Such an incident is par for the Augusta course of events. Roberts once banished Announcer Jack Whitaker from the CBS telecast team for referring to a huge gallery gathered around the final hole of a final day as "a mob." Whitaker only got back on the team when Henry Longhurst suffered a heart attack and Whitaker, by chance, happened to be in town. Director Frank Chirkinian once drew Roberts' ire by closing with an empty fairway shot, empty except for the litter left by the crowd. Bad image, Roberts said. Asked about humorous incidents that have occurred over the years at the Masters, Chirkinian says, "There is nothing humorous at the Masters. Here small dogs do not bark and babies do not cry."
Texarkana straddles the Texas-Arkansas state line, and the football rivalry between the local high schools on either side of the line is fierce, although usually one-sided in the direction of Texas. In 1964, under Coach Robert E. (Swede) Lee, the Arkansas high school beat Texas for the first time in 23 years. After Lee left to become an assistant at Texas A&M the hard times returned. Now Arkansas has hired Lee back from A&M, which cheered everybody until the school board said his salary would be $20,000. His predecessor made $12,200, and the proposed salary is higher than that of any other member of the faculty, including the school superintendent.
"I think it's too high," said Bill Warner, a school board member who cast the lone dissenting vote in the 7-to-1 decision to hire Lee. "I don't object to the man but to the salary. I think it is excessive. It will cost too much to bring our other people into line with it. The teachers are unhappy and I think there are a lot of concerned citizens in the town, too."
The 7-to-1 vote indicates there aren't too many. As they say in Texas, there are only three sports: football, spring football and recruiting. Arkansas seems to have the same fever.
Recent guerrilla activity has prompted the adoption of two new rules at the golf club in Centenary, Rhodesia. The first rule "allows a stroke to be played again if interrupted by gunfire or sudden explosion," while the second enjoins players to check the holes for land mines before putting.
A new National League rule disturbs Manager Leo Durocher of Houston, and he has a valid point. The Lip's devious mind began working after his star centerfielder, Cesar Cedeno, was knocked down by a pitch. The new rule stipulates that after the first attempt by a pitcher to hit a batter, the pitcher is warned by the umpire, and the warning carries an automatic $50 fine. But if the opposing team's pitcher retaliates, that team's manager is automatically out of the game and the pitcher is warned. If it happens again on either side, the pitcher is thrown out of the game. Durocher says, "The guy who does it first has the other guy over the barrel. Theoretically, you could have your pitcher knock down the other team's first batter every day, and their pitcher couldn't retaliate without having his manager banished. It would cost you maybe $8,000 in fines for your pitchers over a 162-game season, but you'd have the other club in trouble."