"Don't fall for Fatty's corny con," Detroit Whitey cautioned. "He don't play a good pool player unless he gets 11 to 10."
"Listen, sonny boy," the fat man said, "I've already busted you and I'm going to bust every living soul in this tournament. I'm going to send them out of Johnston City on scooters. In fact, when it's all over, I may be in the used-car business. You moochers don't go for nothing without your backer. If it's your money, you won't bet fat meat is greasy."
That's how it began—New York Fats and his "corny con" against the field.
THAT THING IS A PUCK
Baltimore opened its $14 million Civic Center, two blocks square, last week with a hockey game in which the city's new team, the Clippers, beat Providence 5-4. Baltimore loved it.
Now if Chuck Thompson, TV announcer, will just learn to stop referring to "the ball game" and "the ballplayers" the Clippers may feel that they have a real home.
Germain G. Glidden of Norwalk, Conn., who won the U.S. squash racquets title three times and once (to their mutual surprise) beat Bobby Riggs at tennis, is founder and president of the National Art Museum of Sport, or NAMOS. A left-handed portrait painter as well as athlete, he has painted President Kennedy, Sir Winston Churchill and Robert Grant III, a 10-time winner of the national hard racquets championship. Glidden founded NAMOS to help Americans enjoy art more, with art's lure, being, commendably, sport.
NAMOS will have its first exhibit (Fine Art in Sports) at the IBM Gallery (16 East 57 Street, New York) from Nov. 13 to 30. On view will be not only such ancient works as a lithe bronze discus thrower from Italy and a Japanese ink drawing of two sumo wrestlers but Daniel Schwartz's oil of Big Daddy Lipscomb of the Pittsburgh Steelers, June Harrah's bronze of a galloping Kelso and a small statue of Jesse Owens by Sculptor Joseph Brown, a former boxer. Glidden is represented by an oil painting of himself playing squash. "The Harvard coach thought it was pretty good," Glidden said, "because it looked as if I was, ready for the next shot."
Other artists represented will include Rubens (The Bear Hunt), John Groth (Kayak Race), Robert Henri (Walker vs. Loughran) and Ben Shahn (Safe). There is one etching that golfers will especially want to study. Called The Golf Player, it is by none other than Rembrandt, and because of it some historians have erroneously concluded that golf was invented in Holland, not Scotland.