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December 15, 1958
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December 15, 1958

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Toward the end of the five-day session a few sports photographers herded a group of managers into a corner for a picture. They wanted Casey to sit in an armchair with the others gathered about. As Casey sat, his World Series rival, Fred Haney, plopped himself on Casey's lap and began tickling him under the chin. It was pretty funny stuff but no pictures were taken. The photographers wanted the posed shot, the same picture they had taken last year and the year before that. That's the way it is with baseball, too.

In the Bag

When the Dodgers and Giants moved westward, National League baseball fans in the nation's largest city were abandoned to the tender mercies of the American League and its kingpin Yankees alone. National League bosses from St. Louis, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh seized the opportunity to move in—via TV. Coincidentally, the Yankees' home attendance dropped 70,000 from the previous year.

On the day following the Washington baseball meetings last week, the Phillies, Cards and Pirates announced simultaneously that they would not pipe their ball games into New York in 1959. Reasons given: "bad ratings"; "the advice of our ad men."

Did the decision result in any way from a Yankee threat to go on nationwide network TV? "Heavens, no!" said all hands in effect.

Yankee General Manager George Weiss admitted the threat but added, "We weren't too serious about it," All of which is nice to know, but it doesn't alter the fact that the Yanks now have New York just where they want it—in the bag.

See You Later, Alligator

Of all the municipal problems a city can face, one of the most perplexing is to have a six-foot alligator wandering around in its sewer system. This happened recently at Pompano Beach, Fla. (pop. 18,000), whose storm drains empty into a brackish stream called Cypress Creek. The alligator crawled out of the creek and into an empty drain so narrow that it constituted a sort of underground one-way street. There were catch basins every 300 feet in which the alligator could have turned around if he had thought of doing so, but he didn't. He just crawled along industriously through a mile and a half of municipal plumbing, and so ended up in the last catch basin of all, right in the middle of town.

There he managed to turn himself around, but before he could decide to start the return trip he was spotted by a Pompano Beach resident named Newton T. Haley, who bent over the iron grating to drop in a bit of rubbish and saw a hungry alligator looking up at him with interest. Mr. Haley reported his discovery to Edward L. Miller, the Director of Public Works of Pompano Beach, and it became Mr. Miller's problem to get the alligator out of the sewer.

"First we tried high-pressure fire hoses," said Miller. "We thought we could wash him down to the next catch basin and get a rope around his neck as he came out of the pipe." It didn't work. The water flowed freely but the alligator braced himself and stayed put, just a few feet down the pipe from the firemen.

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