Two Who Were in Motion with Emotion
The most controversial figures in sport, Joe Namath and Muhammad Ali, continued to act out their very special roles. Playing or play-boying, on the field or in the flicks, in a helmet or a cast, Namath was the idol of his fans. And so it was, too, with Ali, no matter if he fought or not, was jailed or not, regained his heavyweight title or not, he ruled.
Expression in Days of Dissent
The era's passion for self-assertion did not spare sport. Sometimes the feelings were principled, as when the umps had a ball of a strike and the Princeton P stood for peace. And sometimes irate; a benched New York fight referee had to be towed from ringside. But also there was the lamentable: Gary Player, his life threatened, needed armed guards, and Cleveland Catcher Ray Fosse was injured by a cherry bomb.
And Days of Giggles