LIFE IN THE OLD DOG
President Kennedy last week urged that schools follow three recommendations made by the National Council on Youth Fitness: to give special training to physically underdeveloped kids; to provide all pupils with a daily minimum of 15 minutes of vigorous exercise; to rate the abilities of schoolchildren and to gauge their progress. This is a matter of high importance, said the President—as he had first said in this magazine (SI, Dec. 26, 1960)—and, of course, we agree.
We also agree with a good deal—but not all—that is said in this issue by the director of physical education at the University of Pennsylvania, George Munger (see page 38). Munger complains that Europeans pay more attention to their children's fitness than we do. Of course, he is more concerned with the rank and file than with athletic champions, but just the same we'd like to draw your attention to a report by Roy Terrell (see page 12), who accompanied the U.S. track and field team to Moscow, Stuttgart and London. The best that the Soviet, German and British fitness programs could produce were not good enough to beat our boys, who won all three meets. So let's save a cheer for the flower of our youth, which evidently is not yet totally decrepit.
VOICE OF THE REDS
Waite Hoyt, a 23-game winner for the Yankees in 1928 and for the past 20 years the baseball voice of Cincinnati, is a pleasant change from many of his radio-TV colleagues. Hoyt never gives you the phony vocal dramatics, he seems to know what he is talking about and he delivers it in an easy, folksy manner. He uses the apperceptive past tense in describing the action instead of the hysterical present (Robinson slid, rather than slides, into second). Listeners appreciate this and they enjoy his anecdotes, collected over a 21-year major league career.
When rain interrupts play, Hoyt talks baseball and tells stories, and people keep their radios turned on. One of his favorite subjects is Babe Ruth. The day Ruth died, his station called Hoyt in and he reminisced for three hours about his former teammate.
Hoyt's affection for baseball does not keep him from occasional sharp comment. "It's remarkable," he said recently, "the control some of these pitchers acquire when they suddenly are giving an intentional base on balls." A practice he frowns on is the manager-pitcher confab during a game. When Leo Durocher managed the Giants, he irked Hoyt with his frequent trips out to the mound. Hoyt summed up one of Leo's games with, "Well, the Giants won—by two runs and 12 conferences."
TIME TO SPARE
Frank Mazzei went bowling in Roslindale, Mass. one day last week. He bowled steadily for 110 hours and 30 minutes and claimed a new marathon world record. Mazzei, 24 and an ex-Navy man, is ambidextrous; he bowled both righty and lefty, and he stayed awake six days and nights on his marathon. Furthermore, he bowled rather well. He knocked down a total of 120,209 pins, made 115 strikes, 2,903 spares, had a high single game of 216 and his average was 119.
During his spree, Mazzei dropped 30 pounds from his 220-pound frame and his waist shrank from 40 to 36 inches. His feet, however, got bigger and bigger; he went from a size 10� shoe to a size 13. He wore out eight pairs of socks, three pairs of shoes and two scorekeepers. He used up six bottles of skin lotion on his hands. Yards of bandages and adhesive tape were wound around his feet, legs and fingers. "I developed some bruises," he said, "but no cuts."