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SAME OLD CHARLIE
Charles O. Finley, the manager-a-minute owner of the Oakland Athletics baseball team, is having familiar problems in his unfamiliar role as an ice hockey baron. When Finley took over the Oakland Seals (which he promptly renamed the California Golden Seals), he indicated that the contracts of club officials were not part of the deal and suggested to General Manager Frank Selke that he accept a new contract. Selke, who thought he was in the fourth year of a four-year contract, took one look at the terms of the new arrangement, said, "No, thanks," and quit. Finley next tried to put Vice-President Bill Torrey into the general manager's job—with a new contract—but Torrey said, "It does not meet the terms or conditions of my present contract...and I am naturally unwilling to accept anything less than that which was agreed to when I first joined the Seals." Then Torrey quit, too, and, like Selke, consulted an attorney.
Rebuffed twice and facing lawsuits, Finley made Coach Fred Glover "temporary general manager." With the Seals firmly entrenched in last place in the NHL's West Division, Glover might as well be called a temporary coach, too.
WAY TO GO, NI! YOU, TOO, MAO!
Those of you who want to become sports-writers, pay attention. Early in November, Communist China's Ni Chin-chin high-jumped 7'6�" to surpass Valery Brumel's seven-year-old world record (SCORECARD, Nov. 30). Technically, it was not a world record because China is not a member of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, the world governing body for track and field, but even so it was a superb performance by a distinguished athlete. Now for the sports-writing lesson. Here is how the moment of triumph was reported in The Peking Review, an English-language publication put out by the Chinese:
"When the bar was lifted to 2.29 meters, the 80,000 spectators enthusiastically encouraged him by reciting Chairman Mao's teaching: 'Be resolute, fear no sacrifice and surmount every difficulty to win victory.' Comrade Ni Chih-chin successfully flew over the bar. The whole stadium instantly burst into thunderous applause and the spectators cheered: 'Long live Chairman Mao!' and 'Long live the victory of Chairman Mao's proletarian revolutionary line!' "
Tex Maule ought to learn to write like that.
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