Sport: The Twig Was Bent

He was just a ten-year-old in Penns Grove, N.J. when he set his mind on becoming Tarzan—or a movieland version of him. Hanging ropes from the tallest trees around, he spent hours swinging from tree to tree. As he grew up, he even began to look the part—tall, dark and handsome, with awesomely muscled arms and shoulders. At Villanova University, Don Bragg neglected rope swinging for pole vaulting, flew so high, despite his hefty 200 Ibs.. that two months ago he set the world's indoor record of 15 ft. 9½ in. But Bragg remained a disquieted young man. He still wanted...

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