The box score in a baseball game at Huntsville, Texas, last week showed the
winning pitcher to be Elijah (Scottie) Walker, who pitched a five-hit shutout
and batted in two of his team's four runs. What the box score did not reveal
was that Walker is 68 years old. He started in professional baseball in 1914
with the Memphis Red Sox, a barnstorming Negro team, and says he once played
with Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson on the Kansas City Monarchs. For the last 21
years, however, Walker has been getting nowhere with his pitching, being a
resident member of the Texas Department of Corrections (state prison)team. The
oldest winning pitcher in captivity is serving a life sentence for murder.
THOUGHT HE'D DROP
It is the commuter's belief that the end of the world will come in one crashing
big traffic jam. Vic Bastien of Tulsa believes this and has, he says, suffered
his last red light, gulped his last exhaust fume. Vic used to spend 30 minutes
inching along to his job as program director for KOME radio. He now rents
airplane space and parachutes to the studio. Hang the expense, says Vic, it's
15 minutes closer. Besides, every time he gets into harness he's heading for a
new world record for diving to work. To date he has fallen 11 miles to KOME.
Each day announcers at the station walk through a cow pasture—carefully,
carefully—to shoo away the cattle so the drop zone will be clear. The only
obstacles then, says Bastien, are 500 trees, spectators' cars, a busy highway,
inquisitive hawks, four transmitter towers (each 290 feet high), barbed wire,
genuine fertilizer and poison ivy. Bastien says coming down "is like trying
to play shuffleboard with a fried egg." But it beats traffic, he says.
HOW TO SECEDE
Last week the
Wall Street Journal put out an ad whose purpose was to tempt more advertisers
to spend money in the Wall Street Journal. There was a huge photograph of
Dodger Shortstop Maury Wills coming up from a hard slide, and below the picture
two lines of bold type that said:
Business men should.
Well now, there
is the kind of frankness we like. As baseball fans on the Wall Street Journal
and elsewhere know, last year Maury Wills set a new record for stealing. He
stole more than 100 times in the season, the duration of which coincides quite
closely with the second-and third-quarter fiscal business intervals. And what
was even more impressive from both the baseball and businessman's point of view
was that he rarely got caught. What the Wall Street Journal's ad went on to say
was this: "The Dodger star hit a gratifying .299 last year. But he
converted a merely good season into a stand-out season by seizing every
opportunity to advance after getting on first base."
the call is clear. This first quarter of the year has been good—about a .299
quarter, we'd say. So take a good, long lead, and if the Securities and
Exchange Commission goes into a long windup, break for second, or even third.
However, we don't know quite what to recommend about home—which we always
thought of as Brazil. But since Eddie Gilbert got caught in a rundown, we would
say: be careful.
once the world's best tennis player, and Tony Trabert, head of the touring
pros, are being rude to each other with a consistency reminiscent of Gonzalez'
sulking feuds with old pro king Jack Kramer. Gonzalez dropped out of serious
competition two years ago, but he is back fighting now because now there is
more to fight about: more money. Like a girl just shorn of her pigtails, pro
tennis is suddenly coming up roses. This season Trabert got sponsors for
several lush tournaments. He also got rights to a profitable television series.
Then he found that Gonzalez had wildcatted for a $35,000 TV contract with his
brother-in-law, Tom Tannenbaum, and had persuaded Pancho Segura to sign up,
too. Trabert promptly suspended both players from the International
Professional Tennis Players Association, making them ineligible for the IPTPA
tournament held recently in Los Angeles.
But Trabert rules
a limited monarchy. He could not keep the renegade Panchos out of this week's
big pro match at Forest Hills, because they signed separate contracts with the
sponsoring Wildon Productions, Inc., which really couldn't care less about
harmony. To further Trabert's discomfort, Gonzalez filed a $150,000 antitrust
suit against him and several other pros and the IPTPA itself. By suspending
Gonzalez, they are "making fools of themselves", said Gonzalez.
"Nice fella," said Trabert.