Mrs. Phillips has played golf in every state except Maine, Alaska and Hawaii, and her husband has played in all but the two new ones. How does she come out when she plays against her husband?
"I don't beat him," she replied.
But she didn't say she couldn't.
There was a time when National Hockey League goalies faced the flying pucks without masks and—even more ostentatiously—without substitutes. But times and hockey have changed. "The way the game is played today," says Chicago Manager Tommy Ivan, "goal-tending is just too big a job for one man." The only goalie in the league to play every game this season is Ed Johnston of the Boston Bruins. He is also one of the very few who does not wear a mask.
Aging Johnny Bower, who used to man the nets for the Maple Leafs all by himself, now shares the chore with Don Simmons. "It's good for both of us," says Simmons, "and we prolong our careers."
Despite Glenn Hall's standing as top goalie in the league, Chicago relieves him regularly with young Denis DeJordy. Terry Sawchuk and Roger Crozier follow each other in and out of the Detroit nets like men caught in a revolving door. Even Jacques Plante, the original masked marvel, and Gump Worsley, whose turnabout between New York and Montreal was the talk of the season's start, have been forced to share their nets. What with the asthma that plagues him whenever things go badly, and occasional less psychosomatic complaints, Plante has five times yielded up his place in the New York nets to Gilles Villemure. And as for the Gumper—ever since a pulled hamstring put him out of action in October, his place has been so firmly taken in Montreal by Charlie Hodge that Gump and not his replacement is now the substitute. One way or another, these days, goal-tending is an insecure kind of a job, filled with uncertainties.
The St. Louis Browns Fan Club of Chicago, which refuses to admit that the Browns ceased to exist 10 years ago, held its annual meeting in a Rush Street saloon the other night and with solemn, liquid rites chose Roy Sievers of the Philadelphia Phils as the 1963 St. Louis Brown of the Year. Of the six former Browns still active in the major leagues last year, Sievers had the highest batting average (.240), drove in the most runs (82) and played in the most games (138).
Since the end of the season, most of the old Browns have faded away. Vic Wertz ( Detroit and Minnesota) retired. Bob Turley is a Boston coach, Sherm Lollar a Baltimore coach. The Yankees released Dale Long. (Long was a leading candidate for Brown of the Year because, as second-string bullpen catcher for the Yanks, he earned as much as some bullpen coaches.)