Vice President Spiro Agnew was involved in another sporting contest accident Sunday (May 17). This?
Vice President Spiro Agnew was involved in another sporting contest accident Sunday (May 17). This time it was during a charity tennis match in which he was playing. Several weeks ago in a golfing exhibition he hit his partner in the head with the ball. On Tuesday (May 17) it was a tennis ball rather than a golf ball, but the result was the same -- a hard smash on the back of his partner's head.
The Vice President was playing doubles with Joseph Blatchford, the director of the Peace Corps, when his game became erratic. His first serve went into the net. Then he hit the ball into Blatchford's head. The incident took place at the start of the third game in the first set of doubles between Agnew and Blatchford representing the Nixon Administration and Senator Javits of New York and Representative Lowell Weicker, Jr. of Connecticut, representing Congress.
As the crowd of about 200 people cheered and laughed, Blatchford, the former captain of a University of California tennis team that won the National Collegiate Athletic Association championships three years running, clutched his head with both hands. Then he ran to the sidelines, where he was handed a motorcycle helmet by his sister and trotted back onto the court, helmeted and grinning.