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Nov. 01, 1954
Nov. 01, 1954

Table of Contents
Nov. 1, 1954

Health
  • Playground equipment with built-in disappointments is designed to help in preparing youngsters for "the struggles of maturity"

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

Budd Schulberg
Souped-Up
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Soundtrack
Iron Curtain Race
Cinderella Horse
Sport In Art
Nasrullah And Mr. Fitz
You Should Know
Motor Sports
Sporting Look
Tennis
Acknowledgments
Horse Racing
Fisherman's Calendar
Under 21
Bowling
Yesterday
  • Marathoners Hayes and Dorando of the 1908 Olympics turned pro, ran a series of races and started a fad

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Talbert's illness and Cup rebellion plague USLTA

SI's tennis columnist Bill Talbert, playing captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team, last week found himself pitted against an opponent "I had never even heard of." Talbert was stricken with infectious hepatitis (a liver infection) on the eve of his departure for the winter tennis wars in Australia, and ended up on his back in New York Hospital.

This is an article from the Nov. 1, 1954 issue Original Layout

Talbert's illness was a hard blow for the USLTA, already somewhat bruised by a near-mutiny of the U.S. team against an association agreement that requires American players to spend three months in Australia. This not-quite-reciprocal pact specifies that the Aussie stars need compete in the U.S. for only six weeks at tournament time. Talbert, Vic Seixas, Tony Trabert and Ham Richardson all feel that the long Australian stay, involving competition in many tournaments, damages our Davis Cup prospects.

That, of course, is all right with Mr. Harry Hopman, the Australian Davis Cup captain. Hopman promptly wrote in his newspaper column: "...if the U.S. Davis Cup team does not stay here for the Australian championships next January, Australia likely will retaliate by keeping its players out of the American championships."

While Hopman has no authority to order such a reprisal, the USLTA appealed to our stars to help avoid an international schism. They yielded, and Richardson and Trabert leave Nov. 6 for Australia. Seixas will go a little later but will stay longer. Captain Talbert hopes to join them when his liver and Harry Hopman have both subsided.

PHOTOBill Talbert