Phil Rizzuto of
the Yankees is performing as a television panelist these Friday evenings
(DuMont network, 10:30 p.m. EST) on a program called Down You Go, one of the
more pleasant and literate half hours around. And if you think Phil has been
signed on (as some athletes have been by other show business enterprises) as a
sort of staff boob, be advised that Phil is sharp as a tack, looking likewise
and talking as though he had been hanging around Clifton Fadiman instead of
As caught last
Friday evening, the Down You Go panel included Boris Karloff, the professional
monster, and a couple of cuties named Signe Hasso and Patricia Cutts. None of
them—not even Karloff—scared Phil. He went after the answers with as much style
as he gives to the fielding of a ground ball.
Phil was first to
guess that the phrase indicated by the clue, "very likely to happen to one
who hasn't all his buttons," was "he lost his shirt." When the
hint, "a Grimm character," was tossed out, Phil guessed, with logic if
not accuracy, that the answer was "an umpire."
didn't get "the U.S.S. Forrestal" as the answer to the phrase, "a
great hardship," he was there in the clutch when Moderator Bergen Evans
asked, "Can anyone tell us something about the Forrestal?"
carrier in the world," said Phil promptly. "Too big to get through the
Panama Canal. Displaces as much water as the city of Milwaukee drinks in a
Dr. Evans, a
college professor, was plainly taken aback. "I didn't know that, Mr.
Rizzuto," he said.
"It was in
all the papers," said Phil Rizzuto kindly, in the gentle, tolerant manner
of the well-informed man.
The student takes
For 20 years
before his death last summer John Blanks Campbell earned the respect of
sports's most critical audience: the American racing fan and the thousands of
men and women who help to make thoroughbred racing a billion-dollar business.
In his capacity as racing secretary and handicap-per of the Jockey Club, John
Campbell became most renowned for his uncanny ability to forecast what one
season's two-year-olds would do during their three-year-old years. His
long-time friend, the late Joe H. Palmer, once said of him, "He knows more
in January what a horse will do in April than the average handicapper knows
five minutes before post time."