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Winter Spotligh t

exactly the r
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. Seldom has baseball been able to
capture the spotlight during the
winter months as it did with its
recent five - day convention at
Colorado Springs, Colo.
The confabs turned out to be the
busiest, bitterest, and most bel-
ligerent national baseball conven-'
tion of modern times.
Multiple player transactions, al-
ways a highlight of the winter
gatherings, w e r e overshadowed
this year by legislation by both
the majors and minors and threats
that may throw the game into a
boiling turmoil in the halls of
Seek Congressionial Help
Consider this:
The National Association (minor
leagues) plans to appeal, to Con-
gress for relief from major league;
aggression. Ever since the Braves
shuffled off to Milwaukee in 1952,
the majors, the minors claim, have
wantonly raided what was'hereto-
fore their territory by franchise
While many will argue that
these shifts have given the game
a "national" completion, the mi-
nors retaliate by pointing to the
alarming number of teams and
leagues, supposedly the cradle of
the game, that have suffered fi-
nancial disaster because of this
Then, too, the minors are seek-
ing court action against major
league teams that continue to tele-'
cast games into their territbry on
Sundays. This, the minors allege,
cuts attendance at their games.
Dodgers, Giants Play
The rift between the majors and
minors was also widened this win-
ter by a $900,000 indemnity agree-
mont paid by the Giants and
D o d g e r s to the Pacific Coast
League for damages sustained by
that , circuit when these clubs
transferred their franchises to the
The PCL was forced to replace
three franchises because ofrthese
shifts-Los Angeles in Spokane,
Wash., Hollywood in Sait Lake
City, Utah, and San Francisco in
Phoenix, Ariz.f
Five PCL teams will resume play
in 1958 at their familiar stands-
San Diego, Calif., Sacramento,
Calif., Portland, Ore., Seattle,
Wash., and Vancouver, B. C.
The quarrels aren't only between
the majors and minors. Big league
club owners are fighting amongst.
themselves for a variety of rea-
The New York Yankees' brass is
mad because they interpret the
new unrestricted draft of four
year minor league players as a
direct slap at their vast and pros-
perous farm system.


The majors voted down two New
York, amendments to the rule
which would have made it easier
for the Yankees to hold on to their
young rtalent.
Walter O'Malley, Dodgers presi-
dent, is peeved over the delays
concerning construction of a sta-
dium to house his team in its new
home, Los Angeles. -
Brooklyn in 1959?
He even hinted at the meetings
that further delays could mean,
he'd bring the Dodgers back to
Brooklyn .in 1959.
This announcement drew a re-
buff from American League head-
quarters when it was announced.
that the AL had closed the richj
New York area to the National
League following the exodus of,
the Giants and Dodgers. This drew
hot protests from the, National
Then the Amer'ican Leaguers area
mad at baseball commissioner
Ford Frick, who sided with the
minors in the TV dispute and with
the National League in the New
York territorial dispute.
Revamp Bonus Rule
The majors, did get together,.
however, to pass common legisla-
tion to cover the controversial
bonus rule and revamped the play-
er draft system.
Both leagues scrapped the bonus
clause, whereby players signed for
a bonus greater than $4,000 were
shackled to the big league team
f or two seasons.
The new draft regulation is de-
signed to curb the talent-laden
clubs from keeping major league
talent in the inors for extended
Also under the new regulation,
more than one player can be
drafted from a minor league team.


Steve Boros, ex-Michigan in-
fielder who signed a bonus con-
tract with the Detroit Tigers
last summer, is one of nine
American Leaguers affected by
the majors' new bonus legis-
lation.: The league made their
rule retroactive; so Boros is free
from the old rule whereby he
would have been forced to re
main on the Detroit roster for
two years. Now he must make
the team on his ability alone or
be sent to the minors to gain ex-


Van 12

Player Changesat Meetings.


Only New York and Detroit in
the AL and Los Angeles in the NL
failed to get into the trading mar-
ket at the meetings. Here's a com-
plete list of player changes:
BALTIMORE: Added Jack- Harshman
(p), Larry Doby (of) and Bert Ham-
ric (of); dropped Bill Wight (p), Ray
Moore (p), Bill Goodman (inf.), Tito
Francona (of).
BOSTON: Added Clarence Churn (p).
CHICAGO AL: Added Moore (p),
Goodman (inf.), Francona (of), Early
Wynn (p), Al Smith (of); dropped
Harshm~n (p), Doby (of), Minnie
Minoso (of), Frei Hatfield (inf.).
CLEVELAND: Added Minoso (of), Hat-
field (inf.),,Gary Geiger (p-of); drop-
ped 'Wynn (p), Smith (of).
KANSAS CITY: Added Harry Chiti
WASHINGTON: Added Bob MalknIus
(2b); dropped Joe Black (p).

CHICAGO NL: Added Taylor Phillips
(p), Sam Taylor (c), Tony Taylor (3b),
Fernando Rodriquez (p); dropped Bob
Rush (p), Don Kaiser (p), Eddie
Haas (of), Tom Poholsky (p).
CINCINNATI:- Added HarveyHaddix
(p), Willard Schmidt. (p), Ted W~ie-
and (p), Marty Kutyna (p), Wight
(p),. Jerry Cade (p); dropped Wally
Post (f), Curt Flood (of), Joe Taylor
(of), Pat Scantlebury (p).
MILWAUKEE: Added Rush (p), Kai-
ser (p), Haas (of); dropped Phillips
(p), S. Taylor (c).
PHILADELPHIA-. Added John Gray
(p), Post (rf); dropped Haddix (p)y
PITTSBURGH: Added Roger Osen-
baugh (p), Bob Thorpe (p); dropped.
Nelson King (p).
SAN FRANCISCO: Added Poholsky
(p); dropped Rodriquez (p), ~
ST. LOUIS: Added Torm Flanigan (p),
Flood (of), J. Taylor (of); dropped'
Schmidt (p), Wieand (p), Kutyna (p).

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College Baseball's P'rolenxls'
Pa ssed up at Witr Mween
ORGANIZED BASEBALL took major steps toward sweeping
in many areas of the game at its winter meetings at
Springs, Colo., Dec. 2-6, but the baseball moguls have appar
regarded any possible new solutions to another acute prob
equally far-reaching effects-that of healing differences
themselves and the colleges.
The' differences between the two stems from -"raids" I
league clubs on college teams, robbing the schools of their to
before their eligibility is up. The colleges feel that if this polic
tinued, the caliber of play on the college level will be on the d
and the game would. eventually be relegated to a minor spA
This recently occurred at the Unitersity of Tennessee, wherE
officials felt it "inadvisable.,to compete with professional t
high caliber players."Z
Troubles Go Unsolved . .
This rift is nothing new. Ever since World War II and t
of big bonuses paid to star players for their signatures on pr
contracts, the two parties have been .at odds. At one time,
jors enacted a rule preventing big league teams from signi
lege player after he began his sophomore year until graduati
Since most major league teams operate extensive mini
organizations, this rule was openly flouted by signing colleg
to minor league affiliates. A year ago the majors finally sw
of such an arrangement and rescinded the regulation.
Instead of applying a more steadfast rule,. however, ti
did nothing. Now big league clubs are free to sign anyone,
anywhere after he graduates from high school.
Michigan has been bitten several times by the big league
deals, notably by the Detroit organization. Such stars as D(
field, Reno Bertola, and most recently, Steve Boros have be
by the Tigers despite the fact they still had eligibility remair
Nothing New on Horizon . .
Asked if he had learned of any proposals recently by t
to prevent such action, veteran Michigan baseball coach Pa
said he had heard of none and added, "The majors will
any positive action because they don't need the colleges as
of players. The minors provide them with most of their talen
"College baseball's situation is different than that of ft
basketball. There are no minor leagues in these sports, ant
teams must depend on the colleges for their players. But r
it's different-the pro teams don't need us.
"Once in a while, we get a boy with major league abil
Fisher. "That's when the majors step in-they're willing to
best players, but not do anything to help us along. And it
blame the1 boy, either. Most df them are poor-they jump at ti
for the bigbonuses.
We agree with Fisher-that the majors don't need the ce
day-but we disagree with his statement that they'll never
action to help the college Baie. Orgaiized baseball will be
sooner or later.
More Boys/ Flaying Baf Today..
The reasons are twofold: One, the number of boys
piaying baseball today is greater than ever-thanks to B
Leagues, Little Leagues and the, junior baseball programs.
increased emphasis today is being placed on the value of an
and college enrollments are on the upswing.
There are nyw better than -two million college suden
country; by 1975, estimates are that this figure wIll be doub
young athletes will be seeking a college edcation. Also, with
enrollments, it is feasible that colleges will, ou of necessity
year-around class schedule.
This would make college baseball equally attractive 0 t
athlete as, say football. The college baseball season would bec
er, competition would be keener, and the caliber of the play w
With this,,professional baseball would encounter stiff compe
talent-stiffer than any heretofore that has ever confronte
pros would have to step down from their pedestal and work
out with 'the colleges.
It is apparent that the professional game is in dire str
all the confusion that resulted in Colorado Springs. The ni
sinking fast in number and the cost of operating a pro team
ing to prohibitive proportions. It might be well for the majoi
some positive action to protect college baseball, or they may fi
selves too far out on a limb someday to get back.
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