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THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, July 23, 1970
NEW YORK (M)-The 26 Na-
tional League owners agreed
late yesterday to accept federal
mediation in their contract dis-
w pute with the NFL Players As-
sociation but called the labor
strife "an impasse with no im-
The owners, in a lengthy
statement issued after two days
of closed door meeting here, re-
quested that mediation sessions
be held in or near New York.
Almost simultaneously, J. Cur-
tis Counts, director of the Fed-
eral Mediation and Consili-
ation Service, issued a state-
ment in Washington saying that
the previously schedule meeting
there last night between owners
and the NFLPA would not take
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The NFLPA, headed by Bal-
timore Colt tight end John
Mackey, was in Washington for
the mediation session, which
the players had requested last
Counts said the players would
not return to the New York area
or another site. This, coupled
with the owners' desire to meet
in New York, was called disap-
pointing by Counts.
"The parties are obviously at
an impasse in the very sort of
situation that Congress intends
in the labor laws for this service
to assist in settling."
The owners, in a statement
from George Halas and Lamar
Hunt, presidents, respectively,
of the National apd American
Conferences, asked the NFLPA
if it would direct Kansas City
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FROM T HE
. . B y P hil H ert . . . . . . .
Ifyou're gonna lose,,
...go first class
TUESDAY NIGHT as the Daily went to press, the Associated
Press sent one of its vaunted no-hit messages to the sports-
writers around the country. A no-hit message is a warning to
editors that some pitcher appears headed towards a no-hitter.
It is usually sent over the wires after the seventh inning and
invariably is followed by the hit breaking it up. Tuesday's mes-
sage, however, was not quite ordinary.
As the seventh inning ended, the message was sent out that
San Diego Padre pitcher Clay Kirby had no-hit the Mets up to
that point. The kicker was that, despite the no-hitter, the Padre
hurler trailed in the game, 1-0. A short time later it was reported
that the situation had remained the same through the Mets'
half of the eighth inning.
Now it should be remembered that the situation confront-
ing San Diego Manager Preston Gomez was quite unusual. Only
twice in the history of Major League Baseball has a nine-inning
no-hitter been lost in nine innings; i.e., excluding the many in-
stances when pitchers have yielded hits in the tenth inning and
proceeded to lose.
GOMEZ' REACTION to the situation was highly contro-
versial. Insisting that "we wanted to win the game," the man-
ager sent up Clarence Gaston to pinch hit for the Padre hurler.
Gaston was struck out by Met pitcher Jim McAndrew, himself
on the way to pitching a three-hit shut-out, and Bud Harrel-
son greeted reliever Jack Baldschun in the ninth with a single
to left to break up the no-hitter. The Mets added a pair of hits
and two more runs before Baldschun could retire the side.
As you can see, the move backfired in Gomez' face, but the
question still remains as to whether it was the correct move.r
The Padre fans in attendance obviously did not think so. The
- move was met with thunderous boos and one irate fan tried to
get to the Padre dugout to attack Gomez.
Kirby himself did not aprove of the move. The Padre right-
hander said he was "a little mad and a little surprised. Heck,
last year I lost 20 games (last night's loss was Kirby's twelfth
this season) so I wouldn't have minded losing a no-hitter. It
was the first time I had ever come close to one."
THE ONLY RATIONALE that can be given for Gomez' de-
cision is that it indeed was his duty to win, either to sustain
pride in the Padre ball club or because they were playing the
pennant contending Mets. One might also approve the move if
it appeared that Kirby was losing his stuff and/or his control.
The latter was, unlikely, since Kirby had stiffled the Mets
after a pair of walks and two stolen bases by Tommie Agee had
led to a Met run in the first. The other possibility is absurd.
One must remember that the Padres have the worst record
in the National League. And, more important, when a team of
the quality of San Diego gets a performance out of a pitcher
like the one they were receiving from Kirby, more pride is likely
to be engendered by the completion of the no-hitter than any
win. Also, given the ability of the team and what eventually
transpired, one must question whether Gomez' decision was,
more likely to deliver a win than sticking with Kirby would have,
hoping the meat of the Padre lineup could crack McAndrew's
armor in the ninth. The old adage, "It's not whether you win or
lose, but how you play the game," may be rather trite, but it is
true more often than you think.
Chiefs' players to report to
training c a m p - provided it
was opened - and prepare to
play the July 31 game in Chi-
cago with the College All-Stars.
There was no immediate re-
action from the NFLPA.
The Hales-Hunt statement
said the owners consider t h e
warring sides "days and possi-
bly weeks apart."
"The clubs are convinced the
players association has b e e n
poorly advised in most areas,
both practical and economic,"
the statement continued.
"The reasons a prolonged
strike seem inevitable are:
"1. Alterations sought by the
association in the role of the
office of the commissioner indi-
cates an apparent lack of con-
cern toward the singularly suc-
cessful self-government of pro-
fessional football. The basis for
the stability of the' game.
"2. The refusal on the part of
the association to recognize the
very real economic relation-
ships between what they bar-
gain for collectively and what
they bargain for individually.
"3. A willingness by the asso-
ciation to continually jeopar-
dize owner-player relations by a
pattern of repudiation of com-
mitments made by their prede-
The statement called federal
mediation "foreign to football,
but so are the terms NLRB, un-
ions, strikes and lockouts."
By The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL -
Minnesota Twins ace Jim Perry
became the American League's
first 15-game winner last night
but needed relief help from Ron
Perranoski to post a 2-1, two-
hit victory over the Detroit
Don Wert got the only Detroit
hits-a bloop single to right in
the sixth after Perry pitched
five perfect innings and a double
to the left field wall in the
EDINBURGH, Scotland (A) -
Olympic champion Kip Keino of
Kenya disdained threats on his
life and won the 1,500 meter run
yesterday in a dramatic high-
light of the Commonwealth
The30-year-old distance ace
outsped Dick Quax of New Zea-
land in an exciting stretch run
to take the event in 3 minutes,
36.6 seconds, setting both a
Games a n d United Kingdom
record. Quax clocked 3:38.1.
Amid wild applause from the
30,000 spectators, Keino receiv-
ed the gold medal from Queen
Elizabeth, who attended the
Games with her daughter, Prin-
Minutes after his victory, it
was disclosed that an anony-
mous telephone call and two un-
signed letters were received at
the athlete's village headquar-
ters, warning he would be killed
if he competed.
No one was able to explain
the reason for s u c h threats.
Keino is one of the most popu-
lar track and field competitors
in the world, quiet and mild-
Keino and his team manager,
Ben Gethi, both were disinclin-
ed to discuss the threats.
"Let us not spoil the show,"
Keino said he knew of the
threats but refused to be con-
cerned about them. "All I think
about on these occasions is win-
ning," he said.
CLAY KIRBY, the San Diego pitcher who was pulled in favor of
a pinch-hitter during a no-hit bid against New York Tuesday
night, talks to newsmen after the game. Padre manager Preston
GIs of Firebase Catherine, the
Third Brigade of the U.S. 101st
Division, go into a rock session
as they are surrounded by sym-
bols of the war-in South Viet-
nam. They are dug in on a hill
south of the demilitarized zone
in the northernmost portion of
Gomez pulled Kirby because the
The Tigers get their run when
Perry nicked Bill Freehan with
a pitch in the eighth, Wert
drilled his double and Elliott
Maddox drove a deep fly to
rightfielder Tony Oliva.
came in to retire
Jim Price on a
post his 24th save.
Perry, a 33-year-old right-
hander who has lost seven, play-
ed a key role in the winning
run. Frank Quilici walked in the
Minnesota fifth, Perry lined a
single to left and Cesar Tovar
bounced a hard single, off Wert's
glove at third to load the bases.
Lolich held the Twins to seven
hits before he was lifted for a
pinch hitter in the eighth in-
Phils stdy hot
SAN FRANCISCO -.Jim,
Bunning drove in two runs and
limited San Francisco to five
hits but needed relief help from
Dick Selma in the ninth inning
as the surging Philadelphia
Phillies beat the Giants 5-2 yes-
Bunning, 8-9, who had a
three-hitter after eight innings,
hit Ron Hunt with a pitch with
one out in the ninth. Then after
Jim Hart struck out, pinch-hit-
ters Willie Mays and . Willie
McCovey singled to sccore hunt
and make it 5-2. Selma then
Padres were losing 1-0 in the
came on to get Dick Dietz to
Tony Taylor contributed four
straight hits, including a double,
as to Phillies concluded a West
Coast swing with seven victories
in eight games-the one loss
being Bill Singer's no-hitter
Monday night at Los Angeles.
NEW YORK (M)-Joe Petitone
of the Houston Astros returned
to his Brooklyn home yester-
day where he said he would
spend a few days to think about
Contacted at his Brooklyn
boutique and men's hairstyling
salon, called Joe Pepitone Pre-
sents My Place, he said: "The
club knows where I am. Spec
Richardson said he wanted to
see me in St. Louis where the
Astros opened a series. But he
said if I was going to quit, I
should take a few days off and
think about it."
Pepitone said he spent most of
the day talking with his busi-
ness partners. "I'm just going
to talk with my mother, my
family and friends. I haven't
made up my mind what I'm
going to do."
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bail and new trial for Newton
CALIFORNIA COURT RECISION
SAN FRANCISCO M-The California
Supreme Court postponed decisions yes-
terday on whether to approve bail and
a new trial for Huey P. Newton, who says
he is directing the Black Panther party
toward world revolution from behind
The high court said it would act on
both matters by Aug. 27.
Newton 28, a cofounder of the Pan-
thers, was sentenced to 2 to 15 years in
September 1968 for the fatal shooting on
Oct. 28, 1967, of John Frey, a white Oak-
land policeman. He was convicted of vol-
Major League Standings
The State District Court of Appeals
last May 21 ordered a new trial, saying
there were errors in the judge's instruc-
tions to the jury. His attorney then asked
the state Supreme Court to release New-
ton. on bail. The attorney general asked
it to reinstate the conviction.
Interviewed at the California Men's
Colony, a medium-security prison near
San Luis prior to the court decision, New-
ton said his thoughts center constantly
on the revolution which he is convinced
will come in his lifetime.
"It will be a world revolution," he de-
clared. "The police regime, the Penta-
gon, is too powerful for it to be defeated
on a national level . . . All indications
are that it will be a violent conflict, judg-
ing from the activities of this fascist
Newton asserted that as minister of
defense he still is directing the Panthers.
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover has label-
led the group America's most dangerous
organization, responsible for much of the
"terrorism" in cities and colleges.
"I decide the final policy on everything
in the party," Newton said. "I communi-
cate with the party through visits by my
At the same time, he complained that
he was not "able to make immediate
direct communication with party offic-
ials and the people."
While speaking of revolution -and the
"final battle," he insisted, "I'm against
violence. I am not a violent man, All
revolutionaries are against violence.
"There's a distinction between the vio-'
lence of the aggressor and the self-
defense of the attacked.
"We must defend ourselves against
poor housing, police brutality and all
things that strip a xnan of h1o dignity,"
He described himself as a revolution-
ary, not a reformer, saying, "A revolu-
tionary wants complete change, because
he's dissatisfied with a set of existing
conditions. He feels they're only changed
through complete revolution."
Asked how he expect-ad to accomplish
a revolution, he replied "American troops
will be divided by fighting everyone in
the world, then the government will be
defeated by forces within the country."
** * s
SOME RANDOM THOUGHTS; Why are the law boards
given on the Saturday of the Michigan-Michigan state football
game . While everyone's been talking about ex-Cincinnati
Red outfielders making it in the American League--Vada Pin-
son, Alex Johnson and Frank Robinson--one ex-Red outfielder
has been relatively ignored. Tommy Harper, now a second base-
man with the Milwaukee Brewers, was second in batting in the
American League through Tuesday's games. He also was fifth
in homers, and leads the league in stolen bases.
Baltimore 4, Kansas City, t3 inn.
Minnesota 2, Detroit 1
Boston 7, California 4, 1st
Boston 8, California 3, 2nd
Cleveland 6, Chicago 2
Oakland 4, Washington 3
Milwaukee 4, New York 1
Detroit at Minnesota
Baltimore at Kansas City
Chicago at Cleveland
California at Boston, day
s--late game not included
San Diego 5, New York 4, 10 inn.
Philadelphia 5, San Francisco 2
Pittsburgh 5, Atlanta 3
Chicago 10, Cincinnati 2
Houston 13, St. Louis 9
Montreal at Los Angeles, inc.
Cincinnati at Chicago, day
Atlanta at Pittsburgh
Houston at- St. Louis
A South Vietnamese helicopter takes off from Phnom
while Cambodian troops wait to board other helicopte
pohg Thom, north of the capital.
Huey P. Newton