the Russian national track coach, is predicting that this year's men's team
will be the best ever. Forget the Soviet debacle at Tokyo in 1964, says
Korobkov, and take notice of the fresh young blood he has to back up
established stars like Igor Ter-Ovanesyan, Janis Lusis and Romauld Klim. There
is Ryemir Mitrofanov in the 800 meters, who "came so fast in our
championships that there is no telling what he can do." There is Viktor
Kudinsky in the steeplechase ("This year he will not surprise me with a
world record"). There is High Jumper Valery Skvortsov who, at 21, has
cleared 7 feet 1? inches indoors "and should go higher outdoors."
The only place
Russia really needs help, says Korobkov, is in the women's events. "It is
more difficult than ever to attract girls to our track and field program,"
he reports. "We used to be the best in Europe. Now our girls are too
interested in lipstick and makeup and trying to make themselves pretty to
devote their time to hard work."
In a game at the
Astrodome last week, Bill Faul of the Chicago Cubs stopped pitching in the
middle of a Houston rally and glared at the huge scoreboard in center field. As
he watched, a pair of hands flashed across the screen, clapping rhythmically,
accompanied by sound effects blaring from the public-address system. Most of
the 11,494 fans began to clap their hands, too, and Faul refused to pitch.
ordered Umpire Chris Pelekoudas. "Not until you shut that thing off,"
pitch or you'll be watching that thing show a guy taking a shower," snapped
So Faul pitched,
Lee Maye doubled, the Astros went ahead, and Faul was taken from the game. So
the scoreboard showed a pitcher taking a shower.
League put a stop to the needling of umpires by Houston's electric
monstrosity—and now it is time to do the same on behalf of the visiting
pitchers. And maybe someday people will stop referring to Houston as bush.
Perry Wallace is a Nashville high school senior (6 feet 5 inches tall, 217
pounds), with an intriguing tendency to bruise his elbows on the rim of a
basketball hoop. Wallace is also a Negro. Heretofore, Nashville's outstanding
Negro athletes have headed north for college varsity sport. Vic Rouse and
Leslie Hunter, for instance, hopped a bus for Chicago and eventually won a
national basketball championship for Loyola in 1963. Now Wallace has become the
first Negro to sign a basketball grant-in-aid in the Southeastern Conference—at
hometown Vanderbilt University. The exodus, it appears, is beginning to