Sport: Unlucky Joe

Not every guy named Joe was born under a lucky star. True, Joe DiMaggio, lackadaisical son of an immigrant Italian fisherman, gets close to $7,000 a month for playing baseball. True, Joe Louis, lackadaisical son of a Negro sharecropper, sometimes gets $150,000 a minute for punching palookas around a prize ring. But Joe Platak, husky son of an immigrant Lithuanian laborer from Chicago, is neither lackadaisical nor lucky.

Like DiMaggio and Louis, Joe Platak is the best athlete in his line. But his line is handball, the forgotten ancestor of all court games....

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