FOGGY NIGHT IN LONDON TOWN
Last week in London a fighter billed as Belarmino Fragoso, Portuguese lightweight champion, was knocked out in the third round. Shortly afterward Fragoso, from his home in Portugal, informed officials of the British Boxing Board of Control that not only hadn't he been knocked out, he hadn't even been out of Portugal. "Well," said Teddy Waltham, secretary of the BBBC and referee of the bout: "It was a very foggy night...."
Dodger President Walter O'Malley, a man of impeccable taste—though it so very often runs to things green—is rewarding loyal Los Angeles rooters with a landscaping program for Chavez Ravine that is costing $1 million. Sore-footed National League ballplayers will be delighted to hear that the program includes extensive work on the playing field. It has been plowed four times to a depth of 20 inches to help eliminate the hard surface that aroused so much criticism last season.
But the major aspects of O'Malley's beauty treatment are being concentrated off the field. On the parking lot banks, for instance, there will be red bougainvillea and blue plumbago, and petunias in cantilevered bowls. And beyond the outfield the once barren perimeter hills will be dressed by summer in the dazzling hues of California poppies, larkspur, paintbrush, wild pansies, lupine and Johnny-jump-ups.
Not only that, but the stands, too, will blossom even more than they did in 1962, with a greater-than-ever array of blooming Angelinos, clinging Holly-woods, creeping Anaheims, climbing Burbanks and wild Beverly Hillbillies—season ticket sales are up 71% over last year already.
NEW HOPE FOR TENNIS
Ted Avory, chairman of the Lawn Tennis Association of Great Britain, has some refreshingly vigorous views on tennis: "My strictly personal view is that our lawn tennis association should break away from the international federation and stage our own open championships at Wimbledon. I will go even further than this in saying that I consider that the words 'amateur' and 'professional' should be removed from the rules governing lawn tennis, and that everyone should be called 'player.' Only in this way can the hypocrisy that is so often associated with our game be eliminated."
These are by far the wisest and most practical words we have yet heard spoken by anyone in authority on the tennis scene. We hope that Avory's "strictly personal view" quickly becomes official policy.
I REMEMBER MOLESKIN
For those who like to sprinkle their cocktail conversation with In terms from professional football, here are some late words of advice: