March 23, 1959
March 23, 1959

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March 23, 1959

Wonderful World Of Sport
  • While ballplayers got ready down South last week, management got ready up North: O'Malley soothed Snider, Veeck attempted to soothe Comiskey, a new stadium sprouted, the Braves opened the windows to a deluge of fans with spring fever

  • In arguments that rocked Brown University, that was one of the questions raised by an English teacher—he had 'a horrible week'

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back


'It's mind over matter'

One of the oddities of the sporting scene is that periodically one small community will produce a long string of outstanding athletes. In a Phoenix, Ariz. high school a small, sandy-haired man has been turning out some of the ablest young pole-vaulters and weight men in U.S. track. He is Vernon Wolfe, an ex-paratrooper and a transplanted Californian and very likely the most successful high school track coach in the country.

This is an article from the March 23, 1959 issue Original Layout

Wolfe arrived at North Phoenix High, a school that draws boys only from its own district, in 1954. In 1957 he produced Jim Brewer, the only high school pole-vaulter to clear 15 feet. The following year came Dallas Long, potentially the greatest shot-putter in the world. This year Wolfe has Karl Johnstone (above right), who recently shattered the listed high school discus record with a sling of 184 feet 11½ inches, and 15-year-old Wayne Coleman (above left), an outstanding prospect to improve the high school decathlon mark. For bringing along youngsters like these Wolfe has a double prescription: psychology and weight lifting. "If you believe you can do it," says Wolfe, "most of the time you can. It's mind over matter."