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THE WORLD SERIES IS A WONDERFUL MOMENT

Sept. 27, 1954
Sept. 27, 1954

Table of Contents
Sept. 27, 1954

Pat On The Back
  • Herewith a salute from the editors to men and women of all ages who have fairly earned the good opinion of the world of sport, regardless of whether they have yet earned its tallest headlines

A Preview
The True Spirit
  • By Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Ph.B., S.T.D.

    "It takes some doing to conduct intercollegiate athletics in a collegiate framework," says the president of the most famous football university in the nation. Here Father Hesburgh tells the story of "how we try to do it at Notre Dame," and Photographer Mark Kauffman presents a four-page color portfolio starring the Irish's veteran quarterback, Ralph Guglielmi, and introducing the new Notre Dame coach, 26-year-old Terry Brennan

Soundtrack
The Wonderful World of Sport
Health
  • He rides, flies and sails for sport. Now his upset stomach can enjoy the trip thanks to a number of new potions which take the burps out of the bumps

Under 21
Golf
Sporting Look
Nature
Baseball
Horse Racing
Motor Sports
Fisherman's Calendar
Bowling
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Last Laugh

THE WORLD SERIES IS A WONDERFUL MOMENT

THE RIVALS: PP 10-11; 62-63
THE PLAYING FIELDS: PP 12-13
SCOUTING REPORTS: PP 14-15
THE ROSTERS: PP 62-63

This is an article from the Sept. 27, 1954 issue

At one o'clock E.S.T., next Wednesday afternoon, millions of Americans will fall, as one, into a state of semihypnosis so profound, in many cases, as to be broken only by flood, fire, earthquake—or a burned-out electrical fuse. Radios of parked cars will speak loudly to gathering knots of people in dusty Western wheat towns and shaded Southern villages. Nothing—not even a Presidential election—grips the U.S. people in quite the same fashion as the World Series. It is a herald of the balmy advent of autumn, an excuse for office pools, a source of black, exciting but delightfully harmless headlines. It raises wondrous ghosts—Tinker, Evers and Chance, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathew-son (who can remember how they looked?) and Babe Ruth (ah, who can forget?). And it elevates with high drama those eternal American folk figures, the pitcher and the batter.

What attitudes from the American past are not wrapped up in the man on the mound, as he stands, stolid, cunning, contemptuous—and on the brink of awful ridicule—awaiting the catcher's sign. He is rifleman, cardsharp, horse trader all wrapped up in one. Sometimes he is Dewey at Manila Bay, as well, and sometimes he is the farmer who lost his money to a dip at the county fair. And the man with the bat who faces him? Why none other than Mighty Casey, of course. As it listens to the oft-told tale of their adventures, next week, the U.S., as always, will be able to like itself a little better.

PHOTOMANAGERIAL ANTAGONISTS: Lopez and Durocher—respectively prototypes of the easy-going and the driving manager—met in prophetic picture last spring. Giants incidentally, won 13 of 21 preseason games with Indians.