Sport: High Flyer

"Great day in the morning!" cried the parson. The Rev. Robert Richards, associate professor of comparative theology at California's little (enrollment: 300) La Verne College, had good reason to use strong words. He had just learned that the Amateur Athletic Union had picked him as the outstanding amateur U.S. sportsman of 1951, and winner of its James E. Sullivan Memorial Trophy. Seldom, since the first award was made in 1930, had the trophy gone to a more exemplary athlete.

Bob Richards, 25, is the world's best pole-vaulter. Under his own power, at least, he has soared closer to heaven (15 ft. 4¾...

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