Last week the Garden, its teeth gnashing around its ears, announced a survival plan. In "a sincere and genuine effort to stimulate activity among small clubs," it set aside $100,000 to subsidize struggling promoters. To qualify for a grant of $5,000, a promoter must have put on 20 shows within a 40-week period; to receive $2,500, 10 shows within 20 weeks. The Garden, which was involved in illegal monopolistic practices when it was controlled by James D. Norris and his International Boxing Club, stressed that the grants would be outright gifts and that it would not share in any profits or dictate operating policy.
This belated move looks like a sound one and indicates a degree of enlightenment on the part of the Garden's new management, headed by Admiral John J. Bergen. It deserves courteous applause from all interested in the survival of the sport. Cynics, who may see in it a revival of the tentacles of the IBC, should withhold criticism until the Garden's sincerity has been given a fair test.
The other evening Vada Pinson of the Cincinnati Reds caught hold of a low pitch by Bob Friend of the Pittsburgh Pirates and slapped it into center field for a single, his 126th of the season. This hit put Pinson 18 games and 72 hits—behind the immortal Lloyd Waller's modern singles record of 198, established in 1927.
Poor Vada does not really have a chance to beat Waner. One reason is the lively ball. Hits that went for singles in Waner's day are doubles in Pinson's. The easy answer to this is for Vada simply to halt at first, regardless of the flight of the ball. He may, of course, run into some opposition from Manager Fred Hutchinson, who doesn't seem to know that records were made to be broken.
NOISY OLD ENGLAND
The peace and quiet of England's country hamlets is being ravaged these summer nights by droves of noisy sports cars. In Wordsworth's Lake Country, whole villages are brought bolt upright by what one resident described as "a hundred cars roaring through the dead of night." Recently some 200 villages were placed off limits to racing sports cars, leading a club official to remark: "It's damn near impossible to chart a course. But let's face it. It's an antisocial sport. Everybody's a budding Stirling Moss, and once they get the bit between their teeth it's hell to pay." A Guildford innkeeper has his own solution: he simply throws geranium pots at them.
THE INSIDE TRACK
?Indications are that the 1968 Summer Olympics will be held in Moscow. The Red Chinese probably will forego making a major display of their athletic progress at Tokyo in 1964 in order to obtain a bigger propaganda advantage in 1968.
?The site for the stadium in which the National League's Houston Colts hope to play their baseball games in 1962 contains, naturally, five producing oil wells. Because the Colts purchased only the property from the Hilton Hotels Corporation and not the mineral rights, the income from the oil reverts to the Hilton interests.
?The big fight in televised sports among the major networks finds NBC losing out as a televiser of football this season. CBS will show 91 NFL games and four postseason games while ABC has 39 AFL games plus all college ( NCAA) telecasts and one postseason game. NBC's coverage will be limited to 14 NFL games and eight postseason games.