His backing is another matter. If the men who own or manage him are mobsters, the fact should be promptly established and they should be driven out of the business.
A MATTER OF RECORD
Every day in every way we get faster, bigger, higher, broader and more expensive. In this Olympic year many track and field and swimming records have been smashed. Rome may well add to the debris. Improved techniques and equipment, as well as better health and a fuller understanding of diet, have brought about "impossible" performances.
In general, we welcome new records, but too many of them can spoil the fun. So we are glad to point to three which perhaps never will be beaten: Ty Cobb's 892 stolen bases in 23 years, Byron Nelson's 11 successive victories in golf tournaments in 1945 and Babe Ruth's 60 homers in 1927.
Of these the greatest is the Babe's. Roger Maris of the Yankees, a considerable home-run hitter himself, said the other day: "Nobody's ever going to break that record, not me or anybody else."