THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Tuesday, February 25, 7969
Page Si~ THE MICHIGAN DAILY Tuesday, February 25, 1969
Players continue dispute
due for crash
NEW YORK (A") - The baseball willing to pay money into the fund
pension dispute, which has inter- but will not agree that the play-
fered with the start of spring ers own any share of television re-
training and threatens the exhibi- venue.
tion schedule and possibly the re- The television money was boost-
gular season, is an involved tug- ed to $16.5 million a year in a'
of-war between the players and new three-year $49.5 million con-
owners. tract with the National Broa'd-
, Representatives of the Baseball casting Co. for a game of t h e
Players Association met briefly week, World Series and All-Star
Monday with federal mediation Game telecasts.
officials and then went into an- The owners also have placed
other session with the owners in restrictions on the use to which
an effort to settle the thorny dis- the pension money may be put,
pute. excluding the players' request for
The players want increased permission to start severance pay.
pension benefits, disability bene- The players asked the Federal
fits, retirement at the age of 45. Mediation and Conciliation Serv-
-improved widow's benefits, health ice to step into the picture last
care benefits, changes in life in- Friday, claiming that an impasse
surance. coverage and severance had been reached in the negotia-
pay. tions with John Gaherin, the own-
They are also asking for a spec- ers' representative.
ific percentage of national tele- Gaherin declined an invitation
vision income to be diverted to the to meet with the mediators. He
pension fund. The owners are said he didn't think the negotia-
M Gymnasts unspeItaeular
in defeating haprless Ilni
By DAVE BEEMON
"It's tough for any team to
score a 190 every weekend.". Thus
Coach" Newt Loken expresses his
lack of concern over the less than
spectacular performance of Mich-
igan's gymnastics team last Satur-
day. Coming off from a fantastic
190.8 total against Michigan State,
the team scored below this by al-
most four points at Illinois.
With the season's show-down
coming this Saturday against
Iowa, it is crucial that the Wol-
verjnes be in top form.
Loken feels that his team is
just that, despite the underpro-
duction at Illinois. "I'm not dis-
appointed with our overall score.
Any away meet has it's effect,
with the different atmosphere and
different equipment. I feel that
we are ready to go against Iowa."
Indeed, the slight lag in point
production was a combination of
several factors. As to the Illini
equipment, one observer remark-
ed, "The long horse had to be 17th
Century vintage, and on the tram-
poline, Michigan men were jump-
ing higher than the beams in the
Mike Gluck also had his prob-
lems with the apparatus, as he
scored an un-Gluck-like score of
8.40 on the sidehorse. Loken ex-
plains, "I'm not overly concerned
with Mike's performance. He was
going great, but just missed his
dismount. The horse was new and
his hands just slipped."
The Michigan team was not
exactly pushed to perform their
best. After the first two events,
the Wolverines were leading by
more than three points, and the
meet was practically theirs al-
ready. Michigan grabbed its, lead
with a fabulous exhibition on the
floor exercise, coupled with a hor-
rendous exhibition by Illinois on
the side horse. Loken stated after-
wards that several gymnasts used
the meet as an opportunity to try
out new variations in their rou-
The only event over which Lok-
en expressed concern was t h e
vaulting (long horse), in which
the Wolverines scored a mediocre
25.62. "We will put in overtime on
the event in practice."
As the sports world trembles
over the on-coming-clash this Sa-
turday at the Events Building, the
Michigan gymnasts will be pre-
paring themselves diligently. This
meet will be conducted in the
Wolverines lair and on Wolverine
equipment. The danger of concus-
sions caused by trampolinists hit-
ting ceilings is a distant one in-
deed, unless Dave Jacobs really
cuts himself loose.
Looikng forward to the I o w a
meet will be sophomore T i m
Wright, whom Loken states, he is
"extremely proud of". Wright had
his best day ever on the tram-
poline Saturday, as he racked up
his first 9.0-plus score.
Also performing well in Illi-
nois was standout Ron Rapper, on
the parallel bars, whose mother
gave him extra incentive by
showing up for the meet.
In addition to the incentive of
being under his mother's watchful
eyes, Rapper, along with the other
members of the team, gained
strength from a supply of fudge.
4ie fudge was provided by one
of the gymnasts' mothers, and was
evaluated by one partial observer
as "mighty good indeed."
tions had reached an impasse
Later Friday, Gaherin agreed to
meet Monday with the players'
representatives headed by Marvin
Miller. the executive director.
Bowie Kuhn, the new baseball
commissioner, said he believed a
settlement could be reached this
week. He arrived in New Y.o r k
from Florida hoping to speed mat-
The San Francisco Examiner
reported Monday that Miller has
called a meeting in New York
Tuesday with player representa-
tives of the 24 clubs.
The Examiner said the players
expect to vote on an offer from
the major league owners and it is
possible the deadlock could end
Meanwhile training camps are
opening with most of the regu-
lars missing. Miller had advised
the members of the association
not to sign contracts or report to
camp until the dispute is settled.
Players are formally required to
sign contracts by March 1. Un-
til then, a player is not considered+
Slugger Harmon Killebrew of
the Minnesota Twins has b e e n
thinking about getting together
with other top major league stars
in an effort to end the pension
Killebrew told Arno Goethel,
baseball writer for the St. Paul
Dispatch, that he has decided
against a move to create a coali-
tion of the game's biggest names.
"I've thought about getting to-
gether with the best-known ve-
terans," Killebrew said from his
Ontario, Ore., home. "But I
realize this would hurt the players
association immeasurably. It
could even put an end to the
"It's important that we have
faith in our player representatives
and the man, in charge of the
Baseball's 13th leading h o m e
run hitter said he didn't think the
boycott of spring training "is a
good thing at this time, when1
there have been so many detrac-
tors to baseball. "I feel an obliga-
tion to my family and myself, first
of all, then to the ball club, then
to the players. Certainly I feel
obligated to the fans."
A member of the American
League All-Star team eight times,
Killebrew said he has no quarrel
with Twins' President Calvin Grif-
fith, but added: "What bothers
me is that certain owners want
the players to eat dirt."
He said Griffith was not in-
cluded in th~at category.
Meanwhile, Griffith has report-
edly countered by lashing out at
what he called the socialite ball
players who are boycotting spring
training pending completion of!
BASEBALL'S NEW COMMISSIONER GOES TO BAT-Commissioner Bowie Kuhn visited the New
York Mets camp Sunday and tried out his batting. From left: Mets general manager John Mur-
phy; Steve Renko; Kuhn; Dick Rustock; John Ribby; and manager Gil Hodges.
Star Michigan hurlers head
totiwrd pro diatmonld careers
By RQBIN WRIGHT
The disease that continually
plagues college baseball has again
hit the Michigan club.a
The special phase of the winter'
professional baseball draft has
.robbed the Wolverines of their two
prize senior pitchers-Jack HurleyE
and Dave Renkiewicz.
Hurley was the first draft choice
of the Minnesota Twins. AlthoughI
he has not officially signed yet,i
he is expected to make an agree-
ment with the Twins later this
Hurley won three of seven deci-
sions during the 1968 season, butj
also played the outfield because ofI
his hitting skills. He finished the
season with a .440 batting average.
Drafted by the Seattle Pilots,
Renkiewicz signed with the new
expansion team of the American
League after sitting out three pre-
vious drafts-once when drafted
by the St. Louis Cardinals and
twice by the Chicago White Sox.
Renkiewicz explained his move,
"With an expansion club I'll have
a better chance to move up quick-
ly. Also, if I waited until the end
of the season for the summer
draft, I'd have nothing to nego-
tiate with. I would have finished
my college career and must either
sign with a team then or never."
The most experienced pitcher
on the staff, Renkiewicz had a five
win and five loss mark for the
1968 season with a three and one
Big Ten record.
The senior from Wyandotte,
Michigan, felt his absence would
not. make a great deal of differ-t
ence on the season outcome. He
commented, "The team has a goodI
sophomore staff. They don't have1
experience, but we didn't have
much last year and we still did all
right. I don't think I'll be missed."
Assistant baseball coach Dick
Honig disagreed, "The loss will
By ROD ROBERT
total surprise they signed.
"This will put more pressure on
our sophmores. But I think the
pressure is not totally unexpected.
Even with Renkiewicz and Hurley
we would need a strong group of
younger arms on the staff in order
"We're sorry to lose them, butj
we're not going to fold."
In addition to Renkiewicz the
Wolverines also lost hurler Steve
,Evans, who went to the St. Louis
Barring any unforeseen events of catastrophic proportions.
Michigan will finish second to Indiana in the Big Ten Swimming
Championships at Madison this weekend. This should .come as no
surprise, since the Wolverines have done the exact same thing for
the past eight years.
But this monotony of runner-up finishes could come to an end
Unfortunately, instead of dethroning Indiana as champions,
Michigan' could slip to third in the Western Conference. Results of
the Big Ten Invitational this past weekend in Ann Arbor forewarn
the re-emergence of Ohio State as a national swimming power. So,
instead of thinking of upsetting the number one Hoosiers, the
Wolverine tankers had better start worrying about holding their own
as number two.
Ohio State has captured more NCAA swimming titles (eleven)
than any other team in the country. But the last time they won was
in 1962, and since then, not much has been heard about swimming
from Columbus. In fact, the Buckeyes fell to fifth in the Big Ten
last year, their lowest position ever.
Next year, however, could be a completely different story. Led
by some promising sophomores, the OSU varsity showed flashes of
brilliance before bowing to Michigan State 64-59 two weekends ago.
BUT MORE IMPORTANT, the Buckeye freshmen have shown
more than just a few flashes of brilliance this season. In a dual
Imeet earlier this month, they blinded Indiana's highly touted fresh-
man team 73-50. All year long Indiana Coach Doc Councilman has
said, "Except for the diving, our freshmen can beat our varsity."
Michigan Coach Gus-Stager called that score a fluke. "Ohio
State was psyched up and shaved down for the meet. That's why
their times were so good. Their coach had been telling his swimmers
all year that they could beat, Indiana, and they did. But I doubt
if they could do it again."
Stager's doubts were confirmed last Saturday, as Indiana breez-
ed through the Freshman Championships, amassing 410 points, far
exceeding Ohio State's 297.
Michigan managed 240 points for third place, but its final point
total is somewhat misleading, as not a single Wolverine took first
place. Only one captured second, while just two Michigan entries
wound up in third.
IF MICHIGAN has fielded a strong freshman team this year,
the varsity squad would have an excellent chance to beat Indiana next
But Indiana's frosh swamped everyone last weekend, while
Michigan was surprisingly weak as they finished a distant third. A
solid Ohio State squad grabbed second by beating the Wolverines in
eleven of the thirteen events.
It's possiblel that another Ohio State freshman team as good as
this one is unlikely, in that case one need not worry about a Buckeye
resurgence. Stager explained, "Ohio State has a new coach in John
Bruce this year. At first ,it's only natural for some top swimmers to
go to school with a coach who is trying to build up a good swimming
program. But I don't think that will continue."
Although Michigan has a reputation as a good school for swim-
ming, this reputation has been waning in recent years. The last time
a Wolverine team captured an NCAA title was in 1961, and the last
Big Ten Championship team was the 1960 group. While the Wol-
verines have maintained a hold on second place in the Big Ten,
their rank in national contention has been slipping steadily. From
1962 to 1967, Michigan took either third or fourth in the NCAA's.
Last year it fell to sixth.
A look at the point totals in the last three years illustrates this
slippage. The Wolverines slipped from 253 points in 1966 to 184 in
1967, and then dropped to 92 points last year, only three points ahead
of the seventh-place finishers.
MICHIGAN WILL HAVE TO intensify its recruiting of top high-
school swimmers if it is to reverse this steady decline.
When interviewed by the Daily last year, star junior Gary Kin-
kead talked on this subject. "Michigan just doesn't have the recruit-
ing program that Indiana does, and maybe that's the difference be-
tween the two teams. Indiana's coach has recruited swimmers from
six different countries. He recruits them from all over the place.
He talks to boys, writes to them, does a lot of things that aren't
done at Michigan. I'd never seen or even talked to Gus Stager before
I came here as a freshman."
Coach Stager feels that the amount of financial assistance he
can offer is a major factor in his recruiting success. "I just don't
have as many scholarships to work with as Indiana has. The Big Ten
places a limit on the total number of scholarships that a school can
give out. Michigan spreads them out fairy evenly over all the sports,
so that each team can be good. Some schools concentrate their schol-
arships in certain sports, such as Indiana does in swimming."
If Michigan is to reverse its swimming decline, more effort must
be concentrated on the swimming program-that is, while there is
still a respectable program on which to concentrate.
Otherwise, future Michigan swimmers may not even be able to
look forward to their customary second-place Big Ten finish.
defintely hurt us; both of the boys Cardinals as their number one
will be missed, but it was not a choice in last summer's draft.
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