A GOOD COP IS HARD TO FIND
The professional soccer season approached its end ingloriously at Yankee Stadium last Saturday, though a crowd of 37,063 was on hand and the teams were the highly regarded Inter of Milan and Santos of Brazil, featuring the world famous Pel�. A riot broke out that the miserably few special police were totally unable to control. The "specials" previously had demonstrated their incompetence, and indeed indifference, at Madison Square Garden boxing disturbances.
Santos' Toninho started it off by punching Inter's Dotti after Dotti's teammate, Soldo, had delivered a rough body check against Toninho. Other players joined in the brawl, and 200 or so fans swarmed onto the field to punch and kick the Brazilian referee, Olten Ayres Abreu, when he tried to restore order, and give the same to the Brazilian players, one of whom suffered a cut mouth. The referee was ineffective, but at least he tried. Some special police made a show of trying, but it was clear that their hearts were not in it. After 12 minutes of rioting, a detail of about 30 regular police, who had been waiting outside the Stadium for just such an eventuality, strolled onto the field and restored order almost by their mere presence.
It has been demonstrated that their presence is necessary at certain types of sporting events in New York, especially boxing and soccer when Latin ethnic groups have been competing. But the police department, which criticizes ordinary civilians about not getting "involved" when they witness crimes, has itself been reluctant to get involved in the protection of decent, sportsmanlike fans at sporting events. The specials, overweight and over-age for the most part, are clearly not capable of doing it.
To help pay for Cincinnati's new stadium, the Ohio legislature has cleared the way for the city to impose a hotel or room tax on transients, and now the city council is looking for other ways to help finance the structure. One proposal is revival of a plan to subject visiting professional athletes and entertainers to the city's 1% tax on income. It had been tried previously but was dropped when it turned out that the cost of collection exceeded the yield. For instance, there was the problem of what deductions were allowable for the cost of musical instruments, meals and travel. And on one notable occasion the city had to decide what to allow a female snake charmer for maintenance of her boa constrictor.
There must be an easier way for a city to make a buck.
Fifty years ago, when she was 15, a young lady who is now Mrs. Edward L. Cooley (Lib Cooley to her friends) won Winnetka's Indian Hill Club golf championship. Thereafter she won it five times more, and a bagful of other titles. Then she got married and seldom played golf, not at all between 1938 and 1951.
Now Mrs. Cooley is 65 and a great-grandmother. The other day she went out on the Indian Hill course and won the club championship for the 13th time with a 54-hole score of 82-83-84. She has, in fact, won it the past four years.