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Edited by Frank Deford
May 10, 1971
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May 10, 1971


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Although it is a fast, rough game, the old Indian sport of lacrosse has exhibited only a moderate growth pattern. One reason is that lacrosse must compete with such traditional spring team sports as baseball and track and field. It is also a relatively expensive game. Few schools can afford to outfit lacrosse teams, and few parents can afford to keep their children in sticks.

A lacrosse stick—carved out of a single piece of wood—costs around $20, and unlike, say, a baseball glove, sticks break easily and are almost impossible to repair. Now a new lacrosse stick has been developed by STX, Inc., a subsidiary of a Baltimore company headed by Dick Tucker, a former All-America player at Johns Hopkins University.

The STX stick features a durable but flexible head of urethane rubber that can be easily and reasonably replaced if broken. The new stick took five years to develop, but it bids fair to be the innovation that might at last lift lacrosse out of its affluent ghettos and into the country's midfield.

The Oakland A's may be burning up the American League West but they aren't drawing flies, or fans either. Owner Charlie O. (for IQ) Finley is going to fix that, however. He has begun a drawing at each game, whereby the lucky winner gets two season tickets to another Finley team that doesn't draw, the hockey California Golden Seals. A local sportswriter has inquired: "Is second prize four tickets?"


Many, many years ago, when we were all children and all peoples of the world played Ping-Pong together, there was brotherhood and love everywhere. You don't have to believe that, of course, but maybe things were a little better then. Here are some of last week's results from around the international league:

African nations threatened to boycott the 1972 Olympics if Rhodesia is permitted to compete. Alpine skiing nations said they would boycott the 1972 Olympics if alleged professionals are not permitted to compete. South Africa sources suggested they had enough votes and were ready to apply in September for readmission to the Olympics. So much for the Olympics.

The three nations challenging for the America's Cup, furious that they have not been informed of the rules concerning construction for 12-meter aluminum boats, have petitioned the New York Yacht Club to postpone the 1973 challenge to 1974. China has withdrawn from the International Lawn Tennis Federation. The United States Justice Department has been given 27 pages of alleged abuses to minor league professional hockey players. The British took away Stirling Moss' driver's license for six months for being "inconsiderate" on the public roadways.

Now we learn that Preston Gomez, manager of the San Diego Padres, wants to take an all-star baseball team to Cuba in the fall after the season ends. Better turn your radios to the Civil Defense frequency.

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