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In his Story, Double Bonanza for Spoils Cars (Oct. 29), Rudeen quips, "In sum, these audiences at Riverside and Laguna Seca easily outnumbered the immense one that always attends the Indianapolis '500.' " Writer Rudeen estimates the combined crowd at 140,000.
The Indy crowd bulges to a total of 250,000 to 300,000 when the infield crowd arrives. Permanent seats are at a premium (even with a $30 top), and a double-deck grandstand seating 10,000 is now under contruction to help solve the ticket problem.
•As Rudeen's story went to press it read: "...these audiences at Riverside and Laguna Seca easily outnumbered every other American racing crowd save the immense one that always attends the Indianapolis '500.' " The underscored line was omitted by mistake.—ED.
BALL OR DANDELION?
As soon as the yellow baseball had proved its superior visibility we went right to work (in 1938) to make up yellow golf balls, yellow tennis balls, yellow softballs and yellow polo balls, too.
1) The yellow golf ball is great off the tee, in a trap and on the green, where the color of the ball helps the player's eyes to focus on and define its exact shape—assisting the player in executing the perfect stroke.
On the fairway, unless there are the usual spring dandelions, it's good, too—but those little flowers make it hard to find. In the rough, when the fall leaves are around, it's easily lost among the yellow and brown leaves. Good idea to have a few in your bag, though—for use when playing conditions are right.
2) The yellow tennis ball proved very good, on grass courts in particular, until grass-stained (as in the case of the white ball).
3) The yellow softball was test-played by the Police Athletic League teams under the supervision of the then Commissioner John Morris, and it was generally agreed that it was an improvement.