AIN'T DOWN YET
Farrugut High of Knoxville, Tenn. has neither track nor track team, but it does have Robert (Handyman) Galbraith. Robert is a basketball star who is loth to be idle. With time on his hands during the track season, he foraged into a neighbor's discarded lumber pile and with the salvage (and some clever action with friction tape) constructed hurdles, jumping pit and vaulting uprights in his backyard. From a nearby field he chopped himself a cane pole ("never had a real one"). A discus was borrowed from a neighboring school, and his uncle loaned him the family heirloom, a Civil War cannonball, which you couldn't tell from a standard shotput but for the hole in the center.
Robert of Farrugut entered small meets unattached, perfecting his style, waiting his chance. Then last week he. went to Nashville for the state decathlon championships. Was Galbraith sensational? Did he win medals? Did he break records? No, he pulled a leg muscle and withdrew from the last six events. Was he downhearted? Well, yes. But down he was not. He hurried home to Knoxville where there were still two places for him in the Farrugut High dance band, known as "Dr. Al and the Patients." Handyman Galbraith writes his own songs, sings them and triples in brass on the saxophone and trumpet.
THE INSIDE TRACK
?The American Football League may vote this month on expansion into Atlanta and New Orleans, effective 1963. The league will add two teams or none. Tulane is believed ready to rent the Sugar Bowl to an AFL franchise.
? East Germany has been denied visas for the world wrestling championships in Toledo, June 21-27, but there will be no complaints from the Communist bloc: this is election year for the international federation and the Reds want to be in on the vote.
?Dean Look, former Michigan State star, is quitting baseball ( Savannah of the Sally League) to try pro football with the AFL Buffalo Bills. He says he got tired of riding buses through Georgia in 110� heat.
A PITCH IN TIME
Chapel Hill, N.C. has a Little League that is really small. One team in the league had one Negro boy. The team didn't mind, but the league's board of directors was all aquiver at the thought of a Negro child in such proximity to whites. Roy Cole, board chairman, suggested to Coach Tom Seism that he drop Jerry Gardner; the board "decided it was traditional," he said, that Negroes could not play in the league (one thing about tradition, it doesn't usually take any "deciding"). Seism refused, and last week the board terminated the season.
This is when Chapel Hill's social conscience came to the rescue. A new organization, supported by the ministerial association, announced it would replace the Little League program and permit desegregated teams. The news prompted a general outpouring of appreciation. Especially from Coach Seism, who explained that Gardner is the only player he has "who can throw the ball from the pitcher's mound to home plate."