The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 9, 1976 · Page 66
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 66

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, December 9, 1976
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D2 Palm Beach Post, Thursday, December 9, 1976 Finley From Dl- FOll MKN ONLY YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT US & HEAD ABOUT US IN NATIONAL MEN'S MAGAZINES. NOW VISIT PALM BEACH'S PLUSHEST & MOST POPULAR MEN'S RELAXATION SPA. "WHERE THE CUSTOMER ALWAYS COMES FIRST." EXECUTIVE'S HETKEAT 5931 OkllCIIOIIl i: BLVD. - WKST PALM HKUH 8 HI! VI I II I L 1WJ11MH Gilt IS 8 HEAVEN'S JLST A PHOE CALL AT AY 686.0479 Sauna Complimentary Liquor Bar Roman Tubs Showera Private Mirror Roomt Waterbedi Chess & T.V. lYIKODUTOKY SPfrX IAL $10 MASTER CHAIGi BANK AMERICAN) OPEN 7 DAYS 10AM-4AM PALM BEACH COUNTY'S ONIY MEN'S ONIY SPA. $100,000 a year for those five years and deferring the remainder over the next 20 years at $40,000 a year. "That's pretty nice," Finley said. "Now when I read these figures to you, don't stand there and say, 'Finley, you cheap bastard.' I tried to give these fellows more money this year, but they knew they could get much bigger money by playing out their options. I don't criticize them, though. I would have done the same thing." The A's owner pointed out that the Brewers have 17 owners who are advertised to be worth $550 million and the Yankees have eight owners said to be worth in the same general area. "Let's take the Yankees," he said. "They have these owners and they can deduct these losses on their tax returns. Meanwhile, the Yankees gpf stronger, but in the end the rich clubs will destroy baseball. There is no way clubs like the A's and the Minnesota Twins can survive this Finley said Fingers was given $215,000 a year for six years by San Diego, plus a bonus of $310,000. "That's a total of $1.5 million," he said. One by one he furnished the new salaries of the other four players he lost. Tenace, Finley said, will get $1.6 million from the Padres, while Baylor will receive $1,020,000 over six years from the Angels. "You wonder how I lost them?" he asked. Campaneris, according to Finley, is getting $190,000 a year for five years from the Texas Rangers. "That's $950,000," he said. "No bonus, but I'll say one thing - if anyone got gypped, Campaneris got gypped because he was the sparkplug of our ball club and the most valuable player I had in my 17 years with the club." Finley, speaking 90 minutes nonstop, revealed Bando will be getting $250,01 1 a year for five years from the Milwaukee Brewers, taking only battle. We don't have the outside in-' come. "That's why I'm seriously considering going public with the Oakland A's and having a tax shelter for the working man. The Yankees have fun. The average working man enjoys nothing. I'm thinking about telling him, 'Come on in! Own part of a jock. Good tax shelter. Buy a part of baseball and enjoy it.' When I do that you'll see hellsapoppin." Finley delivered his statements articulately and there was no levity whatsoever in his presentation until he finished. Answering some of the writers' subsequent questions, however, he said, there should be a "summit meeting" between the players' association and the baseball owi ers to see what could be done a' out the present dilemma. "I asked one of the owners where are we headed?" Finley said. "He said, 'To the outhouse.' I said, 'I'll see you there.' " Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians completed theirsecond major trade of the meetings by sending outfielder George Hendrick to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Johnny Grubb, catcher Fred Kendall and infielder Hector Torres. The Chicago Cubs sold outfielder-first baseman Peter LaCock to the Kansas City' Royals and purchased outfielder Jim Dwyer from the New York Mets as part of a three-way deal. The Mets are to receive a player to be named later from the Royals. From Ul" "I'm sorry to have to stand here today and say I'm in favor of the government regulating sports before the great game of sports itself is totally destroyed." Finley then revealed that he is considering going public with his A's. One of the reasons for that, he said, was because "the guts" have been ripped out of his ball club with the loss of his six players. Step by step, Finley revealed the huge money sums his former players were given by new clubs to sign with them at the end of last season. "Take Joe Rudi, for example," he said, referring to his ex-outfielder-first baseman who was signed by the California Angels. "He is getting $2,-090,000." . Finley then went on to break down Rudi's five-year contract year by year and added that Angels' owner Gene Autry also presented Rudi, along with that five-year contract, "a check for a million dollars just for putting his name on the contract." Otterson Little did they know that his misery was just beginning. Yepremian missed an extra-point attempt and also failed to connect on two field-goal tries, one of them a "chip shot" 22-yarder. Miami lost, 17-13, and Yepremian felt lower than an overweight dachshund. "I'm supposed to kick the ball through the goal posts," he said. "I didn't do my job." One didn't need a graduate degree in psychology to see that Yepremian had problems. If he missed a few more, his value as a kicker would shrink faster than a pound note. And since kicking a football, like playing golf, is more than 90 per cent mental, it was obvious he needed to make a few to restore his self-confidence. Consequently, Dolphin fans held their breaths when the little Cypriot trotted onto the field to attempt a 53-yard field goal on Miami's first possession of Sunday's game with Buffalo at the Orange Bowl. But he made it the fifth of his career from more than 50 yards and only a yard short of his all-time longest and he added six extra points "I think I hit that one better than I hit the 53-yarder," he said, "but it hit the upright and bounced back at me." "I felt bad about that because I wanted to be perfect." As far as Shula and thousands of Dolphin fans are concerned, he came close enough. in as many attempts to help the Dolphins beat the Bills, 45-27. "It really was a confidence builder," Yepremian said. "When you've had a couple of bad kicks the week before, you feel bad all week. I had to make one to keep face." Shula said he had considered sending Larry Seiple in to punt but changed his mind after asking Yepremian if he could make it. "I've never lost confidence in Garo," Shula said. "Over the years, I think Garo's been the most consistent kicker in football." Yepremian said Shula asked him, "How far is it?" "I said, 'Fifty-three yards.' He said, 'Can you make it?' I said, 'yes,' and he told me to kick it. "He's never made a bad decision as far as I'm concerned." Although Yepremian's week of misery had ended, Sunday's game was not the flawless success he would have wished. 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And it probably won't take longer than 24 hours. Service will get it for you. Fast! fx two goals to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-1 victory over Cleveland to extend the Barons' winless treak to 11 games. Hangers Tie NEW YORK - Wayne Dillon scored three times and rookie de-fenseman Dave Farrish added the first goal of his National Hockey League career to help the New York Rangers extend their unbeaten string to nine games with a 4-4 tie against the St. Louis Blues. Canadiens, 4-3 CHICAGO - Guy Lafleur and Yvon Lambert scored goals 25 seconds apart in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and the Montreal Canadiens held on for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Black Hawks. Kirk Bowman pulled the Black Hawks to their final one-goal deficit with three minutes left in the game but goalie Ken Dryden stopped Chicago from that point on to earn his 18th victory. 832 Park Ave. Lake Park 844-4551 5800 S. 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