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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 5, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE ttTHDRlDCE HtKAlD Iliurnltiy, Chtoljor 5, 1971 r; Sldit Fiscl tier's inssde h could mean a lot of fishing, little baseball What does the future hold for Williams? 'LAIlENX't: CAMPBELL'S days as National Hotkey League president are numbered and now it only remains to bo seen how. and when, the MIL governors ease Clare-lice out of shijiny's puppet show and into oblivion. The MIL. like any political cntily, lias ils power factions and Young Turks trying lo muscle in on the influence. To retain command, a boss requires a strong foundation of sup- porters am! here is where Campbell lias been wanting. Expansion has eroded Campbell's hold on the top: so much so th-jt an active campaign is under way to replace Clarence with a younger man and one who is an American. The but nonetheless prime candidate, is Jim Cullen, the tall, articulate general counsel of the St. Louis Blues. Before expansion. Campbell's allies comprised Conn Smyths of Toronto. Frank Sclkc. Sr. cf Montreal, Jim Norris of Chicago and Bruce Norris of. Detroit. Neither Weston Adams, Sr. of Boston nor Bill Jennings of New York were ill Campbell's camp, but they were outvoted, 4-2. Since then, the vital power balance has shifted. Problems in Toronto have preoccupied Campbell's pal, Harold Ballard. Tlie new Montreal Canarliens' management is too inexperi- enced to be a factor. Only Detroit and Chicago remain in Clarence's camp. Opposing Campbell are the Johnny-Come-Lately expan- sionists such as Jennings, who have stripped Canada and Canadians of their influence over big-league hockey. They have taken over the inner sanctum and have changed the entire character of hockey's hierarchy, so that it is virtually unrecogiiizeable from pre-expansion days. They are basketball men, such as Roy Boe of Long Is- land, and slick executives such as Ed Snider of Philadelphia. They have no respect for Canada's place in the sun, nor do they care. They are young and dynamic and they want change. As a result, Campbell at SB years-old, does not fit Into their picture and he knows It. "I don't know whether I'll be around when the next ex- pansion takes place in 1974." said Campbell at a meeting last Spring. He is aware (hat he lias been criticized by the St. Louis bloc and undermined by York. But Clarence knows he still has allies and, despite criticism directed at him, Campbell Is certain to be "protected" by the NHL's conservative ele- ment and possibly "elevated" to a new super-prestigious posi- tion; perhaps vice president of the Board of Governors, when DtDump ClarenceJ-Day comes. "The traditional element in the says one NHL source, "will go the wall for Clarence." Meanwhile, the battling for command of the fast-growing but diluted NlfL continues in its intriguing way. Bill Jennings, president of the Rangers, had expected to be nominated to Chairman of the Board of Governors at the czars meeting last June but, in an the bosses picked Bruce Norris of Detroit. This obvious political and emotional setback to Jennings was offset somewhat when the governors agreed to allow Jennings' son, Jeff, to take an executive position with Uie new Kansas City franchise ivhich will make its debut in 397-1. The prospect of two Jenningses in the NHL raised the spectre of nepotism in bygone years when the Norris Family had influence over Detroit and Chicago and caused observers to rename the NHL, the "Norris House League." Jennings' crony, Don Ruck of Connecticut retains his hold on the league's vice presidency, giving Jennings B lock on several key positions, not the least of which belongs to Kansas City. But St. Louis remains an influential power and the Detroit Chicago axis continues to create a balance of sorts, but not enough to keep Campbell on top much longer. ll.v HEI) SiMITIl New York Times Service NKW YORK Two major considerations convinced Ted Williams thai there had to be more rewarding occupations [n this world than flashing the bunt sign to Joe Lovitto. Other factors contributed to the deci- sion, but the main reasons why he chucked the job of manag- ing the Texas Rangers were, in order of their importance: (11 While he languished in Arling- hatlei'S with a team average of .211! nnd looking on helplessly while Rich Hand throws high and outside can deafen a man to the music of baseball. When that is compounded by the knowledge that Joe Cole- man is pitching IS victories for Hie Tigers. Ed Brinkman and Aurelio KocVignez arc giving championship class to the De- ton, fishermen on the Miramiclii were enjoying the finest salmon season New Brunswick has experienced in years; (21 The best players Villiams ever had were racing the championship of League east blue and orange vestments of he Detroit Tigers, or strolling nto the playoffs wearing the godawful playsuils o{ the Oak- .and Athletics. Hatching dark schemes for troit infield, Frank Howard swinging for the greater glory of Billy Martin and Mike Ep- stein hitting across county line for Oakland well, it's enough to make a guy wisli Doubleday had never been born. All those men played for Wil- liams during liis four-year ad- venture as a manager. They could have kicked up such a commotion in Washington this summer the Watergate story would have been buried among the truss acte on page 51. All were either traded away for turkeys or sold for cash to keep Bob Short in shoestrings. In Ted Williams the virtue n( .oyalty is so strong it is prac- .ically a vice. He still insists :hat Bob Short, the employer lie is quitting, is the greatest guy in the world. Vet it. is causc of Short that Ted had to quit. Short talked Ted into stowing his fishing tackle and returning lo baseball; then he got rid of Ted's ball team; then he shipped and the rem- nants to Texas, consigning him to failure in the boondocks. Williams can't stand failure. He was (he best hitler of Ms time because his pride de- rnaiuts that ho be the best at league. They arc last in the ma-, jors in hitting, in runs scored, in runs batted in and home runs. The pitching staff has one 10-game winner. The club is a smash box-office failure, on merit. "Moving to Texas is the smartest thing the American League has done iti 2fi Williams kept insisting last winter, but attendance in vir- gin territory has just about matched last year's the figure that drove Short out of Washington. In Arlington, normal summer temperature is a r o u n d next for Williams? Evident- ly Short will pay his salary, for the remaining year of his five- year contract it Ted chooses to stay with (he organization. Out Williams won't manage, no title like vice president or general manager and isn't eager to take on any specific duties. Early this summer when the Red Sox weren't hilling, a Bos- ton paper reported that Tom Yawkey, the owner, was mak- ing googoo eyes at the manager of ihe Texas Rangers. Ab- solutely nothing to it, Williams third place in League east. The leavings the American he had. this year have lost more games than any other team in either whatever he dees. He set out to gins lo cool off and mosquitos be the best manager, and in his first season he was Declaimed as raanager-of-t h c-year after the Senators, who had been 10th and last one summer earlier, finished only one game out of degrees at 5 p.m. Then it be-i said, and further more it was now it may have dawned on some of the brighter members of the American League that if they deemed it imperative to put a franchise in Arlington, they didn't have to go all the way to Texas. There's an Ar- lington right across the river from Washington. Now the question is, what unfair to EdcV.e Kasko, the Red Sox manager, to spread such stories. Those Boston papers, Ted said, reworking an ancient peeve. Why, way back when the Red Sox were in the 1946 World Series the papers couldn't find So Ted isn't going to Boston, in spite of his enormous popu- larity there. (The Rangers played a benefit for Ted's fa- vorite charity, the Jimmy Fund, In Fenway Park in Au- gust. It was a sellout, and when Ted took part in a batting con- test and lined a pitch Into right field seals, gave him a standing ovation'. If Williams isn't going to Boston and there is no job ha wants with Ihe Kangers, then a suggestion is offered here. Tha biggest gate altraclion In base- ball is Uie hitter, and hitting ig becoming a lost art. Nobody knows more about the theory and. practice of hitting a base- ball than Ted Williams. No- where is there a more en- thusiastic teacher of the sub- ject. Baseball not one club but the commissioner's office-- could do itself a favor by em- anything better for a headline ploying Ted as a roving after the second game than a coach of baiters, report that Williams would be: Meanwhile, heaven help tha traded to Detroit. 1 salmon. Playoffs open Saturday, World Series week away remaimn By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Detroit Tigers have won the chips in the American League East Division and now head west for a game of higher against Oakland Athlet- "They call us the over-llie-hill gang and tilings like that he- cause of all the veterans on our says Tiger pitcher Mickey Lohch, "but 1 don't think we're that bad." Apparently Las Vegas book- ies don't think that tlic Tigei? are lhat bad, either. They're rated a toss-up to win the best- of-five-game series from the Athletics, winners in the West Division. The Tigers closed out the I regular season Wednesday with' a meaningless 4-t loss to the second-place Boslon Red Sox. RECORDS SPEAK "Look at tho says Lolich. "It was the old-timers who did it. ''Al Kaline's been playing great. I pitched a good game the other night. Woody Fry- man's an older player and he pitched great" The Athlelics nipped Califor- nia Angels 2-1 Wednesday. In the other games, Min- nesota Twins pounded Chicago While Sox 14-2, Milwaukee Brewers checked New York Yankees 1-0 and Kansas City Royals blanked Texas Rangers 4-9. No matter the psyched-itp stale of Detroit's East cham- pions, Oakland manager Dick Williams awaits their arrival with confidence. "The club we'll play has been my preference." says Williams. "That's mainly because we have had bptler success against the Tigers than the Red'Sox." The Athletics look the season series from the Tigers, eight games to four. CHECKS TIGERS Marly Vallin fired a four-hit- ter as Boston beat Detroit and deprived Joe Coleman of a 20- game-winning season. Coleman, instead, wound up with his 14th loss after giving up all of Bos- tons' runs in six innings. "People don't relate lo past said manager Bill Virdon of Pittsburgh Pi- rates. "They relate to playoffs and whether you win or lose." And for Virdon and his Pi- rates and Cincinnati Reds, the regular National League season is "past and their immediate future is the league playoffs. Pittsburgh, the East cham- pions, ended the season Wednes- day night, losing to Bob Gibson and St. Louis Cardinals, 4-3. Cincinnati, meanwhile, beat Houston Astros, the team thai has been chasing the Reds in the West, 4-2. In other games, San Fran- Cisco Giants beat San Diego 3 a d r e s G-4. Philadelphia Chillies edged Cliicago Cubs 2- Los Angeles Dodgers downed Atlanta Braves 4-2 and New York Mets topped Montreal Expos 3-1. Cincinnati manager Spaiky Anderson said his club is ready and, actually, much belter than its league champion team of 1970. 'This HIGA'S FALL SALE FINAL 3 DAYS ONE SELECTION OF WINTER JACKETS PRICE CONTRACT EXTENDED Billy Martin, manager of Hie American league's East Division champion Detroit Tigers, had his contract extended through the 1974 base- ball season, the Tigers announced Wednesday. Martin whose caniratt was to expire at ihe end of the 1973 sea- son, apparently changed his mind to accept the one-year extension ofler saying Tuesday night that he had already refused such an offer, (AP Wirephoto) has been our best pitching staff in three years I've been said Anderson. :This time in 1970, our staff was about at its worst." Gibson, who finished the sea- son with a 19-11 record, helped his OWTI cause against Pitts- burgh by driving hi the Cards' first run with n fifth-inning single. He also reached the 200- strikeout fanned 11 Pirates to run his total to for the ninth season. Lou Brock drove in two runs and Ted Sizemore one for St. Louis. Johnny Bench hit a fifth-in- ning sacrifice fly to provide the Reds1 winning run. Tony Perez drove in two runs. CR 3-RUN HOMER Bobby Bonds hit a three-run homer in the eighth to give San Francisco iis margin of victory over San Diego. A pinch-hit home run by De- ron Johnson in the eighth broke a 1-1 tie and gave Philadelphia a victory over Chicago Cubs. Claude OsLecn scattered eight hits to wn his 20th game for Angeles. He was backed by two home runs by Steve Yeager and one by Tom Paciorek. Jim Beauchamp's two run homer in the sixth inning broke 1-1 tie and gave New York Mcts1 rookie Jon Matlack his 15th victory. PLAYOFP SCHEDUL1 NATIONAL LEAGUE Sat., Oct. 7 Cincinnati tt piMs burgh, 11 MDT Sun-, Ocf. B Cincinnati PWs- burgli, II a.m., MOT Men., Oct. 9 Pittsburgh lit Cln Cinnali, 1 p.m., MDT TUGS., Ocf. ID Pillsburgh at Cln Clrmall, 1 p.m., iV.DT If necessary. Weri., Ocl. 11 Pittsburgh nr cin- dnnali, 1 p.m. MOT, It necessary. AMERICAN LEAGUE Saf., Oct. 7 Detroit at Oakland 2 p.m., WOT. Sun., Oct. 8 Defrcnt at OakliatJ, 1 p.m.j MDT. Od. 5 Travel. Tues., Ocl. 10 Oakland a.m. MDT. Wed. Ocl. 11 Oakland sf Dttrol! il necessary, a.m. MDT, Thurs., Oct. 12 Oakland at Detroit If necessary, x.m, W.DT. 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