Sport: The Answer Man

By his own admission, Californian Clifford Rue, 30, used to be a monumental bore. He was the kind of sports fan who never could wait for the morning papers, spent half his time on the telephone badgering newspaper editors for up-to-the-minute dope. "Look," said a harassed sportswriter when Rue called him once too often, "we can't afford to take time off to give people running accounts of every cursing fight and ball game. We wouldn't have time to do anything else."

Ex-Marine Rue was far from chastened. The complaint convinced him that the city must be full of other impatient sports fans,...

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