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That baleful time of examination questions is upon the country, and Walt Alston, manager of the Dodgers, was addressing a few to a Los Angeles men's club. "Suppose," he began, setting up the postulate, "the score is 0-0 in the ninth inning against San Francisco. Don Demeter singles with nobody out. Gil Hodges, Rip Repulski and Joe Pignatano are coming up next. How many of you would play safe and let Hodges bunt?"
About a third of the listeners slowly raised their hands.
"All right," said Alston, "how many of you would try to advance the man and avoid the double play by calling the hit-and-run?"
Another third cautiously raised their hands.
"How many of you would let Hodges hit away for the Coliseum's left field screen?"
The hands of the last third went up. Then all parties sat back to learn which of them, in Alston's book, had given the right answer. They are still waiting.
"You see," said Alston with a gloomy shrug. "No matter what I would do, it would be the wrong thing with two-thirds of you."
The Ploying Fields of Munich
Predictable business for the International Olympic Committee at Munich last week was settled predictably enough: Tokyo was awarded the summer Olympic Games for 1964, and Innsbruck, in the Austrian Tyrol, got the '64 Winter Games.