Wednesday, February 5, 1969
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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MIAMI, Fla. iA--Bowie Kuhn, a 42-year-old attorney, was
named the new Commissioner of Baseball yesterday. His * *
appointment was as much a surprise as the appointment of
William D. Eckert three years ago and Eckert's dismissal last
bKuhn is a member of the New York law firm that repre- Packers to release Lom bardi
sents the National League, but he is an unknown outside of
KIWANIS ACTIVITY CENTER
W Washington and First St.
Kuhn's appointment was on a pro-temp basis for one
year. He will receive $100,000 per year. The appointment was
recommended by the Baseball Planning Committee and then
approved unanimously by the
A committee spokesman said .
Kuhn was the only person serious-
* ly considered for the temporary
post as the replacement for
The selection not only surprised
the sports world, but also the new
commissioner himself. He found
out about it only a short time be-
fore the announcement.'
GREEN BAY, Wis. (FP) - The give its recommendation to the
executive committee of the Green Packers' board of directors tonight
Bay Packers will recommend that at a special meeting. A news con-
Vince Lombardi be allowed to ference will be held following the
Join the Washington Redskins as session.
coach, executive vice president The special board meeting is
and part owner, the Milwaukee the first called since Lombardi
Sentinel said last night. arrived in Green Bay in 1959 as
In a story appearing in today's coach and general manager.
morning editions, the newspaper According to the Sentinel, the
said Lombardi will not be allowed meeting was called because the
to touch any members of the executive committee felt a decision
Packers' present coaching staff of this importance should be ex-
for at least one year. plained to the 45-member board
The executive committee is to because of the many ramifications.
clash on two fronts
"If I was the owner of the
club, there would be no question
about telling what my feelings
are," said Dominic Olejniczak,
Packer president. "But we oper-
ate as a team in Green Bay and
we owe the directors the courtesy
of this meeting.,
Lombardi flew yesterday to
New York, where he received the
Jack Mara Sportsman of the Year
Award from the Catholic Youth
Organization. Mara was the owner
of the New York Giants.
If War, Poverty,
The ironic part of the entire
Asked if Washington was on episode is that Lombardi in the
his New York intineray, Lombardi past has been strongly critical of
said: "I can't say I'm not going players who played out their op-
Kuhn's primary duty during the
next year will be to work with
the planning committee on a re-
structure of baseballsuch as com-
bining the league offices into one
"I'm honored and delighted to
take over. this important job to
lead baseball in a meaningful re-
structuring," said the 42-year-old
"I'm very delighted in the 24
votes. This can be done only with
that kind of support."
He sainl he was surprised at the
A appointment, a d d in g, "Every
American boy dreams of being
commissioner and I'm no differ-
ent than anybody else."
Kuhn is a member of the. Wall, BOWIE K
Street law firm of Wilkie, Farr
and Gallagher, which has been: A-RAISE:
counsel for the National League
since the mid 1930s.
Kuhn, a graduate of Princeton Riaiders
in 194 and the University of Vir-
ginia Law School, has been active . Rauch's
H baseball legislation since 1950. ;
He wasactive in the lwsi ..,
several weeks ago when the city
of 'Milwaukee sued baseball in an
effort to preventthe Braves from
moving to Atlanta.
Kuhn said he will terminate
his law partnership for at lest a
year while he serves in the new
post. He said it was conceivable
that baseball might hot need a
commissioner's office by the time
"he and the planning committee
finish their intensive study of
Kuhn replaces William D. Eck-
ert, who was fired by the owners
last December. Eckert received
$65,000 a year.
The planning committee is com-
posed of chairman Jerry Hofs-
berger, chairman of the board of
the Baltimore Orioles; Dick Mey-
er, executive vice president of the
St. Louis Cardinals; John Holland.
general manager of the Chicago
Cubs; Mike Burke, president of
the New York Yankees, and Chub
Feeney, vice president of the San
Burke and Feeney, each earlier
considered in the running for the
job as commissioner, were addedf
to the committee Tuesday.
Frank Dale, president of the
Cincinnati Reds, said Kuhn's ap-
pointment was a "major break-
through for baseball. Maybe today
for the last time we saw separate
OAKLAND (A) - The Oakiantd
Raiders once again dipped into
their own ranks for a head coach
yesterday, naming assistant John
Madden to the job.
Madden, who at 33 becomes
professional football's youngest
coach, replaces John Rauch at'
the helm of the American Football
League club which won the
championship inh1967 and the
Western Division title in '68.
Rauch resigned after the 1968
season to become manager of the
Al Davis, managing general
partner, of the Raiders and boss
of certainly the most tight-lipped,
close-knit office in the sport,
made the announcement in a brief
Madden was out of town on
Davis said he would have no
comment on the new coach until
a news conference Wednesday
morning at which Madden is to
"Al moves in mysterious w a y s
his wonders to perform," s a i d
an onlooker, of Davis, who w a s
head coach of the Raiders before
becoming commissioner of the
AFL and then returning to Oak-
land. Rauch was an Oakland as-
sistant before taking over for
.Davis in 1966.
/NEW YORK (P) - Baseball'si
embattled club owners, facing a
a' player strike on one front, are
holding discussions on another.
with the National Broadcasting
Company, to their new $49.5 mil-
lion contract in the event of aj
walkout, The Associated Press
While no television official is
about to divulge whether there are 1
any loopholes that would enables
NBC to avoid payment in the
event of a player strike, a spokes-1
man did say flatly:
"We're not planning on paying:
major league prices for minor1
That would seem to indicate
that unless the dispute between
the owners and the players is
resolved and such stars as Willie
Mays, Mickey Mantle, Bob Gib-
son and Denny McLain are feat-
ured performers, the owners are
faced with loss of television rev-
While some owners have said
they favor closing down in the
event of a strike, some are on
record as wanting to go ahead
with spring training and the reg-
ular season that follows with the,
players available, either the scat-
tering of major leaguers on hand
or by bringing up minor leaguers.
The owners already have offered-
the players a $1 million increase
in their contribution to the player
benefit plan, a figure that would
bring the players $5.1 million a
year. But the players have rejected
"We feel." said Cronin, "the
present pension plan is the finest
in the world."
The 'chief negotiator for the1
owners, John Gaherin, said, "We
expect to continue negotiationst
and hope to meet Thursday."
Asked about reports that thel
owners were ready to increase
their offer, Gaherin said:
"I am authorized to negotiate
with all that implies."
He also frankly admitted that1
the key to ending the impasse
was the issue of rights.
"That's the point that has to
be resolved." he said.
The players, on Monday, adopt-
ed in New York aresolution stat-
ing that they were reaffirming
their policy of not signing con-
tracts and for the first time said
they would not report to spring
training while the issue is un-
That raised the specter of emp-
ty training camps, with the first
scheduled to be opened Feb. 13
and the full complement headed
for the traditional March 1 open-
The new contract with NBC, for
49.5 million over a three-year
period, is for national telecasts
of regular seasongames, the All-
Star Game and the World Series.
Previously, negotiations were held
individually on each, and the na-
tional telecasts brought $6 mil-
lion a year.
The new contract, of course,
represents a large increase in that
The major league players cur-
rently share in All-Star and World
Series abroad revenue but not in
the national telecasts.
to Washington if something comes
The coming of Lombardi to try
and lift the Washington Redskins
out of long poverty in the National
Football League was accepted as a
virtual certainty in the Capital
City even though the Green Bay:
Packers had not yet released their
grip on the man who returned
them to greatness.
Phones rang repeatedly in the
Redskins' offices and fans buzzed.
A season ticket holder said, "How
do I feel about Lombardi? How'
do you feel about God?"
The Redskins have tabled Lom-i
bardi to be executive vice presi-
dent, general manager, coach and;
part-owner of the club.
tion and joined other teams. He
lashed out at two Packers, Jim
Taylor and Ron Kramer. who
made such moves.
"If this procedure is allowed to
continue," Lombardi said. "Only
the money clubs or the fun cities
would have all the good players."
Gov. Warren P. Knowles, a fre-
quent figure at Packer games, said'
Wisconsin owes a debt to the man
who rescued the Packers from
the losing column and gave this
northern community a big-city re-
"Through his skill and effort,"
Knowles said, "he made the Pack-
ers synonymous with excellence,
and he turned the attention of
the nation toward Wisconsin."
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