Publish date:



Curt Gowdy's big play was in the Rose Bowl game, but he had other ideas of what made a perfect holiday in Los Angeles—like doing an orchestral sportscast. With the shouts of spectators still ringing in his ears, he announced the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth played by the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra. Let's see now. Andante to allegro, intercepted by the fugue....

It may have been the toughest question Maryland's All-America, Tom McMillen, had to answer when he applied for a Rhodes Scholarship. "How good is the Georgetown team?" asked Rev. Robert Hanle, S.J., chairman of the Rhodes Committee and also president of Georgetown, which the day before had lost to the Terrapins by 115-83. "Coach Driesell tells me to talk highly of the competition because we'll have to play them again next season," said Tom diplomatically. After the interview McMillen called Lefty Driesell and asked him, "Coach, why did we have to beat Georgetown so badly?" No sweat, though. McMillen got his scholarship, anyway.

Johnny Unitas has retired his Colt No. 19 jersey to the James Lawrence Kernan Hospital for Crippled Children in Baltimore. It is mounted, covered with glass, and an inscription reads, "In appreciation for making it all worthwhile." Unitas might have added "and possible." It was a hospital physical therapist, William Neill III, who kept the famous sore right arm and shoulder working all those years.

James Gaffney, former exercise boy at Meadow Stable, developed a kind of shoe fetish when he used to hold Secretariat while the horse was being shod. As fast as the blacksmith tossed the old shoes onto the scrap heap, Gaffney plucked them off. He polished one, framed it on a velvet base and sent it to the White House, which responded with a letter from President Nixon in which the President said that this would become a "unique addition to my collection of sports mementos." Still in Gaffney's own collection are four Secretariat shoes discarded after the Belmont Stakes. Jockey Ron Turcotte had asked for them the same afternoon he won the stakes but Gaffney had already polished them off.

She calls herself "Howard Cosell Woman" because she "tells it like it is," says Karolyn Rose, wife of the National League's MVP, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds. Karolyn will soon be doing her own sports show three times a day, five days a week over radio station WNOP in Newport, Ky. She may be right when she claims to tell it like it is. When she was asked, "How do you like football?" she said, "I'm sick of it!"

When Jackie Stewart and his wife Barbara arrived at the Savoy in London they were greeted by some 400 guests all tricked out in black caps and goggles, the Stewart trademark. The real Jackie Stewart came in as himself, as did Princess Anne, in a glittering gown. Later, unmasked in the candlelit Lancaster Room, some of the would-be drivers were true motoring types, but more of them were jet-setters and members of royalty, gathered to celebrate Stewart's retirement from racing.

The career of Fordham University's Ramses XXIV has always been interesting, if somewhat unpredictable. A year or so ago, the mascot aroused no little sympathy when it was announced that he would have to undergo surgery on an infected horn. The summer of '73 was spent as usual on a farm in Connecticut. But by December Ramses had gained so much weight that keeper Orestes Lopez prescribed more exercise and less food. The weight gain was explained when Ramses XXIV gave birth on New Year's Day. As a UPI reporter put it, ewe never know.

Coach Maynard Howe of the Maine Yankees, a junior hockey league team, probably needs our good wishes for the new year more than most. Back in bad 1973 he was assaulted by an angry opposing coach in a game at Manchester, N.H. In Berlin, N.H., fans mobbed his players' dressing room, and Howe wound up with bruises and broken glasses. In Billerica, Mass., a North Shore player hit him and there went another pair of glasses. What has Howe done to deserve all this punishment? Nothing, really. "The trouble is," he explains, "the league picks coaches who were formerly outstanding hockey players." They are easy targets.

After years of skiing, Vice President Gerald Ford, whose interest in sport—swimming, golf, tennis and football—is now well known, continued during his family holiday in Vail, Colo. the skiing lessons he began two years ago. "I'm probably somewhat better than an intermediate but certainly not an expert skier," he said. The Veep is cautious on the slopes, preferring style and form to great speed. "After all, I'm 60," he said. "I look reasonably well and can ski anyplace, no matter how steep or how rough it may be." It almost sounds like prophecy.

Lloyd I. Miller, newly appointed ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, may not be superstitious but seems a natural for the job. A horse he owns won $175,820 in 1972, name of Star Envoy.