In the National League you can get 2� to 1 against San Francisco, 6 to 1 against St. Louis. Although no odds have yet been set, Cincinnati, Chicago, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Houston and New York follow in that order.
Minnesota, at 5 to 1, is second choice in the American League, but the same odds apply to Detroit, picked third. Thereafter, again with no odds set, should come Chicago, Cleveland, Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, Kansas City and Washington.
There is a hunch around Harrah's that Minnesota, with its home run strength, could make some advantageous trades for pitching and emerge "real tough."
Long proud of its admirable record in protecting prizefighters and their fans, the California boxing commission was stunned last March by the ring death of Davey Moore, world featherweight champion, in a freak boxing accident in Los Angeles. Moore died of a whiplash injury, rather than a blow. Hit by Sugar Ramos, he fell backward and the base of his skull collided with a rubber-covered steel rope. The autopsy surgeon called it a "one in a million accident—something that could happen on your front porch if you fell down."
It happened in a prize ring, not on a porch, and there was worldwide protest against the sport itself. Many called for boxing's abolition. More moderate extremists urged drastic changes in its conduct: two-minute rounds, pneumatic gloves, compulsory headgear—none of which could have saved Davey Moore.
Dismayed, but not panicked, the California commission has since prepared a special report on ring safety measures for Governor Pat Brown and the legislature. The report is a model of good sense. It recommends, among other things, changes in ring padding, ropes, weight of gloves, mouthpiece regulations, physical examinations and the referee's conduct of a match, but it makes no concessions to hysteria. Just one example of the commission's cool appraisal of the realities of prizefighting: "The Commission is opposed to automatically stopping a bout after any particular number of knockdowns. It is felt that it is better that the referee be instructed that he stop the contest whenever...it should be stopped and not wait for any definite number of knockdowns. The so-called three-knockdown rule and especially the two-knockdown rule has a tendency to encourage the referee to wait for just one more knockdown; then he knows no one will blame him for stopping the contest."
Other state commissions, equally besieged, might well study the California report.
TOKYO LONG SHOT
Pointing an upraised toe at the 1964 Olympic shotput, Dallas Long is working with a new plastic-covered shot which he believes will make him a more difficult indoor competitor, too. To preserve gym floors against the hammering of the 16-pound ball, the indoor shot has long been leather-covered and bulky. The new one, designed for indoor use, is the same size as the outdoor shot and gives the athlete the same grip he uses in the open. For the past few months Long, who tops the alltime list at 65 feet 10� inches, has been working out three times a week. The goal: 70 feet.