Hoyt's drinking later became a serious problem that he solved after he joined Alcoholics Anonymous in 1945. Just before he joined AA, he disappeared from the Cincinnati broadcasting booth for several days and was finally found recovering from a drinking bout. His absence was blamed on "amnesia." When Ruth heard about that he gleefully sent his old drinking buddy a telegram. "Read about your case of amnesia," he wired. "Must be a new brand."
NOT SO VIOLENT OPINIONS
The Hockey News recently asked its readers how they felt about various aspects of the sport. Despite all the negative publicity about violence on the ice, 67% of those responding to the poll said that the level of violence in hockey was acceptable, and almost as many (62.5%) said they didn't feel that fighting should be banned.
Don't assume by this that readers of The Hockey News are modern versions of Romans shouting for blood from bleacher seats in the Colosseum. Another question was whether hockey is better today than it was 10 years ago when the Philadelphia Flyers, the renowned Broad Street Bullies, were winning Stanley Cups with intimidation and aggressiveness. A resounding 71% of the readers preferred today's relatively milder game.
Just so it doesn't get too mild.