENV-FIT. ASK ABOUT THE MILE NEW CAR POWERTRAIN LUBRICATION GUARANTEE. Bltt GIBSON LIFETIME OK WARRANTY ON OUR OUAIITY USED CARS AND TRUCKS BENY CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE OK SUPERMARKET IOT MAIN GARAGE ond SHOWROOM Centennials battle back in series with Tigers Sam Clegg made costly mistake By THE CANADIAN PRESS Sam Clegg shouldn't have touclied that puck. With Iiis Medicine Hat Tigers and Calgary Centennials locked in a 5-5 lie in a Western Canada Hockey League playoff game Friday night, Clegg made Ihe mistake of touching a loose puck in his end of the ice. Calgary defenccman Brian Molvik had charged out of the penally box and chasing Uie puck, so Clegg attempted to clear it. But Molvik controlled it and scored from a bad angle into an open net. But if Clegg hadn't touched the puck, the play would have been whistled dead because Molvik was offside. The Ccrils went on lo score mother goal and dump the Ti- gers 7-5 lo score Ihcir first vic- tory in Ihree quarter-final play- off games. In other playoff action, Saska- toon Blades blanked Brandon Wheat Kings M to take a 3-2 lead in their series and Flin Flon Bombers dumped Kegina Pals 5-1 lo take a 3-0 edge in their round. All series are best-of-sevcn af- fairs. Centre Mike Piogers scored four goals to lead Ihe Calgary road, were led by the two-goal performance of Danny Arndt before a packed house of fans at the Saskatoon Arena. 13 7 u_ II n CALIFORNIA J, tOS 1 First. Perirxt 1. Los Angeles. Gor- ing 11 (Maloney, Marollfl) Pen- alties Smith Stewart double minor, Leiuk miner, game miscon- duc McAneeley Maloney Second Period 2. California, Oil- bertsoo 6 [Maggs, Graves) 3. California, Leach 23 (Wetr, Macgs) penalties McAneety maior, Rerriter Boldirev game mis- conduct Third Period 4. California, La- framboisi 16 (fAaqgs, Weir) Penalties Stiols on goal by Los Angeles II 6 California 5 M 11 Garth Dietrick, Ihe lineup after third and fourlli returning to missing the games, hadi one, as did Bill Laing, Dennis i Abgrall, Fred Williams, Davej Lewis and Russ Walker. The Bombers and Pals were forced to play in Moose Jaw bc- victory, with Danny Gare, Jlikc cause the Pats' home arena in Clarke and Molvik rounding out the attack..Ed Johnslone had a pair for the Tigers, and Boyd Anderson, Tom Lysiak and Jim McCrimrnon added goals. Saskatoon goalie Ed Humph- reys recorded his second shut- out of the series ns he stopped 25 saves behind strong support. The Blades, who won the firs! two games in Saskatoon and crs on dropped the next two on the I goalies. Regina is occupied by a horse show. Wayne Bianchin scored twice to lead the Bombers, with Blaine Sloughton, Dennis Polon- ich and Duane Bray also scor- ing. Tho gamo was marred by a brawl Bt of the third pe- ritxl when a fight broke out in- volving just about all the play- Uie ice except (lie TABER MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION Tober Palace Pats V5 Vermilion Tigers CENIRAl ALBERTA JUNIOR B LEAGUE FINAL game of final Sunday afternoon ert two o'clock. Second gama Monday evening at eight, Tabtr Civic Centre. By GARY KIRK KIRK'S TIRE SALES LTD. Here'j a Stanley Cup odd- ity The man origi- nally rfonnfed fhe Cup lo hoc- key, lord Stanley of Preston, never saw a hockey playoff game himself in hit life! 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