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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Chuck Ealey disturbed at black quarterback image he has acquired Novtmbtr 13, 1972 THE UTHMIDCE MttAlD I just want to be known as a successful quarterback' HAMILTON (CP) "People ask me bow it feels to be sue cesstul black says Chuck Ealey. "I never know how to answer them. I'd much rather Uiey ask me how it feels to be a success ful quarterback." Ealey, 6-foot-l and 195 pounds, came scrambling out o the University of Toledo this season, took the first-string quarterback job away from journeyman veteran Wally Gab- ler and led Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the Eastern Football Confer- ence title. "He's says Marv Luster, defensive leader for To- ronto Argonauts. "He's the best I've seen during my 12 years up here." Carney Henley, two-way vet- eran and captain of the Ticats; says: "He stands with the very few who managed to take over righi out of college. Joe Namath an< Joe Theismann were among those who did." QUIETLY CONFIDENT The 22-year-old from Ports- mouth, Ohio, comes off almost too good to be true in the eval- uation of team-mates, friends and even opponents. But he's quiet about his own accom- plishments. "I don't open up and tell people I've just met about my- self even though I think I can talk to anyone. One of the things I was aiming for, I can talk about it because I've done it now, was to try to become a starting quarterback with this team." Tire next time he starts will be this Saturday, against Ot- tawa Rough Eiders in tire first game of the two-game, total' point series for the Eastern Conference playoff title. Second game of the final is Nov. 26. Winner of the series meets the Western Conference survivor here in the Grey Cup game Dec. 3. Last winter, Ealey said he was "a little disgusted and dis- appointed" at being passed over in the National Football League draft. He had been a main cog in Toledo's 35-game winning streak that had stretched over three years. "I think my stating that 1 would only play quarterback could have resulted in me get ting drafted a little later, bid not in them bypassing me com- pletely." INFREQUENT LOSER Ealey hadnt lost fooUMl game since Grade 9, but he lost in his first appearance with Hamilton on Aug. 8, 1972, when British Columbia Lions of the Western Conference won 19-17. In that game, Ealey went in at halftime, replacing Gabler. He moved the team and despite the fact that they lost, coach Jerry Williams said, "He's go- ing to be a good one." Ealey was at the helm all the way three days later when the W F C Edmonton Eskimos triumphed in the last three min- utes. 30-27. He passed for three touchdowns and ran for an- other. Defeat again, Aug. 19 at home to Montreal Alouettcs, who won it 25-23 in the last minute. Ea- ley had completed 16 of 24 passes for 338 yards in a losing cause. FORTUNE CHANGES At that had the opener against Sas- katchewan ilton was 1-3. Ealey led them to 10 consecutive victories the rest of the way for a season record of n-3. Ealey ia not the first black quarterback to make it in Can- ada. Sandy Stephens came out of the University of Minnesota in the early 60's and was success- ful with Alouettes and Argo- .before a car eccidenf ended his career. In the late 1960s, Carroll Wil- liams, a frail, running quarter- back, from Xavler University in Cincinnati, played for three years with Montreal and B.C. Twenty years ago, Bernie Custis from Syracuse Univer- sity proved he was a good one playing quarterback and half- back with Hamilton. There were one or two others of lesser Hollis from the University of Iowa who tried out with Edmon- ton 10 or 15 years ago; John Henry Jackson who played briefly with the Argos in the mid-1960's before going down to the Continental League. Jim Stillwagon, outstanding lineman from Ohio State now with Toronto Argonauts, says of Ealey: "He's more calm than he was at the start of the season. He knows where he's going." A! Brenner, defensive back who joined Hamilton from Michigan State and New York Giants, has been a pro for four years. This he inter- cepted 15 passes, a CFL record. "I could intercept passes off a Joe Thelsmann every Brenner says. "But in practice, Ealey makes me look stupid. Every time I try to guess against him, I'm wrong." MABYE SANTA HAS THE ANSWER Chuck Ealey of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats would like to know why everyone asks him how it is to be the only black quarterback in the Canadian Football League. Santa won't have the answer to that question. (CP Wirepholo) Ryun, Seagren, Evans, Matson sign Track stars turn pro NEW YORK (AP) Ama- leur stars Jim Ryun, Bob Sea- gren, Lee Evans and Randy Matson turned professional Tuesday as the nucleus of a track and field circuit that plans 48 meets next year in the [Jnited States, Canada and Eu- rope. Richmond Flowers of the Na- ional Football League's New York Giants, a former hurdles :ar at the University of Ten- lessee, also signed a contract, t was announced by the new International Track Association at a news conference. "We plan 24 to 30 events in said Michael )'Hara, president of the new nternational Track Association, 'and about 15 more in Europe. The ITA format calls for up o 48 meets with basic purses of each. There are to be wo meets a week, one each on Saturday and Sunday, in cities that are close to one anotlicr. "We will sign five athletes for each of 12 championship events." O'Hara said. "At each Kiwanis sponsor shooting classes meet, the winner of an evenl will receive with for second, for third and for fourth." Ryun said It had been proj- ected to him that "a good year Tile Lethbridge Ureen Acres Kiwanis Club will once again sponsor a gun-safety program for 22 calibre rifles. An annual project, this year's sessions are set to get under way Thursday evening from 7- The program is open to nny boy or girl between the ages of 14-16. Instructors for the courses will be well-known Lethbridge marksmen Frank and Evelyn Leffingwell. It is expected that all aspects of gun safety and care will be covered during the course. For further information, as to the location of the program, call 327-1027 after 5 p.m. SOUTHERN ALBERTA JUVENILE LEAGUE TONIGHT WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15th P.M. CIVIC ICE CENTRE LETH. MIDGET ELKS VS CROWSNEST PASS CASCADES Arfuln Studtnti CHILDREN Trevmo slapped with fine NEW YORK (AP) Golfer Lee Trevino was slapped with an fine Tuesday for walk- ing out of the Sahara invitation tournament last month and crit- icizing officials. Joseph C. Dey, Jr., commis- sioner of the Professional Golf- ers' Association Tournament Playo-s Division, announcing the fine, said punishment of the popular former United States open champiop and reigning British Open king was softened because of Trevtnn's attitude. "The extent of the penalty for this major violation of tourna- ment regulations was influenced not only by the fact that Trevino was the defending champion but, in mitigation, by his prompt and unqualified anology to tournament offi- cials." Dey said in his formal relea.se. Trevino picked up his ball and walked off the course after playing nine holes of the third round in (he Sahara tournament at Las Vegas Oct. 28. He first complained that he was weary from too much tournament play but later took a blast at the slow play of the tournament. Afterward, Trevino apologized and publicly announced that he felt he was wrong and was de- serving of some sort of punish- ment ANDY CAPF could be worth and up at the beginning. That might not seem huge, but it is when you've been earning zero." The former Kansas Univer- sity world record holder