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November 17, 1958
Justice Harold Burton, in a television interview, reaching into sport for a metaphor to explain the function of the Supreme Court: "It isn't that umpires are infallible or perfect, but if there is going to be any contest—a long contest, a close contest, a hard contest—and you're not going to break up in a riot or a squabble, you'd better agree on an umpire before you start. Take his decisions and go ahead with the game. And in government it's the same principle."
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November 17, 1958

They Said It

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Justice Harold Burton, in a television interview, reaching into sport for a metaphor to explain the function of the Supreme Court: "It isn't that umpires are infallible or perfect, but if there is going to be any contest—a long contest, a close contest, a hard contest—and you're not going to break up in a riot or a squabble, you'd better agree on an umpire before you start. Take his decisions and go ahead with the game. And in government it's the same principle."

Captain Barney Gill, assistant Army coach, of Notre Dame End Monty Stickles: "I knew he was an end before I ever saw him play because when I shook hands with him at dinner his forefinger jabbed me in the elbow."

Vice-President Nixon, to the Phillies' Richie Ashburn, about to leave on baseball-clinic lour of Venezuela: "Just mention my name."

Walter (Spike) Briggs, former Detroit Tiger president, off to hunt big game in Tanganyika: "Where I am going there are no tigers. In fact, there weren't many tigers where I just came from."

Cookie Lavagetto, on the language problems confronting him as manager of the Washington Senators: "A Cuban is a pleasant fellow. If he understands you, he nods his head, he smiles and he says, 'S�, s�.' If he doesn't understand you he nods his head, he smiles and he says, 'S�, s�.' ".

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