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October 31, 1955
Spoof on a high plane, Tennis market quotations from down under, Far-flung Yankees, Word from an old yachting friend, Fight judge flunks math
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October 31, 1955

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Spoof on a high plane, Tennis market quotations from down under, Far-flung Yankees, Word from an old yachting friend, Fight judge flunks math

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"They might try it in International One-Designs and Six-Meters. I personally feel inclined to start over again with a new cup rather than let the America's Cup be raced for by Six-Meters."

Says Rod Stephens, a member of the yacht designing and brokerage firm of Sparkman & Stephens, Inc.: "The cup should be raced for only by the biggest boats. Maybe they could draw up plans for a new class to combine the ocean racer with the J-Boat, so that a cup boat could be kept as a useful cruising vessel like Baruna or Bolero."

Against the fact that the 73-foot, ocean-cruising Bolero is currently for sale because no one wants to bear the expense of racing her, Stephens had this to say: "If it was announced that the cup would be run by ocean racers of Bolero's size, she would be sold before sundown."


The equal ease with which Jimmy Carter could win or lose the lightweight championship of the world was one of boxing's great marvels until the other night in Cincinnati when it was overshadowed by the longest count boxing has seen since Tunney beat Dempsey at Chicago.

Carter lost a decision to Champion Wallace (Bud) Smith. Whether it was a unanimous decision or split remains, however, in doubt. Two of the three Cincinnati judges scored it for Smith, who thus retained his championship. What made the fight more weird than Carter's in-and-out record (he had won and lost this same championship three times) was the dissenting opinion of Judge Joe Blink, a stubborn, gray-haired man of perhaps limited clerical aptitude. Judge Blink, struggling with the task of totting up two columns of 15 numbers apiece, was the last to turn in his card. He handed it up to Referee Tony Warndorf, who looked at it, snickered and handed it back. Judge Blink's arithmetic gave 94 points to Carter, 90 to Smith. That would have seemed reasonable enough in a 10-round bout but this was a championship, 15-round affair and, under the
10-points-per-round system, a higher total was indicated.

Judge Blink hunched his shoulders over the task again, while a national TV audience waited and wondered.

It took six additional minutes for Judge Blink to come up with a new addition, this one announced as 140-140, or draw. Television winked out hastily on the scene. Millions went to bed believing that two judges had voted for Smith, while the third, Blink, had scored it a draw.

Smith was cheerfully accepting this split decision when Commissioner Paul D. Cain broke the news that someone had thought to check Judge Blink's addition. Just to be absolutely certain. And it came out, Cain said, that the figures actually added up to 144 for Smith, 140 for Carter. Thus, he held, the decision was unanimous for Smith. The card was checked again and it did add up to a unanimous victory for Smith but by a score of 143-139. Or thereabouts.

Joe Blink, apprised of this, snorted.

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