Although several of Brett's co-workers felt January was a cheapskate, he was, as it turned out, rather liberal. Says a veteran caddie at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, where the Classic was played: "If January gets a rap, then many others deserve it more. It's a crime what a lot of them—half of them—pay. One guy won over $3,000 and paid his boy $80. Another made nearly $2,000, paid $60 in cash and said he would send more when he found out what he had won. He already knew. Listen to this: a guy was cut after 36 holes, but he played four days and gave the boy $30. Then there was So-and-So. He's made $60,000 this year. He paid $50."
According to the caddies, only Jack Nicklaus and Arnie Palmer have been known to pay over 10% regularly, but then they are millionaires and can afford that kind of largess. In all fairness, making the tour is an exceedingly costly business; however, it stands to reason a caddie should at least get the minimum wage of $1.25 an hour. Perhaps the PGA at its annual meeting next month should consider setting some sort of uniform tournament caddie fee.
There are, in the main, two kinds of show bettors: the smart money guys who bet $10,000 or so on a "starker," or sure thing, for the obligatory 10� on a dollar profit, and women, whose motives are enshrouded in the essential mysteries of their sex.
On September 6 at New York's Aqueduct, Husband, a previously undefeated and inappropriately named 3-year-old gelding, was bet down to 3-5 in the Attention Purse. He showed some early foot but faded in the stretch to finish sixth in a seven-horse field. When the tote board lit up, it was accompanied by one of the deepest roars ever heard at the Big A. Bold and Brave paid $7 to win, $4.20 for place and $11.60 for show; Understanding paid $7.20 for place and $25.20 for show; and Sparkling Johnny paid $17 for show.
The show pool, enriched by smart money and dumb broads, was $70,602. Of this, $60,717 rode on the weary, faithless Husband.
GO, SALUKIS, GO!
As the following pages attest, college football is here again, and so are all those Tigers, Wildcats, Bulldogs, Bears, Yellowjackets, Eagles and Panthers. Taking the field this fall will be 25 Tigers (including Princeton, Auburn, LSU, Clemson, Memphis State, Missouri and Hampden-Sydney), 20 Wildcats (among them Northwestern, Kentucky, Arizona, Kansas State, New Hampshire, Davidson and Bethune-Cookman), 18 Bulldogs, 14 Bears (not counting Bruins and Grizzlies), 13 Yellowjackets, 12 Eagles and nine Panthers.
No imagination? Thank God. Could you imagine more than one Gorillas (Pittsburg State), one Kangaroos (Austin College), one Salukis (Southern Illinois) and one Anteaters ( University of California at Irvine)?
THE ANSWER TRUE