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PAT ON THE BACK

A salute from the editors to men and women of all ages who have fairly earned the good opinion of the world of sport, if not yet its tallest headlines
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LARKIN W. WEEDON JR.
Larkin Weedon, 31-year-old Washington, D.C. carpenter, first learned about duckpins from the other end of the alley, as a pin setter when he was in high school. As soon as he could afford to become a paying customer, Weedon took up the sport seriously. With 15 years of duckpins behind him, he has averaged as high as 128 (considered excellent for duckpins), bowled a five-game series of 786 recently for a new world pinfall record.

GAYLE WALDROP
When Gayle Waldrop first tried out for basketball at Lowell, N.C. High School in 1952, she was an awkward 195-pounder. Now 16 and slimmed down to 160, Gayle is averaging 62 points a game, made 92 in one contest this year. She stands 5 feet 9 inches tall, scores from close in with a nifty two-hand overhead push shot. A junior, she has made 1,829 points, hopes to hit 3,000 by next year.

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