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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta R THE IETHBRIDGE HERAIP Turidtiy, Ottobir 1972 SULLY SAYS I. -By Pal Sullivan _ is BIT of The 1973 World Se- ries was full of Ijctmliful liiu's. especially aflcr Oakland Athletics upi'iuli'd the highly favored Cin- cinnati Reels Charles Finley, owner of the A's gave his wife Shirley, biggest kiss since we were married" just as U'itfielder Joe Rudi gallic red in Pete Rose's fly ball to end the seventh and deciding game .Sunday Dick Williams, manager of the A's, who set a World Serii's record for trips to tlie mound said "1 over-managed" with just a hint, o( sarcasm in his words Williams almost took Rollie Fingers out of the game in the ninth but catch- er Dave Duncan said "Fingers' is throwing the tar out of the ball" Vida Blue, disenchanted with his role as a bullpen performer for most of the series simply hollered "Where's my Dick Green, usually starts al second base for the A's but is very seldom around to finish (lie game was kidded "CIreenie went nine, Greenie went nine" which prompted him to explain why lie struck out the last two limes he was up, "I'm not used to going all tlie way." In the Cincinnati clubhouse things were much quieter The mighty Reds had failed for the second time in the past three seasons to win base- ball's most coveted piece of silverware, the World Series trophy "I guess Oakland has the best team this year" said Reds' manager Sparky Ander- son "We got beat four times by one rim We just couldn't get a big hit and they did." Bobby Tolan, who's three base error in the first inning gave the A's their first run still thinks "we're a better ball club than Oakland" Clay Carroll refused to concede Oakland's superiority "I sure don't." he said. "We've got a lot of teams in the Na- tional League who have more power, but the Ath- letics do have a good pitching staff." Johnny Bench simply said "they won." Hal McRae, the pinch- hitter who drove in Cincinnati's first run with a bases- loaded smash to deep centre said "I just wanted it to jo out of the park" Who can figure it? Oakland, a team supposedly racked with dissension, ousts the one big happy family Reds and makes the oddsmakers do double flips There was money to be made. The umpires look some strong blasts in both the playoffs in each league and again in the World Se- ries but managed to keep their cool Nester Chylak, American League umpire was asked why he did not eject Detroit manager Billy Martin for his violent arjument over the bat-throwing incident involv- ing Bert Campaneris playoffs Chylak sim- ply said "I didn't see him do anything. After all, I've only Hot two pair of eyes" First black lo play in the major league was 53 attack claims life of Jackie Robinson STAMFORD, Conn. (API ickie Robinson, the first black play in major league base- ill, dial today at Stamford ospital. Officials the ear-old forme? slur wilh rooktyn Dodders suffered a earl attack. Police said tliey received n all from Robinson's wife at :2li a.m. EDT, saying tier hus- and was very ill. Officers to tlie house and adminis- ered oxygen, tie was taken by mlnilance to hospital, wtiere e was dead on arrival. Tlie laic? Branch Kickey ickcd Kobinson as the player break tlie color barrier in E147, when he brought him rom Montreal Royals of the In- ernational League to play in he infield with ttie Dodgers in their old home grounds at Eb- bets Field in Brooklyn. Hobinson helped leiul the Dodgers lo the National League pennant in 19-17. He retired as a player in 1957, and had been in ill health for some time, suffer- ing from diabetes. Robinson's exploits at first ba.se anil at the pi ale the first year earned rook ie-oMhe-Year honors. Two years later, lie led the league in batting with an average of .342 and was named the National League's most val- uable player. Robinson quit baseball in rather than go through with a trade to New York Giants. He took a job as vice-president of Chock Full O'Nuts, the coffee and restaurant organization. During the time, he began de- voting free time to the civil' rights movement, louring the country on weekends to make speeches and raise funds for the National Association for the A d v a n c e m e n t of Colored People. Since his retirement and in recent years, he also had become active in national Republican politics, WKNT TO KANSAS CUV Robinson came out of college ranks to play pro baseball with Kansas City Monarchs in the ail-Negro baseball league. Rickey, President of (lie Dodgers, signed him to a con- tract and assigned him in IfMG to the farm club in Montreal. After breaking in with the Dodgers, he soon be- came the best second baseman in the majors. tries CHICAGO (API "J don't; care who says lucky we ;nrerc or how clo.se it said Abe Gibron Monday night after bis rejuvenated Chicago Bears adged .Minnesota Vikings KMO. j ;KWe won and that's all that counts." The Bears didn't clinch their second straight National Foot- 'ball League victory until a Min- nesota touchdown pass from 'Fran Tarkenton to .loliri Bess- Icy had been called back be- 'cause of an ineligible receiver dov.Tifiekl and Fred Cox missed a 27-yard field goal attempt with seven seconds remaining. Minnesota coach Bud Granl, angn' but cairn, said: "It's loo .bad the big play had to be made by the officials. There Attention Hunters HORSE TRAILERS FOR RENT CHINOOK TRAUER SALES 428 Srh St. S. PK. 328-4916 wasn't a flag for some time after the play had been con- summated. ''Ask the officials." said. Grant when who tile in- eligible receiver was. It was guard Ed White who apparently strayed loo far while Tarkcnton was scrambling before he spotted Bcasley. "We already had our extra point team on the said Tarkenton. Then as an after- thought he added: "But I'm sure the officials, in their judgment, were right. Beasicy was the primary re- ceiver. He decided to shake off the guy who was holding him and went down fhe middle, ft's just unfortunate that anybody has to lose the way we lost." The loss dropped the Vikings, pre-scason favorites, into last place in the Central Division of the National Football ence while the Bears climbed within games of Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions who are tied for the division lead. FLASHBACK A young Jackie Robinson signs his >946 contract the Montreal Royals Oct. 16, 1945, in Montreal. With hi m are (left to right) Hector Racine, president of the Royals, Branch Rickey Jr., of the pore Brooklyn Dodgers and th Cof, Romeo Gauvreau, vice-president of the Royals. (CP Wirephoto) WAIININU PREPHRE YOUR inn! Radiator Flushed........... Ami-Freeze Installed.....Only 6 Chrysler Dodge Corner of 1 Ith Si. and 3rd Ave. Soulh PHONE 328-9271 GOTIED CAR BABE, line comes (dive Youngsters spark Sabres Robinson had IXMHI a star ath- lete at the University of Cali- fornia at Los Angeles before eiilcring pro baseball. Me was an All-American halfback in a sprinter on the track team and also excelled in bas- ketball. In addition to battling ill health in recent years, Robin- son went through a tragic ex- perience with his son. .Jackie, Jr., in trouble with ttte law on several occasions for drug addiction when in bis late teens, was killed in the summer of 1971 in an auto acci- dent. The younger Robinson was working at a drug rehabilita- tion centre al the time after successfully breaking the habit himself, 40 PER CENT BLACK When Robinson became the first Negro to play in the major leagues, he opened the door for a succession of other blacks from North America and the Caribbean countries to enter baseball. Today, nearly '10 per cL'iit of major league players are black and include many of the game's greatest players. Robinson, elected to base- ball's Hall of Fame at Cooper- stown, N.Y., in was hon- ored only a week ago a I a World Series game for his con- tributions lo the sport. After his retirement from baseball in 1957 following a 10- year career with Brooklyn, Robinson devoted much of his time to fighting racial prej- udice. He advocated the hiring of more blacks for front-office jobs in baseball and said the time was long past for a black to be named manager of a ma- jor league team. But at his death, there still had not been a black manager. Robinson always said he thought Jim Gilliam, a fornn second-baseman and now coach Los Angeles Dodg- ers, would make -an excellent manager. Robinson's baseball career was filled with controversy and it did not stop when he retired He later became caught up in political disputes wilh more militant sections of the black community who assailed liib Republican party affiliations. But Robinson was first of al an athlete and that is how he wrote Ms way inlo luslory. Amid scorn and criticism E rom some folio win g the nouncement that he would be the first black in the major _ leagues. Robinson did his talk- ing on the playing field. After leading the Inter- national League in hitting with the Royals, lie made his first appearance in the National League n.s Brooklyn's first baseman in a game against Boston Braves. He played most of his career at second base. "Baseball ts slil! wandering around in tlie IMh century, say- ing a black can't go into the front office, My significance is that I was an instrument for black players." Robinson, whose hair turned white several years ago, was wel 1-spoken and made a d i s- tinguished-looking business ex- ecutive. But his blunt approach to ra- cial questions and politics often antagonized blacks and whites alike. He once said that many black did not fully appreciate his pioneering role. "The feel- ing of most p la ycrs, and I would tend lo agree, is that I had my day. Now it is their turn." Robinson was bom in Cairo, Ga., Jan. 31, 1019. His family moved to California when ho was a child and he won an ath- letic scholarship to UCLA, He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Second World War. He married the former Rachel fsinn in February, They had two sons, including Jackie, Jr., and a daughter. Martin., Adams added to list Tickets for tlie Harrold Flem- re-ady impressive list of players ng family benefit hockey game are Seta "Mai tin, Gus Adams, nrc currently being sold at Shortv Malacko, Lee Hyssop lirce outlets in Lcthbridge. I and Mickey Maglio from Nel- The game is set for Sunday at son and Trail white from Cal- 2 p.m. at Henderson Lake Ice Centre with all proceeds to go o the Fleming family who lost heir home and belongings in a !ire two weekends ago. Fleming ilayed his minor hockey in Lelhb ridge as well as junior be- "ore going to tlie Edmonton Oil He played senior hockey in Medicine Hat and Drum hel- ler. Sot a! apiece tickets can Wear, Appliances or Prank Walker's. It will be like an old home- coming for a number of play- Bill Hay, Hank Bassen and Cy Whitcsirte will play. Hugh Macodrum, Colin Markle and Lyle Roliheiser will also suit up. All three are from Claresholm where Fleming played intermediate hockey, Pete Slobodian anrl Lawrence Bmchet will handle tlie coach- ing chores for Hie Sunday en- counter. ed this morning with the big' gest name, Ed Dorohoy. Joining Uorohoy were Bill McCidley, Tony Kollman and ers this Sunday. Joining (he al-' Bob Huddlestone. ELRICH TIRE SPORT ALBERTA JUNIOR W Deer 5 CalnW J Crowsnsil 3 Lethbridge 1 L T F A PH. W L T F A MO NTH F; AL (CP The surprising Buffalo Sabres, al- most formats in their first two years in the National Hockey league's East Division, have forsaken the downtrodden image. The prime reason Tor their early-season success is !he of- fensive ptnscr displayed by one of the most exciting young for- ward Jines in the league. The Sabres currently share first place in the East Division with Detroit Red Wings. Both club's have 12 points and hoth are unbeaten. The more mature Red Wings have registered six straight wins, while (he Sabres re- mained unbeatcd after seven starts five wins ami two ties. Centre Gilbert Pcrreault, 22. right Rene Robert, 23, and left winger Rick Martin, 21, have combined for 19 goals, 27 assists and 46 points to lead the Sabres. This represents 62.2 per cent of the club's total point output. In three games last week, the trio accounted for 12 of Buf- falo's 14 goals and 21) of 34 scor- ing points. Perreault led all scorers with 11 goals and eight he.nrls the scoring parade with )9 points. Robert's 1 0-p o L n t goals ami eight him into second spot with 15 points, one more than veteran left, winger John Bucyk of Bos- ton Bruins. Bucyk shares the lead in as- Perreault, while Boston centre Fred Stanlield is fourth in the race with 13 points on five goals and eight assists. Martin, with seven goals and one assist last week, including the season's first four-goal game, shares fifth place with Stan Mifcila of Chicago Black T1.....'-- Both players have 12 hul Martin i.s the goal- lender u-ith points, scorin SCORING LEADERS G A P1s Pirn RICKEY GAVE ADVICE Before Rickey brought Robin- son to the Dodgers, Hie old mentor told him: "I need more than a great ball player. I need a man who can E ly the flag for h i s race, who can lurn the cither check. If T Ret a firebrand who blows his lop and comes up swinging after a collision al -second base, it could set the case back 20 years." Robinson was the man. He endured verbal abuse ooscly organized a lie m p L Lo keep him out of the game. "Black players have snvcrj baseball, kept baseball on Robinson said recently. "But 1 think football anrl basket have moved beyond baseball in race relations. all the credit lo teamtmites Buchanan leads EFC rushers TORONTO (CP) Dave Bu- chanan has joined the yards-a-year rushing club in the Canadian Football League, but the Hamilton Tiger-Cnls running hack would just as soon give somebody else the credit. League statistics compiled after weekend games show Bu- chanan still leading the Eastern Conference rushers with yards on 245 carries in J3 j games, a Ti-Cat club record. But after Buchanan had pad- ded his record with 161 yards against Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Sunday's 13-3 Ticat victory at Hamilton, he had some words of caution for men like himself whose names appear often at the top of the statis- tical tables. "Don't get loo impressed if you si art piling np a lot of yards and getting write-ups in the paper am) having folks talk about being an fill-star, because without guys like that you're at Bu- chanan sairl wilh a nod toward offensive guard Jon Flohman. "Kvery man on the field has a part in every play. The pass receivers run their patterns. Some hacks arc decoys and others are blotters. "The line open.s up a hole. The quarterback hands off. You run. TKAMVVOHK COUNTS "Now there's not one individ- ual more important than an- other. If the play works, it's be- cause every guy has done his job properly. Some fellows may the headlines, hut any foot- ball player knows the real story.1' Rut a number of Buchanan's team-mates have written their own tributes in the statistical tables. Quarterback Chuck Kaley lewis (he KFC passers wilh 2W yards gained on 332 passes completed, r-nd Tony Gabircl leads ihe conference receivers with