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May 23, 1966
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May 23, 1966


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Last week in Vancouver, B.C., Seattle Pitcher Jim Coates threw one high and tight and struck Ricardo Joseph of Vancouver on the shoulder. Joseph charged the mound, but before he could get to Coates, he was tackled from behind and had his chin bloodied by Seattle Catcher Merritt Ranew. The ensuing free-for-all finally subsided, but then Vancouver's Tommy Reynolds bunted up the first base line, forcing Coates to field the ball and tried to run the pitcher down. Again Ranew raced to the aid of Coates. Vancouver's Santiago Rosario dashed from the on-deck circle and hit Ranew over the head with his bat, opening up a deep three-inch gash. There is internal bleeding in the brain, and the left side of Ranew's face is paralyzed.

This was the third attack with a hat that professional baseball has produced in nine months. For hitting Los Angeles' John Roseboro over the head last August, San Francisco's Juan Marichal received a nine-day suspension and a $1,750 fine. The comparative mildness of the punishment was condoned because 1) Marichal's team was deeply involved in the pennant race and 2) it was the first such incident in major league baseball, and there was no precedent for punitive action. But a warning should have come immediately from the Commissioner that future attacks would bring drastic punishment. None was sounded. Two weeks later Cleveland's Pedro Gonzales swung his bat at Detroit's Larry Sherry; Gonzales was fined $500 and suspended for 13 days.

In the Vancouver case Pacific Coast League President Dewey Soriano acted with commendable vigor and proper severity. He fined the lesser culprits in the incident, fined Rosario, too, and then suspended him for the remainder of the season. Soriano said, "Using a bat on a player is not part of baseball."

Soriano is right. And we recommend strongly that Commissioner Eckert step in where his predecessor failed to do so and say flatly that the next man who tries to hit an opponent with a bat will be expelled from organized baseball for life.


The Bahamas government is changing its currency next week from pounds and shillings to dollars and cents, and the new notes and coins contain some of the most attractive sports and outdoor scenes you ever spent. The reverse side of the British colony's dime shows two bonefish. The $1 bill presents an undersea world in full color. There is no $2 bill, but the big silver $2 coin shows two flamingos against the setting sun. There is, however, a $3 bill (phony no more, sir), showing a crescent-shaped beach. The $100 note is the gem in (his financial art gallery. It shows a leaping white marlin, a blue sea with a fishing boat in the background.

Says Sir Stafford Sands, Minister for Finance: "Surely, when 90% of our tourists come from North America...the term dollar is the only one that is sensible for us to adopt."

After six weeks of searching for a football coach to replace Paul Dietzel, Army finally turned to its plebe coach, Tom Cahill, to fill the position. West Point was embarrassed when Dietzel moved on to South Carolina only days before spring practice began. Cahill is a nice man, but his promotion underlines the fact that the head coaching job at Army ain't what it used to be.


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