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SI notes with reserve something Bob Christenberry said next: "Conditions which have been alleged and uncovered in the inquiry cannot be permitted to continue. If they do persist, it would be better if boxing were ended in this state."
Ending boxing is not the solution. Too many people have a legitimate interest in a good sport. The problem is to clean up boxing's dirty business.
The Oriole's not for burning
Paul Richards was not burned at a stake in Baltimore last week, after all. Pilloried, perhaps. Hanged in effigy once or twice. But not burned.
Last Wednesday, Richards, the new general manager of the Baltimore Orioles, made a deal with George Weiss, the seasoned general manager of the New York Yankees. Richards traded Bob Turley, a young pitcher of infinite promise, Don Larsen, a young pitcher of limited promise, and Bill Hunter, a light-hitting, slick-fielding shortstop. In return, he received a package that included Gene Woodling, a fine veteran outfielder, two fair veteran pitchers and two promising young catchers.
News of the trade leaked Wednesday and broke formally Thursday. By Thursday night in Baltimore, fans were hysterical. Weiss, they wailed, had taken their man Richards and stolen their man Turley. Flames were kindling.
But a day later the fires burned lower. An urchin spotted Turley's Cadillac parked outside the pitcher's house. On its dusty surface he traced a more or less resigned epithet: "Damn Yankee."
The Orioles are not likely to win a pennant with the talent they got from the Yankees. But last year they finished seventh. What they may do is move as high as fourth and what they almost certainly will do is escape from seventh. Richards' move was not made on a long-range basis, but how many Baltimore fans would have continued paying to see a feeble team simply because the millennium was coming?also a long-range basis?
Weiss, of course, got just what he wanted, as is his custom. The Yankees needed young pitchers. Now they have them. Their 1955 pennant drive is under way.
There's an adage about trades, employed by the General Managers' Protective Society and designed to make all general managers look good at all times. "The trade," runs the adage, "will help both clubs." Here at last is a trade that, maybe, did. Stakes need not blaze in Baltimore.