Tommy Bolt, announcing metamorphosis into
Tame-Tempered Tommy after a first-round 71 in the U.S. Open that he went on to
win (see page 34): "Before, when I missed a shot, I wanted to kill myself.
Now I try to forget it. I didn't get religious or anything like that. Just gave
myself a good talking to. See what a sweet thing I've become?"
Harold Carter, poetry-reading heavyweight, asked—after
he had won a unanimous decision over Willi Besmanoff—if he had any poetic
thoughts during the fight: "I ran over a few lines, 'If you can keep your
head, while all around you men are losing theirs.' "
Percy Cerutty, coach of the sub-4-minute miler Herb
Elliott, lamenting the small financial rewards of the amateur athlete: "A
guy like Elliott tears his insides out and what does he get? A wristwatch when
he's already got two."
TY COBB: "I regret to this day that I never went
to college. I feel that I should have been a doctor."