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IN THE BAG FOR AD
Red Smith
August 27, 1956
The distinguished sportswriter covers the Democratic convention in his idiom and finds that the main event was
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August 27, 1956

In The Bag For Ad

The distinguished sportswriter covers the Democratic convention in his idiom and finds that the main event was

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Nearing the finish he was laboring. He seemed to pull up, then went on, and one was reminded of Eddie Arcaro in a race of two and a half miles at Pimlico. Passing the finish post for the second time with a long lead, Arcaro thought he had won until the field swept past and he realized there was still a full lap to go.

"Next time," Eddie said, "I'll put three beans in my mouth and spit one out each time under the wire."

It's a device the keynoter could have employed, for he blew several logical finishes. He got home at last in 44:0424, ridden out. Even his bald spot was wet.

CHICAGO, Aug. 15

The old champ came striding down the aisle with outriders in front of him and cops behind, and memory recaptured the classic lines which once described Jack Dempsey's entrance in a ring:

"Hail! The conquering hero comes,
Surrounded by a bunch of bums."

This was Harry ("Give 'em hell") Truman, last Democrat to hold the heavyweight title, coming out of retirement now to slug it out with the clever young contender, Ad Stevenson. The arena was a hotel ballroom, the ring a curving battery of microphones, the crowd made up of working stiffs assigned to a press conference. Stevenson wasn't there in the flesh but you could sense his presence, a stick-and-move guy, tough for even a young adversary to hit solidly.

The old champ looked fit, square of shoulder and springy of tread, his skin clear, his eyes bright behind the glittering glasses. No roll of middle-age flesh showed under the gray doublebreasted; his blue polka-dotted bow tie spread wings for bold flight.

But how about the old legs?...

CHICAGO, AUG. 16

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