ANOTHER ROAD PICTURE
In a whole world chock-full of negotiations and demands, nobody is demanding or negotiating better than the professional golfers. The pros have informed potential sponsors that soon the summer tour will come to Your Town, U.S.A. for no less than $200,000. Why not? Jack Tuthill, PGA tournament director, says the golfers have received at least a dozen firm offers from potential sponsors, each one with $200,000 burning a hole in his pocket. The pressure is on faithful old family retainers like Hartford and St. Paul to match scratch.
It is not just money, either, that the golfers can command. The Lucky Open in San Francisco was voted out of the tour till funds were provided to build a $400,000 clubhouse. Lucky came back on the schedule. Now the pros unequivocally refuse to play the Spyglass Hill course, so cancellation of the Bing Crosby Pro-Am is seriously threatened. Larry Crosby, who manages the event, is already considering turning it into an all-amateur celebrity affair.
The pros might keep in mind, however, that the Crosby, with its far-reaching special appeal, draws the attention of many people to golf who are otherwise under the impression that the Masters is a cigar. And who knows? Because the Crosby is unique and generates such widespread general attention, maybe it encourages some people to raise $200,000 for a tournament in July.
BAN THE BEAN
Legislators think they need to legislate as much as pitchers think they need to brush back batters, so Dominic Leone, City Councilman of Baltimore, has just pitched a beaut of a law into the Baltimore hopper. He wants the City Council to approve an ordinance that would result in the indictment of any pitcher who hits a batter above the shoulders.
In a preamble to his proposed law, Leone says he is shocked at the "rash of beanball warfare now prevailing in major leagues," and he feels that organized baseball condones "such callous and vicious conduct." Hitting someone with a baseball, according to Leone, is a common-law offense of assault and battery. His law proposes to punish it in professional games only by a fine not exceeding $500 and/or imprisonment up to 12 months. Intent is not at issue. Bean 'em and off to court you go. Leone does not say whether a paddy wagon will be stationed at each ball park. Nor has he decided whether a pitcher who hits a batter should be arrested at once or allowed to finish the game.
We deplore intent to maim, but we doubt whether our overcrowded courts should be asked to handle the problem. Besides, with appeals it might take years to settle a pennant race.
Ted Nash, 34, is the freshman crew coach at the University of Pennsylvania. As an athlete, he won a gold medal rowing in the 1960 Olympics; as a man in a world that too often prefers to look the other way, he has recorded even greater achievements. Once, in Maine, a swimmer suffered a heart attack while, simultaneously, a nearby outboard flipped over and dumped a family of five in the lake. Nash first saved the swimmer and then swam off again to rescue the entire family, some of whose legs had been chopped by propellers. Another day he left his coaching launch and dashed to help a woman trapped in her car by an accident.