Sport: Mr. Dodds Goes to Town

The 14,000 track fans who crammed into Manhattan's Madison Square Garden last week for the National A.A.U. championships saw Leslie MacMitchell (TIME, Dec. 1) lose his first mile in 20 starts. The man who outran him, bespectacled, 23-year-old Gilbert Dodds of Falls City, Neb., had never run a big-time mile before.

But Mr. Dodds was no stranger to Garden fans. They remembered his first appearance in the Millrose Games three years ago, when he was a sophomore at Ashland College (Ohio). Because little Ashland had no track team, Dodds had learned the ABCs of foot racing by correspondence with Lloyd Hahn, onetime...

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