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I HE MICHIGAN DAILY
Saturday, June 19, 1976
Kuhn nixes A's deals
By The Asfociated Press
NEW YORK - Baseball Commissioner
Bowie Kuhn, often criticized for his mod-
erate action, shattered baseball pre-
cedent yesterday by unexpectedly can-
celling Charles O. Finley's $3.5 million
sale of three of his top players to the
New York Yankees and the Boston Red
Finley, the maverick owner of the Oak-
land A's, immediately announced he was
taking Kuhn to court, while Kuhn said
the Yankees and Red Sox had each ex-
pressed a similar intention.
FINLEY ORDERED his manager,
Chuck Tanner, not to use any of the
three players in question.
"I don't even want them in uniform,"
said Finley. "We're not going to use the
three players. We're going to court Mon-
day morning for an injunction."
Kuhn, who reflected on this historic
action for more than 24 hours before
announcing it to a jammed news con-
ference, said, "I am disallowing the
assignment of the contracts in the best
interest of baseball.
"The commisisoner is left with the
lonely job of deciding integrity and con-
fidence," Kuhn said. "I have to weigh
public opinion. I've been commissioner
for eight years, and I have to use my
own judgment. That's what I do. That's
FINLEY SAID Kuhn "sounds like the
village idiot. It's very stupid.
"There have been many, many cash
transactions over the year sand nothing
has ever been questioned about those."
Finley touched off tremors in the base-
ball world Tuesday night by selling Vida
Blue to the New York Yankees for $1.5
million and Rollie Fingers and Joe Rudi
to the Boston Red Sox for $1 million
But Kuhn turned those tremors into
an earthquake by voiding the sales and
upsetting baseball precedence. He or-
dered that the Oakland Three would re-
main on the A's roster.
NEVER BEFORE had Kuhn invoked
his "integrity of the game" powers with
regard to a transaction. While acknowl-
edging that sales for players as signifi-
cant as Hall of Famers Babe Ruth and
Joe Cronin have not been nullified in
the past, Kuhn said he was drawing the
Kuhn said the difference was that
never before had one team so quickly
ripped the guts from its player roster,
nor jeopardized the reputation of the
"Shorn of much of its finest talent in
exchange for cash," Kuhn said, "the
Oakland club, which had been a divt-
sional champion for the last five years,
has little chance to compete effectively
in its division."
Kuhn, who called a hearing on the
matter Thursday which was attended by
Finley and officials of the Yankees and
Red Sox, said the Oakland owner had
argued that he would use the $3.5 million
to-rebuild the A's.
"WHETHER OTHER players will be
available to restore the club by using
the cash involved is altogether specula-
tive although Mr. Finley vigorously ar-
gues his ability to do so."
Also attending Thursday's sesison was
George Steinbrenner, owner of the Yan-
kees, Dick O'Connell, vice president and
general manager of the Red Sox, and
Marvin Miller, executive director of the
Major League Baseball Players Asso-
O'Connell felt his club was in the right
in purchasing the players.
"We went to the baseball rule book,"
he said. "How he can go against it is
incomprehensible. I don't understand
how he did it."
ASKED ABOUT possible pressure on
the commissioner to void the deals,
O'Connell said, "I imagine other owners
in baseball who are not in on this action
"While the clubs and Players' Asso-
ciation argued that the assignments were
in accordance with the terms of the ap-
plicable rules," Kuhn said, "none of the
participants made a persuasive argu-
ment as to the overriding considerations
of whether these transactions are con-
sistent with baseball's best interests, the
integrity of the game and the mainten-
ance of public confidence in it.
"I am concerned about the prospect of
affluent clubs such as Boston and New
York acquiring for sums as large as $3%
million players in the prime of their
careers," said Kuhn.
"I cannot help but conclude," Kuhn
said, "that I would be remiss in exer-
cising my powers as commissioner pur-
suant to the Major League Agreement
and Major League Rule 12 if I did not
act now to disapprove these assignments.
"I think the commissioner's power is
clear and binding and its exercise vital
to the best interests of the game."
ROBERTS WINS SIXTH
Tigers nip Twins, 4-2
JOHN MAHAFFEY tees off at the fifteenth hole while
on his way to a one-stroke lead at the U.S. Open.
Mahaffey shoots 68;*
leads Open byone-
By The Associated Press
DULUTH, Ga.-Babyfaced battler John Mahaffey, all but
destroyed by a playoff loss in this tournament a year ago,
composed a solid, two-under-par 68 that staked him to a
one-stroke lead yesterday in the second round of the 76th
United States Open Golf Championship.
As it was, the skinny form of vetern Al Geiberger was
looming just one shot back going into today's third round
of this national championship.
Geiberger, the frail, former PGA national champion who
habitually munches on sandwiches and candy bars to keep up
his strength during the course of a round, made a desperately
scrambling par on the final hole for a 69.
Mahaffey is two under at 138, Geiberger one under at 139.
Another shot back at 140-even par-are Ben Cren-
shaw, Mahaffey's close friend and playing partner on
this hot, humid, hazy day, 43-year-old veteran Rod Fun-
seth and rokie pro Jerry Pate.
Hubert Green, the season's leading money winner, shook
off a double bogey, rallied for a 70 and headed a group of
five at 142, two over par and only four back. Also at that
figure were J.C. Snead, who shot a 69, along with Mike
Morley, Lyn ott and Butch Baird, all of whom had 71s.
By The Associated Press Steve Brye singled to score
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Bill Dave McKay. They got their
Freehan collected three hits, in- other run in the eighth when
cluding a home run, and Dave Carew scored on a single by
Roberts scattered 11 hits, help- Dan Ford.
ing the Detroit Tigers beat the * * *
Minnesota Twins 4-2 last night. Phils thrill
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead PHILADELPHIA - Mike Sch-
in the first inning against midt's three-run homer and a
loser Jim Hughes, 2-8. Ron solo blast by Dick Allen trig-
LeFlore, who also had three gered the Philadelphia Phillies
'hits, led off with a double and to a 6-5 victory over the Cin-
came around on singles by cinnati Reds last night in the
Pedro G a r c i a and Rusty opener of a three-game series
Staub. The second run of the between the National League di-
inning crossed when Jason vision leaders.
Thompson's grounder got past
first baseman Rod Carew for With the Phillies leading 3-2,
an error. Schmidt connected with team-
mates Dave Cash and Larry
Freehan h sto e r e d isn the Bowa on base in the fifth to
ftotrth, his second of the season- put the game away.
In the eighth, Staub doubled and p
scored on a single by Alex The Reds led 2-0 on Pete
Johnson. Rose's single, a two-base error
The Twins nicked Roberts, 6-, by outfielder Bobby Tolan and
for a run in the third when Ken Griffey's single.
Major League Standings
NATIONAL LEAGUE AMERICANsLEAGUE
W L Pet. GB W L Pet. GB
New York 34 22 .607 -
Philadelphia 42 17 .712 -- Cleveland 25 29 .494 6%
Pittsburth 35 25 .583 7%- Boston 27 29 .482 7
Ner York 33 33 .500 12?. Batimore 28 31 .4t5 7y
Chicago 28 33 .459 15 Detroit 26 32 .448 9
St. Louis 27 35 .435 16% Milwaukee 23 31 .426 10
Montreal 20 35 .364 20 West
west Kansas City 39 20 .661 -
Cincinnati 39 24 .619 -- Texas 33 24 .579 5
Los Angeles 37 27 .578 2 Chicato 77 29 .483 t10i
Chicato 33 28.541 5 Minnesota 2531 .475 11
Houston 29 35 .453 1011 Oakland 29 32 .475 11
Atlanta 24 36 .400 13- California 26 30 .406 15',
San Francisco 23 42 .345 17 Yesterday's Results
Yesterday's Results Detroit 4, Minnesota 2
Chicago 6, Atlanta 4 Kansas City 5, Cleveland 3
Los Angeles 6, Montreal 5 Baltimore 9, Texas 4
New York 3, San Francisco 2 Boston at California, n.
Philadelphia 6, Cincinnati 5 New York at Chicago, n
Pittsburgh 7, Houston 3 Milwaukee at Oakland, n.
St. Louis 7, San Diego 4 Today's Games
Today's Games Detroit (McCormack 0-1) at Min-
Los Anteles tJohn 3-4) at Mton- nesota (Redfern 1-3).
treal (Stanhouse 4-2). Milwaukee (Colborn 3-8) at Oak-
Cincinnati (Nolan 6-3) at Phila- land (Abbott 0-1).
delphia (Carlton 6-3). Kansas City (Busby 3-1) at
Houston (Dierker 6-6) at Pitts- Cleveland (Dobson 7-5), n
burgh (Kison 4-4). New York (Blue 6-6) or Alex-
San Freanciso (Barr 4-5) at New ander 3-4) at Chicago (Jefferson
York (Lunich 3-8). 1-2), n.
Chicago (Coleman 0-1) at Atlanta Baltimore (Palmer 7-7) at Tesas
(Niekro 4-4), twi. (Peterson 1-3), n
San Diego (Strom 6-5) at St. Boston (Wise 5-3) at California
Louis (Curtis 4-6), n. (Tanana 8-5), h.
Philadelphia scored first on
Allen's round-tripper and took
the lead away from the Reds
with a pair of runs in the
Cincinnati battled back with
three runs, two on a home run
by George.Foster, to round ou
By The Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. - Ken Bolek
rapped a two-run home run and
Steve Powers etched a four-
hitter Friday night as Arizona
eliminated Arizona State 5-1
from the 30th College World
Second - ranked Arizona -
a loser seven straight times
this season to Arizona State,
including once in the series
- will face third - rated
Eastern Michigan, 46-15, for
the collegiate crown Satur-
Powers allowed only three
singles and a double and the
Sun Devils' only run came in
the ninth on two errors and a
Bolek slugged his 11th home
run of the season after Pete
Van Horne had doubled with
one out in the second. The
Wildcats added another run ol
a single, an error and an in-
field out in the inning .
Arizona, 55-17, scored an un-
earned run in the third and
picked up its final tnlly in the
fifth on a single by Ron Hassey
and a triple by Van Horne.
Powers ran his record to 11-5
as the Wildcats ended their
frustration against their cross-
state rival. He struck out two
and walked three.