Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Rain may force inrtlier postponement of series Maybe the weatherman doesn't like game Wectrultfay, 18, 1972 THE HERAID 15 t OAKLAND (AP) The Oak- land Athletics and Cincinnati Kcds were (acttl with another possibility of rain from the worst weather in the Bay area in 10 years as they prepared to play tlie third game of the World Series tonight. The last time it rained as hard in the area was during the 3562 series when San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees waited (liree days to play a baseball game. The Athletics and Reds hope that lightning doesn't strike twice. "The rain didn't help HAH AND RAIN DELAY START OF GAME Hail bounc- es off thft roof of the Oakland A's dugout Tuesday in Oakland os Charlie Finley, left, and Gonzalo Mar- quez hold out caps To calch some of the water which fell in a downpour which delayed the start of the third game of ths World Series. Dick Sudermaii played it hard REGINA (CP) Suder- man hit veteran quarterback Ron Lancaster with some crushing tackles over the years; a different kind of pain. "It's hard to Lan- caster said despondently after hearing of the untimely deatti Skatatlioii set for Saturday The Lefhbridgc Kinsmen Club In conjunction with the Leth- hriilge Minor Hockey Associa- tion, will stage their annual Skatathon at the Adams Ice Cen- tre Saturday. All proceeds from the Skata- thon will be used towards the improvement of minor hockey in the city. Hockey players from the LMHA will be canvassing from door to door during the week for sponsors. Meanwhile in LMHA play Tuesday night, the Tabor Pee Wee rieps blanked the Leth- bridge Voyageurs 2-0. Tiie visiting Taber Reps grab- bed a 1-0 lead after the first period and extended the margin to 2-0 after (lie second. Kevin and Francis Mi- of the defensive end he had faced as an opponent for more than six years. 'It really bothers me something like this happening. You play against a guy and play against him, for years, and you almost get to despise him. But when something like this happens you wonder." The Saskatchewan Roughrid- ers and Calgary Stampeders have met probably more often vantcd to said Cincin- lati manager Sparky Anderson ifter the third game of the 1972 Series was postponed Tuesday land start night by a hail and rain storm. Friday. And a chance of showers was If the orccasl for tonight. I was said Cincinnati starting pitcher Jack Billingham, who was ready for 'the most important game of my life." Oakland manager Dick Wil- liams, who said his pitching ro- tation would have to be re-eval- ualed if another rainout oc- curred, look the delay philo- sophically. A'S HOLD 2-0 LEAD We're still two said Williams, whose American League champions hold a 2-0 lead in this series over the National League champion Reds. Billingham and Oakland's John (Blue Moon) Odom had finished their wannup and were prepared lo start Tuesday night when heavy rains struck the Coliseum. It was a contin- uation of the intermittent rain that had been going on in the Bay area for 10 straight clays. Umbrellas sprouted imme- diately. The crowd of 50.000 sig- hed and groundskecpers, who had worked hard to get the beleaguered field into shape, blanketed the infield with tar- paulin. But it was useless. The rain picked up momen- tum and then hail stones falling. The sun shone a few hundred yards away from the ballpark and skies were blue and pink. Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn, trudged through the out field slop and it was impossible to play ball. But he didn't tell the man agers. HEARD ON PA SYSTEM "The first time I knew tha the game was postponed was when I heard it over the publi address said William with a grin. Kuhn, however, did tell th reporters. "T went out and took a loo at the field with the senior um said the ccmmissione I "It was perfectly apparent tha the amount of water on th eld made it totally unplayab or baseball. "fn some places, water w; ver tile shoetops and on c lost every step, you sank into he turf." It was the first time in a long line that Kuhn and Oakland iwner Charles 0. Ginley agreed in somctliing. The two have wen at odds over a number of things lately. "The field is in no condition o play on said the con- .roversial Finley. Odom was all set lo go game Is scheduled for Thurs- day night and the fifth, if nec- essary, will be played in Oak- land starting at 2 p.m. MDT sixth and seventh games are needed, they'll foe played in Cincinnati at 11 a.m., MDT, Saturday and Sunday. Friday, an original travel data to Cincinnati, has been elimi- nated. Finley's Park ike a circus than any other teams in West- ern Football Conference play off games over the last six or seven years; Lancaster trying lo penetrate the Calvary de- fence and Suderman playing a big part In making that job sometimes insurmountable. Rolling back tbe time to E game five years ago when Slid erman delivered a borderline tackle that sidelined Lancaster Lancaster recalled: "I was really mad at him for that but when you think back all [be games we've playet against them, it was the time he ever hit me like that.' Lancaster said he held nothin; but admiration and respect fo Suderman. "He was a good player. H never allowed you to get oul side. He was one of the reasons Calgary didn't have (o blitz tha much llieir front foil created so much pressure. To Kuderman wa. OAKLAND (AP) A long- a r e d mule wandered lirnlessly from table to table libbling off tbe plates of the juests while a five-piece jazz land in straw bowlers jarred .he ear drums with the strains of Sugar in the Cloni- ng, Sugar in the Evening. Charlie 0. was back in bis own ball park and the place was jumping. 'The trouble with baseball Is that it's got its head in the said Charles 0. Fin- ley, owner and entrepreneur ot Oakland Athletics. "What Lhe game needs is sivc thinking and new ideas. We have to keep up with Ihe times." N o b o d y ever accused Charlie 0. of being short on ideas. He is so full of them that he keeps the staid old game of baseball in a con- stant state of the jitters. He is freauently at odds with commissioner Bowie as this week when he wanted to give bonuses to three of his Amer- ican League chamoion Athlet- ics. Joe Rudi. Mike Hengan and Gene fo have tile grand-motllcrly Mrs. Finley throw out the first ball of the third game of the World Series at the Oakland Coliseum against Cincinnati Reds, champion of the Na- tional League. Kuhn quickly vetoed both moves, keeping the first in abeyance. The first ball was to be tossed by California Governor Ronald Reagan, bul rain washed out the game. Finley, a dapper, dis- tinguished-looking man whose appearance belies his con- troversial role, refuses lo let such setbacks deter him. He is always pushing on to new "We have made at least S600.000 evevy year since we moved from Kansas City five years he boasted. "We'll make at least 000 this season." Baseball owners tradition- ally are close-mouthed about such delicate matters as receipts, profits and tax write-offs. Finley is the new Barnum of baseball, the game's in- novative maverick who has picked up where Larry Mac- Pliail. who started night ball, and Bill Veeck, who brought in midgets for smaller strike zones and introduced such tempting features as Ladies Day and firework displays, left off. Charlie 0. makes his prede- cessors look like white-shirt, thin-tie conservatives. MANAGERS DO A BIT OF CLOWNIKG Managers Sparky Anderson, left, of tho Cincinnati Reds, and Dick Williams of the O akland A's do a bit of clowning in Oakland His hugs are too much PITTSBURGH (API Glen Hyde, University ot Pittsburgh's 240-pound defen- sive tackle, has been ordered not to give any more friendly bear-hugs to his team's quar- terbacks. The order stems from an Incident which occurred Sat- urday in a loss to Notre Dame. Pitt scored a touchdown in the tiiird quar- ter, narrowing the Notre Dame lead to 14-8. Players on the Panther team were juhiliant, including alternate quarterback Bob Medwid. "Medwid was jumping up and down in front of Hyde and Glen bear-hugged said Pitt coach Cnrl De- Pasqua. The result: bruised ribs that sidelined Medwid the rest of the game. Pitt even- tuglly lost 42-10. 'Most noted De- Pasqua. "I'm looking for Midwid to go into the game, and he's he-i never even loft the bench "I issued orders to Hyde to stay away from our quarter- backs. oears Tuesday, saying that the extra day's rest would make him stronger. "The layoff won't have any effect on my said the right-hander. "T might throw a little harder." BEAT THE BEST Williams interjected: "Noth- ing bothers Odom, lie pitches well in pressure games. Look what he did this season for us. went on the road and ho three of the best pitchers in the American League in rovv-Gaylord Perry of Cleve- lar.d, Jim Palmer of Baltimore and Detroit's Mickey Lolich." Odom will be Williams' pitcher even if the third game is rained out tonight. "If we Ivave rain on Thurs day, then Odom will go, said Williams. 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