The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 22, 1966 · Page 11
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HAMMER BLOW Atlanta Players Plainly Worried That Rough Magic Franchise Moving By MURRAY OLDERMAN Sports Editor Newspaper Enterprise Assn. ATLANTA, Ga. - (NEA) On June 27, 1963, Delbert W. Coleman of Chicago called Arthur Montgomery of Atlanta, long distance, and out of that one phone conversation has evolved the Jamnder' mess the sport of baseball has ever gotten into. Del and Arthur had legitimate business reasons for t a 1 k i n g. Coleman is the president of a big vending company and Montgomery is the president of a big bottling company. The two go together like Coca and Cola. "We're interested in moving," said Coleman to Montgomery. Now Del had the advantage on Arthur. He knew Montgomery was chairman of a Stadium Authority created to build a major league structure in Atlanta. "Who," asked Arthur, "is we'?" And Coleman had to explain that he was the part owner of a team called, by the grace of Lou Perini, the Milwaukee Braves. Perini had sold the Braves to a group of Chicago enthusiasts who will henceforth be known as the Rover boys. * * » When Coleman called, the Braves had played exactly two and a half months of major league baseball under the benevolent despotism of the Rover Boys, which sets track record for being in a hurry to get in on the national floating crap game of moving franchises. This delightfully authentic fact is available because Furman Bisher, the sports editor of the Atlanta Journal, has tak- en the trouble to chronicle the | ly hair so much he forgot to moving story called "Miracle in I write it —.then,. Atlanta" for The World Publish) Furman also took Finley, the ing Company (and his share of j original suitor for fair Miss At'--'- • """- ° T — the royalties from $4.95 a copy). From personal acquaintance, I know Furman as a diligent pursuer of fact — though Bear Bryant might disagree and, as I recall, got $300,QO r for disagreeing with some material Furman dredged up about Alabama football. Anyhow, this regaling account of the new march on Atlanta comes at a pertinent time, when Judge Elmer Roller is try- Ing to recall the Braves (or a facsimile thereof) to Milwaukee by judicial decree. Many of the facts have been hinted at, but here the Atlanta sports editor gets them all down accurately and chronologically in a fast - paced 180 pages that carry more than casual authenticity becuse Bisher happened to be part of the action. * * * In 1962, for instance, Charles Oscar Finley was brought to Atlanta at Furman's invitation, was introduced to the major, stood on a pile of refuse with the gleam of the state capitol's gold dome bouncing off his white mane and prophesied, "You build a stadium here, and I guarantee you Atlanta will get a major league franchise." At the Minor League All-Star game in Washington that same summer, Bisher got a hint of unrest in Milwaukee when Johnny McHale, the president of the Braves, said to hjm,. "Frankly, Mr. Perini is thinking a* o u t moving the Braves out of Mil- mind." It straightened Furman's cur- LAWN MOWER PARTS WE HAVE 'EM Gentry stocks the most complete line of lawn mower parts in this area. We are dealer for these famous brand motors. • Wisconsin • Brigg* & Stratton • Tecumseh • Clinton • Large (election of new mowers to choose from. • We stock any size and type of blade to. fit your mower • 60 New motors to choose from For Free Pickup & Delivery Coll GENTRY'S GARAGE 517 W. Ash Ph. PO 3-4269 By SANDY PADWE Newspaper Enterprise Astn. ATLANTA - (NE) - ; The words flowing from Judge Elmer Roller's chambers in Wisconsin are very somber. Baseball is not accustomed to hearing itself described as "monopolistic" and it is not accustomed to court decisions based on antitrust laws. And while the verbal battling continues between Wisconsin and Georgia the Atlanta players, who would be affected most know the least. It is typical of baseball management, however, that the players haven't been apprised of the legalities involved in the battle for possession of the Braves. It is even more typical that the players haven't requested any legal information. j * * * "I don't think the players should get involve d," says Frank Boiling, the Braves' second baseman and player representative. "I, as player rep, haven't asked management for any explanations. They have enough problems, and the team lawyers are all tied .up, anyway. "No, I don't know anything about antitrust laws and the legalities involved except for what I read in the papers. I'm sure the club knows what it is doing. Our job is on the field and that's all I want to do."Catcher Joe Torre has b e e n following the case closely, but he also admits little knowledge of the legalities leading to the decision. "It's a shame," Toree said. 'Baseball has been such a clean game. This is hurting it. "I suppose the whole thing will wind up in the Supreme Court. Wisconsin is t r y i n g to prove a point and I think it has succeeded. But this arguing between the states is like beating your head against the wall." * * * Wade Blasingame, a 16-game winner for the Braves last season, is one of the few players polled who made an effort to really .understand the situation. "I've read, up oh it," he said. "I've also spoken to a few lawyers. And from what they've told me and what I've read, I don't think the club will move back to. Milwaukee. As far as I know we're in Atlanta for the next 25 years." Outfielder Felipe Alou is not as confident. "The Amercian ballplayers know more about it than the Latin Americans on the team," Alou said. "Personally, I am worried and so are some of the other Latin Americans on the team. "They have families and it would be difficult for them if something were to happen. "I know 1 have been thinking about it a lot. I just hope it won't affect my play. But how can' you concentrate when you don't understand if you will be in Atlanta one month from now?" It is an excellent question. Right now, there are no answers. Mythevflle (Art.) Courier Newt - Friday, Aprfl », 1»M« Page Beven Trantham, Phillips Miss Drills FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP)' —Arkansas holds a full-scale scrimmage late today, but a pair of defensive standouts who started spring practice won't take part. All-America tackle Loyd Phillips is hurt and will be "excused from practice for awhile," Coach Frank Broyles said Thursday. And Broyles announced Tuesday that Tommy Sain, a two- year letterman on defense, was quitting football to concentrate on his studies. Sain had been scheduled to play middle guard, and departure Phillips with was anta, to see Mills B. Lane, a banker who wears tennis shoes. (Howard Hughes ain't alone); and Lane was the man w h o personally risked half a million lollars to get the stadium started while Mayor Ivan Allen was off on a safari to Africa (at times this sounds like an episode of Batman — pow!!) * * # When the Rover Boys took over Finley's courtship, Charlie D. wanted to pull a twitch to Milwaukee. Bisher asked him where that would leave Kansas "That damn place doesn't deserve major league baseball," fumed Finley. "It's a h i c k I Eastern Division of Class AAA town." I will hold its regional junior These brief episodes should I high track, meet hart Saturday, give you a hint of the contents. I with the top four finishers qual- LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Pitchers Nile In Texas Loop By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS It was pitchers' night in the Texas League as three worked shutouts and Arkansas joined all others in the loss column. Jim Ellie hurled a five-hitter at Arlington where Dallas-Fort Worth cashed in on two unearned runs and b«a" Arkansas 2-0. Albuquerque moved into a tie with Arkansas for first place when Bill Larkin worked a three-hit job and helped the Dodgers to a M triumph over Austin. Don Wilson of Amarillo pitched his second straight shutout, in sending the Sonics to a 9-0 victory over El Paso. Wilson's showing this time was a six-hitter. * * * Frank Montgomery not only was the losing pitcher against Dallas-Fort Worth but the Traveler hurler's throwing error let in one run and set up another unearned tally. Larkin had only one anxious moment against Austin. The Albuquerque ace had to pitch out of a bases-loaded..situation in the fifth. John Hoffman, the Amarillo catcher, was the big man with the bat for the night. He hit two two-run homers in the 9-0 victory over El Paso; Albuquerque goes to Little Rock to play tonight while El Paso is at Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin is at Amarillo. moved to that ..osition. Two offensive teams and two defensive units will be used in today's game - type scrimmage. Broyles praised the defense after Thursday's 30-minute scrimage, saying it had done its best job of spring training. ~>aul Ramey blocked a punt nd Richard Coleman picked >ff a pass. David Dickey scored the only ouchdown. Broyles said Tommy Trant- iam hurt his knee, apparently not seriously, but will miss iractice for awhile. He said Phillips hurt his shoulder. was instrumental in major league baseball Bisher getting to his city, like a couple of other sports editors -^Charley Johnson of Minneapolis an- Ernie Mehl of Kansas City. Make« us think we're good for more than giving out the basketball score for Juniata vs. Ursinus. He also didn't let his personal involvement affect his objectivity. I won't tell any more because that might reveal the ending. Come to think of it, it has no ending — Judge Elmer Roller saw to that. ifying for the state meet here May 7. First Loss For Arkies ARLINGTON, Tex. (AP) Dallas-Fort Worth got two unearned runs in the first inning and handed Arkansas its first Texas League baseball loss 2-0 lere Thursday night, Arkansas is 5-1 and shares ;he loop leadership with Al- >uquerque, which it meets tonight at Little Rock. It was also the first home victory in five tries for the Spurs, who in eagues year. The losing pitcher, Frank Montgomery, let the fir' ' run n. with a throwing error. The other run came home on a iingle. Jim Ellis held the Travelers litless through four innings. He hits. The Western Division its meet next week. holds I Spring Piano Classes Now Open Mrs. James Bassham 805 Robindale Call PO 3-0795 BEAUTIFUL ROSES UTHOUT BOTHER fort InsecticUi Troublesome JWinf Md Acting is unittcesunr to control certaii insects vim fm feed roses wttt fertHome conttnlnt Systemic liwetfcWe. The 'out- tictde k toorM tknggh ftt nets and jives MfslMe •refection tfilnsf ril pbrclof Md «*• ft type (metis, MMMMMfcCb m UN Ml} to fllMUnb eutof The Red Barn So. 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Distributor lead the minor attendance last just mention my name in Blytheville THE TRUE OLD-STYLE KENTUCKY BOURBON The Volkswagen Station Wagon: Bigger than the biggest, smaller than the smallest. Even if you own th« biggest e«nven-' tional station wagon made, it holds much less than the Volkswagen Station Wagon. On the other hand, even if you own the smallest conventional wagon, it's too big to pork where a VW con park. This weird fatt can be Mplainwi simply enough: The more spot* you waste, the less you hove left. Conventional wagons wbst« space by having engines under long hoods In front. But the VW engine is neatly out of light in back. It wastes no space el all. (That sari* invisible VW engine gets abeut 20 mpg. And it doesn't use water or antifreeze because it's cooled byeir.) The VW Station Wagon holds more in less space bscaose it is box, ell box end nothing but box. If you wanted a regular station wagon that carried as much as a VW Station Wagon, you couldn't do it. You'd have to buy two of the big ones to carry as much as our little one. Which is fust too ridiculous te diseuu any furthtr. Central Motor Sales 1300 S. Division PO 3-1812 Blytheville, Ark. AnlMU)

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