thing I know," I said, "is that Charlie Finley's actions of the last
few days have been bad for baseball. I think they have been detrimental to the
listening to a sports broadcast, I heard, "How's this for a quote from an
employee about the boss who pays his salary? After Finley fired Dark, First
Baseman Ken Harrelson of the Kansas City Athletics said that Finley was a
menace to baseball."
I was scared to
death. I knew I hadn't called Finley a menace but I realized how the guy
interviewing me could have said I had.
I wasn't afraid of
what Charlie could do to hurt me. I simply knew that the minute that quote got
to him he'd raise a justifiable stink. He sure did.
The next morning
early I got a call.
is Charlie," Finley said. "Did you make those statements in the
"I didn't call
you a menace. I did say everything else."
done you a lot of favors."
"You hurt me a
few times, too," I said.
good to you," Finley said. "Now I want you to write a public retraction
and give it to the papers."