BASKETBALL AT ST. PETER'S
Pope Pius XII watches a demonstration of the game in the Vatican's famous square after addressing the crowd on the spirit of proper sportsmanship. 'To win,' the Pope said, 'is not so important as to prove one's skill and fortitude' (see also page 11).
Pope plus congratulates captain of winning basketball team on 10th anniversary of Italian sports movement he restored.
Throng of 80,000 also heard the Pope express his satisfaction that the 1960 summer Olympics will be held in "Christian Rome."
October 23, 1955
Italian sports center player tries a push shot as the Pope watches from elevated throne at main entrance to St. Peter's.
RED VERSION OF 'DAMN YANKEES'
Not to be outdone by U.S. showmen who turned their national game into a smash hit on Broadway, Soviet folk dancers, like the three butting an imaginary ball above, are wowing sophisticated Parisian audiences with a caricature of the U.S.S.R.'s favorite sport of soccer
Ballet begins as pompous officials march on the field
Soaring dancer viciously kicks the ball toward goal
Chasing ball, opposing players leap down the field
Desperation dive by the goalie results in vital save
KEEPING FIT IN PHILLY
Professor Thomas Cureton, the University of Illinois physical-fitness expert who has helped several of the world's outstanding athletes, tests a number of Philadelphia businessmen softened by office-chair squat
Abdominal muscles of Walter Lenhard, 41, vice president of Quaker City Life Insurance Co., are tested by having him blow into a tube hooked up to a column of mercury. Lenhard pushed mercury up to a fair 105 millimeters, but Cureton (left) told him to "do something more strenuous than volleyball."
Balance test finds Ralph Eaton poised on board running along floor of Central Branch YMCA. After tests were finished, Eaton groaned, "I play golf regularly and bowl once a week, but I didn't realize how little some of my muscles have been used."
Flexibility test shows Frank Peberdy, a purchasing agent for an engineering firm, to be above average. A diabetic, the 49-year-old Peberdy has reduced from 303 pounds to 278 by regular workouts at the Y on the recommendation of his doctor.
Heart test is administered to Ralph Eaton, 50, president of Lummis and Co., by Cureton, who found Eaton's pulse a bit below average. Cureton suggests gym work rather than sports because, as he puts it, "many sports are not pointed up to fitness."
Former athlete George H. Braceland, 42, vice president of printing firm, expected to do better than the slightly above average he made in tests. Once a semipro baseball and football player, Braceland now finds swimming to be his major exercise.
Spare tire on William Hamilton, dean of the Pierce Business School, undergoes scientific squeeze in fat-measurement test. Although two-thirds of the 70 men tested belonged to the Y, Cureton found the majority only average or below physically.
Tennis player William J. Clothier II, 39-year-old coal company executive, encountered little difficulty passing most of the tests. Despite Clothier's above-average performance Cureton still highly recommended an individual long-term calisthenic program.