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PAT ON THE BACK

Oct. 18, 1954
Oct. 18, 1954

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Oct. 18, 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

Table of Contents
  • New York crowds have been jostling into Madison Square Garden night after night this month to have their spines chilled at biggest and most important of U.S. rodeos. This fall, as always, the best of Western cowboys have come East—for tough animals and tougher men nothing tops the big-town roundup

Soundtrack
Spectacle
Belmont Futurity
The Queen
Football Nuisance
Sailing
McDonald On Gordon
Motor Sports
Under 21
Golf
Tennis
Football
Health
  • In this Saturday's game the average player, who can expect one injury each season, faces his biggest risk of being knocked out of action

Column Of The Week
Acknowledgments
Fisherman's Calendar
Bowling
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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

Joanne Bruni, 14, of Laredo, Texas, won six area women's golf titles a year ago to confound golf experts. This summer, pretty, petite Joanne has been consistently up near the top in tougher state-wide competition. A high school sophomore, she dotes on chocolate sundaes, Rock Hudson, Joni James and her white Buick convertible.

This is an article from the Oct. 18, 1954 issue

David Schabacker of Erie, Pa. is only 12 but colleges are already bidding for his swimming services. Dave has been winning swimming medals for four years, has broken the listed National AAU freestyle and backstroke records for his age group, and has never had a formal lesson. His biggest disappointment is that he isn't allowed to eat mashed potatoes while in training. His ambition is to be a swimming coach.

Stanley Matthews, a veteran of 22 years in English professional football at 39, is a national sports hero at an age when most soccer players have retired to easy chairs. He has been picked to play for England in international matches 69 times, more than any other man, and set up both goals in a recent 2-0 victory over Ireland.

John Hunter, 28, of Clearwater, Fla., considers the 1954 softball season only a fair one for him. All he did was pitch the Clearwater Bombers to the world softball title, compiling a 27-1 won-lost record and allowing only one earned run while striking out 448 batters in 214 innings over the regular season. Johnny, a salesman, says his best season was 1950, when he won 43, lost three.

Don Meyer, right, with runner-up Roy Norton at Long Beach, Calif., is the national fly-casting champion at 17. He took up competitive casting only 18 months ago. Entering his first adult event this summer, the Burbank, Calif. high school senior became the first caster in tournament history to register a perfect score of 100 in both the wet-and dry-fly events.

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