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If this injustice is allowed to stand, the Hall of Fame will never include—and fans will never know about—great names of American baseball history such as Smokey Joe Williams. Rube Foster, Willie Wells, Cannonball Dick Redding. Willie Foster, Dave Malarcher, Jud Wilson and Chino Smith, to name but a handful of the black greats.
To exclude them permanently would be tremendously unfair. Between 1886 and 1948 the blacks played the best of the white big-leaguers more than 400 times. The blacks won 268, the whites 168. A fluke? The burden of proof, it seems to me, is on the whites to show that they were not beaten fair and square. There's only one way to win a baseball game: cross home plate more often than the other team. The blacks did this consistently against the best of the whites now in Cooperstown. Yet Cooperstown's doors are being slammed in their faces again.
1. What he thrives on..."Pay Day"
Last summer my two teen-age sons and I went on a seven-day, 60-mile canoe trip in the BWCA. Early in the morning of our second day, as we paddled leisurely through one of the hundreds of island-studded lakes, two mature bald eagles swooped down to within 30 feet of our canoe. One of the birds, wings gracefully extended, plunged his talons into the lake. Both birds then soared away with their trophy, which appeared to be a three-foot northern pike—a trophy, incidentally, that the boys and I were never able to match. Our prize was in witnessing a truly awesome act of nature.
Unfortunately, my boys may never have the opportunity to share such experiences with their sons. A measure introduced into Congress by Representative James L. Oberstar of Minnesota, will, if passed, permit logging, mining, snowmobiling and motor boating in 40% of the BWCA. Anyone who shares my concern should consider writing his Congressman.
?Rep. Oberstar's office says the bill would allow no mining whatsoever, logging would be restricted to the 400,000-acre National Recreation Area (40% of the BWCA), snowmobiling would be confined to designated routes—amounting to about half of those now in use—and motorboating would be permitted only where it is currently allowed.—ED.