CAUSE FOR ALARM
It was reported and then denied last week that a handgun had been drawn in the clubhouse of the woefully troubled California Angels. The denial has a phony ring.
There are ball players who carry guns—more than the occasionally naive commissioner, Bowie Kuhn, would like to admit, although he did punish Denny McLain for carrying one.
When muggers are rampant in the streets and ball parks are often situated in dangerous areas—which don't improve after a night game—one might have some sympathy for the player (or spectator) who chooses to arm himself. But it behooves baseball management to think hard about the possibility of a truly damaging incident in the often rancorous atmosphere of the clubhouse. Jim Bouton could get hurt.
NEW LOOK FOR BASEBALL?
Bob Holbrook, who makes up the American League schedule, has now worked out a system for three baseball leagues arranged geographically so that they would set up natural rivalries and, more than incidentally, save a lot on travel expenses.
Here's how his leagues would shape up:
East—Montreal, Boston, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington.
Central—Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Cleveland, Detroit, Atlanta, Cincinnati.
West—Kansas City, Houston, St. Louis, San Diego, Anaheim, Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles.