9 EVENTS & DISCOVERIES
22 THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SPORT
47 FISHERMAN'S CALENDAR
64 COMING EVENTS
65 THE 19TH HOLE
68 PAT ON THE BACK
SI Baseball Special
28 CONVERSATION PIECE: SUBJECT: TED WILLIAMS
Baseball's great star, not a man given ordinarily to talking about himself, tells JOAN FLYNN DREYSPOOL in some detail about his boyhood, his theories on hitting and early troubles with the fans, and of his enormous enthusiasm now for fishing
13 SPECTACLE: THE HEAT IS ON!
A portfolio of the major leagues' midseason leaders in action by RICHARD MEEK
July 31, 1955
18 CIVIL WAR IN VIRGINIA
The beleaguered minors are falling by the wayside in baseball's bitter struggle for survival. ROBERT CREAMER describes the difficulties at Portsmouth, Va. of the Piedmont League. Photographs by ROBERT PHILLIPS
30 THE COMPLEAT FISH WATCHER
When PHILIP WYLIE, the novelist and fisherman, looked at the fascinating submarine world through the bottom of a glass bucket he found a new, exciting sport and forthwith abandoned his rod to the waves
32 GENTLEMAN FARMER OF A GREAT TRADITION
F. Ambrose Clark, a rare American, lives the wealthy and gracious life of an English squire on his magnificent 5,000-acre farm near Cooperstown, N.Y. RONNY JAQUES records it in seven pages of emerald photographs with an introductory text by WHITNEY TOWER
40 GOLF'S BIG SUGAR DADDY
His name is George S. May, of Chicago's Tarn O'Shanter Club, and as a promoter he has no peer. The question is, says JACK MABLEY, are his shenanigans good for golf?
52 AUSTRIA'S FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
No one ever took all the cures available at Bad Gastein, Austria's famous watering spot, until PAUL DEUTSCHMAN came along. He found they'll fix almost anything that ails you
6 Hotbox: JIMMY JEMAIL asks: Are women poor sports?
42 Sport in Art: The works of four Americans who were fascinated in the early part of the century with life by the beautiful sea. Two pages of color
46 Horses: REGINALD WELLS pokes a previewing finger into harness racing's prize pie, the Hambletonian at Goshen, and comes up with Scott Frost as probable winner
48 Column of the Week: JERRY MITCHELL of the N.Y. Post asks Casey Stengel who's pitching. Result: a lengthy dissertation on the bonus rule which Casey doesn't like
49 Tip from the Top: CHUCK CONGDON of the Tacoma (Wash.) Country Club advocates the balanced follow-through
50 Boating: EZRA BOWEN rounds up the winners of the four top distance races of the season and discovers a common denominator: the businessman
62 Yesterday: Pete Knight, the greatest rodeo rider of the 30s, could ride anything that bucked except an ornery bronc named Midnight
COVER: TED WILLIAMS
Photograph by Hy Peskin
Keenest student and, on the record, one of the most successful practitioners of the art of propelling a ball through space with a slab of ash is the intent athlete pictured on the cover this week as he awaits his turn at bat. Equally famous for years for being uncooperative with the press and indifferent to the fans, Ted Williams has this year surprised many by turning a far mellower facet of his complex personality to the world. Which aspect—or what proportion of both—delineates the man as he really is can best be judged by examining his own words in another SI Conversation Piece beginning on page 28.
Acknowledgments on page 64
IN NEXT WEEK'S ISSUE
BEN HOGAN'S SECRET
Herbert Warren Wind discusses it. SI's TIP FROM THE TOP artist, Anthony Ravielli, illustrates it
ARE WE LOSING THE OLYMPIC IDEAL?
Yes, says Dr. Charles A. Bucher, in a provocative article against bringing politics into the Games