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THE STUBBORN MEN
The Massachusetts State Boxing Commission's regal refusal to let an out-of-state referee handle the Floyd Patterson-Tom McNeeley heavyweight championship bout and the stubborn opposition of Cus D'Amato to any other arrangement has resulted in a needless impasse. There was precedent for an out-of-state referee since Rocky Marciano, long a resident of Florida, has been licensed to referee in Massachusetts. But the commission stood as stiff as dried cod, and the fight will now go elsewhere.
What stuck in the commission's craw was the blunt phraseology of the contract dropped on its table, without the customary diplomatic preliminaries, by Promoter Tom Bolan, a bit of an amateur in boxing. Had Bolan discussed the matter with the commission before his formal presentation everything might easily have been straightened out by a simple rephrasing of the contract, and face could have been saved all around.
Now Boston has lost the fight, and Bolan has lost his best site. It is not the first round he has lost since he became president of Championship Sports Inc. Bolan's first defeat came after he announced that either Eddie Machen or Britain's Henry Cooper would be Patterson's next opponent. He did this without consulting D'Amato, apparently because he believed the persistent rumor that Patterson no longer listens to his manager. But Patterson does, and at D'Amato's enraged insistence McNeeley became the opponent.
Where will the fight go now? It looks like Toronto, in very late November.
YOU CAN STILL MAKE IT
How old are you? Was that really semi-pro ball you used to play, or more like sandlot? Did you, truly, hit against Johnny Sain at Corpus Christi? Does that glove on the shelf in the garage feel very stiff and slick and old and cold when you put your hand in it? Well, cheer up. Warren Spahn, age 40, won his 21st game last week for the 11th season. That means he is still the best pitcher alive. And that means, of course, that anyone under 40 still has time to make the major leagues.
Anyone over 40 would do well to remember Satchel Paige.
THE SKIPPER SKIPS
There is a yachtsman named Bus Mosbacher, about whom two things are important: 1) he is a master of sailing tactics, and 2) he is a master of sailing tact. Last spring Mosbacher, the master of tactics, was invited to skipper Easterner to see if he could get the boat honed to America's Cup standards (SI, July 17). Last week Mosbacher, the master of tact, invited himself off the helm of Easterner forever. What he said as he left was, "I thank Mr. Hovey for a wonderful summer."