Edenfield, however, ruled that Kuhn could not take away the draft choice because his powers, under baseball's Basic Agreement, were specified and thus limited. The decision is counter that of Federal Judge Frank McGarr in Illinois, who said that the commissioner's powers seem to be unlimited in dismissing Finley's suit against Kuhn after the commissioner voided the sale of three A's last year.
"I went the other way," Edenfield said in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times" Jerry Holtzman. " Kuhn's got a lot more power than anyone I know, but it's not absolute."
Thus the score stands 1-1 on interpretation of Kuhn's power, and Edenfield's decision should strengthen Finley's impending legal appeal.
In a circumstance that has by now become familiar, Phillips University of Enid, Okla. cut back on its intercollegiate sports program this year for financial reasons. In deciding to drop some sports, however, Phillips wisely elected to keep men's and women's basketball and men's baseball. The three surviving teams responded with their best cumulative effort in the school's 70-year history.
The men's basketball team had a 23-8 record, their finest since 1927 and their first winning season in a decade. The Haymakers also made the NAIA district playoffs for the first time. The women's team finished second in the AIAW Small College Tournament, and its 38-3 season included a 33-game win streak.
Not to be outdone, the baseball team entered postseason competition ranked No. 1 in the nation by the NAIA. The Haymakers' 43-4 record, which includes a 29-game win streak and Coach Joe Record's 500th victory in 23 years at the school, is the best in Phillips history.
As the result of a bout postponed by a split lip suffered in training, Olympic boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard has taken to wearing a foam-rubber mask while sparring. Unlike conventional boxing headgear, Leonard's mask covers nearly his entire face. Because it absorbs opponents' punches, it might be expected to give Leonard a false sense of security. Not so, says Sugar Ray. "Even though I can't feel them when I've got the mask on, I know those punches hurt. You never forget that."
When 42-year-old A. J. Foyt starts his 20th consecutive Indianapolis 500 this Sunday, he will be adding to a sports longevity record rivaling those of George Blanda and Gordie Howe. Foyt's first 500 was in 1958, and of the 33 drivers who started that race he is the only one still active in big-time racing. In fact, two of his rivals this year—Gary Bettenhausen and Johnny Parsons—are sons of men A.J. drove against in his rookie year at the Speedway. In the two decades since, Foyt has been the fastest qualifier four times, has led the race a record 10 times and has won it three times (1961-64-67), a record he shares with Wilbur Shaw, Mauri Rose and Louis Meyer. This year A.J. is the fourth-fastest qualifier, with a speed of 194.563 mph, more than 51 mph faster than his qualifying average for his first race. The only other time A.J. started from fourth on the grid was in 1967, the last time he won Indy.