"I'm from a small town and the NYU players are from a big city and I didn't know whether I'd even like them," said Powell. "But I thought they were the best guys I met here and just as good players as anybody. Their only problem was they didn't believe that themselves."
The Texas players did not believe it either. After losing 3-2 to NYU's No. 4 starter in a game that ended with a close call at first, the Longhorns put on a boorish display that was remarkable in a series that otherwise was a model of old-fashioned, cheer-your-opponent good sportsmanship. Larry Horton, Texas' barrel-shaped relief pitcher, charged the first-base umpire after the call which ended the game. As the teams left the park one Longhorn yelled at the NYU players, "I hope you guys lose real bad. You don't deserve to be where you are anyhow." The mother of another Texas player came up to Geracioti and addressed him with a two-word obscenity that the troops in Vietnam usually reserve for the Viet Cong. Replied the NYU coach, who wears rimless glasses and has a priestly look even in his baseball uniform, "Madam, you must not be a Catholic."
The cheerful Bobby Winkles laughed when he heard that one, but his Lombardian side was already thinking of the work ahead. "There's a reason we've been winning every other year. Each time we win the championship the majors sign most of our team and we have to start rebuilding. They've drafted six so far this year. It takes a year to get the team into shape and then you can figure to be a challenger again." So good news Tulsa and NYU, Texas, Ole Miss, UCLA and Southern Illinois: you've got a year to fight it out among yourselves.