? John Blanchard, whose left-handed hitting has won seven games for the New York Yankees, attributes part of his success to Casey Stengel's retirement. He says: "And that Stengel! I took the pipe six times pinch hitting, and then I didn't get up again for three weeks. He'd use right-handed hitters against right-handed pitchers ahead of me. I had no love for that s.o.b., and you can quote me on it and send it to Glendale."
? Joe Foss, American Football League commissioner, talking about a possible upsurge in gambling on AFL games this year: "More money is bet on pro football than any sport besides horse racing. And if we didn't have as much money bet on our league as the other last year, it was because we were new and gamblers didn't have a good line on our teams."
? Gene Autry, singing cowboy and chairman of the Los Angeles Angels' board of directors, declaring his team is better than he expected it to be this year, mainly because of trades and purchases engineered by General Manager Fred Haney: "He's made some shrewd deals. In fact, I think he's craftier than my father, who was a Texas horse trader. As far as I'm concerned, he holds a position unique in baseball: general manager for life, if he wants it that long."
? Red Sox Catcher Jim Pagliaroni, reflecting on Cuban plane highjackers: "Next road trip, I'm taking my Bermudas—we may wind up in Havana."
?Conservation Officer Dave Priest, as he watched campers flock to Baxter State Park, the 193,000-acre wilderness area in Maine: "There just ain't enough black flies to take care of this crowd."
?Joe Bellino, former Navy football hero, philosophically discussing the pregame leg injury that kept him from playing in last week's game between the College All-Stars and the Philadelphia Eagles in Chicago: "It was one of the most disappointing moments of my life. But I've been lucky throughout my football career. Maybe I had it coming."