Sport: Gift of Gab

Five years ago Professional Wrestler Ralph ("Wild Red") Berry was injured in the ring and had to spend months in a hospital. To while away the time he read a few books—the Bible, Plato, Aristotle aad Kant, he says. Last week in Chattanooga, Wild Red was wrestling again.

With his newfound literary knowledge Berry had devised a gruesome new feature for an already gruesome sport—the tongue hold.

Said Red of his prospective opponents: "Let these hams primp their feathers and strut their plumes. I will proceed to maltreat and obliterate them. I will turn loose such terrific voltage and velocity and elliptical trajectory...

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