SI Vault
Edited by Robert W. Creamer
April 10, 1972
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April 10, 1972


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"Why the wiggle?" Fisk asked. "You only have three pitches."

Said Moret: "Oh, yeah."


Some weeks ago Goalie Ken Dryden of the Montreal Canadiens was quoted on the subject of autographs (he gives them dutifully but says that they are a waste of time for everyone concerned). Now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a few thoughtful words to say on the same subject. "I don't mind people coming up to me and saying, 'Hello, how are you?' " he told Joe Donnelly of Long Island's Newsday. "Then I'm a real person. But signing autographs is kind of dehumanizing. It keeps you in the realm of the unknown. Adults ask you for autographs so they can say to their kids they met you. Well, that's silly. I sign occasionally, but writing my name on a piece of paper really isn't necessary."

When he was a youngster in New York City named Lew Alcindor, he used to hunt autographs himself, particularly after football games in Yankee Stadium and basketball games in Madison Square Garden. "I lost them in six months," he says now. "I didn't know where they were and, what's more, I didn't really care."

Southern Illinois' Greg Starrick, holder of the new NCAA career foul-shooting record (.909), would like to play pro basketball but not necessarily as a regular. "It would be nice if they used free-throw specialists the way pro football uses kickers." he says. "I could come in and shoot for Wilt Chamberlain and then go hack to the bench."

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