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big city sport
by dick mintz
Television has been blamed as the cause for the present ills of
many of the major sports, but it may be just the stimulus needed to
give one minor sport a major boost.
Handball is played in the shadows of the big cities. It has its
centers in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York; its familiar
setting being the cramped concrete courts of the municipal parks or
the YMCA. Kids for the most part play there during the week days,
with the old timers taking over the courts on weekends to show the
youngsters how the game should be played.
Spectators are few, mainly because a good view of the players
is afforded to a very few bunched along the sidelines of the court; The
game is fast and rugged, requiring quick reflexes and talented hands.
Weighing 23 ounces, the ball is hard rubber'and can be made to hook,
curve or stop "dead" on the bounce. The standout player can anticipate
its direction and get set for the return shot. His equipment consists
of only sneakers and soft leather gloves. Minus the racket, it's like
tennis with no neck ache.
The old timers, though, are afraid the sport is dying. The kids
don't seem to be playing it any more. They concentrate instead on
football, basketball, or baseball where they have a chance for college
Glass-Enclosed Court .. .
Last May a glass-enclosed four-walled court was constructed in
Aurora, Illinois, accommodating 900 spectators and having facilities
for TV broadcasts. The devotees of the game see TV as its salvation.
Vic Hershkowitz, who is to handball what Willie Hoppe is to
billiards expects that not too far in the future sports fans will come
to appreciate handball as the fine spectator sport it is. No longer will
just a fortunate few on the sidelines be able to follow the play of the
game but soon many will be able to view it from all angles on a court
which the TV camera can focus entirely in its view. The cost of the
1 Aurora court however is $60,000-$70,000 which most YMCA's can't
Hershkowitz and Jim Sloan, another handball great, met at Aurora
last June in an exhibition match that was televised in Chicago. The
technical aspects of televising the game were faulty. The reception
was poor and the camera work the same. But this was only the first
of many hoped for future telecasts by those sponsoring the first.
Colleges recently have taken an interest in the game. The most
notable is the University of Texas which has in the planning stage a
building devoted entirely to handball. Texas supports a team, too.
Michigan was represented last winter in the intercollegiate cham-
pionships held in Chicago, although the sport is not directly sponsored
by the University. Al Lifshay, the Wolverine entry, a quick, hard-
hitting, player from New York was good enough to advance into the
Not many knew that we were represented or for that matter of the
tournament. It is hoped TV will soon make many aware of the many
handball tournaments now being inaugurated around the country.
HIT IT-An I-M batter gets set to strike a mighty blast during
last night's final round of softball play. Hardrocks defeated
Chemistry, 2-0, and won the I-M Softball Championship.
Hardrocks Beat Chemistry
To Win m-M Softball Crown
Braves Rally To Defeat Dodgers;
Tigers Win, 3-2, on Disputed Hit
By The Associated Press
the major league leadership in Jim Hearn, promoted to a starter's Manager Mike Higgins. They
Braves rallied for three runs in that department. role by Manager Eddie Sawyer, claimed the ball was foul but Um-
Brheshthininyesrterdaytobeat Rain, which delayed start of the pitched the Philadelphia Phillies pire John Flaherty ruled other-
teegtinngysedytbetgame for 40 minutes fell again as picewh hlaepi hlise
the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 and the Cubs batted in the ninth. After to their third straight victory over Monbouquette, recently called
increase their league lead, a 32-minute delay the contest was St. Louis last night, 4-3. up from Minneapolis, allowed only
In the process, young Juan Piz- called off. Hearn picked up his second vic- six hits as he dropped his second
zaro won his second straight since The winning run was scored in tory against three defeats in mak- decision, both to the Tigers.
being called up from 4ie minors the eighth inning on a single by ing his first start since July 20,
as he put the Dodgers down with Bobby Thompson, a wild pitch by 1957. But he needed help from
four hits and without an earned Don Gross. the third Pirate pitch- reliever Dick Farrell when he got Teniu s Stars
run. He beat Chicago, 4-1, last er, and a throwing error by Frank in trouble with two out in the
Friday. Thomas. eighth. T1 * TIT
It was the second straight tri- Pirate starter Curt Raydon gave The 35-year-old Hearn allowed t.O Vi R..
umph, too, for a lefthander against up only one run in the first six only five hits until the eighth.
the once-feared righthanded Los innings, That was Banks' blast in LONDON (P)-Christine Tru-
Angeles batting order. Warren the fourth. man and Ann Haydon, two of
Spahn beat them Wednesday night * * * Tigers 3, Red Sox 2 England's finest young tennis play-
4-3. Yesterday's victory gave Mil- Phils 4, Cards 3 DETROIT - Frank Lary edged ers, left by air for New York
waukee two of the three games in PHILADELPHIA - The veteran rookie Bill Monbouquette in a yesterday to compete in the
the series. tense pitching duel yesterday and American Championships and
* * * ~~ the Detroit Tigers defeated Boston three other tournaments.
Redlegs 10, Giants 9 3-2 on Frank Bolling's disputed Miss Truman, 1T, is considered
CINCINNATI- The Cincinnati double in the eighth inning. Britain's brightest tennis prospect
Redlegs rallied for six runs in the Bolling's smash down the third in 25 years.
last two innings last night and - base line scored Billy Martin from The British girls are scheduled
defeated the San Francisco Giants, third base and brought on a loud to play in the eastern champion-
10-9, as pinch hitter Pete Whisen- . protest from Red Sox players and ships at Orange, N.J., next week.
ant singled home the winning run
with one out and the bases loaded
in the last of the ninth.
The defeat dropped the Giants ERUDITION
a full game behind Milwaukee'sER DTO
National League leaders and came
as the Redlegs wiped out a 9-4
San Francisco lead. d
The winning run came off Ruben
Gomez, the fourth Giant pitcher
and the winning hurler was Joe A
Nuxhall, the sixth Redleg hurler.
The free-swinging game saw a
Leon Wagner, Giant rookie, get
two home runs and Willie Kirk-
land one for the Giants while Walt
Dropo got a two-run homer for
the Redlegs in the eighth when JOE NUXHALL
they scored five times to tie the . .. beats Giants
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Cubs 5, Pirates 4 Major League
PITTSBURGH -- The Chicagor
Cubs took advantage of a wild
pitch and an error in the eighth
inning last night to defeat the ___________________
Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4deErnie AMERICAN LEAGU9*
Banks hit his 29th home run of the w L Pct. GB
season for the Cubs, taking over New York 64 34.653-
The Hardrocks, behind the two-
hit pitching of John VanIwarden
last night defeated the Chemistry
"A" team 2-0 to win the I-M sum-
mer softball crown.
VanIwarden sparkled on the
mound, giving up only two bunt
singles while striking out 11. The
fireball hurler has had the best
record on the mound this summer.
The game was played well de-
fensively as 'expected with only two
errors made between both teams.
The Hardrocks squeezed across
their first run in the first on a
single and stolen base by Van
Ecnanam and an infieldhit by
Harold Ritsema. In the fourth Bob
Tazalaar stole second after getting
to first on an error and was
knocked in on Paul Newhof's
The Chem team comprised
chiefly of teaching-fellow graduate
students won in the Faculty
League during the Spring and had
been undefeated this summer. Curt
Reimann was the losing pitcher.
Education edged Eabfos, 5-4, for
the second place position in a
hotly-contested game that saw
Education stave off a seventh-inn-
ing Eabfos rally.
McKechie, giving up six hits,
was the winning pitcher.
In the third place play-off
Philosophy overwhelmed Pickups
Ted Cohn, burly Pickup's catch-
er, excelled on defense and sparked
his team with a single, double and
triple. Don Persellin though pitch-
ing a fine game didn't have the
field behind him to support his
A slam-bang game for fourth
place saw Television swamp Phi
Kappa Psi 15-7.
Braves Encounter Giants Tonight
Richards Says U.S. Women
Can Win in Olympic Events
IBy The Associated Press v
MILWAUKEE - The teams
known to the haughty Yankees-
who likely will oppose one of them
in the World Series-as the freaks
and the bush leaguers collide to-
night in the opener of the first
critical series of the National
The freaks are better known as
the San Francisco Giants. The
bush leaguers, are the Milwaukee
Braves, of course.
Only a handful of County Stadi-
um's 43,768 seats have not. been
sold, indicating complete sellouts
for the four-game series that may
have a lasting effect on the NL
The Giants-labeled a "freak"
team by Yankee Manager Casey
Stengel Wednesday night - and
the Braves-described as "bush
league" by an unidentified member
of Stengel's entourage during the
1957 World Series - have been
taking turns in first place for the
past few weeks.
A sweep of the series by either
Bill Rigney's youngsters or Fred
Haney's world champions could
deal a triphammer blow to the
pennant aspirations of the other.
Off past performances, a sweep
is unlikely. The Braves hold a 7-5
edge in games played to date, in-
cluding a 3-3 standoff at San
Francisco and a 4-2 bulge in the
not always friendly confines of
PHILADELPHIA-The St. Louis
Cardinals are sinking fast with a
popgun attack in a league of
home run hitters and many turn
in desperation to a new lineup.
Last in the National League in
runs and homers, the Red Birds
are floundering in sixth place, a
long drop from their second-place
finish a year ago.
Fred Hutchinson, known as one
of the game's most patient man-
agers, indicated he may have to
revamp his lineup and insert
rookie outfielder Gene Green be-
hind the plate.
The 6-foot-3 Green has only
seven homers but is batting .292
despite a recent slump, which is
far above the anemic averages of
the Cardinal catchers..
"Runs, that's all we need," Hutch
said after Wednesday night's 5-1
defeat by the Phillies.
Poles Welcome Athletes
WARSAW - The doorman at
Warsaw's Grand Hotel had to use
a fire hose yesterday to clear a
path for American athletes through
300 gaping, admiring Polish fans.
A dozen big American flags fly,
in Warsaw. As buses carried the
American athletes through the
city, people stopped to watch and
often to cheer.
That was Poland's welcome to
American men and women track
stars who are expected to give
the Poles a beating today and
Saturday in Warsaw's biggest
track event in a decade.
"What a contrast Poland is to
Russia,"' said Coach Payton Jor-
dan of Stanford.
The Americans lost the meet in
Moscow under the Soviet system
of lumping men's and women's
point together by a 172-170 mar-
Pro Golf Tourney
CHICAGO - A heavy morning
rain which postponed start of the
$50,000 Chicago Open yesterday
may have guaranteed pro golf a
new 72-hole tourney record.
The field of 161 will take off
today, confident that soggy greens
will produce a batch of scorching
first-round scores on the par 70
Most of the stars will shoot for
the pin today with little fear of
their approaches not sticking. The
only real test of Gleneagles, many
felt in tuneups, would be on un-
dulating greens where the sloping
carpets require well-plotted ap-
NEW YORK (P) - Americanv
women can win seven track events
in the 1960 Olympics at Rome, the
Rev. Bob Richards says.
The famed pole vaulter returned
yesterday from Moscow, where he
was an observer during the United
States-Soviet dual meet. Although
he says Russian women athletes
outnumber our women athletes
10,000 to 1, he believes this country
has the motivation to excell.
"I believe in our free state," he
said, "and that individual initia-
tive is better than regimentation.
I think our women will win the
100 meters, 200 meters, broad
jump, the relay, the javelin, the
shotput and the discus in Rome.
"That will leave the others only
the 800 meters, if they include that
event, the hurdles and the high
Richards declared the United
States should have won the Mos-
cow meet, instead of losing by two
trints in the total combining both
men's and women's events.
Some of our athletes did not
perform up to their capabilities, he
said, and although he had no
objection to the Soviet lumping
thet points in the two divisions,
the scoring in some events was
loaded in favor of the Russians.
"For instance," he explained, "in
the four relays, with only two
teams competing, the second team
was awarded three points instead
of zero. We won all four, scoring
20 points, but gained only eight
points, although the Russians
could have walked over the course.
They also had a half-mile race
for women. Who ever heard of a
"I think we will be able to beat
them in any sports activity if our
training program is stepped up,
although in certain events, such as
gymnastics, it may take years."
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