The Los Angeles Dodgers are afraid that Leo Durocher's forthcoming memoirs will further muddy the already troubled waters that flow in the Dodger organization. Leo will repeat his criticism of Manager Walt Alston's handling of the team last season, and when that happens, the Dodgers would seem to have little choice but to ax the Lip.
Irrepressible, bouncy Stirling Moss, the race driver's race driver, is back in the motor business again, though not as a driver. All but killed in an accident in England a year ago, and a victim of brain damage that may well prevent his ever racing again, Moss has become an associate director of David Ogle Associates Ltd., British industrial design consultants. A month after Stirling's crash, Ogle himself was killed in an automobile accident.
Now Moss is putting on the drawing boards for Ogle's old company the design for his own personal dream car—a 100-mph, four-seater Grand Touring saloon with looks that Moss insists will be "elegant." Price: under $6,000.
The departure of Notre Dame Football Coach Joe Kuharich to take a post with the National Football League (he will be an aide to Pete Rozelle) clears the road for Michigan State's Duffy Daugherty to move to South Bend in 1964. In the appointment of Hugh Devore to succeed Kuharich the key word in the announcement was "interim."
Presbyterian though he be, Duffy has two Irish names and a Catholic wife, but over and beyond that he has beaten Notre Dame seven times in eight games, dropping only the 1954 opener of the series to Terry Brennan, and that by a single point. In the past seven games the Irish have scored only six touchdowns against the Spartans. These are statistics that Notre Dame folks appreciate.
Daugherty has told close friends over the past two years that the Notre Dame job is the best in the country and that he would leave Michigan State only to go there. Then there is the fact that Biggie Munn, athletics director, has grown bigger by the year at Michigan State and that he and Daugherty just do not get along. Biggie won't let Duffy off campus long enough to make the public relations-recruiting trips he once was accustomed to.
If the move comes to pass, the best bet to replace Duffy at Michigan State would be either Dan Devine of Missouri or Nebraska's Bob Devaney. Both are former Munn assistants.
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