THE SPORT OF POLITICS
The desultory look-see of the Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee into the sale of the New York Yankees to the Columbia Broadcasting System was based on pending legislation to put baseball under antitrust laws, with exemptions from the law's applications to such matters as player drafts and territorial rights. The sale had no relevance to the legislation, but the senators went through the motions anyway. It assured them space on the sports pages.
The intent of the subcommittee was made refreshingly clear by Senator Roman L. Hruska, Nebraska Republican.
"For the record," he said, "if some of my earlier questions made it appear that I am hostile to the acquisition of the Yankees by CBS, I want to say I am not opposed to it. My only objection is that Hruska isn't part of it, because it sounds like a pretty good deal."
Well, that's show biz. It is also politics. And if the trend continues it may one day be baseball.
CAUSE AND EFFECT
Without assessing the guilt or innocence of the three Seattle University basketball players expelled from school—two for allegedly fixing a game and the third for not reporting his knowledge of the fix—it is possible to discuss the culpability of others. In similar previous cases, we have insisted that among the guilty must be included those university officials who condone admission to the school and then the continued enrollment of "students" who are not academically qualified. We do so again.
Immediately after the fix story broke, the Very Reverend A. A. Lemieux, S.J., president of Seattle, said: "I should like to advise the university family that in the present unfortunate crisis...neither the university itself nor its team is involved." Father Lemieux is wrong. It is not that simple to put all the blame on three boys. One of the three players was the cause of his high school's forfeiting all games in which he played, because college boosters had faked his eligibility to play. In three high school years this player had F's in all courses of study, except one D in physical education as a freshman and A's in physical education as a sophomore and junior. What was he doing at Seattle University in the first place?
Late one recent night in a New York bistro of no repute, Mark McCormack, agent and attorney for Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, posed a question. "What do you think of Cobie Le Grange?" he asked. There was silence.