"Baseball cannot live on gate receipts now. If it were not for radio and TV we would have no chance at all to make it financially. Frankly, if baseball ever loses its contract with the National Broadcasting Company it will be out of business."
Wrigley complained that the overhead in baseball is too high (when he read that Steve Carlton of the Phils had signed for something like $165,000, he muttered, "Now we'll probably have trouble signing some of our fellows"). He specifically included Commissioner Bowie Kuhn in his criticism.
"He definitely is not very economy-minded," Wrigley said of Kuhn. "I believe he has more than doubled the staff in his office since he became commissioner. There is so much waste anyway in baseball in the duplication of administration, what with the National League office, the American League office, the Commissioner's office, the minor leagues scattered everywhere, and all keeping separate records. Seven or eight years ago a proposal was made—and all but adopted—to house all the top baseball offices in one building at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. It would expedite everything, eliminate duplication, make the operation more efficient and cut costs tremendously. We even had the land selected. But it all fell through. Somehow we can never seem to agree on anything in baseball, no matter how sound the proposal."
Sylvia Bartz, a 53-year-old Baltimore widow, was playing cards with a group of friends when her living room door flew off its hinges. Several members of the city's vice squad poured in and arrested Mrs. Bartz and 13 of her friends for gambling.
In addition to 28 decks of cards the police confiscated $26.50 cunningly stashed in a plastic margarine cup. When brought to court Mrs. Bartz claimed the loot was simply money chipped in by her friends for food they were eating at the time of the bust. District Judge Daniel Friedman refused to swallow the food story and fined Mrs. Bartz $100 plus $10 court costs for permitting gambling in her home. All the others in the Bartz assemblage, ranging in age from 46 to 67, were placed on probation.
Well, not all. One of the Bartz gamblers escaped, sort of. When he collared one of the women, an arresting officer clutched. "Her heart was pounding so much I just had to let her go," he confessed later. Such negligence. She was only 86.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Chris Taylor, the wrestling behemoth from Iowa State who made such an impression while winning the bronze medal at the Olympics, is creating some problems in collegiate wrestling. Iowa State Coach Harold Nichols explains, "Everywhere we go, Chris is the big attraction. At Wisconsin we had 3,600 spectators, and I understand they usually draw in the hundreds. Taylor can pin most of his opponents just about any time he wishes. But if he walks out, picks up his opponent and slams him down in 20 seconds, the fans go home grumbling. So I tell Chris to practice some of his holds during a match and wait before putting on the clincher."
Dutifully, the 410-pound Taylor took three minutes and 45 seconds at Wisconsin to put away Glenn Vissers, a wispy 245-pounder, and when Iowa State met Iowa for the first wrestling match between the schools in 34 years he spent five minutes and 48 seconds defeating 230-pound Jim Washek. The 10,268 fans gave him a rousing ovation.