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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 _ THE IETHORIDOE HERALD Tueittny, October 17, Dissension rampant on west coast club OAKLAND (API If Hie gaudy, shaggy Oakland Ath- letics should go on to beat Cincinnati Hods for the World Series baseball championship, it would be n staggering Wow to the old theory that success is built on harmony and goodwill. The sports world perhaps has never experienced a more disgruntled, edgy and unhappy team of winners. Everybody's got a sore tiie madcap owner, Charles 0. p'inley, and the chess-hoard manager, Dick Williams, to the star pitchers and Hie griping coterie o( un- sure second Ini.seinon. Dissension is rampant on the Oakland team, yet the 18SO throw-backs with their handle-bar moustaches and inuttonchop sideburns con- tinue to win. It's one of the game's great mysteries. The internal friction came to a steamy broil on the Ath- letics' wild overnight charter flight home after the team liad gone 2-5 ahead of the Reds with a sweep of the first two games in Cincinnati. CONFRONTS MANAGER Mike Epstein, the team's burly first baseman, con- fronted manager Williams with his displeasure at being yanked for a pinch-runner in the sixth inning of Sunday's game. A shouting match ensued. "It seems you don't like my kind of Williams said. "I just feel you don't appre- ciate tile way I've been bus- ting my back for you." Ep- stein retorted. "I don't want it to happen aeain.1' Williams paled, "Just get your can out to the ball park and be ready to play ball." the manager barked, ami walked away. Another bitter incident oc- curred upon the team's ar- rival at the airport to greeted by an enthusiastic welcoming crowd. Some of the players sought im- mediate refuge in the team bus. Ttiis irked Finley, later chewed out the offenders. "If there are any players on that bus who didn't have enough guts to get on the stand and show their appre- ciation, 1 don't want he saiii. Flareups have erupted frequently in the team's march to the American League Western Division title, a playoff victory over Detroit Tigers and through the first two games of the World Series. Vida Blue, the team's ace 24-game winner in 1971 sea- son who got embroiled in a contract dispute prior to the current campaign, engaged in a word battle with lilne Moon Odom after Blue had saved Sugar Kings entertain Red Devils The Lethljridge Sugar King will be seeking their secon Alberta Junior Hockey Leagu victory tonight as they host th Crowsnest Pass Red Devils fo an eight o'clock encounter the Henderson Lake Ice Centn The Kings, who have ha their share of problems in U: early part of the 1972-73 seasoi finally hit the column t the weekend by defeating th Edmonton Mets 4-2. They didn't stay on the w column for very long Itioup as they dropped a 9-5 decision to the Drumheller Falcons the following evening. The weekend split left the sharing the league cellar with the Mets and a victory over the Red Devils tonight could put them in a fourth place tie with their visitors. On the other hand, (he Red Devils, who have earned an 8-5 and 4-2 verdicts over th Kings in their two meetings this season, have a chance to move into a second place tie with the idle Drumheller Fal- cons and Calgary Canucks with a win. :ie final playoft game for Odom in Detroit. The argument took place in he Athletics' dressing room n front of team-mates and a number of reporters. "It started out as friendly Blue explained ater. "I to Odom ind he apologized to me." TEAM KBGY The whole team is edgy over Williams' practise of moving players in and out of ibe game. Particularly in- olved are the pitchers and second basemen, who say they aren't given a chance to gain confidence or a feeling of security. In Sunday's game at Cin- cinnati, Catfish Hunter, who had pitched superbly, didn't like it when he was pulled in the last inning for Rollie Fin- gers. "I could have gone one he said, Vida Blue's relationship with Williams and Finley has been strained throughout the season. He has said since the American League playoff started that he should be starting rather than relieving. The great left-hander refers to Williams only as "the manager." "I don't pitch for Williams, I don't pitch for he said on the eve of the World Scries opener. "I pitch for Vida Blue." PAWNS IN GAME Tiie pitchers' discontent is mild compared with that of the second Green, Ted Kubiak, Tim Cul- len and Dal Maxvill, who are pawns in Williams' game of inserting pinch-hitters and pine rWimners wholesale throughout the game. Nobody ever knows who is really on second. All of the infielders have complained. Green says he never gets a chance to bat. Maxvill insists he wants to play regularly. Cullen and Kubiak want to be traded. Mike Hegan, son of a major league catcher, has refused to go along with the mus- tache, long-hair image of the team. Reel on ropes but not out of ring Oakland A's can't become too confident OAKLAND (AP) Oakland Athletics have sniggered the Cincinnati Kcds with two quick jabs and now hope to deliver another solid punch in the third game of the World Scries tonight. "I think we have them on the said Oakland pitcher Vida Blue. "But you can't count the Reds out yet. You can't let up." The surprising American League champions are silting pretty with a 2-0 lead in Ihe 1972 baseball classic as a result of 3-2 and 2-1 victories in Cin- cinnati during the weekend. Added to this margin, the Athletics also had iiie theo- 1nLj retical advantage of the home field in the next three games of this best-of-seven showdown for the world's championship. After playing on Riverfront Stadium's unfamiliar artificial surface, the Athletics returned home to their field of natural grass at the Oakland Coliseum. FLAYING FIELD SOGGY Cincinnati manager Sparky Anderson wasn't too bappy about its condition, field was soggy from rain and craggy from use by the Oak- land Raiders' football team Sunday. "I 'thought Oakland owner Charles Finley had more class than said Anderson, whose team's running game ob- viously would be hurt by the slow conditions. In addition, the possibility of stormy weather tiireatened to further muddle the situation at the Coliseum, where a sell-out crowd of will watch the struggle. A 30-per-cent chance of showers has been forecast for the contest, which starts at 6: If. MOT. where along the line, we lost our momentum." The Cincinnati momentum starts with the first three hit- ters in (lie .loo Morgan and Tolan. They've been bullied so however, by the Athletics strong-arm. pitching staff. The Reds will get to see an- other one of the Oakland aces tonight--.John (Blue Moon) Odom. The right-hander, who notched two victories in the American league playoffs against Detroit Tigers last week, was 15-D during the regu- lar season. Odom is a member of an eight-man s'.dii that fashioned a carncd-ran average tills season and did even better In the post-season games. Oakland pitchers have allowed only 11 earned runs in the five playolfl and two World Series games. anter Mikita quick PINS screamed in agony at Capri Bowl this past week with an assortment ot brilliant elforts setting the pace Gary Tunbridge took men's bowler-of-lhe-week honors with a red-hot per- formance in Gordie's as he powered his way to a sensational triple on Hie strength of 311, 2% and a great 403 he shared laurels with Bob Anderson ill CPR who skirted his third game with two open frames and then reeled off 10 straight strikes for a 390 and an 884 triple to considerably boost his 184 average Mavis TutHe stole the spotlight among the women with a big 884 triple in Marlinizing, thanks to games of 219, 272 and a whop- ping 393, many pins over 187 average. The big outings gave Gary Tunbridge high single and high triple in Gordie's and his and are going to take some heating Mavis Tul- tle's 393 and 884 are high for the year in Martinizing as are the 300 and 85i by Boh Anderson in CPR. The situation has got the Ath- letics confident. "We're handling the Reds easier than we did the Texas said Blue, referring to one of the patsy American League teams. WILLIAMS OPTIMISTIC Oakland manager Dick Wit liarns is optimistic about finish ing off the National Leaguers in eiiis cozy Coliseum, He said when his team first went to Cincinnati for the opener last Saturday, he would have settled for a split of the two games. 'But not after the first said Williams. "Then we sure weren't willing to settle for a split." If the Ath'ietics have any in- hospitable thoughts about the visitors, they ought to check Cincinnati's record on the The Reds play better away from home, history shows. "We're a good road said Cincinnati left fielder Pete Rose, "We played .700 ball on he road this year." The Reds also have another hing going for con- idence. TASK NOT IMPOSSIBLE We have to win four of five games now and that sounds like in impossible said centre fielder Bobby Tolan "But it's not if we can get our guys hitting." Anderson insists the Worl'OL1118 season. tad 11 points in his first four Grouped with his 7 and 1867-68, leads the indi- scoring list today with nine points, despite the fact he Hissed one of his club's first j ive games. It is Mikita's fast- ;ames. Gordie Howe, the retired right-wing great with Detroit Red Wings for 25 years and eight points are Bob Berry of Los Angeles Kings, centre Gil- bert PeiTcault of Buffalo Sa- bres and Fred Stanfield, a a vice-president with that centre, from Boston. ELRICH TiRE SPORT SCORES In men's play, Kerj Mack's 804 and a 771 triple bv Bob Costanzo led Knights of Columbus while in Gordie's, besides Gary Tunbridge's sparkling show. M Smith rolled 312 and 792, Jack Jones 301, Roy Smeed 384 and 868, Ab Paskuski 327 and 798, Eldon WestHng 311, John Hempel 303 and Ryo Magata an 810 triple John Wildman's 796 led Simpsons- Sears while in Green's Roy Chanda clicked for John Rempcl an 837 triple, Sid Pollock 308 and 829 and Norm Tolley 341 Cyril Harriett's 328 and a 306 by Tosh Ihuki paced Eagles while Paul Visser s 301 led Young Adults Murray Westling had a 299 and 531 double in YBC Senior and Greg 278 in YBC Junior. Mann Lethbridge senior citizens whipped Medicine Hat by 1631 pins in challenge play in the Gas City, Walter Baker sparking the win with 296 The re- turn challenge is at Capri Sunday and Marjone Storvack had a week to remember sporting a ls.i average she posted 214, 275 and 191 for a 680 and a 226 average. __________________ Hoop season under way W L T F A PIS, CANADIAN LEAGUE WESTERN CONFERENCE: Y Rangers ancouver oroito Islanders Wcilen hicdgo 'Hiburgh hifadelphia ;esora I 2 1 12 17 3 1 3 1 11 12 1 1 0 9 !2 1 5 0 17 30 Winnipeg 13 9 4 Saskatchewan 13 7 Calgary B.C. .13 i 9 WESTERN LEADERS TC itler, E 0 A Pti 0 353 247 fB 0 303 0 264 229 14 0 770 346 0 209 I C FG S Pll 30 18 13 97 Abendschan, S iilcprt NY R .or-eoli, Btif Eel Koroll, Chi Hspcsito, Aac Donald, Pgh Berenswi, Del Cfarfcc, Pha Hodqe, Bos Win Park, NY fi ALDERTA Red Deer rnheller Csfgary LethbritJge WORLD HOCKEY ASSOCIATION Enit Division V.'alls, E EASTERN Toronto EASTERN Organ bunl-r, N Sweet. M H-r.ley, H CONFERENCE W L T F A Pll. W L T F A P 0 323 213 18 0 2J9 16 0 236 M7 8 D 111 251 4 3? 13 5 60 0 36 0 34 13 34 V SOCCER STANDINGS 6, I ENGLISH LEAGUE W L T F A Pis. 3 IS 10 13 3 ?5 16 17 3 13 IS 16 J 19 15 U N. CHARGEX English Scotch Woollen Co, Ltd. Aik about our credit "We 1urn the world's finest fabrics inlo Canada's finest custom made suits." Centre Village Mull Lethbridge Phone 328-8021 OPEfcl THURS. AND FRI. TILL 9 P.M. Redskins and Don" away with victories s came Monday evening as the City Men's Bas- ketball I-eague opened. Redskins got past Ebony Hawks M-52 in the first game while Doug's trounced New Dayton 82-30 in ttie second en- counter. Yellowhorn and Alan Pard combined for the Red skins. Yellowhorn hooped 151 points while, Pard managed IS. Rick N'eilson had 18 for the Hawks. Ken Habajanik chip- ped in with 12. Brice Thompson led the way for DOUR'S with 17 points with ,Iim Toone adding 10. Darcy 1 ft 11 IS Chicafjo n 2 0 5 WESTERN CANADA LEAGUE Bolfur Conkrite managed ID for New Dayton. Decision will be made soon Soviet visit uncertain MONTREAL ICPl The NV I the request had Ixwn rampant ional llockoy Lcafine am! the or the last Iwo weeks. The statement saui no imme- diate response to the Russian FUJI Hen Winnipeg Reqina Ipria W L T F A PI! 1 17 37 1 1133! 3 i Ra 3 T 13 13 33 I ?l 11 37 3 3 72 U 19 SCOTTISH LEAGUE 7 u 7 m 7 0 73 i 1 0 36 11 IB lional Hockey NHL Players' Association prob- ably wit! decide by Ihe end of this monlh or early next month if and when a team from the Soviet Union will visit North America. The fact the Russian Hockey Association has three or four games against individ- ual NHL clubs was confirmed Monday hy NHL president Clarence Campbell and Toronto lawyer Alan Eagleson, execu- tive director of the NIILPA. A slatemenl released jointly the two sai'l Russian team nffirials harl made their over tures fluring a conference with Campbell ami NHL governors Bill Wirtz of Chicago Hawks and Bruce Norris of De- troit Red Wings in Moscow, rinE the recent visit by Team Canada to Hie Soviet Onion. request was possible ai I lie I :ime due to the uncertainties of I scheduling 'and because of the agreement between the NHL and the NIILPA which provides for consultation between the two groups in respect to any in- ternational competition. The request by the Russians was for a visit in January, ItfH. 'T have been advised of the Russia proposal." snkl Eagle- son, "and approprialft steps will be taken promptly to ex- plore all aspects of Ihe players' participation in Ihis projected scries." Campbell said it is not pos- sible to say at this lime whether "we can accommodate the Russian request." with NHLF'A representatives "and it is hoped a decision will i be reached by the end of Octo- ber or early November." The joint statement concluded out Hockey izntions are involved in this project." This would appear to knock out Hockey Canada-thc organ- ization set up by (tie federal government to promote the game in Canada and abroad. There xvas also no mention of Ihe Canadian Amateur Hockey governing Ixxly of flmatcur hockey in (his coun- l.i-y and Ihe official representa- tive lo Ibe International Ten Hockey Federation. There are many considera- tions In be taken into H marked the first lime Mich be snid. a conference bad been officially I Camplicll said the IctiRuc is confirmed, although reports ol planning an early couleronce More sport on page 12 I WINTER CLEAT IRES Available 5n All Sizes RADIAL 0 BELTED 4 PLY POLYESTER ELRICH TIRE LTD. 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