For example, according to a copyrighted story in the Minneapolis Tribune by Nick Coleman, when asked why he moved the team north from Washington, D.C., Griffith said, "I'll tell you why we came to Minnesota. It was when I found out you only had 15,000 blacks here. Black people don't go to ball games, but they'll fill up a rassling ring and put up such a chant it'll scare you to death. It's unbelievable. We came here because you've got good, hard-working white people here."
Other bum mots:
? Rod Carew is "a damn fool for signing that contract. He only gets $170,000, and we all know he's worth more than that."
? Butch Wynegar "had a miserable year. He was playing 'hands' with his wife during spring training, and instead of running around the outfield he did his running around the bedroom. Now, love is love. But it comes pretty cheap for these young ballplayers these days, and I think they should take advantage of that and wait to get married."
?Modern players "all carry an attach� case with a hair dryer in it. And they've all got to have headphones on. You've got to have three seats on a plane for every two ballplayers so they can put their hi-fis and hair dryers down."
When the Tribune story broke, the reaction was immediate and sharp. Carew said, "I will not come back and play for a bigot. I'm not going to be another nigger on his plantation. The days of Kunta Kinte are over. I will never sign another contract with this organization." Griffith's response was true to form: "I believe in being blunt and honest."
When the 1977 TV movie A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story premiered on Greek TV recently, the film lost its subtitle but gained a racy subplot. Next to a scene from the film showing the Yankees' legendary No. 3 and No. 4—portrayed by actors Ramon Bieri and Edward Herrmann—locked in warm embrace, the blurb in Greece's TV guide magazine reported:
"A Love Affair is the title of a dramatic adventure that really happened. The film is about the love link between baseball player Lou Gehrig and the beautiful Babe Ruth. The idyll of the two young people ended up in marriage. But their happiness didn't last long. Mrs. Babe became very ill and...."
No wonder they wanted to bust up the Yankees.