Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 13, 1972 · Page 33
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August 13, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 33

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Sunday -Chii Iwton, w»«i Vlrflnl* 3C--Aug. 13, 1972 Congress Not Needed in Baseball Dak Says Owners Big Problem By Will Grimsley CINCINNATI (AP) _ Baseball can settle its prob. lems without interference irom Congress--but should , undertake some restructuring at the top. These are the views of Francis Dale, president of the : Cincinnati Reds. : "We need to clean up the . ownership-it is so diverse," · Dale told The Associated Press in an internew. "We have individual owners, partners who ; ; are corporations; group own- · ership as in our case and that : : of Atlanta. '. "The differences in the na' ture of ownerships present a danger. We saw it in the strike. speak with a sing ;We can't . voice. ? "Also, the commissioner rrole must be strengthened, no Jcut back. We must erase th ^·notion that the commissioner : .-the tool of the owners. The ·players must feel that he is th . impartial administrator--even if the Players Association has TELLING HIS VIEWS IS CINCINNATI REDS' PRESIDENT FRANCIS DALE Gordy Coleman (Left), John Bench and Pete Rose Listen -AP Wlrephoto $ See Charles E. King for "MUG-SIZE" Ions up to 10,000 Now you can buy the things you want and need. Now you can lump your old bills together and pay them off with a king-size loan--from us. A king-size loan can help cut the size of your monthly bill payments as much as 50%--to help save more of your pay check for yourself. ask for Charlie King... He's the Manager! NO APPLICATION FEE INDUSTRIAL SAVINGS LOAN CO. OF CHARLESTON OPEN EVENINGS BY APPOINTMENT 611 LEE ST. 343-4801 Use Want Ads. Dial 348-4848 -'to pay half .make it so." of his salary t r Discusses Wide Range " Attorney, publisher, presiden 'of. the Cincinnati Enquirer am -chief executive of one of base- ball's most successful fran -chises, Dale sipped coffee hi his fifth floor newspaper office an .·discussed the wide range o ·problems and opportunities fac ring his favorite sport. I "I think the health of the -"game is generally good, but we have some things to do," he said. "The national League hi particular is healthy because oi all the new stadiums. "It's an obvious fact that the ^American League is not as .'strong as the National League · in franchise durability and fran -chise strength. They've had the '-Seattle-Milwaukee shift, the .Washington-Dallas shift and :tr*y don't have the stadiums that we have." Dale, who received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1948, became a partner in the law firm that has :served as general counsel to .-the Cincinnati Enquirer. He be- ·-came president of the Enquirer ;in 1965 and a year later presi- 4 denl of the Cincinnati Reds, line., a group of 13 businessmen .and companies which took over the National League franchise. Most Unique Franchise "In my judgment, ours is the .most unique franchise in all of .baseball, perhaps the history of Baseball," Dale said. "We got a : group together who did not enter to make money. : "They entered as a civic aroject, to keep the franchise here and help build a stadium." : The Enquirer later sold its interest in the Reds but Dale re- inained as president of the flub. "I'm strictly serving as volunteer," he said. "I've never .taken any pay." Dale admits that he takes little stock in polls which show pro football replacing baseball as the national sport. "Polls Not Valid" "Such polls are not valid, and I guess I've been polling enough hi polities to realize that," he said. Dale serves as national chairman of the Committee to Re-Elect Richard Nixon. "You're comparing basic differences," he argued. "They are entirely two different games. Baseball is a series of one-on-one confrontations, the) pitcher against the batter, the catcher against the runner. "There is a rhythm in bas- all-a rhythm of threes. A good manager thinks in terms of three--the next three guys up. If one guy gets a hit, then you think ahead. 'I love football but baseball much more interesting. I would like to keep baseball as t is." The strapping, dark-haired incinnati executive attributed he Reds' success on the playing "ield and at the gate to two fac- .ors which might well be a model for other franchises- good management and concern or the fans. , "We went out and hired hi our judgment one of the best ranchise managers there is, Bob Howsam (general manager md vice president). He runs a tight ship, and we make mon- i y. We'll make money no mater what the variation of at- endance is because he'll cut he pattern to fit the cloth. 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