Baseball: Sic Transit Tradition

BASEBALL Sic Transit Tradition

"Baseball is an old-fashioned game with old-fashioned traditions," says Walter O'Malley, owner of the World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers — and one of O'Malley's favorite traditions is that players take whatever salary he offers them and say thank you. Between them, Dodger Pitchers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale won 49 games last year, so obviously they were in line for some sort of raise. O'Malley offered Koufax $105,000 (up $35,000) for 1966, Drysdale $95,000 (up $20,000).

The lads did not say thank you; they said no thanks, or rather their lawyer, a hard-case Hollywood type named J. William...

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