This may be an omen; then again, it may not. D.C. Duke, an 8-year-old gelding running at Finger Lakes Race Track in Canandaigua, N.Y., has finished last—10th, 10th and 11th—in his last three starts. And a 5-year-old colt named Voo Doo Economics (as George Bush dubbed Reaganomics during the 1980 campaign) has finished in the money only once in five starts this year at Tampa Bay Downs.
MAN VERSUS URSUS
Rangers in California's Yosemite National Park are urging tourists to be "a little more assertive" in their relationships with the park's black bears this summer. When an adult black bear, which weighs some 300 pounds, approaches a campsite with his eye on the food supply, campers are advised, in brochures and on signs posted along the trails, to pick up a small rock or a pinecone and throw it at the intruder. The idea, according to Dick Riegelhuth, chief of resources management for the park, is to wean the bears from human food and force them back to nuts and berries. "We're trying to get people to stand their ground a little bit more," said Riegelhuth. "These bears hardly ever hurt anyone."
The new policy is not without caveats. If, perchance, a bear takes offense at being pelted with stones and pinecones, Riegelhuth says, "Move out of the way and let them have all your food." Campers are also warned not to take aim at bears accompanied by cubs, and to "walk away" if a bear has already laid claim to a knapsack. "Once the bear has his claws on your food," says Jeff Keay, the park's wildlife biologist, "it's too late."
Johan Kriek, No. 64 on the men's tennis tour, won a tournament recently at the Olde Providence Racquet Club in Charlotte, N.C. Afterward, to commemorate the occasion, the club named the stream that runs through its property Johan Creek.
A TREASURE FROM A CHICAGO COLLECTION
Francis P. Burke was a photographer for the Chicago Daily News from the 1890s to the 1920s. He covered sports, particularly baseball, and using a bulky Graflex camera and cumbersome five-by seven-inch gelatin dry glass plates, he took amazing action pictures of the stars of his day: Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, Lefty Grove, Tris Speaker, Rogers Hornsby, Ty Cobb and, of course, Babe Ruth.
Ruth was a little-known 19-year-old rookie lefthander for the Boston Red Sox, fresh out of Baltimore, when Burke took this picture in 1914. It was an eventful year for Ruth, but his rookie season was not the sort that would necessarily have attracted the attention of a veteran photographer like Burke. Ruth's entire major league experience for 1914 was five games, four as a pitcher (he won two) and one as a pinch hitter (he faced Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators and struck out). Nevertheless, Burke must have seen something he liked, because he produced this wonderfully sharp, possibly unique photograph of the burly kid at the threshold of his epic career.
The man responsible for preserving this extraordinary photograph and for offering to share it with SI this week is David R. Phillips, another Chicago photographer, who is also a collector of glass photographic plates, which predated the widespread use of film. Phillips owns "maybe half a million" plates, most of which are stored in the former studios of radio station WLS on Chicago's West Side.