BUT THEY CAN COUNT TO NO. 1
That Georgia championship notwithstanding, certain Georgia Tech fans continue to look upon their intrastate rivals as so many hopeless rubes. This may account for the joke making the rounds about a talking computer in an Atlanta bank that asks anybody cashing a check to provide occupation and I.Q. If the customer is a brainy lawyer, the computer might process the check-cashing request while rattling off a summary of the latest Supreme Court decisions. In the case of a stockbroker, it might provide the latest Dow Jones quotations. And so on. Well, one day an unkempt fellow ambled up to the computer to cash a check and was asked his occupation and I.Q.
"Unemployed and 46," the man haltingly replied.
And the computer said, "How 'bout them Dawgs?"
BETTER SIGN UP, SAM
Seattle SuperSonic owner Sam Schulman has received a timely invitation from Dun & Bradstreet. Schulman is embroiled in a contract dispute with Gus Williams, the Sonics' scoring leader the past three years, that has kept the star guard on the sidelines so far this season. What's more, Schulman suffered a setback last week when Special Master Telford Taylor ruled that, because of a management blunder, Williams could become a free agent after this season and the Sonics would not be entitled to compensation should he sign with another team. The invitation from Dun & Bradstreet reads: "Acquire the skills you need to get your way—more often. Dun & Bradstreet presents a one-day seminar—Developing Effective Negotiating Skills."
SEPARATE AND MORE THAN EQUAL
Efforts are afoot to establish a Negro Baseball Hall of History in Ashland, Ky. Though there'll be no inductees, the proposed museum would contain memorabilia, films and oral histories documenting the lore and achievements of players in the old Negro leagues. The project is supported by Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown and the State of Kentucky, which has donated a suitable building. The Greater Ashland Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is soliciting $3 million to create a perpetual trust.
Is it outrageous that the stars of the Negro leagues, who were separate in real life, should now be confined to a separate museum? Well, in 1971 those long-neglected players became eligible for election to the Hall of Fame, but only nine have so far been inducted: Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard, Monte Irvin, Cool Papa Bell, Judy Johnson, Oscar Charleston, Martin Dihigo and John Henry Lloyd. And at present Cooperstown devotes only a single display case to Negro baseball memorabilia. Cooperstown probably could have done more, but be that as it may, the Ashland museum seems the only means by which such obscure but gifted performers as Leon Day, Biz Mackey and Willie Wells will receive substantial recognition. Lest there be any doubt that such recognition is deserved, consider the evidence marshaled by John Holway, author of Voices from the Great Black Baseball Leagues. Holway unearthed records of 445 exhibition games between black teams and major league clubs from 1886 to 1948 and found that the black teams won more than 60% of them.
PICKING A LOCK
During the 1972 football season, a couple of Boston handicappers, Bob Dunbar and Bill Hilton, touted Boston College over Holy Cross, designating the selection, in a promotional fillip, as the "lock of the year." The gimmick proved so irresistible that other handicappers soon began picking their locks of the year, not to mention locks of the week, bowl locks, Thanksgiving locks, playoff locks—everything but bagels and locks. As Dunbar recently told the Washington Post's Andrew Beyer, "It's becoming ridiculous. Pretty soon you're going to see advertisements for a Mother's Day Lock."