DAYS OF REAL SPORT
For years Little League baseball has come under criticism because so many young players, pitchers especially, injure their underdeveloped arms. Moves have been made to introduce pitching machines and to limit pitchers to two innings each.
Now the "new city" of Columbia, Md. has decided that organized contact sports are not good for children under 12. The Columbia Recreation Association has concluded that henceforth it will not supply equipment for boxing, karate, judo, football, lacrosse or hockey.
On the other hand, the association does approve of archery, boating, bowling, golf, swimming, tennis and track.
"The positive values of sports, their important effects on stamina and physiological functioning and their value as lifelong recreation activities should be emphasized," the association noted.
One delegate, Mrs. Dolly O'Laughlin, reported, "We agreed that it's safer for a boy to play football in his own backyard. If he gets tired, he can at least sit down. And he doesn't have that pressure of competition."
Until New York City got into the business, the only legal off-track bookmakers in the U.S. were in Nevada, where there are 12 licensed books—in Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe. To place a bet legally in Nevada you must be in one of those cities, since placing bets by telephone is against state law.
The reason for the ban is a federal law which forbids the placing of bets by interstate telephone, and Nevada's State authorities want to be certain of compliance with the federal restriction.
But in New York City bettors are encouraged to establish credit and place their bets by telephone. Nevada bookies want the same privilege. Permitting the placing of bets by telephone in New York makes Nevada bookies "second-class citizens," grumbles North Swanson, operator of the Reno Turf Club.