Asked recently about orange baseballs, Ott said it would be interesting to study their effect. "Off the cuff," he told the Chicago Tribune's Dick Dozer, "I would say they offer less contrast than white. I think they'd be harder to hit, but I don't know."
Some doctors and hospitals expressed disbelief and surprise that Boston Bruin hockey star Phil Esposito could have been so easily wheeled, bed and all, from his room at Massachusetts General Hospital to a team party at a restaurant across the street (SCORECARD, April 30). Apparently it was not all that easy. Last week Esposito received a $400 bill from the hospital for "repairs" to a railing and door frame that were removed during the short happy journey from hospital to bar. To sum up, Mass General seemed more than a little miffed by the whole affair.
A spate of excessively large numbers comes to attention this week. We are told that during the Women's International Bowling Congress, a three-month-long extravaganza now under way in Las Vegas, 48,000 women will lift 500,000 tons of bowling ball, propel that weight 100,000 miles and with it knock down 75 million pins. In college baseball in Maine, Nasson College won a squeaker from St. Francis, 31-0. And in the Politely Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland a $2 show bet on Rambelle, who finished second, returned $159.40, and a $2 show bet on third-place Pegemina paid $124. This requires further comment. The winner of the race was Winsome Imp, a 30-to-1 long shot who paid $67.20 to win, $25 to place and $73 to show. A $2 across-the-board bet on Winsome Imp ($6 in all) would have netted a profit of $159.20, but that was only $1.80 more than from a simple $2 show bet on Rambelle. Pegemina's $124 for show was $31.80 greater than Winsome Imp's win and place prices combined. The reason for these extravagant returns was extremely heavy show betting on Marian Bender, winner of seven straight races and a 1-to-5 favorite, who finished fifth. Of $100,852 in the show pool, $92,908 was bet on Marian Bender. Ray Kennedy, who has been with American Totalisator Company, the tote-board people, for 32 years, said, "In all my years, I have never seen a show payoff like that one."
A LITTLE HUMOR HERE
Pratfalls, however painful to the fallee, are usually funny. At any rate, they make other people laugh. The University of Oklahoma's sad recruiting mishap, which led the Sooners to forfeit eight of their 1972 football victories, brought a swirl of gags in its wake. The University of Texas publicist, Jones Ramsey, remembering that Texas' only defeat last fall was to Oklahoma, ran up and down corridors shouting, "We're undefeated! We're undefeated!" Dallas' Times-Herald Columnist Dick Hitt congratulated himself for not having gotten around to paying off a steak-dinner bet on the Texas-Oklahoma game. He phoned the friend with whom he had made the bet and said he and his wife were available for dinner anytime. At the University of Oregon, which lost to Oklahoma 68-3, Publicist Hal Cowan put in a call to his Oklahoma counterpart, John Keith. Noting that the forfeit had changed the score to 1-0 Oregon, Cowan asked, "When are you going to return the game ball?"