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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Thundoy, Oclober 12, THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID 15 Stan Wild pitch sends Pirates packing i or winter Inside Hockey National Hockey League's decision to place a frail- Reds tried everything and most worked CINCINNATI (AP) Cincln- Tony Perez and Denis Menke nati Reds used everything but singled. George Foster, who liex signs in winning the Na- ran for Perez, moved to third titmai League pennant Wednes- on Cesar Geronimo's long drive cliise in Washington, D.C. for the mosl significant step toward suicide the league ever has 75 season may be day-movies, a bad-hop double, to right. After Chaney popped i y Johnny Bench's out, Hal McRae batted for win- does not have to be Albert Einstein to deduce the reasoning. NHL governors originally had planned to give Cin- cinnati the berth until Senate Majority Leader Hugh with President Nixon's blessing sent a telegram to the NHL "urging" that Washington be considered. Since Long Island attorney Neil Shayne already has an anti-trust suit filed against the NHL and others are contemplat- ing such a move it behooved Clarence Campbell and Com- pany to protect their conglamerate from the trust-busters. One way to do it was to get friendly with influential mem- bers of the Senate, which lias an anti-trust committee designed to investigate organizations like the NHL. So, Cincinnati, des- pite impressive non-political credentials was pushed aside rind Beautiful Downtown Washington, with one the highest crime rates this side of the Casbah, became a member of the NHL. There is a very basic reason why this is suicidal. Washing- ton, D.C., which has not had a pro hockey team in decades, is a predominantly Negro populated city with a low income level; and everybody knows that Blacks and poor go to hockey games. "The differnece between the hockey crowd and other in- door sports says Maury Levy, a Philadelphia editor who watches Flyers games at The Spectrum, "is like the differ- ence between black ahd wiiite." It Is almost impossible to find Negroes in the crowds at Madison Square Garden, St. Louis Arena or Metropolitan Cen- ter in Minnesota, as well as other NHL cities. "I remember a says a Philadelpliia season ticket' holder, "when about six colored guys came in and sat all in one row. They stuck out like a sore thumb. It looked like somebody had bused lliem in." How then, can Washington, D.C., with more than half its population Black and the remaining whites not accustomed to hockey, expect to support NHL hockey? Certainly, Senator Hugh Scott doesn't have that many friends! The NHL already should have learned from its dis- mal experience in Oakland, another city with a large Negro population. Ever since planting a team in the San Francisco Bay area, the Seals have been an abject flop at the gate; so awful that even Charlie Finley's white skate boots and green- and-yellow uniforms haven't helped. It is quite possible that the Oakland disaster will reoccur Uiis Fall in Atlanta where Southerners still believe that ice should only be used for gins-and-tonic. If Atlanta bombs at the gate along with Oakland, and Washington bombs the next expansion time around, the NHL may find itself on the first step of a treadmill to oblivion. a nod from mother, and a wild pitch mat allowed the winning run to score. Manager Sparky Anderson's Western Division champions earned the right to represent the National League in the World Series starting Saturday against the winner of the De- troit-Oakland American League playoff. The Reds won 4-3 over East- ern Division champion Pitts- burgh Pirates by scoring _ two runs in the last of the ninth, one on a towering home run by Bench and the other on a wild pilch by Pirates' pitcher Bob Moose. CINCI FANS RIOT Pinch-runner George Foster ied home with the run that ..irned Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium into bedlam. The Reds' victory actually started during an hour and 28- minute rain delay before the game got under way. Bench, National League home run champion, was disgusted with his inability to hit a homer in the first four of the best-of-five game playoff. He decided to do something about it. Bench stood amid a swarm of reporters in the champagne- drenched Reds' dressing room, explaining that during the rain he looked at films of his two regular season hot streaks. Ha had helped the Reds move into first place in May with seven home runs in five days. Then, in September, he socked seven in seven games as Cincinnati won the West by lOVz games. "I noticed that I wasn't crouching as much and had the bat out farther during the hot Bench said. KEGAINS HR TOUCH So, Bench straightened up a little and moved tiie bat farther away from Us tody. He said it helped him regain the home run touch when the Reds needed it most-in the last of the Bob Moose had relieved Giusti and had a one-ball, one- Campaneris slays out Finlay unhappy FEATURI VALUE BUYS 2562A 1970 METEOR V-8 automatic, power steering and radio, vinyl roof low mi1eaermission for him to coach at irst base in Wednesday's ourth game won by the Tigers in 10 innings, 4-8. Finley also said Oakland had pven permission for the Tigers o add infielder John Knox to their list of eligibles as a re- >lacement for shortstop Ed 3rinkman. Finley said ha went to Cro- mn's room accompanied by Williams and Campaneris to make the request. "Cronin was Finley said. "He came to the door in his nightgown and nightcap. "I told him we don't criticize you for the action you took against our star player. All we ask is that he be allowed to si on the bench. His answer wa: no. I reminded him about How ard and Knox and his answc: was still no." ninth. When leading off the Reds' ninth looked over my shoulder and saw momma (Mrs. Kate Bench) nodding her head." "I know what she was nod- ding: 'Please hit one for me.' I always listen to mother." Bench ripped a one-ball, two- strike pitch that curved foul ito the stands in left fie'd, Then o laced a palm ball from Pi- ates reliever Dave Gusti for n opposite-field home inn over right field wall, tying the cove 3-3. Bench said that when Giust ed him "a palm ball over the .late." "It's like a changeup but i isually sinks. This time In didn't get it clown." Giusti confirmed that Benc lit a palm ball. HOP FOOLS STARGELL The Pirates probably realize' it wasn't their day when, in th third inning with Darre Chaney on second base, Pet Rose hit a chopper toward firs that Willie Stargell appeara set to field for an out, but a the last second the ball took bad hop, struck the top of Sta gell's glove and rolled into right field for a run-scoring double. The worst hop, however, still was (o come. After Bench hit his home ran, THIS TIED THE GAME Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds' catcher, connects for a home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie game wilh Pittsburgh Pirates at 3-3. Reds Oakland was close to pennant, went on to score on a wild pitch to win the National Lea- gue pennant and a berth in the World Series. (AP Wirephoto) A's let Freelian off hook GULF SERVICE CENTRE 3316 1st Ave. S. No.3 east) We are pleased to announce that T. E. (Tom) FINDLAY Has assumed dutie as our Licensed Mechanic Tom has been cmocial- ed Gulf Canada Ltd. for Iho past 23 years in commercial service. We join him In invil- Ing his many friends and customers to drop in and see us ol our new fncilifiov SERVICE BAY HOURS: I MOM. FRI. 8 A.M.-S P.M. SAT. 8 A.M-NOON Service Centre open 7 a.m. 11 p.m. daily ;burqh PW ICO 360 innali 001 010 4 7 1 ,v-5, Hprnanrfei (8) Giusti (0-1) (9) and S.inguillen; Gullet, Bcr. '4) Hall fd) Carrcll (1-1) (t) and Bench. HRs: Cin Geronimc (1) Bench DETROIT (AP) Bill Free- i'an was worried he'd ent Detroit Tigers packing io heir already delayed winter And Mickey Lolich figured to- day he'd have a chance to fin- ish cutting his grass. Instead, due to a heart-stop- ping 10th inning 4-3 Detroit comeback victory over Oakland Wednesday, they and their Ti- ger team-mates find them selves jus I one more triumph away from capturing their sec- ond American League pennant in five years. But, at the same time, the West champion Athletics are just one victory away from their first victor; that eluded them Tuesday and Wednesday when they had De- troit on the ropes only to lose and see the playoffs squared a' two games apiece. This is the first year the best- i of-five playoffs required the maximum number of games.! Today's Oakland-Detroit winner will head for Cincinnati for Sat- urday's opening game of the world series. National League castoff Woodie Fryman was Tiger manager Billy Martin's choice to pitch today's deciding game against John (Blue Me on) Odom, who shut out Detroit and Fry- man 5-0 Sunday in Oakland "It was no tomorrow if we this said Fryman, the 32- ,r-old southpaw who posted a 1D-3 record after being pur besl-of tiv series chased Aug. 2 from Phila- delphia Phillies. "If you're the right pitcher at :he rigtit lime, you he said calmly. Unfortunately for the Athlet- ,cs Wednesday, they used the wrong pitchers at the wrong time. Oakland came unglued in the 10 th and redeemed catcher Freehan from two embar- rassing plays that could have made him the "goat of the year" in Detroit. Freehan missed a suicide squeeze hunt in the eighth in- ning which caught Dick McAuliffe off third base with one out. And in the two-run Athletics' 10th Freehan let a tlirow from the outfield get away during a play at the plate as the tie-breaking run scored "I just about sent these guys to their winter vacations, bu somehow I got out of the the burly backstop said beam ing. "It seemed like we could start winter vacations tomor he said. Lolicli, a loser to Jim Huntei in Saturday's 11-inning playof opener, gave up five hits befor being lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the ninth. One of the five was Mike Ep didn't win and I'm tickled to! stein's solo homer in the death to get a shot at pitching' enth which tied the game 1-1 McAuliffe had homered for De- troit off Hunter in the third. "I don't deny it. I thought they had admitted Lolich, who had been in the clubhouse during the Athletics' rally in ie 10th off reliever Chuck Secl- ach. "When they scored one run 1 .gured we could maybe tic .olich said. "But when they got wo runs I got skeptical." "I cut the back yard grass esterday and at that point igured I'd guess I'd have to cut the front tomor- Gonzalo Marquez, whose pinch single off Seelbach Satur- lay tied the game for the Ath- etics started their lOth-inning rally with a pinch single. Matty Alou followed with double. The relay Ihrow to the jlate seemed in plenty of time .0 get the sliding Marquez, but the ball got past Freehan and I Alou reached third. Ted Kubiak seemingly sealed Detroit's fate mth a bloop RBI single. Then McAuliffa greeted re- liever Bob Locker with a sinfile to open the Tiger 10th. Al Ka- line followed with another, then Joe Horlen came in and wild pitched the runners along be- fore walking pitch hitter Gates Brown to load the bases. Freehan liit a grounder to third baseman Sal Bando, scor- ing McAuliffe. Bando threw (he possible double play ball to sec- ond baseman Gene Tenace, :ho dropped the throw after Drown barelled into him. Left-hander Dave Hamilton :ame in to pitch to left-handed >atier Norm Cash and walked um on a 3-2 pitch to force home Kaline with the tying run. Then another lefty, Jim Northnip, lined a single over right fielder Alou's head to win the game. GAME 4 Oakland OM ICO 3 a Delroit.....031 CCO COO 4 )0 1 Hunter, Fingers (6) Blue (5) Locker (10) Horlen fo-l) (1C) Hamilton dot and Tenace, Duncan t7l; Lolkh, Seelbach (10) Miller (1-0) 00) and Preehan. HRs: Oak-Epstein Besl-ol-five series tied Upset, with stories Shideii supports Eagleson TORONTO (CP) Harry Sindcn, newly appointed inan- atfiug director of Boston Bruins of (lie Hockey League ji rxl coach of Ten m Can ad a durin g i Ls rec en I vi c lory over the Soviet Union, crime to the defence Wednesday of Alan Kagleson, the Toronto lavyer who was instrumental in .selling up (he tournament. Kagleson. Jegnl counsel for several NHIj stars and director of the NHL Players' Associ- atiin, drew criticism for some of his actions during the four- DIVING! LETHBRIDGE AMATEUR DIVING CLUB RECREATIONAL AND COMPETITIVE DIVING MINIMUM AGE 10 YEARS REGISTRATION FOR FIRST 3-MONTH SESSION CIVIC CENTRE SATURDAY, OCT. 14th 9 a.m. to 11 o.m. for furtliDr informulion conlacl: D. 327-0857 or M. WRAY-Phone 327-3370 game portion of the tournament in Moscow late last month. In letters to Toronto reire- papcrs, Sinden said: ''I have Ix'en astonished and dismayed nt some newspaper stories having reference to my friend and colleague Alan Eagleson. "I have known the man for many years and his conlrihii- tion to hockey Ls beyond assess- ment. "lie has worked tirelessly to upgrade and enhance the pres- tige and stature of the player and tho fact that nil NHL play- I ors now enjoy a substantial de- gree n[ financial security is due almost entirely to Eagleson. "For Kagleson, it was an hour-hy-hour battle with Soviet officials to secure fair and table treatment for Hie players Team Cnnada. It nn I around-the-clock effort and no I other individual could have withstood the terrible pressure of those days in Moscow. In response to those crit- ics let me say Man Fjagleson there might never have been a Team Can- ada and without his efforts flur Ing the series the outcome might have been quite differ- ent. "These are my views as coach and I know I express the thoughts of all the players on Team Canada." as a director ol Team of 35 NHL players-bait led Soviet of- ficials for a change of referees and, when IJie Soviets backed out of nn agreement for change, took a strong line which at one time had Canada on the brink of v.ithdranlag from the competition. On two occasions, in the Mos cow Ictr I'iilace, isivolvcit in altercations police. NOW OPEN Boys' and Girls' SKATE EXCHANGE Special Purchase! 25 PAIR ONLY! C.C.M. MEN'S DELUXE PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY PANTS Red nnd blue In color. lisf Price SPECIAL Cf 4, I I BERT MACS CYCLE LTD. 913 3rd Ave. Phone 327-3221 CLOSED MONDAY Open Thuu. fi Fri. 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