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Tuesday, July 20, 1976


Page Eleven


Boston sacks Johnson,
Zimmer takes over
By The Associated Press
BOSTON - Darrell Johnson, who led the Boston Red
Sox to within one victory of a World Series championship in
1975, was fired yesterday. A club spokesman said it was
easier to fire him than the team. Third base coach Don
Zimmer was named manager for the rest of the season.
"THE WAY THE TEAM'S been going lately I don't
blame General Manager Dick O'Connell or the Red Sox one
bit," said Johnson, who was reached by telephone in Arling-
ton, Tex., where the Red Sox were playing the Texas Rang-
"We're not scoring runs the way we are capable of," he
said, "the way we did last year."
JOHNSON, the American League's 1975 Manager of the
Year, added,
"In my opinion it was time for a change. But I wouldn't
change anything I did one bit,"
O'Connell left behind a statement before flying to Dallas.
It said, "We know the ball club has not played up to its
capabilities this year. Therefore, a change at this time, we
hope, will make for improvement."
"WE CANNOT blame- everything on Darrell Johnson,
but it's easier to change managers than the team, which
would be practically impossible." The statement said John-
son would become a Red Sox scout. Asked if the problem
signing Red Sox players Carlton Fisk, Fred Lynn and Rick
Burleson had anything to do with Boston's slide, Johnson
said: "I really couldn't say. It would be common sense to
say we knew it was there, but to what degree it hurt, I
don't know.


John Naber, 20, of Menlo Park, Calif., has a lot to celebrate about after winning a gold and a
silver medal in less than one hour last night at the Olympics. The 6 foot-6 inch star from USC won

M M f the 104-meter backstroke in world-record time, and was edged by fellow American Bruce Furniss
in the 200-meter freestyle.
4 pftJ the ISail4 Baseball owners OK new

ay The Associatedl Press
Ricochet wins yacht race
MACKINAW ISLAND, Mich. - Ricochet, owned by Henry
Burkard of the host Bayview Yacht Club, was declared the win-
ner of the 52nd annual Port Huron-to-Mackinaw Island yacht race
Ricochet's corrected time was 364141.OL Corrected times
were based on the finishing time of the scratch boat, Masker.
Second place, with a corrected time of 47.07.38, went to Pirana,
owned by Robert Beck of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.
Sassy, owned by Dutch Schmidt of Detroit and the first boat
to cross the finish line, unofficially placed eighth with a time
of 40:18.17.
The 266 starters left Port Huron Saturday.
DU hockey on probation
DENVER-The University of Denver has lost its bid to prevent
the National Collegiate Athletic Association from placing it on
probation for alleged violation of eligibility rules by the DU
hockey team.
Chief U.S. District Court Judge Alfred A. Arraj denied the
school's motion for a preliminary injunction and judgment that
the NCAA's actions were unconstitutional, it was learned yes-
DU was notified by the NCAA in December that it had
been placed on probation. Under terms of the probation,
none of the school's athletic teams would be allowed to par-
ticipate in post-season play or appear on television for one
The NCAA ordered the probation after it determined that
hockey players competed for DU even though DU knew they lost
their'amateur standing under NCAA rules while playing in Canada.
DU had charged in federal court that terms of the probation
violated the university's rights
and those of individual athletes.
Foreman plays
ning back Chuck Foreman told
Viking officials he would not YC
show up at the team's training
camp when it opens tomorrow. so
Mike Lynn, general manager,
said "Chuck has told us he is
not going to report to training
camp unless we renegotiate his
"The policy of the Vikings,
and it is a policy of long
standing, is not to renegotiate
contracts," added Lynn.
"The lines of communication
are open between Chuck Fore-
man and the Vikings and we
both are hopeful this situation
will be resolved."

player conrracT agreemenT

ny The Assseiated Press
NEW YORK - Major league
baseball's owners have voted
to ratify the four-year agree-
ment with the Players Associa-
tion that was reached during
last week's All-Star break, Com-
missioner B o w i e Kuhn an-
nounced yesterday.
Kuhn added, "There were
17 votes for approval, includ-
ing a majority in b o t h
leagues," from among the 24
owners. A simple majority of
13 votes were needed for ap-
proval, including five in each
The next step is upto the
Players Association, which al-
ready has begun distributing the
agreement documents to its 600
members. The union vote is ex-
pected to be completed within
the next two weeks, according
to union executive director
Marvin Miller.
The seven owners who did not
vote for approval did not neces-
sarily vote against the contract,
the commissioner said. "The
balance of the club owners
largely supported the view of
desiring an additioinal major
league meeting to further dis-
cuss the agreements," he ex-
Say It First in
the Classifieds.

Among those known to be
opposed to the agreement,
however, were St. Louis Cari-
nals owner August A. Busch,
who said the owners "have
lost the war," and the Oak-
land A's' Charles O. Finley,
who said the agreement was
"a triple-edged sword-I don't
like it.' Their opinion, how-
ever, was not shared by the
majority of their colleagues.
Miller expressed confidence
the players would follow the
owners' lead and also approve
the agreements.
"I don't expect much opposi-
tion," the union leadersaid. "I
think the agreements represent
tremendous advance for the
players in a great many areas,
and that overall they represent
a fair and equitable settle-
When the pact was first an-
nounced in Philadelphia last
week, neither side would re-
veal details of its terms.
Management would not break
that official silence, but key
elements of the four-year
agreement - which would re-
place the so-called reserve
system, which binds a player
to one team until he is traded,
sold or released-have be-
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come known.
They include:
-A player can demand to be
traded after spending six years
in the major leagues. He will
have six veto rights. If he is
not traded, he becomes a free
-Players who become free
agents may negotiate with up
to 12 teams, starting with the
inverse order of the previous
season's standings. Limits will
be set on the number of free
agents who may be signed by
any one club.
--After exercising his free
agent option, a player must
remain with his new team for
at least five years.
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