ABC Evening News for Sunday, May 15, 1983
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(Studio) Basketball games between Los Angeles-San Antonio, with Earvin (Magic) Johnson, Milwaukee-Philadelphia with Charlie Criss reported; film shown courtesy CBS. Recent report on Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle recalled. Former football player Willie Davis featured; his career with Green Bay Packers recalled. Films shown. [DAVIS - recalls fearing retirement from football.] Extent of his business holdings outlined on screen; Cary Grant and Alexander Haig noted on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. board of dirs. with Davis. [DAVIS - recalls poverty of childhood, coach Vince Lombardi notes length of his work week.] Baseball players Tom Seaver, Rod Carew mentioned, shown. Henry Aaron, Jack Valenti, A. Bartlett Giamatti and Frank Mankiewicz noted all mentioned as possible successor to baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn. [Richard NIXON - thinks Kuhn will remain.] [KUHN - appreciates the confidence.] Nixon, following defeat by John F. Kennedy, said rejecting offer to become baseball commissioner in 1960s. [NIXON - recalls having other plans; discusses egomania of baseball owners, commissioner's approach.] Criticism of Kuhn recalled. [KUHN - is conditionally available.] Probability of William Simon replacing Kuhn considered. [SIMON - wants to play.] Ex-player Bill Lee noted least likely candidate [LEE - would make baseball organic; explains.]
REPORTER: Dick Schaap