The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on January 24, 1970 · 39
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 39

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Saturday, January 24, 1970
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Outlaw Clause Conaressman eeks to eserve .A.. WASHINGTON A New York Congressman has introduced a bill to outlaw organized baseball's reserve clause, now being challenged by Curt Flood in the courts under the antitrust laws. Rep. John W. Wydler, a Nassau County Republican, said baseball operates under a privileged sanctuary enjoyed by no other sport. ""It's time for the Congress to make clear that the agreements to eliminate romnetition anions baseball and clearly in restraint of trade and - violation of the human rights and dignities of American citizens," he said. Flood, a star outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals for 12 years, was. traded last fall to Philadelphia. However, he retained former Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg as his counsel and began a legal test of baseball's reserve clause which binds a "player to a team until he retires or is traded. asking that the major leagues show cause why he should not be permitted to negotiate as a free agent. Wydler, a four-term congressman, said the purpose of the reserve clause "is to reduce costs of the owners of baseball teams by elimir. a ting competition for players' servl ces. "This is a right enjoyed by n other American industry," he said. "Industries dependent on stars and sports, exist without benefit of the extra special protection, the reserve clause. "The plain fact is that baseball is a business and it should meet the a me . business standards as any other business in our country. It's nesent special privileges are igainst public policy and should be brought to an end," said Wydler. Flood has contended that his trade left him two choices: to refuse to report to Philadelphia, thus losing a chance to play, or to report to the Phillies and "lose the rights" of a free man. The club owners and league presidents have argued that the reserve clause is necessary to pr vent chaotic raiding of players by the wealthy teams. They cited previous court rulings that exempted baseball from the Sherman Antitrust Act. Wydler said the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1922, which base-Please Turn to Page 4, Col. 1 BUSINESS & FINANCE CC PART 111 2f SATURDAY, JAN. 24,1970 leading figures, such as movie teams are un-American, undesirable The $90,000-a-year outfielder is companies and other American i .mwjmw . ; n.mnn .unj.... mm ' .-wyrr 1 ' wmm,mmw mmmm m ...mum, y m iT-W """,""lJ "' " "' i s r .: .'.nreF - .... : ' WfM- LAKER ON THE MOVE Lakers' Keith Erickson drives toward basket Friday night at Forum as teamrnats Rick Roberson sets pick on Seattle's Bob Boozer. Getting set to pick up Erickson is Super-sonics' 6-9 center Bob Rule, at left. Lakers scored 128-100 victory. Times photo by Art Rogers Strike in 22nd Day as Union, Track . Leaders Wrangle BY MARRY BERNSTEIN Times Latwr Writer Santa Anita and Bay Meadows race tracks remained closed Friday as negotiators for labor and management were reduced to arguing who said what earlier in the week. The lost racing program today is the 22nd for Santa Anita. Leo Geffner, attorney and spokesman for the striking AFL-CIO Service Employes International Union, said the union has been told repeatedly that Sidney Korshak is the chief negotiator for the tracks. While there have been no formal, face-to-face meetings between track owners and union leaders since Dec. 21, Geffner said, "there have been a number of informal meetings, including one held this past Tuesday at the Bistro Restaurant with only Mr. Korshak and myself." , "Mr. Korshak suggested a compromise proposal which I agreed to try and get union negotiators and the strikers to accept, and he promised to do everything he could to get track management to accept it." The union vice president, George Hardy, had agreed the compromise was acceptable, and "we both felt the members would accept it and the strike was almost over," Geffner said. 'Fishbowl' Negotiations But. he said, "Mr. Korshak called us Wednesday to say management had turned down the compromise." He then charged that management had "repudiated its chief negotiator," and the union issued a call for "fishbowl" negotiations to start next Tuesday at the Biltmore Hotel at 10 a.m., to be attended by track management, the union, government officials and the press. Korshak was not available for a response, but two top track officials were. Fred Ryan, general manager of Santa Anita, said management has offered a 92 daily pay raise for each year of a three-year contract and no more. The compromise reportedly offered by Korshak was for a $.3 daily raise for each of the first two years and a $2 hike the third year, -plus other contract language changes. Ryan insisted that Korshak did not make any recommendations for the track on the proposal described S3 a union-made compromise. ricase Turn to Page 6, Col. 1 Sp yglass. 'Helps1 Yancey Take Lead BY JEFF PRUGH Times Staff Writer PEBBLE BEACH The rains never came, but1 it was windy enough to make Bing Crosby hang onto his hat, not to mention his hairpiece. And because it was, most of the scores went soaring here Friday as Bert Yancey, the one-time West Point cadet, Vent to the head of the class in the $150,000 Crosby National Pro-Am golf tournament. It was a day for hair spray, sprayed tee shots and ocean spray as gusts up to 40 m.p.h. buffeted all three courses Pebble Beach, Cypress Point and Spyglass Hill under ominous gray skies. Interestingly, the best conditions were found at the infamous Spyglass Hill, where there are so many pine trees that you have to play the course with a buzz saw. That's where Yancey shot a 70 Friday, giving him a 36-hole total of 137, 7 under par, and a two-stroke lead over Bob Goalby and Jim Wiechers, the former Santa Clara University star. It wasn't by coincidence that Goalby and Wiechers. shooting 72 and 71. respectively, happened to be playing at Spyglass, too. "I think I was lucky to be playing at Spyglass today," said Yancey, "because, even though it was windy there, the trees help shield a lot of the wind." Wiechers, a pudgy five-year veteran at 25, agreed. "I was better off at Spyglass," he said. "I really felt sorry for those guys out on the 16th and 17th at Cypress and Pebble Beach." Of the 25 pros who will tee off in today's third round (3 p.m., Channel 4) at par or better, no fewer than 20 played at Spyglass Friday. Italv's Roberto Bernardini and Tom 'Shaw, who shot 70 and 72 respectively, to share third place with former Crosby champ Don Massengale at 140 (4 under par), also played at Spyglass. And right behind them, tied at 141 with defending champion George Archer and four others, is Arnold Palmer, who shot a 72 at Cypress Point. Palmer and Massengale, in fact, may bo in the most advantageous position of any of the top dozen today, in as much as they both will be playing the least windy course, Please Turn to Page 2, Col. 3 NOT HIS DAY Bob Murphy, who shared first-round lead with three others in Crocby Pro-Am had his problems Friday in second round. Here he watches-birdie putt stop short. Murphy shot a 6-over-Dar 78 at wind-buffetsd Pebble Beach end dropped back in dock witn so-noie total or io. McCarter Injury Mars Laker Win Over S onics BY MAL FLORENCE Times Staff Writer With one minute remaining in a runaway Lakers' victory, Jerry West, resting on the bench, turned to coach Joe Mullaney and remarked: "That Willie McCarter is really playing well." A fraction of a second later """ McCarter, the rookie guard and No. 1 draft choice from Drake, was writhing in pain on the floor. On a routine drive, Willie spun over the leg of Seattle's Barry Clemens and crashed to the floor. He was carried from the floor on a stretcher. X rays taken at Centinela Hospital revealed that McCarter suffered torn ligaments in his right ankle and will be out of action for six weeks. The leg has been placed in a cast. So, bad luck, meaning crippling injuries, continues to stalk the Lakers. Mel Counts, Mike Lynn and Happy Hairston are the only players who have remained healthy. Wilt Chamberlain is recuperating from knee surgery; Elgin Baylor has what Dr. Robert Kerlan terms a "combination abdomen - groin strain," limiting his future effectiveness; Dick Garrett has a sprained ankle and Keith Erickson is playing with a similar injury. Dulls Impressive Win The loss of McCarter took the luster away from one of the Lakers' most impressive performances of the season Friday night before 11.393 fans at the Forum. . Sure, they routed a last place club, the Seattle SuperSonics, 128-100, but it was the manner in which they conducted themselves that impressed general manager Fred Schaus. "It was the best team defense I've seen by any NBA team this year," said Schaus. "Our guys were swarming all over the ball like gnats." The Lakers, especially Hairston, West, Mel Counts and Johnny Egan, were turned on offensively, too. Hairston, the active 6-7 forward, and West, the league's leading scorer, have become an effective combination in recent weeks. Happy checked in with a career high of 34 points, while Jerry was close to his 31.4 average with 30. Big Mel, the 7 footer, and little Johnny, only 5-11, made things happen, too, scoring 15 and 16 points, respectively. Hairston has gone on quite a tear in the last five games, averaging 27 Please Turn to Page 3, Col. 4 Sluggish Bruins Pressed fo Down Gauchos, M BY D WIGHT CHAPIN Times Staff Writer It took more than a while. The UCLA Bruins, playing as if their minds were at least a couple of miles away from Pauley Pavilion, slipped and staggered for more than a half Friday night. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, meanwhile, with the world or something similar to gain and not a thing to lose, played heroically for the same period of time. But the Bruins finally appeared to grow aware that their unbeaten season and No. 1 national ranking could come crashing down around them and they went to work. The result was an 89-80 victory, anything but easy, over a Santa Barbara team that showed both skill and guts. Bruin Pair Disciplined You could say that the fact UC Santa Barbara was not a conference foe for the Bruins and carried in only a 7-7 record made it as close as it was. UCLA coach John Wooden tried to shake things up before the game began, calling his top forwards, Sidney Wicks and Curtis Rowe, out of the team's practice shooting and sitting them on the bench as a disciplinary measure. "They were dunking the ball." Wooden explained, "and it's against the rules. Even if you do it in practice, you can be called for a technical foul. "I can understand the players Please Turn to Page 4, Col. 1 PANCHO RALLIES TO WHIP LAYER IN S-SET THRILLER NEW YORK (LTD The incredible Pancho Gonzales scored one of the greatest victories of his two-decade career Friday night, defeating Rod Laver, 6-5, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, to win the $10,000 winner-take-all inaugural match of the $200,000 Tennis Classic. A roaring crowd of 14,761 in Madison Square Garden saw Pancho, who will be 42 in May, come back after losing two sets following the intermission and subdue Laver on the power that made Gonzales a legend 20 years ago. He got the key break in the fifth and final set in the third game. Laver, leading 40-30, missed a kill at the net for deuce. Laver had the advantage point . after a brilliant rally but missed a smash and the game was deuce again. the next point, the game to time on a brilliant Gonzales gained brought but Laver deuce a third passing shot. He then missed a second overhead smash for advantage to Gonzales and a perfect lob by Pancho was good for the break. Gonzales held his own service and then proceeded to break Laver again in the fifth game. No matter what Laver then tried in a display of slugging-it-out tennis, Gonzales was equal to the task and ran out the set on service. Laver was able to fight off only one match point. Gonzales won the first set on the tie-break system, under which at 5-all a 12-point game is played with the players alternating service. The tennis crowd was second largest in the history of Madison Square Garden. In 1947 Jack Kramer and Bobby Riggs drew 15,144 at the old Garden. The crowd, unlike most tennis throngs, was in a frenzy throughout the final set and for some reason the loudest cheers and the obvious rooting was going on, not for Laver the No. 1 player in the world, but for the player the whole world has known for so many years. Gonzales next will face John Newcombe of Australia in another $10,000 winner-take-all match in Detroit on Jan. 31. Roy Emerson and Andres Gimeno defeated Ken Rosewall and Fred Stolle 6-4, 6-4 in a doubles match. TODAY'S SOUTHLAND SPORTS MENU m Wlwhota COLLEGE BASKETBALL Wyoming vs. UCLA, Pauley Pavilion, 8 p.m.; Valley State at Pepperdine, 8 p.m.; Puget Sound at Cal State (LA), 8 p.m. BOAT SHOW Pan Pacific Auditorium, noon to 11 p.m. EXHIBITION BASKETBALL 1 Jol-lywood Celebrities vs. Harlem Globetrotters, Forum, 8 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Mexico men's ami women's teams vs. USA men's and women's teams, Glendale High School, noon. DRAG RACING Lions Drag Strip, Wilmington, eliminations, 1 p.m. SPORTS SHOW Vacation , Travel and Recreational Vehicle Show, Sports Arena, noon to 11 p.m. RADIOTELEV1SIOV I'RO BASKETBALL ABA All-Star Game, Channel 2, 11 a.m.; Los Angeka Lakers at Seattle, Channel 5, KABC, 8:15 p.m. 1CK HOCKEY Los Aii'.;ol.'S at Pills-burfih, KABC, KBUM'WI, p.m. COLL EG K BASKETBALL Wyom-ing vs. UCLA, KM PC, 8 p.m. Channel 5. 1.1 p.m.; USC at Arizona Stale, .KFJ, 7. p.m.; Oregon at Oregon State, Channel 5, 2:30 p.m.; Nevada (Reno) vs. Nevada (Laa Vegas), Channel 13, 12:30 p.m. GOLF Bing Crosby Pro-Am, Channel i, 3 p.m. PREl BASKETBALL Foothill VJ. Tustin, Channel 4, noon.

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