Babe Ruth letters command the highest prices of any athlete's. " Ruth is it!" exclaims Hamilton. A handwritten Ruth letter goes for $500; a signed typewritten letter, $200; a signed baseball, $150; and a signature, $50. But Hamilton warns collectors to be careful. " Ruth was a very nice guy," he says, "and at the end of every game he'd linger on the field signing autographs. But his wife also signed autographs for him, so have an expert judge."
Spider Martin, Dartmouth '19, tells the following story in his class newsletter:
A dignified English solicitor-widower with a considerable income had long dreamed of playing Sandringham, one of Great Britain's most exclusive golf courses, and one day he made up his mind to chance it when he was traveling in the area.
Entering the clubhouse, he asked at the desk if he might play the course. The club secretary inquired, "Member?" "No, sir." "Guest of a member?" "No, sir." "Sorry."
As he turned to leave, the lawyer spotted a slightly familiar figure seated in the lounge, reading the London Times. It was Lord Parham. He approached and, bowing low, said, "I beg your pardon, your Lordship, but my name is Higginbotham of the London solicitors Higginbotham, Willingby and Barclay. I should like to crave your Lordship's indulgence. Might I play this beautiful course as your guest?"
His Lordship gave Higginbotham a long look, put down his paper and asked, "Church?" "Church of England, sir, as was my late wife." "Education?" "Eton, sir, and Oxford." "Sport?" "Rugby, sir, a spot of tennis and No. 4 on the crew that beat Cambridge." "Service?" "Brigadier, sir, Coldstream Guards, Victoria Cross and Knight of the Garter." "Campaigns?" "Dunkirk, El Alamein and Normandy, sir." "Languages?" "Private tutor in French, fluent German and a bit of Greek."
His Lordship considered briefly, then nodded to the club secretary and said, "Nine holes."
Bobby Fischer, who joined the Worldwide Church of God and disappeared from public view after winning the World Chess Championship from Boris Spassky in 1972, is being sought by police in South Pasadena, Calif. on a warrant charging him with battery, trespassing and disturbing the peace. The charges were brought by Mrs. Holly Ruiz, a former church member, who complained that Fischer struck her after she refused to sign a statement saying she had recorded his remarks about the church without his permission.