The National Art Museum of Sport in the new Madison Square Garden has just opened, to the welcoming cries of practically nobody, and perhaps the loudest and least welcoming cry was that of New York Times Art Critic John Canaday. His review of the museum's own collection appeared not in the art section but in the sports pages of the Times, and he adjudged it "...pretty awful. As a matter of fact, it's godawful." His kindest words were for the work of Rhoda Sherbell (below), a sculpture of Casey Stengel, which he approved as appropriately "good, plain, honest nonarty stuff." So is Miss Sherbell. A robust blonde, at the museum's opening she introduced herself heartily as "Rhoda Sherbell—natch!" Leaning against Casey, she cracked off a baseball glued to his foot and observed ruefully, "My biggest problem with this statue is that the baseballs are continually stolen by Casey's fans." Asked why she didn't make a baseball a permanent part of the statue instead of just attaching it, she said, "They'd destroy my work." Natch.
The baseball season has opened with what may be a record number of hit batters—last week two Indians and two Red Sox were hit in one game—and if the major leagues really want to play this way they ought to consider hiring a couple of girls we know. One is Penelope Tree, the 18-year-old socialite-model, the other, French Actress Catherine Deneuve. Miss Tree has announced that she is in love: "I thought I'd been in love before, but I know now I hadn't," she says, and the object of this true affection is English Photographer David Bailey, for whom there is the matter of a divorce from Actress Deneuve. He intends to take care of this because, as he says, "It's finished. Catherine once threw a plate of spaghetti in my face." But, "I once threw a quiche Lorraine at Warren Beatty," says Miss Tree. We assume that Bailey contemplates this switch because he prefers quiche Lorraine to spaghetti. Either one sounds better than Spalding al dente.
A maroon Aston Martin prototype, the only one of its kind because it never did go into production, recently sold for $20,680. It was purchased by English model Twiggy, who says, "I love it because it's the only one like it in the world," and that is a very sensible reason for Twiggy to offer. The car is capable of speeds up to 170 mph, but Twiggy can't drive.
Karim Aga Khan was en route from Heiligenblut, the ski resort, to Salzburg by helicopter recently when he saw a party of three skiers waving desperately from the slopes of Sonnblick Mountain. Karim had the pilot land. "I had a funny feeling about us getting down there on that steep slope," a companion of Karim's, Hans Senger, recalls, "but the pilot made it within 20 feet of the group." One skier proved badly injured and Karim, remaining with him, sent the helicopter back to Heiligenblut to unload all baggage. When it returned, the Aga Khan transported the injured man to the nearest hospital, completing a very modern and effective Operation Good Samaritan.
April 28, 1968
Keeping fit is a problem for general officers who have risen above field commands, and many of them solve it by playing tennis. One such is General William Westmoreland (above), who has managed to play twice a week through most of the Vietnam campaign. Smashing the old tennis ball around in Hawaii recently he observed, "When I'm on the court everything goes out of my mind but tennis. I concentrate only on one thing, winning—if my skill matched my enthusiasm I could be a good player."
Diogenes would have been pleased with ex-Buc Pitcher Bob Friend, but a couple of his contemporaries are not Friend, now Allegheny County Controller, proved himself a thoroughly honest man when he turned up to take part in Opening Day ceremonies at Forbes Field and conscientiously docked himself half a day's pay. Friend has done this before. On one occasion he and his solicitor, James McGregor, took off for a golf tournament and upon his return Friend hacked two full days' pay from his check, and Solicitor McGregor did the same. For the opener at Forbes Field, however, a couple of Friend's colleagues declared themselves off that particular bandwagon. Democratic County Commissioner Thomas Foerster and Republican Commissioner William Hunt said they had no intentions of docking themselves. Foerster pointed out that he put in a lot of overtime at his job, and consequently, "I think I'm entitled to an occasional liberty of this sort."
Leo Durocher, Cubs manager, is suing the Aamco Transmissions Co., Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor and 298 other defendants. In 1966 Leo taped a commercial for Aamco. Throughout 1967 he sat around and listened while Aamco continued to play it "without my permission," which is to say, "without a new contract." The sum Leo asks is reported to be $1,000,000, though he says, "I wouldn't know how much. You'll have to ask my lawyer." He is mad, though. The suit is reported to charge invasion of privacy and "considerable aggravation," and anybody who aggravates Durocher can expect to hear about it.