"I would go on fighting—the training doesn't bother me, it's that pace and life—if I could find a manager. I don't have no manager, and I have to worry about everything and take all that on my back. I don't have nobody to speak for me. The Nilon brothers, they was just hot dogs. I would be interested in talking to Cus D'Amato. I always thought highly of Cus."
As for doing "something different," if the right manager doesn't come along Sonny says:
"Well, you know Cookie Gilchrist? We might get ourselves a hamburger stand if we could find ourselves a good location near the stadium."
If Cookie Gilchrist and Sonny Liston find themselves a good location and do go into business, there is one thing they can count on. There isn't a customer in the country who is going to complain to the management.
THE SILVER FOX CLASS
Corny Shields Sr. has sailed almost 9,000 races in everything from dinghies to America's Cup defenders. He almost never loses. In 1952, at age 56, he won the first North American Sailing Championship for the Mallory Cup with Corny Jr. in his crew. (His daughter, Aileen, already had won the national women's title.) The Mallory was held in QAs (for Quincy Adams), a local one-design class of 26-foot boats. The eight competitors, the best from every region of the country, rotated boats each day, so that the winner was definitely the best sailor—not just a lucky fellow in a superior boat. The best sailor was, of course, Corny Shields. Last week, 13 years later, Corny Jr. won the Mallory.
One must listen, then, when the old Silver Fox criticizes sailing practice. He feels that too many different one-design classes have been breeding specialists, champions in one class who concentrate on small victories in one boat rather than risk defeat in an unfamiliar design.
"Many class champions stay out of the Mallory," he said last week, "because if they get beaten they lose some of their fame and luster. If you wanted to be a real champ you would compete against any and all."
Shields would like to see the ideal one-design—one that would make the America's Cup a fair test of sailors rather than of designers and sailmakers. Best designer for such a boat would be Olin Stephens, the man who drew up Finisterre, Columbia and Constellation. And, indeed, Stephens has recently created a one-design that incorporates many of Corny Shields's specifications and might just be the ideal solution. It is big enough for international competition and at 30 feet is small enough for young skippers. It is called "the Shields class."
LADY IN THE CHIPS