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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Wednesday, M.oy 16, 1973 SULLY SAYS -By Pat Sullivan Is the sim starting to shine again for Tony Oliva? "when the weather comes good all said Oliva recently, "my knee won't be stiff no more. Then I start to hit out the bullets." "And I don't play for so long my timing is not too good either. But I still have the confidence at bat. One thing I always know: if one time I miss, the next time I go smoking for sure." Now, this doesn't sound like a man whose major league baseball career is nearing an end. Oliva is trying to regain Just short of two years ago, June 1971, Oliva dove for a fly ball and shattered cartilages in his right knee. He was hitting .300 at the time. Surgery put him on the shelf for the rest of the sea- son. Last year, at a .375 clip early in the year, the pin gave way again. Another short season, another opera- tion. He suffers the pain of run- ning down the basepaths on a hit, and suffers through therapy that he hopes will help him back into the line- up soon. He does this be- cause he loves baseball. some of the form that made him a three time American League batting champ i o n with the Minnesota Twins. Oliva is the only man ever to win two consecutive bat- ting titles in his first two years in the majors. He also won a Golden Gloves award for right field both years. At present, this talented 31- year-old is hitting under .250. His lifetime batting average is .313. The designated hitter rule has given him new Me. He does not field, at present, just bats for the pitcher. He hopes to get into the outfield soon, as it helps his hitting. He ran and lifted weights all last winter at the Univer- sity of Minnesota. "E very day I went, even in 15 below zero with the snow piled on the he said. He con- tinues to lift weights every day even now, going to the ballpark early to do so. In the winter especially, he sank not only into snow drifts but into depression. He wondered if his career was too soon through. It seemed as though one of the greatest natural born hitters, was sidelined at 31. OJiva became a big league star shortly after he signed to play baseball in the United States" in 1961. He now earns Sioo.OOO a year. Recently, his autobiography was published: Tony 0! The Trials and Tri- umphs cf Tony Oliva. The future? In Tony's eyes, it is sunny. "Every day it gets er and every day my leg gets better." he says. One game recently, Oliva, limping all season, tagged up from third on a fly ball. "I he said triumphantly. He slid safely home for the lead run. He rose, dusted himself off and trotted to the dugout. His teammates greet- ed him with a standing ova- tion. They had seen the first glimmer of sunshine in Oliva for two summers. ace results CALGARY and Taylor, Kirk- patrick HR: Oliver Chicago 300 000 OH 8 2 Oakland 000 020 021 14 1 Bahnsen, Forster (6) Acosta Stone and Herrmann, Brink- man Blue, Pina (8) Knowles (9) Fingers 10-3) (9i and Fosse. Hr: Ca'rnpaneris (1) D. Johnson (4) Orta (li. Cleveland 000 110 000 000 000 1 0 Milwaukee 000 000 010 000 2 II 2 Bosnian, Johnson '8) Hilgendorf (9) Lamb (13) Strom (1-4) Bell, Ltn- zy (121 Lockwood (2-2) (17) and Por- ter, Felske HRs: May LEAGUE LEADERS the WHA was formed, and "I see a different mountain than T saw four years ago." "You he said, "I'm i not coming into a do-or-die situ- ation hare." The Crusaders fin- ished sacond in the East Divi- sion last season. Vivian was noted at Bawling Green as a tough coach, run- ning hard practices and stress- ing defence, but he indicated he will make no hasty changes at the helm of the Crusaders. For one thing, coach Bill Needham will stay, Vivian said. P Kelly, Chi Kirkpatrick, KC Holt, Min W. Horton, Det Freehan, Det D. Allen, Chi Berry, Cal Munson, NY...... Carew, Min Fisk, Bsn Home Runs: D. AB R H Pet. 68 16 29 .426 99 23 35 .354 26 FOR SALE Beautiful 26'xlO' Cabin Cruiser if Sleeping and cooking "fa Carpeted floor Cupboards Drinking water lank if Leather seals Double gas tank ic Trailer S3500 CONTACT ALFRED BRAU, SHAUGHNESSY PHONE 327-9617 75 7 26 .347 73 11 IS .342 ..110 9 36 .327 104 19 34 .327 74 12 23 .311 110 14 34 .309 107 19 33 .308 102 14 31 .304 May, Milwaukee, Mayberry, Kansas City, Runs Batted In: Mayberry, R. Jackson, Oakland, Pitching: decisions: Singer, Cali- fornia, f.857i; Spiittorff, Kansas City, E. Fisher, Chicago, (4-1) NATIONAL LEAGUE East Division W L Chicago 21 13 New York. 17 15 Montreal Pittsburgh Philadelphia St. Louis Pet. .618 .531 .467 .464 .375 281 GBL 3 5 5 8 11 West Division San Francisco 26 13 .667 Houston 22 14 .611 Cincinnati 20 13 .606 Los Anaeles 19 16 .543 Atlanta 14 19 .424 San Diego 13 23 .361 3 5 9 TODAY'S GAMES St. Louis Foster (1-3) at Chicago Reuschel (3-2' New York Parker (3-0) at Montreal Moore (2-2) Philadelphia Twitchell (0-1) at Pitts- burgh Ellis (3-3) Los Angeles Downing (4-1) at Cin- cinnati Nelson (2-2) Atlanta Gentry (4-2) at Houston Reuss (5-1 San Francisco Marichal (4-3) at San Diego Caldwell (1-4J TUESDAY'S RESULTS Philadelphia 020 101 4 3 St. Louis 210 000 8 13 0 Christenson, Lersch Brandon (0-1) Lonborg (8) and Boone; Wise (4-2) and Simmons. HR: Schmidt New York 000 002 3 i Chicago 200 200 482 Kocsman Hennigan (8) and Dyer; Hooton Aker (9) and Hundley. HRs: Chi Montreal 3 Pittsburgh 000 131 WO 20 2 McAnally, Marshall Walker Gilbert (ifli Strohmayer (11) and Boccabella, Humphrey Blass, Johnson Rooker Hernandez Giusti (2-0) (11) and May, McNertney Sanguillen Atlanta 000 003 4 6 Houston 000 000 1 5 1 and dates; WiHon York (9) and Edwards. HR: Atl Baker San Fran. 000 003 t 11 1 San Diego too 000 020 281 Bryant" Moffitt (8) and Rader; Romo (2-1) Troedson (6) Ross (8) and Kendall. HRs: Speier Los tOO 001 1 t t Cincinnati 100 102 430 Osteen John (7) and Fergu- son; Gullet (4-7 1 Borbon C7) and Bench. HRs: Perez 2 LEAGUE LEADERS AB R H Pet. Mota, LA 72 10 27 .375 Santo, Ch! 115 20 43 .374 Watson, Htn 178 26 47 .367 Maddox, SF 98 13 35 .357 Fairly, Mon 75 13 26 .347 Sanguillen, Pgh 131 21 45 .344 Goodson, SF 91 11 31 .341 A. Oliver, Pgh 170 71 <0 .333 Cedeno, Htn 144 23 48 .333 Morgan, Cin 100 71 33 .330 Home Runs: Stargell, Pittsburgh, H. Aaron, Atlanta, Bench, Cin- cinnati, McCovey end san Francisco, Runs Batted In: Bench, Watson, Ferguson, Los Angeles, A. Ol- iver, Bonds, Pitching (4) decisions: Sosa, San Francisco, (4-01, Billmgharn, Cincinnati (6-1-, BASEBALL International League Peninsula 4 Charleston 3 Rochester at Pawtucket ppd., rain Richmond 6 Tidewater 3 Syracuse 6 Toledo 5 DUAL STEEL RADIAL TIRES MILE Written Guarantee ELRICH TIRE LTD. COMPLETE TIRE SALES SERVICE hf Avt South Pherne J2'-4886 or'317-4445 ;