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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - November 10, 1982, Tokyo, JapanWednesday november 10, 1982 Pacific stars and stripes sports 23 Boss like nil s Pete Rozelle new Yor Kafter last week s meeting of major league baseball club owners at which commissioner Bowie Kuhn was granted nine months to conduct a search for his own successor Ted Turner the always noisy and often perceptive owner of the Atlanta braves was thinking out loud Wishful but Well. If we had Pete Rozelle As our commissioner Turner said it d be despite the National football league s current labor impasse Rozelle has been the most effective commissioner i sports Over the last two decades. If the essence of hiring is to get the Best possible person then Kuhn should ask Rozelle if he would be interested i applying his expertise particularly in negotiating television contracts to probably would decline the offer. When the theory was suggested informally to him in fact he did m committed to the nil he said firmly. I going to stay in this Job the rest of my working life. My Pete Rozelle contract has several years to run. And except for being a casual fan i Don know much about baseball. Certainly not enough for me to have a feel for it to be comfortable Init. You need that feel to be effective to make decisions that you think Are spoke of having heard that the new United states football league had considered offering him a $5 million Bonus to be its if they d offered it i would t have left the nil he said. If baseball were to talk Tome i would t listen. I m committed to the maybe just maybe and yet if baseball were to approach him officially maybe just maybe Rozelle would listen. But even if he did t listen the major league club owners who must approve a new commissioner should pay attention to Rozelle s belief in the necessity of a commissioner having a feel for his game in order to be in pro football Rozelle developed that feel As the los Angeles rams general manager prior to his 1960 Coronation As baseball s five previous commissioners Only one Ford Frick took command with a feel for the game he had been a baseball writer on the old new York journal prior to his reign As National league president. Of the four without a baseball background Only the original commissioner judge Kenesaw Mountain i Andis installed after the 1919 Black sox scandal was totally respected if not feared. His successor . Happy Chandler was voted out of office by Dave Anderson the club owners As were prick s successor d. Spike Eckert and now Kuhn. There s a history lesson to be Learned club owners should choose a baseball Man who transcends baseball As their next commissioner. The Best Choice of the baseball men with the stature and the style for the Job the Best Choice would be Bill Veeck showman promoter dyed in the the owner of the Chicago White sox and once the owner of the Cleveland indians he understands baseball s inner Workings. But that knowledge along with his Maverick manner imprecisely Why the other club owners would never elect him. His age and his health also would reused As arguments against him. He s 68 and he hobbles on an artificial leg. But he still think faster than anybody else in baseball. Another Good Choice who surely will not reconsidered is Marvin Miller due to retire next year As the executive director of baseball players association. For the baseball club owners to hire Miller a commissioner would be like the strategic air command hiring Leonid Brezhnev As chief of operations. But if the baseball club owners were to take the time to think about it seriously hiring Miller would give them what Kuhn did not a Tough negotiator with a baseball background i their struggle for More lucrative to contracts. No if the club owners hire a baseball Man i surely will be someone who is not considered baseball men Are Likely to emerge As candidates. John Mchale the executive Vic president of the Montreal expos and Tal Smith formerly the executive vice president of the Houston astros already have been mentioned by other baseball people. The Man to watch but the Man to watch might be Fred Wilpon the new York mets personable 45-year-old the Star left handed Pitcher on the Lafayette High school team in Brooklyn that had Sandy Koufax As its first baseman Wilpon surely has a feel for baseball. As the Boss now of Sterling equities inc., a real estate and owner Developer firm in Manhattan he also possesses the business background that some club owners want in the next the problem Wilpon says is that i d have to take a 75 percent pay s annual salary is $250,000, plus All the limousines he needs. But that s nowhere near the$1 million Wilpon apparently earns now in his own Giles the new president of the Phila Delphia Phillies deserves to be a 48, Giles has been a career baseball businessman working in the front office of the Cincinnati reds and the astros before joining the Phillies a decade ago. He s a showman. And his baseball blood lines Are impressive he s the son of the late Warren Giles the one time National league the club owners want a commissioner with a Strong to background they should consider46-year-old Eddie Einhorn now the president of the White sox. Before he and Jerry Reinsdorf purchased the White sox nearly two years ago Einhorn was a sports to producer for the lbs network. Earlier he founded in 1961 the tvs network which he later sold to Dun and Bradstreet. He sold hot do sat Comiskey Park to help pay his Way through the Northwestern University school of the first Choice should be Rozelle despite his apparent Lack of interest. Let him turn it Dow officially before anybody else is considered. . Times Peete had some catching up to do and did it Calvin Peete by Shelley Smith ass sports writer nazi Japan the 1982 season has been like a dream come True for professional golfer Calvin Peete. Never in a million years did dream i could make this much Money and win four tournaments he said after tying for first place in the $440,000 Goldwin cup at sob country club. I just never thought i could Doit he said and it s easy to understand Why. The 39-year-old,who looks More like a tight end than a golfer did t even Start playing until he was 23. And when golfing greats like Jack Nicklaus and. To Watson started at the age of 7 and 8, you realize just How much catching up Peete had to do. Peete who two weeks ago added the Pensacola open to his list of wins this season in the Milwaukee Anheuser Busch and . Opens i seventh on the Money list this year with $317,000. And that Ain t bad he says. It seem s like Peete s been win Ning almost everything said Tom Watson who played with Peete an six other . Top Money winners in the Goldwin tournament. Peete who supported 18 brother Sand Sisters while growing up in Florida left his Job Selling goods to migrant workers 10 years ago to take up Golf and joined the tour in1975. A Guy named Nicklaus was making $200,000 a year chasing that Ball he explained. I figured could be Happy with one third that amount so i decided to give it atry. I just never dreamed this would be possible he said. This season has been his Best yet. One of the most accurate Drivers on the tour Peete up until this year found most of his problems on the greens. But he changed his putting stance this season and has been knocking them in like that s so much a part of this game he said. So Many tournaments Are decided on one or two putts. You make them you re in first or second miss them you drop to sixth or or seventh. And that mean quite a loss in Money he said. Confidence is a big part of Peete same he said More so than other players on the tour. When i feel confident i take More risks because i know i can hit the Ball and i know i can putt. I managing my game a lot better this year i know what shots to try an what shots not to try and that really makes a 12 linemen nominated for Lombard award Houston a twelve of the nation Stop College football linemen have been nominated to receive the 13th annual Lombard award. The 40-Pound Granite trophy is Given i memory of Vince Lombardi former coach of the Green Bay packers and the Washington redskins who died of cancer in 1970. Three linebackers four offensive and five defensive players were chosen by a 124-Mem Ber committee of College football coaches sports writers and sportscasters. Nominated were George Achica defensive Seguard from Southern California Charles Benson Baylor defensive end Tim Krumrie Wisconsin defensive nos guard Wilber mar shall Florida defensive linebacker Bruc Matthews Southern California offensive guard and Don Mosebar Southern California Offen Sive tackle. Also selected were Jimbo Covert Pittsburg offensive tackle Vernon Maxwell Arizona state defensive linebacker Mike Pitts Ala Bama defensive end Dave Rimington Nebraska offensive Center Billy Ray Smith Arkansas defensive end and Darryl Talley West Virginia defensive selection committee will choose four finalists later this month and the award will represented dec. 9 at a $125-a-plate banquet. Willie Davis former Captain of the Greenbay packers is expected to deliver a tribute to from the Benefit sponsored by the rotary club of Houston will go to the american cancer society

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