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February 14, 1966
CONFIDENCEAfter five full seasons in Minneapolis-St. Paul, the stockholders of the corporation known as Washington American League Baseball Club, Inc. have tossed caution to the winds and have voted boldly to change their corporate name to Minnesota Twins, Inc.
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February 14, 1966


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Word of the unbelievable climax to the football career of Korea's incredible fullback, Won Sok Hung, has reached us from Cleveland, where newspaper accounts of his exploits titillated the imagination of thousands of newly minted Ricksha Alumni. According to William Hickey, Cleveland Plain Dealer sports columnist, "The Sun Prince of Korean football never shone more brightly" than when he led the Pusan State Panthers to a stunning 28-27 upset of Japan's University of Mejii (sic) in the Sake Bowl.

Sok, whom Hickey discovered in his inkwell one day last autumn, not only scored all four of Pusan's touchdowns on long runs (the last a 105-yard kick-off return with seven seconds left), but he also made 19 solo tackles in the second half while filling in on the defensive team.

Before Sports Editor Hal Lebovitz called a reluctant halt to Hickey's Far Eastern football coverage, his admirers learned that Sok, a 4-foot 11-inch, 128-pound fullback, had to play both ways because the Panther defense had been riddled by a terrible half-time pileup in the locker room. Fired up by Coach Nu Rok Nee's plea to "win one for the Dipper" (injured Quarterback Kim Dip Thong), the Panthers attempted to return to the field by knocking down the locker-room door. Unfortunately, the Pusan No. 2 and 3 quarterbacks, 98-pound twin brothers Kim Suh Ping and Kim Suh Pong, reached the door simultaneously, banged together and ricocheted back into the thundering horde.

Nu Rok Nee made up for his disastrous pep talk, according to the imaginative Hickey, by managing to get Mejii star Crazylegs Nakamura ejected from the game for punching him in the mouth. Nakamura protested bitterly, after the game, that Nu had questioned the bravery (not to mention the resilience) of his father, a World War II kamikaze pilot who logged 24 successful missions against the Allies.

If a comeback is returning to a place where you have been, then don't call the great golf Arnold Palmer has been playing in 1966 a comeback. He not only is off to the finest start of his startling career—it is the best start any pro has made in 20 years. In four tournaments Palmer has finished first, second, third and second. Usually slow to get going, his fastest start before this was 1961, when he went first, fourth, eighth and third. Can he keep going? Next comes the Phoenix Open. If you like to bet horses for courses you ought to know that from 1961 to 1963 Palmer won the Phoenix three straight times.


A dead coon dog named Cleo and an angry mountain man named Williard York are stirring things up in Georgia legal circles. Some Georgia legislators view the case of Cleo as comic relief, but not Williard York. "If I could," he drawls, "I'd take it to the Supreme Court."

Cleo was shot and killed three years ago by a state game and fish biologist who said he thought the dog was running deer. York, unsuccessful in seeking redress through the courts, finally found a champion in Rep. Fulton Lovell, himself a mountain man and a former chief of the Georgia Game and Fish Commission. After some debate the state agreed to pay York $300. End of....

Aw no they don't, said York. Citing Cleo's lineage, he insisted: "Cleo wasn't running no deer. She was too good for that. I don't consider $300 no right 'justment.' " Williard wants $1,200, or "something like that."

Meanwhile, Rep. Charles B. Watkins, also from the mountain country, has joined ranks with York and Lovell. Questioned as to the value of a good coon dog, Watkins replied: "I'm thinking of taking the Fifth Amendment, but I've paid up to $2,000 for a good one." Why the Fifth? "I wouldn't like my wife to know," he said.

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