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Bing Crosby, one of the 11-man syndicate that made the winning $5,500,000 bid
for the Detroit Tigers, is also 16% owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates. When
baseball Commissioner Ford Frick ruled that Crosby could own an interest in
only one club at a time, the Groaner said he would keep the Pirates.
Wisconsin threatened to cancel its home-and-home football contract with
Louisiana State, the Sugar Bowl promised to become a local show, and the
Shreveport Sports baseball team faced the end of its Texas League affiliation
because a new Louisiana state law forbids Negroes and whites to compete on the
same playing field. Although Shreveport has no Negro players, other teams in
the Texas League do, and they don't intend to get rid of them when the law goes
into effect on October 15.
New General Manager Frank Lane, who traded away Cardinal Pitchers Brooks
Lawrence (13-1) and Harvey Haddix (8-3), plus Second Baseman Red Schoendienst
(.312) and Center Fielder Bill Virdon (.294) told an Optimist Club in St. Louis
he wasn't sorry even though his club was in fourth place. "You have to win
... You have to gamble," he explained.