CAESAR'S WIFE SITUATION
The frightening specter of fixed games in professional football has stirred in its shrouds again. A Boston report says Patriot stars have been dropping in at a place near their training camp that is also a hangout for unsavory characters. Professional football's chief investigator, Bill Hundley, went to Boston last week to check on the report, and the joint is now off limits.
All pro football players are briefed at the beginning of each season against association with bookies and mobsters or visiting the places they frequent. It is a good rule and ought to be enforced rigidly.
One captain not content to go down with his ship is George MacCall, leader of the U.S. Davis Cuppers. Instead of fretting about his amateurs capsizing in the cup match at Ecuador, he is pondering a new berth as leader of the true tennis professionals—the kind named Laver, Rosewall, Gonzalez, Gimeno, Ralston and Stolle.
A 49-year-old Los Angeles insurance agent, MacCall surfaced last week at Wimbledon's first pro tournament and met with the competing athletes. Word from there is that he is in line to become the boss of the professionals, replacing Executive Director Wally Dill (SI, July 24), whom the players fired after a year and a half. Dill worked as an employee of the players, but MacCall may put them on his own payroll. According to one report, he is willing to guarantee the pros nearly half a million dollars in prize money for a 1968 U.S. circuit of six months. Like the owner of a baseball club, he would make all travel arrangements, take care of expenses, try to get TV coverage and so on. A pension plan has been mentioned, too, and that would certainly make some of the top alleged amateurs think seriously of going straight. If MacCall does take over, Manolo Santana, Roy Emerson and Tony Roche could well become professionals by January 1.
And with MacCall as boss, the pros—considered nasty outlaws for years—would draw nearer to the United States Lawn Tennis Association, since MacCall is a close friend of the USLTA president, Bob Kelleher, who retained him as cup captain.
THE WAITING GAME
The baseball game started early Saturday afternoon. The first and only run was scored early in the evening of the following Wednesday.
The United Steel Workers won the second-half championship of the South Shore Little League of Staten Island, N.Y. over Stryker's in a game that went 21 innings, was halted twice by darkness and included 67 strikeouts, 17 walks and but 12 hits.