Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 4, 1976 · Page 34
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M GREELEY (Cote.) TRIBUNE Ttiir».,M«rcln, i7 Barbour shop! ByTOMBARBOUK Tribune Sporlj Writer If the Tribune were "Readers' Digest," Bill Veeck (yes, «s in Wreck) womfl be may "Most Unforgettable Character," althogh I've never met him. Baseball's rebel owner, in addition to defying others by opening training camp while everyone else is at tht negotiating table, now wants to try putting his Chicago White Sox in shorts for those hot, humid summer days. Veeck would probably put Miss America in coveralls with a hard hat and suggest that the United Mine Workers adopt leotards as uniform of the day. The idea of pudgy knuckle-balling lefthander Wilbur Wood in shorts doesn't do much for me on the surface, but it's really just Veeck at his best. For those younger folks who thought Charlie Finley was the first of the baseball goofs with his green and gold doubleknit pajamas and white shoes, forgetit. The Oakland eccentric is just an imitation of the real P. T. Barmirn of the big leagues. While Charlie 0. was busy scratching out Ms first million as a Chicago insurance salesman, Bill Veeck was giving us bat day, ball day, fat mans' day, nuns' day and every day imaginable. Bill Veeck signed Satchel Paige to his first major league contract and put a nursery in Cleveland's Municipal Stadium so mothers would have a place to leave the kids during the game. After the 1949 Cleveland Indians failed to repeat as American League champions, Veeck personally led a horse-drawn funeral procession behind the center-field fence before one late-season game to bury the 1948 pennant. Veeck himself was decked out in a top hat with manager Lou Boudreau and his coaches serving as pallbearers. But Veeck's fun really started when he bought the St. Louis Browns, a team he himself called "the worst in the history of major league baseball." You can count the Browns' all-time greats on one hand. Make that one finger, Ned Carver. Carver was a durable righthander who wont 20 games for the 1951 Brownies, something like 40 per cent of the team's total victories last year. Carver struggled along with the Browns for five or six years while others wondered what he might accomplish with s real team. Veeck even out-Veecked, however, one day Baseball players, owners agree that agreement is not likely yet MIAMI BEACH (UPI) --Th* Miller, executive director of the agreement will be, will bind 'They wouldn't even discuss lake a official communique by both Major League Players Assocla- them all. ii " sairf Millpr olavers in 1951 wlun he sent Eddie Gaedel to bat. Eddie Geadel's major league career spanned that one it-bat and he it lilted for all time in the Baseball Encyclopedia as a left-hand- hitting, right-hand-throwing outfielder, standing 3-Foot-? and weighing 85 pounds. Yes, the 26-year-old Chicago stuntman was, indeed, a midget and, in view of tht fact that midgets don'thave a very big strike tone, little Eddie drew a base on balls from Detroit Tiger pitcher Bob Cain. Other central characters in this event were Frank Saucier who was "lifted," If that Is the proper word, for pinch hitter Gaedel, Browns' manager Zack Taylor, who made the lineup switch, Detroit catcher Bob Swift, who had to get down on his knees to give a target, and umpire Ed Hurly. Hurly questioned little Eddie's qualifications when he took his place in the box, but an official American League contract signed by maestro Veeck himself was soon produced to make the act official. And, finally, who was the pinch runner who replaced Eddie in the lineup? Why Jim Delsing, of course. Baseball commissioner Williams Harridge banned little Eddie for life some days after the event in a humorless move that, no doubt, broke the little guy's heart. Two years later, the American League owners voted that Veeck could not move his Browns to Baltimore. He sold out and the owners then voted later to let the new owners take the team to the Maryland city. Later for Veeck came an ownership stint with the White Sox before retiring In the early '60B. Now Veeck is back with the White Sox again, having purchased the club despite an apparent power play move by the American League owners to prevent it. He even has his old field boss, Paul Richards, back. Bill Veeck's problem is that he was 20 yean before his time. Anything Veeck and the likes of Finley do today Is Just yawned at while things like the Gaedel stunt drew the ire of the commissioner some years ago. When Veeck defied the rest of the owners and went to camp this week with non-roster players, Minnesota owner Calvin Griffith simply said, "If this were the action of a rational man, we'd be worried." What's so irrational about baseball being fur? Wilbur Wood might not look so bad in shorts after all. MIAMI BEACH (UPI) - The official communique by both sides on the war of words in baseball's reserve clause dispute today Is all quiet on the Southern front. Representatives of the club- owners and players met for 2(4 hours Wednesday but could agree on only one thing: There was no significant progress in resolving the problems that have delayed the start of spring training. Mostof Wednesday's meeting was spent discussing the players' belief they have UK right to play out their option after one year's service. Their position is based on an arbitrator's decision In the Andy Messersmith-Dave McNally case and Marvin Miller, executive director of the Major League Players Association, says he is not within his rights to ask the players to give up what they already have. The owners contend they can't live with the Messers- mlth-McNally decision and insist that any new agreement should be retroactive. "Ratroactivity is the key to the negotiations," said John J. Gaherin, chitf negotiator for the player relations committee of the major league clubs. "That's the foundation of the reserve system. Our position has been and continues to be that the association has the responsibility to bargain for all the players, for all the people who have contracts and whatever the results of that agreement will be, will bind them all. "We can't have some in one status and others in another status," Gaherin continued. "And it's got to be Settled now and then we can get on with what we want to do-open up our spring training and get on with our preparations lor the season." Miller said the players association made a counter proposal to a recent owners' proposal, in which it suggested a six-year plan. Any players with six years of major league service would be entitled to become a free agent, provided he informed his club in writing of his wish to do so a year in advance. "They wouldn't even discuss it," said Miller, Miller said he then suggested a variation of that proposal. "They still wouldn't even discuss it," said Miller. Miller said the two sides also reached a dead end on the issue of liability. "It's the same old litany," said Miller. "We" keep saying we'd be liable to lawsuits if we lake away something the players already have. They say they don't think there would be any liability and we say. 'Fine, you accept Ihis non-existent liability and let's make a deal.' They say, "Oh, no' which means they agree a liability exists." The talks will resume in New York on Friday. New Mexico coach cuts five players Killebrew leaving baseball for the broadcast booth B MARGARET BAILEY BOISE, Idaho (UPI) - Home run hitter Harmon Killebrew will leave the baseball diamond for the broadcast booth next season. Killebrew, 39, told a news conference Wednesday he had quit the game after 22 years to do the play-by-play and color commentary for the Minnesota Twins' games on an independent television station in the Minneapolis area. Killebrew was just out of high school In 1954 when he became the first bonus baby ever to sign with the Washington Senators. He stayed with the club when it moved to Minnesota but was released following the 1974 season. Last year, he was a designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals. The paunchy but muscular Killebrew, one of the strongest men ever to play the game, hit 573 homers during his career for fifth place on the nil-time list behind Hank Aaron, Babe Missouri takes Big 8 lead with win over KSU By The Associated Press Missouri has regained its credibility as a basketball power, Kansas is wondering what happened to that old Allen Fieldhouse magic and Iowa State and Colorado are causing ripples in the lower reaches of the Big Eight Conference. "People began to doubt us," claimed Missouri guard Willie Smith following the Tigers' convincing 81-72 victory over Kansas State Wednesday night at Manhattan. "We were an inspired team." The win gave the Tigers a one-game lead over Kansas State with one game yet to play. Third-place Nebraska, meanwhile, had no trouble establishing itself against Kansas at Lawrence, beating the Jay- hawks, 62-58, in a game not as close as the score would indicate. And Iowa State snapped a seven-game losing streak by stunning Oklahoma, 62-57, while Colorado knocked off Oklahoma Slate, 86-83, in overtime. Smith, who popped in 38 points to fire 15th-ranked Missouri, was already speaking of the Tigers as conference champions after the game. "People said we peaked early. That's not true. Every team has its ups and downs," he said. "We hadn't won a conference championship in 36 years. There were a lot of things we had to overcome." The Tigers used a 23-of-26 performance at the foul line and a defense that blunted the effectiveness of Kansas State guards Mike Evans and Chuckle Williams. Evans finished with 24 points, but Williams managed just eight. Missouri boosted its record to 11-2 in the league and 23-4 overall, while the Wildcats, who saw a seven-game winning string end, dropped to 10-3 and 19-7. Nebraska, 18-8 and 9-4, began eyeing a possible spot in the National Invitational Tour- nament after upending Kansas. It was the fourth straight loss for the defending champion Jayhawks, 5-9 and 12-13. Kansas, which never led, has now lost seven games this season in the once-cozy confines of Allen Fieldhouse. "We were forcing our passes and forcing shots," commented Kansas Coach Ted Owens. "That's the disease we've had all year." At Ames, Iowa State notched only its third victory of the season by placing three players in double figures and capitalizing on cold Sooner shooting. The Cyclones are 3-10 in Big Eight play and 3-23 over-all, while Oklahoma, which upset Missouri last week, sank to 6-7 and 9-16. Colorado guard Clayton Bullard hit two free throws to put the Buffaloes into overtime against Oklahoma State, then combined with Dave Bolen to give his team a four-point lead in the extra period. Emmett Lewis led Colorado, now 4-9 and 7-18, with 18 points. Clark Maughan also had 18 for Oklahoma State, 4-9 and 10-15. Final College Division Poll By The Associated Press I.FairmontSt23)27-0 331 2.GrndCanyon(3)21-2 257 S.Gardner-Webb 24-3 234 4.AIcornSt(3) 25-3 195 S.Phila.TxtKS) 25-2 173 e.Marymount 24-3 140 7.NichollsSt 20-3 131 S.KentuckySt 22-5 111 9.CheyneySt(l) 23-3 77 lO.Shepherd 31-2 49 ll.TenncsseeSt 19-7 30 12.Bridgeport 21-1 27 13.Fla.TecM]) 20-3 24 14.UT-Chatt. 19-7 23 15 Rollins 18-5 11 DATSUN HO DOLLAR POWER EHRLICH MOTORS Here's family comfort and savings. Performance too. The Datsun 710 won the B-Sedan National Championship. And you win all this: · Race-proven 2000cc overhead cam engine · Power assisted front disc brakes · Reclining front bucket seats 710 Hardtop · Tinted glass · White sidewall tires · Electric rear window defogger · Full carpeting, and much more « Four 710 models. 2-Door Hardtop, 2- and 4- Door Sedans, and a 5-Door Wagon. 33 MFG-HWY. 23 MPG-CITY EPA mileage estimate. Manual transmission. Actual MPG may he more or less, depending on the condition of your car and how you drive. DATSUIISOODFOB THE ECOMOMY. VOCES. . Grecley's No. 1 Selling Import Dealer* ·R. L. Polk Reglitration, November 1*75 Ehrlich Motors, Inc. 2733 S. 8th Ave. 353-5333 Ruth, Willie Mays and Frank Robinson. Frequent injuries throughout his career kept him from achieving even more power honors. However, no other American League right-handed hitter ever has had more home runs. Killebrew, who played outfield, third base and first base, quipped that the secret of his ability to hit home runs was that "I found I had to hit them out of the park because I wasn't going to run fast." a season without a stolen base. On a more serious note, he said that hitting "is a God- given ability that a player has. It came pretty natural to me." He was the American League's MVP in 1969 when he hit 49 homers and drove in 140 runs, but he said he considered the 1965 Minnesota pennant and the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers to be his greatest memory. He said his new career will give him an opportunity to stay at home more and to take advantage of other opportunities. He said there were offers for him to play again this season Japan," but when the television opening came along at a station where he already had worked a pre-game show for a dozen years, he decided it was time to change jobs. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (UPI) -- New Mexico will end its basketball season Saturday without its top five scorers because of a player-coach dispute. Lobos Coach Norm Ellenberger announced Wednesday the five black players who have demanded his dismissal and cut practice this week will not play againt the University of Texas at El Paso. UTEP, now 9-4 in the Western Athletic Conference, still has a chance for a tie for the WAC championship. It needs needs a win against New Mexico combined with a loss by frontrunner Arizona, 12-3, against Arizona State Saturday. The five New Mexico players who will not suit up are guards Ricky Williams and Dale Slaughter, forwards George Berry and Larry Gray and Slaughter were starters during the season. Gray and Berry were the Lobos' top scorers with more than 14 and 13 points per game and also led the team In rebounding. Joined by fellow underclassman Larry Forte, who quit the team three weeks ago, the five issued an ultimatum Monday. Citing alleged verbal abuse and favoritism by Ellenberger and chief assistant John Whlse- nant, they said they would not return to the UNM squad next season if the two coaches were not fired. The five dissident players still on the team did not report for practice Wednesday. New Mexico Athletic Director Lavon McDonald met with the players and told them Ellenberger, who still has two years to go on his current contract, would return next season regardless of their demands. Ellenberger promoted three junior varsity players to make up a team of nine for Saturday's game, with guard Dan Davis the only one among them who has been a consistent starter during the season. "Our standard rule is that if you don't practice, you 'dont play," said Ellenberger. Gray, Berry and Patterson told newsmen tMs week Ellen- respect the players. 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