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The Question: What sport is toughest on an athlete and is most likely to affect him adversely later in life?

May 20, 1957
May 20, 1957

Table of Contents
May 20, 1957

Horror In Italy
A Blunder Is Repaired
Spectacle
Events & Discoveries
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Alas, Poor Giants!
Baseball X-Ray
Sporting Look
Fish Story
Second Wind
Gussie Busch
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

The Question: What sport is toughest on an athlete and is most likely to affect him adversely later in life?

GENERAL RANDOLPH McCALL PATE
Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
Boxing. In addition to facial disfigurements, boxing often results in damage to the brain. Watching some fighters shadowbox makes you wonder if they are lighter in their heads than on their feet. The exceptions are boxers like Tunney and Dempsey, too good to take much punishment.

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GARY COOPER
Movie actor
Boxing. That's because a boxer trains intensively in spurts. Then fat grows where muscle used to be. Also, punches to the head often take their toll. This is probably why so many colleges have dropped boxing as an intercollegiate sport. Professional boxers have been killed in the ring.

CAPTAIN E. M. RAGSDALE
USN (ret.), President and treasurer, Camdale Corp.
Any sport where a man tries to win by making a lower weight than nature intended. Boxing, wrestling and 150-pound football are examples. My college friends, normally 135 pounds, who could make a weight of 118 for college competition, all showed bad effects in later years.

ROBERT BRISCOE
Lord Mayor of Dublin
Ireland
Push cycling [bicycle racing]. It is the most grueling sport in Ireland. We even have a race during the Spring Festival in which the push cyclists circle the whole of Ireland. They go from 125 to 150 miles a day. We find that some of these cyclists are suddenly dropping dead in middle age.

CAPTAIN ANDERS NILSSON
Royal Swedish Navy
Commanding
HMS Alvsnabben
Ocean sailing. It requires the utmost both in body and spirit. You must take chances day and night, fighting against extreme fatigue to win. When you are older, you give more and more of yourself, so you are more severely affected because of your constant fight against the elements.

RUDY VALLEE
Famous entertainer
Either football or boxing. Although there are a lot of injuries in football, I'm inclined to think boxing is the more dangerous because it is the only sport where two men face each other with the avowed intention of knocking each other out. Occasionally one is killed, but it's legal.

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