17 SPECTACLE The pink glory of the flamingos IN COLOR
21 SOUNDTRACK SI's editors report and reflect on the news
24 THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SPORT As the camera sees it
56 COMING EVENTS
57 SCOREBOARD and Week's Winners

10 5,000 MILES OF SUN-TANNED GOLF
This is the halfway mark of the game's winter circuit—a thousand holes of pressure golf from California to Augusta. HERBERT WARREN WIND reports on the proceedings, both on the links and on the road, with photographs of the pro's travel and travail by RICHARD MEEK

14 WINNING PROBLEM CHILD
Nashua, temperamental bay, winner of the Flamingo Stakes last Saturday, is the potential star of the three-year-olds—if he keeps his mind on his job. A report from Hialeah by WHITNEY TOWER

16 FLAMINGOS AT HOME
Some people think these birds are native to Hialeah, but JOHN O'REILLY dispels this notion in a report that supplements four pages of magnificent color photographs of a flamingo island by K. MAYER

38 MR. RICKEY AND THE GAME
The father of modern baseball opens up for the first time to tell his thoughts about the game which has been his life—what it is to America, to him; the great players he has known, the great issues he has faced. A unique word portrait by GERALD HOLLAND, a full-page photograph IN COLOR and drawings by RICHARD STONE

42 DAYTONA'S ROARING WEEK
For eight days on the classic Florida sands cars of every description chased the will o' the wisp of speed. A story of records, wrecks and anticlimax in the 1955 Annual NASCAR Speed Week by JOHN BENTLEY, with a footnote for visitors by HORACE SUTTON

48 WILDERNESS IN WESTCHESTER
...Where America's most distinguished outdoorsmen meet twice a year for a competition which includes some of the outstanding experts in their field. A report on the Camp Fire Club of America by RUSSELL BARNETT AITKEN, with four pages of pictures IN COLOR by GENE PYLE

THE DEPARTMENTS:

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

2 Hotbox: JIMMY JEMAIL asks: Should a race-horse owner run his horse for experience and not to win?

4 Baseball: As spring training opens, ROBERT CREAMER and HORACE SUTTON present a guide to the Grapefruit League

35 Tip from the Top: TOMMY ARMOUR passes on an important reminder about the active right side

36 Tennis: WILLIAM F. TALBERT rejoices over an improved Tony Trabert

41 Sporting Look: California's Mid-Winter regatta adds a new color to the deep blue briny: a spanking red

47 Basketball: GERALD ASTOR tells how the little College of Idaho has become a basketball power

54 Skiing: WOLFGANG LERT introduces Mrs. Schatzi Wood, sweetheart of the California slopes

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

66 The 19th Hole: The readers take over

COVER: Badminton's Alston

Photograph by MARK KAUFFMAN

The game of badminton can be one of the mildest sports in the world, but not as played by such experts as Joseph Cameron Alston, the FBI agent who is the No. 1 player in the U.S. As Alston plays it, badminton is fast, furious and punishing. For details, including the speed of a shuttlecock, see SOUNDTRACK, page 22.

Acknowledgments on page 55

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IN NEXT WEEK'S ISSUE

CASEY STENGEL STARTS ALL OVER AGAIN
The manager of the former world champions made the winter's biggest trading news. Now he is down in Florida assembling a new machine that may—or may not—run down the Indians. A progress report in words by AL WRIGHT and pictures by MARK KAUFFMAN

THE COLLEGE STAR THE PROS WANT MOST
He's a little fellow by modern basketball standards (only 6'2"), but around the country a lot of professional scouts whisper: "Buzzy Wilkinson," when asked to name their No. 1 pick for 1955-56 season. A word portrait of the University of Virginia team captain by BOOTON HERNDON

PLUS: A FOUR-PAGE GALLERY OF AMERICA'S TOP SKIERS—IN COLOR

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)