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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 73

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Washington To Get Baseball in 1978 Season lap," Finley said. "If he had a brain in his head he would be an idiot, and you can quote me on that. "He cut my throat from ear to ear, leaving me to bleed like a stuck hog." Lee MacPhail, president of the American League had advised Finley of the proposed franchise move, which he said Kuhn had discussed with him. Someone asked Finley if he thought this represented a conspiracy in the baseball establishment to run him out of the game. "I can't say after all, I have a baseball suit pending," he replied. "You can use your own judgment. There have also been reports at the annual baseball meetings that the Oakland when the Senators moved to Arlington, Tex., after the 1971 season. Sisk's 13-member committee reportedly will vote today to recommend that baseball be stripped of its anti-trust immunity. In a separate action, the National League again rejected use of the designated hitter rule. The vote was 8-4. Charles (Chub) Feeney was re-elected President of the National League for a second term. Feeney was reportedly in danger of losing the presidency, to which he was elected in 1971, after St. Louis Cardinals' owner Gussie Busch charged h'm with mismanagement of the office. franchise might be transferred to the nation's capital under a National League banner, thus clearing the Bay Area for the San Francisco Giants and easing pressure on baseball from Congress. Baltimore, for one, is vehemently opposed to moving an American League team into the area. The urgency in returning baseball to Washington was prompted by action from the House Select Committee on Professional Sports headed by Rep Bernard Sisk (D-Calif.) in regards to lifting baseball's antitrust immunity. Sisk has been a long-time proponent in forcing the major leagues to return baseball to Washington, which lost its franchise exclusive territorial rights in the area until the National League can either establish a new team or move one there through expansion. Charlie Finley said Commissioner Bowie Kunn had already discussed moving his Oakland franchise to Washington, but without ever approaching Finley on the matter. Finley said this had materially damaged his credibility with his fans. He said he and his attorneys were seriously considering taking legal action after his pending $3.5-million suit against baseball, starting in Chicago Wednesday, is settled. "As if I didn't have enough problems already, he drops this bombshell in my From Post Wirt Servicti LOS ANGELES - Major league baseball will return to Washington D.C. in 1978. That was certified yesterday at baseball's winter meeting when a National League proposal to play either 26 games in the nation's capital or place a permanent franchise there was approved by the American League in a vote of 12-2. According to the proposal, the 26 home games in Washington would be divided among the present 14 American League clubs, with the Baltimore Orioles shifting 13 of their home games to the nation's capital and each of the others giving up one of their home games. The plan enables the Orioles to hold its The Palm Beach Post Clipboard, E4 Spor S V 1 V SECTION E FKIUAY, DECEMBER 10, 1976 McAdoo to Knicks V. In 13 illi Deal niion BUFFALO, N.Y. (UPI) - Three-time National Basketball Association scoring champion Bob McAdoo and forward Tom McMillen were traded to the New York Knicks last night for $3 million and forward John Gianelli. The on-again, off-again negotiations between the Buffalo Braves and the Knicks finally were completed at 6 p.m. when Braves owner Paul Snyder, who had agreed to and turned down the same offer earlier this week, accepted the deal. Snyder had wanted to send McAdoo, who refused to sign a new contract in an effort to gain free agent status, to the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for $2 million, Tom Burleson and Leonard Gray, but that deal apparently fell through at McAdoo's insistence to go to New York. McAdoo, at 6-foot-9, perhaps the best outside shooting big man in the Braves Trade For Burroughs A Vk -di, f ' tPtf,' ptvk r 7 'A3, M history of basketball, gives the Knicks one of the most formidable front lines in the NBA. With the quick development of rookie center Lonnie Shelton, who had 31 points and 19 rebounds against the New York Nets Wednesday night, McAdoo may play forward opposite powerful Spencer Haywood. However any of the three, McAdoo, Shelton or Haywood, can play center or forward at coach Red Holzman's discretion. McAdoo, who notched 42 points and 29 rebounds in a losing effort against Indiana Tuesday night, entered this season averaging 28.5 points per game over four years. He has a 32-point playoff average and has appeared in three All-Star games. He is expected to join the Knicks for their home game Saturday night against Phoenix. "I think as a coach you have to be very happy to get a player of his caliber," said Holzman. "He certainly should help our team a great deal. "It's a sudden thing . . . Now we have to figure out where he'll play and who he'll be playing with." The Knicks, with the addition of two men for one, are now one over the NBA team limit and must either put one player on waivers (forward Mel Davis is the most likely choice) or make another deal. In the traditional small forward spot, ihey still have Jim McMillian, who came from Buffalo in the off-season and had been a starter until injuring himself, and Bill Bradley, who has also been injured most of the year. The Knicks also have Phil Jackson and now McMillen to back up at forward or center. Holzman said the addition of McAdoo should not affect the Knicks' team-oriented style of play. "Our team style is going to the guy who can produce results," Holzman said. "It's what's good for the team. If what he (McAdoo) can do is good for the team, then he'll be doing a lot of things his way. He can create a lot of things for himself." Holzman said McAdoo's reputation as a "one-man team" is not deserved and that his scoring feats seem to overshadow his desire to win. "He's a good shot-blocker, and a lot of people don't realize how much Turn to MCADOO, E6 MVP award in 1974, reportedly was "psyched out" by the Rangers' Texas Stadium in Arlington as witnessed by his marked decrease in home runs from 29 in 1975 to 18 this year. Atlanta Stadium, however, has long had a reputation of being a haven for power hitters. "There's no question it should be a great psychological boost to Jeff, playing in Atlanta," Frank Lucchesi said. "Getting Martin, Devine and Moret most certainly gives us a surplus of pitching," Lucchesi said. "We already have Gaylord Perry, Jim Umbarger, Doyle Alexander, Bert Blyleven and young Tommy Boggs, so I think you could say this opens an avenue for other deals." "We had so many players we were even thinking of putting a team in Washington," Turner said. "(Texas general manager) Eddie Robinson said this trade was a bargain at these prices, but we're wiped out now." Meanwhile, the Red Sox, who have been negotiating for Blue with Turner's "free spirit" counterpart in the American League, A's owner Charlie Finley, turned down a deal which would have brought them the hard-throwing left-hander for straight cash. Finley, who was blocked by Kuhn in his efforts to sell Blue to the New York Yankees last summer for $1.5 million, offered him to Red Sox' general manager Dick O'Connellfor $2 million. Turn to TRADES, E2 From Post Wire Services LOS ANGELES - The long anticipated trade of Texas Rangers' slugger Jeff Burroughs was completed at the winter baseball meetings yesterday, but the Boston Red Sox cooled the prospects of yet another blockbuster deal by rejecting Oakland A's left-hander Vida Blue for $2 million. Burroughs, the 1974 American League most valuable player, was swapped by the Rangers to the Atlanta Braves for five players pitchers Carl Morton, Adrian Devine and Roger Moret and outfielders Ken Henderson and Dave May plus $250,000 in cash. The trade of the 25-year-old slugging outfielder concluded nearly a week of feverish negotiations by the Rangers, who had also talked with the Chicago White Sox about Burroughs. Burroughs, who hit a disappointing .237 with 18 homers and 86 runs batted in last season, will join newly-acquired free agent Gary Matthews in the Braves' outfield while the Rangers, now overstocked with pitchers, viewed the deal as a prelude to future trades. "I talked with Jeff this morning," said Atlanta owner Ted Turner, "and he was pretty shook up. But once he gets over the initial shock I think he'll be happy with us. I would have liked to have talked to him before the trade, but as you know, that would be tampering." Burroughs, who hit .301 with 25 homers and 118 RBI in winning the UPI Telephoto Bob McAdoo Takes His Extraordinary Skills to Knicks Holtz Reverses Field, Quits Jets HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Lou Holtz pulled a reverse yesterday, quitting as head coach of the New York Jets one day after saying he'd stick around, and admitted he'd like to return to the college ranks at Arkansas. "Lou Holtz is not made for professional football," the 39-year-old Holtz said, resigning after fulfilling just one season of the five-year contract he signed last Feb. 10 for an estimated $100,000 a year. "I can't give professional football my heart. God did not put Lou Holtz on this earth for that." Mike Holovak will coach the Jets Sunday against Cincinnati. A loss will leave the team at 3-11, matching last year's record the worst in the club's history. Holovak was the director of scouting for two years and, since Jerry Kirk left at midseason, the offensive backfield coach. athletic director. "If Arkansas would be interested in talking to me, I would be interested in talking to them," Holtz said. Apparently, Arkansas is interested. In Fay-etteville, Ark., Dr. Charles Bishop, the university's president, said he knew Holtz wanted to return to college coaching and that Broyles had contacted Holtz to see if he might be interested. Bishop said he would rely heavily on Broyles' judgment in filling the post and called Holtz the "kind of man we would like to hire." But he stressed he would not decide whether to recommend Holtz until he had a chance to talk with him. Holtz, a native of Follansbee, W.Va., started his head coaching career at William & Mary where he had a 1969-71 record of 13-15. Then, he moved to North Carolina State, turning the Wolfpack into a winning team with a 1972-75 record of 33-12-2 before joining the Jets as Charley Winner's successor a move for which col lege coaching had apparently not prepared him. "I left the college scene because ... I was impressed with New York City and the opportunities, impressed with professional football, and there were things I didn't know I would miss as much as I did," he said. "If you've never coached on a college campus you wouldn't know. But if you've been around that atmosphere you know that losing in the college game is a lot tougher than losing in the pros, 'cause you don't pack up your bags when the season's over. You live with it all year round. "I told the Jets that when the time came that I didn't provide the proper leadership, they wouldn't have to fire Lou Holtz. Lou Holtz would be gone ..." "It's a heavy burden," quarterback Joe Namath said. "It was a big decision for him." Turn to HOLTZ, E2 O h - M UPI Teltphoto Meanwhile, Holtz is seeking the head coaching job at Arkansas, vacated by Frank Broyles, who will devote his full time to the post of Lou Holtz (right) Shares Laugh With Joe Namath Pompaho Opens, and Harding's Glad To Be There the harness track. For there were people last April 3 who thought Mike Harding was dead. That evening, a horse fell in front of Harding on the last turn of a race. Harding's sulky flipped, catapulting him 15 feet in the air. After he landed, his horse ran over him and capered down to the winner's circle while Harding lay on the track like a marionette whose strings had been cut. But whenever his wife, Muggsy, looks at the blown-up photograph that hangs in their Fort Lauderdale apartment and shows her husband in midair, "It gives me the creeps." Mike said, "The thing I was trying to do was land on my feet. I figured that would break the fall. But I was lucky. The only thing now is that sometimes I'll roll over in bed and it'll hurt." Harding will be driving two horses tonight when Pompano Park opens its 14th meeting 13 more than most people thought would be held at 7:30. The meet will run through April 16, with 11-race cards Monday through Thursday and 12-race cards Fridays and Highlighting the first weekend will be a Saturday night race involving Billy Haughton's Keystone Pioneer, an outside contender for Trotter of the Year, and Pride of Carlisle, driven by Bill Vaughn. There also will be a preview of the Florida Breeders' Stakes to be run Dec. 17-18 and Christmas night for a purse of almost $50,000. For this meeting, Harding has new stables, located near Haughton and Stanley Dancer, the Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer of harness racing. At 30, he is not in their class yet, but if a driver-trainer can parlay an athletic background into harness success, Harding is destined to be a star. Turn to HARDING, E6 By RANDY SCHULTZ Poit Sports Writer POMPANO BEACH - The drivers, trainers, owners and grooms who presently populate Pompano Park have about them the relaxed air of major league baseball players in spring training. Liberated from the northern cold, they are taking a collective breath after the rigors of the summer Grand Circuit. This is practice time. The big races the Hambletonian, the Little Brown Jug are in the future. Like tourists, they will savor the sunshine. One man, though, is particularly glad to be back at Fortunately, he received only a bruise that purpled his right hip for three weeks. He recovered in time to drive well this summer at The Meadows in Pittsburgh.

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