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Although it does not relate directly to the Veeck article, I cannot end this letter without referring to a statement made by Mr. Veeck as quoted in the newspapers after the announcement of my sale of my Oriole stock. Mr. Veeck was quoted as stating "Iglehart has been in direct violation of the baseball rules and this is the honorable way out." That I was not in violation of the baseball rules is evidenced by the facts already referred to that the action taken by me in continuing to own Oriole stock and act as chairman of the board of the Orioles while I placed my CBS stock in trust with the First National Bank in Baltimore was in full compliance with the directions to me by the American League. My comment in response to Mr. Veeck's statement in the newspaper was given out to a television station in Baltimore. That statement read in part:
"...At no time during any meeting of the Board of Directors of the Orioles or at any American League meeting did I ever vote in favor of the acquisition of the Yankees by the Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. Had I voted, I would have voted in favor of CBS buying the Yankees as I think it is a good thing for baseball...."
?Mr. Iglehart is correct when he says that at no time did he cast a vote in favor of the acquisition of the Yankees by CBS. He is not correct when he accuses us of misstating the effect of his part in the proceedings. Mr. Veeck wrote that "it was his vote—the vote of a major stockholder of CBS—which put the deal through." He should have written: "It was his decision—the decision of a major stockholder of CBS—not to vote that helped secure the deal." When it came time for Iglehart to vote, three Oriole directors had declared in favor of asking American League President Joe Cronin to call a special meeting to investigate the sale; three had declared against such a request. Mr. Iglehart had already pronounced himself in favor of the deal. Without his vote at the Baltimore meeting, the board stood deadlocked and could take no action against it. His abstention thus was, in effect, a vote against the investigation and in favor of the CBS deal.
As for Mr. Iglehart's "other matters": 1) Mr. Veeck expressed neither approval nor disapproval of Mr. Iglehart's decision to put his CBS stock in trust. He said the league owners gave Iglehart a choice of selling his CBS stock, selling his Baltimore stock or putting his CBS stock in trust. "This," he went on, "was tantamount to giving him the choice of cutting off his right arm, cutting off his left arm or clipping his fingernails.... Iglehart decided to go for the manicure." 2) Neither SI nor Bill Veeck made any remarks whatever about Mr. Iglehart's happiness or unhappiness with his associates in the ownership of the Baltimore Orioles, and we consider his eventual decision to sell his stock in that organization as well as his decision to become a board member of the CBS Yankees his own business.
We are grateful to Mr. Iglehart for setting the record straight and for his generosity in granting our writers title to their own views. We do not, most emphatically, share his opinion of Mr. Veeck's reliability.—ED.
MAN TO MANN
Maybe someone else enjoys hitting against Richert, Daniels, McCormick, Radatz, Wilson, Monbouquette, Wyatt, Sheldon, Talbot—but I certainly haven't done too well with them this season.
The Washington "patsies" beat us four out of six last season coming down the stretch to knock us out of the World Series. The K.C. "patsies" have done pretty well against the White Sox this year also.