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Next May will mark the 25th anniversary of the historic race in Oxford, England, in which Roger Bannister became the first man to run the mile in less than four minutes. Although more than a thousand sub-four-minute miles have been run since then, it still came as something of a shock when the AAU announced recently that the new, lowered qualifying times for next June's track and field championships included 4:00.0 as the standard in the mile. If a runner hasn't clocked a four-minute mile or the metric equivalent, he cannot enter the 1,500, which has replaced the mile on the championship program in recent years.
Thus in running, as in many other human pursuits, what was once a pinnacle of achievement has become the minimum acceptable level of performance.
BRAVE NEW LEAGUE
Come April, a new Triple A baseball league, the Inter-American, will begin play. It was sanctioned two weeks ago by the National Association of Professional Baseball, and franchises have been approved for Caracas, Maracaibo, Panama City, Santo Domingo, San Juan and Miami. The two most interesting things about the Inter-American League are 1) none of its clubs will be affiliated with a major league team, which means that players will have to be recruited and signed as free agents, and 2) the Miami Amigos are meant to appeal to that city's vast Cuban population, currently estimated at 500,000.
The Miami- Ft. Lauderdale area ranks 10th in the nation in metropolitan population but has never been considered a prime market for big league baseball. Should our relations with Cuba further improve, however, a franchise in Havana could quickly turn Miami into the best minor league franchise in the game.
The Toledo Goaldiggers of the International Hockey League were beating the Muskegon Mohawks 4-2 after the second period but Terrible Ted Garvin, their general manager-coach, was enraged because his team was waltzing around instead of checking.
"There's too many guys in this dressing room with all their teeth and too many who aren't laying on the table in the training room getting stitches," he roared. Whereupon he yanked out a denture plate containing 10 teeth and hurled it across the dressing room.
"These are my teeth!" he screamed. "I lost them all playing junior hockey. I don't look bad and I eat well."
Garvin later admitted he held his breath after tossing the plate. "When I saw those teeth flying through the air, I thought to myself, 'Oh my God, what if they hit the floor and break?' "