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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta i nc LeinDntnae ocieotr Felt totally embarrassed, beaten Black discrimination? Mike Andrews recounts incident NEW YORK (AP) Oakland Athletics infielder Mike Andrews said Wednes- day that the claim by Athletics owner Charles 0. Fmley that he had a bad shoulder was "a lie." Andrews said he signed a disability claim for Finley un- der extreme duress. Speaking in a slightly broken voice. Andrews, who was sent home after his two errors cost the Athletics the second game of the World Series against New York Mets, said he has been "total- ly embarrassed and beaten." "For the first time in my life. I just quit." he added in a news conference. Andrews returned to New York Wednesday after com- missioner Bowie Kuhn denied an Oakland request to replace him on the World Series roster. Kuhn ordered Finley to reinstate Andrews in the squad. Andrews was introduced to the hastily called news confer- ence by his lawyer, Harold Meizlef of Boston. Andrews had conferred with Kuhn shortly before the news con- ference. "Mike is undergoing great emotional Meizler said. Andrews began by saying: "It's a shame something like this has overshadowed a great World Series. The only reason that I am here is because my family and team-mates want me to come back." Andrews then recounted what happened after the se- cond game Sunday, won by New York 10-7 in 12 innings. "When I came back to the clubhouse I was told that the doctor wanted to see me. I couldn't believe it, so I went to my locker. "Someone came over and told me again that the doctor was waiting for me in the training room. The doctor (Harry R. Walker) said that Mr. Finley wanted me ex- amined I didn't want to do it. "I told him, 'That's a joke I was shocked. "I decided to do it and it was a five-minute easy ex- amination Dr. Walker said I had something in my shoulder I told him that if I did it certainly didn't bother me at all. "I made two errors. So I made two errors. The shoulder had nothing to do with it. "The doctor told me he was going back and tell Finley of his examination and how he saw it. I said, 'Okay, but tell him there is nothing wrong with my arm Andrews related that he re- turned to his locker and then was told to report to the office of manager Dick Williams. Andrews said Williams and Finley were there and that the owner told him he wanted to place him on the disabled list so he could make Manny Trillo eligible for the rest of the Series. He added that Finley contended that Andrews' arm was in bad shape and that he couldn't throw. "I asked Mr. Finley if he wanted me to Andrews said. "He replied, 'No.'" Andrews said he then en- quired of the owner: "Then, how do I explain it. It makes me feel that I am a coward." Andrews quoted Finley as saying: "We got you as a as a pinch-hitter. We never figured as a second baseman. We have enough right-hand pinch- hitters, and it would be beneficial to the ball club to make Trillo eligible." Andrews said Finley asked him if he wanted to help the ball club and asked that he sign the disability report. "I wouldn't sign Andrews related. "We then sat for 35 minutes and Finley asked me several times if I wanted to help. I said, 'Yes, but not this way.' "He got upset and said, 'All right, then don't sign it. We will get it through without you.' "I hung my Andrews said, his voice breaking at this point. He appeared on the verge of tears. Andrews noted that Williams didn't say a word during the entire conversation with Finley. The infielder said Finley then suggested that he come to the owner's office and read the medical report. At that point, Williams advised the player to take a look at it and: "If you don't want to sign it, don't." Finley had a different ver- sion of this scene. The controversial owner said that Andrews demanded the promise of a job for next season before he would sign the disability report. Finley said he replied, "No way." "He started for the door without signing and then came back and Finley added. Andrews said the theme of "Don't you want to help the ball came up time and again. "He finally told me, 'Don't sign. I'm going through with or without you." He told his secretary to get copies made and send it out. "I thought to myself, 'What do I do now? I'm dead one way or another. I'm dead with this ball club.' At that point, I wanted to go and hide. "I thought, 'All right, I'll try to help the and I told him, 'Give me the damn thing and I will sign it.' "I'm sorry I signed it, but probably in the same state I would do it again." The New York Post reported that Finley could be Super career ends NEW YORK (AP) Secre- tariat and Riva Ridge, who brought fame and fortune to Meadow Stable, will bow out of racing on the same weekend, Oct. 27-28, ac- cording to plans announced Wednesday by trainer Lucien Laurin. Secretariat, the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years, will make his farewell at the Cana- dian International Champion- ships at Woodbine race track in Toronto on Oct. 28. Riva Ridge, who won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1972 will bow out a day earlier, at the All's mouth still works JAKARTA (Reuter) The word war between Muham- mad Ali, former world heavyweight boxing cham- pion, and Dutch champion Rudi Lubbers picked up Wednesday two days before their non-title 12-round fight. Ali dismissed the 28-year- old Lubbers as the "latest of the great white hopes" in talks with reporters after a clowning sparring session at Jakarta's Soviet-build Sena- yan Stadium. He admitted he was not in top shape for the Saturday outdoor fight in the stadium which can hold nearly people but added: "I'm in good enough shape for him." However, he conceded that an upset loss could mean a cancellation of his return bout with Joe Frazier in January. "If I lost, and its possible, just possible, I would have to pull out of the Frazier he said. "My stocks would be down. It would be washed out." Lubbers, who completed his heavy training Wednesday, said: "I am feeling more con- fident every day that I can beat him Lubbers, ranked 13th in the world listings, said Ali was af- fected more by the oppressive Jakarta heat because of his age. But Ali said: "I am a black man and black people come from Africa and they are used to hot weather." He said Lubbers had a good Dutchman has lost only one professional fight, against British boxer Joe Ali says that "I'm glad to give him a chance at the big time." AUCTION Most Important Only Sill Of ThoYnr On Short NEW ASSINIBOIA HOTEL MEDICINE HAT Viewing Get 18th 4 p.m. SALE DAYS THURS.4FRI. Oct. 18th and 19th p.m. Many sources of select antique and reproduction furniture, decorative accessories and objet d'art from the estate of Madame A. Wallace, Toronto; the Marquis de-War Fors, Paris, France; as well as from collectors in Madrid, London and Munich. Victorian, Antique and Reproduced French Furniture Bronie, Marble and CMeonoe Antique Braee Beds Pewter, Copper and Breeeware Georgian Crystal end Victorian Qlaee Finest Selection of Porcelain and China Hallmarked Silver and Sllverplate OH Water and proudly QALLARIE LA'FAYCTTE added Jockey Club Gold Cup here at Aqueduct. Secretariat will face a 1% test over grass and will be competing against three-year- olds and up. If nine horses start, it will be worth making it the richest race in Canada surpassing this year's Queen's Plate. Possible starters include Tentam, owned by Toronto sportsman E.P. Taylor who challenged, but could not catch, Secretariat in the Man O'War Stakes at Belmont Oct. 8, Star Envoy, owned by L.J Miller and Hobeau Farm's Triangular. Three-year-olds, including Secretariat, will carry 117 pounds. Older horses will carry 126. fined for coercing Andrews to sign the document. There was no con- firmation of this from the commissioner's office Finley previously had drawn a stern reprimand from and the hint of a possible fine after the World making a public announcement during the first game in Oakland that the Mets had declined a request by the Athletics to activate Trillo and bring the Oakland squad to the 25-man limit. Andrews denied that Finley had threatened him directly after the second game in which he made two errors. "In my opinion, there was no doubt that if I didn't sign I would never be in an As uni- form the infielder added. He said he told team-mate Reggie Jackson by telephone: "My back is to the wall." Jackson had told reporters that Andrews told him in a telephone conversation Tues- day that Finley threatened to destroy him. Andrews was asked at the news conference if he had lost any respect for manager Wil- liams. "Not at he replied. "I respect his position. He was stuck in between. He couldn't have taken my side if he had wanted to because he could have been crucified." NEW YORK (AP) Subtle discrimination against blacks is widespread in the National Football League, says a sociologist after a study of pro football. Dr. Jonathan Brower of Cal State-Fullerton, writing in the November issue of Human Be- havior magazine, said the various degrees of racism begin with the scouts and is practised by team-mates as well as coaches and owners. The black players themselves, said Brower, con- tribute to the double standard by accepting it. For example, veteran blacks are more likely to show up earlier for a game than whites who have the same seniority and ability. "We can't look too said one black. "It's just not expected of blacks to take all the privileges. If we appear too comfortable, the man will come down on us in one way or another Sometimes they succumb to it for convenience, such as at meals. "After a hard day of prac- tice I'm another player said, explaining why he prefers to sit with fellow blacks. I don't want to have to explain in detail to a white what I can say in a few words to a brother Brower says that since most of the scouts are middle class whites, some forms of dis- crimination subconsciously slip into their reports, partial- ly because they are un- familiar with the black ex- perience. Players, who work together daily, tend to segregate so- cially, not only in the dining hall, but on the field, in room assignments and for enter- tainment. "I don't think blacks are equal to whites." Brower quoted a white player from the South as saying. "It's the way I've been brought up and it's the way I believe." Coaches, even though they claim to be liberals, suffer the same symptoms as the scouts, Brower says. They tend to feel more comfortable with the "respectful" white players and better understand their behavior patterns. Therefore, says the sociologist, even though the coaches claim they try to field the best team possible, they sometimes lean toward whites. ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE provides opportunities for a rewarding career to Cana- dian citizens who are at least 5'8" in height, have successfully completed Grade XI or equivalent, are of exemplary character and physically fit. STARTING SALARY PER ANNUM with a higher starting salary for University Graduates. Generous fringe benefits and provisions for annual pay increases during first 4Vi years of service as a Con- stable to per annum. Contact your nearest R.C.M. Police office or write to: The Commissioner R.C.M. Police Ottawa, Ontario K1A OR2 Datsun's new economy number. 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