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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE IETHDRIDGE UtRAlO Friday, Odobrr 6, Playath open Saturday with Onklaud favored over Tigers Blue thankful, but may not even start a game OAKLAND (An Villa Blue The ewes Detroit Tigers a thank you. Uy reaching the American league playoffs, M'hich open here Saturday, Ihey saved him from a ccrlain demo- tion to Oakland Athletics bull- pen. As it slands, Blue is only a tentative slnrlcr for Oakland in the bost-of-fivc scries. "I'd like to start." says Blue. 'But, you know, it's been that type of year. "When you're hot, you're liot. When you're rot. you're not." ycarolil Icfl-liiiiiclcr was llw holiest pitcher In basc- hall last year, finishing 218 in his first full big league season. This season, he pilchcd hot and cold after a late slart by his contract holdout against owner Charles 0. Finlcy. Dluc's 6-f.O reconl (his year was the worst among the Ath- letic starters. So was his 2.80- earnod-run average. Manager Dick Williams plans to start Blue In the fourth game of the playoff, if noccsary, in Detroit. But if the Athletics AlWAYS A PROBLEM Cincinnali Reds' manager SporJcy Anderson broods os he contemplates his next problem the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Notional Base- ball League playoffs. (AP Wirepholo) Henderson home TORONTO (CP) Paul Hen-1 Gregory. erson was missing trom the with the lea Maple Leaf practice dei Toronto Thursday, but general manager Jim Gregory didn't wnnt to dwell on the problem "which may really not be a problem." "Why should I crealfi a proh- lom out of something which in may really not be a 'Ron Ellis worked lam." We were on the phone trying to get him but Sparky always on move CINCINNATI (AP) Sparky Anderson is a Tnari in constant motion, seeking problems to at- tack and soothing his ulcer with the satisfaction he draws from managing Cincinnati Reds. "I never stop all the Anderson told a visitor to his Riverfront Stadium office as the Reda prepared for Satur- day's opening of the National League baseball playoffs in Pittsburgh. "If I don't have a Anderson said, "I'll invent one. I couldn't live, T think, if there weren't any problems." Johnny Bench, the Reds' all star catcher, says: "Sparky is the smartest man- ager in baseball. Managing- wise, he's second to none the moves the small things lie does are from years of ex- perience. He wins or loses with his own decisions. "He can see, three or four In- nings ahead, what situations i will be or could be. The little things he does can mean the difference in a game." LOOKS ALL OF 39 Anderson is 39 but looks older, and is smallish at 5-foot- 10, 170 pounds. Anderson's dislike for long hair and moustaches sported by some athletes showed tlirough SULLY SAYS -By Pat Sullivan we got was a busy signal." Asked if there was any basis to rumors that Henderson's lawyer (Al Eagleson) had been Gregory replied lo questions about the absence of his Na- tional Hockey League star. Henderson reached star status reccnlly Team Can- ada, scoring three successive game-winning goals in Moscow as the Canadians rebounded for a 4-3-1 record in Ihe inter- national "He told the coach (John McIjeUan) he would be here lo- day, but he didn't said left winger's contract, Gregory replied: "I'd rather not say anything. T (hink it would be bettor that way. If I said any tiling I might ho lying, so I think it's better lhat I say nothing right now. "I think U would be heller it I jus I keep my mou) I? shut Paul signed a two-year contract this summer and I'm hopeful ho1 11 honor it. If lie doesn't show up tomorrow (Friday) well, we'll see tests One oP rheWQRLDlS in blunt conversation. "Tn baseball he says, waving his hand lo add empha- sis, "anything goes. "The easiest thing (or any manager to do today is to join let any- thing go. "I'll never do anything like Anderson says, noting tiic close-cropped and clean- shaven Reds filing by. "We (in baseball' cannot con- tinue Lo sweep things Into a he adds, "because they won't go away. "The players, like kids loday, still crave discipline, but with and fairness.1' rc'nr: TURIN IDOLS' Anderson's beckoning for the old virtues draws a sympa- iheLic note from Dench, the ma- iuring young catcher v.'ho is the team's field leader. "Sparky comes from the. old beliefs (hat a ball player presenls himself to the public, and that we're their Bench says. "Discipline has always bcpn one of his Bench adds. 'But it you do things righl, and know they're right, you can have a winning ball club." Anderson discovered at mid- season that the stomach woes he'd endured stemmed from an ulcer. Rut he's made no com- HUSH has fallen over the world of hockey. Despite the fact that the National Hockey League opens ils 1972-73 scasoji Saturday night, all is not like it used to be. Tlie madness that was September is over. The international hockey whirlwind has ended, set to rest before rising again in Ihc future. Hockey fans, lo say the least, have returned to earth. Will it ever be the same again? Will we appre- ciate our national sport as much now as we have in the past? Will Ihe abuse it took at the hands of Ihe Russians affect it that much or will we let the pinnacle it reached when Team Canada won the series restore our faith in our game? 1 won't say it will ever be the same again. H wasn't the same in the Sixties after Montreal and Detroit dominated it in the Fifties. And it wasn't the same in the late Sixties and early Seventies after expansion. I do feel, however; a change has come about and even the fact that the game, at the professional level, has been watered down tremendously we are on the dawn of a new era. While being the teachers, we have also learned. And with learning, can only come improvement. I'm not saying lhat a NHL game between Cali- fornia Seals and Buffalo Sabres will compare with Canada-Russia tussle. I do feel, in all seriousness how- ever, lhat it will still carry a fascination that is hockey. Say what you like, but for my money you can give me a rush by Gilbert Perrault anytime over a three-man rush, no matter how well the trio han- dles the puck. One oE the most beautiful tilings in hockey is the solo effort. Be it a rush from end to end or a for- ward knifing his way in on the net from the blue- line. Just as the Russians have been almost pro- grammed to team play, I have always been a backer of individual performances. Wasn't that, in the fi- nal analysis, how we defeated the Russians? (rail 2-1 at that point, first game starter Jim (Catfish) Ilunlcr (21-7) may be used in- stead. "When you get down thai, you have n tendency to go with your said Williams, indicating how far Blue fallen in ranking Irom a year ago. Williams had planned to use Dluc in the Boston Red Sox had bealen Detroit in the East. I Boston's Fenway Part, wifh i its close left field fence, Is a horror chamber for lefl-handsd pitchers, as Williams knows from managing the Red Sox Ihree seasons. Mickey Lolich, 22-14, edged by Blue in Ihe American League's Cy Young Award vot- ing last year, wili he Ihe Ti- ger's start in Saturday's 2 p.m. JIDT playoff cfJcner. Southpaw Lolich will lace an Oakland batting order with three Mt-hauded Alou, Reggie Jackson and Mike Epstein. "We've got all the material we need lo said Tigers manager Billy Martin, who has had scout Charlie Metro follow- ing the Athlelics lor several weeks. FREEMAN HETUHNS The Tigers may have all-star catcher Bill Frcehan available for Ihe playoffs. lie broke a thumb Sept. 23 but has been re- turned to the roster for the post-season games. I The Athletics bullpen was' hurl by the loss of soulhpaw re- liever Darold Knowles, also a broken thumb, in the fi- nal week of the season, says Williams. Insleati of replacing Knowles with another pitcher, Williams added Gonzalo Marqucz, whose specialty is pinch-hitting for second basemen. The Athletics have used three or lour second basemen per game the past month, and Wil- liams says the policy will con- tinue. The Detroit lineup Saturday will include many veterans ol the 1968 championship team. Lolich won three games in the World Series that year, and right fielder Al Kaline, the 37-year-old hitting star of the Tigers' late-season title drive, hatted .373 in the series. I FORGOT TO ASK VOtl TO ME-5QV1E S. Tigers triumph I loved every minute of the most celebrated hock- ty series in history. And if I had my choice of Canada and Russia compared to the Seals and Sabres, I would watch Canada-Russia. But we do not have that choice. We do, however, sliH have hockey. We slill have Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito and Paul Henderson. Expansion has not taken that away and thai has been the backbone oE our game right through the days ot Rocket Richard and Gordie Howe. Our game has been tainted slightly by the past Canada-Russia series, and expansion. It has not, how- ever, been spoiled. It does nol have to be discarded. It can be helped. I don'I know how many of you watched Team Canada's arrival back home. For those of you who did, you'll recall how each and every player said how proud they were to be Canadians, that they played for the greatest team in the world and in the greatest league. The league part of it may stretch it somewhat. But all the players on Team Canada do play in Ihe National League. They did knock off Hie Russians and thai, in itself, will keep me in front of (he television set for hockey games this winter. How about you? New job for Siiideu (API Boston BOSTON Bruins, in a major front-office promise with the aching stora-! alignment, Thursday signet ach refusing to slack off. forme- coach Harry Sinrten to lie also admits he's proud of his image as slraight-lalking, no-nonsense manager, lie says Iic'd have it no other ''I treat every man as an in- he says, know what I'll say to a guy be- fore I talk to him'" Ihe newly-created position of managing director and shifted general manager Milt Schmidt to the new post of executive di- rcclor. Sintlcn, who relumed to tile United Slates Sunday after coaching Team Canada, signed a five-year contract with the Hockey League [cam. Sindcn said his new job will he to "keep the Bruins the Ko. t attraction in the game." Sinden coached the defending Stanley Cup-champion Bruins for four seasons, 1966 through 1070. lie left the team then for private business as an execu- tive with Stirling Ifomcx, a Rochester. N.Y., corporation. Cougars, Hams meet tonight Catholic Central Cougars will he teeming their fifth straight Southern Albcrla High School Football League victory when they face the Collepialc Institute Rams at the Henderson bail park to- night. The Cougars and Rams are currently locked in a furious battle for top spot in the west division of SAHSFI. and a win for either club affect the standings considerably. Should the Rams win the 8 p.m. lilt, they'll lake over the league-lend, due lo their better points Jor and against in I heir two meetings with the Cougars. Meanwhile the Wins ton Churchill Bulldogs will travel to Medicine Hat for an inter- locking league game with Ihe Mohawks. The Bulldogs rest in the west division league cellar with a 2-2 record while the Mohawks lop the east division with an identi- cal record. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Medicine Hat Tigers made it look easy, while Victoria Cou- gars were a lillle more hard- pressed as the teams posted victories Thursday on the open- ing night of the Western Can- ada Hockey League season. The Tigers broke a 4-4 first- period tie with Vancouver Nats ind coaslcd lo an easy 11-4 win at Medicine Hat, while the Cou- >ars (lumped New Westminster Bruins 42 at New Westminster. The Tigers, playing before 3, 460 fans, broke Ihe tie wilh four unanswered goals in the second period and then came back wilh three more goals in the fi- nal period. Darryl Wallls and Ken Gas- soff each scored' two goals to lead the Medicine Hat attack Ed Johnslone, Jim McCrimmon, Laurent Guenelte Lenny McDonald, Tom Lyfiak. Randy Aimoc and Boyd Ander- son added goals. Brian Arnold had two goals for Vancouver, while Gorr Stewart and Greg Scott contrib- uted one apiece. The Tigers outshot Vancouver 39-26 in [lie wide-open game. They took seven of the 12 minor penalties. Victoria got off lo a last start as Frank Hyndman and Dave Faulkner scored first-period goals. Hyudman, who played vith New Westminster last year, made it 3-0 midway .hrough the second period. rCmile Demoissac scored for the Bruins lale in the second period and Marty Mathews came through for New West- minster at of the third. But Victoria held on and Al McLaren scored Victoria's final goal with 21 seconds remaining. New' Weslminsler coacli Er- nie McLean had his team play- ing a faster-skating game in- stead of the rougher style they employed last season. New Westminster Victoria, 39-21. outshot SKI SCENE SPORTS CONTINUES ALL THIS WEEK SKI o1 SCENE SPORTS Ltd. ENTIRE STOCK ON SALE Skis Clothing Sporting Goods Bicycles COUEGE MAlt PHONE 327-0553 Exhibitions come to end By THK CANADIAN PRESS The National Hockey League prc-season schedule carne lo an end Thursday night and the only two teams in action won. Buffalo Sabres downed their Amrrican league farmhands Cincinnali Swords, M, while Los Angeles Kings turned on San Dicfjo Gulls of Ihe Western League ,1-1. Ci'crry Mcchan led Ihe Sabres charge at Cincinnati wifh two goals, but Buffalo had to come- up with (our last period scores to lake the victory, Gil I'crreaull, Larry Mickey, Don Luce and Jim Lorenz col- IcctcH the other Sahre goals. Jake ftathwcll, with two, Steve Tlichanls and Doug Rombmigh just before Ihc linal buzzer tall- ied for Cincinnali. Veteran Ralph Backstrom led the Kings at San Diego wilh a goal and an assist. Backstrom, who assisted on the first Los Anrcles goal by Serge Orenier, tallied Ihe winner at of the second period. Hull blasts Canadians' behavior EDMONTON (CP) The conduct of Team Canada mem- bers during their hockey games in Moscow was criticized Thursday by Bobby Hull, star of Winnipeg Jets of the. World Hockey Association. 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