Pete Newell, University of California basketball
coach, on being told that his wife Florence had broken her toe shortly before
the NCAA tournament (which his team won by defeating West Virginia 71-70):
"That's fine. Thank goodness it wasn't our center Darrall Imhoff."
Maitland Jones, only member of the touring Yale squash
team to win a match against schoolboy Eton as the Elis lost 6-1, reflecting on
the reasons for the defeat: "It must have been all those years and
tradition bearing down on us. Those playing fields have a terrifying
reputation. [Besides] Eton made us run around too much."
Ted Williams, 1958 American League batting champion,
in a batting cage dream sequence overheard by the New York Daily News's Dick
Young: "It's three-and-two—Detroit—last of the ninth—two runs behind—Big
Ted has got to hit a homer—boom! boom!"
William Faulkner, Nobel Prizewinning novelist, making
small of his broken collarbone after a fox-hunting fall from a horse outside
Charlottesville, Va.: "No worse than a bad hangnail."