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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta ._ friilnv, Ottohtl V. 1971 Joe. Rudi reflects on 1972 World Series It was all like a player's dream come true OAKLAND, Calif. It'll nhviiys IK Ihove [or him to remember, a permanently imprinted tableau, leMiniony lo tlic fact lie was a major league baseball player pluyed in a World Series. Tlie picture show- Joe Umli climbing Hie leflfield wall at Ili verfronl Stadium in Cincm- nali, glove clawing lo snatch Ihc ball, a blur of while imini.s- oiied by tlic k'ltllier. The glorious moment, l-'or a man who is called by his teammates because liis eyes look so doleful, national r.ition, at least for lhc moment. Whatever happens for .Joe Rudi after this is surfeit "It he say? nmv, the noise bubble of tlic World Ser- ies deflated, "tbe 7cnit.li of a iiiH a N'orl'l Scries mul win- mug a Bailie with a hit and mak- ing a catch." This happened in the second game when Iludi's liornc run was lhc winner for (he Oakland A's and his runlh- inning catcli saved it. The same kind of instant ac- claim could be argued for Gene Tenatrc, who changed the pron- nncialion of his name from "Tcn-.itch-ec" lo "Tennis" be- cause no one could handle the right way. Me hil four vital home runs and a crucial single in two series Hut there is no dramatic photo to capture his moment. And be- sides, there was no expectation in his case, lie wasn't even the regular catcher for Oakland most of the summer. Rudi had hit a loam leading (or the Athletics this year and vias their steadied player. Yet he was Ihc most unknown star of a pennant winning team you could imagine. 'I'his was 11 club which thrived ou verbal strife, and tlie guys who made tlic news were Reggie Jackson and Vida Rlne and Cat- fish JIitnttT ajid Alike Epstein and Blue Moon Odom. For -Joe Rudi, 2G years old, with three full season in the majors and parts of three others, recognition has been a coming. Even on his own team. "In and he recalled wryly, "they used to pull me in tlic eighth and ninth inning for Mike Hershbcrgcr or Jim fiosfier. For defensive purposes. It really burned me up. "Baseball is a game of labels. You pet stuck with one. 1 had hit no field label. They forgot that I started out as an infiehlcr. In 19G7 1 came up after playing 'A' ball. I didn't cover much ground. They sent me down a month later to make me a first baseman. I was through as an outfielder." Playing firsi base for Birm- ingham against Knoxvillc one day he collided with the catcher going for a pop fly and came out with 12 stitches under his chin. while scar still remains. The A's brought him back the next year as an outfielder. In those days, Joe was a marginal hitter. He couldn't gel his average above .200, and he has an explanation [or that, loo. "I don'l care if you're Mickey Mantle or he says, "if you're platooned and only player's dream. 1 mean, play- Oakland fails to land one player on select squad play once or twice a week, you Ml .150. George Hendrick has Lhe qualities of a supcr-sLar. Everybody on the club feels it. So don'l hold it against Mm he only hit .180. Play him every day and he'll hit regardless." For the past Ihrec seasons, Joa has played every day, against right hand pitching, against left hand pitching. And the scraptook of Mrs. Odcn Rudi, his mother, in his home town o( Modesto, Calif., is bulging. A whole volume is re- served for the World Series drama. Joe sensed there was somo- tliing special aboul Ms series achievement when he looked out on the lawn of his subur- ban home in Newark, Calif., one morning. A poster had been planted on the ground. It read, "Right On, Joe." And on the infield vyall of lite Oakland Coliseum, his territory, there was a green and gold banner I "Kudi's Rooters." "After sitting home for JO years, watching the World Ser- ies on he says, "I was suddenly in it. Only when It's over, do yon wake up and rea- lize if. It feels super." And it has made a differ- ence in his life. Last winter ho went to a cocktail party in San Jose, spent three hours there, and when he- walked out the door no one knew he was a bait player. he says, "when I go down to the supermarket, a few people recognize me who haven't recogmzed me before." RUDIE MAKES THE CATCH Joe Rudi makes The Calcli in (he second game of the 1972 World Series. Rudi's grab off the bat of Denis Menke, slifled a ninth-inning Cincinnoli rally. The catch is already being ranked as of greatest ploys of Series history. Rustlers, Mets k. up wins .u. (CP) Goid Dil- lion scored thi'efl Tlnirs- day niighl tn lead Dt'or RusUcrs to a victory over Calgary Canucks in UK? AlljcvLa Junior Hockey Hcggic hot in victor National League dominates major league all-stars NliW YORK rinner Wilbur Vood got '20. Perry's nod was more con-ebled in the righthander >unch. The former Giant ace lad 184 votes, followed by Jim Catfish Hunter of Oakland with 54, Jim Palmer of Baltimore with 50, Luis Tiant of Boston with 39 ajid Ferguson Jenkins ot the Cubs with 36. Hunter came closer than any of the World winning A's lo making Ihe All-Stars. Meanwhile members of Oakland Athletics and Cincinnati Reds will share a record 178.45 from the World Series, baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn's office announced Thursday. A spokesman also announce! gross revenue from the seven-game series of ?3. 954, 5-12. 99. the commissioner's share of S5S3, 181.15, shares of J55-1.735.79 each for the American and Na-lional leagues and euls of 735.80 for each of (he parlicipat-ng clubs. The players' share total was figured on four games, the others on seven games. The amount for each Individ ual player is not yet known but lias been estimated lhat eacl Oakland player will receive 521, 000 and each Cincinnati player will get Ram league ti The Lethbridge Collegiate In-itute Rams wilt be seeking it 1972 Southern Alberta High -chool football League champ-onship title in Medicine Hat to-ighl. The Rains will represent the vustcrn division while the Mc-oy Colts will head the eastern in the sudden death JiampiojisJjip final. The Rams are considered the avorites in the do-or-die tilt s tlicy dropped the Col (s in icir -two meetings this season. Bcsdies that, the Rams have ecorded a fantastic points for-and-agaitist average which can't oe touched by any other club n the six-team league. Tn their seven league games Ins year, the Rams1 defensive unit gave up only four touchdowns and an average of four joints a S tie Their off up an avci The all -is set to g G'as City. Meanwhi weather ce on the wee conclude le Foothills son. In lonififr mond Conn Cougars ir Claresholrr KnJghts in Saturday travel to vSt. Mary-Cougars a Mustangs Butle Elks Short MA A WITHDRAWS KANSAS CITY (CP) 'Hie National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA has withdrawn from 1 he Uni ted SI ates lie Committee USOC in a move aimed at forcing complete reorganisation- of the USOC, The announcement was made iointly in the name of Samuel R. Barnes, secretary -treasurer of the NCAA, and Charles Xehui.'i. chairman of [he NCAA International Relations Committee and "Big Eight." conference commissioner, at a Thursday news conference here. IIAYTKR SEKKS POST EDMONTON (CP) aon Ilayler, vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Ama Icirr Baseball, said today he will run for president of the federation at the annual meet inp in Ottawa Nov. U of L hosts volleyball The University nf Lelhbridpc will sponsor and host high school boys' and girls' volleyball tournaments Saturday. Involved in Ilio one-day double-knockout event will in-Tlat. Taber, Milk River, Fort Maclxwd-, Vauxhall, Conldalc, Stirling and Lcthbridge. Games will start at 9 a.m. and condinue to 3 p.m. 'i'lie new gymnasium is large enough to accomodate three games simultaneously ami as a result the action will be continuous Admission for UK; one-day affair is SI for adults and fifty-cent.s for TO TRY MONTREAL (CP) Jcrr> nhome, a backup fjuartorbacj for the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys. Los Angeles Rams and Cl cvela nd Browns duri his seven-year National Football career, arrived here Thursday night [or a five-day tryout with Montreal TIRE SPORT LEAGUE Easlern Civilian W L T F A PI! Montreal f> o J 35 u is Buffalo 5 T 3 it U 13 Detroit t> 1 0 M 13 12 i 3 1 37 JO 1 Toronto 3 i 1 13 27 7 Boston -T S 1 3J 3A 7 Vancouver 3 3 1 36 1? 7 Isldnden 1 6 0 10 23 2 Wetrern Diviiioi Chicago 6 3 1 31 75 1J 5 3 6 20 1? [a Loi Angeles 3 6 1 31 36 B Philadelphia 3 3 3 72 7i 8 Minnescla 3 4 1 70 33 7 1 A 1 19 34 7 SI. Louis 1 4 3 17 76 3 Ca forrlfl 1 A 1 14 30 J NHL LEADERS G A Pfi PerreaulL Dul A 14 20 Robert, Buf 5 11 14 Bucyk, B 3 13 15 LemairE, M 10 4 U Gi R 7 7 U M k la, C 5 Slariierd. R s n Berry, 1 A K 13 Marlir., Bui 11 Hodge B J 1? Hull, C 4 1? Park, R 3 1? PRO BASKETBALL NBA 1U Ciiy 107 CHlcagn siate 73 ABA Virolr.fa IS Denver in Virqima US Denver J Deer Drumhellcr The Pan Edmonlon Tells iL like il is say deeply hurl. But T came over because 1 thought I could help. "Finally, (Harry) Station comes over and says 'I'd like you lo take a few shifts at centre.' I said 'Harry, what is going on here? I scored 50 goals and I Lhink I'm as goot as anybody out here. I came over with all intentions o helping Canada.' "He said 'if you don't like it, you can take your clothes off.' Hadfield said he left it a lhat, then told Alan Bagleson one of Ihe Team Canada offi Icers, that he would rather g home if his services weren' needed. Me quoted Eaglcson WORLD AS I New Erigla Oltajva New York V Alw la houslon Los 'Alnnesila Chicago HOCKEY S CMicSQO t Los Ycrk Ouetwc A Houslon 7 Sp.ittk 7 r San Dk-TQ 'JJr.'l i Hadfi r By BRUCE LEVETT j Canadian I'rrss Spoils Editor TORONTO Vic Hadlield, capUin of NCTV York i Rangers of Hie Naliona Hockey League who oul on Team Canada in Moscow nearly R monlh ago, has told his side of the story. In a television show, Sports Beat '72 on CTV network Wednesday nighl, who refused to speak lo re-! porters in Moscow following his said nobody had asked for his version of the lias J "J went Lo practise in he said. "There 34 players and naturally will] M, everybody isn't RninR tn play and eveybody reiilizcs Lliis, They took eight forward lines and I was leil by mysell and told to stand over hy the Iwards while the other players practised. ''Now, I am a pro and have a lot of pride f mean I play aggressive hockey and T might look like f am supposed to be immune but I have feelings the as ev-eryljody else and I c i[ the field and ndilions are suitable fend, live games will Sane play in the 1972 'ootball League sea- l's action, the Ray- els will take on the Cardston while tho Cohras will face the Nantoti. Coaldale Spartans River, Cardston visit the Vulcan id Ihe High River L T F A PK 1 0 51 31 17 3 0 ii 47 ID F A PI 0 37 31 0 33 ZJ With either of these services you receive 10 GALLONS OF GAS r FOR ONLY Guardian Maintenance COMPLETE BRAKE RELINE ALL 4 WHEELS -AISO- Check Whaol Cylinder! Checfc Main Cylinder ChecV Hydraulic Ljnpt WEiFern Division l ix ?l 0 15 n 0 73 19 [Jelron 1 lei 3 Allanla 1 Worlil THIS OFFER IN EFFECT FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER BENY CHEVROLET OLDSMOB1LE SERVICE DEPARTMENT AVE. and 3lh ST. S. PHONE 328-llor replying "okay, I'll mnkc Ihc arrangements; you can fly home tomorrow He said he led il lo Eagle- Eon lo "smooth everything out" with reporters. However, when EnRleson met a contingcnl or Canadian UTiler.s in Ihe players' pri- vate dining room in Moscow anrl called to Hadrieid, the player replied don't want 10 speak lo nobody." Sinclcn broke up the Had- ficld-Jean Ralcllc-Rod Gilbert line after Boslon's Wayne Cashman was injured in Stockholm just before the Russian lonrnamenl. Cashman, a rigfrlwingcr, was replaced by Gilbert on a line with Dennis Hull ami Ra- tclle. HadficW's I'W IP" Team fan.vld uilh it Isrk o( denlh 11 Icfl llarlfiold clidn'l give a rea- for his long si- IciK'C. hut reccnlly coach Sin- a news conference (o promote his forthcoming book Ifockcy Ihe hook outlines Ihe ITadficld af- fair anil lhat Mm New York player docs nol r.-ome off in a fwilicularly favorable light. 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