"I'm leveling with you," the reporter said. "I've told you who I am and what I want to know. I heard you were buying a house down here. Is that right?"
Carbo shrugged. "Do you know Mr. D'Antoni?" he asked.
"No," answered the reporter.
"Well," Carbo said as he took the reporter's hand and shook it, "look him up. Maybe we can all have coffee together."
MOPPETS AND MUFFETS
If your youngster suddenly takes a liking to certain cereals of the Quaker Oats Co. in the next few weeks, chances are he has more than crunchy goodness and a gnawing stomach on his mind. Quaker has begun packing general admission baseball tickets in cereal boxes in a $1.5 million promotion that may result in turning the Davy Crockett set into hot-eyed ball park regulars.
The blue ticket in each cereal box admits the holder (if under 12 and accompanied by a paying adult relative) to most any ball park in organized baseball free of charge. Of all major league teams, only the prosperous Yankees have refused to go along—and even George Weiss and the Yankees must have been sorely tempted, considering the obvious risk of turning thousands of Bronx cereal eaters into Dodger and Giant fans.
In general, tickets admit the Quaker cereal consumer to any weekday afternoon game in the majors and to night games in 212 of 216 minor league parks. Five major league clubs ( Brooklyn, Boston, Milwaukee, Detroit and Kansas City) restrict the tickets to certain days. The campaign began July 1, timed so kids would be out of school and not tempted to play hookey to see a game. As yet, not all stores have boxes with tickets. Some boxes feature an offer of an ounce of genuine prospecting land from Canada's Klondike for 25 cents.
Baseball in general welcomes the plan as a promising gimmick for filling empty seats, especially in the minor leagues. Quaker Oats? Well, they'll be pleased, naturally, if it helps save the minors, but frankly their big idea is just to sell more cereal.