CONTENTS

January 24, 1955

16 SOUNDTRACK The editors report and reflect on the news
19 THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SPORT As the camera sees it
59 SCOREBOARD and Week's Winners
61 COMING EVENTS

8 GORDON HOWE & COMPANY
The Detroit Red Wings moved into first place in the National Hockey League this week—and their key man, as usual, was the great Gordie Howe. A report on Howe, the Wings and their rivals at midseason by HERBERT WARREN WIND plus four pages of spectacular hockey COLOR by HY PESKIN

15 A NOBEL PRIZE NOVELIST WRITES ON HOCKEY
Last week WILLIAM FAULKNER saw his first hockey game. Here are vivid impressions from the pen of one of the greatest of modern writers

22 THE WORLD'S MOST EXCLUSIVE GOLF COURSE
First account of the unique four-hole, one-green layout in the Maryland hills where President Eisenhower pursues his favorite sport

24 HOW TO STEAL A FIGHTER FROM A MANAGER
In a new chapter of SI's continuing examination of boxing's dirty business, ROBERT COUGHLAN, SAM WELLES and ROBERT BOYLE present the first-person stories of managers who have been caught in the big squeeze applied by Jim Norris and the IBC monopoly

28 WESTERN SKIERS START YOUNG
Free ski schools are turning out a new crop of champions. By WOLFGANG LERT

38 HUNTING AT HORSESHOE PLANTATION
Photographer TONI FRISSELL visits the fabulous Florida home of Mrs. George F. Baker

46 PRO BASKETBALL AT MIDSEASON
An examination of the remarkable team from Fort Wayne that is leading all its big-city rivals in the professional game, with a tick-off of the NBL's leading players, by GERALD ASTOR

50 THE GREAT NONILLION-TO-ONE BRIDGE MYSTERY
At the world bridge championships in New York last week the British team won, but the sensation of the tournament was the dealing of identical hands two hours apart. DAVID MAYER explains how this happened and what the odds really were

54 MAIDS ON A MISSION
The dynamic geometry of Sweden's visiting gymnasts, caught in four memorable pages of COLOR photography by ERICH LESSING

THE DEPARTMENTS:

1 Pat on the Back: Praise for those not already smothered with it

5 Hotbox: JIMMY JEMAIL asks: Are you in favor of unrestricted televising of college football games?

31 Motor Sports: JOHN BENTLEY describes the joys—and sorrows—of a road test

32 A Place to Be: HORACE SUTTON takes you to Jackson Hole and other resorts

36 Sporting Look: The return of the useful and ubiquitous blazer

62 Snow Patrol: BILL WALLACE with the latest reports from ski country

63 You Should Know: If you're going to an ice hockey game

65 Tip from the Top: JOE NOVAK explains the deceptive angle of the club head

66 The 19th Hole: The readers take over

COVER: Swedish gymnasts

Photograph by ERICH LESSING

Doris Hedberg and Maud Karlén, the two pretty Swedes on this week's cover, will be on display in the U.S. for the next six weeks. The routines which they and 18 other Swedish gymnasts are showing Americans (pages 54-58) are aimed to promote keener gymnastic competition over here. The Swedes make it look easy, but their coach, Erik Linden, warns: "America already has people who can do as well as any, but to do it you must train very hard."

Acknowledgments on page 62

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IN NEXT WEEK'S ISSUE

THE BATTLE OF THE ALLEYS: BOWLING'S GREAT ALL-STAR TOURNAMENT IN CHICAGO
This annual classic is one of the two major bowling competitions of the U.S. VICTOR KALMAN reports the strikes, spares, sweat and—perhaps—tears, and RICHARD MEEK documents these findings in photographs.

PLUS: BOXING COAST-TO-COAST, AND OLYMPIC SKIER JILL KINMONT IN COLOR

THE MEADOW BROOK HUNT
The fascination of the fox, in words by REGINALD WELLS and photographs in COLOR

COLOR ON THE COURT
Photographs by HY PESKIN of the best college basketball players, plus a word-portrait of Hot Rod Hundley by JIM McHUGH.

WHY THE REDS OUTSKOOT US
PAUL R. WALKER explains the Russian rifle and pistol victory at Caracas.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)