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Page Eleven

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Major League salaries .

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the sky's the limit
MAJOR LEAGUE baseball is rapidly becoming an exaggerated
capitalistic system 'Unfortunately this development is
destroying much of the enjoyment originally intended for the
participants and fans when the game was created. The number
of players inking contracts for $100,000-plus is rising steadily
(now 20) with many more earning respectable salaries in ex-
cess of $30,000. Regardless of the many arguments made in
support of the enormous boom of ball club payrolls, there is
no reason why people should be paid so highly no matter what
the occupation.
The men in the front office have made no effort to stem
this ominous trend. They have justified generous dispensing
of greenbacks by insisting that the stars of the game act as
"drawing cards" to lure fans into the ball parks.
However, by paying the players more, the clubs have
been forced to increase prices of the tickets to balance the
budget. Though this deprives many of the less wealthy
fans from enjoying the game as they used to, there are
still enough fans willing to accept the greater admittance
fee to allow the management to get away with it.
But there is an imminent danger that this cycle will repeat
again and again up to the point where the game prices will
soar too high for most people. This, for all intents and pur-
poses, would deal a severe blow to the future of professional
baseball in this country. The GMs would be forced to pay the
inflated salaries while suffering enormous financial losses at
the gate at the same time.
In addition to the damage this trend would cause to the
attendance of the game, the general quality of competence on
the field might be hindered. There was a time, and not too long
ago, when raises in salary were awarded only for a decided
improvement in the overall quality in a player's game, while
cuts in pay were common.
Today, however, players are receiving raises for sea-
sons which were more closely described as mediocre than
super. Furthermore, there are clubs which rarely cut player
wages, leaving them at their present level if their per-
forma ice was unsatisfactory.
A case in point is the New York Mets organization. Bud
Harrelson, an all-star shortstop, although rated one of the
finest fielders in the business, continually displayed his inade-
quacies with the bat. By far, this is not the criteria for a per-
formance that merited a raise. Nevertheless, Bob Scheffing, the
Met's GM, augmented Harrelson's already hefty salary of
$40,000 by ten grand.
Salaries in the ballpark of Harrelson's are more than rea-
sonable for anyone playing the game. There is no question that
a player can easily support himself and his family with such an
income. Some may argue that there is justification for the high
earnings saying the savings will come in handy after he retires
from the game because employment possibilities sharply le-
However, I feel the game shouldn't assume any respon-
sibility for the welfare of a player after he has departed
from the scene except in the capacity of a pension fund-
which at the present time is another heated issue which
may result in a players' strike. No one forces a person to
enter professional baseball. Consequently, the burden of
finding suitable work after retiring should fall on the
shoulders of the player.
Nevertheless, the management is taking very good care of
the players, who want even more, the more they get. Frank
Robinson, when traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the
off-season, was offered the same $130,000 contract the Balti-
more Orioles signed him for the year before.
Amazingly, Robinson's reaction to this proposal was, "I'm
not angry, but shocked that the Dodgers did not offer me the
$10,000 raise the Orioles would have given me if I had stayed
with the club." Very soon afterwards, Robinson inked for what
he wanted. This statement by Robinson is very indicative of
what has transpired in the players' attitudes toward the game.
The only motivation to achieve excellence has become the dol-
lar sign.
There was a time when $100,000 or more recently, $200,-
000 were considered only dream salaries. But with the way
things are progressing, we might live to see the half-a-million
dollar player.
Professional League Standings

By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES- Underdo g
Florida State built a 23-point lead
early in the second half and then1
stood off a North Carolina rally{
to beat the Tar Heels 79-75 in the
first semi-final game last night
of the National Collegiate Ath-
letic Association basketball tour-
With Ron 'King and Reggie
Royals leading the way, the Sem-
inoles from Florida grabbed a, 45-
32 halftime lead and built it tof
59-36 with thensecond half lessE
than seven minutes old,
More sports, Page 9
The Tar Heels, ranked No. 21
behind UCLA in the Associated
Press poll, rallied behind some
outstanding shooting by Dennis
Wuycik and cut the lead to just
three points with five seconds left,
before Greg Samuel of FSU
dropped in a free throw.
King led the Seminoles' scoring
with 22 points while Royals, out
part of the game after collecting
four fouls, scored 18.
Bob McAdoo, the 6-foot-9 Northx
Carolina center, scored 24 but ;
fouled out of the game with 9:48 f
That didn't stop the Tar Heels'
rally, however, as they continued
to chip away.
Florida State, ranked No. 10 inr
the poll, showed speed from its
two little guards to go along with
theheight of Royals, at 6-10, and
Larry McCray at 6-11._

Samuel, 5-8, started and sur-
prised the Tar Heels with sev-
eral steals. Otto Petty, 5-7, took
over midway in the first half and
showed the same quick hands as
did his predecessor'
Favored North Carolina took an
early lead at 15-11 before Row-
land Garrett hit two field goals
and a free throw to send Florida

State into a lead the Seminoles;
never relinquished.
Wooden, Walton waltz
LOS ANGELES - All-America
sophomore Bill Walton poured in
33 Points last night to lead UCLA
to a 96-77 semi-final victory over
Louisville and propel the Bruins
into the championship rg a m e
against Florida State tomorrow.
The Bruins, who will be seeking
their sixth consecutive title, never
trailed in ousting the fourth ranked
Cardinals, who finished the season
at 26-4.
Larry Farmer, another sopho-
more, added 17 points, all in the
second half for UCLA's 29th

straight win of the season.
Louisville barely outscored Wal-
ton in the first half as the sopho-
more tallied 24 of UCLA's 39 points
to give the Bruins: a 39-31 half-
time edge.
Walton tallied eight field goals,
mostly on rebounded shots, and
eight free throws in the first half
as he' roamed at will under the
Louisville basket.
Louisville stayed close in the
first eight minutes, trailing only
12-10, before Walton led UCLA to
a 22-13 spurt over the next 12
minutes that built the Bruin lead
to 11 points.
Walton scored 13 of UCLA's
points in the drive and was in-
strumental in keeping the Cardi-
nals from getting inside for the
easy shot.
Milwaukee 8, Califirnia 7
Chicago (N) 8, Cleveland 3
San Diego 8, Oakland 3
Minnesota 10, Detroit 8
New York (N) 8, Philadelphia 3
New York (A) 13, Boston 7
Baltimore 11, St. Louis 0
Houston 7, Montreal 1
Cincinnati 4, Kansas City 2
Texas 7, Atlanta 3
Pittsburgh 11, Los Angeles 6
NCAA Semi-final
UCLA 96, Louisville 77
Florida State 79, North Carolina 75
Floridians 126, Pittsburgh 115
Utah 137, Memphis 117
NIT Semi-Finals
Maryland 91, Jacksonville 77
Niagara 69, St. John's 67

Terps reach finals

-Associated Press
Who's he looking at?
Richie Zisk, destined to take the place of Roberto Clemente as
the Pittsburgh Pirates' next superstar, watches as his face is
permanently engraved with baseball stitches in Pittsburgh's
exhibition baseball game yesterday.

Hoosier mermen st
By CHUCK BLOOM The Big Ten captured five out Ray Bussard su
Special To The Daily of the first six spots in the one- ond string butt(
WEST POINT, N.Y. - In the meter diving. Ohio State's Todd Trembley, thus
most American of all American Smith won the event with an in- see's chances o.
universities, two Indiana swim- credibly high score of 503.25. This nals.
mers set American records while score included a perfect final dive Tonight's acti
the Hoosiers took a commanding in which Smith received two tens, Isaac going i
lead in yesterday's NCAA swim- an award rarely given out, breaststroke, an
ming and diving championships. Minnesota's Craig Lincoln was ing for a recor
John Kinsella. dubbed by the second and Buckeye Tim Moore yard butterfly c:
press "the Machine," broke hisy was third. Indiana's Gary James
own record t the 500-yard free- took fifth while Ohio State's Steve Michigan's ch
style. Not to be outdone, team- ; Skilken came in sixth, giving Ohio in the top ten
mate Gary Hall broke his own State three out of the top six d With f
record in the 200-yard individual spots and all of their meet points. a it u ac
medley. a little luck in
Indiana obtained a 17-point lead The only'action seen by Michi- verines could cli
over second place Southern Cal- gan swimmers came in the 400-
ifornia. UCLA is third with 64 yard medley relay. The Wolverines
points, followed by Tennessee. finished sixth with a time of
Stanford, and Ohio State. Michi- 3:25.36, breaking the old varsity
gan is ninth. record of 3:27.6.
Kinsella swam the 500 in the Favored Indiana finished third
record time of 4:24.49, breaking as the SC Trojans caught the
his old mark by 2.5 seconds. The Hoosiers with 50 yards to go and
overflow crowd in the Army came up with the upset win.
Olympic Pool roared its approval Southern Methodist was second
with each and every tremendous and Indiana came in third,
turn that Kinsella hit. The Illi-!
nois native received a two minute: In the consolations, Michigan
standing ovation when he received State finished 12th in a heat
his award.| which was won by a mismanaged
In the very next event. blond Tennessee team. The Volunteers'
Gary Hall beat his old mark by :7
second. He far outdistanced Steve
Furniss of USC.
In what was expected to be the
race of the meet the 50-yard free-1t
style turned out to be a slight dis-
appointment. No twenty second
barrier was broken, nor any record
Dave Edgar, superhuman from LEV I'S
Tennessee. won his third straight
NCAA title in a relatively slow,
clocking of :20.44. Teammate John
Trembley, who had tied Edgar's r o d r
American record in the prelimin-;y
aries, came in a close, close sec-
ond. If it weren't for the brand
new Omega timers, the decision Bells
would still be in doubt. Mark Spitz
of Indiana finished a flat third.m
Bronco HeadI
Mac Speedie was the third head I
coach for the Denver Broncos..
Swinging Bird
Art Shamsky, of the St. Louis
Cardinals, is co-owner along with!
Phil Linz, of two New York dis- State Steet at Liberty
cotheques, the Marshmellow and
the Dubbles.

By The AssociateA Press
NEW YORK - Tom McMillen
and Len Elmore combined for 48
points as Maryland crushed Jack-
sonville 91-77 and advanced to the
finals of the 35th National Invi-
tational Basketball Tournament
last night:
The Terps, who have a history
of blowing leads, this year almost
lost one here as Jacksonville trim-
med a 50-42 Maryland lead to 50-
49 with 10 minutes left in the
Then McMillen, who scored 25
points and Elmore, who threw in
23, teamed for eight straight
points to give Maryland a safe
60-49 advantage.
LeonBenbow threatened Mary-
land late in the game by scoring
10 straight points for the Dol-
phins, but once again it was Mc-
Millen and Elmore who delivered
crucial field goals to stymie any
hopes of a Jacksonville comeback.
Harold Fox led the Dolphins
with 26 points. Benbow added 18
more for Jacksonville, whose re-
cord now is 19-8. Maryland's re-
cord is 26-5.
Niagara rises
NEW YORK - Little Al Wil-
liams delivered two free throws
with five seconds left as Niagara
beat St. John's of New York, the
sentimental favorite, 69-67 Thurs-
day night and joined Maryland in
the finals of the 35th National
Invitation Basketball tournament.
The 5-foot-9 Williams bailed

out Niagara after St. John's ral-
lied from a 12-point halftime de-
fiict to tie the game at 67 with
46 seconds left to play.
Bill Schaeffer, who scored 23
points for the Redmen, brought
the partisan crowd of 17,896 to
its feet with two free throws, ty-
ing the game in the last minute.
Then Niagara took the ball,
downcourt and held it for 40 sec-
onds before Williams drove in for
a shot and was fouled.
St. John's had time for one
more shot and Mike Keilty missed
a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer.

The Executive Council of the LSA Student Govern-
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Q FRI DAY-SUN DAY March 24-26, 1972


Atlantic Division
W L Pct
c-Boston 54 26 .675
New York 47 32 .595
Philadelphia 30 # 50 .375
' Buffalo 22 27 .278
Central Division
c-Baltimore 37. 42 .468
Atlanta 34 46 .325
Cincinnati 29 50 .367
Cleveland 23 56 .291
Midwest Division

Buffalo at Detroit
New York at Milwaukee
Chicago at Philadelphia
Phoenix at Los Angeles
East Division
62 W L T Pts
24 Boston 52 10 10 114
31 V New York 48 14 11 107
Montreal 44 15 14 102
- Toronto 30 29 14 74
3 Detroit 32 33 9 73
8 Buffalo 15 42 18 48
14 Vancouver 18 47 7. 43
West Division
c-Chicago 43 17 13 99
- Minnesota 35 27 11 81
6 S t. Louis 26 36 11 63
13 California 21 35 18 60
35f2 Philadelphia 23 37 12 58
Pittsburgh 23 38 12 58
- Los Angeles 18 48 8 44
17 c-Clinched division title
20 Yesterday's Results
351/ Chicago 4, Philadelphia 2
491/2 Boston 4, New York 1
Buffalo 4, Minnesota 4, tie
Only games scheduled
Today's Games
Toronto at Vancouver
Only game scheduled


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Today's Games
Baltimore at Cincinnati
Houston at Cleveland
Golden State at Atlanta


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