Seaver Ends Holdout FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Tom Sea ver can take off the black hat. He's back in the family. His long, bitter holdout is over. Sea ver reached agreement with the New York Mets shortly before midnight Monday on a three-year contract which the Mets say will make him the highest paid pitcher in baseball history. "Tom Seaver becomes the first pitcher in baseball history to make $200,000 a year." said M. Donald Grant, chairman of the Board of the Mets. There have been reports that Ferguson Jenkins will be paid $200.000 by the Boston Red Sox this season, but Grant termed that figure inaccurate. "This is the highest salary a baseball player has ever been paid to pitch," Grant said of the accord with the 31-year-old right-hander, who compiled a 22-9 record last season and won the Cy Young Award as the National League's premier pitcher for the third time in his stellar career. Seaver had been asking for $800,000 over three years, and had told the Mets that if he did not get what he felt he was worth he would consider playing out his option. Such talk is unheard of among the Mets organization, which prides itself on maintaining a happy family image. Seaver, one of the most visible members of the Major League Baseball Players Association during the labor negotiations this spring, became the first official holdout in Mets history. He accused the team of trying to make him look like a villain, between his holdout and his union activity, but said he had to go by his convictions, "I can't wear a black hat the rest of my life." he said. "I have to answer to myself." The contract dispute between Seaver and Mets' management became acrimonious, to the point where reports circulated that he was on the trading block. One story had him going to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a package deal that would have brought Don Sutton. among others, to New York, and Seaver said that at one point he was "90 per cent certain that I would be traded." Timei Herald, Carroll, la. ^ Tueiday, April 6, 1976 / But the Mets backed off from their hard line last week and made Seaver an offer, and the pitcher resumed negotiations with General Manager Joe McDonald. Trade talk all but disappeared. Grant had said he would enter the talks only if Seaver asked for his presence, and Seaver did so over the weekend. They met for one hour 40 minutes before and during the Mets' exhibition game against the Yankees Monday night, and finalized their agreement 'after a 15-minute post-game session, bringing Seaver back into the Mets' family. "We agreed to terms verbally." said McDonald. "We have to work up the contrct itself. We need some time on that, but we have a complete understanding." Seaver. meanwhile, said he was happy to rejoin the clan. "I'm glad it's all over." he said. "It's been a very trying six weeks. I found it very difficult to concentrate on pitching my last few starts. I don't think there's any doubt that it'll help our entire ballclub knowing this situation is over." While precise salary terms were not disclosed, Grant's statements indicate Seaver will get at least $200.000 for 1976. He presumably will receive a raise in each of the next two years. No Change in Girls' Cage Class DBS MOINES, Iowa (AP)— There is no need to classify girls' high school basketball teams by school size until large schools dominate the game, a sports executive told Iowa athletic directors Monday. Bob Smiley, executive . secretary of the Iowa Girls' High School Athletic Union. said girls' basketball has not . reached that point. Speaking to nearly 250 Iowa high school athletic directors. 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Janet Conrad and Lori Wilson. 49ers to Build Super Dreams on Plunkett SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are building Super Bowl dreams on Jim Plunkett. the homegrown quarterback with Rose Bowl memories. "Obtaining Jim Plunkett is a vital cornerstone toward building the kind of club we want the 49ers to become," new 49ers Coach Monte Clark said Monday after the trade with the New England Patriots finally was formalized. "I'm glad to be back," said Plunkett. the Heisman Trophy winning star of Stanford's 1970 Rose Bowl championship team. San Francisco's home attendance dropped alarmingly last year and the acquisition of the popular local boy could help turn that situation around. To get Plunkett. whose home town is nearby San Jose, the 49ers' sent 23-year-old quarterback Tom Owen to the Patriots and also gave up their two first round choices in Thursday's National Football League draft and their first and second round choices next year. "It was the price we felt it was necessary to pay to get a quarterback of Jim's quality," said Clark. He added that the 49ers must improve in -several other areas, after three straight losing seasons, "but we want to get to the Super Bowl." Chuck Fairbanks, the Patriots' coach and general manager, agreed that the 49ers ^ Fifties Dance at the BACK ROOM ana A Ducktails \ Permitted/ There No Hoods Allowed Hula Hoop Contest Jitterbug Contest Limbo Contest Goldfi sh S wa I low? ng had acquired "one of the But Fairbanks has two fine most of 1975. and Owen. The college players available premier quarterbacks in the young passing prospects in Pats have three first round The 49ers and Patriots NFL, coming into the prime of Steve Grogan, who filled in ca- picks Thursday, getting to agreed on the trade two weeks his career at 28 years old." pably for the injured Plunkett choose the fifth, 12th and 22nd ago ATTENTION.' 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