An unanswered question has been whether Crane's broom would also sweep away the Colgate-Dinah Shore LPGA tournament at Palm Springs' Mission Hills course, an event that because of its big prize money and high TV ratings has taken on a significance in women's golf comparable to the importance of the Masters to the men's tour (SI, April 14). Crane had been rumored to favor switching the tournament, which traditionally is played in late winter, to a summer date that would allow it to be played in the East—and, perhaps not incidentally, far away from Foster, who has a home overlooking Mission Hills' 6th hole. LPGA Commissioner Ray Volpe insisted on retaining the earlier date, which is believed to account for the event's impressive TV ratings, and keeping the tournament in Palm Springs. He also asked for at least a three-year contract.
Win some, lose some. The negotiations are finally over and Crane has agreed only to a one-year contract with an option to renew. But he has consented to leave the tournament when and where it has been during its nine-year history, thereby preserving intact, at least for another year, the LPGA's flagship attraction.
BUZZIE GIVETH, BUZZIE TAKETH AWAY
Just when you thought all the sports promotion possibilities had been exhausted, California Angel Executive Vice-President Buzzie Bavasi has come up with a new one. If he ever gets around to trying it, remember, you read it here first. Bavasi's brainstorm is to proclaim a Dollar Night on which every fan who passes through the turnstiles would receive $1 in cold cash.
Bavasi's idea may be the ultimate extension of baseball's existing giveaways, such as the Cap Night the Angels recently staged while drawing a sellout crowd of 40,376 for a game against the Mariners. Every paying customer received a baseball cap, and Bavasi, although pleased with the promotion's results, said, "A cap costs us $1.25. You might as well give everybody a dollar bill. I'd like to try that some time." And why, exactly, would he like to? "Maybe they'd use the money to buy hot dogs and peanuts," Buzzie said. "Then we'd get 35% of it back as our cut from the concession sales."