And Billy Martin? He lived up to his advance billing. No routine "glad to be with the Tigers" remarks for him. No fervent declarations that "we'll win, or go down fighting." Billy was fighting to begin with. An ordinary man would be tickled pink to be traded from a seventh-place club to a pennant contender. Not Billy. He knows that when a man is traded it means the club he's leaving feels that something they are getting for him is more valuable than he is. Martin was hurt. He blasted Kansas City officials, demanded a cash percentage of the deal, irately protested: "They just can't throw us players around without us having any say-so.... If I'm a tool of this great machine of baseball, I want to get something out of it."
Well, naturally, he won't. Baseball bigwigs parried attacks along this line at the congressional hearings last summer, and what they held together then they won't let Billy Martin put asunder now. About all it proves is that Billy Martin really is something special as a ballplayer. And Billy, next season, may prove that John McHale is something special as a general manager.
"PHEASANT HUNTER'S TOE"
If you're going after pheasant this year, you might as well know that you're exposing yourself to something known as "pheasant hunter's toe." The authority for this statement is Dr. R. E. Van Denmark of Sioux Falls, S. Dak., who writes about it in the
South Dakota Journal of Medicine and Pharmacy. The ailment is apt to come upon a man on the morning after a successful day's shoot: he finds his big toe painfully swollen and colored a gaudy purple. Has he sprained his toe? Not likely, says Dr. Van Denmark. Pheasant itself—a bird rich in what the experts call purine bodies—is really to blame, and the victim is suffering from pheasant hunter's toe, a fancy name for old-fashioned gout. "Precipitating factors," says Dr. Van Denmark, include "trauma to the feet in walking through fields and gullies, the overindulgence in holiday alcoholic beverages, the fatigue of excessive exercise in those unaccustomed to it."
Gist of what to do next: put your feet up and shun pheasant for a while. Then, with next year in mind, get some exercise.
GAME ON ICE
Ice hockey's a game where they give you a stick
And a pad for protecting your shin,
A game where each team beats the other, although
Of course only one team can win.