Sport: The Last Hundred

It takes so little to set Sprinter Mel Patton's delicate nerves to jangling that he never reads the sport pages before a race. But he could not help knowing that the East had a challenger for his championship, a lanky Negro lad named Andy Stanfield, from Seton Hall College (N.J.). The night before the N.C.A.A. championships, Patton's wife artfully kept his mind off the race. He didn't begin to work himself into a state—in which his placid disposition turns sour and he fails to recognize his best friends—until just before he set out for Los Angeles' Olympic Coliseum last week.

When Patton...

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