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"Darned if I know," said Powers, hitting another one to left.
"Well," said Mr. Rickey, "I want you to learn to spell it, too."
Powers was replaced by Goss and Goss by Kravitz, and Kravitz by Shortstop Dick Groat, until all had hit 100 balls. "Get Thomas and Long," ordered Mr. Rickey. "They can use some of this, too."
At this point, however, he was interrupted. "It's time to eat, Mr. Rickey."
"Judas Priest," cried Mr. Rickey, jumping out of his chair. "I knew I was getting hungry. Well, let's go eat. We'll get on with this later." And, coattails flapping, Mr. Rickey hurried off to the clubhouse, a legend on its way to lunch.
Comes now the Kansas Turnpike Authority, a strictly nonathletic organization, to enter an opinion on certain financial aspects of Kansas University's nationally famous sophomore basketball star, Wilt Chamberlain. The turnpike officials make no pretense of knowing how much money Wilt will get for playing amateur basketball at K.U. but have announced—and only half jokingly—that he is worth every penny of it. By checking the number of automobiles which have passed through the eastern and western turnpike exits at Lawrence, Kans. on Saturdays when Wilt is playing in a home game and on Saturdays when he is not, they conclude that he pulls 1,665 extra cars over the road at an average rate of 97¢ per car, or $1,615.05 every time he trots out on the court.
Since the road is 236 miles long, he is worth $6.84 per mile per Saturday, and $16,150.50 a year. If K.U. continues playing 10 games per season at Lawrence he can be expected to produce $48,451.50 in extra revenue for the turnpike before he graduates.
"If there's any justice in the world," wrote Sports Editor Joe Gilmartin of the Wichita Beacon, "our grandchildren will one day refer to the stretch of four-lane road between Kansas City and Wellington as the Wilton Chamberlain Memorial Highway."
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