Hang in there, Stalky Schweisen-burger. Born yesterday - ready or not - into professional sports, here comes the Women's Basketball Association.
Lois Geraci Ernst, who head her advertising agency, is convinced it's an idea whose time has come and unveiled plans in New York as league commissioner: 12 teams, minimum player salaries of $10,000 for a six-month, 62-game season, franchises at a $50,000 fee already sold in New York and Dallas. July draft for play to begin in October.
There is a man in their soup - Jason Frankfort, identified as WBA board chairman and "guiding light" - who declared that agreements are close in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Des Moines and Milwaukee with other prospective franchises in Philadelphia. Greensboro, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City and Portland.
Team rosters will be built from college graduates, AAU players and foreign stars. Already aboard are Karen Logan, the volleyball star, and France's premiere distaff basketballer, Jacqueline Chavalon.
"Some day," ventured Ernst, "you'll hear little boys saying 'When I want to be a great basketball star - just like my mother."
Billie Jean King has her eyes on the court too - Wimbledon's Centre Court. Sure she retired from competitive singles after winning her sixth Wimbledon in 1975, but as sh progresses from her Nov. 11 knee surgery, she has the old fire in her heart.
"My aim is to be 100 per cent fit when the WTT season opens in April," said the prime attraction of World Team Tennis' New York Apples. "A year ago I was a lump of lard - about 15 pounds overweight. I vowed that wouldn't happen again." Trim at 135 pounds, she said, "Team tennis would give me six weeks of competition before Wimbledon. I should know by then just how fit I am . . . I intend to play in the (Wimbledon) doubles. It would be emotionally difficult for me to stay out of the singles."
And then? King, 33, said, "I would like to have a baby before I am 35." (P.S. Bobby Riggs, B.J.'s most famous victim, is still doing the hype circuit - e.g., this week in Chicago he drove a dog sled, complete with team of Alaskan huskies, down Michigan Avenue to promote an outdoors show) . . .
Right in step, the American Legion's Oklahoma department is creating a statewide girls softball program to match the famed Legion baseball for boys. The first team is being formed in Bartlesville, the other Legion departments around the country probably will adopt Oklahoma commander James C. Rutherford's stance that the girls softball program will "fill a developing need for girls 13 to 18 to assist them in qualifying for athletic scholarships which are developing throughout the nation at colleges and universities" and provide them "the fundamentals of good sportsmanship and citizenship enjoyed by boys in the baseball program" . . .
The Soviets actually have invented something, if this is a first: Tass reports development of a boxing glove that has no thumb section and is lined with resilient materials, doubly protecting against injury by preventing clenched fists and lessening impact. But King's women Sports magazine [TEXT OMITTED FROM SOURCE]