Hirsch said the athletic department faced a $200,000 deficit and that unless the deficit could be corrected minor sports would have to be cut back. An assemblyman who supports the new bill added that because of the deficit Wisconsin could not offer the maximum number of scholarships permitted under Big Ten rules.
No one spoke against the bill at the committee hearing.
Roger Craig, once a National League pitching star and now pitching coach with the San Diego Padres, argues rather persuasively that while storied old-timers like Walter Johnson, Cy Young and Christy Mathewson may well have been the equal of Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Warren Spahn and other pitching stars of the last two decades, they could not possibly have been better.
"The reason," says the Southern-born and Southern-bred Craig, "is the colored guys. Those oldtimers didn't have to pitch against batters like Willie Mays and Henry Aaron and Roberto Clemente and Frank Robinson and Reggie Jackson and Richie Allen. They had Cobb and Wagner and Ruth, but they didn't have as many good hitters, and it's because they didn't have the colored guys. Your superstars today, your big hitters—I guess 80% of them are colored."
A quick check of the batting leaders as the season headed into its final two weeks bears out Craig's argument. In the American League black players were first or tied for first in batting average and home runs; first and second in runs scored and triples; and first, second and third in hits and doubles. In the National League blacks were first in batting and hits; first, second and third in triples; first, second, third, fourth and fifth in home runs; and second, third, fourth and fifth in doubles and runs batted in. Among the top five players in each of seven batting categories—average, runs, hits, RBIs, doubles, triples and homers—black players in the National League were in 28 of 35 possible places, or precisely 80%.
If this keeps up, someday they'll be referring to Babe Ruth as the white Henry Aaron.
THE EVILS OF GAMBLING
Alva C. Long is an Auburn, Wash. attorney who delights in filing suits to point up what he calls "the double standard of law enforcement." He once brought an action against several large supermarkets to prevent them from selling groceries on Sunday. Partly because of this effort, Washington's blue laws were repealed. Another time he filed suit against the Elks Club to prevent bingo playing. Long won that case, too, which enraged his fellow Elks.
Piqued at what he feels is a double standard on gambling, Long went beyond bingo and took on horse racing. He had come across a statute passed in 1881 that said, "All persons losing money...on any illegal gambling game shall have a cause of action to recover from the dealer or player winning, or from the proprietor for whose benefit such game was played...." Checking further, Long found that the state constitution said, "The legislature shall never authorize any lottery...." Long decided that since other states have held that "lottery" means any form of gambling, horse racing was thus a lottery and therefore illegal gambling of a most spectacular kind. He decided to test his argument in court. He would lose money on a race and then sue to get it back.