But Infielder Joe
DeMaestri, who's seen enough losers to know, felt the Yanks were one up
already. "We're in a winning frame of mind," he said, "and that
gives us an edge. The Pirates didn't play well last week, and right now they're
saying, 'Boy, the Yanks are hotter than hell.' The pressure will sure be on
Southerner named Jack Evans had a notion recently which, if it had been
executed, might have made amateur tennis a relatively honest game. But not,
alas, an amateur one. Evans, an enthusiastic though recent arrival on the
tennis scene, is the promoter of the Tuscaloosa Invitational singles and
doubles tournament, now in progress in the Alabama city. His notion was to lure
competitors with cash awards of $100 per winning round, instead of the
customary padded expenses. The finalists would have stood to make $500 each
($200 less than Lew Hoad's amateur price—SI, Sept. 12—but not bad).
dissuaded from this honest, forthright, sensible but terribly naughty idea in
the nick of time. If he had paid his players real money, instead of expense
money, and the word had gotten out, the USLTA—under its own curious definition
of honesty—would have had no choice but to declare all participants
professionals. Among other things, this would have meant Christmas at
home—instead of in Australia—for the U.S. Davis Cup team.
British kids are
fitter than American kids. That's what William R. Campbell of St. Luke's
College, Exeter told an international conference on health and fitness in Rome.
What's more, he proved it.
Campbell applied the American Association for Health, Physical Education and
Recreation fitness test to more than 10,000 British children, carefully
selected so as to "duplicate exact testing conditions" in the U.S. Then
he compared the results with those of 8,500 U.S. children. "The final
result," said Campbell, "was that British boys were far superior to
U.S. boys in all the fitness tests [pull-ups, sit-ups, shuttle run, 50-yard
dash, standing broad jump, softball throw and 600-yard run-walk], except for
the softball throw, which is not indigenous to the British. British boys have
greater shoulder-girdle strength, superior agility, greater abdominal
endurance, leg explosive power and circulatory endurance.
girls," Campbell said, "paralleled the British boys in their
superiority over their U.S. counterparts. In addition, British girls performed
better, at corresponding ages, than the average 10-, 11-, 12-and 13-year-old
U.S. boys in five of the seven tests. In general, British and U.S. boys and
British girls improved with age, while U.S. girls showed either little
improvement or regressed with age.
fitness of a nation," Campbell concluded, "is definitely not displayed
in the showing of its Olympic team, or by its economic stature, but by what its
individuals can actually do, and U.S. youth does not display good physical
fitness when judged by these criteria."