THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday. June 4. 1970
Baseball--a bastion of reaction
By LEE KIRK
1HE GENERAL turmoil and confusion
that is generally associated with the
news these days is rapidly spreading into the
docile confines of sports. Crises and court
cases abound, and the sporting world is
rapidly finding itself becoming a microcosm
of our universal woes.
And, surprisingly enough, the sport
most afflicted is baseball, the national
pasttime. Grievances that have long
boiled, below the surface have finally
"Flooded" over their banks, and a lot
of dirty linen that management would
have liked kept in the closet has been
washed and hung out for all to see.
Most conspicuous, is of course, former
Cardinal outfielder Curt Flood's suit chal-
lenging baseball's reserve clause. The reserve
clause is a complex thing,,so complex in fact,
that the Supreme Court once refused to
hear a case involving it and instead declared
that Congress should regulate baseball. What
the reserve clause does in effect is to bind
a player to a club that signed him for as
long as that club wishes to have him around.
When a club trades a player, he then can
only play ball for the club to which he is
traded or else t r a i p s e off to Japan.
This all sounds like legalized slavery,
which is exactly the effect it is designed
to have. The reason that the clause has hung
around in spite of this drawback is that
baseball is now exempt from federal anti-
trust laws because it is not legally rec-
ognized as being interstate commerce. Foot-
ball and boxing are interstate operations
and are recognized as such in light of the
law, but baseball, sacred and all-powerful,
Owners fear that if the reserve clause is
declared illegal, ballplayers will desert their
teams for the highest bidder. The owners
contend that this would result in the rich
teams getting the good players and the end
of fan confidence in a game.
This option clause will almost cer-
tainly come to baseball, most likely as
the result of Flood's suit. And when it
does come, I have great confidence in
management's ability to weather the
If fan confidence would be eroded by the
end of the reserve clause, Commissioner
Bowie Kuhn must be trying to wash it away.
Kuhn, along with many press people as-
sociated with baseball, have really unloaded
on Astro and ex-Yankee pitcher Jim Bouton
for his mini-expose book, "Ball Four."
Although I haven't seen the book, the
plethora of publicity it aroused even before
publication will make reading it anti-
climactic. Mickey Mantle comes away from
the book tarnished idol, and other players
as well as managers also emerge tainted.
Tiger pitchers are said to be the biggest
pep and pain pill users in the majors, etc.,
The upshot of it all came when Kuhn
asked Bouton to pay a private visit to his
office to discuss the book. After the meet-
ing, Kuhn emerged to face the press.
"I advised Mr. Bouton of my dis-
pleasure with these writings," the com-
missioner said, "and have warned him
against future writings of this char-
He couldn't have been more pompous if
he had tried. That he feels that it is within
his domain as Commissioner of Baseball to
tell ballplayers what to write is, to say the
least, galling. In some ways, it's a pity
Bouton didn't laugh in Kuhn's face, but if
he had, his book might not sell so well.
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Brazil's other goals came from
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T H IS W EEK
Reserve clause praised
as essential by owners
618S. Main St.
NEW YORK (I)-Two base-
ball club owners, Francis Dale
of. the Cincinnati Reds and
John McHale of the Montreal
Expos, testified yesterday in the
Curt Flood suit that they would
not have invested in the sport
without their belief that base-
ball enjoyed exemption from
The issue is a key to base-
ball's defense in the Flood case,
the sport contending that sub-
jecting the rules and regula-
tions of the game-known as
the reserve system-to antitrust
laws would drive away would-
Both were asked if they would
have invested without those be-
liefs. Dale said "I don't think
we would have." McHale an-
They also were asked by base-
ball's Chief Counsel, M a r k
Hughes, if they considered the
reserve system reasonable and
necessary to the efficient opera-
tion of the sport. Both said they
Dale, who also is a part owner
of pro football's Cincinnati Ben-
gals, was sharply cross examined
by Flood's counsel, Jay Topkis,
specifically with reference to
his investment in pro football
which operates without the re-
serve system and little antitrust
"Does that render football an
economically unsound invest-
ment?" Topkis asked.
"No," replied Dale.
"The fact that the Bengals
were not exempt from antitrust
laws didn't deter you from in-
vesting in them, did it?" Topkis
"No," Dale replied.
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THE PASSING SHOW
obscene, No; FuennyAbsc
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Sweden, which used to be with deftness and style by Whatever you do is all right, wh
headquarters for nude Miss Meineche. just so long as nobody else pai
movies and sex movies, may ' You do have to be pre- gets hurt. bro
declare war on Denmark pared to go along with com- "To desist from sexual mu
over "Without a Stitch" This plete candor, maybe more pleasure," he adjures, "is not wea
is the funniest satire on than you ever have seen or more moral than desisting upI
Swedish sex films that you beard on the screen. You from picking flowers, read- late
are likely to encounter in also have to be prepared for ing books, or skiing...." Un- him
months, maybe even in a great deal of nudity and less you go along with this, L
years. sex. both that which is con- you had better avoid deep sta
Don't be put off by the sidered normal and that shock by avoiding "Without co
publicity and advertising be- which is considered aberra- a Stitch." stud
ing used to tout the new pic- tional. * * * * He
ture at Loew's Palace. It is The sex is clearly simu- With this sage advice the ing
not one of those "skin flicks" lated. but the nudity is not. doctor dispatches Lilian on a Th
that belongs on Ninth St. It's And all you prudes had bet- hitch-hiking vacation with a an<
a sharply comic entertain- ter be prepared for the .fact brand-new diary in which to lear
ment that employs sex and that no healthy, young, red- record her new experiences thri
nudity for a purpose rather blooded boy in the audience with life. She has some ex- two
than for exploitation. is going to be repelled by the periences, too. F
Alongside it, ''I Am Cur- sight of Anne Grete, who Her first ride is with a sou
ous (Yellow)" looks more plays the girl who keeps get- movie cameraman. This a f
than ever like a stag movie ting undressed. She just leads her right into movie sce
made for male smokers. I sat might be the second most stardom, in a stag movie tw
there in the dull morning beautiful girl in the world, made in Sweden for export vol
laughing my head off while dressed or undressed. only, and if they wouldn't rea
the voyeurs. who never . , show it there, you know this woi
should have allowed them- Miss Grete plays a college is an experience. wer
selves to be lured south of student named Lilian, who She goes on to Copen- bra
New York Ave. by the ads, goes to a doctor because she hagen, where she meets an ech
stalked out in boredom and has failed to achieve the ulti- architectural student named sha
befuddlement. mate enjoyment in a sexual Lise. Lise spends a happy
**encounter with her boy night with her, then intro-
"Without a Stitch." is a friend, who is as clumsy in duces her to a new gambol-
sort of "Candy" made with these matters as she is. The one man and two girls. He
good taste and an alert sense doctor explains - this has doesn't appear to be quite
of hunmor. It's not the cheapie pretensions of being a sex,- temain isfortred byndthes
its title suggests, but a well- education film pretensons a suspicion is bostered by the
made film. It has been hand- doesn't need-that it is more fact that director Meineche
somely photographed in blessed to give than receive. quickly cuts to Germany.
ere the featured act is a
r of bosom-dropping
ads wrestling in a pool of
d. She is rescued by a
althy German and winds
being whipped to stimu-
e his desires and whipping
mto satisfy them.
Lilian takes off, under-
ndably, and this time.
mes up with an English art
dent on the way to Italy.
puzzles her by not mak-
a pass at her for days.
en they get to Italy, meet
old friend of his and she
rms about another of those
ee-way deals, this time
o men and one girl.
However, this account
nds, "Without a Stitch" is
unny movie, not an ob-
ne one, largely due to the
o women principally in-
ved. Miss Grete, who is a
l beauty, plays it with a
nderful innocence, as if it
re "Rebecca of Sunny-
ok Farm." Miss Mein-
e has directed it with
rp and subtle wit.
What other pin-
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reacts so cooly to
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Haspel does it again
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