SI Vault
Edited by Robert W. Creamer
May 29, 1972
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May 29, 1972


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The old philosopher also implied that modern ball parks are too big and that baseball could help the offense by bringing in the fences to more reachable distances. "Form a committee of oldtime players to consult on the dimension of the fields," he said. "Let's go back some years. What cities were traditionally good baseball cities? Brooklyn, New York, Boston, Detroit, Cincinnati, St. Louis. What did they have in common? They all had small parks."

St. Louis, like many other cities, has been having the financial shorts, so much so that it appeared a mite obsessed with the problem during the St. Louis District Public Links golf tournament. Two players finished in a tie for first place and had to go three extra holes of sudden death to determine the champion. The playoff did not have quite the festive air such things have in, say, the U.S. Open. Because it was held the day after the tournament proper ended, the city asked the two finalists to pay an extra $5 greens fee.


It's official. Martin Liquori will not run in the Olympics. What had been variously diagnosed—gout was one thing mentioned—turned out to be a spur on the left heel. The runner will undergo surgery and will be out of action until next indoor season.

"I can't get it in my head that I won't be at Munich," Liquori said, "but since last October I've been running in pain. I haven't been able to achieve anything."

Later this year, when he is able to compete again, he plans to train in California. On reports he would be a TV commentator at the Olympics, he said, "I'm interested in broadcasting, but I won't accept any job, whatever the offer, if it meant I couldn't run again. No amount of money could get me to give up my amateur standing now. I'll be back."

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