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Bo Belinsky is available, as is John Pregenzer, the onetime Giant pitcher who has a fan club "To Make This A Better World For John Pregenzer To Pitch In." Bill Faul, who claims he pitches best when hypnotized, costs $25,000. Tracy Stallard, the former Red Sox, Met and Card, is on the list, and Tracy is the man who gave up Roger Maris' 61st home run and said "I'm sure it won't be the last one I'll give up."
Although we doubt that many of these characters will be picked, it should be recalled that back in 1961 the Houston Colt .45s paid $425,000 for Al Heist, Dick Gernert, Don Taussig, Al Spangler and Dick Drott.
DOWN WITH THE QUEEN
Such an act of l�se majest� would never have occurred if Conn Smythe, 71, still owned the Gardens, but he sold out in 1961 to Harold Ballard, John Bassett and his son, Stafford Smythe, who are more interested in increasing revenue than in maintaining a shrine.
A year ago, when the Red Ensign was struck from the Gardens and replaced by the new Canadian maple leaf flag, the elder Smythe refused to recognize it; and last March, when the Gardens offered its facilities for a Cassius Clay-Ernie Terrell fight (which never came off), Smythe disposed of nearly all his remaining stock, observing that the building had been used for a lot of things but never as a garbage dump.
The new management has tried to entice Smythe back by erecting a special box, where he could view hockey games in regal solemnity. He could even have a portrait of the Queen wrapped in a Red Ensign hanging on the wall. So far Conn Smythe has not seen fit to dignify the accommodations by his presence.
HAMDAN, THE THANKFUL