Clipped From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
36- Sidelights on Sports By AL ABRAMS, Sport$ Editor JPofcer Pulled for Clemente I know of no one in baseball who pushed .harder to get Roberto Clemente the National League's Most Valuable Player Award than Harry Walker. "The Hat" started campaigning In midsummer midsummer and never let up until the final game of the season. Every out-of-town out-of-town out-of-town out-of-town out-of-town writer within ear range of the Pirate manager got bombed with verbal barrage about the great ness of his colorful right fielder and how much he meant to the club. And, as everyone knows, there's no one more vocal than Walker when he Is in high gear. Yesterday, Clemente was announced announced the National League's MVP for 1966 in a close ballot Bob Purkey battle with Sandy Koufax. This Is the way the race figured to go beforehand down to the wire between between the two best performers at different positions. One more first place vote could have swayed the award to Koufax, unquestionably the game's best pitcher the past three decades. We have to assume, assume, then, that Walker's continuous plumping for Clemente was a factor. These were the two wtio were at swords point early in 1965. The breach between them was denied denied then but admitted later. What happened this year proved that fine men can overcome disagreement. disagreement. That is why I put little stock in stories that Walker and Vernon Law won't get along next year If the "Deacon" comes back. They'll get along all right because they're both gentlemen.