Sport: Lifting the Curtain

In a Manhattan courtroom, General Sessions Judge Saul Streit addressed himself to an unpleasant duty. Awaiting sentence before him were 14 college boys under indictment in the New York basketball fix scandal.* All had pleaded guilty. Judge Streit listened gravely to the recommendations of the district attorney, who wanted the boys left unpunished as an encouragement to others to testify against the gamblers. Then the court announced his decision.

He sent five players to prison for terms ranging from six months to three years. He freed nine on probation, and he sent Master Fixer Salvatore Sollazzo to prison for an 8-to-16-year...

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