The baseball trading season is moving along at an excellent rate these days, providing pennant dreams for some cities, ticket sales for others and whisking Bob Miller, a pitcher with a lifetime record of 39-54, closer and closer to the doors of the Hall of Fame.
Bob Miller was traded to the Minnesota Twins last week, along with Ron Perranoski and John Roseboro of the Los Angeles Dodgers, for Zoilo Versalles and Jim Grant. Back in 1961 Miller was taken in the National League expansion draft by the New York Mets for $125,000 and promptly ran up a record of 1-12. Later picked up by Los Angeles in a trade, he turned into a good relief pitcher for the Dodgers, but his move to Minnesota last week may eventually make him eligible for baseball's American League expansion draft of 1968 at a cost of $175,000. Since relief pitchers often stay around until they are 40 or more, Miller, now only 28, could be traded again and even end up in the National League's expansion draft of 1970 at a cost that could easily reach $200,000 by then. All told, that would make Bob Miller worth $500,000. The New York Jets paid only $400,000 for Joe Namath.
For several days before the Ector Eagles met the Dumas Demons in an Odessa, Texas high school football game, the sign outside the Temple Baptist Church read: "We are against Demons, too."
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE
Bulgaria has found an effective method of dealing with unruly fans and players at soccer games. Before the start of the traditional grudge match between Levski and CSKA, a table was carried to the edge of the field and a judge in his robes and a number of clerks took their seats at it. An official informed those present that any spectator or participant who caused a disturbance would be tried at once. Then he read off a list of offenders at previous games this season who had been found guilty and sentenced to 15 days at hard labor.
The match was played peaceably, and when players accidentally fouled they apologized profusely to their opponents.
This year the Big Ten will try using three referees in each of 25 nonconference basketball games. Villanova will do the same in five of its home games, as little Adelphi Suffolk will do in 10. The idea is not a new one, but at last it seems to be getting some of the attention it deserves.
It works like this: while two referees are in their normal positions at the busy end of the court, a third is stationed beneath the basket at the opposite end, where he is in position to make any calls resulting from fast breaks or full-court passes. Under the two-man system, such calls are forced upon an official trapped far, far away. There is another advantage to the three-man system. Since the referees rotate positions following each free throw, one is always in position to catch his breath.
Ever since the Seattle Area Industrial Council approved the construction of a $100 million oil refinery on waterfront property in Port Susan Bay, conservationists have been disputing the decision. The other day the Industrial Council struck back. It issued the statement: "We are alarmed at this dangerous trend toward too much greenbelt and wilderness planning." Hmmm.