In his eight years with Pittsburgh, Parker's haberdashery costs ran high. His teams lost 47 of their 104 league games.
Parker did not leave Pittsburgh impoverished. What with a percentage of the club's profits and TV windfalls his pay had zoomed to almost $80,000. And, though his resignation terminated his three-year contract, Owner Rooney said: "We will pay his salary this year and give him some kind of salary next year if he's not coaching by then."
"He quit 20 times," Rooney reminisced, "and I got him back 20 times."
This was the 21st.
THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY
Engineers of Wisconsin's conservation department and the U.S. Forest Service put their heads together on the problem of constructing an earthen dam on Taylor County's Steve Creek. It was necessary that the dam be placed precisely in the right spot, and so they whipped out their slide rules, contour maps, hydraulic tables and surveying transits. The study was detailed, meticulous. Finally the spot was chosen.
A dragline started scraping away the peat to reach firm mineral soil for the dam core. At a depth of seven to nine feet the bucket ripped up another dam which had been built, a radiocarbon analysis showed, 2,834 years ago. By beavers.
THE QUIET MEN
The Willow Creek Country Club golf course is an exacting layout carved through a generous growth of scrub oak, tall cottonwoods, sagebrush flats and an endless supply of boulders. It was host last week to the $20,500 Lucky Utah Open and, with a mere $2,000 first prize, there had been a bit of trouble inducing professionals to compete. But it did attract a foursome of Fred Hawkins, Willie Barber, Randy Glover and Chick Evans. On the 207-yard, par-3 7th hole two of the foursome made golf history.
Hawkins lofted a two-iron shot into the stiff breeze. Barely carrying a bunker, it flew to the green and rolled some 20 feet into the cup. Evans hit the green, too, but left himself a long putt. Then up strode Barber with a five-wood. He fired the ball into the sun, so that the gallery could not follow its flight, but there was a resounding thud at the edge of the cup, into which the ball skidded after scarring the green (above).