The Greek sun, shining down on the ancient plains of Olympia, was caught and concentrated by a burning glass to light the torch which will signalize the opening of the Equestrian Olympics in Stockholm next week.
? Ruth's Disciples
Memorial Day double-headers produced the gaudiest total of home runs in history—50—26 in the National League, 24 in the American, including Mantle's Nos. 19 and 20. Historical comparison: in the double-headers of Memorial Day, 1927—the year Babe Ruth hit 60—only seven home runs were hit all day, including Ruth's No. 14.
U.S. Olympic sailing trials were widely headlined as taking place in Sharpie boats. Actually, the U.S. has no Sharpies, though the class is popular in Europe, so trials were held in the little-known Jolly class—to test racers in the essential ability to handle the unfamiliar.
?Derring-Do for Dublin
Irishman Ron Delany, shrugging off two lackadaisical races against John Landy, ran a 3:59 mile of his own to beat Gunnar Nielsen of Denmark in the feature race of the Compton ( Calif.) Invitationals (see page 23). Said Dubliner Delany: "I did it for myself and the Ould Sod."