Sport: In Madison Square Garden

The Rev. Robert Richards took a clutch on his vaulting pole, charged down the stretch, and launched himself at a crossbar 15 ft. 1 in. high. Over he went and down, asprawl, into the pit on the other side.

Richards looked up at the crossbar. There it sat: the most beautiful stationary object he had ever seen in his life. After two years of missing by finger-flicks (TIME, Jan. 29), Parson Richards had become the second* man in history to vault 15 feet or more. He got up and did an unrestrained war dance.

Later he made a...

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