Sport: Most Popular Game

Everybody in Lynd, Minn. (pop. 218) wanted to see the Lynd High boys play in the state basketball finals at Minneapolis. But some had to stay home to do the chores. A. H. Roloff, the postmaster, took over the telephone exchange from Ole Larson, the town barber. At 9:30 one night last week, Roloff got good news to relay to the 18 other stay-at-homes: Lynd had won the first game.

The fever at Minneapolis, where a record 14,751 jampacked University of Minnesota's fieldhouse, was a measure of the epidemic spread of schoolboy basketball's popularity in virtually every Midwest town. At the final...

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