Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thanks Johnny Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers has a big smile as he displays letter from the Mcntreal Alouettes Thursday after he announced he has decided to play for that team in the Canadian Football League. Letter thanked him for deciding on Montreal. His contract will make him the highest-paid player in the CFL. Esposito a distant second Clarke officially named most valuable player MONTREAL (CP) Bobby Clarke of Philadelphia Flyers has become the first West Divi- sion player to win the Hart Me- morial National Hockey League's most valuable player award, the league an- nounced today. Clarke, captain and top centre on his team, polled 158 points in the voting conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association (PHWA) in the NHL's 16 cities. He also broke an eight-year monopoly on the award by players with Chicago Black Hawks and Bos- ton Bruins. Bruins' centre Phil Esposito, who won the trophy in 1968-69, collected 96 points as runner-up, 33 more than team-mate Bobby Orr, who had won the Hart Tro- phy in each of the previous three seasons. Prior to Esposito being named winner, Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull had combined to keep the award in Chicago for four years. Hull won the trophy in 1964-65 and 1965-66 while Mi- kita captured the prize the next two seasons. The last player other than a Bruin or Black Hawk to win the award was Jean Beliveau of Montreal Ca- nadiens in 1963-64. Clarke, a 23-year-old native of Flin Flon, Man., became the first West Division player to score 100 points. He tallied 37 goals and 67 assists for 104 points to finish second in the Contract biggest in CFL Page files big law suit Schaap taken by imposter Johnny Rodgers joins Alouettes LOS ANGELES CAP) eral manager-coach Harland Johnny Rodgers says he's tak- Svare declined to say how j ing his Heisman "Trophy-win-1 much, but "we made our best i ning skills to Canada for a rich J offer." Rodgers planned to arrive in NEW YORK (AP) Schaap, editor of Sport maga- zine, said Thursday that he was taken in by an imposter of Joe Page and wrote an extensive apology to the former New York Yankee pitcher in the pub- lication's May issue when he re- alized he had been duped. Page, who retired from base- ball in 1954, has filed a mil- lion libel suit in federal court against the magazine, claiming an article in the March 1973 is- sue characterized him as a "drunkard, barfly and brag- gart." The suit also claims that Page's social and business rep- utation was damaged by the story, which allegedly indicated he has been unsuccessful since his retirement from baseball, that he had lost his tavern busi- ness and that his wife had died. Page, who lives with his wife, i Mildred, has operated a tavern for the last 12 years in the Westmoreland County village of Laughlintpwn, about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh. Schaap said: "A man who owns a clothing store in New Jersey called me and asked if I would meet and try to straighten him out. I did. He looked bad. I bought him food and drinks and tried to get him to join AA (Al- coholics He agreed but reneged as he was about to get on a bus and to go one of their camps for a cure. "He said he wanted to get into TV if I could help him do so but when I did try, he backed out, claiming he was too shaky to do the job. I guess he knew he would be recognized as an imposter. "I was only a kid of 14 when I saw Page pitch and this man was so dissipated looking that I thought he was telling the truth story because of the likeness. He had a large left wrist like a pitcher and he even demonstra- ted his pitching motion to me." LETHBRIDGE FISH AND GAME ASSOC, ANNUAL FISH DERBY HENDERSON LAKE LETHBRJDGE Saturday, May to 5 p.m. (ALL ENTRIES MUST BE WEIGHED BY 5.00 P.M.) Up to 16 of Age THREE CATEGORIES 16 to 65 Years of Aga 65 Years of Age and Over 1st and 2nd PRIZES and 3rd PUCE CERTIFICATE In Each Category FISH FROM THE SHORE FROM A BOAT ANY WAY YOU Local hockey school nears completion The City of Lethbridge, Com- munity Services Department, announced Thursday that the section for local residents in the Games City Hockey School has been filled to capacity ex- cept for one session. Kegistrations for the second session of the two-session hoc- key school has been completed and will get under way as plan- ned for boy's 11-15 years old August 13-18. Due to the excellent response, the Community Services De- partment will Still accept reg- istrations for 11-year olds in the first session set for June 30. The Games City Hockey School mail in registration forms will appear in the Leth- bridge Herald this Saturday and forms must be submitted by May 31. This year's city sponsored hockey school will be handled by guest instructor Vic Stasi- uk, who is the former coach of the Vancouver Canucks in the National Hockey League, Les Colwill, Stan Maxwell. Gary Canadine, Brian Bourassa and a number of oilier locals. three-year contract with Mon- treal Alouettes. The Nebraska all-American halfback said Thursday that Billy Vessels, Heisman winner for Oklahoma years ago, chose Canada and "he's a rich man today." Rodgers, five-feet-nine and 180 pounds, will have the rich- est contract ever signed in the Canadian Football League, said Michael Trope, president of World Sports Management, Inc. Figures were not "That's the prerogative of the Montreal said but the contract is believed to be worth more than year. "Money is the basic reason I chose said Rodgers, a first-round draft choice of San Diego Chargers in the National Football League. "Canada is a beautiful place I know I'll be happy there.'' CHARGES WITHDRAWN Barry Langberg, the lawyer who negotiated with San Diego and Montreal, said neither team was told what the other offered. i "We told San Diego their of- fer was somewhat less and we were inclined to take Mon- treal's. We asked if they cared to rnake another offer and in this case they had made their highest offer." Trope said San Diego "didn't have to match the Canada of- fer, but the disparity so great. In San Diego, Charger gen- Montreal today where the Als had called a late-afternoon news conference. He said Cana- dian football is better suited to his talent as a quick, elusive runner. "They'll automatically have to give you more room because the field is wider and longer. I'll be doing the same thing I did in four years in college." PAST NO PROBLEM Rodgers said the San Diego offer "was a very good con- not as good as the contract offered by Montreal." He said his police record did a not enter into the negotiations, nor did his size. "That's not something I'm running away he said of his recent jail sentence in Omaha for driving without a li- cence. Four years ago, he was placed on two years' probation after pleading no contest to a charge of larceny. "I've paid my said Rodgers, who added that hs plans to spend off-season months in Nebraska and South- ern California. "I want to continue talking to children, keeping them away from the drug traffic. These things I will continue to In Omaha, he said a group he organized called Brothers of Economic Concern has a teen centre and day care centre. Into these projects, Rod- gers said, will go some of his monev. scoring race behind Esposito's 130 total. In four seasons in the league, Clarke has scored 114 goads and 180 assists for 294 points in 309 games. In the last three years his ledger is impressive, 248 goals and 149 as- than a point-a- game average. The Hart is the second award received by Clarke, who played Ms junior hockey with Flin Flon Bombers of the Western Canada Hockey League. Last year, Clarke won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as the player "best exemplifying the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.'' Clarke's Hart Trophy win is worth while Esposito will get as the runner-up. The Boston centre recorded his third straight season of 130 or more points and for the fourth time in five years had at least 126 points. LED DEFENCEMEN For the fifth straight year, Orr led all NHL defencemen in scoring with 29 goals and 11 as- sists for 101 points, good for a third-place finish in the scoring race. Points for the trophy were awarded on the basis five for a first-place choice, three for sec- ond and one for third. A total of 21 players received votes in the balloting. Following is a complete list of the voting: Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Phil Espo- sito, Boston Bobby Orr, Boston Ken Dryden, Mon- treal Gilbert Perreault, Buffalo Mickey Redmond, Detroit Stan Mikita, Chi- cago Dennis Hextall, Min- nesota Tony Esposito, Chi- cago Yvan Coumoyer, Montreal Jean Ratelle, New York Rangers Jac- ques Lemaire, Montreal Phil Myre, Atlanta Rick MacLeish, Philadelphia Walt Tkaczuk, New York Rangers Tim Horton, Buf- falo Frank Mahovlich, Montreal Dennis Hull, Chi- cago Garry Unger, St. Louis Terry Harper, Los Angeles Jim Pappin, Chi- cago Friday, May 239, 1f73 THE LETHBRIDGE HBUU0 SI SPORTS ANDY CAPP I'VE APRON STRINGS TOO UfcNGr.' AS FROM NOW, I'M YOU? MAKE A JUST SHOWS I CAN BE Nicklaus shares lead Jimmies grab season opener ATLANTA (An Jack Nicklaus, making his first start in more than a month, birdied his final hole for a five-under- par 67 and a share of the first- round lead Thursday in the Atlanta Golf Classic. Nicklaus, who scored his third victory of the season in his last appearance at the Tournament of Champions, was tied for the top spot with Dave Glenz and Mac McLendon. Another stroke back at 63 were Hubert Green and rookies Tom Kite and Bruce Ashworth. Dave Hill, a winner at Mem- phis last Sunday, Rod Funseth and Larry Wise were grouped at 69, three-under-par on the 6.- 883-yard Atlanta Country Club course. Tom Weiskopf, who won the Colonial National Invitation in his last start, scored the fifth ace of his career en route to a 70. Gary Player of South Africa, making his first start in the United Slates this season, had a 76 and was far back in the field. Masters champion Tommy Aaron also had his difficulties in the swirling, gusting winds and took a 75 on the course that was made wet and heavy by an overnight rain. Leading money winner Bruce Crampton of Australia, Lee Tre- vino and Arnold Palmer are not competing in this event that of- fers to the winner. Nicklaus, who hasn't played j i in four weeks, moved into a tie for the top with birdies on his last two holes. He readied a par-five with two big wood shoes and two-put- ted for a birdie, then lashed a six iron within six feet of the flag. Nicklaus needed only 28 putts and bogeyed once. "I played well." Nicklaus said. "I hit an awful lot of good lot of the right shots when I needed them." Golf league play results CALGARY (CP) Playing- manager John Elick and cat- cher Ron Johnston connected for home runs in the seventh inning to provide the winning margin as Calgary Jimmies de- feated Red Deer Generals 6-3 in an Alberta Major Baseball League game Thursday night. Calgary, defending league champion, scored three times in the first and Red Deer tied the score iu the top of the sev- enth. In the bottom of the inning, Johnston connected for a homer and Elick followed with a two- run jolt. Right-hander Ron Peterson went the distance for the vic- tory, allowing seven hits. Red Deer starter Al McKee struck out 12 batters in six innings before being replaced by Don Pasutto. who was charged with the defeat. Meanwhile in Edmonton re- j lief pitcher Pat Murphy stopped a ninth-inning rally by Edmon- ton Blockers Thursday night to enable the Edmonton Tigers to post an 8-7 victory. The Tigers took an 8-5 lead into the inning, but Mickey Hall allowed a lead-off homer by Brian Betts and three straight singles as the Block- ers narrowed the Tiger's lead to 8-7. But Murphy retired the first two men he faced to pre- serve the victory. Fitclmer inks Oiler's pact EDMOXTON (CP) Alberta Oilers of the World Hockey As- sociation Thursday announced their first signing of the 1973-74 season, Bob Fitchener. a winger. Fitchener. 23, last season with Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League. Hall struck put 10 in 4 2-3 in- nings of relief work behind starter Doug Homme. Betts also had a double for the iosers. 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