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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, November 21, 1974 To London. Ont. or London England, New Glasgow. N.S. or Glasgow Scotland, Purls. Ont. or Paris France Maka All Your Travel Arrangements With ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Centre Village Mall Phone 328-3201 The Herald Sports LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. Lower Level 7th Street Shopping Mall Ltlhbridgi. Altai! Phoni (403) 3Z8-7411 S.C.M. TYPEWRITERS Locals will play 72-game schedule in Pioneer League this summer This is Expo country, pro baseball returns to Lethbridge By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor The best-kept baseball secret of the decade can now be told. With very little surprise to the many Southern Alberta baseball fans, Lethbridge is back in professional baseball. "We are very, very proud to be associated with Montreal said Reno Lizzi who for the past two years has been president of the Lethbridge Lakers. With Lizzi's statement the blanket of secrecy has been removed. We no longer must worry about news of the working agreement with Canada's lone Major League baseball club leaking out. As a matter of fact, it appeared as though Lizzi would like to have hollered the announce- ment from the rooftops. "This is a very proud moment for he added. "And as well, an exciting time for baseball in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta." Lakers have toiled in the Alberta Major Baseball League but will now be called the Lethbridge Expos and will compete in the four-team Pioneer League. Lethbridge and Southern Alberta baseball fans got a taste of semi professional baseball in the late 50's and early 60's with the teams of George Wesley, Granum, and then Lethbridge White Sox. Lakers join Billings Mustangs, Great Falls Giants and Idaho Falls Angels. The teams will play a 72-game schedule commencing in late June and running until playoffs conclude in August. "Our work has just stated a very happy Lizzi as he addressed his colleagues. And indeed it has. The formal working agreement for the 1975 season was signed Wednesday afternoon as Expo representatives Mel Didier and Kevin McHale were in Lethbridge along with Van Kelly, the manager of the Lethbridge Expos. It was hoped that Jim Fanning of the parent club would be here. However, a trade is in the wind for the Ex- pos and as Didier put it "pray we get a left-handed pitcher and Fanning had to cancel his plans to travel to Lethbridge. What took on the impression of an instant mutual acl- miration society unfolded Wednesday evening as McHale, assistant to director of player personnel Didier. made it very clear that the Expos think very highly of Lethbridge. The unique side of the Expos coming to Lethbridge began when Lethbridge Norcrest took part in the Cana- dian Little League championships. Fanning, who was familiar with Lethbridge and area, became even more convinced that Lethbridge would be the right spot for an Expo farm club after his brief association with the Little Leaguers. Didier. oft-times referred to as an outlaw due to his, football background, was most impressed with Lethbridge. "You have a fine looking, thriving and enthusiastic he said. I am very impressed with your recreation facilities and in particular the ball park." FROM THE LEFT KEVIN McHALE, VAN KELLY, RENO LIZZI AND MEL DIDIER 555 YOU OflN'T 5 weekdays of skiing 5 weeknights accommodation LCX4F HOME FOR THAT! 5 spectacular days of skiing at three world-famous resorts plus 5 nights acsoffinnodation in Sunshine Village, vast reaches of above-timberline snow (400" of it a Mount Norquay, one of North America's mountains, as veil as fine iBd intermediate facilities. Louise, three mountain faces. 2600'vertical, JnterimVed ty 7 lifts. All within minutes of apres-ski nightlife, Ihot springs summing, accommodation from chalets to casife-fjte hotels, freqwrt daily bus service, and North America's ski season details check with yoorfcitol Send ,o: Lou... Ch.mber o. Comm.rc. apnt Qf GfeyhoUWL Of TOL OCO L thlS COUPON! Yes! SCTJ full s-ki-weel- iriltyimalion 1o: Giants may move SAN JOSE. Calif. (AP) Owner Horace Stoneham said Wednesday he will consider moving the Giants baseball club out of San Francisco if they have another very bad year. I guess some people think we should go bankrupt, said Stoneham. whose Giants drew the lowest home attendance in their history last season. 519.991. The world champion Oakland Athletics across the Bay drew during the regular season. Didier, when talking about the Lethbridge Expos, made it clear that no miracles were being promised. "But I can assure you. that you will see the slam- bangingest, hustling baseball club you have ever seen. "Baseball is a game of skill." continued Didier, "and that's the way we look at it with the Expos. All the way through our minor system right to the big leagues." Expos, in development of young players, are tough, but always fair. "You kick them in the can if they need it, or pat them on the added Didier. Kelly, the third member of the Expo organization that visited Wednesday, is perhaps the most important. Kelly, at 28 years of age, will manage the local Expos. While he admits the first year will be no bed of roses, it will be an exciting year. Married, but as yet without any family, Kelly and his wife were very excited about coming to Lethbridge. The club Kelly will manage will be Class A in calibre, but as Kelly puts it "we call it our rookie club." Kelly's charges will be mainly high school and college draft picks of the parent Expos. "It's their first year of professional baseball and it will be up to us to groom said Kelly. Kelly, an infielder himself, will play with the Expos' Quebec team until June when he takes over in Lethbridge. "All the players that will be in Lethbridge are subject Have never lost to Als in Grey Cup to automatic call up by the says Kelly. "After all, that's what we want to see. In time, possibly the two or three years, the Expos will have a player or two that got their start in Lethbridge." It is too early for Kelly to tell what kind of club he will have. He doesn't know any of the players as yet so time will have to tell. He did make one thing clear. "In the Expo organization, as Mel (Didier) pointed out, hustle is the key. The fellows are getting paid to play good, entertaining baseball and you can bet they will." With the focus of attention on the Expos and the Lethbridge entry in their league the Pioneer League's chief administrator Ralph Nelles of Billings welcomed the locals into the league. Nelles promised that Lethbridge was just the first step in the expansion of his league. "We have had inquiries from Ogden, Utah, Butte, Mont.. Calgary and Medicine said Nelles. "By 1976 or 1977 we could be ah eight-team league. The future of the Pioneer League will depend a great deal on the Lethbridge club and we know we can count on you." The Lethbridge Expos, although just in their infant stage, have begun to generate interest here in Expo country. History favors Edmonton Esks VANCOUVER (CP) Ed- monton Eskimos may have a little history on their side Sun- day when they play Montreal Alouettes for the Grey Cup. In the last 17 years, four teams have lost in the Grey Cup one year and come back to win the next. Winnipeg Blue Bombers lost to Hamilton Tiger-Cats 32-7 in 1957 and defeated the Ticats 35-28 in 1958. British Columbia Lions lost 21-10 to Hamilton in 1963 and beat the Ticats 34-24 in 1964. Hamilton came back the following year to beat Winnipeg 22-16. In 1970, Calgary Stampeders were defeated 23-10 by Montreal, but then knocked off Toronto Argonauts 14-11 in 1971. Edmonton lost 22-18 to Ot- tawa Rough Riders in Toronto last year and have returned as favorites this year. And the Eskimos never have lost to the Als in the Grey Cup. They won in 1954, 1955 and 1956. Eskimos who played against Ottawa last year say the club is more relaxed and confident this season. "What has helped us is be- ing there two years in a said defensive back Dick Dupuis. "We have a bunch of guys who have experienced the pressure. "Maybe we didn't do as well as we could have last year be- cause we were overwhelmed by it." Quarterback Tom Wilkinson says having the experience of one Grey Cup is crucial. "We know what it's like to go and to lose. This year we know we can win and we ex- pect to win. Last year, we thought we could win." Defensive end Ron Estay, another veteran of last year's game, said players on the los- ing team never forget the feel- ing. "It feels like you fought a battle for 20 days and you're on top and then the last day you lose it. All of last year we had a good team and at the end lost the goal we were try- ing to accomplish. "We'll be more relaxed this time around because we were there last year." In addition, the Eskimos will be able to call on two healthy quarterbacks this time. Wilkinson and Bruce Lem- merman both were injured in last year's WFC final against Saskatchewan and Wilkinson was banged up in the Grey- Cup. Both are in good condi- tion this week and Wilkinson has recovered from bruised ribs received in the sudden- death final last Sunday against Saskatchewan. "The injuries to Wilky and Lemmerman last year are the reasons we said Estay. The Eskimos practised Wednesday in a steady rain at a park near their motel. Widger confident ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES VANCOUVER (CP) Line- backer Mike Widger does not consider it a drawback that only seven members of this year's Montreal Alouettes were with the club when it last won the Grey Cup. "We're a better balanced team and have more veterans than we did in Widger said Wednesday. The Alouettes won the na- tional title at Toronto in 1970 by defeating Calgary Stampeders of the Western Football Conference 23-10. They will try Sunday for their second Grey Cup victory in five seasons when they face Edmonton Eskimos. "Before we had a lot of one and two-year men, but not to- day." Widger said. Only Widger. linemen Ed George, Gordon Judges and Barry Randall, quarterback Sonny Wade, tight end Peter Dalla Riva and playing-coach Gene Gaines remain from the roster that beat Calgary. "Let's face it, we backed in the door in 1970" when the Als finished third in the Eastern Football Conference. Widger said. "This vear we were solid most of the time, finished in first place and won the play- off." Widger said he felt the de- fence had improved this year under assistant coach Rod Rust. He said Rust runs a fluid de- fence, relying heavily on each player's intuition in a given situation. if the Als can score 20 points they have a good chance of winning the game. Widger said. Coaches clinic set Friday The Fort Macleod Arena will be the site of a Level 1 hockey coaches clinic Friday. Brian Bourassa will be the instructor at the four hour clinic slated to begin at p.m A registration fee will cover the cost of manuals and 'certification. For more information con- tact Morley Roelofs at the Department of Culture. 'Youth and Recreation. 328-9686. WESTERN CANADA Eastern Division W L T F A PU. 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