Sixteen general managers were against legalization of the spitter for varied reasons: it would be bad for the youth of America, pitchers already have enough of an advantage over hitters, rules should stay rules, etc.
Joe Brown, general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates and one of the four favoring acceptance of the spitter, was more cogent than cozy. "I feel the spitter is being used even more widely than publicized," he said. "It is neither dangerous nor unsanitary."
Brown, of course, is right that the spitter is being openly used by pitchers with no rebuffs from umpires. It appears, however, that legalization of it is far away. The league's presidents are far from disposed to tell their umpires that a law is indeed a law or to back up umpires who might challenge a pitcher who throws a spitter. The umps remember the balk rule fiasco.
THE GAME OF LIFE
Games are part of youth's preparation for life and, according to Dr. Frank P. Foster of Boston, some games are better in this regard than others. He does not think too well, for instance, of football. Fishing, golf, bowling—that's the prescription, says Dr. Foster.
What the adult male needs, he said the other day, is "muscle enough to shake hands, a head hard enough to take a Martini with a business lunch, a digestive tract that will take anything anywhere and a system that can go without sleep."
Now, if someone would invent a game that involves moderate use of the hands, liquor, eating junk and staying up all night, that would be the very ticket. Come to think of it, someone has. It's called poker.
LE BEAU GOLF
In the month following the Canada Cup match at Saint-Nom-la-Bret�che (SI, Nov. 4) French interest in golf has by no means reverted to traditional indifference. On the contrary. French press coverage has continued strong. Even provincial newspapers have joined the Paris dailies in talking up the game. Cartoonists, among them Le Nouveau Candide's Charmoz (see below), have seized on golf as a popular subject. (In this one Charmoz is purporting to illustrate the Rules of Golf. The rule: "Irregularities of surface which could in any way affect a player's lie shall not be removed or pressed down by the player.")
Golf's biggest boost in France came last week on the state television network. The popular sports program, Les Coulisses de l'Exploit, presented a how-to-play-golf show, including a club-by-club explanation of the game.