Table of Contents

March 26, 1956

An SI Special

30 ANOTHER COAXIAL SHOCK FOR THE BOXING FANS
New York and Pennsylvania have made real progress in cleaning up boxing since Johnny Saxton first won the welterweight title. MARTIN KANE analyzes Saxton's latest nationwide TV triumph—and the backward state of Illinois

19 SPECTACLE: THE LURE OF SPEED
In dramatic close-ups and action photos, the supreme thrill of sports car racing is documented in four pages IN COLOR

23 THE BIG RACE AND THE GOLDEN AGE
A preview of the biggest U.S. sports car event at Sebring, Fla., and a look at Jim Kimberly, new president of the Sports Car Club of America

36 HOW THE REDS PAID ONE AMATEUR
A pretty skater describes to Writer JAMES POLING precisely what it was like to be a stale-subsidized champion in Czechoslovakia

54 COLLEGE WEEK IN BERMUDA
It started with U.S. colleges coming down for Rugby Week but the season now runs into a full month of wonderful sports fun, the best of which RICHARD MEEK brings back IN COLOR

63 FANTASY AT THE RACES
Contemporary American Artist JON CORBINO blends the exhilarating atmosphere of the race track with a rich and sensitive imagination. Two paintings IN COLOR

THE DEPARTMENTS:

4 SCOREBOARD
15 EVENTS & DISCOVERIES
24 THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SPORT
60 THE OUTDOOR WEEK
66 SNOW PATROL
70 COMING EVENTS
72 THE 19th HOLE
76 PAT ON THE BACK

8 Hotbox: JIMMY JEMAIL asks: Can the Navy rowing crew, champions in the 1952 Olympic Games, come back in 1956?

45 Baseball: ROBERT CREAMER discovers a crying need for second basemen in the grapefruit circuit. If you want a job just grab your glove and head south

47 Basketball: ROY TERRELL reports that the NCAA tournament seemed upset-bound before the big boys finally came through

48 Horses: WHITNEY TOWER tells how Willie Hartack's saddle helped upset Nashua in the surprising Gulfstream Handicap

50 Column of the Week: DAN PARKER, looking over the Saxton-Basilio fiasco, concludes that Blinky Palermo and his fighter finally got paid off

52 Beating: EZRA BOWEN wraps up the final leg of the southern ocean-racing season with a first-hand account of Finisterre's fine win

68 Tip from the Top: HARRY COOPER cautions against playing all shots from the same stance

69 Yesterday: Fred H. Marriott drove his Stanley Steamer three miles a minute and lived—a remarkable feat in his day

COVER: JAMES H. KIMBERLY, SCCA PRESIDENT

Photograph by Tom Burnside

Jim Kimberly, new president of the Sports Car Club of America, has always been a hard figure to overlook at any sports car race. With his bright red costume, red cars and red equipage, he is one of the sport's most colorful figures. This year, as usual, he will be seen at Sebring, biggest of the U.S. sports car races. For news of this event, its cars and drivers, see page 23.

Acknowledgments on page 71

THREE PHOTOS

IN NEXT WEEK'S ISSUE

GOLF: SPRING—AND THE MASTERS
The lovely low scores on the winter circuit are in for a severe testing in the classic Augusta. Herbert Warren Wind describes the hazards and Anthony Ravielli illustrates them

SWIMMING: HEIGHT OF THE SEASON
Al Wiggins, shown in some striking underwater photography, will swim against the best in the NCAA championships

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