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But the story has a happy ending after all. Public Broadcasting is showing The Glory of Their Times on the PBS network March 6 through 22. We are finally getting to see Fred Merkle's bonehead play in the 1908 Series and Christy Mathewson throwing his celebrated fadeaway. Listen closely and you can hear Rube Marquard chuckling and saying, "Muggsy McGraw couldn't lick a stamp."
It was worth the wait.
FIT TO BE TIED
From the moment it became clear that Grand Forks Central and Grand Forks Red River were going to meet in the finals of the North Dakota state high school hockey tournament, everybody knew the game was going to be a shoot-out. The schools are the only two in town and, naturally, bitter rivals with many scores to settle. Going in, Central's record was 14-10-1; Red River's was 18-5-1; and Central had won two of the three times they had met.
The tournament game began at 8:32 p.m. Saturday in front of a packed house. At 12:31 a.m. Sunday—almost four hours and eight overtimes later—with the score still 1-1, the North Dakota High School Activities Association, "in consideration of the welfare of the players," ruled the game and the championship a draw, and with the still full house cheering wildly, once-bitter rivals fell into each other's arms exhausted and laughing.
BEGINNING OF THE END
Dr. John B. Anderson was the head physician on the U.S. Olympic Committee for the Montreal Games. In an article in Frontiers, the quarterly magazine of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, he predicts that though 1984 will come, the 1984 Olympics will not. "I cannot but wonder if we are creating a medical Olympic Games which will probably lead to their demise," he writes.
Anderson contends that the increase in sophistication of sex manipulation through testosterone injections between the 1972 and 1976 Olympics outstripped the capabilities of testing methods, and that the same situation will continue into 1980.
"The cost of sex testing is astronomical," Anderson writes. "Between $2 million and $3 million per Olympiad. Each potential contestant must be screened at a cost of $15; if any questions arise, the further tests cost $50 to $75."
Speaking of female swimmers and gymnasts, Anderson says, "The extent of masculinizing effects can be precisely controlled through sex-hormone manipulation. Thus a female athlete can be biologically engineered for her specialty. This is apparently being done in some Eastern bloc nations." To Anderson the next logical step is gene manipulation.