U.S. Naval Academy
"I'm not anti-intellectual. But a sound athletic program helps the academic
in developing healthy minds and bodies. At the USNA, high intellectual
requirements come first. However, athletics helps to mold into character the
resourcefulness and teamwork required of our future leaders."
YOGI BERRA, N.Y.
"Anti-intellectualism? Never heard of it. Am I an anti-intellectual? Who
cares? If a guy wants to be a genius, that's his business. It won't help his
batting average. My business is to be the top catcher and hitter in the league.
I like comics and I'm crazy about Jackie Gleason on TV."
"Anti-intellectualism! What's that? Don't let this dinner jacket fool you.
I love the comics and westerns. Sometimes I read a good book to impress
Laraine. And I read everything on sports that I lay my hands on. That includes
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. If that makes me anti-intellectual, okay."
PETE KOHUT, Brown
All-Ivy League quarterback
"Of course I'm not. Brown's faculty puts a great store on intellectualism.
The only really new college course in years, 'The Identification and Criticism
of Ideas' was the brilliant contribution of the late Bruce M. Bigelow, vice
president of Brown. Perhaps athletics has gone a bit too far."
"Somewhat. That applies to too much education. A little knowledge is
dangerous if improperly used. But too much education is more dangerous if it is
impractical. Many are swayed by it. Robert M. Hutchins, who hasn't forgotten
the 'boy wonder' tag is an example of impractical intellect."
DAZZY VANCE, Hall
Former Brooklyn pitcher
"In baseball, you get old too quick and smart too late. We had to make
college boys over. I'm anti-intellectual in that respect. The great Joe Jackson
who couldn't read, was asked to spell a simple word. Instead, he hit a long
triple. He grinned and asked: 'How do you spell triple?' "
Hall of Fame
Former Yankee outfielder
"No. I'm not an intellectual, which everyone knows. But I'm not
anti-anybody or anything, which some people don't know. I can get along with
anyone. I may seem reserved, but I like people and I want them to like me. When
they don't, I figure there's something wrong with me, not them."
WILLIE MAYS, N.Y.
"I've never heard of it, but I think I know what you mean. That anti-guy
thinks that a man with a lot of book-learning who doesn't know how to use it is
an egghead. Maybe he's right. Books won't teach you baseball. You do that
naturally, like throwing to the right base without thinking."
"I haven't heard of anti-intellectualism. Neither am I anti-intellectual.
Many college boys like Ralph Kiner, Alvin Dark, Allie Reynolds and Al Rosen
have raised the intellectual level and sports level of pro baseball. Why should
any people in baseball be anti-intellectual?"
Former pro football coach
"I once had a great intellectual play football for me. The lessons he
learned on the football field saved him. The dreamy intellectual, with too much
impractical learning, is usually a selfish person. He remains aloof from we
ordinary mortals. Am I anti-intellectual? I'm pro-football."