WHAT IT IS ISN'T DEW
During every baseball season of the last few years charges have come up that the spitball is being used more today than ever before and the charges are generally true. Within recent weeks, however, two managers have been trying to do something about having the pitch either legalized or truly outlawed.
Last week Manager Bobby Bragan of the Milwaukee Braves forthrightly told his pitchers to throw spitters in a game against the San Francisco Giants. "We must have thrown 75 or 80 spitters, and nobody said a word," says Bragan. "Our pitchers made it obvious, too. I was just trying to prove that the umpires don't try to stop anybody from throwing spitters. Either the spitter should be legalized or steps should be taken to control it."
Al Lopez, manager of the Chicago White Sox, has had a running war this season with the Kansas City Athletics on grounds that John Wyatt is throwing a Vaseline pitch. The Vaseline pitch is very similar to the spitter. It falls quickly to earth at the last instant.
" Wyatt has Vaseline in his hair, on his uniform—just all over," says Lopez. "He's pretty cute about it."
Chances that the spitter will be either legalized or outlawed with simple honesty are dim. After all, fans do pay to see certain pitchers pitch and wonder, "Does he or doesn't he?"
DESIGNER FOR ALL SEASONS
There used to be just two kinds of yachts: comfortable, dry, fat ones for cruising and skinny, wet, fast ones for racing. And so it was until 1954, when Olin Stephens designed Finisterre, which was both fat and fast. While her crew lived in relative luxury she won the Bermuda Race three times. Finisterre established a new concept in yachting and in the rules of design.
At least one historic trophy has been revived by this evolution: the One Ton Cup, which expired in 1962 after keeping the six-meter class (those skinny, wet, fast ones) alive for 55 years. Next to the America's Cup it is the most respected trophy in international racing for restricted class boats. The new class of One Ton boats must measure up to the 22-foot rating, a formula strict enough to permit racing on a one-design basis (no handicap) and loose enough to encourage designers. The long-range goal is to establish a new Olympic class for more realistic yachting competition, since the five current Olympic classes have become esoteric toys—overly sensitive keelboats for day sailing and highly sophisticated dinghies.
To launch the Olympic campaign, the cupholding club, the Cercle de la Voile de Paris, invited international teams to meet for a series of races in the English Channel last month. Eight countries competed, with the U.S. represented by Dick Carter, known as the Steve McQueen of the Sea, who designed his own Rabbit. Denmark's new 22-footer, Diana III, was in the luxury class, complete with refrigerator, soft beds, oriental lanterns, full galley and head—and 50 bottles of whiskey to nourish the bearded Danish crew.