MISSING: $1.5 MILLION
The Yankees were not the only ones to wind up on the losing end in the four-game rout by the Dodgers. As almost every fan must know by now, the players on the two Series teams share in the gate receipts for the first four games. What every fan may not know is that if the Series had gone a full seven games, the commissioner's office, the two league offices and the Dodger and Yankee owners would have made a whacking haul. But with the Series over in four, estimates are that the commissioner's office lost out on $222,000 and the two league offices $314,000 each. Del Webb and Dan Topping, the Yankee co-owners, and Walter O'Malley, the Dodger owner, also missed $314,000 rake-offs. Tears, anyone?
WHO'S GOT THE BALL CLUB?
Sometimes it can be disastrous for two men to get the same idea at the same time. Take the case of Sam Bailey, the University of Tampa athletic director, and Captain Garforth Mowll of the Port of Tampa Authority.
Unbeknownst to each other, they both set out to improve relations between the U.S. and Mexico. Bailey invited Mexico City's National Polytechnic Institute to play a football game at Tampa. The team would arrive a day early, put up at the Floridian Hotel, sleep late, visit August Busch Gardens, then rest for the game that night.
At the same time Captain Mowll invited a group of Mexican engineering students to visit Tampa. They would put up at the Tampa Terrace Hotel, rise early to tour the port, visit Busch Gardens and then enjoy a Spanish lunch at the Columbia Restaurant.
Captain Mowll's representative, in an error not yet explained, woke up the football team instead of the engineers and took the players, none of whom spoke English, off to the waterfront, where they spent all morning studying such port techniques as unloading bananas. Meanwhile, back at the University of Tampa, Bailey was searching for one missing Mexican football team. By further grace of coincidence, the two groups of Mexicans, players and engineers, happened to meet at the Columbia Restaurant, where cooks had to double production of yellow rice and chicken.
Yes, it was the football team that showed up for the game that night, but the Mexicans tired visibly in the final period and lost to Tampa 33-14. They are, however, the best-informed football players in all North America on the location of channel markers in Tampa Bay.
JACK NICKLAUS, HORSEMAN
The success of a young harness horse named Bervaldo at Freehold Raceway in New Jersey is of particular interest to those who find significance in parallels. One of the horse's owners is Jack Nicklaus, the pro golfer. Nicklaus' start on the pro golf circuit was nothing less than astounding, but already Bervaldo is well ahead of his master's pace. In his first start for Nicklaus, Bervaldo finished third and won $96. Nicklaus won only $33.33 in his first tournament. The golfer had to wait until his 18th event before finishing first, but the horse was a winner in his second.
A couple of years ago baseball fans were talking about the lively ball. Now bowlers—well, a handful of bowlers anyway—are griping about the lively pin.