INDY BLOCKS A BLOCK
As feared, directors of the United States Auto Club have further penalized turbine power in the Indianapolis 500 for 1969, and so ends a time of adventure and exciting experiment at the Speedway. Andy Granatelli, the turbine man, swears he will not build to the new rule. No one else seems interested.
In another spasm of rules-fiddling the USAC directors also cut the displacement of supercharged engines of the type that won the 500 this year and increased the size of engines based on stock blocks. But they also decided that Dan Gurney's 1968 second-place finisher was too fancy to be granted the increased displacement awarded to other stock block engines.
It's a strange, strange world USAC lives in.
The psychological trauma resulting from baseball's longest season became all too evident in New York City last week. No hitting and no pennant races have taken their toll on certain chroniclers of the game. In their desire for stability and order, they are rejecting reality in favor of dreams of the past. Under the TV log in its issue of July 22, New York magazine listed:
8:00 (9) Baseball: N.Y. Mets at Boston Braves.
And last Thursday TV Announcer Mel Allen, perhaps taking New York at its word, said, 'Tonight the Mets were beaten by the Boston Braves 4-2."
O.K., fellows, let's dream it up. How about a St. Louis Orioles- Boston Braves series? Maybe on neutral ground? Like Ebbets Field?