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October 10, 1960
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October 10, 1960

Events And Discoveries Of The Week

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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 them."


A young 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).

Evans was 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.

Last year 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.

"British 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.

"The physical 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."


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