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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, October 4, 1973 Wrigley disgusted Quite a view Holly Minor, 18 years of age, gets truly a bird's eye view of Claresholm and the old airport as she free falls from feet above the ground. Miss Minor and sports parachute enthusiasts will literally fill the sky this weekend, Sat- urday, Sunday and Monday as the Claresholm Club will host competitions. Bodies fill skies The sky above Claresholm will be filled with bodies this holiday weekend. In what is billed as the first annual Claresholm Skyline Sports Parachuting Club com- petilion sky divers from various parts of western Canada and the northern United States, will take part in the three-day venture Spokesman for the club Bill Minor says that clubs from Saskatoon. Edmonton. Calgary. Billings. Kalispell and the host club have conf irn- ed their participation while more may be on hand. Sports parachuting is a rapidlv growing sport and Claresholm is a beehive of ac- tivity most weekends as il plays host to its own club as well as the Calgary Club which uses the Claresnoim airport as its drop zone Lethbridge and district peo- ple will remember the sky divers at this vear's Whoop- Up Days. "Most of these fellows will be in a c t i o n over t h weekend." savs Minor. Saturday, as early as eight o'clock in the morning, will see the beginning of the ac- curacy competition The ac- curacy event could very easily be wrapped up Saturday leav- ing Sunday and Monday to team jumping, baton passing and other competitions. "We'll be jumping as long as (he weather is good." add- ed Minor There is no charge for the threo-ckiv event and ail com- petitions, will take place at the riaresholm airport CHICAGO (API Owner Wrigley Wednesday ex- pressed disgust" with his Chicago Cubs' performance this National League baseball season and said the team is "definitely ready for a major overhauling." Nicklaus could move up KINGS MILLS. Ohio (AP) Jack Nicklaus has an op- portunity to seiz the 1973 pro golf money-winning lead this week, an item that doesn't have the Golden Bear excited. "The money thing's not that important when you're play- ing within a schedule." said Nicklaus before a practice round for the Ohio Kings Island Open beginning today. Nicklaus has limited himself to 15 regular tour events, yet has won to rank second behind Bruce Crampton's A victory on the Nicklaus Colt Centre course, in which he has a financial interest, would be worth and shove him more than past his idle Australian rival. "It's pretty hard to compete when you play 17-18 events and others are playing in 35." Nicklaus said. "Rut I wouldn't play an ex- tra or six tournaments just to win the money title." added the man who won an un- precedented in 1972. Nicklaus said he doesn't feel added pressure because the new tour tournament is being played on the par- 71 courso that bears his name. "I've been in the same situ- ation betore at Hilton Head. That's a course I built. I never won it either." said Nicklaus. who ha1- finished in the top 10 in 13 ol the 15 tournaments he plaved this year. The Cubs, who at one time led the East Division by eight games, once again folded to finish five games behind the champion New York Mets in fifth place. "I've been unhappy over the team's performance in other years, but there's only one word to describe my feelings about this year and that word is Wrigley said in an interview. Wrigley exonerated manger VVhitey Lockman for the se- cond-hall collapse of the club, handled by Lockman since Leo Durocher was dismissed in the middle of the 1972 season. "I feel Whitey did a good job." said Wrigley. "He can return as manager if he desires. I can't say that any of the others earned their money this season." Wrigley did not mention any specific expendables, but his expression of disappointment coincided with a request by star pitcher Ferguson Jenkins to be traded. Jenkins of Chatham, Ont., slumped to 14-16 this season after six straight 20-plus vic- tory seasons. He disclosed he asked Cubs vice-president John Holland to be traded right after the last Cub game Monday. "I know I had an off year and I told Mr. Holland I was unhappy here." said Jenkins, who earlier this season ex- pressed a keen dislike for pitching in compact Wrigley Field. "I think a different city would be a big help. I'm pretty sure there will be other guys on our club going to different cities." The 29-year-old right- hander has closed out a two- year contract said to pay him a year. Holland said that Jenkins held nothing against the Cub organization. "He just doesn't like our park." said Holland "I am in a position to turn other clubs down if they don't offer what we have a right to feel Jenkins is worth." People who read NEWSPAPERS are really something special. They Know What They're Looking For They Have Higher Average Income They Respond to What They Read Call 328-4411 for a Display Sales Representative The Lethbridge Herald 'Serves the South' Berra watches Seaver New York Mets' manager Yogi Berra keeps a watchful eye on Tom Seaver as the ace righthander lets loose a ball during a pitching workout at Shea Stadium Wednesday. The Mets will meet the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of the National League playoffs Saturday. Jonas coughed up football too much WINNIPEG (C P Hamilton Tiger-Cats com- pleted a sweep of their Cana- dian Football League two- game western swing Wednes- day night by sticking to the script. The Tiger-Cats came from behind wilh two fourth- quarter touchdowns to beat Winnipeg Blue Bombers 21-18 before fans Hamilton earlier beat Calgary Slampeders 31-29 and the two victories put them in a tie for third place in the East, just I wo points behind front-run- ning Toronto Argonauts. Hamilton Coach Jerry Wil- liams said his club, which trailed 15-7 at half time, didn't have to make any major ad- justments to overcome the 'dene-it. "Il was just a matter ot do- ing the things we had planned and doing them right." The Tiger-Cats did the right Ihings in the second halt, as quarterback Chuck Ealey and running back Andy Hopkins tightened up the Winnipeg Dc- lence and Ealey then went to Hie air to loosen il up. Winnipeg Coach J i rn Spavital said the Tiger-Cats "ran the ball into our guts" in the second half. Alter picking up just 57 yards rushing in the first half. Ealcy "felt like 1 had to run more to loosen things up" and combined with Hopkins to give the Tiger-Cats a solid ground game to balance their attack. Ealcy threw touchdown strikes to tight end Tony Ga- briel and Dave Fleming and kept himself for a one-yard score. Ian Suntcr converted all three. The Bombers built up an 1H- 7 lead by the mark of the final quarter before the familiar pattern of this season began to show through and the team coughed up the ball at costh limes Quarterback Don Jonas was sharp in the first half, hitting Bob Larose and Bob Kraemer with touchdown passes and converting both himself. He booted a fourth-quarter field goal and Wally McKee added an KO-vard single. But errant Jonas passes, three tor interceptions, cost the Bombers and further dimmed their fading playoff hopes Winnipeg still trails Calgary by lour points and has only live games remaining while UK- Slampeders have six. Alter a bad third-down snap set up Hamilton's touchdown in the second quarter. Jonas came right back and marched Winnipeg to the Hamilton 20- vardlme But an end zone pass intended for Willie Miller end- ed up in the arms of Lewis Porter. A Jamie Rotella mid-field interception midway through the fourth quarter set up Hamilton's winning score and Louis Clare ended any Win- nipeg comeback dreams with an interception in Hamilton territory in the final three imnutes. The Bombers were effective in the first half with screens lo Kraemer and John Biedsoe that Williams said "really hurt." but the Hamilton defence made the necessary adjustments at half time. Spavital was not pleased wilh the performance of his delence but they were faced wilh :i Hamilton attack that gave Ealey a number of options on most plays "The Bombers forced our rollout pretty good." Williams said, "but the sprint draw to Hopkins off the rollout is diffi- cult lo slop Pattison approached VANCOUVER (CP) .1 a mes A Pattison, millionaire industrialist and owner of (he World Hockey Association Blaxers. said T u e s d a y he has been approached by the backers of a world football league for a franchise in Vancouver. "We're interested, and we are looking into Pattison said "I can't say much about it at this point, but il would be a worldwide football league." The new league is being headed by Gary Davidson, founder of the WHA and American Basketball Association. A spokesman for Davidson said Tuesday among those in' volved in the league are owner Robert Schmertz of Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association; Nick Mileti. owner of Cleveland In- dians baseball team and the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Howard Baldwin, president of the New England Whalers of the WHA "and New York at- torney Steve Arnold, responsi- ble for signing many AFL players before Ihe league merged with the National Football League. Ail doubts erased Bench good as ever CINCINNATI (AP) Johnny Bench's longest season is nearing an end, and his powerful swing has erased most of the doubts. "I've been very fortunate, indeed." said the Cincinnati Reds' 25-year-old superstar. "I'm here and we're in the playoffs said Bench, the National League's Most Valuable Player a year ago when he hit 40 home runs. Six months ago; on the heels of a major operation that clouded his career, the young catcher was rushed into the season with little time to regain his strength. And though he has finished second in the National League in runs balled in and his arm remains the most feared in baseball. Bench says: "It's not all there I'm not pleased." His batting average suf- fered, dropping to .253 when lie closed oul the season with only five hits in his last 39 al- bats over the last three weeks. "I'm physical! strong, it's just that split I24lh of a second -that could have made the dillerencc." said Bench as the Kcds awail the National League playoffs. "I have to believe there were a lot of balls I would have gotten to had it not been for the operation. For one. I wasn't able lo do the usual weight work or isometrics in the spring. I think that hurt." he said. "I had hoped for 30-35 homers and 100 RBI." he noted. He reached the latte'r goal with 104 RBI. but his home run production dropped lo 25. lowest since his rookie year six seasons ago when he had 15. An uglv crescent-shaped scar etched across his chest remains as a permanent reminder of a carer once jeopardized. It began a year ago with a routine September checkup. A spot on his lung was delected. Told of its presence. Bench wcnl on a seven-game home run binge. He baited .333 in the World Scries, but il didn't prevent Cincinnati's losing to Oakland A's. NEGATIVE FINDINGS Iti December. hours of surgery or. the broad-chested Oklahoman proved negative. The lesion was benign. The scare over, the toughest part remained ahead. Pressed into service less lhan three months later. Bench showed the effects. His baiting average dipped alarmingly inlo the .100s and his ineffec- tive arm became the talk of spring training. Through il all. Bench's slaunchcsl supporter was manager Sparky Anderson. "He'll be said Anderson. With Bench a question mark, baseball's experts lean- ed toward Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants in the West Division race. They had their reasons. Two years ago, when Bench slumped lo .238 and only 61 RHI with 27 homers, the Reds, defending National League champs, finished a dis- appointing fourih. II games behind. "Bui a lot of people don't re- member thai I wasn't the only one who had a bad year in '71. We were never really in remembers Bench. "The guys really picked mo up this year Everybody chipped in something II was a complete 25-man he said ;