Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
.Thursday, May 3, 1971 TMI IETHMIDGE HERALD 9 Two latest sigmitffs big boost to local club's hopes Lakers' roster reaches three, Sullivan, Brown ink pacts By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor Lethforidge Lakers filled four positions today by sign- tog two players. J.iakers, in their sophomore year in the Alberta Major Baseball, today announced Paul Sullivan and Bob Brown have signed contracts for the 1973 season. The signing of Brown and Sullivan brings to three the number of players who have inked the dotted line. Bob Hoy, the leading hit- ter in the league last year signed his pact earlier. If four positions with only two players is confusing it is only because Brown can play the outfield, third bage or is just as at home behind the plate. Sullivan, on the other hand, is a right-handed pitch- er champing at the bit to start firing. Ron Taylor, who will skip- per the Lakers, thanks to the San Diego Padres of the Na- tional Baseball League, is re- sponsible for the acquisition of Sullivan. As 23 years of age Sullivan- a native of Toronto, has something to prove. The per- sonable young man feels the Montreal Expos gave up on him prematurely. "I wasn't happy with the way I was treated. There's no sense lying about he said Wednesday evening. In 1972 Sullivan had what ha considered, an excellent training camp. He was sent to Newport, Virginia to the Expo's farm club but develop- ed tendonitis in his throwing arm. "The Expos wouldn't re- place me at Newport, so I had to pitch while I was Sullivan' added. After being the last pitcher cut from the major league roster Sullivan felt great. He anticipated a fine year. However, the injury hamp- ered his season's perform- ance. He finished with a 4-6 mark and the Expos all but gave up on him. He attended their minor league camp this year but for all- intents and purposes, he is finished with the Expos. Sullivan points out that he was disheartened by the treat- ment he received from the Expos, but has found new life after talking with Taylor. It was reassuring to know that Taylor was treated in t h e same manner by the Expos. He understands Sullivan's plight. Does Sullivan feel coming to play in the Alberta league is a step down? Not on your life. As a matter of fact, he couldn't be happier. "Just think, I'll have my very own pitching he joked. It seemed funny at the time but when you consider the young man saw a pitching coach a total of two weeks in a five-year pro career you know he is looking forward to having Taylor around. Sullivan was 18 when he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox. He played a year in New York and in the Flori- da League before going to the Expos. He didn't get all that many breaks from the Red Sox either. Part of his signing bonus was four-year's tuition to university. Sullivan took them up on it and it proved to be his downfall. The Red Sox felt he was more interest- ed in education than in play- ing baseball, so they releas- ed him. But, tike Sullivan indicates, it takes three strikes to get a man out. He has something to prove to some baseball people. He hasn't quite reach- ed his prime, so there' will be no holding him down. Brown, on the other hand, didn't get a chance to play professional baseball. Not that he didn't have the talent, size played a key role. A catcher in high school Brown had a scholarship offer to Wenatchee Univ e r sity in Washington but on the advice of his father, turned it down. "I wanted to catch, but my size was against says Brown. He has yet to let size hamper his play in western Canada baseball circles. Pound for pound Brown is one of the finest hitters in western Canada. He is 26 years of age and five times has been chosen to teams that went to the Canadian championships. Last year, with Unity Cardinals, a Sas- katchewan league all star aggregation. Brown was on a Canadian champ. Brown majors in business administration at the Uni- versity of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, his home for all 26 years of his young life. The catcher outfielder- third baseman is definitely looking forward to playing his baseball in Lethbridge Laker colors this summer. "Let me say that one of the main reasons I'm here, is the way the executive ap- proached says Brown. "They did it in a first class manner and it made a differ- ence to me." Sullivan, it should be noted, felt the same way. Brown has been playing top calibre senior baseball since he was 16. He spent five years with Saskatoon Commodores and two more with Unity. Last year, in what Brown describes as an off year, he hit .295, 45 points down from 1971. He says he will bring his average up this year. Sullivan didn't say so, but you can bet he would be happy to see Brown hitting .295 and playing third, out- field or behind the plate. Season tickets for the Lak- ers' home games, 14 in all for just are on sale at a number of Lethbridge busi- nesses, including Safeway 13th Street, Black's Men's Wear, Eatons, Alcan Service. Conception home run hitter? Cepeda having a ball Lakers sign two players RICK ERVIN photo Lethbridge lakers of the Alberta Major Baseball League today an- nounced the signing of two more players for the 1973 season. Joining the Lakers are, seated left and right. Bob Brown cf Saskatoon and Paul Sullivan of Toronto. Seated at centre is Kar Tcmomitsu, registrar for the Lakers while in background is club president Reno Lizzi, Martin feels his horse is the best Who's better Sham or Secretariat? LOUISVILLE (AP) "I can beat him. I like my horse. I know I can beat Mm. 1 got 000 that says I can beat any time, any place." Francisco (Pancho) Martin, trainer of Sham, leaned against barn 42, puffed on a big Mexi- can cigar, and threw down the gauntlet to Secretariat, favorite in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, and trainer Lucien Laurin of Montreal. "I got the best Martin said. "Throw out the 1972 sea- son and take 1973 records horse ought to be the favorite at even odds. Secretar- iat is about 2-1'." Secretariat won seven of nine starts in 1972 and became the first two-year-old ever to be named Horse of the Year, but this season, after winning the Bay Shore and Gotham at Aqueduct, he finished third in the Wood Memorial behind Angle Light, owned by Ed Whittaker of Toronto, and Sham. Sham won only in four races last year, but had four triumphs in five starts on the Pacific Coast this maxed by a win in the Santa Aniia Derby. PANCHO LOOKS AWAY Pancho didn't even let his eyes turn in the direction of stall 21, no more than 10 yards away in the same barn, where the short, gray-haired Laurin fretted with Secretariat. "I got nothing to say to that said his said the Cuban born trainer o f Sham. "There is no reason for us to talk. He's got his business, I got mine. "If he wants, he can come ANDY CAPP -'E'SEVEN AMBT7S? WHEN E 'ASNT.' and lalk to me. He said what he did. I never said a bad word about anybody." An invisible wall of ice has developed between tte trainers of the two outstanding horses in the 98th Derby, over a remark attributed to Laurin prior to the Wood April 21 at Aqueduct. Laurin was quoted in a race paper as saying Martin was try- ing to steal the Wood by enter- ing two other horses, Knightly Dawn and Beautiful Music. There had been some inference on the West Coast that Knightly Dawn had blocked out Linda's Chief, enabling Sham to win the Santa Anita Derby. SHAM RUNS ALONE Pancho, an emotional Latin with a short temper fuse, im- mediately withdrew the two and let Sham run alone, as Sham will do in the Derby. Laurin and Secretariat's owner, Mrs. John Tweedy, have declined to get involved in the feud. "I have nothing to say, I re- fuse to talk about said Laurin after Wednesday's morning workouts. He had been asked if he would accept the bet. Meanwhile, the people who wanted most to see the favored Secretariat in action Wednesday were left at the gate. In fact, Mrs. Tweedy and Laurin were left at several gutes. They couldn't find a way to get into Churchill Downs un- til it was too late. HAD LATE VIEW "I was very pleased with what I did see, but by the time we found a way to get into the grandstand, he was just gallop- ing Mrs. Tweedy said. Like jockey Ron Turcotte of Grand Falls, N.B., Mrs. Tweedy had flown to Louisville just to see the big colt's final work- out. "We wanted to watch it from the grandstand and Lucien said the security men stopped him the other day when he tried to drive 'through the tunnel under the Mrs. Tweedy said. So they decided to leave the barn area at Churchill, drive around the track and enter one of the gailss the patrons use in the afternoons. Unfortunately, almost all of them are locked at in the morning. LAURIN WAS PLEASED Laurin was pleased, however, as Turcotte took Secretariat five-eighths of a mile in 58 3-5 seconds and galloped out an- other furlong in Whittaker got a better break as Laurin changed routes and in plenty of time for his workout. Turcotte, who came from New York just for the twin workouts, sent Angle Light five furlongs in 59 flat and went out in 3-5. A fisld of the size of Churchill Downs' regular starting expected for the I1 j-mile race, scheduled for p.m. MDT. Laurin said Jacinto Vasquez came out of a spill Tuesday in New York without injury and would be on Angle Light. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Anywhere Orlando Cepeda langs his bat is home. Long a muscleman in the Na- tional League, the "Baby Bull" las found a home, and a new ife, in the American League as designated hitter with. Boston Red Sox. Cepeda continued to flourish m his new surroundings with bis sixth home run of the year, grand slam, that helped the Red Sox beat Texas Rangers 6-2 Wednesday night. "Every homer feels good." said Cepeda about his dramatic shot that capped a five-run third inning. "But home runs don't mean anything unless you wm. "Tonight we won and I'm thankful for the other players." HAD BAD KNEES Cepeda, 35, was supposed to be washed up because of bad knees. He was released by Oak- land Athletics after last year, but the Red Sox signed him after the designated hitter rule was put into effect during the winter. The grand slam Wednesday night was the ninth of his ca- reer, which included stints with San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals in the National League. In other American League james Wednesday Kansas City Royals beat New York Yankees 4-3, California Angels defeated Detroit Tigers 5-3, Oakland bea Milwaukee Brewers 7-3 in 10 in nings, Cleveland Indians turned back Minnesota Twins 8-4 in 1C innings and the Chicago White Sox blanked Baltimore Orioles 4-0. Cincinnati ds have always been known the heavy bat of Johnny Bench, Tony Pere and Bobby Tolan. but so fa this season the light bat of Dave Conception has been most successful. Conception, who had only two home runs last season in nearly 400 at-bats, hit his third of the 1973 National League baseball season Wednesday as the Reds beat New York Mets 6-1. "It's the said Con- ception. "I switched from a 34- unce to a 31. Now I can hit inside fastballs and breaking itches." Pete Rose also hit a homer or the Reds off Mets' pitcher Tom Seaver in the seventh in- In other National League ;ames Wednesday, St. Louis Cardinals beat San Diego 'adres 5-4, Montreal Expos de- eated Atlanta Braves 3-2, Pitts- burgh Pirates nipped San Fran- cisco Giants 2-1, Los Angeles Dodgers downed Chicago Cubs 1-1 and Houston Astros beat Philadelphia Phillies 9-4. In Seaver's last four starts. :he Mets have managed the grand total of two runs which joes a long way to explaining lis 2-3 record. 'I can't let that bother he said. "I just have to go out every game and give 100 per cent. That's the only way I can pitch." Softball teams must register All teams interested in parti- cipating in the 1973 City Lad- ies' Softball League must sub- mit their entry fee no later than this weekend. League play commences May 14 with scheduled doublehead- ers set for Monday and Wed- nesday evenings. Monday's games are Slated for the Dave Elton Fastball Park from p.m. to 9 p.m. while Wednesday's matches will be staged at the school grounds of Catholic Central, Westminster and St. Pats starting at p.m. All registrations and entry fees should be turned in to Dorothy Olshaski at 1505 22nd St. S. Lethbridge. Can Sports takes over control of Nationals? TORONTO (CP) A group headed by John F. Bassett has bought controlling interest in Ottawa Nationals of the World Hockey Association, Bassett told a news conference Wednes- day. No price disclosed and Nick Trbovich, the former owner, will retain an interest as a member of the group. Bassett said a group called Can Sports Inc., of which he is president, will hold the fran- chise and change the club's name to "Toronto somethings." The club "as yet is unnamed and has no place to play, but these matters are well in hand He said the new owners are considering "many options.'' "I suppose the Gardens is an option. I suppose Varsity is an option. We've had a total of five developers approach us, but obviously that wouldn't be for this season." He would prefer not to play in Maple Leaf Gardens, home of the Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. He said the club "may play a few games in Ottawa but I don't know that we will." "We got into it because basically we're sportsmen and we wanted to bring something to Toronto and we think this city will certainly support ma- jor league hockey teams." Asked if the ultimate goal was to bring other attractions to Toronto, such as ice shows and rock shows, he answered: As Ottawa club was incorporated as On- tario Nationals Hockey Teams club finished fourth in the WHA East Division, but was knocked out of the playoffs by New England Whalers. The club took a financial bath in Ottawa because of poor at- tendance. Needing specta- tors each game to break even, the club averaged slightly more than Losses, which Trbovich won't confirm, were said to run about million. 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