HEART ON THE HIGHWAY
Nothing gives us such a superior feeling as tooling over country roads in our old Mercedes, top down, radio tuned to Stan Kenton, blonde riding shotgun. Well, the other day the Mercedes gave up, and we turned to a classified section in the Sunday
New York Times
to look for a replacement under the heading: IMPORTED AND SPORT CARS. There was an unraced A.C. Bristol D2 for only $3,450 and a white Austin Healey with wire wheels and overdrive for $2,295. But then we hit the real bargain. The listing read: "AFGHAN, magnificent, AKC, silver blue, 3 mos. old, male, $300."
PAYING TO PLAY
The professional football exhibition schedule began last week. On Saturday evening the New York Titans played an American Football League exhibition game against the Dallas Texans in Dallas. From now on both the National and American leagues will be playing exhibitions in places like Greenville, S.C., Hershey, Pa., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Spokane and even Honolulu. Only a few of these exhibitions make any money for the teams involved. Last week's game cost the Titans $10,760 ($8,349 for round-trip jet travel to Dallas and $2,411 for eating, lodging, local expenses for 48 players).
For many, it's going to be a long and expensive fall.
TIE GOES TO THE DRIVER
Heavy traffic areas of New York bloomed last week with green-and-yellow cardboard signs. They are affixed at about chest height to lampposts and traffic-light stanchions, PLAY IT SAFE! the signs advise. An umpire's hands make the "safe" gesture, and Mickey Mantle (who walks more than most) is shown at the completion of a swing. " Mickey Mantle Says—Cross at Corners Not mid block." Athletes advise us these days on what cigarettes to smoke, hair tonic to buy and colorful shirts to wear, so using Mantle to promote civil obedience seems a natural step. What does Roger Maris say?
RIDE TO THE FINISH
For the last eight racing years the jockey championship has fallen between two riders, Bill Hartack (1955-57 and 1960) and Willie Shoemaker (1953-54, 58-59). This year young Johnny Sellers got off to a good lead in the race for the riding title, but in the past two months Bill Hartack has been whittling away at it. Whereas Sellers at the end of June led by 62 winners, he is now only 45 ahead of Hartack. Perhaps the biggest surprise thus far, however, is that Robert Nono and Herbert Hinojosa, both age 25, have climbed into positions four and five in the national standings. Last year Nono finished in a tie for 20th in the standings while Hinojosa was tied for 26th. Both are relatively unknown to the casual racing fan. As the chart below indicates, should Sellers—who took a week's vacation from riding last week—be hit with a suspension, Hartack and Shoemaker, too, will be closing fast on him.
In track meets at Moscow, Stuttgart, London and Warsaw, the female of our species proved far less deadly than the male. U.S. men won every meet. The women's team was defeated four times. The exception, of course, was Wilma Rudolph, who bettered her own world's record for 100 meters with an 11.2 time in Stuttgart. On her return to the U.S. last week Wilma had a ready explanation for the comparatively poor showing of the American girls. They are not invited to top meets in the U.S. and they are neglected, Wilma said, whereas the girls in Russia and other European countries receive the best training available and are considered as important as men.
In reply, Dan Ferris, honorary secretary of the AAU, said his organization had been trying to stimulate more track events for girls in high schools and colleges and to get them equal training. "There is no question," Ferris said, "but that girls in Europe receive better training and treatment."
The 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo will provide the U.S. with stiff competition for national prestige as well as medals. It's about time we started to put money and effort into training and encouraging girls who have promise and skill.