experts who evaluate athletes by mathematical formulas should be locked in a
room and forced to write on a blackboard 100 times a remark made by Eddie
Stanky six years ago. Stanky was a .270 hitter who couldn't run fast or cover
much ground around second base. His one conspicuous talent was for winning; in
a five-year period pennants followed him to the Dodgers, Braves and Giants.
Upon his appointment as manager of the Cardinals in 1952, admirers in New York
gave him a send-off dinner and one of those trophies that are handed out as
freely as lukewarm cocktails during the banquet season. Stanky accepted the
award with the shortest, most pertinent speech on record:
"I want to
thank you for recognizing my intangibles."