In Montana, on the other hand, there are plenty of cooperative trout—but, how long, America, how long? The Federal Bureau of Reclamation is planning to build yet another dam. This one, the Reichle Dam, is to go up on Montana's Big Hole River, one of the nation's most revered trout streams. Indeed, throughout the land there are as many dams on the drawing boards as Holiday Inns. As David Brower, executive secretary of the Sierra Club, says, "The Bureau of Reclamation people are like beavers. Both can't stand the sigh of running water."
Although the benefits of the Reichle Dam are somewhat tenuous, and although trout fishermen have spent as much as $36.5 million in Montana in a year, it appears that the concrete will be poured unless opposition stiffens.
Leading the fight against the dam is the Montana Fish and Game Commission, which has said: "The State of Montana does not wish to be known as Lake Montana."
WHAT'S THE NAME OF THE GAME?
Things have come to a very pretty pass in what used to be known as our national pastime. Here is Eddie Stanky, the manager of the White Sox, admitting he instructed John Buzhardt to throw at Minnesota Pitcher Jim Perry after Perry hit Al Weis, the Chicago shortstop.
Stanky is sore because Weis is only a little old .108 hitter, and because Perry insisted the pitch was a slow curve that got away. "That so-called curve broke about one ninety-eighth of an inch," fumes Stanky. "Who do they think they're playing with—kids? If the umpire goes out and talks to Perry, I don't throw at them, but he didn't, and after Perry gets hit, he says, 'Everybody's even now, let's go.' "
But what's really got Stanky steaming is what he calls a "leak" in his organization. Sam Mele, the Twin manager, has discovered that White Sox Pitcher Bruce Howard was reprimanded on the bench in front of his teammates for failing to carry out Stanky's retaliatory beaning order in a game in Detroit.
Says Stanky: "I'm just disgusted with these so-called men...people who are supposed to be your own flesh and blood turn on you." Says Mele: "Howard wouldn't do it. He threw the ball over the batter's head, so Stanky chewed him out and fined him. I guess you can't blame Buzhardt. If he doesn't hit Perry, Stanky will take some of his money." A Chicago player confirmed that Stanky ordered Howard to throw a pitch three inches behind the head of Detroit Pitcher Joe Sparma.
Does the umpire still cry, "Play ball"? Or is it, "Come out fighting"?
EASY DOES IT