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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, May 9, 1973 fh'iiiilllli.i'liiiiilli'millffillilllM nWKtWMBW MI'' i SULLY SAYS r "By Pat Sullivan i i T HADN'T given the des- ignated hitter rule much thought after the season got underway. That is until Paul Sullivan showed up to play for the Lethbridge Lakers of the Alberta Major Baseball League. The new rule, which the American League has adopt- ed for the 1973 season, allows a pinch-hitter for the pitcher forcing the pitcher to leave the game. .Vow, as I said, I hadn't thought too much about it until Sullivan (no relation ex- cept for good looks and ath- letic skill) took time out to have a chat with the local news media last week. Sullivan was in the Mon- treal Expos' chain as well as Boston Red Sox. At present, he is out to show a few peo- Even though a pitcher can no longer look for an easy out, Sullivan feels there is justice. A pitcher gets that extra few minutes rest between inn- ings and that's important. The fans also will see more action at both ends of the hatting order. Sullivan makes no bones ?bout the fact that he is no terror at the plate. then a pitcher doesn't get batting he states. He feels certain he could develop into a respect- able hitter if he got to swing the bat more often. Kirkpatrick raises season's average to .380 Matlack appears luckier than Score pie that at 23 years of age he has gotten over a bout with tendonitis in his throwing arm and still has his good years ahead of him. Like a good politician, Sul- livan likes and dislikes the new rule. He had better get to like it, the Alberta league will experiment with the rul- ing as well. As for his feelings on it, Sul- livan feels it will help to keep a good pitcher around in a tight ball game. But what about the pitcher when he gets to the bottom three hitters in an inning, late in a game? you could almost count on one away when the opposing pitcher came to the plate. Now you have to face a guy who is probably hitting at a .300 says Sullivan. But that's okay Sully (I feel like I'm talking to myself) if you don't give the opposi- tion too many hits we won't hold it against you if you don't get any yourself. Right now, in the American League, the designated hit- ters are moving along at a .240 clip. Now that's not enough to win any batting title, but considering the pitch- ers in the junior loop were hitting a combined .125 aver- age at this time last year, there is definitely some im- provement. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS I concussion or neurological dam- On May 7, 1957, a left-handed I age and never lost con- pitcher who broke Into the ma- jor leagues by winning Rookie of the Year honors was hit in the head by a line drive and was never the same. It's funny when you hear a guy like Earl Weaver, man- ager of the Baltimore Orioles coming out in favor of the rule he disliked so badly at first. Weaver was skeptical at first. But now he feels the new rula has got to improve the game offensively and defen- sively. It makes it easier to manage and it provides a better bench. On the other hand, Don Zim- mer of the San Diego Padres of the National League, which has not adopted the new rul- ing, says he doesn't like it. He believes it beats out of a job some young ball player who has been hanging around in the minors for five or six years waiting for a chance. Zimmer. with Ms club at a 31-19 mark and 11 games off the pace, it seems, would rather send the likes of Clay Kirby, Steve Arlin and Fred Norton to the plate instead of a designated hitter. The trio is hitting .000, .100 and .200 respectively. Individually, the hitters are tearing up the league. Col- lectively, they leave some- thing to be desired. Tommy Davis of Baltimore has a .326 a verage. Along with Davis, some of the hot- ter bats belong to Ed Kirk- patrick of Kansas City Roy- als, with a .365 average, 14 runs batted in. six doubles and three home runs; Alex John- sen of the Texas Rangers .364; Mike Andrews of Chicago White Sox .356 and Orlando Cepeda of Boston Red Sox .333 with 13 RBI and five cir- cuit blasts. But on the other end of the scale are Rico Carty of the Rangers, sagging with a .196 average, Detroit's Gates Brown at .191 and Curt Bev- acqua of the Royals at .217. Like every change, the des- ignated hitter met with pros and cons. For every good rea- son for changing the rule, an- other one to ,he contrary reared its head. I. for one. am looking for- ward to seeing it used in the Alberta League. I can't say, at present, if I like it or not. I'll kr.ovv better next month after the Lakers have had a chance to show me how it works. On May 8, 1973, a left-handed pitcher who broke into the ma- jor leagues by winning Rookie of the Year honors was hit in the head by a line drive and. Memories of Cleveland's Herb Score were vividly recalled in New York's Shea Stadium Tues- day night, but it appeared that young Jon Matlack of the Mets suffered far less damage than Score did. The Cleveland star was struck in the eye and never recaptured the brilliance of his brief career. Matlack, 23, got the left side of his forehead in front of a hard liner off the bat of At- lanta's Marty Perez in the sev- enth inning of the Braves' 10-8 victory over the Mets but ap- parently suffered nothing worse than an egg-sized lump, al- though he wound up in the hos- pital for overnight observation and routine x-rays. Elsewhere in the National League, Montreal Expos ended Houston Astros' nine-game win- ning streak 4-3, Los Angeles Dodgers turned back Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4, San Francisco Gi- ants outslugged St. Louis Cardi- nals 9-7, the Chicago Cubs edged San Diego Padres 3-2 in 12 innings and Cincinnati Reds downed Philadelphia Phillies 7- 1. SAILING ALONE Matlack sailed into the sev- enth inning with a 3-1 lead when the mishap occurred with two out and the bases loaded. The ball caromed off his head across the first-base line, land- ing on the fly near the Mets' dugout and rolling in for a ground-rule double. Dr. Peter LaMotte, the Mets' team physician, said Matlack showed no signs of a fracture, Autoslalom on Sunday The Lethbridge Spoils Car Club will play host to the first Alberta Autoslalom champion- ship event this weekend. Set for Sunday, the event will be staged on the parking lot of the Mayor Magrath L-Mart. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with the action to get under way at one. All interested people are in- vited to take in the action. For further information con- tact Harold Hubka at 327-3001. Rick Blakely 328-0710 or Mark Bennett 32S-1073. I sciousness. In fact, as he was being taken from the field on a stretcher, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound hurler joked to his teammates, "Don't drop me." Reliever Phil Hennigan gave Up a grand-slam home run to Dave Johnson after in- tentionally walking Hank Aaron to highlight a seven-run inning for the Braves. Ken Singleton scored on Hous- ton reliever Jim York's bases- loaded throwing error in the ninth inning as Montreal Houston's winning streak. Bobby Bonds drove in five runs and his second homer, a two-run blast in the fifth inning, broke a 3-3 tie and helped San Francisco send St. Louis to its 20th setback in 25 games. Johnny Bench drove in four runs with his sixth home run and a double and Pete Rose sin- gled home the other three runs to lead Cincinnati over Phila- delphia. Rookie Ron Cey slammed a The Kansas City outfielder, three-run homer, highlighting a five-run fifth inning, as Los An- geles defeated Pittsburgh de- spite two home runs by the Pi- rates' Willie Stargell. Doubles by Ken Rudolph and pinch hitter Joe Pepitone in the 12th inning gave the Cubs their triumph over San Diego. "I found out that I can hit in the major says Ed Kirkpatrick. Everyone else now knows it too. who had a .2W lifetime batting average before this year, raised his season's mark to .389 with three hits Tuesday night that helped the Royals beat Detroit Tigers 7-2. "I'm about the most relaxed I've ever been in the added Kirkpatrick after a big night of two doubles and a triple. "Each of the three pitches I hit was a little differ- ent. "I got in some bad habits and it has taken me years to come out of hesaid, 14-GAME STREAK While Kirkpatrick played for the California Aagels and Roy- als in a checkered major league career that started in 1962, he never had a 14-game hitting streak, which he has now. In other American League games, Cleveland Indians stopped California Angels 2-0; Texas Rangers trimmed Mil- waukee Brewers 5-3; New York Yankees crushed Minnesota Twins 14-4 and Chicago White Sox tripped Boston Red Sox 1-0. Rain postponed Baltimore Orioles' game with Oakland A's. Kirkpatrick doubled in the second inning and scored on Paul Schaal's single. He tripled after Hal McRae's single to drive in the first of two runs in the sixth and then scored on a misfired squeeze play when De- troit catcher Duke Sims dropped the ball during a run- down. Kirkpatrick also doubled and scored ahead of Schaal's homer in the eighth. ENDS LOSING STREAK Gaylord Perry stopped a per- sonal three-gams losing streak with a four-hitter and Dave Duncan belted a home run as Cleveland beat California. Mike Epstein scored the tie- breaking run on Elliot Maddpx' infield out in the eighth inning as Texas beat Milwaukee. Ron Blomberg drove in four runs with a 440-foot home run and a single as New York bur- ied Minnesota under a 14-hit of- fense. Every Yankee in the starting lineup collected at least one hit, drove in one run and scored one. Eddie Fisher and Terry For- ster combined for a three-hitter and Carlos May knocked in the game's only run with a fourth- inning single as Chicago beat Boston. Gals' league started at Country A fourth golf league has been formed in Lethbridge. The gals at the Country Club have come up with 64 shotmakers to form eight teams for play this sum- mer. League play gets under way this evening and will continue through until playoffs. League captains and their teams are as follows- Thelma Goughnour, Raewood Motors; Mildred Story, Toyota Travel; Jessie Baalim, Key Realty: Nel Parsons, Parsons Electric; Marg Held, Canada Packers; Nel Mclntosh, Leo Singers; Alma Lees, Southern Collection and Enid Pepper, Western Metal. The Country Club gals Join the men's league at the Coun- try Club as well as the Lake- rade men's and women's at Henderson. A junior league is also planned. One of fifteen Chicago Black Hawks' Stan Mikita slips a shot past Canadlens' nefminder Ken Dryden during Stanley Cup playoff action in Montrecl Tuesday night. The two clubs threw caution, to the wind as the Hav.'ks won 8-7. They still trail the Canadians 3-2 in the best-of-seven final. Reichardt? speaking for three., says no Will trio seek to break plaver reserve clause? JL CHICAGO (AP) Player representative Rick Reichardt of Chicago White Sox denied a published report Tuesday that he and two aries offered by the club at the start of the season. It long has been known that Bahnsen, off to a good 4-2 pitch- ing start, has said he will play portedly 60-per-cent increase over 1972 when the ex- Yankee star was a 21-game winner. The Sox reportedly have of- trc entire season for the last fered Reichardt and Andrews cal to dial- j salary offered by the Sox, re-1 lower salaries than last season, lenge baseball's reserve clause at the end of the season. Outfielder Reichardt, pitcher Stan Bahnsen and infielder-des- ignated hitter Mike Andrews were identified by baseball writer Bob Hunter of Los Ange- les Herald-Examiner" as those seeking to break the reserve clause, which binds a player to League leaders National a club indefinitely. The newspaper said they were playing without 1973 con- tracts, that they had agreed Fairly, AMI i Watson, Htn i Santo, Chi Sanguillsn, Pgh Stargell, Pgh Concepcion, Cin Cardenal, Chi SL Campbell, SD Goodson, SF Home runs- Stargell, Pittsburgh, 10, Aaron, Atlanta, Wyrn, Houston; Actually, all three White Sox i players are playing under the j Pitching decisions- Koosman, New so-called renewal clause for sal- none would sign without con- sulting the others and that they plan to challenge the clause. League AB R 56 8 79 57 111 93 101 76 87 105 54 60 7S 12 12 ?2 15 17 22 17 23 6 1 H Pet. 22 393 I 31 .392 i Kelly, Chi 41 .369 34 266 35 3-7 !o .342 30 .337 35 .333 18 .333 20 25 .333 KC Kirkpatrick, Hclt, Min Valentine, Cal Munson, NY Morton Freehan, Det Johnson, Tex Alou, NY Henderson, Chi American League AB T 50 65 87 86 71 13 19 5 11 13 11 7 7 14 13 H Pet. 23 .460 j 26 .389 22 .379 "The story is totally without Reichardt said of the report. "There has been no mutual accord and I can assure you we have not formed any kind of group. wouldn't dream of chal- lenging the reserve clause. This game has been too good to me for me to slap it in the NO AGREEMENT MADE Bahnsen was not immediately available for comment. But An- drews told The Associated Press: definitely not. I have not made any agreements with any other players." As player representative, 34 !36a Reichardt talks frequently with Marvm -Miller, executive direc- 23 IM 30 .'345 1 tor of the Major League Play- 29 .337 I 23 .324 27 .321 ers Association. "My conversa- tions with Miller have never had anything to do with this Reichardt insisted. In New York, Miller also dis- avowed any knowledge of a planned challenge to the re- serve clause, pointing out that under the renewal clause cov- ering 1973 "in every way they are signed players." A similar case of playing un- der the renewal clause last year involved catcher Ted Simmons of St. Louis Cardinals, whose contract squabble was settled later in the season. STARTED BY KENN'EY The Herald-Examiner story said the anti-reserve clause movement purportedly was in- itiated by Cleveland's Jerry Kenney after he was told the Indians were asking waivers on Mm. The story also said "one or two" other American League players may be involved, but none in the National League. The White Sox pointed out that the "renewal clause con- tracts" of Bahnsen, Reichardt and Andrews could be renewed again during the season. And in New York, John Gahe- rin, counsel to the club owners, also said that "the players would not be fres agents under any circumstances" at the end of the 1973 season. Baseball has held that a player cannot play out his op- lion, as alloweri in the National Football League. ELRICH TIRE NATIONAL LEAGUE East W Pittsburgh .......12 Chicago New York.......13 Montreal ......12 Philadelphia St. Louts SanFranclsco Houston Cincinnati Los Angeles Atlanta San D.eqo TODAY'S GAMES ..11 5 West ...23 L Pet. G3L 10 .545 13 .536 14 .481 13 .460 14 .440 20 .200 1'! Hi 2'2 20 11 17 11 10 11 719 .645 1-f .533 17 .370 19 .347 JVj 4 6 10V 2 11 Atlanta Morton (2-2) at New York Kocsman (4-0> Pittsburgh Biass (1-1) at Los An- geles Osteen (2-2) St. Louis Cleveland (1-3) at San l-rancisco Bryant (3-2) Chicago Hooton (3-2) at San Dieqo rorkins (2-2) TUESDAY'S RESULTS Pittsburgh 100 100 1 Los Angeles 020 050 Home runs. Tenace, Oakland, 8; Kansas City, 7, Runs batted in: Mayberry, Kansas Cily, 27; Melton, Chicago, 23. Pitching 4 decisions. Coleman, De- troit, 4-1, ,857; Singer, California, 5-1; Splittorff, Kansas City, 5-1, .833 you cfirft plaf Briles (1-3) McKee 6 Hernandez (6) and May, Mesersmith Brewer (7) and Ferguson. HRs- Pgh-Oliver (I) Stargell (2) Cey (2) St. Louis 000 120 13 1 San Francisco ICO 220 11 2 Gibson (l-4i Granger '8) Folkers