Chuck Klein and Tom Yawkey will be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y., Aug. 3 along with Duke Snider and Al Kaline.
Klein was a slugging National League outfielder whose heyday was 1929-39 with the biggest heys in Philadelphia's Baker Bowl the first five of those years. Yawkey owned the Boston Red Sox for 43 years. They were selected posthumously yesterday by the 18-man veterans committee empowered to name one old-time player and one nonplayer annually.
So now Johnny Mize, a favorite before the vote.
Klein's credentials were a lot like those of Hack Wilson, the old-timers' players enshrinee last year, so, regrettably, was his reputed bent for libation.
Klein, a native of Indianapolis, from 1929 through '33 batted .356, .386, .337, .348 and .368, four times leading the league in home runs, twice in RBI, thrice in runs scored, twice in doubles.
While Wilson led the NL in homers in 1926, '27, '28 and '30, newcomer Klein did likewise in '29, '31, '32 and '33. The year that actually put Wilson into the Hall -- 1930, with his .356 average, 56 homers and 190 BBI -- Klein hit .386 with 40 HR and 170 RBI.
Tom Yawkey (died July 9, 1976, at age 73), paid $1 million for the entire Red Sox franchise in 1933. Chuck Klein (d. March 28, 1958, at 53) probably was lucky to earn, say $20,000 may -- $10,000? -- with the lowly Phils during the Depression.
The latest demands of Dave Winfield as leaked by the outfielder's employer, the San Diego Padres: $13 million base salary in a 10-year contract, plus.
The padre president, Ballard Smith, son-in-law of Ray Kroc, the McDonald's magnate who owns the Padres, said wait, that's not all: Winfield wants partial compensation in the form of fast-food franchises. With that, Smith says, "You have to take a stand somewhere -- I think this is it."
The Capital All-Star basketball squad for the seventh annual McDonald's Capital Classic in Cap Centre March 27 reads not only like a reprint of The Washington Post's all-met team but has three members of the national "Dream Team," or All-America, chosen under McD. sponsorship: Earl Jones, Tom Sluby, Pete Holbert.
A melancholy list: B. J. Dickey, Bryan Virgil, Mike Kligis, Ben Needham, Dan Kwiatkowski-- first string quaterback, kicker, rover back, linebacker and offensive tackle -- dismissed from the U. of Michigan football squad, all with a year's eligibility left. Involvement with narcotics is the word, unofficial, but Athletic Director Don Canham is not denying it. No comment from Coach Bo Schembechler, but Canham says, "It's not unprecedented. It happened when I was in school. Guys used to drink beer and get thrown out."
Dave Stockton, winner of the PGA at Congressional in '76, off to a good 1980 tour start, but swings into the Doral in Miami with heavy heart. His caddie for the last three years, "Boogie" Tom Freel, was killed in a headon auto Collision at Fort Walton Beach. Other driver allegedly drunk.