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BASKETBALL: THE FIX AGAIN?
Robert H. Boyle
March 04, 1957
A new, explosive scandal threatens as reports of excessive gambling sideline a Missouri Valley Conference referee
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March 04, 1957

Basketball: The Fix Again?

A new, explosive scandal threatens as reports of excessive gambling sideline a Missouri Valley Conference referee

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"Dr. Corbin and I talked again. We agreed that we ought to include some information in addition to that statement this afternoon. You see, he notified the FBI of the rumors.... He did this because he felt that the rumors indicated the activities might be of an interstate nature. He did not notify the local police....

"Dr. Corbin was referring to the kind of gambling that isn't a matter of chance—certainly not of the friendly $2 type. He felt we should take a look at it for a variety of factors, including officiating. And let me emphasize that Ralph Miller [ Wichita coach] did not have anything to do with Fraser's being replaced for the Wichita-Bradley game on Feb. 18."

In a series of conversations with me last week the commissioner wobbled a bit in his version of the facts, as these excerpts will show:

Boyle: What have you heard?

Eilers: Well, we have heard a lot of rumors.... We hear various rumors coming from various individuals and certain sources...rumors to the effect that he [Fraser] was associated with various sources.

B: Did you ask Fraser about this?

E: I asked Fraser and he denied it—a flat denial.

B: Just what did Wichita and St. Louis report to you?

E: I can't divulge everything that went into that report.

B: Well, why did you take him out of the games?

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