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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.
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.