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age Ten
Grayle Howlett
Nx
-OFF BASE
Tommy Aaron and
other assorted losers
Of all the little bits of file-and-forget material which pass
this way; some do manage to get a tempoary reprieve from the.
wastebasket. One such item was about a Toronto fireman who,
in performing his duties of putting out a fire in a house, went
beyond the call by racing into the blazing structure in order to{
rescue the homeowner's pet dog.
t After a successful rescue, the fireman was immediately
,rushed to a Toronto hospital-not as result of eating smoke,
but as a result of a dog-bite.
The reason this piece of non-information is of interest
to me is because of its philosophical implications. There is much
support for the philosophy that the world's population is divided
into the "winners" and the "losers." And by pre-determined
design the winners can only win and the losers can only lose.
The.Toronto fireman seems to be the classic example of the
loser.
But lest we forget, this type of philosophy took root in sports.
Sports not only has glamorized the winners but 'have heaped
much of the spotlight on the losers. The losers are nice enough
guys with all the ability, but they fail to win the championships.
The athletes who have traditionally worn this collar are well
known: -Wilt Chamberlai min basketball, Orlando Cepeda in
baseball, and Don Meredith in football.
Being a sceptie of the "losers philosophy" I only have
to point to the facts. Chamberlain played on many losers
but it was through his great play that the Philadelphia
76'ers up-ended the Boston Celtics for the NBA champion-
ship last year.*
Cepeda, out of ear-shot of Herman Franks, became a leader
in the Cardinal's cop of the World Championship. And Mere-
dith shook off the loser tag t6 spur his Dallas Cowboys on toj
two straight Eastern Division NFL titles. It was his defense
which' lost the championship. I'd being even willing to bet that
that Toronto fireman wasn't bitten-he just tore his hand onj
that dog's tooth.,
However, a '4onvincing argument has come this way in
rebuttal. The adherents of the "losers philosophy" have new,
fuel in the recently completed Masters Golf Championship. No,
Robert DiVicenzo isn't the new nomination. After all, a rule is
a rule. Checking and signing a scorecard is something he does
four times a week, 52 weeks a year.
Tommy Aaron is their candidate. Remember him? He
was DiVicenzo's partner who put down the wrong score.
That's kind of a twist for Aaron who instead of just losing
the tournament, managed' to lose it for somebody else.
Aarondoes, in fact, have the credentials of a loser. The 31-
yea old bespectacled native of Georgia has failed to win a
to irney in his eight years as a pro. He came close in the 1963
Cleveland Open when he tied Palmer for the lead, but lost
handily in the playoff.I
In the 1965 Bob Hope Classic, Aaron led after three rounds
but he' couldn't hold back the "Pre-buffalo Staks" Billy Casper.
In 1966, Aaron was the frQnt runner after three rounds in the
San Diego Open, but true Ito form he couldn't hold his lead.
It's not thatAaron has beep a complete bust on the pro
tour. As a matter of fact, he has managed to make quite a
nice living on the PGA trail. His best year was 1965 when the
30 tournaments he entered netted him $44,829.15 in of-
ficial money earnings, good for 17th place on the leading
money winners list. Not counting this year, in the last four
seasons Aaron has won $136,381.58, or an average of $1,175.70 !
per tournament-not bad for four days' work.
Despite the apparent affluence, Aaron would probably cash
in a few paychecks for just one victory. With that victory would
come a few endorsements and maybe a shot on "Shell's Wonder-
ful World of Golf," a promised land on which losers .don't get
to tread.'
The word on ,the tour is "Aaron wins plenty of money but
never a tourney.''It may be the kiss of death to be leading the
tourney on the fourth day with Arnold Palmer right behind you,
but it's summer wine to have Tommy Aaron ahead of you on
the last round.
Aaion fills out the loser role so well that whenever he gets a
hole-in-one, he's playing alone. It's rumored that Aaron once
took a little side-trip from the tour up to the Grand Canyon-
but it was closed.
Losers are very well publicized in sports. They are almost
deified. In his great career, the thing Sam Snead will probably
be most remembered for' is that he never won a United States
Open. Al Kaline could hit over .400 the rest of his career, but
unless the Tigers win a pennant this is the memory he'll have
to live with.

But Aaron has added tragic overtones to the loser. He no
longer loses just for himself but for others too. Aaron may
be the losers' loser.
As the second half of the PGA season begins, the pressure
really mounts for one Tommy Aaron. Just look what his first
victory will do. First of all, it will take away the greatest under-
dog the nation's underdog rooters have ever had. id second,
it will destroy once and for all the followers of the loser's
'philosophy.

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Student
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