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FURY IN A FROTHY POOL

April 23, 1962
April 23, 1962

Table of Contents
April 23, 1962

Yesterday
Boom
  • The game busted out all over with tinseled stadiums, fascinating new teams and a touch of carnival hoopla. Outlook: more color, more interest, more baseball

  • James A. Farley Jr. is a bank president and one of three members of the New York State Athletic Commission. The son of the former Postmaster General of the U.S., the 33-year-old Farley has had a close interest in boxing since he was a youngster. Not a man to duck a battle, he has chosen this highly critical time to speak out in behalf of a sport he loves

World Sports
Hopkins
Horse Racing
Bullfight
Tennis
Golf
Baseball Books
Acknowledgments
Baseball's Week
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

FURY IN A FROTHY POOL

Ordinarily the water polo players of Cerritos Junior College in California play fair, but in the picture opposite they are intently mauling each other in accordance with the rules (or, rather, lack of them) of the '30s.

This is an article from the April 23, 1962 issue Original Layout

In the beginning water polo took two forms. Using a well-inflated ball, Europeans developed the present international game that outlaws underwater mayhem and stresses swimming and ball handling on the surface. Americans evolved their own brawny game, a frothy turmoil of gasping, purple-faced men thrashing after a half-inflated ball that could be carried underwater where the referee could not see and only one rule applied: do unto your opponent as you know he hopes to do unto you. The American sport died before World War II, victim of its own excessive violence. U.S. teams today play the orderly modern game (following pages). But the old rough game is still in their blood, and the men of Cerritos, by indulging in it now and then, preserve lively memories of the sporting past.

With a powerful downward kick an attacker rears half out of the water and gets set to ram the ball past the goalie

TWO PHOTOSNEIL LEIFER