"Thus you have something to sit on while you plan your next move."
Sport, we have been told, builds character. Alas, too often it merely builds characters who play little games like "me first."
It is therefore heartening to relate the altruism of Bob Kiskaddon and Andy Evriviades of Allegheny College. Allegheny was walloping Washington and Jefferson by 30 points in a track meet when Kiskaddon and Evriviades, leading by half a lap in the two-mile run, halted five yards from the finish line to allow W & J's John Scharf to win the race.
It seems the pair had learned that Scharf needed at least a second place to earn his varsity letter.
Although French horses have had notable success in English classic races in recent years, none ran in the Epsom Derby last week, for the very simple reason that Britain has banned the import of horses from the Continent.
The British claim there has been an outbreak of equine anemia, or swamp fever, among French bloodstock. French owners and breeders counter that the mysterious disease has not been officially confirmed as swamp fever and that, if it is, the ban should apply equally to America, as it is known to exist there. Some French horsemen have gone so far as to darkly suggest that Britain's real motive is to inhibit the expansion of French bloodstock sales, and so damage French prestige in the U.S., the world's most lucrative market.
Whatever the reason, the best 3-year-old in France wouldn't have crossed the Channel in any event. He is Hauban, owned by Mme. Jean Stern, the widow of the French banker. In 1910, M. Stern was competing in a fencing tournament in London and lost a match he thought the director ought to have awarded to him. He vowed that his colors would never appear on a British track. "The English acted in a vulgar manner," says Mine. Stern, who continues to respect his wishes.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
How can you ever forget Roy Riegels, who ran the wrong way for California in the 1929 Rose Bowl, now that his son, Dick, is on Cal's freshman crew—the one sport in which every competitor save the coxswain goes backwards?