The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on June 21, 1972 · Page 9
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The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas · Page 9

Galveston, Texas
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Wednesday, June 21, 1972
Page 9
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WEDNESDAY MORNING. JU.NK21.1972 (% (fwldwton flai(i| Jfeftta 9* A DiMag : Perfect Witness Yankee Clipper Has No Big Axes To Grind JOEOIMAGGIO By MlLtON RtCflMAN (DM SjpiWIs Writtt SAN FRANCISCO (UPD-JdC DMaggio makes a good witness, maybe the perfect one. He has no axe to grind. He lived under the present reserve clause 16 years with the New York Yankees and had his salary battles with the front office the same as anybody else so he doesn't figure to be against the players. He has no official connection with baseball now and you don't see any of the owners knocking his door down to employ him so you can't put him away as any kind of "owners' man" either. Yet, Joe DiMaggio feels the Supreme Court made the right call. Now The Aggies Have Indians On Their Side AUSTIN, Tex. (API - Non-Aggies who have wondered for years about those strange words at the start of the Aggie War Hymn received an explanation Monday. Dr. Jack K. Williams, president of Texas A&M University, was testifying before House and Senate committees on appropriations. "I've-been a legislator for 13 years, but I've never been on the appropriations committee before," began Rep. Neil Caldwell of Angle ton. "And the question 1 have for you, sir, is this," he continued, while other committee members impatiently squirmed in their chairs. "I've always wanted to know, what- 'hulabaloo kaneck kaneck' means. "It is Chickasaw Indian for 'Beat the hell out of The University of Texas," Williams replied. "I'm happy the Court ruled in favor of baseball," he says. "Why? Simply because I Wouldn't care to see any one club corral all or most of the playing talent. 1 don't think that would be right, and I'm sure in the long run it would have to hurt baseball. "You take what's happening in Japan now. I'm talking about the Tokyo Giants. They win every year. It's pretty simple. They've got the money; they get all the talent. I like our rules, the draft and all that, much better." tn essense, Joe DiMaggio is right. That happens to be the way I feel, anyway. Had the Supreme Court gone the other way and upheld Curt Flood's challenge of the reserve clause, I don't necessarily think • complete chaos would have followed, but I'm reasonably sure there would have been some disorder, and if there is one thing baseball doesn't need right now it's any more disorder. I have never heard a single player ever say he felt the reserve clause should be eliminated completely. Most say they feel it should be revised some way. But in what way? Ah, there's the rub! Justice Harry A. Blackmun. who wrote the opinion upholding the controversial clause, went back and noted the • Supreme Court had granted baseball antitrust exemption twice before during the past 50 years. Blackmun made a special point of saying this exemption "rests on a recognition and an acceptance of baseball's unique characteristics and needs." He also said the Court was reluctant to overturn those earlier decisions "when Congress, by its positive inaction, has allowed those decisions to stand for so long and, far beyond mere inference and implication, has clearly evinced a desire not to disapprove them legislatively." Chief Justice Warren E. Burger agreed with Blackmun's ruling in an opinion of his own but said he had "grave reservations." He Feels it is time Congress acts "to solve this problem." Naturally. Marvin Miller, the executive director of the Major League Players' Association, jumped on that and said he felt "confident that the Congress will accept the Court's clear indication to act in this matter. . ." For one thing, the Court cannot instruct Congress to act, it can rncroly suggest, and there certainly is no guarantee Congress ever will. The only one who ever really keeps urging it to is Marvin Miller. For its part, the general public seems satisfied with the way things are in baseball or simply doesn't care. Which leaves only baseball's hierarchy headed by Bowie Kuhn, the commissioner of game. Bowre Kuhn, my friends, is a very relieved customer today. So are a number of other baseball people who kept worrying the Supreme Court would fco the other way. I'm pleased it didn't because if I want to see Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Roberto Clemente, Billy Williams, Tom Seaver, Bob Gibson, Joe Torre, Pete Rose, Willie Mays, Sam McDowell and Ferguson Jenkins all on the same team I'll go to the All-Star Game. Which brings me back to Joe DiMaggio. "Under the present set-up", he says, "I still think a ballplayer can make a pretty decent living out there, reserve clause anil all." Of course he can. So can the owners, and I mean ALL of them, even those who cry. They should quit crying. So should the players. I'm with Joe DiMaggio. I'm glad the Court ruled the way it did. 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