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STRAINING AT THE CABER

Nov. 08, 1954
Nov. 08, 1954

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Nov. 8, 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

Under 21
Table of Contents
Soundtrack
Spectacle
  • Caber tosser strives for perfection in most colorful event of Braemar Games—climactic festival in series of Highland games first instituted by the ancient Celts

Berg And Wilkinson
  • One of America's greatest golfers recalls her childhood days in Minneapolis when she was quarterback of the 50th-Street Tigers and Bud Wilkinson, now the coach of the University of Oklahoma Sooners, was the right tackle. Patty takes no credit for Wilkinson's success at Oklahoma, but she does feel that plays she ran over him may have contributed to his education

Health
Golf
Sporting Look
Horse Racing
Acknowledgments
Fisherman's Calendar
Nature
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

STRAINING AT THE CABER

Caber tosser strives for perfection in most colorful event of Braemar Games—climactic festival in series of Highland games first instituted by the ancient Celts

The Braemar caber, a 19-foot log that weighs 120 pounds, is the stoutest in the Highlands, and it takes a brawny Scot like the one on the opposite page to give it a toss to please the implacable eye of elderly judges. To watch the toss and the 53 other events that makeup the Games, 20,000 spectators packed into Braemar's Princess Royal Park while more than 100 bagpipes skirled tunes the pipers learned from their ancestors.

This is an article from the Nov. 8, 1954 issue Original Layout

The spectators, many of whom have not missed a Games for 15 years, come to Braemar expecting 1) a glimpse of the royal party 2) a chance to Ooo and Ahh at the athletes in their antics, 3) rain. This time they got all three. Punctually at the traditional hour of 3, Elizabeth, Philip, and the peripatetic Queen Mother appeared in the royal box (see page 18). Kilted Scotsmen took their turns at everything from a tug-o-war to dancing the Seann Truibhas. And finally, so that the oldest followers would feel at home, a chill Scottish drizzle began early in the morning and drenched the Games from beginning to end.

Queen Elizabeth, flanked by Philip, Queen Mother and host, Marquess of Aberdeen, watched from Royal Box as massed pipe bands of military units and Scottish cities trooped by. Above her flew standard of Scotland

Regimental tug of war matched husky Gordon Highlanders, who won, against the Black Watch

Cumberland wrestling, in which contestants cannot vary holds sent men whirling around like dancers.

Kilted soldier of Gordon Highlanders climbed on grill guard of regimental lorry to snap picture of Games.

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