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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta May 1174 LITHBRIDQE HBRALU- 23 No party set for Grosse not even if Bob Unser wins race INDIANAPOLIS Even if Bobby Unser wins the Indianapolis' 500-mile there won't be any big celebration in Grosse Mich. But the guys who'make toilet seats and steering wheels in half a dozen plants around Detroit probably will drop their head for the nearest pub and bend an elbow or two. Sort of in Ozzie Olson fashion. who lives in the fash- ionable Detroit suburb of Grosse owns the Olso- nite Eagle that Unser will drive in the 58th running of the richest automobile race in the world. A polished multi-millionaire who is the sole owner of several Olson doesn't believe in celebrations. when an order comes in for a million more toilet seats that carry the slogan Tops for or when there's a sudden surge in the demand for steering there might be some backslapping and shoulder pounding among half a dozen aides who help Ozzie run his industrial empire. Party is a better Ozzie says in a soft voice. have a list of party subjects that reaches from here to over there. Quiet little of the kind that break up say around 3a.m. a outgoing is among the best- loved and most respected men in auto racing. He has been the chief finan- cial backer of Dan Gurney's Ail-American developer and builder of the Eagle race cars that have become the standard fare in Indianapolis-type racing in the last seven years. you believe that Ozzie and I have never had a former driver Gurney asks. started out with a and that's the way it has been over the years. Ozzie and I never quibble over or how our racing team Just how much money Olson has poured into most of it through Gurney's organ- neither will say. In- siders say Gurney himself has a yearly personal con- tract with Olson. But the over-all amount is so much that it is the only expenditure for advertising that the Olsonite Corporation and its subsidiaries allocate for the year. use our participation in it in many says Olson. hourly-paid workers in our plants love and they take pride in the way our cars perform. It's a morale booster. Hundreds of them wear All-America Racers jackets to work each Olson maintains a mansion in Grosse not far from where the Fords and the other auto moguls live. He belongs to their their executive business like the maintains a sizable yacht on Lake Michigan. But he says he's happiest at 'the race tracks. At Indianapolis in he rents a sumptuous suite in a downtown surrounded by an entourage of Olsonite executives and customers. On qualifying and race Olson puts together a fleet of buses to transport his group to the accompanied by po- lice escort. who will say only that he is and Gurney got together in the result of a casual conversation in Detroit with an automobile designer. I Olson already had the auto racing a lot of then one of the country's top had the know-how. There was a brief conversation and a hand- shake. With his cars carrying the Olsonite brand for the first Gurney went on to win his first United States Auto Club race two weeks later. Before he he won six others. now joined Gurney in 1971. With his flying he set speed records at almost all of the tracks where the tndy cars run. This Unser has won two of the three championship events and finished second in the other. MS. flofttow AW FLO-' THIS BLOKE CANT SEE A BELT WITHOUT HlTTiN' VER BELOW World Football Association planning to keep independent NEW YORK The president of the World Football League said Tuesday that the WPL had no desire to force a merger with established National Football League. Gary Davidson said when asked whether such a merger was the ultimate aim of the new league. 'Our purpose is to set up a strong independent rival said the 39 year old Newport attorney. have no desire to merge with the NFL. We would be crazy to put up million just for the right of such an Davidson's reference was to the assessment of more than million against each of the American Football League members for entry into the NFL in the merger in 1966. The enterprising sports active in the formation of three other professional leagues during the last eight was present at a press conference at which the WFL New York Stars announced television plans. Davidson said the league's 12 teams were ready to open training camp and start the season July 10. teams have 200 players others around he said. Davidson was encouraged by the news that a United States district judge in Cincinnati had refused to bar the WFL from negotiation with players under contract to Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL. is merely failure to impose a temporary he said. is limited in scope. It also is contradictory to a state court action in Dallas where the injunction was imposed a decision we are appealing. for the Cincinnati we are happy about it. We think it is good for the public and for Davidson struck back at the suggestion by Lamar millionaire Dallas sports promoter and owner of the NFL Kansas City that the mushrooming franchises in many sports were the work of an run franchise difference is that Hunt inherited his we are working for ours. there have been repeated shifts. Show me any new league whatever the sport and I'll show you any number of franchise shifts before it became Davidson was one of the founders and first president of the American Basketball co founder with Dennis Murphy of the World Hockey Asociation and owner of the franchise in the World Team Tennis setup. have divested myself of all of these attachments so that I would devote myself fully to the World Football League. It wasn't a matter of it was a matter of Roller derby Qne gOaJ gpeHg the to a 92-game hockey year Short sport AUSSIES OUSTED CALCUTTA brought off a major Davis Cup triumph when they eliminated the in the Eastern Zone final today. A marathon five day battle between the teams ended in a 3-2 victory for India when Vijay Amritraj defeated Bob Giltinan 6-4 in the final match. FLYERS HONORED PHILADELPHIA Captain Bobby Clarke and his Philadelphia Flyers' National Hockey League team-mates will be honored May 31 as the 1974 winners of the John Wanamaker Athletic Award. Robert D. president of announced the given each year to an athlete or team having done the most to reflect credit to Philadelphia. Pitcher Steve Carlton of the National League baseball Philadelphia Phillies won in 1973. BROKEN NECK PITTSBURGH Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League said Tuesday forward Wayne Bianchin is in hospital in Hawaii recovering from a broken neck suffered in a surfing mishap last week. A Penguins spokesman said Bianchin is expected to be transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital later this week to continue tests and treatment. a native of was the -Penguins' second round draft choice last year from Flin Flon Bombers of the Western Canada Hockey League. He scored 12 goals for the Penguins last season. Jack Penguins general any doctors have advised us that Wayne could be ready to play when the training camp opens in PATRIOTS SIGN TRIO Mass. Running backs Tom Mozisek and Pettus Farrar and line backer Bob Clements were signed by New England head coach and general manager Chuck Fairbanks announced Tuesday. The National Football League club said all three were signed as free agents. FOLI OUT PHILADELPHIA A spokesman for the Montreal Expos said Tuesday short stop Tim Foil has been placed on the disabled list and the team has re-activated catcher Bob Stinson. The spokesman said Foli suffered a small fracture in the first joint of his right thumb during a workout in Philadelphia Monday. The Exhibition Pavilion will be the site for roller derby action on May 20 at 8 p.m. The Canadian All Stars will meet the Baltimore- Washington Cats in the Victoria Day match. The two teams are presently tied for first place in the International Roller Derby League. The All Stars feature Paul who will get help from Skinny Minny Miller and Diane Syverson. The Cats are led by Buddy Atkinson Sr. and Bob Hein. The female Cats are headed by Margie Laszlo. which cost for ringside and for feature are on sale at Doug's Music and Sports. Minor ball The Ladies Auxiliary to the Lethbridge Minor Baseball Association will hold a meeting this evening at eight o'clock. The meeting is set for the Civic Room 2 and a good turnout of members is requested. OTTAWA Ninety- two hard games boiled down to a single overtime goal Tuesday night as Steelers defeated Smiths Falls Bears 1-0 to win the Centennial Cup. The Steelers won the best- of-seven Tier 2 junior hockey series 4-3. After three scoreless Gord Kaluzniak took a pass from brother Gary at of the 10-minute overtime period and shot it past Fraser goalie for the Ottawa Valley team. just stopped in front of the net and the goalie was at the side of the net. The puck came out from the corner and I slapped it said Gord. 'I was in the perfect slot po- sition. It was a great win. Falls seemed to be outplaying us in the last few the 16-year-old winger said. we never let up tonight and we were controlling the The Steelers had led the series 3-1 at one point. The two teams came put cautiously in the opening opting for close forechecking rather than taking chances. The Steelers outshot the Bears 9-4 in the first period. But the Bears had eight shots on Steeler goalie Andy Stoesz in the second while Greenwood turned aside six. Both teams had 12 shots in the third period. Selkirk had 11 shots in over- time for a game total of 38 and Smiths Falls had six for a total of 38. played said coath George Dorman. onljr thing that will stop him from making the pro league is if he loses an arm or Dorman changed the Steelers' stategy for the final game because of fiery style of the Bears. played it tight and it turned out to be a heck of a forechecking Smiths Falls had two scoring opportunities in the third the latter one stopped by Chris Magnusson of the Steelers. Brian Johnson of the Bears broke over the Steelers blueline with team-mate Barry Kerfoot. Johnson was ready to pass to Kerfoot in the clear when the lone dove between the two to break up the potential play. Bruce Guthrie also had a scoring chance when he picked up a pass from behind the Selkirk net in the open but was unable to flip the puck over a sprawling Stoesz. Penalties wore the Bears down in overtime. They were two men short late in the period and never regained full strength. Eagles win The Eagles walloped Silverwood Hawks 23-3 in a Commercial Men's Slowpitch League game Tuesday night. Garth Allen smacked a home run in a losing effort. Nota keeps time with all sports PHILADELPHIA Tony Note is a sports nut who never really got a chance to become a fan. For most of his 62 since rheumatic fever shelved plans for an athletic Tony channelled his love for sport into areas other than participation. He is the timekeeper at Boston whether its the hockey Bruins or basketball Celtics or high school events. He has been at that job 32 years. With the Celtics winning the National Basketball Association crown Sunday in Milwaukee and the Bruins in Philadelphia for Stanley Cup final dates Sunday and tonight. Nota got a rare chance to join the fans at the Spectrum here for the Flyers' 4-1 victory Sunday. saw things last night I wouldn't have seen from ice level because there you're concentrating on either the puck or the Tony said. Tony says the early illness that cut short his athletic career did nothing to stunt his desire to become involved. liked sports so much that in high school I was the manager of the hockey and track teams. You I earned 11 varsity letters as a student He started umpiring baseball and football on a professional basis during the 30s and haunted the Garden corridors until he was put to work on the Boston clock in 1938. SUPERVISES OFFICIALS Tony also is supervisor of minor officials at Boston Garden for the National Hockey League in that has worked all the positions goal and penalty timekeeper. night 1 did four jobs at That was a game with New York Rangers in the early 1960s when a blizzard tied up the New England the Rangers' train was late and the minor officials couldn't reach the Garden where fans were waiting. only reason I was there was that I had gone to the Garden early in the He admits there have been occasions over the last 30 years where he might have missed up to five seconds in a game because the flight of the puck was screened from his vision or he wasn't able to hear the officials's whistle because of the din around him. Tony takes in the quotation of former baseball umpire Bill Clem never made a mistake in my when officials or fans gel on his back. Bill didn't mean that literally. 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