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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta J4 TH5 UTMBRIDGE MtBAlD Jtilurdoy, flan words with. Icainuialc lUuc MooiiOdoin, Vida Blue dissatisfied with treatment he gets CINCINNATI CAP) Vida Blue said Friday Ihat Oakland Athletics don't appreciate bis talents as a pitcher and lie is angry about it, 'I think it's unfair ttic way I've been said. "I deserve more respect than I'VE? goUen tliis I'm not happy." Blue snifl lie was in Charles 0. Fitiley's doghouse this year localise of his contract dispute with the Oakland owner. Blue was ft holdout (or two months. "I WHS told by manager SULLY SAYS -liy Pal Sullivan HE WANTS TO PLAY Ball in hand and on crutches Reggie Jackson, the Oakland A's slugging outfielder, takes a longing look at the field at Riverfron! Stadium as his teammates had a workout, Reggie was injured in Thurs- day's A's-Detroit Tigers game won by the A's for the American League championship. Will not play CINCINNATI (AP) Rr-.igiel "I hope It's not the knee. 1 Jackson slid home and his didn't sleep last night. 1 childhood dream disappeared in a cloud of dust. "You dream about the World Series as a Jackson said wistfully Friday, leaning hard on crutches to protect the let; couldn't find a position where it didn't hurt. It's like a tooth- ache. I've already thought of an operation. That's the worst. Let's hope it's not that." Asked if he would play in Sat he smashed helping Oakland j urday's Series opener, Jackson Athletics reach ba.sebull's clas- looked at his crutches and s; sic against the National League 1 "Only if it snows in my ho champion Cincinnati Reds. town in Arizona "It's a strange mur- mured the graduate of Arizona Series' State. "This is (he V.'orld iLet-s Series. I'm here, but I'm not in The 26-year-old outfielder, slugging star of the American League champion Athletics, slid home Thursday with the first run as Oakland heat Detroit Ti- gers 2-1 to win ttie pennant. He recalled the feeling as he lay under Tigers' catcher Bill Freehan.. "I knew I was hurt Jackson said. "I knew I'd be out for awhile." At first they told Jackson he had pulled a hamstring muscle. "If this is a hamstring, it's as serious as a heart Jackson declared. he miss the entire not say the whole he replied hopefully "Maybe I'll be able to Thursday at home, unless we win in five games." GETS THE WORD Late Friday, Jackson got Ih final, cmshirjg word. He wouid indeed, miss the entire series Team doctors told Athletics owner Charles 0. Finlcy tha Jackson be in no sharx to play because of the puller hamstring. Jackson's place in ccntr field will be filled by Georg Hendrick, who scored the win ning run in Thursday's game. "YOU'LL have (o use your imagination on this for a moment. The 1973 Grey Cup is being played in Edmonton, iarne conditions? Stiow and a north wind. You're liv- ng in Edmonton at this time and have tickets to tie game. Who wants lo go out in weather like this? No one. But fear not, If the game is sold out it vill be telecast in Edmonton. This may never come to be, particularly in Can- ada. Not, mind you, because we can't sell out a Grey -up game. It's done every year. 1 just think we are httle more open-minded than our American counter- parts. Our Canadian Football League has a product to sell. Year by year it is getting to be a better prort- ct. Why should we give it away? A story out of New York caught my eye Fri- day. It read in part: National Football League officials, bending before congressional pressure, agreed Thursday to televise the 1973 Super Bowl game in Los Angeles, where the game is to be held, if the game is sold out in advance. The story went on to say that the game would not be blacked out in the Los Angeles area if the game was sold out 10 days prior to the Jan. 14 kickoff. According to the story, congressional committees have been investigating NFL procedure regarding blackout policies. The congressmen demanded that the NFL at least experiment with lifting of black- outs if games are sold out several days prior to the action. Friday's item follows on the heels of a story from New York by Arthur Daly, one of the foremost sports writers of today. Daly states that if President Nixon wants to tele- phone his congratulations to a winning athlete or team, there is nothing wrong with such a gesture. I agree. In fact it is almost commendable. As Daly puts it, it can be a mite amusing if he gets carried away with advice on how one should per- form a particular feat. But, says Daly, President Nixon is being charged n some quarters with blatant interference and should je penalized at least half the distance to the goal line. Nixon has given his support to legislation that would prohibit professional sports leagues from im- posing blackouts of home games. This is a gimmick, says Daly, that has been used by countless cheap little politicians over the years to gain votes. The hack politicians know they can catch headline attention by doing so and the unthinking public will applaud them, he adds. We appear to be safe, at least for the time be- ing, from any such legislation. Let us hope it never comes. Home blackouts are self-defeating. In a few years there would he no sellouts. It would not even be feasible, say, to open home screens to the public if a game appeared sold out 48 hours before hand. II has been tried before and has never worked. The ticket sales grind lo a halt and sell-outs don't materialize. Mighty few seals are on the 55-yard line, and the less attractive ones would not move at all if the fans thought they could see the game at home free. Blackouts would, not hurt the owners of teams for some time in the future. The players, however, would soon see Ihe million dollar payrolls disappear. No one is suffering from luck of sports on tele- vision. We are saturated with more action than we can consume some days. Let's leave well enough alone. Dick Williams that nil four starters would be said Blue, referring lo the American League playoffs. "But I had to work out of the bullpen. "But Fiuley hasn't treated me accordingly. 1 know that if he were me, he would wanl the same thing that 1 do." What does Blue want other than a fuller contract? i "1 wanl to he t rented like a said Blue. "1 want to he a starter again. Starters should slarl. And I'm one of the lour starters, aren't Blue was particularly upset, he said, when he didn't get a starting ;ussigumenl in the play- offs against Detroit Tigers. SAYS DID HIS BKST making Ihis year, about more than in 1971. "They have no respect for me." said Blue. "So now when I take the field, 1 don't pilch for Finlcy and I don't pitch for Williams and I don't pitch for Oakland. I pitch for Vida Blue. I pitch because it's my job, that's all." Blue was informed lhal lie might start one of the games against Cincinnati Hcds. He was surprised. "I don't know about haven't been told by anyone." said Blue. "No one tells yon anything around here "I'd rather piny football any- way. I'd play football for noth- lie said, then added after some thought: "l-'inlcy doesn'l own it foot- ball team, docs Gardens wasn't fans were not thrilled YORK (CSM Fair- j pecfation.s of the Raiders' man-land I hey gol H. The -Jets wem liHireil Bobby Mull, resplendent, given 100 per cent this in plum-colored shii'l and blue wason.-'Bluc said on the stood in the: wings Tluirs- the agenienl that the WHA will at-1 much stronger defensively than tract fans wlm can't meet Raiders, who were saved >f the opening game of the World Series. Blue and team-mate John Blue Moon) Odom engaged in i shouting match in the dress- ,ug room Thursday, after Blue pitched four innings in relief and saved (he 2-1 victory for Odom. It started with some good-na- tured needling by Blue about his having to rescue Odom. It all started in Blue said about (he incident that al- most erupted into a fight. "It was just one of those tilings that said Blue. with an easy smile. "John and I have no hard feelings toward each other." day night while Winnipeg Jets, the team he was lured to coacli and star for, edged New York Raiders G-4 in the World Hockey Association debut Madison Square Garden. "Think what might have hap- pened if Hull had played." said Camille Henry, the feather- weight coach of the Haiders. Without Hull, the game was a competitive was a lot of scoring and the losers m atle it close. It was hy n o means a financial or artistic success. The announced crowd of seemed hardly to fill one-third of the seats in the cavernous Garden which seats for prices, or even gel tickets for [from humiliation only by Gary the Hanger games, which usu-jKurl, a good stand-up goalkee- ally are sold out. jper who was called on repeal- "It was, in a sense, a Rile edly to stop three or four people's crowd, as opposed to in a row. at I the smartly circled dilettantes 1 in the SLOOO Ranger wrote Eskenasi. The fans came for action, B hie however. d oes have hard feelings about Ihe man- agement. He denied a quote attributed to him Thursday that he had asked to be traded, but said: "If I get traded, I get don't care. Wherever I play, 1 just want to be SURE OF STAYING Blue said he didn't think Fin- ley .would want to let him go. "Do you think Charley Finley would trade he asked, rhetorically. "He knows the right time to trade me when I'm 36 years old. Not sooner." Blue won the Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player trophy in 1971 when he posted a 24-8 won-lost record. He was this season after m issing p art of the year be- cause of the salary dispute. B Ui e feels he got short- changed in the settlement. He's hockey. It was about 300 the break-even point for -the Raiders, and was the smallest attendance af sport -event in the Garden: since attended the Roller Derby last New Year's Eve, FEW ICE AHTISTS In the matter of artistry, a Centre Chris Bordeleau, with four goals, established a scor- ing mark for the new league FOR HARVESTING OR MOVING? RENT OURS! WITH DUALS 8'xirxSS" BOX AND HOIST STOCK RACKS AND TARP Also available for rent PINTO O MAVERICK TORINO CALL NOWI DUNLOP FORD SALES LTD. 16th Avenue and M.M. Drive S., Lethbridge Box 1234 Phone 328-8861 MEMBER FORD PENTA-CAR SYSTEM Three WHA players can't play ST. PAUU Minn. (API The World Hockey Association said Friday nigtit tliat three former memhcrs of Fxis Ange- Jcs Kings of (he rival National Hockey I.eague will not piay in the new league until a Phila- delphia judge makes a ruling in the Bobby Hull case. Jim Johnson of Minnesota Fighting Saints, Bob Woylowich of Winnipeg Jets and Doug Bar- rie of Alberta Oilers were re- strained hy a California court from playing in that state un- less they memhers of the NHL Kings. More sport on page 16 few players stood out hut the quality was uneven. "If the V71IA were compared to the National Hockey League, the upstarts would wrote Gerald Eskenazi in The Times. "The often-majestic passing combinations weren't :here, nor was consistency." Hull, presented with a watch before the game for being the choice of The Sporting News as Player of the Year in the NHL West Division last year, sat be- hind the Winnipeg bench while Nick Mickoski coached. Hull said he didn't want to coach Thursday night for two rea- might jeopardize his le- gal, in which a ruling is expected Oct. 2-i, and coaching makes him nerous. "At least when you're playing you can release your tensions the he noted. "But a coach can't jump over the boards to get the jolAlone." There wer e many young people among the spectators, appearing to confirm ex- VIRGINIA WATER, England "All good, golfers have a killer instinct and I'm one of them." sa'd Lee Trcvino, ba-s- professional iking in the afterglow of a su- preme achievement In Ihe Pica- d' lly World Matchplay golf championship. The 31-year-old golfer from El Paso, Tex., was preparing to meet fellow American Tom Wciskopf today in the 36-liole fi- nal over a once-proud hut now humbled course in the English countryside near London. j Trevino, who reached a cli- max of the three-day knockout tournament with a one-hole vic- tory over Britain's Tony Jack- Un in an epic match Friday that will go into the annals of golf, was an odds-on favorite to take the Piccadilly title for the first Lime. Wciskopf, the rangy long hit- from Columbus, Ohio, victory over Britain's Peter Oosterhuis, the youngster who eliminated defending champion Player of South Africa in the opening round. Organizers of the tournament stood by for a rush of fans to the 6.997-yard par-74 Wenhvorth course on the final day, one of the year's irggest attractions whet iicr or not a h omelowd player is involved. No British golfer ever haa won the nine-year-old event. Player has done it four Arnold Palmer twice, Nicklaiis and New Zealand's Bob Charles once each. Trcvino was an amazing 25 shots under par after winning the two matches that brought him to the final. Trevina and Jacklin each had 14 birdies and two eagles in (heir stunning semi-final, which Trevino won with a birdie four Add sparks lo battle DETROIT f AIM Charles O. i Finley, owner of Oakland Ath-' leties, and Billy Martin, man- agcr of Detroit had their own private going on j i Friday nad it provided some j extra-curricular sparks to the i battle for the American league pen na n t between thei r two "Hes a Martin when he heard some of the lines Finlcy had deliverer! at a post-mid night news conference which the Oakland owner pre- sided over Thursday rnnrniny. F'lnley rlaimffl hp h.irl'lrfl In hire Martin to rn-nn- HIP afror Biity hurl heon firf-d hy Twins thrc-ft year.s "Then Cft] Griffith ownor of Ehn Twins told me I woiilrl he taking n chance with Martin's past record." Finlcy ran down the. ISsf of Martin's ofMhe-ficlrl escapades which included a t.-elohratod hont with Minnesota pitcher o- Hosia-ll Marl in manugcrJ the Twins, wilh Minne.sola vice-prcsidnnt IfoM'iir-ri Fox, and the Jim Brewer affair when Martin, re- nding to a knockdosvn pitch, broke Brewer's jaw in a sub- sequent fight. "That's Riliy Martin." snid Finlcy. "ITo suckered Brewer, he Iwnt up a club executive, and he took advantage of one of his own players who was in- toxicriled." Finley accused Martin of or- dering pitcher Lerrin lo throw at Oakland shortstop Tier) in srcnnrl jfarrm nf playoffs. Camp- annris, struck in the liy pik'h, by hurling his h.'jl ;d Jind was si is ponded from the remainder the playoffs. "I say with nil sincerity tint Mr. Martin instructed no, demanded that his pitchor throw at this young great said Finloy. Finkiy hoped to por- i mission for the shorl-stop to sit. 1 on the for Hie fifth gam.e Friday. That de- nied hy American league pres- ident Joe Cronin and the denial prompted Finley's news confer- ence. WASN'T Martin said he bar) no objec- tion Lo having Ciimpancris sit on the Athletics' bench hut hadn't even been asked. "He's a ]iar about that and he's a [inr about the managing said Martin. "We shook on the job and I was all set to go with them. Thon A's started winning and hn couldn't, vory well fire Johnny MrNamara with I he 1 ca m moving t nwa n h first pf.'jcn, HP. had io .send rnr films of tho players and other imormahon. "When they started winning, T heard nothing from him. I called a couple of limes, but he never called back. Then I just sat down and wrote him a let- ter and told him lo forget it- I don't like liars and I'll never work for a man who lies (o me." Reduce Ihe price of your car wash when you fill your tank with gasoline at a Pacific 66 Car Wash! SUPER50IUC Car Wash WB-3 AvenueS. It's easy and convenient to drive a clean car! 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