COVERED—AND UNCOVERED—WITH GLORY
Retirement, honor and an incredible scoring mark were top items of the sporting week. In California, Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch, pass-snatching ace of the Los Angeles Rams, had announced he would quit after the final game against the Green Bay Packers. Hirsch fans in the Los Angeles Coliseum swarmed onto the field after the final whistle.
A sock that flew through the air above their bobbing heads suggested what they were up to. The extent of their interest memorabilia of their idol was not revealed, however until the police escorted him to the dressing room (right).
In Puerto Rico where he was hitting .428 for the Santurce Crabs (below left), Willie Mays, who summers with the New York Giants, heard the news that he had been voted the most valuable player in the National League.
December 27, 1954
In Chicago, Maurice (The Rocket) Richard, the fiery right wing of the Montreal Canadiens (SI, Dec. 6), rammed home the 400th goal of his career, 76 more than any other player in the National Hockey League has ever scored.
THE BEST IS YET TO BE
Four-year-old Nicholas Job took up golf when he was 2, an age when most children are still busy with more infantile pursuits. Son of a British professional, Nick occasionally forgets to show the poise of a pro (left) but his form is perfect (below). A consistent 70-yard driver, Nick gets around nine holes in 76, believes his best years are still to come.