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grey- Hall of Fame Remembers Baseball Executive MacPhail M.S. Andi; 1 the in guas in ) - The for a consecutive is By FRANK ECK I AP Newsfeatures Sports Editor Ten men, all of whom made good living out of baseball, met recently on the fourth floor of New York's Americana hotel for the purpose of naming six oldlime players and one executive to baseball's Hall of Fame. These men, seven over 70, the olhers just below that age, sal around an oblong piece of furniture furniture with a green covered cloth thai resembled an oversi/ed billiard table. For almost two hours they took ballot after ballot. Their job was difficult and they will be getting letters of both thanks and admonishment long after those chosen are inducted into the Hall on Aug. 0 at Cooperstown, Cooperstown, N.Y. It was a secret meeting headed by former National League president Warren C. Giles, who knows baseball rules and procedures from A to Z. He ran the C i n c i n n a t i Reds after I-arry MacPhail had pu' the lights in that park and hn presented him with two future championship teams. He later ran the National League. The committee included I'au S. Kerr, president of Ihe Hall Hall of Farmers I'rankie five straight America pennants and Worl cries, Weiss was a sma lioice. However, Weiss is a youl omparcd to Larry MacPhai ,'ho turned 81, Feb. 3. It was MacPhail who put rst front office pension pla nlo effect, a pension that j benefit both Weiss an itcngel before they move cross flic river lo the Mcls. It was MacPhail who in 13' lood by Leo Durocber aff 'ommissioner Happy Chandli uspended him for one yea The next summer Ricke released" Durocber to Horac toneham's New York Giants. It was MacPhail who in the players' pension plan, ind put night ball in Cincinnati, Brooklyn and New York. It was MacPhail who, as Frisch, Joe Cronin, Waile Hoyt B i l l Terry a n d Charle; Gehringer. Also former writer Fred Lieb, Dan Daniel and Charley Segar, Ford C. Frick' buddy in their wriling days whc went to Ihe Frick and . secretary when Frick ran tight ship as commissioner. Absentees Roy Stockton an Will Harrid«e had proxies r NL office undo joined him a per John on .801, Milwaukee club home Buck of 27 (he premises. The 10 men ha 12 voting privileges. A f l e r m a n y crumpled ballots he 10 men named Knbe Marquard Marquard (81, native of Cleveland, )itcher 201 wins versus 177 lc- 'caL';, 1908-1325); Chick llafey (67, Berkeley, outfielder, .317, 1924-1937); Dave Bancroft (78, Sioux City, Iowa, shortstop, .279, 1915-lf«0); and Harry Hooper (B3, .Sanla Clara, outfielder, .281, 1909-192:)) as oldlimers who lad played in 1925 or laler. Tinlypers named were Jake Beckley (deceased at 50 in 1918, Hannibal, Mo., first baseman, .309, 1888-1907) and Joe Kclley (deceased at 71 in 1!M3, Cambridge, Cambridge, Mass., outfielder, 2i, (Al) stepping at of a posi colonel in Washington, talked 'resident Franklin D. Roosevelt vho later asked the majors lay more night games lo he defense workers on their daytime jobs. It was MacPhail who he majors lo the Caribbean, and now Ihe majors are is far as Soulh America for non-bonus talent. MacPhail truly was the B a b e Ruin o f basebal executives. "Larry wasn't in baseball long enough," said one man close lo the sifualion. (He in Cincinnali in 1935 and his Yankee slock in 1947). But look what MacPhail for nighl baseball, and Ihc game in general. His irlcas innovations arc M i l l being today -- Oldtimer.i Days and stadium clubs in all parks. "Probably nobody has had more balllcs with Larry Phail t h a n I," Ford Frick recently. "Yet he was completely dedicated to baseball. Ite was a bailer. He probably conceived more good things for baseball than man." And that's the opinion of quile a few people. 1891-1908). The executive named was George M. Weiss, former Met president who was in Newark, N.J., as Yankee f a r m director when MacPhail bought the Yankees. Yankees. Weiss brought Casey Stengel to the Yankees in 1949 and lo the Mets in 1962. On the strength of those two moves and (he fact that the Yankees, under the Weiss-Slengel regime, Keeps Hit Word NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Former U.S. Open golf champion I^e Trevino was quite serious when he said two he would never play in the Masters tournament again. "It not my kind of course," said. ' Trevino will play in the annual Old April 3-5, a a-side by Masters competitors for practice, The Masters at Augusla, Ga., are April Profits from the Okl will go lo the Unilcd Negro lege Fund. Dominion Open time usually

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  1. Greeley Daily Tribune,
  2. 17 Mar 1971, Wed,
  3. Page 26

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