He explained to a Senate antitrust hearing why Japanese baseball seemed to him inscrutable. "I couldn't understand why they would want to play baseball with short fingers...."
When asked in '73 if he would like to manage again, he said, "Well, to be truthful and honest and perfectly frank about it, I'm 83 years old, which ain't bad. To be truthful and honest and frank about it, the thing I'd like to be right now is an astronaut."
He said, after being honored as baseball's greatest living manager, "I want to thank all my players for giving me the honor of being what I was."
WHEN VROOM GOES BOOM
The point of auto racing is sustained high speed, but the scenes that stick in the memory are of abrupt, rending arrest. During the first lap of the 1966 Indy 500, 11 cars crashed and 14 spectators were hit by flying debris. Graham Hill (far left) escaped unscathed and won.
CENTERS OF ATTENTION
No sports figures have been more pivotal than basketball's mobile big men. Like Fiberglas in pole-vaulting, they raised their game's limits, made it whippier and more spectacular and altered the style of all its participants. The biggest three were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell, player and coach.
DANCING ON AIR
Not only sports you watch but sports you do grew by leaps and bounds. Often what was in the ascendancy was a form of descent, such as skydiving—here the West German "Boogey Woogey" team plummets on Pretoria, South Africa—skiing, skin diving and hang gliding.
THE BIGGER THEY WERE
...the giddier they rose and fell. Sonny Liston and George Foreman were called indestructible. They said that Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali couldn't come back. You never could tell. The heavyweights produced the super-punch fans demanded, and a stunning unpredictability as well. A good thing, or, despite theater TV, boxing might have died.
Young Cassius Clay, just 19 in '61, made his mark on Alex Miteff.
Floyd Patterson floored Ingemar Johansson in their rubber match.