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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta They never gave up in Series Oakland makes world believe Monday, October LETHBRIOGE HERALD-9 OAKLAND (AP) Now you have to Oakland Athletics. New York Mets coined the catch-phrase, "You gotta be- but the Athletics made it unbelievable Sunday by winning the 1973 World Series Overcoming dissension, a murder threat to Reggie Jack- son, and Jon Matlack, the Ath- letics won baseball's major league championship for the second straight year, beating the Mets 5-2 in the seventh game. "We finally did everything together to win this said Reggie Jackson, the most valuable player of the series, who hit a two-run homer in a four-run third inning and made a couple of splendid fielding plays Sunday. The Athletics were rocked with internal unrest early in the Series after owner Charles 0. Finley tried to put on the disabled list second baseman Mike Andrews, who made two errors in one game. For six games, their usually explosive bats were muffled for the most part by the pow- erhouse New York pitching staff. Jackson was performing un- der hazardous conditions His life had been threatened by a letter writer, who promised to murder him if he played in the Series. Jackson was protected by FBI men throughout the week. And if all that wasn't enough, the Athletics had to face the Mets' most effective pitcher in the deciding The hard- throwing left-hander had given up only one earned run in more than three weeks and none in the National League playoff or the World Series "We went through the en- tire year with only 24 players and still won the American Reggie Jackson wasn't scared OAKLAND (AP) Reggie Jackson, the World Series' most valuable player, has been protected by the FBI for the last three weeks because of a threat against his life, Oakland A's slugger reported on national television Sunday. "Now that the Series is over, I can tell the said Jackson, whose third- inning home run had capped a four-run outburst and helped the A's to a 5-2 victory over New York Mets. Jackson said he was called at home just before the playoffs and told by A's owner Charles O. Finley to report immediately to the ballpark When he got to the stadium, Jackson said from the dress- ing room, two FBI agents in Finley's office said there had been a letter threatening his life. The letter had been sign- ed by The Westhermen, a splinter group of the Students for Democratic Society. "The letter said if I played in the playoffs and the World Series it would be the last time I would play in any baseball games." When the club went to Baltimore, there were two agents with Jackson at all times The agents stayed with him through the games in New York and Oakland During Sunday's seventh game, a reported 100 agents were in the Oakland Coliseum due to the threat Then Jackson told a story about a threat on his life, dis- closed that he has been protected by the last three weeks by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation "I was sitting at home one afternoon when Mr. Finley called me at home and told me to get over to Dick Williams's office at the ball park. He told me there were a couple of FBI agents who wanted to talk to rne "I couldn't imagine what they wanted I didn't owe any alimony payments, didn't sell dope When I got there they said a letter had been receiv- ed threatening my life if I played in the playoffs. The letter said it would be the last time I would do anything I had an escort after that." Did Jackson think about the threat during the games, since he was an open target on the field for a sniper from the stands? "I didn't think about it. I thought only about winning has feuded at times with Oakland manager Dick Williams, shouted a compliment for the departing skipper "I wish Dick Williams would he said. "He taught Reggie Jackson how to win. It wasn't anything he said or did, but Dick Williams taught me how to get prepared for these last two days." Jackson had only five hits through the first five games of the Series, and four of those came in one game. He looked bad at the plate against the offerings of Jon Matlack, Jerry Koosman and Tom Seaver. He was particularly futile in the three games played at New York. "When the Series started I didn't know where I was at the plate." Jackson said "I was obviously in a slump. I had been three for 18 in the playoffs. I think I was trying to pull everything It's over Oakland A's catcher Ray Fossee Sal Bando (left) and pitcher Darold Knowles embrace each other after A's beat New York Mets 5-2 to win the 1973 World Series for the second straight time. Rams. Vikings undefeated Miami stops Simpson cold THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Los Angeles Rams have a new scoring threat as they prepare for next Sunday's bat- tle against Minnesota Vikings. The threat is defensive end Fred Dryer. That's right Defensive end Fred Dryer Dryer became the first man in the history of the National Football League to record two four when he dropped Green Bay quarterbacks Scott Hunter and Jim Del Gaizo in the end zone Sunday as the Rams beat the Packers 24-7 for their six- th straight win. The victory for the Rams set the stage for the battle of unbeaten teams at Minnesota, National Conference Central leader, which ran its record to 6-0 by beating Philadelphia Eagles 28-21. In other games, Miami Dol- phins stopped Buffalo Bills 27- 6: Washington Redskins topped St. Louis Cardinals 31- In your own way. In your own time. On your own terms. You'll take to the taste of Players Filter. Warning: The Department of National Health and Welfare advises that danger to health increases with amount smoked. 13; Dallas Cowboys outlasted New York Giants 45-28; Pitt- sburgh Steelers downed New York Jets 26-14: Cleveland Browns drubbed Houston Oilers 42-13; Cincinnati Bengals edged Kansas City Chiefs 14-6, New England Patriots nipped Chicago Bears 13-10. Baltimore Colts shaded Detroit Lions 29-27; Atlanta Falcons trounced San Diego Chargers 41-0 and San Francisco 49ers blanked New Orleans Saints 400 Oakland Raiders meet Denver Broncos in a game tonight. Coach Chuck Knox con- sidered the Rams' perfor- mance a balanced team ef- fort, but Green Bay Workers must have thought Dryer was a one-man gang With the Rams leading 20-7. Dryer dropped Hunter for two points and then sacked Del Gaizo five minutes later. John Hadl passed 46 yards for a Los Angeles touchdown and Larry Smith plunged a yard for another. "Today we played one of the best teams in the NFL. if not the best." said Philadelphia quarterback Roman Gabriel after Minnesota beat the Eagles as John Gilliam scored two touchdowns, one a 44-yard run on a reverse and another on a pass reception Miami held Buffalo's 0 J went into the game with 813 just 55 yards rushing. Simpson left when he sprained his right ankle on his 14th carry. Bob Griese passed to Jim Mandich for two Miami touchdowns as the Dolphins broke a first- place tie with the Bills in the American Conference East. Quarterback Billy Kilmer also sprained an ankle but not until he threw two touchdown passes in leading Washington over St. Louis to avenge the Redskins' only defeat of the season Calvin Hills rushed for 123 yards and one touchdown. Walt Garrison ran for two touchdowns and Roger Staubach passed for two as Dallas stayed a game bark of firsl-nlirr League pennant." said Sal Bando, referring to the fact that Allan Lewis was used only as a runner this year "Lewis has speed, but heck, he never won any games for us The Athletics also over- came the benching of Joe Rudi early in the season "How can you bench a guy like that, no matter what he's said Bando "He could be the best left fielder in baseball "We overcame a lot of pres- sure." said Bando. "How can you play baseball in a situa- tion like thaf We managed to. though We're really a better team than we showed here This series shouldn't have gone seven should have won it earlier." Before this 70th World Series started Oct 13. Oakland was picked to beat New team that won the National League pennant with an assortment of near- miraculous breaks and bounces. The Mets took a 3-2 lead in the series as Jerry Koosman and Tug McGraw combined on a three-hit shutout in the fifth game. McGraw worked his way out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the seventh inning to save the game, 2-0 That sent the series back to Oakland and the Athletics were on the verge of an unex- pected knockout The Athletics faced Tom Seaver in Game No 6, a pitcher whom Jackson described as "the best in baseball." Jackson doubled home runs in the first and third against the New York ace and later scored another run as the Athletics tied the series at three games apiece with a 3-1 victory Saturday. That set the stage for Sun- day's deciding game, with probably a man for the winning team riding on the outcome Matlack was just as tough as expected in the first two in- nings before the Athletics put it away with their four-run first earned runs scored against the Mets' left- hander in 26 innings After Dick Green struck out, winning pitcher Ken Holtzman doubled into the left field corner. Then Bert Cam- paneris, an unlikely home run hitter, pumped a Matlack offering onto the right field catwalk at the Oakland Coliseum for a 2-0 lead. Rudi singled and after Bando made the second out. Jackson hit one out of sight into the right-centre field bleachers for a 4-0 lead. Oakland made it 5-0 in fifth on Rudi's run-scoring hit. Sixth Game New York 000 000 6 2 Oakland 101 000 7 0 Seaver McGraw (8) and Grote, Hunter Knowles Fingers (8) and Tenace Seventh Game New York 000 001 8 1 Oakland 004 010 9 0 Matlock (1-2) Parker Sadecki Stone (7) and Grote, Holtzman (2- Fingers (6) and Tenace. Fosse (7) HRs Jackson (1) A jumping Jack-son A's Reggie Jackson leaps to pounce on home plate after belting a third- inning, two-run home run in the seventh game of the World Series. Jackson's blast was the difference as the A's stopped New York Mets 5-2 to win the series after trailing in the best-of-seven affair 3-2. Will miss Williams A's happy yet sad OAKLAND (AP) "We're basically happy, but deep down we're sad. too." said Gene Tenace. standing with an empty bottle of champagne cradled in his arm The tumult in Oakland Athletics' clubhouse began dy- ing about 20 minutes after they beat New York Mets 5-2 Sunday clinching a second straight major-league baseball championship The winners began facing the fact that they were losing manager Dick Williams, who confirmed after the final game of the World Series that he was resigning Williams was expected to take over New York Yankees' managing vacancy "I honestly don't think they can find another man to come in here and fill Dick William's said Tenace "We'll promised owner Charles 0. Finley. who shuffled around slowly, with a cardiologist at his side, to shake hands with his players Ken Holtzman, the starting and winning pitcher Sunday, savored the title despite cuts on his nose and chin, suffered in a scrap with fans who created the mob scene on the field immediately after the game. "This was more Holtzman said of the victory over the Mets "We proved that last year was no fluke." The Athletics beat Cincin- nati Reds last year, also in seven games "This club can win a whole World series figures out OAKLAND (AP) The final World Series and playoff financial figures, as released Sunday by the office of baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn: Total Series gross, seven games: Commissioner's office share 15 per cent 26. Total players' share. Series only Total players' share for playoffs Total players' share. Series and playoffs 56 Each individual club and league shares: lot more World Series." said Bill North, the centrefielder who missed the Series because of an ankle injury. "But it would sure help if Williams was coming back Shortstop Bert Campanens. who gave Holtzman a 2-0 lead with a third-inning home run off Jon Matlack. said "I don't care who I play for next year I only worry about doing my job Campaneris's homer, followed by Reggie Jackson's 400-foot blast which scored two more runs, did the big job for Oakland in the scormg department "I was just trying to go to right field. I hit it good and it got carried by the wind." said Campanens. the switch-hitter who batted right-handed against southpaw Matlack Tenace. who tied a record held by Babe Ruth with four World Series homers last year, walked 11 tunes this year to tie another Ruth mark But he had only three hits in 21 at-bats 12th ANNUAL LETHBRIDGE CURLING CLUB OPENING STAG Wednesday, Oct. 24th p.m. AT THE CURLING CLUB LOUNGE Members ana Guests of all Men's Leagues invited to attend FRANK AITKEN Superior Gulf Service Wishes to thank their many old and new friends and customers for making their grand opening such a suc- cess, especially the following people: ElrichTire Tha Ktivars J.G. Kiy Accounting Baalim Wholesale Marquis Flower Shop Gulf Oil Canada Ltd. Acklands Frank Automotive Prize Winners Were: LAWN MOWER: (courtesy of I.H.C.) 6. Surbey 1414-IOlh Ave N. COLOR TV: J.E. Johnston 1425-17th Ava. S. CORGI TOY SET: P.J. Hoelmer 1703-18lh Ave. S. 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