"O, that I knew...the beast, that I might rail at him, to ease my mind!" Titus Andronicus.
"All lost!...all lost!" The Tempest.
"Accurst, unhappy, wretched, hateful day!" Romeo and Juliet.
"Then with the losers...sympathize, for nothing can seem foul to those that win." Henry IV (Part I).
In "They Said It" a couple of issues ago, Basketball Coach Abe Lemons of the University of Texas said, apropos the practice of college recruiters roaming far and wide, "One of these days the NCAA might put in a rule that says you have to have one player a year on your team from your home state."
If the NCAA had rushed such a rule through, Abe and Texas would be on the right side of the law—just. The other day the Longhorns released the names of four incoming basketball freshmen and said they would probably be all the players Texas would sign this year. One was from California, one was from Oklahoma, one was from Kentucky. But the fourth good old boy was from Waxa-by-god-hachie, Texas.
When the Los Angeles Dodgers were floundering in last place earlier this season, an old familiar cry rang out: Fire Walter Alston! It was not a new experience for Alston, who must hold the major league record for Pennant Winning Manager Most Frequently Criticized. After the Dodgers went on the winning streak that took them into the fight for the divisional lead, the yapping quieted. When they go into another decline—this year or next year or whenever—it will start up again.
This perennial criticism is unjust, as a perusal of Alston's record over the last 23 seasons shows. And now a wanderer through baseball statistics has unearthed one more bit of evidence to show that the Dodger manager has earned a major place in baseball's pantheon. After 100 years of big league competition only six managers have won pennants in three different decades. Alston is one. The others are Connie Mack, John McGraw, Joe McCarthy, Bill McKechnie and Casey Stengel.