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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday. Ociober 26, 1972 THE LETHSRIDGt 13 lie had survived one hear I (Mack, diubelcs, higlt blood pressure Unconquerable, the only word to describe Jackie Robinson By sren SMITH New York Times Service NEW YORK In the scone that doesn't fade, tlic Brooklyn Dodgers arc with the Phil- lies in the bottom of the lilh inning. It is G p.m. on an Octo- ber Sunday but (he gloom in Philadelphia's S tribe Park is only partly due to oncoming evening. The Dodgers, champ- ions-elect in August, have frit- tered away a lead of games, and Ilicre is bitterness in the dusk of this last day of the 1951 baseball season. Two dnys ago, tlic New York Giants drew even witli Brooklyn in the pennant race. Two hours ago, Ihe numbers went up on the Scoreboard: New York, 3, Bos- ton. 2. The pennant belongs to (lie Giants unless the Dodgers can siiiitcti it hack. Wilh two out and the bases full of Phillies. Eddie Waitkus smashes a low, malevolent drive toward cenlerfield. The ball is a blur passing second base, difficult to follow in the half-light, impossible to catch. Jackie Robinson catches it. He flings himself headlong at right angles lo the flight of the ball, for an instant bis body is sus- pended in midair, then some- how llic outstretched glove in- tercepts the ball inches off the ground, lie falls heavily, (lie crash d-vives an elbow into his .side, he collapses. IJul the Phil- lies arc out, the score is still tied. Now it is the 14th uuiing. ft is too dark to play baseball, but the rules forbid turning on lights for a game begun at 2 o'clock. Pee Wco licese pops up. So docs Duke Snider. Robin Roberts throws a ball and a strike to Robinson. Jackie hits Ihe next pilch upstairs in left field for the run that sets up baseball's most- memorable playoff. That was the day that popped into mind when word came Tuesday that Jack Roosevelt Robinson had died at 53. Of all the pictures he left upon mem- ory, the one that will always flash back first shows him stretched at full length in the insubstantial twilight, the un- conquerable doing the impossi- ble. The word for Jackie Robin- son is "unconquerable." In "The Boys of Summer" Koger Kahn sums it up: "In two sea- sons, and 19G5, Maury Wills .stole more bases than Robin- son did in all of a 10-year car- eer. Ted Williams' lifetime bat- ling average, .3-14, is two points higher than Robinson's best for any season. Robinson never hit 20 home runs in a year, never batted in 125 runs. Stan Musia] consistently scored more often, i him balance, teetering on Hie Having said those things, one has not said much because troops of people who were there believe that in bis prime Jackie Robinson was a better ball player than any of the olhers." The point is, lie would not be defeated. Not by (he other teams and not by life. balls of his feet. Would he be running? His average was 20 stolen bases a year and Bugs Baer wrote that "John McGraw demanded more than that from the baseball writers." Yet hs was the only base run- ner of hi.s time who could bring a game lo a stop just by getting AtYillicr picture comes back, on base. When he walked lo Robinson has taken a lead off j first, all other action ceased, first base and he crouches, fac-1 p'or Robinson, television intro- ing the pitcher, feet fairly wide duced the split screen so the apart, knees l.'ent, hands held viewer at home as well as the well out from his sides to help fan in the park could watch both Colorado Games are in trouble DENVER (AP) The bumper slickers read "Don't Olympicate Colorado" and "The Million Snow Job." The slogans focus allention on one of this year's most de- bated issues in Colorado- whether the state should spend Short sport iA'STER RETIRING TORONTO fCP) Marv Luster, an all-Canadian five times as a member of the Tor- onto Argonaut defence, says he plans lo retire after the 1972 Canadian Football League sea- son. FORANZI TOP RECEIVER NEW YORK (AP) Tom Foranzi, who grew up in Cal- gary and followed two brothers to iltah State, is the new pass- calctiing leader among major college football players, Na- tional Collegiale Sports Serv- ices Statistics said Wednesday. PHILLIES GET IIALLEK PHILADELPHIA (API Philadelphia Phillies purchased catcher Tom Halter and minor league pitcher Don Leshnock from Detroit Tigers Wednes- day. JAVIER ON WAIVERS CINCINNATI (AP) Cincin- nati Heds asked waivers on in- fielder Julian Javier Wednes- day for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. 1.ISKE REGAINS HOLE PHILADELPHIA (AP) Pete Liske, who last Sunday re- gained his role as starting quarterback for Philadelphia Eagles, has signed a two-year contract covering the 1972-73 seasons. he money on the 197G Winter Olympics. Colorado residents will vole Nov. 7 on whether to cut oft state funds for the Games. State officials arc in favor of the Games, granted to Colorado by international Olympic offi- cials in 1970. But they are wor- ried that state funds will Ixj cut off by tha Nov. 7 referendum. Opponents say the money should ha spent for move ur- gent needs, adding that the Olympics will only bring with them more crowding and more pollution. Henry Kimbrough, adminis- trative' assistant to I.I.-Gov John Vanderhoof. has taken i leave of absence from his statr' duties to direct a major effort to keep (lie Games in Colorado. "We issued an invitation to the world in connection with the Games." Kimbrougli said. "And when we hid for the Olympics. had complete support from everyone, so far as I know. I don't believe that two years later, we can just take the invitation back." He added that Colorado would gain new jobs, prestige, an economic boost and other lasting benefits. Kimbrough said the Olymnics will cost about S35 million. About S5 million would come '-cm the state government, about S10 million from tele- vision rights, licensing, fran- chising and ticket sales, and :he rest from a million al- localion from the federal gov- ernment. Congress, however, will not allocate the funds unless Colo- rado voters approve further state funding Nov. 7. Growing opposition to the Olympics took supporters by surprise, Kimbrough said. A group called Citizens for Colorado's Future collected more than signatures on petitions calling for the anti- Olympics proposal. A later peti- tion gained enough names to also place on the ballot a pro- posal to cut off City of Denver funds. SULLY SAYS -By Put Sullivan ALAN Eaglcson, without a doubt, is the proud pos- sessor of the biggest stir stick in hockey and possibly all of professional sports. Charles 0. Finley is often referred to as the had man of baseball. But Eagleson, in his world of hock- ey power, could bring the National Hockey League and the World Hockey Association to their knees and, with it, organized hockey. He has the control of enough players to do so and it now appears he is taking over as master-mind of at least one hockey head office, notably that of. the Boston Bruins. It has been three weeks since Team Canada arriv- ed home after winning the World Series of Hockey for the free world. It was Alan Eagleson who had heaps of praise brought upon him as the main figurehead in bringing about the scries with Russia. He, along with Hockey Canada, was front row centre when it came time to lake bows for Canada's victory over the Sov- iets. Now, it seems, some backstage antics of Lagle- sou's have tarnished his halo as saviour of hockey in North America. I am sure it is no surprise to any of you that Eagleson lias most, not all. but most of Die stars of the NHL under contract. He is, so to speak, their agent. They come to him for guidance and advice. _ Never was it more evident than when dissension crept into the ranks of Team Canada. CANADA'S FINEST CIGARETTE Harlem Nationals, led by Eural McKelvy, will meet the Vauxhali teachers this evening in an exhibition basketball game certain to provide two hours of entertainment. ATTENTION FIGURE SKATERS Bert and Moc's Now Carry A Full Line of FIGURE SKATES VID1BONA DELUXE CHAMPION SUPER GOID STAR HAND CRAFTED IN AUSTRIA RESERVE EARLY Prices Range From Figure Skate Blades By MK PROFESSIONAL 29.50 RINK MASTER 9.95 SINGLE STAR 19.95 BERT Af4D MAC'S CYC 913 3rd AVE. S. PH. 327-322T Closed Monday Open Thursday and Friday Till 9 p.m "SERVING S. AlBERTA fOR OVFR 35 YCAPS" Tins writer, and most of you, were not there to see what happened when Vic Hadfield, Jocelyn Guevremont, Richard Martin ami Gil PerreauJt picked up their skates and came home. We were led to believe thai they deserted the ship picked up their equipment, because they couldn't play, and, like spoiled brats, came home. 'it could be, according to one writer much closer lo the scene, that the four relurnees displayed more courage than suspected when they left Team Eagleson and divorced themselves from the madness that was Moscow. One story that hasn't been told, until now, is that many non Eagleson players did not want to make the trip in the first place. For various reasons they would have been just as happy to stay home but they let patriotism influence their final decision. As the series will! Russia unfolded, and trouble was spotted, there became three player blocs, the Eagleson clients, the non-Eagleson clients and the players who were so good, such as Phil Esposito, tliat they had to be played even though Eagleson didn't represent them. Defection threats were evident throughout the series. Marcel Dionne was ready to come home but, after a talk with Eagleson, changed his mind. He is handled by Eagleson. Hadfield, who has come under the most abuse, Perreault, Martin and Guevremont were not part of the Eagleson bloc. I lad field and Martin were ready lo quit as early as the third game in Winnipeg. They were disgusted with coach Harry Sinden's style, his following of leader Eagleson's every wish. Hadficld's point, made at a press conference in New York, was that Sinden and Eagleson unnecessari- ly humiliated him. He was virtually forced to leave. ''You don't like hanging around and being laughed added Guevremont. "That's wrong. We're part of Ihe league, loo." So it. appears, after Ihrce weeks of praise and hack slapping, maybe Iladfield, Ihe fall-guy, was more aware of what was going on than most. Eagleson, it would now seem, has become North America's hockey Czar. It will take a little getting used i lo, won't it Bunny Eagleson? Harlem squad Teachers ince't THE START OF ANOTHER SEASON VI ce-presidenl Cal Dkkson drops the first puck as the 1972-73 Lelhbricfge Minor Hockey Season gets under way Wednesday at the Civic Centre. Taking the initial faceoff n re Mark McKinnon of the Falcons, left and Dale Slinson of the Canucks. (Bill Groenen photo) Time JiocJfey ivill be used Minor hockey under wa> The Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association officially opened their 1972-73 season schedule staging two pee wee league games at the Civic Ice Centre Wednesday night. In the league opener, the Fal- cons blanked the Canucks 4-0 while in the second encounter I lie Vikings defeated the Flames 3-i. Terry Hamilton paced the Falcons with a hat trick while Mark McKinnon added a solo marker. Sean Keenan recorded the first shutout of the season. In the other contest, Don Jar- vie, Trevor Kraus and Frank Zappone scored a goal apiece Ihe runner on first and 'he pit- cher standing irresolute, wish- he didn't have to throw. Jackie Robinson established the black man's right to phiy second base. He fought for flic; black man's right to a piece in the white community, and ho never lost fight of that gout. After he left baseball, almost everything he did was directed toward that goal. He was involv- ed in foundation of the Free- dom National Banks. He tried I to get an insurance company started with black capital and when he died he was head of a construction company building housing for blacks. Years ago a friend, talking of the needs of blacks, said, "good schooling comes first." Jackie said, "housing is the first thing. Unless he's got a home he wants to come back to, it doesn't matter what kind of school he goes to." HE WAS .ANOHY There anger in him, and hen he was a young man he lo raise his falsetto oice. "But my demands were odcst lie said, and e spoke the truth. The very st demand he made publicly as delivered in the niildcst F terms during Ihe World Ser- es just concluded. There was ceremony in Cincinnati salut- ng htm for his work in drug ad- iction and in his response he icnlioned a wish that he could ook down lo third base and see a black manager on the coach- ng line. Seeing him in Cincinnati vc- the Dytun Thomas linn hat Roger Kahn borrowed for title: "I see the Boys of Sum- mer in Ilieir ruin." At Jyckia vas sick of body, white of hair, le had survived one heart cit- ack, ho had diabetes and hich >lcod pressure and he "o ng blind as a result of retinal bleeding in spite of efforts to cauterize Ihe ruptured' blood vessels with laser beams. With Kim were his wife Rachel, their son David and daughter Sharon. Everybody was remembering Jack Jr., an addict who beat the heroin hahit and died at 24 in an auto accident. "I've lost the sight in one cyo Jackie had (old Kahn a (lay or so earlier, "but they think they can save tlic other. I've got nothing to complain about.'1 Unconquerable is the word. lo lead the Viking's allack while David Michie replied for Ihe Flames. Meanwhile the pee wee divi- sion in the LMHA will be oper- aled under the "Time Hockey" system during the 1972-73 sea- son. This new timing system, al- ready successfully used in other Canadian cities, features two periods of 25 minutes each. The standard three 20-minute periods system has been dis- carded. Also, a buzzer is sounded af- ter three minutes of play and each team must change players, matching lines with players of equal calibre. The LMHA have also issued a new type of scoresheet which allow for recording the ice time of every player, assuring equal ice time regardless of their playing ability. Meanwhile the LMHA has in- formed the HeralrV rhat no further registrations will be accepted this season. The LMHA have 827 players registered, a considerable in- crease from the 650 last year. Some 50 hockey ICams will participate in the various leagues this season and the City's Community Services De- partment staff have done an excellent job to help the local minor hockey league. More sport on Page il Attention Hunters HORSE TRAILERS-" FOR RENT CHINOOK TRAIIER SALES 428 5th Si. S. Ph. 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