Kathy King, an exceptionally pretty song leader at California Lutheran College, broke the sex barrier in collegiate wrestling—for a matter of seconds at least. When the Kingsmen lost star Steve Magruder to a knee injury, the 125-pound Kingswoman volunteered to take his place in the 150-pound class against Southern California College's Taylor Peryear. "I was really ready," Miss King says. "I even cut my fingernails." So, said a Cal Lutheran spokesman, was Peryear. "You could see he was ready for physical contact." Kathy, understandably, decided she wasn't. Before Peryear could quite catch up with her, she defaulted. And that was the margin of victory as SCC won 25-22. Kathy admitted afterward she was playing for a forfeit, hoping Peryear would be too gallant or angry to wrestle her.
Accused of attempted robbery and assault with intent to kill, Burton Woods Jr. of St. Louis made a plausible defense. He could not have been at the scene of the crime, he maintained, because he was home watching the Cardinals and his favorite pitcher, Bob Gibson, on television. But the prosecutor put a Cardinal official on the stand to testify that the game that night was a home game, and home games are not televised. Moreover, Rick Wise, not Bob Gibson, was pitching. The defendant got 40 years in the penitentiary.
Joe DiMaggio has been named "Great Warrior of the Golden Sun" by the Creek tribe of Oklahoma. The Creeks also made DiMaggio a chief, which raised the feathers of another ex-Yankee, Allie Reynolds. A genuine Indian, Reynolds said: "I've never been a chief. I ran once and was defeated."
Tara Sheldon, 6'4�", is the current Miss Tall Universe. Miss Sheldon, who says she "wanted to die" when she was 6'2" at age 12, credits sports and a high school coach with helping her grow...emotionally. She became a high-jump champion in college. "At 18 I began to lose my ugly duckling image," she says. "I started to wear contact lenses and my figure blossomed. I finally realized that height can give a person an aura of leadership and that while other girls had to do all sorts of things to attract a man's attention, I didn't have to do anything."
Jocelyne Bourassa of Quebec, who was named 1972 rookie of the year on the U.S. women's golf tour, Canadian female athlete of the year, Canada's top golf personality and a lot of other things, has a slightly unusual sponsor—Montreal horseman J. Louis Levesque, owner of undefeated two-year-old La Prevoyante, who is fond of saying he has two outstanding fillies. Receiving one award at the annual meeting of the Royal Canadian Golf Association, Miss Bourassa had a riposte. "You know I have had a knee operation," she said in a French Canadian accent that sounds like Genevieve in the rough. "Monsieur Levesque was telling me what they do to fillies with bad legs. 'We shoot them or we breed them,' he said. I don't think I'm ready for either. So I'll go back on the tour."
Five years ago Bobby Orr and Derek Sanderson of the Boston Bruins made a pact. The first one to be married would receive $1,000 from the other as a sort of farewell present and consolation prize. Well, Orr plans to marry blonde Peggy Wood, a 25-year-old schoolteacher from Fort Lauderdale, sometime in June. And Sanderson, after settling for $1 million with the Philadelphia Blazers, could scarcely plead poverty. So he grudgingly came up with the grand—$990 in $1 bills plus 1,000 pennies—and had it all dumped in front of Orr's locker. The devalued currency made a terrible mess but soon was scooped into a litter bag—with the help, appropriately, of teammate Wayne Cashman.
Mounted police will be equipped with battery-operated taillights, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Joseph O'Neill has decided, and the horses will wear white luminous stockings on their legs and white sheets on their rumps. "The animals are dark and so are policemen's uniforms," O'Neill said. "We want to make sure they will be seen by motorists." Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Game Commission noted that 6,435 deer had been killed by cars, 12 in Philadelphia. Maybe O'Neill can put taillights on the deer.
Miami Dolphin Quarterback Bob Griese, a hot commercial property right now, has just finished a video tape series ballyhooing health spas. Before that he had extolled Vitalis (no Griese kid stuff), Mitchum's deodorant, Sears, Roebuck and Fletcher's Castoria. Asked which was the toughest to handle, Griese said quickly, "Sears, by far, those clothing commercials when I'm running around and passing in civilian clothes. Did you ever try to run in the Orange Bowl in a winter suit in May? Tough! And they had to paste sandpaper on the bottom of my shoes so I wouldn't slip."