Accompanying the printed text of the talk was a "Statistics of Address," which went, in part:
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LAST OF THE SPECIES
Harmon Killebrew and Frank Robinson drew little more than local attention when they breezed past the 500 mark in career home runs this season. Even though only 11 men have reached 500, seven got there during the past six years and it seems almost commonplace.
But now it is beginning to look as though Killebrew and Robinson may be the last to reach 500. The new, bigger ball parks and fast artificial turf are changing hitting styles from long ball to line drives, and the era of the home-run specialist could be over. Next on the list among active players is Willie Mc-Covey with 370 homers, but Willie, going on 34, is almost crippled with injury and was able to hit only 18 this year. Six others are between 300 and 366, but only one, Norman Cash, was able to hit 30 home runs this year, and Cash will be 37 in November. Ron Santo, youngest of the group at 31, would have to average 30 homers a season for six years to approach 500; Santo had only 21 this season.
Young lions like Johnny Bench and Reggie Jackson could do it—if they add another dozen high-homer seasons to what they have done already. But Frank Robinson wonders if they will stay in baseball that long. "Young players don't think about putting in 16 seasons like I have," he says. "They don't have to. They are much better paid than we older players were at the same age. They have investments, they take care of their money, and they have good jobs and business opportunities waiting outside the game. They don't have to play as long."
NEW ENGLAND STYLE
A football game between Rhode Island and Vermont is not the same as Nebraska vs. Oklahoma, but a sequence of plays in this year's battle between those two New England titans is not likely to be repeated at any level of college football. Behind 20-16 in the fourth quarter, Vermont had a first down on Rhode Island's nine-yard line. It gained five on first down, lost five on second down, threw an incomplete pass on third down. A fourth-down pass was incomplete in the end zone, but Rhode Island was charged with interference, and Vermont had an automatic first down on the one. It lost a yard, gained a yard, threw another pass. Again, pass interference was called and again Vermont had an automatic first down on the one. Abandoning its risky, if rewarding, passing game, Vermont stayed on the ground for four straight plays. It gained 2� feet on the first one, was stopped for no gain twice and, on last down, ground to a stop just short of the goal line.
Rhode Island took over, with the ball literally on the one-inch line, and was offside on its first play. Penalty: half the distance to the goal, or to the half-inch line. A penalty moved the ball out to the five, and from there Rhode Island began to move, culminating its drive nine plays later with a 15-yard run for a touchdown.
Summing up, Rhode Island held Vermont for 11 plays inside the 10 and then marched 99 yards, two feet and 11� inches to score. Top that, Cornhuskers.