Black leaders oppose Japanese bid for Mariners


February 14, 1992

A group of black business, labor and church leaders is urging commissioner Fay Vincent to reject the proposed sale of the Seattle Mariners to a Japanese-led group.

The purchased would be 60 percent-financed by Hiroshi Yamauchi, president of Nintendo Co. Ltd. of Kyoto.

The Seattle Core Group opposes the deal because it says Nintendo of America Inc., which has its headquarters in suburban Redmond, Wash., discriminates against minorities.

In another development on the question of Mariners ownership, Philadelphia Phillies managing partner Bill Giles said he might vote to accept the Japanese-led group. Giles has been a staunch opponent of foreign investment in baseball, but said that if no other potential owners come forward, he will probably vote to approve the group headed by Yamauchi.

* TIGERS: Owner Thomas Monaghan is discussing a possible sale to Edsel Ford II, baseball officials said. However, the officials said they did not know how far talks had progressed.

Ford is the president of Ford Motor Credit Co., a subsidiary of Ford Motor Co., which was founded by Henry Ford, his great grandfather. WJBK-TV and WDIV-TV reported Monaghan, chairman of Domino's Pizza Inc., is nearing completion of a deal to sell the team.

* METS: Dwight Gooden threw from a mound in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the first time since shoulder surgery last September and experienced no pain.

Gooden had surgery Sept. 7 to repair a small cartilage tear, remove loose fragments and repair a partial tear of the right rotator cuff.

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