Sport: The Jack Rabbit at 80

Living in the old human conviction that there are no whales like the old whales, the aging athlete usually likes to dream of the good old days when the guys in the game were really tough. He will curl a lip at the new generation, and complain that things and progress are not what they used to be. Then, in the words of that famed righthanded Arkansas philosopher, Jerome Herman Dean, he will ask himself, "What the hell is?"—and go back to his dreams.

Such resignation is not for a whip-thin, irascible old (80) Canadian named Herman Smith Johannsen. Convinced that his...

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