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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, September 26, 1974 They have waited all year for Bill Virdon to lose By RED SMITH New York Times Service NEW YORK In Bill Vir- don's first season as manager League east with the best won lost record in the majors. When he was fired the follow- ing September, not because of of the Pirates, the team any shortcoming on his part finished first in the National but because Joe L. Brown, the general manager, suffers from the curious delusion that nobody except Danny Mur- taugh can manage a team, the Pirates were second with decidedly brighter prospects than the Mets, who then came on the beat Pittsburgh back to third The Pittsburgh sports writer. Charley Feeney, protested that Virdon had not been given a chance to lose. "He won't have that trouble with the Charley was assured when New York took Virdon on for 1974. "They've been losing for a decade." Sherwin-Williams paint prices take a September fall Now until September 30th, at participating paint, hardware and department stores, home improvement centres and all Sherwin- Williams stores. Choice of ultra-white and over 500 colors made from white bases. Gives a tough, smooth You pay no more than) a a quart31 You pay no more than Canada's favorite interior, latex. a gallon" SO89 a Kern-tic ENAMEL f You pay no more than Great for bathrooms and a kitchens. a SUPER torn Kern-Ton ffr Kem-Glo AUCYD SEMI-GLOSf ENAMEL SHERWIN-WILLIAMS Co. under-filled to allow for addition of colorant. See label for contents. Sherwin-Williams 424 7th Strati S. LMhbridge, Alia. Phone 328-8808 Gaboon Lumber Co. Ltd. Pincher Creek Co-op Ltd. Cowlqr. Alta. Cellis Building Supplies Colernan. Phone 563-3731 M R Lumber Co, Milk River. Alia. Campbell Hardware Picture Butte. Alia. Erskine Son Hardware Alia Magrath Trading Co. Magrafti, Alberta Revelstoke Companies Ltd. 1S023rdAve S Vethbrtdge, AHa 327-5777 Bow Island Hardware Bow Island Brulene Paint Wall Covering 321 6th Street S., Lethbridge. Alta. Phone 327-8321 Pincher Creek Co-op Lumber Feed Pincher Creek. Alia. Ward's Allied Hardware Fort Vacleod. Alta. Andrew's Hardware Fort Alta Magrath Co-op Ltd. Magrelh Alia Jackson Bros. Hardware Pincher Creek. Alta. M E Hardware Foremost, Alts. Roger's Hardware Ltd. Taber. Phone 223-2052 Bird Building Supplies 113-13 SLN. Lelhbridoe. AIM. Phone 328-2050 Pass Home Electric Center Cotetnan. Alta. Raymond Mercantile Ltd. Phone 752-3034 North American Lumber Co. Ltd. Taber. Phone 223-2265 Revelstoke Companies Ltd. Taber, Aita Phone 223-2424 Barton Motors Ltd. Picture Suite. North American Lumber Co. Ltd. Bow Wand. Alia. Today, six games away from the finish, Virdon still has a chance to lose. Whether he seizes the opportunity or rejects it, he ought to be a shoo in as the American League's manager of the year. (It might seem to some that if Earl Weaver can bring the Orioles on to beat the Yankees at the wire, he ought to receive that distinction but the higher power that decides these things ignores Weaver unless his team loses.) What's going on in the American League east, by the way, should not be referred to as a pennant race. It is more like a suicide pact, or perhaps a rear end collision. Like a rattled housewife in a super- market parking lot, a team no sooner gets to the head of the line than it shifts into reverse Outside of Charlie Finley, who is leading the Oakland A's to their fourth straight mini championship in the west, contenders for manager of the year are Virdon, Weaver and Billy Martin Not many would dispute the statement that Baltimore and Texas are more richly endowed than the lodgers in Shea Stadium. No doubt there have been managers who could louse up a team that had Fergy Jenkins pitching and Jeff Burroughs swinging a stick, but none of them is now or ever was nam- ed Alfred Manuel Pesano. As for the Orioles, they floundered more than somewhat until a month or so ago but the names on the lockers still read: Robinson, Blair, Belanger, Powell, McNally, Palmer and Cuellar, not to mention Grimsley. When the Yankees hired Virdon, their primary purpose was not to correct Joe Brown's oversight and give him a chance to lose They needed somebody to mind store until they could get Dick Williams, and Bill happened to be available. They made no bones about Virdon's being second choice, disposable whenever Williams could win his freedom from Finley Some men would have disdained to take the job in those circumstances but Virdon is not the servant of foolish pride A realist, he knows that managing is a year to year job no matter how the contract reads. The fact that he accepted the terms offered is the measure of his confidence; the way he has produced is testimony to his competence In effect he was saying: "I'll give them my best for a year Then we'll see if they still think someone else can do better His confidence was not misplaced. Is it conceivable that the Yankees could drop him now. even if Williams were at liberty? The squad Virdon took over in Fort Lauderdale. Fla last February resembled in only one respect the team that last brought a pennant to the Bronx. Mel Stottlemyre was one of Yogi Berra's pitchers in 1964 and he was the ace presumptive of the staff this year. Through no fault of his. Stottlemyre has been unable to give Virdon much help. By now the squad bears precious little resemblance to those that played for Ralph Houk in recent summers. Referring to the club as a collection of castoffs and retreads downgrades the per- formance of men like Elliott Maddox. Lou Piniella. Chris Chambliss. Pat Dobson. Dick Tidrow. Larry Gura and others, but the fact is all of these came from teams that found reasons to let them go Maddox. for example, is the forgotten man in the ruinous deal that sent Denny McLain to the Washington Senators after the 1970 season and helped drive baseball out of the capital. Bob Short swapped the guts of his ball club Ed Bnnkman, Aurclso Rodriguez. Joe Coleman and Jim Detroit for McLain. Maddox. Don Wert and Norm McRae The only survivor of the quartet. Mad- dox batted 236 as a part-time player in Washington and Tex- as before the Yankees bought him last march. Virdon encountered a good deal of flak when he moved Bobby Murcer out of center- Iseild. where lhal affJuerat young man was enshrined as hor to Jhe glory of Joe Dimaggio and Mickey Mantle. and gave Wie job to Maddox The move, made primarily to improve the defense, has produced unforeseen results. Maddox as leading the hitlers 3l 307 and Murcer has at last found a he range of Shea's fences This isn't saying the Yankees wilj win Chanres are nobody Five teams World Football creditors close NEW YORK (AP) The debt-ridden New York Stars formally moved to Charlotte, N.C.. Wednes- day and left the incipient, struggling World Foot- ball League temporarily without a base in the country's richest market. The young league found itself struggling to stay alive, trying to keep a step ahead of creditors In Detroit, the Wheels, heads held above the water by league financing for the last few weeks, are in bankruptcy A week ago, another rich area was abandoned when the Houston franchise was moved to Shreveport, La Two days ago the league assumed control of the Jacksonville franchise, whose players had not been paid for more than a month There have been eight franchise shifts in this first year of operation for the 12-team league. There may be others soon. "Our losses exceeded said Howard L. Baldwin, president of the New York team, blaming the transfer on inadequate stadium facilities. The Stars have played seven home games in the poorly- appointed and dimly-lighted Downing Stadium on Randall's Island. They drew 4.220 for Tuesday night's game against Detroit In seven home games the Stars attracted only Gary Davidson, the WFL commissioner, was not present at the latest franchise shift, announced in a New York hotel, but he sent an optimistic com- ment from his base in Newport Beach, Calif. "We plan to come back to New York for the 1976 season when Yankee Stadium renovation will be he said Upton Bell, son of the late National Football League commissioner Bert Bell and acting presi- dent of the new Charlotte team, insisted that New York was not being abandoned as a WFL site "New York is the cornerstone of every major sports he said. "The No 1 concern of the league is to remain in New York but it was im- possible to do so with the current stadium facilities Memphis and Birmingham appear to be the only healthy franchises in the league The others are in a state of uncertainty Toronto Northmen moved to Memphis after the original Memphis team shifted to Houston, only to be nudged later to Shreveport. The original Wash- ington team moved to Alexandria, Va., and from there to Orlando. Fla The Stars were in Boston before they were in New York. Originally, Detroit Wheels were scheduled to go to Charlotte but the move was abandoned and New York got the nod in back room negotiations. The Wheels filed a bankruptcy petition in U. S. District Court, claiming an indebtedness of million. The Stars were encountering similar financial problems when the decision was made to move to Charlotte "Downing Stadium simply was not the proper en- vironment for the introduction of the World Foot- ball League to New Baldwin told the press conference "The stadium is inadequate, poorly lighted and with poor access roads He said the league had not owner Robert J Schmertz had not aid for the Stars Schmertz, owner of Boston Celtics basketball team and former holder of the controlling interest in New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association, will maintain financial control of the Stars until the franchise is taker, ever by a Carolir.a syndicate. Bell said he expected this to take place within the next two weeks. Schmertz will have no role in the projected new WFL franchise in New York. "There will be an entirely new ownership." Baldwin said The Stars immediately become the Charlotte Stars, until a new name can be devised by a popular poll. Bell said. The team plays Oct 3 in Chicago and makes its Charlotte debut against Memphis Oct. 9. "I am very enthusiastic about the move. The American Legion Memorial Field, where the games will be played, is a fine, old-fashioned stadium which seats 27.000 watch Soviet team MONTREAL (CP) More than 1.500 fans were on hand Wednesday night for a rare treat-a workout on Canadian ice by the Soviet Union's national hockey team. Star forward Alexander Yakushev did not participate in the practice which was held at the suburban Pointe Claire Arena. "It's a knee ligament." Yakushev explained. "My doctor promised me that I'll be able to play before the end of the series." Sergei Kapustin. who broke a finger in the second game of the Soviet Union's eight-game series against Team Canada, still cannot grip a hockey stick properly and some other play- ers are nursing various bumps and bruises. IMPORTANT UNRESFRVEt: AUCTION ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 at a.m. sharp roA ASHBURY ft BOYS LTD.. FORMERLY A. ft B. 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