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Heather McKay's game is squash. The London Times, which called her "one of the greatest figures in the history of sport," said, "It is doubtful that anyone has dominated a sport to such an extent as the Australian girl." It is hard to argue with the Times. Now 33, Mrs. McKay, whose husband Brian is a professional squash coach in Brisbane, has won the British Women's Squash Championship 13 years in a row. This year she took the finals in 23 minutes, 9-2, 9-1, 9-2. The year before she lost only two points in the final and the year earlier, four. Generally, she wraps up title matches in a quarter to a half an hour.
She was honored with a Member of the British Empire in 1969 and last year the Helms Athletic Foundation struck a special medal for her, the first time that squash had been recognized in its Hall of Fame. She will go after her 14th-straight world title this winter and bids fair to become this era's Pierre Etchebaster, the court tennis king who retired for lack of competition in 1954 at the age of 60 after dominating his sport for 26 years. For anybody itching in the wings, a word of advice: try a new sport.
BATTLE OF THE BULGE
FUGUE FOR TINHORNS
The Justice Department has reported to a Congressionally appointed commission that in 1973 Americans bet between $29 and $39 billion illegally. That is approximately equal to the combined budgets of California, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. Surprisingly, only 10.9% of that amount was bet on horses and only 64.02% on sports of any kind.
In New York City alone the annual illicit handle was $4.2 billion. Average that out to $531.99 for every man, woman and child. And New Yorkers have more than the usual number of opportunities to gamble legally—a state lottery, the Off-Track Betting Corporation, two major thoroughbred tracks and two important harness tracks.
If the Big Apple is an indication of the way things arc, the urban American bookie is not about to be placed on anybody's list of endangered species.