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Feb. 28, 1955
Feb. 28, 1955

Table of Contents
Feb. 28, 1955

Pat On The Back
  • A salute to some who have earned the good opinion of the world of sport, if not yet its tallest headlines

Under 21
Santa Anita Derby
Horse Racing
Soundtrack
Spectacle
  • Professional basketball—sampled here in full-color action—may look like chaos, but it calls for fluid variations as precise and calculated as the mathematics of a Bach fugue

The Wonderful World Of Sport
Sport In Art
Snow Patrol
Fisherman's Calendar
Acknowledgments
Golf's Green Pastures
Hockey
Boxing
Motor Sports
Bowling
Anniversary
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

CONTENTS

17 SOUNDTRACK SI's editors report and reflect on the news

This is an article from the Feb. 28, 1955 issue Original Layout

21 SPECTACLE Pro basketball's fast and flashy stars IN COLOR

25 THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SPORT As the camera sees it

54 COMING EVENTS

55 SCOREBOARD and Week's Winners

10 CALIFORNIA GETS A GLEAM IN THE EYE
In the first great three-year-old classic of 1955, a California colt took the honors at the Santa Anita Derby and started native sons dreaming of roses at Kentucky. A report by JIM MURRAY, plus an ALBION HUGHES preview of this week's Flamingo Stakes

14 THE PERILS OF WINTER BALL
Willie Mays and several other valuable major leaguers spent this winter playing baseball in the Caribbean. Did the hell-for-leather play of the Latins cause injuries and staleness that will threaten their chances for a good summer season? Photographed by MARK KAUFFMAN

20 DESIGN FOR ANARCHY
That's what basketball may look like to millions who see it only as a hectic—if exciting—pattern of confusion. But, says GERALD ASTOR, beneath the surface is a fluid rhythm, perfect discipline and split-second timing which make it one of the most exacting of all sports

28 "GET YOUR MITT, JOHNNY—IT'S TIME FOR CLASS!"
Down in Florida is the kind of schools kids dream of—where they teach only baseball. JAMES T. FARRELL tells the story of the hopes and heartbreak of young major league aspirants as they strive for greatness

36 FISHING AT 20 BELOW
The wonders of a secret world beneath the ice of a frozen lake; the explosive excitement of spearing a fish that takes your lure after long hours of waiting. By SIGURD OLSON

40 GOLF'S GREEN PASTURES
The golf courses of North America—expertly laid out, carefully landscaped in settings of natural loveliness—often present scenes of real beauty as well as competitive challenges. SI here presents a portfolio of some outstanding golf holes IN COLOR

THE DEPARTMENTS:

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

2 Outdoors: The Snow-Snakes fly to the cry of Hung Yu!—the little-known but rocket-fast game of the American Indian

4 Hotbox: JIMMY JEMAIL asks: Are you an anti-intellectual?

6 Under 21: DUANE DECKER discovers that Frank Selvy, the great pro basketball star, has a young brother Edd who is almost as good as he is

21 Sport in Art: The Vanderbilt stables in Glyndon, Md.—home of Native Dancer—in classic paintings by VAUGN FLANNERY

35 Hunting: SCOTT YOUNG with a word of comfort for the hunter: that shot you felt sure hit your duck probably did and Dr. William Elder of the University of Missouri has X-rays to prove it

39 Snow Patrol & Fisherman's Calendar: BILL WALLACE with the latest reports from ski country; and ED ZERN from the lakes, rivers and sea

45 Tip from the Top: JACKSON BRADLEY of Houston's River Oaks Country Club gives some advice on practice

46 Hockey: HY PESKIN with pictures of the stretch battle for the Stanley Cup between Detroit's Red Wings and Montreal's Canadiens; and SCOTT YOUNG on Ted Kennedy, the dogged captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs

48 Boxing: BUDD SCHULBERG reminds us that old fighters do die, sometimes in squalid misery, and that something should be done for them

50 Motor Sports: JOHN BENTLEY visits New York's Travel & Auto Sports Show and discovers how small a car can get

52 Bowling: VICTOR KALMAN presents the duckpin game, a sturdy rival for the big pin fans

60 The Matchwit Puzzle: SI's specialty: the duet with the dictionary

62 The 19th Hole: The readers take over

COVER: Hialeah scramble for position

Photograph by MARK KAUFFMAN

Horse racing fans, who are accustomed to nerve-racking thrills at the finish line, don't have too many chances to see the close-up excitement as the field breaks from the starting gate. At Hialeah recently, SI's photographer Mark Kauffman focused his camera on the field just as it started past the stand in the first rush for position during a distance race. For more news of Hialeah, turn to page 13.

Acknowledgments on page 39

PHOTO

IN NEXT WEEK'S ISSUE

MR. RICKEY AND THE GAME
For the first time, the father of modern baseball voices his thoughts about a lifetime spent in the game—what baseball is to America, what it has meant to him, the great players he has known, the far-reaching issues he has faced. A unique word portrait by GERALD HOLLAND

THE WORLD OF WINTER GOLF
The men and the action on professional golf's annual tournament swing from California to the Atlantic—and, no less important, an intimate album of their lives on the road with wives and families. An SI report by HERBERT WARREN WIND with pictures by RICHARD MEEK

PLUS: WILD FLAMINGOS IN THEIR NATIVE HABITAT—IN COLOR