THIS IS A MOTORCYCLE?
Ja, Kinder, das ist a motorcycle, a German motorcycle, called the 'flying deck chair,' and in it is a man, Herman Mueller of Ingolstadt, lying nearly flat on his back as compatriots give him a starting push for a world-record run (150 mph) at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. At last count, Mueller and partner Wilhelm Herz had set ten new records in this and similar machines ranging from 100 to 500 cc, registering speeds as high as 210 mph
CARDINAL FANS PUT LANE ON THE SPOT
On the left is the conclusion to an article on the St. Louis Cardinals in the May 28 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. Since then, Frank Lane has maintained his not-altogether-enviable reputation as the biggest trader in the National League. Cardinal fans—only some of whom live in St. Louis—wept tears of blood when Red Schoendienst (now racing Hank Aaron and Stan Musial for the NL batting championship) was sold to New York. But as the Cardinals dropped out of the pennant race and built up a record not much superior to that of last season, when the club finished seventh, the only blood some Cardinal fans were crying for belonged to Frank Lane.
On behalf of untold thousands of disgruntled Cardinal fans, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED sent a reporter to nail down Mr. Lane in his New York hotel suite for nearly three hours. The reporter was told to be as mean as any St. Louis fan he could imagine. As will be seen from the following, Trader Lane defended himself vigorously and adroitly:
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Les Woodcock, of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, representing the Cardinal fans.
Frank Lane, of Busch Stadium, St. Louis, representing Frank Lane.
LW: Every time you pick up the paper it seems as if Lane has traded away one of the Cardinals. The fans want to know just what Frank Lane is doing in St. Louis.
: Now wait a minute. The fans in St. Louis are behind me. The fans who are most critical are the people who never see any Cardinal games. I get letters from all over the country calling me all the names in the book. A guy from California just yesterday said, "How can anyone be so stupid!" In fact, 70% of the letters I receive are from out of town. But I'm not concerned with people in California or Red Eye, Minn. They are synthetic fans. It's the fans in St. Louis and the trade area surrounding it that are paying the freight, and they're the ones I'm concerned with. These people are great. They're coming out to see us. Why, our attendance is 65,000 ahead of what it was last year.
LW: That doesn't prove the fans are supporting you. This is a better balanced league this year, and you should be drawing more fans