Joe Louis still synonymous with boxing to the going-on-geriatric generation, put his big heart in the hands of one of the heavyweights of the medical profession yesterday - and the postoperative prognosis was good.
"Tolerated the operation well . . . stable condition . . . resting comfortably," was the report from Baylor College of Medicine after its chief, reowned cardiac surgeon Michael De-Bakey, performed his specialty at Methodist Hospital in Houston.
"The purpose of the surgery was to replace a dissecting aneurysm of the descending thoracic aorta meaning removal of a ballooning portion of the great artery that carries blood from the heart," a spokesman said.
Louis 63 was flown to Houston during the weekend from Las Vegas where he works as a casino greeter. You can bet he'd have been at ringside for this Saturday's Vegas fights if he could help it.
Muhammah Ali? He was in Hollywood yesterday, announced he will star in a six-hour television ministeries based on the best-seller. "Freedom Road"; he'll portray a slave who becomes a U.S. senator.
Thirty years and 25 days since perhaps the World Series most famous pitching performance aside from that of Don Larsen, the principal - Floyd (Bill) Bevens - was hit by a heart attack in Salem, Ore. Stable condition is latest report on Bevens, who pitened 82/3 no-hit innings for the Yankees before the only hit, a two-run double by Cookie Lavagetto (later to manager Washington), beat him for the Dogers, 3-2 . . .
Ah, yesteryear's heroes. In Asheville, N.C., Johnny Temple, tough-as-nails second baseman of the 1950s Cincinnati Reds is charged with breaking-entering and larceny in connection with theft of a tractor from a farm equipment company. Temple, 49, is one of eight persons in several North Carolina counties arrested in investigation of an alleged farm-machinery theft ring. Among others accused are two former police officers and a city councilman in Temple's home burg of Lake Lure . . .
Rumble, rumble in the spectrum and not all of it arising from the Caps Flyers combat. The Philadelphia media have Gene Shue, Marylands own, all but fired: You know how it is when a touted team like his NBA 76ers starts off 2-1. A couple of Brotherly Lovesville scribes tried to see owner Fitz Dixon in his seating section last home game. Said Dixon to an aide: "Boot 'em out.' The writers not Crouthhamel, the football coach at routhamel, the football coach at Dartmouth - not that anyone wants to with his Big Green 6-1 and sharing the Ivy League lead with Yale. Crouthamel announced yesterday he will give up his job at season's end "to pursue other interests." He boasts a seven-year record of 41-18.2 with three Ivy crowns at his alma mater, where he was the league rusing leader in 1958. Later, he was a player-coach for the Pearl Harbour base team during Navy duty and brieftly played NFL with Dallas and the Patriots . . .
Look at Ed Wyche now. Doug Porter's Howard predeccessor has Delaware State rolling at 6-2 - and invited yesterday to play unbeaten Florida A&M in the Rattlers' 45th Orange Blossom Classic, Dec. 10.
More doings on tap hereabouts: