Fire at will
Shooting paper clips out of office windows with rubber bands was recognized by the New York Court of Appeals last week as a suitable sport for idle messenger boys. Declining to set aside a workmen's compensation award of $228.64 to James Johnston for injuries incurred when a clip backfired and struck him in the eye, the court cited the "youth and restlessness" of messenger boys and held that "the act and instrument, when conjoined to cause the injury, have a somewhat closer relationship to the employment than those in the ordinary case involving horseplay."
Add him up
Phil Rizzuto, who does the New York Yankee games, told his TV audience that the Detroit Tigers were coming to town with "their extra added addition, Rocky Colavito."
A short-term contract
Basketball is the big sport at the University of Portland, and Portland is a big-time basketball school, thanks largely to a tough-minded, energetic coach named Al Negratti. Negratti wants his teams to win and so does the school, but they'd win a lot more often if Negratti didn't maintain such high off-court standards. Players squirmed and fans booed when Al threw stars off his team for disciplinary reasons, when he insisted that squad members keep their grades high, when he benched two starters before a big game with Oregon State because they had been late for a study hall. Last season Portland's won-lost record fell off to 11-15, a losing season that ordinarily would put a big-time coach on warning that things had better improve, fast. But Portland, pleased with Negratti's "proper perspective and recognition of the place of intercollegiate sports in the total educational program," last week signed him to a new contract. Its length: 25 years.
Commented the Rev. Paul E. Waldschmidt, vice-president of the university: "If Al does well, next time we'll give him a long-term contract."
Hit a ball 360 feet to dead center at the University of Texas and you turn any old ball game into a cliff-hanger. Reasons are: 1) a 15-foot escarpment that cuts across the outfield and 2) an ingenious centerfielder named Roy Menge.
Menge has marked three spots on the cliff on which he can get a quick foothold and up which he can scramble to the top. So far this season he has chased four seemingly certain home runs up the rocky bluff and has gotten the ball back to the infield fast enough to hold three of them to triples. Managers always have admired outfielders who can go back for a fly ball.
Couple of mean ones
Two old, ill-tempered horses that couldn't run a mile in two minutes might be worth mentioning here on the eve of the Kentucky Derby.