Then they closed the gate. It was like saving a loved one.
FREEDOM OF THE BANNER
The New York Mets have long encouraged the banners their fans display at Shea Stadium. The television station that broadcasts Mets games is quick to pan through the crowds and pick up clever banners. The Met management even has a "Banner Day" every year to promote this form of rooting.
But for the past two years there have been rumors that banners critical of George Weiss, president and general manager, or other members of the Met hierarchy are confiscated and destroyed. Until last week the rumors were nothing more than that. Last Friday evening, however, two Met fans, Karl Ehrhardt and Charles Taylor, arrived at the stadium with a black-and-white banner 26 feet long and 22� inches high. It read, "Welcome to Grant's Tomb," a needling remark directed against M. Donald Grant, chairman of the board of the Mets.
Matt Burns, stadium director of maintenance, immediately had the banner taken down. "First he said it blocked the view," said Ehrhardt, "then he said it was too long. Finally he said it was in bad taste."
THE WELL-FILLED GAME BAG
The hunting season opened in Italy two weeks ago and almost a million gunners took to the fields in search of hare, pheasant, quail and snipe. We have no word on how much game was harvested but, in the first week alone, 8,000 hunters were arrested for being without licenses, three were charged with mistreatment of bird dogs, two died of heart attacks, more than 25 were injured, and four died of gunshot wounds. One was charged with manslaughter, the result of an argument over who shot a pheasant.
RETURN OF THE CHAMP
Nowadays women's swimming is dominated by nymphs of 14 or 15, though a few break through with comebacks at the advanced age of, say, 19.
Thus it was heartwarming to hear that Miss Lillian Reimensnyder won the diving championship of the Eagles Mere (Pa.) water carnival in the 14-and-older division. Ever since she lost her crown a year ago, Miss Reimensnyder had been training for a comeback. She swam twice daily and dived for hours off the high board. Then came the carnival and, competing against 20 younger athletes, she showed dazzling form in swan and back dives to regain her title. Miss Reimensnyder is 76.
WARNING TO AMATEUR MEDICS