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Nothing's By BOB SMIZIK Two years ago Bucky Woy was a second-rate golf pro trying to make it in the promotions business. Today he is ready to take on the powerful National Football League. "They're not so damn big that they can't be brought to their knees," Woy says in anger. His anger stems from the fact that he has been an A-l flop so far in getting lucrative contracts for first-round professional football draft choices. Bucky Woy is an agent. Professional football owners may call him a parasite, but Woy feels he is an integral part of the pro sports setup. Woy and the Steelers are nowhere close in agreeing to terms for Joe Greene, one of three first-round choices Woy has under contract with his Consulting Services, Inc. of Akron, Ohio. The whole Steebr setup bothers Bucky Woy. He says, "The Kooneys are 20 years behind the times." But Bucky Woy doesn't deal much with the Rooney family anymore. The Przss Box COOPERSTOWN, N. Y.-It was a day for looking back, "a pinnacle" as one of them said, "an end-all," a dav of emotional stress. Each handled it differently, these four men going into the Hall of Fame. They sat on the front porch of the National Baseball Library, a two-story building of stone flanked by shade trees. Ranged behind them, solemn in folding chairs, were 27 of the game's enshrined Olympians. Out in front was the crowd the rows of invited guests, the tourists and townspeople standing behind a red picket fence. And out in front were the television crews, aiming their cameras from a platform erected in the shrubbery. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, tall and imposing, moved through the program with a smooth CAMPANELLA isky and umbrellas went up in the rows of spectators. Bowie Kuhn talked on, the rain stopped and then started again. And then Bowie Kuhn was presenting the first plaque. Up to the rostrum an attendant wheeled the paralyzed Roy CampancI-la. ". . . who came back from his tragic accident," Bowie Kuhn was saying, "with courage, with determination, with faith in himself and faith in the world in which he lives." A man lowered the microphone to a table and Campanella spoke out with great feeling in a clear, controlled tenor voice. "Regardless of being in this wheelchair," he concluded, "I consider today as one of the greatest moments of my life." The crowd stood and applauded. The Coal Miner Bowie Kuhn returned to the microphone and introduced Stan Covelski, a small wasted, white-haired man. Stan Coveleski, Bowie Kuhn, was telling the crowd, "once went 6 1-3 innings without ever throwing ?. pitch that was called a ball. "Think about that," said Bowie Kuhn. Coveleski, smiling broadly, started to talk. "Don't look for too much," he began. "I'm not a speaker, I'm a coal miner." He talked about growing up in the anthracite fields of Eastern Pennsylvania, of picking slate with a handkerchief over his mouth from 7 in the morning until 6 at night, every day except Sunday, for $3.75 a week. Suddenly, twisting his hands, Coveleski stepped back a few paces. "I can't go on, I don't think," he said with an embarrassed laugh. "I'm stuck." Baseball writer Dick Young, the master of ceremonies, stepped up and slapped him on the shoulder. From the crowd rose an encouraging burst of hand clapping. Coveleski, his mouth working, moved back toward the microphone. "If I get started once, I'll be all right," he said. He took a breath and went on with his narrative. "I had a hobby, a good hobby of throwing stones at cans." He told of how a sardlot manager asked him to pitch one day, of h"w he agreed without knowing what it was like to pitch, never having played baseball before, of how he won and got his name in the paper and of how his brother had said it must be a different Coveleski, "because Stanley don't play." A Ring Lardncr story of a rookie's education was coming out of Stan Coveleski. He went on for five minutes, and then abruptly he said, "I think that's all I'll say." Waite Hoyt, ("who pitched 27 innings in three World Series games and did not allow an earned run think of that") was next. Pitching a World Series game, Waite Hoyt said, demanded far less composure than the ordeal he faced this day. "This is the pinnacle, this is the end-all, this is the thing you dream of." He spoke of the "excitement, trepidation and pulsation," he felt. "It's almost an inner quivering," he said. But Waite Hoyt brought to the microphone the skills of a practiced public speaker. For many years after leaving baseball, he announced the games of the Cincinnati Reds on radio and television. He finished his acceptance speech with a peroration, his voice ringing out over the amplifiers. Then Waite Hoyt returned to his seat and let the tears fall. Stan The Ineffable Bowie Kuhn introduced Stan Willi a leuiauuu in muaiuj o plishments. "Think about these records, think how extraordinary they are," he said. Musial, wearing dark sunglasses on a cloudy day, thoughtfully rubbed his chin. He took off the glasses and stepped to the microphone, lifting a sheaf of notes from his inside coat pocket and putting them in front of him on the rostrum. Swallowing hard, he started out by acknowledging the "lovely setting of Coopcrstown." He mentioned Campanella, catching for Brooklyn in the old days, "and always trying to distract me at the plate," and emotion came into his voice. Now he was speaking of his father. "When I think of Stan Coveleski, I think of my father," he said, "an immigrant from Poland I rcmambcr him talking about 'Baby' Ruth. Of course, my mother is here today, and she's been in my corner all the way . , . " Briefly. Musial's voice cracked. He brushed back his forelock nervously. He was stw'V fir conimnnH cf h'mreif and winning fiie gtrug"Ie, laughh? find smflinn end i 'trc'iT ng his frnv'y in f!'e crowd. "The M"ii: v,e.re pjor pIc I k; so nvjiy of our friends around Domra, Fe't tsylvw'a," li? s"ld. "b-it I nevc-felt lili? I wanted It n'tythl'" b:rvs? I rlwnys had a baseball." The ceremony ' n;'ci, the n;L",Tui hunters surged up to the porch, coni;li -1 :n;;,r; V four nm on their tclks. Campanella rns'.vcr'V'It was ri?ht from my heart." Coveleski, touching, said. "I ncr'-I a rrl" of ylwts." Waite Hcyt repeated a few o.' h' 'r-t lin't M '.'hl. wiping his free wiih'a handkerchief, said, "Nvv 1 can relax and enjoy myself." C Fheir Times By Roy MeHujh, Sports Editor ,j expertise. Pouring out information, he introduced the Hall of Famers past Lefty Grove, "who once threw 15 consecutive strikes withdut a ball being touched by a batter;" Pie Tray-nor, "the greatest third baseman of all time;" Max Carey, "a man who in one ball game think of this got on base nine consecutive times;" Luke Appling, "capable in one time at bat of hitting 23 foul balls;" Casey Stengel, "one of the eternal darlings of baseball ;" Lloyd Waner, "the man with the incredible cat's eyes . . ." Rain bean to drip from the heavy Musial, "this ineffable man," ov.iunt - $m?ttm MUSIAL Too Big Woy's latest contract negotiations in Greene's behalf have been with Jim Boston, the Steelers' assistant business manager. "That bugs me," says Woy. "Boston's a nice guy, but if I'm representing the team's No. 1 draft choice, I don't want to talk with Jim Boston. I want to talk with someone who can say yes. Jim Boston can say no, but he can't say yes." Woy has met with more success in his discussions with Boston, than with Steeler Vice President Dan Rooney. "Back in January' Dan Rooney gave me such a low figure that it was ridiculous," says Woy, whose own figure was reported to be $400,000. "After that we came down considerably because we found this year was going, to be much tougher for signing rookies than it has been in the past." Still Oceans Apart From that point, aside from some telephone conversations, Woy dealt with Jim Boston. "I met with him in June," Woy says, "and told him this was our final offer take it or leave it. He said, 'That's a lot more reasonable, we're only $60,000 apart'. "But when Boston got back to Pittsburgh I got a letter from Dan Rooney saying we were $130,000 apart. He did admit that Boston made a mistake." That, according to Bucky Woy, is where the matter stands today. It won't stand there much longer, Woy says, unless the Steelers and other NFL teams get moving. Woy is meeting with a similar lack of progress in negotiating for his other clients. They include Ted Kwalick, the first pick of San Francisco, Ron Sellers, the Boston Patriots' top choice, and Al Jenkins, Cleveland's second pick. "We are ready to go to court," Woy pronounces. "If we nm Williams' Hit Big Answer For 'Duster' 10th-lnning Single Defeats Marichal, Nei esis Of Cubs United -ii International With a 1 at.,' 2 count on Billy Williams, the score tied, two outs in the 10th inning, and runners on firsL and third, Jus.n Marichal's next pitch was head high inside and Williams hit tht dirt. Was it deliberate? he was asked. "Could have been, could have been," he said quietly. "But you shouldn't do that to a good hitter. It just makes him more determined. They don't t'.irow at (Willie) Mays or (Hank) Aaron. "If they do, they just come back more determined." Williams neglected to put himself in the same class as Mays and Aaron but he came 'jack in the fashion he described. He lined Marichal's ' next pitch into right field, scoring Do:. Kessinger from third, and Chicago had a somewhat un-expected 4-3 10th inning triumph over San Francisco. It was Williams' second hit of the game, and boosted his hitting streak to 17 games, and gave him 29 hits in his last 59 times at bat, barely under .500. The win was the first for the Cubs at home against Marichal since Sept. 27, 1964, and a r i c h a 1 had won seven straight over Chicago since then. It also was the Cubs' first win anywhere over Marichal since Sept. 9, 1966, when they beat him in San Francisco. Tho Giants had tied the game, 2-2, on Willie Mc-Co' ey's two-run homer, his 31si, in the eighth, and went ahead on consecutive singles by Bobby Bonds, Ron Hunt and Mays in the 10th. Julian Javier smashed a solo homer in the first inning, then singled md scored on Vada Pinson's double in the sixth as St. Louis Rookie Chuck Taylor won his third straight game beating San Diego, 2-1. San Diego scored its only run in the eighth when Walt Hriniak reached first on Javier's error, went to third on Ed Spiezio's single and came homo on Rc'oerto Pena's double. Pirates Put May On Disabled List The Pirates have put Catcher Jerry May on the 21-day disabled list as a result of an accident he suffered in Montreal July 14. May injured his hip in a game there and was being taken in an ambulance to a hospital when the ambulance was involved in a traffic accident, causing an injury to May's arm. Club officials said May's hip had healed but his arm had not responded to treatment. Sports On Air Radio TODAY Pintrs vs. Podgors at Forbes Field, two g-'incs, fi:r5 p. m. ID A. WEDNESDAY x Pirates vs. Dodgers Forb:s Field, 8:05 p. m. KDKA. at i Battles For Steelers' No. 1 Draftee For Agent Way Not Even NFL It'll Be A Blast THERE'lL 8 FIREWORKS ' I AT F0R6ES FIELD TONIGHT VTS. i CS WHENTHt DODGERS, WITH JA "V K j THE 6KT PITCHING STAFF J l IH THE LEAGUE A' I 1 V Vl TCE SECOND MOT' VSIPXy tt.V'T lv' vl l-L HITTING TEAM IM PJ'r! x) ) VSS THE LEAGUE, IM ' VaS - 'Jk?r' THE FIFSSTOFA I JT - jrfk " SQ FOUR GAME? -"'-'.Sgp (CLEMENTE L!!!!!!lJ LA Perfect Example Of Adage On Pitching By PHIL MUSICK From his vantage point in the dungeon of the National League West, San Diego Man-&36;i Preston Gomez views tho pennant chase going on out of his reach in relatively simple terms. "I think the Dodgers will win it," says Gomez, who coached at Los Angeles during two seasons when pitching proved the master of hitting. "The Dodgers have the pitch-.ng and if they stay close until the last six weeks, they'll win it." Such a disturbing thought has also occured to no less an authoritative figure than Atlanta General Manager Paul Richards, whoso Braves own a one-game lead over the second-place Dodgers. Last month when the Pirates visited Atlanta, a reporter observed that if pitching was truly 75 per cent of the game an ancient baseball proverb has it so then the Dndgers would have an edge when it got down to the nitty gritty in September. It was a disquieting thought to the Irascible ' Brave chief. "Seventy-five per cent?" snorted Richards. "It's a hell . of a lot more than that." ii 75 per cent is a reasonably accurate figure, Gomez feels the other four contenders tiicie are four teams within six games of Hie Braves are in dire trouble. "Los Angeles has been greatly helped by getting life v&$&f vdMiSV . V' : iWTiliiit1tiMilffiiiliTtolimiW 30 can't beat them in court, then something is wrong. This isn't the free enterprise system, We don't want to go to court, but the boys just don't have a bargaining position anymore. "Our legal counsel tells us we are solidly prepared and we can beat them." Woy isn't sure just how his firm will challenge professional football. "There is a lot of talk of anti-trust suits, but we'll have to wait and see." The position football owners have taken has made Woy and his many counterparts seem like bloodsuckers out to make a fast buck from unsuspecting youngsters. Woy looks at it from just the exact opposite viewpoint. "Name me," he says, "a successful athlete or entertainer who isn't represented by an agent. "If you're going to be a great athlete or entertainer you can't have your fingers In too many pies. Our goal is to relieve athletes of all outside responsibilities. We want them free to concentrate on their main business sports." Woy wants to get as much as he can for his clients and feels the owners, by their past actions, have paved the way for him. (Manny) Mota and (Maury) Wills," he says. "They also iave good speed to go with tho pitching." For the scrambling, pitch-ing-rich, hitting-poor Dodgers, the 1969 race is one of a familiar comforting nature. "That's how we won the pennant in 1965 and 1966," says Gomez. "Good pitching always beats good hitting, especially late in the year. The Dodgers are good at staying close to the lead until late in the season and then not folding under the pressure." The Pirates get another look at Los Angeles pitching tonight when the teams open a four-game set with a twi-night doubleheader. Pirate Manager Larry Shepa-rd probably isn't overanxious, being another admirer of Dodger pitching and having some difficulty with his own. "I've been working with our starters since I came back," Shepard said yesterday. "On the whole, I think we've gotten better pitching since we went to St. Louis two weeks ago. "Our bullpen has been more .'ffcclive and I think Joe Gibbon is the reason for it." Gibbon has a sparkling 1.86 earned run average, u sla Isiic which would make him right at home on the Dodger staff, where Manager Walter Alston can call on no le s (linn seven pitchers with ERA's under 3.25. Tuesday, July 29, 1969 By Bill Winstein Alston is another reason why Gomez likes the Dodgers' chances in the wild, wild West. "He makes a big difference," says the Padre boss. "Anyone can manage when you're going good; when you're going lousy, that's when Alston is a great manager." Alston has had an opportunity to be a great manager lately, what with Los Angeles coming unglued the first half of the month and losing eight of 13 games. But this is an expansion year and teams that win five and lose eight during a tight race don't necessarily plummet out of contention. During their shaky spell the Dodgers actually gained ground. On July 2 they were a half-game ;,ack of Atlanta and vhen they began to pull out of the tail-sun 11 days later, the-y were in first place by a half-game. "That's the way this race is going to remai n," says Gomez. "No club is going to run away from the others. This is going to be a stretch run." The Dodger staff has the lowest ERA in the league 2.94 compared to the Pirates' 4.14 and the Dodgers own the best fielding average. The hitting? An L. A. weakness of late, but it has been traditionally true that tho Dodgers get i.iaximum mileage from their bhschits. "It'll be touch and go . . . but there's the pitching," says G-omcz. "They do have the pitching." "I really don't believe in bonuses," says Woy. "But I'm not the guy who started it. The guys who are crying the loudest are the ones who started it the owners. They are nuts if they think they can subsidize their past mistakes at the expense of my clients." Woy believes it is the owners, not the agents, who are treating the athletes unfairly. "These kids are not stupid, but they are naive. The owners try to frighten them into signing. They'll call a kid and tell him if he doesn't sign today he can't make the team. What kind of way is that to treat a kid?" A Safety Valve Some say that Woy isn't What kind of life is there for Joe Greene in the outside world? He is fresh out of North Texas State, a school that has never been called the Harvard of the Southwest. He has a wife and a child to support. Woy has the solution. "Joe Greene and Ted Kwalick hav plenty to offer the business world. We have some good jobs lined up for them if they don't go into football." He did not elaborate as to what kind of jobs. Friday's College All-Star game, Woy hopes, will bring an end to the impasse. He believes many of the owners purposely held off signing their top draft choices to keep them out of the Ail-Star game. "Once that game is over, I think we'll have a break-. through," he says. But this theory does not hold up well particularly with the Steelers. If that were their course of action, they most certainly would have kept Terry Hanratty unsigned until after the game rather than risk his fragile knee so early in the season. Perhaps this is just wishful thinking on Bucky Woy's behalf. Saul Traded Steelers Look Toward Youth By PAT LIVINGSTON, Press Sports Writer LATROBE Coach Chuck Noll's gamble on the health of Linebacker Ray May and his emphasis on youth on the back line was understood to be the reason behind the trading of Veteran Bill Saul to the Dallas Cowboys. P o I n 1 1 n g out that Saul s chances of making the team were "slim," Noll shipped Saul to the Cowboys yesterday for, an . undisclosed 1970 draft choice. While the Steelers would not revnl which choice they will get for the 28-year-old veteran, the d e f e n s i v e captain two years ago, there were indications it will depend on Saul's performance with Dallas, an arrangement similar to the trade with Cleveland for Quarterback Bill Nelsen last year. In the Nelsen trade, the Steelers were to receive the Browns' fifth choice, with an option of the second Cleveland choice if Nelsen started seven ' games with the Browns. It was obvious before training camp started that Saul would have difficulty regaining his job this year. May, the 23-year-old Californian who replaced him in the lineup last season, turned in an outstanding performance in his first crack at the middle linebacker job. Noll was particularly impressed with May after viewing movies of the Steeler games last season, rating him as one of the outstanding middle linebacker prospects in the National Football League. In his first week of training camp, May has emerged as the team's defensive leader. Although he is small as middle linebackers go, weighing only 215 pounds. May is exceptionally quick In his actions, and in straightaway speed is regarded as one of the fastest middle men in the league. StiM, Saul mrht hive been rated as a back-up man if it were not for the surprsing showing of a pair of rookies, Walt Mitchell of South Carolina State, a free agent, and Doug Fisher of San Diego State, a 14th round draft choice. Noll's rationale in trading the experienced Saul while keeping a rookie is consistent with his defensive philosophy with the Baltimore Colts. The Colts, once their team is set, play out the season with the regulars, substituting only in c?se of injury. In joining the Cowboys, Saul In The Tuesday, National league Eastern Division W L Pet. GB Chicago 63 39 .618 .... New York .... 55 41 .573 5 St. Louis 53 49 .520 10 Pittsburgh .... 50 49 .505 lUi Philadelphia . . 40 58 .408 21 Montreal 33 67 .330 29 Western Division W L Pet. GB Atlanta ' 58 44 .569 Los Angeles . . 55 43 .561 1 San Francisco 55 46 .545 214 Cincinnati .... 50 43 .538 3'2 Houston 51 49 .510 6 San Diego .... 34 69 .330 24V4 YESTERDAY ""Chicago 4 . . San Francisco 1 St. Louis 2 .San Diego 1 10 innings. Only games scheduled. TODAY Lm Anal (Sutton 1M( and Fatter Si) at Pittsburgh (Vcolt Ml and Ellis Ma), J lio.ii. t, 4:05 p. in. Houston (Wilson U-7 and Dlcrkor 12-I) ot New York (Gentry 9-1 and Seover 15-5), I, twl night. Atlanta (NIkro 151 ond Popnos l) el Philodrlnhlo (Champion 3-5 and Wise .;. nirht. San Francisco at Chlcaao. San Dirqn (Snntorlnl at St. Louis (BrllM 10-9), nlaht. Montreal (Stonemon al Cincinnati (Moloney 4-2), night, treating his kids fairly. BILL SAUL Vet goes to Cowboys will be used as a back-up man for Lee Roy Jordan. r , Tom Landry of the Cowboys, hailing Saul as a competitor and a leader, said he was seeking depth behind Jordan. "We're pleased to get Saul," said Landry. "If anything happened to Lee Roy we have no experience in the middle." Although he played brilliantly with the Steelers in 1967, Saul's career in Pittsburgh has been dogged by hard luck and misfortune. Acquired along with Defensive Back Marv Woodson for Defensive End Lou Michaels, Saul came to the Steelers from Baltimore in 1964. He missed the entire 1965 season after suffering a serious kidney injury, and he was out practically all of the 1963 campaign following a knee injury. As a linebacker, Saul's forte . is his ability-toJiandlefimning-plays. He is an astute diagnostician, a powerful 240-pound graduate of Penn State who uses his great strength to fight off blocks and his vicious tackling to take down opposing ball carriers. Saul's value to the Steelers diminished, however, when it-became clear that Noll will use mobile linebackers for blitzing and pass coverage, phases of the game which demand agility and finesse more than brute strength and contact. Majors July 29, 1969 American Ltagu Eastern Division W L Td. GB Baltimore .... 69 31 .690 .... Detroit 55 42 .567 1VA Bston 56 44 .560 13 Washington .. 52 53 .495 l9Vi New York .... 48 54 .471 22 Cleveland .... 40 61 .396 29V4 Western Division W L Pet. GB Minnesota .... 61 39 .610 .... Oakland 56 40 .583 3 Seattle 42 57 .424 UH Kansas City .. 42 58 .420 19 Chicago ...... 40 60 .400 21, California 38 60 .388 22. v;'' ;"v YESTERDAY No games scheduled. TODAY ;; ,'";H'n' ") Oakland (Blue 0-1), night. Boston (Naciy 6-2) at California (MuV-Bhy 6-10), nlaht. Woshlnoton (Coleman 71) at Satil (Seoul 7-4), night. Baltimore (Cuellor 11-9) at Kansas City (Bunker J.?), night. .. . Detroit (Lollch 14-2 ond Mrlaln ot Minnesota (Perry 11-5 and . Bnsvwll . 11-9), twi nlaht. ChlC090 (Carlos 11 and John eV?) at .Cleveland (Haraan 21 and flant l-ll) 2, twl nlaht. ... ,,, ' "S Box scores on Page 31

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