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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta i Ht Lt i HBRIDOE wcdMMlay, Pat Sullivan Juniors not humiliated I've had to eat my words on more than one occassion. That is one of the risks of this business. No one remembers when you are right and no one forgets when you are wrong. It did my heart good to read a story in the recent edition of Hockey News. The item was headlined 'WCHL prepares for lesson in humility by Team Canada 74.' The name of the writer of the story doesn't matter. But if he were given the chance to start over, one can bet he would change not only the headline, but a great deal of the story. I have never been a real fan of Scotty Munro. He doesn't need me, and I can get along just fine without him. However, I must give Munro his just dues in his handling of the Western Canada Hockey League All Stars in their current series with Team Canada 74. I took in the game last Thursday in Medicine Hat featuring the WCHL club and Team Canada. I came away less than impressed with our latest challengers of Russia's national team. But, after reading the Hockey News article, I see where we have allowed ourselves to be led ever farther down the garden path in this series than in 1972. If the WCHL juniors were to have been given a lesson in humility, it would have come at the hands of Team Canada 72, not this year's aggregation. Look at the results to date. The professionals of the World Hockey Association have won two games, 7-2 and 6-5, while los- ing once 3-2. Even Team Canada coach Billy Harris admits the 6-5 game could have gone either way. Munro didn't say he was expecting his juniors to learn a lesson. He said his club would win one game. He made it very clear he never, in his life, coached a team where he didn't try his level best to win. Team Canada promoters would have us believe that professional athletes are in far better shape than the juniors at this stage of the game. I didn't see it in Medicine Hat. Both clubs looked like they had enjoyed the summer. I'll give the pros the edge in moxie but not conditioning. Another concern shown towards the juniors if concern is to be distributed, direct it at Team Canada was that humilia- tion at the hands of the pros would affect them in their junior careers. They may never recover from it, was one statement. I haven't had a chance to talk to any of the players from the junior club. I would think that just playing the likes of Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull and Frank Mahovlich would be a great and educational experience. How could any young man of 17-20 be humiliated at the loss of a game to stars such as these? No, the juniors should feel sorry for Team Canada. It is this gathering of professionals who have the eyes of Canada upon them. They have very little to gain when you think about it. If they defeat the Russians, so what? Team Canada 72 did that. If they lose, they weren't as good as Team Canada 72. On the surface, it's as simple as that. I can sympathize with Harris and his charges. They have their work cut out for them. And as far as the juniors learning a lesson in humility, forget it. They have displayed their talents and should be the proudest young men in the country. You won't hear this from me very often Scotty, but take a bow. Brock's base stolen No sooner had Lou Brock stolen his 105th base than it too was taken. How- ever, it was removed, as Brock and coach Vern Benson watch, to be placed in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Johnson pays quick dividend, Yankees get breathing room The ASSOCIATED PRESS Alex Johnson, acquired Monday from Texas Rangers, went to work on Tuesday night in a New York Yankee un- MIDLAND AUTO'S ENDS SEPTEMBER BOSCH Hit PrhHl "BLUE-SPOT; ANTIGLARE LIGHTS JACKS: Rachet and Tripod Bumper MIRRORS Clamp-on, West Coast, Convex TIRE PUMPS Assorted Styles 95 PAIR 10% OFF ALL SPLASH GUARDS HOOD ORNAMENTS Swan, Horse, Bulldog, Jaguar STEERIN WHEEL COVERS Vinyl, Orion Pile TOUCH-UP PAINT Ford, General Motors, Chrysler ORLON PILE SEAT COVERS Trucks and Cars GAUGES 0 OFF iform and hit a game-winning home run. "You have to get lucky said Johnson after his 420-foot hit in the 12th inning brought the Yankees a 2-1 victory over Boston Red Sox. Ironically, Johnson failed earlier in a potential game- winning situation when he struck out as a pinch-hitter with a man in scoring position. The win gave the Yankees a two-game lead over both the Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles in the hot American League East race. "This helped a man (pitcher Pat Dobson) win a said Johnson, a well-travelled veteran. "There's still a long way to go." The Orioles lost a ning decision to Milwaukee Brewers to fall into a second- place tie with the Red Sox. In Tuesday night's other American League games. Cleveland Indians beat Detroit Tigers 12-6, Minnesota Twins beat Chicago White Sox 8-7 in 15 innings and California Angels defeated Kansas City Royals 8-2. Johnson's game-winner, his fifth homer of the baseball season, came off reliever Diego Segui. 7-7. The victory went to Dobson. 16-14, who won his sixth straight game with last-inning relief help from Sparky Lyle. Dobson gave up four hits in 11 innings. The Yankees tied the game 1-1 in the ninth inning on a walk to Lou Piniella and a controversial double by Chris Chambliss. After Piniella walked, Chambliss doubled, scoring pinch-runner Larry Murray. Chambliss pulled up at third. But a fan in the right field stands touched the ball and the Red Sox argued that the runners should go back to se- cond and third because it was a ground-rule double. The um- pires concurred, bringing New York manager Bill Virdon storming out to protest the decision. After several minutes, Virdon won his argument that the runner would have scored. Sixto Lezcano singled-home a run in the 10th inning to give Milwaukee its victory over Baltimore. Johnny Briggs walked to open the Milwaukee 10th and moved to second on a bunt sacrifice by Bob Coluccio. Lezcano then singled to right to score Briggs with the game-winner. Cleveland reached Detroit's Mickey Lolich for five runs on six straight singles in the sec- ond inning and went on to beat the Tigers. Rod Carew walked, stole second and scored on Larry Hisle's single in the 15th inn- ing to give Minnesota its vic- tory over Chicago. Brock steals the show as well as two bases ASSOCIATED PRESS Lou Brock has made good on his promise to the baseball fans of St. Louis. Brock, who had said he wanted to break Maury Wills' stolen-base record before the home fans at Busch Stadium, did just that Tuesday night, stealing second base in the first and seventh innings to increase his season total to. more than the stan- dard set by Wills in 1962. "I'm glad to get it over with, although I'd have liked it to be during a winning said Brock, whose Cardinals were beaten 8-2 by Philadelhia Phillies. Elsewhere in the National League, Pittsburgh Pirates beat Chicago Cubs 12-4, Los Angeles Dodgers blanked Atlanta Braves 1-0, Cincinnati Reds beat San Diego Padres 5- 2, Montreal Expos defeated New York Mets 6-4, and San Francisco Giants edged Houston Astros 6-5 in 11 in- nings. Wills said he had mixed emotions about seeing his record broken, but hailed Brock's outstanding perfor- mance. "My hat's off to the former Los Angeles Dodgers' infielder said. "I never thought anyone would approach the record this soon, probably not in my lifetime." The thefts came during the Cards' 142nd game and Brock's 134th. Wills stole his 104th base in the Dodgers' 165th game of the 1962 season. Brock remained at first base for only one pitch before each steal. After leading off the first in- ning with a single, he broke for second on the second pitch by Philadelphia right-hander Dick Ruthven and easily beat the throw from catcher Bob Boone, which bounced into centre field as Brock went to third. In the seventh inning, Brock again waited until Ruthven had an 0-1 count on Ron Hunt before streaking to second, once again well ahead of Boone's wide throw to the bag. Brock tried to steal once again in the ninth inning, after reaching base on a throwing error by Phils' shortstop Larry Bowa. He broke for se- cond on a 1-1 pitch, but this time he was thrown out by Boone. The steals by Brock, who has been thrown out 29 times this year, also lifted him to 740 for his career. Only Ty Cobb, who had 892. and Eddie Collins, 743, stole more bases during their major league careers. Brock's base-running ef- forts overshadowed the slugg- ing of Phils' third baseman Mike Schmidt, who hit a two- run homer and two doubles and drove in four runs. He now leads the majors with 35 Horseshoe event set The Southern Alberta closed horseshoe tournament is scheduled for Indian Battle Park this Saturday. Registration for the one day affair will get under way at nine in the morning with ac- tion slated for a 10 o'clock start. Only players residing south of Calgary are eligible to enter this tourney. It is the last tournament of the year and all horseshoe players are urged to take part. AUTO COOLANT SAVER KITS AUTO-GRAPHS Ford, Dodge, Vega, Camaro. Datsun RUBBER REPAIR KITS 1001 Various Uses PORTABLE STEEL CAR RAMPS BABY MOOM HUB CAPS Various Sizes 10% OFF ALL BASS STEREO SPEAKERS FLOOR MATS Various colors, sizes, designs CASSETTE AND 8 TRACK STEREO SYSTEMS SPARE WHEEL TIRE COVERS Black or Beige COMPASSES ALTIMETERS THERMOMETERS ALL ROOF RACKS .....75% OFF MIDLAND AUTO SUPPLY (1971 LTD.) Roundup of short sport Phom 327-4951 FINNS BARRED HELSINKI (Reuten Fin- nish hockey writers were re- fused visas to cover the Izvestia Trophy game between Finland and the Soviet Union which opened Europe's premier tour- nament in Moscow Tuesday. A spokesman for Ihe Finnish Ice Hockey Federation said the official reason for denying the visas was the acute shortage of hotel space. CONTEH NOW READY -JohnCon- teh, Britain's European and Commonwealth light-heavy- weight boxing champion, was given doctors" okay Tuesday to prepare for his World Box- ing Council title bout with Argentina s Jorge Ahumada The fight was originally scheduled for here Tuesday night but was postponed to Oct.! when Conleh contracted a heavy cold. SUCCESSFUL TOUR SCARBOROUGH. England