This sports story offers a minute by minute description of a two day track meet and is built on the assumption that the boys...

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SONS OF MERCURY

This sports story offers a minute by minute description of a two day track meet and is built on the assumption that the boys are more important than the victory. But in the ineffective solving of each particular problem it falls far short of good realism. Rock, the new young coach at Center City, has come to his job with a legacy of victories. He is prepared to sacrifice this for individual integrity. As his team goes to a regional championship meet, the main obstacle presents itself in the form of Ron Baldwin, Rock's prize vaulter, who is discovered passing reefers to a member of the opposition. Though Ron's background makes his action understandable and though he sincerely makes amends, Rock must of course suspend him. The mental battles endures to do this are overdeveloped; the team goes on to win anyway and we are left wondering whether the story's point has been proved or not. Facile.

Pub Date: March 5, 1956

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Dodd, Mead

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1956