CATCH 'EM YOUNG
Representative Charles E. Chamberlain of Michigan is a well-intentioned man who no doubt honestly believes that his new bill, H.R. 11703, now before Congress, would add to the safety of boating. H.R. 11703 would require all boat operators, whether under sail or power, to be licensed. It would ban those under 12 years of age from handling boats of any kind and require those from 12 to 15 to sail only under the supervision of a licensed adult.
We have long supported the licensing of motorboat operators, who should be as carefully tested for competence and responsibility as automobile drivers, since an irresponsible incompetent in control of a powerful motorboat is as much a menace to society as any road hog. But as all sailors know, the way to achieve true competence at sea is to start early—the earlier the better—at the helm of a sailboat.
In sailing programs at yacht clubs and public marinas all over the nation today, children as young as 6 years are learning fundamentals that will one day make them far better powerboat skippers than their landlocked peers. Congressman Chamberlain's bill would scuttle these programs, leaving the waters of the future prey to an increasing armada of ill-trained seamen.
August 26, 1962
MILD AS IRON
Ever since the Los Angeles Dodgers hired Leo Durocher as a coach under Manager Walter Alston, rumors have flitted back and forth that it was just a matter of time before volatile Leo took over mild Walter's job. What the rumor makers forgot is 1) that mild Walter can be a very tough man; and 2) that the Dodger front office thinks very highly of him. Last week in Pittsburgh, Durocher, angry at mistakes made by Tommy Davis and Ron Fairly, said loudly: '"Maybe we'll have to take some money from a few of these guys." Alston snapped back, just as loudly: "You take care of the coaching, Durocher, and I'll take care of the fining. Remember, we had to whistle at you three times to take some signs at third base." After the incident was publicized, Buzzie Bavasi, the Dodgers' general manager, said, "This is the 13th season that Walt Alston has managed for me in the minors and majors. I've always liked the way he managed. You can say for me that I like the way he's running the club now."
AFTER YOU, MY DEAR INTEGRATION
The eight colleges in the Southwest Athletic Conference agree that athletic integration in the conference is coming soon, but each is waiting for someone else to take the first step. Four of the schools are state-supported (Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Arkansas), three are church schools (Southern Methodist, Texas Christian and Baylor) and one is privately endowed (Rice). The state schools think that, logically, the church schools should lead the way. The others feel that the state schools should.
No one, apparently, is against athletic integration. "It's inevitable," says Hank Foldberg, coach at Texas A&M.
"It wouldn't matter a bit to the kids," says Abe Martin of TCU. "Negroes play in all of our stadiums now."
"The boys themselves are ready," says Jess Neely of Rice. "It should help our teams and I think it would help our gate."
"It helps a team to get any good athlete, Negro or otherwise," says Hayden Fry of SMU.
"There are some fine Negro athletes in Texas," says John Bridgers of Baylor.
Well, if it is desirable and inevitable, why sit around looking at each other?
CEILING VERY LIMITED
Truman Smith of Timonium, Md. is building an airplane in his basement. Richard Albrecht of Annapolis, Md. doesn't have a basement, so he is building an airplane in his bedroom. Smith and Albrecht want airplanes of their own to fly. They can't afford to buy them so they're building them. Naturally.
Albrecht's plane, a single-seater called a Miniplane, is about to outgrow the bedroom, and Albrecht hopes to move it to a hobby shop where he can install tail and landing gear. Then the wings can be built, the engine, instruments and controls installed and the plane taken to an airport for final assembly and flight. When it is finished, a year or two from now, the trim little biplane will have a 17-foot wingspan and a cruising speed of 120 mph. It will cost Albrecht in all "under $1,000 and I hope under $800."
Truman Smith, down in the basement, is building a high-wing cabin monoplane with a 28-foot wingspan. Smith uses a drill press, a small lathe, an electric hand drill, a hacksaw, tin snips and a heavy vise. His wife helped Smith with the riveting at first but now their sons have taken over her chores. Smith has been working on the plane for six years and has another year or so to go. His total cost will be about $1,000.
Albrecht and Smith are members of the Experimental Aircraft Association, a 12,000-member group with headquarters in Hales Corners, Wis. The E.A.A. provides information on plane building, publishes a magazine on homemade planes, sponsors an annual fly-in for homemade airplanes and is responsible for that airplane in Mr. Albrecht's bedroom.
TALBERT & SON
You think you have troubles with your kids? Listen to what happened to Bill Talbert. Bill, one of the really fine tennis players of all time, a successful Davis Cup captain, a baseball enthusiast and, at 43, still a splendid athlete, visited his two sons at Camp Wild Goose in Maine a week or so ago. The older boy, Pike, who at 12 is 5 feet 7 inches tall, had just pitched a no-hitter in the camp baseball league, striking out 15 men as he did so. Bill immediately rounded up fellow tennis player Cliff Buchholz and seven campers and challenged Pike's team to a three-inning game, losers to be thrown in the lake. Bill pitched for his team, Pike for his, and it was for blood, or at any rate, water. Pike got up to bat twice against his father. Bill got up two times against his son. Pike hit a double and walked. Bill struck out twice. Bill gave up six runs. Pike pitched a no-hitter. Final result: 0-6, as they would say in tennis, and a wet Billy Talbert.
JACK AND CARRY BACK
Jack Price, owner of Carry Back, the 1961 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and a good bet to be 1962's Handicap Horse of the Year, wants to sell his prize. The price is $1 million. "I'm being realistic," Price said last week. "There's nothing we'd like more than to keep Carry Back and stand him at stud. But he's too great a responsibility. Anyone who comes up with a million dollars can have him. Then I'd buy back five shares for $165,000, or $33,000 a share."
The price seems a little low for such an outstanding performer (Swaps sold for a rumored $2 million, for example, and Nashua for $1,251,200). The reason, unquestionably, is Carry Back's undistinguished breeding. Horsemen recognize that Carry Back is a superb horse but they fear he is, in a sense, a freak and that his outstanding racing characteristics would not necessarily be passed along. "You'd be starting a whole new line," commented one amateur of the running horse.
Price still hopes to send Carry Back to France for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October. A victory in Paris would mean a $75,000 purse and tremendous added prestige. "It's 50-50 right now," Price said. Carry Back is scheduled to race again on Labor Day. "He doesn't have to win to earn the trip. No matter where he finishes, if I think he runs creditably, we'll fly right over to France. If we go, we'll go a month before the Arc, train him on the Longchamp turf and get a good foreign jockey to ride him. I figure it will cost $15,000 to make the trip: $5,000 for stable transportation, $5,000 in extra insurance premiums, $2,000 for my travel expenses, $3,000 in living expenses for the month in Paris. If he could win the Arc and retire in a blaze of glory, it would all be worth it."
THE INSIDE TRACK
•The Houston Colts are going all-out for the future. They've signed 68 young players under the new bonus rule, more than any other club in the majors, and they are putting not one but two rookie teams in the Arizona Winter League, which plays a 50-game schedule between October 12 and December 9. Other clubs with teams in the instructional league are the Dodgers, Giants, Pirates and Cubs.
•Latest betting odds from Las Vegas had Sonny Liston 8 to 5 over Floyd Patterson, Arnold Palmer 3 to 2 over both Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player in that TV "golf world championship" (if you want to take Nicklaus and Player, you put up 10 to win 13), and the Dodgers 3-to-2 favorites to win the National League pennant. Those baseball odds change daily, but the Giants were 2½ to 1 and the Reds 8 to 1.
•Don't be surprised if Ford has an entry in the Indianapolis "500" next year, Mickey Thompson, speed king and builder of Buick-engined cars for this year's "500," has been unable to rehire Driver Dan Gurney for the 1963 race. Reason: Ford's got him for Indy.
THEY SAID IT
•Philip Bomford of England, after seeing his first major league baseball game: "I haven't really quite discovered the function of the coaches. Why doesn't the striker know what is going on as well as they do?"
•National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle, on the possibilities of a "world series" between the NFL and the American Football League: "Those people seem to take that lawsuit they filed against us very lightly. It cost us $300,000 to defend ourselves and the minute the decision was handed down in our favor some of the AFL people took the attitude that everything was O.K. now and we could play each other."
•Bill Beall, assistant football coach at LSU: "I've learned more football talking to players than I have to coaches. After a game, or after he's graduated, you can chat with a boy and find out what he was thinking about before and during a play. Those Xs and Os we put on the blackboard—that was football 25 years ago."
•Bill Veeck, whose fine book Veeck As in Wreck is moving up on the bestseller lists: "I'm glad the Racing Form isn't charting this. Otherwise, they might be saying: MOVED PAST TIRED BOOKS."