MAN OVER MACHINE
One of those electronic computers that tries to decide a political race five seconds after the polls close was let loose in Buffalo last week. The occasion: the All-America football bowl game between the East, led by Quarterback George Mira of Miami, and the West, quarterbacked by Don Trull of Baylor.
The coaches involved in the game fed a Burroughs 283 computer scads of analytical information, and when the machine had digested all this it burped back the word that Don Trull and the West would beat Mira and the East, 25-24.
For the first half, the computer looked as knowing as the neighborhood bookmaker. The West led, 7-0. Mira, who will play for the San Francisco 49ers this fall, started so slowly that at one point he was replaced by Gary Wood of Cornell, marking the first time an All-America ever got relieved by an Ivy Leaguer. But then, in the second half, Mira came to life. The first three times he got possession of the ball, the East scored. First he passed for 11 yards for a touchdown, then he ran a wild 31 yards to set up another touchdown after being trapped behind the line, and finally he passed 30 yards to set up still another touchdown. The East won, 18-15. All told, Mira had 21 completions for 306 yards, won the game's Most Valuable Player award and crackled with an electricity that the computer surely could have used.
EXIT CHAMP, ENTER CONTENDER
Considering that ex-World Middleweight Champion Gene Fullmer has not fought since Dick Tiger pulverized him last August in Nigeria, has not trained seriously in 10 months, has talked wistfully of retiring for at least two years and has all his marbles and plenty of money in the bank, it was hardly surprising last week when Fullmer officially announced he was quitting the ring. "I have had it," said Gene. "I am hanging them up." But that was not all.
Fullmer's manager, Marv Jenson, had drawn a whopping turnout of newsmen to the free-lunch press conference at a Salt Lake City hotel. After Fullmer spoke, Jenson stood and announced that he, too, was retiring from the fight game. Jenson, a member of the Salt Lake County Commission, is in the midst of a hard campaign for a second term. By retiring, Jenson wished to assure the press and the voters that he could not be accused (as he had been in the past) of being more concerned with boxing than with county business.
"I don't get it," said a cub sports reporter. " Fullmer was knocked out almost a whole year ago. Why all the big announcements now?" A political reporter replied: "I get it."
THE NEGRO AND BASEBALL
A new book is out that merits the attention of anyone interested in the impact of sports upon American life. It is Baseball Has Done It (Lippincott, $2.95), written by Jackie Robinson and edited by Charles Dexter. The theme of the book, of course, is that baseball has proved that integrated Americans can live and work together peacefully. As Roy Campanella says, "If life in general was a baseball game in the National or American League, this country wouldn't have these problems today."