football cards that popped up in bubble-gum packages for a while during the
late '30s? Well, in case you haven't been chewing much lately, the kids are
still swapping them, have been for the last seven or eight years. At latest
market quotations, one Jimmy Brown is worth one Rick Casares, a Van Brocklin
and the bubble gum from five packs of baseball cards. All of them, however, may
soon be museum pieces because of a financial hassle in the councils of big
Back in the days
when you were trading, say, two Bulldog Turners and a Don Hutson for one Sammy
Baugh, the league and its players had no firm stake in the deal. The cards were
freebooted; nobody got paid; nobody seemed to care.
Ever since 1951,
however, National League Commissioner Bert Bell has been collecting a fair
stash every season from a gum manufacturer for the rights to print players'
likenesses and tuck them into his product. This year 110 million cards were
printed—a record like Baugh's 187 touchdown passes—and the take was $15,000.
Unlike the royalties for baseball cards, which go to the players individually,
the football money went into the league funds and stayed there. Then the newly
formed National Football League Players Assn. put in a claim for the gum
over the problem for a spell, Commissioner Bell ruled that the money be turned
over to the association, with the proviso that a chunk of it be paid to some
dissident players on the Chicago Bears. At that point, the bubble burst. The
Bears are the only team which has refused to join the players' union and
doesn't feel any urge to feed its kitty. The union doesn't want to share any of
its loot with the obstinate Bears.
So there it
stands—a stalemate made to order for the speculator with a mind to buy in on
Jimmy Browns. Who knows? Maybe someday they'll be worth as much as those Baughs
you have left over from the old days.
Karpovich is a renowned expert on and an ardent proponent of weight lifting. He
is never so happy as when he is plugging the beneficial physical effects of the
shoulder shrug, the squat, pullover, supine press and lateral raise. About
football, however, Dr. Karpovich is perhaps less well informed and certainly
physicians attached to New England's colleges met for their annual convention
at Springfield recently, Dr. Karpovich suggested to the medical men assembled
that they unite with educators and drive football out of all educational
institutions forthwith. Dr. Karpovich didn't say where football might go; he
merely insisted that it was no proper part of education.
physicians you have to take an active part covering the medical aspects of
football," he declaimed. "Prohibit playing before the public, and see
how many will choose football as a means of physical education! When a man has
to wear armor for protection; when a doctor and an ambulance have to be
present, is it a type of activity a man wants to choose for his son?...Doctors
and educators should unite in driving football out of educational institutions
to free adolescent slaves from a demanding activity which steals their time
without giving in return anything educationally tangible."